Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tell IBM: Don’t help Trump spy on immigrants. Refuse to build his Extreme Vetting Program

Donald Trump’s Extreme Vetting Program is designed to criminalize immigrants and Muslims and keep them out of the country – and his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is recruiting tech companies to help build it.
Tech giant IBM has already shown interest in designing the advanced computer system that will help Trump spy on, target and terrorize immigrants.1 We must act now to stop IBM from building this racist machine.
DHS’s Extreme Vetting Program will try to use a computer algorithm to predict whether an immigrant applying for a visa will become a positive member of society or a criminal who will commit acts of terror.2 Leading data scientists agree that it would be impossible to create a system to accurately evaluate anyone based on these criteria.3 It is also impossible to create algorithms that are free of systemic racism as they mirror and replicate the biases of the people and cultures that create them.4
If the Trump regime – an administration stacked with white nationalists and neo-Nazis – succeeds at building an algorithm to expand and automate DHS’ visa vetting process, it would make the country’s immigration system even more discriminatory, ramp up the federal government’s surveillance of immigrants, and strengthen and institutionalize Trump’s racist, xenophobic and anti-Muslim policies. We cannot allow IBM to help make that happen.
IBM claims to be a global company that supports immigrants, but its actions tell a different story. IBM executives have been playing both sides with Trump’s anti-immigrant administration. When Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, IBM publicly condemned his decision and the company’s CEO Ginni Rometty visited members of Congress to demand they restore the program immediately.5 But Rometty also helped normalize and legitimize Trump’s Muslim ban, attacks on sanctuary cities and his entire hateful agenda by serving on his business council until it dissolved, despite demands from shareholders and customers that she step down.6 Now the multinational technology company is one of many corporations that have shown interest in building Trump’s Extreme Vetting Program.
Enough is enough. IBM must pick a side, which is why we are teaming up with our friends at Center for Media Justice, Color Of Change, Daily Kos and United We Dream to force IBM to make its position clear. Whether IBM lives up to its commitment to support immigrants and refuses to build Trump’s extreme vetting machine or helps him surveil, target and terrorize people simply because they were born in another country is up to us.Add your name to make sure IBM does the right thing.
Tell IBM: Don’t help Trump spy on immigrants. Refuse to build his Extreme Vetting Program. Click the link below to sign the petition.
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  1. Sam Biddle and Spencer Woodman, "There are the technology firms lining up to build Trump's 'Extreme Vetting' Program," The Intercept, Aug. 7, 2017.
  2. April Glaser, "ICE Wants to Use Predictive Policing Technology for Its “Extreme Vetting” Program," Slate, Aug. 8, 2017.
  3. Abelson et al., "Technology Experts Letter to DHS Opposing the Extreme Vetting Initiative," Nov. 16, 2017.
  4. Glaser, "ICE Wants to Use Predictive Policing Technology for Its “Extreme Vetting” Program."
  5. Ina Fried, "Apple, IBM among tech companies challenging Trump's effort to revoke DACA," Axios, Nov. 1, 2017.
  6. Tony Romm, "Here are the business leaders who are — and aren’t — officially advising Trump," Recode, Aug. 16 2017.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sign petition: Don't open Grand Canyon to new uranium mining leases

The petition to the Trump administration reads:
"Do not open the Grand Canyon to new uranium mining leases."
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Tell the Trump administration: No uranium mining in the Grand Canyon
It’s unbelievable that we 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:
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  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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fight for a humane tax plan and healthcare: Share your personal story with these maverick senators

First, Senator Ron Johnson, an arch-conservative from Wisconsin, came out against the Republican Party's misguided plan to cut taxes for the wealthy and sabotage Obamacare.1 Then, 13 Republicans voted against the House tax bill. Now, Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski seem to be leaning our way, and a new analysis shows the Senate tax plan will actually RAISE taxes on the poor and the middle class--a huge political blow to the bill's chances.2,3

If Sens. Collins, Murkowski, and Johnson vote no, the bill is dead. That's why we're making Senate phones ring off the hook in Washington, D.C., and organizing our members in key states to tell their stories about what this tax DEFORM plan would mean for them.

