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League of Conservation voters petition asking Army Corps of Engineers to do a full environmental impact study before DAPL goes through:


The Army Corps is accepting public comments until February 20.

Want to know where your local Democratic Party office is?

Association of State Democratic Chairs, www.asdc.democrats.org/state-parties

They have a page on the site where if you belong to (or can subvert) a relevant organization, they'll send a trainer. They want six weeks' notice though.

#Knockeverydoor: https://www.knockeverydoor.org, nationwide volunteer canvassing to mobilize communities against Trump

Movement2017, www.movementvote.org collects donations for Resistance groups and local voter organizing groups.

Flippable: http://www.flippable.org focuses on 23 elections and special elections in 2017 that could be close, and could go anti-Trump with enough organizing effort. One of them is the New Jersey gubernatorial, whoo-hoo!
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The Army Is Accepting Your Comments On The Dakota Access Pipeline
The Standing Rock Sioux are calling on members of the public to let the government know exactly how you feel about the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Department of the Army is accepting public comments leading up to its environmental impact statement in connection with Dakota Access’ request for them to grant an easement for the pipeline to cross North Dakota’s Lake Oahe. The comment period is open until Feb. 20, according to the document.
You can send a letter or an email.
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In the Wall Street Journal:

Christopher M. Matthews reports (Dec. 9), in "Judge Denies Developer's Request to Force Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline's Final Stage," that Judge James Boasberg of the District Court for the District of Columbia rejected Energy Transfer Partner LP's request for an order requiring the federal government to approve the last link of the Dakota Access pipeline. The Obama administration denied the permit needed to finish the pipeline. However, Judge Boasberg ordered the lawyers for both sides to file motions by January 31 for continuation of the case--which, of course, might be moot if the new administration reverses the Army Corps of Engineers' decision. However, Energy Transfer Partners said that the delays cost it $450 million, and it would lose $80 million a month from further delays.

Jennifer Levitz reports (Dec. 11), "Dispute Over Proposed Muslim Cemetery in Massachusetts Town Deepens," that Dudley, Massachusetts is the latest site of a dispute over Muslim cemeteries. The Islamic Society of Greater Worcester wants to build a cemetery on a parcel that was formerly farm land. Levitz' article says that "town officials have cited concerns about the scale of the project potential traffic issues and its environmental impact."

The Islamic Society attributed the decision to "100% fear and bias." The town's lawyer, Gary Brackett, said the same concerns would have been raised no matter what the religion that sought to build the cemetery. The Islamic Society applied for a permit in January 2016. Local residents objected at a public hearing, objecting to potential noise, traffic hazards, and "impact of buried bodies on wells." The permit was denied in June. The town of Dudley said that the Islamic Society did not have standing to buy the land, and the town had a right of first refusal on the property. (The town later said it would not buy the property).

The Islamic Society's suit against the town of Dudley was filed in July in Massachusetts state court, and is still pending. In August, Carmen Ortiz, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said her office would investigate whether unreasonable barriers on the Islamic Society's right of religious exercise. Brackett said that the town might submit the permit issue to a townwide vote. On December 11, however, Massachusetts State Attorney General Maura Healey warned the town that communities are forbidden to prohibit, regulate, or restrict the use of land or structures for religious purposes.

The ACLU said that efforts have been made to deny zoning permits for Muslim organizations in other places.
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DeFundDAPL aims to put pressure on the banks financing the Dakota Access Pipeline by asking people to:

The full list of banks is:
Td Securities, CitiBank, Chase, PNC, US Bank, Bank of America, SunTrust, Wells Fargo, Citizens Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Community Trust, HSBC Bank, Deutsche Bank, Compass Bank, Credit Suisse, Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, UBS, Comerica, BNP Paribas, Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho Bank, ABN Amro Capital, Credit Agricole, Intesa Sanpaolo, ING Bank, Natixis, BayernLB, BBVA Securities, ICBC London, SMBC Nikko Securities, Societe Generale.
#DeFundDAPL has provided contact details for the banks (and, in many cases, the name of the CEO).
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Check-in time. It’s been a little slow again, and I’ve been sick so I’ve not been online much the past couple days. How’s everyone doing?


Three easy things you can do from your computer that take 2 minutes
Support #NoDAPL efforts, asking the Army Corps of Engineers not to shut down the water protectors
2. Decide if you want to participate in the
Million Woman March on January 21 (planning, obvs, will take more than 2 minutes)
3.Look up and decide if you want to
join your local Democratic Party 


Two easy things that you can do from your computer that require money
Donate to an organization that’s gonna need the money in the new administration. Check out comments for additional organizations. You can set up monthly donations if you have the funds.
Donate to #NoDAPL efforts


One challenge-but-you-can-do-it thing you can do with your phone
1. Call your representatives and express your opinion on:
Declassifying Russian involvement in the election
the Presidential Accountability Act introduced by Congresswoman Katherine Clark
the No Religious Registry Act introduced by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene.
the Sanctuary Movement

Let us know how it’s going! Even if you haven’t done anything yet, we want to hear from you. We’re also happy to take feedback on the comm to make it smoother. We’re figuring things out as we go.

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Army Corps: Don't shut down Standing Rock
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is threatening to shut down Oceti Sakowin, the largest encampment of water protectors and allied protestors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Late last week the Corps issued notice to Dave Archambault II, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman, that on December 5th they’ll close public access to the land where the encampment is set up, and threatened “prosecution under federal, state, or local laws” of those who remain.
You can use this form from the ACLU to send a message to the Corps demanding that they back off from their plan to shut down Oceti Sakowin.

You can also donate to groups supporting the #NoDAPL struggle in various ways at this page: http://sacredstonecamp.org/donate/

ETA: The Army Corps of Engineers has postponed granting permission to build a particular section of the pipeline along a particular route until an Environmental Impact Statement has been carried out. That means construction has been delayed but not necessarily halted altogether -- although as the whole enterprise seems to be on shaky financial ground, delaying it sufficiently may be enough to kill it.

This is a significant victory. However, my understanding is that the action to close down the Oceti Sakowin encampment and actions to prevent people joining other camps and so on are still scheduled to go ahead, so still need to be protested.


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