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Dear GVCP Member,

This letter is from our friend Jill Gruber of C-27.  Please notice that Jill has included the GVCP newsletter in her announcement.  Greatly appreciated.  (Slightly shortened for clarity and to follow GVCP guidelines.)

Peace,

Arnie Matlin for GVCP


—— Forwarded Message
From: Jill Gruber <jillian5757@yahoo.com>
Subject: C27 next rally reminder & other news

UNABASHED PERSONAL PROMOTION – COME SEE ME MAKE A COMPLETE FOOL OF MYSELF IN Geneseo Community Players’ MUSIC MAN 7/13-15 – HINT: BLOOMERS & GREEK TOGA tickets online or in town – http://www.geneseo.edu/~gcp/
 
ENOUGH OF THIS FOOLISHNESS! BACK TO BIZ! –  SORRY THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS SO DISORGANIZED BUT ITS WORTH PLOWING THROUGH
 
WE SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENThttps://susanbanthonyhouse.org/VoteTilla/
 
NEXT RALLY REMINDER -7/10 & LOTS OF OTHER STUFF BELOW

C27 (Constituents of Congressional District 27)
MISSION – secure TOWN HALL with Rep Collins, 27th District, who has refused to hold one. Since 2/2017 we have rallied 16 times at Collins’ Geneseo office. Future rallies slated during congressional recesses.
  
PLEASE PASS ON! & confirm receipt of email we need to get our attendance NUMBER UP!
 
NEXT C-27 RALLY https://actionnetwork.org/events/c27-recess-rally-wheres-chris
WHEN – Monday, 7/10, 4-5PM
WHERE – 128 Main St. Geneseo
FOCUS/ACTIONS – ENVIRONMENT
& HEALTH CARE –
 
IMPORTANT – SEE BOTTOM OF THIS EMAIL – COLLINS RESPONSE TO MY DEMAND FOR HIS POSITION ON TRUMP’S PARIS ACCORD WITHDRAWAL & MY FOLLOW UP RESPONSE ABOVE HIS LETTER

PRE RALLY PREP
  1. demand Collins’ position on U.S. withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord
  email direct to Chris Catt, Collins’ Geneseo staff
  chris.catt@mail.house.gov
 
  2. Paris Climate Accord – NPR summary
  http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/01/531048986/so-what-exactly-is-in-the-paris-climate-accord
 
  3. John Oliver on the issue – enjoy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5scez5dqtAc
  6/1 Rally video – Collins’ B’Day card delivery & serenade by Erica Ravenwood
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq3ae4nJ4X4
  
 
NON C27 EVENTS/ACTION/NEWS

 ACTION
 
 SURJ – http://mailchi.mp/08172c0fefd7/racial-justice-events-in-july-233521?e=914e1f6208
 
  C27 PETITION FOR TOWN HALL- STALLED AT 253 SIGNATURES – LET’S GET THIS GOING AGAIN
  http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/requesting-town-hall-1?source=c.em&r_by=17948802
 
  GENESEO SUMMER LETTER WRITING SCHEDULE – GOODWILL COMMUNITY ROOM
  7/18 – 6pm
  8/1 – 4pm
  8/15 – 6pm
 
  HEALTHCARE – NY HEALTH ACT – single payer – Senate bill presently in committee – https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/S4840
  tell our Livingston Co. state senators to support this bill
  GALLIVAN (NYS Senate District 59) -https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/patrick-m-gallivan/contact
  YOUNG (NYS Senate District 57) -https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/catharine-young
 
ISSUES/EDUCATION
 
TRUMPBEAT from Nate Silver (538) -comes weekly by email – the best, most concise but thorough news source I get
this week – UPDATES FOR  IMMIGRATION, TAX REFORM, FEDERAL BUDGET, HEALTHCARE
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trumpbeat-immigration-arrests-are-swamping-the-court-system/

Collins in Washington Examiner – drug lobbyist, donor watch
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/chris-collins-self-proclaimed-millionaire-maker-wades-into-another-drug-lobby-fight/article/2622662
 
COLLINS INTERVIEW on spectrum news – http://wnypages.com/rep-chris-collins-speaks-after-art-show-coffee-club-meeting-and-protest-in-bata/
  


GVCP (Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace) NEWSLETTER:

GVCP Meeting – Sunday,  7/16, 1:00 PM (Lunch), 1:30 PM (Meeting) at Mae’s (formerly Omega) Restaurant, 4182 Lakeville Road Geneseo.

