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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Women's marches are coming. Get your shirt today and make your plan.

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If you're on the Western Slope, we know that GJ,  Gunnison, and Crested Butte are planning marches. Pueblo is a go. Durango and Aspen are possible. 

Coming to the Grand Junction march? Get your shirts here!

Want custom shirts designed for your area? Send us an email at info@d3indivisible.co

Here's what we know about the various marches across CD3. If we're missing something, drop us a line ASAP at info@d3indivisible.co .

Grand Junction / Western Slope March info

Pueblo March info 

Gunnison: Noon, Sat., Jan. 20, in Gunnison. Legion Park a block west of McDonald’s. Music, speakers and peaceful protest. Among those scheduled to attend is House of Representatives candidate Diane Mitsch Bush.

Crested Butte: 11 a.m., Sun., Jan 21, in Crested Butte. A skiing ‘march’ on the mountain followed at 3 p.m. by meeting up at the 4-way in town. Coinciding with the Women’s March in Las Vegas.

Stay Marching America. 

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Fusion GPS fights back on the Congressional bait-and-switch. Read their story. 

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Congress has been picking at strawmen for years. But nothing quite like this. 

The Steele Dossier has been in the news and rightly so. Produced by a former British intelligence officer commissioned by the research firm Fusion GPS, it alleges significant collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents and that Trump was played by Putin for years before his candidacy, in addition to pointing to many unseemly relationships between murky Trump business interests and criminal elements in Russia and beyond. And some downright aberrant stuff that isn't fit for our PG-rated Daily Actions here.  

Instead of looking into any of the allegations contained in the dossier, Congress has turned it's sights to the investigating firm itself, repeatedly subpoenaing Fusion GPS but refusing to release their testimony and disclosures to the public. 

Today, Fusion GPS fired back in the New York Times - and their story is pretty remarkable. 

Read it Here. 

Stay Questioning America. 

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Pray for Snow. And Read Some Good News on Climate Action in the U.S. 

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Colorado may be months behind on winter, but the US is moving on without Trump. 

Trump may be sticking his tweet thumb in the eye of everyone not on the Koch Brothers climate-denying dole while wildlife photographers stumble on starving polar bears in the Arctic, but the rest of the scientifically-literate world isn't waiting to act. 

A dozen states and growing just agreed in December to additional reductions in greenhouse gases. New Democratic governors in Virginia and New Jersey are signing their states up. 

Colorado got its own climate pledge in 2017 under Governor Hickenlooper, though his pledge punted on any binding emissions reductions targets. The 2018 State Legislative Session soon to begin will see various parts of the Governor's plan up for consideration and funding, including electric vehicle infrastructure across the state. 

Stay Cool America. 

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Saturday's Daily Action - What Kind of Holiday Merchandise Would You Like to See from D3?

We've been working behind the scenes to bring you some holiday season style befitting of the resistance.

But many minds are better than a few.

What would you like to see?

Retro-style Colorado shirts? Mugs celebrating the contribution of women to the resistance? Pussy hat mountain wear?

Drop us a line at info@d3indivisible.co with your visual or text ideas for great merchandise through the holiday season and into next year! 

And stay tuned...we've got some exciting things coming soon!

 

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Speaking of the Holidays...Did you catch our D3 Holiday Book Gifts for Friends in the Movement?

 

Stay Strong America.

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Two Things Everyone Can Do on the Tax Bill

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices on the #TaxScam

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices on the #TaxScam

Tomorrow will see the first - and perhaps only - public meeting of a conference committee on reconciling the House and Senate bills.

What's the latest on the push to shove these bills through before Christmas?

1. They remain as hasty, thoughtless, irresponsible, and mean as when crafted, says one CEO

2. While moderate Senators waiver, statements from the GOP leadership in Congress indicate a belief that they have a messaging issue rather than a policy one. 

3. Ironing out a reconciliation of the House and Senate bills has proved tricky -- a goal for a deal over the weekend passed without success. Many rank-and-file members have yet to see details of what's going on. The President will address the nation on Wednesday in an effort to move some legislators into acceptance -- putting his name to the bill in a public push. 

If the GOP can't pass the reconciled bills before Christmas, they may be in serious trouble. 

