Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media

I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. We’ve been calling out right-wing lies for a decade — and we’re not done yet. Will you contribute now to help us raise $10,000 for our 10th anniversary?

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For ten years, we’ve successfully fought back against the bad actors that poison our media with right-wing lies and smears. It’s been an amazing beginning, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.

We’re in this for the long haul. Make an anniversary gift today to kickstart the next ten years of media accountability.

Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)


Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”


This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.


Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.


Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:


Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.


America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.


NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations


and alternative monitoring websites.


Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:


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Jesus: “Blessed are…”

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said, “Blessed are…”

Matthew 5:1-3

The signs of haunting are all around us. Conflict rages between groups and nations.

The gap widens between the poor and the rich. So many are displaced, left out, or left behind. Our actions even threaten the future of the planet.

What if the Beatitudes contain the keys to our liberation? These ancient sayings, spoken by Jesus, offer a nine statement manifesto for a new world order, a radical alternative to the broken systems we’ve created—A way of trust, lament, humility, justice,compassion, right motive, peace-making, surrender and radical love.

Mark Scandrette is an author, activist, teacher and coach for leaders and teams who want to change the world from the inside out. He is one of the key creative shapers of the NINE BEATS Collective, an international project of artists and activists exploring – and seeking to practice – the beatitudes. Album & resources at 9beats.org.

Carl Ruby explains How This Pastor Changed His Stance on the Death Penalty.

Frida Berrigan asks What Will It Take to Ban the Bomb?

Elaina Ramsey surveys A Legacy Worth Passing On: Tony Campolo’s ‘Divine Dissatisfaction.’

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The Day After the Mosque Burns

Hey Kevin,

On the afternoon of January 27, Donald Trump announced a travel ban against seven Muslim-majority countries. Protests erupted around the country, and in the early hours of January 28, a mosque in Victoria, Texas, was set aflame. By 6 a.m., it’d been nearly entirely destroyed.

Violence against Muslims is on the rise — anti-Islamic hate attacks in the US are at nearly the same levels as just after the 9/11 terror attacks. Around the world, Muslims are being targeted, discriminated against, and attacked.

But when the smoke clears and the sun rises over the ashes of a burnt mosque, what happens next?

Global Citizen went to Victoria, Texas, and Dresden, Germany, the site of two mosque attacks, to find out. And what we found were uplifting stories of compassion and love as people came together to support their neighbors.

Click here to read “The Day After the Mosque Burns: How Two Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Revealed Incredible Stories of Love”

Thanks for doing what you do.
The Global Citizen Team
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What Will It Take to Ban the Bomb? & “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:3

Poverty is when you don’t have enough, or you feel you don’t have enough. When we become aware of lack, our first instinct is to grasp at whatever we can find and not to share. But this beatitude invites us to trust. We didn’t make ourselves and we don’t have to make it on our own. We are invited to open our hands, living grateful and satisfied to share what we have with one another, and to see where that takes us.

Mark Scandrette is an author, activist, teacher and coach for leaders and teams who want to change the world from the inside out. He is one of the key creative shapers of the NINE BEATS Collective, an international project of artists and activists exploring – and seeking to practice – the beatitudes. Album & resources at 9beats.org.

Brandan Robertson asks Why Are Southern Baptists So Afraid of LGBTQ Inclusion?

Carl Ruby explains How This Pastor Changed His Stance on the Death Penalty.

Frida Berrigan asks What Will It Take to Ban the Bomb?

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Trump’s Love Affair With the Saudis

Tomgram: William Hartung, Trump’s Love Affair With the Saudis

Not that anyone in a position of power seems to notice, but there’s a simple rule for American military involvement in the Greater Middle East: once the U.S. gets in, no matter the country, it never truly gets out again.  Let’s start with Afghanistan. The U.S. first entered the fray there in 1979 via a massive CIA-led proxy war against the Soviets that lasted until the Red Army limped home in 1989. Washington then took more than a decade off until some of the extremists it had once supported launched the 9/11 attacks, after which the U.S. military took on the role abandoned by the Red Army and we all know where that’s ended — or rather not ended almost 16 years later. In the “longest war” in American history, the Pentagon, recently given a free hand by President Trump, is reportedly planning a new mini-surge of nearly 4,000 U.S. military personnel into that country to “break the stalemate” there.  Ever more air strikes and money will be part of the package. All told, we’re talking about a quarter-century of American war in Afghanistan that shows no sign of letting up (or of success). It may not yet be a “hundred-years’ war,” but the years are certainly piling up.

