Week of May 17, 2020

1) HEROES Act: The House passed their next coronavirus bill last week. Indivisible supported the bill, with some caveats. Congressman Malinowski voted for it, also with some caveats. Read the Indivisible summary of the act, and then call our two Senators to support the bill: https://indivisible.org/resource/peoples-agenda-pledge-heroes-act-summary.

2) Inspectors General: Trump has announced the intention to fire the Inspector General of the State Department, once again decreasing independent oversight of his administration. Our elected officials need to be doing more to protect these watchdogs. Former Director of the Office of Government Ethics, Water Shaub, summarizes several of the actions that our Members of Congress can take:https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/1262010727600205824. Please call all three MoCs to ask them to take these actions. You can read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-ramps-up-retaliatory-purge-with-firing-of-state-department-inspector-general/2020/05/16/8f8b55da-979a-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html.

3)Health Care Reform: Secretary of HHS Alex Azar was just on CNN stating that the US death rate from COVID-19 is so high because Americans have a significantly higher number of co-morbidities than other countries (https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1262040426070114304). As Azar notes, there are particularly concerning racial disparities in co-morbidities. This is a good time to call our MoCs and remind them that the US has worse health outcomes that our economic peers because they offer universal health care and we do not.

4) Remind yourself what Presidents sound like: Last night, President Obama spoke at a graduation broadcast for the class of 2020. If you missed it, you can see the video of his speech, along with several other amazing people, at https://xqsuperschool.org/rethinktogether/graduate-together-2020/. Enjoy these words of inspiration, whether you are graduating this year or not!

Quote of the week: “Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy, that’s how little kids think. Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups including some with fancy titles & important jobs still think that way. Which is why things are so screwed up.” – Barack Obama, Graduate Together 2020