I’ll keep this short, because I know a lot of you, like me, are already caught up in local efforts to defend black lives in this extraordinary moment.
The murders of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police officers, as well as Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many more, have touched off a nationwide conversation, protest and moment of revolution. All over the country, and all over the world, people are taking to the streets, flooding social media, calling politicians and demanding justice for those who have been killed by the police. We unequivocally endorse the demands of the Movement for Black lives, and now is the time to join them.
From their call to action:
With all actions, there are a variety of risks and roles. All roles are important, and this moment is no different. In the last three months, 100,000 people in the United States have died of COVID-19, and Black people are dying disproportionately. As we move into collective and community action, we have to learn the risks involved, and how to keep ourselves and our communities safe. There is no one right way to take action. Do what you can from where you can. Power building takes many shapes. Thanks for joining us.
The Movement For Black Lives, and organizers mobilizing across the country, invite you to take part in a week of action June 1st to 7th in defense of Black lives. This is an opportunity to uplift and fight alongside those turning up in the streets and online
If you’re struggling to find the right way to take action in this moment, here are some resources:
- Check out the Movement for Black Lives’ site and call to action. It has actions you can take from home, and actions you can take in the streets; actions you can take alone, and actions you can take with friends. Most important, these are demands from black leaders, and they’re asking us to show up, right now, to support them.
- Chip in to support local bail funds, mutual aid funds, and use your money to support local protest, action and organizing. Here’s a great page that will let you split a donation in (almost) any amount between up to 70 local groups.
- Recognize that showing up for black lives IS showing up for climate action. M4BL has has a position supporting divestment from fossil fuels and investment in communities for years. And if you’ve ever showed up to protest polluted water in Flint MI, Denmark SC, or dozens of other cities you should have already been following black leadership. And while it’s not as important as saving literal human black lives, a policy shift that defunds police and incarceration at the local, state, and federal level has always been part of the plan for how to pay for a Green New Deal. If you want to learn more about how to support and show up respectfully in this moment, check out this webinar with the Sunrise movement.
So whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever your race or ethnicity: This is the moment to take action and show up in defense of Black Lives. Check out the call to action, find an activity that works for you, and get to it or back to it.
You’ve probably heard about the Republican Tax Bill being debated in the Senate this week. There is a lot to DIS-like in the bill — from the way it raises taxes on the middle class to give tax breaks to the super-rich and corporations;1 to the way it’s being rushed through with no hearings or due-process;2 to the fact that it undercuts renewable energy, opens new land to oil and gas drilling and threatens our climate.3
It’s a seriously dirty, dangerous, and ugly piece of work. And it’s about to get a final vote in the Senate. Mitch McConnell says he has the votes to pass the bill.4 But it’s incredibly close. So close that the Vice President is standing by to break a tie if even ONE Senator changes his or her mind.
Can you make a quick call to tell your Senators to vote no? Click here for the number and some help on what to say.
There’s still a chance to stop this bill today. And that’s why we should all call now. But even if they DO vote to pass it by a slim margin today, we shouldn’t give up hope. The Senate bill is very different from the house version passed last month.
Most of what the House and Senate bills disagree on is just how, and how much, to hurt our communities and our planet. BUT as long as they don’t agree, they can’t pass a final bill (called reconciliation) before the end of this year.
Like so many things these days, this is a fight to delay even worse things from happening, just long enough that we can build something better to replace them. And the key to delay in this case is to flood every Senator’s line with calls telling them to Vote now. If enough of us call, Democrats will be emboldened to filibuster the bill, Republicans may re-think their support, and staff will be so busy talking to us, that they won’t be able to put out talking points and claim victory.
Click here to make a call and tell us how it went.
Drew and the 198 methods crew.
1 – https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/12/01/the-trump-tax-plan-just-hit-another-snag-the-real-problem-math-and-gop-lies/
2 – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/11/30/im-a-depression-historian-the-gop-tax-bill-is-straight-out-of-1929/?utm_term=.15cca96bb73b
3 – http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/11/the-republican-tax-plan-is-an-assault-on-renewable-energy/
4 – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/us/politics/senate-tax-bill-debate-vote.html
A great new NPR report out today shows why we need to stop the Senate from restoring a quorum at FERC.1 This is one of those media articles — well researched, solidly written, and beamed to a national audience of millions on public radio this morning — that can change a campaign.
And the timing is perfect: If we can block a vote for another few weeks, we can prevent approval of any more fracked gas pipelines this summer — because FERC will be without a quorum at least until September.
But one news story isn’t enough to change 51 Senators’ minds. So I’m asking you to back up your email with a call TODAY.
Call Your Senators at (202) 224-3121 (you’ll need to tell the operator which Senators you want to talk to or which state you live in), and urge them to vote “NO” on Trump’s Nominees for FERC.
You can simply say:
I am calling to urge Senator ___________ to vote against President Trump’s two nominees, Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, to be commissioners of FERC. Their records make clear that they will do little or nothing to stop FERC’s rubber-stamping approval of fracked gas pipelines proposed by the fracked gas industry. Senator _______________ needs to stand up for our climate, against eminent domain abuse and for clean air and water by voting “no” on these FERC nominees.
Once you’ve called, click here to let us know how it went and share the action with friends. You can also get help contacting your Senators on Twitter or checking in with other callers on Facebook!
FERC-approved pipelines release climate changing emissions and induce more drilling, fracking and fossil fuel use which, according to experts, could tip us over the climate changing cliff. The NPR story out today also digs into the possible illegal way that utilities self-deal themselves these pipeline projects to make big bucks at the expense of our climate. Right now, FERC can’t approve any pipelines or LNG export facilities because they don’t have the legal quorum necessary to cast binding vote. Help us keep it that way.
Click here to tell us how your call went, and get help sending tweets and more.
1 – http://www.npr.org/2017/07/17/536708576/natural-gas-building-boom-fuels-climate-worries-enrages-landowners