Protest and a Party: Trumpcare Down in the Senate

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Thanks to Indivisibles, Montana Women For…, Montana Dems for showing up on a Tuesday lunchtime and demonstrating, literally, that we care (for ourselves, for Montana, and also the passing motorists).

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Trumpcare Protest – Tuesday July 18


When: Tuesday July 18, 2017 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM (lunch time)

Where: The former GOP Headquarters in Livingston, 11th and Park Street. (The old gas station). We will be on the sidewalks.

Questions?: Dixie Hart – 222-0284, Nelson King – 222-5881 or use email:,

Indivisible National has called for all Indivisible groups nationwide (roughly 5,000 groups with close to 1 million members) to make a concerted statement on Tuesday – NO to Trumpcare – and YES to single payer (Medicare for All). Although we don’t know when, or even if the Senate will vote on their latest version (peace and health be with Senator McCain), NOW is the time to make a big statement…the country does not want GOP healthcare. Who can say if this is the Last Time we need to protest, but anything to kill this bill, NOW. This is the time to show up, make your own statement – all the usual activist stuff, only this is about the health (and maybe life or death) of millions – so it counts.

Bring your healthcare signs! Sunglasses/suncream…

Pass the word!


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IUY – July 10 General Meeting Report

Indivisible Upper Yellowstone
July 10, 2017 General Meeting 6PM
MSU Extension Classroom Livingston

We began the meeting by reviewing the Trumpcare demonstration on June 24 and the Montana Women’s For parade presentation on July 2. We were very pleased with the turnout (25) and the reach of the Trumpcare demonstration (more than a 1000 cars on a Saturday morning went by). Next time (which may be soon) we’ll need to fetch the old signs, make new ones, remember to bring duct tape, pens, water bottles and other protest supplies.


1. As it has been for a while now, protest of the Senate version of Trumpcare is the number one consideration. The Senate is back in session and McConnell has ‘vowed’ to continue pushing the bill (the one with 12% support), however, he has gone back to crafting a ‘new bill’ in secret, which will supposedly be revealed by the end of the week, scored by the CBO early the next week, followed by a vote around July 21. Maybe. The prospects for the bill are murky and many tricks are possible. We will need to be ready to roll out another demonstration, if and when it looks like there will be a vote. (Nelson is lobbying with Indivisible National to synchronize a country-wide demonstration.) – Meanwhile all IUY members are urged to call Daines and Tester to express opinions about the status of the GOP bill. We agreed that at every opportunity, especially with congresspeople, we advocate for “Single Payer” or “Medicare for All”.

Daines – CALL at (406) 587-3446, (202) 224-2651

Tester – CALL at 586-4450, (202) 224-2644

2. Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument is one of those monuments on the list for “review” by the Interior Department, however, due to quick action by governor Bullock and the familiarity of Secretary Zinke, it looks like Montana’s only monument is not in danger of losing territory. While we can individually support efforts in other parts of the county, we agreed that for now this issue is not an IUY action priority.

3. Land Use – Public Access. We discussed at length about the controversy involving a Forest Service ranger reassignment in the South Region of the Crazy Mountains and the public access to the forest through private lands, which is now being denied. This is an egregious case of “Money talks and hikers don’t walk.” We agreed this is a local issue we can wholeheartedly join. Mike Bunker agreed to do some research on the issue and provide the group with background articles and a summary. (Articles with another email.)

4. We discussed Rita Rozier’s request that we consider supporting pressure on banks that are funding the Standing Rock pipeline section (e.g. Wells Fargo). We need further information, hopefully at the next meeting. We also discussed the issue of Trump Impeachment, which some feel should be a visible priority. The consensus was that the issue is important and should be kept “on simmer” pending a trigger event such as a Democratic House in 2018 or Trump event that forces the GOP to turn against him. [On Tuesday, with the Donald Jr. emails, we moved a step closer to that.]

As a piece of business, we’ve had difficulty getting coverage of IUY activity from the Enterprise. Nelson felt it would be a good idea if he wasn’t the named source. Kim and Karrie West agreed to make the contacts with the Enterprise and any other info outlets (eg. Montana Women’s For calendar).

Finally, after some debate about the “best” evening for meetings, we settled on:
Meetings: 2nd Monday of every month, 6PM, MSU Extension Classroom, 119 S. 3rd, Livingston. Next meeting: August 14.

