Category Archives: Women’s Circle to Resist Trump

Napa Affordable Housing a Major Issue

I just signed the petition, “Napa County Board of Supervisors: Housing at Old Sonoma Road.” It’s important that we let our county supervisors know that providing housing that is affordable is important.  Will you sign it too?

Please share with your friends.

Please sign the petition.  Here’s the link:

https://www.change.org/p/napa-county-board-of-supervisors-housing-at-old-sonoma-road?utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_campaign=petition_signer_receipt&share_context=signature_receipt&recruiter=15535088

Posted at the request of Sharon Macklin, founding member of Progressive Women of Napa Valley



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RED ALERT: STOP McCONNELL’S LATEST VERSION OF TRUMPCARE

Today, Mitch McConnell introduced version 2 of Trumpcare and we must act NOW to stop this bill dead in it’s tracks.

McConnell is effectively giving  nothing on either the bill’s astonishingly brutal Medicaid cuts, or on the broader structure of how the bill treats the exchanges. It does sound like this new version would scale back a few tax cuts for the wealthy, and pump extra money into stabilizing insurance markets and combating the opioid epidemic. But that’s it.

The most critical senators are in Nevada, Maine and Ohio.  If you know  anyone in those states, please reach out and have them contact their senators – NOW!

 

URGE THESE SENATORS TO SAVE HEALTH CARE

These  senators are most likely to vote against Trumpcare. They need to hear from you. Call and tweet their offices right now to tell them not to take our health care away.

Sen. Dean Heller (NV)

Sen. Susan Collins (ME)

Sen. Rob Portman (OH)



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Pledge Time: If Mueller is fired mobilize IMMEDIATELY

If Robert Mueller gets the axe it’s essential that we drop everything and become visible — hundreds of thousands of us within 10 minutes, millions within two hours. We will need to hit the streets, at once:  Do not pass GO, do not bother to collect $200 from George Soros.  But most important, DO NOT HESITATE.

There will be anger and it must be seen, but even more important than that, it will need to be channeled into non-violent means of protest. We have to be prepared for that. We need to set the tone — we can’t afford to leave this one to chance.

Be ready. Pass the word. May we not need to actually do this, but if we do our reaction should be instantaneous, peaceful, and massive. It is possible for Congress to reestablish an Independent Prosecutor position if Trump has Mueller fired, but Republicans will hesitate to do so. Only the scale of our reaction can force their hand to do so.  But we must represent the non violent affirmation of democracy’s spirit through our highly visible presence, one that can resonate with true patriots everywhere, regardless of their party affiliation. Our manifest resolve to do this, if needed, could even be what finally deters a dismissal that would trigger this event.

If we are forced to respond it should be as close to a General Strike as our nation in its current state can muster — but I wouldn’t call it that, rather it’s a mass mobilization display of our resolve. The goal isn’t to shut down our economy anywhere — just to demonstrate the breadth and strength of our resistance to another “Saturday Night Massacre” and the constitutional crisis that one would inevitably plunge America into barring swift Congressional intervention. We owe this response to multiple past generations of Americans who preserved a working Democracy for us to have and pass on to future generations of Americans.

None of this is because any of us can know with certainty what Robert Mueller may or may not find if allowed to do his job, I trust in his integrity to be guided by the facts. Rather it is because we do know with certainty that, in a Democracy, no Ruler can dictate which rules govern them, or who is allowed to question their conduct while in office.

If Robert Mueller is fired, Into the streets. Everywhere. Instantaneously. Simultaneously: PEACEFUL MASS RESISTANCE.

Spread the word..



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RED ALERT: Stop Trumpcare While We Can

A vote in the US Senate will likely happen within days on the terrible, reckless Trump/GOP Replacement (aka Trumpcare). We CAN stop this bill!  Take action to help stop this bill that will rip insurance away from 23 million and will gut preexisting condition protections. Let’s flood Senators’ offices with a TIDAL WAVE of calls NOW to bury Trumpcare once and for all. Call and send a letter to your Senator and tell them to vote “NO” ➜ (844) 856-9449 and https://goo.gl/yIOmT2

See what Senator Claire has to say:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRt7tqlD-og

Senate Republicans are pushing desperately this week to find a health care plan they can coalesce around — but hopes are fading, even among lawmakers.