Desperate for a win, Senator Mitch McConnell and Trump are pushing to pass their rich-person giveaway when they come back after Thanksgiving. That means we've got just one week to raise hell in Maine, Arizona, Nevada, and Alaska--the same kind of organizing that helped us kill Trumpcare earlier this year.

But just like this summer, we have to keep the pressure on senators from these states. We've got the cold hard facts: 13 million will lose their health insurance.4 Americans earning less than $75,000 a year will see their taxes INCREASE.5

We have to back up those facts with the stories of real people, real voters, who can't afford for this dangerous tax plan to become law.

- UltraViolet Action


1. GOP tax plan in trouble after Republican senator says he won’t back it, The Washington Post, November 15, 2017
2. Why Republicans may have lost Susan Collins in their tax reform fight, Bangor Daily News, November 16, 2017
3. Murkowski Tax Vote Contingent on Stabilizing Individual Health Insurance Market, Roll Call, November 17, 2017
4. Repealing the Individual Health Insurance Mandate: An Updated Estimate, Congressional Budget Office, November 8, 2017
5. $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut Passed by House in Mostly Party-Line Vote, The New York Times, November 16, 2017

Does the #GOPTaxPlan treat corporations and individuals the same in terms of who gets to keep deductions and who doesn’t? Nope, not even close. WATCH VIDEO.

You can contact Sen. McCain at his Tucson Office:
(520) 670-6334
Fax: (855) 952-8702

One way to reach him is to share you personal stories on his website:


Here's mine for inspiration:

Dear Senator McCain,

I live in Tucson where so many of your constituents are living paycheck to paycheck. They are one medical emergency from going bankrupt and losing their homes. Everyday I see more and more homeless people - some vets, some people who had to quit their jobs to care for a sick loved one, some who had a medical emergency. I'm urging you to take care of vulnerable Tucsonans. It is just heartless to pass a huge tax cut for the wealthiest Americans on the back of the most vulnerable. Why are you raising taxes on married couples who make less that $19050 a year? When my husband left me, I struggled to get by on spousal support. No one would hire me because I had been a stay at home mom. I could have easily become homeless. So many of us are just one emergency away from being homeless.

My parents in Missouri are just getting by on their limited retirement plan and social security.  My dad recently had gallbladder surgery. He could not have had that surgery without the help of Medicare.  They finally had to get a home health aide. That is also paid for by Medicare. This immoral tax plan even cuts the dependent deduction that enables families to take care of their elderly parents at home AND the deduction for their medical expenses. How are people supposed to get by? 

Senator McCain, please, don't take away our healthcare or make it even harder on the poor. I know you are a moral man; vote your conscious. Vote no on that cruel tax bill.

The GOP sneaks bad bills that the public fought into their tax reform bill

Will the GOP tax plan bring back jobs? 
The GOP has found a way to sneak the bad bills that the public fought into their tax reform bill - all under the guise of giving us a tax cut. This includes allowing drilling in our Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, cutting the EV tax credit that makes clean vehicles affordable, limiting the ability of clean energy developers to use solar and wind tax credits (while fossil fuel companies still get theirs), cutting tax deductions for student loan interest, and not just dismantling Obamacare, but defunding Medicare and Medicaid!

The truth is that this tax plan will benefit big corporations and billionaires at the expense of the working class. After this irresponsible tax cut raises the deficit by $1.7 trillion, the GOP will use that as an excuse to cut even more vital services for the American people.

And for what? The taxes for the poorest Americans will actually go up. Married couples making less than $19,050 will pay 2% more. The taxes for the lower and middle class will increase steadily after 5 years. But the tax cuts for the wealthiest people the planet has ever known, will last FOREVER.

