Thurs 1/7: Save Polar Bears From Seismic Testing – DEADLINE TODAY – 11:59 pm EST!

While our Capitol was being attacked, Trump’s team was auctioning off oil and gas leases in the ANWR. – Comments due tonight by 11:59 pm EST!

Image: Polar bear sow and cubs. Photo by Steven Kazlowski.
Video is from August 21, 2020, before the lease sales.

(Sorry, everyone. Our attention was wholly taken earlier by Georgia and yesterday by the riot in Washington DC. Make a comment as quickly as you can!) Here’s where we are: “Trump administration officials auctioned off oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday (yesterday), capping Republicans’ decades-long quest to drill in one of the nation’s most vast unspoiled wild places. The move marks one of the most significant environmental rollbacks the president has accomplished in his term.

While a 2017 law (IV: The Trump Tax Scam!) compels the government to auction another several hundred thousand acres by the end of 2024, the incoming administration may be able to overturn that requirement now that Democrats have won control of the Senate in the wake of Tuesday’s runoff elections in Georgia.

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Wed. 1/6/21: Impeach. Rinse. Repeat.

Photo credit: Mr. Donald Trump returning to White House, after losing the presidential election while on his golf course, 7 November 2020, Secret Service, NIMA

We deserve better. We deserve a president that doesn’t threaten election officials, AND one that doesn’t incite insurrection.

Update 1/6/21: Last month, Trump teased Wednesday’s protests in Washington D.C., pushing the Senate to not certify the election for Biden. “Be there, will be wild!” Trump tweeted.” Why, yes it was. So wild, in fact, that after Trump told the rally outside the White House that Pence needed to reject the results of the election and “We will never give up, We will never concede,” armed and body-armored protesters pushed past barricades and police officers in riot gear to get into the Capitol. Asked to calm his followers, Trump tweeted them to “go home in peace,” along with repeating his claims of a stolen election, a perfect “QAnon” mismatch of tone, facial expression and verbal phrasing.

Four years ago, Donald Trump swore an oath to faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and, to the best of his ability, to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Today, he has broken that oath by inciting an assault on the Capitol, the people’s house. Not only does this monster need to be impeached, he needs to be isolated from all communication devices (OK, this just happened) and remove him from office.

(1/4/21) Seriously. Raise your hand if you thought, upon learning of Trump’s Saturday call to Georgia Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger, that our country had become a backdrop in an old movie in which “The Boss” made veiled threats “…you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you…” to the shakedown victim, who recorded himself just in case things went south. (Full call and transcript here.) However, “Raffensperger told his advisers he did not want the recording or a transcript of the call released UNLESS Trump attacked him or misrepresented the call….”

Wait for it…Wait for it…

Trump attacked Raffensperger the next morning in a tweet. OK then. That didn’t take long. Noah Bookbinder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. (CREW), a watchdog against government excess whom we respect, stated that “The president of the United States has been caught on tape trying to rig a presidential election. This is a low point in American history and unquestionably impeachable conduct. It is incontrovertible and devastating. While the logistics of holding impeachment proceedings in the final two weeks of a presidency are admittedly hard to pull off, if this isn’t impeachable conduct, then literally nothing is. Congress must act immediately.” Also, take a moment to wonder how many other calls like this Trump has made since his loss…

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen. [___] to know that Trump should be impeached not once, but twice. Once because his call to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger constituted an impeachable abuse of executive power, as well as a possible violation of GA state and federal laws. He should also be impeached for inciting a riot that threatened the safety of our elected officials in Congress, breaking his sworn oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. Please ask Rep./Sen. [___] to ask President Trump to resign, effective immediately, or institute impeachment proceedings.

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Tues 12/22: We don’t put freeways through churches. Why allow a mine under Oak Flat?

Call/Email your legislators – Protect established sacred land from corporate abuse.

For the San Carlos Apache, Oak Flat is a sacred burial ground, and the site of important cultural ceremonies. Wendsler Nosie Sr., a former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, has likened its importance to that of other religious sites, such as Mount Sinai, where, in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic theology, Moses received the Ten Commandments. It is also an ecological and recreational haven.

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Fri 12/18: The Liberty Mutual call-out action for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge now comes in TWO (2) exciting parts!

