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Stop Gun Deregulation

Although the focus of UUPLAN is state legislation, in light of the Alexandria, VA shooting on Wednesday, we want to send out an Action Alert about the SHARE Act. If this bill passes, it would override state regulations and have disastrous impact on public safety and law enforcement.

ABOUT THIS BILL:

Some of the key provisions of the bill include: deregulating silencers, weakening the regulation of interstate firearm transport, and weakening the regulation of armor-piercing ammunition. Read more about the SHARE Act.

Call your U.S. Senators and Representative today. Click here for more information about this bill and talking points.

Sen. Patrick Toomey (R) – 202-224-4254

Sen. Robert Casey (D) – 202-224-6324

Find your U.S. Congressman

One of the gun lobby’s top priorities is rolling back a federal law that’s been on the books for over 80 years – a law that prevents dangerous people from purchasing gun silencers. To help them make this priority a reality, Congress is attempting to SNEAK this provision into an unrelated bill. Americans should be outraged. This harmful bill threatens our public safety and makes it more difficult for law enforcement officers to do their jobs.

BOTTOM LINE:

One of the gun lobby’s top priorities is rolling back a federal law that’s been on the books for over 80 years – a law that prevents dangerous people from purchasing gun silencers. To help them make this priority a reality, Congress is attempting to SNEAK this provision into an unrelated bill. Americans should be outraged. This harmful bill threatens our public safety and makes it more difficult for law enforcement officers to do their jobs.

Say NO to the Healthcare Repeal

The Senate Republicans are trying to pass a health care repeal bill before the week of July 4th which would cut coverage for 23 million people.  In the next 15 days, we must flood the offices of Sen. Casey, Sen. Toomey, and your U.S. Congressman with visits, phone calls and post cards.

Try to visit local offices in groups of 3-5 people. Have at least one story to tell of someone who needs some form of Medicaid. Two attachments provide talking points for letter writing and a leave behind.

Sen. Patrick Toomey (R) – 202-224-4254

Sen. Robert Casey (D) – 202-224-6324

Find your U.S. Congressman

In addition, if you are on Twitter:
For Toomey:
Tell him, “NO cuts to Medicaid. NO caps on Medicaid. Vote NO on repeal. Medicaid works. Medicaid saves lives every day.” Be clear, there are things that will make health care more affordable, and more accessible, but cutting Medicaid and Expanded Medicaid is not the way to do that.

PHAN’s Father’s Day Campaign to Save Medicaid is moving along. We are tweeting @SenToomey. PLEASE find us at #SaveMedicaidSaveLives. Then retweet our tweets to your Congressman. Remember: whatever comes out of the Senate will go to the House. We need to be a step ahead.

If the Senate does vote and pass a bill, we need to be prepared:

PREPARE FOR RAPID RESPONSE:

Plan to have at least 60 people outside your HOUSE Rep’s office on the day after the Senate vote. Please start asking your networks now: who can commit to the action? What time is best for them? How many people can they bring on the day after the Senate vote passes? What should the event look like? Plan locally and ask every group you know to join.

You can forward this link to ask people to join the Rapid Response team. Rapid response efforts can be fun and build community so don’t be shy about asking people to join in. Remember: Medicaid works for everyone.

Click here to RSVP to be part of the Rapid Response Team

Call your Rep! Anti-choice bill headed for a vote.

We’ve gotten word that SB 3 / HB 77 “Pain Capable / Dismemberment Legislation” is likely to move in the Health Committee on June 12th, positioning it for a full House vote on Wednesday June 14th. These bills aim to prohibit abortion after 19 weeks in the state of Pennsylvania and to criminalize doctors who defy this unconstitutional ruling.

Please call and urge your state representative to vote NO to SB 3 / HB 77. Click here for talking points.

Thank you,

Liz Perkins and Judy Wilson

Reproductive Justice Team Co-Chairs

Dangerous Gun Bills

Call your Representative and Senator Today!

Voice your opposition to two gun laws now under consideration that will not make our communities safer.

The House is taking up the dangerous Preemption Bill – HB 671. HB 671 will:

1. Let the NRA and other groups sue our towns and cities to remove commonsense gun safety laws.

2. Make taxpayers responsible to pay the bill for any lawsuit against the municipality. Yes, you read that correctly – taxpayers would be on the hook for the plaintiff’s legal expenses.

Find your Representative.

In the meantime, the PA Senate will consider SB 383 – a bill to allow guns in public schools:

1. No teacher should have the added weight of responsibility of protecting their students with a firearm.

2. Guns in a classroom can and will result in tragic accidents.

3. This legislation pushes the false narrative that the NRA loves to promote “The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

4. Both the national School Safety Security Service and Education Voters think this legislation is a disaster waiting to happen.

