What matters most

What matters most

Yesterday, Ady Barkan took an unsteady but unfaltering walk through the halls of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

Ady Barkan is a dear friend, a brilliant organizer (who helped to create both Local Progress and the Fed Up! campaign), and the 33-year-old father of a super-cute 18-month-old boy.

He’s also fighting ALS, a fatal disease with no cure, and no good treatment. So he knows far too much about the need for health care.

He came to Washington DC to bring his message to GOP Congressman Darryl Issa, the richest member of the House (and, like Ady, a resident of Southern California).

Issa is planning to vote for the #GOPTaxScam, which will take health care away from tens of millions of Americans -- meaning that tens of thousands will die needlessly -- in order to give a break to millionaires and billionaires like himself.

I hope you’ll take minute to watch Ady’s speech, his insistent knocking on Issa’s office door, and his arrest. I can’t watch it without crying.

I don’t know whether or not Ady’s protest will change Issa’s mind, or whether our calls & visits & letters will change enough votes to #KillTheBill. But after listening to him, I know for sure we have to do everything we possibly can.

So after you watch Ady, please make one more round of calls. You can call these GOP Members of Congress who voted for the House bill, but represent districts (in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California) that would be hurt by the #TaxScam. Better yet, get friends or relatives in those places to call.

Ady’s also a big supporter of the rights of immigrants and DREAMers -- so you can also honor his protest by making calls to demand (of Democrats as as Republicans) that Congress not raise the debt limit without also passing a clean DREAM Act to protect immigrants with DACA status. On social media: #NoDreamNoBudget

And if you’re moved enough by Ady to get out and protest yourself, join us this Thursday, December 7th, 6 - 8 p.m. in Washington Square Park, for a protest against the Tax Scam, the Muslim Ban, and for the DREAM Act.

For me, Ady is a reminder of what matters most: our friends, our families, our health, our courage, and the legacy we’ll leave for our kids.

Ady’s son Carl won’t get enough time with his dad. But when he watches that video -- and learns about all the work his dad has done -- he’ll know his dad did everything he could to make the world a better a place.

Let’s follow his example.


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