Call To Action – Something You Can Do Now

For The People Act Senate Bill 1

What We Can Do To Save Democracy In The US

Another week, another update on the fate of our democracy. 

Over the weekend, you may have seen some reporting on the chances of passing S. 1, the For the People Act.  We know that getting this bill through the Senate has been a real roller coaster ride, but Senator Klobuchar, who’s been in the negotiating room hammering out the details of the bill with Majority Leader Schumer, Senator Merkley, Senator Manchin, Senator Warnock and others had this to say: 

“I think that we’ve made actual progress. If we were just going to say, ‘Nope, can’t do this because of Senate rules,’ we wouldn’t keep going.”

Translation: This bill is very much still alive, and we are still on track to pass it. That’s why this week we’re joining with partners across the progressive ecosystem in the Recess Can Wait Week of Action, running ads offline to push people to contact their senators, and supporting Indivisible Groups every way we can to ensure every senator hears that the American People insist they pass this bill. 

With that, here are your weekly to-dos:


Your Weekly To-Dos

  1. Call your Senators and tell them to pass the For the People Act (S. 1) no matter what. Tell them they can’t let the filibuster, August recess, their vacation plans or anything else get in the way. There’s a National Call In Day on Wednesday, so be sure to call then — but call every other day too. We’ll send you a free “No Filibuster” sticker when you make a call.
  2. RSVP for our next monthly National Activist Call on Thursday, August 5. The National Activist Call is a space held on the first Thursday of every month for activists, group leaders, and new members alike. Join Indivisibles across the country as we celebrate successes, discuss our national strategy, and take time to create connections while building community with each other.
  3. Make a call about the Recovery package. The Senate has released their draft budget resolution, and we’re glad it includes many of our top priorities. But the $3.5 trillion offered by the Senate is the floor, not the ceiling, and House Democrats must use the power of their majority to augment this proposal to truly meet the scale of the current crises. Read the resource about the recovery package, then pick your top issue and make a call, and make sure they are included in budget resolution before going on recess.

This Week On The Hill

We’re watching two major fights on the Hill right now, and they both have one thing in common: It’s crucial that the Senate take action before they leave for august recess. That’s why all our call scripts this week include reminding you to tell your senators not to go home until they’ve done their jobs. Here’s what’s up:

  1. As it has been for many months now, passing S. 1, the For the People Act, is our top priority.Right now, a small group of Democratic Senators are negotiating the details of the final bill, and Senate leadership is showing signs of optimism that they’ll agree to a package and be able to bypass the filibuster (by abolishing or changing it) to get it passed. This week we’ll be watching Leader Schumer and Senator Klobuchar for clues as to what may come next, and working hard not to let Senator Manchin or Senator Sinema make us worry (remember — people power works.)
  2. A close second priority is kickstarting the budget process so Congress can pass a robust recovery reconciliation bill — again, before recess. After passing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) we expect the Senate to introduce their budget resolution. This resolution is the first step in the budget process and sets top-line spending numbers for the reconciliation bill and gives committees instructions for what to include.The Senate must pass the budget resolution before leaving for August recess so that committees can start drafting the reconciliation bill over the August recess and pass a robust recovery. Confused? Need a refresher? Check out our Budget Reconciliation 101 explainer.

A couple other things you may be hearing about and want to keep an eye on:

  1. Leader Schumer is expected to schedule a vote on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) this week, now that the legislative text was finally released over the weekend. This is a bipartisan Senate package about physical infrastructure (think roads and bridges). This is separate from reconciliation — but progressives in the House are withholding their support for the bill until we get a vote on a robust recovery package. So if you see folks online talking about the BIF, know that it’s a bill progressive legislators are using to exert pressure on moderates. 
  2. The national eviction moratorium was set to expire July 31st, and unfortunately the White House waited until the 11th hour to call on Congress to act (though the White House could have done this themselves). Progressives in the House pushed for a vote on a bill to extend the moratorium and prevent millions of evictions. Unfortunately moderate Dems prevented that bill from getting a vote, and the House went on recess. Rep. Cori Bush and others participated in a sleep-in at the steps of the Capitol over the weekend, demanding that the House come back to pass the bill. We support their efforts, and extending the moratorium.

National Events

RSVP for our next monthly National Activist Call on Thursday, August 5. The National Activist Call is a space held on the first Thursday of every month for activists, group leaders, and new members alike. Join Indivisibles across the country as we celebrate successes, discuss our national strategy, and take time to create connections while building community with each other.

