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D3 Action ~ Election Countdown!

D3 Action ~ Election Countdown!

Wednesday's D3 Action

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#15FRIENDS 

We wholeheartedly invite you to participate in the newest campaign from D3 Indivisible Colorado15 Friends!

No longer will we sit back to watch this unfold.  We know people!  And each one of us will be responsible for making sure that OUR PEOPLE VOTE in November.

Let's each take it upon ourselves to ensure that family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances MAIL IN BALLOTS or GO TO THE POLLS on November 6th.

Make a list of 15 people in your life.

Let them know that you are going to CHECK IN WITH THEM
until you are 100% certain that they have voted:

Email
Text
Call
Call again
...Drive them to the post office
or to the polls!

Just think about it...isn't it time you spoke with with your best friend from high school?  Your old boss?  What does your mom think about the state of things?  This is a great opportunity to reconnect with the folks in your life.  All of us here at D3 Indivisible Colorado are playing...won't you join us?  The power of connection.  It's so simple.

Spread the word!  If everyone participates, just imagine the wave we will make!  In Colorado and beyond.  Please say YES.  And please share your success stories with #15FRIENDS.

Be a Patriot.  Vote in November.

REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE HERE

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Sunday's D3 Daily Action: Sign up for the D3 Summit

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER! 

JULY 20-22, 2017  •  RIDGWAY, COLORADO


HERE'S A LOOK AT THE AGENDA:

NOTABLE SPEAKERS
US REPRESENTATIVE JARED POLIS
2016 CD3 CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE GAIL SCHWARTZ
PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN, WILLIAM STEDING, PHD



2018 CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES' FORUM
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIANE MITSCH BUSH
GRAND JUNCTION CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, CHRIS KENNEDY
(POTENTIAL CANDIDATE)
EX-CIA OPERATIVE, BOB BAER (POTENTIAL CANDIDATE)


WORKSHOPS
Attendees will be able to pick 3 Workshops to attend: 

FROM AGITATING TO ORGANIZING
Key concepts and tools for activists including understanding the activist’s journey, how power works, and the roll of stories.

BRIDGES NOT WALLS
Tools and concepts to build a grassroots movement that bridges the gap rather than deepens the divide through acknowledging human tendencies, active listening and fostering empathy. 

VOICES OF THE DISTRICT
Hear from a panel of campaigners and elected officials on communication strategies for different issues and audiences.

ENGAGING WITH VOTERS
An A-Z manual on voter outreach, from voter registration and targeted conversations, to messaging and data driven plans.

BUILDING ORGANIZATIONAL POWER FOR 2018
How to conduct an effectiveness assessment of your organization, and tools for participatory planning and fundraising locally

DIGITAL & EARNED MEDIA FOR THE WIN
Utilizing social media tools and free press to boost your presence and reach a larger audience

BUILDING VOLUNTEER POWER
How to recruit, grow, keep, and inspire dedicated volunteers

MILLENNIAL-SPLAINING
Understanding and engaging millennials as volunteer and voters

LUNCH SEMINAR

WE'VE GOT ISSUES...
Hear from three experienced organizers from the front lines of battleground issues in District 3: 

Heidi Hess - LGBTQ Rights
Brien Webster - Conservation/Environment
Karen Sherman-Perez - Immigration

WHO'S COMING? 
OVER 100 ACTIVIST LEADERS, ATTENDEES FROM TOWNS, CITIES AND COUNTIES THROUGHOUT COLORADO'S DISTRICT 3. 

The following cities/towns/regions will be represented: Alamosa, Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Crestone, Denver, Durango, Eckart, Edwards, Estes Park, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Mancos, Montrose, Ouray, Pagosa Springs, Paonia, Placerville, Pueblo, Ridgway, Saguache, Steamboat Springs, Telluride. 

ORGANIZATIONS ATTENDING
Indivisible National
Wilderness Society
Speak Colorado
Western Colorado Congress
NARAL
Conservation Colorado
Hispanic Affairs Project
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

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Friday's D3 Daily Action: Sign up for the D3 Summit

BE THE CHANGE IN DISTRICT 3

JULY 20-22, 2017  •  RIDGWAY, COLORADO

From Steamboat to Ouray, Glenwood to Alamosa, Grand Junction to Pueblo, Colorado's District 3 is coming alive. Resistance efforts and protests have created new alliances, strong organizations, and a movement bigger than any one community alone.

As a Resource Hub and Action Platform, D3 Indivisible Colorado is at the very heart of it. And we want you to join us.

D3 is committed to serving as an umbrella for regional entities to gather and disseminate factual information, raise public awareness, organize coordinated political actions that further responsible and intelligent public policy, and to function as a public, inclusive platform to unite our diverse communities.

The first ever D3 Summit is designed to provide a forum for collaboration and coordination for progressive organizations and causes throughout Colorado's Third Congressional District.

We welcome leaders from Indivisible, progressive, environmental, social welfare, education, political and other diverse advocacy groups throughout the region as well as individuals committed to respectfully engaging in the kind of discourse that unifies rather than divides. 

The D3 Summit is also slated to be the first public forum for candidates running for our Congressional District seat in the US House of Representatives.
 

Together, we have the power to advocate for common sense policy that upholds the pillars of our Constitution and protect our freedoms for a stronger America.

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Friday's D3 Daily Action

Let Your Senators know that you expect them to oppose ACA repeal.

TrumpCare now moves on to the Senate where it will need a simple majority to pass. Unlike House Republicans, Senators have said they want to know what the full impact of TrumpCare will be before they vote on it. They will wait for a CBO score before moving forward, so it will be a week or two before any vote can occur. But they have already started negotiations, which means the time to put on the pressure is now.

