Action Items

There are many issues at stake here, and they are all interconnected. Without question, the majority of human lives in this country are not recognized as valued or valid. Women's rights are being decimated, affordable healthcare for 24 million people is disappearing, educational systems to support and protect children are being removed, scientific advancements are being ignored, civil services are being removed, and executive orders are encouraging white washing. Overall, the sanctity of American civil liberties are under threat. Guess what? Calling congress is the #1 way to change the outcome of these changing laws. We can stand up to face these bullies with facts, and activate our rights.

Phone calls are the number 1 way to effect change. So let's get active and make those call.

  • Immigration

  • Womens Rights

  • Education

  • Mid-Term Elections

  • Freedom Of Press

  • ACA & Medicaid

  • Immigration Ban

    The First Amendment's Establishment Clause forbids the government from favoring or disfavoring particular religions; however, the bill and deportation efforts, specifically focuses on the removal of Muslim immigrants.

    Both the old and new/revised "travel ban" is based in bias, and has been blocked by federal judges. CNN stated "US District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) after concluding that the revised ban was unconstitutional, a view based largely on discriminatory comments made by Trump himself." However, the ban continues to be implemented by immigration authorities in chaos. Contrary to statements provided by Homeland Security, ICE is deporting people who are not a threat to this country.

    See CNN article.

    The countries targeted in this bill are not connected to previous terrorist attacks in this country.

    Immigration officials are illegally trying to deport individuals who are approved to be here on work and education visas.

    Women's Rights

    Women's Rights are Human Rights.

    It is time to change the systemic dysfunction in this country that impacts women's healthcare, maternity leave, reproductive rights, family law, violence, equal opportunity employment and discrimination. Women and girls will no longer be silenced, oppressed, dismissed, ignored.

    Reproductive Rights and Justice:

    Access to safe and legal abortion, effective birth control, contraception, reproductive health services and informed sexual and well woman education. The House of Representatives recently passed HJ Res 43, a resolution to repeal a regulation that President Obama added to Title X (Ten) of the Public Health Service Act. The new family planning protection rule, enacted two days before he left office, prevents states from defunding health and family planning centers (like Planned Parenthood) because they provide abortion services.

    Economic Justice:

    Women are entitled to earning a living wage, pay equity, and paid maternity leave.

    Ending Violence Against Women:

    Sexual, Physical and Emotional Violence against women will not be tolerated. The narrative surrounding rape, sexual, assault, abuse, domestic and partner violence is never invited or excusable.

    Racial Justice:

    Equal opportunities for women of color in all areas including employment, education & health care must become a priority for our government.

    Sexual Orientaion:

    Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, health services, and child custody, is illegal and consequences must be enacted when discrimination occurs.

    Constitutional Equality:

    Equality in pay, job opportunities, political structure, social security, child custody, and education will remain elusive without a guarantee of equality in the U.S. Constitution.

    Education

    Betsy DeVos plans to privatize public Education, and instead offer a voucher system encouraging a new wave of charter schools.

    President Trump's budget cuts will remove funding for public education and healthy meals for children at school.

    The Departments of Education and Justice, at the direction of President Trump, withdrew important guidance that requires schools to treat transgender boys and girls like other boys and girls under Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

    Trump is also removing protection for victims of assault and rape on campus.

    The Trump administration's educational reforms are unquestionably harmful and destructive to all children's health, safety and welfare. They will leave a deep, longstanding negative impact on all families and children, particularly children with disabilities, minorities, girls and young women, and gay, lesbian and transgender students.

    The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation's educational law and provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL programs, programs for students of color including Native Americans; as well as Rural Education, Education for Students who are Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability for these and other Programs.

    The bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act), which provides nutritional standards and funding to states for in-school breakfast and lunch, and repeals the nutritional standards for school breakfast and lunches that include providing fruit, low fat milk, less fats, more whole grains, etc.

    ESSA also requires that states write Title I (federal funds to assist students and schools in poverty) plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including: reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, reducing overuse of punitive discipline practices and reducing the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

    Title IX prohibits sex discrimination, harassment and assault in educational institutions that receive federal funding. Under Title IX, schools are legally required to respond and remedy hostile educational environments and failure to do so is a violation that means a school could risk losing its federal funding. On February 23rd, 2017 Trump withdrew special protections under Title IX, for Transgender students in Public School to use restrooms and facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

    Transgender students are already at a higher risk for bullying, violence, and suicide compared to their cisgender peers, and this new order endangers them further.

    State-level officials, educators, and every single parent must resist the GOP's attack on the educational system.

