Thursday, July 2, 2020

ABC's of the ACC - Learn about this powerful AZ commission

One of the most impact things we can do for the environment is to advocate with the ACC regarding energy conservation and clean energy. 

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has jurisdiction over the quality of service and rates charged by public service utilities. The ACC also has the power to require energy companies to transition quicker to clean energy.

The Arizona Corporation Commission is a powerful entity in our state and three of its five seats are up for election this year. Join a virtual meeting to learn about the functions and structure of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Sandy Bahr, Director of Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, will talk to us about the ACC, the de facto fourth branch of government in Arizona, and the role it plays in determining policy. Learn how to stay informed and shape an ACC that reflects our values.

ABC's of the ACC

Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 3 PM – 4 PM

You will need to register to receive the Zoom link to attend this virtual meeting.

More information on the ACC:

Thursday, June 11, 2020

PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED on Ordinance 11746 regarding Obstructing an Officer in their Official Duties

Amid backlash, Tucson City Council will review ordinance on ...

PUBLIC INPUT: Ordinance 11746 Obstructing an Officer in their Official Duties

On June 23rd, the Mayor and Council will be discussing Ordinace 11746 related to the obstruction of an officer in performance of their official duties and are collecting public input.

The Ordinance prohibits a person from entering a crime scene or investigation scene without permission of an officer; and prohibits a person from knowingly obstructing or hindering a police officer or Community Service Officer who is exercising his or her official duties.

Please submit your input and please share this survey with others who may be interested.

On June 23rd, the Mayor and Council will be discussing Ordinance 11746 related to the obstruction of an officer in performance of their official duties and are collecting public input.

The Ordinance prohibits a person from entering a crime scene or investigation scene without permission of an officer; and prohibits a person from knowingly obstructing or hindering a police officer or Community Service Officer who is exercising his or her official duties.

The Ordinance also expressly codifies a person’s right to record police activities that take place in public. It doesn’t just recognize that right, it puts that right into our City Code.

The Ordinance expressly states that:

the public has a clear right to free speech and to record police activities that take place in public; and
the acts of recording police activity or engaging in constitutionally protected speech alone shall not be considered prohibited conduct under the ordinance.

The Mayor and Council discussed this Ordinance during the 4/21 Mayor and Council meeting. The link to that discussion is here:

The discussion of this item comes up at the 20:01 minute mark.

The ordinance is designed to address a particular practice of persons who interfere with police activities, often by confronting police officers carrying out their duties, interfering with their investigations, filming themselves, and then posting it online to troll for hits and views.

Tucson Police Chief Christopher Magnus explains, during the discussion, that this activity has been ongoing and real, and has happened throughout the city, endangering the safety of the public and officers.

You can read more about it in the story published in the Arizona Daily Star, shortly after the adoption of the Ordinance, here:

AZ Daily Star Article 4/27/2020

You can read a pdf of the ordinance, as adopted by Mayor and Council, here: Ordinance 1174

- Announcements from the City of Tucson

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Time to MOVE TUCSON: Fill out the city's transportation survey and interactive map

All this downtime has given Tucsonans a chance to reflect on how we do things here. When the city shut down, people drove less and air pollution decreased! As soon as the state weakened the stay at home recommendation, air quality got worse. This is a teachable moment!

Join Sustainable Tucson's next virtual Topical Issue Meeting to learn more about the Move Tucson public input process and how you can make your voice heard on a more inclusive transportation plan! 

Tuesday, June 9th, at 6pm

Join with Google Meet:

Join by phone‪: +1 252-696-1240‬ PIN: ‪465 615 840‬#

The City of Tucson is preparing a city-wide transportation master plan that will create a mobility blueprint for the City’s future in a rapidly-changing world. The plan will be innovative, creative, and inclusive. By working together, we can commit ourselves to create a mobility future that works for all of us.

How can streets be made safer? How can we expand travel options so more people can walk, bike, or take public transit? How do we improve reliability of travel time, particularly as we grow? You help is needed in shaping the City’s vision and action plan to answer these questions and more. Together, we can create the city we want to be.

The City of Tucson has been hosting town meetings to introduce their mapping app. This app is so cool. You can click on specific areas and add your own suggestions of what should be included there (like sidewalks, biking trails, green infrastructure, shaded bus stops, safer crosswalks, etc.)

