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October 16, 2017

Here are this week’s 5 Actions!

1. Call your Congresspeople to vote YES on the Equality Act
2. Tell Your Congressperson to vote NO on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
3. Call your Members of Congress to vote NO on the Share Act
4. Defend reproductive rights from President Trump
5. Call your representative to protect immigrants

RECENT VICTORIES:

We want to thank you all for doing all that you have done to make a change. Whether it was through making calls, signing letters, or showing up to rallies, we appreciate all the hard work you have done. We are very excited to tell you that in this past week, Governor Brown has approved two of the bills that were in last week’s 5 actions! Thanks to your help, AB 262 was passed, reducing climate pollution by recognizing clean material. SB 63 was also approved, gaining more protected parental leave rights for new parents!

Help End Sex, Sexuality, and Gender Discrimination

This action comes directly from the National Council of Jewish Women:

1. Call your Members of Congress to vote YES on the Equality Act of 2017

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation. This originally ended racial segregation in schools, employment, and public accommodations. The protected categories include race, age, and color, but not sexuality or gender identity. The Equality Act would add these categories and help protect them from discrimination as well.

Please call or email your member of Congress — Representative and Senators — and tell them it is critical that they pass H.R. 2282, amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Dial 1-202-224-3121 and ask for your House Representatives or Senators OR

Click Here  for House Representatives and for all their contact information.

Click Here for Senators and for all their contact information.

Need help on what to say or write?

Hello Representative (or Senator), I live in your District (or State if you are calling your Senator) and am calling (or emailing) you today to tell you that I want laws that will protect people regardless of their identity!  Vote YES on legislation that will prohibit discrimination based upon personal identity. We need to protect everyone and put a stop to sex, sexuality, and gender discrimination.

Help to Protect Reproductive Rights

This action comes directly from the National Council of Jewish Women:

2. Call your Members of Congress to vote NO on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Please call or email your member of Congress — Representative and Senators — and tell them it is critical that they do NOT pass H.R. 36, which bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and applies criminal penalties on doctors for providing care. This has already passed the House – it must NOT pass the Senate.

Dial 1-202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators OR

Click Here for Senators and for all their contact information. Here is a direct link to voice your concerns.

Need help on what to say or write?

Hi, my name is [X], and I am an NCJW activist living in [your city, state]. I’m calling to urge  [Representative’s name] to vote NO on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and all efforts to further restrict abortion access. This bill is unconstitutional and based on faulty science. By criminalizing doctors, this bill will further endanger women’s health by forcing women to seek unregulated care. I will be watching to ensure [Representative name] fights back against attempts to ban abortion. Thank you.

Help Stop Gun Violence

On October 2nd, a horrific act of terrorism occurred – nearly 60 people were murdered and hundreds more were wounded in Las Vegas. We need to speak up loudly and clearly for gun sense legislation. Here is an action you can take today.

3. Call your Members of Congress to vote NO on the Share Act

This action comes from Women Against Gun Violence:

Please call or email your member of Congress — Representative and Senators — today and tell them it is critical that they pass strong and effective gun regulations that will protect us from assault weapons, gun silencers, armor piercing bullets, and weak gun laws that allow “good guys” to purchase and carry any firearm anywhere.   

Dial 1-202-224-3121 and ask for your House Representatives or Senators OR

Click Here  for House Representatives and for all their contact information.

Click Here for Senators and for all their contact information.

Need help on what to say or write?

Hello Representative (or Senator),
I live in your District (or State if you are calling your Senator) and am calling (or emailing) you today to tell you that I want strong gun laws that will protect my family and community!  Vote NO on legislation that will allow people to purchase and carry any firearm anywhere!  Vote no on Reciprocity that will allow states with weak gun laws to impact my state and no on The SHARE Act that will weaken regulations on silencers.

Defend Access to Birth Control

This action comes directly from Planned Parenthood.

The Trump administration just announced a rule that would undermine the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all insurance plans must cover birth control — a provision that’s already benefited 62.4 million women.

4. Add your name to fight against Trump’s attack on reproductive rights

Birth control is essential health care that nearly nine in ten women will use in her lifetime. Send your message to the Trump administration now to say you won’t stand for this attack on our health care.

To support reproductive freedom, you can send your message here.

Defend Dreamers NOW

On September 5, President Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Since 2012, DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 Dreamers — young people brought to the US as children — to build lives in the United States. Congress must act to protect young immigrants before deportations begin in six months. The Dream Act (S 1615 & HR 3440) would provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, allowing them to continue to thrive in the United States.

5. Call all of your officials and read them this script. Feel free to personalize.

Find your representative here.  

Sample Script: Hi, my name is [X] and I am a National Council of Jewish Women activist from [city, state]. My Jewish values teach that we are all worthy of safety and opportunity regardless of immigration status. I support Dreamers and urge the Senator/Representative to do everything in his/her power to protect 800,000 DACA-recipients from deportation by passing a clean version of the Dream Act (S 1615 & HR 3440) today.

We’d love to know if you’re taking action with us. Email maya@ncjwla.org with a list of the actions you’ve taken. We are very appreciative!

Questions? Email Maya Paley at maya@ncjwla.org or call (323) 852-8536.

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