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Week of May 7, 2017


ACTION 1: Support CA Single-Payer Health Care Bill - SB 562
Special thanks to Solidarity Sundays North Beach for help with this action.

The Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on 5/22 on CA SB 562 - the single payer healthcare bill - before the bill moves to a full Senate vote by early June. NOW is the time to be a cheerleader for this bill.


PLEASE THANK THE LEADERS
Authors: Senator Ricardo Lara and Senator Toni Atkins the lead authors. Co-authors include Senators Benjamin Allen, Cathleen Galgiani, Mike McGuire, Nancy Skinner, and Scott Wiener, and assembly members:.Rob Bonta, David Chiu, Laura Friedman, Ash Kalra, Kevin McCarty, Adrin Nazarian, Mark Stone, and Tony Thurmond.

PLEASE CONTACT THE Sentate APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE (listed below) to express your enthusiastic support for the bill and to thank them for theirs. Then call OUR LOCAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS/SENATORS and GOVERNOR

Senator Ricardo Lara (Chair) (lead author)
Senator Patricia Bates (Vice Chair)
Senator Jim Beall
Senator Steven Bradford
Senator Jerry Hill
Senator Jim Nielsen
Senator Scott Wiener (co-author)

Here is the script we can send via email, tweet, postcard, or letter:

To: the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and Governor Jerry Brown

Every Californian deserves guaranteed health care. But even with the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, over three million Californians still lack health insurance. They’re our parents, children, grandparents, neighbors, co-workers, and community members.

The Affordable Care Act is currently under attack leaving even more millions at greater risk of being left uninsured. California has the resilience to lead the nation to provide an amazing example of single payer insurance

That’s why I’m calling on you to enact the Healthy California Act (SB 562), which would create a universal health care system in California. Everyone would be guaranteed the health care they need. Health care costs would go down. And health care decisions would never again be decided by private insurers’ profit margins.

BACKGROUND: http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/california-single-payer-bill-sb-562-clears-first-hurdle/

ACTION 2: Donate to opponents of Swing District Republicans who voted for Trumpcare 

The House just passed Trumpcare with 35 votes from representatives in Swing Districts. (See the full list.)

Make them regret voting for Trump's disastrous agenda—every donation you make will be split evenly among these 35 Swing District Funds, which will be handed over to the the eventual Democratic nominees running against these Republicans. (10% of the total donation will go to Swing Left's national efforts.)

(If you’d prefer to make a different allocation, just email your donation amount, name, and preferred allocation to districtfunds@swingleft.org after you’ve made your donation.)

Swing Left: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ahca-reps?refcode=med_20170504

NOTE: All Republicans from Californian voted YES on Trumpcare. Feel free to send them a card to let them know what you think of their vote. They are:
VULNERABLE /CA-10 Jeff DENHAM (won 51.7% of votes)
VULNERABLE /CA-25 Steve KNIGHT (won 53% of votes)
VULNERABLE/CA-49 Darrell ISSA (won 51% of votes)
VULNERABLE /CA-22 Devin Nunes (won 68% of votes) wiretapping investigation
VULNERABLE /CA-50 Duncan HUNTER (won 61% of votes) potential misuse of campaign funds
CA-1 Doug LaMalfa (won 59% of votes in 2016)
CA-8 Paul Cook (won 62% of votes in 2016)
CA-21 David Valadao (won 59% of votes in 2016)
CA-39 Ed Royce (won 57% of votes in 2016)
CA-42 Ken Calvert (won 59% of votes in 2016)
CA-4 Tom McClintock (won 63% of votes in 2016)
CA-23 Kevin McCarthy (won 69% of votes in 2016)
CA-45 Mimi Walters (won 59% of votes in 2016)
CA-48 Dana Rohrabacher (won 58% of votes in 2016)

 

ACTION #3: SEND LOVE TO LONE ABORTION CLINICS ACROSS THE U.S. 
(Note: Thanks to Solidarity Sundays for this action)

As of early May, there are seven states in the U.S. that have only ONE abortion clinic: West Virginia, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kentucky, Missouri, Wyoming. That is almost 10% of states in the continental U.S. Kentucky is on the verge of losing its ONLY clinic—in September a federal judge will determine whether the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville can stay open or not. Today, we will send some love and solidarity to these clinics and the staffers who keep them going.

Write a short note to each clinic, thanking them for their invaluable work and bravery. Ask how you can best support them (be sure to include your return address or contact info if you’d like a reply, esp if you’re using a postcard!)

West Virginia: 
Women’s Health Center of West Virginia
510 W Washington St, 
Charleston WV 25302

Mississippi: 
Jackson Women’s Health Org.
2903 N State St, 
Jackson, MS 39216

North Dakota: 
Red River Women’s Clinic
512 1st Ave N, 
Fargo, ND 58102

South Dakota: 
Planned Parenthood--Sioux Falls Clinic
6511 W 41st St, 
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

Kentucky: 
EMW Women’s Surgical Center
136 West Market Street, 
Louisville, KY 40202

Missouri:
Planned Parenthood
4251 Forest Park Ave, 
St. Louis, MO 63108

Wyoming:
Blue Mountain Clinic
610 N. California St
Missoula, Montana 59802

Earlier Event: April 30
Week of April 30, 2017
Later Event: May 14
Week of May 14