Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday 5/24 Call to Action

You’ve made it to the middle of the week! Hopefully we will see some sunshine today. My dog sure hopes we do.
1. America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again (blech)
Yesterday we discussed how this awful budget proposal will have disastrous affects on social programs like Medicaid and food assistance. Let’s learn more.
Environment: The new budget proposal will cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 33%. One in five EPA employees will lose their jobs. No more funding would go to the Clean Power Plan or for climate change research. Minnesotans like us should know that funding to keep the Great Lakes clean and healthy will be scrapped. The list goes on. If you can stomach it, check out this article here:…/trump-budget-cuts-climate-cha…
Or this:…/leaked-donald-trump-budget-…
Scientific Research: The budget proposal includes a $5.8 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health. It would also slash public health funding as well as money for the Center for Disease Control (This particular cut seems so counter-intuitive to me. Multi-drug resistant infections and pandemics are an actual threat to the health and security of America; more so than ISIS some would argue. The CDC is our defense against that!) Cuts to the FDA and HHS. The list goes on and on. Read about it here:…/la-sci-sn-trump-budget-medical-res…
The thing about the budget is that it must be passed by the House and Senate. This is where you get involved. We need to make our voices loud and clear that this budget is unacceptable. The House will vote on the budget first (sometime in June?) so start with them first, especially if your MoC is a GOP.
The Indivisible Guide has provided some good talking points that will help you feel confident when you call.…/trumps-budget-need-know/…
Are you a numbers person? Word on the street is that there are some major math mistakes in Trump’s new budget proposal. To the tune of $7 billion. Could it be true? Check out this Twitter thread.
Hate calling? You can always use Resitbot (see below) or Twitter. Add @IndivisibleMN and I will do my best to retweet you.
Our GOP MoC’s should be worried. New Hampshire just flipped a state senate seat from R to D in a special election yesterday.…/…/2623994 If Lewis, Emmer, and Paulsen were smart, they would start to listen to their constituents. Change is upon us.
Here is a link to the full text of the budget if you would like to read it yourself.…/520379061/read-president-trumps-budget…
2. Shout Out to the Night Owl Resistors
Many of you may be feeling awfully groggy today because you spent the majority of your sleeping hours at the MN Capitol supporting legislators as they struggled through what seems to be a ridiculous end of session flurry of last minute, top secret bills. Thank you for sacrificing to represent us. Your efforts did not go unnoticed by me. A great way to catch up on the changes that are happening in state government it to check out Indivisible Minnesota Local, or on Twitter #mleg
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
Out and About
Thursday 6/1, 5:30- 8:30 pm
SD54 Meet DFL Candidates for Governor
Cottage Grove VFW Red Barn located at 9260 E Point Douglas Rd S, Cottage Grove
Thursday 6/1, 7-9 pm
LWV Dakota County Healthcare Forum
Nativity Episcopal Church
15601 Maple Island Rd, Burnsville, Minnesota 55306
Saturday 6/3 10 am-12:30 pm
Action Together Twin Cities - Summer Action Fair
Robert Bruininks Hall
222 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Music video by Elvis Costello & The Attractions performing (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love…

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