News over the last few hours may have restored your faith in democracy and the rule of law. But no act you can take is more effective than making these phone calls to our Senators and Representatives, as well as our local elected officials. Because they count the calls, and listen to what you have to say, your calls shape both law and policy!
Suspend Consideration of Kavanaugh
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 fully support all efforts to suspend the process of consideration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The president* is an unindicted co-conspirator accused of election fraud – in this own election. He is under investigation for far worse: purchasing his election from Russia with treason. There is no way in bloody hell that he should be allowed to select his own judge, someone who will likely be called upon to render judgment on Trump’s ongoing legal circus. The nomination must for now be suspended.
Reunite the ALL of the Children NOW
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 continue to demand that ALL of the migrant children separated from their parents be returned to their families NOW.
One month. Still nearly 500 children separated, 20 of them under the age of five. The government is flagrantly abusing the court order and must be held accountable. ALL of the children must be reunited NOW.
Trump is Guilty
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 call out Trump’s guilt, plain and simple.
He’s an unindicted co-conspirator to election fraud. Under examination for conspiring with Russia to win an election. Suspected of continuing to support Russia against the interests of our country. But most importantly: every single response that he gives to any and all charges is that of a deeply guilty man. Trump has never, not one single time, responded as an innocent person would. Never. This isn’t the sign of a fragile ego. This is the sign of overwhelming guilt. Believe him when he shows you what he is and say it publicly, again and again: Trump is a guilty man.
End the Corruption
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 support Senator Warren’s legislation to end the corruption we see everywhere on display by the Republican Party.
Warren’s Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act would move us towards safety and accountability. It can’t come a moment too soon. The Trump regime and it’s toady, the Republican Party, are the most corrupt in American history, by a long shot. It is past time for them to be called to account and to pay the price. This is a first step.
Don’t Let PG&E Off the Hook
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 refrain from supporting any legislation that would let PG&E evade responsibility for past or future wildfires.
PG&E deferred maintenance for years and pocketed the money. This resulted in the catastrophic fires of last year, plain and simple. In response, there have been moves by legislators to shield PG&E. Know this: we were affected by the fires. Many of us lost our homes. If [the MoC] supports efforts to shield PG&E from liability, now or in the future, they will meet with our full and unremitting fury. Be forewarned.
YES on Clean Electricity, YES on SB100
This is especially important if you live in CA Assembly District 4, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry’s district! She tends to cave to the oil and gas lobby and needs to know that’s NOT OK.
Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask the Assemblyperson to vote YES on SB100 so that we have 100% clean energy by 2045.
I support 100% clean electricity. Passing this bill will set California on a path that reduces fossil fuel use, improves air quality, spurs innovation and green job growth, all while maintaining flexibility for those designing solutions. It's important to pass this bill now because long term electricity generation decisions are being made right now, and we need to send a strong signal that we will rely on 100% clean energy in California.
I expect my state representatives to lead on climate issues. Please vote YES on SB100. I’ll be watching.
CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD
Protect Our Emissions Standards
Link to submit comments: https://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bcsubform.php?listname=leviii18&comm_period=A
The California Air Resources Board is having a public hearing on amendments to the Low-Emission Vehicle III Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulation on Sept. 27th at 9:00AM in Sacramento. The purpose of the amendments is to protect California’s vehicle emissions standards from an attack by Trump’s EPA, which is maintaining that we don’t have the right to set our own standards.
Please use the link above to write to the CARB and be sure to submit your comments by September 14th. Here’s a sample script, but feel free to write your own:
I'm writing in support of your proposed amendments to the Low-Emission Vehicle III Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulation. We must, at all costs, protect our own stringent standards against attack by Trump's EPA.
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Phone for All: 707-565-2241
• District 1: Susan Gorin
• District 2: David Rabbitt
• District 3: Shirlee Zane
• District 4: James Gore
• District 5: Lynda Hopkins
Fully Fund the Human Rights Commission
Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask the Board of Supervisors to immediately restore the staff support, physical space and phone which the Commission on Human Rights needs to do their work protecting the rights of residents of Sonoma County.
The Board recently withdrew funds for staff support (for only twelve hours a week) and even the use of a room and phone used to do their work of the Commission on Human Rights. Human rights are under attack daily by the Trump regime. The last thing we need in Sonoma County is to withdraw support for their protection at this critical time. Please restore the funds immediately!
Background (from CHR vice chair Dmitra Smith):
"The Board of Supervisors recently approved a budget which ended staff support for the Commission on Human Rights (as well as our sister Commission on the Status of Women). We lobbied our supervisors in vain. We have just received word that we will no longer be able to hold meetings in the PRMD hearing room but have been moved to the HR Training Center. I'm not going to speculate on the reasons for this, but as I hear that funds are tight post fires, I'm aware that $4 million dollars was spent on fighting for immunity for the deputy who killed Andy Lopez, so it's more about priorities from my view.
"In the past few years, I and many others have worked diligently to establish the Commission on Human Rights as a beacon of light within the county government system. A place where truly marginalized voices can be amplified and uplifted. Where justice, intersectionality and truth can grow and flourish. We have published reports on racism in schools, advocated for our unhoused neighbors, fought back against hate crimes, supported our immigrant, LGBTQ+, Disability communities, and so much more, not to mention mentoring over 100 Sonoma County youth in the Junior Commission on Human Rights.
"I am told that the CAO office will advise the supervisors on how the commission will function. I don't know any of those people and they certainly don't understand what I do as the Vice Chair. I already work hundreds of hours per year for free and I am honored to do so, but we can not do it without adequate support and an appropriate venue for our monthly public meetings.
"If you believe in the importance of having a fully functioning Commission on Human Rights and Commission on the Status of Women, I URGE you to contact your supervisors and express your concern. We still have not gotten permission from the BOS to fundraise so that we can get this PSA I directed into theaters. Now we'll need to fundraise to function. I will not go quietly into the night with this one. I have worked too hard and too long these past six years. The people of Sonoma County deserve much better. This is not the time in our nation, state or county to diminish the work of the Commission on Human Rights.”