UCS ~~ Tell UPS: Stop Supporting Big Oil’s Front Group!




Tell UPS: Send a message to UPS

Tell UPS to lead the way on oil savings solutions and drop their support for Big Oil’s front group.

Take Action Today!


Dear Activist,

As one of the nation’s largest delivery companies—with more than 96,000 vehicles in its fleet—United Parcel Service (UPS) is making a difference in reducing oil use by improving the efficiency of its trucks. Yet UPS continues to support Fueling California, an oil-industry funded effort to derail California’s clean fuels policy.

California’s policies serve as a model for reduced oil use across the nation—encouraging reductions in global warming emissions for every gallon of fuel used, helping ensure that less fuel is burned for each mile driven, and guiding the development of “smart” cities that allow people to drive less.

The oil industry is doing everything it can to slow down a transition to cleaner fuels in an effort to protect their bottom line, and they’re betting they can fool Americans by hiding behind companies like UPS. UPS shouldn’t tarnish its fuel-efficient image by being a member of Fueling California.

UPS needs to hear from citizens like you who support companies that take reducing their oil use seriously. Tell UPS to live up to its reputation as a fuel-efficient leader and stop supporting efforts to derail progress for California and the rest of the country.

Take Action Today!


Rachel Cohen National Field Organizer Clean Vehicles Program Union of Concerned Scientists

Recycling ::: 5 Million Tons

In 2009 it was reported that this was the amount of trash produced by Americans between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  That is 25 percent more than we generate in a typical five or six-week period during the rest of the year … Consider what the numbers are today

**Reuse packaging material, some UPS stores accept clean peanuts for reuse

**Find eco-friendly places to recycle your Christmas Tree

**Use less envelopes..use ecards or postcards for the Holidays

**Ecyclewashington.org … Washington State and is free for residents & small businesses. They will take 3 items per day…computers, tv, monitors

Do Something to Help Heal our Environment !

Be a Seed for Change

Who supports workplace equality? Before you shop, read this …

Some businesses support LGBT workplace equality – and some don’t.

Which ones do you want to support when you’re out shopping around town?

With our new 2011 Buying for Workplace Equality guide and iPhone app, it’s easier than ever to find out where companies stand on workplace equality.

Browse the online version or download a free copy! >> http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/site/R?i=6eRH2GMGcCH_tExeBbTgCw..

From clothing to computers to kids’ stuff, from the latest hairstyles to the grocery aisles, we’ve collected data on hundreds of businesses. And some of the differences between companies selling similar products and services might surprise you:

Macy’s (100%) vs. Saks (30%*)

Staples (100%) vs. Office Depot (45%)

Nike (100%) vs. Adidas/Reebok (15%*)

UPS (100%) vs. FedEx (80%) vs. DHL (30%*)

Whole Foods (85%) vs. Trader Joes (15%*)

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (100%) vs. Pottery Barn/West Elm (30%*)

Take a Sneak Peak inside …click on link below


Get the iPhone app:click on link below


Text SHOP and the company or product name to: 30644 click on link below and check it out


In today’s economy, it’s vital that we support the companies, products, and brands that have equal workplace practices for the LGBT community. As you look for that perfect pair of shoes or a great gift for a loved one this Valentine’s Day, you can use the information in this guide to help make your shopping decisions.

Check out the online guide, download a free copy, or get all the info on your phone.


Thanks, and happy shopping!


Joe Solmonese


* This year, HRC has provided an estimated score to businesses that have not, after repeated attempts, responded to the survey. An estimated score is reflective of the information that HRC has been able to collect without help or input from a business. Learn more here.  http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/site/R?i=SnBpYTtfnITdrpf0M7dH6w..

Congress: the Senate works for Americans -the Republican led House returns 2/8/2011

the Senate Convenes at 10:30amET February 1, 2011  —Tuesday

Morning Business until 12:30pm.

Recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 2:15pm the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.223, FAA Authorization.

Senators will be notified when any roll call votes are scheduled.

The following amendments are pending to S.223, FAA Authorization:

– Stabenow #9 (1099 Reporting)

McConnell #13 (Health Care Repeal)

There will be no roll call votes this evening.

