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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action - End the Silence of the Dickey Amendment

Gun violence? What gun violence?


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You might think we know when, where, and how gun violence occurs in the U.S. 

You'd be wrong. 

In 1996, Congress passed the Dickey Amendment after the NRA was upset at federal studies that showed a clear link between gun violence and public health. 

The Dickey Amendment says "none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” It was passed to retaliate for unwanted CDC findings and -- alongside funding cuts to CDC gun research -- has operated as a choke-hold on US gun violence study and accountability every since. Systematic studies of violent offender warning signs? Analysis of access patterns to firearms before shootings? Inventories of gun homicides in most states? All victims of the Dickey Amendment. Even the Amendment author regrets ever having pushed it. 

For see, more John Oliver and a powerful history from the American Psychological Association

The political fear tactics of the NRA make it impossible to pass common-sense gun safety laws, and the NRA is working to make it impossible for the federal government to even study the issue.

Congress needs to feel the heat. 

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Sample script: 

I'm a constituent from __town__ calling to ask what you can do to prevent gun violence in our country. The Dickey Amendment was passed as an amendment to the 1996 Appropriations Bill and has denied the Center for Disease Control the ability to study how gun violence occurs and how to prevent it. I think we can all agree that allowing research on how people commit gun violence, warning signs to look for, and things we can do to stop them is something both parties can get behind. Please let me know where you stand on repealing the Dickey Amendment.

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073
Washington, DC: 202-225-4761

Stay Strong America!

 

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Ask MoCs to Re-authorize CHIP

Congress Needs to Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program

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The Children’s Health Insurance Program ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. Federal funding was increased as part of the Affordable Care Act. 

No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but that’s exactly what they did. Republicans invested so much time and energy in making one last push to pass TrumpCare, that they couldn’t find time to reauthorize a program giving 9 million kids health insurance. Let that sink in. 

If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. Check the map below to see when your state runs out of CHIP funding, and call your Member of Congress to tell them to reauthorize CHIP ASAP.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from Colorado's Third Congressional District. I’m calling to ask that the Gardner/Bennet/Tipton to support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately. 

Staffer: Thanks for calling. Gardner/Bennet/Tipton is strongly supportive of CHIP. 

CALL SENATOR CORY GARDNER
Colorado Springs: 719-632-6706
Denver: 303-391-5777
Durango: 970-415-7416
Fort Collins: 970-484-3502
Grand Junction: 970-245-9553
Greeley: 970-352-5546
Pueblo: 719-543-1324
Washington, DC: 202-224-5941

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073
Washington, DC: 202-225-4761

Caller: If Gardner/Tipton were really strongly supportive of CHIP, he/she would have insisted that leadership schedule a vote on reauthorization ASAP. Our state runs out of CHIP funding in [check the map above]. What is Gardner/Tipton doing to make sure CHIP gets reauthorized ASAP? 

Staffer: I’m not sure, but he/she is strongly supportive. I can pass on your thoughts. 

Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Gardner/Tipton does to make sure CHIP is reauthorized. 

CALL SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET
Denver Metro Office: 303-455-7600 or Toll Free: 866-455-9866
Arkansas Valley Office: 719-542-7550
San Luis Valley Office: 719-587-0096
Pikes Peak Office: 719-328-1100
Northern Colorado - Eastern Plains Office: 970-224-2200
Northwest/I-70W Office: 970-241-6631
Four Corners Office: 970-259-1710
Washington, D.C. Office: 202-224-5852

Caller: Thank you. Our state runs out of funding [check the map above] so it’s really important that Congress do this immediately. I appreciate Bennet’s support. 

Staffer: Thanks. I can pass your thoughts on to Bennet.

Caller: Thank you very much and thank you for your support.

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action

Tell Betsy DeVos: Fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence. 

Under Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education (DOE), campus sexual assault survivors are on their own.  Just last week DeVos met with misogynistic "men’s rights groups" and rape deniers about weakening Title IX protections.

Additionally, Candice Jackson, the acting head of the DOE's Office for Civil Rights, told reporters from the New York Times that “90 percent of sexual assault accusations fall into the category of, 'We were both drunk’, ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.'”

This is not the first time Jackson has made such appalling statements. She is a long-time anti-feminist activist who has almost no experience with civil rights law. She once claimed she faced discrimination because she was white.  She has made many victim-blaming statements over the years and has shown a deeply troubling skepticism of women who report sexual violence.

Three things you can do:  

1)  Email the Department of Education & Demand that Betsy DeVos fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence. 

