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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.

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...

Demand Justice for Sandra Bland!

"You just slammed my head to the ground. Do you not even care about that?" These were some of the last words of 28-year-old Sandra Bland. On Friday, Texas State troopers pulled Sandra over as she was driving to her new job for allegedly not using the turn signals during a lane change. What happened next was all too familiar and terrifying. An eyewitness says police ripped Sandra out of the car, violently slammed her on the ground, and arrested her as she screamed for help. Just 72 two hours later, she was dead. Police are claiming Sandra took...

Tell MSNBC to Stop Firing Hosts Who Support the Working Class

If you watch MSNBC, you will notice a pattern. They fire hosts who speak powerfully on the middle class and inequity in society, ie Martin Bashier, Dylan Ratigan, and now Ed Shultz. Tell MSNBC to stop censoring voices for the middle class. This also may have something to do with the fact that Ed was the only MSNBC host to give Bernie Sanders fair coverage. http://www.alternet.org/media/msnbc-cans-only-cable-tv-host-who-extensively-covered-tpp?akid=13329.8264.h052Ci&rd=1&src=newsletter1039832&t=2

Stop the attack on net neutrality in Congress!

Dear Senators and Representatives: Please stand strong with net neutrality rules through the Appropriations process! It is unacceptable to use a budget bill to circumvent the FCC's open rulemaking process that millions of citizens participated in — as some Republicans in the House have already done. Congress should let the FCC do its job, and not engage in unproductive partisan brinksmanship.

Support the Equality Act to allow LGBT Americans to live free from fear

We urge you to support The Equality Act that would ensure comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT people regardless of where they live. Under The Equality Act “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” would be added to protections for employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and juries.

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.

Go Green Starbucks

Starbucks does not recycle or compost plastic, paper, and other materials at their store locations. It's time to go green, Starbucks!

#JusticeReformNOW

Congress and President Obama: Work together to fix the criminal justice system--now. Support the SAFE Justice act, which implements broad based, system-wide reforms to curtail over-criminalization, enhance rehabilitation, and support individuals' re-entry into society.

Stand up for Planned Parenthood

Anti-abortion militants have launched a highly coordinated attack on Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of reproductive health services. Now, Republicans in Congress are seizing on outrageous, false claims as an excuse to ban abortion, eliminate Planned Parenthood's federal funding, and shut down health centers. Stand with Planned Parenthood and reject the attack on abortion and reproductive rights.

Tell the CA Coastal Commission to say NO to SeaWorld!

SeaWorld in San Diego wants to build an enlarged killer whale "habitat," and has petitioned the California Coastal Commission for a permit to do so. But no tank or artificial "habitat" can EVER be large enough! Killer whales, and dolphins, belong ONLY in their natural habitat - the ocean - swimming wild and free! Captivity is cruelty!

Tell Costco: Say NO to GMO salmon

As you may be aware, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering approval of the genetically engineered salmon, which would be the first time in history a regulator has approved a genetically engineered animal for human consumption. Polls show the overwhelming majority of consumers don’t want to eat genetically engineered salmon. Nearly 2 million people -- including scientists, fishermen, business owners, and consumers -- have written to the FDA in opposition to the approval of genetically engineered salmon. More than 60 grocery retailers across the U.S., including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, ALDI, Target, Kroger, and Safeway, have made commitments...

Presidential Candidates: Reduce Wall Street's Influence in Government

All candidates for president should make clear that they learned the right lessons from the financial crisis by reducing the power of Wall Street insiders in government and on their campaigns. We need a Treasury Secretary, Attorney General, SEC Chair, NEC Director, FTC Chair, FCTC Chair, and other appointees who have demonstrated a strong commitment toward holding Wall Street accountable and fighting for the public. And Americans deserve to see this commitment now with the appointment of progressive economic thinkers to key campaign policy positions.

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...

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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)