Write to Support Medicaid in Illnois

From Jen Hofmann’s action items for this week

Action: Stand with Americans who are poor, disabled, and/or unable to work.

 

Find: Your state Medicaid director’s address (look up, scroll down for address).

Write: Dear [Name], I am deeply concerned about the CMS letter on 1/12/18 allowing states to deny medical care to vulnerable citizens. With a majority of Medicaid enrollees already working, in school, or medically unable to work, compliance enforcement is an unnecessary waste of taxpayer money. We must take care of our neighbors in need. This new policy penalizes people living in poverty and with disabilities, cutting them off from a powerful poverty-reducing program. I entreat you to continue providing Medicaid to all [Staters] who need it. Thank you for your consideration. Name, town.

 

Oppose Privatizing Infrastructure, Clean Water

Keep Clean Water Public

From Food & Water Watch:

President Trump’s infrastructure plan is a scam to make Wall Street record profits. The plan incentivizes privatization, setting up corporations to make a profit off of our infrastructure — and for the public to pay the costs. ¹

Here’s who Trump’s plan wouldn’t help: Martin County, Kentucky is a community struggling with poverty, unemployment, and poor water quality. Nearly twenty years ago, coal sludge polluted their local water, and the ramifications are still being felt. ² People in Martin County endured nightly water shutoffs in January, and the water they do get access to can be too contaminated to drink. And to add insult to injury, hearings were held last month to decide whether their water bills could go up by nearly 50 percent.Everything President Trump has said about his plan so far is that it would incentivize privatizing water systems, while cutting federal funding for public water. Our research proves that when corporations control water and sewer systems, prices go up even as services can worsen. ³ This isn’t an isolated issue. We need a comprehensive solution to this problem.

This is a fight we can win. Last year, the people of Atlantic City successfully fought off an attempt to privatize their water system. Food & Water Watch fought alongside local allies for years to protect the water system. In December, that work paid off: state officials announced that the state would “not sell or lease the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority to a private company.” 4

Take Action:
Tell Congress to take a stand against privatizing water systems.

1. Drinking Water is Being Threatened by Trump — At Tonight’s State of the UnionMedium, January 30, 2018.
2. Kentucky Community suffering severe water shortage could now see huge water bill increase, ThinkProgress, January 25, 2018.
3. Privatized Water Costs More Than Public WaterFood & Water Watch, February 16, 2016.
4. We Win! Atlantic City’s Water Stays Public , Food & Water Watch, December 22, 2017.

Protect Our Coasts from Off-shore Drilling

Off-Shore Drilling Rig

In a bold move that is leaving oil & gas executives jumping with glee, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced January 5 that 90% of the country’s coastal waters are now being considered for oil & gas drilling. The move reverses an Obama-era ban on drilling in U.S. coastal waters, as well as bans on offshore drilling in California and the Atlantic that go back decades.

We know you’re upset, especially since over 3.3 million of you had already sent Interior a message telling them you didn’t want offshore drilling in the first place.

Send Ryan Zinke a message that the public has spoken, and that they want no more offshore drilling!

Act now!

Protect The Clean Power Plan

Protect Clean Power

On October 9th, 2017 EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the agency will take steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants and combating climate change.

While a repeal of the Clean Power Plan is not expected to be immediately implemented (it will go through a formal rulemaking process and will also face lawsuits), Congress can take action now by supporting measures that uphold the strategies of the Clean Power Plan and voting down those that undermine it.

The following link will give you:
  • Script to make the call
  • Phone number of your U.S. Representative, after you key in your address.

Act Now Link

Sign Up Now To Become A Deputy Voter Registrar in Illinois

voter registration

North Shore Indivisible is committed to helping citizens exercise their right to vote and make their voice heard. If you seek to help others register to vote, you may be eligible to become a deputy registrar. However, you must act right now. Training classes are forming and you must register at least 48 hours before the training date.

Register for voter registrar training here

To become a deputy registrar you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be registered to vote in your county of residence
  • Complete a free training program in your county of residence

Training Schedule Spring 2018

LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:00pm Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:00am 10th Floor – County Building A, 18 N. County St., Waukegan

COOK COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00am Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave., Glencoe

Registration at least 48 hours before training is required

Register for voter registrar training here

Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance Live Event

Fossil Free Fast : Climate Resistance

Join us on Wednesday, Jan 31st for a Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance Live Event watch party in Lincolnshire. Meet others in our community who want to organize to build local power and take climate action. Find out what we can do to begin to build the Fossil Free future we need – and connect with folks from Northshore Indivisible and other activists equally passionate about this work. Please RSVP so we can send you updates and last-minute details.

What can we do to protect our environment in 2018? How do we keep up the fight for climate justice? How can our towns still make progress in the face of the Trump administration’s attacks? How do we organize for power outside the capital when the government shuts down?

If you’re asking these questions, you’re not alone. All across the country, there are millions of us who are looking for ways to stand up for our climate and communities.

We know the dangers this administration poses to people and our planet are immediate and real — but we don’t just want to resist Trump. We want to move past him, and rally like-minded people around the country to start building a Fossil Free world now, instead of just playing defense.

That’s why on Wednesday, January 31, the day after the State of the Union, we will come together for Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance.

Event Details:

Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance Live Event
6:30 PM, Wednesday, January 31
UAW Region 4 Office
680 Barclay Blvd
Lincolnshire (Map)

RSVP HERE

Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from Drilling

Protect Arctic Refuge

The U.S. Senate could soon vote to fund the federal government by opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and our protected coastlines to reckless fossil fuel development.Tell your senators to strip any provisions from the federal budget that could open America’s coastlines and the Arctic Refuge to fossil fuel companies.

Act now!

Send an editable email to your Senators

 

Support Candidates Who Support Clean Energy

Off Fossil Fuels

More than 100 candidates for U.S. Congress have now signed the pledge to support the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act1 — committing that, should they win office, they will support the strongest bill fighting climate change ever introduced in Congress.

Volunteer with Food and Water Action to support Off Fossil Fuels campaigns around the country.

Act Now

Oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Senate tax bill includes anti-environment provisions:

  • strips tax credits for electric cars

  • allows oil drilling in ANWR

SEND a message to your Senators now.

The oil industry has been trying to drill at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for decades.
Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would pose an unacceptable risk to some of the most pristine wilderness left in the world.
It would unleash even more potent greenhouse gas emissions that we simply can’t afford.
We must move America off fossil fuels and onto 100% clean energy as soon as possible.

Time to Pick Up the Phones Again!

Call Members of Congress to Vote NO on the Tax Bill.

The House of Representatives thinks it may have enough votes to pass their version of the tax bill, but some Republican Senators have expressed doubts about voting in favor of the Senate version of the bill.  The Senate version includes language to drop the individual mandate (requiring everyone to have health insurance or face a tax penalty) of the Affordable Care Act which will devastate the marketplace.

Please call your Senators to vote no, but even more importantly, call on these wavering Senators listed below to vote NO the tax bill because of it’s negative effects on the middle class, on the deficit and especially, on health insurance rates for the nation.  Find your member of Congress here if you are not in IL.

Local Members of Congress:

Senator Dick Durbin (IL) – 202-224-2152

Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL) – 202-224-2854

Possible NO votes:

Senator John McCain (Arizona) – 202-224-2235

Senator Bob Corker (Tennessee) – 202-224-3344

Senator Susan Collins (Maine) – 202-224-2523

Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) – 202-224-6665