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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.

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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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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!

 

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Tuesday was a banner night for progressives across Colorado and the nation!

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Yeah. We pretty much knocked it out of the park.

Virginia Governorship? Check

New Jersey Governorship? Check

A Four Seat Sweep against big pro-voucher special interests in Douglas County School Board elections? Check

An against-all-odds School Bond and Mill Levy in red Mesa County? Super check

Mental Health Funding in Eagle County? Check.

Funding for Durango Fire Rescue? Check. Like, landslide check

Workforce Affordable Housing in Steamboat? Oh yeah. And schools?! Slow down Steamboat!

Library Funding in red Montrose? Yuuuup!

Safer Streets and a New Fire Station in Pueblo? You got it

Even in Colorado Springs? No way!

All in all, a pretty great night for progressive candidates and causes across this great state.

But wait. There's more good news. 

In other good news, Trump's tax bill, now working it's way through Congress, 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%. 

What if...

we celebrated by dealing Trump's tax giveaway for the megarich a fatal blow in Congress?

(on the off chance you haven't heard) ...that's exactly what D3 Indivisible and allies across the 3rd Congressional are working full-stop to do RIGHT NOW! 

Congress may vote as early as next week. Join us in pulling out all the stops to get letters to the editor in our local papers and educate our neighbors about this horrifying tax bill, put actions together by early next week to win media coverage in our areas, and distribute sign-able postcards for Rep. Tipton telling him where our communities stand. 

We've created a handy one-stop kit to do all the above and more. 

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.

On Thursday, Congress 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 the week of 11/13. The resistance needs you now.

Sign Up To Be a D3 Defender Now

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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!

 

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Calling all D3 Defenders: We have 7 days before the earliest possible vote on the Trump Tax Scam. 

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

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.

On Thursday, Congress 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 the week of 11/13. The resistance needs you now.

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Calling all D3 Defenders: We have two weeks to stop the Trump Tax Scam. 

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This is the Main Event. 

We've beaten back the worst parts of Trump's legislative agenda so far.

Now with the Trump Tax Cuts unveiled, we're facing the greatest assault on our social contract and national wealth in a generation.

D3 Indivisible, in partnership with local Indivisible chapters and allies across Western and Southern Colorado, is organizing to stop this colossal theft in its tracks.

Click here or on the image below to sign up for our special D3 Defenders Action Team to receive timely updates on the tax bill, info on local actions, and cutting-edge organizing tips and techniques.

Read on for a summary of the tax bill and please share this email with others who can help us fight back. 

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A Colossal Theft is Coming.

On Thursday, Congress 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 in mid-November.The resistance needs you now.

Sign Up To Be a D3 Defender Now

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Let your friends, family, and neighbors know about the favor Congress just did for the big banks. 

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Remember the Wells Fargo 3.5 million fake accounts scandal?

The Equifax data security breach that left nearly 150 million Americans vulnerable to identity fraud?

The whole insider-trading casino capitalism credit default swap housing bubble kerfuffle that tanked the economy, wrecked millions of Americans' savings, and robbed many millennials of their first decade of career opportunity?

Congress remembers. And they just made it harder for working people to sue the next time it happens. 

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Senate to cast the deciding vote (yes, that's something veeps can do) on a measure that allows credit card companies and banks to force consumers into mandatory individual arbitration agreements. 

A mandatory individual arbitration agreement means that, should consumers wish to impugn an institution for financial or other harm, they must do so through an arbitrator appointed by the institution -- not through a courtroom  judge or jury or, critically, through a class action lawsuit. Class action lawsuits are the most accessible recourse to justice when millions of people are harmed in amounts too small to enable them to take legal action by themselves, and that's why they're so important -- as a hedge against large-scale malfeasance or neglect by large companies.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created in the wake of the financial crisis, issued a rule in July that barred banks and credit card companies from forcing customers into just this kind of mandatory individual arbitration. 

But Republicans in Congress and the Senate weren't having it. They even resorted to an arcane rule that had only been used once in history before the current administration. 

For more on the full story, read here

At D3 Indivisible, we are committed to informing and empowering our neighbors on key topics in consumer protection and legal rights. Please join us today in sharing this news with friends, family, and neighbors. 

Stay Strong America.

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves. 

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Last week, we brought you the story of Jane Doe...

...a young migrant woman in Trump Administration custody who was being denied access to abortion care.

Now, the very same agency and its same Trump-appointed Director are back, imposing their symbolic grandstanding on the lives of other young people caught in the limbo of a broken immigration system that they refuse to fix. 

Last week Rosa Maria, a 10-year-old suffering from cerebral palsy, was followed by Border Patrol agents to her surgery at a hospital and subsequently jailed in a youth detention center. She is now being asked to "voluntarily deport" herself and her parents are being denied access to her. 

Similar behavior by ICE and the Department of Homeland Security is on the rise under the current administration, even though formal policies exist barring such interventions at medical care and other key facilities. 