“Republicans have made a decision, which I can’t fault them for, that the longer this bill hangs out there, the more barnacles attach,” said Jonathan Traub, the former Republican staff director at the House Ways and Means Committee.

Two things everyone can do: 

1. Is your local group keeping up a steady drumbeat of Letters to the Editor? A letter every two or three days is needed to educate busy Americans about what's going on. Messages for local media don't need to be complex or fastidiously deep on facts, but do need to be constant and powerful. Citizens can speak from the heart, the pocketbook, and trans-partisan values. See, for example, a letter to the editor in the Daily Sentinel, this one in the Durango Herald, and this one in Steamboat Today. 

2. Get 10 friends together for lunch and call a reporter. It's been long enough since many communities last held actions that media can be interested again. Consider a holiday Grinch or similar theme. Make a strong ask to your community to spread the word and contact their representatives. 

Did you see our friends in Pueblo making a visit to their MOC offices? Go Pueblo!

 

Speaking of the Holidays...Did you catch our D3 Holiday Book Gifts for Friends in the Movement?

 

Stay Strong America.

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Keep Up the International Call to End Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

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Pressure is Mounting for Things to Change in Myanmar.

The story of Rohingya persecution in Myanmar has been developing for several months. For the latest and a strong new direction from the United Nations, read here. For the broader story, read on below, then sign Amnesty International's petition. 

Also known as Burma, the South Asian country sprawling between Bangladesh, China, and Thailand is home to an ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim and Hindu Rohingya people. 

From the time of military dictatorship to Myanmar's current nascent democratic transition, the majority Buddhist population has a long history of abuse and discrimination against the Rohingya. 2,000,000 Rohingya reside on both sides of the Myanmar-Bandgladeshi border, with as many as 1.3 million recently residing in the state of Rakhine in western Myanmar. Rohingya in Myanmar are prohibited from having citizenship, are denied their ancestral claims to land, and at times have been subjected to deliberate expulsion programs from the country. 

In 2016, a group of Rohingya insurgents attacked a number of Myanmar border posts. The Myanmar military responding by using the incident as pretext for widespread violence and land seizures against the civilian populace. News of mass raids and killings and a refugee exodus have surged since September. 900,000 of the 1.1-1.3 million Rohingya in Myanmar have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. Evidence of widespread killings and other crimes against humanity is being documented as refugees arrive to safety.  

For a PG-Rated video on the Rohingya refugee situation in Bangladesh, see this feature from Al Jazeera. 

Today, please take some time to sign Amnesty International's Petition to the military chief of Myanmar.

You may also make a contribution to the International Rescue Committee's emergency response in Burma and other conflict zones around the world. 

 

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Stay Kind America.

 

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: An Option to Make a Difference in the Alabama Senate Race

...and test some new technology and skills for Get Out the Vote!

When Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was appointed to the Justice Department, the special election to replace him in the Senate seemed like smooth sailing. 

Then accusers against the avowedly religious and deeply conservative GOP nominee Roy Moore nominee began to come forward, telling stories of sexual harassment and predation on young women from an older person in power. 

Now, the race is tied or leaning towards Doug Jones, Roy's opponent and a former U.S. attorney and successful prosecutor of KKK violence. 

With the US Senate narrowly hanging in the balance, the outcome of this race could determine key votes for years to come. Voting day is December 12. 

Friends of Alabama have an option to help from afar -- calling and texting for Get Out The Vote. Some analysts suggest that African American voters will determine the election by staying home or making it to the polls. 

 

There's so much going on. Should my local group or friends spend time on this?

With one to two hours of preparation work, you can learn a new piece of software that let other volunteers remotely text and call voters. And you can make a difference in Alabama while doing it. 

Want to offer your members some practice and skills building before next year?

Give it a demo try yourself with this platform here

 

Coming Next: The Battle for the Soul of the Internet

For the past week, D3 Indivisible has been running a petition and social media campaign for millennials across the 3rd Congressional to save net neutrality. Once the Senate tax bill's fate is decided, we'll pivot to distributing resources and content to help communities fight the FCC's coming firesale of internet freedoms. 

In the meantime, check out these two great education resources via HBO's John Oliver and this handy infographic

 

Stay Strong America.

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Mondays' D3 Daily Action: Tax Scam Moves Back to the House -- Educate Your Community!

