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(a) gather & disseminate info on political activity in the County,
(b) mobilize these groups and Napa residents when necessary, and
(c) provide thought-leadership for these groups and their members.

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URGENT – Phone Bank for Tax Scam Calls – Maine / AZ / CA

The relief and sense of hope that Tuesday’s win in Alabama is fueling my determination to keep fighting no matter how slim the odds. I hope you feel the same way.
The Republicans claim they have a Tax Deal (SCAM) that they will vote on as early as Monday. I am asking all of you to keep fighting against it. If we can keep it from passing through Dec 22nd the holiday break will force it to be considered in January. Once Dough Jones is sworn in the fight becomes much harder for Republicans.
I have 3 options for you to use to make calls.
1. Use the Indivisible Hub Dialer to call into Maine, AZ, Alaska, and Colorado
2. Use the OFA website to call CA members of Congress (I have revised instructions that allow us to see the phone #s for the congressman)
3. If you can’t use a computer to make calls you can contact Ruth who will send you a paper list.
Indivisible has a nifty call tool that you can use to call  members of the Senate. 
My gut feeling is that if it can be stopped anywhere it will be in the Senate.
1. Visit this website
2. Sign in on the form at the bottom of the page
3. Watch the video that explains how the Hub Dialer works
4. Once you have registered they will send you an email with Campaign IDs and Passcodes. Use the values in the email at the Hub dialer website.
5. Once you have clicked “Lets Get Started” the screen will display a voters name, phone and a script.
OFA Call Tool for CA members of Congress
PLEASE NOTE – The call tool was originally set up for the ACA and has not been changed to reflect the Tax Bill. On the first page you are given 3 options
  • support
  • undecided
  • opposes
Many of you (myself included) have been checking opposes since we oppose the tax bill. It turns out that you have to click on supports the candidate / measure to be taken to a screen that shows the phone #. The opposes radio button does not show contact info for the member of congress.
 

 
I know this is a clunky script but it will give us what we need, names of voters in key CA congressional districts and phone # for their local and DC offices.
 
Instructions

  1. Click one of the links below to access the Virtual Phone Bank
    CD 10 – Denham – English
    CD 21 – Valadao – English
    CD 25 – Knight
    CD 39 – Royce
    CD 45 – Walters
  2. If it is your first time calling, go to step 3.  If already registered, go to step 6.
  3. Register to make calls by clicking the “Click Here to Register” button below the green “Log In” button.
  4. Enter all required fields including: first name, last name, email address and zip code.  Hit the green “Save” button to continue.
  5. Once saved, you will be returned to the log in page.
  6. Enter the email address used to register, phone bank password “resist” and chose “Call4ACA” or “OFA” as the organization from the dropdown.
  7. Click ‘Log In” to start calling.
  8. Use your phone to dial the phone number listed on screen.
  9. Script should automatically appear on screen if there is only one voter, if there is more than one voter click on the name of the person who answers, to see the script.
  10. Select appropriate non-contact and survey information.  Click “End Call/Save Information” to end the call and save the information recorded.
  11. Repeat steps 8-10.
 
Contact Ruth for a paper list
Ruth can send you a script for AZ and a list of names in AZ – Ruth Rubanowitz <ruthrubanowitz@gmail.com>
From Linda Hemenway, Sonoma County OFA


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URGENT – Phone Bank for Tax Scam

Things on the tax scam fight are changing quickly.

But one thing remains constant: the Republican caucus is hanging on by a thread. On the tax scam, Republican members in the House aren’t in agreement, even though they voted to go to conference last night. And, this weekend, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said she may not be able to vote for the final tax bill. The continuing resolution holds many challenges, too, as the Freedom Caucus refuse to go along with the rest of the Republicans.

As they’re working on both bills, negotiations will create more and more wedges between the Republicans.

Here is a link to up to date analysis on what this tax scam does:  https://nvacts.com/center-budget-po…alysis-resources/

Please start making phone calls, to mobilize constituent to fight this bill:

Listed below are instructions on making calls from your home computer. If you need a paper list, I can ask for one from OFA headquarters. Send me an email. whatisworking@gmail.com

Calling from home with your computer – 

These VPB are live and we do not have much time. Please call as much as you can.

