1) Rally today, Wed. Jan. 3 at 4pm- Rep. Smith’s Freehold Office – 112 Village Center Drive Freehold, N.J. Please share!
2) Indivisible NJ4 January working member meeting, Wed. Jan. 17 at 7PM. Join one of our subgroups and help to unseat Smith in 2018!
3) Register in the link below for our three Meet the Candidate Night series of discussions. The first event is coming up on Jan. 25 with Jim Keady.
The FCC voted along party lines to roll back Obama era Net Neutrality (NN) rules. If you don’t know what net neutrality is or why it’s important, this John Oliver video explains it best: https://youtu.be/92vuuZt7wak. A shorter animation is here: https://www.ournext4years.org/videos/psa020
NN is extraordinarily popular with voters, 52% pro to 18% con. Millions of citizens sent comments to the FCC, overwhelmingly in favor of retaining the NN rules. But the FCC killed it anyway; the ISPs now have the ability to slow down internet speeds on sites that they don’t like or that don’t pay them extra, and even block sites completely. It would cripple the internet as a tool for free speech and dissent, and reduce innovation and competition.
There are a few pathways for restoring NN. This week’s focus is action that can be taken by our Senators and state Attorney General.
1) Congress can pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution by simple majority. (Sweet irony, as CRAs were a major GOP strategy for undoing late Obama regs.) As of now, 29 Senators (all Dems) have already co-sponsored this, but neither NJ Senator is on board. 30 co-sponsors are needed to force a vote on the Senate floor.
Let’s call Booker D.C. 202-224-3224, Newark 973-639-8700; Menendez D.C. 202-224-4744, Newark 973-645-3030. Ask to speak to the staffer for telecommunications:
“I’m one of Senator X’s constituents from [town] and I’m calling about Net Neutrality. I’m very concerned about the FCC closing down the free and open Internet. I’m calling to ask the Senator to co-sponsor Senator Ed Markey’s Congressional Review Act resolution overturning the FCC’s decision. There are already 29 Democratic co-sponsors. Why isn’t the Senator one of them? Has he taken a position? I’m expecting his leadership on this issue.”
2) State Attorneys General (AGs) can sue the FCC; NY and WA are leading a pack of ~20 right now. Our outgoing A.G. will not act, but we can still pressure him.
Let’s call NJ state A.G. Christopher Porrino, 609-292-4925:
“This is [name] from [town]. I’m calling about Net Neutrality. I want New Jersey to join the multi-state suit against the FCC to restore the free and open Internet. I understand that Mr. Porrino’s time in office is short, but I would like him to begin processing this issue right now so that our state can join the suit as quickly as possible.”
3) We can also pressure incoming NJ Governor Phil Murphy to have his incoming A.G. Grewal prepared to join the suit when he takes office. Tweet @PhilMurphyNJ (sample tweet below) or reply to Murphy’s recent tweet about Net Neutrality here: https://mobile.twitter.com/PhilMurphyNJ/status/941489330144600064
I’m from NJ & I support #NetNeutrality. I want NJ to join the multi-state suit against the FCC to restore the free and open Internet. Please prepare incoming A.G. Grewal so that our state can join the suit as quickly as possible when you assume the NJ governorship.
Note: If you own a small business and use the Internet to make your money in any way, or your lifestyle depends heavily on the Internet, this affects you, and you should say so! Use a story if you have one.
Caller best practices:
Rep. Chris Smith – http://chrissmith.house.gov/contact/
Senator Cory Booker – https://www.booker.senate.gov (scroll to bottom)
Senator Bob Menendez – https://www.menendez.senate.gov/contact
State of NJ reps – http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp
NJ Governor’s Office – 609-292-6000
Study up on the issues: https://www.grbwomensinitiative.org/resources/
“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – 1st Amendment to the US Constitution