Weekly Actions: October 16, 2017

Action 1: Demand fair funding with debt relief for the people of Puerto Rico.  

Action 2: Speak out against the repeal of the Clean Power Plan and other important anti-environmental legislation

Action 3: Ask your State Attorney General to fight Muslim Ban 3.0

 AND A REMINDER: Please submit your public comment on the new DHS rule that would allow them to investigate social media activity of all immigrants, including green card holders and naturalized U.S. Citizens. See our past post here, and submit your comment here



Action 1: Demand fair funding with debt relief for the people of Puerto Rico.  

Last week, the House finally voted 353-69 for hurricane relief funding for Puerto Rico and other areas affected by recent climate disasters. However, several things should be noted:

Obviously, many factors could come into play for the difference in treatment: Perhaps racism; or perhaps the simple fact that people on the island of Puerto Rico don’t vote in federal elections.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

  • Call your Senators: Ask them to support a relief package that includes outright grants and debt relief for Puerto Rico, not just more loans. The Senate will be voting on a relief package this week.
  • Contact FEMA: (202) 646-2500 or 500 C Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20472 to express your concern about the current situation. Remind them that Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States and deserves the same treatment as other disaster-ridden areas, even if that means a long-term commitment. 
  • If you are able, consider signing up for: Adopt a Family project
  • Donate directly to relief efforts: Many organizations are working on Puerto Rico relief. If you’re still looking for a place to donate, try Unidos, a Hispanic advocacy group that is also providing funding for DACA Renewals and Mexico earthquake relief.
  • If your Representative is one of the 69 who voted against hurricane relief: Call them and express your discontent.

SCRIPT for Senators: Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling because I’m concerned about the stipulations of the disaster relief bill the House passed last week. I absolutely support disaster funding for Puerto Rico and other affected areas, but while most other areas got grants, Puerto Rico got more loans, which will be disastrous for its fragile economy and make it even more impossible to get out of bankruptcy. As Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States, the U.S. has an obligation to Puerto Rico to help the island rebuild and to provide the same level and conditions of disaster relief as for other areas. 

 


Action 2: Speak out against the repeal of the Clean Power Plan and other important anti-environmental legislation

The administration’s onslaught against the environment continues in a storm-like fury. This week their intention to repeal the Clean Power Plan made headlines; however, according to a tally by the New York Times, they are also going after more than 50 other environmental rules.

 

In Congress, the House recently passed H.R. 953, a bill that would make it easier for pesticides and toxic materials to be discharged into our waterways, and it’s expected to be voted on soon in the Senate. In addition, the 2018 budget, also recently approved by the House, lays the groundwork for approval of Arctic drilling.

 

Meanwhile, EPA-head Scott Pruitt, appears to be spending his time meeting with fossil fuel companies rather than taking time to hear from environmental experts, calling the whole mission of his agency – “environmental protection” – into question. To appease his fossil fuel friends, Pruitt is also calling for an end to tax incentives for clean energy industries. To top it all off, the term climate change is not even mentioned in the agency’s 4-year strategic plan, despite a 95% consensus among scientists that climate change is influenced by human activity.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

  • Call your MoCs. Tell them:
    • To vote against HR 953.
    • That you are against repeal of the Clean Power Plan.
    • That you do not support drilling in the Arctic under any circumstances
    • To continue tax incentives for renewable energy.
  • Submit a public comment on the EPA’s Strategic Plan: here.
  • Contact EPA head, Scott Pruitt: 202-564-4700 or pruitt.scott@epa.gov
    • He needs to be hearing from environmental scientists, not just from industry leaders.
    • He should maintain the Clean Power Plan, as well as tax incentives for renewable energy. These are viable and effective forms of energy that do not harm our planet, and he should be concerned about the health of Americans, not the profits of oil industries.

Bills: HR 953: Restricting Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017

 

SCRIPT for MoCs: Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m very concerned about the recent moves by the EPA to repeal the Clean Power Plan and eliminate tax incentives for renewable energy. I’m also concerned that the recent House Budget opens the way for drilling in the Arctic, which is an extremely sensitive habitat. As there is a consensus among 95% of environmental scientists that global climate change is affected by human activity, we need to be moving toward supporting renewable energy, not propping up fossil fuels. There are plenty of growth and job opportunities in the renewable arena and more and more businesses are taking advantage. Please fight to keep important environmental legislation like the Clean Power Plan and tax incentives for renewables in place. FOR SENATORS ADD: I’m also urging Sen. __________ to vote against HR 953, which would allow toxic pesticides in our waterways and endanger the health of Americans.  

 

SCRIPT (for Pruitt): Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from ___________.  I’m very concerned that according to news reports the EPA chief has spent most of his time meeting with fossil fuel companies and very little, if any, time with environmental scientists. The mission of the EPA is to protect the environment, not protect the interests of fossil fuel industries. The recent call to repeal the Clean Power Plan and to eliminate tax incentives for renewables is 100% contrary to that mission. Alternative energy provides ample opportunity for economic growth without harming the planet, and 95% of environmental scientists agree that human activity has an impact on climate change. Omitting the words “climate change” from the EPA’s strategic plan will not change this; it will only exacerbate the problem, and if the planet continues to deteriorate, there will be no winners. I ask in the name of future generations that you consider the facts of science and the health of Americans over the interests of fossil fuel companies. 


Action 3: Ask your State Attorney General to fight Muslim Ban 3.0

We are syndicating this important action from Wall of Us.

 

Seven states have filed an Updated Complaint  and a Temporary Restraining Order against Muslim Ban 3.0. These are: CA, OR, WA, MA, MD, NY, HI. If you reside in a different state, please call up the office of your Attorney General and lobby that they join the efforts of these 7 states.

 

The National Association of Attorneys General lists each State’s Attorney General contact info here.

 

On social media, please use these trending hashtags:

#StompTheBan
#NoMuslimBanEver


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but if you’re short on time, you can leave a message or video below.