Wed. 9/16: Emergency! Call Newsom to sign AB 1788!

Up in the Santa Monica Mountains, P-47 was just going about his job. The mountain lion, studied by researchers since he was 4 weeks old, was part of an ecosystem that keeps rodent populations under control. However, due to eating prey animals dosed with anticoagulant poisons, internal bleeding caused him to die a slow and painful death.

Stop the poisoning of our wild critters. Tell Newsom to sign AB 1788!

(from original post on 7/8/19) AB 1788 – Pesticides: use of anticoagulants. Anticoagulant rodenticides (rat poison) indiscriminately destroys ecosystems and poisons native wildlife such as bobcats, coyotes, mountain lionsowls and hawks. These rodenticides are also one of the top ten pet toxins, injuring or killing household pets who eat either affected rodents or the bait itself. In addition, more than 4,400 children under age 6 were poisoned with these long-acting toxins in 2016, which disproportionately harmed those from low-income families. (More information from Project Coyote and Marilyn Krieger’s article “Rat Poisons Aren’t Selective” here.) We can do better.

UPDATE: After a two-year fight, this bill was finally placed on Governor Newsom’s desk at 3:00 pm yesterday! Now we need him to sign it!

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I would like Governor Newsom to sign YES on AB 1788. the bill that limits the use of anticoagulant rat poison, which is poisoning native wildlife and destroying ecosystems.

More script if you want it: Wildfires are already stressing our wildlife by destroying habitat. Please remove these toxic substances from the many dangers they are now facing.

Contact:
Governor Gavin Newsom: email(916) 445-2841 https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/

Emergency Action! Petition – Tell CA Secretary of State Padilla not to certify LA’s voting machines yet.

Remember LA County’s last election?

(It looked like this.) Sign this petition to demand that CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla safeguard this election by requiring LA County to fix several serious problems with their voting system and by requiring that the source code be publicly released as mandated by California election law.

Why is this so important? Los Angeles has the largest number of voters in the nation, higher than the individual population of more than 30 states. Their system is the nation’s first publicly-owned voting system with ballot marking devices (BMDs), and it may be spread across the country, flaws and all.

What are the flaws that need to be fixed?

For LA County voters using “ballot marking devices: Let’s start by using Ventura County as a good example. Here, voters using ballot marking devices (BMD) make their selections on a touch screen, and their ballot is then printed out on regular paper. Voters can check their choices for accuracy, and place their paper ballots into ballot boxes, which are collected and taken to the county elections division. (photo of BDM system used in Ventura Co.)

Continue reading “Emergency Action! Petition – Tell CA Secretary of State Padilla not to certify LA’s voting machines yet.”

Tues 9/15: Help Wanted!

#1 – Spanish Speakers urgently needed to text Florida voters for Biden

Spanish speaking volunteers who can text or call in Spanish are urgently needed to drive up Hispanic support for Biden in Florida.  Right now, the Florida race is extremely close, and Trump has gained strength among Cubans and other Latinos, who are being inundated with wild disinformation, including QAnon tropes, accusations that Biden is a communist, and that a Biden win would put America in control of “Jews and Blacks.” A paid insert in the Spanish-language version of the Miami Herald equated Black Lives Matter protesters with Nazis, and has been running anti-Semitic and racist articles for months. It’s as ugly as it gets, thanks to the GOP and far-right Spanish-language sites.

The Democratic Latino vote is critical, and we need help NOW because we could lose Florida if this continues. Upcoming Texting times are

  • Tue, Sep 15, 5:00pm–7:00pm EDT,
  • Sat, Sep 19, 11:00am–12:00pm EDT Tue,
  • Sep 22, 5:00pm–6:00pm EDT. 

Find out more and signup here to text Spanish speaking voters in Florida. If we cannot make the dates listed, new ones will be added, so keep checking back. If you know Spanish speakers who can help, please share this info with them:   link here or https://www.mobilize.us/fl2020victory/event/320226/

#2 – Volunteer to help blind voters

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Thurs 9/10: We – the American people, refuse to pay for Trump’s rape defamation case!

Action: Call your legislators! This is a gross, illegal and unethical use of our money!

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen./Rep. [___] to know that Trump calling a woman he may have raped a liar to the national press, is not part of his “official capacity as President of the United States.” We, the American taxpayers, believe he should set an example by taking responsibility for his actions and by complying with the original court’s orders. We refuse to pay for both his defense for his tawdry and bullying behavior and if he is found guilty, we refuse to have our tax dollars used to pay any judgements against him.

Contacts – Program these into your phone!: 

  • Rep. Julia Brownley: email(CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779 
  • or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email.(CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348 
  • Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430 
  • and Senator Harris: email,DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 981-9369, SD (619) 239-3884 
  • Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Deeper dive

Trump may have been a federal employee at the time he made the scurilous comment against Ms. Carrol, but we don’t agree that insulting or threatening private American citizens, (especially those holding DNA evidence against him), comprises part of his official duties.

