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This Week’s Indivisible Actions: September 18-24

Reposted with permission from Indivisible's Indivisiblog. The original post can be found here.

Your weekly Indivisible to-dos:

  1. STOP THE RETURN OF TRUMPCARE. TrumpCare is back and Republicans are as close as they've ever been to passing it. There are 12 days left for the Senate to ram healthcare through reconciliation with just 50 votes. This is TrumpCare's last stand. Call your senators ASAP and tell them to vote no on "Graham-Cassidy" using all the latest resources at TrumpCareTen.org.
  2. Don't let Trump use fear to trample on civil liberties. We stand in solidarity with those impacted by the horrific acts of violence in London. We also condemn Trump's knee-jerk rhetoric and irresponsible exploitation of this moment to promote expanding his bigoted Muslim ban. Find out what you can do to resist the Muslim ban at nomuslimbanever.com.
  3. Continue pressuring MoCs for a clean DREAM Act. Democratic Leaders Pelosi and Schumer continue to cultivate their cozy relationship with Trump. Last week, they announced a deal (to make a deal) on the DREAM Act with Trump. Contact your MoCs and use our call scripts to tell them that you want to see a "clean" DREAM Act.
  4. Tell your representative to protect people with disabilities and vote no on H.R. 620. We really shouldn't even have to say this (that's how outrageous this bill is), but we need you to call your representative and tell them to vote no on H.R. 620 should it come to the House floor for a vote. As noted by Human Rights watch, this bill "would very deliberately undermine the protections afforded under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)" and would "dramatically increase the burden on any person with a disability who seeks to vindicate their rights."
  5. Blue state/red state calling tool is back: help fund calls to stop TrumpCare once and for all. We're pulling out all the stops to end the latest reincarnation of TrumpCare. And we need your help to sponsor a call tool that will connect Indivisibles across the country with progressive constituents in Alaska, Arizona, Tennessee, and West Virginia, to encourage them to call their Senators.
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A Better Deal: Taxpayer Dollars Should be Used to Support & Create American Jobs, Not Ship Them Overseas

The American people deserve a Better Deal on trade and jobs.

Republished with permission from the Senate Democrats' Medium page. The original post can be found here.

When the Senate meets this week, we will consider the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA is a bipartisan piece of legislation, bringing together lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to set budget levels and shape policy for our national security and defense. But this year, it is also a major opportunity for the American worker to get a Better Deal on trade and jobs.

When considering the NDAA, Democrats will offer major amendments to protect and strengthen our Buy American policies in taxpayer-funded defense contracts and limit federal defense contractors from outsourcing good-paying American jobs. Taxpayer dollars spent on American defense should put American workers to work and grow our local economies.

In his campaign, President Trump promised he would crack down on companies that outsource jobs and ensure products financed with taxpayers dollars were Made in America. Senate Democrats have held these positions for years and will again offer real legislative proposals to achieve them on the NDAA. We welcome the support of President Trump and Senate Republicans to help us pass our amendments and to get our economy growing again.

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Healthcare

I Support Medicare for All Because Health Care is a Civil Right, a Human Right

Our nation is too great and noble to have an unjust health care system where access is granted solely on one's economic station in life.

Republished with permission from Senator Cory Booker's Medium Page

Two months ago, I sat down on the steps of the United States Capitol with one of my personal heroes, Congressman John Lewis, to protest Congressional Republicans' efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As evening turned into night, we were inspired as hundreds of Americans joined us, reminding us that a long American tradition of standing up in the face of injustice in the name of love and commitment to our fellow citizens is alive and well.

A civil rights giant, Congressman Lewis had stood up and sat in many times before, often risking his life to advocate for the equality and just treatment of all Americans. On one historic occasion in 1965, Congressman Lewis and hundreds of others participated in a nonviolent march for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. The march became known as Bloody Sunday because so many were injured by the blows of authorities' billy clubs and the sting of their tear gas.

In marching to guarantee the right to equal access to the ballot, those who were injured in Selma that day were also confronted with the reality that they were not guaranteed the right to access health care. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned segregation in health care facilities, there was only one hospital in the area that would treat injured African Americans — Good Samaritan Hospital. Many of those who marched, including Congressman Lewis, were cared for at Good Samaritan that day.

