Saturday, December 30, 2017

ASK CONGRESS TO DEFEND AMERICA’S NATIONAL MONUMENTS AND OPPOSE ANY LEGISLATION THAT WOULD UNDERMINE THE ANTIQUITIES ACT


Click here to e-mail letter below.

Our national monuments and public lands and waters help define who we are as a nation by telling the story of our shared historical, cultural, and natural heritage. And that’s why I was deeply disappointed in President Trump’s decision to not only eliminate national monument protections for more than 2 million acres of public lands within southern Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, but also specifically allow for more mining and drilling claims to be made within the original boundaries of these monuments at 9 am on February 2nd. I ask you to do all you can to defend America’s national monuments and oppose any legislation that would undermine the Antiquities Act.

Since President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law in 1906, 16 Presidents – 8 Republicans and 8 Democrats – have used the authority granted by the act to safeguard public lands, oceans, and historic sites in order to share America’s story with future generations. These national monument designations are broadly supported from coast to coast and provide a myriad of benefits to local communities, including economic boosts from tourism, places to enjoy the outdoors, clean air and water, protection for ecologically sensitive areas, and windows into our country’s history.

I am gravely concerned about legislation introduced in Congress that would weaken future Presidents’ ability to preserve our national heritage and that would take management of public lands out of the hands of the American people. I strongly urge you to oppose S. 22, S. 33, S. 132, H.R. 243, H.R. 2074, H.R. 2284, H.R. 3990, H.R. 4532, and H.R. 4558; to oppose the Antiquities Act provisions in H.R. 200, H.R. 1489, H.R. 3905, and H.R. 4239; and to vote NO if any of these measures reach the floor. Additionally, I urge you to stand with the national monuments reviewed by the Department of the Interior, and to advocate for keeping their protections intact.

National monuments are our legacy to our children and our children’s children, and a gift that belongs to all Americans. Please take a stand for future generations by defending the Antiquities Act.

- Monuments for All

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Tell the Trump administration: No uranium mining in the Grand Canyon

number one tourist spot?

The petition to the Trump administration reads:
"Do not open the Grand Canyon to new uranium mining leases."
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Trump has declared war on our national monuments, and it doesn't stop with slashing the size of the irreplaceable Bears Ears and Grand Staircase monuments. It’s just as unbelievable that we now have to protect one of America’s most precious national treasures – the Grand Canyon – from something as dangerous and destructive as radioactive uranium mining. But that’s exactly what we have to do right now.
Thanks to an executive order from Donald Trump, the U.S. Forest Service has taken the first step toward ending a 20-year moratorium on uranium mining in the Grand Canyon watershed. Uranium mining would threaten ancient forests, Native American communities and the Colorado River – a source of drinking water for millions.
We must push back now on this dangerous and misguided proposal.
This March, Trump signed an executive order telling federal agencies to review their rules to find ways to allow more destructive oil drilling, natural gas fracking, and coal and uranium mining. In response, the U.S. Forest Service has proposed ending a ban on uranium mining in and around Grand Canyon National Park.1 The Obama administration enacted a moratorium in 2012 that was intended to last for 20 years, but now the Trump administration could lift the moratorium at any time.
Uranium mining would threaten the land, water and communities around the Grand Canyon. The Havasupai Tribe, who live at the bottom of the canyon, use water from the canyon's seeps and springs to water their beans, corn, melon and other crops.2 Mining around the canyon could release uranium pollution into the groundwater, threatening the Havasupai community's health for generations.
We know how destructive uranium can be. On the nearby Navajo Nation, where mining companies have blasted 4 million tons of uranium from more than 500 mines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found uranium already present in newborn babies.3 Uranium exposure is linked to lung cancer, bone cancer and impaired kidney function, all of which have plagued Navajo people around the mines.4
Uranium mining in the Grand Canyon could also threaten the health of people hundreds of miles away. The Colorado River, fed by the watershed, supplies water to 40 million people in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and other cities.5 It is unconscionable to risk human health by re-opening the Grand Canyon to mining uranium.
The Forest Service has admitted that the federal government will receive no revenue from any uranium mining that happens. Rather than saving money, reversing the ban on mining would actually force taxpayers to shell out funds for pro-mining studies.To get rid of the ban, the administration would have to undertake environmental studies that try to refute the scientific findings that uranium is harmful to local wildlife and communities.6
The Grand Canyon ecosystem is unique and incredibly complex. The Obama administration enacted a 20-year ban in part because 20 years is the estimated time required to complete an Environmental Impact Statement on such a large-scale ecosystem.7 Now the Trump administration wants to barrel ahead without any understanding of the harm that could be caused.
Tell the Trump regime: Don't allow destructive uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Brandy Doyle
CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Erin Ford, "USFS proposes revisions to 20-year uranium mining ban," Grand Canyon News, Nov. 7, 2017.
  2. Joanna Walters, "In the Grand Canyon, uranium mining threatens a tribe's survival," The Guardian, July 17, 2017.
  3. Laurel Morales, "For The Navajo Nation, Uranium mining's deadly legacy lingers," NPR, April 10, 2016.
  4. Susan E. Dawson, "Navajo uranium workers and the effects of occupational illnesses: A case study," Human Organization, Vol. 51, No. 4, 1992.
  5. Ron Dungan, "Is uranium mining near the Grand Canyon safe? The answer may be in the water," The Republic, March 8, 2017.
  6. Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter, "Trump administration targets uranium mining ban near Grand Canyon," Sierra Club, Nov. 1, 2017.
  7. Earthjustice, "Protecting the Grand Canyon against uranium mining," accessed Nov. 13, 2017.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tell Congress: No biometric surveillance at airports


