Actions- Archived 2017-07-13

July 2017
Everything you need to continue pressuring your senators to reject TrumpCare is
available here.

Hardly any Republican members of congress held town hall meetings for this recess. It’s pretty clear why—they’re scared, and they don’t want to answer questions. Since Rep. Ratcliffe is hiding from constituents after this life-and-death vote to repeal and replace the ACA, now’s a good time to refer back to our Missing Members Action Plan for ramping up the pressure on him to hold a town hall and show up for it. An in-person district office visit is also an excellent opportunity to put some of the “die-in” tactics to use. Use our Act Locally map to find an upcoming Indivisible action near you, or add actions that your group is already planning so that other local activists can join you.

Rep John Ratcliffe, (202) 225-6673, voted YES to help pass Trumpcare, the Republican healthcare plan – the American Health Care Act. The House bill would kick 24 million people off of their healthcare, take billions of dollars from Medicare and gut Medicaid. And it give states the option of letting health insurance companies charge sky-high rates to people with pre-existing conditions. This is especially dangerous to the tens of millions of Americans in their 50s and early 60s who are not yet eligible for Medicare. It is now up to the Senate to defeat this heartless legislation. House members who voted to strip 24 million Americans of health care coverage and then celebrated with beers and a White House pep rally must be held accountable. Senators who are considering doing the same must be put on notice.

If Ratcliffe isn’t your representative, use this link to find out how your representative voted: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll256.xml.
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From Indivisible Sherman:
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, I will be hosting an informal postcard writing party at Panera in Sherman for the start of the special session of the TX lege. I will be there from 5-7 with postcards, stamps, addresses, and information about issues. Please join me if you can! –Lindy Olsen

 

When you call your Republican Senator’s office regarding healthcare, ask to speak to the staffer who deals with healthcare!
Senator Ted Cruz, (202) 224-5922, Joel Heimbach, joel_heimbach@cruz.senate.gov
Senator John Cornyn, (202) 224-2934, Beth Nelson, beth_nelson@cornyn.senate.gov
Click here for more information about this horrible bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Text HEALTH to 668366 to get the latest alerts and info about health care actions near you. (You’ll receive mobile alerts from MoveOn. Periodic messages. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 668366 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 668366 for more information.)

In 2013, Senator Ted Cruz led a government shutdown that failed in its goal of de-funding the Affordable Care Act, but not before Cruz read the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs and Ham” as part of a 21-hour floor speech. Cruz today is reportedly pushing to allow states to waive Obamacare’s requirement that insurers cover everyone, regardless of health status, and that they not charge people with pre-existing conditions any more than healthy people. Time Magazine.

Senator John Cornyn’s donations from health care industry: $57,450.
His third largest donor, “was Mednax Inc., a medical solutions group and one of the nation’s leading providers of health services, with donations of $57,450,” according to Time.

Grayson County Democratic Party meeting
Thursday, July 27, at Grandy’s
  MAP
5:30 meet, greet & eat, 6:00 monthly meeting and planning discussions. 
New friends always welcome!

Archived Announcements

Get to know your warm and wonderful Democratic neighbors at our next monthly GCDP meeting, Thurs, May 25, at Grandy’s, 5:30 for meet and greet and eat.
Meeting starts at 6:00.

National: Call Rep Ratcliffe to ask him to support HR 676, John Conyers’ Medicare for All Act. Also ask him when he’s going to have an in-person town hall!
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I’m calling to urge Rep Ratcliffe to support HR 676, which would expand Medicare to all Americans. The bill would save billions of dollars while giving every American the chance to get the care they need and live healthy, productive lives. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

State: Call Larry Phillips to ask him to oppose HJR 39, The Convention of States Bill. This has already passed the Senate, when/if it gets out of committee, this is the last chance to stop it.

