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    Tell Formula Companies to Stop Marketing in Healthcare Facilities

    Help Deliver a Petition Signed By 17,000+ People at Mead Johnson's Headquarters Near Chicago


    Remember to fill out this form if you plan to attend.

    Background

    Women deserve commercial-free infant feeding information before and after giving birth. So on May 21, 1981, the World Health Organization adopted International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. The aim was to improve breastfeeding rates and end egregious forms of formula marketing globally — including direct advertising to women in hospitals and doctor’s offices.

    A third of a century later, formula companies are still violating the WHO Code and co-opting hospitals into marketing their products.

    On the anniversary of the Code, let’s send a strong reminder to formula makers, hospitals and the U.S. government that formula marketing in the healthcare context is deceptive and unethical.

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    Call on Candidates to Take the People's Pledge and Stop Corrupting Secret Election Spending

    Sign the Petition to 2014 Candidates Asking Them to Pledge to Block Outside Spending

    Two candidates in any race, can stop the flow of money from super PACs and secretive dark money groups into that race, if both of them agree to take the People's Pledge.

    The People’s Pledge, negotiated by Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in the heated Massachusetts 2012 U.S. Senate race, was an agreement between the two candidates to reject outside advertisements on their behalf. The candidates agreed that, if such an ad aired on television, radio, or in print, the candidate benefiting from the ad would donate, from their own campaign account, half of the cost of the advertisement to a charity of the opposing candidate’s choice.

    The Pledge worked. It reduced outside spending by 93% compared to similar highly contested U.S. Senate races that same year.

    The Pledge allows candidates to prove they will fight corruption through decisive action in the race itself.

    Sign the petition to call on candidates to take the People's Pledge and make our elections more transparent:

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    Take a Stand for Health Care for All

    Sign the Petition Urging Your Senators and Representative to Co-Sponsor Single-Payer Legislation

    In some countries, the idea of insurance companies profiting off the sick and dying is morally repugnant.

    But in the United States, where taxpayers contribute more per capita to our health care system than any other country in the world, over 45,000 people are allowed to die each year (one every 12 minutes) because they can’t afford insurance – even after the passage of President Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms.

    No one should die merely because health care is too expensive.

    Add your name to show support for legislation that would create a universal, single-payer health care system in the United States.

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    We, the undersigned, support health care for all. We call our senators to co-sponsor the American Health Security Act (S. 1782), introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and our representatives to co-sponsor the Expanded And Improved Medicare For All Act (H.R. 676), introduced by Rep. John Conyers’ (D-Mich.), and Rep. Jim McDermott’s (D-Wash.) House version of the American Health Security Act (H.R. 1200).

    The lack of health insurance kills 45,000 of our fellow Americans every year – one every 12 minutes. Enough is enough. It’s time to stand up to the insurance industry and lend your vote to making real, universal health care a reality in the United States.

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    Join us at the Rally Against Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Wednesday, May 7 in Washington, D.C.

    We are at a critical moment in the fight against Fast Track and the TPP. President Barack Obama is in Asia this week to try to pressure the other TPP countries to concede to U.S. corporate demands — from financial deregulation to new investor privileges to attack domestic consumer and environmental safeguards.

    Whether or not any real deal is made, some sort of “breakthrough” almost certainly will be announced because the U.S-Japan summit is viewed as a do-or-die moment to inject momentum into the TPP process.

    We need to show the country and the world that we will not stand for more-of-the-same trade deals that ship our jobs overseas, and dump wages and benefits overboard along the way. We will not stand by while our hard-won consumer and environmental safeguards are chipped away to benefit multi-national corporate profits.

    WHAT:

    Rally Against Fast Track and the TPP

    WHEN:

    Wednesday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m.

    WHERE:

    Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. View map.

    Not in the D.C. area at the moment? Find an event near you or take action online!

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    Curb the Corporate Agenda of Activist CEOs

    Join Nearly 750,000 People in Telling the SEC to Expose the Hidden Influence of Corporate Money

    Right now the money you’ve saved to secure a comfortable future for yourself and your family might be funding organizations or candidates that imperil that future.

    There is no way to know if the corporations that you’ve invested in are spending your money to defund Social Security and Medicare, gut education funding or further deregulate Wall Street.

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the federal agency charged with protecting investors from corporate abuse, can step in to stop Corporate America from using our retirement savings and investments as its secret political war chest.

    The 2014 elections are around the corner so there is no time to waste. Send YOUR message TODAY! Tell the SEC to require corporations to disclose their political spending.

    To send a comment to the SEC, please complete the form below.


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    Note: Your comment and any other information you provide below will be displayed publicly on the SEC’s website or on www.regulations.gov.

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    Overturn McCutcheon and Citizens United

    Deliver a Petition to Your Member of Congress During the April Recess

    McCutcheon pretty much did for individuals what Citizens United did for corporations. Specifically, those who can afford to do so can directly contribute nearly $6 million per election cycle to a single party and its candidates.

    Members of Congress are home for April recess until April 27. Make sure they hear our outrage at McCutcheon and the further erosion of our democracy. Make sure they support the Government By the People Act and a constitutional amendment to overturn the rulings.

    Sign up to deliver petitions. Don’t worry, they are already signed. We just need someone to deliver them. We will supply you petitions and talking points — and we will let others who have signed up to participate know how to join you.

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    Tell the Senate Not to Confirm Robert Holleyman for USTR

    Jam the Revolving Door at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Defend the Open Internet

    Robert Holleyman — an industry shill for the Business Software Alliance who was a primary cheerleader for the anti-Internet freedom bills known by the acronyms SOPA and PIPA — has been nominated to be a deputy trade representative at USTR.

    This post would position Holleyman to demand other countries adopt SOPA and PIPA-like provisions.

    Robert Holleyman is just the latest example of USTR’s revolving door problem.

    We, the undersigned, call on the U.S. Senate to reject Robert Holleyman’s nomination to be a key trade negotiator.

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    Ask Your New York Senator to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United, McCutcheon and Related Cases

    Ask Your State Senator to Get Big Money Out of Politics and Establish that Corporations Are Not People

    New York is part of a national movement calling for a constitutional amendment that will get big money out of politics and establish that constitutional rights are for people — not corporations.

    Over 100 activists like yourself will be converging in Albany on April 28 to demand action. Make sure the senators are ready for us when we arrive. Email your state senator and ask that she or he support a resolution that would make New York the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment.

    Please enter your zip code below, and we will provide a sample email that you can send your senator to ask for her or his support. We also encourage you to call your senator at the phone number that will be provided. Let us know what type of response you get at amendment@citizen.org.

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    Tell the USDA to Act to End Unhealthy Food Marketing in Schools

    Sign On to Comments to Strengthen the USDA’s Proposed Rule

    We’re on our way to ending junk food marketing in schools, thanks in part to an initiative by First Lady Michelle Obama. The Department of Agriculture has proposed a rule to limit junk food advertising in schools and seeks public comments.

    In 2009, junk food and beverage companies spent $149 million on marketing in our schools — with ads for sugary drinks like Coke and Pepsi accounting for 90%.

    This is our opportunity to keep unhealthy commercialism out of education.

    Add your Name to Endorse These Public Comments and Add Your Own Additions

    Comments with all endorsement signatures may be published on the agency’s website.

    Julie Brewer
    Chief, School Programs Branch U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Dear Ms. Brewer:

    We support the USDA’s efforts to limit unhealthy food marketing in schools. We urge you to expand the Local School Wellness Policy Implementation rule to make sure schools provide the strongest possible protections for students.

    The definition of food marketing should be as broad as possible. Through guidance, USDA should help schools to understand and address the full range of food marketing in their schools, keeping in mind textbooks, websites promoted for educational purposes, vending machine exteriors, in-school television (such as Channel One), branded fundraisers, corporate-sponsored programs and free samples, to name a few examples.

    The USDA should urge schools to eliminate advertising of all brands that market unhealthy food, not just specific unhealthy products.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    About Commercial Alert

    Commercial Alert’s mission is to keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy. Learn more about Commercial Alert.

    Read our School Commercialism: High Costs, Low Revenue report (PDF).

    Learn more about our work on commercial free schools.

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    Stop General Motors and Other Corporations from Keeping Consumers in the Dark

    Urge Your Member of Congress to Co-sponsor the Sunshine in Litigation Act

    When corporate recklessness results in people being killed or injured, the potentially life-saving details of settlements between companies and victims must be made public to prevent further harm, not hushed up to avoid bad press.

    GM’s faulty ignition switches have been implicated in the deaths of 13 people as far back as 2005. But the public has only learned about it recently because confidential settlements have kept us in the dark.

    The Sunshine in Litigation Act (H.R. 4361) introduced by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) would ensure disclosure of essential facts in court documents when the public’s health and safety are at risk.

    Tell your member of Congress: Co-sponsor H.R. 4361 and stop corporations from putting profits and PR before human lives.

    Please type your zip code into the box below. Then, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.


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    Overturn McCutcheon and Citizens United

    Attend a Meeting With Your Member of Congress During the April Recess

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.

    McCutcheon pretty much did for individuals what Citizens United did for corporations. Specifically, those who can afford to do so can directly contribute nearly $6 million per election cycle to a single party and its candidates.

    Members of Congress will be heading home for April recess from April 12 to April 27. We want to make sure they hear our outrage at McCutcheon and the further erosion of our democracy. We want their support for a constitutional amendment and the Government By the People Act. We will be working with you to set up meetings with your legislators around the country.

    Sign up if you would like attend a meeting near you. We will provide you with information so that you are prepared for the meeting and let you know when the meeting is scheduled.

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    Suspend BP, Protect the Public Interest

    Sign the Petition Demanding the EPA Ban BP from Federal Contracts

    Last month, the EPA struck a deal with BP to resolve its suspension based on the corporation’s role in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and the worst oil spill disaster in the history of the U.S.

    Now Public Citizen has compiled a list of new conduct that provides ample cause to suspend this chronic offender.

    We are calling on the EPA to stop letting BP off the hook by using the tools intended to hold bad corporate actors accountable.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Below, Which Will Be Delivered to the EPA Headquarters on April 18


    We the undersigned, ask that the Environmental Protection Agency immediately take all necessary steps to suspend or debar BP p.l.c. and its subsidiaries for not being a responsible party.

    BP’s entire operations — from exploration, to refining, to fuel transport, to commodity trading — have violated federal laws. In fact, the corporation is currently being investigated for Clean Water Act violations related to an oil spill from Whiting Refinery into Lake Michigan. And the latest offenses by BP, including polluting a Chicago neighborhood with petrocoke, allegedly scamming the state of Minnesota and charging a fee to Oregonian consumers who use debit cards to pay for gas without alerting them, warrant banning the corporation from doing business with the U.S. government.

    BP’s aggregate record of wrongdoing evidences a lack of business integrity that appears to put the public’s interest at risk. Therefore, we urge the EPA to act immediately to suspend and debar BP and its subsidiaries.

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    Overturn McCutcheon and Citizens United

    Attend a Meeting With Your Member of Congress During the April Recess

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.

    McCutcheon pretty much did for individuals what Citizens United did for corporations. Specifically, those who can afford to do so can directly contribute nearly $6 million per election cycle to a single party and its candidates.

    Members of Congress will be heading home for April recess from April 12 to April 27. We want to make sure they hear our outrage at McCutcheon and the further erosion of our democracy. We want their support for a constitutional amendment and the Government By the People Act. We will be working with you to set up meetings with your legislators around the country.

    Sign up if you would like attend a meeting near you. We will provide you with information so that you are prepared for the meeting and let you know when the meeting is scheduled.

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    Curb the Corporate Agenda of Activist CEOs

    Join Nearly 700,000 Activists in Telling the SEC to Expose the Hidden Influence of Corporate Money

    Demand that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) take action for corporate accountability.

    Send YOUR message TODAY! Tell the SEC to require corporations to disclose their political spending.

    You may use the suggested language below without changing it. If you write your own comment, it will be documented and read separately from those who use the sample language without revising it.

    Note: Your comment and any other information you provide below will be displayed publicly on the SEC’s website or on www.regulations.gov.

    To send a comment to the SEC, please complete the form below.

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    Sign Up to Attend the “Post-McCutcheon, What’s Next?” Web Town Hall

    Find Out What McCutcheon Means and How Public Citizen and Partners Are Responding

    Don’t miss the chance to hear from Public Citizen, the Sierra Club, NAACP, the Communications Workers of America, and others about next steps for the democracy movement.

    Sign up below to receive information on the web town hall scheduled on Wednesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time/ 7 p.m. Central Time/6 p.m. Mountain Time/5 p.m. Pacific Time/ 4 p.m. Alaska Time/ 2 p.m. Hawaii Time.

    After signing up, you should receive a follow up email from us with instructions about how to join the virtual town hall.

    If for some reason you do not receive the email, visit http://www.moneyout-votersin.org/mccutcheontownhall/ before the call is scheduled to start. 

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    Ask Your Representative to Help Overturn McCutcheon and Citizens United

    We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Save Our Democracy

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. FEC ruling is a disaster for our democracy, allowing big donors to contribute nearly 50 times the previous limit to a single party and its candidates each federal election cycle.

    A U.S. Constitutional amendment to overturn McCutcheon and Citizens United is the way to undo the Supreme Court’s devastating rulings and to reclaim our right to elect officials who represent the voters.

    Please take a minute to ask your representative to co-sponsor one of the amendments introduced in the U.S. Congress now, or if they are already a co-sponsor, to reach out to their colleagues to join them.

    Type in your zip code and street address to get a sample letter to each of your members of Congress. The letter will be different based on whether or not they have co-sponsored an amendment.

    Take a moment to edit the email message that appears to increase your impact.

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    Overturn McCutcheon and Citizens United

    Attend a Meeting With Your Member of Congress During the April Recess

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.

    McCutcheon pretty much did for individuals what Citizens United did for corporations. Specifically, those who can afford to do so can directly contribute nearly $6 million per election cycle to a single party and its candidates.

    Members of Congress will be heading home for April recess from April 12 to April 27. We want to make sure they hear our outrage at McCutcheon and the further erosion of our democracy. We want their support for a constitutional amendment and the Government By the People Act. We will be working with you to set up meetings with your legislators around the country.

    Sign up if you would like attend a meeting near you. We will provide you with information so that you are prepared for the meeting and let you know when the meeting is scheduled.

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    Write Your Senator to Challenge USTR Froman this Thursday and Ask the Questions He Doesn’t Want to Hear

    You Have a Unique Opportunity to Make Froman Answer for the Failings of Past U.S. Trade Agreements

    This Thursday, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will attend a hearing with the Senate Finance Committee to promote the President’s trade agenda.

    Use the Form Below to Email Your Senator Today and Send Some Key Questions You Want Asked to Challenge Froman’s Misinformation

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    Write Your Representative to Challenge USTR Froman this Thursday and Ask the Questions He Doesn’t Want to Hear

    You Have a Unique Opportunity Make Froman Answer for the Failings of Past U.S. Trade Agreements

    This Thursday, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will attend a hearing with the House Ways and Means Committee to promote the President’s trade agenda.

    Use the Form Below to Email Your Representative Today and Send Some Key Questions You Want Asked to Challenge Froman’s Misinformation

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    Tell the Big Banks: Hands Off My Constitutional Rights!

    Join the Campaign Urging the CFPB to End Forced Arbitration in Financial Services Contracts

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is expected to release the results of a study on an increasingly prevalent and predatory Wall Street practice: the use of arbitration clauses and class action bans that banks and other financial institutions insert in the fine print of their take-it-or-leave-it contracts with consumers.

    We'll need your help calling on the CFPB to restore consumer rights.

    Sign up to join our team of super activists who are interested in contacting members of Congress, writing letters to the editor, sharing campaign info via social media, and other opportunities to eliminate this corporate ploy to escape responsibility for wrongdoing by denying our right to go to court.

    Add your name below, and we'll keep you informed about this campaign and make sure you know about opportunities to engage.

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    Stop Cove Point Fracked Gas Facility

    Sign on to Comments Urging the Maryland PSC to Oppose Cove Point

    The PSC is currently reviewing whether Dominion’s application to build a proposed $3.8 billion liquefied natural gas export facility at Cove Point in southern Maryland is in the “public interest.”

    The proposed facility will lock Maryland into a continued dependence on dirty fossil fuels, encourage a new wave of fracking across the region, and put residents of Southern Maryland — where the facility is sited — at risk.

    Add Your Name to Our Comments Below by the April 2 Deadline


    We the undersigned, urge the Maryland Public Service Commission to deny Dominion Cove Point a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct a 130 MW power plant and liquefied natural gas export terminal in Lusby, Maryland.

    Dominion’s proposed Cove Point project will NOT serve the public interest. It will worsen air quality in southern Maryland, set our state back in addressing climate change, harm nearby water resources, and threaten Maryland ratepayers with potential increases in natural gas prices.

    Any thorough examination of the harm vs. benefits of this proposal will show that the Maryland public will come out a significant loser, while the gas industry profits. Therefore, for all the aforementioned reasons, we urge you to deny Dominion’s application for the Cove Point LNG export terminal and power plant.

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    On February 20, 2014, 700 activists rallied in Baltimore to march against the proposed LNG export facility.

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    Consumers, Environment, Climate at Risk With Liquefied Natural Gas Export Push; National Energy and Climate Plan Needed


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    Ask Your New Hampshire Senator to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Join Us for the Home Stretch: Ask Your State Senator to Get Big Money Out of Politics

    The people of New Hampshire have spoken. 48 towns called for the state legislature to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics.

    Email your state senator and make sure he or she joins the people of New Hampshire in supporting a constitutional amendment.

    Please enter you zip code below, and we will provide a sample email that you can send your senator to ask for their support. We also encourage you to call them as well at the phone number that will be provided. Let us know what type of response you get at amendment@citizen.org.

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    Sign Up to Attend the Online Conversation with Public Citizen on Wednesday, March 26, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time)

    Public Citizen is working to engage in open dialogue with activists like you.

    Our next online conversation will be held on Wednesday, March 26, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time).

    This conversation will be about your fundamental right to take companies to court if they harm you or rip you off — ;a right that’s being eroded by legal jargon in the fine print of most consumer contracts.

    Add your name below to let us know you want to join the online conversation and to make sure you receive instructions and a reminder email.

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    Demand that Gables Residential Protect Workers’ Rights

    Wage Theft and Denying Workers Breaks to Drink Water is Unacceptable

    Gables Residential is a major developer of high end apartments. The company subcontracts with various companies that employ thousands of workers to construct Gables’ buildings.

    Too many of those workers have reported that they aren’t being fully compensated for the time they work and have been denied the right to take water breaks on the job.

    That’s why we’re joining with Workers Defense Project to ask Gables to Build it Better.

    Please Take a Stand for Workers by Sending an Email to Gables Executives

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    Demand that Gables Residential Protect Workers’ Rights

    Wage Theft and Denying Workers Breaks to Drink Water is Unacceptable

    Gables Residential is a major developer of high end apartments. The company subcontracts with various companies that employ thousands of workers to construct Gables’ buildings.

    Too many of those workers have reported that they aren’t being fully compensated for the time they work and have been denied the right to take water breaks on the job.

    That’s why we’re joining with Workers Defense Project to ask Gables to Build It Better.

    Please Take a Stand for Workers by Sending an Email to Gables Executives

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    Tell the EPA What You Think of Its Deal With BP

    Sign the Petition to Oppose the BP Deal

    Last week, the EPA reached an agreement with BP that lifts the corporation’s suspension from acquiring new oil drilling leases and other lucrative federal contracts.

    The president of BP America called the deal “fair and reasonable” — it is anything but!

    Sign Your Name Below to Oppose the Unjust BP Deal


    And then use the comment space to add your own words to describe the deal.

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    Don’t Let Dropbox Drop Your Rights!

    Sign this Fair Arbitration Now Petition Demanding that Dropbox Stop Forcing Its Customers to Surrender Their Constitutional Rights

    Dropbox — a popular service for storing and sharing files online — is trying to eviscerate its customers’ rights.

    Recently, Dropbox announced that it’s changing its terms of service by adding a forced arbitration clause, imposing a ban on consumers joining together in class actions and adding other offensive provisions that effectively ensure that Dropbox’s customers will never be able to hold the company responsible for violating their rights.

    Sign the petition to tell Dropbox nobody should have to sacrifice their rights in order to use online services.

    Petition to Dropbox:

     

    We, the undersigned, call on Dropbox to remove from its terms of service the language that undermines our constitutional rights to justice. Honor your customers’ rights!

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    Call Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 to Keep “Fair Elections” in the New York Budget

    It Is Up to Governor Cuomo Whether or Not Funding for Public Financing Is In the State Budget

    We can combat corruption and build a stronger democracy with immediate action. New York is on the verge of passing Fair Elections, a reform that would finally limit the influence of corporate CEOs and special interest campaign cash by providing matching funds to amplify the contributions of small donors.

    This reform would increase the voice of everyday New Yorkers, making it so that elected officials are more accountable to the general public and not just a small group of wealthy donors.

    Whether this happens is in the hands of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

    Call Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 and Tell Him “Keep Fair Elections and Public Financing in the Budget. I Want a State Of, By and For the People, Not Bought and Sold By Mega-Corporations and the Ultra-Wealthy.”

    Please Let Us Know How Your Call Went Using the Form Below

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    Write Your Representative to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track Trade Authority

    Your Representative Needs to Commit Today to Vote ‘No’ to Stop Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    This Saturday marks the two year anniversary of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) taking effect. This deal, which the Obama administration promised would expand exports and create American jobs, has proven to do just the opposite.

    President Obama wants your representative to give him Fast Track trade authority so that he can railroad the TPP through Congress with limited debate and no amendments. But under the Korea FTA — Obama’s only major trade deal, and the deal on which the TPP is modeled — U.S. exports dropped dramatically, imports soared and the U.S. lost more jobs to a trade agreement. And the TPP is literally based on the Korea FTA text.

    We need our representatives to stand up for us by voting “no” on Fast Track to stop the TPP from offshoring more jobs, jacking up medicine prices, and allowing corporations to sue us in international tribunals for enforcing standards for wages, job safety, and protection of our land, water and air that we’ve fought for in America for a century.

    Congress must assert its constitutional authority over trade agreements to stop the TPP nightmare from becoming a reality.

    Use the Form Below to Write Your Representative Now and Stop the TPP From Becoming a Reality

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    Sign Up to Attend a Public Hearing to Tell Austin Energy You Support Renewable Energy

    Help Keep Austin Green

    Even after all of the public demand for strengthening Austin Energy’s renewable energy, efficiency and carbon emissions goals, Austin Energy still says that it doesn't intend to address those issues in the current update of the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan.

    Austin has the opportunity to invest in clean, renewable energy that is also affordable. With enough public pressure, the newly created Austin Energy Generation Resource Plan Task Force and the City Council will make the changes we want.

    There is only one public hearing scheduled during the planning phase of the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan update.

    When: Monday, March 18, 6:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m. (If you can, arrive at 5:30 p.m. to participate in the rally for renewable energy.)

    Where: Austin Energy headquarters (721 Barton Springs Rd)

    Parking is available in the Palmer Events Center parking garage across the street.

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing on the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan

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    Tell Your Iowa Representative to Stand Up Against Corruption in Our Elections

    Call and Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Just a few calls from your district can really make the difference in getting your Iowa state Representative to co-sponsor a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to take money out of politics.

    It’s because phone calls are a little more work that they mean even more to your elected officials.

    Type in your information below, and our form will provide you with the phone number of your Iowa state representative

    Sample Talking Points for Your Representative

    • I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to urge Representative _______ to co-sponsor a resolution to overturn the Citizens United ruling and related cases.
    • With unlimited election spending rampant, voters are being drown out by big spenders, a constitutional amendment is needed to restore the right of Congress and the states to regulate our own elections.
    • The amendment would allow the Iowa legislature to once again impose limits on all kinds of spending in elections, including by groups such as corporations and non-profits.
    • It states that because only individuals have the right to vote, only individuals should have an ability to spend money to influence our elections.
    • Would Representative _______ be willing to co-sponsor a resolution for an amendment? If yes, you can tell them to get in touch with Representative Dan Kelley D-Newton.

    Be sure to let us know how the call went.

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    Join The Campaign To Reform The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce

    The U.S. Chamber Should Disclose Its Donors And Work For Reforms That Will Benefit All Americans


    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the largest and one of the most secretive corporate lobbying groups in the country. It claims to represent businesses large and small, but its leadership, lobbying, and other political activities reveal it to be a mechanism for only the country's largest corporations to heavily influence regulatory policy and election outcomes.

    The U.S. Chamber spent an average of $78.6 million on lobbying each year between 2002 and 2013 – an average of $50.6 million per year more than the next highest spender each year. The organization's political spending often exceeds the spending of all groups other than the two national parties.

    That's why U.S. Chamber Watch is working to educate the public about the U.S. Chamber's activities, and reform America's biggest business lobby. The U.S. Chamber's undue influence undermines the voice of everyday people in government, and only by holding the U.S. Chamber accountable will we relinquish its ironclad grip on our policy makers.


    Join us: Sign on to the statement below today and put the U.S. Chamber on notice.


    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce exercises undue influence over our democratic system. Its lobbying, outsized spending on political campaigns, lack of transparency about its membership and retrograde positions against climate science, workers’ rights, financial safeguards, consumer access to courts and taxation for the benefit of the disadvantaged are damaging to the fabric of our country and the world.

    While it claims to represent small businesses, the U.S. Chamber largely represents big corporations that game the system for their own enrichment. We call on the U.S. Chamber to disclose its donors and stop pushing politics that harm Main Street and the majority of Americans.

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    Ask Your Iowa State Legislators to Support Limits on Election Spending

    Your State Representative and Senator Need to Hear From You

    Iowa could become the seventeenth state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    We are encouraging Iowa state representatives, especially members of the Republican House Majority, to take a stand against big money in politics and co-sponsor a resolution calling for Citizens United to be overturned.

    Please take a minute to send an email to your representative and senator asking them to support a resolution to overturn the Citizens United ruling and to support stronger disclosure of election spending in Iowa.

    Type your zip code into the box below to identify your representative and senator.

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    Access and Cost: What the US Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries

    Congressional Panel Will Feature Experts on Single-Payer Health Care And Emphasize What The U.S. Could Gain From A Similar System

    Tomorrow at 10 a.m., lawmakers on Capitol Hill will hold a hearing to assess what the U.S. can learn from countries that provide health care to all of their citizens by using a single-payer healthcare system.

    The hearing will be hosted by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), chair of the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, and will feature the panel of expert witnesses.

    This panel is a good first step to starting a real discussion about the benefits of single-payer health care in the United States. Single-payer, or a Medicare-for-all system, would eliminate health insurance companies from the equation, ensuring that people always come before profits.

    Let us know you'll be there by using the form below to RSVP.

    When: Tuesday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m. (Arrive 15 to 30 minutes early to ensure you get a seat)
    Where: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C.


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    Participate in the Campaign to Stop Infant Formula Marketing in Healthcare Facilities

    Let’s Organize to Send a Unified Message to Formula Corporations

    On May 21, the anniversary of the adoption of the Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (“the Code”) by the World Health Organization, let’s send a strong reminder to formula corporations, hospitals and the U.S. government that formula promotion in the health care context violates the Code and harms families.

    Nearly 17,000 people have signed a petition to keep formula marketing out of healthcare facilities. On the anniversary of the Code, activists are delivering it to Mead Johnson’s headquarters near Chicago. If you can’t be there, you can still participate by:

    (a) posting photos and messages online

    (b) sending emails directly to the formula companies

    Let us if you can take action on May 21, 2014, the 33rd anniversary of the WHO code.

    Sign Up Below and We’ll Follow Up With Details

    Background

    Women deserve commercial-free infant feeding information before and after giving birth. So on May 21, 1981, the World Health Organization adopted International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. The aim was to improve breastfeeding rates and end egregious forms of formula marketing globally — including direct advertising to women in hospitals and doctor’s offices.

    A third of a century later, formula companies are still violating the WHO Code and co-opting hospitals into marketing their products.

    On the anniversary of the Code, let’s send a strong reminder to formula makers, hospitals and the U.S. government that formula marketing in the health care context is deceptive and unethical.

    Learn more about the campaign.

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    Tell Congress to Make Advertisers Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes

    Businesses Need Reduced Incentives to Advertise, Not Tax Write-Offs for Marketing

    The advertising industry is very worried — it might actually have to pay its fair share in taxes.

    Under the House Ways and Means Committee Chair, David Camp’s new tax reform proposal, companies would no longer be able to immediately and fully deduct ad spending as a regular business expense. The proposed reform would undoubtedly limit excessive commercial advertising by reducing companies’ financial incentives to advertise.

    With U.S. ad spending expected to increase to $160.8 billion in 2014 — much of which targets children, promotes unhealthy foods and products, or encourages runaway consumption — an incentive to reduce ads is much needed.

    The proposed changes would also increase much-needed tax revenue to the federal government by $169 billion over the next ten years.

    Sign the Petition to Congress


    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to pass a brand new tax reform proposal that would decrease tax breaks for advertising and bring in billions in much needed federal revenue.

    About Commercial Alert

    Commercial Alert’s mission is to keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy.

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    Help Ensure that Drug Labeling Provides Adequate Warnings of Safety Risks

    Tell the FDA: Allow Generic Drugmakers to Update Warnings

    The availability of generic medicines has helped to make prescription drugs affordable for consumers.

    But there’s a gaping hole in drug regulation that poses a threat to patients’ health and safety.

    Generic drugmakers cannot update the safety warnings on the labels of their own drugs, except when specifically required to by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That means the generic drugmakers can do little to warn doctors and patients when new safety risks come to light.

    Add your name to Public Citizen’s petition supporting the FDA’s proposal to give generic drugmakers the ability to revise their drugs’ labeling to warn patients of newly discovered safety risks.

     

    We, the undersigned, support the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rule to revise FDA regulations about generic drug labeling. The proposed rule creates parity between brand-name drug manufacturers and generic drug manufacturers with respect to revising drug labeling to provide information about newly discovered risks. The proposed rule recognizes generic drugs’ significant role in today’s pharmaceutical marketplace and is carefully tailored to address the needs of patients and physicians, and the resources and expertise of the industry.

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    Help Keep America’s Workers Safe

    Tell the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to modernize its record-keeping methods


    OSHA is proposing a new rule that would modernize its record-keeping system.

    Moving to the new system is a no-brainer:

    • It would require companies to submit electronic versions of safety records — which they keep anyway — to the agency.

    • It would eliminate the 15-month lag between OSHA receiving information about safety problems and acting on it.

    • It would make information about workplace hazards public, allowing government officials and public health advocates to identify and mitigate potential risks as they arise.

    Make sure OSHA knows that you want it to move forward with this new system, and that you don’t want it to fold to industry pressure that seeks weaken the requirements.


    Sign on to the comment below today to send a simple message to OSHA: Keep workers safe.


    We, the undersigned, encourage the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to move full steam ahead with the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rulemaking. In order to keep America’s workers safe, OSHA needs access to information about companies’ safety records in a timely manner. Further, that information must be delivered in a format that allows OSHA to efficiently analyze it for workplace hazards.

    Protecting America’s greatest asset, its workers, should be the top priority of the agency. Any rule that would make the process more efficient should be adopted.

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    Tell John Kerry that the Keystone XL Pipeline is Not in Our National Interest

    Sign on to Comments Urging the Secretary Kerry to Protect Our National Interest

    The Keystone XL pipeline is, all the way around, a bad deal for the American people.

    Add Your Name to Our Comments Below by the March 7 Deadline and Feel Free to Add Your Words as Well


    The Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest. We urge Secretary John Kerry to recommend that President Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Proponents of the pipeline have disseminated misleading and false information about the so called benefits of constructing the Keystone XL, which would carry nearly a million barrels of toxic tar sands oil a day from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

    Secretary Kerry must get the facts right, and recommend that President Obama reject Keystone XL:

    • Keystone XL will not directly create 100,000-plus jobs, but rather 3,900 short-term and 50 long-term jobs.
    • Keystone XL will not produce billions in corporate tax revenues because of tax loopholes most Americans have never heard of.
    • Keystone XL will not be safe from disastrous leaks, but it will be exempt from corporations paying into a key disaster insurance fund because it is “unconventional oil,” which puts taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars.
    • Keystone XL will not make America energy independent; in fact, most of the tar sands oil is planned for export from the Gulf of Mexico via tankers to foreign countries. The claim that the tar sands will get to market by rail ignores just how overburdened our rail system already is — and how long it takes to build additional tracks and rail cars.
    • Keystone XL and associated mining will not be climate neutral — in spite of the claims made in an assessment prepared by an industry-linked group — but it will speed climate change and global instability. It will emit as much carbon as 7.8 more coal plants.

    To protect our national interest, the State Department and President Obama must reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

    By adding your name below your name, address and comments will be filed with a public agency and become public record.

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    Photograph of Keystone XL Action at White House

    On March 2, 385 student climate activists were arrested at the White House during a protest of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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    What Would You Do With $5.9 Million?

    The Supreme Court Could Decide in McCutcheon to Let Individuals Dole Out 5.9 Million to Candidates and Committees in a Single Election Cycle

    If you were one of the handful of people wealthy enough to benefit if the Supreme Court doubles down on its Citizens United debacle with an equally destructive ruling in McCutcheon — how would you spend almost $6 million?

    Share your thoughts about ways to spend $5.9 million that would be more constructive than installing puppets of billionaires and Big Business in elected office.

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    Ask Your Representative to Oppose the Camp-Baucus Bill and All Forms of Fast Track

    Your Representative Needs to Publicly Commit Today to Vote “No” to Stop Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Negotiators met behind closed doors in Singapore last week in an attempt to finalize the most expansive so-called “free trade” agreement ever — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP would send hundreds of thousands of American jobs overseas and increase medicine prices. It would expose the laws we rely on to protect our families’ health and the environment to attack by corporations in foreign tribunals.

    But we can stop this from happening! To stop the TPP, we first have to stop the Camp-Baucus Fast Track bill. This bill is the latest attempt to get Fast Track authority, a sneaky procedure that delegates away Congress’ constitutional trade authority. Fast Track would allow damaging deals like the TPP to be railroaded through Congress with limited debate and no amendments.

    Making this call is quick and easy. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative’s office. If you don’t know who your representative is, no problem. Just give the operator your zip code and they will connect you. When the office answers, say you are a constituent and would like to speak to the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have a real effect!

    Use the script below to give them a call. Make sure that you include the key points in the first paragraph and feel free to put the message in your own words!

    Hello, my name is __ {name} __ . I am from ___{your town or city}___. I’m calling today about Fast Track trade authority. I would like a written commitment that my representative opposes the Camp-Baucus Fast Track bill and all forms of the outrageous Fast Track procedure. I'm a constituent, and I am strongly opposed to my representative giving away Congress’ constitutional authority to control our trade policy. We send people to Congress to stand up for us, not give away their power to stop more American job offshoring and protect us from dangerous imported food that doesn’t meet our safety standards. This latest so-called trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, would not only do that — but also ban Buy American and increase our medicine prices.

    Fast Track would let the president sign this deal before Congress even gets to vote on it. Key congressional demands have been ignored thus far — if this is how they treat Members of Congress now, just imagine what the process would look like under Fast Track.

    That’s why it’s crucial that Congress not give away its authority to make sure every provision of TPP is in our interest before this massive deal can be signed. Good trade deals don’t need to be railroaded through Congress using Fast Track. I want my Representative to keep the trade authority granted to Congress by the Constitution to make sure that we do not get slammed again by a bad trade deal.

    Please Let Us Know How Your Call Went Using the Form Below

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    Tell the EPA Not to Cut a Deal With BP

    Sign the Petition Urging the EPA Not to Lift BP’s Suspension

    For the past 15 months, BP — the corporation responsible for the Gulf oil disaster and numerous other safety, environmental and ethics violations — has been prohibited from receiving new oil drilling leases or other federal contracts.

    But just this week, the president of BP America Inc. told an oil and gas association that “the company is getting closer to an agreement that would let it participate in federal oil lease sales and get other federal contracts.”

    Sign Below to Support EPA’s Suspension of BP from Federal Contracts.


    We the undersigned, urge the EPA not to reach an agreement with BP that would reward the corporation with lucrative contracts and access to natural resources extracted from public land and waters. We believe that the government's case in defense of its decision to maintain BP's suspension from federal contracts is strong, and we want the case to go forward so the court can rule against BP.

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    Ask Your Iowa State Representative to Support Limits and Disclosure of Election Spending

    Your State Representative Needs to Hear From You

    Iowa could become the seventeenth state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    We are encouraging Iowa state representatives, especially members of the Republican House Majority, to take a stand against big money in politics and co-sponsor a resolution calling for Citizens United to be overturned.

    Additionally, your elected representatives could pass a disclosure bill this session to make sure election spending by super PACs, trade groups and non-profits in Iowa elections is fully disclosed.

    Please take a minute to send an email to your representative asking him or her to support a resolution to overturn the Citizens United ruling and also support a stronger disclosure bill.

    Type your zip code into the box below to identify your legislator. 

    We also urge you to follow up on your message by briefly calling your state representative using the talking points in the email. If your representative is not of your same political persuasion, think carefully about using arguments that he or she is most likely to find persuasive. The most effective calls consist of clear, short, non-partisan statements. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Sign Up to Attend a Stakeholder Meeting Tomorrow and Tell Austin Energy You Support Renewable Energy

    Help Maintain Momentum After Yesterday’s Great Turnout

    Right now, Austin Energy is developing an updated Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan to 2024. That plan will determine which energy sources the utility invests in to serve the needs of the Austin area.

    Should Austin Energy keep putting money into polluting fossil fuels or invest more in energy efficiency and renewable energy, as other progressive cities are doing? Austin Energy is owned owned by the City of Austin — meaning that you, as an Austin resident, own the utility.

    You can help decide what Austin Energy’s priorities should be by attending one of these three scheduled Austin Energy Generation Plan Stakeholder meetings.

    Instead of building on past success, Austin Energy wants to take a break. Utility leaders say they don't plan to set a new goal to limit carbon emission or to increase the amount of renewable energy the utility uses — even though renewable energy is now affordable energy too.

    This is no time to slow down our efforts to combat climate change and doing so will also protect ratepayers from volatile gas prices.

    The meeting will be held in the first floor assembly room at the Town Lake Center (721 Barton Springs Road). Free parking is available in the Palmer Events Center parking garage. Let the parking attendant know you are there for the Austin Energy generation stakeholder input meeting to ensure there is no charge.

    Sign Up to Attend the Final Austin Energy Generation Plan Stakeholder Meeting tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    Coverage of the Rally

    With Austin Energy nearing renewable-energy goal, environmentalists say utility can do more, front page of the Austin-American Statesman

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    Tell Austin Energy You Want a Smart Transition to a Renewable Energy

    Austinites, Let’s Protect the Climate and Our Wallets

    Austin Energy is poised to reach its 35% renewable energy goal four years early in 2016. That’s great news not only for the environment and human health, but also for our bills. That’s because wind energy has become the cheapest energy available. And now Austin Energy is poised to sign a solar contract that will almost certainly save customers over the 20-25 year life of that project.

    You would think all that would add up to Austin Energy supporting a rapid transition away from polluting coal and natural gas. Unfortunately that’s exactly the opposite of what Austin Energy wants.

    Austin Energy has proposed to keep running the old polluting Fayette coal plant until 2025! And it wants to build a massive new gas plant that would drive up demand for dangerous fracking gas.

    Austin and the rest of Texas is already suffering from climate change and we now know that methane leakage from natural gas drilling, processing and transportation negates almost all of the climate benefits of burning natural gas instead of coal over a 20-year time frame.

    On top of being bad for the climate and Texas water supplies, natural gas is a very risky bet for consumers. Prices jump up and down, making the future cost of energy that relies on natural gas impossible to predict.

