June 5, 2017: Weekly Actions
The biggest news last week was, of course, the President's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, a willfully ignorant and deeply dangerous move that may have been as much motivated by the President's fragile ego as anything else—the Washington Post hinted that Trump felt emasculated by French President Macron's crushing handshake. Nevertheless, across the United States, governors, mayors, university presidents, and CEOs have pledged to continue the fight against climate change, including California Governor Jerry Brown and, locally, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas.
We had some good news last week as well, with a bunch of important bills passing their chambers in the California Legislature, including bills that increase presidential transparency, protect our schools and worksites from ICE actions, and establish single-payer healthcare in California. We also saw hundreds of San Diegans turn out for the March for Truth on Saturday, joining over 100 other cities across the nation to demand an independent Russia commission and the release of the President's tax returns.
Looking ahead, it's expected that former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The White House has also decided to appeal the block of its Muslim ban to the Supreme Court. There's a lot to stay on top of and a lot of action to be taken, but here in San Diego and all over the United States, we continue to stand indivisible.
Recommended Actions for the Week of June 5:
- HR. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act, is expected to receive a floor vote this week in the House of Representatives. Check out the national Indivisible Team's script for opposing this bill, which would set the stage for another huge financial crisis, and then call your House rep.
- The Senate may also be taking up a harmful bill this week: S. 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA). This bill would make it nearly impossible for agencies to actually do their jobs and implement and enforce necessary protections. Check out the Indivisible Team's explainer about the RAA and then call your US Senators.
- Locally, the mayors of San Diego and Chula Vista have signed our cities on as partners to the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, doing our part to fight climate change now that the President has withdrawn us from the Paris Agreement at the federal level. However, in San Diego County alone, that still leaves the cities of Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, and Vista yet to join. If your city hasn't yet joined the Climate Mayors, please call your mayor's office and ask them to commit to protecting our environment and fighting climate change.
- San Diego Indivisible has put out a call to action for all residents of the city of San Diego to contact your city council member today (June 5) and ask them to vote against allocating money for a special election this year. A special election in 2017 (on Soccer City and the convention center) would cost the city an estimated $5 million which could be better spent elsewhere, and because special elections have low turnout, it would be less democratic than waiting to vote on these issues until the general election next year. If you don't know your council district, you can look it up on this map and you can find your council member's contact information via the city website. The council will be voting on the budget today, June 5.