Script for Calling Your Representative about Maxine Waters’ Bill to Investigate Trump’s Ties To Russia

Representative Maxine Waters is introducing legislation to being an independent investigation into Donald Trump’s extensive ties to Russia. Here’s a script to call your representative and ask them to support Representative Waters’ bill.

“Hi, I am (name) from (zipcode). I am calling to ask (representative) to support Maxine Waters’ bill to launch an independent investigation into Donald Trump’s extensive ties to Russia. It is vitally important that Russia, an authoritarian ethnonationalist state, not have undue influence in the White House. A thorough, independent investigation is necessary to ensure that it does not. We can’t afford to have a puppet of Putin running our country. Thanks!”

Script for Calling Your Representative about Maxine Waters’ Bill to Investigate Trump’s Ties To Russia

Script for Calling Your Representatives about the Anti-Union Bill

Every worker protection we have in the United States is a result of the hard work of unions. Unions gave us weekends. Unions gave us a minimum wage. Unions gave us workplace safety regulations. Unions ended child labor. Unions built the middle class. Every victory for labor was won by organized labor unions, often at great personal expense–unionizers and strikers were routinely targeted for violence by both the government and the robber barons of the early industrial period. Many hundreds were killed. Their deaths paid for our worker protections.

The GOP has had it out for unions for decades, passing so called “right-to-work” legislation in states around the country. Slowly, persistently, they have rolled back worker protections and degraded our quality of life. The decades-long attack on unions has resulted in dramatic income inequality in spite of increasing productivity and longer and longer working hours.

Now, the GOP wants to do nationally what it has done at the state level. They must be stopped. Here’s a script for calling your representative.

“Hi, I am (name) from (zipcode). I am calling to ask (representative) to vote no on the anti-union bill being introduced by Reps. Joe Wilson of South Carolina and Steve King of Iowa. Unions are vital for a healthy middle class. The organized labor movement gave us weekends, a minimum wage, the end of child labor, workplace safety regulations, and many many other gains that are necessary to protect workers. Those gains were purchased with the blood of early labor organizers, who were violently attacked by both the US government and the robber barons of the early industrial period. As unions have been eroded at the state level, income inequality has skyrocketed and worker protections have nearly vanished.

If (representative) votes yes on the anti-union bill introduced by Reps Wilson and King, they will be voting to place the short-term profits of companies ahead of the long-term health of the American economy. They will be voting, in essence, to speed the US towards economic collapse and the pitchfork revolution that is likely to follow. Please tell (representative) to vote no on this bill and any others that will weaken labor’s ability to organize in the United States.”

Script for Calling Your Representatives about the Anti-Union Bill

Another Script for Calling Your Electeds About Impeaching Trump

On Friday, which was Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump signed a blatantly unconstitutional executive order that banned refugees, visa holders, and permanent residents from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Late Saturday night, amid massive protests, a nationwide legal stay on the order was granted. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees US Customs and Border Protection, released a statement indicating that they would continue enforcing the executive order in defiance of the federal judge’s ruling. As we speak, US Customs and Border Protection agents are detaining and denying entry to refugees, visa holders, and permanent residents, violating the court order. This is a constitutional crisis: the Executive Branch, having already usurped the powers of the Legislative Branch with this Executive Order, is now openly defying the Judicial Branch. THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND. THIS IS AN ATTACK ON THE VERY FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY. WE HAVE TO STOP THIS RIGHT AWAY.

Here are some scripts for making those calls.

For senators:

“Hi, I am (name) from (zipcode). I am calling to ask what (senator) is doing to secure the impeachment of Donald Trump and his removal from office. After signing a disastrous executive order that was then stayed by order of a federal judge, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement saying that they would continue to uphold the executive order in violation of the court order. Either DHS has chosen to defy the judiciary on their own, or Donald Trump has ordered them to do so. If the latter is true, he must be impeached immediately and removed from office, as he is blatantly disregarding the Constitution which he swore to uphold. Remember that the Trail of Tears happened when a President defied the Judicial Branch! And this is yet ANOTHER Constitutional crisis that Trump has brought down on our country, in addition to his blatant violation of the Emoluments clause caused by his refusal to divest from his businesses.

I want (senator) to press for the cancellation of all confirmation hearings and votes until an investigation into whether Trump ordered DHS to violate the court order has been completed. If it is found that Donald Trump ordered DHS to violate the court order, I want (senator) to work for his immediate impeachment and removal from office.”

For representatives:

“Hi, I am (name) from (zipcode). I am calling to ask what (representative) is doing to secure the impeachment of Donald Trump and his removal from office. After signing a disastrous executive order that was then stayed by order of a federal judge, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement saying that they would continue to uphold the executive order in violation of the court order. Either DHS has chosen to defy the judiciary on their own, or Donald Trump has ordered them to do so. If the latter is true, he must be impeached immediately and removed from office, as he is blatantly disregarding the Constitution which he swore to uphold. Remember that the Trail of Tears happened when a President defied the Judicial Branch! And this is yet ANOTHER Constitutional crisis that Trump has brought down on our country, in addition to his blatant violation of the Emoluments clause caused by his refusal to divest from his businesses.

