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This Week, Recharging and Vigilance

So, that was fun, wasn't it? The first seven months of this year have been a bit of a whirlwind, especially since Jan. 20. So, while Congress is on break (the Senate is not officially in recess given the Mueller/Sessions dramas), let's hit pause and regroup. 

We're not saying it's time to pat ourselves on the back. We're saying it's time to take a deep breathe, take stock of where things stand and then roll those sleeves back up and focus on the tasks at hand. In other words, take a day off, recharge the battery, then get back to work. 

In taking stock, let's take a minute to reflect on what we have done: 

  • The Affordable Care Act STILL is the law of the land despite a Republican Congress and president. Let that soak in... we did this. Granted, we are not out of the woods yet, but we are so much closer to the edge of them than we were Jan. 20. 
  • It is no longer shameful to call yourself a progressive. In fact, we all are wearing that title as a badge of honor and courage. Again, consider this, Pantsuit Nation and Pantsuit Georgia were formed in SECRET. Now, there is a book re the Pantsuit Nation and 159 Georgia Together is public with a stated purpose, as well as a secret forum for sharing ideas and commiserating when needed. 
  • Betsy DeVos (OK we lost that one, but we are making a difference) is facing stiff opposition in Congress for meddling with the student loan programs. She is facing backlash on her steps to side with campus rapists. While we didn't win the fight against her nomination, so far our schools are protected. 
  • Progressive candidates are coming out of the wood work to represent us. Let's soak that in, shall we? For the first time in about 20 years, we have candidates running for "safe" Republican seats and they have a chance. Let's get out there and do what is necessary to elect them. We came so close in the Sixth Congressional District. We can do this. 
  • Thanks to your calls of support, the transgender ban for the military is in trouble. Meaning the military is like, whatever. We stand with our troops. Period. And, in Congress, members say they stand with the military. It's a start. Keep it up. 

So, while there is much work to be done with health care and protecting the ACA, we can take a minute, but only one, to say. Wow. OK, minute over. It's time to contact our congressional delegation and say hey, we want to meet with you. If not in a townhall, then in your offices. We are your constituents and we have a voice that should be heard. Let's use our voices... #159Recharge #159Advocacy #159BeHeard