Friday, August 16, 2019

Call the DNC: Demand a climate debate now

Call the DNC to demand a climate debate now.
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DNC Chair Tom Perez is against it, but activists, 20 presidential contenders,1 and over 200,000 petition signers want to make sure that a real discussion about the survival of our planet gets the airtime it deserves.2 Climate change is a threat to our current communities and future generations.Next week, Democratic National Committee (DNC) members are expected to vote on whether to have an official climate debate.
Voters deserve to know how presidential candidates plan to address this crisis. We have until August 22nd to get DNC members to support a climate debate. Will you call Arizona DNC members today?
Climate change has always faced an absurdly difficult challenge to make it to debate stages. Despite an uptick in natural disasters devastating thousands of Americans, climate issues are still considered niche, rather than a widespread concern. In the last debate, only 10% of the questions moderators asked of candidates were about climate change. That is appalling.3
Democrats need to step up and put climate change on the national political stage. A presidential primary debate on climate would highlight the climate crisis at a time when more people than ever are tuned in to national politics – and force candidates to be explicit about their solutions
The more calls we make to DNC members, the better chance we have of getting a climate debate. Call the DNC today.
Tell your DNC members: Stand up for a climate debate. Click the link below to call your DNC members:
- Jelani Drew, CREDO Action 
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References:
  1. Rebecca Leber, "Nearly Every Democratic Presidential Candidate Is Now Backing a Debate on Climate Change" Mother Jones, July 3, 2019.
  2. Chris Mills Rodrigo, "Activists deliver petition with 200,000 signatures calling for climate debate to DNC" The Hill, June 12, 2019.
  3. Elvondo Cooper & Lisa Hymas, "Less than 10% of questions were about climate change at CNN's two-night debate in Detroit" Media Matters for America, Aug. 1, 2019.

Tell House Dems: Pass No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act (H.R. 3222)

The petition to Democrats in the House of Representatives reads:
"Pass the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act (H.R. 3222)."
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Early this week, the Trump regime finalized a racist policy that would make it easier for the government to deny green cards to immigrants who have used Medicaid, Medicare, housing or food assistance. That means families and seniors will have to choose between their health and well-being and pursuing a path to citizenship. We cannot let this stand.Donald Trump and Stephen Miller's cruelty is endless.
Rep. Judy Chu's No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act would block the Trump regime from using federal funding to implement this cruel new policy.2 Speak out now to demand that Democrats in the House of Representatives pass this important bill.
Public charge is a category the government uses to determine whether someone seeking permanent resident status is likely to rely on public assistance to live in the country. In the past, xenophobes and racists have used public charge claims to keep out Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, LGBTQ families and people with disabilities. Now, the Trump regime is expanding and weaponizing it to advance its white supremacist agenda. We must stop this attack now.
The rule change would subject immigrants more likely to use public benefits like low-income immigrants, immigrants over the age of 65 and those with large families to a higher level of scrutiny when they apply for a green card. If an individual or anyone in their family has a record of using Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP or housing assistance, including Section 8, the government could label them a public charge and deny their application.
This attack is already having a chilling effect on immigrants, preventing many of them from accessing vital services. A recent survey showed that 20% of immigrant adults chose not to participate in a public benefit program for fear that the government would deny their green card application.3 That is appalling. Immigrants are eligible for many public benefits. They have every right to participate in programs they qualify for without putting their immigration status at risk.
For the Trump administration, the cruelty of this new policy is the point. It's also a blatant attempt to force Black and Brown immigrants into the shadows, kick them out of the country, and make citizenship a privilege reserved for white and wealthy immigrants only.
Thirteen states just filed a federal lawsuit challenging Trump's public charge policy.4 Now, it's up to us to keep the momentum going. Pushing Democrats in the House of Representatives to block federal funding for Trump's cruel expansion of public charge is one way we can show our immigrant neighbors, friends and family members that we have their backs.
Tell House Democrats: Not one dollar for Trump's racist public charge rule. Click the link below to sign the petition.
- Nicole Regalado, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Michael D. Shear, Miriam Jordan and Caitlin Dickerson, "Trump’s Policy Could Alter the Face of the American Immigrant," The New York Times, Aug. 14, 2019.
  2. Rep. Judy Chu, "Rep. Chu Introduces Bill to Block Implementation of Proposed Public Charge Rule," June 12, 2019.
  3. Quinn Owen, "Trump administration underestimating impact of new immigration rule, advocates say," ABC, Aug. 15, 2019.
  4. Geneva Sands, "13 states sue over legal immigration 'public charge' rule," CNN, Aug. 15, 2019.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tell Democrats: No Wall Street budget amendment

