Three actions to take now

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Here are two actions you can take today that will only cost you a few minutes of your time, and a rally on Saturday that you can attend in person or online. Read and do!

Sign Credo’s “abortion justice” petition

My family has used Credo as our cell phone provider for some years. It uses national network, so the coverage has been excellent. But the main reason we use them is that they give 10% of their profits to various non-profit organizations, which we as customers get to help choose. And, based on the organizations they have supported, they seem to be pretty progressive in their choices.

Now they are a co-sponsor on a petition for “abortion justice.” There are 28 organizations on the petition, with Credo being the only business at this time. Here is a link to the petition, which will take you about 30 seconds to sign:

Sign the abortion-justice petition here.

Sign the petition to save Medicare from any more for-profit entities

In response to complaints from progressive lawmakers, the Biden administration made changes to their Medicare provider system (the doctors and other providers who accept Medicare). The old model was called Direct Contracting Entity, and included Medicare Advantage. It was criticized because it “enables “third-party middlemen to manage care without seniors’ full understanding or prior consent, and often through for-profit businesses with incentives to restrict care.” (Read more here.)

The new model (from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) addresses some of the complaints, but doesn’t go far enough, according to critics. Specifically, the new model says that it is focused on underserved communities – but how can it keep that as its focus when the provider networks are going to be focused on profit?

The organization Physicians for a National Health Program — which pushes for the creation of a single-payer system — has a petition calling on the Biden administration to either cancel the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access and Community Health (ACO REACH) model, or make significant changes to it. You can read more about ACO REACH at the petition page.

Sign the “Stop ACO-REACH” petition here

Participate in a Planned Parenthood rally, either in-person or virtually

This Saturday, May 14, Planned Parenthood Advocates are mobilizing both in person and online from noon to 4 pm, in response to the possible overturn of Roe v Wade and the various abortion laws in Kentucky, including the “trigger law” that would end abortion immediately in the state if Roe is overturned. Here’s the details:

What: Bans Off Our Bodies National Day of Action in Support of Abortion Access

Who: Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates and champions for reproductive freedom in Kentucky

When: May 14, 2022  (12:00 to 4:00) ET

In Person: Planned Parenthood Health Center, 842 S 7th St., Louisville, KY 40203

Online: Online event

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