Phone Scripts 8.12-8.18.2019

Our representatives are home for the August recess. It’s up to us, this recess, to make them feel the urgency. Attend a town hall or reception and demand results. For impeachment hearings. For an assault weapon ban. Against the white supremacist scourge. Against Trump and Republicans everywhere.

Please take a few minutes each day and call, using our scripts below. Hate the phone? Resistbot (www.resist.bot) is your friend.

We don’t have time to waste.

The El Paso shootings reminded us that white supremacy is a daily threat to our safety, one that is promoted and encouraged by Trump. Jeffrey Epstein’s convenient death in prison reminds us that we have a president who’s close confidant,

Vladimir Putin, routinely murders his political opponents when they place him at risk. It also reminds us that William Barr, Trump’s Attorney General, has demonstrated repeatedly that his only allegiance is to Trump. All of this points to a consolidating autocracy as our democracy withers.

House Democrats are finally moving, but they’re moving slowly. Impeachment hearings have begun in the Judiciary Committee, but they will play out over the fall. Democratic leadership is rumored to be afraid to bring assault rifle legislation to the floor. The slowness and the fear have to stop. We don’t have time for slow. We don’t have patience for weak. We can’t tolerate fear.

Our representatives are home for the August recess. If they truly felt the urgency of this moment, they would be back in Washington, recess cancelled, working to save our country. Which means it’s up to us, this recess, to make them feel the urgency.

Attend a town hall or reception and demand a faster process. For impeachment hearings. For an assault weapon ban. Against the white supremacist scourge. Against Trump and Republicans everywhere.

Please take a few minutes each day and call, using our scripts below. Hate the phone? Resistbot (resist.bot) is your friend.

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

SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS
DC phone: (202) 224-3553
SF phone: (415) 981-9369

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

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

Republican-fueled Terrorism Is a National Crisis

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 name and fight the scourge of Republican-fueled, white nationalist terrorism that is plaguing our country.

Mass shootings by white supremacy terrorists, incited to murder by Donald Trump, are a danger now to every American – and they are dramatically on the rise. Please continue to name this crisis for what it is: Trump’s racist exhortations combined with a refusal by Republicans to allow any votes on sensible gun control. We won’t get Republicans to change, but we must daily frame this terrorist crisis for what it is and emphatically remind everyone of just who is behind it.

Background:

https://theintercept.com/2019/08/04/el-paso-dayton-mass-shootings-donald-trump/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/08/04/anything-real-say-about-shootings-mr-president/?utm_term=.6fcabb4e9c22

Investigate Epstein’s Death

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 the investigation, by both the appropriate Senate and House committees, of the death by apparent suicide of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein, a notorious child molester and sex trafficker, seems to have had the goods on a long list of powerful people, notably among them Donald Trump. His impending trial was widely believed to be getting too close for comfort. And now, miraculously, Epstein managed to kill himself in prison – a prison which he was sent to, against protocol, at the request of William Barr, Trump’s enforcer. A prison in which he had already tried to commit suicide but was then not placed on suicide watch.

The FBI has been charged with investigating. But that’s not good enough. We saw in their investigation of Kavanaugh how lax they can be when they’re told what they’re not supposed to find. Public trust will only come from thorough investigations by Congress. Please, get to it.

Background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/08/10/jeffrey-epsteins-apparent-suicide-is-unfathomable/

Defund Hate

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 that funding for ICE and CBP be cut to 2016 levels or lower. I’m also asking that no additional unrestricted funds be given to either ICE or CBP. Under Trump, both ICE and CBP have become the dehumanized instruments of a white supremacist state. The only way to stem their abuses is to cut their funding. I’m counting on my [Representative/Senator] to do just that.

Background:

https://indivisible.org/resource/tell-your-representative-defund-hate

This Recess, Visit the Camps

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 set aside time this recess to visit the Trump concentration camps and to publicize what they see.

We know what happens when we look away: the abuses get worse, children, women, and men are traumatized and die, families are torn apart. Congress has a unique ability to shine a bright light on these abuses, which is one of the only weapons we have at the moment for slowing them down. Please, skip a fundraiser this recess. Visit a camp.

