***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Thurs, March 30, 2017
1) Well. This is sh*tty. The Senate just passed legislation that would allow states to block federal family-planning funds to Planned Parenthood—it was close, because GOP Sens Murkowski and Collins voted No, b/c they actually have some degree of concern for women's lives. Pence was the tie-breaker, and a Senator from Georgia who just had back surgery dramatically showed up with a walker to cast his vote, because apparently his post-surgery pain is nothing compared to the pain of millions of women. Anyway. The resolution repeals a regulation that Obama added (two days before he left office) to Title X (Ten) of the Public Health Service Act that prevents states from defunding health and family planning centers (like Planned Parenthood) because they provide abortion services.
Although the Hyde Amendment of 1976 already prohibits federal dollars from specifically funding abortions, many anti-choice lawmakers want to block *all* federal money from going to any clinics that offer abortions (thus defunding all other clinic services: cancer screenings, STD testing, infertility treatment, other basic health support, thereby devastating the lives of millions of women across the country who rely on these clinics for care, etc etc ETC). Some states have already attempted to defund abortion-providing centers by withholding Medicaid funds, but President Obama's Title X family planning protection rule made it harder for states to do this legally—until today.
What to do? Well, it passed—you can call your Reps and tell them how unhappy you are, but the best way to immediately act is—you guessed it!—
#ACTION: SUPPORT CLINICS + ORGS WHO SUPPORT WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. This can be NARAL or your local PP affiliate, or another independent clinic. And you can support with your $$$ or your volunteer time + energy (or both!) Also: If you live in a progressive area where access to PP/safe clinics is available, consider donating to clinics in rural areas of your state OR to other states that have GOP Governors and limited clinic access.
2) GORSUCH CALLS!
#ACTION FOR A DEMOCRAT:
"Hello. My name is (NAME) and I am calling from (STATE). My zip code is (ZIP). I am calling to urge you to unite with your colleagues and publicly support the Gorsuch filibuster. We cannot hand over a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court to a man who threatens all our values, ESPECIALLY when the president who appointed him is under active investigation for possibly colluding with Russia to swing the election.
FOR A REPUBLICAN:
#ACTION "Hello. My name is (NAME) and I am calling from (STATE). My zip code is (ZIP). I am calling to urge you to stand up to Senator McConnell and vote against the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. We cannot hand over a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court when the president who appointed him is under active investigation for possibly colluding with Russia to swing the election."
Oooooh are you watching CSPAN 3 today?! The first public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee: Russian & 2016 Election!
And there's this:
#ACTION So! We call about Nunes:
House Select Committee on Intelligence - Majority Staff
"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I'm calling to demand that Devin Nunes step down from his chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee. Nunes has repeatedly demonstrated that he is more committed to partisan politics than to investigating potential threats to our democracy, including the Trump adminstration's potential ties to Russia."