This Photo is going around Facebook. It is true, but it only touches the tip of the story. We pay far more for prescriptions in the US than other nations.
About $1000 per person per year, but that's in part because WE ARE PRESCRIBED MORE Drugs. By a lot. Thats right.
Why do americans have so many damn prescriptions too? Overall, Americans use more medicines than people in other developed countries. They rank first for their use of antipsychotics as well as drugs for dementia, respiratory problems and rheumatoid arthritis. This is partly explained by medical needs: The burden of disease in the U.S. — as measured in “years of life lost” — is higher than in many OECD countries for the most common forms of heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Several factors may explain this, including high levels of obesity and high rates of diagnosis. PBS summarized the high cost of prescriptions, but only touched on the over-prescribing. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/americans-spend-much-pharmaceuticals/
BREAKING: Wondering if there's something you could do to help Democrats win control of the Washington State Senate? Do you wish our kids' schools had better funding? Then check out this new project that Barak Gaster and two friends put together. It collects all the info you need to make a difference right now. Sign up for monthly newsletter updates, to flip the State Senate now. Sign up now to learn about 2 special elections which are just 6 months away. Did you know that we are just one seat away from flipping the Senate to Democratic control? To help our schools, to promote clean energy, to protect our health care, and more. So copy and paste this to your timeline. Together let's turn Washington blue!
Today Trump will sign an executive order to repeal the Clean Power Plan of the EPA. Become your own Clean Power Plan. Share please. Tip of the hat to globalstewards.org for the 20 ways. photo and meme are my own.
This is one of the most subversive ways to undermine the Trump climate agenda, with personal and community action.
Another Great Resource: https://www.ourstates.org
"AS WE WORK TO BLOCK TRUMP'S AGENDA IN CONGRESS, HIS AGENDA IS ALREADY BEING IMPLEMENTED IN MANY STATES. " - What is happening in Your state?
Reported today in Reno News: Equal Rights Amendment Passes Nevada Assembly, Senate Likely to Concur.
Celebrating News that today the Nevada legislature voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). In order to make the ERA the 27th amendment of the Constitution, 38 states are needed ratify the amendment, and now with Nevada, only two additional states are required. The ERA was my first political activism. I went door to door in 8th grade and went to rallies. So glad to see momentum on this issue.
The ERA is a bipartisan bill to amend the constitution to guarantee equal rights for women!
More on the ERA at http://www.equalrightsamendment.org
History from Wikipedia on the ERA
In February 1970, NOW picketed the United States Senate, a subcommittee of which was holding hearings on a Constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to eighteen. NOW disrupted the hearings and demanded a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment and won a meeting with Senators to discuss the ERA. That August, over 20,000 American women held a nationwide Women's Strike for Equality protest to demand full social, economic, and political equality. Said Friedan of the strike, "All kinds of women's groups all over the country will be using this week on August 26 particularly, to point out those areas in women's life which are still not addressed. For example, a question of equality before the law; we are interested in the Equal Rights Amendment." Despite being centered in New York City—which was regarded as one of the biggest strongholds for NOW and other groups sympathetic to the women's liberation movement such as Redstockings—and having a small number of participants in contrast to the large-scale anti-war and civil rights protests that had occurred in the recent time prior to the event, the strike was credited as one of the biggest turning points in the rise of second-wave feminism.
In Washington, D.C., protesters presented a sympathetic Senate leadership with a petition for the Equal Rights Amendment at the U.S. Capitol. Influential news sources such as Time also supported the cause of the protestors. Soon after the strike took place, activists distributed literature across the country as well. In 1970, Congressional hearings began on the ERA.
Representative Martha Griffiths of Michigan achieved success on Capitol Hill with her House Joint Resolution No. 208, which was adopted by the House on October 12, 1971, with a vote of 354 yeas (For), 24 nays (Against) and 51 not voting. Griffiths's joint resolution was then adopted by the Senate on March 22, 1972, with a vote of 84 yeas, 8 nays and 7 not voting. The Senate version, drafted by Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana, passed after an amendment proposed by Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina that would exempt women from the draft was defeated. President Richard Nixon immediately endorsed the ERA's approval upon its passage by the 92nd Congress.
2017 Offices Subject to Election -Everything you need to find the office to run for in and around King County. Filing Date is May 10th for Most positions to be elected in Nov 2017. Check your county commissioners website to find local offices near you.
