TWW Roundup: Deja Vu

by | Sep 25, 2017 | Actions, News, Weekly Actions, Weekly Report

Deja Vu

The nation experienced Deja Vu this week as the Republicans in Congress continue to haggle over their new lack of healthcare plan AND Trump released yet another travel ban. If at first you don’t succeed in screwing millions of Americans out of health care and keeping peaceful visitors from our country, try, try again.  

Republicans are desperate to pass healthcare legislation by September 30th because due to internal rule finagling, they only have to have a simple majority for passage instead of the normal 60.  With only 52 GOP Senators, under regular rules the bill would stand little chance. The Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill has many vocal opponents including doctors, hospitals, insurers, AARP, and State Medicaid Directors. Even Trump in recent days has washed his hands of it.

Trump once again issued a travel ban for people from the countries of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Of course, Saudi Arabia, the country with the most 9/11 terrorists was excluded from the list.

Racism and the First Amendment

Last week Trump had to be pressured into signing a joint resolution condemning racism in this country. This week Trump, exhibiting both his racism and his unfamiliarity with the constitution, called on NFL team owners to fire players who take a knee during the National Anthem. Players began taking a knee instead of standing during the National Anthem to protest police brutality against African Americans. And as usually happens, when Trump says to do one thing, people of good conscience do the opposite.  Players from at least 23 national football teams joined in exercising their first amendment rights to protest this Sunday. Even the first major league baseball player kneeled over the weekend. And there is talk of similar protests among athletes in other sports in the future.

These protests are even more important as white officers keep getting away with shooting African American men and women.  Once again, a white officer was acquitted in St. Louis in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. The police were then accused of inappropriate behavior in dealing with protesters after the verdict was released.  Men and women of good conscience must continue to protest these injustices.

Take Action

  • Contact your Members of Congress to oppose the Republican health plan.
  • Join or organize a local “Take a Knee” protest in your town.

Sources  

NPR, For Republicans, Rounding Up Health Care Votes Could Prove Impossible

Washington Examiner, Medicaid directors oppose Graham-Cassidy Obamacare overhaul

CNN, NFL players take a knee after Trump’s criticism: Latest updates

Ty Starks Morgan is an attorney who has worked in the foster care system for 24 years. She is the mother of two teen sons, two dogs, three cats, and a plethora of rescued foster animals.