TUESDAY 02/20/18

FEDERAL:

PROTECT DREAMERS!

Congress still has time to act before the March 5 DACA cliff, when 1,200 DACA recipients will begin to lose their protections every single day. They'll have a week before then to pass legislation providing relief for Dreamers -- but it'll require Republicans rejecting Trump's racist demands. It's important for you to tell your MoCs to do their job and protect their communities by passing a clean Dream Act now.

We want a “clean” Dream Act, which provides relief for Dreamers but that does not further fund or expand Trump’s deportation machine. Short of the Dream Act, we need to push for as limited a bill as possible. It must include relief for Dreamers, but should not include the harmful, nativist provisions that the White House has proposed.

Script for Senate:

Hi! My name is ______ and I’m calling from zip code ______. I’m calling today to tell Senator ________ to reject making wholesale changes to legal migration or diversity visas in return for protections for Dreamers. Trump’s “four pillars” would completely reshape our legal immigration system, and go far beyond the narrow fix needed to prevent DACA recipients from being deported. Dreamers are not a bargaining chip to be used to advance Trump's racist policies. Every Congressional leader AND Trump himself supports keeping Dreamers in America because it's the only home they've ever known; Congress must keep the promise that we made to Dreamers when DACA was first started. I ask that Senator ______ vote to permanently protect them from deportation and oppose the family ban, more ICE agents, and the border wall. Thank you for taking my call.

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Gun Violence:

Let’s keep the pressure on our lawmakers to do something about gun violence. Like you, I’ve been inspired by the brilliant young men and women of Parkland, Florida, who have spoken with such force, clarity, and conviction about gun violence. I don’t believe in many of our leaders, but I DO believe in these young people, and I believe we have to have their back. Let’s do everything we can to support them. That starts with calling our members of Congress and DEMANDING that they address gun violence. But if you’re on social media, it might also mean calling out trolls and others who have been attacking these teenagers. And it also means doing what you can to get involved in protests, marches, town halls, and other events that call attention to fixing the problem. You can even donate to or volunteer for candidates who support sensible gun laws. 

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from zip code __________ to demand that Rep./Sen. ______________ support stricter gun laws. In just the last few months, we’ve had three of the largest mass shootings in US history, and yet, Congress continues to do nothing. We need to ban bump stocks, reduce the number of rounds allowed in high-capacity magazines, and to close the gun-show loophole. We also need to ban AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles that can shoot off hundreds of rounds in a matter of minutes. These guns are not protected by the Second Amendment and have nothing to do with maintaining a well-regulated militia. You must take action to enact some basic gun control legislation to protect the safety of your citizens. Thank you for taking call.

 

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

 

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342 

High Point: (336) 885-0685

 

HOUSE:

Rep. Virginia Foxx

Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211

Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

 

Rep. Ted Budd

Advance, NC (336) 998-1313

Washington, DC (202-225-4531

 

Rep. Mark Walker

Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005

Washington, DC (202) 225-3065

 

Donate:
Those of you who have some money to donate should consider giving it to organizations like Moms Demand Action or to progressive political candidates who have made public statements calling for stricter gun control. Our two Senators aren’t up for reelection this term, but we could support Congressional candidates who stand up for gun safety.

Moms Demand Action: https://momsdemandaction.org/
Moms Demand Action NC: https://momsdemandaction.org/north-carolina-moms-demand-action-everytown-respond-to-shooting-death-of-transgender-woman-in-charlotte/

 

You should also donate to or volunteer for state and federal politicians who have supported sensible gun laws.

For some context on this issue, here is a link to the voting records on gun laws by North Carolina’s Congressional delegation: https://www.npr.org/2018/02/19/566731477/chart-how-have-your-members-of-congress-voted-on-gun-bills