Senator Mitch McConnell Setting up secretive health care bill

Instead, observers in Washington think the Senate is preparing to take a failed vote that would bring a seven-year quest to repeal and replace Obamacare to a spectacular but definitive end.

It’s the “show them a body” strategy.

“I think the destination is already set. But what’s the path?” one Republican health care lobbyist, who asked for anonymity to speak candidly, told me. “They have to be able to show the electorate a body, to say that they tried and failed.”

That’s not Republicans’ preference, of course. Senators have been talking for a month and are reviewing more detailed policy options this week, as the pressure mounts for them to find a plan that can win support from 50 of the 52 Senate Republicans — which would still allow Vice President Mike Pence to be the tie-breaking vote. After House Republicans found a way to pass a bill, senators don’t want to be the ones responsible for failing to undo Obamacare.

Republicans have campaigned for years on repealing the law that they’ve derided as a government takeover of health care. Their base expects it and President Donald Trump is pushing hard to get a policy win after a tumultuous first few months in office. But now, with the time coming to make the tough policy decisions to enact their own vision for US health care, Senate Republicans are struggling to unite around a plan.

Senate Republicans are pushing desperately this week to find a health care plan they can coalesce around — but hopes are fading, even among lawmakers.

Instead, observers in Washington think the Senate is preparing to take a failed vote that would bring a seven-year quest to repeal and replace Obamacare to a spectacular but definitive end.

It’s the “show them a body” strategy.

“I think the destination is already set. But what’s the path?” one Republican health care lobbyist, who asked for anonymity to speak candidly, told me. “They have to be able to show the electorate a body, to say that they tried and failed.”

That’s not Republicans’ preference, of course. Senators have been talking for a month and are reviewing more detailed policy options this week, as the pressure mounts for them to find a plan that can win support from 50 of the 52 Senate Republicans — which would still allow Vice President Mike Pence to be the tie-breaking vote. After House Republicans found a way to pass a bill, senators don’t want to be the ones responsible for failing to undo Obamacare.

Republicans have campaigned for years on repealing the law that they’ve derided as a government takeover of health care. Their base expects it and President Donald Trump is pushing hard to get a policy win after a tumultuous first few months in office. But now, with the time coming to make the tough policy decisions to enact their own vision for US health care, Senate Republicans are struggling to unite around a plan.

(Articled copied from VOX:  https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/6/15741986/senate-republicans-obamacare-repeal-vote-show-em-a-body)



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Jon Ossoff for Congress!

Dear friends:

A reminder that we are starting our series of phone banks, calling for Jon Ossoff of Georgia (see dates and times below). Jon Ossoff is a Democrat running for the Congressional seat vacated by Tom Price, now Health and Human Services Secretary and in charge of eviscerating the affordable Care Act, in the 6th District of Georgia (northeast of Atlanta). This very important run-off election will take place on June 20, 2017 and early voting is already happening. Jon is running approximately 6 percentage points ahead of the Republican candidate but the pundits are describing the race as a dead heat. The 6th Congressional district of Georgia has been held by a Republican since 1965. The Republicans are bringing the big guns to counteract Jon’s momentum: robocalls by Trump, campaign visits by Pence and Ryan. WE NEED TO BRING IT as well! Winning this seat would be a remarkable achievement for all progressive citizens of our nation. Jon Ossof has the endorsement of John Lewis of Georgia, famed 1960s civil right activist, and will be a wonderful addition to the national conversation as well as for the citizens of Georgia.

Please bring a cell phone, and tablet or laptop: this is a virtual phone bank and everything you need to make calls will be on the screen.

