RED ALERT : HEALTHCARE !!!

#1 - Call

  • Senator Mazie Hirono (202) 224-6361 
  • Senator Brian Schatz (202) 224-3934

SCRIPT : I am proud to have you as our Senator, proud of the voice you bring to this issue, and appreciate him doubling down during this very crucial time. I support that you use EVERY available tool - including withholding consent and filibustering by amendment- to stop it. Many of us depend on the ACA for healthcare. Trumpcare will put those of us with pre-existing condition and our families out in the cold. 


#2

If you have ties in any of the "swing states" with GOPers who might flip, it's time to call them! Alaska, Maine, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Louisiana, and Nevada. Tell them we expect them to stand with Americans, not with a partisan pillaging of American lives. (Senate Directory)


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SCRIPT (suggest that you cover only one point per call / text / email)

TALKING POINTS : 

A - RUSSIA and INVESTIGATIONS

Comey’s testimony and the Mueller appointment are huge, and with Sessions testifying this week, more is likely to come. All the investigations need to continue at a brisk and thorough pace — the House and Senate Intelligence committees as well as the Mueller investigation —and we expect them to be dogged and thorough in their work. But it’s not enough. We demand the appointment of an Independent Commission (similar to the 9/11 commission) to work on these issues as well, one that is completely independent of Congress and the White House and can investigate both criminal and ethical violations. (Mueller can only prosecute criminal actions, while the commission would have broader jurisdiction.) 

HR 356 and S 27 are companion bills requiring the establishment of an independent commission. We demand that our delegation push hard to have those bills released and brought to the floor for a vote, and that they lobby their GOP counterparts to put country before party and let the investigative work be done quickly and thoroughly. As of Sunday, our two Senators are not shown as cosponsors of the Senate version, while both House members are cosponsoring the House version. We want to know why they aren’t sponsoring this measure in the Senate and demand that they do so ASAP.

B - TRUMP’S INFRASTRUCTURE SCAM

Trump and the GOP are looking to strip America and sell it for parts with this infrastructure proposal. His MAGA idea - sell off the roads, harbors and bridges to private entities so that the monies brought in go to their bottom lines, not back into the community. By way of example, when Chicago privatized their parking meters, parking costs doubled, and all that additional revenue went to the private company’s bottom line, not the city’s roads, parks, and schools as it once had. They cannot get away with this!

We are demanding that our delegation fight hard in opposition to any of these infrastructure proposals. As we’ve said since January, there are no deals to be made with these people, and we sure can’t start with the very fiber that holds us together. A progressive alternative has been proposed, MillionsOfJobs.org, with dozens of MOCs, including Colleen Hanabusa, supporting it in the House. We demand our delegation get on board, not with a plan to strip our country’s resources but with one that builds it up, employs people across the country, and infuses money back into our communities, not Wall Street.

C - TRUMP CARE IS NOT HEALTH CARE

The Senate GOP has been hiding in the Comey curtains, using the Comey distractions to create their bill behind closed doors and with no input from any of the traditional groups or MOCs involved in the health care discussion. And they have a plan to roll it out and get it passed by the end of the month - no hearings, no debate, no amendments, and no plans to even share the bill with anyone until a few hours before the vote (likely the last week of June). While they’ve been very secretive about details, the leaked intel says it still disallows pre-existing conditions (although they’ve dressed it up to try to hide that point), strips all essential care, and prices premiums well beyond the reach of most Americans, particularly as they age. 

The only chance we have at stopping them is to blow it up to a public fight and refuse to back down. 

Two immediate calls to action: (1) We demand our delegation members get loud and tough on the real impact of this proposal on people in Hawaii and across the nation. We cannot let the US Senate start killing off Americans for any reason, but it’s particularly repugnant that they do it to line the pockets of donors and the very wealthy. Call on Tuesday, and every day this week. Send emails with your personal health stories and why you need health care. 

