You've heard the news: Trump and his appointee, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, have announced changes to the interpretation of the Endangered Species Act. These changes would make it easier to remove a species from the endangered list and would allow economics to be a decision factor in conservation decisions. Nature conservation groups are on high alert following the Trump announcement, and on Friday a lawsuit was filed in San Francisco by Earthjustice, on behalf of a dozen conservation groups, to stop these changes. As one conservationist put it:
"Trump's rules are a dream-come-true for polluting industries and a nightmare for endangered species," Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement (UPI.com).
Our MOCs can act now to contravert Trump's actions. From 5calls.org:
"Fortunately, Congress has the ability to undo this misguided action through the Congressional Review Act (CRA) which allows Congress to reverse regulatory actions within 60 legislative days of their enactment with a simple majority vote in both chambers. Congress must act quickly to reverse the administration’s decision and preserve the Endangered Species Act."
Thank you for taking a stand to support our wildlife and wild species.
ACTION: Tell your MOCs endangered species still need protection.
Even though it’s the weekend, our MOCs voicemail boxes are open, and. your voice will be counted!
Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545
Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180
“Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY]. I have read that the Trump administration has announced changes to weaken the Endangered Species Act. I am in agreement with conservation groups who have raised critical objections to the administration's actions. Please use the Congressional Review Act to reverse these changes. Thank you!”
“Conservationists sue Trump administration over Endangered Species Act," https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/08/23/Conservationists-sue-Trump-administration-over-Endangered-Species-Act/5991566565898/
“US government weakens application of Endangered Species Act,” https://www.apnews.com/9bf4541d89e6444783814e53302ce479
SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING
Tuesday, Sep. 3, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):
At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.
RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY
Tues. August 27, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):
At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with staffers from our lawmakers' offices.