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8/15/19

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FIGHTING ANTI-IMMIGRANT HATE: In this current peak of anti-immigrant violence, it is important to remember that the recent mass shootings don't happen in isolation but are part of a growing ecosystem of politically/socially sanctioned racism. Common-sense gun control addresses one important aspect of this, but we must fight all aspects of the problem. MoveOn has compiled a list of actions that regular people can complete, so let's get to work and help end the climate of fear and discrimination looming over immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in our country today. https://front.moveon.org/take-action-enough-anti-immigrant-violence

DEFEND HEALTH CARE RIGHTS: "The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a rule that aims to dramatically weaken the Health Care Rights Law, a key component of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, ethnicity, age, or disability. With this rule, transgender and nonbinary people, all women, and other communities historically marginalized in health care would lose protections from discrimination.”  Let’s stop this by submitting our public comment using this form provided by the ACLUhttps://action.aclu.org/petition/HHS-1557

IMMIGRATION/CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET: From executing family separation at the border, to holding immigrants under bridges and in tent cities, to widespread sexual abuse in child detention centers, and conducting large-scale raids, ICE and Border Patrol have been inflicting trauma on countless people. Still, the agencies see an increase in funding each year, particularly under the Trump administration. In order to push back against this, Indivisible is focusing on the August recess, then a September week of action from the 9th to the 13th, to pressure our MoC to #DefundHate and support funding cuts to ICE and Border Patrol for the next fiscal year. Let's check out the Defund Hate Toolkit for specific action ideas, then let's be sure to register an event for the Day of Action (September 13th), when Indivisibles around the country will be demanding that our MoC restore ICE and Border Patrol funding to what it was at the end of FY2016: https://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/create/ We can also sign up for updates by texting Defund Hate to 977-79.

TELL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO OPPOSE THE CHANGES TO PUBLIC CHARGE:  From one of our own:  Congress has the power to block the regulation’s implementation, and the House of Representatives is already taking action to protect families. The No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act, sponsored by Rep. Judy Chu (D-California), has more than 40 cosponsors and is endorsed by key advocates. As its name suggests, the bill would block funding of the regulation’s implementation. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) intends to introduce companion legislation after the congressional recess. “As a pediatrician, this public charge regulation is an assault on my professional role—I am unsure how to guide families when I know that enrollment in bread and butter services that keep them healthy could jeopardize the family unity. This final rule serves to further intimidate and frighten families who seek needed services to keep them healthy and productive. Taken together with other looming harmful proposals, these actions will have detrimental consequences on immigrant health and well-being,” said Julie Linton, MD, FAAP, Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Immigrant Child and Family Health.”  https://www.nilc.org/2019/08/12/advocates-vow-to-block-trump-attack-on-millions-of-families-and-american-democracy/

DISABILITY RIGHTS: Early last year, the republican-controlled House passed H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, a rollback on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which would have created unnecessary challenges in the litigation process for those with disabilities who wish to file a complaint against a business not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (https://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/house-passes-bill-critics-say-undermine-disability-rights). It also removed incentives for those businesses to comply with the ADA. Fortunately, the bill died in the Senate. However, Representative Ken Calvert (R-CA-42) has reintroduced this legislation, as H.R. 4099Let's be sure to call our representatives in the House and remind them that we do not support this bill, and that it is on should not be on disabled individuals to educate businesses on ADA requirements.

IMMIGRATION- PRESSURING COMPANIES THAT SUPPORT ICE: From Sleeping Giants: Deloitte U.S. CEO Dan Helfrich is sitting on $104 million worth of contracts with ICE. He's also on the board for an organization called Street Soccer USA. Street Soccer USA is dedicated to fighting poverty and empowering underserved communities by introducing them to soccer. Last year, Soccer Street CEO Lawrence Cann announced their new national board members - including Dan - by saying: “Our commitment to our communities is long term. Our cup series and our new national board are part of building and sustaining that long-term commitment. In today’s environment, where immigrant communities feel under threat, it’s more important than ever that we build strong community institutions..." Today, we're reaching out to Lawrence to let him know that Dan's involvement with ICE and family separation should be a deal breaker. Contact: Lawrence Cann, CEO at Street Soccer USA, Email: lawrence@streetsoccerusa.org We can use the template available at Sleeping Giants here.

TELLING MIGRANT CHILDREN’S PERSONAL STORIES: Amplify the Children is providing declarations from detained migrant children and asking the community to amplify their stories in in a number of easy ways. Let’s consider getting involved in this very important project. 

BARR SHOULD RECUSE HIMSELF INJEFFREY EPSTEIN CASE: As the saga around alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s supposed suicide continues, one thing is clear. Attorney General William Barr should not be handling the case. In addition to what is looking more and more like an obvious cover-up, this article in Time Magazine gives clear legal and ethical reasons why Barr should recuse himself.  Let’s contact the Department of Justice (202-353-1555; 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001; website form; Facebook; Twitter: @TheJustice Dept.) and demand Barr’s recusal. Let’s also contact our MoCs and ask them to demand Barr’s recusal.

RACISM AT USCIS (KEN CUCCINELLI):  Acting Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, started a wretched tear of racism by rewriting the New Colossus poem that is at the base of the Statue of Liberty and then, when pushed later, said that the poem is really about only Europeans coming to the United States:  https://apnews.com/290fe000b4584ddca46a6eb36a74a703  Cuccinelli’s white supremacy makes him wildly unfit for this role. Let’s call for his resignation:  publicengagementfeedback@uscis.dhs.gov  and on Twitter at @USCISCuccinelli

 MORE VILENESS FROM STEVE KING: Notoriously racist Congressman Steve King (R-IA) took a new tack today and questioned whether there would be any world population left if not for incest and rape:  Steve King challenger: 'Rape and incest' comments don't reflect Iowan values   Let’s call for King’s resignation: 
https://steveking.house.gov  or on Twitter at @SteveKingIA  and support his Democratic opponent, JD Scholten:   https://www.scholten4iowa.com

