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UPDATED: Tired of Protesting Trumpcare? Look at What ADAPT is Doing and Get Inspired

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

If you find your will to protest Trumpcare flagging, check out what the disability rights activists with ADAPT are doing, and get inspired all over again.

If you’ve been tracking anti-Trumpcare protests–the marches, sit-ins, and die-ins at Congressional offices, and other events–you’ve seen photos of people in wheelchairs being zip-tied and arrested. Those photos almost certainly show members of ADAPT, a disability rights group that’s been active since the 1970s. (The acronym now stands for Americans Disabled Attendant Programs Today.) The photo in the header of this post shows a 1978 protest in Denver, Colorado.

ADAPT’s actions in the face of threatened Medicaid cuts in the Trumpcare bill have been nothing less than heroic. Read these links:

http://adapt.org/category/media/2017-save-medicaid-coverage/

http://adapt.org/denver-adapt-members-in-police-custody-more-than-24-hours-following-a-59-hour-sit-in/

http://www.newmobility.com/2017/06/adapt-activists-arrested-senate-health-care-protest/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/politics/protests-mitch-mcconnell-office-health-care-bill/index.html

https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/6/27/15876442/healthcare-medicaid-cuts-disability-protests

http://adapt.org/time-video-shows-disability-advocates-forcibly-removed-from-senate-protest/

http://adapt.org/the-hill-43-arrested-in-obamacare-repeal-protests-at-capitol/

 

They literally put their bodies on the line to stop Trumpcare, over and over. A total of 117 activists from ADAPT were arrested while protesting the Trumpcare Senate hearing on Monday, September 25, and more were arrested Tuesday, September 26 during a protest outside the Health and Human Services (HHS) building in favor of community integration–a policy that lets disabled people stay in their homes and neighborhoods rather than a nursing facility. (Updated to note that HHS leader Tom Price resigned on Friday, September 29, over spending $1 million in taxpayer money on plane charters and military flights when he could have flown commercial instead.)

See ADAPT’s press release about the HHS protest:

http://adapt.org/20170926-press-release-disabled-activists-call-on-health-and-human-services-to-make-community-integration-a-priority/

 

You can help ADAPT by honoring their request for citizens to call the HHS and ask that its top officials meet with the organization about community integration.

Here’s the number for the HHS comment line: 202.205.5445

 

The link below is not explicitly labeled as a bail fund, but the money raised “will be used by ADAPT to cover the costs of activists from across the country as they continue to fight for civil rights and freedom for people with disabilities and older adults.”

Click it and give generously, please. As of 8:30 pm EST on September 26 they’d collected almost $62,000 against a goal of $80,000.

https://www.gofundme.com/u2jc4-adapt

 

 

The ADAPT folks are doing amazing work, and they deserve your support, both during the fight against Trumpcare and beyond.

 

Visit the ADAPT webpage:

http://adapt.org

 

Find an ADAPT group near you:

http://adapt.org/getting-involved/

 

Like ADAPT on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/NationalAdapt/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@NationalAdapt

 

Donate to ADAPT:

http://adapt.org/donate/

 

And here’s your daily July 2017 reminder to stay on stopping Trumpcare:

 

Call your senators. Keep the pressure up. Keep urging your friends across the country to call, too.

It’s especially important to call if any of these people are your senators:

Susan Collins of Maine

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

Rob Portman of Ohio

Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia

Cory Gardner of Colorado

Dean Heller of Nevada

Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Jeff Flake of Arizona (but wish him condolences–his father died June 26)

Dan Sullivan of Arkansas

Bob Corker of Tennessee

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee

Richard Shelby of Alabama

Luther Strange of Alabama

Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

Ron Johnson of Wisconsin

See https://trumpcaretoolkit.org for phone numbers and tweetable statistics about health care coverage loss in these senators’ states.

If your senators are solid Dems, call and thank them for standing firm against the AHCA.

If your senators are Republicans, call call call call call and make it damn clear that you are against the AHCA and you will vote for their opponents come reelection time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fight Trumpcare, September 29 Update

Call your senators and oppose Trumpcare by asking them to keep working on bipartisan efforts to stabilize the ACA, and to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before it expires on September 30–the same day Trumpcare hits its deadline. Also call your MoCs and ask them to continue to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

On Tuesday, September 26, Senate GOP leaders abandoned plans for a vote on the latest Trumpcare bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-gop-effort-to-unwind-the-affordable-care-act-faces-critical-test-tuesday/2017/09/26/097b2dc2-a25f-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.cc20c2b13d3f

This is good news. But! Past experience has shown us that we can’t trust the GOP as far as we can throw them, and it’s not worth the effort to pick them up and throw them.

The deadline to pass Trumpcare is supposedly September 30. Today, September 29, is the last day (at least for now) that we’ll ask you to call and fight this bill.

But today it will take the form of asking your MoCs to reauthorize CHIP, a program that insures children. If Congress doesn’t re-up the 20-year-old law, funding will stop, and about nine million children will lose their health coverage.

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

 

Scroll down for an updated script for your MoCs that addresses Puerto Rico, the USVI, and reauthorizing CHIP.

 

 

Many people deserve thanks for staying strong on fighting Trumpcare. The activists of ADAPT should appear at the top of the list. They literally put their bodies on the line to stop it. A total of 117 of them were arrested Monday, September 25 and more were arrested Tuesday, September 26 during a protest outside the Health and Human Services (HHS) building in favor of community integration–a policy that lets disabled people stay in their homes and neighborhoods rather than a nursing facility.

See ADAPT’s press release about the HHS protest:

http://adapt.org/20170926-press-release-disabled-activists-call-on-health-and-human-services-to-make-community-integration-a-priority/

 

You can help ADAPT by honoring their request for citizens to call the HHS and ask that its head, Tom Price, meet with the organization about community integration.

Here’s the number for Tom Price’s comment line: 202.205.5445

 

The link below is not explicitly labeled as a bail fund, but the money raised “will be used by ADAPT to cover the costs of activists from across the country as they continue to fight for civil rights and freedom for people with disabilities and older adults.”

Click it and give generously, please. As of 8:30 pm EST on September 26 they’d collected almost $62,000 against a goal of $80,000.

https://www.gofundme.com/u2jc4-adapt

 

You can also donate directly to ADAPT here:

http://adapt.org/donate

 

 

…On to part two, which features updated information on the efforts to help the American victims of Hurricane Maria.

Good news! After an initial refusal, followed by a heap of pressure, the Trump administration agreed to temporarily suspend the section of the Jones Act that had been needlessly delaying aid shipments to Puerto Rico:

The bad news is the suspension only lasts for 10 days. Be prepared to call on this again if we get to day eight or nine and the need is still severe.

In general, and not just for Hurricane Maria-related activism, you need to follow Celeste Pewter on Twitter. She’s on top of …damn near everything happening that you’ll want to yell at your MoCs about, and she provides call scripts to boot.

Her Twitter handle:

@Celeste_pewter

…also know that the updated call script below cribs from a recent script that she wrote.

