Emergency Letter Drop Call — Our Planet is Speaking
By Russell Greene for Progressive Democrats of America & People Demanding Action
Our monthly letter drop calls for Progressive Democrats of America and People Demanding Action give advocates of progressive legislation the opportunity to learn about the bills and issues needing attention from our Congressional members. We prepare one letter that is easy to download, personalize, and deliver to your U.S. Senators, and one letter is provided for those in the U.S. House of Representatives. Normally, PDA invites one person from each of its chapters around the country to be part of the call and commit to making sure those letters are delivered in their own states and Congressional districts. There is also a strong team delivering letters on the Hill in D.C. where we make sure to reinforce the message and the ask of our Congressional members. This month, we are expanding the call and opening it to all. Below we explain more fully — but mark the date and time now.
Letter drop call participants/special guests:
Rania Batrice, Chief of Staff, Representative Tulsi Gabbard
Andrea Miller, Executive Director, People Demanding Action
Donna Smith, Executive Director, Progressive Democrats of America
Russell Greene, Progressive Democrats of America and People Demanding Action
Scott Edwards, Co-Director, Food and Water Justice, Food & Water Watch
Fred Tutman, CEO, Paxtuent, Riverkeeper
Katy Kiefer, Distributed Organizing Director, Food & Water Watch
The power and devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are unprecedented — — but not unpredictable. On the contrary, these emergencies and the suffering that they have wrought are entirely predictable. As are the wildfires in the west and the flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh – all symptoms of a global climate emergency. Climate change is here. It is happening now.
Unprecedented times require unprecedented leadership and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has shown up to point a way forward with the introduction of H.R. 3671, the “Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act”.
The “OFF Act” aims for a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035 – but what is central is that it recognizes that we must mobilize immediately, and calls for 80% of the 100% goal to be reached by 2027. Yes – within a decade.
Additionally, the “OFF Act” would:
-End fossil fuel subsidies
-Place an immediate moratorium on new fossil fuel projects
-Ban the export of oil and gas
The “OFF Act” also calls for a just transition for those most impacted, including communities of color and low-income populations on the front lines of climate and pollution emergencies.
The legislation has already gained the support of over 300 partner organizations, and the co-sponsorships of Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Nanette Barragán and Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
Let’s disrupt the conversation in Congress on the greatest threat facing humanity, our communities, and our loved ones.
This month’s senate focus is Healthcare. People Demanding Action Executive Director Andrea Miller will update us on the introduction of Senator Sanders’ S. 1804, the Medicare for All Act of 2017 as well as the push to block the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal effort.
With the future in mind,
Russell Greene for Progressive Democrats of America & People Demanding Action
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