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: Planned Parenthood said Wednesday that it will  leave the federal family planning program unless a court puts a hold on new rules that bar clinics from referring patients for abortions; the administration says it is ready to operate the Title X family planning program without them, although Planned Parenthood has been its largest provider--about 4 million women are served nationwide under the program. It is unclear how many patients would be affected were Planned Parenthood to leave. Claiming the administration’s new policy is “unethical and dangerous,” amounting to a “gag rule” on clinicians, Planned Parenthood said it “will be forced to withdraw” on Monday unless the full court intervenes: 
https://www.apnews.com/7db4a0d937f24010845f7caeeb2a1ebd  Let’s send our support and, if possible, our donations to Planned Parenthood as they defend our right to crucial reproductive care and information:

DOWNLOAD AND SHARE THE MASSIVE WORKPLACE RAIDS ACTION TOOLKIT:  In these dangerous times for our immigrant friends, families and neighbors, it is good to be ready to take action on their behalf. Before, or even when, an ICE raid happens, we can turn to this Toolkit prepared by The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, which covers key steps to take like building a robust legal defense, supporting the affected families and organizing the community and more. When we click this link, we can check out the Massive Workplace Raids Toolkit, learn from it, then share with our groups and our friends.

DEFUND PRIVATE PRISONS:  From one of our own:  Let’s help defund private prisons. Does your state or Local government contract with CoreCivic and GEO?
Read @KristinMinkDC’s article to find out. https://medium.com/@kristinmink/state-local-government-contracts-with-corecivic-and-geo-ba04dbb5b171  Let’s:  Postcard. Call. Protest. Get Loud. Write letters to the editor. (also one new in MI:  https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2019/05/private-prison-to-reopen-to-house-non-us-citizen-criminals.html ) 

ELECTION/VOTING

ELECTION SECURITY: Despite all that’s surfaced on election irregularities, eight states are still planning to use paperless ballots with no tracking systems in 2020. https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/457168-report-says-eight-states-to-use-paperless-voting-in-2020-despite?userid=200565. Let’s tell Moscow Mitch (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) (202-224-2541) and our Senators that this is unacceptable, and they must pass measures that guarantee that every U.S. vote is trackable. If we live in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky or New Jersey, let’s contact our state legislators, our governor, and the Board of Elections and demand trackable ballots. 

ELECTION SECURITY: “No debate on Election Security should go forward without first agreeing that Voter ID (Identification) must play a very strong part in any final agreement. Without Voter ID, it is all so meaningless!”  So, Trump tweeted on Tuesday as Democrats pressured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring two election security bills to the Senate; both have passed in the House.  The House legislation requires the use of paper ballots, funds the Election Assistance Commission, and mandates candidates, campaign officials, and their family members to notify the FBI if foreign governments offer assistance:
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/457340-trump-voter-id-must-play-very-strong-part-in-deal-on-election  Our senators must resist Trump’s efforts to disenfranchise us and, apparently, be told that we expect them to guarantee our votes by demanding that McConnell bring election security to a vote.

FAIR FIGHT 2020:  “After spending the beginning of 2019 mulling a presidential run and ruling out a run for Senate, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams announced a new multi-million dollar initiative on Tuesday that's aimed at beefing up voter protection operations in 20 battleground states throughout the 2020 election cycle.” https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/stacey-abrams-launches-multi-million-dollar-voter-protection/story?id=64952124  Let’s check this out and see how we can help:  https://fairfight.com/fair-fight-2020/ 

STATE/LOCAL

MOST: TELL GOVERNOR TO TAKE A PUBLIC STAND ON FAMILY SEPARATION: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has put out a call for ICE to cease all arrests that result in child separation in his state. https://m.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/gov-wolf-calls-for-ice-to-cease-all-arrests-that-result-in-child-separation-in-pa/. Let’s ask our governor to demand that ICE cease arrests that lead to family separations in our state. 

MANY:  COAL-BURNING POWER PLANTS: “A coalition of 22 Democratic-led states has sued the Trump administration over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants.”  https://www.wkar.org/post/michigan-joins-21-states-suing-trump-administration-over-new-coal-rules?   ( the NYT now says 29 states:  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/climate/states-lawsuit-clean-power-ace.html) As Michigan’s attorney general, Dana Nessel, posted on her Facebook page on 9/13, “Climate change is real. And very bad. I look forward to having someone in the White House who appreciates this concept again. This is not a political statement. It’s science.”  Let’s make sure our states are part of this coalition and if they are not, ask why and tell them to get on board.  

MANY:  ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT:  “Massachusetts and California say they’ll go to court to fight the Trump administration’s overhaul of the Endangered Species Act.  https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/08/12/endangered-species-act-trump-lawsuit-massachusetts-healey/  If we live in any other state, let’s tell our governor that we want our state to be part of this fight. 

CA: TELL GOVERNOR NEWSOM TO DROP HIS PRO CHARTER SCHOOL AMENDMENTS:  Our State Legislature has passed a strong Charter School Accountability Bill, but Governor Newsom has added amendments that weaken it significantly, undermining the ability of local school boards to deny a charter. Local school districts with publicly elected school board members must have sole authorizing ability, as they are best familiar with enrollment trends, family demographics, facilities’ needs, and other details of day-to-day school administration. We can demand locally elected public school board oversight by calling Governor Newsom 916-445-2841 to backout his amendments that water down AB1505 and let state Senators approve a strong Charter Accountability bill! We can use this script when we call: Governor Newsom, I am a parent/ community member and support local school control and strong charter school accountability found in the Assembly version of AB1505. I DO NOT support the amendments you pushed on behalf of the California Charter Schools Association. Please recall those changes and sign into law robust Charter Accountability that ALL California families deserve!”

