Trump left corruption behind him. Let’s remove at least one part of it. Deadline for comments – June 21st.

The tweet thread is from Walter Shaub, who we respect the hell out of: “This may seem like a small thing, but it will take you no time at all, and it’s one way that you can make a difference in the fight against corruption. I really hope you’ll do this. And I hope you’ll recruit others. Together, we can have an impact.

FAST Action!: Email a note to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE)

1. Address an email to ContactOGE@oge.gov

2. OGE’s notice says the SUBJECT line MUST read: “Proposed Rule: Legal Expense Fund Regulation (RIN 3209-AA50)” (you can read the proposed rule here)

3. Write a comment — OR, and this is the easy part, cut and paste the one Walter Shaub has drafted for us to use!

I oppose OGE’s proposed legal expense fund regulation as drafted. OGE should: – remove the exception that makes compliance with the regulation optional;

– replace the proposed recusal requirement with a broader 5-year recusal requirement that prevents donors of cash gifts from influencing decisions, policies, or regulations affecting them or the industries in which they have substantial interests;

– remove the offensive example involving an accused sexual harasser; and – place nonprofit charities (501(c)(3) organizations) on an equal footing with large law firms by allowing them to hire legal counsel for whistleblowers.

Deeper Dive

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Monday, June 13: Help support an all-electric building ordinance for new construction in Ventura!

We need to catch up. There are already 55 cities and counties that have made the switch, including Santa Barbara, and Ojai. (https://www.sierraclub.org/articles/2021/07/californias-cities-lead-way-pollution-free-homes-and-buildings)

The City of Ventura will be hearing an educational presentation about building electrification at their Monday, June 13th city council meeting at 6 PM from Ventura Climate Coalition. This is the City’s first step in seeking information about an all-electric building ordinance for new construction, and we need your support in telling the council to move forward on Agenda Item 4B.

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March for Our Lives – Actions to take after it’s over!

The march is only the beginning…

Action #1: Program your phone. Help your friends and relatives in RED states program theirs. Commit to calling your legislators. Every damn day.

Why in the world would I do that? Indivisible has, since its inception, adopted the tactics of the Tea Party – the group of hyper-conservative voters who worked together to call their legislators every day. Like a form of water torture – short calls from constituents, over and over, can even wear down a legislator like Wyoming Sen. Cynthia Loomis. She may be the recipient of a “lifetime A plus rating” from the National Rifle Association, but like all politicians, she just wants to be reelected.

Calling legislators works!

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Do not vote for the Guns-Over-People party. For dogcatcher. For school board. For anything.

People may have forgotten the cruel and repressive legislation that was the hallmark of the GOP-controlled House and Senate under Trump. This post is just a reminder – their bills are already on the rolls, waiting to reappear, if we don’t do our job and keep them out of office. Vote, Vote, Vote!

Democratic legislators are trying to pass legislation to limit the damage caused by gun use. We have two posts (here) and (here) on actions to you can take to encourage your legislators and to remind them that their reelection depends on their votes. Make sure your relatives in red states call theirs as well.

(Note: You can add H.R. 4992 – 21 to Buy Act and H.R.3015 – Raise the Age Act to your lists when you talk to your legislators.)

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Gun violence is a national health emergency. Ask Biden and our legislators to treat it that way.

The Guns-Over-People party has trained us to see gun violence as only a societal, mental or a criminal issue.

It’s time to flip the narrative. These mass shootings, and the 1000s of daily tragedies behind them, are not inevitable. We can reduce gun deaths, just like we did for cars, by acknowledging that firearm injury is, at its root, a health problem—and that solutions are within reach.” – Megan Ranney MD MPH, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean of the School of Public Health, Brown University. 

We know that more Americans die of firearm deaths than car accidents. In fact, firearms are now the leading cause of death for children and adolescents in this country. The GOP gives us nothing but “thoughts & prayers, and lies about “mental health“, while actively refusing to fund it. We can do better.

Action #1: Tell our legislators to start listening to the nation’s health experts.

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QUICK ACTION: Deadline today, Tuesday 5/31, to demand that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) speed up the shift to 100% Electric Vehicles.

