Indivisible Gainesville Needs Your Help

The admin team has heard your feedback. Many of you said that you would like more transparency and more participation from the group as a whole. Our challenge to you is to volunteer for a committee. There are over 1500 people in this group and only 7 admin support people. Unfortunately, a lot of the work to keep Indivisible Gainesville going is falling on the shoulders of our admin team.

We *need* more people to help. For instance, Florida’s legislative session just started, and it moves quickly. We need people to keep up with the current and future legislation, so we can let everyone know what our state legislators are doing. We also need to be current on the legislation at all levels, including the city, county, and national levels, so that we know where to put our efforts and momentum. Our writing team needs volunteers to write op-ed pieces and letters to the editor for upcoming events. The more writing we have before events the better our coverage of the event is. Our canvassing committee needs people to make calls and to write to their MoCs. We need volunteers on all other committees, too, including public relations, volunteer coordination, and media.

We need YOU to sustain this forward movement! We must join together and become indivisible. Please help and join up with a committee. Click here to submit a volunteer application today! We’ve contacted several applicants that are in our pool, but if you haven’t heard from us please click here and send us an email!

Indivisible Gainesville’s first blog post

Hello and Welcome to the Indivisible Gainesville’s new website and blog!

We welcome you and congratulate you on taking the next steps to unite and resist this divisive and hateful administration.

While we work around the clock to get our website, Facebook page, and Twitter running smoothly we urge you to take an action step by signing and sharing our petition to make Gainesville a Sanctuary City.

We need the city of Gainesville to show that the courage of our convictions is not something to be ignored, that love truly does trump hate, and that we may be an example for those elsewhere whose city government may, like ours, be one of the last things standing between Trump and a policy of mass deportation in the USA.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR PETITION

Thank you all for being here and for being active!

~Team Indivisible

screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-6-46-13-pm

 

Indivisible Gainesville: Ted Yoho Fails With His Vote to Dismantle the ACA

TED YOHO FAILS WITH HIS VOTE TO DISMANTLE THE ACA

Indivisible Gainesville, a local group of nearly 2000 citizens, would like to express our dismay at Congressman Ted Yoho’s vote in favor of dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This decision will negatively impact millions of Americans. Despite broad constituent disapproval, many of our own members received a form letter from Mr. Yoho explaining his vote. This letter was filled with misleading and inaccurate statements about the ACA and its proposed replacement so we decided Mr. Yoho’s work deserved to be graded. We invite everyone in Gainesville and the surrounding area to review Congressman Yoho’s justification for supporting the AHCA and our counter argument, so we are making his graded letter publicly available here on our blog. Please share our researched response widely, and help us to educate the Congressman on the importance of accurately estimating health care needs while assessing the impact of legislation to deliver this vital societal asset. Below, we highlight three of the most egregious falsehoods in the Congressman’s letter.

FALSEHOOD #1: “The healthcare system under the ACA is unsustainable” and “insurance companies are pulling out of the marketplace.”

TRUTH: The ACA is not failing; the truth is that 20.4 million people gained health insurance thanks to the ACA, a record drop in the uninsured rate in this country. This is in spite of constant efforts by the Republican Party at the federal and state levels to destroy the ACA through lawsuits and legislation. The Congressman himself introduced unproductive legislation this spring designed to relieve insurance companies of any penalty for failing to comply with the requirements of the ACA, blatantly undermining the ACA and removing requirements that promote the best interest of patients. In fact, a recent study by S&P Global Market Intelligence revealed that the existing healthcare market shows signs of continued improvement but cautioned that the path to stability can be disrupted by new rule changes such as those supported by Congressman Yoho.

FALSEHOOD #2: “The American Health Care Act (AHCA) contains important components of true healthcare reform.”

TRUTH: The AHCA would remove many of the benefits offered by the ACA. It would allow states to be granted waivers to drop requirements for essential health care so that people with preexisting conditions will once again be charged exorbitant premiums. In certain states, at least half of the insured between the ages of 50 and 64 have a preexisting condition for which they would be denied affordable coverage. Moreover, the AHCA would remove $834 billion from our Medicaid program and 23 million people would lose healthcare coverage altogether. We challenge the Congressman to explain to his constituents how an inability to pay premiums due to preexisting conditions or loss of coverage equates to responsible health care reform.

FALSEHOOD #3: The Congressman’s basic justification for the repeal and replacement of the ACA is that it hurts our economy. For example, he stated that “the law’s taxes and regulations hurt job-creators” and that the ACA’s “expansion of Medicaid and other federal subsidies propels our country more quickly into fiscal insolvency.”

