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Demand that the Treasury Department Protect Retiree Pensions

Please reject the Central States Pension Fund’s application to cut retiree pensions. If allowed, these pension cuts would be catastrophic to individuals and their families, and could lead to cuts in other severely underfunded multiemployer pension plans – affecting more than a million people. These retirees fear they will lose their homes, won’t be able to pay for medicine, and won’t be able to support their families. The requested cuts, made possible by the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014, are extreme, ill-conceived and won’t solve the problems faced by Central States and other severely underfunded multiemployer plans. We call...

DNC: Support Bernie Sanders' progressive agenda

It's time for the Democratic Party to listen to the people. Adopt a progressive platform calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, the break up of Wall Street financial institutions, an end to fracking in our country, free college and university tuition, and a carbon tax to effectively address our human-caused climate crisis.

Remove the Classification 1 from Cannabis/Marijuana

We acknowledge that Cannabis/Marijuana was criminalized falsely. There are well over 100 scientific studies showing definitive benefits of medical marijuana pertaining to pain management, sleep management, anger management, anxiety disorders, seizures, cancer, and other ailments. It is time to remove the Schedule 1 classification and decriminalize this natural herb.

No "Bathroom Bill" in Ohio

Do not follow North Carolina's lead by passing an unnecessary, anti-LGBT "bathroom bill" in Ohio. It's already illegal for anyone, of any gender, to enter a public bathroom or locker room and prey upon others.

Governor Shumlin: bring automatic voter registration to Vermont!

Automatic voter registration is significant step forward in the modernization of our voting registration process. H.458 creates a secure and modern registration system to ensure that all eligible citizens can participate in our democracy. H. 458 is a groundbreaking reform that automatically registers eligible Vermonters electronically. This bill, passed with strong tri-partisan support, would make Vermont the fourth in the nation to enact such a law. Automatic voter registration is already seeing incredible success in Oregon, quadrupling registration rates since putting its new system in place in January. If enacted, Vermont could add between 30,000 and 50,000 new voters to...

End the Washington Democratic Caucus

Move to using the Washington State Primary Election as the method for selecting Democratic presidential candidates, and reserve the Washington Democratic caucus solely for the purpose of electing people as delegates to represent the outcome of the primary to the Democratic National Convention. Details: https://medium.com/@andrewsaturn/caucuses-disenfranchise-voters-67a3a9d6747d#.mx0gphs4h

Tell President Obama: No New Offshore Drilling!

Thank you for listening to the concerns from coastal communities and thousands of people nationwide by removing the Atlantic coast from the proposed five-year program for oil and gas leasing. This is a welcome move, but offshore drilling does not pass the 'climate test' you pledged for the Arctic, and new offshore drilling anywhere threatens the climate. In order to curb runaway climate change and join in the global effort to restrict climate change to less than 1.5 degrees, we MUST keep fossil fuels in the ground. To that end, I'm asking you to remove the Arctic and Gulf coasts...

GMO Mushrooms are not worth it

Cutting up complex genetic material is a risky game -- and for what? In the case of whiter mushrooms, it's just not worth it. In light of scientific uncertainty about the long-term health and ecological risks associated with GMOs, we urge you to perform substantial and meaningful safety tests on the CRISPR-edited white button mushrooms. Until those tests are done, these mushrooms should not be approved for sale.

Free Blotchy

After Inky the Octopus escaped from his tank in New Zealand, we think it is only fair that his 'cellmate,' Blotchy the Octopus, be released.

We demand the major news networks cover voter suppression!

Millions of voters around the country are denied access to the ballot box, and yet this terrifying story is rarely told on the news. As the 2016 election campaign heats up, we demand that the major networks cover voter suppression as a prominent news story by assigning at least one reporter to a permanent "voter suppression" beat.

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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)