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Say No to Monsanto's Dream Bill!

I urge you to reject Representative Mike Pompeo's "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" (H.R.1599), which would prohibit states from requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods, or GMOs. This bill, which is being promoted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, would prevent states from requiring GMO labels at any time. In fact, this bill is so anti-consumer it is commonly referred to as the "Deny Americans the Right to Know (or DARK) Act." I urge you to reject this industry bill. We have a right to know what is in our food so that we can make informed choices about...

Fight climate change--stop the TPP

Don't fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a corporate trade deal that will fuel the dramatic increase in carbon emissions and sabotage serious efforts to combat climate change, while hurting workers with a race-to-the-bottom approach to labor standards.

The U.S. needs to track police killings nationally

Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Walter Scott. Freddie Gray. How many Black and brown people are killed by police every year? Even as communities of color suffer great losses, national leaders are not collecting data on the scale of police use of force and violence. A bill recently passed by Congress gives the Attorney General all the power necessary to gather this critical information. It's time for the Department of Justice to collect and publish official nationwide data on police killings, the use of force, and arrests, broken down by race and other demographic factors. When doing this, the DOJ must...

Stranded at Sea, Fleeing the Threat of Genocide

President Obama, I call on you to help the Rohingya trapped at sea, fleeing the threat of genocide. The U.S. government must help with immediate search-and-rescue operations to find and rescue the Rohingya, use all influence they have to push countries in the region to welcome all those stranded at sea, and call on Myanmar to stop attacking the Rohingya so they can live safely in their homes.

Stop Monsanto in Oregon

The Oregon State House of Representatives has recently decided to pass HB 3212, which undermines Jackson County's bans on GMOs. This bill is an example of the state legislature kowtowing to corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta who don't like it when municipalities vote to restrict the use of their seeds. But this bill doesn't just impact Jackson County -- it can have ramifications all across the state. It's going to take all of us, speaking out together, to reverse this ban on local communities making decisions about what's best for them.

STOP the Forest Service from Logging Threatened Lynx Habitat!

Canada lynx are medium-sized wild cats that once ranged from Alaska to New Mexico. They have been decimated in the continental U.S. by trapping and logging and are now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Yet the Forest Service is authorizing a 12,000-acre logging project in Colorado, including 2,370 acres of clear-cutting in the San Isabel National Forest. Lynx are known to live across 80 percent of the logging area. Denning habitat and passageways critical to maintaining the territory size necessary for the species’ survival will be destroyed. No public comment period will be provided when exact logging...

Stop Monsanto from dodging taxes

No company should be rewarded on its tax bill for fleeing America. I urge you to pass the Stop Corporate Inversions Act of 2015 now, before Monsanto joins the list of companies renouncing their U.S. headquarters.

Keep the New Mexico Rail Runner Express running for FUTURE generations

We are concerned that the state of New Mexico doesn't want to continue the Rail Runner Express service due to the associated price tag. We do not want our state to take away this valuable service, but rather to improve and expand it. The New Mexico Department of Transportation should look into expanding service to other parts of our state or raising ticket prices to be similar to those of other commuter railroads like Metrolink, GO Transit, and Sounder. For those of us who do not have the luxury of owning a personal vehicle or the funds to travel by...

Use Surplus Funds to Restore Sonoma County Library Hours

I urge our supervisors to address the unprecedented funding crisis in our county libraries and provide $1.2 million (just 9%) of the current record budget surplus to restore Monday hours. Our wealthy county has seen library hours slashed from 70 per week in 1981 to 52 in 2011, then down to just 40 hours a week this year. It is inconsistent with the values of our education-loving citizens to deprive our community of this vital public service.

Stop the Loophole for Arch Coal

I urge the US Forest Service to reject the proposed loophole that allows Arch coal to mine up to 350 million tons of coal in otherwise protected, publicly-owned, roadless forest in Colorado. Reopening the loophole will allow Arch to bulldoze thousands of acres of forest and could unleash more than half a billion tons of carbon pollution. This loop hole is a raw deal for Colorado, our forests, and our climate.

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...

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 Chicken Farmers from Big Poultry Retaliation

Chicken farmers are being bullied by Big Poultry corporations — and Congress has failed to protect them. The poultry sector is dominated by a few large poultry processing companies that control every step of chicken production. Farmers who raise chickens do not even own the birds, though they do own the waste they create and are responsible for making costly upgrades to their farms, as dictated by these companies. Chicken companies often retaliate against farmers who speak out against unfair and abusive conditions by terminating their contracts, leaving farmers unable to pay their mountains of debt. Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)...

Stop convicted abusers from having guns in Maine

Protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence and save women's lives. LD 600 makes it illegal for people convicted of a domestic violence crime, including stalking and terrorizing, from being eligible to own or possess guns. An astounding 50 percent or more of the homicides committed in Maine in most years are related to domestic violence.

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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)