Thanks to Solidarity Sundays for these actions, which are part of their action plan for this month. (www.solidaritysundays.org)
ACTION 1: #BLUEWAVE2018 VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING!
Here are several ways that anyone can start taking action on some very important campaigns.
- Do A Virtual Phonebank For Stacey Abram
- Stacey Abrams is running for Governor of Georgia—if elected, she would be the first Black female governor in American history!
- The Georgia primary is May 22nd, and you can very easily volunteer to phonebank for her by going here: https://secure.staceyabrams.com/page/s/open-virtual-phone-bank (note: Sundays are not listed as a day option for phonebanks, but they give an option for ‘other’ dates
Volunteer Remotely For Beto O’Rourke
- On Tues March 6th, Beto won the Texas Dem primary, and is now the Democratic nominee who will officially take on Cruz. While he is still considered a long-shot, recent polls show him trailing by single digits, AND he has consistently outraised Cruz—relying solely on individual donations. He has momentum, and we can help keep it going.
- Sign up here: https://secure.betofortexas.com/page/s/volunteer?source=website_nav&_ga=2.70088592.1836678001.1517613927-890357279.1516230952. To send texts to Texas voters for Beto: https://secure.betofortexas.com/page/s/text-for-beto
Support Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania holds a special election on Tues March 12 to replace top-notch GOP hypocrite Rep Tim Murphy, who got busted for trying to convince his mistress to have an abortion. Lamb is running against the Republican Rick Saccone. Despite having 70,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans, the district—which encompasses parts of Allegheny, Washington, Greene, and Westmoreland Counties—tends to elect Republicans: Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton here by 20 points in the 2016 presidential election, and Mitt Romney and John McCain both won by similar margins. Recent polls show it’s a toss-up, despite heavy GOP money coming in, and Trumo himself campaigning there. Caveat: Lamb does not strike us as exceptionally progressive—he is a white male former Marine running in a heavily conservative, white, working class part of Pennsylvania. That said, PA remains a pivotal swing state, and flipping a deep red district would be huge, and yet another indicator of the coming #BlueWave
Sign up for mobile phonebanking, via SwingLeft, here: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/swingleft/event/106?utm_campaign=email0308&link_id=1&can_id=0b630aa06b3bc77bc728168e4377ca43&source=email-we-can-win-this-thing-lets-hit-the-phones-for-pa-18&email_referrer=email_314590&email_subject=we-can-win-this-thing-lets-hit-the-phones-for-pa-18
ACTION 2: SUPPORT THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN
In 2004, the NRA successfully pressured the Republican-controlled government into not renewing the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban. The ban had worked to protect lives: after it expired the number of gun massacre deaths (which had decreased over 40% during the ban) jumped nearly 2.5 fold. Gun violence experts are now renewing their calls for a nationwide ban on these types of weapons. Recent polls show at least 2/3 of Americans support a nationwide assault weapons ban. In November of last year, Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced an assault weapons ban (S.2095). This bill would ban future sales of high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons, including the AR-15 used in many recent gun massacres (Parkland, Las Vegas, Newtown). Legislators must act now before any more lives are needlessly lost.
CONTACT YOUR SENATORS:
I’m calling/writing today to ask Senator ___________ to vote in favor of S.2095, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017. We cannot afford to wait any longer to protect innocent lives from gun massacres.
ACTION 3: MAKE A PLAN FOR THE UPCOMING WALKOUT AND MARCH FOR OUR LIVES.
How can your chapter support these efforts? Is there a march it happening in your city? Will your local schools walk out? How can you attend/support/be part of these important demonstrations?
ACTION 4: REPEAL THE DICKEY AMENDMENT
The Dickey Amendment is a federal provision first inserted as a rider into the 1996 federal government omnibus spending bill which mandated that "none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the(CDC) may be used to advocate or promote gun control." Backed by the NRA, it was inserted into a much larger bill, and it become law. While technically it doesn't actually prevent the CDC from doing public health research on guns, it effectively prevents it, as little to no research can be done without funding.
Since it went into effect, CDC researchers have mostly avoided firearm studies, worried that to propose a scientific examination of the issue would be perceived as a promotion of gun control and could cost them federal funds. According to the New York Times: "When someone dies in a car crash, the local police fill out a detailed form that is shared with the federal government. Researchers have mined that data to see how policies — in road design, licensing rules, seat belt laws or car requirements — can reduce the death toll from driving. When someone is killed in a shooting, the data collected is skimpier, more haphazard and not reported to the federal government from every state. That lack of information isn’t the main reason gun policy remains such a political and controversial issue in American life. But it does limit the ability of policymakers to fully understand what laws could make a difference."
Write, email, or reach out on social media to your members of Congress.
"We need to repeal the Dickey Amendment so that we have the best information we can about gun violence. If we want to solve the problem of gun deaths, we need to understand it, and to understand it we need accurate data and fully-funded, thorough research."
ACTION 5: SUPPORT ONGOING NRA BOYCOTT/DIVESTMENT EFFORTS
Since the Parkland shooting, a number of major companies have cut ties with the NRA—an organization that has gone far beyond being an advocacy group for responsible gun owners, and has devolved into an explicitly racist, fear-mongering, race-baiting, politician-buying force. You can keep pressuring companies like FedEx, and sporting good stores that sell assault rifles like Bass Pro Shops, but also consider looking locally: Are there local business in your community supporting the NRA? If the NRA has a strong presence in your community, how can you organize safely and locally to push back on their violent agenda? Here’s a great example of this kind of advocacy: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/video/3814259-women-urging-people-to-boycott-businesses-supporting-nra-fundraiser/
Have investments? Check to see if your funds are gun-free: https://goodbyegunstocks.com/
ACTION 6: THANK YOUS
In honor of Women’s History Month, we encourage chapters to write to women and women-led community organizations who are making positive and profound impacts on the lives of women and girls. Thank them for their work, and let them know you see and appreciate their efforts and their labor.
Also consider writing notes of support and encouragement to women who are running for office in November! These campaigns are long, hard slogs and they’re just getting started—let these women know you are rooting for them, and will work to support them! Here are a few that we suggest, but please look to your local and state races as well:
Laura Moser (progressive running for Congress in TX-7; founder of texting-based activist org Daily Action; recently subject to attacks from the DCCC, but still made it to the run-off in May
5711 Bissonnet St.
Bellaire, TX 77401
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