    Mid-term Elections

    Re-election in 2018

    33 Senators are up for Re-Election in 2018 Many State Governors and City Mayors are also up for re-election in 2018. Plus there are many swing districts under threat which will impact local benefits, budgets and politics. Items that will be impacted include: healthcare, reproductive rights, education, shelters, hospitals - everything that is working in your city and state could be shifted based on political party overhaul.

    You don't need to be polite when it comes to standing up for your rights. Apathy will not help get your candidates elected.

    In order to fight the lies, hypocrisy and injustice from the uninspired GOP leaders including Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Reince Preibus, Trump and Bannon get involved with the upcoming elections. Use your calling muscles and house party organizing to host fundraisers and phone bank for all state elections.

    Party Lines will update this site with continued information on election parties. Stay tuned for updates on midterm elections, and check out our partners who are focused on midterm elections in our About Us section!

    Freedom Of Press

    Journalism should be enterprising, fact based, essential and intent on grasping what's well beyond reach. Not propaganda to support a political party's white, elitist, patriarchal, and often bigoted agenda.

    On February 24th, veteran white house journalists from The New York Times, CNN, BBC, Politico, BuzzFeed, The LA Times, and Guardian were excluded from a White House press meeting. Trump has referred to The New York Times and CNN as media that produces "fake news" and uses "fake sources" and has refereed to these press outlets as “the enemy of the people".

    Trump's attack on free press is unprecedented, undemocratic, and unconstitutional.

    The News outlets Trump is raging against are regularly fact checking every statement Trump and his team makes, and identifying countless lies. Trump is also demanding the press reveal their sources, which would threaten journalistic protections and integrity established to generate informative and trusted news sories.

    According to CNN, "The Wall Street Journal strongly objects to the White House's decision to bar certain media outlets" a Journal spokesman said. "Had we known at the time, we would not have participated (in this news gaggle) and we will not participate in such closed briefings in the future."

    The White House decision to ban Journalists was called "appalling" by Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, who said the Trump administration is on "an undemocratic path." Let your representatives know that it is their responsibility to demand that the President and White House respect and adhere to the rules of the 1st amendment in The US Constitution, to protect unobstructed, unbiased free speech. Check out the constitution in our toolkit section!

    ACA and Medicaid:

    Currently there are over 20 million Americans on ACA plans. The GOP "replacements" for the ACA are not acceptable; they are smoke and mirrors and spin created to serve the budgets of the big insurance companies.

    Every American is entitled to effective, affordable, easy to use, honest, healthcare provided by the US government. Contrary to the GOP's perspective, healthcare cannot be exclusively provided to the elite. 01%.

    The GOP's is replacing Obama's Affordable Care Act to provide tax credits to the rich, and abandon 24 million americans already enrolled in the plan.

    If the revised plan, known as the AHCA is approved, people with preexisting conditions, including but not limited to Pregnancy, Rape, Cancer, Crohn's Disease and mental illness will not be provided healthcare. In addition, women's reproductive services and maternity care is being removed, and your premiums will be raised depending on your age, making it nearly impossible for senior citizens to afford effective healthcare.

    The absence of affordable treatment is inhumane. Additionally, It is unacceptable to remove basic coverage for maternity care, prescription drugs and mental health services. The American people will not accept anything less than what we are already offered through ACA.

    The following items in the ACA are critical to protecting American people's health:

    - Guaranteed coverage with Pre-Existing Conditions. Guarantee that pre-existing conditions can't be used as a reason to deny coverage or raise rates. Too many people were unable to gain or afford coverage before the ACA due to pre-existing conditions, severely affecting their health and budgets.

    Equal Access for Women. Ensure that health insurance rates and access do not discriminate against women. The health needs of women, including preventive care, are different than for men, and women should not be penalized for this. Age 26 Provision. Allow young adults to remain on their parent's plan until age 26. This reform has brought health care coverage to many and helped balance overall costs as well.

    Cap Out-of-Pocket Costs & Preventive Care. Coverage of preventive care, limits on out-of- pocket costs, and a prohibition on life-time insurance caps are basic reforms that help stop illness and disease before they worsen and become more expensive.

    Medicaid. Ensure that Medicaid recipients can continue to receive full health care services. Medicaid expansion has brought better health in states that have opted in, and should be retained. Medicaid should not be turned into a block grant since that will both cut back significantly on health coverage and be costly to the states.

    On our "Toolkit" page we have essential numbers, resources and websites you need. Go and learn more!

    Toolkit