Thursday 9/14 Call To Action
1. Healthcare. This is starting to sound like a broken record. The repeal and replace mindset is back and it is horrific. Estimated 32 million people will lose coverage. Low income seniors, children and people with disabilities would get their coverage cut. It would end all cost sharing payments for low income Americans. It targets women’s health and family planning. To summarize it is a disaster. Call and tell your senators to vote NO!
2. This one comes from D.H. and it is worth posting again. Thanks, D.H.
Tell our senators to oppose the nomination of Eric Dreiband for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.
Eric Dreiband has made a name for himself as the go-to lawyer for corporations accused of discrimination. But beyond that, he has devoted his personal time and energy to fighting against civil rights protections like fair pay for women and protections for older Americans challenging age discrimination in the workplace.
Simply put, Dreiband will actively work against the mission of the Civil Rights Division, which has been described as the conscience of the government.
The legacy of the Civil Rights Division must not be tarnished by a Trump/Sessions nominee who doesn’t believe in the mission of the job he was nominated for. This division has a truly remarkable history of seeking justice in the wake of violence and racism and protecting rights for vulnerable and marginalized communities.
Dreiband’s nomination to a division whose mission he has spent his career opposing isn’t an accident or oversight -- it’s Trump’s STRATEGY to create an ineffective government that harms communities of color, women, LGBTQ persons, and other vulnerable communities.
3. Call your representative and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 620. “It is imperative that the members of Congress stand up for people with disabilities.” “The bottom line is that people who use wheelchairs or who have other needs deserve the same right to visit local businesses as any other individual. Forcing people with disabilities to wait months to visit a supermarket or bookstore is precisely the kind of discrimination the ADA was designed to prevent. Businesses have had more than enough “notification” to comply with disability rights law. People with disabilities deserve equal access today — civil rights should not be delayed or tied up in bureaucratic red tape.”
4. 4. Thanks for R. F. for this post. Change starts from the bottom up. Consider volunteering your time on a local Board, Council, or Committee. Check out your town’s website or this list here for some opportunities.https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/…/bulletins/1b58db6
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
Congressional District 2 residents: Check out this website for information about groups and events in your area.mn02progressiveactionnetwork.com
Out and About
This month, Organizing For Action ( https://www.ofa.us/faq/ ) will be focusing efforts on voter registration and community building, culminating in a day of action on National Voter Registration Day, September 26th. We can sign up to participate and receive information on upcoming actions for voter registration efforts https://www.ofa.us/help-us-build-a-fair-democracy/We can also make sure that we register for and listen in on the first Voter Registration Prep Call this Wednesday evening: http://bit.ly/2eOMwVG
For those of us who missed the Burnout and Sustainability Training for Activists webinar last Saturday, the video is now available on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2wfVcwl We can also check out host Aditi Juneja's Self Care Sundays podcast and make sure that we're taking care of ourselves https://www.selfcaresundayspodcast.com/
September 14th 6-8 pm
An Evening with Dr. Nekima - Candidate for Mayor of Minneapolis!
Zion Baptist Church
621 Elwood Ave N, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411
Iraqi Voices: Mini Film Fest
2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
September 17th 1:45-3 pm
Northfield March in Support of Immigrants and Minorities
Church of St. Dominic
104 Linden St N, Northfield, Minnesota 55057