While Congress took a recess, voters nationwide went to work, gathering in community centers, schools, and auditoriums to ask their elected officials tough questions about important issues on their minds and demand they do their job and represent the will of the majority.
More than 2,000 Arkansans met in Springdale to hold Senator Tom Cotton accountable for votes to block Medicaid patients from Planned Parenthood and to make it clear that the Affordable Care Act is saving lives. "Without the ACA, I will die," one Planned Parenthood supporter told Cotton while sharing her story in the crowded town hall.
Meanwhile, in Missouri, Senator Roy Blunt and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler ignored invites to their constituents' town hall in Mid-Missouri. Hartzler's office originally told an organizer she had a scheduling conflict, but quickly showed her true intentions in a video interview with the Columbia Tribune. Tweet your displeasure by using #VickySoScared and tell her to stop hiding behind her computer. By the way, Hartzler's seat is up in 2018. Those six years fly by fast.
And in Kansas, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes supporters along with Indivisible KC and Indivisible LFK staged a large rally outside Senator Pat Roberts' office in Overland Park to vocally oppose a bill that Roberts co-sponsored that would block Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood.