Monday, April 22, 2019

Support Organic First in Tucson City Parks


Help Us on April 23 or before by Showing Your Support for Organic First Tucson City Parks!!!

You might remember that the Tucson City Council approved a motion to go Organic First in city parks on October 23, 2018. It’s now time to show your support of this plan to keep the momentum moving forward!

HERE’S HOW:
1. Attend Tucson City Council’s Study Session Meeting
Tuesday, April 23 @ 12pm to show support at the Mayor & Council Chambers: City Hall, 255 W. Alameda
.

Bring a handmade sign with a simple phrase such as
:
- Thank You! / We want Safe Parks – Go Organic
- We Support Pesticide Free – Go Organic

- Keep Our Community Safe – Bee Pesticide Free

- Or your own catchy phrase supporting Organic First
.

Click here to review the Agenda on the City Council’s Website for more information before going:
Tucson City Council Meeting Agenda #3 Link

Most of our main organizing group will be at the Study Session. Please look for us there!

Note: you will have to go through a security line to get into the City Council Study Session, so do not bring any glass, knives, etc.

2. Email the City Council Members and the Mayor by end of the day on Monday, 4/22/19

Tell them how much you appreciate their vote to go Organic First on October 23, 2018, and their continued effort to Make Tucson Safe in Public Lands and want them to keep moving forward on this effort.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild: mayor1@tucsonaz.gov
Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero: ward1@tucsonaz.gov
Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham: ward2@tucsonaz.gov
Ward 3 Council Member Paul Durham: ward3@tucsonaz.gov
Ward 4 Council Member Shirley Scott: ward4@tucsonaz.gov
Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres: ward5@tucsonaz.gov
Ward 6 Council Member Steve Kozachik: ward6@tucsonaz.gov

3. Share this email with others on your email list or share the information on Meetup:
https://www.meetup.com/Resist-and-Regenerate-Pima-County-AZ/events/260713121/

Share on This on FB:
Like our FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/ToxinFreePimaCounty/

- Toxin Free Pima County 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Support the plastic protesters at Nestle's headquarters. Contact the company now!

Outside Nestlé’s United States corporate headquarters with your message AND a giant plastic monster!
Yesterday, Greenpeace activists showed up at other Nestlé offices all over the world. We need to strike while the iron is hot. Make your voice heard by calling Nestlé right now at 1-888-918-6672. Let’s make sure this is a day Nestlé executives never forget.

In 2018 alone, Nestlé was responsible for creating nearly 4 billion pounds of single-use plastic packaging that in many cases is not recyclable or reusable — instead it will end up as waste forever haunting our planet!

Will you help us tell Nestlé how dire the plastic pollution crisis truly is? Call Nestlé right this moment at 1-888-918-6672 and tell them they must phase out their reliance on single-use plastic packaging, and move to refillable and reusable options.

I cannot bear to see another headline about communities overrun by the global waste trade – or another dead whale with a gut full of plastic. So my friends and I called out Nestlé at its office with a giant monster made with discarded Nestlé packaging. If you feel like I do, please join us by calling out Nestlé over the phones.

Calling is easy, takes less than two minutes, and is one of the best ways to make sure Nestlé is listening. Just follow these simple steps:
  1. Dial 1-888-918-6672.
  2. Listen to a short message from Greenpeace. We’ll then patch you through to Nestlé’s customer service line.
  3. When you’re connected, be polite and say what you think about Nestlé’s plastic packaging. Here is a suggested script:
Hi, my name is ___________and I’m calling from CITY, STATE. I’m very concerned by the massive amount of single-use plastic pollution and Nestlé is one of the largest global corporations that relies heavily on such packaging. I would like Nestlé to be an industry leader and phase out single-use plastic, while innovating bold, new solutions like refillable and reusable packaging. Thank you!

You can also send a message demanding an end to single-use plastic on Nestle's Facebook

Not on Facebook? No problem, you can send a message on Instagram or Twitter.