The dates for the phone banks are:
6/3: 11 am – 3 pm;
6/4: 11 am – 3 pm;
6/10: 11 am – 3 pm;
6/11: 11 am – 3 pm;
6/17: 11 am – 3 pm;
6/18: 11 am – 3 pm;
6/20: 7 am – 9 am & 11 am – 1 pm (Election Day!!!)

Place: 1040 Main Street, Suite 302

Please call / text / e-mail Sheila Barry, (707) 337-2716 or sheila@cohowines.com to sign up for a shift.

Read about Jon here: electjon.com Jon is running against Republican, Karen Handel.



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Rally to Win SB 562 – Medicare for All

There are less than ten days left for the California State Senate to bring SB 562 to the floor for a vote. Also known as the Healthy California Act, this Medicare for All bill would guarantee health care to all Californians, regardless of their income.

We are rallying on the steps of the Capitol building in Sacramento this Friday, the first day of the California Democratic Convention, to tell the State Senate to vote “Yes!” on SB 562. Joining with Healthy California and the California Nurses Association, we’re making it crystal clear that we expect Democrats to support Medicare for All. It’s a moral imperative for which we are all responsible. Join us at the Rally to Win SB 562.

Rally to Win SB 562
Capitol West Steps
1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Friday, May 19, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT

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Medicare for All is within reach in California. If you can’t attend the rally, please call your State Senator and tell them to pass SB 562 before the end of their session next Friday, May 26.

Folks without health insurance want to see their elected officials be proactive, not reactive. They cannot afford for us to wait around for the GOP to strip away health care first, and then react only once the problem has gotten worse. Building power is about making the change, not reacting to it. That’s how we win.

We need to pass Medicare for All in California, and we have a good chance of accomplishing it before next Friday. But insurance lobbyists and corporate Democrats are trying to defeat this bill — we can’t allow that to happen.

Call your state senator today and tell them to bring SB 562 to a vote and pass it this session. We’re not going to wait for the problem to get worse when we can do something to fix it now.

We have to rely on one another to make real change possible. People are counting on us to make the difference here — let’s win SB 562 for all of us.

In solidarity,

Nina Turner
Board Member
Our Revolution



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Health Care for All – Napa Chapter

Working toward starting a Napa chapter of Health Care for All.

The goal is single payer health care, which means eliminating the 25 or so percent of our health care dollar that goes to private insurance companies, not to our medical care. Now we’re working on SB562, The Healthy California Act, which goes to appropriations in the next two weeks and then to the Senate for a vote.

If you’re interested, we look forward to hearing from you. And thanks!

Email:  info@naparesist.com



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Uniting to Protect Immigrant Rights

From the Opinion section of the Napa Valley Register:

  • Harjit Khaira

Women’s March Napa Valley held yet another impassioned community town hall meeting last Sunday at the First United Methodist Church with a distinguished 10-member panel and a respectable audience.

Each panelist touched on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) raids that are stoking fear in the hearts of our immigrant populace, particularly among those who are undocumented.

Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza stressed the need to work together and promote a message of unity while some audience members demanded more action from local officials and particularly from the Chamber of Commerce, the Napa Valley Vintners, wineries, grapegrowers and the vast hospitality industry.

Retired lawyer and audience member Preston Shackleford passionately delivered a message beseeching these industries to speak up and step up to help immigrants, regardless of their documentation status, as these very immigrants are the ones who enable such industries to thrive.

She expressed the need to protect vulnerable immigrants and held that once ICE is at an undocumented immigrant’s door, their rights are gone and they may not get to say goodbye to their family or have proper legal due process.

The current immigration crisis was interpreted as allegorizing “Napa’s second earthquake” with Shackleford emphasizing the need for strategic tactics by creating “sanctuary churches” to protect families and vehemently summoning the community to rise up as it did after the last earthquake.

Audience member Sharon Macklin followed with a timely question to the panel, “Who have you reached out to in the industry?

If you haven’t, can you do so?” Supervisor Pedroza answered that he would try to have more of a “direct ask” of these industries and how they can be more proactive.

