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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #700 on: June 12, 2017, 05:22:21 PM »
Don't know if I have mentioned before but bears repeating:  You can call any Senator or Rep, just use a fake name and fake zip code.   I've contacted over 30 different reps and Senators using this approach.   Imagine if everyone did this. 

I understand the impulse. Everybody is affected by the collective House. That being said, I don't advocate doing this, and I have seen org leaders specifically tell people not to do it.

I have heard that one option to reach other reps is call on behalf of a specific person who can't call themselves for whatever reason. You would say, "I'm calling on behalf of XYZ in zip whatever, blah blah vote this way."

If people have constructive advice, feel free to share!

And I think by posting this tip you have set back Indivisible a step or two.

I don't think Luck12 said they were affiliated with Indivisible. I know the groups I'm in have said not to do it. With grassroots efforts, there will always be individuals doing their own thing.

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« Reply #701 on: June 12, 2017, 05:27:14 PM »
SPEAKING OF INDIVISIBLE

They have put out a comprehensive guide around Trumpcare: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/stop-trumpcare/

They are also coordinating with local chapters to have weekly Wednesday calls on the topic.

Specific asks: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/stop-trumpcare-june-action-plan/

For Republican Senators: They need to know that you demand that they vote AGAINST TrumpCare. Voting yes means ripping away health care from millions of Americans. It means voting against the interest of their constituents to give Donald Trump a victory. We have resources on our website specific to your Senators that you should use when communicating with staff.

Ask them to commit to voting against any bill that will result in anyone losing coverage.
Ask them to commit to voting against any bill that does not guarantee people with pre-existing conditions won’t see higher premiums.
Ask them to vote against to any bill that eliminates funding for Medicaid.

For Democratic Senators: Does your Democratic Senator already oppose TrumpCare? Great. Now, what else are they doing to stop the bill from passing? They should be as fired up as you are, they should be doing everything within their power to stop or slow the process in the Senate. Ask them to withhold consent on all Senate business until Republicans agree to hold a public hearing on TrumpCare.

Indivisible groups are going to have an impact because these actions will happen all across the country. It’s important to engage in this plan in every state. That being said, there are a few frontline members that should receive some extra pressure: Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Dean Heller (NV), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Bill Cassidy (LA), Rob Portman (OH), Tom Cotton (AR), Cory Gardner (CO), Jeff Flake (AZ), Pat Toomey (PA) and Dan Sullivan (AK).



If you know anyone in those states above, ask them to call!

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #702 on: June 13, 2017, 09:29:46 AM »
I'll start bugging friends and family in Alaska to get on this. :)

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #703 on: June 13, 2017, 10:22:38 AM »
I'm in Arkansas. I'll call and resume bugging others to do the same.

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« Reply #704 on: June 13, 2017, 12:31:08 PM »
Note sent to my republican senator:

Hello Senator Gardner (or staffer who reads this),

I'm an independent voter, and while I am not superbly attached to the ACA, I request that you vote against the travesty that is TrumpCare. It's a poorly thought out plan (and I use this term loosely), and it seems like a step in the wrong direction. I don't feel that legislation should be introduced that takes things away, especially without some kind of road map to make those things less of an issue for those who would be negatively affected. I'd like to be able to tell people that my senator voted against it, and you will not vote to give a win to a party at the expense of other people. This is damaging enough legislation that if you do not choose to stop this, I will not give you my vote in the future.


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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #705 on: June 15, 2017, 07:38:16 AM »
Note sent to my republican senator:

Hello Senator Gardner (or staffer who reads this),

I'm an independent voter, and while I am not superbly attached to the ACA, I request that you vote against the travesty that is TrumpCare. It's a poorly thought out plan (and I use this term loosely), and it seems like a step in the wrong direction. I don't feel that legislation should be introduced that takes things away, especially without some kind of road map to make those things less of an issue for those who would be negatively affected. I'd like to be able to tell people that my senator voted against it, and you will not vote to give a win to a party at the expense of other people. This is damaging enough legislation that if you do not choose to stop this, I will not give you my vote in the future.

