White Coat, Clenched, Fist.
See below for advocacy updates from AMSA’s 2016-2017 Education & Advocacy Fellow, H. Matthew Moy, MD, during his time in his position.
February 4, 2017
- Besty DeVos
- Cleveland Clinic Petition News
- HJ Res 40 – repealing regulations that people with mental impairments/conditions cannot buy guns
- Crazy Bills of the Day – H.R. 172 and others
- Crazy news of the day
Your calls and work makes a difference! They keep on delaying it to try to get more votes. But, as mentioned earlier, only ONE MORE Republican needs to be swayed. Keep making those calls. Have on Monday morning! Leave a voicemail or send a fax.
As most of you know from the last email, this petition has been circulating to make sure the CCF cuts ties. It’s even garnered national attention. Add your signature!
roll call: http://clerk.house.gov/e
vs/2017/roll077.xmlaka. wait, what?
tl;dr – stops the Social Security Administration from telling the FBI about disability insurance recipients who have mental impairments that should disqualify them from buying guns.
This is a big deal, and it’s easy to get lost with all the news about something ‘small’ like this going through. Your rep MUST be held accountable.
4. Your WTF bills of the day: (SPECIAL ATTN TO H.R.172)
- H.R. 2802: First Amendment Defense Act
- This bill prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.
- tl;dr – it basically legitimizes the so-called ‘religious freedom’ bills. A way to undermine legalization of equal marriage.
- BONUS: It also goes on to define a “person” to include corporations or other entities in the same vein
- H.R. 172: To restore the Free Speech and 1st amendment rights of churchs and exempt orgs by repealing the 1954 Johnson Amendment
- It REPEALS the prohibition (allowing for) against churches and other tax-exempt orgs participating in political campaigns or supporting opposing candidates for public office
- Effectively blurring the lines in the separation of church and state. The Johnson Amendment was a good amendment for a reason.
- H.R. 367: Hearing Protection Act of 2017
- A small bill to get rid of the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers. The title is very misleading. This is a gun bill to decrease financial barriers to purchasing gun accessories. This is just a general fyi for whether you like or dislike guns.
- H.R. 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
- Allows a person to carry a concelaed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.
- This ALSO allows a qualified individual to carry or possess a concealed handgun in a school zone and in federally owned lands that are open to public
- opinion: yeah, that’ll go over well.
- House Republicans vote to end rule stopping coal mining debris from being dumped in streams: link
- Federal Agency Votes to Slaughter 44,000 of the 67,0000 Wild Horses in the US. link
- Trump to take steps rolling back financial regulations implemented by Obama after the “Great Recession” in 2008. link
- GOP Votes to End Obama Rule Designed to Keep Mentally Ill from Buying Guns link
February 1, 2017
- Betsy DeVos – 1 more Republican vote needed to keep her from happening!
- Info on Trump’s Supreme Court Pick
- Residency Work Hours
- Town Hall Project
- Immigration Ban resource compilation
- The Executive Order on the Public Charge (rumor mill)
- All the work you guys have done have led to some solid wins (go Kamini! Go Mallika!)
2 Republicans (Murkoski from AK, and Collins from ME) voted against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the Education Secretary. This means, we need ONE MORE. And good thing for us, there’s much to choose from. Lines may be busy right now, but this is something you can do first thing in the morning:
- Make sure Betsy DeVos is not confirmed as Secretary for the Department of Education. Start calling now!
- MOST LIKELY TO FLIP
- Senator Pat Toomey: 202-224-4254 (PA)
- NO OFFICIAL POSITIONS STATED
2. Trump’s Supreme Court Pick
As promised, Trump’s Supreme Court pick was one for the far right. Here are some of his stances:
Gorsuch has signaled a robust view of religious freedom rights, primarily through Obamacare-related cases, and he could join with other conservatives to rule that individuals and businesses sometimes have the right to discriminate against gays for religious reasons
Whether federal civil rights laws cover discrimination against transgender individuals is an issue currently before the court, but it’s possible that particular case goes away before Gorsuch makes it to the bench. In October, the justices agreed to hear a case involving a transgender boy’s right to use the boys’ bathroom at his Virginia public high school.
