(1) We need to keep an eye on Denny Heck. (a) Let him know you are disappointed that he joined with Republicans in the House to put corporate profits over the people and the environment yet again in voting for H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, a regressive bill that weakens environmental protections on public lands (see more information below). (b) Call to ask if he is holding a Town Hall during his summer recess (first week of July or month of August).
Main Action: Protect Immigrant Children
(2) Contact Denny Heck and urge him to protect the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children by urging him to vote no on the so-called Protection of Children Act of 2017. Then I encourage you to try out Facebook’s Town Hall feature and use it to pass along Denny’s contact info (as an exercise in exploring resources for activism.) See more below. Of course, you can also fax using ResistBot. Text “resist” to 50409 and follow instructions. Or use an app such as “FaxFile” if you don’t text.
Denny’s phone number is (202)225-9740 and his fax number is (202) 225-0129. Here is the suggested script for your phone call or fax
[If calling] My name is ___ and I’m a constituent from [city/zipcode].
I am calling to urge Representative Heck to vote against HR 495, the so-called Protection of Children Act of 2017. Not only would this bill strip unaccompanied immigrant children of their rights to counsel and weaken the ability to identify children at risk of trafficking, but it also wastes taxpayer money and government resources on the cruel and unnecessarily long detention of these children.
Thank you for your consideration.
- Background on the impact of this bill from ImmigrationForum.org: https://immigrationforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Protection-of-Children-Act-of-2017_Summary-Final-to-Post.docx.pdf
- The Hill, “The Protection of Children Act is Anything But…”: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international/339203-protection-of-children-act-or-protection-of-traffickers-act
Denny’s Disappointing Vote on HR1873
Here is an article on Denny’s vote on H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act. So disappointing that our Democratic representative voted this way.
What Facebook’s Town Hall Feature Looks Like
I suggest you try out Facebook’s “Town Hall” feature to share the above script with your friends along with Denny’s contact info. Here’s an article on Town Hall: http://www.thebeststuffonline.net/this-new-feature-might-be-the-best-thing-facebook-has-ever-done/.
Here are instructions as I did it this morning. Go to your Facebook newsfeed and notice on the sidebar to the left is a Town Hall item (see figure below). Click on that and it takes you to a list of your elected officials. If it is only showing governor, senators, president and vice president, then be sure to enter your address where it asks you at the bottom. You should then see your state congress people and your U.S. representative. When you click Contact it brings up contact information with a Share button so you can easily share it with others.
This is what Facebook’s Town Hall item looks like on my screen. Look to the left on your Newsfeed.
Here is what you see when you click Contact for Beth Doglio our State Representative in Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey. You can Call, Private Message or Email with buttons and it gives her snail-mail address, too.
You only get Denny’s phone number and address, but you can use it to share your action with others. Here is what it looks like.
Credit for Featured Photo: The Hill