Thanks for this, I paraphrase it a bit when calling my own Republican Senator. I also emailed a thank you to my Democratic Senator. Looking back in my call history it's the first time I've called in a month! I didn't realize it had been so long.

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« Reply #706 on: June 15, 2017, 08:07:24 AM »
Note sent to my republican senator:

Hello Senator Gardner (or staffer who reads this),

I'm an independent voter, and while I am not superbly attached to the ACA, I request that you vote against the travesty that is TrumpCare. It's a poorly thought out plan (and I use this term loosely), and it seems like a step in the wrong direction. I don't feel that legislation should be introduced that takes things away, especially without some kind of road map to make those things less of an issue for those who would be negatively affected. I'd like to be able to tell people that my senator voted against it, and you will not vote to give a win to a party at the expense of other people. This is damaging enough legislation that if you do not choose to stop this, I will not give you my vote in the future.

Thanks for this, I paraphrase it a bit when calling my own Republican Senator. I also emailed a thank you to my Democratic Senator. Looking back in my call history it's the first time I've called in a month! I didn't realize it had been so long.

Glad it's of use. I actually wound up adding another paragraph, drawing parallels between his 'all of the above' energy policy and what his vote should be on healthcare. He won't commit to purely renewable resources, because he says that it would be too big of a shock to the economy and prices of energy. Guess what? A big dumb change to healthcare would be a huge shock to the economy and the prices of, well, health.


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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #707 on: June 15, 2017, 05:08:29 PM »
If you are on Twitter, check out @ezralevin for strategies on defeating the health care bill.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #708 on: June 17, 2017, 06:32:14 AM »
Thank you everyone for all that you're doing.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #709 on: June 17, 2017, 11:16:34 AM »
Thank you too, DavidAnnArbor! :)

I just finished canceling/changing payment source for 12 automatic payments on my CapitalOne card. It isn't such a great card anymore but I never got around to changing my accounts out of inertia. However, I want to cancel my account with CapOne because they continue to support Hannity on Fox.  Will do so as soon as everything percolates through.

This action had the added win that I have changed the payments over to a newer card with better bonuses.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #710 on: June 17, 2017, 11:31:27 AM »
. If you come into my state to lobby for a state issue and you arent a voter here affected by the legislation, you can go and ...well, I think you know what you can do.
I think there is an exception to this sentiment and I hope you'll agree.  As a resident of Washington DC, I don't have voting representation in Congress and other members of Congress from other states can and do override what voters here have voted on.  When they make rules (or disallow rules that we've put in place) that regulate my life, I should have the right to contact them and be heard the same as any other constituent.  Of course, they don't always agree and sometimes tell us that they don't represent us, even while they try to loosen gun laws on our turf.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #711 on: June 22, 2017, 04:12:17 PM »
(Called Senators repeatedly, got busy signals)

Emailed Senators to register opposition to health care bill.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #712 on: June 23, 2017, 06:55:41 AM »
I've been using the Resist bot to fax my Republican Senator. I've been getting through with no problems.

I have figured out the bot is a little glitchy. If you want to send a multi-sentence message it works best to type each sentence out individually, send the text and wait for the bot to ask if you have more to say. Just typing a big paragraph tends to result in part of the message getting truncated.

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« Reply #713 on: June 23, 2017, 09:43:53 AM »
MJ, you inspired some resistance over here.  Not part of the main organizing group, but I picketed and got others to picket, and we all piled into the Chamber for the vote.  We lost, now we gear up for the appeal.