Do you know of an area of town that needs any of these features? Do you have your own ideas? This is your chance to share them!

Here is a link to the website with the transportation survey and the interactive map app.

The outcome of the planning process will be a document that informs the Mayor and Council’s decisions in the very near future about policy, resources, and how welcoming and livable our city is to visitors, residents, and business owners.


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Call our Governor’s office and request some financial help for Borderlands Produce Rescue

During the coronavirus lockdown Bordelands Produce Rescue gave our community  the opportunity to eat healthy at an affordable price ($12 for 70 lbs of produce)  and also helped prevent food waste by keeping produce from being dumped in our landfills. 

Please, take a few minutes and call our Governor’s office and request some financial help for Borderlands Produce Rescue. There is definite power in numbers, please help by asking for some of the Food Bank Dollars set aside by the State to include Borderlands.

Governor Ducey: 602-542-4331 or send an email


Coronavirus cases are still on the rise in 17 states, and most health care facilities currently have less than a two-week supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

In many hospitals, nurses have already taken desperate measures to cobble together their own protection with trash bags, swim goggles, office supplies, and even diapers. If something doesn't change soon, health care workers could be forced to choose between protecting themselves and treating patients.

The House of Representatives has passed new legislation, the HEROES Act, which is our strongest tool to ensure that workers have the equipment they need. Now, the Senate needs to pass this legislation.

The HEROES Act will ensure:
  • A national database that monitors medical supplies, drugs, and vaccines to ensure that progress is made toward closing gaps that lead to shortages;
  • Constant communication with Tribal, state, and local officials to ensure health care facilities have sufficient PPE and other medical supplies;
  • Prevention of price gouging due to demand of critical medical supplies; and
  • Funding to support mobile testing and contact tracing.
Health care workers shouldn't have to risk their lives.

Can you take a moment to ask your senators to get nurses the PPE they need?

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema : (202) 224-4521
Phoenix, AZ: tel: 602-598-7327

Sen. Martha McSally : (202) 224-2235
Phoenix, AZ: tel: 602-952-2410
Tucson, AZ: tel: 520-670-6334

It's best to speak in your own words, but here are some points to get you started:

Our health care workers don't have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to protect themselves in the coronavirus pandemic. Losing these workers due to infection or quarantine not only risks their health, but also endangers the stability of our entire health care system. I am calling to urge the senator to support the HEROES Act (S.2248) with all of its current provisions to maintain the medical supply chain. This act would require the White House to get health care workers the PPE they need and create an equitable and transparent process for the delivery of necessary supplies. I urge the senator to protect health care workers by supporting the HEROES Act.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Call Senators: Pass the Heroes Act to protect essential workers

Essential workers are on the front lines of this pandemic, and many are working in high-risk conditions without appropriate equipment, safety standards, compensation, or job protections. Democrats in the House have passed the HEROES Act, which includes an Essential Workers Bill of Rights and direct relief for millions suffering during this crisis, as well as support for state and city governments, the Postal Service, and expanded access to voting.

But now it's up to the Republican-controlled Senate—and all senators need to hear from constituents today so that all Democrats fight for this historic relief package and Republicans feel pressure to act!

Call your senators, Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally, now at 855-912-2982 and ask them to pass the HEROES Act to protect essential workers and provide essential relief to the people who need it most.

You could say this:

 Hi! My name is ____. I'm a constituent in Arizona, and I'm calling to urge you to pass the HEROES Act and include the full Essential Workers Bill of Rights to provide more relief to working people and families, not wealthy CEOs and shareholders. You have a responsibility to ensure ALL essential workers have the protections they need, the rights they are entitled to, and the compensation they deserve.

Today, in Washington, D.C., we're delivering your petition signature with over a million other MoveOn members' signatures to support essential workers. Partnering with Greenpeace, Daily Kos, and Courage Campaign, we've got over 2 million signatures demanding action from senators. We know the House heard us, as they included many of our demands for an Essential Workers Bill of Rights in the HEROES Act. Now we need to keep the pressure up to make sure the Senate follows suit.

Let's flood their inboxes and voicemails so all senators hear it loud and clear: Pass the HEROES Act to get essential workers the protections they need, the rights they are entitled to, and the compensation they deserve.