Download the full PDF of positions at http://www.kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/elections/for-candidates/pdfs/offices-subject-to-election.ashx?la=en
Effective Action comes from PASSION, KNOWLEDGE AND ACTION. Get Informed: Balletopedia is an easy resource to check what is going on in any state:https://ballotpedia.org/Washington
How's it going? I'm trying to figure out how to settle into a marathon pace for this resistance. I find that I tend to be "all-in" or "all-out" and I judge myself either way. Finding the balance is hard, and very different for each of us. I took last weekend off of the news, Facebook and social media. I enjoyed it at the time, but I also felt like I was "cheating", and letting you all down. It also made it really challenging to try to "catch up" Sunday night. I didn't call my Senators or Congresswomen last week, and I didn't go to the town hall. So then I wonder if I'm not doing enough. So here are some things that I've found are working for me:
Frankly too many of us IGNORE democratic party politics, until its too late. Lets not repeat the debacle of last DNC convention.
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE DNC? Approximately 447 members serve on the National Committee. The membership is composed of the following general categories:
"Most voting DNC members — a majority of whom are state party chairs, vice chairs or other locally elected officials — are keeping their options open ahead of a string of candidate forums in January and February."
Read the Democratic Party Platform (extra credit)
My ultra-simplified summary: Ellison represents the "Bernie" side of the party. Perez represents the "old/clinton" side of the party. Trust needs to be built between the coalitions. There needs to be reassurances that the party will be progressive enough, and will represent all of its people. There needs to be commitments that the back room dealing done by the Party before the 2016 election, as leaked by wikileaks will never happen again.
Who is your State Democratic party representative:
- Oddly I can't find this information anywhere. This is a problem.
Ellison is the "front-runner', and Harrison just dropped out today, endorsing Perez, which may put him over the top.
Read the full Alternet article here:
Call the committee to insist on an Independent Inquiry into Russia Ties
Chairman Richard Burr NC (202) 224-3154 or (800) 685-8916
Vice Chair Mark R. Warner VA (202)-224-2023 or 757-441-3079
James Risch ID 202-224-2752 or 208-342-7985
Marco Rubio FL 202-224-3041 or 305-418-8553
Susan Collins MA 202-224-2523 or 207-780-3575
Roy Blunt MO 202-224-5721 or 417-877-7814
James Lankford OK 202-224-5754 or 405-231-4941
Tom Cotton AR 202-224-2353 or 479-751-0879
John Cornyn Tx 202-224-2934 or 972-239-1310
Dianne Feinstein CA 202-224-3841 or 559-485-7430
Ron Wyden OR 202-224-5244 or 503-326-7525
Martin Heinrich NM 202 224-5521 or 505-346-6601
Angus King ME 202 224-5344 or 207-945-8000
Joe Manchin WV 304-342-5855 or 202-224-3954
Kamala Harris CA 202-224-3553 or 415-355-9041
Harvard Business Review: 5 Steps to creating a Social Movement
Step 1: Define the change you want to see
To create the change you want to see, you have to make an affirmative case and define exactly what you want to happen.
Step 2: Shift the spectrum of allies
Once you have clearly defined the change you want to happen, you need to start examining your spectrum of allies. Figure out whom you can expect active or passive support from and who will offer neutrality at best
Step 3: Identify the pillars of power
While it is crucial to recruit allies from up and down the spectrum of support, it is also important to identify the institutions that have the power to implement the change you seek.
Step 4: Seek to attract, not to overpower
Every movement seeks to correct some injustice, so it’s easy to fall into the trap of demonizing the other side. Yet this is where many movements go off the rails. Anger is an effective mobilizer, but anger without hope is a destructive force. You need to make an affirmative case with affirmative tactics.
Step 5: Build a plan to survive victory
Ironically, one of the most dangerous stages of a revolution is just after victory has been won.
As Moisés Naím wrote in The End of Power, today “power is easier to get, but harder to use or keep.” To truly revolutionize how things are done, it’s not enough to change a policy or shift leadership to a new regime. You must change the beliefs that lead to actions. History is made by those who can define a path forward and persuade others — even those who are initially skeptical — that it is a journey worth embarking on.
Read the full article here: https://hbr.org/2017/01/how-protests-become-successful-social-movements?
URGENT CALL TO ACTION!
It turns out that the minority (Democrat) members of the Committee have been QUIETLY investigating the connections between DJT and the Russians for the last month, since the Sally Yates notification and her subsequent firing.
Call the House Intelligence Committee Majority (Republican) comment line to tell Nunes and the Republicans
I just called them. They picked up on the first ring.
GO TO IT! Circulate this far and wide, please.
Also Senate intel # is 202 224-1700
Ideas and Commentary on the Resistance by K Cleland