To stay on top of Puerto Rico, specifically, follow Nydia Velazquez, a House rep from Brooklyn who’s been all over this for a while now:

@NydiaVelazquez

In particular, she’s seeking a one-year suspension of the Jones Act, which can complicate the timely arrival of aid via ship, and she’s seeking waivers of federal laws that require matching funds from disaster-afflicted areas. (Update: As of September 27, Trump agreed to waive these financial demands.) Puerto Rico cannot muster the funds because it is deeply in debt and cannot obtain credit.

See Velazquez’s letter:

https://velazquez.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/members-congress-push-recovery-plan-puerto-rico

 

And check out Diasporicans, a website for Puerto Ricans who live off-island. It has scripts for calling your MoCs to request help:

http://www.diasporicans.com

 

Also on the ball is Lin-Manuel Miranda, he of the Broadway hit Hamilton. Miranda is of Puerto Rican descent and is a solid champion of the island.

His Twitter feed will have faster updates on specific things you can do to help Puerto Rico:

@Lin_Manuel

Pinned to the top of his Twitter page is a link through which you can donate to the Hispanic Federation:

https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

 

Another venue for donating to help Puerto Ricans is Puerto Rico Strong, which is a wish list of items that islanders need:

https://puertoricostrong.myshopify.com

 

The One America Appeal has widened its scope to cover Maria, Puerto Rico and the USVI:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/21/give-to-the-one-america-appeal-and-help-victims-of-hurricanes-harvey-and-irma/

 

…and here is a piece from ColorLines that lists charities and organizations that assist Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or both:

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-help-residents-puerto-rico-and-us-virgin-islands-recover-after-hurricane-maria

 

Lastly, if you are in a position to consider planning a vacation off the U.S. mainland, think about taking a trip to Puerto Rico or the USVI once they’ve had a chance to recover. Tourism is vital to the economies of both. Going there to relax and spend money will help these places out.

 

Now here’s your updated sample script that bundles Hurricane Maria relief with fighting Trumpcare 3.1:

“Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, of town, zip code). I want to (thank you/express my opposition) to your position on Graham-Cassidy. I realize the bill is not likely to come up for a vote after all, but I am not willing to stop calling to ask you to say no to it until the September 30 deadline passes. I would also ask you to support the bipartisan talks to shore up the Affordable Care Act, which have been restarted by Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, and to reauthorize CHIP, the program that provides health insurance to roughly nine million children. As you are probably aware, CHIP will expire on September 30 if Congress does not take action. Please take action!

I would also ask you to support efforts to aid Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which were devastated by Hurricane Maria. I am pleased that the Trump administration finally agreed to suspend the part of the Jones Act that was slowing down aid shipments, but the waiver is only good for 10 days. I would like you to ask for a longer waiver, or better yet, see what you can do about striking that aspect of the Jones Act entirely.

In addition, I am asking you and your colleagues in Congress to pursue a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico and the USVI–right now, it is only partial. I am also asking you all to send more military personnel to the afflicted areas to rebuild infrastructure and generally help them get back up and running. Thank you.”

 

…now on to a larger point about fighting Trumpcare, which we first articulated a few days ago.

This is work. This is stressful. This is definitely not normal. And as noted above, the Republicans might not let September 30 be the actual deadline for Fucking Zombie Trumpcare.

The way to make this stop–really stop–is to vote out these asshole Republicans who are making us beg for our lives every couple of months. 

Voting out these asshole Republicans means you have to do more than show up and vote when the time comes. You have to reach out to other people who know you and trust you and convince them to vote, too.

You’re going to want to start reaching out now, right now, in September 2017, so the pro-voting groundwork is well and firmly in place by the time the midterms come.

For more on this, read our past post, Smoke Out Your Friends Who Didn’t Vote Last Year, and Cultivate Them:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/17/smoke-out-your-friends-who-didnt-vote-last-year-and-cultivate-them/

Prepping to vote out these asshole Republicans also means taking breaks from your activism, and not just catch-as-catch-can breaks. Figure out what helps you recharge, figure out how often you can do that happy recharging thing in a week, schedule it, and stick to it. Come hell or high water or wolves at the door, stick to it. Claim your time, or reclaim it, as the case may be.

We still need to call about Trumpcare until the week ends, but please think about how you will give yourself some rest. No one can do the protest/activist equivalent of running flat-out for days on end, and no one should–that’s a recipe for burnout. Please manage yourself to avoid burnout. We need you to stay here and carry on the fight.

If you need more, or need a refresher, read the OTYCD post, Take a Break Every Now and Again. It’ll Help You Stop Trump.

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/16/take-a-break-every-now-and-again-itll-help-you-stop-trump/

 

And… sing along if you know the words…

The answer, as always, is:

Call.

Call, call, call.

Call, call, call, call, call.

Call like your life depends on it. Your life might not literally depend on it, but many others definitely do.

And yes, you have to call every day until Zombie Trumpcare 3.whatever is dead. That might mean calling every day from now until Saturday, September 30.

Call even if your senators are solid, front-line Democrats who get it and have always gotten it. Tell them thanks and tell them to keep holding the line.

Call even if your senators are brick-headed no-hoper Republicans. Be unfailingly polite, but make it damn clear you want them to vote against the new GOP health care bill. Yes, they’re not going to do what you want, and you know they’re not going to do what you want, and they know you know they’re not going to do what you want. But it’s worth it to tie up their phone lines with a deafening, all-encompassing wave of NO.

 

 

And if you’re not following the folks below, start. They will have news faster than we will, and will have instructions on how to fight back faster than we will:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Here’s the Trumpcare Toolkit, via Topher Spiro:

https://trumpcaretoolkit.org

 

 

 

Read about Senator Graham’s quest to repeal Obamacare somehow, anyhow:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article171778757.html

 

Read a Washington Post piece on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-bill-to-block-grant-major-parts-of-the-aca-unveiled/2017/09/13/bdcd1872-988b-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html?utm_term=.66c65863f13b

Action Alerts · Call Your Senators · Health Care · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

Fight Trumpcare and Help Hurricane Maria Victims, September 28 Update

Call your senators and oppose Trumpcare by asking them to support the revived bipartisan talks designed to shore up the ACA. Keep the pressure up until September 30. Call your MoCs and ask them to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands by waiving or temporarily suspending key parts of the Jones Act.

On Tuesday, September 26, Senate GOP leaders abandoned plans for a vote on the latest Trumpcare bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-gop-effort-to-unwind-the-affordable-care-act-faces-critical-test-tuesday/2017/09/26/097b2dc2-a25f-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.cc20c2b13d3f

This is good news. But! Past experience has shown us that we can’t trust the GOP as far as we can throw them, and it’s not worth the effort to pick them up and throw them.

The deadline to pass Trumpcare is supposedly September 30. We say keep calling to fight this horrible bill, but in the form of urging your Senators to support the bipartisan talks led by Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, which are designed to shore up the ACA.

Scroll down for an updated script for your MoCs that addresses Puerto Rico, the USVI, and Trumpcare.

