Fight back against the ACA repeal bill, Defend educational priorities in Washington State

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Action 1:  Keep the pressure on potential Republican holdouts.

The small select group of GOP senators writing the ACA-repeal bill has finally released the bill for review.  Senate Minority Leader Schumer has stated the the Democrats have a “damn good chance” of blocking the ObamaCare repeal.

Schumer:  “The only way you can get on [with] a bill is called the motion to proceed. ... Our whole focus if McConnell will bring this up right before July Fourth is to get three votes against the motion to proceed, and we think we have a damn good chance.”

From the New York Times:  "Every Democrat is expected to oppose the bill, which means three Republican 'no' votes would block it."

Do you have friends or family in other states with undecided Senators?  Please call them today and ask them to urge their senator not to support this bill.

List of the Senators who may be receptive to voting against Trumpcare:

  • Alaska:  Lisa Murkowski (Medicaid, Planned Parenthood) - (202) 224-6665
  • Arizona:  Jeff Flake (Medicaid) - (202) 224-4521
  • Arkansas:  Tom Cotton (Medicaid) - (202) 224-2353
  • Maine:  Susan Collins, Maine (Medicaid, Planned Parenthood) - (202) 224-2523
  • Nevada:  Dean Heller (Medicaid) - (202) 224-6244
  • West Virginia:  Shelley Moore Capito (Medicaid) - (202) 224-6472

Script (to ask friends/family to call):

“Hello, I am reaching out to ask you to call your Senator [MOC name] about the healthcare bill.  I am concerned about [YOUR ISSUE] in this bill.  Please consider calling to urge your senator not to vote for this bill.  Thank you.”

Background  

Schumer comments -  http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/338759-schumer-dems-have-damn-good-chance-of-blocking-obamacare-repeal

THE NEW YORK TIMES article, including a list of where Senators' votes stand - click here:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/22/us/politics/senate-health-care-whip-count.html

Action 2:  Keep Washington State from a budget shutdown by defending educational priorities.

As awful as what's happening in Washington, D.C. is, there are times when we think it's worth turning our attention, briefly, to matters here in Washington state. We are on the verge of a state government shutdown, and Gov. Inslee called the state legislature to go into a third overtime session to finish off the state's budget.

The budgetary process sounds complex, but it sees to boil down to one basic fact: Senate Republicans are violating our state constitution by failing to adequately fund our public schools. The state Supreme Court has even gone so far as to hold the state in contempt and impose huge fines in order to move the legislature to act. Thus far, it hasn't done any good.

Republican Senators need to stop playing games with our children and with the well-being of our state. If we don't have a new budget signed into law by June 30, 32,000 state employees will stop receiving paychecks. 50,000 seniors will stop receiving meals. Department of Health workers will be unable to monitor and control our mumps outbreak.

Find Your State Senator:

1. Enter your address here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/ (Make sure you choose "Legislative" for the "District Type".)

You only need to call your state Senator for this.

Sample script:

"My name is [NAME] and I'm calling from [CITY,ZIP]. The legislature promised the Court that they would properly fund education this legislative session. I expect the Senator to do so with new and progressive revenue, and not balance the budget on the backs of low-income communities and by cutting social services. Can you tell me what [SENATOR] will do to solve this problem?"

Background:

How we got into this mess with education: http://paramountduty.org/how-we-got-into-this-mess/

What a state government shutdown means for you: http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/with-possible-government-shutdown-in-9-day-gov-inslee-calls-another-special-session/536988455

GOOD NEWS

"Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has joined more than two-hundred of her colleagues in Congress in filing a lawsuit against President Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution." - https://jayapal.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-jayapal-sues-president-trump-violating-constitution

Keep the Trumpcare Pressure On/Demand Police Accountability

Official Group Daily Action for Thursday June 22nd

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 “Nobody said this would be easy. We’re up against enormously powerful forces, cynically focused on dismantling democracy. But we have one thing on our side: the people are with us. The energy is with us. And the movement will be unstoppable.

Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg

Co-Executive Directors, Indivisible

Action 1: Increase the “Stop Trumpcare” pressure on key Republican Senators

Sometime today (Thursday) the Senate Republican leadership will grudgingly release its version of Trumpcare, and will then try to move it to a vote—with no hearings and minimal debate—next week. The bill will almost certainly include $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid, ripping health care from seniors, children, people with disabilities, and the poor. Senate Democrats are united against it, so if we move three Republican Senators to vote “no” we will beat it.

Wavering Republicans must hear from as many Trumpcare opponents as possible, even includingthose like us who live outside their states. According to the most recent press reports, the Republican Senators listed below are “least likely” to vote for the Trumpcare bill because they are concerned about such aggressive cuts to Medicaid and (in some cases) Planned Parenthood.  Call and tell them why these programs are important to you. Already called some of them? Great! Call them again!

Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia: (202) 224-6472

(Medicaid)

JeffFlake, Arizona: (202) 224-4521

(Medicaid)

Susan Collins, Maine:  (202) 224-2523

(Medicaid, Planned Parenthood)

Dean Heller, Nevada: (202) 224-6244

(Medicaid)

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska: (202) 224-6665

(Medicaid, Planned Parenthood)

Tom Cotton, Arkansas: (202) 224-2353

(Medicaid)

Script : “My name is [name]. I am callingto ask Senator [name] to please vote no on the AHCA because its cuts to [Medicaid and/or Planned Parenthood] will devastate the lives of millions of Americans. [add brief personal story if possible].”

Background:

http://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/gop-trumpcare-ahca-obamacare-votes-mcconnell/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/upshot/gop-health-plan-is-really-a-rollback-of-medicaid.html

Action 2: Demand Police Accountability in Washington State

In the wake of a series of tragic shootings by police, including the police killing of young mother Charleena Lyles here in Seattle last week, increased accountability for the use of deadly force by police officers is more urgent than ever. Yet under Washington State law no police officer can be convicted of a crime for using deadly force if she or he acted “without malice and with a good faith belief that such act is justifiable” a license to kill present in no other state code.  

De-escalate Washington is launching Initiative 940 to change the “malice” and “good faith” language and establish statewide standards for officer training in de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention.  They will need to collect 260,000 – 340,000 signatures statewide by the end of the year to get I-940 on the ballot. Volunteer to help gather signaturesat: https://deescalatewashington.nationbuilder.com/volunteer

Background: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/police-shooting-sparks-new-effort-to-change-washingtons-deadly-force-law/

TONIGHT! Seattle Indivisible is having a get-together and introduction to our work for volunteers at Optimism Brewing on Capitol Hill on Thursday at 7PM! We'd love to see you there; please RSVP if you can make it: https://www.facebook.com/events/926018454208119

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

You Can Help to Filibuster Trumpcare by Amendment

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Trumpcare is not dead, but tens of thousands of Americans will die from lack of health care every year if it is signed into law. The secret bill that Senate Republicans are creating is reported to be "meaner" than the unconscionable bill that squeaked through the House in May.

Democrats have very few tools to stop Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from ramming this bill through. Normally, a bill like this would need 60 Senators to vote for cloture to end debate and move to a regular 'up or down' vote, but McConnell knows this American-killing bill will never pass by the proper channels, and so he's going to try forcing it through via reconciliation, which means he only needs 50 votes. (VP Pence can cast a tie-breaking vote.)

Here's where you come into play: because of the weird procedure that 'Murder Mitch' is using, Democrats have the opportunity to grind this process to a halt. Reconciliation offers Senators the ability to FILIBUSTER BY AMENDMENT by offering an unlimited number of amendments. Of course, there's no way that our Democratic Senators (or their wildly overworked staffers) could write the thousands of amendments that will be necessary to stop this bill from reaching Trump's desk, which means that we're going to have to help our Senators out!

Today's action

Submit your name to create your own personalized amendment to be included in the Trumpcare bill. Furthermore, you can share your personal story to be included in the Congressional Record.

https://www.ouramendments.org

And please reply to share with us what you submitted.

Here's the amendment that I submitted:

"As an entrepreneurial American with a pre-existing condition working for a small software startup, I rely upon my ACA health insurance to ensure that I will not be bankrupted by unforeseen medical emergencies. If Trumpcare becomes law, I may have to leave my startup to work for a big company that can offer me insurance. This isn't the American dream, and it's not mine either. This hurts innovation and makes it harder for small businesses to compete for talented employees, further undermining the small business community that makes America so great. I don't want to be cut off from my entrepreneurial dreams because Republicans have decided to play politics with my health care.

Trumpcare will harm the American economy and undermine the American dream. Vote against this terrible bill."

 

Grind it to a halt

Join us at Optimism Brewing Company this Thursday at 7pm for our June All Hands Meeting. https://www.facebook.com/events/926018454208119/
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Our senators are taking action. In last week's healthcare marathon we called on our senators for a Senate slowdown. They heard us, and today the Democrative leadership announced they are bringing the Senate to a halt to achieve transparency on the TrumpCare.

But we haven't won yet. If we can keep the Senate from passing the patient-killing TrumpCare bill before the July 4th recess, our friends in red states will do the rest in town halls, keeping this terrible bill from ever becoming law. Our Senators have been out in front on running down the clock, and we need to keep supporting them!

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

Action: Shut down the Senate

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621
Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441
Seattle - 206-220-6400

Script:

 "Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [PLACE, ZIP]. Thank you very much for taking the lead on holding the Senate floor yesterday in protest of TrumpCare being worked in secret. I want to see more of this. Please continue to shut down all business in the Senate by withholding consent and filibustering all business on the floor so that this bill cannot get a vote."

Background:

This is part of a national Indivisible strategy for targeting Democratic senators:  https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/withholding-consent-filibuster-amendment-call-script/

"Senate Democrats are threatening to grind the Senate to a halt in protest of Republicans crafting their bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare behind closed doors.  'If Republicans won’t relent and debate their healthcare bill in the open for the American people to see, then they shouldn’t expect business as usual in the Senate,' said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)."
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/338421-senate-democrats-threaten-to-gum-up-senate-over-obamacare-fight

Your Voice has an Impact:

Watch these videos from our Senators. The stories that they're telling on the floor are from YOU. Thank you to everyone who has been sending in stories about what the ACA has done for you, and how you will be hurt by TrumpCare.

Senator Murray holding the floor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS-tYhSuFdI
Senator Cantwell holding the floor: https://www.facebook.com/senatorcantwell/videos/1953609328249294/

Reminder:

Our state government is heading for a shutdown because Republicans refuse to negotiate on how to fund education. Their plan will make the tax structure in this state more unfair, and will raise property taxes for those of you living in the Seattle area. Not a homeowner? It doesn't matter - your rent will go up. If you haven't already, please take the actions suggested by Washington's Paramount Duty to support fully funding education with new, fair, and dependable sources of revenue. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D476nAGV9tQqbo5HdBx1Nuou0Ef3NIRZIwifxPb-FZw/edit

Upcoming: 

Wednesday: PINK OUT with Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood is staging a PINK OUT protest on June 21st in opposition to TrumpCare. Find out what you can to to be part of this here: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/blog/5-ways-to-pink-out-on-june-21st

We Know You're Tired, But Keep Fighting! This Time for Racial Justice...and Again for Healthcare.

Action 1: Fight for Racial Justice

Martin Luther King famously said that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”  Last week, the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile in Minnesota was acquitted of all charges, making it - yet again - painfully apparent that the arc is bending much too slowly. For any of us privileged enough to imagine that this is a problem in other cities - not in liberal Seattle - we need only look to the case of Charleena Lyles, a 30-year old mother of three who was shot by police yesterday in her Magnuson Park apartment. Lyles was a petite black woman who struggled with mental illness. Her children were in the apartment when she was killed.  Her mourning sister asked, ““Why couldn’t they have Tased her? They could have taken her down. I could have taken her down.”   You can read more about the tragic incident here:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/19/seattle-police-shooting-charleena-lyles-mother?CMP=share_btn_tw

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/officer-involved-shooting-in-magnuson-park-leaves-3-children-in-protective-custody/

Let the Seattle Police Department know that we are all watching as they investigate this tragic event.  Call the King County Prosecutor’s Office and demand a coroner’s inquest.  

King County Prosecutor’s Office

(206) 296-9000

Script:

My name is [name]. I am a Seattle resident and I’m very concerned about the recent police shooting of Charleena Lyles in her Magnuson Park apartment.  I want to make sure that the Seattle Police Department fully investigates this incident and orders a coroner’s inquest into Ms. Lyles’ death.  

