1/28/19 Weekly Call to Action
The Government Shutdown is over…for now. We need to make sure we continue to give support to our elected officials to hold strong against a wall.
* And every week...be sure to check out our Events Calendar often, as we add events daily to it.*
Call to Action - Do these things!
City Council Meetings coming up:
Feb 5: Next City Council Meeting
View 1/22 City Council Meeting - You can see the recording of the last meeting HERE.
People Power Action Event - Come learn about how you can fight for immigrant rights this legislative session by attending this planning meeting on Virginia's Law.
💖 ELISABETH EPPS is currently on a work release for 28 days of jail time for shielding a young man from police intervention in 2015. The irony of this is that Elisabeth is a tireless bond reformer who founded Colorado Freedom Fund, and is currently STILL working to free people from cages even while she sits in a cage herself. IFRR’s call to action this week for Elisabeth is twofold:
.>> Donate to Tiffany Marie Caudill's fundraiser to support Elisabeth’s ankle bracelet monitoring costs ($35 a day) and any additional fees she might incur (they are so close to their goal!): https://bit.ly/2Wv87Hs
.>> Donate on a one-time or recurring basis to the work of Colorado Freedom Fund, helping men and women get out of jail so that they aren’t stuck in cages simply because of their inability to pay release fees: https://fundly.com/coloradofreedom
✔ JAN 28, 10AM: HELP PASS THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE INITIATIVE (SB19-042), scheduled for a vote on the Senate Floor this Monday. The following State Senators are undecided. We will get no Republican votes, so we can only lose one Democratic vote. Please call and/or email the following Senators this weekend. States in the compact agree to award all their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, no matter which presidential candidate wins in their state. If you can come to the capitol to support the passing of this bill, it’s at 10AM.
Robert Rodriguez – Dem from Denver is undecided (303-866-4852) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Zenzinger – Dem from Arvada is undecided (303-866-4840) email@example.com
Kerry Donovan – Democrat from West Slope is undecided (303-866-4871) KERRY.DONOVAN.SENATE@STATE.CO.US
💼JAN 29, 1:30PM, HELP PASS THE CRIMINAL HISTORY OF JOB APPLICANTS (HB19-1025) is being heard in the House Judiciary Committee. Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and encourage a yes vote. The bill prohibits employers from: **Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position; **Placing a statement in an employment application that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position; or **Inquiring about an applicant's criminal history on an initial application. Call all committee members: https://leg.colorado.gov/committees/judiciary/2019-regular-session-0
🏛JAN 30, 8-noon: LOBBY DAY AT CAPITOL! Join Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains as they host a Women and Families Wednesdays Lobby Day! The Lobby day will include a training on how to lobby followed by the opportunity to speak to your legislator and other legislators about the bills that impact reproductive health in Colorado. Sign up here, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdUsy5QNz-tJ37nPGjfdyZrZi5_zZtAWiswcnCtK1vyQ3oRg/viewform / FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1970067486422643/
💵 JAN 30, all day: HELP PASS CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM in the Colorado Senate. Come testify in SCR 357 at 1:30pm (you do NOT need to be any sort of expert to testify) - it’s simply an in-person, on the record statement of support for this bill, and testimony matters. Committee members needs to hear from the public to know if something it supported in the community.
Whether you can go or not, be sure to call the members of Senate State Affairs committee before Wednesday, and ask them to vote SB19-068 along to a full Senate hearing: http://leg.colorado.gov/committees/state-veterans-military-affairs/2019-regular-session More info on the bill: http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/SB19-068.
🤝 ALL WEEK: GET TO KNOW YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR - Do you know who your state rep and senators are? Find out here: https://leg.colorado.gov/findmylegislator, and then call them (don’t wait, call today!) and voice your hopes for the 2019 legislature. Focus on things like gun violence prevention bills, climate protections, putting oil & gas in check, public school funding, etc. Call today!!
👩💼JAN 30, 1:30 PM, HELP PASS THE COMPREHENSIVE HUMAN SEXUALITY EDUCATION BILL (HB19-1032) The bill clarifies content requirements for public schools that offer comprehensive human sexuality education and prohibits instruction from explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines, using shame-based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools, employing gender norms or gender stereotypes, or excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals. https://leg.colorado.gov/committees/health-insurance/2019-regular-session?fbclid=IwAR3-nfB9b8F1sXtUXdDHIK3Bk1dOxZdPbRETtUXgPzebol1EJ3y67qc2VkI
Federal Actions (from Indivisible National)
A deal has been struck.
