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Weekly Call to Action 8/14/17

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Your weekly Indivisible to-dos:

    1. Are your members of Congress (MoCs) doing enough to respond to the Charlottesville terrorist attack? Trump has already made our country less safe through his racist and hateful policies. Now he refuses to condemn white supremacy and the terrorist attack in Charlottesville. We’ve got a new resource for you to make sure that your MoCs are doing everything they can to respond to Charlottesville and to oppose white supremacy.
    2. RSVP here for the DACA Day of Action August 15th! With actual neo-Nazis now rallying nationally, it’s important we show support for people from every background, immigrant and native. We’re working with our partners at United We Dream to help defend immigrants from the Trump administration. Part of being a good partner is showing up. Turn out to one of their events here.
    3. Tune in to a special Facebook Live on Tonight at 8:30PM ET. We’ll welcome a special guests from United We Dream to talk with Indivisible policy staff about DACA and other immigration priorities for recess, including how you can take action now. You can tune in here at 8:30PM ET tonight.
    4. Pledge to protect the Special Counsel investigation. We’re partnering with other progressive groups to take to the streets in the event that Trump fires Mueller. Sign up to attend an event here.
    5. Turn up the August heat on Congress. We have everything you need keep talking to your MoCs about TrumpCare, Tax Reform, Immigration, the Budget, the Environment, and Russia. Check out the full toolkit here at our August recess site! And don’t forget to register your events so we can spread the word.
    6. Ask questions confidently at town halls. Check out our new short video to create your own mic-drop moment at your MoC’s town hall.

 

 

Local Call To Action :

1. King has had no response to the Charlottesville attack.

2.  It’s State Fair time, as you stroll around the fairgrounds keep an eye out for your MOC and ask them questions.

3 Joni Ernst Town Halls-please show up, have your agree, disagree signs.

Monday August 14th -Fort Dodge Middle School 4:30
Tuesday August 15th- Washington High School-Washington IA 12:30

4. Charles Grassley Town hall

Wednesday August 23rd-RIngold County Courthouse-My Ayr 3:45

5. David Young open office hours-you call ahead and schedule a 10 min appointment -call (515) 282-1909 to set up a time. Or you can show up and wait to see him.

Wed Aug 23 2017 at 09:00 AM, CDT Greenfield IA
Wed Aug 23 2017 at 1:00 PM, CDT Atlantic IA
Thu Aug 24 2017 at 12:30 PM, CDT My Ayr IA
Wed Aug 30 2017 at 2:00 PM, CDT Perry IA

 

6.  Please check in to your local SD page for updates on events that are occuring this week. The “Not One Penny Picnic” is one of the many events that local Indivisibles are planning.  This event is for local indivisibles to meet each other.   The purpose of this event is to strengthen the bonds between local activists and give us a relaxed environment in which to discuss the future of the resistance. Look forward to seeing you there!

 

Weekly Action 8/7/2017

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Weekly Action August 7, 2017

National:

  1. Host or attend an August recess event. Make sure to register your events here and search for nearby events here.
  2. Hit the doors. Our newest tactic for August recess is canvassing—both at community events and going door to door.  This canvass packet has all the materials you’ll need, including customized flyers for your senators.
  3. Get informed on our recess policy priorities. We have a series of new August recess materials on TrumpCare, Tax Reform, Immigration, the Budget, the Environment, and on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the person leading the Russia investigation. Check them out here at our new August recess site! And help us spread the word on Twitter.
  4. Learn to write op-eds that make a difference. We’re partnering with The OpEd Project to offer a new joint resource on writing and pitching op-eds. Check out the resource here and take some time this August to get issues you care about in newsprint.
  5. Extra credit: Help us double our impact. We just secured a challenge grant for August recess, where every dollar you give will unlock a dollar of the grant. That means whatever support you can give—even $25 or $50—will have double the impact. Help us raise $40,000 this week by doubling your donation today, so that we’re on  track to to secure the full matching funds and deliver more trainings and resources.

 

Local Action

  • Phil Miller election Tuesday August 8th.  HD 82. See link for how you can help! https://www.millerforiowahouse.com
  • It’s State Fair time!  If you are at the fair and you see any of our MOC please post it on Facebook.  The MOC tend to hang out at the Pork Producer’s tent and other Ag areas.  Please stop and talk to them about your concerns. One area to mention is the attack on the press and the First Amendment.   Grassley has sponsored several bills to protect whistleblowers, remind him of the importance of the First Amendment.   If possible, please record it and share it on social media.  
  • School Board elections are coming up Tuesday September 12th.  This is a great time to canvas your neighborhood.  Take a friend and talk with your neighbors about voting, how to register, where your local precint is located.  
  • Organize a group for Sen. Grassley’s Town Hall  in Bedford on Thursday August 24 @11:30am. Bedford City Hall-625 Court Ave, Bedford Ia.

