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Tax Ben & Jerry

If Senate and House Republicans have their way, they will eliminate the estate tax, which affects only the wealthiest 0.2% of taxpayers. Repealing the estate tax would hurt our economy and be fundamentally unfair. Senate Democrats: Stand with us—and stay united against the repeal.

Protect Illinois Public Universities

Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed a $387 million cut to all public universities in the state of Illinois. With the state’s consistent failure to adequately fund public higher education, this 31.5% proposed cut threatens access to the quality education our public universities offer. Our students, our state, and our universities cannot afford any more cuts. The state must fund our future and fund it now. What was once one of the best public higher education systems in the country is becoming prohibitively too costly for working people and is destroying our economic competitiveness. By signing this petition, we call on...

Governor Brown: Stop Nestlé's Water Grab

I urge you to stop Nestlé's water grab in the Columbia River Gorge. Our public water should not be given away for Nestlé's profit. The company has a bad track record in communities from Maine to Michigan to California. This is public water, and our state should stop using public resources to find a way to make our water available for Nestlé's profit. Nestlé has been pushing for this unpopular water bottling proposal for over five years, despite tens of thousands of Oregonians expressing their opposition to a state agency making public water available for Nestlé's profit.

Protect California’s Water From Corporate Water Abusers like Big Ag, Big Oil and Nestlé!

California is in a serious drought, and thus far, restrictions have been disproportionately placed on residents, while big agribusiness, oil interests and bottled water giants continue to deplete and pollute California's groundwater resources instead of taking steps to save water. We must protect California’s precious water from corporate water abusers like Big Ag, Big Oil and Nestlé. Governor Brown, I urge you to regulate groundwater as a public resource and to stop these egregious water users from abusing our water for profit!

Stop the Comcast/Time Warner merger!

Tell the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and CA Attorney General Kamala Harris: "Please do all you can to stop the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger. If the merger is allowed to go through, Comcast will gain unprecedented market power and consumers can expect higher prices, fewer choices, and even worse customer service."

Label GMOs in Maine now!

Please support LD 991, an act to amend Maine's genetically modified food products labeling law. The bill, introduced this year, already has strong bipartisan support, with both Republican and Democratic sponsors. In 2013, Maine passed a law requiring the mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But that law contains a trigger clause stating that the law can't be enacted unless five contiguous states, including New Hampshire, also pass mandatory GMO labeling laws. I don't want to wait for New Hampshire, or any other state, before I have the right to know what I am feeding my...

It's Time to Get Rid of RoundUp!

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer found that glyphosate, commonly sold as RoundUp, is a “probable human carcinogen." This is serious, as hundreds of millions of pounds of this herbicide are used on farmland across America every year, and the U.S. Geological Survey has detected glyphosate in rain, streams and air near agricultural areas. Americans are exposed to this “probable human carcinogen” in their food, air and water every day, and the EPA and FDA are not doing enough to protect us from these exposures and potential health problems.  It's time for the EPA to suspend...

Tell True Value and Ace: Stop killing bees!

Neonicotinoid pesticides are highly toxic to humans, bees, and the environment. As a consumer, I don't want to buy products that are harmful to me or the environment. Please stop your use of neonicotinoid pesticides and switch to an earth-friendly option.

Stop attacks on Nevada teachers, nurses and others who keep our communities safe and strong

I urge you to oppose A.B. 280 and other bills before the legislature this session that attack the collective bargaining rights of firefighters, teachers, nurses and other public service workers who keep our communities strong and safe. These bills—being pushed by big corporations and special interest groups—would silence the rights of these everyday heroes to speak up for smaller class sizes, safe staffing levels at hospitals and better equipment to improve response times for fires. This kind of legislation isn’t necessary and shouldn’t be a priority.

Pass Child Support Ruling

According to state officials, if Idaho's child support rules are not brought into compliance with federal regulations by June 12, families could lose vital child support, totaling $205 million a year, and our state could lose $46 million in federal funding. Gov. Otter and the Idaho Legislature must get their act together and hold a special session to fix this disaster.

Tell Nebraska State Senators to Keep One Minimum Wage for All Ages

Nebraska legislators are considering a bill that would lower the minimum wage for workers until 18 years old just months after voters overwhelmingly approved an increase to the state’s minimum wage. This is clear age discrimination and a violation of voter’s trust. We are calling on Nebraska legislators to reject this legislation and focus on raising, not lowering, the minimum wage.

Pay 6.1 million workers the overtime they deserve

As you prepare to release new rules relating to overtime salary, please stand on the side of American workers by increasing the threshold to at least $51,168. This will help 6.1 million salaried workers and their families. Any change the DOL proposes will inevitably be met with outrage from many in the business community. Don’t allow their deep pockets and Washington lobbyists to impact your decision. When you stand with millions of American workers, we will stand with you.

Assemblymember Gordon: Please help pass the 2015 California DISCLOSE Act

Thank you for co-authoring AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act. The astounding amount of Dark Money spent on elections threatens everything we care about. We must stop ballot measure ads from deceiving voters about their funders, by requiring clear disclosure of their real names― right on the ads themselves. Please do everything you can to help pass AB 700.

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VICTORY: Gov. Brown Signs Dark Money Disclosure Bill into Law

In the wake of the large sums of out-of-state anonymous donations that flooded into California during the 2012 election, the Legislature took up SB27, which would require political nonprofits to identify their donors in California elections. So Trent Lange of the California Clean Money Campaign, along with allies including California Common Cause, Credo Action, Courage Campaign, MoveOn.org, and others, launched a campaign to get the bill passed. (Read More)

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VICTORY: Hawaii Increases the Minimum Wage!

When the Hawaii Legislature took up an important bill to raise the minimum wage, Drew Astolfi of the organization Faith Action for Community Equity, along with allies and the Hawaii MoveOn Council, launched a campaign to raise wages for workers in the state. (Read More)

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VICTORY: New York Times Works to Inform Readers on Budget

The New York Times' tendency to report on budget numbers without contextualizing them was a problem - especially in light of the recent federal budget crisis. MoveOn member (and former staffer) Daniel Mintz and Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy started MoveOn Petitions to Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, asking her to institute a policy of always reporting budget numbers with percentages or comparisons. (Read More)

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VICTORY: Governor Corbett Releases Education Dollars To Philadelphia Schools

In October 2013, a student at one Philadelphia school suffered from an asthma attack that led to her death. If there had been a school nurse on campus that day, she might still be alive. This tragedy motivated Philadelphia parent Jesse Bacon to start a MoveOn Petition to Governor Tom Corbett, asking him to stop withholding $45 million of funding from Philadelphia schools. (Read More)

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VICTORY: Tribune Papers Spared From Koch Empire

When the Tribune Company went up for sale, it was widely reported that the Koch brothers were interested in acquiring its newspapers - including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. The billionaire Kochs and their tea party politics presented a clear threat to independent journalism, so several organizations, including Forecast the Facts, Courage Campaign, and Working Families started MoveOn Petitions asking Tribune Company CEO Peter Liguori not to sell to the Koch brothers. (Read More)