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Find Out If Your State Has Abortion Trigger Laws and Make Sure They’re Pro-Choice

Does your state have abortion trigger laws–laws that instantly go into effect if Roe vs Wade is overturned? Find out, and urge your state legislators to pass pro-choice laws if need be. 

Trump and the Republicans are hell-bent on overturning Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision that ensured that women will have safe, reliable access to abortion on demand. Trump announced his intention to appoint anti-choice SCOTUS judges and, well, just look at the nonsense that so many Republicans have pursued lately on this front.

If Roe vs Wade is overturned, the power to regulate abortion access goes back to the states. It makes eminent sense, then, to see what laws your state has on its books. Many have put so-called ‘trigger laws’ in place–laws that will ban legal abortion instantly should Roe vs Wade disappear.

Is your state one of them?

First, you should learn how accessible abortion services are in your state right now. NARAL Pro-choice America has created an interactive map that will show you (scroll down a bit to find the map).

https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/laws-policy/state-government/

Mouse over your state to see if it offers strongly restricted access (red); restricted access (pinkish); some access (purple-pink); protected access (purple); or strongly protected access (blue).

Once you have learned how things are now, while abortion is legal on the federal level, go to the link below, find your local chapter of NARAL, ask whether your state has anti-choice trigger laws on the books, and ask what you can do to get them overturned.

https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/about/state-affiliates/

 

You can also use a nifty tool created by the Our States web site that shows you at a glance whether your state is considering anti-choice legislation right now. Click the link below and click on ‘Reproductive Justice’:

https://www.ourstates.org/#ourstates

 

Like NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/naralprochoiceamerica

 

Follow NARAL Pro-Choice on Twitter:

@NARAL

 

Donate to NARAL Pro-Choice America:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/homepage_maindonate/?refcode=mainbutton

 

 

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Subvert the Global Gag Rule on Abortion by Donating to She Decides

Subvert the Republican global gag rule on abortion by donating to She Decides, an initiative that helps women around the world exercise their reproductive rights.

The Dutch government launched She Decides earlier this year after Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which is better known as the “global gag rule.” First put forward in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan, it requires foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to refrain from “perform(ing) or promote(ing) abortion as a family planning method” if they want to receive U.S. funding for family planning programs. “Promoting” is construed to mean the mere discussion of abortion, hence the nickname “global gag rule”–if you want U.S. funds, you can’t even mention the existence of abortion to the people you help.

Since 1984, the global gag rule has come and gone, vanishing when Democratic presidents take office and returning from the dead when Republicans are elected. Trump took an evil, deadly, wrongheaded policy and made it that much more evil, deadly, and wrongheaded by expanding the types of funding that are linked to the global gag rule. Now anti-AIDS and HIV efforts, programs that assist mothers and babies, and other health-related assistance efforts are held hostage as well.

She Decides allows Americans (and indeed, anyone in the world) who wants to push back against the unconscionable effects of the global gag rule by supporting vital programs in developing countries. It channels funds to NGOs that suffer under the Mexico City policy–those that honor and act on straightforward factual information about sexual and reproductive health, and help women exercise the right to choose whether and when to have children, and choose how many they will have.

Donate to She Decides (you can make your contribution in euros or dollars, and you can donate anonymously):

https://www.shedecides.com/the-initiative.html

 

Like the She Decides Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/SheDecidesGFI/

 

Follow She Decides on Twitter:

@SheDecidesGFI

 

 

 

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Commit Now to Put Any Tax Benefits You Might Get from the GOP Tax Bill to Fighting Its Effects

If the GOP tax bill passes, will you benefit from it in the form of lower taxes? Commit now to put any extra money to the work of fighting its effects.

Yes, the GOP tax bill rewards the rich at the expense of the middle class and the poor. Not too terribly many people who read this will belong to the group who will benefit if it becomes law.

Still. If you are one of those people, think about how you will use that money for good, and use it to fight the ill effects of the bill.

