12/17/17 Weekly Call to Action
Each week, we'll gather the week's most relevant advocacy actions, legislation, and events so that we can target our actions to have the most impact. We'll bring in happenings at the local, state, and national level from several sources so you can have a one-stop shop for your information and advocacy actions. If you come across an item to include in an upcoming Call to Action post, please send us a link through the Contact form on this site. Thanks for your advocacy!!
We’re humbled day in and day out by this movement’s ability to transform politics. We haven't won them all, but we did win in Alabama, the heart of the deep South, and we swept the election in Virginia in November and won elections from coast to coast this year. We want next year to be even bigger. The 2018 midterms give Indivisible Groups the chance to elect progressive representatives and senators to Congress, dozens of governors and statewide officials, and hundreds of state legislators.
That work starts now.
Call to Action - Do these things!
Boulder City Council Meeting- Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.
Scope and enforcement of the city’s campaign finance laws; recent amendments to the city charter relating to putting initiatives and referenda on the ballot; and the effect of inactive voters on the right of direct legislation.
Selection of the city's banking services provider and public banking discussion.
1. IF ROBERT MUELLER IS FIRED- emergency "Nobody is Above the Law" rallies around the state and country
Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. The latest word is that Mr. Trump will try and do it during the Christmas holiday break when DC is empty. This would be a constitutional crisis for our country. Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, and whether Congress—the only body with the constitutional power and obligation to rein Trump in from his rampage—will do anything to stand up to him.
Here is the link for the Boulder event should one occur: RSVP for Boulder Rapid Response to Mueller's firing.
Rallies will begin hours after news breaks of a Mueller firing, if you are outside of Boulder, you can enter your zip code at this link to find one closer to you: https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/
- If Mueller is fired BEFORE 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin @ 5 P.M. local time
- If Mueller is fired AFTER 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin @ noon local time the following day
- This is the general plan—please confirm details on your event page, as individual hosts may tailor their events to their local plan.
2. ADVOCATE FOR THOSE WHO DEPEND ON MASS TRANSIT:
RTD is currently working on changing how low income individuals and families can access passes. Currently limited discounted passes are available to Non-Profit Organizations (NPO's), there is a sliding scale available for individuals to purchase, and there are student passes given through schools. They are looking at moving to only one method of access for low income residents. It is believed they will be pushing to only offer a sliding scale option, and it will be accessible to less people. Though the leadership team is currently being non-responsive to requests we can all start to contact our RTD Board Members, http://www.rtd-denver.com/BoardDirectors.shtml . We need to let them know that we want an equitable solution that will continue to support NPO’s, a reflective sliding scale to Denver Metro’s cost of living, and to continue to support the student pass program. Plan to attend the December 19 meeting. More info here! https://www.facebook.com/events/804449683072746/
3. GET INVOLVED WITH Colorado Democratic Party:
If you want to learn more about how the Colorado Democratic Party is getting ready to flip seats blue in 2018, there is no better way to do it than to start getting involved now! Go here for opportunities: https://www.coloradodems.org/
1. NET NEUTRALITY - DO THESE THINGS
This isn’t over. We knew this decision would happen, and now we move to the next stage of this fight.
- Call and email your reps and tell them you want then to support legislation to protect Net Neutrality. Mike Coffman is already coming out for this. Senator Bennet as well. Gardner? Buck?
- Call your AG Cynthia Coffman (Mike’s ex-wife…), and ask her how she plans on addressing the FCC’s changes. She has similar powers to protect consumers from anti-competitive practices. Additionally, ask her to sign off on the letter calling to investigate fake comments. 17 other states are doing this. Colorado not yet. CO AG NUMBER: 720-508-6000.
More info here on steps you can take >> https://twitter.com/celeste_pewter/status/941370672147709952
2. Protect DREAMers
For three months, Democrats said that they would use the leverage they would have on the December government spending bill (“CR”)to protect DREAMers. But just 8 Senate Democrats kept their word by voting against the CR. The rest voted to deport Dreamers. If you have a Democratic Senator, call to make sure they follow through on Dec. 22, the next opportunity they’ll have to fight with Dreamers.
FIND THE PHONE #s FOR YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BL1dJ2vENTGCo0NbOLxy7rxhk3AY95dgvv6F84S13PQ/edit#bookmark=id.wavu32e4rd74
3. Kill the Tax Bill
People are protesting in Washington. We’re fighting this with everything we have.
Call Gardner, COFFMAN, and Bennet and your own House rep to tell them to VOTE NO on the tax bill. Things have changed over the past hours and the bill is once again being revised and changed. Grad school taxation looks to be off the table, but temporary relief for middle class people is being cut shorter, while even MORE cuts to the uber wealthy are being considered. Tell your electeds: “This tax bill is a travesty not only in the process - no one knows what’s in it and yet they want to rush a vote - but also in the fact that if you wanted to give a cut to the middle class, you could do just that. TRICKLE DOWN DOESN’T WORK.” Remember, you don’t need to convince the staffer or the voicemail. Just register your dissent.
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
Environment and Government Procedure (National) - S.B. 119: Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
Tuesday, December 19th- 1 PM
1298 N Peoria St, Aurora, CO 80011-6206, United States
Wednesday, December 20th- 8 PM
RCV Campaign Call Online
Ranked choice voting (RCV) has improved elections in cities and states across the United States, as well as in Universities, in private organizations, and in elections worldwide. Voters in cities using RCV report less negative campaigning, and it has majority support in every U.S. city that uses it.
Wednesday, December 27th- 11 AM
Friday, December 29th- 6 PM
Saturday, January 6, 2018- 3:45 PM
** The next Call to Action will be published on Sunday, January 7**
We wish you a happy, healthy New Year.