Shutdown Day of Action, simple actions YOU can take (updated)

(Updated with more detailed contact and scripts.)

Today is a National Call Day of Action per Indivisible, details below. You can also take part in a standout-protest against the #TrumpShutdown organized by our sisters and brothers at Lower Cape Indivisible (LCI) today and/or Saturday and you can donate via a page setup by GoFundMe.

STANDOUT/PROTEST “TAKING IT TO THE STREETS”

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23, 3:00-4:30 PM, Rt. 6, Orleans/Eastham Rotary
For parking: From the rotary, turn onto Rock Harbor Road, turn right and park along street. When protesting, stand on the perimeter green areas and be careful.
Questions? Contact Rand (randburkert@gmail.com) or Marcia (mjgoffin10@gmail.com) 

SATURDAY, Jan. 26, 1:00-2:00 PM, Dennis Town Hall, 685 Rt. 134, Dennis
There’s plenty of parking in town hall parking lot. Questions? Contact Nancy (nancy.d1007@gmail.com)

At both standouts, LCI will be collecting donations for furloughed employees from Joint Base Cape Cod and delivering to the Cape Cod Military Support Foundationso please bring, as able, items such as:

  • Supermarket gift cards
  • Disposable diapers
  • Money to purchase food (please, no food donations)
  • Baby items such as clothing, new toys, new bottles

Bring protest signs. (No profanity please, no matter the temptation.)
More details from LCI here.

CALL YOUR OWN SENATORS

From the national Indivisible organization all tools etc provided:

On Wednesday, January 23rd we’ll be taking national coordinated action across the country with a National Call Day.

Phone calls. Keep up the pressure by making consistent phone calls using the script below.  Call to your Senator on the today along with Indivisibles across the country—and don’t forget to share a picture or video of your call on social media. Together we can make an impact!

Use this number (202) 224-3121 or find your two US Senator’s contact info here listed by state. MA residents, Senator’s contact here.

When you call, ask Democratic Senators to oppose the White House immigration bill when the Senate votes on it, and continue opposing any legislation unrelated to the shutdown. Ask Republican Senators to publicly pressure Mitch McConnell to put the House-passed legislation to a vote in the Senate.

Helpful scripts for phone calls:

Call Script for Democratic Senators

Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from (part of state). I’m calling to thank [Senator] for standing strong against Trump’s demands for wall funding and ask that they oppose the White House immigration bill when the Senate votes on it.

That bill has $5.7 BILLION for a wall and only provides temporary relief for SOME Dreamers and TPS holders. That is unacceptable. [Senator] needs to force Mitch McConnell to put the House legislation reopening the government on the floor by opposing the White House bill and all other legislation until the government reopens.

Will [Senator] vote “no” on the White House immigration bill?

Call Script for Republican Senators

Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from (part of state). I’m calling to ask [Senator] to vote against Trump’s extreme anti-immigrant bill, and instead vote to reopen the government by passing a clean budget.

It’s not enough to say the Senator thinks the shutdown should end. This shutdown was caused by Donald Trump, and Mitch McConnell is prolonging it by playing political games and refusing to seriously address the issue. We need [Senator] to pressure him to pass a clean budget bill immediately.

Will [Senator] commit to voting against Trump’s extreme wall bill and in favor of a clean budget?

Call Script for House Representatives

Find your rep and his or her contact information here.

Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from (part of state). I’m calling to ask [MoC] to reject Trump’s racist wall demands and say no to Trump’s hostage-taking. The wall is immoral and I don’t want my taxpayer dollars being used for it.

Will [MoC] commit to voting against any bill containing money for Trump’s wall or more immigration enforcement?

DONATE TO HELP FEDERAL WORKERS

On Saturday, GoFundMe launched “Government Shutdown Direct Relief Fund” to help the approximately 800,000 federal worker impacted by the ongoing shutdown. CEO Rob Solomon has committed to distributing these funds to several nonprofit organizations across the country offering direct assistance to government workers.

“These nonprofits are doing important work, providing hot meals, necessary counseling, and housing relief. I encourage everyone to support them,” Solomon said, noting that the crowdfunding campaign was launched in partnership with author and speaker Deepak Chopra.

(NOTE, many Federal workers cannot take direct donations over $50 as it is considered a “gift” that might create influence or trigger conflict of interest rules. Thus, this is the best way to donate to help these workers)

Celebrity chef José Andrés’ nonprofit, which has fed about 12,000 furloughed federal workers at his temporary kitchen in Washington, D.C., will be among the first nonprofit to receive assistance.

Government workers, through no fault of their own, can’t afford to put diapers on their newborns and employees of the most powerful nation in the world are being forced to work without pay and line up at diaper or food banks. Let’s help these affected Americans and put an end to this mess.

Click here to make a donation.

(Thanks to LCI for sharing information about this GoFundMe campaign)

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