TRUTH:  The private sector has not lost any jobs since the ACA was put into effect. In fact, because more people have access to healthcare, new jobs are being created in the healthcare industry. Moreover, one would assume from Congressman Yoho’s concern pertaining to the country’s fiscal insolvency that the AHCA would use cost savings to pay down our national debt. In reality, all of the money saved by removing coverage from so many Americans would result in a huge tax cut for the top 1% wealthiest individuals in our country, at the expense of basic healthcare for millions of Americans.

If Mr. Yoho is really interested in reforming the healthcare system in this country, we encourage him to work together with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to fix the ACA. For example, the Medicaid gap could be closed by allowing for negotiations of drug prices, increasing the penalty offset for not being insured, and restricting insurers from opting out of the exchanges. These significant changes would increase the number of healthy insured individuals and thus lower the cost for everyone. These relatively simple reforms could receive strong bipartisan support and benefit all Americans. We ask the Congressman to act on the facts and negotiate in a transparent manner.

 


 

 

Indivisible response to Yoho AHCA letter



FOOTNOTES:

1. The first clause in this sentence is factually true: The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) does need reforms, and may even benefit from a public option. But the second clause is entirely false: The proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) reverses some of the most important parts of the ACA, allowing insurers, for instance, to significantly increase premiums for people with pre-existing conditions. The AHCA undermines the current health care system to provide a large tax cut to the top 1% wealthiest Americans, while millions of Americans lose their health insurance.

Harvard Business Review – Improve the Affordable Care Act, Don’t Repeal It: https://hbr.org/2016/11/improve-the-affordable-care-act-dont-repeal-it

2. This claim is inaccurate. It is based on the assumption that healthy people will opt out of paying health insurance premiums and instead pay the tax penalty, leaving insurers with only high-cost customers. Small changes, such as closing the Medicaid gap, can easily be made to the ACA to increase the number of healthy insureds, and to provide lower cost coverage to more people.

New York Times – Room For Debate:
https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/08/24/is-obamacare-sustainable/a-public-option-would-greatly-improve-obamacare

3. This sentence is misleading. While fewer people than projected bought insurance through the exchanges, more people than expected applied for Medicaid. Even when an insurer pulls out of the marketplace, a customer can still purchase higher priced unsubsidized insurance plans. Studies show that premiums are actually lower than they would have been without the ACA. And many insurers would remain in the exchanges if more states had chosen to expand Medicaid coverage under the ACA. Instead of fixing anything, the AHCA will increase premiums to the point where anyone with a pre-existing condition will not be able to afford insurance.

FactCheck.org – Obamacare Predictions:
http://www.factcheck.org/2017/03/cbos-obamacare-predictions-how-accurate/

Politifact Truth-O-Meter:
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/mar/12/mick-mulvaney/fact-checking-white-house-attack-nonpartisan-cbos-/

US News – Health Insurers Exit from Obamacare:
https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-08-17/health-insurers-exit-from-obamacare-leaves-little-insurance-choice

LA Times – Obamacare Exchanges:
http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-obamacare-exchanges-20160805-snap-story.html

The Atlantic – Why Insurers are Leaving:
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/05/why-so-many-insurers-are-leaving-obamacare/526137/

4. This is demonstrably false. In fact, new jobs have been created in the healthcare industry because more people have access to healthcare under the ACA. Moreover, the private sector has not lost any jobs since the ACA was put into effect. Implementing the AHCA would cause a spike in unemployment, as underscored by a brand new study by George Washington University which estimates that Florida will lose 83,000 jobs and $8.6 billion from our state economy if the ACA is replaced with the AHCA.

Forbes – Obamacare NOT a Job Killer:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2015/03/05/five-years-ago-they-called-obamacare-a-job-killer-heres-what-they-say-now/#25fcb7a63214

CNN – Healthcare Jobs:
http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/25/news/economy/health-care-jobs-trump-obamacare/index.html

Miami New Times – Repeal Would Cost Florida 83,000 jobs:
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/obamacare-repeal-bill-would-cost-florida-83000-jobs-cut-86-billion-from-economy-ahca-study-warns-9426646

5. Here, Representative Yoho is returning to one of his pet projects: the national debt. This topic is often used as a scare tactic to trick people into voting for austerity measures that only benefit the top 1% of Americans. Even if you accept Representative Yoho’s premise that the national debt is critical and that Medicaid causes more debt (which we do not), the AHCA does nothing to alleviate that debt. In fact, the money that AHCA takes out of Medicaid is used to give a massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans. Where’s the “fiscal solvency” in that?