Of particular importance was the openness of both Napa Chief of Police Steve Potter and Napa Sheriff John Robertson who attended in full uniform to explain law enforcement’s policies of never asking for immigration status when interviewing people in our community. Robertson pointed out that Napa is special and unique because “we truly work together with the community with open discussion.” Steve Potter thoughtfully added that they try to be present at community events and encourage all people, including minorities to attend and speak up at such Town Hall meetings. He has been witnessing much fear in children who are afraid of their parents being detained and deported.

Local pediatrician Joseph Carrillo added that he has seen an increase amongst children suffering anxiety, behavioral issues and not wanting to go to school. He believes that much of the trauma children are feeling and experiencing is due to the fear surrounding possible deportation, and unfortunately most physician offices do not have social workers or therapists. He touched on therapy for children in schools through puppetry to help them deal with fear and create a safe space.

Both Potter and Robertson talked about local law enforcement’s efforts in creating trust with local communities and all neighborhoods.

Potter relayed to the audience the difficulties they face when ICE goes on a raid and represents themselves as “local police.” ICE essentially takes advantage of the trust that the local law enforcement has worked hard to build.

ICE uses a ruse to get people to come out of their homes to arrest them.

Robertson doubled down emphasizing that when ICE is portrayed as homeland security in the media with their uniforms boldly declaring, “POLICE,” it diminishes the trust between the immigrant community and the local police. Robertson and Potter wear their uniforms with pride and want to educate and help immigrant communities and build deeper trust.

Melissa Patrino, executive director or Puertas Abiertas, a community resource center working hand in hand with Latinos has remained steadfast and active in responding to the vulnerable needs of the community.

She commented that ICE is a rogue agency with a list of people they are targeting and will persist with their raids even if it is a sanctuary city. Patrino discussed the difficulty of obtaining legal status. Most undocumented immigrants are hard-working, good people who have been in the U.S. for decades paying taxes.

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Yet it remains a difficult and arduous road to obtaining legal status for most. Despite anyone’s stance on immigration, it is reasonable to agree that all people should be treated with dignity, respect and with due process despite their immigration status.

Irit Weir, organizer of the Women’s March Napa Valley, announced that if anyone knows undocumented immigrants in critical danger of deportation, an Advocacy Authorization form can be obtained from Congressman Mike Thompson’s office/website.

It can be submitted to his office or to Puertas Abiertas. Potter added that if ICE is at one’s front door claiming to be local police, the local police dispatch number (257-9223) can be called to confirm whether the local police are in fact at their door. Napa local police stressed the desire to partner with neighborhoods to create dialogue and openness.

If community members want to host a gathering of locals, they are happy to attend and talk to all people.

The panel was markedly diverse, with Karla Marquez (Dream Team Organizer), Gabriela Ramirez (Vice Principal of Napa Valley Language Academy, NVLA), Liliana Navarro (Latinos Unidos) and Melissa Patrino (Executive Director of Puertas Abiertas) sharing their raw stories and adversities they overcame. Alfredo Pedroza (Napa County Supervisor) and Jill Techel (Napa Mayor) stressed the need to create more dialogue and a community of problem solvers. Madeline Feldon (attorney for the International Institute of the Bay Area, IIBA) and Dr. Joseph Carrillo (local pediatrician) both discussed the stress and anxiety they have observed in children with undocumented family members.

They offered their respective legal and medical services to aid those in need.

Steve Potter (Napa Chief of Police) and John Robertson (Napa Sheriff) have increasingly taken a more active role in reaching out to the Latino population and being accessible at this critical time in our seemingly divided nation.

Harjit Khaira is a writer from Napa and a participant in the Women’s March.



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From Indivisible: Enough is Enough: Stop TrumpCare

We lost a battle, here’s how we win the war.

Back in November, the word in D.C. was that the Affordable Care Act was a goner. Smart Washington politicos thought Trump might have a repeal bill ready to sign on his first day on the job. The House had voted to repeal it dozens of times. Obama had to veto it once. But Trump is still waiting. Even after the House’s vote, Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. The legislative fight continues, and it only gets harder for Trump now. Because of you.

