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Protect Sharks and Ensure Your Tuna Is Legal and Sustainable

Millions of sharks are killed by tuna vessels every year—as bycatch or from illegal shark finning practices. Major companies like Bumble Bee have a responsibility to ensure that their products do not come with the hidden cost of millions of dead sharks. We both know that policies banning shark finning, including the guidelines of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), are not enough. Unless your company can publicly prove that all aspects of your supply chain, including the independent vessels that you buy fish from are not finning sharks, those guidelines become meaningless. I am requesting that Bumble Bee take...

"Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!"

I write demanding full accountability for the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. On August 9th, 2014 a Ferguson police officer racially profiled and fatally shot Michael as the teen stood in the street with his hands in the air. Police subsequently failed to properly notify the family of Michael's death and callously left the young man lying deceased in the street for hours. This type of brutal and racially-motivated police violence has no place in law enforcement. Every day, Black residents of Ferguson and Missouri face possible abuse and death at the hands of an officer due to discriminatory...

Help Save Lake Erie

The most valuable natural resource we will have this century is potable water. We must do everything we can to preserve and protect this national resource. Protecting our fresh water from pollution should be one of our nation's sacred duties to the future.

Stop Idaho's Next Wolf-Killing Derby

I urge that the Bureau of Land Management deny any application for permission to use public lands in the Salmon, Idaho, area (or elsewhere in Idaho and surrounding states) for the purpose of “predator derbies.”

Tell The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Protect the Threatened Monarch Butterfly

The monarch butterfly population in North America has been shrinking at an alarming rate, largely because a significant portion of their breeding habitat is being destroyed by herbicides used on genetically engineered (GE) crops. Milkweeds are critical to the monarch’s survival because they are the only plants monarch larvae will eat, but they are being decimated by the rampant use of Roundup (glyphosate) used in conjunction with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready™ GE crops. Monarchs need urgent, comprehensive protection – the kind of protection only a listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) can provide. I urge you to grant Center for...

Carole Smith Return Your Raise to Help Students in Poverty

It is unfair for tax payers to pay to increase the superintendent's salary from $193,000 to $247,000, while one out of four PPS students lives in poverty. Most Oregonians and tax payers have been struggling with poverty, stagnant wages and record inequality. Why does anyone making $193,000 on the public dime, even need a raise and an additional 166% increase in tax sheltered monthly payments? There are students who don't have needed school supplies, proper nutrition at home, clothing or even shelter. Please return your money to a fund to go directly to students in need!

Ban Shark-Finning in Oregon

Dear Honored Governor Kitzhaber and State Senators and Represenatives, Please ban the possession, sale, and trade of shark fins here in our great state of Oregon.

Save the Pawnee Buttes

Whereas: The area known as the Pawnee Buttes in northeastern Colorado represent a unique ecological area, And, whereas: due to the area’s rugged terrain it remains relatively undamaged by over grazing and farming, And, whereas: the area is used by numerous bird species as a nesting and rookery area, And, whereas: the area represents an important historical landmark along the Trappers Trail and the Goodnight-Loving trail, And, whereas: the area yields evidence that it has been inhabited off and on since the Clovis peoples (Paleo-Indian period), And, whereas: recently the ecological, geological and historical integrity of the area has been...

Iowa: Tell the EPA to ban bee-killing pesticides

Dear Administrator McCarthy, Honey bees, native bees and other pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Many fruits and vegetables, including apples, blueberries, strawberries, carrots and broccoli, as well as almonds and coffee, rely on bees. These beneficial insects are critical in maintaining our diverse food supply. U.S. beekeepers have been consistently losing 40-100 percent of their hives. Widespread use of a new class of toxic pesticides, neonicotinoids, is a significant contributing factor. In addition to killing bees outright, research has shown that even low levels of these dangerous pesticides impair bees' ability...

Stop Insurance Companies From Wasting Patient Care Dollars on Luxury Suites and Corporate Bonuses

Blue Shield just bought a $2.5 million luxury skybox at the 49ers' brand spanking new Levi’s stadium with Californians' healthcare premiums and tax dollars! Healthcare insurers, like Blue Shield, are abusing their "non-profit” tax status by spending billions of taxpayer dollars -- in corporate tax breaks and rising premiums -- on lavish entertainment for corporate VIPs and hefty bonuses for company executives, not patient care. California Attorney General Kamala Harris must put a stop to this blatant waste of taxpayer dollars by investigating non-profits like Blue Shield and imposing a “charitable trust” that puts a hold on their assets --...

Tragedy in new jersey: We need $15 now.

It's absolutely appalling that you - incredibly profitable corporations – pay your workers so little that they're forced to work four jobs to make ends meet, and take naps in their cars between shifts. The death of Maria Fernandes is a sobering wake-up call. It's time to pay your workers $15.

Dan Sullivan and Mark Begich: Pledge to Oppose Social Security Cuts

As the Republican and Democratic nominees to represent Alaska in the U.S. Senate, it's important that you stand on the side of Alaskan working families when it comes to retirement. Despite what some in Washington are saying, Social Security is an earned benefit that we've paid into for our whole lives. It is not an entitlement. Please make a public statement pledging to oppose any cuts to Social Security, including chained CPI.

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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)