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Rally to Win SB 562 – Medicare for All

There are less than ten days left for the California State Senate to bring SB 562 to the floor for a vote. Also known as the Healthy California Act, this Medicare for All bill would guarantee health care to all Californians, regardless of their income.

We are rallying on the steps of the Capitol building in Sacramento this Friday, the first day of the California Democratic Convention, to tell the State Senate to vote “Yes!” on SB 562. Joining with Healthy California and the California Nurses Association, we’re making it crystal clear that we expect Democrats to support Medicare for All. It’s a moral imperative for which we are all responsible. Join us at the Rally to Win SB 562.

Rally to Win SB 562
Capitol West Steps
1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Friday, May 19, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT


Medicare for All is within reach in California. If you can’t attend the rally, please call your State Senator and tell them to pass SB 562 before the end of their session next Friday, May 26.

Folks without health insurance want to see their elected officials be proactive, not reactive. They cannot afford for us to wait around for the GOP to strip away health care first, and then react only once the problem has gotten worse. Building power is about making the change, not reacting to it. That’s how we win.

We need to pass Medicare for All in California, and we have a good chance of accomplishing it before next Friday. But insurance lobbyists and corporate Democrats are trying to defeat this bill — we can’t allow that to happen.

Call your state senator today and tell them to bring SB 562 to a vote and pass it this session. We’re not going to wait for the problem to get worse when we can do something to fix it now.

We have to rely on one another to make real change possible. People are counting on us to make the difference here — let’s win SB 562 for all of us.

In solidarity,

Nina Turner
Board Member
Our Revolution

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Health Care for All – Napa Chapter

Working toward starting a Napa chapter of Health Care for All.

The goal is single payer health care, which means eliminating the 25 or so percent of our health care dollar that goes to private insurance companies, not to our medical care. Now we’re working on SB562, The Healthy California Act, which goes to appropriations in the next two weeks and then to the Senate for a vote.

If you’re interested, we look forward to hearing from you. And thanks!


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Uniting to Protect Immigrant Rights

From the Opinion section of the Napa Valley Register:

  • Harjit Khaira

Women’s March Napa Valley held yet another impassioned community town hall meeting last Sunday at the First United Methodist Church with a distinguished 10-member panel and a respectable audience.

Each panelist touched on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) raids that are stoking fear in the hearts of our immigrant populace, particularly among those who are undocumented.

Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza stressed the need to work together and promote a message of unity while some audience members demanded more action from local officials and particularly from the Chamber of Commerce, the Napa Valley Vintners, wineries, grapegrowers and the vast hospitality industry.

Retired lawyer and audience member Preston Shackleford passionately delivered a message beseeching these industries to speak up and step up to help immigrants, regardless of their documentation status, as these very immigrants are the ones who enable such industries to thrive.

She expressed the need to protect vulnerable immigrants and held that once ICE is at an undocumented immigrant’s door, their rights are gone and they may not get to say goodbye to their family or have proper legal due process.

The current immigration crisis was interpreted as allegorizing “Napa’s second earthquake” with Shackleford emphasizing the need for strategic tactics by creating “sanctuary churches” to protect families and vehemently summoning the community to rise up as it did after the last earthquake.

Audience member Sharon Macklin followed with a timely question to the panel, “Who have you reached out to in the industry?

If you haven’t, can you do so?” Supervisor Pedroza answered that he would try to have more of a “direct ask” of these industries and how they can be more proactive.

Of particular importance was the openness of both Napa Chief of Police Steve Potter and Napa Sheriff John Robertson who attended in full uniform to explain law enforcement’s policies of never asking for immigration status when interviewing people in our community. Robertson pointed out that Napa is special and unique because “we truly work together with the community with open discussion.” Steve Potter thoughtfully added that they try to be present at community events and encourage all people, including minorities to attend and speak up at such Town Hall meetings. He has been witnessing much fear in children who are afraid of their parents being detained and deported.