Watch — or join — tomorrow’s Recess Can Wait – Our Democracy Can’t event at the Capitol building in D.C. In states across the country the freedom to vote is under attack by extremist lawmakers. State legislators have been on the front lines of the fight to protect our democracy, but they are running out of options, and need Congress to step in and take on this fight. State legislators from across the country will join us for a rally outside the Capitol on August 3rd from 12-2pm ET, to demand that Congress stay in session until they pass the For the People Act.


IndivisiWin of the Week 

Georgia Indivisibles rally every Saturday to support S. 1!

The news is changing fast, so be sure to text INDIVISIBLE to 97779 to join our rapid response team, and to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagramfor the latest news.

In solidarity, 
Indivisible Team


P.S. — Just as we were getting ready to send this email, our co-Executive Director, Ezra Levin, was arrested along with hundreds of other people rallying for voting rights at the U.S. Capitol. It’s the second time in a month there have been mass arrests of peaceful protesters at Poor People’s Campaign eventsat the Capitol. Think about that for a minute. Arrested for rallying to support voting rights. Please, pick up your phone and call your Senator today.


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Put This On Your Calendar

VAN/Tech Webinars This Week07/19/2021

Hi folks,

We’ve got three exciting VAN and Tech webinars happening this week, and I wanted to highlight them for you here. Happy Monday!

Basic VAN for Campaigns – Tuesday, July 20th 

At two weeks until election day, it’s probably a bit late to build a deep and nuanced understanding of VAN and voter data in Michigan. However, it’s never too late to start reaching out to voters, and MDP Data Director Martin Bergstrom only needs an hour to show people GOTV basics. 

Join Martin on Tuesday at 6pm to walk through how to build a simple list, cut turf, create a phone bank, and enter your data as you head into GOTV. 

Sign-up for the VAN Basic’s webinar here: https://www.mobilize.us/midems/event/402428/

Likely Party Webinar – Wednesday, July 21st

On Wednesday at 6pm, MDP Analytics Director Martin Bergstrom will host a webinar on the history of likely party, how the new MI Likely Party targets were built, and how to use them in VAN. He’ll also walk through some of the back-end data structures and answer questions about the rollout of likely party targets. 

Sign-up for the Likely Party webinar here: https://www.mobilize.us/midems/event/401353/

Introduction to Mobilize – Thursday, July 22nd

On Thursday at 7pm, MDP Digital Organizing Director Hannah King will host a webinar on Mobilize America. Attendees will learn how to use Mobilize to build for their events, effectively recruit and manage volunteers, and track their success!

Sign-up for the Mobilize webinar here: https://www.mobilize.us/midems/event/399604/

We look forward to seeing you at the webinars this week and happy last two weeks!

All the best,
The MDP Data Team

Protect Democracy From Voter Suppression

Call Senators until the For the People Act Passes – Fair Fight

Voter Suppression Bills are:

Anti-voter

Anti-election worker

and Subvert Democracy

8884533211 call Senators

Hot Call Summer

Good morning,

You previously reached out to our office with a question or message for Governor Whitmer and our team. As someone who cares about what’s happening in state government, you are invited to a special virtual town hall series with Governor Whitmer’s office

Right now, our administration is focused on delivering bigger paychecks for working people, uplifting small business, and making lasting investments in communities. Here in Michigan we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity not only to pass a state budget, but also to put billions of federal dollars and a state budget surplus to work for Michiganders. Starting next week, we’ll be hosting conversations specifically for constituents to talk about what these historic investments could mean for you and your family, business, school, or community.

Virtual Town Hall Series w/ Special Welcome from Governor Whitmer

EDUCATION | Tuesday, June 15, 11:45am – 12:15pm 
Join Governor Whitmer’s office and on-the-ground education experts to talk about what these historic investments could mean for Michigan students, parents, teachers, and schools for years to come. 

Join using the link below OR dial in from your phone: 
Call: 1-248-509-0316
Pin: 662 197 746#Join LIVE on Tues. 6/17

JOBS & ECONOMY | Thursday, June 17, 11:45am – 12:15pm 
Join Governor Whitmer’s office and special guests to talk about the opportunities these investments could create for workers and small businesses, including higher paychecks, better jobs, more affordable childcare, and opportunities to earn advanced degrees. 