 

 

Many people deserve thanks for staying strong on fighting Trumpcare. The activists of ADAPT should appear at the top of the list. They literally put their bodies on the line to stop it. A total of 117 of them were arrested Monday, September 25 and more were arrested Tuesday, September 26 during a protest outside the Health and Human Services (HHS) building in favor of community integration–a policy that lets disabled people stay in their homes and neighborhoods rather than a nursing facility.

See ADAPT’s press release about the HHS protest:

http://adapt.org/20170926-press-release-disabled-activists-call-on-health-and-human-services-to-make-community-integration-a-priority/

 

You can help ADAPT by honoring their request for citizens to call the HHS and ask that its head, Tom Price, meet with the organization about community integration.

Here’s the number for Tom Price’s comment line: 202.205.5445

 

The link below is not explicitly labeled as a bail fund, but the money raised “will be used by ADAPT to cover the costs of activists from across the country as they continue to fight for civil rights and freedom for people with disabilities and older adults.”

Click it and give generously, please. As of 8:30 pm EST on September 26 they’d collected almost $62,000 against a goal of $80,000.

https://www.gofundme.com/u2jc4-adapt

 

You can also donate directly to ADAPT here:

http://adapt.org/donate

 

 

Got all that? Good. Now, here’s more on how to help the American victims of Hurricane Maria.

First off, you need to follow Celeste Pewter on Twitter. She’s on top of …damn near everything happening that you’ll want to yell at your MoCs about, and she provides call scripts to boot.

Her Twitter handle:

@Celeste_pewter

 

To stay on top of Puerto Rico, specifically, follow Nydia Velazquez, a House rep from Brooklyn who’s been all over this for a while now:

@NydiaVelazquez

In particular, she’s seeking a one-year suspension of the Jones Act, which can complicate the timely arrival of aid via ship, and she’s seeking waivers of federal laws that require matching funds from disaster-afflicted areas. (Update: As of September 27, Trump agreed to waive these financial demands.) Puerto Rico cannot muster the funds because it is deeply in debt and cannot obtain credit.

See Velazquez’s letter:

https://velazquez.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/members-congress-push-recovery-plan-puerto-rico

 

And check out Diasporicans, a website for Puerto Ricans who live off-island. It has scripts for calling your MoCs to request help:

http://www.diasporicans.com

 

Also on the ball is Lin-Manuel Miranda, he of the Broadway hit Hamilton. Miranda is of Puerto Rican descent and is a solid champion of the island.

His Twitter feed will have faster updates on specific things you can do to help Puerto Rico:

@Lin_Manuel

Pinned to the top of his Twitter page is a link through which you can donate to the Hispanic Federation:

https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

 

Another venue for donating to help Puerto Ricans is Puerto Rico Strong, which is a wish list of items that islanders need:

https://puertoricostrong.myshopify.com

 

The One America Appeal has widened its scope to cover Maria, Puerto Rico and the USVI:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/21/give-to-the-one-america-appeal-and-help-victims-of-hurricanes-harvey-and-irma/

…and here is a piece from ColorLines that lists charities and organizations that assist Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or both:

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-help-residents-puerto-rico-and-us-virgin-islands-recover-after-hurricane-maria

Lastly, if you are in a position to consider planning a vacation off the U.S. mainland, think about taking a trip to Puerto Rico or the USVI once they’ve had a chance to recover. Tourism is vital to the economies of both. Going there to relax and spend money will help these places out.

 

Now here’s your new sample script that bundles Hurricane Maria relief with fighting Trumpcare 3.1:

“Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, of town, zip code). I want to (thank you/express my opposition) to your position on Graham-Cassidy. I realize the bill is not likely to come up for a vote after all, but I am not willing to stop calling to ask you to say no to it until the September 30 deadline passes. I would also ask you to support the bipartisan talks to shore up the Affordable Care Act, which have been restarted by Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray.”

I would also ask you to support efforts to aid Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which were devastated by Hurricane Maria. I would ask you to vote in favor of the notion of temporary lifting the Jones Act, which would allow ships carrying aid to reach the islands more easily. The Trump administration has declined to relax the Jones Act so far, but maybe they’ll listen if you and your colleagues approach them about this. I would also ask you to get behind efforts to make it easier for Puerto Rico and the USVI to borrow the money they’ll need to rebuild. Thank you.”

 

…now on to a larger point about fighting Trumpcare, which we first articulated a few days ago.

This is work. This is stressful. This is definitely not normal. And as noted above, the Republicans might not let September 30 be the actual deadline for Fucking Zombie Trumpcare.

The way to make this stop–really stop–is to vote out these asshole Republicans who are making us beg for our lives every couple of months. 

Voting out these asshole Republicans means you have to do more than show up and vote when the time comes. You have to reach out to other people who know you and trust you and convince them to vote, too.

You’re going to want to start reaching out now, right now, in September 2017, so the pro-voting groundwork is well and firmly in place by the time the midterms come.

For more on this, read our past post, Smoke Out Your Friends Who Didn’t Vote Last Year, and Cultivate Them:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/17/smoke-out-your-friends-who-didnt-vote-last-year-and-cultivate-them/

Prepping to vote out these asshole Republicans also means taking breaks from your activism, and not just catch-as-catch-can breaks. Figure out what helps you recharge, figure out how often you can do that happy recharging thing in a week, schedule it, and stick to it. Come hell or high water or wolves at the door, stick to it. Claim your time, or reclaim it, as the case may be.

We still need to call about Trumpcare until the week ends, but please think about how you will give yourself some rest. No one can do the protest/activist equivalent of running flat-out for days on end, and no one should–that’s a recipe for burnout. Please manage yourself to avoid burnout. We need you to stay here and carry on the fight.

If you need more, or need a refresher, read the OTYCD post, Take a Break Every Now and Again. It’ll Help You Stop Trump.

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/16/take-a-break-every-now-and-again-itll-help-you-stop-trump/

 

And… sing along if you know the words…

The answer, as always, is:

Call.

Call, call, call.

Call, call, call, call, call.

Call like your life depends on it. Your life might not literally depend on it, but many others definitely do.

And yes, you have to call every day until Zombie Trumpcare 3.whatever is dead. That might mean calling every day from now until Saturday, September 30.

Call even if your senators are solid, front-line Democrats who get it and have always gotten it. Tell them thanks and tell them to keep holding the line.

Call even if your senators are brick-headed no-hoper Republicans. Be unfailingly polite, but make it damn clear you want them to vote against the new GOP health care bill. Yes, they’re not going to do what you want, and you know they’re not going to do what you want, and they know you know they’re not going to do what you want. But it’s worth it to tie up their phone lines with a deafening, all-encompassing wave of NO.

 

 

And if you’re not following the folks below, start. They will have news faster than we will, and will have instructions on how to fight back faster than we will:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Here’s the Trumpcare Toolkit, via Topher Spiro:

https://trumpcaretoolkit.org

 

 

 

Read about Senator Graham’s quest to repeal Obamacare somehow, anyhow:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article171778757.html

 

Read a Washington Post piece on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-bill-to-block-grant-major-parts-of-the-aca-unveiled/2017/09/13/bdcd1872-988b-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html?utm_term=.66c65863f13b

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Fight Trumpcare and Help Puerto Rico, September 27 Update

Call your senators and tell them to oppose Trumpcare by restarting the bipartisan talks to shore up the ACA. Keep the pressure up until September 30. Call your MoCs and ask them to help Puerto Rico by waiving or suspending the Jones Act.

