Sorry for the long delay since our last email. Jumping right into this week’s actions because this thunderstorm may knock out the power any minute!
Spread the word that Obamacare enrollment via healthcare.gov starts today and ends in just six weeks! Here’s a primer on what you need to know about this year’s open enrollment period, which is only half as long as it used to be. People need to be signed up by Dec. 15, and Trump cut the government’s funding for in-person sign-up assistance by 72%!
Because the Trump administration is intentionally sitting on its hands and hoping people miss the deadline, an independent group called Get America Covered is trying to take up the slack. They asked President Obama to create a video encouraging people to enroll. Check it out on Facebook and share it with your network!
Get America Covered also offers a tool to help people find the nearest Obamacare application assisters. There are two in Lihue:
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Send a message in 2017’s only statewide elections and help flip Virginia and Washington blue.
We can flip the Washington State Senate—and turn the West Coast blue—by supporting one excellent candidate. Visit Flippable’s Washington page to learn how you can help in the final days before the election.
Meanwhile, Virginians are going to the polls next Tuesday in the first state-wide elections since Trump was elected. This is the first real test of our movement’s ability to turn the resistance into electoral power. Indivisible has teamed up with Democracy for America and MoveOn.org to build a tool where you can call or text voters in Virginia to encourage them to vote. Sign up now to volunteer before election day!
Help keep our National Parks affordable to everyone. The Department of Interior has announced a proposal to drastically increase entry fees into seventeen national parks. While it currently costs $25-$30 per vehicle year-round, the new fees would increase to $75 per vehicle, during a five-month peak season making our national parks less accessible to many of us. Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s proposed budget for 2018 would cut $300 million from the National Park Service. We have until November 23 to submit public comments protesting this rate hike. National parks should be accessible (and affordable) for everyone! Let’s submit comments to: https://parkplanning.nps.
Make sure Mueller gets to finish the job. First, if you haven’t already, Sign up to participate in a nationwide Rapid Response rally in case Trump fires Mueller. Indivisible is partnering with MoveOn and many other progressive groups to immediately get people into the streets if our constitution is threatened. You can read about the effort here, and register for our local rally here.
Second, ask Tulsi, Brian, and Mazie to co-sponsor bipartisan legislation in the Senate and the House to preserve Special Prosecutor Mueller’s independence. So far, none of our members of congress have co-sponsored any of these bills!
- S.1735 (The Special Counsel Independence Protection Act) was introduced by Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). That bill would require the Justice Department to seek judicial approval before any firing.
- S. 1741 (The Special Counsel Integrity Act) was introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE). That bill would allow a special counsel to contest any termination after the fact.
- H.R. 3771 (The Special Counsel Integrity Act) was introduced by Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC) and John Conyers (D-MI). That bill would allow the special counsel to challenge his removal in court.
Sen. Brian Schatz – (808) 523-2061 / (202) 224-3934
Sen. Mazie Hirono – (808) 522-8970 / (202) 224-6361
Aloha, I am calling to urge Senator Schatz/Hirono to co-sponsor both S.1735, The Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, and S. 1741, The Special Counsel Integrity Act. These acts would ensure that Trump can’t unilaterally fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. We need to protect our democracy from foreign influence and ensure that Trump is not being influenced by Russia. Mahalo!
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard – (808) 541-1986 / (202) 225-4906
Aloha, I am calling to urge Representative Gabbard to co-sponsor H.R. 3771, The Special Counsel Integrity Act. This act would ensure that Trump can’t unilaterally fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. We need to protect our democracy from foreign influence and ensure that Trump is not being influenced by Russia. Mahalo!