Background information about Philando Castile and race in Seattle to read, pass on, and discuss:  

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/police-shooting-trial-philando-castile.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/upshot/how-prejudice-can-harm-your-health.html

http://kuow.org/post/understand-white-liberal-racism-read-these-private-emails

 

Action 2: KEEP Fighting for Healthcare for Millions

From Indivisible National: 

“Let’s be clear, if TrumpCare gets through the Senate, it will probably become law. The highest hurdle for Republicans was always the Senate, which means that if they manage to jam it through, there’ll be nothing left to stop it from getting to Trump’s desk. That’s why your focus needs to remain on your Senators. We know you’re tired. We know you’re frustrated. But this is it.”

If you haven’t called yet, it’s time.  If you’ve called already, call again.  Ask all your friends, family, and co-workers to call.  

Script: 

My name is [name] calling from [city, zip].  I am urging the senator to withhold consent and filibuster by amendment to prevent the passage of the AHCA.  

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

 

Senator Maria Cantwell

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Extra Credit: Call Republican Senators About the ACHA

Script:  

I’m calling to ask the Senator to commit to vote against any healthcare bill that does not guarantee coverage of people with pre-existing conditions, that would cause people to lose coverage, or that would result in an elimination of Medicaid funding. 

Cory Gardner(Colorado)                       (202) 224-5941    Alison Toal

Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)    (202) 224-6472    Dana Richter

Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)                           (202) 224-5824    Matt Gallivan

Susan Collins (Maine)                              (202) 224-2523    Amy Pellegrino

Dean Heller (Nevada)                              (202) 224-6244    Rachel Green

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)                          (202) 224-6665    Morgan Griffin

Dan Sullivan (Alaska)                               (202) 224-3004    Tyler Roberts

Rob Portman (Ohio)                                 (202) 224-3353    Sarah Schmidt

Tom Cotton (Arkansas)                            (202) 224-2353    Abigail Welborn    

Good News:

We can take hope in the fact that BOTH Republican and Democrat Senators are expressing concerns over the lack of transparency in the healthcare debate:

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/338345-senators-wrestle-with-demand-for-open-process-on-healthcare

 

Buckle up! It’s gonna be a bumpy ride!

Action:

Mentally prepare for any outcome and just keep pushing forward!

Don’t get too excited when it appears we win one.  There will be another fight.  
. . . Keep pushing forward!

Don’t get too disheartened when it looks like we lose one.  There will be another fight.  
. . . Keep pushing forward!

This may not sound like an action, but I want you to visualize losing and winning some specific fights that really matter.  We have been saying that this is a marathon not a sprint for some time, but it's one thing to say it and another thing to lose health care.  We need to get to the point where our collective reaction is the same regardless.  We can and must remain focused like a lazer on whatever is next and bring the same intensity to each and every issue we care about.  

Our reaction should be:  What’s next?

This is going to be a particularly intense week.  We are battling Trumpcare and I would be lying if I told you I knew what would happen.  The GOP knows they can’t go back to the midterms without a single significant legislative accomplishment.  Why else would anyone even consider a vote on a bill that not only is life or death for some, but also affects about one sixth of our economy without having public hearings, a CBO score, or even reading the bill.  And yes, it could pass. Be ready to hear that and keep moving forward.  This is a very important fight, but it’s not the only one.

Visualize losing.  It really can happen.

What’s next?

Some of us have become incredibly invested in the Georgia and South Carolina special elections.  Tuesday, we will have an answer.  Again, don’t get too excited if Ossoff and Parnell pull it out and don’t let yourself get dejected if they lose.  This is also an important fight, but it’s also just one.  Depending on the outcome the pundits will either try to call it a referendum on Trump or proof that “the resistance” is fading.

Who cares what they say?

We need to keep an eye on the long game, the road ahead, and not to get distracted by the small bumps and potholes along the way.

We say “What’s next?”

Stories for State Department Programs, Local Education Funding

The Stop Trumpcare Marathon is resting this weekend, but you can still catch up on calls or e-mails you didn't get to during the week. Go to https://trumpcaretoolkit.org/

Action 1: 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? If so, we need your personal stories!

The proposed FY2018 budget will 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.

We hope to put together a booklet of a dozen stories or so that the Senators can use down the road when they need specific examples of how State Department programs keep America safe and prosperous.

All that's required is a short (1or 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.

Action 2: Fight for Education Funding at the Local Level

The fight over education funding in the Washington state legislature continues in special session, with Republicans refusing to adequately fund education in accordance with a court mandate. Washington's Paramount Duty has four suggested actions you can take this weekend, including simple emails you can send from your home, and weekend canvassing! Follow the link to take action:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D476nAGV9tQqbo5HdBx1Nuou0Ef3NIRZIwifxPb-FZw/edit

Here is more background reading on the budget fight:

http://budgetandpolicy.org/schmudget/don2019t-let-the-talking-points-fool-you-senate-republicans2019-budget-proposal-is-a-house-of-cards

http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/gop-school-funding-plan-would-nearly-double-state-property-tax-lower-local-levies

http://crosscut.com/2017/02/inside-the-high-stakes-chess-match-over-wa-school-funding/

Good News:

"President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration Thursday night."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/politics/trump-will-allow-dreamers-to-stay-in-us-reversing-campaign-promise.html

Defend affordable health care in Washington State, defend affordable health care for the U.S.

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It’s been a long week.  Senate Republicans refuse to let anyone - even their own party - look at what they are doing on the Health Care bill.  This is NOT how the system works, or how it has ever worked before.  Why?  Senate Republicans are afraid. They are afraid their own constituents, who will be hurt by this legislation, will rebel and vote them out of office.  

But we’ve seen good news this week, too.  Robert Mueller continues his investigation into Trump administration collusion with the Russian government. Senator Murray introduced the “No Hearings No Vote” Act to prevent the GOP from disallowing discussion of legislation on the Senate floor.  

Hang in there, Resisters!  We ARE making a difference.


ACTION 1:  Defend affordable health care insurance for the poor in Washington State.

