Lynn's List for Week of June 19th
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        A Weekly List of Advocacy Items
August 13, 2018

It is exciting to hear we have many new members and have reached more than 900 in our Facebook group.  What a force we are when we work together!  I want to welcome you and thank you for joining Georgia Women (And Those Who Stand With Us).

Lynn’s List is distributed almost every Sunday. (I say this just as I plan a 2-week hiatus for the weeks following this email.) The advocacy suggestions -- local, state and federal -- are based on Georgia Women’s Guiding Principles. Most of the contact information for elected officials is found in the link at the end of this email.

The scripts are meant to be suggestions; add your own personal touch. Complete the whole list or just the items about which you feel passionate. Occasionally, there is a request to call every day on a particular item. For those who feel uncomfortable leaving contact information, call after hours and leave a message. 

Local Advocacy
If you live in Macon-Bibb, the budget has been the topic of debate for weeks.  The Committee of the Whole has has finally agreed upon a 3-mill tax increase.  

3. Contact County Commissioners with the suggested script: I’m a member of Georgia Women (And Those Who Stand With Us.)  I urge you to vote “yes” to the 3-mil tax increase agreed to by the Committee of the Whole on August 9, 2018. The County Commission must move beyond its failure to govern over the last few months and find a compromise that funds ALL needed agencies and departments equitably.

District 1    Valerie Wynn         478-957-3020
District 2    Larry Schlesinger  478-719-1257
District 3    Elaine Lucas         478-257-6767
District 4    Mallory Jones        478-745-3991
District 5    Bert Bivins             478-747-0580
District 6    Joe Allen               478-733-1048
District 7    Scotty Shepherd   478-951-5250
District 8    Virgil Watkins        478-951-1806
District 9    Al Tillman               478-951-2409

Protection of Civil Liberties
Federal Advocacy
The newly created “Religious Liberties Task Force” by Attorney General Jeff Sessions may seem admirable, however, the phrase “religious liberties” has morphed in meaning to connote freedoms and privileges granted mostly to Christians. Instead of inclusion, it now stands for exclusive dominance of the Christian faith. When the President signed this, he declared, “We are giving our churches their voices back” and failed to mention mosques, synagogues or any other house of worship. We must urge Sessions to protect the religious liberties of ALL. ALL means ALL. Sessions should not be allowed to co-opt the phrase religious liberties to mean Christian liberties. This task force cannot be used to the detriment of any minority group. 

1. Contact the Department of Justice at the below listed email address and comment line with the suggested script: I’m from Macon (or other city), Georgia.  Your responsibility as Attorney General is to protect  ALL citizens regardless of religion. I am appalled that you have attempted to co-opt the phrase religious liberties to mean Christian liberties.  ALL means ALL.

DOJ comment line: 202-353-1555. 

As of Friday, 559 children still have not been reunited with their families of which 386 parents have already been deported.  On Thursday, in defiance of a DC District Court judge, one family awaiting an asylum hearing, was deported and was en route to El Salvador when the judge was made aware of the deportation. The judge ordered the plane turned around and threatened the Attorney General and Justice Department with contempt unless the family was returned to the U.S.forthwith. The deported family was returned. We need to keep the pressure on the Department of Justice and Health and Human Services to reunify families. 
2. Contact DoJ and HHS with the suggested script:  You were responsible for separating immigrant parents and children and did not plan for reunification. I expect DOJ to adhere to recent court rulings and reunify families expeditiously.  I also expect you to use all the power and resources of the federal government to make this happen. 

DOJ comment line: 202-353-1555. 
HHS comment line:  202-205-5445

Protection of the Environment
The EPA is proposing lowering the current lead dust acceptable standards. This will further erode environmental standards and potentially expose more children to lead.

 1. Comment on this by clicking on the link below or copying and pasting it in your browser.  Go the the upper right “Comment Now!”  
Some suggested scripts: The Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee states that there is no safe level of lead exposure for children. Economic and racial disparities in childhood lead exposure persist.  Children in low income households are still three times more likely than children from high-income households and African-American children are twice as likely as white children to have elevated blood lead levels.  Cost benefit analysis has shown that every dollar invested in controlling those exposures returns at least $17 in social and economic benefits. 
Comments close on August 16, 2018 so make this a priority.

If you didn’t get a chance to comment on the environmental rulings from last week’s Lynn’s List, you have until August 20 to comment on changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA and September 24 to comment on changes to the Endangered Species Act. 

Click HERE to see last week’s Lynn’s List for more information on these two issues.

The Farm Bill has been included in previous Lynn’s Lists.  The Bill is currently in conference committee.  The Senate version of the bill passed with support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),  strengthening SNAP to provide critical nutrition to the elderly, people with disabilities, and low income families.  (The SNAP program is also known as the food stamps program.)

Contact Senators Isakson and Perdue and your Congressman Bishop or Scott with the suggested script:  I’m from Macon (or other city).  I want my tax dollars to help feed hungry Georgians.  Please support a Farm Bill that maintains the Senate provisions that strengthen SNAP.

Only 12 weeks until the midterm elections. Thank you to everyone for your hard work.
Remember, as always -- it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
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