by Jake Johnson, staff writer
SitInSaveLives: Groups Plan Mass Civil Disobedience to Stop Trumpcare
"If ordinary people rise up and demonstrate that this bill is morally unacceptable, we have a real shot at stopping this bill from becoming law."
On Thursday, Democracy Spring, Our Revolution, Democratic Socialists of America, The Working Families Party, Ultraviolet, and other organizations will carry out what has been described as "a mass act of civil disobedience" by performing sit-ins at the offices of 21 Republicans across the country. (Photo: Molly Adams/Flickr/cc)
Anticipating a mid-July vote on the Senate GOP's Trumpcare bill that would strip insurance from 22 million people, dismantle Medicaid, and potentially kill thousands per year, a coalition of some of the nation's most prominent progressive groups plan to carry out sit-ins across the country on Thursday as part of an organized push to force vulnerable Republican senators to reject the legislation.
Democracy Spring, Our Revolution, Democratic Socialists of America, The Working Families Party, Ultraviolet, and other organizations will engage in what has been described as "a mass act of civil disobedience" by descending on the offices of Republicans in states from Maine to Colorado to West Virginia.
The groups are making one simple demand of the senators: Vote 'no' on the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act.
According to Our Revolution, hundreds of activists across the country have agreed to risk arrest to participate in the action. As Vox's Jeff Stein has reported, dozens of disability rights activists have already been arrested for holding sit-ins at Republican senators' offices; Our Revolution highlighted these "courageous nonviolent" acts and said they inspired Thursday's planned events.
"All of us are united around stopping the bill introduced in the Senate, which would take away healthcare from 22 million working, poor, and disabled Americans, gut Medicaid by almost $800 billion, and provide a massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans," the group stated.
The organizations provided details of Thursday's scheduled sit-ins on their website.
"Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Our country needs single-payer, Medicare for All that leaves no one out."
—Our RevolutionThe coalition's efforts are also informed by a vision of the future, one that not only rejects the Republicans' "deadly" legislation but proposes an ambitious alternative.
"Healthcare is a right, not a privilege," the group argues. "Our country needs single-payer, Medicare for All that leaves no one out."
But the focus now, Our Revolution concludes, must remain squarely on preventing the passage of Trumpcare.
"If ordinary people rise up and demonstrate that this bill is morally unacceptable, if we put our own bodies and liberties on the line to show our neighbors that human lives are stake, we have a real shot at stopping this bill from becoming law," the group says.
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