STOP the Senate health ‘care’ bill

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The Senate GOP health “care” (actually health destroying) bill suffers from insufficient input from medical professionals, mental health professionals, patient advocates or other groups with deep expertise in public health and medicine. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, this bill will mean that 22 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026

You don’t have to be a mental health professional to know the GOP’s heartless, mindless Senate and House bills pose serious threats to the health and well-being of all Americans. Read what scientists, doctors, and researchers have to say about this bill here.

Take action to stop this governance travesty:

  • Find and attend a town hall
  • Call your Senator (Senate switchboard number:  202-224-3121)
  • Tag your Senators in a tweet about the bill (list of accounts via C-SPAN)
  • Be knowledgable by reading these sources of information:
  1. American Public Health Association Talking Points
  2. American Medical Association resources and shareable graphics
  3. Statement from a coalition of patient groups (including the American Heart and Lung Associations) opposing the Senate bill
  4. Action Kit from FamiliesUSA

Powerful “Stand Against Suffering” Statement Released

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Lion’s Roar has posted a powerful statement by thirteen leading Buddhist teachers, and 100 additional signatories, calling on Buddhists and all people of faith to take a stand against Trump Administration policies that will create suffering for the most vulnerable in American society. Read the statement here: https://www.lionsroar.com/stand-against-suffering/

Women and self-disempowerment

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In my view, the insistence on wearing a pink hat with cat ears (a silly, diminutive girl-like image) and making it the symbol of this march was deeply problematic, yet expected. Women seem to have to make standing up and speaking out “safe”. I believe this need arises from a strong unconscious, acculturated habit of diminishment that women engage in when they seek power in a male-dominated society that objectifies women and their contributions. I knew the pink hat would be used by the media as a symbol of the march instead of the actual photos of millions of marchers. We give them the ammo they need to diminish us.

And so it begins…. badly

The Whitehouse.gov  website has deleted all references to “climate change” as well as the information pages devoted to the topic which existed during the Obama years. Now we know for sure the insane level of denial and ignorance we will be dealing with for the next four years.

To all who marched today and will do so tomorrow, thank you for your service to our democracy!!!!!!