The managers of the bill and leadership on both sides of the aisle will work on an agreement to dispose of the pending amendments tomorrow. The Senate will consider the FAA Authorization bill for debate only for the remainder of the night.

Unanimous Consent:

Passed S.188, a bill to designate the United States courthouse under construction at 98 West First Street, Yuma, Arizona, as the “John M. Roll United States Courthouse”.

Harry Reid &Senate Democrats

During August, Democrats Focus On Jobs While Republicans Push More Breaks For CEOs Who Ship American Jobs Overseas

While Republicans continued to protect tax breaks for CEOs who ship American jobs overseas, Democrats spent August focused on strengthening the economy and creating jobs that will stay in America:


Alaska Daily News: “UPS Plans Fewer Furloughs Than Originally Announced.” “Concern that the replacement pilots will be based in Anchorage but not live here prompted a sharp complaint from U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, who told UPS in a letter that it is ‘outsourcing jobs.’”


Alaska Journal of Commerce: “UPS Reduces Furloughed Pilots; 14 of 84 Alaska Flyers Keep Jobs.” “Major air freight player United Parcel Service announced last week that it would reduce the number of pilots it would furlough by 70, from 300 to 230. Alaska’s congressional delegation has also been involved. U.S. Sen. Mark Begich sent UPS CEO Scott Davis a letter May 22 detailing his concerns with the furloughs.



Ecoinstitution.com: “California Senator Tours Green Facility.”US Senator Barbara Boxer who also chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has always been instrumental in the creation of clean energy jobs and as well as in brawling against global warming. Recently, Senator Boxer visited the manufacturing plant and global headquarters of Capstone Turbine Corporation at Chatsworth, California.”


Fresno Bee: “Boxer Touts Stimulus Money For Buses.” Sen. Barbara Boxer on Tuesday visited the Fresno Unified School District’s transportation yard, where she touted the use of federal stimulus money to replace aging diesel buses with ones powered by compressed natural gas.”


San Francisco Gate: “Feinstein Seeks Ideas On Manufacturing, Jobs.” “Got any ideas about how to keep manufacturing in this country, and the jobs that go with them? If so, Dianne Feinstein wants to hear from you. At least that’s what she told the 400 executives Wednesday at a Silicon Valley Leadership Group lunch with California’s senior senator. ‘I’m asking for your help in crafting an overriding industrial policy, which this country clearly lacks,’ she told the gathering, hosted by Santa Clara chipmaker Marvell Technology Group Ltd.”


San Jose Mercury News: “The Insider: Bullet-Train Euphoria in San Francisco.” “On Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Boxer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and other honchos gathered for the groundbreaking of the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, which will serve as the Bay Area terminus of the state’s bullet train. ‘History will write that high-speed rail and a new engine for job creation and economic growth in California began today, with the groundbreaking of this project,’ Newsom said in a statement provided by Singer Associates, the San Francisco public relations firm last seen in San Mateo County touting the demolition and redevelopment of Bay Meadows racetrack.”



KJCT8: “Udall Visits Colorado Nat’l Monument.” US Senator Mark Udall spent the Labor Day holiday touring Western Colorado. He spent time Monday at the Colorado National Monument, taking a look at what federal stimulus money has paid for. Trail crews took him on a short hike near the Visitor’s Center. He got to see the work they have been doing to repair eroded trails. They are making the trails safer and more pleasant for people to use. All of the crew members were given jobs at the Monument thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Monument has received about $250,000 in federal stimulus funding since early 2009.”


KWGN: “RTD Breaks Ground On DIA Rail Line.” “After years of anticipation and planning, construction crews finally broke ground Thursday on a train line that will carry passengers to and from Denver International Airport. RTD executives and elected officials, including Denver major John Hickenlooper, Aurora mayor Ed Tauer, U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette and Ed Permutter, and Sen. Mark Udall were on-hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place on the south end of DIA’s Jeppesen Terminal. Planners say the project will create 10,000 new jobs.