The 1% already has 90% of the wealth in America. But that isn't enough for them. They have invested millions of dollars in bribing our politicians. The GOP tax bill is their big payoff.

This will increase wealth inequality and give them even more power over our government and the American people. And they have no intention of giving anything to the American people. Look at the cabinet that Trump nominated. His choice to head the Department of Labor was Carl's Jr. CEO Andy Puzder who fought raising the minimum wage and cheated managers out of overtime pay.

They say this tax bill will bring companies back. Then why does it include a provision allowing companies to deduct moving expenses for relocating abroad? This tax bill won't bring back companies until the GOP succeeds in making the US "competitive" - which is code for paying us slave wages and dismantling worker protections. For a temporary minimal tax cut, are we willing to give up the protections that our ancestors sacrificed for?

When they say "Make America Great Again" is that code for going back to a time when a privileged few benefited from slavery?

Don't believe your bought and sold Representatives. (Rep. McSally, I mean you.) Do your own research on how the average American will fare with the new tax code.

Tell Trump administration: Ethically compromised Wilbur Ross must go

Petition to the Trump administration:
"Wilbur Ross reportedly misled the American people about his business conflicts of interest, maintains financial ties to Putin-linked Russian oligarchs and has ducked ethics scrutiny. Remove him from office immediately."
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Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross reportedly misled the American people about his investments and appears to have used his position to line his own pockets.1 It’s time for him to go.
Wilbur Ross’s hidden investments were one of the biggest revelations in the Paradise Papers – documents revealing how the Wall Street super-wealthy and international corporations avoid taxes.2 Not only does Ross have secret financial ties to Russian oligarchs with family ties to Vladimir Putin, the papers show that Ross was negotiating natural gas export deals while he held huge investments in the world’s largest fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.3
Worse, the ethics official who endorsed Ross’s activity received a promotion from Ross shortly after clearing him.4
This is another textbook case of the Trump administration’s phony populism serving as cover for the wealthiest few to enrich themselves at public expense. We need a concerted public push to expose Ross and make it clear that recusals cannot erase this conflict of interest and seeming corruption. Wilbur Ross has to go.
The Paradise Papers reveal that Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has financial ties to Russian oligarchs and did not reveal that information before his confirmation.5 But the conflict of interest goes beyond Russia.
Wilbur Ross “personally negotiated” a trade deal involving the shipping of LNG to China. All the while, he held far greater investments in Navigator – the company with the largest fleet of LNG carriers – than he had previously revealed. When pressed, Ross points at a stamp of approval from Commerce Department ethics adviser David Maggi. But a few months after approving Ross’s suspect deals, Ross rewarded Maggi by promoting him to a permanent post.6
As Jeff Hauser of the Revolving Door Project put it: “The commerce secretary is behaving in a way that’s a prima facie conflict of interest. The designated ethics official should rein him in. He hasn’t, and he owes his job to Ross.”7
Once again, the oligarchs of team Trump are using their ill-gotten power to profit while making grand populist promises. It is up to us to expose this phony populism and demand that Ross step down.
Since the release of the Paradise Papers, Ross has agreed to divest of the original holding – which only goes to show how wrong-headed Maggi’s initial judgment actually was. We still do not know the extent of Ross’s financial holdings, and we cannot trust either his false promises to recuse himself or the ethics official who owes his job to Ross.8 As Sen. Richard Blumenthal said recently:
“In concealing his interest in these shipping companies – and his ongoing financial relationship with Russian oligarchs – Secretary Ross misled me, the Senate Commerce Committee, and the American people. Secretary Ross’ financial disclosures are like a Russian nesting doll, with blatant conflicts of interest carefully hidden within seemingly innocuous holding companies.”9
Sen. Blumenthal has called for an Office of the Inspector General investigation, but it is hard to see how any finding would eliminate the fundamental and blatant conflict of interest. We need to keep Ross’s seeming corruption in the spotlight and keep the pressure on until he is no longer able to exploit the American people.
Tell the Trump administration: Ethically compromised Wilbur Ross has to go. Click below to sign the petition:
- Murshed Zaheed, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets
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  1. David Dayen, “The Wilbur Ross Scandal Isn’t About Russia, It’s About Corruption,” The Intercept, Nov. 8, 2017.
  2. Richard Engel and Aggelos Petropoulos, “Paradise Papers: Leaks Show Wilbur Ross Hid Ties to Putin Cronies,” NBC News, Nov. 5, 2017.
  3. Dayen, “The Wilbur Ross Scandal Isn’t About Russia, It’s About Corruption.”
  4. Ibid.
  5. Engel and Petropoulos, “Paradise Papers: Leaks Show Wilbur Ross Hid Ties to Putin Cronies.”
  6. Dayen, “The Wilbur Ross Scandal Isn’t About Russia, It’s About Corruption.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.
  9. Louis Nelson, “Wilbur Ross: Accusations that I failed to disclose Russia-linked investments are 'evil,’” POLITICO, Nov. 6, 2017.

