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Call to Action: August 30, 2017

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WE THE PEOPLE AGENDA – PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT
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#ActOnClimate
#KeepItPublic

Today marks the third day of the “We the People” agenda that we’re presenting our Members of Congress. Monday’s priority was healthcare. Tuesday’s was civil rights. Today we focus on the environment.

Trump has disregarded the environment, exiting the Paris Accord, eliminating protective regulations, and promoting dirty energy. http://bit.ly/2wRdc3a

Trump’s budget will:
Privatize Bonneville’s transmission assets for pennies on the dollar. http://bit.ly/2wjTwSg
Eliminate over 50 EPA programs that: protect drinking water, fight climate change, protect natural resources, test chemicals safety, cleanup contamination http://wapo.st/2mvKhZy

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans intend to get their anti-environmental bills through Congress by attaching them to unrelated legislation. Watch out for legislative “riders,” including: threats to endangered wolves, relaxed limits on asthma-causing smog, and risky storage of nuclear waste. http://bit.ly/2q9hOdG http://on.nrdc.org/2uIEU1i

Here in Oregon: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to downsize the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and other environmental treasures. But, according to Oregon’s Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, “neither the President nor Secretary Zinke has the power to unilaterally revoke or reduce a monument of this nature”. http://bit.ly/2xHOtuo

Tell Senators Wyden and Merkley, and Congressman Walden to . . .

Stop any policy RIDER that weakens environmental laws in must-pass legislation!

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**ACTION 1: CALL SENATORS WYDEN AND MERKLEY, AND CONGRESSMAN WALDEN**
(Leave a voice mail if after hours!)

SAMPLE SCRIPT
My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am OUTRAGED by attempts from Trump and the GOP to undermine environmental protections. I am asking the [Senator/Congressperson] to lead the charge in Congress to protect the environment and to oppose any policy rider that waters down environmental laws.“

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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them to call and tell their MoCs protect the environment.

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**ACTION 3: TAP INTO OTHER GROUPS **

— Use the #HandsOff toolkit to find out what’s at stake in your congressional district: https://handsoff.org/index.html

— Use the Union of Concerned Scientists’ toolkit to protect funding of science, public health, and environmental agencies: http://www.ucsusa.org/…/protect-funding-for-science-health-…

**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

WHERE’S WALDEN?!

CONGRESSMAN WALDEN
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400

http://www.oregonlive.com/…/cascade-siskiyou_national_monu.…

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is one of three…
oregonlive.com|By Andrew Theen