What to Do This Week! Helen Wheatley for Port Commissioner
YARD SIGNS! Want a Helen Wheatley yard sign to proudly display on your street? Great! We are taking orders today. Just drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make it happen.
This week: Tenino’s Oregon Trail Days Parade – 7/27 Helen needs up to 25 volunteers. Arrive at 9:30 (no later than 10:30), parade starts at 11:00 and goes until 1:00. Contact the campaign at Helenforport@gmail.com so they can figure out who they can count on.
Coming soon: Tom Dyer and Lisa Ceazan will be hosting meet and greets for Helen on the following dates:
Want to help Helen win with a donation to the campaign? You can do that right here: https://secure.anedot.com/helenforport/donate.
Support Thurston Conservation District (TDC)
Next Monday, July 22; there will be a briefing by the Thurston Conservation Board and the Interim Executive Director offered to the Thurston Board of County Commissioners to present the TCD's rates and charges (funding) proposal for a five year term. While we cannot speak in this briefing it is very important that we be present in support of the TDC and their funding proposal.
ACTION: Attend the Thurston County Board of Commissioners (BoCC) meeting on Monday 7/22/19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Thurston County Courthouse 2000 Lakeridge Dr. Building 1, Room 280.
Public comments will not be allowed, but our presence will speak volumes and encourage the BoCC to support the Rates & Charges fee needed to support the TCD.
Be a Progressive Voice On The Thurston Agriculture Committee
In order to promote a progressive agenda in Thurston County, we need more progressives on the County Boards and Commissions. As an advisory board member, you can play a key role in helping shape, advise or oversee specific County programs. Often, only one meeting a month is required. Board Openings
The Ag Committee, in particular, is in need of progressive voices. Two of the current members were recently removed from the Thurston Conservation District Board of Supervisors for malfeasance and neglect of duty. The meetings may be contentious. Thurston County Agriculture Committee
You can learn more about how to apply for this volunteer position here: Thurston County Boards and Commissions.
If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk of the Board, La Bonita Bowmar at (360) 786-5440 or email.
ACTION: Please consider volunteering to serve on a Thurston County Citizens Advisory Board. Make your voice known!
Ditch Mitch McConnell, Support Amy McGrath
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked legislation that would benefit millions of Americans. From gun safety to health care coverage to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, Senator McConnell has blocked the Senate from voting.
Amy McGrath is running against Mitch McConnell, and her campaign is funded by grassroots contributions not special interests. She promises to bring accountability back to government by fighting to help the people of Kentucky solve problems like the need for affordable health care.
Amy McGrath deserves our support, and we must defeat Mitch McConnell.
ACTION: Read more about Amy McGrath’s campaign for the Senate and donate to her campaign.
Go to https://amymcgrath.com
Forest Service and Trump Administration Propose Eliminating Public Disclosure, Input, and Environmental Review: Comments Urgently Needed by August 12, 2019!
The Trump Administrations continual destruction of government agencies has come to the US Forest Service in the form of eliminating a science based environmental review process of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The United States Forest Service and Trump administration have put forward a dangerous new proposal to end longstanding requirements that the Forest Service notify the public, allow for public comment, and analyze environmental impacts when approving logging, road building, pipeline construction, and other activities on 193 million acres of national forest lands across the country, including the Daniel Boone National Forest and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Kentucky. Comments on the proposal are due by August 12, 2019. The proposed rule would amend the agency’s procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act, commonly known as “NEPA.” The proposed changes fundamentally undermine NEPA’s bedrock principles of government transparency, accountability, public participation, and science-based decision-making.
In more technical terms, the Forest Service’s proposal would allow most land management activities to take place under a “Categorical Exclusion” or “CE,” whereby the Forest Service can approve projects without first conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Traditionally, CEs have been used for minor, non-controversial activities like removing hazard trees from campgrounds and roadsides. The proposal also does away with requirements that the Forest Service notify the public and allow for public comment on projects before a decision is made, whether carried out under a CE or with a full Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement.
But NEPA isn’t the problem. The main reason that the Forest Service has trouble getting work done – whether it’s maintaining campsites and trails or selling timber – is that they are severely underfunded by Congress and woefully under-staffed which shockingly high turnover.
ACTION: Send in your comments!
The Forest Service is accepting comments on their proposal through August 12th, 2019. Although you can submit comments directly through the Forest Service’s website https://www.fs.fed.us/emc/nepa/revisions/index.shtml, it is recommend using the web portal set up by Southern Environmental Law Center at OurForestsOurVoice.org. This web portal will assist you in submitting unique comments, and help track the number of comments getting submitted. There have been indications that the federal government has been “losing” comments submitted through federal portals and so make sure your voice is heard.
Call your members of Congress!
While this proposal is coming from the Trump administration and U.S. Forest Service, make sure your members of Congress know that you strongly oppose the Forest Service taking away public participation and oversight of national forest management. Public opposition has stopped similar proposals in the U.S. House and Senate in recent years.
For more details and a great explainer on why this matters so much, head on over to Tennessee Heartwood. They’ve done a fantastic job going deep on why NEPA and public participation are critical for protecting our public lands.
To comment, it is recommended using the web portal set up by Southern Environmental Law Center at OurForestsOurVoice.org.
This web portal will assist you in submitting unique comments, and help track the number of comments getting submitted. There have been indications that the federal government has been “losing” comments submitted through federal portals and to make sure your voice is heard.
July 26, Friday 6-8:00 pm
Olympia Indivisible Members TGIF Gathering!
RJ’s Gourmet Grill 318 4th Ave E Olympia
July 27, Saturday 9:30am-1:00 pm
Volunteer for Helen at Tenino Oregon Trail Days Parade
August 18, Sunday 4-8pm
Second Annual Olympia Indivisible Picnic
Priest Point Park 2600 East Bay Drive NE, Shelter #1
Please save the date and bring yourself, family, and friends to the Second Annual Olympia Indivisible Picnic!
WHAT WILL THIS BE? An old-fashioned, family-friendly event. A great time to meet your fellow Indivisible-ites!!