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    Tell Ford: Go Forward, Not Backward

    Clean car standards issued by the Obama administration and once supported by Ford will slice carbon emissions and save consumers billions in fuel bills.

    But Ford and the rest of the auto industry are now working with the Trump administration to undo the biggest federal climate policy on the books — at your expense.

    You can help us stop their attack on consumers, public health and the climate by calling the company’s headquarters.

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how to call:

    1. Dial Ford’s customer hotline at (800) 392-3673. When prompted, dial 4 to be connected with a customer care representative. Then dial 5. Ignore the next two prompts and your call will be connected.

    2. Then say this to the staffer who picks up the phone:

    • Hello my name is NAME from CITY/TOWN (IF APPLICABLE: I’m a Ford owner).
    • I’m calling today because I’m concerned that Ford and the Auto Alliance are working with Trump to weaken clean car standards. Please halt these efforts and oppose any rules that would weaken fuel efficiency and increase pollution.

    3. Use the comment box below to let us know you called and how it went.

    Help us hit our goal of 500 calls. Call now!

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    Tell Congress: Don’t Gut Critical Programs to Pay for Tax Cuts for the 1%

    The Republican tax proposal is incredibly troubling.

    Its huge price tag means that funding will be slashed for programs like Medicare and Medicaid, education and more to pay for tax breaks for wealthy corporations and the rich.

    We won’t stand for any plan that hands out tax giveaways to billionaire megadonors like the Koch Brothers at the expense of working families.

    It will leave America poorer, more unequal and less able to invest in public priorities.

    Call Congress Now

    1. Dial 888-291-9824 to be connected with your member of Congress.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone: “I am calling to urge REPRESENTATIVE NAME to vote NO on the tax bill. It cuts taxes for big corporations and the wealthy while raising them for millions of middle-class families.”

    3. Use the comment box below to let us know how your call went.

    P.S. If you live in Washington, D.C., and don’t have real representation in Congress, you can still get involved this week. Click here to find out how.

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    Say You Want Massachusetts to Vote to Overturn Citizens United in 2018

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates for big money to pour into our politics like never before.

    Massachusetts can help save democracy from billionaire and Big Business takeover by getting an initiative on the 2018 ballot that calls on Congress to pass, and the state legislature to ratify, a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.

    Add Your Name to Pledge Support for the Massachusetts Constitutional Amendment Initiative

    Once you take action, you will be directed to the amendment initiative campaign website where you can sign up to volunteer to get the measure on the 2018 ballot.

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    Take the Next Step and Mobilize Your Neighbors

    Alex Azar is likely to be confirmed if he’s nominated. But you can help change that.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 15, we’re holding a webinar to teach you how to use letters to the editor in your local paper to resist Alex Azar’s nomination.

    RSVP below for our webinar on November 15 at 6pm EST and we’ll follow up with more information.

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    Tell the Senate: Alex Azar is a Bad Choice to Lead the Nation’s Health Care Programs

    Alex Azar — the former President of Big Pharma corporation Eli Lilly & Co — was nominated by Donald Trump to replace the morally bankrupt Tom Price as HHS Secretary.

    Sign below to send a message to the Senate that Americans do not want another corporate executive in Trump’s Cabinet.

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    Sign Up to Fight For the Future of Health Care in Ohio

    We need your help to take on prescription drug corporations.

    Outspending ballot initiatives and voters by 10-to-1 is easy for them, but Big Pharma doesn’t control the hearts and minds of the people.

    Sign Up Below to Join our Ohio Grassroots Team and Start Organizing For the Future of Health Care

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    Sign the Petition Opposing the U.S.-China BIT

    The U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) is a potential pact that has been under negotiation for years.

    At its core is the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system — the same corporate power grab we’ve been fighting in NAFTA for decades.

    The U.S.-China BIT would outsource jobs, reduce wages and empower Chinese multinational companies to sue the U.S. government before panels of three corporate lawyers for uncapped amounts of taxpayer money.