Last week Premera announced it was dropping coverage in the two poorest counties in Washington State, leaving those counties with NO insurers under the ACA.  Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler reported that “a number of insurers, including Premera, have told him privately that Republican plans — particularly the failure to commit to federal subsidies for lower-income ACA customers — are driving uncertainty among insurers. “

As goes these two counties, so goes the United States.  Insurance companies should not be allowed to drop health insurance coverage just because people happen to live in rural, poorer locations.  Even though Kreidler and some Washington State lawmakers are attempting to find a workaround, but this would likely be much more costly for the people affected.  From the Seattle Times:

“If no insurer is available in a county, Kreidler said the only option under state law is coverage through the state’s high-risk pool. That would not come with subsidies, making insurance prohibitively expensive for some, he said.”

Today, call Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and tell him that even the poor need affordable health care.

Frank Chopp (Speaker of the House) - (360) 786-7920

Script:

“My name is [NAME] and I am calling to express my deep concern over the pullout of Premera from Klicktat and Grays Harbor counties.  The people of Washington State need affordable health insurance, and what’s to prevent Premera and other insurers from dropping other counties in the state?  We don’t all live in the cities, and many of us cannot afford non-subsidized health insurance in this state.  I am outraged at the Premera announcement.  I would like to ask you to consider legislation that would protect Washington State residents from excessive costs for health insurance.”

Bonus:  feel free to contact your own Wash. MOC to express your opinion.  Find your lawmaker here and click on the link to send your message by email:

http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

Background:

Blame game begins as health insurers shun two Washington counties - http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/health-insurers-shunning-two-washington-counties-individual-markets/

Danny Westneat:  “First to lost Obamacare?  The sickest county in the state” - http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/first-to-lose-obamacare-the-sickest-county-in-the-state/

ACTION 2:  Defend affordable health care insurance for the U.S.

Our healthcare marathon continues until we can get our Senators to commit to more proactive legislative measures to fight a repeal vote. Indivisible Guide is recommending two wonky Senate techniques, 'withholding consent' and filibustering by amendment, which you can read more about here:

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/withholding-consent-filibuster-amendment-call-script/

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'd like to ask the Senator to commit to a Senate slowdown by withholding unanimous consent on all proceedings, and filibustering by amendment during the vote-a-rama, until there are public hearings and a CBO score on the Healthcare repeal bill."

MORE GOOD NEWS

Courts push back on Dakota pipeline - “Federal judge orders more environmental analysis of Dakota pipeline” - https://www.reuters.com/…/us-northdakota-pipeline-dapl-idUS…

Court injunction against Trump travel ban - “Ninth Circuit upholds injunction against Trump’s revised travel ban” - https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/ninth-circuit-upholds-in…/…

 

The Stop Trumpcare Marathon Rolls On

Official Group Daily Action for Thursday June 15th

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First, a pause:

Members of Seattle Indivisible are saddened by the events in the nation’s capitol yesterday. We differ with House Whip Scalise over healthcare policy but are united in opposing gun violence. Please call Rep Scalise’s office and wish him a speedy recovery:  (202) 225-3015

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Meanwhile, our Stop Trumpcare Marathon continues. Now is the time to throw all of our energy into stopping the Trumpcare juggernaut in the Senate, by supporting our Senators as they try to slow it down, by sharing our healthcare stories, and by reaching out to Republican Senators who could vote “no.”

Action 1: Support the “No Hearings No Vote Act”

Knowing how unpopular it is likely to be, Mitch McConnell and Republican Senate leadership are determined to keep the provisions of their version of Trumpcare secret until just before they rush it to a vote on the Senate floor. Senator Murray--along with Senators Wyden, Sanders, and Schumer--are trying to shine a spotlight on this unfair and undemocratic process by introducing the “No Hearings, No Vote Act,” requiring bills like the AHCA to have hearings in the appropriate committees before they can be voted on. Call Senator Murray to thank her for this bill and for supporting democracy and access to healthcare. Call Senator Cantwell to ask her to cosponsor the “No Hearings No Vote Act.”

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

 

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Script for Senator Murray:  “My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling to thank Senator Murray for her sponsorship of the “No Hearings No Vote Act.”  We have to expose the ruthlessness of the Republicans’ efforts to jam Trumpcare down our throats. Please tell her to keep working against the Trumpcare bill by any and all democratic means.”

Script for Senator Cantwell: “My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling on Senator Cantwell to oppose the ruthless and undemocratic way that Senate Republican leaders are trying to force through their Trumpcare bill without hearings or debate. Please ask her to sign on as a co-sponsor for Senator Murray’s “No Hearings No Vote Act,” and please keep working against the Trumpcare bill by any and all democratic means.”

Background: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/337663-dems-introduce-bill-to-block-obamacare-repeal-vote-without-senate

Action 2: Stop Trumpcare With Your Stories

In meetings with our Senators’ staffersthey have told us many times that the most effective help we can give them as they fight is to send them personal stories abouthow our lives or our families’ livesmay be affected by Trumpcare. They repeated that request with special urgency after this week’s Tuesday “Resist Trump” rally.  

Such stories are ammunition our Senators can use as they persuade or push back on Republicans. Senatorial staff specifically request that we send these stories in writing, by e-mail, rather than through phone calls. If you don’t have a healthcare story yourself,  reach out to someone you know who uses Medicaid, someone with a pre-existing condition, someone who got affordable coverage through Obamacare, or someone who uses reproductive health services (hmm, maybe you do have a story of your own) and ask if you can tell their story.

For examples of effective healthcare stories, see these samples from Indivisible Kirkland Kenmore’s “Virtual Rally to Save Healthcare”: http://www.indivisiblekirklandkenmore.com/home/wpcontent/uploads/SAMPLESHealthcare.pdf

Senator Maria Cantwell: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form

Senator Patty Murray: https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Or e-mail her staffer Richard Lazaro: Richard_Lazaro@murray.senate.gov

Extra Credit Action:

Call the Republican “moderate” Senators who have been identified as possible “no” votes. (You called them yesterday? Great! Now call them again!)  For the latest list of “persuadable” Senators and their phone numbers, go to:  https://trumpcaretoolkit.org/

Or email your story to the same Senators’ healthcare staffers. Find the staffers’ names and e-mail addresses at: http://www.istrumpcarestilldead.com/staffers/

Script: "I would like to ask that [MoC] do the right thing by voting “no” on Trumpcare. Voting no will literally save lives. (Include your own story)."

Our Covfefe is Working:  

Nearly 200 Democratic Members of Congress, including all Democrats in Washington State’s congressional delegation, joined in a suit arguing that Trump took gifts from foreign powers in violation of the Constitution.

