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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.
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People for the American Way is doing a phone bank tomorrow (May 31) to ask New Hampshire voters to vote against state legislation (Senate Bill 3) which would impose requirements for proof of eligibility to vote that would exclude many potential voters. PFAW says you phone from home, between 4:30-7:30 pm Eastern time, and they're doing a training session at 3:30 pm Eastern.

Signup form:
(if that doesn't work, they probably have a link at pfaw.org.)
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From [personal profile] watersword in a comment in our suggestions post:
Rep. Ted Lieu (D - CA) has introduced a bill to ban conversion therapy (aka abusing queer people to make them not-queer) nationwide: HR.2119 - Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. There's a companion bill in the Senate, S.928 - Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. People can contact their reps or senators to thank them for co-sponsoring (the list of cosponsors is available at those links), or urge them to vote for the bills if and when they get out of committee.
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From It's Time To Fight:
Ok, I think all you have to do is go online, and get a sense of why this is not great news. Yes, we all think Comey's a wanker who definitely helped influence the election negatively.

With that being said, we're not all outraged right now FOR Comey. I keep seeing people on the left and the right make this mistake. We're outraged over:

1) Why Comey was fired,
2) What it means that POTUS abused his powers like this.
3) Trump flat-out lied in his letter, and is trying to fool the masses.
(It's Time To Fight also has a copy of Trump's -- gobsmacking -- letter, if you haven't seen it yet, as well as other useful links and information.)

Contact your representatives. Here's a suggested script (also from It's Time To Fight):
You: Hi, [my name is] and I’m calling from [zip code].

You: I’m asking [MoC/Senator] to push for a special prosecutor and an independent commission to investigate the Trump Administration.

You: The firing of Director Comey was a clearly a partisan act, based on false reasons. This reinforces the idea that we are in need of non-partisan investigations, urgently.

You: Please support this effort, and do what you can using the Ethics in Government Act. Please do what you can. Thanks. [hang up]
A group are also working on organising marches/demonstrations for Saturday 3rd June to:
call for an impartial investigation into Russian interference in the US election and ties to Donald Trump, his administration and his associates.
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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.

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The ACLU just emailed me asking me to call my Congressmember and ask them to protect online privacy by voting against "SJ 34." I just spoke to Representative Clark's office, and her staffer told me that it had passed the senate (which I knew) and that the house bill is resolution 86.

The house is scheduled to vote on this tomorrow, Tuesday March 28, so if you're going to call or fax, there's not a lot of time.

Here's a script, from the ACLU except that I've put in the House resolution number:

I’m calling to demand Congress protect my online privacy and keep FCC broadband rules intact. Do not pass House Resolution 86. I do not want internet service providers to sell my data without getting my permission.
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On Wednesday, [personal profile] executrix  posted a link to Resistbot. I finally got around to trying it out today and I am here to now convert the rest of you into using it.

Resistbot is my new favorite thing.

Story time: The first week after Inauguration it wasn't hard to get over my fear of phones and call my representatives in Congress. It sucked but I did it. Then three things conspired to make me pretty much stop. 1) I live in a very vocal blue state. My senators and reps are already doing what I want them to do, so the urgency tapered as 2) real life reasserted itself and things simmered down since I can't live in crisis mode, and 3) when I did call, there were so many calls that I wasn't getting through anymore and it all felt pointless.

I'm going to pause here and recommend you read What Calling Congress Achieves (The New Yorker) that [personal profile] snickfic  posted in today's linkspam. It reinvigorated my urge to contact Congress People because it DOES matter. It matters that we do it collectively in large numbers over the long haul.

Back to Resistbot. Here's what it is. You text "resist" to their number 50409 and the bot answers. I got to grin and imagine I was talking to a droid in Star Wars.

The bot asks for your name and zipcode. It finds your senators (it will add your representative if you use it again). Then it asks what you want to tell them. Here's where I messed up this time around: I talked to the bot instead of my senators. Don't do that. What you text to the bot is what's going to be put in the fax addressed to them, so you should address your representatives directly.

I gotta say, it was really easy to do, and I really liked being able to text what I wanted to say. At this point in my life, texting is one of my major forms of communication, so it wasn't hard to come up with something. I think it's good because it also forces you to be short. Make one point and then send.

The bot formats it into a letter, which it screenshots for you, and then faxes to the appropriate offices. All told it took about five minutes.

