Weekly Resistance: 5 Ways to Take Action Oct. 16-22

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1. Support Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and California

Wildfires in California and hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have wreaked havoc on communities and left countless people homeless. The damage will likely take years to repair, impacting local economies.

Know:

  • Puerto Rico is facing a humanitarian crisis that includes lack of electricity, supplies and support.
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands haven’t received as much press, but their governor has been asking for help.
  • At least 40 are dead in wildfires that still aren’t under control in Northern California. The fires are on track to be one of the worst natural disasters in the state’s modern history.

Contact:

  • Your representative and senators: Tell them you want expedited aid packages for affected areas, including personnel, supplies and equipment.
  • If you live in a region of California that hasn’t been impacted, consider contacting your state elected officials to ask them to support aid for Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Nevada, Butte, Solano and Yuba Counties.

Support: We’ve rounded up some resources for contributing to recovery efforts in the Caribbean and California.

Also, consider signing these Care2 petitions:

2. Oppose Andrew Wheeler as Deputy Administrator of the EPA

Would you like the Environmental Protection Agency headed up by scientists familiar with environmental issues and committed to protecting our natural resources? Well, the Trump Administration doesn’t seem to prioritize these qualities.

Know:

  • Wheeler is a former coal lobbyist, and he may need a waiver to take up his position if confirmed.
  • Trump pledged to “drain the swamp” when elected, even vowing to keep lobbyists out of government.
  • Wheeler spent years crushing legislation designed to address concerns about climate change.

Contact:

  • Your senators. Tell them you’re counting on a “no” vote to oppose this former lobbyist, as his experience raises questions about his suitability for the position and ability to serve neutrally.

Support: Consider signing these Care2 petitions:

3. Advocate for Affordable Health Care

2017 has been a crash course in health care policy for many in the U.S. — and it’s only getting wonkier. Up this week: Cost Sharing Reductions, payments made to insurers to subsidize the cost of Affordable Care Act plans for low-income people. The White House just announced that it would be terminating such payments.

Know:

Contact:

  • Your representative and senators: Ask them to support the ongoing bipartisan negotiation to continue supporting CSRs.
  • Your state attorney general: Multiple states have announced lawsuits over this issue – thank your AG for joining in, or ask them to consider filing suit as well.

Support: Consider these Care2 petitions:

4. Defend Health Care Access for Vulnerable Communities

There are so many different challenges to health care at play – by design — that it can feel tough to keep track of it all, but some populations are at particular risk, thanks to recent policy changes — including, potentially, your family.

Know:

Contact:

  • Your senators: Tell them to support Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in their bipartisan bill to immediately address the CHIP funding issue.
  • Tell your representatives and senators that you want them to work against this executive order to defend access to health care for all people, and in all settings — including contraception. Have Republican reps? Stress that this issue affects constituents personally, and in the long term it will be an extremely costly policy change. Remind them that 2018 is coming, and people don’t forget critically ill family and friends.

Support: Consider signing the following Care2 petitions:

5. Boot Bump Stocks

With every major mass shooting comes another anemic revival of the gun control debate. Don’t let it fade into obscurity this time: Take a stand on a basic measure that could save lives.

Know:

Contact:

  • Your senators, to tell them you support Feinstein’s bill, which she introduced shortly after the shooting.
  • Your representative, to tell them you support the companion bill introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL).

Support: Consider the following Care2 petitions:

Take on a mini-challenge: Sexual harassment is in the news, with good reason. If you’re a man, reach out to some female friends and ask them how you can best support them.

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