    Austin Energy isn't too worried about that though. Austin Energy will just pass any cost increases onto its customers in the fuel charge, which it can raise any time prices go up.

    It takes a community effort to keep any utility moving in the right direction.

    Send an Email to Austin Energy Asking for a Clean Energy Plan That Will Protect Consumers

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    Sign the Letter to Thank Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid for Speaking Out Against the Camp-Baucus Bill, and Urge Them to Oppose All Forms of Fast Track

    Tell Leaders Pelosi and Reid to Continue to Stand Up for Working Families, and Replace Fast Track with a Democratic Trade Authority Mechanism that Gives Congress the Steering Wheel and an Emergency Brake

    The two Democratic leaders in Congress — Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid — have both spoken out against the Camp-Baucus Fast Track bill. President Obama wants Fast Track in order to railroad the TPP through Congress.

    This is a huge first step. But we need the Democratic leaders to make clear that no form of Fast Track is acceptable. Nixon’s 1970’s Fast Track must be replaced with a new 21st Century trade negotiation and approval system that subjects these enormously impactful agreements to democratic processes.

    Please add your name to the letter below. Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach will hand-deliver it to Minority Leader Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid to send your thanks, show your support and encourage them to announce their opposition to any form of Fast Track.

    We are writing to thank you for announcing your opposition to the Camp-Baucus Fast Track bill. The legislation replicates the broad delegation of Congress’ constitutional authorities that was provided in the 2002 Fast Track and in other past grants of Fast Track that undermines Congress’ ability to have a meaningful role in shaping the contents of trade agreements and selecting trade agreement partners.

    As a candidate in 2008, President Obama said: “I will replace Fast Track with a process that includes criteria determining appropriate negotiating partners that includes an analysis of labor and environmental standards as well as the state of civil society in those countries ... I will ensure that Congress plays a strong and informed role in our international economic policy and in any future agreements we pursue and in our efforts to amend existing agreements.” He said: “The current Fast Track process does not mandate that agreements include binding labor and environmental protections nor does it give an adequate role to Congress in the selection and design of agreements. I will work with Congressional leaders to ensure that any new TPA authority fix these basic failings and open up the process to the American people for their participation and scrutiny.”

    With most House Democrats and a bloc of Republicans opposing the Camp-Baucus bill, its prospects are dim. This presents an exciting opportunity to launch the overdue discussion about how to replace Nixon’s outdated Fast Track mechanism with a new 21st Century trade negotiating authority that reflects the reality that today’s “trade” agreements set binding policy on Congress and state legislatures on a vast array of non-trade issues.

    Given these deals will shape our nation’s domestic policies on healthcare and affordable drugs, energy and climate, food safety, Internet and copyright, patents and innovation, financial regulation and more, Congress and the American public must have a much greater role in determining the U.S. trade agreements’ contents.

    Trade agreements have become the main instruments setting the rules of globalization. And the current rules have not worked for most Americans. Until Congress reasserts its constitutional authority over runaway trade negotiators, we will face more of the same damaging trade agreements. Just consider how the Trans-Pacific Partnership expands on the investor protections found in NAFTA that incentivize U.S. job offshoring. Those who will live with the results of these agreements — the American public — need you to create a new trade agreement negotiating and approval process that restores our democratic rights in this era of globalization.

    While the first task at hand is to stop the Camp-Baucus bill, the debate on trade authority will not end with that bill’s demise. We are committed to working with you to frame the next round of the debate, as one about how to best replace Fast Track.

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    Tell the Environmental Protection Agency to Take Action to Fight Climate Change

    Send Comments to the EPA on Proposed Rule to Reduce Carbon Pollution

    Power plants are the country’s largest stationary source of carbon dioxide. In 2009, the EPA found that by causing climate change, carbon emissions endanger both public health and the welfare of current and future generations.

    Limiting carbon pollution will not only protect citizens from toxic climate-change-causing emissions, it will also benefit American consumers by encouraging greater investment in energy efficiency and affordable sustainable energy.

    This is our opportunity to push back against polluter attempts to maintain the dirty energy status quo. Join Public Citizen in supporting a transition away from a carbon economy.

    Use the Form Below to Email Public Comments to the EPA


    Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

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    Stop BP from Profiting at Minnesota’s Expense

    Add Your Name to Prevent BP from Profiting from Pollution

    The Minnesota Commerce Department is alleging that BP has fraudulently collected more than $25 million from a state fund intended for clean up not covered by private insurance, while also being reimbursed by insurers for cleaning up its leaking underground petroleum tanks.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has called the rusted, leaky steel tanks the single largest threat to groundwater in the United States.

    And it turns out that not only is BP one of the oil companies whose tanks are responsible for the threat to Minnesota groundwater, but it may have used the clean-up process to turn a profit.

    Add Your Name to Join the Campaign to Hold BP Accountable for Its Alleged Misdeeds

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    Write Senator Wyden to Thank Him for His Stand Against the Camp-Baucus Fast Track Bill and Secret “Trade” Deals

    As Finance Committee chair, Senator Wyden will be critical to saving us from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    When new Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden announced his opposition to the Camp-Baucus Fast Track bill, everyone took notice!

    As Senator Wyden said, “secrecy and lack of informed public input makes it difficult for Congress to oversee and direct trade negotiations.” He also announced that “there must be fundamental changes … to transparency and congressional consultation for the president’s trade agenda to advance.”

    Wyden has supported Fast Track and almost every so-called “free trade” agreement in the past. So his honesty about the abysmal situation with TPP and Fast Track really upset the corporate lobby.

    Please add your name to the letter below. Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach will hand-deliver it to Senator Wyden to send your thanks, show your support and encourage him to stay strong.

    We are writing today to thank you for your recent statements opposing the Camp-Baucus Fast Track bill and the secrecy and lack of congressional consultation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, and to congratulate you on becoming Finance Committee chair.

    We greatly appreciate your speaking out about the abysmally secretive TPP process – recently and throughout the negotiations. And we thank you for announcing that you oppose the Camp-Baucus bill’s approach to trade authority.

    TPP negotiations have been underway for more than three years. The administration wants to seal the deal during President Obama’s trip to Asia in April. The TPP would be the most significant international commercial agreement since the World Trade Organization — posing broad threats to U.S. jobs, Internet freedom, food safety, the environment, financial regulation, affordable medicine and more.

    It is outrageous that the more than 600 corporate representatives serving as official U.S. trade advisors have access to TPP texts and privileged input. Meanwhile, despite Congress’ exclusive constitutional trade authority, you and your colleagues have been sidelined and the U.S. public and the press are locked out.

    The TPP texts that have leaked provide very worrying insight into what is at stake for us with TPP. The investment chapter is outrageous it would incentivize the offshoring of U.S. jobs and exposing our public interest policies to attack in foreign tribunals. The IP chapter is disgusting it could undermine Internet freedom and raise health care costs.

    Only five of the TPP’s 29 chapters deal with traditional trade matters. The rest deal with domestic policies food safety, labor and environmental standards, access to safe and affordable medicines, Internet freedom, government procurement, and more so it’s absolutely crucial that Congress maintain its constitutional authority and not delegate it away through Fast Track.

    When you begin to consider what sort of trade authority is appropriate for such expansive “21st Century” agreements, we hope your first step will be to relegate Fast Track to the museum of dangerous technology. Fast Track may have worked in the past when agreements focused mainly on tariffs, but now it is being used by the executive branch to diplomatically legislate policies Congress has rejected like the SOPA.

    Thank you, Chairman Wyden, for opposing the Camp-Baucus bill and bringing the problem of TPP secrecy to the world’s attention. We look forward to working with you to lift the veil of secrecy in trade negotiations and to create a new trade authority process to replace Fast Track so future U.S. trade agreements work for most Americans, not just big corporations.

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    Demand that Facebook Stop Using Kids as Advertising Tools

    Exploiting Minors’ Names and Images for Ads is Illegal and Wrong

    In its zeal to maximize advertising dollars, Facebook is enlisting its users — including children — to serve as unwitting endorsers of commercial products.

    When you “like” a product or business, Facebook may subsequently display your name and photo along with ads from that business, implying your endorsement of the company and its products. Facebook even uses children for this insidious marketing scheme.

    In 2011, some Facebook users joined together to sue Facebook for attaching their names and images to ads without their consent. But their recent settlement still allows Facebook to use children for advertising.

    Public Citizen is appealing the settlement so that the rights and privacy of children and their parents are truly protected.

    Commercial use of a minor’s image without parental consent is not only unethical, it is illegal in seven states. Facebook must stop taking commercial advantage of children and start complying with state laws.

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    We, the undersigned, call on Facebook to stop using children’s names and images in connection with sponsored advertisements. Facebook’s policy does not adequately protect children from commercial exploitation.

    About Commercial Alert

    Commercial Alert’s mission is to keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy. Learn more about Commercial Alert.

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    Help Limit Ground Level Ozone Pollution and Reduce Respiratory Disease

    Provide Input to Make Sure the New DFW Clean Air Plan Limits Pollution From All Major Sources

    The North Texas Council of Governments (NTCOG) Clean Air Steering Committee is working with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to develop a new clean air plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Help protect

    They have asked for public input on what pollution sources and means of limiting that pollution should be considered in the plan.

    Send an Email to the NTCOG

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    Write Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    Your Representative Must Refuse to Co-sponsor Fast Track Trade Authority to Stop Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Corporate supporters of Fast Track and the TPP and their allies in Congress are on the warpath to pass Fast Track as soon as possible this year.

    These corporate supporters know that if they pass Fast Track, then the odds of the TPP corporate wish list becoming law increases dramatically.

    Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) wants a Democratic co-sponsor for a Fast Track bill, and your member of Congress is one of his targets. Why? Because your representative has indicated that he is among the few Democrats in the entire House of Representatives supporting Fast Track.

    We need our representatives to stand up for us by sticking with the 160 House Democrats — including leadership that have publicly opposed Fast Track.

    We need the unity of House Democrats to stop the TPP from offshoring more jobs, jacking up medicine prices, and allowing corporations to sue us in international tribunals for enforcing standards for wages, job safety, and protection of our land, water and air that we’ve fought for in America for a century.

    Use the form below to write your representative now and stop Fast Track and the TPP from becoming a reality.

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    If Sen. Reid decides not to allow a Senate vote on the legislation to establish Fast Track, it would be a major boon to our fight to stop Fast Track and the TPP.

    The corporate pressure on Sen. Reid to allow a Fast Track vote will be extreme, so we need to let him know that the U.S. public is on his side. And, we need to thank him for his statements to date.

    Add your name to the letter below, and Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach will hand-deliver it to Sen. Reid to show your support and encourage him to stay strong.

    I am writing today to thank you for your recent statement opposing Fast Track. The Fast Track bill introduced by Sen. Baucus would put in place the old Nixon-era Fast Track that gives away your constitutional authority to ensure we do not get slammed by another terrible trade agreement.

    Sen. Baucus’ bill is the same 2002 Fast Track that thankfully ended in 2007. It is imperative that you do not allow a vote on that retrograde legislation in the Senate. In November, 151 of your Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives signed on to Reps. Miller (D-Calif.) and Delauro’s (D-Conn.) letter, committing to stand up for their constituents by rejecting this dangerous sort of Fast Track trade authority. Another ten Democrats on the Ways and Means committee wrote a similar letter. Since then even more House Democrats have come out against the Camp-Baucus bill.

    It was wonderful to see so many House Democrats and scores of Republicans who sent their own letters united to preserve their ability to fix our failing trade policy. It is especially important that Congress maintains its constitutional authority over trade now. As the Senate majority leader, you have enormous power to save us from Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    TPP negotiations have been underway for more than three years and are targeted for completion before the President’s trip to Asia in April. The TPP would be the most significant international commercial agreement since the World Trade Organization — posing broad threats to U.S. jobs, food safety, financial regulation, affordable medicine and more.

    I am thankful that you see these “trade” deals the same way that I do: as threats to American jobs, and the health and environmental policies on which we rely. I am relying on you to stand up for me and get the TPP mess fixed. It is outrageous that the more than 600 corporate representatives serving as official U.S. trade advisors have full access to draft TPP texts and privileged input but the U.S. public and the press are locked out. Though the public hasn’t been given access to the negotiating texts, leaked texts have provided insight into what the negotiating parties have agreed upon. Among other troubling provisions, there are the special privileges and benefits for firms that offshore investment and jobs away from the U.S.

    Only five of the TPP’s 29 chapters deal with traditional trade matters. The rest deal with domestic policies from food safety to labor and environmental standards to access to safe and affordable medicines and Internet freedom to government procurement so it’s absolutely crucial that Congress maintain its constitutional authority and not delegate it away through Fast Track.

    Thank you for your statements against Fast Track. I am so appreciative that, as Majority Leader, you have the power to make sure that the Fast Track legislation does not get a Senate vote. United with your fellow members of Congress, you can stop Fast Track and get our trade policy back on the right track.

    Please commit to prevent a vote on Sen. Baucus bill, and thank you again for speaking out against Fast Track.

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    Organizing for Renewable Energy in Austin

    Join Us for a Community Meeting on Transitioning Austin to Renewable Energy

    As new records for extreme weather continue to be set in Texas, across the nation and around the world, our supposedly green publicly owned utility, Austin Energy, is still burning coal and is actually proposing to expand the use of natural gas.

    The City Council will only act to protect and improve our climate, our local economy and our health if the people of Austin demand action.

    As we begin the process of updating Austin Energy’s Generation Plan, we need engagement from a wide swath of Austinites to ensure that smart decisions are made to protect our environment and ratepayers, not just for a year or two, but for the next decade and beyond.

    When: Saturday, February 15, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

    Where: Carver Branch, Austin Public Library, 1161 Angelina St, Austin, Texas 78702

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    Support an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Restore Our Democracy

    Help Get New Hampshire’s Support to Get Big Money Out of Politics and End Corporate Personhood

    The New Hampshire Senate is set to vote on SB 307, which affirms the legislature’s support for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases and establishes a committee to review the best method to do so.

    New Hampshire residents have shown enthusiastic bi-partisan support for a constitutional amendment, including polling 3 to 1 in favor and gathering enough signatures to place the issue before town meetings in more than 50 towns this spring.

    Sign the Petition

    I join thousands of other New Hampshire residents, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, in supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases, and supporting the common sense step of establishing a committee to review and make recommendations regarding the next steps forward.

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    Save Lives and Taxpayer Dollars in Maryland

    Tell State Lawmakers to Protect Construction Workers in Awarding Government Contracts

    That’s the basic principle behind a set of bills recently proposed in Annapolis, which the state is now considering. If passed, the legislation would prevent your tax dollars from going to construction companies with poor safety records.

    House bill 951 and Senate bill 774 would require that construction companies provide safety trainings to workers and show that they have no serious safety violations before the companies can be awarded state construction contracts.

    Next month, Keith Wrightson, Public Citizen’s worker health and safety advocate, will testify in support of the bills, which were inspired by a report he wrote last year.

    Sign the petition, and make sure that when Keith testifies he can add your name to the public record in support of this lifesaving measure.


    We, the undersigned, call for passage of House bill 951 and Senate bill 774.

    From 2008 to 2010, Maryland recorded 18,600 construction industry injuries and illnesses, as well as 55 fatalities. Such deaths and injuries are a tragedy for Maryland families. They also are an economic burden, costing the state’s economy $712.8 million.

    The proposed reforms are simple and inexpensive. Construction companies that seek state contracts would be required to meet robust, commonsense safety standards. Companies that meet the standards would be pre-qualified to do the work, and taxpayer dollars would be kept away from companies with poor safety records.

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    Rein in Wall Street Manipulation of the Energy Market

    Tell the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to Strengthen Rules that Prevent Excessive Speculation

    Here’s the situation: The Big Banks have been gambling on energy markets, which can have a big impact on the prices of things like oil and gas.

    Goldman Sachs suggested that speculation in the energy market increases the price of a gallon of gas by 65 to 70 cents.

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission can do something about this by limiting the amount of the energy market that banks can control, and they’ve made a move to do just that.

    Add your name below to commend the CFTC for its action, and tell them to strengthen their rule to further rein in the Big Banks.

     

    We, the undersigned, commend the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for promulgating rules to curb Wall Street domination of the energy futures market, and encourage the agency to further strengthen its proposal. As of now, the proposed rules include limits that are too high and will still allow excessive speculation to distort energy prices for consumers and exacerbate market volatility.

    We encourage the Commission to create strong rule to protect consumers and the economy, and to look past Wall Street’s overblown, predictable opposition.

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    Write Senate Majority Leader Reid to Thank Him for His Stand Against Fast Track

    If Sen. Reid Refuses to Schedule a Senate Vote on Fast Track, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Won’t Get Railroaded Through Congress

    “I’m against Fast Track. I think everyone would be well advised just to not push this right now.”

    That’s what Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said after President Barack Obama raised Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in his State of the Union speech.

    If Sen. Reid decides not to allow a Senate vote on the legislation to establish Fast Track, it would be a major boon to our fight to stop Fast Track and the TPP.

    The corporate pressure on Sen. Reid to allow a Fast Track vote will be extreme, so we need to let him know that the U.S. public is on his side. And, we need to thank him for his statements to date.

    Add your name to the letter below, and Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach will hand-deliver it to Sen. Reid to show your support and encourage him to stay strong.

    I am writing today to thank you for your recent statement opposing Fast Track. The Fast Track bill introduced by Sen. Baucus would put in place the old Nixon-era Fast Track that gives away your constitutional authority to ensure we do not get slammed by another terrible trade agreement.

    Sen. Baucus’ bill is the same 2002 Fast Track that thankfully ended in 2007. It is imperative that you do not allow a vote on that retrograde legislation in the Senate. In November, 151 of your Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives signed on to Reps. Miller (D-Calif.) and Delauro’s (D-Conn.) letter, committing to stand up for their constituents by rejecting this dangerous sort of Fast Track trade authority. Another ten Democrats on the Ways and Means committee wrote a similar letter. Since then even more House Democrats have come out against the Camp-Baucus bill.

    It was wonderful to see so many House Democrats and scores of Republicans who sent their own letters united to preserve their ability to fix our failing trade policy. It is especially important that Congress maintains its constitutional authority over trade now. As the Senate majority leader, you have enormous power to save us from Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    TPP negotiations have been underway for more than three years and are targeted for completion before the President’s trip to Asia in April. The TPP would be the most significant international commercial agreement since the World Trade Organization — posing broad threats to U.S. jobs, food safety, financial regulation, affordable medicine and more.

    I am thankful that you see these “trade” deals the same way that I do: as threats to American jobs, and the health and environmental policies on which we rely. I am relying on you to stand up for me and get the TPP mess fixed. It is outrageous that the more than 600 corporate representatives serving as official U.S. trade advisors have full access to draft TPP texts and privileged input but the U.S. public and the press are locked out. Though the public hasn’t been given access to the negotiating texts, leaked texts have provided insight into what the negotiating parties have agreed upon. Among other troubling provisions, there are the special privileges and benefits for firms that offshore investment and jobs away from the U.S.

    Only five of the TPP’s 29 chapters deal with traditional trade matters. The rest deal with domestic policies from food safety to labor and environmental standards to access to safe and affordable medicines and Internet freedom to government procurement so it’s absolutely crucial that Congress maintain its constitutional authority and not delegate it away through Fast Track.

    Thank you for your statements against Fast Track. I am so appreciative that, as Majority Leader, you have the power to make sure that the Fast Track legislation does not get a Senate vote. United with your fellow members of Congress, you can stop Fast Track and get our trade policy back on the right track.

    Please commit to prevent a vote on Sen. Baucus bill, and thank you again for speaking out against Fast Track.

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    Tell the IRS to Stand Up to the Tea Party

    Clarify the Rules to Prevent Dark Money Groups from Abusing Nonprofit Status

    The IRS is trying to fix the vague, unclear language of its rules for political activity by nonprofits.

    But Tea Party-aligned groups are attacking the new IRS rules. These rules are meant to prevent political operatives like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS from claiming special tax status as “social welfare” nonprofits and avoiding disclosure of their electioneering activities.

    Clarifying the rules will help real nonprofits that truly help people to engage the public while at the same time preventing the tax code from being abused by partisan political operatives to conceal who’s funding their political activities.

    Add your name below to urge the IRS to clarify its political activity rules and not let Karl Rove hide his political operations behind the tax code.

     

    We, the undersigned, support the IRS rulemaking and call on the agency to improve its proposed rule to clarify the political activity rules for nonprofits and to stop dark money groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS from abusing their nonprofit status. Don’t let political operatives hide who’s funding their partisan political smears and attack ads!

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    Support the Government By the People Act

    Join the Campaign to End Big Money’s Domination Over Washington

    Too often, lawmakers pander to corporate CEOs, lobbyists, and the super-rich because they think doing so will help them raise money for their re-election campaigns.

    The result is a Congress that ignores the needs of most Americans while legislating like its constituents are solely members of the 1%.

    This is not how a democracy is supposed to function.

    The Government By the People Act (H.R. 20) would repair our broken democracy by using matching public funds to amplify the impact of small-dollar donations to political campaigns, leveling the playing field so candidates pay the most attention to everyday voters, not big-money donors.

    Add your name to become a citizen co-sponsor of the Government By the People Act:

     

    We demand a government that is accountable to all of us, not just wealthy donors. I support the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), which reduces the influence of big-money campaign donors by amplifying the voices of all Americans. Candidates can then focus their attention on people like me to support their campaigns, instead of bankers or lobbyists.

    As a citizen co-sponsor, I urge my representative to be a leader in ensuring that our government is of, by and for the people by working to pass this critical bill.

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    What’s Happening in Iowa: Democracy Movement in Action

    RSVP for Our Thursday Call Featuring Senator Jeff Danielson to Receive the Call-in Number

    Hear from Senator Danielson and advocates around the state and learn how you can help fight unlimited money in politics post-Citizens United.

    Together we can take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

    Hear from Senator Danielson and advocates around the state and learn how you can help fight unlimited money in politics post-Citizens United.

    Together we can take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

    Hear from Senator Danielson and advocates around the state and learn how you can help fight unlimited money in politics post-Citizens United.

    Together we can take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

    Hear from Senator Danielson and advocates around the state and learn how you can help fight unlimited money in politics post-Citizens United.

    Together we can take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

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    Sign Up to Help Pass the “We, the People” Ballot Initiative in Washington State

    Initiative 1329 Calls for an Amendment to Take Big Money Out of Politics and Require Full Disclosure

    Don’t miss the chance to shape and rebuild our democracy for the better in Washington state.

    Please sign up below for one or more important volunteer roles. Your information will be shared with our partners at Washington Coaltion to Amend the Constitution (WAMEND), who will be following up with you about next steps.

    Signature collectors are needed the most!

    Providing your phone number makes it easier for us to connect you with people in your area.

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    Sign Up to Attend the Online Conversation with Public Citizen on Wednesday, March 26, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time)

    Public Citizen is working to engage in open dialogue with activists like you.

    Our next online conversation will be held on Wednesday, March 26, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time).

    Add your name below to let us know you want to join the online conversation and to make sure you receive instructions and a reminder email.

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    Oppose Efforts to Export Crude Oil

    Sign Petition to Senate Energy Committee to Keep Consumer Protection in Place

    Big Oil has announced that lifting the nearly four-decade-old ban on exporting crude oil is at the top of its 2014 agenda prompting a hearing within the powerful Senate Energy Committee.

    The crude oil ban was put in place to protect consumers; lifting it could increase U.S. gasoline prices while enriching Big Oil.

    Congress must resist pressure from Big Oil to give away consumer protections in the name of more oil profits.

    Sign the Petition Urging Lawmakers to Champion the Ban on Crude Oil Exports


    We, the undersigned, urge you to protect American families from rising gas prices. Keep the decades-old ban on crude oil exports intact. Lifting the ban would allow the industry to move its polluting product faster and turn a bigger profit — good for Big Oil, but bad for consumers, who will face higher domestic gas prices. We demand that you act in the interest of the American people, not Big Oil.

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    Tell President Obama that You Don’t Buy His “Trade” Pact Spin

    Fast-Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Would Only Make Inequality Worse

    In his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday, January 28, President Obama talked a lot about combatting the growing problem of inequality in the U.S. Excellent!

    But at the same time, he repeated the same tired lines about how trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would create American jobs.

    Economic experts from across the political spectrum agree that these NAFTA-style “trade” pacts only worsen the problem of inequality.

    And more than 160 members of Congress from the President’s own party have committed to oppose Fast-Tracking the TPP.

    It’s time for us to speak up and make sure President Obama gets the message.

    Add Your Name to This Petition Telling President Obama That If He Wants to Fight Inequality, He Needs to Derail Fast Track and the TPP.


    I was pleased to hear you talk about the need to fight the growing inequality in the United States in your State of the Union speech. But I am concerned that you repeated the tired, false mantra about more “trade” deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being an answer to our jobs problem.

    If you’re serious about fighting inequality, then stop pushing Fast Track and the TPP. Economists of all stripes agree that U.S. trade policy has been one of the major contributors to growing U.S. income inequality.

    If we’re going to reduce inequality, we simply cannot afford to Fast Track another job-killing, NAFTA-style deal like the TPP. If you want to stop the American Dream from slipping away, drop your push for Fast Track and the TPP.

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    Oppose Efforts to Export Crude Oil

    Email Your Senator to Keep Consumer Protection in Place

    Big Oil has announced that lifting the nearly four-decade-old ban on exporting crude oil is at the top of its 2014 agenda, prompting a hearing within the powerful Senate Energy Committee.

    The crude oil ban was put in place to protect consumers; lifting it could increase U.S. gasoline prices while enriching Big Oil.

    Congress must resist pressure from Big Oil to give away consumer protections in the name of more oil profits.

    Email Your Senator on the Energy and Natural Resource Committee and Urge Your Lawmaker to Champion the Ban on Oil Exports.


    Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

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    Sign Up to Attend the Amendment Lobby Day in Des Moines to Overturn the Citizens United Ruling and Related Cases

    Iowans Of All Parties Can Unite to Take Money Out of Politics

    Don’t miss the chance to join Iowans passionate about democracy, organizing together for a constitutional amendment at the state Capitol in Des Moines — Thursday, February 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor in the center rotunda area.

    We’ll be asking legislators to pledge their support for a resolution to amend the constitution to stop the corruption of our democracy by big money, and for a bill to assure that all sources of election spending are disclosed.

    Click Submit Below to Register.

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    Sign Petition to Support the EPA Authority to Reduce Pollutants

    Put an End to Dirty Energy

    We have the technology and solutions to transition to a clean energy economy in a way that creates jobs and does not result in higher energy prices for consumers.

    And the transition to a clean energy economy starts with putting restrictions on power plants that account for 40 percent of U.S. carbon pollution.

    The EPA has proposed a standard for climate pollution from new power plants. This standard will help put an end to dirty energy. Big polluters and their congressional allies have already started to attack the action with false doomsday claims — and we need our voices to cut through those distractions.

    Sign the Petition to Support Limits on Carbon Pollution from Power Plants


    We, the undersigned, support the EPA’s proposal to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. Fossil fuel burning power plants are the single largest source of dangerous carbon pollution in our nation. It’s time to transition away from dirty energy toward a clean energy economy in order to protect human health, the environment and our economy from dangerous carbon pollution.

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    Tell Austin City Council to Retire the Fayette Coal Plant

    Pollution from Austin’s Coal Plant is Bad for the Climate and Human Health

    Austin’s Fayette coal-fired power plant is an outdated relic from a time past when burning coal was cheap, water was more plentiful and climate change wasn’t a concern. That time is well behind us and renewable energy is here to stay.

    Austin Energy is now purchasing wind energy that is cheaper than any other energy available and is poised to announce a favorable new solar project this spring.

    Austin Energy still uses the Fayette coal plant because that’s what’s easiest, not because there aren’t other options. Because Austin Energy co-owns two units of the plant with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), they must negotiate with them to shut our portion down. This will take some time, so Austin Energy needs to get started now.

    CPS in San Antonio and Luminant in East Texas have already received state approval to begin using their aging coal plants less. It’s time for Austin to do the same.

    City Council and Austin Energy leadership have specifically said that they need to hear what the public wants in regards to retiring the Fayette coal plant.

    Sign the Petition to Get Austin to Quit Coal


    I urge City Council and Austin Energy to do everything possible to retire Austin’s portion of the Fayette coal-fired power plant by 2018.

    City Council should direct Austin Energy to immediately begin negotiations with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to make retirement possible.

    Replacement energy should come from renewable energy sources, primarily wind and solar, but also geothermal. I support expanding Austin Energy’s renewable energy goal to 50% by 2024. I also support expanding Austin Energy’s solar energy goal to 10% by 2024, with an interim goal of 400 megawatts by 2020, with at least 100 megawatts of customer owned solar.

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    Petition for a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Anti-Democratic McCutcheon v. FEC and Citizens United v. FEC Rulings

    The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down another outrageous ruling giving CEOs, billionaires and Big Business even more power to sway our elections.

    The ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission means the super-rich can dole out up to $5.9 million — the limit had been $123,000 — per election cycle to political candidates and parties.

    This wildly anti-democratic ruling compounds the court’s 2010 Citizens United debacle, which permitted corporations to spend literally as much as they want trying to tilt elections toward candidates who will serve as their puppets.

    Add your name below to join the call for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United, McCutcheon and related cases.

    We will send you updates by email about the campaign and Public Citizen’s other work to fight corporate power.

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    Tell Philadelphia Committee Chair Bill Greenlee to Support the “Overturn Citizens United” Ballot Initiative

    Let Philly Voters Get On the Record Against the Corruption of Our Democracy

    Call Philadelphia City Council Law and Government Committee Chair Bill Greenlee’s office at 215-686-3447.
    If that number is busy, you can also try 215-686-2073, 215-686-3446 or 215-686-2074.

    Tell the person who answers:

    • Your name and your zipcode or neighborhood
    • That you want Chair Greenlee to vote in favor of the Citizens United ballot question
    • Optional: Why you’re concerned with big money in politics and why you want this question on the ballot.
    • Optional: That you appreciate their service as a city employee.

    Let us know how your call went below.

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    Ask House Democratic Leader Pelosi to Speak Up on the “Free Trade” Fast Track to Income Inequality

    To Stop Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) We Need Rep. Pelosi’s Leadership

    President Obama has been talking a lot about combating the growing problem of inequality in the U.S. It’s likely to be the main theme of his State of the Union speech next week.

    But at the same time, he wants to Fast Track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). And the data show that our current trade policy is one of the main contributors to growing income inequality.

    Thankfully, more than 160 House Democrats know better. They signed letters committing to oppose Fast Track. More have come out against since legislation was submitted to establish Fast Track two weeks ago.

    But Leader Pelosi has not made a public statement on Fast Track. It would help unite House Democrats against Fast Track and the TPP if Leader Pelosi spotlighted the link between Fast Tracking the TPP and even greater income inequality.

    NAFTA fundamentally altered the composition of jobs available to the 63 percent of American workers without a college degree. We lost millions of manufacturing jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, two out of every three displaced manufacturing workers who were rehired in 2012 experienced a wage reduction, most of them more than 20 percent.

    And as increasing numbers displaced from manufacturing jobs joined the glut of workers competing for non-offshorable, low-skill jobs in sectors such as food service and retail, real wages have also fallen in these growing sectors. As a result, the wages most U.S. workers can earn have been severely degraded even as overall unemployment has been largely stable (excluding the Great Recession) as new low-paying service sector jobs have been created.

    The average U.S. wage has grown less than one percent annually in real terms since NAFTA was enacted even as worker productivity has risen more than three times. Since the January 1, 1994, implementation of NAFTA, the share of national income collected by the richest 10 percent has risen by 24 percent, while the top 1 percent’s share has shot up by 58 percent.

    Add Your Name to This Petition Asking Leader Pelosi to Help Make the Nation Aware: Fast Tracking the TPP Would Increase Income Inequality

    Economists of all stripes agree that U.S. trade policy has been one of the major contributors to growing U.S. income inequality. Will you speak out on this disaster and against Fast Track?

    If we’re going to reduce inequality, we simply cannot afford to Fast Track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Will you please help awaken President Obama to this reality: If he wants to stop the American Dream from slipping away, he needs to drop his push for Fast Track and the TPP.

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    Tell Secretary Moniz to Keep Oil Export Ban in Place

    Sign Petition to Shield Americans from Rising Gas Prices

    Big Oil and its allies want to end the ban on exports of crude oil from the U.S., which will lead to higher gasoline prices for U.S. consumers and fatter profits for oil producers.

    And Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has started to hint that the Obama Administration might just give Big Oil and its allies what they want. He stated in several interviews last month that it’s time to reevaluate the export ban.

    Sign the Petition Demanding Secretary Moniz Act in the Interest of the American People, not Big Oil


    We, the undersigned, urge you to protect American families from rising gas prices. Keep the decades-old ban on crude oil exports intact. Lifting the ban would allow the industry to move its polluting product faster and turn a bigger profit — good for Big Oil, but bad for consumers, who will face higher domestic gas prices. We demand that you act in the interest of the American people, not Big Oil.

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    Sign Up to Attend Strategy and Training Day in Des Moines on the January 21 Anniversary of the Citizens United Ruling

    Iowans Of All Parties Can Unite to Take Money Out of Politics

    Don’t miss the chance to join Iowans passionate about democracy, organizing together for a constitutional amendment in Des Moines on the 4th anniversary of the Citizens United ruling — Tuesday, January 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Iowa AFL-CIO on 2000 Walker St.

    In order to build power to pass a resolution at the state level in Iowa, we will strategize and train together on how to reach people from all parties around the state and how to best pass local resolutions. This Tuesday is our moment to gather together from across the state to share ideas and materials, as well as plan for how to have the greatest impact at the caucuses.

    Come meet people who share your passion for democracy and justice, and help build statewide connections that will help both local and state efforts succeed.

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    Ask Attorney General Greg Abbott to Protect Private Property Rights

    Stop Texas Portion of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline from Starting to Pump Next Week

    Construction of the Texas portion of the Keystone XL pipeline didn’t go smoothly. Hundreds of welding flaws and dents caused by improper construction techniques were discovered and the pipeline was dug up in many places for repairs.

    Despite the huge body of evidence that the pipeline is flawed, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is not requiring the most thorough and complete inline caliper testing to guarantee the pipeline’s safety before it is put into use on January 22.

    That’s why we’re calling on Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to use his constitutional, statutory and common law powers to postpone the operation of the Texas portion of the Keystone XL pipeline to protect our property rights and the health and safety of our families.

    Email Attorney General Abbott and Ask Him to Postpone Operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    Your letter will also be sent to the Texas Railroad Commissioners.

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    Rally for Democracy in Louisville and Frankfort on the Anniversary of the Citizens United Ruling

    Tuesday, January 21, Attend a Kentucky Event to Take Money Out of Politics

    Join us in Frankfort or Louisville — on the fourth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling — to protest unlimited spending by corporations in our elections, and the ensuing flood of money which has drowned out the voices of regular voters.

    Those attending the Frankfort rally should meet in the rotunda of the state capitol.

    Direct your questions about this event to George Schuhmann at (502) 454-3042.

    RSVP below so we can make sure to have enough signs and materials. Your phone number makes it easier for us to connect you with people in your area.

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    What’s Happening in Iowa: Democracy Movement in Action

    RSVP for Our Thursday Call Featuring Senator Jeff Danielson to Receive the Call-in Number

    Hear from Senator Danielson and advocates around the state and learn how you can help fight unlimited money in politics post-Citizens United.

    Together we can take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

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    Write Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    Your Representative Must Refuse to Co-sponsor Fast Track Trade Authority to Stop Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Corporate supporters of Fast Track and the TPP and their allies in Congress are on the warpath to pass Fast Track as soon as possible this year.

    These corporate supporters know that if they pass Fast Track, then the odds of the TPP corporate wish list becoming law increases dramatically.

    Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) wants a Democratic co-sponsor for a Fast Track bill, and your member of Congress is one of his targets. Why? Because your representative has indicated that he is among the few Democrats in the entire House of Representatives supporting Fast Track.

    We need our representatives to stand up for us by sticking with the 160 House Democrats — including leadership that have publicly opposed Fast Track.

    We need the unity of House Democrats to stop the TPP from offshoring more jobs, jacking up medicine prices, and allowing corporations to sue us in international tribunals for enforcing standards for wages, job safety, and protection of our land, water and air that we’ve fought for in America for a century.

    Use the form below to write your representative now and stop Fast Track and the TPP from becoming a reality.

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    Sign Up to Attend the Public Citizen Webinar, featuring Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

    Join the discussion on Citizens United and the upcoming McCutcheon decision on Wednesday, January 8, at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern time)

    Public Citizen and our allies are organizing a rapid response to McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a case the Supreme Court recently heard and which could further undermine our democracy.

    During our next online conversation, to be held on Wednesday, January 8, at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern time), we’ll discuss how a bad ruling in McCutcheon could further undermine our democracy.

    And we’ll help you learn what steps we can take together to fight back.

    Add your name below to let us know you want to join the online conversation and to make sure you receive instructions and a reminder email.

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    Protect Texas Communities from Toxic Chemicals

    Join Us for the Public Meeting on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other federal agencies are holding a public Listening Session in Houston to gather input from the public on how to improve the safety of chemical facilities.

    This is an opportunity to voice your concerns and give suggestions for improving the way that hazardous chemicals are stored and used and how best to protect neighbors from toxic chemical pollution.

    These communities are more likely to be low-income communities and communities of color, who already experience disproportionate health impacts linked to chemical exposures.

    When: Friday, January 24, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CT

    Where: Harris County Department of Education Training & Conference Center, 6300 Irvington Blvd, Houston, Texas

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    Protect Texas Communities from Toxic Chemical Pollution

    Demand Action from EPA and DHS to Improve Chemical Safety

    It’s unconscionable that children should have to hide indoors to escape exposure to dangerous chemicals when safer alternatives are available.

    Every day, millions of people across the country live and work in the shadow of high-risk chemical plants that store and use highly hazardous chemicals with the potential to kill or injure thousands of workers and community residents.

    These communities are more likely to be low-income communities and communities of color, who already experience disproportionate health impacts linked to chemical exposures.

    Help Protect Texas Communities by Signing This Petition


    The President and EPA should use the authority they have under the Clean Air Act to require high-risk facilities to switch to safer chemicals and processes whenever they are available, effective, and affordable.

    The EPA should set a mandatory fee on all toxic chemical purchases and use the money collected to fund emergency response teams through the E-PLAN and local emergency planning committees near chemical facilities.

    The EPA should recognize communities’ right to know what hazardous chemicals are being used and stored in and near their neighborhoods by making all such information available online. If chemicals are too hazardous for the public to know about, they are too hazardous to be used and stored anywhere near where people live.

    The Department of Homeland Security should provide additional funding for a reverse 911 system and require that all landlines and cell phones receive an immediate alert as soon as a chemical release occurs in or near their area.

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    Sign Up to Attend Amendment Lobby Day in Des Moines for the January 21 Anniversary of the Citizens United Ruling

    Iowans Of All Parties Can Unite to Take Money Out of Politics

    Don’t miss the chance to join Iowans passionate about democracy, organizing together for a constitutional amendment at the state Capitol in Des Moines on the 4th anniversary of the Citizens United ruling — Tuesday, January 21 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room 116.

    We’ll be asking members of the Iowa House of Representatives to pledge their support for a resolution to amend the constitution to stop the corruption of our democracy by big money, and for a bill to assure that all sources of election spending are disclosed.

    There are also planning meetings taking place in Ames and Cedar Rapids. Please sign up below if you can attend one of these meetings.

    People are organizing across the state to pass town resolutions calling for an amendment — we must pass many town resolutions to succeed in the state legislature.

    Providing your phone number makes it easier for us to connect you with people in your area.

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    Join the Rapid Response to the McCutcheon Ruling — Get Money Out of Politics

    Say “No” to Another Supreme Court Case Like Citizens United.  Tell McCutcheon He Put Too Much In!

    McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a case whose impact on our political system could be as damaging as Citizens United, was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in October. If the Court decides to remove limits on the amount that individuals can contribute directly to parties and candidates in federal elections, it could dramatically boost the corrupting influence of the wealthy over candidates.

    Help make history by joining in a rapid response to the McCutcheon ruling to celebrate a positive ruling or protest one that further allows our democracy to be bought and sold. Keep an eye on your email as we will have more updates on McCutcheon.

    Sign Up Below and Let Us Know How You Can Help

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    Urge Your Targeted Senators to Co-Sponsor the Arbitration Fairness Act

    Reach your senators by calling 1-888-291-9824 for the U.S. Capitol switchboard. Ask the operator to connect you with one of your senators (it is especially important for you to contact either Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) or Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

    It just takes a moment to make the call!

    Ask your senator to attend tomorrow’s hearing on the Arbitration Fairness Act (S. 878) and to co-sponsor the bill.

    After you call your senator, please let us know how it went with a brief note in the comment box below. We will use your input to strategize for our campaign moving forward. Thanks so much for your activism!

    After You Call, Tell Us Which Senator You Called and What Her or His Staff Said

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    Tell Philadelphia City Council: Don’t Subject Children to Advertising in Schools

    School Commercialism Brings High Costs in Exchange for Paltry Revenue

    Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown recently introduced a bill in the City Council to allow advertising on all school district property. Education and community groups have raised concerns about the bill and need your support.

    The bill would undo a current ban on advertising on Philadelphia school property and override restrictions on billboards in residential neighborhoods. Philadelphia’s children and families could soon be a captive audience to ads promoting violence, junk food and a wide variety of corporate messages with no community review or input. By permitting advertising on school property, the school system is implicitly endorsing the products and services advertised; moreover they are opening the door to advertising based on corporate and market values rather than on civic and educational values.

    Philadelphia is facing a major budget crisis, but school advertising is no easy answer. According to Public Citizen’s research, large school districts generally achieve advertising revenue that amounts to little more than is .01 percent of their school’s budget — and that’s before ad agencies take their 30-50 percent cut.

    Advertising contravenes the fundamental mission of schools and undermines child development. Schools should be a space for students to think critically, creatively and independently, free from commercial messages. Philadelphia’s children and communities deserve better.

    We, the undersigned, urge all members of the Philadelphia City Council to oppose Bill No. 130694 which would rezone all public school property to allow advertising.

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    Commercial Alert’s mission is to keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy. Learn more about Commercial Alert.

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    Tell the Army Corp of Engineers to Stop Promoting Coal Mining in Texas

    Coal Mining Damages Our Climate and Our Water

    The Army Corp of Engineers is preparing a Regional Environmental Impact Statement for coal mining on vast tracks of land in Texas. This would take the place of individual Environmental Impact Statements for each proposed mine and would shorten the timeline to get a mine permitted and in operation.

    At a time when climate change impacts are already costing our economy billions of dollars, it defies all reason to make it even easier to bring more coal out of the ground.

    Thousands of residents and all of the local governments are still fighting to stop the recently permitted Dos Republicas Mine in Eagle Pass, Texas. They know that coal mining provides few jobs and a high risk of water pollution. This is a bad deal for Texans.

    Tell the Army Corp of Engineers Not to Fast Track Coal Mining in Texas


    We oppose the Army Corp of Engineers’ efforts to develop a Regional Environmental Impact Statement for coal mining in Texas. Each mining permit should be required to develop an Environmental Impact Statement, with opportunity for public input on the process.

    The ongoing drought in Texas makes the protection of our rivers, streams and groundwater more important than ever. Unique geologic and cultural features should be carefully examined on a site by site basis, when permits are sought.

    Instead of trying to make coal mining easier, the Army Corp of Engineers should be working in tandem with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to limit sources of carbon pollution, especially from coal.

    We urge you to abandon development of the Regional Environmental Impact Statement for coal mining in Texas.

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    Write Your Representative to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track Trade Authority

    Your Representative Needs to Commit Today to Vote ‘No’ to Stop Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    This is a make or break moment for the TPP.

    Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) just introduced legislation in the House to revive the outrageous Nixon-era Fast Track trade authority. If the Fast Track bill passes, the TPP could be signed before Congress votes. Then the deal could be railroaded through Congress with no amendments and limited debate.

    We need our representatives to stand up for us by voting “no” on Fast Track to stop the TPP from offshoring more jobs, jacking up medicine prices, and allowing corporations to sue us in international tribunals for enforcing standards for wages, job safety, and protection of our land, water and air that we’ve fought for in America for a century.

    Congress must assert its constitutional authority over trade agreements to stop the TPP nightmare from becoming a reality.

    Use the form below to write your representative now and stop the TPP from becoming a reality.

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    Call Your Representative to Demand a ‘No’ Vote on Fast Track Trade Authority

    Take the Next Step and Make Sure Your Representative Gets the Message to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track

    Thank you for writing your representative to urge him or her to vote “no” on Fast Track.

    It’s critical that your member of Congress gets the message now to vote “no.” Please take the next step and call your member of Congress.

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative’s office. If you are unsure about your representative’s name, just give your zip code.

    Use the script below to give them a call:

    Hello, my name is __ {name} __ . I am from ___{your town or city}___. I’m calling today about Fast Track trade authority. The Fast Track bill introduced by Rep. Camp would give away my representative’s authority to ensure we are not slammed with another dangerous trade agreement. I need to know that my representative is going to stand up for me and not give away the power to protect my interests. Stopping Fast Track and maintaining Congress’ constitutional authority over trade deals is especially important now, because President Obama wants to complete negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” deal this year.

    After years of secret negotiations, the leaked TPP texts reveal this deal would offshore our jobs and submit us to the jurisdiction of foreign tribunals that can order payment of U.S. tax dollars to foreign corporations that do not like our laws. Fast Track would let the president sign this deal before Congress even gets to vote on it and then railroad it through Congress with limited debate.

    It’s Congress’ job to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone. It would be irresponsible for members of Congress to give up their authority over trade when the TPP is lurking in the shadows.

    Would Representative ___{name}___ please commit to vote “no” on Fast Track?


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    No One Should Die Merely Because Health Care is Too Expensive

    Urge West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller to Cosponsor Legislation for a Single-Payer Health Care System

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has introduced legislation that would transform the health insurance system in this country and provide all Americans with coverage through a single-payer system. Wide-ranging support in the form of co-sponsorship by his Senate colleagues is very important for achieving progress in moving the bill forward.

    Sen. Rockefeller (D-W.V.) has been instrumental in expanding health benefits to children across the country through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). By joining Sen. Sanders as a co-sponsor to this lifesaving legislation, Sen. Rockefeller would be able to grow his legacy and expand his goal of universal health care for children into universal health care for all Americans.

    Join the campaign to make real, universal health care in the U.S. a reality.

    Add your name to the petition to Sen. Rockefeller:

     

    We, the undersigned thank you for your longtime commitment to expanding health care in our nation. We urge you to grow your legacy on this issue by becoming a co-sponsor of the American Health Security Act (S. 1782), which Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has ntroduced. This legislation would provide universal health care coverage for all Americans through a single-payer system.

    Health care is a right for all, not a privilege to be enjoyed by the few. The American Health Security Act would enshrine health care as a right by ensuring coverage for every American through a single-payer system. Your support for this legislation would be a tremendous boost to the fight to create true universal health insurance coverage.

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    Austin Energy Value of Solar Tariff is Set to Be Reduced and Solar Credits Will Be Confiscated

    Ask Austin City Council to Stop this Attack on Solar Programs

    Across the nation, utilities are opposing customers’ rights to produce power from solar panels and be fairly compensated for it. Utilities are terrified that their business models won’t work if too many people adopt solar.

    Austin Energy has long been a leader with its solar programs, including the value of solar (VOS) tariff. Austin Energy was first to develop this type of system, which compensates solar owners for the energy they provide to the grid based on the value of that energy to the utility.

    But now, Austin Energy is slowly chipping away at our solar programs. Solar rebates were just reduced for the second time this year, and on January 1, solar customers will be hit with more bad news. All solar credits that customers have earned will be confiscated, and the new VOS tariff will be reduced by 16 percent.

    These aren’t the actions of a utility trying to keep solar energy adoption by customers growing.

    The lower VOS is based on a new formula that was developed with no transparency and no public input. Some values were changed with little or no reason or factual basis except, apparently, to provide less value to the solar customer.

    Tell the Austin City Council to pass a resolution postponing both the confiscation of solar credits from customers and the new solar tariff until a full report is provided on the changes to the solar credit and the public has had a chance to provide input.

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    Urge the Senate to Review Flawed Tar Sands Pipeline

    Call Pipeline Oversight Committee to Demand a Hearing on Keystone

    Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) is chair of the committee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security that has jurisdiction over matters relating to pipeline safety.

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call the committee at (202)-224-9000.

    2. Tell the committee staffer that you are concerned about the recently documented flaws of the southern segment of the Keystone pipeline and urge chair Warner to schedule a hearing to investigate the pipeline’s safety issues and construction practices.

    3. Let us know how your call went! Tell us what happened using the form below.

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    Tell the Federal Communications Commission: Do NOT Allow Cell Phone Calls on Airplanes

    Sign the Petition Asking the FCC to Continue Prohibiting Cell Phone Calls On Airplanes

    For years, the government has prohibited cell phone use on planes for fear of interference with essential communications. But with technological improvements, that is no longer a concern.

    So, the FCC may lift the 22-year-old ban on cell phone use during flights.

    If being stuck in a metal tube miles above the earth amid the cacophony of other passengers’ phone calls sounds dreadful to you, sign the petition right now.

    Using cell phones in-flight for texting, email and the Internet is fine. But phone calls should wait until the plane has landed.

    Sign the Petition to the Federal Communications Commission


    Do not allow cell phone calls on airplanes. There are more than enough aggravations with air travel already. Travelers do not want to be stuck in planes listening to other passengers talk on the phone.

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    Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit organization that has been standing up to corporate power and holding government accountable since 1971.

    We fight for openness and democratic accountability in government; for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.

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    Write Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    Stopping Fast Track is the Key to Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    We’ve seen the damaging effects of the so-called “free” trade deals of the past which send our jobs overseas, undermine protections for workers, the environment and consumers. The U.S. is currently negotiating the most threatening of all trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — the biggest and most dangerous deal since NAFTA and the WTO.

    The corporations want to impose their rules and then any country that wants to be in a deal with the U.S. would have to sign on, starting with China.

    The corporate lobbyists pushing this deal want nothing more than for it to be signed and quietly sped through Congress without a hitch, so they’re pushing to bring back a dangerous Nixon-era procedure — Fast Track — to railroad the TPP through Congress. Fast Track gives away Congress’ constitutional authority over trade.

    Under Fast Track, Congress couldn’t make any changes to the TPP, even the provisions that obviously would hurt our families or violate existing U.S. law.

    Congress must restore its control of the process to avoid further trade agreement damage to us and the key to stopping the TPP is stopping Fast Track.

    Enter Your Zip Code Below to Write and Ask Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority


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    What’s Happening in Iowa: Democracy Movement in Action

    RSVP for Our Thursday Call Featuring Senator Jeff Danielson to Receive the Call-in Number

    Hear from Senator Danielson and advocates around the state and learn how you can help fight unlimited money in politics post-Citizens United.

    Together we can take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

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    OSHA Information Briefing

    Learn From OSHA about the Proposed Rule to Modernize the Tracking of Workplace Safety and Health Injuries and Illnesses

    OSHA is proposing big changes to modernize the way it tracks injuries and illness in the workplace. On Wednesday, December 18, you can join us at Public Citizen’s headquarters to hear from Deborah Berkowitz, senior policy advisor at OSHA, to learn what the changes will mean for access to safety and health data.

    Among OSHA’s proposals are a modernized reporting system that would enable more efficient and timely collection of data, requiring establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit records quarterly, and more.

    To learn more about OSHA’s proposed changes please RSVP for the briefing using the form below.

    When: Wednesday, December 18 at 3:30 p.m.
    Where: Public Citizen, 1600 20th St. NW, Washington, DC


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    Tell Governor Brown to Ban Fracking in California

    Add Your Name to Comments on Draft Fracking Regulations

    Governor Brown’s oil and gas officials have released the first draft of regulations for fracking in the Golden State. But these regulations do not go far enough to protect our air, water, communities and climate.

    There is no such thing as safe fracking — we need to ban this destructive process to truly protect California.

    Tell Governor Brown that these weak regulations aren’t good enough. We need a ban.

    Sign the Public Comment Below and We’ll Deliver It Directly to Governor Brown


    We, the undersigned, urge you to protect California’s public health, our water and our climate by implementing a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and related extreme drilling techniques. Fracking in California will have devastating impacts on public health, our water, our property, our agricultural industry and our climate. The proposed draft regulations will not protect California from fracking. They offer no protection to workers from chemical exposure or residents living near fracked wells from known carcinogenic air pollutants used in enhanced recovery techniques. And the regulations cannot ensure that more wastewater contamination — like the case of known carcinogens being illegally discharged in the middle of prime farmland in Kern County — doesn’t occur. Finally, regulations will not prevent the climate impact of consuming this oil, which would release over 7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. The science on fracking is clear: There is no way to make this practice safe.

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    Join the Rapid Response to the McCutcheon Ruling — Get Money Out of Politics

    Say “No” to Another Supreme Court Case Like Citizens United

    McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a case whose impact on our political system could be as damaging as Citizens United, was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in October. If the Court decides to remove limits on the amount that individuals can contribute directly to parties and candidates in federal elections, it could dramatically boost the corrupting influence of the wealthy over candidates.

    Help make history by joining in a rapid response to the McCutcheon ruling to celebrate a positive ruling or protest one that further allows our democracy to be bought and sold. Keep an eye on your email as we will have more updates on McCutcheon.

    Sign Up Below and Let Us Know How You Can Help

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    Don’t Let “Trade” Deals Put Corporations Before People

    Add Your Name If You’re Against Corporations Gutting Consumer Laws and Safeguards Through “Trade” Agreements

    It’s high time our trade agreements reflect one simple principle: that we return to government of, by and for the people, not of, bought and paid for by big corporations.

    Add your name if you agree.

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    Find Out Where Your Representative Stands on Fast Track Trade Authority

    Write and Hold Your Representative Accountable

    Corporate lobbyists are on an all-out offensive to get Congress to give President Barack Obama Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This extreme power-grab scheme was first cooked up by President Richard Nixon in 1974. It’s only been used 16 times, but it’s how extremely damaging “trade” deals like NAFTA and the WTO got negotiated, signed and rammed through Congress.

    The last thing we need is to Fast Track a TPP that would make outsourcing our jobs even easier and allow corporations to sue us in international tribunals for enforcing standards for wages, job safety, and protection of our land, water, and air that we’ve fought a century for in America.

    151 members of Congress signed on to a letter that says “no” to Fast Track. Enter your zip code below to find out if your representative signed the letter.

    If your representative signed on, write to thank him or her for signing the letter and make sure that he or she stays true to this promise.

    If your representative did not sign on, write to say that you’re disappointed he or she did not sign this crucial letter, and urge your representative to write to you to commit that he or she will vote “no” if legislation to establish Fast Track comes to the House floor.


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    Poor Construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline Increases the Risk of a Tar Sands Oil Spill

    Congressional Oversight Hearings are Needed on the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction to Protect Health and Safety of the Public and Environment

    The bad news about the Keystone XL pipeline just keeps coming.

    After months of research, Public Citizen has brought to light the grave risks posed by sub-standard construction of the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. Poor welds, dents and other problems in the pipeline have led to TransCanada excavating it in 125 places to conduct repairs.

    TransCanada’s poor safety record speaks for itself. The company’s Bison natural gas pipeline exploded within the first six months of operation, and the first phase of Keystone XL spilled 14 times in the first 14 months of its operation, according to the State Department’s August 2011 report on the pipeline.

    Now TransCanada wants us to believe that all of the “anomalies” — that’s how they refer to over 200 instances of poor construction — have been identified and fixed and the pipeline is safe.

    Say “no” to trusting TransCanada.


    Send an Email Calling for Congressional Oversight Hearings on the Safety of the Southern Segment of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


    We will deliver copies of all letters submitted to the House of Representative Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security.

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    Tell Toys R Us to End its Anti-Education, Anti-Environment Ad Campaign

    Sign the Petition to CEO Antonio Urcelay

    Toys R Us has a new ad campaign that blatantly undermines the value of education.

    The commercial depicts bored, yawning kids on a school bus labeled "Meet the Trees Foundation" as they begin a nature-oriented field trip. The kids then jump for joy at the guide’s announcement that they’re actually taking a school trip to Toys R Us. The ad explicitly promotes material consumption over schools, science and the environment.

    Toys R Us’ commercial reinforces the notion that education and exploration are necessarily boring in comparison to material things. The marketing campaign not only focuses children in the wrong direction, it burdens parents by undermining their efforts to make their children enthusiastic about school activities. The commercial is irresponsible and contrary to American values.

    We, the undersigned, urge Toys R Us CEO Antonio Urcelay to immediately discontinue the above described advertisement.

    About Commercial Alert

    Commercial Alert’s mission is to keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy. Learn more about Commercial Alert.

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    Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Don’t Backpedal on Critical Safety Measures

    Sign the Petition Demanding That the NRC Secure Vulnerable Nuclear Waste

    The NRC has released a memo suggesting the agency nix its own post-Fukushima safety recommendation to expedite the transfer of spent fuel from pools to dry casks storage.

    The Japanese nuclear crisis, in part, exposed the vulnerabilities in the way waste is being stored at U.S. nuclear power plants and prompted the NRC to address these safety issues.

    The agency is now attempting to backpedal on its own safety recommendation because of the additional cost to the nuclear industry.

    Sign the Petition to Demand That the NRC Prioritize the Safety of Toxic Waste


    We, the undersigned, call on the NRC to expedite the transfer of spent fuel to dry cask storage.

    Seventy-five percent of all nuclear waste is sitting at reactor sites in in cooling pools that are beyond capacity. Loss of cooling due to an accident or sabotage could lead to the spent fuel assemblies overheating and either melting or catching on fire. NRC studies have estimated that many thousands of people living within 50 miles could die from the radiation released when spent fuel assemblies melt or catch on fire. To reduce the risks of lethal waste, fuel should be moved to dry casks.

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    Don’t Let Corporate Greed Kill American Dreams

    Fight the Fine Print: End Forced Arbitration Clauses and Class Action Bans


    We SHOULD NOT have a legal system that delivers justice for some, while others, like Matthew Kilgore, are denied justice because of fine print that corporations place in their take-it-or-leave it terms.

    Add your name if you agree.

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    Tell Your Representative: Honor Your Commitment to Protect Main Street

    Send an Email to Your Representative TODAY

    Your member of Congress recently voted for the “Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act” (H.R. 992), a bill that would dismantle the firewall intended to keep consumer banking separate from risky derivatives gambling — one of the signature wins of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law.

    The new Swaps bill — drafted by Citigroup — would allow big banks to deal dangerous derivatives from their federally insured depositories, and allow them to use federally insured deposits to borrow more cheaply to finance those risky trading activities.

    In other words, Wall Street’s reckless trades would be insured and subsidized by U.S. taxpayers, thanks to your representative.

    But here’s the crazy part: Your representative is also a co-sponsor of the modern version of the Glass-Steagall Act, a bill that would prohibit traditional banking activities from even being housed under the same roof as institutions that engage in risky Wall Street gambling.

    What’s going on? Supporting both Glass-Steagall and the new Swaps Act makes zero sense.

    Tell your representative: honor your commitment to protect hardworking Americans from risky banking.

    Please type your zip code into the box below. Then, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.


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    What’s Happening in Iowa: Democracy Movement in Action

    RSVP for Our Tuesday Call to Receive the Call-in Number

    Hear from advocates around the state and learn how you can help fight unlimited money in politics post-Citizens United.

    Together we can take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

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    Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Start Over on Waste Confidence Study

    Sign Petition to Provide Input on the NRC’s Inadequate Nuclear Waste Assessment and Proposed Rule

    For nearly a year, the NRC has been rewriting a rule that allows the agency to license reactors without accounting for the lethal waste they produce. The proposed rule was prompted by a court-mandated study on the impacts of storing the waste onsite indefinitely.

    The results?

    The NRC has determined that spent fuel can be safely stored above ground forever — without any foreseeable impact to public health and the environment.

    The agency’s draft study and corresponding rule are myopic and inconsistent with current nuclear waste policy and would further limit public participation in the reactor licensing process.

    Sign the Petition to Demand the NRC Start Over


    We, the undersigned, call on the NRC to redo its draft environmental impact assessment and scuttle the proposed rule to remove nuclear waste issues from the reactor licensing process.

    The NRC has not conducted an adequate environmental impact analysis as ordered by the Court of Appeals in New York. Nor does the Draft GEIS provide an environmental analysis that is sufficient to justify eliminating consideration of spent fuel disposal impacts or storage impacts from every licensing proceeding. Finally, the NRC’s proposed finding that spent fuel can be safely stored indefinitely, rather than temporarily, is inconsistent with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act and federal policy. The NRC must conduct a new environmental impact study and suspend the proposed rule to prohibit licensing challenges based on high-level radioactive waste management issues.

    Feel free to add your own comments to the petition.

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    Write and Hold Your Representative Accountable

    Your Representative Is One of Few Democrats Who Wouldn’t Say “No” to Fast Track

    Corporate lobbyists are on an all-out offensive to get Congress to give President Barack Obama Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This extreme power grab procedure was first cooked up by President Richard Nixon in 1974. It’s only been used 16 times, but it’s how extremely damaging “trade” deals like NAFTA and the WTO got negotiated, signed and rammed through Congress.

    The last thing we need is to Fast Track a TPP that would make outsourcing our jobs even easier and allow corporations to sue us in international courts for enforcing standards for wages, job safety, and protection of our land, water, and air that we’ve fought a century for in America.

    151 members of Congress signed on to a letter released today that says “no” to Fast Track — but your representative is not one of them.

    Write to tell your representative that you’re disappointed he or she did not sign this crucial letter, and urge your representative to write to you to commit that he or she will vote “no” if legislation to establish Fast Track comes to the House floor.


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    Thank Your Representative for Signing On

    And Make Sure Your Representative Knows You Will Hold Them Accountable on This Commitment to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    Corporate lobbyists are on an all-out offensive to get Congress to give President Barack Obama Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This extreme power grab procedure was first cooked up by President Richard Nixon in 1974. It’s only been used 16 times, but it’s how extremely damaging “trade” deals like NAFTA and the WTO got negotiated, signed and rammed through Congress.

    The last thing we need is to Fast Track a TPP that would make outsourcing our jobs even easier and allow corporations to sue us in international courts for enforcing standards for wages, job safety, and protection of our land, water, and air that we've fought a century for in America.

    Your representative is one of 151 members of Congress who signed on to a letter released today that says “no” to Fast Track.

    Write your representative to thank him or her for signing the letter and make sure that he or she stays true to this promise.


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    Support an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Restore Our Democracy

    Help Get New Hampshire’s Support to Get Big Money Out of Politics and End Corporate Personhood

    New Hampshire residents have shown enthusiastic support for a constitutional amendment, including polling 3 to 1 in favor.

    The national movement to overturn Citizens United and related cases is continuing to grow. New Hampshire could be the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling. Nearly 500 local municipalities, over 135 members of Congress and President Barack Obama have called for an amendment.

    Let Us Know How You Can Help Make New Hampshire the Next State.

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    Support an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Restore Our Democracy

    Gather Signatures in Your New Hampshire Town to Get Big Money Out of Politics and End Corporate Personhood

    New Hampshire residents have shown enthusiastic support for a constitutional amendment, including polling 3 to 1 in favor.

    Passing resolutions in cities and towns will put the New Hampshire Senate on notice (again) that the people of New Hampshire want a constitutional amendment. Our work on resolutions also builds grassroots support to put the issue of money and politics front and center in the state where presidential candidates make their first visit.

    Sign Up to Help Gather Signatures.

    Get the issue before your town meeting or your city council. It will only take an hour or two and we’ll help you make it happen.

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    Sign Up to Attend a Chili Night: Help Iowa Do Its Part to Overturn Citizens United

    Iowans Of All Parties Can Unite to Take Money Out of Politics

    There are currently chili nights/organizing parties planned in Ames, Decorah, Iowa City, Grinell and Johnston.

    Sign up to attend the one nearest you, or let us know if you’d like to do something similar in your town.

    Together we can take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

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    Call This Holdout House Member Today to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    This Representative Needs to Feel the Heat Before This Friday — November 8th — to Sign the Letter Against Fast Track

    The most expansive so-called “free trade” agreement ever — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — is currently being negotiated behind closed doors with an end-of-2013 deadline. The TPP would send millions of American jobs overseas and increase medicine prices. It would expose the laws we rely on to protect our families’ health and the environment to attack by corporations in foreign tribunals.

    But we can stop this from happening! To stop the TPP, we have to stop “Fast Track” trade authority. This sneaky procedure delegates away Congress’ constitutional trade authority, allowing damaging deals like the TPP to be railroaded through Congress.

    Some Democratic House members now are working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen. But they need all of their colleagues to join them.

    There is a key member of Congress in your state who is one of the few who have not signed the letter yet. Rep. Barrow still needs to sign the letter. The phone at his district office needs to ring off the hook while the representative is home for this weeklong congressional recess.

    Use the script below to call Rep. Barrow — (706) 722-4494.


    The final deadline for the letter is this Friday, so time is running out to get the last representatives on the letter.

    You can make the difference if you can get the key representative in your state to sign onto this letter, being circulated by members of Congress committed to protecting us from a damaging TPP. The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its authority to stand up for us.

    And it is quick and easy. Call Rep. Barrow’s district office in your state — you can find contact information in the table on the right side of this page.

    Use the script below to give him a call. Make sure that you include the key points in the first paragraph and feel free to put the message in your own words!:

    Hello, my name is __ {name} __ . I am from ___{your town or city}___. I’m calling today about Fast Track trade authority. I just learned that Representative __ {name} __ is one of few not yet signed on to Congresswoman DeLauro and Congressman Miller’s letter opposing Fast Track trade authority. There are more than 100 Democrats on that letter and Rep. __ {name} __ has only until Friday to sign on. I want him to sign that letter, please! The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its constitutional authority over trade. I want Rep. __ {name} __ to keep the trade authority granted to Congress by the Constitution to make sure that we do not get slammed again by a bad trade deal. Why would any member of Congress give up their powers to stand up for us?

    I am especially worried about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” deal. Leaked TPP texts reveal it would offshore our jobs and flood us with unsafe imports. Fast Track would let the president sign this deal before Congress even gets to vote on it.

    It’s Congress’ job to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone, not just giant corporations pushing the TPP. It would be irresponsible for members of Congress to give up their authority over trade when the TPP is lurking in the shadows.

    Would Representative ___{name}___ please add his name to this critical letter?


    Please let us know how your call went using the form below.



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    Rep. John Barrow

    (305) 222-0160

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    Call This Holdout House Member Today to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    This Representative Needs to Feel the Heat Before This Friday — November 8th — to Sign the Letter Against Fast Track

    The most expansive so-called “free trade” agreement ever — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — is currently being negotiated behind closed doors with an end-of-2013 deadline. The TPP would send millions of American jobs overseas and increase medicine prices. It would expose the laws we rely on to protect our families’ health and the environment to attack by corporations in foreign tribunals.

    But we can stop this from happening! To stop the TPP, we have to stop “Fast Track” trade authority. This sneaky procedure delegates away Congress’ constitutional trade authority, allowing damaging deals like the TPP to be railroaded through Congress.

    Some Democratic House members now are working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen. But they need all of their colleagues to join them.

    There is a key member of Congress in your state who is one of the few who have not signed the letter yet. Rep. Connolly still needs to sign the letter. The phone at his district office needs to ring off the hook while the representative is home for this weeklong congressional recess.

    Use the script below to call Rep. Connolly — (703) 256-3071.


    The final deadline for the letter is this Friday, so time is running out to get the last representatives on the letter.

    You can make the difference if you can get the key representative in your state to sign onto this letter, being circulated by members of Congress committed to protecting us from a damaging TPP. The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its authority to stand up for us.

    And it is quick and easy. Call Rep. Connolly’s district office in your state — you can find contact information in the table on the right side of this page.

    Use the script below to give him a call. Make sure that you include the key points in the first paragraph and feel free to put the message in your own words!:

    Hello, my name is __ {name} __ . I am from ___{your town or city}___. I’m calling today about Fast Track trade authority. I just learned that Representative __ {name} __ is one of few not yet signed on to Congresswoman DeLauro and Congressman Miller’s letter opposing Fast Track trade authority. There are more than 100 Democrats on that letter and Rep. __ {name} __ has only until Friday to sign on. I want him to sign that letter, please! The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its constitutional authority over trade. I want Rep. __ {name} __ to keep the trade authority granted to Congress by the Constitution to make sure that we do not get slammed again by a bad trade deal. Why would any member of Congress give up their powers to stand up for us?

    I am especially worried about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” deal. Leaked TPP texts reveal it would offshore our jobs and flood us with unsafe imports. Fast Track would let the president sign this deal before Congress even gets to vote on it.

    It’s Congress’ job to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone, not just giant corporations pushing the TPP. It would be irresponsible for members of Congress to give up their authority over trade when the TPP is lurking in the shadows.

    Would Representative ___{name}___ please add his name to this critical letter?


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    Rep. Gerry Connolly

    (703) 256-3071

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    Call This Holdout House Member Today to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    This Representative Needs to Feel the Heat Before This Friday — November 8th — to Sign the Letter Against Fast Track

    The most expansive so-called “free trade” agreement ever — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — is currently being negotiated behind closed doors with an end-of-2013 deadline. The TPP would send millions of American jobs overseas and increase medicine prices. It would expose the laws we rely on to protect our families’ health and the environment to attack by corporations in foreign tribunals.

    But we can stop this from happening! To stop the TPP, we have to stop “Fast Track” trade authority. This sneaky procedure delegates away Congress’ constitutional trade authority, allowing damaging deals like the TPP to be railroaded through Congress.

    Some Democratic House members now are working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen. But they need all of their colleagues to join them.

    There is a key member of Congress in your state who is one of the few who have not signed the letter yet. Rep. Garcia still needs to sign the letter. The phone at his district office needs to ring off the hook while the representative is home for this weeklong congressional recess.

    Use the script below to call Rep. Garcia — (305) 222-0160.


    The final deadline for the letter is this Friday, so time is running out to get the last representatives on the letter.

    You can make the difference if you can get the key representative in your state to sign onto this letter, being circulated by members of Congress committed to protecting us from a damaging TPP. The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its authority to stand up for us.

    And it is quick and easy. Call Rep. Garcia’s district office in your state — you can find contact information in the table on the right side of this page.

    Use the script below to give him a call. Make sure that you include the key points in the first paragraph and feel free to put the message in your own words!:

    Hello, my name is __ {name} __ . I am from ___{your town or city}___. I’m calling today about Fast Track trade authority. I just learned that Representative __ {name} __ is one of few not yet signed on to Congresswoman DeLauro and Congressman Miller’s letter opposing Fast Track trade authority. There are more than 100 Democrats on that letter and Rep. __ {name} __ has only until Friday to sign on. I want him to sign that letter, please! The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its constitutional authority over trade. I want Rep. __ {name} __ to keep the trade authority granted to Congress by the Constitution to make sure that we do not get slammed again by a bad trade deal. Why would any member of Congress give up their powers to stand up for us?

    I am especially worried about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” deal. Leaked TPP texts reveal it would offshore our jobs and flood us with unsafe imports. Fast Track would let the president sign this deal before Congress even gets to vote on it.

    It’s Congress’ job to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone, not just giant corporations pushing the TPP. It would be irresponsible for members of Congress to give up their authority over trade when the TPP is lurking in the shadows.

    Would Representative ___{name}___ please add his name to this critical letter?


    Please let us know how your call went using the form below.



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    Rep. Joe Garcia

    (305) 222-0160

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    Call This Holdout House Member Today to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    This Representative Needs to Feel the Heat Before This Friday — November 8th — to Sign the Letter Against Fast Track

    The most expansive so-called “free trade” agreement ever — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — is currently being negotiated behind closed doors with an end-of-2013 deadline. The TPP would send millions of American jobs overseas and increase medicine prices. It would expose the laws we rely on to protect our families’ health and the environment to attack by corporations in foreign tribunals.

    But we can stop this from happening! To stop the TPP, we have to stop “Fast Track” trade authority. This sneaky procedure delegates away Congress’ constitutional trade authority, allowing damaging deals like the TPP to be railroaded through Congress.

    Some Democratic House members now are working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen. But they need all of their colleagues to join them.

    There is a key member of Congress in your state who is one of the few who have not signed the letter yet. Rep. Larson still needs to sign the letter. The phone at his district office needs to ring off the hook while the representative is home for this weeklong congressional recess.

    Use the script below to call Rep. Larson — (860) 278-8888.


    The final deadline for the letter is this Friday, so time is running out to get the last representatives on the letter.

    You can make the difference if you can get the key representative in your state to sign onto this letter, being circulated by members of Congress committed to protecting us from a damaging TPP. The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its authority to stand up for us.

    And it is quick and easy. Call Rep. Larson’s district office in your state — you can find contact information in the table on the right side of this page.

    Use the script below to give him a call. Make sure that you include the key points in the first paragraph and feel free to put the message in your own words!:

    Hello, my name is __ {name} __ . I am from ___{your town or city}___. I’m calling today about Fast Track trade authority. I just learned that Representative __ {name} __ is one of few not yet signed on to Congresswoman DeLauro and Congressman Miller’s letter opposing Fast Track trade authority. There are more than 100 Democrats on that letter and Rep. __ {name} __ has only until Friday to sign on. I want him to sign that letter, please! The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its constitutional authority over trade. I want Rep. __ {name} __ to keep the trade authority granted to Congress by the Constitution to make sure that we do not get slammed again by a bad trade deal. Why would any member of Congress give up their powers to stand up for us?

    I am especially worried about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” deal. Leaked TPP texts reveal it would offshore our jobs and flood us with unsafe imports. Fast Track would let the president sign this deal before Congress even gets to vote on it.

    It’s Congress’ job to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone, not just giant corporations pushing the TPP. It would be irresponsible for members of Congress to give up their authority over trade when the TPP is lurking in the shadows.

    Would Representative ___{name}___ please add his name to this critical letter?


    Please let us know how your call went using the form below.



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    Rep. John Larson

    (860) 278-8888

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    Call These Holdout House Members Today to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    These Representatives Need to Feel the Heat Before This Friday — November 8th — to Sign the Letter Against Fast Track

    The most expansive so-called “free trade” agreement ever — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — is currently being negotiated behind closed doors with an end-of-2013 deadline. The TPP would send millions of American jobs overseas and increase medicine prices. It would expose the laws we rely on to protect our families’ health and the environment to attack by corporations in foreign tribunals.

    But we can stop this from happening! To stop the TPP, we have to stop “Fast Track” trade authority. This sneaky procedure delegates away Congress’ constitutional trade authority, allowing damaging deals like the TPP to be railroaded through Congress.

    Some Democratic House members now are working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen. But they need all of their colleagues to join them.

    There are key members of Congress in your state who are some of the few who have not signed the letter yet. Reps. Van Hollen and Delaney still need to sign the letter. The phones at their district offices need to ring off the hook while the representatives are home for this weeklong congressional recess.

    Use the script below to call Rep. Van Hollen — (301) 424-3501 and Rep. Delaney — (301) 926-0300.


    The final deadline for the letter is this Friday, so time is running out to get the last representatives on the letter.

    You can make the difference if you can get the key representatives in your state to sign onto this letter, being circulated by members of Congress committed to protecting us from a damaging TPP. The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its authority to stand up for us.

    And it is quick and easy. Call Reps. Van Hollen’s and Delaney’s district offices in your state — you can find contact information in the table on the right side of this page.

    Use the script below to give them a call. Make sure that you include the key points in the first paragraph and feel free to put the message in your own words!:

    Hello, my name is __ {name} __ . I am from ___{your town or city}___. I’m calling today about Fast Track trade authority. I just learned that Representative __ {name} __ is one of few not yet signed on to Congresswoman DeLauro and Congressman Miller’s letter opposing Fast Track trade authority. There are more than 100 Democrats on that letter and Rep. __ {name} __ has only until Friday to sign on. I want him to sign that letter, please! The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its constitutional authority over trade. I want Rep. __ {name} __ to keep the trade authority granted to Congress by the Constitution to make sure that we do not get slammed again by a bad trade deal. Why would any member of Congress give up their powers to stand up for us?

    I am especially worried about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” deal. Leaked TPP texts reveal it would offshore our jobs and flood us with unsafe imports. Fast Track would let the president sign this deal before Congress even gets to vote on it.

    It’s Congress’ job to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone, not just giant corporations pushing the TPP. It would be irresponsible for members of Congress to give up their authority over trade when the TPP is lurking in the shadows.

    Would Representative ___{name}___ please add his name to this critical letter?


    Please let us know how your call went using the form below.



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    District Office Contact Information


    Rep. Chris Van Hollen

    (301) 424-3501

    Rep. John Delaney

    (301) 926-0300

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    Call These Holdout House Members Today to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    These Representatives Need to Feel the Heat Before This Friday — November 8th — to Sign the Letter Against Fast Track

    The most expansive so-called “free trade” agreement ever — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — is currently being negotiated behind closed doors with an end-of-2013 deadline. The TPP would send millions of American jobs overseas and increase medicine prices. It would expose the laws we rely on to protect our families’ health and the environment to attack by corporations in foreign tribunals.

    But we can stop this from happening! To stop the TPP, we have to stop “Fast Track” trade authority. This sneaky procedure delegates away Congress’ constitutional trade authority, allowing damaging deals like the TPP to be railroaded through Congress.

    Some Democratic House members now are working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen. But they need all of their colleagues to join them.

    There are key members of Congress in your state who are some of the few who have not signed the letter yet. Reps. Polis and Perlmutter still need to sign the letter. The phones at their district offices need to ring off the hook while the representatives are home for this weeklong congressional recess.

    Use the script below to call Rep. Polis — (970) 226-1239 and Rep. Perlmutter — (303) 274-7944.


    The final deadline for the letter is this Friday, so time is running out to get the last representatives on the letter.

    You can make the difference if you can get the key representatives in your state to sign onto this letter, being circulated by members of Congress committed to protecting us from a damaging TPP. The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its authority to stand up for us.

    And it is quick and easy. Call Reps. Polis’ and Perlmutter’s district offices in your state — you can find contact information in the table on the right side of this page.

    Use the script below to give them a call. Make sure that you include the key points in the first paragraph and feel free to put the message in your own words!:

    Hello, my name is __ {name} __ . I am from ___{your town or city}___. I’m calling today about Fast Track trade authority. I just learned that Representative __ {name} __ is one of few not yet signed on to Congresswoman DeLauro and Congressman Miller’s letter opposing Fast Track trade authority. There are more than 100 Democrats on that letter and Rep. __ {name} __ has only until Friday to sign on. I want him to sign that letter, please! The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its constitutional authority over trade. I want Rep. __ {name} __ to keep the trade authority granted to Congress by the Constitution to make sure that we do not get slammed again by a bad trade deal. Why would any member of Congress give up their powers to stand up for us?

    I am especially worried about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” deal. Leaked TPP texts reveal it would offshore our jobs and flood us with unsafe imports. Fast Track would let the president sign this deal before Congress even gets to vote on it.

    It’s Congress’ job to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone, not just giant corporations pushing the TPP. It would be irresponsible for members of Congress to give up their authority over trade when the TPP is lurking in the shadows.

    Would Representative ___{name}___ please add his name to this critical letter?


    Please let us know how your call went using the form below.