Petition to Democrats in the House of Representatives:
"Oppose the so-called 'Balanced Budget Amendment,' a destructive pro-Wall Street idea that no Democrat should support."
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Cuts to government services mean more money for Wall Street. Corporate titans and big banks spend billions to support politicians who will cut social spending, knowing that if we can't rely on public roads or schools, people will have to turn to Wall Street-backed private businesses.
That is why Wall Street loves the idea of a so-called "Balanced Budget Amendment," which would amend the Constitution to slash social spending. The amendment would bar the government from running a deficit, with disastrous effects for everyone except the investor class.1 No wonder one writer calls it "the worst idea in American politics."Cuts to government services mean more money for Wall Street. Corporate titans and big banks spend billions to support politicians who will cut social spending, knowing that if we can't rely on public roads or schools, people will have to turn to Wall Street-backed private businesses.
A group of corporate pawns known as "Blue Dog Democrats" are using the recently passed budget deal as an excuse to push the amendment and create a rift in the Democratic caucus.3 We need to make it clear to Democrats that siding with Wall Street is simply unacceptable.
The budget deal was already a mixed bag. While it removed some spending caps, it also increased military spending and suspended the debt ceiling for two years – potentially allowing Republicans to hold it hostage against a future Democratic administration. But even this wasn't enough for Blue Dog Democrats.4
The Blue Dogs want to put a kinder, gentler face on Wall Street plutocracy and push the Trump agenda. One of their key priorities this Congress is the Wall Street budget amendment. It would:5,6
  • Create recessions and make them worse by barring the government from deficit spending to boost the economy when it is weak or, in the case of the Blue Dogs' proposal, create extra hoops for Congress to jump through before it can act.
  • Damage the social safety net by placing limits on the ability of Social Security and Medicare to tap trust funds, creating an artificial cap on social safety net spending and locking Trump and Wall Street's budget idea into the Constitution for a generation or more.
  • Empower Trump and enrich Wall Street, by potentially giving the presidency new power to decide which programs are cut and who gets taxed in order to meet requirements – ensuring that more and more Americans must turn to Wall Street loan sharks to make ends meet, see a doctor or go to school.
  • Force the government to live by far harsher rules than ordinary families, who can at least finance major purchases by taking out a home mortgage or an auto loan.
Even with a Wall Street budget amendment, a Republican-led Congress will still give tax handouts to the super-rich and spend trillions on military waste, while the rest of us pay for it all. Democrats who support this idea should be laughed out of the room.
Tell Democrats: No Wall Street budget amendment. Click below to sign the petition:
- Heidi Hess, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Richard Kogan, "Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment Poses Serious Risks," Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, March 16, 2018.
  2. Charles P. Pierce, "Not One Single Democrat Should Get Behind the Worst Idea in American Politics," Esquire, April 9, 2019.
  3. Niv Elis, "Exclusive: Moderate Democrats renew calls for balanced budget amendment as spending deal nears," The Hill, July 18, 2019.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Kogan, "Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment Poses Serious Risks."
  6. Pierce, "Not One Single Democrat Should Get Behind the Worst Idea in American Politics."

