Tuesday, July 2 - Lower Prescription Prices / Lights for Liberty: Woodstock IL / Share July 13 Rally

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Call on Congress to Reduce Drug Prices

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 MoC and tell them: reject bills that would use arbitration to bring down drug prices, and co-sponsor H.R. 1046, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act!

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to urge [NAME] 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, which uses competitive licenses as a “backstop” if drug companies refuse to come to the table, is the strongest proposal out there. I’ve heard that there may be another bill coming that would use arbitration instead, and that isn’t good enough. We need to put drug companies’ monopolies in the crosshairs -- not people’s access to medicine

Will [NAME] commit to rejecting an approach that uses arbitration to bring down drug prices, and to co-sponsoring H.R. 1046, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act?

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Action 2: Lights for Liberty: Woodstock IL on 7/12

Lights for Liberty is holding nationwide events at border detention centers, concentration camps and other facilities holding immigrants. Come to a rally and vigil outside the McHenry County Jail, which serves as a Federal Immigrant Detention facility. 

We will rally on the grassy area across from the jail along Rt. 47 in Woodstock between Ware Road and Russel Court.  Parking will be available in the Northwood Junior High school lot across Rt. 47. 

The gathering starts at 7:30 p.m. with a rally and speakers to be announced. The candlelight vigil begins at 9 p.m. Bring friends, signs, candles.

When: Friday, July 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: McHenry County Jail (2200 N Seminary Ave., Woodstock)
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Action 3: Invite Your Friends to the Rally to End Criminalization, Detention & Deportations on 7/13

As immigrant families in Chicagoland live in fear that ICE raids will tear their families apart, and children and families are being detained in horrendous and unthinkable conditions at the border, we in Illinois are standing with these communities and sending a message of welcome and support.

Indivisible Chicago, Indivisible Oak Park, lIlinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and PASO - West Suburban Action Project are calling on residents to gather on Saturday, July 13 to protest this administration’s inhumane, ruthless treatment of immigrants. 

We’ve seen the Department of Justice argue in court that the U.S. Government isn’t required to provide toothbrushes or soap to children in its custody. We’ve seen Trump threaten to arrest millions of immigrants in nationwide raids. We’ve seen family separations continue. It’s time to stand up and say ENOUGH. Join us downtown on Saturday, July 13, invite your friends, and make your voice heard.

When: Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Daley Center Plaza (50 W Washington St.)
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Daily Actions Editor