Calls to Action – Call, Email, & Volunteer!

Call your elected leaders and ask them to fight Trumpcare!

Call your congressperson and tell them to fight Trumpcare. This bill disproportionately hurts seniors, rural America, and low-income individuals. Premium increases would particularly affect seniors and it’s estimated that approximately 24 million Americans would lose their health insurance as a result of Trumpcare’s implementation.

“Trumpcare is a disaster for Missouri. The Congressional Budget office estimates that 24 million Americans would lose their health insurance if it passes as it is now Arbitrary spending caps will particularly hurt rural areas here in Missouri. In your district alone, [insert number here] people will lose their health insurance. Don’t vote for any bill that increases the number of uninsured Americans or makes it more difficult for people with preexisting conditions to get coverage!”

Congressman Lacy Clay (202) 225-4535 48,400 Missourians in the 1st Congressional District will lose coverage.

Congresswoman Ann Wagner (202) 225-1621 – 35,600 Missourians in the 2nd Congressional District will lose coverage. 

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (202) 225-2956 – 38,800 Missourians in the 3rd Congressional District will lose their coverage.

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (202) 225-2876 – 39,900 Missourians in the 4th Congressional District will lose their coverage.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (202) 225-2406 – 42,800 Missourians in the 5th Congressional District will lose their coverage.

Congressman Sam Graves (202) 225-7041 – 39,200 Missourians in the 6th Congressional District will lose their coverage.

Congressman Billy Long (202) 225-6536 – 41,700 Missourians in the 7th Congressional District will lose their coverage.

Congressman Jason Smith (202) 225-4404 – 44,800 Missourians in the 8th Congressional District will lose their coverage. 

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Get your postcards postmarked today, with a 34 cent stamp on each one. If you don’t have postcards, make your own on heavy paper. Minimum size, 3.5 inches by 5 inches. Maximum, 4.25 inches by 6 inches.  On March 15th, each of us will mail Donald Trump a postcard that publicly expresses our opposition to him. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity and failure. We will show the media and the politicians what standing with him – and against us – means. And most importantly, we will bury the White House post office in pink slips, all informing Donnie that he’s fired.

Each of us – every protester from every march, each congress-calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer – if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well, you do the math.

No alternative fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day, with not a single nice thing to say.

So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest ill-wishes can pierce Donald’s famously thin skin. Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #TheIdesOfTrump.

Then, on March 15th, mail your messages to:

President (for now) Donald J. Trump, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

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Take Action Against the ACA Repeal Bill  

Action Steps:

Call, email, tweet House members

  • ALL House members need to hear from their constituents – the time is now to call your own representatives.

Talking Points:

  • The House Leadership bill is terrible for consumers. It guts the Medicaid program, makes coverage less affordable and strips consumer protections.
  • The legislation hurts seniors, children, low- and middle-income families and people living with disabilities.
  • Americans want Congress to improve the ACA, not dismantle it. You are ignoring your constituents and moving ahead with a bill that would make working families and the most vulnerable pay more for less in order to finance tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.

Resources:

Please feel free to share these resources with your coalition partners and grassroots networks:

  • Community Catalyst’s Take Action page. On our page, you can;  
  • Find the contact information of U.S. House members, and
  • Use a template call script and e-mail for their representatives and senators.

Sample Social:

TWITTER:

The #ACARepeal bill guts the Affordable Care Act + slashes Medicaid. Your reps and senators need to hear from you:   http://bit.ly/2mnp1ci. [@REP/SEN XX] needs to oppose the #ACARepeal for the millions of women, children, families + seniors that would be affected negatively by it.

The #ACARepeal bill would substantially decrease financial assistance for low- and middle-income consumers:  http://bit.ly/2mnp1ci.

The #ACARepeal would reduce tax credits, create higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs and undermine protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

The #ACARepeal gives huge tax cuts to the wealthiest + drug, insurance companies – not the health security they promised:   http://bit.ly/2mnp1ci.

The latest #ACARepeal bill is not even broadly agreed upon within the party – tell your members of Congress to #ProtectOurCare: http://bit.ly/2mnp1ci.

FACEBOOK:

GENERAL ACA POST:

Here are some of the impacts the #ACARepeal bill would have on you, your family and [STATE-ians]. This bill would mean reductions of coverage and increasing costs for millions of seniors, low-income families, people with disabilities and children. Additionally, the bill would reduce tax credits, create higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs and undermine protections for those with pre-existing conditions – making coverage unaffordable for millions. As long threatened, this bill would defund Planned Parenthood, ripping away cancer screenings and preventative health services from millions of low-income women. This plan would benefit drug companies, insurers and provide health savings accounts for the rich. Americans want Congress to improve the ACA, not dismantle it. 

