Tuesday, September 12, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO FUND DISASTER RELIEF

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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FUND DISASTER RELIEF AND ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
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#ActOnClimate
#HoustonStrong
#OregonStrong

Hurricanes and wildfires are pounding America.  Oregon is battling 11 major fires covering over 525,000 acers.  We need relief from these natural disasters and must prevent them from recurring.

These hurricanes and wildfires are worsened by climate change (http://ti.me/2xRQvZT, http://bit.ly/1ixGo4f). While Trump and the GOP refuse to address climate change, others are:
• Senator Merkley introduced the 100x50 Act to move the US to renewable energy (http://bit.ly/2pE4yyn).
• Portland launched the Portland Just Energy Transition (http://bit.ly/2f9T5mm).
• A Senate panel approved $10 million to fund a United Nations climate group http://reut.rs/2vUNAlN

Although Trump struck a deal with the Democrats to pass an aid package that provides immediate relief for recent disasters, Congress must still fully fund agencies providing disaster relief.  These natural disasters hit minority and low income communities the hardest (http://bit.ly/2eARKYP).
•The Trump administration proposes to cut FEMA, the Coast Guard, and grants to prepare for disasters (http://bit.ly/2xVc7o9).
• The National Flood Insurance Program, which protects families from floods, was extended through December but still requires re-authorization.

The Oregon delegation, which leads on climate change, secured funding to help fight the western wildfires (http://bit.ly/2jbQa0M).

Congress must fund federal agencies that help during natural disasters and must address climate change.  Our planet’s future hangs in the balance.  

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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH SENATORS AND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE **
(or leave a message after hours)

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPS
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very concerned about climate change and the natural disasters pounding our country.  I am asking the [Senator/Congressperson] to fully fund the federal agencies that provide disaster relief, like FEMA, and do all he/she can address climate change.  Our planet’s future hangs in the balance. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very concerned about climate change and the natural disasters pounding our country. Thank you for securing wild fire relief funding for Oregon  I ask Senator [name] to secure full funding for federal agencies providing disaster relief, like FEMA and the national flood insurance program, and do all he/she can address climate change.  Our planet’s future hangs in the balance. Thank you.”

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**ACTION 2:  SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**

Share this post with friends and family.   Help them to call their Members of Congress to support legislation to fully fund FEMA and address climate change.

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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010
 
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
 
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300
 
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,  
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609
 
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,  
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

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