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Grassroots

This Week’s Indivisible Actions: September 11-17

From Indivisible's Indivisiblog

Your weekly Indivisible to-dos:

  1. Defend DACA recipients. Tell your members of Congress (MoCs) that you want the Dream Act attached to every must-pass bill in Congress using our new script and state-specific explainer. You can also check out our comprehensive resource on how to stand up for Dreamers and all immigrants—in partnership with United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center—at standup.indivisibleguide.com. Help us spread the word.
  2. Oppose H.R. 3697. The House is expected to vote this Tuesday on a bill that criminalizes immigrants, including those fleeing gang violence, and allows more of them to be detained and deported. It also affects vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers, TPS holders, and unaccompanied children. Tell your MoCs to vote no on H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act.
  3. Oppose the Budget Resolution. Your House member should oppose the budget resolution expected on the House floor in two weeks, and your Senator should oppose any resolution that makes cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, or SNAP, and doesn't offset tax cuts with new revenue or closing loopholes. Hold them accountable using our new explainer and script.
  4. TrumpCare could be back this week… keep it dead. Keep an eye out for the return of TrumpCare by another name: "Graham-Cassidy." Under Senate rules, Republicans have until September 30 to make TrumpCare happen. Let's make sure it doesn't make a comeback—check out our new explainer.
  5. Prevent war with North Korea. Urge your MoC to speak out against Trump's warmongering with our explainer.
  6. Join #NoMuslimBanEver. We're proud partners of the #NoMuslimBanEver campaign. Head over to their new website at www.nomuslimbanever.com and join the campaign!
  7. Help us make Indivisible Regional Institutes a reality. We want to hold gatherings of Indivisibles throughout the country, to give core organizing trainings, improve connections and collaboration among groups, and deepen our sense of shared purpose as part of this movement. Help us fund this initiative—and help us unlock double the funds from a grant that will match your donation—so we can bring more people to more Institutes.
  8. Join Indivisible Policy Director Angel Padilla on Facebook Live at 8:30PM ET Monday. We know you have questions about Schumer and Pelosi's deal this week, what's next for the Dream Act, and other things happening on Capitol Hill. Come ready to ask them on Monday right on our Facebook page.
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Grassroots

As Republicans Struggle To Control Trump, Dems Are Unifying

Democrats across the liberal spectrum are banding together behind progressive policies.

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Payday Lenders Have a Pal at the White House

During a recent appearance on "Meet the Press," unofficial Trump advisor Corey Lewandowski called for the removal of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

His statement seemed to come out of nowhere, prompting NBC's Chuck Todd to seek an explanation: Did Lewandowski happen to have "a client that wants" Cordray fired?

"No, no," he insisted, "I have no clients whatsoever."

That emphatic denial stood unchallenged for two days — until the New York Times revealed Lewandowski's ties to Community Choice Financial, an Ohio-based company that was a major client of his former consulting firm before offering his new firm a $20,000-a-month retainer for "strategic advice and counsel."

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Healthcare

The Moment We Realized People Were Listening

From the Little Lobbyists: Advocating for kids with complex medical needs by changing hearts and minds on Capitol Hill

When you spend day after day walking the halls of the Senate Office Buildings, telling your stories and those of other families like yours, you spend a lot of time wondering if anybody is listening, if anything you're doing is making a difference. There's a lot of self-doubt in putting yourself out there: is there any point in speaking up? Is putting our children in the public eye really worth it?

We had meeting after meeting and went into one office after another. We told our stories with sympathetic staffers; we met people who nodded at all the right times and who told us they cared about our children. We spoke with the press and told our stories at rallies and press conferences. We shared stories on Twitter, and watched the retweets and likes pour in. And yet, in spite of it all, several weeks in, we found ourselves wondering, "Is anybody listening? Is all of this effort making any difference at all?"

We had been keeping careful track of our office visits. We have a spreadsheet and pages of color-coded notes. We knew who we had visited, in which offices we were able to meet with a staffer, who the staffer was, and whether or not we had followed up. We were also keeping track of the senators we had met. A few of them we wrote in parentheses, because they were chance hallway encounters, and we didn't figure that really "counted."

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Get Ready: Republicans eye tax cuts for the wealthy

What you need to know about the upcoming tax battle and how to get involved!

Via Ben Wilker of MoveOn:

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For Democrats, Grassroots Groups Are The Key To Success

Grassroots efforts have been crucial to opposing the Trump administration.

Since Donald Trump's inauguration, grassroots groups have proven hugely effective in slowing and occasionally stopping moves by the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans. Between that and the fundraising potential, Democrats are taking notice and looking to align themselves with "The Resistance."

California's Senator Kamala Harris got right with the program, attending and speaking at the Women's March in Washington D.C., the day after the inauguration. Other Democrats have or are doing the same. Representative Barbara Lee even recently hosted DNC Vice-Chair Keith Ellison at a town hall to discuss how the Democrats are reforming party culture to work better with grassroots organizing principles and empower regular people in the party.

We're seeing the beginnings of that work. The DNC is working on its Resistance Summer initiative, and announced a major re-investment in local and state party infrastructure. Party loyalists are also directing outside funds toward tools to improve polling, analytics, and communication with potential voters. These are encouraging signs that Democrats understand at least some of what ails them. (They still have a long way to go. A loooong way.)

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