10/8/17 Weekly Call to Action
Each week, we'll gather the week's most relevant advocacy actions, legislation, and events so that we can target our actions to have the most impact. We'll bring in happenings at the local, state, and national level from several sources so you can have a one-stop shop for your information and advocacy actions. If you come across an item to include in an upcoming Call to Action post, please send us a link through the Contact form on this site. Thanks for your advocacy!!
The only way we bring the progressive vision back for our country is to put OUR people into seats of power, from the school board ON UP.
Calls to Action- Do These Things!
Local Actions this Week
- Local Elections are happening. Ballots will be mailed out in TEN DAYS (!). Are you registered? Check at govotecolorado.com. Do you know your city council candidates?
- Do you know your school board candidates? Find out who they are at https://indivisiblefrr.org/wiki/index.php?title=Colorado_elections_project.
- Boulder Voters can access General Election Information and City Council candidate videos here.
- Longmont Voters can access City Council candidate and committee information here.
State Actions this Week
Horrible things are coming out of DC, and friends need help in Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, and elsewhere. But NOW IS A TIME TO FOCUS ON WINNING LOCAL ELECTIONS to build a bulwark against the threats coming down from the federal level. KEEP THE FOCUS. GET OUT THE VOTE. Canvass. Don’t like to canvass? Phone bank. Don’t like to phone bank? Give money. Don’t have money? Figure out which you like better, phone banking or canvassing. You will meet great people and your spirits will be lifted when you take action where you can truly make a difference - LOCALLY!
1/ BE A REGISTERED VOTER - BALLOTS WILL BE MAILED IN SEVEN DAYS
Make sure there are no shenanigans.
Check your registration at www.govotecolorado.com by entering your name, birthdate, and zip code. Then check out your sample ballot, by clicking on the “ballot information” button, and then clicking “view my sample ballot.”
Ask your friends and family members who are Coloradans if they have checked their voter registration status. Ask them one by one. Send them the link. Invite a friend out to dinner and help walk them through it on their smartphone.
Or, call Mom and walk her through it over the phone. She’ll be glad to hear from you anyway. Reach out to old friends via email - it’s a good excuse to get back in touch!
If you don’t get your ballot in the mail next week (week of 10/16/2017), you can request it be mailed to you by your County Clerk: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Resources/CountyElectionOffices.html, as long as you do that before 10/30/17.
OR, you can vote in person, and bring one of the acceptable forms of identification: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/vote/acceptableFormsOfID.html. But be vigilant - there are people who would love to keep you from voting. Don’t let them win. Check right now.
2/ BE AN INFORMED VOTER
Who are those names on your sample ballot? Are there ballot initiatives this year?
You can find out more info at Indivisible Front Range Resistance’s Colorado Elections Wiki*: https://indivisiblefrr.org/wiki/index.php?title=Colorado_elections_project.
And, there are many candidate forums, meet-and-greets, and fundraising house parties ongoing - some are shared on Indivisible Facebook pages. Google or check upcoming Facebook events to see opportunities featuring your local candidates. Some you can attend in person and some are even available to watch streaming online or on public access cable channels.
The local League of Women Voters is often a great, nonpartisan resource to learn about your candidates. Find a League near you on this list and click to see their upcoming events calendars or candidate questionnaires: http://lwvcolorado.org/lwv/local-leagues/
Don't know which school district you're in? Check here: http://schooldistrictfinder.com/.
*If you want to help edit the wiki along with other Indivisible Front Range Resistance volunteers, email email@example.com to volunteer.
3/ BE A SUPPORTIVE VOTER
Now that you know who’s running in your city, county and school board elections, choose a candidate to support. They need the money NOW to buy mailers, pay their campaign managers, etc. Go to their website and give at least $20. Or, introduce everyone you know to this candidate by inviting them to the next fundraiser.
4/ BE AN INVOLVED VOTER
Call your candidate, sign up for a date, get training, campaign literature and a walk list, and go knock some doors and participate in Democracy. If you really, seriously couldn’t canvass if your life depended on it, even with a buddy, then sign up for a phone bank instead. Do not pass Go until you’ve signed up to canvass or phone bank.