Tell your senators to oppose any legislative attempt to weaken ESA protections for species affected by pesticides

The pesticide industry is pushing a bill that threatens the survival of endangered species.
The pesticide industry is pushing secret legislation on Capitol Hill that would dismantle Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections against deadly pesticides. A version of this hidden bill was obtained by the Center for Food Security.

Toxic pesticides are one of the primary risks to endangered species. They threaten thousands of species, from California condors to Florida panthers, Sandhill Cranes to Atlantic salmon. Under current law, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is legally required to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service to minimize harm to endangered species from EPA-approved pesticides.

That requirement is effective. For example, in a case brought by CFS attorneys a federal court held that the approvals of 59 bee killing “neonic” pesticides were illegal because the EPA failed to comply with the ESA. But the new legislation promoted by the pesticide industry would erase this critical requirement. And the deadly harm of toxic pesticides to endangered species would only be assessed upon request by pesticide manufacturers – who obviously have zero incentive to put their own products under scrutiny. The proposal would also limit enforcement actions designed to prevent pesticides from killing or harming endangered wildlife.

Tell your members of Congress to oppose any legislative attempt to weaken ESA protections for species affected by pesticides >>

Why would Congress make this dangerous change to the law? In April, DowDupont (formerly Dow Chemical) asked EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to stop all efforts to fully assess the impacts of chlorpyrifos, malathion, and diazinon, which have been shown to harm virtually all of America’s approximately 1,800 protected species. AndPruitt has apparently capitulated - the federal government’s efforts to protect endangered species from those three chemicals has been completely stalled.

Shortly after becoming EPA Administrator, Pruitt reversed a research-based decision by the agency’s scientists to ban use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos — which is linked to learning disabilities in children — on food crops, including apples and oranges. Pruitt approved chlorpyrifos use even though the EPA’s own research shows residues of the chemical on produce in amounts exponentially above levels the agency has determined to be safe.

If Pruitt won’t protect our children and farmworkers from the overuse of highly poisonous insecticides, then he certainly can’t be trusted to protect our endangered species from them. Beautiful species like Palos Verde Blue butterflies, rusty patched bumble bees, and even our majestic whooping cranes may all disappear if we are forced to trust Mr. Pruitt – but this bill removes all the checks on him.

In short, this new legislation would eviscerate meaningful protections for fish, wildlife, and plants under the Endangered Species Act.

Tell your Senators and Representative to oppose any legislative attempt to weaken ESA protections for species affected by pesticides >>

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The U.S. People’s Delegation sent a message to the world at the COP 23 UN climate talks

The only event the Trump administration hosted at the COP 23 UN climate talks during the last two weeks in Germany was a panel promoting “clean” coal, nuclear, and other fossil fuels. This is climate denial in action.

