Bad ideas die hard.
After failing repeatedly to pass legislation to repeal the increasingly popular Affordable Care Act, Republicans in Washington are trying once again this week. This time, they’re trying to repeal health care reform without a replacement—something Sen. Cory Gardner recently said he wouldn’t support, despite the fact that he has voted for similar legislation repeatedly.
Republicans are desperate to pass something—anything—to appease their wealthy donors and corporate special interests at the expense of millions of Americans who stand to lose coverage. There is a real danger that legislation far worse than anything we’ve seen so far could emerge from this chaos and quickly become law. Everything we’ve fought for up to now is on the line.
It is absolutely critical that Gardner and Senate Republicans see you haven’t lost hope. Almost every one of you have already called Gardner’s offices to demand he protect the Affordable Care Act instead of destroying it. The first thing I need you to do this week is pick up that phone and call again. Call over and over. Call every office:
And tell Sen. Gardner that the war on health care must end. Gardner must vote NO on any legislation that would repeal the essential health benefits of the Affordable Care Act or roll back Medicaid eligibility. The time has come for Republicans to admit defeat and work in good faith across the aisle to make the Affordable Care Act work. Anything else is unacceptable.
Once you’re done calling, check out more ways to take action for the week of July 24:
Medicare for All March – Boulder, CO
Bringing together all groups demanding with ONE VOICE that Congress passes Improved Medicare For All, this is designed to be a national media blitz campaign. Bring signs that show your support for a public option, single-payer, and/or Medicare for all!
Where: Boulder Mennonite Church, 3910 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder
When: Monday, July 24 at 5:00pm
VOTE NO morning vigil at Senator Gardner’s office
Whether it is the BCRA or a flat repeal of Obamacare, the White House and Mitch McConnell are desperate to rush forward a motion to proceed on a bill that would leave either 22 million or 32 million fewer Americans with vital health coverage. That is unacceptable, and the bills’ draconian cuts to Medicaid are unfixable despite any tinkering to improve it around the edges or appease moderate senators. Please attend this vigil outside Senator Gardner’s office on the morning the Senate is expected to vote on the motion to proceed. As Coloradans, we have to let him know we’re not giving up until this bill is completely dead.
Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th St, Denver
When: Tuesday, July 25 at 6:00am
Thinking Liberally is a lively, informal social gathering for liberal-leaning persons wanting to share thoughts, beliefs, and ideas with like-minded Broomfield residents, while enjoying a beverage, appetizers, and/or dinner in a relaxed setting. Please RSVP to attend to help us plan! We look forward to seeing you.
Where: Delvickios Incredible Italian, 1100 US Highway 287, # A500, Broomfield
When: Tuesday, July 25 at 5:00pm
Universal Health Care Meet-Up
Join Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care volunteers for a meet-up to discuss how we will attain universal health care by 2020. Topics will include the 2nd Annual Universal Health Care Conference debrief, establishing a written local CFUHC infrastructure, recruiting candidates in Denver and statewide who support universal health care, lobbying our current officials in Denver to support universal health care, and ideas for a 2020 ballot measure to secure health care for every Coloradan.
Where: Mercury Cafe Denver, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Tuesday, July 25 at 6:00pm
Pints & Policy
Pints & Policy is an effort to examine local policy issues in a fun and social setting. We spend a little time on some content and a lot of time in interactive games, songs, and readings, to explore what that issue means to our community. It is a great chance to meet some neighbors, learn a little, laugh a lot, and enjoy a beverage or two.
Where: IPIE, 5807 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge
When: Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00pm
Legal Training For Protectors – Know Your Rights
Join Standging Rock legal defender and Red Owl lawyer Angla Bibens in a evening to discuss the legal rights, risks, and approches to defending our air and water. East Boulder County United will host the evening’s presentation for people moving into activism that will include the stretegic use of nonviolent civil disobedience to protect our communities from impending oil and gas drilling.
Where: East Simpson Coffee Company, 414 E Simpson St, Lafayette
When: Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00pm
Women in Naturals – Emerging Women Leadership Series
Women in Naturals is the second in this innovative series designed to grow community and support for women of impact to help you succeed in business. Each event will have its own unique theme, including diverse panelists and power circle discussion topics, not to mention libations and evening nibbles!
Where: Impact Hub Boulder, 1877 Broadway, Suite 100, Boulder
When: Thursday, July 27 at 6:00pm
Our Homes, Our Voices – National Day of Action
July 29th is National Day of Action for affordable homes, a call for our community to increase federal investments in affordable homes and community development. Join us in telling our elected officials why investing in affordable housing is vital to our communities and Coloradans.
Where: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, 2111 Champa St, Denver
When: Friday, July 28-Saturday, July 29
Colorado Lives On The Line Rally #ProtectOurCare
Join a coalition of groups to tell Congress not to take away our care! Gather in Denver for a massive nationwide day of action to lift the voices of the millions of Americans whose health care will be ripped away if Congress succeeds in its efforts to undermine affordable, quality care. Co-hosts will also have tables to provide information on how people can volunteer!
Where: 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, July 29 at 10:00am
Colorado Resistance Writing Workshop
Storytelling is another way in which we can turn our activism into real and meaningful change. Join likeminded folks who have a story to tell and want to move forward with sharing that story. We will meet on July 29th from 10 am to noon in the Theresa Dando Meeting room of the Sheridan Library on Oxford Ave.
Where: Sheridan Library, 3425 W. Oxford Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, July 29 at 10:00am
You’re Invited to Train to Lobby For Animals & Environmental Protection
Now, more than ever, citizen lobbying on Congressional legislation is critical to protecting wildlife and the environment! With frequent legislative attacks to dismantle the Endangered Species Act, revoke the Antiquities Act, drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, permit the use of horrific hunting tactics in wildlife refuges, rollback critical laws including the Clean Water Act, and open our public lands to oil and gas development, we need an army of passionate, knowledgeable, and skilled citizens to lobby Congress! Whether you are a novice or an expert lobbyist, this training, led by Defenders of Wildlife’s National Outreach Representative, Caitlin Cattelino, and supported by additional environmental and wildlife organizations, is for you! This will also be a great opportunity to meet other wildlife and environmental activists in your community! All are invited and encouraged to attend!
Where: Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church, 1100 Fillmore St, Denver
When: Sunday, July 30 at 11:00am
Thanks again for everything you’re doing to fight back—this week and every week. Remember to keep an eye on your inbox for breaking news that could come at any time. We’ll see you at this week’s events, and next week as the resistance goes on.