Call your Senators NOW and Tell Them to Oppose Scott Pruitt to Head the EPA

Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the EPA just passed in committee. This means that he’ll be up for a full Senate confirmation vote soon. Call your senators NOW and tell them to oppose this nomination.

A sample script from re:act:

“Hello, I am [NAME] from [PLACE]. As your constituent, I’m afraid that Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA, would be a disaster for our health, air, water, and climate. Will the Senator pledge to publicly oppose Pruitt’s nomination?”

Call them now to help ensure that decades of climate and environmental protections aren’t rolled back to keep our country and planet safe and beautiful for future generations.

(Friendly reminder to only call Senators and Reps who represent you, except for under special circumstances for those in leadership roles when they’re acting in that capacity – calling other reps of whom you’re not a constituent allows them to say that most of the feedback they get about any given topic doesn’t accurately reflect their constituents’ views, even if it does. Not flooding their phone lines also makes it easier for their constituents to get them on the phone, which is important.)


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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Download the Climate Reality Project’s Action Kit

One of the looming threats from the Trump Administration is that he’ll reverse years of progress on the mitigation of climate change, and reverse promises like the Paris Agreement made earlier this year. If you care about climate change, which you of course should, I encourage you to download this action guide put together by Climate Reality Project (founded by Al Gore).

The guide offers action that you can take, from templates for messages that you can spread on social media, to local actions, resources to help you learn and to share with others, and more. It’s available in versions for a variety of countries. It’s really informative and comprehensive, and the more people that utilize its resources, the better.


Donate to UNICEF’s Effort to Help Syrian Children

From the UNICEF website:

The brutal, five-year old Syrian war has affected 80% of the country’s children — 8.4 million young livesshattered by violence, fear, displacement and death. The terrible conflict in besieged cities like Aleppo is increasing their suffering.

In response, UNICEF has helped mobilize the largest relief operation in history — providing safe water, nutrition, polio vaccinations, temporary schools and more. But these children’s needs are outgrowing our resources.

Donate here, now, to help Syrian children stay as safe as possible.

Add the 2018 and 2020 Elections to Your Calendar

Do it now while you’re thinking about it! Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. Better yet, October 6, 2018 and October 3, 2020, which will give you time to educate yourself on the issues, educate your friends and family, and get out the vote (and give you a time cushion if you do mail-in or absentee voting).

Voting in the midterm elections is so important! In 2018, Democrats have a lot of incumbent seats to protect in the Senate, and the Republican incumbents will be difficult to oust. But if you commit to voting now, and commit to also getting five of your friends to vote (and so on), it can make a difference. Let’s get Democrats back into the House and Senate. There will also probably be some local and state elections on your ballot, and those are super important too!

And just for your reading pleasure…

US Midterms – What are they, and why are they so important? [The Independent]

Look to 2018 – The midterm election could be the most important for the Democrats yet [Salon]