Weekly Actions: January 2, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Despite the difficulties of 2017, the resistance has made great strides, as summarized in this excellent article in the New York Times. As we proceed into Year 2, once again, WE ARE CALLING FOR HELP! In particular, we are looking for people who can help grow our social media presence and publicize the site, improve our graphic design, and assist with research and writing our posts. Please contact us here if you have even as little as an hour or two to help with our efforts.

 

And as we think about New Year’s resolutions, we’re also looking for feedback. What would make it even easier for you to engage with 3NoTrump? What’s been useful and what hasn’t been useful? We want to know how we can best add our voice to the movement. Please take a minute or two, and let us know what you think.

 

 

Action 1: Don’t let the President roll back important safety regulations that protect miners from black lung disease. Submit public comments before January 9th!

 

 

Action 2: Urge Congress to preserve the Iran Deal and prevent a potential war with Iran.

 

 

Action 3:  Insist on passage of the Dream Act before the next shutdown deadline–January 19.

 


 

Action 1: Don’t let the President roll back important safety regulations that protect miners from black lung disease. Submit public comments before January 9th!

 

As part of his promise to bring back coal, the President is considering rolling back rules that limit the amount of coal and rock dust miners are allowed to breathe. These regulations were put in place in order to protect miners from overexposure to the deadly carcinogens that cause black lung disease, and should not be rolled back. In fact, just a year ago, an NPR study reported that coal miners are already suffering black lung disease 10 times more than federal regulators have reported.  More recently, a retired miner with black lung disease traveled 1300 hundred miles to beg the EPA not to relax pollution requirements. You can find out more about how current environmental policy impacts miner health here.

 

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has asked for public comments on whether these regulations can be streamlined or implemented in a more cost-effective manner. Let’s make sure we flood them with comments insisting that they keep the existing regulations in place, and let them know that trying to cut costs when people’s safety is at stake is NOT okay. As an attorney who represents coal miners in safety cases stated, “I think it’s a very bad signal for coal miners …I don’t think the Trump administration has coal miners’ best interests at heart. They’re aligned with coal mine operators as opposed to miners, and the only reasons they would want to reopen these rules or revisit these rules are to weaken them.”

 

Thanks to our action alliance partners at Rogan’s List for bringing up this important issue.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

 

  • Submit a public comment here by clicking on the blue Comment Now button on the upper right of the page. State that the rules that limit the amount of coal and rock dust miners are allowed to breathe should NOT be streamlined or rolled back. Do it SOON! The deadline is January 9, 2018.

 


 

Action 2: Urge Congress to preserve the Iran Deal and prevent a potential war with Iran. 

 

We are syndicating this very important action from Indivisible: see the action here.

 

A quick summary: The President announced nearly three months ago that he was decertifying the Iran nuclear deal, despite reports from national security that Iran is complying. If Congress doesn’t reimpose sanctions, this statement doesn’t mean much. However, if Congress does reimpose sanctions (which they can do with only a 51-vote Senate Majority) we risk war with Iran. Therefore, we need to let our Senators know that we strongly oppose reimposing sanctions.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

 

  • Contact your MoCs and tell them you are extremely opposed to re-imposing sanctions and risking a war with Iran. You can find a sample call script here by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

 

 


 

Action 3: Insist on passage of the Dream Act before the next shutdown deadline–January 19.

 

Before Congress left for Christmas recess, they passed another short-term spending bill, funding the government through January 19. The bill extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) until March, and extended a controversial surveillance program for three weeks, but did nothing to protect the Dreamers. This means that once again, the fate of the dreamers will likely rest with the next round of budget negotiations.

 

Several members of the House and the Senate voted against the budget resolutions because of the absence of a DACA fix, and they need to be thanked for their votes. The others need to be urged to take the stance that any budget measures going forward need to include a clean fix for DACA recipients – immigrants who came here as children and have been allowed to stay under a special Obama-era program, which the President disbanded a few months ago. The program is set to totally expire in early March, and passing a clean Dream Act has support from members on both sides of the aisle. We can’t keep delaying this further. Voting for legislation without a clean Dream Act is ultimately a vote to deport dreamers.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:

 

  • Call your MoCs: Check here to see how House members voted on the spending resolution, and here for the Senate. If your MoC voted against the spending resolution and is on the record to support the Dreamers (note: some MoCs voted against the spending resolution for other reasons), thank them. If not, remind them that you are counting on them to insist on a DACA fix before passing any more spending bills. Indivisible has a call script here for thanking MoCs who voted against the spending resolution and a separate script here for those who voted in favor of the spending resolution.

 


The most effective thing you can do is to pick up the phone,
but if you’re short on time, you can leave your MoC a message below.



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