Catch the Blue Wave – Clemson Area Indivisible Potluck Social, September 9

Get ready to “Catch the Blue Wave” – an Indivisible Potluck Social on Sunday evening, September 9th, 6pm-8pm at the new Fire Station community room on Issaqueena Trail. Kids welcome! (We’ll even have a fire station tour for kids at 6:30)

Let’s get to know one another and strategize about how to move towards the midterms (and other challenges) with a positive and energized front. Invite some friends. We surely will need one another in the days ahead❤️.

In addition to one another, let’s:

  • MEET MARY GEREN, Candidate for Congress, SC District #3
  • MEET LUCY HOFFMAN, Candidate for SC House District #10
  • MEET JODY GAULIN, Candidate for SC House District #2

…all of whom will be in attendance šŸ™‚

 

We encourage folks to:

  • WEAR BLUE
  • BRING ALONG SOME FINGER FOOD OR SIMPLE DESSERTS TO SHARE
  • TOTE ALONG A FRIEND OR TWO OR THREE

…but really, none of those things are necessary, just bring yourself.

We will have ways to volunteer, various kinds of sign up sheets, voter registration info, opportunities to donate, candidate stickers, and candidate signs…perhaps even a few prizes and surprises!

If you’d like to volunteer to help or to let us know you’re coming, please leave your comments or questions on our Clemson Area Indivisible Facebook page.

Being Human is A Pre-Existing Condition, Meetup at Graham’s Pendleton office, July 19th!

Act Now: This seems like the final push to pass a fast-tracked single-party ACA repeal bill. We want to let Lindsey Graham know we are still watching. Join us at noon on the Pendleton Town Square on 7/19/2017 to express your opinion of the latest (and last?) GOP-only bill.

Our theme: Sooner or later, we’ll all have a pre-existing condition. Let’s do the right thing for the people who are already there. We’ll have some patient’s robes as props… since everyone ends up in them sometime.

Bring non-perishableĀ food: We’re collecting donations for our local food banks. If our less fortunate neighbors are being thrown off Medicaid, or having their premiums hiked, we all need to pitch in. This is a way to do it. I hope everyone can bring something.

Call to Action: Double Down on Healthcare, Call Lindsey Graham!

The Senate has released the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, with plans to rush the bill to a vote next week. This bill would effectively end Medicaid as we know it, strip protections from people with pre-existing conditions and disabilities, and make healthcare unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans.

We can stop this bill.

We thus ask you to do two things:

1) Call Senator Lindsey Graham before the Senate votes on this bill. Ideally, call every day until the vote, call each of his seven officesĀ 

Washington:(202) 224-5972
Upstate: (864) 250-1417
Midlands: (803) 933-0112
Pee Dee: (843) 669-1505
Lowcountry: (843) 849-3887
Piedmont: (803) 366-2828
Golden Corner: (864) 646-4090

2) Find another person in the state who is willing to pledge to do the same thing.Ā 

Letā€™s flood Senator Grahamā€™s offices with new voices.

We have selected five talking points. Pick the one that touches you the most, and call about it at least once each day. Ask your friend to do the same.

We offer an opening statement, and we encourage you to include whatever additional anecdotes or relevant information you have. Use as much of the script provided here as you like, but pick one topic that you will make your own. Please also share widely.


Talking Points

1) Rural Communities: My name is ______, and I live in _____, South Carolina. I am calling today to express my deep concern about the impact the Better Care Reconciliation Act will have on health care in rural communities like ours here in South Carolina. I am heartened by Senator Grahamā€™s interest in proposing his own alternative bill, and I hope that interest suggests he is willing to listen to his constituents about the very likely great harm to be caused by the Senateā€™s current proposed bill. According to the Center on Budget and Policy, a non-partisan group, the Senateā€™s new bill would ā€œdevastate health care in rural America.ā€ Not only will the billā€™s outsized cuts to Medicaid disproportionately affect coverage for the rural poor and elderly, but they will also threaten closures to rural hospitals like Oconee Medical Center. Such closures would obviously have profound economic impacts beyond health. I urge Senator Graham to think about the impact this bill is likely to have on the communities in our state.

