Mon. 5/14: Environmental actions in the House! 3 calls and one written action.

Call for each action separately (more accurate) or combine them. 5 minutes total max!

#1 – “NO” on H.R.4239 – “SECURE American Energy Act”. Migratory birds vs. Exxon and friends…

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), enacted 100 years ago, helps protect over 1,000 species of birds from unauthorized hunting, toxic waste, wind turbines, oil spills, and other industrial threats.  The MBTA has been an effective tool to hold oil and gas industries (such as BP in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster) accountable for the deaths of over a million birds.  However, Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) has proposed an amendment into HR 4239, a larger (and very troubling) energy bill, that will gut this landmark legislation and shield corporations and industries from being held financially accountable for actions that negligently kill and injure wild birds.

Minimum Script: I am calling from [zip code] to urge Rep. [___] to vote “NO”  on HR 4239.

More script if you want it: I strongly oppose the gutting of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by the Cheney amendment contained in HR 4239 and urge the strengthening of protections of our migratory bird populations.

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
Other Contacts:

#2 – “NO” on H.R. 2  –  Hey! What part of “farming” is starving kids? Oil drilling on AG Conservation lands? Poisoning water? Killing endangered species?

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Five Fast Actions

Treatment of Miners – Deadline: Jan. 9

The Republican regime’s mining regulators are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust — the cause of black lung — and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. An advocate for coal miners said Friday that this sends a “very bad signal.” The Mine Safety and Health Administration has asked for public comments on whether standards “could be improved or made more effective or less burdensome by accommodating advances in technology, innovative techniques, or less costly methods.”

We can submit comments to protect our fellow workers here.

Treatment of Animals – Deadline: Jan. 18

“The Trump administration is rolling back Obama-era rules for how animals should be treated if their meat is going to be sold as “certified organic.”” The rules would “govern an animal’s access to outdoor space, transportation and slaughter, among other things.”

Submit comments to give animals better lives here.

Treatment of Tipped Restaurant Workers – Deadline: Feb. 3

Under pressure from the National Restaurant Association—the “other NRA”— Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta is trying to push through a policy that would allow the pooling of tips given to restaurant servers.  It would allow employers to redistribute tips to (underpaid) kitchen workers or simply to pocket the tips of servers.  The employer’s logic is that servers make more than kitchen workers because the former are given tips, and a pool will increase the take of dishwashers, cooks, etc.  There is no question that the wages of kitchen workers should be raised–but not on the backs of their fellow workers.  Tipped restaurant workers, mostly women, already have the lowest minimum wage in the country —  just $2.13 an hour.

Submit comment to support our fellow citizens here.

If your holiday plans include a trip to the movie theater…

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