4/24 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!!
This week, national Congress is back in session, this is the last week of the first 100 days, and the spending bill must be approved this week. We expect a lot of need for action!
Call to Action - Do these things!
Join Sen. Gardner's telephone Town Hall! Should this be under "Local Actions," I'm not sure... But Sen. Gardner is having another phone-in town hall on Monday 4/24 at 5:45pm. To join, you should RSVP on his website using the VIP Sign-up form on the right hand side. Let's make sure to have a good presence and press him with questions about the budget. Talking points about the budget can be found in this Indivisible April Recess Town Hall guide.
Contribute photos to the #BulldozeTheBudget Instagram campaign! While there are many items that we all will be watching closely after this recess, a big item on the agenda is the budget. We've all heard horror stories of some of the budget cuts on the horizon. Now is the time to start letting our voices be heard about what we want to protect. Venice Beach has started a #BulldozeTheBudget campaign on Instagram, and we think it is a GREAT idea!
We've created our own Indivisible Boulder signs that you can print and take a picture of yourself holding it. Then share it on your Instagram account tagging us (@IndivisibleBoulder) in your photo and using the #BulldozeTheBudget! We'd also like you to email your pictures to email@example.com so that we can fill our Instagram page with all your photos like Venice Beach is doing. Get your INSTAGRAM SIGNS now!
Attend the hearing by House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee for SB17-116, which would loosen restriction on carrying concealed handguns, on 4/26 at 1:30pm in Room LSB-A. Ask them to require permits for concealed handguns! If you can't attend the hearing, call the members of this committee and ask them to oppose the bill.
From the Indivisible Front Range email:
Call the reps who brought about the demise of SB17-283: Clarify Disagree and Discrimination! This bill died on the Senate floor thanks to three Republicans that recognized that no matter how you try to word it discrimination is wrong. Let's also call those that voted yes on this bill to make sure they know we are holding them accountable for their disgusting support of this bill and we disagree with them.
Say "Thank You!" to the group of citizens who spoke with all the House Representatives in opposition of SB17-061: Charter School Mill Levy bill on Monday 4/17 and delivered cards with our position on this bill. All the input we received is this bill will not pass as it stands. They are looking at amendments that would increase funding for Traditional Public Schools but there doesn't seem to be be much hope for that. So everyone it appears all our hard work in opposing this bill has paid off.
Call Senate President Grantham (303-866-4877) and tell him to pass HB17-1328: Require Candidates to Disclose Income Tax Returns to the Senate floor for a vote. We are in support of this bill it has passed the House Committee it is expected to be assigned to the Senate kill Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs. This bill requires all Presidential Candidates running for office in Colorado to disclose their tax returns.
Read up on how to understand and talk about a government shutdown in this useful, quick-read Indivisible guide with great talking points. Then see below for further actions to take regarding the national budget.
From the Indivisible Guide Team email:
When your MoCs come back to Washington next week, they will have to pass a stopgap funding bill, known as a “CR” (Continuing Resolution), to fund the government past April 28. But with his 100-day report card looming on that same day, Trump is desperate for any legislative win he can get—so much so that his cronies in Congress may be willing to risk a government shutdown by including unpopular policy riders in the funding bill, such as: defunding of ACA subsidies that millions of Americans rely on; Defunding Planned Parenthood and other family planning initiatives; Additional funding for Trump’s mass deportation force, including his border wall, detention facilities, and more ICE agents; Restricting federal funding for cities that take up sanctuary policies; Defunding the EPA and other climate protection programs. Ask your MoC not to risk a shutdown and to oppose policy riders in any CR.
This Thursday, join Indivisible and the National Immigration Law Center on Facebook Live to talk about what you can do to support immigrant families. On Thursday, April 27 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT, join Indivisible and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) for a Facebook Live event where we will discuss the upcoming May 1 Rise Up marches in support of immigrant families. Immigration experts will be on hand to answer your questions about Trump’s efforts to tear families apart, sanctuary cities, and how you can support immigrants. RSVP to get a reminder and other streaming options now. Submit all of your questions here or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The attacks against immigrants and refugees have been nonstop, from the Muslim ban to Trump’s mass deportation force. It’s time we rise up and show our support for the immigrants and refugees who are fighting back. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement for Rise Up, a nation-wide action for immigrants and allies to stand together and resist. Rise up with us by attending an event near you! Any attack on immigrants is an attack on all of us. Together we can shine a light on the path to freedom and end the cruelty against immigrants and refugees. If you are interested in joining us to promote the Rise Up events across the country on May 1, here’s a digital toolkit to get you started.
Check out our new Immigrant Ally Toolkit, developed in partnership with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Local Progress, National Immigration Law Center, Reform Immigration for America, and United We Dream, for more information on the May 1 day of action and how you can work in your communities to rise up, unite, and protect immigrant families.
Trump just won’t let TrumpCare/Republicare die, as it should. Humiliated by the failure of the House to bring his TrumpCare bill for a vote, Donald Trump is still demanding that Congress pass his ACA repeal bill. But as the White House and congressional Republicans continue to make changes to their TrumpCare bill, they’ve only managed to make it worse. What hasn’t changed is the devastation the bill will cause: at least 24 million Americans would lose their coverage, premiums would increase, and people with pre-existing conditions could face astronomical premiums. That’s why it’s critical that your Representative continue to hear from your group. Tell them that you don’t want them wasting any more time on TrumpCare. For additional resources and talking points, see our “Obamacare is the law of the land” guide.
Spread the word and then March for Our Climate on April 29 starting at 10am in Denver. The Trump administration’s first 100 days have been filled with unprecedented attacks on the health and safety of American families and have decisively shown that his administration has sided with polluters over people at every turn. (See our new policy brief on defending the environment.) Watch and share the Why I March video from 350.org. We encourage Indivisible groups to join the People’s Climate March in DC or at sister marches across the country. Get started with the People’s Climate March toolkit and spread the word.
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
Crime/Justice (State) - SB17-116: Concealed Handgun Carry Without A Permit
Elections (State) - HB17-1328: Require Candidates to Disclose Income Tax Returns
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
5:45pm - Cory Gardner Telephone Town Hall
6:15pm - Boulder City Council Meeting
7pm - Longmont City Council Meeting
1:30pm - Lobby Day to show our opposition to SB17-116
5pm - Dining Out for Life
9am - People's Climate March in Denver's Civic Center Park (marching starts at 10am)
Save the date! Fri 5/5, 6-9pm and Sat 5/6, 12-5pm. Indivisible is participating in Boulder's art response to the current administration, the Resist/Persist Art Exhibition. Friday's opening event is part of North Boulder's First Friday art walks, and Saturday will feature a post card table where you can express your artistic and political sides at the same time. Click the link above for more details about the event.