The GOP just passed a Tax Scam bill that will forever change the United States. But the fight is NOT OVER! The house and senate bills still need to be reconciled.
The Tax Scam bill is a giveaway to the rich and an attack on the most vulnerable among us. It’s designed to take from our communities and line the pockets of the wealthy. At the same time it makes irreversible changes by opening up the Arctic to drilling and classifying fetuses as people.
Americans across the country are taking to the streets and need us to join them. Today at 5:00 p.m. in Whatcom County we are taking to the steps of Bellingham City Hall to make our voices heard.
Stand up today. Together. Take a stand for our health care, our environment, our neighbors, our community.
Join us today at 5:00 p.m. at Bellingham City Hall.
Come with signs. Come without signs.
Come with your friends, neighbors, family. Come alone to know that you aren’t.
Come to stand shoulder to shoulder for our country.
Contact Information: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190, here. Under PRIMARY DOCUMENTS, click on the COMMENT NOW! button. Add your comments in support of EPA. Click on YOUR REVIEW, and EDIT as necessary. Be sure to click YOUR RECEIPT before leaving the site. You’ll be able to view your comments as soon as you post.
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Background: The Trump Administration and EPA Director Scott Pruitt have proposed draconian cuts to EPA’s budget and roll-back of science-based regulations that protect us, our families and our environment. EPA oversees implementation of the Clean Water Act; the Clean Air Act; regulation of Toxics, Hazardous Waste Management and Disposal; and Superfund Hazardous waste cleanups. EPA also administers grants for brownfields clean up, environmental research, and environmental restoration–including the Puget Sound National Estuary Program. In accordance with Executive Order 13777 (Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda), EPA is seeking public comment on its evaluation of existing regulation. Comments must be received on or before May 15, 2017. We need to absolutely FLOOD THIS SITE with serious, well-thought-out comments.
How are you doing? What was the last action you took?
Maybe you’re feeling fired up and taking action every day. Maybe you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and disheartened by the news each day, making it hard to act. Maybe life has interrupted and your best intentions have taken a backseat to dealing with urgent personal matters.
No matter how many actions you’ve taken so far, know this: WE ARE IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL.
There is no finish line. No future end date we are aiming towards. This is not a diet or a challenge or a campaign.
This is brushing your teeth. This is grocery shopping. This is paying bills. This is exercise. This is drinking coffee. This is weeding the garden.
This is a habit. This is you making a permanent slot in your regular routine for taking action to protect our rights, fight injustice and inequality, and protect vulnerable populations. You can do it. You must.
Set aside some time for your reading the news, researching, reading books, writing letters, making calls, and planning actions. Schedule it on your calendar just like any other appointment and set a reminder.
Remember to set up recurring, monthly donations, too.
Narrow Your Focus
There are so many actions to take and so much work to do. It can feel overwhelming. One way to fight this problem is to narrow your focus to your top three issues you are most passionate about. Follow groups that are organizing issues on those topics. Maybe you’ll branch out in the future, the most important thing is to keep acting and not get stuck at inaction. Keepthis in mind, though.
Use a Cheat Sheet
People out there are doing the work of researching and selecting regular actions so that you don’t have to. Here are a few cheat sheets to follow that will deliver regular actions to you, along with the rationale and sources behind them.
Thousands of grassroots groups sprung up immediately after the election with the purpose of organizing action against Trump. These groups are working online and in person. They are planning actions on a local level, state level, national level, and world level. Find one near you. (This list is not comprehensive, but a good round up.)
Form an Accountability Circle
This is simple. Find some buddies who also are taking and agree to regularly check in with each other to see how it’s going. Meet in person, do a group chat online, form a Facebook group, or however you want to go about it. Every (one, two, three) weeks, ask everyone to report in with their latest actions. Knowing someone is going to check on you can give you that extra motivation you need.
Or, simply post your latest actions on social media and ask what your friends have been up to. Use this hashtag:#actionaccountability
February 1st, Representative Rick Larsen is/was scheduled to introduce a bill which would make the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chiefs of Staff permanent members of the National Security Council. This is exactly the kind of bold leadership we want from our legislators!
Call Rick Larsen’s office:
DC (202) 225-2605
1) You support Larsen’s bill to make the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chiefs of Staff permanent members of the National Security Council.
2) You do not agree with Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council.
3) Thank Rick Larsen for his leadership in this issue.
This bill would make the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chief’s of Staff permanent members of the National Security Council.
Why this is important: Over the weekend, Donald Trump elevated Steve Bannon, a non-elected official with no military experience, to the National Security Council and made the Director of National Intelligence and Joint Chief’s of Staff optional to attend meetings.
The impact of this is to make the National Security Council more political and removes experienced voices of reason from this group.
