Phone Scripts 9.16-9.22.2019

Defunding Hate. Standing Up to Trump
This past Spring, the House passed over 200 pieces of legislation designed to show what they care about and what they’ll do once we retake the Senate and the White House. These so-called “messaging bills” are important but also, at this point, impotent. They send a message, but they don’t apply power to address what’s happening right now. An authoritarian president dismantling democracy. A politically weaponized Department of Justice and Supreme Court. A complicit Republican Party.

There are two things the Democratic House can and must do to use the power they now have to fight back against the evil enveloping our country: cut off the funds for corrupted administration activities and hold impeachment hearings to clearly and publicly demonstrate the lawlessness of the Trump regime. We wish we could say that the Democratic leadership is on this. They’re not. Instead, they appear tentative, weak, and afraid. It’s time for us to call.

Please join us this week in making calls to our Senators and Representative beginning on Monday, 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

Defund Hate

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask that [the MoC] use the appropriations bill due this month to:

  • Cut overall funding for ICE & CBP

  • Remove the slush fund for ICE in Sections 228 (b) (1)-(5) that effectively grants Trump a blank check for deportation & detention

  • Keep language that bars ICE from stealing money from other agencies

If, instead, a Continuing Resolution is passed, please:

  • Provide no extra money for ICE beds, ICE or border agents, or the wall

  • Prohibit overspending for enforcement

  • Adopt guardrails for CBP and HHS from the House supplemental funding bill

Background:

https://indivisible.org/resource/defund-hate-week-action-host-toolkit

Support the Impeachment Process!

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 announce/reaffirm their support for impeachment hearings.

The House Judiciary Committee this past week clearly stated that they have initiated hearings to determine whether or not to bring impeachment charges against Donald Trump. Yet House leadership has been weak and muddled in their messaging, undercutting the effort and blurring the focus. This must stop now. We need clear, unequivocal statements of support from every member of Congress for the process that has begun. And we need it now.

Background:

https://www.lawfareblog.com/impeachment-proceedings-and-congressional-oath

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

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 [the MoC] to support legislation that bans 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. Please pass an assault rifle ban with no expiration date and include a buy-back plan to get all existing weapons out of their owners’ hands. Get them out of our country once and for all.

Background:

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

Block Gutting of Endangered Species Act

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 immediately invoke the Congressional Review Act to block implementation of the new rule weakening the Endangered Species Act.

Gutting the Endangered Species Act on behalf of fossil fuel producers when the climate crisis is causing species collapse world wide is insane. Congress has sixty days to block this Trump action using the Congressional Review Act. Please invoke it immediately!

Background:

https://indivisiblesf.org/call-scripts/2019/8/13/fed-stop-gutting-esa

Block implementation of the new DHS “Public Charge” immigration rule

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 immediately invoke the Congressional Review Act to block implementation of the new DHS “Public Charge” immigration rule.

There are two clear purposes for “public charge” rule change. The first is to continue generating fear, cruelty, and chaos, among, towards, and for, immigrants and potential immigrants, particularly nonwhites. The second is to fundamentally shift American immigration policy from “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” to one that welcomes only the white, the wealthy, and those expected to become reliable Republicans voters.

Please use the CRA to block it!

Background:

https://indivisiblesf.org/call-scripts/2019/8/13/fed-stop-public-charge


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

No Drilling in the Arctic Refuge

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 vote YES on the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act (H.R. 1146).

The bill will restore protections against drilling in the Refuge, halting all of Trump’s Arctic Refuge drilling plans if it becomes law.

Protect Our Coasts from Offshore Drilling

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 vote YES on the Coastal & Marine Economies Protection Act (H.R. 1941) and the Protecting & Securing Florida’s Coastline Act (H.R. 205).

These to will will ban offshore drilling off the entire Atlantic and Pacific coasts and permanently extend the drilling moratorium in the Easter Gulf of Mexico. This will protect our coastal communities and prevent fossil fuel extraction from our waters. It’s critical that both bills pass.


Governor Gavin Newsom
(916) 445-2841

Tax Oil & Gas Extraction (YES on SB 246)

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code______ and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask the Governor to support SB 246, to levy an oil tax that can help wean California off of fossil fuels.

California, which last year extracted 165 million barrels of oil has, unlike a majority of other states, never taxed oil production. This has to end, now. Fossil fuels are driving a climate catastrophe that is threatening human life on earth. Please help wean the state off of fossil fuels by supporting SB 246.

Call or use this link:
https://climateprotection.salsalabs.org/LettertoGavinNewsomSB246/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=910c0bff-29c1-4b12-8fac-ced267c70024


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