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Tell your members of Congress: No wall on the San Pedro River


Act now! Construction is imminent. It’s not too late to stop this wall. Contact your congressional members NOW. Time is of the essence.

“The San Pedro harbors the richest, most dense and diverse inland bird population in the United States as well—385 species... For millions of migratory birds traveling from winter food in Central America to their northern breeding grounds, there is just one reliable passage. Just this one.” (excerpt from Barbara Kingsolver’s “Patience of a Saint”)

Scott Feldhausen, BLM Gila District Manager, in a July 3, 2019 letter to Paul Enriquez, Customs and Border Protection, Washington, D.C. writes, “This extreme flow regime, coupled with the seasonal variability of summer monsoons, make installation of permanent, yet permeable barriers, an engineering challenge… Currently, seasonable removal of the “normandy-styled” vehicular barriers has allowed the San Pedro River to maintain natural processes…” “Floods come down like rolling loads of cement.” (The Secret Knowledge of Water by C. Childs)

Potentially Catastrophic Border Wall Impacts:

 • Bulldozers, graders, back-hoes, chainsaws and the like are expected to begin as early as this month (August, 2019).
• Bulldozing native vegetation for 150ft “enforcement zone” on both sides of the wall will scar the land destroying habitat and visual aesthetics. Construction of 30ft concrete-filled, impermeable steel pedestrian barrier with 24 hour lighting, 31/2 football fields long with imbedded cameras.All this within this irreplaceable riparian ecosystem.
• High velocity flood flows – 8400 cfs (cubic feet/sec) = 62,836 gallons of water/sec with accumulation of tree debris and sediment creating a “dam” that can rise above the barrier, causing damage and potentially harming infrastructure downstream.
 • River bank destabilization coupled with increased erosion causing loss of vegetation, impacting the health and stability of the riparian area • Disruption of primary migratory wildlife corridor; threatened and endangered animals need these areas for movement across the border; jaguar, ocelot, jaguarundi, Mexican Gray Wolf, Mexican Spotted Owl, Mexican Long-nosed Bat and others. The wall will impede or inhibit the survival of these threatened animals.
• In 1995 the American Bird Conservancy recognized the San Pedro as its first Globally Important Bird Area. The Area features 300 migratory birds, 100 species of breeding birds, 200 species of butterflies, 87 species of mammals, 65 species of reptiles and amphibians, and native fish.
• “The river corridor supports 2/3 of the avian diversity of the entire United States...” (R. J. Luce, River of Life, San Pedro Anthology, 2019)
• In excess of 23,000 people visited the San Pedro House and Fairbanks Schoolhouse (a historical location within the riparian area) in FY2018 contributing over $300,000 to the local economy. We cannot afford to impact a critical migratory flyway and river corridor, compromising its pristine beauty and discouraging potential revenue from thousands of visitors each year.

The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA)

The San Pedro River is the last free flowing desert river in the southwest. SPRNCA was the first conservation area of its kind in our country designated by Congress on Nov 18, 1988 by Public Law 100-696:“In order to protect the riparian areas and the aquatic, wildlife, archaeological, paleontological, scientific, cultural, educational, and recreational resources of the public lands surrounding the San Pedro River in Cochise County, Arizona...” - Legal Hurdles

No environmental, archaeological or historic preservation laws apply (federal, state or local). In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act granting the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive any and all laws with regard to constructing walls and roads along the border. Several public interest groups are in federal court in the District of Columbia right now asking for a preliminary injunction that would halt construction activity in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND KEY SENATORS TO CONTACT:

1. Senator Krysten Sinema, Office: 3333 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85016, email: https://www.sinema.senate.gov/contact-krysten, phone: 602.598.7327 She is on the Senate Homeland Security Committee 

2. Senator Martha McSally, Office: 407 W. Congress St., Suite 103, Tucson, AZ 85701email:https://www.mcsally.senate.gov/contact_martha, phone:520.670.6334

3. U.S. Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, Sierra Vista Office: 77 Calle Portal, Suite B160, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635, phone: 520.459.3115, Tucson Office: 1636 North Swan Rd. Suite 200, Tucson, AZ 85712, phone: 520.881.3588, email:https://kirkpatrick.house.gov/contact/emsil-me

4. U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva, Office:El Pueblo Community Center, 101 W. Irvington Rd. Buildings 4 and 5 Tucson, AZ 85714, email: https://grijalva.house.gov/email-raul, phone: 520.622.6788 Chair, House Natural Resources Committee – jurisdiction over all public lands.

