A shocking tally of gun violence victims, dangerous discrimination in health care, and a dead end for DV victims at the border: Your civic action to-do list for 8-12-19

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3. The year is only half over and yet, in the U.S. alone, there have been more than 200 mass shootings and more than 200 mass shootings in the U.S. this year. It is past time for Congress to finally pass gun violence prevention legislation and save thousands of lives.

In a nutshell: Mandating background checks for every gun purchase (S. 42), banning assault weapons (S. 66/H.R.1296), and allowing courts to remove firearms from individuals in crisis (S.506/H.R1236) are common-sense policies that will reduce the number of gun deaths in this country.

Take Action: Go to town halls during August recess while your Senators and Representatives are home and demand they take these actions when they return to D.C. 


2. Health care providers should never make it difficult for people to access life-saving care, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to allow doctors, clinics, and hospitals to deny individuals access to quality health care and constitutionally protected reproductive choice.

In a nutshell: HHS wants to allow providers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The changes would impose wide ranging harm, particularly on those who already struggle to access health care.

Take Action: You have until tomorrow (8/13) to submit a comment and oppose this harmful change!


1. Immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang violence who are seeking safety in the United States must be allowed to seek asylum. Denying immigrant survivors of violence this legal recourse is immoral and runs counter to international law.

In a nutshell: In July, the administration announced a sweeping asylum ban that bars anyone who approaches our southern border from receiving asylum, with few exceptions.

Take Action: Tell the administration why you oppose this harmful new asylum ban. The deadline is Wednesday, 8/15!