Can I point out to all you Americans that what happens in the US often spills over into Canada?  Although here the company proposing the plant is European, I think Italian but not sure.  Most of the cement will be exported to the US, so we are looking at pollution (air and dust [<10 microns, which is damaging]), potential damage to agriculture which is our biggest activity in the region, plus major increased traffic, with little local benefit.

https://thereview.ca/2017/06/14/mayors-hold-line-on-cement-plant/

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #714 on: June 23, 2017, 10:18:29 AM »
Just wanted to point out that Mitch McConnell had Polio as a child and was treated and recovered at government expense.  March of Dimes funded it which started out as a government program.  He now wants to deprive others from that same opportunity with his healthcare act.

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« Reply #715 on: June 23, 2017, 11:31:51 AM »
Just wanted to point out that Mitch McConnell had Polio as a child and was treated and recovered at government expense.  March of Dimes funded it which started out as a government program.  He now wants to deprive others from that same opportunity with his healthcare act.

This was a really interesting point to me, so I Snopes-ed it -- but Snopes says it's false: http://www.snopes.com/mitch-mcconnell-polio-government-healthcare/

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #716 on: June 24, 2017, 05:34:22 AM »
Thanks for the fact check, madgeylou! I fell for that meme too.

Picking myself up after a general slump, I requested permission to run a voter registration table in the hours leading up to our municipality's Fourth of July fireworks. There will be crowds of people passing by, hopefully feeling patriotic! Have got one other volunteer & need to find some more (pending permission.)

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« Reply #717 on: June 24, 2017, 01:57:30 PM »
MJ, you inspired some resistance over here.  Not part of the main organizing group, but I picketed and got others to picket, and we all piled into the Chamber for the vote.  We lost, now we gear up for the appeal.

High five!
Picking myself up after a general slump, I requested permission to run a voter registration table in the hours leading up to our municipality's Fourth of July fireworks. There will be crowds of people passing by, hopefully feeling patriotic! Have got one other volunteer & need to find some more (pending permission.)

Awesome! I may suggest a similar event for NYC.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #718 on: June 24, 2017, 02:04:48 PM »
Tomorrow is Day of Dinners:


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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #719 on: June 29, 2017, 01:14:25 PM »
Don't know if I have mentioned before but bears repeating:  You can call any Senator or Rep, just use a fake name and fake zip code.   I've contacted over 30 different reps and Senators using this approach.   Imagine if everyone did this. 
^--- This, gives good people on the left a bad reputation.

How you present and conduct yourself in the face of opposition says more about you than winning.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #720 on: June 29, 2017, 07:59:02 PM »
Don't know if I have mentioned before but bears repeating:  You can call any Senator or Rep, just use a fake name and fake zip code.   I've contacted over 30 different reps and Senators using this approach.   Imagine if everyone did this. 
^--- This, gives good people on the left a bad reputation.

How you present and conduct yourself in the face of opposition says more about you than winning.

Ummmm ... really? When the Congressional GOP is willing to do fucking anything and everything to tear down our country's safety net, we should worry about phone etiquette? I mean, maybe you don't want to do it but I'm not gonna judge anyone who does.

In other more on-topic news, I continue to call Cory Gardner every day, at least once, and some days at every office. Right now the Denver police are arresting and removing half a dozen badass disability rights advocates who have been sitting in Gardner's office the last two nights. Many of them are in wheelchairs.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/29/15893492/activist-protest-trumpcare-resistance

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #721 on: June 29, 2017, 08:06:16 PM »
Wow really great political activism there !!!

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« Reply #722 on: June 30, 2017, 07:43:01 AM »
In other more on-topic news, I continue to call Cory Gardner every day, at least once, and some days at every office. Right now the Denver police are arresting and removing half a dozen badass disability rights advocates who have been sitting in Gardner's office the last two nights. Many of them are in wheelchairs.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/29/15893492/activist-protest-trumpcare-resistance

Based only on some quick research, I bet the Gardner's office is very confused, seeing as how the people in his office haven't even been asked to leave, let alone arrested. That article mentions the arrests in Arkansas, and a tweet about arrests in DC. Did I somehow miss something in the article?

