Infants and toddlers who have forgotten their parents.
Members of Congress who have forgotten their oaths of office.
A Supreme Court nominee who has clearly forgotten years of working for the Bush White House.
Let’s remind them why we are here. Time to make some calls.
Trump Is Destroying Childrens’ Lives
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 raise the call anew: the Trump regime is failing to reunite the separated children with their parents. They must be compelled to comply with the court order to return the children, including by holding officials in contempt and jailing them, if needed.
Over 500 children still haven’t been reunited, one month after the deadline for such an action passed. 23 are younger than five. This is destroying the lives of the children and of their parents. It’s child abuse. Of over 500 children. And at every single step the Trump regime is dragging its heels. I’m asking [the MoC] to continue to fight as if each child was her/his own and to attack the regime’s willful inertia with a parent’s righteous fury.
Republicans are Complicit: Call Them Out
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 our her/his colleagues across the aisle for protecting an unindicted co-conspirator: Donald Trump.
Trump conspired to break federal election laws in order to get elected. His son, son-in-law and campaign manager conspired with Russia, likewise to cheat and get him elected. The probability that Trump wasn’t in on that treason is approximately zero. Trump is a criminal and the wall of secrecy he built around himself is crumbling. Yet Republicans remain silent. Democrats must not be. Don’t sit back and wait for prosecutors to do their work. Criticize Trump’s crimes and lambast those who remain quiet; their silence implicates them as well.
Monday: Protect our Liberties: Reject Kavanaugh
Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask the Senator to reject the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
It’s crystal-clear that adding Kavanaugh to the court would create a hard-right majority on the bench that would quickly strip away rights that have become synonymous with liberty in today’s United States: a woman’s right to make her own choices about reproductive health, equal rights regardless of sexual orientation, the protection of voting rights and much more. A hard-right court with Kavanaugh would also continue to favor the rich over the poor and the powerful over the weak. It would be a disaster. Please do everything in your power to sink his nomination.
Tuesday: No Access to Papers, No Confirmation Hearings
Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask the Senator to continue to reject consideration of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court so long as Republican Senators continue to withhold documents critical to evaluating his nomination.
The stonewalling by Republicans is unprecedented and part of a concerted effort to rush his confirmation before the truth can out. This is deeply wrong and unfair to all citizens of our country. It’s also part of an established pattern of abuse of power by Senate Republicans. It must be wholly rejected by all Democratic Senators.
Wednesday: The Accused Must Not Choose their Judges
Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask the Senator to continue to insist that consideration of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court be halted until Trump’s legal jeopardy has been resolved.
The President*, for the first time in history, is an unindicted co-conspirator to election fraud, a felony. He is likewise under suspicion of treasonously conspiring with Russia to fraudulently win the same election. He must not be allowed to choose the deciding judicial vote over his guilt. Period. No nomination should go forward until his legal jeopardy is fully resolved.
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.
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 believe that the Board of Supervisors are now aware that Sonoma County residents want our County Commission on Human Rights’ staffing needs, and an appropriate Public Meeting Room restored by the Board. Thank you.
Several Supervisor’s have emailed sincere responses (e.g. Rabbitt, Gorin, and Hopkins) to residents’ concerns. Supervisor Hopkins’ quote in Sonoma West Times & News (August 14, 2018) indicating that she was working with the Chair of the BOS “to find a solution that enables the commission to continue its important work in our community, said Hopkins in an email,” is another.
Please finish the job, by actually voting to restore the resources which the CHR believes it needs to be able to continue its essential work.
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.”