You’re getting lots of emails and social media directions to make calls or send emails to your Members of Congress (MoCs). We’re trying to make one, constantly updated page to take the guesswork out of the picture for the IndivisibleEB community.

So, in other words, bookmark this page! And remember – don’t despair if the line’s busy! Our MoCs weight calls and emails the same.


Updated 11/16/17

Stop the Trump Tax Scam in the Senate

My name is ___ and I live in _____. I want the senator to stop the tax bill that Republicans are jamming through Congress with no thought for how to make life better for average Americans like me. I’m angry that they are again trying to take away health care from millions to pay for tax cuts for wealthy GOP donors. Please use all the tools that worked so well in the previous health care fight to slow the process down and pick up NO votes.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (email)
(415) 393-0707 • DC: (202) 224-3841

Sen. Kamala Harris (email)
(415) 355-9041 • DC: (202) 224-3553

Demand Investigation of Abuses at ICE Facility

Hi. My name is ___, my zip code is ___, and I’m with Indivisible East Bay. As the SF Chronicle has reported, immigration detainees at the ICE facility at West County Detention Center in Richmond are alleging abuse and mistreatment. Please move quickly to conduct a thorough, independent investigation to insure that their rights are upheld and that conditions do not put their health at risk.

 

Stop the Trump Tax Scam

Sen. Feinstein and Harris:

Hello, My name is [ ] and I am with Indivisible East Bay from [zip code]. I wanted to thank the senator for her strong opposition to Trump’s tax scam. Please continue to fight against this colossal give-away to the 1%. The horrible scam posing as reform will hurt people like me and I want her to do all she can to oppose it in the Senate, including withholding consent in order to slow the process down and give more people an opportunity to see how awful this tax scam is.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (email)
(415) 393-0707 • DC: (202) 224-3841

Sen. Kamala Harris (email)
(415) 355-9041 • DC: (202) 224-3553

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Eric Swalwell (CA-15):

Hello, My name is [ ] and I am with Indivisible East Bay from [zip code]. I wanted to thank Rep [ ] for strong opposition to Trump’s horrible tax scam posing as reform. House Republicans are trying to pull a fast one again, like they did when they tried to take away our health care. Please continue to fight against this colossal giveaway to the 1%.

Rep. Mark Desaulnier (email): (510) 620-1000 DC: (202) 225-2095
Rep. Barbara Lee (email): (510) 763-0370 DC: (202) 225-2661
Rep. Eric Swalwell (email): (510) 370-3322 DC: (202) 225-5065

 

Tell our MoCs: Don’t Abandon Puerto Rico!

Despite the administration’s jaw-dropping attempt to simply remove unflattering statistics from the FEMA website about the lack of access to water and electricity in Puerto Rico, the territory is still in the grip of a humanitarian crisis. The deadline to apply for FEMA aid will run out before electricity and phone service is restored for many; the governor has begged Congressional leadership for more aid; the Jones Act waiver has expired, meaning that food and supplies will once again be unaffordable. Tell our members of Congress to push for relief for our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico! Read more here.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (email)
(415) 393-0707 • DC: (202) 224-3841
Sen. Kamala Harris (email)
(415) 355-9041 • DC: (202) 224-3553
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (email): (510) 620-1000 DC: (202) 225-2095
Rep. Barbara Lee (email): (510) 763-0370 DC: (202) 225-2661
Rep. Eric Swalwell (email): (510) 370-3322 DC: (202) 225-5065

Tell the Young Women You Know: Fight the Abortion Ban!

Congress is at it again, acting like they know better than medical experts and better than women do about our own bodies. The misleadingly-named “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” a ban of almost all abortions after 20 weeks, decides (as always) who gets to have babies, and boldly makes up “facts” unsupported by medical science about when fetuses can feel pain. An opinion piece in Teen Vogue(yes, Teen Vogue, doing kick-ass political reporting!) points out that this bill will hurt young women most of all: among other reasons, laws in many states make it harder for them to access abortion services, meaning they’re less likely to get early abortions. Please urge the young women you know to speak up: their futures and even their lives may depend on defeating this anti-woman, anti-young womanlegislation.

And while you’re spreading the word: anti-choice forces are putting huge effort into targeting Democratic Senators in red states. Read this article and contact your friends around the country to have them tell their MoCs to stand strong for reproductive rights!

Fight the Trump Tax Plan: Candy for the Rich, Crumbs for the Rest of Us

With the retreat of Trump(not)Care, the administration and GOP turn to their next plan to make things worse for most Americans: TAXES! Their tax “plan” is a goody bag of massive tax cuts for the hyper-wealthy, while the poor and middle classes get crumbs. The Tax Policy Center says that the average tax cut for the lowest quintile will be $60, with $1,110 for the fourth quintile. The top 1% will get a cut of $129,000; and a whopping $722,000 for the top 0.1%. This shameful wealth transfer upward will add to our national debt, with $3.2 trillion in lost federal revenue over the next decade. Republicans claim – as usual – that tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy will stimulate economic growth, but not a single shred of evidence supports this lie. We need to speak up for reality before their fairy tale becomes a nightmare. Click here for more info and phone scripts, and tell our MoCs to put as much effort into killing this tax plan for the rich as they did in killing wealthcare.