From Indivisible TX Lege: If HJR 39 passes the State House, Texas would become one of the 34 states needed to have a US Constitutional Convention. 28 States have approved such measures so far. Given the current political climate, there’s no telling what changes would be made to our Constitution, and how it would impact the separation of powers.

Say: “Hi, I’m a constituent of Representative Phillips and I’m calling to request he vote NO on HJR 39. This resolution is a distraction from the pressing needs and priorities of Texans and as a tax payer, I’m appalled that our state legislators are wasting limited resources on this initiative.”

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Check with Indivisible Sherman for updates on local actions.
Demand an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

We demand a select committee to investigate the administration’s ties to Russia.

Action Committee meeting every Monday in April at Grandy’s, 6 – 8 pm.
writing notes for Andra Petrean for School Board and postcards to legislators. We’ll make posters for our upcoming protests. Be a part of the resistance or learn to love Republican tax-the-poor and give-to-the-rich policies!

Reclaim Recess Toolkit Our recess activities made a difference in the Republican agenda on health care last month. Let’s do it again this recess! The next in-district work period begins April 8. Missing member of congress town hall guide

Saturday, April 15th: Tax Day March at the Grayson County Courthouse to demand that 45 release his tax returns. https://taxmarch.org/. 11am – 1pm.

Saturday, April 22, 9:30 – 10:30 am: Science March at the Grayson County Courthouse. Please come march in support of science and then go the Texoma Earth Day festival. https://www.marchforscience.com/

People’s Climate March, Sat, April 29, 11am, sister march to Sierra Club march in DC.
http://www.sierraclub.org/peoples-climate-march and https://peoplesclimate.org/
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TEXANS: Our representatives need to hear from you that you want an end to gerrymandering in Texas! Call every member of the House Committee on Redistricting and tell them to vote to pass both HJR 32 and HB 369 to the House. When you call, you will reach their staff. If you are a constituent of that rep, tell them so first thing. Then ask what the representative’s position is on these bills, and then tell them you want them to vote for these bills to go to the House. If they say they oppose the bill, ask why. They may not understand what the bill does, or they may not realize how many people want to see this happen now. It’s important for us to understand which representatives oppose ending gerrymandering and why. TEXANS, WE CAN DO THIS. For current status of the bills:
https://legiscan.com/TX/pending/house-redistricting-committee/id/1893
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Every bill before the Texas legislature
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Call Rep. Ratcliffe now so he knows you want the truth about Trump + Russia:
877-959-8439

ACTION ALERT
Call the Democratic members of the House Intel committee and THANK THEM for their questioning of the witnesses in pursuit of truth in relation to Russian interference in our elections. Especially Schiff, Castro, Heck, Sewell, Himes and Speirer. Please insist that they continue to press for independent investigation and impeachment.
Minority Staff Office:  (202) 225-7690,  Fax: (202) 226-5068

DEMOCRATS:
Adam Schiff, Ranking Member
28th District of California
P: (202) 225-4176, Fax: (202) 225-5828

Jim Himes
4th District of Connecticut
Phone: (203)333-6600 or (866) 453-0028
Fax: (203) 333-6655

Terri Sewell
7th District of Alabama
Phone: (202) 225-2665, Fax: (202) 226-9567

Andre Carson
7th District of Indiana
phone: 202-225-4011, fax: 202-225-5633

Jackie Speier
14th District of California
Phone: (202) 225-3531, Fax: (202) 226-4183

Mike Quigley
5th District of Illinois
Phone: (202) 225-4061, Fax: (202) 225-5603

Eric Swalwell
15th District of California
Phone: 202-225-5065.

Joaquin Castro
20th District of Texas
Phone: 202-225-3236, Fax: 202-225-1915

Denny Heck
10th District of Washington
phone: 202-225-9740, fax: 202-225-0129
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Congress is debating two bills that would prevent the FDA, USDA and EPA from carrying out their missions. These bills undo vital safeguards for bees, agriculture and the environment. And they would make it even harder to enact new protections.
Tell Senators Cruz and Cornyn: Stand up for our food system and protect the FDA, EPA, and USDA!
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03-20-2017
Texas Senate Bill 25 — which would allow doctors to withhold information from pregnant women about the status of their fetus and then, if the child were born with a deformity or disability, prevent the parents from suing the doctor for withholding the information — has passed out of the Senate Committee on State Affairs on an 8-0 vote and is headed to the full Senate.

Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, the author of the bill, said current law sends the message that “wrongful births” are real and discriminates against children born with disabilities. “The presence of a disability in a child should not be grounds for a lawsuit,” Creighton said. “I feel that Senate Bill 25, if passed, would be in line with a large majority of Texans and their values.”

The purpose of the bill is to prevent women, who may consider an abortion if the fetus is not properly forming, from deciding whether or not to abort the fetus. Blake Rocap, legislative director for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said, “We shouldn’t have to stand up and say that it shouldn’t be policy for the state of Texas to excuse doctors from lying to their patients, and that is what this bill does.”

Creighton has served in the Texas Senate since 2014 and voted against a bill requiring vaccines for minors and against a bill to prohibit texting while driving. I guess because he thinks contracting diseases and being killed while driving are both good things?

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Resistance Report
GOP bill would force workers to undergo mandatory genetic testing or pay thousands in fines

TOPICS: bill featured genetic HR 1313 Republican testing

Posted By: Chris Walker March 10, 2017
A creepy new bill that just passed a house committee vote would allow employers to require genetic samples from their workers. Your employer could demand detailed information about your genes, and even discriminate against you in certain circumstances, if H.R. 1313 gets passed.

Privacy of your genetic information has been the law for almost a decade. Current law mandates that genetic information cannot be obtained by an employer unless the employee voluntarily gives it up. Under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, also known as GINA, businesses cannot discriminate against current employees or make hiring decisions on future ones on the basis of their genetic makeup. They’re also forbidden “from requesting, requiring or purchasing genetic information” of their current or potential future workers.

But a bill making the rounds on Capitol Hill is hoping to change that. Employers would be allowed under H.R. 1313 to require genetic information from workers if they are part of “workplace wellness” programs.

The bill quietly passed a vote on Wednesday in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, according to STAT. All 22 Republicans voted in favor of the bill, while all 17 Democrats opposed it. The bill would also allow employers to penalize their workers financially, thousands of dollars per year, if they refuse to submit their genes to the company in a workplace wellness examination.

The proposed bill “opens the door for unscrupulous employers to misuse the information provided to them through workplace wellness programs and exposes employees to illegal discrimination,” said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA). H.R. 1313 now awaits a full vote in the House. Should the bill pass the House and Senate and make it to Donald Trump’s desk, it’s likely he would sign it, given his past statements about his belief in eugenics — a theory that people of certain genetic backgrounds are superior to others.

 Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.

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Tweet to Trump directly. Thin-skinned Trump lives on Twitter. If enough of us call him out he will respond, creating massive media coverage and shining a bright light on what they are doing. Sample tweets are here, here, and here — or send your own.
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Tell Trump’s White House what you think about Obamacare: 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/obamacare-share-your-story
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https://www.5calls.org/ Pick your issue and make a call with number and script provided.
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Oppose an upcoming vote to defund Planned Parenthood. The vote could come as early as this week. Contact Rep John Ratcliffe and tell him DON’T DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD.
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The following bills have been introduced in DC by House Republicans:
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Call Rep John Ratcliff to express your opposition. Pick one per phone call, postcard, email, note on his website, note on his facebook page, fax. Ratcliffe contact info

Over February’s congressional recess, we turned out in record numbers to share with Rep Ratcliff what the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, means to us. We warned him about the serious consequences of repeal—both for the nation’s health and for his reelection chances. Congress took notice. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said that your objections might prevent them from passing a repeal bill. They think they can get away with rushing their bill through. We can’t let them get away with it. And if we continue to stand indivisible, they won’t.