The petition to Congress reads:
"Prevent the unchecked expansion of biometric surveillance of innocent people. Reject Senate Bill 1872, the TSA Modernization Act."
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Tell Congress: No biometric surveillance at airports
As millions of people face long airport lines and invasive security screenings over the holidays, Congress is considering a bill that would turn this annual ritual into a much more alarming intrusion of privacy.
The innocent-sounding TSA Modernization Act (S. 1872) directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to start deploying facial recognition and other biometric technology in airports. If the bill passes, the TSA would use this data to track, store and share information about our movements as we travel.
Although Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents already use facial recognition screening on passengers on certain international flights, this bill would dramatically step up surveillance of innocent people.1 If it passes, the TSA and CBP would start deploying biometric technology – things like fingerprinting, retina scans and facial recognition – at checkpoints, screen lanes, bag drops and boarding areas.2
This has big implications for our privacy and civil liberties. Although these agencies are supposed to delete facial images after 14 days, they can keep and even share them with other local, state and federal authorities.3 Facial recognition technology has problems with accuracy – especially for non-white people, who are much more likely to be targeted for surveillance.4 But even if the technology improves, dramatically increasing government surveillance is dangerous. There is no guarantee that data won't be hacked by thieves or foreign governments, misused by rogue government employees, or used to spy on activists or dissenters.
This very personal kind of surveillance could become increasingly ubiquitous. The Department of Homeland Security is considering facial recognition drones, which could be used at interior checkpoints – anywhere within 100 miles of a border.5 About two-thirds of Americans live within that area, making "border security" a meaningless term that allows the government to conduct surveillance on anyone at any time.6
We cannot allow unaccountable government agencies to slowly erode our civil liberties.
Tell Congress: Prevent the unchecked expansion of biometric surveillance of innocent Americans. Reject the TSA Modernization Act. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Brandy Doyle
CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Adam Schwartz, "No Airport Biometric Surveillance," Electronic Frontier Foundation, Oct. 3, 2017.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Matthew Feeney, "Senate Bill Paves Way For Airport Facial Scans," Forbes, Oct. 6, 2017.
  4. Clare Garvie and Jonathan Frankle, "Facial-Recognition Software Might Have a Racial Bias Problem," The Atlantic, April 2016.
  5. Adam Schwartz, "No Airport Biometric Surveillance."
  6. Matthew Feeney, "Senate Bill Paves Way For Airport Facial Scans."
  7. Ibid.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Save net neutrality (signatures needed)


