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Updated July 16, 2018

🔷 It was great to see so many of you at the Postcards to Voters event Thursday and at the Indivisible Eastside Summer Picnic last night. Our next Postcard event is August 23rd and our next Group Meeting is Sep 9th. 

🔷 We have reached 500 subscribers to our Weekly Actions! Welcome to our new members.  Think of the impact we are having when everyone contacts their Members of Congress!

🔷 Here are your 4 actions for this week. Don’t forget to check out the Calendar section at the bottom for other opportunities to engage.

Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Don’t Forget About Separated Families

From Seattle Indivisible

Until recently, our energies were hyper-focused on ending the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers, and on reuniting the families that had been separated. Although thousands of immigrants are still being held in for-profit detention centers without trial or hearing, a lot of our focus has shifted to the crucial fight over the Supreme Court. We must not let the news cycle leave immigrant families in the dust – we should fight twice as hard on both fronts.

As usual, Rep. Jayapal is leading the way – she has co-sponsored a House bill to abolish ICE, a 15-yr-old agency that answers only to Trump and has been responsible for the harassment and inhumane treatment of immigrants for years. The bill proposes to shut down ICE within a year and replace it with a bipartisan agency that does not answer to the president.

Sample Script for Representatives:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP] to ask that Representative [NAME] join Rep. Jayapal in co-sponsoring the House bill to abolish ICE. ICE has been responsible for the harassment and inhumane treatment of immigrants for years, and it is time to show immigrant communities that we hear their voices. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

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Sample Script for Senators:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP]. Representative Pocan recently introduced a bill to the House that would abolish ICE, an agency that has been responsible for the harassment and inhumane treatment of immigrants for years.  And I’m excited that Congresswoman Jayapal is co-sponsoring this bill. I would like to see Senator [NAME] introduce companion legislation in the Senate. It is time to show immigrant communities that we will not allow them to be cruelly harassed and abused by ICE and its parent agency, CBP.  Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

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Bonus Action: Read activist Tae Phonix’s excellent explainer about how local companies are complicit in supplying technology and access enabling family separation.

Action 2 – [VARIOUS] Block the Addition of a Citizen Question to the 2020 Census

From 5calls and League of Women Voters

The United States Census is an under-appreciated function of our federal government. The once-a-decade count is critical for drawing political districts; allotting congressional representatives to states; and fairly distributing federal funds for education, social services, transportation and other necessities. The Trump administration has already allocated insufficient funds to the US Census Bureau, sparking fears about inaccurate counts. Now, the Department of Justice is further threatening the 2020 Census’ validity by asking the Department of Commerce to include a question about citizenship status for the first time since 1950.

The inclusion of this citizenship question will discourage non-citizens from completing the census, leading to an undercount of immigrant populations. States with large immigrant populations could lose seats in the House of Representatives as a result. Furthermore, states could lose essential funding to provide services to their most vulnerable residents, such as people who rely on federally subsidized housing. Both blue states like California and red states like Texas are already strenuously opposing the new census question.

The Trump administration claims the citizenship question is necessary to allow for enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. However, the administration’s blatant hostility toward voters of color and immigrants reveals the census question’s true purpose: denying immigrant and communities of color a political voice. Congress and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross must block the proposed census question and ensure a complete and accurate Census 2020 count.

Update (3/30): Senators Booker (D-NJ), Hirono (D-HI), and Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced S. 2580, the Every Person Counts Act, to prohibit the inclusion of a citizenship question in the Census.

Update (7/6): Fifty-six House members have signed a letter to Commerce Secretary Ross asking him to address the rationale for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The letter was sent after new information showed the citizenship question was included by Ross’s request, not by the request of the Department of Justice as he has stated publicly.

Action 2A: Call your Representative

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to urge Representative [NAME] to strongly oppose the addition of an untested question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census. Adding this question will skew the census count by discouraging immigrants from participating, thus blocking states from receiving sufficient federal funding. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Action 2B: Call your Senators

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to urge Senator [NAME] to support The Every Person Counts Act, S. 2580, and prohibit the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Adding this question will skew the census count by discouraging immigrants from participating, thus blocking states from receiving sufficient federal funding. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Action 2C: Contact Dept of Commerce via League of Women Voters Action

Action 2D: Make a comment in the Federal Registry: Deadline August 7th.

Action 3 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Protect funding for endangered species and for the environment

From Sierra Club

We’re seeing again how this Congress is ready and willing to do polluters’ bidding at the expense of clean air, clean water, and a livable climate. The House is voting soon on key funding bills, and the Senate will take up their own version in the following weeks. The funding bills coming before the House include provisions to:

  • Cut the EPA’s funding by at least $100 million compared to current levels
  • Cut the popular Land & Water Conservation Fund by $65 million
  • Cut the Endangered Species Listing program by 42%
  • Attack the environment through the use of nearly twenty anti-environmental poison-pill riders that threaten clean water, endangered species, and other safeguards for our health and environment. These riders have no place in appropriations legislation.

These cuts and poison pills are described in a Democratic statement (fourth paragraph and third-to-last paragraph). They undermine protections we count on, and would make it easier for corporations to spew toxic pollution like mercury, lead, and arsenic into our air, drinking water, and backyards.

Republicans have attacked environmental and public health programs in the past, but concerned citizens like us fought back and won. Recently, House Democratic leaders held a forum (led by Nancy Pelosi) to speak up in support of putting people over polluters and keeping strong funding for public health and environmental programs.

Sample Script for Representatives:

Hi, my name is [NAME], and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling today to urge Representative [NAME] to oppose the bill called the House FY 2019 “minibus” that packages the Interior & Environment and Financial Services appropriations bills together. The bill proposes damaging cuts to critical public health and environmental agencies such as the EPA. It’s also loaded with anti-environmental poison pill riders that have no place in any appropriations bills. Funding for protection of the environment should be maintained, and the anti-environmental riders should be removed. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

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Sample Script for Senators:

Hi, my name is [NAME], and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling today to urge Senator [NAME] to oppose any appropriations bill that proposes damaging cuts to critical public health and environmental agencies such as the EPA. Also, please oppose anti-environmental riders, which have no place in any appropriations bills. Funding for protection of the environment should be maintained, and the anti-environmental riders should be removed. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

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Action 4 – [#SaveSCOTUS]  Update from Indivisible National

With more than 100 #SaveSCOTUS events nationwide, the week of action was a tremendous success.

  • Indivisibles and allies held rallies, district office visits, and more in 35 out of 50 states!
  • Alaska alone held TWO district office rallies to tell Senator Murkowski that Brett Kavanaugh is unacceptable for the Supreme Court.
  • Mainers made FOUR visits to Senator Collins to remind her of her important role in this fight.
  • New Yorkers held NINE events to tell Minority Leader Schumer to whip the vote and keep the caucus together!

All over the country, everyday people are showing up in every single possible way to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination because they know what’s at stake with SCOTUS. Key issues that affect us all hang in the balance like reproductive rights, access to health care, LGBTQ+ rights, environmental protections, voting rights, and much more. #SaveSCOTUS will be important all summer.

Action: The best thing you can do right now:

Calendar of In-Person Events:

Save The Date: