Quick Reminders from the last Action Item before we continue:
– Time/Place: Tuesday February 21, at 6:00 pm at the Camarillo Public Library Community Room with Congresswoman Julia Brownley.
– Call for Reservation: CA26.RSVP@mail.house.gov.
OK, you didn’t get a seat, now what? Well, we have an agenda for you:
– Still come! News crews will film and interview the crowds outside.
– Bring: Positive signs, American Flags, positive attitude.
– Feed the media: If you’re outside, find a reporter, ask to tell your story. This is important!
– Opposition: Don’t feed them. Don’t talk or physically react to them.
– Bring your stories: We’ll collect letters, postcards, etc. outside.
– Know your facts: District #26 has had a 43% decrease in uninsured since the ACA took place and 28,800 of our friends and neighbors are insured under it.
– Take pictures and videos to share with Indivisibleguide.com and with the press.
OK, you did get a seat inside, so here are some reference materials:
– Watch the video.
-Your job isn’t to convince Ms. Brownley, she wants this too. But she needs to listen, and to gather supporting evidence to take back to Washington.
– Be a storyteller. Incorporate your own personal story in your question. Keep in mind your audience is as much your neighbors and fellow town hall attendees as it is the MoC. Be honest, be vulnerable, and tell stories that matter.
– End the story with a concrete, verifiable ask. The best asks or clear, actionable for the her, and easy to verify whether she followed through or not. For example: Instead of “Will you fight for me?”, ask her “Will you commit to voting against any loss of ACA coverage?”
– Don’t settle for talking points or canned responses.
– Know your strengths. Just want to show up to the Town Hall, but don’t want to ask a question? That’s OK! Showing up is doing your part—you’re supporting everyone else in the room. Be honest about your strengths and limitations because that will make the work stronger. (Actually, Indivisible Ventura hopes, with such a small audience capacity, that everyone inside will be willing to stand up with a question.)
– Understand “Coverage” vs. “Access”. Universal “access” provides no guarantee that families will be able to purchase insurance, even if it is technically available in some form. Your MoC should promise to preserve both access and coverage.
– We want this basic minimum: Cover at least as many people as the ACA has (32 million), and further decrease the rate of people without health insurance in the United States (8.9 percent). Ensure Medicaid remains a fully-funded state-federal partnership, which guarantees access to all eligible low-income families and people with disabilities. Maintain the consumer protections in the ACA, including prohibitions against insurers from discriminating against the 133 million people with pre-existing conditions.
-Be aware of the Republican agenda: Removing coverage from millions of Americans, decreasing the quality of coverage by eliminating existing benefits, increasing premiums for people with pre-existing conditions,shifting costs to middle class families and ending Medicaid as we know it and risk coverage for millions of low-income families and children
– Take pictures and videos to share with the press.
You want to talk to your representative more personally? Visit Your Elected Official’s District Office.
– Bring friends
– Politely insist on speaking with the member of Congress. Be prepared: have in mind the questions you want to ask your Moc, either Brownley, Harris or Feinstein and/or stories you want to tell—practice your story in advance if you need to.
– Model progressive values: you can hold your MoC accountable and still be kind, polite, and respectful of them, their staff, and other town hall attendees.
– Speak with staff if a member is unavailable
– Share your own story
– Ask yes or no questions—if your elected official does not answer your question, stay put until they do. Make them get on the record for or against specific policies
– Reach out to local media using social media
Take pictures and videos: This is crucial to your success—be sure to send these to local press. We’ll help amplify your message too, so share your pictures, videos, and stories with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, use #indivisible and tag @IndivisibleTeam on Twitter, or post them to Facebook.com/IndivisibleGuide
Here are their closest offices.
Congresswoman Julia Brownley:
300 El Esplanade Drive, Suite 470
Oxnard, CA 93036
Phone: (805) 379-1779
Thousand Oaks Office
223 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 220
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: (805) 379-1779
Senator Kamala Harris:
312 N. Spring St., Suite 1748
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone (213) 894 – 5000
Senator Dianne Feinstein:
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 914-7300