The petition to Congress reads:
"Save net neutrality. Support the joint resolution of disapproval overturning the FCC's reversal of the 2015 Open Internet rules."
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Tell Congress: Save net neutrality
Last week, Trump's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tried to kill the open internet. They ignored millions of Americans to end the internet as we know it and give big cable companies control of what we say and do online.
But this fight isn't over. Congress has the authority to overturn the FCC's vote. Congress can use a "resolution of disapproval" to reverse this disastrous decision and restore the rules that protect the open internet.1 In both the House and Senate, members of Congress are planning to introduce these resolutions – now we need to get others to sign on.
Millions of Americans called on the FCC to keep the internet working the way it is now – instead of letting big cable companies control what all Americans see, say and do online. But Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai ignored us, and on Dec. 14, the FCC rushed to kill net neutrality. The agency dismissed the fact that the public comment process was corrupted by millions of fake comments and ignored requests to delay or cancel the vote from 18 state attorneys general, Republican and Democratic members of Congress, the creator of the internet, and of course millions of people who depend on the internet every day.2
Congress has the power and the responsibility to right this wrong. Thanks to the Congressional Review Act, Congress can review new regulations – in this case, the FCC's Orwellian-sounding “Restoring Internet Freedom” rule – and overrule them by passing a joint resolution of disapproval.3 Republicans in Congress used the process earlier this year when they repealed important broadband privacy protections. And in the Senate, even the minority party can force a resolution of disapproval to a vote – making every senator go on the record for or against net neutrality.
Losing the open internet is particularly harmful for communities of color, who rely on the open internet to organize, create economic opportunity and fight back against oppression.4 More than 80 percent of Americans support net neutrality,5 and more than 1 million people called Congress in the last month alone, asking their representatives to save net neutrality.
Free speech and civil rights champions throughout history have faced setbacks, but they did not back down. The fight for a free and open internet is no different. We will continue to fight until we restore the rules that protect the internet as a platform for free speech, organizing, innovation and community building.
Trump's FCC chair has shown that he is in the pocket of big telecom companies. But unlike the FCC, members of Congress are elected and they must answer to us.
Tell Congress: Save net neutrality. Support the resolution of disapproval condemning the FCC's repeal of net neutrality. Click the link below to sign the petition:
Add your name:
Sign the petition ►
References:
  1. Kate Conger and Dell Cameron, "Wait, can Congress stop the FCC from trampling net neutrality?" Gizmodo, Dec. 14, 2017.
  2. Ted Johnson, "FCC repeals net neutrality rules amid protests, lawsuit threats," Variety, Dec. 14, 2017.
  3. Conger and Cameron, "Wait, can Congress stop the FCC from trampling net neutrality?"
  4. Timothy Karr, "Voices for Internet Freedom: FCC chairman's anti-net neutrality plan will harm people of color," Voices for Internet Freedom, April 26, 2017.
  5. Harper Neidig, "Poll: 83 percent of voters support keeping FCC's net neutrality rules," The Hill, Dec. 12, 2017.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

ACT NOW: Tell Congress Reject this #DirtyBudget

Congress has less than one week to fund the government. Republican politicians have put forth a proposal that would put families and children at risk just to give handouts to corporations, millionaires, and billionaires. We can’t let this happen!
They are proposing a dirty budget that would gut clean air and water protections, and toxic pollution clean-up programs that keep our kids from getting sick. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. It’s basic human rights. Congress needs to hear from people like you who believe that protecting people’s health is more important than helping the rich get richer.
Can we count on you to speak up? Tell your representatives that clean air and water, a safe environment, and our kids’ health is NON-negotiable. Vote NO on the dirty budget. Call 202-335-1787 Now!
Call Congress NOW
Time is running out for your voice to be heard. On Friday, December 22nd, the House is scheduled to vote on on a budget that would take funding away from critical agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Since day one, the Trump Administration has tried to rollback or overturn more than 50 environmental programs. Cutting funding for the U.S. EPA is by far, the fastest way to stop many of these programs in their tracks.
Please call your member of Congress today and let them know how important it is to fund the U.S. EPA. We need to hold the agency accountable to doing its job, not give Trump-appointee Scott Pruitt an easy excuse.
It’s time Congress work together to pass a budget that protects the air our kids breathe, the water they drink, and the future we’ve promised for generations to come. It’s not too much to ask.
Call 202-335-1787 now to tell your representatives to vote NO on the dirty budget.
- Kerene Tayloe, Green for All

