Monday Actions: Senate Stimulus and More

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****Actions 3/23/2020****

FEDERAL

Demand a Bailout that Helps People, Not Corporations
Moscow Mitch and the Pandemic Profiteers have offered a whopper of a coronavirus relief bill that would do almost nothing to help the average American but that would line the pockets of some of the wealthiest individuals on the planet. The GOP Senate bill would give $500 billion to Steve Mnuchin to manage. He could dole out this $500 billion without revealing which multi-billion dollar companies got the money until six months after the fact. In fact, it is distinctly possible that Mnuchin could give a bailout to Trump hotels.

The bill also would provide no funding for states and local governments to address the Coronavirus crisis. It would not add one dime to SNAP’s budget. It does not expand emergency leave. It has no OSHA protections for workers forced to work through the pandemic. Direct payments would not be available to people who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019 (which affects many low-income individuals). It’s an absurdly bad bill.

Details:
https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1241798822877114377

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from zip code ____________ calling to urge Sen. ______________ to oppose Mitch McConnell’s stimulus bill. It is absolutely ridiculous that the Senate would support a bill that would allow Steve Mnuchin to dole out $500 billion to corporations with absolutely no transparency or accountability. Instead, we should be giving money directly to people who need it, including workers who will be laid off due to the pandemic. Thank you.

Federal Contact Numbers:
Thom Tillis: DC: (202) 224-6342
Richard Burr DC: (202) 224-3154
Tim Scott (SC): Washington, DC: 202-224-6121
Lindsey Graham (SC): Washington, DC: 202-224-5972


STATE

Call, tweet, resistbot Governor Roy Cooper to call for “shelter in place”
[Thanks to Andrea for the tweet] We need to take all data with a grain of salt, but a group of data scientists is predicting that North Carolina will soon reach a tipping point when it comes to the spread of COVID19. If we don’t have a statewide Shelter in Place order by March 28, we could face a situation where the number of deaths would be exponentially higher. We would also see hospitals and medical professionals being overwhelmed. Let’s encourage Governor Cooper to take decisive action to protect all North Carolinians.

Details:
https://covidactnow.org/state/NC?fbclid=IwAR2RbegLV2Z36MoIoOzwVZOH6gspRMgP9leM9qNvhD3U750K9uVpylKf_fE

Tweet/Script:
.@NC_Governor it’s time to order a “shelter in place.” Please do this for the sake of everyone.  Many people are not heeding the warning of social distancing and this virus will overwhelm our resources in less than 10 days time #COVID19 @NCPolicyWatch #ShelterInPlace


MEDIA

Tell MSNBC and CNN to Stop Airing Trump’s COVID19 Press Conferences Live
I have been so frustrated at Trump’s press conferences. Trump’s coronavirus press conferences are actively doing harm. They are not informing us properly, and some of the misinformation he is spreading could make things significantly worse. Broadcasting these events live is a public health risk. Trump is feeding his viewers with disinformation and misinformation. It is impossible to fact-check this information in real time, and viewers are likely to engage in dangerous, risky behaviors if they listen only to Trump’s public statements.

He is also using this platform to campaign for reelection by promoting his “brand” as someone who stands up to the news media. By broadcasting these segments, you are feeding into an unhealthy dynamic in which Trump is able to further undermine trust in the news media. By carrying these briefings live, you are complicit in spreading dangerous lies and division: both are killing us.

Link:
https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/tell-msnbc-and-cnn-to-stop-airing-trump-s-covid-19-press-conferences-live?share=78cabc71-d9cc-48c5-959a-997fbe5107bb&source=email-share-button&utm_medium=&utm_source=email


Originally posted on Indivisible Daily Call to Action.
Re-posted with permission.


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