For more on the full story, see here

Our friends at the ACLU have announced their intention to sue the government to release Rosa Maria and to enforce formal policies of hospital sanctity. 

We encourage you to make a short call to the Office of Refugee Resettlement to let the agency know that the public is watching. For more information, talking points, and a script, click here

 

Stay Determined America.

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Monday's D3 Daily Action: A Very D3 Halloween Contest

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The Oval Office may be making bizarre gaffes during this holiday season,

but in Ridgway and Pueblo, GJ and Durango, Steamboat and Gunnison, we're not sitting out on Halloween. 

 

Are you or friends wearing costumes inspired by current affairs? Like the young change-makers pictured above, stumping for a school funding bond measure in Grand Junction? 

 

Send us your best Halloween pics for a special D3 Facebook series on Tuesday!

 

All photos can be sent to: Info@Indivisible.co or as a message to our Facebook page

Stay Festive America!

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action: The attack on public lands continues -- now with logging. 

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A new bill in the House offers a logging free-for-all...

...liberated from environmental impact studies, endangered species reviews, public input and comment, and judicial oversight. 

For too long, all that pesky forest science has been keeping commercial logging companies and their friends in Congress from cutting when and where they please on Federal Lands.

Termed the "Resilient Federal Forests Act," H.R. 2936 contains a number of key provisions: 

- Gives private landowners with easements over public land full ownership of that land
- Allows logging projects under 10,000 acres to avoid detailed environmental analysis
- Allows salvage logging projects under 10,000 acres without any analysis
- Allows unstudied logging, grazing, livestock infrastructure construction, and herbicide application under the guise of wildfire risk mitigation for areas under 10,000 acres
- Caps Endangered Species Act consultation for environmental issues arbitrarily at 90 days
- Grants the Forest Service unilateral authority to forgo Endangered Species Act consultation
- Severely limits public involvement timelines for large-scale projects on public lands
- Prohibits restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and injunctions pending appeal, severely limiting public oversight via the courts
- Erodes public oversight by extending logging projects' maximum duration from 10 to 20 years
- Diverts money from stewardship contracts and collaborative forest restoration to the Forest Service to plan additional timber sales
- Prohibits awarding of attorney fees when courts find the government broke the law
Removes enforceability of forest plans making them strictly advisory
- Redirects authority to determine harm to endangered species from the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to land management agencies.


Our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity are running a petition against the bill now. Click here to learn more

Stay Strong America.

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D3 Daily Action

D3 Daily Action

Friday's D3 Daily Action: Tell 5 friends what happened yesterday. A massive theft of American wealth is coming.

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What happened in Congress yesterday is appalling, and we might all be paying the price for a generation.

Our Medicaid and Medicare cut by $1.5 TRILLION. Another $1 TRILLION in future federal cuts that remain unspecified. $1.5 TRILLION added to the deficit. 

All to justify and enable a boondoggle tax rebate for the top 1% that we're told will trickle down to all of us paying for these cuts. The President has claimed that "the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan" -- a statement that FactCheck.org rated as patently false. 

Yesterday, Congress narrowly advanced Trump's budget and laid the ground for a coming tax overhaul, with 20 Republicans breaking to vote against it. Said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL): House Republicans "were asked to vote for a budget that nobody believes in so that we have the chance to vote for a tax bill that nobody's read." For more on the arcane rules that the House set in motion to allow the Senate to pass this massive change with just 51 votes, read here

Tell Me More?

For the internal party politics driving this colossal betrayal of working families, read on here. For the long view, and good links to share on social media, on who has benefited from past tax cuts and who is likely to benefit now, read on here and here.

We are facing an appalling theft of wealth from our country and working people, and polling shows that many voters know it

For more on what the budget will do to Colorado, see yesterday's post

This could backfire in time to be stopped. But regular Americans need to stand up. 

Get on social media and get on the street. Write your newspaper. Ask friends if they've heard about what happened. Ask neighbors how they feel about the programs we pay for being eviscerated just to give billionaires another break. Help people ask questions, be curious, investigate more, and reflect on what's happening in our country. 

...and Stay Strong America.

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D3 Daily Action

D3 Daily Action

Thursday's D3 Daily Action: CALL. Congress votes today on the Federal Budget Boondoggle.

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Now. Right Now. 

The House has scheduled a Thursday vote on the Trump Administration's federal budget. 

What would the budget do? And how does it relate to the plan to slash taxes for the very wealthy and raise them on the working poor? Read more below on the budget that has already passed out of the Senate. 

CALL CONGRESSMAN TIPTON ASAP and urge him to VOTE NO on this harmful boondoggle of a budget. And let him know how you feel on Facebook and Twitter

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073

What's in the Budget?

