Most of us receive many e-mails urging us to take online actions to tell a governmental or business entity what to do.
These are especially urgent now in early February 2021 about several different issues.
Nearly two million immigrants arrived in the U.S. as children when their parents immigrated here without documentation. They grew up and became adults in the U.S., but they are still at risk of deportation. Please urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act, which has been re-introduced in the new 2021 Congress. This would protect these immigrants from deportation and allow them to work and support their families. After meeting certain educational and background check requirements, they could continue on a path to earn their U.S. citizenship.
CLICK THIS LINK to tell the Senate to act quickly and pass the DREAM Act:
CUBA relations: Deadline Fri. Feb. 12:
For 60 years the U.S. has been cruel to Cuba. This cruelty has been bi-partisan. Trump and Pompeo made it even worse. Now U.S. House members are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter that calls for normalizing relations with Cuba Please urge your House member to sign on by the deadline this Friday February 12.
Save the U.S. Postal Service. Restore it from Trump’s sabotage.
The U.S. Constitution created a nationwide post office. Trump deliberately sabotaged the U.S. Postal Service for several reasons. He and other right-wing Republicans believe the government should NOT do useful things that help people. Trump wanted to interfere with people’s right to vote by mail. He and most Republicans are extreme “privatizers” that want to turn public projects over to private profiteers. Trump appointed as U.S. Postmaster Louis DeJoy, who has his own private business that competes with the U.S. Postal Service. DeJoy has an EXTREME CONFLICT OF INTEREST because if he can seriously weaken the U.S. Postal Service, his own privately owned company can gain a competitive advantage. DeJoy removed efficient mail-sorting machines and did other things to SERIOUSLY INTERFERE with the USPS’s operations. Now we must urge President Biden to take strong actions — including firing DeJoy and replacing many of the USPS’s governing board.
Another remedy to save the U.S. Postal Service:
The US Postal Service is in financial trouble. When George W. Bush was president his Republican-dominated Congress passed a law in 2006 to impose a deadly, ridiculous financial burden on the USPS to prepay 75 years of retirement health benefits for employees — a $110 billion obligation that is bankrupting the USPS. This was a scheme to destroy the USPS so big businesses could privatize it and replace decently paid, unionized postal workers with NON-union, low-paid workers with little or no benefits. Now we must urge President Biden and a Democratic majority in Congress to fix that now! Bipartisan legislation, the USPS Fairness Act, has been reintroduced in Congress to repeal those financial burdens.
STOP THE MILITARY COUP IN BURMA (MYANMAR):
On February 1 the military of Burma (Myanmar) — which had been extremely brutal and even genocidal — escalated their attack on democracy by overthrowing the nation’s democratic government and installing a military dictatorship. The Burmese people are starting to organize civil disobedience and even strikes against the new military dictatorship. The military has retaliated in a several repressive ways.
We must urge the U.S. government to take strong nonviolent actions for democracy and human rights! The American people have been urging the Biden Administration and the U.S. Congress to impose sanctions on the Myanmar military for its coup against the civilian government.
Please keep up your pressure by taking this online action:
Congress can REVERSE MANY of Trump’s actions if it TAKES SPECIFIC ACTIONS NOW:
You know the Trump administration issued many, many rules and regulations that very seriously hurt human rights, the environment, workers’ rights, and many other issues.
Fortunately, Congress has the authority — under the Congressional Review Act — to fast-track reversals of those rules. Under the Congressional Review Act, agencies are required to submit to Congress notice of a finalized rule. Once notified, Congress has the option of passing a joint resolution of disapproval to overturn the rule. If that passes both chambers of Congress and is signed into law by the President, the rule is immediately overturned and has no effect both proactively and retroactively.
A TIGHT DEADLINE EXISTS, so we must IMMEDIATELY URGE CONGRESS TO use the Congressional Review Act to reverse Trump’s abusive and unjust rules.