ICYMI - Indivisible SoCo Action Alert Email 6.22.2017

 

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."—Christopher Robin to Pooh, A. A. Milne

Even when we lose, we can recall Christopher Robin’s words and remember our strength, smarts and bravery. The loss in Georgia’s 6th District was a tough defeat. Indivisible National leaders, Ezra and Leah, had this to say: 

Keep in mind what a 5- or 6-point swing against Trump means for the country. It’s HUGE. If we see a nationwide swing of 6 points next year in the 2018 elections, 52 House Republicans will lose. With a wave of that size, Democrats retake the House, stripping Paul Ryan of his speakership (and maybe even his +5 Republican seat). A wave of that size means we’ll finally have a legislative branch that actually acts as a check on this Administration.

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 the movement will be unstoppable.

Now, it is even more important than ever to make our voices heard.

1. ACTION

It’s crunch time. Here is what is happening with TrumpCare over the next week:

Senate Majority Leader McConnell wants the vote before 4th of July recess, the end of next week.
Republican caucus members have demanded to see the bill more than 24 hours before they vote on it; they may get the bill today and some details may get leaked to the press. (We hear some lobbyists already have the bill, huh?)
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will announce the score of the bill in the next few days, which will mean the details will become public, with a vote expected next week.
This is not TrumpCare ‘lite.’ It may well be worse than the House bill by ending Medicaid as we know it and reducing the middle class tax credit that helps people afford health insurance.

A new resistance strategy posed by Indivisible national: submit your personal amendment to TrumpCare via their handy online portal. Here is YOUR chance to make an amendment -- one that will go to Minority Leader Schumer! Check out the 4-step process at https://www.ouramendments.org/
 

2. SCRIPTS

Additionally on healthcare, please continue to encourage your friends who live in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to contact their senator. These are Republicans who made healthcare pledges of varying degrees and thus are more likely to listen to their constituents when they demand a fair shake with healthcare coverage and costs. Contact information is available at the bottom of our newest phone scripts page. 

We also suggest you ask our Senators to withhold consent to rule changes designed to help rush this bill through, or filibuster by amendment the TrumpCare debacle. Those scripts are found on the same page.

3. MEETINGS/EVENTS

Keep checking our graphic-filled Master Events Calendar.
 

Thursday, June 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm: Town Hall for those in California Assemblyman Jim Wood’s District. The event, sponsored by North Bay Jobs with Justice, H-PEACE, California Physicians Alliance, and California Nurses Association focuses on California’s “single payer” bill, S.B. 562 - the Healthy California Act. As always, wearing purple helps us to find one another in a crowd. Info and address for the Community Center can be found here. 

Sunday, June 25, 9 am - 1 pm: San Francisco Pride Rally. The themes for this year’s parade are Summer of Love and Celebration of Diversity. We encourage participants to bring signs that focus on the following areas, though all messages of inclusion are welcome: Trans Rights, Black Lives Matter, No Ban/No Wall, Chechnya LGBTQ Abuses, and Patriotism Over Partisanship. To let Indivisible San Francisco know you are coming, please register.

Monday, July 3, 7 – 9 pm: Together We Will Stand Indivisible Petaluma’s regular meetings are first Monday of the month at McGuire's Pub, 145 Kentucky Street Petaluma, CA, 94952. Support our South SoCo friends!

Friday, July 7, 4 - 6 pm: Next meeting of the ongoing Indivisible SoCo Climate Huddle. The meeting takes place in Santa Rosa. In order to maintain privacy, an email with the meeting location will be sent to registrants a couple of days in advance of the meeting. All who care about the climate are welcome! Click here to register.

Indivisible Sonoma County’s intrepid Events/Outreach Team is meeting this week and will have updates in Monday’s Action Alert Email about upcoming opportunities to meet in person and/or protest. We’re hoping they’ll come up with an Indivisible Cookout this summer. Other activities:

There’s an Impeachment March on Sunday, June, 2  (San Francisco, Sacramento and Ukiah!)

And, on Saturday, July 29, (the first day of Congress’ summer break) MoveOn, Indivisible, OFA and Women’s March are partnering with ‘Our Lives On The Line’ a campaign to use the August recess to help lift up the voices of the 23 million Americans who are at risk of losing their healthcare if Republicans move forward with this dangerous—and downright cruel—Senate bill. This is not a march, but an organized event with locations to be announced. We’ll have more on our involvement next week.

We often end our Action Email Alerts with quotes from famous people. This time it’s a real letter from a friend of Indivisible: 

 

I am appalled that the Senate is holding discussions about abolishing my healthcare insurance without any committee hearings, full Senate debates, expert witnesses, CBO review/report, or any public discourse or disclosure! A few Senate members are choosing to make closed door decisions about healthcare that affect my health and life along with millions of other Americans.

I currently have my healthcare insurance through the Affordable Care Act. I am currently unemployed and would not be able to find or afford any other quality healthcare insurance without the ACA. Many of the job prospects I have interviewed for do not even provide healthcare insurance benefits so not even employment would guarantee me an assurance of health insurance coverage.

Additionally, I am not eligible for Medicare (and it is my understanding the bill the House passed has huge devastating cuts to that program as well). You would be personally voting to throw me off my healthcare and I would be without coverage if you ram through any version of the AHCA that the House of Representatives recently passed.

I respectfully request that you DO NOT vote for the AHCA bill (Trumpcare) but instead work openly together in Congress to improve our current healthcare system. Please do not destroy it only to provide staggeringly large tax cuts to the very wealthy while leaving low and middle income Americans without healthcare insurance.

Voting for this bill would truly be an unconscionable act for you and the Senate to do this to the American people.

In solidarity,

Indivisible Sonoma County Action Alert Email Team