Vote by House tomorrow on Online Privacy


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CONTACT to oppose S.J. Res 34, the CRA resolution to repeal the FCC’s privacy rules.

This is our last chance to keep Congress from stripping away crucial online privacy protections. Call your representatives now and tell them to protect federal privacy rules.

Your Internet service provider knows a lot about you: the webpages you visit, the things you purchase, the people you talk to, and more. Last year, the federal government updated rules to ensure that the companies that act as gatekeepers to the Internet can’t compromise your privacy to make a profit. Those rules were a huge win for consumers and are set to go into effect this year.

But Congress—along with the ISPs looking to make more money off of their customers—is trying to change that. The Senate voted 50-48 to pass a measure last week that would repeal those rules, and the House is scheduled to vote tomorrow.

Because Congress is using a little-known tool called a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, it would also effectively prohibit the FCC from creating similar privacy rules in the future. That could leave consumers without a federal agency to protect them against privacy invasions by their ISPs.  READ MORE

And it’s not just following you around the Internet to sell your browsing records to advertisers that we’re worried about. If Congress repeals these rules, ISPs will be able to do things like hijack your Internet searches to redirect you to advertisers’ pages, show you additional ads, and use supercookies to track you even when you’re using pro-privacy settings like Incognito mode.

Let our representatives in Congress know that they can’t put ISPs’ profits ahead of their constituents’ privacy. Call your lawmakers today and tell them to oppose S.J. Res 34, the CRA resolution to repeal the FCC’s privacy rules.

NPR Article

5 ways Cybersecurity will suffer is Congress Repeals FCC Privacy Rules


Trump’s State Department has approved permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.


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The Keystone Pipeline was rejected by the Obama administration because of the innate damage it will cause to the environment in the U.S.

The pipeline still faces obstacles and one of the biggest is funding.
TransCanada, the energy giant behind Keystone XL, will need major support from their banking partners if they want to complete their gigantic tar sands project.
Put the US banks on notice: DO NOT fund Keystone XL.


Photo © Julie Dermansky. Used with permission.

Send your own letter —

Path of Keystone Pipeline

Article with Background Information

Do not fund the Keystone XL pipeline!

Dear [US Bank CEO],
Since Trump’s announcement of support, opposition to this project has grown. There is an increasing number of individuals and communities across the country (and national borders) committed to removing their money from banks supporting the Keystone Pipeline. If removing our money is the only way to get this to stop then that is what the people and communities will do and then those banks will no longer be in the game or exist. Banks funding projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline have already experienced significant  material damage from their association which these controversial pipeline projects and it will increase.

As you are aware, this pipeline plans to carry 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil daily across the US, to be refined, exported and burned.
It will subject the U.S. to years of environmental harm if completed. The American public will suffer the ramifications of these actions the land will be less valuable and our innate ecological balance could be diminished. The water will be affected and so will the quality of life. I think you can be a part of doing something better.

Support for companies pursuing projects such as the Keystone Pipeline is incompatible with the aim of combating climate change and is not in line with the statements you have already made. People will notice this incompatibility and remove their money if you continue to support it.

Why not fund alternative self sustaining energies such as solar, wind and even what Tesla was on to?  Those will provide much more long reaching profits. Since that seems to be what you are most interested in, then it is a no brainer to divest in these pipelines and move on.

Given the climate and human rights concerns attached to this project, I call on you to immediately stop any further financing of TransCanada and its partners.

You can be ahead of the pack.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Keystone Gulf Coast pipeline being installed on Texas property.
© Julie Dermansky

Former nuclear and rocket engine testing facility still contaminating area of Simi Valley and surrounding areas


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FROM — Santa Susana Field Laboratory Work Group

The Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), also known as Rocketdyne, is a former nuclear and rocket engine testing facility that is contaminated with radiological and chemical pollutants. The 2,850 acre site is near Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Calabasas, and Thousand Oaks.

Tens of thousands of rocket tests were conducted at SSFL, resulting in significant chemical contamination. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of trichloroethylene (TCE) were used to flush out rocket test engines and then allowed to seep into the soil and groundwater. The site is also contaminated with perchlorate, dioxins, heavy metals, and volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds that can cause harm to human health.

More information:

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the SSFL cleanup in which every option proposed would breach the legally binding cleanup agreement it signed in 2010 to clean up all contamination at SSFL. DOE now proposes instead to leave between 39% and 99% of the contamination not cleaned up. DOE hearings this week demonstrated public anger at DOE proposing to break its cleanup commitments, but much more is needed to ensure that DOE will uphold its SSFL cleanup commitments.

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March 10: Standing Rock and Native Nations will lead a march in prayer in Washington, D.C.


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image1-1024x1024The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders call on our allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully March on Washington DC. We ask that you rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) for the future generations of all.

Standing Rock and Native Nations will lead a march in prayer and action in Washington D.C. on March 10th 2017.

For those who cannot march please take peaceful action at home in your tribal nations, states, cities, towns, villages and provinces.

Detailed Information about the March here:

March begins at 10 AM @ Army Corps of Engineers HQ
443 G St. NW, DC

March ends and Rally Starts at 12 pm @ Layafette Square, DC

Los Angeles : 10 am Pershing Square

Ventura — ?  Let us know if anyone has heard of a March. Thx!

Santa Barbara
Friday Eve March 10th, at Unity of SB! ( (Exact time TBA soon).
We’ll be co hosting a Prayer Vigil in solidarity with the Native Nations RIse March in D.C. standing against DAPl and KXL, and calling on the federal admin to meet with tribal leaders & show respect for Indigenous Nations and their right to protect their homelands, environment and future generations.We stand with them in their demand for tribal consent as well as consultation as a requirement for all decisions affecting tribal rights.
More specifics to come, but the evening will include prayer & music with indigenous elders & community members, and more.
We’ll be collecting donations to help pay the legal defense fees for the Water Protectors on the front lines, who have been arrested and cannot afford attorneys without our help.
We’ll also have the very special honor of welcoming a delegation of Diné (Navajo) Grandmothers traveling from Black Mesa / Big Mountain, Arizona.
Grandmothers will also be bringing their internationally-renowned, handwoven rugs, both a symbol of this resistance and an ancient artwork that has been passed down through countless generations.
Event invitation will be out soon. Please spread the word!