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices last Monday. 

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices last Monday. 

Voters need to hear now, tomorrow, and next year about what's happened. 

Letters to the Editor, lunchtime actions for local press, and meetings with your newspaper editorial board are all powerful steps for now. 

The bad guys got their bill through. It's possible that the House and Senate won't even need to hold a reconciliation conference as commonly occurs for bills with significant differences, or that any such conference held will be mostly for show. 

Messages for local media don't need to be complex or fastidiously deep on facts, but do need to be constant and powerful. Citizens can speak from the heart, the pocketbook, and trans-partisan values. See, for example, a letter to the editor in today's Daily Sentinel, this one in the Durango Herald, and this one in Steamboat Today. 

In addition to small and efficiently-organized actions to win media coverage, submitting a letter to the editor every two or three days can provide sustained coverage through the holiday season, and ensure that family conversations into the new year are well-informed about the tax bill. 

Speaking of the Holidays...Did you catch our D3 Holiday Book Gifts for Friends in the Movement?

Coming Next: The Battle for the Soul of the Internet

For the past week, D3 Indivisible has been running a petition and social media campaign for millennials across the 3rd Congressional to save net neutrality. Once the Senate tax bill's fate is decided, we'll pivot to distributing resources and content to help communities fight the FCC's coming firesale of internet freedoms. 

In the meantime, check out these two great education resources via HBO's John Oliver and this handy infographic

 

Stay Strong America.

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Sunday's D3 Daily Action: Five Transformative Holiday Book Gifts for Your Friends in the Movement

It's been a busy month...

...and December brings new challenges. 

The Tax Bill passed the Senate under cover of darkness and now heads to reconciliation committee. A Bears Ears Executive Order comes this week. The FCC will vote on Net Neutrality in 11 days. The window for a new Dream Act is shrinking. And on and on. 

Thank your friends and co-conspirators with a gift for the Holidays. 

Celebrate, reflect, and find new tools and solutions with any of the D3 Indivisible recommended reads below. 

Tools for Radical Democracy - A handy A to Z community organizing manual with checklists, steps, and tips for a full spectrum of actions. Recommended for folks new to organizing or needing a comprehensive reference. 

How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century - A higher-level analysis of successful recent strategies for volunteer and movement building. 

SPIN Works! A robust guide to media coverage and strategies and techniques for impacting the public narrative through media action. 

The (ALL NEW) Don't Think of An Elephant - If you've haven't read it, do. If you have and are ready for a more advanced treatment, check here

Words That Work - Looking for a quick but powerful tour through modern linguistic strategies? Check out this title from famed Republican strategist Frank Luntz.

Bonus: Consider this indispensable take on Get-Out-The-Vote strategies for 2018. Or these titles on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , Cesar Chavez, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on 21st Century feminism. 

Stay Reading America.

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Friday's D3 Daily Action: Last Day for Senate Tax Bill Action -- Get Ready for Net Neutrality Next!

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

The Senate vote is upon us... 

...unless two key swing Senators draw a line.

If your friends, family, and fellow community members haven't yet called the key swing Senators listed below, get them to do it NOW! See the handy call script below. 

Senate GOP leadership aims to force a vote today. 

For Tax Bill info, read on below. 

Coming Next: The Battle for the Soul of the Internet

For the past week, D3 Indivisible has been running a petition and social media campaign for millennials across the 3rd Congressional to save net neutrality. Once the Senate tax bill's fate is decided, we'll pivot to distributing resources and content to help communities fight the FCC's coming firesale of internet freedoms. 

In the meantime, check out these two great education resources via HBO's John Oliver and this handy infographic

Back to the Tax Bill (Senators' phone numbers and call script below)

This week, Trump appeared on Capitol Hill and showered promises of concessions on key moderate skeptics of the Senate's tax bill. But the core giveaways to the megarich and big corporations, hidden tax increases on working families, and the deficit-busting social-program-imperiling approach remain. Provisions like allowing megachurches to spend in elections, gutting the Affordable Care Act, and drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge remain. If passed, the Senate bill will head to reconciliation committee to be blended with its far more aggressive House cousin. Yesterday, the New York Times blasted the bill in a new editorial

Use the sample call script below to ring the offices of key swing Senators ASAP!

