Friday, June 21 - Tell Congress: Fund Our Future / 2020 Grassroots Playbook
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Tell Your MoC: Invest in public schools by supporting H.R. 2740
Action 1: Tell Congress: Fund Our Future
Right now, Congress is considering a bill to increase funding for public schools by $4.4 billion. This would make a real difference in the lives of children. Parents, teachers and communities want to see Congress fund our future by investing in public schools. H.R. 2740, the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill, does that.
H.R. 2740 would help counter years of deep disinvestment in our public schools. The bill puts us on a path toward investing in programs that matter for children and teachers, including programs the current administration has tried to eliminate such as smaller class sizes, community schools, professional development for teachers and after-school programs, as well as in early childhood education, child care and ways to make college more affordable. It would start making good on promises that previous presidents and Congresses have made to children from low-income families and students with special needs.
This bill specifically includes historic increases for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Title I. And this bill takes the commonsense approach of keeping guns out of schools by blocking the use of federal funds to arm teachers. Teachers need funding for books, materials and professional development—not guns.
These investments stand in stark contrast to the deep cuts President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos have proposed. At a time when 21 states still spend less on public schools than before the Great Recession, this bill offers a plan to reverse a decade of disinvestment.
But passage of a bill this bold, with so much of what we need, is far from ensured. That’s why we need to tell Congress that when we say fund our future, this is part of what we mean!
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to urge [NAME] to support H.R. 2740, the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill. Parents, teachers and communities want to see Congress fund our future by passing historic increases for our public schools and invest in the welfare of the nation, and this bill does just that. The bill’s $4.4 billion increase in funding for our public schools would make a real difference in the lives of children and help counter years of deep disinvestment in our public schools. I urge [NAME] to vote YES on the bill and also to reject any amendments that would undermine the significant investments being made to support public education, public health, and worker protections.
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Action 2: Indivisible 2020 Grassroots Playbook
We cannot afford to sit this primary out. We know many voters are nervous about primaries, and that’s completely normal. But we also recognize that Indivisibles are uniquely equipped to advocate for their values and support the voices of those who have been left out of the process for far too long. Primaries might seem intimidating, but they’re how we are going to test ideas, get our candidates and our movement ready, and do so all from a place of shared empathy.
Indivisible is happy to announce the 2020 Grassroots Playbook! As Indivisible, we must work to keep grassroots’ voices at the forefront of the primary conversation by developing open channels with candidates to push them on issues they should be paying more attention to (or taking better positions on) and identifying new, meaningful ways for groups and individuals to take action.
Our playbook is a one-stop-shop for Indivisible groups and activists to find the most meaningful way to take action in a given moment and be impactful. Over the course of the primary, we’ll be adding lots of tools, trainings, and resources for you to get involved -- so bookmark it now!
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