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1.       VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT/GUN REGULATION: As the House prepares to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1585), the National Rifle Association (NRA) has announced that it will be docking grades for lawmakers who vote in favor of the legislation ( The bill includes red flag provisions, which would help keep firearms out of the hands of those who commit domestic violence; a bipartisan safety measure which the NRA opposes. For those of us with Republican representatives, let's be sure to call them and tell them that we expect them to support VAWA, with its red flag provisions, and to prioritize their constituents over the NRA. For those of us with Democratic representatives, let's check to see if they have cosponsored the bill yet. If they have, we can thank them, but if not, let's ask them what's stopping them.

2.     IMMIGRATION:  “Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will ask Congress for the authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children more quickly, to hold families seeking asylum in detention until their cases are decided and to allow immigrants to apply for asylum from their home countries, according to a copy of the request obtained by NBC News.”  Let’s tell our MoCs that we do not want any money spent on any of these initiatives.  We want money spent to help process these cases faster and more humanely. 

3.     HEALTH CARE: First, it was just protections for people with “pre-existing” conditions, but now the Trump administration insists that  the entirety of the Affordable Care Act should be struck down in the courts, and the Justice department concurs:   We should seize this moment when the Republicans are making clear their disdain for our health and well-being to urge our MoCs to support Representative Pramila Jayapal’a (D-WA) Medicare for All Act (H.R.1384). Indivisible has provided all the information about this act we might need: 

4.    BERNHARDT NOMINATION: By August 2017, the Fish and Wildlife Service had completed a comprehensive study finding that the much-used pesticides malathion and chlorpyrifos are so toxic that they “jeopardize the continued existence” of more than 1,200 endangered birds, fish and other animals and plants; the NY Times reports that instead of tighter regulation of these chemicals, the Department of Interior, largely at the behest of then-deputy David Bernhardt, blocked the release of this report:  Zinke was bad, but Bernhardt is worse.  We must implore our senators TODAY to block his confirmation as secretary of DOI. We can also sign the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) petition:

5.      DISABILITY RIGHTS: Representative John Katko (R-NY) has introduced the Marriage Access for People with Special Abilities (MAPSA) Act (H.R. 1529) to protect Supplemental Security Income benefits for couples with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, who marry. Right now, couples may have to choose whether to get married, or risk losing their benefits, since they are required to report their combined income ( Let's call our representatives in the House and ask them to support this legislation.

6.      VOTING MACHINES: Four senior senators have called on the largest U.S. voting machine makers to explain why they continue to sell devices with “known vulnerabilities,” ahead of upcoming critical elections.  The letter, sent Wednesday, calls on election equipment makers ES&S, Dominion Voting and Hart InterCivic to explain why they continue to sell decades-old machines, which the senators say contain security flaws that could undermine the results of elections if exploited.”  Let’s contact our senators and raise this issue with them, too.  We do not need to knowingly sabotage our elections. 

7.      NET NEUTRALITY: The Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644), which restores Net Neutrality, has made it out of subcommittee. it is up to us to get it passed and Free Press has several ways we can help, including calling lawmakers, sharing on social media, collecting petition signatures, writing a letter-to-the-editor meeting with our rep's office and more. When we click this link, we can volunteer to help pass the bill:

8.     TRUMP’S FED RESERVE NOMINEE: According to many prominent economists, Steven Moore, Trump’s expected pick to lead the Federal Reserve has a dangerous record of making decisions that manipulate and threaten the healthy functioning of the economy solely for political purposes. In addition, Moore owes the IRS $75,000 in unpaid taxes. Let’s get our MoCs on board now and call for a strong rejection of Moore, based on partisanship, bad economics, and a clear disregard of the American taxpayer system. 

9.    TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN: The House voted yesterday to condemn Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. Let’s thank the 5 Republicans who voted with all the Democrats. Let’s also ask our Senators to do what they can to force a vote to condemn this in the Senate.

10.  AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: (CORRECTION) The Department of Justice is now siding with a Texas District Court that ruled last December that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and must be repealed. Previously, they only wanted to allow insurance companies not to cover pre-existing conditions and to charge higher premiums. Let’s tell the DOJ (202-353-1555) that we see this decision as reckless and insensitive to the health care needs of millions of Americans who depend on the ACA. And let’s tell our MoCs that we want them to do everything they can to assure that every American has health care, which includes considering how to implement Medicare for all.

11.   DREAM ACT: On March 12, the House re-introduced the Dream and Promise Act, HR6. Let's read more at The Hill. The bill currently has 224 Democratic co-sponsors. Let's contact our representatives to let them know we support HR6.