 

7/31/17 Weekly Call to Action

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7/31/2017  Weekly Call to Action

 Your 5 weekly Indivisible to-dos

  1. Celebrate! We got a huge win on TrumpCare last week because of your local pressure. It may or may not be dead for good, but regardless—have a drink, give a hug, and reflect on how much power you have. Yes, we should stay vigilant—and we will—but take time to recognize this success.
  2. Accountability on TrumpCare. 49 senators voted last week to take away health care from millions of Americans, and 51 voted to protect it. They need some direct feedback from you. Here are sample call scripts for your senators. Plus, if you get a chance to talk to your representative during the August Recess, make sure they know you expect them to reject any Senate version of TrumpCare using our August recess town hall questions.
  3. Oppose these nominations. Tell your senators to oppose the nomination of Kevin Newsom for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Alabama. As noted in this Politico article, Newsom is part of Trump’s broader attacks on civil rights. The vote is expected today at 5:30pm ET.
  4. These 3 senators voted for TrumpCare, so help us end their careers. Check out our new IndivisiBlogfrom Political Director María Urbina outlining our new political program, and help us defeat Senators Dean Heller, Jeff Flake, and Ted Cruz. These 3 all voted in favor of TrumpCare and are up for re-election in 2018. If you can, help us build up our new state campaigns here (more info below).
  5. Join us for Facebook live TONIGHT. Join Indivisible team members tonight for a Facebook live at 8:30pm ET here where we’ll be giving an update on what’s next for TrumpCare, what’s happening in Congress this week, and answering your questions in real time.

 

Dear Indivisibles,

Last week’s TrumpCare win was because of you. Last week was an incredible testament to the work you all have done together on TrumpCare. The combined political might of the President of the United States and the Senate Majority leader was no match for you showing up on your home turf. It was an awe-inspiring demonstration of your constituent power, and an incredible testament to the work you’ve all done together to get us to this place.

The House has begun its month-long district work period, known as August Recess.

But just before leaving, Paul Ryan had given himself same-day authority to pass “Skinny Repeal,” anticipating that the Senate would succeed in passing it and immediately send it over to the House. Your representative needs to hear from you that you do not want them voting for TrumpCare. Here’s a new script to get you started.

Senate Republicans may still make another attempt to pass TrumpCare. Senators are shell-shocked from the failed TrumpCare votes last week, but they are exploring ways to move forward. The Senate took votes on three different versions of TrumpCare last week, and each was defeated. But nothing prevents Mitch McConnell from trying to bring a fourth version of a bill for another vote—that is, nothing except you. Stay vigilant. Thank your senators who voted against TrumpCare; hold those who voted for it accountable. Here’s a script to use when talking to your senators.

These 3 senators voted for TrumpCare. Let’s end their political careers.

It’s time for electoral retribution. Look, we’ve been reasonable up until now. We’ve steadily pressured our senators to do the right thing. But at some point, reasonable people have to conclude that their representatives are no longer actually representing them. At some point, we have to say enough is enough. For Indivisible, that point has come (read more about this on our new blog from Indivisible Political Director María Urbina).

The Republican senators who attempted (and failed!) to pass TrumpCare made their choice: they sold their constituents out to stand with Trump. It’s time for us to make our choice: let’s kick them out of office. We need your help to accomplish this.

Our plan to pay back 3 pro-TrumpCare senators. Democrats currently have 48 Senate seats. If they pick up 3 Senate seats, they retake the Senate. And if they retake the Senate, all bets are off for this Administration and its incredibly cruel agenda.

So in response to this historic catastrophe of a health care vote, we are launching a new campaign to defeat 3 key vulnerable pro-TrumpCare senators who are up for re-election in 2018:

The plan starts now. We are setting up accounts to raise funds for these 3 states through the 2018 elections. To build the foundation for these campaigns RIGHT NOW, we are raising seed funding of $50,000 for each of these accounts, with a goal of $100,000 over the next month. If we are able to fund these accounts, we will be able to put in place the right staff and resources for 2018:

  1. State campaign director. To transform constituent power into electoral power, we will hire state directors in each of Nevada, Arizona, and Texas to coordinate Indivisible activity and support the local groups.
  2. Voter file access in the state. One crucial tool that Indivisible groups lack is the “voter file,” which is an absolutely necessary (but expensive) tool to effectively target outreach to specific households.
  3. Call and texting outreach tools for local groups. We will purchase and provide calling and texting tools that Indivisible groups can use to contact and mobilize voters across the state.

Help local Indivisible groups pay back these senators for what they’re doing to our country.

Click here to chip in $20.18 to defeat Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV).

Click here to chip in $20.18 to defeat Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Click here to chip in $20.18 to defeat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Click here to split your contribution evenly between Nevada, Arizona, and Texas.