Call your senators today at 855-912-2982, because essential workers can't wait.

- MoveOn

Monday, May 18, 2020

Tell Congress: Essential workers deserve essential protections

Millions of essential workers across the country are rising to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic and, unfortunately, are having to put their lives at risk to care for our communities. Essential workers from health care professionals to farm workers and grocery workers to bus drivers deserve support on the same scale they are providing to all of us. Pass an Essential Workers Bill of Rights in the next federal relief package to provide needed protections, compensation, and safety nets to all essential workers.
Why is this important?

Essential workers are on the frontlines of this pandemic, and many are working in high-risk conditions without appropriate equipment, safety standards, or job protections. Workers who remain on the job without the ability to telework during this emergency include doctors, nurses, home care workers and other healthcare workers, grocery store and drug store employees, domestic workers, food service workers, federal, state, and municipal employees, janitorial staff, farm workers, delivery drivers, warehouse workers, transportation workers, and child care workers. These workers put their health on the line when they go to work every day.

In New York City, 41 transit workers have died as of April 8, and reports of essential worker deaths are on the rise. There are grocery workers who are denied sick leave and whose companies won’t provide masks or allow masks to be worn in stores. And health care workers including medical technicians, orderlies, EMTs, nurses, doctors, hospital employees are working long hours to save lives while their own families are on the edge of health and financial disaster.

The country has a moral responsibility to protect essential worker’s health, to create financial security for their loved ones, and to offer peace of mind during a time of heightened mortal and emotional stress.

This includes policies like healthcare, paid sick leave, and workplace health standards to protect against more workers getting sick. We need hazard pay and childcare to properly compensate the risk workers are taking to benefit us, and enable them to keep coming to work. And we need to hold corporations who don’t follow these guidelines accountable because lives are on the line.

Congress continues to debate more relief efforts as the coronavirus pandemic deepens the health and economic crisis hitting our nation. The next bill must meet the needs of people and our communities, with an essential worker bill of rights, and not provide more corporate bailout funds. Congress should ensure that any taxpayer dollars handed to corporations go to help workers, not wealthy CEOs, rich shareholders, or the President’s cronies.

Congress should pass an Essential Workers Bill of Rights, including:
1. Health and safety protections
2. Robust premium compensation
3. Protections for collective bargaining agreements
4. Truly universal paid sick leave and family and medical leave
5. Protections for whistleblowers
6. An end to worker misclassification
7. Health care security
8. Support for child care
9. Treat workers as experts
10. Hold corporations accountable for meeting their responsibilities

Look up your Members of Congress here:

Find out who your Representative is:

Ask Chase CEO to stop funding fossil fuels

Tuesday is JPMorgan Chase’s Annual General Meeting, which is the bank’s most important shareholder meeting of the year. Over the last few years, climate activists have asked Chase to align its business model with the Paris Agreement and stop violating indigenous rights. They’ve also pushed to get climate denier Lee Raymond kicked off the board.

This year, we can’t go out and protest outside the meeting, but we can still get CEO Jamie Dimon’s attention by flooding his phone and inbox with calls and messages asking him to take climate action. So, this Monday or Tuesday, take a few moments to call or write.

Call: 212-270-1111

Call Script: “I’m calling because I want to ask that JPMorgan Chase aligns its business model with the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming to below 1.5 degrees. I hope that JPMorgan Chase will phase out all business with the fossil fuel industry.”

After you call, please consider filling out this survey to let us know how it went.

You can also send Jamie Dimon a personal email urging him to end the bank’s funding of the climate crisis. Jamie Dimon’s email addresses are: and

- The Years Project


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Ask your County Supervisors about Chuck Huckelberry's premature call to return to work

On May 4th, 2020 the Pima County Administrator, Chuck Huckelberry, emailed a memo to county employees, demanding they return to work. You can find the “Return to Work Guidelines” memo here:

It appears the Pima County Supervisors were not consulted prior to the memo distribution to employees (the memo is actually addressed to Supervisors). It does not appear the "Business and Employee Health and Wellness Task Force," set-up by Huckelberry to map out a safe reopening of businesses, was consulted or notified prior to the memo's release. The memo is dated May 4 and the Task Force didn’t have an official meeting until today. You can check out the members of the Health and Wellness Task Force here:

The membership certainly reflects a Who’s Who of local business interests, but for a “health and wellness” group it seems strange there are no frontline healthcare workers, health scientists, epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists, occupational health experts, teachers, or directly impacted community-members.