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    Rep. Jared Polis

    (970) 226-1239

    Rep. Ed Perlmutter

    (303) 274-7944

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    Wait, the NSA Thinks Its Rights Have Been Violated?

    Tell the NSA to Stop Attacking Americans Who Are Parodying Its Spying Operation

    If you’re going to secretly spy on millions of American citizens, you should probably learn to live with some criticism once your operation is exposed.

    But the National Security Agency — despite conducting a massive, unprecedented, and possibly unconstitutional domestic espionage operation where it monitors the phone calls and emails of most of the American people — is bent out of shape over a T-shirt.

    You read that right.

    The NSA has forced an entrepreneur in Minnesota to stop selling T-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers and other products featuring a design that adds the parody slogan “Spying On You Since 1952” to the agency’s official seal.

    Apparently, the NSA — which may well be snooping on you right now — thinks a parody T-shirt will be the thing that damages its reputation.

    The First Amendment clearly allows for this kind of “fair use” of logos associated with federal government agencies.

    It is the NSA, and its extensive spying on the American people, that may be in violation of the Bill of Rights.

    Add Your Name to the Petition to NSA Director Keith Alexander


    Stop attacking Americans who are exercising their First Amendment right to parody your massive domestic spying operation.

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    A Minnesota activist who uses images and names of government agencies on satirical merchandise is entitled to do so under the First Amendment, Public Citizen argued in a lawsuit filed against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on behalf of the merchant. Read more.

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    Support the Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act

    Send an Email to Your Representative TODAY

    The aptly named Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act (HR 3970) would end subsidies that enrich CEO pay at the taxpayers’ expense.

    How did taxpayers wind up giving free money to corporations for CEO bonuses? The problem stems from a 1993 tax law that was intended to limit corporate tax deductions for executive compensation, but contained a loophole permitting publicly traded corporations to deduct the “performance-based” pay they lavished on top executives.

    As a result, taxpayers like you and me are subsidizing multimillion-dollar bonuses and stock options that encourage high-level employees to prioritize short-term profits over the long-term health of their own companies and even our entire economy. Between 2007 and 2010, this loophole cost taxpayers $30 billion.

    Make sure your representative knows you want him or her to co-sponsor HR 3970.

    Please type your zip code into the box below. Then, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.


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    Act to Stop Climate Change — Support Carbon Pollution Limits for Power Plants

    Sign Up to Attend an EPA Carbon Listening Session

    Our climate is already changing and stressed, making it very important that the EPA act as quickly as possible to limit carbon pollution from all power plants.

    The EPA is holding listening sessions to gather public input on the issue of regulating carbon pollution from exiting power plants.

    Please consider speaking in favor of carbon limits at one of these EPA hearings.

    Sign up for the date and location that works best for you by using the drop down menu at the bottom of this page.

    EPA Carbon Listening Sessions:

    • Denver, CO: October 30, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. MST (last 2 hours for call ins), U.S. EPA Region 8 Offices, 1595 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
    • Boston, MA: November 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. EST, U.S. EPA New England Offices, Memorial Hall 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109
    • Lenexa, KS: November 4, 4 -8 p.m. CST, U.S. EPA Region 7 Offices, 11201 Renner Blvd, Lenexa, KS 66219
    • San Francisco, CA: November 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. PST, U.S. EPA Region 9 Offices, 75 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105
    • Seattle, WA: November 7, 3 - 6 p.m. PST, Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
    • Washington, D.C.: November 7, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST, U.S. EPA Headquarters, William Jefferson Clinton East, Room 1153 (Map Room), 1201 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460
    • Dallas, TX: November 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Auditorium - 1st Floor, 1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75202
    • Chicago, IL: November 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST, U.S. EPA Region 5 Offices, Metcalfe Federal Building, Lake Michigan Room, 77 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
    • Philadelphia, PA: November 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. EST, William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building, 600 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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    Local Resolutions to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Sign Up to Organize for a Constitutional Amendment in Your Community

    Nearly 500 cities and towns nationwide have officially called for a constitutional amendment, as have 16 states, over 130 members of Congress and President Barack Obama.

    Please sign up if you would like to help lead an effort in your home town to pass a resolution. By signing up below, you consent to receive emails from ResolutionsWeek.org and/or one or more of the Resolutions Week Partners.

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    Sign up to Gather Signatures on Election Day: Help Iowa Do Its Part to Overturn Citizens United

    Iowans Of All Parties Can Unite Around Limiting Corruption

    Sign up to gather signatures at your polling place on Tuesday, November 5th — Election Day — to move forward an Iowa state resolution for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.

    Together we can take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

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    Thank Austin City Council for Committing to Local Solar

    Local Solar Jobs and Sustainability to Benefit in Austin

    The Austin City Council has passed a new resolution requiring half of the city-owned utility’s 200 megawatt solar goal for 2020 to be fulfilled by local solar projects and half of those local projects to distributed installations that are owned or leased by customers.

    Local solar means local jobs and more community involvement in greening our electric grid.

    The council also signaled support for expanding the solar goal to 400 megawatts for 2020 as part of the energy planning process next year.

    Austin Energy is nationally known for its renewable energy and energy efficiency programs because the people of Austin and our City Council have made sustainability a priority. Council Members Chris Riley, Laura Morrison and Bill Spelman worked with stakeholders to develop a resolution that is in the best interest of the city.

    It’s important to let our leaders know that we appreciate their efforts in collaboration with us.


    Please Join Us in Thanking the City Council for Making a Commitment to Local Solar


    Add a few words about why you support local solar.

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    Thank You for Taking Action on Climate Change

    EPA Carbon Listening Sessions Offer Another Opportunity to Support Carbon Pollution Limits for Power Plants

    Our climate is already changing and stressed, making it very important that the EPA act as quickly as possible to limit carbon pollution from all power plants.

    The EPA is holding listening sessions to gather public input on the issue of regulating carbon pollution from exiting power plants.

    Please consider speaking in favor of carbon limits at one of these EPA hearings.

    Sign up for the date and location that works best for you by using the drop down menu at the bottom of this page.

    EPA Carbon Listening Sessions:

    • Denver, CO: October 30, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. MST (last 2 hours for call ins), U.S. EPA Region 8 Offices, 1595 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
    • Boston, MA: November 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. EST, U.S. EPA New England Offices, Memorial Hall 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109
    • Lenexa, KS: November 4, 4 -8 p.m. CST, U.S. EPA Region 7 Offices, 11201 Renner Blvd, Lenexa, KS 66219
    • San Francisco, CA: November 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. PST, U.S. EPA Region 9 Offices, 75 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105
    • Seattle, WA: November 7, 3 - 6 p.m. PST, Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
    • Washington, D.C.: November 7, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST, U.S. EPA Headquarters, William Jefferson Clinton East, Room 1153 (Map Room), 1201 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460
    • Dallas, TX: November 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Auditorium - 1st Floor, 1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75202
    • Chicago, IL: November 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST, U.S. EPA Region 5 Offices, Metcalfe Federal Building, Lake Michigan Room, 77 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
    • Philadelphia, PA: November 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. EST, William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building, 600 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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    Maryland Crossroads 2013 Tour

    Stop Dominion’s Liquified Natural Gas Export Facility, Promote Clean Energy

    Join the tour crisscrossing Maryland this fall to stop a pollution disaster and demand what our communities DO need: more wind and solar power. At each stop, there will be inspiring speakers, barnstorming music, mind-blowing facts — and a call to action that will get you out of your chair!

    First, check the dates and locations of the tour.

    Second, sign up for the date and location that works best for you by using the drop down menu.

    The Maryland Crossroads Tour:

    • Annapolis Crossroads 2013: November 5, 7:30 - 9 p.m., Broadneck Auditorium, Broadneck High School, 1265 Green Holly Dr, Annapolis, MD 21409
    • St Mary’s Crossroads 2013: November 6, 7:30 - 9 p.m., St Mary's Hall, Auerbach Auditorium, SMCM, 18952 E Fishers Rd, St Marys City, MD 20686
    • Silver Spring Crossroads 2013: November 7, 7:30-9 p.m., Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    • Baltimore Crossroads 2013: November 12, 7:30 - 9 p.m., Falvey Hall in the Brown Center, MICA, 1301 Mount Royal Ave, Baltimore MD 21217
    • Salisbury Crossroads 2013: November 13, 7:30-9 p.m., Henson 243, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Ave, Salisbury, MD 21801
    • Frederick Crossroads 2013: November 18, 7:30-9 p.m., Rosenstock Auditorium, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701
    • College Park Crossroads 2013: November 19, 7:30 - 9 p.m., Stamp Student Union, Juan Ramon Jimenez Room 2208, 7600 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD, 20742
    • Cumberland Crossroads 2013: November 20, 7:30 - 9 p.m., New Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore St, Cumberland, MD, 21502
    • Columbia Crossroads 2013: December 3, 7:30 - 9 p.m., East Columbia Senior Center, Howard County Library East Columbia Branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

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    Stop Investment Advisers from Denying Their Customers' Rights

    Tell Your Representative to Co-sponsor the Investor Choice Act

    Increasingly, broker-dealers and investment advisers that consumers trust with their hard-earned savings are eviscerating their customers’ rights by adding forced arbitration clauses to the fine print of their terms of service.

    The Investor Choice Act (H.R. 2998) would stop broker-dealers and investment advisers from inserting forced arbitration clauses and class-action bans in their take-it-or-leave-it terms.

    Tell your member of Congress nobody should have to sacrifice their rights in order to save for retirement.

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    Make New York the Next State to Call to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases 

    Get Corporate Money Out of Politics and Establish that Constitutional Rights Are for People — Not Corporations

    The national movement to overturn Citizens United and related cases is continuing to grow. New York could be the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling. Nearly 500 local municipalities, over 120 members of Congress and President Barack Obama have called for an amendment.

    Sign up to let us know that you want to be part of the effort to make New York the 17th state and let us know how you can help.

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    Help Make Iowa the Next State to Call for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Tell Your State Legislators You Want Them to Defend Our Democracy

    Iowa could be the next state to call for a constitutional amendment to stop unlimited election spending and end corruption made worse by Citizens United.

    You might be one of only a handful people in an important district. Please add your name and spread the word!

    It’s citizens like you working together that passed similar resolutions in 16 other states.

    The number of signers in each district may decide whether your legislator listens to the campaign or ignores us.

    Sign Below to Ask Your State Legislators to Support an Amendment

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    Urge President Obama to Keep Medicare and Social Security Off Limits in Budget Talks with Republicans

    Don’t Give In the Next Time the Radical Right Threatens Shutdown or Default


    The deal struck to end the shutdown and forestall default includes a plan to negotiate over further budget cuts. Make no mistake, what the Republicans — and, sad to say, President Obama — are talking about is cutting Medicare and Social Security.

    Make sure President Obama hears from you. Add your name to those urging the president to maintain the momentum we’ve just won by keeping Medicare and Social Security off limits in budget talks with Republicans.

    PETITION TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA


    You stood up to the regressive ideology and undemocratic grandstanding of Tea Party Republicans. But they will be back. We implore you: Never allow Medicare and Social Security to be put on the table in any negotiation with right-wing extremists.

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    Climate Change is Too Costly to Ignore

    Tell the EPA to Limit Carbon Pollution From Power Plants

    Climate change is already happening, but it’s not too late to avoid the worst impacts.

    Limiting carbon pollution from the largest sources is a good place to start. A third of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are from power plants.

    Climate change is already producing stronger storms, devastating droughts and runaway wildfires. All of these changes are coming with costs — costs that those dirty power plants have passed on to the rest of us. We pay more for food as droughts kill off crops and livestock, more for infrastructure repairs and more for health care as warmer climates allow diseases to spread and become more common (not to mention the health effects from air pollution).

    The truth is — dirty energy is a bad deal for all of us.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finally working on rules to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. Industry will fight back against doing the right thing, so we need to show the EPA that consumers are ready to make the smart choice.

    I urge the Environmental Protection agency to place strict limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. This step is essential to addressing the ongoing problem of climate change. Limiting carbon pollution will help protect consumers from escalating costs of adapting to and recovering from climate change impacts and will make the energy market more fair by reducing external costs from dirty energy sources.

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    Support Your Local Effort in New Hamsphire for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Support Your Town or City Calling for a Constitutional Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Politics

    Nearly 500 cities nationwide have called for a constitutional amendment, as have 16 states, over 130 members of Congress and President Barack Obama. New Hampshire residents have shown enthusiastic support for a constitutional amendment, including polling 3 to 1 in favor.

    Passing resolutions in cities and towns will put the New Hampshire Senate on notice (again) that the people of New Hampshire want a constitutional amendment. Our work on resolutions also builds grassroots support to put the issue of money and politics front and center in the state where presidential candidates make their first visit.

    Sign up to show your support for having your home town call for a constitutional amendment.

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    Thank Connecticut Rep. DeLauro for Standing Up for the Public Interest

    After a tainted drug manufactured by a New England compounding pharmacy killed 53 people and sickened hundreds more, Rep. DeLauro introduced the SAFE Compounded Drugs Act of 2013 (H.R. 3019), a bill that would place the largely unregulated compounding pharmacy industry under the Food and Drug Administration’s jurisdiction.

    Appallingly, a group of Republicans and Democrats caved in to pharmaceutical industry pressure and blocked DeLauro’s bill. In its place, they voted on a watered-down bill that claimed to increase oversight, but only amounts to a polite request that the industry police itself.

    Reckless corporations, whose negligence sickens and kills hundreds of Americans, should not be allowed to regulate themselves.

    Public Citizen opposed the watered-down bill, and so did Rep. DeLauro, who spoke out against it on the House floor.

    Thank Rep. DeLauro for fighting the watered-down bill and for continuing to fight for the bill she introduced, the SAFE Compounded Drugs Act of 2013.

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    This Tuesday, October 8, Make Some Noise for an Amendment to Defend Our Democracy

    Combat Corruption on the Day of the McCutcheon Supreme Court Argument

    On Tuesday, October 8, people in select cities around the country will be rallying against corruption and attending press conferences calling on city councils and state legislatures to support disclosure of election spending and a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling.

    Tampa Bay, FL – Tampa Bay City Hall - 11 a.m., Contact: Dalyn, FloridaPIRG, 470-336-9781

    Des Moines, IA – Capitol Building, Western steps, 10:30 a.m., Contact: Sonia, IowaPIRG, 516-282-4192

    Madison, WI – State Capitol Building, 11 a.m. Contact: Bruce at WisPIRG, 608-251-9501

    Austin, TX – Time and location TBD, Contact: Tom Visco, TexPIRG, 717-919-1539

    Sign Up Below to Attend an Event On Tuesday, October 8 and Receive More Information

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    Wednesday, October 30, Capitol Hill Briefing On Why the SEC Should Require Corporations to Disclose Their Political Spending

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering proposing a rulemaking which would require publicly-traded companies to disclose funds spent with the purpose of influencing elections. Compelling evidence exists to support the rulemaking, both from the standpoint of shareholders whose investments may be jeopardized by errant political spending, and from the American voters who have clearly indicated that secret election spending is bad for the country. This rule is critical for both the market and democracy.

    Please join Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Professor Robert Jackson of Columbia Law, Professor John Coates of Harvard Law, Senior Portfolio Manager and Director for Corporate Governance Anne Simpson from CalPERs Pension Fund, Pat Doherty from the Office of the New York State Comptroller (invited), and founder of GMI Ratings Nell Minow for a briefing on the critical importance of political spending disclosure.

    When: Wednesday, October 30 at 2 p.m.
    Where: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485, Washington, D.C.


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    Sign on in Support of Less Coal Plant Pollution and Healthier Kids in Texas

    Physicians and Environmentalists Have Joined Forces for Clean Air

    Some old coal-fired power plants in East Texas pollute at twice the rate of new coal plants.

    Nitrogen oxide emissions from these outdated facilities contribute to high ozone days in East Texas and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Ground level ozone causes and worsens respiratory diseases such asthma, especially for children and the elderly.

    That’s why the Dallas County Medical Society, Public Citizen and others are petitioning the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to require old coal-fired coal plants in East Texas to meet the same emissions standards as new plants.

    Texas has lots of clean energy options, but if some companies want to continue to burn coal, they should meet modern pollution standards.

    Sign On in Support of Reducing Emissions and Cleaning Up Texas’ Air

    I urge the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to require old coal-fired power plants in East Texas to meet the same nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions standards as new coal-fired power plants in Texas. I urge this action to better protect public health in the East Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth areas, particularly for children and the elderly.

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    Support Universal Health Care For Every American

    Urge West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller to Be an Original Cosponsor to Legislation for a Single-Payer, Medicare-For-All Health Care System

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to introduce legislation that would radically transform the health insurance system in this country and provide all Americans with coverage through a single-payer system.

    Sen. Rockefeller has been instrumental in expanding health benefits to children across the country through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). By joining Sen. Sanders as a co-sponsor to this lifesaving legislation, he can expand his goal of universal health care for children to universal health care for all Americans.

    Send a message Sen. Rockefeller to tell him you support universal coverage for every American, and that you want him to sponsor Sen. Sander’s bill to provide just that.

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    Lobby Congress for an Amendment on Tuesday, October 8

    Tell U.S. Legislators to Co-Sponsor a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Restore Democracy to the People

    On Tuesday, October 8, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., we will be fanning out around the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. asking key members of Congress to co-sponsor a constitutional amendment. People who are not professional lobbyists or organizers can make a big difference on Capitol Hill, especially constituents. Make sure to make your voice heard. Meet up details will be sent to those who sign up closer to the date of the lobby day.

    We cannot guarantee you’ll be able to meet your member of Congress. We will target meetings based on who we need to get on board with an amendment and who is able to schedule meetings with us that day.

    We will gather on Tuesday from 12 - 1 p.m. before we begin lobbying and go over lobbying basics, we’ll send more details to those who sign up. Many meeting delegations will include staff, so you will not necessarily have to attend a meeting on your own. (There is no longer a training planned for Monday, October 7.)

    No chance you can do the lobby day? Call your members of Congress instead.

    Sign Up Below to Attend the D.C. Lobby Day From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8

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    Support the Disclosure of Corporate Pay Disparities

    Tell the SEC You Are in Favor of a Strong Dodd-Frank Rule 953(b)

    Executives are trying desperately to kill a new requirement, mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, that corporations disclose pay disparities between CEOs and average workers.

    Disclosing corporate pay disparities will discourage lavish CEO pay practices that reward recklessness and greed -- and that fueled the 2008 economic crash.

    Rein in corporate recklessness: Tell the Securities and Exchange Commission you support disclosure of corporate pay disparities.

    SEND YOUR MESSAGE TO THE SEC

    Note: Your comment and any other information you provide below will be displayed publicly on the SEC’s website or on www.regulations.gov. We encourage you to personalize your comment by including any stories about how you or people you know were harmed by the 2008 crash.


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    Tell the EPA to Investigate Fracking Water Contamination

    Sign Petition to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to Protect Communities from Fracking-Related Contamination

    Over the past year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has shut down three of its own fracking-related water contamination investigations after being pressured by the oil and gas industry.

    This is unacceptable. The EPA is supposed to protect American citizens from threats like fracking, not bow to the oil and gas industry.

    Sign Your Name Below to Demand that the EPA Protects the Public from Fracking


    On Wednesday, September 25, this petition will be delivered directly to EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    We, the undersigned, are calling on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to reopen investigations into fracking-related water contamination in Dimock, Pa., Pavillion, Wyo., and Parker County, Texas and provide residents in these communities with safe drinking water.

    Over the past year, the EPA has shut down its own fracking-related water contamination investigations in three communities after being pressured by the oil and gas industry. It’s time for the EPA to protect the public — not the interest of the fracking industry.

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    Tell the Department of Justice to Charge Halliburton Manager with Obstruction of Justice

    Sign Petition Demanding DOJ Prosecute Individual Who Directed Destruction of Oil Spill Evidence

    Update: On September 19, 2013, the DOJ charged Anthony Badalamenti with one count of destruction of evidence. Badalamenti is alleged to have instructed two of his Halliburton colleagues to destroy evidence material to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill investigation.

    A federal court judge has approved the plea agreement that allows Halliburton to walk away with a $200,000 fine and three years probation for destroying evidence tied to 2010 BP oil disaster.

    Though the agency has not announced whether or not it will seek charges against the employee who made the decision to destroy the evidence — and who still works for Halliburton.

    Now that Halliburton is off the hook, the only way to get some shred of justice is for the DOJ to immediately indict the individual responsible for the crime.

    Sign Your Name Below to Demand DOJ Holds Corporate Criminals Accountable.


    We the undersigned, are appalled at the meager charge and sanctions levied against Halliburton for destruction of evidence tied to the 2010 oil spill disaster. In recognition of the court’s unfortunate decision to accept this deal, we now call on the Department of Justice to pursue, without further delay, obstruction of justice charges against the Halliburton manager, who instructed two colleagues to destroy computer simulations that would have been evidence in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill investigation.

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    Tell Governor Jerry Brown to Reject California Fracking Bill

    Email the Governor and Urge Him to Veto SB 4

    Last week, the California legislature passed SB 4, a highly flawed bill that was intended to regulate fracking in California.

    The bill was amended in the final hours before passage from a bill that didn’t go far enough to protect Californians from fracking to a bill that actually gave away important protections to oil companies.

    Now, SB 4 is headed to Gov. Brown to be signed into law.

    Use the form below to send a message to the governor’s office.

    Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

    After You Submit Your Email, You Will Be Asked to Select an Issue Area. Please Select “SB00004Oil and gas: well stimulation.”

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    California Governor Should Require Hospitals to Adopt Breastfeeding Support Measures

    Send a Message to Governor Jerry Brown to Tell Him to Sign SB 402

    SB 402 would require all hospitals to adopt the Ten Steps Toward Successful Breastfeeding per Baby-Friendly USA’s Hospital Initiative, the highest of standards, or similar evidence-based support measures. The legislation would move California towards banning infant formula marketing in hospitals across the state and provide increased support for mothers, setting a national precedent.

    Please take a moment to edit the email message so it has the maximum impact by including a personal story about why breastfeeding support in hospitals is important.

    After you submit your message, you will be asked to select an issue area. Please select “SB00402 Breastfeeding.”

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    Ask Your Representative Today to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    Your Representative Has Only Until This Wednesday — October 30th — to Sign On to a Letter Protecting Your Voice in U.S. Trade Negotiations

    The most expansive so-called “free trade” agreement ever — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — is currently being negotiated behind closed doors with an end-of-2013 deadline. The TPP would send millions of American jobs overseas and increase medicine prices. It would expose the laws we rely on to protect our families’ health and the environment to attack by corporations in foreign tribunals.

    But we can stop this from happening! To stop the TPP, we have to stop “Fast Track” trade authority. This sneaky procedure delegates away Congress’ constitutional trade authority, allowing damaging deals like the TPP to be railroaded through Congress.

    Some Democratic House members now are working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen. But they need all of their colleagues to join them. Your member of Congress is one of the few who has not signed the letter yet.

    And with the October 30th deadline for the letter, time is running out.

    You can make the difference if you can get your representative to sign onto this letter, being circulated by members of Congress committed to protecting us from a damaging TPP. The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its authority to stand up for us.

    And it is quick and easy. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative’s office. When the office answers, say you are a constituent and would like to speak to the Chief of Staff.  You will probably be asked to leave a message on the Chief’s voice mail.  Those messages have a real effect! (If you are not sure of your Representative’s name, just give the operator your zip code.)

    Use the script below to give them a call. Make sure that you include the key points in the first paragraph and feel free to put the message in your own words!::

    Hello, my name is __ {name} __ . I am from ___{your town or city}___. I’m calling today about Fast Track trade authority. I just learned that my Representative is one of few not yet signed on to Congresswoman DeLauro and Congressman Miller’s letter opposing Fast Track trade authority.  There are 130 Democrats on that letter and it closes Wednesday.  I want him/her to sign that letter, please!  The letter makes clear that Congress will not delegate away its constitutional authority over trade. I want my Representative to keep the trade authority granted to Congress by the Constitution to make sure that we do not get slammed again by a bad trade deal.

    I am very worried about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” deal. After years of secret negotiations, the leaked TPP texts reveal this deal would offshore our jobs and flood us with unsafe imports. Fast Track would let the president sign this deal before Congress even gets to vote on it.

    It’s Congress’ job to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone, not just giant corporations pushing the TPP. It would be irresponsible for members of Congress to give up their authority over trade when the TPP is lurking in the shadows.

    Would Representative ___{name}___ please add his/her name to this critical letter and send me a copy of the letter with his/her signature? Here is my address:


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    Tell Your Legislators to Stand Up Against Corruption in Our Elections

    Call and Ask Your Legislators to Co-Sponsor a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Just a few calls from your district can really make the difference in getting your member of Congress to co-sponsor the Democracy Is For People constitutional amendment.

    It’s because phone calls are a little more work that they mean even more to your elected officials.

    Type in your information below, and our form will provide you with the phone number of legislators representing you who have not yet co-sponsored an amendment.

    Sample Talking Points for Your Representative

    • I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to urge Representative _______ to co-sponsor the Democracy Is For People amendment.
    • H.J.R. 34 is a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore the right of Congress and the states to regulate our own elections.
    • The amendment would allow regulation of all campaign spending.
    • It states that because only individuals have the right to vote, only individuals should have an ability to spend money to influence our elections.
    • Would Representative _______ be willing to join as a co-sponsor H.J.R. 34?

    Sample Talking Points for Your Senator(s)

    • I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to urge Senator _______ to co-sponsor the Democracy Is For People amendment.
    • S.J.R. 11 is a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore the right of Congress and the states to regulate our own elections.
    • The amendment would allow regulation of all campaign spending.
    • It states that because only individuals have the right to vote, only individuals should have an ability to spend money to influence our elections.
    • Would Senator _______ be willing to join as a co-sponsor H.J.R. 11?

    Be sure to let us know the call went.

    Another important way to make a difference is to email your legislators today.

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    Save Construction Worker Lives and Taxpayer Dollars in Washington State

    Tell State Decision Makers to Adopt Public Citizen’s Worker Safety Proposal


    Corporations that ignore worker safety should not be rewarded with taxpayer dollars.

    That’s the basic principle behind a reform Public Citizen has proposed in Olympia, and which the state is now considering, that would prevent your tax dollars from going to construction companies with poor safety records.

    The decision to adopt the reform rests with two people: Joel Sacks, director of Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries, and Anne Soiza, assistant director of Washington’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

    Sign the petition calling on Sacks and Soiza to save lives and taxpayer money by adopting Public Citizen’s worker safety proposal.

    PETITION TO JOEL SACKS AND ANNE SOIZA

    We, the undersigned, call on Joel Sacks and Anne Soiza to adopt the construction worker safety reforms proposed by Public Citizen.

    From 2008 to 2010, Washington recorded 34,700 construction industry injuries and illnesses, as well as 39 fatalities. Such deaths and injuries are a tragedy for Washington families. They also are an economic burden, costing the state’s economy $762 million.

    Public Citizen’s proposed reforms are simple and inexpensive. Construction companies that seek state contracts would be required to meet robust, commonsense safety standards. Companies that meet the standards would be pre-qualified to do the work, taxpayer dollars would be kept away from companies with poor safety records.

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    Ask Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Democracy Is For People Amendment

    Help Us Reach 160 Co-Sponsors in Congress for a Constitutional Amendment to Help Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    The Democracy Is For People amendment (H.J.R. 34/S.J.R 11) would prevent corporations from spending to influence elections and enable the government to regulate campaign spending by individuals.

    We believe that this amendment is a key piece of the puzzle in our work to overturn the disastrous Citizens United ruling, take democracy off the auction block, and preserve constitutional rights for people — not corporations.

    The members of Congress that appear when you type in your zip code and street address have not yet co-sponsored a constitutional amendment.

    Take a moment to edit the email message that appears below to increase the power of your message and of the other messages sent.

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    Ask Your Representative Today to Protect Your Voice in U.S. Trade Negotiations

    Urge Your Representative to Sign On to a Letter Opposing Fast Track Trade Authority

    The heat is on to finish negotiations on the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations before the end of 2013. Leaked text from these secretive negotiations reveals that if completed, the TPP could offshore millions of American jobs, flood our homes with unsafe food and drive medicine prices through the roof.

    And the way trade deals are negotiated could be in jeopardy if some in Washington get their way. Fast Track trade authority could be revived, giving Congress’ constitutional trade authority to the president.

    But members of Congress are banding together to work towards trade policies that benefit most Americans, not the corporate special interests driving the current agenda.

    We need more members to sign onto this letter so the Administration feels the full weight of Americans asking for change.

    Send your representative an email below.

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    Help to Pass a Town Hall Resolution Calling for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Sign Up to Gather Signatures for a Constitutional Amendment in Your Community

    Nearly 500 cities nationwide have called for a constitutional amendment, as have 16 states, over 115 members of Congress and President Barack Obama. New Hampshire residents have shown enthusiastic support for a constitutional amendment, including polling 3 to 1 in favor. Help bring the issue before your town at your town hall meeting.

    Please sign up if you would like to help gather signatures to get a constituitonal amendment on the ballot in your home town. We’ll connect you with other people who want to be part of this effort and help get you started.

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    Combat Corporate Manipulation of Back-to-School Shopping

    A Teacher’s List of School Supplies Should Not Direct Parents to Buy Products From Particular Corporations

    Sign your name here if you want giant corporations to stop exploiting budget conscious parents and overworked teachers. Tell us if you think a teacher’s list of suggested, even required, school supplies should not direct parents to buy products from particular corporations.

    Add Your Name Below

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    Write a Letter to the Editor About the Colombian Protests Against the U.S-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

    Help Shine a Spotlight on the Damages of the FTA

    You can send a letter to the editor to your local newspaper and demand that they reveal the truth about this loser trade agreement.

    Here’s how:

    Select a few of the talking points below:

    • Hundreds of thousands of Colombians are protesting the devastating effects of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

    • Colombians are asking the Colombian government to cancel and renegotiate the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

    • This so-called “free trade” pact is raising medicine prices, wiping out small farmers and open the rainforest to ravage by oil, gas and mining firms.

    • Before the FTA was passed, Colombia’s own Minister of Agriculture predicted a miserable outcome for the country’s farmers.

    • Obviously, this is a story that your readers should know about. So, where’s your coverage?

    • If we don’t start speaking up now, these damaging trade pacts will continue across the globe.

    • The 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), currently being negotiated, is based off the U.S.-Colombia FTA model. People in TPP countries like Vietnam and Malaysia could be the next to bear the brunt of this “free trade” damage.

    • I expect your newspaper to take note of this important story.

    Submit your letter to the editor and leave a comment letting us know that you helped drag the damages of the U.S.-Colombia FTA onto the front-page!

    Here are some helpful tips to help you get your letter to the editor published.

    In order to increase the likelihood of your letter being printed, please keep it 150 words. It should be sent in the body of an e-mail (no attachments) to the publication of your choice.

    Thank you for taking action and please let us know how the process went!

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    Stand With Colombian Protests Against the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

    Help Drag the Damages of the FTA Onto the Front Page

    Hundreds of thousands of Colombians are blocking roadways and risking rubber bullets and even live ammunition to take to the streets.

    Protestors are asking the Colombian government to suspend and renegotiate the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The terms of this “deal” raised medicine prices, destroyed small farmers and opened the Amazon to oil and gas mining corporations.

    You probably haven’t heard of it though. Much of the media isn’t giving this story the coverage it deserves because Big Business gets richer from these trade pacts, while the majority suffers.

    Add your name demanding the media make this front-page news:

    It’s inexcusable that much of the American media is not covering the hundreds of thousands of Colombians protesting the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. This so-called “free trade” pact has raised medicine prices, exposed the Amazon to ravage by oil, gas and mining firms and destroyed the livelihood of small farmers. This so-called “free trade” pact has forced these small-scale farmers to try and compete with major American agribusiness. Before the FTA was passed, Colombia’s own Minister of Agriculture predicted a miserable outcome for the country’s farmers.

    Show your solidarity and stand with Colombians as they protest the devastating results of the U.S.-Colombia FTA.

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    Thank You for Committing to Building a Stronger Democracy

    Here is an Immediate Action You Can Take — Meet With Your Congressperson

    Members of Congress are on recess now through Friday, September 6. They should be in their districts much of this time. This offers a perfect opportunity for you to go meet with them or ask them about co-sponsoring an amendment to overturn Citizens United at an event. Even if you aren't able to catch them before September 6, you can still set up a meeting with a staff person at their office.

    Enter your zip code to find out which of your members of Congress are not yet co-sponsors of an amendment. Fill in your information to pledge to visit the office of one or more members of Congress and to receive a Public Citizen lobbying packet.

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    Help to Build a Stronger Democracy

    Get “Money Out” of Our Elections and “Voters In” to the Polling Booths

    50 years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech.

    He proclaimed that “we cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

    50 years later, we are still not satisfied, as insidious laws deny communities the right to vote and exorbitant amounts of money in elections disempower those of us who cannot purchase a politician.

    Join us in working to fulfill this still unfulfilled dream to build a nation that is truly of, by and for the people, and where the right to vote is held sacred.

    “Whether it is through conversations I have with family and friends, communications I have with my elected officials, letters I write to the editor, rallies that I attend, campaigns that I help to run, or organizations that I work to build, I will work for a stronger democracy.”

    Add Your Name If You Agree.

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    Attend a Meeting With Your State Senator to Make New York the Next State to Call to Overturn Citizens United

    Get Corporate Money Out of Politics and Establish That Constitutional Rights Are for People — Not Corporations

    The national movement to overturn Citizens United and related cases is continuing to grow. New York could be the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling. Nearly 500 local municipalities, over 120 members of Congress and President Barack Obama have called for an amendment.

    Attending a face to face meeting with your senator is a powerful way to show your support for an amendment and will only take a little of your time.

    Sign up if you are able to attend a meeting. We will provide you with information so that you are prepared for the meeting and let you know when the meeting is scheduled.

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    Thank You For Signing Up! Can Attend Meeting With Your State Senator?

    As a first step in the campaign to make New York the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment, we are working with our allies to organize meetings with New York state senators to gain their support for the resolution.

    Attending a face to face meeting with your senator is a powerful way to show your support for an amendment and will only take a little of your time.

    Sign up if you are able to attend or help plan a meeting. We will provide you with information so that you are prepared for the meeting and let you know when the meeting is scheduled.

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    Ban Fracking on Public Land

    Sign on to Comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Regarding New Fracking Regulations

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering allowing fracking on federal public lands across the United States.

    Public Citizen is joining a movement-wide effort to overwhelm the BLM with comments demanding it prevent fracking on public lands.

    The deadline for comment is this Friday, August 23.

    Add you name to our comments below

    We are deeply concerned that Bureau of Land Management’s new draft fracking rule is even weaker than the previous version. The regulations seem designed to encourage as much fracking as possible, while doing little to protect the environment or public health.

    There are many egregious flaws in the BLM’s revised draft fracking regulations:

    • They expand “trade secrets” loopholes and allow well operators to avoid disclosing use of dangerous fracking chemicals;
    • They only require oil and gas companies to report the chemicals used that are not claimed to be trade secrets — and only after fracking has already taken place;
    • They provide little regulatory protection for air, water and climate. The regulations do nothing to protect people living near fracked wells from air pollutants that increase risks of cancer and respiratory illness;
    • They do not protect residents from exposure or contamination by the large volume of toxic wastewater fracking produces;
    • There is no requirement to collect and disclose baseline data on air and water quality needed for effective regulation; and
    • The rules even ignore the advice of the Obama administration's advisory board.

    The best way to protect our revered public lands and our air, water, health and climate from fracking is to prohibit this inherently dangerous form of fossil fuel extraction. Please ban fracking on public land.

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    On August 22, Public Citizen helped deliver 600,000 comments to the BLM following a rally in front of the White House. All comments will be submitted electronically at 6 p.m. on August 23.

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    Sign Up to Stay Informed About Coal Exports from Gulf Ports

    Big Coal is Rushing into Gulf Ports — Hoping Nobody Notices Until It’s Too Late

    As coal consumption in the United States is declining, coal companies are hoping to export dirty coal to other countries, particularly in Asia.

    Strong opposition to coal export terminals on the west coast has caused these companies to turn to the Gulf coast. We’re working to let communities know about the risks that come with coal export terminals, including toxic coal dust, polluted water and heavy rail traffic through neighborhoods.

    The truth is, local economies wouldn’t benefit much from exporting coal and our children would pay a high price.

    Sign Up to Receive Updates About Local Coal Export Proposals

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    EPA Official Decides Not to Lift BP’s Suspension

    Sign Thank You Card for EPA Official, Richard Pelletier

    BP was suspended from receiving lucrative government contracts in November of 2012, after pleading guilty to 14 criminal counts, including manslaughter.

    The U.S. government is one of BP’s best customers and the corporation has been pushing the EPA to lift the suspension for the past 8 months.

    On July 19, Suspension and Debarment Official Richard Pelletier issued the following decision:

    “I find that, to protect the public interest, there is adequate evidence and an immediate need to continue the suspension of BP and it affiliate companies.”

    Sign Below to Support Mr. Pelletier’s Decision and Thank Him for Holding BP Accountable.

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    Stop the Armstrong Coal Company Proposed Coal Export Terminal in Louisiana

    Keep Dirty Coal Out of Our Air and Our Water

    The proposed RAM coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish - backed by the Armstrong Coal Company - would pose a serious threat to the health and welfare of Louisiana’s citizens and the vanishing wetlands that our seafood industry relies on.

    Last year, Hurricane Isaac wreaked havoc through Plaquemines Parish, flooding homes, businesses, and two dirty coal terminals that spewed toxic coal runoff into their neighbor’s properties for days. Now, another coal terminal wants to move into the same vulnerable area, bringing more polluting coal dust coal.

    Exporting coal at a time when we are trying to limit carbon dioxide emissions here at home makes no sense. No matter where coal exports end up, the end product of burning coal equals more carbon emissions which can intensify tropical storms and sea-level rise.

    Say “no” to this reckless plan — email the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

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    Write Your Representative to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    Stopping Fast Track is the Key to Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    We’ve seen the damaging effects of the so-called “free” trade deals of the past which send our jobs overseas, undermine protections for workers, the environment and consumers. The U.S. is currently negotiating the most threatening of all trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — the biggest and most dangerous deal since NAFTA and the WTO.

    The corporations want to impose their rules and then any country that wants to be in a deal with the U.S. would have to sign on, starting with China.

    The corporate lobbyists pushing this deal want nothing more than for it to be signed and quietly sped through Congress without a hitch, so they’re pushing to bring back an arcane procedure — Fast Track — to shove the TPP through Congress. Fast Track takes away Congress’ constitutional authority over trade and allows the president to take over.

    Under Fast Track, Congress couldn’t make any changes to the TPP, even the provisions that would hurt our families.

    Congress must restore its control of the process to avoid further trade agreement damage to us and the key to stopping the TPP is stopping Fast Track.

    Write your representative to oppose Fast Track trade authority.


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    How Would You Like to Help Overturn Citizens United?

    Help Get 160 Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor an Amendment

    In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have a “right” to spend unlimited money influencing elections. Spending by corporations and the ultra-wealthy has flooded our elections with unprecedented amounts of money, much of it secret.

    This summer, we are working to get 160 members of Congress to co-sponsor a constitutional amendment. It’s the 160 Summer! It’s time for government of, by and for the people.

    Let us know how you want to participate in the movement.





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    A People’s Movement


    In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case called Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have a “right” to spend unlimited money influencing elections.

    Corporations are not people. Democracy is for people.

    We are building a movement to pass an amendment to counteract the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United.

    Visit DemocracyIsForPeople.org to learn more.

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    Halliburton Reaches Plea Agreement with Department of Justice

    The Fine for Destroying Evidence: $200,000

    In the second quarter of 2013, Halliburton earned profits of $679 million. The fine for destroying evidence represents a paltry .03% of its second quarter profits.

