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The National Immigration Law Center have donation-matching up to $100,000 to help them create a Rapid Response Fund:
Donate to NILC
Planned Parenthood Action have donation-matching up to $350,000:
Donate to PP
The Climate Science Legal Defence Fund have matching up to $50,000:
Donate to the CSLDF
The National Network of Abortion Funds have matching up to $50,000, and their solicitation e-mail ends "Let’s fund abortion, build power, and radically love each other," bless them (they're also the only organization I've encountered where a staff member has their preferred pronouns in their sig which makes me feel warm and fuzzy):
Donate to the NNAF
If you know of others, please comment!
This is c&pd from a Center for Medicare Advocacy Alert:
Health Care Repeal Vote Postponed - But Keep the Pressure On
Senate leadership today announced that a vote on the Senate health care repeal bill would be postponed until after the July 4 recess. While this shows that the efforts of all those who have called and written to tell the truth about this awful legislation are working, it is not the end. We saw this happen in the House, and can’t let it happen again.
Use the July 4 recess to attend town halls, parades and rallies, and don’t stop calling your Senators to tell them not to cut or cap Medicaid.
Find a town hall event: https://townhallproject.com (Find tips for attending a town hall at http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/10/politics/
Call your Senators' local and state offices: Get numbers for every Senator's in-state and Washington, DC offices at https://action.seiu.org/page/content/
Inspiring quote, which I found, of all places, in a memoir about de-cluttering, and comes, of all places, from the musical "Annie""
Don't it feel like the wind is always howlin'?
Don't it seem like there's never any light?
Once a day don't you want to throw the towel in?
It's easier than putting up a fight.
It's a hard-knock life!
Among other things, it would automatically register eligible voters via information they provide to various government offices, such as the DMV. A number of states have take this kind of legislation up, and a few have passed it, but it would be wonderful to have this on a federal level, for all states.
It's S. 1353 in the Senate and H.R. 2876 in the House. Call your reps and ask them to support this act by co-sponsoring it.
What we're seeing right now in Washington with the AHCA is what happens when the elected officials are not sensitive to the needs of their constituents. To force them to care, we have to make it easier for those constituents to make their voices heard in the voting booth.
Supreme Court sets higher bar for stripping citizenship (Reuters). The justices ruled 9-0 that a naturalized American citizen cannot be stripped of citizenship if a lie or omission on immigration forms was irrelevant to the government's original decision to grant entry into the United States.
[Seattle] Landlords Are Now Required to Provide Voter Registration Info (Seattle Met). Very cool look at how voting accessibility can be addressed on the city level.
Steyer to plow $7.5 million into voter mobilization efforts (Politico). Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Thursday he will put more than $7.5 million into an effort to register and turn out young voters in eight states ahead of the midterm elections.
The top of the home page identifies it as a City of Boston site, and says
The City of Boston wishes to acknowledge and attribute this information to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for the decades of work that they have done to advance the fight against climate change. While this information may not be readily available on the agency’s webpage right now, here in Boston we know climate change is real and we will continue to take action to fight it.
I haven't explored very much yet, but there's a lot there.
The theme of this week seems to be Secrecy in the Senate to Screw us on Healthcare.
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Healthcare - McConnell wants the trumpcare vote to happen before the July 4th recess. That's two weeks away.
Healthcare Call Scripts from Indivisble
Indivisible Guide: Contact for Senate Staffers
Senate Contact Info
Stop #TrumpCare Senate Call-In Day
Hustle and Slack: MoveOn Text Team Training
Pride Month: Donate to LGBT+ groups
Brennan Center Report on Trump-Russia Investigation
Mississippi River Alliance
Indivisible: Defending the Climate in Local Action
How's everyone doing?
called my one senator
called my other senator
called my representative
called my governor
called my state reps
called my city reps
sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
attended a town hall
donated moeny to a cause
attended an in person sctivist group
participated in online phone training
went to a protest
signed up for alerts
took care of myself
not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
did something else
committed to action in the coming week
Nobody expects the Senate Inquisition!
For folks like me with a Democratic Senators:
The Indivisible Guide has your back: It's Time to Stop TrumpCare and We've Got a Plan.
The Senate is trying to do what the House of Representatives did in May: jam through its TrumpCare bill in secrecy, without public hearings, without a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, and without knowing its full impact on American families. That’s why the time to put on the pressure is now. We’ve put together new resources and an action plan to help.
It's Pride month! So if you decide each month where to allocate (part of your) monthly charitable giving, here are some LGBT+ organisations to consider:
http://www.sageusa.org/ (Note: website was not working when I checked the link)
Please feel free to suggest more in the comments
Here's a twitter thread with a good summary of the current situation, as well as some great ideas and resources for taking action. These include a link to a list of Health Legislative Assistants for various senators, and the suggestion to reach out via social media to friends in states with key senators who need to be influenced:
It also points out that, worryingly, staffers report calls to senators' offices have fallen back to near to "normal", pre-Trump levels.
This Trumpcare Toolkit also provides a list of the key senators who need to be influenced and gives some easy ways to reach them. There's also a link to a letter asking the Senate to take expert and public testimony on the bill:
Edit: Another list of staffers dealing with healthcare for Republican senators:
From the responses to that thread: if your senators are Democrats, you can call and ask them to hold off on all non-essential business until a public hearing is scheduled for the new bill.
Russia is the long game, healthcare is now.
McConnell starts fast-track process for Trumpcare in the Senate (DailyKos)
Call/write/fax your Senators.
The senators called out to pressure in the article are
Jeff Flake (AZ)
Dean Heller (NV)
but all of them need to be put on notice.