FEDERAL:

Medicare for All:

On Wednesday, Bernie Sanders rolled out a “Medicare for All” bill. The dream of single payer is alive and well, and has never had more support than it does right now. In fact, most of the names being tossed around for 2020, including Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, are co-sponsors. We know some of our readers would rather shore up the ACA, and we also know that leadership in the House is not all in for single payer. But, after months of protesting execrable, mean-spirited plans put forth by the Republicans, it is time to stand up for what we believe in. Fundamentally, the question is this: is healthcare a right or a privilege? Background:

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/350411-live-coverage-sanders-introduces-medicare-for-all-bill

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Hello, I am a constituent calling from ____________________ to urge Rep./Sen. _____________________ to support Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill. Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege limited only to the very wealthy. Supporting Medicare for All would also allow us to bring skyrocketing costs down by eliminating waste and would provide people with flexibility because they wouldn’t have to worry about losing health insurance if they quit their job or start a business. Thank you for taking my call.

Tell Congress to Pass the Dream Act:

Last week, as Trump followed the worst ideas of his base and dumped DACA onto the laps of Congress, several Republicans crafted their own “moderate” pieces of legislation to try to address the vexing problem of what to do about the 800,000 people who were brought to this country as children. Our own Thom Tillis was one of them, but now, apparently, the thrill is gone. The GOP is making tax cuts a priority, and while Trump gave DACA a six-month reprieve, that is little comfort to the DREAMers themselves who are in literal legal limbo. They must make heart wrenching decisions about school, businesses, housing, and even marriage. The DREAM Act has been kicking around Congress for 16 years, and by all accounts, could pass if only Congressional leadership would allow it to the floor for a vote. The time is now for us to pressure our representatives into making the DREAM Act a priority. To let hundreds of thousands of tax-paying, hard working, thoroughly vetted American residents rot is a moral travesty. Tillis and other so-called moderates won a lot of support and praise for speaking out in support of DREAMers last week. Now they must put actions before words.

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from _______________ to urge Sen./Rep. _________________ to support the DREAM Act and to push for Congress to bring the bill to the floor quickly for a vote. The DREAMers have spent most of their lives in the US and have obeyed the law, gone to school, paid taxes, and contributed to our country. We need to act quickly so that the DREAMers will not be stuck in legal limbo for months while waiting for their status to be sorted out. The DREAMers have done their part; now it’s time for Congress to do theirs. Thank you for taking my call.

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article172716591.html

Tillis

DC: (202) 224-6342

Charlotte: 704-509-9087

Greenville: (252) 329-0371

Hendersonville: (828) 693-8750

High Point: (336) 885-0685

Raleigh: (919) 856-4630

Burr

DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916

Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522

Wilmington: (888) 848-1833, (336) 631-5125

Asheville: (828) 350-2437

House:

https://www.house.gov/representatives/

STATE:

Support Strong Public Schools in North Carolina:

In the era of Trump and the NCGOP supermajority, it can sometimes feel as if activist work is wholly reactive, as we rush with fire extinguisher in hand from the Muslim ban, to ridiculous redistricting plans, and back to Confederate memorials. However, we know the general areas of contention and threat, and few are bigger than education. With Betsy DeVos in charge in Washington and Bergie and Moore enthroned in Raleigh, the very idea of public education is under siege. Luckily for us, the good folks at Stronger NC have put together a detailed toolkit to help you understand these complex issues, and to put you in touch with resources. The call to action today is not as simple as a phone call or email. Read the toolkit, and follow its recommendations to become more involved.

http://strongernc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-09-11-Education-Toolkit-1.pdf