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #723 on: June 30, 2017, 07:46:19 AM »
In other more on-topic news, I continue to call Cory Gardner every day, at least once, and some days at every office. Right now the Denver police are arresting and removing half a dozen badass disability rights advocates who have been sitting in Gardner's office the last two nights. Many of them are in wheelchairs.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/29/15893492/activist-protest-trumpcare-resistance

Based only on some quick research, I bet the Gardner's office is very confused, seeing as how the people in his office haven't even been asked to leave, let alone arrested. That article mentions the arrests in Arkansas, and a tweet about arrests in DC. Did I somehow miss something in the article?

The article I linked came out prior to the arrests. I watched the arrests happening live on Facebook at the same time that I was writing this post.

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/06/29/cory-gardner-office-protest-removal/


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« Reply #724 on: June 30, 2017, 07:51:57 AM »
In other more on-topic news, I continue to call Cory Gardner every day, at least once, and some days at every office. Right now the Denver police are arresting and removing half a dozen badass disability rights advocates who have been sitting in Gardner's office the last two nights. Many of them are in wheelchairs.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/29/15893492/activist-protest-trumpcare-resistance

Based only on some quick research, I bet the Gardner's office is very confused, seeing as how the people in his office haven't even been asked to leave, let alone arrested. That article mentions the arrests in Arkansas, and a tweet about arrests in DC. Did I somehow miss something in the article?

The article I linked came out prior to the arrests. I watched the arrests happening live on Facebook at the same time that I was writing this post.

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/06/29/cory-gardner-office-protest-removal/

Ah, probably not that confused then. I'll have to reach out.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #725 on: June 30, 2017, 11:07:44 AM »

Ummmm ... really? When the Congressional GOP is willing to do fucking anything and everything to tear down our country's safety net, we should worry about phone etiquette? I mean, maybe you don't want to do it but I'm not gonna judge anyone who does.


I would say behaving like you are suggesting does more harm to the good of the country than you think. You don't garner any influence or build alliances by behaving like a 3 year old, why stoop to that level?

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« Reply #726 on: June 30, 2017, 11:09:48 AM »
Wow, awesome thread! Following.

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« Reply #727 on: June 30, 2017, 05:59:34 PM »

Ummmm ... really? When the Congressional GOP is willing to do fucking anything and everything to tear down our country's safety net, we should worry about phone etiquette? I mean, maybe you don't want to do it but I'm not gonna judge anyone who does.


I would say behaving like you are suggesting does more harm to the good of the country than you think. You don't garner any influence or build alliances by behaving like a 3 year old, why stoop to that level?

Clearly we disagree on this, and that's fine because this discussion is off topic anyway. But I do want to point out that our president has in fact garnered influences and building alliances EXACTLY by behaving like a 3 year old. So your logic doesn't hold.

I called Cory Gardner's office today to ask for a Town Hall, which I know will be fruitless but it's still worth asking. I then called another office to ask that he not vote for the healthcare bill.

It does seem like people's stamina for resistance is dropping off and it bums me out but I guess I've gone through my unmotivated phases, too. I just hope we can stand strong enough to stop some of the more terrible shit that they are trying to pull.

Like this voting fraud investigation, where all 50 states are supposed to provide voting records including some info that is not public. I'm sure that is TOTALLY INNOCENT. I called my Governor and Secretary of State about that today too ...

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #728 on: July 03, 2017, 09:47:57 AM »
Clearly we disagree on this, and that's fine because this discussion is off topic anyway. But I do want to point out that our president has in fact garnered influences and building alliances EXACTLY by behaving like a 3 year old. So your logic doesn't hold.

Yes, clearly we disagree on this. Just for sake of curiosity, and if you would not mind indulging me, I do have a question. How far would you be willing to support these types of actions where an individual seeks to influence a representative in a district other than their own?



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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #729 on: July 03, 2017, 10:22:24 AM »
^^^ Please move this into another thread if you want to continue the conversation.

I went to a bunch of stuff last week. Hosted a team meeting and learned about state senate issues, went to a voting rights and electoral reform meeting, went to a broken windows town hall, went to another team meeting, and made sure broken windows is in our list of concerns to de Blasio.

