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.]

Actions for 11/29 and 11/30

Wednesday

Let’s tell our members of Congress to fight for a clean DREAM Act. When Trump rescinded DACA in September, over 800,000 undocumented young people were confronted with an uncertain future. Every day the Dream Act isn’t enacted means another day their lives are at great risk.

The bipartisan DREAM Act enjoys massive public support, but Republicans are trying to delay and dilute it with punitive conditions. We can fight back by persuading our members of Congress to take the Dreamer Pledge, a commitment to vote against the continuing budget resolution unless it contains a clean DREAM Act. Senator Warren took the pledge, and Representative Jim McGovern is among the 25 House Democrats who made a similar commitment.

Now we need to call Senator Markey (202-224-2742) and our representatives (except for Jim McGovern) and urge them to take 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.

Specifically, I’d like him/her to [MARKEY: join Senator Warren in taking] [REPRESENTATIVE: join Representative McGovern in taking] the Dreamer Pledge. The pledge is a commitment to do everything he/she can to pass the DREAM Act as soon as possible, and to insist that it be included in the December government spending bill if it hasn’t passed by then. It’s the best approach to making sure that our 800,000 Dreamers have a safe and secure future in the country they call home.

Thank you for your time.


Thursday

Get the word out about ACA open enrollment. Americans have been enrolling in record numbers, but the Trump administration has cut the enrollment period in half for states on the federal exchange; they have only until December 15 to sign up. Other states, including Massachusetts, have later deadlines. Since Trump also slashed the advertising budget by 90%, it’s up to us to make sure everyone knows how soon they need to sign up.

Please tweet, post on Facebook, and distribute every way you can this graphic, which lists the deadlines for every state.

Or use this graphic for a Massachusetts-only audience.

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Actions for 11/27 and 11/28

Monday

Stop the Trump Tax Scam. The Senate will vote soon on the Republican tax plan. If passed, the plan will decimate higher education, the Affordable Care Act, and many of the deductions that matter to hard-working Americans. Meanwhile, it slashes corporate taxes while greatly favoring the very wealthy. A recent analysis indicates that it will ultimately lead to tax hikes for 50% of Americans, primarily members of the middle class. Meanwhile, Trump and his family stand to gain more than $1 billion under the plan.

The overwhelming majority of economists predict that the Republican plan will also balloon the deficit. As a result, the Congressional Budget Office says, it could trigger $25 billion in automatic Medicare spending cuts next year, plus another $111 billion in reductions to other programs. And the deficit will give Republicans an excuse to make further Medicare cuts as well as cuts to Medicaid, Social Security, and programs that benefit the poor and the powerless.

Polls indicate that most Americans oppose the tax scam. We need to communicate the depth of our opposition to the Senate, and we need to do it this week. Let’s use the script below to call Senators Markey (202-224-2742) and Warren (202-224-4543) and urge them to delay the bill’s passage by withholding consent and offering hundreds of amendments. Even more importantly, we can use Indivisible’s cool calling tool to reach out to progressives in target states and convince them to call their senators.

SCRIPT: Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY]. I’m calling to let the senator know that I strongly oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill will give massive cuts to corporations and the very wealthy, while 277,000 people in Massachusetts will lose health insurance coverage and 654,900 Massachusetts families will see a tax increase.

I’m happy that the senator stands with HIS/HER constituents in opposition to the bill, and I want to urge him/her to commit to withholding consent on votes and other actions, including nominations, and to hold the floor with lots of amendments so that we have more time to mobilize against this bill.

[OPTIONAL: Add a reason why the tax plan will be harmful to you or people you know]

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Tuesday

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.

This 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.

Hearing strong disapproval from Congress could persuade Chairman Pai to reconsider his proposal. Let’s call Senators Markey (202-224-2742) and Warren (202-224-4543) and our representatives and ask them to contact the chairman and demand that he drop his plan to abolish net neutrality. And while we’re at it, let’s leave a message for Mr. Pai at the FCC (202-418-1000), too. Extra credit: send an email to the three FCC Commissioners who appear to be anti-neutrality: Ajit Pai, Brendan Carr, and Michael O'Rielly.

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

[IF CONGRESS] 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.

[IF FCC] I'm calling to express my strong oppositions to the FCC’s attempt to kill net neutrality. Preserving an open Internet is crucial for fair and equal access to resources and information, and it is essential to a healthy democracy. Please abandon your plan to dismantle net neutrality. Thank you for your time and attention.

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

Welcome to the working week 🔥👨🏽‍💼🔥

Hey IScateers! We hope you had a restful and restorative Thanksgiving break, full of food, family, friends, fun, festivity, fellowship, and other felicitous factors. Sadly, it's Monday, and capitalism is back with the subtlety of an air raid siren: from whatever you do to pay the bills, to the bombardment of your inbox with Cyber Monday spam, to the reassembled GOP caucus, ever fervent to burn down the welfare state in tribute to their plutocratic gods. That doesn't leave much time for going to events, let alone reading about them… so let's get right to it.

Monday 11/27

At 6PM, we hope you can join us at Somerville City Hall for an important hearing on linkage fees - money paid by real estate developers to support affordable housing and job training. The Aldermen will be considering two proposals — one put forth by Mayor Curtatone, and another, "the People's Proposal", being promoted by the Affordable Housing Organizing Committee and Jobs for Somerville. Compared to the Mayor's proposal, the People's Proposal provides funding for an additional eight affordable housing units, and job training for 200 additional people over the next 10 years. It's very important that as many people as possible come to show that this more generous proposal truly has popular support.

Tuesday 11/28

Join us as we host Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie at Canopy City at 7pm, as part of our #SomervilleSpeaks Series. This is a great opportunity to hear his pitch and ask him questions in a small setting. Afterwards, we'll be headed a few doors down to Aeronaut Brewery, for some casual chill time. We'd love to see you there too!

Wednesday 11/29

Maybe you fancy yourself a creative type. Or maybe you're creative, without being all fancy about it. Either way, you definitely belong at the Creative Coworking Hours, which start at 7pm in Canopy City (14 Tyler St, 3rd floor). Work side by side with other cool creative people, as you create beautiful things in an atmosphere of camaraderie! Also, snacks.

Friday 12/1

Celebrate the beginning of the end of 2017 at the Somerville Public Library at 10 am, with your friends in Action Lab.

Saturday 12/2

Community Hours are back! This time they will be at the groovy pad of our brand new Outreach co-lead, Sha Locantore (31 Dimick St #2 in Somerville) from 10:30 to noon. It's basically like Creative Hours, but not limited to creative stuff, and also on the weekend and in a person's house. It's really great and you should definitely go.

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