Help Wanted! Tad Devine/Scott Lang event recap. Health Care.

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Devine/Lang Event Recap

Tad Devine and Scott Lang gave illuminating and inspiring presentations at our June 14 event.  Many thanks to both of them and to UMD professor Doug Roscoe for moderating the discussion.

Tad Devine gave us a fascinating overview of the Bernie Sanders' ad campaign, complete with video clips of ads from all phases of the campaign and an insider's perspective on what it takes to put together a successful media campaign. 

Scott Lang, a former lawyer for the Democratic National Committee and 3 term mayor of New Bedford gave us an in depth look at the inner workings of the Democratic Party, from the late 1960's to present. Key to his presentation was an explanation of party rules, and how they can affect debates, primaries and conventions, for better and for worse.  

Key takeaways from the evening:

2018. 2018. 2018.
Electing Democrats to the House and Senate in the 2018 mid-term elections is very important. It could be a watershed year for the Democratic party.   If Democrats do poorly, it could foreshadow a weak Democratic party for many years to come.  
On a local level, we can help to tip the balance towards Democratic candidates by:
- Working with the local and state Democratic Committees to re-energize local, grass roots political action within the Democratic Party organization.  
- Participating in the efforts of Swing Left, New Politics and other organizations that are already working to elect progressive candidates. Now is the time to find and cultivate new voices. 
- Encourage the national DNC to give state and local committees the tools they need to cultivate, educate and inspire Democratic and potentially Democratic voters. 

Health care update and weekly action from Indivisible

Let’s not waste any time: your work this week is what will win the TrumpCare fight. Senate Republicans are planning to vote on their still-secret bill in the next two weeks. We still don’t have text. Or a CBO score. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is too busy twisting arms and cutting deals with your Senators to meet with patient groups like the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association. But none of that will matter in the end: if they get the votes, they’ll pass it in the dead of night, without any public input, and without knowing its full impact on your family. McConnell will schedule this bill for a vote as soon as he secures enough support. So If you wait until a vote is scheduled to act, you’ve waited too long.

Whether you have a Democratic or Republican Senator, it’s time to step up our constituent power game and win this thing.

  1. Use our new Stop TrumpCare June toolkit to plan your coordinated visits and sit-ins at your Senator’s office. 
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  2. Use our new state-by-state map of the impact of TrumpCare to inform your calls, letters to the editor, and conversations with your Senators on how this disastrous bill will impact you and your neighbors—and find the right staffers in their offices to direct your calls and emails (we’ve done the work for you).
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  3. Turn up the heat on your Senators daily using the right resources:
    1. For Democrats: Use our script to demand that they slow down Senate business by withholding consent on all regular Senate business, and prepare to filibuster by amendment until and unless there are public hearings on TrumpCare. After your visits and calls, use these great social media shareables from Indivisible Data to hold your Democrats accountable and demand they #WithholdConsent. 
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    2. For Republicans: After you’ve planned your visits (see #1), make sure they hear from you that oppose TrumpCare, on both substance and process. Use this script to call them and demand that they protect our care.
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    3. For constituents in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia: Visit and use the daily call scripts and information to email Chiefs of Staff and Health Staff.
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