Nightly Actions for Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

URGENT - Healthcare

Today, House Republicans unveiled their "plan" to "replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The "plan" scraps the mandate for most Americans to have health insurance in favor of a new system of tax credits to induce people to buy insurance on the open market. The bill would roll back the expansion of Medicaid that has provided coverage to more than 10 million people in 31 states, reducing federal payments for many new beneficiaries. The requirement for larger employers to offer coverage to their full-time employees would also be eliminated.

In addition to "replacing" the ACA, the new "plan" would defund Planned Parenthood and restrict abortion coverage. It would keep low income Americans on Medicaid from getting healthcare at Planned Parenthood, and cut off affordable abortion coverage for many privately insured people.

Today on CNN, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said, "Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice. So rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves" (?!). Twitter user Adam Carl Tweeted the perfect response to Chaffetz's extremely out-of-touch remark...

It's clear that Republicans in Congress have no problem taking away life-saving healthcare from millions of Americans, and they're so far removed from everyday Americans that they think we're choosing iPhones over health insurance. Here's how you can send them the message that their new "plan" in unacceptable.

The United Nations (UN) said today that 45's revised Muslim ban will worsen the plight of refugees. Some of the Muslim-majority countries affected by the ban expressed their disappointment, insisting that they had fully cooperated with U.S. anti-terrorist efforts and saying that refugees are not criminals. Meanwhile, undocumented immigrants  all over the country are still being rounded up and detained by ICE. Here's how you can speak out against 45's anti-immigrant agenda and support refugees and immigrants in your community.
  • Volunteer legal services. The Southern Poverty Law Center is recruiting pro bono lawyers to provide free representation to every immigrant in a Southeast detention facility as part of its Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI). If you're a lawyer and would like to help, learn more and sign up here: https://www.splcenter.org/our-issues/immigrant-justice/southeast-immigrant-freedom-initiative
  • Call your MoC. Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121, and use the script below from Rogan's List to call your MoC and tell them that you're concerned about the way that Customs and Border Protection is harassing people at airports and borders:

    I want _____ to initiate a Congressional inquiry into what orders the Trump Administration is issuing to the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection to put his policy of "extreme vetting" into place. I am asking for this because I have been stopped/a friend of family member has been stopped/I have read media about people like me being stopped at the border and detained/asked for their cell phones/asked inappropriate questions.
  • Sign a petition. Sign the following petitions demanding that the new Muslim ban be rescinded:
The Environment

45's new budget plan proposes devastating cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which would impede its ability to protect the environment and safeguard public health. Newly-elected EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is a fossil fuel industry friend who wants to get rid of the EPA altogether.

Meanwhile, the House recently voted to repeal a regulation that prevents flaring, venting, and leaking of methane on public lands. If this regulation roll-back passes in the Senate, air pollution and its related health and climate impacts would increase. Here's how you can help protect our environment from 45's agenda:
Women's Rights

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8th, is International Women's Day. It's a great opportunity to join women all over the world in speaking out for equality. Here are a few ways you can join in:
Upcoming Events
  • March 8th - International Women's Strike/A Day Without a Woman: Tomorrow, women in over 50 countries will strike to demand fair treatment and equal rights. In solidarity with these women, American women will strike to oppose 45's misogynist policies and the conditions that produced him: economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.

    There are many ways to participate, even if you can't take the day off from work:
    • Strike part time (take a half-day or leave 1-2 hours early)
    • Avoid shopping (except at women owned businesses)
    • Attend a march or rally in your area
    • Hold a one-minute "stand up" strike or 6pm noise demonstration at work
    • Wear red to work
    • Tweet about the strike using the following hashtags #WomensStrike, #MujeresEnHuegla, #WhyIStrike, #YoParo8M, and #ATN
    To learn more about the strike and find events near you, visit the following links:
  • March 8th - Women's Day Webcast: Tomorrow, March 8th, at 10am ET/7am PT, the UN is hosting a live webcast called "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030." You can watch the webcast here: http://webtv.un.org/
  • March 8th to April 19th - Turning Action Into Organizing Training Series: Beginning tomorrow, March 8th, at 8pm ET/5pm PT, Organizing for Action is holding five online training sessions to give organizers the tools they need to fight most effectively. Register for the training here:
  • Recording - NRDC Teleconference: On Friday, NRDC held a teleconference to discuss ways to resist 45's agenda. If you missed it, you can listen to a recording of it here:
  • Recording - Town Hall Project Facebook Live: Last night, the Town Hall Project held a Facebook Live event to introduce their team, discuss the next stops for the Project, and answer questions. If you missed it, you can watch a recording of it here:

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