Nestlé needs to hear from you right now. You’ve already joined millions signing petitions demanding an end to its single-use plastic and spreading the word on social media. They know they’ve created a problem, but they don’t want to be the ones to solve it. The solution, however, is in their hands, and the time is now. Nestlé must make the switch to systems of reuse. 

- Kate Melges, Greenpeace USA

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Arizonans! Protect your right to vote CALL IN DAY

TUESDAY, April 16th 
Join AZAN for the 3rd “Protect Your Right to Vote Call-in Day” to (again) ask our Representatives to vote NO on SB 1188 – the bill that takes the “permanent” of the permanent early voting list and would purge over 200,000 from the PEVL. All you have to do is dial 701-484-0521 to be connected to the House. You can check out a quick script and more information HERE.

After dialing for democracy all day – you’re definitely going to need to relax with a drink (or two) – so please join us for happy hour at Huss Brewing in Central Phoenix. We’ll be there right at 5:30pm and are bringing a few amazing friends with us. You can RSVP HERE.

WEDNESDAY,  April 17th

You’re invited to tune in to tune into a Voting Rights Virtual Town Hall – featuring Representative Athena Salman, Representative Reginald Bolding, Shelley Jackson of Arizona Coalition for Change and our very own Joel Edman as they discuss the Arizona Voters Bill of Rights and the constant attack on voting rights this legislative session. Just join ProgressNow Arizona’s Facebook page at 6 pm. More information – and a link to submit questions to the panel can be found HERE.


- Arizona Advocacy Network and Foundation
http://www.azadvocacy.org/

Sign the Petition: Tell Mitch McConnell to put the Anti-corruption bill up for a vote in the Senate



With the help of activists like you, we were able to get a strong H.R. 1 passed through the House of Representatives last month -- a resolution that can reform our political system through elections, campaign finances, and transparency measures.

Now we need you again. H.R. 1 should be voted on in the Senate next, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to bring it up for a vote. Can you help us put the pressure on McConnell to do what’s right and allow the Senate to vote on this vital resolution?

Sign the petition: Mitch McConnell needs to put H.R. 1 up for a vote in the Senate.

H.R. 1 proposes a massive overhaul of political corruption including money-in-politics, voting rights, and ethics laws -- all to make our democracy fair and more inclusive, which is exactly what we need.(1)

We need a democracy where voters are protected from discrimination and can make themselves heard at the ballot box. A democracy where electoral districts are drawn fairly. A democracy where ordinary Americans -- including women, people of color, and working-class Americans -- can run for office without relying on special interest and corporate money, or worse, competing against corrupt politicians that sell out.

H.R. 1 provides solutions to these problems, and the next step to get it passed is a vote in the Senate. Mitch McConnell cannot continue to hold us back from getting the democracy we all deserve.

Ask Mitch McConnell to put a resolution to reform our political system up for a Senate vote.

- the Courage team


Footnote:
1. https://www.vox.com/2019/3/8/18253609/hr-1-pelosi-house-democrats-anti-corruption-mcconnell

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tell the EPA: Save the Clean Water Rule


