Final push to stop Trumpcare
We know you’re tired of fighting to save the Affordable Care Act. But this is the final push. The House’s AHCA bill is now under Senate review, behind closed doors, and they are planning a fast-tracked vote this month. We need to draw on our reserves and keep making those calls to Senators Cruz and Cornyn.
And let’s be honest about those guys: We know which way they are likely to vote. Cruz campaigned on repealing the ACA. Cornyn has made clear his intentions as well, calling data from the nonpartisan CBO “fake news.” But let’s make that vote difficult, even painful for them. Because the senators have a loose grasp on facts, and don’t seem to care that the AHCA would cause millions of Texans to lose their health insurance, let’s appeal to them on an emotional level.
Share your stories with the Senators. For example, how would losing Medicaid — and the Senate’s version of the bill is all about killing Medicaid — affect you or someone you know? Or perhaps you have a family member affected by the opioid crisis, which would be far worse without the ACA?
The point is to make it personal. The staffers who hear your voices and read your letters are human beings, and when enough of us share our stories, they cannot help but be affected.
In addition to calling, please start drafting a handwritten letter to both senators. We’re making plans to deliver these letters to senate offices over the next few weeks. Watch this space for more detail.
Sunday, June 11
12 to 3 p.m. Texas Equality March for Unity and Pride
Texas State Capitol
From the organizers:
The Texas Equality March will begin with a rally at 12 PM at the south steps of the Texas Capitol Building. We will hear from some hard-working activists, organizers, and leaders from across the state. Our lineup represents the beautiful and rich diversity of Texas’ LGBTQ+ communities, and we are humbled and honored to highlight their advocacy work in this context. Some of our speakers include Fatima Mann from Counter Balance ATX, Naushaba Patel from the Montrose Center, and Adonias Arevalo from United We Dream. We will also hear from Annise Parker, the former mayor of Houston, and the inimitable Ray Hill, whose activism has spanned the past five decades. After the rally, we will march through a circular downtown route: west on 11th St, south on Lavaca, east on 6th St, and north on Congress, ending at the Capitol.
Monday, June 12
6:30 to 8 p.m. Training: Twitter For Activists
Manchaca Library, 5500 Manchaca Road
Feel like a Twitter novice but want to learn how to use Twitter for activism? Come to this session with your phone or device handy and let’s get started!
TX21 Indivisible organizer Carolyn Foote will lead this educational session, which is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, June 13
6 to 9 p.m. I Am An Immigrant: Austin Training And Happy Hour
10900 Stonelake Boulevard
In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, FWD.us and the YWCA are partnering for an event for allies and immigrants alike.
- From 6:00-7:30 p.m. the YWCA will lead a training for allies
- From 7:30-9 p.m. join us for a happy hour celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month
Wednesday, June 14
National Stop #TrumpCare Senate Call-In Day
We’re doing this all week, but on this day let’s make our voices heard the loudest.
Sen. Cornyn 512-469-6034
Sen. Cruz 512-916-5834
Thursday, June 15
10 a.m. TrumpCare press conference from the Cover Texas Now Coalition
2 p.m. Stop TrumpCare at John Cornyn’s Office
WHAT TO BRING
Write a personal letter about how the ACA has impacted your life. Include your concerns about Trumpcare and backdoor dealings. Bring the letter to read out loud or simply hand it to the senator’s staffer. You don’t have to speak if you don’t want to, supporting others is just as important. Bring a relevant protest sign. Bring your friends!!! Bring your children and babies!!!! Get the word out. We need BIG NUMBERS in attendance!!
Thursday June 15th @ 2pm
Sen. Cornyn’s Central Austin Office
221 West Sixth Street
(We will be meeting in front of the building, near the corner of 6th and Lavaca)
Friday, June 16
Check back for additional events, and keep up with the calls/emails/faxes/letters to stop Trumpcare!
Saturday, June 17
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Deputy Voter Registrar Training
First United Universalist Church
4700 Grover Ln.
Sunday, June 18
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Resistance Needs Coffee – Wilco Indivisible
Cuppa Austin, 9225 Parmer Ln.
Join Casey for another round of The Resistance Needs Coffee! Bring your postcards, ideas, and righteous anger. Family members, friends, and children are always welcome. Come and go as you can.