Stop Republicans in Congress from gutting our earned benefit programs


The petition to Congress reads:
"Do not cut, privatize, weaken or otherwise damage Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. You cannot pay for your disastrous tax giveaway to Wall Street and to the top 1% with our earned benefits."
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Stop Republicans in Congress from gutting our earned benefit programs
Donald Trump’s Republican lapdogs in Congress just rammed a massively unpopular, cruel and deeply corrupt Tax Scam into law. Now, Paul Ryan and the rest of the right-wing Republican leadership in Congress is gearing up to slash Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, nutrition assistance and more.1
Republican ideologues like Ryan know their Robin-Hood-in-reverse agenda to enrich their billionaire donors from Wall Street by gutting our earned benefit programs is deeply unpopular. They learned the hard way this past year how unpopular cutting Medicaid is. That is why they are predictably using made-up excuses about the deficit to smear these important programs.
We need to make it clear that any attempt to privatize, cut, weaken or damage Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security or any of our earned benefits is completely unacceptable.
Even before the Trump Tax Scam passed, Ryan was talking about his plans to gut Medicaid and Medicare in 2018. “We're going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform,” he promised last week, suddenly rediscovering a passion for the deficit after pushing trillions in tax giveaways to the ultra-wealthy.2
Medicare is a fundamental tool of economic security for more than 58 million seniors, and the program is overwhelmingly popular.3,4 And throughout the summer, activists with the disability rights organization ADAPT and others showed Republicans just how important Medicaid is in their daily lives. The majority of Medicaid beneficiaries are children and working-age adults, Medicaid spends more money on long term care for seniors and people with disabilities than anything else.5 Social Security, meanwhile, is totally funded for the next two decades – longer if everyone pays at the same rate – and the only retirement income that most Americans can count on.6
Donald Trump repeatedly pledged during the 2016 campaign not to attack Medicare, Medicaid or our Social Security system but he has since seriously undermined these programs. Ryan’s ultimate goal is to end Medicare as we know it and replace it with a privatized program.7 Now, Trump and his lapdogs in Congress are not just coming after Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, they are attacking programs like Meals on Wheels, SNAP, and other nutritional assistance that families rely on. Republicans are whipping up a fake deficit hysteria after giving massive giveaways to the rich as a Trojan horse to attack our earned benefits. We must go all out to resist any cuts.
If Ryan gets his way, folks who have been working their whole lives counting on Medicare in their retirement won’t ever be able to enroll – instead they will get a check that might help cover their premium for private insurance, if they are lucky.8 And if the Republicans are successful in their attacks on Medicare and Medicaid, they will come next for Social Security.
What’s more, our Social Security system is separate from regular taxes and not affected by the deficit.9
Republicans cannot attack our earned benefits without a major fight. More than 70 percent of Americans rely on these programs at some point in our lives, and we are not going to let Ryan, McConnell and Trump dismantle them.10
Tell Congress: Stop the Republican attack on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Click the link below to sign the petition.
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  1. Jeff Stein, “Ryan says Republicans to target welfare, Medicare, Medicaid spending in 2018,” The Washington Post, Dec. 6, 2018
  2. Ibid.
  3. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, “Medicare Enrollment Dashboard,” accessed Dec. 14, 2017.
  4. Dan Mangan, “Medicare, Medicaid popularity high: Kaiser,” CNBC, July 17, 2017.
  5. Social Security Works, “Why Medicaid Is Important to Seniors,” accessed Dec. 20, 2017.
  6. Carolyn Colvin, "Social Security Funded Until 2034, and About Three-Quarters Funded for the Long Term; Many Options to Address the Long-Term Shortfall," Social Security Matters, June 22, 2016.
  7. Josh Marshall, “Ryan Plans to Phase Out Medicare in 2017,” TPM, Nov. 13, 2016.
  8. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "Policy Basics: Understanding the Social Security Trust Funds," Sept. 21, 2017.
  9. Sarah Ayres Steinberg, "The Safety Net is Good Economic Policy," Center for American Progress, March 31, 2014.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

