Action Items
  • RUWMOneSmallThing – Thoughts and Prayers are NOT Enough!! This week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to tell Congress to Confront Gun Violence. Please call and ask our elected officials to do more to ban weapons of war. Tell them to pass gun safety laws NOW! Yes, this IS the right time to talk about gun control! Also ask them to vote NO on HR 38 (The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017) and HR 3668 (The SHARE Act). Explainers in this link,  and in this link.  Here is the number to call: 202-224-3121
    • Here is a suggested call script from 2 Hours A Week. “I am calling to let you know that I am closely watching the bill about gun silencers, even though it was taken off the House floor this week. I also expect you to introduce legislation that addresses the use of products that can convert semiautomatic weapons into fully automatic ones, just like the Vegas shooter used. I understand these capabilities are considered “fun” by some, but these weapons of mass destruction have no place among humans, and until we can guarantee that they never fall into the right hands, which is impossible, they should be banned. Responsible gun ownership is possible, I expect you to act accordingly to create guidelines to regulate that.”
    • Also check out Everytown for Gun Safety at their website. They are a good resource for factual and action information to get us started on what will likely be a difficult national conversation. They also offer this tool.                                                                                                             
  • Sign this ACLU petition – The ACA requires employers to cover birth control without a copay. It’s a crucial provision that makes access to health care more viable for women. It addresses discrimination. Why? Because at the end of the day, being able to decide whether and when to have children has a direct effect on women’s abilities to control our lives regarding schooling, families, careers, and more. But Trump’s rules say that virtually any employer can deny contraceptive coverage – coverage required by law – if it objects for religious or moral reasons. Trump’s regulations will take effect immediately. The ACLU is suing and they are asking you to submit a public comment using this link, and tell the Department of Health and Human Services what you think of cutting access to birth control.                                                                                    
  • Sign this Change.org petition – to tell Google/YouTube to remove videos which show how-to instructions for illegal gun modification. Despite automatic weapons being illegal, people can turn to places like YouTube to learn how to turn their weapons into killing machines. A quick search for “DIY automatic rifle” on YouTube returns 1.8 million video results! These videos should be banned.  If you agree, sign the petition here.                     
  • Text to Stop Congress from Cutting Taxes for the Wealthy – Last week, House Republicans voted to advance their budget — paving the way for trillions of dollars in tax breaks for corporations and the rich, paid for by slashing trillions from Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and more.
    •  The Tax March team has created an easy way for you to voice your opposition to this.  Simply text “NotOnePenny” to 52886.  Or use this link.
    • You can also use this link for easy calling and tweeting from 2 Hours A Week.  They also offer this suggested call script “I want to tell the Senator that I urge them to vote against the current proposed tax overhaul because of the disproportionate break it provides to the wealthiest Americans. This vague proposal privileges the wealthy without making clear at all how the middle class will be affected.” 
  • Signature Gathering – For the $15 minimum wage and paid family medical leave. From 413 Staying Connected: Join Raise Up Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice to help collect signatures to get the $15 minimum wage and Paid Family Medical Leave; 240,000 signatures are needed statewide before Nov 22. Join one of the weekly signature-collection shifts at the times and locations below:
    • Sundays, 1-3 pm, Pulaski Park, Northampton
    • Mondays, 12-2 pm, McDonald’s, 285 Maple St, Holyoke
    • Mondays, 4-6 pm (9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20), River Valley Market, 330 N. King St, Northampton
    • Wednesdays, 1-3 pm, Price Chopper, 495 Pittsfield Rd, Lenox
    • Wednesdays, 5:30-7 pm, Geissler’s Supermarket, 830 Suffield St, Agawam
    • Fridays, 4-6 pm, Whole Foods, 327 Russell St, Hadley
    • Saturdays, 9-11am, Amherst Farmers’ Market
    • Saturdays, 1-3 pm, Big E’s Supermarket, 11 Union St, Easthampton

You can just show up for a shift, but it’s helpful if you can let Eric know ahead of time at eric@massjwj.org or 413-363-3303.
Information about $15 Minimum Wage initiative
Information about Paid Family and Medical Leave initiative

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