Friday, May 19, 2017

Poem From Rocks and Dens and Cottages

I keep the glasses on so they don't see the sea in my eyes
The weight on so they catch no undulating suspicion
You say from your lofty planes that it is not like my kind to hide
But what am I to do when you
Have left me here
To bear and love these mongrel children?
Your experiments at gentling these fierce mammals
Took no care for the mottling of DNA, den and sea, that turns to attack itself
Looking for air, fire
If you will not protect these cubs, I can never leave
And did you think, Mother
Aunts
What the un-gentling need to defend makes of  the likes of me?
How long before I take the comb to my hair and 
Lure them all down the whirling darkness to the deeps?
Do you trust me so much?
You should not
You know nothing of the strength required
Dare not to tell me not to hide when you
Are afraid to look
Better come and heal 
Better come and shield
Your work will be in shambles if you think that I will yield.

 
 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you mothers had a beautiful day and I hope you raised a ruckus with the Congress!

xxoo,
Lone Star Ma

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

#MothersDayHealthCareRumpus Extended - Send More Cards!!!

 Cards for Senators Cornyn and Cruz:




I have been thinking - we Mamas deserve more than one day - we deserve a whole month - the whole month of May!  I am claiming it as Mother's Month in the name of the #MothersDayHealthCareRumpus!  So make or buy more Mother's Day cards and don't stop sending them to your Senators - save our kids' health care!

Remember:

1.)  Buy or make some Mothers' Day cards.



2.) In the cards, write polite messages to your Senators that they must not support a health care bill that does not protect people with chronic illnesses and disabilities and they must not pass a health care bill that includes any of the elements of the draconian MacArthur Amendment in the House Bill:


  • There must be no waivers to states from providing essential services (such as medication or care for chronic illnesses)
  • No allowing states to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for health insurance
  • No waivers redefining essential services and thus allowing annual limits 
  • No waivers redefining essential services and thus allowing lifetime limits

3.) Send the cards to each of your U.S. Senators throughout May - don't forget stamps!  You might want to try sending cards to all of your Senators' district offices as well as to their DC office, if you have enough stamps.



4.) Document your action on social media at #MothersDayHealthCareRumpus, especially Twitter.

5.) Share this information about the Rumpus far and let us make a wild, thumping noise about saving our children's health care!

#MothersDayHealthCareRumpus

Send your cards, today, Mamas!

Five easy steps to a big impact:


1.)  Buy or make some Mothers' Day cards.



2.) In the cards, write polite messages to your Senators that they must not support a health care bill that does not protect people with chronic illnesses and disabilities and they must not pass a health care bill that includes any of the elements of the draconian MacArthur Amendment in the House Bill:


  • There must be no waivers to states from providing essential services (such as medication or care for chronic illnesses)
  • No allowing states to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for health insurance
  • No waivers redefining essential services and thus allowing annual limits 
  • No waivers redefining essential services and thus allowing lifetime limits

3.) Be sure to send at least one card to each of your U.S. Senators by Wednesday - don't forget stamps!



4.) Document your action on social media at #MothersDayHealthCareRumpus, especially Twitter.

5.) Share this information about the Rumpus far and wide (you may need to copy and paste the link) and let us make a wild, thumping noise about saving our children's health care!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Got Your Cards? Please Spread the Word! #MothersDayHealthCareRumpus

Do you have your cards?  Can you copy this link and send it to all your allies and all your resistance groups today, please?

Five easy steps to a big impact:


1.)  Buy or make some Mothers' Day cards.


2.) In the cards, write polite messages to your Senators that they must not support a health care bill that does not protect people with chronic illnesses and disabilities and they must not pass a health care bill that includes any of the elements of the draconian MacArthur Amendment in the House Bill:

  • There must be no waivers to states from providing essential services (such as medication or care for chronic illnesses)
  • No allowing states to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for health insurance
  • No waivers redefining essential services and thus allowing annual limits 
  • No waivers redefining essential services and thus allowing lifetime limits

3.) Be sure to send at least one card to each of your U.S. Senators by Wednesday - don't forget stamps!


4.) Document your action on social media at #MothersDayHealthCareRumpus, especially Twitter.