We are concerned Administrator Huckelberry has acted unilaterally and prematurely, and that his recommendations put county employees at increased risk. Pima County is the ninth largest employer in Tucson, with over 6,000 employees. The memo ignores important realities for county employees who are parents or caregivers; without school, summer camps, day-cares and other resources available, the administrator is forcing employees to choose between their children and loved-ones and returning to work. It is alarming to see these restrictive and punitive policies outlined in a memo that shows no concern for the difficult circumstances county employees and their families are facing.

Find which Supervisor District you live in here:

Ally Miller,, (520) 724-2738
Ramon Valadez, Chair ,(520) 724-8126
Sharon Bronson,, (520) 724-8051
Steve Christy,, (520) 724-8094
Betty Villegas,, (520) 724-8126.

To help ensure our county employees' health and welfare is protected, we encourage you to contact your County Supervisors with the questions below.

1. Did the Supervisors review and provide input into a draft of this memo? What alternative proposals were considered? Who is advising the Administrator on return to work strategies? What health professionals and infectious disease experts are included in the advisory task forces? What community members and workers are included? Why would Huckelberry require a return to work when the Business & Employee Health & Wellness Task Force hasn’t even had their first meeting?

2. What health data is being considered?
Why isn’t a phased and flexible approach the main strategy? The memo is contradictory in saying departments may use a phased in approach, but then saying all tele-work employees must return to work, at the in-person workspace, immediately.

3. Were the benefits of tele-work to employees, the county, and the community discussed and considered? Many employees can effectively work from home and by decreasing the in-person workforce they contribute to the safety of other employees whose jobs require their physical presence.

4. Other major employers are continuing to require tele-work for employees who are able to do so. Why has Huckelberry decided differently?

5. Why is Huckelberry requiring employees to reveal private personal medical information about themselves or their family in order to continue to tele-work? Why are county employees being required to seek out healthcare (to get a physician note) when physical distancing guidelines are still recommended?

Image: Titled “Has Chuck Huckelberry Gone Rogue?”
Photo of Chuck Huckelberry by Rick Wiley Arizona Daily Star with a list of the Pima County “Business & Employee Health & Wellness” task force members that includes all the Chambers of Commerce, members of the Chambers of Commerce, Downtown Business Alliance, etc.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tell your Rep to support the STOP Act to Stop Trump's Oil Payoff!

Since the beginning of the pandemic, oil execs have been relentless in their attempts to profit from the crisis. First, they pushed Congress to spend billions of stimulus dollars on stockpiling oil that the country doesn’t need. Now, they’re asking the government to waive or reduce the royalties they pay for drilling on public lands.

Slashing royalties would cheat taxpayers out of billions in desperately-needed funds -- money that should be going towards protecting people’s health and getting hard-hit communities back on their feet.

In response, Rep. Ilhan Omar just introduced a bill that would block the Trump administration from cutting royalty rates for oil companies. The “Stop Trump's Oil Payoff Act” (STOP) would make sure that crucial funds go towards recovery instead of lining the pockets of Big Oil execs.

Tell your Representative to put people before polluters and support the STOP Act!

-Sierra Club

#coronavirus #corvid19 #climatesolutions #environment #sustainability #polution #politics #climatechange

Tell Congress: Stop putting Big Oil before people!

Tell Congress to get their priorities straight and stop putting Big Oil before people!

Oil executives are at it again -- demanding handouts that will let them profit from the pandemic. And unfortunately, Congress is listening. A bipartisan group just introduced a bill that would spend $3 billion on buying oil we don’t need for the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Right now, communities are facing desperate shortages of protective gear, testing kits, ventilators, and more. Congress should be providing funds for those necessities, not stocking up on dirty fuels. By wasting money on stockpiling oil, they’ll be depriving communities of funds that could support long-term recovery.

Tell Congress to get their priorities straight and stop putting polluters before people by signing the following Sierra Club petition found on the link below. Consider leaving a  personal comment for more impact.