 

On Tuesday, September 26, Senate GOP leaders abandoned plans for a vote on Trumpcare 3.1:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-gop-effort-to-unwind-the-affordable-care-act-faces-critical-test-tuesday/2017/09/26/097b2dc2-a25f-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.cc20c2b13d3f

This is good news. But! Past experience has shown us that we can’t trust the GOP as far as we can throw them, and it’s not worth the effort to pick them up and throw them.

We say keep calling to fight Trumpcare, but mention it among other things that need doing. Scroll down for an updated script for your MoCs that addresses Puerto Rico, the USVI, and Trumpcare.

Even if that September 30 deadline passes and Trumpcare does not, we all know Trumpcare is only dead for a set span of time, and not forever. We at OTYCD are still trying to get an answer about whether it’s only dead for the 2017 calendar year, or dead through January 3, 2019, when the 115th Congress expires. We’ll update accordingly once we know.

We did see this disturbing story from Politico float across our tweet-stream. Evidently, the Republicans could decide that September 30 isn’t the end of things:

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/25/obamacare-repeal-republicans-budget-243125

…all the more reason to keep the pressure up nowrightnow until Saturday, in our collective opinion. Make the failure bold and bright, for all to see. Scare them off of even thinking of pulling this shit again.

 

Many people deserve thanks for staying strong on fighting Trumpcare. The activists of ADAPT should appear at the top of the list. They literally put their bodies on the line to stop this flaming dungheap of a bill. They did it in the summer and they did it again this week. A total of 117 of them were arrested yesterday and more were arrested during a protest outside the Health and Human Services (HHS) building in favor of community integration–a policy that lets disabled people stay in their homes and neighborhoods rather than a nursing facility.

See ADAPT’s press release about the HHS protest:

http://adapt.org/20170926-press-release-disabled-activists-call-on-health-and-human-services-to-make-community-integration-a-priority/

 

You can help ADAPT by honoring their request for citizens to call the HHS and ask that its head, Tom Price, meet with the organization about community integration.

Here’s the number for Tom Price’s comment line: 202.205.5445

 

The link below is not explicitly labeled as a bail fund, but the money raised “will be used by ADAPT to cover the costs of activists from across the country as they continue to fight for civil rights and freedom for people with disabilities and older adults.”

Click it and give generously, please. As of 8:30 pm EST on September 26 they’d collected more than $61,000 against a goal of $80,000.

https://www.gofundme.com/u2jc4-adapt

 

You can also donate directly to ADAPT here:

http://adapt.org/donate

 

 

Got all that? Now, something we haven’t been able to get to until today: Hurricane Maria and the devastation it inflicted on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

First off, you need to follow Celeste Pewter on Twitter. She’s on top of …damn near everything happening that you’ll want to yell at your MoCs about, and she provides call scripts to boot.

Her Twitter handle:

@Celeste_pewter

 

To stay on top of Puerto Rico, specifically, follow Nydia Velazquez, a House rep from Brooklyn who’s been all over this for a while now:

@NydiaVelazquez

In particular, she’s seeking a one-year suspension of the Jones Act, which can complicate the timely arrival of aid via ship, and seeking waivers of federal laws that require matching funds from disaster-afflicted areas. Puerto Rico cannot muster the funds because it is deeply in debt and cannot obtain credit.

See Velazquez’s letter:

https://velazquez.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/members-congress-push-recovery-plan-puerto-rico

 

Also on the ball is Lin-Manuel Miranda, he of the Broadway hit Hamilton. Miranda is of Puerto Rican descent and is a solid champion of the island.

His Twitter feed will have faster updates on specific things you can do to help Puerto Rico:

@Lin_Manuel

Pinned to the top of his Twitter page is a link through which you can donate to the Hispanic Federation:

https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

 

The One America Appeal has widened its scope to cover Maria and Puerto Rico:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/21/give-to-the-one-america-appeal-and-help-victims-of-hurricanes-harvey-and-irma/

…and here is a piece from ColorLines that lists charities and organizations that assist Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or both:

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-help-residents-puerto-rico-and-us-virgin-islands-recover-after-hurricane-maria

Lastly, if you are in a position to consider planning a vacation off the U.S. mainland, think about taking a trip to Puerto Rico or the USVI once they’ve had a chance to recover somewhat. Tourism is vital to the economies of both. Going there to relax and spend money will help these places out.

 

Now here’s your new sample script that bundles Hurricane Maria relief with fighting Trumpcare 3.1:

“Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, of town, zip code). I want to (thank you/express my opposition) to your position on Graham-Cassidy. I realize the bill is not likely to come up for a vote after all, but I am not willing to stop calling to ask you to say no to it until the September 30 deadline passes.

I would also ask you to support efforts to aid Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which were devastated by Hurricane Maria. I would ask you to vote in favor of the notion of temporary lifting the Jones Act, which would allow ships carrying aid to reach the islands more easily. The Trump administration has declined to relax the Jones Act so far, but maybe they’ll listen if you and your colleagues approach them about this. I would also ask you to get behind efforts to make it easier for Puerto Rico and the USVI to borrow the money they’ll need to rebuild. Thank you.”

 

…now on to a larger point about fighting Trumpcare, which we first articulated yesterday.

This is work. This is stressful. This is definitely not normal. The Trump administration itself is devolving into a goddamn pre-existing condition. And as noted above, the Republicans might not let September 30 be the actual deadline for Fucking Zombie Trumpcare.

The way to make this stop–really stop–is to vote out these asshole Republicans who are making us beg for our lives every couple of months. 

Voting out these asshole Republicans means you have to do more than show up and vote when the time comes. You have to reach out to other people who know you and trust you and convince them to vote, too.

You’re going to want to start reaching out now, right now, in September 2017, so the pro-voting groundwork is well and firmly in place by the time the midterms come.

For more on this, read our past post, Smoke Out Your Friends Who Didn’t Vote Last Year, and Cultivate Them:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/17/smoke-out-your-friends-who-didnt-vote-last-year-and-cultivate-them/

Prepping to vote out these asshole Republicans also means taking breaks from your activism, and not just catch-as-catch-can breaks. Figure out what helps you recharge, figure out how often you can do that happy recharging thing in a week, schedule it, and stick to it. Come hell or high water or wolves at the door, stick to it. Claim your time, or reclaim it, as the case may be.

We still need to call about Trumpcare until the week ends, but please think about how you will give yourself some rest. No one can do the protest/activist equivalent of running flat-out for days on end, and no one should–that’s a recipe for burnout. Please manage yourself to avoid burnout. We need you to stay here and carry on the fight.

If you need more, or need a refresher, read the OTYCD post, Take a Break Every Now and Again. It’ll Help You Stop Trump.

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/16/take-a-break-every-now-and-again-itll-help-you-stop-trump/

 

And… sing along if you know the words…

The answer, as always, is:

Call.