The petition to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler reads:
"The EPA's proposal to drastically weaken Clean Water Act protections is unacceptable. Abandon this proposed rollback and return to the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which helped protect drinking water sources for 117 million Americans."
Add your name:
Sign the petition ►
Wheeler wants to get rid of a rule that helps protect the drinking water for 117 million Americans.1 Under his leadership, the EPA published a proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Water Rule with the aptly named Dirty Water Rule, a far weaker alternative.Republicans in Washington may not care much about the environment, but you would think that anyone would want to protect their own drinking water. But apparently for Andrew Wheeler, Trump's EPA chief, helping polluters profit is a higher priority.
But the proposed rule isn't law yet. The EPA is taking comments on the Dirty Water Rule until April 15. Sign the petition now and CREDO will file a comment on your behalf.
From the Great Lakes to Puget Sound to rivers across the South, America's waterways are at risk. Our rivers, lakes and bays depend on the streams that feed them and wetlands that filter out pollutants.
But the Trump EPA rule change would remove Clean Water Act protections for thousands of streams and wetlands.2 And it could get even worse: One part of the rule could rip protections from nearly 60% of our nation's streams.3
The EPA's reckless rule change is not supported by scientific evidence. It is being promoted and rushed through the rulemaking process with little public input. But polluters have been pushing this for years, and they are thrilled.
We need to stand up for clean water and make sure that the EPA hears loud and clear that getting rid of the Clean Water Rule is unacceptable.
Tell the EPA: Abandon the Dirty Water Rule and protect our waterways and streams. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Brandy Doyle, CREDO Action
Add your name:
Sign the petition ►
References:
  1. Environmental Protection Agency, "Geographic Information Systems Analysis of the Surface Drinking Water Provided by Intermittent, Ephemeral and Headwater Streams in the U.S." July 2009.
  2. Nathan Rott, "Trump EPA Proposes Major Rollback Of Federal Water Protections," NPR, Dec. 11, 2018.

Tell your Rep: Don't purge the Permanent Early Voter List

SB 1188, which would purge 200,000 voters from the PEVL (Permanent Early Voter List) could be heard on the House floor any day now, which is why we need your help. Join us in a day of action and call your Representative at 701-484-0521 to ask them to oppose SB 1188 .

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Let them know that 81% of voters support preserving Arizona’s PEVL, including 77% of Republican voters. And 63% of voters overall oppose purging voters from the rolls if they have not voted in recent elections, including 59% of Republicans.

Call 701-484-0521 TODAY and ask your Representative to oppose SB 1188.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Ask Members of Congress to Co-sponsor the Save Oak Flat Act


Please, ask your Members of Congress to Co-sponsor the Save Oak Flat Act. It's so easy. Click this link and in put your zip code and it automatically pulls up your Members of Congress and a pre-filled letter. Just put in your into and hit send. It doesn't matter what state you live in. It takes less than a minute. Please, help #SAVEOAKFLAT #PROTECTOAKFLAT from destruction. Please, we are running out of time to save Chi' Chil Bildagoteel.. Learn more at Apache-Stronghold.com

On January 17, 2019, the Save Oak Flat Act was introduced in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. The Bills would repeal Section 3003 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 and keep Oak Flat in public ownership.

Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced the US House version, HR 665, with 29 cosponsors from both parties.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced S 173, the Senate version of the Save Oak Flat Act with four cosponsors, Senators Warren (D-MA), Merkley (D-OR), Wyden (D-OR), Heinrich (D-NM), and Booker (D-NJ).

The success of the Save Oak Flat Act is very important for the protection of Oak Flat.

Please contact your Representative asking him/her to cosponsor HR 665 and your Senators to cosponsor S 173. (If your Congressional delegation members are already cosponsors, please thank him/her for helping to protect Oak Flat).

Oak Flat is critical for the religious freedom of Native Americans and is an ecological and recreational haven. Oak Flat is located 60 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona and is public land managed by the Tonto National Forest.

Rio Tinto, one of the world's largest mining companies, wants to privatize Oak Flat to build a copper mine, destroying Oak Flat in the process. Rio Tinto's Congressional supporters had been unsuccessful 12 times over ten years to give Oak Flat to Rio Tinto, but managed to attach the Oak Flat land exchange to the National Defense Authorization Act in the dead of night in December of 2014. The land exchange, which would give Oak Flat to Rio Tinto upon completion of an "environmental" study, is Section 3003 of the massive defense bill.

Rio Tinto’s mining plan for Oak Flat is currently being analyzed by the US Forest Service with public input. The more the public learns about Rio Tinto’s planned block cave mine at Oak Flat and the associated 5,000 plus acres of public land that would be permanently destroyed by a toxic waste dump and other mine facilities, the more convinced we become that this project is not feasible and must be stopped.