We Need Your Help: Critical Push to Protect the ACA

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On Tuesday, July 25th, the U.S. Senate will vote on a Motion to Proceed on Trumpcare, clearing the way for the bill to be signed into law. The next 72 hours are CRITICAL to stopping Trumpcare from becoming the new law of the land. 

We’re only going to ask you do one action, but it’s vitally important. Please email your Senator’s health Legislative Assistant (LA) *this morning* and ask them to urge their boss to vote NO on the Motion to Proceed on Trumpcare, especially if you live in: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia. 

Why health LAs? Your Senator's health legislative assistant is their point person for all things health care-related - They have a huge amount of sway over how your Senator thinks about health care issues, and they're probably our best bet for swaying one more vote.

Please Note: things are going to be moving very fast on Tuesday, so please check in on Facebook for possible updated actions throughout the day.

Today's Action: Email your Senator's Health Care Legislative Assistant

Sample Email:

Dear {NAME} - I am a constituent of Senator {SENATOR}, and I live in {TOWN}. I am writing to ask Senator {SENATOR} to vote NO on the Motion to Proceed for Trumpcare. Passing this bill will make insurance even more expensive for people in our state and cause us real harm. We should improve the Affordable Care Act, not destroy it.

{OPTIONAL PERSONAL STORY}

Please ask the Senator to vote NO.

Sincerely,

{YOUR NAME}

Legislative Assistant Contact Info

ALASKA - Sen. Murkowski

ARIZONA - Sen. Flake

ARKANSAS - Sen. Cotton

COLORADO - Sen. Gardner

LOUISIANA - Sen. Cassidy

MAINE - Sen. Collins

NEVADA - Sen. Heller

OHIO - Sen. Portman

PENNSYLVANIA - Sen. Toomey

WEST VIRGINIA - Sen. Capito

The most crucial legislative assistants are listed above. However, it is important for us to contact all of our Senators. You can find the full list of all 100 Senators' legislative assistants here: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/senate-health-care-staffers/

Keep Fighting for Healthcare and Protect our Democracy!

Action 1:  Let Senator Heller Know He'd Better Vote NO!  

Healthcare for millions depends on our perseverence.  Mitch McConnell is working hard to whip his GOP senators in line.  We need to make sure that pressure from the people gives key senators the strength and courage to stand against party leadership.  We’ve asked you to call GOP senators before, and we’re asking again.  We know McConnell is not giving up, so we should not take any promised “no” vote for granted.  Today, please call Senator Heller of Nevada.  Contact any friends or family in Nevada and urge them to call as well.    

Senator Dean Heller

DC 202-224-6244

Reno 775-686-5770

Script:

I know Senator Heller is aware that the current repeal-only healthcare bill would result in a loss of coverage for millions, huge cuts to Medicaid, and that Governor Sandoval strongly opposes the bill.  I hope the senator will join the governor and think of the well-being of his constituents and vote against this inhumane bill.  

Action 2: What Will Our Senators Do if Mueller is Fired?

Call both of our senators and ask that they go on the record about their immediate reaction if Trump fires Mueller.  

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Script:

My name is [NAME] calling from [CITY, ZIP].  I’m calling to ask what action the senator plans to take if President Trump fires Special Counsel Mueller. I also want to urge the senator to immediately reach across the aisle and discuss this eventuality with patriotic Republicans.  

Action #3:  Rally for Medicare for All!

Come and rally over the lunch hour for a workable plan for Health Care Coverage! In support of a national March on DC for a single payer plan based on Medicare, MEDICARE FOR ALL MARCH is being planned across the nation to support the march in DC. 

When:  Monday, July 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Henry M. Jackson Federal Bldg., 915 2nd Ave, Seattle

More information:  https://www.risestronger.org/events/medicare-for-all-march

Mobilize Together!

As we mentioned yesterday, we are preparing for an emergency rally when or if Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller. We consider the firing of Mueller a major event that would require a response. We understand that a sizable number of you simply cannot drop everything and head to protest. That being the case, if you can do it then please show up. If Trump does get rid of Mueller then we are facing a major constitutional crisis. It’s important to have numbers and be visible nationwide. Today we are introducing you to an easy app that will serve as our urgent alert and rapid response vehicle. We will not send any messages unless something major does happen, but if Mueller is fired or Trump preemptively starts to pardon everyone then you will know as soon as we do. You will also receive detailed instructions about the plan and protest at that time.

Please pass along to anyone in any group or no group that wants in. The more, the better!

Action: Sign up for rapid response alerts.

Step1: Download the Telegram App to your phone.

Telegram App in Google play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.telegram.messenger&hl=en

Telegram App in iTunes app store:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/telegram-messenger/id686449807?mt=8

Step2: Click the link below on your phone.

https://t.me/EmergencyAlert

Step3: Click Join. That’s it!

(The channel name is Indivisible Emergency Alert Greater Seattle)

Please pass along the information to others so we really can mobilize in large numbers!

(and ask them to pass it along to someone you don’t know)

I hope we never have to use it, but we need a rapid response system in place regardless of what happens to Mueller.

Prepare for an Emergency Rally, and Defend State Department Programs

Reminder: Today is the Seattle Indivisible Barbecue, 1:00 pm at Seven Hills Park! https://www.facebook.com/events/1861446210849955

Action 1: Prepare for an Emergency Rally

We learned this week that Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, and pardoning aides and members of his family who are currently under investigation.

