Wednesday, August 21 - Protect The Endangered Species Act / Unlock Civics Cookout / The 1619 Project

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Tell Congress to Protect The Endangered Species Act

On August 12, the Trump administration announced sweeping rule changes to the Endangered Species Act, considerably weakening the landmark conservation legislation. The new regulations, currently set to take effect in mid-September, would:

  • make it easier to remove a species from the endangered list while diminishing protections for threatened species (one step below the endangered classification),

  • allow regulators to conduct economic assessments when deciding whether a species warrants protection, such as estimating revenue lost from prohibiting mineral extraction on crucial habitat, and

  • make it more difficult to factor in the effects of climate change on wildlife

Interior Secretary and former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt has said the changes would bring ‘transparency’ to the Endangered Species Act, however it is clear the new rules have been established to pave the way for new mining, drilling, and development in protected habitats.

Fortunately, Congress has the ability to undo this misguided action through the Congressional Review Act (CRA) which allows Congress to reverse regulatory actions within 60 legislative days of their enactment with a simple majority vote in both chambers. Congress must act quickly to reverse the administration’s decision and preserve the Endangered Species Act.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling today to demand that [NAME] use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the changes the Trump administration is attempting to make to the Endangered Species Act. We must act to reinforce and strengthen our conservation efforts in the face of the climate emergency.

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Action 2: Chicago Votes Unlock Civics Cookout on 8/24

Join Chicago Votes for our upcoming Unlock Civics Cookout where we will be re-imagining democracy and uplifting the effects of racial capitalism. This is the last of a series of Give A Sh*t Happy Hours that Chicago Votes is doing with the University of Chicago’s GenForward Survey.

The intersection of racial capitalism and democracy has been at the core of Chicago Votes’ work over the course of 2019; from registering voters in pretrial detention to passing two laws that increase access to the ballot box for black and brown people in the criminal justice system. This event will be a celebration of our volunteers and partners to highlight the progress we have made together to break the civic chains that have confined black and brown people's voices for far too long. We have taken a huge step this year in dismantling the power structure that has given oppressors control over the lives of the oppressed. We have a long way to go, but we should celebrate these victories when they are achieved! And we all love a good party, so join us!

 When: Saturday, August 24, 4-7pm
Where: La Villita Park, 2800 S. Sacramento (underneath the canopy)

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Action 3: Read and Share The 1619 Project 

The Pulitzer Center has partnered with The New York Times Magazine on an ambitious initiative: The 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project is driven by the fact that 400 years ago this summer, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. Though the United States had yet to be established, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built. 

“1619” is a special New York Times Magazine project observing this anniversary by examining the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States.

As the scarring legacy of slavery continues to shape this country, as racism continues to flourish and hatred spews from The White House, it is vital to reflect on the history of slavery and its lasting impact. This history arms us with the knowledge we need to as we work to dismantle white supremacy.

Daily Actions Editor