Governor Rauner opened the season on hunting bobcats, just as their populations are rebuilding. Now he wants to roll back Illinois conservation programs, and defer to Trump’s team. Bruce Rauner’s administration is supporting a major weakening of the Illinois Endangered Species Act. Rauner is backing House Bill 5293, which would let the Trump Administration call the shots on how to protect endangered species. There could not be a worse time for Illinois to defer to the Trump administration, which is pursuing many anti-wildlife policies, when it comes to protecting our most vulnerable species.
Anti Endangered Species HB 5293 would:
allow the killing of threatened and endangered species in Illinois
halt Illinois’ efforts to recover threatened species, as long as the federal government was taking some action on those species.
jeopardize endangered species protection by weakening the expert composition of the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board by removing two scientists from the Board, making it harder to protect fragile populations.
Ask Your Senators to Oppose Efforts to Restrict Medicaid.
Recently an increasing number of states are requesting permission to impose restrictions on Medicaid by instituting lifetime caps on Medicaid benefits or requiring work requirements to remain on Medicaid rolls. A recent Vox article reports that a poll by the Kaiser Foundation finds that 41% of respondents believed that work requirements are aimed at cutting spending on Medicaid, and 33% believe the requirements are for lifting people out of poverty as Republicans claim. These restrictions are being imposed despite fact that the Medicaid program remains popular among respondents (40% reporting very favorable and 34% somewhat favorable views of Medicaid).
From Jen Hofmann’s “Americans of Conscience Action Checklist” comes the following suggestion. This script could also be used to call or to e-mail your senators. Urge friends and family in red states to do the same.
Action: Stand with people in need of medical care.
Call: The local offices of your 2 senators and 1 House rep (look up).
Action: Stand with Americans who are poor, disabled, and/or unable to work.
Find: Your state Medicaid director’s address (look up, scroll down for address).
Write: Dear [Name], I am deeply concerned about the CMS letter on 1/12/18 allowing states to deny medical care to vulnerable citizens. With a majority of Medicaid enrollees already working, in school, or medically unable to work, compliance enforcement is an unnecessary waste of taxpayer money. We must take care of our neighbors in need. This new policy penalizes people living in poverty and with disabilities, cutting them off from a powerful poverty-reducing program. I entreat you to continue providing Medicaid to all [Staters] who need it. Thank you for your consideration. Name, town.
President Trump’s infrastructure plan is a scam to make Wall Street record profits. The plan incentivizes privatization, setting up corporations to make a profit off of our infrastructure — and for the public to pay the costs. ¹
Here’s who Trump’s plan wouldn’t help: Martin County, Kentucky is a community struggling with poverty, unemployment, and poor water quality. Nearly twenty years ago, coal sludge polluted their local water, and the ramifications are still being felt. ² People in Martin County endured nightly water shutoffs in January, and the water they do get access to can be too contaminated to drink. And to add insult to injury, hearings were held last month to decide whether their water bills could go up by nearly 50 percent.Everything President Trump has said about his plan so far is that it would incentivize privatizing water systems, while cutting federal funding for public water. Our research proves that when corporations control water and sewer systems, prices go up even as services can worsen. ³ This isn’t an isolated issue. We need a comprehensive solution to this problem.
This is a fight we can win. Last year, the people of Atlantic City successfully fought off an attempt to privatize their water system. Food & Water Watch fought alongside local allies for years to protect the water system. In December, that work paid off: state officials announced that the state would “not sell or lease the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority to a private company.” 4
In a bold move that is leaving oil & gas executives jumping with glee, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced January 5 that90% of the country’s coastal waters are now being considered for oil & gas drilling. The move reverses an Obama-era ban on drilling in U.S. coastal waters, as well as bans on offshore drilling in California and the Atlantic that go back decades.
We know you’re upset, especially since over 3.3 million of you had already sent Interior a message telling them you didn’t want offshore drilling in the first place.
Send Ryan Zinke a message that the public has spoken, and that they want no more offshore drilling!
On October 9th, 2017 EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the agency will take steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants and combating climate change.
While a repeal of the Clean Power Plan is not expected to be immediately implemented (it will go through a formal rulemaking process and will also face lawsuits), Congress can take action now by supporting measures that uphold the strategies of the Clean Power Plan and voting down those that undermine it.
The following link will give you:
Script to make the call
Phone number of your U.S. Representative, after you key in your address.
North Shore Indivisible is committed to helping citizens exercise their right to vote and make their voice heard. If you seek to help others register to vote, you may be eligible to become a deputy registrar. However, you must act right now. Training classes are forming and you must register at least 48 hours before the training date.
Join us on Wednesday, Jan 31st for a Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance Live Event watch party in Lincolnshire. Meet others in our community who want to organize to build local power and take climate action. Find out what we can do to begin to build the Fossil Free future we need – and connect with folks from Northshore Indivisible and other activists equally passionate about this work. Please RSVP so we can send you updates and last-minute details.
What can we do to protect our environment in 2018? How do we keep up the fight for climate justice? How can our towns still make progress in the face of the Trump administration’s attacks? How do we organize for power outside the capital when the government shuts down?
If you’re asking these questions, you’re not alone. All across the country, there are millions of us who are looking for ways to stand up for our climate and communities.
We know the dangers this administration poses to people and our planet are immediate and real — but we don’t just want to resist Trump. We want to move past him, and rally like-minded people around the country to start building a Fossil Free world now, instead of just playing defense.
That’s why on Wednesday, January 31, the day after the State of the Union, we will come together for Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance.
Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance Live Event 6:30 PM, Wednesday, January 31 UAW Region 4 Office 680 Barclay Blvd Lincolnshire (Map)
The U.S. Senate could soon vote to fund the federal government by opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and our protected coastlines to reckless fossil fuel development.Tell your senators to strip any provisions from the federal budget that could open America’s coastlines and the Arctic Refuge to fossil fuel companies.