People power continues to build on Chase Bank and the KXL pipeline


JPMorgan Chase has got to be feeling the heat, because you answered the call to action! Over 2,000 of you called JPMorgan Chase to tell them to #defundtarsands and to cut ties with TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline.
And yet, late on Friday, JPMorgan Chase and 18 other banks renewed their support for TransCanada by extending two credit facilities totalling $1.5 billion. As the lead bank on both of these loans, JPMorgan Chase continues to provide TransCanada with the money it needs for its business, including its headline project, Keystone XL. This is unacceptable — but we knew this fight wouldn’t be easy.
JPMorgan Chase is a leading funder of TransCanada — and the #1 Wall Street bankroller of tar sands oil, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels on the planet. They are the biggest bank on Wall Street, and their investments in tar sands and extreme fossil fuels run deep. It’s going to take sustained people power and continued actions from this incredible network to move this corporate giant away from fossil fuels and towards honoring Indigenous rights and climate stability. Persistence is how we win.
Since the Nebraska decision that re-routed TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, almost 45,000 people have signed the petition to JPMorgan Chase, demanding the bank stop funding TransCanada.


On top of all that, on December 7 a small group of water protectors made their way to The Plaza Hotel in New York City to the Wells Fargo Thought Leadership Forum, an exclusive gathering of over 1,000 of the world’s largest investors. The water protectors attempted to deliver the petition with your signatures to Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase’s CEO. These peaceful activists were forcibly ejected — but our collective message was heard loud and clear: NO KXL. Defund tar sands.
When more than 2,000 of you called JPMorgan Chase’s head business office and customer service line, here are some of the things you said:
  • “I had been a Chase customer since 1964, but closed my accounts because of their addiction to funding the non-sustainable fossil fuel industry.”
  • “I no longer use my Chase credit card and have advised my financial advisor to take out my investments with JPMorgan. I was trying to say this when I was cut off!”
  • “I encouraged funding for green energy as opposed to tar sands.”
We’re going to have to keep speaking up, because this fight to stop the KXL pipeline is far from over. TransCanada is expected to make their final investment decision this month, formally deciding whether or not to move forward on the project — read more about what that means here. RAN intends to intervene at every key financial decision point to demand that JPMorgan Chase cut ties with TransCanada and end funding for tar sands.
-Ruth Breech, Rainforest Action Network

Call your Senators right now and tell them to reject the GOP tax plan that provides a huge Christmas giveaway to the Trumps

GOP Tax plan will make the Trumps' richer
Republicans in Washington think they’re on the verge of passing their tax scam. But the vote in the Senate is expected to be very close. If we can sway just three Republicans to stand with Democrats and oppose the tax plan, we can defeat this bill just like we defeated Trumpcare.

A few of the truly disgusting aspects of the Trump tax scam are what it does for Donald Trump and his family, and multinational corporations that ship jobs overseas. If passed, the tax plan would:
  • Weaken the estate tax, which only impacts the richest 0.2% of Americans―including Trump’s family;
  • Lower tax rates on so-called “pass-throughs,” including hedge funds,  private equity firms, and real estate LLCs―like Trump’s;
  • And, reward corporations that have, for years, been dodging taxes―allowing them to repatriate offshore profits at lower rates, encouraging multinational corporations to continue shipping jobs and profits overseas.
This bill will not create jobs or higher wages for working people as Republicans claim. It is nothing more than a massive handout to the wealthy and corporations on the backs of working families.

