Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Support bill to ban fracking nationwide

Please tell your senators and your representative that you support a nationwide fracking ban. Use the text below, and please personalize it. Adding just a few lines about who you are and why you care will make your message much more impactful.

Also, if you are represented by any of the bill’s sponsors, I encourage you to thank them. In the Senate, that's Senator Sanders (VT) and Senator Merkley (OR). In the House, it's Representative Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Representative Soto (FL).

Click here to send the following message to your Members of Congress: 

Subject: Support a ban on fracking for oil and natural gas

I strongly urge you to support the just-introduced legislation for a nationwide ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil and natural gas, S.3247. (The accompanying House version is expected shortly.) 

A nationwide fracking ban would be invaluable for human health.  racking contaminates huge amounts of water and pollutes the air, exposing local communities to chemicals known to be toxic to humans and animals.  Scientific studies have documented serious health impacts among people who live near active fracking sites, including increased rates of hospitalization for cardiac, neurological, urological and cancer-related issues, as well as premature birth, low birth weight and congenital heart defects in babies. Recent investigations have even documented that fracking wastewater can be radioactive, especially in the Marcellus Shale.

While the danger is most immediate for people who live close to fracking sites, all of us are harmed, because when fracked gas leaks into the atmosphere, it accelerates climate change. As I'm sure you know, climate change contributes to health- and life-endangering heat waves, extreme weather, storms, flooding, expanded disease ranges, and more.

As your constituent, I call on you to support the proposed ban on fracking nationwide.

Urge Gov. Ducey to ensure everyone has safe water in their homes during this pandemic

"Wash your hands ... and stay at home."

This is lifesaving advice from public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.

But what if you don't have running water in your home? This is the reality for a staggering number of households across the country right now — many of whom have had their water service shut off, often for being behind on their unaffordable water bills. In fact, some homes have been without water for weeks, months, or even years.

During this health crisis, water service is critical in ensuring that households can take steps to safeguard themselves through hand-washing and house sanitizing. And anyone sheltering at home needs water for drinking and cooking.

So we must call on governors in states across the country to do everything they can to make sure water service is restored to all households that have had their water disconnected.

Urge Gov. Ducey to ensure all Arizona residents have immediate access to running water and emergency water distribution stations as necessary.

No one, regardless of race, gender, income, or geographic location should go without water services at any time ... especially not during a pandemic.

Specifically, we're urging U.S. governors to use every available legal authority to:
  • Stop residential water shutoffs for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, extending until 120-days after the end of the declared health emergency to allow people time to regain their financial footing
  • Ensure that utilities reconnect households without water as quickly as possible, proactively and without the need for a customer to make a specific request
  • Ensure that water reconnections are done safely, for both residents and workers
  • Where necessary, establish emergency water distribution stations for households waiting for their water to be turned back on
  • Make sure utilities waive late fees, interest, and related charges, suspend the use of liens as a collection practice, and provide extended repayment plans after the crisis
We're also asking our governors to stop electricity and gas shutoffs during the pandemic, and to ensure these critical services are also restored to homes.

Some states have already required water, electric, and gas utilities to place a moratorium on shutoffs during the crisis, although very few have done so for water. And many utilities have already made this commitment themselves. That is progress.

But we must ensure that every governor explicitly uses their executive authority to mandate moratoriums on shutoffs in their state, and to require utilities to restore safe service to all households that have been disconnected.

Tell Gov. Ducey to make sure utility services are restored to all households in the safest and most efficient way possible — and to ban future shutoffs during the crisis!

We must ensure that all families have access to safe water and energy when they need it most. It's a basic human right.

- Mae Wu, Healthy People and Thriving Communities Program, NRDC

CDC website for important tips on how to avoid COVID-19 exposure.


To conserve water turn off the water while you scrub your hands with the soap for 20 seconds. 😊Then turn on water to rinse. 

Tell Kroger to provide paid sick leave to employees

Kroger is the largest supermarket chain in the United States. The workers there are doing an amazing job supporting our communities despite this awful coronavirus health crisis. The least Kroger can do is ensure its employees have paid sick leave.

