Defend Our Parks t-shirts now available!

Defend Our Parks is proud to offer our first t-shirt for supporters who donate $25. 

To get yours, click on the “About Us” pull-down menu. Then click on “T-shirts” to get to the page that shows the shirt.  Click “Donate”. Fill out your information with your address and size, and make your donation.  The t-shirt is black with white lettering and an image. Our shirts ship free.

Here’s the front graphic:

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And here’s the back:

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How You Can Help Defend Our Parks in 2019

Are you looking for a way to stay active in progressive causes? Here’s how you can help Defend Our Parks in 2019:

The midterm elections are over. We worked hard, and we help defeat a couple of the parks’ enemies in Congress. Let’s forge ahead!

It’s time for Defend Our Parks activists to set goals for 2019 and prepare for the new 116th Congress. You can help. We have three goals:

  • First, we’ll continue to oppose the Anti-Parks Caucus members.

  • Second, now that we’re in a non-election year, we’ll concentrate on defeating the Anti-Parks Caucus’s bad bills that attack our public lands and wildlife.

We’ve chosen two strategies to use to defeat bad legislation: (1) recruiting a group of volunteers and (2) fundraising to get the money to run more ads.

First, recruiting a group of volunteers. We’re hoping to gather a talented group of volunteers to help Defend Our Parks in 2019. You could be one of them!

Soon, you’ll see a new page on this website about how to volunteer and what you’ll be asked to do as a volunteer in 2019.

Second, fundraising to get the money to run more ads. We’re going to give away t-shirts with the Defend Our Parks logo and mission statement in return for a donation of $25 or more. Soon, you’ll see a new page on this website dedicated to the t-shirt campaign. Our ads bought with these donations will oppose bad bills introduced in Congress.

  • Our third goal will be to organize for the 2020 election. We hope to defeat Donald Trump if he is still in office in 2020. And we hope in 2020 to flip the Senate to a Democratic majority while holding onto the majority in the House. We’d like to have volunteers in every Western state to work toward our goals in the 2020 election.

There’s a lot of work to do to save our public lands and wildlife from destruction. Bills and executive orders from the President, from Congress, from the Department of Interior, from Fish and Wildlife Service, and from Governors and state legislatures are targeting wolves, bears, bison, coyotes, and furbearers like lynx, fox, and wolverine for death.

We must stop this!

We need your help. Please consider becoming a volunteer for Defend Our Parks. Consider making a donation and wearing our t-shirts when they become available soon.

Join us in working to save our public lands and wildlife!

2018 Post Election Review

The midterm elections of 2018 that we anticipated and dreaded for so many months have come and gone. There was more good news than the Resistance could hope for: 40 new seats for Progressives in the U.S. House of Representatives and a switch from Republican to Democratic control. In January 2019, the Democratic majority can begin to undo some of the worst actions of the Trump Administration, and stop the pile of anti-parks bills and amendments that were introduced in the House during the first two years.

Many of the winners of Congressional races across the country were women and members of minority groups that have suffered under Republican domination. Two women who are Muslims, two women who are members of American Indian tribes, and two Latinas are among the new Representatives. Having the voices of groups that were missing from the House will be a good thing. We hope their voices will add to the voices of other environmentally conscious Representatives trying to stop the takeover of our public lands by industry and agriculture interests.

The election news was not all good for public lands. Eleven of the Anti-Parks Congresspeople were up for reelection or chose to run for different offices. Of those, seven won their contests. Rob Bishop (UT-1), Mark Amodei (NV-2), Liz Cheney (WY), Louie Gohmert (TX-1), Doug Lamalfa (CA-1), and Chris Stewart (UT-2) were reelected to the House. Another, Kevin Cramer (ND), gave up his House seat and ran for the U.S. Senate, defeating incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitcamp. One man, Raul Labrador (ID-1), was forced out by accusations of illegal activities. Another, Pete Sessions (TX-32) lost his bid for reelection. The final member of the group up for reelection, Steve Pearce (NM-2), gave up his House seat and ran for governor. He lost to a Democrat - a Latina.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate did not flip from Republican to Democratic. But it was close. As of Nov. 13, 2018, the Republicans hold 51 seats and the Democrats plus two Independents hold 47 seats. Two elections have not been decided and are headed for recounts. If they both go to Democrats, then the balance of power will remain unchanged: 51 to 49. If they split, it will be 52 to 48. If they both go to Republicans, it will be 53 to 47.