Call your Senators right now and tell them to reject Donald Trump and Republican leaders’ tax plan that provides a huge Christmas giveaway to Donald Trump and his family, but a lump of coal for the rest of us.

Here’s a suggested call script:
Call: 888-516-5820

My name is _______. I live in TOWN, STATE and I’m a constituent of the Senator's.

I want Senator [NAME] to OPPOSE the Senate tax plan that delivers huge tax cuts to America’s wealthiest families and corporations. Instead of tax breaks for hedge funds and private equity firms―that just increase income and wealth inequality―we need a tax plan that invests in critical programs for working families.
- Josh Bivens
Director of Research, EPI Policy Center

#GOPTAXSCAM

Monday, December 18, 2017

Call your representative before tomorrow's vote: Vote NO on the tax bill



Less than 72 hours ago -- on a Friday at 5:30 p.m. -- House and Senate leaders released the final version of a tax bill that will reshape the entire economy.

Tomorrow, with one working day to review more than 500 pages, your representative will likely vote on a bill that:
  • Leaves 13 million fewer Americans with health care
  • Adds $1.4 trillion to our debt
  • Gives huge breaks to millionaires and wealthy corporations
  • Ultimately makes many middle-class families pay more
This is unacceptable.

Call your representative before tomorrow's vote, and tell him or her to vote NO on this bill. OFA's call tool will connect you in just two clicks:

Make the call

- Saumya Narechania
Organizing for Action

NOTE from Desktop Activist Tucson: I left a personal message for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan using the link above. 

Tell your Senators: Refuse to cast a final vote on the Tax Plan “conference report” until Doug Jones is seated


Now that the Tax bill has gone through committee, they are trying to rush it through a vote before Dem. Doug Jones is sworn in. Contact your senators immediately.  1-855-980-2350

Hello! My name is [___] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I want you to refuse to take a final vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act until the new duly-elected Senator from Alabama is seated. The people of Alabama deserve to have their voices heard and be represented by the Senator they elected. Keep in mind that Republican senators helped Mitch McConnell keep a Supreme Court seat vacant so that “the people could decide.” Well, here the people have decided and their will should be respected. After Scott Brown was elected in a special election in Massachusetts, there were no further votes on the Affordable Care Act until he was seated. Please, refuse to cast a final vote on the Tax Plan “conference report” until Doug Jones is seated. 

You can also contact them on their websites. 

Sen. John McCain's website:


Sen. Jeff Flakes' website: 

