January 2017 Meeting Notes

People present: Alison Drury Aldrich, Peter Rolnick, Linda Quinn, Miriam Kashia, Del Holland, Cara Keller, Kai Hedstrom, Eric Johnson, Barbara Eckstein, Jim Throgmorton, Janet Pollard

Eric shared some advice on talking to others about carbon fee & dividend.
◦ Be careful about reiterating misinformation. For example, if someone claims that Barack Obama is a muslim, say “He was baptized on such-and-such a date…” as opposed to saying “Obama is not a muslim.” The second phrase, in spite of the word “not”, reinforces a connection between the word “Obama” and the word “muslim”; the first replaces the misinformation with correct information.
◦ A conservative value is purity as in “the purity of American family values”. Thus an appeal to the purity of the Earth and of nature can help conservatives connect with what we are trying to do.
◦ Pride in our National Parks is a conservative value; Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, started the National Park system.

Though she was not at the meeting, Cheryl Miller let us know that she will call City Hall to get an update on selecting a technical consultant for the City’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, and that she and Brandon Jennings will work with the City on the planning process. The consultant proposals were due on 1/20. Jim pointed out the City will recruit members for the planning committee, which will be five stake-holders plus five at-large members. We all thought it would be good if Cheryl applied to be one of the at-large members to represent our organization.

We talked about what each of us plans to do before next month’s meeting. Commitments included working on projects such as the 5k Run/Walk, joining CCL and CCL-Community, bringing snacks to events, and writing to members of Congress.

We listened to the CCL Monthly Call:
◦ Yoram Bauman talking about the failed effort to get a mostly revenue-neutral carbon tax passed in the the state of Washington (Ballot Measure 732). One of the issues he raised is that there was a lot of push back from the left, because many of those left-leaning groups didn’t like the revenue-neutrality part (personally, I translate that to: Many of those groups didn’t understand the revenue-neutrality part). Yoram said they hadn’t done a good job of reaching out to those left-leaning constituences before hand. That led to the suggestion that we should be reaching out to organizations such as the Black Voices Project, the Center for Worker Justice, the City Federation of Labor, and the Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition, both to learn about the concerns of these groups, and to familiarize them with the connections between the issue of climate change and minority and worker rights and affordable housing. (I remind us that our website says “we are bound by human compassion to work towards social justice for those most greatly affected by our failure to” “protect this world on which all life depends”.) [Since then, I have contacted the Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition and will attend their meeting Jan 26–thanks Jim for the heads up!] A related suggestion: We could do a tabling event as part of the Juneteenth celebration, perhaps connecting climate change and refugees.
◦ Executive Director Mark Reynolds urged us all to call our Member of Congress this month to express our support for Carbon Fee & Dividend–get the new Congress started off on the right foot.

It was suggested that we connect with parts of District 02 other than the Iowa City Area, and make that part of our connection with Congressman Loebsack.
We did not get a chance to talk about endorsing–perhaps we will do that at our next meeting.

