Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action May 15-21

Happy Monday, gentle readers! May is winding down, and as we swing into the heat of summer, it’s tempting to lie in a hammock and drink lemonade, but take a few minutes each day to make a political statement, large or small. Whether you’re making a quick call while your morning tea steeps or sending some cash to support a cause you care about, your actions matter.

I’ve rounded up some of the most important ways to take action this week, but be sure to sign up for our newsletter to keep up with the latest.

You did it!

Care2 members should be proud: Earlier this month —  in response to a petition that more than 45,000 of you signed — Virginia Tech announced that it would honor Air Force Cadet Matthew La Porte for his sacrifice in a horrific 2007 campus shooting.

This success may seem unconnected to the political landscape, but it’s worth noting that after a decade, Congress has made no meaningful change on gun reform to prevent terrible events like this one. And President Trump has been repeatedly criticized for disrespecting the military.

On the phone

We included this action last week, but we’re doing it again because it’s just that important: Call your senators (or email, or fax) about the American Health Care Act.

The Senate is currently drafting its own version of the bill, and Republicans are preparing to push it through using the reconciliation process, which means that they need just 51 votes to pass it. In other words, the bill can’t be filibustered. Your senators need to understand the consequences the AHCA could have for America — and for their constituents.

We don’t know what the Senate bill looks like yet, but here are some things you may want to think about when you call:

  • Are you concerned about coverage and access to care for people with preexisting conditions, ranging from a history of pregnancy to substance abuse and cancer?
  • Are you concerned about mental health parity, and the ability to access mental health services?
  • Are you concerned about the future of Medicaid, which covers nearly one in five low-income adults and children — including via the Medicaid expansion in some states?

The big political fireworks last week stemmed from the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, an event that happened very abruptly and came accompanied by a strange, and concerning, letter from President Trump.

As the story has unfolded, we’ve heard stories about loyalty oaths and questions of whether Trump fired the FBI Director to escape investigation. While some Americans aren’t big fans of Comey, this event is worrisome, and you should definitely contact your representative and senators to make your opinion known.

  • Demand a special prosecutor and independent commission to pursue an investigation into the firing.
  • Discuss your concern that this may be an abuse of power.
  • Partisan acts like this should worry everyone, even those from the majority party, because they set a dangerous precedent — if a Republican president can do this, a Democrat could do the same in the future.

Call your representative and senators about the Regulatory Accountability Act. Republicans claim the legislation will remove unnecessary red tape, but Democrats fear it could make it more challenging to develop and enforce rules that protect consumers from harmful or dangerous products.

You can read our explainer here if you want more details to prep for your call, but here are some quick highlights to think about before you hop on the phone.

  • The bill could actually prolong the process used to develop guidance on allowable chemicals in construction materials, controls on food and drug quality and more.
  • The law would also create considerable bureaucratic snarls for regulatory agencies that would likely eat up considerable staff time and resources.
  • While proponents say the bill “protects small businesses,” it’s likely to benefit major corporations that want to cut safety and reliability concerns in the manufacture of their products.

In the streets

This Saturday is the March Against Monsanto, with events in numerous U.S. cities. Participants are concerned about issues like copyrighting seeds to control distribution, producing and promoting agricultural chemicals and the growing conglomeration of the chemicals and pharmaceutical industries, which reduces competition and harms consumers.

In many regions of the country, it’s commencement season! You may have heard about protests from students where controversial members of the Trump administration were invited to speak to graduating college students — if there’s a college or university in your area, check their commencement calendar to find out who is speaking and when.

Protesters outside the White House.

In Washington, protesters turned out at the White House in the aftermath of the Comey firing. Photo credit: Mike Maguire

In writing

Consider signing the following Care2 petitions:

Planning on dying? Aren’t we all, really? “Mail Me to the GOP” is coordinating a campaign to — you guessed it — mail cremated remains from individuals who died because they couldn’t access health care to Congressional Republicans. Please be advised that the United States Postal Service has strict requirements for mailing cremains. Congressional mail is carefully screened, so you may wish to consult with an attorney to discuss any potential legal issues before taking action on this particular campaign.

Brace yourself

This weekend, North Korea performed a missile test that the White House suggested might spark attention from Russia. This may increase the tensions between the United States and North Korea, which makes it a good week to keep your eyes peeled for developments in this realm. If you have time, you may want to add a conversation about relations with North Korea to your call list when you talk to your legislators.

Next week, both the House and Senate are taking a district work period as they prepare to celebrate Memorial Day. Check your legislators’ schedules now to see if they’re having town halls or other events in your area. Be advised that some legislators are reportedly pre-screening attendees or requiring tickets, so check the requirements beforehand.

A protester holding up a STOP BANKING CLIMATE CHANGE sign

Solidarity with our friends in Australia, who are pushing banks to divest from the coal industry. Takver

Weekly “did this actually just happen?”

Did President Trump betray an astounding lack of historical awareness with this possibly accidental — and definitely unfavorable — allusion to the Watergate scandal? You decide!

Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue

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Marie W
Marie Wabout a month ago

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Margie FOURIE5 months ago

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ERIKA S6 months ago

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william Miller
william Miller6 months ago

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Deborah W
Deborah W6 months ago

Anybody realize just how deeply involved BO and wife, with more than a $40 million war chest and some 250 OFA non-profit offices nationwide, CONTINUE setting up a shadow government to sabotage the new administration through this network ... run from their home AND "nerve center" office ... both very near the White House. With non-profit filings already in place, watch for escalation in the days to come..
of non-profits led by OFA, filings already in place

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Lisa M
Lisa M6 months ago

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Lisa M6 months ago

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Beverly D
Beverly D6 months ago

I've already signed all petition and will sign more for I an Not a fan of Trump in any way - nor will I Ever be. He's a mess of a man and an embarrassment to our country!

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