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Washington Weekly E-Newsletter
July 21, 2017
Table of Contents
This week NCJW signed on to five coalition letters
Capitol Hill Updates
u The Fight to Save Health Care Continues
u Dream Act Reintroduced in Congress
u LGBTQ Data Collection
Tip: Pull language and action ideas from Capitol Hill update to send to your NCJW section and networks.
NCJW Resources and Opportunities
House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is at it again — holding backdoor meetings with key Republican senators who have not yet committed to vote for his plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a morally bankrupt “alternative.” He is intent on a holding a vote as early as Monday, and he only needs 51 votes for it to move forward. In an attempt to win votes, McConnell is proposing to give $200 billion to states that expanded Medicaid.
We know the ACA can be fixed and strengthened. Any attempt to rip coverage away from millions and undermine the Medicaid program must be rejected.
Take Action: Three ways to STOP ACA repeal:
Hi, my name is [NAME], and I am an NCJW activist living in [your city, state].
I urge you to vote no on the “motion to proceed” to a vote on the floor of the US Senate on health care repeal. Protect our care by rejecting any attempt to repeal or repeal and delay health care, as doing so would create instability in the insurance market and throw millions of Americans off their health insurance.
And this week, we can do more than just advocate against BAD health care — we can advocate for GOOD health care!
u In January and March of this year, legislation was introduced in the House and the Senate (HR 676/ S 1782) that would expand Medicare to include all Americans. This health model is often referred to as a “single payer” system. On Monday, July 24, #Medicare4All is hosting rallies around the country to show public support for a health care system that serves all, regardless of income.
NCJW is a partner in Communities Against Hate, a diverse coalition whose goals are to document hate and demand action. A wave of hate broke over the US following the 2016 elections, affecting people from all walks of life, all across the country. Communities Against Hate is the response — a national initiative to document stories and respond to incidents of violence, threats, and property damage motivated by hate in the United States. If you’ve witnessed or experienced a hate incident, share your story. By reporting what happened, you can educate the public, empower others, show service providers where help is needed, and strengthen our advocacy.
Do you have high resolution photos taken with a DSLRcamera? Our new NCJW website is launching soon and we want to feature your amazing work! Send those photos over to the Communications Department – ASAP.
NCJW Sign-On Letters and Amicus Briefs
u On July 17, NCJW and 21 other women’s and reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations sent a letter organized by the National Women’s Law Center urging the Senate to oppose the nomination of Damien Schiff to a 15-year term on the United States Court of Federal Claims.
u On July 10, NCJW and 25 other organizations sent a letter organized by Demos, Every Voice, People for the American Way to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing federal court nominees John Bush and Damien Schiff based on the nominees’ troubling views on money in politics.
u On July 18, almost 200 organizations including NCJW sent a letter organized by the National Immigrant Justice Center asking lawmakers to oppose additional funding for immigrant detention beds.
u On July 18, NCJW joined more than 200 faith organizations and faith leaders on a letter to members of Congress to support funding for refugee protection and resettlement, and to oppose funding for the administration’s mass deportation force, for expanded immigration detention, and for border militarization.
u On July 20, NCJW joined 23 faith organizations led by the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism on a letter to members of the House of Representatives urging them not to fund the Pence-Kobach Election Integrity Commission.
Visit bit.ly/NCJWAdvocacy for the sign-on letters and amicus briefs signed by NCJW this year.
Visit NCJW Advocacy Resources folder for past copies of Washington Weekly, NCJW Poster Templates, and more.
Thank you for being leaders for social change!