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[personal profile] tassosss2017-06-18 06:06 pm

Weekly Check in June 18

Happy Father's Day. Sorry for missing last week's check in.

The theme of this week seems to be Secrecy in the Senate to Screw us on Healthcare.

Housekeeping
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

Also if you need help with tags, PM [personal profile] redbird who is our tag guru. Both [personal profile] tanaqui and I are very grateful for the help.

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
Trumpcare Toolkit

Activism
Hustle and Slack: MoveOn Text Team Training
Action Checklist

LGBT+
Pride Month: Donate to LGBT+ groups

Russia

Brennan Center Report on Trump-Russia Investigation

Climate Change
Mississippi River Alliance
Indivisible: Defending the Climate in Local Action

How's everyone doing?

Poll #18505 This week in activism
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


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called my one senator
5 (45.5%)

called my other senator
4 (36.4%)

called my representative
1 (9.1%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
2 (18.2%)

called my city reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
5 (45.5%)

attended a town hall
1 (9.1%)

donated moeny to a cause
2 (18.2%)

attended an in person sctivist group
2 (18.2%)

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participated in online phone training
1 (10.0%)

went to a protest
2 (20.0%)

signed up for alerts
1 (10.0%)

took care of myself
6 (60.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
2 (20.0%)

did something else
1 (10.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
3 (30.0%)



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[personal profile] tassosss2017-06-17 04:45 pm
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Healthcare Call Scripts from Indivisble

via [personal profile] wendelah1

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.



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[personal profile] executrix2017-06-16 10:23 pm
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Indivisible Guide: Contact for Senate Staffers

Why talk to the monkey when the organ grinder's line isn't busy?

Contacts for the staff person handling health care issues for each senator: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/senate-health-care-staffers/
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[personal profile] tanaqui2017-06-10 09:26 am

Action: Trumpcare (again...) - Trumpcare Toolkit

(both seen at [community profile] fail_fandomanon)

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:

https://twitter.com/benwikler/status/872911051628707841

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:

https://www.trumpcaretoolkit.org

Edit: Another list of staffers dealing with healthcare for Republican senators:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jonfavs/status/873223442518073346

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.
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[personal profile] tassosss2017-06-07 11:27 pm
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Action: Healthcare in Senate being fast-tracked

hattip to [personal profile] morgandawn 

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.


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[personal profile] tassosss2017-05-08 12:03 am

Weekly Check in May 7

Sorry this is late going up. I had a non-computer day. It's been a bit of a roller coaster week with the Republican's healthcare bill hitting the fan.

Housekeeping
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

It's been quite quiet in the comm this week, but here are some reminders of ongoing or future actions

Action
Healthcare
Keep the pressure on your House reps that you are happy/unhappy with how they voted on the AHCA bill.
Donate to ActBlue or SwingLeft to target vulnerable Republicans in 2018

Immigration
Call scripts for Haiti TPS

Upcoming Protests
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other Info
New system for opinion calls showing up

The Senate is already scrapping the AHCA and writing their own healthcare bill

Analysis of Executive Order on Religious Freedom to Promote Candidates

Post AHCA vote, a little inspiration

What's in the Congressional Spending Bill


Everybody gets hugs this week *(((((((( you)))))))))*
How are you doing?

Poll #18340 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


I

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called my one senator
3 (25.0%)

called my other senator
3 (25.0%)

called my representative
6 (50.0%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
1 (8.3%)

sent a letter/postcard/email/fax
7 (58.3%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
5 (41.7%)

went to an in person activist group
1 (8.3%)

particiapted in phone or online training
0 (0.0%)

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went to a protest
2 (20.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
5 (50.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
2 (20.0%)

did something else
4 (40.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
5 (50.0%)




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[personal profile] tanaqui2017-05-06 03:52 pm

Donate: Contribute now to Take Back the House (ActBlue fund)

(I don't think this has been posted yet. If it has, I don't think it will do any harm to post it again.)

