Call of the Day: Call Your State Reps About An Issue That Matters To You

Wow, SO MUCH is happening in Louisiana right now.  So today's call of the day is a bit of a grab-bag.  You've got three topics to choose from today.  Do one, or all three.  The topics are: 


1. TOPS funding
2. Monument Removal
3. Equal Pay Legislation


Info and scripts follow below…


***TOPS FUNDING***


The TOPS scholarship program makes it possible for hundreds of thousands of Louisiana students to attend college.  In the House committee version of the state budget, TOPS remains fully funded, but funding is still at risk as the budget is negotiated further and comes to a vote before the full House.  (Keep in mind that TOPS was fully funded, but state schools, prisons and hospitals would sustain substantial cuts instead.)


At last month's town hall, however, State Rep. Cameron Henry admitted that he hadn't received a single call about the TOPS program.  So does TOPS matter to you?  Then you'd better call. 


If you don't know who your state representative is, go to www.legis.la.gov.  Click on "Who are my Legislators?" on the left side of the Home page, enter your address.  Then click on your St. Representative's name to be taken to their websites and their contact info. It's actually really quick to do, promise.


WHO TO CALL (example – your reps may differ!): 


St. Rep. Stephanie Hilferty: (504) 885-4154


Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Only call your own representative. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!


Sample script: 


Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].  I don't need a response. 


I'm calling because I wanted Representative [NAME] to know that continued funding for the TOPS program is important to me, and I don't want to see it eliminated as the state budget is negotiated further.  However, I also don't want our state's hospitals or schools defunded just so the TOPS program can be fully funded.  Thank you for your time and your work answering phones.


***MONUMENT REMOVAL***


Last night, tensions rose to a fever pitch at the Jefferson Davis memorial as pro-Confederate protestors and Take 'Em Down protestors congregated in Mid-City.  (You can read the Gambit's on-the-ground coverage here.)  So let's thank Mayor Mitch Landrieu for his efforts to take down these monuments to white supremacy.


WHO TO CALL: 


Mayor Mitch Landreiu: (504) 658-4900


Sample script: 


Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].  I don't need a response. 


I'm calling because I wanted to thank the Mayor for taking down the Liberty Place monument, and for his efforts to take down the remaining three Confederate monuments in New Orleans.  It is long past time for these monuments to white supremacy to be removed from our public spaces.  Thank you for your time and your work answering phones.


***EQUAL PAY LEGISLATION***


A couple of bills are in front of the legislature right now regarding equal pay, but HB 222 and HB 112 go before the House Labor Committee TODAY.  These bills would protect employees from retaliation for discussing their wages, and would hold state contractors accountable for retaliation protection as well. 


If you don't know who your state representative is, go to www.legis.la.gov. Click on "Who are my Legislators?" on the left side of the Home page, enter your address.  Then click on your St. Representative's name to be taken to their websites and their contact info. It's actually really quick to do, promise.


WHO TO CALL (example – your reps may differ!): 


St. Rep. Stephanie Hilferty: (504) 885-4154


Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Only call your own representative.  Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!


Sample script: 


Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].  I don't need a response. 


I'm calling because I wanted Representative [NAME] to vote YES on HB 222 and HB 112 so that employees can be protected against retaliation for talking about their wages.  I believe strongly in this bill, and I'm eager to see what position the Representative will take.  Thank you for your time and your work answering phones.

These calls are courtesy of Indivisible Metairie.