Instructions

  1. Click one of the links below to access the Virtual Phone Bank
    CD 10 – Denham – English
    CD 21 – Valadao – English
    CD 25 – Knight
    CD 39 – Royce
    CD 45 – Walters
  2. If it is your first time calling, go to step 3.  If already registered, go to step 6.
  3. Register to make calls by clicking the “Click Here to Register” button below the green “Log In” button.
  4. Enter all required fields including: first name, last name, email address and zip code.  Hit the green “Save” button to continue.
  5. Once saved, you will be returned to the log in page.
  6. Enter the email address used to register, phone bank password “resist” and chose “Call4ACA” or “OFA” as the organization from the dropdown.
  7. Click ‘Log In” to start calling.
  8. Use your phone to dial the phone number listed on screen.
  9. Script should automatically appear on screen if there is only one voter, if there is more than one voter click on the name of the person who answers, to see the script*.
  10. Select appropriate non-contact and survey information.  Click “End Call/Save Information” to end the call and save the information recorded.
  11. Repeat steps 8-10.

*Please note – if a break is taken, be sure to log out and back in to ensure that all call information is saved.

Thank you for everything you do!

Linda Hemenway
OFA Sonoma



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Tax Plan Analysis and Resources

CBPP Analysis on the Tax Plan

Other Resources



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URGENT – Virtual Phone Bank to Save the ACA

CA ACA Volunteer Coalition

In response to Trump’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a coalition of over 150 progressive organizations including, Planned Parenthood, Children’s Defense Fund, ACLU, Advancement Project, OFA CA , was formed to protect the ACA. An independent group of volunteers from Organizing for Action (OFA), Hillary for America, Indivisibles, Our Revolution, Democracy Action, Sister District and many more, are working in concert to support the #Fight4OurHealth coalition and making calls.

You know what to do. These VPB are live and we do not have much time. Please call as much as you can.

Instructions

  1. Click one of the links below to access the Virtual Phone Bank
    CD 10 – Denham – English
    CD 21 – Valadao – English
    CD 25 – Knight
    CD 39 – Royce
    CD 45 – Walters
  2. If it is your first time calling, go to step 3.  If already registered, go to step 6.
  3. Register to make calls by clicking the “Click Here to Register” button below the green “Log In” button.
  4. Enter all required fields including: first name, last name, email address and zip code.  Hit the green “Save” button to continue.
  5. Once saved, you will be returned to the log in page.
  6. Enter the email address used to register, phone bank password “resist” and chose “Call4ACA” or “OFA” as the organization from the dropdown.
  7. Click ‘Log In” to start calling.
  8. Use your phone to dial the phone number listed on screen.
  9. Script should automatically appear on screen if there is only one voter, if there is more than one voter click on the name of the person who answers, to see the script*.
  10. Select appropriate non-contact and survey information.  Click “End Call/Save Information” to end the call and save the information recorded.
  11. Repeat steps 8-10.

*Please note that the Call Time has an important function, if it is longer than 10 minutes, the call is redirected back into the pool.  If break is taken, be sure to log out and back in to ensure that all call information is saved.

Thank you for everything you do!

Lisa & Kyoko

Lisa J. Edwards & Kyoko Takayama



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URGENT – Pass the Dream Act

The 2017 Congressional session ends in mid-December. That means we have only a few weeks left to pass the Dream Act.

Immigrant youth can’t afford to wait any longer. Nearly 11,000 young people have lost their DACA status since September. DACA provided a way for undocumented immigrant youth to achieve their dreams. Those dreams are now on the line. For immigrant youth, each day without the passage of the Dream Act is another day living in fear of detention and deportation.

Will you call Congress today to demand they pass the Dream Act?

It can be hard to find the right words when it comes to lobbying your electeds. That’s why our friends from United We Dream, New York Immigrant Coalition and other partners in the Defend Our Dreams Coalition have put together a sample script you can use:

“I am calling on the Congressperson to vote for a clean Dream Act in the must-pass spending bills that are coming up – one that ensures immigrant youth can continue to go to school, work, pay taxes without fear of deportation and does not build border walls, detain and deport other immigrants.”

