In our Fire Hose post, we talked about the nominations of Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions (among a lot of other matters). Unless the Democrats do some major political maneuvering this week, we should expect full Senate votes on each before they close out the week. So with that in mind, it’s time for the Action of the Day!

Action of the Day: Call Your Senators

You have all been doing such an amazing job calling nonstop. We love the messages we’re receiving about how many of you are making your first calls – congratulations! We know these calls are making a difference.

To help you out, here are scripts for calling your Senators about DeVos and about Sessions. If you can, split them into two separate calls rather than combining them, to ensure that both are counted.

DeVos

A lot of the Democratic Senators have expressed that they are voting against DeVos. To ensure that she does not make it through, three Republicans will need to flip. Two Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of AK, have voiced concern although also said that the President deserves to get his cabinet.

Are you from Maine or Alaska? You and all of your neighbors need to be calling! Do you have friends in Maine and Alaska? Spending your #FiveMinutes to convince your friends to call is almost more important than calling your own! 

“Hi! I’m [full name] from [town]. I am calling to see how Senator [name] plans to vote on Betsy DeVos’ nomination.”

If against: “Thank you! I’m glad to hear the Senator is standing up for public education.”

If in favor: “I hope the Senator reconsiders his/her vote. The level of ignorance DeVos exhibited during her hearing was shocking. I do not know any teachers who support her nomination because of how little she seems to know about education as a practice.”

If undecided: “I hope the Senator votes against DeVos’ nomination. I have deep concerns about level of ignorance DeVos exhibited during her hearing was shocking. I do not know any teachers who support her nomination because of how little she seems to know about education as a practice.”

If you are leaving a voicemail: Hi! I’m [full name] of [full address]. I am calling to see how Senator [name] plans to vote on Betsy DeVos’ nomination. I hope the Senator votes against DeVos’ nomination. I have deep concerns about level of ignorance DeVos exhibited during her hearing was shocking. I do not know any teachers who support her nomination because of how little she seems to know about education as a practice. My email address is [email]. I would like a response from the Senator about how s/he plans to vote.”

If you are a teacher, a parent of a student in public school, or have any other connection to public school, it is worth including that when speaking.

Sessions

So all of that “I’m not a racist, I swear!” stuff at the confirmation hearing really seems to have fallen by the wayside considering how connected Jeff Sessions is to the drafting of the Muslim ban. Multiple organizations are calling for holding off on voting on Sessions until the ban is lifted. The Sessions vote is part of Democratic political maneuvering, so the script below reflects that.

If calling a Democratic Senator: “Hi, I’m [name] from [town]. I wanted to tell the Senator that I support blocking the vote for Jeff Sessions until the Muslim ban is lifted. As long as that ban stands, it is critical for everyone on the side of justice to take actions to overturn it.”

If calling a Republican Senator: “Hi, I’m [name] from [town]. How is the Senator planning to vote on the nomination of Jeff Sessions?”

If against: “Thank you. Given Senator Sessions fingerprints all over the Muslim ban, I am glad to see that Senator [name] stands up against bigotry and injustice.”

If undecided or no: “Considering that Jeff Sessions was an instrumental player in the creation of President Trump’s Executive Orders, it is impossible for his to serve as a legal, unbiased check on the President. Additionally, I have major concerns that he was a part of creating the Muslim ban. Can you please explain why the Senator has no plans to stand up against this behavior of bigotry and injustice? We will remember this next time s/he is up for reelection.”

If you are leaving a voicemail: “My name is [name]. My address is [address]. I am calling to ask that Senator [name] vote against Jeff Sessions. Senator Sessions was an instrumental player in the creation of President Trump’s Executive Orders, it is impossible for his to serve as a legal, unbiased check on the President. Additionally, I have major concerns that he was a part of creating the Muslim ban. My email address is [email]. I would like a response from the Senator about how s/he plans to vote on this nomination.”