Phone Scripts for 11.20 thru 11.26.17 - Investigate Assaulter-in-Chief/FCC & Monopolies + More

We’ve been far more successful than we could have imagined a year ago and there are tens of thousands of us nationwide. There’s lots to be thankful for. And we will win this. But this week the Republicans are racing at breakneck speed to rush a massive overhaul of the tax system through Congress before the public wakes up to what a disaster this overhaul would be for them and the country. Please get on the phone, or fax or email with these scripts today.

Check out the weekly update blog, inserted below our scripts, written by Indivisible So Co Author and Editor, Tom Benthin. Tom provides a summary of critical events to help us cut through the distractions and stay informed as we fight to preserve our democracy. You can also find the weekly update blog on https://indysoco.tumblr.com.

ALL Members of Congress (MoCs)
SENATOR FEINSTEIN
DC phone: (202) 224-3841
SF phone:  (415) 393-0707

SENATOR HARRIS
DC phone: (202) 224-3553
SF phone: (415) 355-9041

REPRESENTATIVE HUFFMAN
DC phone: (202) 225-5161
Petaluma phone:  (707) 981-8967

REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON
DC phone: (202) 225-3311
Santa Rosa phone:  (707) 542-7182

INVESTIGATE THE ASSAULTER-IN-CHIEF

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask the [MoC] to demand an investigation into the allegations of sexual assault that have been raised against Donald Trump. It was recently revealed that Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senator in Alabama, assaulted two teen girls when he was in his thirties.

Republicans on the national stage have called for Moore to step aside, but they have not applied the same standard to Trump, even though he admitted to sexual assault in the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. If Moore must go, so must Trump.

Will [the MoC] call out Republicans’ hypocrisy and demand that the sexual assault allegations against Trump be investigated and, if the allegations are found to have merit, demand that Trump step down?

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Both Senators
SENATOR FEINSTEIN

DC phone: (202) 224-3841
SF phone:  (415) 393-0707

SENATOR HARRIS
DC phone: (202) 224-3553
SF phone: (415) 355-9041

SUPPORT INVESTIGATING THE FCC GREENLIGHTING OF SINCLAIR MEDIA

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask that the Senator support Senator Maria Cantwell’s demand that the Inspector General of the FCC investigate the impartiality of the recent ruling which opens the door to Sinclair Broadcasting merging with Tribune Media.

For decades, the FCC has prohibited monopolization of local markets, thereby ensuring that a diversity of opinions can be heard. The FCC’s new rule will allow Sinclair to dominate entire markets with its frankly propagandistic programming. How convenient for the most media-antagonistic President in American history.

Will the Senator vocally support Sen. Cantwell’s call for an investigation of the impartiality of FCC chairman Ajit Pai?

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STOP THE REPUBLICAN TAX SCAM

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to voice my support for the Senator’s strong stance condemning the Republican tax bill. The bill bestows enormous sums on passive, wealthy investors while stiffing working Americans. In order to give away this fortune, the bill will explode the deficit by $1.7 trillion.

We know what will happen next:  demands for more cuts to the services working Americans rely on. In addition, the bill attacks Californians directly by reducing deductions for state and local taxes and for mortgage interest and by eliminating the deduction for catastrophic losses suffered by our community in the fires. This bill must be stopped.

I’m proud of the Senator’s continued, vocal opposition to this disastrous bill. Thank you!

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DEMAND EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRES

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask that the Senator release a statement condemning the outrageous refusal of the Trump Administration to allocate EVEN ONE CENT in disaster relief for the Northern California fires.

The October fires were the worst fire disaster in the history of our nation. Thousands of people lost their homes and it will take years to rebuild. Instead of responding with sympathy and concern, Californian Republicans and Trump are using this as an excuse to inflict further damage by withholding funds from citizens they consider their political opponents. This is beyond reprehensible and we will make them pay for it.

Will the Senator release a statement condemning the outrageous neglect of the California fire victims by the Trump Administration?

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Both Representatives
REPRESENTATIVE HUFFMAN
DC phone: (202) 225-5161
Petaluma phone:  (707) 981-8967

REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON
DC phone: (202) 225-3311
Santa Rosa phone:  (707) 542-7182

THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR OUR FIRE-RAVAGED COMMUNITIES

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to thank the Representative for condemning the outrageous refusal of the Trump Administration to allocate EVEN ONE CENT in disaster relief for the Northern California fires.

The October fires were the worst fire disaster in the history of our nation. Thousands of people lost their homes and it will take years to rebuild. Instead of responding with sympathy and concern, Californian Republicans and Trump are using this as an excuse to inflict further damage by withholding funds from citizens they consider their political opponents. This is beyond reprehensible and we will make them pay for it.

