ANTI-NAZI ANNOUNCMENT

Hi, Indivisibles. We’ve been getting a lot of questions about what we’re planning to do in response to the white supremacist rally that is being planned for October. We are working in conjunction with a number of community groups and leaders to come up with a plan. Stay tuned for more info. In the meantime, please know that lots of people are coordinating on this and that we do expect to have an event planned. It might take some time because we want to make sure whatever we do is thoughtful, inclusive, and as safe as possible.

TODAY’S ACTION: Do Cramer and Hoeven agree with Trump’s statements yesterday?

“If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee. I am sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest.

Because I don’t know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit. So I only tell you this. There are two sides to a story.”

The innocent protesters on Friday night were chanting “Seig heil,” “blood and soil,” “Jews will not replace us,” and “white lives matter.”

The president said yesterday “you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.” White supremacist Christopher Cantwell says that more people are going to die in this fight. Do Rep. Cramer and Sen. Hoeven agree with the president that some of the white supremacists who marched on Friday were very fine people? Do they believe that Americans need to speak up and fight white supremacy and Nazism when they see it, as the counter-protesters were doing?

Rep. Kevin Cramer
District office: 3217 Fiechtner Drive, Fargo
Fargo phone: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C. phone: 202-225-2611

Sen. John Hoeven
District office: 123 Broadway North, Fargo
Fargo phone: 701-239-5389
Washington phone: 202-224-2551

TODAY’S ACTION: Ask your reps to speak out against white supremacy

Some of our representatives have made definitive statements that stand against the hatred and bigotry that marched through Charlottesville. Others have not. Their staff is back at work now, so it shouldn’t be hard for them to say something today.

Please call Cramer, Hoeven, and Peterson and ask them when they will release a statement condemning white supremacy, as their colleagues Heitkamp, Franken, and Klobuchar have.

Rep. Kevin Cramer
District office: 3217 Fiechtner Drive, Fargo
Fargo phone: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C. phone: 202-225-2611

Sen. John Hoeven
District office: 123 Broadway North, Fargo
Fargo phone: 701-239-5389
Washington phone: 202-224-2551

Rep. Collin Peterson
District office: 714 Lake Avenue, Suite 101, Detroit Lakes
Detroit Lakes phone: 218-847-5056
Washington phone: 202-225-2165

THIS WEEK’S ACTION: Learn how to doorknock

Last November 9, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I should have done more before the election. I should have made phone calls. I should have knocked on doors. But I didn’t. I was born and raised in North Dakota, and few things make me more uncomfortable than asking a stranger to do something they might not want to do.

My action wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the election by itself, but as we learned with the ACA repeal, if we all work together, we CAN do what seems impossible. Did you ever think that the Affordable Care Act would survive a Republican President, a Republican House of Representatives, and a Republican Senate? I didn’t! And yet here we are, until they try again.

With collective action, we can change things, but the first step is to get outside our comfort zones. Many of us have been doing that already–how many of us had never called a Senator’s office before? How many of us never attended a protest until this year?

Now is a great time to push yourself a step further. The AFL-CIO is doing a doorknocking blitz on Wednesday to tell people about how Cramer and Hoeven voted on health care. That’s easy, right? You’re not trying to convince them of anything or ask them to vote a certain way. You’re not asking them to do anything but call the local offices if they are concerned about their access to health care. Piece of cake.

Andrew Bushaw will be holding a brief training at the beginning to tell you what you need to know. You’ll go out in pairs, so you won’t be alone. And you’ll be ready when we do this a bunch in 2018.

With the size of this group, we should be able to get 10 people to commit to attending. How about you? Will you be with us on Wednesday at 6 pm at the Red Raven? If you’ll be there, please email abushaw@ndaflcio.org to RSVP.

Walk with us in the FM Pride Parade!

We’ll be walking in this year’s Fargo-Moorhead Pride Parade, and we’d love to have you join us. The parade is on Sunday, August 13. We’ll be lining up at the corner of NP and Broadway at 1:30 that afternoon.