Go call your senators about healthcare!

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« Reply #730 on: July 03, 2017, 10:47:01 AM »
I went ahead and created a sister thread, hoping to keep this one on topic. Small Daily Acts of Political Discussion. Anything that threatens to derail this one, go ahead and put into that one.

Today, thanks to madgeylou bringing it to my attention, I'm going to actually send more correspondence to Cory Gardner's office, asking for a statement about that. It seems to be ignored, and that's not okay to me. I need to do more research on the issue, as it appears the police weren't called by his office, and his aides actually did some cool stuff, but I want details. Also, when I sent him that email I posted earlier, I got a reply. One of the things that I wanted to focus on was that he mentioned "medicaid populations", which created a bit of a disconnect with the fact that people on medicaid are still constituents.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #731 on: July 03, 2017, 01:58:15 PM »
I'm on the lazy side.  I generally send money to organizations I support, like the NRA.  Or I'll talk with my local politicians when I see them. 

I'll email or call my congressmen or senators.  Unless I run into them first.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #732 on: July 04, 2017, 01:18:10 PM »
I emailed my state election commission to urge them to refuse to turn over voter information.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #733 on: July 05, 2017, 11:05:08 AM »
Today, I kept myself informed on the topics and determined not much action was required, just discussions with people, and sharing of information and ideas.

Smooth sailing : )

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #734 on: July 05, 2017, 12:55:06 PM »
This is probably not a small act, but I just ran a nonpartisan voter registration/outreach table for 5 days, with the help of a dozen volunteers.  We didn't end up registering a lot of voters, but at least we got the word out about online registration and off-year voting.  And I learned a lot about voter registration such that I could do it again but better next time.

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« Reply #735 on: July 05, 2017, 01:25:27 PM »
I emailed my state election commission to urge them to refuse to turn over voter information.

I am not of the mind-meld of the rest of you, that anything Trump asks for is bad. Yet, I respect that state and local agencies are trusted with the voter records and election procedures, and
I would like to keep the feds out of it any more than are now in it. Overreach of the feds=not a good thing.

My state is in the "partially comply" group of states. so far we are sending only public record data. I guess this is ok since I take this to mean  data that anyone could request.

So, I sent email to our Secretary of State complimenting him on the policy talk he made in radio in recent weeks, policy about photo ID. I was silent about the rest of it, for the moment anyway. We will see where this goes.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #736 on: July 05, 2017, 06:33:46 PM »
I wrote my State Rep to reject the Illinois budget compromise. I highly doubt it'll do anything. At this point it's just kabuki theater. But worth a shot.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #737 on: July 09, 2017, 09:27:10 PM »
What is the best way to call/email/influence Senators about the potentially upcoming healthcare vote? I could reach out to the office of Thom Tillis/Richard Burr, or just any of the swing state senators. I realize my individual action will make little difference, but I'd at least like to try.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #738 on: July 10, 2017, 07:22:11 AM »
What is the best way to call/email/influence Senators about the potentially upcoming healthcare vote? I could reach out to the office of Thom Tillis/Richard Burr, or just any of the swing state senators. I realize my individual action will make little difference, but I'd at least like to try.

You can just call the office and register your opinion.

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« Reply #739 on: July 10, 2017, 07:53:51 AM »
What is the best way to call/email/influence Senators about the potentially upcoming healthcare vote? I could reach out to the office of Thom Tillis/Richard Burr, or just any of the swing state senators. I realize my individual action will make little difference, but I'd at least like to try.

If you're a constituent, call and tell them how you want them to vote. You can add why you think it's bad policy if you want, with a personal story if you have one. If you can't get through, email, and mention the call attempt. Then tweet/FB saying you couldn't get through.

To have a greater influence, round up a couple friends and show up in person. They may not be there, but you can still speak with a staffer. Take pictures regardless of outcome and post in social media about your unresponsive senators.