2) Public Perception and Leadership: My name is ______, and I live in _____, South Carolina. I am calling today to express strong opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act and to remind Senator Graham that this opposition is shared by the vast majority of the American population. I am heartened by Senator Grahamā€™s interest in proposing his own alternative bill, and I hope that interest suggests he is willing to listen to his constituents within his own state and to the broader national population when we tell him we do not want this bill. Even among Republicans, support for the Houseā€™s version of this bill (from which the Senateā€™s version differs only slightly) is only 34%. I will remind Senator Graham that 34% of Republicans alone is not a winning margin. And while Senator Graham is on record as saying that he would support nearly any plan that would overturn the ACA, the American public increasingly disagrees. In fact all polls show that supporting the kinds of cuts to lifeline programs like Medicaid and Medicare that both the House and the Senate bill aim to make could be disastrous politically. An effective leader would find a way to hear peopleā€™s opposition to this disastrous bill and speak out for the people of South Carolina and the country against the moneyed interests in his own party.

3) Governmental Transparency: My name is ______, and I live in _____, South Carolina. I am calling today because I oppose governmental secrecy and believe that government should be working for the people transparently and in the light of day. Senator Graham claims to share this belief. In a tweet about the Houseā€™s healthcare bill, he said that it ā€œshould be viewed with cautionā€ because of the limited time the House had allowed for scoring by the Congressional Budget Office, for debate, and for public scrutiny more broadly. Given the similarly rushed nature of Senator McConnellā€™s call for a vote on this bill, I urge him to view it with similar caution. I am heartened by Senator Grahamā€™s interest in proposing his own alternative bill, and I hope that interest suggests he is willing to listen to his constituents within his own state and to the broader population across the country when we tell him we do not want this bill. This bill does not aim to protect the interests of American citizens like the people of South Carolina. If it did, it could withstand our scrutiny and hold up to public debate. I urge Senator Graham to vote against a bill being pushed through to a hasty vote for purely political purposes. The American people and the citizens of South Carolina deserve better.

4) Impact on the Elderly: My name is ______, and I live in _____, South Carolina. I call today to urge Senator Graham to consider strongly the impact that the Senateā€™s zeal to repeal and replace Obamacare will have on the citizens of South Carolina, especially the elderly. I am heartened by Senator Grahamā€™s interest in proposing his own alternative bill, and I hope that interest suggests he is willing to listen to his constituents about the very likely great harm to be caused by the Senateā€™s current proposed bill. The deep cuts to Medicaid proposed in this bill would have a profound impact on the healthcare decisions available to seniors in our state. In South Carolina, three in five nursing home residents are covered by Medicaid, and the Senateā€™s bill affords no reasonable alternative for their coverage and care. Medicaid also makes it possible for seniors to afford long-term care and nursing home costs, as well as various forms of in-home care that allow them to maintain quality of life and that cost less than hospitalization and nursing homes. I ask Senator Graham to think of the seniors in his state and to take a leadership role in opposing this cruel bill.

5) Impact on Children: My name is ______, and I live in _____, South Carolina. I call today to urge Senator Graham to consider strongly the impact that the Senateā€™s zeal to repeal and replace Obamacare will have on the citizens of South Carolina, especially its children. I am heartened by Senator Grahamā€™s interest in proposing his own alternative bill, and I hope that interest suggests he is willing to listen to his constituents about the very likely great harm to be caused by the Senateā€™s current proposed bill. Of the 19% of South Carolinaā€™s population that relies on Medicaid for health insurance, over 60% are children. Medicaid provides health insurance for over half of the low-income children in South Carolina, and the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 636,000 South Carolina children were enrolled in Medicaid in March. Cuts to Medicaid would directly impact the availability of health care for low-income children, and would severely limit the opportunities for children with special needs at all income levels, since Medicaid subsidizes public school programs as well as in-home care. I implore Senator Graham to think of the impact that the Senateā€™s bill will have on the most vulnerable children in our state.

NOW is the time to act on the Senate version of AHCA!

NOW is the time to act on the Senate version of AHCA. We are planning a combined action where EVERYONE can help. There are three steps, and I’m sure that everyone can pitch in for one or more.

1. Write up an extremely short summary of how AHCA will affect you and take a picture of yourself and your story. Encourage your friends and family around SC to do the same. Upload those images to our album (https://www.facebook.com/pg/IndivisibleSC3/photos/?tab=album&album_id=691541307707874). Cary and Nigel have gotten us started.

2. Share that story and any others that touch you on social media: Twitter, Facebook, etc. Be sure to tag Sen Graham and Sen Scott and maybe stick on a hashtag like #AHCA or #Trumpcare. Call Graham and Scott’s office to share your story.

3. Join us to deliver these stories to Sen. Graham’s office in Pendleton next Tuesday at lunch. Invite your friends to come, too. This is a public event. https://www.facebook.com/events/1526931257350901/

Indivisible Clemson at the Arts Festival, May 20th, sign up

Hi all, please sign up if you can volunteer at the Clemson Arts Festival with Indivisible Clemson! The festival is on Saturday, May 20th in downtown Clemson at Catherine Smith Plaza/Edgewood Ave/Jaycee Park.

We will be inviting festival attendees to decorate and mail a postcard, and we will have two kinds on hand created specifically for the festival: postcards to send to our Members of Congress encouraging them to support funding for the arts in the federal budget, and postcards to send to our local Clemson City Council members encouraging them to fund the Arts Center out of the hospitality tax. We need volunteers to help set up and break down the table, as well as take shifts at the table throughout the festival.
Thank you for participating in this fun community event!

Action Item for April 15 Unanswered Questions: SC3 Citizen Town Hall

Please join with your fellow citizens of South Carolina’s Third Congressional District for a Citizen Town Hall from 9AM-10:30AM on April 15.

-Come with Questions and Concerns! This is a great chance to make your voice heard.
-Families Welcome! Playground available and it should be a beautiful morning.
-Plenty of Parking at Abel Baptist Church behind the Community Center

Review Jeff Duncan’s record on key votes here:Ā http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/47967/jeff-duncan

Action Item #3 for March 20: Get Ready to Run

It will be time for elections before we know it and we need to focus on getting reasonable residents into office. Brand New Congress is actively seeking nominations for our district. If you know someone who would make a great contender to Jeff Duncan, nominate them here.Ā 

If youā€™re interested in running for office, start learning more with the She Should Run Incubator.Ā http://www.sheshouldrun.org/Ā 

Action Item #2 for March 20: Call Your Senators to Oppose H.J.res.69

This resolution would revoke the U.S. Fish and Wildlife services rule restricting non-subsistence takings of wildlife on federal lands in Alaska. H.J.res.69 would allow hunters to enter dens, kill hibernating wildlife, and use huntingĀ methods considered inhumane and outside the realm of ā€˜Fair Chaseā€™.Ā  This legislation has already passed in house and will be voted by the Senate this week.

Learn more at http://www.snopes.com/2017/02/19/house-votes-killing-hibernating-bears-alaska/

Action Item #1 for March 20: Write to Rep. Jeff Duncan to Oppose the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA)

Write a letter to Rep. Duncan opposingĀ ACA repeal and stating that theĀ AHCA is not an acceptable replacement. PleaseĀ email your letterĀ before Tuesday OR drop of a handwritten letter to the Anderson County Democratic Party office on Wednesday between 11am and 1 pm.

Talking points are located atĀ https://indivisibleclemson.com/issues/healthcare/