CA: FIND NEW STRATEGIES AND PARTNERSHIPS AT EDUCATORS AGAINST ICE WORKSHOP:  Educators in Northern CA, aware of how ICE threatens our undocumented students and their families, can learn better ways to protect them at the Educators Against ICE Conference on Saturday, September 14, 2019. We can network with community organizers, foster collaboration, learn anti-enforcement and advocacy strategies. We can also invite our colleagues so that 2-3 educators from one campus or region can work together. A series of interactive workshops and lunch will be provided. We can click this link to find out more about The Educators Against ICE Fall Conference and then, if we wish, apply by the deadline, August 19th, 2019 at 5pm  https://docs.google.com/document/d/12LzuxHORwv2pAUGugA5-I-ABM3CYMqWP43ysW8KDH0E

MI: IMMIGRATION: Each September, PeaceQuest celebrates the International Day of Peace through community-wide events and activities which help us learn how to continue to promote peace. On September 28th, PeaceQuest will be hosting All Faith Alliance for Refugees' day-long Greater Lansing Refugee Summit: Expanding Welcome & Advocacy, where we can learn how to better advocate for refugees. We can learn more about this event and others on the event schedule, then let's be sure to show up for at least one activity:

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS

NATIONAL NETWORK ASSEMBLY:  The first National Network Assembly, made up of hundreds of local grassroots leaders and organizers from around the country is happening in Des Moines, IA, August 22 to 25.   https://mailchi.mp/thedemlabs/nationalnetworkassembly  There will be workshops, sessions, and meetings in which participants will strategize, plan, and learn skills to take home to their groups.  The 2019 National Network Assembly will strengthen the connective tissue between grassroots groups by bridging multiple networks and organizations that represent over 1,000 leaders across all 50 states.  We can find more information, register to attend, and donate to the scholarship fund here: https://www.nationalnetworkassembly.org/ We can use this document to invite others to attend:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oKWdGLESqQYFVIa3JXQrtsXO9zrZv7ihCdGfnmSZ0-M/edit

GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE—Young people around the world are taking to the streets September 20-27, 2019, to end the regime of fossil fuels. Young or old, we can get involved here: https://globalclimatestrike.net/ and here:  https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/us-climate-strikes/ If we organize our own climate strike event, we can include voter registration with the help of the Environmental Voter Project: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/

NATIONAL PROTEST – WE THE PEOPLE MARCH:  As we have been inspired these past couple months by the examples set by the citizens of Hong Kong, Russia, and the Czech Republic regarding the power of protest, we have a chance to come together to say “Enough” about the degradation of our nation and the office of the President. Amy Siskind and a group of volunteers have set up a march on Washington D.C. and other cities across the country for September 21. “We the People are marching to be seen and heard. We are marching to remind our elected officials that they work for us. We are marching because the current regime is a threat to our democracy and values. We are marching to demand action. Silence and inaction are complicity.”  The website and registration page for the We The People March  had the fortunate problem of heavy traffic with their registration page and have switched to a new system to handle the flow: https://wethepeoplemarch.org  Let’s plan to travel to Washington for this if we are able to do so to and also sign-up to receive updates. If we are not able to attend, let’s find or created a solidarity march (details at website) We need a strong visual statement that we the people will not abide these lavish abuses to our nation.

READING/WATCHING

The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government Was Relying on False “Evidence” Against Migrants - https://www.propublica.org/article/laura-pena-gang-database-the-case-that-made-an-ex-ice-attorney-realize-the-government-was-relying-on-false-evidence-against-migrants

Trump Administration Seeks Decertification Of Immigration Judges' Union - https://www.npr.org/2019/08/12/750656176/trump-administration-seeks-decertification-of-immigration-judges-union

The FBI Told Congress Domestic Terror Investigations Led to 90 Recent Arrests. It Wouldn’t Show Us Records of Even One - https://www.propublica.org/article/fbi-domestic-terrorism-arrest-data


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We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule





8/13/19

NATIONAL ISSUES




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HELP IMMIGRANT FAMILIES IN MISSISSIPPI: "On Wednesday, August 7, nearly 680 people in Mississippi were detained by ICE in what was the largest single-state workplace enforcement action in U.S. history...Children suddenly separated from their parents were left confused and frightened, and many have no one to care for them while their parents are held...These devastated kids and families need your help." Most of us have seen the footage/photos of kids traumatized by these raids. If we can contribute, here's a direct way to help Mississippi organizations that are on the front lines: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms-raids  We can also donate to the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance: 
https://yourmira.wpcomstaging.com/   We can read about their work, and learn about other organizations that are helping here. Let’s donate to one of these organizations, if we can: 

BOYCOTT COMPANY THAT ALLOWED ICE RAIDS: It should be noted that one of the companies ICE raids targeted was Koch Foods, a place that was known for serious labor abuses. Last year, Koch Foods, lost a discrimination lawsuit last year and was required to pay $3.75 million. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-koch-foods/allegations-of-labor-abuses-dogged-mississippi-plant-years-before-immigration-raids-idUSKCN1UZ1OV. It should also be noted that despite rounding up undocumented workers in the interests of “law and order,” not a single executive who also “violated the law” by hiring these workers was arrested or detained. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/adolfoflores/ice-raids-employers-arrest-charges-immigrants-business. Let’s ask Koch Foods  (http://kochfoodsinc.com/contact-us) to provide legal support for their workers and financial support for their displaced children, and tell the company that we will boycott their products until they step up to the plate and do the right thing.    

WHITE SUPREMACISTS BEHIND ALL RACE-BASED ATTACKS: Recent data, that the Trump administration refused to give to Congress has shown that white supremacists were responsible for every single race-based incident of domestic terrorism in 2018.  https://news.yahoo.com/heres-the-data-the-trump-administration-wouldnt-give-congress-on-white-supremacist-terrorism-235254627.html. Let’s make sure our MoCs know about this and ask them what they will do to mitigate this threat. 

IMPEACHMENT: House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler has stated explicitly that an official impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump has begun (https://bit.ly/2ZVVZ3x). Nadler estimates that the House could be ready for a vote on impeachment by the end of the year.  In what feels like a freefall of norms, decency, and fitness for the office of President, Trump took to Twitter over the weekend to retweet a conspiracy theory that implicated the Clintons in the death of Jeffrey Epstein: 
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-retweets-epstein-conspiracy-theory-claiming-clinton-connection-n1041146  Let's call our representatives in the House to let them know that we believe Trump is unfit for office and we support impeachment and want them to be unified behind the inquiry. We can also use the tools available at Indivisible to make it clear that we support impeachment:  https://impeach.indivisible.org/

ADS SUPPORTING WHITE SUPREMACY: From Sleeping Giants: "This week, Tucker Carlson Tonight called white supremacy "a hoax" and "a conspiracy theory used to divide the country." Tucker has previously referred to Iraqis as "semi-literate primitive monkeys", argued that women shouldn't earn more money than men and claimed that immigrants are making our country "dirtier." Tucker wouldn't last a day on the job at USAA [United Services Automobile Association], where his comments would get him fired instantly. But for some reason, USAA remains one of his last major sponsors. Why? Contact: Laura Powers, Executive Director, Media & Social, laura.powers@usaa.com" We can use the e-mail template from Sleeping Giants here.

