Emergency: Safe Communities Act

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance is mounting an anti-immigrant attack on the 95 co-sponsors of the Safe Communities Act. They’re sending voters postcards that sow fear about the bill with false and misleading information disseminated by the Federation of American Immigration Reform, which SPLC has identified as a white supremacist hate group. SCA co-sponsors are being bombarded with angry calls generated by the postcards, and legislators are getting worried.

We need to fight back. No time to spare? MIRA’s got a form email you can send quickly. Or use the script below to craft your own email or phone call to SCA co-sponsors, who include all Cambridge and Somerville legislators. If your legislator isn’t a co-sponsor, you can find a script for them at Progressive Mass.

SCRIPT: INTRODUCE YOURSELF with your name and address.

I am calling (WRITING) to thank the REPRESENTATIVE / SENATOR for his/her leadership on the Safe Communities Act.

I’m appalled at the misinformation campaign being run by the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. I want to make sure the REPRESENTATIVE / SENATOR knows that most voters support taking this action to ensure Massachusetts laws are fair for all its residents. It’s the best way to keep our communities safe.

I also want to encourage him/her to work hard with colleagues to move the SCA out of committee before the February 7 deadline.

[OPTIONAL] Please let me know any way I can help.

[IF SPEAKING LIVE] What are your thoughts on how it’s going with SCA right now?

Tax Scam and Dream Act: Chapter Two

The Massachusetts congressional delegation is solid in their opposition to the GOP Tax Scam and their support for using the continuing budget resolution to get a clean Dream Act. And that means . . . reaching out to out-of-state friends whose representatives are key swing votes. These issues should be an easy sell—80% of voters support Dreamers, and 53% oppose the Tax Scam, with only 35% supporting.

You might want to use Indivisible’s nifty peer-to-peer calling tool to make calls about the Tax Scam to progressives in Maine and Arizona. It allows you to patch them through to their senator’s district office if they want. Word from IS members is that it’s fun and rewarding!

Tax Scam

To defeat the scam, we need 10 GOP votes in the House or 2 GOP votes in the Senate. Key senators are Collins (Maine) and Flake and McCain (Arizona. There’s a list of key representatives here. Indivisible has a calling script for speaking with legislators.

If your friends could use a little motivation to make the calls, you might mention one or two of these points.

  • Tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations will create a massive deficit increase, which will then be paid for with devastating cuts to Medicare, Social Security, education, and other vital programs.
  • This bill was written behind closed doors by lobbyists, and the American people have been consistently lied to about what it will do to their pocketbooks and livelihoods.
  • By repealing the ACA individual mandate, the bill will completely upend the health insurance market, uninsuring millions, spiking premiums, and endangering coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
  • This bill will hand over pristine Alaskan land to oil companies, destroying protected land and endangering wildlife.
  • The elimination of state and local tax deductions will cause millions of middle-income Americans to pay higher taxes. States with the highest taxes are California, Oregon, Minnesota, Iowa, New Jersey, Vermont, and New York.

Dream Act

For this, we need to ask our friends to contact Democratic senators and representatives who voted yes on the continuing budget resolution last week and urge them to VOTE NO when it comes up again next week. Here’s info on which legislators to call, as well as a script for speaking with them

Since our friends likely support the Dreamers, we just need to let them know why we want Democrats to push the Dream Act through right now. This is a case where every delay destroys a life—122 lives, to be exact. 122 Dreamers lose their protected status every day Congress doesn’t pass the Dream Act, and we’ll never have more leverage for the bill than we get from the budget resolution.