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Question (please include additional language if you are compelled to do so):
Will the Department of Education stand with survivors of campus sexual assault? Candice Jackson’s statement about sexual violence survivors perpetuates victim blaming and rape culture. The Department of Education must immediately fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from discrimination, hate and violence by preserving and enforcing Title IX.

Thank you,
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2)  Click here to sign the petition

3)  If you're in Denver, join the protest TODAY and let DeVos know how you feel in person.  Betsy DeVos and her pro-corporate, anti-student agenda is bad for our country and our state.  "Members of Colorado's largest teachers' union, the Colorado Education Association, plan to protest U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos when she visits Denver...reportedly to address the American Legislative Exchange Council at its annual meeting." - Education Week

PROTEST DETAILS:
1500 Grant St, Denver, Colorado 80203
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

We cannot remain silent while DeVos undermines policies that protect students from discrimination and violence, empowers rape deniers and appoints anti-feminist activists to positions of power in her department. We must raise a massive public outcry to demand that DeVos do her job, immediately fire Candice Jackson and publicly commit to protecting all students from hate.

One in five women are sexually assaulted in college. According to a recent Title IX DOE report, there are 344 open sexual violence investigations at 242 postsecondary schools on the books right now. Title IX will only protect students from hate and violence if the DOE makes sure that schools enforce it.

DeVos has the power to control the enforcement of Title IX provisions to combat sexual violence on campuses, but she will only stand up for survivors if there is massive public pressure on her to do so.

Colorado educators plan protest against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos - The Denver Post

Senator Wants Education Official Fired After 'Egregious' Campus Sexual Assault Remark - Time

Betsy DeVos needs to fire her top civil rights deputy after sexual assault comments, Sen. Patty Murray says – LA Times

Betsy DeVos’ Civil Rights Chief Said “90 Percent” of Campus Rape Claims Are Bogus. The Backlash Was Swift. – Mother Jones

With thanks to CREDO Action.

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action

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Prioritize Our Health and Safety Over Corporate Profits.  STOP the state's decision to appeal the Martinez ruling!  Call Governor Hickenlooper TODAY:  855-969-5613 or 303-866-2885

On March 23, the Colorado Court of Appeals sided with youth plaintiff Xiuhtezcatl Martinez in a landmark decision that gives our right to a livable climate precedence over oil and gas development.  

This was a huge win for the people of Colorado, but now the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is threatening to use state funds to reverse that decision with an appeal that might once again put profits over people.  Colorado lawmakers created the COGCC to regulate the oil and gas industry, but instead it has led us to more drilling.

The COGCC is already preparing the appeal, but Governor Hickenlooper has major influence over the agency's decision to challenge the ruling or to let it stand. We can pressure him into stopping this appeal — here's how:

Call Governor Hickenlooper: 855-969-5613
Script: Please let Governor Hickenlooper know that we expect him to respect the Colorado Court of Appeals' decision to place our health and safety above oil and gas profits, and to STOP the appeal of the Martinez ruling!

If we can stop the appeal, the court's decision will forever put our rights to health, safety and a livable future before oil and gas profits. New oil and gas developments only worsen our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and puts our health and water at risk.

In Martinez v. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, six youth plaintiffs argued that the COGCC is infringing on their right to a livable future by continuing to permit oil and gas development without concern for public health or the climate. An appeal by the COGCC would be an outright attack on children and their right to clean air, safe water and a healthy future.

Colorado appeals court says state must protect health and environment before allowing oil and gas drilling – The Denver Post

Editorial:  For the Governor, A Moment of Truth - Daily Camera

With thanks to Food and Water Watch for this Daily Action.

 

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action

100 MILLION plastic bottles are thrown away every day, choking our oceans in plastic waste. Governments meet in days to outline clean ocean

 SAVE OUR OCEANS: 100 MILLION plastic bottles are thrown away every day, choking our oceans in plastic waste. Governments meet in days to outline clean ocean commitments. If a million of us call on top polluters to stop the flood of plastics, the Head of the UN's Environment Programme will announce our petition to the plenary and use our voices to help oceans breathe again.

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Dear friends,

By 2050, our oceans will have more plastic trash than fish.

It’s shameful. Half of the plastic made we use just once and throw out, choking our seas and all the animals in it.

But in days, our governments can stem this tide when they meet at a historic summit to outline their clean ocean commitments. Public pressure just got #2 polluter Indonesia to commit to a 70% reduction in plastic waste! Now we need to go after the other top polluters. 