Currently unknown. His stance on religious freedom might lead him to be skeptical about rules that are arguably designed to impact a particular religion. However, on history, Conservative SC tend to be deferential to the exec branch on security-related issues
Conservatives are no bueno for labor unions
He’s Pro-life. He ruled in support of the 2013 Hobby Lobby Case. You can read more about his anti-choice sentimenthere.
3. Residency Work Hours!
We will be delivering the petition this weekend in Chicago where ACGME is meeting to discuss more their removal of the safety precautions of work hour limits! So please sign the petition if you haven’t and get your classmates to sign it!
Please let me know if you’re in Chicago!! You can help to deliver this Friday!
We have 1000+ signatures and counting! https://goo.gl/forms/
4. Town Hall Project
I’ve been working a lot to find quick and easy ways for all of you to get involved locally. This is something all of you can do: TOWN HALLS.
Working with a syndicate of other grassroots organizations, we developed a list of upcoming town halls. The continued update will be on the shoulders of others as convention is upcoming.https://docs.google.com/
spreadsheets/d/ 1yq1NT9DZ2z3B8ixhid894e77u9rN5 XIgOwWtTW72IYA/htmlview?usp= sharing&sle=true
5. Immigration Resources compiled
- Impact on Cleveland Clinic’s own resident and still they have tight ties with Trump. Here is a petition with a sign on to pressure CCF to cut ties with Trump and to help employees who are impacted by this ban. https://medium.com/@
vanessaelizabethvandoren/an- open-letter-concerning-the- cleveland-clinic-foundations- support-of-president-trump- b6bd901fc711#.alwkcriwc
- US Senators on Muslim Ban: https://docs.google.com/
spreadsheets/d/ 1hSGjyWJZIQJpGz4V2ftX_ qioCgBtL59oJkkhx146nFE/edit? usp=sharing
- Immigration Ban – org phone numbers and contact: https://docs.google.com/
spreadsheets/d/1q6nqBX- K3tjLjOlEUDa2K4AzmS__ KoPPdNlEy-F2eQk/htmlview#gid= 2104340971
- AirBNB offering free housing: https://www.
washingtonpost.com/news/the- intersect/wp/2017/01/29/ airbnb-offers-free-housing-to- refugees-and-others-in-limbo- after-trumps-executive-order/? utm_term=.12df5a97b05d
Had a conference call this afternoon with NILC [then a follow up conversation] about the current standing EO (executive order) on Public Charge. Please note it hasn’t been signed yet, but there are a number leaked draft EOs since last week and about 3 of the 7 EOs have been signed. This is one of the 4 remaining that has yet to be signed, or even publicized much.
Public Charge is different from the refugee/muslim ban, the wall, or even the ACA repeal in that it’s much more insidious. It’s intended to divide communities and sow the seeds of distrust. It will cause chaos. It’ll make people afraid to get services and sponsor immigrants.
It is defined as charges that allow federal immigration authorities to deport immigrants who become dependent on social programs. The draft EO expands the type of benefits that would be considered in a public charge. For instance, health coverage, institutionalized care, etc. This effectively limits the help immigrants can get to allow them to get back on their feet. Furthermore, sponsors would be responsible/liable or any benefits that the immigrant uses and gives the power to go after those sponsors for repayment. It gives more teeth.
tl;dr Less programs for immigrants because if they use it, they can not only be deported, but their sponsors are held liable. Sponsors won’t want to sponsor. Immigrants will be come sicker and die.
You can read more about it here.
For everyone who DID something, small or big, your efforts have been successful.Because of you:1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (Veteran Affairs).2. Court order Partial stay of the immigration ban for those with valid visas.3. Green card holders can get back in country.4. Uber pledges $3M and immigration lawyers for its drivers after #DeleteUber trends on Twitter.5. Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment ads are still going to air.6. The ACLU raised 24M over the weekend (normally 3-4Mil/year).7. HHS, EPA, USDA gag order lifted.8. EPA climate data no longer scrubbed from website.9. More people of different career/religious/economic/race backgrounds are considering running for political office than ever before.10. MOST importantly, since we live in a participatory democracy, the people are engaged.
