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Weekly Actions: Oct. 15, 2017

October 15, 2017

Dear PAGE Activist,

 

Devastating climate disasters have impacted communities all over the world this year, causing casualties and destroying vital infrastructure. From wildfires in California and hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, to deadly landslides in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Colombia and floods in Bangladesh, climate change continues to wreak havoc across all continents.

 

Meanwhile, the U.S., one of the world’s biggest polluters, continues to roll back environmental protections. Just this week, the head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, announced the rollback of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a framework that helps states cut back on carbon emissions. While the CPP hasn’t even gone into effect yet, its repeal would negate years of progress toward creating a framework to combat climate change.

 

Moreover, according to a study out this week, the fossil fuel industry continues to acquire billions in public money to fund their projects. The negative impact from these fossil fuel projects disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income communities, which have fewer resources and less political power to fight the fossil fuel industry and recover from the consequences of climate disasters.

 

n this week’s actions, you’ll find tools to fight climate change in the USA and beyond, and work to support Dreamers and other immigrants. As always, our weekly actions are curated for US-Americans abroad and global citizens. If this is your first time receiving a PAGE email, please check out our website, toolkit and other resources for starting a PAGE group.

 

In Solidarity,

 

PAGE Global Coordinating Committee

 

 

Priority Actions

 

  • Demand banks stop financing climate disasters and infringing on the rights of indigenous communities. Next week the largest banks in the world, who finance these projects, will be meeting in Brazil to discuss the Equator Principles, which are global rules for financing big projects. BankTrack and supporting groups are asking the 91 banks at this meeting to revise their principles in order to stop financing climate disasters and to respect indigenous rights.

    • Sign onto the Equator Bank Acts! Demand that the world’s largest banks stop financing climate disasters and respect indigenous communities.

    • Join the tweetstorm on October 17th. Sign up in advance here.

  • Tell the EPA not to repeal the Clean Power Plan. Submit a public comment asking the EPA to protect the Clean Power Plan! You can also call your MoC and ask them to commit to protecting the Clean Power Plan. You can find call scripts and phone numbers from 5calls here.

  • Defend immigrants against the Trump administration’s cruel policies. Immigrant rights in the U.S. continue to be in danger. The Supreme Court is back in session and has some big cases ahead of it including cases that could be consequential to immigrant rights. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Jennings v. Rodriguez, to decide whether immigrants convicted of minor, non-violent crimes, have any due process rights or whether they can be detained for months or years without a hearing. While the Supreme Court makes these important immigration decisions, the Trump Administration continues its war on immigrants and immigrant communities.

  • Read up on DACA. This week the Trump Administration released a list of demands they want in return for reinstating DACA. These demands include financing for the border wall, denying immigrant children the right to an attorney at hearings, and expanding fast track deportations, just to name a few. Learn more about how  DACA's fate depends on the Dream Act here.

    • Check out Indivisible’s great resources you can use in your fight for Dreamers!

    • Know anyone in Texas?  Get informed on the “Show Me Your Papers” (SB4) Law, then motivate your Texan friend or relative to contact their representatives ASAP!

 

Extra Actions

 

  • Tell DHS - NO social media collection on immigrants: The Department of Homeland Security wants to start collecting social media information and “search results” of all immigrants coming into the country, including permanent residents, naturalized citizens, and any U.S. citizen who interacts with them. Submit a public comment here and tell DHS this is a huge invasion of privacy and will hinder free speech. See what other people have written by clicking here. Do this action by the deadline of Weds., Oct. 18!

 

Thank you for your progressive action!

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