It’s always been about the oil.

Climate change warnings started long before the first Earth Day in 1970.

  • Action #1: “YES” on H.R.5253/S.3167 – Fossil Free Finance Act.
  • Action #2: “YES” on H.R.2519/S.1115  – Keep It in the Ground
  • Action #3: Email Joe and tell him to hold the line!

In 1957, Roger Revelle described fossil fuel burning as “a grandiose scientific experiment” on climate. In 1966, a coal industry research organization reported that “the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere will increase and that vast changes in the climates of the earth will result.” By the late 1970’s, the fossil fuel industry moved from researching side effects of their own product to protecting their investments with a vast archipelago of climate change-denial think tanks.

The GOP and their corporate funders know that the denial game is nearly over, as citizens watch record-setting environmental catastrophes on their nightly news. So oil-garchs like Koch are set on changing the game board – they funded Trump, whose administration rolled back more than 100 environmental regulations and now, with the most corrupt Supreme Court dark money could buy, they are betting on the whole concept of regulation itself being overturned.

Action #1: “YES” on H.R.5253/S.3167 – Fossil Free Finance Act.

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Earth Day Week of Actions – Sierra Club National and Sierra Club – Los Padres Chapter

  • Action #1: Tell Travelers Insurance to stop enabling companies to drill in the Arctic.
  • Action #2: Tell State Treasurer Fiona Ma: Hold Wall Street banks accountable to their climate commitments
  • Action #3: Update from our local Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter, with ACTIONS!

Action #1: Tell Travelers Insurance to stop enabling companies to drill in the Arctic.

Petition here: https://act.sierraclub.org/actions/national?actionid=ar0357858&id=70131000001iOuIAAU

Email the CEO Alan Schnitzer: schnitzer@travelers.com

Dear Mr. Schnitzer, I’m writing to you from California, where Earth Day began after an oil spill off our coast was so destructive that President Richard Nixon, surveying the damage and cleaup efforts in 1969, stated to the crowd, “…the Santa Barbara incident has frankly touched the conscience of the American people.” I’m asking that your company, as one of our largest insurance companies, join the top major US banks in committing to prevent such an tragic event from occuring in a national treasure – the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Please, during this week of Earth Day observations, show your leadership for human rights, our climate and sensitive ecosystems by publicing stating that Travelers will not support oil or gas drilling in the Arctic and help protect this sacred place for good.

Action #2: Tell State Treasurer Fiona Ma: Hold Wall Street banks accountable to their climate commitments

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What women and families need is literally the opposite of what the GOP stands for.

Sen. Blackburn, McRibGreene, Josh “Uterus” Hawley and serial sexual predator/college drop-out Rep. Cawthorn defining “woman” were distracting, but not enough to forget that the extremist-funded GOP has done nothing to improve the lives of non-millionaire women and it is now actively harming them. So, stiffen the spines of wobbling Democrats and bedevil the phones and email of any GOP legislators one may be unfortunate enough to call one’s own, and share these important issues.

  • Action #1: Tell Congress to keep child care in their economic package.
  • Action #2: Tell Joe to keep his word and cancel student debt – (2) sample letters to use.
  • Action #3: The “sandwich generation” is struggling. Email your senators and ask them to invest in home- and community-based services.

Action #1: Tell Congress to keep child care in their economic package.

(MomsRising.org) 6,000 child care centers closed during the pandemic and nearly half a million families are now estimated to be stranded without reliable child care, exacerbating the nation’s worker shortage. Even pre-pandemic, more than half of families lived in child care deserts without safe, nurturing, affordable options. Because of this, women are falling behind economically, especially those in low- and middle-income communities, Black and Hispanic families, and rural families.

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End Federal Funding for Corporate Charter Schools. Comments NOW due 4/18.

Action #1: Email the U.S. Department of Education to advocate for the end of corporate charter schools and support accountability and transparency for all schools taking our tax dollars.

How do I do this?

Action #2: Sign the Network for Public Educations’ petition here.

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Melissa Lucio needs a village right now.

The state that cares so much about motherhood that it puts bounties on women getting abortions, is now willing to wrongly execute one.

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California’s two main retirement systems are financing climate chaos. MAKE A CALL TODAY!

CalPERS and CalSTRS have an estimated $9 BILLION invested in fossil fuel production. For eight years, their members have called for their pensions to divest. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Act (SB 1173) would require CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from fossil fuels by July 2027.

SB 1173 will be heard TODAY, MONDAY, 4/4, in the Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement Committee.

We need lots of supporters to call in with quick public comments like this one:

Pick your script!

  • “I’m [NAME] and I’m calling in from [WHERE YOU LIVE] to say that I strongly support SB 1173.”
  • “My name is [NAME]. I’m with [ORGANIZATION] and we strongly support SB 1173.”
  • “I’m [NAME], I’m a CalPERS/STRS member with [ORGANIZATION], and we strongly support SB 1173.”

HOW TO CALL IN ON SB-1173

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Seriously, CBS? Walter Cronkite must be spinning…

FOX CBS has actually hired one of Trump’s most venal shills. Make sure the home of Walter Cronkite hears our outrage.

Sample email/call: [email: Dear Mr. Cheeks, Wendy McMahon,]

It was journalistic malpractice to hire a treasonous extremist like Mick Mulvaney as an on-air contributor. Not only did this fanboy of Russian-style autocracy give cover to Trump’s Ukraine shake-down, he tried to destroy the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, provided security clearances to unqualified people and misrepresented the seriousness of the pandemic. Why are you aiding and abetting a GOP takeover in November by allowing this traitorous liar to provide toxic and slanted takes on the actions of Biden and Democrats? That’s FOX News’ job.

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“YES” on H.R.1470/S.492 – Ending Qualified Immunity Act.

(Quote here by Robert McNamara, Institute for Justice)

We thought this was an illuminating debate on this issue.

Action: Qualified immunity is on the agenda in Thursday’s Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. Time to push H.R.1470/S.492.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen. [___] to cosponsor and actively support H.R. 1470/S.492 – Ending Qualified Immunity Act, which would remove the protective shield from all state and local government employees who abuse their position of power to harm others.

  • H.R. 1470 – Cosponsors here: Brownley and Carbajal are not yet cosponsors.
  • S.492 – Cosponsors here. Senators Feinstein and Padilla are not yet cosponsors.
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Tell these 6 companies that they can’t claim to support women while donating to GOP legislators!

No more business as usual. We now have the tools to keep track of you.

There was once a line that the forced-birthers were traditionally reluctant to cross – their bills didn’t target women directly – instead they focused on onerous requirements for clinics and medical professionals. Texas then upped the ante by putting a bounty on those who aid women get abortions after 6 weeks. Missouri is now trying to extend the concept beyond their state’s borders and Idaho responded to the criticism of strangers suing strangers by allowing only family members, including those of rapists, to sue abortion providers. However heinous these bills are, they still concentrate on trapping women into carrying a fetus to term by removing their support system.

Texas has crossed that line with a bill targeting women directly – the logical extension of all GOP rhetoric. TX Rep. Bryan Slaton’s bill, filed last year, would “abolish and criminalize abortions, leaving women and physicians who perform the procedure to face criminal charges that could carry the death penalty,” with no exceptions for rape and incest. It’s only a matter of time before this becomes the model that other red states emulate.

Action – send six emails – Samples included

Judd Legum of Popular Information put out a new article about six companies who claim to be pro-woman while giving loads to money to lawmakers who’ve sponsored awful abortion bills in Idaho, Arizona, and Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, etc.

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