This weekend, 45 had yet another incoherent Twitter rant, trying to portray an unfounded claim as a fact. We're going to assume you've had enough of that nonsense, and we'll return to that if anything of substance surfaces.
Let's turn to some problematic bills that have been introduced in Congress. Be sure to contact your Congresspersons to oppose these bills. Below you'll find a link to the text of each bill, and some additional information to discuss with your friends.
HR 861: A Bill to Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency. If your first thought is that this bill is ill-conceived, wait until you discover that the text of the bill is only 6 lines long--only two of those lines are actually content specific to the bill: "The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018." HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife , which The Humane Society describes as putting animals in Alaska's wildlife refuges "at risk of being hunted in their own homes."
- On Earth Day, join the March for Science.
- Donate to independent organizations seeking to protect the environment, like: Environmental Defense Fund; National Resources Defense Council; Waterkeeper Alliance or the Sierra Club. You can find other environmental organizations on our Resources page. You can also sign petitions or add your name to endorse projects by these organizations, for instance this list by Surfrider.
- You can sign a petition by The Humane Society to oppose HJR 69 here.
HR 610: Vouchers for Public Education is the "Choices in Education Act," endorsed by Betsy DeVos. It seeks to "distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools." A recent study by the Economic Policy Institute found these vouchers are ineffective at meeting their claimed objectives. Additionally, HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education has also been proposed.
- Get informed: prior to 45's inauguration, NPRed posted this piece about School Vouchers and 45's stance. You can also find a helpful reading list on our Book Club page by Ben Kim, a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. We also posted about this issue on 03/02, in case you missed it!
HR 370: Repeal Affordable Care Act calls for the repeal of the PPACA Effective January 1, 2020, stating: "the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148) is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted." This is the "repeal" with no signs of a "replace." Don't allow Congress to repeal ACA without a comprehensive replacement. Additionally, we have two pieces of legislation threatening the reproductive rights of women: HR 354- Defund Planned Parenthood and HR 147- Criminalizing Abortion.
- It's of critical importance that we flood our representatives with calls about these two bills. Thousands of people will have their everyday lives impacted by this legislation. Call your representatives, donate to Planned Parenthood, sign these petitions.
- Participate in "A Day Without A Woman" this week, and be sure to emphasize the important of reproductive freedom.
- You can find information on the US healthcare system on our Book Club page by Kara Nelson, as well as resources for reproductive health on our Resources page.
HR 785: National Right to Work, contrary to its name, this bill would be a major hit to the labor movement.
- Get Informed: I'm not going to pretend to fully understand unions or labor laws (not at the fault of my Radical Political Economics professor, Marty Hart-Landsberg, who should definitely submit a Book Club list on this topic)--so here's an article that attempts to fairly outline each side of the argument.
HR 83: Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill seeks "to prohibit the receipt of Federal financial assistance by sanctuary cities, and for other purposes." Sanctuary cities provide limited, but critical protection to undocumented immigrants. The recent ICE raids demonstrate how brutal and callous the US Immigration policies have been enforced. This bill would further disempower and endanger undocumented families.
- Get informed: learn more about Sanctuary Cities in this New York Times article.
- You can find a list of organizations that have information on immigration as well as legal assistance on our Resources page like: Border Angels, CHIRLA, Define American, ICE-Free NYC, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, MALDEF, National Immigration Law Forum, Project Citizenship, Teaching Tolerance, and Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.