2017 Resistance Action Items
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howtoresist2017@gmail.com
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Issues and Scripts
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**Call your Senators and Representatives at both their DC offices and their regional offices. Send mail, postcards are even better, to both their DC and regional offices**
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**Keep calling/sendng mail to your representatives at least once a week while issues are still relevant
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IssueScript
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ALL BUDGET CALLS - use this script for all of your calls. We recommend you make one call per rep, per issue. It's easier for staffers to tally constituent opinions that way. Remember, this week you're calling congresmen, NOT senatorsHi, my name is NAME and I'm constituent of CONGRESSMAN in ZIP CODE. I oppose BUDGET CUT because of FACT. Thank you!
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Oppose religious-based hate crimesHi, my name is NAME and I'm a constituent of SENATOR in ZIP CODE. I encourage you to support bipartisan legislation proposed by Tammy Baldwin, Martin Heinrich, and Dean Heller to safeguard JCCs and other faith-based community centers. Thank you! [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Support ACA I'm [NAME]. I'm calling about Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA. Every American deserves access to affordable health care. Please ask [Senator or Representative's NAME] to oppose cuts to Medicare/Medicaid and efforts to repeal the ACA. Millions of Americans depend on these plans for their health care coverage and it is the [SENATOR'S or REPRESENTATIVE'S] duty to protect their ability to obtain affordable care. [ADD IF APPLICABLE]: I depend on my [ACA plan/Medicare/Medicaid] for access to health care, and I won't be able to [see the doctor/afford my medication/pay my insurance premiums if it is repealed]. Thank you. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Oppose defunding of Planned ParenthoodHi my name is [NAME] and I am from STATE or DISTRICT. I'm calling to urge you NOT to defund Planned Parenthood because 2.5 million patients could be cut off from lifesaving care. For so many people, there is no other place to go for quality, compassionate care without judgment. Planned Parenthood health center mean healthier families, more choices, and fewer unintended pregnancies. They play an essential, lifesaving, irreplaceable role in our communities and our country. Thank you for your time. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Oppose SCOTUS nominee Neil GorsuchI'm [NAME], a constituent. I'm calling to let [Senator's NAME] know that I do not support Neil Gorsuch's nomination. I'm concerned that Gorsuch is a Constitutional originalist with radical views on issues like gun rights, reproductive freedom, and environmental protections. His ultra-conservative ideals do not reflect the views of the majority of Americans. I urge you to block his nomination by any means possible. Thank you. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Support transgender students' rights My name is NAME and I am a constituent in STATE OR DISTRICT. I'm calling to voice my opposition to the rollback on transgender protection in schools. Transgender children are at incredibly high risk of bullying, violence, and even sexual assault. Allowing children to use the bathroom corresponding to their sexual identity doesn't cause crime, it protects people at risk of being victimized. I urge you to make a public statement affirming support of transgender students' rights and to introduce and support legislation that reintroduces protections for transgender students. Thank you. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Support DACAI'm [NAME], a constituent who supports compassionate immigration policies. I ask that [Senator or Representatives NAME] urge Trump to keep DACA in place. America is a nation of immigrants. We do not deport people from the only home they have ever known and we do not close our doors on people in need. Thank you. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Oppose HR 610/school vouchersMy name is NAME and I am a constituent in STATE OR DISTRICT. I'm calling to voice my opposition to HR 610 and the introduction of school vouchers to the education system. Recent research has shown that vouchers disproportionately affect students of color and negatively impact the academic performance of students that use them. I urge you to oppose HR 610. Thank you. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Oppose environmental protection rollbacksI'm [NAME], a constituent from STATE OR DISTRICT, concerned about Trump's record of denying climate change. I ask that [Senator or Representative's NAME] publicly condemn Trump's threats to repeal the Clean Power Plan, withdraw from the Paris agreement, or remove any other existing environmental protections. I want the [Senator or Representative's NAME] to refuse to compromise with Trump if he appoints climate change deniers. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Oppose cuts to USAIDSCRIPT: Hi, my name is NAME. I'm a constituent of REPRESENTATIVE in ZIP CODE. I am calling to oppose all cuts to the US Agency for International Development. Please protect the $37.9 billion the Obama administration allocated to foreign assistance. Thank you! [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Support access to birth control (Call HHS Sec Tom Price)Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am from [STATE]. I’m calling because I am concerned that Secretary Price might try to take away insurance coverage of birth control. Having no-cost birth control coverage from the health care law has been so important to me and others across the country. I want to make sure Secretary Price hears from me: please protect this benefit. Our health and economic security depend on it. Thank you for your time. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Oppose Bannon's involvement with the National Security Council and support HR804Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to express my support for Congresswoman Murphy’s bill, H.R. 804, because it protects the National Security Council from political interference. Our national security should not be threatened by partisan politics. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Support the appointment of a Federal Election Commissioner who will end gerrymandering and support campaign finance reformMy name is NAME and I am a consitutent in STATE OR DISTRICT. As you know, President Trump campaigned with the promise that he would "drain the swamp" in D.C. A fundamental part of a more just government is campaign finance reform and a reduction in gerrymandering. Please express your public support for an FEC that's dedicated to more fair elections and let President Trump know that you will not confirm any candidate that doesn't meet those standards. Thank you. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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Support first amendment rights and a free pressI'm [NAME], a constituent calling to ask [Senator or Representative's NAME] to publicly denounce Donald Trump's direct attacks on the First Amendment. Specifically, the [Senator or Representative's NAME] should denounce Trump's hostility toward the press and his repeated threats to make a "database of Muslims." A free press is essential to a free society, and religious freedom is America's most essential value. Please ask [Senator or Representative's NAME] to stand up for First Amendment rights by demanding that Trump allow journalists reasonable access to the White House AND stop attacking freedom of religion.
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Support the National Endowment for the ArtsMy name is NAME and I am a consitutent in STATE OR DISTRICT. Please support the continued funding of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities at the current level, or an increased level. Americans that participate in the arts once a year, or more, are more likely to vote and volunteer in their communities and an independent public opinion poll commissioned by Americans for the Arts indicated that 73% of American adults believe that the arts are a "positive experience in a troubled world," 88% of American adults believe the arts are part of a well-rounded education, and American adults are twice as likely to vote in favor of a candidate who increases arts spending from 45 cents to $1 per person than to vote against them. It is in the best interest of you, your consituents, and your community to support the arts on behalf of those you represent. Thank you for your time! [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
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