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California OneCare Call

Dear Gabriel,

We join The Coalition for A Healthy California and PNHP-CA to seek your help starting Friday, February 15th.

Please take a moment to make brief, polite phone calls to encourage an Assemblymember to author and introduce single payer legislation in the Assembly by next Friday, February 22nd.

If the bill is not introduced in time, there will be no single payer legislation this session, which lasts two years.

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Background:


Senator Mark Leno authored the single payer legislation, SB 810 in the past two sessions (four years) and the bill failed last year by only two votes. At the end of last session, Senator Leno declined to author the bill again and suggested we seek an author in the Assembly. Despite concerted efforts, we have not been successful in finding an Assemblymember to introduce the bill. We are told that the legislature is focused on implementing the private health insurance exchange mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Single payer bills SB-810 and SB-840, which passed twice, had over 40 Co-Authors in the legislature previous years!

Tell our Assemblymembers they can chew gum and walk at the same time! A single payer system cannot be implemented until 2017 – the date the Affordable Care Act allows states to go beyond the ACA and set up their own healthcare systems. We can both implement the health exchange this year and get California ready for single payer in 2017.

HOW TO HELP

Please call the following legislators starting Friday and request that they carry the single payer legislation. Ask for the legislative aide listed below. If they are not available, please ask for their voicemail and leave a brief message. If voicemail is unavailable, simply leave your message with the person who answers the phone. Be sure to mention if you happen to live in the district.

Here are the legislators to call, with the name of their aide:

1. Paul Fong (28, Sunnyvale): Andrew Medina (916-319-2028)


2. Bonnie Lowenthal (70, Long Beach): MJ Gascon Flores (916-319-2070)


3. Rob Bonta (18, Oakland): An-Chi Tsou (916-319-2018)


4. Richard Gordon (24, Los Altos): Angela Pontes (916-319-2024)


5. Mariko Yamada (4, Vacaville): Robert McLaughlin (916-319-2004)


6. Mark Stone (29, Monterey, Santa Cruz): Arianna Smith (916-319-2029)


7. Shirley Weber (79, San Diego): Crystal Quezada (916-319-2079)

PLEASE CALL!

We need and appreciate your ACTION NOW. We also appreciate your generous DONATIONS. With your help, WE WILL WIN!

Sincerely,

Andrew McGuire, Executive Director, California OneCare Campaign & California OneCare Education Fund

(Our thanks to our friends at PNHP California (Physicians for a National Health Program – California) for this Alert)

The Clock Is Ticking

Dear Gabriel,

The EPA has yet to issue a decision on Shell’s last minute bait and switch on the air pollution rules it agreed to for its arctic drilling rigs.

But the clock is ticking. Final approvals must come by the 15th of August.

That means either the EPA will be pressured to cave before then and let Shell write its own rules, or — if we can create enough pressure for EPA to draw a line — we could stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic this summer.

Please make a call right now to urge EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to stand strong for the protection of our Arctic. Click here for a simple script and number to call.

Given the recent history of deepwater offshore drilling, and Shell’s track record so far — which includes losing control of one of its drilling rigs2 — the stakes for the pristine Arctic Ocean are all too real.

In a twist of irony, even as most of the country suffers from the hottest summer on record, Arctic sea ice has been slow to melt this year.3 The condition of the sea ice, combined with Shell’s repeated backtracking on its commitments, including on its oil spill response plan and with EPA and the Coast Guard, have prevented Shell’s final approval from moving forward.

If the Obama Administration approves drilling this summer, Shell will be especially rushed to drill before the sea ice forms again in October. But if the EPA draws the line now, we can protect the Arctic for at least one more year.

What happens in the next few days will shape EPA’s decision. Please make a call now.

Thank you for defending the Arctic.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Vote Today On Indefinite Detention

Gabriel,

UPDATE: They’re debating the NDAA even as I type. Our contacts in Congress tell us the tides are turning: It’s still an uphill battle, but we have a chance of beating indefinite detention.

Please call Congress right away and ask your member to end indefinite detention.

ORIGINAL: The timing couldn’t be any better: As Congress gets ready to vote on indefinite detention today, a judge just ruled that these provisions of last year’s National Defense Authorization Act are unconstitutional!

Congratulations to Chris Hedges and Revolution Truth — who spearheaded the lawsuit — and to the 50,000 Demand Progress members who signed on as grassroots supporters of the effort.

It’s a huge victory, but we need to keep pushing Congress to do the right thing too: The government is likely to appeal the court’s ruling, so we have to make sure we beat back indefinite detention during today’s vote.

Please click here to call your member of Congress right away — it’ll just take a minute and we’ll give you a call script you can use.

The vote is expected this afternoon, so we need calls to start pouring in first thing this morning.

Thanks!

Demand Progress

Call President Obama

From CREDO Action

Dear Gabriel,

A corrupt process. Improper relationships. A stunningly dangerous and ill-conceived project.

Still — the Keystone XL Pipeline is moving forward and a decision is coming before the end of the year.

We need to show significant pressure, every single day, to make sure the President understands just how big our opposition is.

Every weekday until the decision, we’re asking thousands of people concerned about Keystone XL to call the White House. Today is your day — can you make a quick call?

Call President Obama: Stop the Keystone XL pipeline. Click here for an easy script and number to call.

This should be an easy “No” for the President. But so far, he’s allowed a sham process to be moved forward by the State Department, and hasn’t spoken out against the project, despite over 1,200 people being arrested outside his window.

But steadily, opposition is building, and we need to make sure that opposition is getting heard by the President and his advisers.

In the wake of huge story in the New York Times,1 three Senators and twenty Representative sent letters to President Obama, raising serious concerns about the major conflict of interest presented by the State Department’s selection of Cardno Entrix — a company with major business ties to TransCanada — to draft the environmental impact report and run local Keystone XL hearings.

Adding to the improprieties surrounding this pipeline, we also now know that the Koch brothers, despite previous denials, have a “substantial” financial interest in the construction of Keystone XL.

President Obama should be making a decision about our national interest — not the interest of TransCanada, Cardno Entrix and the Koch brothers.

Let’s make sure President Obama hears our opposition loud and clear — every single day. Click here for an easy script and number to call.

Thank you for fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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