Background: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/us/politics/democrats-in-congress-to-sue-trump-over-foreign-business-dealings.html

http://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015c-a627-d716-adff-aeff8ad30001

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

Anti-Trumpcare Marathon: Keep it Up!

Today we continue our anti-Trumpcare marathon: We can’t let up until this cruel bill is done for. If you've already called,  call again with today's new scripts! Today, tell your representatives and on-the-fence republicans that they should stop the bill from passing not only because it is cruel, but also because it is being pushed through with no respect for the institution of the Senate, no transparency, and no thought at all for us, the voters.

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

Action 1: Ask Senators Cantwell and Murray to delay business in the Senate as much as possible by any means possible.


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 [place, zip]. I’m very concerned about Mitch McConnell’s plan to push the GOP healthcare bill through without committee hearings or debate. This behavior is disrespectful to the institution of the Senate and to the American people – I would like Senator [name] to show them it is not acceptable by delaying Senate business by any means possible until they allow open hearings.”


ACTION 2: CALL OTHER SENATORS.

Call the nine GOP Senators who are showing signs of being ambivalent about the healthcare bill. We don’t normally suggest calling outside our own representatives, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Let’s flood their phones with calls, and remember, personal stories can be extremely effective as persuasion! 

You can ask for the staffer in charge of healthcare. Below are the senators’ phone numbers and healthcare staffer names.

Cory Gardner (Colorado)      (202) 224-5941  Alison Toal
Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)  (202) 224-6472  Dana Richter
Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)        (202) 224-5824  Matt Gallivan
Susan Collins (Maine)        (202) 224-2523  Amy Pellegrino
Dean Heller (Nevada)        (202) 224-6244  Rachel Green
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)      (202) 224-6665  Morgan Griffin
Dan Sullivan (Alaska)        (202) 224-3004  Tyler Roberts
Rob Portman (Ohio)        (202) 224-3353  Sarah Schmidt
Tom Cotton (Arkansas)        (202) 224-2353  Abigail Welborn            

SCRIPT:

"I am calling to urge Senator [name] to vote “no” on TrumpCare. Why are our representatives refusing hearings and undertaking other shady tactics to get this bill passed? If the bill is beneficial to America, if the bill improves health care or saves money, why is there no transparency? I would like to ask that [MoC] do the right thing and stand up to these disrespectful tactics by voting “no” on Trumpcare. Voting no will literally save lives. (Include your own story here -- it's really critical so that these staffers don't just dismiss you as an out of stater)."

Action 3: Ask your friends for help

Go through your address book methodically and think of anyone you know who lives in the above 9 states. Facebook makes this easy for you - Search for "Friends in Nevada" (or whatever state you're calling) to get a list of friends who live there. Get in touch and alert them to the urgency of the situation. Tell them that they can make a difference and literally help save lives if they call their senators and ask them to vote “no” on TrumpCare.

TrumpCare isn't dead yet. We'd better be alive.

While you're microwaving your popcorn in anticipation of Jeff Sessions' possibly incriminating testimony today, think about the 23 million people who will lose their healthcare if we take no action. Mitch McConnell wants a vote on TrumpCare before July 4, before Senators leave to face their possibly sick or dying constituents during the August recess. This bill is so bad that they don't want anybody to see it, so they want to bring it to the floor for a vote without any hearings or debate. Our best hope is to ask our senators to delay as much as possible by any means possible. If GOP Senators have to face their angry constituents at home before voting on the bill, they’re more likely to think twice about passing it. 

We're going to have a healthcare marathon until this TrumpCare is dead. For good. Here's what you need to do:

Action 1: Ask Senators Cantwell and Murray to delay business in the Senate as much as possible by any means possible.

Log your calls here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

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 [place, zip]. I’m very concerned about Mitch McConnell’s plan to push the GOP healthcare bill through without committee hearings or debate. I’m calling to urge Senator [name] to delay Senate business by any means possible, so we have a chance of GOP senators having to face their constituents before voting on this inhumane bill. (Add your story here if you have one - stories are the ammunition our Senators need.)

Action 2: Call other Senators.

Call the nine GOP Senators who are showing signs of being ambivalent about the healthcare bill. We don’t normally suggest calling outside our own representatives, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Let’s flood their phones with calls! 

You can ask for the staffer in charge of healthcare. Below are the senators’ phone numbers and healthcare staffer names.

Cory Gardner (Colorado)      (202) 224-5941  Alison Toal
Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)  (202) 224-6472  Dana Richter
Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)        (202) 224-5824  Matt Gallivan
Susan Collins (Maine)        (202) 224-2523  Amy Pellegrino
Dean Heller (Nevada)        (202) 224-6244  Rachel Green
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)      (202) 224-6665  Morgan Griffin
Dan Sullivan (Alaska)        (202) 224-3004  Tyler Roberts
Rob Portman (Ohio)        (202) 224-3353  Sarah Schmidt
Tom Cotton (Arkansas)        (202) 224-2353  Abigail Welborn            

Script:

I am calling to urge Senator [name] to vote “no” on TrumpCare. The bill will cause millions to lose their healthcare and premiums will skyrocket for the poor, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions. (Or even better, include your own story here -- it's really critical so that these staffers don't just dismiss you as an out of stater)

Action 3: Ask your friends for help

Go through your address book methodically and think of anyone you know who lives in the above 9 states. Facebook makes this easy for you - Search for "Friends in Nevada" (or whatever state you're calling) to get a list of friends who live there. Get in touch and alert them to the urgency of the situation. Tell them that they can make a difference and literally help save lives if they call their senators and ask them to vote “no” on TrumpCare.

Event

This is an even better than making the phone call. Attend the RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY rally today at 11:45 AM, outside the Federal Building at 915 Second Ave. You can let the senators' staffers know how you feel then.
https://www.facebook.com/events/772311176276141/

If you've already made these calls:

You might as well make the calls again for good measure, but in addition, here's a place we can use Indivisible tactics at the state level:

Governor Jay Inslee is starting to pull back from the Democrats ambitious plan for progressive revenue to comply with the McCleary decision and fund our schools. He's suggested taking a capital gains tax off the table, which would only hit the richest taxpayers, while the Republicans have not taken their property tax hike off the table, which would amount to a big cash transfer from Seattle to the rest of the state. This is unacceptable. We should not cave on this. Let Governor Inslee, your two state legislators, and your state senator know that.