Tell JPMorgan Chase and BlackRock: Stop financing Amazon destruction

The petition to JPMorgan Chase and BlackRock, Inc. reads:
"Fossil fuel operations that you invest in are actively violating indigenous rights in the Amazon and worsening our climate crisis. You must stop funding the destruction of Amazon rainforest and destroying the homes of its indigenous inhabitants."
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The hypocrisy is incredible: JPMorgan Chase and BlackRock, two of the
world's largest financial institutions, publicly touted their green bona fides at the United Nations' recent annual climate change conference, while they continue, in private, to fund massive fossil fuel expansion and destruction in the Amazon.
According to a stunning new report by Amazon Watch, both firms have large financial stakes in at least three companies drilling for oil in the Amazon, which are posing a serious threat to biodiversity and the health and welfare of indigenous people and furthering runaway climate change.1
Companies that drill in the Amazon wouldn't be able to continue operations without the backing of these massive banks and investment firms. It's time for us to call on these financial institutions to divest completely from dirty and dangerous fossil fuel operations immediately.
Despite their continued public lip service to social and environmental corporate responsibility, the funding provided by JPMorgan Chase and BlackRock to companies that drill for oil and gas in the Amazon is causing untold destruction to the environment and the health and livelihoods of the indigenous people living there.
According to the Amazon Watch report, one block in the Peruvian Amazon owned by Frontera Energy, a controversial Canadian-based crude oil and gas company, is "infamous for its antiquated, leaky pipeline infrastructure” and its “legacy of dumping billions of gallons of toxic production waters and hundreds of oil spills have left lagoons with oil, contaminated animals, dead fish, cultural knowledge loss, mistreatment of men, women and children."2
Momentum to force financial institutions to divest from fossil fuel projects is growing. Massive public pressure by CREDO members and our progressive allies help pressure Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo to stop funding the global coal industry.3 And recently, the World Bank announced it would stop funding upstream oil and gas projects in the developing world.4
With the United States leaving the Paris climate agreement at the hands of Donald Trump, it's now more imperative than ever that these massive private financial institutions join with the rest of the global community to stop financing oil and gas drilling.
Tell JPMorgan Chase and BlackRock: Stop financing Amazon destruction. Click the link below to sign the petition:
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  1. Amazon Watch, "Investing in Amazon Destruction," November 2017.
  2. Alexander C. Kaufman, "JPMorgan, BlackRock Tout Climate Bona Fides While Funding Amazon Oil Drilling," HuffPost, Nov. 9, 2017.
  3. Rainforest Action Network, "Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo Cut Coal Financing, Join Growing Movement by Banks in U.S. and Europe," Nov. 30, 2015.
  4. Anmar Frangoul, "World Bank Group will stop financing upstream oil and gas after 2019," CNBC, Dec. 12, 2017.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tell Congress: Save net neutrality


The petition to Congress reads:
"Save net neutrality. Support the joint resolution of disapproval overturning the FCC's reversal of the 2015 Open Internet rules."
Add your name:
Sign the petition ►

Tell Congress: Save net neutrality
Last week, Trump's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tried to kill the open internet. They ignored millions of Americans to end the internet as we know it and give big cable companies control of what we say and do online.
But this fight isn't over. Congress has the authority to overturn the FCC's vote. Congress can use a "resolution of disapproval" to reverse this disastrous decision and restore the rules that protect the open internet.1 In both the House and Senate, members of Congress are planning to introduce these resolutions – now we need to get others to sign on.
Millions of Americans called on the FCC to keep the internet working the way it is now – instead of letting big cable companies control what all Americans see, say and do online. But Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai ignored us, and on Dec. 14, the FCC rushed to kill net neutrality. The agency dismissed the fact that the public comment process was corrupted by millions of fake comments and ignored requests to delay or cancel the vote from 18 state attorneys general, Republican and Democratic members of Congress, the creator of the internet, and of course millions of people who depend on the internet every day.2
Congress has the power and the responsibility to right this wrong. Thanks to the Congressional Review Act, Congress can review new regulations – in this case, the FCC's Orwellian-sounding “Restoring Internet Freedom” rule – and overrule them by passing a joint resolution of disapproval.3 Republicans in Congress used the process earlier this year when they repealed important broadband privacy protections. And in the Senate, even the minority party can force a resolution of disapproval to a vote – making every senator go on the record for or against net neutrality.
Free speech and civil rights champions throughout history have faced setbacks, but they did not back down. The fight for a free and open internet is no different. We will continue to fight until we restore the rules that protect the internet as a platform for free speech, organizing, innovation and community building.
Trump's FCC chair has shown that he is in the pocket of big telecom companies. But unlike the FCC, members of Congress are elected and they must answer to us.
Tell Congress: Save net neutrality. Support the resolution of disapproval condemning the FCC's repeal of net neutrality. Click the link below to sign the petition:
Add your name:
Sign the petition ►
References:
  1. Kate Conger and Dell Cameron, "Wait, can Congress stop the FCC from trampling net neutrality?" Gizmodo, Dec. 14, 2017.
  2. Ted Johnson, "FCC repeals net neutrality rules amid protests, lawsuit threats," Variety, Dec. 14, 2017.
  3. Conger and Cameron, "Wait, can Congress stop the FCC from trampling net neutrality?"
  4. Timothy Karr, "Voices for Internet Freedom: FCC chairman's anti-net neutrality plan will harm people of color," Voices for Internet Freedom, April 26, 2017.
  5. Harper Neidig, "Poll: 83 percent of voters support keeping FCC's net neutrality rules," The Hill, Dec. 12, 2017.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Levi’s dirty secret


Levi’s leadership and innovation in protecting the global climate is more urgent than ever.