11. #donoharm day of action Jan 30th! Please, all of you give Kamini Doobay (brd1) a round of applause for an awesome day of action across the country that garnered attention from NYT and various other media outlets! Mallika (cph.chair) did a fantastic job representing Louisville.
While more is needed, sometimes you have to celebrate your wins. Stay vigilant, but also take self care seriously. Activist burnout is a thing. Marathon, don’t sprint.
January 15, 2017
October 25, 2016
As you know, during the post-election, “lame-duck” session of Congress, the Obama administration is expected to try and ram a TPP vote through. We cannot let that happen! If ratified, it will destroy jobs, increase the power of multinational corporations to overturn rules and laws that protect workers and the public, undermine environmental and food safety laws, and hurt access to medicines. The TPP will further profit multinational corporations and undermine our very democracy, while putting public health at risk and destroying the jobs of American workers.
Now is the time. From now until December 16th, the access to medicines movement must focus on stopping the TPP, which could come up for a vote anywhere from Nov. 14th-December 16th. This vote may be sudden, and every single vote will count, as it could come down to just a few votes needed to win. That why dozens of organizations are gearing up to direct their members to call Congress this November 15, 16 and 17, during the first week representatives are back for the lame-duck session.
For the rest of October and November, we are pushing to make sure Congress will not ratify the biggest trade deal in history.
What can you do this month to be an effective advocate?
Reach out to as many people as you can this month and get them to sign onto this pledge to flood Congress with calls the day a vote comes up (That same fill out pledge form also will let you know via phone or email that the TPP has gone up for a vote).
Oct 27: DGAC national call, “Why is the TPP so bad for access to medicines, anyway?”
- We know the TPP is bad, but why is it so bad exactly? Brook Baker, senior policy analyst at Health GAP and Northeastern University law professor, will explain the language and policies reflected in the TPP that will spell public health disaster. Hilary McQuie, Director of US Policy at Health GAP will explain what anti-TPP advocacy looks like on Capitol Hill, and Emily Sanderson, SGAC National Organizer, will explain what our grassroots strategy is between now and the end of Obama’s term as president.
- To join, call: 267-930-4000, passcode 189-415-768.
- RSVP for the call here
Nov 15: Nation-wide call-in and Thunderclap
- Last month, when we participated in this nation wide call-in, there were over 35,000 calls placed to the White House opposing the TPP in one day. 1.6 million people were reached via social media and 15 million emails were sent alerting people to the call-in day
- We will be participating in the next nation-wide call in on November 15th. Mark it on your calendars, plan to table at your school, and get 5 friends to make the call after you do. We will send a script when the day comes closer.
- Sign-up here for the Thunderclap via social media.
Nov 17: Protest the TPP in Washington D.C.
- A mobilization of allies from the labor movement, environmental activists, and access to medicines activists will rise up with our collective voice and tell Congress: NO TPP!
- Here is the official facebook event – invite your friends!
- When: November 17th, 1PM.
- Where: Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC
- Want to go but need transportation? Email Emily: email@example.com see if anyone from your area is also going to share rides.
- Call the D.C. office of your Representative (not sure who they are? Check here!) and ask what the Representative’s position is on the TPP, and if they will vote no when it comes up for a vote.
- Tweet your discontent and tag your representatives with the hashtag #stopTPP! Here are the suggested tweets, graphics and sample email language, which will be updated continuously here.
- Meet with your Rep (through Nov. 8th) through request. Because of congressional recess they will be in their home state, not Washington D.C. Here is the useful citizen lobbying kit you can use to share information with your Members of Congress.
- If you want direction on who to target or help on setting up a meeting or want training, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Search for bird-dogging opportunities where your Rep. will be speaking publicly, and ask them if they will oppose the TPP when it comes for a vote.