The bill treats waived graduate school tuition as taxable income. Fight this by talking to your alma mater, or a favorite public or private university, about how you can help relieve the burden the bill imposes on grad students. In particular, do what you can to assist grad students from marginalized communities, who will be hit hardest.

The bill removes a tax credit that employers received if they hired veterans. Look around your community, see which organizations are serving veterans and helping them find jobs, and see about pointing your gains in that direction.

The bill removes a tax credit for teachers who buy supplies for their classrooms. Find the neediest public school in your community and commit to underwriting those perpetual costs.

The variants are endless, but we should also mention yet again that in addition to what you choose to do, you should also support and elect candidates who will change the laws, fix the flaws, and help the people who will be hurt by the GOP tax bill.

 

 

 

 

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Spread the Word: Affordable Care Act Sign-Up Season Is On NOW Until Dec 15, 2017

Spread the Word: The open enrollment period for 2018 for the Affordable Care Act lasts from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017.

The Trump administration has slashed, and almost eliminated, the promotional budget for ACA enrollment–by some reports, as much as 90 percent. The administration also significantly shortened the enrollment period. It’s part of its ongoing efforts to make the ACA fail.

One way you can support the ACA, also known as Obamacare, is to spread the word about the 2018 enrollment period. It’s unfortunate that it comes to this, but by taking it upon yourself to let people know that now is the time to sign up for the ACA, you can defeat the government’s efforts to cripple and kill the law.

As we prepare this post, the pinned tweets on the landing pages for Spiro and Andy Slavitt were about the enrollment period. Spiro’s includes a pleasing graphic that mentions the need to go to healthcare.gov.

Their Twitter handles are:

@TopherSpiro

@ASlavitt

 

Spiro doesn’t seem to be on Facebook, but Slavitt is. Watch his page for something you can repost on this topic:

https://www.facebook.com/ASlavitt/

 

Please tweet and post this information early and often, throughout the 2018 enrollment period. We at OTYCD will repost this message daily during the short window. If you subscribe to the blog or follow us on Twitter, it will show up more than once (sorry about that).

 

Read about the cuts to the ACA enrollment period promotional budget:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-31/trump-health-department-is-said-to-slash-obamacare-ad-budget

http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/31/news/economy/obamacare-trump-advertising/index.html

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Take a Break Every Now and Again. It’ll Help You Stop Trump.

For your own sanity’s sake, plan periodic breaks from fighting Trump and his ilk.

With so much going on, it might be tough to convince yourself to step away and rest. But you must if you want to fight Trump and the Republicans effectively. No, really. You’ve heard people say ‘This is a marathon, not a sprint’? It’s not a bunch of yap-yap. You can’t go the distance if you don’t slow down to grab some water every now and again.

You need to sit yourself down and plan these respites, and you need to commit to them. Blocking out one day a week where you disengage from the news and from social media to do something you like–be it hiking, knitting, reading, hanging out with friends, or binge-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer–put it on your calendar and don’t talk yourself out of it.

If you’re having trouble giving yourself permission to take one day off a week, then let us at OTYCD tell it to you straight:

 

“We, your friends at the One Thing You Can Do blog, are telling you, our faithful reader, to unplug and chill out completely once a week. We are giving you formal permission to do so.”

 

Print it out and tape it to your mirror, or your computer monitor, or staple it to your forehead–whatever it takes to get through to you.

If you won’t listen to OTYCD on this, follow Jen Hofmann on Twitter and subscribe to her Weekly Activism Checklist newsletter. She’s a fire-breathing evangelist for self-care.

 

Follow Jen Hofmann on Twitter:

@inspiredjen

 

Sign up for her Weekly Activism Checklist:

https://jenniferhofmann.com/home/weekly-action-checklist-democrats-independents-republicans-conscience/

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer-Hofmann-463228547169366/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Call Your MoCs and Ask Them to Re-Authorize CHIP

Call your MoCs and ask them to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers about nine million American kids.

