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Stand Up for Transgender Rights

Hello, I’m __________ from __________, calling today to urge the Senator/Representative to do everything in his/her power to stand up against the repeal of protections on bathroom rights for transgender students. There are clear laws against sex discrimination in schools, as laid out by Title IX, and our elected officials have an obligation to uphold these laws. Allowing the protections to be repealed sends the message that the administration does not stand with all citizens and will contribute to increased harassment, harm, and suffering amongst transgender students. If our government does not support all of its citizens, it validates acts of discrimination. Thank you.

For a less scripted approach, here are some talking points:

  • There is a high rate of suicide among transgender students due to bullying; a 2016 study by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center reported 30% of transgender students have a history of at least one suicide attempt.
  • A study by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law cites 50-54% of transgender men and women experience harassment and bullying at school and, specifically, 63-78% suffer physical or sexual violence at school.
  • Repealing these protections is in direct contradiction to existing federal laws against sex discrimination and legal precedents establishing that transgender students have the right to go to school without being singled out for discrimination.

Investigate Trump Administration’s Ties to Russia

Hi, I’m __________ from __________. I’m calling because I am concerned about the Administration’s connections to Russia. I find it very troubling that our intelligence community concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered hacks of the Democratic Party with the explicit purpose of helping Donald Trump’s campaign. This behavior undermines our democracy and something must be done. I’m asking the Senator/Representative to fully investigate this matter, including the allegations that the Russian government has information that could be used to blackmail President Trump. Congress must also investigate what former National Security Advisor Flynn discussed with Russian ambassador Kislyak and whether President Trump was aware of these conversations.

For a less scripted approach, here are some talking points:

  • A report released in January by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence stated that the FBI, CIA, and NSA all agree with high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered hacks of the Democratic Party in order to help Trump’s campaign.
  • During the 2015 campaign, Donald Trump publically called on Russia to hack Clinton’s emails.
  • President Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign after misleading Vice President Pence as to the nature of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the transition. It is unclear whether Trump was aware of these conversations. Not only was this a breach of protocol, but it is illegal under the Logan Act for someone outside of the Executive branch to make foreign policy for the U.S.
  • A report released by a former British intelligence operative claims that the Russians have information that could be used to blackmail Trump. The majority of the claims in this report remain unverified.
  • Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen met with pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians to discuss Russia's role in Ukraine and Crimea.

Protect Dreamers – Support the Bridge Act

Hello, I’m __________ from __________. I’m calling today to urge Senator/Representative __________ to support The Bridge Act, introduced by Senator Durbin and Senator Graham, which will protect DACA recipients from deportation threats and work authorization to young people currently benefitting from the DACA program. This bipartisan bill would also allow others who qualify for DACA to apply for protected status, including those who have recently become eligible by meeting the program's education and age requirements. DACA recipients are in the United States legally and thus must be protected from recent Executive Orders passed by the Administration. I am appalled that the DACA recipients, including Daniel Ramirez Medina in Seattle and Josué Romero in San Antonio, were detained and brought into custody. Dreamers deserve every protection that U.S. law allows them and we must support them in their efforts to create a better future for themselves and for our country. Thank you.

For a less scripted approach, here are some talking points:

  • DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was started by the Obama Administration in 2012. Recipients of DACA are often referred to as "dreamers."
  • In order to enable undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to come out of the shadows and be productive members of society, the Obama administration started DACA in 2012 to give them legal status that is renewable every two years and provides them the opportunity to receive work permits and avoid deportation.
  • There are over 750,000 dreamers living in the United States.
  • While President Trump has claimed that he will not dismantle DACA, given the new Executive Orders, the future for dreamers in the U.S. appears to be under threat and must be protected. Several DACA recipients, including Daniel Ramirez Medina and Josué Romero, have recently been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • Recent ICE raids in cities across the country have left immigrants fearful and on high alert. DACA recipients must be protected from these raids, as dreamers are legally in the United States.

Share Your Story: Support the ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid

To Republicans who voted for Tom Price:

Hello, I’m __________ from __________. I’m calling today because I am very disappointed about Tom Price becoming Secretary of Health and Human Services. I will remember the Senator’s vote in future elections. It’s clear that party loyalty got in the way of the country’s best interests. I urge the Senator to support the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid. I am scared about calls to privatize or defund these programs because all Americans deserve comprehensive healthcare coverage and access that allows them to see their doctors and afford medication and treatment. My friends, family, and I rely on these programs. Do not let Congress repeal the ACA without a replacement that improves the coverage of the ACA for all Americans. Thank you.