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) (202)224-2523
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) (202)224-3344 - Emphasize the bill's deficit spending. 
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) (202) 224-2235
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) (202) 224-4521
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) (202) 224-5323

Hello! Good morning/afternoon. My name is ________ and I’m calling from _____.
There’s something important I want to talk to you about.
I work hard for a living / or worked hard if retired. I've worked as a ______, _____, _______ etc. And I payed my fair share of taxes because I believe in this country and I believe in programs like Social Security, Medicare, and _________ . I believe that the tax bill in the Senate now, the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” is a _________ (slap in the face / betrayal / etc.) of Americans like me.
Trillion dollar giveaways to the very rich are not what makes this country strong and something we can be proud of. Funding cuts for wealthy campaign donors on the backs of working people isn’t something we can proud of. And increasing our deficit by more than $1.5T to pay for this scheme is irresponsible.  
* additional comments here*
I’m calling to ask Senator _____ to do the right thing and vote NO on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act for the strength and prosperity of our country, and for generations of Americans to come. 

Stay Strong America.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Colorado is rising against the #TaxScam

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

Pueblo, Durango, and the Western Slope are mobilizing. Are you?

A Final Votes comes Thursday or Friday. Call key swing Senators NOW.

Dozens of citizens stood up this week to make their opposition to the tax scam bill in the Senate heard loud and clear. They visited Members of Congress' offices, rallied, flooded local press with letters to the editor and news stories, and sparked friends and family across the Western Slope and Southern Colorado to fight back. 

This week, Trump appeared on Capitol Hill and showered promises of concessions on key moderate skeptics of the Senate's tax bill. But the core giveaways to the megarich and big corporations, hidden tax increases on working families, and the deficit-busting social-program-imperiling approach remain. Provisions like allowing megachurches to spend in elections, gutting the Affordable Care Act, and drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge remain. If passed, the Senate bill will head to reconciliation committee to be blended with its far more aggressive House cousin. Yesterday, the New York Times blasted the bill in a new editorial

Use the sample call script below to ring the offices of key swing Senators ASAP!

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) (202)224-2523
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) (202)224-3344 - Emphasize the bill's deficit spending. 
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) (202) 224-2235
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) (202) 224-4521
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) (202) 224-5323

Hello! Good morning/afternoon. My name is ________ and I’m calling from _____.
There’s something important I want to talk to you about.
I work hard for a living / or worked hard if retired. I've worked as a ______, _____, _______ etc. And I payed my fair share of taxes because I believe in this country and I believe in programs like Social Security, Medicare, and _________ . I believe that the tax bill in the Senate now, the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” is a _________ (slap in the face / betrayal / etc.) of Americans like me.
Trillion dollar giveaways to the very rich are not what makes this country strong and something we can be proud of. Funding cuts for wealthy campaign donors on the backs of working people isn’t something we can proud of. And increasing our deficit by more than $1.5T to pay for this scheme is irresponsible.  
* additional comments here*
I’m calling to ask Senator _____ to do the right thing and vote NO on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act for the strength and prosperity of our country, and for generations of Americans to come. 

Stay Strong America.

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Call to Stop the #TrumpTaxScam in the Senate

The Senate tax bill cleared committee today. A full vote comes this week. 

Call key Senators TODAY.

Trump appeared on Capitol Hill today and showered promises of concessions on key moderate skeptics of the Senate's tax bill. But the core giveaways to the megarich and big corporations, hidden tax increases on working families, and the deficit-busting social-program-imperiling approach remain. If passed, the Senate bill will head to reconciliation committee to be blended with its far more aggressive House cousin. 

Use the sample call script below to ring the offices of key swing Senators ASAP!

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) (202)224-2523
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) (202)224-3344 - Emphasize the bill's deficit spending. 
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) (202) 224-2235
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) (202) 224-4521
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) (202) 224-5323

Hello! Good morning/afternoon. My name is ________ and I’m calling from _____.
There’s something important I want to talk to you about.
I work hard for a living / or worked hard if retired. I've worked as a ______, _____, _______ etc. And I payed my fair share of taxes because I believe in this country and I believe in programs like Social Security, Medicare, and _________ . I believe that the tax bill in the Senate now, the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” is a _________ (slap in the face / betrayal / etc.) of Americans like me.
Trillion dollar giveaways to the very rich are not what makes this country strong and something we can be proud of. Funding cuts for wealthy campaign donors on the backs of working people isn’t something we can proud of. And increasing our deficit by more than $1.5T to pay for this scheme is irresponsible.  
* additional comments here*
I’m calling to ask Senator _____ to do the right thing and vote NO on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act for the strength and prosperity of our country, and for generations of Americans to come. 