Call, call, call.

Call, call, call, call, call.

Call like your life depends on it. Your life might not literally depend on it, but many others definitely do.

And yes, you have to call every day until Zombie Trumpcare 3.whatever is dead. That might mean calling every day from now until Saturday, September 30.

Call even if your senators are solid, front-line Democrats who get it and have always gotten it. Tell them thanks and tell them to keep holding the line.

Call even if your senators are brick-headed no-hoper Republicans. Be unfailingly polite, but make it damn clear you want them to vote against the new GOP health care bill. Yes, they’re not going to do what you want, and you know they’re not going to do what you want, and they know you know they’re not going to do what you want. But it’s worth it to tie up their phone lines with a deafening, all-encompassing wave of NO.

 

 

And if you’re not following the folks below, start. They will have news faster than we will, and will have instructions on how to fight back faster than we will:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Here’s the Trumpcare Toolkit, via Topher Spiro:

https://trumpcaretoolkit.org

 

 

 

Read about Senator Graham’s quest to repeal Obamacare somehow, anyhow:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article171778757.html

 

Read a Washington Post piece on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-bill-to-block-grant-major-parts-of-the-aca-unveiled/2017/09/13/bdcd1872-988b-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html?utm_term=.66c65863f13b

Action Alerts · Call Your Senators · Health Care · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

Fight Trumpcare, September 26 Update

Call your senators and tell them to oppose Trumpcare. Go to Town Hall events held by your House rep and tell them to defend the Affordable Care Act. Keep the pressure up until September 30, and recruit friends and family to pressure their senators, too. 

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score came down on Monday, and Republican Senator Susan Collins came out soon after as a no on Trumpcare 3.1 (it’s 3.1 because it was being rewritten ahead of the Monday 2 pm EST Senate hearings; the CBO score released on September 25 relates to Trumpcare 3.0):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/new-version-of-health-care-bill-will-help-alaska-and-maine–home-of-two-holdout-senators/2017/09/25/24697f62-a188-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.d36abed4a44d

 

Yes, absolutely, send your thanks to Senator Collins.

If you’re outside of Maine, mail thank-you postcards to:

Senator Susan Collins

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta, ME 04330

If you live in Maine–and only if you live in Maine!–call 207.622.8414

 

Collins’s statement was the cause of much rejoicing, and mainstream media assumptions that Trumpcare 3.1 was dead. Some outlets used wiggle words like ‘evidently’ or ‘appears to’ kill Trumpcare 3.1, but still. We know better.

We need three GOP Senators to vote no to kill this thing. Collins’s announcement raised the number of ‘no’s to three. Hence the rejoicing.

But one of the three is Rand Paul, who disdains Trumpcare 3.1 because it doesn’t go far enough. A fourth ‘no’ who no sane person is counting is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. He’s a dick, and he’s on the same bench with Paul, and did we mention that he’s a dick? Both men have made statements about hoping to repeal Obamacare. As far as we at OTYCD are concerned, Paul and Cruz are soft ‘no’s.

Murkowski is still studying the matter. Collins’s statement has not prompted her to make a statement. For all we know, maybe she’s decorously staying quiet until the Alabama Republican primary is over some time tomorrow night.

Even if Murkowski, Collins, Capito, and a bundle of others came out as no votes, we’d be telling you to keep the pressure up until the stroke of midnight on Saturday, September 30. That’s when the clock runs down on the Republicans’ chances to pass an Obamacare-killing bill with fewer than 60 votes in the Senate.

Even if that September 30 deadline passes and Trumpcare does not, Trumpcare is only dead for a set span of time, and not forever. We at OTYCD are still trying to get an answer about whether it’d only be dead for the 2017 calendar year, or dead through January 3, 2019, when the 115th Congress expires. We’ll update accordingly once we know.

We did see this disturbing story from Politico float across our tweet-stream. Evidently, the Republicans could decide that September 30 isn’t the end of things:

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/25/obamacare-repeal-republicans-budget-243125

…all the more reason to keep the pressure up nowrightnow until Saturday, in our collective opinion. Gather as many no votes as we can. Make the failure bold and bright, for all to see. Scare them off of even thinking of pulling this shit again.

 

Oh! We should also tell you about how the Monday afternoon Senate hearing went. Protesters from National Adapt owned it. Just owned it. If those folks are not your new heroes, you don’t know what heroes are.

Dozens of them came ready to be hauled out and arrested, and they were. It was powerful and shocking to witness. If you want to get a notion of how powerful and shocking it was to witness, pull up journalist Matt Fuller’s (@MEPFuller) and Jeff Stein’s (@JStein_Vox) tweets from September 25, 2017.

 

The ADAPT folks literally put their bodies on the line to stop Trumpcare. They did it in the summer and they did it again on September 25.

The link below is not explicitly labeled as a bail fund, but the money raised “will be used by ADAPT to cover the costs of activists from across the country as they continue to fight for civil rights and freedom for people with disabilities and older adults.”

Click it and give generously, please. As of 8:30 pm EST they’d collected $59,000 against a goal of $80,000.

https://www.gofundme.com/u2jc4-adapt

 

Now, know this–We at OTYCD are tired of having to call our Senators every goddamn day to beg them to vote against Fucking Zombie Trumpcare. And we’re tired of reshuffling the post queue to make room for more Fight Fucking Zombie Trumpcare posts. (And we’re embarrassed, too, because we haven’t yet devoted a new post to how to help Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s havoc because Fucking Zombie Trumpcare is sucking up all our new post-oxygen. We have tweeted our One America Appeal story at George H. W. Bush and other ex-presidents, asking them to widen its scope to include Puerto Rico, but that’s it.)

Happy digression: Around 6 pm EST or so, One America Appeal officially expanded to cover Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico. See our original post on the launch of the charity, which originally just covered Hurricane Harvey and Texas:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/21/give-to-the-one-america-appeal-and-help-victims-of-hurricanes-harvey-and-irma/

 

 

…back to the larger point. This is work. This is stressful. This is definitely not normal. The Trump administration itself is devolving into a goddamn pre-existing condition. And as noted above, the Republicans might not let September 30 be the actual deadline for Fucking Zombie Trumpcare.

We’re going to ask you to remember this bullshit. Staying on high civic alert and calling every goddamn day is how we fight Fucking Zombie Trumpcare now.

But the way to make this stop–really stop–is to vote out these asshole Republicans who are making us beg for our lives every couple of months. 

Voting out these asshole Republicans means you have to do more than show up and vote when the time comes. You have to reach out to other people who know you and trust you and convince them to vote, too. You’re going to want to start reaching out now, right now, in September 2017, so the pro-voting groundwork is well and firmly in place by the time the midterms come.

For more on this, read our past post, Smoke Out Your Friends Who Didn’t Vote Last Year, and Cultivate Them:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/17/smoke-out-your-friends-who-didnt-vote-last-year-and-cultivate-them/

Prepping to vote out these asshole Republicans also means taking breaks from your activism, and not just catch-as-catch-can breaks. Figure out what helps you recharge, figure out how often you can do that happy recharging thing in a week, schedule it, and stick to it. Come hell or high water or wolves at the door, stick to it. Claim your time, or reclaim it, as the case may be.

