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Tell our Senators and Congressperson: Stop Manchin’s Dirty Deal!

As part of the deal to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, Senators Manchin and Schumer are introducing a separate piece of legislation that would fast-track permit approvals for dangerous fossil fuel projects in September. We need to tell our Congressional delegation to oppose this act.

The bill finally “dropped” on September 21st. As was long anticipated it’s a disaster – it guts bedrock environmental protections, endangers public health, fast-tracks fossil fuels, and pushes approval for Manchin’s pet project, the Mountain Valley Pipeline. You can view the bill here.

This is a dirty deal written by and for the fossil fuel industry. Leader Schumer will attach this legislation to a must-pass government spending bill this September, so we must do everything we can to stop this legislation in its tracks.

Write to your Members of Congress to pledge right now to block any efforts to dish out new fossil fuel handouts by clicking here. The permitting reforms proposed solely benefit the fossil fuel industry. Protecting our communities and climate is more important than giving Senator Manchin another present to take back to his fossil fuel industry donors. Stop the dirty deal.

National Plastics Send-back Event at Trader Joe’s

Have you given up trying to NOT buy your food wrapped in plastic?! FoCo Trash Mob was created out of that frustration, and presented at the Salon on June 24. They are now a Beyond Plastics Affiliate and are collaborating on a NATIONAL send-back as part of plastic-free July. Here’s how to participate LOCALLY in FoCo on July 23rd from 10:00 to 10:15 a.m.

Not in town that day? Just download, sign and mail THIS LETTER along with a piece of Trader Joe’s plastic. Don’t shop at Trader Joe’s? Then, help us with some social media! Contact focotrashmob@gmail.com for more info.

Take the CleanSlateNow Action Survey on Big Money in Politics

At the salon on Friday, May 13th, Owen Perkins of CleanSlateNow Action (CSNA) presented on “How to End the Corrupting Influence of Big Money in Politics.”  CSNA is a Colorado-based advocacy organization that works to get big money out of politics locally, statewide, and at the national level.  It has spearheaded local campaign finance reform efforts in Denver, Lakewood, Aurora, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and Thornton, finding success both through citizens’ ballot initiatives and through city council action.  To receive CSNA’s newsletter and get involved, please respond to their brief survey available here.

Resources on “Fast Fashion”: The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Ace in the Hole

With growing global efforts to decrease reliance on fossil fuels in the power, transportation and building sectors, the fossil fuel industry has been quietly mounting a campaign to increase our dependence on fossil fuels through the use of synthetic fibers in the manufacturing of clothing.  At the same time, marketing encourages consumers to speed up the cycle of buy-wear-toss, creating additional problems of waste disposal, microfibers and other forms of pollution.

Educate yourself so that you can make wise choices in your purchasing decisions and advocate for needed changes at the industry level.

The following two websites provide additional information.

  1. Fossil Fashion https://changingmarkets.org/portfolio/fossil-fashion/
  2. The Story of Stuff https://www.storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-microfibers/

Don’t Let Your Money be Used to Bankroll Climate Protection – Sign the Pledge!

Big Banks are playing a key role in propping up the oil and gas industry that is polluting our atmosphere. We don’t want our money to be used to bankroll climate destruction. Seventy percent of the country’s financial assets belong to Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation, compared with about five percent for millennials. Who can influence the banks? We can!

So, let’s act together and use our collective power. There are two pledges, one for current customers or credit card holders of any of the Big Four Banks – Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, and/or Wells Fargo (including, for example, Amazon cards issued by Chase), and one for people who aren’t currently customers.

Here’s the link for current customers of Chase, Citibank, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo to sign the pledge.

Here’s the link for for people who are NOT customers of Chase, Citibank, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo to sign the pledge.

This action brought to us by Third Act.

Ask Bennet, Hickenlooper and Neguse to Support the Iran Nuclear Deal

We heard from Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince at the salon on December 10th about the importance of the U.S. rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran, also known as “the Iran nuclear deal.” Now is the time to ask our senators and representative to support this effort.

Negotiations in Vienna to restore the JCPOA are drawing to a close. Reports have shown that if all goes well, a deal may be imminent in the coming days. Securing the JCPOA would be a much needed diplomatic ray of light during a time when wars continue to devastate communities across the globe, including in Yemen, Syria, and now Ukraine. Even if a revised JCPOA is signed in Vienna, we may still see a political battle for the fate of the JCPOA here in the U.S. If the deal has significant changes from the original 2015 text of the JCPOA, it may kick off a 30-day legislative fight including votes in Congress on whether or not to reject a deal. 

Please call Senator Bennet, Senator Hickenlooper, and Representative Neguse on Tuesday, March 8th, asking them to support the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA). Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to call your members of Congress, including a sample script provided by the National Iranian American Council.

Members of Congress are being lobbied hard by our war-hawk opposition –people who would benefit from another war in the Middle East. If we’re going to secure a victory for peace, we need to make sure that Congress hears more from us than they do from them. That’s why NCALF is supporting this national call-in day with organizations like NIAC Action, Win Without War, Friends Committee on National Legislation, and Peace Action.

If you cannot call our Senators on Tuesday, March 8th, please do it later in the week, and thanks!

Ask City Council to Support Medicare for All

Larimer County Health Care Action has been hard at work getting Fort Collins City Council to pass a resolution in support of Improved Medicare for All. NCALF has signed on in support of this resolution. Now we need council to hear from all of you!