It’s hard to overstate how cruel this bill is. Simply put, Republicans got TrumpCare passed in the House today by making it more extreme. They had to convince the uber-conservatives in the Freedom Caucus to vote for it, so they had to make it even crueler. The original failed TrumpCare bill last month stripped healthcare from 24 million Americans. But that wasn’t enough for them. The new bill builds on that by:

  • Gutting protections for pre-existing conditions
  • Eliminating services for special needs kids in schools
  • Letting insurers effectively charge women more than men

In short, TrumpCare is a moral monstrosity.

The House is a majoritarian institution—the party in power sets the rules and decides what gets a vote and when the vote happens. Trump’s lackeys are pulling the puppet strings, so everybody assumed they’d jam through TrumpCare and that’d be that. But it wasn’t. Something that should have taken them days instead took MONTHS. And that’s because resistance groups across the country stood indivisible. We defeated the bill last month together. We grinded the process down to a snail’s pace. We won for months against a unified conservative government on their number one legislative priority. We proved how powerful constituents are. The next steps are much harder—and we’re going to be there, every step of the way, until this bill collapses under the weight of its own lies and cruelty.

New resources to fight back.

This is our chance to provide feedback to our representatives.  If your MoC voted for TrumpCare, it is critical that YOU hold him/her accountable for every one of the terrible provisions in the bill. To help you make your voice heard, we’ve put together updated and new resources:

We’re standing indivisible with you.

This is a raw moment for many of us. Indivisible team members have pre-existing conditions themselves, or have children or family members who would be directly harmed by TrumpCare. We know many of you are in the same boat. This is real, and this is scary. But we also know that we’ve succeeded for months because Indivisible groups across the country have been fighting back on their home turf. That’s how we’re going to keep fighting, and the Indivisible team is going to keep supporting that local power and leadership. We’re with you, and together we will win.



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ACA Current Phone List – CALL NOW

Staff is answering the phone at lots of these
The healthcare vote is going to be incredibly close. The The New York Times has a up to date whip count of how Republicans stand to vote. Please check to see if your rep is on the list and make some calls.
Specifically pay attention to the ‘undecided or unclear’ list:
AK-1: Don Young, (907) 271-5978, @RepDonYoung
CA-21: David Valadao 202-225-4695, @RepDavidValadao
CA-25: Steve Knight, (202) 225-1956, @SteveKnight25
CA-49: Darrell Issa, (202) 225-3906, @DarrellIssa
CO-6: Mike Coffman, (202) 225-7882, @RepMikeCoffman
FL-18: Brian Mast, (202) 225-3026, @RepBrianMast
FL-25: Mario Diaz-Balart, (202) 225-4211, @MarioDB
FL-26: Carlos Curbelo, (202) 225-2778, @RepCurbelo
IA-4 Steve King: (202) 225-4426 @SteveKingIA
IL-6 Peter Roskam: (202) 225-4561 @PeterRoskam
IL-16: Adam Kinzinger: (202) 225-3635 @RepKinzinger
IN-5 Susan W. Brooks: (202) 225-2276 @susanwbrooks
KS-3 Kevin Yoder: (202) 225-2865 @RepKevinYoder
ME-2 Bruce Poliquin: (202) 225-6306 @RepPoliquin
MI-3 Justin Amash: (202) 225-3831 @justinamash
MN-3 Erik Paulsen: (202) 225-2871 @RepErikPaulsen
NJ-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen (202) 225-5034 @USreprodney
NY-19 John J. Faso (202) 225-5614 @RepJohnFaso
NY-21 Elise Stefanik (202) 225-4611 @RepStefanik
OH-10 Michael R. Turner (202) 225-6465 @RepMikeTurner
PA-4 Scott Perry: (202) 225-5836 @repscottperry
VA-1 Rob Wittman: (202) 225-4261 @robwittman
WV-1 David B. McKinley: (202) 225-4172 @repmckinley
ALSO – check New York Times Whip Count for up to the minute news


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