Mon. – 4/30 – 3 quick environmental actions

Coal-Ash disaster from lingers in Tennessee as regulation fight rages. People continue to die of the health effects to this day. In 2008, a 5.4-million-cubic-yard torrent from a coal ash slurry-filled pond choked waterways and created a moonscape of mounds residents dubbed ‘ashbergs.’ Photographer: Wade Payne/Bloomberg via Getty Images

1. Deadline is TODAY, April 30th. – Don’t Weaken Coal Ash Disposal Regulations.

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Scott Pruitt is proposing to weakening the Coal Combustion Residuals rules that safeguard communities from coal ash contamination.  A toxic by-product of coal burning power plants, coal ash contains arsenic, lead, mercury and other contaminants, and its disposal was regulated in 2015 by the EPA to reduce health and environmental risks to communities. But at the behest of the utility industry, the Trump Administration has proposed the first of two rules that would weaken the essential protections that those EPA rules provide.

Deadline for comments is TODAY April 30th.  Comment to EPA here, by 11:59 PM ET.  Continue reading “Mon. – 4/30 – 3 quick environmental actions”

Tuesday 3/20 – Call and remind your legislators that it’s no longer business as usual.

We are not the same people we were in 2016.

The omnibus spending bill must be passed by March 23 to avoid a government shutdown, and may be voted on in the House as early as this week. Although the bill needs bipartisan support to pass, it is bristling with poisonous riders. Make sure your legislators know how important getting this bill cleaned up is to their continuing employment.

Action:

  • At the minimum, tell our legislators to specifically root out these horrible misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, corrupt and greedy partisan riders listed below and have them removed.
  • Ask them to find their bravery again and support the DACA kids, along with refusing the obscene amount of money the administration wants to waste against our immigrant population.
  • Ask them to propose actions that are actually helpful, such as gun violence prevention funding, removing the Dickey Amendment, shielding our elections and our country’s infrastructure from Russians, protecting Mueller’s investigation from “Friends of Russia”, prohibiting the use of our tax dollars at Trump-owned properties or businesses, and getting the government to actually hand over the already promised financial assistance to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Minimum Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Rep./Sen. [___] to reject all riders to the omnibus spending bill that would threaten the health and rights of women and LGBTQ people, that  de-regulate environmental protections, that fund xenophobic immigration policies, and that increase dark money into our elections.

More script if you want it: Add anything from the listing below that particularly interests you.

Twitter Scripts: Click here for state-by-state scripts to send to your legislators.

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

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 Contacts: www.phoneyourrep.com

Some of the  riders from the Omnibus Spending Bill for your consideration…

Continue reading “Tuesday 3/20 – Call and remind your legislators that it’s no longer business as usual.”

Monday 3/12 – This is what corruption looks like.

Action #1 – “NO” on S.2155 – Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act”

S.2155’s biggest giveaways go not to community lenders but to what a Senate aide dubbed stadium banks. “If you can get naming rights to a stadium, you’re not a community bank.”

“At the peak, Countrywide was originating one out of every five mortgages in the country,” said Warren. “And it’s smaller than some banks deregulated by this bill.” Warren added that the stadium banks deregulated in S.2155 received a total of $47 billion in bailout funds directly, and trillions more in loan guarantees and emergency Federal Reserve lending. “The bill says a $200 billion bank should be regulated the same way as a tiny community bank. That’s nuts, and extremely dangerous.”

Today, the Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m. to resume consideration of the S. 2155, the deceptively named “Economic Growth, Regulary Relief and Consumer Protection Act”. . The Leadership Conference, a civil rights coalition, opposes S2155 because it “would undermine one of our nation’s key civil rights laws and weaken consumer protections enacted after the 2008 financial crisis. “This bill guts key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act and would shield 25 of the world’s 38 biggest banks, such as Deutsche Bank and Santander from regulation and roll back key consumer protections.

The Congressional Budget Office released a report on March 5th, stating that this bill would INCREASE our federal deficits by $671 million between 2018-2027 and it would increase the probability of bank failures. Continue reading “Monday 3/12 – This is what corruption looks like.”

Friday – Squirrel!!! “The Memo” is diverting us away from this… (4 quick actions)

Not a coincidence that this was planned to go off on a Friday…

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Open cut coal mine

The splashy news about “The Memo”, although part of Trump’s plan to eventually wipe Mueller off the playing board, has another purpose. Since we all know about his end game on that front, what else is happening? How about the beginning of an environmental tragedy that starts today?

At 9 a.m. EST Friday, the extractive industry will gain drilling and mining access to previously protected public land. Trump signing a proclamation last year that decimated two national monuments, most likely unlawfully. Bears Ears National Monument was cut by more than 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was reduced by half. This resulted in the largest elimination of protected areas in U.S. history. The move put tens of thousands of Native American sacred sites at risk, along with key wildlife habitat, and areas used for outdoor recreation. The lawsuits have already begun.

