Last week was a lot (for a summary, check out Leah’s post about progressives holding the line for Build Back Better on Medium) but today is Monday, and we have new work to do.
First, reconciliation: We hope you took some time to celebrate this weekend! Not only did we have a massive show of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ strength last week, we also made major progress towards advancing President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. Click here for a great New York Times story about how progressives are throwing down for the Biden agenda.
But this work isn’t done yet. The next major deadline is October 31, which is when the current short-term funding for transportation and infrastructure runs out (meaning we need to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) before then… and we need to pass reconciliation before BIF.) So it’s on us to continue pressing Congress to pass reconciliation through both the House and Senate.
Second, democracy: The Senate Judiciary Committee has a hearing on the John Lewis Voting Rights Act on Wednesday (10/6). It’s not a markup, so there won’t be any votes, but we do expect some ridiculous comments from Republicans who are opposed to protecting the right to vote.
We may see another failed procedural vote on Sen. Manchin’s Freedom to Vote Act bill in the next couple weeks. If that happens, we expect it to tee up a fight over the filibuster in late October. Here’s our resource on the Freedom to Vote Act, in case you want to brush up on the details -- a reminder that this bill builds on but is not the same as the For the People Act, and it has a new bill number. So be careful when you’re making calls not to accidentally call it “S. 1” or “H.R. 1!”
With that, here are your weekly to-dos:
Your 5 weekly to-dos
- Make calls on an inclusive recovery package before it’s too late! Progressives were able to hold their ground on the terms of an inclusive recovery, so now we’re fighting to get the full Build Back Better Act passed by October 31. This means we’re in a key moment for advocacy as we fight to win the most progressive reconciliation bill possible. With just a few days left until the House vote, it is urgent that you call your representative and tell them how important it is that we pass an inclusive recovery bill that works for everyone. Once you have called your representative, click here to call your senators and demand they pass the bill immediately after the House sends it over.
- Call your senator and Demand they move quickly on the Freedom to Vote Act. Senate Democrats have released a new version of their democracy reform bill called the Freedom to Vote Act. The Freedom to Vote Act builds on the For the People Act and brings us closer to passing transformational democracy reform this Congress. Call your senators and let them know you want them to adjust the filibuster now to pass the Freedom to Vote Act.
- Call your senator and tell them to protect Roe V. Wade now. The House has passed the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill aimed at preserving access to an abortion nationwide, as Republican-led state legislatures pass countless bills across the country threatening abortion rights. The bill now has to pass a vote in the Senate, which is why it is urgent that you call your senator and demand they protect reproductive rights.
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Bi-monthly Statewide Indivisible Call
When: Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 PM
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Truth Brigade’s Big Truths Call: Disinformation that Targets BIPOC Communities with featured speaker Bridget Todd -- October 13, 6:30 ET
Bad actors double down when it comes to spreading lies to vulnerable communities. They do so to stop people from voting, to quash oppressed people's voices, and to block power by sowing division. You won’t want to miss this -- our featured speaker is Bridget Todd, host of the fantastic podcast There Are No Girls on the Internet and Communications Director at UltraViolet. Register Now for the Big Truths Call -- all are welcome. (Want to help fight disinformation online? Join the Truth Brigade!)
National Activist Call on October 7! -- The National Activist Call is a space held on the first Thursday of every month for activists, group leaders, and new members alike. Join Indivisibles across the country as we celebrate successes, discuss our national strategy, and take time to create connections while building community with each other. When we come together, we are Indivisible! RSVP to the National Activist Call by clicking here and use the same link to log in on Thursday.
On Saturday, Indivisibles across Pennsylvania (along with Indivisibles across the country) marched for reproductive rights, urging their current senator to #BeBold and stand for women’s right to choose.
This week is going to be a doozy, so be sure to keep up to date on all our priorities as they move through Congress by following us on Twitter, or texting INDIVISIBLE to 97779 to join our rapid response team. Thanks for being in this movement with us.