Thurs – 1/24: ” It’s Not a Shutdown. It’s a Right-Wing Coup.” The looting of OUR resources has already begun…

According to this powerful article from The Nation.com, what we are facing is a “liberal” government shutdown. “The military, Trump’s luxurious vacations, soft power, our bombing of seven Muslim-majority countries, NSA bulk surveillance, agencies that prop up the oil and gas industry, the CIA’s arming and funding of Syrian rebels, and the FBI’s entrapment regime will continue on, while programs important to the poor and working classes, such as libraries, tax collection, national parks, labor and safety regulators, the Small Business AdministrationCommodity Futures Trading Commission (which oversees the derivatives market), environmental regulators, financial regulators, welfare, and WIC will all be shuttered.”

Well, at least partially shuttered. If a national park or refuge contains a resource that a corporate friend of the administration wants, the government will force unpaid workers to help them access it.

Action – Call your legislators and the House Natural Resource Committee to shut this down.

Minimum script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Committee [___] to call for an investigation of violations of the Antideficiency Act in regards to ALL fossil fuel and timber-related activities on public land, (including drilling, logging, permit processing, inspections, public meetings and regulatory documents) and the immediate cessation of discriminatory access for hunters until the shutdown is completely lifted. All these activities are “NON-ESSENTIAL” for the safety of human life or the protection of property. (31 U.S.C. § 1342.)

Continue reading “Thurs – 1/24: ” It’s Not a Shutdown. It’s a Right-Wing Coup.” The looting of OUR resources has already begun…”

Thurs – 1/24: End the #TrumpShutdown – no extortion money for a wall – 3 Actions!

Action #1 – Join Indivisibles across the country as we call our own senators every day this week!

There will be two votes in the Senate this week, one on Trump’s anti-immigrant bill and one on a clean continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government through Feb. 8. We need to make sure that the Senate doesn’t pay Trump’s ransom.

Meanwhile, legislators are getting swamped with calls from conservative groups who believe Trump’s lies and want his stupid wall.

This is how the Tea Party took us over…

There are more of us! Fight back!  

The phone war is so ON! Call your senator every day this week and tell him/her you don’t want your taxpayer dollars going to fund Trump’s wall. Use the same script over and over or mix it up. Continue reading “Thurs – 1/24: End the #TrumpShutdown – no extortion money for a wall – 3 Actions!”

Wed – 1/23: End the #TrumpShutdown – no extortion money for a wall.

(From Indivisible.org)

Action – Join Indivisibles across the country as we call our senators TODAY, TOMORROW and FRIDAY! 

There will be two votes in the Senate this week, one on Trump’s anti-immigrant bill and one on a clean continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government through Feb. 8. We need to make sure that the Senate doesn’t pay Trump’s ransom.

Meanwhile, legislators are getting swamped with calls from conservative groups who believe Trump’s lies and want his stupid wall.

This is how the Tea Party took us over…

There are more of us! Fight back!  

The phone war is so ON! Call your senator every day this week and tell him/her you don’t want your taxpayer dollars going to fund Trump’s wall. Use the same script over and over or mix it up. Continue reading “Wed – 1/23: End the #TrumpShutdown – no extortion money for a wall.”

Wed – 1/16: Trump’s relentless and corrupt extraction of OUR resources continues despite the shutdown.

Action – Call your legislators and the House Natural Resource Committee to shut this down.

Last Thursday, we published a shout-out from Jim Hines of the Los Padres Sierra Club describing calls he’d had with Dept. of Interior (DOI) staff that the shutdown was being used to mask mining drilling activity in our national parks, with staff ordered to continue issuing permits. Well, now Trump has ordered more staff back to work on offshore oil and gas projects and he also sneak-signed an executive order to allow logging to continue and expand in our national forests during the shutdown.

Minimum script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Committee [___] to demand that ALL OIL AND GAS-related activities on public land, (including drilling, permit processing, inspections, public meetings and regulatory documents) and ALL TIMBER OPERATIONS on public land be halted until the shutdown is completely lifted. Continue reading “Wed – 1/16: Trump’s relentless and corrupt extraction of OUR resources continues despite the shutdown.”

Thurs – 1/10: The art of distraction…The administration is using the shutdown as cover for drilling in our national parks.

Photo: oil rigs in Texas wildlife refuge

Is the Trump Administration using the suffering of government employees and contractors to hide oil company shenanigans?  Why yes… yes they are!

Action #1 – Call your legislators and the House Natural Resource Committee to shut this down.

Minimum script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Committee [___] to demand that ALL drilling permit processing, drilling rig setup and operations subject to BLM inspection, public meetings and regulatory comment pages be halted until the shutdown is completely lifted.

Contact
House Natural Resource Committee: If you don’t have a legislator on this committee (check here)contact # to be confirmed with their staff…in the meantime, use nrdems@mail.house.gov
Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Who is my representative/senator?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com 

They are using the shutdown as cover.

From Jim Hines, of the Los Padres Sierra Club:  “I just got off the phone with several of the executive staff at the U.S. Dept of the Interior which oversees the National Park Service and other federal land management agencies. They tell me that the White House wants to keep America’s national parks closed and not staffed for as long as possible. The reason is that this will allow mining and oil drilling companies to set up their operations in our national parks without any national park service personnel oversight. How sad is this, using America’s national parks as a political game to get what the extraction industry both domestic and foreign companies to get what they want. @POTUS open and staff America’s national parks.” Continue reading “Thurs – 1/10: The art of distraction…The administration is using the shutdown as cover for drilling in our national parks.”

Thurs -1/10: Tired of hearing about our corrupt president? Some positive things to do instead…

Action #1- Today, Thurs 1/10, sign up for a volunteer information webinar for 12 noon.

This webinar describes what is happening now and how to volunteer at the U.S.-Mexico border to help protect asylum seekers’ rights.  With Al Lado Otro border organizers and 2 lawyers who have volunteered in Tijuana. Login at 12noon on Thursday here.

Other volunteer and donation opportunities here and here.

Action #2 – Knowledge is power. This Sunday, 1/13, come listen to Professor-Activist Ruth Capelle speak on immigration from Central America. 

Continue reading “Thurs -1/10: Tired of hearing about our corrupt president? Some positive things to do instead…”

Wed – 1/9: Yeah, we matter. Update from Indivisible and one action to thank our Senators.

Take a minute and watch this…

This is what this looked like nearer to home…Indivisible Conejo, Indivisible Ventura, Indivisible Ojai, Democratic clubs and others gathered together with Julia Brownley’s chief of staff, Lenny Young, to remind her what’s important to us and what we expect her to fight for: veterans’ care, universal healthcare, immigration reform, gun violence, and environmental protections, including pollution and climate change. Continue reading “Wed – 1/9: Yeah, we matter. Update from Indivisible and one action to thank our Senators.”