Keep up the momentum for criminal justice reform in Massachusetts. Last week the Senate passed a historic progressive bill, and that’s a big win for a fairer Mass justice system and for those of us who worked for the bill. Now we need to set our sights, and our energy, on the more conservative House, which could take up its own version of criminal justice reform bil soon. Let’s call our representatives and tell them to pass a progressive bill.
SCRIPT: This is [NAME]. I’m calling from [CITY] to urge the representative to work for a strong criminal justice reform bill. Specifically, I want to see the House repeal unjust mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses; protect young people from becoming entangled in the criminal legal system; divert people away from prison who would be better served by drug treatment or other alternatives; and improve opportunities and incentives for incarcerated people.
I also urge you and your colleagues to keep any criminal justice reform bill focused on reducing incarceration and other harmful effects of the criminal legal system. The House must not use criminal justice reform legislation as an opportunity to increase criminal penalties or prosecutorial powers. I'll be watching closely to see how the House handles this critical bill.
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Defeat Trump’s tax scam. The Republicans are expected to unveil the text of the plan Thursday, but we already know what they’ve got in mind for the country. They’re going to eliminate taxes that only affect the wealthiest individuals and let corporations pay even less than they already do. The vast majority of the benefits will go to the top 1%, as usual. Also as usual, their plan will greatly increase the deficit, and they’ll use that as an excuse to demand cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and programs that benefit the poor and the powerless.
There’s already opposition within Republican ranks. We need to send a strong message by rallying against the tax scam like we rallied against Trumpcare. As the Indivisible team puts it, if we demonstrate widespread opposition to their bill from the beginning—if we show up, if we make calls, if we write letters to the editor, if we out organize them—we can control the narrative. We can, and we will, win.
Indivisible's kicking things off with a National Call-In Day this Thursday, November 2. We need to light up those phone lines. Let's call Senators Markey (202-224-2742) and Warren (202-224-4543) and our representatives and voice opposition to their bill. Indivisible’s call script for Democrats is a great place to start.