April 18 actions: turn out in defense of science, the environment, and Georgia!

There are lots of opportunities for action this week, FAM: let’s turn out to defend our environment, march for science, & make calls to flip a congressional seat in Georgia. You might even consider a spur-of-the-moment road trip to Escanaba tomorrow afternoon…

Local. Don’t forget that the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District vote is taking place at their annual meeting this Thursday, April 20 at 5:00 at the Orpheum Theater (426 Quincy St.) in Hancock. It’s too late now to request an absentee ballot, but if you can’t make their meeting you can also stop by their office to cast your vote: 711 W. Lakeshore Drive, Houghton. Call the office first to make sure someone is there: 482-0214. As a reminder, we are suggesting that you vote for James Tercha and Steven Siira who will keep the conservation district doing the good work we have all come to know and love. See the April 11 FAM post for more information.

Local/National. This Saturday, April 22, join the MarchforScienceHoughton for more details

State (via Michigan Resistance). “Shut down the Enbridge Line 5 Oil Pipeline: The Enbridge oil pipeline Line 5, which is 64 years old, runs underneath waterways that connect Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. It has a number of problems that can quickly escalate into major environmental issues.”

Michigan Resistance suggests that we call these members of the House Energy Policy Committee, to which the resolution has been referred:

  1. Chair Gary Glenn (Midland): 517-373-1791
  2. Roger Hauck (Mt. Pleasant): 517-373-1789
  3. Tom Barrett (Potterville): 517-373-0853
  4. Triston Cole (Gaylord): 517-373-0829
  5. Jim Tedder (Village of Clarkston): 517-373-0615
  6. Joseph Bellino (Monroe): 517-373-1530

“Hi, I am calling to ask Representative ____ to support House Resolution 51 and urge the governor and attorney general to shut down the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline. The Great Lakes and clean water are among the most precious resources for Michigan families. The highly problematic line, which has shown coating issues, could cause major economic and health issues in our region. I urge you to please support House Resolution 51 and end the Engbridge Line 5 pipelines on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.”

Federal. As I’m sure you know, there is a special election taking place today in Georgia’s 6th congressional district! If you would still like to volunteer to make calls and help to get out the vote for democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in Georgia and help him to earn more than 50% of the vote in order to avoid a runoff, you can sign up here.

Federal. Jack Bergman is hosting a town hall in Escanaba tomorrow (Weds, April 19) from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Bay de Noc Community College (2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829). I know it’s quite a long drive to make mid-week (it’s almost as though he doesn’t want a large turnout…hmmmm…), but if you can attend please do! If you would like to attend but don’t have a ride go ahead and message the list or post to our FB page; maybe we can work out some carpools. If anyone does attend, we’d love to hear how it went.

Onward,

M

March 14 – Daily Actions

Hi there, FAM! It’s good to be back with you, even if only virtually. Here are our action suggestions for today. If you only do one thing today, call Bergman to register your strong opposition to TrumpRyanDon’tCare, a.k.a the American Health Care Act (see the federal action below). While you’re at it, you can follow this link to share your story <https://www.whitehouse.gov/obamacare-share-your-story>  with the White House about how “Obamacare” has affected you.

Local (via FAM calendar). The Houghton County Board of Commissioners <http://www.houghtoncounty.net/commissions-board-meetings.php>  Meeting is this evening from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Houghton County Courthouse, 5th floor.

State (via FAM state Facebook group). Call to express your concern about Line 5. A member of the state FAM Facebook page posted that she had succeeded in reaching the Attorney General’s office in Lansing yesterday to express her concerns about the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. See this article <http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/03/enbridge_line_5_ed_timm_psab.html>  for more information about what Line 5 is and why people are concerned about it.

Here is what happened when this FAMmer called the Attorney General Lansing office:

“the staffer there asked for my name and phone number and told me that I was ‘put on the list.’ When I asked what that meant, I learned that the office is tallying everyone who calls about Line 5. She did not give a timeline for the tally. But hey it exists!”

If you are also concerned about Line 5, call the Attorney General to express your concern. Lansing office number: 517-373-1110

Federal (via Michigan Resistance). Call Representative Bergman (DC: 202-225-4735; TC: 231-714-4785; Marquette: 906-273-2227) and demand that he oppose the American Health Care Act – “This bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act and simultaneously cause millions of Americans to lose their insurance coverage. Millions more will see coverage reductions and increased prices.”

Here is a script you can use, courtesy of Michigan Resistance. Sharon says that Marquette FAM is calling today too, so let’s help them flood his phone lines:

“Hi, I am calling to ask Representative Bergman to OPPOSE the American Health Care Act. It is not fair that my family and neighbors will see our prices increase while the wealthiest Americans will gets thousands in tax rebates.

Our older family members will see prices rise, and hospitals will see job losses with the decrease in care coverage. The damage to the economy and my family’s pocketbook is troubling. I am asking that you vote AGAINST this bill. We need Americans to have health care and for everyone to pay their fair share.”

If you are feeling ambitious, you can also call these other Republican Reps:

Justin Amash, (3rd District; Grand Rapids): 202-225-3831

Fred Upton (6th District; Kalamazoo): 202-225-3761

Dave Trott (11th District; Bloomfield Hills): 202-225-8171

Jack Bergman (1st District; Traverse City): 202-225-4735

Tim Walberg (7th District; Monroe): 202-225-6276

Mike Bishop (8th District; Rochester Hills): 202-225-4872

Bill Huizenga (2nd District; Muskegon): 202-225-4401

John Moolenaar (4th District; Midland): 202-225-3561

Paul Mitchell (10th District; Shelby Township): 202-225-2106