action opportunities

Tuesday 7/4 Action Opportunities

1. This July Fourth recess, we need to stand up and speak out to ensure that our 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. The vote delay is a major blow to TrumpCare, but the delay does not mean the bill is dead. What the delay won us is crucial: time. We won the opportunity this recess to make clear to our senators exactly how unpopular this heartless legislation is. The Senate’s version of the TrumpCare bill is out, and it’s as monstrous as we thought: in order to give billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations, TrumpCare makes the deepest cuts to Medicaid in its 52-year history. TrumpCare would drive costs for consumers 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: premiums will go up, consumer cost will increase while subsidies go down, higher costs for worse benefits and services, consumer rebates end along with key insurance restrictions, and it fails people with pre-existing conditions. Contact Kaine and Warner and tell them that this TrumpCare bill needs to go.

  • Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manassas 703–361–3192, Roanoke 540–682–5693, Virginia Beach 757–518–1674, Richmond 804–771–2221, Abingdon 276–525–4790, Danville 434-792–0976, and his contact form is here.
  • Warner: Washington DC 202-224-2023, Roanoke 540-857-2676, Abingdon 276-628-8158, Norfolk 757-441-3079, Richmond 804-775-2314, Vienna 703-442-0670. His “Submit Comment” form is here.
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____. I am contacting Senator ______________ to do everything they can to dump the TrumpCare bill. Under the Senate version of TrumpCare premiums will go up, consumer cost will increase while subsidies go down, there will be higher costs for worse benefits and services, consumer rebates will end along with key insurance restrictions, and it will fail people with pre-existing conditions. Please do everything in your power to shut this bill down completely. TrumpCare needs to die so we won’t. Thank you.”.”

2. After several lawsuits were filed against Trump’s executive Muslim Ban orders, the Supreme Court issued a decision that partially allows the administration to limit the entry of refugees – as well as travelers from Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan – to those who have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the United States. The Trump administration is narrowly interpreting this ruling to discount many family relationships, as well as the relationships that refugees have with U.S.-based resettlement agencies. This interpretation is clearly not in keeping with the Supreme Court’s decision. Resettlement agencies have already provided assurances to the U.S. State Department to resettle, by name, an additional 26,000 people this year. Many have church co-sponsors who have already signed documents stating their commitment to help these refugees rebuild their lives. All of this clearly demonstrates a formal relationship with a U.S. entity. Trump’s executive orders are discriminatory and morally reprehensible, and with these latest actions they could successfully ban thousands of refugees and dismantle the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Right now is a critical time to call on our Senators and Representatives to hold the administration accountable to recognizing the relationships that refugees clearly have with U.S.-based resettlement agencies so that we can keep our promises to refugees we have promised to resettle. Contact all of our members of Congress, in support of refugee resettlement.

  • Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manassas 703–361–3192, Roanoke 540–682–5693, Virginia Beach 757–518–1674, Richmond 804–771–2221, Abingdon 276–525–4790, Danville 434-792–0976, and his contact form is here.
  • Warner: Washington DC 202-224-2023, Roanoke 540-857-2676, Abingdon 276-628-8158, Norfolk 757-441-3079, Richmond 804-775-2314, Vienna 703-442-0670. His “Submit Comment” form is here.
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____. I am contacting Senator/Representative ____________ because I support refugee resettlement. I strongly oppose President Trump’s refugee and Muslim ban executive order. I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure the administration complies with the Supreme Court decision and recognizes the relationships that refugees have with U.S.-based resettlement agencies. I ask that you do everything in your power to urge the administration to change this interpretation, which clearly violates the court order. Thank you.”

3. This Independence Day, take some time to read Frederick Douglass’s 1852 speech “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” in which he asks, “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” and answers, “A day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.”

America’s history is marked with shame as well as triumph, and it is just as important—if not more important—to remember the bad as it is to celebrate the good. To do otherwise would be to romanticize American history and forget that the man who wrote that “all men are created equal” owned slaves. Equality is an ideal we still struggle towards, and we must acknowledge all of our history in order to move forward. As Douglass said, “The principles contained in that instrument [The Declaration of Independence] are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost.”

Link to speech is here.

4. UPCOMING EVENT – Saturday, July 8 – Augusta County Courthouse – Peace Rally – 11-Noon

(From SAW Action Movement) There is a large hate rally planned in Charlottesville on the 8th. We are going to gather for an hour with messages of love and peace. For all of those planning to attend counter events in Charlottesville, you should also have time to attend this before heading over the mountain.

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” ~ Ellie Wiesel

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