Note: This information was originally part of a multi-purpose post published on September 29. We’ve reworked the post and reposted it as a separate, dedicated item so it can continue to circulate until CHIP is reauthorized. Apologies to subscribers, who will receive this as a ‘new’ post.

The latest deadline for the Senate to pass Trumpcare was September 30. That happens to be the same day that the CHIP program expired. Passed under the Clinton administration, the law provides for a program that delivers health coverage to American children in need.

Congress missed the deadline to re-up the 20-year-old law, meaning that funding will stop until the law is reauthorized. About nine million children could suffer disruptions in their health coverage or lose it entirely while waiting for Congress to act.

Here’s a sample script to use when calling your MoCs. As always, please check their websites and social media feeds before you call to see if they have said anything about the expiration of CHIP, and thank or shame them accordingly.

“Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, of town, zip code). I am asking you to do whatever you can to reauthorize CHIP, the 20-year-old program that provides health insurance to roughly nine million children. As you are probably aware, CHIP expired on September 30, cutting off funding for the program. Please reauthorize CHIP as soon as possible, and urge your colleagues to do so. Thank you.”

 

Read about CHIP and its importance:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/childrens-health-insurance-program-congress/526008/

http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2017-archive/september/ada-aapd-urge-congress-to-reauthorize-chip

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/352863-governors-to-congress-stabilize-insurance-markets-reauthorize-chip

 

 

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Feel Less Alone: Join Gene Weingarten’s Weekly Chat at the Washington Post

Join Gene Weingarten’s weekly online chats every Tuesday at noon EST at the Washington Post.

It pains us to admit that Trump’s victory caused something good to happen, but here it is: Trump’s election convinced humor columnist Gene Weingarten to resume his weekly online Chatological Humor chats at the Washington Post website on Tuesdays.

To be fair, he bills these as mini-chats. He used to do glorious longer chats every week until he accepted a buy-out from the Washington Post, and reduced them to monthlies. The raw post-Trump trauma radiating from his band of regulars convinced him to resume chatting weekly, at least for a while.

He says he’ll chat about anything and he pretty much does, but many of the questions he tackles are, at their core, rooted in the sentiment, “Trump. WTF? WTFF? I just–I can’t believe this.” Weingarten gamely plays the dual role of the voice of sanity and the voice of levity.

Weingarten’s Tuesday chats will do you good. You’ll be (virtually) surrounded by bright, fine, funny people who didn’t vote for Trump, who have come to hear live wisdom and fart jokes from a brighter, finer, funnier person who didn’t vote for Trump. If your schedule allows you to join live at noon EST, make a plan of it. Otherwise, read the transcripts.

 

Bookmark the link to the main Gene Weingarten page on the Washington Post site, through which you can join the latest Chatological Humor:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/gene-weingarten/?utm_term=.ec9d1b3c726e

 

Here is a sample mini-chat update:

https://live.washingtonpost.com/gene-weingarten-20170321.html

 

Here is a sample full-length chat:

https://live.washingtonpost.com/chatological-humor-20170328.html

 

Here is a recent Below the Beltway humor column by Weingarten:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/what-happens-when-a-humor-columnist-discovers-a-lump-in-his-throat/2017/03/24/3d522194-0027-11e7-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.f81f070d467b

 

Not that you needed proof that Weingarten can write, but here’s Pearls Before Breakfast, a Washington Post feature story that earned a Pulitzer Prize:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/pearls-before-breakfast-can-one-of-the-nations-great-musicians-cut-through-the-fog-of-a-dc-rush-hour-lets-find-out/2014/09/23/8a6d46da-4331-11e4-b47c-f5889e061e5f_story.html?utm_term=.c94af1c5c515

 

And if you haven’t subscribed to the Washington Post yet, how about you take care of that now?:

https://subscribe.washingtonpost.com/loginregistration/index.html#/register/group/default?destination=http:%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fpb%2Fhomepage%2F

 

The caricature of Weingarten appears on his landing page.