Action Needed: Help Stop Gun Violence

Call the Sergeant at Arms
Support our legislators in creating laws to protect Vermonters from gun violence! Governor Scott has publicly said that he is now open to reviewing our state gun laws. There are three bills regarding gun legislation currently being considered in the State House, 2 of which are scheduled for votes this week.
  • S. 221 (proposes to establish a procedure for law enforcement to obtain an extreme risk protection order) VOTE IS TOMORROWWednesday 2/28.
  • S. 6 (proposes to require that a background check is conducted on the proposed transferee before a firearm is transferred) VOTE IS THURSDAY, 3/1.
  • H. 422 (proposes to temporarily remove weapons from a person cited for domestic abuse). VOTE TBA.

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Make a Call for Dreamers Today!

We have a Time-Sensitive ACTION this morning. Please see national Indivisible’s message with detailed information below.
  • Call our senators (and keep calling them): They need to hear our voices. Over 80% of the American people want Congress to pass a law that puts American Dreamers on a clear path to full citizenship. Tell our Democratic Senators that they need to stay strong and not cave on any of the White House’s outrageous demands.
Senator Patrick Leahy: (202) 224-4242
Senator Bernie Sanders: (202) 224-5141
Suggested call script:

Caller: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling today to tell [Senator] that I expect [her / him] to vote no on any immigration legislation that would make changes to legal migration or diversity visas. Protecting Dreamers is crucially important, but we can’t let Trump use them as a bargaining chip for drastic, permanent changes to legal immigration that serve his racist vision of who “deserves” to come to America.

Staffer: Thanks for calling. [Senator] is waiting to see what proposals come to the floor this week before [she / he] decides how to vote; however, [she / he] is very intent on finding a compromise that will permanently protect Dreamers from deportation.

Caller: It’s important to me that we protect Dreamers, too, but Trump wants to impose a family ban and build his ridiculous border wall in return for those protections. We should not have to pick between some immigrant families and others; [Senator] should hold strong against these Republican efforts to undermine our immigration system in service of Trump’s racist policies.

Staffer: I’ll pass along your thoughts to [Senator].

Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what [Senator] decides to do.

Action: Fight for Vermont’s Healthcare

Please see this ACTION related to a recent budget proposal from Gov. Phil Scott:
Despite promising in his Governing Platform, that he “will protect Vermont’s most vulnerable citizens,” Gov. Scott recently proposed to cut a benefit called “the Vermont Cost Sharing Reduction.” This program subsidizes Vermonters with incomes of 200-400% of the Federal Poverty Level, approximately $24-36,000. Under this proposal, out-of-pocket deductible payments and co-pays can double, triple, or quadruple. 
If you only have the time to make one call, please call YOUR local representative and urge them to strongly condemn this mean-spirited attack on our neighbors and friends. 
And if you can spare another 5 minutes, please call Gov. Scott’s officeLet them know how opposed you are to this proposal.

For your legislator

Call 1-800-322-5616Click this link to find your legislator.

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Turn Up the Heat on Private Prisons (and Gov. Scott)!

Vermonters don’t want for-profit prisons in our state, and they have been letting Gov. Phil Scott know! There has been an outpouring of activism–from every corner of our community–aimed at keeping companies that profit off of mass incarceration out of the Green Mountain State:
But there is still more work to do. 

Phil Scott Wants to Cut School Budgets, Lay Off Thousands of Vermonters

Governor Phil Scott gave his budget address and we were listening closely to his plans for our public schools.

Save Our Schools

Gov. Scott sent lawmakers a memo last week with items that included a $30 million cut from next year’s school budgets and proposed everything from a cap on per-pupil spending to school consolidation. In his budget address, Gov. Scott continued to call for reductions in school staff, saying the state should increase the staff to student ratio, from 4-to-1 to 5-to-1, over the next five years. Continue reading “Phil Scott Wants to Cut School Budgets, Lay Off Thousands of Vermonters”