Day 185: Stop the Living (Senate) Dead from Killing Health Care

They just won't stop.

Senate Republicans have scheduled a vote for tomorrow to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  We must stiffen the spines of those who are with us and strike fear into the hearts of those against us with a massive outpouring of calls.  Contact your Senator: or even better contact Senators' health staffers: to let them know where you stand.  Lives are literally on the line.  Please call.

Jim Augustine
Day 184: Help Retake Virginia for the Blue Team

From our friends at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:  "We're fighting to take back the statehouses Dems have lost since 2008 with bold progressives, starting this year in Virginia. In the primary election, our candidates won a clean sweep.

Now, we're heading into the general election with our full slate of great, bold progressive, Virginia, state-level candidates.

(Donations to the PCCC Strategic Fund on this page will be used to provide training and scholarships for 300 progressive candidates attending our National Candidate Training next week.)

Can you chip in $1 each (or more if you can) to Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor, Danica Roem (VA-HD13),  Elizabeth Guzman (VA-HD31), Jennifer Carroll Foy (VA-HD02), Schuyler VanValkenburg (VA-HD72), Chris Hurst (VA-HD12), and our work helping them win their races? You can also donate to our work recruiting and equipping candidates to take back state legislatures by mail here."

Jim Augustine
Day 183: Tweet at Senators Still Considering Repealing the ACA

On Tuesday the Senate Republicans will try again to repeal the Affordable Care Act:  use Trump's favorite weapon -- Twitter -- to let them know you won't stand for it.  Tweet this at key Senators like .@SenCapito, @senrobportman‏, @lisamurkowski ‏, @BillCassidy ‏and @SenMikeLee ‏: "your constituents want bipartisan solutions. Reject this sabotage of our health care–vote 'no' on #Obamacare repeal"

Jim Augustine
Day 182: Pass the DREAM Act

Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced a new version of the DREAM Act, a bill that would grant legal status and establish a path to citizenship for Dreamers—immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. The introduction of this crucial bill comes as the attorneys general from 10 states have demanded that the administration eliminate DACA and end protections for nearly 800,000 young people that have come forward, passed background checks, and gained permission to live and work lawfully in America.  Demand your Senator support this crucial legislation:  find their contact info at

Jim Augustine
Day 181: Stop the Terrible House Federal Budget

From Our Friends at the Center for American Progress:  "There have been many distractions on Capitol Hill, but yesterday, House Republicans released their budget proposal. It looks a lot like Trump’s—i.e. it includes devastating cuts to crucial programs to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. Here are the top eight ways the budget will hurt working families to pay for tax cuts for millionaires."  Let your Member know this budget is unacceptable:  to find your House member's contact info go to

Jim Augustine
Day 180: Stop the Republican Assault on Trans Rights

Republicans are going after transgender Americans in the House of Representatives. Representatives Peter Olson (R-TX), Brian Babin (R-TX), Ralph Lee Abraham Jr. (R-LA), and Vicky Jo Hartzler (R-MO) have introduced H. R. 2796, the “Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017” – and it’s a nasty, transphobic piece of legislation.

The act is very explicit about what it intends to do. It wants to forbid the federal government from interpreting any protections against gender discrimination as also applying to trans folks. It wants to retroactively redefine inclusive civil rights protections as being non-inclusive.

Tell your House member to oppose H.R. 2796:  you can find their contact info at Contact your Congressman:

Jim Augustine
Day 179: Don't Let Up

Just because the Senate Republicans have backed off their "repeal and replace" assault on health care does not mean we should ease up on the pressure.  Already there are rumors of "repeal don't replace" from McConnell's office.  Like the Terminator, these right wing fanatics won't give up until they achieve their goal.  So, yes, breathe a sigh of relief for now, but this fight is far from over.

Jim Augustine
Day 178: National Day of Action to Stop Trumpcare

From our friends at Indivisble:  "This week we need to focus. This week we have to apply our power where we have the most leverage—and that’s defeating TrumpCare. Visits to local Senate offices send the clearest message to senators: we don’t want TrumpCare and we’re watching you. Our whole national network will be showing up together at their own local Senate offices for the first National Indivisible Day of Action this Tuesday, July 18th. In red states, blue states, and purple states—in every part of this country—we’ll be showing up to say NO.

#KillTheBill: National Day of Action

We are encouraging Indivisible groups to plan visits to as many of their senators’ in-state offices as they can. We’ll be holding rallies outside while groups visit staffers inside offices. We’ll be leaving behind photos and stories of people impacted by TrumpCare for them to remember when they vote. Click here to find a Day of Action event in your state."