We don’t know when or if this will happen, and we hope it doesn’t. But an escalated attack on our democratic institutions and the rule of law deserves an escalated response. If either of the above comes to pass, we ask that you check in with Seattle Indivisible via social media, and check your email if you receive our Action Alerts. In coordination with other Indivisible groups, we will announce the time of an emergency protest at Westlake Park, about two hours after the news would break.

Here is a synopsis of what has been going on: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/will-republicans-draw-red-line-trump-powers-n785171

Here is why pardoning may be not only impeachable, but also criminal: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/opinion/if-trump-pardons-crime-russia.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Action 2: Submit a Story to Help our Senators Defend State Department Programs

Are you a current or former Foreign Service officer? Have you ever benefited from a US Department of State exchange program, such as the Peace Corps? If so, we are still looking for more personal stories!

Trump's proposed FY2018 budget would cut the State Department budget by 29% and the Fulbright program alone by 47%!

Seattle Indivisible member Iga Kozlowska is working on a project that will collect personal stories from Washingtonians about how State Department programs, like Fulbright or the Peace Corps, impacted them and why they are good for America.

All that's required is a short (1 or 2 paragraph) blurb of your story, your name, email, phone # and zip code. Your information will only be shared with the Senators' offices. Please circulate to anyone you know who (1) lives in Washington and (2) has in one way or another personally seen the benefits of the State Department's work. Submit stories to igakozlowska2011@u.northwestern.edu.

Indivisible Save ACA Phonebank - Ohio (Senator Portman) and Vote in the Primary Election before August 1

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Action 1:  Indivisible Save ACA Phonebank - Ohio (Senator Portman).

Reach out to Senator Portman's constituents in Ohio, and encourage them to call and ask Senator Portman to vote NO on the Republican plans to repeal the ACA. Many of us have been looking for ways we can have more impact on Republican representatives, and this is a new tool for doing just that. Let's give it a try!

Phone-banking doesn't have to be a big time commitment. You can set up Open Virtual Phone Bank (from the link below) in about 1 minute. Making one of these calls won't take longer than calling your Senator, and you won't have to wait on hold.  

If you only have time for one call, make that one call. If you have time for more calls, GREAT! Make more calls.
 
Virtual Phone Bank
VPB Link: https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/D41B22Q-4779     
If prompted for a code: D41B22Q-4779
 
Virtual Phone Bank is a website that manages the details of phone banking by providing scripts, phone numbers, and a way to record your results. Once you're set up, you'll see a page with a person's name and phone number, and a script of what to say. After you talk to them, there's a place to mark down their commitment to call Senator Portman.

Guidelines

  1. If you’ve never used the VPB site before, click Login then Create Action Id to create an account.
  2.  Don’t leave voice mails.
  3. If they say they’ve already called, great! Ask them to commit to calling again.
  4. If they ask why you’re calling from out-of-state, tell them you are calling from Seattle because this issue is so important to all Americans.
  5. The script is a guideline, but feel free to use your own words to express the same thing. Authentic conversations are the most productive.
  6. If someone else answers the phone and your target person isn’t there, feel free to ask if they are a registered voter and have a conversation. If they commit to calling, go ahead and log the call in the online form.

Extra Credit

Make a second (or 10th) phone bank call!

Action 2: VOTE!

Ballots are due August 1. You can still register in person until July 24 (Monday).
Every election matters. This one includes King County Prop. 1, Sales Tax for Cultural Access, King County Commissioner, State House and Senate, Seattle Mayor, City Council, and Port Commissioner, and more. All of these people have a role to play in protecting us from the dangerous policies coming from the other Washington. 

Learn more about this Primary Election at http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/elections/current-elections/august-primary.aspx
 

Bury the Undead and Stop the ICE Surge!

Official Group Daily Action for Thursday July 20th

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1 and comment on this thread once you’re finished.

On Tuesday Obamacare repeal was declared dead, but look behind you! Here it comes, staggering toward next week even after the Congressional Budget Office gave it what should have been a decapitating blow. Mitch McConnell announced on Wednesday that he still plans a vote next week on repealing much of the Affordable Care Act, despite CBO findings that if he succeeds 17 million Americans would lose health coverage next year, 27 million by the end of the decade, and 32 million would lose healthcare by 2026. We hope that someday we can make calls to our Senators and Representatives about wonky, constructive approaches to stabilizing the healthcare market, or advocate with them for single payer, but today we need to keep the pressure on wavering Republicans to bury ACA repeal once and for all.

We also need to defend our immigrant neighbors against vindictive raids by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeted at Sanctuary Cities.

ACTION 1: Ask Senator Bill Cassidy to Commit to Oppose Obamacare Repeal

Long identified as relatively moderate Republican, Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy remains publicly on the fence about supporting McConnell’s motion to open debate on Obamacare repeal or whether to vote for the ultimate bill. His vote may be crucial to defeating this callous and irresponsible legislation. Call him and tell him to support healthcare for Louisianans.

Senator Bill Cassidy (202) 224-5824

SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I am calling to urge Senator Cassidy to commit to voting “no” on the motion to open debate on the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act. Almost 600,000 Louisianans get health care through the Affordable Care Act-—it’s cruel and irresponsible to consider repealing it with no replacement. Please work across the aisle to stabilize healthcare markets, not blow them up.”

