Weekly Action Recommendations: Week of June 11, 2017

This is only a partial list of actions which might be taken this week to defend ethical government. For more ideas, you might visit For more ideas, you might visit 5calls.orgactionalliance.co/, or roganslist.blogspot.com/.

Action: Immigration Service Centers opened by LDS Church in Utah and Arizona

The LDS Church recently opened a series of Immigrant Services centers in Utah and Arizona.  Even if you do not live in those states, take some time to learn about the services provided.  If you do live in Utah or Arizona, please help promote these centers and make sure your friends know about them.  They provide many useful services including cultural adaptation classes and legal aid.  These services are available to all immigrants, no matter their legal status.  https://providentliving.lds.org/immigrant-services/what-we-do?lang=eng

Action: Prepare for World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is June 20th. MWEG will be launching a simple series of calls-to-action with ideas of ways we can support refugees. One way would be to share these stories from Their Story, Our Story (TSOS). See https://tsosrefugees.org

Action: Support honest media

Tell NBC what you think about hosting Newtown denier, Alex Jones, on Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.  The show scheduled for June 18.  This is Father’s Day, and perhaps not the way to honor the parents of the slain Newtown children. Visit: http://www.nbc.com/contact-us

Action: Support the health care you want our nation to have

Action Utah shared a LOT of possible actions we can take if we are worried about the Senate health care bill:

  1. Ask your Senators for transparency in health care policymaking. After the House rushed to pass the American Health Care Act with no public hearings or amendments, the Senate has created a group of 13 white men (including both Utah Senators Hatch and Lee) to write a new health care bill entirely behind closed doors. Last week Mitch McConnell began procedural steps to fast-track the legislation in hopes that it will pass by June 30th without input by Democrats or stakeholders on a bill that will impact the health and survival of millions and millions of Americans (https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/03/03/we-wont-know-whats-in-the-republican-health-care-repeal-plan-until-they-pass-it/?utm_term=.19c3f3318c28). The Senate will use the budget reconciliation process to try to pass the measure, ensuring it can pass with just 50 votes (plus a tie-breaker by Mike Pence) and preventing a Democratic filibuster. By contrast, before the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, Democrats in the House held a series of public hearings, posting a public discussion draft in between, and held 3 committee markups. In the Senate HELP Committee held 14 bipartisan roundtables and 13 public hearings, and during their markup accepted over 160 Republican amendments. The Senate Finance Committee held an additional 17 public hearings, roundtables and summits, plus a markup. The independent Congressional Budget Office’s ‘scores’ were available prior to each vote at each stage of the process.

Call your Senators and ask for a transparent process in shaping the legislation that impacts our lives.

  1. Tell your health care story to a Senate staffer. Real personal stories are sometimes the most powerful way to influence policymaking. Do you have a personal story that your senator should know when drafting the next health care reform bill? Make sure they hear it by communicating with their staffers.

Send your health care story to the senator staffer in charge of health care: http://www.istrumpcarestilldead.com/staffers/.

  1. Ask specific Senators to put people over politics. The American Health Care Act would see 23 million Americans lose their health care. According to latest estimates, the Senate bill would see 16 million people lose their health care.

Use this Trumpcare Toolkit (https://www.trumpcaretoolkit.org/) to call and tweet targeted Senators from other states.

Possible call script from https://5calls.org/issue/recJfyyL7LE0Ez4ys: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [___].

IF CALLING REPUBLICAN: I’m calling today because I’m appalled by the Republican attempts to pass the AHCA without any transparency what so ever. I ask that Senator [___] demand the immediate release of the plan’s details to the public and hold a hearing to thoroughly discuss a healthcare plan that affects one-sixth of our economy and the health and lives of millions of Americans.

IF CALLING DEMOCRAT: I’m calling today because I’m appalled by the Republican attempts to pass the AHCA without any transparency what so ever. [I ask that Senator [__] boycott all Senate committee hearings until one is scheduled to discuss and amend the healthcare plan.

[OPTIONAL: Share a personal story of why the ACA is so important to you, your family, and / or your community]

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Sign this letter (http://act.savemycare.org/page/s/let-us-testify) to demand input on the Senate’s secret health care bill. Retweet this (https://twitter.com/jonfavs/status/873223442518073346) and share it with your friends in the targeted states listed.

  1. Follow these Twitter accounts for health care updates:

Utah Health Policy Project @UHPP

Healthier Utah Coalition @CTGUtah

Save Medicaid Utah @SaveMedicaidUT

Disability Law Center @DLCofUT

Families USA @FamiliesUSA

Andy Slavitt @ASlavitt

Sarah Kliff (Vox) @SarahKliff

Action: Demand that all Trump-Russia findings be made public

From https://5calls.org/issue/recLcUEjVTmUgVqMO: Despite the onslaught of breaking news stories detailing troubling fact after troubling fact of wrongdoings by Trump, his sons, Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn, and other Trump campaign associates, the current Trump-Russia investigations have not been nearly as revealing or helpful to the American people.  The appointment of Robert Mueller as a special counsel to handle the Department of Justice’s investigation was much needed, but this alone will not be enough to provide every answer the public wants and deserves to know. Mueller’s focus is *only* criminal activity. Anything deemed non-criminal (such as financial ties between Trump and Russia, conflicts of interest, or other disturbing undemocratic behavior) will be kept classified, withholding critical information about the leadership of their government, Americans need to know.

Congressional committees have the ability to make non-criminal findings public, but the current House and Senate Intelligence committee investigations have been mired in partisanship, especially the House committee. (Devin Nunes is still issuing subpoenas despite his “recusal” from the investigation.) The Senate Intelligence Committee has been holding hearings and bringing in critical people in to testify, however, they have been stonewalling during the hearings and refusing to answer questions in publicized sessions.

An independent commission would create a public document of all investigation findings, and is the only way the American public will be able to get all the answers, regardless of legal criminality and free of political partisanship.

Possible Call Script:  Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [PLACE].  I’m calling to ask that Senator [NAME] support the creation of an independent commission on the Trump-Russia matters. Neither special counselor Mueller nor the congressional committee investigations are leading to public, unclassified answers about any possible wrongdoings that may have occurred, and the American people deserve to know what really happened. Thank you for your time and attention.  [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Action: Advocate for your governor to support the Paris Accord

If you don’t live in: CA, CT, DE, HI, MA, MN, NC, NY, OR, PR, RI, VT, VA, WA, call: Your governor’s office (lookup).  Possible script: Hi. I’m from _TOWN_ and would like Governor _NAME_ to join the ten states that have created the US Climate Alliance. (Share why a liveable planet matters to you.) Will you please pass along my message? Thank you.