Thursday, August 8 - Climate Debate Protest / Reject Asylum Reform / Healthcare Public Comment

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: TODAY - Climate Debate Protest

The DNC will be voting on whether to host a Climate Debate for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates in late August. We intend to make our voices heard so they make the right decision. Join us to let them know we need a Climate Debate. This event is welcome to all ages. We will be sitting in front of the building in Chicago, occasionally chanting some. This is a peaceful protest.

When: TODAY, Thursday, August 8 from noon to 2 p.m.
Where: 134 N La Salle St.
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Action via Illinois Youth Climate Strike 


Action 2: Reject Lindsay Graham’s Asylum Reform Legislation

In May, Senator Lindsey Graham introduced S.1494 “The Secure and Protect Act of 2019” which aims to modify our current asylum process, making it more difficult and risky for applicants. His bill changes the current system in three key ways: it requires application for asylum be filed not at the border but in the applicant’s home country, it allows for migrant children to be held in custody for 100 days rather than 20, and it makes it easier to deport unaccompanied minors. These changes would disproportionately impact the most vulnerable migrants - those at high risk of retaliation from their own governments, as well as children - making this a transparent attempt at punishing migrants seeking lawful asylum.

On Thursday August 1, Graham overrode Democrat objections and waived committee rules in order to forcibly advance the bill through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senators need to hear from their constituents that this bill should be soundly rejected. It does nothing to help our country but instead punishes the most vulnerable migrants. Graham must not be rewarded for breaking the rules in forcing his bill towards a Senate vote.

  • Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

  • Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

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 vote against S.1494, The Secure and Protect Act of 2019. These changes to our asylum process do nothing to make our country safer and only punish people seeking legal asylum. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Action 3: Healthcare Public Comment Before 8/14

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed significant rule changes to non-discrimination rules. The changes include:

Elimination of Non-Discrimination Protections in Healthcare

The ACA provided protections for several at-risk populations to prevent discrimination from healthcare providers. If this is eliminated, healthcare providers and insurers could refuse to treat or charge different amounts to treat members of the LGBTQ+ community, women, immigrants, ESL patients, and more.

Removal of Protections from LGBTQ+ Women, Immigrants, and More

This is the first federal civil rights law to prohibit discrimination in healthcare based on sex. Elimination of this practice could result in millions of Americans being denied care or coverage due to providers’ religious or ‘moral’ beliefs, loss of interpretation or translation services, and loss of ability to sue on the basis of discrimination. 

The comment period ends on August 14. Please submit a comment to let CMS know that you strongly object to these changes. 

Action via ACA Consumer Advocacy 

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