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