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I just called my Congressmember to ask him to support Rep. Nydia Velasquez's request to suspend the Jones Act (so foreign ships can bring aid to Puerto Rico) and not require Puerto Rico to match FEMA disaster relief funds (because Puerto Rico doesn't have the money). The staffer said she'd pass this along to him: she was generally sympathetic to the request to help Puerto Rico after the hurricane, but I'm not sure she, or Rep. Capuano, is aware of this specific.

I heard about this on my Twitter feed, and Rep. Velasquez's press release and letter to the acting secretary of homeland security are here:

https://velazquez.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/members-congress-push-recovery-plan-puerto-rico
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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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(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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As seen on twitter from Ben Wikler (@benwikler) of MoveOn

https://twitter.com/benwikler/status/859838674258755584


If House GOP succeeds in passing #TrumpCare tonight (or any day), the public's IMMEDIATE response will massively shape what happens next. 1/

The biggest risk: the vote gets hailed as a breakthrough victory for Trump and the GOP, praised by conservative groups... boom, momentum. 2/

It will be tempting for activists to immediately swing their focus over to pressuring the Senate. Don't do it. Job one is BLOWBACK. 3/

Most of all, swing Senators will be watching to see what kind of political price GOP reps pay for voting to uninsure their constituents. 4/

Citizens' jobs will be to make clear that voting for AHCA is politically toxic. Career suicide. A highly visible, public firestorm. Rage. 5/

If the House passes TrumpCare, every Republican member of Congress has to feel like they're walking into a political buzz saw. 6/

Their phones should ring off the hook. Their district offices should be jammed. Town halls? Furious overflow crowds, chanting "SHAME." 7/

The intensity and visibility of response to the House vote will define the news cycle and the Senate's willingness to touch this thing. 8/

So—if we lose the vote, don't mourn. Fight. Crucify the House. Only after pulverizing the House GOP, turn, eyes ablaze, to the Senate. 9/9


ETA

from sashayed on tumblr

The most effective protest, and the one with the best optics, is the one you make physically: showing up at your shitbag Representative’s district office, camera in hand. Be there when he gets to work in the morning. Be there when she leaves. Ask her if she is embarrassed. Ask him if he is ashamed. Tell her interns and assistants about yourself, about your loved ones. Explain to your local newspaper, to neighborhood blogs, to your facebook friends and Twitter followers why you are furious and disappointed and why you will not forget. 

If you would rather call, here’s a potential script. It is maybe not the best? I’m pretty angry.

Hi. I’m calling to register my anger and disappointment at Rep. ____’s Yes vote on the AHCA. [I/my loved ones] am now at risk of losing my insurance, and I am appalled that social programs that personally affect me and my loved ones will be stripped in order to provide tax breaks to the wealthy. Rep. ____ should be ashamed of himself. I and my community will not forget this vote. Will you please take down my information and send me confirmation that the Congressman is listening to constituents? Thanks.

If your rep voted YES and you don’t want to call them, there are PLENTY of people on tumblr who will call on your behalf.



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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.

https://mobile.twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/857975457106538497
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I'm loving the heck out of this. It reminds you that it's time to resist again every few days, and if you've been keeping track you'll already have an idea of what you want to say this time.

Also, one of the things I was less than satisfied about -- the inability to select House, Senate, or Both -- is apparently fixed as an add-on after you've used it a few times. That's really going to help with the flexibility of what I can text about.

If texting is something you're comfortable with, I can't recommend this utility highly enough.
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https://www.ourstates.org/#ourstates

Interactive map of state laws and pending bills in five areas: immigration, policing/protest, reproductive justice, voting rights, and LGBTQ equality, plus a counterpart to their original Indivisible Guide for rousting state rather than federal legislators.
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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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An 8-page guide from Indivisible about tracking down an "Invisible MOC"--a Congressmember who hasn't scheduled Town Halls.

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resources-2/2017/2/12/missing-members-of-congress-action-plan
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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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Vox's rundown of the day. Top section is on what went on with last night's Senate votes to further set the stage for Obamacare repeal.

Basically the vote was straight down party lines, 51(R) to 48 (D). And the Ds forced amendment votes to keep all the major provisions like keeping kids on their parents plans till 26, covering pre-existing conditions, etc. The Rs voted them down, going for a straight up repeal.

Also from Vox: What the Republicans have so far for replacement plans.


These each keep different parts of the ACA. None of them solve healthcare.

Feel free to link to other articles. I picked these for their summary nature.


ACTION: Keep the pressure on the Republicans to at least have a replacement plan before they repeal, or not to repeal at all. Thank Democrats who support the ACA.

1. Info on finding your representatives contact info.

2. Call your Senators and Representatives. Star Wars achievement badges are in your future.

3. Here's your script from the "We're His Problem Now" google doc I would suggest copying the script into a word processor and filling in all the blanks before using it.

(If you use a subsidized plan) I’m ---- -----, a constituent calling to let <Senator/Representative ____> that I depend on <an ACA health plan, Medicare, Medicaid> for my health insurance coverage. I want the <Senator/Rep> to protect <ACA/Medicare/Medicaid> from cuts or changes that would result in a loss of coverage for me and millions of other Americans. Please ask <him/her> to fight for my right to health care!

(If you don’t use a subsidized plan)
I’m ---- ---- a constituent calling to let <Senator/Representative ____> know that I want <him/her> to stand up for the subsidized health care plans that cover millions of Americans. Please ask <him/her> not to support cuts to Medicaid or Medicare or changes to the ACA that would result in a loss of coverage. Affordable health care is a priority issue for me and I will be paying close attention to how <Senator/Representative ____> votes.