Local pediatrician Joseph Carrillo added that he has seen an increase amongst children suffering anxiety, behavioral issues and not wanting to go to school. He believes that much of the trauma children are feeling and experiencing is due to the fear surrounding possible deportation, and unfortunately most physician offices do not have social workers or therapists. He touched on therapy for children in schools through puppetry to help them deal with fear and create a safe space.

Both Potter and Robertson talked about local law enforcement’s efforts in creating trust with local communities and all neighborhoods.

Potter relayed to the audience the difficulties they face when ICE goes on a raid and represents themselves as “local police.” ICE essentially takes advantage of the trust that the local law enforcement has worked hard to build.

ICE uses a ruse to get people to come out of their homes to arrest them.

Robertson doubled down emphasizing that when ICE is portrayed as homeland security in the media with their uniforms boldly declaring, “POLICE,” it diminishes the trust between the immigrant community and the local police. Robertson and Potter wear their uniforms with pride and want to educate and help immigrant communities and build deeper trust.

Melissa Patrino, executive director or Puertas Abiertas, a community resource center working hand in hand with Latinos has remained steadfast and active in responding to the vulnerable needs of the community.

She commented that ICE is a rogue agency with a list of people they are targeting and will persist with their raids even if it is a sanctuary city. Patrino discussed the difficulty of obtaining legal status. Most undocumented immigrants are hard-working, good people who have been in the U.S. for decades paying taxes.

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Yet it remains a difficult and arduous road to obtaining legal status for most. Despite anyone’s stance on immigration, it is reasonable to agree that all people should be treated with dignity, respect and with due process despite their immigration status.

Irit Weir, organizer of the Women’s March Napa Valley, announced that if anyone knows undocumented immigrants in critical danger of deportation, an Advocacy Authorization form can be obtained from Congressman Mike Thompson’s office/website.

It can be submitted to his office or to Puertas Abiertas. Potter added that if ICE is at one’s front door claiming to be local police, the local police dispatch number (257-9223) can be called to confirm whether the local police are in fact at their door. Napa local police stressed the desire to partner with neighborhoods to create dialogue and openness.

If community members want to host a gathering of locals, they are happy to attend and talk to all people.

The panel was markedly diverse, with Karla Marquez (Dream Team Organizer), Gabriela Ramirez (Vice Principal of Napa Valley Language Academy, NVLA), Liliana Navarro (Latinos Unidos) and Melissa Patrino (Executive Director of Puertas Abiertas) sharing their raw stories and adversities they overcame. Alfredo Pedroza (Napa County Supervisor) and Jill Techel (Napa Mayor) stressed the need to create more dialogue and a community of problem solvers. Madeline Feldon (attorney for the International Institute of the Bay Area, IIBA) and Dr. Joseph Carrillo (local pediatrician) both discussed the stress and anxiety they have observed in children with undocumented family members.

They offered their respective legal and medical services to aid those in need.

Steve Potter (Napa Chief of Police) and John Robertson (Napa Sheriff) have increasingly taken a more active role in reaching out to the Latino population and being accessible at this critical time in our seemingly divided nation.

Harjit Khaira is a writer from Napa and a participant in the Women’s March.

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ACA Current Phone List – CALL NOW