Make sure Congress hears your voice

We must do everything we can to keep families together, to keep immigrant communities safe, and to work on the side of justice and dignity for all.

In community,
Women’s March



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Phone Bank to kill Republican Tax Scam

Hello Dedicated Volunteers

We need your help to stop the Republican Tax Scam. The Senate will try to vote on the bill this week. If we can delay for 7-10 days they will run out of time.

HOW CAN YOU HELP.

1. CALL FROM HOME – Send Ruth Rubanowitz <ruthrubanowitz@gmail.com> a note and she will send you a PDF file that has many pages of AZ names. She will also include what pages you should call. Call those pages using this script – click here.

2. HOST A PHONE BANK – We need phone banks Wednesday Nov – mid December. If you can open your home or know of a location where we can have a phone bank. send Linda Hemenway <whatisworking@gmail.com> a note. We can get you paper lists and scripts for your phone bank. If you have never hosted before we can send someone to help you.

3. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS – If everyone can bring along one new person to a phone bank  we can double our outreach.

SPECIAL NOTE

To everyone who called to defend the ACA  –  remember how wonderful it felt to know they had dropped the bill, and how proud you were to have been a part of that fight. Please help us again.

To everyone who didn’t make calls and wish they had – you have a second chance to get involved. Every call matters.

The ACA fight and the TAX fight are the same fight. We have to work really hard for the next 1-2 weeks. I know it is asking a lot, but I also know we can make a difference.

Forward…

Linda Hemenway
Sonoma County Chapter Lead
Organizing for Action



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Detailed Tax Bill Analysis by Joint Committee on Taxation

This is an excerpt from the extensive article from the Joint Committee on Taxation.  To read the full article, click here.

The amended tax bill that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch released on November 14 is even more skewed to the wealthy than the bill he released on November 9,[1] estimates from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) show, and its tilt would worsen over time.[2] The original bill provided by far the largest benefits to high-income people, and many middle- and lower-income households would end up worse off.[3] Under the amended bill, in 2025 (when most of its provisions would be in place), high-income households would get the largest tax cuts as a share of after-tax income, on average, while households with incomes below $30,000 would on average face a tax increase. By 2027, when many of its provisions would have expired, those at the top would still get large tax cuts, but every income group below $75,000 would face tax increases, on average. Yet despite raising taxes on millions of middle- and lower-income households, the bill would add $1.5 trillion to deficits over the decade due to its large tax cuts for high-income households and corporations.



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Phone Bank NOW on Republican Tax Bill – Vote Expected November 16th!

The House vote on the Republican Tax bill is expected to be on Thursday, November 16. Regardless of their positions on the bill we will keep pressure up. The vote is not guaranteed until it is cast.

 

This is the instructions for anybody who is willing to make calls from home. Please make as many calls possible until the votes are cast. The script may be changed to support Rapid Response Events without notice. If they pass the bill we will switch the calls targeting the Senators.

Proposed script (slightly different from online) and Talking Points are available here.

Instructions

  1. Click one of the links below to access the Virtual Phone Bank
    CD 25 – Knight
    CD 39 – Royce
    CD 45 – Walters
    CD 48 – Rohrabacher
  2. If it is your first time calling, go to step 3 to create an account.  If already registered, go to step 6 to find password.
  3. Register to make calls by clicking the “Click Here to Register” button below the green “Log In” button.
  4. Enter all required fields including: first name, last name, email address and zip code.  Hit the green “Save” button to continue.
  5. Once saved, you will be returned to the log in page.
  6. Enter the email address used to register, phone bank password “resist” and chose “Call4ACA” or “OFA” as the organization from the dropdown.
  7. Click ‘Log In” to start calling.
  8. Use your phone to dial the phone number listed on screen.
  9. Script should automatically appear on screen if there is only one voter, if there is more than one voter click on the name of the person who answers, to see the script*.
  10. Select appropriate non-contact and survey information.  Click “End Call/Save Information” to end the call and save the information recorded.
  11. Repeat steps 8-10.

*Please note that the Call Time has an important function, if it is longer than 10 minutes, the call is redirected back into the pool.  If break is taken, be sure to log out and back in to ensure that all call information is saved.