12.  RED FLAG GUN LAWS:  After the tragic suicides of gun violence survivors, even Republican Senators are willing to consider passing Red Flag Laws that would get guns out of the hands of likely offenders.  Everytown has made it easy for us to contact our lawmakers and push for real reforms but we must act now.  We can click this link to connect with our Senators and tell them to pass Red Flag Laws now: We can read more about Red Flag Laws on the state level here, then call our state legislators to demand Red Flag Laws for our states too:

13.  LEGALIZE CANNABIS: The Marijuana Justice Act, S597, would make cannabis legal on the federal level and get rid of marijuana possession charges nationwide. Let's read more at WikileafLet's contact our Senators in support of S597.


1.       APRIL ELECTIONS: “So far in April, there are 29 elections scheduled. If one of these is in your district, make sure you vote! For everyone else, please share this with your network to spread the word in order to increase awareness and turnout!”  Let’s check this out:

2.      WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT ELECTION: Swing Left is hosting a national call night this Sunday, March 31st, where participants will be phone banking for Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice nominee Lisa Neubauer. Once we register, Swing Left will provide training materials and an invitation to a webinar, so we can be fully prepared to make those calls. Let's sign up: 

3.      NEW POSTCARD CAMPAIGN: Let's help Postcards To Voters reach registered Democrats in Frisco TX with Campaign 150: Cleveland and Parna for City Council. Frisco is one of the fastest growing cities in America where a majority of its new residents are Democrats. However, the City Council is comprised entirely of Tea Party people. With our help, we can give Stephanie Cleveland and Mukesh Parna a winning edge on Saturday, May 4th. Let's request 5 addresses today.

Other Actions

1.      FACEBOOK AND WHITE NATIONALISM:  While Facebook has not always done the right thing, this week “Facebook is banning white nationalism and white supremacy from its social network following criticism that it had not done enough to eliminate hate speech on its platform.”  Let’s thank Facebook for this positive move and encourage them to be more proactive in the future:  1 Hacker Way Menlo Park, CA 94025

2.      CAMPAIGN HELP: “Campaigns can be devastated by opponents pretending to be volunteers and donors. These ten free background research services help reveal the truth.  It's advisable to first test the accuracy of a service first by querying it about a person you know. Make sure to conduct your research in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) guidelines.”  Let’s check out these resources that could help campaigns:

State Actions

1.       AZ: BILL TO PURGE EARLY VOTERS: “Republican lawmakers are moving to effectively strip the word “permanent” from laws that allow voters to enroll on the permanent early-voting list. Foes say all this does is throw another hurdle in the path of voters. Some testimony suggested the bill would immediately dump more than 200,000 from the early voting list if it becomes law. “We think the word ‘permanent’ should mean something,” Sandy Bahr, chapter president of the Sierra Club, told lawmakers.  Please call your Reps and let them know this is not a good idea. Ask them why they are suppressing the Vote in AZ. 

2.      FLINCREASE VOTER REGISTRATION: Former Tallahassee Mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has launched Bring It Home Florida, a grassroots organization that seeks to boost voter registration in the state in order to help elect Democrats to local, state and federal offices. We can read more at The HillLet's check out Bring It Home Florida and sign up for email updates to find ways we can support the effort. 

3.      MA: CONVERSION THERAPY BAN: The Massachusetts House recently voted 147-8 on a bill banning conversion therapy on issues of sexuality or gender identity for minors. Now the bill heads to the Senate. Republican Governor Charlie Baker says that he is inclined to support it, but he may be facing pressure from conservative constituents who oppose the bill. Let’s make sure that our State Senators vote for this bill in a timely manner, and let’s call Governor Baker (617) 725-4005 to let him know that we support a ban on this abusive practice and expect him to sign the legislation.

Marches/events/webinars/Tweetstorms to attend/organize

1.       EARTH HOUR:  Tomorrow, Saturday, March 30 at 8.30PM to 9:30PM local time, is Earth Hour where millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to show their steadfast commitment to protecting nature.   Let’s learn more here:

2.     POOR PEOPLES’ CAMPAIGN:  Dozens of states are organizing bus tours from late March to mid-May to hear the stories of the 140 million poor and low-income people who are too often ignored and bring attention to impacted communities.  These tours are about breaking the isolation of impacted communities and bringing us together to fight for our demands. Let’s sign up for an event near us and be a part of this leading up to the Poor People’s Campaign Moral Action Congress in June. Fight poverty, not the poor!


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Contact Federal Government Officials

1.       MUELLER REPORT: Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked a vote on a Senate resolution calling for the Mueller report to be made public. This was after the House voted 420-0 on the same resolution and even after Trump himself said he didn’t mind making the report public. Let’s remind our GOP Senators that 87% of Americans want to see the report made public, and ask them to put pressure on McConnell to allow for a vote on this resolution. While the DOJ is now saying they will make the report public, we’ve learned that the White House will see it first should Trump want to declare executive privilege over anything. We still need to press our senators for full information as soon as possible.