Staff is answering the phone at lots of these
The healthcare vote is going to be incredibly close. The The New York Times has a up to date whip count of how Republicans stand to vote. Please check to see if your rep is on the list and make some calls.
Specifically pay attention to the ‘undecided or unclear’ list:
AK-1: Don Young, (907) 271-5978, @RepDonYoung
CA-21: David Valadao 202-225-4695, @RepDavidValadao
CA-25: Steve Knight, (202) 225-1956, @SteveKnight25
CA-49: Darrell Issa, (202) 225-3906, @DarrellIssa
CO-6: Mike Coffman, (202) 225-7882, @RepMikeCoffman
FL-18: Brian Mast, (202) 225-3026, @RepBrianMast
FL-25: Mario Diaz-Balart, (202) 225-4211, @MarioDB
FL-26: Carlos Curbelo, (202) 225-2778, @RepCurbelo
IA-4 Steve King: (202) 225-4426 @SteveKingIA
IL-6 Peter Roskam: (202) 225-4561 @PeterRoskam
IL-16: Adam Kinzinger: (202) 225-3635 @RepKinzinger
IN-5 Susan W. Brooks: (202) 225-2276 @susanwbrooks
KS-3 Kevin Yoder: (202) 225-2865 @RepKevinYoder
ME-2 Bruce Poliquin: (202) 225-6306 @RepPoliquin
MI-3 Justin Amash: (202) 225-3831 @justinamash
MN-3 Erik Paulsen: (202) 225-2871 @RepErikPaulsen
NJ-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen (202) 225-5034 @USreprodney
NY-19 John J. Faso (202) 225-5614 @RepJohnFaso
NY-21 Elise Stefanik (202) 225-4611 @RepStefanik
OH-10 Michael R. Turner (202) 225-6465 @RepMikeTurner
PA-4 Scott Perry: (202) 225-5836 @repscottperry
VA-1 Rob Wittman: (202) 225-4261 @robwittman
WV-1 David B. McKinley: (202) 225-4172 @repmckinley
ALSO – check New York Times Whip Count for up to the minute news

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Urgent – ACA Phonebanking NOW

Hello Everyone

The vote to repeal the ACA could come on Tuesday.

We now have a PDI Virtual Phone Bank for Issa’s district.

Use this if you have a computer or tablet that will connect to the Internet.

Share this email with all your networks.

If you don’t have a computer or tablet email Anne Bennett <>

PDI instructions 
1. Go to this link  Issa Phone Bank

2A. If you have used the system before enter your email address and then skip to step 4
2B. If you are a new user click on the Click here to Register link which is under the green Log In button

3. Fill out the required information to register (First and Last name and email) then select Save

4. Enter the password resist (case sensitive)

5. Select OFA as the volunteer organization, then select Log In

6. A phone # will appear in the upper left corner. The person’s  name will appear in a box near the middle of the screen and the script will appear below.

7. If you do not reach a person click on one of the Non-Contact Codes  then select the blue button in the lower left to go to the next call.

8. In the script you will ask the person if they support the ACA, if they do select the Supports Candidate/Ballot Measure button and click on the green arrow

9. The script on next screen ask the voter if they will call Congressman Royce and provides a phone #. If they agree to make the call select
Yes patch Through   (there are some call centers in LA that patch callers through but we are not part of that system so if the person says they will call Issa we mark the “Yes patch through” option)

A new phone # and name will appear on the screen.

You Can Make These calls until 9PM and start again at 9AM tomorrow.

I broke my leg last Monday, and have been pretty miserable since, I will be calling until I make 50 calls. I challenge each of you to do the same. 

Linda Hemenway
Sonoma County Chapter Lead
Organizing for Action
707 843 6110
Twitter  @OFA_Sonoma
Facebook – OFASonoma-County

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Save the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities

An urgent message from the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco:
Contact Your Representatives TODAY

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Dear Members,

Take Action to Save the NEA – Contact Your Representatives TODAY

President Trump has proposed cuts of $15 million to both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. These cuts would eliminate a little-known program that is critical to the Fine Arts Museums: The Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Programs for domestic and international exhibitions.

When museums organize special exhibitions, they borrow extremely valuable works from other museums and private collections. The cost to insure these works would be prohibitive, if it were not for the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Programs. The programs provide coverage for a domestic exhibition up to $1 billion and for an international exhibition up to $1.8 billion. No public or private museum in the world would be able to purchase comparable private insurance for several exhibitions per year.

In Fiscal Year 2016–2017, FAMSF saved $1,808,291 in insurance costs by qualifying for the NEA’s indemnity programs. The Domestic and International Exhibition Indemnities Insurance Program is an opportunity for the federal government to self-insure art loaned for exhibitions. There is no cost to Congress, museums or taxpayers. The only possibility of expense to the government would be if there were a claim, and there has been only one for $4,700 since 1975.

