On Tuesday, March 7th the Los Angeles LGBT Center had it’s first phone bank for it’s March Month of Mobilization. The LGBT community in LA has manpower and a mission! Paul Ryan just released a budget reconciliation bill that takes away key aspects of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion and essentially defunds Planned Parenthood. People across the country are organizing to block this bill at the Senate and the LGBT Center of LA is striving to make a real impact by making strategic phone calls and personal connections.
Just over 130 people attended and spent the night getting trained and dialing away to save the Affordable Care Act. Fun fact: they made 1805 calls and scheduled 316 new volunteers to join the mission.
More than 20% of Americans depend on the ACA for their healthcare, and 50% of the LGBT center’s clients depend on it – so this issue is something very close to the LGBT community – as, truly, it is to all of us.
The kicker: if ALL Democrats say “NO” to the TrumpCare bill – when it’s finally introduced, we only need 3 Republicans to switch over to “NOs” to keep the ACA in place. So the goal is to get three – just 3 – Republican senators to feel enough pressure to resist Trumpcare. The LGBT Center of Los Angeles plans to call constituents in red states to talk to them about the Affordable Care Act and connect them to their senators to voice their concerns. Sounds easy enough – right?
Organizers shared the event over social media and through calling volunteers who had signed up online to volunteer their time (lord knows I got 2 calls a day every event day, these guys are ON TOP of it.) Attendees were instructed to bring their phone and laptop as well as chargers. They were given a brief rundown and then logged into the network that would give them names and numbers to call. This go-round volunteers were calling other potential volunteers and there was a second night scheduled to do the same, but because there’s been such an outpouring of support and interest, that second night was cancelled. There are three more phone banks coming up that you can volunteer at – where volunteers will be calling those constituents in red states to get them to connect with their senators.
Join volunteers at: 1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90038 on
- Sunday, March 12th 12:00pm-4:00pm
- Sunday, March 19th 2:00pm-6:00pm
- Wednesday, March 29th 5:00pm-9:30pm
To sign up click here: https://goo.gl/forms/YQut0JCeWciv2Eki1
To learn more, click this link: 100daysandme.org
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