 
Here's how much Colorado families will suffer from the GOP's move to cut programs to pay for tax breaks for the most fortunate Americans and biggest corporations:

MEDICARE:
 
The Senate budget calls for nearly $500 billion in cuts to Medicare.
In Colorado, 785,398  people who rely on Medicare are at risk.
Medicare beneficiaries make up 14 percent of Colorado's  total population, including:
Seniors: 86 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado are seniors.
People with disabilities: 14 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado have a disability.
Women: 57 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado are women.
Hispanic communities: 12 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado are Hispanic.
Rural communities: Nearly one in four Medicare beneficiaries nationwide live in rural areas.
SOURCE:
KFF: Total Number of Medicare Beneficiaries
KFF: Distribution of Medicare Beneficiaries by Race/Ethnicity
KFF: Distribution of Medicare Beneficiaries by Eligibility Category
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission: Health care spending and the Medicare program
 
MEDICAID:
 
The Senate budget calls for more than $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid – an even deeper cut than Republicans proposed in their health care repeal bills.
In Colorado 1,338,700 people who rely on Medicaid are at risk.
Medicaid beneficiaries make up 19 percent of Colorado's total population, including:
Adults: 1 in 7 nonelderly adults in Colorado.
Children: 2 in 5 children in Colorado.
Seniors: 3 in 5 nursing home residents in Colorado.
People with disabilities: 2 in 5 people with disabilities in Colorado.
Women: 52 percent of nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries in Colorado are women.
Hispanic communities: 33 percent of nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries in Colorado are Hispanic.
Black communities: 24 percent of nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries in Colorado are black.
Rural communities: Medicaid covers one in four nonelderly rural residents nationwide.
Veterans: 41,000 veterans in Colorado rely on Medicaid services.
SOURCE: KFF: Medicaid State Fact Sheets
 
NUTRITION & INCOME SECURITY PROGRAMS:
 
The Senate budget calls for deep cuts to programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, and Social Security.
SNAP helps 476,000 of Colorado families and workers stay out of poverty and keep healthy food on the table.
74 percent of SNAP participants in Colorado are in families with children.
   48 percent of SNAP participants in Colorado are in working families.
25 percent of SNAP participants in Colorado are in families with members who are seniors or have a disability.
In 2016, SNAP benefits added $728 million to Colorado's economy, because families spend their SNAP benefits at local grocery stores and other retailers.
111,625 Coloradans rely on Social Security Disability Insurance, which workers pay into so they can support their families if they develop a severe disability.
SOURCE:
CBPP: SNAP State-by-State Fact Sheets
KFF: Total Disabled Social Security Disability Insurance
 
TAX CUTS FOR WEALTHY:
 
By passing the Senate budget, Republicans have cleared the first hurdle in moving forward to a vote on a tax bill that has been written in secret and few have seen. If the Republican tax plan were to pass:
The richest one percent of Colorado residents would receive 60 percent of the state’s total tax cuts in 2018. These households are projected to earn at least $637,800 next year and would see an average tax cut of $86,480 in 2018.
In stark contrast, middle-class Coloradans would only receive 7 percent of the state’s total tax cuts. These households would only get an average tax cut of $510 in 2018.
Millionaires alone would get 45.5 percent of the state’s total tax cuts. Their average tax cut would be 334 times the tax cut middle class families would get.
17 percent of Colorado households would face a tax hike if the GOP tax plan was in effect in 2018.
  
CUTS TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Nationwide, the Senate budget cuts close to $200 billion from services like Pell Grants and student loan assistance over the next decade.

Stay Strong America.

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D3 Daily Action

D3 Daily Action

Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Tell the Feds to Stop Blocking Women's Legal Access to Choice

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The Office of Refugee Resettlement was established to help integrate new immigrants into American society.

Under the current administration, it's become the latest partisan battleground over women's right to make their own choice. 

News has broken that the Office's Trump-appointed Director, Scott Lloyd, has instituted a policy of forced pregnancies and directed the organization to deny abortion care to young women in it's custody.

The ACLU has already sued once to get one woman, a Jane Doe, access to abortion care. A judge ordered the government to allow her access to her rights, but now the Trump Administration is now appealing. 

If you support a woman's right to choose, please consider signing the ACLU's petition to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Stay Strong America.

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D3 Daily Action

D3 Daily Action

Friday's D3 Daily Action: Let friends know how you're voting in local elections on social media!

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People look to you.

If you're reading this, chances are you've already a big deal in your community.

People look to you for insight on local happenings and politics. Yet in many local elections, thousands of people stay home or don't cast a ballot due to lack of information. 

Today, take a few minutes to share on social media how you're casting your ballot in your local election. In most areas, ballots have already arrived and many voters are waiting to cast them this weekend. 

If you'd like to use the image above, right click on it and save to your desktop. You can then add a photo of yourself with your ballot (now legal in Colorado!) and add the names of any candidates or causes you're supporting! Need an easy and free image editing software? Try Photoscape

Stay Voting America.

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