BONUS:

Use this link to find Facebook friends in Louisiana and ask them to call Cassidy-- https://www.facebook.com/search/people/?q=friends%20in%20louisiana

BACKGROUND:

 https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-challenges-senators-to-resurrect-obamcare-repeal-effort-were-close/2017/07/19/468c2dc0-6c8f-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/07/bill_cassidy_health_care_plan.html

https://www.healthinsurance.org/louisiana-state-health-insurance-exchange/

ACTION 2: Ask our Members of Congress to Speak Out Against an ICE “Surge” in Seattle and other Sanctuary Cities.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan has said he plans to further crack down on undocumented immigrants by sending more resources and agents to "ludicrous" sanctuary cities like Seattle. Tell our Senators and Representatives that immigrants are welcome here, but ICE is not.

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

 

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

 

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

DC - 202-225-3106

Seattle - 206-674-0040

 

Rep. Adam Smith:

DC - 202-225-8901

Renton - 425-793-5180

SCRIPT:

 “Please ask [MOC NAME] to publicly condemn plans by the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to vindictively target Sanctuary cities like Seattle with intensified immigration raids.”

BACKGROUND

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/342580-ice-director-trump-has-taken-the-handcuffs-off-law-enforcement

http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/07/19/25299437/acting-ice-director-says-more-immigration-agents-will-be-deployed-to-sanctuary-cities

REMINDERS:

1) Seattle Indivisible is hosting a barbecue this Saturday, July 22, from 1pm-4pm at Seven Hills Park at 1514 E Howell St. Come by to meet your fellow resisters. The new regional organizer from Indivisible for Washington State, Melissa Shohet, will be in attendance.

RSVP to the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1861446210849955

2) Cast your vote for important Local and State races by August 1st!

Do you have ideas for a future call to action? E-mail daily-action@seattleindivisible.com

We Just Keep Winning!

It’s been a whirlwind – Trumpcare died, then McConnell said he would rush a vote on repealing Obamacare with no replacement at all. Fortunately for America, at least three Republican Senators denounced that move yesterday, giving it almost no chance of succeeding. So, everyone – we’ve killed Trumpcare (at least in its current form). We did that, and we should feel proud! But there are still avenues open to Republicans to destroy Obamacare, so we can’t relax yet.

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1 and comment on this thread once you’re finished. 

Action 1: Thank 3 Republicans (AK, WV, ME) for Refusing Repeal

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of AK, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of WV, and Sen. Susan Collins of ME all spoke out yesterday against the repeal of Obamacare with no replacement. Thanks to them, McConnell’s Plan C looks like a nonstarter. However, repeal may still be brought to a vote, and minds can be changed in the interim.  Ask your friends in AK, WV, and ME to call their Senators again (or call them yourself), this time with a thank you to reinforce their decision and encourage future principled stands! 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK): 202-224-6665

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV): 202-224-6472

Sen. Susan Collins (ME): 202-224-2523

Script:

“My name is [Name] and I’m calling from [zip] to thank you for doing the right thing and quickly and publicly denouncing McConnell’s plan to repeal Obamacare without a replacement. Thank you for caring enough about your constituents to vote NO on repeal if it comes to a vote, despite party pressure.”

Background:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/why-mitch-mcconnells-latest-obamacare-repeal-effort-imploded-w492869

Action 2: Vote!

The next election is coming up August 1. Show the world what democracy looks like, and make your voice heard. Ballots must be postmarked or returned to a ballot dropbox by August 1.
http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx

Action 3: Recharge the Resistance, sign up for our BBQ

Seattle Indivisible is hosting a barbecue this Saturday, July 22, from 1pm-4pm at Seven Hills Park at 1514 Howell St. Come by to meet your fellow resisters. The new regional organizer from Indivisible for Washington state, Melissa Shohet, will be in attendance.

RSVP to the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1861446210849955

Sign up to bring something here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aNYfEmfSqyG07dOA-iA-OCGRjutBsO6RXm_6e79PglU/edit?usp=sharing

TrumpCare is dead, for now. Prepare for the next round.

Action 1: Show Solidarity with Indivisibles in Kansas

Topher Spiro, one of our favorite progressive voices in the fight against Trumpcare, tweeted last night about the amazing work that Indivisibles in Kansas (among others) did to flip Senator Moran to a 'No' vote in the Senate. Without the tireless efforts of our friends in Kansas, we could very well have seen Trumpcare signed into law as soon as next week. Let's tell our Kansas friends just how much their work means to us. Here are two of the key Indivisible groups that literally stopped Trumpcare. Send them a message on Facebook, and tell them why their labor means so much to you.

Indivisible KC: https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleKC/

Indivisible LFK: https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleLFK/

Background:

Topher's tweet: https://twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/887117200066260992

Action 2: Vote

The next election is coming up August 1. Show the world what democracy looks like, and make your voice heard. Ballots must be postmarked or returned to a ballot dropbox by August 1.

http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx

Action 3: Recharge the Resistance, sign up for our BBQ

Seattle Indivisible is hosting a barbecue this Saturday, July 22, from 1pm-4pm at Seven Hills Park at 1514 Howell St. Come by to meet your fellow resisters. The new regional organizer from Indivisible for Washington state, Melissa Shohet, will be in attendance.

Sign up to bring something here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aNYfEmfSqyG07dOA-iA-OCGRjutBsO6RXm_6e79PglU/edit?usp=sharing

ACTION 3a: Indivisible WA 8th District town hall

Indivisible WA 8th District is hosting a town hall in Auburn from 3-5 pm on Saturday, as well, except that because Rep. Dave Reichert will not meet with his constituents, Rep. Pramila Jayapal from the 7th district will be attending. More information and tickets here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/109724306324650/

It's a Crucial Time! Keep Fighting for Healthcare!

