Protect endangered species - again

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

SCRIPT:

“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!”

Background:

“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

DON'T FORGET

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.