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John Stewart

Get Involved: The 5-Minute Activist

There are many ways you can become involved for as little as 5 minutes a month.  Please take a few minutes to look over the following list of opportunities.  Activism is you being active in protecting your rights.  Activism starts with ACT.

5 Minutes a Month --
-- Leave a copy of your club or association newsletter at work.
-- Put a note about your club activities in the company newsletter.
-- Call or send an e-mail to your elected official.
-- Write a contribution check to a political action fund.
-- On your next trail ride, stop and pick up a broken bottle or crushed can.

15 Minutes a Month --
-- Call new club members to welcome them and ask them to get involved.
-- Write a "Dear Legislator" letter on a critical issue.
-- Write a Letter to a public official to preserve recreation opportunities.
-- Write a Letter to the Editor about recreation issues.
-- Leave your campsite cleaner than you found it.

1-2 Hours a Month --
-- Write several letters to representatives and local newspaper editors.
-- Get to know your local legislator.
-- Become more active in your local club.
-- Take membership applications and newsletters to libraries and stores.
-- Attend a local Planning Board meeting.
-- Attend a BLM or Forest Service Public Comment meeting.

3-5 Hours a Month --
-- Join a campaign to clean up a campsite or trail.
-- Participate in a club or association committee.
-- Work with the political committee to elect recreation supportive candidates to office.
-- Volunteer on a phone bank.
-- Work at a community outreach booth on a weekend.
-- Take a friend on a club or association outing

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John Stewart

As a new year begins, what is next?

A new year is just around the corner.  As 2016 slips into history, it leaves behind a contentious, tumultuous time.  Are those contentious and tumultuous times a footnote in history?  What will the new year bring?

January 6 ushers in a new Congressional session, the 115th seating of a Congress in the history of the constitutional republic of the United States of America.  January 20th is set for the inauguration of the 45th President in the history of the constitutional republic of the United States of America.

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John Stewart

Election Day 2016: Don’t Sit This One Out

Your preferred candidate may or may not have won their party’s nomination.  Either way, you must vote on Nov. 8.

In 2016, for the first time ever, some candidates running for office are attacking our Second Amendment rights rather than talking about enforcing our current laws and locking up criminals who misuse firearms. The balance of the Supreme Court is at stake.

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Audrey Mason

Why I Fight to Preserve Everyone’s Off-Roading Right

Pack it in, Pack it out OR Lose the Right to use it!
The Sad but Real Truth about the Endangered Off-Road Lifestyle

Hi, my name is Audrey Mason.  I have been an active off-roader my entire life. I currently ride a Honda 400ex, and cruise in an YJ jeep with my husband K.J. Mason. I was introduced to SDORC, a non-profit political coalition of volunteers dedicated to protecting and preserving off-roading, through our family Rob & Kathleen Smith. The Smith’s are long time active members of SDORC (San Diego Off Road Coalition) coordinating large events, raising awareness and spreading the word of important current issues and top legislation endangering our off-roading lifestyle. For example, land closures, lawsuits, potential endangered species, most issues that off-roaders are facing and are unaware of. 

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John Stewart

Public Meetings Set for California DRECP

The DRECP will then be prepared to meet the requirements of the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, and the State of California's Endangered Species Act and Natural Communities Conservation Planning Act. The BLM, in compliance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, as amended, will consider this NEPA process and the resulting DRECP documents in its analysis toward possible amendment of BLM's California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan of 1980, as amended.

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