QUICK ACTION: Tell CARB that the health of our communities can’t take 5 extra years of pollution and to change their goal to curb tailpipe pollution from 2035 to 2030.

  • Fastest action: Fill in your name on this form letter by Food & Water Watch. (https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/act/demand-faster-shift-100-clean-vehicles-california)
  • Slightly slower, more effective: There’s an editable section of the letter right after “Dear California Air Resources Board.” ERASE that whole section and tell this board why you need them to step up and make this change faster.
    • Add a personal story about how LUNG, CARDIOVASCULAR OR COGNITIVE ISSUES have affected your friends and family and that you know that these are connected to tailpipe pollution.
    • Add a personal story about how CLIMATE CHANGE has affected your friends and family and that you know that this is connected to tailpipe pollution.
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Social and environmental justice starts at home. Join in.

You don’t have to get arrested on the steps of the nation’s capitol or our state legislature to make meaningful change. This Memorial Day weekend, please carve out a couple of hours to help your neighbors and our community grow stronger.

  • Action #1: Share this information on Sunday’s social justice fair – both with those you know who could use it, and everybody else!
  • Action #2: Reach out to your neighbors to vote “YES” on Measures A & B for clean water for all and environmental justice for neighborhoods impacted by the oil industry. We include a list on how to fight back against those oil industry stooges, who solumnly intone misinformation and utter nonsense on endless flyers and commercials, funded by an $8 million dollar campaign.

Action #1: Share this information for Sunday’s social justice fair – both with those you know who could use it, and everybody else!

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“‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.”

(Title quote from the Onion. Graphic quote from video below)

FEDERAL – Action #1: Call your senators to pass H.R.8 and H.R. 1446. Then, more importantly, ask your friends and relatives with GOP senators to call theirs! Every day. Over and over. Make their phones ring off their desks!

(Teach them how to make their calls faster here!)

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More CA bills – maybe they thought no one would notice these attacks on rooftop solar…

More sneaky plays by our fossil fuel industry friends…

Action #1: “Best intentions run amok” or deliberate sabotage by the utilities’ monopoly? Doesn’t matter! “NO” on SB-1385.

Among the hundreds of bills our legislators are considering, very few have led to groups not normally on the same side – including tenants’ advocacy organizations, property owners, property managers, builders, and non-profit affordable housing developers – to come together. But this is the case here: all oppose SB 1385. This is not a serious proposal to address either the existential crisis of climate change or our state’s housing unaffordability crisis. By competing with existing, successful rooftop solar programs to give hundreds of thousands of tenants in multi-family housing access to solar thus helping reduce the cost of their utility bills, SB 1385 actually makes matters worse. (Read more here)

Minimal script for your state senator: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to vote “NO” on (SB 1385) Local planning: housing: commercial zones.

Action #2: OK – this one is a straight-out attack on rooftop solar. “NO” on AB-2143.

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Time to pay attention to state bills!

Legislation is rushing through both CA chambers’ for their floor votes, and as usual, some great bills are being crushed and some turds are floating to the top. Time to amplify the voices of our allies! We’ve made the calls as short as possible and yes, you can combine them.

  • Action #1: BRADY – Call for better gun laws!
  • Action #2: SIERRA CLUB – Two “YES” and one “NO!”
  • Action #3: PRO-Choice California – Push all thirteen bills through.
  • Action #4: “Best intentions” meets the internet to make a horrible baby!

Action #1: BRADY – Call for better gun laws!

(From Ruth Borenstein, Brady California Legislative and Policy Chair) “These four bills are evidence-based solutions that will protect public safety and save lives… Ghost guns pose one of the greatest threats to our communities: They are unserialized, fully-functioning firearms that require NO background check. Because they’re so easy to obtain, they’ve proliferated across California and have been used in deadly acts of violence, including the tragic Saugus High School shooting and in everyday acts of gun violence. 

Minimal script for assemblymember: Minimal script for assemblymember: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [____] to vote “YES” on the following 3 bills that will protect public safety and save lives: [You don’t have to say the parts in (…)]

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