Let's mobilize to let our representatives know that we want them to speak out publicly against the appointment of a white nationalist as chief strategist in the White House.
#CallYourReps, people. Let's flood the phone lines to #StopBannon.
Here are my suggestions for today.
1. Call your Senators and Representatives to let them know that you want them to publicly denounce Steve Bannon's appointment.
Find phone numbers for your Senators: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Find phone numbers for your House Representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Here are some sample scripts you can use to make the call:
For Democratic Senators and Representatives (except for those who have denounced the Bannon appointment, see full list here):
Hello, my name is _____. I am a constituent, living in (address, district). I am horrified at the news of Trump appointing Steve Bannon as one of his closest advisors.
Does (legislator’s name) agree with Harry Reid that Bannon’s appointment sends a dangerous signal that white supremacists “will be represented at the highest levels” in Trump’s administration?
I am frightened by this (as a woman, as a Jewish person, as a Muslim person, as a black person, etc.) and I am asking (legislator’s name) to speak out against this appointment immediately, to make it clear that this is not acceptable. Can (legislator’s name) commit to standing with Harry Reid and hundreds of other legislators and speaking out publicly?
For Republican Senators and Representatives:
Hello, my name is _____. I am a constituent, living in (address, district). I am horrified at the news of Trump appointing Steve Bannon, a white supremacist, as one of his closest advisors.
How does (legislator’s name) feel about this appointment? Does this appointment represent his/her views? I am frightened by this (as a woman, as a Jewish person, as a Muslim person, as a black person, etc.) and I am asking (legislator’s name) to speak out against this appointment immediately, to make it clear that this is not OK with mainstream Republicans. I believe that Bannon’s appointment sends a dangerous signal that white supremacists “will be represented at the highest levels” in Trump’s administration. Can (legislator’s name) commit to speaking out publicly against this appointment?
General tips on how to talk to your legislators: http://www.attn.com/stories/12768/former-congressional-staffer-explains-how-to-make-congressman-listen
Bannon's appointment is not to a Cabinet seat that needs approval, but we can demand that they express their disgust. Let's put pressure on our elected representatives to join them.
2. Call the offices of those who have stood up to thank them for speaking out against Bannon's appointment. They need to know that they have national support on this and that we value their bravery and moral fortitude.
Sen. Harry Reid: 202-224-3542 (first to speak out)
Rep. Adam Schiff: (202) 225-4176
David Cicilline (D-RI): 202-225-4911 (coordinating an open letter to get others in congress to sign!)
Karen Bass (D - CA): 202-225-7084
Earl Blumenauer (D - OR): 202-225-4811
Richard Blumenthal (D - CT): (202) 224-2823
Don Beyer (D - VA): 202-225-4376
Suzanne Bonamici (D- OR): 202-225-0855
Cory Booker (D - NJ): (202) 224-3224
Sherrod Brown (D - OH): (202) 224-2315
Bob Casey (D - PA): (202) 224-6324
Joaquin Castro (D - TX): 202-225-3236
David Cicilline (D - RI): 202-225-4911
Judy Chu (D - CA): 202-225-5464
Yvette Clarke (D - NY): 202-225-6231
Katherine Clark (D - MA): 202-225-2836
Steve Cohen (D - TN): 202-225-3265
Jim Cooper (D - TN): 202-225-4311
Joe Crowley (D - NY): 202-225-3965
Lloyd Doggett (D - TX): 202-225-4865
Keith Ellison (D - MN): 202-225-4755
Steny Hoyer (D - MD): 202-225-4131
Jared Huffman (D - CA): 202-225-5161
Steve Israel (D - NY): 202-225-3335
Robin Kelly (D - IL): 202-225-0773
Joe Kennedy III (D - MA): 202-225-5931
Jim Langevin (D - RI): 202-225-2735
Barbara Lee (D - CA): 202-225-2661
Sandy Levin (D - MI): 202-225-4961
Nita Lowey (D - NY): 202-225-6506
Ed Markey (D- MA): (202) 224-2742
Betty McCollum (: (202) 225-6631
Jim McGovern (D - MA): 202-225-6101
Gregory Meeks (D - NY): 202-225-3461
Jeff Merkley (D - OR): (202) 224-3753
Gwen Moore (D - WI): 202-225-4572
Seth Moulton (D - MA): 202-225-8020
Chris Murphy (D - CT): (202) 224-4041
Jerry Nadler (D - NY): 202-225-5635
Richard Neal (D - MA): 202-225-5601
Nancy Pelosi (D - CA): (202) 225-4965
Chellie Pingree (D - ME): 202-225-6116
Mark Pocan (D - WI): 202-225-2906
Tim Ryan (D - OH): 202-225-5261
Bernie Sanders (I - VT): (202) 224-5141
Jan Schakowsky (D - IL): 202-225-2111
Jose Serrano (D - NY): 202-225-4361
Brad Sherman (D - CA): 202-225-5911
Paul Tonko (D - NY): 202-225-5076
Niki Tsongas (D - MA): 202-225-3411
Nydia Velazquez (D - NY): 202-225-2361
Elizabeth Warren (D - MA): (202) 224-4543
Ron Wyden (D - OR): (202) 224-5244
Here’s a running list of who has spoken out so far: http://jstreet.org/members-congress-condemned-bannons-appointment/
And another: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/111wy-SKScdGOQ8z_ddk3TARvc4-RAXwRL6I6phoLx70/htmlview#
3. Call Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s offices and demand that they denounce Bannon's appointment, using the Republican script above without stating that you are a constituent (unless you are).
Paul Ryan: (202) 225-3031 x6
Mitch McConnell: (202) 224-2541
If Paul Ryan is no longer accepting voicemails, you can also call:
Toll-Free: 1-888-909-RYAN (7926)
Phone: (608) 752-4050
Phone: (262) 654-1901
Phone: (262) 637-0510
4. Sign this petition: https://www.splcenter.org/stephen-bannon-has-no-business-white-house
Feel free to share this information and these scripts widely and/or adapt them freely. Let's flood the phone lines and get our representatives to stand up against this appointment.
A friend suggested the following:
The best way to block Bannon may be to phone the Republican Jewish Coalition. Their number is (202) 638-6688.
They claim to represent the Jewish community to the administration, and they're supporting Bannon. If they change their tune, that might actually accomplish something.
Call them, tell them you're Jewish (if you are Jewish), tell them you vote, and tell them Bannon is a white supremacist antisemite and is unacceptable and horrifying. Tell them you expect a Jewish organization to oppose, rather than support, white supremacists. Take your pick among these messages, or just tell them you're against Bannon. Just pick up the phone and make that call.
Phone calls are a great way to get the RJC's attention because they take paid staff time to answer. Let's light up their switchboard with a clear message that Jews cannot support a white supremacist.