Business Insider – 19 Trillion Debt:
http://www.businessinsider.com/us-government-19-trillion-debt-not-a-problem-2016-4

NPR – National Debt For Beginners
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99927343

The Week -Why America’s Gigantic National Debt is a Good Thing:
http://theweek.com/articles/618419/why-americas-gigantic-national-debt-good-thing

Wikipedia – United States Federal Government Credit Rating Downgrades:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_government_credit-rating_downgrades https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/03/

6. There’s no indication that our healthcare system is collapsing, as claimed in Yoho’s letter. Republicans, including Representative Yoho, have been doing all they can do undermine the ACA since its enactment. In March 2017, Yoho introduced the “Holding Health Insurers Harmless Act” which freed insurers from the ACA requirements, undermining the entire structure of the program. The various parts of the ACA work together to create a sustainable healthcare system. By taking away the ability for the government to enforce the requirements of the ACA, Representative Yoho’s legislation helped break the system. And now he says it’s “broken.”

Congress.gov – 115th Congress Health Bill:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/


7.
The primary difference between the two House versions of the AHCA is that the second version allows insurers to remove essential health benefits – benefits that were guaranteed under the ACA – so that while a person with a pre-existing condition could technically buy insurance, the plan they get could deny coverage for their specific condition, thereby rendering the plan useless. Representative Yoho and the House Freedom Caucus voted against the first version of the AHCA because they did not think it went far enough in removing guaranteed benefits. They subsequently passed the harsher second version, which removes essential health benefits from those with pre-existing conditions.

New York Times – Freedom Caucus Healthcare Pre-Existing Conditions:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/upshot/freedom-caucus-health-care-pre-existing-conditions.html

8. The first clause is technically correct; the AHCA does not fully repeal the ACA. But what remains will be made less effective, or rendered completely dysfunctional. Representative Yoho also alludes to “state’s rights” and “personal freedom,” longtime GOP rhetorical crutches. Under the AHCA, you will have the “freedom” to pick any plan you want, but the plans will be so expensive that you won’t be able to afford them. Currently, the ACA gives you the freedom to pick healthcare options that you can actually afford. The “freedom” to choose healthcare coverage is essentially worthless if, in reality, you end up with no healthcare coverage at all.

9. The AHCA makes no real “reforms”. It simply removes many of the benefits from the ACA that Americans currently need to survive. The AHCA does undermine the current system by removing the individual mandate. But without penalties for compliance, employers will be able to take away health insurance from employees without repercussions. Furthermore, healthy individuals will have no incentive to buy insurance to offset the high costs for the disabled, elderly, or those with pre-existing conditions. This will result in fewer people with health care and higher premiums for many others.

10. A Health Savings Account (HSA) is an account whereby the money contributed is tax deductible when used for qualified medical expenses, and they can work well for people who already have money to put into an account to use solely for healthcare. But this change in no way makes healthcare more affordable for those who can’t do that. HSAs have not been shown to have a positive effect on access to health care for the average American.

Common Wealth Fund – Gains Under Proposal To Expand Health Savings Accounts
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/blog/2017/apr/gains-under-proposal-to-expand-health-savings-accounts

11. By voting for the AHCA, Representative Yoho will allow millions of Americans to go without the health insurance they need. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has calculated that 23 million people will lose healthcare coverage if the AHCA becomes law. So while Mr. Yoho claims not to want anyone to lose coverage, his vote shows that he has other priorities, namely, cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans, even if it means fewer people with affordable health insurance.

CBO.gov – Congressional Budget Office:
https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52486

12. This statement is entirely false, especially if you consider people with disabilities or the elderly to be those who “need it most”. Disabled students living in poverty will most likely not have access to care because the cuts the AHCA makes to Medicaid which will hurt public schools’ Special Education programs. At least 25 million adults aged 50-64 could be denied health coverage because of preexisting conditions if they seek to buy an individual plan, and this varies dramatically by state. In some states, at least half of those between ages 50 and 64 years have a preexisting condition for which they would be denied coverage.