Then, of course, there’s Iraq where you could start counting the years as early as 1982, when President Ronald Reagan’s administration began giving autocrat Saddam Hussein’s military support in his war against Iran.  You could also start with the first Gulf War of 1990-1991 when, on the orders of President George H.W. Bush, the U.S. military triumphantly drove Saddam’s army out of Kuwait.  Years of desultory air strikes, sanctions, and other war-like acts ended in George W. Bush’s sweeping invasion and occupation of Iraq in the spring of 2003, a disaster of the first order.  It punched a hole in the oil heartlands of the Middle East and started us down the path to, among other things, ISIS and so to Iraq War 3.0 (or perhaps 4.0), which began as an air campaign in August 2014 and has yet to end.  In the process, Syria was pulled into the mix and U.S. efforts there are still ratcheting up almost two years later.  In the case of Iraq, we’re minimally talking about almost three decades of intermittent warfare, still ongoing.

And then, of course, there’s Somalia. You remember the Blackhawk Down incident in 1993, don’t you? That was a lesson for the ages, right? Well, in 2017, the Trump administration is sending more advisers and trainers to that land (and the U.S. military has recently suffered its first combat death there since 1993). U.S. military activities, including drone strikes, are visibly revving up at the moment. And don’t forget Libya, where the Obama administration (along with NATO) intervened in 2011 to overthrow autocrat Muammar Gaddafi and where the U.S. military is still involved more than six years later.

Last but hardly least is Yemen.  The first U.S. special ops and CIA personnel moved into a “counter-terrorism camp” there in late 2001, part of a $400 million deal with the government of then-strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, and the CIA conducted its very first drone assassination in that country in November 2002. Almost 16 years later, as TomDispatch regular Bill Hartung reports, the U.S. is supporting a grim Saudi air and ground war of terror there, while its own drone strikes have risen to new highs.

It’s a remarkable record and one to keep in mind as you consider Hartung’s account of President Trump’s fervent decision to back the Saudis in a big league way not just in their disastrous Yemeni war, but in their increasingly bitter campaign against regional rival Iran.  After so many decades of nearly unending conflict leading only to more of the same and greater chaos, you might wonder whether an alarm bell will ever go off in Washington when it comes to the U.S. military and war in the Greater Middle East — or is Iran next? Tom

Destabilizing the Middle East (Yet More)
The Saudi Regime Is Playing Donald Trump With Potentially Disastrous Consequences
By William D. Hartung

At this point, it’s no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment.  Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family.  It could in the end destabilize the Middle East in ways not seen in our lifetimes (which, given the growing chaos in the region, is no small thing to say).

Trump’s newfound ardor for the Saudi regime is a far cry from his past positions, including his campaign season assertion that the Saudis were behind the 9/11 attacks and complaints, as recently as this April, that the United States was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom.  That was yet another example of the sort of bad deal that President Trump was going to set right as part of his “America First” foreign policy.

Given this background, it came as a surprise to pundits, politicians, and foreign policy experts alike when the president chose Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, as the very first stop on his very first overseas trip. This was clearly meant to underscore the importance his administration was suddenly placing on the need to bolster the long-standing U.S.-Saudi alliance.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.

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Tell Zinke to Leave our National Monuments Alone!

We Love Our National Monuments

Tell Zinke to Leave Them Alone!

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Vermillion Cliffs pc Bob Wick BLM

Dear Kevin,

United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has asked you to submit comments  about removing or reducing National Monument designation on 21 western national monuments by July 10, 2017.

There are so many reasons we love our national monuments. They contain thousands of years of culture—cliff dwellings; petroglyphs; villages; trade routes. Their breathtakingly diverse landscapes include lunar lava fields; swirling sandstone formations; towering dunes; and cliffs dotted with the fossils of long-extinct dinosaurs.

They are a haven for endangered species, from the Chinook salmon that spawn in their rivers to the giant sequoias that flourish in their forests.

They reshape public sentiment, protect resources, and promote inclusivity. And they celebrate civil rights, history, conservation, and biodiversity—all that is great about American public lands.

Zinke’s and Trump’s attempts to dismantle our monuments put everything we love at risk. Nearly 10,000 of you recently spoke up in support of Bears Ears National Monument. Now we’re asking you to step up again to defend all 21 national monuments on Trump’s hit list.

