Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekly Steps of Activism

Experiencing Donald Trump as President of the United States has been a scary and horrific thing for many of us. He and his cabinet, full of unqualified and unsuitable candidates, threaten civil rights, voter rights, climate control, health care, public education, social security, the first amendment, foreign relations, free press, and the values of most good and decent people everywhere. We must resist his actions to destroy the fabric of democracy and the security of our citizens. In an effort to do that, each week I share some acts of resistance and steps of activism you can take. Here are this week’s:

This week I’m focusing on the dismantling of the ACA and federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid, which would result in millions of low-income Americans losing coverage. “In place of Medicaid expansion, Republicans have proposed providing an age-based tax credit that would increase over time regardless of people’s income. In other words, the wealthy would receive an unneeded tax break, while many lower-income people would be unable to afford healthcare coverage. The bill further threatens healthcare access for low-income people by proposing to defund Planned Parenthood, and it provides a tax break to health insurance executives who make salaries over $500,000. This bill is designed to provide the wealthy with tax breaks at the expense of everyone else and cannot pass.”

I’ll be calling my house representative, senators, and governor and using these scripts:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to express my opposition to the American Health Care Act, the proposal to replace Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act with a tax credit system. This tax credit system will disproportionately benefit the wealthy while leaving lower-income people unable to afford healthcare.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

And:

SCRIPT FOR CALLING YOUR GOVERNOR:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to urge Governor [NAME] to do everything in his power to resist attempts to institute a per capita funding structure for Medicaid. Medicaid is a cost-effective program that provides millions of people with essential healthcare coverage.

Thank you for your work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

I also like this act, from Daily Action:

JUST SAY NO — TO T.R.U.M.P
Today’s Daily Action is to tell your member of Congress to get on board with HR 1452, the No TRUMP Act, which stands for No Taxpayer Revenue Used to Monetize the Presidency. This commonsense bill would prohibit federal funds being used to pay for events, overnight stays, food, and other expenses at Trump’s hotels and properties.
Encourage your Democratic rep to cosponsor this effort to rein in corruption at the highest levels of government. If your rep is a Republican, remind him that our taxpayer dollars should go to roads and schools—not to the already-lined pockets of the man in the Oval Office.

Finally, on March 15, the Ides of March, you can be part of a mass postcard rally:

On March 15th, 2017, each of us will mail the White House a postcard that publicly expresses our vocal opposition to the new president. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm Washington with the President’s unpopularity and our opinions of his agenda. We will show the man, the media, and the politicians how vast our numbers are. and we will bury the White House post office in pink slips, all informing the President that he’s fired!

Each of us — every protester from every march, each Congress-calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — will write a single postcard, and we will put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, 2017.

No alternative fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day.

So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and write from the heart. All of our issues — DAPL, women’s rights, racial discrimination, religious freedom, immigration, economic security, education, the environment, conflicts of interest, the existence of facts — can and should find common cause. That cause is to make it irrefutable that the president’s claim of wide support is a farce.

He may draw a big crowd with empty promises, but the crowd of those that oppose his agenda is exponentially larger. And we will show up to protest, to vote, and to be heard. Again and again and again.

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    anonymousse March 13, 2017, 2:05 pm

    The women’s group I joined hosted two postcard parties this past week and we made postcards for three hours each time! There were people in and out, but we made hundreds and it felt really good. We had a lot of kids with us making cards, too. We are going to keep writing postcards even after the Ides event.

    I’m really struggling with seeing the light right now….it just seems like everything “we” are doing is being dismissed and ignored. I know that we are making change but it’s hard to see that sometimes. Today is one of those sometimes for me.

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