PROTECT LEGAL IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS TO HEALTHCARE

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PROTECT LEGAL IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS TO ACCESS HEALTHCARE & BENEFITS

UPDATE (8/7): The Trump administration is finalizing the rule to penalize legal immigrants for accessing a wide range of benefits, from children’s health insurance to Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies. We must make our voices heard and block this hateful rule from being implemented.

The Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed a policy to penalize immigrants and their US-citizen children for accessing a wide range of public benefits, including common tax deductions. When considering whether to provide applicants with immigration visas or legal permanent residency, DHS already penalizes immigrants who receive cash welfare payments. However, DHS is proposing to expand this rule and penalize immigrants who use any form of public benefit, from health insurance subsidies to the earned income tax credit used by about one-fifth of taxpayers. The rule, which was crafted by the notoriously xenophobic Stephen Miller, also penalizes immigrants whose US-citizen spouses or children use a public benefit. Under this new rule, immigrants would be disqualified from receiving a green card if they claim nearly any benefits or if DHS deems them likely to receive benefits in the future.

As is typical with the Trump administration, the reasoning for this proposed rule is utterly divorced from the facts. Rather than being a “burden” on the economy, immigrants pay billions in taxes, create new jobs and businesses, and use public benefits at the same rate as US-born people. Punishing immigrants for accessing basic government services will harm our communities and the economy and must not be tolerated.

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Hi, my name is ____ and I'm a constituent from ____. I'm calling to urge _____ to speak out against the Department of Homeland Security's proposal to penalize legal immigrants for accessing non-cash public benefits. Legal immigrants pay billions in taxes, stimulate the economy, and deserve the right to access basic benefits like the earned income tax credit.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]


Senator Hirono / Twitter @maziehirono / Facebook@mazie.hirono
Phone (808) 522-8970
https://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact (send her a free fax)

Senator Schatz / Twitter @brianschatz / Facebook @brianschatz
Phone (808) 523-2061
https://www.schatz.senate.gov/contact (send him a free fax)

Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard (808) 541-1986 or (202) 225-4906 / https://gabbard.house.gov/connect/share-your-ideas (send her a free fax)

Congressperson Colleen Hanabusa (808) 541-2570 or (202) 225-2726 / https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact (if you are not in her district, email Matthew.Higa@mail.house.gov (send her a free fax)

Oppose Trump Gag Rule on Health and Family Services

US Health and Human Services has proposed revisions that would lower access to healthcare and information low incomes and underserved populations.  

OPPOSITION IS NEEDED by July 31 at 11:59 pm ET.!! (anonymous comments accepted)

Submit comments to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Health and Human Services. Comment button is green in color and located in the upper right hand corner at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/01/2018-11673/compliance-with-statutory-program-integrity-requirements 

Because a high volume of identical grassroots comments UNIQUE comments are highly encouraged . Please use the following script to start with and make some modifications. 

SCRIPT:

"We urge you to reject any proposals that would restrict access to high quality, affordable family planning care under Title X, including the harmful domestic gag rule. More than half of the estimated four million family planning patients served through Title X belong to groups that face health inequities by virtue of their race or ethnicity. 

Title X is the United States only program dedicated to providing affordable birth control and reproductive health care to people with low incomes or that are otherwise underserved. Under Title X, program funds cannot be used to provide abortion. Health centers that provide Title X funded services are also permitted to separately provide abortions using non-federal funds. 

The domestic gag rule would deny Title X patients full information about their health care options. The domestic gag rule would force doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to knowingly withhold important information from their patients. The United States does not need to enforce the domestic gag to limit health care options to those who wish to learn about birth control and abortion."

CENSURE TRUMP

Demand that Trump be censured!

1. Sign a petition to the US Congress

2. Contact your Members of Congress.

Suggested Script:

The Senate and House of Representatives have the power to "Censure" a sitting President for misconduct and I am asking that you work to immediately censure President Trump. From the time he assumed the Presidency, he has been engaging in numerous and continuous acts of misconduct ranging from conflicts of interest, obstruction of justice, dissemination of lies, endorsement of sexual harassers, violation of international laws, just to name a few. He is unfit to be the President of the United States. 