The petition reads:

 As we all pull together to protect ourselves and the most vulnerable among us from the coronavirus pandemic, I am concerned about recent legislation proposed to bailout the oil industry. This legislation, introduced by Senator John Hoeven and Representatives Lizzie Fletcher and Michael Burgess, would appropriate $3 billion for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Whether in the form of low-interest loans, purchases into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, royalty relief, or new tax subsidies, I am opposed to any giveaways to corporate polluters. The fossil fuel industry is already heavily subsidized by the federal government. In 2017, researchers showed that about half of the profits enjoyed by the oil and gas industry were derived from tax and royalty subsidies. With over 16 million people out of work, now isn’t the time to be giving handouts to fossil fuel billionaires. Instead of propping up fossil fuel corporations, the economic stimulus package should focus on protections for frontline workers, communities, and the most vulnerable among us. I urge you to oppose this legislation and ensure that it is not included in any economic stimulus package. Together, we can ensure that we have a just and sustainable recovery to COVID-19 -- a recovery that helps strengthen our communities and protect our climate.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Support bill to ban fracking nationwide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Tell Kroger to provide paid sick leave to employees

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign and share this petition.

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

Ask Congress to stand against rollback of Clean Car Standards

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

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

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

- Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Halt border wall construction during COVID-19 emergency

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

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

Find our petition here.

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

- Robert Lopez.Texas Civil Rights Project

To view this discussion on the web: 

More information:

Land possessions continue as Trump declares COVID-19 national emergency

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

Read the letter here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tell Arizona Corporation Commission we need more rooftop solar

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

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

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

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

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

Sign the petition (below) by clicking here

Dear Commissioners,

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Ask AZ Reps to protect citizens during COVID-19 outbreak

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supply additional resources for food banks

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

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

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

To find out who your legislator is, first find your district.

Use that district to find your Reps:

Use that district to find your Senator. 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Request to Speak Actions for the Week of March 16th

Due to the Corona Virus, the Sierra Club is ramping down in-person activities, but they will continue to do what they can to keep us informed and will be monitoring activities at the Capitol. Unfortunately, the Arizona Legislature is closing off access to the House and Senate galleries and limiting public testimony at committee hearings. Sadly, they are continuing to meet and will advance some bad bills. Our one recourse is the Request to Speak App.

If you are signed up for the Request to Speak system, please sign in and weigh into the following bills before they go to a vote at the hearing scheduled below.

If you are signed up for the Request to Speak, login in here.

If not, find the directions for signing up and navigating the system here.

Coming up this week at the Legislature

Monday, March 16th

Senate Committee on Government at 2:00 P.M. 
  • HB2589 land divisions; county regulation; surveys (Griffin: Dunn, Nutt, et al.) This bill appears to be nothing more than a giveaway to land speculators. It would allow someone to buy a parcel of land, subdivide it, sell the plots, and get building permits without ever putting in any infrastructure (including roads to the plots), without even having to do a survey of the land, and without paying any property taxes on the land. The only people this bill would help would be speculators (many of whom are probably not even in Arizona...or the US) and it would encourage wholesale development of open spaces. OPPOSE
Tuesday, March 17th

House Committee on Natural Resources, Energy & Water at 2:00 P.M. 
  • SB1350 state parks; lottery; heritage fund (Brophy McGee: Bowie) appropriates $1 million annually from the state lottery for the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund. The lottery was the original funding source for the State Parks Heritage Fund, so it is appropriate to have the funds come from here. This differs from HB2551 in that HB2551 has a $10 million one-time appropriation from the General Fund. SUPPORT
Wednesday, March 18th

Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy at 2:00 P.M.
  • HCR2014 hardrock mining industry; recognition (Griffin) Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring: That the Members of the Legislature recognize the importance of the hardrock mining industry to Arizona's economy and support the involvement of Arizona's government and the hardrock mining industry in any future regulatory changes to ensure that operations continue to be safe and productive for the State of Arizona. OPPOSE 
Senate Committee on Federal Relations at 2:00 P.M. 
  • SCR1044 supporting border security (Mesnard) is a fear mongering measure supporting federal border efforts full of lies and xenophobic rhertoric. Read it for yourself and then OPPOSE.
Senate Committee on Water and Agriculture at 10:00 A.M. 
  • HCM2009 floodwater harvesting; study; urging Congress asks that the United States Congress fund a technological and feasibility study of the development of a diversion dam and pipeline to harvest floodwater from the Mississippi River to replenish the Colorado River and prevent flood damage along the Mississippi River. That, if shown to be feasible, the United States Congress implement the diversion dam and pipeline as a partial solution to the water supply shortage in Lake Powell and Lake Mead and the flood damage that occurs along the Mississippi River. OPPOSE.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Ask Your State Senator to Protect Direct Democracy through Citizens' Initiatives

Over the past two decades, Arizona legislators have run measures each session aimed at decimating our state’s citizen initiative and referendum process. These bills not only dismantle citizens’ rights, but they can potentially harm animals, including wildlife, and parks and natural areas on a large scale.