Conserve, Protect and Enhance • Page 2 • created by www.mawcenter.org, 8/2019

MORE INFORMATION

NO WALL ON THE SAN PEDRO RIVER - Phoenix New Times, JULY 5, 2019

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tell Congress: Pass thee Social Security 2100 Act

No, this isn't blurry. You're just getting old.
Petition to Congress:
"Pass the Social Security 2100 Act, which would increase Social Security benefits and keep the system solvent into the next century."
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Rep. John Larson's Social Security 2100 Act would increase Social Security benefits for all recipients, protect low-income workers by increasing the minimum monthly benefit and help Social Security maintain its value over time by adjusting benefits to inflation. In addition to protecting and enhancing Social Security, it’s paid for it by requiring millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share. We’re just 7 votes shy of passing Social Security expansion in the House of Representatives in 2019!
America is on the brink of a retirement crisis. Low wages and Wall Street scams have left countless Americans unable to save for retirement. Yet instead of protecting the best and most stable retirement program we have, Donald Trump and Trump Republicans repeatedly attack it. They proposed slashing $492 million from the Social Security Administration and routinely invoke the deficits they created with the Trump Tax Scam as an excuse to cut our earned benefits.2,3
That is why we are standing with our friends at Social Security Works to support the Social Security 2100 Act, which would:4
  • Increase Social Security benefits for all of us.
  • Force millionaires and billionaires to pay the same rate as everyone else.
  • Protect low income workers by increasing the minimum monthly benefit.
  • Guard against inflation by indexing benefits to what the elderly really must spend money on.
Social Security is one of the most successful government programs in our history, helping to keep tens of millions of Americans out of poverty over the past 80 years. It can pay all the benefits we earned through 2034 and nearly 80 percent after without any changes. But forcing the wealthy to pay their fair share will secure the program for all of us into the next century.
Republicans have been plotting for decades to undermine Social Security any way they can. Right now – with Americans reminded of all the good government does – is the best time to promote a bold vision for the future of Social Security.
Tell Congress: Expand Social Security. Pass the Social Security 2100 Act. Click the link below to sign the petition:
Heidi Hess, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Nancy Altman, "Republicans Are Killing Social Security One Tiny Service Cut at a Time," Slate, Jan. 22, 2018.
  2. Rep. John Larson, "The Social Security 2100 Act," accessed Feb. 6, 2019.
  3. Ibid.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Tell Mitch McConnell: Stop blocking gun control