    According to the Department of Justice, Halliburton has signed a guilty plea agreement in which the corporation has agreed to plead guilty and admit its criminal conduct.

    As part of the plea agreement, Halliburton, subject to the court’s approval, will pay the statutory fine of $200,000 and be subject to three years of probation.

    The Justice Department has also said it won’t pursue further prosecution of Halliburton.

    A court hearing at which the district court judge will consider whether to accept the plea agreement is scheduled for September 19.

    Sign Your Name Below If You Agree that the Judge Should Challenge the Deal Between the Department of Justice and Halliburton

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    “Given the scale of the harm caused by the oil spill, it seems surprising that the government would accept a plea to a relatively minor charge,” said J. Kelly Strader, a law professor at Southwestern Law School. Destruction of evidence often leads to multiple felony counts, he said, including obstruction of justice, as it did in the case of Enron’s market ma­nipu­la­tion a decade ago.


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    Tell Interior Secretary Jewell to Make Offshore Drilling Safety Her Top Priority

    Urge the Department of the Interior to Implement Lessons from the Deepwater Horizon Tragedy

    The only true solution to preventing offshore drilling accidents is stop doing it by reducing our reliance on oil and gas.

    Until then we owe it to our workers and those that depend on the Gulf for their livelihood to make drilling safer.

    Use the form below to tell Secretary Jewell to move forward on enhanced safety and environmental standards for offshore drilling.

    Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

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    Visit Your Members of Congress During the August Recess

    Tell Your U.S. Legislators to Co-Sponsor a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Restore Democracy to the People

    Members of Congress are on recess now through Friday, September 6. They should be in their districts much of this time. This offers a perfect opportunity for you to go meet with them or ask them about co-sponsoring an amendment to overturn Citizens United at an event. Members of Congress listed below are not yet formally co-sponsoring an amendment in this Congress, though they may have supported us last session, and just need to hear from you to sign on again.

    Enter your zip code to find out which of your members of Congress are not yet co-sponsors of an amendment. Fill in your information to pledge to visit the office of one or more members of Congress and to receive a Public Citizen lobbying packet.

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    Call Your Representative

    Tell Your Representative to Co-Sponsor a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Restore Democracy to the People

    Just a few calls from your district can really make the difference in getting your member of Congress to co-sponsor H.J.R. 34, the Democracy Is For People constitutional amendment.

    It’s because phone calls are a little more work that they mean even more to your elected officials. You can choose to call your senators using the information provided.

    Type in your information below, and our form will provide you with your representative’s phone number.

    Sample Talking Points for your Representative*

    • I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to urge Representative _______ to co-sponsor the Democracy Is For People amendment.
    • H.J.R. 34 is a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore the right of Congress and the states to regulate our own elections.
    • The amendment would allow regulation of all campaign spending.
    • It states that because only individuals have the right to vote, only individuals should have an ability to spend money to influence our elections.
    • Would Representative _______ be willing to join as a co-sponsor H.J.R. 34?

    *Senators should be asked to co-sponsor the Democracy Is For People amendment in the Senate, S.J.R. 11.

    Be sure to let us know the call went, and we will keep you updated on the campaign.

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    August Recess: Meet with Your Representative and Advocate for Climate Change Action

    Sign Up to Educate Your Representative on Opportunities in Your Community to Respond to the Climate Crisis

    An overwhelming 94% of congressional staffers say that in-district meetings with constituents have a significant influence on members of Congress.

    This August, let’s make it clear to Congress that we cannot afford to delay action on climate change.

    Sign up to meet with your representative about climate change and to educate your representative on opportunities in your community to respond to the climate crisis.

    Once you’ve signed up, I will contact you to create a tailored plan for setting up and preparing for your meeting.

    Use this resource to identify your representative (links to house.gov).

    Public Citizen Activist Survey

    Are there additional activities that you’d like to participate in?

    600 out of 1,700 activists responded that they would like to lobby their decision-maker.

    Graph depicting results of activist survey. Activists expressed interest in handing out literature, canvassing, lobbying decision-makers, phone banking and other activities.
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    The U.S. Government Should Not Subsidize Outrageous CEO Pay

    Close the Tax Loophole that Rewards Reckless Profiteering with Government-funded Multimillion-Dollar Bonuses


    The U.S. government SHOULD NOT give free money to corporations so that CEOs can receive million-dollar bonuses.

    Add your name if you agree.

    Legislation to Close the Loophole


    With the help of Public Citizen, the Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act (PDF) was introduced in Congress on August 1, 2013.


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    Pledge to Visit Your Representative’s Office During the August Recess

    Be Among the First to Add Your Name and You’ll Receive a Public Citizen Lobbying Packet in the Mail

    Sign up to let us know you’re planning to urge your representative in Congress to co-sponsor public interest legislation during the August recess.

    Unfortunately we have do not have any more lobbying packets to distribute, but we encourage you to print your own materials by clicking on the link under the "Resources" section of this page.

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    Take A Stand For Single-Payer Health Care

    At 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, Join Us at the U.S. Capitol Building to Support Expanded Medicare for All


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    A single-payer health care system, or Medicare for all, would eliminate the wasteful, profit-driven insurance companies from the health care equation, ensuring that only you and your doctor make decisions about your care, and that every American is covered, no matter what.

    This Wednesday (July 31) at 12:30 p.m., join us at the U.S. Capitol Building for a rally and press conference hosted by moderated by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.). He’ll be joined on stage by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Public Citizen President Robert Weissman, and members of the House Progressive Caucus.

    Following the rally, you’ll have the option to attend meetings with members of Congress and their staff along with Dave Sterrett, Public Citizen’s health care counsel. At the meetings, we will encourage representatives to support H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.

    Here are the details:

    What: Press conference and rally to take a stand for single-payer
    When: Wednesday, July 31, at 12:30 p.m. The rally will begin at 1 p.m.
    Where: House Triangle (the grassy triangle on the House side of the Capitol Building’s east front). The closest intersection is 1st St. SE and Independence Ave. SE. You can meet Dave Sterrett by the steps of the building. He will be handing out Public Citizen signs.

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    Tell Austin City Council to Expand Solar Goals and Programs

    Support Clean Energy and Local Economic Development

    Solar is cheaper now than ever before and Austin’s solar goals need updating to help our city benefit from a thriving solar economy.

    City Council’s Austin Local Solar Advisory Committee (LSAC) unanimously recommended that Council adopt a 400-600 megawatt (MW) solar goal for 2020. By 2020, 400 MW would only be 5.2-6% of all the energy we use — just a sliver of the pie.

    It’s not every day that environmental, consumer, commercial and solar industry advocates can all agree, but that’s what the LSAC did last year when each and every member of the committee voted in favor of the recommendations in A Strategic Plan for Local Solar in Austin (PDF) (links to austintexas.gov).

    Now it’s time for City Council to adopt those recommendations and make sure that Austin Energy’s solar programs are fully funded.

    Popular community solar programs in other states and cities allow renters and those who can’t put solar on their own roofs a chance to benefit directly from solar. Austin Energy says it can have such a program for available the end of 2013. Let’s get City Council to hold Austin Energy to that deadline.

    Unfortunately, Austin Energy has proposed cutting the solar budget by 42%. This would be a huge step backward for our small, but growing solar industry in Austin. The LSAC recommended at least $7.5 million for the solar budget. City Council should follows those recommendations.

    Email the Mayor and City Council Now

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    Call Your Representative

    Tell Your U.S. Legislators to Co-Sponsor a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Restore Democracy to the People

    Just a few calls from your district can really make the difference in getting your member of Congress to co-sponsor H.J.R. 34, the Democracy Is For People constitutional amendment.

    It’s because phone calls are a little more work that they mean even more to your elected officials. You can choose to call your Senators using the information provided.

    Type in your information below, and our form will provide you with your representative’s phone number.

    Sample Talking Points for your Representative*

    • I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to urge Representative _______ to co-sponsor the Democracy Is For People amendment.
    • H.J.R. 34 is a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore the right of Congress and the states to regulate our own elections.
    • The amendment would allow regulation of all campaign spending.
    • It states that because only individuals have the right to vote, only individuals should have an ability to spend money to influence our elections.
    • Would Representative _______ be willing to join as a co-sponsor H.J.R. 34?

    *Senators should be asked to co-sponsor the Democracy Is For People amendment in the Senate, S.J.R. 11.

    Be sure to let us know the call went, and we will keep you updated on the campaign.

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    Call Your Representative Today and Demand a Commitment to Oppose Fast Track Trade Authority

    Your Representative Needs to Know Your Thoughts on This Sneaky Mechanism that Would Force TPP into Reality

    The usual pack of corporate lobbyists and their hired hands in Congress want to slam us with the biggest so–called free trade pact ever, the Trans–Pacific Partnership (TPP). They want to railroad through this devastating deal using an extreme procedure called Fast Track trade authority. Fast Track would prevent members of Congress from even amending provisions that work against working families.

    The TPP threatens to offshore more American jobs, flood us with food that doesn’t meet our safety standards, and hike up the prices on our medicines. TPP boosters see Fast Track as the quickest ticket to making the TPP a reality: it leaves Congress with just two choices — vote for every word of a massive trade agreement negotiated in secret, or reject it entirely. Congress can’t make any changes to the TPP once Fast Track is in place.

    To put it simply: the key to stopping the TPP is stopping Fast Track. Fast Track procedures can only be used if a majority in Congress agrees. Your representative needs to know why it’s vital to oppose the Fast Track scam.

    And it is quick and easy. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 225–3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your representative’s office.

    Use the script below to give them a call:

    “I'm a constituent, and I am strongly opposed to my representative giving away Congress’ constitutional authority to control our trade policy. We send people to Congress to stand up for us, not give away their power to stop more American job offshoring and protect us from dangerous imported food that doesn’t meet our safety standards. This latest so-called trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), would not only do that - but also ban Buy American and increase our medicine prices. That’s why it’s crucial that Congress not give away its authority to make sure every provision of TPP is in our interest before this massive deal can be signed. Good trade deals don’t need to be railroaded through Congress using Fast Track. I hope my representative will commit to opposing this outrageous legislation.”


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    Call Your Representative

    Tell Her or Him to Co-Sponsor a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Restore Democracy to the People

    Just a few calls from your district can really make the difference in getting your member of Congress to co-sponsor H.J.R. 34, the Democracy Is For People constitutional amendment.

    It’s because phone calls are a little more work that they mean even more to your elected officials.

    Here’s What to Do

    1. Call 1-888-291-9824 to be connected to the Capitol switchboard.

    2. Ask to be connected with your representative.*

    3. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    4. When a staff member answers the phone, you can use this script (see the list below to check if your representative is already a co-sponsor and thank them if they are):

    "I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to urge my congressperson to co-sponsor the Democracy Is For People amendment. H.J.R. 34 is a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restore the right of Congress and the states to regulate our own elections. The amendment would allow regulation of all campaign spending. It states that because only individuals have the right to vote, only individuals should have a right to spend money to influence our elections. Would Representative_______ be willing to join as a co-sponsor H.J.R. 34?"

    Note: The following representatives have already co-sponsored H.J.R. 34: Blumenauer [OR-3], Cartwright [PA-17], Chu [CA-27], Cicilline [RI-1], Cohen [TN-9], Conyers Jr. [MI-13], DeFazio [OR-4], DeLauro [CT-3], DelBene [WA-1], Deutch  [FL-21], Ellison [MN-5], Engel [NY-16], Farr [CA-20], Frankel [FL-22], Grayson [FL-9],Green [TX-29], Gutierrez [IL-4], Hastings [FL-20],Honda [CA-17], Keating [MA-9], Kilmer [WA-6], Kirkpatrick [AZ-1], Larsen [WA-2], Larson [CT-1], Lee [CA-13], Lee [TX-18], Lewis [GA-5], Lowenthal [CA-47], Lujan Grisham [NM-1], McGovern [MA-2], Miller [CA-11], Moran [VA-8], Norton [DC-delegate], Pascrell Jr. [NJ-9], Pastor [AZ-7], Perlmutter [CO-7], Pingree [ME-1], Pocan [WI-2], Rangel [NY-13], Ryan [OH-13], Sarbanes [MD-3], Schakowsky  [IL-9], Schrader [OR-5], Shea-Porter [NH-1], Slaughter [NY-25], Waxman [CA-33], Welch [VT]

    * If you wish to contact your Senators you can ask them to co-sponsor the Democracy Is For People amendment in the Senate - S.J.R 11 introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders. 

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    Congress Must Reject Fast Track Trade Authority

    Sign Our Petition Demanding Congressional Authority Over the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Some in Washington are preparing to steamroll Congress and revive an arcane procedure Richard Nixon cooked up to grab Congress’ trade authority and hand it over to unaccountable trade negotiators who want to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through.

    Fast Track trade authority is the way that the public and Congress got steamrollered by trade agreements like NAFTA and the WTO. In fact, since Nixon cooked it up, this procedure has only ever been used 16 times among over 500 trade agreements. Good trade agreements don’t need to be Fast Tracked. Only the most damaging ones require this extreme procedure — the deals that left millions of families slammed by job offshoring, floods of imported tainted meat, and rising medicine prices.

    Now, as public and congressional opposition to TPP is growing daily, a pack of large corporations and TPP’s boosters in Congress want to revive this arcane procedure. They know Fast Track is the only way to force the TPP into effect.

    The good news is that Congress would have to agree to delegate away its authority. Fast Track cannot just pop into existence on its own. So, we need to ensure that Congress retains its control of the process to avoid further trade-agreement damage to us.

    Sign Our Petition to Congress Demanding Rejection of Any Attempt to Obtain Fast Track Authority


    We believe in the checks and balances our Founders created in the U.S. Constitution: Congress has the authority to write our laws and set the terms of our trade agreements, while the executive branch implements those laws and negotiates with foreign countries to implement Congress’ trade policy. Fast Track Trade Authority would grab those powers from Congress, destroying Congress’ ability to safeguard the American public from damaging trade agreements.

    We demand that Congress reject any attempt to revive Fast Track Trade Authority. We call on Congress to retain its constitutional authority over our trade agenda. It is totally unacceptable that unaccountable trade negotiators would be empowered to unilaterally determine the contents of U.S. trade agreements, or that agreements could be signed and entered into before Congress votes on them. But, that is exactly what Fast Track would authorize.

    Previous trade agreements negotiated and implemented under Fast Track have led to widespread damage: millions of American jobs offshored, floods of unsafe imported food and products that do not meet our safety standards, and attacks on our domestic environmental and consumer protection laws in foreign tribunals.

    At stake is Congress’ constitutional authority to represent our interests. We sent our members of Congress to Washington to stand up for us, not to give away their authority to do so.

    We stand united calling for Congress to reject any attempt to establish Fast Track Trade Authority.

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    Sign Up for a Webinar to Make New York the Next State to Call to Overturn Citizens United

    Get Corporate Money Out of Politics and Establish That Constitutional Rights Are for People — Not Corporations

    The national movement to overturn Citizens United and related cases is gaining momentum. Oregon just became the 16th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling; and nearly 500 local municipalities, over 120 members of Congress and President Barack Obama have called for an amendment.

    Join us for an interactive online presentation on Wednesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. to learn how to help support a New York State resolution calling for a constitutional amendment.

    We will send you details on how to log in as the webinar approaches.

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    Tell Department of Justice to Investigate BP, Shell and Statoil

    Stop Oil Traders from Ripping Off the American People

    In May, European regulators raided the offices of three oil companies as part of an investigation into price collusion, which may have been going on since 2002.

    Two months later, the Department of Justice has still not launched a criminal investigation.

    The agency’s Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group has failed to uncover nefarious activity like this most recent price fixing scandal and to pursue those responsible.

    Sign on to the petition below to tell the Department of Justice: Stop oil traders from ripping off the American people.

    We, the undersigned, call on the Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group to stop fraud and market manipulation in the oil and gas sector.

    Launch an investigation into allegations that BP, Shell and Statoil have colluded to rig oil prices for more than a decade.

    High gas prices are harming working American families and hampering our economic recovery. You have the mandate and authority to protect consumers from the criminal practices of financial institutions and other oil market actors.

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    Ask Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Democracy Is For People Amendment

    Help Us Reach 160 Co-Sponsors in Congress for a Constitutional Amendment to Help Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    From jobs to poverty, from the environment to health care, the people’s voices don’t seem to matter in our government as much as the voices of Big Business and big-time campaign contributors.

    There are a number of good constitutional amendments that have been introduced in the current Congress to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United and related cases.

    U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) have introduced a powerful constitutional amendment that would prevent corporations from spending to influence elections and enable government to regulate campaign spending from individuals.

    While we support many of the amendments that have been introduced, we believe that this amendment is a key piece of the puzzle in our work to overturn the disastrous Citizens United ruling, take democracy off the auction block, and preserve constitutional rights for people — not corporations. We’re honored that they named it after our campaign, Democracy Is For People.

    Please take a minute to send an email to your representative and senators and ask for them to join Sen. Sanders and Rep. Deutch in co-sponsoring the Democracy Is For People amendment.

    Take a moment to edit the email message that appears below. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message and all the others messages sent will make a difference.

    We also urge you to follow up by calling your representative using talking points from the sample letter below. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Join Us For a Telephone “Town Hall” Meeting About Our Campaign to Overturn Citizens United

    Sign Up Below to Participate in This Informative and Interactive Update on Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT)

    Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, and Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, will provide an update on the campaign to restore democracy to We the People. We’ll also be joined by campaign activists from Pennsylvania and West Virginia who will share insight into how our movement is making progress on the ground.

    Just RSVP with your phone number, then answer your phone when we call a few minutes before 7:00 Thursday evening.

    If you sign up, you may receive phone calls from us for activism in your community in the future.

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    Tell Obama to Appoint a Climate Czar

    Sign Petition Urging Obama to Designate a New Advisor on Climate Change

    The next signal to solidify action on climate change by the administration is for the president to fill an office that has been vacant for more than two years. It’s time for a new climate czar.

    Whether the president’s current proposal is aggressive enough and moves fast enough to match the climate crisis is unclear, but even modest actions will be met with strong pushback by the dirty energy industry and the politicians who do the industry’s bidding.

    Making progress on the Obama plan to cut carbon and spur clean-energy deployment requires a dedicated senior-level staff.

    Sign Our Petition Demanding the White House Appoints a New Leader on Climate Change


    We, the undersigned, call on President Obama to appoint a new climate czar to coordinate our nation’s climate crisis response. We call on President Obama to designate a new advisor that understands the urgency and magnitude of the crisis and is given the support necessary to marshal an adequate response.

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    Thank Your Senator for Voting Against Michael Froman’s Nomination as U.S. Trade Representative

    Call and Thank Your Senator for Standing Up to Froman’s Corporate Trade Agenda

    Michael Froman — a former Wall Streeter, one of the architects of NAFTA and a leading proponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — was recently confirmed as the new U.S. Trade Representative.

    Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sander Levin (D-MI), Joe Manchin (WV) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) did the right thing and voted against making Froman the head of the U.S. trade office. Most senators just went along with the flow, but yours stood up for our best interests.

    Thank your senator for standing up to Froman’s job-killing, health and safety-undermining corporate trade agenda.

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your senator’s office.

    Use the script below to help guide you.

    “Hello, my name is __{name}__. I live in {name the town and state where you live}. I want to thank the senator for voting against Michael Froman’s nomination to be U.S. Trade Representative. I am concerned about Froman’s past work pushing anti-consumer trade policies, like NAFTA that cost hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs and the Korea, Colombia and Panama free-trade agreements that led to an exploding Korea trade deficit and a steady rate of violence against Colombian unionists. Also, Froman’s refusal to make the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade text available to the public is unacceptable. The public deserves to see what’s in our trade agreements. I really appreciate that my senator recognizes that our trade agenda needs a new direction and more transparency and that Froman’s past trade work and role on Wall Street are causes for concern. Please continue to pay close attention to trade and ensure our voices are heard.”


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    Sign Up to Receive Action Alerts on New and Ongoing Campaigns

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    Public Citizen is fighting for you every day, but we can’t do it without your help.

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    Ask Your Representative to Help Overturn Citizens United

    Help Us Reach 160 Co-Sponsors in Congress for a Constitutional Amendment

    From jobs to poverty, from the environment to health care, the people’s voices don’t seem to matter as much as the voice of big business and big-time campaign contributors.

    A U.S. Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases is critical to getting money out of politics and reining in corporate power in our democracy.

    Please take a minute to ask your member of the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor one of the amendments introduced in the U.S. Congress now.

    Take a moment to edit the email message that appears below. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message and all the others messages sent will make a difference.

    We also urge you to follow up by calling your representative using talking points from the sample letter below. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Ask Your New Hampshire Legislators to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Join Us for the Home Stretch: Ask Your Legislators to Sign a Letter to Congress

    New Hampshire could become the next state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people — not corporations.

    Even if you’ve already contacted your legislators, it is important that they hear from you again in this last stage of the campaign.

    Please enter you zip code below, and we will provide a sample email that you can send your legislators to ask for their support. We also encourage you to call them as well at the phone number that will be provided. Let us know what type of response you get at amendment@citizen.org.

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    Ask Your Oregon State Senator to Support HJM 6 to Overturn Citizens United

    Help Make Oregon the 16th State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment

    House Joint Memorial 6 (HJM 6), which calls for an amendment, is before the Oregon Senate, the vote will likely be very close.

    Please take a minute to ask your state senator to support HJM 6.

    Take a moment to edit the email message that appears below. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message and all the others messages sent will make a difference.

    We also urge you to follow up by calling your senator using talking points from the sample letter below. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    How Would You Like to Help Call on Congress to Overturn Citizens United?

    Help Get 160 Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor an Amendment

    In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have a “right” to spend unlimited money influencing elections. Spending by corporations and the ultra-wealthy has flooded our elections with unprecedented amounts of money, much of it secret.

    With 16 states and nearly 500 cities and towns calling for an amendment, it’s time for your senators and representative to get on the record.

    This summer, we are working to get 160 members of Congress to co-sponsor a constitutional amendment. It’s the 160 Summer! It’s time for government of, by and for the people.

    Let us know how you want to participate in the movement.

    Sign the Petition to the United States Congress

    I call upon my elected representatives in the United States Congress to pass and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling, take democracy off the auction block, and preserve constitutional rights for people, not corporations.





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    117 members of Congress have so far co-sponsored an amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    A People’s Movement


    In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case called Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have a “right” to spend unlimited money influencing elections.

    Corporations are not people. Democracy is for people.

    We are building a movement to pass an amendment to counteract the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United.

    Visit DemocracyIsForPeople.org to learn more.

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    Ask Your Oregon State Senator to Pass the Resolution to Overturn Citizens United

    Encourage Your Senator to Co-Sponsor and Vote on House Joint Memorial (HJM) 6

    We have just one week to pass HJM 6 and make Oregon the 16th state to call for an amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling and rein in corporate power in our democracy.

    Type in your information below, and our form will provide you with your senator’s phone number.

    Sample Talking Points:

    • As your constituent, I am calling ask you to vote “yes” on House Joint Memorial (HJM) 6 to restore our ability to limit super PAC and outside spending in elections.
    • HJM 6, currently in the Senate Rules Committee, calls on Congress to overturn the Citizens United ruling via constitutional amendment.
    • The Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United has been a disaster for our democracy. Oregon must act.
    • I urge you to stand up for our democracy and call for a vote on HJM 6 today.

    Be sure to let us know the call went, and we will keep you updated on the campaign.

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    Support the Rights of All Workers to Expose Workplace Fraud, Abuse and Illegal Activity

    Urge your Senators to Protect Guest Worker Whistleblowers by Voting in Favor of Amendment 1429 to the Immigration Reform Bill

    Workers who expose fraud, abuse or illegal activity in the workplace generally are shielded against retaliation from their employers by whistleblower protection laws.

    But guest workers holding an H-2B permit for seasonal employment — i.e., a whole category of legal immigrants — are, absurdly, exempt from such protections.

    The result: Guest workers are exploited and corporate crimes go unpunished, because those who are best positioned to blow the whistle on corporate wrongs can face blacklisting and deportation, and so are (understandably) unlikely to do so.

    Your senators have the opportunity to close this gap in whistleblower protections by supporting the Amendment 1429 to the Immigration Reform bill.

    Tell your senators to vote for Amendment 1429.

    Please type your zip code into the box below. Then, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up your message by calling your senators. The phone number for the U.S. Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121. If you call, us know how it went with an email to action@citizen.org.


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    Fight Citizens United on Your Campus

    End Corporate Personhood and Establish That Money Is Not Speech

    In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have a “right” to spend unlimited money influencing elections. Spending by corporations and the ultra-wealthy has flooded our elections with unprecedented amounts of money, much of it secret. The control of our elections by the ultra-wealthy is not only destructive to our democracy, but it hurts the environment, workers’ rights, civil rights, our healthcare, women’s issues and more.

    The national movement to overturn Citizens United is gaining momentum. 16 states have called for a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling; nearly 500 local municipalities and over 130 members of Congress have called for an amendment.

    Students on at least seven campuses have passed resolutions calling for an amendment. Make your college/university next!

    Sign up to learn more about helping to lead an effort on your campus.

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    Join Future Online Conversations with Public Citizen

    Public Citizen's New Webinar Series Will Provide Information and Organizing Support for Grassroots Activists

    Public Citizen is launching a brand new effort to engage in open dialogue with activists like you.

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    The Public Deserves to See What’s in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Sign Our Petition and Stand With Senator Elizabeth Warren: No Backroom Deals for Corporate Giants

    Senator Elizabeth Warren recently wrote a letter to President Barack Obama’s nominee to head up U.S. trade negotiations urging him to release the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text to the public. Even though Obama wants to sign the deal this October, the TPP text is being kept secret. The U.S. trade office says if it were made public, it could not get the deal done.

    Senator Warren’s response to that line?

    “If transparency would lead to widespread public opposition to a trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not be the policy of the United States.”

    Leaks have shown the TPP is shaping up to be a NAFTA-on-steroids: Millions more offshored jobs, unsafe food and products flooding into our borders, bans on “Buy American” policies and much more.

    TPP negotiations have been under way for more than three years. Six hundred official corporate advisors have access to the text, while the public has been kept in the dark.

    Sign Our Petition to Release the TPP Draft Text to the Public

    We stand with Senator Elizabeth Warren and wholeheartedly agree with her: “If transparency would lead to widespread public opposition to a trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not be the policy of the United States.”

    We demand the public be able to see what’s in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Negotiations have been going on for more than three years, the deal is slated to be signed in October and to date, Americans have been kept in the dark. This nearly-completed TPP agreement would change every aspect of our lives. The only information we have is from leaked texts which reveal the worst job-offshoring corporations, major global banks, agribusiness and pharmaceutical giants want this deal to be a corporate power tool with unprecedented attacks on our most basic rights and needs.

    It is totally unacceptable to deny the American public access to the text of the draft of the TPP agreement. We stand united calling for the immediate release of the text.

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    Sign Up to Attend the Online Conversation with Public Citizen on Wednesday, April 30, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time)

    Public Citizen is working to engage in open dialogue with activists like you.

    Our next online conversation will be held on Wednesday, April 30, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time).

    Add your name below to let us know you want to join the online conversation and to make sure you receive instructions and a reminder email.

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    Ask Your Senator to Support a Fracking Moratorium in Pennsylvania

    Call Your Senator About Co-sponsoring Senator Ferlo’s Bill to Halt Fracking

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Locate your senator — look up your senator’s office number using the “Find Your Pennsylvania Legislator” tool. If your senator is Jim Ferlo, you can call his office and thank him for his leadership on this issue.

    2. Call your senator and ask them to co-sponsor Senator Ferlo’s bill.

    3. Let us know how your call went! Tell us what happened using the form below.


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    Talking Points: Five Reasons to Ban Fracking


    1. Shale gas drilling and fracking operations contaminate drinking water. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed 161 cases in which a family, farm or business had its drinking water polluted by Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

    2. Fracking isn’t safe. Four compressor stations have exploded and burned in Pennsylvania alone since November 2011, when a midnight explosion rocked Bedford County and dozens of families were evacuated when a compressor station explosion lit up the night sky. Accidents in nearby states, most recently New Jersey, have also killed and injured workers and residents.

    3. Shale gas operations create air pollution. Compressor stations spew fumes, which affect the respiratory health of nearby residents. A recent regional air quality report notes that in counties where shale gas activities are concentrated, NOx emissions from all shale gas activities were 20–40 times higher than allowable for a single minor source.

    4. Human and animal health is being affected by shale gas drilling. The demand for a Health Impact Assessment is a critical component of Senator Ferlo’s Pennsylvania moratorium bill.

    5. Shale gas extraction, processing, waste and distribution hurts and kills workers. While both residents and workers are being sickened by the full life-cycle of shale gas drilling, the rate of injuries and fracking fatalities for workers is completely unacceptable. In Pennsylvania, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division has called for a ban, while the nurses’ union, PASNAP, has worked for a moratorium for years.

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    Tell Governor McDonnell to Uphold the Ban on Toxic Uranium Mining in Virginia

    Email the Governor and Urge Him to Resist Pressure from Mining Proponents

    Uranium mining backers are hoping to persuade the governor to act against the will of the General Assembly and draft regulations for a practice that has been banned for 30 years.

    Help us make sure the governor knows that lifting the ban is not the kind of legacy he should leave behind.

    Use the form below to tell Governor McDonnell to respect the legislature’s decision.

    Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

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    Getting Involved with Public Citizen

    Corporations have their lobbyists in Washington D.C., and the people need advocates too. In this presentation, you’ll learn about Public Citizen, the issues our Congress Watch division is working on, and the important role that grassroots activists play in helping us advocate for the public interest.

    The broadcast will begin in the video box below shortly before 7 p.m. You may need to refresh your screen in order for the broadcast to play correctly.





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    • Brief introduction to Public Citizen and its Congress Watch division
    • Introduction to the issues that Congress Watch works on
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    Call Your Senator on the HSGAC Committee

    Urge Them to Ask Tough Questions and Call for And End to OIRA Obstruction

    An obscure office in the White House – the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) – is preventing commonsense, life-saving regulations from being implemented.

    Howard Shelanksi, who hopes to lead OIRA, is facing a confirmation hearing on Wednesday, June 12.

    Urge your Senator who sits on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (members listed on the right) to ask Shelanski if he’ll end the gridlock or continue to thwart life-saving regulations like his corporate-friendly predecessor.

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call 1-888-291-9824 to be connected to the Capitol switchboard.

    2. Ask to be connected with the office of your senator who sits on the HSGAC committee (see list of committee members on the right). 

    3. When a staff member answers the phone, you can use this script:

    “I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to urge my senator to ask tough questions during the confirmation hearing for OIRA (pronounced “oh-EYE-ruh”) nominee Howard Shelanski. I want to know whether Shelanski will stop delaying commonsense regulations, or if he’ll keep blocking life-saving rules, such as those intended to keep our food safe, prevent cars from backing over children and workers from suffering due to silica dust exposure.”

    4. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

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    HSGAC Committee Members

    • Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
    • Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
    • Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
    • Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) (Chairman)
    • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla) (Ranking Member)
    • Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.)
    • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)
    • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
    • Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)
    • Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.)
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
    • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
    • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
    • Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
    • Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)
    • Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

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    Organizing in Conservative Areas to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Trade Tips and Materials for Organizing in Conservative Areas to Limit Spending in Elections

    74% of Republicans believe that unlimited spending by corporations, unions and individuals in elections will lead to corruption.

    We need a vibrant movement for an amendment that is focused not on party politics, but on democracy and citizens rights to be truly heard and represented by those they elect.

    Sign up to obtain the call-in number for the conservative working group call on Monday, June 10, at 4 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Central / 2 p.m. Mountain/ 1 p.m. Pacific).

    The conservative working group is a place for our members in conservative areas to share and brainstorm strategies for expanding and strengthening conservative organizing for an amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    Sign Up to Receive the Call-in Number for Monday’s Call and Updates on Conservative Organizing

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    Illinois General Assembly Calls For Citizens United to be Overturned

    Contact Your Representative About His or Her Vote on Senate Joint Resolution 27

    Thanks to emails, calls and personal visits from people like you, Illinois is now the 14th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling and related cases and rein in corporate power in our democracy.

    Senate Joint Resolution 27 passed by a bipartisan vote of 80 to 36, with 2 Republican representatives abstaining.

    Please take a minute to let your representative know how you feel about how he or she voted with a personalized email.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Your representative’s phone number will appear, as well as a sample email message which will indicate how your representative voted. If you decide to call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Call on the Oregon Legislature to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Encourage Your State Legislators to Rein in Corporate Power in Our Democracy

    In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case called Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have a “right” to spend unlimited money influencing elections. Spending by corporations and the ultra-wealthy via super PACs and so-called “social welfare organizations” have flooded our elections with unprecedented amounts of money, much of it secret.

    Oregon has the opportunity to become the 14th state to call for an amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling.

    Be part of the movement to take back our democracy!

    Sign the Petition to the Oregon State Legislature

    We ask the Oregon Legislature to call upon the United States Congress to pass and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling. Take democracy off the auction block, and preserve constitutional rights for people — not corporations.

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    Tell Google: More Transparency on Political Spending, Less U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Sign on to our letter asking Google to fully disclose its political spending and end its membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce


    We know Google has supported some good policies in the past — from green energy to internet privacy — but without knowing where its political dollars are going, it’s next to impossible to know if Google is undermining the very causes it promotes.

    Google is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a dark money juggernaut that spent more than $35 million in the 2012 elections. The U.S. Chamber also supports regressive policies such as fracking and the kind of financial deregulation that led to the economic meltdown of 2008.

    Google tells us it’s a different kind of company — but hiding political donations and giving to the U.S. Chamber isn’t innovative, it’s just more of the same.

    If Google is serious about its principles, it should adopt a policy to (1) fully disclose its political spending and it should (2) end its membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    We’ve written a letter to Google’s founders asking them to take these two important steps. Read the letter and add your name below.


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    Read our Google Consumer Petition calling on the company to:

    1. Agree to disclose of direct and indirect corporate political spending, and
    2. Withdraw from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


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    Ask Your Illinois State Representative to Help Overturn Citizens United

    Encourage Your State Representative to “Yes” on Senate Joint Resolution 27

    Thanks to emails, calls and personal visits from people like you, Senate Joint Resolution 27 (SJR 27) calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases passed the Illinois Senate and with your help will pass the Illinois House this week.

    We need as many representatives, Republican and Democrat alike, to vote “yes” on Senate Joint Resolution when it comes up — likely today — Tuesday, May 28.

    Please take a minute to send a personalized email to your Illinois state representative to ask him or her to vote “yes” on SJR 27.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Your representatives phone number will appear, as well as a sample email message which you can use if you wish. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Protect California from Shale Gas Drilling

    Sign Petition Calling for a Moratorium on Fracking

    Across the country, more than 1,000 documented cases of water contamination have been associated with fracking, which pollutes our air and emits methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas.

    California should follow the lead of New York, New Jersey and Vermont and prohibit fracking to protect our wildlife, our natural resources and our health.

    That’s why Public Citizen is joining our allies in pushing to get more signatures in support of a fracking ban than on any other environmental petition in the state’s history.

    Sign Our Petition and Tell the Governor to Put Our Health and Environment First


    The petition is being delivered to Governor Jerry Brown’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices on May 30, 2013.

    We, the undersigned, call on Governor Jerry Brown to support a moratorium on further shale gas extraction in California. Fracking is a dangerous method of oil and gas extraction that threatens our state’s water, air, wildlife, public health and climate. California needs to be a leader in protecting the environment and addressing the urgent danger of climate change. New York, New Jersey and Vermont have already enacted bans or moratoriums on fracking. Please follow the lead of other states and ban the practice now to ensure our environment and health stay safe.

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    Thank the City Council for Preserving Democratic Control of Austin Energy

    Many thought that we had no chance of stopping the Austin City Council from establishing an unelected board to govern Austin Energy when the idea was first proposed in February.

    But we proved that citizen participation in our local democracy can be extremely powerful.

    Hundreds of Austin residents emailed or called the City Council, registered against the proposed Austin Energy governance ordinance, or took the time to defend democracy at a city council meeting over the past few months. Those actions worked.

    The City Council has abandoned the idea of shifting control of Austin Energy to an unelected board.

    Instead, the City Council has done just what we asked — established a committee consisting of the entire City Council to dig deeper into the many important issues facing our publicly owned utility.

    It’s important that our city council members be recognized for their good work on this issue.

    Recognizing good governance will help us ensure that our elected officials continue to be responsive to public input.

    Please email and thank City Council now for preserving democratic control of Austin Energy.

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    Ask Your Oregon State Representative to Pass the Resolution to Overturn Citizens United

    Encourage Your Representative to Co-Sponsor and Vote on House Joint Memorial 6

    Type in your information below, and our form will provide you with your representative’s phone number.

    Sample Talking Points:

    • As your constituent, I am calling ask you to vote “yes” on House Joint Memorial (HJM) 6 to restore our ability to limit super PAC and outside spending in elections.
    • HJM 6, currently in the House Rules Committee, calls on Congress to overturn the Citizens United ruling via constitutional amendment. It has been in committee for more than a month and a half, despite its non-controversial nature.
    • The Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United has been a disaster for our democracy. Oregon must act.
    • I urge you to stand up for our democracy and call for a vote on HJM 6 today.

    Be sure to let us know the call went, and we will keep you updated on the campaign.

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    Nuclear Waste Bill Must Focus on Permanent Solution, Not on Interim Storage

    Tell Bill Sponsors to Scrap Consolidated Interim Storage Proposal

    Key Senate members have released a new nuclear waste policy bill as a “discussion draft” and are accepting public input on the bill until May 24.

    The proposed draft contains an ill-conceived and risky plan to move radioactive waste to consolidated interim storage sites until a location for a national geological repository can be established.

    This is probably our final opportunity before a bill is formally introduced to make it clear: “interim” storage of high-level radioactive waste is not an acceptable fix for our country’s broken nuclear waste program.

    Sign on to Public Citizen’s Comments Directed at the Interim Storage Proposal


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    Stop the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA): The Corporate Attack on Our Environmental and Consumer Safeguards

    No Backroom Deals for Corporate Giants

    Negotiations on the U.S.-EU “free trade” deal, aka TAFTA, are underway. More than 600 corporate advisors are in the driver’s seat, hoping to tip the scales for the 1% and shut out the public and Congress from influencing the negotiations. TAFTA includes extreme corporate rights that will hurt the 99%.

    Tell Congress to stop this “trade” deal from gutting the strongest parts of American and European food, health, environmental and financial safeguards.

    Sign the TAFTA petition to Congress now

    Americans deserve a say in the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) negotiations. TAFTA is likely to impact U.S. banking regulations, Internet freedom, food safety, the environment, agriculture and more. If you think that TAFTA is OK just because it is with Europe, we want you to know that is simply not true. The official agenda for this deal has been set by a network of large U.S. and European corporations whose goal is to kill the best public interest safeguards on either side of the Atlantic. They call our best consumer, environmental, financial and other policies “trade irritants” and celebrate this negotiation for going “behind the borders” to eliminate such measures. This is totally unacceptable to us. We call on you to stop this attack before the damage is done.

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    Ask Your Illinois State Representative to Support the Resolution to Overturn Citizens United

    Encourage Your Representative to Co-Sponsor Senate Joint Resolution 27

    Type in your information below, and our form will provide you with your representative’s phone number.

    Sample Talking Points:

    • As your constituent, I am calling ask you to co-sponsor Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 27 to restore our ability to limit super PAC and outside spending in elections.
    • SJR 27 calls on Congress to overturn the Citizens United ruling via constitutional amendment. The resolution passed the Senate with bipartisan support.
    • Illinois needs to tackle political and ethics reform now. Please co-sponsor SJR 27.

    Be sure to let us know the call went, and we will keep you updated on the campaign.

