Postcards from Home for 4/10/2020

Opportunities for political action continue despite Covid-19, and indeed, it is now more imperative than ever to keep the pressure on and to show appreciation to those officials who are doing the right things! Here are the latest Postcards from Home topics.

VOTE BY MAIL

Public health officials have urged Americans to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We must also protect elections. Many states have postponed their primaries and experts warn that we must take action now to ensure Americans can safely vote in November. Americans shouldn’t have to choose between their health and their right to cast a ballot. Senators Klobuchar and Wyden have introduced the National Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act (NDEBA), which would expand early voting and ensure that every American can safely cast a mail ballot.

Suggested message:

Americans shouldn’t have to choose between their health and their right to cast a ballot. Co-sponsor and vote for the National Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020 (NDEBA). This is neither a Republican or Democrat issue; it is an American one.

Addresses: Plan to write to all Senate non-sponsors. All at Washington, DC 20510

Leader Mitch McConnell, 317 Russell SOB or comment page 

Whip: John Thune, US Senate SD-511 or comment page

Senatorial Committee: Todd Young, 185 Dirksen SOB or comment page

Hon. Susan Collins, 413 Dirksen SOB or comment page

Policy: Roy Blunt, 260 Russell SOB or comment page

Conference chair: John Barrasso, 307 Dirksen SOB or comment page

Vice chair: Joni Ernst, 405 Hart SOB or comment page

Hon. Lisa Murkowski, 522 Hart SOB or comment page

NYS GUN STORE CLOSURES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE

A new study has found that a higher rate of firearm ownership is associated with a higher rate of domestic violence homicide in the United States, but that the same does not hold true for other kinds of gun homicide. (Link) Activists worldwide have reported an alarming rise in domestic violence cases since the start of coronavirus-related quarantines. (Link) “Violence against women is strongly associated with suicide attempts: Evidence from the WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women.” (Link) Amazingly the federal government designated firearm and ammunition retailers as an “essential service,” according to its updated guidance, but those guidelines are advisory, meaning states can “add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion.”

Governors Cuomo and Baker of Massachusetts have closed gun stores during the epidemic. The NRA sued Cuomo in both his official and personal capacity, as well as New York’s Empire State Development agency and its acting commissioner. The NRA also suggested that the pandemic could be a time of heightened need for a firearm. Anita Bhatia, the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Women: “The very technique we are using to protect people from the virus can perversely impact victims of domestic violence.” Stay at home with abuse or go to shelters with increased tight potential exposure to COVID-19.

Suggested message:

Temporarily closing gun stores — Yes, Governor Cuomo, you are making the right choice. Gun stores are clearly non-essential, and may pose a lethal threat to those affected by domestic violence.

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

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