Demand the apparel company step up and be an industry leader by reducing its climate pollution.

SIGN THE PETITION

1.1 million cars. That's how much Levi’s climate pollution amounts to in a single year. Much of this pollution comes from coal and other dirty fossil fuels burned to power its clothing factories in China and India.

But Levi’s hasn’t made any firm commitments to clean up its supply chain and take a leadership role in transitioning the apparel industry to renewable industry. the apparel industry to renewable industry.

Ask Levi’s to take the courageous next step to clean up its supply chain and become a climate leader.

Levi’s invented blue jeans more than 160 years ago, trailblazing a new industry. But the clothing brand is a major polluter. Manufacturing a single pair of Levi’s 501 jeans produces the equivalent of burning 21 pounds of coal.And while the company has made some efforts towards sustainability in its home operations, we need Levi’s to clean up its supply chain if it wants to be part of the solution and not the problem.

Levi’s can make this change. In 2016, the company earned roughly $300 million in profits, putting it in a strong position to take the courageous next step to become a climate leader, and driving the apparel industry towards sustainability.

It’s time Levi’s becomes part of the solution by catalyzing the demand for renewable energy in China, India and other supplying countries.

Tell Levi’s to be an industry leader and drive the apparel industry towards sustainability.

Levi’s has the opportunity to be a leader in the industry and to make real and long-lasting commitments right now that will have an impact on the 325 million people whose lives are significantly affected by climate change.

Together, we can move Levi's out of dirty fuels into true climate leadership. Earlier this year, over a hundred thousand SumOfUs members like you signed our petition, shared it with friends, and called CEOs demanding the biggest denim brands make serious commitments to taking responsibility for all of their emissions.

Now we need your help to send a message to Levi’s to be part of the solution and lead their industry towards renewable energy.

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Submit official comment to Dept. of Labor to protect tipped wages of servers


Since taking office, Donald Trump has continuously sided with Wall Street, big business and the Chamber of Commerce over working people.

He has allowed Wall Street “investors” to fleece retirement savers out of billions of dollars.

He is letting employers hide fatal injuries that happen on their watch.

He has refused to uphold overtime pay rules that would raise the wages of millions of working people, and much more!

Time and again, Donald Trump has undone or refused to enforce rules that protect the rights and wages of working people. And now he’s siding with the National Restaurant Association over tipped workers.

Donald Trump’s Department of Labor has proposed a new rule that would let restaurant owners steal the tips of its servers. EPI estimates that employers could pocket roughly $5.8 billion in workers’ tips each year under Trump’s proposed rule.

Submit an official comment to the Department of Labor today to oppose this proposed rule and to protect the tipped wages of servers.

DOL has proposed this rule under the guise of sharing tips with untipped employees like cooks and dishwashers. But nothing in the rule actually requires employers to distribute the pooled tips―meaning managers and owners would have the right to pocket them.

Additionally, DOL did not provide its own estimate of the amount of tips that will be transferred from workers to employers―even though such an estimate is legally required.

One plausible explanation for why DOL left out the required estimate is that any good-faith estimate would have shown this proposed rule will result in a substantial shift of tips from workers to employers (EPI estimates the shift would be roughly $5.8 billion).

But before Donald Trump’s DOL can implement this awful rule, they are required to hold a public comment period.

Stand with EPI and millions of tipped workers across the country. Submit your official comment to the Department of Labor to oppose this rule and to protect the tipped wages of working people.

Together, we’re standing up to an administration that shows its repeated contempt for working people. We’re demanding an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few!

- Heidi Shierholz
Senior Economist and Director of Policy, EPI