We plan to present Zinke with a petition containing 21,000 signatures—1,000 for each monument up for review. But we can’t do it without you.

Failure to take action to preserve our national monuments will prove that our current administration cares more about industry growth through extraction than the landscapes, animals, cultures, and ecosystems that make these areas such treasures for all Americans—and for the entire world.

For the wild,

Greg Dyson

Greg 2016

Greg Dyson
Wild Places Program Director
WildEarth Guardians

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Austernzucht auf Sylt

Austernzucht auf Sylt
Die meisten Austern kommen aus Frankreich. Doch auch in Deutschland gibt es mittlerweile einen Ort, wo Austern gezüchtet werden: vor der Küste der Insel Sylt. Die „Sylter Royal“ gilt auch im Ausland als Delikatesse.
Über den eigenen Schatten springen
Nur wenigen gelingt es, sich von ihrem eigenen Schatten zu lösen: Lucky Luke zum Beispiel schießt schneller als er und Peter Pan sucht ihn. Aber wie schafft man es, über seinen eigenen Schatten zu springen?
Gute Erholung!
Mit der schönsten Zeit des Jahres, dem Urlaub, verbinden die meisten Sonne, Strand, Meer, gutes Essen – und Erholung. Was allerdings darunter zu verstehen ist, ist höchst individuell.
Der Muntermacher
Den Muntermacher brauchen alle diejenigen, die wach werden oder wach bleiben wollen. Meist sind sie flüssiger Natur.
Kolumne: Der Berliner Krieg ums Kreuz auf dem Schloss
Ein Kreuz oder kein Kreuz; das ist hier die Frage. Um das Kreuz auf dem künftigen Berliner Humboldt-Forum ist ein Glaubenskrieg entbrannt. Doch eigentlich geht es um viel mehr, meint DW-Kolumnist Gero Schließ.
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The FDA recently delayed menu labeling in restaurants by a year. This may weaken how calories are labeled and make them harder to find, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

Salud America!


Tell FDA: Support Menu Labeling to Help Latino and All Families!

Menu Labeling in RestaurantsThe FDA recently delayed menu labeling in restaurants by a year.

This may weaken how calories are labeled and make them harder to find, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

You have a limited time—until July 3, 2017—to oppose this year-long delay.

Go here to share a public comment with FDA today!

Salud America and Univision Partnership for Health

PARTNERSHIP: Salud America! + Univision = Health!

We’re excited to announce a partnership with Univision San Antonio to promote healthy changes for Latino families!

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TWEETCHATS: Swimming, Health Fraud, STEM Wellness!

Use #SaludTues at 1p ET Tuesday to tweet on how swimming changes lives (6/20), health fraud (6/27), and STEM (7/11)!

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UTSA fruit tree project

NEWS: A Summer of Swim, Greenways, and Fruit Rescue!

For many Latino kids, summer means less access to healthy food and play. Heroes are finding cool ways to push health!

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kids and health equity

REPORT: What Is Health Equity?

Clearly defining health equity and finding ways to reduce health disparities is the goal of a new report by RWJF and UCSF.

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Fany & Fitness Classes!

A bar isn’t the best place to teach fitness classes. So class instructor Fany Mendez of Westwood Unidos helped turn a to-be-demolished building into a community center, La Casita, in Denver (31% Latino). La Casita now hosts educational and fitness classes.

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Fitness in the Park in San Antonio

Pete & Fitness in Parks!

Health activist Pete Garcia wanted to boost access to physical activity options for at-risk residents in San Antonio (68% Latino). So he helped develop the “Fitness in the Park” program to offer free fitness classes in city parks. The program has expanded citywide.

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Irma Rivera New Park in California

Irma & a New Park!

Irma Rivera saw a child nearly hit by a car in park-poor Santa Ana, Calif (78% Latino). She and other moms went to nonprofit Latino Health Access for help. Through teamwork, the moms and the group got land and money to build the area’s first-ever public park.

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Here’s how to Call your Senator on Health Care, FCC Coverups, etc.

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Republicans in the Senate want to keep the American people in limbo by keeping their version of the American Health Care Act secret. Right now, Mitch McConnell and his Senate colleagues are putting together a bill that could force people to go without necessary health care in order to give huge tax breaks to the insurance industry.