At the base level of $20.18, we’ll fund one of these accounts fully with just 2,500 individual donations. If you can, please be one of these 2,500. THANK YOU!

This is how we start building local infrastructure NOW to defeat these three senators. If we wait, they won’t get the message that we’ve seen their vote on TrumpCare and we’re holding them accountable. If we start now, we will win.

In solidarity,

The Indivisible Team

P.S. Don’t forget that TrumpCare was defeated with local constituent power in every state in the country

 

LOCAL CALL TO ACTION FOR IOWA :

Call your local state representatives and ask them why are “Iowa taxpayers are forced to pay a portion of over $2,200,000 because Senator Dix retaliated against a woman who exposed sexual harassment. Do you think this is a good use of taxpayer funds?”

Call Senator Ernst and Senator Grassley regarding the ACA.

Senator Joni Ernst

111 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3254

 

Senator Chuck Grassley

135 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3744

 

Call Senator Ernst and Senator Grassley regarding the ACA.

Hi. My name is _____ and I’m a constituent from  _____ Iowa. After the latest Trumpcare defeat, I would like for the Senator to work with Democrats to come up with solutions to fix the problems with the ACA. We have a plan in place. Why not start with that foundation and work to improve what we already have?  Thank you.

 

Call Senator Grassley regarding Russia investigation.

Hi. My name is _______ and I’m a constituent from _______, Iowa. I would like to know when Senator Grassley will call for a full investigation of Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and Donald Trump Jr. in regarding their involvement or knowledge of Russian contacts relating to the Presidential election. Thank you.

The NRA is trying to jam a bill through Congress that would gut our gun laws. This pet project of the NRA would FORCE each state to follow the weakest gun laws in the country, even if your state laws are stronger.
Tell your members of Congress to OPPOSE this bill by adding your name here:

Home

Don’t forget-School Board elections are September 12th

City Council elections are November 7th

Special Election for Phil Miller in Fairfield needs our support. The election is Tuesday August 8th.

Here is the link to sign up to volunteer or donate money.  Let’s do this and win!

https://www.millerforiowahouse.com

Week of 7/24 Call to Action

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MAKE SURE WE KILL TRUMPCARE

  • No on the motion to proceed. Make sure both of your senators are voting NO on the first procedural vote—the “motion to proceed.” This is where we’ve won before. If we stop the process at this stage, we keep McConnell from bringing the bill up for a vote. If he succeeds in passing the motion to proceed, McConnell will then have complete control to make last-minute changes to the bill and offer even bigger bribes to Senators. Stopping the motion to proceed stops McConnell. We’ve got a call script to get you started.
  • Filibuster by amendment. If McConnell succeeds in getting past the motion to proceed, that puts Democrats and Republicans in a floor flight—where Republicans hold almost all the power. If this happens, Democrats need to make sure to use every tool available to them to slow down debate and to pick apart as much of the bill as possible. Tell your Democratic Senators to Filibuster by Amendment and to raise “points of order” against provisions that don’t meet reconciliation requirements (See our legislative explainer on the Byrd Rule.)
  • Focus on House ONLY after Senate. And, if McConnell manages to pass the bill (probably Thursday or Friday), then your attention needs to immediately turn to your House member. The House will need to pass the exact version as whatever the Senate passes, so we’ll need to quickly pivot back to have any chance of stopping it.
  • BORDER WALL FUNDING, CFPB, AND RUSSIA.If you have some extra time, call your House member and tell your Representative to vote against the defense spending bill (H.R. 3219), which contains money to fund Trump’s border wall. We’ve got an explainer to get you started. And if you have even more time, ask that your representative vote against House Joint Resolution 111, which would deprive consumers of the ability to seek justice against Wall Street abuses. And, certainly, stay vigilant on Trump’s traitorous collusion with the Russian government—we must all defend our democracy.
  •   Oppose DeVos’ attempt to dismantle protections for campus rape victims.
    Write or Call: Your three MoCs at a local office (5calls.org)
    Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP], and I’m concerned Betsy DeVos is considering dismantling Title IX (nine) and protections for survivors of sexual violence. Where does [name] stand on Title IX and campus sexual violence? (pause) Can I count on his/her support of S. 856 (Senate) / H.R. 1949 (House)? Thank you.

Local Call to Action:

 

7/29/17 Our Lives on the Line -collaborative effort -many locations thru out Iowa.  Here is the link.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/our-lives-on-the-line-iowa-des-moines?source=direct_link&

2) Knock doors  next weekend to get Phil Miller elected to the Iowa Legislature – Remember when we all said we would do “anything” to fight against the agenda from the right? It’s time to show up. Register as a volunteer and/or donate here: https://www.millerforiowahouse.com/
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3) Oppose DeVos’ attempt to dismantle protections for campus rape victims.
Write or Call: Your three MoCs at a local office (5calls.org)
Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP], and I’m concerned Betsy DeVos is considering dismantling Title IX (nine) and protections for survivors of sexual violence. Where does [name] stand on Title IX and campus sexual violence? (pause) Can I count on his/her support of S. 856 (Senate) / H.R. 1949 (House)? Thank you.
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Weekly Call to Action July 10th

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Weekly Action for July 10th

Your back-to-session to-do list.