2.      MUELLER REPORT:  According to at least one expert in the struggle against executive overreach, we should expect Trump and Attorney-General Barr to aggressively try to suppress Mueller's report ( This has been attempted before, so let's tell our House reps to fulfill the House's role as the "Grand Inquest of the nation" by denying Barr's "Midas Touch" doctrine and enforcing the limit that prohibits Trump's executive privilege from concealing any crime (i.e. obstruction of justice).

3.      SPECIAL OLYMPICS:  We’ve seen time and again how the Trump administration preys on and removes protections from the marginalized: women, minorities, and now Special Olympians.  Yesterday Education Secretary Betsy Devos, appearing before a House subcommittee, defended the $18 million dollar cut to Special Olympics in Trump’s new budget.  Let’s make sure our MoCs know that we do not support any cuts to such a valuable program and especially not when there is increased money for charter schools.

4.    DISABILITY RIGHTS/SHOCK DEVICES: Last fall, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the FDA would be issuing a ban on electronic stimulation devices, which have been classified as torture by the U.N. and human rights groups ( While this is encouraging, Gottlieb did not indicate a specific time frame, other than by the end of 2019, and his departure from the FDA is set for next month ( More than 200 disability rights groups are participating in a campaign to urge the FDA to implement the ban on shock devices immediately. Let's join in by asking our MoC to urge the FDA to #StoptheShock. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has call scripts, as well as sample e-mails and letters available here. We can also check out their #StoptheShock social media toolkit here to learn about more ways to get involved.

5.      BORDER WALL:  Yesterday it was reported that the “Department of Defense is shifting $1 billion from a military personnel account to build a 57-mile fence at the southern U.S. border, saying the funds were freed up after some service branches fell short of their recruiting goals.”  Later yesterday, “The U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee on Tuesday denied the Pentagon’s plan to shift $1 billion to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, a move that while largely symbolic, highlights the concern lawmakers have about using the defense budget to pay for the wall.”  Let’s thank the members of the House Armed Services Committee for their foresight:

6.      PUERTO RICO:  The federal government provided additional food stamp aid to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017, but Congress missed the deadline for reauthorization in March as it focused on other issues before leaving for a week-long recess.  Federal lawmakers have also been stalled by the Trump administration, which has derided the extra aid as unnecessary.”  Let’s tell our MoCs to get on the ball and get this reauthorized.  Our citizens in Puerto Rico have suffered too much already. 

7.      CHARTER SCHOOLS:  We are all aware of some charter schools that are performing very well and have happy learning students.  However, the infrastructure for charter schools is too weak.  “The U.S. government has wasted up to $1 billion on charter schools that never opened, or opened and then closed because of mismanagement and other reasons, according to a report from an education advocacy group. The study also says the Education Department does not adequately monitor how its grant money is spent. “  Let’s let our MoCs know that if schools are going to be using federal taxpayers’ dollars that there needs to be much better oversight and accountability. Let’s also remind them that schools should NOT be profit-making. 

8.     AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: The Department of Justice is now siding with a Texas District Court that ruled last December that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and must be repealed. Previously, they only wanted to allow insurance companies not to cover pre-existing conditions and to charge higher premiums. Let’s tell the DOJ (202-353-155) that we see this decision as wreckless and insensitive to the health care needs of millions of Americans who depend on the ACA. And let’s tell our MoCs that we want them to do everything they can to assure that every American has health care, which includes considering how to implement Medicare for all.

9.      IMMIGRATION: After March 31st, thousands of Liberians in the U.S. will lose their Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status, putting them at risk of deportation ( Since 1991, Liberians have held either DED or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S. due to civil unrest in Liberia, but last year, the Trump administration revoked DED. Let's call our MoC and ask them to pressure the Trump administration to reinstate Deferred Enforced Departure status for Liberians. We can also ask our representatives in the House to support H.R. 6: The American Dream and Promise Act, which would protect Liberians and other TPS, DED, and DACA recipients in the U.S.

10.  DISABILITY RIGHTS/SHOCK DEVICES: April 24th marks five years since the FDA first held hearings on electronic stimulation devices, and while they ruled in favor of a ban, it has still not been implemented. Meanwhile, the Judge Rotenberg Center continues to torture disabled people with these devices. This year, April 24th will be a day of action: let's take to twitter and other social media and join local disability rights groups in community wait-ins, to let the FDA know that #WeAreStillWaiting for them to #StoptheShock. We can find more information on the day of action here.


1.       VIRTUAL TEXTBANKING:  We can join a text team to chat with Wisconsin voters about the Supreme Court special election on April 2.  When we sign up here, we’ll be sent what we need to do:

2.      POSTCARDERS NEEDED: Postcards to Voters' Campaign 149: Sara Sadat for Village of Lisle, Illinois trustee is in progress. This short list for an April 2 election may already be completed. Let's request 5 addresses today for whichever campaign is now open.