Jim Augustine
Day 175: Support Democrats to Win Back Congress in 2018!

If you're ready to move away from one-off donations in preparation for 2018, It Starts Today offers support to democratic candidates for Congress in all districts across the country.

Want to learn more? Click "How This Works" on the It Starts Here website to peruse explanations of where your money goes and how they distribute the money to candidates. It's not costly over the course of a year and it provides a stable flow of money to all Democrats in Congressional elections in 2018.

Jim Augustine
Day 174: Tell Betsy DeVos: Your Voucher Plans Harm Students

It couldn’t be clearer: Betsy DeVos’ goal as Secretary of Education is to slash funding for public schools, using voucher schemes to funnel taxpayer dollars to unaccountable private schools. Vouchers only weaken our public schools, when we know that a well-resourced public school in every neighborhood is our best bet for setting every student up for success.

Send an email to Betsy DeVos now. Tell her that vouchers harm the 90% of American students that attend public schools, and that she won’t get to destroy our public schools without a fight.

DeVos and President Trump’s overall agenda is set on privatizing and destroying the public institutions that support opportunity for American students, educators, and families. You can see their priorities in how their $10.6 billion in budget cuts impact crucial public education funding:

  • $1.2 billion from after-school programs
  • More than $700 million from loans for low-income students
  • $27 million from arts education
  • $2.1 billion that helps reduce class size and support professional development for educators

Even worse, DeVos and Trump are trying to take this public funding away from public schools in order to funnel them to unaccountable private schools. We simply can’t afford to fund two different education systems - one private and one public - on the taxpayers’ dime.

Email DeVos today. Tell her to focus on investing in public schools.

Jim Augustine

The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote on the 2018 Financial Services spending bill on Thursday, July 13th that includes a provision to bar the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing the Johnson Amendment. The 1954 law currently prohibits tax-exempt houses of worship from endorsing political candidates or making campaign contributions.


Currently, the IRS revokes the tax-exempt status of any church or religious institution that endorses or funds a political candidate. If the IRS were to stop enforcing this rule, individuals and big donors could skirt campaign finance laws by funneling tax-free donations to candidates by way of churches (currently, no political campaign contributions are tax-exempt). The change would allow religious institutions to become major money players in our government by serving as channels for dark money donations to political campaigns. 


The House's attack on the Johnson Amendment parallels the "Religious Liberty" executive order Trump signed in May. While a President cannot repeal or change laws such as the Johnson Amendment, Congress can, and is now doing so through the 2018 federal budget. Call the House Appropriations Committee at 202-225-2771 to oppose this provision! 

Jim Augustine
Day 172: Net Neutrality Day of Action - July 12th!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 12th, is a huge day of action in support of net neutrality and a day to tell the FCC that we will not let them turn the internet into a "pay to play" marketplace. Join thousands of internet users, websites, apps, and search engines to make tomorrow a big day of protest.

Here's a little refresher on why net neutrality and an open internet is important: Net neutrality means there is an even playing field. The rules prohibit future “paid prioritization” deals in which content providers pay to have their traffic delivered to consumers ahead of competitors and bans intentional slowing down of internet traffic. If the FCC has its way though, big cable companies will control what we see and have access to online. You can read up on all the other reasons to support these net neutrality rules here.

What can you do? 

1. JOIN the protest here. They will send you action details once you sign up. You can also scroll through the great actions and images to use already up on their site.

2. TWEET BRIGADE! Opt-in to tweet at key moments, change your profile pics and spread the word to all your followers using these resources.

3. POST AN ALERT if you have a website, join other sites in protest by displaying a prominent alert on your homepage that shows the world what the web will look like without net neutrality. 

Jim Augustine
Day 171: You absolutely MUST check out this super slick new voting app!

Despite Trump’s obsession with voter fraud, ballot boxes in America are more starved than stuffed (feed me).

All-of-us want to vote, but keeping track of all of the local, state and federal elections can be dizzying. Well, now there is an amazing app for that! Check out the EveryElection app, which provides curated information for every single election you can vote in. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it’s awesome. There's even a cute two minute video that shows you all the impressive app attributes. Now all-of-us don’t need to wait for 2018 to start engaging in our democracy--we can get our vote on now.

Jim Augustine
Day 170: Save the Date for July 12: Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

To spread public awareness and spur broader congressional support for net neutrality, more than 60 organizations, including major tech and internet-based companies, have organized the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality on July 12, 2017. Planned protests are aimed at stopping the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC's) net neutrality rollback, addressing problems created by the rollback, and further improving safeguards against future measures to erode net neutrality.