Call out Liberty Mutual! – Part 1

Full post and instructions for calling large oil companies and others, like Liberty Mutual, who who enable them to destroy this refuge in the Arctic. Join the coalition “Defend the Sacred: Protect the Arctic” (Defend the Sacred AKSovereign Iñupiat for a Living ArcticGwich’in Steering Committee, and Native Movement) in calling one One corporation each day this week – Call and email them, tweet and tag them – tell them “hands off” our Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! We created the original post as a type of advent calendar, but IF YOU MISSED THOSE CALENDAR DAYS, NO WORRIES! PICK A DAY AND START.

Contact: Liberty Mutual – use this graphicContact: @LibertyMutual. CEO: David.Long@LibertyMutual.com, Phone: (907) 276-1215. Oil drilling is an expensive business and corporation need access to both financing and insurance. While many banks have committed to not funding Arctic oil and gas, very few insurers have done so. Liberty Mutual is by far the largest insurer of Oil and Gas projects. Today we are teaming up with the folks at @StoptheMoneyPipeline to target Liberty Mutual and tell them “hands off” this American treasure. 

Call out Liberty Mutual! – Part 2 – Join the Calendar Jam

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Thurs 12/17: Carbon neutrality by 2045? CA has to move faster!

WE NEED TO GET ON THIS NOW!: The CA Air Resources Board (CARB) is at work on the next state regulation for cars and light trucks and has stated that it will attempt to complete the Advanced Clean Cars II Rule by the end of 2021.

  • NEWSOM NEEDS TO PUSH HARDER!: Gov. Newsom needs to move up his target for 100% zero-emission vehicle sales to meet crucial state climate goals, according to a new report by the Center for Biological Diversity. (Read full discussion from Center for Biological Diversity here)
  • 2030 IS COMING UP FAST: For California to meet its goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, all new cars sold in the state must have zero emissions by 2030 – five years earlier than Gov. Newsom’s target.
  • 20 YEAR LAG PERIOD: Because gas-powered cars can stay on the road for 20 years or more, every year without a zero-emission sales requirement means a substantial addition to total emissions. The report found that putting the requirement in place in 2030 versus 2035 would prevent enough climate pollution to keep 140,000 football fields’ worth of Arctic summer sea ice from vanishing.
  • WHY AREN’T WE LEADING ON THIS!!!: EarthjusticeGov. Newsom would simply be keeping pace with the other leaders around the world who take climate and air pollution seriously.

In a letter signed by 80 groups (including us, we’re #43 on the list) we urged Governor Newsom to direct the CA Air Resources Board to update its deadlines based on the science.

Email Gov. Newsom! It’s time for ALL OF US to tell him to do the right thing.

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Wed 12/16: Biggest gift you can give this holiday season – Call Congress to stop ICE from deporting detained children.

These kids are running out of time. They can’t wait out Trump’s last days of destruction.

Over 20 families with young children who are incarcerated by ICE at the Berks and Dilley family prisons are in imminent danger of being deported as early as TODAY. Yesterday, a federal court in Washington D.C. lifted the stay of removal that had been protecting these families from being deported. 

These families were denied the right to seek asylum under Trump administration policies that federal courts have since ruled were unlawful. ICE plans to deport these children to face death or torture in their home country. These families, who are from Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, El Salvador, and Ecuador, have been locked up in unsafe conditions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The government should correctly apply federal law to allow the families to have their asylum claims heard. The Shut Down Berks Coalition and a coalition of national organizations are requesting urgent Congressional intervention to stop the deportations.

PLEASE MAKE THESE 5 CALLS to these members of Congress and the USCIS to ask them to take urgent action to stop these deportations.

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“Call-a-Day” actions for the Arctic!

(This action was originally envisioned as an advent calendar of calls, starting on Dec. 14th. Now, however, you can start whenever you wish.)

One corporation each day this week – Call and email them, tweet and tag them – tell them “hands off” our Arctic National Wildlife Refuge!

This corporate-focused campaign is being done in coalition with the “Defend the Sacred: Protect the Arctic” (Defend the Sacred AK, Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic, Gwich’in Steering Committee, and Native Movement).The goal to is to convince them not to bid on leases or have any involvement with Arctic oil extraction!

