MAY INITIATIVES

Keep up to date on the congressional hearings on Russian interference.  If history/Watergate tells us anything, they are going to be long and tedious. The entire congressional Watergate hearings were aired on TV for 2 weeks.

If you do nothing at all this month, make an appointment to see your senator & congressional representative.

·       If your reps are Democrats, ask them some hard hitting questions like:

o   How far along are the Democrats in developing a health care package that will serve the people, not the health care industry?

o   What are you personally doing to build a bridge across the aisles?

o   We need you to publicly denounce Trump’s racist & sexist agenda every chance you get. Why? Because you never know what sound bite or pull quote is going to stick & go viral. (see Jimmy Kimmel’s viral monologue or Representative Labrador (R-ID) proclamation that no one dies from lack of healthcare).

·       If your rep is a Republican, feel free to tell them:

o   Their vote in favor of an unfinished Bill is a violation of their oath to serve the people. For that reason they will not be elected.

o   Their silence reads as complacency on all the scandals swirling around Trump (his lies & exaggerations, unconstitutional executive orders, ties with Russia).

 

Project Healthcare

We need to flood our elected officials with personal stories. We’ve already made hundreds of thousands of calls.  Now it’s time to send hundreds of thousands of messages. In this case, long, personal letters will work best. Include photos, copies of bills, old hospital bracelets or empty pill bottles--send an entire scrap book of your pre-existing condition— the bigger the package the more difficult it is to ignore (emails & letters get tailed, but not necessarily read).  Organize Letter Writing Circles: Think Betsy Ross sewing circles --only with lap tops & a really good color printer.  Betsy organized sewing circles where ladies made flags for the Resistance.  You can organize an evening of writing for the Resistance.  Print, package & stamp thick manila envelopes with your personal stories and send them to your House Representative and Senator’s DC office.

Congress is busy (supposedly) writing a new healthcare plan, but there are plenty of things we can do now.  Shortly we’ll start coordinated campaigns to pressure networks & print publishers to refuse pharmaceutical company ads. (These are not permitted in the EU, btw).

Send us your ideas for other places we can use our collective consumer power to create change. Money talks and we’re the ones holding the wallet. So we’re circumventing legislation and going directly to the source.  (example: Michael Moore’s pressure got Walmart to quit selling ammunition without legislative support; Bill O’Reilly was fired without a formal investigation…)