(2) Take to social media and get your friends in these states to contact their Senators and demand they oppose this bill: Alaska, Maine, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Louisiana, and Nevada. There are two GOP votes opposing the bill already, and if we can flip one from any of these states, we’ve got a shot at defeating this thing. But we have to make it clear to them that their constituents will send them packing if they support this hideous proposal. 

If you can’t join us in person, CALL! Tuesday is a National Call-In Day! Members of Congress are bragging that their phones are back to pre-January levels, just a few calls trickling in every day. We have to change that! Call our delegation - as well as those of the states where you have ties - and deliver our strong message on Russia, health care, and infrastructure. 

DEMAND AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION - TRUMP/RUSSIA

DEMAND AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION ON TRUMP/RUSSIA

1. Congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests, and/or an independent investigation must be established,
2. As much information should be made available to the public as possible, and as soon as possible,
3. If crimes were committed or if collusion is discovered, it must be prosecuted.
4. The President must be held accountable for the untruths he is perpetuating.

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SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE 

RICHARD BURR 202-224-3154 828-350-2437 R / NC
MARK WARNER 202-224-2023 703-442-0670 D / VA
JAMES RISCH 202-224-2752 202-224-7985 R / ID
MARCO RUBIO 202-224-3041 850-599-9100 R / FL
SUSAN COLLINS 202-224-2523 207-780-3575 R / ME
ROY BLUNT 202-224-5721 816-471-7338 R / MO
JAMES LANKFORD 202-224-5754 405-231-4941 R / OK
TOM COTTON 202-224-2353 501-223-9081 R / AR
JOHN CORNYN 202-224-2934 512-469-6034 R / TX
DIANNE FEINSTEIN 202-224-3841 310-914-7300 D / CA
RON WYDEN 202-224-5244 503-326-7525 D / OR
MARTIN HEINRICH 202-224-5521 505-988-6647 D / NM
ANGUS KING 202-224-5344 207-945-8000 D / ME
JOE MANCHIN 202-224-3954 304-342-5855 D / WV
KAMALA HARRIS 202-224-3553 559-497-5109 D / CA


NYTimes : What to Remember About Watergate / By Scott Armstrong / May 20, 2017

Article Highlights : The case for a Special Prosecutor to investigate Trump/Russia collusion regarding election -

The author, Scott Armstrong, one of the investigators for the Senate's Watergate Committee says, that Watergate Senate Committee "helped unearth the most damning evidence against the president. But the special prosecutor's office played a crucial role in making that evidence public. The two entities overcame partisan and jurisdictional conflicts to bring about the president's resignation - and their work offers a valuable lessor for today, when hyperpartisanship dominates."

"Two lessons emerge. First: Congressional committees are powerful tools for investigating the full range of abuse of power by a president and for passing reforms to avoid repetitions of those abuses. (Unfortunately, reforms enacted after Watergate were eroded over subsequent decades.) But committees have limited power to compel presidential compliance with demands for evidence.

Second, prosecutors can often obtain the critical evidence that committees can’t. But their job is to prosecute crimes. They are less likely to get to the bottom of executive abuses or to prevent their repetition. Most tellingly, special prosecutors, as part of the executive branch, can be dismissed by the president, while congressional committees are protected by the constitutional separation of powers."

JEFF SESSIONS MUST STEP DOWN!

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Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling with concerns about our leadership’s integrity. Jeff Sessions failed to reveal meetings with Russian diplomats during his security screening process. I would like _NAME of MoC_ to join Senator Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Lieu (D-CA) in calling for his resignation. Thanks.

READ - Op-Ed in Civil Beat by Hawai‘i J20+ members Katharine Beutner + Nick Chagnon


OPPOSE EXCESSIVE + DISCRIMINATORY SENTENCING OF LOW-LEVEL DRUG OFFENDERS

On May 11, Attorney General Jeff Sessions distributed a memo to all Federal prosecutors requiring they pursue mandatory minimum sentences, following on a reshuffling of Department of Justice (DOJ) priorities to emphasize prosecution of drug, gun and gang violence crime.

