Actions: 6/19 and 6/20

Monday: Strong Start Mondays

Provide testimony in support of S.1821/H.1726, an act to promote green infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs [Carbon Pricing]. The bill introduces a price on carbon dioxide pollution in Massachusetts, with 20% of revenue dedicated to green infrastructure and the rest rebated according to a progressive formula. The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy will hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday June 20 at 1:00 pm. You can testify in person at the hearing, or email written testimony to the committee chairs—Sen. Michael Barrett (Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov) and Rep. Thomas Golden Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov).

SCRIPT FOR EMAIL: Honorable Chairmen and Members of the Joint Committee:

I am writing to express my strong support for the carbon pricing bills, S1821/H1726. Charging a fee on carbon pollution is the most cost-effective way to cut greenhouse gas emissions. We need to raise the price on carbon-emitting products to reflect the true cost to society and future generations so that people can understand the effect our actions have on the climate and adapt accordingly. This will provide a strong incentive to shift from fossil fuels to clean energy, while allowing us the freedom to decide how to do so. (FEEL FREE TO INCLUDE YOUR PERSONAL STORY ABOUT WHY CUTTING GREENHOUSE GAS MATTERS TO YOU.)

Sincerely, (YOUR NAME AND CITY/ZIP CODE)

Testify for Medicare for All (H.2987/S.619). This Mass bill establishes a single-payer system that would save an estimated 15.75% of our current healthcare spending; take the burden of rising healthcare costs off small businesses, municipalities, and families; and guarantee access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Massachusetts residents. The hearing by the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing is Tuesday at 11:00 am. You can testify in person or email written testimony to the committee chairs, Senator James Welch (James.Welch@masenate.gov) and Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez (Jeffrey.sanchez@mahouse.gov).

SCRIPT FOR EMAIL: Honorable Chairmen and Members of the Joint Committee:

I urge you to report out favorably the Medicare for All bills (H.2987/S.619). Our present healthcare system has remained inequitable, expensive, and inefficient despite the improvements from the Affordable Care. It’s become increasingly clear that a single payer option is the only way to achieve fair, high-quality, efficient, and cost-effective healthcare for everyone. (IF YOU LIKE, INCLUDE A PERSONAL STORY ABOUT EXPERIENCES WITH THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.)

Sincerely, (YOUR NAME AND CITY/ZIP CODE)

TUESDAY: Healthcare

Sign up for the Massachusetts-wide Indivisible Conference this Sunday, June 25, at 12:30 pm in Lexington. It will be a day of inspiration, education and action focused on turning this moment into a movement. There is a $10 suggested donation but you can get a ticket for any price if you click "Any donation other than $10." For more info and to register, click here.

TrumpCare will be decided very soon. We need to inundate the Senate with calls and emails this week. It’s dropped off the front page, and senators report they’re not getting many calls. So, although there’s only one Trumpcare action on the list, feel free to run with the subject! Call early, call often, email, use Indivisible Guide’s scripts and data. Let the Senate know we care, and we’re paying attention.

The next few days are absolutely critical for stopping the Republican plan, which will deprive many millions of Americans of adequate healthcare. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is working tirelessly to get the votes he needs to pass it, and he almost has them. Only grassroots pressure will draw attention to this terrible process and stop this terrible bill from getting through the Senate. To be clear, Mitch McConnell will not schedule a vote unless he’s sure he has enough votes to get it through. If we wait until a vote is scheduled, it will be too late. The time to fight back is now.

Senators Warren and Markey oppose Trumpcare. Now we need to urge them to do everything they can to slow down the Republicans and draw attention to this terrible process and this terrible bill. Let’s call Sen. Warren (202-224-4543) and Sen. Markey (202-224-2742) and urge them to do all they can to fight back in the Senate. Here’s a short script on the subject. If you’d prefer a more in-depth conversation or would like to learn more about the proposed tactics, see the script provided by Indivisible Guide.

SCRIPT: Hi. I’m (NAME) from (ZIP). I’m calling about the Senate healthcare bill. I know the senator opposes the bill, and I appreciate that. Now I’d like to ask (HER/HIM) to slow down the process and draw attention to this terrible bill. I want to urge Senator (NAME) to withhold consent on amendments, place holds on nominations, and object to all unanimous consent requests until there are hearings and a complete CBO score. I’d also like (HER/HIM) to offer lots amendments during vote-a-rama, and make it clear that they’ll hold the floor with amendments as long as it takes to guarantee that Americans can read the bill and see a CBO score and the Senate can hold hearings. Is the senator willing to take these measures?

Thought for the Week

“You do not become a ‘dissident’ just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career,” Havel wrote. “You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society. ... The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He is not seeking power. He has no desire for office and does not gather votes. He does not attempt to charm the public. He offers nothing and promises nothing. He can offer, if anything, only his own skin—and he offers it solely because he has no other way of affirming the truth he stands for. His actions simply articulate his dignity as a citizen, regardless of the cost.”

The long, long road of sacrifice and suffering that led to the collapse of the communist regimes stretched back decades. Those who made change possible were those who had discarded all notions of the practical. They did not try to reform the Communist Party. They did not attempt to work within the system. They did not even know what, if anything, their tiny protests, ignored by the state-controlled media, would accomplish. But through it all they held fast to moral imperatives. They did so because these values were right and just. They expected no reward for their virtue; indeed they got none. They were marginalized and persecuted. And yet these poets, playwrights, actors, singers and writers finally triumphed over state and military power. They drew the good to the good. They triumphed because, however cowed and broken the masses around them appeared, their message of defiance did not go unheard. It did not go unseen. The steady drumbeat of rebellion constantly exposed the dead hand of authority and the rot of the state.

I stood with hundreds of thousands of rebellious Czechoslovakians in 1989 on a cold winter night in Prague’s Wenceslas Square as the singer Marta Kubisova approached the balcony of the Melantrich building. Kubisova had been banished from the airwaves in 1968 after the Soviet invasion for her anthem of defiance “Prayer for Marta.” Her entire catalog, including more than 200 singles, had been confiscated and destroyed by the state. She had disappeared from public view. Her voice that night suddenly flooded the square. Pressing around me were throngs of students, most of whom had not been born when she vanished. They began to sing the words of the anthem. There were tears running down their faces. It was then that I understood the power of rebellion. It was then that I knew that no act of rebellion, however futile it appears in the moment, is wasted.

— Chris Hedges, The Price of Resistance