Join using the link below OR dial in from your phone: 
Call: 1-248-509-0316
Pin: 451 372 091#Join LIVE on Thurs. 6/19

HEALTHCARE | Tuesday, June 22, 11:45am – 12:15pm 
Join Governor Whitmer’s office and a healthcare expert to talk about how this year’s investments could be game-changing for healthcare, especially mental health, reducing health disparities, and early childhood care. 

Join using the link below OR dial in from your phone: 
Call: 1-248-509-0316
Pin: 452 219 144#Join LIVE on Tues. 6/22

PARKS, ENVIRONMENT, & CLEAN WATER | Wednesday, June 23, 11:45am – 12:15pm
Join Governor Whitmer’s office and a special guest for a conversation about major investments in Michigan state parks, clean water, and Michigan’s world-renowned natural resources.     

Join using the link below OR dial in from your phone: 
Call: 1-248-509-0316
Pin: 178 157 914#Join LIVE on Wed. 6/23

INFRASTRUCTURE | Thursday, June 24, 11:45am – 12:15pm 
Join Governor Whitmer’s office and special guests to talk about what investments this year could mean for the future of Michigan roads, bridges, dams, drinking water, and high-speed internet connectivity.

Join using the link below OR dial in from your phone: 
Call: 1-248-509-0316
Pin: 381 675 602#Join LIVE on Thurs. 6/24

We ask that audience questions be submitted ahead of time at Michigan.gov/Whitmer. Live captioning will be available. 

We look forward to seeing you next week!

Sincerely,

Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer


Your weekly to-dos

Daily Kos: Call your U.S. Senators at (844) 983-0857 to leave a message: “Our voting rights are at stake. The filibuster needs to be abolished.”

Contact Senator Sinema and ask her to protect voting rights and eliminate Republican obstruction

Details below:

https://act.indivisible.org/go/551445?amount=13&t=6&akid=71231%2E448643%2EW5SmAF

  1. Call your members of Congress to demand they pass meaningful COVID-19 relief without watering it down. Even as more and more people lose their jobs and their loved ones to the virus, Republicans seem to be more concerned with political games than delivering relief to hard-hit communities. And while COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, there’s no doubt that the virus has disproportionately impacted Black communities. Today, Republicans are meeting with President Biden to discuss a much smaller relief package in the name of “unity” and “bipartisanship” (see below for more details). We need to build on Biden’s plan with meaningful improvements and pass a package that takes this crisis seriously.
  2. With one week before Trump’s impeachment trial, apply pressure on Senators to remove and disqualify. The impeachment trial is starting on February 8, but we need to keep calling this week so they know we still care. We won’t forget the images of white nationalists roaming the itol with confederate flags and Nazi paraphernalia — and we need anyone who dismisses the gravity of what happened last month to be held accountable. Many Republicans are still promoting “unity” over accountability and would rather not disturb Trump’s base by voting to convict him. This is a fight we believe we can win — but only if we bring enough pressure.
  3. Make calls for democracy reform. Now that we have a Democratic trifecta, we have to move quickly to unrig our democracy so all of our other priorities can be within reach. We’re setting our sights on passing H.R. 1/ S. 1, the For the People Act, a robust reform package that targets voter suppression, gerrymandering, money in politics, corruption, and more. Also on our agenda, passing H.R. 51/ S. 51 to make D.C. the 51st state. Both of these bills represent critical structural democracy reforms and racial justice priorities. They’ll make our democracy more equitable and representative of the people.
  4. solution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene and vote to expel when it comes to the floor. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is a seditious, hateful, QAnon-supporting, racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic congresswoman and she deserves to be expelled from the House of Representatives. While we support expulsion and other consequences for additional members who have broken their oaths, this is an important step forward toward accountability and restoring the integrity of Congress.
  5. Sign up for Tuesday’s 100 Days for Climate, Jobs, and Justice: Winning the THRIVE Agenda Livestream. Amidst a confluence of devastating crises — the pandemic, racial injustice, economic devastation, and of course climate change — we have a historic opportunity to set our country on a different course in the next few months. But it will take all of us working together to make our voices heard and demand change.

Voters Not Politicians

VNP volunteers consistently identify the corruptive influence of money in politics as a top concern. Michigan ranks dead last in state integrity. We lack open access to information from the Legislature and Governor. Our elected officials are not required to report any financial conflicts of interest, leaving the door open for a few bad apples to enact law that supports personal income streams instead of helping Michiganders.

