GAME ON! Update: We now have three die-ins scheduled – click in to join us!
We knew they had finally gotten all the support they needed when they announced they were bringing this monstrosity to a vote yesterday. In fact, they got 14 of the votes they needed from us, from California. Now this circus of tragedies moves on to the Senate and we are lucky that our Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, are on our side (though we will be reminding them both that we are watching). But we’re a minority there too.
So now, what do we do about these 14 California congresspeople (see the list below) who cheerfully sold out women, older people, the sick, those with pre-existing conditions, Planned Parenthood and special needs kids to insurance company lobbyists, wealthy donors and a President who counts a “win” over a promise?
We fight them, of course!
This will be a personal fight. We will all be dealing with the fallout of what happened today.
This will be a moral fight. No one deserves to be bankrupted after a lifetime of work because insurance companies executives demand a higher profit margin. More importantly, no one deserves to die of a treatable condition in a first world country because they can’t afford care.
So we will fight them, in a variety of ways. Don’t worry, there are enough battlefields for everyone.
– We will make their lives miserable with media events such as die-ins.
– We will add to chanting crowds outside their Town Halls, if they ever dare to have one again.
– We will help their districts replace them with reasonable, responsible representatives. We’ll need people to help phone bank, and walk precincts.
– We’ll build bridges to people who voted for Trump because they believed his bogus healthcare promises.
This is going to involve time, people, and transportation.
What can you do to help?
Read this. This is a one strategy…
– Will you be a “Die-In” Captain and coordinate the organizational effort?
– Will you help drive people to other districts to provide more people power?
– Will you participate in peaceful demonstrations in these members’ districts?
– Will you commit to phone banking for their opposition?
– Will you commit to precinct walking for their opposition?
– Will you write letters to the Editor?
– Will you participate in a coordinated social media campaign?
– Keep up-to-date with your local Indivisible chapter. We will be publishing protest opportunities. Send them in if you see some before we do to firstname.lastname@example.org
Send in your name and what you are willing do, plus any additional great ideas to email@example.com.
Politics is a messy business. We’re not sure if this whole thing was stage-managed to help Trump get his “win”, or to divert our attention away from the EPA mess, the regulation fiddling or even the Russian fiasco.
But we’re taking them all on.
Welcome to the Resistance!
The 14 Congresspeople we are just “dying” to meet (and a note from Indivisible National about how this all works!):
CA-1 Doug LaMalfa
CA-4 Tom McClintock
CA-8 Paul Cook
CA-10 Jeff Denham
CA-21 David Valadao
CA-22 Devin Nunes
CA-23 Kevin McCarthy
CA-25 Steve Knight
CA-39 Ed Royce
CA-42 Ken Calvert
CA-45 Mimi Walters
CA-48 Dana Rohrabacher
CA-49 Darrell Issa
CA-50 Duncan Hunter
From Indivisible National:
It’s hard to overstate how cruel this bill is. Simply put, Republicans got TrumpCare passed in the House today by making it more extreme. They had to convince the uber-conservatives in the Freedom Caucus to vote for it, so they had to make it even crueler. The original failed TrumpCare bill last month stripped healthcare from 24 million Americans. But that wasn’t enough for them. The new bill builds on that by:
Gutting protections for pre-existing conditions
Eliminating services for special needs kids in schools
Letting insurers effectively charge women more than men
TrumpCare is a moral monstrosity.
We knew this was coming. Today is a setback, but we always knew the House would be tough for us. We were never supposed to win the House. It’s a majoritarian institution—the party in power sets the rules and decides what gets a vote. Everybody assumed that Trump’s lackeys would jam through TrumpCare in January and that would be that.
But it wasn’t. A bill that should have taken them days instead took FIVE MONTHS. And that’s because resistance groups across the country stood indivisible. We defeated the bill last month together. For months, we blocked the number one legislative priority of a unified conservative government. We proved how powerful constituents are.
And here’s the thing—this was supposed to be the easy part. To become law, this bill has to go through a 5-step process:
- Pass in the House
- Pass an amended version in the Senate
- Go to “conference“ to hammer out differences between the House and Senate
- Pass in the House again
- Pass in the Senate again
It took them 5 months to take the first, and easiest step – passing a repeal that they’ve passed literally dozens of times through the House before. The next steps are much harder – and we’re going to be there, every step of the way, until this bill collapses under the weight of its own lies and cruelty.
11 Days of recess starts today—this our chance. At this very moment, your Representatives are on flights back home to your district. Over the next week they’ll be holding fundraisers and working out of their district offices. As of today, only five members of Congress have scheduled town halls. This is our chance to provide IMMEDIATE feedback to our representatives. First, call on them publicly to have a town hall to explain their vote on TrumpCare. If they won’t, show up and give clear feedback. When these members are forced to vote again on TrumpCare, they will look back to the responses of their constituents this week.