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Greetings AMERICAN Humans ---this one is for you
First of all, a friendly reminder that there is always more to a ballot than meets the eye. Initiatives and candidate histories are hugely important in setting the bar for welfare laws and conservation! It can be nice to look at endorsements or
but I honestly don't have full faith in the corporate-style non profits- so maybe take a minute to read some back and forth about what's being proposed in your state if you have a spare moment! 

NEXT I'd like to take a moment to share another very important thing you can use to democracy for today...PUBLIC COMMENTING

Ryan Zinke is currently trying to have a significant number of documents pertaining to environmental and species impact, land development, and resource extraction destroyed from the archives. THIS IS BAD. Read more about it here.
Basically, losing these documents would undermine accountability and necessary research to building a healthier, safer, biodiverse country. The only reason to request these be destroyed is to benefit from their destruction.....
PLEASE send a comment by November 26th to citing DAA-0048-2015-0003 about how this could personally affect you, your livelihood, and your future (remember everything affects you if you're an artist! you need mining records for your research! you need recovered species for your dancing!) 
I am also happy to share with you the message drafted by IFIAAR friend Charlie Macquaire, an archivist in the Bay and co-founder of Place Talks

Dear National Archives and Records Administration, 

I am writing to express concern with the proposal to allow the Department of the Interior to destroy certain records under schedule DAA-0048-2015-0003. 

As an archivist in a scientific institution and with an expertise in using archival information for scientific, public health, and public history research, I dispute many of the findings of "little or no research value," particularly in the areas of the following series: 
  • 0001: Endangered species recovery plan files and fish & wildlife data
  • 0002: Critical Habitat Case Files
  • 0003: Fish & Wildlife coordination act reports
  • 0004: Fish and wildlife surveys, critical habitat designation, and revocation case files
    • particularly glaring in this case is the erroneous claim that wildlife surveys and other tracking data are or little or no research value, given the widely-documented value of similar information contained in historical field notebooks for research on the environmental effects of climate change. A simple glance at the conference proceedings of both the Society of California Archivists and the Society of American Archivists for the last several years will show multiple panels on exactly this topic. 
  • 0005: Species Management Files
  • 0007 and 0008: Accounting, compliance, and administration records: federal files and Financial Reports/Summaries
  • 0009: Energy Application Case Files
  • 0010: Resource Lease Case Files and Power Management agreements
  • 0014: Short Term Land Use Activities, Recreational Use Statistics, and Wild Horse and Burro Operation Records
  • 0015: Land Title, Operations, and Realty
  • 0016: Planning and Wild Horse & Burro Adoptions
  • 0017: Land Use Permits, Leases, Reciprocal-Use and License Agreements
  • 0018: Land Status
  • 0020: Water Analysis and Water Use & Permitting
    • Particularly glaring in this case is the erroneous claim that bacteria and chemical analysis records are of little or no research value. Data on water quality -- including historical data -- is of paramount importance in allowing communities to maintain their own access to clean water, and such historical data allows to studies to better ascertain the long-term effects of various water contaminants. 
  • 0021: Non-Historic Water and Power Projects and Facilities
  • 0022: Water Project Contract, Engineering, and Water Quality. 
    • This is another area where the erroneous claim to little or no research value for water quality data is particularly glaring.
I urge you to reconsider the dispositions in this schedule and in the series listed above.

Thank you for your time,



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