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We fundamentally believe in the rights of all people to live safely and without fear in their homes and in their communities. Many people today feel threatened by recent policies that are racist, islamophobic, anti-immigrant, antisemitic, or homophobic. These actions are gathered from a range of sources in an effort to work towards a more just world (including Jennifer Hofmann's weekly list, Five Calls, Wall-of-Us.org, and Indivisible Guide).

Updated 12/11/18
 

Voting Rights

Action: Win seats in 2018. Advocate for bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment.
Read:
How voter suppression won the 45th presidency.
Call: Your 2 senators and 1 House Rep.
Script: Hi. I’m calling to ask Sen./Rep. [name] to support the bipartisan bill S. 1419/H.R. 2978 (the Voting Rights Amendment Act). Gerrymandering silences minority groups, so preventing racial discrimination in voting matters to me. I would like [name] to support voting rights and co-sponsor this bipartisan bill.

 Voice Your Support for Protecting Voting Rights
In 2013, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court eliminated a section of the Voting Rights Act that had required a number of states with a history of racial discrimination at the polls—most of them in the south—to get federal approval before changing their voting rules. At the time, the Court stated the formula used to support the Act was outdated and therefore unconstitutional. BUT Chief Justice Roberts invited Congress to draft another formula based on current conditions. The outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan—deferred the decision to move legislation Rep Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee who is adamantly opposed to restoring the protections. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Alabama), has sponsored legislation to restore voting protections lost when the SC gutted the Voting Rights Act.

Call: Representative James McGovern 202-225-6101, 413-341-8700
Script: Hi, My name is [Name] and I am from [town, Zip code]. I am excited to hear that the House plans to bolster voting rights next year. We need a bipartisan effort that ensures every American can vote and that no one is left out. I hope this will be a priority for Rep. McGovern in 2019 as well. Thank you!

Support Congressional Oversight of ICE Spending

The president is insisting on funding for a wall. Congress extended their deadlines by two weeks to decide on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding. In addition, DHS has been funneling money from its other departments, circumventing congressional approval to cover ICE’s budget overruns.

ACTION:
Call: Senator Edward Markey 202-224-2742
Senator Elizabeth Warren 202-224-4543
Representative James McGovern 202-225-6101, 413-341-8700
Script: Hi, My name is [Name] and I am from [town, Zip code]. I’m calling because the budget for ICE detention and enforcement has jumped by nearly a billion dollars in two years. I do not want to pay for a border wall, a border fence, or incarcerating families seeking asylum. I want [Senator/Congressman] to support a clean, shorter-term continuing resolution without extra enforcement funds so the next Congress may debate the appropriate budget and oversight for DHS.  

Advocate with People Impacted by Mass Incarceration — Support Senate Bill (S. 3649) The First Step Act
A record 1 in 7 persons in federal prison is serving a life sentence.
More than two-thirds of federal prisoners serving life or virtual life sentences have been convicted of non-violent crimes including 30% for a drug crime. Yet, research finds that people age out of criminal behavior—producing diminishing returns for public safety. The financial and moral costs of life imprisonment also burden communities diverting vital resources from crime prevention and social intervention programs. The country needs a crime policy rooted in research and mercy.

ACTION:
Call: Senator Edward Markey 202-224-2742
Senator Elizabeth Warren 202-224-4543
Script: Hi, My name is [Name] and I am from [town, Zip code] to express my concern about the harmful effects of mass incarceration, especially on people of color. The bipartisan First Step Act (S.3649) would reduce mandatory sentencing for minor drug crimes and support rehabilitation. Can I count on [Senator Name] to co-sponsor this important legislation?
Extra Bonus: Call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(202-224-2541) and ask that the First Step Act be brought to the Senate Floor for a vote before recess.