Stay Strong America.

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Fridays's D3 Daily Action: Keep the Dream Act Moving

Our friends at the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition need your help.

The Dream Act has bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

Even the president has been moved to a permanent pathway to citizenship that fixes our broken system, and now it is time to keep up the push Colorado's congressional delegation

Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton has yet to sign on in support of the 2017 Dream Act, and we need your support to get him there.

Call Congressman Scott Tipton with a short message of support today! Read here for more DACA 101. 

Need talking points and ideas? Check out this handy fact sheet. 

 Phone: (202) 225-4761

"Hello, my name is _________________ from ____town____,  and I am urging Representative Tipton to support the Dream Act. Creating a permanent pathway to citizenship for young Dreamers is the smart way to fix our broken immigration system. I hope you will work to protect DACA recipients now and give our bright young generation of Dreamers a chance to make this country stronger. "

Stay Strong America.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: House votes today on the tax scam. Senate is next. 

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Step one. Call Scott Tipton this morning.

The House of Representatives looks set to vote today (Thursday) on the House bill.

In its current form, it continues to contain hidden sunset tax increases for middle class families and hidden sunset giveaways for the megarich. Its economic growth charade remains a hollow scam and future budget-buster. And the arguments that the GOP leadership in the House are putting forward remain bold-faced fibs, prompting one Washington Post title: "If the tax bill is so great, why does the GOP keep lying about it?"

Call Scott Tipton once more this morning and let him know he'd better be thinking about working class families, not his out of state megadonors, when he votes on the tax bill today. 

Alamosa               
719-587-5105

Durango      
970-259-1490

Grand Junction  
970-241-2499

Pueblo                
719-542-1073

Washington, DC
202-225-4761
 

Step two. Get ready for Senate deliberations.

The GOP has a big margin in the House to pass their bill. Senate Republicans, however, can little afford to lose votes if they hope to pass a version there and send it on to a reconciliation committee. 

One Republican Senator has come out against the current tax scam plans in both House and Senate. Others like Susan Collins and Bob Corker are skeptical. The Senate will vote the week after Thanksgiving. 

Our own Senator Cory Gardner cannot afford to alienate voters in Colorado before his 2020 election race. 

Get together with your team, your allies and your neighbors and start planning a local press event to educate your community about what's going on. Senator Gardner will be watching. 

A Colossal Theft is Coming.

What's in the House tax bill?

-  $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, with 80% destined for the top 1%

- the corporate tax rate permanently felled from 35% to 20%

- the end to medical expenses deductions, which will hit families with sick children and retirees hard

- the end to the head of household deduction, which will penalize single parents and their children

- a $64B decrease in deductible education expenses over the next decade

- a doubling of the income level subject to the highest tax bracket

- a complete elimination of the tax on mega wealthy estates

- $1.5 trillion in deficit spending, positioning future forced cuts to our beleagured social safety net.

Sign Up To Be a D3 Defender Now

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Another Koch Bros Climate Denier appointment? No thanks. 

They're at it again. 

The Council on Environmental Quality is charged with management of the environmental impacts and behaviors of the entire federal government -- how agencies coordinate, how many environmental impact assessments and permits are conducted and enforced, and how the Executive Branch reports on key environmental issues.

During the W. Bush Administration, a whistle-blower revealed how Bush's CEQ head - a former lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute - edited government reporting to remove linkages between carbon emissions and climate change. 

Trump's newly announced appointee for Chair of the CEQ may be no better. Kathleen Hartnet White, a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (funded by the Koch brothers) is a bonafide climate denier and potentially soon to be able to influence permitting for dirty fossil fuel industries from the highest level. She's certainly said some interesting things of late. 

Senators must approve the nominee for this position. Our friends at CREDO Action are running a petition to the Senate here.