If you're not a constituent and haven't contributed to their campaigns, they won't care about your call. You could possibly threaten to donate to their opponents or something.

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« Reply #740 on: July 10, 2017, 10:59:18 AM »
Yeah, but what do people mean when they say call? For someone unfamiliar.

I assume when you call these offices they have automated messaging. Perhaps you just navigate through to an admin and then... tell them "Hi. I'm a North Carolina resident, and I want the senator to vote against the new healthcare bill?" Anything else?

I'm a NC resident right now, but in Seattle so can't go into their office. I can call Tillis and Burr's offices, though of course with 10 million constituents my influence will be pretty limited if it's noted at all.

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« Reply #741 on: July 10, 2017, 11:11:05 AM »
I have never had to go through an IVR to talk to someone. Either a person picks up, or I leave a message, or its busy and I never get through. Sometimes I need to try multiple offices before I get through.

And yes, you would say exactly what you wrote. They usually ask for your name and zip code too. You can add whatever personal reasons you have, but it's not necessary. That's most useful if someone has a very compelling story.

Staffers are supposed to tally all calls. Your call will add another notch to the "vote no" column.

Another way to influence senators in other states is to ask anybody you know who lives there to call. You can also call on their behalf if they can't call for whatever reason, if you identify that you're calling for another person.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #742 on: July 10, 2017, 12:32:27 PM »
I have never had to go through an IVR to talk to someone. Either a person picks up, or I leave a message, or its busy and I never get through. Sometimes I need to try multiple offices before I get through.

And yes, you would say exactly what you wrote. They usually ask for your name and zip code too. You can add whatever personal reasons you have, but it's not necessary. That's most useful if someone has a very compelling story.

Staffers are supposed to tally all calls. Your call will add another notch to the "vote no" column.

Another way to influence senators in other states is to ask anybody you know who lives there to call. You can also call on their behalf if they can't call for whatever reason, if you identify that you're calling for another person.

Awesome, thanks MJ.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #743 on: July 11, 2017, 10:48:54 AM »
Net Neutrality online protest.

https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12/

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #744 on: July 11, 2017, 10:57:24 AM »
Net Neutrality online protest.

https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12/

Is there something I can do as a citizen? Call someone? Online comment? I remember last time the online comments were dismissed by the people that disagreed with them but that won't stop me from commenting again.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #745 on: July 11, 2017, 11:13:34 AM »
Here is the response I received. I think I got all the links right.


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Hi there,

Thanks for signing up to participate in the Internet-wide day of action to save net neutrality on July 12th!

This online protest has gained a ton of momentum. If everyone does as much as they can, we’re on track to make it one of the largest moments in Internet history.

Here are some concrete things you can do right now:

Will you share the BattleForTheNet campaign to triple your impact? Share now on Facebook and Twitter with just a couple of clicks.

Join a protest happening near you on July 12th. We need you to show up and speak out for net neutrality!

If you run a website, display a prominent alert for the day of action using this code . You just need to embed a bit of javascript in the header of your site, and on July 12 your site will invite users to contact the FCC and Congress. You can also use the Cloudflare app or Wordpress plug-in.

If you’re a video creator, use our 30 second bumper to explain why net neutrality matters. There are square, vertical, and horizontal versions for you to download here .

Speak out on social media. Here is some suggested copy you use to spread the word. And be sure to share our awesome graphics to get the word out. You can see a huge folder of them here.
Blog about the day of action. Whether you’re a business or a blogger, tell your followers why net neutrality matters to you, and then send us a link. Feel free to borrow this language .

Share this video so that everyone will know what net neutrality is.

We encourage everyone to get creative and think about how you can best get your friends, family, or audience to participate in the BattleForeTheNet.com campaign – whether it’s by sharing on Facebook and Twitter, putting something prominent on your site, sending a push notification to your mobile app users, making a video, or anything else you can think of!
There are tons of resources for you to pick and choose from at battleforthenet.com/july12 .