I want (representative) to call for an immediate investigation into whether Trump ordered DHS to violate the court order. If it is found that Donald Trump did do so, I want (representative) to immediately begin working to secure Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.”

Another Script for Calling Your Electeds About Impeaching Trump

Scripts for Calling Your Electeds about the Muslim Ban

Simple script for members of either party in Congress:

“Hello, I am (name) from (zipcode). I am calling because I am deeply alarmed by the Muslim Ban Executive Order that Donald Trump signed on Friday. Not only is it unconstitutional and racist; it is counter to America’s most deeply held ideals. It makes us less safe, in addition to making America appear foolish and cruel on the world stage. I want (senator/representative) to make a public statement strongly denouncing the ban and support legislation to lift the ban immediately.”

Personalizable script for either party in Congress if you have a story about how the ban is personal to you:

“Hello, I am (name) from (zipcode). I am calling because I am deeply alarmed by the Muslim Ban Executive Order that Donald Trump signed on Friday.

(Insert a story about how the ban impacts you, such as: “as a scientist, my professional and personal communities are deeply enriched by Muslim immigrants, who contribute immeasurably to our country” or “As an Iraq war veteran, I depended on Iraqi translators to keep me and my team safe. It is unconscionable that we would abandon them now” or “I am only alive today because the US welcomed my family as refugees/immigrants when they were fleeing violence in their homeland” )

What is (senator/representative) doing to get the ban lifted and prevent the executive branch from taking such drastic, harmful actions in the future?  (Wait for answer)

I am glad to hear (senator/representative) is taking action, but they must do more. I want (senator/representative) to make a public statement strongly denouncing the ban and support legislation to lift the ban immediately.”

Script that doesn’t appeal to the morals of your elected official, in case they don’t have any:

“Hello, I am (name) from (zipcode). I am calling because I am very alarmed by the Muslim Ban Executive Order that Donald Trump signed on Friday. It is incredibly troubling that one man is allowed to take that kind of unilateral action on immigration without even consulting Congress. We live in a democracy, not a monarchy! What is (senator/representative) doing to remove the ban and limit the power of the executive branch to pursue harmful unilateral actions in the future? (Wait for answer)

I want (senator/representative) to make a public statement strongly denouncing the ban and support legislation both to lift the ban immediately and to prevent unilateral executive actions like this in the future.”

Script for Democrats at the national level, which lays out exactly what is happening here:

“Hello, I am (name) from (zipcode). I am calling because I am deeply unhappy about the Muslim Ban Executive Order that Donald Trump signed on Friday. It is morally unconscionable to abandon refugees and immigrants, many of whom need to leave their homelands because of violence resulting from failed US policy. The only thing this policy accomplishes, besides rank cruelty and diminishing US standing in the eyes of our allies, is laying the groundwork for the fascist administration to pursue the internment camps Trump promised and the ethnic cleansing that Counselor to the President Steven Bannon has pushed in his far-right-wing conspiracy theory blog. This is only the first step. The administration is targeting Muslims because they think Americans don’t care about Muslims. We do care, and we need (senator/representative) to fight this with everything they have–not just because targeting Muslims refugees and immigrants is unconstitutional and counter to the most important American ideals, but because this is a test run for fascist violence and they’ll be coming for the rest of us next. What has (senator/representative) done so far to lift this ban and prevent this from happening again? (Wait for answer)

I am very glad to hear (senator/representative) is taking action on this.

(If they haven’t made a public statement) I want (senator/representative) to make a public statement strongly denouncing the ban.

I want (senator/representative) to support legislation to lift the ban immediately. I also want (senator/representative) to be present at the nearest airport port of call to ensure that detainees are receiving proper legal aid.”

Script for Governors if your state has a first Port of Call:

“Hello, I am (name) from (zipcode). I am calling because I am deeply troubled by the Muslim Ban Executive Order that Donald Trump signed on Friday. Our state has a long history of welcoming immigrants and refugees. I’ve heard that Border Control is continuing to enforce the Executive Order even though a nationwide stay has been put in place by a federal judge. What is (governor) doing to protect the refugees and immigrants who are being unlawfully detained and deported in our state? I want (governor) to use whatever forces are available to force Border Control within our state to comply with the federal judge’s ruling.”

Script for Mayors if your city has a first Port of Call:

“Hello, I am (name) from (zipcode). I am calling because I am deeply troubled by the Muslim Ban Executive Order that Donald Trump signed on Friday. Our city has a long history of welcoming immigrants and refugees. I’ve heard that Border Control is continuing to enforce the Executive Order even though a nationwide stay has been put in place by a federal judge. What is (Mayor) doing to protect the refugees and immigrants who are being unlawfully detained and deported in our state?  I want (Mayor) to use whatever forces are available to force Border Control within our state to comply with the federal judge’s ruling.”