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    Tell Chevron to Get Out of Our Elections

    Join Us at a Protest at Company Headquarters in San Ramon

    On Wednesday, May 29, join us at a protest at Chevron’s national headquarters in San Ramon, California. We will be outside Chevron’s annual shareholder meeting to demand Chevron keeps its polluting profits out of the people’s elections.

    Get the details:

    What: Protest to tell Chevron to stop spending in our elections
    When:7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 29
    Where: Chevron corporate headquarters, 6001 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, California, 94583
    Learn More: Read our official complaint to the FEC about Chevron’s possibly illegal campaign contribution


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    Ask Your New Hampshire Senator to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Join Us for the Home Stretch: Ask Your Legislators to Sign a Letter to Congress

    New Hampshire could become the next state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people — not corporations.

    A majority of the New Hampshire House and 11 New Hamsphire senators have already signed a letter to Congress calling for an amendment. This means we just need two more senators to sign the letter to have a majority and make New Hamsphire the next state.

    Even if you’ve already contacted your senator, it is important that she or he hears from you again in this last stage of the campaign.

    Please enter you zip code below, and we will provide a sample email that you can send your senatore to ask for her or his support. We also encourage you to call them as well at the phone number that will be provided. Let us know what type of response you get at amendment@citizen.org.

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    Call Your Representative Today About Why the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) is a Bad Deal

    Your Newly Elected Representative Needs to Know Your Thoughts on This Corporate-Backed Deal

    Multinational corporations are at it again. They’re hijacking the U.S. trade agenda, this time with the European Union (EU). The Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) aims to wipe out the strongest consumer and environmental policies in the U.S. and Europe, pushing workers on both sides of the Atlantic to the bottom of the barrel.

    Big Business wants to get rid of our food, health and environmental standards using this deal. They call these policies trade irritants because having to meet domestic laws cuts into their profits. TAFTA would even give corporations the power to sue governments and demand our tax dollars, essentially empowering individual corporations to privately enforce a public treaty.

    To put it bluntly: Your hard-earned money could go towards a big corporation’s bottom line.

    The negotiations could begin soon, so we still have time to make sure that this deal does not wreak havoc on our health, safety and the environment.

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your representative’s office.

    Use the script below to help guide you.

    One more thing, be sure to leave your name and address and ask for a written response to your concerns on TAFTA.

    “Hello, my name is __{name}__. I live in {name the town in the district where you live}. I’m calling today about the upcoming negotiations on the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement. TAFTA would gut food safety standards, environmental protections and health safeguards in both the U.S. and Europe. Rules on big banks will be rolled back just as we were making progress to reform the out-of-control banksters. And the worst part? Multinational corporations would be empowered to directly sue the U.S. government in foreign tribunals and demand payment of my tax dollars because they think our laws undermined their expected profits. Negotiations are starting soon, and President Obama hopes to finish this deal within a year. I’d appreciate it if Representative __{name}__ could send me information about __{his/her}__ plans to stop the damage the corporate plans for TAFTA will cause me and my family.”


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    Ask Your Illinois State Representative to Support the Resolution to Overturn Citizens United

    Encourage Your State Representative to “Pre-file” in Support of Senate Joint Resolution 27

    Type in your information below and we'll let you know who to call.

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    Write a Letter to the Editor About the Real Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Data

    Help Shine a Spotlight on the Failed Korea FTA

    You can send a letter to the editor to your local newspaper and demand that they reveal the truth about this loser trade agreement.

    Here’s how:

    Select a few of the talking points below:

    • President Barack Obama recently said the U.S. is selling more exports to Korea. But that couldn't be further from the truth.

    • The first year of results from the Korea FTA actually show U.S goods exports to Korea dropped 10%, and the trade gap grew by 37% in one year.

    • This equates to the loss of tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.

    • The real numbers need to be written about.

    • It's up to the public and media to hold our elected officials accountable when things aren't adding up.

    • President Obama isn't just exaggerating. He's flat-out lying in saying the Korea FTA is working.

    • It's critical that we make sure the truth is revealed because the administration is using this failed model to form other trade agreements, including the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- which will offshore U.S. jobs, increase medicine prices, and ban "Buy American".

    • The Korea FTA is a failed trade agreement. And its damage could end up harming us even further in future trade agreements if we don't act now. Will you write the real story about the Korea FTA?

    Submit your letter to the editor and leave a comment letting us know that you helped reveal the truth about the Korea FTA!

    Here are some helpful tips to help you get your letter to the editor published.

    In order to increase the likelihood of your letter being printed, please keep it 150 words. It should be sent in the body of an e-mail (no attachments) to the publication of your choice.

    Thank you for taking action and please let us know how the process went!

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    Ask the New Hampshire Senate to Take a Vote on Resolutions and to Support HCR 2 to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Stop the Blockade to the Democratic Process and Help Build Support for HCR 2 in the New Hampshire Senate

    New Hampshire could become the fourteenth state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people — not corporations, but the New Hampshire Senate is refusing to even take a vote!

    Due in large part to your advocacy, House Concurrent Resolution 2 (HCR 2), which calls for an amendment, passed out of the New Hampshire House of Representatives on March 20 with a bipartisan vote of 189 to 139. It is now onto the Senate, but the Senate is refusing to take a vote.

    Please take a minute to call Senate President Senator Bragdon at (603) 769-1818 and your state senator (find her or his number below) asking them to allow the resolutions to come to a vote and to vote “yes” on HCR 2 and fill out the form below to let us know how the call went.

    Not sure who your state senator is? Look it up on the New Hampshire Senate website.

    Name District Party Number
    Jeff Woodburn 1 (D) (603) 259-6878
    Jeanie Forrester 2 (R) (603) 279-1459
    Jeb Bradley 3 (R) (603) 387-2365
    David Watters 4 (D) (603) 969-9224
    David Pierce 5 (D) (603) 603-6010
    Sam Cataldo 6 (R) (603) 859-1089
    Andrew Hosmer 7 (D) (603) 496-2078
    Bob Odell 8 (R) (603) 477-9797
    Andy Sanborn 9 (R) (603) 682-1165
    Molly Kelly 10 (D) (603) 357-5118
    Peter Bragdon 11 (R) (603) 769-1818
    Peggy Gilmour 12 (D) (603) 465-2336
    Bette Lasky 13 (D) (603) 888-5557
    Sharon Carson 14 (R) (603) 434-2489
    Sylvia Larsen 15 (D) (603) 271-3207
    David Boutin 16 (R) (603) 203-5391
    John Reagan 17 (R) (603) 463-3009
    Donna Soucy 18 (D) (603) 669-3655
    Jim Rausch 19 (R) (603) 898-0080
    Lou D'Allesandro 20 (D) (603) 669-3494
    Martha Fuller Clark 21 (D) (603) 498-6936
    Chuck Morse 22 (R) (603) 898-7705
    Russell Prescott 23 (R) (603) 231-7822 
    Nancy Stiles 24 (R) (603) 918-0553

    Please let us know how the call went.

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    Ask Your Representative to Expose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Texts and Protect Your Voice in U.S. Trade Negotiations

    Urge Your Representative to Sign Onto a Letter Asking Democratic House Leadership to Promote a Fair Trade Agenda

    The heat is on to finish the secretive TPP negotiations — aka NAFTA-on-steroids — before President Obama’s October deadline. Leaked texts from these secretive negotiations reveals that if completed, the TPP could offshore millions of American jobs, flood our homes with unsafe food and drive medicine prices through the roof.

    And the way “trade” deals are negotiated could be in jeopardy if some in Washington get their way. Fast Track Trade Authority could be revived, giving Congress’ constitutional trade authority to the president.

    But freshman representatives are urging House Democratic leadership to work towards trade policies that benefit most Americans, not the corporate special interests driving the current agenda.

    We need more members to sign onto this letter so leadership feels the full weight of Americans asking for change.

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    Curb the Corporate Agenda of Activist CEOs

    Tell Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Shareholder Protection Act

    Corporations aren’t people, but shareholders are.

    If you or someone you know has a 401(k), a similar retirement account or other investments, the corporations funded by these investments could be among those that secretly distort our elections by funneling money — your money — toward tilting our elections to favor corporate-friendly candidates.

    The Shareholder Protection Act (H.R. 1734, S. 824) proposed by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) would empower shareholders to vote on whether to allow corporate executives to spend corporate money on political campaigns. Shareholders — not the CEO and not the board of directors — are the real owners of any publicly traded corporation, and the decision should be theirs.

    Don’t let your family’s nest egg be used to promote the corporate agenda. If a majority of shareholders tell a corporation to stay out of politics, then the corporation should do exactly that.

    Use the form below to tell your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Shareholder Protection Act today.

     

    Please type your zip code into the box below. Then, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up your message by calling your representative and senators. The phone number for the U.S. Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121. If you call, us know how it went with an email to action@citizen.org.


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    Ask the New Hampshire Senate to Take a Vote on Resolutions and to Support HCR 2 to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Stop the Blockade to the Democratic Process and Help Build Support for HCR 2 in the New Hampshire Senate

    New Hampshire could become the fourteenth state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people — not corporations, but the New Hampshire Senate is refusing to even take a vote!

    Due in large part to your advocacy, House Concurrent Resolution 2 (HCR 2), which calls for an amendment, passed out of the New Hampshire House of Representatives on March 20 with a bipartisan vote of 189 to 139. It is now onto the Senate, but the Senate is refusing to take a vote.

    Please take a minute to call Senate President Senator Bragdon at (603) 769-1818 and your state senator (find her or his number below) asking them to allow the resolutions to come to a vote and to vote “yes” on HCR 2 and fill out the form below to let us know how the call went.

    Not sure who your state senator is? Look it up on the New Hampshire Senate website.

    Name District Party Number
    Jeff Woodburn 1 (D) (603) 259-6878
    Jeanie Forrester 2 (R) (603) 279-1459
    Jeb Bradley 3 (R) (603) 387-2365
    David Watters 4 (D) (603) 969-9224
    David Pierce 5 (D) (603) 603-6010
    Sam Cataldo 6 (R) (603) 859-1089
    Andrew Hosmer 7 (D) (603) 496-2078
    Bob Odell 8 (R) (603) 477-9797
    Andy Sanborn 9 (R) (603) 682-1165
    Molly Kelly 10 (D) (603) 357-5118
    Peter Bragdon 11 (R) (603) 769-1818
    Peggy Gilmour 12 (D) (603) 465-2336
    Bette Lasky 13 (D) (603) 888-5557
    Sharon Carson 14 (R) (603) 434-2489
    Sylvia Larsen 15 (D) (603) 271-3207
    David Boutin 16 (R) (603) 203-5391
    John Reagan 17 (R) (603) 463-3009
    Donna Soucy 18 (D) (603) 669-3655
    Jim Rausch 19 (R) (603) 898-0080
    Lou D'Allesandro 20 (D) (603) 669-3494
    Martha Fuller Clark 21 (D) (603) 498-6936
    Chuck Morse 22 (R) (603) 898-7705
    Russell Prescott 23 (R) (603) 231-7822 
    Nancy Stiles 24 (R) (603) 918-0553

    Please let us know how the call went.

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    Ask Your Illinois State Representative to Help Overturn Citizens United

    Encourage Your State Representative to “Yes”on Senate Joint Resolution 27

    Thanks to emails, calls and personal visist from people like you, Senate Joint Resolution 27 (SJR 27) calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases passed the Illinois Senate and with your help will pass the Illinois House this week.

    We need as many representatives, Republican and Democrat alike, to vote "yes" on Senate Joint Resolution when it comes up - likely tomorrow - Tues. May 28.

    Please take a minute to send a personalized email to your Illinois state representative to ask him or her to vote "yes" on SJR 27.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Your representatives phone number will appear, as well as a sample email message which you can use if you wish. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Learn More About Public Citizen's U.S. Chamber Watch Project

    We're Standing Up to the Largest Lobbyist Group in the Country, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce only exists to serve the interests of giant corporations. It does not represent the consumers and small businesses that fuel our economy.

    Add your name below to learn more about our fight to keep mega-corporations from dominating our economy and our politics.

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    Ask Your Illinois State Senator to Support the Resolution to Overturn Citizens United

    Encourage Your State Senator to Vote “Yes” on Senate Joint Resolution 27

    Illinois could become the 14th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases by passing Senate Joint Resolution 27 (SJR 27).

    The Illinois Senate could vote on SJR 27 as early as 4 p.m. today.

    Please take a minute to call or send a personalized email to your Illinois state senator to ask him or her to support SJR 27.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Your senator’s phone number will appear, as well as a sample email message which you can use if you wish. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

    If you choose to send an email message, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

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    Ask Your Oregon State Representative to Support HJM 6 to Overturn Citizens United

    Help Make Oregon the 16th State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment

    House Joint Memorial 6 (HJM 6), which calls for an amendment, is before the Oregon House of Representatives.

    Please take a minute to ask your state representative to support HJM 6.

    Take a moment to edit the email message that appears below. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message and all the others messages sent will make a difference.

    We also urge you to follow up by calling your representative using talking points from the sample letter below. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Ask These New Hampshire Senators to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    We Only Need Two More Signatures to Make New Hampshire the 17th State to Call for An Amendment

    New Hampshire could become the seventeenth state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people — not corporations, but the New Hampshire Senate is refusing to even take a vote!

    Due in large part to your advocacy, a majority of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and 11 members of the New Hampshire Senate have signed a letter to Congress calling for an amendment (PDF).

    Please take a minute to call your state senator (find her or his number below) and / or others who have not yet signed on to call for an amendment asking them to sign.

    Not sure who your state senator is? Look it up on the New Hampshire Senate website.

    Name District Party Number
    Jeff Woodburn* 1 (D) Already signed - please call others
    Jeanie Forrester 2 (R) (603) 279-1459
    Jeb Bradley 3 (R) (603) 387-2365
    David Watters* 4 (D) Already signed - please call others
    David Pierce* 5 (D) Already signed - please call others
    Sam Cataldo 6 (R) (603) 859-1089
    Andrew Hosmer* 7 (D) Already signed - please call others
    Bob Odell 8 (R) (603) 477-9797
    Andy Sanborn 9 (R) (603) 682-1165
    Molly Kelly* 10 (D) Already signed - please call others
    Peter Bragdon 11 (R) (603) 769-1818
    Peggy Gilmour* 12 (D) Already signed - please call others
    Bette Lasky* 13 (D) Already signed - please call others
    Sharon Carson 14 (R) (603) 434-2489
    Sylvia Larsen* 15 (D) Already signed - please call others
    David Boutin 16 (R) (603) 203-5391
    John Reagan 17 (R) (603) 463-3009
    Donna Soucy* 18 (D) Already signed - please call others
    Jim Rausch 19 (R) (603) 898-0080
    Lou D'Allesandro* 20 (D) Already signed - please call others
    Martha Fuller Clark* 21 (D) Already signed - please call others
    Chuck Morse 22 (R) (603) 898-7705
    Russell Prescott 23 (R) (603) 231-7822 
    Nancy Stiles 24 (R) (603) 918-0553


    You can take a look at the Op-Ed co-authored by Public Citizen President Robert Weissman and Senator David Pierce in the Concord Monitor for some responses to questions you might hear.

    Please let us know how the call went.

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    Ban Fracking in California

    Email Your California State Legislators in Support of a Moratorium on Fracking

    California already has serious water shortages and water contamination and air pollution problems, and fracking will only worsen these grave threats to public health. The pollution and intense industrial development associated with fracking threaten key wildlife habitat and our agricultural industry.

    Despite the grave risks, California currently doesn’t require oil and gas companies to report when or where they are fracking wells — or what toxic chemicals they use.

    A.B. 1301 is historic legislation that would put a moratorium on fracking in our state.

    Please Let Your State Representatives Know You Strongly Support AB1301

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    Ask Your State Senator to Help Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Encourage Your State Senator to Help Pass Senate Joint Resolution (SJR 27)

    Take a minute to call your Illinois state senator to ask him or her to support SJR 27 before tomorrow’s hearing.

    You don’t need to convince the person on the phone, just tell him or her that you are a constituent and that you strongly support the passage of SJR 27 to get money out of politics and overturn Citizens United.

    • James F. Clayborne Jr. (East St. Louis) - (217) 782-5399
    • President John J. Cullerton (D-Chicago - Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville) - (217) 782-2728
    • Chair Don Harmon (D-Oak Park, Austin, Galewood) - (217) 782-8176
    • Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago - Englewood) - (217) 782-5966
    • Terry Link (D-Gurnee, Lincolnshire) - (217) 782-8181
    • Asst. Leader David S. Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) - (217) 782-8137
    • Asst. Majority Leader, Antonio Muñoz (D-Chicago - Lower West Side, Near South Side) - (217) 782-9415
    • Rep. Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont, Darien, Downers Grove) - (217) 782-9407
    • Deputy Rep. Leader Dale A. Righter (R-Mattoon) (217) 782-6674
    • Ira I. Silverstein (D-Chicago - Skokie, Glenview) - (217) 782-5500
    • Donne E. Trotter (D-Chicago - Lansing, Calumet Heights, Burnside) - (217) 782-3201

    Script for Democratic Members:

    “Hello, my name is __ {name} __. I am constituent calling in support of SJR 27, a resolution that asks Illinois’ Congressional delegation to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics. Does __{name of your senator}__ support SJR 27?

    - Unlimited corporate and wealthy individual spending in our elections is drowning out the voices of Illinoisans and further alienating people from their own government.

    - We can join 13 other states in calling for an amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling and return the right to regulate election spending to the people and our elected representatives.

    [If the member does not yet have a position in support, ask for a call back with the members’ official position.]


    Script for Republican Members:

    “Hello, my name is __ {name} __. I am a constituent calling in support of SJR 27, a resolution that asks Illinois’ Congressional delegation to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics. Does __{name of your senator}__ support SJR 27?

    - Polls and ballot initiatives show time and again that Republicans, Independents and Democrats feel that unlimited corporate and individual spending in elections is a corrupting influence.

    - We need a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling and return the power to the states and to Congress to put sensible limits in place to make sure citizens still have a voice in the Republic.

    - Unlimited spending favors big, out-of-state spenders and companies over Illinois small businesses and entrepreneurs.

    - Though symbolic, SJR 27 sends a powerful message to Washington, that Illinoisans want serious action on runaway spending in elections.

    Thank you,


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    Ask Your State Senator To Support Overturning Citizens United

    Encourage Your State Senator to Help Pass Senate Joint Resolution (SJR 27)

    Take a minute to call your Illinois state senator to ask him or her to support SJR 27 before tomorrow's hearing.

    You don't need to convince the person on the phone, just tell them you are a constituent and that passage of SJR 27 to get money out of politics and overturn Citizens United is something you strongly support.

    James F. Clayborne Jr. (East St. Louis) - (217) 782 - 5399

    President John J. Cullerton (Chicago - Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville) - (217) 782 - 2728

    Chair Don Harmon (Oak Park, Austin, Galewood) - (217) 782 - 8176

    Mattie Hunter (Chicago - Englewood) - (217) 782 - 5966

    Terry Link (Gurnee, Lincolnshire) - (217) 782 - 8181

    Asst. Leader David S. Luechtefeld (Okawville) - (217) 782 - 8137

    Asst. Majority Leader, Antonio Muñoz (Chicago - Lower West SideNear South Side) - (217) 782 - 9415

    Rep. Leader Christine Radogno (Lemont, Darien, Downers Grove) - (217) 782 - 9407

    Deputy Rep. Leader Dale A. Righter (Mattoon) (217) 782 - 6674

    Ira I. Silverstein (Chicago - Skokie, Glenview) - (217) 782 - 5500

    Donne E. Trotter (Chicago - Lansing, Calumet Heights, Burnside) - (217) 782 - 3201

    “Hello, my name is __ {name} __. I am constituent calling in support of SJR 27, a resolution that asks Illinois's Congressional delegation to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics. Does __{Name of your Senator} support SJR 27?"

    If you wish to, you may share with them very briefly why you care so much about this issue personally.



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    Illinois could become the next state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.  It's critical that we maintain strong bipartisan support for the Illinois resolution, to reflect the will of citizens across all parties that there should be limits to spending in elections and that unlimited spending leads to corruption. 

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    Ask Your State Senator To Support Getting Money Out Politics

    Encourage Your State Senator to Help Pass Senate Joint Resolution (SJR 27)

    Take a minute to call your Illinois state senator to ask him or her to support SJR 27 before tomorrow's hearing.

    You don't need to convince the person on the phone, just tell them you are a constituent and that passage of SJR 27 to get money out of politics and overturn Citizens United is something you strongly support.

    James F. Clayborne Jr. (East St. Louis) - (217) 782 - 5399

    President John J. Cullerton (Chicago - Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville) - (217) 782 - 2728

    Chair Don Harmon (Oak Park, Austin, Galewood) - (217) 782 - 8176

    Mattie Hunter (Chicago - Englewood) - (217) 782 - 5966

    Terry Link (Gurnee, Lincolnshire) - (217) 782 - 8181

    Assistant Leader David S. Luechtefeld (Okawville) - (217) 782 - 8137

    Assistant Majority Leader, Antonio Muñoz (Chicago - Lower West Side, Near South Side) - (217) 782 - 9415

    Rep. Leader Christine Radogno (Lemont, Darien, Downers Grove) - (217) 782 - 9407

    Deputy Rep. Leader Dale A. Righter (Mattoon) (217) 782 - 6674

    Ira I. Silverstein (Chicago - Skokie, Glenview) - (217) 782 - 5500

    Donne E. Trotter (Chicago - Lansing, Calumet Heights, Burnside) - (217) 782 - 3201

    If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Protect Pennsylvania from Shale Gas Drilling

    Sign Petition Calling for a Moratorium on Fracking

    While the gas drilling industry continues to spend millions on campaign contributions and lobbyists to thwart new health and environmental protections from gas drilling, every year has brought new evidence of the extreme risks associated with fracking.

    Thousands have had their drinking water contaminated, earthquakes have shaken the ground from Ohio to Texas, blowouts and explosions have occurred frequently, and drilling companies have committed more than 2,300 serious environmental violations.

    Public Citizen is joining its Pennsylvania partners in calling for a moratorium on shale gas extraction in the state.

    Sign Our Petition and Tell Your Elected Officials to Put Our Health and Environment First


    The petition is being delivered to Gov. Tom Corbett and state senators and representatives on April 30, 2013.

    We, the undersigned, call on Gov. Corbett, and state senators and representatives to support a moratorium on further shale gas extraction in Pennsylvania until it is proven safe for our environment and the public’s health.

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    Curb the Corporate Agenda of Activist CEOs

    Tell Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Shareholder Protection Act

    Corporations aren’t people, but shareholders are.

    If you or someone you know has a 401(k), a similar retirement account or other investments, the corporations funded by these investments could be among those that secretly distort our elections by funneling money — your money — toward tilting our elections to favor corporate-friendly candidates.

    The Shareholder Protection Act (H.R. 1734, S. 824) proposed by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) would empower shareholders to vote on whether to allow corporate executives to spend corporate money on political campaigns. Shareholders — not the CEO and not the board of directors — are the real owners of any publicly traded corporation, and the decision should be theirs.

    Don’t let your family’s nest egg be used to promote the corporate agenda. If a majority of shareholders tell a corporation to stay out of politics, then the corporation should do exactly that.

    Use the form below to tell your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Shareholder Protection Act today.

     

    Please type your zip code into the box below. Then, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up your message by calling your representative and senators. The phone number for the U.S. Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121. If you call, us know how it went with an email to action@citizen.org.


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    Ask Your Maine Legislators Vote “Yes” on the Resolution to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Take Democracy Off the Auction Block and Restore Democracy to the People

    Maine could become the thirteenth state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.

    LR 66 calls for a constitutional amendment to “reaffirm the power of citizens through their government to regulate the raising and spending of money in elections.” Please email and call your legislators to ask them to support this resolution sponsored by Sen. Dick Woodbury (U – Yarmouth) now! A vote could be scheduled early next week.

    Please take a minute to send an email and call your legislators and ask them to vote “yes” on LR 66.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up your message by calling your legislators. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    The Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, Texas Shouldn’t have Happened

    Tell President Obama and Congress to Strengthen OSHA so it Doesn’t Happen Again

    The explosion was catastrophic.

    The last time the fertilizer plant was inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was in 1985.

    Hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate — an extremely dangerous and volatile substance — burst into flames, leveling nearby homes and severely damaging schools.

    More than people 200 were injured. Fifteen died. And a small town is left devastated, wondering how it could have happened.

    Let’s make sure it never happens again.

    Add your name to the petition to President Obama and Congress.

    PETITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CONGRESS:

     

    We, the undersigned, call on you to strengthen OSHA’s ability to address dangerous workplaces before they lead to disasters, like the April 17, 2013, fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

    OSHA’s funding should be increased so the agency has the resources to conduct thorough and routine inspections of plants containing dangerous and volatile substances, and fines against workplaces where employees are killed should be significantly raised so that businesses have an increased financial incentive to ensure their workplaces are safe.

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    Ask Your Representative to Expose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Texts and Protect Your Voice in U.S. Trade Negotiations

    Urge Your Representative to Sign Onto a Letter Asking Democratic House Leadership to Promote a Fair Trade Agenda

    The heat is on to finish the secretive TPP negotiations — aka NAFTA-on-steroids — before President Obama’s October deadline. Leaked texts from these secretive negotiations reveals that if completed, the TPP could offshore millions of American jobs, flood our homes with unsafe food and drive medicine prices through the roof.

    And the way “trade” deals are negotiated could be in jeopardy if some in Washington get their way. Fast Track Trade Authority could be revived, giving Congress’ constitutional trade authority to the president.

    But freshman representatives are urging House Democratic leadership to work towards trade policies that benefit most Americans, not the corporate special interests driving the current agenda.

    We need more members to sign onto this letter so leadership feels the full weight of Americans asking for change.

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    Ask Your Representative to Expose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Texts and Protect Your Voice in U.S. Trade Negotiations

    Urge Your Representative to Sign Onto a Letter Asking Democratic House Leadership to Promote a Fair Trade Agenda

    The heat is on to finish negotiations on the secretive TPP negotiations - aka NAFTA-on-steroids - before President Obama’s October deadline. Leaked texts from these secretive negotiations reveals that if completed, the TPP could offshore millions of American jobs, flood our homes with unsafe food and drive medicine prices through the roof.

    And the way “trade” deals are negotiated could be in jeopardy if some in Washington get their way. Fast Track Trade Authority could be revived, giving Congress’ constitutional trade authority to the president.

    But freshman representatives are urging House Democratic leadership to work towards trade policies that benefit most Americans, not the corporate special interests driving the current agenda.

    We need more members to sign onto this letter so leadership feels the full weight of Americans asking for change.

    Find your representative’s information and use the script below to write a letter:

    “Hello, my name is __ {name} __ and I’m writing today about Congressman Mark Pocan’s letter to House Democratic Leader Pelosi and Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Levin. This important letter would ask the leaders to work with freshmen Members of Congress to restore congressional oversight to secretive trade negotiations like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and not delegate Congress’ constitutional authority over trade negotiations.

    And that’s urgent, because there are major TPP negotiations next month. This letter will make sure that U.S. negotiators are not repeating the mistakes of old trade deals that offshore our jobs and flood us with unsafe imports, while also protecting Congress’ role in crafting our trade policies.

    Would Representative {name} please add his/her name to this critical letter?

    Thank you,
    {Name}



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    Take Action on Climate Change - Tell the Texas Senate to Vote "No" on HB 788

    Protect Texas’ Climate, Economy and People

    A bill that would actually take Texas a step backward on addressing climate change has passed in the Texas House of Representatives and is now being considered by the Texas Senate.

    The bill, HB 788, would require our state environmental agency — the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) — to issue permits for greenhouse gas emissions, but wouldn’t allow the agency to limit those emissions. The bill would also limit the public’s right to ensure that companies are using proper control technologies by forbidding contested case hearings for greenhouse gas permits.

    Greenhouse gases are causing dangerous changes to our climate. 2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States. Over 34,000 high temperature records were set at weather stations across the country — more than five times the number of record temperature lows. In 2011, Texas experienced a devastating drought and over 4 million acres burned in wildfires across the state, causing over $750 million damages.

    HB 788 takes us in the wrong direction. It won’t protect Texas’ climate, economy or people.

    Help us stop this bad bill by emailing your state senator today.

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    Stand up to Chuck: Demand that Charles Schwab Corporation Stop Denying Its Customers' Rights

    Call on the Charles Schwab to Drop the Forced Arbitration Clause and Class-Action Ban from Its Terms

    Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. — a well-known investment advisor holding more than $2 trillion in assets for millions of investors — is trying to eviscerate its customers’ rights.

    In the fine print of Schwab’s terms of service, there’s a forced arbitration clause and a ban on consumers joining together in class actions.

    Sign the petition to tell Charles Schwab that nobody should have to sacrifice their rights in order to save for retirement.

    Petition to Charles Schwab Corporation:

     

    We, the undersigned, call on Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. to remove from its terms for investors the forced arbitration clause and the ban on joining together in class actions. Schwab should honor its customers’ rights and end its shameful fight against the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

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    What Do These Stealth Provisions Do?

     

    The forced arbitration clause means that if you ever have a dispute with the company, you can’t go to a public court. You’ll have to go to a private, secretive tribunal chosen for you by Charles Schwab.

    Class-action bans prevent you from banding together with other customers to hold these firms accountable for deceptive, fraudulent and illegal practices. So if Schwab misled investors and caused them to lose their hard-earned savings, only those few with the time and resources to seek justice individually – in costly and secret arbitration that is stacked against them – stand a chance to recover their losses. Meanwhile, Schwab can escape real accountability for potential bad actions.


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    Protect Democracy at Austin Energy

    Tell City Council That an Unelected Board to Govern Austin Energy Won’t be Accountable to the Public

    Despite public outcry, including dozens of people turning out to testify against the ordinance, Austin City Council voted in favor of an unelected board to govern Austin Energy.

    An unelected board won’t be accountable to the public. It could undo much of the progress that has been made to improve solar and energy efficiency programs and bill assistance for low income customers.

    Council Members Laura Morrison and Kathy Tovo are fighting hard against this proposal and a couple of the other Council members are starting to respond to the public pressure. Now we need to turn up the heat and let Council know that we won’t stand for this attack on democracy.

    We need to flood the Council members’ inboxes with emails and, most of all, we need you to show up at City Hall for the final vote on this ordinance on Thursday, May 9.

    Join the fight now. We can’t win without your help.


    Send an email to the mayor and City Council members.

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    Ask Your Vermont State Representative to Support Election Spending Limits and Disclosure

    Encourage Your State Representative to Help Pass Senate Bill 82 (S.82)

    Vermont’s Senate has already passed S.82, a bill that would put sensible limits on campaign contributions and require disclosure from Super PACs and other outside spenders.

    Now the Vermont House of Reprsentatives must pass S.82 for it to become law.

    Please take a minute to send a personalized email to your Vermont state representative to ask him or her to support S.82.

    Type your zip code into the box below. A sample email message and your representative’s phone number will appear. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

    If you choose to send an email message, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

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    Ask Your Illinois State Senator to Support the Resolution to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Encourage Your State Senator to Vote "Yes" on Senate Joint Resolution 27

    Illinois could become the 14th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases by passing Senate Joint Resolution 27 (SJR 27).

    Please take a minute to call or send a personalized email to your Illinois state senator to ask him or her to support SJR 27.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Your senator’s phone number will appear, as well as a sample email message which you can use if you wish. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

    If you choose to send an email message, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference.

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    Demand Kathleen Sebelius Apologize to Parents of Babies Endangered in Study

    Tell Health and Human Services Secretary to Apologize for Unethical Experiment that Exposed Premature Infants to Risk of Death and Blindness and Prevent Similar Failures in the Future

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should personally apologize to the parents of 1,316 premature infants who were exposed to increased risk of blindness and death as part of a clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health and held throughout the U.S. several years ago because they were not informed of the risks to their babies or the true nature and purpose of the research.

    Add Your Name to the Petition to Secretary Sebelius


    We, the undersigned, call on you to apologize to each of the parents of the premature infants enrolled in the unethical trial at 23 U.S. medical centers. This apology should be accompanied by a complete divulgence of the previously undisclosed information regarding the nature, purpose, and risks of the research.

    We also urge you to take the following actions:

    • Direct the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) to require each participating institution to submit corrective action for avoiding such serious deficiencies in the consent process for future research.
    • Launch an independent investigation into how the HHS system for review and oversight of clinical trials failed so miserably. This should include an assessment of all entities within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other HHS agencies that played a role in the review, approval and funding of the study.
    • Determine what system-wide actions are necessary to prevent similar future failures.
    • Identify and suspend any similarly unethical ongoing research involving premature infants that is funded by NIH or any other HHS agency.

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    The trial, known as the SUPPORT study, was conducted between 2005 and 2009 at 23 prominent research facilities throughout the country, including the Stanford University School of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, Brown University, Duke University and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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    Encourage Your Delaware Legislators to Support a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Urge Legislators to Sign on to a Letter to Congress Calling for an Amendment

    Delaware could become the 14th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.

    We only need two more state senators and two more state representatives to sign the letter in order to reach a majority in both houses.

    Please take a minute to send an email and call your legislators to ask them to sign the letter. If they have already signed the letter, thank them for doing so.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up on your message by calling your legislators. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Call Your Senators Today and Request the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Draft Texts

    Request the TPP Draft Texts and Make Your Senators Realize Congress Is Also Being Kept in the Dark

    Working behind closed doors, unelected negotiators are rewriting wide swaths of our domestic food safety, Internet freedom, medicine pricing and other non-trade policies through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” agreement. The public, press and our elected senators aren’t even allowed to see the texts. Talks have been underway for three years and President Obama wants to sign a deal this October!

    Meanwhile, 600 official corporate advisors — people from places like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Walmart and Big Pharma companies like Pfizer and Abbott Laboratories — have special access to the TPP texts.

    By calling your senators and requesting a copy of the TPP texts, you can help make your senators realize they are also being shut out, and that negotiators are trying to do an end run around the Constitution — which gives Congress exclusive authority over the terms of trade agreements.

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to connect you to your senators’ offices. Use the appropriate script below to ask for your copy of the TPP draft texts:

    Script for Democratic Members:

    “Hello, my name is __{name}__ and I’m calling today about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement currently under negotiation. The TPP would be the most significant international commercial agreement since the World Trade Organization with broad implications for U.S. jobs, food safety, financial regulation, medicine prices and more. Negotiations have been underway for three years and President Obama wants to sign the deal this October. I’d appreciate it if Senator __{name}__ could send me a copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership draft texts, and information about __{his/her}__ leadership to represent the public interest throughout this process.”


    Script for Republican Members:

    “Hello, my name is __{name}__ and I’m calling today about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement currently under negotiation. Given the U.S. Constitution gives Congress exclusive authority over the substance of U.S. trade policy, I am requesting that you review the draft texts of the TPP negotiations before any deal is signed and cannot be changed.

    Given the Obama administration has been doing these negotiations for three years and President Obama wants to sign the deal this October, I’d appreciate it if Senator __{name}__ could send me a copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership draft texts. I would also like information about __{his/her}__ leadership to make sure this agreement doesn’t submit the U.S to the jurisdiction of the foreign tribunals included in other Obama trade deals and what is being done to preserve Congress’s constitutional authority throughout this process.”


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    Tell Congress to Reject Nuclear Waste Temporary Storage Plan

    Consolidated Interim Storage Does Not Address Nuclear Waste Issues

    Congress is proposing a plan to transport our inventory of lethal waste to a temporary storage facility until a permanent disposal site can be constructed.

    The plan does nothing to address the larger storage and disposal issues. In fact, consolidated interim storage exacerbates nuclear waste safety and security issues.

    Sign the Petition to Oppose Failed Nuclear Waste Storage Plan.


    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to pursue sound nuclear waste legislation that prioritizes the establishment of a safe and secure facility for the permanent disposal of our country’s stockpile of lethal nuclear waste, while minimizing the number of times toxic waste is handled and transported not what is most expedient for the nuclear industry.

    Congress is considering legislation that would establish "consolidated interim storage" sites for high-level radioactive waste. This would initiate the unnecessary transport of tens of thousands of casks of lethal radioactive waste on our roads and railways for the sole benefit of the nuclear power industry, while endangering the health and safety of millions of Americans. As long as nuclear reactors generate this waste, "interim" waste sites would not decrease the number of places that store radioactive waste; rather, there would simply be more contaminated sites.

    Radioactive waste should be stored in dry hardened, secure on-site facilities until a permanent, scientifically-defensible and publicly-acceptable waste solution is implemented. This waste should be moved only once: to a permanent site. Ending the generation of radioactive waste would be the most effective single step toward addressing our radioactive waste dilemma.

    Please vote against any legislation that would establish consolidated "interim" storage sites for radioactive waste.

    Feel Free to Add Your Own Comments to the Petition

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    Ask Your Nevada State Senator to Support a Resolution to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Take Democracy Off the Auction Block and Preserve Constitutional Rights for People — Not Corporations

    Nevada could become the twelfth state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.

    Senate Joint Resolution 11 (SJR 11) calls for a constitutional amendment and has passed out of committee and awaits a vote in the full Senate.

    Please take a minute to send an email to your state senator asking her or him to vote “yes” on SJR 11.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up your message by calling your legislators. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Ask Washington State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom to Support HJM 4001 to Overturn Citizens United

    Without Washington State Senate Leadership Support HJM 4001 Will Die in Committee on Wednesday

    House Joint Memorial 4001 (HJR 4001), which calls for an amendment, has not been voted on despite a hearing this past Tuesday.

    Please take a minute to send an email to Washington State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom asking him to support HJR 4001.

    Take a moment to edit the email message that appears below. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. 

    We also urge you to follow up your message by calling Senator Tom and other Majority Coalition leaders using talking points from the sample letter. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Defend and Expand Texas’ Clean Energy Goals

    Tell Your State Representative to Oppose HB 2026 and Support HB 723 to Support Renewable Energy

    The Texas renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) has made Texas a wind industry leader. We have more wind energy capacity installed than any other state.

    That’s the good news. The bad news is that there’s a dirty energy industry-backed bill, HB 2026, that would essentially abolish the Texas RPS.

    Yes, we have met the goals currently established in law ahead of schedule, but that’s a good thing, not a reason to gut the policy.

    We have made progress, but still have a long way to go. Texas is lagging behind much smaller, cloudier states, such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, when it comes to solar energy. Our clean energy goals could be retooled to spur solar development, as State Representative Raphael Anchia’s HB 723 would do.

    We have a choice. We can undo the progress already made or we can build upon our success and make Texas a solar leader.

    Send an email to your representative and urge him or her to oppose HB 2026 and support HB 723.

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    Tell the New York Legislature: Pass Fair Elections Now

    Add Your Name to the Growing Number of New Yorkers Who Support the Fair Elections Act

    Sign the petition that states: “It's time to put voters first in Albany. Pass a comprehensive campaign reform bill for all New York state elections based publicly-financed elections, lower contribution limits, and stronger disclosure rules that will keep lobbyists and corporations from stealing our democracy.”

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    Ask Your West Virginia State Senator(s) to Support the Resolution to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Take Democracy Off the Auction Block and Preserve Constitutional Rights for People — Not Corporations

    West Virginia could become the twelfth state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.

    Senate Resolution 24 (SR 24) and House Resolution (HR 9) call for a constitutional amendment. HR 9 passed by a 60-39 margin with bi-partisan support. Please email and call your senator(s) to ask them to vote “yes” on SR 24 before the end of the legislative session which ends at midnight on April 13.

    Please take a minute to send an email and call your senator(s) to ask them to vote “yes” on SR 24.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up your message by calling your legislators. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to
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    Ask Your West Virginia State Senator(s) to Support the Resolution to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Take Democracy Off the Auction Block and Preserve Constitutional Rights for People — Not Corporations

    West Virginia could become the twelfth state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.