Please log your calls here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1 

Action 1: Convince Senator Portman of Ohio to Oppose the New Trumpcare Bill!  

We’re continuing our healthcare marathon, focusing on one Republican Senator every day.  Today we’re calling Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, who has not committed to voting either way.  The senator has released this statement in response to the current healthcare bill: “My goal is to create a more workable system that lowers cost of coverage, provides access to quality care, & protects the most vulnerable.”  Let’s ask Senator Portman to remain true to his values and help give him the courage to withstand pressure from his party and particularly, Senator McConnell.  Call the Senator yourself and use this link to find friends in Ohio you can urge to call as well https://www.facebook.com/search/people/?q=friends%20in%20ohio.

Senator Rob Portman

DC - 202-224-3353

Cleveland - 216-522-7095

Script:

“I’m calling to ask Senator Portman to hold true to his intent to protect the most vulnerable of his constituents. CEO’s of five large Medicaid providers in Ohio have said the BCRA will end coverage for 700,000 Ohioans. I urge the Senator to think about the wellbeing of his constituents over party pressures and vote “no” on this inhumane bill.’

Background Information:

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/07/new_health_care_bill_meets_old.html

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/07/ohio_health_care_ceos_dislike.html

 

Action 2: Ask Our Own Senators to Keep Fighting for Access to Healthcare!

Senators Murray and Cantwell have asked us to keep calling in support of access to affordable healthcare. They use the number of calls they receive as evidence that public opinion is against Trumpcare. Even if you already called, call again today to thank them and urge them to use all possible means to oppose the bill. We want to keep their call tallies - and their spirits - up.  Let them know that their constituents appreciate all their hard work.  

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

Script: 

"My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP] . I am calling to thank Senator [NAME] for her leadership in opposing Trumpcare. Please use every possible tool — including withholding consent and filibuster by amendment. Your constituents appreciate all you’re doing to fight this inhumane bill."

REMEMBER TO VOTE IN THE IMPORTANT STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS!  

 

 

Keep air traffic control public and vote!

Action 1: Keep air traffic control public

A bill has been unveiled in the House implementing Trump’s proposal to privatize air traffic control. While the bill faces a competing Senate bill in which the Federal Aviation Administration retains authority over air traffic control, it is unclear which bill will prevail. Privatization could open the door for undue influence from large airlines.

Write to your congresspeople to oppose privatization. The Experimental Aircraft Association has a helpful webpage that selects your officials and gives you a script:

http://govt.eaa.org/ctas/oppose-air-traffic-control-privatization

Background:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/21/house-unveils-latest-bill-privatize-air-traffic-control/416280001/

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/senate-bill-ditches-trump-plan-to-privatize-air-traffic-control/article/2626857

Action 2: Vote!

Remember to vote in the upcoming primary! Ballots must be postmarked or returned to a ballot drop box by August 1.

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DON'T FORGET these two great events this Sunday, we hope you can make one of them:

Sunday, 4:00pm at Centilia Cultural Center: Divas Take America - a drag carnival fundraiser for Seattle Indivisible and Washington's Paramount Duty: https://www.facebook.com/events/490183118040042/

Sunday, 4:30pm at Pine Box: Vouch For Yourself - hear from Seattle city council candidates and learn how to fill out your democracy vouchers! https://www.facebook.com/events/245838395912467

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Do you have ideas for a future call to action? E-mail daily-action@seattleindivisible.com

Save Marine Sanctuaries From Oil and Gas Drilling

ACTION:  Defend Marine Sanctuaries from Trump's Attacks

Donald Trump plans to open up 11 marine sanctuaries to oil drilling...unless we can stop it. You can add your voice to the defense of these marine sanctuaries.  Visit the page below and click on the SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT button:   

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/26/2017-13308/review-of-national-marine-sanctuaries-and-marine-national-monuments-designated-or-expanded-since

Sample Comment:

"Destroying our environment doesn't put "America First," it makes America dead last. Protect these fragile marine life habitats in order to prove that you really do put America first."

We've won before, and can win again! Senator Cantwell announced this week that we were able to protect the Hanford Reach National Monument. We can and must do the same for these fragile wildlife habitats. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/cantwell-says-hanford-reach-no-longer-under-federal-review/

Time is running short to add your voice in defense of these marine sanctuaries. The deadline is July 26, 2017, only 12 days away. Add your comments now, at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/26/2017-13308/review-of-national-marine-sanctuaries-and-marine-national-monuments-designated-or-expanded-since

Background

"A 27 June congressional hearing highlighted concerns about designations and expansions of these areas and the need to protect them. The 11 sanctuaries and monuments under review include the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and others in California, as well as protected areas in Hawaii, American Samoa, Michigan, and elsewhere." - https://eos.org/articles/trump-administration-scrutinizing-protected-ocean-areas

"Senator Maria Cantwell says Hanford Reach no longer under federal review"  - http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/cantwell-says-hanford-reach-no-longer-under-federal-review/

YOU SHOULD KNOW

The Washington Post reports that Republican governors are lobbying against the GOP Health Care bill - "Senate Democrats have identified potential new allies in their effort to scuttle the current health-care proposal: Republican governors, particularly those who helped expand Medicaid in their states under the Affordable Care Act.  Sen. Thomas R. Carper (Del.), who is leading the effort with the support of fellow Democrats, called 'a couple dozen' senators and governors from both parties over the recess, he said in an interview, to say 'this is a good time for us to hit the pause button in the Senate, and step back and have some good heart-to-heart conversations' about how to revise the 2010 law."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-republicans-plan-to-introduce-a-new-health-bill-this-week-vote-next-week/2017/07/10/9c897996-658f-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.8fa195bb585e&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

DON'T FORGET

. . . these two great events on this Sunday, we hope you can make one of them:

Sunday, 4:00pm at Centilia Cultural Center: Divas Take America - a drag carnival fundraiser for Seattle Indivisible and Washington's Paramount Duty - https://www.facebook.com/events/490183118040042/

Sunday, 4:30pm at Pine Box: Vouch For Yourself - hear from Seattle city council candidates and learn how to fill out your democracy vouchers! https://www.facebook.com/events/245838395912467

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1 and comment on this thread once you’re finished.