5.) Share this information about the Rumpus far and wide (you may need to copy and paste the link) and let us make a wild, thumping noise about saving our children's health care!

Monday, May 08, 2017

The Love Language of Pencils

I got a lot for my Baby.  Good luck on these horrible STAAR tests, kids!

Action Alert: Oppose Texas HB 3859

Texas HB 3859 could be voted on today, Mamas, so call your state representative early this morning!

This devasting bill would, in the name of so-called religious freedom, allow adoption and foster agencies receiving state funding to discriminate against LBGTQ parents and parents who do not meet their religious profile.

This means that not only would these agencies be free to refuse to allow LBGTQ people and people who are not the-agency's-kind-of-Christian as foster and adoptive parents (which is bad enough when we are a state in crisis with children sleeping on camp cots in CPS offices every night because there are not enough foster parents out there), but also that the children in the care of these agencies could be forced to participate in the "religion" sanctioned by the agency - so Muslim and Jewish children forced to eat pork and attend so-called Christian church services that revile them, sexually active teens being denied access to birth control, LBGTQ youth being sent to suicide-inducing conversion"therapy"....the list of horrors the bill would allow is pretty extensive.

Why is the agency's religious liberty important but not the child's? Why should our tax dollars be used to support the child abuse that conversion "therapy" is said to be by every legitimate mental health association in America?

More and more of Texas' foster care and adoption system is being forced to contract with these private and often discriminatory agencies daily so this affects much more of the system than the bill's author would have us believe, plus it even allows provisions for child welfare workers themselves to discriminate (though the public child welfare workers have seen too much to do anything like that).

Call your state representative today and stop this bill!  Tell them to vote NO on HB 3859!!!!






Sunday, May 07, 2017

Action: Mothers' Day Health Care Rumpus!!!!!

It is time to tackle the Senate and this is a start:  please join the Mothers' Day Health Care Rumpus! You do not have to be a mother to join and your Senator does not have to be a mother to get  cards.  Five easy steps to a big impact:


1.)  Buy or make some Mothers' Day cards tomorrow or the next day


2.) In the cards, write polite messages to your Senators that they must not support a health care bill that does not protect people with chronic illnesses and disabilities and they must not pass a health care bill that includes any of the elements of the draconian MacArthur Amendment in the House Bill:
  • There must be no waivers to states from providing essential services (such as medication or care for chronic illnesses)
  • No allowing states to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for health insurance
  • No waivers redefining essential services and thus allowing annual limits 
  • No waivers redefining essential services and thus allowing lifetime limits

3.) Be sure to send at least one card to each of your U.S. Senators by Wednesday (Monday or Tuesday are great too) - don't forget stamps!


4.) Document your action on social media at #MothersDayHealthCareRumpus

5.) Share this information about the Rumpus far and wide (you may need to copy and paste the link) and let us make a wild, thumping noise about saving our children's health care!



Thursday, May 04, 2017

Hold The House Death Panel Accountable

There is no more time for tears - we have to tackle the Senate.  

The first step in that, though, is holding the House of Representatives accountable for their evil Nazi ways.  Why, yes - I said Nazi.  The Nazis started with killing people with disabilities and chronic illnesses which has clearly been the Speaker's wet dream since he was a frat boy and now the House is working hard to follow in their footsteps.

We will vote them out in 2018 but we will make it very, extremely clear that we are voting them out before the Senate votes on the Health Care Bill. Our Senators need to see by our repudiation of the House just what will happen to them if they walk this plank.  We are a stormy swallowing sea into which they do not want to fall.

If your Congressperson voted for this deadly monstrosity of a bill, call. Today, tomorrow, the next day.  Let them know they are out, out, out.  Let them know every day.  Write letters to the editors of your local papers about how out your Congressperson is if they voted for the bill - be sure to mention them by name.  

If we want the Senate to listen, if we want to stand beside our sick and disabled brothers and sisters and keep their health care safe, we have to raise a ruckus.  We have to get their attention.

We have just this chance left.  Don't miss it.  We move as one.  Call.