Right now we at OTYCD are asking you to do something sorta like running flat-out for days on end, but we’re only doing that because we know we can all rest, at least briefly, on October 1. No one can do the protest/activist equivalent of running flat-out for days on end, and no one should–that’s a recipe for burnout. Please manage yourself to avoid burnout. We need you to stay here and carry on the fight.

If you need more, or need a refresher, read the OTYCD post, Take a Break Every Now and Again. It’ll Help You Stop Trump.

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/16/take-a-break-every-now-and-again-itll-help-you-stop-trump/

 

And… sing along if you know the words…

The answer, as always, is:

Call.

Call, call, call.

Call, call, call, call, call.

Call like your life depends on it. Your life might not literally depend on it, but many others definitely do.

Ask your friends and family to call their own senators every day, too.

And yes, you have to call every day until Zombie Trumpcare 3.whatever is dead. That might mean calling every day from now until Saturday, September 30.

Call even if your senators are solid, front-line Democrats who get it and have always gotten it. Tell them thanks and tell them to keep holding the line.

Call even if your senators are brick-headed no-hoper Republicans. Be unfailingly polite, but make it damn clear you want them to vote against the new GOP health care bill. Yes, they’re not going to do what you want, and you know they’re not going to do what you want, and they know you know they’re not going to do what you want. But it’s worth it to tie up their phone lines with a deafening, all-encompassing wave of NO.

It’s extra-important to call if your senators are any of the following:

Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia

John McCain, Arizona

Rob Portman, Ohio

Lamar Alexander, Tennessee

Susan Collins, Maine

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska

Cory Gardner, Colorado

Joni Ernst, Iowa

Thom Tillis, North Carolina

Mike Rounds, North Dakota

John Kennedy, Louisiana

John Hoeven, North Dakota

Ron Johnson, Wisconsin

 

It’s extra-important that you NOT call them if you’re not their constituents. Leave the lines free for those who actually live in those states, please.

It’s also important that you call this what it is: Trumpcare. Don’t call it Cassidy-Graham anymore. That title is too anodyne. Call it Trumpcare. Then people will understand. That will get your friends and family fired up. Tell them you need their help to stop Trumpcare. Again.

 

Material from previous posts, including a sample calling script, follows:
We all worked together to kill Trumpcare earlier this year. We also warned you this was the Bill That Wouldn’t Die, and it wouldn’t be truly dead, at least for calendar 2017, until September 30.

Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham are now pushing a terrible health care bill. They have convinced fellow senators Dean Heller and Ron Johnson to sign on.

It’s a dumpster fire. It’d leave millions without insurance. It stops the Medicaid expansion. It converts exchange subsidies to block grants. It… do we need to go on? It’d be a catastrophe. We’d be worse off than we were before the ACA.

We have to fight back again. We at OTYCD have cleared the decks for the week and are doing new posts just on this issue until we get credible word that we’re all out of danger. That means we might end up preparing “defend ACA” posts almost every day until Sept 30. If that’s what’s needed, well, so be it.

We did it before. We can do it again, and we will do it again.

Also, if you’re not following the folks below, start. They will have news faster than we will, and will have instructions on how to fight back faster than we will:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Here’s the Trumpcare Toolkit, via Topher Spiro:

https://trumpcaretoolkit.org

 

Or use this sample script: “Dear (Senator Lastname,) I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to oppose the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson health care bill, aka Trumpcare 3.0, and to support reviving bipartisan efforts to stabilize the Affordable Care Act instead. The latest Republican health care bill would have the same terrible effects as the AHCA–it’d leave more than 32 million without coverage over 10 years, and it would cripple Medicaid. And it looks like you’ll be forced to vote on it without a CBO score, which is irresponsible. Restarting the talks to shore up the ACA is the better move for everyone. Please do that instead. Know also that I am paying attention to what you will do and it will influence my vote the next time you run for re-election. Thank you for listening.”

 

As for your House rep–yes, call. Acknowledge that Zombie Trumpcare is in the Senate. Express a wish that it never leaves. Ask your House Rep to stand ready to kill it if it escapes the Senate and lumbers back toward their chamber. Before you call, check your House rep’s website and social media accounts and see what, if anything, they’ve said about the bill. Thank or berate them accordingly.

 

 

Read about Senator Graham’s quest to repeal Obamacare somehow, anyhow:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article171778757.html

 

Read a Washington Post piece on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-bill-to-block-grant-major-parts-of-the-aca-unveiled/2017/09/13/bdcd1872-988b-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html?utm_term=.66c65863f13b

Action Alerts · Call Your Senators · Health Care

Fight Trumpcare, September 25 Update

Call your senators and tell them to oppose Trumpcare. Go to Town Hall events held by your House rep and tell them to defend the Affordable Care Act. Keep the pressure up until September 30, and recruit friends and family to pressure their senators, too. 

On Friday, September 22, Senator John McCain released a statement that made it clear he would not support Graham-Cassidy, aka Trumpcare 3.0:

I cannot in good conscience vote for Graham-Cassidy. A bill impacting so many lives deserves a bipartisan approach.

 

Please show your support for McCain’s statement. You know his colleagues are raining shit upon him for this.

Send thank-you postcards to:

Senator John McCain

2201 East Camelback Road, Suite 115

Phoenix, AZ 85016.

If you live in Arizona (but only if you live in Arizona!) call McCain: 602.952.2410.

 

McCain’s statement was the cause of much rejoicing, and mainstream media assumptions that Trumpcare 3.0 was dead.

We know better. We need three GOP Senators to vote no to kill this thing. McCain’s announcement raised the number of ‘no’s to two, including Rand Paul.

Over the weekend, Texas Senator Ted Cruz toyed with being a ‘no,’ or not yet a yes, or some such hooey. Even if he is in fact a ‘no,’ it wouldn’t be cause for rejoicing because he’d base it on the bill not being cruel enough.

Collins is evidently leaning no but not an official no. Murkowski is still quiet. No word yet from other potential no votes. Rand Paul, formerly a solid no, is allegedly conferencing, hoping to make the bill cruel enough for him to support.

Even if Murkowski, Collins, Capito, and a bundle of others voted no, we’d be telling you to keep the pressure up until the stroke of midnight on Saturday, September 30. That’s when the clock runs down on the Republicans’ chances to pass an Obamacare-killing bill with fewer than 60 votes in the Senate.

Even if that September 30 deadline passes and Trumpcare does not, Trumpcare is only dead for a set span of time, and not forever. We at OTYCD are still trying to get an answer about whether it’d only be dead for the 2017 calendar year, or dead through January 3, 2019, when the 115th Congress expires. We’ll update accordingly once we know.

 

Jimmy Kimmel continues to aim both barrels at Trumpcare 3.0:

http://www.vulture.com/2017/09/jimmy-kimmel-donald-trump-health-care.html

Please show him support as well, by watching his show, supporting his advertisers, and sending thankful messages on social media. There’s always a segment of an entertainer’s audience that’ll get twitchy if they talk about something political once, never mind talk about something political for several nights running. Boost him accordingly.

