by Jerilyn Bowen
Every day we are reminded that our country–and our planet–is in peril. We are bombarded with demented inflammatory Tweets from the usurper who occupies the White House amid reports of mass shootings and weather catastrophes; frightened children ripped from their parents and locked in cages; violence against minorities, women, and those of nonconforming gender; public schools in crisis; a rampant opiod epidemic; melting arctic ice and vanishing species; rising suicide rates; nuclear war hovering on the horizon and much more. Perhaps the worst of it is the unholy food fight fomented by Republicans in Congress, the national body that is supposed to represent the interests of the people. While Senate Majority Leader McConnell contrives to block any legislation that doesn’t increase the wealth and power of the 1% who own his party and the House dithers about impeachment under the myopic leadership of a corporate Democrat who lets Trump set the agenda, it feels as if the country is being precariously held together with chewing gum and duct tape.
The Medicare for All Calculator is a free, online, user-friendly tool based on a proposed financing plan for H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All bill in Congress. With this calculator,mfacalc.com, anyone can enter information anonymously about the number of people in the household with health insurance, their current income, a typical year’s health insurance premium and out of pocket health costs. Once this information is entered the calculator will determine the savings (in most cases) that HR 676 would provide if enacted.
H.R. 676 would expand Medicare to cover all Americans, regardless of age, income or disability. It eliminates ALL individual healthcare costs, premiums, co-pays and deductibles. It adds comprehensive healthcare coverage, including dental, vision, mental health, long-term care, prescription drugs and other benefits.
We are indebted to Kris Hardy, owner of Albuquerque Software for his role in developing the Medicare for All Calculator. And to Health Action New Mexico for their sponsorship.
A group of concerned citizens, many who are former healthcare providers and associates, have formed the Medicare for All Speakers Bureau. We have created a 30 minute Power Point presentation which compares single-payer health system myths vs facts, gives the pertinent points of the bill and a picture of the financial analysis done by Gerald Friedman, PhD., Economics Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, on how to pay for this bill if enacted, “Funding HR 676”, published in 2013.
If your group would like to schedule a presentation email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mitch spent decades doing the nuts and bolts visionary work that real change requires, pioneering a path for progressives all over the country and lighting a fire in the belly of our New Mexico movement to build a more just and livable world for our people. He set an example by boldly speaking truth to power when that was a very risky thing to do. He showed us how to fight the good fight in the right spirit and generously mentored new leaders to follow in his footsteps. The many roles in which he gave his all include service as a campaign manager and as a front lines community organizer. Wherever he went and whatever he did, his heartfelt humanity and passion for justice infused life into the room. He was a devoted father and grandfather, a warm and forthright friend, a person you could trust, a beautiful human being who gave of himself unstintingly and in good faith.
In all ways from the personal to the political, Mitch bequeathed us something to aspire to in our own precious time on this planet. Perhaps that was his greatest gift to those who come behind. Let us honor his legacy by carrying it forward in these terrible times when the inhuman forces of greed are inflicting untold suffering on living beings everywhere. At this pivotal historic moment, with our sustaining earth being despoiled beyond recall and our hard won democracy under threat, our work is cut out for us. The stakes couldn’t be higher. As we gird up our loins to keep taking on Goliath, we are blessed to have Mitch as our intrepid inspiration and guide.
Thank you, Mitch. Rest in power and peace, dear friend. You will ever live on in our hearts, and in the work we do on behalf of generations to come.
“Gathered in Washington for a leadership conference called Gun Sense University, volunteers nationwide with Moms Demand Action mobilized on the last day. What was supposed to be a celebratory closing gala turned into a dire political moment upon hearing the news of the shootings at El Paso.”
“As chants of ‘El Paso’ and ‘Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go’ littered the air, protesters walked from the White House to Capitol Hill, eventually concluding the evening at Ulysses S. Grant Memorial.”
Senate candidate reads Mueller report aloud from kitchen
PDA Citizen Advocacy
This month PDA is asking our Representatives and Senators to sign on to a Climate Emergency Resolution introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, Representatives Blumenauer and Ocasio-Cortez. In the same letter we are asking that they sign a letter to DNC Chair Perez requesting a national climate debate. The information below provides the PDA letters to the House and Senate, a helpful fact sheet which contains the text of the Resolution, a list of sponsors of the Climate Emergency.
Huge Climate Emergency Resolution Push
Click here to see if your Rep. is on the house version. Click here to see if your Senator is on Senate version.
Click here for the Resolution Letters: Dem. House; Dem. Senate; Republican House; Republican Senate.
Click here for a downloadable/printable version of the resolution.
Here’s a list of the endorsers:
- APAL Communications Connections
- Architects Advocate for Action on Climate Change
- Bold Iowa
- Brattleboro Common Sense
- Bronx Climate Justice North
- Catholic Divestment Network
- Chicago Water Protectors
- Climate Justice at Boston College
- Climate Reality Project Southern CT Chapter
- Climate Revolution Orlando
- Ecocentric Media
- Englewood Indivisible
- Florida Indigenous Rights and Environmental Equality
- Fridays For Future Sacramento
- Global Warming Education Network (GWEN)
- Great Plains Zen Center
- Greenbelt Climate Action Network
- International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
- Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition
- Liology Institute
- Mass Interfaith Worker Justice
- Mid Ohio Valley Climate Action
- Mid-Hudson Valley Sunrise Movement
- Moms Clean Air Force
- Movement for a People’s Party
- North American Climate, Conservation and Environment (NACCE)
- North Bronx Racial Justice
- NYCD16 Indivisible
- Open Source Healing
- Orange County for Climate Action
- Our Green Challenge
- Parents For Future Seattle
- Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
- Redwood Campaign Advisors
- Refuge Ministries of Tampa Bay International
- RESTORE: The North Woods
- Santa Cruz Climate Action Network
- Shoegnome Architects
- South Beach District 6 Democratic Club of San Francisco
- South Beach District 6 Democratic Club of San Francisco
- Sunrise Movement of Howard County
- Sustainne, LLC
- Teens Against Pollution
- The Clime
- Touching Earth Sangha
- Volcano Rainforest Retreat
- We, the World
July 12, 2019 – Lights for Liberty Vigil in Estancia, NM
|Deborah Marez-Baca and Karen Bentrup at the Vigil presenting “Migration is a Human Right”|
Karen and Deborah created a very comprehensive and easy-to-use document outlining actions anyone can take to help end the shameful policies of the Trump administration.
Migration is a Human Right
Read entire document here
Tell the TRUTH to everyone! Challenge the lies.
Migrants arriving at our borders have the legal right to seek refuge and asylum.
The atrocity is that we are imprisoning children. No child should be in prison, ever, for even one day.
The wider problem is that our government has criminalized migration. They are treating a humanitarian crisis as though it’s a crime, and doing all they can to punish people.
No migration crisis springs out of nothing. In the powerful words of poet Warsan Shire, “No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.” For over 120 years in Central America, the U.S. has been leveraging land and resources for corporations and holding profit above human wellbeing.
The migrants arriving at our border are undeterred by the cruel practices that receive them, because every element of safety and security in their own countries has been destroyed.
These border-based cruelties join hundreds of years of America’s assaults on brown and black bodies.”