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IUY General Meeting – Monday July 10 6PM

Indivisible Upper Yellowstone – Monthly Meeting

Date and Time: Monday July 10, 2017 6:00PM
Location: MSU Extension Classroom, 119 South 3rd Street, Livingston

It’s not finished, the fight over health care…when the Senate reconvenes July 10, it will most likely resume jiggering the senate GOP health care bill, Trumpcare, to try for 50 votes. By then it’s also likely deals will have been offered and perhaps accepted to create a “new” bill that will be separately scored by the CBO. Perhaps not, the Republicans appear to be in some disarray. In any case, at our monthly meeting we’ll assess where we’re at with health care and plan for actions as needed. (Our demonstration on June 24 is still a fond memory.) We should also address other issues, some of local impact including support for the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and protesting banks’ investment in the Standing Rock pipeline issue.

Meanwhile Keep on Calling our Montana Senators about Health Care!

Daines – CALL at (406) 587-3446, (202) 224-2651

Tester – CALL at 586-4450, (202) 224-2644

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Trumpcare Protest Rally – June 24

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Thanks to all who participated!  

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The “No Trumpcare Gang” – Indivisibles

Park Street, Livingston  – June 24, 2017


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IUY: Saturday June 24 Demonstration Against the AHCA

JOIN US IN PROTESTING THE AHCA (Trumpcare)! – New Senate Version

When: Saturday, June 24 11AM

Where: The former GOP Headquarters in Livingston, 11th and Park Street. (The old gas station). We will be on the sidewalks.

Let us know if you are definitely coming: Dixie Hart – 222-0284, Nelson King – 222-5881 or use email:,

We need people to make signs! Please volunteer. We will provide flyers updated with coverage of the latest atrocities of the GOP Senate health care bill.



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Montana Politics – Day Before Election, Another First in the Nation

Greg Gianforte, Montana G.O.P. Candidate, Is Charged in Attack on Reporter NY Times, front page


Gazette opinion: We’re pulling our endorsement of Gianforte

Missoulian rescinds Gianforte endorsement


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This Week: Vote! CBO Report.

Having survived the last two weeks of the maelstrom, we of Indivisible Upper Yellowstone have one overriding mission for this week:

Vote. Get out the vote. Push the issues where it helps the vote, such as health care. Polls open 7AM, close 8PM.

Otherwise, we will shortly be going back to the regular flow of insane events. Trump will return from abroad. Some important things will happen during this week. I have been closely monitoring the Indivisible National forum (mobilize) and here are some trends:

1. The CBO report on the House AHCA will be out this week. It will most likely provide a plethora of talking points to go after MoCs and possibly voters. The general consensus among Indivisible groups seems to be moving in the direction of (re-) focusing on health care, especially in attacking the House AHCA and whatever misdirection the Senate will throw at the media.

2. Trump will be Trump and for the most part is best left out of the direct resistance – meaning that with the new special counsel (investigation) and the media, he will not be neglected. We (Indivisible et al) don’t need to focus on him. This includes concerted calls for impeachment, but does not include calling for an independent commission.

3. What is being neglected are the myriad efforts by federal agencies to remove, revise, or under-execute regulations (e.g. Net Neutrality, water quality, immigration). Here in the west we have a National Monuments problem and shortly more land use issues.

4. There will be a nationwide march effort for June 3. Labelled “March for Truth” Indivisible groups seem less that fully committed.

REMINDER: We have a regular monthly meeting of Indivisible Upper Yellowstone, Friday May 26 at 6PM in the MSU Extension classroom, 119 South Third in Livingston. We will have a full agenda.

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IUY General Meeting – Post Special Election and Beyond

Monthly Meeting (note the change in time and venue)

Date and Time: Friday May 26, 2017 6:00PM
Location: MSU Extension Classroom, 119 South 3rd Street, Livingston

It’s a wild ride. The twists and turns of the GOP/Trump agenda continue. The shocks and awfulness often happen so close together that Indivisible groups across the country scramble to find coordination and purpose for actions. With the special election behind us, local action on a number of ‘national issues’ comes back to the fore. This meeting will hopefully help us establish our priorities (subject to almost instant alteration, given the D.C. craziness). We should also discuss how to handle the sudden changes…

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