The Cape Gazette: “Federal Legislators Announce Up To $4 Million For Small Businesses In Delaware.” Sen. Tom Carper and Sen. Ted Kaufman recently announced two Delaware businesses have been selected to receive up to nearly $4 million in federal grants for innovative research projects. Compact Membrane Systems Inc. in Newport and Elcriton Inc., in Newark were selected for the awards on the basis of the scientific and technical merit of their proposals.”


Delaware State News: “Police Departments Celebrate $5 Million In Funding.” Twenty-four addition­al police officers are patrolling Delaware streets thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Nine Delaware police departments re­ceived more than $5 million to fund 24 officers through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Recovery Program for three years. “I often say that federal investment in local law enforcement is ‘a two-fer’ — not only does it keep our families safe, it creates good-paying jobs for quality public servants at the same time,” Sen. Edward “ Ted” Kaufman, D-Del, said. “It is a great day when we can announce that 24 new police officers have joined Delaware’s law enforcement community in helping to keep Delaware safe,” Sen. Carper said.”


Dover Post: “Federal Grant Will Assist Local Small Farmers.” “Thanks to a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, DSU will be able to lend its expertise to more local, small-scale farmers like Truitt. Sen. Tom Carper, who was on hand for the grant announcement at DSU Aug. 17, said the funding will shore up an important base of Delaware’s economy. ‘We need DSU to be the locomotive, the economic engine,’ he said. ‘We especially need that in central and southern Delaware.’”



Des Moines Register: “Vote In Congress Could Bring Millions For Schools.” “Iowa school districts are likely to get about $96 million in federal money that would be used exclusively for salaries for teachers and other school employees, education officials said Monday. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday that the money would pay for salaries for about 1,500 school district employees in Iowa.


Omaha World Herald: “Harkin Joins Others In Backing Jobs, Education Bill.” Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) was joined by Governor Chet Culver, Representative Leonard Boswell (D-IA) and Branden Oliver, a music teacher in the Des Moines Public School District who was laid off and later rehired, today at a press conference to discuss legislation that will help to prevent major teacher layoffs in the coming school year.”



Cecilwhig.com: “Cardin Promises Action On Economy During Visit.” Cardin added that Congress is hoping to support small businesses though the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, a bill awaiting a vote in the Senate. It would reward banks that supply loans to small businesses and extend tax relief to small businesses by allowing them to write off some equipment costs, he said. Cardin said he doesn’t think the current political climate will change the effectiveness of the Congress, which is due back in session next week. “I think we will have to work together to get the job done, but the job is too important to leave unfinished,” he said. “Our No. 1 priority is getting people back to work.


CSPAN: “Video: Senator Cardin’s Health Care Town Hall.”


Cumberland Times News: “ARC Grants To Help FSU, Mountain Ridge.” “Frostburg State University plans to expand its Nanotechnology Lab, and Mountain Ridge High School plans to upgrade Internet services, thanks to grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission. To be matched by $49,000 from the university, the funds will help buy new equipment, hire trained instructors, and develop outreach programs, according to a press release from U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin.


Cumberland Times News: “Garrett College Unveiling Training Center To Public.” “Kevin Haenftling, a student participating in Garrett Engineering and Robitics Society camp at the Career Technology Training Center in Accident, demonstrates a robot used in competition as U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, and Garett County Commissioner Fred Holliday look on Friday afternoon. Cardin visited the new facility, and announced a $400,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant to design and construct a flexible trades laboratory.


Datacenter Dynamics: “US Social Security Administration To Locate Data Center In Maryland.” “The agency that administers the US federal social insurance program has chosen the South Atlantic State of Maryland to locate its new 300,000 sq ft data center, according to local news reports. Two Maryland senators, Democrats Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, have been lobbying for the facility to be built in the state, expecting it to create about 250 jobs in whichever of the two communities the administration finally chooses. Most of the $750m project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is slated for completion by October 2013.”


The Hagerstown Herald Mail: “Cardin Visits HCC With Job-Training Check In Hand.” U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., stopped by Hagerstown Community College on Monday to hand over a ceremonial check for the school’s alternative energy job-training program that he said can help the local work force compete for future jobs. The $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor was announced in June.”


Salisbury Daily Times: “Cardin Touts Health Reform To Seniors.” Maryland U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin wants seniors to know that the health care reform law will improve their medical coverage. That was his message Tuesday in a presentation to about 60 people at the MAC Inc. building in Salisbury.”


