Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday 9/12 Call to Action

1. Health Care: Graham-Cassidy this time.
I don’t know about you but I am BEYOND sick and tired of having to fight against terrible healthcare bills. Thanks to Republican senators Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy and Dean Heller we are at it again.
This new crappy healthcare attempt would end Medicaid and tax credits for people who fall just slightly above the poverty line. It makes big cuts to Medicaid and weakens protections for people with preexisting conditions. It would also place caps on Medicaid to limit spending for poor kids, seniors, and people with disabilities. The worst part is that it would redistribute federal money from mostly urban blue states (the ones that chose to expand Medicaid) to rural red states that did not expand Medicaid.
Here’s another overview of the bill and a calling script from 5 Calls:https://5calls.org/issue/recT4p3RFsud6rxuf
Call Senators Franken and Klobuchar and tell them vote NO, NO, NO for this new healthcare bill.
While they are busy introducing bad healthcare bills, the Trump administration is sabotaging the ACA. Check this out from Rogan’s List. Then call your representative ASAP.
Looks like funding for ACA outreach isn’t just cut. Grant letters have not gone out to outreach organizations and the current regime says no funding that goes out, if it goes out, will be retroactive to Sept. 1. https://www.vox.com/…/9/8/162685…/trump-obamacare-navigators It may be worthwhile to restart a Call /contact your MoC and Call/contact the WH campaign! Helping the ACA succeed is a vital part of fighting its repeal and replacement with anything Republicans would consider healthcare insurance.
2. Campaign Finance
Gerrymandering, voter suppression, misinformation disseminated on social media, and deregulating campaign finance. Together it makes a toxic soup that robs Americans of fair, democratic elections. House Republicans are currently debating changes to campaign finance rules. While they are not expected to pass in the Senate, they could become troublesome the next time the government budget is debated.
The GOP would like to allow churches to be able to contribute money without losing their tax-exempt status.
Corporations would be able to ask their employees to donate to unlimited trade associations’ political-action groups instead of just one per year.
Federal contractors would not need to disclose their political contributions or expenditures.
We need more campaign finance reform, not less. Call your representative, and let them know.
3. 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
4. Don’t Forget your Republican party job evaluation.
Do you have a Republican elected official working for you (state or federal)? Today is your chance to evaluate their job performance!
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
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 12th 1:30-2:30
Hennepin County Hearing on Body Cameras
Hennepin County Government
300 6th St S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
September 12th 6-8 pm
Journalism: Facts Matter
University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management
321 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Join us for a discussion on the role of journalism in the current political climate. Don Shelby's work as an investigative journalist earned two Peabody awards and three Emmys before his retirement from CBS's WCCO in 2010.
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
September 15th-16th
Iraqi Voices: Mini Film Fest
Intermedia Arts
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
Cheeseburger Fever!!!

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