Last week, after more than 30,000 of you sent messages in opposing Trump’s completely unqualified nominee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Andy Puzder, and tens of thousands more sent messages in from partner organizations too… Drum roll please… that nominee dropped out! You did it! Plus, you’re building significant momentum to protect healthcare and Congress has gone from talking about outright repealing the ACA to “repairing” it.
We’ve got to keep up the momentum! So here are our Top #5Actions for this week:
1. Help protect our democracy! Call 1-855-440-1800 and tell your member of Congress to defend the media and the judiciary branch from Donald Trump’s efforts to delegitimize them. Tell your U.S. Senator it’s time to put country before party: Stand up to Trump and stand for our nation now!
—> ACTION: Call 1-855-440-1800 and we’ll walk you through every step.
Background: President Trump wrote on Twitter that the nation’s news media “is the enemy of the American people.” He also Tweeted that he disagreed with the judicial ruling that overturned his immigration ban, insulting the judge who had been appointed by Republican President Bush and confirmed by the US Senate as a “so-called judge.” By attacking our major institutions – e.g. calling a judge a “so-called Judge” and saying “the media is the enemy of the people” – Trump is undermining our democracy and the institutions that protect us all. This isn’t a partisan matter. Now is the time to put country before party.
2. Spread The Word About The Rights Of Immigrant Families. Take a quick moment to share a “Know Your Rights” video on Facebook about the rights of immigrant families. This is a critically important time to spread this information around to your friends, family, neighbors, and community in light of the un-American and highly destructive Executive Orders that Trump has been issuing.
*ENGLISH – Click here & share the English version: https://action.momsrising.org/go/29253?t=2&akid=8811.206527.Y__cPL
*SPANISH – Click here & share the Spanish version: ¡Conoce tus derechos! Información en español en este video con abogada de migración: https://action.momsrising.org/go/29229?t=4&akid=8811.206527.Y__cPL
Background: Donald Trump has been attacking immigrant families with Executive Orders. It’s time to lift up and celebrate immigrant families, not attack them. Immigrants fuel our national economy. In fact, immigrants, or the children of immigrants, started 40% of all Fortune 500 companies, own and run many medium and small businesses, and are a critical part of our national labor force, communities, and caregivers. Share this video now so people will know their rights in the face of Executive Orders that target immigrant families. #NoWallNoBanNoRaids
3. Urge Congress: Protect Medicaid! As the fight for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues, unbelievably a new healthcare storm is brewing: Medicaid and the healthcare of more than 70 million Americans – including providing assistance for over half the births in the U.S. – is now at risk. In fact, just last week, Congressional Republican leadership released a proposal that would gut Medicaid as we know it.
—> ACTION: http:/http://action.momsrising.org/sign/SpeakOutOnMedicaid/?t=7&akid=8811.206527.Y__cPL
Background: Some members of the U.S. Congress, as well as newly-confirmed Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, are proposing to make major cuts and changes (including damaging block grants) to Medicaid, one of our nation’s most treasured and successful healthcare programs. Not on our watch! We’ve beaten back these types of proposed cuts to Medicaid before and we need YOUR help to do it again!
4. Tell Congress to Move a Comprehensive Paid Family/Medical Leave Bill Forward that Benefits ALL Working Families. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without some form of paid family leave. This hurts families, our businesses, our global competitiveness, and our economy. Sign on to a letter to Congress letting them know that our country needs a comprehensive paid family/medical leave bill that benefits ALL working families.
—> ACTION: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/paid_family_leave_2017/?t=10&akid=8811.206527.Y__cPL
Background: America’s families need a robust detail-driven paid family/medical leave policy that:
• Is accessible to all working people
• Offers meaningful length of leave – at least 12 weeks and covers the full range of personal medical and family caregiver needs established in the Family and Medical Leave Act
• Is affordable and cost-effective for workers, for employers and for the government
• Is inclusive when it comes to defining “family”; and
• Allows working people to take leave without facing adverse employment consequences.
5. Attend a Town Hall Meeting & Help Protect Healthcare! MomsRising supporters across the country are attending Town Hall meetings to protect healthcare and your voice is needed too! Sign on here to say that you’re interested in attending a local Town Hall meeting in your area. Then we’ll give you everything you need, including a book of stories from other MomsRising members about how healthcare has helped their families, community, and local economy.
—> ACTION: http://action.momsrising.org/signup/town-hall-protect-healthcare/?t=13&akid=8811.206527.Y__cPL
Background: It’s time to use our “outside voices” to help protect healthcare! Members of Congress will be at home during the month of February, and many are hosting Town Halls to hear from constituents like you. Your voice is needed, and is powerful, and we hope you can go to a local event with your member of Congress. (Don’t worry, we’ll give you everything you need to attend, including a small booklet of healthcare stories for you to hand to your member of Congress.) Now is a critical time: Healthcare is on the chopping block right now: In fact repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and making massive cuts to Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare are at the top of President Trump’s and some members of Congress’ agenda right now, so it’s incredibly important for you to make your voice heard. (There are heroes in Congress too. Some have been protecting healthcare and they need to hear from us as well so they know we’re behind them as they fight for all of us).
P.S. Here’s a great quote for this week: “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.” – Theodore Roosevelt