#GrabYourWallet IS ADDING COMPANIES:  Since before the 2016 election, #GrabYourWallet was telling us about companies that had financial relationships with the Trumps.  Since then over 70 companies have been dropped from the #GrabYourWallet list due to people like us reaching out to them.  “Given, however, recent news of the Trump administration’s continued use of family separation despite a U.S. court order to stop—an action resulting in 900 additional children being separated from their parents—we’ve decided to turn our attention more fully to the donations, fundraising events, and endorsements of high profile Trump supporters.” https://medium.com/@shannoncoulter/why-grabyourwallet-is-adding-new-companies-to-the-boycott-list-for-the-first-time-in-a-long-time-78930225b282  Let’s check out this list and start making some contacts:  https://grabyourwallet.org/

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AT RISK:  We must urge our senators to reject Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor,  Eugene Scalia, who has spent his career as a corporate attorney representing major corporations, from Walmart to Wall Street banks, fighting against the Department of Labor, and opposing workers’ rights and wage increases: https://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/scalia-skilled-at-upending-rules-may-soon-write-them-at-labor

THE END OF ARMS CONTROL??:  Trump has already terminated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force treaty (INF)-- https://www.armscontrol.org/issue-briefs/2019-08/post-inf-treaty-crisis-background-next-steps ; now John Bolton, Trump’s national security advisor, has his eye on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which places the only remaining legally binding, verifiable limits on the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals: https://www.armscontrol.org/act/2019-07/focus/boltons-attempt-sabotage-new-start   Let’s tell our MoCs that we want Congress to guarantee that New START is not terminated or allowed to lapse when it expires in February 2021.

ANTI-IMMIGRANT “PUBLIC CHARGE” RULE:  A top priority of Trump’s immigration architect Stephen Miller, the “public charge” rule, which penalizes legal immigrants who rely on public programs like food stamps or government-subsidized housing, will be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, August 14th: 
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/457077-trump-administration-releases-final-public-charge-rule; the text is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2019-17142.pdf  Despite the over 250,00 comments, most against this change, the rule will go play in October.  This is for LEGAL immigrants.  https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/457077-trump-administration-releases-final-public-charge-rule  Let’s tell our MoCs that we want them to turn this over with appropriate legislation. 

ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTIONS ROLLED BACK: “Going forward, the Endangered Species Act will no longer offer the same protections for threatened species — those at risk of becoming extinct in the foreseeable future — as those that are already endangered.  “These changes crash a bulldozer through the Endangered Species Act’s lifesaving protections for America’s most vulnerable wildlife,” Noah Greenwald, the Center for Biological Diversity’s endangered species director, said in a statement.”  https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/457086-trump-administration-rolls-back-endangered-species-protections  In Trump’s never-ending quest to roll back regulations (protections) for the good of industry, not citizens or the environment.  Let’s ask our MoCs to provide legislation that will restore the  Endangered Species Act, first passed in 1973. 


POSTCARDING:  From one of our own – Here are this week’s issues/addresses write-ups for postcarding:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I5j-t_TiSX6PnU0ym_I-jsxrWRMpMxPqyIdWwGVMTkw/edit?usp=sharing  Look them over and choose the ones that speak to you. 

MOVEMENT FOR BLACK LIVES
 will grant a year-long Electoral Justice Fellowship to ten Black organizers from ten organizations “to serve as political operatives for building Black political power in 2020 and beyond.” Let’s spread the word, and if we qualify, let’s apply. Deadline is Aug 16, 2019: 
https://ejp.m4bl.org/league/

SUPERMAJORITY POLL:  Supermajority is asking everyone who identifies as a woman to take part in their poll:  https://supermajority.com/womens-poll/  If we fit the eligibility requirements, let’s help them out. 

EL PASO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: From one of our own:  Hello. We are teachers in El Paso. We would like to know if anyone is interested in sending us postcards to help our students know there is plenty of good in our world. As teachers, we may only be able to say so much. We think concrete messages of support would help us calm some fears. Any thoughts?  You can send them here:  1) E. Flores, Hillside Elementary, 4500 Clifton Ave., El Paso, TX 79903, and 2) Teresa Garrett, Tom Lea Elementary, 4851 Marcus Uribe Dr., El Paso, TX. 79934.   Let’s send fun postcards!

ONLINE BOOK AUCTION:   Border Network for Human Rights is holding an online book auction.  “The books in this auction were donated directly by the authors in their support for the struggle for immigrant justice and human rights. If you are the winning bidder, the book will be SIGNED PERSONALLY TO YOU BY THE AUTHOR.  All proceeds from this auction will go to the Border Network for Human Rights, a grassroots nonprofit 501(c3) organization in El Paso that provides legal services and public advocacy for immigrant communities.”  Let’s bid here:  https://www.32auctions.com/BNHRauction
 
ELECTION/VOTING

ASK ARIZONA VOTERS TO BECOME PERMANENT EARLY VOTERS
Flip the West is looking for folks to telephone Arizona voters to ask them to join the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL.)  This is an easy ask! All PEVL voters receive an early ballot by mail approximately 27 days prior to any election in which they are eligible to vote. Getting a ballot early allows time to review the ballot, study the issues, research the candidates and vote conveniently by mailing the ballot or dropping it off at an early voting center. Access to early voting can boost turnout among low propensity voters, and it helps shorten the long lines to vote that disproportionately plague communities of color on Election Day. We can click here to start asking Arizonans to join the Permanent Early Voting List. Instructions are embedded in the link. All we need is a computer with internet access and a cell phones and we are ready to get our country back!  https://www.mobilize.us/grassrootsdemocratslahq/event/106683/ 

STATE/LOCAL

ALL: FERGUSON/POLICING: It has been five years since a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri murdered Michael Brown, Jr., and protests erupted around the country (https://bit.ly/2Tp2XeK). While there has been incremental change towards community policing in those five years, there is still much to be done to break down systemic racism and police brutality in our country. We can help by reading both the Department of Justice's Ferguson Report, and the Ferguson Commission's Forward Through Ferguson Report. Then, let's use this information and regularly meet with our local police departments to encourage them to improve their relationships with the community, and to work towards more equitable practices in their policing.

