Actions for the Week of 12/7/2018

Email Senator Cantwell: Phone: (202) 224-3441 Fax: (202) 228-0514 Press releases
Email Senator Murray: Phone: (202) 224-2621 Fax: (202) 224-0238 Press releases
Email Rep. Kilmer: Phone: (202) 225-5916 News

Daily actions 12/7/2018

Call our senators and ask them to prevent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (West Virginia) from becoming ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee. Our senator, Maria Cantwell is currently the ranking member. Gov. Jay Inslee asks that we do all we can to prevent Manchin from taking over the minority reins of this committee. In an e-mail this week, Inslee wrote “Our party must be wholly committed to ending America’s dependence on fossil fuels and building a robust clean energy economy. And Joe Manchin literally shot climate legislation in one of his campaign ads. He supports Donald Trump’s dirty energy agenda. He simply can’t be trusted to make the bold, progressive decisions we need.”

Call Rep. Kilmer and ask him to support the strongest possible version of H.R. 1. While the specifics of H.R. 1 and still being worked out and will not be known until the bill is introduced on Jan. 3 (the first day of the new, Democratic-controlled U.S. House), the bill focuses on 1) voting rights reforms (such as automatic voter registration, redistricting without gerrymandering and improving the Voting Rights Act, 2) strengthening anti-corruption and ethics statutes and 3) campaign finance reform, including public financing of elections, financial disclosure requirements and presidential divestment of businesses and ending Citizens United. Read about H.R. 1 here. This bill is the first bill to be introduced because reform of the way our democracy works is necessary to win on anything else.

Call our senators and direct them to oppose the nomination of William Barr as attorney general. As Attorney General for George H.W. Bush, Barr was an architect of America’s punitive criminal justice system and turned away asylum seekers. Read about it here.

Contact Rep. Kilmer and ask him to join 14 other Democrats in demanding answers for why current Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta negotiated an unbelievably light sentence for billionaire Jeremy Epstein. In 2007, when Acosta was U.S. attorney for Southern Florida, Epstein was investigated for serial molestation. The investigators had evidence and witnesses indicating that at least 50 teenage girls across the country had been molested. Acosta arranged a plea deal whereby Epstein spent 13 months in county jail with work release that allowed him to leave the jail for 12 hours a day, six days a week to work at his hedge fund. Contrary to law, the victims were not notified of the plea deal. Read about it here. Epstein, by the way, is pals with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. Read about it here. Two civil trials currently underway are shedding light on Acosta’s actions. Read about it here.

Contact our members of Congress and ask them to do all they can to stop oil and gas companies from conducting deafening seismic tests that will harm tens of thousands of dolphins, whales and other marine animals. Read about it here.

Comment on the Trump administration’s changes to rules for getting a green card. Under the proposed regulation (CIS No. 2499-10 
DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012), Trump would make green cards available only to the wealthy while those with modest financial means are denied the possibility of a permanent future in this country. Comment on the proposed regulations and add your name to MoveOn.org’s petition here.

Contact our members of Congress and ask them for oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency in the matter of Dow Chemical’s efforts to expand use of its highly toxic pesticide sulfoxaflor, despite a recent court ruling finding that sulfoxaflor harms bees and the environment. Read about it here and here.

Questions / daily action suggestions? kathy@mainlandview.com