Find your Senator. 

Defunding Planned Parenthood – On the Move In PA

The PA Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to vote on SB 300 on Wednesday. This is a back-door attempt to defund Planned Parenthood by way of preventing reimbursements for contraception for low-income Pennsylvanians who choose Planned Parenthood as their health care provider. If your Senator is on the Finance Committee, please Call Today!

See Talking Points

Join local, regional and statewide groups at the State Capital in Harrisburg to show that Pennsylvanians support Planned Parenthood:

WEDNESDAY 4/26 @ 10AM
Pennsylvania State Capital
Senate Finance Committee Hearing
Room 8E-A East Wing
Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Continue Calls for Health Care!

Congressional leadership is not backing away from their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Next week members return to Washington and have pledged to continue efforts to repeal the ACA and gut Medicaid. Join us for a national day of action by calling your Representative and demand that they  protect our care. Ask them to stop trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut Medicaid.

Stop this new attempt to repeal the ACA and gut Medicaid. The current proposal would raise premiums, cause millions to lose coverage while gutting Medicaid and protections for those with pre-existing conditions.  The MacArthur Amendment would allow states to obtain Limited Waivers from the federal standards.

Continue calls to Toomey, Casey and Representatives to not only save the ACA but expand it to all.

Local congressmen of particular importance

are swing Republicans:


Congressman Ryan Costello – 202-225-4315

Congressman Pat Meehan – 202-225-2011

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick – 202-225-4276

Congressman Lou Barletta – 202-225-6511

Congressman Charlie Dent – 202-225-6411

Congressman Lloyd Smucker – 202-225-2411

Talking points for health care are:

a. No block grants for Medicaid – block grants come with caps – Medicaid needs to be as robust as it is now. Maintain and expand Medicaid, so that people receive help when they need it. Medicaid is not an entitlement – health care is a human right.

b. Work toward healthcare for everyone. Improve the ACA problem of double-digit premium increases by providing increased premium support to make it affordable for all. Do not deliberately destroy the ACA – fix it.

c. Retain all of the benefits of ACA including preventive health services, coverage for pre-existing conditions, dental coverage, birth control and breastfeeding benefits, mental health and substance abuse coverage.

d. Retain funding for CHIP

Dangerous Anti-Choice Bill

A simple but important phone call is needed now to your legislator. As early as Monday, April 24, the PA House Health Committee will be voting on two companion bills: SB 3 / HB 77: “Pain Capable/Dismemberment Pro-Life Legislation.” If passed by the Committee, we fear these bills will move quickly, which is why it is important to contact all of our Representatives.

Please call their office, local or Harrisburg or both, and ask them to OPPOSE these bills, (refer to the bills by both number and name), and say: “These bills are strongly opposed by the medical profession as they not only advocate for dangerous medical practice but also open physicians to being charged with a third degree felony for providing medical care. No other medical procedure receives this kind of legislative punishment. Politicians are not doctors.”

 

Women’s Law Project: SB 3 is “Blatantly Unconstitutional”

As the abortion restriction bills are working their way through the PA House, the Women’s Law Project has provided legal analysis of SB3 to prove that it is “blatantly unconstitutional.”  If you are planning to speak to your Representative about SB3 and HB 77, both now in the House Health Committee, consider providing them with the fact sheet and the legal analysis. The next House Health Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 5th.

Good Government Team Launches

Our newest justice team, co-chaired by Tom Ulrich (Lehigh Valley UU) and Neil Goldstein (UUC Delaware County) has convened two meetings in March. Due to scheduling, the Good Government Team will now hold their conference calls on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

In the most recent call, participants heard an update from Fritz Walker of Fair Districts PA and the reform measures set out in SB 22. Ask your PA Senator to co-sponsor this legislation. Lastly, Neil Goldstein provided an update on PA United to Amend and building on the progress made in the last legislative session. Next meeting: April 26 at 7:00 pm. (Update: Good Government Team now meets 4th Wednesdays at 8:00 pm.)

Legislative Advocacy 101

Are you feeling a need to speak directly to your legislator?  Are you uncertain about what to do in a face-to-face meeting with a state senator or representative? UUPLAN can help.  We have developed a Legislative Advocacy 101 workshop to provide the ins and outs of how you can make the most of a personal visit to an elected official. We have guidelines of how to form a constituent team, what to do before, during and after the meeting, how to tell your story and what to avoid.

Legislative Advocacy 101 is a 1.5 hour workshop and will provide you with best practices and the tools you need to talk to your senator or representative.

Contact Anita for more information and to schedule your workshop.