7/3 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 Independence Day week, let's stand up for our rights in the spirit of our ancestors. Our efforts helped to delay the vote on the Republicans' healthcare "replacement" bill, so keep up the pressure before the long August recess!
Call to Action - Do these things!
Attend Niwot's Fourth of July parade to protest Justice Gorsuch's acceptance of Trump's original travel ban! Spend time with your loved ones AND participate in activist work! The parade starts at 11am in Niwot, and Justice Gorsuch is scheduled to attend. Let him know what you think about his decisions so far.
Keep an eye on some immigration bills this week! Much of the discussion revolves around health care lately, yet the House has passed a few controversial bills in an alarmingly quick manner. Don't let these bills reach the Senate without letting them know that we don't agree with the bills! See the links in Upcoming Legislation below.
From the state Indivisible Front Range team:
It’s Recess week. Our MoCs are home – let's make sure they hear from us on Republicare akaWealthcare. ★ Indicates a statewide call to action being shared across CO Indivisible groups! Get your Member of Congress phone and addresses here.
★ CALL YOUR SENATORS EVERY DAY: Flood Gardner’s (202-224-5941) & Bennet's (202-224 5852) offices with calls – focus on this bill being BAD FOR COLORADO.
★ PROTEST: We will continue to take this to the streets. There are several parades that offer a chance to protest some of the recent bad outcomes as well as rallies to support our causes, mainly health care. See Upcoming Events below!
★ Contact Gov. Hickenlooper and urge him to JOIN the Paris Climate Agreement!
From the national Indivisible Guide team:
- Find out where your senator will be on July 4th—be there. Even if your senators don’t have a town hall planned for recess, many senators will have schedules filled with parades, festivals and other events for the 4th of July. These are a fantastic opportunities to ask your questions about RepubliCare, and to get local press protesting if the senator won’t commit to voting against. Call up the senator’s office on Monday and ask where the senator plans to be on July 4th. Be friendly. They should have plans already, and they should tell you.
- Be a consistent presence at district offices. Indivisible groups have been doing district offices visits for months now, and it’s critical to keep up the pressure and make sure your MoC and their staffers can count on your group to be there consistently. Remember: nothing is more impactful than this kind of in-person action.
- Keep those phones ringing. The phones in congressional offices across the country have been ringing off the hook—this has real impact. Your senators are tallying the number of calls ‘for’ and ‘against’ RepubliCare. We need an overwhelming majority to call in against. Urge group members to make calls each day, and maximize your impact by sharing contact information for your MoC in as many venues as possible.
- Check out the new recess resource page. Everything you need to make this a successful recess can be found at recess.indivisibleguide.com—including more info on this week’s to-do list, call scripts, and explainers. As always, don’t forget to register all your events on our website; we will be able to help you recruit new Indivisible group members, and people from other organizations... and we'll be able to notify our press team of your event!
Celebrate This Week’s Win
There’s a lot of work to do this recess, but let’s take a moment and reflect on what just happened. Up until this week, it looked like the Senate version of RepubliCare was moving rapidly towards a vote. Because of your pressure, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not have the votes he needs to pass the bill. The Senators that YOU have been pressuring are the ones who will not commit to a vote on this bill.
Your constituent power is working. After consistent pressure and a coordinated action across Maine, Senator Collins is saying she’s a NO to RepubliCare. Groups across Ohio did die-ins across the state and even drove to DC to confront Senator Portman—and since then, he has come out against RepubliCare. While Indivisible groups in Alaska were doing a sit-in at Murkowski’s office, Senator Murkowski expressed her hesitation about voting for RepubliCare.
Congratulations on a tremendous achievement. The forces of your grit, smarts, and creativity made it impossible for them to jam through a bill this week that would cut taxes for billionaires at the expense of everyone else. That's the power that you built from scratch. Many Republicans have been promising to dismantle the ACA for years, and this week we demonstrated that even though they have majorities in Congress, they don’t hold all the cards.
August Is Upon Us
This week is just a mini-recess compared to the five week break coming up in August—and your biggest opportunity yet to meet your Members of Congress at home. We are working on a new toolkit to help you make the most of August recess, and we can’t wait to share it with you… and get it to you early enough to help you plan in advance!
Awesome Indivisible Groups Doing Awesome Things
Indivisible groups across the country kept up the pressure on Senators this week—and your efforts have gotten more and more creative.
Indivisible Midlands created a music video asking their Members of Congress to marry them (to get on their healthcare plans!).
Some members of Ozark Indivisible flew all the way to DC and did a sit-in at Tom Cotton's office.
In Colorado, Indivisible Denver and Indivisible Front Range Resistance came together to have a successful candlelight vigil outside the state capitol. (Hey, that's us!!)
Everything you’ve done over the last few weeks brought us to this point where the vote has been delayed. Have a fun and restful Independence Day with family and friends, and keep standing indivisible over this next week. Together, we will win.
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
Immigration (National) - H.R. 3003: No Sanctuary for Criminals Act
Immigration (National) - H.R. 3004: Kate's Law
Education (National) - H.R.2859: Advancing Competency-Based Education Act of 2017
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!