Pat yourself on the back if you marched, or if you did one of our suggested actions to be there in spirit/solidarity. We represented well, TWWSJ! Proud of you!
1. Practice self-care: I subscribe to Jen Hofmann’s activist emails (they’re very well researched – consider subscribing yourself!). She posted a document today about self-care. Thought it was an important activity to share. Burnout is real. Year 2 is upon us. Take care of yourself, folks!
2. Trump Shutdown – Contact our Senators and thank them for their statements and actions. Rough script:
“I’m calling to thank Senator _____ for not voting for a continuing resolution. She has been very clear about her support for Dreamers, CHIP, and more. I urge her to do all she can to negotiate to reopen the government while continuing to take a firm stance on these issues.”
- Senator Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
- Senator Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
3. Oppose new offshore drilling on the California coast. (Thanks to member Vicki Alexander!)
Please submit a public statement voicing opposition to the recent Trump Administration plan to open offshore leasing of oil fields in coastal waters off California (and in 5 other states). Go to Regulations.gov and hit the box that says “Comment Now!”
“I live in California, and I strongly oppose any new offshore drilling in our coastal waters. Offshore drilling has the potential for huge economic and environmental costs. More oil and gas drilling will only exacerbate issues that we’re already seeing with climate change. California has a robust renewable energy industry, and I’m asking the government to do everything it can to support renewables instead of focusing on fossil fuel.”
NOTE: Government websites may be extremely slow or down altogether due to the shutdown.
3 part 2: Protest offshore drilling in Santa Cruz: There will also be protest marches along the coast on Feb. 3. The march in Santa Cruz is at 10 a.m., starting at the Lighthouse/Surf Museum. Rally starts at 10:45 when marchers reach Cowell Beach. More info provided by Surfrider Foundation.
4. Local call to action also from Vicki Alexander to help protect Coyote Valley:
Last November, a coalition of area conservations kicked off a campaign to permanently preserve Coyote Valley. Coyote Valley is a 7,400 acre floodplain in the southernmost part of San Jose and the northern part of Morgan Hill. It has been threatened by development since the early 1960s; local environmental groups have recently stopped two developments, but more development proposals are expected. The long-term goal is to rezone Coyote Valley so that it can’t be developed.
Why Preserve Coyote Valley? It has over 4,000 acres of active farmland, over 1,000 acres of wetlands, plus open space areas for all of us to enjoy. The wetlands are a secure source of drinking water and a buffer against area flooding. Coyote Valley is also an essential wildlife habitat – and it’s the only migratory connection for small and large mammals between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range.
What you can do: Sign a pledge to support preserving Coyote Valley. The more supporters that environmental groups can claim, they more clout they have. Also, sign up for Coyote Valley action alerts from the Committee for Green Foothills.
Share with your networks if you’re so moved!