Action 1: Ask Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski to say “No” to the new Trumpcare

We are continuing our renewed healthchare marathon focusing on one skeptical Republican Senator per day! Today's version of the healthcare repeal bill included a measure clearly intended to buy out Alaska's Senator Lisa Murkowski, who would be particularly affected by higher premiums in her rural state:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-13/gop-health-bill-steers-cash-to-home-state-of-reluctant-senator

But Murkowski is still wary of Medicaid cuts and protective of Planned Parenthood. Let's remind Senator Murkowski that this bill will still devastate her state. Call her office yourself, and then use this link to find Facebook friends in Alaska and ask them to call too: https://www.facebook.com/search/people/?q=friends%20in%20alaska

Sen. Lisa Murkowski: (Alaska) (202)-224-6665

SCRIPT: “My name is [NAME], I am calling to urge Senator Murkowski to stand up for her constituents and not allow minor changes in the bill to win over her support for the BCRA. No minor amendment will make this bill anything but financially disastrous and life-threatening to her constituents, particularly women who get reproductive care from Planned Parenthood and those who depend on Medicaid [add personal story if possible].”

Action 2: Ask Cantwell to Reach Out to Murkowski, and Ask Murray to Keep Fighting

Senator Cantwell has a bipartisan working relationship with Murkowski and may have some influence with her. And both Senators have asked us to keep calling in support of access to affordable healthcare. They use the number of calls they receive as evidence that public opinion is against Trumpcare. Even if you called yesterday, call again today to thank them and urge them to use all possible means to oppose the bill.

Senator Maria Cantwell:
DC - 202-224-3441
Seattle - 206-220-6400

Senator Patty Murray:
DC - 202-224-2621
Seattle - 206-553-5545

SCRIPT (for Cantwell): “My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP] . I am calling to thank Senator Cantwell for her leadership in opposing Trumpcare. We know that the new bill retains the vast majority of its draconian cuts to Medicaid and the exchanges. Please reach out to Senator Murkowski, with whom you are currently working on a bipartisan energy bill, and ask her to vote no.”

SCRIPT (for Murray): “My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP] . I am calling to thank Senator Murray for her leadership in opposing Trumpcare. We know that the new bill retains the vast majority of its draconian cuts to Medicaid and the exchanges. Ask her to use every possible tool--including withholding consent and filibuster by amendment--and tell her that her constituents will have her back.”

GOOD NEWS: With Susan Collins and Rand Paul coming out against the new draft today, we only need one more defector to send them back to drawing board. Thanks to everyone who helped pressure Collins on Wednesday! http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/13/sens-collins-and-paul-says-they-will-vote-against-gop-health-bill.html

Keep the Healthcare Pressure On

Official Group Daily Action for Thursday July 13th

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1 and comment on this thread once you’re finished.

Mitch McConnell will unroll a new version (or versions) of Trumpcare sometime today and he plans a vote next week. He is making deals, bribing andthreatening fence-sitters, but the math is the same: All Democratic Senators (including ours) are united against the plan, so if three Republicans vote no, Trumpcare is defeated and Americans win. Today we continue to shore up Republican Senators who have said “no” to Trumpcare, and remind our own Senators to keep fighting.

Action 1: Thank Republican Senator Dean Heller for saying “No” to Trumpcare

Almost three weeks ago Nevada Senator Dean Heller announced that he would not support Senate Trumpcare bill “in its current form.”  He has voiced “serious concerns about the bill’s impact on Nevadans with Medicaid” and questions whether “it will protect Nevadans with pre-existing conditions.”  Heller, the most vulnerable Republican Senator, is under enormous pressure from Trump and the Republican Right to change his mind. Call him and thank him for his courageous position.

Senator Dean Heller (Nevada)  (202) 224-6244

Script: “My name is [Name] , I am calling to thank Senator Heller for his courage in taking a stand against the BCRA.  I urge him not to allow minor changes in the bill to alter his position. The cuts to Medicaid are still cruel and unacceptable. [add personal Medicaid story if possible].”

Bonus: Use this link to find your Facebook friends in Nevada and ask them to call Senator Heller: https://www.facebook.com/search/people/?q=friends%20in%20nevada

Backgroundhttps://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/11/us/politics/republicans-change-senate-health-care-bill.html

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/23/15865276/what-the-heller-health-care

Action 2: Ask our own Senators to keep fighting for access to healthcare

Senators Murray and Cantwell have asked us to keep calling in support of access to affordable healthcare. They use the number of calls they receive as evidence that public opinion is against Trumpcare. Even if you called yesterday, call again today to thank them and urge them to use all possible means to oppose the bill.

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

Script: “My name is [Name] and I am calling from [Zip] . I am calling to thank Senator [Name] for her leadership in opposing Trumpcare. We know that whatever cosmetic changes the Republican leadership makes to the bill, it remains an unacceptable assault on Americans’ access to healthcare. Ask her to use every possible tool--including withholding consent and filibuster by amendment--and tell her that her constituents will have her back.”

