10/15/17 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!!
This week, the Senate goes back in session and the House goes on recess for a week.
Before we go over this week's CTA, we want to acknowledge the horrible wildfires ravaging California. Thousands of firefighters are battling more than 20 wildfires there. People have lost their homes and livelihoods. And dozens of people have lost their lives. You can read Indivisible Sonoma County’s blog post with action alerts and ways you can get involved.
Calls to Action- Do These Things!
Local Actions this Week
- Local Elections are happening. Ballots are starting to be mailed out TODAY, October 15. 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
2. Attend the Boulder City Council meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.
- Second reading of the 2018 city budget.
- 2018 budget resolutions for Downtown Commercial District, University Hill Commercial District, Boulder Municipal Property Authority, Forest Glen Transit Pass General Improvement District, and Boulder Junction Access Commission General Improvement District and Travel Demand Management.
- Continuation of the second reading and consideration of a motion to adopt an ordinance annexing the Boulder County properties identified as 5399 Kewanee Drive and 5697 South Boulder Road(commonly referred to as the Hogan-Pancost site) with an initial classification of Residential Low – 2, and City Council comment on the Concept Plan and Review application proposal to construct 117 attached and detached residential units (50 percent as permanently affordable), with the preservation of the east parcel and portions of the west parcel.
State Actions this Week
1. BALLOTS MAILED ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 16TH!
This is the FIRST election since “the bad one,” and it’s going to be an election to remember. Historically, people don’t pay attention to local elections, but this year, WE are going to change that! We are going to make sure that this is the year that a record breaking number of people show up for their City Council and School Board elections. How are we going to do that? We’re going to be INFORMED, INVOLVED, and PROUD voters.
Be a VOTER: Fill out your ballot and take a selfie of yourself mailing it in - post on social media to inspire your friends and family to be voters. Didn’t receive a ballot? Register by October 30th to receive a ballot in the mail.
Be an INFORMED VOTER. Know what your City Council candidates’ positions are on oil and gas, affordable housing, sanctuary cities, development, homelessness, and more. Know how your School Board candidates’ positions will have an impact on your neighborhood schools and who is donating major money to their campaigns. This site will be invaluable in your research: https://indivisiblefrr.org/wiki/index.php?title=Colorado_elections_project
Be an INVOLVED VOTER: Commit to volunteering for your favorite candidate 3 TIMES between now and November 7th.
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.
2. PROTECT THE ACA
It’s sabotage! On October 12, Trump issued an executive order designed to destabilize health care markets, and followed that up with another announcement that will lead to higher premiums and more uninsured Americans.
What can WE do? Right now? Well….
Democrats have been negotiating with Republicans on a bipartisan “stabilization bill” that would include a guarantee that CSR payments continue. But merely guaranteeing those payments is not enough. Ask your MoCs to ensure that the bipartisan bill continues protections for people enrolled in association health plans, that short-term plans stay truly short-term, and that CSR payments continue.
For more details and call scripts, go here
National Actions this Week- From our National Indivisible Coalition in Washington, D.C.
1. The #TrumpTaxScam is in full swing. Just as they did with health care, Senate Republicans are attempting to ram through tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires by passing a budget resolution that creates the “rules” for reconciliation (50 Senate votes, plus the Vice President as the tie-breaker). They’ve already passed the bill out of the House and appropriate Senate Committees, teeing up a full vote on the budget resolution. This is the first step in passing the Trump Tax Scam and… we can beat them. Again. Visit www.trumptaxscam.org to find out how you can help stop Trump’s giveaway to the wealthy budgeted on the backs of middle class families.
2. Congress must pass a bipartisan health care stabilization bill. On Thursday, Trump took two executive actions in his attempt to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and do some of what Senate Republicans were unable to do (twice). First, he issued an executive order designed to siphon healthy people out of the regular insurance markets; then, he ordered that the administration stop making payments to insurers that they depend on to provide financial assistance to low-income consumers. Both actions will result in higher premiums and more uninsured Americans...and will cost taxpayers more than just making sure people can get coverage. Read our explainer, and tell your member of Congress and senators that they must support a bill to protect consumers and stabilize insurance markets.
3. We need a clean #DreamActNow. Let’s be clear: DREAMers aren’t bargaining chips for increased detention and deportations, a border wall, and putting a target on undocumented parents. It’s time for your Member of Congress to take a stand. Read our explainer and demand that your representative and senators take the "DREAMer Pledge."
4. Tell the administration: #NoMuslimBanEver. Trump’s third attempt at a refugee ban (adding Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela and removing Sudan) takes effect on October 18. On 10/18, we’re joining dozens of organizations including Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Law Caucus, Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)’s San Francisco-Bay chapter, MPower Change, and MASA Organizing to fight against Trump’s white supremacist agenda and declare: No Muslim Ban Ever. Visit www.nomuslimbanever.com to find what you need to take action.
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!
Healthcare (National Level) - S.B. 3842- Healthy Start Reauthorization Bill of 2017
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
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
Saturday, October 21, 2017- ALSO at 1 PM
Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) Training
Alfalfa's Community Room - 1651 Broadway Boulder, CO 80302
By Indivisible Front Range Resistance
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 3:30 PM
Pence in Denver: Protest
Denver Marriott Tech Center in Denver, Colorado
By Indivisible Front Range Resistance