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ACTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF
Monday 11/13/2017 – Friday 11/17/2017
TAXES, TAXES, TAXES
Again, call your representatives but also ask friends and family in Red and Purple states and districts to call their representatives and ask them to vote NO on the House and Senate tax plans. We have sample scripts for everyone below.
It’s important to know that not only will the Trump tax scam gut our social safety net in order to provide huge tax breaks for wealthy individuals and corporations, but it will actually increase taxes on the middle class and the poor. Mitch McConnell even acknowledged this!
To learn more about the tax bills, watch this 3 minute video by Robert Reich explaining how “Trump’s plan is a Trojan horse that will pave the way for deeper cuts to education, health care and other valuable programs.”
In addition to these obvious inequities promoted by the tax bills, both House and Senate plans contain numerous hidden “features” such as: A) College and Graduate School assistance slashed; B) Teachers lose their deduction for classroom supplies; C) No more deduction for medical expenses; D) Repeals the adoption tax credit, which allows families to offset up to $13,570 in taxes for every child adopted out of foster care; E) Attack on renewable energy by ending the $7,500 federal tax credit for electric cars and more; F) Repeals deductions for property and casualty loss due to weather related disasters; G) Eliminates tax deductions for moving expenses; H) Eliminates deduction for alimony (for future divorces only!); H) Eliminates deduction for tax preparation; I) Penalizes blue states like California by eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes.
1. Call Your Representatives
Sample Script for our Reps: Caller: Hello! My name is [___] and I’m calling from [zip code]. I want to thank Rep Carbajal/Senator Harris/Senator Feinstein for opposing the House/ Senate GOP tax bills. That’s what I expect out of the Congressman / Senator. However, it’s not enough just to vote no, he/she needs to actively work to slow down the Trump Tax Scam and expose it for the fraud it is. Please take down my info so you can let me know what he/she is doing to slow down the Trump Tax Scam.
2. Urge Friends and Family in Red and Purple States to Call their Representatives
Sample Script: Caller: Hello! My name is [___] and I’m calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to let [Congressman / Senator __] know that I strongly oppose the tax bill that the Ways and Means Committee reported out on November 9. This tax bill is a scam that will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by forcing deep cuts to critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security down the line.
Staffer: The [Congressman / Senator] thinks now is the time for tax reform so that we can unleash new economic growth. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will let businesses create new jobs and increase workers’ wages by lowering the corporate tax rate.
Caller: We’ve tried giving corporations a massive tax break before, in 2005, and it was a huge failure that cost us jobs and did nothing to raise wages. But more importantly, businesses are already talking about how they will use this opportunity to help their shareholders, not create new jobs or increase wages. Lowering the corporate rate won’t benefit anyone besides investors. [Congressman / Senator] ___ shouldn’t fall for these washed-up, trickle-down talking points.
Staffer: Well, we want to help families and small businesses by simplifying the tax code and letting small, pass-through businesses pay a lower rate.
Caller: I agree that there are too many loopholes in the tax code that the wealthy and corporations exploit to get away with paying less than their fair share. But simplifying the tax code is an idea that only benefits the rich. And most pass-through businesses already pay a lower rate than the one in your bill; in fact, this change would mostly benefit businesses like the Trump Organization. Does [Congressman / Senator] ___ think that I should be paying more so Donald Trump can get a tax cut?
Staffer: I’ll pass your thoughts along to the [Congressman / Senator].
Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the [Congressman / Senator] decides to do.
GUNS, GUNS, GUNS
3. YES on S.1539
Sample Script: I’m calling Senator Harris/Feinstein from [zip code] to thank them for co-sponsoring the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2017 (S.1539). Just as a person who has been convicted of domestic abuse should not be able to legally buy a firearm, stalkers should also be prevented from having guns.
4. YES on S.2009
Sample Script: I’m calling Senator Harris/Feinstein from [zip code] to thank them for co-sponsoring the Background Check Expansion Act (S.2009). I believe there should be a Federal background check for every firearm sale, including private sales, in the United States.
LAST CHANCE TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY
5. On Nov 22 the FCC will vote on Net Neutrality.
Sample Script: I’m calling FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (1-202-418-1000) to insist the FCC uphold all existing Title II net neutrality rules. We pay for Internet service, and we have a right to protection from data discrimination, privacy invasion, and access restrictions.
CALL YOUR REPS DAILY!
