[NFBOK-Talk] Urgent Call to Action on HR 620
Audrey T. Farnum
atfarnum at icloud.com
Wed Feb 14 03:39:02 UTC 2018
Greetings fellow Federationists:
Many of you were already aware that H.R. 620, the "ADA Education and Reform
Act of 2017," was moving toward a vote in the House of Representatives this
week. We have recently learned that vote is scheduled to take place this
Thursday morning, February 15.
In light of these developments, the National Federation of the Blind is
mobilizing to reiterate our strong opposition to this bill leading up to the
vote on Thursday. We are encouraging all of our members to call, email, and
contact their representatives via social media over the next two days. A
high volume of contact from us will be especially critical on Wednesday,
February 14th, the day before the vote. The more that members of Congress
hear from us on that day, the harder it will be for them to forget our
opposition as they cast their votes the next day.
We are targeting Reps Mullin, Cole and Russell as they are on record in
support of the bill. We must change their minds. The direct numbers, Twitter
handles and links to email forms for these Congressmen are below:
Congressman Tom Cole : @TomColeOK04
Congressman Markwayne Mullin: @RepMullin
Congressman Steve Russell: @RepRussell
You can also call the Capitol Hill Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be
connected directly to the Washington, DC office of your member of Congress.
These next two days are critical for us if we hope to stop the momentum of
this bill. We laid the foundation of this work at our Washington Seminar and
this next phase represents the crucial follow-up effort that may very well
help stop this bill and make sure that civil rights for the blind are not
set back by thirty years.
The important thing is that we, the National Federation of the Blind, make
our voices heard loudly and often over the next two days.
Please see below for a sample email that can be used when emailing your
members of Congress. Remember, these messages do not need to be long or
detailed. In fact, short and to the point is often the best way to go.
Dear Representative [Last Name]:
My name is [blank] and I live in [city], [state]. I am writing to you today
to urge you to vote no on H.R. 620, the "ADA Education and Reform Act of
2017." This bill will diminish the rights of blind people by eroding the
foundation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For any calls you make to your representative's office, a similar script can
Once again, thank you for all that you do to advance the legislative
priorities of the blind.
Audrey T. Farnum
Director of Communications
National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma
communications at nfbok.org <mailto:communications at nfbok.org>
Live the life you want.
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