Hello Fellow Marcher,
Here are action items for this week!
ACTION ITEM #1 – Take local action to stand up against anti-immigrant and anti-refugee policies!
- Attend the Martinez City Council meeting on Wednesday, 3/15/17, at 7 PM at 525 Henrietta St., Martinez. Show up and voice your support for a motion to adopt a resolution making Martinez a sanctuary city.
- Plan to attend the Pleasant Hill City Council meeting on next Monday, 3/20/17, at 7:30 PM at 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. During the public comment period, supporters will (politely) ask the City Council their stance on immigration issues and urge them to take steps (such as a resolution) to become a sanctuary city.
- The ACLU has launched a freedom cities campaign that provides a blueprint for activists to work together to counter anti-immigrant policies at the local level. This is their first of many people power initiatives. To learn more or to sign up, visit their website.
ACTION ITEM #2 – Contact your local and state representatives to voice your opinions about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act!
- Visit contactingcongress.org for a list of your representatives and to see how many people will be affected by the repeal of the ACA in your congressional district and state. See also these fact sheets for further information broken down by Contra Costa congressional districts. Call and ask your members of Congress to oppose the new bill.
- Sample script: I’m _[name]____ from __[zipcode]_____. I’m calling to express my opposition to the Republican’s new AHCA bill. I strongly oppose it and its creation of a tax credit system to replace Medicaid expansion that benefits the rich while leaving the poor unable to afford care. (Source for script: WallOfUs)
- Support the following Orinda Progressive Action Alliance (OPAA) call to action:
- Review the replacement proposal and what it will do to your healthcare. See, for example:
- Kaiser Family Foundation's article here
- American Medical Association's letter here
- AARP's report here
- CNN's news story here
- Write a personal story that shows what a specific part of the new bill will do to you or your loved ones. Here are some tips for writing an anecdote your member of Congress can use:
- Realize your members of Congress and staff are extremely busy and you have about 2 seconds to grab their attention to read the entire letter. (Imagine they have 1 minute to share at the podium.)
- Don't bury the lead, speak your issue/situation up front. For example, "The proposed health care bill will raise my premium by $x,000 per month. I live on a fixed income. This change will force me to choose between buying groceries and buying the prescription drugs that save my life."
- Describe the situation/story succinctly: who, what, when, where, why
- "If this legislation passes, _[describe consequences]_."
- Tell the member of Congress how you feel: violated, judged, scared, etc.
- What do you request? Specific legislation, etc.
- Do your best and don't worry. Your story is what is most important.
- Submit your story to OPAA's dropbox no later than 3/18/17. OPAA will mail all stories to Senator Feinstein after helping her staff by highlighting a few really powerful stories she can use. Please include your contact information (name, phone number, zip,and email) in case OPAA wants to highlight YOUR story or has questions, and so that Senator Feinstein's staff can respond to you as well.
- For further information and actions to take, see Indivisible's detailed ACA action plan.
- The full text of the replacement bill is here.
ACTION ITEM #3 – Send a postcard to the White House on 3/15/17!
- On Wednesday, those for and against the Administration's policies will be sending postcards to the White House with messages in support of or in opposition to those policies. Send your postcards to:
- White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
ACTION ITEM #4 – Plan ahead to attend a bi-partisan Walnut Creek Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, 3/21/17, with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and State Senator Steve Glazer.
- Tuesday, 3/21/17, from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek.
- To RSVP: click here
ACTION ITEM #5 – Plan to attend our Earth Day Science March on Saturday, 4/22/17!
We are partnering with local action groups to stand up for protection of our environment and to rally for continued funding for scientific research and public environmental agencies. This will be a non-partisan march. Details are forthcoming.
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
For more information, please visit our website at www.womensmarchcontracosta.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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