Thursday, January 11 - Call on Senators to Block HHS Nomination / Phone Bank for the Dream Act / Volunteer at the Women’s March

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on Senators to Block Alex Azar’s HHS Nomination

  • Action 2: Phone Bank for the Dream Act

  • Action 3: Volunteer at the Women’s March on January 20

 

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Block Alex Azar’s HHS Nomination

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for the Affordable Care Act, food and drug safety, medical research and public health, and is critical to the future of health insurance. The Trump administration's pick for HHS Secretary, Alex Azar, is deep in the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry. Azar was president of the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly from 2009 to January 2017. Since leaving Eli Lilly in January, Azar made $1.6 million in severance pay and as much as $1 million in the sale of his Eli Lilly stock. He has received over $700,000 in various payouts from the company and raked in speaking fees of $46,500 from clients like the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy. Currently, he is a consultant who continues to profit from the industry. His consulting firm's clients include the National Pharmaceutical Council and the drug company UCB Inc. Azar has been sharply critical of the ACA and was a strong advocate for the GOP's repeal legislation, saying that the ACA was “circling the drain.”

By nominating Azar, Trump is placing someone from the pharmaceutical industry in charge of the agency tasked with regulating it. Trump touts that Azar would lower drug prices and “be a star for better health care.” However, under his leadership at Lilly, the cost of their insulin product more than doubled, and he came under investigation for insulin pricing. He has also spoken in defense of the current pharmaceutical industry, saying “a vigorous and profitable drug industry is not a problem to be solved, but a goal to be encouraged.” Azar's nomination has been widely criticized, as many believe he would be nothing more than a shill for the pharmaceutical lobby. The HHS Secretary must be an advocate for the health of the American people, not the “vigor and profit” of the drug industry. Azar has shown his loyalties to the pharmaceutical industry and would be an outrageous, irresponsible choice as HHS Secretary.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code]. I’m calling today to ask that Senator [NAME] to oppose the nomination of Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Azar still profits from pharmaceuticals and his continued advocacy for the drug industry makes him a highly corrupt and appalling choice to lead the agency tasked with regulating it. Thank you.

 

Action 2: Phone Bank for the Dream Act This Week

We have TWO WEEKS left to pass the Dream Act, and Congress must act now.

It is urgent that we organize and mobilize our community; including students, parents, teachers, and allies to phone bank for DACA recipients. Our representatives need to hear our loud and clear message that they are here to stay and that we need a clean Dream Act to pass NOW!

Join us for phone banking to call registered voters and urge them to contact their representatives about the Dream Act!

  • Monday, January 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. at  5301 N Clark St, 2nd Fl; RSVP here

  • Wednesday, January 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 6941-A W. North Ave, Oak Park, Illinois; RSVP here

Please bring your cell phone and headphones and if possible, a laptop/tablet (this makes it easier to read the call script). Charging cables or extra battery packs are recommended!

 

Action 3: Volunteer at the Women’s March on January 20

The Women’s March to the Polls is coming up on Saturday, January 20. To help ensure a positive, orderly environment at March, we need as many volunteers as possible.

Indivisible Chicago is looking for volunteers to help out at the event. Sign up to volunteer here!

The March is also looking for volunteer marshals to help guide the event. There are several simple, fun training sessions coming up that will teach you all you need to know about how to guide marchers as they make their voices heard and fight for women’s rights that day.

Marshal training lasts less than two hours, is a great way to meet other marchers, and offers you new expertise. Learn more about marshal training.

Choose from several upcoming dates:

 

 

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