Protect National Monuments and Transgender Rights

Action 1:  Add your voice to the review of National Monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has started the Trump-initiated review of National Monuments and public lands. The review is in response to an exec. order by Trump, who has called national monuments “a massive federal land grab.”

Public lands belong to YOU, the American taxpayer.  They have been set aside especially for the recreation and enjoyment of the American People.  They do not belong to oil and gas companies.  They do not belong to individual ranchers or farmers.  Ask any National Park Ranger, and they will tell you that these are YOUR parks.

The first National Monument under review is Bear Ears National Monument in southeast Utah.  It is an area sacred to multiple Native American nations.

What to do:

1) Think about: what is most important to you about National Parks, Monuments, or public lands?

2) Comments may be submitted online after May 12.  Go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and click “Search.” Or, send mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.  The Department will shortly publish a notice in the Federal Register officially opening the public comment period.

3) Comments must be made for individual national monuments. Written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be submitted within 15 days of publication of that notice. Written comments relating to all other designations subject to Executive Order 13792 must be submitted within 60 days of that date.

Public comment period info: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-releases-list-monuments-under-review-announces-first-ever-formal

Bear Ears review:  http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/zinke-questions-monument-status-as-way-to-save-sacred-land/

Action 2: Attend Trans Solidarity Field Day: Decline To Sign I-1552

I-1552 is a ballot initiative that would restrict the rights of transgender people by repealing Washington State’s non-discrimination laws, particularly around restroom use. Signature-gatherers for I-1552 often mislead people about the initiative, saying it is about ‘bathroom privacy.’ It is important to spread awareness about this initiative so that it will fail to gather enough signatures to make the ballot!

Join the canvassing campaign against I-1552 on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at SEIU Local 6 in Seattle:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1244038869052000/

If you can’t make it, you can make the Decline to Sign pledge here:

http://www.washingtonwontdiscriminate.org/

Stay Hopeful:

This has been a tough week, but it has done nothing to diminish the power of our voices. Three Republicans crossed party lines to protect an Obama-era drilling rule this week, and outrage over Comey’s firing is red hot and spilling over party lines. We are in this for the long haul, and we are standing strong:

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/senate-blocks-moves-to-overturn-obama-era-rule-on-drilling/

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/10/us/politics/congress-statements-comey.html?_r=0