CA: FIND NEW STRATEGIES AND PARTNERSHIPS AT EDUCATORS AGAINST ICE WORKSHOP:  Educators in Northern CA, aware of how ICE threatens our undocumented students and their families, can learn better ways to protect them at the Educators Against ICE Conference on Saturday, September 14, 2019. We can network with community organizers, foster collaboration, learn anti-enforcement and advocacy strategies. We can also invite our colleagues so that 2-3 educators from one campus or region can work together. A series of interactive workshops and lunch will be provided. We can click this link to find out more about The Educators Against ICE Fall Conference and then, if we wish, apply by the deadline, August 19th, 2019 at 5pm

MA:  BOSTON: FOR PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH THE IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE COMMUNITY—The City of Boston is offering a free, three-day Stress, Vicarious/Secondary Trauma & Resilience Training Instituted for attorneys, educators, organizers, mental health professionals, and other providers who work with the immigrant and refugee community. Dates are Aug 28, Sept 5, and Sept 11, at the Family Justice Center, 989 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. Let’s click here for more information, including how to register: 

MI: DEPORTATION: For years, the ACLU, Christian leaders, and immigrant rights groups have been pleading with the Trump administration to block deportations of Iraqi Chaldeans, a minority Christian community who face persecution in Iraq (https://n.pr/2yS411hhttps://bit.ly/2ItT4Jh). A Chaldean man who had lived in the U.S. since he was an infant was recently deported to Iraq, and died within months of his arrival (https://n.pr/2OHzUEr). This afternoon, Oliver Ashawna, an Iraqi Chaldean immigrant, will begin his own hearing at the Detroit Immigration Court. For those of us in the Detroit area, let's show up and put pressure on the Trump administration and immigration officials to stop the deportation of Iraqi refugees: https://www.facebook.com/events/1279351205578791/

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS

NATIONAL NETWORK ASSEMBLY:  The first National Network Assembly, made up of hundreds of local grassroots leaders and organizers from around the country is happening in Des Moines, IA, August 22 to 25.   https://mailchi.mp/thedemlabs/nationalnetworkassembly There will be workshops, sessions, and meetings in which participants will strategize, plan, and learn skills to take home to their groups.  The 2019 National Network Assembly will strengthen the connective tissue between grassroots groups by bridging multiple networks and organizations that represent over 1,000 leaders across all 50 states.  We can find more information, register to attend, and donate to the scholarship fund here: https://www.nationalnetworkassembly.org/ We can use this document to invite others to attend:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oKWdGLESqQYFVIa3JXQrtsXO9zrZv7ihCdGfnmSZ0-M/edit

GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE—Young people around the world are taking to the streets September 20-27, 2019, to end the regime of fossil fuels. Young or old, we can get involved here: https://globalclimatestrike.net/ and here:  https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/us-climate-strikes/ If we organize our own climate strike event, we can include voter registration with the help of the Environmental Voter Project: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/

NATIONAL PROTEST – WE THE PEOPLE MARCH:  As we have been inspired these past couple months by the examples set by the citizens of Hong Kong, Russia, and the Czech Republic regarding the power of protest, we have a chance to come together to say “Enough” about the degradation of our nation and the office of the President. Amy Siskind and a group of volunteers have set up a march on Washington D.C. and other cities across the country for September 21. “We the People are marching to be seen and heard. We are marching to remind our elected officials that they work for us. We are marching because the current regime is a threat to our democracy and values. We are marching to demand action. Silence and inaction are complicity.”  Let’s get signed-up here and talk with others about joining us: https://wethepeoplemarch.org

READING/WATCHING

Charles Blow:  Trump Has Dragged Us Into the Gutter -  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/07/opinion/mass-shootings-trump.html.


Statement Of Manhattan U.S. Attorney On The Death Of Defendant Jeffrey Epstein - https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/statement-manhattan-us-attorney-death-defendant-jeffrey-epstein

The Border Patrol Hits a Breaking Point -


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We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule




8/12/19

On Mondays, Rogan’s List features a listing of proposed rule and regulation changes that are currently accepting public comment.  Commenting is the way to show government agencies how we feel about these proposed changes. Our comments also become part of a record that will be reviewed by courts if and when a reg change is contested. Courts use comments to judge whether an agency is acting arbitrarily and capriciously.

Comments and actions week ending 
August 17, 2019

Organization

Recent
Closing Soon
Section I - ICE, DHS, DOL, NLRB
Section II - everything environmental - EPA, BLM, DOE
Section III - Civil rights, housing, education, healthcare
Other

Recent

Posted August 12, 2019. Proposed Rule. “Representation-Case Procedures: Election Bars; Proof of Majority Support in Construction Industry Collective-Bargaining Relationships” - Anti-union measure. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/12/2019-17105/representation-case-procedures-election-bars-proof-of-majority-support-in-construction-industry

To be posted August 12, 2019. Allowing more toxic substances. “Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for June 2019"  EPA proposed significant new uses of toxic chemicals, including isocynates, used in polyurethane. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/12/2019-17151/certain-new-chemicals-or-significant-new-uses-statements-of-findings-for-june-2019. Read more here: http://blogs.edf.org/health/2019/08/08/trump-epa-caves-again-to-industry-demands-on-new-chemicals-and-workers-pay-the-price/


Posted August 12, 2019: On violence against native women. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/12/2019-16597/agency-information-collection-activities-proposed-new-information-collection-activity-comment. Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed New Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, Proposed Study Entitled “The National Baseline Study on Public Health, Wellness, & Safety” Study of violence against women in tribal communities. Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Title IX, Section 904(a) of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), Public Law 109-162 (codified at 42 U.S.C. 3796gg-10 note), as amended by Section 907 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, Public Law 113-4, mandates that the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in consultation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Start Printed Page 39881Violence Against Women (OVW), conduct a National Baseline Study (NBS) on violence against American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) women living in tribal communities. NIJ's NBS will examine violence against AI and AN women (including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking) and identify factors that place AI and AN women at risk for victimization and propose recommendations to improve effectiveness of these responses.