  • Everything you need to continue pressuring your senators to reject TrumpCare is available here.
  • Mark your calendars: possible markup (committee consideration) of budget resolution (Wed/TH). The House’s FY18 budget resolution(i.e. federal spending targets for the 2018 fiscal year) may include more devastating cuts to entitlements and non-defense spending, and set the stage for tax reform.
  • Take action to stop the Kobach Commissiona ruse using false allegations of voter fraud in order to suppress voting rights.

Mitch McConnell desperately tried to avoid delaying the TrumpCare vote because he was worried public pressure would mount and weaken support in the Senate. That’s exactly what happened. Indivisible groups across the country spent the 4th of July congressional recess week fighting for our health care—and it’s working:

The fight’s not over yet, but it’s clear that Senators are starting to listen to their constituents instead of blindly supporting TrumpCare. We don’t expect that the Senate will vote on TrumpCare this week, but the vote could come the week of July 17. Local constituent pressure now will determine the political outcome later this month. 

 

 

Local Action

  1.  Contact the SoS and request their website comply with the ADA requirements for the visually impaired.
    1. Paul Pate  –  515-281-5204
  2. Johnson Amendment-Allows churches to become a PAC and endorse/finance candidates.
  3. Oppose the lifting of sanctions on Russia.  These sanctions oppose the human rights/weapons violations of Russia.

 

July 3 Call To Action

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7/3/16 –Weekly Call to Action:

This July Fourth recess, we celebrate our freedom, and stand up for a fundamental belief: Healthcare is a human right! Last week constituent power protected this right by delaying the vote on TrumpCare, something Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell desperately tried—and failed—to avoid. Now, during this week of congressional recess we are pressing our advantage. While senators are back home for July 4th, we’ll be making a very simple point: the American people do not want TrumpCare! Here’s how:

Hold your senators accountable this recess with the truth about TrumpCare.

We’ve got all the July 4th recess resources at recess.indivisibleguide.com—including more info on this week’s to-do list, call scripts, and explainers (and a pep talk for Indivisible from Vice President Joe Biden). Here are some key resources to use in your fight against TrumpCare:

Questions for your senator on TrumpCare. This July Fourth recess, you need to stand up and speak out to ensure that your senators stand firmly against a bill that would rip coverage away from 22 million Americans, gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and devastate Medicaid and the people who rely on it. Ask the right questions and demand answers!
What does delay in the Senate really mean for TrumpCare? The vote delay is a major blow to TrumpCare but the delay does not mean the bill is dead. What the delay has won us time. We now have the opportunity to make clear to our Senators exactly how unpopular this heartless legislation is.
TrumpCare destroys Medicaid as we know it. The Senate’s version TrumpCare is out and it’s as monstrous as we thought. In order to give billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations, TrumpCare makes the deepest cuts to Medicaid in its 52-year history.
TrumpCare = Higher costs for all Americans. TrumpCare would drive costs for consumers way, way up. Here’s what consumers can expect under the Senate version of TrumpCare, and why you should tell your Senator to vocally and unwaveringly oppose it.
TrumpCare fails people with pre-existing conditions. You may have heard just the opposite—that people with pre-existing conditions are protected, and that this version of TrumpCare is “nicer” or “better” than the House version. Don’t fall for it! It’s still much worse than current law and if you’re one of the 130 million Americans with a pre-existing condition, you could be the one paying the price.
How TrumpCare will worsen the Opioid Crisis in America. One of McConnell’s biggest bribes for votes is putting more funding to fight opioid addiction. But there’s no way your senator should fall for this token acknowledgement of such a serious crisis.

Remember McConnell is rewriting this bill and it goes back to the CBO early next week.

Local Call to Action:

July 1st is the effective date of many ugly bills that were passed by the Iowa Legislature. Here are a few of them. Please contact your local representative now that they are in effect. Perhaps you are a dog owner, a friend or family member of a veteran with PTSD or the parent of a small child who has to watch your loved one suffer through the legalization of fireworks. Please contact your local city council to share your opinions as there is a local option clause in this bill.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LITIGATION: Lawmakers agreed to limit medical malpractice lawsuits, one of the key priorities of yjr majority Republicans’ policy agenda for 2017. The measure includes provisions governing doctor-patient communications after adverse medical incidents; capping limits on non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, at $250,000; requiring a “certificate of merit” to screen out frivolous litigation; and establishing standards for expert witnesses. However, the $250,000 damages cap will not apply in cases involving permanent impairment, disfigurement or death.

