TODAY’S ACTION: Where’s the bill?

One of our members, Jon L., was able to reach Ben Bergstrom last week in Sen. Hoeven’s office last week, and was promised that the full text of the ACA repeal bill would be available 10-14 days before a vote.
 
While that’s clearly not enough time, it’s better than some of the alternatives that have been discussed, including sneaking in a bill at the last possible moment that no one has read, including the senators who are voting on it.
 
We need to hold Sen. Hoeven to his promise not to vote for a bill until and unless North Dakotans have had at least 10 days to read the bill and learn how it will affect them. Call his office today and ask them to verify that he has made this commitment to his constituents. And if he won’t commit to it, why not? Does he work for Mitch McConnell or does he work for North Dakota?
 
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Text RESIST to 50409. If you have used Resistbot enough times, you can use the command “senior” to fax only Sen. Hoeven.

TODAY’S ACTION: Call and share to save the ACA

We are hearing that McConnell intends to hold a vote on the ACA repeal before June 30, and with very little time between when the vote is announced and when it happens.

We still don’t know what will be in the Senate’s version of the AHCA, because there 13 Republican men deciding about the future of your health care system, and they are not holding any public hearings on it. By contrast, Congress held 179 hearings while they were crafting and debating the ACA.

We have very little time left to save the ACA. If we have a chance, this is what we need you to do this week.

1. CALL. North Dakotans, call Hoeven’s DC office at 202-224-2551 and ask to speak to Ben Bergstrom. He is Sen. Hoeven’s health legislative assistant.

2. TELL Ben your personal health care story. How have you benefited from the ACA? What are you worried will happen to you and your family if the ACA is repealed? Make sure you know what you want to talk about before you call.

3. ASK what Sen. Hoeven is going to do to alleviate your concerns.
–Will Sen. Hoeven promise not to vote for a bill that would increase insurance rates for people like me with pre-existing conditions?
–Will Sen. Hoeven promise not to vote for a bill that takes away my/my family member’s Medicaid coverage?
–Will Sen. Hoeven vote no on any bill that will hurt rural hospitals?

4. WRITE down some notes from your conversation and email us at indivisiblefm@gmail.com. We may ask you to write a letter to the editor about your conversation.

5. SHARE. Whether you live in ND or not, please ask your friends and family members to call the Senators on this list, ask for the health legislative assistant, and ask how the new bill will make their health care better rather than worse (or nonexistent).

It is REALLY IMPORTANT that we call this week. This is the turning point. We can save the ACA, or we can go back to the old system where people went bankrupt or died for lack of the money to pay for health insurance.

TODAY’S ACTION: Tell Stenehjem you don’t support the travel ban

North Dakota

TODAY’S ACTION: North Dakota is one of 16 states which have petitioned the Supreme Court to defend Trump’s ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. The brief states the “travel ban” order did not unconstitutionally single out Muslims and was needed to protect national security.
 
This is a unilateral action by the current North Dakota administration and the Attorney General’s office in Bismarck to uphold Trump’s executive order which is currently being fought out in the court system.
 
Today let’s call Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office at 701-328-2210 in Bismarck to protest this unilateral action on behalf of the state of North Dakota. Tell him this “travel ban” is in violation of the first amendment and does not represent the views of all North Dakotans.

Minnesota

Great news, Minnesotans! Governor Dayton has signed on with other states to uphold the Paris Accord. In addition to our great state, the states that have joined the U.S. Climate Alliance now include California, Washington, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

TODAY’S ACTION: Ask your governor to join the Paris Accord

If you’re feeling despondent over the federal government’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, all is not lost. A coalition of states, cities, and businesses is petitioning the UN to be allowed to join the agreement.

According to the New York Times, “By redoubling their climate efforts, [Michael Bloomberg] said, cities, states and corporations could achieve, or even surpass, the pledge of the administration of former President Barack Obama to reduce America’s planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025, from their levels in 2005.”

Please call your governor’s office today to ask him to add your state to the list. “I am calling to ask the governor to add our state to the coalition of states, cities, and businesses that are petitioning to join the Paris Climate Accord independently.”

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton: 800-657-3717
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum: 701-328-2200

We are also working on a list of actions that we can each take individually to reduce our carbon footprint, which we will start rolling out next week. If you have any suggestions for actions we should add, please email us at indivisiblefm@gmail.com.

TODAY’S ACTION: Ask Hoeven for a town hall (again)

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the ACA repeal bill that the House passed earlier this month. The news is pretty terrible.
 