Representative Larsen has released his ‘Dear Colleague’ letter to ask for support from his fellow House Representatives. Currently Representative Murphy is writing a similar bill. Both bills will go to committee – most likely the House Armed Services Committee which Larsen serves on. We will be able to see what the bill does tomorrow on this page: http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.aspx
The National Security Council is committee is a Cabinet-level group of agencies focused on national security that was established by President George H. W. Bush in 1989. To date, every version of the Committee has included the Joint Chiefs chairman and the director of the CIA or, once it was established, the head of the Director of National Intelligence. Bannon’s appointment is a major break with tradition and makes a traditionally a-political committee extremely political. The National Security Council is run by National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who himself has had plenty of controversy of late, mostly involving ill-advised comments his son has made and his close ties with Russia and specifically Putin.
Here we go- time to get busy. Let’s look at how you can use your time to influence change.
Some of these actions are quick and introvert-friendly. Some are harder and require you to step out of your comfort zone. You can do it.
Petition (quick and easy, but low impact)
Signing online petitions is a simple, entry-level action. You sign your name and zip code to support a cause you believe in. It takes about 30 seconds. BUT, it’s hard to say how much they actually accomplish. (Readhere,here, andhere.) Keep in mind that signing will probably get you on an email list, and right after you sign, you will probably be asked to donate money and share the petition. That being said, there’s no harm in signing a petition, as long as it’s not the only action you take.
Tell your friends, family, and neighbors to vote, too. If our friends just voted in local and midterm elections we could change the world. Far too many people (it would surprise you who) are inconsistent in voting. We should all be helping to get out the vote. Check out the Whatcom Democrats for get out the vote opportunities.
Call and Write Letters (quick to moderate time, moderate impact)
Contacting politicians and policy makers to share your opinion about specific issues is a simple, tried and true way to influence change. If you’ve never done it, it can sound intimidating. Luckily, there are scripts out there to follow to make it easy. And the people who answer the phones are nice. You don’t have to be a political junkie to call or write. These public servants are there to serve YOU. Let them know what you think.
Tip: Write handwritten letters instead of using the contact forms on their webpages or sending email. Real letters get noticed.
Tip: Put the numbers for your congresspeople (state and national) in your phone. You’re going to be calling them a lot.Find your elected officials.
Why should YOU participate in a peaceful protest? Read this.
For many of us, this will be our first time protesting. You don’t have to be a young radical to protest. Here are some tips for protesters. (These are very practical and may make you feel uncomfortable. Peaceful, organized protests are not without risk, but they are entirely different than violent destruction and looting.)
Signing up as a volunteer for a political party or organization will get you on the list of folks to help out in the next campaign, whether it’s local, state, or national. There are lots of ways to help a campaign, ranging from low to high time commitment.
Now you are informed and ready- time to act! Your best two tactics are your money and your time. Let’s talk $$.
There are a bajillion organizations working to do good. Many run on donations. It can be hard to figure out who to donate to. What do you care about? Which organizations are legit? How much money? How often? What about local groups vs. national organizations?
Narrow it down
This might be difficult. Many of us care about all of it- the environment, women’s rights, healthcare, LGBTQ rights, etc. Try picking your top three issues and start with those. Maybe even make a calendar where you focus on different issues each month or quarter.
This is a good list of ideas (check the comments, too): http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-wo…
Find legitimate organizations Charity Navigator is a great tool to help you decide who will use your donation effectively.
Every bit helps
If you only have a few bucks to spare and are wondering if it’s even worth donating that much, know that it DOES HELP. We are working on a scale of millions of people making donations. A buck or two adds up.
If you can swing an automatic monthly donation, go for it.
Think globally, act locally (and nationally and globally)
Don’t forget about your hometown organizations. You can often have the most impact with these small fish. Use our Civic Tithing tool to help find local organizations and set up monthly donations. Also, Charity Navigator has a rich search function, including a way to look for local charities: https://www.charitynavigator.org/in…
You can also make a difference with your everyday spending habits.
You can choose to spend your money at places that do not support Trump or his family’s businesses. Shannon Coulter started the #grabyourwallet boycott in late October. Here is the current list of business to boycott, scripts to use to tell them why you’re boycotting, and alternative businesses to use instead: https://grabyourwallet.org/
You can also sign up to participate in the Injustice Boycott, which began last December. This boycott is about preventing police brutality and racial injustice.
Do you know of any other current boycotts?
That’s your first action: donate and spend wisely. Next up, how to use your time to make a difference.
Alright, so you’ve got your non-biased news sources and you’re keeping up with things- nice! Now it’s time for step two: homework.
I know, you already have a busy life, and you’ve just upped your news intake on top of that. The thing is, you won’t be able to make effective or meaningful actions until you fully understand the situation.
Since the election, everyone is talking about taking action and asking you to act, too.*
Let’s take a step back- maybe you’re not sure where to start or are feeling overwhelmed?
The world feels a bit topsy-turvy in the worst sort of way right now. And then on top of it, many people are telling you to call this person and sign this petition and donate here. It can be easy to get stuck at inaction from feeling overwhelmed.
Whatever your level of political activism has been, it’s time to take it up two notches. Our best chance to protect the rights and freedoms we have fought for over the last generations is to make your voice heard. If we all do a little, it will add up to a lot. You can do it. You must.
The first step to sorting through everything is to get informed.
You need to be up to speed on what’s happening in order to decide what actions to take. One of the challenges is that the media is often biased, both to the right and to the left.