 

Oh! And that bribe that the GOP is trying to offer Senator Lisa Murkowski, which would in essence let Alaska keep Obamacare while the other states lose it? It might be unconstitutional:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/09/republican_leaders_can_t_buy_off_sen_lisa_murkowski_s_vote_this_way.html

 

 

McConnell still plans to hold a vote on the bill this week.

Murkowski is diligently reviewing the facts of Trumpcare 3.0, as she should, and as her Senate colleagues should, frankly. She has not showed her hand yet, and several Republicans who could vote no have been cagey.

 

You have until 9 am EST on Monday, September 25 to email comments to the Senate Finance Committee ahead of its 2 pm EST hearing (yes, it’s still on):

Senator Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) tweeted a call to action for citizens to email comments to the Senate Finance Committee ahead of its Monday hearings:

This is it! Senate Finance Committee needs to hear from you before Monday’s hearing. Email gchcomments@finance.senate.gov

In the comments on the tweet, someone who tweets as @BardSwan offered the text of the email that she had sent. We are reproducing it here, with credit to her (please follow her, too):

“Hello,

I am writing about the proposed Graham/Cassidy bill for changes to the ACA. Surely by every measure, this is not a good bill.

Firstly, I ask Congress not to hold a vote on this bill that will affect 1/6 of the American economy without a CBO score. How can you vote on proposed legislation without fully understanding how it will impact the lives of Americans?

Secondly, I am very concerned about language in the bill that allows states to loosen protections for pre-existing conditions. My family will be directly affected by this provision, as my husband is in remission from stage 4 cancer. We will not be able to afford the extra costs being predicted for his care, and will be effectively proved out of healthcare. In fact, our efforts to keep him well will no doubt bankrupt us.

Thirdly, I am distressed that monies to Medicaid will be reduced so drastically, making costs for seniors and the disabled to skyrocket.

From what I read, this bill does not bring healthcare to more Americans–in fact, it is predicted that upwards of 30 million will lose their existing coverage. And, like before the ACA, people will have to choose between eating and getting healthcare. People will die.

In conclusion, I find this proposed bill to be heartless and mean. It really is just a way for the GOP to pay for tax cuts. Rather than helping our fellow man, it is a bill that will hurt the most vulnerable in our population.

Please do not pass the Graham/Cassidy bill. Instead, please return to regular order. Let’s work on improving the existing law with bipartisan committees, and a vote that requires all of Congress to work together for a solution.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

<Your name here>

 

 

Indivisible is still on the case. It has planned several #KilltheBill protests across the country for Monday, September 25. Learn which one is nearest to you here:

http://act.indivisibleguide.com/event/killthebill/search/

 

 

Aaaaaaand evidently, CNN is going to hold a debate between Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham against Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders on Monday, September 25, at 9 pm EST. *Sigh*

 

The answer, as always, is:

Call.

Call, call, call.

Call, call, call, call, call.

Call like your life depends on it. Your life might not literally depend on it, but many others definitely do.

Ask your friends and family to call their own senators every day, too.

And yes, you have to call every day until Zombie Trumpcare 3.0 is dead. That might mean calling every day from now until Saturday, September 30.

Call even if your senators are solid, front-line Democrats who get it and have always gotten it. Tell them thanks and tell them to keep holding the line.

Call even if your senators are brick-headed no-hoper Republicans. Be unfailingly polite, but make it damn clear you want them to vote against the new GOP health care bill. Yes, they’re not going to do what you want, and you know they’re not going to do what you want, and they know you know they’re not going to do what you want. But it’s worth it to tie up their phone lines with a deafening, all-encompassing wave of NO.

It’s extra-important to call if your senators are any of the following:

Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia

John McCain, Arizona

Rob Portman, Ohio

Lamar Alexander, Tennessee

Susan Collins, Maine

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska

Cory Gardner, Colorado

Joni Ernst, Iowa

Thom Tillis, North Carolina

Mike Rounds, North Dakota

John Kennedy, Louisiana

John Hoeven, North Dakota

Ron Johnson, Wisconsin

 

It’s extra-important that you NOT call them if you’re not their constituents. Leave the lines free for those who actually live in those states, please.

It’s also important that you call this what it is: Trumpcare. Don’t call it Cassidy-Graham anymore. That title is too anodyne. Call it Trumpcare. Then people will understand. That will get your friends and family fired up. Tell them you need their help to stop Trumpcare. Again.

 

Material from previous posts, including a sample calling script, follows:
We all worked together to kill Trumpcare earlier this year. We also warned you this was the Bill That Wouldn’t Die, and it wouldn’t be truly dead, at least for calendar 2017, until September 30.

Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham are now pushing a terrible health care bill. They have convinced fellow senators Dean Heller and Ron Johnson to sign on.

It’s a dumpster fire. It’d leave millions without insurance. It stops the Medicaid expansion. It converts exchange subsidies to block grants. It… do we need to go on? It’d be a catastrophe. We’d be worse off than we were before the ACA.

We have to fight back again. We at OTYCD have cleared the decks for the week and are doing new posts just on this issue until we get credible word that we’re all out of danger. That means we might end up preparing “defend ACA” posts almost every day until Sept 30. If that’s what’s needed, well, so be it.

We did it before. We can do it again, and we will do it again.

Also, if you’re not following the folks below, start. They will have news faster than we will, and will have instructions on how to fight back faster than we will:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Here’s the Trumpcare Toolkit, via Topher Spiro:

https://trumpcaretoolkit.org

 

Or use this sample script: “Dear (Senator Lastname,) I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to oppose the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson health care bill, aka Trumpcare 3.0, and to support reviving bipartisan efforts to stabilize the Affordable Care Act instead. The latest Republican health care bill would have the same terrible effects as the AHCA–it’d leave more than 32 million without coverage over 10 years, and it would cripple Medicaid. And it looks like you’ll be forced to vote on it without a CBO score, which is irresponsible. Restarting the talks to shore up the ACA is the better move for everyone. Please do that instead. Know also that I am paying attention to what you will do and it will influence my vote the next time you run for re-election. Thank you for listening.”

 

As for your House rep–the House of Representatives is in recess until September 25, which means he or she is back in your area. You need to go to whatever meet-the-public meetings they’re having and make it damn clear you expect them to oppose any efforts to kill the ACA.

Check your House rep’s website and social media accounts for word of town halls, meet-and-greets, and similar events. If he or she is not holding any such events, get your local activist group to see about showing up to protest some other event on the recess schedule, or maybe showing up at the rep’s office.

You can also check the Town Hall Project Twitter feed for word of events coming up in your area during the House recess:

@townhallproject

 

Read about Senator Graham’s quest to repeal Obamacare somehow, anyhow:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article171778757.html

 

Read a Washington Post piece on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-bill-to-block-grant-major-parts-of-the-aca-unveiled/2017/09/13/bdcd1872-988b-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html?utm_term=.66c65863f13b

Action Alerts · Call Your Members of Congress · Fighting Bigotry, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia... · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms · Support Immigrants and Refugees

#DefendDACA …and ACA? Sept 7 Update

Yep, you’re defending DACA again today, but there’s also an update on defending the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

On September 6, Senator John McCain made a statement that implied that he favored the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, which would gut Medicare and replace it with block grants, among other hideous moves.

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) sounded the alarm. Then McCain followed up and clarified that he might favor Graham-Cassidy after it undergoes a committee hearing, including open debate and the expected democratic good stuff that should have happened with the AHCA bill but didn’t.

The clock doesn’t run out on GOP attempts to kill Obamacare until September 30. The odds of an anti-Obamacare bill getting through normal Senate channels before that date… are not great. But Trumpcare has been The Bill That Will Not Die.

For now, we recommend you follow Topher Spiro, Ben Wikler, Andy Slavitt, and Celeste Pewter if you aren’t already. They will have news stupid-fast, along with specific actions you can take to fight back right there and then. Their Twitter handles are:

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Aslavitt

@Celeste_Pewter

 

Now back to DACA. Some good news, which we’ve woven in at the appropriate places in the standing text. 

The Senate is starting to move on helping DACA enrollees, per this story from The Hill:

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/349481-gop-senator-daca-hearings-to-begin-next-week

 

We’re recommending you continue to press your MoCs by calling and demanding that they write a law that protects those in the DACA program.

Ben Wikler (@benwikler) tweeted on September 5 that passing a law that will affect the DACA folks for the better is doable:

Vote-counters think we have the votes in both houses of Congress to pass the DREAM Act *right now.* Question is if leadership holds the vote

McConnell and Ryan will only hold the vote if they feel massive political pressure. Your channel to pressure them: your own Sens/Reps.

 

Here’s hoping the DACA fight doesn’t last as long as the Trumpcare fight.

Before calling your MoCs, check their web sites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds to see if they’ve said anything about DACA. Thank them if they spoke in favor, and berate them if they spoke against it or have said nothing.

 

Possible pro-DACA script for your MoCs: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell (Senator/House Rep Lastname) that I support the DACA program and the Dreamers, and I want him/her to pass a law that formally protects them–preferably a law that would not expire. The Dreamers deserve the chance to stay here and become citizens officially. Thank you.”

 

 

More than a dozen state attorneys general have stepped up to help DACA-folk by suing the federal government over its plan to take away the program.

Here are the states whose AGs are doing the right thing:

New York

Massachusetts

Washington

District of Columbia

Connecticut

New Mexico

Hawaii

Illinois

North Carolina

Oregon

Rhode Island

Iowa

Delaware

Pennsylvania

Virginia

Vermont

 

See an article from The Hill on the lawsuit:

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/349481-gop-senator-daca-hearings-to-begin-next-week

 

California is pursuing a separate suit to force the government to protect the DACA enrollees.

Read about California’s go-it-alone pro-DACA lawsuit:

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-will-file-separate-lawsuit-1504736029-htmlstory.html

 

Nine other state AGs threatened to sue the government if it didn’t kill DACA. Those nine states are:

Texas

Alabama

Arkansas

Kansas

Louisiana

Nebraska

South Carolina

West Virginia

 

The AG of a tenth state, Tennessee, backed out of the anti-DACA lawsuit.

 

Is your state AG doing the right thing? The wrong thing? Or nothing? Call and let them know that you support DACA and they should, too.

 

To learn who your attorney general is, plug your address into this search engine:

whoaremyrepresentatives.org

Scroll down about halfway for your state reps. The name of your attorney general should be there. Click the plus sign to the right of the name and it’ll give you the phone number for your AG’s office.

But before you call, google your AG’s name. Check his or her website and social media platforms. Make note of whether there are any statements about DACA. Be ready to thank or shame the AG accordingly.

 

And remember–be unfailingly polite; don’t call until and unless you can be unfailingly polite (rehearse the script first, out loud, if you need to); and only call the attorney general for your home state.

 

Sample pro-DACA-lawsuit script for your state AG: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want him/her to sue the federal government now that Trump has moved to abolish it. Please tell the AG that he/she has my support if he/she initiates or joins a lawsuit to protect DACA and the Dreamers. Thank you.”

Sample script for one of the nine state AGs who threatened to sue Trump to stop DACA: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want him/her to know I am disgusted with his/her stance on the program and I will remember this when it comes time to (re-elect him/her, re-up his/her appointment). Thank you.”

Possible thank-you script for Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery, who withdraw from the anti-DACA lawsuit: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, and I live in town, zip code). I wanted to tell the state attorney general that I support the DACA program and I want to thank him for leaving the group of attorneys general who are threatening to sue the federal government to end it. I appreciate him having the wisdom to change his mind, and I appreciate him having the strength and courage to do the right thing. Thank you.”

 

Now an updated roll call of #DefendDACA resources.

 

Here’s Indivisible’s #DefendDACA action kit:

http://standup.indivisibleguide.com

 

To stay on top of DACA-related issues and the #DefendDACA effort, check the web page of United We Dream, the leading organization that protects and defends the Dreamers:

http://weareuwd.org

 

Follow United We Dream on Twitter:

@UNITEDWEDREAM

 

And follow Adrian I. Reyna, director of membership and technology strategies for United We Dream, who has been giving practical advice to DACA-folk and their friends and family:

@isaiasreyna

 

If you want to donate money to directly help those participating in DACA, there are any number of fundraisers for currently enrolled DACA-folk who need help paying their renewal fees before the October 5 deadline.

Follow Muna Mire on Twitter, who is all over compiling and tracking online fundraisers for people who need help with DACA fees:

@Muna_Mire

 

Here’s United We Dream’s FAQ on the end of DACA and what it might mean:

http://weareheretostay.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions-on-daca-termination/

 

Here’s a good no-nonsense rundown from Teen Vogue on DACA and the consequences of removing it:

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/daca-how-to-help?mbid=social_twitter

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Attend Your Local Town Hall and Fight Trumpcare

IMPORTANT. Topher Spiro, a senior policy fellow at the Center for American Progress, tweeted on May 15:

INTEL: Several GOP Senators have privately said this recess is the test – if they get blowback at home, they’ll tell McConnell it’s over.

From May 29 through June 3, Congress will be in recess. Please use the tool below, designed by the Town Hall Project 2018, to find an event near you and speak out against Trumpcare.

You know how important it is to attend Town Hall meetings, public forums, and other events where your members of Congress appear in person to speak with their constituents and take questions.

Some clever, determined, energetic people have created the Town Hall Project 2018. It evolved from a spreadsheet of all the events scheduled by MoCs, be they Town Hall meetings, district office hours, ticketed events, or conference call-Town Halls. Now all you have to do is plug in your zip code and voila! It’ll show you all the relevant events happening within 75 miles.

Save this tool for tracking events where your members of Congress will take your questions and meet with you:

https://townhallproject.com

Like the Town Hall Project 2018 Facebook page:

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Follow the Town Hall Project 2018 on Twitter at the handle below and the #TownHallProject2018 hashtag:

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