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Tell Bayer: Stop selling bee-killing pesticides

Dear Mr. Dekkers, Did you know that U.S. beekeepers lost nearly half of their hives last year? This is the second-highest loss recorded to date. And study after study shows that toxic neonicotinoid pesticides are a key culprit in bee declines and are harming other organisms, from earthworms to birds. Our nation needs a strong food supply, and our farms need healthy bees to thrive -- but neonicotinoids are putting all of that at risk. There's a reason the European Union banned these harmful pesticides, and we don't need them in the U.S., either. As long as Bayer continues to...

Fix Overtime: Raise the Overtime Salary Threshold to $50,440

We applaud and support the Department of Labor’s proposal to help millions of low- and middle-income workers by increasing the overtime salary threshold from $23,660 to $50,440. If implemented, this rule change would guarantee coverage for an additional 13.5 million workers—giving them the right to receive the overtime pay they deserve. Unfortunately, corporate lobbyists—including the National Retail Federation, which includes Walmart—are trying to run out the clock on this proposed rule change. They are trying to get the Department of Labor to extend the public comment period beyond the September 4 deadline and possibly delay implementation indefinitely. In the face...

Malaysia Airlines: Stop Carriage of Shark fin

Malaysia is a major importer of shark fins for the luxury shark fin soup trade. This trade is unsustainable and is leading to the destruction of shark populations globally. We call on Malaysia Airlines to join 26 airlines including Singapore Airlines and Air Asia in making a statement for ocean sustainability and saying no to transporting shark fins on all aircrafts.

Governor Fallin: Grant Richard Glossip a stay of execution

Stop the planned execution of Richard Glossip on September 16. Richard was convicted of murder after Justin Sneed, the man who confessed to the killing, claimed Richard had hired him to do it, despite a breathtaking lack of evidence. Sneed got a life sentence in a medium-security prison, while the self-serving testimony that saved Sneed's life sent Richard to death row. Please grant Richard a stay of execution to allow his attorneys time to gather and present evidence of his innocence.

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 the programs that build a stronger middle class, why doesn't Congress close this loophole that gives extra incentives for excessive CEO pay?

DiaspoRicans/DiaspoRiqueños Declaration to exempt Puerto Rico from Application of the United States 1920 Cabotage Laws

We are in agreement with the Commission on Civil Rights, Citizen Participation and Social Economy of the Puerto Rico Senate, headed by Senator Rossana López León, that “The Jones Act of 1920 is an archaic and protectionist legislation premised on interests which have been perpetuated thanks to the economic benefits which it provides. It is legislation which is not appropriate for the XXI century, which restricts free commerce between nations, especially in our weakened economy, and one which is totally counter to the postulates of supply and demand.”

Stand with Jorge Ramos

Recently journalist Jorge Ramos was escorted out of a Donald Trump press conference for doing his job and asking Trump for details on his unrealistic deportation plan. This petition is to show support for Jorge Ramos, and call on all other journalist to follow his lead and press Trump and all presidential candidates to give real answers and details to their immigration plans. Only when journalist like Mr. Ramos do their jobs and demand answers can we truly make informed decisions as an electorate.

Gun Control. Now.

How many more senseless and entirely preventable shootings have to occur before we do something about gun control? As a citizen and constituent of this great country, I am asking that you take a firm stand and make a positive change by restricting access to guns and saving lives.

Stand against pesticide pollution of our water

The dubiously named “Sensible Environmental Protection Act”( S. 1500) eliminates the requirement for point sources to have a permit to spray pesticides in and around our waterways under the Clean Water Act. Pesticides have been linked to a wide range of human health problems, as well as die-offs of bees, grassland birds, and other wildlife. Permitting helps ensure pesticides are used in a responsible way that reduces contamination of our streams, rivers, and lakes. For public health and safety, I strongly encourage you vote against this insensible bill, and also respectfully ask that you make a public statement against it.

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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)