Background:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/border-facilities/593239/


BOTH Senators
SENATOR DIANE FEINSTEIN

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

SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS
DC phone: (202) 224-3553
SF phone: (415) 981-9369

Secure Our Voting Machines

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 push for passage of the SAFE Act, which would preclude jurisdictions from using hackable machine-marked printouts with barcodes from the vendors’ insecure ballot marking devices. We know that our next election is already under attack. And we know that Russia has infiltrated our voting systems. We must secure this weak link.

Background:

https://smartelections.us


Both Representatives
REPRESENTATIVE JARED HUFFMAN

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

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

Ban Assault Weapons

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask Representative [Huffman/Thompson] to draft or co-sponsor legislation to ban the possession and use of assault-style rifles.

Assault rifles are weapons of war, designed for the rapid killing of humans. They have no place in a safe and free society, yet they are the weapon of choice for mass murder occurring every week in our country. It’s time for this to stop for good. Please pass an assault rifle ban with no expiration date. Ban them once and for all.

Background:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/09/assault-weapons-ban-impeachment-confound-house-democrats.html


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

Impeachment Hearings Can’t Wait!

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask Representative Thompson to publicly support the beginning of impeachment hearings.

The Judiciary Committee has already begun the process of impeachment hearings, albeit slowly. One hundred and twenty-two House Democrats have come out in support of them. It’s time that Representative Thompson joined their ranks.

Background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/07/10/impeachment-isnt-optional-if-facts-point-that-direction-congress-must-act/?utm_term=.6dfc3fa6e262

https://www.gq.com/story/democrats-impeaching-trump


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

Thank You for Supporting Impeachment Hearings!

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to thank Representative Huffman for supporting the beginning of impeachment hearings NOW. The Constitution is clear: impeachment isn’t optional. When the facts point towards impeachable conduct, it’s Congress’s duty to act. We know from the Mueller report and from Democratic leaders’ statements that impeachable conduct has occurred. Thank you for doing the right thing! Please press your colleagues to do the same!

Background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/07/10/impeachment-isnt-optional-if-facts-point-that-direction-congress-must-act/?utm_term=.6dfc3fa6e262

https://www.gq.com/story/democrats-impeaching-trump


The Democratic National Committee
(202) 863-8000

Hold a Climate Debate!

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to say that I’m appalled that the DNC is not only NOT HOLDING a climate debate, it’s threatening 2020 presidential candidates who even PARTICIPATE IN ONE with banning them from other debates. This is outrageous!

Climate change is not just a “single issue” but something that impacts all other issues. Americans understand that. It's why climate is a top issue in this election – it must be debated!

Frankly, the DNC’s threatening presidential candidates over even engaging with the most critical issue of our time makes me angry and mistrustful of the DNC. Unless you reverse your position and welcome a climate debate, I will withhold all donations from you and donate only to individual candidates, ones who aren’t in thrall to the fossil fuel industry – as you appear to be. As an activist, I can say that you are undermining what the Democratic Party should be standing for. Shame on you!

Background:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-the-democratic-national-committee-hold-a-climate-debate-2/?link_id=0&can_id=b6ddce47feb58218554f7ca99244f89e&source=email-threatening-candidates-for-participating-in-a-climate-debate&email_referrer=email_560549___subject_725583&email_subject=threatening-candidates-for-participating-in-a-climate-debate


California State Senators
STATE SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRE
Sacramento phone: (916) 651-4002
Santa Rosa phone: (707) 576-2771

STATE SENATOR BILL DODD
Sacramento phone: (916) 651-4003
Santa Rosa phone: (707) 576-2093

Eliminate Plastic Pollution and Waste

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 support Senate Bill 54, to eliminate plastic pollution and waste.

Single-use products—typically plastic packaging –  are overflowing our landfills, fouling our oceans and streets, and burdening the environment. Current disposal and recycling policies cannot resolve these problems, and California can no longer afford to wait for a resolution.

Senate Bill 54 requires reduction, composting or recycling of 75 percent of single-use packaging by 2030. It’s a goal we can and must achieve in California. I’m asking the Senator to vote “YES” on SB 54.

Background:

https://addup.sierraclub.org/campaigns/help-eliminate-plastic-pollution-and-waste?promoid=7010Z0000027XlsQAE&db_token=841945b406349b06a875f0d296c600cd370f7266d7156061a8f2db55db1d3465c3d2156b1dbb4f5ba7ee5d7a3ee35cf9