Actions for 12/4

With recess looming, carrying with it deadlines for some critical issues, we’re frontloading this week’s actions. Yes, they’re repeats. That means we still have a chance to affect outcomes.

Monday

Let’s make sure our members of Congress fight hard for a clean DREAM Act. The continuing resolution to fund the federal budget, which comes up this week, is our best chance for a clean Dream Act before Trump’s March deadline.

Elizabeth Warren already took the Dreamer Pledge, a commitment to vote against the continuing budget resolution unless it contains a clean DREAM Act, and Jim McGovern is among 25 House Democrats who made a similar pledge. Let’s call Senator Markey (202-224-2742) and our representatives (except for Jim McGovern) right now and get them to commit to the Dreamer Pledge.

Script: Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY] to urge the [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] to fight for a clean DREAM Act to provide relief from deportation for the 800,000 Dreamers who came to the United States as children. Here in Massachusetts, 9030 DACA recipients contribute $24,261,000 each year in state and local taxes.

I’m asking him/her to join [FOR MARKEY: Senator Warren in taking] [FOR REPRESENTATIVE: Representative McGovern in taking] the Dreamer Pledge and committing to hold up the December continuing budget resolution if it doesn’t include a clean Dream Act. It’s our best chance to ensure a safe and secure future for Dreamers in the country they call home. Will the [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] make that commitment?

Thank you for your time.

Got contacts in other states? Use the Dream Act Toolkit to find out which lawmakers are key swing votes.


Demand that the FCC maintain net neutrality. The FCC will vote December 14 on the proposal by Chairman Ajit Pai, once chief counsel for Verizon, to abolish net neutrality regulations. Net neutrality allows all users to have equal access to everything available on the Internet. Abolishing it would give Internet Service Providers like Verizon and Comcast a lot more control over what we can see and do online. Among other things, they could create faster or slower speeds for sites, charge premium prices for upgraded access, and engage in censorship by throttling websites, apps, and online services.

It would be a devastating blow to the free and open Internet we rely on for streaming videos, communicating with our networks – and yes, reading critical news stories about the state of our democracy. Without net neutrality, small businesses, low-income individuals, and much of rural America would lose access to affordable, reasonably fast internet service.

A strong outcry from Congress might make Chairman Pai reconsider his proposal. If you haven’t already done so, please call Senators Markey (202-224-2742) and Warren (202-224-4543) and our representatives and urge them to contact the chairman and demand that he drop his plan.

And you can show your support in person December 7 at a Defend Net Neutrality rally at Verizon.

SCRIPT: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a concerned customer from [CITY].

I'm calling to express my support for net neutrality and a fair and open Internet. I strongly belief that the free flow of information on the Internet is critical to a healthy democracy. I'm asking [SENATOR’S OR REP’S NAME] to contact FCC Chairman Pai and demand he abandon his current plan to dismantle net neutrality.

[OPTIONAL: add a personal story or experience to give your message more weight]

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.]