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- SUBMIT A PUBLIC COMMENT AGAINST DAPLLast week, the Army Corps of Engineers held two public comment hearings on their draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), bringing them one step closer to the end of the EIS review process. In 2020, the D.C. District Court revoked a permit for a portion of DAPL and ordered the EIS to be conducted. The following year, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe voiced many concerns over the EIS process, including the fact that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had contracted Environmental Resources Management, a member of a prominent fossil fuel lobby, to conduct the EIS. The Environmental Impact Statement is open to public comment until December 13th, after which a final statement will be published. Let’s join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and submit a comment asking for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be shut down, and for the Corps to conduct an unbiased EIS. We can use form comments from the Lakota People’s Law Project or Action Network, or email our public comment directly to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: NWO-DAPL-EIS@usace.army.mil
- IMMIGRATION PROTECTION FOR NONCITIZEN VETERANSAnother Veterans Day has come and gone, and Congress has not yet passed the Veteran Service Recognition Act (H.R.4569). There are people who serve in the US military who are not US citizens, and when they leave service, they are vulnerable to deportation. If it passes, the Veteran Service Recognition Act will allow them to “apply for naturalization during basic training, establish a review process for those who are in removal proceedings, and provide an opportunity for noncitizen veterans how have been removed or ordered removed and who have not been convicted of serious crimes to obtain legal permanent resident status.” It’s time we stopped treating noncitizen veterans as second-class veterans. Let’s tell our US Representative to co-sponsor H.R.4569, and let’s tell our US Senators to sponsor companion legislation in the Senate.
- LEARN ELECTION STRATEGIES FOR 2024 WITH ACTIVATE AMERICA’S WEBINAR THIS THURSDAYLast week was a good one for Democrats, with big wins in the Kentucky Governor’s race, for Abortion Rights in Ohio, and more. Now, as we move towards the 2024 Election Cycle, Activate America is ready to help us build on our success. In the last midterms, Activate America volunteers contacted 10 million voters. Now they’re committed to holding the Senate and flipping the House blue. If we’d like to find out more, we can check out their webinar “One Year Out: Activate America’s Evaluation of the 2024 Electoral Landscape and Strategies for Victory”, this Thursday, November 16th, from 5-6 PM Pacific / 8-9 PM Eastern. We can RSVP here to join the seminar and learn ways to win even more elections in 2024!
- SUPPORT THE PUERTO RICO STATUS ACT: Last year the House passed a bill that would allow the people of Puerto Rico to choose between statehood, independence, or independence with free association with the United States. However, the bill died before the Senate could take it up. Now, a group of Senators is trying to revive this bill. Let’s tell our MoCs that it’s time to stop putting Puerto Rico in limbo, and as U.S. Citizens they deserve to choose between having equal representation in our government or determining an independent future.
- BETTER PROTECTION FOR GUEST WORKERS ON AMERICAN FARMS – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 14
In September, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed new regulations for the H-2A guest worker program that would reduce abuse, exploitation and trafficking of farm workers. Transparency and accountability in the H-2A program will in turn improve the wages and working conditions of all U.S. workers. The Department of Labor will close public comment on these new regulations after TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH. Let’s make our voices heard in support of decent working conditions for our farmworkers, either directly through the Federal Register or with this tool from United Farm Workers.
- OH – RESPECT VOTERS’ DECISIONDespite voters showing their strong support for the reproductive rights ballot initiative, a group of Ohio legislators is trying to subvert the process by stripping the courts’ ability to implement the measure.This should not be surprising, considering that the Republican Ohio Secretary of State disenfranchised 26,000 voters from the rolls days before the election, giving them no time to re-register, but it is still infuriating. It’s clear that the GOP has no respect for voters’ rights (unless the votes go their way). If we live in Ohio, let’s call our state legislators and tell them we expect to have our votes respected and we want reproductive rights enshrined in the constitution. And if we don’t live in Ohio, let’s reach out to our friends who do and ask them to raise their voices once again.
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