Write a #NoDAPL Letter to the Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an environmental impact study on the currently proposed route for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). They’re accepting public commentary until February 20. Write them a letter here to let them know why the project should not go forward.

Reading List Jan 21 – 28

Starting a new thing where I share some of the news stories I read in the past week that I thought were interesting or made good points, and that I think other people should read too. I don’t always agree with the conclusions drawn by the pieces, but I wanted to offer them without commentary to allow others to make up their own minds on the articles! (This is also a good exercise in reading the whole article and not just the headline, which I think we’re all frequently guilty of.)

  1. Calling Basic Civics Resistance Will Only Make it Harder to Stand Up to Trump (WaPo)
  2. Think the Women’s March wasn’t radical enough? Do something about it (The Guardian)
  3. Delete your account (TechCrunch)
  4. Call of the wild: can America’s national parks survive? (The Guardian)
  5. Everybody’s in a Bubble, and That’s a Problem (The Atlantic)
  6. Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue (The Guardian)
  7. Ill-informed. Impetuous. Reckless: The Trump years. (Politico)
  8. Study: real facts can beat ‘alternative facts’ if boosted by inoculation (The Guardian)
  9. The Worst Year Ever, Until Next Year (The New Yorker)
  10. Senate Democrats have the power to stop Trump. All they have to do is use it. (WaPo)
  11. Highways Aren’t Enough: What Trump Needs to Know About Remaking the Rust Belt (Politico)
  12. How to Overcome Political Irrationality About Facts (The Atlantic)
  13. We may be closer than we thought to dangerous climate thresholds (The Guardian)

What You Can Do About Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees

Trump followed through on one of his most odious campaign promises yesterday, signing an Executive Order that restricts Immigration for citizens (including current US visa and Green Card holders – more on this in a second) of seven Muslim-majority nations: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan. While many on the right are claiming this isn’t a Muslim Ban, Trump has directed relevant agencies to prioritize Christian visa applicants and refugees from these countries. These restrictions went into place immediately, revoking visas from refugees and immigrants from these countries who had already been granted visas or had concrete plans to come to the US, stranding people who had been in the air at the time the restrictions went into place in airports, and even causing problems for Green Card holders – people who are legal United States permanent residents. It’s difficult to overstate how awful this is, and how much such an action goes against our values as Americans. It could also end up being a great recruitment tool for the extremist groups that Trump claims he’s trying to prevent from broaching our borders (friendly reminder that none of the 9/11 hijackers came from any of these countries, and all acts of ‘Islamic Extremism’ in the US in recent years have been carried out by people who were born here. Not to mention that most acts of terror, like mass shootings, in the US are carried out by white men who identify as Christian). This is something you should definitely be pissed off about, but also should mobilize against. What can we do?

  1. Call your Members of Congress (MoCs), show up to their offices, and show up to their public events.
    • Tell Republicans to put country before party and stand up for ‘traditional American values,’ like valuing immigrants and being a beacon of hope and freedom to people around the world. Recite the full poem from the base of the Statue of Liberty. Really drive home the idea that this is unAmerican.
    • Tell Democrats that it’s no longer safe to ‘see what Donald Trump does.’ He’s proven that we must take all of his campaign promises at face value. Tell them that unless they take a strong public stance against these actions and follow through with legislative action to stop this and other Trump actions/nominees, you will strongly consider voting for any candidate who may run against them in a primary.
    • Do this with a phone call, or better yet, if you can, show up to their office nearest you on Monday or Tuesday. Find an Indivisible Action Group in your area if you haven’t already, and work with them to protest this action.
  2. Donate to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    • They’re filing a constitutional challenge against the Executive Order, and generally do a lot of great work to protect the civil rights of Muslim Americans and foster understanding.
    • Donate to CAIR here.
  3. Donate to the International Rescue Committee
  4. Donate to and become a member of the ACLU
  5. Donate to UNICEF’s effort to help Syrian children
  6. Donate to the White Helmets
  7. Donate to the American Refugee Committee
  8. Donate to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
  9. Fight harassment and racism in your community when you see it

 

If you have any resources that I should update this post with, please contact me here.

 

 

Tell Your Senators to Vote NO on HR7

Call your Senators today (or show up at one of their offices, if you can!) and tell them to vote no on HR7, which would make the Hyde Amendment permanent and make it even more difficult than it already is for low-income women to afford abortion services when needed. In conjunction with Trump re-instating the so-called “Mexico City Policy,” or “Global Gag Rule,” which prohibits any organization overseas from even mentioning abortion in their programming if they receive US federal funds, it’s clear that keeping abortion safe and legal is going to be one of the biggest ongoing fights with this administration.

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