How to stand indivisible with the 32 million Americans who rely on the ACA

  1. Join Indivisible on Defending Obamacare.
  2. Tell your MoCs to demand a fully transparent process for any legislative action on the ACA, including requiring a public Congressional Budget Office cost estimate (“score”) before any vote. (We won this one!)

The next major congressional recess isn’t until April, and the MoCs pushing for repeal would love to repeal Obamacare before then so that they don’t have to answer any more pesky questions. Our response: Not so fast.
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Call Sen. Cornyn regarding Russian interference in the election:
202-224-2934 DC, 972-239-1310 Dallas, 512-469-6034 Austin, 903-593-0902 Tyler
or use his online contact form, https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact
What to say to Senator Cornyn: A special prosecutor should be appointed to conduct a full investigation into the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia. Given the level of Russian interference in our elections and domestic affairs, I believe a full, independent investigation is necessary. Will the Senator call for an independent special prosecutor for the investigation?

Call Sen. Cruz:
202-224-5922 DC, 214-599-8749 Dallas, (512) 916-5834 Austin, (903) 593-5130 Tyler
or use his contact form, https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=form&id=16
What to say to Senator Cruz, A special prosecutor should be appointed to conduct a full investigation into the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia. Given the level of Russian interference in our elections and domestic affairs, I believe a full, independent investigation is necessary. Will the Senator commit to fully investigating the White House’s ties to the Russian government and support Representative Darrell Issa’s call for an independent special prosecutor for the investigation?

Call Rep. John Ratcliffe: (202) 225-6673, (972) 771-0100, (903) 813-5270, (903) 823-3173
What to say to Rep. John Ratcliffe: A special prosecutor should be appointed to conduct a full investigation into the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia. Given the level of Russian interference in our elections and domestic affairs, I believe a full, independent investigation is necessary. Will Rep Ratcliffe commit to fully investigating the White House’s ties to the Russian government and support Representative Darrell Issa’s call for an independent special prosecutor for the investigation?

Michael Flynn, the disgraced former National Security Advisor to the Trump Administration, resigned after it was discovered that he lied about illegally contacting Russian officials prior to President Trump’s election and again before the inauguration. A number of additional Trump aides had contact with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 campaign. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, our top law enforcement officer, lied under oath to cover up his own contacts with the Russian government during the campaign. This is a matter of national security that must be fully investigated by Congress. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resources-2/2017/3/3/call-for-the-resignation-of-attorney-general-sessions-and-a-full-investigation-into-trump-administration-ties-to-russia
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Archived

Indivisible Sherman leads #ResistTrumpTuesdays protest at the Grayson County Courthouse on April 11th from 11-1. Our focus will be demanding an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
We will be demanding a select committee to investigate the administration’s ties to Russia. Make your sign at the Action meeting at Grandy’s Monday, April 10. You can also bring your Tax Day Sign to the rally because these issues are related.

Tax March Sherman, Saturday, April 15  #TaxMarch
Click here for details and to RSVP or just show up!

Science March, Saturday, April 22, 9:30 to 10:30, Sherman Courthouse
Then we’ll stake our pro-science signs at the Texoma Earth Day festival.

People’s Climate March, April 29, 11:00 to 1:00, Sherman Courthouse

Join Grayson Democrats at Howe’s Founders Day Festival this Saturday, May 6 from 2:00-8:00. Our booth is #17 at the eastern end of Howe’s downtown, near the food booths.  We will share information and register voters. To help at the booth, contact Ron and Jeanne Briggs at randjbriggs@netscape.net.

From Lindy Olsen, Indivisible Sherman:
It is very important that we do something with high visibility to hold Congressman Ratcliffe accountable for his vote for the AHCA. When my husband and I met with a staffer of Ratcliffe’s in February, we were reassured that keeping protections for pre-existing conditions was something the Congressman supported. We now know that is not the case.

