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[URGENT] #FixHR40 Mark-up Emergency Toolkit

Toolkit Link: http://bit.ly/FixHR40MarkupToolkit 

Overview

The National Assembly of American Slavery Descendants (NAASD), a grassroots association of community organizers, is glad to partner with you around this common aim of obtaining Reparations for Black American Descendants of U.S. Chattel Slavery. We are excited that H.R.40 is entering the House Committee on the Judiciary markup. We now have a historic opportunity to advance the best bill possible to the floor. 

H.R.401 will be strengthened by including the following amendments: 

  1. Specify the recipient class for Reparations
    1. Please ensure that Black Americans Descendants of American Chattel Slavery whose ancestors were enslaved in the United States from 1776 – 1865 and who subsequently faced government-sanctioned anti-Blackness, discrimination, and racial terrorism through Jim Crow segregation, mass incarceration, and continuing atrocities are the specified recipients of any Reparations proposals.
  • Identify closure of the “Racial Wealth Gap” as a primary goal for Reparations
    1. Please amend H.R.40 to ensure that all Reparations proposals close the racial wealth gap using all tools and instruments available to the United States Government 
  • Require a clear timeline for action by the Reparations Study Commission and Congress 
    1. Please ensure that the Reparations Commission has 18-months to provide its final report to Congress.
    2. Upon delivery of a final Commission report, please ensure Congress review, hold hearings, and vote on adopting proposals made in the report within six months after its release. 

 

What’s Happening

On Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, the House Committee on the Judiciary will hold a historic markup of H.R. 40, legislation to study and develop slavery reparations proposals.

Together we can finally achieve reparative racial justice for the Descendants of U.S. Chattel Slavery! Your advocacy and outreach will help ensure that our amendments are introduced and reflected in the final legislation. 

 

We ask you to: 

  • Help Spread the Word
  • Do Legislator Outreach on Monday, April 12th and Tuesday, April 13th
  • Participate in Tweetstorms
  • Use the #FIXHR40 & #HR40Markup Hashtags

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📣 Help Spread the Word 📣

Download and share this meme on your social media platforms & tag us in your posts!

 

#FixHR40 

 

Hashtags: #FixHR40 | #AmendHR40 | #HR40MarkUp

 

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📞 Legislator Outreach 📞

 

Help us reach the key leaders of the House Judiciary Committee. This will increase our likelihood of edits being introduced during the markup session. 

 

Please email and call a total of 16 identified Congressional members from both parties. 

 

This will allow us to:

  • Respond to any legislator questions about edits
  • Use these responses to help us with our roll call
  • Gauge support & determine where we need to do more 

 

Outreach Instructions: 

We need your help to amplify our demands via direct emails, calls, and tweets 

to legislators on the committee. 

  1. First copy/paste script into the body of the email
  2. Please include the email of the legislator in the “To” line and the FixHR40@gmail.com in the “CC” of the email.
  3. Email all members of the committee through separate emails (because mass emails may go to spam) 
  4. Lastly, please call members of the Judiciary using the phone script below
  5. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving your number, please tell the office to contact FixHR40@gmail.com 

 

Other Tips

  • Please be courteous at all times, even if staffers are rude to you.
  • It’s preferable to ask for a judiciary portfolio manager or legislative staffer. However, if not available, just relay message to whoever answers the phone
  • If no one answers, leave a voicemail.

 

Email Script 

TO:  [CONGRESS MEMBER’S EMAIL]CC: [FIXHR40@GMAIL.COM]

[SUBJECT LINE] URGENT! HR40  – Amendments to HR40 Request

Greetings Congressperson___________________,

 

I’m a part of a national coalition of reparations advocates concerned with the current version of H.R.40. 

I’m writing today to urge you to introduce the following three essential amendments, during the markup session on H.R.40 on Wednesday, April 14, 2021:

  • Specify the recipient class for Reparations
    1. Please ensure that Black Americans Descendants of American Chattel Slavery whose ancestors were enslaved in the United States from 1776 – 1865 and who subsequently faced government-sanctioned anti-Blackness, discrimination, and racial terrorism through Jim Crow segregation, mass incarceration, and continuing atrocities are the specified recipients of any Reparations proposals.
  • Identify closure of the “Racial Wealth Gap” as the primary goal for Reparations
  1. Please amend H.R.40 to ensure that all Reparations proposals close the racial wealth gap using all tools and instruments available to the United States Government 
  • Require a clear timeline for action by a Reparations Study Commission and Congress 
  1. Please ensure that the Reparations Commission has 18-months to provide its final report to Congress.
  2. Upon delivery of a final Commission report, please ensure Congress review, hold hearings, and vote on adopting proposals made in the report within six months after its release. 

