1. Net Neutrality. In December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to end Net Neutrality, dealing a major blow to the free and open internet. But Congress has the power to overturn the FCC with something called a Congressional Review Act—and right now, 50 senators have pledged to back it! Susan Collins has joined all Democrats and Independents to support the CRA.
Call our senators to thank them for their support–or call Senator Collins to thank her for this move (if leaving a message, just say you’re a concerned constituent. No need for them to know where you’re from.)
- Senator Collins: (202) 224-2523, (207) 622-8414, (207) 780-3575, or (207) 283-1101
- Senator Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
- Senator Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
2. Gun regulation call to action thanks to Nandini Balakrishna:
The ATF is taking public comments for only two more days on whether they should regulate bump stocks, used in the Vegas shooting to simulate full automatic gun fire. Submit a comment via the Federal Register asking the ATF to ban/regulate bump stocks:
Info to include:
New fully automatic firearms are banned for civilians. Please draft and finalize a rule that tightly regulates civilian ownership and purchase of bump stocks and similar devices that simulate full automatic fire (i.e., trigger cranks, Auto Glove, etc.). This should include, at a minimum, a licensing and registration process like the one we have for machine guns. The cost of unregulated bump stocks will be more mass shootings in which a single gunman is able to inflict massive casualties and injuries.
3. Local action on Community Choice Energy thanks to Vicki Alexander:
Save Community Choice Energy / Reject CPUC Resolution E-4907
What is community choice energy (CCE)?
Community Choice allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents and businesses to provide cleaner power options at a competitive price. Because electricity can be bought from cheaper green sources, CCE programs allow cities to dramatically increase their green energy percentage.
What is E-4907?
Resolution E-4907 puts roadblocks and restrictions in the way of community choice energy – delaying green energy in cities like San Jose (see the policy paper for more details). It adds a 2 year suspension to programs not in effect yet and adds a new set of procedures to create a new CCE program.
Read this policy paper from the California Alliance for Community Energy.
What can I do?
Write five postcards calling for the retraction of E-4907. Sample script:
“Please retract CPUC Resolution E-4907. It is an attack on Community Choice Energy programs and would put a two-year freeze on new ones. It also infringes on legislative and local municipal authority.”
Send a postcard to each of these commissioners of CPUC:
- Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves
- Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen
- Commissioner Liane M. Randolph
- Commissioner Carla J. Peterman
- CPUC President Michael Picker
Mail to this address:
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102