To sum up:

You basically get to text Congress without looking up their contact info
The resistbot sends it to them as a faxed letter
You don't have to call over and over again to get through jammed lines or full inboxes
You don't have to talk to a person or wait for open office hours

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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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Nomination of Alex Acosta to serve as Secretary of Labor

When: Wednesday 15 March 2017 from 1.30pm

Committee Members and what the committee should be concerned about )

Suggested action: While it's a low bar to clear, Acosta seems a decent pick by the standards of the current administration, with relevant experience in public service, a sensible view of Muslims, and cautious support from labor organisations and Democrats. While the negatives about him, such as his justification of "vote caging", are unpleasant, they don't seem particularly extreme for a Republican nominee and are unlikely to be things that will convince the Republican members of the Committee to vote against him. So I don't think it's worth taking the time to call about this one (especially given the urgency on issues such as the new travel ban and assault on the ACA/Medicaid) -- but please let us know in comments if there are strong reasons the committee should reject the nomination.

Housekeeping note: This is the only Cabinet-level nomination hearing this week, although various Senate Committees have been holding hearings over the last month into (generally less contentious) lower-level positions that require Senate approval before being filled.
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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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Organizing for Action call tool to protest HR 1215 (American Health Care Act)

Indivisible Guide is having an emergency strategy call tonight at 9 pm Eastern time--RSVP at

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Copied from the comment left in our suggestions post by [personal profile] monanotlisa. The committee meeting is taking place today from 10.15am. There's an amendment from the Republican chairman tabled in the committee listing, although I'm not entirely sure what the specific differences are between the two texts (or what they mean).

Please make the phone calls to out of state reps on the Judiciary Committee and share this action with friends:

According to reports, House Republicans are going to try to bury a resolution that could expose the president's ties to Russia and his business conflicts of interest.

The "Resolution of Inquiry," sponsored by Jeff Nadler of New Jersey, "demands that Attorney General Jeff Sessions hand over to the Hill any document, record, memo, correspondence or other communication' pertaining to 'criminal or counterintelligence investigations' related to Trump, White House staff or his business."
This resolution SHOULD get a vote on the House floor, but it WON'T if the Judiciary Committee kills it next week.

We need to pressure the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee. Call and demand that they NOT KILL the Resolution of Inquiry when it comes to them Tuesday.

Sample Script: Hi, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent from (City/Zip). I’m calling to express my support for Congressman Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry. In light of House chief of staff Reince Priebus’ improper request to the FBI, and reports that the Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees, had already begun speaking to reporters to challenge the story about a Russia connection to the Trump campaign, it is imperative that the Justice Dept. now releases all information regarding the Trump investigation to congress.

Will _________ support Nadler's Resolution of Inquiry? Thank you for all your hard work answering the phones.

Call the House Judiciary Committee (202) 225-3951
And call the members of the committees:
Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. (WI-05)
Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21)
Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01)
Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)
Rep. Steve King (IA-04)
Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04)
Rep. Ted Poe (TX-02)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03)
Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10)
Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04)
Rep. Raúl Labrador (ID-01)
Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09)
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06)
Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04)
Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04)
Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02)
Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01)
Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04)
Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05)
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(Following up on the post earlier in the week:)

Lawyers for DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez -- arrested last Friday during a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain his father and placed in deportation proceedings on Tuesday -- are claiming that ICE doctored a statement by Ramirez to justify stripping him of his DACA protections and beginning deportation.

According to Vox:
On Tuesday, lawyers filed a complaint in federal court over Ramirez’s detention, asking a judge to order the Department of Homeland Security to release Ramirez because he hasn’t been charged with anything and shouldn’t, as a DACA recipient, have been detained in the first place.

The federal magistrate judge in the case ordered the government to clarify why Ramirez was detained despite having DACA, and whether DHS had placed him in deportation proceedings.

On Thursday, the federal government filed a brief with the judge indicating that they had, in fact, placed Ramirez in deportation proceedings on Tuesday the 14th. When that happened, Ramirez was stripped of his DACA protections.
In a separate filing on Thursday, Ramirez's lawyers said ICE has launched a public campaign to smear Ramirez. The filing said:
immigration officers removed words from a written statement by Ramirez denying gang involvement to make it sound as if he was admitting gang affiliation.
You can see a copy of the (incredibly badly doctored!) contested statement and details of what Ramirez says he actually wrote in this news story. Nobody is quite sure at this stage whether this is an isolated case, a new ICE policy -- or an isolated case that will turn into an new ICE policy if ICE succeeds.

As well as the actions suggested in our earlier post, such as supporting MALDEF and calling your representatives, the latest Re:Act newsletter offers some more ideas for action:
Support the National Immigration Law Center. The NILC has a mission to defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.

View the current causes of Border Angels, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that advocates for issues related to the US-Mexican border.

