Action Alerts

Concerned about the outcome of the last election?  Want to get involved and help defend progressive values? We will be making periodic postings of ways you can get involved in a range of projects with various non-DFL organizations.  (DFL events are listed on our DFL In the Know posts.)

 Here are some upcoming events:

  • Today through November 6 — Early No Excuse Voting in municipalities and school boards holding elections. Check those entities for locations and times.
  • October 14, 11:00 AM — The People’s Rally for Justice, Minneapolis State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55155. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 14, 1:30 PM — Pie and Politics with Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Zack Stephenson, Champlin Community Center, 12450 Gettysburg Ave N, Champlin, MN 55316. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 16, 6:15 PM — Westside Progressive Meeting:  Campaign Finance Reform, Church of the Epiphany Episcopal, 4900 Nathan Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55442. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 16, 7:00 PM — Indivisible MN03 Candidate Town Hall with Tina Liebling, Chaska Moravian Church, 115 E 4th St, Chaska, MN 55318. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 17, 6:30 PM — Indivisible North Metro Free Screening:  First Daughter and hte Black Snake, Coon Rapids Middle School Auditorium, 11600 Raven St NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
  • October 17, 7:00 PM — Indivisible MN03:  Representative on the Record, finding out what Rep. Paulsen’s positions are is difficult without town halls, individual meetings are off the record. Find out what people who’ve met with Rep. Paulsen have learned. South Shore Community Senior Center, 5735 Country Club Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331.  More information and RSVP here.
  • October 18, 6:30 PM — DACA:  In Depth Discussion with Immigration Attorney Kara Lynum hosted by Indivisible MN03, Wayzata Public Library, 620 Rice St E, Wayzata, MN 55391. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 19, 7:00 PM — Indivisible Northwest Metro Meeting:  Twitter 102, Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main St, Maple Grove. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 21, 2:00 PM — League of Women Voters:  Bold Women of Medicine, Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Sq, Edina, MN 55436
  • October 22, 12:30 PM — Sen. Elizabeth Warren:  The Democratic Party at a Crossroads — The Wellstone Way and Economic Populism, Ted Mann Concern Hall, 2128 4th St. S, Minneapolis, MN 55454. More information and RSVP
    here.
  • October 22, 1:00 PM — Swing Left Minnetonka Voter Canvassing and Get Out the Vote for City Council. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 22, 2:00 PM — Leader Melissa Hortman Tree Celebration FUndraiser, 8710 WIndsor Ter, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443. More information and tickets here.
  • October 23, 7:00 PM — Indivisible Plymouth Social Event with Adam Jennings, El Azteca Mexican Restaurant, 3500 Vicksburg Ln N, #500, Plymouth, MN 55447
  • October 24, 6:30 PM — League of Women Voters:  So You Wan to Make a Difference? Edina Community Center, 5701 Normandale Rd, Edina, MN 55424. The event is free, but to attend you must register with Edina Community Education.
  • October 24, 7:00 PM — Indivisible MN03 Environmental Concerns and Our District, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345.  More information and RSVP here.
  • October 25, 7:00 PM — Indivisible MN03 Candidate Forum with Paul Thissen, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 26, 5:00 PM — Lake Minnetonka Drinking Liberally, Hazellewood Grill & Tap Room, 5635 Manitou Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331.  Special Guest:  Adam Jennings
  • October 26, 7:00 PM — Let’s Talk Healthcare presented by the CD3 Minnesota Nurses Association, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Park 55430
  • October 27, 6:30 PM — Indivisible MN03 Halloween Party & Fundraiser, Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 2705 Annapolis Ln N, Minneapolis, MN 55441. More information and RSVP here.
  • November 1, 7:00 PM — Indivisible MN03 Plymouth Meeting, Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth, MN 55447. More information and RSVP here.
  • November 2, 9:30 AM — DFL Women Meeting, 12800 Marion Ln W, Minnetonka, MN 55305. Common Cause will speak about redistricting and it’s effect on suppressing voter turnout.
  • November 7 — Election Day for some municipalities and school boards in CD3
  • November 7, 6:30 PM — Indivisible MN03:  Civics 101 with Cwod, Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie. More information and RSVP here.

NOTE:  Candidates for the CD3 DFL and Senate District endorsements should send event information to info@dfl3cd.org for posting on this listing and the CD3 DFL calendar.

Other ways to make your voice heard:

  • HandsOff.org is a coalition of organizations working against the Trump/GOP budget. Visit their site and leave your story of how this massive attack on the social safety net would impact you and your family’s life.
  • Indivisible CD3 Petition:  Erik Paulsen — Release Trump’s Taxes
  • Moveon.org is looking for local volunteers to become MoveOn Mobilizers for their Resistance Summer.  If you’re interested, you can apply online here.
  • ProPublica is looking for people to monitor Facebook campaign ads. In the wake of the Russian government purchasing pro-Trump/anti-Clinton ads in 2016, this is a good project. Here’s a link to their article, there’s a link to a Chrome web browser extension you can add that will collect the ads in your Facebook feed.