 In El Paso, Texas. Nine were killed and 27 were injured
The petition to Mitch McConnell reads:
"Our country's gun violence epidemic demands action. Call the Senate back from recess to vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act."
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Our country's epidemic of gun violence demands action, but Republican politicians only offer their thoughts and prayers.This weekend, a white supremacist killed twenty people and injured dozens in El Paso, Texas. Nine were killed and 27 were injured in Dayton, Ohio. Three were killed and 40 were injured in Chicago, Illinois.
Thoughts and prayers won't stop the next mass shooting or do anything meaningful to address the gun violence epidemic. Congress needs to act. In February, the House of Representatives passed two bills to close major loopholes in gun purchase background checks,1 but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won't bring them to the floor of the Senate for a vote. It's time to put massive pressure on him to act.
Tragic mass shootings have become all too common – and they're getting deadlier. Since the fall of 2017, we have had four of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.2 And while these mass shootings receive more media attention, we cannot forget the gun violence that strikes people, families and communities across the country on a daily basis, killing almost 8,800 and injuring almost 17,500 so far this year.3
Earlier this year in New Zealand, after a gunman shot and killed 50 people at two mosques, it took lawmakers just three days to pass legislation banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines. We need that legislation too, and Democrats in the House of Representatives should take the lead and pass it, but we can't let the Senate off the hook.
The House has already passed two good bills that would help keep guns out of the hands of people who would be a danger to themselves or others. They deserve an up-or-down vote in the Senate but won't get one unless we put massive grassroots pressure on McConnell and his fellow Republicans and start breaking the NRA's chokehold on Congress. Senate Democrats are demanding that McConnell bring the Senate back into session to vote on H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112.4 Can you help amplify their call?
Tell Sen. McConnell: Thoughts and prayers are not enough. Call the Senate back into session for a vote on gun control now. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Heidi Hess, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Brakkton Booker and Martin Kaste, "House Passes Second Gun Background Check Bill In As Many Days," Feb. 28, 2019.
  2. Dave Lawler and Orion Rummler, "The deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history," Axios, Aug. 4, 2019.
  3. "Gun Violence Archive 2019," accessed Aug. 4, 2019.
  4. Rebecca Klar, "Democrats call for Senate to return to vote on gun reform after two deadly mass shootings," The Hill, Aug. 4, 2019.
More Information: 

This is the gun control legislation Mitch McConnell won't allow senators to vote on - USA TODAY, August. 4, 2019 


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Stop Rosemont mobilization action: Thursday, August 1st

The Rosemont mine would be built above the Cienaga Creek that feeds into Tucson's aquifer 

UPDATE: August 1, 2019

 Federal judge bars Rosemont Mine construction
Tony Davis Arizona Daily Star

Stop Rosemont mobilization action and CELEBRATION!
Today, Thursday, August 1, at 5 PM – 7 PM

300 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ

Come celebrate and show Hudvay we are on top of this should they decide to appeal. 

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U.S. District Judge James Soto heard oral arguments Tuesday on several cases related to the Rosemont Copper Mine, including a request by mine opponents for a preliminary injunction to halt construction until all other court cases challenging the mine are decided.

The main disagreement at the preliminary injunction hearing was whether the Army Corps of Engineers has the responsibility and authority to regulate downstream secondary and cumulative impacts from dredge and fill operations on the mine site.

Attorneys for tribes and environmental groups who oppose the mine argued that the agency has that authority. They argue that when the Army Corps of Engineers granted the mine's 404 permit under the Clean Water Act, it didn’t adequately analyze related impacts, including dewatering and polluting nearby water sources.

The attorney for the Army Corps of Engineers disputes that claim and says the Forest Service is the main regulatory agency for the mining project, and pointed to proposed mitigation for those impacts on Sonoita Creek.

Opponents also criticized Rosemont and the Army Corps of Engineers for insufficient public notice and financial guarantees on the mine project.

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition and the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter have filed suit against the Army Corps of Engineers over that 404 permit. In April, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to back the lawsuit.

The Tohono O'odham, Pascua Yaqui and Hopi tribes oppose the project over concerns it would damage ancestral homelands, and have filed a lawsuit challenging the Forest Service decision to approve the final environmental impact statement for the mine.

The judge took all cases under advisement. He will make a decision on the injunction by Aug. 1.

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Urge governments that own the EIB to stop funding fossil fuels


Oil Change International has been pushing the European Investment Bank (EIB) to end its fossil fuel finance for years. Now we’ve got big news! Thanks to activists' emails and actions, the EIB announced a draft policy last Friday that would phase out all fossil fuel finance by the end of 2020!

