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ACTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF
Monday 1/15/2018 – Friday 1/19/2018
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 16.
Sample Written Script: 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 It should not be repealed or replaced only strengthened.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.
Link to Comment Form
2. Keep Organic Livestock and Poultry Organic
The Trump administration has ruled that poultry and livestock deemed “USDA Organic” need not be treated any more humanely than the animals in conventional farming. The decision reverses years of policy at the Agriculture Department, which, through the “USDA Organic” label, dictates what may be sold as “organic” food in the United States. Voice your opposition by Wednesday, January 17!
Sample Written Script: I oppose the rescinding of the USDA’s Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rules that require more humane treatment of farm animals. Removing these protections is an attack on organic agriculture and a win for the destructive factory farm industry.
Link to Comment Form
3. Bump Stocks
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is considering treating “bump stocks” like the ones used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas as falling under the legal definition of machine guns. The sale and manufacture of new machine guns for civilian use is banned and those already in circulation are tightly regulated. Like machine guns, bump stocks should be outlawed. Comment before January 25.
Sample Written Script: I support restricting the sale of bump stocks that transform legal semi-automatic weapons into illegal machine guns. Under laws already in place, the sale and manufacture of new machine guns for civilian use is banned and those already in circulation are tightly regulated This is a common sense gun safety restriction that can help protect citizens from massacres such as occurred in Las Vegas.
Link to Comment Form
4. Fight Two NRA Bills
Right now, the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” – which would do away with state laws banning concealed weapons – is awaiting a vote in the Senate, and the SHARE Act – a bill that would gut gun silencer safety requirements – could move through the House at any moment. NRA leadership NEEDS these wins and the gun lobby will spend whatever it takes to ensure 2018 goes their way. Our members of Congress are on record opposing these bills.
5. Keep Temporary Protected Status for Refugees
Sample Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. Carbajal to co-sponsor and support The American Promise Act of 2017 (H.R. 4253). In response to the threat of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) being revoked for thousands of refugees in the United States, who come from countries destabilized by war, natural disaster, or other humanitarian crises, we need legislation that allows TPS immigrants to work and live without fear of deportation and to pursue a path to citizenship.
CALL YOUR REPS DAILY!
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3841
San Francisco: (415) 393-0707
Los Angeles: (310) 914-7300
San Diego: (619) 231-9712
Fresno: (559) 485-7430
FAX: 202 228 3954
Senator Kamala Harris
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3553
Sacramento: (916) 448-2787
Fresno: (559) 497-5109
Los Angeles: (213) 894-5000
San Francisco: (415) 355-9041
San Diego: (619) 239-3884
Congressman Salud Carbajal
Santa Barbara: (805) 730-1710
San Luis Obispo: (805) 546-8348
Washington, DC: (202) 225-3601
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Sacramento: (916) 651-4019
Santa Barbara: (805) 965-0862
Oxnard: (805) 988-1940
Assemblywoman Monique Limon
Sacramento: (916) 319-2037
Santa Barbara: (805) 564-1649
Ventura: (805) 641-3700
Program your representative’s local AND DC phone numbers into your phone. Republicans outnumber Democrats in calling 4-1, and 11-1 on hot button issues. If you are still grappling with how Obama’s administration were not able to get anything done, this is how they did it. We MUST constantly call and continually exert pressure. If you can’t manage daily, pick a day, mark it recurring on your calendar, and call weekly.
- Call your senators about an issue of concern EVERY DAY.
- Always provide your ZIP CODE,
- Call about ONE subject only, per call.
- Call once per day, or multiple times per day with one ask for each call.
- Leave a message if you can’t speak to a person.
- If you can’t get through, try again later.
Failing that, DO send an email, one ask per email. Both Feinstein and Harris’ offices have said they tally emails as well as phone calls.
CALL YOUR SENATORS DAILY (on-going) Senate confirmation hearings are daily for cabinet appointees. Check C-span on TV, or C-Span Live Stream online, for live hearings. Demand appropriate vetting of appointees.
Here is a link to a Political Appointee Tracker for over 600 appointees.
Here is Full Schedule of Cabinet Appointee Hearings and what to look for. (You will have to scroll way down as it is in chronological order)
Here is a guide for how the senate committe hearing process works, and what stage of the process nominees are in.
Please take a moment to fill out this online form after making your calls if you can, to help track your senator’s response.
In the House of Representatives, Congress continues to debate funding and pass bills. It is helpful for our Representatives to hear a large outpouring of support from his constituents. Our Representatives become bolder when they hear from a lot of us.
To see what is happening on the floor throughout each day, bookmark the Office of the Clerk. This site also has a live video stream of floor proceedings, and guides about how the legislative process works. It’s an amazing resource.
Govtrack is a website that makes it easy to track certain legislation, you may sign up for alerts. It also can help you find your representative. Their twitter account @govtrack posts all the legislation as it passes, live. congress.gov is an incredibly useful resource, which has every position on every bill.
Indivisible, MoveOn and Working Families Party are joining in #ResistTrumpTuesdays. Each Tuesday, actions will be taken for the first 100 days of the new administration. These actions normally involve IN-PERSON VISITS to representative’s offices. Please join our facebook group, follow us on twitter, and/or sign up for our newsletter for these events!
GRAB YOUR WALLET
#GrabYourWallet was a movement that began during the election, started by Shannon Coulter. The public cannot know the extent of the Trump family’s conflicts of interest, and it’s up to each consumer to decide if they want to enrich the Trump family by buying their products and supporting businesses that sell Trump family products. A constantly updated list of companies may be found here: https://grabyourwallet.org/. When boycotting, be sure to share your decision on twitter, using the hash tag, #GrabYourWallet. Nordstrom is among the companies recently boycotted. Following pressure from Nordstrom customers who boycotted and wrote impassioned letters to the company, Nordstrom announced they are dropping all Trump family products. Consider writing each company to let them know you will not shop with them as long as they continue to carry Trump product lines.
On Inauguration day, former President Obama’s twitter accounts were archived. If you were following @WhiteHouse @POTUS @FLOTUS @VP or other Obama administration twitter accounts, you are now automatically following the Trump administration. These twitter accounts must be manually un-followed. Please also unfollow @realdonaldtrump. You can still read all these tweets from these sources without following them and bolstering their numbers.
If live you in California’s 24th Congressional District, and you have a personal story about how the ACA has helped you that you are willing to share, Rep. Salud Carbajal would like to hear it. Please go to his website to submit your story: https://carbajal.house.gov/share-your-aca-story