You are also encouraged to drop Senator Cory Gardner a line and urge him to vote against such a callous choice as Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and to only support nominees serious about fixing our climate catastrophe. 

Denver                    
303-391-5777

Durango                 
970-415-7416

Grand Junction      
970-245-9553

Pueblo               
719-543-1324

Washington, DC    
202-224-5941

Stay Strong America.

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the latest drill scheme.

Its one of our great national treasures. 

For decades, we've fought back efforts by extractive energy industries to open it up to drilling. 

Egged on by the current administration, Congress is at it again. 

What's so special about ANWR?

Here's all you need to know

Well, ok. This too

Ok. So what now?

Just as they tried and failed to do in the 1990's, House Republicans are attempting to include an opening of ANWR to drilling in the federal budget. 

Let them know that -- no matter where we live -- all Americans value this treasure and others like it. Let them know we're tired of seeing our public lands turned into sacrifice zones for the benefit of antiquated dirty energy industries.

Two options:

1) Our friends at the Wilderness Society have a handy petition you can sign. 

2) Pick up the phone and call our Rep. Scott Tipton, let him know why you oppose the inclusion of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling in the budget and -- while you're at it -- let him know he'd better not be voting for tax breaks for billionaires in the #TrumpTaxScam!

Alamosa               
719-587-5105

Durango      
970-259-1490

Grand Junction  
970-241-2499

Pueblo               
719-542-1073

Washington, DC
202-225-4761
 

Stay Wild America.

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Calling all D3 Defenders: Paul Ryan wants a vote on Thursday. 

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Groups across CD3 are working to beat back the #TrumpTaxScam.

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Indivisible Roaring Fork is taking this check on a regional #TrumpTaxScam tour!

What will be the theme in your area? Fat cat bankers? A naughty Christmas wish list for the 1%? 

The Trump-Ryan "once in a generation" tax giveaway for billionaires has cleared the House Ways and Means Committee, and GOP leadership in Congress hopes for a vote this Thursday or Friday. For more on what's in this Grinch-worthy bill, read on below or watch this video.

We've got til Thursday to get local press coverage in our communities! 

Need resources to throw together that emergency Wednesday rally, or supercharge any existing plans? Our D3 Organizing Kit is up and running! Sign up today to get your copy and receive key updates on developments with the bill in Congress. 

In other good news, the bill is polling poorly, with Americans opposing it by a 17% margin. People only support the bill when they think it treats everyone fairly. When they learn it overwhelming favors the rich, they oppose it by 90%. 

The D3 Organizing Kit includes:

-          Key Facts and Messaging Kit

-          Fast Response Organizing Checklist

-          Letters to Editor and Call Script Guides

-          Printable Postcard for Congressman Tipton

-          Latest Polling Numbers

-          Sample Event Email Blast

-          Sample Email Blast Image

-          Sample Facebook Image

-          Sample Event News Release for Press

A Colossal Theft is Coming.

Congress has unveiled its tax bill. The bill follows a measure passed in both the Senate and House in October that spelled out a Grinch-worthy Christmas wishlist of cuts including:

- $1.3 TRILLION in cuts to Medicaid and Obamacare

- $473 billion in cuts to Medicare

- $1 trillion in mystery cuts. Yes, you read that right. $1 trillion in cuts to life-and-death programs simply marked TBD.

All these proposed cuts are designed to fund tax breaks for mega-donors and the super rich. By ballooning the deficit, they provide a pretext for transformative rollbacks to basic social contract programs including Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security, education, and services for working families and seniors.

A tax cut designed to boost the economy would bolster consumer spending power through working family pocketbooks -- not by abetting more luxury spending by the fantastically rich. A tax cut designed to build a strong American future would prioritize investment in new skills, infrastructure, research, technology, and productive capital formation -- not by rewarding the current winners of a rigged economic power structure. 

What's in the tax bill?

-  $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, with 80% destined for the top 1%

- the corporate tax rate permanently felled from 35% to 20%

- the end to medical expenses deductions, which will hit families with sick children and retirees hard

- the end to the head of household deduction, which will penalize single parents and their children

- a $64B decrease in deductible education expenses over the next decade

- a doubling of the income level subject to the highest tax bracket

- a complete elimination of the tax on mega wealthy estates

This will be a fight.

