Phone Scripts 7.10.2017

Lawmakers are back in session this week. McConnell will continue to press for a healthcare vote. In addition to continuing our ask for Senators to push for bipartisan solutions to improve the ACA, we ask them to rigorously protect voting rights. We ask our Congressmen to also protect voter rights as well as the Legal Services Corporation which serves thousands of low-income individuals, veterans, children, families, and seniors in every congressional district.

Call both Senators

 Feinstein:

*SF Office: (415) 393-0707
*DC Office: (202) 224-3841
*LA Office: (310) 914-7300
*San Diego Office: (619) 231-9712
*Fresno Office: (559) 485-7430

Harris:

*SF Office: (415) 355-9041

*DC Office: (202) 224-3553
*Sacramento Office: (916) 448-2787
*LA Office: (213) 894-5000
*San Diego Office: (619) 239-3884

Healthcare Script #1

Hi, my name is _____ and I live at [Address, City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County.

I want to thank Senator [Feinstein or Harris] for supporting her constituents by strongly opposing TrumpCare. The Republican President and Congress have forgotten that the goal is to provide affordable, comprehensive healthcare for all. They risk the health and welfare of tens of millions of people. Now the Republicans are challenging the Democrats to find solutions for the problems the Republican Congress has caused.  I agree that we can improve the ACA and thank the Senator for joining the new bipartisan group on prescription drugs. Please ask the Senator to do two things: 

1) Keep pushing for bipartisan solutions to improve the ACA.

2) Keep doing everything she can to block a vote on TrumpCare, including filibustering by introducing the amendments we’ve been submitting through OurAmendments.org. 

Healthcare Script #2

Hi, my name is _____ and I live at [Address, City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. Senator Cruz has proposed changes to TrumpCare in an effort to make its passage more palatable. But the result of those changes will make healthcare more unaffordable for many. I’m calling to urge Senator [Feinstein or Harris] to oppose this tweak to TrumpCare that creates problems for many already suffering from existing conditions, and drives the insurance marketplace further into crisis.

Background:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2017/07/03/senator-cruzs-healthcare-reform-proposal-creates-a-monster-income-cliff/#1bcda5654615

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/340570-cruz-plan-could-be-key-to-unlocking-healthcare-votes

Protect Voting rights (new script)

Hello, my name is _____ and I live at [Address, City, Zip].  I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. I am deeply concerned about preserving democratic elections, and find the ongoing accusations of ‘widespread voter fraud’ unconscionable, particularly as the Republican President has done nothing to address the known danger of Russian hacking. This, after the Republican Party was hacked, and data on millions of voters stolen.

California’s Secretary of State has joined with others to refuse to provide the information that the Republican President’s so-called ‘bipartisan’ Commission has demanded. But the clear solution is to strengthen US laws that protect both voter registration data and guarantee the security of the ballot.

Will the Senator speak out against this gross Administrative overreach and attempted violation of the personal privacy and voting rights of American citizens by the Commission? Will she work to insure that the Administration does not weaken the (NVRA) Motor-Voter law or in any way disenfranchise legitimate voters?

Background:

http://time.com/4828306/russian-hacking-election-widespread-private-data/

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/19/technology/voter-data-leaked-online-gop/index.html

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Call Congressman Huffman (District 2) or Congressman Thompson

(District 5)

Jared Huffman:

DC Office Phone (202) 225-5161
Petaluma Office Phone (707) 981-8967
San Rafael Office Phone (415) 258-9657
Eureka Office Phone (707) 407-3585
Ukiah Office Phone/Fax (707) 671-7449
Fort Bragg Office Phone (707) 962-0933

Mike Thompson

*DC Office Phone (202) 225-3311
*Santa Rosa Phone (707) 542-7182
*Napa Office Phone (707)226-9898
*Vallejo Office Phone (707) 645-1888

Voter data

Hello, my name is _____ and I live at [Address, City, Zip].  I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. I am deeply concerned about preserving democratic elections, and find the ongoing accusations of ‘widespread voter fraud’ unconscionable, particularly as the Republican President has done nothing to address the known danger of Russian hacking. This, after the Republican Party was hacked, and data on millions of voters stolen. California’s Secretary of State has joined with others to refuse to provide the information that the Republican President’s so-called ‘bipartisan’ Commission has demanded. 

Will the Congressman [Thompson or Huffman] speak out against this gross Administrative overreach and attempted violation of the personal privacy and voting rights of American citizens by the Commission? Will he work to insure that the Administration does not weaken the (NVRA) Motor-Voter law or in any way disenfranchise legitimate voters?

Legal Services and the budget

Hello, my name is _____ and I live at [Address, City, Zip].  I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County.

Every year, millions of our neighbors gain equal access to justice through civil legal assistance provided by the Legal Services Corporation.  But the Republican President wants to take this funding away. In the “ skinny budget” released in March, the Republican President proposed eliminating the Legal Services Corporation entirely. At the time, this produced bipartisan pleas for “robust funding” for the organization. Nonetheless, last week a House appropriations subcommittee passed a bill that would slash the organization ’s funding by roughly a quarter, from $385 million to $300 million. 

The entire House will discuss the budget and all its parts. What is Representative [Huffman or Thompson] doing to preserve this service? How will he guarantee legal representation for us all?

Background:

Established by Congress in 1974, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) promotes equal access to justice by funding high-quality civil legal assistance for low-income Americans. LSC is the largest single funder of civil legal aid in the country. LSC is a grant-making organization, distributing more than 93% of its federal appropriation to eligible nonprofits delivering civil legal aid. LSC awards grants through a competitive process and currently funds 134 independent legal aid organizations with more than 800 offices throughout the United States and its territories. LSC’s grantees serve thousands of low-income individuals, veterans, children, families, and seniors in every congressional district.

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/courts/news/2017/05/17/432553/president-trumps-proposed-cuts-legal-services-corporation-increase-justice-gap/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/legal-services-corporation-trump-budget_us_58cabca5e4b00705db4cef22

Ableist speech and the Republican President

Hello, my name is _____ and I live at [Address, City, Zip]. I am also a member of Indivisible Sonoma County. I’m calling to urge Representative [Huffman or Thompson] to strongly denounce the Republican President’s use of name-calling and unforgivable language. Not only is it reprehensible that our president engages in name-calling, but it is doubly reprehensible that he uses words like ‘low IQ,’ ‘Psycho’ and ‘Dummy’ as his choice of insult. Using these terms as slurs is dehumanizing to those who experience cognitive delays and to those who experience mental illness.

Given the Republican President’s recent tweets, which used these and similar terms, I urge the Representative to speak up in opposition. The Republican President may not learn, but I expect the Representative to point out that this is NOT normal and is NOT acceptable.

Background:

Ableism, the individual or systematic discrimination against and stigmatization of people with disabilities or people perceived to have disabilities, is still an unfamiliar concept to many Americans — some of whom aren’t even willing to admit that racism or sexism are real. Ableists convey the message that disabled people are not full members of our society, leading to exclusion and even abuse. Trump is fully complicit in sending precisely that message.