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: Legislation was approved to reduce workers’ compensation after a heated debate over the importance of Iowa’s business climate versus the interests of injured workers. The legislation cuts workers’ compensation benefits, changes the qualifications for benefits and reduces a key interest rate calculation, according to the Legislative Services Agency.

PUBLIC ART CUTS: A budget bill passed just prior to adjournment repeals an Iowa law that requires that at least one-half of 1 percent of the total estimated cost of the construction of a state building include fine arts in the plans and specifications of the building. Democrats criticized the action, saying art in public buildings is a matter of public pride. But Republicans said art is a frivolous expense in tough budget times, and they complained taxpayers’ money has been spent on public art at places like highway rest stops and livestock buildings.
LIMITS ON ASBESTOS CLAIMS: Legislation aimed at restricting asbestos-related liability lawsuits was approved by majority Republicans, despite heated complaints by Democrats that the measure will hurt sick and dying Iowans. Republicans said the goal is to avoid double-dipping by people who have already received an average of $600,000 in liability claims. The measure requires plaintiffs to meet deadlines within 90 days of filing an asbestos claim for disclosing certain information including the disposition of each asbestos trust claim. The case may be dismissed for noncompliance.

Stand Your Ground-/HF 517: Allows for the possession of sawed off shotguns in the state. – Reduces background checks required to purchase firearms. – Allows for the use of deadly force to protect property, such as allowing deadly force to stop a teenager from stealing tools from your shed or shooting someone that has been breaking into cars in your neighborhood. – Makes all personal information on permits to carry, which are currently public records, confidential and inaccessible to domestic abuse victims, people being stalked, or news outlets. – Allows concealed carry in the state Capitol. – Allows anyone under the age of 21 to possess a pistol or revolver with supervision. – Prevents officials from keeping weapons off the street in a time of public emergency, such as a riot. – Expands who is allowed to carry a concealed weapon on K-12 school grounds. – Creates a process to prevent cities and counties from regulating the possession of firearms and prohibits counties from regulating some firearm use within the county.

The Democrats who voted in favor of this bill:- you might want to address this at the 4th of July events.

Rep. Bruce Bearinger

Rep. John Forbes

Rep. Timothy Kacena

Rep. Scott Ourth

Sen. Chaz Allen

Sen. Tod Bowman

Sen. Wally Horn

Sen. Rich Taylor

Sen. David Johnson is the only I (was R now Independent) who voted against it

This July 4th congressional recess is critical in the fight to protect our care. Show up, speak out, and save health care for 22 million people. Together, we will win.
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Weekly Action: June 19, 2017

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Photo of Senators Grassley and Ernst captioned "Make Them Listen: We Oppose TrumpCare" with Indivisible Iowa Logo

Stand Indivisible and take action this week to fight back against the Trump agenda.

Local

  1. Paris Climate: Contact your city council member and mayor to express support for your city to join the Paris Climate Agreement as over 250 cities across the US have done. (http://www.climate-mayors.org/partner-cities/)  Just because the president has decided he doesn’t care about the environment and leaving an inhabitable planet to the next generation doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t act to combat climate change.
    • Council Member ____, has the ____ city council had any discussions about joining with the over 250 other US cities who have signed on to continue engagement with the Paris Climate Agreement? President Trump does not have our country’s best interests in mind when he decided to pull our, but for the health of our community, we need to continue working toward a healthier planet?  Can we work together to bring this to the council’s attention for consideration?

Federal

  1. Plan coordinated visits and sit-ins at your Senator’s office using the new Indivisible Stop TrumpCare June toolkit. Showing up in groups of 5-10 is an effective way to show a force of energy while at the same time allowing each person to have a chance to say their part.  Gather ahead of time to discuss your specific message and ensure that everyone has a request that is on that message.
  2. Call Senators Grassley and Ernst daily to ensure they hear from constituents that oppose TrumpCare on both substance and process. Use the following script as a base.

 

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know Senator ______’s position on TrumpCare (the American Health Care Act)?

OPTION 1: SUPPORTS / DODGES / HAS NO POSITION

Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator ______ supports AHCA / hasn’t made up their mind yet.

Caller: That’s terrible. I’m very disappointed to hear that. This bill would take away health care from millions of Americans, including over 145,000 in Iowa, cut the Medicaid program, increase premiums and allow states to get rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. All that to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy. This is unacceptable to me.

[I/my family member] [am/is] at risk of losing [my/his/her] insurance. [I/ my family member] [have/has] a pre-existing condition that before the ACA could be used by insurance companies to discriminate against [me/them]. [My/their] health depends on Senator [Grassley/Ernst] voting against the American Health Care Act.

