Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action May 13-19

Welcome back, gentle readers! There’s a lot to dive into this week, as the Trump administration is inadvertently highlighting one thing it does extremely well: using bureaucratic processes to push through harmful policies. Fortunately, you have a chance to directly participate via mandatory public comment periods. Advocates recommend at least two-thirds of your comments should be original, so don’t just cut and paste; take the time to add original thoughts!

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

1. Defend Trans Health Care

The Trump administration’s new right to discriminate rule allows health care “providers” to decline treatment for “religious or moral” reasons. That could apply to LGBTQ patients but also to unmarried patients, people asking for contraception or abortion referrals and more. But it’s especially bad for trans patients, who disproportionately experience denial of health care. Combine that with Iowa trying to block coverage of transition care on Medicaid, and you have a recipe for disaster, as trans people rely heavily on Medicaid for health needs.

Contact your federal lawmakers to let them know you are opposed to discrimination in health care. Tell lawmakers you want to see them taking steps to affirm the right to access care for everyone and to bar Medicaid in any state from discriminating against trans people. But wait, wasn’t that in the Affordable Care Act? Partly, yes, and the constant attacks on this legislation have had trouble breaking through. But it’s clear that we need more robust protections.

2. Stand Up to Abortion Extremism

Anti-abortion bills are flying thick and fast in 2019. If it feels like they’re getting more outrageous, that’s not a mistake. Anti-abortion lawmakers and groups are feeling emboldened, even attacking clinic escorts. If you’re feeling unsure about how to counter the threat to abortion rights, keeping track of state bills to call your lawmakers on is a good idea. And proactively asking your federal lawmakers to defend abortion rights is important, too.

But there are some other things you can do, such as becoming a clinic escort or donating to an abortion fund. If you have a local abortion provider, you may also have a group that provides care packages for patients, including a variety of supplies. It may be accepting donations or help with putting those packages together. Particularly in the case of the few facilities offering later abortion — where patients may be grieving the loss of a pregnancy and staying for several days — a friendly package of supplies can mean a lot.

3. Don’t Let HUD Evict Immigrants

The Trump administration just proposed a nasty new rule that would exclude undocumented immigrants from subsidized housing — they couldn’t live there or be on the lease. This is bad for undocumented people and their families.

For example, if kids are legal residents and their parents are not, they’ll effectively be forced to leave because the kids can’t live alone. If an older family member is a caregiver or needs care, it will be similarly necessary to vacate housing if a family has mixed citizenship status. It’s mean. It won’t cut down on waits for public housing. And it will further push undocumented people to the margins — in addition to putting strain on housing stock, as people get dumped from subsidized housing and struggle to find places to live.

To voice your opinion, you can make a comment in the Federal Register on the proposed rule.

4. Oppose Trump’s Attempt to Define Poverty Out of Existence

One way to make the poverty rate fall is to redefine poverty. And that’s what the Trump administration is trying to do with a proposal that would affect the way we calculate the poverty rate over time, pushing people over the line. This isn’t just a technical issue that would make it hard to see who is poor. It is also one that would affect eligibility for benefits. Some people who qualify now might not under the changes, even though they still need those benefits.

Here’s where it gets tricky. The government has a proposed rule available for comment, but the proposed rule is not about the poverty rate. It’s soliciting comment on the methods we use to calculate inflation — which ultimately determines the poverty rate over time. It has suggested a number of methods. But many people think the government will switch to the chained consumer price index, which tends to make inflation seem lower over time.

Submit a comment making it clear that this stealth attack on benefits programs is not acceptable — and that the government must use a measure of inflation that’s accurate.

5. Ramadan Mubarak! Support Muslims This Ramadan

It’s Ramadan, and you may have heard that mosques across the country are investing in extra security while Muslims are concerned for their safety during what should be a joyous and contemplative holy month. You may be wondering how to support Muslims in your community or more broadly.

In your own community, a great step can be to contact a mosque to learn about its community programs and events, charitable work and other activities you can support. Many hold public iftar dinners to break the fast and may welcome the community at large — which is a delicious and community-building experience.

