These are trying times in America. Given the host of issues we're facing, especially in government, there are a few common reactions:
- Ignore the news cycle and go about living
- Tweet your frustration
- Get involved
It's thrilling to see Nadya Okamoto, a 19 year-old, choosing option 3 and running for City Council in Cambridge, MA. Her story in the video above is inspiring. Her mission to include young people and people of color is exciting. Her call to action is crucial.
Learn more by visiting her campaign below.
The LA Times is following the campaigns of five scientists around the country who are running for office. It's pretty fascinating to read through profiles of people who are committed to positive change - even if it means a "career" change. Even more encouraging: out of the five candidates profiled, three started here on Crowdpac! Check out the article and the campaigns below.
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Two Republican women realized their party was drifting from its original goals and vision. Rather than give in to blind party loyalty, they instead worked to create Republican Women for Progress, an organization designed to help Republican women engage in American politics. And oh yeah, they even voted for Hillary.
While many parts of this story are inspiring, perhaps its most basic point is its best: we don't have to hold our noses and pick sides. Our views can be diverse, our issue stances don't need to match a manifesto or align with a news channel. The current polarization in our political system is astounding and infuriating - yet we don't have to subscribe.
For those of us interested in taking that unique path, we now have a great example from the two founders of RWFP, Jennifer Lim and Meghan Milloy. You can learn more about their story and their mission by joining their Crowdpac community, or you can lend support to their campaign below.
Trump has fired Comey.
There is grave concern from across the political spectrum about the timing of this firing and the circumstances surrounding it.
Now one Republican member of Congress, Rep. Justin Amash (MI-3), is looking to create an independent investigation into Trump's Russia ties. There is a Crowdpac campaign which will support Rep. Amash if and only if his team establishes an independent commission.
Read more about the campaign and Justin Amash below - you can also read Trump's original letter to James Comey.
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Across the country, many people are running for office from many different backgrounds. We covered scientists already, but we're also seeing an increase in healthcare professionals.
Below are a few campaigns by doctors and nurses that are ready to represent the people. Find out about each candidate, then lend your support with an endorsement or donation.
And while we're on the topic of the health of our nation, there is renewed energy behind the American Health Care Act. What are your thoughts on the bill? We've included our call tool below to call your representative and make your voice heard.
- States can waive benefit rules. This will most likely mean that certain benefits, like maternity coverage, are rarely covered in the states with waivers.
- Eliminating community rating would undermine Obamacare’s guarantee of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, which President Trump and many Republican lawmakers have said they value.
- The Republican bill would increase the gap in insurance fees for the elderly, compared to younger insurance holders, from 3:1 to 5:1. It gets worse: states could waive that rule and establish a higher ratio under the amendment.
- According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the plan would eliminate coverage for 24 million Americans.