Spring Lobby Drive:
◦ Eric will make arrangements for us to meet locally with both Representative Loebsack (district 02) and Representative Blum (district 01) (or their staff members) during March or April as part of CCL’s national drive. This is a great opportunity to get your feet wet meeting with Congressional offices. If you are new to this, don’t worry, we will give you lots of help getting ready. If you would like to participate, let Eric know (eric.d.johnson@gmail.com). NOTE: If you live in district 01, your presence is especially valuable in a meeting with Blum!
We talked about upcoming events:
◦ Next meeting: Saturday February 11, 11 am – 1 pm, Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street, Coralville.
◦ Fundraiser at Uptown Bill’s with the Sierra Club, Sunday March 5, 2 – 4 pm, music and snacks! Miriam will bring some snacks, other snack providers needed! Contact me (prolnick@truman.edu) if you’d like to help–WE NEED A FEW MORE PEOPLE TO BRING DELICIOUS SNACKS!.
◦ CCL North Wind Regional Conference
▪ Iowa Lakeside Lab, Okoboji, March 17-19 (Friday evening public presentation, conference Saturday all day, Sunday ’til noon)
▪ We looked at a proposed agenda for the Conference. Anyone wishing to contribute ideas and/or volunteer Paul Thompson (paul@coolplanetmn.org – he is one of the Regional Coordinators).
▪ Thus far Peter, Barbara, Del, another Barb, me and possibly Miriam are going. Peter and Del both have cars. If you are going let me know (prolnick@truman.edu), and let me know also if you need or can offer a ride.
◦5k Run/Walk in honor of Barbara Schlacter, Aprill 22 (Earth Day)
▪https://runforvictimsofclimatechange.org/
▪Eric has been working hard gathering sponsors for the event.
◦June CCL Conference and Lobby Day in DC:
▪The 2017 CCL/CCE conference and lobby day is set for June 11-13 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Registration is now open. As with this year’s conference and lobby day, there will be a limited number of lobbying slots, so be sure to register early if you plan to meet with congressional offices. If you want to go YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE MAY 26.
▪You can register either for just the conference or for both the conference and lobbying; the cost is the same ($129 now, goes up later). If you do the lobbying, you need to do the training if you haven’t done it before, and you can sign up for sign up for that training at the conference. To register, go to: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/2017-ccl-conference/.
▪Prior to the conference (in Washington, D.C., June 7-10, 2017) there will be an “Advanced Policy Boot Camp” to “enhance [your] ability to engage with the more technical aspects of greenhouse gas mitigation policy, will be able to serve as a resource for [your] local group of climate advocates, and will increase [your] ability to make strategic advocacy decisions.” If you are interested let me know (prolnick@truman.edu) and I will pass registration information along when it becomes available.
◦November CCL Conference and Lobby Day in DC, exact days to be announced.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU WRITE A LETTER TO A MEMEMBER OF CONGRESS, GET A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OR AN OP-ED PUBLISHED IN A PAPER, OR DO ANY KIND OF CCL OUTREACH EVENT PLEASE LET ME KNOW (prolnick@truman.edu). CCL tracks these things–the information helps with fundraising and other things.

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Here are some ways to volunteer, some very simple, some more challenging, with links to related information:

◦ Join Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) (if you haven’t done so already).
▪ Go to http://citizensclimatelobby.org/ and click on the red button on the upper right.
◦ Sign up for CCL-Community (if you haven’t done so already). You need to already be a member of CCL.
▪ Go to https://community.citizensclimatelobby.org, and click on the green “register” button.
◦ Write a letter to your Representative or your Senator.
▪ For information about how to do this, go to: http://cclusa.org/call.
▪ For a really quick way to write or call your member of congress go to cclusa.org/write or
◦ Write a letter to the editor or an op-ed to one of the following:
▪ Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://www.press-citizen.com/)
Send as email to mailto:opinion@press-citizen.com
▪ The Gazette (http://www.thegazette.com/)
Go to http://www.thegazette.com/letter-submissions; there are instructions and a form to fill out.
▪ The Daily Iowan (http://daily-iowan.com/)
Contact Marcus Brown at mailto:marcusvbrown@gmail.com or (319) 335-5863.
▪ The Corridor Business Journal (https://www.corridorbusiness.com/)
Send as email to mailto:johnl@corridorbusiness.com
▪ For general information about writing letters to the editor or op-eds, go to: https://community.citizensclimatelobby.org/cclu/writing-a-letter-to-a-member-of-congress/
◦ Arrange a tabling event.
▪ For information on how to do this, go to: https://community.citizensclimatelobby.org/cclu/tabling-101/
◦ Meet with a business, church, synagogue or other institution you are familiar with to see if they will endorse Congressional action on climate change.
▪ For general information about gathering endorsements, go to https://community.citizensclimatelobby.org/endorser-program/.


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