Governor Jay Inslee

(360)902-4111

Look up your state legislators at http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

Script: 

"Hi, my name is [name], and I'm calling from [place, zip]. I support a capital gains tax to fund public education, and want [person] to continue to push for a budget under the framework of HB 2186."

Background:

http://crosscut.com/2017/06/state-government-stumbles-toward-shutdown/

Urgent Call - Keep Fighting for Healthcare!

While we were eagerly watching James Comey’s testimony, Senate Republicans were focusing on their goal to deprive 23 million people of healthcare.  Senate Speaker Mitch McConnell said he is working to get a vote on the Republican health care bill by July 4, before Congress leaves for August recess.  And - get this - they’re trying to bring it to the floor for a vote without any hearings or debate.  Our best hope is to ask our senators to delay as much as possible by any means possible.  If GOP Senators have to face their angry constituents at home before voting on the bill, they’re more likely to think twice about passing it.  

So, we’re suggesting a three-pronged attack, outlined below.

Action 1:  Ask Senators Cantwell and Murray to delay business in the Senate as much as possible by any means possible.  

Script:

My name is [name] calling from [state, zip].  I’m very concerned about Senator McConnell’s plan to push the GOP healthcare bill through without committee hearings or debate.  I’m calling to urge Senator [name] to delay Senate business by any means possible, so we have a chance of GOP senators having to face their constituents before voting on this inhumane bill.  

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Action 2:  Call the nine GOP Senators who are showing signs of being ambivalent about the healthcare bill.  We don’t normally suggest calling outside our own representatives, but desperate times call for desperate measures.  Let’s flood their phones with calls!  

You can ask for the staffer in charge of healthcare.  Below are the senators’ phone numbers and healthcare staffer names.

Cory Gardner(Colorado)                       (202) 224-5941      Alison Toal

Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)    (202) 224-6472     Dana Richter

Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)                           (202) 224-5824     Matt Gallivan

Susan Collins (Maine)                              (202) 224-2523     Amy Pellegrino

Dean Heller (Nevada)                              (202) 224-6244    Rachel Green

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)                          (202) 224-6665    Morgan Griffin

Dan Sullivan (Alaska)                               (202) 224-3004    Tyler Roberts

Rob Portman (Ohio)                                 (202) 224-3353    Sarah Schmidt

Tom Cotton (Arkansas)                            (202) 224-2353    Abigail Welborn                         

Script:

I am calling to urge Senator [name] to vote “no” on the AHCA. The AHCA will cause millions to lose their healthcare and premiums will skyrocket for the poor, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions. Health care should not be a partisan issue.

Action 3:  Go through your address book methodically and think of anyone you know who lives in the above 9 states.  Get in touch and alert them to the urgency of the situation.  Tell them that they can make a difference and literally help save lives if they call their senators and ask them to vote “no” on the ACHA bill.  

 

Press for answers from Intelligence Officials Dan Coats and Admiral Michael Rogers

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

ACTION:  Ask lawmakers to press top intelligence administration officials for answers on Donald Trump’s interactions with the Russian government.

Last week hearings were held in the Senate questioning senior U.S. officials about Trump’s dealings with the Russian government.  Two top intelligence officials refused to answer bipartisan questions –  Dan Coats (Director of National Intelligence) and Adm. Michael S. Rogers (N.S.A. Director).  The Senate has a role to provide oversight into government activities and actions, and the refusal of these officials to answer questions is reprehensible.

Today, please take a few minutes to email or fax your concern to lawmakers.

Senator Patty Murray
email - https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme
Fax- (202) 224-0238

Senator Maria Cantwell
email - https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form
Fax - (202) 228-0514

(Fax option – Resistbot:  text Resist to 50409 to get started.  You can also use Resistbot to send U.S. Mail letter!)

Background

"Senior U.S. officials decline to answer questions on whether Donald Trump pressed them on Russia" inquiries" - https://www.wsj.com/articles/intelligence-officials-wont-say-if-trump-asked-about-russia-probe-1496853118

“Intelligence Officials Sidestep Senate Questions on Trump and Russia” - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/us/politics/nsa-intelligence-senate-trump-russia.html

YOU SHOULD KNOW

Next week is a special election in Georgia for the U.S. House seat vacated by Trump appointee Tom Price.  Recently there have been a couple of close elections for formerly held Republican seats (Kansas and Montana), in which the Democratic candidate lost by a narrow margin. 

In Georgia, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff has been gaining ground against GOP candidate Karen Handel.  CNN poll Friday indicated Ossoff in the lead 51-44.   Not only that, “The poll shows Ossoff is picking off 13% of Republicans and 50% of independents in a district that historically has been reliably red.”

CNN article - http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/09/politics/georgia-house-poll-jon-ossoff-karen-handel/index.html

Halt Trumpcare’s Momentum in the Senate

There are increased reports of Trumpcare advancing through the Senate, with more Republicans agreeing to slash Medicaid. Click the following link to see the Republican Senators targeted by the Center for American Progress as potential 'no' votes on healthcare:

https://www.trumpcaretoolkit.org/

It includes easy ways to call and even tweet at the target Senators, asking them to vote no. Please INUNDATE them on social media yourself, and then ask your friends and family who may live in those states to write and call. Emphasize to your network the power of sending a personal story!

More information: https://thinkprogress.org/senate-republicans-are-launching-an-audacious-plan-to-pass-health-care-75d9135c1f19

On the Comey Testimony:

Never forget: Comey’s testimony this week, and the special counsel investigation, would not have happened without tremendous public pressure. The deputy Attorney General and the Republican chairs of the intelligence committees are acting only when they are cornered!

WE did it. WE made the calls. WE demanded answers. WE urged Congress to investigate Comey's firing. WE are holding the administration accountable! Let's not stop now. Stay with us! Let us continue to fight together for our values and for our society.

Important Upcoming Events:

This morning is the ‘Seattle Stands With Our Muslim Neighbors’ rally, a counter-rally to a hate group gathering at City Hall. Seattle Indivisible is supporting this Muslim-led stand against hate. It begins at 9:00 a.m. in Occidental Square: https://www.facebook.com/events/401415030252081

This Tuesday is the Resist Trump Tuesday Rally and Meeting With Senators’ Staff! It begins at 11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building: https://www.facebook.com/events/1488316507886710

Interested in getting more involved in Seattle Indivisible? Our next All-Hands meeting is Thursday, June 22, at Optimism Brewing in Capitol Hill: https://www.facebook.com/events/926018454208119

Defend workers' safety, help formerly incarcerated people find employment

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

IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY . . .

Enlist red-state friends to stop Trumpcare!  (See yesterday's Daily Action: https://www.seattleindivisible.com/daily-actions/2017/6/7/stop-trumpcare-and-reject-otting)

More info on the Republican effort to "fast-track" a health care bill - http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/336905-senate-gop-paves-way-for-obamacare-repeal-bill

Action 1:  Defend worker protections under OSHA

The Trump administration is taking aim at worker protections under OSHA.  Protections for beryllium workers, at risk for severe lung disease, have already been weakened.  Workers who deal with hazardous chemicals and substances- like at Hanford - or who work under dangerous or life-threatening situations could be dramatically affected. Their health is at stake. Urge your representative to support worker protections.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:
DC - 202-225-3106
Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith:
DC - 202-225-8901
Renton - 425-793-5180

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling to ask [MOC name] to fight to preserve OSHA worker protections.  I am upset that important workplace health and safety rules are being called into question under the Trump administration, such dropping the restrictions on beryllium exposure, which could have saved lives.  Please fight for workers' rights to have non-lethal, non-destructive working conditions.”

MORE INFO

From the New York Times:  "Under Trump, Worker Protections Are Viewed With New Skepticism:  There’s a relaxation in the approach to occupational safety and business is getting a bigger voice, while hard-won victories for safety advocates are being reversed.

"Nearly four decades in the making, a new rule under the Obama administration was set to lower workplace exposure to beryllium, an industrial mineral linked to a lung disease that is to estimated to kill 100 people annually. And the nation’s largest beryllium producer had agreed to back the new restrictions.

“Once we finish, these workers will be protected and we will end the epidemic of beryllium exposure in the United States,” David Michaels, the OSHA chief, said at the time in 2015.

"But several weeks ago, just as the rule was going into effect, the safety agency suddenly proposed changes that experts expect may exempt major industries from the tougher standard. It was one of several instances in which workplace safety decisions have been revisited in the early months of the Trump administration."  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/business/under-trump-worker-protections-are-viewed-with-new-skepticism.html

Action 2: Help formerly incarcerated people who are seeking employment

Formerly incarcerated people face significant obstacles in obtaining housing, employment, and other services.  Bias - both overt and hidden - greatly hinders people who have been released from prison after serving time.  You may have heard that the U.S. rate of incarceration is higher than in any other country on the Earth - it is 3-4 times higher than the next-nearest rate, even though our general victimization rates were comparable with other European countries.  Not only that, but former inmates are saddled with tens of thousands of restrictions and limitations on their rights, which vary from state to state.

A group of senators who are from both sides of the aisle have introduced the Fair Chance Act, S. 842.  This bill would support the search for employment among formerly incarcerated people, by preventing federal employers and contractors from asking applicants about their criminal history until the final stages of hiring.  This bill is awaiting a Senate vote.  Call your senators and express your support to help support formerly incarcerated people in finding jobs.

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 [MOC name] to support S. 842, the Fair Chance Act.  I have read that the U.S. incarceration rate is 3-4 times that of other countries, and that people who have served their time have a hard time finding housing and employment.  It's important to that we help formerly incarcerated people to find employment and to make new lives.  I also urge you to keep exploring bi-partisan legislative efforts like S. 842.  Thank you.”

Background:

S. 842 bill - http://www.nelp.org/news-releases/congress-introduces-bipartisan-legislation-to-ensure-formerly-incarcerated-and-people-with-records-have-fair-chance-to-work/

"Yes, the U.S. locks up people at a higher rate than any other country"  - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/07/07/yes-u-s-locks-people-up-at-a-higher-rate-than-any-other-country/?utm_term=.d54c6b137671

"Ex-offenders face tens of thousands of legal restrictions, bias and limits on their rights" - http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/ex-offenders_face_tens_of_thousands_of_legal_restrictions

DID YOU KNOW?

5CALLS.ORG is an activist site that highlights significant political issues and provides background information, a sample script for calling, and phone numbers to reach your MOCs.  You can also get the 5CALLS app on your phone.  Over 1.4 million phone calls have been logged through 5CALLS.ORG. More info: https://5calls.org/

Stop Trumpcare and Reject Otting

Official Group Daily Action for Thursday, June 8th

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

Action 1: Ask Red State Friends (again) to Help Stop Trumpcare in the Senate

Senate Republicans are increasingly optimistic that they can reach agreement by the end of this month on a Senate version of Trumpcare,  butthey will fail if more than two Republican Senators vote no.   Nine Republican Senators are reportedly on the fence, and need to hear from their constituents about the importance of preserving the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, and protecting the coverage of people with pre-existing conditions. The nine are:

Cory Gardner(Colorado)

Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)

Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)

Susan Collins (Maine)

Dean Heller (Nevada)

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Dan Sullivan (Alaska)

Rob Portman (Ohio)

Tom Cotton (Arkansas)

Even if you have asked before, ask friends and family who live in the states above to call their Senators and demand that they vote against Trumpcare. They can use the Senate switchboard to connect:  (202) 224-3121

Background: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/senate-republicans-to-watch-on-health-care

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/06/07/make-no-mistake-republicans-can-still-succeed-in-destroying-obamacare/

Action 2: Swamp Creature Alert!

Despite his promise to “drain the swamp” Trump keeps appointing swamp creatures to fill high level positions in his administration. The latest example is the nomination of Joseph Otting as Comptroller of the Currency, an office in which he would oversee many of the nation’s biggest banks. Along with Steven Mnuchin (now Trump’s Treasury Secretary),  Otting ran OneWest (formerly known as IndyMac),  a bank infamous for foreclosures,  use of illegal tactics like “robo-signing” and shadyreverse mortgage practices. “The president’s choice for watchdog of America’s largest banks is someone who signed a consent order — over shady foreclosure practices — with the very agency he’s been selected to run,” said Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio.  Call your Senators and ask them to reject Otting for Comptroller of the Currency.