The draft policy states that the Bank will phase out support to energy projects reliant on fossil fuels, including production, infrastructure, and power generation or heat based on fossil fuels. Additionally, the policy will apply to both direct and indirect investments – a huge step in aligning its entire energy portfolio with the Paris Agreement, and a big step forward that builds on the momentum of the World Bank’s 2017 commitment to end direct financing for upstream oil and gas.

But the fight isn’t over: This ambitious policy still needs to be approved by the member state representatives who make up the EIB’s Board of Directors, and we can’t let them water it down. We’ve come this far and now we just need to take this ambitious policy across the finish line.

This draft policy represents a tremendous shift. Between 2013 and 2018, the EIB – the world’s largest multilateral lender – averaged almost €2.5 billion per year in finance for oil, gas, and coal. In response, supporters like you sent hundreds of thousands of messages to EIB Directors, Governors, and Management Committee members, urging the Bank to ensure that its new energy lending policy criteria exclude financing of fossil fuels. And it worked!

Now we need your help again to urge the governments behind the EIB to take up this proposal and end the Bank’s handouts to the fossil fuel industry. Tell the EIB Board of Directors to step up their climate ambition and pass this world-leading policy that would stop funding fossils.

We will not stop until our governments do all that is required to fight the climate crisis at the scale that it deserves – including ending all forms of government support for fossil fuels and implementing a just transition away from coal, oil, and gas.

- Alex Doukas, Stop Funding Fossils Lead Analyst Oil Change International

More Information:

European Investment Bank Will Stop Funding Fossil Fuel Projects by the End of 2020 - EcoWatch, Jul. 29, 2019 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Urge Congress to provide workers with organizing protections: Pass the PRO Act

Working people deserve to be able to organize themselves to demand living wages and healthy working conditions. In a time when the richest Americans' wealth growth has increased by over 200% while wages remain stagnant for the rest of us, we need our lawmakers to protect workers’ rights.(1)
Currently, there’s no financial penalty for employers who illegally fire workers who are trying to unionize.(2) In response, Rep. Bobby Scott and Senator Patty Murray introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act in Congress to protect millions of working people across the country.

This important pro-worker legislation is facing an uphill battle in Congress, and we and our partners need your help to get it passed.


The PRO Act would enact the strongest workers’ rights laws since Congress gave U.S. workers the right to unionize in 1935. That’s why big corporations are lobbying to defeat this crucial bill, while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Labor Policy Director called it “the single biggest threat” to the interests of the largest corporations, even though it simply provides the most basic of protections for workers.(3)

The PRO Act would:
  • Penalize employers that interfere with their employees’ organizing efforts,
  • Clarify that employers cannot interfere with employee unionization voting procedures,
  • Allow workers to sue their employers for violating right to organize laws, and
  • Prevent employers from firing employees who go on strike.
Corporations are fighting tooth-and-nail to stop this bill because they know that if working Americans unite, corporations would start being held accountable for their abuses. It’s going to take immense people power to get the PRO Act passed, but if enough of us stand up we can prove that the people are watching and will ensure that our voices are heard and our rights affirmed. Join us in the fight to protect workers’ rights and stand up to big corporations.


- The Courage Campaign team)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Stop Trump's attack on Native lands. No drilling in Chaco Canyon

