Scum and Villainy in Congress

 

It was merely one week ago when Jimmy Kimmel used his opening monologue to tearfully share the story of his newborn’s heart defect and make a plea to all to support health care. In the days following, we say think pieces and musings about how Kimmel’s passionate plea would affect the outcome of the renewed ACA Repeal (and Replace but not really, who are they kidding?) bill.

We got that answer of course when the House voted to kill people. I’m positive that sounds overly dramatic to some people but it’s really not. Just yesterday someone on Twitter explained to me that no one is going to die from ACA repeal because it’s illegal for an ER to refuse anyone treatment. They do chemotherapy in emergency rooms now?
“Everyone will have access to healthcare” does not equal “Everyone will be able to get healthcare they can afford.”

In the day and even hours leading up to the repeal vote, every resistance organizer’s newsletter was urging everyone to pick up their phone and call their congressional rep. At this point, some of us are burnt out with phone calling when we know it isn’t going to do any good for our particular representative. You can tell when it’s doing good to call and when it’s not.

I mean, when your rep is someone like Tom Reed? Save your breath. His staff is wonderful and courteous, for what it’s worth. Reed himself is one of those congresspersons who held town halls with enormous turnout where his constituents told him very clearly not to vote “yes” to repeal ACA. There certainly wasn’t anyone at those town halls begging him to vote yes. You would literally hear conversations where Reed would say, “ACA is terrible and doesn’t work for many people” and have several people reply, “ACA saved my life” and Reed would be like, “I respect that we have a difference of opinion.” It became crystal clear to me that he was not listening and would not be acting on our behalf. The last correspondence I had with Rep Tom Reed was to tell him it would be my personal mission to make sure he doesn’t get reelected. I already started with my Mom. This was easy. All I had to do was tell her he was a Yankees fan. He will not get her vote for sure now.

Then this past weekend, after voting to repeal ACA, Tom Reed bravely held more town halls to try to defend his vote. People weren’t happy. He lied to a 14 year old diabetic boy about preexisting conditions. He also lied to a kidney donor.
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Those links are all videos so you can see this awful man in action.

So, if you didn’t call your Congressperson because that’s the same nonsense you have in your district, I get it.  You’ll get no reprimand from me. Moving forward, we’ll see what the Senate comes up with and resist accordingly.  Maybe they’ll be more persuaded by Kimmel’s plea and only put forth something that passes The Kimmel Test.

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ICYMI Post-Election News: Weekend Edition for Nov 19 & 20

People want to be informed about what’s happening w/ the president-elect but they may not have time to follow all the news or for their own self-care, are limiting their exposure to social media right now. These ICYMI updates will be basic bullet points of the daily happenings with call to actions. I will generally just post the news  without my own commentary. I will include essays and thoughts from around the web after the news portion to give perspectives from marginalized folks.

 

Weekend of November 19- 20

Action Alerts 

This week is a short week due to Thanksgiving break so calls should be made ASAP.

  • New Yorkers! Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office is taking a concerned citizens’ tally so she can use it on the floor against Bannon. CALL. You can call any of her offices throughout the state, no matter where you live so if you get a busy signal on one just go down this list of numbers till you get through:
    Hudson Valley: (845) 875-4585
    Albany: (518) 431-0120
    Buffalo: (716) 854-9725
    Long Island: (631) 249-2825
    New York City: (212) 688-6262
    North Country: (315) 376-6118
    Rochester: (585) 263-6250
    Syracuse: (315) 448-0470*My note* One of her offices said that she is NOT doing any such tally and I didn’t get a clear clarification yet but either way, you can still call to voice concern about Bannon
  • Call your Congressman and state reps to voice concern about Bannon as Chief Stategist , Jeff Sessions as Attorney General,and whatever other appointments are objectionable to you.
  • Call the House Oversight Committee. Rep. Elijah Cummings is calling for a bipartisan review of the financial arrangements Trump has made for his businesses to ensure there’s no conflict of interest. 202-225-5074 & can also call Chaffetz directly, (801) 851-2500.
    If it’s easier for you, you can use a script like this:
    “I’m —- —– , a constituent calling to let the committee know that I support Rep. Elijah Cummings’s call for a bipartisan review of Trump’s “financial arrangements” for potential conflicts of interest before he’s sworn in as president. Please ask Chairman Chaffetz to immediately begin conducting a review to ensure that President-elect Trump does not have any actual or perceived conflicts of interests. I want the Committee to make sure Trump and his advisers comply with all legal and regulatory ethical requirements.”
  • Speaker Paul Ryan has a survey about ACA. It was closed last week but reopened at a new number. This one is super easy. No talking involved, just press the number after the prompt. Also, when you call, there’s no sign that it’s connecting. The line is silent. You just have to hang on for a moment or two to wait for the voice recording. The new number is  Call (202) 225 – 3031. You can also leave a voice mail if you choose
  • This Twitter list is every rep who tweets. If you’re not familiar with Twitter lists, it’s a separate timeline of tweets just from specific users added to that list. While tweeting back at these reps isn’t effective, it’s been helpful for me to check in to get an idea of where certain reps are at.
  • If possible, support your local abortion fund.

Resources

Free legal help for transgender people

 

Other reads

Steve Bannon is the Racist Far-Right Internet Personified — and He Hates Women and Gay People, Too

The BGD Podcast 11.16.16: Donald Trump Got Elected, What Now?

TRUMPLED , Or OMG WHAT HAVE WHITE PEOPLE DONE?

 

I’ve been seeing this Dylan Thomas quote shared a lot during the past week. The poem is about death but it’s nice how it fits to resistance of other things as well.
(My 1st born is named after Dylan Thomas, so it does give me some warm & fuzzies)

 


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