NOW: An Indivisible Call-in Action
The conference committee negotiations seem to be faltering and we do not know what deal, if any, will be struck. But our side has been saying all along, no new money for boots, beds or walls! Call your MoCs now to let them know you want the government to stay open! Call Keating at 202-225-3111, Warren at 202-224-4543, Markey at 202-224-2742, other House Reps at 202-225-3121 and Senators at 202-224-3121.
WEDS. FEBRUARY 13, 2019
- The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department has posted a notice of a 287g Steering Committee community meeting regarding the department’s partnership with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It is at 3pm, 239 Main St. in Buzzards Bay. At the meeting, we expect to hear all about the successes of the program and how it serves public safety, but we’re interested in knowing more and concerned about the civil and human rights of people detained. Please attend this meeting ready to question the constitutionality and morality of detaining non-criminal individuals.
- The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding a public forum regarding Vineyard Wind’s proposal for an off-shore wind farm which, when finished, would create more power than the entire Cape currently uses. The meeting will be held from 5-8 PM at the Doubletree Hotel, 287 Iyannough Road, Hyannis. Please attend to ask questions and show your support.
- IOC and National Nurses United are holding a Medicare for All Barnstorm event at the Brewster Ladies Library, 1822 Main St., Brewster, 6:30-8 PM. In the U.S. we spend more on our healthcare than any other country and we get some of the worst results! The world deems healthcare a human right and so do we! Please attend this event to learn more about how you can make it a reality!
Attend a Lobby Day!
Lobby Days are normally held in the first months of a new congress and help legislators decide on the bills they will take up for the new session. If a bill is not sponsored/ cosponsored and filed in this period, it must wait another two years until the next session, so it is vitally important that activists speak up now. You do not need to have any experience to do this. Most Lobby Days are sponsored by large activist groups who offer advice/training and usually group inexperienced folks with those who have done it before. The new Indivisible Guides make it clear that pressuring our state legislature is vitally important to protecting us from harmful federal cuts. IOC has been examining the proposed bills for this MA legislature and has identified many we support.
On January 17, IOC members joined CC Women for Change for Sexual Health Lobby Day at the MA Statehouse. We were joined by a dozen other Indivisible groups from across MA to speak to MoCs about reproductive health issues that are important to us.
We asked for support of three very important bills: they include a new bill called the ROE Act, the Healthy Youth Act, and An Act to End Child Marriage. Happily, Senator Cyr and Representative Peake have cosponsored the ROE and the Healthy Youth Act and Senator Cyr has cosponsored the Act to End Child Marriage.
The new ROE Act (An Act to Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access) is designed to strengthen and protect safe and legal access to abortion in MA. As you know, currently, there is no abortion access for Cape Cod women and the Trump administration is intent on eroding this important right further for all women and denying important Title X funds for all reproductive health services.This act would expand access to people who now must travel across the country to receive medically necessary abortions after 24 weeks, would remove the onerous requirement that teens obtain parental permission, and, like the NASTY Women Act, would eliminate other, currently unenforced laws, such 24 hour waiting periods for patients seeking abortion. These are important protections in the event Roe v. Wade falls.
The Healthy Youth Act (H.3704 and SD.579), which was successful in the Senate, was never put forward in the House. This act requires zero funding and simply requires that all public institutions that currently teach sex education, must teach medically accurate information, consent, and be LGBTQ inclusive. This addresses the widespread problem of sexual assault and bullying at its root, via education.
An Act to End Child Marriage (HD.583 and SD.343) seeks to end all marriages for children under the age of 18. The states of NJ, DE, and others have recently passed such legislation. This act is extremely important as married minors find it difficult to access DSF services, legal or financial help, and are even prohibited from entering shelters. Girls and young women in these situations experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence and are more likely to drop out of high school and less likely to go to college.
It is very important that MA residents lobby/send emails and letters/call their MoCs now so that these bills will be taken up in this legislative session.
WHOSE HOUSE? OUR HOUSE!
JANUARY 3, 2019 – 1:00 – 1:45 PM
CONGRESSMAN KEATING’S OFFICE
259 STEVENS STREET
On January 3rd, the first day of the new 116th Congress, Indivisible held its first DAY OF ACTION! Indivisible Outer Cape joined other Indivisible groups in Congressional District 9 in front of our Representative’s office to let him know we support him and our brand new House of Representatives! Indivisible Outer Cape, Lower Cape Indivisible, Cape Cod Women for Change, and Martha’s Vineyard Indivisible reached out to Congressman Keating and his staff to let them know that Indivisible will not be fading away and we will hold the new Congress accountable! We discussed seven issues of concern with the Congressman, including the proposed Democracy Reform Act (HR1), Immigration Reform, Healthcare, Women’s Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Crisis, and Gun Reform. We symbolically presented these on January 3, along with signs, balloons, and cupcakes! Here is a summary:
WHOSE HOUSE? OUR HOUSE!
SEVEN AREAS FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION IN THE NEW 116th CONGRESS
DEMOCRACY: The Democracy Reform Act (HR1) is slated to be first on the agenda of the new Congress. The actual legislative text is expected to be drafted by January 5, 2019 and is not yet available. Cape Indivisibles want a bold and a progressive a bill without watering down and Congressman Keating is a cosponsor and fully supports this: “A bill that aims to do what HR 1 is intended to do is long overdue.”