4. Recognize that this will likely not be the last time you call about the ACA.

5. Let us know how it went.




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House Republicans revive obscure rule that allows them to slash the pay of individual federal workers to $1
House Republicans this week reinstated an arcane procedural rule that enables lawmakers to reach deep into the budget and slash the pay of an individual federal worker — down to $1 — a move that threatens to upend the 130-year-old civil service.

The Holman Rule, named after an Indiana congressman who devised it in 1876, empowers any member of Congress to propose amending an appropriations bill to single out a government employee or cut a specific program.

The use of the rule would not be simple; a majority of the House and the Senate would still have to approve any such amendment. At the same time, opponents and supporters agree that the work of 2.1 million civil servants, designed to be insulated from politics, is now vulnerable to the whims of elected officials.
Given Trump is looking to appoint many Cabinet secretaries who are at odds with the agencies they'll lead, and has already asked for details of federal staff working on particular programmes, this looks like laying the groundwork for silencing federal employees or driving them out of their current roles.

WHAT TO DO

Call your representatives to let them know you object to the Holman Rule being revived and urge them to rescind it and to vote against any amendments that make use of it.

Sample script: "Hi, my name is ________, and I'm a constituent of the Senator/Congressman/Congresswoman/Governor. I want to let Mr./Ms. (name of rep) know that I object to Congress reviving the Holman Rule, which allows members of congress to cut the pay of individual federal workers. I believe this will have a chilling effect on federal workers and limit the ability of federal agencies to effectively deliver services. I urge Mr./Ms. (name of rep) to work to rescind the Holman Rule and to vote against any amendments to appropriations bills that single out one or more specific government employees."

(If you don't already have your reps' contact info, this post has links for finding them. And for any of our members who are federal employees, or who have family/friends who are federal employees, my heartfelt sympathies that you are facing such an incredibly low blow.)
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In today's news, the GOP has begun the process to repeal Obamacare aka the Affordable Care Act.

Vox has details here: Senate Republicans just introduced Obamacare repeal Democrats can't stop
and more about the process they are using here: The Senate’s complicated plan to repeal Obamacare, explained by an expert on Congress
(I like and trust Vox's political coverage. If you have other links that are relevant, even those with different takes or views, please feel free to share them in comments. I will try for multi-sourcing.)

This is where YOU come in. This is what this community is about. We have 105 subscribers. I'm challenging all of you who are American citizens (and not DC residents, sorry folks) to call your Senators in the next two days to voice your opinion. Come back here and tell us you did it! How inspiring would it be to see comments from people who took action!

Remember how yesterday's action was to program your representatives phone numbers into your phone? This is where it pays off. If you've done it, you get to skip the "oh my god, I have to find their phone number!" step!

A step by step guide.
0. If you haven't programmed your reps numbers into your phones, do it now. We'll wait. You'll earn this shiny badge.



1. Make a ten minute appointment with yourself to get this done! Put it on your calendar. Right now. No seriously, pull up whatever calendar you use and do it. Lunch break, before work, after work.

2. Set a calendar or alarm reminder for that appointment so you don't forget. I totally understand the impulse to let it be something that you do "tomorrow," but resist. Keep that appointment.

3. Here's your script from the "We're His Problem Now" google doc I would suggest copying the script into a word processor and filling in all the blanks before using it.

(If you use a subsidized plan) I’m ---- -----, a constituent calling to let <Senator/Representative ____> that I depend on <an ACA health plan, Medicare, Medicaid> for my health insurance coverage. I want the <Senator/Rep> to protect <ACA/Medicare/Medicaid> from cuts or changes that would result in a loss of coverage for me and millions of other Americans. Please ask <him/her> to fight for my right to health care!

(If you don’t use a subsidized plan)
I’m ---- ---- a constituent calling to let <Senator/Representative ____> know that I want <him/her> to stand up for the subsidized health care plans that cover millions of Americans. Please ask <him/her> not to support cuts to Medicaid or Medicare or changes to the ACA that would result in a loss of coverage. Affordable health care is a priority issue for me and I will be paying close attention to how <Senator/Representative ____> votes.

4. Call your Senators! Republican or Democrat, both sides need to hear from us. Don't think about it too hard, don't give yourself time to walk away, don't work yourself up about it. You've got this. You really do.

5. Come back here and tell us you did it! You'll earn an awesome badge. If you call both Senators you get two!





6. Earn extra credit! Call your House Representative too!



7. Come back here and comment about how it went! I would love to see at least ten comments! My plan is to call before work tomorrow morning.

8. Bask in the glow of making your voice heard. Remember, the GOP is counting on the "silent majority" to stay silent. Don't.



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The 115th Congress was sworn in today. Now's the time to get to know your representatives, especially ones who were elected this cycle.

I know many people have done this already, but for those that haven't, here's your nudge: one way to lower the barrier to calling your representatives is to program their State and Washington Office phone numbers into your phone.

From the previous post on this:

Find Your Representative - by zip code for House of Representatives. this should lead to your Reps, and then to their websites where you can find the contact info for the Washington D.C. Office and their State office.

Senators Contact - list form for the Senators. The link on their name seems to go to their webpage, and their link under "contact" can go to either a webform or a webpage. You'll have to experiment to see which one gets you to a phone number.

ALSO IMPORTANT 
Find the contact info for your STATE REPRESENTATIVES and GOVERNOR. Right now, Republicans control the majority of State Legislatures, and these will be the rising stars of the party in future elections. No reason not to voice your displeasure at the direction of the national party with it's lower rung members.




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