Don’t stop driving traffic to BattleForTheNet.com! We need to keep up the pressure long after July 12th to make sure the FCC and Congress get the message. If you’re ready to start, go for it! And don’t let up. We’re in this for the long haul.

Please take the steps above to join the big day, and let us know what questions and feedback you have by hitting ‘Reply’, or emailing <team@fightforthefuture.org>.

We’ll keep you in the loop on what comes next.

More soon,
Josh, Tiffiniy, Laila, Evan, Holmes, and the whole team at FFTF

https://battleforthenet.com/july12

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #746 on: July 11, 2017, 11:27:47 AM »
Filled out my Rep's highly biased survey to make it clear I do not support the efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act. I would not have found out about it if it wasn't posted on a Facebook group I follow, because only donors were emailed the link.

Tonight DH and I are going to the local Indivisible meeting and I'll encourage other people to do the same. The guest speaker is talking about immigration issues, so it should be an interesting evening.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #747 on: July 11, 2017, 02:20:24 PM »
@Meerkat, @JordanRead, anyone seeking action re net neutrality:

The Federal Communications Commission is requesting comments on its proposed Net Neutrality rule through July 17. 

The proposed rule, entitled "Restoring Internet Freedom" but more precisely called Notice of Proposed Rule Making WC Docket 17-108, is also called for short NPRM 17-108.  Its text is 75 pages long, including remarks by the Commissioners, and may be found at the FCC link below. 

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-17-60A1_Rcd.pdf

There are several dozen items, starting with what I think is Section III Part A Subpart 1 item 26 on page 9 of the linked pdf, in which FCC offers specific analyses and and requests comments about them.  It seems that FCC's intent is to focus its consideration primarily on specific answers to these requests for comment, and ignore more general remarks that are not worded in response the these comment requests.  To me it appears that the analyses are in themselves designed to support repealing the rules we normally call net neutrality. 

As someone seeking to support net neutrality and oppose the proposed rule, I made a comment that the FCC's analysis in item 29 (III.A.29) was inaccurate, gave examples to support my statement, and offered a different conclusion.  Obviously someone taking the opposite view could comment in support of the FCC's analysis.

Here is a link explaining how to make a comment.  I followed the link in order to make the comment described above.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/27/how-to-comment-on-the-fccs-proposal-to-revoke-net-neutrality/

Here is a link that takes you straight to the FCC's comment page without TechCrunch's explanation.

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108

Brief remarks on the rule's construction, and the Commissioners' commentary:

The rule refers frequently to Title II.  I think Title II refers to Title II of the Telecommunications Act, the 1996 law from which FCC derives its ability to regulate telecom services.  At issue is whether broadband internet service, these days the normal internet service at a consumer's house, should be considered a "telecommunications service" or an "information service".  The law treats the two differently.  If I understand correctly, the law expects telecommunications service to be subject to Title II and therefore to be treated as a "common carrier", a term which implies relatively heavy regulation requiring the carrier to treat customers more or less equally.  The law distinguishes that from an information service, which does not need to be so heavily regulated.  Previous rulemaking in 2015 classified internet service providers as telecommunications service.  The current Notice of Proposed Rule Making plans to reclassify them as an information service.

At the end of the NPRM are remarks by the Commissioners themselves.  Dissenting Commissioner Mignon Clyburn's remarks starting on page 62 are one of the most scathing comments about a regulation I've ever seen in a public setting could be viewed as an official analysis opposing the proposed rule.


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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #748 on: July 11, 2017, 07:41:20 PM »
If anyone lives in Chicago or knows people plugged in there, please PM me. I'll be there next week and would like to participate in an in-person action.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #749 on: July 12, 2017, 03:52:24 PM »
Called both NC senators! I got IVR's for both: each of them said something to the effect of "Press 1 if you'd like to comment on current legislation and how'd you like the senator to respond; your response will be logged". No idea if they actually log them, but it's something.