New York Times – Medicaid and Special Education:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/health-bill-medicaid-special-education-affordable-care-act.html

AARP – Affordable Care Act Protects Millions of Older Adults:
http://www.aarp.org/ppi/info-2017/affordable-care-act-protects-millions-of-older-adults-with-pre-existing-conditions.html

13. This is entirely misleading information. While the AHCA says that an insurer cannot deny a person coverage because of a pre-existing condition, it also allows the insurers to increase premiums. The AHCA allows states to be granted waivers that result in no requirements for essential healthcare, and create high-risk pools, which have a bad history of death spirals, and are woefully underfunded in the ACHA bill that passed the House.

American Progress – House Plan Keeps High Risk Pools Afloat:
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2017/05/02/431698/house-health-care-plan-not-enough-keep-high-risk-pools-afloat/

The Atlantic – To Be Sick Without Obamacare:
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/06/to-be-sick-without-obamacare/529317/


14.
The ACA was not designed to help members of Congress, as even before the ACA was passed members of Congress received Federal Employee Health Benefits. The ACA was designed to help those without health insurance to be able to afford it. McSally’s amendment and the ACHA will only dramatically cut Representative Yoho’s taxes. The McSally Amendment is simply a decoy intended to embellish this destructive legislation and distract from its actual ill effects.

SNOPES – Members Of Congress Healthcare:
http://www.snopes.com/members-congress-health-care/

Washington Post – MOCs And Their Aides Unlikely To Feel Impact:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/members-of-congress-and-their-aides-wont-be-exempted-in-the-gop-health-care-plan-but-theyre-unlikely-to- feel-the-impact-much-anyway/

15. With regard to “free markets” and the healthcare industry, there already exists a free-market, whereby many Americans opt not to have health insurance and instead take the ACA tax penalty. Insurance by nature is different from other service industries, in that the incentives that other industries have to provide quality service do not exist in the same way for insurance. The “free-market” that Representative Yoho refers to usually means removing regulations that protect consumers from shady insurers. The AHCA might lead to cheaper policies for some healthy people, but for most Americans, it will result in less effective and more expensive coverage, or no coverage at all.

Forbes – There Is Never A Free Market In Healthcare:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisladd/2017/03/07/there-is-never-a-free-market-in-health-care/

16. This is also not true, as evidenced by the history of Medicare and Medicaid. Australia’s universal system, for instance, is an example that even President Trump acknowledged provides better healthcare than we have here in the U.S. The ACA does not propose universal socialized health care, and yet has been, and continues to be, largely successful. A recent study demonstrates that the healthcare market shows signs of continued improvement, concluding that “2016 results and… enrollment so far in 2017 show that the ACA individual market is not in a death spiral.” The same study cautioned that the path to stability can be disrupted by new rule changes such as those supported by Republicans and Representative Yoho.

Washington Post – Trump Praises Australia’s Universal Healthcare System:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/04/trump-praises-australias-universal-health-care-system

Global Credit Portal – ACA Individual Market Showed Progress In 2016:
https://www.globalcreditportal.com/ratingsdirect/

17. Here Representative Yoho insists that there are some people who really need government insurance, which is absolutely true, so he touts the benefits of Medicare and Medicaid. However, the AHCA would cut a devastating nearly $834 billion dollars from the Medicaid program. This would be a substantial loss in benefits for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Plus, earlier in this same letter, Mr. Yoho denigrated Medicaid, presenting the false argument that Medicaid is worsening the national debt to justify the extreme cuts under the AHCA. The AHCA will only hurt the people that Representative Yoho purports to believe should have government insurance.

The Hill – American Healthcare Act Undermines Medicare:
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/335534-the-american-health-care-act-undermines-medicare

CALL TO ACTION: Indivisible Gainesville needs YOU to stop the dangerous American Health Care Act (AHCA)

CALL TO ACTION: Indivisible Gainesville needs YOU to stop the dangerous American Health Care Act (AHCA)

Join this Facebook event: Stop #TrumpCare Senate Call-In Day. The goal is to flood Senate offices with phone calls opposing the AHCA all day.

The Senate wants to bypass normal legislative procedures and force a vote on the AHCA  (TrumpCare) by the end of the month. So now is the time to act! With guidance from the Stop TrumpCare in June Action Guide, we have created a toolkit for you to take action targeting Senator Marco Rubio. We demand that he REJECT this bill and PROTECT his constituents. The launch of this toolkit will kick off actions by Indivisible Gainesville to save the Affordable Care Act until it goes to a vote.