We will be at the Grayson County Courthouse Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoon from 5-6, May 8, 9, and 10. Please bring your pro-ACA signs. We are holding this over three days to allow people flexibility to attend on short notice, as well as to let the Congressman know how important this issue is to us. Please do not feel like you have to attend all three days. If you cannot attend any of them, please write or call his office to express your displeasure with his vote. Protest Invite.

Meet & Greet with US Rep Beto O’Rourke
Candidate for US Senate against Ted Cruz
Friday, May 19, 6:30 PM
Nine Band Brewing
​9 Prestige Circle, Allen, Texas 75002

May 20, Indivisible Sherman meeting: Please join us for our May meeting at the meeting room at Grandy’s! We will discuss the March for Truth, town halls in July and August, and ways to help our immigrant community. We will also craft a mission statement to guide us in our future endeavors and write targeted postcards to our elected officials.

May 21, Protest Gerrymandering: From 1:30-3:30 at Cindy Burkett’s office
3200 Broadway Blvd. Garland, TX 75043

An Indivisible TX Redistricting Event
Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale) is the chairwoman of the Texas House Redistricting Committee. Under her leadership, the committee has failed to hold a *single* hearing, a distinction shared by no other committee. This is despite the fact that Texas’ election districts are being invalidated left and right by the district court in San Antonio and there are numerous redistricting reform bills stalled in her committee. She is blocking *all* attempts at reform, or even discussion, and is cynically running out the clock on this legislative session.
Cindy Burkett thinks no one cares about gerrymandering. She thinks she can block reform, hold no hearings, and pay no price for it whatsoever. We will show her the error of her ways. Help us fill the street outside her office on May 21! We need to let the good people of Garland know that their representative is *single-handedly* keeping partisan gerrymandering alive.
We will never rid ourselves of corrupt election maps until we make elected officials fear for their political lives for defending them. We need to paint a target on Cindy Burkett’s back so big that our willfully blind legislators can’t help but see it. To do that, we need PEOPLE. We need *you* to come, we need your *friends* to come, and we need you to share this event as far and as widely as you can. This will be our *first* attack in the long battle to end gerrymandering, so help us make it a BIG one.

Grayson County Democratic Party meeting, Thursday, May 25  MAP
Grandy’s, 5:30 meet & greet and eat, 6:00 meeting. New friends always welcome!

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The Week of May 20, 2017 and ongoing
4 Indivisible Actions

  1. Defend the Affordable Care Act in the Senate: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score is coming on Wednesday, which may kick it back to another vote in the House. Keeping pressure on your Senators is now more important than ever. Keep telling your Senators a vote for TrumpCare is unacceptable. Here’s everything you need to fight back.
  2. Join us Thursday for a Facebook Live on the TrumpCare CBO Score: On Thursday at 8:30pm ET we’ll be answering your questions live during a special Facebook Live event to talk about the TrumpCare CBO score and what’s next for the legislation in the Senate.
  3. Save Our Democracy: A special counsel was an important step in the right direction, but it’s not enough. We need an independent commission. Here’s everything you need to tell your MoCs to put Truth before Trump (and keep an eye out—we may see Comey testifying before the House on Wednesday). Get started now with our toolkit on Russia and Trump.

#TrumpCut Budget Released Tuesday: While Trump’s disaster-of-a-budget proposal won’t become law, it will kick off the budget negotiations. Don’t let Republicans cut vital programs for poor and working class Americans to pay for Trump’s wall and pave the way for tax giveaways to corporations and the rich.

May 30, 5:30 meet, greet & eat at Grandy’s in Sherman.
6:00 pm: Action Committee meeting, making signs for the June 3rd March for Truth, hosted by Indivisible Sherman.
…also needing volunteers to bring their cell phones to call the member list for personal contact invitation to the June 10 social at 903 Brewers. Please join us.

