Defend DACA. Trump is likely to announce Tuesday that he’ll end DACA, destroy the lives of Dreamers. Let’s raise our voices now—everywhere we can and especially on Twitter, hashtag #DefendDACA—in one loud No. You can find suggested tweets to key members of Congress here. For more ways to fight back, see this useful list of actions from the Women’s March. And defenddaca.com is the clearinghouse for information and rallies
Permanent legal status is the only real protection for Dreamers, and there are two bipartisan bills before Congress, S.1615 in the Senate and H.R.3591 in the House, that will protect the future of these young Americans out of the hands of Trump and future presidents. See last Tuesday’s action for details and a script.
Celebrate Labor Day (one day late) by telling your Mass. legislators to support H.1033/S.999, an act to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability. The estimated $700 million in wage theft that occurs here annually robs workers and their families of essential income and penalizes companies that abide by the law and are continually undercut by employers who cheat the system. This bill will give Maura Healey more tools to hold employers accountable when they violate wage laws, including the ability to bring wage theft cases to court for civil damages and to issue stop-work orders. Call or email your Mass. legislators and tell them to stand strong with workers by pushing for passage of H.1033/S.999. Please note: Sal DiDomenico sponsored this bill in the senate. If he’s your senator, you might choose simply to thank him for his leadership.
SCRIPT: Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [ZIP]. I’m calling to ask [LEGISLATOR’S NAME] to stand strong for workers by doing all s/he can to pass H.1033/S.999, an act to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability. Employees are losing an estimated $700 million annually to wage theft, and companies that abide by the law are penalized when they’re undercut by competitors who cheat the system. This bill will give the attorney general the tools she needs to bring cases of wage theft to court. I appreciate the [SENATOR’S/REPRESENTATIVE’S] support. Thank you.
We stopped Trumpcare. Now we need to stop Congress from overturning the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ban on the use of arbitration clauses to deny consumers their right to join class actions to sue banks and credit-card companies. Already passed by the House, the bill, S.J. Res 47, is likely to come up in the Senate this week. All Democrats are expected to vote against the repeal, so we’ll need to reach out again to friends in states with Republican senators. And the timing’s good—last week we found out that 1.4 million more fake accounts, many in states represented by Republicans, were opened by Wells Fargo, a company that used an arbitration clause for years to hide this illegal practice. Let’s urge our friends to tell their Republican senators not to let an outrage like that happen again. Here’s some wording they might use.
SCRIPT: Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY]. I’m calling to urge the senator to vote against S.J. Res 47, the repeal of the CFPB’s arbitration rule. Allowing consumers to take group action against financial institutions is a consumer right and a necessary check against predatory and illegal practices of financial institutions. Wells Fargo used an arbitration clause for years to get away with hiding their practice of opening fake accounts. Please do all you can to keep anything like the Wells Fargo scam from happening again. Thank you.