The election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States is 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:
1. The confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos will happen shortly. Please call your senators this week and let them know you oppose her appointment as Secretary of Education. If you called already, please call again. Her support for charters and vouchers and her opposition to oversight of schools receiving public funding are a threat to our public schools. It is most effective to call a local office. If you want a script for your call, you can find it here.
You can share this alert with friends and family in your state by posting this link: http://wp.me/p3bR9v-2aB
2. “The Republican Congress has already begun to launch a coordinated offensive against the ACA and Medicare/Medicaid. YOU are standing between them and success. It’s time to mobilize. This week, make it a priority to:
Call party leadership using the appropriate script below. Call your own representatives and tell them that you want Americans to continue to have access to subsidized insurance coverage. ”
“Republican Party Leadership → Script
I’m calling about Medicare/Medicaid and the ACA. Every American deserves access to affordable health care. Please ask
NOT TO promote cuts to Medicare/Medicaid or repeal of the ACA. Millions of Americans depend on these plans for their health care coverage, and it is duty to protect their ability to obtain affordable care.
Democratic Party Leadership → Script
I’m calling about Medicare/Medicaid and the ACA. The Republican party is prepared to launch an offensive against subsidized health care and I need
to block these efforts. Americans are depending on to stand up against attempts to repeal the ACA or make cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. I depend on my [ACA plan/Medicare/Medicaid] for access to health care, and I want to protect my health care.
Scripts for Calling Reps:
(If you use a subsidized plan)
I’m —- —–, a constituent calling to let
that I depend on for my health insurance coverage. I want the to protect from cuts or changes that would result in a loss of coverage for me and millions of other Americans. Please ask to fight for my right to health care!
(If you don’t use a subsidized plan)
I’m —- —- a constituent calling to let
know that I want to stand up for the subsidized health care plans that cover millions of Americans. Please ask 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 votes.”
Bernie Sanders has a petition you can sign as well: https://go.berniesanders.com/page/s/our-first-stand?source=em170101-a
3. Urge your senator to support Sen. Warren’s bill addressing Trump’s severe, unconstitutional conflicts of interest. The legislation would require Trump to divest any financial assets that pose a conflict of interest and place the money into a blind trust. It would consider any violation by Trump of conflict of interest or ethics laws a “high crime or misdemeanor under the impeachment clause of the U.S. constitution.
4. Tell NBC to fire Trump as an executive producer of The Apprentice, which is a big conflict of interest. Call 844-241-1141.
Nett Rando January 5, 2017, 1:57 pm
I think the problem is going to be that Democrats have very little spine for conflict, so most of what trump wants is going to get approved with Dem help. The party doesn’t really stand for much other than getting elected, and they haven’t been able to be a true opposition in years.
I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying to call their Senators and Representatives, but just realize that they may have already made up their minds. When the Iraq War was about to get approval from Congress, a group I was involved with called our (Democratic) senator and were informed the constituents had spoken up something like 1000:1 against the war but he went ahead and voted for it anyway.
anonymousse January 5, 2017, 7:39 pm