Even in the summertime, your voice matters!

2017-07-17T09:33:11-06:00July 17th, 2017|Action of the Week|0 Comments

Action Utah is growing!

Every week Action Utah’s membership and social media followers grow. Our staff of volunteers is busy evaluating legislative policy to support at the next state legislative session, designing municipal policy and education campaigns and even drafting legislation to give our members lots of ideas of how to become civically engaged in the issues that matter to you.

As we grow, our needs grow along with us. We are in the process of building better technology systems to reach more Utahns in more accessible ways, connecting with folks in all Utah communities through our new “Living Room Conversations” outreach program and finding the best policies to support that represent the beliefs and needs of a majority of Utahns. But we need your help!

Action Utah Volunteer Positions Available

Action Utah is currently seeking dedicated volunteers to fill two key positions for us: Communications Director and Social Media Coordinator. This is your opportunity to be at the center of the action and play an important role in the Action Utah organization!

Communications Director – Are you a skilled writer, fairly clued in about the issues and interested in getting good nonpartisan actions out to our membership? This position may be the best way to step up your civic engagement within a structured, nonpartisan environment. Position is 10-12 hours per week. Contact us for more information.

Social Media Coordinator – Are you savvy on social media and in tune with the power of connecting people with vetted information? We are seeking a great volunteer to oversee our social media accounts, postings and strategy. Position is 10-12 hours per week. Please contact us to learn more.

 

 

Wed, July 19th, 3:30p-6:00p – Real Women Run: Campaign Consulting, Campaign Connections, YWCA Center for Families, 310 East 300 South, Salt Lake City. Interested in hearing from some of the candidates in your area and learning how to help them succeed? Are you a candidate looking for 1:1 consulting and the opportunity to speak with community members? This event is for candidates and community members alike.  Space is limited, so be sure to register here.

Friday, July  21st, 5:30-6:30p – #HandsOffMedicaid Rally, The Days of ’47 Rodeo, Salt Lake City. Meet at the corner of 10th West and North Temple to speak out against the proposed cuts to Medicaid and the revised Senate health bill and in favor of healthcare reform that increases access and reduces prices of quality healthcare for low- and middle-income people. Bring your own #HandsOffMedicaid sign. Hosted by Utah Coalition of Manufactured Homeowners and MHAction.

 

Weekly

State Issues

1. The Utah State Department of Health needs to hear from you about Medicaid. UDOH has proposed caps and cuts to Medicaid distribution in Utah in order to cut costs for the state. However, these caps and cuts are proven to be ineffective at cost-cutting and can endanger people’s lives. More information here.

  • Write a comment to the Utah Department of Health before July 20th using their online comment form to oppose enrollment caps, lifetime caps, work requirements and co-pays for non-emergent Emergency Room use and encourage UDOH to use existing data on successful cost-saving measures that don’t hurt patients.

2. Register to vote for the Utah primary elections. TODAY is the deadline for mail-in registration if you want to vote in the primary elections on August 15th. It is also the deadline to re-register for the Republican party should you choose to change party affiliation. You still have until August 8th to register to vote online or in person, though you may not switch parties after today. If you are unaffiliated, you may register for a specific party at the polls. However, you may not switch parties at that time. Make sure you and your friends and family are able to vote by registering on time!

  • Register to vote online by clicking here, or check out other ways you can register to vote here. Then ask your friends and family to register to vote as well.
  • Check out our nonpartisan Voter Guide to help you understand the primary elections and why voting in them matters.

National Issues

1. Last chance to speak up for a free Internet and online privacy. Did you know that the information being used to revoke net neutrality is based on misinformation by a PR firm representing AT&T? That’s right, the ISPs who want to make money off of getting rid of the free internet are behind the push to remove protections for online privacy and free and open internet for all without the fees that would limit access to the Internet, particularly for small businesses and low-income people. Today is the deadline for comments to the FCC in defense of net neutrality.

  • Send a comment to the FCC on its plan, called “Restoring Internet Freedom,” TODAY to voice your support for net neutrality and the online privacy and freedom it protects. Simply click here to submit a comment and enter Proceeding number 17-108.
  • Email your Members of Congress today to protect net neutrality. Use this link to start sending your emails now.
  • Tweet your support for net neutrality to @senorrinhatch, @SenMikeLee and your representative (@RepRobBishop @RepChrisStewart or @RepMiaLove).

2. Defend important items in the Federal Budget. Congressional Appropriations Committees are continuing budget talks and voting on draft budget bills.

  • Stand up for public broadcasting funding. A draft bill by the House Appropriations Committee last week protected funds for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (yay!) but not for the Interconnectivity required for that programming to reach people across America (boo). Let your Members of Congress know that funding for public media matters to you by sending them a message here.
  • Stand up for affordable housing. This week is the National Week of Action for affordable housing, and organizations across the country are encouraging members to defend programs like HUD in the federal budget. Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts to the U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Dept of Agriculture (USDA, responsible for rural development), the Housing Trust Fund and other essential programs that ensure basic living standards for millions of low income individuals and families. Let your Members of Congress know that these programs are proven methods of reducing homelessness and poverty and need to be funded.

3. New calls needed on the Senate health care bill. Last week’s revision to the Senate bill makes sacrifices to health care for millions of Americans while hiding some of its most concerning features deep in the details. Among the issues pointed out by stakeholders (including major insurers and medical associations that have come out against the bill):

  • The bill gives enormous and arbitrary decision and funding power to Secretary Tom Price
  • The Senate has agreed to ignore the CBO score no matter what it is, which was delayed and should be released next week
  • The Senate has exempted itself from some of the provisions (and limitations) of the bill
  • The bill segments patients into two different insurance pools for the healthy and sick, which would likely destabilize the market and increase costs for people with pre-existing conditions
  • The plan eliminates requirements to provide preventative coverage, birth control, coverage for pregnancy, etc.
  • Older people over age 60 could get charged 5 or more times the amount younger people are charged for the same coverage

The list goes on and on, including major cuts to Medicaid that would leave 15 million without health care and only trivial amounts to fund addiction management. Bottom line is that the bill is still not in the best interests of most Americans, hospitals or insurers. It’s time to pick up the phone once again and tell our Senators why you oppose this bad bill.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)

4. Continue to call for an Independent Commission. Growing secrecy and reduced transparency from the White House. The ongoing revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians to pursue potentially election-impacting Russian information. A special prosecutor is not enough to take on such huge potential national security risks. Let your Members of Congress know that we haven’t forgotten about the need for an Independent Commission to investigate White House ties to Russia and Russia meddling in the 2016 election.

  • Ask MoCs to support S. 27 / H.R. 356 for an independent commission to ensure a proper investigation of the administration given the ongoing revelations around Russia and deepening trend toward secrecy. 

Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Check here.

Thanks for taking action this summer!

We know that summer is a time for fun in the sun, and we appreciate you continuing to take actions each week anyway. Civic engagement is a habit — like brushing your teeth or exercising — and planning time each week to get involved means giving you a regular opportunity to have a voice in the policymaking that impacts you and your family. It doesn’t take much for you to make a difference, so don’t feel bad if you only have a few minutes each week to make your voice heard. As long as you do it. Your voices continue to matter, even in the summertime, and we appreciate you for all that you do!

Andrea & Katie,
Co-Founders, Action Utah

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