    Sign the Petition to the Trump Administration:

    We demand that the Trump administration withdraw the United States from negotiations on the U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).

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    Tell USA Today: Stop Spreading Climate Denial

    We, the undersigned, call on USA Today to stop giving voice to climate denial. In the past five months, you have published five op-eds by climate denialists — spreading the false impression that climate disruption is debatable. This is a huge disservice to your 7 million readers.

    We need urgent and bold action — not another platform for those obstructing a federal response to the climate crisis.

    You’re leaving the millions who trust and rely on USA Today for news coverage ill-informed and unprepared to act on climate.

    Add Your Name to Stop the Spread of Climate Lies

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    Stop Citizens United 2.0

    Urge Your Senators to Protect the Johnson Amendment

    Your senators need to hear from you that protecting the Johnson Amendment is a top priority and that unleashing more secret money into our elections — while undermining the sanctity of churches and charities — is unacceptable.

    Here’s how easy it is to call your senators:

    1. Dial (202) 224-3121. Then dial 1 to be directed to your senator. When prompted, provide your address and you will then be connected.

    2. Then say this to the staffer who picks up the phone:

    • Hello, my name is NAME from CITY/TOWN and I’m a constituent of SENATOR (NAME).
    • I’m calling today to request that SENATOR (NAME) oppose any tax bill that weakens the Johnson Amendment, which protects churches and charities from being exploited for political gain.

    3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to contact your other senator.

    4. Use the comment box below to let us know you called and how your call went.

    That’s it. Call now!

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    Tell Your Elected Officials to Pass the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act

    Prescription drug corporations continue to raise the price of medicines year after year because we let them. When Medicare Part D became law, Big Pharma got a big win by ensuring that Medicare is not allowed to negotiate lower drug prices for patients.

    The public support for Medicare negotiation is overwhelming right now — 92 percent of Americans support negotiation — but we need to make sure your elected officials hear from you directly to make this a reality.

    Email Your Elected Officials and Urge Them to Support the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act

    Where it says “Street Number and Name,” please just enter your street address.

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    Tomorrow: Join us for our Facebook Live on Ohio Issue 2

    If you’re wondering about how to talk through Ohio Issue 2 — or just curious about why Public Citizen supports it — join Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines Program, and Justin Mendoza, organizer for Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines Program, for a Facebook Live discussion.

    RSVP below and we’ll send you a reminder!

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    Tell the FEC: Require Online Ads to Disclose Who Paid for Them

    In the 2016 election, 65 percent of Americans identified the internet, or an online platform, as their leading source of information.

    Yet our outdated transparency rules — which still include references to telegrams and typewriters — don't require adequate disclaimers for online ads.

    More than three in four Americans — 78 percent — want full disclosure of who paid for political ads posted to social media platforms (according to a new Marist poll).

    That includes 80 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of Independents.

    We call on the FEC to act immediately to update regulations and require online political ads to include disclaimers identifying who paid for them.

    Add Your Name and We’ll Submit This Comment and a List of Signers to the FEC

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    Urge Your Senators to Protect Mueller and His Russia Investigation

    We deserve answers about Russian interference in our elections. And the clearest path to get them is through Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

    Now that Mueller’s work has produced indictments and a guilty plea, it’s in danger of being stopped by President Donald Trump.

    You can help protect this investigation by calling your U.S. senators now.

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected with one of your senators.

    2. Tell the staffer who answers the phone: “We deserve answers about Russian interference in our elections. I am calling to urge [Senator NAME] to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation by co-sponsoring the Special Counsel Integrity Act and the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (S. 1735 & S. 1741).”

    3. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard again at (202) 224-3121 to be connected with your other U.S. senator and repeat step 2.

    Please use the space below to let us know how your calls went.

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    Stop Citizens United 2.0

    Urge Your Senators to Protect the Johnson Amendment

    Your senators need to hear from you that protecting the Johnson Amendment is a top priority and that unleashing more secret money into our elections — while undermining the sanctity of churches and charities — is unacceptable.