Linda Hemenway
Sonoma County Chapter Lead
Organizing for Action
whatisworking@gmail.com
707 843 6110
Twitter  @OFA_Sonoma
Facebook – OFA-Sonoma-County



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Are You Ready to ACT?!

Since January 20th, 2017, every day has been filled with more than a little bit of dread = and almost unbelievably – getting worse.  I am worried about what kind of country, what kind of planet I’m leaving for my children – my grandchildren.

And the possibility of a constitutional crisis seems near guaranteed.  And when that happens, we must BE PREPARED AND READY TO ACT QUICKLY!  There are a few options we can offer you:

  1. You can sign up for alerts – so you know what’s going on and  you’ll get instructions on how to participate.
  2.  Subscribe to the Napa Valley ACTS calendar to find out what’s going on around you and participate, if you can.  If you subscribe, your personal calendar will automatically be updated with events from the Napa Valley ACTS calendar.
  3.  Put together a Rapid Mobilization Kit (RMK).


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Initial Analysis of GOP Tax Bill

The Bill is H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Full text is here: https://waysandmeansforms.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bill_text.pdf

Section by section summary: https://waysandmeansforms.house.gov/uploadedfiles/tax_cuts_and_jobs_act_section_by_section.pdf

Notable Groups that immediately came out opposed:

  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Association of Realtors expressed strong concern, still reading bill
  • The National Federation of Independent Business
  • Club For Growth
  • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Third Way
  • National Farmers Union

Topline arguments based on what we know thus far:

  • Overall, this is a tax bill that raises taxes on individuals in order to lower taxes on corporations. Republicans will argue the corporate cuts will generate economic growth and wage increases, but both are false promises. Two of the most credible, objective economic assessments of the bill’s framework show that, in the long-run, growth will actually be lower due to the large increases in the deficit. The White House’s promise that corporate rate cuts will wind up in the hands of workers has been widely contested and disproven.
  • Maintaining the top rate at 39.6% does little to change how regressive the bill is. The top 1 percent of earners will still see a massive tax cut, thanks to repeal of the AMT, repeal of the estate tax, lower taxes on non-corporate business ownership, and lower taxes on corporate profits, which disproportionately benefits shareholders as opposed to workers.
    • Under the plan, income above $1 million would be taxed at 39.6 percent. Current law applies that rate to income above $400,000 ― so even though the plan keeps the top bracket, it still represents a tax cut for high earners.
  • Republicans will sell their doubling of the standard deduction as a boon to the middle class, but they aren’t talking about how they take away personal exemptions, which nullifies most of that benefit and actually, on net, raises taxes for many in the middle class, even when child tax credit increases are factored in.
  • Even though the home mortgage deduction and property tax deduction are preserved to some degree, many families will lose the ability to write off mortgage interest and property taxes,
    because losing the ability to write off state income taxes will mean they can’t get past the now higher standard deduction threshold.
  • By shrinking the pool of taxes that are available to deduct, fewer taxpayers will be able to take advantage of itemized deductions altogether, including for mortgage interest and charitable
    giving. That will affect middle-class families in every district and every state. For details on the share of itemizers by congressional district, see this report.

Things to focus on:

  • The bill scraps state-and-local income tax deduction (SALT), but preserves property-tax
    deduction with a $10K cap for now

    • Data: Brady Tax Plan with Partial SALT Elimination Would Raise Taxes on Middle-Class
      Homeowners by as Much as 26%
    • Tax bill proponents will argue they are preserving the middle-class portion of the SALT
      deduction. But families earning $50,000 to $99,000 will, on average, lose half the value
      of their state and local tax deduction.
    • Under a property tax-only deduction, states that collect a relatively large share of their
      tax revenue in the form of income taxes, which tend to be more progressive, would be
      disadvantaged. For example, New York, Maryland, Kentucky, Oregon, and
      Massachusetts get more than 30% of their revenue from individual income taxes,
      whereas seven states do not collect income taxes at all.
  • Corporate rate cut is permanent in GOP tax plan – dropped to 20%
    • Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20% and eliminates the corporate AMT allows businesses to immediately write off (or “expense”) the cost of new investments in depreciable assets other than structures made after September 27, 2017, for at least five years.
      Corporations already do not pay their fair share in taxes and there is no reason to believe that corporations will invest more in America if the corporate income tax is cut.

