Unhappy with Trump’s destructive agenda? TAKE ACTION NOW!
This new resource from the Hanover Democratic Committee is designed to help citizens take strategic acts that will protect our Democracy. Watch for weekly action items here on the HDC webpage, in your inbox and on Facebook.
. Take Action: Save Our Healthcare.
We still need all hands on deck to defeat Cassidy-Graham's Trumpcare bill. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has said he will not support Cassidy-Graham. However, as of the writing of this, no other Republican senators have indicated they are definite Nos. If a vote is held, it will be a next week sometime between Wednesday morning, September 27th and Friday afternoon, September 29th, when the Senate will adjourn. Vote-a-rama (the amendment process) would likely start on Wednesday, September 27th. Speaker Mitch McConnell can call for a final passage bill at his discretion.
If the bill passes the Senate, House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he wants the House to vote on it quickly, so, if passed, the Senate version could be voted on by Friday, September 29th, as well. Here's what you can do:
1. Call Senators Kaine (202-224-4024 or 804-771-2221) and Warner (202-224-2023 or 804-775-2314) and thank them and tell them to continue to oppose the Cassidy-Graham bill. Tell them to support alternatives like Medicare for All instead.
2. Call Congressman Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595). Wittman and the House GOP said they passed Trumpcare (AHCA/BCRA), even though they said it was flawed, because they said the Senate would fix it. Cassidy-Graham does not fix the AHCA and breaks all of the promises Wittman made about fixing healthcare.
3. Make calls to voters in states with Republican swing senators, asking them to call their Senators to ask them to oppose the Cassidy-Graham bill. Use this tool: https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare/
Take Action: Support First Amendment Freedoms.
Last week, ESPN SportsCenter host Jemele Hill tweeted that Donald Trump is “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists.” ESPN publicly reprimanded her and the White House called for her to be fired. This is a clear attack on the First Amendment.
Jemele Hill’s statement wasn’t partisan or controversial. Trump has said some of the Nazis and white supremacists at the Charlottesville rally and terrorist attacks were some very fine people and continues to assert that “both sides” were to blame for what happened there. Trump surrounds himself with openly white nationalist supporters, shares white nationalist memes, and appoints them to positions in the White House. His family’s real estate company has been the target of many Department of Justice lawsuits for refusing to rent to black people.
ESPN has double standards. This year, they once again hired Hank Williams, Jr., to sing their Monday Night Football theme song. Six years ago, he was fired by ESPN because he compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler. Williams glorifies the Confederacy and lynching in his lyrics.
Tell ESPN that you support Jemele Hill. Contact them here: http://www.espn.com/espn/customercare/index or by calling 1-888-549-3776.
Take Action: Help Victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria.
Hurricane Irma damaged many parts of Florida and other places in its path. The island of Puerto Rico, which is part of the United States and has a population of over 3 million, was absolutely devastated by Hurricane Maria. All power is out and will take 6 months to restore and in some areas, 90% of homes were destroyed. Puerto Rico was already contending with major financial troubles and 40% of its population lives under the poverty line. They are in a major humanitarian crisis and need our help.
For information about how to help victims of Irma and Maria, read this:
For information about how to help victims of Maria, read this: http://jezebel.com/heres-how-to-help-people-in-puerto-rico-right-now-1818658131
End war and famine in Yemen.
From Roots Action:
“Saudi Arabia's war and blockade have pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. Every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies of preventable causes. When UNICEF's director was asked how to end Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe, he said: "Stop the war." In addition to arming the war, the U.S. refuels Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen; Saudi-UAE warplanes can't conduct their bombing of Yemen without U.S. refueling.
When the House returns from recess next week, Reps. Ro Khanna, Walter Jones, and Mark Pocan will introduce a bipartisan bill invoking the War Powers Resolution to force a floor vote on ending U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's famine-producing war.”
Contact Congressman Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595) and ask him to co-sponsor the Khanna-Jones-Pocan resolution to stop refueling the Saudi famine in Yemen.
Help Elect Democrats in November.
The election is only two months away and it is vital that we win.
Sign up for a shift to canvas or phone bank for the coordinated campaign for governor (Ralph Northam), lieutenant governor (Justin Fairfax), attorney general (Mark Herring), and House of Delegates candidates representing Hanover (Morgan Goodman in the 55th and Cori Johnson in the 97th). Any amount of time you can give helps.
Use “We Volunteer” to sign up here: https://wevolunteer.openprogress.com/Groups/Info/120