What to do this week of September 24, 2017

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Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

By Jen Hofmann

46 weeks down, 58 weeks to mid-term elections. Getting closer!

The intention of this weekly document is to make clear, hype-free suggestions for action backed by well-considered research for Americans who care about democracy and justice. Urgent actions are highlighted in yellow.

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I believe I can make a difference in our democracy.

Action: Create to an activism plan.

Complete the Action Worksheet (or Kelly Wooten’s pocket-sized version).


I believe in quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

Action: Submit public testimony for Monday’s Graham-Cassidy hearing.

Email: GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov by 1pm EST Monday 9/25.

Subject line: Graham-Cassidy hearing, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017

Script: I/my family rely/relies on quality, affordable healthcare. Because of this, I oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. My story with [Medicaid, coverage caps, pre-existing conditions, disabilities, affordability, etc.] is… I would like to see a bipartisan Congressional effort to improve the ACA, not repeal it.
Sincerely, [name]



Note: After September 30, 2017, the Senate will need 60 votes to repeal the ACA, not 51. Their urgency is real. Use your voice today.

Bonus: If you have blue senators, make two calls using Indivisible’s great strategy to run out the clock.


Action: Advocate for kids’ healthcare (hat tip).

Call: All 3 MoCs (lookup).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to ask [name] to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program before funding lapses on September 30th. Millions of children rely on this funding. This is not the time to be angling for for partisan policy riders. Can you tell me what [name] is doing to insure a clean reauthorization of CHIP?


I believe in a government led by people of integrity.

Action: Object to Secretary Price’s chartered flights at taxpayer expense.

Call: Or write your 3 MoCs (lookup).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and concerned about Secretary Price’s 24 chartered flights this year, which have cost us $300,000. I would prefer my tax dollar fund services to fellow citizens like education or medical care over Cabinet members’ comfort. I would like to request that [name] make a public statement objecting to his waste and abuse of public trust. Thanks.
Note: Price has said he’ll stop for now.


I believe in equality for all Americans.

Action: Advocate for equal rights for transgender servicepeople.

Call: Your 2 senators (lookup).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and calling to support Kirsten Gillibrand’s legislation that supports full participation of transgender people in the military. It’s backed by Democratic Senator Reed and Republicans McCain and Collins. Can I count on [name] to co-sponsor S. 1820?


I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.

Action: Oppose industry’s practice of influencing environmental policy. (hat tip)

Call: Your 2 senators (lookup).

Script:  Hi I’m from [ZIP]. I was sorry to see the House pass a pro-lobbyist bill, the EPA Science Reform Act, which has now been sent to the Senate. The Union of Concerned Scientists opposes this bill. I know [name] doesn’t want to empower lobbyists and let big money shape environmental policy. Can you tell me whether [name] plans to vote against this bill? Thank you.


I believe that open borders and a path to citizenship benefit America.

Action: Advocate to keep DACA youth here in the US, their home.

Call: Your 3 MoCs (lookup). If you’ve already called.

Script: Hi. I am from [ZIP], calling to ask [name] to support a clean Dream Act that gives permanent legal status to DACA recipients without attaching funding for a border wall. Has [name] co-sponsored S. 1615 (Senate) / H.R. 3440 (House)? Thanks!


Deep breath innnnnnn… Deep breath ouuuuuuuut… One step at a time.

Acts of Gratitude

Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail.

Thank Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for using his conscience to oppose Graham-Cassidy. I appreciate your advocating (once again) for bipartisanship and democratic principles in deciding the fate of health care in our country. Thank you for your courageous leadership. Name, state, party.

Address: 218 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510


Thank Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) for working together to improve the ACA. Bipartisan collaboration is challenging in this contentious environment, so I appreciate your efforts to prioritize the American people over political differences. Name, state, party.

Address (SC): 413 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Address (BN): 716 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Thank Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for supporting an amendment to continue funding the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. I especially appreciate your bipartisan collaboration and advocacy for our planet and its people. Name, state, party.

Address (JM): 313 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Address (SC): 413 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Address (LA): 455 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510


Thank Jimmy Kimmel for using his position and influence to spotlight the healthcare crises so many Americans face and for challenging our elected officials to do better. Even though you didn’t have to, I’m glad you did. Thank you.

Address: 6834 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6135


Recommended reading

Thought-provoking, in-depth reading that’s worth your time.


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