Citizen Direct
May 24, 2006
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"It is the public that is being asked to assume the risks...
the public must decide whether it wishes to continue
on the present road and it can only do so when in full possession of the facts...”
-- Rachel Carson

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Portrait of RFK by Louis Glanzman

Public Citizen Turns 35. As a tribute to Robert F. Kennedy, and as part of its 35th anniversary celebration, Public Citizen is offering for sale to supporters a small number of limited-edition prints of an unpublished portrait of the late Robert F. Kennedy. Click here to find out the curious story behind the TIME commissioned portrait, why it was unpublished and how to purchase the print.

Laura MacCleery, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division, suggests you run (not drive) to see the movie
An Inconvenient Truth opening this week in many cities.
Public Citizen's Laura MacCleery
"An Inconvenient Truth is one of the most exciting and frightening films I have seen this year! It carefully lays out the scientific case for global warming and is a call to action for citizens to act now to prevent further harm from a global meltdown."
How is Public Citizen working to protect the public in the face of global warming? With great urgency.
  • Click here to find out what we're doing for you and what you need to know about global warming.
  • Read why Public Citizen staff recommend you see the movie soon.
  • Send questions about global warming to Laura. We'll post select questions and her answers in our upcoming feature: How Can I Cool It?
  • Convinced that driving cars that get 27.5 mpg is a bad thing? Insist your elected officials support higher fuel economy standards: Write now.

Take Two: Recommended Actions

  • Attention consumers, artists, small business owners: Stop the chilling of your Internet artistic expression and free speech -- write your Rep: Vote against language change in H.R. 683.
  • Protect Human Rights! Your protests regarding the Oman Free Trade Agreement (OFTA) resulted in an amendment to protect human rights—but the Bush administration says it will just ignore them! Keep up the heat, write your Reps: No OFTA.

Outrage of the Week:
Billions of your tax dollars are being wasted because of a system that allows lobbyists to give piles of campaign money to members of Congress. These lawmakers then give tax breaks, contracts, loan guarantees, subsidies and regulatory cutbacks to the big industries represented by the lobbyists. Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook is outraged. Listen in (60-second .mp3 file). Then visit: Clean Up Washington. Missed an Outrage? Go here.

FTC Gone Wild: No post-Katrina price-gouging by oil companies found. "It defies belief," says Public Citizen's Tyson Slocum in our Press Room.

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