5/8 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!!
Last week, the House passed a healthcare bill that ignores the needs of their constituents. This week, we need to let them know how harmful this bill will be for us as well as for their political careers. Additionally, we need to let our Senators know what we're expecting from their vote.
With both the national and state congress not in session this week, we need to rally around local actions like group meetings, town halls, postcard parties, door-to-door activism, and resistance rallies. This week, make a point to attend one event and invite one friend to attend with you!
Call to Action - Do these things!
Attend Indivisible Boulder's monthly meeting on Saturday! We'll gather on Sat. May 13 from 4-6pm in the Boulder Public Library, Arapahoe Branch to discuss recent events and planning goals for the group. The leadership team will share short-, mid-, and long-term goals to help give us direction in the coming months. Remember, socializing with other IB members is so important in these days when activism fatigue is threatening to set in. Space is somewhat limited in the largest room at the library, so don't forget to RSVP in the link above.
Raise the alarm about the House Republican's health care bill at a "die-in" on Tuesday! Join local organizers with MoveOn.org and other groups worried about the state of national healthcare in this very focused edition of the regular Resist Trump Tuesday rally. These groups will meet on Tuesday May 9 at 12pm in Skyline Park outside of Sen. Gardner's Denver office to make sure the senator knows how much this bill will affect his constituents. See the link above for more information and a place to RSVP as well as reminders about what to bring.
This weekend, Colorado Indivisible groups joined forces to create a recipe for local action against the AHCA and its incarnation in the senate (see the full guide here in this Google Doc link). The Indivisible Front Range team has nicely summarized how to participate in the focused, powerful, coordinated action in the coming recess week - but check out the full document for a great source of scripts for calling, step-by-step instructions on how to complete each task, as well as phone number and other helpful information.
From the Indivisible Front Range team:
Over the weekend, Indivisible groups from across Colorado brainstormed a how-to guide for effectively resisting the #AHCA. Thanks to Michael w/ Indivisible CD6 for writing this amazing document. The following 5 action links are the 5 parts of the whole document linked above.
- RING: Don’t let those phones lay idle: http://bit.ly/2qEx2eh
- WRITE: Submit your healthcare story, tweet it, send it: http://bit.ly/2qECnCm
- RALLY: Get to the May 9 and May 13 rallies that are planned: http://bit.ly/2qcquUr
- RECRUIT: Add people to the cause in the easiest way possible: http://bit.ly/2qNQm6a
- REWARD: Donate $$ to help flip a district: http://bit.ly/2pSwEZ6
Call Sen. Gardner to stop the overturn of the Methane Rule (SJ Res 11)! Senate Republicans and fossil-fuel company shills are again trying to overturn the bill known as the "Methane Rule" which limits methane emissions at new natural gas and oil drilling sites (their deadline is May 11). The Methane Rule is similar to one recently overturned in the House, one which Sen. Gardner helped to create following a similar law in Colorado. It seems that Sen. Gardner is still undecided on this most recent resolution to overturn the rule, known as SJ Res 11, so we need to let him know that we want these emissions limited to protect the health of the environment and all of us who live in it!
From the Indivisible Guide national team:
Last week, you put in a hard fight, and although we didn’t win the latest round, this is far from over—plus, we’ve got the upper hand. Republicans thought that passing this bill in the House would be an easy win—but it took them four months and a string of painful defeats. And now they’ve got a long road ahead. Ripping away health care from 24 million Americans is about to get a whole lot harder—and you’re going to make sure of it.
Its time to hold Congress accountable
With 11 days of recess starting now, it’s the perfect time for your group to show up at district offices, town halls, and events to let your Members of Congress know just how you feel about their vote. And remember, you deserve to have them justify their vote to you.
Ask them why they didn’t even care enough to find out what’s in the bill. Ask them how they can possibly defend taking away protections for people with pre-existing conditions (and be sure to tell them your story—chances are, either you or someone you know is directly affected by this). Our latest toolkit, Enough Is Enough: Stop RepubliCare, has everything you need, including scripts, a list of the top ten worst things in RepubliCare, legislative explainers, and—we really want to make sure you see this one—a Die-In Planning Guide to take your accountability tactics to the next level.
And remember, accountability isn’t just about shaming bad votes—it’s also about rewarding good ones. If your MoC voted no on the bill, this is a great opportunity to give them some positive reinforcement and say thank you. This will bolster your MoC’s courage and encourage them to keep standing strong against the Trump agenda. Make sure they’re committed to voting no again if the bill comes back to the House: a sample thank you is included as part of our accountability script.
Should you focus on the Senate or the House?
You may be wondering whether it is better to focus on the House or the Senate—where the bill goes next and where we’ll stop it for good. We will get to the Senate. And we will defeat this monstrosity of a bill. But this recess, you should focus your anger and frustration on your House Representative, especially if they voted for RepubliCare. The most powerful message you can send your Senators is that you are watching and you will hold them accountable, too, if they vote for RepubliCare. Your Representative, however they voted, needs to face their constituents. There is one question your MoC should be able to answer to every single constituent:
Ask your MoC to justify their vote in favor of RepubliCare. When your MoC takes a vote that would devastate thousands of their constituents, they should be forced to defend it. Demand that they do. Check out our ACA toolkit for help.
Facebook Live on Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET/ 6:30 p.m. MT/ 5:30 p.m. PT: Come with your questions
More than 150,000 people tuned into our Facebook live on Thursday-—and you had a lot of questions. This Monday, we’re doing it again so we can talk more about how we’re going to hold your MoCs accountable this recess—and the path ahead in the fight to save our health care. Mark your calendars, get your questions ready, and tune in to our Facebook page on Monday to join us. And in case you missed our Facebook live on Thursday night, watch it now to hear more about the RepubliCare vote and what it means for your group organizing.
Show the world that the Indivisible movement is here to stay: keep sending your stories, pictures, and videos to email@example.com. We’ll amplify your voice and get it to the national media—who are very interested in what you’re up to!
And as always, if there’s anything more we can do to support your group’s hard work, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your leadership is especially vital to this movement at moments like this. This week wasn’t easy, and we know that many of you and your group members are worried about what comes next. But your constituent power remains strong, and this week, you’ve got an especially important opportunity to make your group’s voice heard. This recess, stand indivisible in holding your MoC accountable for this vote. This fight is far from over. We’re going to keep fighting, and together, we will win.
The Indivisible Team
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
6:30-8pm - Change Maker Chat at Impact Hub
Save the Date
Build community ties with people in neighboring districts alongside Swing Left organizers on Saturday May 20 from 1-3pm in Aurora. Swing Left's philosophy is to enlist progressives in safely blue or red states to help canvas and campaign for progressive candidates in swing districts - District 6, currently the seat of Mike Coffman. Help this district swing left in the 2018!