Monday 3/26 – “This is the use of religion to hurt people because you disapprove of who they are.” Deadline to comment tomorrow!

Quote from  Harper Jean Tobin of the National Center for Transgender Equality. 

You are sitting in one of those horrible backless gowns on a paper-covered table, waiting…

You are sick, or hurt, or need a legal medical procedure. This is not where you want to be right now, but you need help.

If you can’t imagine for yourself, do so for your child, or grandchild…

The door opens. A scrubs-covered medical professional comes in, reading a file.

A moment of silence.

“Treating you would violate my sincerely-held religious beliefs. You’ll have to wait until we can find someone else to deal with you.”

Door closes.

A new HHS rule would allow physicians and health care workers to opt out of procedures that conflict with their religious teachings…We need to send in comments today and tomorrow to stop this.

You do not need to be a woman to feel the importance of this.
You do not need to be part of the LGBTQ community.
You just need to do what we say we do.
Stand INDIVISIBLE with vulnerable Americans, who are, even now, being traumatized by these types of behavior. This proposal just lets offenders off without consequences.

We really like this gif-filled explanation guide from the National Women’s Law Center. Lots of information in here to use in your comments.

1. This rule is definitely NOT about patients.

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Thursday – 4 easy actions on drilling, bump stocks, kids’ lunches, and who’s in charge of our bodies

(photo from https://www.nokidhungry.org/who-we-are/hunger-facts)

#1 – No, we want to keep drilling safety protections. Really! – Deadline Jan. 29th.

duck in oil

It’s ridiculous that we have to beg to keep basic protections that experts have created after assessing the causes of multiple devasting oil spills. But this is a new era…

So, please join in and write to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to keep offshore drilling safety practices as-is here. As of this morning, they only have 491 comments!

Your comment doesn’t have to be amazingly original. Cruise through here for some ideas, find something that sounds sort of like you after coffee and mix it up a bit.

Here’s a sample of comments already submitted: 

  • Please protect our coastal environment! Do not weaken the current regulations on offshore drilling. The current regulations incorporate valuable lessons learned from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, when 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the sea, killing nearly a million seabirds and still causing effects in the Gulf. The proposed rules loosen controls on blowout preventers and third party certification that safety devices will work under the extreme conditions in which they are placed. The impact of another spill like the Deepwater Horizon, which the new rules practically guarantee, will far outweigh the benefits of reducing operating costs for oil companies that can well afford them. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement should be committed to the safety of offshore drilling operations, not with oil company profits. Strong regulation and an independent BSEE are needed to ensure that offshore drilling can coexist with other important uses of our coastline, including recreation, tourism, fishing and wilderness.
  • I am writing to inform you of my concern for the announced drilling for oil off the coastline of the US. What a terrible idea! We should be preserving our environment instead of destroying it. This country already has enough sources for oil production. Why do this? Do the oil companies really need more money? Just asking.

#2 – Please comment on “bump stocks” to the ATF. Deadline Today!

Link here.

#3 – They’ve already attacked protections on clean water and air. Now they’re coming after kids’ nutrition. Comment thru Jan. 29

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Tuesday 1/16 – 3 Quick Actions on a tight timeline…

Tuesday – Jan. 16th 

CLEAN POWER – Write a commenTODAY by 11:59 PM ET !

clean power

Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36916781
Save the Clean Power Plan – Deadline Jan. 16

The EPA intends to end the Clean Power Plan. First though, they will have to successfully repeal it, thereby deregulating power plants and slashing environmental protections. Post a comment protesting the EPA’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan before January Jan 16 2018, at 11:59 PM ET . Link to comment form.

Sample Written Script (try to mix it up a little):   I strongly oppose the revoking of the Clean Power Plan by the EPA. The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of recent climate change regulation, is intended to slash carbon emissions from power plants. It should not be repealed or replaced only strengthened. Climate change is not “fake news” it is the scientifically verified future of the planet. Ending the Clean Power Plan is a crime against that future. The role of the EPA is not to boost the economy of the fossil fuel industry; it is to protect the environment. Do your job.

ORGANIC FARMING – Write a comment!

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“Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” (REINS) Act – Dumb Acronym, profoundly bad law.

Minimum Script: I’m  from zip code [___]  and I’m calling to ask Senator [Feinstein /Harris] to oppose S.21, the REINS Act.

More if you want it: “It will politicize the regulatory process and virtually guarantee no new federal regulations will ever be implemented.”

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

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

Not your senators?: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

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