The White House’s proposal, which must be voted on before April 28, came just two weeks after the President made known in his budget that he is planning to eliminate all the cultural endowments including the NEA, NEH, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

We must act NOW

Contact our Bay Area Congressional delegation: your Congressional Representative and our two Senators. Direct lines to the DC offices of our Bay Area Congressional delegation are listed below. You can also reach the White House comment line at 202-456-1111.

The message is simple and the process is easy. Call the number provided, say you are a constituent and you are calling to oppose any immediate cuts to the NEA and the NEH this year, and that for next year you urge fully sustained funding for the NEA and the other cultural agencies. The staff person answering the phone will thank you, and your views will be noted in a report to the Congress Member at the end of the day.

You can also click the following link provided by the American Alliance of Museums to take action:

This is the moment for you as a member of the Fine Arts Museums to speak up!  Thank you for contacting your representatives today.


Diane B. Wilsey
FAMSF President and COFAM Chair
Max Hollein
Director and CEO
Help arts and culture and make your voice heard before April 28!
Bay Area Congressional Delegation Phone Numbers:
Senator Diane Feinstein 202-224-3841
Senator Kamala Harris 202-224-3553
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi 202-225-4965
Congresswoman Barbara Lee 202-225-2661
Congresswoman Jackie Speier 202-225-3531
Congressman Ro Khanna 202-225-2631
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo 202-225-8104
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren 202-225-3072
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier 202-225-2095
Congressman Eric Swalwell 202-225-5065
Congressman Jim Costa 202-225-3341

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My American Dreams

Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Applicants (DACA), known as the DREAMers law, has allowed certain young immigrants here in the United States without documents to qualify for temporary legal status and work permission. In the intervening two years, over 750,000 young people have obtained this form of legal status through the DACA law including thousands from the counties of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Marin.  The goal of My American DREAMs is to celebrate the young immigrant DREAMers through a multimedia project.

Please read and share our multi-media project.

Our website

Facebook at

Twitter @DreaAmerican

YouTube Channel at

For more information, contact Vanessa Robledo at or Christopher Kerosky at (707) 433-2060  or at


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From Bernie: New Medicare for All Push

From the Huffington Post:

WASHINGTON ― In the wake of the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday, leading figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rallying behind a single-payer health insurance and a raft of other bold reforms.

These lawmakers and grassroots leaders have long believed that the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are rooted in the original health care law’s attempt to accommodate, rather than gradually replace, the private, for-profit health insurance system.

Now that efforts to eliminate the law wholesale are effectively dead, they are again arguing that the best way to improve the country’s health care system is to confront the power of corporate health care provider more directly.

“We have got to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and move forward toward a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday night. “And I’ll be introducing legislation shortly to do that.”

WASHINGTON ― In the wake of the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday, leading figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rallying behind a single-payer health insurance and a raft of other bold reforms.

These lawmakers and grassroots leaders have long believed that the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are rooted in the original health care law’s attempt to accommodate, rather than gradually replace, the private, for-profit health insurance system.

Now that efforts to eliminate the law wholesale are effectively dead, they are again arguing that the best way to improve the country’s health care system is to confront the power of corporate health care provider more directly.

“We have got to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and move forward toward a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday night. “And I’ll be introducing legislation shortly to do that.”

Even before the Republicans withdrew their Obamacare repeal bill, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee and a close Sanders ally, previewed this message at a rally in defense of Obamacare on Thursday.

“Don’t just be satisfied with defeating Trumpcare ― set your sights on creating real Medicare for all!” he told a cheering crowd of hundreds of activists.

Representatives of several major progressive organizations ― the Working Families Party, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, Credo, Social Security Works and the National Nurses United ― all echoed this push in conversations with The Huffington Post on Friday and Saturday.

“The problem is the insurance companies, Big Pharma ― they’re gonna come back and use the chaos to their advantage,” predicted Social Security Works executive director Alex Lawson. “If Democrats go with a half-a-loaf policy, Republicans are going to blame them for the failures of Big Pharma. They have to immediately pivot to expanding Medicare.”