Staffer: The Senate version of the bill will not be the same as the one that passed the House. The Senator will make sure that Americans are protected.

Caller: That is not true at all. It does not matter which version passes if the effects are the same or similar. As a constituent, can the Senator guarantee me that…

  • …no one will lose coverage as a result of this bill?
  • or
  • …there will be no cuts to the Medicaid program?
  • or
  • …the Senator won’t vote for ANY bill unless it has received a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)?

Staffer: Obamacare is collapsing. The Senator has a responsibility to act to protect Americans from the disastrous ACA.

Caller: The health insurance market created by the ACA is healthy and stable, even with seven years’ worth of Republican efforts to undermine it. Despite lies from Trump, experts agree that there is no risk of it collapsing unless the Trump Administration actively sabotages it.

Caller: Expanding Medicaid in our state has helped  almost 85,000 people who get coverage. Will the Senator commit to keeping the Medicaid expansion in place?

Staffer: Senator ______ cares deeply about Medicaid and won’t vote for any bill that cuts people off of Medicaid. The bill currently being discussed would provide a long phase-out period to make sure that no one loses their coverage immediately.

Caller: That is not good enough. A phase-out period still means that millions will lose their coverage. If the Medicaid expansion is helping people, why eliminate or phase it out at all? Why not keep it in place? Is it to pay for tax cuts that will primarily benefit the 1 percent and profitable corporations?

Will the Senator commit to opposing any legislation that phases out the Medicaid expansion while also cutting taxes on unearned income for the wealthy, and on profitable health insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms and medical device makers?

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to Senator ______.

Caller: Please do. This is extremely important to me and I will be watching closely. Thank you for your time.

[If dodges/ undecided]: Please take down my contact information to let me know when Senator ______ has made up his/her mind. I’m eager to hear what he/she decides.

Weekly Action: June 12, 2017

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Stand Indivisible and take action this week to fight back against the Trump agenda.

State Actions:

  1. Help out in the HD22 (Council Bluffs area) Special Election.  The progressive candidate, Ray Stevens, missed the deadline to be on the ballot and is fighting for write-in votes (more details via Bleeding Heartland) Can’t make it to Council Bluffs to door knock? Sign up for online phone banking – probably the easiest way to support a campaign! Details: https://www.rayforiowahouse.com/
  2. Contact your State Senator to inquire about what they will do about DHS. The Senate Oversight Committee was in session last week and a lot has come to light about how kids fall through the cracks. (See DSM Register editorial.)
    1. Senator ____, I have been following the Senate Oversight Committee hearings with grave concern for the children in the care of the state and those who have transitioned out.  It is very clear that a lack of proper funding to DHS as led to staffing levels that are not realistic to safely take care of Iowa’s kids.  I encourage you to push Governor Reynolds to appoint a new director who will work diligently for a better future for these kids AND to properly fund the department. The last thing we should wake up to read in the paper is that another child who was in the foster care system has died of abuse.

 

National Actions:

  1. Sign up to join the chorus of people standing up to Trump.
  2. National Senate Call-In Day to Stop TrumpCare – June 14, 2017. The U.S. Senate is expected to push through their version of an Obamacare repeal over the next couple weeks. Reports from the capital indicate that the call volume is down fivefold from the height earlier this year.  Make sure that Senators Grassley and Ernst know where you stand on healthcare.  Increased call numbers will show all Senators that the US American people are watching and we care about this issue.  We might be able to swing a few votes making McConnell & Trump miss the 51 vote requirement! The more calls the better, so call every day this week to express your outrage to Grassley and Ernst. Indivisible reports Iowa has a lot to lose:

    Iowa

    Average Premium Increase in 2018 Total Health Insurance Coverage Losses Medicaid Coverage Losses  Employer-Sponsored Coverage Losses Individual Market Coverage Losses
     $722  146,900 84,800 32,900 29,300
    • Call Grassley and tell him you care. His DC number is: (202) 224-3744.
    • Senator Grassley, this is ____ from ____, Iowa. As your colleagues work behind closed doors developing the Senate’s version of Obamacare repeal, I want to make sure you understand my priorities when it comes to healthcare for US Americans. Any healthcare reform should be focused on making insurance more affordable and more accessible to Iowans.  Kicking millions off of their plans is not the solution we need. Cuts to Medicaid are not acceptable. Giving a tax break to the rich is deplorable. I encourage you to push the Senate for a transparent procedure – open committee hearings covered by the media, question and answer sessions, put the text of the bill on the internet and allow for a comment period, and allow the CBO to score the bill and do not vote until that score comes back. Democracy is not done in secret. 
    • Call Ernst and tell her you care. Her DC Number is: (202) 224-3254.
    • Senator Ernst, this is ____ from _____, Iowa. As a special group of your male colleagues work behind closed doors developing the Senate’s version of Obamacare repeal, I want to make sure you understand my priorities when it comes to healthcare for US Americans. Any healthcare reform should be focused on making insurance more affordable and more accessible to Iowans.  Kicking millions off of their plans is not the solution we need. Cuts to Medicaid are not acceptable. Giving a tax break to the rich is deplorable. As you said in your townhall in Des Moines earlier this year, proper medical health care is key in combating gun violence-I encourage you to review the bill for any cuts to mental health care coverage and services. We cannot sit by while more people are killed. I encourage you to push the Senate for a transparent procedure – open committee hearings covered by the media, question and answer sessions, put the text of the bill on the internet and allow for a comment period, and allow the CBO to score the bill and do not vote until that score comes back. Democracy is not done in secret. 
  3. Tell your Representative to vote no on H.R. 2581, the Verify First Act. Another Affordable Care Act sabotage—and anti-immigrant—bill is on the House Floor this week and Republicans plan to vote on it on Tuesday. Demand that they vote no.