  • 23 million people are projected to lose their health insurance by 2020.
  • Millions of people who have pre-existing conditions would only have access to insurance plans that are so expensive that they will not be able to afford them.
  • 14 million people will lose Medicaid coverage by 2026.
  • Older Americans with low incomes would go from paying about $1,700 for a policy on the individual market to between $13,000 and $16,000 annually.
Meanwhile, thirteen male Senators are sitting in a back room making deals about YOUR health–and maybe your life–without any public hearings.
 
We have asked Senator Hoeven for a health care town hall a lot of different ways. Today we’re asking you to go to his Facebook page and ask him WHEN he is going to hold a health care town hall in Fargo. We are his constituents and we deserve to know what is going on.
 
As always, please keep your request civil.

TODAY’S ACTION: Learn, then share

Your task today is to learn more about the budget that the Trump administration proposed yesterday, and then share that information with people you know who will be affected by it. Here are some links to get you started.

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/334768-here-are-the-66-programs-eliminated-in-trumps-budget

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-budget-cuts-social-safety-net-programs-medicaid-overhauls-tax-code/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/22/trump-budget-seeks-huge-cuts-to-disease-prevention-and-medical-research-departments/?utm_term=.44b47239dc22

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Leaders Object to Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trumps-first-full-education-budget-deep-cuts-to-public-school-programs-in-pursuit-of-school-choice/2017/05/17/2a25a2cc-3a41-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.b0bc09070f60

http://www.startribune.com/trump-s-4-1-trillion-budget-would-reshape-aid-to-minnesotans/423955373/

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/trump-budget-based-on-usd2-trillion-math-error.html?mid=twitter_nymag

TODAY’S ACTION: Hoeven health care town hall

TODAY’S ACTION: While all the other craziness was happening last week, 13 Republican men kept working on changing our entire health care system with no public hearings. North Dakotans, please call Sen. Hoeven and ask him when, NOT IF, he is going to hold a town hall in Fargo on health care. You deserve to know what he is going to do to your access to health care.

Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
If you have used Resistbot enough times, you can use the command “senior” to fax only Sen. Hoeven.

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Russia and Fargo voting

Today’s Action #1: Where is Congressional oversight?

Trump has now admitted giving highly classified intelligence to the Russians. Oversight of the Executive Branch is Congress’s responsibility. WHEN are they going to start doing their job??

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611

Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

You can also text RESIST to 50409 to fax your message via text.

Today’s Action #2: Email Commissioner Grindberg with your support for Fargo voting reforms

After the 2016 city election, the Fargo City Commission formed a task force to research possible changes to our elections and governance. The task force has since made its recommendations, and the Commissioners want public input to determine if there’s demand for the chance to vote on these reforms.
 
You can go to https://reformfargo.org and learn about the two reforms the Fargo City Commission is considering placing on the ballot:
 
–Increase the size of the commission by two.
–Switch our election system to Approval Voting.
 
The commission will decide whether or not they’re willing to place these reforms on the ballot on May 22nd.
 
Please email Commissioner Tony Grindberg at tgrindberg@cityoffargo.com with a polite request to place these reforms on the next ballot for all of us to vote upon.
 
Please follow https://www.facebook.com/ReformFargo on Facebook to stay informed on what we can do to get these vital reforms in place for our fine community.

TODAY’S ACTION: Fargoans, email the mayor

Today’s Action #1: Educate yourself on the election reforms which are proposed for Fargo.

Go to https://reformfargo.org and learn about the two reforms the Fargo City Commission is considering placing on the ballot:

  • Increase the size of the commission by two.
  • Switch our election system to Approval Voting.

The commission will decide whether or not they’re willing to place these reforms on the ballot on May 22nd.

Today’s Action #2: Email Mayor Mahoney with your support for the reforms.

Email Mayor Tim Mahoney at tmahoney@cityoffargo.com with a polite request to place these reforms on the next ballot for all of us to vote upon.

Please follow https://www.facebook.com/ReformFargo on Facebook to stay informed on what we can do to get these vital reforms in place for our fine community.

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Reform Fargo

After the 2016 city election, the Fargo City Commission formed a task force to research possible changes to our elections and governance. The task force has delivered its recommendations and the commissioners want public input to determine if there’s demand for the opportunity to vote on these reforms.

TODAY’S ACTION #1: Educate yourself on the election reforms which have been proposed for Fargo.

Go to https://reformfargo.org and spend a few minutes learning about the two reforms that have been proposed:

  • Increase the size of the commission by two.
  • Switch our election system to Approval Voting.

If these reforms are enacted, they will help the City Commission be more representative of the citizens of Fargo.

TODAY’S ACTION #2: Teach one friend about what you’ve learned.

Teach one friend about these reforms, what they’ll mean for us, and how we can get them in place for future Fargo elections.

Please follow ReformFargo on Facebook to stay informed on what we can do to get these vital reforms in place for our fine community.