There's Still Time to Defeat the Trump Tax Scam
The GOP hopes to have a tax bill on Trump’s desk by this Wednesday, but this fight isn’t over yet! This week, the conference committee met to resolve the differences between the House and Senate tax bills and late Friday afternoon released a copy of the final bill. While it drops some of the most controversial provisions affecting higher education and deductions for medical expenses, it still primarily benefits corporations and the most wealthy among us, repeals the ACA’s individual mandate, and caps deductions for state and local taxes at $10,000 per year. While the reduced tax rates for corporations are permanent, most individual tax cuts are temporary. MoCs and others are still poring through the 1000 page document released on Dec. 15th, but the winners and losers are clear. Here's what you can do right now:
Contact Progressive Voters Who Have GOP MoCs
You can use this MoveOn tool to text progressive voters in key states to urge them to call their MoCs. Indivisible has a tool to call voters in key states - click here to sign up! It's easy - you're calling progressive voters, a script is provided, and you can connect them through directly to their Senators' district offices. Members who have used these tools during both the Healthcare and Tax Scam fights say they are effective and simple to use!
Keep Contacting Friends and Family With GOP MoCs
Ask them to call their Senators and representatives and tell their MoCs to oppose this bill when it comes back for a vote. If people across the country continue to get loud, we increase our chances of defeating the tax scam. Indivisible has provided suggested call scripts and a toll-free number (1-855-980-2350) that connects people directly to their Senators. Please forward this information to everyone you know!
Call Governor Baker
Ask him to speak out forcefully against these proposals which will have a disproportionate negative impact on Massachusetts. We called the Governor's office the day before the Senate vote and were told that "he has not made an official statement on the Senate's Tax and Jobs bill." We encourage everybody to give Governor Baker a call at 617-725-4005 - he can't claim to have clout in DC and then sit on the sidelines on this issue. You can find more information and a suggested call script here.
Thank our MoCs
Every member of the Massachusetts delegation voted to oppose the GOP Tax Scam. Call or email them to let them know you appreciate their efforts and thank our Senators for calling for the vote to be delayed until Alabama's new Senator, Doug Jones, is seated.
See Indivisible's website or ours and follow our Twitter account for more details on the proposals and updates on this fast moving process. Don't use Twitter? You can read our tweets on the website - just scroll down to the bottom of the homepage.
Go HERE for additional actions for this week!
Help the MI Book Club Decide What to Read Next
We've received lots of suggestions for great books to read next - help us decide which ones to begin discussing in 2018. Recommend a favorite or just get some ideas for your holiday gift list or New Year’s resolution. We'll have copies of the books we've already read and some of the ones we might read next available for you to look at. Join us on Dec. 12th for a lively discussion and some special refreshments. Newcomers are welcome - you can RSVP using this link.
The Weekday Warriors Team is Storming the State House
Ok, not storming but instead spreading kindness. This Wednesday, Dec. 13th, they'll be bringing holiday treats to our State reps and senators and their staffs. They'll also be including letters and cards to thank them and ask them to champion issues that are important to us as the legislative session continues in Massachusetts. New members are always welcome! If you want to join in the fun, sign up using this link.
Speaking Out Against the #GOPTaxScam
A large and very visible contingent of Minuteman Indivisible members showed up for the "Stop the GOP Tax Bill" Rally on the Boston Common this past Sunday.
Check our closed Facebook page for more photos and a video of the band provided by one of our members!
Rallying to Save Net Neutrality
There were nationwide protests at Verizon stores on Thursday December 7th to call attention to the FCC's plan to gut net neutrality. Locally, members attended protests at Verizon stores in Boston and Lowell.
SPOTLIGHT ON OUR ELECTIONS TEAM
Elections Team is Focused on the Midterms!
Think the midterm elections are a long way off? Think again! THIS is the time to make an impact on shaping the races in flippable districts, and the Elections Team is hard at work doing just that. At our December 5th meeting, we discussed specifics about researching the issues that matter and the weaknesses of incumbents in our chosen districts. We announced our support for a fourth candidate, Amy McGrath in Kentucky's 6th district, and we reviewed strategies for our ongoing fundraising work. We'll be meeting monthly through 2018 to keep up the support for our candidates - join us!