Why is this important? As entire cities and states are seemingly shut down due to the coronavirus we know grocery stores are an essential part of our society. They remain open, but cashiers and workers stocking shelves are among those on the front lines risking their health to support our communities and earn their wages.

Reports have started to come in that Kroger employees are getting sick from the coronavirus. But in the face of increased public criticism, Kroger, a $26 billion corporation, is refusing to provide paid sick leave for employees unless they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are placed in mandatory quarantine by a medical professional. Instead of taking a simple step of letting sick workers simply call in sick Kroger is refusing to use their enormous power to do the right thing for workers.

Shockingly, Kroger's only real attempt to show workers any recognition is offering them a $25 Kroger gift card for their hard work!

These are serious times. We must take action in solidarity with Kroger workers and the millions of customers who will be put at risk if sick workers are showing up sick while trying to earn a pay check.

Kroger runs grocery chains including Ralph's, Harris Teeter, QFC, Smiths, Fred Meyer, and Dillons. They have a presence in all of our communities, and now we need to show up to support the workers who need us.

Sign and share this petition.

1. "White House expresses support for immediate cash payments to Americans as part of coronavirus stimulus package," The Washington Post, March 17, 2020
2. "Supermarket Sick," Popular Information, March 15, 2020
3. "Kroger Gives Workers Gift Card Money, Not Paid Leave For All, Amid Coronavirus," HuffPost, March 17, 2020
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Ask Congress to stand against rollback of Clean Car Standards

As a country, we’re worried about the health & safety of our friends and loved ones. We’re focused on making sure that our communities can weather the seemingly unavoidable economic downturn – and come out of this in a safer, healthier world.

These are the priorities of the public – and they should be the priorities of our government.

But while we’re focused on one of the biggest crises our country has ever faced, the Trump administration is exploiting this moment to finalize its profoundly damaging rollback of our nation’s Clean Car Standards – a decision that won’t just create more pollution and boost our dependence on foreign oil, but will cause thousands of premature deaths, cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars, and eliminate at least tens of thousands of jobs.

- Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Send the following message to your Members of Congress by clicking here

Americans are focused on a crisis. Our top priority is making sure our loved ones are safe and our communities are protected from the economic downturn -- and come out of this in a healthier, safer, cleaner world. We expect the same of our government.

There is never a good time to implement policies that will damage our public health, cost American jobs, and hit us in our wallets, but that is especially the case now.

Yet that’s just what the Trump administration did, as they finalized the rollback of the Clean Car Standards. These protections were adopted a decade ago, during a recession, with the full support of the auto industry. According to an analysis from Environmental Defense Fund, over the next decade, rolling back these protections won’t just add an additional 1.5 billion metric tons of climate pollution to the air and add to our dependence on foreign oil -- it will cost Americans $244 billion at the gas pump.

And according to EPA’s own analysis of their proposal, it would cost Americans 60,000 jobs. And independent analysis from Blue Green Alliance found that number to be higher – as many as 200,000 jobs.

This is not what our economy needs in this moment of crisis. Please stand strongly against this attack on our protections.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Halt border wall construction during COVID-19 emergency

Today, the Texas Civil Rights Project sent a letter to the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Defense demanding that they halt all border wall construction to save lives during the pandemic.  They were joined in this letter by over 100+ groups, spanning environmental, immigration, civil rights, and faith-based organizations among others. See the press release below!

Sign this petition to stop construction now and keep border residents safe from this administration!

Find our petition here.

Here's a Facebook post about our letter and tweet you can share right now!

- Robert Lopez.Texas Civil Rights Project

To view this discussion on the web: 

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Land possessions continue as Trump declares COVID-19 national emergency

Eminent domain attorneys and advocates demand Administration to stop border wall construction, so landowners can shelter in place

Read the letter here.

Alamo, Tex. – Today, leaders from 109 state and national civil rights, immigration, religious and environmental organizations sent Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, a letter demanding they halt land possession and construction related to the border wall during the COVID-19 national emergency.

In the last week, the federal government has filed new condemnations and a motion for immediate possession, arguing that they need access to landowners’ property urgently, to send surveyors and contractors to their house in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. In eminent domain cases such as these, the government sues the landowner for rights to their land.