Now that the 2020 election is behind us, we’re returning our attention to ensuring that Michigan’s government is working for voters, not politicians. VNP volunteers and leaders are rolling up their sleeves and getting back to work on this important issue. Read on to find out what we’re planning, and how you can plug in.

“We appreciate Gov. Whitmer’s call for bipartisan action to tackle the crises facing our state. Following the recent unprecedented attacks on our democracy, we urge lawmakers to prioritize legislation to restore the public’s trust in our government. Passing open records laws, requiring financial disclosure, strengthening conflicts of interest rules, and other reforms will be a strong start.”  – Nancy Wang, Jan 28, 2021

Lack of transparency and public access to official records makes it difficult for voters to hold politicians accountable. Michigan is one of only two states that doesn’t require the Governor to adhere to open record laws, and is one of only 8 states that doesn’t require the Legislature to do so. We need to enact sunshine laws, which give the public access to meetings, records, model bills, votes, deliberations, and more. Sunshine laws are the best disinfectant against corruption. They give voters the information they need to understand whether politicians are acting in the public’s interest.

Impose a multi-year “cooling off period” so that legislators cannot become lobbyists for a number of years after leaving office. Currently, Michigan state representatives and senators can immediately leave the Legislature and start a new high-paying job as a lobbyist, even in sectors they regulated as lawmakers. This “revolving door” — where people cycle between government and lobbying firms working to influence the government — puts more influence and power in lobbyists and special interest groups and further erodes the public’s trust in our state government.

Require personal financial disclosures by lawmakers.Disclosures are critical to uncovering potential conflicts of interest. Michigan is one of only two states in the country that doesn’t require any personal financial disclosure by state lawmakers, judges, and other elected or appointed officials. This breeds corruption and self-dealing.

Lame Duck reforms would require 2/3 approval in both legislative chambers to pass a law during the “lame duck” session. The Legislature could still pass laws during the “lame duck” session, but only if they have broad, bipartisan support. This supermajority requirement would have prevented the extreme abuse of “lame duck” that we saw following the 2018 election.

Events

*All in-person events have been suspended due to COVID-19.* While Michigan has been one of the leading states on COVID response, we must continue to follow CDC guidelines to minimize the spread of the virus. 

  • Statewide Volunteer Call – February 14 Join us at 7PM to hear the latest updates and ask questions. Sign up here! 
  • Save the Date: February 25, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – The Next Big Thing: Redistricting in Michigan and the Role of Communities of Interest. (Webinar

Get Involved

One of the most effective tools available to constituents is a phone call. Legislators need to know how their constituents feel about issues, but it sometimes seems as if bills move through the Michigan House and Senate in secret. VNP is committed to centering voters in the bill passage process. We are tracking legislation so we can provide volunteers with the necessary information to talk to their representatives, and at the best possible time. 

Our Dial for Democracy team receives an email, phone call, or text alert that provides the details about legislation necessary for you to have a confident conversation, including the representatives name and contact information, research, and bill number(s). You also have the option of emailing and tweeting your rep with a

provided script after your phone call. After you reach out to your Rep/Senator, you will fill out a short form to let us know how it went so we know where to put pressure or lift up who is doing great work in the legislature.

This tactic works. During the VoteSafe campaign, VNP volunteers made 1,500 legislative phone calls and successfully advocated for an amendment to Public Act 116, which allowed clerks in larger municipalities to process ballots the day before Election Day, and provided a requirement that clerks notify voters of a signature error that would invalidate their absentee ballot. 

Sign up here to be part of the Dial for Democracy legislative advocacy team, and make sure you have opted in to receiving emails from VNP: https://secure.everyaction.com/eWZ5kvEwAkm_7OWJXtcFiQ2


How you can stay involved, and help make structural democracy reforms:

  • Join our volunteer ranks. Democracy is fragile, but you can make a difference.
  • Make a donation to show your support. A strong democracy that puts voters – not politicians – first is more important now than ever before. Monthly recurring donations are especially important to keep

Kim Murphy-Kovalick
State Field Director
Voters Not Politicians

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Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Infographic

The above is a fantastic cognitive bias chart. Check it out. We are all susceptible to these biases but we can meditate them with understanding and a willingness to step back and do some hard thinking.