Arizona’s ballot measure process is a constitutional right enacted at statehood in 1912. One of our founders’ biggest concerns was the right to pass laws through citizens' initiatives. (The first citizen initiative passed in Arizona recognized women’s right to vote.)

SCR1020 initiatives; public safety; health; amendmentsThis bill is yet another attempt to take away the power of the citizens' initiative that is a hallmark of the Arizona Constitution. If passed, SCR1020 would allow the legislature to replace an approved citizens' initiative with new legislation after one year. The only requirement is that the initiative be related to public health or safety. The replacement legislation would only require a simple majority of both houses and would not have to be a furtherance of the original legislation. It would allow the Legislature to defund or eviscerate important public health and safety measures, including those related to environmental protection. In other words, if a citizens initiative required the state of Arizona to move to 100% renewable energy by 2050, the legislature could replace that initiative a year later, by a simple majority, with new legislation removing the requirement to move to renewable energy and could even replace it with a new statute mandating coal mining and fracking.

Ask Your Senator to Protect Direct Democracy and vote NO on SCR1020 using the take action button below! Or you can contact your Senator directly.

To find out what district you belong use the district locator

Look up your Senator and their contact information on the member roster here

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Stakeholder Workshop on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Standards

Support a Renewable Energy Standard of 50 percent renewables by 2030, an Energy Efficiency Standard of 35 percent by 2030, and a just transition from fossil fuels to clean energy and an investment in communities that disparately affected by coal and gas retirements.
Renewable energy is a key component of Arizona’s energy future and offers a great opportunity for our state to develop a stronger and more sustainable economy. In addition to the enormous environmental benefits it affords – clean air, clean water, reduced carbon emissions, and low water use – it is also increasingly economical. According to data compiled and analyzed by Lazard, the cost of solar photovoltaic fell 88 percent from 2009-2018[i] and the cost of wind fell 69 percent.
Energy Efficiency continues to be the most cost-effective and cleanest thing we can do. Investing in energy savings also is good for consumers.
Please attend one or both days of these workshops. Your presence will help demonstrate support for truly clean energy. You can also speak up and comment, if you are willing, but just being there is important. Thank you!
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
1300 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA
Arizona Corporation Commission Workshop on renewable energy, energy efficiency, just transition, and resource planning. It will start at 10:00 A.M. There will also be a news conference at 9:00 A.M. in the Rose Garden at the Capitol, after which we will head over to the workshop. Please come if you can. Here is a link to RSVP and also a link to the Facebook event.

Organized By: Grand Canyon Chapter

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Request to Speak on Environmental Bills at the State Legislature

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Last week some regressive and harmful legislation advanced in the state legislature - including the endangered species secrecy bill. It is now on Governor Ducey's desk, so please contact him and ask him to veto it. 

Gov. Doug Ducey: (602) 542-4331

This week there are several environmental bills being heard in committee at the State Legislature that you can weigh on at the Request to Speak System. I find it easiest to just do it all at one time so I won't forget those later in the week.  And two important bills are being heard on Thursday: HCR2030 (that weakens our ability to do citizens initiatives)  and HB2880 (that weakens regulations on assured water supply.)

If you are signed up for the Request to Speak, login in here.   

Click on the blue Request to Speak button and then New Requests in the right column. Then paste the bill number. 

