Tues. 2/13 – Public Land Garage Sale! Guess who’s buying!

Just a note before we start this morning…

How many of you saw this article?

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Not only is this a theft of our rights to access public land, as signs like this will go up everywhere…

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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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Casual Friday – Resist in your pajamas!

Cup of coffee ready?

1. Rinse and Repeat.

If you missed any of the actions from yesterday, including calls on DACA and another wildly inappropriate nominee and some quick consumer actions on Motel 6 (seriously!) and a Breitbart advertiser, do them today. It takes 5 minutes or less, depending on what you want to say to Tom Bodett.

2. Did they really think we were going to let 3 corporate shills walk off with the Internet?

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Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) is introducing a Congressional Review Act resolution (actual draft here) that would restore the Open Internet Order and reverse the FCC’s historic mistake of repealing Net Neutrality. He needs 30 senators to co-sign to force a vote and only needs ONE more…

Here’s his list so far:
Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)
Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii.)
Richard Blumenthal (D–Conn.)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)
Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.)
Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
Gary Peters (D-Mich.)
Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Sherrod Brown (D-O.H.)
ack Reed (D-R.I.)
Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)
Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)
Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

Hey, where’s Dianne Feinstein? Ask her to sign this already.

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I know that Senator [___] is a supporter of net neutrality. I want her to to sign on to the “Congressional Resolution of Disapproval” to force this issue to a vote.

And Julia Brownley. Really?

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Trump The Destroyer.

BREAKING NEWS:
 The White House has just told us that on Monday December 4th, The President of the United States will fly to Salt Lake City Utah to sign documents to officially reduce the size by 90% of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southeastern Utah.
The President will only make a quick stop in Salt Lake City to do this but we will have massive crowds on hand at the SLC airport to protect the President’s action. The American people do not want their national monuments tampered with.
On Tuesday December 5th we will be in court.
@POTUS
@SecretaryZinke
Jim Hines
Sierra Club Protect Wild Utah Campaign
For a review of what’s at stake here:

https://indivisibleventura.org/2017/10/20/enviro-pocalypse-now/

https://indivisibleventura.org/2017/08/29/update-on-our-national-monuments-from-sierra-clubs-jim-hines-action-call-829/#more-22374

https://indivisibleventura.org/2017/08/05/this-week-in-resistance-welcome-to-your-heritage-bring-a-mask/

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Reminder – Say “NO” to the increase in the National Parks fee – Deadline November 23! That’s in just 2 days!

Time is going by fast and soon we’ll be lost to turkey and relatives. So put this on your to-do calendar today! 

The Trump administration’s Interior Department (led by Ryan Zinke) has proposed a massive fee increase for certain national parks.
The administration wants to gut funding for the National Park Service while simultaneously arguing that the parks need more funding; the difference is, they want visitors to bear the burden. If we can’t, they have other options knocking on their doors…

ACTION #1 – Deadline November 23.

Please make your voices of opposition heard by commenting here.
Sample Written Statement: (Try to use your own voice)
I do not support the National Park Service’s proposal to increase entrance fees at 17 national parks to address the maintenance backlog. Visitors should not be forced to pay today for the years of inadequate federal funding that has led to this massive backlog. The solution to the parks’ repair needs should fall to Congress. There is a pending bill, the National Park Service Legacy Act (S. 751), that addresses the National Park Service maintenance backlog and it deserves the Department of the Interior’s support. This bipartisan legislation would provide a more substantial — and sustainable — investment in our parks. Thank you.

ACTION #2 AFTER you submit your statement from Action #1

Tell Ryan Zinke that you want him to advocate for our parks, not agree to funding cuts. Share your posts with your crew!

Tweet: @SecretaryZinke

ACTION #3 

Minimum Script: I calling from [zip code] and I want my legislators to tell Zinke that you strongly support our NPS system and believe it deserves adequate funding to keep our national parks accessible to all..

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Update on our National Monuments from Sierra Club’s Jim Hines – Action Call 8/29

Greetings Friends:

In two weeks I will be on Capitol Hill in DC (third trip this year) to meet with our adversaries in congress who are supporting elimination of many of our national monuments, national parks, national conservation areas and national forests, YOUR national public lands.

I will also be meeting with members of the Trump Administration Dept. of the Interior staff. It is so important to meet with our adversaries on national public lands issues as they are in full control of the process in DC right now.

The Administration and its many allies in congress are now taking a two prong approach to attacking our national public lands.

1) by using the 2018 federal budget process to reduce funding for national public land units the Administration does not feel warrant protections, such as many national monuments, national forests and national conservation areas in the western U.S. and will instead open those lands up to oil and gas drilling, coal and uranium mining, logging and cattle grazing.

2) supporting congressional legislation such as the Public Lands Initiative (PLI) soon to be introduced into congress by congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) which would remove all protections for federal lands in the state of Utah. Similar legislation is being drafted for other states in the western U.S. who do not want the U.S. Government owning/managing national parks, national monuments, national conservation areas and national forests.

3) And on top of all of this will be upcoming actions by the President to reduce the size and eliminate protections of many national monuments and other national public land units as well as National Marine Sanctuaries.

We are in an epic battle to save some of the most spectacular landscapes and endangered ecosystems in the United States.

D-Day update on our National Monuments – Thurs 8/24

Greetings Public Lands Activists:
 We are starting to get  more details as we talk with the Secretary of the Interior’s office regarding the national monuments Interior Secretary Zinke has recommended be reduced in size to the President today.
As we knew all along the main targets of the national monument review ordered by the President was Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument both in Utah. And that was proven true today. When the President acts those two NM’s will shrink dramatically.
 But there is more, many national monument protection rules and regulations will be changed or done away with altogether. Many NM’s will see what the Secretary calls “more appropriate multiple uses”.
The 2018 federal budget will also be used to impact many national monuments and other national public lands in a negative way.
It appears that the Administration will dribble out over a period of time exactly what other NM’s will have boundaries reduced, this hoping to avoid massive public outcry (we will make sure that no matter when, there WILL BE massive public outcry).