Comments due September 3, 2019. Glyphosate (roundup) Glyphosate Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361-2340. Background: EPA is forbidding CA to use carcinogen label on RoundUp. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/roundup-labels-trump-administration-says-it-wont-approve-glyphosate-warning-labels/  EPA's reasoning: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-takes-action-provide-accurate-risk-information-consumers-stop-false-labeling

Comments due 9/23/2019 “Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” Cuts food benefits to 3,000,000 people. Kids in school lunch programs would have to apply separately for the program. Read the text - USDA claims that billionaires are getting food stamps. Read it and comment here:

Posted 8/5/2019. Notice of Proposed Rule - no comment period. "Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity" - Defense installations. Has environmental, civilian safety, rights of local land-use planners and right to protest implications. "OEA's Compatible Use Program provides technical and financial assistance to state and local governments to plan and carry out civilian actions necessary to alleviate and/or prevent incompatible civilian development and other civilian activities that are likely to impair the continued operational utility of a DoD installation or facility. The program enables states and communities to assist local installations to optimize their mission—support lethality, and enhance the readiness and military value of their local installations" https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/05/2019-16619/announcement-of-federal-funding-opportunity

Comments due 9/18/2019. Debt collection practices. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/02/2019-16476/debt-collection-practices-regulation-f-extension-of-comment-period . “The breadth of the planned rulemaking, however, could fundamentally change how third-party debt collectors, first-party creditors collecting consumer debts, debt buyers, and vendors providing material assistance to collectors (such as payment system or technology providers) collect mortgage, credit card, student loan, auto, medical, and other consumer debt.”

Comments due 9/03/2019. EPA taking comment in response to a BASF petition to allow more tolerance exemptions in residues of pesticides on food, clothing, and other items. Would increase levels allowed. “Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities for June 2019.” https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/02/2019-16389/receipt-of-a-pesticide-petition-filed-for-residues-of-pesticide-chemicals-in-or-on-various
Comments due 9/22/2019. “Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA Section 108(b) for Facilities in the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Industry. “EPA proposes not holding electric power generating companies financially responsible. Could impact fiscal responsibility in events like the California wildfires - several attributed to power company transmission lines. Read it and comment here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/29/2019-15094/financial-responsibility-requirements-under-cercla-section-108b-for-facilities-in-the-electric-power . Read preliminary report here: https://www.cleanenergylawreport.com/energy-regulatory/epa-will-not-require-financial-assurances-from-electric-power-sector/


Comments due August 26, 2019. “Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of an Incidental Take Permit Application and Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Desert Tortoise; High Desert Solar Project, San Bernardino County, California; Correction” Proposed “taking” of desert tortoises in building solar installation.   https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/29/2019-15993/endangered-and-threatened-species-receipt-of-an-incidental-take-permit-application-and-low-effect Read more here: https://deserttortoise.org

Posted July 22, 2019 Notice of proposed rule. “Submission to the Secretary of Agriculture: Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard; Revision of the Application Exclusion Zone Requirements” affecting “Agricultural worker, employer, environmental protection, farms, forests, greenhouses pesticides, nurseries, pesticide handler, worker protection standard.” No comment period yet. Given this administration’s track record, this doesn’t bode well. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/22/2019-15371/submission-to-the-secretary-of-agriculture-pesticides-agricultural-worker-protection-standard

Comments due Sept 16, 2019. Massive changes to Long-term care facilities proposed. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2019-0105-0001. Not much comment yet, just this:https://www.modernhealthcare.com/government/cms-prohibits-forced-arbitration-nursing-home-patients

Closing Soon

July 12, 2019 30-day Notice ending. Comments not accepted. “Agency Information Collection Activities: REAL ID: Minimum Standards for Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards Acceptable by Federal Agencies for Office Purposes”  https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DHS-2019-0018-0004 Raises privacy concerns. Read more here: https://www.themainewire.com/2019/07/real-id-is-a-privacy-eroding-overreach-by-the-federal-government/

Comments due August 12, 2019. “General Statement of Policy or Guidance on Revoking Union-Dues Assignments” Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) seeks comment, “on Authority to reevaluate its precedent on the revocation of federal employees' union-dues assignments.” - on the right of federal employees to unionize. Email: FedRegComments@flra.gov Include “OPM (Petitioner), Case No. 0-PS-34” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FLRA-2019-0002-0001  You may send comments, which must include the caption “Office of Personnel Management (Petitioner), Case No. 0-PS-34,” by one of the following methods: 1) Email: FedRegComments@flra.gov Include “OPM (Petitioner), Case No. 0-PS-34” in the subject line of the message, or 2) Mail or Hand Delivery: Emily Sloop, Chief, Case Intake and Publication, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Docket Room, Suite 200, 1400 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20424-0001.

Comments due August 12, 2019. Request for Information: Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork. Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2019-0084-0001. Insurance changes. https://khn.org/morning-breakout/trump-rule-will-allow-small-employers-to-use-tax-free-accounts-to-help-workers-pay-for-health-insurance/ ”The health reimbursement arrangements are already available to employers and workers, but the administration finalized new rules that potentially could boost their popularity. Critics fear that some of the changes could undermine traditional workplace insurance or raise premiums for individual plans.”