      • Corporate tax cuts will mainly benefit shareholders and CEOs – not workers.
  • Repeals the Alternative Minimum Tax
    • In 2005, $31 million of the $35 million Trump paid in taxes was under the alternative minimum tax. These are the only tax returns released by Trump. Without the AMT, Trump would have paid much less.
    • The AMT does not affect the middle class. It exists to ensure upper earners pay their fair share. Only 0.2% of household making $50-$100K, and only 1.9% of households making
      $100-$200K pay the AMT. But 62.4% of households making half a million to $1 million per year would see their taxes cut by a removal of the AMT.
  • Doubles the exemption from the estate tax now, and repeals it after 6 years
    • This would double the amount of wealth not subject to the tax, and institute a full repeal in 2024. The law currently applies only to estates transferred at death worth more than $5.49 million for individuals and $10.98 million for couples. By delaying a full repeal, House lawmakers may be signaling to their Senate colleagues that they’re open to keeping the tax in some form.
  • Repeals medical expense deduction
    • More than 9 million Americans deducted roughly $87 billion in medical expenses on their tax returns in 2015, according to the latest Internal Revenue Service data. Article
    • Taxpayers who do qualify for medical deductions are often facing serious and costly health issues requiring services or treatments not covered by insurance. Often they aren’t eligible for Medicaid.
  • Repeals student loan interest deduction
    • Currently, you can deduct up to $2,500 of student loan interest paid in a given year.
  • Included Excise tax on endowments – a cost that will get passed on to students and families putting their children through college
  • Their bill makes it harder for families to adopt by Repealing both the credit for adoption and the exclusion for adoption assistance programs from an employee’s income
  • Eliminates the New Market Tax Credit (NMTC)
    • According to the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition the nmtc has leveraged over $80 billion in public-private investments and created more than 750,000 jobs in some of our country’s
      poorest neighborhoods and towns
  • Repeal of deduction for moving expenses
  • Repeal of employer-provided child care credit
  • Repeal of American Opportunity tax credit for certain higher education expenses – they replace it with a less generous Hope scholarship Credit or Life Learning Credit
  • Elimination of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) – a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.
  • Drops from 7 tax brackets to 4
  • Preserves the home mortgage interest deduction for existing mortgages and maintains the home mortgage interest deduction for newly purchased homes up to $500,000 – providing tax relief to current and aspiring homeowners.
    • So, big corporations get a big permanent tax cut but middle class family in high cost area loses some mortgage deduction?
    • Also eliminates mortgage deduction on second homes.
  • They’re making DARK money political spending tax deductible, by repealing the Johnson amendment – which currently prevents churches and other tax-exempt entities (all C3s) from
    participating in political campaigns. Implication of repeal.

    • So while Republicans are crowing about religious liberty, they’re also allowing the Koch Brothers and other billionaires who bankroll groups to write off those millions of dollars in
      purely political spending.
  • Creates a new one-time tax on overseas profits set at 12% for cash holdings and 5% for illiquid holdings, a provision meant to force companies to repatriate overseas profits. Creates a new 10% tax on U.S. companies’ high-profit foreign subsidiaries, calculated on a global basis, but active overseas profits wouldn’t otherwise be taxed.
    • That is a huge tax cut on overseas earnings of U.S. companies.

Other Intel

  • Doubles standard deduction
  • Doesn’t touch ACA mandates
  • U.S. companies would, generally, no longer pay taxes on their active foreign income, a move corporations and Republicans say is important in a competitive international landscape. To prevent companies from shifting profits abroad, the bill creates a new 10% tax on U.S. companies’ high-profit foreign subsidiaries, calculated on a global basis.
  • It does expand the child tax credit to $1,600 from $1,000
  • Maintains 401k system
  • Maintains charitable deduction- Because of the larger standard deduction, fewer people would have a tax incentive to make charitable donations.
  • Maintains Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)


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