This week’s focus is the phones! After a record-breaking number of phone calls to Congress during the first five months of the Trump administration, phone calls have returned to pre-Trump levels. Only we have the power to change that! The national Indivisible Team has announced that today is Stop #TrumpCare Senate Call-In Day. The link is to the Facebook event, and we urge you to join it! The goal is to flood Senate offices with phone calls opposing the AHCA all day.

When this dangerous bill went to the House of Representatives, YOUR relentless phone calls stopped the first version of the bill. Let’s do that again!

Below, you will find phone numbers, call scripts, and other tools that will help get you started. We have created themed call scripts as a starting point and encourage you to personalize them with your thoughts and concerns. Remember, we are asking Senator Rubio to consider the impact this bill will have on Floridians like YOU. Go to Indivisible’s State-by-State Guide to see the impact the AHCA will have on Florida.

So, set a reminder in your phone, write it in your daily planner, set an alarm—do whatever it takes for you to make the call EVERY DAY until Senator Rubio acknowledges that the vast majority of his constituents OPPOSE this bill.

We ask that you continue to tweet, share, and spread our message far and wide. Let’s show Senator Rubio that we truly are INDIVISIBLE.

Senator Rubio Office Phone Numbers:

  • Orlando: (407) 254-2573
  • Miami: (305) 418-8553
  • Pensacola: (850) 433-2603
  • Jacksonville: (904) 354-4300
  • Tallahassee: (850) 599-9100
  • Palm Beach: (561) 775 3360
  • Toll Free: (866) 630-7106
  • DC: 202-224-3041

Senator Rubio – Specific Staffers to Target

Ansley Rhyne, Legislative Assistant
ansley_rhyne@rubio.senate.gov
202-224-3041

Ted Sacasa, Legislative Aide
eduardo_sacasa@rubio.senate.gov
202-224-3041

Indivisible Gainesville also understands that not everyone has the ability or the desire to speak on the phone with their member of congress. We have included links to alternative ways to reach Senator Rubio.

Other Ways to Reach Your Senator:

5 Calls https://5calls.org/ Spend 5 minutes make 5 calls

ResistBot https://resistbot.news/ Text RESIST to 50409 to send voice messages, faxes, and mailed letters to your MoC and Governor

Countable (available in app stores) Send video messages to your MoC so they know you’re serious

Democracy IO https://democracy.io/#!/ Simple to use web based site for writing all of your MoC

Take A Stance http://takeastance.us/ Available for IOS or Android, record voice messages for your MoC

Here are your Sample Call Scripts:
*Remember, you may always call after hours if you prefer to leave a message, just be sure to leave your full name and address to be counted*

Call script 1 Focus: Improve the ACA, NOT Repeal

“Hello, my name is [name] and I am calling from [zip code]. I would like to tell [senator’s name] how the Affordable Care Act has helped [name of person].  [Tell your personal story)  I ask that [Senator’s name] votes NO to the AHCA and focuses on improving the Affordable Care Act to ensure better access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare. Thank you for your time in answering the phones.”

Call script 2 Focus: Public Hearings

Hello, my name is [name] and I am calling from [zip code]. I am calling to request that [Senator’s name] demand that all members of the Senate, not just an all-male working group, are allowed to participate in debate and offer amendments on the healthcare legislation. Behind closed doors is no place to have a debate which affects the lives of all Americans.  Please ask [Senator’s name] to push for public hearings and full participation of the entire Senate. Thank you for your time in answering the phones.”

Call script 3 Focus: Pre-existing conditions

Hello, my name is [name] and I am calling from [zip code]. I am calling to ask that [Senator’s name] commit to voting against the AHCA. This bill will cause people with pre-existing conditions to be charged unaffordable premiums and make healthcare essentially inaccessible. I also would like to state that the senator should vote against any bill that eliminates funding for Medicaid.”

We will be rolling out one written call script per day on Facebook and Twitter starting tomorrow. The more you share and re-tweet those call scripts, the more progress we can make!

WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER.

In Solidarity,
~Indivisible Gainesville

 

Open Letter to Pulse from Indivisible Gainesville

We remember the dark and terrifying night of the Pulse shootings as if it were yesterday. We remember hoping that our friends would check in on Facebook as “safe.” We remember the relief as we saw the number of people checking in as “safe” grow, but the horrifying realization that so many were still “unsafe.”

In the year that has followed, we questioned how could our world change in just an instant. We questioned how anyone could be so hateful.  We questioned our lawmakers as to why they would not take any steps to prevent a person who the FBI investigated twice for ties to terrorist groups and a history of domestic violence to legally purchase a gun.  A gun that would forever change the lives of so many.

