In honor of Earth Day, how about we all do our best to get Scott Pruitt removed from office?
What’s happening: (ABC)
“Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the office is opening a probe into Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s spending since he took over the helm of the agency … Pruitt and the EPA have been under intense scrutiny for the cost of Pruitt’s security detail and his travel, which included first-class flights recomme...nded by his security detail.” Put succinctly by Rep. Don Beyer, “Scott Pruitt Is now being investigated by the House of Representatives, Senate, White House, Office of Management and Budget, Government Accountability Office, and EPA Inspector General.”
What you can do:
✓ Use this NRDC tool to ask your senators to publicly call on Pruitt to be fired. https://act.nrdc.org/call/allin-fire-pruitt-180412
You can also read and share their “Case for Firing Scott Pruitt” https://www.nrdc.org/case-firing-scott-pruitt
✓ Read and share: “Scott Pruitt Has Become Ridiculous” https://www.nytimes.com/…/opin…/scott-pruitt-ridiculous.html
From Derek Nelson's re:act:
CALL TO ACTION
LPEA ELECTION – PLEASE VOTE
Ballots due May 11th!...
If You Pay an Electric Bill, You Get to Vote for LPEA’s Board of Directors (regardless of citizenship or voter registration).
WHY THIS YEAR'S ELECTION IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT: Renewable energy is now LESS EXPENSIVE than coal in Colorado, and declining! Yet, LPEA is required to buy 95% of our electricity from Tri-State (which generates 60% of its electricity from coal) until 2050. The LPEA Board will steer us through this shifting energy industry. We need directors willing to do what is best to keep our rates low, our local economy thriving, and our air and water clean. We need directors who are forward thinking and willing to explore options.
Less than 25% of our community votes in the LPEA election.
Your vote matters. Please Fill out your Ballot TODAY!!
After considering our mission statement and the statement of the candidates for the LPEA Election, your co-facilitators of Indivisible Environment/Climate are sharing with you the candidates they think will be most supportive of our mission to advocate for the protection of the environment; and against policies that contribute to climate change; and for solutions to climate change. This is not an endorsement of any particular candidate by Indivisible Durango.
Britt Bassett (District 3)– is committed to pursuing clean energy, local development and lower rates. He is willing to question the status quo and see how our electric coop can rely more on renewable energy. LPEA should give greater importance to its commitment to being environmentally responsibility.
Tim Wheeler (District 4) – recognizes that the electricity market is changing quickly. We must transition to clean, local renewable energy soon to keep our rates low and our air clean. Tim thinks LPEA needs to look at all our options in this changing energy market, including looking into a buyout of the Tri-State contract.
Jeff Mannix (District 2) – thinks it is important for LPEA to plan for future technologies. The 5% restriction in the Tri-State contract for local energy production is preventing LPEA from pursuing more local renewable energy. There is great potential to produce local renewable energy, solar farms in south LPC, which will decrease our reliance on coal and bring money to our local economy.
Kirsten Skeehan (District 1) – is committed to working for secure and affordable rates, the security ofand diversity of our electricity portfolio, and a secure distribution and electric grid. LPEA members should not have to tolerate “second class service”. She supports LPEA exploring options regarding our future energy needs and wants to find the most affordable energy possible.
ID Environment - Climate Committee
For additional information: Click on link from the San Juan Citizens Alliance Website: http://www.sanjuancitizens.org/la-plata-electric-associatio…
HOMELESSNESS IN DURANGO...
Civil Rights Committee
TODAY, APRIL 18TH
WHAT: The Durango City Council is hosting a public listening session on homelessness and a proposed "Sit-Lie" Ordinance
WHEN: Wednesday, April 18th
TIME: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
WHERE: City Hall, 949 E 2nd Ave. in the Council Chambers
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: As you know Homelessness is a problem all over the country even here in our wonderful Colorado town. The city council, business owners, faith leaders, and the homeless themselves seem to be at odds on how exactly to deal with this issue; the controversy extends to a proposed "Sit-Lie" city ordinance. City staff will compile the input from this public meeting and provide it to City Council for discussion among Councilors at a City Council Study Session, scheduled for April 24th.
Even though this is a last minute notice, we hope you will be able to attend this important listening session. YOUR VOICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD.
Thanks for your support of the homeless.
PAJAMA DANCE PARTY
A Glimpse Into Homelessness
Event Supported by Civil Rights Committee
APRIL 22ND, 2018...
NAME OF THE EVENT: A Mile In My Shoes PJ Dance Party
An evening of art installations, storytelling, conversations and dance. Come learn more about the people behind the issue; hear about what is happening to address it and what you can personally do to help alleviate homelessness.
WHEN : APRIL 22, 6:30-9:30pm
Doors will open at 6:30 pm and will begin with a casual cocktail hour where participants will be encouraged to mingle, view photos and take-in stories that will be displayed throughout the room.
At 7:00pm we will have a brief but formal program to launch this year-long initiative and highlight compelling stories in our community. From 7:20 to 9:30we will have a DJ and encourage those to shake their stuff and enjoy the energy of coming together and engaging in conversations to promote positive changes in our community.
WHERE: BALLROOM @ Fort Lewis College Student Union bUILDING
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: A Mile In My Shoes is a year-long community engagement campaign to significantly increase awareness about the issue and promote solutions that work for all of us. Success will be measured by increased engagement across all sectors; more resources and a shared understanding of how the community can decrease homelessness.
For further information, click on link below: https://www.facebook.com/events/197758700824745
CALL TO ACTION!
"NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW
***UPDATE 4/15/16: ON HOLD...
***UPDATE 4/14/18 6:15pm: WE ARE CLOSELY MONITORING THE SITUATION AND WILL NOTIFY YOU AS SOON AS WE ARE ABLE AS TO WHETHER A RALLY WILL TAKE PLACE. Use this time to work on your signs (see below). UP TO DATE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT MoveOn.org at https://act.moveon.org/…/mueller-firing-rapid-respo…/search/ Thank you for your patience.
INDIVISIBLE GROUPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE PREPARING FOR THE POSSIBLE FIRING ON FRIDAY THE 13TH OF DEPUTY ATTY GENERAL ROSENSTEIN OR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR MUELLER.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:
This is a constitutional crisis for our country. It demands an immediate and unequivocal response to show that we will not tolerate abuse of power from Donald Trump.
Our response will dictate what happens next, and whether Congress—the only body with the constitutional power and obligation to rein Trump in from his rampage—will do anything to stand up to him.
WHERE: IN FRONT OF THE DOUBLETREE HOTEL ON CAMINO DEL RIO
Bring Signs such as:
Fire Trump ... Durango Loves Mueller ... Trump IS NOT above the LAW ... Don't Tolerate Trump's Abuse of Power ... Rein in Trump's Rampage ... Congress: Impeach Trump NOW ... Trump is a Constitutional Crisis ... Protect Our Democracy ... Our Law Applies to Trump Too.
INFORM YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS OF THIS CALL TO ACTION
For further information, click on link below:
Nobody is above the law at https://act.moveon.org/…/mueller-firing-rapid-respo…/search/
Celebrate the Earth with the Earth Day Festival events in Durango on Sunday, April 22
**Earth Day Festival- 10am-1pm, Rotary Park, 5K and 1 mile family run, and kayak races. Music, booths, food, prizes, arts & crafts. Fun for the whole family! Hosted by Durango Nature Studies. more info and race fees: Stephanie Weber at http://durangonaturestudies.org/…/earth-day-festival-and-5k/
** Kids Earth Day Parade and Peoples Climate March- 10:30am-11:15 Downtown Train Station to Rot...ary Park. Theme "Every Animal Deserves a Habitat". Join us to march with your poster, earth art, and camera! Live Bagpipe players. Hosted by Citizens Climate Lobby& Indivisible more info: email@example.com or 970 259-0385
** Leaf a Legacy- Tree planting and BBQ Picnic featuring local food at Fort Lewis College Food Forest- 12:00-2:30. Plant a seedling, build something positive! Plant trees, build soil, restore our water table, and sink carbon. Hosted by Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College and FLC Alumni. All are welcome! Free. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidate in Durango!
Dem Nominee, CD3
Monday, April 16th
5 - 6:30p
Eno Wine Bar,
E 2nd Ave, Durango
great apps and wine hosted by Alison Dance,
Kathleen Adams, Dean Brookie, Stuart Jenkins, Karen & Jerry Zink
Suggested entry donation $25
Check out Karl Hanlon and come ask him questions!
RSVP to email@example.com
CALL TO ACTION
EPA DIRECTOR SCOTT PRUITT MUST GO - NOW
From: Environment-Climate Committee...
Please call ASAP
Deadline to Act: Please call MOCS ASAP – Keep the pressure on for Scott Pruitt to be fired or resign
Action: Please call Senators Michael Bennett and Cory Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton. Request that they call for Scott Pruitt’s immediate termination or resignation for his numerous ethical violations. See below for a description of these ethical violations and use them in your calls.
Why is this important: Since being confirmed as Director of the EPA, Scott Pruitt has led an assault on the EPA, its scientists and our environment.
He is a climate change denier and has erased the phrase “climate change” from the EPAwebsite. He is actively trying to rescind and rollback regulations designed to protect our environment – most recently auto emissions standards.
New complaints of ethical violations are coming out every day. These include, but are not limited to:
rental ofa condo in Washington D.C. from the wife of an energy industry lobbyist for only $50 per night (well below market value);
misuse of taxpayer funds, by traveling first class and having a 24/7 security detail and using the security detail on private vacations, building an expensive "phone booth" in his office at the EPA.
After the Whitehouse did not approve raises for two staffers (who are both political appointees), Pruitt used an unrelated provision to give these two staffers raises.
Pruitt used this same provision to hire Nancy Beck, a longtime lobbyist for the chemical industry to oversee toxic chemical regulation.
Pruitt is being investigated for ethical violations in hiring of staffers and giving these individuals unapproved raises.
Good summary from Nicholas Kristoff – “What’s undoing Scott Pruitt at E.P.A. seems to be less his retrograde policies than his megalomania. He wanted a huge bulletproof desk, a bulletproof vehicle, a 20-man security detail, the use of lights and sirens to rush him to a restaurant, charter planes and first class travel — and he demoted staff who raised concerns. Basically, he wanted to be treated as if he were president. In any other administration, the latest revelations would have led Pruitt to be sacked.”
WHO TO CONTACT:
Senator Michael Bennet
(970) 259-1710 (Durango) (202) 224-5852 (DC Office)
Senator Cory Gardner
(970) 415-7416 (Durango) (202) 224-5941 (DC Office)
Representative Scott Tipton
(970) 259-1490 (Durango) 202-225-4761 (DC Office)
For further information, click on: https://www.npr.org/…/epa-chief-pruitt-faces-mounting-scrut…
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POMPEO AND HASPEL SHOULD NOT BE CONFIRMED.
Call or Email: Gardner and Bennett or whoever your 2 senators are
Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from [ZIP] calling to ask you to reject Mike Pompeo, nominee for Secretary of State, and Gina Haspel, nominee for CIA Director. Both are unfit. Mike Pompeo’s history of anti-Muslim sentiment is un-American, and Gina Haspel’s Thailand torture past is an affront to basic human decency. When the time comes to vote, I’m counting on you to do the right thing and reject both.