    Here’s how easy it is to call your senators:

    1. Dial (202) 224-3121. Then dial 1 to be directed to your senator. When prompted, provide your address and you will then be connected.

    2. Then say this to the staffer who picks up the phone:

    • Hello, my name is NAME from CITY/TOWN and I’m a constituent of SENATOR (NAME).
    • I’m calling today to request that SENATOR (NAME) oppose any tax bill that weakens the Johnson Amendment, which protects churches and charities from being exploited for political gain.

    3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to contact your other senator.

    4. Use the comment box below to let us know you called and how your call went.

    That’s it. Call now!

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    Pledge to Vote “Yes” on Ballot Issue 2

    Ohio’s Drug Price Relief Act is up for vote on November 7. If passed, it would help limit price gouging by the pharmaceutical industry in Ohio.

    Prescription drug corporations spend big to make sure initiatives like this one fail (see our report).

    Show your support for Ballot Issue 2 by signing below, and we’ll remind you to vote closer to November 7.

    After you sign, you'll be directed to our Thunderclap page, where you can help spread the word about Ballot Issue 2 on social media.

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    Tell Your Elected Officials to Pass the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act

    Prescription drug corporations continue to raise the price of medicines year after year because we let them. When Medicare Part D became law, Big Pharma got a big win by ensuring that Medicare is not allowed to negotiate lower drug prices for patients.

    The public support for Medicare negotiation is overwhelming right now — 92 percent of Americans support negotiation — but we need to make sure your elected officials hear from you directly to make this a reality.

    Email Your Elected Officials and Urge Them to Support the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act

    Where it says “Street Number and Name,” please just enter your street address.

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    Amplify Your Impact — Call Congress Today

    Your email will help move your elected officials towards Medicare negotiation. But calling is one of the most important ways to get your point across.

    Can we count on you to take three minutes and call the Capitol switchboard with your address?

    Call: 202-224-3121 right now. Use the script below and leave a comment in the comment box to let us know how the calls went.

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    Tell Ford: Go Forward, Not Backward

    Clean car standards issued by the Obama administration and formally supported by Ford will slice carbon emissions and save consumers billions in fuel bills.

    But Ford and the rest of the auto industry are now working with the Trump administration to undo the biggest federal climate policy on the books — at your expense.

    Sign Our Petition Urging Ford to Support Clean Car Standards

    Dear Ford:

    Thanks to the clean car standards, Americans like me are saving money at the pump, breathing cleaner air and starting to ratchet down emissions from the single largest source of carbon pollution in this country.

    In 2012, you committed to meet and uphold these standards. And your chairman Bill Ford has championed the company’s commitment to tackle climate change for future generations.

    That’s why I am disturbed to see you and other automakers working with the Trump administration to undo these critical safeguards.

    Ford can’t claim to be a responsible company while it lobbies to drive us backward.

    Please drop any efforts to delay, weaken or block the clean car standards. Seize the opportunity. Go forward, not backward!

    Sincerely,

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    Attend the Secure & Protect Our Vote Tele-Town Hall

    This Thursday, don’t miss an urgent and informative election security and voting rights tele-town hall with Tom Hicks of the Election Administration Commission and other voting experts to find out what steps you can take to protect our elections before it’s too late.

    What: Secure & Protect Our Vote Tele-Town Hall
    When: Thursday, October 26, 8 p.m. Eastern
    Who: Tom Hicks, U.S. Election Administration Commission; Elena Nunez, executive director of Colorado Common Cause; Hannah Fried, co-founder of Access Democracy; others.

    RSVP Below and We’ll Follow Up With the Call-in Number

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    Tell Your Elected Officials to Pass the CREATES Act to Lower Drug Prices

    Prescription drug corporations are abusing safety rules to stop generic drug companies from getting the samples they need for FDA approval — engaging in an inhumane industry practice called REMS (risk evaluation mitigation strategies) abuse.

    Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc. used this process to block competition and keep the price of an opioid addiction treatment high, despite growing public health concerns.

    Congress can fix this injustice by passing the CREATES Act, which would stop REMS abuse, allow earlier generic competition and bring drug prices down.

    Email your elected officials urging them to pass the CREATES Act before they go home for the holidays.

    Where it says “Street Number and Name,” please just enter your street address.

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    Tell Your Senators Not to Repeal the New CFPB Rule to Hold Big Banks Accountable

    Thanks to a new rule from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Big Banks no longer can skirt accountability for cheating, conning, defrauding and plundering consumers.

    But tonight, the U.S. Senate is expected to hold a vote to repeal the rule. They need only 50 votes to make it happen, so every vote counts.

    We can WIN this fight, but only with your help.

    Please help protect this rule by calling your two senators NOW.

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected with one of your U.S. senators.

    2. Tell the staffer who answers the phone: “I am calling to ask my senator to vote NO on S.J. Res. 47, which repeals the CFPB’s arbitration rule. Consumers need more protection from Big Banks, not less.

    3. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard again at (202) 224-3121 to be connected with your other U.S. senator and repeat step 2.

    Please use the space below to let us know how your calls went.

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    Tell Your Elected Officials to Pass the CREATES Act to Lower Drug Prices

    Prescription drug corporations are abusing safety rules to stop generic drug companies from getting the samples they need for FDA approval — engaging in an inhumane industry practice called REMS (risk evaluation mitigation strategies) abuse.

    Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc. used this process to block competition and keep the price of an opioid addiction treatment high, despite growing public health concerns.

    Congress can fix this injustice by passing the CREATES Act, which would stop REMS abuse, allow earlier generic competition and bring drug prices down.

    Email your elected officials urging them to pass the CREATES Act before they go home for the holidays.

    Where it says “Street Number and Name,” please just enter your street address.

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    Amplify Your Impact: Call Your Senators Today

    Your senators are some of the most important people to call on this issue, and your voice could make all the difference.

    Can we count on you to take three minutes and call the Capitol switchboard to reach your senators? All you have to do is provide your address and you’ll be connected.

    Call: 202-224-3121 right now. Use the script below and leave a comment to let us know how your calls went.

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    Help Pass the Drain the Swamp Act (H.R.4014)

    Donald Trump once told a reporter that he “could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.”

    Trump has taken this same attitude to the White House — with various policy decisions potentially boosting his own bottom line.

    The Drain the Swamp Act (H.R.4014) would require federal agencies working on regulatory changes to identify whether the president, vice president or other top officials would personally benefit from those changes.

    It’s a vital way to shine a light on the conflicts of interests of Trump and his army of billionaire advisers.

    Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Bill

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    Demand Action on D.C. Fair Elections

    The D.C. Council still hasn’t moved our Fair Elections bill, which would empower everyday District residents — people without ties to Big Business — to run viable campaigns for office.

    We need the bill to move out of the Judiciary Committee NOW for it to pass this year.

    Tell the Council You’ve Waited Long Enough: It’s Time for Action on D.C. Fair Elections Legislation

    By taking action below, you will send an email to members of the D.C. Council demanding action on D.C. Fair Elections legislation before it’s too late.

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    Tell FERC to Reject Trump’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout

    Dear Chairman Chatterjee,

    We write to urge you to reject Trump’s radical scheme to bail out coal and nuclear plants.

    The Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposal would saddle consumers with billions in bailout costs by guaranteeing profit for uneconomical coal and nuclear plants.

    This directive by the DOE is shameless in picking losing industries and forcing households to pay for expensive coal and nuclear at the expense of efficient and affordable wind and solar.

    And it does so with no justification.

    The DOE’s half-hearted rationale for the proposal — to shore up the reliability of our nation’s electrical grid — has been dismissed by a number of market experts and by the DOE itself. An August report released by the agency found that "reliability is adequate today despite the retirement of 11 percent of the generating capacity available in 2002, as significant additions from natural gas, wind, and solar have come online since then."