June 3, March for Truth, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Independence Sherman:
 Grayson County Courthouse
Restoring Faith in American Government
DEMONSTRATION TO CALL FOR INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE US ELECTION AND TIES TO DONALD TRUMP, HIS ADMINISTRATION AND HIS ASSOCIATES.

#MarchForTruth to raise our voices and let our elected leaders know that Americans want answers. The legitimacy of our democracy is more important than the interests of any party, or any President. We rise together to call for a fair and impartial investigation, for the pursuit of truth, and for the restoration of faith in our electoral system and the Office of the Presidency.

Goals for the March for Truth:
• A special prosecutor must be named.
• An independent commission must be established.
• Congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests.
• As much information should be made available to the public as possible, and as soon as possible.
• Congress should require Donald Trump to release his tax returns to clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity.
• If crimes were committed or if collusion is discovered, it must be prosecuted.

Saturday, June 3, Indivisible Rockwall’s Town Hall for John Ratcliff
He has been invited, but he hasn’t responded. The town hall will take place with or without him. It will be Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 pm at the Mellow Mushroom on the second floor of the restaurant. 550 I-30 Frontage Rd, Rockwall, TX 75032
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Be Part of the Solution
Party to meet other Progressive Supporters in Grayson County
When: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 5 – 7 pm (Action Committee meeting 4-5)
WHERE: 903 Brewers, 1718 S. Elm St; Sherman
WHY: Let’s meet the other committee groups and meet new Grayson County Democrats. Feel free to bring your significant other, friends, neighbors, or just your wonderful self.
FOOD PROVIDED BY: to be announced soon
RSVP by June 8 to: Jan Fletcher 972-897-4796
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Call or write (preferably both) Texas State Senator Craig Estes to support public education.
Sen. Estes, P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711
512-463-0130
The Texas congress will be in session for about another month.
Funding for Texas public schools is on the line. Without the additional funding provided in the House version of the appropriations act, funding per student will actually decrease next year. That additional funding is crucial to student and school success. The state has a constitutional responsibility to provide sufficient resources for our public schools.
Please send a letter or call Sen Craig Estes urging him to support the Texas House version of the state budget with more funding for public education to ensure our schools and students have what they need to succeed.

June 2017: Senate Republicans are currently working in secret on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and overhaul the American health care system. Source: Republicans are trying to pass Trumpcare in secret, here are simple resources to fight that / Boing Boing

Take action to stop the Kobach Commissiona ruse using false allegations of voter fraud in order to suppress voting rights.

Thursday, July 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Town Hall at Grayson County Courthouse; 100 W. Houston. We are inviting Radcliffe, but will hold the event whether he appears or not. Come learn about current Washington DC issues and ask questions.

Since Rep. Ratcliffe voted for TrumpCare, you deserve to have him justify his vote to you. Ask him how he can possibly defend taking away protections for people with pre-existing conditions, or ripping health care away from more than 22 million people. Indivisible’s latest toolkit, Enough Is Enough: Stop TrumpCare, has everything you need, including:

And there’s one fight in the Senate that can be won this week. The Senate is set to vote on a resolution (S.J. Res. 11) to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to permanently do away with a widely supported rule that limits waste of natural gas on public lands. This rule helps keep our communities healthy and prevents emissions of one of the most dangerous greenhouse gases.

If passed, this resolution would amount to an $800 million giveaway of taxpayer revenue, giving oil and gas companies a free pass to waste taxpayer-owned resources while also endangering our climate and public health. They don’t have the votes, and if they can’t get them by May 11, the CRA window closes permanently.

  • Make sure your Senators know you oppose this resolution: Call them today to tell them to vote no on undoing the “BLM Methane and Waste Prevention Rule.” For more information, including fact sheets, call scripts, and talking points, visit the Wilderness Society’s methane toolkit to take action.

Last week wasn’t easy, and we know that you, your Indivisible group members, and your families and friends may be worried about what comes next. But your constituent power remains strong, and this week, you’ve got an especially important opportunity to make your voice heard.
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