7/31 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!!
What a week last week! The Senate was unable to pass any repeal/replace bills against the ACA. That is a HUGE victory, but it doesn't mean the fight is over. There are still rumblings that there could be more versions to hit the floor next week. Keep those number dialing fingers ready in case we need to flood the phones of our representatives (again)!
Call to Action - Do these things!
City Council Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.
Delayed start time due to community National Night Out events
- Purchase of 615 acres of land for Open Space and Mountain Parks
- Public comment and council discussion of a proposal to purchase land, associated residences and agricultural outbuildings, and mineral and water rights from Boulder Valley Farm, Inc. for $9.5 million for city open space.
- Potential November ballot measures
- Public comment and council discussion of the following Nov. 7, 2017 potential ballot measures. The items are related to the city's efforts to form a municipal electric utility:
- 1) Ordinance 8189: the question of whether to increase and extend the portion of the Utility Occupation Tax on public utility companies that deliver energy to customers in the form of electricity and gas in excess of the franchise fee replacement that was previously passed by voters and add an increase of $650,000 per year for a total annual rate of $6.85 million dollars, and be extended from Dec. 31, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2023.
- 2) Ordinance 8190 and 8194: The question of amending Boulder City Charter to extend the authorization for municipalization-related executive sessions from Dec. 31, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2023.
- 3) Ordinance 8193: the question of amending Boulder City Charter to form the municipal electric utility and require a public vote prior to proceeding with the costs of separation or purchasing assets.
- Annexation of east Boulder property
- Public comment and council discussion of a proposal to annex 752 Gapter Road.
From the amazing Indivisible Front Range Resistance team, our weekly coordinated actions are:
JULY 31-Aug 6. Getting a head start to the week, because we are AHEAD. Do these things to stay there:
1) STAY WITH HEALTHCARE:
There’s talk of a Lindsey Graham bill to kill obamacare via federal block grants, and then there was also rumbling over a secret bipartisan effort going on in the house. I suggest that you:
Call EACH of your members of congress this week and say: healthcare affects everyone. Now bills without bipartisan support.
Urge your dem reps to push for a single-payer system.
2) COFFMAN TOWN HALL
The folks in Indivisible Colorado CD6 NEED OUR HELP. Mike Coffman is hosting a town hall on August 1. They need ALL CD6 folks to sign up and attend this town hall, because the Arapahoe Republicans are planning to drown out the resistance voices. Please make plans to get there. https://www.facebook.com/events/1727082860926862
If you are not in CD6, you can STILL come and join the protest outside - Cardboard Cory WILL be there, so you’ll get a chance to ask him your burning questions.
3) FIGHT BACK AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
DREAM ACT: Contact ALL your elected reps and request that they come out in support of the DREAM Act which protects immigrant children. http://thehill.com/latino/344421-momentum-builds-for-bill-to-help-dreamers
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Contact both Bennet and Gardner and demand that they not approve the tr*mp nomination of **Sam Brownback** for the State Department Office of International Religious Freedom. Governor Brownback has a history of using the euphemism of religious freedom to discriminate against LGBTQ people and Muslims. He must not be allowed to represent the United States. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/26/us/politics/sam-brownback-kansas-ambassador-international-religious-freedom.html
TRANSGENDER SUPPORT: Call all your elected reps and tell them that you stand with the transgender community and demand that they reject tr*mp’s recent twitter announcement about transgender people not being allowed to serve in the military.
You can find your contacts by selecting "Representative" in the navigation bar above.
I think with the huge victory we had last week with the repeal/replace attempts of the ACA, the national team is taking a moment to evaluate and regroup for next steps. They did share the following message right after the early Friday morning Senate vote:
We are blown away by what happened last night. It was phenomenal.
At 2 AM this morning (yes, Indivisible staff was still at the office…), Republicans tried to pass a new version of RepubliCare. They thought they could ram through a dangerous bill that would have taken health care away from more than 16 million people and wrecked protections for preexisting conditions. But the bill failed.
This is the biggest win we’ve had against RepubliCare since Trump’s inauguration. And we won it because you and thousands of Indivisibles rose up and stopped Trump’s number one legislative priority in its (monstrous) tracks. They said that they’d repeal the Affordable Care Act on Trump’s first day in office. But they didn’t plan on you.