To Democrats who voted against Tom Price:

Hello, I’m __________ from __________. I’m calling today to thank the Senator for voting against Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. I am scared about Republican calls to privatize or defund Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid because all Americans deserve comprehensive healthcare coverage and access that allows them to see their doctors and afford medication and treatment. My friends, family, and I rely on these programs. Do not let Congress repeal the ACA without a replacement that improves the coverage of the ACA for all Americans. Thank you.

For a less scripted approach, here are some talking points:

  • Sharing your personal story about how healthcare reform has helped you is particularly powerful.
  • More than 20 million Americans gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act since it was passed in 2010.
  • Health insurance can no longer exclude coverage for preexisting conditions.
  • Children under the age of 26 are now able to maintain coverage under their parents’ plans.
  • The ACA provided the largest expansion for mental health and substance use disorder treatment coverage in a generation.

Call on Congressman Chaffetz, Chair of the House Oversight Committee (regardless of your district), to force Trump to release his taxes!

Chaffetz DC Office: (202) 225-7751
Chaffetz Utah Office: (801) 851-2500

Hi, I’m __________ from __________. I’m calling today because I am concerned about President Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. I urge Congressman Chaffetz to fulfill his responsibility as House Government Oversight Chair by investigating the full extent of President Trump’s financial and business entanglements. Ethics experts have already determined that President Trump is likely violating the Constitution by personally profiting from the presidency. His refusal to give up an ownership share in the Trump Organization creates a clear conflict of interest, as his net worth will increase with any favorable government decisions. Moreover, since he has not divested from his business dealings with foreign governments, President Trump is in violation of the Emoluments Clause. Congressman Chaffetz owes it to the American people to conduct a thorough investigation, and I will continue to hold him accountable. Thank you for your time.

For a less scripted approach, here are some talking points:

  • Removing himself from management activities does not change the fact that President Trump will still benefit financially from the presidency. Indeed, he already has.
  • The Emoluments Clause bars federal officeholders from profiting from foreign governments and their agents. Since Trump has retained an ownership share in the Trump Organization, he has been in violation of the clause since the day he took office.
  • It is not possibly to fully evaluate Trump's conflicts of interest with Russia (or any foreign governments) with full transparency into his financial relationships.
  • Chaffetz has already declined to investigate the ethics violations of Michael Flynn and Kellyanne Conway, but HAS decided to seek criminal charges over Secretary Clinton’s emails, despite the FBI closing its investigation. Chaffetz’s dogged pursuit of Secretary Clinton, even as he ignores the ethics violations of the Trump administration, demonstrates a failure to carry out his duties as House Government Chair.

Join EPA workers in their efforts to stop Scott Pruitt:
We cannot have a climate change denier running the EPA!

Hello, I’m __________ from ____________. I’m calling today to urge the Senator/Representative to do everything in his/her power to protect the environment. I am dismayed that Scott Pruitt was confirmed as EPA Administrator and that the vote was pushed through before his emails were made public. Now we know that Pruitt is way too close to big oil companies to be fair-minded at the EPA. The Trump administration is now rolling back environmental regulations that protect our nation’s waterways and air quality from pollution by coal companies and other polluters. This is unacceptable. Congress should NOT use the Congressional Review Act to aid in making our land, water, air, and people sicker. Environmental protection deregulation will not create jobs, but it will hurt our people and planet for generations. Please take action and refuse to promote pollution. Thank you.

For a less scripted approach, here are some talking points:

  • The Trump administration has recently repealed the Stream Rule, allowing coal companies to dump waste into American waterways and has signed an order of Congress allowing coal companies more latitude for air pollution.
  • Trump and Congress are able to roll back Obama-era environmental protections using the Congressional Review Act, a little-used legislative mechanism for vetoing legislation. There are many more similar environmental deregulations planned by the Trump administration and GOP.
  • Scott Pruitt, confirmed as EPA Administrator on Feb. 17, 2017, sued the EPA fourteen times as Attorney General of Oklahoma. According to newly-published emails from his time in that job, Pruitt has a documented history of helping big oil companies undermine federal environmental regulations.
  • Environmental regulations like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts help keep us safe. Rolling back regulations is an issue of public health.
  • 2016 was the hottest year on record. Denying scientific fact is dangerous, and the U.S. Government should support scientific research, not decrease its funding as many Republicans intend to do.
  • Global warming causes abnormal weather patterns, including severe storms like Hurricane Sandy, excessive flooding, and extreme wildfires that threaten public safety by disproportionately affecting the poor, harming property values, hurting agricultural productivity, endangering energy security.