According to the ACLU, “Jeff Sessions is pushing federal prosecutors to reverse progress and repeat a failed experiment — the War on Drugs — that has devastated the lives and rights of millions of Americans, ripping apart families and communities and setting millions, particularly Black people and other people of color, on a vicious cycle of incarceration.” Former Attorney General Eric Holder simply stated it was “dumb on crime.”

This change in policy places him at odds with liberals and conservatives alike such as Senators Chuck Grassley and Rand Paul, the Koch Brothers, the ACLU, and Families Against Mandatory Minimums, as well as Eric Holder. Prioritizing heavy-handed prosecution of low level drug crimes means there are fewer resources to direct toward more serious and far-reaching crimes like public corruption. In particular, this will have a devastating effect on communities of color.


Dept of Justice

email / 1-202-353-1555

Hawai‘i Attorney General Douglas Chin

1-808-586-1500

 


SUGGESTED SCRIPT

DEPT of JUSTICE : I’m calling to express outrage at Attorney General Sessions' policy on mandatory minimums. This policy reverses a bipartisan, widely-supported trend in sentencing that gives prosecutors greater discretion to tailor the punishment to the crime. The policy may also have the effect of creating a wave of mass incarceration that will disproportionately affect minorities. Thank you for your time and attention.

HAWAI‘I STATE AG : I am calling today to demand that Hawai‘i condemn Atty General Jeff Sessions’ return to a war on drugs and harsh sentencing. The policy reverses a bipartisan, widely-supported trend in sentencing that gives prosecutors greater discretion to tailor the punishment to the crime. The policy may also have the effect of creating a wave of mass incarceration that will disproportionately affect minorities. Thank you for your time and attention.

STATE SENATORS + CONGRESSPERSONS : Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling to oppose stricter penalties to low-level drug offenders. Jeff Sessions’ policies waste taxpayer money on incarceration and stricter sentencing that doesn’t deter drug offenders. I would like _MoC NAME_ to support the bipartisan Justice Safety Valve Act S.1127 (senators)/H.R. 2435 (rep) to give judges authority in sentencing.

[Note : IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Demand Visas for Persecuted Gay Chechens

Call the US Department of State and demand that visas be immediately issued to all those seeking asylum from homophobic persecution in Chechnya!

CALL : State Department (202) 647-6575 - press 8 after the recording

EMAILhttps://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform

"The United States has denied visas for roughly forty gay Chechens currently in hiding fearing severe persecution for their sexual identity. The individuals are hiding in various locations around Russia after a wave of kidnappings, torture, and disappearances of gay people were reported in Chechnya, a semi-autonomous region in southern Russia that borders Georgia."

A spokesperson for the Russian LGBT Network had confirmed the visa denials to Buzzfeed News.

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CALL YOUR US REPRESENTATIVES

Tell Our Members of Congress : NOT A PENNY MORE for Trump's Deportation Machine!


In order for Donald Trump to be able to build up his mass deportation force, he needs Congress to fund it. He has already asked Congress to add billions of dollars—on top of the $20 billion already budgeted—to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and speed up his deportation machine. It has been estimated that building the wall alone will cost $21.6 billion. And, he wants to pay for these things by slashing funding for other vital programs, like meals on wheels, financial aid for college students, through massive cuts to the EPA’s budget, and through devastating cuts to other crucial services for children, families and the elderly.

Tell Congress that you don’t want your taxpayer dollars used to build walls, rip families apart, fill detention beds in private prisons, and terrorize our neighbors by ramping up the number of immigration agents on the streets. Instead of funding a wall that divides us, the U.S. government should put our taxpayer dollars towards helping our families and communities.
 



TALKING POINTS:

Ask our MoCs to say NO to Trump’s request for more money for his anti-immigrant agenda. It will be harder and harder to fight his demands for more money in the years to come if we do not stop him now. 

  • No Down Payment on the Deportation Machine. Any funding to pay for a wall or increased immigration enforcement will just enable Trump to ramp up his anti-immigrant, racist and xenophobic agenda. In the coming years, Trump will come back to Congress again and again asking for more taxpayer money.

