TODAY’S ACTION: Special prosecutor now!

As you have certainly heard by now, Trump fired Comey as FBI director yesterday. What you may have missed is that subpoenas were issued yesterday for Flynn associates’ business records.

The next FBI director will have the power to shut down the entire Russia investigation. We need a special prosecutor appointed as soon as possible so that someone independent of the White House is continuing this investigation.

The Deputy Attorney General can call for the appointment of a special prosecutor, and then a three-judge panel would choose that prosecutor.

We need our Senators to put pressure on the White House and the DAG to appoint a special prosecutor NOW. Ask your Senators to refuse to hold a vote on a new FBI director until a special prosecutor has been appointed.

The FBI director can be approved by a simple majority, so we need every single Senator we can get to agree to this.

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

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

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

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

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Postcards and Hoeven

TODAY’S ACTION #1: Get your postcards ready. We’re going to flood Sen. Hoeven’s office with your concerns about your health care. Our goal is to get at least 100 postcards sent in the next week. We can do it, Indivisibles! Here’s what to do.

1. Tell him WHERE YOU’RE FROM. This is important–we don’t want to be dismissed as people from outside the state.

2. Tell him WHAT YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT regarding the repeal of the ACA. Do you have a pre-existing condition? Do you have a child who will lose Medicaid services? Do you have a parent who will no longer have access to a rural hospital after they close as a result of this law? Tell him. If you have more than one concern, SEND MORE THAN ONE POSTCARD.

3. ASK HIM A QUESTION. “Can you promise me…?” “What are you going to do about…?” “Can you guarantee…?”

4. TAKE A PHOTO of your postcard and send it to us at indivisiblefm@gmail.com or via private message at https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleFM. We will be adding your postcards to a public Facebook album. If there are parts of your postcard that you would like us to obscure, such as your name or your health condition, please let us know. If you’re not comfortable having us share your postcard, that’s okay. But we’re trying to get as many posted publicly as we can.

5. ADD YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION *IF* you want Sen. Hoeven’s office to respond. Best to do this after you’ve taken a photo of your postcard, but if you forget we can hide it for you.

6. MAIL YOUR POSTCARD to
1802 32nd Ave. South
Room B
Fargo, ND 58103

MINNESOTANS: You can participate, too, if you want to. Be honest about where you’re from. If you have a friend or family member in ND whose health care you’re worried about, please tell that story on your postcard. It’s okay to tell your own story, but a North Dakotan’s will have more impact.

TODAY’S ACTION #2: We heard from someone who called yesterday that Sen. Hoeven is planning to hold a health care town hall during his next recess. Please call today to verify that. “I heard that Sen. Hoeven is going to hold a health care town hall in Fargo in June, is that true?” Please let us know what they tell you.

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: Hoeven and postcards

TODAY’S ACTION #1: 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 ACTION #2: Go buy some postcards if you get a chance. We’ll tell you what we’re doing with them tomorrow. Get a few if you can. Anything with North Dakota or Fargo on them is great, but whatever you can find will work. Minnesotans will be able to participate in this one, too, but still get North Dakota postcards if you can.

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Hoeven and protest

TODAY’S ACTION #1: Ask Hoeven for a town hall

Call Sen. Hoeven and ask him when, NOT IF, he is going to hold a town hall on health care. His constituents deserve to know where he stands on this abomination of a bill.

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

TODAY’S ACTION #2: Prepare to protest

We’re having a pop-up health care protest tomorrow, from noon to 1 on the sidewalk on 13th Ave in front of West Acres

They say this bill can’t pass the Senate. They also said that Donald Trump would never be president. Now is the time to rise up and be heard, Indivisibles.

Let Kevin Cramer, John Hoeven, and Fargo know how you feel about yesterday’s ACA repeal vote. Bring a sign if you can. We’ll make extras, too.

RULES FOR THIS EVENT:
1. This is a NONVIOLENT PROTEST. Violence of any kind will not be tolerated.

2. DO NOT OBSTRUCT THE SIDEWALK. Leave room for other pedestrians and cyclists to go by. Even if they say mean things to you. Ignore it and let them pass.

3. We have the right to peacefully assemble on public property, but if we are asked by police officers to disperse, we listen. We are not trying to get arrested.

Please RSVP at our Facebook event. If you are not a Facebook user, please email us at indivisiblefm@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming.

URGENT ACTION: ACA repeal vote is today!