The Star Democrat: “Campaign 2010 Cardin Visits Cambridge Health Center.” U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., a leading supporter of efforts to expand federally qualified health centers, visited the Cambridge Dental Center and the Fassett-Magee Health Center Tuesday afternoon to congratulate the Choptank Community Health System (CCHS) on receiving a $1 million grant through the Federal Investment Program to expand dental services.”



Enterprise News: “Sen. Kerry Meets With Brockton Officials, Seniors.” Kerry made two stops in Brockton on Tuesday. After the senior picnic, he met for about an hour with several local officials about education, housing, public safety and other issues facing Brockton.”



Associated Press: “US Sen. Stabenow To Tour Detroit Farmers Market” U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow plans a visit to Detroit to talk about and see healthy foods. The Lansing Democrat is to tour the city’s Eastern Market on Thursday afternoon. It’s to follow a discussion with community leaders about the role organizations are playing in the promotion of economic development through healthy foods. Stabenow sits on the Senate Agriculture Committee.”


Connectmidmichigan.Com: “Manufacturing Jobs Open In Traverse City.” “If you’re looking for a job and have a background in the manufacturing industry get your resume together. At least 75 new jobs are going to be up for grabs at Skilled Manufacturing in Traverse City. Today Senator Carl Levin came to the plant and announced two federal loans that will pay for the business to expand.”


Detroit News: “Michigan Pilot Program Will Go National.” “In the afternoon, Locke and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow met with more than 100 business leaders to discuss increasing exports during a forum at Troy-based Automation Alley, the state’s largest technology consortium. The participation of small and medium-size businesses is vital to meeting President Barack Obama’s national goal of doubling exports in the next five years, Locke said.”


Jackson Citizen Patriot: “U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow Rallies With Eaton Corp. Workers For Boeing To Receive Major Aviation Contract.” U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow joined executives from Boeing at an employee rally at Eaton Corp. in Jackson this morning to support Boeing’s bid for an estimated $35 billion defense contract with the U.S. Air Force. More than 350 Eaton employees and community leaders attended the event on the lawn of Eaton’s facility.”


Keweenaw Now: “Sen. Levin Speaks At Small Business Roundtable In Houghton.” U.S. Senator Carl Levin was a guest speaker at the Aug. 20 Small Business Roundtable Meeting with the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) in Houghton. The purpose of the visit, according to Phil Musser, KEDA executive director, was to talk about small business issues. The Senator also spoke briefly to the media and individual constituents after the meeting.”


Mining Gazette: “Sen. Levin Speaks On Small Business Issues.” “U.S. Sen. Carl Levin touted federal efforts to help the economy, including a small business jobs bill stalled in the Senate, during a meeting on small business issues in Houghton Friday morning. Levin, D-Mich., asked business owners and other local leaders to keep up pressure on national business groups about the bill, which he said will facilitate the flow of credit to small businesses.


Presque Isle County Advance: “Senator Stabenow Touts Green Economy At UAW Center.”A panel discussion at UAW Family Education Center met Monday afternoon to discuss Michigan’s new green economy and green jobs, with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow as the keynote speaker. The panel included stakeholders from business, education and training, labor, environmental and community organizations. ‘This event is dedicated to transforming our ideas into action and building a revitalized green economy that creates good jobs and preserves Michigan’s economic and environmental security,’ said Brenda Archambo, Michigan outreach consultant from the National Wildlife Federation, sponsor of the event. Archambo, who was the emcee, is widely known for her work with Sturgeon for Tomorrow.”



KSFY: “Senator Franken Visits SW Minnesota.” Senator Al Franken made a visit to southwest Minnesota today visiting several places and we caught up with him at Newport Laboratories discussing the economic development of the area. Senator Al Franken says, ‘The goal really is, the goal should be all over the country and every field which is to create jobs for young people, 21st century education for 21st century jobs and that’s what they are doing here.’”


Minnesota Public Radio: “Broadband Summit Asks How To Close Rural Digital Divide.” A summit focusing on rural broadband access drew a standing-room-only audience on Tuesday at the University of Minnesota. It was organized by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and featured FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.”


