Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action January 22-28

Happy Monday, gentle readers! The government may be shut down, but we sure aren’t — and whether you went to a lively protest this weekend or not, I hope you’re ready to take some action as we look back on the first year of the Trump presidency and forward to November’s midterm elections.

You can find information on how to contact your officials at all levels of government here. As always, if you haven’t had a chance yet, sign up for our newsletter and stay up-to-date on the latest!

1. Shutdown Showdown

The big news this week is, of course, the government shutdown triggered by Congress’ inability to pass a budget or continuing resolution to maintain temporary funding for government operations. On Monday, Democrats and Republicans reached a deal for a three-week extension, at which point we’ll have to go through this process all over again.

Know:

  • This isn’t just about government spending. An extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) got wrapped up in the negotiations, as did the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Trump’s proposal for a border wall. While some bipartisan negotiating attempted to come up with a proposal everyone could vote for, ultimately, most Democrats — and several Republicans — voted down a last-ditch agreement on Friday night.
  • The Washington Post has a detailed breakdown on what’s open and what’s not during a shutdown: Broadly, “exempt” agencies and employees will continue to work through the shutdown, while “non-exempt” will be furloughed and may not work, even as volunteers.
  • The longest federal shutdown in U.S. history happened in 1995, under Democratic President Bill Clinton and a Republican-controlled Congress. It lasted three weeks.

Act: Contact your senators and representatives to tell them to get to work hammering out a deal that will give us a real budget — not another temporary extension of funding. Hold them accountable on DACA: Part of the deal reached was an agreement to bring forward a separate DACA bill.

You can also join your fellow Care2 activists in signing the following petitions:

2. Trump’s Right to Discriminate for Health Care Providers

The Department of Health and Human Services just announced that it’s extending “religious protections” to “health care providers” who don’t want to care for transgender people, assist with abortions or do anything that “violates their conscience.” The agency has the gall to claim that health care providers are being “discriminated against” by the ethical requirements of their profession, which mandate that they treat patients and “first, do no harm.”

Know:

  • I’ll take a moment to editorialize here: If you don’t want to care for everyone in need of services, you should not become a health care provider. If certain health care procedures make you uncomfortable, don’t go into a field that will necessitate performing them. (Don’t like abortion? Become a pediatrician!)
  • Transgender people already face extreme health care discrimination – and this is not just about transition-related procedures, which are offered only by providers who undergo extensive training, but all health care. From the emergency room to an allergist’s office, a trans person could be refused treatment.
  • These same “protections” could allow people to refuse to assist not just with abortions but also with miscarriage care, which relies on the same training, as well as the provision of birth control, STI counseling and other sexual health needs. Unmarried? Your doctor could refuse to prescribe an IUD. In a same-gender relationship? Your doctor might refuse STI testing and treatment.

Act: Contact your representatives. An act of Congress could specifically outlaw health care discrimination and require health care providers to serve all patients in need. If you think your Congressperson won’t listen, you can also contact your state elected officials to request state-wide anti-discrimination protections for patients.

Join Care2 activists in signing the following petition: Trump Makes Discrimination in Healthcare Legal.

3. Keep Up the Pressure on Russia

Americans still have a lot of questions about ties between the Trump campaign and Russia – and yes, the Mueller investigation is still on during the shutdown.

Know:

  • A rolling series of allegations and findings keeps uncovering more compromising information about Donald Trump, his campaign staff and Russia — from secret meetings to cover-ups to collusion with the Republican party.
  • Americans just want to know what happened and who was involved. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask, especially given the aggression with which the Benghazi investigation was pursued.
  • The GOP has been actively working to suppress investigation, claiming this is a partisan issue that should be put to bed. To the contrary: It’s an American issue.

Act: Contact your members of Congress, and tell them you want a clean, thorough, above-board investigation into the Trump-Russia situation — one conducted transparently, so we can all learn what happened and how. Tell them this investigation should continue as long as necessary, and it should receive funding and other support to ensure a high degree of rigor.

Join your fellow Care2 activists in signing the following petition: Demand An Independent Investigation Into Russia’s Influence in American Politics.

4. Reject Medicaid Work Requirements

The GOP’s plan to undermine the social safety net is working: The government is going to allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.

Know:

Act: Contact your senators and representative. Tell them you’re concerned that the proposal for work requirements may be illegal, and that you want Congress to intervene to establish clarity on this issue — ideally by indicating that work requirements are forbidden, because they go against the purpose of Medicaid. The program was designed to extend health care coverage to low-income people, not to force people to work.

You can also join fellow Care2 activists in signing the following petition: Rescind the Medicaid Work Requirement Waiver!

5. Protect Our Coastline from Offshore Oil Drilling

The Trump administration has announced that it wants to open vast swaths of offshore waters to oil drilling – except in Florida. And. yes, we think that’s weird too.

Know:

Act: Contact your members of Congress, and note that people across the political spectrum, including heavy-hitting Republicans, oppose this move. Emphasize that you don’t want oil and gas exploration off our coasts, and that you’d like Congress to develop and pass legislation to permanently protect our precious, diverse and fragile marine habitats.

Join your fellow Care2 activists in signing the following petitions:

Take on a mini-challenge: It’s dark, cold and damp in many parts of the U.S. right now. Take 15 minutes to go through your closet and pull out those cold weather clothes in good condition that you just don’t wear anymore — you changed size, you don’t like the color, it never really gets cold enough. Drop them off at a local shelter, food bank or intimate partner violence organization. And while you’re at it, pick up a couple packs of socks and underwear in a variety of sizes — plus-size underwear, in particular, is often in high demand.

Photo credit: Elvert Barnes Protest Photography

38 comments

Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

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Chad A
Chad Anderson8 months ago

Keep up the action!

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Paulo R
Paulo R8 months ago

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Paulo Reeson
Paulo R8 months ago

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Paulo R8 months ago

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caroline lord8 months ago

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Mike R
Mike R9 months ago

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Cathy B
Cathy B9 months ago

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Winn A
Winn Adams9 months ago

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Winn Adams9 months ago

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