- Organize one call-in per week to their district office so that Members of Congress are hearing their constituents’ opposition to the TPP.
- Get as many people as possible to fill out this form (same as the pledge form above), including yourself, and we will let you know via phone or email that the TPP has gone up for a vote.
October 19, 2016
- Brook Baker, who is a Northeastern law professor, Intellectual Property law expert, and Health GAP senior policy analyst, will join us to explain the legal details about how the TPP will block access to medicines. He has written, consulted, and campaigned extensively on intellectual property rights, trade, and access to medicines.
- Hilary McQuie, Health GAP Director of Grassroots Mobilization, will give us the scoop on what she and others are doing on Capitol Hill to stop the TPP from passing before Obama leaves office.
- Emily Sanderson, the SGAC National Organizer, will explain what our grassroots strategy is for the rest of Obama’s term, and how we are building power to stop the deadly trade deal.
October 10, 2016
AMSA — T-minus 1 month to VOTE!! Make sure you’re registered!
We’re currently on the cusp of one of the most important elections to date. Whether you’re applying to medical school, in medical school, a resident, or a practicing physician, your voice matters!! What we do now has an effect on everything in the future!
Unsure of when your voter registration deadline is in your home state?
- Alabama — Oct. 24
- Alaska — Oct. 9
- Arizona — Oct. 10
- Arkansas — Oct. 10
- California — Oct. 24
- Colorado — Oct. 31
- Connecticut — Nov. 1
- Delaware — Oct. 15
- Washington, D.C. — Oct. 17
- Florida — Oct. 11
- Georgia — Oct. 11
- Hawaii — Oct. 10
- Idaho — Oct. 14
- Illinois — Oct. 11
- Indiana — Oct. 11
- Iowa — Oct. 29
- Kansas — Oct. 18
- Kentucky — Oct. 11
- Louisiana — Oct. 11
- Maine — Oct. 18
- Maryland — Oct. 18
- Massachusetts — Oct. 19
- Michigan — Oct. 11
- Minnesota — Oct. 18
- Mississippi — Oct. 8
- Missouri — Oct. 12
- Montana — Oct. 11
- Nebraska — Oct. 21
- Nevada — Oct. 18
- New Hampshire — Oct. 29
- New Jersey — Oct. 18
- New Mexico — Oct. 11
- New York — Oct. 14
- North Carolina — Oct. 14
- North Dakota — whenever
- Ohio — Oct. 11
- Oklahoma — Oct. 14
- Oregon — Oct. 18
- Pennsylvania — Oct. 11
- Rhode Island — Oct. 9
- South Carolina — Oct. 8
- South Dakota — Oct. 24
- Tennessee — Oct. 11
- Texas — Oct. 11
- Utah — Oct. 11
- Vermont — Nov. 2
- Virginia — Oct. 17
- Washington — Oct. 10
- West Virginia — Oct. 18
- Wisconsin — Oct. 19
- Wyoming — Oct. 24
AMSA–Take action against rolling back residency work hour restrictions!
ACGME is meeting in Chicago this month to discuss the the possibility of removing residency work hour restrictions, effectively going back to the time of being more tired and more overworked than residents already are. We agree that residency training should ultimately be designed to produce competent, autonomous, caring physicians. To that end, it’s important to the mental and physical health of future physicians that training should reflect an environment that can maximize that goal.
We continue to recommend that the number of hours a resident physician may work per week should not exceed an absolute limit of 80 without averaging. We believe that the maximum number of hours worked consecutively per shift should not exceed 16, no matter the stage of training and that residents should have at least 10 hours off between shifts.
More information here on our blog: //www.amsa.org/workhrrestrictions/
Click here to read and sign the petition: https://goo.gl/forms/IAXboSy3Jelp24Wl2
AMSA–Take action against North Carolina HB2!
North Carolina House Bill 2 (HB2) is an unnecessarily discriminatory act against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of North Carolina. AMSA strongly opposes House Bill 2, as it directly harms the rights and the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in North Carolina.