The joint statement from Representatives Huffman and Thompson condemning this outrage shows exactly the kind of fighting spirit that I admire. Thank you!

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Weekly Update
 

Before the disaster of the 2016 election we could follow the events that affected our lives by checking in on the news or seeing occasional posts on Facebook. But since then, with Trump’s erratic, aggressive and autocratic behavior and the Republicans’ unceasing efforts to cut programs for working Americans and transfer ever more wealth to the rich,

it has become much more difficult – and more important – to find our way through the weekly onslaught of news. To make the task easier, each week we’ll provide a summary of critical events to help us cut through the distractions and stay informed as we fight to preserve our democracy.

This week…
…as ever, it was easy to get distracted from the most important news. But the main event was clearly the

REPUBLICAN TAX “REFORM” SCAM
The Republicans are racing at breakneck speed to rush a massive overhaul of the tax system through Congress before the public wakes up to what a disaster this overhaul would be for them and the country. It’s hard to overestimate how damaging this tax scam is. Both House and Senate bills shower enormous benefits on the already-rich, especially those who live off of investments rather than their own labor, by doing things like eliminating the estate tax and taxing “pass-through” income at a dramatically lower rate. They also lower corporate taxes, which the GOP touts as an economic stimulant – it isn’t, as companies are already sitting on plenty of cash and they are not investing it in growth. Instead, the benefits there will flow, too, to investors. The bills will effectively raise taxes over time on working Americans while also causing healthcare premiums to skyrocket. Both bills would penalize blue states by reducing or eliminating the deductions for state and local taxes, home mortgages and loss from catastrophic damage (such as wildfires). This is no accident:  it’s a politically motivated attack.

In the House
Their tax bill passed, but it won’t meet the Senate requirements for passing with a simple majority (so that they can ignore the Democrats entirely). Many California Republicans voted “yes” despite the damage their bill would inflict on their own constituents. They must be held accountable.

In the Senate
Their bill will pass Senate rules, because they’ve cut services even further – notably the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which requires people to carry health insurance. Removing the mandate would dramatically undermine the ACA and throw an estimated 13 million people off their insurance. As Vox put it, “Senate Republicans are offering a higher uninsurance rate, higher premiums, and higher taxes on virtually every American in exchange for lower taxes on business”.

What we need to do
Is to raise bloody Hell by calling our Members of Congress and making it clear that we want them to kill this bill. This needs to happen all over the country and, despite the impending holiday, it has to happen now. Stopping this bill will require some Republicans to get cold feet and oppose it. We did it with the ACA and we can do it again, but we have only a couple of weeks to get this done because it’s moving so quickly. Call your MoC every day and please encourage friends and family in red states to do the same.

ROY MOORE’S BAD WEEK
In Alabama, Roy Moore, the GOP candidate in the special election to fill the Senate vacancy left by Jess Sessions, faced additional accusations from women who claimed that he assaulted them when they were teens. The national GOP turned against him, withdrawing funding and calling for him to withdraw from the race. The Alabama Republican Party, however, is sticking by him and Moore refuses to back down. The whole affair seems to be improving the odds of Democrat Doug Jones, who has been gaining significantly in the polls. It’s still an uphill climb, but if Jones wins, the GOP will have only a one-seat advantage in the Senate.

What we need to do
Is to support Indivisible Alabama in whatever ways they deem culturally appropriate – that is, being sensitive to not overwhelm or offend Alabama voters from the outside.

IN OTHER NEWS

  • The UN Climate Summit took place in Bonn. Progress is still too slow to avert disaster, in part because of a continued reliance on coal.
  • Trump continues to pack the judiciary with young, extremely conservative and often-unqualified judges, which will have long-term negative effects.
  • Senator Al Franken was accused of unwanted sexual contact and apologized. Trump mocked Franken, ignoring Moore and his own long history of assault in the process.
  • The FCC opened the door for Sinclair Broadcasting, an arch-conservative media company, to create local media monopolies by rescinding a rule that forbade mergers that would compromise broadcast diversity.
  • And the Trump Administration requested more disaster relief funds but left California out entirely. Representatives Huffman and Thompson released a scathing statement denouncing this unprecedented attack on victims of a natural disaster.

In a word:  ugh. But that’s why we need to keep up the fight! We’ve been far more successful than we could have imagined a year ago and there are tens of thousands of us nationwide. There’s lots to be thankful for. And we will win this.

A reminder:  a key resource for tracking all the abnormal events from the past week of the Trump presidency is Amy Siskind’s Weekly List:  theweeklylist.org .