Friday Actions: The CARES Act, COVID19 and Migrants, and Phone Banking

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****Actions 3/27/2020****

FEDERAL

Support the CARES Act
The North Carolina Justice Center is already identifying gaps in the Coronavirus relief bill passed by the Senate. There are some good things about the bill, but we need to address some of the gaps that will prevent struggling families from finding the relief they need. The bill offers no comprehensive provision of paid leave to workers, it includes no expansion of federal food assistance benefits, and the greatest pot of money still goes to industry rescue but with no accountability measures to ensure that industry protects workers and will drive public dollars to advance our collective well-being. The fight for justice continues. You can use my call script or follow the link to send an email.

Link:
https://ncjustice.salsalabs.org/takeaction_cares-act-response/index.html

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from ___________ call to urge Rep. _____________ to advance the CARES Act and immediately turn to addressing the gaps that will be particularly hard felt in our state. Specifically, North Carolina needs our federal response to COVID-19 to drive more dollars into households at this critical time and to stabilize state budgets. Specifically, we need comprehensive provision of paid leave to workers and expansion of federal food assistance benefits. We also need  accountability measures to ensure that industry protects workers and will drive public dollars to advance our collective well-being. 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
House: https://www.house.gov/representatives/


Save Migrant Children From COVID-19
[From the Action Network] The more than 5400 migrant children who were forcibly separated from their parents, and the thousands of others separated from grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings, are considered unaccompanied. Today, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) – a group within the Department of Health & Human Services – holds some 3,600 unaccompanied children in largely for-profit shelters. They are forced in these baby jails to do exactly what they are told. They sleep, eat, school, and move together through the facilities, escorted everywhere by company workers. They have to ask permission to do anything. They are virtual prisoners.

Just like in prisons, the COVID-19 pandemic poses an immediate and life-threatening danger to all of these children who live in congregant care and who are unable to social distance or wash their hands frequently. Once the disease hits a shelter, it will spread rapidly, overwhelming already scant medical capacity. Many children have died in government custody. More stand to perish from COVID-19. There is no plan to protect them. Children must be reunited with their families immediately. Innocent children are being incarcerated in conditions that put their lives at risk. You can use the link below to email or my script to call your reps.

Link:
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/save-migrant-children-from-covid-19?delivery_id=43549077

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from ____________ to urge Rep./Sen. ______________ to call for migrant detainees to be released from border camps to avoid creating a massive health crisis. The CDC has warned that people who live, work, eat, study, and recreate within congregant environments are at a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19. And we have seen this clearly with mass infections and multiple deaths in nursing homes and on ships. Once the virus hits a closed environment, it spreads like wildfire. There is no cure for this deadly disease. The threat to immigrant children confined in shelters is dire. Please step up and demand that the migrant detainees be released.

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
House: https://www.house.gov/representatives/


PHONE BANK

Help Flip the NCGA
Since we’re all social distancing, that means we need to rethink some of our campaign strategies, but it’s absolutely crucial that we flip at least one chamber in the state legislature so that Democrats have a seat at the table when districts are redrawn for the 2020s. Neighbors on Call has targeted three seats that are crucial to winning in 2020. Nicole Quick (NC HD 59) and Ricky Hurtado (NC HD 63) are trying to flip seats currently held by the GOP. And Sydney Batch (NC HD 37) is trying to protect a vulnerable house seat. They are all outstanding public servants and deserve our support.

Link: https://www.neighborsoncall.org/phonebanks

You should also follow them on social media:

  • Nicole Quick for NC HD 59
    • Twitter: @QuickforNC
    • Instagram: QuickforNC
  • Ricky Hurtado for NC HD 63
    • Twitter: @rickyhurtadonc
    • Instagram: rickyhurtadonc
  • Rep. Sydney Batch (NC HD 37)
    • Twitter: @friendsforbatch
    • Instagram: friendsforbatch

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


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