Comments due August 12, 2019. Notice. “Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Supplemental Questionnaire to Determine Identity for a U.S. Passport” - Mysterious US ID requirement - no explanation given in text. Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOS-2019-0020-0001

Comments due August 12, 2019. Notice - imposing tariffs on European Cheeses in a weirdly named Notice. “Notice of Second Public Hearing and Request for Public Comments: Enforcement of U.S. WTO Rights in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USTR-2019-0003-0616

Comments due August 13, 2019. “Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities” - See “Trump Administration Rule Would Undo Health Care Protections For LGBTQ Patients “by Kaiser health News. Also targets abortion and non-English speakers. Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=HHS-OCR-2019-0007-0001 and https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS_FRDOC_0001-2645  Read about it here: Overall analysis: https://www.kff.org/disparities-policy/issue-brief/hhss-proposed-changes-to-non-discrimination-regulations-under-aca-section-1557/ . On limiting language access:

Comments due August 15, 2019. “Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications” Trump’s asylum ban. Interim final rule; request for comment. “In sum, this rule provides that, with limited exceptions, an alien who enters or arrives in the United States across the southern land border is ineligible for the discretionary benefit of asylum unless he or she applied for and received a final judgment denying protection in at least one third country through which he or she transited en route to the United States. The alien would, however, remain eligible to apply for statutory withholding of removal and for deferral of removal under the CAT.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EOIR-2019-0002-0001

Comments due August 26, 2019. “National Environmental Policy Act Compliance” Applies to all National Forests. From Center on Biological Diversity; “National Forests Threatened by New Trump Proposal: The Trump administration has put out a plan that would leave the public with no role in more than 90 percent of the decisions made for our national forests. This is a clear violation of the public trust and of major laws like the National Environmental Policy Act, and it's designed to ramp up clearcutting and bulldozing of millions of acres in national forests.” Read it and comment here.  https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FS-2019-0010-0001 Read more about it here: https://westernlaw.org/trump-administration-proposes-environmental-analysis-overhaul-increasing-logging-mining-national-forests-limiting-public-input/ and here:https://act.biologicaldiversity.org/onlineactions/UGNCawk_7kaYrspIHsKopw2?sourceID=1005270&utm_source=ad&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=currentalerts and https://www.outdooralliance.org/blog/2019/7/25/forest-service-could-eliminate-93-of-public-comment-periods

Comments due August 23, 2019.  Robocall proposal for blocking system. “A safe harbor for call-blocking programs targeting unauthenticated calls, which may be potentially spoofed; safeguards to ensure that the most important calls are not blocked; and to require voice service providers to implement the SHAKEN/STIR Caller ID Authentication framework, in the event major voice service providers have failed to do so by the end of this year. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FCC-2019-0188-0002

Comments extended to August 28, 2019. Three proposals. AI green light. Automated driving systems have three proposals to ease regulations on automobiles, trains, and commercial vehicles. Removing Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles With Automated Driving Systems”. DOT is prioritizing removing regulatory hurdles that may stand in the way – either explicitly or implicitly – of advancements in automated technologies.  Cars - Comment period extended:  https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FMCSA-2018-0037-0217  Commercial vehicles: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FMCSA-2018-0037-0199
Trains:  Update: Withdrawn. You can still comment -  https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FRA-2014-0033-1606

5/23/2019 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) “Debt Collection Practices Regulation F” - deals with how, how often and methods debt collection agencies can contact consumer. Comments due August 19, 2019. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CFPB-2019-0022-0001. The same proposed regulation with comment time extended to September 18: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CFPB-2019-0022-2023 Useful comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CFPB-2019-0022-0013

Section I - ICE, DHS, DOL, NLRB

Comments due September 9, 2019. Request for Information: Concerning Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Detention Times During Loading and Unloading      https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FMCSA-2019-0054-0001 Truckers are weighing in -           the comments are interesting. Read more about it here: https://www.truckingtruth.com/news/Article-81/fmcsa-detention-time. “The request for information comes after a 2018 report found that detention time is costing individual truck drivers thousands of dollars each year-- and increasing crashes.”

4/30/2016 Trump tightens asylum rules, will make immigrants pay fees to seek humanitarian refuge, Presidential memorandum and proposed rule below. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/07/2019-09470/combating-high-nonimmigrant-overstay-rates and notice of proposed rulemaking (no comment period yet). https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201904&RIN=1653-AA78

Section II - EPA, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION - ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Comments due August 26, 2019 National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Perchlorate. EPA proposed keeping current standard for this toxin but also seeks comment on raising/lowering it. Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0780-0001

Comments due Sept. 16, 2019  “2019-07-16 Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Dishwashers, Grant of Petition for Rulemaking; Proposed rule” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EERE-2018-BT-STD-0005-2302 . Creates “a new class of less efficient dishwashers – the latest in DOE’s series of energy efficiency rollbacks” - https://energycommerce.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/pallone-on-doe-approving-petition-to-roll-back-more-energy-efficiency

July 17, 2019. Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposes less oversight of aging nuclear power plants. NRC report. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/climate/nrc-nuclear-inspection-weakening.html

Comments due September 9, 2019. 2019-07-11 “Energy Conservation Program for Appliance Standards: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces and Commercial Water Heaters.” Will reduce or eliminate energy-efficiency standards.https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EERE-2018-BT-STD-0018-0065 Read more here: https://aceee.org/blog/2019/06/doe-refuses-public-hearing-proposal

Comments due Sept. 21, 2o19. Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2018-1058-0001  Read this comment from Audubon Society and Ocean Conservancy, among other organizations: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2018-1058-0002

July 14, 2019 Multiple BLM Notices and Proposed Rules with links to comment pages. https://www.esa.org/public-policy/stay-informed/federal-register-opportunities/

July 14, 2019 Multiple Ozone Standards - EPA is doing this state-by-state. https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&po=0&s=ozone&fp=true&ns=  true

Posted Feb. 26, 2019. Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust Request for Information; reopening of the rulemaking record for public comments. Because of comments, comment period extended to Sept. 25 2020. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0185 Federal Register version comment period ends 09/25/2020 https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/25/2019-05443/exposure-of-underground-miners-to-diesel-exhaust  Update - “The comment period for the request for information, published on June 8, 2016 (81 FR 36826), which was scheduled to close on March 26, 2019 is extended. Comments must be received on or before midnight Eastern Daylight Time on September 25, 2020.” An important comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0180
"This reopened RFI takes into account information originally gathered and shared from NIOSH, NCI, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which shows a correlation to exposure to diesel exhaust, a classified human carcinogen, and negative impact on miners health (Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust, 81 Fed. Reg. 110, 36826-36827 (June 8, 2016). On page 36827, stakeholders, MSHA, and the Diesel Exhaust Health Effects Partnership (Partnership) decided that more research and complex questions needed to be gathered and answered before allowing miners to continue working in DPM in the air. Potential for new technology and stricter standards that are in compliance with EPA DPM standards. "https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0182 And this study: https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/press-releases/2012/Diesel