We also don’t agree with opening up a HUGE NEW OPPORTUNITY for our garrilous grifter-in-chief. Trump is probably, right now, trying to figure out how to insert references in press interviews to any and all his many current legal issues, as a way to bring them under Barr’s control and to transfer defense costs to our wallet.

What recently happened to the case against Trump.

E. Jean Carroll, has already “paid” for not remaining silent. She lost her longtime job as an Elle magazine writer after accusing Trump of raping her at Bergdorf Goodman, a luxury New York City department store, in the mid-1990s. She then accused Trump of defamation in 2019, after he stated in a press interview that the incident never occurred as “She’s not my type.”  (his type here.) A New York state court had rejected Trump’s claim of immunity from the private lawsuit. Trump was soon going to be required to produce documents, provide a DNA sample, and sit for a deposition,” Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, said in a statement.

However, in a last minute action, Barr’s DOJ filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, asking the court to substitute the “United States” for Trump as the defendant in the lawsuit and to move the case from state to federal court. He argued that Trump’s derogatory remarks were made in the performance of his official duties as president under the Westfall Act of 1988, which protects government employees “even in cases where a claim involves them being asked questions by the press that “relate to their personal activity.” Therefore, according to Barr, not only should government attorneys take over Trump’s defense, but American taxpayers should now assume all expenses, including any judgements made for Carroll. 

Joseph Tacopina, a New York defense attorney who is not involved in the case stated “The DOJ was not meant to serve as the president’s personal in-house counsel, particularly on the taxpayer’s dime.”Trump calling an alleged victim of rape … a liar is not an act in his official capacity. Although ad hominem attacks on members of the regular public may be a regular occurrence in the Oval Office these days, Article II of the Constitution does not include within the functions of the presidency the role of Chief Mudslinger.”

However, Carroll’s chances of winning anything, even with a positive DNA test, would be unlikely in this new scenario. Federal officials are generally immune from charges of defamation. If the DOJ’s filing is successful, it would effectively bring her case to an end. Barr refers to Carroll’s possible loss of rights as a private citizen to sue an alleged repeat offender who publicly lied to humiliate her on a national stage as a “little tempest that is going on [the controversy over the action] …largely because of the bizarre political environment in which we live.”

Here are two statutes Barr is using to defend Trump:

  • The Federal Tort Claims Act of 1946 allows for lawsuits to be filed against the United States in federal court for actions taken by its employees.
  • The Westfall Actaccords federal employees absolute immunity from tort claims arising out of acts undertaken in the course of their official duties, 28 U. S. C. §2679(b)(1), and empowers the Attorney General to certify that a federal employee sued for wrongful or negligent conduct “was acting within the scope of his office or employment at the time of the incident out of which the claim arose.” §2679(d)(1), (2). “

Wed. 9/9: Comment by 4 pm today against Adelanto Detention Center expansion.

#SayNOtoGEO: Help us stop the expansion by sending an email for the public comments to the Adelanto City Council.

This is not a new problem, but it’s going to get bigger soon if we don’t stop GEO from expanding. (Video from 2015) In the summer of 2014, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) launched the Defund Detention Campaign in Adelanto to prevent the expansion of jails and prison beds in Adelanto. Our film, “Adelanto’s 10,000 Cages” tells a story about a struggling town, a community fighting for freedom, and ultimately, how one small town in California became the epicenter of the prison industrial complex.”

Submit a comment asking their city council to approve the APPEAL TO DENY “CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (CUP) 96-11.”

DEADLINE – Submit a letter today (Sept. 9) by 4:00 pm. Here’s a sample to work from.

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Thurs 9/4 – The Trump administration is trying to kill off endangered species again. Deadline for comment tonight 11:59 EST

Either he’s still holding a grudge over this eagle or he’s owned by extractive industries, our president and his administration have been working fulltime to destroy the environment, wildlife, and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  

Today’s action involves Trump’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who are targeting critical wildlife habitats with a deceptive and unresearched definition of “habitat” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If finalized, it will be much more difficult to protect habitat critical for the survival and recovery of endangered species.

Let’s talk about how to comment on their proposed definition.

  • First, you write your comment here.
  • The proposed regulation is here. It is purposely hard to understand.
  • There are 47,880 comments already and you can read them for inspiration here. You can read about 5 of them before you realize…
  • …that about 47,870 of them are this exact one below, which means that, after they remove ALL THE COPIES, there will be about (11) original comments left.
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Wed. 9/2: DeJoy has the power to destroy the election. And after the election, win-or-lose, he will gut the U.S. Postal Service.

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The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by Act of Congress, and supported by the people. 39 U.S. Code § 101(a)

This post is a scratchpad to keep track of what’s happening legislatively to our USPS in recent days. We also have two related posts:

  • Actions to take:  Regular people talking to their legislators EVERY DAY is why our crooked Postmaster General is getting roasted in a hearing right now. Keep it up, everyone, and we’ll keep you supplied with new scripts and contacts for the people in power you should be making miserable.
  • Sabotage to privatize: Win or lose the 2020 election, the GOP has time to gut the USPS, a goal of theirs for decades. But first they need to get you used to slower delivery, fewer delivery days per week, fewer post offices and rural routes, along with higher prices for hard-to-get-to addresses, so you’ll be too dispirited to protest when they sell it off to their corporate friends. Hahaha. THAT’S NOT HAPPENING!
  • UPDATE 9/1: USPS Board of Governor Chairman Mike Duncan tied to Senator Mitch McConnell super PAC is also the force behind GOP voter suppression efforts from 2002.