We know that Pulse was a safe space where the LGBTQ+ community would come together and celebrate the freedom to express their authentic self.  Indivisible Gainesville is dedicated to continuing to make both heart and policy changes so that everywhere is a safe space.

We also reach out to those of you who are still recovering. Some of you are still recovering physically from the wounds of that day. We are so glad you are with us, and we want to encourage you to keep going.  We mourn with those who are recovering from the trauma of violence and hate. We understand that part of the tremendous pain is the loss of what will now never be. We stand with you in deep mourning as we consider the great loss to humankind.

We would like to close with remembering those who lost their lives that day. They had hopes, dreams, families, friends. They were people. They were more than what the shooter did. Their names were:

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda L. Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A. Aracena Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simón Adrian Carrillo Fernández, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter Ommy Gonzalez Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Jean Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean Carlos Nieves Rodríguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano-Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodríguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez, 37 years old
Luis Sergio Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Our love is with all those who mourn, with all those who take action, with all those who stand in solidarity.  

To find more events surrounding Pulse and our LGBTQAI+ community in general, check out this calendar: gaypridecalendar.com

~Indivisible Gainesville

INDIVISIBLE GAINESVILLE: UNITED FOR PRIDE AND ARMED WITH DAILY ACTIONS WE CAN ALL TAKE

Indivisible Gainesville is proud to participate in the Gainesville Area Equality March for Unity and Pride. Our mission explicitly states that we resist any and all regressive movements—which includes codifying discrimination in our laws, ordinances, and statutes. We march to show our support for the LGBTQ+ community, communities of color, and all who are marginalized and disenfranchised by this administration.

We demonstrate our support not only by showing up/participating in today’s event but also by action. We must mobilize. We have over 1800 members in our group and together we can effect change in our government. Our group has created nine distinct action items to help you call upon your Representative or Senator to prevent discrimination against people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. We urge our members, friends, and family members to use these action cards as a starting point for pressing your member of congress. We’re sharing them all with you here, and we’ll also be posting one per day on our social media throughout Pride Month to serve as a reminder that action can be taken by all of us.

ACTION 1: Speak up for LGBTQ rights in FL-3!

At a Town Hall earlier this year, Congressman Ted Yoho of FL District 3 was asked questions about his stance on LGBTQ issues. In response, he pledged to form an advisory council within his office to address the unique issues which are important to our community.

Let’s make sure he follows through!

Call the congressman’s local or DC office and inquire about the creation of this council. Then, text a friend and ask they do the same. Recruit friends to keep calling until the council is formed and made up of members of the LGBTQ community. Together, let’s ensure he is representing the best interests of the FL-3 LGBTQ community at the federal level. Bonus points for anyone who volunteers to be on the council!

Rep. Ted Yoho

DC Office: (202) 225-5744
Gainesville Office: (352) 505-0838

ACTION 2: LGBTQAI+ Adoption
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 2640- The Every Child Deserves a Family Act

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is ___ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] support HR 2640- the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. This bipartisan bill has broad support from countless medical groups like the AMA. Child welfare agencies which discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status in their adoption decisions should NOT receive federal funding. It is heartless to leave children in the foster system when qualified couples or individuals are eager to welcome them into their families. I urge [MoC] to vote YES on this bill. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2640

ACTION 3: LGBTQAI+ Discrimination
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 2282 – The Equality Act

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is ___ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] support HR 2282, the Equality Act. Currently, many states lack basic protections for LGBTQ citizens, putting those who live in or travel to these states at risk. HR 2282 will ensure these basic protections will be in place nationwide. Failing to pass this bill will impact the safety and quality of life of millions of American families. I urge you to support and vote YES on the Equality Act. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2282

ACTION 4: LGBTQAI+ Discrimination
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 38 – The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is ___ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] vote NO to HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Gun violence is a rampant problem in America, as evidenced by the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. Gun safety laws are in place within each state to protect the state’s citizens. However, policies of other states should not overrule Florida’s laws. I know the congressman respects states’ rights and the safety of [his/her] constituents, so I urge [him/her] to vote NO on this bill. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/38

ACTION 5: HIV Advocacy
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 1739 – The REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act

Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is __ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] support HR 1739, the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act. This law calls for a review of federal and state laws which impose criminal liability on individuals living with HIV. According to the HRC, perceived HIV exposure is criminalized in 32 states. These laws were intended to address the intentional spreading HIV, but have been abused far beyond that purpose. Through this review, we can ensure evidence-based, medically accurate public health policies. I urge them to vote YES on the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1739