Scripts for Calling Your Electeds about the Muslim Ban

Script for Calling Representatives About Impeaching Trump

Trump, as many of us have been saying since he made it out of the primaries, is deeply dangerous to the US and to the world at large. This goes beyond right and left–he is attacking fundamental principles of a free and fair democracy, and putting us in the fast lane to a fascist state run by an authoritarian nightmare. In his first six days in office he has:

  • sent his press secretary to lie to the press
  • banned federal agencies from communicating with the public, the press, or the legislative branch
  • threatened to impose martial law on Chicago
  • promised to investigate voter fraud in the places he did not win, based on the lie he keeps telling that 5 million people voted illegally

People familiar with authoritarian states recognize this. Scholars of authoritarian regimes and refugees from authoritarian regimes have been shouting from the rooftops that we are in danger. Our country is in danger. The world is in danger. We have to stop this. We have to stop this NOW.

Trump is already impeachable because of his refusal to divest from his massive tangle of business interests, which leave him in violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution. Your representative can file Articles of Impeachement TODAY. So why aren’t they?  Use this script and CALL THEM TODAY.

“Hi, I am (name) from (place). I am calling today to ask why (representative) hasn’t filed Articles of Impeachment against Trump for his refusal to divest from his company and his subsequent violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution. The Constitution, if not enforced, is just a piece of paper. Representative (representative name) took an oath to uphold the Constitution: why, then, has (representative) chosen not to enforce it in this vitally important instance?”

If you have a Republican representative, close with this:
“If (representative) is unwilling to enforce the Constitution that they swore to uphold, I will be forced to take my support to a primary challenger who will keep their oath to uphold the Constitution.”

If you have a Democrat representative, close with:
“We are watching our democracy slide into an authoritarian nightmare and we need you to do everything in your power to stop it. This is your responsibility, to your country and its people. If you cannot fulfill this responsibility, I will support a primary challenger who will uphold their oath and enforce the Constitution.”

 

Don’t know how to contact your representative? Find them here: whoismyrepresentative.com. If you’re having trouble getting through, call at another office.

Script for Calling Representatives About Impeaching Trump

Script for Calling Senators About Sessions

The vote on the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General of the US will happen on January 31. Sessions is a dangerous choice for AG, because of his staunch opposition to legislation that protect civil rights for people of color, women, and LGBTQ people. In 1986, he was deemed to be far too racist to be allowed a federal judgeship. That is certainly still true today. It is vitally important that we call our senators to apply pressure on them to reject Sessions. So far, only 17 of Democrats in the Senate have said they will oppose his confirmation! That is unacceptable. CALL TODAY. Here’s a script.

“Hi, I’m (name) and I’m a registered voter in (place). I’m calling today to ask that (senator) oppose the confirmation of Jeff Sessions both publicly and with their vote. Sessions’s opposition to the Voting Rights Act and numerous other key pieces of civil rights legislation (like the Violence Against Women Act) indicates that he is not committed to protecting all Americans. Because his record indicates that he is not committed to protecting all Americans, he cannot be allowed to be our country’s chief law enforcement officer. If (senator) votes to confirm Sessions, I will be unable to continue to support (senator), and will be forced to take my vote elsewhere in future primaries.”

Don’t know how to contact your senator? Find them here: whoismyrepresentative.com. If you’re having trouble getting through, call at another office. Senators have lots of offices!

Script for Calling Senators About Sessions

Postcards to Save the ACA

The Affordable Care Act has done tremendous good for millions of people by eliminating horrors like pre-existing condition exclusions and lifetime caps on treatment cost. The Republicans in Congress are planning to repeal the ACA, dooming 27,000 people annually to their deaths.

Force your Congressional leaders to confront the real people they are trying to kill by sending them a postcard of your beautiful self, explaining why the ACA is necessary for you.

Here’s how to do it.

  1. Take a selfie!
  2.  Choose a postcard printing and mailing service! I like Touchnote, which you can get from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, or in your browser. Other options are MyPostcard, Cards in the Post, and Postcardly.
  3. Upload the selfie you took as the image on a postcard.
  4. On your postcard’s message, write about why the ACA is important to you. This is a great place to say you support expanding it to include a single-payer universal coverage option!
  5. Sign up for an account to add the mailing addresses for your senators and representative. (Find the mailing address for your senators and representative by entering your zipcode at http://whoismyrepresentative.com/ )
  6. Select the addresses for your senators and representative as the addresses to send your postcard to.
  7. Pay for your postcard and you’re all done! Touchnote (or the other postcard service of your choice) will print and mail it for you!

If you don’t have the scratch to send a couple postcards, drop me a line! I have 60 Touchnote credits I would be happy to use to support the ACA.

Postcards to Save the ACA