Hawai‘i Representatives

Senator Hirono / Twitter @maziehirono / Facebook@mazie.hirono
Phone (808) 522-8970 / (202) 224-6361
https://www.hirono.senate.gov/help/email https://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact

Senator Schatz / Twitter @brianschatz / Facebook @brianschatz
Phone (808) 523-2061 / (202) 224-3934
https://www.schatz.senate.gov/contact

Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard / Twitter @tulsigabbard / Facebook @RepTulsiGabbard
Phone (808) 541-1986 / (202) 225-4906
https://gabbard.house.gov/connect/share-your-ideas

Congressperson Colleen Hanabusa / Twitter @RepHanabusa / Facebook @RepColleenHanabusa
(808) 541-2570 / (202) 225-2726
https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact (if you are not in her district, email Matthew.Higa@mail.house.gov)

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Hawaii's National Guard Must Not be Deployed to Implement Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies

Hawaii's National Guard Must Not be Deployed to Implement Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies


On 6/19 Hawai‘i J20 spoke with Governor Ige's office and was told that: the Hawai‘i National Guard troops are currently deployed to the Big Island (volcano), Kauai (flood damage) and the Middle East (blood for oil). Right now, there is no plan to deploy to the US-Mexico border to enforce Trump's torturous family separation policy - but it 'not off the table'. (MORE)

At least 8 states are pulling National Guard troops from the US-Mexico border in protest over Trump's family separation policy. 

SCRIPT : Dear Governor Ige, I am horrified by Trump's brutal anti-immigrant policies. You must reject any request to deploy Hawai‘i National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border to enforce them!! Eight other States so far have already refused to enforce Trump's Family Separation policies and Hawai‘i must do it too! 

 

Ige Phone: (808) 586-0034 / Fax: (808) 586-0006
Ige message: https://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/contact-the-governor
Ige Facebook :

Send Governor Ige a free fax

 

SHAME TORTURE PROFITEERING CEOS!!

Companies are profiting from Trump and Sessions' racist family separation policy. MORE...

Bombard their CEOs with messages on how you feel about their decisions!!

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General Dynamics / twitter @GDMS

pnovakovic@generaldynamics.com

Dear Ms. Novakovic,

As CEO of General Dynamic you accepted a contract to build the detention center/concentration camps in Texas to house children who are being torn away from their parents, simply because of Trump and Sessions' racist family separation policy. How do you justify profiteering from terrorizing children? You must terminate this immoral contract. 

https://www.gd.com/


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2- MVM, Inc. / twitter @MVMINC

marquezk@mvminc.comP

Dear Mr. Marquez,

As CEO of MVM you accepted a contract to profit from the detention center/concentration camps in Texas to house children who are being torn away from their parents, simply because of Trump and Sessions family separation policy. How do you justify profiteering from terrorizing children? You must terminate this immoral contract. 

https://www.mvminc.com

Save health care for those with pre-existing conditions!

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On June 7, 2018 the Trump administration, via the Department of Justice, announced its intent to overturn healthcare protection for people with preexisting conditions. This has the potential to affect 130 million Americans who live with preexisting conditions, and threatens to return the uncertainty of health coverage to that of before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted. (coverage on Hawai‘i Public Radio)


CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS!!

SCRIPT : Thank you for your work on health care and saving the ACA. The recent news that the Trump's administration intends to overturn healthcare protection for people with preexisting conditions is of great concern to me. It impacts many members of my family and communities. In fact it will impact nearly 1/2 of all Americans. I am asking you to do more, and to do everything you can to block Trump's efforts. 

Hawai‘i Senators + Congresspersons

Senator Hirono / Twitter @maziehirono / Facebook@mazie.hirono
Phone (808) 522-8970 / (202) 224-6361
https://www.hirono.senate.gov/help/email https://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact

Senator Schatz / Twitter @brianschatz / Facebook @brianschatz
Phone (808) 523-2061 / (202) 224-3934
https://www.schatz.senate.gov/contact

Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard / Twitter @tulsigabbard / Facebook @RepTulsiGabbard
Phone (808) 541-1986 / (202) 225-4906
https://gabbard.house.gov/connect/share-your-ideas

Congressperson Colleen Hanabusa / Twitter @RepHanabusa / Facebook @RepColleenHanabusa
(808) 541-2570 / (202) 225-2726
https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact (if you are not in her district, email Matthew.Higa@mail.house.gov)

SUPPORT SEX WORKERS RIGHTS + SAFETY

Recently passed congressional Bill FOSTA has had a dangerous effect on the many sex workers who rely on the internet and its tools to keep themselves safe. The new law has already forced some to risk their lives by returning to the streets to find business.

But the broad bipartisan alliance that passed that legislation last month isn’t done. Now Senators. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are pushing a proposal in the Senate that would impose similar restrictions on sex workers’ bank accounts — a move that sex workers say could further endanger their income, safety and lives. (MORE)

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS + DEMAND THAT THEY NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL.

SCRIPT : Please DO NOT support Bill S.2080 that will prevent consensual sex workers from having bank accounts. This legislation will only push sex workers further underground and increases the danger they face daily.

NET NEUTRALITY NEXT STEP

The Senate just voted to protect net neutrality and reverse the FCC's decision to cede control of the internet to Big Telecom. This is a truly stunning victory – and one that was only possible because we fought together. Since the FCC voted to dismantle net neutrality in December, hundreds of thousands of activists like you signed the petition, sent messages to their senators, and kept those Senate phones ringing off the hook.