3.      LETTER WRITERS NEEDED:  Vote Forward got all of its letters to out to Wisconsin and now it's got 10,000 to send for a Pennsylvania State Senate seat, and soon! Election Day is April 2nd! Please hop on and take 5 letters--most of it is just printing and then adding one line of personal text. It's been proven to make a differenceHelp! Thanks!  (h/t Chop Wood, Carry Water )

4.    POSTCARDERS NEEDED:   Postcards to Voters' volunteers are still working hard to reach every registered Democrat in Wisconsin for Campaign 146: Judge Lisa Neubauer for state Supreme Court. The special election is next Tuesday, April 2 so we are in the final push to reach as many voters as we can. Let's request 5 addresses today to help finish this campaign.

Other Actions

1.       VOTER REGISTRATION: No matter where we live, we can learn how to register voters in Maine. Let’s sign up to participate in this webinar call with Swing Left:

2.      ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS: EcoWatch is sponsoring an Earth Day (April 22) photo contest. This year's theme is "Protect Our Species."  Let's submit our own best photographs of creatures that inhabit Earth. We can find all the information for the contest here.

3.      LGBTQ SUPPORT:  The San Antonio City Council voted recently to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant at San Antonio International Airport, citing what it called the company's "legacy of anti-LGBT behavior." Let's read more at NBC News and send notes of support to the San Antonio City Council.

4.      BORDER VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED:  Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden have been helping at the border since last summer.  The work they do is so important.  Let’s see how we can either become a helping Granny/Abuela or support their work:

5.      BORDER BOND HELP:  Al Otro Lado, the cross-border legal services organization working to help refugees at our southern border, has created a bond fund for the people they work with. “For clients and migrants today, bonds are set in a completely arbitrary manner and the conditions faced in detention are horrendous and dehumanizing. For many asylum seekers, bonds are set anywhere between $5,000-$15,000. Posting for bond is ultimately the only way to buy their freedom which is completely out of reach for almost all of the families we support.”  The Vide Libre Bond Fund will help so many.  Let’s contribute if we can. 

State Actions

1.      CA: LOBBY AGAINST SPECIAL INTERESTS SECRET FUNDING OF ISSUE ADS:  We’ve made a lot of progress revealing the special interests behind political ads but there is more to do. Special interests can still use Issue Ads anonymously try to fool the public and sway legislators. Now we have a solution. The Issue Ad DISCLOSE Act requires shady Issue Ads to show their real funders just like ballot measure ads and superPAC ads already do, thanks to our California DISCLOSE Act and the Social Media DISCLOSE Act. On April, 4AB 1217 has its first hearing and vote in the Assembly Elections Committee.  We can join Clean Money supporters and pack the room to show our representatives that voters want AB 1217 to require that lobbying Issue ads show who's really behind them.  We can click this link for more details:

2.      MI: LITERACY: From EveryLibrary: "The Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME), the state association for school librarians, needs your help in passing three bills that would go a long way to restoring school librarians to each and every school in the state. House Bill 4393: Requires every public school in Michigan to offer a library beginning in the 2019-20 school year that meets certain criteria. (Rep. Koleszar), HB 4392: Requires a school district board to employ at least one certified media specialist for each school library operated by that district beginning in the 2018-19 school year. (Rep. Camilleri), HB 4394: Requires a principal or other appropriate administrator to designate an individual to supervise students in a school library when a certified media specialist is not present. (Rep. Pagan). Please join us in sending a message to the state House Education Reform Committee to move HB 4392HB 4393, and HB 4394 to the full House today because our students deserve access to their school libraries.

3.      NM—ELECTION DAY VOTER REGISTRATION: Voter rolls close four weeks before election day, but a bill awaiting Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s signature would change that and allow New Mexicans to register to vote on Election Day.  Let’s tell Gov. Grisham that we want to make it easier for people to vote, and that she should sign this bill into law: 505-476-2200 or

Marches/events/webinars/Tweetstorms to attend/organize

1.       MUELLER REPORT/MOVEON RESPONSE: MoveOn has a sign up for rapid response if the full Mueller Report is withheld from the people. If that happens, MoveOn is organizing to take to the streets to demand that they #makeitpublic & #releasethereport. Let’s make sure we’re ready: let’s sign up right now for a rapid response protest near us:

2.      SIGN UP FOR ADVOCACY TRAINING IN DC:  Registration for The Campaign Workshop’s Advocacy Training will close this Friday, March 28. Held in Washington DC from April 1-2, this training offers us the tools to navigate today's political landscape. Using real-world examples and experienced trainers, this intensive, two-day course covers a range of topics such as defining our goals, fundraising, building a digital presence, and much more!  We can learn more and sign up for the workshop here:


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