The petition to the Bureau of Land Management reads:
"Protect one of our nation's most significant cultural and historical Native sites. Stop fracking across the Greater Chaco Landscape."
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The Bureau of Land Management is putting up for lease pristine areas in the Greater Chaco Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancestral home for the Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo people, threatening ancient tribal sites, posing a significant health and safety risk to communities in the area, and exacerbating the climate crisis.The Trump regime is conspiring once again with the oil and gas industry to destroy our public lands, and if we don't act now, one of our nation's most significant cultural and historical Native sites could be erased.
Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, who oversees the BLM, is a former oil and gas lobbyist, so it's no surprise that he and others in Trump's pro-fossil fuel administration are quickly pushing the sale of new fracking leases and more fracking wells. We must speak out now to prevent more industrialized fracking from moving forward.
The areas in Greater Chaco Landscape contain the threatened ruins of Chaco Canyon – what some have referred to "as close as the U.S. gets to Egypt’s pyramids and Peru’s Machu Picchu" — as well as "the remnants of great houses, kivas, ancient roads and sacred places built a millennium ago by an indigenous people who became proficient in architecture, agriculture, astronomy and the arts."1,2 Today, the Diné or Navajo people, rely on the Chaco Landscape to sustain their livelihoods and traditional practices and modern New Mexican Pueblos, the descendants of Chaco culture, still consider these sites sacred.3
More than 91% of the area around Chaco Canyon has already been leased to the oil and gas industry, yet Sec. Bernhardt and his Big Oil cronies are eager to wipe out the last remaining protected sacred areas with dangerous drilling and fracking techniques. The democratically-led House of Representatives recently passed an amendment to a spending bill that included a one-year moratorium on drilling in the area, yet it's unclear whether the Republican-controlled Senate will include the provision in their version, and BLM continues to approve more fracking in the area.4 That's why pressure on the BLM is so important right now.
Activism to stop drilling in the Greater Chaco Landscape works.5 Thanks to local leaders fighting on the ground in New Mexico in 2018 and the more than 178,000 CREDO members who took action, then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke canceled a proposed oil and gas lease sale in Chaco Canyon. Now we must speak out again to stop rampant fracking once and for all. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Josh Nelson, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Elizabeth Miller, "'As close as the US gets to Egypt’s pyramids': how Chaco Canyon is endangered by drilling," The Guardian, Nov. 8, 2017.
  2. Richard Moe, "The Treasures of Chaco Canyon Are Threatened by Drilling," The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2017.
  3. Sen. Tom Udall, "Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Secretary Zinke to Defer All Leases on Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park," Sept. 6, 2017.
  4. Hannah Grover, "An appropriations bill includes a one-year moratorium on leases near Chaco," Farmington Daily Times, June 26, 2019.
  5. Stephanie Lavallato, "Victory: Chaco Canyon saved from fossil fuel drilling," CREDO Mobile, March 7, 2018.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Congress pass the "For the 99.8 Percent Act" to tax ultra-wealthy

Petition to Congress:
"Tax the ultra-wealthy few by passing the For the 99.8 Percent Act."
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Over the last decade, Republicans exempted more and more millionaires from the estate tax. A married couple can now keep $22 million from being taxed. Fewer than 2,000 families are now subject to the tax, and thousands of super-rich families are dodging millions in taxes.The Trump Tax Scam was a Wall Street handout on steroids. On top of handing freebies to multinational corporations, it gave millions in tax cuts to the richest of the rich by cutting the estate tax.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is teaming up with Rep. Jimmy Gomez to undo the damage and force America's ultra-wealthy to pay their fair share, and they need our help.
Just three white men ‒ Jeff Bezos of Amazon, investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft's Bill Gates ‒ own as much wealth as the whole bottom half of America. An astonishing $2.9 trillion is in the hands of just 400 people. The top 1%, meanwhile, control 40% of the wealth in our country.2,3  This unequal wealth hoarding starves public services and kills job creation, leaving America sicker, less educated and less prosperous. The estate tax was meant to prevent this kind of wealth from being passed down from generation to generation and stop the creation of a new oligarchy.
The For the 99.8 Percent Act would fight massive inequality and inherited wealth by:4
  • Raising taxes on the ultra-wealthy few, starting with estates worth more than $3.5 million and rising to a 77% tax on inherited wealth over $1 billion.
  • Closing the loopholes that allow many ultra-wealthy families to dodge inheritance taxes altogether.
  • Defying Republican attacks on the estate tax by exempting family farms, most of which are worth less than $1 million, and taxing wealth that rich families gathered through other tax loopholes for the first time.
Senate Republicans are now proposing to eliminate the estate tax completely in yet another giveaway to their wealthy donors. We need to show how many people are determined to resist and willing to fight for a progressive alternative.
Tell Congress: Tax the ultra-wealthy. Raise the estate tax. Click below to sign the petition:
- Heidi Hess, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Matthew Yglesias, "Bernie Sanders’s new plan to supercharge the estate tax, explained," Vox, Jan. 31, 2019.
  2. Avery Anapol, "Study: Wealthiest 1 percent owns 40 percent of country’s wealth," The Hill, Dec. 6, 2017.
  3. Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, "Billionaire Bonanza 2018: Inherited Wealth Dynasties of the United States," Institute for Policy Studies, October 2018.
  4. Yglesias, "Bernie Sanders’s new plan to supercharge the estate tax, explained."