International Day of Peace Thursday, 9/21  4:00 – 7:00 PM  Ceremony at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 23 Main St Geneseo, celebrating the 45 years of GVCP with cooperative games and music.  Then walk to the SUNY Geneseo campus, where we will join with our sister group, Geneseo Peace Action, and participate in their event.  Check this webpage to see our event posted on the map: <http://internationaldayofpeace.org>

This Month’s Letters:  On September 14th, 2001 Rep. Barbara Lee cast the lone vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).  Bodies were still being removed from the World Trade Center, the American public was wild for revenge, and no other representative had the courage to vote No.  This is the bill that authorized the President to use force against nations, groups, or people involved in the 9/11 attacks.  The AUMF has been used to justify at least 37 different military actions since 2001.  As Rep. Lee stated, “Any administration can rely on this blank check to wage endless war.”

In late June 2017, in a surprise turn of events, the House Appropriations Committee approved Rep. Lee’s amendment to the annual Defense Appropriations Bill to repeal the authorization.  Of course, this is just the first step in a long process, but it’s a major step in the right direction, and it has bipartisan support in the House of Representatives.

Please write to your representative, telling her/him that you support Rep. Lee’s amendment.  Postal mailing address is U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC, 20515.  Check your representative’s website for e-mail address.  Also, please call Rep. Lee’s office  [(202) 225-2661] to thank her for her courage and tenacity in persisting with her efforts to support peace rather than war.


MY RESPONSE, SENT 7/4, TO COLLINS’ REPLY (below) TO MY LETTER ABOUT HIS POSITION ON TRUMP’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD

Thank you for responding to my concerns about your position on Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. In your response you, as did Trump, cited MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change as your reason for taking the position that the effort would be insignificant. I did some follow up research which refutes your reference to the above mentioned MIT program and am again asking the your respond.
 
http://news.mit.edu/2017/mit-issues-statement-research-paris-agreement-0602#.WTKTLWZpdUI.twitter

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608015/trump-misused-mit-research-in-reasons-for-ditching-climate-deal/
 


June 23, 2017
  
 Dear Ms. Gruber,
 
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Paris Agreement.  I appreciate hearing from you.  On December 12, 2015, the Paris Agreement was adopted at the 21
st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  The agreement aims to combat climate change on a global level by keeping the global temperature average no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and to mitigate environmental factors which would raise the global temperature by 1   degrees Celsius.  The 175 Parties who signed the agreement are required to submit their plans to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 2020, with five-year updates from then on.   On June 1, 2017, President Trump withdrew the United States from the flawed Paris Agreement.  This poorly negotiated agreement by the Obama Administration does little to address its stated goals and fails to provide appropriate enforcement mechanisms to those who do not fulfil their commitments.  The United States consistently pulls our own weight, and complies with the standards set by others.  Yet, our foreign counterparts do not do the same.  Their inactions place unwarranted risks on Americans, including job losses and lower incomes. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, the average global temperature would only be reduced by 0.2? by the year 2100 if all countries participating in the agreement complied with their pledge.  While some may make dire predictions because of climate change, many offer varying prognoses on just what temperature changes could mean. If President Trump decides to renegotiate the United States’ standing in the Paris Agreement, as he stated that he is open to do, he must ensure that all participants are placed on a level playing field, pay their fair share, and are held accountable when they do not abide by their pledges.  Please know I will continue to follow President Trump’s possible renegotiation of the Paris Agreement, and will keep your thoughts and concerns in mind as Congress considers legislation pertaining to energy production and environmental protection I appreciate you contacting my office regarding issues important to you and your family.  I hope you will consider signing up for my newsletter at www.chriscollins.house.gov <https://iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx?&cid=NY27CC&crop=14953.6045478.5199295.7797799&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.chriscollins.house.gov&redir_log=45210042824237> to stay up to date on the critical issues facing our country.
Sincerely,
  
CHRIS COLLINS
Member of Congress

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