ACTION 6: Bullying
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 1957 – The Safe Schools Improvement Act

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is ___ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] support bipartisan bill HR 1957, the Safe Schools Improvement Act. This bill requires schools receiving federal funding to develop codes of conduct that explicitly prohibit bullying on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBTQ youth are 2 times as likely to experience abuse at school and 4 times more likely to commit suicide. This bill could play a role in reducing these staggering statistics. Any school receiving federal funding must protect ALL of its students. I urge [MoC] to actively support this bill. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1957

ACTION 7: Conversion Therapy
Call your member of congress (MoC) about HR 2119 – The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho: (202) 225-5744
Outside FL-3 dial: (202) 224-3121

Call Script:

Hello, my name is __ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that [MoC] support HR 2119, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which defines advertising of Conversion Therapy as consumer fraud. The American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and every other mainstream medical organization agree that Conversion Therapy is fraudulent and dangerous. Allowing these services to be advertised legitimizes this damaging, dehumanizing practice. I urge them to vote YES on the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act. Thank you for your hard work in answering the phones.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2119

ACTION 8: International Human Rights
Call your senator about S.302 – The International Human Rights Defense Act

Senator Bill Nelson: 202-224-5274

Call Script:

Hello, my name is ___ and I live in [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that Sen. Nelson help to reintroduce S.302 – The International Human Rights Defense Act. Many LGBTQ people face horrific discrimination & abuse in countries around the world and the US should be a global leader advocating for human rights. This position helps prevent and respond to discrimination & violence against the LGBTQ community worldwide. We must continue to build on Secretary Kerry’s historic creation of the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTQ Persons by making this position permanent in law to prevent its elimination by future administrations. I ask that Senator Nelson please work to re-introduce this bill.

* If leaving voicemail, you must leave your address to be counted *

For more info on this bill, visit: congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/302

ACTION 9: Trans Rights
Educate your representative!

Currently, more than 15 states have proposed bills restricting bathroom access for transgender people. When asked by a courageous constituent about this issue at a recent town hall, Rep. Ted Yoho stated he believes bathrooms should be, “Male, female, and other.” The use of the term “other” is disrespectful to the dignity of our trans brothers and sisters.

The National Center for Transgender Equality explains that while private bathroom access may comfort some, forcing trans people to use separate bathrooms is isolating & dehumanizing. It also reinforces a false narrative of danger to the public which has been widely debunked by law enforcement & sexual assault advocates.

Your challenge is to work together with a trans member of your community and amplify their voice to help educate Rep. Yoho. Some ways include: writing a letter, mailing literature, or scheduling an in-person meeting. Remember, when acting as an ally, listen and then work to lift the voice of the under-represented.

FL-3 Rep. Ted Yoho:
(202) 225-5744
(352) 505-0838

We here at Indivisible Gainesville  hope these pre-set actions help you follow through!
We encourage you to pass these actions on. Share them with friends and family. We stand with YOU and with our LGBTQAI+ brothers and sisters, ALWAYS.

 

In Solidarity,
~The Indivisible Gainesville Team

 

 

 

 

CALL TO ACTION: The 4-H program needs your help ASAP! Call today!

WE NEED YOU TO CALL TODAY! It only takes a few minutes.

Speaker Richard Corcoran – 850-717-5000
President Joe Negron – 850-487-5025

The 4-H program needs your help ASAP! We are currently in a special legislative session regarding the state budget.

Yesterday, Senator Kelli Stargel and I asked Senate President Joe Negron to expand the call for special session to overturn the veto of $1 million for the 4-H program, which teaches leadership skills for Florida’s next generation of agriculture leaders.

It’s an amazing program that serves over 200,000 youth in our state and has a $13.8 million economic impact across Florida.

4-H is a longstanding agriculture program in Florida, and it deserves our support.

Special Session is scheduled to end tomorrow, and we need your help! Call House and Senate leaders today and ask them to please override the veto for 4-H funding.

Please call today and ask to save 4-H education!

Indivisible Gainesville calls Marco Rubio out on Twitter

Senator Marco Rubio sent out a survey today (“Paid For By Marco Rubio For Senate”), so we thought we would share a few of the survey questions with you. We have a lot to say in answer to the questions we’ve outlined below. Let us know what YOU think.

