Palm Oil Revisited
You may be surprised and pleased to know that several major companies have achieved the goal of using only 100% sustainable palm oil in their products: General Mills, Kraft Heinz, Hershey, PepsiCo, Kellogg, Ferrero (phew, thank goodness, can’t give up Nutella). Others have yet to reach their goals but are heading in the right direction. Some are lagging quite far behind: Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Kao.
1. Contact one of the companies who have achieved the 100% goal and thank them. Info here:
2. Contact one of the companies who are lagging and ask them to step it up:
Kao (on careers page, but use anyway)
Procter & Gamble - you can’t email, but call this number: (513) 983-1100
3. Everyone! Contact Snyders of Hanover! Who doesn’t love their pretzel pieces?! They’ve got to get with the sustainable palm oil program! Tell them!
The Castro Resolution to end Trump’s declaration of a national emergency has passed the House. Now it’s the Senate’s turn.
Contact your Senators and ask them to vote to pass the Castro Resolution and block Trump’s Fake Emergency.
Good news! The House passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 240-190, with two not voting.
Contact your MoC - thank them if they voted Yea, and tell them off if they voted Nay. Found out how they voted here: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll099.xml.
House Votes Against Emergency
If your MoC is a Democrat, they voted to block Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. Thirteen Republicans joined Democrats to oppose the emergency.
Contact your MoC - if they’re a Dem, thank them for their vote. If they’re one of the 13 Republicans who voted with the Democrats, thank them profusely. If they’re a Republican who opposed the measure, tell them you’re disappointed.
The House is set to vote this week on H.R. 8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would greatly tighten up background checks and safeguard against guns getting into the hands of felons and malefactors.
While you’re contacting your MoC (above), tell them you are looking forward to passage of H.R. 8.
9/11 Victims’ Compensation
Funding is about to run out for the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Many 9/11 survivors and first responders suffer from chronic and life-threatening illnesses as a direct result from exposure to toxins at Ground Zero. If the Fund is not permanently authorized, many of these people will be abandoned to foot their own medical bills.
1. Sign Jon Stewart’s petition at MoveOn.org:
2. Contact your MoC and ask them to support the bipartisan bill “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund" to authorize full, permanent funding for the victims and families of the 9/11 attacks.
Under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, the House and Senate can jointly resolve to end a national emergency if they believe the president is acting irresponsibly or if the emergency is over.
1. Contact your Senators and ask them to end the emergency under the National Emergencies Act on the grounds that the president is acting irresponsibly.
2. Contact your MoC with the same message.
The appointment of William Barr as Attorney General has renewed fears about the potential suppression of the results of the Mueller investigation. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have introduced the bipartisan Special Counsel Transparency Act, S. 236, which would ensure that Mueller’s findings are publicly available. Immediate public release would be triggered by the resignation or dismissal of the special counsel.
Contact your Senators and ask them to support S. 236, the Special Counsel Transparency Act.
Fight Fake News
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Protection for La Lomita
The spending bill which Trump (reluctantly) signed into law on Tuesday includes provisions to protect five sites from potential incursion by a border wall. One of these sites is the Diocese of Brownsville’s La Lomita Chapel, which was the subject of an unsuccessful lawsuit by the Diocese to defend the historic property. Thankfully, Congress stepped in to protect La Lomita and the other sites, including the National Butterfly Center.
Contact your Member of Congress. If they voted for the spending bill, thank them - and especially thank them for the provisions protecting these sites of historic, religious, and natural importance. If the voted against the bill, tell them how grateful you are to their colleagues for voting for the bill, and tell them to do better next time. Roll call votes here: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll087.xml