Don’t Blink! The War Against Reproductive Rights Raises Its Ugly Head Again

Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. They are fast, faster than you can believe. Now it’s the HHS Draft Strategic Plan, which declares in Strategic Goal 3: “A core component of the HHS mission is our dedication to serve all Americans from conception to natural death…”

Use this link to tell HHS, “I see what you did there. Life does not begin at conception!”

Comments are due October 27.

End the name-calling and saber-rattling: Pass H.R. 669

Our own Congresswoman Barbara Lee tells it straight: it’s time to stop name-calling and saber-rattling at North Korea before it’s too late. Call 877-650-0039 and write your MoCs and say: “Trump’s actions toward North Korea are reckless and dangerous. Only Congress can declare war. I want Congress to immediately pass Rep. Lieu’s no first-use bill, H.R. 669, to prevent the President from unilaterally authorizing a nuclear strike. A diplomatic solution is the only answer to this crisis, and we need to pursue it starting now.” And pass this on to your family and friends!

Spread the Word About ACA Enrollment Dates

It isn’t paranoia if they’re really out to get you: the administration has drastically shortened the Affordable Care Act enrollment period to only six weeks, and to add insult to injury they also cut the ad budget to let people know about enrollment by 90%, and slashed funding for groups that help people sign up for insurance. So it’s up to us. Use Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth, or anything you can to spread the word: the 2018 Obamacare enrollment period begins November 1 and only runs until December 15, 2017. And don’t forget to enroll yourself! More about open enrollment here, read about an effort by former Obama staffers and others here, and see our article.

Thank Your MoCs  Because Healthcare!

Hey, did you hear that we (and that means YOU) saved healthcare earlier this week? Again!? Not to jinx anything, but it looks like the latest episode of “Undead Zombie Killer vs. the ACA” will end with the good guys victorious, and we’ll be spared the midnight drama that raised CNN’s ratings last time. We’d like to give a huge thank you to our MoCs for keeping that snake oil of a bill off our lawn (just to completely mix metaphors). Whether you decide to call, email or skywrite, they all deserve our gratitude. Again.

Unlike last time, this defeat was due in part to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who opposed the bill because he felt it gave too much money to the states and didn’t go far enough to dismantle healthcare for all. Apparently the doctor-turned-senator wants to create an even bigger monster! So watch out: there may be more sequels to this horror show.

For now, though, take a breath and thank yourselves and everyone you know, and especially thank our MoCs, who helped defeat this latest zombie healthcare destroyer!

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (email)
(415) 393-0707 • DC: (202) 224-3841
Sen. Kamala Harris (email)
(415) 355-9041 • DC: (202) 224-3553
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (email): (510) 620-1000 DC: (202) 225-2095
Rep. Barbara Lee (email): (510) 763-0370 DC: (202) 225-2661
Rep. Eric Swalwell (email): (510) 370-3322 DC: (202) 225-5065
What to say:

This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I am calling (Rep/Sen__) to say thank you for standing firm on behalf of Californians like me, against the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill. I appreciate your strong voice in putting people over politics and preventing what would have been devastating cuts to critical healthcare services. Thank you for keeping up the fight on behalf of all Californians.

Every Vote Must Count!

Voting is the bedrock of our democracy: if it can be broken, every other right we rely on can be taken away. Last month the authors of California AB 840, a bill intended to ensure a thorough vote audit, inserted last-minute amendments that exempt millionsof vote by mail ballots from the manual tally. Our last ditch effort to stop the gutted bill is to urge Governor Brown to veto AB 840.

Call (916) 445-2841 and say: “My name is ____. I live at [zip code]. I am opposed to AB 840 because it exempts millions of vote by mail ballots from the election audits.Please protect the election audits. I urge Governor Brown to veto the bill. Thank you.”

More info on our website and this article.

Tell CalPERS: Divest from TrumpSoho

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, CalPERS, is a government agency that manages retirement benefits for over a million and a half state employees, retirees, and their families. That management includes investment in a real estate fund that transfers millions of dollars to the Trump Organization to manage the TrumpSoHo in NYC. Too few Californians are complaining that a state agency is funding the current occupant of the White House (and probably violating the Consitution), so CalPERS is continuing to line 45’s pockets. Let’s change that! Visit cadivesttrump.org to sign the petition and prepare a letter to the editor.

Call Governor Brown on Other Important Legislation

SB 687 would prevent the unnecessary closure of not for profit hospitals, like Alta Bates in Berkeley. Tell Governor Brown: Sign SB 687!