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Action Alert: Stop That Vote!!!! #ProtectOurCare

The House is expected to vote on the GOP health care plan tomorrow, as they appear to feel they have enough votes to pass it.  The bill did not get voted on in its original form because the House Freedom Caucus thought it was not harsh enough and some Republican moderates were actually concerned about all the people who would lose their health care under it.  That bill, the so-called American Health Care Act:


  • would have caused 14 million Americans to lose health insurance within the year and 24 million would lose coverage by 2026 according to estimates by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates
  • was opposed by the AARP due to the impact it would have on Medicare and Medicaid access and stability
  • would result in Medicaid cuts that would put at risk the health and safety of 17.4 million children and adults with disabilities and seniors by eliminating much-needed services that allow individuals to live independently in their homes and communities
  • would  re-instate, but under-fund,  high risk pools for people with chronic and complex health care conditions which were used and  have been proven ineffective prior to the Affordable Care Act
  • would restrict access to critical mental health services
  • would greatly eliminate income-based subsidies, replacing them with age-based subsidies which would price many working families out of adequate health insurance for their children and price disabled individuals out of comprehensive coverage that they need to survive
  • would allow gap surcharges and wellness program “incentives” that would also disproportionately impact individuals with disabilities who may lose employment due to hospitalizations and who may not be able to reach wellness benchmarks due to their conditions
  • was opposed by the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Hospital Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Lung Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, America’s Essential Hospitals, National Nurses United, the National Physician’s Alliance, and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
None of those things have changed. 
 
What has changed is that the MacArthur Amendment was passed in an attempt to make the bill Draconian enough for the Freedom Caucus.  This amendment allows states to opt not to require insurers to provide essential services (like..cancer treatment...and not just in the exchanges...in employer-sponsored health plans as well) if they don't want to and allows "community rating" so insurers in those states can charge so much extra to people with pre-existing conditions that even though insurers cannot technically deny people insurance because of pre-existing conditions, they can jack the cost up to so many thousands of dollars each month that no sick person will ever be able to afford insurance anyway.  Also, it could take away the very greatest protection that the ACA provides to people with serious illnesses and disabilities...the ban on annual limits and lifetime limitsThese bans have saved the lives of so many people and now they are in jeopardy again.
 
This strategy worked and the  Freedom Caucus, happy to be able to cull more sick babies and people with disabilities, stepped right up to support the bill.
 
The moderate Republicans were still troubled by the whole part about letting the sick and disabled die and letting 24 million Americans lose coverage over the next decade.  So Representative Upton offered an amendment to create an 8 billion dollar fund to help people with pre-existing conditions pay for their insurance when the MacArthur Amendment prices them out.  Except that this is 8 billion for the whole country over 5 years.  How much cancer treatment will that pay forNot much, Mamas.  Not much. Not for that many people. Unfortunately, it gave the much-pressured moderates a straw to grasp to say that they are still doing something for people with pre-existing conditions and they have grasped it.
 
Even though the Congressional Budget Office has not even had a chance to calculate how many people would lose their insurance under this plan and what it would cost the nation.
 
The Speaker thinks he has the votes.  The House says they are voting tomorrow. 
 
Please, please, please stop this, Mamas.  Call your Congresspeople and leave messages tonight.  Call again at 8am in the morning.  Email.   
 
Please tell them to vote no.

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club: Solidarity

In honor of May Day on Monday, this installment of Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club features books about labor organizing.  
 
Solidarity forever!
  • Harvest of Hope:  The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
  • Dolores Huerta:  A Hero To Migrant Workers by Sarah Warren
  • Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez by Monica Brown
  • Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. by Diana Cohn
  • Click Clack Moo:  Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
  • Woody Guthrie:  Poet of The People by Bonnie Christensen
  • Mother Jones and The March of The Mill Children by Penny Colman

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Action Alert: No Lifetime Limits, No Annual Limits

The GOP healthcare plan could allow states to decide not to require insurers, even employer-based insurance, to provide the essential benefits required under the ACA.  This means we could go back to the days of annual limits and lifetime limits on health insurance plans which means that people with life-threatening pre-existing conditions that require expensive treatment could use all of the coverage that is available to them staying alive for a few months and then not be able to get treatment.

Please call your Congressperson today and tell them to vote NO.