by Lisa O.
On Friday, Nov. 17th, 3 OI members gathered at the home of Melinda H.'s to do OI's first-ever phone bank to our membership. Our mission? To ask all our members to be first-responders to the national catastrophe presented by the tax bill-ACA individual mandate repeal which passed the House and is which the GOP is trying to rush through the Senate with as fast as possible. The GOP Senators know that their constituents will be outraged if they learn the truth--that this so-called tax reform is nothing more than a massive transfer of wealth to big firms and the richest families in the nation, accomplished by eviscerating programs that help working families and the poor.
We reached out to OI members asking them to commit to daily calls (or as many times as possible) to our Senate offices from now to the end of November. The response? OI members rock!!! All the folks we reached said theyʼd do everything they can.
We know our Senators will vote against this terrible bill--but that is not enough. We need them to also commit to doing everything they can to slow down the voting process so that citizen groups across the nation can mobilize against this bill, and so the American public has a chance to learn the truth about its deeply toxic nature.
If we did not reach you, you can still commit to being a first responder! You can also help by sharing your story with Senators Cantwell and about how being able to take tax deductions such as medical expenses, student loans, alimony payments, etc. have helped you and/ or your family--these deductions will disappear if the tax scam bill goes through. Maria Cantwell has a page set up on her website for these stories: http://cantwell.senate.gov/taxstory .
I will be doing more phone banking today (Saturday, Nov. 18th) from my home from 4-6[pm. If anyone is interested in helping out, just message me. It's fun and easy!