Hold Congressman Paulsen Accountable

Here’s the latest Indivisible MN03 Call Topic information:  #CallTopic  #TrumpCare

Yesterday, Trump did two things to unilaterally undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA): he signed an Executive Order to allow the sale of alternative health plans and short-term insurance policies. He’s also ending the critical payments, known as cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford health care coverage.

Background:

After signing an executive order on October 12 instructing federal agencies to revisit ACA rules governing the sales of associated health plans and short-term insurance policies, it’s now being reported that Trump is also planning to cut payments known as cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), which allow insurers to offer lower-cost individual market plans with lower out-of-pocket costs to low-income consumers. Even though the executive order has no immediate impact and is merely instructional, the ending of CSR payments could have a sudden and immediate impact on the market and on people’s health.

The Congressional Budget Office has released an analysis concluding ending CSR payments would increase premiums for the most popular individual market plans by 20% next year and 25% by 2020 and leave about 5% of the population without access to any individual plans at all. By contrast, if the CSRs were left in place, less than 0.5% of the population would live in a region without access to individual market plans.

Critics, who include state insurance commissioners, most of the health-insurance industry and mainstream policy specialists, predict that a proliferation of these other kinds of coverage will have damaging ripple effects, driving up costs for consumers with serious medical conditions and prompting more insurers to flee the law’s marketplaces. [See WaPo article, Trump to End Key ACA Subsidies]

If Trump cuts subsidy payments, he is effectively kicking the issue to Congress. It will be up to Congress to appropriate funds for the CSR payments to prevent turmoil in the individual insurance market and cause real harm to individuals.

WaPo: Trump Signs Order to Eliminate ACA Insurance Rules, Undermine Marketplace https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-to-sign-executive-order-to-gut-aca-insurance-rules-and-undermine-marketplaces/2017/10/11/40abf774-ae97-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.53067e62b54f

Script: 

My name is ____(Name)____ and I live in Rep. Paulsen’s district in ____(City)____. I’m calling to urge Rep. Erik Paulsen to immediately pass legislation to stabilize the insurance market and ensure the ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies are fully funded. The American people want a bipartisan fix to the ACA, not a political sabotage of the law. Thank you.

Rep Paulsen Office Numbers:   202.225.2871 (DC) or 952.405-8510 (MN)

Don’t forget to record your call on their Office Call Tracker, Indivisiblecd3.com. This helps them identify which issues you are actively supporting.

Congressman Paulsen’s Lack of Public Town Halls

Ongoing — Want to contact Cong. Paulsen regularly about progressive issues?  Calls for Change is offering ways to do that:  It’s easier than you think to do something to advance women and equality. Calling members of Congress is one of the most effective ways to influence the political process, and Calls for Change makes it simple and fast. Each week we’ll send you all the information you need — from the right phone number to a sample script — so in just ten minutes you can make sure your voice is heard. Learn more about the issues we’re focused on.

  • Ongoing — Constituents running into road blocks in contacting Rep. Erik Paulsen to express their wish for an in-person town hall meeting have created this FaceBook group. If you agree and would like to participate, please join and help.
  • Ongoing — StandUpMN Indivisible CD3 asks that residents of Congressional District 3 sign their online petition requesting Cong. Paulsen hold quarterly town hall meetings to address concerns about the Trump agenda and then share it with their friends.
  • Ongoing — Live in the Dewey Hill neighborhood in Edina? Join their group on nextdoor.com to help work to have Rep. Paulsen hold a real town hall in his district
  • Ongoing — Rep. Scott Peters of California has an online petition that can be signed urging other Congress members to hold town halls in their districts (we haven’t completed the form, so we don’t know, but it’s pretty common to have a contribution ask at the end that isn’t mandatory).
  • ResistanceRecess.com has a website where you can sign a pledge to contact Rep. Paulsen, and find out about more activities in our area here.

Looking for tools to help you move through the Trump years?