The ACA repeal vote is set for TODAY. If this bill becomes law, PEOPLE WILL DIE. High-risk pools will not save them. 35 states had high-risk pools before the ACA. If they had worked, we wouldn’t have needed the ACA in the first place.

North Dakotans, please call Kevin Cramer today and tell him to vote no. He is going to vote yes. Call him anyway. Your voice matters. You don’t want to look back one day and feel like you didn’t do enough.

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
D.C.: 202-225-2611
Text RESIST to 50409 to have your message faxed.

ACA Repeal Update

As of this morning, they still don’t have the votes to pass the ACA repeal bill. The changes they made to the bill to get conservatives on board have been too much for some of the more moderate Republicans to agree to vote for it. Current estimates are that if two more of the undecideds flip to no, this is not going to a vote. It’s not over yet, though.

Our understanding is that Rep. Peterson remains a no and that Rep. Cramer is a firm yes. If we get the sense that either of those might change, we will let you know right away. If you’re looking for an action to take, please call your friends and family in Republican districts and ask them to call their representatives to ask them to vote no.

TODAY’S EMERGENCY ACTION: Save the ACA (again)!

The ACA repeal vote could be coming back as soon as TOMORROW. Remember how bad it was before? They’ve found a way to make it even worse!

They have added an amendment get the votes of the “Freedom Caucus” this time around. It will allow states to decide that insurance companies can charge you whatever they want if you have a pre-existing condition or if you are older but not eligible for Medicare. They can’t deny you coverage, but they can make it so expensive that you won’t be able to afford it.

The Center for American Progress estimatesbecause an individual with asthma costs an issuer 106 percent more than a healthy 40-year-old, she would face a premium surcharge of $4,340. The surcharge for diabetes would be $5,600 per year. Coverage could become prohibitively expensive for those in dire need of care: Insurers would charge about $17,320 more in premiums for pregnancy, $26,580 more for rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders, and $142,650 more for patients with metastatic cancer.”

Whether or not this passes the House will come down to the votes of these members of Congress. If you know anyone who lives in one of these districts, please ask them to call their representative TODAY and ask them to vote NO on the AHCA.

We made a spreadsheet with these representatives’ phone numbers, which you can see here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14MNNRnOX7R9fVXweu2ZrM23RBOuWUiNaT8jyNZV8kTk/edit?usp=sharing

You can also call your own representative. We assume Cramer is still a yes and Peterson is still a no, but we have not verified that.

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
D.C.: 202-225-2611
Text RESIST to 50409 to have your message faxed.

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
D.C.: 202-225-2165
Resistbot isn’t working for Rep. Peterson because his fax line is down. When you call, you could also ask them to fix that.

This is REALLY IMPORTANT. Please do this today if you can.

 

 

TODAY’S ACTION: No war with North Korea

 
Meanwhile, members of the administration, like Mike Pence and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, have been making statements like, “the era of strategic patience is over.” What does that mean?
 
There is no doubt that the situation in North Korea is complicated and dangerous, and it would be no matter who is sitting in the Oval Office right now. Do you trust Donald Trump to navigate us through a confrontation with North Korea?
 
A 2013 Army war game found it would take 56 days and 90,000 troops to secure North Korea’s nuclear weapons if the Kim regime collapsed. And that’s without any shots fired to take Kim out.
 
In addition, China is obligated by treaty to defend North Korea if it is attacked by another country. Are you ready to go to war with North Korea and China?
 
Call your Senators today and tell them that you do NOT want them to authorize the use of military force against North Korea. You can also text RESIST to 50409 to fax your message via text.
 
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

 

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

 

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

TODAY’S ACTION: Stop the shutdown

The federal government will shut down at midnight on Friday if Congress doesn’t pass legislation to keep it funded. Trump wants funding for his border wall added to that legislation, and he’s telling Democrats that he will stop paying ACA subsidies to health insurance companies if they don’t agree to partially fund construction of the wall in this bill.

The Democrats say that they will not vote for a bill that includes funding for the wall. After all, Trump campaigned on a promise that Mexico would pay for the wall, not American taxpayers.

Right now, it seems like the only way to avert a shutdown is to remove the wall funding provision from the bill. We are calling the House first because that’s where the first vote will happen.

“Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____. I’m calling because I want the Congressman to do everything he can to avert the government shutdown that could start on Friday. I do not want a border wall, and I shouldn’t have to pay for it.”

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
D.C.: 202-225-2611
Text RESIST to 50409 to have your message faxed.

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
D.C.: 202-225-2165
Text RESIST to 50409 to have your message faxed.