If one million of us get behind a global call, the Head of the UN Environment Programme will announce our petition from the summit podium and work with us to push countries to ban single-use plastics and let oceans breathe again. Add your name: 

Click to save our oceans!

No matter where we live, each breath we take connects us to our oceans. Most of our oxygen is generated by them. They regulate our climate and weather, turn water into clouds that give us rain. And oceans provide a home for near 80% of all living things on earth. We can’t live without our oceans.

But now, our oceans can’t live without us.

Humans have destroyed ocean health and we need to fix it. The good news is, more than half the plastic trash in our oceans come from just five nations. If we focus global attention on the biggest polluters now, we can create global system-change for plastic-free seas. What’s missing is the motivation -- and that’s where we come in.

Let’s build a massive call on our governments to stop suffocating our oceans. Once we reach a million signers, Avaaz will launch targeted campaigns on the top polluters to ramp up the pressure for them to act.


Our community has fought fiercely to protect magnificent rainforests and vast areas of our oceans. Now time is running out to kill plastic pollution before it kills us.

MORE INFORMATION:

The Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic — And No One’s Paying Attention (Huffington Post)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/plastic-waste-oceans_us_58fed37be4b0c46f0781d426

The Arctic Ocean Is Clogging With Billions of Plastic (The Atlantic) 
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/04/the-arctic-ocean-is-filling-with-billions-of-plastic-bits/523713/

Even your sea salt is almost certainly contaminated with plastic (Quartz)
https://qz.com/979101/sea-salt-is-likely-to-contain-microparticles-of-plastic-according-to-a-new-study/

Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/10/full-scale-plastic-worlds-oceans-revealed-first-time-pollution

Many thanks to Avaaz for this D3 Daily Action.

100 MILLION plastic bottles are thrown away every day, choking our oceans in plastic waste. Governments meet in days to outline clean ocean

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose New Threats to Health and Public Safety that have already passed the House!  Demand that your Senators oppose the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017, the Regulatory Accountability Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017.

We rely on our government to ensure so much is safe: The food we eat. The air we breathe. The toys our children play with—and so much more. But right now, legislation is moving in Congress that guts the crucial federal safety protections we rely on to ensure that what surrounds us isn't putting us in danger or making us sick.

Three pieces of legislation—the Regulatory Accountability Act, the REINS Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act—are direct and radical threats to public health that have broad, overreaching consequences. In short, they handcuff the government with red tape, making it nearly impossible for agencies to deliver the crucial safeguards we need.

These dangerous bills have already passed the House—take action today to stop them in their tracks in the Senate!

Call Senator Cory Gardner & Senator Michael Bennet:  Demand that they oppose these dangerous regulations.

Script:  I am calling today in strong opposition to the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017, the Regulatory Accountability Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017, all recently passed by the House of Representatives.  These are direct and radical threats to public health and safety with overreaching implications and unintended consequences. They present unprecedented and dangerous roadblocks and delays to the sensible safeguards that protect the American people such as the Clean Air Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, and so much more.  This red tape will leave Americans unprotected, going back on historic progress made by Congress.  If these bills come to the Senate floor for a vote, please strongly oppose them.

Here's just a small sample of important safety measures that would get tied up in red tape under the Regulatory Accountability Act:

  • Regulations to keep toxic chemicals out of products in our homes, schools and workplaces.
  • New Food and Drug Administration protections against intentional contamination of the food supply.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission standards, which are regularly updated to help assure the safety of everyday children's products like cribs, high chairs, and infant carriers.
  • New auto safety standards that would take advantage of new crash-avoidance and vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies to reduce car accidents and fatalities.
  • Centers for Disease Control updated screening measures for airports that would help stem the spread of diseases—issued to protect against the next outbreak of a dangerous communicable disease like Ebola.

The Regulatory Accountability Act – Coalition for Sensible Safeguards

5 Reasons Why the Regulatory Accountability Act is Bad for Science – Union of Concerned Scientists

Red tape and over-reach: That is the Regulatory Accountability Act – Environmental Defense Fund

Thanks to the Environmental Defense Fund for this D3 Daily Action.

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Here we go again... the BLM Methane Rule has been the subject of our D3 Daily Actions more times than we count. But we continue to push this topic because we believe that it is one that we can WIN! 

Please Call today - This VOTE could FINALLY happen as early as TOMORROW. 


If you have already called, CALL AGAIN!