See Patty Murray’s recent speech on the Senate floor using our stories to make the case against Trumpcare: https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=YHfU7twBo6Y&u=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3De-3XBfFl93g%26feature%3Dshare

Reminder!  Ballots will begin arriving in the mail this week for crucial state and local races. Vote!

Do you have ideas for a future call to action? E-mail daily-action@seattleindivisible.com

Jump Back into the Health Care Fight

According to Indivisible National, it is likely that we’ll see the new bill on Thursday, get a CBO score on Monday and have a vote to proceed as early as this coming Tuesday. That means we have a week to make sure that the Republican skeptics in the Senate stick with their “no” votes, despite enormous pressure from their party. 

That means it’s time for another marathon! For the next several days we will be focusing on one Republican Senator per day to convince each of them that voting NO on Trumpcare will put them on the right side of history. We will also be asking you to call your own Senators to thank them for their efforts with a different reason each day – we need to keep their call tallies up as well as their spirits!

Please log your calls here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1.

Action 1: Tell Sen. Collins (ME) to stand strong

Today, we’re kicking it off with Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine! Sen. Collins spoke out against the previous version of the healthcare bill and defended Planned Parenthood, saying “I do need a complete overhaul to get to a yes”. It is extremely important that she not budge on this.

Think hard about who you know in Maine, and ask them to call her using the script below. Follow that up by calling her yourself to let her know that the whole nation is with her on this!

Sen. Susan Collins: 202-224-2523

Script:

“My name is [Name] and I am calling from [zip]. I want to thank Sen. Collins for speaking out against the previous version of the Republican health care bill – it shows she truly cares about her constituents. She should stand strong and stay on the right side of history by voting no when the bill comes back to a vote next week. No minor amendment will make this bill anything but financially disastrous and life-threatening to her constituents, particularly women who get reproductive care from Planned Parenthood.. [Add personal story here if comfortable].”

Bonus: Share this action on social media so that your acquaintances in ME will see!

Action 2: Thank your Senators 

Senator Patty Murray:
DC - 202-224-2621
Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell:
DC - 202-224-3441
Seattle - 206-220-6400

Script:

“My name is [Name] and I am calling from [Zip]. I would like to thank Senator [Name] for her tireless opposition to the Republican health care bill. The previous version of the bill would result in 264,300 people in WA losing their Medicaid coverage – and there is no way the revised bill will fix this. Thank you, and please keep fighting for us!”

Action 3: Participate in the Net Neutrality Day of Action TODAY

Today internet users and online communities unite to sound the alarm about the FCC's attack on net neutrality (the rules that prevent internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from slowing down, censoring, blocking, and charging extra fees online). Join the fight by visiting www.battleforthenet.com. This site allows you to write a comment to the FCC with one click, and then you can scroll down for great videos and graphics to share so that you can be part of the blitz!

Protect Children Vulnerable to Violence and Human Trafficking

Action 1: Rally with Seattle Indivisible and the Sierra Club!

Seattle Indivisible and the Sierra Club’s Washington State Chapter is hosting an event.  Come rally for climate leadership and resist Trump!  Join us today at the Seattle Federal Building at 915 2nd Avenue from 11:45-12:30.  Following the rally, we have a meeting scheduled with Senator Murray's and Senator Cantwell’s staff to ask them to continue to be bold in resisting the Trump agenda!

More Event information here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/439323156441708/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

Action 2: Protect Children Vulnerable to Violence and Human Trafficking

Representative John Carter from Texas has introduced “unsettlingly ironic” bill called the “Protection of Children Act of 2017,” also known as HR 495.  From THE HILL: “Children fleeing violence, suffering from recent abuse and exploitation, deserve compassionate care and support. They deserve time to eat, rest and feel safe before they are asked to retell their entire history of abuse and trauma. Instead, the PCA offers them a cold chair in a crowded room, interrogation by heavily armed Border Patrol Officers, and a few minutes to give a compelling legal argument.”

HR 495 will do the following:

  • Move responsibility for initial asylum screening from trained asylum officers to CBP agents - who may have inadequate training dealing with children. This would increase the likelihood that victims of trafficking and other violence would be overlooked.
  • Remove the Department of Health and Human Services ability to provide legal representation to children paid for by the government.  
  • Permit the DHS to hold a child for 30 days before transferring the child to Health and Human Services custody.
  • Require the immigration status of a child’s sponsor, a change that would make family members have to choose between protecting the child and being deported themselves.

Embolden our representatives to speak out in the strongest terms against this inhumane and un-American bill.  

Script:

My name is [NAME] calling from [CITY, ZIP].  I’m calling to ask Representative [NAME] to speak out very strongly against HR 495, the so-called “Protection of Children Act of 2017.” I believe that this bill is inhumane and un-American.  Thank you for taking my call.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

DC - 202-225-3106

Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith:

DC - 202-225-8901

Renton - 425-793-5180

Background:

Also from THE HILL: 

“Reports by UNHCR, UNICEF and others have documented the gang and family violence that is driving children and families from Central America’s ‘Northern Triangle’ to seek safety in the United States.

“Honduras and El Salvador continue to have the world’s highest murder rates. Women and girls in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras endure disturbingly high rates of domestic and sexual violence. Gangs use sexual violence as a strategy to instill fear and control girls, and female homicide rates in these countries are among the highest in the world.

