Postcards from Home

We’re so sorry that we can’t get together for our monthly Coffee Huddle, but we can still work toward change from our own homes! Here are the latest topics from our friends from Postcard Fridays:

Among the many concerns regarding the CARES Act, the second in what will surely be an ongoing series of coronavirus relief bills, are the following:

  • It fails to provide significant aid to the nation’s public schools. Indeed, it prohibits state and local government employers, including school districts, from receiving the emergency sick leave and family leave benefits that the bill provided to private sector employers, including private schools. 
  • Though it includes some $400 million to help states conduct the 2020 election, it does not mandate the use of mail-in ballots.

Please phone or email a message on each issue to each recipient. For email, click on each comment page and copy and paste the message into the comment space.


Aid for Public Schools

Suggested Message

PUT AID FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE NEXT CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL. Such aid should include emergency sick leave and family leave benefits that private school employees already receive under the CARES Act. 

Recipients

Sen. Charles E. Schumer: 585-263-5866, 716-846-4111, or 202-224-6542; comment page

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: 585-263-6250, 716-854-9725, 202-224-4451; comment page

Rep. Joseph Morelle: 585-232-4850 or 202-225-3615; comment page

Rep. Brian Higgins; 716-826-2683 or 202-225-3306; comment page


Protect the 2020 Election

Suggested Message

SAVE THE 2020 ELECTION! In the next coronavirus relief bill, require all states to automatically send a mail-in a ballot to each and every registered voter (regardless of whether they affirmatively request one). And to provide early voting.

Recipients

Sen. Charles E. Schumer: 585-263-5866, 716-846-4111, or 202-224-6542; comment page

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: 585-263-6250, 716-854-9725, 202-224-4451; comment page

Rep. Joseph Morelle: 585-232-4850 or 202-225-3615; comment page

Rep. Brian Higgins; 716-826-2683 or 202-225-3306; comment page

Hannity Must Go

Hannity, Feb. 27: “They’re now sadly politicizing and actually weaponizing an infectious disease, in what is basically just the latest effort to bludgeon President Trump.”

Consider this sequence of events:

  • Feb. 21: News surfaces that President Trump was furious with aides for how they handled 14 Americans in Japan who had tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Feb. 23: “Fewer than 500 people from 43 states had been or are being tested for the virus,” according to Reuters.
  • Feb. 25: Vox rounded up the Trump administration’s failures in responding to coronavirus. “Trump says coronavirus is ‘under control.’ It’s not.”
  • Feb. 26: Trump named Vice President Pence to head the White House task force on coronavirus. “The president’s announcement, at a White House news conference, followed mounting bipartisan criticism that the administration’s response had been sluggish and came after two days of contradictory messages about the virus, which has infected more than 81,000 people globally, killing nearly 3,000,” reported the New York Times.
  • Feb. 27: Stat News noted U.S. testing inadequacies had frustrated health-care workers and political leaders.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/30/hannity-must-go/

In a column last week, Ben Smith of the New York Times placed the responsibility for this mess precisely where it belongs — in the inboxes of Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch and Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott. Opinionators like Hannity, argued Smith, respond to cues from the boss in the White House, not to their “nominal bosses” in the company.

Suggested message:

Hannity must go. There is ample evidence that he takes cues from President Trump and not FOX. He has no regard for the independence of the media, fairness, balance, or the truth. In the coronavirus pandemic his early messaging put lives in danger. He’ll do it again.

Addresses:

  1. CEO Lachlan Murdock     
  2. Chief Executive Robert Thomson   
  3. News CEO Suzanne Scott

Fox Corp. 

1211 Avenue of the Americas                            

New York, NY 10036

Car exhaust roll-back

The Trump administration this week is set to announce its final rule to roll back Obama-era automobile fuel efficiency standards, relaxing efforts to limit climate-warming tailpipe pollution and virtually undoing the government’s biggest effort to combat climate change.

The new rule, expected to be implemented by late spring, will roll back a 2012 rule that required automakers’ fleets to average about 54 miles per gallon by 2025. Instead, the fleets would have to average about 40 miles per gallon. To meet the new number, fuel economy standards would have to rise by about 1.5 percent a year, compared to the 5 percent annual increase required by the Obama rule. The industry has said it would increase fuel economy standards by about 2.4 percent a year without any regulation.

The new standard would lead to nearly a billion more tons of planet-warming carbon dioxide released and the consumption of about 80 billion more gallons of gasoline over the lifetime of the vehicles built during the terms of the rule, according to a recent draft of the plan.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/climate/trump-fuel-economy.htm

Suggested message:

Keep automobile fuel economy standards which protect our environment.  The Trump rollback ignores scientific evidence of the devastating effects of exhaust on climate. Unconscionable.

Addresses:

EPA

Andrew Wheeler

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20460

U.S. DOT

Sec. Elaine L. Chao

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE

Washington, DC 20590

Thank Yous

Dr. Anthony Fauci, 

Thank you for your endless work to keep the country safe, give people information to guide them and support your recommendations with accurate data.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Email: ocpostoffice@niaid.nih.gov (allow 7 to 10 working days for a reply)

Toll-Free: 866-284-4107

Local: 301-496-5717

TDD: 800-877-8339 (for hearing impaired)

Fax: 301-402-3573

Mail:

NIAID Office of Communications and Government Relations

5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9806

Bethesda, MD 20892-9806


To our New York State Officials

Message:

Thank you for all your efforts to keep the COVID-19 needs of (NYS or Monroe County) in the forefront while acknowledging the trauma faced by so many of our residents.

Addresses:

            Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS Capitol Bldg

Albany, NY 12224

          (Phone: 1-518-474-8390)  

Adam Bello

110 County Office Building

39 W. Main St.

Rochester, NY 14614

(Phone: 585 753-1000)

Michael Mendoza, MD

Monroe County Dept. of Public Health

111 Westfall Road  Rm 952

Rochester, NY 14620

Phone  585-753-2991


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