5/29 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 holiday and the Congressional recess means that representatives will be at home where we can hold them accountable for their actions - let's make sure they understand they understand what we want in a health care bill!

Call to Action - Do these things!

Local Actions

Remember the fallen armed forces while you're celebrating Memorial Day on Monday. Many people will be marching in honor of those fallen soldiers this year. Take a moment to thank them or an armed forces member near you for the incredible service that they provide. 

Learn how to fight for good healthcare with the Adams County Young Dems! If you're not yet ready for an office visit (see State Actions, coming soon), take this opportunity to learn what's the big deal about the current state of healthcare and how to most effectively fight for good coverage. Attend the Young Dems' meeting on Wednesday 5/31 in Thornton, CO to join in the fight!

March for Truth in Denver! Another big march is being organized, this time to show that transparency and honesty is key for running an administration. The March is in Denver's Commons Park (not Civic Center Park as the last several have been) on Saturday 6/3 from 11am-2pm. You can find out more details here. If you do attend an event in person, make sure you brush up on your rights and be prepared in case things get rowdy.

Keep up those phone calls! Congress may be on recess, but there are several bills that have recently had movements and will be waiting for the representatives when they return! Indivisible Boulder researchers are keeping an eye on a few in particular - see the details by following the links in the Upcoming Legislation section below.

State Actions

From the INCOMPARABLE Indivisible Front Range Resistence team:

May 29-June 4, 2017. Healthcare, healthcare, healthcare. Russia will do its thing. Healthcare needs you this week. Please commit to at least one, if not more of the following healthcare-related actions. Gardner is a top dog in the Senate on this issue. We must take our fight to him.

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HEALTHCARE: Below this CTA are a series of questions that experts recommend asking the “gang of 13” men (Gardner is one of them) who are deciding our healthcare fate. Please use the poll to spread your questions throughout the week, calling once or twice EACH DAY. Add your own other questions about healthcare to these, but CALL CALL CALL. And read this: https://twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/867878052847431681

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HEALTHCARE: SHOW UP at Gardner’s office. It is so easy, you can swing by WITHOUT an appointment, and be done in 15 minutes’ time. We need to fill the lobby at 1125 17th st, Suite 525 (Gardner’s office). Simply go up to the 5th floor, buzz yourself into the office, and speak to the nice staff on the other side of the glass. They will take notes on what you say, and you will give them your zip code. THAT IS ALL. It’s exactly like a phone call. If you can do a phone call and you are mobile to take a car or bus to the Chase Bank building, you can do this. Use this signup tool to plan your visit with others: signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4ba8a922a64-gardner

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GET HICKENLOOPER IN ON THIS - An IFRR member noted an email she received from Wall Of Us stating that "many governors are putting pressure on their senators to stop the Republicans from defunding Medicaid and dismantling the ACA. All states matter, but these six states have a Democrat governor and at least one Republican senator: Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia." How do you do it? Share your comments with Hick here: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/share-your-comments and get inspiration on what to say looking at these samples here from IFRR members: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1854332891451668/permalink/1926810847537205/

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Indicates a statewide call to action being shared across CO Indivisible groups! Get your Member of Congress phone and addresses here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BL1dJ2vENTGCo0NbOLxy7rxhk3AY95dgvv6F84S13PQ/edit#bookmark=id.wavu32e4rd74

Questions for MOC

  • Signed up to get to Gardner’s office this week to discuss healthcare with his staff (so easy! See above)
  • Called Gardner to ask: Will your plan be affordable for those with pre-existing conditions?
  • Called Gardner to ask: Will you cap Medicaid expansion?
  • Called Gardner to ask: Will healthcare costs increase for low-income or older Americans?
  • Called Gardner to ask: Will you hold public hearings on your healthcare bill or review the bill publicly in committees?
  • Called Gardner to ask: Will you wait on a CBO score before a vote? If unsure, why?
  • Called Gardner to ask: How are women collaborating with you on this the creation of this bill?
  • Emailed Governor Hickenlooper to encourage him to dialogue with Gardner about healthcare in CO
  • Called Gardner to ask why he planned no public town halls this week (IT’S RECESS WEEK)

National Actions

From the national Indivisible Guide team:

It’s recess. You know what to do, and we’ve got everything you need in one place.

Let’s be clear: if there is any question about what you should be focusing on over the next week, trust us, it’s health care. We absolutely need to kill TrumpCare in the Senate.

This week of recess is a test for RepubliCare. For the next week, Congress is in recess, meaning Senators and Representatives are back home in their states and districts. Behind closed doors, Republicans in the Senate are weighing whether to protect the well-being of their constituents, or give Donald Trump a win on RepubliCare. And what they decide to do is going to greatly depend on what they hear this recess.

Most Members of Congress (MoCs) are too chicken to hold a real town hall, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a chance to make your voice heard. You need to make sure they aren’t cutting a ribbon or kissing a baby without running into a huge wall of people demanding answers on health care. Everything you need is on our new central recess resource page: http://recess.indivisibleguide.com/. Make sure they hear from you this Memorial Day recess!

Action items

  • Ask the right questions at your MoC’s town hall: If your MoC is having a town hall, use these questions to bring the heat on health care (our top priority for recess), Trump’s billionaire budget proposal, demanding an independent commission on Russia, and protecting American families from big banks. 
  • No town hall? No problem: Have an empty chair town hall with your MoC, or use our new toolkit to visit their district office and demand your Senator says no to Trumpcare.   
  • Register your meetings and events: And don’t forget to tag us in your photos and videos on Twitter @IndivisibleTeam

Policy priorities - Get up to speed on this recess’ policy priorities here.

Resources

This week’s how how-to resource offers suggestions on some basic steps to consider in order to secure your communications online. 

This Memorial Day, we want to take a moment to remember the men and women who died while serving our country. We are grateful for their sacrifice to protect our country, our freedom of speech, and our right to resist.

In solidarity,

Indivisible

P.S. A note on the Montana special election: Your resistance to the Trump agenda is working, and the President's low approval rating and attacks on working families, women, and immigrants will continue to prove a costly bet for Republicans across the country. Last night in Montana we reaffirmed that Democrats are continuing to trend closer to flipping the House. Democrats are outperforming in places that are deeply red and that will have major consequences in many districts next year (and, a reminder: we only need 24 seats to take back the House). Our movement will hold all leaders accountable and will seek to transform power back to the people in 2018 and beyond.

To our Montana Indivisible groups, congratulations on all of your hard work. Please know that we all sincerely appreciate it, and we are learning from your example.


Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!

Education (National) - S. 1135: Pell Grant Restoration Act of 2017

Immigration (National) - H.R.1477: No Taxpayer Funding for the Wall Act

Regulation (National) - S. 951: Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017


Upcoming Events - Go to these places!

Wednesday 5/31

6:15-8pm The Resistance is Ready to Fight for Healthcare

Saturday 6/3

11am-2pm March for Truth

Sunday 6/4

12:30pm-2:30pm Flip CO Blue - Golden Kickoff meeting with Colorado Resistance

5-7:30pm Resisting Oppression & Exploring Privilege 

Save the date:

Be sure to RSVP for our June 22nd Group Meeting.

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