My Fellow Resisters,
Here are new updates and recommended actions from PAGE (Progressive Action Global Exchange) followed by inspiring reading/watching/listening suggestions from our own Kathy Sherretts (STOP, LOOK, LISTEN).
Just like every week under the Trump presidency, this has been a big one. First, take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief — and congratulate ourselves for every email, fax and call to our Members of Congress — because Obamacare is safe (for now) from legislative dismantling (see here for a rundown of the whole confusing process). But the repeal & replace effort has been a frightening demonstration of our degraded legislative process — rushed votes on mystery legislation, secret men-only committees, and outright lies to reporters — in the service of a bill which would deprive tens of millions of Americans of their health insurance. Let us not forget : THIS IS NOT NORMAL.
This week, we’ll be focusing on using our economic clout to withdraw our economic support for Trump, Jivanka, and the companies that tolerate this administration.
PAGE Priority Actions
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
The Philistines be upon us.
I have found myself thinking about this James Thurber short story from 1931, and after some digging not only turned up the original story, but a short piece by a writer who was smitten with the protagonist's resemblance to Donald Trump well before the election…
Read Thurber's story here, or listen to it read by Keith Olbermann; Part 1 is posted above.
WNYC: On the Media: The messaging War over Single-Payer Health Care (12 min.)
For over 100 years, single-payer healthcare has been associated with a fear-mongering campaign over socialism. Florida State University's Jill Quadagno leads us through the hundred-year messaging war over universal healthcare in the U.S., including a recent rise in public support for a single-payer system.
Washington Post: I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration by Joel Clement
Removing a civil servant from his area of expertise and putting him in a job where he’s not needed and his experience is not relevant is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars. Silencing civil servants, stifling science, and endangering communities have never made America great.
The Conversation: Give and Take: A look at anti-panhandling measures by Brendan O'Flaherty and Gwendolyn Dordick
The courts are saying that down-and-out Americans have a right to seek curbside alms despite efforts to ban the practice. Two scholars have come up with an alternative to anti-panhandling ordinances.
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