1) Use Indivisible’s peer to peer calling tool to make calls to someone in a key red state to urge them to call their MoCs to say no to the tax scam!

2) Our Indivisible NJ4 T- shirt campaign has been relaunched:

3) The next Indivisible NJ4 member meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7-9 PM at the Beach Haus in Belmar. Please join to continue our planning to challenge Smith!

Background 1:
The Trump administration announced last week that it will revoke TPS, or Temporary Protected Status for 60,000 Haitians living in the US. That means that in 18 months, those legal residents will become undocumented and easy pickings for deportation (TPS holders are required to register with the government). These are people who in 2010 fled the horrific earthquakes in Haiti for the US, where they built lives, found jobs, had kids. There is no home for them back in a country that has not yet been rebuilt, that went through additional crises like a cholera outbreak and two recent hurricanes. We cannot let them become homeless refugees again!

1) Let’s start calling Congressman Smith’s office in D.C. at 202-225-3765 around 10:00AM

Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of Rep. Smith’s; may I speak with the staffer who handles immigration?

I am calling to urge Rep. Smith to make a public statement in support of extending TPS for the 60,000 Haitians living in the US under TPS since 2010 when an earthquake ravaged their country. The Haitian government had asked the Trump administration to extend the protected status, but Trump set a termination date of July 2019. This is unacceptable; these are people who have built their lives and have children in the US, and Haiti is still struggling to recover from the earthquake and cannot provide for the return of 60,000 additional people. Congress must work towards a permanent legislative solution for the 60,000 Haitians. Rep. Smith has sponsored legislation in the past to grant permanent status to Chinese survivors of a 1993 shipwreck off the US coast. I want Rep. Smith sponsor legislation now to grant permanent status for the 60,000 Haitians similarly at risk of deportation.

Moreover, there are 400,000 people living in the US under TPS. They have homes, jobs and kids here. They are a part of our community. Trump wants to deport them. I want Rep. Smith to cosponsor the following two bills to save TPS holders:
H.R. 4384, the ASPIRE-TPS Act of 2017
H.R. 4253, the American Promise Act of 2017


Background 2:
Congressman Smith’s “no” vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, HR 1, was not enough to stop its passage in the House. Moving to the Senate, Republican leaders have made the tax bill even worse by proposing to include a repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate, which according to the CBO would result in 13 million fewer people having health insurance, and would drive up insurance premiums for many Americans by roughly 10 percent. It is estimated that 325,000 people in New Jersey would lose health insurance coverage, and 1,030,100 New Jersey families would see a tax increase.

The Senate is expected to vote on the Motion to Proceed as early as Wednesday and they could take a final vote as early as Friday. If the Senate manages to get its bill through, the House will vote again, almost immediately, this time on the Senate version. The House will almost surely vote on whatever the Senate passes. That’s why we have to make sure that we stop the Senate from passing its TrumpCare/Tax Scam bill.

2) Let’s start calling our Senators (Booker D.C. 202-224-3224, Newark 973-639-8700; Menendez D.C. 202-224-4744, Newark 973-645-3030) around 10:00AM

Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of the Senator’s; may I please speak with the staffer who handles budgetary concerns?

I am calling with my strong opposition to the Republican tax bill. The bill is a scam that will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by repealing the ACA’s individual mandate which will leave hundreds of thousands of people in NJ uninsured, raise premiums, and raise taxes on middle-class families. I appreciate that the Senator has publicly stated his opposition, but I’m asking for him to do more. Will the Senator commit to withholding consent on votes on other agenda items currently moving through the Senate and filibustering in the Senate now so that we have time to mobilize against this bill?  It’s not enough just to vote no, the Senator needs to actively work now to slow down the Trump Tax bill and expose it for the scam it is. Democrats started withholding consent during the health care fight—and it worked. That’s what I want to see again here. The Senate should return to regular order to create a tax plan that works for all Americans. Thank you.

If you have a personal story to relate to this issue, and are comfortable sharing it, please do – our elected officials want to hear how their policies affect our lives!


Caller best practices:
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Senator Cory Booker – (scroll to bottom)
Senator Bob Menendez –
State of NJ reps –
NJ Governor’s Office – 609-292-6000
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