- Victoria Miller
Make Sure We All THRIVE!
Happy Tuesday, Activists!
We’re seeing an action-packed legislative agenda in Washington, and already we’ve seen a lot of good progress. But there’s a lot more to do! So many bills are in process that it’s hard to keep track, but we have the current lineup below.
For today, we have a priority you may not have heard of – it’s the THRIVE Agenda. Indivisible and over 200 national and local organizations support this agenda, which will ensure that the regressive policies of the last half century are corrected through provisions in the legislation proposed by President Biden and the Congress.
We know the inequities that have existed over the past many decades and that have come into starker focus over the COVID crisis. And we know we need a bold new vision to create millions of good jobs, repair and revive our economy, and address the overlapping crises of mass unemployment, racial injustice, public health, and climate change. It's a lot to get done, but making sure provisions to achieve these goals are within the recovery legislation will go a long way to giving us the more perfect union we want to see.
The THRIVE Resolution demands that President Biden’s recovery package be grounded in eight pillars – from creating millions of union jobs while averting climate catastrophe to investing in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.
This is exactly what we need to make sure that recovery legislation addresses and corrects the systemic crises we know millions of Americans are facing.
CALL TO ACTION
Sen. Toomey – Phila offices: 215-241-1090; D.C. 202-224-4254; email link
Sen. Casey – Phila office 215-405-9660; D.C. 202-224-6324 email link.
Rep. Evans – D.C. office 202-225-4001; Phila office 215-276-0340; email link
Rep. Boyle – D.C. office 202-225-6111; Phila office 215-335-3355; email link.
Representatives Evans, Boyle, and Scanlon have signed on to the THRIVE Resolution. Other local MoCs have not. So let’s call our Senators and the House members who represent you. Tell them to do everything in their power to support the THRIVE Agenda and a recovery that works for all people. Call Reps Evans, Boyle, or Scanlon and thank them (if you are their constituent).
And speaking of calling our MoCs and asking them to pass the THRIVE Resolution, we will be asking Senator Casey about support for the THRIVE Resolution at our April 6 Meeting with him! You should sign up here to be part of that discussion.
If you’re interested in knowing more, Indivisible has two informational sessions to explain what it’s all about and you can sign up below:
March 23, 3:00 pm ET THRIVE Agenda Training
March 27, 1:00 pm ET THRIVE Agenda Training
And call about this immigration legislation too –
Earlier this month, the Dream and Promise Act was introduced in the House. The bill expands on the DREAM Act to put millions of people on a path to citizenship -- providing immigrant youth and other immigrants with temporary humanitarian protection. This bill could do more, especially to ensure that immigrants with convictions from the racially biased criminal-sanctions system aren’t separated from their families, but it’s a step in the right direction. This week, we have an opportunity to push our representatives to act.
This bill would expand protections for at least 3 million people caught in our broken immigration system. Call our Representatives and tell them to vote yes on the Dream and Promise Act.
Here is the current legislative lineup:
The For the People Act (S.1) is being introduced in the Senate tomorrow, March 17.
The committee hearing for the D.C. statehood bill (H.R. 51) is next Monday, March 22.
The For the People Act (S.1) hearing will be in the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday, March 24.
March Recess will run from March 29 to April 11 (which is when we have our 4/6 meeting with Senator Casey – sign up here.)
OUR EXCITING UPCOMING MEETINGS
Meet the District Attorney Candidates
On Thursday, March 25, at 7:00 pm, we are holding a forum with the two current Democratic candidates for Philadelphia D.A. – Larry Krasner and Carlos Vega. As you know, Larry Krasner is running for a second term and Carols Vega is running against him in the May 18 primary. We’ll hear from each candidate separately and pose questions to each. This forum is sure to help you decide how to vote!
Indivisibles in Conversation with Senator Casey
On Tuesday, April 6, at 5:30 pm, Indivisible groups from across Pennsylvania will meet with Senator Bob Casey. We’ll hear about his legislative priorities and the status of pending bills. And we’ll ask him about what is important to us. Have a question for Senator Casey? We’re collecting questions for the senator and you can submit yours in the form at this link.
Postcard events are back! On Zoom of course. If you signed up for our Virginia postcard project then join us to write them “together” tomorrow or Thursday. Just a note, this is a smaller project, so we opened it up to writers in Philadelphia and a few surrounding communities. We’ll have another project soon!
Cards & Coffee – Tomorrow!
11:00 am to 1:00 pm Sign up here.
Cards & Cocktails – Thursday!
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Sign up here.
And as always,
Stay safe. Keep a distance. Wear a mask. Be kind.