Today, a Trump-aligned SuperPAC announced a $100 million advertising buy to support the tax cuts. GOP megadonors including the Koch Brothers are twisting the arms of rank-and-file Members of Congress. And tax cut backers have plenty of boondoggle talking points available -- a doubling of the standard deduction! an increase in the child credit! What they won't mention are provisions to slash or end completely several important deductions that working families and retirees currently rely on. 

We can win this, but we need an up-welling like we saw this Spring across women's marches, marches for science, resistance against the Affordable Care Act repeal, the firing of James Comey, and the worst proposed Trump appointments. 

The House will vote late this week. The resistance needs you now.

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action: Three options for your weekend reading pleasure.

First, a 2017 study that reminds us that ideology isn't much use when it comes to understanding voters. 

That would be this one

Read the lessons from Tuesday's progressive sweep in Virginia here and here, and FiveThirtyEight's updated thoughts on 2018's numbers here.

What's the role of psychological disposition, if not DNA itself, in our politics? Dig deep with one leading research paper from Cambridge University Behavioral and Brain Sciences here

Stay Reading America.

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Friday's D3 Daily Action: Americans' access to insurance is under attack. Be an Open Enrollment Resource

The Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is Nov. 1 - Jan. 12.

 

THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS IN COLORADO IS $369/MONTH FOR THOSE WHO BUY ON THE INSURANCE EXCHANGE.

 

Many working people miss out on this opportunity. Be a resource in your community and remind your networks about this critical time!

 

Insurance Under Assault

Trump cut the open enrollment period in half nationally -- from three months to 45 days. The federal enrollment website -- not our Colorado one -- will mysteriously shut down nearly every Sunday during the period. And federal advertising to promote enrollment has been cut by 90%. We're sure he had good reasons.

But Colorado is Colorado, and our state has stepped up to offer a longer enrollment period, all the way to January 12th. According to one source, fully 20% of the expected 35% average individual market 2018 rate increase was caused by Republican efforts to undermine the exchanges.

The good news is that enrollments are strong so far this year. 

 

Open Enrollment 101

Open Enrollment is the public's opportunity to buy health insurance for the coming year through one of the state or federal insurance plan exchanges created  by the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. In Colorado, we have an exchange called Connect for Health.

For working-age folks without insurance plans provided by an employer or other party, this is their main chance to shop for subsidy-eligible plans that scale with their income. This period is also the only time that most people utilizing ACA exchange plans can make changes to their existing policies or fringe benefits.  For those on Medicare, the enrollment period is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, and this is their chance to remain on the main Medicare program or enroll in supplemental programs. 

Individuals with incomes below $48,240 and families of four with incomes below $98,400 qualify for premium tax credits, though every individual and family should check their own eligibility. 

Chances are you know a few people in your community who may not be aware of the Open Enrollment Period for either public exchange insurance or Medicare. 

 

Here are a few key resources on what's different in 2018 and how individuals can seek assistance when shopping for a plan:

There are several changes in 2018, but strangest among them: Gold level plans may no longer be better than Silver level plans. Learn more here

Curious to see ballpark plan costs in your area without creating an exchange account first? Click here

Want extra help in shopping for plans or accessing the system -- be it by phone, in person, or at a training event? Head here

Connect for Health Colorado is our state's public health insurance exchange. Head there to shop for 2018.

 

Stay Healthy America.

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D3 Daily Action

Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Support the Dream Act

Our friends at the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition need your help.

House Minority Leader Nanci Pelosi told the media in early October that Trump personally promised he would sign the 2017 Dream Act.  

We moved the president on a permanent pathway to citizenship that fixes our broken system, and now it is time to push Colorado's congressional delegation

Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton has yet to sign on in support of the 2017 Dream Act, and we need your support to get him there.

Call Congressman Scott Tipton with a short message of support today! Read here for more DACA 101. 

 Phone: (202) 225-4761

"Hello, my name is _________________ from ____town____,  and I am urging Representative Tipton to support the Dream Act. Creating a permanent pathway to citizenship for young Dreamers is the smart way to fix our broken immigration system. I hope you will work to protect DACA recipients now and give our bright young generation of Dreamers a chance to make this country stronger. "

Make sure to let them know if you are a constituent!