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My very own own Senator Ed Markey, along with California Congressman Ted Lieu, has created a bill that would require authorization from Congress (either as a declaration of war or the more-common- of-late authorization of force) before a nuclear strike.

This is a wonderful bill for a number of obvious reasons; it's HR 699/S 200. (House/Senate version. House text.)

If you are so inclined, call your Senators and Congressfolk to urge them to pass it. (202) 224-3121, or use Resistbot. (Text the word "resist" to 50409 to begin.)

Rachelmanijia has more info, a script, and other ideas here, and the campaign is hashtagging it up at #PullTheFootball, if you're Twitter-inclined.

If you're not American, feel free to share the info around anyway; the more folks who get this info, the better.
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Weekly newsletter with lots of good action tips, contact links and call scripts:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L8HnKq6hcAfbWUa0a-7PPA4S7h9gqkRzFJGu60gJfws/edit

Thanks to isiscolo for pointing it out!
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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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The question has come up for folks who can't make phone calls but who still want to get in touch with their representatives: how do you take a phone script and make it a letter?

Guidelines - I pulled this list off of my representative's website and it's sound advice, I think:
  • In an easy to read format, with a clear purpose stated in the first paragraph
  • Regarding a single issue, not a group of unrelated issues
  • Not attempting to begin a dialogue, which is better conducted on the phone or in person
  • Directed to the appropriate office: committee business to the committee, and constituent business to the Member's personal office
  • In your own words, not copied from a form letter or Web site
  • From an individual, not an intermediary organization or Web site

Example
I'm going to use the ACA script from the We're His Problem Now google doc, since I have it handy.

Here's the phone script
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.

Step 1: Break the script into its parts. The easiest way is to put each sentence on a separate line.

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.

Step 2: Use each script sentence as the first line for each paragraph in your letter. This is your outline.


Header with your address

Header with Senator/Representitve's address

Dear Senator/Representaitve -----

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.

Sincerely
Badass Letterwriter

Step 3: Change any words needed to address the representative directly

Header with your address

Header with Senator/Representitve's address

Dear Senator/Representaitve -----

I’m ---- ---- a constituent writing to let you know that I want you to stand up for the subsidized health care plans that cover millions of Americans.

Please do not 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 you vote.

Sincerely
Badass Letterwriter

Step 4: Personalize the letter. Read through and probably in the second paragraph add something personal that makes this real to you. This letter is from the script where the LW isn't personally covered by an ACA plan, BUT that does not mean the LW is not personally affected by it. Drug prices. If you have female parts you may get contraceptive coverage, or equal premiums that you wouldn't otherwise. Young adults have staying on their parents insurance till 26. You may have a family member who has an ACA plan. Pre-existing conditions.

This part can be as short as a couple sentences, as in the example below, or you can go on for a paragraph. I wouldn't do more than that though unless it's a good story.

Header with your address

Header with Senator/Representitve's address

Dear Senator/Representaitve -----

I’m ---- ---- a constituent writing to let you know that I want you to stand up for the subsidized health care plans that cover millions of Americans.

Please do not support cuts to Medicaid or Medicare or changes to the ACA that would result in a loss of coverage. My sister has a pre-existing condition that prevented her from being covered by health insurance until the ACA. Before the ACA she was handed a $50,000 hospital bill for surgery that saved her life. Under the ACA she doesn't have to fear that she has to choose between her life or bankruptcy.

Affordable health care is a priority issue for me and I will be paying close attention to how you vote.

Sincerely
Badass Letterwriter

(If you want to throw down, you can add as a last line before Sincerely: "See you at your next townhall." But only if you're actually going to go.)

Step 5: You're done! Sign the letter, pop it in the mail, and wait anxiously by the mailbox to see if you get a form letter in response.

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Press release from US Rep. Katherine Clark. Pull quote:
Congresswoman Katherine Clark has introduced legislation to ensure that U.S. Presidents are required to resolve any conflicts of interest with regard to financial interests and official responsibilities. Current law prohibits federal office holders from engaging in government business when they stand to gain profit. The President and Vice President are currently exempt from this statute. Clark’s Presidential Accountability Act removes this exemption and requires the President and Vice President to place their assets in a certified blind trust or disclose to the Office of Government Ethics and the public when they make a decision that affects their personal finances.
Call your federal representative and tell them to support HR 6340. Here's a script:
Hello, my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent of [REPRESENTATIVE]. I am calling to support the Presidential Accountability Act, because I understand the President-elect to have a great many potential conflicts of interest, [such as his daughter's presence at a meeting with the Japanese prime minister, even though she is supposed to be running the President-elect's businesses without his interference, and potential profit from diplomats interested in currying favor with the new administration by staying at a hotel he owns]. I think it is unconscionable for a President to gain profit from being the country's most prominent public servant. I hope [REPRESENTATIVE] will speak against the President-elect's conflicts of interest and I hope [REPRESENTATIVE] will vote for the Presidential Accountability Act. Thank you for your time.
Take out the bracketed bit with the links if you want a shorter script.
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Okay, so after starting this, and seeing all the calls to action and everything, today my introverted self had a little bit of a freakout. And I'm probably not the only one, so if you're feeling frozen about what to do by the firehose of all the info, you are not alone.

Someone even made a website to that effect: Holy Fuck The Election
It points you both to cute animals and organizations you can donate time and money to.

My suggestion, if you're feeling frozen with all the overwhelm is to make yourself a plan of action.
1. Write it on a piece of paper, or what you use for a to do list or app.

2. Keep the list short and specific. No more than 3 items. If that feels like too much, take it down to 1 or 2.

3. Take each of your items and break them down into their components.
--If one of your items is donate money, break it down into
--------------1) pick an organization, 2) get your wallet, 3) go to website, 4) donate.
--If it's call your representative,
--------------1) find the phone number, 2) program it into you phone, 3) find or write a script, (more scripts here for many issues) 4) call

The big thing to remember is you don't have to do all of the items on the same day or at the same time. If it's overwhelming, then do one item, check it off, give yourself a break or a reward. Then ....

4. Make an appointment with yourself for the next step. Find free time in your schedule. Mentally prepare yourself that that is the time you will take to do the thing. You can set a calendar reminder for yourself, which can be especially handy if it's a day or two out.

5. Don't break your appointment with yourself. It's tempting, especially with phone calls, but it really won't take that much time and then it's done.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until your list is done.

7. Yay! You did it! Bask in your ability to Get Shit Done.


Now. Here's the really hard part: Make another list.


If you have other strategies, please share them. Also, I'm willing to make bingo cards and badges if that will help.

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