Resist NOW: Week of September 25
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
•Last Sunday morning, Trump retweeted an edited GIF of himself striking Hillary Clinton in the back with a golf ball. This kind of childish behavior is no doubt unpresidential, but it certainly won’t be the last time our Bully-in-Chief takes to Twitter to make light of violence against women. In fact, as reported by the New York Times, Trump is on track to insult 650 people, places and things on Twitter by the end of his first term. “Sad!”
• Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is poised to dismantle Title IX policies that protect survivors of sexual assault, calling it a “failed system”. Her words are already having a negative impact: in response to students’ allegations of sexual assault by a Rochester University professor, the President of the University, Joel Seligman, echoed DeVos’s anti-survivor statements.
• Republicans are after women’s health — again. The Graham-Cassidy bill, another alternative replacement to the ACA, would allow private insurers to opt out of covering these ten essential health benefits, including maternity care and mental health services. This bill could also force women to pay for their own birth control.Even worse, women on Medicaid would be barred from using their insurance at women’s health centers like Planned Parenthood for one year.
HOW TO TAKE ACTION
1. Resist Fake News
Trump can’t stay away from his #FakeNews — but you can! As a mini-act of resistance, always check that your sources are coming from credible places, and be conscious of what is and is not quality journalism. Consider supporting organizations like FreeSpeechTV and PEN America.
2. Tell Betsy DeVos to #StandWithSurvivors
Sign this Ultraviolet petition to demand that Betsy DeVos meet with survivors and NOT rape deniers. Let’s let her know that we #StandWithSurvivors!
3. Call Your Senators to Defend Women’s Health!
Only three Republicans are needed to prevent the Graham-Cassidy bill from moving forward. Call your Senators
(Or look up your Senators’ contact info here)
Here’s what you can say:
Hi, I’m a constituent and my name is _____. I’m calling because I want Senator _____ to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. Like millions of others, I rely on the ACA to keep health care affordable, and repealing it puts me at risk. I want Senator _____ to vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill that’s currently before Congress. (Add your own story – the personal is political!)
IN HAPPIER NEWS…
Women—both in front and behind the camera—were the big winners at the 2017 Emmy Awards last week.
What a win for women! Some highlights: The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies both took home eight awards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus made history by becoming the first person to win six Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series awards for the same character (Selina Meyer in Veep), and Reed Morano became the first woman in 22 years to win for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale.
But wait, there’s more! Lena Waithe, who plays a queer woman of color on Master of None, became the first Black woman in history to win the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. Way to go, ladies!