Continue reading “Wed. 9/2: DeJoy has the power to destroy the election. And after the election, win-or-lose, he will gut the U.S. Postal Service.”

Wed 8/19: The GOP’s plans are in place to uber-ize our Postal Service. DeJoy is the end-game. It’s up to us to save it.

(Updated 9/2/2020)
Today’s post is not an action. It’s an explanation of how the GOP thought they could openly sabotage our USPS and an election. This is not the beginning of their campaign. This is the next-to-last-step before the GOP and their handlers privatize our postal service, promising a dystopian future for our postal workers and all who depend on them. We have two other related posts: 

  • Up-to-date on the DeJoy investigation here.
  • Actions? go here. We have a bunch of them….like those that set a fire under DeJoy’s expensively-upholstered behind, and made our famously anti-USPS president bleat tweet “SAVE THE POST OFFICE” (seriously?) –

We are in an abusive relationship with the GOP. 

Continue reading “Wed 8/19: The GOP’s plans are in place to uber-ize our Postal Service. DeJoy is the end-game. It’s up to us to save it.”

Wed 9/2: This is what you can do to help save the USPS and our election.

 This is the 9/2/2020 version. Read our update on the legislative war against DeJoy here and about the  GOP’s campaign to privatize our Postal Service here. (Quote by Michael Hiltzik, LA Times)

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The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by Act of Congress, and supported by the people. 39 U.S. Code § 101(a)
9/2: Update: Add in USPS Board of Governors Chairman Robert Duncan, revealed on Monday to be the director of Senator Mitch McConnell’s super PAC. McConnell, in a re-election campaign of his own, has been careful to sidestep criticizing the USPS directly, a service popular with over 90% of Americans, preferring to say “it will be just fine” and leaving town without giving it any funding.
Aug 21 update: Former member of USPS testifies that Sec. Treasurer Mnuchin inserted himself into this non-partisan role to politicize the office in favor of Trump.

Action #1: CALL! Subpoena them all! 

Three men have been largely responsible for turning a non-partisan American institution loved by over 90% of the public into a partisan swamp. We support  Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. plans to subpoena Postmaster General DeJoy.  But we want all the fish –  including USPS Board of Governor Chairman and GOP operative Robert Duncan for his role in placing DeJoy in his position, and his political conflicts from serving on boards supporting both Mitch McConnell and Trump’s reelection bid and Treasury Sec. Mnuchin. He can bring his little “fact sheet” with him to the hearing.

Minimal script to ALL Reps/Senators: “I’m calling from [zip code] to support Rep. Maloney’s plan to subpoena Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. I also want Robert Duncan from the USPS board and Sec. Mnuchin supoenaed to answer for their roles in politicizing our postal service.

Action #2: CALL! – Democrat or GOP. Make sure your legislators know you’re watching. Both DeJoy and Robert Duncan must resign! 

envelope.jpegMinimal script to ALL Reps/Senators: “I’m calling from [zip code] to demand that Sen./Rep. [___]  call for the immediate resignation of Postmaster General DeJoy, due to his deliberate sabotage or incompetence, his political and financial conflicts of interest, and his clear disinterest in ensuring that all American can safely vote by mail this fall.

In addition – Robert Duncan, the chairman of the USPS Board of Governors, is not only directly responsible for installing DeJoy, but has also been revealed to be a director of Mitch McConnell’s $130M super PAC. McConnell has refused to take up the bill for USPS funding.

Between DeJoy, Duncan and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s interference described in the Congress’ hearings, the Postal Service, an essential nonpartisan service, has been turned into a tool for partisan gain.

I expect Sen./Rep. [___] to demand that the USPS Board of Governors either fires Louis DeJoy and Robert Duncan, or hand in their own resignations. Continue reading “Wed 9/2: This is what you can do to help save the USPS and our election.”

Mon 8/10: Comment to stop the administration from refusing asylum over COVID-19. Deadline tonight, 11:59pm EST.

Acting Director of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf is unfolding another one of his horrid, xenophobic rules. While the world is shutting Americans out for being the most infected country in the world, this proposed rule would block asylum seekers from seeking protection in the U.S. under the pretext of the pandemic, based on reports of COVID where they came from, even if they’re uninfected, or have been living here for some time. The public health community has condemned the administrations repeated and false associations between immigrants and public health risk. Plus, Wolf’s official time expired before he signed this.

  • Comment here (Remember, it does not need to be long. But it needs to be in your own words.)
  • Read the rule here.
  • Read other comments here for inspiration only. Copied comments will be eliminated.

Information to use.

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