ActBlue has set up a 2018 Democratic Nominee Fund to collect contributions and distribute them equally (unless you specify otherwise) to democratic nominees in 24 House races once they have been chosen in the primaries:
Twenty-four Republicans from districts where Trump won less than 50 percent of the vote in 2016 voted for this bill. Democrats need 24 seats to take back the House. Most of these races don't have Democratic candidates yet or have primaries next year. But we're not waiting till then. Every dollar you contribute to a Democratic Nominee Fund on this page will be transferred to the Democratic nominee when they win their primary next year. That means every dollar will go directly to beating Paul Ryan's majority and taking back the House.
Donate to the ActBlue fund here

Additional Action: I saw this linked over at [community profile] fail_fandomanon. The person who posted the link also suggested calling your representative if they voted for Trumpcare, even if they're not in one of the 24 districts listed, and telling them that you donated and why.
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[personal profile] tassosss2017-05-03 10:12 pm
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Action: House voting on AHCA healthcare TOMORROW

House Republicans say they have votes to pass controversial health-care bill Thursday (WaPo)

via [personal profile] giandujakiss 

The House will be voting soon; find out if your representative at this link is persuadable and if so, tell them to vote no on the current proposal.

ACTION ALERT!
If you haven't yet called your Congressional representatives, no matter who they are, about voting NO on the Republican's healthcare bill now is the time. Like before tomorrow morning/early tomorrow morning is the time. This is pick-up-the-phone-and-wade-through-voicemail time.

It's all hands on deck time.


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[personal profile] tanaqui2017-04-30 12:29 pm

Action: calls to moderate GOP reps over Trumpcare 2.0

The latest attempt to repeal the ACA (which is designed to placate the Freedom Caucus) is now being opposed by some of the more moderate Republicans who were on board with the first attempt. With the House Republican leadership trying to figure out how to proceed next week, here's a target list of representatives who need to be contacted today or Monday to let them know you oppose ACA repeal.

https://mobile.twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/857975457106538497
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[personal profile] executrix2017-04-06 01:15 pm

CRS Report on PPACA Facts

A solid 35-page report on facts about PPACA and Marketplaces from the Congressional Research Service:

https://benefitslink.com/m/url.cgi?n=37535&p=1491495867
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[personal profile] snickfic2017-03-26 10:39 am

3/26/17 link roundup - the all-healthcare edition

It's been too long since I made a roundup, and I have MANY ARTICLES to link. Here's the first half, which is all healthcare-related. This is pretty much all news/analysis.

* Is Trumpcare already here? (Politico)

* Something new for the Minnesota Legislature: a caucus of first Minnesotans (MinnPost)

* Left out of AHCA fight, Democrats let their grass roots lead — and win (WaPo)

* Sanders, Democrats rally thousands across the country to save Obamacare (Chicago Trib, Jan 2016)

* Will Obamacare Really Explode? (Politico). Interview with Kaiser Family Foundation health care expert Larry Leavitt.

* Inside the GOP’s Health Care Debacle: Eighteen days that shook the Republican Party—and humbled a president (Politic). Nice summary of events and what went wrong.

* The Republican Waterloo (Atlantic). AHCA post-mortem by conservative David Frum, who's watched his moderate views be completely eclipsed in recent years by the far right. Very interesting perspective from the other side.

* HHS Inspector General Confirms Investigation of Trump Administration Suspension of Affordable Care Act Outreach Efforts (press release from Sen. Warren). I'm not sure what this might amount to, if anything, but it seems hopeful?

* How Republicans quietly sabotaged Obamacare long before Trump came into office (Salon)

* The GOP’s top priority is in trouble (WaPo). Explanation of some of the difficulties in making the tax cuts GOP wants and how the AHCA was supposed to smooth the way for some of them.

* President Trump's healthcare plate is full, and it won't go down easy (Modern Healthcare). Laundry list of health-related issues Trump + Congress will be dealing with this year, not just ACA.

* GOP senator acknowledges Americans’ ‘right’ to health care (MSNBC)
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[personal profile] tassosss2017-03-19 08:46 pm

Weekly Check In March 19

Housekeeping
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

Get Involved
Call to support House Resolution for Trump to release his tax returns
Ides of Trump - Send him a postcard (technically was March 15, but no reason you still can't send him a postcard)
Call Representatives about Medicaid Cuts (technically was organized for the 16th, but the talking points are still valid)
Thank a government scientist

Info of Georgia Special Election on April 18. Registration deadline for those not registered is March 20

Run for your State Democratic Committee, petitions due April 3


Tools
Use Resistbot to use texting to fax your reps. It's extremely easy.

