Friday, March 15 - Chicago Climate Strike / Drug Prices / Witness Slips for Reproductive Rights
Correction: Lori Lightfoot has not committed to attend the Intergenerational Meeting of the Minds event as indicated in yesterday’s email. We apologize for the error.
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: TODAY - Chicago Climate Strike from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Grant Park
Action 2: Call on Congress to support H.R. 1046 to keep drug prices down
Action 3: Witness slips for Senate Bill 1594, the Repeal of Parental Notice of Abortion Act (proponent) - Deadline Tuesday
Action 1: TODAY - Chicago Climate Strike on Friday
Join Chicagoland youth for a strike TODAY for environmental justice and to demand that our elected officials address the climate crisis.
We will be meeting at Grant Park (at the corner of S Columbus Dr & E Roosevelt Rd) at 11 a.m. and marching to Federal Plaza, where there will be a rally from noon to 1 p.m. Throughout the rally, there will be various speeches and performances given by those passionate about fighting against climate change and fighting for our futures.
Action via Illinois Climate Strike
Action 2: Tell Congress to Keep Drug Prices Down
Prescription drug prices are substantially higher in the United States than in other high-income countries, and as a result, Americans spend more on prescription drugs than residents of other countries. Despite this, the government is not allowed to use its position as the largest purchaser of prescription drugs in the country to bargain for lower prices for patients.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) has introduced the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act (H.R. 1046) to give Medicare the power it needs to effectively negotiate with drug companies and bring drug prices down. Read more here.
Call your member of Congress (MoC) and tell them: co-sponsor H.R. 1046, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act!
Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your rep’s contact info
Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to urge [MoC] to co-sponsor H.R. 1046, Rep. Doggett’s Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act because it will bring down our obscenely high drug prices while protecting patients’ access to critical medicines.
We need to give Medicare the ability to negotiate drug prices, but that new power must be paired with the appropriate leverage so that drug companies can’t continue gouging patients. Rep. Doggett’s bill includes a provision that allows the government to issue a competitive license if drug companies refuse to come to the table. This is important because it means that efforts to lower prices will put drug companies’ monopolies in the crosshairs—not patient’s access to medicine.
Will [MoC] commit to co-sponsoring H.R. 1046, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act?
Action via Indivisible
Action 3: Witness Slips for Reproductive Rights
The Illinois Senate is now considering Senate Bill 1594. The bill will repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act, which requires a minor to consult with her parent or guardian before terminating a pregnancy.
This is a chance for Illinois to expand reproductive freedoms at a time when abortion rights are being curtailed across the nation. Please submit a witness slip for the bill (proponent) before Tuesday, March 19 at 1 p.m.
Witness Slip Instructions:
I. IDENTIFICATION: with your information. In the Firm/Business or Agency Box and in the Title Box, identify as "Self."
II. REPRESENTATION: as "Self" (unless you actually are representing an organization)
III. POSITION: select "PROPONENT"
IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only
New witness slips come up almost every day that the legislature is in session, sometimes only with a few hours’ notice. The best way to keep up with new slips is to join The Witness Slip Project on Facebook. This nonpartisan group features new slips and gives some background on each bill.
Action via Planned Parenthood Illinois Action