LET'S GET TO WORK: Civic action to-do list for 8-21-17

3. Let Women Give Peace a Chance

Negotiations that include women in the peace process have a 35% better chance of creating a lasting peace agreement: Clearly greater female representation is essential to world peace. To promote the inclusion of women in these negotiations, the Senate just passed the bipartisan Women, Peace, and Security Act, sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). Now it's up to the House of Representatives to pass this important bill - call on your Representative to sponsor it and make sure women are included in these vital negotiations!

2. Stand Up for Health Care!

The Trump administration has threatened to stop cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments for healthcare insurance, a move that the Congressional Budget Office reports would increase premiums by 20%, increase the federal deficit by $6 billion, and strip healthcare from one million people. Americans deserve increased access to quality, affordable health care, not a drastic reduction! During the final weeks of this congressional recess, attend a local town hall or go to your Senators' offices to let them know threats to Americans' health care are unacceptable.

1. Celebrate the 19th Amendment

Next Saturday, August 26th, is the 97th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which guarantees women’s right to vote. While there is much to celebrate, this is an important moment to recommit ourselves to the many ongoing fights for true equality. To learn more about the current barriers - as well as possible solutions - to achieve equality, join the #WomensEqualityDay tweet chat on Friday, August 25th, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

And for you... 

As a counterbalance to fears that our access to health care will dissolve faster than an Alka Seltzer in water, learn about the beauty that Tilda Shalof is creating to commemorate the care she's given to countless patients in nearly 30 years as an ICU nurse.