Thursday’s Actions: Voting Rights, Migrant Rights, and Medicaid Expansion

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****Actions 4/9/2020****

ELECTION

Virtual Town Halls with Cal Cunningham
US Senate candidate Cal Cunningham is holding a series of virtual town halls with Indivisible groups over the next few weeks. These town halls will allow you to connect with Cal and to learn how you can get involved in his campaign. Taking back that Senate seat from Thom Tillis is absolutely pivotal if we want to unseat Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. Cal is a great candidate who supports progressive policies, so this is a real opportunity to learn how you can make a difference.

April 18th, 11 AM-12 PM
https://www.mobilize.us/cunninghamforsenate/event/267166/

April 25th, 2:30-3:30 PM
https://www.mobilize.us/cunninghamforsenate/event/267159/


FEDERAL

Support Voting Rights in the Age of Coronavirus
We’ve all seen the Wisconsin primary clusterf^%& happening this week. SCOTUS ruled somehow that in-person voting should be allowed to continue and that vote-by-mail deadlines should not be extended. The case was literally RNC vs. DNC, so the court’s ruling is unapologetically partisan and unambiguously an attack on voting rights. This is a warning for what could happen in November. So naturally, Elizabeth Warren has come out with a plan to protect voting rights in the age of a pandemic, and it’s really good. The basic provisions include the following:

  • Nationwide vote by mail
  • 30 days early voting
  • No voter roll purges
  • End voter ID requirements
  • $4b aid to states
  • Hazard pay for poll workers
  • More funding for USPS

To ensure that our elections can be held safely and fairly, we need all of these provisions in place. It is especially important to protect poll workers, many of whom are elderly and appear to be more vulnerable to the virus. Warren’s plan is building on the work of others, most notably Amy Klobuchar, but these ideas are good, and it’s worth pushing for them, especially in the Senate, where we need to hold One Term Tillis and Big Bucks Burr accountable.

Details: https://medium.com/@SenWarren/protecting-our-elections-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-efd3da6dbcaf

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent from zip code ___________ calling to urge Rep./Sen. ____________ to pass legislation that would protect voting rights, especially if we are still dealing with the coronavirus. It is absolutely essential that we have the option nationwide to vote by mail, that we have at least 30 days of early voting, and hazard pay for poll workers. We should also end voter ID requirements at a national level and prevent states from engaging in voter roll purges. This is a pivotal election, and we shouldn’t have to choose between voting and our health (or the health of people around us). 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/


End Family Separation
[Adapted from Daily Kos] Despite the ‘official’ end to family separation, migrant children are still being ripped from their families. As of December 2019, at least 1,100 children have been taken and forced into dangerous and inadequate facilitates where they are subjected to sleep on mats on cold floors, care for younger children, and suffered well-documented cases of sexual abuse.

Many families were fleeing legitimate threats of violence to themselves and their children in their home countries, and hoped for safety upon reaching the United States. Instead, children were torn from their parents’ arms, in most cases with no explanation at all. Families were lied to and told their children were going to receive medical care. When parents understandably expressed distress, many were ridiculed by detention center staff and border patrol. Let’s demand that Congress end the torture of migrant families now. Reunite families immediately and end family separation for good! You can sign the petition below, or to be more effective, use the script to call your reps.

Link: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/demand-congress-end-torture-of-migrant-families-and-children

Script:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from __________ to urge Rep./Sen. _____________ to act on behalf of migrants being detained at our border. Reunite families immediately and end family separation for good! The psychological effects of family separation include trouble eating, sleeping, anxiety, and nightmares –– just to name a few. All of these symptoms are consistent with post-traumatic stress related to torture. 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/


STATE

Fight for an Emergency NCGA Session to Address COVID-19
While I’m kind of glad they’re mostly staying out of the way and letting Governor Cooper handle our COVID-19 response, we DO need the NCGA to come back into session and pass some legislation that would provide millions of North Carolina citizens with much-needed financial relief and reassurance that they will have access to insurance that will cover their medical bills. The wording of the tweet below was borrowed from Wiley Nickel. I can’t find the original tweet, but if you post it, I’m sure the desired message will resonate. You can also use the text of this tweet to email your reps (who may not be taking phone calls).

Sample Tweet:
.@NCHouseSpeaker NCGA needs to return to pass new legislation. 4/28 is too late. Pass Medicaid Expansion! Pass a Budget giving educators raises!  8.5% across-the-board. Make long overdue changes to our WORST in the nation Unemployment Insurance Program #ncga #ncpol

State Contact Numbers:
NC House: http://bit.ly/2CVneDK
NC Senate: http://bit.ly/2DamgAn


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


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