If you’d like to order a t-shirt to wear to the parade, please do so here by Friday, August 4. We will work out a t-shirt pickup location later, so you can choose “My house” as a shipping option if you don’t want to pay extra for shipping.

THIS WEEK’S ACTION: VISIT SEN. HOEVEN’S NEW OFFICE

As of right now, it’s hard to say when the final health care vote will be or even what they will vote on. It sounds like they will vote on “skinny repeal” on Friday. What does that mean for you? Great question. You should ask Sen. Hoeven.

Please make every effort you can to visit Sen. Hoeven’s new office on the second floor of the old Metro Drug building downtown. Ask his staff, “What will happen to me/my child/my parent if this bill passes?” Bring insurance statements and explanation of benefits forms if you can.

They should be able to tell you how this bill will affect you. If they can’t, how can he vote for it?

PLEASE BRING A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER if you can. We want as many people as possible to ask these questions before the likely vote on Friday.

Get ready for a big health care push, Indivisibles!

This afternoon, the Senate will vote on a motion to proceed with a vote on a health care bill. Which health care bill? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ No one knows! This is our health care policy now.

If they vote to vote on an actual bill, they will have 20 hours of debate. We are going to use that time to try to convince Sen. Hoeven to vote against whatever bill it is they decide at the last minute is going to reshape health care in this country.

Are you ready?

If you want to put a call into Sen. Hoeven’s office to ask him to vote no on the motion to proceed, the numbers are 701-239-5389 in Fargo and 202-224-2551 in DC. The vote is scheduled for 1:15 this afternoon, our time.

TODAY’S ACTION: What will Congress do if the president pardons himself?

Despite the president’s tweet over the weekend, everyone does not believe that presidents’ power to pardon extends to themselves, particularly since accepting a presidential pardon is generally considered an admission of guilt. Are there no limits on what a president (of any party) can do? Could he shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and then pardon himself for that?

Today, we’re asking our members of Congress what their views are on the limits of presidential power. We need to know what their beliefs are before they are tested.

1. In general, does a president have the right to pardon himself?
2. In general, what do you think Congress should do if a president pardons himself?
3. In general, what do you think Congress should do if a president fires a special counsel who is investigating him?

Tell them you are a constituent and you do want a response.

We will be compiling these responses, so please email indivisiblefm@gmail.com when you get answers to these questions.

North Dakota

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Or text RESIST to 50409

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611
Or text RESIST to 50409

Minnesota

Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219
Or text RESIST to 50409

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165
Or text RESIST to 50409

TODAY’S ACTION: THANK YOUR SENATORS

It seems like the ACA repeal effort is over (for now). If you made a call, sent a text, visited a representative’s office, or showed up at a rally, YOU helped make this happen.

Today we are contacting our Senators to thank them for listening to us and saving our access to health care. If the ACA matters to you, please take the time today to tell them how much you appreciate the work they put in to hear us out and stand up for us.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219
Or text RESIST to 50409

TODAY’S ACTION: NO ON REPEAL AND DELAY

Good news! Last night the Senate health care bill died when two more senators came out against it.

Bad news! McConnell is resurrecting a previous bill which would repeal the ACA in two years, while Congress takes that time to craft a replacement.

THIS IS A BAD IDEA. It would cause upheaval in the insurance market because insurance companies would have no idea what the replacement might look like.

THE CBO HAS ALREADY SCORED THIS BILL, and it’s worse than the one that just failed.

–32 million people would lose their coverage within 10 years, including 18 million in the first year of the repeal. That’s 10% of the population of this country.

–Within that 32 million, 19 million would lose Medicaid coverage.

–Premiums in the individual market would increase by 20 to 25% the first year and DOUBLE within 10 years.

–According to the CBO score, “about half of the nation’s population lives in areas that would have no insurer participating in the nongroup market in the first year after the repeal of the marketplace subsidies took effect, and that share would continue to increase, extending to about three-quarters of the population by 2026.”

If you’re in North Dakota, please call Sen. Hoeven today and ask him to oppose the repeal and delay plan.

Fargo: 701-239-5389
DC: 202-224-2551
Text RESIST to 50409