A New Direction for 1460

Nov. 10, 2017


Dear 1460 supporters:

A year ago, in the wake of the national tragedy that was the 2016 Presidential election, a small group of New Yorkers came together to try to determine how we could resist the Trump agenda.  Out of that 1460 was born, and we chose to focus on two things:

1.  Promoting democratic values that reflect who we are as a nation.
To do this, we have sent you daily actions for nearly 300 days that offer specific, concrete things an individual can do to resist the Trump agenda.
2.  Promoting "new blue" next generation leaders in New York and around the country who are committed to our nation's values.
To do this we staged the January 2017 Anti-Inaugural Ball, which raised over $100,000 to support the training of progressive candidates, and have offered additional volunteer and fundraising support to individual candidates since that event.

It's now a year later, and we find ourselves in a landscape crowded with amazing organizations working to oppose the Trump agenda and support a new generation of progressive leaders in America.  So we are readjusting our focus.

In terms of daily actions there are fantastic groups like 5 Calls and Daily Action whose work we feel we are duplicating.  We urge you to join and support them.  

In terms of electing progressive leaders wonderful groups like Swing Left and Sister District are mobilizing volunteers and funds to support progressive candidates.  We urge you to get involved with those efforts.

So what will 1460 do?  Going forward, 1460 will not issue daily actions but will instead focus on our second goal of promoting "new blue" next generation leaders in New York and belong.  We will send out periodic updates about candidates we have vetted and trust to whom we hope you will donate your time and money to support.  Should you have a candidate for local, state or federal office you'd like us to consider supporting, email us at info@1460daysofaction.org.

After last week's elections many of us are breathing a sigh of relief.  But now is not the time to relax, but instead is the time to redouble our efforts as the crucial 2018 midterm elections are less than a year away.

Thank you for being part of 1460.

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Jim Augustine
Day 265: Spread the Word: Enroll in the ACA

HealthCare.gov has a new deadline this year: December 15

Starting November 1 you can sign up for health coverage at HealthCare.gov. Financial help is available so most people can find a plan for $50 to $100 per month.

Already have health insurance? With new deadlines and a lot of misinformation, we need your help to get the word out about open enrollment.

Sign up now for enrollment information or to help family and friends get covered!

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Jim Augustine
Day 263: Protect a Woman's Right to Choose

Earlier this week, the House passed a bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), that would make it a crime to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The crime would be punished by fine or up to five years in prison, or both.

Now, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has introduced a 20-week abortion ban in the Senate. In 2015, a similar piece of legislation passed the House but failed in the Senate. Call your Senators and urge them to oppose Graham's 20-week abortion ban legislation.  

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Jim Augustine
Day 262: Support Native Groups on Indigenous People's Day

Today is Indigenous People's Day, which celebrates the resilience of native peoples in the face of over 5 centuries of genocidal efforts.  Consider a gift to one of the below organizations to support their continued good work.  
Center for Native American Youth
Tiwahe Foundation
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (leading efforts against the Dakota Access Pipeline)
American Indian College Fund

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Jim Augustine
Day 259: Fight Back Against Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

As the non-partisan Tax Policy Center’s report summarized Friday, the Republican plan would slash the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% and balloon the deficit by $2.5 trillion over the next decade. While the rich would pay less - 50% of the savings benefit the top 1% - taxes for the middle class would rise. The biggest losers would be tens of millions of working-class who would experience the cuts on Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security that would be needed to pay for the massive tax reductions for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations in the plan.  Contact your Senator to oppose this unfair plan.

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Jim Augustine
Day 255: Don't Just Pray for Las Vegas: Take Action

The tragedy in Las Vegas demands action.  Consider a gift to one of the below groups which are pushing for meaningful gun control in America.

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Works to reduce the number of American gun deaths through background checks and other means.

Everytown for Gun Safety
A gun-violence-prevention group that works primarily with state legislatures to enact policies requiring background checks and stronger trafficking laws.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Created to demand action from state and federal legislators, companies, and educational institutions to establish common sense gun reforms.

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Jim Augustine
Day 253: Stop DHS from Spying on Immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security published a new rule that calls to include "social media handles and aliases, associated identifiable information and search results" in the department's immigrant files. In other words, DHS wants to collect social media information on all immigrants, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens. 

This rule will go into effect October 18 after a public comment period. You can submit a comment by clicking here. Tell DHS that this rule should NOT go into effect. 