For SIX MONTHS, you’ve been making calls, showing up, staging die-ins and town halls and public events, demanding that your representatives listen to you and stand up for your healthcare.
AND. IT. WORKED.
You killed it. Just this week, you showed up at your Senator’s state offices to make your voices heard—and when you were done there, you made tens of thousands of calls to people in some of the most key Republican states urging them to make their voices heard. AMAZING.
Three Republicans, John McCain (Arizona), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Susan Collins (Maine) voted against this cruel bill. That’s no accident. For MONTHS indivisible groups in these states have been telling their health care stories and pressuring their Senators to represent them rather than Trump. But last night wasn’t just won by groups in these states—it was won by Indivisibles across the country working together to change what was politically possible at the national level.
Sorry to gush. We are just overcome right now. Seriously teary eyed as we type this.
A Movement Fueled by You.
We don’t send a lot of fundraising messages like this. But after this huge, phenomenal, historic win, we felt like this was a good time to remind you that we’re fueled by small donations.
We’re proud to say we depend on your help. There’s no larger source of support for Indivisible than small donations—an average of less than 40 bucks! Thousands of times over. That’s what’s fueling this movement.
In this moment of victory, when it’s so clear what we’ve been able to accomplish, we’re proud to ask you to keep believing in this movement and our work. Will you become a recurring supporter—at just $5 a month for the next 12 months—of Indivisible today?
Or, if a recurring donation isn’t right for you, can you chip in a few bucks for a one time donation?
Your support will do three things.
Thanks to you, we’ve been able to build up our team to better support your work. But we’re missing key staff and products we need to unlock the full potential of Indivisible. Your support will help us get there.
- We will strengthen the movement by hiring a professional trainer and acquiring training software to provide targeted capacity to all the local groups.
- We will build the movement by buying digital ads to reach new people and bringing on full-time social media and digital staffer to ensure we expand our reach in new and innovative ways.
- And we will leverage the power of the movement into electoral success next year—including holding those who voted for this atrocious bill accountable—by bringing on a second person to our political/electoral team and buying the voter file.
Sustained support helps us plan for the future, knowing we have funding coming to us over the course of the year. It’s really the most valuable kind of donation we can receive.
Thank you thank you thank you for everything you’ve done to build this movement. We don't know if McConnell will attempt to resurrect RepubliCare or finally move on to other Republican priorities. The fight very well may go on. But what we do know is that we scored an historic win last night and protected health care for millions. You stood indivisible, and last night, together, we won.
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
Immigration (National) - H.R.391: Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
5-8pm - A Very Cardboard Cory: Rep Mike Coffman's Town Hall - Henderson
6-8pm - Meet the Dem AG Candidates - Denver
7pm - Boulder City Council meeting - Boulder
9:30am-12:30pm - Rally & Hearing for Den. Immigrant Protection Policy - Denver
7-9pm - Show & Tell Mixtape: Privilege is REAL & Here's What We're DOING - Boulder
6-8pm - 19 DAY WALK KICK OFF WITH TAY - Denver; while this young man is running for the Denver School Board in District 4, you may be wondering why we listed this event. Tay is he is only 18 and is such a phenomenal young man. His charisma and character are such a breath of fresh air coming from such a young man. Keep him on your radar, as he is definitely going places!
5-7pm - Fact vs. Fiction: Election Integrity in the US - Denver
6-9pm - Cardboard Cory on the Street: NoBo Arts District First Fridays - Boulder
Cardboard Cory Tour Dates in August! - Indivisible Boulder has been working with IFRR and a statewide leadership group consisting of progressive groups across the whole state on the Cardboard Cory Campaign. Be sure to check the calendar of events for Cardboard Cory...especially the Boulder dates! We want to get as many constituents to all his appearances to ask him their burning questions. All the videos will be uploaded to Twitter and potentially be used in a TV commercial! Be sure to also follow @CardboardCoryCO on Twitter to see ALL his sightings across the state!
Save The Date 8/14
5:30-7:30pm - Indivisible Boulder Monthly Meeting - Boulder