Also, be mindful of Muslims in your life when planning things, especially at work. For example, consider not having food-centric events during the daylight hours when people can’t eat. And if your workplace doesn’t have a dedicated space for prayer and reflection, push for one because it will be useful year-round.

With Ramadan on the brain, also make sure you’re always quick on the draw when people say cruel, inappropriate or hateful things about Muslims. Make it clear that you won’t tolerate Islamophobia, and push back with facts when people use lies to propagate hate. Consider using resources put out by organizations, such as CAIR, to educate yourself and others. And keep a stash of dates around the house for visitors who might break the fast with you.

Take Action Right Now: Sign a Petition

I rounded up some trending Care2 petitions for you. Sign one, and tell a friend!

If you want to make a difference on an issue you find deeply troubling, you too can create a Care2 petition, and use this handy guide to get started. You‘ll find Care2‘s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.

 

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57 comments

heather g
heather gyesterday

Watch BBC and AlJazeera - they are regarded as reputable internationally. As an adult, you should know this.

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees4 days ago

@Susanne R

Ok, much better. So it's an issue with the Youtube contributor Daily Caller and if their videos can be trusted or not. I do not trust Tucker Carlson and therefore would be skeptical of Daily Caller as well. There are few real journalists left unfortunately, I certainly would not blindly trust anything from main stream media.

But the same goes for Care2 due to their lack of real journalism you also have to take each article individually and fact check.

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Brian F
Brian F5 days ago

Oh the Dandy Faller or the Baily Yeller needs to be fact checked. Yes the Dandy Faller was founded by Yucker Tailsman. This proves your diagnosis is correct.

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Susanne R
Susanne R5 days ago

Rhoberta E. - The person of whom you speak recently diagnosed me as suffering from "severe mental retardation." I think I'll pass on responding to him.

But I do hope that you're having a nice day! ;-)

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Susanne R
Susanne R5 days ago

Eric Lees - The "contributor" of David's information, which was posted on Youtube, was the Daily Caller. According to Media Bias/Fact Check:

"Overall, we rate the Daily Caller 'strongly right biased' based on story selection that 'almost always favors the right' and 'Mixed' for factual reporting due to 'numerous failed fact checks.' The Daily Caller is a source that needs to be fact checked on a per article basis."

Repeat: "The Daily Caller is a source that needs to be fact checked on a per article basis."

How certain do you feel that anyone actually does that? That's why information of this quality ends up on Youtube. And that's how rumors that go viral get started. For all I know, there may be some truth to it, but I refuse to believe what could be very misleading information until I hear it from a source I trust.

Did you know that the Daily Caller was founded by none other than "Tucker Carlson" of Fox Infotainment? Enough said as far as I'm concerned.

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Ruth S
Ruth S5 days ago

Thanks.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E5 days ago

@ Susanne R
Aren't you so glad that "brian f" corrected you as he says about youtube?

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Brian F
Brian F5 days ago

Rhoberta E Troll

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E5 days ago

brian f
BOT

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Brian F
Brian F5 days ago

SR Some youtube videos are truthful and other are not, so it's not fair of you to just dismiss everything on youtube as being false. I'm not defending David F who I disagree with on most points, but just correcting you. Our corporate owned media CNN, MSNBC and Fox news lied about the Iraq war, and CNN and MSNBC lied about Russia for 2 years, so I would say that our corporate media lies as much or more than people on youtube. Comcast owns MSNBC and they pay news casters like Rachel Maddow $30,000 a day to lie about Russia, and defend the corrupt Democratic party establishment that cheated Bernie Sanders out of his primary, and caused this crook Trump to win. For $30,000 a day, I would say anything to keep my job, so you need to stop trusting what is said on our corporate media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and Fox news. MSNBC fired the late Ed Shultz simply because he wanted to cover Bernie Sander's presidential campaign, and CNN fired Mark Lamont Hill simply because he stood up for Palestinian rights so if you tell the truth on our corporate media, you are quickly shown the door. So you need to stop defending our corporate media, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox news which are extremely dishonest.

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