  • DAY 1: Hilcorp – use this graphic to target! Contact: @HilcorpEnergyCo, CEO: glalicker@hilcorp.com, Phone: 713-209-2400
    • In 2015, The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission noted 25 instances of regulatory violations and stated boldly: “Hilcorp’s conduct is inexcusable” and “The disregard for regulatory compliance is endemic to Hilcorp’s approach to its Alaska operations.” In 2015, they were fined $100,000 for Clean Water Act violations following a 10,000-gallon crude oil and produced water spill at Milne Point. In the last five years, Hilcorp has reported 102 oil and hazardous substance spills on the North Slope.
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Friday 12/11: Fight Back! Write Back! Call the cowards out!

Everyone who participated in this”Seditious Abuse of the Judicial Process” should resign.

(Watch this great video by Anderson Cooper here. Quote by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro)

UPDATE: The Supreme Court just shut down Texas v. Pennsylvania, et al. This doesn’t change the crime against American democracy that +126 GOP legislators and 18 attorneys general tried to commit and the damage that they’ve done. Each legal action, no matter how ridiculous, solidifies the fiction that the election is being stolen from Trump and a lingering sense of grievance is extremely dangerous to a functional democracy. It’s time to call these guys out for what they are. Traitors to democracy. Toadies and lickspittles in the service of an incipient dictator. Send them a message!

It’s more than just a vote. At our local citizenship fairs, we volunteers see firsthand how hard people work to become Americans, and their pride in filling out their first voter registration card. We watch them bring their kids back to fill out cards as well. As polling place volunteer workers, we’ve cheered newly-naturalized citizens who came in to cast their very first vote and made sure they felt welcome, because in a secular democracy like ours, there is nothing more sacred than voting.

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Thurs 12/10: Justice for Casey – Let’s add our voice!

(ARTIST: ALEX ALBADR)

Black lives are still under attack. Casey Goodson Jr. was on his way home from the dentist in Columbus, Ohio. He stopped to get Subway sandwiches for him, his brother, and his grandmother. He got home, put the keys in the side door, and as he stepped foot into his home, he was shot repeatedly in the back by Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy Jason Meade.

Casey Goodson Jr. died on December 4th in front of his 72-year-old grandmother and two toddlers. He was 23 years old. His mother, Tamala Payne, shared in grief: “My son, as I’ve stated a thousand times, was an amazing little boy. And he was still a little boy because he is always going to be my baby. Just knowing that Jason Meade took his voice, he no longer has one. Therefore, I am his voice and I know that I have to be his voice. I have to stand up for my son because, if I don’t, no one else will.”

Stand up for Casey Goodson Jr., his family, and his loved ones.

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Wed. 12/9: Seriously, Georgia? Everybody is watching you! Call/Write!

(BLM tweet above) Cobb County helped Joe Biden become the first Democratic presidential nominee to win Georgia since 1992. It had been reported on Monday that their elections director, Janine Eveler, planned to cut the number of early voting locations for the runoff elections on January 5th from eleven to five, claiming intractable employee issues. This came among other GOP voter suppression news – Tuesday, GA Republicans called for throwing out their own no-excuse absentee voting system they created in 2005, and cut down early voting sites in Forsyth County and others.

However, a letter from the NAACP, the GA ACLU+friends has caused some backtracking for Cobb County…Now Eveler’s proposing 5 sites for the first two weeks and 2 more for the final week. (Early voting begins on Monday, Dec. 14, and runs through New Year’s Eve.) Still not enough, if the multi-hour lines from the general election’s 11 early voting sites are any guide.

To help visualize the numbers, here’s a comparison of rough early-voting access ratios, comparing several Cobb County scenarios, with the three other similarly-sized counties in GA.

County NameGross Population#Early Voting locations# of locations/per pop.
Cobb (Jan. 5th run-off) Original proposal 707,442(5) originally proposed(1) per 141,488 (!!!)
Cobb (Jan. 5th run-off)
Revised proposal
707,442(5) proposed + (2) to open in last week(1) per 101,063
Cobb (2020 Election)707,442(11) (1) per 64,312
DeKalb707,089(11)(1) per 64,000
Gwinnet842,046(9)(1) per 93,561
Fulton1,041,423(32)(1) per 32,544
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