Luckily, people weren’t buying it. As fossil fuel executives took the stage to speak, hundreds of people rose up, disrupting the event by singing, and walked out. I was there, and I can tell you that being part of that beautiful and powerful moment sent shivers down my spine. But don’t just take it from me -- watch this powerful video of people rising up in resistance:
This powerful act of resistance was led by members of the U.S. People’s Delegation. The delegation included youth, Indigenous peoples, frontline communities, advocates, and policymakers who came to Germany to stand their ground as the true representatives of people in the U.S. Through direct actions, speak outs and discussions with elected officials, they spotlighted that true climate leadership in the U.S. comes from the people.
The U.S. People’s Delegation sent a powerful message to the world in Germany: U.S. communities aren’t waiting for this administration to get its act together -- we’re demanding lasting change now. The delegation showed world leaders that people are already organizing in cities and states across the country to call for a fast, just transition to a world free of fossil fuels that’s powered by 100% renewable energy for all.
The organizations represented in the People’s Delegation include: SustainUS, Sunrise Movement, Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, and the Climate Justice Alliance as part of It Takes Roots, U.S Human Rights Network, Climate Generation, Our Children’s Trust, ICLEI USA, NextGen America, and 350.org.
Now, with the climate talks having just finished, the delegation members are heading home for some much-needed rest -- but here in the U.S., our fight is just beginning. We will be in touch soon with more information on what’s next.
- Thanu Yakupitiyage 350.org
Once you’ve shared the video, there’s one more way you can join the movement for local climate solutions: People across the U.S. are holding #FossilFree House Parties to chart out a plan for 100% renewable energy and no new fossil fuel projects in their communities. Click here to find or host a house party near you this week.

Tell your Representative to vote NO on the SECURE American Energy Act - a giveaway to the fuel industry

Last week, a House committee approved a disturbing bill called the SECURE American Energy Act. It’s essentially a fossil fuel industry wish list rolled into a brand new package.

Your representative could vote on this giveaway to oil and gas corporations any day! Send a message to your Representative right now to tell them to vote NO on the SECURE Act. It’s time to protect our communities, coasts, climate, and marine life, not oil company profits.

If this bill becomes law, it will become easier and faster for corporations to pump oil out of millions of acres of protected public land and waters, and that’s just the start:

*Rules protecting marine mammals — like the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale — from seismic blasting and oil drilling will be weakened to the point of nonexistence.

*States will be given financial incentives to drill in sensitive ecosystems.

*Enforcement of federal fracking regulations would be prohibited.

This bill will make drilling easier, endanger communities and wildlife, and delay our transition to clean energy. Clearly, the only thing the SECURE Act secures is increased profits for oil executives. It will lock us into decades of reckless oil and gas development. The cost is just too high.

Please do your part by telling your Representative to vote NO on the SECURE act.

We can stop this bill from ever becoming law. The resistance has already stalled Trump’s legislative agenda and the SECURE Act is just plain outrageous. Your voice — combined with thousands of others — can ensure your Representative wants nothing to do with it.

