Weekly Action Recommendations: Week of May 28, 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 5calls.org, actionalliance.co/ or roganslist.blogspot.com/.

 

Action: Support journalists.

A free press is essential to the health of the Republic. Ben Jacobs, the journalist who was attacked by a Montana politician last week, has asked that the fundraiser to buy him new glasses be directed to the Committee to Protect Journalists instead. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/gofundme-page-created-to-replace-glasses-for-ben-jacobs/article/2624299

Donate to the CPJ here. https://cpj.org/

 

Action: Advocate for the health care you want by Friday, June 2.

The Senate is working on their version of the health care bill and a vote is expected in June or July. Call both your Senators to give your input. (lookup or leave message)

Possible script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling about healthcare. I would like _NAME of Senator_ to fight for my right to affordable, quality healthcare coverage.

[Specifically list what you want. Ideas include:

  1. No gender discrimination.
  2. No lifetime caps.
  3. To cover all pre-existing conditions.
  4. To cost less than $X per month per person.
  5. Comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid.
  6. Start pressuring health insurance companies to decrease costs.

Then share a story about why one of these is important to you personally.]

 

Action: Support a compassionate health care bill from the Senate.

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is a physician and is an important player in the drafting of the Senate health care bill. https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-05-25/the-senate-can-t-pass-health-care-without-this-man

Write to Senator Cassidy or send him a message through his website (https://www.cassidy.senate.gov/contact/) or mail a postcard to him at 520 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510 to encourage him to follow his instincts as a physician to provide better health care to Americans.

 

Action: Advocate for widespread fee-free voter access.

Voters in many districts face challenges in getting to the polls and having their votes counted. Call your Representative in the House (lookup or leave message) to express your support for several bills to help increase voter access.

Possible Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ interested in election integrity and equal voting access for all Americans. I would like Rep. _NAME_ to support three bills to accomplish this. The first is HR 2499 for shorter wait times in line. The second is HR 607 which eliminates the illegal poll tax of required ID. Finally, HR 2669 would allow vote by mail and increased security with automatic voter registration.

 

Action: Ask Congress to fight white supremacist terrorists.

Far right white supremacists killed three of our citizens last week in Portland and Chicago. http://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2017/05/27/19041594/suspect-in-portland-hate-crime-murders-is-a-known-white-supremacist

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-richard-collins-stabbing-racism-page-perspec-20170526-story.html

Tell your MoC that you want them to investigate radicalization of white supremacists and take steps to prevent future attacks like those in Portland and Chicago.

Call your three Members of Congress (lookup or leave message).

Possible script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ . I’m deeply concerned about violence by white supremacists against our own citizens. Please support the investigation of these home-grown hate groups to prevent more people from becoming radicalized and committing acts of terror.