Women's Health, Safety, and Reproductive Rights

Hello, I’m ___________, and I’m calling from ___________ to urge Senator/Representative ___________ to do everything in their power to support women’s health and reproductive rights, and specifically to vote NO on any resolution to dismantle the Title X rule. I am extremely concerned about attempts by the Trump administration and the GOP to pass restrictive abortion laws, defund Planned Parenthood, and prevent access to lifesaving health care services, such as those provided by Title X. Women deserve to make their own medical decisions, and for many low-income women, reproductive health centers may be their only option for basic care. This issue is a determining factor in how I vote, and I’m paying close attention. Thank you for your time.

For a less scripted approach, here are some talking points:

  • Title X is the only federal grant program that helps ensure access to a broad range of family planning and related preventive health services for millions of low-income or uninsured individuals and others.
  • Title X does not just affect women’s access to health care. The Title X family planning program also provides services (including education and counseling) to men in recognition of the fact that preventing unintended pregnancies and the spread of STDs and HIV/AIDS is a joint responsibility.
  • Repeated polls confirm that the vast majority of Americans support legal abortion. A Pew study released the first week of January showed support for Roe v. Wade at a record high of 69 percent.
  • If Congress voted to bar Planned Parenthood from accepting federal insurance for any services, it would mean that 1.5 million American women who rely on those programs for Pap smears, breast exams, and contraception would no longer be able to get that care from Planned Parenthood.
  • 54 percent of Planned Parenthood’s clinics are in areas that do not have other clinic options close by.
  • VP Mike Pence has already passed some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws as governor of Indiana and, in Congress, co-sponsored legislation that would make several forms of birth control illegal. Tom Price, Head of the Department of Health and Human Services, is a proponent of allowing doctors and insurance companies refuse to provide health care services they don’t personally believe in.

Tell Congress to Support American Workers and Vote NO on Puzder

Four Republicans on Puzder’s Committee are on the Fence! Call Susan Collins (Maine), Johnny Isakson (GA), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Tim Scott (SC) ASAP!

Hello, I’m __________ calling from __________ to urge Senator/Representative __________ to vote NO on Andy Puzder to be Secretary of Labor. Puzder’s record on supporting the rights and well-being of workers is unacceptable. His opposition to increasing the minimum wage to $15, expansion of overtime eligibility, and the Affordable Care Act make him the wrong person to protect American workers. Thank you.

For a less scripted approach, here are some talking points:

  • Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast-food chains. He has openly advocated for automation as a replacement for human workers.
  • According to the Department of Labor, 60 percent of Puzder’s CKE Restaurants franchises had at least one Fair Labor Standards Act violation.
  • Puzder opposes raising the federal minimum wage and expanding overtime eligibility laws.
  • A survey conducted by Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) found that 66 percent of women who work at a CKE restaurant reported facing sexual harassment while at work.

Constitutional Crisis:
Condemn Trump's attempts to undermine the judicial branch

Hi, I’m __________ from __________. I’m calling today because I am concerned about President Trump’s recent statements attempting to discredit the judicial branch, like referring to Judge Robart as a “so-called judge” and questioning the legitimacy of the federal court system. Historically, repressive autocrats have used similar tactics to dismantle judicial oversight. We must be vigilant in protecting the separation of powers laid out in the Constitution. I would like the Senator/Representative to publicly support the independence of the judicial branch, condemn the President’s statements, and encourage other members of Congress to do the same. Thank you.

Tell your senators how you feel about the Sessions vote:

To Republicans and Joe Manchin (D-WV) who voted for Sessions:

Hello, I’m __________ from __________. I’m calling today to let the Senator know that I am very displeased with his/her vote to confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. It’s clear that party loyalty got in the way of making a decision based on the best interests of the country. I will remember this vote in future elections. Sessions’ record of fighting against civil, LGBT, and human rights, and opposition to sensible immigration policy makes him a potentially dangerous Attorney General. I urge the Senator to hold the Trump administration accountable to ensuring the civil rights of all Americans.