Jim Augustine
Day 169: Insure Inclusion of Trans Elders in the Federal Aging Survey

The Trump administration is attempting to erase trans elders from a federal aging survey that determines how billions of dollars will be spent on elder care and support.
Our trans elders must be counted. And we need you to speak up and make that demand loud and clear. 
The deadline for public commentary is July 24, and we need tens of thousands of people to tell the Trump administration that trans elders matter. 
It'll take just one minute. The clock is ticking. Time is running out.
Send your letter to the Trump administration right now! 


Jim Augustine
Day 168: Oppose the Nomination of Pro-torture Lawyer to Top Transportation Position

Steven Bradbury is the nominee for General Counsel at the Department of Transportation. During his tenure with the Bush Administration, he infamously wrote three memos justifying the use of torture as an interrogation technique, a position which has since been rejected by Congress and the Supreme Court. Whether you care about transportation, civil rights, the environment, or something else, Bradbury will likely poised to make a decision on that issue. Contact your Senators to oppose Bradbury, whose lack of judgment and moral character are antithetical to everything we stand for. Read more here.
Contact your Senators to oppose Bradbury's nomination and share this information with your networks. Find their contact info here:

Jim Augustine
Day 167: Oppose Trump Administration Voter Fraud Commission Requests for Voter Rolls from All 50 States

Kris Kobach, head of the administration's Election Integrity Commission has written to all 50 states requesting their voter-roll data, including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits and voting history back to 2006 of every voter in the state. State responses to the administration's request for voter roll data varies from compliance to dismissal. 

The commission was created last month to "investigate alleged acts of voter fraud" based on Trump's claim that "3 million to 5 million undocumented immigrants voted illegally in the 2016 election." {source

The major concern is that the shared data will be used for purposes of voter suppression. There are also serious concerns about data security and privacy that come with releasing personal information of registered voters, including the worry that the commission will use the rolls to target non citizens. 

What you can do: Contact your Secretary of State and ask them to reject the request.  Find their info at:

Jim Augustine
Day 166: Get your Governor to Take Stand on Health Care

"While we certainly agree that reforms need to be made to our nation’s health care system, as Governors from both sides of the political aisle, we feel that true and lasting reforms are best approached by finding common ground in a bipartisan fashion.”
Seven bi-partisan governors wrote in their letter to Senators McConnell and Schumer. This week, all-of-us must ask our own Governor to step up if they haven’t. It’s not easy to oppose a President who revels in punishing his enemies – like steering infrastructure funding to states whose governors stayed quiet or support the AHCA. We need to make sure these governors know we have their backs and ask them to have ours. If your Governor didn't sign in to this letter, call his/her office and find out why. Contact info at:

Jim Augustine
Day 165: Support New Americans on the 4th and Win Tickets to Hamilton!

From Lin-Manuel Miranda:

Hamilton has crisscrossed the country—New York, Chicago, San Francisco. Next stop...Los Angeles! I’m thrilled to be back again with another great Hamilton experience, this time benefiting a cause that’s not only at the heart of Hamilton but particularly close to me—immigration. I’m raising money for the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition, which is comprised of 12 amazing organizations (for more, see below).

For only a $10 donation, you’ll be entered to win two VIP tickets to the opening night of Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, you and a friend will attend what I promise will be a star-studded after-party. We’ll also make sure we connect and snap a photo together. And don’t worry about airfare or hotel — we’ll cover that, too.

You can win with just a $10 donation. But if you want to donate more, you’ll get extra entries, some cool Hamilton goodies, and more. It’s my way of saying thank you for supporting the important work of the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition.

Thanks for supporting immigration reform. I’ll see one of you on opening night in LA!

Siempre, Lin-Manu

to enter go to:

About the The Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition is part of the Hispanic Federation 501(c)(3), the nation’s premier Latino non-profit organization. Launched in 2017, the coalition is comprised of 12 partner organizations that work throughout the United States to provide services to immigrants, refugees, and asylees, including legal representation, advocacy, and awareness campaigns. Coalition members include: ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Service), Alianza America, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Immigration Equality,  FANM, Inc./Haitian Women of Miami, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), LULAC Institute, National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON), National Immigration Law Center, Tahirih Justice Center, and United We Dream.
The Hispanic Federation works locally and nationally to empower millions of Latino children, youth, and families through three essential service pillars: increasing the capacity of Hispanic grassroots organizations, advocating for social justice, and providing direct programs that transform communities.

Jim Augustine