    This is a proposal based on political alliances, not market imperatives.

    The Trump administration’s agenda to bring back coal and make nuclear “cool again” has no place before this agency. As an independent regulator of electricity markets, your mandate is to ensure just and reasonable rates for consumers, not to feed the political whims of this administration.

    This proposal is costly and without merit, and any further consideration is a reprehensible waste of taxpayer dollars.

    As a taxpayer and electricity consumer, I call on you to reject this proposal.

    Add Your Name and We’ll Submit Your Comment Before the October 23 Deadline

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    Tell Vanguard to Support Transparency at First Shareholder Meeting Since Citizens United

    When your retirement savings are held by Vanguard, you allow it to vote on your behalf on decisions at some of the world’s largest companies.

    Unfortunately, Vanguard is voting to allow companies to continue to spend unchecked money in politics.

    This month, Vanguard will hold its first shareholder meeting since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates for corporations to spend unlimited secret money in our elections.

    Tell Vanguard it should vote to push companies to be honest about the money they spend influencing politics and impacting policies that range from climate change and public safety to human rights and health care.

    Sign the Petition and We’ll Deliver it During Vanguard’s Shareholder Meeting

    We, the undersigned, urge Vanguard to always vote in favor of political spending and lobbying disclosure proposals.

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    Demand a Clean Budget With No Riders

    President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are laying the groundwork to cut Medicare, Medicaid and public education to pay for tax cuts for Big Business and ultra-rich donors.

    On top of that, poison pill riders attacking essential public protections are threatening the budget process.

    This is backward: Our nation’s budget should be focused on protecting and investing in our families and communities, not giving corporate handouts to campaign donors.

    Call your senator at the number below. When the staff answers the phone, say this:

    “Please vote NO on the Senate budget resolution. Don’t cut Medicare, Medicaid, or education to pay for tax breaks for the rich and corporations. Keep the budget process clean from corporate giveaways and poison pill policy riders.”

    Alaska Sen. Murkowski (907) 271-3735
    Arizona    Sen. McCain (602) 952-2410
    Maine        Sen. Collins (207) 945-0417
    Mississippi Sen. Cochran (601) 965-4459
    Montana Sen. Tester (406) 252-0550
    New Hampshire Sen. Shaheen (603) 750-3004
    Nevada Sen. Heller (702) 388-6605
    Ohio Sen. Portman (513) 684-3265
    Pennsylvania Sen. Toomey (570) 941-3540
    South Carolina Sen. Graham (864) 646-4090
    Tennessee Sen. Corker (615) 279-8125
    West Virginia Sen. Capito (304) 347-5372
    West Virginia Sen. Manchin (304) 342-5855
    All Other States (202) 224-3121

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    Urge Your Members of Congress to Protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller

    With the Russia investigation reaching a fever pitch, Donald Trump could make good on his threat to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    That’s why — in a highly unusual display of bipartisanship — Republicans and Democrats have joined together to introduce legislation that protects against the firing of Special Counsel Mueller.

    We need your help to ensure your representatives are on board with the effort to protect Special Counsel Mueller and safeguard our democracy from obstruction of justice.

    Here’s how easy it is to call your members of Congress (follow these steps and repeat so both your senators and representatives hear from you):

    1. Dial (202) 224-3121. Then dial 1 to be connected to your senator and 2 to be connected to your representative. When prompted, provide your address and you will then be connected.

    2. Then say this to the staffer who picks up the phone:

    “Hello, my name is NAME from CITY/TOWN and I’m a constituent of REPRESENTATIVE / SENATOR (NAME). I’m calling today to request that REPRESENTATIVE / SENATOR (NAME) protect the Russia collusion investigation by supporting the new, bipartisan legislation to stop Donald Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Thank you for your time.”

    3. Fill out the form below to let us know you called and tell us how your calls went.

    That’s it. Call now!

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    Let Us Know That You Have Done Your Part

    Thank you for taking action to help get the Florida Voting Restoration Amendment on the 2018 ballot!