    Senate Resolution 24 (SR 24) and House Resolution (HR 9) call for a constitutional amendment. HR 9 passed by a 60-39 margin with bi-partisan support. Please email and call your senator(s) to ask them to vote “yes” on SR 24 before the end of the legislative session which ends at midnight on April 13.

    Please take a minute to send an email and call your senator(s) to ask them to vote “yes” on SR 24.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up your message by calling your legislators. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Ask Your State Senator to Support HJM 4001 to Overturn Citizens United

    Help Build Support for HJM 4001 for the Key Senate Government Operations Committee Vote

    Washington could become the twelfth state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    House Joint Memorial 4001 (HJR 4001), which calls for an amendment, will be voted on by the Washington State Senate Government Operations Committee on Tuesday.

    Please take a minute to send an email to your senator asking him or her to vote “yes” on HJR 4001.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up your message by calling your state senator. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.

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    Local Resolutions to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Sign Up to Organize for a Constitutional Amendment in Your Community

    Nearly 500 cities nationwide have called for a constitutional amendment, as have 11 states, over 125 members of Congress and President Barack Obama.

    Please sign up if you would like to help lead an effort in your home town to pass a resolution.

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    Help Make Senators Aware of Trans-Pacific Partnership Secrecy

    Request a Copy of the TPP Draft Text From Your Senators

    President Obama and his counterparts in countries across the Pacific have called for completion of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations this October. Leaks have shown the TPP is shaping up to be a NAFTA-on-steroids: Millions more offshored jobs, unsafe food and products flooding into our borders, bans on “Buy American” policies and much more.

    Six hundred official corporate advisors have access to the text while the public, press and even Congress are being kept in the dark.

    Help raise awareness of the dangers and secrecy of the TPP in Congress by writing your senators requesting a copy of the TPP draft texts.


    Citizen protests TPP secrecy at March 19, 2013 Senate Finance Committee hearing on the president’s 2013 trade agenda.

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    Protect Your Right to Participate in Environmental Permit Hearings

    The Texas Legislature May Limit Hearings for Major Polluting Facilities

    Two bills are being considered that would limit your right to intervene in the permitting of major facilities in your community.

    Hearings on environmental permits in Texas are rare, but they are the primary means for improving permits for most polluting facilities or projects. Over the past 25 years, Public Citizen’s Texas office has helped citizen groups organize and contest dozens of major permits. Although not perfect, the contested case process often results fewer emissions from new facilities.

    Texas Senator Troy Fraser’s SB 957 and Texas Representative Allan Ritter’s HB 2082 would limit how and when a hearing could be granted and would allow companies to begin building facilities before appeals are completed.

    We need to act now to ensure that these bills don’t become law.

    Email your Texas lawmakers and ask them to vote against SB 957 and HB 2082 or any similar measures.

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    Ask the New Hampshire Senate to Allow Resolutions to Come to a Vote and to Support HCR 2 to Overturn Citizens United and Related Cases

    Stop the Blockade to the Democratic Process and Help Build Support for HCR 2 in the New Hampshire Senate

    New Hampshire could become the fourteenth state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people — not corporations, but the New Hampshire Senate is refusing to even take a vote!

    Due in large part to your advocacy, House Concurrent Resolution 2 (HCR 2), which calls for an amendment, passed out of the New Hampshire House of Representatives on March 20 with a bipartisan vote of 189 to 139. It is now onto the Senate.

    In a historic show of obstinacy that runs counter to the state’s history of open government and the constitutional right to free speech, and despite strong objections from Democratic State Senators, the Senate voted to establish a new rule requiring a 2/3rd vote to introduce or hear resolutions.

    Please take a minute to call Senate Majority Leader Senator Bragdon at (603) 769-1818 and your state senator (find their number below) asking her or him to vote “yes” on HCR 2.

    If you don't know who your state senator is, type zip code into the box below the list to find out.

    Name District Party Number
    Jeff Woodburn 1 (D) (603) 259.6878
    Jeanie Forrester 2 (R) (603) 279-1459
    Jeb Bradley 3 (R) (603) 387-2365
    David Watters 4 (D) (603) 969-9224
    David Pierce 5 (D) (603) 603-6010
    Sam Cataldo 6 (R) (603) 859-1089
    Andrew Hosmer 7 (D) (603) 496-2078, 
    Bob Odell 8 (R) (603) 477-9797
    Andy Sanborn 9 (R) (603) 682-1165
    Molly Kelly 10 (D) (603) 357-5118
    Peter Bragdon 11 (R) (603) 769-1818
    Peggy Gilmour 12 (D) (603) 465-2336
    Bette Lasky 13 (D) (603) 888-5557
    Sharon Carson 14 (R) (603) 434-2489
    Sylvia Larsen 15 (D) (603) 271-3207
    David Boutin 16 (R) (603) 203-5391
    John Reagan 17 (R) (603) 463-3009
    Donna Soucy 18 (D) (603) 669-3655
    Jim Rausch 19 (R) (603) 898-0080
    Lou D'Allesandro 20 (D) (603) 669-3494
    Martha Fuller Clark 21 (D) (603) 498-6936
    Chuck Morse 22 (R) (603) 898-7705
    Russell Prescott 23 (R) (603) 231-7822 
    Nancy Stiles 24 (R) (603) 918-0553

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    Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Safeguard Nuclear Waste

    The United States does not currently have a national policy for the permanent storage of high-level nuclear waste — requiring the 70,000 tons of waste that has been generated from the U.S. fleet of reactors to be stored onsite.

    There is an urgent need to protect the public from the threats posed by the current vulnerable storage of radioactive materials.

    Sign the Petition to Support Commonsense Principles to Improve the Protection of Radioactive Waste Stored at Reactor Sites


    We, the undersigned, call on the NRC to enhance the safety of nuclear waste storage at our country’s nuclear power plants.

    Spent fuel pools at our country’s nuclear power plants are currently packed beyond their designed capacity. If water is lost from a densely packed pool as the result of an attack or an accident, cooling by ambient air would likely be insufficient to prevent a fire, resulting in the release of large quantities of radioactivity to the environment.

    Spent nuclear fuel must be transferred from the pools to dry storage within five years of being discharged from the reactor.

    Spent nuclear fuel must be kept in pools for several years before it can be stored in a dry facility. Spent fuel pools contain more highly radioactive fuel than the reactor cores, but they are located outside of the steel-lined reactor containment structure.

    The pools must be protected to withstand natural disasters and an attack by air, land or water.

    When the spent fuel pools fill up, some of the highly radioactive fuel assemblies are loaded into large casks and stored outside on concrete pads.

    Waste moved from fuel pools must be safeguarded in hardened, on-site storage (HOSS) facilities with real-time radiation and heat monitoring for early detection of radiation releases.


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    Survey About Democracy Leader Calls

    Tell Us How We Can Best Help You Work for a Constitutional Amendment

    Let us know how we can make calls most effective to prepare you to take action to overturn Citizens United, take democracy off the auction block, and preserve constitutional rights for people — not corporations

    Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below.

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    Tell Your Senators: Confirm Richard Cordray to Lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    President Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is expiring. Cordray has been re-nominated and is going through the confirmation process once again.

    A former Ohio State Attorney General, Cordray’s history of standing up for consumers and winning against Wall Street and big banks when they try to rip off their customers makes him an excellent nominee.

    But 43 Senate Republicans have threatened to filibuster Cordray’s nomination unless the consumer protection agency he heads is fundamentally weakened.

    Don’t let opponents of consumer protection hold Cordray’s nomination hostage.

    Tell your senators: Confirm Richard Cordray.

    Please type your zip code into the box below. Then, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up your message by calling your senators. The phone number for the U.S. Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121. If you call, let us know how it went with an email to action@citizen.org.


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    Call Your Representative Today and Request the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Draft Texts

    Request the TPP Draft Texts and Make Your Representative Realize Congress Is Also Being Kept in the Dark

    Working behind closed doors, unelected negotiators are rewriting wide swaths of our domestic food safety, Internet freedom, medicine pricing and other non-trade policies through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” agreement. The public, press and our elected representatives aren’t even allowed to see the texts. Talks have been underway for three years and President Obama wants to sign a deal this October!

    Meanwhile, 600 official corporate advisors – people from places like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Walmart and Big Pharma companies like Pfizer and Abbott Laboratories – have special access to the TPP texts.

    By calling your member of Congress and requesting a copy of the TPP texts, you can help make your representative realize he or she is also being shut out, and that negotiators are trying to do an end run around the Constitution – which gives Congress exclusive authority over the terms of trade agreements.

    Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to connect you to your representative’s office. Use the appropriate script below to ask for your copy of the TPP draft texts:

    Script for Democratic Members:

    “Hello, my name is __{name}__ and I’m calling today about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement currently under negotiation. The TPP would be the most significant international commercial agreement since the World Trade Organization with broad implications for U.S. jobs, food safety, financial regulation, medicine prices and more. Negotiations have been underway for three years and President Obama wants to sign the deal this October. I’d appreciate it if Representative __{name}__ could send me a copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership draft texts, and information about __{his/her}__ leadership to represent the public interest throughout this process.”

    Script for Republican Members:

    “Hello, my name is __{name}__ and I’m calling today about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement currently under negotiation. Given the U.S. Constitution gives Congress exclusive authority over the substance of U.S. trade policy, I am requesting that you review the draft texts of the TPP negotiations before any deal is signed and cannot be changed.

    Given the Obama administration has been doing these negotiations for three years and President Obama wants to sign the deal this October, I’d appreciate it if Representative __{name}__ could send me a copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership draft texts. I would also like information about __{his/her}__ leadership to make sure this agreement doesn’t submit the U.S to the jurisdiction of the foreign tribunals included in other Obama trade deals and what is being done to preserve Congress’s constitutional authority throughout this process.”


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    Demand That Paul Ryan Leave Medicare Alone

    Sign the Petition Opposing Paul Ryan and the Congressional Republicans’ Plan to End Medicare as We Know It

    Paul Ryan and too many other members of Congress pretend that Medicare cuts are necessitated by a concern that the program could bankrupt our country.

    But the reality is that corporate stooges and anti-progressives in Congress have always wanted to dismantle Medicare, despite — or maybe because of? — its unassailable success.

    So now they’re exploiting our nation’s economic anxieties to manufacture a false crisis that gives them cover to go after Medicare.

    We have a very simple response: Leave Medicare alone.

    Add Your Name to the Petition to Tell Paul Ryan: Leave Medicare Alone!

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    Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit organization that has been standing up to corporate power and holding government accountable since 1971.

    We fight for openness and democratic accountability in government; for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.

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    Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Take Immediate Steps to Improve Reactor Safety

    Ask the NRC to Vote for Commonsense Safeguards for Nuclear Power Plants

    The NRC commissioners are reviewing a proposed regulation that would require almost a third of the nation’s reactors to install a special device to prevent radioactive releases.

    The U.S. nuclear industry opposes the rule.

    Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to resist pressure from the nuclear industry and vote to enhance nuclear safety.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Below

    Without serious improvements to nuclear safety standards, what happened in Japan could happen in the United States. I urge you to take immediate action to enact and enforce the reforms recommended by the nuclear safety task force.


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    Hold Chevron Accountable

    Sign the Petition to Tell Chevron to Stop Meddling in Our Elections

    At the peak of the 2012 elections, Chevron dumped $2.5 million into a super PAC devoted solely to running negative ads against Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Chevron's super PAC spending, enabled by the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United ruling, will further entrench politicians who deny the existence of climate change and refuse to cut corporate welfare. Such political positions create the conditions for Chevron’s record profits, even as they destroy the conditions for life on Earth.

    Chevron must be held accountable.

    Demand that Chevron keep its corporate profits out of the people’s politics.

    Sign the Petition to Chevron:

     

    We, the undersigned, call on Chevron Corporation to refrain from using its vast wealth to distort our democracy.

    Chevron’s political spending is a clear attempt at distorting the legislative process so Chevron and other corporate polluters can recklessly pursue profit, regardless of the consequences to people and the planet.

    Our government’s policies should be influenced primarily by human needs, not corporate greed. Chevron’s corporate money seeks only to corrupt, and therefore has no place within, our political discourse.

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    Public Citizen has filed a complaint calling on the Federal Election Commission to hold Chevron accountable for making, and Congressional Leadership Fund from receiving, an apparently illegal contribution. Read Public Citizen’s FEC complaint and related report on super PAC spending.

    Chevron’s $2.5 million donation appears to be illegal, despite the Supreme Court’s abominable Citizens United ruling, because Chevron is a federal contractor. Chevron has received government contracts worth hundreds of millions since 2000. Laws to prevent corruption in the federal contracting process prohibit contractors like Chevron from directly or indirectly supporting candidates for elected office.

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    Demand Obama Take Action on Climate

    'But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.' - President Barack Obama, State of the Union, Feb. 12, 2012

    Sign the Petition Urging Obama to Tell Us His Plan to Address Climate Change


    We the undersigned, urge President Obama to present a plan to address the climate crisis; communicate the risks of continuing to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to the American people and put an end to the fake debate around the causes and consequences of climate change; lead the world in meaningfully international climate negotiations; and appoint a new climate czar to the cabinet.

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    Ask Your Senators and Representative to Support the Democracy Is For People Constitutional Amendment

    Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and Create a More True Democracy

    U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) have introduced a powerful constitutional amendment that would prevent corporations from spending to influence elections and would enable to government to regulate campaign spending from individuals.

    This amendment is key in our work to overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and we’re honored that they named it after our campaign, Democracy Is For People.

    Please take a minute to send an email to your representative and senators and ask for them to join Sen. Sanders and Rep. Deutch in co-sponsoring the Democracy Is For People amendment.

    The Democracy Is For People amendment is an essential piece of the puzzle.

    Urge Your Members of Congress to Co-sponsor the Democracy Is For People Amendment.

     

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up your message by calling your representative and senators. The phone number for the U.S. Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121. If you call, let us know how it went by sending an email to amendment@citizen.org.


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    The Democracy Is For People Constitutional Amendment:


    SECTION I. Whereas the right to vote in public elections belongs only to natural persons as citizens of the United States, so shall the ability to make contributions and expenditures to influence the outcomes of public elections belong only to natural persons in accordance with this Article.

    SECTION II. Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to restrict the power of Congress and the States to protect the integrity and fairness of the electoral process, limit the corrupting influence of private wealth in public elections, and guarantee the dependence of elected officials on the people alone by taking actions which may include the establishment of systems of public financing for elections, the imposition of requirements to ensure the disclosure of contributions and expenditures made to influence the outcome of a public election by candidates, individuals, and associations of individuals, and the imposition of content neutral limitations on all such contributions and expenditures.

    SECTION III. Nothing in this Article shall be construed to alter the freedom of the press.

    SECTION IV. Congress and the States shall have the power to enforce this Article through appropriate legislation.

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    Take the Pledge: Move Beyond TXU

    Commit to Not Purchase Electricity From TXU Until Its Sister Company, Luminant, Cleans Up or Retires Its Old, Polluting Coal Plants

    TXU’s sister company, Luminant, owns some of the dirtiest coal plants in the country and in Texas. Those coal plants are outdated, lack modern pollution controls, and Luminant’s own reports to the state show that they emit a quarter of Texas’ industrial air pollution.

    The health impacts from Luminant’s coal plants cost Texans over $1.1 billion each year.

    Do the responsible thing and switch to a power company where your monthly electric payment doesn’t support or benefit the owners of outdated coal plants that harm our health and cost us money. Make the switch to another electric provider and move beyond TXU.

    For the latest information on all Texas energy provider plans, go to www.powertochoose.org. You can use the search option to identify non-TXU energy plans, including many 100% renewable energy options.

    Take the pledge and move beyond TXU.

    I commit to not purchase electricity from TXU until its sister company, Luminant, cleans up or retires its old, polluting coal plants.



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    Petition: No Sweetheart Deal for BP

    Urge the U.S. Government to Seek the Highest Penalties for Oil Spill Possible Under the Law

    The government is reportedly considering a deal under which BP would pay $16 billion to settle the civil suit regarding the April 20, 2010, oil spill.

    The settlement would cut dramatically reduce BP’s financial liability for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history that killed 11 men.

    Sign the Petition to the Department of Justice Demanding BP is Held Accountable


    We, the undersigned, call on the U.S. government to take the $16 billion settlement deal off the table.

    And we demand that prosecutors seek maximum civil penalties under the Clean Water Act and a judgment that BP is liable without limitation for oil removal costs and natural resource damages.

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    Help Overturn Citizens United v. FEC in Your State

    We work with teams of concerned citizens and grassroots activists in key states and give them the tools, training and support to go from a few people to a groundswell of popular and political momentum.

    There are a lot of ways to pitch in, and it could be the difference between this historic movement gaining ground or stalling out right in your backyard.

    Just let us know how you might be able to help in your state.

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    Don’t Bail Out Inefficient Texas Electric Companies with Ratepayer Money

    Texas electric customers might be looking at even more price increases soon, if the Public Utility Commission votes for a capacity market this Thursday.

    This new market would provide payments to companies just for having power plants available. Even if they didn’t produce any power, they would still receive these payments.

    Another electric grid, PJM, made a similar change and it cost consumers an additional $140 per year. This is the wrong choice for Texas.

    Senator John Carona, chair of the Business and Commerce Committee in the Texas Senate, has advocated for a capacity market in the past. Now we need him to change his mind and tell the PUC to vote against this wasteful, ratepayer-funded subsidy.

    Send an email to Senator Carona now:

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    Demand Obama Take Action on Climate

    'But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.' - President Barack Obama, State of the Union, Feb. 12, 2012

    Sign the Petition Urging Obama to Tell Us His Plan to Address Climate Change


    We the undersigned, urge President Obama to present a plan to address the climate crisis; communicate the risks of continuing to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to the American people and put an end to the fake debate around the causes and consequences of climate change; lead the world in meaningfully international climate negotiations; and appoint a new climate czar to the cabinet.

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    Help Make Senators Aware of Trans-Pacific Partnership Secrecy

    Request a Copy of the TPP Draft Text From Your Senators

    President Obama and his counterparts in countries across the Pacific have called for completion of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations this October. Leaks have shown the TPP is shaping up to be a NAFTA-on-steroids: Millions more offshored jobs, unsafe food and products flooding into our borders, bans on “Buy American” policies and much more.

    Six hundred official corporate advisors have access to the text while the public, press and even Congress are being kept in the dark.

    Help raise awareness of the dangers and secrecy of the TPP in Congress by writing your senators requesting a copy of the TPP draft texts.


    Citizen protests TPP secrecy at March 19, 2013 Senate Finance Committee hearing on the president’s 2013 trade agenda.

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    Keep Austin Energy Governance Accountable to the People

    A proposed resolution would start the process of moving oversight and governance responsibilities away from the City Council and placing them with an appointed board. An appointed board could be much more easily influenced by industry interests that don’t share our values.

    Austin Energy has been a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency, while keeping rates competitive with other utilities in the state. This could all change if the wrong people were appointed to the proposed board.

    The best solution would be to form a subcommittee of our soon to be expanded City Council to focus on governance and oversight of Austin Energy. An elected representative of Austin Energy customers who live outside city limits could be included to ensure everyone has a voice.

    Send an email to the City Council now and then consider joining us at City Hall (301 W. 2nd St.) on Tuesday and/or Thursday.

    • On Wednesday, February 13, there will be a press conference and rally at 12:30 p.m. in front of City Hall. Please join us!
    • On Thursday, February 14, Austin City Council will meet at 10 a.m. to consider this proposed resolution. Attend the meeting and sign up to speak against the resolution.

    Send your letter to City Council now.

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    Don’t Let Wall Street Offshore Its Recklessness

    Urge the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to Keep Risky Derivatives Trades in Check, No Matter Where They Occur

    Some of Wall Street’s most reckless and risky gambling occurs in the global derivatives market.

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is readying to crack down on this reckless gambling – but Wall Street lobbyists are demanding loopholes that will make the new regulations virtually meaningless.

    CFTC commissioners wrote strong rules to prevent Wall Street from engaging in risky transactions that could jeopardize our country’s financial security, no matter where in the world those transactions happen. But Wall Street – with help from foreign banks and foreign regulators – is pushing for rules that would, in effect, limit the scope of US enforcement to derivatives traders physically based in this country.

    This would create a giant loophole that would encourage banks – the biggest of which already have major operations outside of the U.S. – to move transactions offshore to escape regulation.

    Urge the CFTC to oppose Wall Street’s recklessness-offshoring loophole.

    Petition to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

     

    We, the undersigned, urge you to stand up for rules that apply the transparency and safety requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform act to ALL derivatives transactions relevant to U.S. markets, regardless of whether these transactions are routed through a foreign subsidiary or entity.

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    Help Make Illinois the 12th State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment to Get Money Out of Politics

    We need people from across the state of Illinois to join our effort to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling and get excessive individual and corporate money out of our elections.

    Sign up to learn about opportunities to help pass a resolution in the Illinois state legislature.

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    Keep the Ban on Uranium Mining in Virginia

    Tell Governor Bob McDonnell to Uphold the Uranium Mining Ban

    Legislative efforts to repeal the ban have been defeated.

    But Sen. John Watkins has asked the governor to use his administrative powers to move forward on uranium mining.

    Use the form below to tell Gov. McDonnell to respect the legislature’s decision.

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    Join Our Solar Corridor Campaign


    Solar prices continue to drop, but many municipally owned electric utilities and electric cooperatives have been slow to implement programs that would allow people like you to benefit from the power of the sun. There’s one thing that we’ve heard over and over — these utilities need to hear requests for change from their own customers. That’s why we’re asking you to join our Solar Corridor campaign today.

    The leadership at your electric utility needs to hear from you. At Public Citizen, we have lots of facts and data that show why solar programs are a win for energy customers, public electric utilities and the local economy. What we need now are the perfect messengers to deliver these facts to your electric utility.

    Sometimes we will just need you to sign a petition or send an email. Other times we’ll ask for volunteers to make in-person visits. Whatever your level of commitment, we hope you’ll help us advocate for sound solar policies at you electric utility.

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    Keep the Ban on Uranium Mining in Virginia

    Tell Governor Bob McDonnell to Uphold the Uranium Mining Ban

    Legislative efforts to repeal the ban have been defeated.

    But Sen. John Watkins has asked the governor to use his administrative powers to move forward on uranium mining.

    Use the form below to tell Gov. McDonnell to respect the legislature’s decision.

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    Revoke HSBC’s Corporate Charter

    Tell Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler There Should Be No Such Thing as “Too Big To Jail”

    By refusing to prosecute global banking behemoth HSBC for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of alleged terrorists in the Middle East and drug cartels in Mexico and Colombia, the Department of Justice is sending the message that Big Banks are above the law.

    The evidence against London-based HSBC – the third largest bank in the world, with more than $2.5 trillion in assets – was overwhelming. But, instead of pursuing criminal charges, the Justice Department simply fined HSBC $1.9 billion – which sounds like a lot, until you realize that’s only about a month’s worth of profit for the bank.

    HSBC’s slap on the wrist is a slap in the face to anyone who believes that there should be no such thing as “too big to jail.”

    Join Public Citizen in calling for punishment that could actually deter corporate crime:

    Demand justice. Add your name to the petition to revoke HSBC’s corporate charter.

    PETITION TO MARYLAND ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG GANSLER

     

    We, the undersigned, call on you to use your authority to forfeit HSBC’s corporate charter. HSBC is a large corporation, but should enjoy no special privilege because of its size. A Maryland corporate charter should signal integrity, and we ask that you uphold this standard.

    Why Petition Maryland's Attorney General?

    The US division of HSBC is chartered in the state of Maryland. Under Maryland law, the attorney general has the power to forfeit a company’s corporate charter as punishment for engaging in organized crime. Charter forfeiture would represent a strong new tool states could use to enforce the integrity of corporate behavior.

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    Public Citizen Activist Survey

    Tell Us About Yourself and The Issues that Matter Most to You

    As we make plans for grassroots organizing and pressuring lawmakers, a little more info about you will help us design campaigns with you — and your strengths, your interests and your passions — in mind.

    Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below.

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    Attend the Rally Tuesday, February 19, in Charleston to Get Big Money Out of Politics

    Join West Virginians as we ask the state legislature to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the infamous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people, not corporations.

    The rally will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will anchor two sessions of a citizen lobby day where you can meet with your senators and delegates to ask them to support a constitutional amendment. The first part of the lobby day will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the second part will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    The West Virginia Legislature is considering a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to propose a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United, get big money out of politics and ensure that corporations don’t have the same rights as real people. Your voice can help make West Virginia the twelfth state to call for such an amendment.

    Join us for the rally on Tuesday, February 19, at the State Capitol Building in Charleston, on the ground floor under the Rotunda (State Capitol Building, 1900 Kanawha Blvd East, Charleston, WV 25305). The lobby day will meet at the Senator Byrd statue on the second floor of the Rotunda at 9 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.

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    Petition to Debar BP

    Don’t Let BP Off the Hook: Demand BP’s Suspension From Federal Contracts

    In response to BP’s guilty plea to a range of criminal violations, the government has temporarily suspended the corporation from bidding on lucrative federal contracts.

    BP is the Pentagon’s top fuel supplier and one of the government’s top 100 contractors, receiving $1.47 billion worth of federal money in 2011. This year alone — while under investigation for its role in the Gulf disaster — BP has won $1.1 billion in federal contracts.

    BP has announced to its shareholders that it is in negotiations with the government to quickly resolve and lift the suspension.

    Public Citizen is calling on the EPA to ban BP from federal contracts for five years before reconsidering the corporation’s contractor eligibility.

    Sign petition to the EPA demanding BP is banned from federal contracts


    We, the undersigned, urge you to debar BP, as the 14 criminal guilty pleas and past criminal history demonstrate BP to be a nonresponsbile entity.

    This debarment should last through the company’s five year criminal probation period, and should include access to new government oil and natural gas leases, in addition to contracts.

    It is clear that, as a repeat criminal felon, BP no longer can be trusted to effectively serve as a contractor or as a federal leaseholder. Its promises to do better going forward are not a sufficient basis for finding that it is a responsible entity.

    After all BP has done, only a demonstrated record of responsible conduct over a period of years can satisfy that threshold.

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    Democracy Is For People

    A Campaign for a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case called Citizens United v. FEC that corporations have a “right” to spend unlimited money influencing elections.

    Corporations are not people. Democracy is for people.

    Add your name to our petition for a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling and reclaim our democracy.

    We will send you updates by email about the campaign and Public Citizen’s other work to fight corporate power.

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    Keep the Ban on Uranium Mining in Virginia

    Tell Your State Legislators to Vote Against Lifting the Uranium Mining Ban

    Uranium mining poses several risks including drinking water contamination for several major urban areas.

    Virginia Uranium — the company lobbying to lift the ban — stands to gain $7 billion from the uranium ore deposit located at the southern border of Virginia.

    But a price tag can’t be put on what citizens of Virginia stand to lose.

    Use the form below to tell your state delegate and senator to reject efforts to lift the 30-year ban on uranium mining in Virginia.

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    Help Make Illinois the 12th State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment to Get Money Out of Politics

    We need people from across the state of Illinois to join our effort to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling and get excessive individual and corporate money out of our elections.

    Sign up to learn about opportunities to help pass a resolution in the Illinois state legislature.

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    Call Your Senators Today to Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiators-Gone-Wild

    Urge Your Senators to Co-sponsor the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act During the Lame Duck Session of Congress — Before the TPP Takes Us Off a Cliff

    Runaway U.S. negotiators are rushing to lock in the TPP corporate power-grab before Congress and the public can learn the details. Leaked text from these secretive negotiations reveals that, if completed, the TPP could offshore millions of American jobs, flood our homes with unsafe food and drive medicine prices through the roof.

    Now President Barack Obama has personally called for a deal by fall of 2013.

    But U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 21st Century Trade Agreements Act would rein in runaway trade negotiators. It lays out a clear roadmap for how to get a deal that works for us, not just the corporate special interests now driving this process.

    Find your senators’ phone numbers and use the script below to give them a call:

    “Hello, my name is __{name}__ and I’m calling today about the 21st Century Trade Agreements and Market Access Act — S.3347. This important bill would restore congressional oversight over secretive trade negotiations like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And that’s urgent, because negotiators are intent on completing the TPP by the fall of 2013. This bill will make sure that U.S. negotiators are not repeating the mistakes of old trade deals that offshore our jobs and flood us with unsafe imports.

    Would Senator __{name}__ please co-sponsor this critical legislation?”


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    CA Sen. Boxer (202) 224-3553
    IL Sen. Durbin (202) 224-2152
    MD Sen. Cardin (202) 224-4524
    MI Sen. Stabenow (202) 224-4822
    MN Sen. Klobuchar (202) 224-3244
    MN Sen. Franken (202) 224-5641
    MT Sen. Tester (202) 224-2644
    NJ Sen. Lautenberg (202) 224-3224
    NM Sen. Menendez (202) 224-4744
    NM Sen. Udall (202) 224-6621
    NY Sen. Gillibrand (202) 224-4451
    NY Sen. Schumer (202) 224-6542
    OR Sen. Merkley (202) 224-3753
    PA Sen. Casey (202) 224-6324
    RI Sen. Reed (202) 224-4642
    VA Sen. Webb (202)-224-4024
    VT Sen. Leahy (202) 224-4242
    VT Sen. Sanders (202) 224-5141
    WV Sen. Manchin (202) 224-3954
    WV Sen. Rockefeller (202) 224-6472
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    Repeal Oil and Gas Industry Giveaways, Invest in Clean Energy

    The Budget Negotiations Offer an Opportunity to Move Toward a Clean Energy Economy

    Eliminating subsidies for the oil and gas industry and extending an important tax credit for wind are among the top energy items on the table.

    Handouts to big oil and gas are unnecessary and give dirty energy an unfair advantage over clean energy technology and alternative fuels. Eliminating the handouts would save the government $41 billion over 10 years.

    Meanwhile, the wind production tax credit is an effective tool to keep electricity rates low and encourage development of proven renewable energy projects. Above all, this credit will help us shift toward a more sustainable and clean energy sector.

    The choice is clear.

    Use the form below to tell your senators and representative to support a repeal of tax giveaways for big oil and gas companies and the extension of the production tax credit for wind.

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    Petition to Debar BP

    Don’t Let BP Off the Hook: Demand BP’s Suspension From Federal Contracts

    In response to BP’s guilty plea to a range of criminal violations, the government has temporarily suspended the corporation from bidding on lucrative federal contracts.

    BP is the Pentagon’s top fuel supplier and one of the government’s top 100 contractors, receiving $1.47 billion worth of federal money in 2011. This year alone — while under investigation for its role in the Gulf disaster — BP has won $1.1 billion in federal contracts.

    BP has announced to its shareholders that it is in negotiations with the government to quickly resolve and lift the suspension.

    Public Citizen is calling on the EPA to ban BP from federal contracts for five years before reconsidering the corporation’s contractor eligibility.

    Sign petition to the EPA demanding BP is banned from federal contracts


    We, the undersigned, urge you to debar BP, as the 14 criminal guilty pleas and past criminal history demonstrate BP to be a nonresponsbile entity.

    This debarment should last through the company’s five year criminal probation period, and should include access to new government oil and natural gas leases, in addition to contracts.

    It is clear that, as a repeat criminal felon, BP no longer can be trusted to effectively serve as a contractor or as a federal leaseholder. Its promises to do better going forward are not a sufficient basis for finding that it is a responsible entity.

    After all BP has done, only a demonstrated record of responsible conduct over a period of years can satisfy that threshold.

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    Send a Letter Urging Your Senators to Co-sponsor the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act

    Get Your Senators on the Record Against the Broken “Free Trade” Model

    The closed-door 11-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are in full swing with Canada and Mexico joining the latest TPP negotiations to be held in just one week. TPP-pushers plan to finish these NAFTA-on-steriods talks in early 2013. While Congress and the public are locked out of TPP negotiations, 600 official U.S. corporate “trade advisors” have access, including the usual suspects—the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Big Pharma, agribusiness monopolists and many more.

    But there’s an alternative to the dangerous TPP corporatist agenda. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-Ohio) 21st Century Trade Agreements Act would stop pacts that offshore U.S. jobs and fill our homes with unsafe imported food and products. And it would open up the negotiating process to oversight so no deals are signed unless Congress says they work for us.

    This short lame duck session of Congress is a crucial opportunity to get senators on the record in support of Sen. Brown’s bill. Send a letter to your senators asking them to co-sponsor the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act today.

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    Keep Pathogens and Privatization Away from Our Poultry

    Tell Congress to Reject the USDA’s Dangerous Inspection Privatization Plan

    Nobody wants pathogens like salmonella alongside their green bean casserole and cranberry sauce.

    But if the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gets its way, your Thanksgiving turkey (and any other poultry you consume) could stand a far greater chance of being contaminated the next time Thanksgiving Day rolls around, in 2013.

    That’s because the USDA is moving forward with plans to speed up poultry inspections and hand over the inspection process to the industry itself.

    Don’t let the USDA speed up and privatize poultry inspections.

    Urge your members of Congress to halt the USDA’s dangerous plan to privatize and speed up poultry inspection.

     

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    Help Plan an Event for the Third Anniversary of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Ruling

    Join People Throughout the Nation and Help Plan an Event to Demand “Money Out, Voters In!” on January 19, 2013

    To mark the third anniversary of Citizens United this January, citizens will be planning events throughout the nation. These events will move us one step closer to a constitutional amendment to restore our democracy.

    Let us know if you would like help plan an event in your area, such as petitioning, teach-ins, a rally or street theater to protest the ruling on its anniversary in your area, and we can provide you with resources to help you plan.

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    Sign Up to Attend the Public Utility Commission Sunset Hearing and Hold the PUC Accountable

    The People of Texas, Not a Few Outmoded Electric Companies Should Decide Our Energy Future


    The PUC decided to ignore a state law that would increase electricity production from clean energy sources while claiming that electric rates must rise to make more power sources available. Why? Because the big players in the electricity market don’t want Texas to turn to clean energy to meet our needs. They want to earn bigger profits from the old, inefficient, polluting power plants that they already have.

    Like most state agencies in Texas, the PUC is periodically reviewed by the Sunset Advisory Commission. One purpose is to consider new and innovative changes to improve each agency’s operations and activities.

    On December 18 or 19, the Sunset Advisory Commission will be holding a hearing in Austin to accept public input on the PUC.

    The legislators sitting on the commission need to hear from you.

    If you think that Texas energy policy needs to shift and the PUC needs to do a better job of protecting electric customers, make your voice heard.

    We’ll let you know which day the PUC hearing will be when the schedule is released at the beginning of December.

    If there is enough interest, we may provide transportation to Austin from several points in Texas.

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    Hold BP Accountable

    Sign Petition to Demand BP’s Suspension From Federal Contracts

    The U.S. government and BP have reached a criminal settlement related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Negotiations around the civil penalties are still ongoing.

    BP has pleaded guilty to 12 felony counts and two misdemeanors related to the oil rig explosion that claimed 11 lives and touched off what became the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

    But despite ranking among the world’s worst corporate criminals, BP is still one of the U.S. government’s top federal contractors.

    Federal law enables U.S. government officials to debar — ban from government business — companies which commit fraud or repeatedly run afoul of the law.

    Sign the Petition Below to Demand That the Government Use the Regulatory Tools at Its Disposal to Deter Corporate Behavior That Puts Our Workers and Environment at Risk


    We, the undersigned, call on the government to suspend all current contracts and debar BP and its subsidiaries from all future contracts.

    BP’s criminal conviction for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster is preceded by a decade of criminal negligence that has resulted in three convictions for environmental crimes and a guilty plea to market manipulation.

    BP’s entire operations — from exploration, to refining, to fuel transport, to commodity trading — have violated federal laws with frequency and severity. Given the company’s willful transgression of U.S. laws, it should no longer be eligible for federal contracts.

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    Attend a Conference Call About the Third Anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Sign up to attend a call and find out about the events taking place nationwide — from rallies and marches to teach-ins and petitioning — and how you can plan one yourself.

    We will send you a reminder along with the call-in number on Wednesday morning.

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    Participate in an Event for the Third Anniversary of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Ruling

    Join People Throughout the Nation at Events to Demand “Money Out, Voters In!” on January 19, 2013

    To mark the third anniversary of Citizens United this January, citizens will be planning events throughout the nation. These events will move us one step closer to a constitutional amendment to restore our democracy.

    Let us know if you would like to participate in petitioning, teach-ins, a rally, street theater or any other type of event to protest the ruling in your area, and we will keep you updated as planning progresses.

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    Hold the Public Utility Commission of Texas Accountable in Your Local Newspaper

    Sign Below to Show Your Interest in Working With Public Citizen on a Letter to the Editor of Your Local Paper


    The Public Utility Commission of Texas is ignoring the pleas of thousands of Texans to bring more clean energy to the state and has authorized giveaways to big electric producers instead.

    By raising the electricity price cap and refusing to implement a law that requires the use of affordable clean energy, the PUC is acting against its stated mission of protecting consumers.

    None of the three unelected commissioners made a single public comment in response to the more than 6,600 Texans who have called on the PUC to enforce the law and bring more clean energy options to Texas.

    We are continuing the fight to push energy policy forward in Texas, and we need your help.

    Add your name below if you are interested in working with us on a letter to the editor to your local newspaper about the PUC’s lack of leadership.

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    Sign Up to Get Out the Vote for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Help Pass Ballot Initiatives in Colorado and Montana to Get Big Money Out of Politics

    Together we can help make Colorado and Montana the 10th and 11th states to call for an amendment!

    We’ll follow up with call information, background information on the ballot measures and moral support.

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    Hold the Big Banks Accountable

    Oppose Legal Immunity for Lenders Pushing Unaffordable Loans

    Big Bank lobbyists are working to defang a provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. The provision they are trying to weaken would prevent the banks from pushing unaffordable loans on unsuspecting families.

    They’ve recruited Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to attach get-out-of-jail-free language for the banks to a non-controversial piece of legislation, the Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act (S. 3522), a bill which will make it easier for consumers to refinance at current low-interest rates.

    The Corker amendment, if allowed to pass, would grant the banks legal immunity, even when they push predatory loans they know that consumers won’t be able to pay back.

    Aggressive sales of unaffordable loans containing hidden fees, tricks and traps were at the heart of the financial crisis and the foreclosure disaster.

    Don’t let them get away with it.

    Urge your senators to oppose legal immunity for banks that make unaffordable loans.

     

    Please type your zip code into the box below. Then, please take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears. This greatly increases the likelihood that your message will make a difference. We also urge you to follow up your message by calling your senators. The phone number for the U.S. Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121. If you call, us know how it went with an email to action@citizen.org.


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    Sign Up to Get Out the Vote for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Help Pass Amendmet 65 to Get Big Money Out of Our Elections

    There are a couple of ways you can help pass Amendment 65. Coloradans are organizing neighborhood teams to distribute flyers (PDF) and talk to people to let them know about Amendment 65. Others are calling their fellow Coloradans to make sure they know the question is on the ballot and why it’s so important to vote in favor.

    Here Is How You Can Help

    1) Phone bank
    You can phone bank voters from home, or if you are in the Denver area, join an evening phone bank between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. or a Saturday phone bank at the Common Cause office at 1536 Wynkoop Street #307 in downtown Denver. If you’re not near Denver, you can still help make calls: sign up and we’ll send you the details.

    2) Talk to your neighbors
    Reach out to people in heavily trafficked areas like grocery stores or malls. Hand out flyers and talk to people about why you support Initiative 65 to get big money out of our elections.

    3) Request a yard sign.

    We’ll follow up with flyers, call information and moral support.

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    Sign Up to Get Out the Vote for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Help Pass Initiative 166 to Get Big Money out of our Elections

    There are a couple of ways you can help pass Initiative 66. Montanans are organizing neighborhood teams to distribute flyers (click the link to download flyer) and talk to people to let them know about Initiative 66. Others are calling their fellow Coloradans to make sure they know the question is on the ballot and why it’s so important to vote in favor.