The expectation is that HR1 will cover three broad areas including:
Elections and voting rights: election security, redistricting and gerrymandering, AVR , voter suppression, voter access and voting rights
Corruption and Ethics: strengthen ethic codes, emoluments, conflict of interest, divestment, restrictions on lobbying
Campaign Finance: full disclosure of donation sources, regulating super-pacs, overturning Citizens United
Additionally, Cape Indivisibles expect Congress to investigate the many areas where the President has treated the coffers of the Treasury as his own piggy bank!
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Call/Email Congressman Keating to thank him for his support of a bold and progressive HR1! If you live elsewhere, call your own Congressman to tell him the same.
IMMIGRATION: DACA and a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill have languished with the Republican House leadership refusing to allow a vote. Congressman Keating is a cosponsor of DACA and would also cosponsor a new Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. Cape Indivisibles want a clean DACA bill and a new Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill introduced and voted on in the new Congress. We also deem it imperative that investigations be launched on the numerous outrages at the border including: ICE, military spending, detention center conditions and deaths of children. Congressman Keating fully supports and expects these to happen.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Call/Email Congressman Keating to thank him for his support of DACA, Immigration Reform, and opening investigations into the administration’s spending and behaviors at the border. Demand the same of your MoC if you live outside of CD9.
HEALTH: The Affordable Care Act has been under attack from many angles. The most recent ruling by a TX federal judge will be appealed and we understand that any action of the new Congress will need to take that into consideration. When possible, Cape Indivisibles expect legislation to be introduced to protect key provisions of the ACA and to pressure the Senate to support the ACA or healthcare for all. Additionally, Indivisibles support a Medicare for All Act and support HR676, introduced by former Congressman John Conyers, or similar bill. Congressman Keating is not opposed and should begin immediately to explore a cost and timeline for implementing such a system.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Call/Email Congressman Keating and tell him that we want protection of the ACA until a Medicare for All style bill can be implemented. Tell him to address concerns about or improve the Conyers bill or to work to introduce a new Medicare for All bill! If you live outside of CD9 call your representative and tell them the same!
WOMEN: Title X provides funding to women’s health centers and has been severely restricted by the administration. Title IX guarantees the rights of women/girls to equal education free from sexual assault/harassment; this is being overturned by the administration. Cape Indivisibles and Congressman Keating feel very strongly that this is a ‘terrible mistake.’ Additionally, the administration has moved ahead with final regulations regarding religious/moral exemptions for birth control coverage, despite the pending legal challenges. Cape Indivisibles request all avenues be pursued to prevent the administration from curtailing women’s health and reproductive choices. Additionally, HR 6545 Violence Against Women Act reauthorization has lapsed and must be renewed.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Write some “Enough is Enough” postcards to protect Title IX and send to the administration by January 27. Urge Congressman Keating (or your MoC) to pursue all avenues, including letters and through the courts, to protect all women’s rights outlined in Title IX and X. Stress the importance of re-authorizing HR 6545 to protect women from violence.
LGBTQ: The administration has proceeded with the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. This is a human rights violation. Cape Indivisibles and Congressman Keating are outraged and concerned for the 10k transgender individuals already serving.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Call/Email Congressman Keating to let him know that you support all who serve in the military and urge him to pursue all avenues, including letters to administration or amendments to the defense authorization bill, to stop this human rights violation of the LGBTQ community.
CLIMATE: The Green New Deal proposes using a green infrastructure bill to address social inequity. This is not yet a bill and only lays out general goals. Cape Indivisibles and Congressman Keating support the tenets of this and other legislation to address the climate crisis. The Congressman notes that climate change disproportionately affects the poor and is also a national security threat and hopes to address it through the Foreign Affairs Committee. It is particularly important for our local economy and lifestyle. We have identified two existing bills: HR7173 Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act which encourages market driven innovation of clean energy and HR2326 Climate Solutions Commission Act which sets up committees to generate green solutions. Similarly, it appears the new House will set up a Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and its members will not be recipients of big oil donations.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Urge Congressman Keating and others to support/cosponsor HR7173 and HR2326 or similar legislation. Tell them to act quickly to limit carbon deposition. Also urge Senators Warren and Markey to do the same in the US Senate and our MA State Representatives and Senators to act on similar bills at the State level.
GUN REFORM: Sensible gun reform includes universal background checks, red flag laws, limiting access to firearms/accessories that inflict mass casualties, disarming domestic abusers, supporting CDC research, and holding the gun industry accountable. Cape Indivisibles support all of these measures and Congressman Keating is already a cosponsor for many bills that address these. He is hopeful that the new Congress will be able to change the language of laws that prevent the CDC from studying gun deaths and advance other reform measures.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Continue to support Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety and March for our Lives.
THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS STILL IN DANGER!!
With the election over, we were hopeful that Mueller would break his silence. With Democrats soon to control the House, we also knew it was highly likely that Trump would move to fire Sessions or Rosenstein or to in some way try to shut Mueller down. The threat is still dire and a rapid response may be needed again.
When Trump fired AG Sessions and installed his crony, chief of staff, Whitaker, as acting Attorney General, nation-wide rallies were triggered on November 8, at 5 PM. You can check our Facebook page for a video of our action.
Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the Special Counsel Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller’s boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events were launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice.
Groups across the country mobilized and hit the streets with spontaneous protests on November 8, including folks in Ptown, Brewster, Hyannis and Falmouth. We don’t know exactly what may happen next, but the Constitutional crisis created by this president and his cronies in Congress is likely to play out in the coming weeks. Stay tuned; further actions may be necessary!