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ACTION ALERT: Support the Nomination of the U.S. Archivist
Contact your U.S. Senators today in support of Dr. Colleen Joy Shogan to be the 11th Archivist of the United States: The National Coalition for History is pressing the Senate to confirm Dr. Shogan’s nomination before the end of the current Congress, or it could be delayed next year. It's vital that we have a permanent Archivist of the United States in place at this critical time in our nation’s history. For additional background, see the letter that the National Coalition for History sent to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in support of Dr. Shogan’s confirmation at https://historycoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Natl-Coalition-for-History-Dr-Shogan-AOTUS-endorsement.pdf Use the automated website to send an email to your two U.S. Senators. [November 2022]
ACTION ALERT : Support the Great Bend of the Gila Conservation Act
U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva recently introduced legislation to protect the Great Bend of the Gila, a river valley and surrounding desert region between Phoenix and Yuma, Arizona. Tribes, local communities, businesses, recreationalists, conservationists, and heritage preservationists have been working for decades to provide greater permanent protections for this region’s history, heritage, and natural values . Sign the letter of support created by Respect the Great Bend of the Gila. [September 2022]
ACTION ALERT: Support Funding for the IMLS Office of Museum Services
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $6.8 million increase to $54.3 million for the IMLS Office of Museum Services (OMS) for FY23, allowing for an increase in every Museum Services program. In addition, IMLS would get an additional $1.1 million for Research, Analysis, and Data Collection expected to benefit museums.
Ask your US Senators and Representative to support this funding by using the American Alliance of Museums automated letter. [September 2022]
ACTION ALERT: Support History and Civics Educational Programs
The bipartisan Civics Supports Democracy Act (HR 1814/S 4384) would provide $5 billion to fund K-12 history and civics education and programs over the next five years. If passed into law and fully funded, at least $200 million annually would go to "qualified nonprofit organizations," such as museums, through competitive grants to develop or expand access to civics curricula, instructional models, and other educational programs to enhance student knowledge and achievement in American civics and history in elementary schools and secondary schools. Priority would be given to grant proposals focused on traditionally underserved populations.
Ask your US Senators and Representative to co-sponsor this legislation by using the American Alliance of Museums automated letter. [August 2022]
ACTION ALERT: Permanent Ban on Uranium Mining Near the Grand Canyon
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider adding the Grand Canyon Protection Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). If successful, a permanent ban on new uranium mines on public lands around the Grand Canyon would pass the House for a third time this Congress and have another path toward final passage and signature by the president. [July 2022]
Use the automated form letter from the Grand Canyon Trust to ask your US Representative to support Amendment 254 to the National Defense Authorization Act.
ACTION ALERT: Become a National Voter Registration Day Partner
National Voter Registration Day (September 20) is a great opportunity for nonprofits to ensure that their staff, volunteers, and community members are registered to vote. Sign up to join the nationwide effort to register hundreds of thousands of voters on September 20. As an official partner, your nonprofit will receive a free voter registration kit and access to other opportunities to support your nonpartisan voter registration work. [July 2022]
ACTION ALERT: Ask Senators for Funding for NEA and NEH
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY ‘23 Interior Appropriations bill with increased funding of $207 million each for the NEA, NEH, and full funding for the Smithsonian on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, as part of a 6-bill minibus funding package. The Senate Appropriations Committee will begin consideration of this same funding bill beginning as early as next week and continue into the fall. [July 2022]
Ask your U.S. Senators to match the House-approved FY ‘23 funding levels for the NEA and NEH at $207 million each by using the automated letter from Americans for the Arts.
ACTION ALERT: Request Increased Funding for NARA
Over the past decade, funding for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has stagnated while its responsibilities have increased. This lack of funds has undermined NARA’s ability to process and manage records. Urge Congress to begin rebuilding this crucial agency in FY 2023 by providing at least $426.5 million in its operating budget and $9.5 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-giving arm of the agency. Use the National Humanities Alliance online tool to contact your members of Congress and ask for funding to rebuild NARA. [June 2022]
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