Take action! Sign the petition started by Healthcare professionals and students in North Carolina and their allies. And make a call to Governor McCrory’s office today using the information in the form below!
More than 50 health groups–including AMSA–sign letter urging Congress to reject TPP!
PSR/AMSA Earth Day Webinar on Climate Change
Tuesday, April 19 at 8pm EST
Climate change poses a significant threat to global health, from causing heat waves and other extreme weather events, to increasing the transmission of infectious diseases. Join AMSA and PSR on April 19, in honor of Earth Day, to learn more about the health impacts of climate change from Dr. Catherine Thomasson, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. The webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 19 at 8pm EST. Register online at http://goo.gl/forms/
Global Health Webinar Series–Becoming an Advocate for Global Health
Tuesday, April 19th at 5PM EST
Becoming an empowered physician takes time and commitment. It also takes knowledge in regards to the many aspects of medicine. Come join AMSA for the Global Health Webinar featuring guest speaker Amanda Beals from the Results Global Health Fund on how to be an effective, efficient, and empowering advocate of global health. Let’s live out the mission of AMSA, let’s start today!
Event is on April 19th from 5:00-6:15 pm. The webinar link will be provided closer to the date.
Please fill out the registration form to join us!
AMSA’s Trainee Wellness and Professionalism (TWP) Committee–Escape Fire Discussion
Join TWP for a discussion of Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, a controversial award winning documentary on the mixed incentives in the current healthcare system, and how we can move forward to a system that truly promotes health.
2 nights are available for discussion–February 24 at 8PM EST and February 28 at Noon EST. Sign up now!
AMSA Global Health Webinar–coming in March!
UN Foundation Dan Skallman will speak with us about Global Health Advocacy and Malaria
Contact AMSA Global Health Chair Isaiah Cochran, email@example.com , to learn more!
Get involved in the important federal budget process with AMSA!
Appropriations is a yearly process where Congress, specifically the appropriations committees in the Senate and the House, come together to discuss how the money they have been allocated will be spent (for a deeper dive, check out RESULTS Appropriations and Federal Budget page). We have the opportunity to impact this process each year by meeting with our Senator’s and Representative’s offices. Especially those who are on the Appropriations committee!
We have a list of “asks” for our Senators and Representatives for this year’s appropriations process. Check them out below and e-mail AMSA’s Education and Advocacy Fellow, Alison Case at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a visit with your Senator or Representative’s office!
AMSA Appropriations “Wish-list”
Domestic TB (CDC)
POTUS Budget:$142.2 million
Flat funding, even though has called for increased funds to develop new diagnostics and treatment for TB, the number one infectious killer worldwide
AMSA ASK:$243 million
Global TB (USAID)
POTUS Budget: $191 million
This is a 19% funding cut to USAID’s global TB program for the third year in a row, despite the release of the National Action Plan to Combat MDR-TB, a plan with ambitious 5 years goals for treating 200,000 more MDR-TB patients and reducing MDR in the U.S. by 15% by 2020.
AMSA ASK: $400 million
Global HIV/AIDS (PEPFAR)
POTUS Budget: $4.65 billion
Flat funding, even though the WHO updated guidelines just this year calling on all countries to implement programs to initiate treatment immediately upon diagnosis and several civil society orgs have called for a scale up in treatment to meet the UNAIDS fast track goals of ending the epidemic by 2030.
AMSA ASK: $4.845 billion
To get us back on track towards the UNAIDS Fast Track goals towards an AIDS-free generation
Dickey Amendment–Prohibits CDC funding for gun violence research.
AMSA ASK: Remove the amendment, lift the ban!
Potential attempts to defund Planned Parenthood
AMSA ASK: Protect access to vital women’s primary care and reproductive health resources.
Fight Racial Stigmas and Scaremongering–Lunch Seminars on Migrant Children’s Health
To raise awareness on the issue of scaremongering among medical professionals and those in training, the Migrant Children and Health Campaign created a video featuring leaders in immigrant and refugee health advocacy. This 9 minute video is a great way to introduce people to the facts showing that migrant children are no significant health threat. Check out this advocacy toolkit on migrant children health, which you can use to hold a lunchtime seminar to equip fellow students with the knowledge to fight against racial stigmas.