Join us on Twitter, https://twitter.com/indivisiblegnv, for an ignited discussion that’s going on right now! You can find Rubio’s full survey here: http://landing.marcorubio.com/june-survey/

Question 1: Select the following issues you believe Republican Senators should focus on this year. Here are his choices…

– Strengthening border security

– Replacing ObamaCare

– Tax reform

– Rolling back Obama era regulations that are choking U.S. businesses

– Balancing the federal budget

– Ensuring confirmation of conservative judicial appointments to the federal courts

– Cutting wasteful government spending

– Rebuilding our military preparedness

– Renegotiating trade treaties like NAFTA to help create American jobs

– Reducing the corporate tax rate to get the economy growing

Indivisible Gainesville’s comment:

“The GOP will propose more cuts, but won’t invest in our future. Education, environmental protections, women’s health, infrastructure, domestic terrorism, these are things that matter to the American people, too!”

Question 3: Do you believe that Democrats in the U.S. Senate have any intention to put aside partisanship and work with Republicans and President Trump to address the needs of the American people?

  • Yes
  • No
  • No Opinion

Indivisible Gainesville’s comment:

“Does President Trump and the GOP have any intention of addressing the needs of the American people? Perhaps Sen. Rubio can prove HE wants to address the needs of Americans by putting aside partisanship, voting down the AHCA and working WITH the Senate Democrats to fix the Affordable Care Act rather than take healthcare away from millions and increase premiums for older Americans.”

Question 4: Do you believe Republicans in the U.S. Senate should continue to change Senate rules as necessary to overcome liberal Democrat obstructionism that is blocking efforts to address the needs and interests of the American people?

  • Yes
  • No
  • No Opinion

Indivisible Gainesville’s Comment:

Let us fix this grossly biased question for you, Senator: “Should the GOP continually change Senate Rules that gives their party the advantage, while they do nothing to address the needs and interests of the American people?” You’re welcome.

Question 7: Should President Trump and Republicans repeal federal environmental regulations put in place by radical extremists in the Obama Administration that have devastated the coal industry?

  • Yes
  • No
  • No Opinion

Indivisible Gainesville’s Comment:

“When the Kentucky Coal Museum goes solar, maybe that’s a sign that the US needs to start investing more in clean energy. Renewable energy creates jobs. In fact, more Americans currently work in solar power than in coal production. And by the way, there are very few job opportunities on a dead planet.”

Last Question: Has your confidence in the future of the nation increased since President Trump and Republicans began working to dismantle the Obama legacy and implement conservative reforms and policies?

  • Yes
  • No
  • No Opinion

Indivisible Gainesville’s Comment:

“Finally, a member of the GOP admits that his party is actively trying to erase the Obama legacy.  We knew it all along, but now we have proof that this is more important to the GOP than bipartisan efforts to help ALL citizens of the United States!”

 

CALL TO ACTION: CALL ON HOUSE/SENATE TO OVERRIDE THE VETO OF UNIVERSITY FUNDING

As some of you know, the Governor has vetoed over $100 million of programs in the budgets of Florida’s public universities. This includes a $20 million cut to UF’s programs, of which $6 million is directly from IFAS. These cuts include funding to programs, students, faculty, and staff.

For those of you not familiar with IFAS, it’s UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with a mission to develop “knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible.” As a result, IFAS has locations throughout the state of Florida and has made value-added contributions of $123.2 billion to the gross domestic product of the state economy in 2013.

Florida Senate President, Joe Negron, will encourage discussion of Governor Scott’s budget vetoes during the special legislative session. In a memo that he sent to the entire senate, he wrote “I also expect that the Senate will consider a proposal to override the veto of some university and higher education funding that represent major priorities of Senators.”

What this means for you: Our Florida Senator, Keith Perry, Senate President, Joe Negron, and Florida House Speaker, Richard Corcoran, need to hear from you!

Call:
Sen. Keith Perry: (850) 487-5008
Sen. Joe Negron: (850) 487-5025
Speaker Richard Corcoran: (850) 717-5000

Your script:

Hi! I’m [Name] and I’m a constituent. I’m calling to encourage the [Senate/House] to consider a proposal to override the veto of the university funding. Governor Scott’s veto removes $20 million in funding to our local university, which will eliminate jobs. Moreover, IFAS, which stands to lose $6 million dollars, is a prime example of return on investment by the government. In 2013 alone, IFAS made value-added contributions of $123.2 billion to the gross domestic product of the state economy. Please, override this veto. Thank you for your time and consideration.

This takes participation from all of us! We can do this!

« Older Entries