The Action/Issues Committee of Grayson County Democrats invites you to join in a protest at the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman, Thursday, Feb 23, 2 – 4 pm, in response to the policies of the new president and Republican Congress, especially Representative John Ratcliffe, whose local office is in the courthouse. Take photos and video and share them on social media right away using #ResistanceRecess and #CareNotChaos.
To make the most impact, we will focus on supporting the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). If you have a personal story about how loosing ACA will hurt you or a family member, or if you spoke with anyone at an office of Rep. John Ratcliffe, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may be asked to make a brief remark to the press.
While at the courthouse, a group of concerned citizens will visit US Rep John Ratcliffe’s office to present our wishes to him and his staff. This is during a week-long recess, when representatives are supposed to visit the people they represent. His office staff says he is unavailable for town hall meetings because he is too busy with Trump’s agenda to see us or to have a town hall. Town hall meetings with our elected officials are an important civic duty for us and a responsibility for our representatives.
In preparation for this demonstration, join us this Monday, February 20 at 6 pm at Grandy’s on Texoma Pkwy for a Sign Making Party! Come at 5:30 if you want to eat and stay to create your own custom sign for our rally. Some supplies will be available or bring your own. We will also talk with our potential speakers and make plans for media coverage. For some tips on how to pin down your “missing” member of congress, check out this downloadable guide from Indivisible Project.
Please read Congressional recess visit toolkit, which is tailored for when the representative is live at a town hall, where you do not bring signs, but provides excellent ways to get your point across, both to the public and to the representative.
NOTE: this action is open to all groups, committees, and concerned citizens. What’s going on in our country today is bigger than one organization or party. We must fight this together.
Background information from PCCC
Nationwide rallies supporting the ACA in mid-January changed the debate to “repeal and replace” instead of just “repeal.” Hundreds of nationwide events during President’s week will show growing grassroots opposition to efforts by President Trump and Republicans in Congress to take health coverage away from more than 20 million Americans.
Bernie Sanders says, “The American people increasingly understand that throwing 20 million people off health insurance, privatizing Medicare, raising prescription drug costs for seniors and doing away with life-and-death patient protection provisions is not acceptable.”
Now, with a nationwide day of action including rallies in the home states of vulnerable Republicans, we’re pivoting from defense to offense. Not only must the Affordable Care Act be protected — it needs to include a public option.
NOTE: this action is open to all groups, committees, concerned citizens. We must stand together.
The next monthly GCDP meeting is that same evening, Thurs, Feb 23, 5:30 at Grandy’s. Be there for feedback, support, and important updates to current events and actions in Grayson County.