“Once they leave their homes, children face harrowing journeys. Many experience sexual violence, and all are at risk of falling into the hands of traffickers.

“It’s unconscionable, and in direct contrast to U.S. values, that federal policy would prioritize expedition of unaccompanied children’s return to these horrendous conditions. And yet, that is exactly what the Protection of Children Act (PCA) would do; it is designed to fail these children and place them at even greater risk of harm.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international/339203-protection-of-children-act-or-protection-of-traffickers-act

http://immigrationforum.org/blog/protection-of-children-act-of-2017-bill-summary/

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/495

 

The Governor listened and Vetoed the Corporate Tax Cut. Let's protect this victory.

Our calls got results. Governor Inslee has vetoed the corporate tax breaks that we called about last week, but our work isn't done.

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Action 1: Thank Governor Inslee for vetoing corporate tax breaks

Governor Jay Inslee

Phone: 360-902-4111
Email: https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/

Script: 

"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [PLACE, ZIP]. I'm calling to thank Governor Inslee for vetoing the B&O tax breaks in SB5977."

Background:

We demanded this in one of our calls last week, and the Governor delivered. The Governor delivered a veto of a section of revenue bill SB5977 that would have given manufacturers a 40% reduction in Business & Occupation (B&O) tax rates, while we struggle to find ways to fund our schools. Let him know that we appreciate his decision.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/gov-inslee-vetoes-tax-cut-for-manufacturers-passed-in-the-dead-of-night/

But our work isn't done yet...

Action 2: Call your state legislators to make sure they don't override this veto

Find your state legislators (2 representatives and 1 senator) here:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder
Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000

Script:

"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [PLACE, ZIP]. Please ask that [legislator's name] doesn't override Governor Inslee's veto of the B&O tax cuts in SB5977."

Background:

The Republicans will try to override the Governor's veto with a 2/3 vote. SB5977 initially passed 33-16 in the Senate and 83-10 in the House, so if every legislator stands by their original vote, the veto override will be successful. 
http://crosscut.com/2017/07/inslee-uses-veto-power-and-gop-isnt-having-it/

The letter from the Democrats in the legislature urging the Governor to veto included several who voted for the original bill, unaware that this provision was in there as it received no hearings.
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3886619-Veto-Request-Letter-BO-Manufacturing-Rate.html

Action 3: Get tickets to Divas Take America - a fundraiser for Seattle Indivisible and Washington's Paramount Duty

Divas Take America: a Drag Carnival to fund the revolution. This year's event will be hosted by DonnaTella Howe and Sylvia O’Stayformore and promises to be an extravaganza of mayhem to fund the revolution being fought by Washington's Paramount Duty and Seattle Indivisible. Washington Paramount Duty is working in our state to hold the mini-Trumps in our state accountable, fully fund education, and help pass tax equity. Seattle Indivisible is working hard to keep the Republicans in Washington DC accountable to the citizens of this county. But they cannot do it alone. Every revolution has benefactors and supporters. And this revolution includes Divaland! 

Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/490183118040042/ to get tickets. Can't attend? Share this event with your friends.

Help us save the internet! Help us stop Trumpcare!

We asked Senator Cantwell for Town Halls and she delivered!

 

At her Town Halls, the senator asked for our help saving net neutrality. She specifically asked her constituents to leave comments on the FCC website supportive of net neutrality.

 

Our turn to deliver!

 

Action 1:

LEAVE COMMENTS FOR THE FCC

 

Please use the link gofccyourself.com then click + Express and comment on why net neutrality is important to you.

Sample Comment:

“I support net neutrality and strong title two oversight”

 

What is net neutrality and why should I care?

Schools, startups, and grassroots groups (like this one!) should have the same access to fast internet as big companies. You shouldn't have to pay to get your message out.

John Oliver Can explain why this is massively important way better than I ever could:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92vuuZt7wak

 

Action 2:

SHOW UP TO SAVE HEALTH CARE!

A coalition group, including Seattle Indivisible, is holding an event designed to maximize visibility of our opposition to the senate version of Trumpcare. SHOW UP!

Details below:

When: This Wednesday, July 12th from 3pm-7pm

Where: We will meet at the NW corner of NE Pacific Street and Montlake Blvd NE, across NE Pacific Street from the Medical Center.

More Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/247600045736720/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A4%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&source=4&action_history=null

Why Our Actions?

This week both the Seattle Times and Q13 credited YOU, Seattle Indivisible members, with getting Senator Cantwell to hold three town halls this week, after having never held them before:

And this is only the latest in our accomplishments. Just in the past few weeks we’ve gotten both of our Senators, as well as Democratic leadership, to take a MUCH harder line in slowing down the healthcare repeal bill.

Every day, we send you an email with quick actions you can take to resist the Trump-Republican agenda. And you have come through for us. At a town hall yesterday Pramila Jayapal told us she gets a higher volume of correspondence than any other congressional office in the country!

We know it can be a lot sometimes. And we encourage you to pace yourself: make the calls and leave the comments you have time for, and do the things you are most passionate about. No one is grading on attendance, and we need you for the oft-spoken-of ‘marathon,’ not the short sprint.

But we thought we would remind you today of the reasons we believe OUR daily actions are important: they are both national and local. They are specific to our own representatives. They are written with your input (daily-action@seattleindivisible.com). And they WORK.

