Action 1: Advocate for homeless college students in Los Angeles
"One in every 5 of the Los Angeles Community College District’s 230,000 students is homeless, and nearly two-thirds can’t afford to eat properly, according to a new survey commissioned by the system’s board of trustees."
Let's ask Los Angeles Community College District officials to "make showers and other facilities available to homeless students and streamline referrals to public benefits and other resources" in accordance with the survey authors' recommendations.
Los Angeles Community College District
770 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 891-2000
Phone: (213) 891-2201
Ryan M. Cornner, Student Services
Phone: (213) 891-2279
Action 2: Big thanks to Representative Barbara Lee!
This week US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA 13) inserted an amendment into the Dept. of Defense Appropriations bill which would repeal the Authorization to Use Military Force Act (AUMF) which granted George W. Bush (and every president thereafter) broad powers to pursue terrorists abroad in the wake of 9/11. House Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee approved the amendment (and cheers erupted in the chamber). There's still a long way to go, but if the bill passes with the amendment intact, makes it through the Senate and is signed into law, the President will have to get authorization from Congress before committing troops to new military actions. This is the first step toward repealing what Lee calls "blank check for perpetual war." Lee was the only Congressperson to vote against the AUMF in 2001, and she's been fighting to repeal it ever since. Read more about it, and then send her a message of thanks for her persistence. Going to war should require debate.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
1301 Clay Street, Ste. 1000-N
Oakland, CA 94612
Action 3: Save Giant Sequoia National Monument from logging
URGENT! Giant Sequoia National Monument at risk as surrounding counties want to turn it over to logging companies!! Make sure that you submit a public comment (on postcard or electronically) before July 7 to stop this! How to comment and what to say here:
Action 4: Chin-up and keep fighting
Big thanks to Wall of Us (wall-of-us.org) for this action.
We lost all four of the special elections this year, and those punches hurt. But let’s rise above the current pain and get our eyes on the big picture. Remember that each of these seats were cherry picked by Trump because they were in “safe” Republican districts. The fact that we got close to winning seats in these deeply red states means that there is no such thing as a safe red district because of all-of-us. We are getting increasingly organized and focused, and by the 2018 elections, when we do what we did in Georgia across the country, at least 52 House Republicans will lose. It’s going to be awesome--but we have to keep our eyes open and hearts in the fight. Here’s how:
1. Read this article about how the special elections still paint a good picture for Democrats. (5 mins)
2. Take a walk and listen to this podcast from our friends at FiveThirtyEight, who give the bigger picture and historical perspective. (25 mins)
3. Read this article by Steve Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color, and get pumped up when you see that our base is growing. (5 mins)
Action 5: Help protect 11 marines sanctuaries and monuments
The Trump administration is targeting Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off Hawaii, Rose Atoll Marine National Monument off American Samoa, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary off California and the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary off Michigan. The goal is to reduce the marine sanctuaries and monuments so they can be opened to oil and gas exploration, fishing, and much more. Public comment can be submitted electronically here until July 26th:
Thanks to Alt National Park Service (via Facebook) for this action.