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76 weeks to Midterm Elections

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Call your senators

Calling your senators’ staffers with multiple concerns is more efficient for both of you–they don’t mind. Democracy thrives on communication, so call them whether they’re progressive or conservative.Then check the box that you called–whether for one issue or all–so we can count your action.

Look up your senators here.

Your script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] calling/writing about several issues. I’d like Sen. [NAME] to:

Call your House representative

Calling your representative’s staffers with multiple concerns is more efficient for both of you. They don’t mind, but be sure to call both progressives and conservatives. They need to hear from you. Then check the box that you called–whether for one issue or all–so we can count your action.

Look up your House representative here.

Your script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] calling/writing about several issues. I’d like Rep. [NAME] to:

I value equality

Support the dignity of your rainbow of neighbors from every religion, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, age, and ability.

Action 1: Advocate for the constitutional freedom to peacefully assemble.

Source: NIPNLG

Last summer, police violence against Black Americans sparked historic protests across the country. While exercising their First Amendment rights, police and military groups used brutal repression tactics. The current administration has the power to drop unprecedented federal charges against over 350 Black Lives Matter demonstrators. Speak up to make it happen.

Sign: The #DropTheCharges petition to President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Attorney General Garland.


Action 2: Advocate with and for detained pregnant mothers.

Source: RAICES

At Karnes Family Prison and other ICE facilities, reports of extreme medical neglect and abuse of Black pregnant mothers and infants are rampant. Several organizations are calling on Secretary Mayorkas to immediately investigate these reports, free all pregnant mothers and infants from detention, and shut down the ill-named Karnes Family Prison.

Sign: This petition to DHS Secretary Mayorkas.


Action 3: Support the people who feed our nation.

Source: United Farm Workers

Approximately 50% of agricultural workers are aspiring Americans. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act has passed in the House, and could put farm workers and their families on the road to citizenship and protection from the threat of detention and deportation. It’s time senators passed legislation supporting those who feed America.

Sign: The UFW petition to senators.


Action 4: Hold the current administration to their promises. [Updated]

Source: USCRI

UPDATE: Haiti has received Temporary Protected Status for 18 months.


Action 5: Support a humane immigration system in the U.S.

Source: AILA

While the Biden administration pledged to review and reset DHS practices, over 15,000 people are currently in ICE custody and face imminent danger of contracting COVID The established interim priorities don’t do enough to protect people in detention.

Sign: The Immigration Justice Campaign petition.

Acts of Gratitude

Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail.

Tell Govs. Mike DeWine (R–OH) and Jim Justice (R–WV) why you are grateful to them for offering financial incentives for their constituents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Addresses
MD: Riffe Center, 30th Floor, 77 S High St., Columbus, OH 43215
JJ: Office of the Governor, State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E,  Charleston, WV 25305


Tell Gov. Jay Inslee (D–WA) why you are grateful to him for signing a bill enabling farm workers in Washington state to earn overtime pay.

Address: Office of the Governor, PO Box 40002, Olympia, WA 98504


Tell President Joe Biden (D) why you are grateful to him for revoking a proclamation preventing certain aspiring Americans from entering the U.S. due to their perceived healthcare needs.

Contact: whitehouse.gov/contact


Tell Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D–AZ) and Maricopa, AZ County Recorder Stephen Richer (R) why you are grateful to them for standing up for the integrity of the 2020 election in the face of an unsubstantiated county vote audit.

Addresses:
KH: Office of the SOS, 1700 W Washington St. Fl 7, Phoenix, AZ 85007
SR: Recorder’s Office, 111 S. Third Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Good News

Decent people everywhere are speaking up and working together. Just look. #GoodNews

National

  • Senate votes to repeal a rule allowing banks and third-party lenders to charge consumers at interest rates above states’ maximum rates.
  • SCOTUS rules unanimously against warrantless searches and seizures by police.
  • DOD cancels all contracts for construction of a physical barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border that would have used funds intended for military missions.
  • Dept. of Education revises their guidance on the distribution of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to include DACA recipients, aspiring Americans, and international students.
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services reinstates anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people seeking healthcare.
  • Dept. of Labor rescinds a rule limiting the entitlement of gig and contract workers to minimum wage and overtime protections.
  • FDA authorizes the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in kids ages 12 to 15.
  • Four former Minneapolis police officers are indicted by a federal grand jury for violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights.
  • The Biden administration dismantles a proposed rule that would have required biometric data from aspiring Americans upon government request.
  • President Biden revokes a proclamation preventing certain aspiring Americans from entering the U.S. due to their perceived healthcare needs.

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2 Comments

  1. You have made this so easy to use. Thank you.
    We need to keep our voices out there even if we are represented by people who don’t agree with us.

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