Today, Wednesday, June 21, people are coming together across the country to fight for Planned Parenthood.
As part of the GOP’s strategy to pander to religious conservatives while removing actual healthcare, especially for low-income women, from their “Taxcare for the Wealthy” plan, Planned Parenthood would be defunded for one year unless it stops offering abortions, a legal and safe medical procedure. This will cause an estimated 2.4 million patients to lose access to care, the majority of which does not include abortion services. Every year, PP health centers provide birth control for nearly 2 million people, over 4.2 million STD tests and treatments; over 320,000 breast exams; and nearly 295,000 Pap tests. A Quinnipac poll released Jan. 27 found that 62 percent of American voters are against defunding Planned Parenthood, and 80 percent are opposed if they knew federal money was being used only for nonabortion health services, as is the case. If we lose this struggle, women will be paying with their lives. Continue reading “Pink it up, people!”
The No Hearing, No Vote Act requires any bill being passed under reconciliation to go through at least one committee and one hearing. A low bar but TrumpCare can’t clear it. Ask our Senators if they support this bill, and thank them if the answer is yes. In the meantime, they need to withhold-consent and filibuster-by-amendment to drag this monster into public view.
Script: I’m calling ask Senator [Feinstein/Harris] if she is planning on cosponsoring the “No Hearing No Vote Act”, as well as committing to a withhold-consent and filibuster-by-amendment strategy to get expert and public reaction to the GOP’s healthcare bill.
(Call both of our senators)
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
More Info: Continue reading “No Hearing, No Vote. Drag TrumpCare into Public View!”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his all-male Gang of 13 have been working hard behind closed doors to put finishing touches on a healthcare bill that has the potential to devastate one sixth of our economy and millions of people.
Last night, our Democratic senators took to the floor for an all-night talk-a-thon to protest a process that offered, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, “no committee hearings, no debate, no amendments and no input from the minority”.
Although McConnell had railed against Democrats for allowing only 25 days of consecutive Senate hearings, ±169 hours of debate and numerous minority amendments in the fight over the ACA in 2010, he has, astonishingly, changed his mind. Continue reading “It begins…”
Although 30 states have misdemeanor-level hate crimes on the books, only six prohibit gun ownership for those convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes. The Disarm Hate Act will close this loophole and prevent anyone convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing a gun. These people have proven that they can’t control their anger. Don’t arm them too.
Script: I’m calling from [zip] to ask you to support the Disarm Hate Act (S. 1324/H.R. 2841). We need to take action to keep guns out of the wrong hands and prevent more acts of violence.
(Call your District Representative)
Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
More Info: Continue reading “If you Commit a Hate Crime, then you Shouldn’t Own a Gun. Disarm Hate!”
Several questions over the weekend…
“Our senators are Democrats. Why do we need to call? Why do we need to call every day?”
Answer: People who agree with your viewpoint are NOT the only ones calling. People who disagree with you will be calling every day too. Multiple times. Our senators keep tallies of the calls. What we want is for them to tell their colleagues that they have a HUGE number of calls against this bill. THAT is our super power.
“Why do I need to call? Why not emails, those nifty new fax services or those bot thingies?”
Answer: Calls are answered by live people and their tally is immediate. Other methods require someone to read through your message and tally it. Later. Maybe. After face-to-face meetings and town halls, phone calls are our most powerful option. If calling makes you nervous, check out our discussion on it at tinyurl.com/3-week-war.
“Why just my own senators? Why can’t I call all the GOP senators who are voting for this horrible thing?”
Continue reading “Week 2 begins… Ramp it up!”
Because Trump refuses to divest himself of his business holdings or fully disclose his conflicts of interest to Congress, 196 members of congress have filed a lawsuit to force Trump to comply with the emoluments clause in the constitution. Let’s take some time today to thank Representative [Carbajal/Brownley], who has signed on to the lawsuit.
(Write your District Representative)
Rep. Julia Brownley 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Suite 470, Oxnard, CA, 93036 or juliabrownley.house.gov
Rep. Salud Carbajal 360 S. Hope Ave, Suite C-301, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105 or carbajal.house.gov
More Info: Continue reading “USA is Not for Sale – Thank our MoC for insisting Trump complies with the emoluments clause”
Strength in Numbers
(From SmallDeedsDone) “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
– Andrew Carnegie
Leaf cutter ants are peculiar, fascinating little creatures. They use their buzzsaw-like jaws to cut up leaves that they then carry back to their massive nests. They are impressively strong, being able to lift and carry 30-50 times their own weight.
That’s one powerful animal – no question about it.
But their true strength – their real power – lies in their ability to work as a team, with each individual ant’s actions feeding into the larger group’s objectives.
On its own, one ant can cut up plenty of leaves. But working together, a large nest can strip a tree of its leaves overnight.
Just imagine that for a second. Thousands upon thousands of tiny creatures can strip an entire tree of its leaves – because each one takes a teeny tiny bite.
So let’s bring the analogy back to ourselves…
Remember who we are.
Remember what we’ve done.
Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity Saving Good News! – “Taking Down the Tree” Edition”