Thank you for considering our request. I look forward to watching the H.R.40 Markup Session on Wednesday, April 14th. I hope to see these edits introduced at this historical and monumental event. 

Sincerely, 

[YOUR NAME]

 

Call Script 

Greetings, 


I’m calling Congressperson_______________________, of the Judiciary Committee with a request. 

  1. Congressperson_______________________ should have received recommended amendments  for H.R. 40 via email from me and other organizers. We request that Congressperson _______________________ commit to bringing these revisions to the floor during markup of the bill on H.R.40 on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021.

Who can I talk to about these requests? Who in this office is directly responsible for relations with the  Judiciary Committee?

If you have questions, please contact FixHR40@gmail.com 

Thank you for considering my request. Enjoy your day. 

Please call and email each of the following legislators: 

Judiciary Leadership
Name Number Email  Twitter 
1. Jerrold Nadler 

(D) NY-10

(Chair)

202-225-5635 (DC)

212-367-7350 (NY)

jerry.nadler@mail.house.gov @RepJerryNadler
2. Madeleine Dean

(D) PA-04

(Vice-Chair)

202-225-4731

(DC)

215-884-4300

(PA)

madeleine.dean@mail.house.gov @RepDean
3. Steve Cohen

(D)TN-09

(Sub-Committee Chair)

(202) 225-3265

(DC)

Steve.Cohen@mail.house.gov @RepCohen
4. Jim Jordan

(R)OH-04

Ranking Member

(202) 225-2676

(DC)

Kevin.Eichinger@mail.house.gov @Jim_Jordan

 

Black Judiciary Members 
Name Number Email  Twitter 
1.  Sheila Jackson Lee

(D)TX-18

(Author of HR40)

202-225-3816

(DC)

Sheila.Jackson.Lee@mail.house.gov  @JacksonLeeTX18
2. Hank Johnson

(D)GA-04

202-225-1605

(DC)

Hank.Johnson@mail.house.gov  @RepHankJohnson
3. Hakeem Jeffries

(D) NY-08

202-225-5936

(DC)

hakeem.jeffries@mail.house.gov @RepJeffries
4. Val Butler Demings

(D) FL-10

202-225-2176 Val.Demings@mail.house.gov @RepValDemings
5. Karen Bass

(D) CA-37

202-225-7084

(DC)

karen.bass@mail.house.gov @RepKarenBass
6. Joe Neguse

(D) CO-02

202-225-2161 joe.neguse@mail.house.gov @JoeNeguse
7. Lucy McBath

(D) GA-06

202-225-4501 lucy.mcbath@mail.house.gov @RepLucyMcBath
8 Mondaire Jones

(D) NY-17

202-225-6506 mondaire.jones@mail.house.gov @RepMondaire
9. Cori Bush

(D) MO-01

202-225-2406 cori.bush@mail.house.gov @CoriBush
10. Pramila Jayapal

(D) WA-07 

202-225-3106 lilah.pomerance@mail.house.gov  @RepJayapal
11.  Burgess Owens

 (R) UT-04

(202) 225-3011 burgess.owens@mail.house.gov @RepBurgessOwens

 

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📱 Participate in HR40 Tweetstorm 📱

 

On Wednesday, April 14th, at 7:00 AM PST/ 9:00 AM CST / 10:00 AM EST, we will be live-tweeting during the H.R.40 Markup Session, using the hashtags listed below. 

 

The markup will stream live here

 

  • Please remember to use hashtags:
#FIXHR40 | #HR40Markup 

 

Social Media 

Amplify our demands by using the hashtags below on social media and by following and retweeting content from our social media leads


Social Media Leads

#FixHR40 Campaign – @FixHr40

National Hashtags 

#FixHR40 

#AmendHR40

#HR40MarkUp

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