Even a Senate whose leadership is in the pocket of Big Telecom was no match for us. You never gave up, and that made us victorious today.

But our work isn't over, it's time to take the fight to the House.

Contact your House Representative:

Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard (808) 541-1986 or (202) 225-4906 / https://gabbard.house.gov/connect/share-your-ideas

Congressperson Colleen Hanabusa (808) 541-2570 or (202) 225-2726 / https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact (if you are not in her district, email Matthew.Higa@mail.house.gov

SCRIPT : Please represent the interests of the people and reverse the FCC’s dismantling of net neutrality. The future of our free, fair, and open internet is at stake.

+ SIGN THIS PETITION

Support Pesticide Regulation Bill SB3095

SB3095hd1 deals with the regulation of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP’s) and contains three primary components:

1) Requires the annual disclosure of RUP use by the very largest users.

2) Provides for modest “no-spray buffer zones” around schools, during school hours.

3) Implements a “phased” ban on the use of chlorpyrifos, a known neurotoxin.  The ban allows for “exemptions” for those operations who need additional time to adapt accordingly.

While the provisions are modest from an advocates perspective, school buffer zones and chlorpyrifos provisions at least provide some tangible protections and disclosure that will provide valuable data for future decision making.

Email YOUR SENATOR NOW!!  Ask that they support SB3095hd1 without making any further changes to it.  Find contact information here: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/members/legislators.aspx?chamber=S

DEMAND CONGRESS PROTECT MUELLER

Things are heating up for Trump. He may fire Mueller, or he might start a war. 

DEMAND CONGRESS PROTECT MUELLER 

Suggested Script: There are many indications that Trump is seriously considering firing Mueller and/or impede the Special Counsel's investigation. This would be a constitutional crisis. I am strongly urging you to do everything you can to pass a bipartisan bill protect special counsel Robert Mueller from potentially being fired by Donald Trump.

Hawai‘i Representatives

Senator Hirono / Twitter @maziehirono / Facebook@mazie.hirono
Phone (808) 522-8970 / (202) 224-6361
https://www.hirono.senate.gov/help/email

Senator Schatz / Twitter @brianschatz / Facebook @brianschatz
Phone (808) 523-2061 / (202) 224-3934
https://www.schatz.senate.gov/CONTACT

Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard / Twitter @tulsigabbard / Facebook @RepTulsiGabbard
Phone (808) 541-1986 / (202) 225-4906
https://gabbard.house.gov/connect/share-your-ideas

Congressperson Colleen Hanabusa / Twitter @RepHanabusa / Facebook @RepColleenHanabusa
(808) 541-2570 / (202) 225-2726
https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact (if you are not in her district, email Matthew.Higa@mail.house.gov)

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Prevent Trump from Nuclear First Use!

Trump gears up for imminent war with North Korea. North & South Korean governments have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into emergency preparedness and shelters. Both are committed to real diplomacy to save their citizens as well as each other's citizens. Evacuation plans for non-essential US personnel from South Korea are in the works. Meanwhile, the only 'plan' for Hawai‘i is "Shelter in Place."

HAWAI‘I J20+ is calling for immediate and urgent action to demand that each member of the Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation immediately introduce and work to pass laws that will:

  • reciprocate North Korea’s public declaration not to use nuclear weapons offensively by declaring our own nuclear no-first use policy.
  • direct Strategic Command that the President only has retaliatory nuclear authority, including the use of so-called tactical nuclear weapons and nuclear bunker busters. 
  • make concerted effort to normalize relations with North Korea and support the bilateral dialogue between North and South Korea.

We have a window of opportunity to eliminate US presidential nuclear First Use capabilites. There is no time to wait. We must act now!

 

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HOW

1- FAX-A-THON (inundate their offices with faxes without using fax machines)

2- Via phone or email, go HERE.

MORE INFO

SUPPORT HAWAI‘I HEALTH AUTHORITY TO SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE-FOR-ALL

Oppose HB1900 unless $250,000 is added to fund the Hawai‘i Health Authority (HHA).

To Testify https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov (deadline Tuesday, March 6 11am)

If you need help here are STEP BY STEP instructions

Even just clicking OPPOSE or one sentence testimony will help. Sometimes it is just a numbers game. 

SAMPLE TESTIMONY : I oppose the HB1900 as is because it doesn't address our escalating health insurance premiums.  Please add a $250,000 budget line item to fund the Hawaii Health Authority, an organization of experts charged with diagnosing current healthcare costs. The people of Hawai‘i needs an efficient Healthcare-for-All. 


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#BoycottNRA (updated 2-24-2018 1:59pm Hawaii time)

Join the movement to boycott companies who support the NRA. 