If you are not signed up,  find the directions for signing up and navigating the system here.  .
Wednesday, March 11th

Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy at 2:00 P.M. 
  • HB2455 air quality omnibus (Griffin) moves the Voluntary Vehicle Repair and Retrofit program from the counties to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. This is a plus as the program had not been operational in recent years and it helps people fix their cars so they do not pollute as much. Vehicles no longer have to be 12 years or older to qualify for assistance. It reduces the co-pay, raises the cap on costs for ineligibility, and allows ADEQ to focus research on emissions rather than on alternative fuels. SUPPORT.
  • HB2497 lawn equipment emissions reduction program (Dunn: Biasiucci, Finchem, et al.) allows for a $100 voucher for those who replace gasoline mowers with a manual mower. Currently, the voucher is only available for electric mowers. SUPPORT.
Thursday, March 12th

Senate Committee on Judiciary at 9:30 A.M. 

  • HCR2032 initiative; single subject; title (Kern: Allen J, Barto, et al.) refers to the ballot a measure that narrows what can be included in a ballot measure and requires every subject to be in the title. This would make it impossible to place something on the ballot that is comprehensive, including environmental protection measures, and would mean a series of ballot measures. Considering how expensive it is already to propose a measure, this proposal would put the initiative process even further in the hands of only those with the deepest pockets. OPPOSE .
Senate Committee on Water and Agriculture at 10:00 A.M. 
  • HB2880 assured water supply; availability; plats (Roberts: Finchem, Shope) prohibits the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) Director from reviewing the physical availability of groundwater if the application to modify or renew a determination of assured water supply that does not increase the total groundwater, among other things. This is a weakening of the determination of assured water supply. OPPOSE.

Democracy Threatened at the State Capitol: Request to Speak and Phone Call Actions

I hate to say it but some of our "Representatives" in the State Legislature have been busy trying to weaken our democracy. You can weigh in on their bills being heard in committee this week. (See committee hearing schedule below.)  

If you are signed up for the Request to Speak, login in here.  

Click on the blue Request to Speak button and then New Requests in the right column. Then paste the bill number. 

If you are not signed up, find the directions for signing up and navigating the system here.  Then you'll be prepared for future Request to Speak actions in the coming weeks.. 

Another resolution to make it more difficult to put measures on the ballot -- HCR2039 -- passed out of the House along party lines. In order to propose an initiative, this bill requires that every legislative district must contribute their 1/30 share of the percentage of voters needed to place an initiative on the ballot or amend the constitution. In other words, if enough voters in Tucson and Phoenix support an initiative to get it put on the ballot, but not enough voters in King County support the initiative, then it can't be put on the ballot. Essentially, petitions will have to be circulated statewide and, if you fail to get enough signatures in one district, the initiative will fail to make the ballot - even if 90% of voters in the rest of the state signed the petition. This will make an initiative or constitutional amendment impossible to get on the ballot

If your legislators are Republicans, you may want to express your disappointment and tell them you support direct democracy. 

You can find out who your state legislators are here

You can find their contact information here

Weigh in on the following bills before they are voted on in committee: 

Monday, March 9th

Senate Committee on Government at 2:00 P.M. 
  • HB2054 GRRC; petition to request review (Biasiucci: Bolick) allows a person to petition the Governor's Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) to review Citizens Clean Elections Commission's (CCEC) existing practices, policies, and rules, if they think it doesn't meet certain requirements. This is an effort to rein in the CCEC from doing its job. OPPOSE.
Tuesday, March 10th

House Committee on Elections at 2:00 P.M. 
  • SB1032 early voting; signature required; notice (Ugenti-Rita) limits the amount of time the County Recorders have to contact a voter about a missing signature on their early ballot and allow them the opportunity to sign it. Under this bill they would have until 7:00PM Election Day, which likely would not allow the county recorders enough time to reach everyone who inadvertently left off their signature. OPPOSE.
  • SB1434 recall petitions and elections; revisions (Gowan) makes it more difficult to recall elected officials. Rules they are adding for petitions to recall elected officials - including rules on who is circulating the petition, and ten conditions that allow them to disqualify signatures.  OPPOSE.
Thursday, March 12th

Senate Committee on Judiciary at 9:30 A.M. 

  • HCR2032 initiative; single subject; title (Kern: Allen J, Barto, et al.) refers to the ballot a measure that narrows what can be included in a ballot measure and requires every subject to be in the title. This would make it impossible to place something on the ballot that is comprehensive, including environmental protection measures, and would mean a series of ballot measures. Considering how expensive it is already to propose a measure, this proposal would put the initiative process even further in the hands of only those with the deepest pockets. OPPOSE .