Upcoming Protests
April 1: March for Health
April 15: Tax Day March
April 22: March for Science

News to know
Confirmation Hearings
Jay Clayton for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Labor Secretary: Alexander Acosta's hearing delayed to this week
Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing of Neil Gorsuch Begin March 20 (WaPo coverage)

Immigration / Dreamers
Chatbot helps refugeescomplete paperwork
ACLU Freedom Cities Action Plan
The second Muslim Ban Executive Order blocked by Federal Judges in Hawaii and Maryland, and Trumps words used against him. (WaPo)

Healthcare
Linkspam: CBO score for Republican health plan, what it means for people, talking points, potential impacts

Get Educated
Link Roundup: Why calling Congress is worthwhile, Virginia Democrats gearing up for primaries, fight over electric vehicles, lessons from Obamacare, sequestration will cause problems for Republican health plan
Ballotpedia watches all the States' upcoming legislation so you don't happy. You can sign up for their newsletter.

How is everyone doing out there? Let me know if you want me to add categories to the check-in poll.

Poll #18099 This week in the resistence
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


I

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called my one senator
4 (25.0%)

called my other senator
4 (25.0%)

called my representative
3 (18.8%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/email/postcard/fax
10 (62.5%)

donated money to a cause
3 (18.8%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (12.5%)

participated in an online training or call
2 (12.5%)

went to a protest
1 (6.2%)

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signed up for daily action alerts
3 (27.3%)

took care of myself
9 (81.8%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
0 (0.0%)

did something else
4 (36.4%)




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[personal profile] executrix2017-03-15 11:56 am

Tomorrow is National Medicaid Call-In Day

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care sent out an action alert.

March 16 is National Call-In Day to protest planned Medicaid cuts. The SEIU provided a toll-free number for the calls.

1. Call (866)-426-2631
2. Enter your zip code and phone number
3. A person will answer--leave a brief message asking your Representative to vote against the AHCA, specifically because block-granting Medicaid will lead to cuts in funds available for nursing home and home care. The elderly and disabled cannot afford to pay out of pocket for this exorbitantly expensive care, so Medicaid cuts means that they will not be able to get the care they need.
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[personal profile] tassosss2017-03-07 08:37 pm

Healthcare: Republicans Healthcare Plan


from Vox

The American Health Care Act: the Republicans’ bill to replace Obamacare, explained


The puzzling way Republicans want to replace the individual mandate, explained with a cartoon <- I liked this.

Vox Sentences: Pretty much no one likes the GOP’s health care bill

Today in Obamacare: The rollout of the GOP plan is not going well


The GOP health bill is a $600 billion tax cut — almost entirely for the wealthy


Senate rules could force GOP to drop key policies in health bill


4 key arguments Democrats will use to attack Trumpcare


from Washington Post

How the House Republicans’ proposed Obamacare replacement compares
<- also good graphics

Conservatives lash out at House GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill


Income separates the winners and losers in Republicans’ health-care plans


from New York Times

Republicans’ Changes to Medicaid Could Have Larger Impact Than Their Changes to Obamacare
<- good graphics on Medicaid

G.O.P. Health Bill Faces Revolt From Conservative Forces


The Republicans are trying to get this passed as fast as they can before even the Congressional Budget Office can get a report done on how much it will cost and who it will hurt. Because of Senate rules, the Republicans can't afford to have more than 2 of their own not vote for it. So calling your Republican Congresspeople is worthwhile, especially if you are in a state that expanded Medicaid

ACTION: This is a topic to call your Senators and Representatives on this week.

Script: Hi my name is [NAME] and I live in [ZIP CODE]. I'm calling because I am against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and opposed to the Republicans Healthcare plan. The Republicans plan puts a financial burden on sick people and will cause millions to lose their insurance coverage and I want [Congress Person] to vote against it.

(Add in a personal story or other talking point you'd like to hit, as you will.)

ETA: Audio stream on Indivisible call is here

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[personal profile] executrix2017-03-07 05:43 pm
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March for Health April 1

April 1, but no joke: March for Health April 1, confirmed locations are Washington DC, NYC, Seattle Santa Rosa, Rockledge, Bethlehem, and Morgantown, and several other cities may have their own marches: see

https://www.facebook.com/MarchForHealth/
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[personal profile] tassosss2017-03-05 06:30 pm

Weekly Check In March 5

Another week in the resistance.

Housekeeping
Is anyone out there interested in helping us tag posts? That seems to be the area where we’re falling down the most.

Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

thisfinecrew discussion about where to put your energy
has thoughts on philosophies and suggestions for coping with too many things being bad. Also, I proposed setting up something like Topic Teams in case people wanted to organize into smaller groups to track one topic. Is there interest in that? If so, I'll set up a post. That may also be easier to then be able to track what other resistence groups are doing with respect to each topic and what may be most useful in terms of putting pressure on politicians. Thoughts?

