The Trump administration has inked a deal that, if finalized, could open the Tongass National Forest to logging and road construction. Together, we must stop them from destroying America’s largest national forest. The Tongass’ 17 million acres are home to the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, 800-year-old trees, and an astonishing breadth of wildlife: brown bears, bald eagles, humpback whales, and sea lions. For years, Alaska’s elected officials and Big Timber-backed allies have tried to get their paws — and saws — on the Tongass. Now, this threat looms larger than ever as the U.S. Forest Service and the State of Alaska work to craft a disastrous Alaska-specific version of the celebrated Roadless Rule.
Email the US Forest Service via Sierra Club and tell them to reject Alaska’s proposed change to the Roadless Rule.
Email Sec’y of State Mike Pompeo and tell him of your opposition to TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
The Tenth Congressional District Democrats needs volunteers at its Waukegan office to help build a Blue Wave during the upcoming November election. State Representative Rita Mayfield is helping to organize efforts to help our Democratic candidates on a regular basis. The Tenth Dems Waukegan office is located at 118 N. Genesee Street in downtown Waukegan and is open Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Oppose Roll-back of the Clean Power Plan.
The EPA is now accepting public comments on the proposed replacement of the Clean Power Plan. Tell Acting EPA Administrator Michael Wheeler that you oppose any plans to roll back the Clean Power Plan. President Trump and his allies at the EPA just introduced what the NRDC is calling the “Dirty Power Plan” — their disastrous scheme that would replace the landmark Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan is our best chance to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and accelerate our clean energy future. Trump’s rollback is nothing more than a giveaway to fossil fuel companies and utilities that leaves the rest of us to pay the price with extreme weather, poisoned air and water, and a polluted planet. Thousands of Americans who support the Clean Power Plan will fight back against any attempts to dismantle it — in defense of our clean air and water, our climate, and our clean energy future.
Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is all risk and absolutely no reward. Siding with NRDC, a federal judge just rejected the Trump administration’s attempts to fast-track the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline — the fossil fuel monstrosity that would carry 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil each day from Canada’s boreal forest through America’s heartland. This massive pipeline would threaten land, climate, and drinking water supplies, keep us rooted in the dirty fossil fuels of the past, and slow our path to a clean energy future. Now, the fate of this climate-wrecking pipeline lies with Trump’s State Department.
The League of Women Voters opposes such a question, which will result in an unfair and inaccurate Census that fails to equitably represent the U.S. population. See more below under “Why It Matters.”
WHY IT MATTERS:
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recently announced that there will be a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The League of Women Voters vehemently opposes this measure, claiming that it will result in an undercount of those living in the United States and will jeopardize fair redistricting and the determination of the allocation of resources. Additionally, the call for a citizenship question is anti-immigrant in nature and will further instill fear, preventing immigrants from participating fully in the count.
The US Census, mandated by the Constitution, takes place every 10 years and counts every person living in the United States. The information it collects is used for redistricting and to allocate federal funds to local communities. A citizenship question has not been asked since 1950.
Some of the reasons you may offer in opposing a citizenship question on the 2020 Census:
- Undermines an accurate count: Including a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census will damage the chances for an accurate count of our country’s population.
- Change is a betrayal: This change to the way we count the number people living in the United States is a betrayal of the idea that in America, every person counts.
- Misleading motive for the change: This decision isn’t about improving demographic data on citizenship to fulfill the Voting Rights Act. It’s designed to frighten immigrants-citizens and non-citizens alike-so they won’t participate in the Census. It’s a blatant political maneuver meant to disenfranchise these groups and deny them equal representation.
- Undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens democracy: Including this question on the Census undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens a process vital to our democracy.
- Jeopardizes the allocation of important resources: A fair and accurate Census is essential to the way the federal government allocates resources for infrastructure, education, and transportation. Census data is critical when determining resources for fire, water and trash collection.
- The Constitution mandates an accurate count of ALL people: The United States Constitution mandates an accurate count of all people living in the United States — not all citizens. Non-citizens are an integral part of our economy and need to be included in the 2020 Census to paint a complete picture of our great country.
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