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Weekly Actions: July 23, 2017

July 23, 2017

Dear PAGE Activist,

 

In the past couple of weeks, there has been some great news: the House of Representatives rejected an Islamophobic bill, House women protested restrictive dress codes with #SleevelessFriday, 14 cities have posted deleted EPA climate data, Trump intervened to let Afghan robotics team into the US to compete in international robotics competition after public backlash at visa denials of 6 girls on the team, Oregon will now give low-level drug offenders treatment instead of jail time and Chicago eradicates wealth-based detentionhealth insurance companies come out against the Senate healthcare bill. Finally,on the 10-year anniversary of the HPV vaccine the cervical cancer rate has been halved.

 

But there’s plenty more to be done! When you’re ready to resist, check out our weekly actions below, which focus on healthcare, eliminating discrimination in the voting system, and the Wall. As always, our weekly actions are curated for US-Americans abroad and global citizens. If this is your first time receiving a PAGE email, please check out our website and resources for starting a PAGE group.

 

Onward,

 

PAGE Global Coordinating Committee

 

 

Week of Solidarity launched on July 20th for anti-Trump demonstrators from Inauguration Day (above): "Activists rally in solidarity with more than 200 protesters charged with felonies over Inauguration Day demonstration."

 

Priority Actions

 

  • Defeat Trumpcare. While TrumpCare has stalled, the fight isn’t yet over. Here’s an update from the folks from Indivisible about what’s going on, and a script you can use to call your Senator.  

    • If you haven’t done so yet, write a letter to you a letter to the editor of your local paper advocating for universal healthcare coverage. Adapt this letter from PAGE, and check out this example, published last week!

    • Thank three Republican senators for putting their foot down on outright repeal of ACA. Thank you for listening and your compassion for the needs of Americans.

      • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito 172 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

      • Sen. Susan Collins 413 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

      • Sen. Lisa Murkowski 522 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

 

  • Prepare for midterm elections by advocating for a fair, free, and open election for voters.

    • 10% of Americans can’t vote because they can’t satisfy requirements, and these often stem from law that explicitly target those of certain races and demographics. (Bonus: read about one woman grappling with her own racism)

    • Advocate for the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act - see here whether your state is attempting to restrict voting access.

    • Call: Your one House Rep (lookup or leave message). 

    • Script: Hi. I’m calling to ask Rep. [name] to support the bipartisan bill called the Voting Rights Amendment Act. It matters to me because the bill prevents racial discrimination and improves transparency. I would like [name] to support voting rights and co-sponsor this bipartisan bill. Thanks.

 

  • Oppose the Wall. Site preparations for the border wall have begun. Recently, Trump’s new communications director said he was “on missile lock” to build the border wall.

    • Call: Or write all three MoCs (look them up here or leave a message with Stance, a neat app!). 

    • Script: Hi. I’m calling from [ZIP] and understand that funding for a $2.1 billion border wall is in the 2018 budget. I want to be clear that I will never, ever support this. I want my tax dollar to support things like schools, bridges, medical care, public housing, and food stamps, not a border wall. Especially since a wall won’t solve the drug trade problem, violates sacred Native lands, and puts 93 endangered species at risk. Does [name] support a taxpayer-funded border wall?

 

Extra Actions

  • Tune into an Interview On Facebook Live Women's March - Milan will be interviewing LGBT Muslim activist Wajahat Abbas Kazmi on the Women's March Global Facebook page! It will be streamed live on Tuesday at 19.00 CET. Wajahat is a young gay Muslim activist and filmmaker in Bergamo. He started the Allah Loves Equality awareness-raising campaign, which is now becoming a documentary about LGBT Muslims.

 

Thank you for your progressive action!

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