Thursday, November 2, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO PROTECT PUBLIC LANDS

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Thursday, November 2, 2017
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PROTECT PUBLIC LANDS FROM THE CHOPPING BLOCK
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#ProtectMonuments
#AntiquitiesAct

Our public lands, loved and enjoyed by most Americans, are under attack. Trump wants to open them to energy and mineral exploitation by revoking federal monument designations—something no President has ever tried.

Instead, since 1906,16 Presidents used Antiquities Act to create over 170 monuments on 850,000,000 acres of federal land in 27 states—32 of which later converted by Congress into national parks.

H.R. 3990, sent to House floor without hearings 3 days after introduction, would gut Antiquities Act, put national monuments at risk, make future designations almost impossible:
• excludes lands, waters and wildlife habitats from definition of antiquities
• prohibits monuments larger than 85,000 acres
• requires county and state approval for any monument over 10,000 acres
• authorizes sitting president to shrink or revoke monuments
• opens protected public lands and waters to unfettered private development

Per Rep. Grijalva, the committee’s ranking Democrat, Republicans want to “reform” the Antiquities Act as they did the ACA, which is “Republican-speak for trying to destroy a popular and effective law . . .to serve the Koch brothers.”

We cannot allow this. Our MoCs must fight to protect public lands and waters and preserve them for future generations.
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the GOP’s attempts to gut the Antiquities Act. No President has ever tried to scale back or rescind national monuments, and we cannot permit Trump to open them up to unfettered commercial and mineral exploitation. I am asking [Name] to oppose the National Monument Creation and Protection Act (H.R. 3990) when it comes to the House floor for a vote. This bill threatens America’s lands, waters, culturally and historically significant places, and wildlife habitats. We must protect our public lands and waters for future generations. Thank you."
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**ACTION : CALL YOUR SENATORS**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the GOP’s attempts to gut the Antiquities Act. No President has ever tried to scale back or rescind national monuments, and we cannot permit Trump to open them up to unfettered commercial and mineral exploitation. I am asking the Senator to oppose the National Monument Creation and Protection Act (H.R. 3990) when it, or S.33 or S.132 (equivalent Senate bills), comes to the Senate floor for a vote. These bills threaten America’s lands, waters, culturally and historically significant places, and wildlife habitats. We must protect our public lands and waters for future generations. Thank you."
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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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