5/15 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, the national Congress is back in full swing, and we want to keep up pressure on health care and investigation into various Russian connections. Additionally, some important votes regarding net neutrality and consumer financial protections are coming down the pipeline.
Call to Action - Do these things!
Take action to protect important Internet freedoms! Call our reps and share this story on social media using Countable's listing for the upcoming FCC vote on net neutrality. This link has an excellent background on what net neutrality is, why it's so important, and what is happening soon. Free access to the internet is one of the most important issues that we're facing at the moment, so let's make sure that our reps know that we won't stand idly by as those access rights are overturned. While the FCC public comment window has closed, we need to do everything in our power to get our reps to protect net neutrality.
Attend a local event - there are quite a few coming up! There are several local events happening, from seminars regarding women in Islam to racial justice activist group meetings to marching against Monsanto. We know everyone will find at least one event that speaks to them. See the links in the Upcoming Events section below for more details.
From the Indivisible Front Range team:
Protect your National Monuments! A recent executive order calls for the Department of Interior to review large sites designated as national monuments since 1996, which will potentially affect 27 monuments (more info here). The DOI is currently accepting comments about these monuments, and it's vital for us to protect all 27 of these important monuments. These monuments occur on sites that were already part of the federal land pool, but former presidents or Congress decided (with great public support and input) to add additional protections to the areas. None of these designations were undertaken lightly or as part of a "federal land grab," as Pres. Trump recently implied.
You can make your thoughts known by commenting on the regulations.gov form for this issue (make sure to enter DOI-2017-0002 into the search box if you navigate away from the link), and you can use the following talking points for your comment or for any phone calls that you make.
Keep defending the ACA! In conjunction with national teams, this is one of our top priorities as well. Refer to the Make them Shake guide from the 5/8 Weekly Call to Action for our coordinated action plan.
From the Indivisible National team:
Top Indivisible Priorities this Week
- Call for an independent prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. We have a brand new document explaining the situation and how you can have the most leverage. This week, not only did Trump fire FBI Director James Comey, he then went on national television and admitted that the Russia investigation was part of his reason for doing so. This essentially amounts to a constitutional crisis. The American people deserve to know just how serious this administration’s ties to Russia are, but it’s clear that Republican Members of Congress aren’t in a hurry to find the answers. And we can’t trust whoever Trump nominates as the next FBI Director to take this seriously either. It’s time to demand that a special prosecutor be appointed to continue the investigation—and your Senators should be doing all they can to ensure that this happens. Demand that your Senators withhold consent and filibuster all Senate business until a special prosecutor is in place.
- Keep defending the ACA. First things first: you’ve still got the entire rest of this weekend to hold the House accountable for their AHCA vote, so don’t let up! Once the House returns back to DC, it’s time to start making sure your Senators know that if they pass this bill, they can expect the same constituent outrage the House saw this recess. Need a refresher on the rest of the AHCA’s path to becoming law? Read up on TrumpCare Passed the House: Now What?
Although our top two priorities this week are pushing for a Russia investigation and continuing to defend the ACA, there’s always a lot going on in Congress. If you have got time for some more conversations with your MoCs’ offices, here are a couple more topics worth bringing up:
- If you want to prevent the next financial crisis, next week could be your chance. Once they are back from recess, the House is planning to vote on the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10), a bill that will deregulate Wall Street. Here is a script for making calls.
- We got a big win on the environment! The Senate rejected a resolution to permanently do away with the BLM Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, which limits waste of natural gas on public lands. We beat this dangerous resolution thanks to constituents like you who called in to say no to giving oil and gas companies a free pass.
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
Consumer Finance (National) - H.R. 10: Financial CHOICE Act of 2017
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
6:30-8:30pm - Islam 101 Seminars: Women in Islam
6pm-? - Democracy School
10:30am-12:30pm - Boulder Standing Up for Racial Justice monthly meeting
5pm-? - Democracy School