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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.

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...

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.

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.

Label Meat Raised On Antibiotics

Support of FSIS Petition Number 13-03 Dear USDA, All consumers should have the right to know whether meat sold in stores has been raised in a way that contributes to the growth and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Please require antibiotic labels. Sincerely, signer

Protect the Endangered Species Act From Political Attacks

The Endangered Species Act is one of our nation's most effective and important environmental laws. Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, the Act represents a commitment by the American people to work together to protect and restore our most vulnerable fellow species. But now, just as we're celebrating more than four decades of success with the Endangered Species Act, some members of Congress are pushing to weaken or even gut this vital law. Already in this Congress, dozens of legislative proposals have been introduced that would harm imperiled species by: * Establishing arbitrary land boundaries where species protections would not apply...

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...

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 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.

Louisiana : Please give us the health care we all deserve!

Earlier this month, the Louisiana House voted unanimously to pass a bill that puts in place a financing mechanism to expand Medicaid if Louisiana's next governor decides to finally accept federal funds to provide health care to 289,000 people across the state. Three of the four major gubernatorial candidates say they'll consider it. The state Senate should follow suit and pass the bill, putting us one step closer to making Medicaid expansion a reality for hundreds of thousands of hardworking people across the state. Now is our opportunity. Will you help?

Support Utah's Police: Expand Medicaid now

Please join Utah police in their call for Utah lawmakers to finally accept federal funds to provide health care to 116,000 working Utahns. Expanding Medicaid will enable more people to get treatment for mental health disorders and substance abuse, preventing future crimes.

Tell the SEC to Require Companies to Disclose CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratios

It’s time for the SEC to finally implement the proposal requiring companies to disclose their CEO-to-median worker pay ratio. It’s been five years since this proposal was passed under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, but no action has been taken to enforce it. I’m calling on you to finally implement this proposal.

Stop the Unavoidable Electric Rate Hikes!

We urge you to protect Connecticut families from skyrocketing unavoidable charges on electric bills. Fixed charges on our utility bills, like Eversource Energy’s $19.25 monthly fee, hurt the poorest families and the families who invest in energy efficiency or solar power the most. We thank you for passing a cap on these charges through the Energy and Technology Committee, but now we need to pass that cap in the Senate and the House. Please stand with Connecticut families and cap these charges at no more than $10 per month by passing SB 570 now.

Home Depot should not be treating their plants with neonics

Home Depot is treating many of the plants they sell with neonic pesticides that are suspected of contributing to the decline in bees. We would like to urge Home Depot to suspend this practice until the EPA has had a chance to conduct tests and make a determination. We also urge consumers to look for the small stakes in each plant and avoid buying them.

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.

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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)