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Stop the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act"!

I believe we have a right to know whether our food contains genetically modified organisms, and so do a vast majority of my fellow citizens. The so-called Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act preempts state GMO labeling laws. Please vote NO on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.

Demand a federal investigation of Sandra Bland's death

Launch an immediate and independent federal investigation into Sandra Bland's traffic stop, arrest, and death, just days later, in a Texas jail. Circumstances surrounding her death are suspicious, and just-released video footage raises more unresolved questions and tensions about how Black people are treated by police in the United States.

USFWS: Protect African Lions under the Endangered Species Act

I learned recently that you are in the process of finalizing needed protections for African lions under the Endangered Species Act. These lions have suffered drastic declines by at least 50 percent in just 30 years and absolutely must be protected under the act. I am gravely concerned, however, that the proposed protections will allow continued importation of lion “trophies” or carcasses, feeding the market for trophy hunting expeditions and encouraging poaching. This exemption could drastically weaken the protections afforded these iconic, majestic animals. I am asking you to direct the USFWS to reconsider the (4d) exemption prior to issuing...

How about ending tax breaks for CEO bonuses instead?

With a shrinking middle class and rising inequality, no corporation should get a tax break for shelling out giant bonuses to CEOs. We urge you to take action to close the performance pay loophole. Instead of making deep cuts to working families, why doesn't Congress close this loophole that gives extra incentives for excessive CEO pay?

Tell the EPA to Address Civil Rights Violations

Like all agencies of the federal government, the EPA has a responsibility to ensure that the states, local governments and private entities to whom it awards grants and financial assistance don't discriminate. This has been the law of the land since the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. But the EPA's record on civil rights enforcement has been notoriously poor, and an audit requested by former head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson, described an Office of Civil Rights that had lost sight of its mission and priorities. The EPA continues to have a backlog of cases with investigations that have been...

President Obama: Protect Orcas by Removing Four Lower Snake River Dams

Dear President Obama, I am concerned about the impacts fewer salmon is having on Southern Resident Orcas of the Pacific Northwest, since about 90% of their diet is salmon. In the Column/Snake River basins, Snake River dams are the single biggest problem to recovering salmon, and thus Orcas. I understand you are considering an Executive Order to remove those dams. You have seen both economic studies and environmental data to show dam removal is the best action for people, Orcas and salmon. I ask you to take action NOW by issuing an Executive Order to remove the 4 Lower Snake...

States’ Attorneys General must investigate all killings of unarmed civilians by law enforcement officials

The States’ Attorneys General must be given the authority and charged with the responsibility to immediately investigate and prosecute killings of all unarmed civilians by law enforcement officials. The Attorneys General must also have the power to investigate the deaths of incarcerated persons who are shown to have been victims of police brutality at the time of their arrest.

Senator Sanders: Protect Our Right to Know. Stop the DARK Act!

Please take the lead in protecting the right of consumers to know if their food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by issuing a public statement opposing H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and by urging your fellow Senators to oppose a Senate version of this bill. On July 23 (2015), the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, a bill written by the biotech and processed food industries that preempts states’ rights to pass laws requiring the mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and would prevent passage of a federal mandatory GMO labeling law. According to...

End Sub-Minimum Wages for the Disabled

In 1938, a law was passed allowing companies to pay disabled employees less than the federal minimum wage. The Department of Labor manages this process and businesses and organizations can request permission to pay their disabled employees less than minimum wage. As examples: Goodwill pays disabled employees as low as 22 cents per hour while their CEO is paid $750,000 per year. Many ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) organizations have "workshops" where some disabled employees make less than 20 cents per hour. These workshops are no more than sweat shops and need to be closed. The state of Oregon started...

Tell the IRS: Close This Hedge-fund Loophole

I urge the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service to end the hedge fund reinsurance loophole. I was shocked when I found out that many hedge fund managers are further reducing their taxes by pretending to run offshore reinsurance firms. The IRS and Treasury Department have a duty to preserve fairness in the tax code, and the hedge fund reinsurance loophole is plainly abusive and unfair. I urge you to adopt a test that will prevent even the most creative and pernicious hedge fund managers from utilizing this loophole. The three-prong test proposed by former Representative David Camp is the...

Thank President Obama for Leadership in the Clean Power Plan

I join with so many like-minded people from across our country to thank you for your leadership in finalizing the Clean Power Plan. Your commitment to addressing carbon pollution from its largest domestic source--fossil fuel-fired power plants-- is a vital step forward in addressing climate change. The impacts of climate change are already being felt throughout the world and here in the United States. It is our moral responsibility to address its effects as well as its causes. The Clean Power Plan provides a foundation for states to build on to achieve a transformational shift away from fossil fuels to...

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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)