1- Go to Twitter (use links below)

2- Click on its top post, or any post

3- Write a comment like : Stop supporting the @NRA or @NRATV

4- click the [like] button on all comments who demand the same

Also - until Amazon & Fedex discontinue NRA discount, you can a) cancel your Amazon Prime memberships and b) call to FedEx to tell them you are switching to UPS and USPS. 

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VISA

Offers a VISA NRA card with special deals

AMAZON

Amazon continues to offer the NRA TV app, allowing anyone with a Fire TV or certain game controllers to watch the NRA’s television channel, despite calls from high-profile activists to drop the content.

Everytown and Moms Demand Action, two gun safety groups, joined forces to launch a campaign Friday demanding that streaming services stop offering NRA TV.

“NRA TV is home to the NRA’s most dangerous and violence-inciting propaganda,” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said in a statement. “It’s time for tech leaders to acknowledge their role in helping the NRA spread this dangerous content and cut it out.” A Change.org petition also aims to get NRA TV pulled from Amazon in particular.

CLEARENT

Clearent, a credit card processing company, offers “firearms friendly” services geared toward NRA members. A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

APPLE TV

The NRA TV app is also available on Apple TV. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

FEDEX gives discounts to NRA members and is sticking with this relationship. Go HERE if you want call them. 

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GOOGLE

NRA TV is also available through Google’s Chromecast. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

ROKU PLAYER

LifeLine Screening

The preventative health company based in Austin, Texas says on a NRA-specific website that members can “take advantage of affordable discounts.” A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

ManageUrID

Members are encouraged to protect their “privacy and financial security” through a subscription to this privacy protection service, though no discount is specified. A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.  

Life Insurance Central (seems not to be on twitter. 800-756-6452, ext. 6520 / https://www.lifeinsurancecentral.com/contact-us

The NRA-endorsed term life company is listed as providing “higher coverage amounts” for members on life insurance policies. A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.  

Medical Concierge Network

Unspecified “specialized exclusive benefits” are offered for members who want to join this “personal health advisory service.” The company’s founder, Greg Nassief, told ThinkProgress that he has no comment on the company’s relationship with the NRA, noting that it is not political and that his company has similar relationships “with several entities across all sorts of categories.”

eHealth

Members are invited to purchase health insurance plans through eHealth’s exchange, though no specific discount is specified. A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.  

Lockton

Insurance company Lockton Affinity, a subsidiary of Lockton Companies, underwrites the NRA Carry Guard insurance program for gun owners, which it describes as a “state-of-the-art” policy to help gun owners when they use their firearm for self-defense and end up in a “legal nightmare.” “You defend your life with a firearm,” its website says. “Defend your life savings with industry leading insurance.”

HotelPlanner.com

The hotel booking company lets NRA members book trips through a website only accessible with a member number. Tim Hentschel, co-founder of Hotel Planner, told Bloomberg that it would not be distancing itself from the gun lobby. “Our company provides discounted rooms to several large associations, including the NRA,” he said. “These associations greatly benefit our customers by buying discounted rooms from groups that might otherwise be charged a penalty by hotels for not using all of the rooms in their block.” A representative for Hotel Planner did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Vinesse Wines

The wine company operates “the official wine club of the NRA,” offering NRA members an “exclusive first-time offer” of “4 exceptional wines for just $29.99,” which it says is a savings of over $84. Vinesse also sells “NRA Collector’s Series” packages of wine. A representative for the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


TESTIFY FOR RESEARCH ACCOUNTABILITY ON HEALTHCARE-FOR-ALL BY 1-23-2018

Your Voices are Needed!!

HEALTH CARE FOR ALL is more efficient, less expensive, and covers everyone. There is a hearing on Bill HB1717, which purpose is to investigate strategies for addressing the rising costs of health care by directing the Legislative Reference Bureau to conduct a study on the projected costs and effects if Hawai‘i implemented a single-payer health care system. (MORE INFO https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2018/bills/HB1717_.HTM)

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HOWEVER...

This is great ONLY if the study is done fairly. We need to ensure that the studies used are not conducted by private health insurers because they are the drivers of the health care cost explosion. Meaning... HB1717 should ONLY be supported if the studies used by the LRB are not conducted by private industries, and based on:

  • its Bureaucratic efficiency.
  • whether it covers EVERYONE.
  • whether it relieves employers from Workers Compensation.
  • whether it bundles prescription drugs via a multi-State model
  • whether it compels for-profit hospitals to become non-profit. 
  • whether it compels regulated and transparent billings. 

WHEN : Wednesday, January 24 at 10am
WHERE : State Capitol room 329

If you can't testify in person, go to https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/

  1. Go to https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/
  2. Click "Submit Testimony" + enter Bill number
  3. You have to be registered to submit an online testimony. If you are not, create an account at https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/login/register.aspx