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Faith Leaders Call on Senate to Save Lives by Rejecting Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Leaders call on Representative Bobby Long of Springfield, Missouri to re-think his vote to repeal the ACA

Despite overwhelming public opposition, the House of Representatives voted to strip 23 million people of their health care, make radical changes to Medicaid that could cut health care for seniors, children and people with disabilities, and allow states to opt-out of covering essential benefits like newborn care, mental health care and prescriptions. The only winners are the wealthiest one percent, insurance companies, and prescription drug manufacturers who will receive $600 billion in tax breaks because of this bill.
PICO federations like ISAIAH in Minnesota aren’t going to let Republicans who voted to put profits ahead of families off the hook. Federations are urging their Senators to reject the House bill through calls, letters and events.  Many groups are organizing demonstrations, rallies, vigils and other activities to educate the public about the alarming consequences of ACA repeal and permanent cuts to Medicaid.  
“It’s shameful to see so many Members of Congress claim to be Christian, then vote to take away health care from God’s children and let them suffer and die.  Our country needs to put families first, rather than putting big drug and insurance companies and the wealthiest 0.1 percent first,” said Bishop Dwayne Royster, PICO National Network’s political director.  “These votes have both moral and political consequences for politicians who play politics wiht people’s lives and sow chaos in our health care system.”



Prayer Vigil Turns Up Heat on Rep. Paulsen for Health Care Vote 

PICO federation ISAIAH held a Mother’s Day Prayer Vigil for Minnesota families who will be seriously affected if the AHCA becomes law.  Clergy and leaders from across Minnesota’s Third Congressional District prayed for their loved ones, whose lives they say have been endangered by Paulsen’s vote for the AHCA.

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Protests Held in Springfield Against AHCA

PICO federation Missouri Faith Voices, along with other groups in Springfield, Missouri, delivered a letter to Representative Billy Long addressing his support of the AHCA.  Other protesters took a more visual approach, playing dead in the streets. Says protester Suzanne Thomas, “I don’t think a lot of Missourians know how much this will impact them.”

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CNS photo/Dennis Sadowski

Disrupters and Rebuilders: What a Meeting in Modesto Says about the Francis Church

Joseph Fleming, PICO’s national Catholic engagement coordinator describes the Modesto gathering as a two-way street.  “For the Catholic church, this meeting was an opportunity for evangelization, to share with a new genearation of faith-based and secular activists, the church’s rich legacy of Catholic social teaching,” he said.  “And… it was an opportunity for grassroots leaders to evangelize the bishops, to call them to prophetic leadership.”

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Photo courtesey of NJ Advance Media/Aristide Economopoulos

Tobin calls Trump immigration policies “cruelty on innocent people” 

 Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, issued a strong call to action to Catholic leaders to resist the immigration policies being implemented by the Trump administration, including musing aloud about the impact if every cardinal and bishop in the country were to accompany a potential deportee to his or her court hearing. 

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PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) National Network is the nation’s largest network of faith-based community organizations, working with 45 organizations in more than 120 cities and 21 states, with a collective membership of more than one million families from more than 1,200 congregations. Together, our mission is to create racial and economic justice in the United States by organizing people of many faith traditions and those who are most oppressed by unjust systems and policies.To learn more, visit: www.piconetwork.org.

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