To Democratic Senators: who voted against Sessions:

Hello, I’m __________ from __________. I’m calling today say thank you to the Senator for representing his/her constituents’ voices and voting against the confirmation of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Despite the discouraging result, his/her vote instills confidence that he/she will listen to constituents and display the strongest level of commitment to civil rights, voting rights, LGBT rights, and fair immigration policy. I expect the Senator to be vigilant in protecting the rights of all citizens and holding Congress and the Executive Branch accountable for any deviation. Please keep up the great work!

For a less scripted approach, here are some talking points:

  • Sessions believes that there is widespread voter fraud, even though there is no evidence to support this claim that is perpetuated by President Trump.
  • Sessions opposes same-sex marriage and denounced the Supreme Court ruling enforcing the Equal Protection Clause.
  • Sessions will likely severely curb criminal justice reform efforts.

Tell Your Senators how you feel about the Betsy DeVos vote:

To Republicans who voted for DeVos:

Hello, I’m __________ from __________. I’m calling today to let the Senator know that I am very displeased with his/her vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. It’s clear that he/she lacked the courage to vote based on reason and honest evaluation, and instead chose to do so because of party loyalty. I will remember this vote in future elections. DeVos is one of the least qualified nominees for one of the most important cabinet positions in the country. I urge the Senator to hold this administration accountable to ensuring high-quality public education for all American children.

To Democratic Senators, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Susan Collins (R-ME):

Hello, I’m ___________ from ____________. I’m calling today to say thank you to the Senator for representing his/her constituents’ voices and voting against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Despite the discouraging result, his/her vote instills confidence that he/she will listen to constituents, choose reason and honest evaluation over party loyalty, and value our input on the most important issues affecting our country. We still have lots of work to do to ensure students all over the country get equal opportunities to quality education and that our educational institutions are held accountable. Please keep up the great work!

Supreme Court

Hello, I’m __________, and I’m calling from __________ to urge the Senator to block any Supreme Court nominee who would enable or enforce the Trump administration’s dangerous agenda. Failing to block an extremist choice could result in a court that will further undermine the Voting Rights Act, give corporations unchecked power, curb the government’s ability to fight climate change, and restrict access to reproductive health care.

For Democratic Senators: I expect the Senator to join other Senate Democrats in using the filibuster to oppose Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court. Our citizens, our democracy, and our entire planet depend on Senate Democrats taking an uncompromising stand. Thank you for your time.

For Republican Senators: I expect the Senator to uphold Senate rules and not obstruct the normal proceedings of the confirmation process. I am concerned that Gorsuch is an ultraconservative choice and self-proclaimed originalist who does not reflect the view of the majority of Americans. Thank you for your time.

For a less scripted approach, here are some talking points:

  • Republicans spent nearly a year blocking President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court and, in doing so, disregarded the decorum and customs of the Senate, blatantly ignored their constitutional duties, and undermined the legitimacy of President Obama for political gain.
  • Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court would likely allow for discrimination against LGBTQ individuals, especially transgendered people, as well as religious minorities, immigrants and people of color.

Immigration: Muslim Ban

Hello, I’m __________ from __________. I’m calling today to urge Senator/Representative __________ to do everything in his/her power to oppose President Trump’s Muslim ban. The American right to freedom of religion is clearly violated by this Executive Order. I feel that the President’s actions are irrational and dangerous because the travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries will not make the U.S. safer from terrorism. In fact, it worsens our nation’s reputation in the world and gives ISIS an effective recruitment message. I am appalled that the U.S. government is preventing Syrian refugees from resettling in our country, a land of immigrants and religious tolerance. We need to open our arms to those in need and allow people who have been driven from their homes due to unspeakable violence to find safety here.

For a less scripted approach, here are some talking points:

  • President Trump’s Executive Order on Jan. 27, 2017 suddenly halted immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Susan, Yemen).
  • None of the perpetrators of the major terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil in the past 15 years (including 9/11) have come from the nations on Trump’s ban list.
  • The ban is xenophobic and Islamophobic, and it validates the worst hatred, scapegoating, and fear in American society.
  • Many of the people directly affected by the travel ban are valid visa holders and Syrian refugees who have already been rigorously vetted by the U.S.

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