We are asking you to email city council letting them know that you are a member of this community, you support Medicare for All, and they should to!

Your message can be as simple as asking that they vote in favor of adopting a resolution supporting IMFA. However, personal stories about how the current health care system is negatively impacting our community, your family or your business can be very powerful.

1.     You can easily contact all city council members here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/ask-city-council-to-pass-a-resolution-in-support-of-medicare-for-all 

2.     Or you can contact all city council members at cityleaders@fcgov.com

3.     Below are the phone numbers of the council members if you prefer to leave one or more of them a voice message. Go to https://www.fcgov.com/cityclerk/district-boundaries.php to locate which City Council District your home or business is in.

  1. Jeni Arndt, Mayor, 970-413-3146, jarndt@fcgov.com 
  2. Susan Gutowsky, Councilmember, District 1, 970-294-2575, sgutowsky@fcgov.com
  3. Julie Pignataro, Councilmember, District 2, 970-556-2869, jpignataro@fcgov.com
  4. Tricia Canonico, Councilmember, District 3, 970-305-6296, tcanonico@fcgov.com
  5. Shirley Peel, Councilmember, District 4, 970-217-5817, speel@fcgov.com
  6. Kelly Ohlson, Councilmember, District 5, 970-493-7225 kohlson@fcgov.com
  7. Emily Francis, Councilmember, District 6, (Mayor Pro Tem), 970-556 4748, efrancis@fcgov.com

Let Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper Know that Congress Must Provide a Pathway to Citizenship

The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition is asking for our help to make sure our Members of Congress know that we want a pathway to Citizenship for millions of people to be included in the Build Back Better (reconciliation) bill with or without the approval of the Parliamentarian!

The Senate parliamentarian has recommended against the inclusion of citizenship for millions in Build Back Better. We cannot let a lone, unelected staff attorney derail the hopes of millions of immigrants.  That’s why it’s crucial that we take the following steps to make sure that our Members of Congress hear us:

  1. Write your Senators and ask them to include greencards / a pathway to Citizenship in the Build Back Better (budget reconciliation) bill and ignore the parliamentarian. You can find an online form here that will let you edit a template email and then send it to Sen Bennet and Sen Hickenlooper.
  2. Call your Senators to ask them to include greencards / a pathway to Citizenship in the Build Back Better (budget reconciliation) bill and ignore the parliamentarian! Here are the phone numbers for Colorado’s Congressional delegation and a script for calling Senator Hickenlooper and Senator Bennet.

Thank you so much for taking a few minutes out of your day to take action! Please share these calls to action with friends!

Tell Fort Collins City Council You Want Ranked Choice Voting

Too often, mayoral and city council elections are a choice between three or more candidates and the winner can win with less than 50% of the votes.  Ranked choice voting (RCV) ensures that the winner of an election will represent the largest group of people.  Let’s ditch the notion of just voting for the lesser of the two evils and start picking leaders that represent our views.  If you support RCV and want to use it for our Fort Collins municipal elections, please email the City Council letting them know you’re a supporter.

A sample letter is provided below.  Please personalize if you can!  And if you’re interested in more information about bringing RCV to Fort Collins, please review the salon materials posted here.

To: CityLeaders@fcgov.com

Subject: RCV in Fort Collins

Dear City Councilmembers,

I am a voter in Fort Collins city elections and a fan of Ranked Choice Voting.

I support the City Council referring RCV to the November 2022 ballot for use in our next city election in April 2023.

I intend to vote YES!

Sincerely,

[your name]

Tell Fort Collins City Council to Provide Adequate Funding for the CAP

The Fort Collins Recommended Budget for 2022 does not provide adequate funding to achieve the City’s ambitious 2030 Climate Action Plan (CAP) goal.  If all items in the recommended budget are funded, community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will drop by about 2.6% in 2022.  In order to meet the City’s goal of 80% emissions reductions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, GHG emissions reductions for the rest of the decade will need to be approximately 7% each year through the end of the decade.

Please send a short e-mail to City Council (cityleaders@fcgov.com) and tell them that it’s important to provide adequate funding for the CAP.  Here are a few “talking points”:

  • The City has an ambitious goal of reducing community greenhouse gas pollution 80% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.  It’s important that the City’s budget keep us on track to meeting that goal.
  • Given recent record-breaking wildfires, hurricanes, and heat waves, the time to act on the climate crisis is now.
  • According to City staff, if all items in the 2022 Recommended Budget are funded, community emissions will decrease 2.6% next year.  To stay on track to the 2030 goal, we need to reduce our emissions by 6 – 7% annually.  The City needs to do more to protect the climate than what’s in the Recommended Budget.
  • The City of Fort Collins passed a climate emergency resolution in 2019.  It’s important that we match our words with deeds by committing the funds necessary to reach our commitments to reducing GHG pollution.
  • Areas in the Recommended Budget where we can do better are the Utilities Energy Services offer, which provides assistance to help Utilities customers reduce their use of electricity and natural gas, and Transportation and Mobility offers, which fund electric buses, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure.

For more background, see the Fort Collins Sustainability Group’s Statement on the Fort Collins 2022 Recommended Budget, which is available here.  The Fort Collins 2022 Recommended Budget is available here.

Thank you for supporting the Fort Collins Climate Action Plan!

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