However, today,  February 2, 2018, the areas excluded from the monuments become available to private mineral companies to stake out mining and drilling claims. “We’re working on getting information and new monument maps ready for people interested in claims,” Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) spokesman Michael Richardson confirmed to Reuters. “The costs of claiming are low: a $212 filing fee, and an annual maintenance fee of $150. The claims provide prospectors mineral rights, with no requirement to pay the government royalties, but not ownership of the land. The law covers mining for uranium, gold, silver, copper and other precious metals, but excludes coal and petroleum.” We’re being told not to worry about poisonous uranium mining, as it’s current market price is low. Hmm… we don’t believe low prices are permanent feature of the commodities market, unlike the pollution it leaves behind.

This is a bad business deal for us…

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Update on yesterday’s written action…

Website URL fix from yesterday

Some were having difficulties opening the website for the Drilling programs PR site –  Here’s the link for the actual document:  “Developing a New National OCS Program 2019-2024“. Here’s a more reliable link for the rest of the website.

Note: The only meeting in California is scheduled for Sacramento on February 8th, from 3-7 pm PST.

Oh, yeah, one four-hour meeting should take care of it, FOR ALL OF CALIFORNIA!

Jim Hines of the Sierra Club got a verbal promise from the Secretary of Interior Zinke and submitted a matching official request that that two full days of public hearings would be held in Ventura and Santa Barbara so that people in the affected area can attend and comment on the 5-year plan.

In the meantime, local meeting or no, please comment here. The deadline for comments is Mar 9 2018, at 11:59 PM ET.

Monday – Stop the Drilling – 3 Actions

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has officially released the draft OCS 5 year leasing plan which includes areas for new oil drilling in the Pacific Ocean among other areas currently closed to leasing. Jim Hines, our intrepid Sierra Club connection, has officially requested through the Secretary of Interior office that two full days of public hearings be held in Ventura and Santa Barbara so that people in the affected area can attend and comment on the 5-year plan. The Secretary promised him this last year and that there will be a public comment period and then a re-write of the plan depending upon public comment.

Here is the comment website which is open for comments TODAY, MONDAY Jan. 8th.  https://www.boem.gov/National-Program/

Call #1 – Federal 

Co-sponsor HR 2272 and S. 999 – COAST Anti-Drilling Act
Despite bipartisan agreement that offshore drilling endangers our coastal communities and harms their economies, Trump’s administration announced they were throwing out protection acts and allowing offshore drilling in nearly all coastal areas off the continental US, opening areas in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans along with the Gulf of Mexico. Apparently, our government is now an arm of BP and other oil and gas companies.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Senator [___] to co-sponsor the COAST Anti-Drilling Act. We must stop Trump’s plans to sell off America’s coastlines for oil & gas development — including plans for six new leases off California’s shores.
http://beta.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-offshore-drilling-20180106-story.html

Nobody is Above the Law – Be Ready! Update 12/21

Any firing that occurs between December 23 and December 26 would trigger the protest events on December 27.

Flash Mob Protest — Nobody is Above the Law

Join MoveOn and your local resisters in action if the unthinkable happens.

This is an nation-wide event planned as a rapid response protest in the event that Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller. Please note that the listed date is a placeholder and will be updated to be within 24 hours of the firing, should it occur.

Update from our Ventura rally organizer.

Dear Grassroots & Democratic Friends,

There is widespread concern that Robert Mueller will be fired — an attempt by Trump to stop the investigation into his ties to Russian oligarchs, his financial entanglements, and conspiracy to help a foreign entity affect our democratic election.

We have organized a Rapid Response Flash protest that will occur in coordination with the national host of the event, MoveOn. (If you haven’t sign up yet, RSVP here. Too far away, check out local rallies here.) It is expected that Trump will fire chief investigator, Mueller, during the upcoming Christmas Recess when members of the House and Senate will not be in Washington, DC to obstruct Trump’s desire to be rid of the legal investigation.

Therefore, we must stand ready to join together in protest. So many have signed up to attend, that it would be impossible for me to call each of you on the day that the firing occurs.  To get a notification of the day and time of our assembly,  you will need to to enroll to receive a text message by:

1. Install the app for iPhone (http://apple.co/2o8cQAG) or Android (http://bit.ly/2neIpnw)
2. Press ‘Create New Account‘ to sign up
3. Enter the Indivisible Ventura invite code: 340-050-206

Secondly, if you cannot receive texts, I will notify you at the same email address you have used to sign-up with GrassrootsVentura. (See attachment for full details.)
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