SB 149 would ban any presidential candidate from appearing on California’s primary ballot if he doesn’t provide a copy of his income tax returns to state elections officials. Tell Governor Brown: Sign SB 149!

Tell Our MoCs: Get Puerto Rico the Long-Term Help it Needs

In the wake of the natural disasters Puerto Rico has suffered, the federal government has waived the Jones Act, a nearly century-old law that restricted ships not flying under US flags from bringing goods to Puerto Rico. The Jones Act made food and other necessary items prohibitively expensive in Puerto Rico and made bringing aid much more difficult. But as Senators Feinstein and Harris have told the president, Puerto Rico needs more: it needs relief for the entire island, not just the parts covered by the existing disaster declarations. It also needs long-term relief that is not being planned for. Please thank Senators Feinstein and Harris and tell your members of Congress:

Puerto Rico needs our help. I know that help is being given now, but there needs to be a long term relief and rebuilding plan that must include debt forgiveness. I disagree with the proposals for obscene amounts of spending for defense. I want us to nation-build Puerto Rico.

(See above for phone numbers for Bay Area senators and congressmembers.)

Health care repeal zombie is back!

Republicans in the Senate are going to try to use budget reconciliation one last time to repeal ACA this month. This Senate budget procedure lets them use a mere 50 votes (+ Pence to make it 51) to pass the Graham-Cassidy Bill, which would repeal protections for those of us with pre-existing conditions, turn Medicaid into a block grant, and reduce the federal government’s funding for Medicaid over time. They have until Sept. 30, the end of this fiscal year, to get the bill scored by the Congressional Budget Office and to the Senate floor for a vote.

We must call and protest as vigorously as we did all through the spring and summer. The mission is clear: PROTECT OUR HEALTHCARE from Graham-Cassidy. To make calls from home, sign up here

What to say:

Please do everything you can to block Republican attempts to revive ACA repeal, including those procedural delay tactics—such as withholding consent—that worked so well last time, buying us time to expose Trumpcare as a morally bankrupt attempt to take away our health care.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (email)
(415) 393-0707 • DC: (202) 224-3841

Sen. Kamala Harris (email)
(415) 355-9041 • DC: (202) 224-3553

Ask all MoCs to fight for a clean DREAM Act ASAP, and protect CA immigrants

We know that protecting DREAMers is a top priority for all of us in Indivisible. Let’s make sure that the Administration’s deplorable agenda against them is thwarted! Please call both of our Senators and your representative, and spread the word.

What to say:

Please work to pass a clean DREAM Act without any harmful immigration enforcement add-ons and please demand that leadership attach it to all must pass legislation. These young people, as well as other undocumented immigrants, have been asked to wait their turn too many times already. And this can’t wait.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (email): (415) 393-0707 DC: (202) 224-3841
Sen. Kamala Harris (email): (415) 355-9041 DC: (202) 224-3553
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (email): (510) 620-1000 DC: (202) 225-2095
Rep. Barbara Lee (email): (510) 763-0370 DC: (202) 225-2661
Rep. Eric Swalwell (email): (510) 370-3322 DC: (202) 225-5065

Hey Chuck & Mitch, slow your roll!

Due to unprecedented obstruction, not to mention outright theft, Senate Republicans (we see you McConnell and Grassley) created a crisis of judicial vacancies across the nation. With 144 federal judgeships open, Trump has been busy nominating assorted warm bodies with questionable legal views for these lifetime appointments. Pay attention, because Trump’s nominees are very conservative and their records show little support for civil rights, reproductive freedom, consumer protection, immigration rights, environmental protection…the list goes on.

Right now 45 nominees are on deck for either Judiciary Committee hearings or full Senate votes. The Senate Republicans are trying to ram these nominees through the confirmation process and pack our federal courts with right-wing conservatives.

There’s one nominee for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which takes federal appeals cases for California and other Western states. Ryan Bounds, age 44, has spent the last seven years as a federal prosecutor in Oregon. He is a member of the conservative Federalist Society. Bounds is also the brother of the Chief of Staff of the U.S. House Representative who suggested him for this position. We think his qualifications are inadequate for a judgeship that is only one step below the U.S. Supreme Court.

Both Senators from Oregon have objected to Bounds’ nomination. Because they are his home state Senators, their objection traditionally means a veto in the confirmation process. Sen Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been wavering on this traditional veto by home state senators. He needs to hear from our Senators about this nomination. Please contact our Senators Feinstein (who is ranking member on the Judiciary Committee) and Harris.

What to say:

I oppose the nomination of Ryan Bounds as judge for the Ninth Circuit of Appeals. He lacks sufficient experience for this position, which is only one step below the U.S. Supreme Court, and he is too conservative in his legal philosophy. I urge you to work against this nominee and to support the Senators from Oregon in objecting to Bounds’ nomination.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (email)
(415) 393-0707 • DC: (202) 224-3841

Sen. Kamala Harris (email)
(415) 355-9041 • DC: (202) 224-3553