-Mary Sweeters
Offshore Oil Campaigner, Greenpeace USA

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Republican tax plan can still be stopped, and your senator, Senator John McCain, is a key player in this fight. Act now.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives just passed Trump's dumpster fire of a tax plan yesterday, jeopardizing millions of families' financial stability and health care in one swift blow.1
The Republican tax plan can still be stopped, and your senator, Senator John McCain, is a key player in this fight. But we have to act fast.2
Sharing personal stories with elected officials is one of the most compelling ways to influence their vote. And here's the thing: everyone, including you, has a story to share about how this tax plan negatively impacts them and those they love, because the Republican tax plan is a complete disaster for women, middle- and working-class families, and anyone else who isn't a millionaire and billionaire in the top 1%. In fact, the Senate bill is even worse than the one that passed in the House: it will also sabotage health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, which means 13 million people could lose their health insurance if this tax bill passes, including 282,000 people in Arizona.3 Here are just a few of the many ways this tax plan affects people:
  • Individuals making between $20,000-$30,000 per year would be hit the hardest, with their taxes beginning to rise by 2021. By 2027, they would see a more than 25% increase in their tax bill.4
  • Everyone making under $75,000 per year would see taxes increase throughout the next decade.5
  • Health care premiums will rise 10% for more than 20 million people in 2019.6
  • A typical middle-class family buying insurance through the marketplace will see a $2,000 increase in cost by 2019.7
  • Those who rely on Medicare will also face enormous hardship--Arizona alone will lose $477 million in Medicare funding starting in 2018.8
  • Homeowners will no longer be able to take mortgage interest deductions.9
  • Those with student loans can no longer take student loan interest deductions.10
  • The personal exemption of $4,050 for yourself, your spouse, and each of your dependents will be eliminated.11
The list goes on....
The good news is that the Republicans' path to success in the Senate is becoming increasingly rocky. On Wednesday, Senator Ron Johnson (R-MN), one of the most conservative Tea Party members of the U.S. Senate, announced that he won't support Trump's $1.7 trillion tax giveaway for the wealthy.12 That means just two more Republican senators need to say 'no' to this plan to secure a victory--and Senator John McCain is one of a few senators still on the fence.
It's highly likely that the Senate will vote on this tax bill before the end of November, which means that with the Thanksgiving holiday, there are only a few days left to show up and share your story with Senator John McCain. Once you sign up, we'll send you all the information you'll need, including talking points, tips, and tools to make sure your visit is as effective and impactful as possible. Can you make it?
- the UltraViolet Action team

6. The Senate Tax Bill Threatens Access to Health Care, Center for American Progress, November 16, 2017
8. The Senate Tax Bill Threatens Access to Health Care, Center for American Progress, November 16, 2017
10. The GOP Tax Bill Is Bad for Students, Nation, November 14, 2017

Ask your mayor to read the new report and show their support for 100% clean, renewable energy now!

During this time of federal inaction, cities are at the forefront of progress. 

As the world gathers in Bonn, Germany for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, cities and mayors across the United States are reaffirming their commitments to move away from dirty fuels and to repower their communities with 100% clean, renewable energy -- like wind and solar.

Sierra Club's Ready For 100 Campaign released a new report showcasing ten of the 49 U.S. cities that are committed to building a 100% clean and renewable energy future that works for all of us. 

From Atlanta, Georgia to Pueblo, Colorado, these communities recognize that 100% clean energy means lower energy costs, more good-paying jobs, cleaner air and water and affordable energy for all! Today, these cities are paving the way to 100% clean energy by taking steps to realize this vision.

If you’re ready for your city to support a just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy -- Share this report with your mayor and ask them to show their support for 100% clean and renewable energy for all, by:
  • Reading the 2017 Case Studies Report, here: www.sc.org/10-case-studies 
  • Sharing the 2017 Case Studies Report on social media.
  • Joining Mayors For 100% Clean Energy! Learn more: www.mayors4cleanenergy.org
  • And calling on other mayors to join them in supporting a vision of 100% clean, renewable energy!

Urgent Action requested: GOP rushing cruel tax bill through both houses - before people have time to protest

The GOP is rushing their cruel tax bill through both houses. I know that the House passed their tax bill, and the Senate's tax bill has been rushed through committee. I am contacting everyone today.

In addition to giving HUGE tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and corporations, the GOP tax plan has a provision to allow drilling the the Arctic Wildlife Refuge and another provision that cuts healthcare for 12 million Americans. The plan actual RAISES taxes for married couples who make $19050 or less by 2%. What the heck! How are they supposed to survive on that? Some middle class workers will get a small tax cut that will be phased out in five years. But the tax cuts for the rich will last FOREVER. The GOP is giving tax cuts to the people who need them the least on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens. That's just not right!