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3841
San Francisco: (415) 393-0707
Los Angeles: (310) 914-7300
San Diego: (619) 231-9712
Fresno: (559) 485-7430
FAX: 202 228 3954
Senator Kamala Harris
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3553
Sacramento: (916) 448-2787
Fresno: (559) 497-5109
Los Angeles: (213) 894-5000
San Francisco: (415) 355-9041
San Diego: (619) 239-3884
Congressman Salud Carbajal
Santa Barbara: (805) 730-1710
San Luis Obispo: (805) 546-8348
Washington, DC: (202) 225-3601
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Sacramento: (916) 651-4019
Santa Barbara: (805) 965-0862
Oxnard: (805) 988-1940
Assemblywoman Monique Limon
Sacramento: (916) 319-2037
Santa Barbara: (805) 564-1649
Ventura: (805) 641-3700
Program your representative’s local AND DC phone numbers into your phone. Republicans outnumber Democrats in calling 4-1, and 11-1 on hot button issues. If you are still grappling with how Obama’s administration were not able to get anything done, this is how they did it. We MUST constantly call and continually exert pressure. If you can’t manage daily, pick a day, mark it recurring on your calendar, and call weekly.
- Call your senators about an issue of concern EVERY DAY.
- Always provide your ZIP CODE,
- Call about ONE subject only, per call.
- Call once per day, or multiple times per day with one ask for each call.
- Leave a message if you can’t speak to a person.
- If you can’t get through, try again later.
Failing that, DO send an email, one ask per email. Both Feinstein and Harris’ offices have said they tally emails as well as phone calls.
CALL YOUR SENATORS DAILY (on-going) Senate confirmation hearings are daily for cabinet appointees. Check C-span on TV, or C-Span Live Stream online, for live hearings. Demand appropriate vetting of appointees.
Here is a link to a Political Appointee Tracker for over 600 appointees.
Here is Full Schedule of Cabinet Appointee Hearings and what to look for. (You will have to scroll way down as it is in chronological order)
Here is a guide for how the senate committe hearing process works, and what stage of the process nominees are in.
Please take a moment to fill out this online form after making your calls if you can, to help track your senator’s response.
In the House of Representatives, Congress continues to debate funding and pass bills. It is helpful for our Representatives to hear a large outpouring of support from his constituents. Our Representatives become bolder when they hear from a lot of us.
To see what is happening on the floor throughout each day, bookmark the Office of the Clerk. This site also has a live video stream of floor proceedings, and guides about how the legislative process works. It’s an amazing resource.
Govtrack is a website that makes it easy to track certain legislation, you may sign up for alerts. It also can help you find your representative. Their twitter account @govtrack posts all the legislation as it passes, live. congress.gov is an incredibly useful resource, which has every position on every bill.
Indivisible, MoveOn and Working Families Party are joining in #ResistTrumpTuesdays. Each Tuesday, actions will be taken for the first 100 days of the new administration. These actions normally involve IN-PERSON VISITS to representative’s offices. Please join our facebook group, follow us on twitter, and/or sign up for our newsletter for these events!
GRAB YOUR WALLET
#GrabYourWallet was a movement that began during the election, started by Shannon Coulter. The public cannot know the extent of the Trump family’s conflicts of interest, and it’s up to each consumer to decide if they want to enrich the Trump family by buying their products and supporting businesses that sell Trump family products. A constantly updated list of companies may be found here: https://grabyourwallet.org/. When boycotting, be sure to share your decision on twitter, using the hash tag, #GrabYourWallet. Nordstrom is among the companies recently boycotted. Following pressure from Nordstrom customers who boycotted and wrote impassioned letters to the company, Nordstrom announced they are dropping all Trump family products. Consider writing each company to let them know you will not shop with them as long as they continue to carry Trump product lines.
On Inauguration day, former President Obama’s twitter accounts were archived. If you were following @WhiteHouse @POTUS @FLOTUS @VP or other Obama administration twitter accounts, you are now automatically following the Trump administration. These twitter accounts must be manually un-followed. Please also unfollow @realdonaldtrump. You can still read all these tweets from these sources without following them and bolstering their numbers.
If live you in California’s 24th Congressional District, and you have a personal story about how the ACA has helped you that you are willing to share, Rep. Salud Carbajal would like to hear it. Please go to his website to submit your story: https://carbajal.house.gov/share-your-aca-story