5/20/2019. EPA Plan to change method of reporting pollution deaths. "E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math".  Not posted yet as a proposal. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/climate/epa-air-pollution-deaths.html: Several people with knowledge of the EPA plan told the New York Times that using a new analytical model to calculate air pollution deaths could make it easier for the federal government to move forward with eliminating the Clean Power Plan, a key climate change rule put into place under the Obama administration. Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/us/politics/trump-climate-science.html

Closing Sep 3, 2019. Glyphosate Interim Registration Decision - Notice. Glyphosate is RoundUp. Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361-2340

And the site doing the selling where you can buy leases starting at $2 and acre: https://www.energynet.com/govt_listing.plSee the calendar of government leases sales here: https://www.energynet.com/calendar.pl  BLM’s own e-planning site: 

Section III - CIVIL RIGHTS, TITLE IX, HEALTH, EDUCATION, FOOD, BANKING, HOUSING and FCC


5/30/2019 Notice. State Department to launch new human rights panel called “Commission on Unalienable Rights” stressing 'natural law' Seen as attempt to undermine LGBTQ rights. Read about it here: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/30/human-rights-state-department-1348014 Read the notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/30/2019-11300/department-of-state-commission-on-unalienable-rights and https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOS_FRDOC_0001-4886

May-June 2019 Concerted Attack on Civil Rights. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WH2B132JsR2fSqylMATCHmU-9BCq4bMs Learn more about the proposed regulation and how to fight it here (you can submit a comment).:  https://protecttranshealth.org/

Extending Medicaid provisions: Some include work-requirements. These are by state. Some have comments open - usual time period is one month. Those with open comments are at the top of the list. https://public.medicaid.gov/connect.ti/public.comments/whatsNew  Update from Kaiser Family Foundations 3/13/2019: https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/partial-medicaid-expansion-with-aca-enhanced-matching-funds-implications-for-financing-and-coverage/  Not posted as a regulation but followed as policy. State Medicaid block grants. Many view this as a way to cut Medicaid to individuals. Also see link to state updates above. https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/medicaid-what-to-watch-in-2019-from-the-administration-congress-and-the-states/

Other (more on regulations, tracking the trackers, and general information)



Overview of Trump Regulatory actions: See White House Complete Government “Reform” plan - it is sweeping and alarming: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Government-Reform-and-Reorg-Plan.pdf  and their regulations office: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/information-regulatory-affairs/

Trump’s regulatory agenda - status, challenges, enforcement or lack of, etc. https://www.govexec.com/management/2019/02/many-ways-gauge-results-trumps-deregulatory-push/155195/

Tracking regulations by Agency and Industry: https://quantgov.org/federal_regulation_tracker/

Sites providing up-to-date overviews and discussions of regulatory rollbacks and proposals:

Discussion of regulations.gov ongoing and upcoming issues from Yale Law and ABA - http://yalejreg.com/nc/ and for discussion of banking, commerce, and energy regulation - http://yalejreg.com/

Department of Transportation. Employment - hours of service - tracking trucking driver regulations: https://www.truckingoffice.com/blog/federal-dot-regulations-recent-changes-hours-service/






Tracking Alaska Oil and Gas drilling: https://inletkeeper.org/our-work/energy-alaska/oil-gas/

Environmental regulation rollback tracking:
http://saveepaalums.info/ Also see their comments on specific regulatory rollbacks: http://saveepaalums.info/submittedcomments

Brookings Institution “Tracking Deregulation in the Trump Era.” https://www.brookings.edu/interactives/tracking-deregulation-in-the-trump-era/ and

Rules at Risk: https://rulesatrisk.org/

For state impact - listed by state: https://www.trinityconsultants.com/news/states



EPA Dozens of proposals for significant new uses of chemicals. Too many to list here but this link will take you to the current proposals. https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&so=DESC&sb=postedDate&po=0&np=7&dct=N%2BPR%2BFR&cp=O&a=EPA  This is an article on the EPA rush to reclassify chemicals and toxic substances from the Environmental Defense Fund: http://blogs.edf.org/health/2018/09/19/the-tsca-new-chemicals-mess-a-problem-of-the-chemical-industrys-own-making/

Upcoming Public Federal Meetings and Comment opportunities on the environment/ecology: https://www.esa.org/esablog/federal-register-opportunities/
https://www.esa.org/esablog/federal-register-opportunities/

Law of the Land Project from Center for American Progress. Tracks regulations and litigation with status updates. https://www.lawofthelandproject.org/

EPA’s own Inspector General report critical of EPA biosludge policy and public health risks: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-11/documents/_epaoig_20181115-19-p-0002.pdf





Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship Center - where the Feds deal seriously with climate change: https://www.fedcenter.gov/news/regs/


Healthcare: Overview of Medicare financial plans for hospitals for 2019-2020. https://www.advisory.com/research/revenue-cycle-advancement-center/at-the-margins/2019/04/ipps-rule

HHS healthcare rollbacks, proposed regulations and proposed legislation from Congress. https://www.natlawreview.com/article/mcdermottplus-check-february-15-2019




Native American issues. https://turtletalk.blog/

Public Lands Tracking legal battles over the future of America’s public lands: https://www.lawofthelandproject.org/

SEC Regulatory site: https://www.sec.gov/rules.shtml for information on proposed changes to financial rule and markets.

Department of Transportation New and pending rules. https://www.transportation.gov/regulations/report-on-significant-rulemakings

For effective Commenting on Regulations, please read https://www.regulations.gov/docs/Tips_For_Submitting_Effective_Comments.pdf and 
“How to Comment on EPA dockets”:             https://www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets

Proposed “Regulatory Reform Agenda”: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/jsp/Utilities/index.jsp

Search and track all Federal regulations at https://regulations.justia.com/