West Central Tribune:  “Franken Hears Pitch For Local, Co. Renewable Energy Plans.” “When Sen. Al Franken goes back to Washington, D.C., local energy leaders hope he has Kandiyohi County at the top of his list when it comes to renewable energy projects that need federal funding. During a 1½-hour meeting Tuesday in Willmar, Franken heard presentations from six area individuals heavily involved with a unique variety of renewable energy projects.

September 10, 2010

Reid Spokesman: Does Michael Steele Speak For Senate Republicans On Small Businesses?

Washington, DC – Jim Manley, spokesman for Nevada Senator Harry Reid, released the following statement today in reaction to comments from Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele regarding America’s small businesses:

“It sounds like Michael Steele is speaking for every Senate Republican who has yet to support the small business jobs bill that Democrats are fighting for.  Our bill gives small businesses additional lines of credit that Chairman Steele and Republicans deem unnecessary and it provides small businesses with $55 billion in tax relief.

“Republicans like Michael Steele who refuse to support this bill are either not paying attention or simply out-of-touch with the economic struggles that America’s small businesses are facing.”

September 9, 2010

Reed, Merkley Join Small Business Owner To Discuss Democrats’ Efforts To Fight For Small Businesses

Washington, DC— Senators Jack Reed and Jeff Merkley joined Oregon small business owner Jose Gonzalez on a conference call today to underscore how Democrats are fighting to support America’s small businesses and help them create jobs.  Senate Democrats are trying to pass legislation that would provide additional lines of credit for small businesses and accelerate $55 billion in tax cuts to small businesses so they can create jobs.   While Democrats are fighting to give this support to small businesses, almost all Senate Republicans have opposed this assistance that would put middle-class Americans back to work.  When Congress returns next week, Democrats’ top priority will be to pass this critical assistance for America’s small businesses.

“Small businesses deserve help, and Democrats are trying to help them thrive by making sure they can get loans and cutting their taxes for new employees and investments that will allow them to grow their businesses,” said Senator Reed.  “Every time we propose a pro-small business bill, the Republicans throw up procedural roadblocks to thwart getting the economy back on track.  That kind of opposition is unfortunate for small businesses who need this kind of common-sense policy.”

“Many of America’s small businesses are ready and willing to create jobs, but they lack access to the capital they need to expand,” said Senator Merkley.  “The Small Business Jobs Act will help small business owners get the credit they need to grow as well as timely and targeted tax relief.  If job creation is a priority – and I believe every senator agrees that it is – the Senate needs to pass this bill next Tuesday.”

“I know a lot of local business owners through my own business and through my associations,” said Jose Gonzalez, owner of Tu Casa Real Estate in Salem, Oregon.  “Of the businesses I know that remain standing, I would say more than half want to expand on an idea or a niche they found in the last year or two. It’s having access to capital and financing that will help them grow. The opportunity is there right now, they just can’t take advantage of it because they’re struggling to get a loan. I hope this proposal to expand lending to small businesses through community banks will win broad support on all sides of the aisle.”

September 11, 2010

Reid Statement On Anniversary Of September 11 Attacks

Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today in advance of the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:

“On a bright and clear Tuesday morning nine years ago, we watched with shock and horror as over three thousand Americans lost their lives in the worst terror attack in our nation’s history. Because of the cowardly actions of a few terrorists, Americans will always look to this day with a mixture of grief, anger, and resolve to defeat those who perpetrated this deadly act.

“I will always remember the images of courageous first responders rushing into burning buildings, facing almost certain death to save their fellow Americans, and working tirelessly to rescue survivors and clean up the damage in the weeks and months that followed.  And we were all touched by the stories of every day Americans on the planes that were attacked who stared evil in the face to spare countless lives.  The patriotism demonstrated in every corner of this nation reinforced our belief that love of country knows no political affiliation — we are all Americans first and foremost.  And today, we stand on the shoulders of these American heroes.

“Those who attacked us in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania that day thought they could strike permanent fear in the heart of our nation.  They were wrong.  We will defeat them and will continue to defend our freedom, our values, and our country.”