    Once you have downloaded and mailed in your petition, please fill out the form below so we know how many signatures were generated.

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    Restore the Ability to Vote in Florida

    A grassroots movement is building in Florida to place a state Voting Restoration Amendment on the 2018 ballot and restore voting rights to felons who have served their time — and you have the power to help.

    Print, sign, and mail in the ballot petition to help put this vital amendment before Florida voters.

    Sign the petition in English >>

    Firme la petición en Español >>

    Once you have downloaded the petition, print it out, sign it, and return it via U.S. mail to:

    Floridians for a Fair Democracy, Inc.
    3000 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd, Suite 503
    Clearwater, FL 33759

    Make sure to fill out all of the required fields — incomplete forms will not be counted.

    Once You Have Downloaded the Petition, Submit the Form Below to Let Us Know That You Have Done Your Part

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    Pledge to Vote “Yes” on Ballot Issue 2

    Ohio’s Drug Price Relief Act is up for vote on November 7. If passed, it would help limit price gouging by the pharmaceutical industry in Ohio.

    Prescription drug corporations spend big to make sure initiatives like this one fail (see our report).

    Show your support for Ballot Issue 2 by signing below, and we’ll remind you to vote closer to November 7.

    After you sign, you'll be directed to our Thunderclap page, where you can help spread the word about Ballot Issue 2 on social media.

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    Take a Stand Against Forced Arbitration

    Protect Your Legal Rights When Facing Bank Misconduct

    Financial companies, including Equifax and Wells Fargo, use fine print language — rip-off clauses — in their consumer contracts to take away our right to hold them accountable for wrongdoing.

    Under a new Consumer Financial Protect Bureau (CFPB) rule, consumers ripped off by Big Banks would be able to participate in class-action lawsuits. This gives consumers a much better chance at justice.

    However, some in Congress are trying to stop this rule, handing a virtual get-out-of-jail-free card to companies like Equifax and Wells Fargo.

    Sign Our Petition Telling the U.S. Senate to Protect the New CFPB Rule Protecting Consumers From Forced Arbitration

    Consumers like me already face a stacked deck when we try to hold financial giants like Equifax or Wells Fargo accountable for their actions. But now some in Congress are moving to take away our right to join together to challenge them in court.

    I support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's arbitration rule, which restores our legal rights and makes our financial system stronger and safer. As U.S. senators, you should stand with consumers like me, NOT financial giants trying to get away with widespread harm. Please vote NO on S.J. Res. 47.

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    Amplify Your Impact: Call Your Senators Today

    Your senators are some of the most important people to call on this issue, and your voice could make all the difference.

    Can we count on you to take three minutes and call the Capitol switchboard to reach your senators? All you have to do is provide your address and you’ll be connected.

    Call: 202-224-3121 right now. Use the script below and leave a comment to let us know how your calls went.

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    Tell Your Senators: Pass the CREATES Act to Lower Drug Prices!

    Every year, pharmaceutical corporations abuse a program intended to help keep consumers safe — wasting taxpayers $5.4 billion.

    As constituents, we must call on our senators to support the CREATES Act so we can put Big Pharma’s abuse in check and lower prescription drug prices.

    Add Your Name Below to Ask Your Senators to Support the CREATES Act Today

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    Amplify your impact – call your Senators today

    Your Senator is one of the most important people to call on this issue, and your voice could be the one that makes all the difference.

    Can we count on you to take three minutes and call the Capitol switchboard with your address?

    Call: 202-224-3121 right now. Use the script below and comment to let us know how the call went.

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    San Antonio Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Community Event

    Join Our Panel Discussion on Climate Change, Developing a San Antonio Plan and How the Community Can Help

    Ever since San Antonio adopted a sustainability plan that doesn’t include climate goals, people have been asking for a climate action plan.

    Thanks to people like you, it’s finally happening!

