For Immediate Release
Protest to Urge Feinstein to Resist GOP Attacks on Wildlife, Civil Rights
Groups Demand Democrats Oppose Funding for Trump's Border Wall, Budget Riders to Defund Planned Parenthood, Gut Environmental Laws
SAN FRANCISCO - Constituents of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and members of the Center for Biological Diversity will gather outside her San Francisco office tomorrow at noon to demand that the senator and her Democratic colleagues resist right-wing attacks on wildlife and civil rights.
Tomorrow’s protest comes as President Trump and congressional Republicans are exploiting the federal budgetary process to try to include additional funding for Trump’s border wall and dangerous policy riders that would block funding of women’s reproductive health services and undermine the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws.
Congress must pass the continuing budget resolution by April 28 to avoid a government shutdown. Politicians in both major parties often exploit budget showdowns to attach riders on behalf of powerful interest groups. Feinstein last year used a budget rider to weaken protections for endangered salmon and delta smelt. Protesters tomorrow will demand a clean budget bill and unified Democratic opposition to Trump’s divisive agenda.
What: Rally calling on Feinstein and the rest of California’s representatives in Congress to strongly oppose attacks on wildlife and civil rights in the must-pass continuing budget resolution.
When: Tuesday, April 18 at noon
Where: Outside Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s district office, 1 Post Street, San Francisco
Who: The rally is being organized by the Center for Biological Diversity, MoveOn.org, Indivisible San Francisco and other groups.
“We need strong, unified resistance to Trump’s dangerous agenda. Feinstein and other Democrats must reject the border wall, defend Planned Parenthood, and protect our environment,” said Blake Kopcho, a political organizer with the Center. “Developers, ranchers and the oil industry are trying to use this budget showdown to undermine bedrock environmental laws. It won’t work if Feinstein and her colleagues stand firmly with their constituents.”
At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.