Weekly Action: April 23, 2017

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Federal Actions

  1. Fill out the following form to nominate El Cheeto’s trips to Mar-A-Lago for one of Joni’s “Make ‘Em Squeal” Awards. We need EVERY. SINGLE. INDIVISIBLE MEMBER. to do this to make a real impact. It’s easy: Sign the petition here.
  2. THE BUDGET. The Federal Government is facing a shutdown if Congress cannot pass a budget, or if Congress does not include some egregious “must pass” policies as riders to the budget (including “The Wall” and TrumpCare). Please contact ALL your Members of Congress to let them know you:
    1. oppose funding a border wall and providing additional funds for a “Deportation Force”;
    2. you oppose any attempts to strip access to affordable healthcare that covers pre-existing conditions and essential health benefits such as mental health care and pre- and post-natal care; and
    3. You oppose defunding the EPA, NIH, and CDC.

State Actions

  1. Coordinate with other Indivisible groups in your area. An upcoming Regional get together is this Saturday, April 29, at Lake Darling. More details are available at the following link, and more events are being planned for other Iowa Senate District groups. The events are free and open to all. https://www.facebook.com/events/163076914216079/
  2. Now that the state legislative session has ended, consider the following ideas:
    1. Write a thank you note to some deserving state senators and reps.
    2. Gather with some Indivisible Iowa and like-minded friends to celebrate all your hard work over the past several months and invite someone new to the group!
    3. Start a conversation in your senate district (SD) group about managing an Indivisible Iowa booth at a local farmer’s market, fair, or other community event this spring/summer. The booth can be used to recruit members, but more importantly register voters and educate voters on the changes that will likely take place when the new voter I.D. bill is signed by the governor.
    4. Start a conversation in your SD group about targeting districts in the 2018 election by looking at the district map (see link), then deciding if you will need assistance or will give assistance. Start strategizing and contacting partnering districts this spring/summer. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2_LGZciNVGpMk12d0FzcnBLeDA/view?usp=sharing

Speak Up This Week to Stop More Harm to Iowans (Updated)

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In a circulating email, Iowa Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg asks Iowans—particularly those in rural areas—to help stop a dozen bills (“The Dirty Dozen”) from advancing out of committee this week. We’ve shared his message in full below, with any additional emphasis and formatting (bolding, italics) added by Indivisible Iowa. We’ll be updating this post throughout the week as changes are made to bills each day.

Today, I am writing to ask you to help us stop a dozen bad bills from advancing out of committee this week. Friday marks the “first funnel” under legislative rules, which is a first procedural hurdle that will stop some legislative proposals for the year. If we can stop these bills this week, it will reduce the damage that could be done later.

The new Republican majority has already done a lot of damage to Iowans, including:

  • Major mid-year budget cuts (SF130) that closed correctional facilities and laid off correctional workers, forced court closures, and led the University of Iowa to renege on promised scholarships.
  • The third lowest school funding level (1.11%) (SF166) in the history of the school finance formula, after the worst six-year funding stretch in our state’s history.
  • An attack on our teachers’ and public workers’ rights to organize and negotiate for fair wages, benefits, and other working conditions (HF291).

Now, there is even more harm coming to Iowans under Republican proposals pending in committee. With your help, we can stop at least some of these proposals in committee this week, and take them off the table for the rest of 2017.

Please speak up with Republican legislators this week on one or more of the following issues by emailing them or calling them at their preferred contact information (available at www.legis.iowa.gov). You can also call and leave messages at the House switchboard (515-281-3221) or the Senate switchboard (515-281-3371).

