Call Today and Friday on CA cap-and-trade program

California’s legislature will vote on Monday on a much-debated pair of bills that address both climate change and air pollution. The bills extend California’s cap-and-trade program and improve air pollution monitoring and enforcement. The bills also reaffirm the importance of sustainable agricultural solutions to climate change. Please find more background on the bills below.

This is a critical time to call your state representatives and urge their support in continuing California’s global role as a leader on climate change. The future of the state’s Climate Smart Agriculture programs is at stake.

Phone calls are much more impactful than email and it takes only less than a minute leave a message. Find your Senator and Assemblymember by clicking here.

Freedom Uprising participating in Claremont July 4th Parade

Hey all you local Uprisers! If you haven’t already Rsvp’d to this event, please consider joining us. It’s a short march, but we need numbers to be seen and heard! We also want to inspire others to join us in the resistance! We’re marching under the umbrella of the Southland Resistance (all the local grass-roots progressive organizations).

We’ve got a banner and lots of signs! We just need you! Rsvp Link

Local Democrat Needs our Support

On Saturday, 6/17 at 9am -11am, State Senator Josh Newman and the Walnut city council will hold a coffee.  According to Enrique Robles, “Josh Newman is under attack by the far right and is facing a recall election. The conservative talk show hosts Ken and Jon are dedicating a lot of time to kick him out and they have directed all of their listeners to crash his event on Saturday.  Newman needs supporters to come out and counterbalance the Trumpers.”  As we understand it, he’s under attack for voting for an increase in the gasoline tax to pay for road repairs.

Walnut Senior Center, 21215 La Puente Road, Walnut, CA. FMI 714-671-9474.

Call your Senators re. Farm Bill

The Senate Agriculture Committee meets Thursday morning, June 15 to discuss the Farm Bill. Call your Senators to let them know that Agriculture research should not be cut and is important for resolving hunger and sustainability issues and environmental concerns.

You can also call the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee to voice your opinion.  Info on the full committee can be found at https://www.agriculture.senate.gov/about/membership.

Support for Climate Smart Agricultural Programs

Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators are debating the future of climate policy in California, and they need to hear from you about agriculture’s important role. Will you let them know that you support ongoing funding for California’s Climate Smart Agriculture programs? These programs provide grants to farmers for practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon.

A vote on the budget will happen in the next two weeks — now is the time to make a difference. Call your state representatives to support climate-friendly farming solutions. Phone calls are much more impactful than email and it takes less than a minute to leave a message.

Find your Senator and Assemblymember by clicking here.

The message is simple:
“My name is ___________ (include your farm, business or organization name if appropriate) and I live in _________ (town/city).
I’m calling to support on-going funding for the Climate Smart Agriculture programs, including (name your favorite program – see list below.) in the state budget. The programs provide crucial resources for farmers and ranchers to provide climate solutions and improve our environment overall.”

Background:  Since 2014, California has invested over $3 billion in climate change programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make our communities more resilient. Included in those investments are the Climate Smart Agriculture programs, which provide funding to farmers for permanently protecting farmland, reducing water use, improving soil health, and reducing methane emissions on dairies. Together, they have received over $180 million to date, providing key resources for farmers and ranchers to address climate change.

•  Healthy Soils Program: New this year, the Healthy Soils Program will fund on-farm soil management projects and demonstration projects that improve carbon storage on farms and ranches, while also improving air and water quality. $7.5 million has been budgeted this year, and we want the program to grow.

•  State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP): An enormously popular program, SWEEP has funded over 500 irrigation improvement projects, saving water and energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Administered by CDFA, SWEEP funds irrigation management improvements like switching diesel powered water pumps to solar, soils moisture monitoring, drip irrigation and more.

•  Dairy Methane Reduction Program: The Dairy Methane program include grants for dairy producers to reduce potent methane emissions. It funds anaerobic digesters and importantly the new Alternative Manure Management Practices Program to fund changes in dairy management such as a shift to composting, dry manure management, etc.

•  Sustainable Ag Lands Conservation Program: Part of the Strategic Growth Council, SALCP funds conservation easements on agricultural lands at risk of sprawl and rural ranchette development. To date, easements have been funded on 33,000 acres in 17 counties. The program also funds local government policy efforts to improve farmland conservation and prevent urban sprawl.

You can find more information here:  http://calclimateag.org/overview-of-climate-smart-agriculture/

Action: Agriculture & Environment

Last week, FU’s Agriculture & Environment Task Force asked you to call on your representatives to oppose two House bills: HR 1430, the deceptively named “HONEST (Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment) Act” and HR 1431, the “EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act.” Both of these bills are intended to weaken the role of legitimate and applicable scientific research and the scientists who perform it in the EPA’s decision-making process, while increasing the influence energy and other industry insiders have on the policies the agency creates (or doesn’t).

Unfortunately, both passed the House and have moved on to the Senate, but we’re not done fighting them yet. You can help in the following ways:

1) Find out how your representative voted and let them know whether or not you’re happy with their choice. If your rep. voted no, send them a postcard in thanks or make that an addendum to one of your other calls to them this week. If they voted yes, let them know you’ll be watching how they vote on upcoming bills and consider letting them know that this may influence your willingness to support them when they next come up for reelection. Ask your family and friends in other districts and states to do the same.

You can find links to the roll call vote record on each bill’s Congress.govpage.

2) Get ready to help us fight against the erosion of scientific integrity in the EPA when these bills come under consideration in the Senate. Let your family members and friends know now what Republican members of Congress (and a few Democrats) are willing to do to gut the EPA’s regulatory power.

Thanks!

Critical Action to Save ACA

Please contact your senators AND congresspeople to address the significant danger to survival of ACA: -Insist that Congress pay the debt to health insurers by restoring funds to pay for risk corridors, as was promised in original bill. Without these funds, insurers will continue to raise rates and deductibles or withdraw all together from the exchanges, as they have already done because of Congress’s failure to make good on its promise. –

Let your legislators know that you expect them to challenge the executive order with which the president gutted a critical aspect of the ACA : the individual mandate. Remind them that this element of the ACA was upheld by the Supreme Court and that only congress may amend a law. Trump has engaged in this unconstitutional behavior by instructing the IRS not to track whether citizens have insurance.