So here are today’s actions:

Action 1: Ask one friend to join our Daily Actions mailing list (Seattleindivisible.com)

Action 2: Submit another Amendment to the Healthcare bill

We are still collecting as many amendments and stories as possible, so that our Senators can introduce them to delay a vote if the repeal bill reaches the floor. It’s easy! Go to ouramendments.org and submit an amendment. Then email a pdf of your amendment to hello@seattleindivisible.com.

And one more piece of GOOD NEWS:

Thanks to the hard work of the transgender community, volunteers, and those who spread awareness of the ‘Decline to Sign’ campaign, initiative I-1552 failed to collect enough signatures to make the ballot this year! I-1552 would have removed transgender protections from state anti-discrimination law: http://www.washingtonwontdiscriminate.org/i-1552-fails-to-qualify-for-the-november-ballot-anti-transgender-campaign-fails-second-time-in-a-row/

Pause Pharmaceutical Fundraising, Town Halls, and Constituent Amendments

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Action 1: Ask our Senators to "pause" fundraising from pharmaceutical companies. 

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has suspended fundraising from the pharmaceutical industry, based on pressure from the public. Ask our Senators to do the same.

Senator Patty Murray:
DC - 202-224-2621
Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell:
DC - 202-224-3441
Seattle - 206-220-6400

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling to ask the Senator if she will follow Cory Booker's lead, and commit to a pause in fundraising from pharmaceutical companies. With the pending legislation on health care, these donations give the appearance of a conflict of interest, and distract from the good work the Senator is doing to protect us from TrumpCare.”

Background: 

Summary of Booker's NPR interview: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/340303-cory-booker-to-pause-fundraising-from-pharma-companies

Analysis of Cantwell and Murray's donations and votes on re-importation: http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/01/16/24803190/wait-why-did-washington-senators-vote-against-importing-cheaper-drugs-from-canada

Action 2: Sign up and attend town halls

REMINDER: There are still two more town halls coming up. Please remember to register for as many of these as you are able to attend. Bring your friends, too!

Action 3: Help us reach 1,000 constituent amendments! 

Trumpcare isn’t dead yet and at some point soon our Democratic Senators may need to pull out all the stops. One thing that they can do is filibuster by amendment, meaning they could delay a vote by proposing endless amendments to the bill. But this only works if they have endless amendments to propose!

THAT'S WHERE YOU COME IN!
With this in mind, we at Seattle Indivisible want to generate a minimum of 1,000 amendments for our Senators by July 10. Help us get there!

ALREADY DONE THIS ONE? Tell your friends!
Go to www.ouramendments.org, submit your amendment, and then send the pdf to hello@seattleindivisible.com with the subject line “Amendment”. And feel free to do more than one! 

Good News

Oregon has just passed a law to protect abortion rights and funding, which Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign.

Did you know Washington has a similar law on the books? Initiative 120, passed in 1991, enshrines Roe v. Wade in law, and requires state benefits to cover it, if they would cover childbirth. Because this was an Initiative, it is harder to repeal than Oregon's new law.

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Do you have ideas for a future call to action? E-mail daily-action@seattleindivisible.com.

Demand a Veto on Corporate Tax Cut

Action 1: Demand a Veto on Corporate Tax Cut

Governor Jay Inslee
Phone: 360-902-4111
Email: https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/

Script:

"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY]. Please veto the section of SSB 5977 that reduces the Business & Occupation (B&O) Tax (currently 0.484%) for manufacturers to Boeing's 0.2904%--a 40% reduction in this business tax rate."

Background:

Our allies at Washington's Paramount Duty have been advocating to Gov. Inslee to veto the section of SSB 5977 that reduces the Business & Occupation (B&O) Tax (currently 0.484%) for manufacturers to Boeing's 0.2904%--a 40% reduction in this business tax rate. Call and ask Governor Inslee (360-902-4111) on Thursday, July 6 to veto this section. It never got a hearing in the House Finance committee and Washingtonians deserve at least a modicum of transparency! If you can't call on Thursday, please email the Governor using this link: http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message

This letter was sent by WPD to Gov. Inslee's Chief of Staff and Director of External Affairs on Sunday:
http://paramountduty.org/wpd-calls-for-governor-to-veto-corporate-tax-breaks/

More background: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/democrats-urge-gov-inslee-to-veto-tax-cut-for-manufacturers/

Action 2: Sign up to attend town halls

REMINDER: There are three town halls over the next three days. Please remember to register for as many of these as you are able to attend. Bring your friends, too!

TODAY: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will be holding a healthcare-focused town hall at Town Hall Seattle, 5:30 PM. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfqobL15qY0EcV5o2uLhnqFbVFza7nprbxS0EI3wW6zNfTxew/viewform

FRIDAY: Senator Maria Cantwell will be holding a town hall focused on Net Neutrality at Town Hall Seattle, 11AM. Register here: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/townhalls

SATURDAY: Senator Maria Cantwell will be holding a town hall at TEC High School Gymnasium, 830 SW 116th St, Seattle, WA 98146, 11AM. Register here: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/townhalls

Action 3: Help us reach 1,000 constituent amendments!

Trumpcare isn’t dead yet and at some point soon our Democratic Senators may need to pull out all the stops. One thing that they can do is filibuster by amendment, meaning they could delay a vote by proposing endless amendments to the bill. But this only works if they have endless amendments to propose!

THAT'S WHERE YOU COME IN!
With this in mind, we at Seattle Indivisible want to generate a minimum of 1,000 amendments for our Senators by July 10. Help us get there!

Go to www.ouramendments.org, submit your amendment, and then send the pdf to hello@seattleindivisible.com with the subject line “Amendment”. And feel free to do more than one!