Recommended Actions for the Week of 20170403

Tell Governor Inslee We Support Him on the Clean Power Plan

Description: Thank Governor Jay Inslee for standing with other West Coast leaders from Alaska to California against the Trump adminstration’s executive order rolling back the Clean Power Plan.

 

Comment on the Anacortes Tesoro Xylene DEIS

Source: Re-Sources for Sustainable Communities

Description: Learn more about, submit a comment, and attend the public hearing on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Tesoro Xylene Project.  

 

Call 40th District Reps to Advance Solar Bill

Source: Re-Sources for Sustainable Communities

Description: Call finance committee chair Kris Lytton and bill sponsor Jeff Morris to tell them to push the HB 1048 (solar bill) forward.

 

 

Oil Transportation Safety Act

Description: Call your representatives today to tell them this is an important issue and urge them to vote YES on oil transportation safety.

BackgroundOn Thursday, March 30th, the oil transportation bill (HB 1611) passed out of the House finance committee. Learn more about the bill.

Find your legislator and view the talking points below.

40th District
Senator Kevin Ranker (360) 786-7678
Representative Kristine Lytton (360) 786-7800
Representative Jeff R. Morris (360) 786-7970
42nd District
Senator Doug Ericksen (360) 786-7682
Representative Luane Van Werven (360) 786-7980
Representative Vincent Buys (360) 786-7854
Contacting your legislators by phone is by far the most productive and impactful form of communication. Read more in the New York Times article “Here’s why you should call, not email, your legislators.”
Suggested Script: Hello my name is _________ and I am a constituent of the ___ legislative district.
I am concerned about the ongoing threat that oil trains, pipelines, and tankers pose to my community and our waterways. 
The Oil Transportation Safety Act (HB 1611) is a commonsense approach to strengthening our prevention, response and preparedness program. Let’s not wait for a spill or other disaster to happen to take action. 
I urge Representative __________ to vote YES on HB 1611 and protect all of Washington from crude oil transport. Thank you.

National Level Actions

Take Action to Save the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Source: Everyday Advocacy

Description: Call your MoCs of to help ensure that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is saved from federal budget cuts.

Background: As you may have seen, the White House budget that was released on Thursday, March 16, calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to our nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums.

ALA and ALSC seek your help to ensure that IMLS is saved, because without strong, well-supported libraries, our children and families will not have the resources and support they need to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers, and life.

ALSC leadership and the Advocacy and Legislation Committee are working on this issue with ALA and will be preparing additional information for ALSC members, but here is what you can do right now:

1. Start calling and emailing!
Go to http://cqrcengage.com/ala/home to begin making calls or to email to #SaveIMLS.

2. Call or email your Members of Congress.
Ask them to publicly oppose wiping out IMLS, and ask them to commit to fighting for federal library funding. You can find talking points and an email template on the Action Center and at the menu links below:

Call Your Congress Members

Email Your Congress Members

Use ALA Talking Points

3. Share your library’s IMLS story on social media using #SaveIMLS.
Tell us how IMLS funding supports your local community. If you aren’t sure which IMLS grants your library has received, you can check the searchable database on the IMLS website.

4. Sign up to receive ALA’s action alerts.
We will let you know when and how to take action and send you the talking points and background information.

5. Register to participate in National Library Legislative Day on May 1-2, either in Washington, DC, or online.

6. Share this information widely!
Don’t underestimate the power of collective voice. Share this information widely with colleagues, friends, and other advocates so they can help, too.

More information, along with talking points and scripts, will be forthcoming from the ALA Washington Office, particularly as it pertains to the upcoming advocacy campaign around “Dear Appropriator” letters.

Contact Information:

  • Senator Patty Murray, WA (206) 553-5545, DC (202) 224-2621
  • Senator Maria Cantwell, WA (206) 220-6400, DC (202) 224-3441
  • Congressman Rick Larsen (WA 2nd Legislative District), WA 360-733-4500, DC (202) 225-2605
  • Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA 1st Legislative District), WA (360) 416-7879, DC

Take a Stand Against Two New Proposed Bills to Sell-off Public Lands

Description: Call your MoCs and and tell them the federal budget must not include the proposal to give away public lands.

 

Background: The push to make it easier to transfer public lands into the private sector continues. House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) wants $50 million in the proposed federal budget to offset any costs resulting from transferring federal lands to states and localities.

We can tell members of Congress who are key to the federal budget process—especially Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Ken Calvert, the chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee—that Rep. Bishop’s $50M budget proposal is not an acceptable use of taxpayer money.

Also, other proposals have been introduced by Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake to seize and sell public lands. Click here to read more about their proposal.

Contact Information:

  • Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, (202) 225-5034
  • Rep. Ken Calvert, (202) 225-1986
  • Senator Patty Murray, WA (206) 553-5545, DC (202) 224-2621
  • Senator Maria Cantwell, WA (206) 220-6400, DC (202) 224-3441
  • Congressman Rick Larsen (WA 2nd Legislative District), WA 360-733-4500, DC (202) 225-2605
  • Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA 1st Legislative District), WA (360) 416-7879, DC (202) 225-6311

From the Calendar

All week: Stand and Resist Exhibition
A ten-day exhibit of visual arts and one evening of live performances, showcasing local and regional artists who are exploring the intertwined issues of threats to the Salish Sea, climate change, and alternative futures.

Mondays from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.: Attend a vigil hosted by C2C every Monday in front of City Hall. Show the powers that be that you stand by our undocumented workers and anyone else running afoul of ICE. Let the officials know it’s not alright to tear families apart!

Monday, April 3, 2017 from 5:00-7:30p.m.: Pull Together: Salish Sea Stands Against Kinder Morgan.  WWU Communications Lawn. 

Monday, April 3, 2017 from 7:30-8:30p.m.: April Clean Energy Activist Meeting, hosted by Re-Sources for Sustainable Communities. WWU Communications Facility, Room 110. 

Tuesday April 4, 2017 from 6:00-7:00p.m.: Rep Vincent Buys and Rep Luanne Van Werven telephone town hall.

Saturday, April 8, 2017: Locust Beach Cleanup and Drum Circle

Sunday, April 9, 2017: Activist Training