July 4th Recess – Take Action!
Your incredible advocacy is working! This week, the Senate Majority Leadership delayed the vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). But we can’t sit back – we need to UP our advocacy! WE HAVE NEXT WEEK TO #KillTheBill and #SaveMedicaid.
Your Senators will be home for the 4th of July recess next week. We need to ensure that your Senators hear about how bad the bill would be for people with disabilities all recess long! More about the bill here and here. This toolkit details how you can turn up the heat and make sure that your Senators feel the pressure to vote NO to any bill that cuts or caps Medicaid!
- Attend town halls, events, rallies, protests, and 4th of July events and use every opportunity to advocate to #SaveMedicaid.
Since Senators will be at home, they will be doing events (including town halls in some cases) and will be available for meetings. This is also a critical time to plan and/or attend rallies and protests. Every single senator needs to hear from you, but especially if you are in a key state. Find out if you are in a key state here.
Use every opportunity to advocate! Call your Senator’s office to find out their 4th of July recess plans. Bring a sign (create one here) or leaflet and turn any 4th of July event into an advocacy opportunity, especially if your Senator will be there! If you spot your Senator, post on social media #SpotYourSenator and the location so others can join.
If you don’t see an event planned, plan your own! Let us know about it so we can share it! And add your event or rally to the ACLU People Power map and invite people to join you: https://go.peoplepower.org/event/action/create/
- Visit your Senator’s office and ask to meet with them or call them!
Your Senators are home so stop by their local offices and ask to meet with them or their relevant staff! You should bring along a written copy of your story to leave with the office. To write up your story, include a picture, and a description of what Medicaid means to you! Examples are available here and here.
Keep calling your Senators! (If your senators oppose this bill, please call them and thank them!) You can call the main Capitol line at: (202) 224-3121 or you can call your Senator’s local offices, available here.
- Keep Calling!!
In addition to calling your Senators, you can call your Representative and ask that they oppose the bill. If the Senate can pass a bill, the House will have to vote again and we want members to oppose the bill. You can use the same script as above!
You can also call the Senate HELP and Finance Committees. These committees oversee healthcare issues and have not held a single hearing on this bill!
Call the Senate HELP Committee at 202-224-5375.
Call the Senate Finance Committee at 202-224-4515.
Demand they hold hearings before they bring the bill to the floor for a vote!
- Get the Media to focus on this issue!
If you are planning to attend a rally or another event, call your local paper and ask them to be there. Find local reporters on Twitter or comment on media Facebook pages. If you are at a rally or some other event and there are reporters or other members of the media, talk to them! Tell your story!
Write an op-ed or a letter to the editor for your local paper—we have examples and advice here.
- Reach out to friends and family in key states!
Think about all of your family and friends who live in states with Republican Senators, especially key Senators who have expressed concerns. Call or email anyone you know in those states, and ask them to call their Senators. Share fact sheets and information with them.
- Social Media
You can also tell your Senator your story on Twitter or via Facebook.
Take a Selfie and Share Your Reasons to #SaveMedicaid:
Stories and photos have major power. Write down how cuts and caps to Medicaid will affect you. Take a selfie while holding your sign and post it to social media, tagging #SaveMedicaid and your Member of Congress. You can find their accounts here.
Tweet at your Senators:
Check out these toolkits for more ideas on how to take action this July 4th recess:
- AAPD: Action Alert! Senate Delays Healthcare Vote – Keep Up the Pressure!
- AUCD: http://www.aucd.org/template/
- ADAPT/NCIL: http://www.advocacymonitor.
- Families USA recess toolkit
- Lutheran Services in America: Lutheran Services in America