Friday 3/16 – A walk down 3 dark alleys…

Action #1 – “This is the use of religion to hurt people because you disapprove of who they are.”

–  Harper Jean Tobin of the National Center for Transgender Equality. 

Part 1 – Written comments – Comments Due March 27th
Public comments are due on March 27th regarding these new HHS rules that would allow physicians and health care workers to opt out of procedures that conflict with their religious teachings. This will have a significant impact on women’s and LGBTQ rights, which are already not fully protected by the current system. In fact, according to the Center for American Progress, 29% of transgender people reported that “a doctor or other health care provider refused to see them because of their actual or perceived gender identity.” We can submit our public comments here (DUE MARCH 27).

Part 2 – Contact your legislators

Stop this hard-right religious bullying now. Make sure your legislators are co-sponsoring   The Equality Act, H.R.2282/S. 1006, which amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect against discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen. to support {Rep.- H.R. 2282/Sen. – S. 1006} the Equality Act. (Click on the links to see how your legislator voted.
Thank Rep. Brownley and Sens. Feinstein and Harris for their support.)

Legislator Contact Info.Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Which one is yours?www.phoneyourrep.com

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Rep./Senator Contactswww.phoneyourrep.com

Action #2 – Stop destruction of Bears Ears – Comments due March 19th!

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This New York Times map of what Bears Ears National Monument looks like now, and what it will look like if the the administation’s proposal to shrink its boundaries goes through, is staggering. Public comments on protecting Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments are both due on Monday March 19th. Use this link from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance for talking points and to access a portal to send comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

This map revision makes a whole lot more sense when you see the new BLM propaganda piece they call a “vision” card. Yep. That’s their vision right there, printed on plastic at our expense. If you haven’t seen our series on the “environmental” riders to the budget that will make this all the more real, go here.

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Action #3 – Stop the totalitarian-fan-boy parade!

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Democrats have introduced the PARADE Act (HR 4980), which would prevent any taxpayer money from being spent on the White House’s request for a military parade. Considering that the cost of the parade could feed every homeless veteran in the nation for at least two weeks this bill would, as Rep. Mark Veasey (D-TX) says, “...prevent (using) taxpayer funded resources to bring an authoritarian-inspired show-of-force to life. As a strong supporter of our military and their families, I know we are all beyond thankful for the sacrifices our military make on behalf of our country every day,” An expensive political ploy whose sole aim is to boost Trump’s approval ratings is an insult to their service and detracts from resources needed to provide meaningful assistance to veterans and current service members.”

The Department of Defense has offered five options, from $3 million to $50 million and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, who, like our president, has never served in the military, has estimated costs between $10 million and $30 million…

…or basically the cost of these things that are being cut out in his proposed budget…

Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board ($11 million): The agency was created by the Clean Air Act of 1990 and investigates chemical accidents.

National Heritage Areas ($20 million): These are state-and-federal partnerships to preserve natural, historic, scenic, and cultural resources.

National Wildlife Refuge fund ($13.2 million): This is a revenue-sharing fund that makes payments to counties where wildlife refuges are located from fees the Fish and Wildlife Service receives.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants ($11 million)

The East-West Center ($16 million): Chartered by Congress as the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West, the Honolulu-based nonprofit has a mission of strengthening relations among Pacific Rim countries.

Denali Commission ($14 million): A state and federal economic development agency for Alaska.

Northern Border Regional Commission ($7 million): A regional economic development agency serving parts of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness ($4 million): An independent agency coordinating the federal government’s efforts to reduce homelessness.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars ($11 million): A program to provide scholarships and fellowships in social sciences and humanities.

and, ironically, most of the cost of this one.

U.S. Institute of Peace ($40 million): Government-run think tank focusing on conflict prevention.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I would like Rep. [___] to co-sponsor and vote “HELL YES” on the PARADE Act (HR 4980).

More script if you can’t help yourself: …and stop his pathetic attempt to act like a real leader.

Contact your Legislator

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Which one is yours?www.phoneyourrep.com

The ever-creative American people have proposed these lower cost options and alternate funding suggestions…

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