Call to protect the environment

The House has passed a dangerous bill that takes aim at crucial clean air protections. It will speed up climate change and add pollution to the air, endangering the public health. Now that bill is moving to the Senate, where we have a chance to stop it  permanently. Do not let them put the special interests of the oil and gas industry ahead of the environment!

The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management finalized crucial limits on this pollution last year—but if the Senate approves this legislation, because it uses a rare legislative vehicle called the “Congressional Review Act,”this new bill not only kills this reform but bars the Bureau of Land Management from adopting a similar rule in the future.

When the House voted, 11 Republicans crossed the party lines to stand up for environmental protection, so we have a good chance of  defeating this bill in the Senate.

Please contact your senator today!

Suggested script:

Dear __________,

My name is xxxx and I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like him/her to oppose the new environmental bill that just passed the house. If passed, this legislation will roll back measures to prevent the waste of natural gas and reduce unnecessary pollution from oil and gas operations.

Thank you

Your Senator’s name and number here

 

 

How to Register to Vote from Overseas

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) recommends all overseas U.S. citizens send in a completed Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) early every year.  The FPCA is the registration and ballot request form accepted by all states and territories.

You can use the FPCA online assistant, complete the fillable PDF version, or pick up a hardcopy version from your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Be sure your contact information is accurate in case your election office needs to reach you.

If you’d like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program or need help with the absentee voting process please go to FVAP.gov or call FVAP at 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584) or email vote@fvap.gov.

Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov. Find FVAP on Facebook at facebook.com/DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.

Don’t let Anti-LGBTQ discrimination be legalized!

Sen. Cruz is planning to introduce the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which, codifies discrimination against LGBTQ people into federal law. FADA prohibits the government from holding any business or person accountable for discriminating against LGBTQ people.

Because FADA is likely to be just one of many attacks from the Trump-Pence administration, we must show that there is massive opposition to FADA and any similar legislation.

But this legislation isn’t just dangerous for LGBTQ people. People, businesses and institutions would be able to legally discriminate against single mothers, unmarried couples and anyone who has sex outside of marriage with the blessing of the federal government. Those discriminated against would have no avenue for recourse, should FADA pass.

Show the Trump administration that when they attack the LGBTQ community, they attack all of us.

Please call your senators now!

Suggested script:

Dear __________,

My name is xxxx and I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like him/her to oppose The First Amendment Defense Act. This bigoted and discriminatory legislation must not be passed.

Thank you

Your Senator’s name and number here

 

 

We need one more vote against DeVos! You must act now!

Last week, Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski announced that they would vote against Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.

So now we need just one more Republican vote against DeVos to defeat her. That vote is crucial.If the heat is turned up to an extreme, one of those Republican senators could rethink. A senator must feel that the trouble he or she would get in with constituents for supporting DeVos would be greater than the trouble with Trump for voting against her.

Betsy DeVos doesn’t know enough about education to run our nation’s education system. She doesn’t believe in the power of public education, and she doesn’t know anything about disabled kids’ right to education.

Time is short before her confirmation hearing. You must phone, and phone now!

Suggested script:

Dear Senator ________,

My name is xxxx and I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like him/her to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

I believe in my community’s public schools. Betsy DeVos believes in school privatization and vouchers. She has worked to undermine efforts to regulate Michigan charters, even when they fail. Her hostility towards public schools alone disqualifies her. Supporting DeVos would be a betrayal of disabled children in our state, and of the education system as a whole.

Find your senator’s phone number 

Find the undecided senators here

Protect our rights! How to resist Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Donald Trump just nominated conservative Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is the last line of defense for safe and legal abortion in this country. With reproductive rights under assault like never before, we must send a message to every single senator who will vote on his confirmation.

The Supreme Court will be the last line of defense when the president acts recklessly to target immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and people of color. They will have the duty of safeguarding the civil rights, equality, and dignity for all. They will uphold Roe v. Wade, protecting the right of every woman to decide when and whether to bear children — or they will be responsible for dismantling our most fundamental rights.

Donald Trump’s nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has an alarming history of interfering with reproductive rights and health. He ruled that bosses should be able to deny women access to birth control coverage.

Before Judge Gorsuch is allowed anywhere near the Supreme Court bench, he must commit to upholding Roe v. Wade and defending access to safe and legal abortion. Do not let them turn the Supreme Court into another means of stripping away our fundamental rights.

The Supreme Court will play a crucial role in ensuring the Trump administration doesn’t trample over our human and civil rights. Whoever Trump nominates will be positioned to shape U.S. policy for decades. It’s important that we all hold the line and not allow Trump to dictate U.S. policy long after his administration has gone.

Please email or write a personalized letter to urge your senator(s) to oppose and filibuster this disastrous Supreme Court nominee.

Suggested mail text: 

Dear Senator _________

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is an outspoken proponent of limiting federal agencies authority to take regulatory action of any kind.

Neil Gorsuch sided with religious employers seeking to limit their employees’ rights to birth control coverage.

Before Judge Gorsuch is considered for appointment to the Supreme Court bench, he must commit to upholding Roe v. Wade and defending access to safe and legal abortion.

Please oppose appointing a right-wing extremist to the Supreme Court.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

To contact your senator: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state

 

Take Action: Trump must not be allowed to ban immigrants and refugees based on nationality and religion.

Tell President Trump: We cannot slam the door on innocent people in their hour of need.

President Trump just signed an Executive Order that eviscerates our refugee resettlement program, leaving thousands of vulnerable people in limbo, blatantly discriminating against Muslims, and slamming the door on Syrian refugees entirely.

It is un-American to turn away those seeking safety and to discriminate against groups of people because of nationality and religion.

Dozens of actual Green Card holders have been deceitfully forced to give up their Green Cards by Homeland Security Officers, visas have been ignored and their holders shamefully returned to countries where they have no future.

Please send President Trump an email:

Feel free to use this as a template, or add to it to personalize it.

Subject:

We cannot slam the door on refugees

Dear President Trump,
As a voter, I’m urging you to rescind your Executive Order to slash refugee resettlement and ban immigrants and refugees based on nationality and religion.
Instead of affirming the values of the United States by granting safety and protection to refugees, you have broken with more than 40 years of bipartisan American policy – and over 200 years of American tradition – by slamming the door on innocent people in their hour of need.

Slashing the refugee ceiling and banning refugees on the basis of their religion is not only discriminatory, but also unlikely to make Americans safer. You must not bring this successful, bipartisan, and rigorously-screened program to a screeching halt. Even a temporary suspension of the resettlement program will reset the clock for refugees waiting to be granted entry to the US as medical and security expire, forcing refugees to start again from scratch.

The US has safely welcomed over 15,000 Syrians to our country. After enduring unspeakable violence in their homeland and years of waiting in refugee camps as they went through the multiple layers of our security screening  process, they are finally beginning to rebuild their lives here in the US. Thousands more who are currently in the midst of the vetting process still need our support. They are being threatened by ISIS and other terrorist groups.

The US has safely resettled tens of thousands of Muslim refugees over the last four decades who have not only become US citizens, but who have also enriched our country economically, socially, and culturally. Denying entry to our country and safe haven from harm to people based on religion and country makes us less, not more, safe by demonstrating that we as Americans are willing to throw out our core values.
As a country enriched by all of those who have arrived on our shores since our founding, we have offered safety to hundreds of thousands of people in need from around the world.
 Refugees are actually revitalizing the communities in which they are living, contributing their experience and energy to our workforce, and creating new jobs and economic opportunity.
Please do not deny these needy people entry!
[Your Name]

Go to www.whitehouse.gov/contact and send an email or write a letter to:

 

President Donald Trump

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Let your voice be heard!!