Actions for Everyone
The pandemic seems to be reaching some type of plateau, a stimulus bill was passed (not the best but it’s better than what we had), more people are getting vaccinated everyday and our days are slightly brighter as spring approaches. Lets keep the momentum up!
Make some seed bombs! – It’s the perfect time to make some seed bombs with your friends/family and go around spreading the joy; please make sure to use native seeds to ensure biodiversity and conservation. Here is a little tutorial.
Women’s History Month and voting rights – This year is a continuation of last year’s theme, which was interrupted by the pandemic declaration: Valiant Women of the Vote. 2020 marked the centennial of women’s right to vote in the US, even though it left BIPOC women out of their voting rights till mid-century. You can read more about this year’s theme here.
Congress is currently starting a debate to pass the For The People Act; that focuses on voting accessibility, election security, cuts down on partisan gerrymandering and more; all measures that will promote the vote for BIPOC communities. The Republicans are opposed to these changes and they will be fighting against these changes, so we must keep our eyes peeled for when the bill is up for a vote in the Senate; since it already passed in the House.
Gun Safety bill: The House recently passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act; a bill that requires “a background check on every gun sale or transfer, with carefully defined exceptions for gifts to family members, and temporary transfers for hunting, target shooting, and self-defense. It would require unlicensed gun sellers to use the same National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS), which is managed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), that licensed dealers use” according to the gun safety group Giffords.
It’s now up to the Senate to pass the bill’s companion legislation; the Background Checks Expansion Act. A similar legislation was proposed before but was shut down by the Senate lead by Mitch McConnell; but the new leadership and new Democrat administration could change the outcome of this bill that is supported by the majority of Americans. So lets call those Senators!
You can text UNIVERSAL to 34131 to call your senators and tell them to support universal background checks.