Fri 11/1: Write a comment to protect kids’ access to food. Why do we even have to write a headline like this in America? Deadline TONIGHT! 11:59 pm EST.

quote.jpeg(Steven Singer, a veteran National Board-certified teacher, author of Gadfly on the Wall blog, Quotes on image above from Mashable)

The Trump Administration would like you to agree that it’s a great idea to shave $90 million dollars off the federal budget by taking free lunches away from a half a million “food insecure” kids. They don’t care that one in six children live with hunger in America today, and how hunger makes it harder for kids to learn and makes them sicker, both as kids and as adults. Adequate nutrition is so tied to kids’ academic success, studies have shown that end-of-grade reading and math tests vary depending on how much time has elapsed since the family’s SNAP (food stamps) benefit arrived, with scores peaking between two and three weeks after benefits were received. And now the GOP wants to take that support away. For $90 million dollars. How much is $90 million dollars anyway? Is it enough to risk the futures of a half million kids?

  • It’s about $20 million dollars LESS than the approximately $110,000,000 dollars Trump has cost taxpayers for his golf weekends…so far…
  • It’s about $30 million dollars LESS than the $120,000,000 taxpayers were billed for Melania’s extended stay in New York after the 2016 election. (Why didn’t the billionaire head of the party of “personal responsibility” pay for this family matter himself?)
  • Here’s a graph for us visual learners to understand the pettiness of this proposal: visual-for-snap-3.jpeg

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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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