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’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling ask Senator [name] to reject the nomination of Joseph Otting for Comptroller of the Currency. Otting was involved in shady business practices when he ran OneWest from 2010 to 2015.  The financial crisis of 2008 shows that we need real supervision of our biggest banks; we can’t allow Trump to put another fox in charge of our financial hen house.”

Background: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/business/dealbook/trump-picks-joseph-otting-to-oversee-banks.html?ref=politics

Opportunities to Get Involved

Stand with Muslims Saturday from 9 AM to 2PM (Location TBA): "On Saturday, June 10, a recognized Islamophobic hate group is coming to Seattle to spread fear and divide our community. We are coming together in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors. We will say loud and clear that hate and Islamophobia are not welcome here." Note, this rally will be held at a different location than the hate group's event. For details, and important guides for conduct, see: https://tinyurl.com/y8qyxeom

"Resist Trump" MonthlyRally: Seattle Indivisible holds its next Monthly Rally Tuesday June 13th at 11:45 AMin front of the Federal Building in downtown Seattle,  followed by a meeting with our senators’ staff. Details at: https://tinyurl.com/yd5hebx3

Good News

Our Washington Senators are fighting Trumpcare with help from your healthcare stories!

Listen to Senator Murray’s passionate floor speech from Tuesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg42HoU05ss&feature=youtu.be

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

Defend Dodd-Frank and Stand Against Sinclair!

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

Action 1: Defend Dodd-Frank

The Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10) is a Republican bill that would gut the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. The bill would undo many of the financial regulations put in place to prevent a second Great Recession, and it is expected to go to a floor vote by the end of this week. Call your house representative and tell them to vote NO!

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:
DC - 202-225-3106
Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith:
DC - 202-225-8901
Renton - 425-793-5180

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip] about the Financial CHOICE Act. Gutting Dodd-Frank is a bad idea that could lead to another Great Recession – I would like to ask [MoC] to vote against this bill when it comes to the floor.”
Background: https://apnews.com/db24482406434155a3ffab402a1e9bfe/AP-Explains:-House-GOP-takes-aim-at-financial-regulations

Action 2: Stand Against Sinclair-Tribune Merger

A pending merger would give Sinclair Broadcast Group, a pro-Trump media company, control of 70% of the local airways in America, which is in clear violation of FCC rules. It also has local ramifications, as the merger would make Sinclair owner of both KOMO 4 and KCPQ 13, two of the top four local stations in Seattle. 

Two weeks ago, we called Sen. Cantwell to express our concerns about the Sinclair-Tribune merger, and she heard us! This week she led a group of 7 senators to request further examination of the merger through public hearings.  Thank Sen. Cantwell for her leadership, and ask Sen. Murray to join her in keeping the pressure on!

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

Script for Sen. Cantwell:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I want to thank Sen. Cantwell for leading the charge against the Sinclair-Tribune merger, and ask that she keep pushing for public hearings and take a strong stance against the merger.”

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

Script for Sen. Murray:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I was pleased to see that 7 senators joined Sen. Cantwell recently to ask for further scrutiny about the Sinclair-Tribune merger, but I noticed that Sen. Murray’s name was not on the list. This merger would give over 70% of the airwaves to a pro-Trump media group, including two stations local to Seattle. I would like to ask that Sen. Murray add her name to the list of Senators demanding public hearings in the light of this mergers' likely violation of FCC rules.”

Good News: We’ll Always Have Paris

The “We Are Still In” movement is a growing coalition of states, cities, and companies that have signed on to say that they will continue to abide by the Paris Climate agreement “in the absence of leadership by Washington”. Together, this coalition currently represents 120 million Americans and $6.2 trillion dollars of the American economy, and it will only grow. Read their open letter and the full list of participants here: http://wearestillin.com/

Stop Trump's Infrastructure Giveaway!

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

Action: Stop Trump's Infrastructure Giveaway!

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:

"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [PLACE, ZIP]. Please block any bills that would result in privatization of our infrastructure."

Background:

The president has sent Congress a proposal that would privatize and modernize our air traffic control system. While modernization is a worthwhile goal, the government should not relinquish control to a private company seeking a profit, raising prices for the rest of us.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/white-house-formally-backs-plan-to-send-30000-federal-workers-to-private-corporation/2017/06/05/b8ce5546-4987-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_nhp-controllers-815am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.1c614737c43d

Here's a good explainer on why this is bad for your wallet:
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/5/15740810/trump-air-traffic-control-privatization

Fortunately, the representative from our neighboring district, Rick Larsen (WA-02) has spoken up against this. We need our representatives to join him.
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/transportation/332684-the-case-against-privatizing-the-nations-air-traffic

More to come:

We expect more details about the privatization scheme for our nation's infrastructure in the coming days. In addition to air traffic control, the president's budget also divests the government from the Bonneville Power Administration. This new-deal era project is financially self sustaining and has provided cheap, clean electricity to the Pacific Northwest for the past 80 years. We should keep it that way, and not turn it over to a profit seeking corporation.
http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/do-not-privatize-the-bonneville-power-administration/
 

Take the Nuclear Football out of Trump's Hands!

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

In the past several weeks President Trump has been threatening to use force and nuclear weapons against North Korea. A bill has been drafted that would restrict first use of nuclear weapons. Call to ask that our senators and representatives co-sign a bill drafted by Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif) that "prohibits the President from using the Armed Forces to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless such strike is conducted pursuant to a congressional declaration of war expressly authorizing such strike."

From www.foreignpolicy.com: “Over the course of her campaign against President Trump, Hillary Clinton repeatedly warned that ‘A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.'" 

Scripts:

House of Representatives:

My name is [name] calling from [city, zip code]. I am calling to encourage Representative [name] to co-sponsor H.R. 669, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu. The legislation would prohibit the President of the United States from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. I believe that this is a basic issue of Constitutional checks and balances on Executive powers.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

DC - 202-225-3106

Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith:

DC - 202-225-8901

Renton - 425-793-5180

Senate:

My name is [name] calling from [city, zip code].  I am calling to encourage Senator [name] to co-sponsor S. 200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, introduced by Sen. Edward Markey. The legislation would prohibit the President of the United States from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. I believe that this is a basic issue of Constitutional checks and balances on Executive powers.

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

 

Background information:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/200

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/01/24/senator-and-congressman-introduce-restricting-first-use-of-nuclear-weapons-act-trump/

Many thanks to Lilly Adams at Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility for suggesting this action.

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