Resist NOW: Week of October 16th, 2017
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
•The Harvey Weinstein effect just keeps getting bigger with more women speaking out and more men being held accountable for their actions. Last Friday, we protested at Manhattan District Attorney Vance’s office, demanding a full accounting as to why Weinstein was not prosecuted. Weinstein’s actions and DA Vance’s failureto bring justice are emblematic of a much larger problem where sexual harassment and sexual assault are normalized throughout our society. • All the news about Harvey Weinstein doesn’t mean we have forgotten the fact that Donald Trump is a sexual harasser who has yet to be held accountable for his egregious actions. We are keeping track of every woman who has come forward against him.
• Let’s remember that #MeToo was actually started by Tarana Burke 10 years ago. In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, women and others experiencing sexual harassment or sexual assault have been using #MeToo to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of the problem now. We commend the bravery and resilience of all survivors and will continue to fight for a day when women and girls shouldn’t feel the need to reveal traumas in order for people to grasp the magnitude of the epidemic of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
• Healthcare remains in peril as Trump signed an executive order to dismantle key facets of the ACA, including an end to vital subsidies paid to insurance companies to lower medical costs for low-income people. It also enables insurance plans that do not fit the ACA’s “basic standards”, including coverage for essentials like obstetric care and hospitalization. This order disproportionately targets America’s most vulnerable, including low-income women and people of color already facing wide healthcare disparities. Trump has also proposed to cut the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by at least 20%, slashing coverage for working families and services for children, including immunizations, vision/dental care, and prescriptions.
HOW TO TAKE ACTION
1. Tell the White House to prioritize women’s rights!
Check out NOW’s official action item to protect women’s rights! Comment here on the Dept. of Health and Human Services’s 2018-2022 strategic plan, which states explicitly that “life begins at conception”, and let the White House know that they should be prioritizing women’s health instead!
2. Take action in your everyday life:
3. Call your Congressional Rep to protect your healthcare:
Concerned about how Trump’s executive order could affect your access to basic women’s healthcare needs? We are too! Find and call your Rep today, and let them know why YOU need the ACA.