5/ BE A PROUD VOTER
Go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes, then click your profile picture. Search for a frame by entering the words “I'm registered are you?”
Choose from 2 "I'm registered are you" frames. You have the option to make this temporary or permanent. Click Use as Profile Picture.
6/ BE AN ACA-PROTECTING VOTER (AGAIN).
Your message to your Member of Congress is simple: "I expect you to protect healthcare from sabotage."
We are now hearing that an Executive Order may cause insurers to leave ACA markets right away. Insurers will look to see if policies can be implemented that will pull healthy people out of the ACA during the year. They will eliminate the mandate, short term policies, plans that waive protections on pre-existing conditions all have this effect. Insurers would be exiting at a time of maximum profitability, when they would otherwise be dropping premiums and expanding. New report shows insurers would enter new markets and compete on price. But premiums would instead rise in 2019 from Trump sabotage. These steps to sabotage the ACA are part of the #SyntheticRepeal strategy underway. Read more about it here: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/8/16439492/trump-obamacare-association-health-plans
National Actions this Week- From our National Indivisible Coalition in Washington, D.C.
THE TR*MP BUDGET DRAFT is out, and it dramatically favors the top 1%, while it actually predicts an increase in taxes for the lowest earners. The GOP is making deep cuts to programs. They’re breaking regular order. They’re trying to ram tax cuts for millionaires through reconciliation, just like they tried to do with healthcare. But we know how to win. What to do:
- Call your House rep and both senators and tell them: TRICKLE DOWN DOESN’T WORK.
- Here’s some detail on the tax plan: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/29/donald-trump-gop-tax-plan-richest-gain-most/ (numbers below for calling your senators).
- Check out our explainer (think Tax Policy 101!), call scripts, and contact information on TrumpTaxScam.org.
2. We need a clean #DreamActNow. You rallied across the country to protest the Trump Administration’s announcement that they were ending an Obama-era executive order that provided 760,000 immigrant youth the opportunity to work and earn a living, live out their dreams, and live without the threat of deportation. Now, it’s time for your Member of Congress to take the same brave stand you did. Read our explainer and demand that your representative and senators take the "DREAMer Pledge."
3. Congress must fund CHIP. 9 million children rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most -- or in some cases, all -- of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but the Republicans were so busy trying to repeal Obamacare and that’s exactly what happened. Use our CHIP explainer and call scripts to contact your MoCs to demand that they pass a clean CHIP reauthorization bill.
4. Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands still need our help. It’s been more than two weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall and Congressstill has not authorized a disaster relief package for the people (and U.S. citizens!) of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Many are living in dire conditions without clean drinking water and electricity. And Trump’s FEMA department is trying to cover up their political mess by removing important statistics about clean drinking water and electricity from their website. Read our explainer and ask your Member of Congress to provide a disaster relief package for the victims of Hurricane Maria.
FIND THE NUMBERS TO YOUR HOUSE AND SENATE REPS HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BL1dJ2vENTGCo0NbOLxy7rxhk3AY95dgvv6F84S13PQ/edit#bookmark=id.wavu32e4rd74
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
Immigration (National Level) - S.B. 1852- SUCCEED Act
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
Friday, October 13, 2017- 6 PM
SDC Jamboree- Colorado Progressives Crowd Sourcing for Change
999 Vallejo St, Denver, CO 80204-3842, United States
By Blue Rising Colorado
Saturday, October 14, 2017- 9 AM
Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace - Denver, Colorado
By Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace
Sunday, October 15, 2017- 1 PM
Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) Training
Louisville Alfalfa's Community Room - 785 E South Boulder Rd, Louisville, CO 80027
By Indivisible Front Range Resistance
Sunday, October 15, 2017- 3:30 PM
Indivisible Boulder Monthly Meeting (2017 October)
1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302-6015, United States
By Indivisible Boulder
Saturday, October 21, 2017- 1 PM
A Forum on oil and gas development along the Front Range
Westminster Public Library - College Hill and Irving St in Westminster, Colorado
By Conservation Colorado