MEDICAID FOCUSED POST:

The #ACARepeal bill would make it impossible for [OUR/OTHER] state[s] to continue Medicaid expansion, meaning [MILLIONS/THOUSANDS] fewer would have coverage. This bill also makes huge cuts to Medicaid and radically restructures the program, shifting responsibility and costs back to the states – meaning reductions of coverage and increasing costs for millions of seniors, low-income families, people with disabilities and children. 

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Tell Ann Wagner: Protect The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Remember the Wells Fargo scandal in which hundreds of fake brokerage accounts were opened in the names of customers who had no knowledge of them but were subject to fees and costs for them?  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was instrumental in uncovering, investigating and levying hefty fines for these unconscionable acts of greed and dishonesty.  CFPB, created after the Great Recession to regulate Wall Street, has returned nearly $12 billion back to over 29 million consumers from companies that broke the law, like Wells Fargo.

Imagine, if that agency had not been there last year – those bogus accounts may still be operating, more would likely have been opened and Wells Fargo would still be stealing millions of dollars from its own customers.

Something like this could happen again if our elected officials decide unilaterally that the federal government has no business regulating business.  It could happen again when one elected official decides to champion unfettered corporate profiteering at the expense of her constituents.  Representative Wagner has been an active vocal opponent of this agency and would like to weaken it, if not outright dismantle it.  Her actions could lead to another Wells Fargo-like incident, a company fleecing its own customers with impunity. . . if we let her take them.  (Incidentally, Wells Fargo contributes large sums of money to her campaign coffers.)

But, we must not let her. MoPIRG (Missouri Public Interest Research Group) is mounting a phone campaign to contact Congressperson Wagner and implore her to take a more civic-minded and less corporate-centric stance on protecting consumers from predatory, parasitic, profiteering.   (MoPIRG And The Federation Of State Public Interest Research Groups are independent, state-based, citizen-funded organizations that advocate for the public interest.  MoPIRG is a member of U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups.) 

Congressperson Wagner’s Phone numbers are: 

Ballwin office (636) 779-5449,  or  Washington D.C. office: (202) 225-1621

Here’s a sample call script:

Hi, my name is _____. I am a constituent who lives in (town & zip), and I am concerned that Rep. Wagner wants to weaken the CFPB. It is a successful and accountable agency – attacks against it serve the big Wall Street banks and other financial companies like payday lenders. Instead of siding with them, she should side with us. She should oppose changes to the agency’s leadership structure, funding, or oversight authority. Thank you.

(Reporter’s Note:  Our experience calling these numbers is that the calls are answered by a pleasant and polite sounding staffer who takes a message.  Call takes less than 20 seconds.   But we received no indication that the message is relayed to the Congressperson.  CALL ANYWAY.  CALL EARLY.  CALL OFTEN.  TELL YOUR FRIENDS.) 

MoPIRG would like to keep track of the number of calls that were made.  Please let them know by sending a confirmation to Erin Goodyear at egoodyear@mopirg.org once you’ve made the call.

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Chesterfield Township Democrats Club

The Chesterfield Township Democrats Club will be holding monthly meetings in conference Room 101 at Chesterfield City Hall, 690 Chesterfield Parkway West. The meetings will take place on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. Our first meeting will be on February 7, 2017.

Everyone is invited to attend!

Twitter account: @CFieldDems

Facebook: Chesterfield Township Democrats, click here

Marti Maurer, Committeewoman and Brian Legate, Committeeman

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Missouri Democratic Party Standing Committees

The Missouri Democratic Party is  looking for people willing to serve on the MDP’s standing committees. You need to be dedicated to helping the party succeed in 2018 and beyond. This would be a 2 year term if you are selected and appointed by the new state party Chair.  

The MDP state committee will be holding its reorganization meeting & electing new state officers in early December.  The appointments will be made within 60 days of the election in early December.  The meetings of these committees vary and members will decide when and where to meet.  If you are interested, please contact the MDP or the newly-elected Chair, specifying the committee on which you wish to serve and providing information about related experience or passion for the preferred committee.  

We suggest emailing the new Chair, Stephen Webber, at swebber@missouridems.org and/or info@missouridems.org.

There is so much work to do in order to change the course of our state.  Democrats are needed who are willing to work, work, work!

A list of the standing committees can be found on the party website in the Bylaws, Section I.07.

SECTION 1.01 – We the members of the Missouri Democratic State Committee, united in common purpose, dedicate ourselves to the historic principles which have sustained our party through the years to make it the oldest, sustained political…
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