Republican leaders have been delaying the vote because they haven't had the votes to pass the measure. And Senator Cory Gardner  is THE swing vote that could prevent this bill from passing. As of May 8th, his office stated that he is still undecided about how to vote on this issue and still taking commentary. 

Senator Gardner's primary argument for voting to overturn this regulation is that Colorado's rules are more strict than Federal regulations. But of course, Coloradans don't just breathe air or drink water from Colorado. If neighboring states have lax rules we will feel the effects. Indeed, we already do - even with the current regulations in place: Southwest Colorado is home to the highest concentration of methane pollution in the United States.

For our own health, and to ensure a healthy future for our children, we must hold the Senate accountable. Coloradoans didn’t vote for dirty, dangerous air.

HERE ARE SOME TALKING POINTS FOR YOUR CALL: 

  • I am calling to urge Senator Gardner to vote against overturning BLM’s methane waste prevention standards.
  • Without strong BLM standards, contaminated air will hurt our families’ health.
  • Colorado's strong rules regarding methane leaks simply don't matter... if neighboring states have lax rules, we will all suffer - we need federal regulations to protect us from states to our west. 
  • SW Colorado is already home to the highest concentration of methane pollution in the United States. 
  • If Senator Gardner believes in creating and keeping jobs for Colorado, he should vote to uphold the BLM methane waste rule - otherwise, specialists in charge of preventing these leaks will lose their jobs. 
  • By preventing these leaks, the saved gas can be used to to supply up to 740,000 households per year.
  • Venting and flaring natural gas rips off American taxpayers who don’t get the royalties from the development of our collectively owned resources
  • Methane 86 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. 
  • Methane also causes ground–level ozone, a significant contributor to health issues like asthma.
  • Senator Gardner has stated that he believes in Climate Change - methane is a Greenhouse Gas and, leaked into the atmosphere, it will speed up global warming. 
  • I urge Senator Gardner to oppose this blatant attempt to give the oil and gas industry a free pass to throw away our money at the expense of our health

Time is running out on the Congressional Review Act  which gives lawmakers 60 legislative days to undo regulations enacted by the executive branch. Although Congress had used the obscure law just once before Trump's tenure, lawmakers have succeeded in putting 13 bills on Trump's desk to overrule Obama administration rules this year. Let's not make it 14!

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Friday's D3 Daily Action

Ask Your Representative to Support Lead Testing in Colorado Public Schools’ Drinking Water.

Call Representative Tipton and urge him to vote YES on House Bill 1306 to protect children from a hidden harm.  Script:  "Please approve a bill to provide funding for lead testing in water in Colorado Public Schools.  Most of the arguments against this proposition revolve around the cost of cleaning up lead contamination.  Such thinking is short-sighted.  This bill provides necessary funding to give schools the help that they need in order to ensure the health and safety of students.  Vote YES on HB 1306."

HB 1306 would provide funds for Colorado schools to voluntarily test for lead in their drinking water, something you'd think we already do!  However, just seven of Colorado’s 178 school districts have tested their water for lead, and in these districts, 77 schools were found to have lead in their water. This bill would make it easier for schools to make sure their drinking water is safe.  

“School district budgets are in crisis across the state with the ongoing cut to schools known as the Negative Factor expected to increase in the coming school year” said Kerrie Dallman, president of the Colorado Education Association. “Rural school districts are struggling to keep teachers, so we certainly cannot expect them to divert precious resources away from the classroom to test drinking water. This bill provides necessary funding to give schools the help they need to ensure the health and safety of students.”

Pass Legislation to Protect Colorado Children From Lead Poisoning – The Denver Post

Diverse Groups Support Bill to Fund Testing for Lead in Colorado Schools – Conservationco.org

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action

The SCRUB Act: Undermining Public Health and Safety

Call Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Michael Bennet to ask them to OPPOSE the SCRUB Act. 

The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act is yet another attempt by some Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration to undermine the regulatory agencies responsible for protecting the water we drink, the food we eat, and the air we breathe, among countless other potential threats to the public health and safety.

Here's some more info... The SCRUB Act (H.R. 998) creates the unelected Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission, which is tasked with reducing the cumulative cost of regulation by 15 percent, while only “minimally reducing the overall effectiveness of such regulation.” The Commission would be empowered to recommend repealing any regulation, which would then trigger a vote in Congress. The criteria used to assess if a regulation is outdated or stifling is dangerously broad and is highly susceptible to lobbying by big business. The SCRUB Act also includes a provision that would require agencies to offset the cost of any new rule by eliminating regulations already in place. The bill has passed the House and will be voted on in the Senate soon.