Action 1: Ban Bump Stocks
(estimated time: one-half to 1 day)
On Tuesday, May 1st, please join Connecticut Against Gun Violence at the State Capital Building in supporting the bills to ban bump stocks and ghost guns in CT. This is our chance to show our representative leaders what we stand for and encourage them to pass some common sense gun laws in our state and strengthen Connecticut’s commitment to a safe society! Connecticut Against Gun Violence requests that those attending the event wear orange and meet on the 2nd floor of the Capitol Building (10 AM to 5 PM), outside the entrance to House chamber, or come to the 4th level public gallery. Please see their Facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1674188349342024/
Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to ask their legislators to support H.B. 5540 and H.B. 5542 using the following form: http://www.cagv.org/ask-your-state-legislators-to-vote-yes-to-ban-bump-stocks-and-regulate-ghost-guns/#/105/
Action 2: Oppose Fisheries Deregulation
(estimated time: 3 minutes)
Please contact Congressman Joe Courtney and ask him to oppose HR 200, a house bill that would weaken protections on commercial fisheries nationwide. The following information comes from RUM friend Dr. Peter Auster, Senior Research Scientist, Mystic Aquarium, Sea Research Foundation and Research Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Marine Sciences, UConn.
Rep. Don Young’s H.R. 200 would:
- Represent a significant step backward and hinder federal fisheries managers’ ability to rebuild and maintain sustainable fish stocks.
- Threaten the law’s strong accountability and responsible management measures – including the requirement to use science-based fishing catch limits.
- Threaten the scientific integrity of the stock assessment process.
H.R. 200 is the wrong foundation for reauthorizing Magnuson-Stevens! We can’t go back to the bad old days in the 1980s and ’90s, when poor management caused so many fisheries to collapse – taking jobs and businesses with them.
Tell Congress: Oppose H.R. 200. Our fisheries need science-based management for our fishing communities to thrive. ACT NOW!
Sample email or letter to Joe Courtney
Please oppose HR 200 and similar legislation that significantly weakens our existing bedrock fisheries legislation. Fish populations and their habitats have significantly improved all over the country due to the provisions of the current law. HR 200 reverses over a decade of progress. While many fisheries off New England remain in poor condition, the tools to fix these problems are in the current law. Thank you for your consideration.
Contact info for Congressman Joe Courtney:
or call (860) 886-0139
A similar bill, S1520, is being proposed in the Senate, so if you have time, please contact Senators Murphy and Blumenthal as well.
Please oppose S1520 and similar legislation that significantly weakens our existing bedrock fisheries legislation. Fish populations and their habitats have significantly improved all over the country due to the provisions of the current law. These include benefits to recreational fisheries. S1520 reverses over a decade of progress. While recreational fisheries have conflicts with commercial activities and across states, the tools to fix these problems are in the current law. Thank you for your consideration.
Contact info for Senator Chris Murphy:
or call (860) 549-8463
Contact info for Senator Richard Blumenthal:
or call (860) 258-6940
Action 3: Support National Popular Vote
(estimated time: 3 minutes)
Contact Heather Somers by phone or email and ask her to vote yes on HB-5421, which provides for Connecticut’s Electoral College votes to be cast for whoever wins the national popular vote in the presidential election.
Contact info for State Senator Heather Somers
or call 1 (800) 842-1421