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Join Student Activists in Urging Harvard: Divest from fossil fuels

The petition to Harvard University reads:
"Divest from fossil fuels."
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Harvard University is one of many Ivy League schools invested in fossil fuels despite publicly claiming that its top priority is fighting climate change.1 Harvard in particular prides itself on being a leader in climate research and policy. Harvard students and faculty have even taken on Amazon and many are leading the fight for environmental justice.Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our communities. Yet, there are still institutions choosing fossil fuels over our lives even when their own research points to the progression of the climate crisis.
Yet, Harvard University continues to profit from the devastation of our environment. At nearly $40 billion (and growing), Harvard's endowment is one of the largest in the world.It's time for the university to make its commitment to climate justice real for the sake of not only their students, but also communities everywhere. If enough of us raise our voice and sound the alarm, we can push Harvard to stop investing in the climate crisis.
Harvard says "universities have an accountability to the future" and "a special role and a special responsibility in confronting the challenges of climate change and sustainability."3. But the truth is that Harvard is failing to live up to its own standards.
The good news is: People are fighting back. In efforts to hold the school accountable to its claims, students, alumni and other activists are campaigning for the university to divest from fossil fuels. And thanks to climate justice movement leaders, divestment has become one of the best tactics in the fight against climate change.
Harvard claims that it can change the industry for the better by investing in companies that heat up the planet.4 We know that’s not true. The only way to change corporate behavior, which relies on capitalism, is to stop putting money into every business model that does harm. Many U.S. colleges and universities have already divested from fossil fuels. Harvard has no excuse.
The climate crisis is not only a matter of protecting the environment, but a matter of protecting human rights. No institution claiming to prepare students for the future should be involved in tearing it apart.
Tell Harvard: Now is the time to divest from fossil fuels. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Jelani Drew, CREDO Action
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References:
  1. Steven Mufson, "Harvard says fighting climate change is a top priority. But it still won’t divest from fossil fuels." Washington Post, July 7, 2019.
  2. Farran Powell, "10 Universities With the Biggest Endowments," U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 16, 2018.
  3. Harvard University Sustainability, accessed July 16, 2019.
  4. Umair Irfan, "The world’s richest institutions invest in fossil fuels. Activists are changing that." Vox, May 15, 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Urge Congress To Declare A Climate Emergency


Last week, Congress members Earl Blumenauer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders introduced a bill (H.Con.Res.52) that would declare a climate emergency in the United States, and call for a national mobilization to address the climate crisis.

The resolution lays out some of the most important evidence that climate change has become a crisis, and must be solved “at a massive scale to halt, reverse, mitigate, and prepare for the consequences of the climate emergency and to restore the climate for future generations.”

One of the most effective ways to lobby your members of Congress is by calling. You can say something like this:

“Hello, I’m a voter from [YOUR TOWN]. I’m calling to urge [ELECTED OFFICIAL’S NAME] to support the resolution declaring a climate emergency.”

You can also send a message using the tool below from The Climate Mobilization.

(NOTE: if you don't want to be put on another e-mail list, unclick "share my information with other organizations partnering on this campaign.")

Climate Emergency Declaration Introduced Read our fact sheet here