Interested in getting involved? Please contact Julian Xie at email@example.com and read more about the campaign at migrantchildrenhealth.org. If you use the toolkit, please be sure to give feedback at http://goo.gl/forms/FVReomcyzU
Week of 1/25, 1/31
Spread the Word–OPPOSE the TPP!
Obama will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership this February 4.
The agreement is disastrous for access to medicines and public health.
Join us in raising our voices in dissent!
Flush the TPP Rally Outside the White House–February 3, Noon
World Cancer Day Action to Oppose the TPP–February 4, Noon, 9th and F ST NW, Washington DC
Sign and Circulate this letter asking the American Cancer Society to Oppose the TPP!
Learn more about the TPP here.
Can’t make it out to the rallies but want to get involved?
Set up a meeting with your legislator asking that they OPPOSE the TPP!
Check out our AMSA TPP Lobby Visit Toolkit here. And e-mail Alison Case at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
–AMSA Lobby Day–Thursday, March 31–Become an Advocacy Liaison and get extra training before meeting with your official on the 31st!
-SNaHP’s 5th annual SNaHP Student Summit!
March 5th, 2016
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
This year’s theme is “New Frontiers for the Civil Rights Movement”. Check it out!
Coming soon–AMSA Appropriations!
We will soon have info on setting up appropriations visits with YOUR legislators? Don’t know much about appropriations? Check out this great overview from RESULTS.
Week of 1/11
See the top stories from our advocacy work in 2015! We have accomplished a lot–and have even more to come!
Check in next week for upcoming events and actions.
Week of 12/14
The Final Push for PEPFAR!! Help Restore Funding to End AIDS!
This is the final few days before the finalization of the budget for FY2016. The fate of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), an essential program for AIDS treatment and prevention worldwide hangs in the balance. Use the link below to call key appropriations leadership TODAY and let them know we need to restore $300m to PEPFAR to keep us on track to end the AIDS epidemic!
E-mail the AIDS Advocacy Network Chair at email@example.com to learn more.
Week of 12/7
Join White Coats 4 Black Lives (WC4BL) on December 10 for#Actionsspeaklouder a day of National Medical Student Action for Racial Justice!
And fill out this form to start an action on your campus!
Week of 11/30
Tell Congress to Lift the Ban on Gun Violence Research!
It’s time to end the 20-year ban on gun violence research. This is a matter of public health and safety and we need studies that can lead the way in showing us how to create safer lives.
Click below to find your congressperson and tell them to urge appropriations leadership to lift the federal ban on gun violence research in ongoing budget negotiations!
Week of 11/25
Help Bring Down the Cost of Life-Saving Vaccines!
Just Medicine Advocacy ActionMSF A Fair Shot Campaign
75% of children around the world are unprotected against pneumonia–the leading infectious cause of childhood death worldwide.
PCV or pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, produced by Pfizer and GSK, is used around the world but for many in developing world the vaccine’s high price is prohibitive.
Take action today by signing Doctor’s Without Borders’ petition demanding that the price of this life-saving vaccine be brought down to under $5/day. E-mail the Just Medicine Campaign with questions. Learn More
Week of 11/19
Tell Senator Graham to Restore $300m to PEPFAR!
AIDS Advocacy Action
As an appropriations leader, Senator Graham is an important player in global funding and particularly in the fate of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Restoring $300m to the program is essential to keeping us on track to end AIDS. Senator Graham committed to AMSA activists multiple times on the campaign trail that he would restore funds if the budget caps were lifted.NOW is the time!
Please join AIDS activists across the country by calling Senator Graham’s office (202) 224-5972, Thursday, 11/19/15 and stating, “An AIDS-free generation is within our reach. As our consistent champion will Senator Graham assure that $300m is restored to PEPFAR as he promised many students in Iowa and NH this fall?”