Weekly Actions – December 23, 2016

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Happy Holidays from Action Utah!

Merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah from your Action Utah cheerleaders! With the electoral college vote behind us and Trump’s inauguration yet to come, there is so much for this wonderful group to do in the weeks, months and years ahead! We believe each one of you is a gift to democracy, to our country and to our state and we thank you profusely for joining our team and committing to take actions that make meaningful impact.

Action Utah is a non-partisan community action hub mobilizing ordinary citizens like you by bringing you information about the issues and the actions you can take on a weekly and urgent basis to effect change.

Katie and I pledge to keep Action Utah pertinent, effective and growing in 2017 and beyond. We are working hard to develop partnerships, advisors and captains on the ground to help us all make the biggest impact we can. Each of you is essential to helping us create change in Utah and at the national level, and every action you take matters.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events in Utah:
  • January 6, 5:00-6:00p – Hands Together – Liberty Park, Salt Lake City. This is a peaceful gathering to stand up against the fear and hate that is currently affecting our nation and our beloved state. Stand in solidarity to honor our community and the values of kindness, love, compassion, equality, justice and unity.
  • January 14, 8:00a-4:00p – Winter Training for Real Women Run – Salt Lake Community College, 9750 S 300 W, Sandy UT. This is a full day training at the Miller Campus featuring a keynote address by Patricia Russo, Executive Director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.
  • January 21, 8:00a – Sundance March – Main Street, Park City. Meet at the transit center on Swede Alley for a march from 9:00-10:30a as Parkites, Utahns and Sundance goers follow along with the DC march. More details coming soon.
  • January 23, 2:00-4:00p – Utah Women’s March on the State Capitol – State Capitol Building, 350 N State St, Salt Lake City. On the first day of the Utah State Legislative Session, march from City Creek Park to the Capitol Rotunda (inside the Capitol building) to show our strength, power and courage and demonstrate our disapproval of Utahpolitician’s anti-woman rhetoric and actions.
  • Action Utah Community Meeting – Stay tuned for details on our next meeting coming up in January to inform and train our members on how to impact the 45-day legislative session on Capitol Hill. This event will Livestream on Facebook.

Weekly calls to action

First and foremost this week, we encourage you all embrace the spirit of the holidays, bask in the love and joy of time with family and friends and the appreciation for all the blessings in our lives.

Spreading the love is what we’re all about this week, so our first action we call you to is:

Help us grow Action Utah!

Help us be as effective as we can be by growing our numbers across the state of Utah! We ask that each of you spread the word to 5 friends or family members this week by:

  • Forwarding this email
  • Following us on Facebook and/or Twitter
  • Asking people to join our forces by clicking here or sending us their contact info at mobilize@actionutah.org.

We are growing throughout Utah, teaming up with local action groups across the state to create a large movement of diverse voices speaking up for common values and boots on the ground taking action.

This week’s local and national issue actions are VERY QUICK – a few clicks to support good causes. Read on to find out more!

Local Utah Issues

Environmental issues are top priority in Utah with citizens across the state concerned about protecting this great land of natural beauty and outdoor recreation and being good stewards to the national treasures in our state. Be a good steward by:

  • Joining Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) in signing this letter asking President Obama to protect Bears Ears region of Southern Utah right away, this letter asking your members of Congress to co-sponsor American’s Redrock Wilderness Act and this letter telling your Representative to oppose the Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI).
  • Sign this petition from Grand Canyon Trust to protect the Colorado Plateau and Utah groundwater from uranium poisoning from the White Mesa Mill in southeastern Utah. Find out more in this 12-minute video.

National Issues

This week we continue to stand up for the ethical integrity of the White House by taking the following actions:

1. Oppose the appointment of Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, as Secretary of State for his conflicts of interest, ties to Russia, climate denial stance and for defrauding and endangering people around the globe for decades via Exxon’s massive cover up of the fossil fuel industry’s impact on climate change. The groups opposing Tillerson most fiercely are environmental groups (check out #exxonknew posts trending across the net).

  • Sign this 350.org petition to turn Tillerson’s Senate confirmation hearing into a full-scale investigation of Exxon’s climate deception and and this Exxon Knew petition calling for an investigation of Exxon for decades of intentional deception and defrauding.
  • Sign this Sierra Club petition, this Food & Water Watch petition, and this NextGen Climate petition calling on our senators to reject Tillerson, and this Climate Truth petition to Trump and his transition team calling out Tillerson as unacceptable.
  • Sign this Greenpeace petition and then click the prompt afterwards to call your senators with a brief script rejecting specific nominees who embrace hatred and corporate greed.

2. Call out Trump on his ethical issues.

  • Sign this CREDO petition calling on Congress to investigate Trump and his team immediately regarding their ties to Russia, this Mom’s Rising petition calling on US Senators to reject Trump’s cabinet and the extremist agenda they portend without a majority of voters giving him the mandate to do so, and this Sierra Club petition to defend women’s rights and climate action and denounce Trump’s dangerous rhetoric on both.

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