Thursday, May 9 - Defund Hate / Protect Medicaid / On The Table’s Memo to the Mayor

Actions You Can Take Today

  1. Action 3: Indivisible Lakeview-Lincoln Park On the Table: Memo to the Mayor on Tuesday, May 14 from 6 p.m. to 9:00 pm at Pizzeria Serio (1708 West Belmont Avenue)

 

Action 1: Tell Congress to Defund Hate

Call-in day Thursday, May 9

On May 1, Trump requested requested billions of dollars in additional funding for the Department of Homeland Security, including over $1 billion in funding to expand detention (yes, more cages), hire more ICE and CBP agents, and accelerate deportations. As a member of the Defund Hate coalition, we are joining them in a national call-in day on Thursday, May 9 to ask MoCs to reject the administration’s supplemental funding request. We need to dismantle Trump’s mass deportation machine, not feed it with billions more in funding. Call your Member of Congress (MoC) to tell them to vote no on the administration's supplemental funding request for DHS!

The biggest fight on immigration this year will be over funding

While Democratic control of the House has given us a firewall against some of the worst Republican attacks, Trump’s attacks against immigrants continue. He shut down the government for over a month in an effort to get his hateful wall, and has already requested billions more for ICE and CBP in next year’s budget, “FY20.” He hopes to use the money to pay for his wall, more ICE and CBP agents, and more cages for immigrant families.

Fortunately, the Constitution gives Congress—not the White House—the sole power to appropriate money. That means that Democrats can define the terms of this debate through the appropriations process.

What is the Defund Hate Campaign? The Defund Hate Campaign is a coalition of immigrant rights and progressive organizations that have been working for two years to get Congress to reduce funding for ICE and CBP, the two agencies most responsible for tearing apart immigrant families. Co-chaired by two of our closest partners, Detention Watch Network (DWN) and United We Dream (UWD), the coalition seeks to divest from immigration detention and enforcement, and invest in programs that we actually need, like health care and education. Indivisible is a proud member and partner of the Defund Hate Campaign. You can read more here.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible.

I'm calling today to tell [MoC] to reject the White House’s supplemental budget request for the Department of Homeland Security. ICE and CBP have a long track record of abuse and death, mismanagement of funds, and a culture of violence. My tax dollars should not be spent to detain, deport, or terrorize immigrant communities.

I demand that [MoC] urge their party’s leadership to reject the White House supplemental budget request.

Action and script via Indivisible

Action 2: Call on your State Legislators to protect Medicaid (SB2021 and HB2353)

Medicaid is critical to over three million Illinoisans who depend on it for their health care.

Procedural issues like lost mail and system glitches are causing harmful gaps in coverage that prevent eligible people on Medicaid from getting the care they need to be healthy. This program is a staple of our healthcare system and it should be easy and efficient for eligible people to get covered and stay covered.

Unfortunately, this is not the case:

  • Almost half of all Medicaid enrollees are dropped from coverage each year when their case comes up for renewal. Most of these people remained eligible but lose coverage due to procedural issues like lost mail and system glitches.

  • People applying for Medicaid routinely must wait months to find out if they have been approved.This delay violates federal law which requires the state to make an eligibility determination within 45 days.

SB 2021 / HB 2353, the Medicaid Eligibility Determination & Renewal Reform Act, (sponsored by Senator Steans & Representative Willis) takes best practices from other states who do not experience these problems and puts forward a comprehensive approach to reforming Illinois’ Medicaid application and renewal processing system.

Please contact the Illinois General Assembly to urge them to SUPPORT SB 2021/ HB 2353, co-sponsor these bills, and talk to their respective leadership about why this issue is important!

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to urge [PERSON] to support [SB 2021 for Senate] / [HB 2353 for House]!

Medicaid is critical to 1 in 5 Illinoisans for their health care and it is a staple of our healthcare system. It should be easy and efficient for eligible people to get covered and stay covered. Unfortunately, red tape is causing people to be dropped or wait months to be approved - a violation of federal law.

Fix these bugs and make our state more efficient. Please support SB 2021/ HB 2353, co-sponsor these bills, and talk to your respective leadership about why this issue is important!

Action 3: Indivisible Lakeview/Lincoln Park’s: Memo to the Mayor

Please join us for the 2019 On The Table: Memo to the Mayor

As part of the annual On the Table event Indivisible Lakeview + Lincoln Park is hosting a dinner time conversation. Come share your thoughts on the city, and what our new Mayor and City Council can do to move Chicago forward.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for mingling, Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.

Bring a friend and join your neighbors for a lively civic conversation!

  • When: Tuesday, May 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Where: Pizzeria Serio (1708 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657)

  • Cost: $22 for pizza and soft drinks. Cash bar available.

RSVP here (required)


Martin Cuellar