Friday, January 6, 2017 - January Actions - Demanding sober assessment of the science.

I'm going to interrupt the regularly scheduled programming (Hmmm, guess I'm dating myself.) for a couple public service announcements.  I've got plenty to add, but not the time for adding it, so I'll simply share the following public action schedule for January 2017, followed by more options for contacting your state and federal Representatives.  I'm out in the middle of nowhere and unaffiliated, but I certainly support and gladly spread this news while encouraging you to find out more about them.
In their own words: is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice.
That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries. You can read more about our history here.

January is going to be a (busy) month of resistance

The climate movement is getting ready for a big January of bold action to defeat Donald Trump’s dangerous fossil fuel agenda. He wants to put Big Oil in charge of our government, roll back decades of climate progress, and witch hunt climate scientists out of their posts.

January 9th: We’ll take to the streets in all 50 states to defeat Trump’s climate denier cabinet. Find events here.
He’s also preparing unprecedented attacks on civil liberties, religious freedom and basic norms of tolerance. Add that to his cronies’ plans for attacking social services, tax cuts for the super-wealthy and dangerous foreign policy moves — we will have our hands full.
Here’s our theory of change: A majority of people in America did not vote for Donald Trump. He got almost 3 million fewer votes. The people that worked and voted against him often are more likely to be younger and part of vulnerable communities who will together bear the biggest impacts of climate change, and his vicious policies. Together we can make sure that this majority is visible, fired up and heard by people in power.
Here’s what’s happening in January:
January 2nd: Look for a big announcement about all the work we’re doing together in 2017.
January 3rd: We’re flooding the phone lines in Congress to stop Trump’s climate denier picks for major climate, energy and environmental positions in his cabinet. Here’s where to go to make a call to your Senator.
January 9th: We’ll take to the streets in all 50 states to defeat Trump’s climate denier cabinet. Find events here.
January 11th: We’re planning something big for the first day of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson’s first day of hearings connected to his nomination for Secretary of State.
That same week and the following in Washington DC, activists will be flooding Capitol Hill with actions targeting key Senators who will play a big role in hearings for cabinet picks. Expect more actions across the country and a flood of messages to the Senate to stop Trump’s picks this week as well.
January 20th and 21st: The climate movement will link arms with people fighting every part of Trump’s agenda for major demonstrations during and after his Inauguration. Trump lost the election by almost 3 million votes, and we will make sure the Washington establishment hears from the majority of us who oppose his plan for the country. Find out more about Inauguration events here.
On January 23rd, 100 hours after his inauguration, students across the country will walk out of class against Trump’s dangerous agenda for our future in the biggest coordinated student action in U.S. divestment movement history.  If you’re a student who wants to join, you can sign up to lead an event here.
And that’s just what we know about now — be on your toes for rapid response actions throughout the next month to oppose key parts of Trump’s agenda.
Forward into the streets, together.

Voter Backlash Forced Republicans To Abandon Plans To Destroy Ethics Committee. - January 4, 2017 

Tips on Calling Your Member of Congress

When you dial 202-224-3121 you are directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard. This switchboard can direct you to both senators as well as representatives.

Once the operator answers, ask to be connected to whomever you are trying to reach. They will send you to your senator's or representative's office line, and a legislative assistant will answer the phone.

It is important to let them know why you are calling and what issue you are calling about. You will sometimes be able to speak directly to your senator or representative, but more often you will speak to a staff person in the member's office. This person keeps track of how many people called and their positions on issues, and provides a summary to the member. Be assured that your call does count, even if you are not able to speak directly to your senator or representative.

* You can also find the direct number to any member's office by consulting the

How to be effective about contacting your senator: 
What Really Happens When You Call?

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