    The San Antonio City Council, the city manager, the Office of Sustainability, the University of Texas at San Antonio, CPS Energy and community advocates are now on the same page: Working together to adopt a robust plan with ambitious goals that will ensure San Antonio does its part to address the global climate change crisis and provide necessary protections to enable the community to cope with current and projected climate effects.

    This is no small task and we need your help. We need your ideas, your connections and a bit of your time.

    This plan will affect everyone in the San Antonio community, so we want to engage as many people as possible in its development.

    Please join us for a panel discussion about climate change and developing a climate action and adaptation plan for San Antonio.

    WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 10

    WHERE: University of the Incarnate Word, J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Special Collections Room, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio

    Panelists:

    • Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, San Antonio City Council lead on climate action planning
    • Associate Professor Hazem Rashed-Ali, UTSA School of Architecture, UTSA lead on climate action planning
    • Professor Kerry Cook, UT Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, climate scientist
    • Sister Martha Ann Kirk, professor at the University of the Incarnate Word

    There will be lots of time for Q&A, as well as a reception with refreshments.

    Join the Facebook event to get updates and connect with other engaged San Antonians.

    RSVP Now So We Know How Many People to Expect

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    Thank You For Taking Action! Now Take the Next Step

    Join the #MissionMonday Thunderclap to Protect the Johnson Amendment

    We need your help to make the anti-Johnson amendment rider too controversial to leave in the final bill or to add to any other bill.

    Please help us get the word out by participating in our social media Thunderclap campaign. You can take action anytime before September 25, at 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, 12 p.m. MT, 11 a.m. PT.

    Let Us Know You Joined the Thunderclap!

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    Tell Your Senators: Protect the Johnson Amendment

    Some far right lawmakers are trying to do away with the Johnson Amendment — a longstanding rule that prohibits billionaires and corporate fat cats from turning their secret political spending into charitable tax write-offs. And they’re getting closer than ever to doing just that.

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a funding bill that includes a dangerous rider weakening the Johnson Amendment — effectively permitting churches to become secret money funnels into our elections.

    We need your help to urge your senators not to pass any bill containing riders that target the Johnson Amendment.

    Email Your Senators Now

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    Texas Climate Change Tour

    Learn the Facts and Organize for a Livable Climate

    We’ve embarked on a Texas Climate Change Tour to raise awareness about how climate change is and will continue to affect our state.

    The fact is, Texas is already struggling with climate impacts and there’s much more to come… More killer hurricanes, more parching droughts, more deadly heat waves and wildfires, more record-breaking floods.

    If we are to avoid the worst of climate change, now is the time to act.

    We need action in every corner of the state to take on this global crisis and its damaging impact on Texas cities.

    If we don’t have a tour stop scheduled in your city or town, or if you missed an event near you that’s passed, just register below to get involved and we can coordinate.

    Tour stops:

    September 25: Marfa
    September 26: Alpine
    September 27: Midland
    September 29: Amarillo
    September 30: Wichita Falls
    October 2: Fort Worth
    October 3: College Station
    October 6: Georgetown
    October 10: San Antonio
    TBA Houston
    TBA Galveston
    TBA Bay City
    TBA Port Lavaca
    TBA Dallas
    TBA Lubbock

    Check back here for up-to-date event information.

    Sign Up to Act on Climate Change

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    Join Us and Rally to Protect Youth From Alcohol Ads on NYC Public Transit

    Together we will send a message to the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) that selling out our city’s youth and compromising public health by allowing alcohol ads in the public transportation system puts Metro on the wrong track.

    What:      Rally to urge the MTA to eliminate alcohol ads from the New York City public transit system
    When:     8:30 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, September 27
    Where:    New York City MTA Headquarters (2 Broadway, New York, N.Y.)

    RSVP below if you can join us.

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    Don’t Gut Our Safety Net to Pay for Tax Cuts for the 1%

    The recent tax and budget proposals from President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are incredibly troubling.

    They seek to cut funding for programs like Social Security, Medicaid, education, medical research, Meals on Wheels and road repairs to pay for tax breaks for wealthy corporations and the rich.

