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Show up

We gotta show up.

It's easy to ignore an email, delete a voicemail, or hang up the phone. It's a lot harder for elected officials to ignore you when you are standing in front of them.

This week our Representatives and Senators are home and they need to hear from us. They are holding town halls to give constituents like you a chance to speak your mind. Find out where your Representative and Senators are hosting their town halls here and get ready to let them know what you think of their job so far. Here’s all the info you need to make your voice heard.

Congress has spent most of the first couple months giving the corporate polluters who fund their campaigns almost everything they have asked for. Republicans approved big oil company CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator. They gutted rules to protect sources of drinking water from coal mining waste. They made it much more difficult to know if oil companies are bribing other nations for drilling rights. Republicans in the House even gave back nearly $800 million in tax revenue to gas companies while letting them continue to waste gas and pollute our air.

The only thing they didn't do during the bonanza for fossil fuel companies and other polluters - represent you by protecting public health and clean water. If you think this is unacceptable, let your Representative and Senators know - attend their town halls  and speak your mind.

Wondering what to say? Here's a sample message. You can find more here.

"I have been dismayed by what Congress has done in the past few weeks. It seems like you're putting the profits of campaign donors before the health of our communities - and that is unacceptable. We need more protections for our environment, not fewer. Please support clean water, clean air and healthy communities and reject any attempts to weaken safeguards for public health. 

President Trump and Scott Pruitt have promised to gut protections for drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans - will you join me to protect clean water by supporting the Clean Water Rule? There are other issues - the Clean Power Plan, which is vital in our fight against climate pollution; and EPA’s budget for putting laws into action to protect health and natural resources and responding to crises, such as lead contamination - that are at risk. Can I count on you to push back against efforts to commonsense safeguards? Please stand with people like me, not polluters."

It was public engagement that helped pass landmark laws like the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. It was Americans making themselves heard by showing up at their elected officials offices and town halls to demand action that helped has us build a legacy of protecting public health and clean water. We have to recapture that engagement if we want to stop the assaults on our fundamental laws.

Find out when your Representative and Senators are holding their townhalls and show up. Bring your friends and family and make sure they hear you.