We deserve to know how much the Republican plan will increase our premiums, deductibles, and copayments, how many people will lose coverage, and what impact the $800 billion cut to Medicaid will have on those suffering from the ongoing opioid epidemic. We demand health care for those who lack coverage at this very moment, and the ones who might lose coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

The House passed their version of the so-called American Health Care Act without a score from the CBO, but we now know that 23 million people will lose coverage if it passes. That’s not to mention the millions more who will be priced out of affording prescriptions and other vital components of health care, all so the very wealthiest can receive yet another tax cut. Call your senator today and tell them to stop the American Health Care Act. We need to start over with a plan that covers everybody.

We are fighting for universal coverage under a Medicare for All, single payer system that cuts the insurance industry out of the equation. In a single payer system, the monthly premium is the only time the patient is charged. Medical bankruptcy due to terminal illness would be a thing of the past, and the price gouging of the pharmaceutical industry would be stopped. It’s time for the United States to join the UK, Canada, France, and every other major country—all of which guarantee healthcare as a right to all of their people.

Republicans in the Senate are beholden to the very industries that they are attempting to regulate. As a result, our health care access is in the hands of corporations who are looking to cash out every time a patient needs prenatal care, chemotherapy, and any other treatment.

Republicans want to take away health care from millions of people by passing the American Health Care Act. Please call your senator and tell them to stop their secret health care repeal and start over with a plan guaranteed to cover everybody.

We are getting closer than ever to achieving real universal coverage. A majority of the American people support universal coverage. While that opinion may not be reflected in the Senate, remember that they answer to us. Please call them today.

In solidarity,

Shannon Jackson
Executive Director
Our Revolution


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A bill that Affects Most of the USA Population is rushed through Senate and House—while Health Care For ALL bills are ignored (by Congress and Media)

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Act Now: Urge Your Senators to Reject Efforts to Gut Health Care

Have you heard the news? The U.S. Senate is barreling toward a vote on a health care bill that would strip coverage for millions of Americans. What’s worse, this legislation has been drafted in secret, without adequate time for analysis, public debate, or even the opportunity for all lawmakers to read the bill.

AAUW believes that everyone deserves high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care. A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would eradicate years of progress in expanding health care access for women, including increasing out-of-pocket costs, causing premiums to skyrocket, eliminating coverage for Essential Health Benefits like maternity care, and gutting Medicaid.

We need all hands on deck to stop this dangerous effort from advancing. Call your senators now and ask them to protect Americans’ health care!

To reach your senators, dial (202) 224-3121 now and ask the switchboard operator to connect you. The message is simple:

My name is NAME and I am calling from CITY, STATE. As your constituent, I urge you to reject the American Health Care Act and any other effort that reduces access or does not provide the same level and quality of health care coverage for women and families.

Kevin, your voice is crucial to this debate. Pick up the phone – or send an email –  and urge your senators to protect our health care now! 

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Both my 80-year-old father and my 6-year-old son have cancer, so Congress’ dogged determination to repeal Obamacare feels deeply personal

Dear Kevin,

I wrote more about my family’s journey with cancer in Cosmo — can you share this piece on Twitter and Facebook?

Both my 80-year-old father and my 6-year-old son have cancer, so Congress’ dogged determination to repeal Obamacare feels deeply personal. After the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the House of Representatives, I felt like someone had punched me in the gut.

Right now, Congress is trying to dismantle healthcare. Thirteen men in the Senate are working with zero public scrutiny or transparency to write the Senate version of the AHCA by the July 4th legislative recess. This rush job means we still don’t know the specifics of what the Senate Healthcare bill would include.

What we do know is that this bill could dismantle our entire healthcare system and take away health insurance from nearly 23 million people. It could also cause spikes in premiums for low income families, seniors, and those with pre-existing conditions. We have to let our legislators know that this attempt to repeal Obamacare, and deny millions the coverage they need, is unacceptable.   

I wrote more about my family’s journey with cancer in Cosmo this week — can you share this piece on Twitter and Facebook? 

We have met so many others in similar situations: children, parents, and partners with cancer, and their loved ones, determined to thrive in the face of the devastation that cancer wreaks.

The AHCA’s version of healthcare isn’t going to give people with cancer and the people who love them what we need. Instead, it will make it harder for cancer families, harder for elders an d children struggling with cance r in our communities, and harder for everyone to access the health care we all deserve.

I wrote more about my family’s journey with cancer in Cosmo this week — can you share this piece on Twitter and Facebook? 


Kalpana Krishnamurthy

Policy Director, Forward Together

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