Volunteers are important to the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee and the convention.
During the Democratic National Convention, which will be held from July 13 to 16, 2020, and in the weeks leading up to the event, the host committee will welcome thousands of guests and delegates to Milwaukee and the surrounding region. Some of them will be visiting the city for the first time, and our volunteer team will be the first smiles they encounter and a friendly source of information.
Our volunteers will serve as Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee ambassadors, joining a history-making team that welcomes and delivers a positive experience to thousands of visitors from around the country and world, inspiring them to plan return trips to Milwaukee.
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Get involved in the fight for Medicare for All on Dec 4 at 8 PM ET.
Our friends at Public Citizen have invited Congressional champions to share insights about how local resolutions efforts, like the recently passed resolution in Los Angeles, can support the growing momentum for Medicare for All in Congress. Make sure to RSVP to learn more from the activists and policymakers who pushed those resolutions across the finish line, and to get organizing updates from across the country.
The familiar refrain is often, “What can I do?” often accompanied by some hand wringing about the state of our democracy. For starters, here are some remarkable resources.
Just remember: You can’t do everything. But you can do something. Put a stake in the ground and get to work:
Americans of Conscience Checklist
The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration.
5 Calls is the easiest and most effective way for citizens to make an impact in national and local politics
Small Deeds Done (are better than great deeds planned)
So let’s break the work down! Let’s make it manageable. Small actions are not insignificant. A grand master plan means nothing unless someone (like you) takes the small steps that need to happen to make it a reality.
And that’s what Small Deeds is all about. It’s about each of us taking regular, small steps – that together lead to massive, crushing, world-bending change.
Ask Your Senators to Oppose Efforts to Restrict Medicaid.
Recently an increasing number of states are requesting permission to impose restrictions on Medicaid by instituting lifetime caps on Medicaid benefits or requiring work requirements to remain on Medicaid rolls. A recent Vox article reports that a poll by the Kaiser Foundation finds that 41% of respondents believed that work requirements are aimed at cutting spending on Medicaid, and 33% believe the requirements are for lifting people out of poverty as Republicans claim. These restrictions are being imposed despite fact that the Medicaid program remains popular among respondents (40% reporting very favorable and 34% somewhat favorable views of Medicaid).
From Jen Hofmann’s “Americans of Conscience Action Checklist” comes the following suggestion. This script could also be used to call or to e-mail your senators. Urge friends and family in red states to do the same.
Action: Stand with people in need of medical care.
Call: The local offices of your 2 senators and 1 House rep (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and concerned about allowing states to impose lifetime caps on Medicaid coverage. I don’t understand why congressional Republicans are shredding the social safety net. I want my taxes to provide medical care to my vulnerable neighbors. I oppose Medicaid work-for-service and lifetime caps. Tell me, how is [name] protecting our own citizens’ medical needs?
Bonus: If you’re in AZ, KS, UT, ME, and WI (lifetime limits) or in AZ, AK, ID, KS, KY, ME, MI, NC, OH, UT, and HI (work requirements), call your 2 state legislators to oppose this (look up).
IL Senator Dick Durban: call 202-224-2152 or e-mail
IL Senator Tammy Duckworth: call 202-224-2854 or e-mail
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.
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
Here are Flyers to Post.
Not everyone is reachable through social media. It’s important to invest the extra bit of effort to publicize in other venues. Here is a link to downloadable flyers in Spanish and English (make sure you choose the one for Illinois or your appropriate state – pdf format also available) that you can print and post to bulletin boards at libraries, community centers, coffee shops, local food and convenience markets and any other place you may know. Always ask for permission to post the flyers please!
This Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment toolkit provides proven strategies and templates for use in outreach to media and your community in order to raise awareness about Open Enrollment and drive traffic to HealthCare.gov, assisters, navigators, and brokers, and community enrollment events.
Here is everything you need. Just add your energy.
Take action this weekend and submit your story for the Graham-Cassidy Hearing on Monday, September 25th.
Jen Hoffman’s action item for this weekend
Action: Submit public testimony for Monday’s Graham-Cassidy hearing.
Email: GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov by 1pm EST/10am PST Monday 9/25.
Script: I/my family rely/relies on quality, affordable healthcare. Because of this, I oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. My story with [Medicaid, pre-existing conditions, disabilities, affordability, etc.] is… I would like to see a bipartisan Congressional effort to improve the ACA, not repeal it.
Make Calls, Write Emails to Crucial Republican Senators
Multiple news organization are reporting that the Senate Republicans may be one vote away from being able to pass the Graham-Cassidy bill and now is the time we need to double-down on calling Senators not only from our own state, but from crucial Republican states (see list below).
I am someone who is not comfortable making calls to strangers, especially senators in Washington. I am also someone who has just spent 5-10 minutes making those calls, and it turned out to be not difficult at all. I wrote down my own script to read when I made the calls – that felt easier and more natural than a script suggested on a website. However, many people may prefer to use a script from a website (see an example below). It’s best to do what feels most comfortable for you. On most of the calls I made I left a message on voicemail, on a couple I spoke to a person, and on a few I wrote an email because the mailbox was full or the line was busy.
The script I wrote for myself was:
I would like to urge Senator ______ to vote no on the Graham-Cassidy bill. Please don’t use the health of the American people to score political points. This issue is too important for that. Take time to carefully research ways to improve access to affordable health care and don’t rush a terrible bill through for political purposes. Thank you.
A script from Jen Hoffman’s Weekly Activism Checklist:
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling to express my opposition to the Cassidy-Graham plan to repeal the ACA. Congress needs to improve the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it and leave millions of people without options. Thanks.