The Senate and House have both voted to reopen the government. And after 35 days, the longest shutdown in our country’s history will come to an end.
Why? Because of you.
For the last 35 days, Trump and Mitch McConnell held government employees and immigrant families hostage, refusing to let them go. All because of a hateful campaign promise to his base to build a border wall.
Today, Trump caved. And he agreed to reopen the government without getting a single new dollar for his wall.
Let’s be clear: Trump isn’t the only GOPer to blame here. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have run interference for him on the Hill, on Fox News, on the Sunday shows… wherever they can. Because it is their agenda too.
All the while, a new Democratically-controlled House (elected by you, in November!) voted ten times to reopen the government with no strings attached. Time and time again, they sent their bills to the Senate where Mitch McConnell refused to entertain them. Until today.
The vote they took tonight was a short-term continuing resolution to reopen the government through February 15. Most importantly, it does so without Democrats having given Trump any additional money for the wall or other parts of his anti-immigrant agenda.
Your advocacy worked.
For so long, it felt like we were in a stalemate. House Democrats kept passing bills and Senate Republicans kept ignoring them.
But on Wednesday, we called for a movement-wide call-in day of action. And your pressure worked. Indivisibles made 16,821 calls this week (more than 12,000 calls on Wednesday alone!). From all 50 states... to all 100 Senators. This was our movement’s biggest coordinated call-in action since December 2017. We’re blown away.
And on Thursday, when the Senate took up two different funding bills -- Trump’s phony “deal” with nearly $6 billion for the wall and the Democrats’ bill with no funding for the wall -- the Democrats’ proposal got more votes. In fact, five Republican Senators flipped, voting for the Democrats’ bill and making it clear Trump’s proposal was dead on arrival.
We made calls Wednesday (Indivisible Guide 101!), and Thursday the tide turned. This week is a great reminder that you never know where the cracks will show up when pressure is applied everywhere -- on both our Democratic and Republican Members of Congress (MoCs).
Winning the House in November gave Democrats a stronger negotiating hand. The actions and calls you made encouraged them to stay strong under pressure. This easily could have gone the other direction without all the work of committed activists over the last two years.
And while constituent pressure applied to Republican MoCs may feel like you’re screaming into the void and they may never publicly change their stance… relentless pressure can often scare them into turning on each other in private.
Trust us, Trump and Republicans didn’t cave out of the goodness of their hearts. They did so because you forced their hand. Take a deep breath, pat yourselves on the back, and take a moment to enjoy this victory.
Here’s what’s next.
We won, but this is a short term deal. We could be back in the same place in three weeks. Part of this deal is that Congress will negotiate, through a conference committee, a final funding package for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If they can't reach an agreement by February 15, we could get another shutdown. And Trump has threatened that he might declare a national emergency in order to build his wall. (Here’s our resource on what Congress can do about that.)
First up, read our updated shutdown resource with our full state of play, what’s happening next, and what we’ll have to do leading up to February 15 to make sure the government doesn’t shut down again.
The ask for Democratic Senators: THANK YOU! And keep it up.The government reopened with no new funding for the wall, and we should thank Democrats (except Joe Manchin) for keeping strong to make sure that happened. But the fight isn’t over yet. You should tell your Democratic senator to support a conference agreement that has no new funding for the wall.
The ask for Republican Senators: No new wall money. Keep the government open. We will be right back where we started, with another government shutdown on February 16, if Republicans try to back Trump’s demands for wall funding. Ask them to keep the government open and support a conference agreement with no new funding for the wall.
The next fight is just around the corner. Thank you for banding together with us, arm in arm, through this fight.
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
SB19-042 - National Popular Vote - Concerning adoption of an agreement among the states to elect the president of the United States by national popular vote.
HB19-1025 - Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries - Concerning the timing of an inquiry into a job applicant's criminal history.
HB19-1032 - The Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education Bill - Concerning comprehensive human sexuality education, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
H.J. Res 18 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to prohibit Members of Congress from receiving compensation for any period during which a Government shutdown is in effect.
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
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