“The Dirty Dozen” – Help Us Stop These Bad Bills In Committee

  1. Prohibit Local “Pre-Qualification” for Bidding (SSB1145)
    This bill would prohibit local governments from using “project labor agreements” or other “pre-qualification” for bidders on building projects, taking away the ability of local government to ensure timely, quality construction. Speak up for qualified workers and local control.Who to contact: Republican members on the Senate Labor Committee: Jason Schultz (chair), Brad Zaun, Mike Breitbach, Waylon Brown, Jake Chapman, Mark Costello, and Dennis Guth.
  2. End Licensing For Occupations (HSB138)
    This bill would end licensing for many professional occupations including social workers, mental health counselors, massage therapists, dieticians, funeral home directors, respiratory therapists, and athletic trainers. Speak up for these professionals and the protection of consumers, public health, and public safety.
    Who to contact: Republican members of the House State Government Committee: Ken Rizer (chair), Kevin Koester, Rob Bacon, Chip Baltimore, Michael Bergan, Peter Cownie, Lee Hein, Jake Highfill, Bobby Kaufmann, Tom Moore, Dawn Pettengill, Mike Sexton, Ralph Watts, and Louie Zumbach.

    Update: HSB138 is officially dead (Bobby Kaufmann finally did something we agree with), but word is that Governor Branstad is introducing a new version.

  3. Government Barriers to Voting (HSB93/SSB1163)
    This bill would create new government barriers to voting including photo identification requirements where only few forms of identification would qualify. Speak up for Iowans who do not have the specified forms of identification and should not have to face more government barriers to voting.Who to contact: Republican members of the House State Government Committee (see HSB138 above) and Republican members of the Senate State Government Committee: Roby Smith (chair), Jake Chapman, Bill Anderson, Waylon Brown, Dan Dawson, Randy Feenstra, Charles Schneider, Jason Schultz, and Brad Zaun.
  4. So-Called “Personhood” Bill (SF253)
    This bill would ban all abortions and many common forms of birth control. Speak up for individual rights to make personal health decisions and access to birth control to prevent abortion.Who to contact: Republican members on the Senate Judiciary Committee: Brad Zaun (chair), Dan Dawson, Jeff Edler, Julian Garrett, Charles Schneider, Jason Schultz, Tom Shipley, and Amy Sinclair.

    Update: This bill advanced in the Iowa Senate on 2/27 and was recommended for passage.

  5. Partisan Take-Over Of Judicial Nominations (SF327)
    This bill would remove attorneys from the judicial nomination process and replace them with all gubernatorial appointments, politicizing the judicial selection process.Who to contact: Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see SF253 above).
  6. Reinstate Death Penalty (SF335/SF336)
    These bills would reinstate the death penalty in Iowa for the first time since 1965. Iowa doesn’t need the death penalty. We have life in prison without the possibility of parole. Encourage legislators to do more instead to resolve unsolved murders (“cold cases”).Who to contact: Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see SF253 above).
  7. Eliminate Permits to Acquire Firearms (HSB133)
    This bill, which has 40 sections over 25 pages, would eliminate the annual permit to acquire a pistol or revolver among many other provisions. Speak up for annual permits, criminal background checks, and public safety.Who to contact: Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee: Chip Baltimore (chair), Jim Carlin, Stan Gustafson, Greg Heartsill, Lee Hein, Ashley Hinson, Megan Jones, Kevin Koester, Andy McKean, Zach Nunn, Ross Paustian, Ken Rizer, and Matt Windschitl.
  8. Allowing Firearms on Campus (SF256)
    This bill would prohibit our community colleges and universities from limiting the carrying of firearms. Speak up to keep firearms off campus.Who to contact: Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see SF253 above).
  9. Required Video Cameras in Classrooms (SF294)
    This bill would require schools to install video cameras in every classroom, cafeteria, library, and other “student use area” of a school. Speak up against wasteful spending and excessive surveillance.Who to contact: Republican members on the Senate Education Committee: Amy Sinclair (chair), Jeff Edler, Jerry Behn, Mark Chelgren, Tom Greene, Craig Johnson, Tim Kraayenbrink, Mark Lofgren, & Ken Rozenboom.
  10. Political Test for University Faculty (SF288)
    This bill would subject current and future university faculty to a political test for employment to achieve “political balance.” Speak up against this infringement on personal liberty and in favor of merit-based hiring.Who to contact: Republican members on the Senate Education Committee (see SF294 above).
  11. Take Away Local Control Of Water Supply (SSB1146)
    This bill would take away local control over water supply and impose regional and state control. Speak up for local control and against political retribution for clean water advocacy.Who to contact: Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee: Dan Zumbach (chair), Waylon Brown, Mark Costello, Jeff Edler, Tim Kapucian, Ken Rozenboom, Mark Segebart, and Tom Shipley.
  12. Restrict Property Right To Bring Nuisance Lawsuit (SSB1144)
    This bill would restrict a property owner’s right to bring a nuisance lawsuit against livestock producers. Speak up for property rights, including the right to be free of nuisances.Who to contact: Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee (see SSB1146 above).