Our Resistance Recess Toolkit Has Lots of Ideas and Resources to Take Action This August Recess!

August 8: We did it! Through people power, we killed the efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act! At least for now, and just by one vote. We have lots of work ahead of us.

All members of Congress are home for the August recess. They’ll be in district hosting town halls, public events, and meeting with their constituents. When they come back in September, they’ll be voting on a number of pieces of legislation, as well as the federal budget. The Republican fight to dismantle the social safety net, including health care, funding for Medicaid and food stamps, is not over. Will you take the pledge to be active during #ResistanceRecess to #ProtectOurCare and the #HIVBudget?  

To help you plan your next steps, check out our brand-new, hot-off-the-presses Resistance Recess Toolkit. Use it and share with your friends and fellow activists!

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Shyronn Jones, PWN-USA Policy Fellow, visits GA Sen. David Purdue’s office

We Won.

July 28: Let it sink in. Savor it. If victory is sweet, this is a whole chocolate cake with ice cream, whipped cream and cherries on top. The efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have died. And it’s all because of dedicated, determined advocates and activists like us.

We knew from the beginning that this was about far more than just politics. This was about our lives. So many of us gained real insurance coverage for the first time thanks to the ACA, whether through Medicaid expansion or because of its protections for preexisting conditions, its subsidies, its prohibition on lifetime caps or any of the myriad improvements it brought us.

For some of us, and for some of those we love, this has meant the difference between financial stability and bankruptcy–or even between life and death. Continue reading “We Won.”

White House Sanctions Anti-Trans Dehumanization and Discrimination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tiommi Luckett, Communications Assistant, Positive Women’s Network – USA

501-258-3973 | tluckett.pwnusa@gmail.com

July 26, 2017, Washington, DC- Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA) condemns the Trump administration’s vicious dehumanization of people who are trans and gender non conforming.  This morning, via Twitter, Trump announced a ban on all forms of military service for transgender people, ungrammatically and incorrectly claiming that “transgender in the military” would entail “tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

Trump’s inherent premise that some bodies are transgressive, disruptive, and by nature troublesome is at the very root of violence and discrimination faced by people who are trans and gender non conforming (TGNC) – violence which too often is deadly, especially for TGNC people of color. This directive from the White House comes just weeks after the Republican-led US House rejected an amendment to dismantle medical rights of trans folks in the military. The amendment would have denied medical care required for gender transition, including prescription medications and surgeries.

According to Tiommi Luckett, PWN-USA’s Communications Assistant and a black woman of trans experience, “Trump’s tweets are just an amplified example of willful ignorance and unchecked stupidity about trans people and our bodies, which seems to always be the focus of conversation. This is one reason why our rights as human beings are infringed upon categorically, including our rights to housing, education, access to public facilities, healthcare and employment. Our bodies, our appearances and our experiences are deemed unworthy of equal protection and fair access, and hateful rhetoric from the White House basically makes it open season to legislate discrimination. Trans people are not liabilities, nor are we sub-human. And our fight is not for equality, but for equity.”

“We are humans. We are Americans, and we demand the same opportunity as everyone else,” said Naiymah Sanchez, Transgender Advocacy Coordinator at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

Arneta Rogers, Policy Director at PWN-USA said “It does not escape our notice that the particular battleground for this war on some bodies is the military, but we fight back for the right to self-determination and full participation for people of all gender identities. No body in service to their country should ever been deemed a “burden”.  We will not stop fighting until all of us are free

PWN-USA will always fight for the humanity, dignity, and full rights of our trans siblings, members, and family to be recognized by the state and by society. These attacks from the highest office in the land pose a direct danger to the safety and human rights of people of trans experience. The administration must reverse and apologize for this ban immediately. 

UPDATE: 500+ to Occupy Offices of All GOP Senators Who Do Not Speak Up Against ACA Repeal

We haven’t won yet.

Today, more than 500 constituents will OCCUPY THE OFFICES OF ALL GOP SENATORS WHO DO NOT SPEAK UP AGAINST ACA REPEAL

Wherever you are, help keep up the pressure to #KillRepeal!

Thanks to your unwavering efforts, we #KilledtheBill. But the fight is not over yet!  Senate leadership is resorting to a last ditch nuclear option to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement, which will do even more harm.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote next week on the ACA Repeal bill that would:

  • End the Medicaid expansion and all premium tax credits and cost sharing subsidies while ending the individual mandate
  • Leave 18 million Americans uninsured during the first year it takes effect
  • Leave 32 million Americans uninsured by 2026
  • Increase premiums by 25% within the first year and 100% by 2026

Continue reading “UPDATE: 500+ to Occupy Offices of All GOP Senators Who Do Not Speak Up Against ACA Repeal”

500+ Constituents of All 52 Republican Senators to Occupy Capitol Hill Offices to Tell Them: “Kill the Bill, Don’t Kill Us!”

Contact: Jennifer Flynn, Center for Popular Democracy, 917 517-5202  •  jflynn@populardemocracy.org Paul Davis, Housing Works, 202 817 0129p.davis@housingworks.org

**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 19**

500+ CONSTITUENTS OF ALL 52 REPUBLICAN SENATORS TO OCCUPY CAPITOL HILL OFFICES TO TELL THEM: “KILL THE BILL, DON’T KILL US!”

Following the huge direct actions of June 28 and July 10, in which 140 Americans, including many with serious health conditions, were arrested in their Senator’s DC offices for civil disobedience, still more constituents plan to flood Capitol Hill Wednesday to stop the repeal of the ACA.

People with disabilities and life-threatening chronic illnesses, cancer survivors, Medicaid recipients, Affordable Care Act (ACA) policyholders, registered nurses, doctors, and others directly impacted by the Senate healthcare bill will be traveling from all states represented by Republican Senators to descend upon Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 19, with a strong message: “Kill the bill—don’t kill us!” Continue reading “500+ Constituents of All 52 Republican Senators to Occupy Capitol Hill Offices to Tell Them: “Kill the Bill, Don’t Kill Us!””

“Kill the Bill, Don’t Kill Us!”: On Capitol Hill and at Home, PWN Members and Allies Take Action to Stop Trumpcare

July 12, 2017: This Monday, July 10, four PWN-USA members as well as a number of allies joined over 100 other constituents from 21 states in descending on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with a very clear, explicit message for their members of Congress: “Kill the bill, don’t kill us!”

19904937_10155411443807412_935741091200797600_nPWN-USA’s Board Chair and PWN-USA Colorado Co-Chair Barb Cardell, Colorado member Mary Jane Maestas, Ohio member Olga Irwin, Florida member Lepena Reid and PWN-USA’s communications director Jennie Smith-Camejo participated in the sit-ins. Barb, Olga and Jennie were among the 80+ protesters arrested for civil disobedience. (You can see Barb still carrying the message in handcuffs above.) Continue reading ““Kill the Bill, Don’t Kill Us!”: On Capitol Hill and at Home, PWN Members and Allies Take Action to Stop Trumpcare”

100+ Constituents Occupy D.C. Congressional Offices, Demand “Don’t Kill Us, Kill the Bill!”

Patients with pre-existing conditions and health providers from at least 21 states to occupy numerous Republican offices in acts of civil disobedience to unwelcome elected officials on their first day back from recess

July 10, 2017: WASHINGTON D.C. – Constituents afraid of losing their healthcare, many of them with serious health conditions, have traveled from their homes in at least 21 states around the country to Washington D.C. Monday, July 10 to occupy the offices of their members of Congress to stop  the Republican healthcare bill. Continue reading “100+ Constituents Occupy D.C. Congressional Offices, Demand “Don’t Kill Us, Kill the Bill!””

PWNers Work to #KillTheBill from Coast to Coast

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Masonia Traylor at the People’s Filibuster in Washington, DC, June 27

Members of Positive Women’s Network-USA have dedicated enormous time and energy to stop the GOP repeal of the Affordable Care Act, first through the House Republicans’ “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), and now through the Senate Republicans’ “Better Care Reconciliation Act” (BCRA). We are fully aware that it has been a long haul, but the fight is not over yet. So we must keep that same momentum and fierce determination to #ProtectOurCare as we battle Trumpcare in the Senate.

We are in this fight together. Here are just a few things that our fierce PWN members and allies have been doing to spread awareness and stop this dangerous bill:

  • PWN-USA OH member Olga Irwin participated in a protest outside Sen. Portman’sOlga AHCA protest office and spoke to the media about her concerns with how Trumpcare could harm people living with HIV.
  • PWN-USA Board Member Venita Ray from Texas organized a phone bank in Houston: 5 people made 257 calls on Monday 6/26!
  • PWN-USA Colorado members have been protesting outside Senator Cory Gardner’s office in Denver, CO, and have been trying to chase him down during the recess–and recording and posting videos addressed to him, since he is dodging his constituents.
  • PWN-USA Board Member and PWN-USA TX Senior Member Evany Turk organized a 30 young adults to phone bank target Senators while visiting her mother in Chicago.
  • PWNer Masonia Traylor from Atlanta, GA, provided powerful testimony at the People’s Filibuster in Washington, DC. (see photo at top of story)
  • PWN-USA’s Executive Director Naina Khanna also spoke at this event (see photo below).Naina DC rally
  • PWN-USA Policy Fellow Shyronn Jones organized a meeting with Senator Perdue for July 6th, by using the PWN-USA Action Alert template to request an appointment with Senator Perdue, found a form on his website to request a meeting and got a meeting with State Director and State Policy Director. She also submitted an op-ed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • PWNers Gina Brown and Grissel Granados were among the 6 members of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS who resigned June 14 in protest of the administration’s lack of strategy or focus on the epidemic, highlighting the disastrous health care bills as evidence of its disregard for people living with and vulnerable to HIV.
  • PWNer Gina Brown submitted an op-ed to the Times-Picayune about her decision to leave PACHA, and was also interviewed and quoted by the Daily Beast, TheBody.com, and The Hill about her decision.
  • PWNer Grissel Granados had an op-ed published in SELF Magazine about her decision to resign from the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
  • PWNer Connie Rose from Las Vegas organized a phone bank in Nevada.
  • PWN ally Bryan Jones organized a phone bank in Cleveland.
  • PWN-USA Policy Fellow Arianna Lint participated in a protest of the health care bill outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s office.

Continue reading “PWNers Work to #KillTheBill from Coast to Coast”

Your Help Is Needed Immediately to #KillTheBill.

AHCA email banner finalURGENT: The U.S. Senate is likely to vote next week to decimate healthcare for people living with HIV.

The result will be unnecessary death and suffering.

That is why today, Thursday, June 22, we, the undersigned, are issuing this urgent emergency call for a nationwide mobilization to defeat the Trump Administration and Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) and replace it with their deadly “American Health Care Act” (AHCA, or “Trumpcare”).

We implore people living with HIV (PLHIV) and everyone who loves us to take IMMEDIATE ACTION to contact your Senators to kill the AHCA. PWN-USA has put together a #KillTheBill Resource Center to provide you with the tools you need to make an impact.   Continue reading “Your Help Is Needed Immediately to #KillTheBill.”