  • 5 Calls is an app that helps people make the move from passive participation into active resistance. Spend 5 minutes making 5 calls a day. Here’s a link to the iTunes preview, and a link to the Android preview.
  • ACLU Resistance Training — Weren’t able to watch the original livestream of this training? You can watch it here.
  • Boycott Trump — there is a free application available in the App Store and GooglePlay listing all the organizations that have been involved with Donald J. Trump and how to help you make decisions on where to spend your money.
  • Brave News — Need some positive news to help keep you energized? Subscribe to this newsletter for true stories of courage and resistance.
  • BuzzFeed is maintaining a running list of Pres. Trump’s lies here.
  • The Center for American Progress Action Fund has a podcast, OffKilter, that focuses on poverty and inequality. You can listen online or subscribe on iTunes.
  • Committee to Investigate Russia — The Russian Active Measures campaign aimed at the US has been exposed. This committee is a nonprofit, non-partisan resource provided to help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy. All relevant information is aggregated in one place to provide context and allow users to see the full picture of what Russia has done and will continue to do unless we start paying closer attention. Here’s a link to their site.
  • Countable — Contact Congress and Vote on Bills is an application that allows you to do just that, follow what’s happening in Congress. Free download on both Android and iPhone.
  • DailyAction.org — sign up on their website and receive a daily text of issues to call your representative about.
  • EMILY’s List — EMILY’s List recruits, trains and supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates at every level of the ballot. By helping to elect these women to office in 2017, we’re not only building a farm team, but we’re also putting strong women in charge of decisions that affect women and families every day — from the legislators who write laws, the attorneys general who defend and enforce them, and the secretaries of state who ensure access to the ballot. Contribute to help them do this important work.
  • Flippable.org this organization is up and running and working to get progressive elected to office at the state and federal level.
  • Help Our Muslim FamilyMedium.com has 20 ways you can do this.
  • Indivisible.com has developed an activist guide book that is a free PDF download.
  • Libraries Serve Refugees — this group is looking for librarians, researchers, editors, lawyers and site administrators to help them find the best resources for refugee and immigrant populations. Here’s a link to their site.
  • Obama Foundation — President and Mrs. Obama have launched an organization. You can find out more here.
  • PeoplePower.org —The ACLU has created this group to help organize the resistance to what we see being done to people in this political climate
  • Resistance Calendar — looking for an action locally get participate in?  Check out this site.  Have an event, you can enter that, as well.
  • Resistance Manual — is an interactive site where you can find out about issues nationally and locally.
  • Rise Up! Brunch Can Wait — Is a new effort started in Washington, DC, and moving out into other cities. The concept?  Come to an event, have a drink or snack, take the money you’d spend on a brunch or other meal and give it to an organization working against what’s being done to people by the Trump agenda. Here’s a link to the March 19 DC event.
  • Run for Something — this is an organization that is looking to recruit and support progressive candidates running for office. If progressives aren’t elected, progressive ideas can’t be implemented. Check it out and think about serving on your city commissions, running for city, county and state offices — maybe higher office.
  • The Sister District Projectthis group is matching people in safe, blue districts around the country with red districts to help flip the U.S. House. Sign up to be notified of events here.
  • Take Back Your State Minnesota — a website created by a Minnesota couple to consolidate information on legislation, contacting your representative, etc.  Visit their site for more information.
  • The Town Hall Project — This group is creating a spreadsheet of where elected representatives are holding their meetings. Here’s a link.
  • TrumpAccountable.org — A new organization that wants to make the public aware of the impact of the Trump Administration and Donald Trump. Here’s a link.
  • Tweet Congress this website allows you to tweet directly to Congress members, either all of them or selectively.
  • WeAreNewYork — Why are we listing this site where it’s New York-centric?  Jeanne Heifetz, who’s the site’s creator, has created a manual to help people interested in creating a similar site in other areas. Just send her an email at wearenewyorkvalues@gmail.com to let her know you’re interested.
  • Indivisible Radio — Per their website, the national conversation about America in a time of change on public radio. Visit their website, join their mailing list and you’ll be aware of how things are moving forward.
  • CD3 DFL — You can also volunteer on our website to help within the DFL party.

Don’t forget to bookmark our website, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

Organizations to support:

  • DFL CD3 — we’re here to elect people to office who hold progressive values. There’s a PayPal donate button in the upper right corner of this page.
  • ACLU — they’re always at the forefront of fights to maintain our rights. Contribute to them here.
  • Center for Constitutional Rights — The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here’s a link to their site
  • Committee to Protect Journalists — With Trump Administration staffer Kellyanne Conway calling for reporters who “talk smack” about Pres. Trump to be fired, we need to keep the people reporting safe from a president who’s proved he will sue at the drop of a hat. Here’s a link to their site.
  • Movementvote.org is a new platform to help progressive donate money in areas that will help make their dollars go further. Check it out here.
  • It Starts Now — This is a group focusing on flipping the U.S. House in the 2018 midterm elections:  The 2018 midterm election is our first chance to flip the House and the Senate and install some checks and balances on the Trump-Pence White House —We must start right now. They’re asking for a monthly contribution to grow their war chest.  Here’s a link to their site.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center — The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Here’s a link to their site.

And, if you want to show people where you stand on issues, here’s a site that’s offering clothing, etc. with a portion of the proceeds going to support the resistance efforts: