Some Right Now Action Steps

Big thanks to Laurie Osmond who has been stepping up in the Woodstock community to keep tabs on the transition in the white house, we have some info to share on how you can take some actions. See below:

PHONE CALLS TO MAKE NOW:

  • One minute action: send ONE email addressed to:

siggerudk@gao.govminnellit@gao.govcongrel@gao.gov (GAO = U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Tim Minelli and Katherine Siggerud = officials at the GAO.)

Subject line: Investigation of Donald Trump’s financial concerns

Dear Ms. Siggerud and Mr. Minnelli,

I’m writing in support of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s and Rep. Elijah Cummings’s request for an investigation into Donald Trump’s finances. Neither Mr. Trump nor his family have drawn a clear line between his Presidency and his company, which raises serious questions about how he intends to avoid conflicts of interest as President. An investigation is essential immediately.

 

  • Call Senators Schumer and Gillibrandto let them know how you feel about Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson, Scott Pruitt to name a few. U.S. Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121(Don’t forget to thank your Senators for coming to the marches in DC (Gillibrand) and NYC (Schumer).

 

  • Speaker Paul Ryan’s poll on Obamacare. Please support the ACA (202) 225-3031— option 2 for the poll. Then option 1 to support Obamacare. The line might be busy but please call back.  Also call John Faso’s offices 202.225.5614 DC, 845.514.2322 Kingston

 

  • There are articles about people being turned away at the Canadian border because they wanted to attend the Women’s March.  They were asked if they were Trump supporters, their cars were searched, their cell phones inspected. Please read both these articles, then call: US Office of Customs and Border Patrol.  Their public comment number is at the CBP INFO Center MondayFridaybetween 9am-4pm EST877 227-5511.  Call until you get through.  Also if you have any press connections or credentials, call their Office of Public Affairs at 202-344-1770, press 9 to reach a person.  Here are the articles:

March Protesters Turned Away At Border

Canada Border Agents Deny Entry Into US                                                                

  • The Women’s Marchorganizers have created 10 Actions in 100 Days.

https://www.womensmarch.com/100/  Please bookmark this page and take those actions!

 

ACTIONS/EVENTS

  • TUESDAY 1/24– Visit Your Senators’ Home Office

Tomorrow is a day of in-person, nation-wide action to try to convince our Senators to block Trump’s unacceptable cabinet picks. Find your Senators district office locations and plan to go there tomorrowTuesday – bring friends and family! Your message is simple – ask them to reject Trump’s cabinet picks.  Eve Fox sent this out, and has created a website www.dailyactsofresistance.org where you will find out more. Go there and sign up for her updates.  Thank you Eve!

 

  • Citizen Action NY – Action Night (every Tuesday5:30-8:30pm 7 Grand St., Midtown Kingston)

 

SATURDAY 1/28 

Pilgrim Pipeline/Crude Oil Kingston Forum: The Proposed Pilgrim Pipeline: What Ulster County Citizens Need To Know. Educational forum and discussion. 1-4pm  Kingston City Hall, 420 Broadway. Panelists will include Jeremy Cherson of Riverkeeper, Sue Rosenberg of Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline, and Jen Metzger, a Rosendale town councilwoman and a member of Citizens for Local Power. A short film, “Hudson River at Risk 6: A Pipeline Runs Through It,” will be presented by Jon Bowermaster, writer, filmmaker and six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

SUNDAY 1/29 

  • Citizen Action NY10:00a – 5:00Organizer Training. (RSVP required CJayne@CitizenActionNY.org)

FUTURE ACTIONS/EVENTS

MONDAY 1/30

  • Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Day of Actionin Albany is an annual event with Family Planning Advocates that gives us the opportunity to lobby. Over 1,000 people have already registered statewide, and they need more people from the Mid-Hudson Valley. Sign up here – the bus is free and lunch is included. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-mid-hudson-valley
  •  SATURDAY 2/4 – Jewish Voices for Peacehas a local chapter and has been working against Islamophobia.  Next meeting will be Saturday, February 4th at 11am, in Saugerties. If you are interested in attending, PLEASE RSVP to qamarcheryl@gmail.com and they will send you details. Updates on FB page: https://www.facebook.com/JVPHV/
  • SATURDAY 2/4 – Cuba Unbound: Travel, the Embargo and Poetry.  7-10pm Community event about Cuba Travel, the effects of the embargo on the Cuban people. We will also have readings of contemporary Cuban poets that we have met in Cuba. The event will include a slide show with recent pictures from Cuba as well as updated information about the Cuban embargo. Mountainview Studio, Woodstock.
  • THURSDAY 2/95:30pm-8:00pm A SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Ulster County coordinating group met recently. That group is comprised of those who committed (via the Interests, Commitments & Skills Survey,) to play a coordinating role. SURJ UC is now registered as an official chapter. A cornerstone of each SURJ chapter is the establishment of accountability partner relationships with organizations led by people of color. The next SURJ UC public meeting: Kingston Library, 55 Franklin St., Kingston, NY 12401

Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1t_-aAestvw_NAWVdmC_lXXq2t-n-12F6_NHTnJZO7FT3NA/viewform

  • MONDAY 3/13– NYCLU Day of Action 9am-4:45pm, NY State Capitol, Albany

Register at https://action.aclu.org/dayofaction

  • Make a point of attending your local town boardor school board meetings.  Even if it’s every couple of months, go and become informed.

1/25 Onteora Board of Education 6pm, Bennett Elementary School

1/25 Kingston Board of Education 7pm Crown St.

2/7 Saugerties Board of Education 7pm

Kingston has a comprehensive online calendar of meetings: http://www.kingston-ny.gov/content/8399/10927/11754.aspx?Calendar_ID=526

INFORM YOURSELVES

“As many as 80 ambassadors for countries, agencies and issues – such as the ambassador for global women’s issues – have been discarded at once.

The move now threatens leaving many countries without Senate-confirmed envoys for months and cutting off a direct line to the President, and some in countries which have sensitive relations to the US.”

That includes our Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, which opens up An Interesting Possibility for New York

  • Bill In The House To End U.S. Membership In The United Nations:  HR Bill 193 TextIt has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) 202.225.4111Here Are The Committee MembersContact them and voice your support for the U.S. remaining in the United Nations and ask your friends in other states to do so too.

 

 

  • Read through “Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting The Trump Agenda” It contains best practices for making members of Congress listen. www.indivisibleguide.com

 

 

 

If you’d like to be removed from this email list, or would like to add someone or something, please let me know.

 

Thank you for doing what you do,

 

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Action For Women Act For Climate Justice Campaign

Whether it is art, or music, or frontline action and coordination, there is a tremendous amount of power in the women taking climate action across the globe.

Our Director Rachel Marco-Havens has created a playlist filled with awesomeness! She will be working to reveal more of the actual work these incredible women are doing, but for now, the playlist is an introduction… We will be building this playlist as more people find the time to put into this little exaltation of greatness.

Continue reading “Action For Women Act For Climate Justice Campaign”

AIM TO #StopSpectra

AIM campaign simple

Help Us Spread the Word! Earth Guardians NY Crews are not ok with a 42” Fracked Gas Pipeline landing only 105’ away from a Nuclear Power Plant, crossing the Hudson River and two earthquake fault lines. Spectra & FERC (The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) think it‘s a great idea!!


This dangerous pipeline travels into Massachusetts and Rhode Island with similarly frightening vigor, past elementary schools, through neighborhoods… And it is headed for Export! Meanwhile, we continue to see news of pipeline explosions, leaks and decay across the country. How can such a scramble to rip our neighborhoods be permitted?

More Info about Spectra: SEnRG.orgSAPE2016.orgResistAIM.wordpress.com  

Tons more info here: Beyond Extreme Energy

We’re connected with many others across the NorthEast, by one pipeline
Find out if you are in Spectra’s path: www.stopspectra.org/spectra-projects

Take a photo of yourself wearing red on your wrist—Inform others, Tweet it, share it!

twitter iconCall To Action: @POTUS@FERC@SpectraEnergy
Call To Action RI: @GinaRaimondo @SenWhitehouse
NY, Thank: @NYgovCuomo@SenSchumer@SenGillibrand
Follow: @SEnRGorg @SAPE2016 @resistAIM @stopspectra@earthguardianNY@BXEAction @NoGasPlantRI @FANG_Together

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NY: ResistAIMSAPE2016SEnRGEarth GuardiansNY Atlantic Bridge
MA: Resist The Roxbury Pipeline, Dedham
RI: BASE,  FANG
Widening the scope: Beyond Extreme Energy


P.S. We are very offended by the use of the name “Algonquin” or “AIM”!
#NothingAlgonquinAboutSpectra

Sample Tweets:

fran rach stopspectra@NYgovCuomo @SenSchumer @SenGillibrand Thank you for standing to stop @SpectraEnergy pipeline #KeepItInTheGround #StopSpectra
#StopSpectra @SEnRGorg @SAPE2016 @resistAIM @stopspectra @earthguardianNY @BXEAction @NoGasPlantRI @FANG_Together


TAKE THE PLEDGES:

(NY) ResistAIM Pipeline’s Pledge

(MA) Resist The Pipeline Endorse

(Rhode Island/Nationally Focused) FANG Pledge (Fighting Against Natural Gas)

Finally a minute to update the site!

Hi everyone!
We are finally catching up with some of the details, like updating our website, adding some new Crews to the site, and preparing for all kinds of NY Earth Guardian activity to be happening more and more as the spring months roll in…

Stay tuned… and, especially subscribers, please excuse us if things get a little flip floppy in the next week or so 😉

We apologize for unnecessary notifications from our website…

 

Thanks,
Rach & the EGNY Crew

 

Emergency Call to Action!

Emergency Call to Action! In support of SAPE2016.org, Please keep calling these public officials!
 
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer:   212-486-4430
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:212-688-6262
U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey: 914-428-1707
U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel: 718-796-9700
U.S. Congressman Sean Maloney: 845-561-1259
Governor Andrew Cuomo: 518-474-8390
 
Tell them: Stand with millions of New Yorkers by speaking out publicly and to President Obama for emergency action to halt construction of the dangerous AIM pipeline now. Spectra’s construction has not ceased.  Demand that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rescind its approval of the AIM pipeline project and stop AIM pipeline construction immediately. 
 
Here’s why:
Last week, Governor Cuomo finally ordered 4 state agencies; the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Public Service to conduct an independent safety assessment of Spectra’s dangerous 42″ diameter, high pressure AIM gas pipeline sited only 105 feet from critical infrastructure at the aging and troubled Indian Point nuclear power plant.  The letter submitted by the Governor and these state agencies to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) also called for a halt to the AIM pipeline construction and retraction of FERC’s approval of the AIM pipeline project. 
 
Although local, state and federal officials have written letters to FERC calling for an independent risk assessment, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have been largely silent on the issue.  They must get off the sidelines and join with Congressmembers Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey and publicly advocate at all levels to bring this potentially catastrophic project to a halt immediately while proper risk analyses are performed.
We must also keep the pressure on Governor Cuomo to continue to use the power of his office and publicly advocate for an immediate halt to the construction of the AIM pipeline and for FERC’s withdrawal of its approval of the project.
 
Nuclear and pipeline safety experts have repeatedly warned that a pipeline rupture adjacent to Indian Point could result in a nuclear catastrophe similar to or worse than the Fukushima nuclear disaster and threatens more than 20 million people who live within a 50 mile radius in the New York tri-state region.  The pipeline poses a serious threat whether Indian Point is open or shut and decommissioned with 40 years of radioactive spent fuel remaining on site.  A comprehensive, independent risk assessment was never conducted.
 
Furthermore, the aging Indian Point nuclear reactors, whose licenses expired in 2013 and 2015, have been plagued with numerous problems including several events in the last year alone.  Since last month, exceedingly high levels of leaking tritium have been detected in monitoring wells at Indian Point. Significant concerns have been raised regarding adverse impacts to the degraded nuclear plant from the ongoing pipeline construction activities which were likely never evaluated. 
 
References:
Plan to Expand a Pipeline at Indian Point Raises Concerns, New York Times, 2/28/16:
 
Governor: Halt Algonquin Pipeline; Cites Indian Point, Journal News, 2/29/16:
 
Cuomo to Feds: Stop Algonquin Pipeline for More Safety Review, Times Union, 2/29/16: