*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - 3/15, MORNING EDITION *** Wendi Lindquist
Beware the Ides of March! Many people are taking the time today to send postcards to our tweeter-in-chief. But if you’re looking for other ways to make an impact immigration, the ACA, and hate crimes look no further.
1. Take a moment to learn how to keep undocumented individuals from getting in trouble. Even if you don’t know any undocumented people, many of these tips can also be useful in other areas where outing people would put them in harm's way. http://bit.ly/2m0Pn3H
2. The American Healthcare Act (otherwise known as Trumpcare) is a horrifying mishmash of a bill for a variety of reasons, and it critical that we do everything we can to stop it from becoming law. In the coming days, one of these reasons might be forgotten in the course of public discourse. In the GOP’s endless war on reproductive rights, lawmakers have found little traction on a national level, preferring to shift their efforts to heartbeat bills, abortion reversal bills, and other anti-abortion bills masquerading as concern for women’s health. Trumpcare contains a particular appalling bid to reduce women’s access to reproductive rights.
If the bill passes as currently written, Planned Parenthood will no longer be eligible to receive the majority of its funding (75%), which comes from Medicaid reimbursements. This provision is particularly painful for poor women, who may find their already limited access to abortion become even more so. If that provision isn’t terrifying enough, the bill also threatens the ability to purchase private insurance that covers abortion. The bill provides subsidies for the purchase of private health insurance policies, with the amounts determined by the applicant’s age. Under the bill, people who rely on these subsidies to buy insurance will be prohibited from using the funds to purchase policies that pay for abortion, unless in cases of rape, incest, and the life of the mother. These restrictions also apply to policies purchased by small business owners for their employees.
Read about the bill: http://bit.ly/2n4wHR3 and http://bit.ly/2lVRQZv.
In addition to contacting your representatives in Congress, lend your support, and a monetary donation, if able, to prominent organizations working to oppose the bill, such as the American Medical Association (AMA), the AARP, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and MoveOn.org.These influential groups can put pressure on Congress to rewrite or replace the bill.
3. In the past several weeks immigrants and people of color have been the target of a number of hate crimes. Several have happened in our own communities. For example, Ben Keita, a young African American Muslim teen, was recently found hanging from a tree under suspicious circumstances. CAIR Washington has put together information about the Keita case, what they’ve been doing, and what you can do to help ensure that all suspected hate crimes get the attention they deserve from the police and the community. http://conta.cc/2mOILUW
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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