Get Involved
The ACLU is starting a grass roots wing and providing resistance training

Immigration / Dreamers
You can support Dreamers who need to renew their applications to the tune of $495

Get Educated
Why street protests matter
Technology and brainwashing
Linkspam: Don't get undocumented friend sin trouble, Women's strike, News on the Administration
Linkspam: State legistlative special elections, links to daily newsletters, Obamacare replacement, media

News to know

Confirmation Hearings
Rick Perry was confirmed as Secretary of Energy
Ryan Zinke was confirmed as Secretary of Interior and showed up on horseback

Russia
Jeff Sessions lied about not having contact with Russia - timeline from Vox with related coverage

Healthcare
Republicans are working on their replacement healthcare bill in as much secrecy as possible. This will end well.

Hatecrime
Jewish community centers, schools, and cemeteries have been threatened and vandalized.

How is everyone doing out there?

Poll #18067 This week in the Resistance
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


I

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called my one senatory
4 (28.6%)

called my other senator
2 (14.3%)

called my representative
3 (21.4%)

called by state representative
1 (7.1%)

called my state senator
2 (14.3%)

called my govnernor
0 (0.0%)

sent and email/letter/postcard
5 (35.7%)

donated money to a cause
5 (35.7%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (14.3%)

went to a protest
3 (21.4%)

.

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went to a town hall
0 (0.0%)

signed up for daily action alerts
2 (16.7%)

took care of myself
6 (50.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
3 (25.0%)

did something else
10 (83.3%)



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[personal profile] executrix2017-02-08 03:11 pm

Defending PPACA: We Wonk So You Won't Have To

Registration info. for videoconference tomorrow at 8 pm EST:

"Friend --

Beginning February 17, Congress will be home in their respective districts for a week-long recess. We're gearing up to make sure elected officials hear from us -- their constituents -- directly.

This is our opportunity to make our voices heard, in person, on the life-changing impact of Obamacare for tens of millions of Americans -- and just how devastating repeal could be.

So tomorrow, OFA and Indivisible are joining together to host a video conference call to go over tactics and best practices for engaging with representatives while they're visiting their districts.

Here are the details:

What: Defending Obamacare Video Call - Preparing for Congressional Recess
When: Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: RSVP below for more details.

RSVP
When it's time for the call to start, here's how to join in -- you'll need to be in front of your computer and on your phone.

1. NewRow is the program we use so that you can see the visual portion of the call. Jump into NewRow here at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time. Log in as a guest.

2. Maestro is our phone conference line. Using the "RSVP" link above will register you, and Maestro will send you the phone dial-in number and a unique PIN. You'll need this to call in and listen to the audio -- so be sure to register now and have your dial-in and PIN ready prior to the call.

Remember: Give yourself at least 10-15 minutes before the call starts to get logged on to NewRow and dialed in to Maestro. We will begin right at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Thanks and talk to you soon,

Jennifer

Jennifer Warner
National Organizing Director
Organizing for Action"

I just finished listening to the Families USA PPACA defense webinar. Long story short:
1. Some Republicans are sane enough to think there should be a replacement before PPACA repeal, and since basically replacement is impossible this is going to take them awhile.

2. However, advocates thought that the fight to save Medicaid would occur AFTER the fight to save PPACA, but they're happening simultaneously.

3. Block grants and per capita caps are being promoted as "innovative" and "flexible," but they're just ways to cut the federal Medicaid budget by 1/3 and shift the cost increases to the states, which are already desperately short of money. See familiesusa.org for fact sheets explaining why these arguments are so bogus.

4. Depending on how they set the baselines, though, states that expanded Medicaid might get more money than those that didn't. Hehehehe.

5. Follow www.resistancerecess.com for activities during the Congressional recess starting February 20; you can also upload your own event.

6. Familiesusa.org will have tools for face-to-face meetings with legislators, and you can report the results to contact@familiesusa.org.
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[personal profile] tanaqui2017-01-29 09:50 am

Donate: She Decides (replacing the funds removed by the "Mexico City Policy")

The fund proposed by Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, to replace the $600 million a year of funding from the U.S. which is being withdrawn through reinstatement of the "Mexico City Policy", has now been set up.

They're still working on the online payment options, but you can already make a direct bank transfer to the fund. More details can be found at:

http://shedecides.eu/