• Victoria Miller

Coming Down to the Wire!

Happy Tuesday, Activists! We hope you're staying healthy and safe - and warm.

We’re finally coming up to the day for Senators to put their positions on the record and vote Yes or No for voting rights. Here is the latest in Sen. Schumer’s playbook: Last week, he vowed to hold a vote on democracy reform and the filibuster by Martin Luther King Day – next Monday. It’s likely that sometime before Monday, there will be another failed Motion to Proceed on the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Then, we think Schumer will bring a motion to change or eliminate the filibuster (details still TBD) that would allow these bills to pass with a simple majority (i.e., actual democracy), rather than a supermajority (i.e., allowing the GOP to block even the most popular bills). There likely will be debate on that rules change, culminating in a final vote on filibuster reform next Monday, January 17. If we win that filibuster reform vote, we can finally have an up-or-down vote on the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. We are following the call to action presented to us by the King family. This weekend, communities across the country will mark MLK Day and raise our voices to demand our elected officials pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, without letting outdated Senate loopholes get in the way. We have two ways you can take action with us – both of them are inside, out of this cold weather! FIRST -- MAKE THE CALLS! ALL EYES TURN TO FILIBUSTER VOTES ON MLK DAY You’ve been working so hard for so long (remember our Let Freedom Ring Rally in June and our rally in July when President Biden spoke at the Constitution Center? And our Time to Act rally in November?). It’s been a while! Now, we have just a little longer to keep up the pressure until we get an answer. Here are the calls to make: Sen. Casey – Phila office 215-405-9660; D.C. 202-224-6324; email link 1. Call Senator Casey Happy Tuesday, Activists! We hope you're staying healthy and safe - and warm. You can find more actions, our messaging, and other information in last Friday’s newsletter at this link and the full archive of our newsletters at this link. We’re finally coming up to the day for Senators to put their positions on the record and vote Yes or No for voting rights. Here is the latest in Sen. Schumer’s playbook: Last week, he vowed to hold a vote on democracy reform and the filibuster by Martin Luther King Day – next Monday. It’s likely that sometime before Monday, there will be another failed Motion to Proceed on the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Then, we think Schumer will bring a motion to change or eliminate the filibuster (details still TBD) that would allow these bills to pass with a simple majority (i.e. actual democracy), rather than a supermajority (i.e. allowing the GOP to block even the most popular bills). There likely will be debate on that rules change, culminating in a final vote on filibuster reform next Monday, January 17th. If we win that filibuster reform vote, we can finally have an up-or-down vote on the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. We are following the call to action presented to us by the King family. This weekend, communities across the country will mark MLK Day and raise our voices to demand our elected officials pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, without letting outdated Senate loopholes get in the way. We have two ways you can take action with us – both of them are inside, out of this cold weather!

FIRST -- MAKE THE CALLS! ALL EYES TURN TO FILIBUSTER VOTES ON MLK DAY You’ve been working so hard for so long (remember our Let Freedom Ring Rally in June and our rally in July when President Biden spoke at the Constitution Center? And our Time to Act rally in November?). It’s been a while! Now, we have just a little longer to keep up the pressure until we get an answer. Here are the calls to make: 1. Call Senator Casey Sen. Casey – and tell him you expect him to not just vote for voting rights and abolish the filibuster to do it, but to put pressure on his colleagues to do the same. Phila office 215-405-9660; D.C. 202-224-6324; email link. 2. Call the White House – Tell President Biden to be strong on filibuster reform and to be a champion for democracy. The comment line is 202-456-1111. You can call every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 11am-3pm Eastern time. You can either talk to a human or leave a voicemail.

SECOND - JOIN US TO TAKE ACTION WITH VIDEOS We're making this easy. We’ll do most of the work; all you do is come to our Zoom meeting this Sunday afternoon sometime between 2:00 and 3:00 pm, so that we can record videos to send to Senator Casey together. Come for as long as you want - 5 minutes or an hour. Let's have a chat and catch up! Click this link and we'll send you the Zoom link. Come prepared to say “Thank You” to Senator Casey and ask once again that he get filibuster reform passed and then the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act passed right away. We’ll do the rest to produce the videos!

OUR 35 DOORS PROJECT – YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED HERE Our 35 Doors Project is off and running. It’s a powerful tool to get out the vote and save democracy. Our Neighborhood Leaders are reaching out to their neighbors all over the city and talking to them about elections. But we need more of you! Do you have questions? We have answers! Come to our next 35 Doors Training on Thursday, February 3, at 6:30 pm and we’ll answer all of them and give you the tools for success. Sign up here. Here are more answers -- 1. Check out our brand new website page devoted to our 35 Doors Project, see some of our neighborhood leaders in action, and read all about why this is such a successful program. 2. Check out our 35 Doors videos – here’s the long one and here’s the short one. 3. Finally, did you ever consider becoming a Committee Person? By joining our 35 Doors Project you’ll get a head start. You’ll be meeting the very neighbors who will be voting for you when you run. And Philadelphia 3.0 is holding a learning session for running for this office tonight at 7:00 pm – Register here.

OUR MEETING WITH A.G. JOSH SHAPIRO Join our one-hour virtual meeting with Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is running for PA Governor this year. We’ll have a lot to ask him about why he’s running and his vision for the state. Bring your questions too! When: Monday, January 24, 7:30 pm Where: Zoom Sign up here.

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