Does the #GOPTaxPlan treat corporations and individuals the same in terms of who gets to keep deductions and who doesn’t? Nope, not even close.

Here is my e-mail to my Rep. Martha McSally:

Dear Representative McSally,

Please, do not include a provision to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the tax plan. We need a world with wild places. If you drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, you will put that fragile ecosystem at risk. One by one animal species are going extinct because their habitats are being destroyed by the fossil fuel industry. Do you want leave a planet with no animals for our children? An oil leak would endanger yet another water source. We can live without oil; we can't live without water.

Yes, we need reliable energy. But if we are already being forced to drill in our protected wilderness, then we must be running out. We should incentivize the development of solar and wind energy NOW. Energy companies should get incentives to develop the storage capabilities needed to have reliable energy, not to assault our land, air and water. Let's not wait until there are no wild places left, no animals, no clean water or even trees to make the air we breath. Let's incentivize the development of clean energy now. Clean energy provides more jobs than all of the fossil fuel industries combined. America should be leading the way in clean energy - for the health of our children and the economy.

Please, stop the drilling at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge now. Let's leave American beautiful and healthy for our children.

Jana Segal

United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Talk to each of your senators and reps.

Rep. McSally

I reached someone at McSally's Sierra Vista office: (520) 459-3115

Tucson office (520) 881-3588, Fax: (520) 322-9490

Washington, DC Office (202) 225-2542, Fax: (202) 225-0378

Sen. Flake

Washington, D.C. Office:  202-224-4521, F: 202-228-0515

Phoenix Office: P: 602-840-1891, F: 602-840-4092

Tucson Office: P: 520-575-8633, F: 520-797-3232

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tell the DOJ: drop the bogus riot charges against Trump inauguration protesters

When a group of over 200 people, including journalists and legal observers, attended a protest of Trump’s inauguration, D.C. police indiscriminately swept them up and arrested them. Now they’re facing up 70 years in prison for taking part in – or even just being near – a political protest.1
Trump’s DOJ is trying to throw the book at Trump resisters by charging a group of over 200 people who attended or participated in an inauguration protest with felony counts of rioting and conspiracy to incite a riot.
Their goal is simple: Criminalize dissent and undermine Americans’ First Amendment right to protest.2 The DOJ is using the DisruptJ20 case as a test of the legal system to see how far they can go. If we can’t stop their overreach here, we can be sure they’ll have more Trump resistance figures in their sights next.
At every turn, the DOJ has over stepped its bounds in trying to bring any sort of charges against these anti-Trump protesters. Back in August, they demanded the disruptj20.org website hand over the IP addresses of 1.3 million people who visited the site leading up to Inauguration Day.
Then they asked for a search warrant against Facebook to release the personal data – including friends lists – of DisruptJ20 organizers.
In both cases, the D.C. rejected the DOJ’s requests. But riot charges are still hanging over the heads of almost 200 people.
-Reuben, Demand Progress

1. The Intercept, "Hundreds Face Conspiracy Charges For Actions Of A Few During Inauguration Day Protests," October 25, 2017
2. The Nation, "The Prosecution of Inauguration-Day Protesters Is a Threat to DissOctober 20, 2017

Demand Congress Address the Opioid Crisis!

The opioid epidemic killed 64,000 people last year and is the #1 cause of death for Americans under 50.

This is a PUBLIC HEALTH crisis, yet the government has yet to allocate any funding to address this crisis.

In fact, Trump and Republicans are making it worse by attacking health care programs like Medicaid, the largest funder of opioid treatment and services.

If our legislators are serious about ending the opioid crisis, they need to allocate funds to make opioid treatment safe, affordable, and accessible. That means taking immediate action on the following:

1) Fund real treatment and public health services that address the opioid crisis.