“These takings are directly affecting people’s homes,” said EfrĂ©n Olivares, the Legal Director of the Racial and Economic Justice Program at the Texas Civil Rights Project, who represents landowners in the path of the border wall. “These clients live on this land. They want to send contractors to come in and take their homes while we’re supposed to be sheltering in place. It’s unbelievable.”

One of the landowners sued by the government last week is over 70, and another, Nayda Alvarez, has been sick multiple times this year. The Texas Civil Rights Project represents these landowners jointly with the ACLU of Texas.

“There has been no transparency and we have been intimidated by the government to sign over rights to our land,” said Alvarez, a teacher whose family has lived in Starr County for five generations. “We have been talked down to by government officials who think we are not aware of our rights.” Alvarez painted “No Border Wall” on the roof of her house in protest.

“When my mother was on her deathbed, government officials continued to call and were still asking us to sign over our land. I had to remind them that my mother was dying of cancer in order to stop the calls.”

“How can border residents meaningfully and thoughtfully engage in eminent domain processes in a crisis like this?” said Norma Herrera, community organizer for the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network. “They’re taking advantage.”

Nearly 68,500 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed across the country, including 994 fatalities. In many of the counties where border wall construction is ongoing, local governments have issued emergency declarations, in accordance with guidance from federal and state public health authorities, banning gatherings of ten or more individuals. California, for example, is now under statewide orders to “shelter in place” at home.

“In the border communities we represent, these extraordinary actions by the federal government are quite literally endangering the lives of border residents,” said Tricia Cortez, Executive Director of the Rio Grande International Study Center.

“Instead of constructing barriers, the Army Corps of Engineers should use its limited resources to fight the pandemic,” said Vicki B. Gaubeca, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, who are signees of the letter. “Untold lives could be saved if they would hurry and build hospitals or clinics instead.”

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tell Arizona Corporation Commission we need more rooftop solar

Tell the Arizona Corporation Commission that we want rooftop solar to be more accessible in AZ

Solar United Neighbors has joined forces with Vote Solar and consumer and business groups, faith leaders, tribal communities, and health and conservation organizations to call for more rooftop solar in our state.

This powerful coalition is urging the Arizona Corporation Commission to adopt a clean energy plan that ensures that 10% of the state’s electricity comes from local distributed resources like rooftop solar, and other customer-driven energy options by 2030. The plan also sets a statewide renewable energy goal of 50% by 2030, moving toward 100% clean energy by 2045.

Now is the time for Arizona solar advocates, like you, to tell the ACC commissioners that powering our households and businesses with homegrown, clean energy lowers and stabilizes electricity costs while boosting our economy with clean energy jobs across the state.

Please make your voice heard by signing this petition, please forward this message to your friends and neighbors. 

Sign the petition (below) by clicking here

Dear Commissioners,

I’m an Arizona energy customer, and I support clean energy progress and solar rights in our state.In Docket RU-00000A-18-0284, I urge you to make a bold commitment to renewable energy and expand consumer clean energy options by:
  • Setting a binding 50% by 2030 renewable energy standard and 100% by 2045 clean standard.
  • Ensuring that 10% of electricity comes from local distributed resources like rooftop solar, and other customer-driven energy options by 2030.
  • Ensuring cumulative energy efficiency savings of 35% by 2030.
  • Establishing more comprehensive and transparent energy planning process in which the ACC would review a utility’s Integrated Resource Plan and provide opportunities for public and stakeholder input.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Ask AZ Reps to protect citizens during COVID-19 outbreak

I am sharing the following action from Victoria Steele, member of the Arizona State Senate representing District 9.

"I am calling for my Republican colleagues in the Arizona Legislature that in addition to a bare-bones budget, we move to immediately:

Impose a moratorium on rent increases, foreclosures, evictions, and utility shutoffs during the pandemic

Funding to offset out of pocket costs and assist uninsured people in accessing COVID-19 testing

Provide supports for nursing homes and assisted living facilities and the people who are working in those facilities

Make funding easily available to allow sick leave for all public workers who are under quarantine or sick

Supply additional resources for food banks

Extended medication and medical supplies for individuals recommended to self-isolate

Streamline unemployment benefits and TANF applications for those who are laid off

If these things are important to you - please let all of your Legislators know now! Call and email them: "

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