Let Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Michael Bennet know that TrumpCare is unfixable (Below are 10 reasons why). Tell them you expect them to oppose ACA repeal.  Remind them that they will have to answer for their vote for the rest of their career.

10 Reasons why TrumpCare is a bad idea:

  1. Takes away health care from 24 million Americans. This is according to nonpartisan estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). This will result in 24,000 - 44,000 more Americans dying every year from lack of insurance. Not to mention medical bankruptcies, lost wages, untreated illnesses...
  2. Hike deductibles by $1500 on average. TrumpCare pushes Americans into low-quality, high cost-sharing health insurance by providing meager tax credits compared to the Affordable Care Act. This is the opposite of what Trump promised in his campaign.
  3. End the federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. TrumpCare incentivizes states to drop consumer protections, meaning insurance companies will be able to charge people more if they have a pre-existing condition. 130 million Americans have a pre-existing conditions. People could face premiums well over $100,000 a year.
  4. Allow insurance companies to charge older Americans significantly more for their health care. A single, 64 year old adult making $26,500/year would have to pay $14,600 in annual premiums—a 750% increase from current law.
  5. Cut $880 billion from Medicaid, a program that more than 70 million Americans, half of which are children, rely on.
  6. Put lifetime and annual benefit caps back on the table for even those with employer coverage. This means a baby with a serious medical condition could use up its lifetime limits in the first month of life under TrumpCare.
  7. Make women pay more for health insurance than men. Because insurance companies could charge more for pre-existing conditions like breast cancer or assault survival and because pregnancy care no longer would be a required benefit, women would once again pay more for health care than men.
  8. Defund Planned Parenthood. Nearly 3 million Americans, especially women and families, receive affordable health care services annually at Planned Parenthood facilities. TrumpCare prohibits any funding from going to these clinics.
  9. Harm children with special needs by cutting Special Education funds for schools. Medicaid funds a large portion of education for students with a variety of disabilities. Buried in the bill is a provision that no longer recognizes schools as required Medicaid providers, on top of the massive cuts to the program.
  10. And, it does all of this in order to pay for $600 billion in tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.

Fortunately, the Senate is different than the House. It moves slower and is responsive to different pressures. That’s why you’ll have real influence over TrumpCare at several levels during this process moving forward.  We need to stay on top of this.

And if you have 5 extra minutes: Write a letter/postcard to object to the all-male senate healthcare group:

Senator Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Suggested letter: Not everyone is at the table to discuss health care, Sen. McConnell. 51% of the US population is female. 37% is not white. 19% has a disability. More than 3% is LGBT. By these statistics, your committee should have six women, four minorities, two disabled people, and one gay person. A group of white, straight men could harm those excluded from the conversation. Please make it right.

Trumpcare Hits Children’s Hospitals Hard – Forbes

The American Health Care Act and the question of pre-existing conditions (5 letters) – The Denver Post

The Health Care Board’s Insults to Women – NY Times

Trumpcare Passed the House, Now What? – Indivisible Guide

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action

D3 Monthly Meeting TONIGHT:  Please Attend or Live-Stream

We are pleased to host Christi Strickland at this month's D3 meeting for a fun, interactive workshop on "Bridging the Gap." Join us!

Christi Strickland, MA has been bridging divides and developing collaborative partnerships as a group facilitation skills instructor for the past 15 years at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.  She has also been involved in various activist groups, particularly around anti-oppression work as well as addressing climate change.  She sees the efforts of Indivisible as an opportunity to bridge these worlds - to fight for justice and sustainability, while bringing people together rather than deepening divisions.

Where:  Weehawken Creative Arts
1075 Sherman Street
Ridgway, CO  81432

When:  6:30 - 8:00pm

We will livestream this meeting to the Indivisible District 3 Facebook page.  Please tune in if you cannot attend in person!

(Please note that June's meeting will return to the Sherbino Theatre in Ridgway, CO)

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action

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Tools for April Recess:  Contact your Member of Congress.  Attend a Town Hall.  Show up to their office.  Ask questions about where they stand.  Let them know the issues that matter to you most.  Take photos.  Share your stories.

Congress is on its way home for a two-week recess. Your representatives need to hear your opinions on important matters such as Syria, the environment, health care, the Russia investigation, immigration, the budget and other vital topics.  Find a town hall in your area or visit the offices of Representative Scott Tipton, Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Michael Bennet to let them know how you feel on the issues that are important to you.  If you can't be there in person, call them.  The importance of your representatives hearing from you personally cannot be overstated.

Use these TOOL KITS below to help you prepare:

The Indivisible Guide has created sample questions to use as a guide in preparation for town hall meetings.

MoveOn.org has created tools for the recess that include everything from media resources to training guides to general materials and de-escalation tips.

The Progress Report put together this tool kit as a reference for questions at town halls or on the phone. 

 

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Sunday's D3 Daily Action

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Your Sunday Daily Action is to read (or listen to) the Indivisible Guide if you have not already done so. 

In December, the Indivisible Guide was published online by a group of former congressional staffers. It was a poorly formatted, typo-filled Google Doc and its founders never imagined how far and fast it would spread. Since December, the guide has been downloaded over a million times. More than 4,500 local groups, like D3 Indivisible Colorado, have signed up to participate in nearly every congressional district in the country. What’s more, every day citizens are putting the guide into action—showing up en masse to congressional district offices and events, and flooding the congressional phone lines. If you have not yet read or listened to this Guide, we encourage you to take some time to do it today. There are several ways to read it...