What’s good yall? As always, I want to encourage you to make your voice heard on mountaintop removal, the practice of destroying mountains to get at coal (hurting our communities, health, climate, and ecosystems in the process) by writing and calling your congressperson, urging them to get on board HR 1310, the Clean Water Protection Act (CWPA) as a co-sponsor. The CWPA will designate toxic mining waste ineligible to count as legitimate fill for streams, lakes, and rivers, thereby strengthening our water quality and tackling some of the health problems that most beset Appalachians and other coal regions.
But if you’ve already made good on that civic action and want more to do, I encourage you to pick up the phone or write your representative again and urge them to support the Generation Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act, which will provide young Americans with 175,000 new service opportunities (including those with the Clean Energy Corps, Education Corps, Healthy Futures Corps, and Veteran Service Corps) by 2014. For more detailed information on the GIVE Act, check out this file.
Given the focus of Citizen Obie and my particular orientation towards the issues that face us these days, I think this is one of the more proactive steps that can be taken right now, and one of the most constructive with regards to considerations of our long-term prosperity. It’s important that we invest in the citizens of tomorrow, give them the opportunities to serve and contribute in meaningful ways to the revolutionary changes we need to make in energy, health, and education (each with a corresponding corps.) Not only does this program promise to put many more youths to work making our communities fulfill their potential in the short term, but it will also provide them with the experiences to go out into the field as productive, competent citizens and leaders in the long term. An excellent investment, in my book.
Finally, Organizing for Obama is encouraging supporters to call and write their congresspeople, urging them to support Obama’s ‘blueprint for change and economic recovery’ (budget.) Midterms has kept me from doing the research I’d need to feel comfortable talking in depth about this program, but I will say that the sources I keep tabs with in the climate and social justice movement are overall pretty satisfied with it. Its emphasis on energy, health, and education is vitally needed after eight years’ (and, no offense to Mr. Clinton) and more of stagnation on the above issues. Over spring break I’m going to try and get better acquainted with the blueprint and figure out how I want to approach my representatives, and I encourage you all to do the same. No matter how you feel, it’s important to realize that this budget sets the agenda of our country in as concrete terms as possible for the next few years, and I think it’s incredibly important for us to take ownership and responsibility for it.
Peace yall, I gotta get to work. I hope you have a more lovely Wednesday afternoon than I do.