MORNING COFFEE ACTIONS (Actions you can do while enjoying your morning cup!)
Act to Improve Gun Safety Laws Help get the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) bills (H3610 & H3081), currently stuck in committee, passed by the MA Legislature. Ask your state legislators to support these bills and to urge leadership to bring them to a vote. Five states already have ERPO laws, and after the Parkland tragedy, 28 more have them in the works. While Massachusetts is a national leader in gun violence prevention - the Commonwealth has an assault weapons ban - the state does not have an ERPO law. Want a call script? Our friends at Lower Cape Indivisible have prepared a great one here. The MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is also looking for volunteers to pick up materials about ERPO near Government Center and deliver them to state representatives' offices - sign up here if you can help.
Oppose the Proposal to Station Secret Service Agents at Polling Places Support MA Secretary of State William Galvin in opposing the Trump's administration'sproposal to dispatch Secret Service agentsto polling places during federal elections. Galvin is urging Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey to oppose the plan, which he writes would lead to a atmosphere “more like a totalitarian government,” and would discourage voting. The proposal is included in a bill that has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and will be assessed in the Senate. Call Secretary Galvin at 1-800-392-6090 to express your support and Senators Warren and Markey to make sure this provision is not included in the final bill.
Demand Passage of Clean Energy Legislation in MA We need to increase the pressure on legislative leadership to ensure that the bills we support will pass during this state legislative session. Please call your state representative and ask them to speak to House leadership about ensuring that the following clean energy policies (which are included in Senator Pacheco's new climate bill) are included in any House version:
1. Increasing the renewable portfolio standard by 3% 2. Reforming the Department of Public Utilities (H.3400) 3. Implementing solar policies to benefit low-income communities (H.3396) 4. Codifying Environmental Justice regulations from the Patrick administration 5. Setting new emission standards for 2030 and 2040 under the Global Warming Solutions Act
Think Globally, Act Locally Lexington Town Meeting starts on March 26th and there are at least two citizen warrant articles that are important to Minuteman Indivisible teams: Ban Plastic Bags (Article 33) and Make Lexington a "Welcoming, Inclusive, Safe Community" (Article 34). If you live in Lexington, please contact your Town Meeting Members (TMMs) and ask them where they stand on these warrant articles. Information for contacting at-large and precinct TMMs can be found here; information on these two articles can be found on pages 15 and 16 of the Town Warrant, which was also mailed to all households, and information prepared by the sponsors of Article 34 can be found here.
Tell Our Reps We Want AVR - ASAP! Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) got voted out of committee! We need AVR because it
Helps voters stay registered
Streamlines voter registration
Lowers the cost per registration
Makes the voter rolls far more accurate
Cuts down on provisional ballots
Secures the voter rolls against tampering
Would register almost all of MA's 700K unregistered voters!
Call your state representative and ask if he or she supports AVR. If so, ask would you talk to Speaker DeLeo and ask him to put it up for a vote? If not, ask what are your concerns? (More info and call scripts here, want to send postcards - check here).
Let's Change the Game - Override Bills "Sent to Study" The Presidential Tax Transparency Bill (S.365) got "sent to study," which typically means that it won't progress during this State legislative session. BUT there is another option - senators can overturn the "sent to study" recommendation with a simple majority vote. So call your State senator and say "I support S.365 and want the senator to support overturning the 'sent to study' decision." Want to have even more fun? Have a S.365 party - see this link for details.
Tell Governor Baker "Eight is not Great" Last week, local media outlets reported that U.S. News and World Report ranked Massachusetts #8 in the nation for places to live - that's a drop from the #1 place last year. The state got high marks for education and access to health care, but not for issues where the Governor often touts his efforts including affordability, infrastructure, transportation and fiscal stability. Perhaps Governor Baker needs to be more responsive to citizens' needs and more transparent about how he's addressing their concerns. Call him at 617-725-4005 and ask him to work harder to lead our state back to the #1 spot!
Take to the Streets if Trump Crosses the Line in the Mueller Investigation Since the news broke that Trump already tried to fire Mueller last summer, there's increased awareness that Mueller is at risk of being fired. But that’s not the only way that Trump can impede the investigation. There are other “red lines” that Trump could cross including:
Firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
Pardoning Key Witnesses
Taking Other Actions that Interfere with the Investigation (such as repealing the regulations establishing the special counsel's office)
If these red lines are crossed, we need to respond. Here is what we can do NOW:
Sign up to attend a rally here. Tell your friends to signup too. Have your T-shirt and sign ready to go!
Ask our MoCs to co-sponsor bills to protect Mueller. Senators can co-sponsor these bipartisan bills to protect against a Mueller firing: S. 1735, introduced by Senators Graham and Booker, and S. 1741, introduced by Senators Coons and Tillis. Representatives in the House can co-sponsor H.R. 3771, led by Representatives Cohen and Jones.
Help Senator Markey Restore Net Neutrality In December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to rescind the net neutrality rules that prevented internet service providers from blocking or favoring certain websites or content. All 49 Democrat and Independent Senators plus Susan Collins (R-ME) have indicated they will vote for Senator Markey's Congressional Review Act resolution to undo this FCC Action. A simple majority in both the Senate and the House are required for the resolution to pass, so just one more Republican Senator needs to sign on for it to pass in the Senate. If you have friends or family who are represented by Republican Senators other than Susan Collins, please ask them to call and urge their Senators to support Senator Markey’s resolution. More information and tools for contacting MoCs are available here.