  • No VOICE Office. The initiation of the VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement) Office serves only to legitimize systemic racism and promote vigilantism. It must be terminated. 

  • No Boots. President Trump wants to dramatically ramp up the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents. More agents will do nothing but create more fear in our communities. We should not fund more ICE boots in our communities to build up a militarized deportation force.

  • No Beds. Trump plans to increase the number of detention beds by 30,000, contingent upon the availability of funding. If there are 30,000 new beds, they will find 30,000 more immigrants to fill them.

  • Fund Families, Not Walls. Our taxpayer dollars would be better spent investing in families, our children and our future.This funding could go to creating jobs, rebuilding our failing infrastructure, and strengthening our health care system. It could also go to education and for our children, meals for older Americans, child care programs, and cleaning up our environment.

DEMAND INVESTIGATION OF FLYNN'S RUSSIAN TIES

On Monday, February 13th, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned over the revelation that he had misled Vice President Pence and other officials about his past communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States. It was during these conversations, prior to Trump's inauguration, that Flynn reportedly discussed the sanctions Obama was planning as punishment to Russian for interfering with the US Presidential election. Soon after the inauguration, the Justice Department informed the Trump Administration that Flynn may be at risk for blackmail by the Russian government.

Flynn's admission that he gave "incomplete information" about his calls with the ambassador is especially troubling given the Trump administration's other alleged ties to the Kremlin. It is also unclear if Flynn acted alone in his collusion with Russian officials or if he was directed by another party within the Trump Administration, or even Trump himself. Senate Republicans, including Majority Whip John Cornyn, Senate Intelligence Committee member Roy Blunt, and Lindsey Graham, have joined Senate Democrats in demanding a full investigation of the Trump administration's ties to Russia. The people deserve to know the extent and nature of the Trump administration's connections to the Russian government, to preserve our national security and the integrity of our democracy.

CALL :
Senator Brian Schatz (808) 523-2061 or (202) 224-3934
Senator Mazie Hirono (808) 522-8970 or (202) 224-6361

TALKING POINT : Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling to express my support for a comprehensive and independent investigation of the Trump administration's ties to Russia, including testimony from former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

SAY NO STEVE BANNON

CALL :

Senator Brian Schatz (808) 523-2061 or (202) 224-3934
Senator Mazie Hirono (808) 522-8970 or (202) 224-6361
Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard (808) 541-1986 or (202) 225-4906
Congressperson Colleen Hanabusa (808) 541-2570 or (202) 225-2726

TALKING POINTS : Hi, I’m [NAME], a constituent. I think it’s shameful Steve Bannon is on the White House staff. It makes me sick that my taxpayer dollars are paying his salary. Congress can’t stop him, but you don’t have to work with him. Tell [NAME OF SENATOR OR CONGRESSPERSON] not to meet with him. Don’t accept his calls. Don’t deal with him at all. He has no business in power. Treat him exactly like any other white supremacist or anti-Semite who wanted your time.

NOTE : Representative Gabbard has yet to make any public statement in opposition to Steve Bannon. In November 2016 she did not join 169 of her colleagues in denouncing the appointment of Bannon as White House Chief Strategist. In January 2017 she went to the White House to meet with Bannon and Trump.)

Support Senator Warren's Request to Audit Trump's finances for conflicts of interest!

EMAIL : Government Accountability Office addressed to:
Katherine Siggerud <siggerudk@gao.gov>,
Timothy Minnelli <minellit@gao.gov>,
<congrel@gao.gov>

SUBJECT LINE: Re: Audit for Trump's financial concerns

SUGGESTED SCRIPT:

Dear Ms. Siggerud and Mr. Minnelli,
I’m writing in support of Senator Elizabeth Warren's request for an audit of President Trump's finances, to prohibit conflicts of interest that would prevent him from carrying out the responsibilities of the office without corrupt influence.