2) Pass the Alexander-Murray health care proposal.

3) Protect Medicaid, the biggest payer of opioid treatment!

Urge your Members of Congress to support real solutions to the opioid crisis now!

Today, the Opioid Network – a coalition of opioid users, health care professionals, grassroots leaders, and other allies – is storming the halls of Congress to protect Medicaid and demand $45 billion in federal funding to expand access to opioid treatment and overdose prevention.

Tell the Senate: Reject climate-denier Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination to run the Council on Environmental Quality

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"Kathleen Hartnett White is a dangerous right-wing climate change denier who holds extreme, anti-science views. Block and resist her nomination to lead the Council on Environmental Quality."
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WATCH VIDEO: Senators left DUMBFOUNDED by Trump's Environmental Top Pick answers on Climate Change

If Donald Trump's long list of climate-denying nominees wasn't terrifying enough, his pick to lead the Council on Environmental Quality might be the most extreme and dangerous one yet.

Kathleen Hartnett White isn't just your run-of-the-mill extreme right-wing climate-denier. She's a senior fellow at the Koch brothers and Exxon-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation, believes carbon dioxide is harmless "plant food," equates belief in climate change to "paganism," and calls solar and wind power "unreliable and parasitic."1,2

But her most egregious argument against climate change asserts that coal use in the 1800s actually ended slavery in the United States, saying "fossil fuels dissolved the economic justification for slavery."3

A person with such heinous, racist, climate-denying views has no business overseeing environmental policy in our country. We must speak out now to pressure the Senate to block and resist her confirmation before it comes up for a vote.

Tell the Senate: Reject climate-denier Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination to run the Council on Environmental Quality. Click here to sign the petition.

The little-known Council on Environmental Quality plays a big role in the White House in directing environmental policy across agencies and implementing the National Environmental Policy Act, which oversees environmental permit applications. An extreme climate-denier leading this council could have an oversized and dangerous influence over permit applications for fossil fuel infrastructure projects, like dirty oil pipelines or coal and fracked natural gas export terminals.

In her recent Senate confirmation hearing, Hartnett White struggled to hide her anti-science views and long-time contempt for climate science. When asked if she believed the climate was changing, she first replied "I am uncertain," then fumbled to correct herself. Later in the hearing, when progressive champion Sen. Jeff Merkley asked Hartnett White if she believed carbon dioxide levels have increased dramatically, she replied with a sigh and said "no."4

Political pundits have said if Harnett White is confirmed it will be "a huge win for Steve Bannon," but activism resisting Trump's climate-denying nominees is working.5 After hundreds of thousands of progressives – including more than 170,000 CREDO members – took action, urging the Senate to reject Sam Clovis, Trump's racist, climate-denying pick to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientist, Clovis withdrew his nomination from consideration.6 We must speak out again in full force to block another dangerous nominee from setting foot in the Trump regime.

Tell the Senate: Reject climate-denier Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination to run the Council on Environmental Quality. Click the link below to sign the petition:


- Josh Nelson,
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Andrew Kaczynski, "Trump pick for top environmental post called belief in global warming a 'kind of paganism,'" CNN, Oct 18, 2017.
Democracy Now!, "Climate Denier Kathleen Hartnett White Named White House Environmental Adviser," Oct. 16, 2017.
Christopher Hooks, "Top TPPF Analyst: Coal Ended Slavery," Texas Observer, Sept. 30, 2014.
Alexander C. Kaufman, "5 Times Trump’s Pick For Top Environmental Adviser Struggled To Defend Her Climate Denial," HuffPost, Nov. 8, 2017.
Alexander C. Kaufman, "Trump’s Pick For White House Environmental Post Once Said Coal Helped End Slavery," HuffPost, Oct 13, 2017.
Alexander C. Kaufman, "Trump’s USDA Pick With Ties To Russia Investigation Withdraws Nomination," HuffPost, Nov. 2, 2017.