Sign up for briefings with the National Immigration Forum.
The Re:Act newsletter has links to other cases where ICE seems to be pushing at the boundaries of policy under the Obama Administration.
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UPDATE: News sites are reporting that Puzder has withdrawn himself from consideration.

Alert for people in MAINE, ALASKA, SOUTH CAROLINA and GEORGIA: Four Republican senators in your states -- Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Johnny Isakson of Georgia -- are holding off on expressing support for Puzder. All four sit on the Senate Health, Education, Labour and Pensions committee which is holding the hearing into Puzder's nomination. Please call them if you can to voice your objections!

Nomination of Andrew Puzder to serve as Secretary of Labor

When: Thursday 16 February 2017 from 10.00am

Committee Members, what the committee should be concerned about and calling script )

Please use the comments to suggest more reasons why the committee should reject the nomination and to suggest amendments to the calling script.

Housekeeping note: There is a third hearing scheduled for Thursday 16 Feb at 10am, in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, into the nomination of David Friedman to be Ambassador to Israel. I don't feel qualified to comment on the issues around that appointment, so I won't be making a post. If anyone else wants to make a post, please feel free to do so.
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Pending Nomination of David J. Shulkin, M.D., Nominee to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs

When: Wednesday 01 February 2017 from 2.30pm

Committee Members and what the committee should be concerned about )

Suggested action: Amazingly enough, this is apparently a GOOD pick! Whether Shulkin will be able to stand up to Trump and reject his agenda -- and whether he'll be able to keep his job if he does, given the events of the past week -- is another matter. However, it looks like this is one nomination where there's no need to call your representatives.

Housekeeping note: This is the only confirmation hearing so far scheduled for this week, but there are several votes taking place in committee today and tomorrow, which will then move to votes in the full Senate.
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We’re a week into the new regime, and I don’t know about the rest of you, but information overload is becoming a problem. Focusing on what can be done and what you can do personally in the midst of lots of terrible things happening all at the same time is going to be the balancing challenge of the next four years.

In the wake of the energy of the Women’s March, “What’s next?” is the question going around.Twitter thread (hat tip to [personal profile] tielan ): So you just got home from your local Women's March. Now what

Lots of people and lots of websites are being set up to help walk folks through it -- and it’s almost information overload with all of these options. At the bottom of this post, I’ve put together a preliminary list of these. If you’re ready to jump in, feel free to skip ahead.

If you’re like me and struggle with picking the “right one,” I suggest a different approach.

Recognize What Your Limits Are
  1. Are you going to have the spoons to call Congress people every day or do you need to limit it to once a week?
  2. If you can't call, can you write letters or postcards?
  3. Do you have the time, energy, or ability to get involved in an in-person group? If so what kind of time commitment can you make?
Answering these for yourself upfront will help you figure out what website/group is right for you, and more importantly set your personal boundaries so you don’t have to feel guilty for not living up to unrealistic goals. The goal is sustained action over four years, so do what you can when you can.

Make a Personal Action Plan
  1. Once you've figured out what you can do and how often, write it down!
  2. Figure out a time you can do it and make it a habit. Schedule it on your calendar. Google Calendar has email reminders for you to do the thing. I use Habitica, so I’ve added calling my Congress people to my Thursday Dailies to-do list.
  3. Gather all the letter writing materials, phone numbers, whatever for the thing.
  4. If you need motivation, find a buddy to do the thing with. We're looking into organizing virtual call partiesso stay tuned.
  5. Make sure self-care is part of your action plan. [personal profile] snickfic 's 1/25 roundup linked to a really great article about this How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind (Medium).

Writing down a plan forces you to think through the steps and visualize yourself doing them. This can help get you to actually do them, if that’s something you’re struggling with. You are not alone - it’s hard to start a new habit like this.

Okay, now onto the resource list. I have not vetted these, so if folks can endorse, please do so, and add more in comments and I'll add them to the list.

Set it up and don’t think about it action from home
Donate monthly to an organization

Weekly action from home
Fight Trump
Democrats Abroad Congressional Call Storm for Americans living abroad
5 Calls
The 65: We're His Problem Now

Less than daily more than weekly
Wall of Us
My Civic Workout
Call Them In

Daily action from home
Any of the above sites giving weekly actions can be turned into Daily by repeating or alternating different week's scripts

Get yourself out there in your community
Dream Corps

By topic
Helps Figure Out What Organizations You May Want to Support
Holy Fuck the Election

Families USA

What Congress is Voting On

Feel free to add more in the comments. This will become an updated resource list.


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