Actions for Everyone
Protecting Workers: The Covid-19 Pandemic has made it very clear that society works because of its workers. With the added adjective “essential” many service workers, which are usually paid low wages, are in the frontlines of this crisis. Our nurses, our food industry, our postal workers, our clerks. These are the people society needs to protect and support the most in these trying times.
The House of Representatives just passed the HEROES Act which includes a $3 Trillion stimulus relief package that would allow to allocate benefits to healthcare workers, first responders, police, firefighters and more. It includes funds to help essential workers with child and adult care and even help with helping health workers pay student loans (I personally think they should just be pardoned, for everyone!). This bill also proposes another stimulus check! Trump says he foresees another round of checks but he isn’t considering it as part of this bill.
The Senate is saying they will halt this bill as soon as it hits the floor, because Mitch McConell hates everyone, but we need to support it and we need to call our representatives. Call your reps in the Senate and ask them to support this bill.
While you’re at it, ask them how they are planning to help workers in meat plants who are forced to work under Trump’s directions and also if Congress has any plans on how to deal with the animals that may be put down because of shutdowns in plants because of Corona virus outbreaks. Many animals may die in vain because of this.
They are set to discuss it after Memorial Day weekend.
Let’s talk bugs! – Summer is here and so are bugs. I love bugs, they are my favorite critters. Lately, news outlets have been feeding the public some scary stories about them and I’m here to dismantle this. Let’s stop the disinformation!
So, cicadas! Every year, we have Annual Cicadas, which are our screaming buddies who are green and scream on the treetops every summer, and then we have Periodical Cicadas who emerge from the ground every 13 or 17 years (it varies) to mate. It’s millions of them at the same time coming up from the ground, doing their metamorphosis, screaming for a while, mating and then dying, not before laying eggs for the next generation that will emerge in the next 13 to 17 years in the future. It’s truly fascinating!
But, I’ve seen many articles around warning people about this as if it is another threat that 2020 is imposing on humanity (like the Giant Asian Hornet ordeal). I’m here to say, it is not! AT ALL! Periodical Cicadas emerge almost every year in different parts of the country and nothing bad happens. If anything, you’ll get to witness an amazing natural wonder. You can learn more about Periodical Cicadas here!
And here are some Things That Made Me Smile this week:
Coyote Peterson showing up for Wolves! <3 (CW: Gruesome images of wolves eating deer)