Notwithstanding the support of the influential groups for the proposal and ― according to a May 2016 Gallup poll ― even a majority of the American people, Medicare-for-all legislation is a non-starter in the current Congress. Single-payer health insurance still lacks support from many, if not most, Democrats, let alone from the Republican lawmakers who control both chambers.

But the proactive strategy speaks to increasing confidence among progressives that if they stick to their ideals and build a grassroots movement around them, they will ultimately move the political spectrum in their direction.

“It does take time for social change,” said Chuck Idelson, communications director of the National Nurses United, a 150,000-person labor union that has long advocated for a single-payer health insurance system. “We didn’t end slavery overnight. It took from Seneca Falls in 1848 ’til 1920 until women won the right to vote. But they only won it by building a movement.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is already planning for the aftermath of Republicans’ legislative defeat with a push for single-payer health insurance.

In the meantime, a potential benefit of this ambitious approach is what’s known as shifting the “Overton Window,” a political science term for the narrow range of acceptable political views at a given moment in time.

By adopting a position that is considered extreme by contemporary standards, politicians and activists can make more attainable policy goals start to seem reasonable by comparison.

That phenomenon already seems to be working in progressives’ favor.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the only one of Sanders’ Senate colleagues to endorse his presidential bid, discussed the possibility of lowering the Medicare eligibility age or empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices in his statement on the Republican bill’s collapse.

“There are plenty of ideas already on the table that would make health care more affordable for working families, from a public option, to prescription drug negotiations, to offering older Americans the chance to buy into Medicare,” Merkley said on Friday. “I’m happy to work with anyone, from either side of the aisle, to explore these or any other ideas that would improve health care for working Americans.”

Lowering the Medicare eligibility age from its current level of 65 is a “very interesting” idea, because of the positive financial effect it would have on the Obamacare insurance exchanges, said Austin Frakt, a health economist for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

By allowing the oldest exchange participants to enroll in Medicare, lowering the Medicare age would relieve the health insurance marketplaces of some of their costliest customers, said Frakt, who also has academic posts at Boston University and Harvard.

“It would reduce the premiums in those markets,” he predicted. (Frakt noted, however, that absent measures to offset the cost of the additional beneficiaries, the change would increase Medicare’s financial burden.)

Social Security Works’ Lawson praised the idea as an incremental step toward Medicare-for-all.

“Start by lowering the age to 62 and get it down to zero,” he said.

If Democrats go with a half-a-loaf policy, Republicans are going to blame them for the failures of Big Pharma. Alex Lawson, Social Security Works

Another progressive policy gaining mainstream traction is legislation permitting the importation of prescription drugs from Canada, where the existing single-payer system keeps prices lower. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) was one of several Democratic senators to endure heavy criticism in January for helping block a resolution supporting drug importation. In late February, Booker became a co-sponsor of legislation Sanders introduced that would legalize prescription drug importation from Canada and other countries.

President Donald Trump talked about getting tough with pharmaceutical companies over the price of prescription drugs as recently as early January.

But he has remained silent on the matter since inauguration, including the 17-day period when he was trying to pass House Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill. What’s more, the ordeal cast serious doubt on his willingness to take on the GOP’s ultraconservatives, who no doubt oppose any form of government intervention to reduce drug prices.

Trump now claims he is counting on Democrats to negotiate over Obamacare on his terms, since, in his telling, the law is on the brink of collapse.

Obamacare’s insurance exchange markets have major problems in some states and regions, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office characterized them as stable overall.

Still, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested in a CNN interview on Friday night that Democrats would be open to working with Trump and congressional Republicans on reforming the law.

“We’re not gloating that they failed. We’re sad that they won’t work with us to improve Obamacare,” he said.

Murshed Zaheed, political director of Credo, warned Democratic leaders that any Democratic efforts to work with Republicans would not get any help from grassroots groups like his.

“If Democrats want to push their version of so-called moderate proposals ― good luck to them,” Zaheed said. “I don’t think anybody should be under any illusion that Schumer or [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi will get anything from collaborating with the right-wing extremists that control Congress.”


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