    Here is how you can help

    1) Phone bank
    You can phone bank voters from home, or if you are in the Denver area, join an evening phone bank between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. or a Saturday phone bank at the Common Cause office at 1536 Wynkoop Street #307 in downtown Denver. If you’re not near Denver, you can still help make calls: sign up and we’ll send you the details.

    2) Talk to your neighbors
    Reach out to people in heavily trafficked areas like grocery stores or malls. Hand out flyers and talk to people about why you support Initiative 65 to get big money out of our elections.

    3) Request a yard sign.

    We’ll follow up with flyers, call information and moral support.

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    Attend the Democracy In Motion Speaking Tour in New York

    Join Us as We Travel New York to Build Momentum for State Legislation to Get Voters IN and Money OUT

    Learn about nationwide efforts to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, take democracy off the auction block, and preserve constitutional rights for people — not corporations. We are building momentum for the Fair Elections Act to level the playing field in New York elections. A hard fought struggle to pass this legislation may be coming to a head at the end of November. Learn what you can do to help!

    RSVP if you can attend.

    Itinerary

    Albany: Tuesday, November 13, 6 - 8 p.m.,1st Lutheran Church, 181 Western Ave.

    Syracuse: Wednesday, November 14, 12 - 1 p.m., Syracuse University, Jabberwocky Cafe

    Rochester: Wednesday, November 14, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Perinton Community Center, 1350 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport

    Buffalo: Wednesday, November 14, 7 - 9 p.m., Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St.

    Ithaca: Thursday, November 15, 1 - 2 p.m., Cornell University, 226 Weill Hall

    New York City: Thursday, November 15, 7 - 9 p.m., NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt 210

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    Call Your Senators Today to Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiators-Gone-Wild

    Urge Your Senators to Co-sponsor the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act – Before the TPP Takes Us Off a Cliff

    Runaway U.S. negotiators are rushing to lock in the TPP corporate power-grab before Congress and the public can learn the details. Leaked text from these secretive negotiations reveals that if completed, the TPP could offshore millions of American jobs, flood our homes with unsafe food and drive medicine prices through the roof.

    But U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 21st Century Trade Agreements Act would rein in runaway trade negotiators. It lays out a clear roadmap for how to get a deal that works for us, not just the corporate special interests now driving this process.

    Find your senators’ phone numbers and use the script below to give them a call:

    “Hello, my name is __{name}__ and I’m calling today about the 21st Century Trade Agreements and Market Access Act – S.3347. This important bill would restore congressional oversight over secretive trade negotiations like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And that’s urgent, because there are major TPP negotiations next month. This bill will make sure that U.S. negotiators are not repeating the mistakes of old trade deals that offshore our jobs and flood us with unsafe imports.

    Would Senator __{name}__ please co-sponsor this critical legislation?”


    Please let us know how your call went by using the form below

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    Senator Contact Information

    State Senator Phone Number
    CA Sen. Boxer (202) 224-3553
    HI Sen. Inouye (202) 224-3934
    IL Sen. Durbin (202) 224-2152
    MD Sen. Cardin (202) 224-4524
    MI Sen. Stabenow (202) 224-4822
    MN Sen. Klobuchar (202) 224-3244
    MN Sen. Franken (202) 224-5641
    MT Sen. Tester (202) 224-2644
    NJ Sen. Lautenberg (202) 224-3224
    NM Sen. Menendez (202) 224-4744
    NM Sen. Udall (202) 224-6621
    NY Sen. Gillibrand (202) 224-4451
    NY Sen. Schumer (202) 224-6542
    OR Sen. Merkley (202) 224-3753
    PA Sen. Casey (202) 224-6324
    RI Sen. Reed (202) 224-4642
    VA Sen. Webb (202)-224-4024
    VT Sen. Leahy (202) 224-4242
    VT Sen. Sanders (202) 224-5141
    WV Sen. Manchin (202) 224-3954
    WV Sen. Rockefeller (202) 224-6472
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    Stop the Countdown to Mystery Meat

    Shine the spotlight on the WTO's attack on consumer rights

    In a decision last fall, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against U.S.country-of-origin labels on meat. Now the U.S. is being forced to tell unelected trade officials when they will gut our consumer protection or pay millions for the right not to eat mystery meat. . [Learn more]

    E.Coli laden hamburger from Canadian cattle. Banned Korean shellfish. All of these end up on our local grocery store shelves. We rely on policies like COOL labeling to allow us to protect our family's health and make informed decisions as consumers. Under current rules, the U.S. will have to water down or eliminate these policies, or face trade sanctions.

    Take the pledge and stand up to the WTO's attack on our consumer rights.

    Tell your friends and family to sign the pledge as well. The more names that sign on, the better chance we'll have of gaining the attention of the public, media, President Obama and Congress. We'll do our part to shine the spotlight on your terrific work. This is only the beginning of all of our efforts.

    Sign the Consumer Rights Pledge:


    In a matter of months, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against three popular U.S. consumer policies: our country-of-origin labels on meat; dolphin-safe tuna labels; and a ban on sweet-flavored cigarettes that were marketed to lure teens to start smoking.

    Previously, we’ve seen this global commerce agency facilitate offshoring of jobs to low-wage countries and rule against a series of health and environmental laws around the world. Now the WTO has even ruled against consumers’ basic right to know where products come from and how they are produced.

    Enough is enough!

    When the WTO rules against a policy, countries are pressured to water down or eliminate their laws. Our government must not cave in and follow a WTO order to gut our laws, if necessary by eliminating any funding to make a WTO-ordered roll back possible.

    I pledge NOT to support trade deals that include similar anti-consumer provisions.

    I also pledge to alert my community and my elected representatives to the WTO attacks on our consumer policies.


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    Sign Up to Get Out the Vote for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Help Pass the Chicago Amendment Referendum to Get Big Money Out of Our Elections

    Chicagoans are organizing teams to distribute flyers to let people know about the amendment ballot initiative.

    Download the flyer.

    Select the days below that you can help distribute flyers at a busy L stop to educate the public and ask Chicagoans to vote "yes" on this question:

    "Shall the U.S. Congress pass a bill, to be duly ratified by three-fourths of the states, adopting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, empowering the federal government and the states to regulate and limit political contributions from corporations?"??

    If you can’t make one of these dates, but would like to lead a team at another time/location, please indicate this in the comment field.

    We are planning to flyer at the following L Stations:
    Red: Morse, Loyola, Monroe, State/Lake, Roosevelt, Wilson
    Blue: Logan Square, Jefferson Park
    Brown: Western, Belmont, Armitage

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    Help Make New Jersey the Next State to Call for an Amendment

    Call on your Assembly Members to Pass Assembly Resolution 86

    Thanks for calling your state Assembly members to ask them to vote in favor of Assembly Resolution 86 calling for an amendment to get money out of politics. Once you call, please fill out the comment field below to let us know how it went.

    Find out who your Assembly members are and their phone numbers.

    Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert on the issue to tell your Assembly member we need to get money out of politics. What you might want to say:

    • A.R. 86 calls for a constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and related cases, and would help to stop the corruption of American elections.

    • In a recent poll, 75% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats agreed that, “there would be less corruption if there were limits on how much could be given to super PACs.”

    • We can’t rein in outside spending without an amendment — we hope our elected representatives will reflect the will of the people by supporting A.R. 86.

    • If you the call goes to voicemail, say your name and town and say, “I live in TOWN NAME, and I am calling to encourage Assemblyman/woman NAME to vote tomorrow in support of A.R. 86." Sharing one line about why this issue is important to you can also help.

    If he or she is already a strong supporter, ask her/him to reach across the aisle and encourage colleagues from the other party to join in this trans-partisan democracy initiative.

    Public Citizen is a leading partner in the NJ for the Overturn of Citizens United Coalition organizing across the state.

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    Sign Up to Get Out the Vote for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Help Pass the Chicago Amendment Referendum to Get Big Money Out of Our Elections

    Chicagoans are organizing teams to distribute flyers to let people know about the amendment ballot initiative.

    Select the days below that you can help distribute flyers at a busy L stop to educate the public and get out the vote.

    Download the flyer.

    If you can’t make one of these dates, but would like to lead a team at another time/location, please indicate this in the comment field.

    We are planning to flyer at the following L Stations:
    Red: Morse, Loyola, Monroe, State/Lake, Roosevelt, Wilson
    Blue: Logan Square, Jefferson Park
    Brown: Western, Belmont, Armitage

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    Tell the Federal Trade Commission to Pass New Policies to Protect Kids’ Online Privacy

    Update COPPA to Help Parents Protect Kids from Online Marketers

    Since 1998, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) has protected children under 13 by requiring that commercial websites seek parental consent before gathering kids’ personal information.

    But times have changed. Today, many kids are almost always connected to the Internet — and marketers know it. Mobile phones, tablets and gaming devices have changed the landscape of the Internet, and COPPA needs to change, too.

    Today, corporations are collecting children’s data through invasive “behavioral” tracking. Using these techniques, marketers track kids’ behavior by leaving “invisible” cookies and other identifiers. Companies also collect children’s location data when they use mobile devices. With this data, marketers can directly target kids with tailored ads all around the Internet.

    The new COPPA rules would give parents and caregivers control over the data that corporations can collect from children. However, not surprisingly, these proposed rules have sparked opposition from powerful industry lobbyists. Companies that stand to profit by manipulating children and violating their privacy want to undermine the protections an updated COPPA would provide.

    It’s time to strengthen the legislation that has done so much to protect children over the past 14 years.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Below

    We, the undersigned, call on the Federal Trade Commission to pass new rules to bring the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act up to date. The new rules will empower parents and caregivers to control how their children’s personal information is collected and used. We urge the Commission to help parents protect children’s online privacy from corporate marketers.

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    Sign Up to Get Out the Vote for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Help Pass Initiative 65 to Get Big Money out of our Elections

    There are a couple of ways you can help pass Initiative 65. Coloradans are organizing neighborhood teams to distribute flyers (click the link to download flyer) and talk to people to let them know about Initiative 65. Others are calling their fellow Coloradans to make sure they know the question is on the ballot and why it’s so important to vote in favor.

    Here is how you can help

    1) Phone bank
    You can phone bank voters from home, or if you are in the Denver area, join an evening phone bank between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. or a Saturday phone bank at the Common Cause office at 1536 Wynkoop Street #307 in downtown Denver. If you’re not near Denver, you can still help make calls: sign up and we’ll send you the details.

    2) Talk to your neighbors
    Reach out to people in heavily trafficked areas like grocery stores or malls. Hand out flyers and talk to people about why you support Initiative 65 to get big money out of our elections.

    3) Request a yard sign.

    We’ll follow up with flyers, call information and moral support.

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    RSVP For Vermont Amendment Weekend Events

    Join environmental activist Bill McKibben and Professor Lawrence Lessig for an outstanding weekend of events Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14.

    1. Lawrence Lessig Lecture and Ice Cream Social

    Date: Saturday, October 13
    Time: 4:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
    Location: University of Vermont, Lafayette Hall (next to Royall Tyler Theatre), Room 108, Burlington, VT
    Parking is available off Colchester Ave behind Ira Allen Chapel
    Cost: Free

    2. Environmental activist Bill McKibben’s new Climate Change Musical Road Show, Dress Rehearsal - SOLD OUT

    Date: Saturday, October 13
    Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
    Location: University of Vermont, Ira Allen Chapel, 26 University Place, Burlington, VT
    Cost: $5

    3. BBQ at Bentley Lane

    Date: Sunday, October 14, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Home of Amendment Activist Bill Butler and Susan Harritt
    23 Bentley Lane, Jericho, VT
    Cost: Bring a food or a beverage to share if you can

    For questions or help finding housing for Saturday or Sunday, email Bill Butler at naturemyth@aol.com.

    PLEASE RSVP for each Vermont Democracy Weekend Event below:

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    One of the most powerful ways we can build the movement to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and related cases is for voters to pass referendums calling for an amendment.

    Sign up below if you can help with the effort to pass the referendum on the ballot this November in Chicago.

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    Wall Street Can’t Be Trusted to Regulate Itself

    Thank the Schneiderman Task Force for Standing Up to Wall Street

     

    First steps are finally being taken to hold one of the Big Banks accountable for its role in causing the economic collapse.

    A joint federal and state task force, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, has filed suit against Bear Stearns — now owned by JPMorgan Chase — alleging systemic fraud, deceit and recklessness that ripped off investors and devastated homeowners across the nation.

    It’s an excellent, if long delayed, first step. But more must be done.

    No Big Bank CEO is too big to jail.

    Add your name below to thank Schneiderman and press for further charges against the Big Banks.

     

    We, the undersigned, applaud New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for taking the first step toward holding Wall Street accountable by filing suit against Bear Stearns & Company for its fraud and deceptive practices.

    However, for the millions of Americans who, because of Wall Street’s recklessness, lost their savings, their homes, their jobs and their very way of life, this single civil suit against one Big Bank is not enough.

    We also urge the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group and other prosecutors to take the next steps: Pursue criminal charges against Bear Stearns and other Big Banks who perpetrated the financial crisis.

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    Wall Street Can’t Be Trusted to Regulate Itself

    Thank the Schneiderman Task Force for Standing Up to Wall Street

     

    First steps are finally being taken to hold one of the Big Banks accountable for its role in causing the economic collapse.

    A joint federal and state task force, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, has filed suit against Bear Stearns — now owned by JPMorgan Chase — alleging systemic fraud, deceit and recklessness that ripped off investors and devastated homeowners across the nation.

    It’s an excellent, if long delayed, first step. But more must be done.

    No Big Bank CEO is too big to jail.

    Add your name below to thank Schneiderman and press for further charges against the Big Banks.

     

    We, the undersigned, applaud New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for taking the first step toward holding Wall Street accountable by filing suit against Bear Stearns & Company for its fraud and deceptive practices.

    However, for the millions of Americans who, because of Wall Street’s recklessness, lost their savings, their homes, their jobs and their very way of life, this single civil suit against one Big Bank is not enough.

    We also urge the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group and other prosecutors to take the next steps: Pursue criminal charges against Bear Stearns and other Big Banks who perpetrated the financial crisis.

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    Make Sure Chicago Takes a Stand to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Sign Up Below to Help Pass the Referendum

    One of the most powerful ways we can build the movement to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and related cases is for voters to pass referendums calling for an amendment.

    Sign up below if you can help with the effort to pass the referendum on the ballot this November in Chicago.

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    Ask Your Representative and Senators to Get the Facts on Nuclear Power

    Send Them the Top 5 Take-Aways from the Congressional Briefing on Nuclear Power Sponsored by Representative Dennis Kucinich on September 20

    The briefing was intended to give legislators information that they need about the ongoing situation in Japan and the problems with the continued use of nuclear power in the U.S. by those that don’t have a financial stake in its proliferation.

    Feel free to add any additional facts you would like your legislators to know.

    Thank you!

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    Gather Signatures on Election Day to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Sign up to gather signatures at your polling place on Election Day to move forward a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations. Resources to support your petitioning are available here.

    Check the box below if you can invite others to join you petitioning on Election Day.

    We hope you will be able to make the optional video conference/ conference call today, Thursday, November 1, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time (7 p.m. Central / 6 p.m. Mountain / 5 p.m. Pacific / 4 p.m. Alaska / 2 p.m. Hawaii) will give you tips and get folks excited to go out and petition. We will send you information on how to watch or listen when you sign up.

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    Attend a New York Conference Call on the Campaign to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

    Sign up attend a call with Public Citizen and find out about some exciting developments in New York to move forward a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

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    Help Make New Jersey the Next State to Call for an Amendment

    Thanks you for calling your state senator to ask them to vote in favor of Senate Resolution 47 calling for an amendment. Fill out the comment field below to let us know how it went.

    One of the most powerful ways you can build the movement for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and related cases is to support the state resolution and pass town resolutions calling for one. Public Citizen is a leading partner in the NJ for the Overturn of Citizens United Coalition organizing across the state.

    Thanks so much for your activism!

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    Trans-Pacific Partnership Citizens’ Voice Tool

    Submit Your Comments to TPP Negotiators in Leesburg, Virginia

    Round 14 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are underway in Leesburg, Virginia. Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch has been fighting to make sure the voices of the 99% are heard — and now it’s your turn to speak out directly to the negotiators.


    Fill out the form below with a short message — or send a message on Twitter using the hashtag #openTPP — and your comments will be displayed at the Stakeholders’ Forum in Leesburg, Virginia, on a stream developed by our friends at OpenMedia.ca for negotiators to see. From 11a.m.-2p.m. EDT on September 9th, we’ll stream the messages everyone is sending, which will be on display in Leesburg.

    Learn More

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    Attend a Maine Conference Call on the Campaign to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

    Sign up attend a call with Public Citizen and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and find out about some exciting developments in Maine to move forward a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

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    Attend an Arkansas Conference Call on the Campaign to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

    Sign up attend a call with Public Citizen and Regnat Populus and find out about some exciting developments in Arkansas to move forward a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

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    Help Build Connecticut’s Efforts to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

    Connecticut is moving forward quickly in its calls for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

    Sign up below to attend a press conference in Hartford on Wednesday, September 12, at 11 a.m. and/or to have us send you the template press release and the contact information of the media in your city or town so you can contact local media.

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    Tell Duke Energy to Withdraw From the American Legislative Exchange Council.

    Duke Energy, the nation’s largest utility company, is providing key financial support to ALEC, an entity that drafts state laws for Big Business and hands them over to state lawmakers for passage.

    ALEC’s mission includes attacking clean energy programs and delaying climate change policy.

    Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers says he understands how serious climate change is and claims to support clean energy. Yet Duke Energy is supporting attacks on state climate and clean energy laws through ALEC.

    Tell Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers that he can’t have it both ways.

    Sign the petition below to demand Duke Energy withdraw from ALEC.


    We, the undersigned, call upon Duke Energy to drop all financial and staff support to ALEC due not only to its role in blocking clean energy implementation and solutions to global warming, but to the inherent disrespect its mission poses to effective democracy.

    ALEC is one of many groups participating in a well-funded network of climate change skeptics, one that has no place in Duke’s budget given its own opposing positions.

    Duke Energy must cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

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    Sign the Petition: Tell School Districts to Keep Commercial Advertising Out of Schools

    Let’s Get Back to Commercial-Free Schools

    Across the country, many school districts face significant budget shortfalls. Seeking alternative sources of revenue, growing numbers of districts are allowing corporations to advertise on school properties. Eager to target a potentially lucrative market, advertisers are marketing their products in school cafeterias, athletic stadiums, on school buses, on lockers, and even in classrooms.

    Schools are no place for advertising. Allowing commercialism to infiltrate schools undermines their educational mission. Kids learn market values instead of civic values. And, often, it is junk food makers that are most eager to advertise in schools. In an already hyper-commercialized world, children need schools to be a sanctuary from the onslaught of advertising they face everywhere else.

    To make matters worse, in-school advertising schemes rarely raise significant revenue for school districts. When they permit advertising, districts are left in the same financial hole they began in, but now their students’ education has been compromised.

    Some things shouldn’t be for sale.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Below

    When you sign our petition, we’ll keep you posted on how you can take action in your community to stop school commercialism.

    We, the undersigned, believe that commercial advertising has no place in schools. We call on school district officials to reject all plans to allow commercial advertising on school properties.

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    Call Your Senator to Support the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act

    Put the brakes on the run-away Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) train before it’s too late

    Here’s how:

    1. Select your senator’s district office from the list below.

    California
    Office of Senator Boxer (510) 286-8537

    Colorado
    Office of Senator Udall (303) 650-7820

    Hawaii
    Office of Senator Akaka (808) 522-8970; Office of Senator Inouye (808) 541-2542

    Iowa
    Office of Senator Harkin (515) 284-4574

    Illinois
    Office of Senator Durbin (312) 353-4952

    Michigan
    Office of Senator Stabenow (313) 961-4330

    Minnesota
    Office of Senator Franken (651) 221-1016; Office of Senator Klobuchar (612) 727-5220

    New Jersey
    Office of Senator Lautenberg (973) 639-8700; Office of Senator Menendez (856) 757-5353

    New Mexico
    Office of Senator Udall (505) 346-6791

    New York
    Office of Senator Gillibrand (212) 688-6262; Office of Senator Schumer (212) 486-4430

    Oregon
    Office of Senator Merkley (503) 326-3386

    Pennsylvania
    Office of Senator Casey (866) 461-9159

    Rhode Island
    Office of Senator Reed (401) 528-5200

    West Virginia
    Office of Senator Manchin (304) 342-5855; Office of Senator Rockefeller (304) 347-5372

    Vermont
    Office of Senator Leahy (800) 642-3193; Office of Senator Sanders (800) 339-9834

    Virginia
    Office of Senator Webb (804) 771-2221

    2. Use the following script to get your senator to support the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act.

    As you may know, Senator ______, we are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Labor and other constituencies would like to see this agreement represent a 21st century trade agreement with high standards with regards to job growth, labor, environmental and consumer safety standards. In order to ensure that this agreement moves trade policy in the right direction, I strongly urge you to support the 21st Century Trade Agreements and Market Access Act introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown. The bill would require the President and negotiating countries to submit reports on our trading partners with regards to market access opportunities to ensure that we export American products and not American jobs, and that our trading partners reinforce U.S. values of upholding labor, environmental and consumer protection standards. Would you consider becoming a cosponsor on the bill?

    3. Let us know how your call went.

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    Hold BP Accountable

    Sign Petition to Demand a Just Settlement Between BP and U.S. Government

    The April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig triggered the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. Nearly 5 million barrels of oil gushed in the Gulf of Mexico over the course of 87 days.

    As a result of the explosion and spill, 11 workers were killed and 16 more were seriously injured; Gulf Coast states have sustained approximately $40 billion in economic losses; a reported $10 billion in additional health cost will be required to manage health problems in the wake of the BP oil disaster; thousands of birds, sea turtles, marine mammals and other aquatic life have been harmed or killed; and the environment has sustained incalculable damage.

    Two years later, the government and BP are reportedly on the brink of reaching a settlement that would resolve all civil and criminal damages and liabilities arising from the spill.

    A settlement with BP must allow for full recovery of the Gulf Coast region and its communities. It also must deter other companies from putting profits before safety.

    Sign the petition below to demand that the government holds BP accountable.


    We, the undersigned, call on the government to reach an equitable and comprehensive settlement with BP by applying the following terms:

    The settlement should include criminal penalties for the company.

    The settlement should not include the resolution of criminal penalties for individuals, including for their roles in the Deepwater oil rig explosion that resulted in the deaths of 11 men.

    A settlement must place financial responsibility on BP for future environmental and economic costs for the problems that we’re still in the process of discovering. The costs to the environment from the release of more than 5 million barrels of oil and hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemical disbursement may not be known for another generation.

    Permanent sanctions must be part of the settlement. For example, the government should restrict BP’s access to future and current government oil and gas leases, and bar it from federal contracts for good.

    All BP documents related to the disaster must be made publicly available and accessible.

    The settlement should include penalties called for by the full spectrum of laws that exist to protect our environment, wildlife and workers. Damages associated with Clean Water Act violations alone have been estimated at $21 billion. Other laws that must be accounted for include the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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    Ask Your Senators to Cosponsor the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act Today

    Demand a New Trade Model

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is veering us off a cliff. The TPP threatens to flood our shores with unsafe food and products, offshore jobs, and jack up medicine prices. Help steer our trade policy back on course and demand a new trade model. Tell your senators to cosponsor the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act today.

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    Alert the Media About the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “Free Trade” Agreement

    Help Drag the TPP “Free Trade” Agreement into the Media Spotlight

    As the fourteenth round of the TPP negotiations resume in Leesburg, VA, we need to alert the major news outlets and put TPP in the headlines. Follow the steps below and help to drag TPP into the spotlight before it’s too late.

    Here’s how:

    1. Call or leave a comment for one or all of the major news outlets listed below.

    • New York Times: (212) 556- 7652 Arthur Brisbane, Public Editor (Represents NYT reader concerns)
    • Washington Post: (202) 334-7300 Patrick B. Pexton, Ombudsman
    • Los Angeles Times: Leave a comment about TPP for the reader’s representative of the LA Times here.
    • National Public Radio: (202) 513-3232 (comment hotline) or leave a comment for NPR ombudsman, Edward Schumacher-Matos on NPR’s open forum for listeners. (Note: You will have to log in and create an account to leave a comment)

    2. Let major media outlets know that they are not covering a story that could affect our everyday lives — from food safety to offshoring jobs. Feel free to use the script below.

    Hi this is __________, and I am a reader/listener of the (name of news outlet). I am really upset that there has been no coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I rely on your reporters to get me the news that is important. I do not understand how you could be missing this story. The TPP is an international agreement that has been under negotiation for three years with the US and 11 other countries. It could be finished this year. It threatens to offshore millions of U.S. jobs, increase medicine prices, flood us with unsafe food imports, and empower corporations to challenge our environmental and consumer safety laws in international tribunals. There have been 600 official corporate advisors who have access to the draft text of this massive deal, but the public and Congress have been locked out. This thing is like “NAFTA on steroids” with a bunch of Asian countries. The next round of negotiations will take place from September 6th-September 15 in Leesburg, VA. Please send a reporter to these negotiations, this agreement is too important to not be covered!

    3. Let us know how your call went.

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    Write a Letter to the Editor About the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Help Drag the TPP “Free Trade” Agreement into the Media Spotlight

    You can send a letter to the editor to major news outlets and demand that they cover this deal that is swiftly becoming “NAFTA-on-steroids” with the world.

    Here’s how:

    Select one or all of the major news outlets listed below.

    Select a few of the talking points below:

    • U.S. negotiators have been working behind closed doors for three years on a massive “trade” agreement that would offshore millions of American jobs and flood us with unsafe imported food. Now it includes ten countries, but it would be open for China and Russia to join later.
    • It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It is basically NAFTA all over again, only much bigger. Thanks to recent text leaks, we know that it would allow foreign corporations to attack U.S. environmental, health and safety laws in foreign tribunals and demand taxpayer compensation. It includes incentives for U.S. firms to offshore jobs.
    • Obviously, TPP is something Americans need to know about. So, where is your coverage?
    • Yes, TPP is being negotiated in secret with even members of Congress barred from seeing the text. But that makes it even more critical for the media to cover.
    • And its big political news. President Obama is attacking Governor Romney for offshoring American jobs. But Obama is supporting this massive job-offshoring deal.
    • State legislators from all 50 states have raised concern.
    • Many members of Congress have signed a letter criticizing the deal and demanding access to the secret draft texts.
    • The American public relies on you. TPP is a very big deal. We need to know more. TPP negotiations start again in Virginia in a few weeks. Will you have a reporter there?
    Submit your letter to the editor and leave a comment letting us know that you helped drag TPP out into the media spotlight!

    Here are some helpful tips to help you get your letter to the editor published.


    In order to increase the likelihood of your letter being printed, please keep it 150 words. It should be sent in the body of an e-mail (no attachments) to the publication of your choice.

    Thank you for helping to drag TPP into the media spotlight!

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    Attend a Connecticut Conference Call on the Campaign to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

    Sign up attend a call with Public Citizen and Common Cause and find out about some exciting developments in Connecticut to move forward a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, take democracy off the auction block and preserve constitutional rights for people not corporations.

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    Send a Letter to Your Senators to Cosponsor the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act

    Demand an End to American Job Offshoring and Floods of Unsafe Imports

    Closed-door negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” deal are speeding up. If our senators do not get a steering wheel and emergency brake over run-away negotiators, this deal will take our country off a cliff. At stake are millions more American jobs offshored and floods of unsafe imported food, and higher medicine prices.

    But Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced legislation that would set rules about what can and cannot be in our trade deals to make sure that they work for us, not just the large corporations now calling the shots. And the bill would reassert Congress’s role in overseeing the process to ensure our trade policy exports U.S. products — not U.S. jobs. We need your help getting more senators to support this critical bill as co-sponsors.

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    Democracy is for people!

    A Campaign for a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United!

    Sign up to collect signatures.

    We are so glad you are interested in this campaign

    Please provide the following inform:

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    Democracy Is For People

    A Campaign for a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Sign up to collect signatures.

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    Meet Your Congressperson

    Help Us Get Your Members of Congress to Combat Unlimited Secret Corporate Money in Elections

    The vast majority of Americans oppose the unlimited secret corporate money gushing into our elections.

    The next step is getting most members of Congress on board with disclosure of political spending, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and other significant reforms to undo the corporate takeover of our democracy.

    Call your representative or senators today and set up a meeting this month to urge them to support a constitutional amendment and other reforms to thwart the corporate takeover of our democracy.

    Need to look up your members of Congress and the contact information for their local offices? Use this website.

    When you call, ask to speak to your member’s scheduler.

    After your call, be ready to send a follow-up e-mail (PDF).

    For more resources about how to set up a meeting and the reforms we’re urging Congress to support, go here or e-mail us with questions at amendment@citizen.org.

    Add Your Name And Comment Below to Let Us Know You Called to Set Up a Meeting

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    The Keystone XL Pipeline is Neither in Our National Nor Global Interest

    Send a letter to the State Department insisting that climate impacts be considered in the pipeline review

    The State Department is conducting a new environmental review of the northern portion of the Keystone pipeline, but it’s not clear that it will consider the climate change impacts of developing the tar sands — a fossil fuel that the Environmental Protection Agency estimates emits up to 82 percent more greenhouse gases then conventional crude.

    The comment period for the Supplement to the Final Environmental Impact Statement ended on July 30, 2012.

    Thank you!

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    Derail the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    No backroom deals for the 1%

    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” agreement talks resume this September in Leesburg, Virginia. Once again, negotiations will take place with the public locked out and the texts held in tight secrecy, meanwhile over 600 corporate advisors have regular access to the negotiating texts. On the table is a veritable smorgasbord of extreme new corporate rights to slam the 99%. Tell Ron Kirk to release the text of the TPP draft texts to ensure that public health and access to life-saving medicines aren’t on the bargaining table.

    Sign the TPP Petition below


    Dear U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk:

    Americans deserve the right to know what U.S. trade negotiators are proposing in our name.

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” agreement is likely to impact jobs, wages, agriculture, migration, the environment, access to medicine, consumer safety, banking regulations, indigenous rights, Internet freedom, government procurement and more. A pact this far-reaching should be negotiated in the most transparent and participatory manner possible.

    Please publicly release all the TPP proposals now.

    Sincerely,

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    Coloradans Stand Up Against Big Money in Elections

    Host Volunteers and Help Get the Amendment Measure to Overturn Citizens United on the Ballot

    The Colorado Amendment Ballot Measure would allow Coloradans to directly call for our federal and state representatives to support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling and related cases.

    The measure would allow the citizens of Colorado to speak directly to our legislators and establish a clear mandate for an amendment.

    It would also increase awareness about a constitutional amendment and the need to get big money out of our elections and rein in corporate power. Now is the home stretch as signatures are due on August 6, 2012.

    We need places for our signature collectors to stay and pitch their tents for a few days. Please fill out the information below if you could host a few signature collectors in your yard.

    An organizer will follow up with you if the timing and location match the needs of the signature collectors.

    Note: Filling out this form does NOT add your name to the official petition to put the CO Amendment Measure on the ballot, for which a physical signature is required.

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    Find Out If Your Representative Has the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Draft Text

    Email Your Member of Congress for the TPP Text Today

    The 13th round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” agreement talks just ended. It is becoming “NAFTA on steroids” — millions more jobs offshored, floods of unsafe food and products, Internet freedom undermined, higher medicine prices, and Buy America banned.

    Six hundred official corporate advisers have the draft TPP text. But does your member of Congress? Find out today and email your representative for the draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

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    Coloradans Stand Up Against Big Money in Elections

    Volunteer to Get the Amendment Measure on the Ballot

    The Colorado Amendment Ballot Measure would allow Coloradans to directly to call for our federal and state representatives to support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling and related cases.

    The measure would allow the citizens of Colorado to speak directly to our legislators and establish a clear mandate for an amendment.

    It would also increase awareness about a constitutional amendment and the need to get big money out of our elections and rein in corporate power.

    Now is the home stretch as signatures are due on August 6, 2012.

    Sign up below to volunteer to make sure the initiative gets on the ballot by helping to collect signatures or helping to verify signatures.

    Location for volunteer events/to pick up petitions is the Denver Common Cause office in Lower Downtown - 1536 Wynkoop Street #307.

    Note: Filling out this form does NOT add your name to the official petition to put the CO Amendment Measure on the ballot, for which a physical signature is required.

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    Petition Obama Administration to Make Trade Work for Working Families

    Watch, Laugh, Take Action



    Tell the Obama administration and U.S. negotiators to make trade policy work for working families. Sign the petition today!

    Our U.S. trade team is negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPP FTA). This would be the biggest trade agreement in U.S. history. If not done right, it could lead to more U.S. jobs being outsourced, the erosion of workers’ rights and Buy America provisions, and undermining of U.S. environmental and consumer safety protections.

    We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of past trade policy.

    Therefore, we, the undersigned, call on you to ensure the TPP FTA:

    1. Creates jobs in the United States and does not promote offshoring;

    2. Improves working conditions and strengthens workers’ rights at home and abroad;

    3. Allows governments to prioritize spending taxpayer funds locally; and

    4. Protects the rights of sovereign governments to make policies in the public interest, including policies with respect to clean air and water, affordable medicines and food safety.



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    Call Your Representative Today

    Tell Your Representative to Support a Constitutional Amendment

    Reach each of your representatives by calling 1-888-291-9824 for the U.S. Capitol switchboard. Ask the operator to connect you with your representative.

    Ask your member of Congress to endorse our Declaration for Democracy — a broad statement indicating support for an amendment to undo Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, as well as related court cases, that have allowed corporations and the super-wealthy to control our elections and our democratic process. Amendment language is very important, but first we need to get members of Congress to show support for the idea of an amendment as a strategy for change. The Declaration is a great first step for your member of Congress to take.

    If your member of Congress has already expressed support for an amendment, thank him or her for supporting our call for an amendment. Ask your representative to deepen his or her support by encouraging his or her colleagues to endorse the Declaration for Democracy as well.

    After you make your calls, please let us know how they went with a brief note in the comment box below. We will use your input to strategize for our campaign moving forward. Thanks so much for your activism!

    After You Call, Use the Box Below to Enter Your Representative’s Name and Tell Us Where He or She Stands

    Where Representatives Stand


    Based on amendment co-sponsorship, signatories to the Declaration for Democracy and MoveOn Sign-on Statement, and public statements:

    Support

    • Ackerman, Gary (D-NY)
    • Bass, Karen (D-CA)
    • Berman, Howard L. (D-CA)
    • Bishop, Sanford (D-GA)
    • Blumenauer, Earl (D-OR)
    • Capps, Lois (D-CA)
    • Capuano, Michael E. (D-MA)
    • Chu, Judy (D-CA)
    • Cicilline, David N. (D-RI)
    • Clarke, Yvette (D-NY)
    • Cohen, Steve (D-TN)
    • Connolly, Gerald E. "Gerry" (D-VA)
    • Conyers Jr., John (D-MI)
    • Cooper, Jim (D-TN)
    • Cummings, Elijah (D-MD)
    • DeFazio , Peter A. (D-OR)
    • DeLauro, Rosa (D-CT)
    • Deutch, Ted (D-FL)
    • Edwards, Donna (D-MD)
    • Ellison, Keith (D-MN)
    • Engel, Eliot (D-NY)
    • Eshoo, Anna G. (D-CA)
    • Farr, Sam (D-CA)
    • Fattah, Chaka (D-PA)
    • Filner, Bob (D-CA)
    • Frank, Barney (D-MA)
    • Fudge, Marcia (D-OH)
    • Graves, Tom (D-GA)
    • Green, Gene (D-TX)
    • Grijalva, Raul M. (D-AZ)
    • Hahn, Janice (D-CA)
    • Hastings, Alcee L. (D-FL)
    • Heinrich, Martin (D-NM)
    • Higgins, Brian (D-NY)
    • Himes, James (D-CT)
    • Hinchey, Maurice D. (D-NY)
    • Hirono Mazie K. (D-HI)
    • Hochul, Kathleen C. (D-NY)
    • Holt, Rush (D-NJ)
    • Honda, Michael M. (D-CA)
    • Hoyer, Steny (D-MD)
    • Jackson Jr., Jesse L. (D-IL)
    • Jackson Lee, Sheila (D-TX)
    • Johnson Jr., Henry C. "Hank" (D-GA)
    • Jones Jr., Walter B. (R-NC)
    • Kaptur, Marcy (D-OH)
    • Keating, William R. (D-MA)
    • Kucinich, Dennis (D-OH)
    • Langevin, James E. (D-RI)
    • Larson, John B. (D-CT)
    • Larson, Rick (D-WA)
    • Lee, Barbara (D-CA)
    • Lujan, Ben Ray (D-NM)
    • Maloney, Carolyn B. (D-NY)
    • Markey , Ed (D-MA)
    • McDermott, Jim (D-WA)
    • McGovern, James P. (D-MA)
    • McNerney, Jerry (D-CA)
    • Michaud, Michael (D-ME)
    • Miller, George (D-CA)
    • Moran, James P. (D-VA)
    • Murphy, Christopher (D-CT)
    • Napolitano, Grace F. (D-CA)
    • Neal, Richard (D-MA)
    • Norton, Eleanor Holmes (D-DC) (nonvoting)
    • Olver, John W. (D-MA)
    • Pallone Jr., Frank (D-NJ)
    • Pelosi, Nancy (D-CA)
    • Pingree, Chellie (D-ME)
    • Price, David E. (D-NC)
    • Rangel, Charles B. (D-NY)
    • Reyes, Silvestre (D-TX)
    • Roybal-Allard, Lucille (D-CA)
    • Rush, Bobby L. (D-IL)
    • Ryan, Tim (D-OH)
    • Sarbanes, John (D-MD)
    • Schakowsky, Janice (D-IL)
    • Schrader, Kurt (D-OR)
    • Sherman, Brad (D-CA)
    • Slaughter, Louise McIntosh (D-NY)
    • Smith, Adam (D-WA)
    • Stark, Pete (D-CA)
    • Sutton, Betty (D-OH)
    • Tierney, John F. (D-MA)
    • Van Hollen, Chris (D-MD)
    • Waxman, Henry (D-CA)
    • Welch, Peter (D-VT)
    • Wilson, Frederica (D-FL)
    • Woolsey, Lynn (D-CA)
    • Yarmouth, John (D-KY)
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    Move Your Congressperson

    Help Us Get Your Members of Congress to Combat Unlimited Secret Corporate Money in Elections

    The vast majority of Americans oppose the unlimited secret corporate money gushing into our elections.

    The next step is getting most members of Congress on board with disclosure of political spending, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and other significant reforms to undo the corporate takeover of our democracy.

    Help us get your members of Congress on board with the battle against unlimited secret corporate money in elections.

    Join us in this effort, and we’ll organize with you to reach out to your congresspeople and set a meeting for you and your friends during the August congressional recess. We’ll help you along the way by providing resources and strategizing with you on how to make your meeting effective and successful.

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    Ask your Senator for a Copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Draft Text

    Get your copy today

    The TPP has been under negotiation for three years. U.S. negotiators announced many chapters are nearly completed. And Congress and all 50 state legislatures will have to conform ALL of our laws to the TPP’s expansive rules. So, every U.S. Senator must have a copy of the TPP draft text, right? Contact your Senator to ask for your copy today!

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call 1-888-291-9824 to be connected to the Capitol switchboard.

    2. Ask to be connected with your Senator.

    3. When a staff member answers the phone, you can use this script: Hi, my name is ______ and I am a constituent of Senator _______. I would like to be sent a copy of the draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership “free trade” agreement.

    4. Let us know how your call went!

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called



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