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Jim Augustine
Day 252: Save the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

On September 30, funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program expires. After Republicans took a rushed and ultimately failed run at repealing Obamacare one last time, the program’s spending authorization is now at imminent risk of lapsing.

CHIP is a health insurance program created in the 1990s to piggyback on Medicaid and it provides coverage for kids in families with higher, though still lower-middle-class to middle-class, incomes. The program also helps cover pregnant women in some states. It is designed much like Medicaid, with states and the federal government both paying a share of its budget. About 9 million children across the country receive coverage through CHIP. 

A few weeks ago. Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee respectively, announced the outline of a deal to keep CHIP funded, but that deal is now stalled. Call your Senator today and ask to pass the Hatch-Wyden deal to save CHIP. 

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Jim Augustine
Day 249: Reform America's Discriminatory Bail System

Every day in America 450,000 people are in jail not because they have been convicted of a crime, but because they are awaiting trial and cannot afford to post bail. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution prohibits “punishing a person for his poverty,” but requiring cash bail means who ends up in jail is determined not by risk to society or likelihood of skipping court, but by ability to pay. Pretrial jail time has devastating effects; after just a day, jobs and housing can be lost or custody of children can be taken away.

In July, Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017 (S.1593) to incentivize states to reform or replace their bail systems. The program will allow states to research and evaluate bail reform, and to implement best practices for pretrial analysis and services. The bill encourages improved data collection on pretrial programs allowing for better analysis of outcomes and requires states receiving funds to report on progress and results.

The bail system is not only broken for those within the criminal justice system, but it is also ineffective at making America safer and is expensive for taxpayers. Studies have shown that in some jurisdictions, half of “high risk” defendants are released simply because they are able to post bail, while unnecessary jail time for low-risk defendants actually decreases their likelihood of appearing in court while increasing their likelihood of future offenses. Jail space for the largely nonviolent pretrial population costs American taxpayers $14B a year and that number is growing; pretrial defendants accounted for 95% of the growth in jail population between 2001 and 2014. The Pretrial Justice Institute has estimated that bail reform could save Americans up to $78 billion per year. The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act, a bipartisan bill, is a modest and encouraging step towards addressing America's discriminatory, expensive, ineffective bail system.

Call the Senate Judiciary Committee at 202-224-5225 and use the below script.

Your script:

Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from New York.

[IF COMMITTEE]: I'm calling to request that the committee hold a hearing on S. 1593, the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017. States need to reform their discriminatory, ineffective, and expensive bail systems, and this bipartisan legislature could help to achieve that.

[IF REP/SEN]: I’m calling to ask Senator Senate Judiciary Committee to support S.1593, the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017. The current cash bail system is discriminatory, ineffective, and extremely expensive for taxpayers, and we must encourage states to reform their bail systems.

Thank you so much for your time.

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

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Jim Augustine
Day 248: Provide and Demand Help for Puerto Rico

From our friends at Indivisible:

Demand Congress provide immediate emergency disaster relief to Puerto Rico. Before really digging in on TrumpCare and the current state of play, we wanted to express that our thoughts are with the 3.5 million people of Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans are American citizens and they deserve the same protection and federal support as any other American city or state. Right now the island remains under water, without power, and at least ten are dead. Congress must act THIS WEEK to provide emergency disaster relief to the Island. Demand that Congress do it, starting with calling your Representative.

And, if you can, please make a donation to Unidos to help people on the ground right now. The fund will be managed by the Hispanic Federation, a leading Latino nonprofit organization with more than 25 years of experience in providing disaster-relief assistance to Latinos in the United States and Latin America. One hundred percent of the proceeds will help hurricane victims and the recovery efforts through fellow community and civic organizations in Puerto Rico

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Jim Augustine
Day 247: Submit Testimony to Stop Trumpcare

The senate finance committee has asked for comments on on Graham Cassidy by 10am PST and 1pm EST on Monday, September 25th. All-of-us must share our personal stories about how devastating this bill would be.

Here’s how: Email GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov by 1pm Monday. Here is a suggested script from our friend Jen @ Jen Hoffman’s weekly checklist, but feel free to use your own.

Script: I/my family rely/relies on quality, affordable healthcare. Because of this, I oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. My story with [Medicaid, pre-existing conditions, disabilities, affordability, etc.] is… I would like to see a bipartisan Congressional effort to improve the ACA, not repeal it.

Sincerely, [name]
[town, state]
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Jim Augustine