Tuesday, May 9th - Tell our Senators to vote no on ACA repeal; Rally for EPA
Call our Senators and ask them to not capitulate on our healthcare
For the next couple weeks, the Senate Republicans are going to hammer out a new healthcare bill, throwing away the old one. Could is be as awful as the House bill? Hard to say, but I wouldn't put anything past Mitch McConnell and twelve other white men.
Now, the Senate doesn't really need Democrats on this bill as they can pass it with a simple majority. However, they face the same crunch as the House and have to reconcile members like Jeff Flake of Arizona and Dean Heller of Nevada who are in a tough swing state with ideologues like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz who will serve as the Senate version of the Freedom Caucus.
We need to make sure they aren't able to move the bill so far left that Democrats start to waver, taking a deal that's bad but could be worse (unless it becomes ACA plus a public option, in which case, go ahead and vote). We want them to be pulled between moderate Republicans and the far right with no Democratic support. Would our Senators ever vote for any of these bills? I don't think so, but without our input who knows.
Action: Call Senators Durbin and Duckworth and ask them to stand strong on ACA repeal and not compromise on another poor excuse for a healthcare bill. Also, we'd like him to continue to push for a woman's voice on the committee writing this bill.
Script: Hi, my name is ____________ and I'm calling to ask Senator ___________ to remain a firm no on ACA repeal. I'm asking the Senator to continue to speak out against any bill that's being written by 13 men and no women and ask that a he continue to push for a woman's voice in this legislation.
Rally to thank and support EPA employees
Lets join with Act on Climate for a lunchtime rally during Public Service Recognition Week to say thanks to the EPA employees! We want to let them know that we greatly appreciate their endless work, especially now that their work is more important than ever before. If we want to ensure a better environment in the future, we need to make sure we are working towards it today.
It's time to change the narrative - those working in public service have vitally important roles and their work is valued. We stand with them! Please share this event and bring a friend or two! #OurEPA #ThanksEPA
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Ralph H. Metcalfe Building, 77 W Jackson Blvd
Action: We will all gather outside the EPA building to hold up encouraging signs and pass out cookies to the employees as they head to lunch. We also have a few EPA employees slated to speak about their work.
Symposium on Electing Women and Minority Candidates
Indivisible is lending support to a symposium that's being organized by one of our very own Indivisible members as part of Chicago Community Trust's On The Table event on May 16th. It's on the question of how to elect more women & people of color in IL and tickets are going fast!
You'll want to attend this event if:
• you're fired up and don't know where to direct your energy
• you're taking action - marching, calling - but you want your actions to have MORE impact
• you want to be part of something bigger than yourself
• you want connection and support from 1000's of people right here in Chicago who share your thoughts, ideas, passions & beliefs
• you want to get connected in a meaningful way to people and organizations making REAL change
• you want to BE the force for change that your community, your state and even your country needs now!
Get your ticket and use the code INDIVISIBLE, and you'll not only secure your seat to what's shaping up to be one of the most interesting and well-attended events of the spring, but you'll also save $5!
Indivisible will also be hosting a volunteer sign-up table that night. So once you buy your ticket, let us know if you'd like to help out with that. You can check out the Facebook event here.
Buy tickets directly at http://bit.ly/symEB