    We won’t stand for any plan that slashes taxes for billionaire mega-donors like the Koch Brothers at the expense of working families.

    It will leave America poorer, more unequal and less able to invest in public priorities.

    Send an Email to Your Senators Asking Them Not to Cut Taxes for the Wealthy

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    Which Social Media Platforms Do You Use?

    Check the box next to the platform(s) you use.

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    Call Governor Dannel Malloy

    Urge Him to Save Connecticut’s Citizens' Election Program

    Politicians in Hartford are trying to hand our democracy back over to big money interests.

    The legislature just passed a budget that seeks to eliminate Connecticut’s landmark Citizens’ Election Program (CEP), which limits special interest influence in our elections.

    We need your help to stop them by ensuring Governor Dannel Malloy vetoes this disastrous budget.

    Here’s how easy it is to call Governor Malloy:

    1. Dial 800-406-1527. You will then be redirected to Governor Malloy’s office.

    2. Then say this to the staffer who picks up the phone: “My name is _______. I’m calling to ensure that the Citizens' Election Program is preserved and fully funded in any budget the governor signs. As a Connecticut voter, I'm concerned that the budget sent to your desk would eliminate our state's landmark public financing system that lets candidates fund their campaigns without selling out to wealthy special interests. The CEP sets an example for the rest of the nation to follow — and rolling it back now would take our state in the wrong direction.”

    3. Fill out the form below to let us know you called and tell us how your call went.

    That’s it. Call now!

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    Save Connecticut’s Citizens' Election Program

    BREAKING: Politicians in Hartford are trying to hand our democracy back over to big money interests.

    The legislature just passed a budget that seeks to eliminate Connecticut’s landmark Citizens’ Election Program (CEP), which limits special interest influence in our elections.

    We need your help to stop them by ensuring Governor Dannel Malloy vetoes this disastrous budget.

    Send an Email to Gov. Malloy Demanding That He Protect the CEP

    By taking action below, you will send an email to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Don’t Let Trump’s Wall Street “Regulators” Gut Critical Wall Street Protections

    Help Defend a Rule that Protect Your Bank Deposits

    The Volcker Rule was created after the Great Recession of 2008 to prevent banks from gambling with taxpayer-backed deposits.

    Now President Donald Trump’s “regulators” are seeking out ways to gut this important protection and are asking the public for suggestions.

    Submit a comment to the Comptroller of the Currency to help ensure the bulk of these “suggestions” encourage Trump’s regulators to enforce and strengthen the rule — not gut it.

    Stand Up for Wall Street Reform by Sending in Your Comment Today

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    Support Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All Legislation

    U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders just announced introduction of his single-payer, Medicare-for-All legislation.

    Last year, Sanders had zero co-sponsors.

    This year, there are 16 — and we’re going to make sure that number grows.

    It is long past time for the United States to catch up to the rest of the industrialized world and ensure that everyone has a right to health care, regardless of ability to pay.

    Add Your Name

    I support Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All legislation and believe every American should be able to obtain the health care they need, without regard to ability to pay.

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    Sham Voting Commission Members Must Resign

    Trump convened the sham voting commission as a response to his made-up claim that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

    12 people serve on this commission, including five Democrats.

    Absolutely no one should lend legitimacy to Trump’s attempt to assault voting rights and undermine our democracy.

    Add Your Name Now

    We, the undersigned, demand that Trump’s voter suppression commission members step down before any more anti-voter ploys are plotted.

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    Tell ABC to Cover Climate

    As predicted, climate change is making storms like Hurricane Harvey and Irma more deadly.

    By ignoring this fact and remaining silent about the connection between climate disruption and extreme weather events, ABC is contributing to an increasingly dangerous environment of climate denial in the U.S.

    And the network is leaving the hundreds of thousands who trust and rely on the network for news coverage ill-informed and unprepared to act on climate.

    Add Your Name to Demand ABC Break Its Storm of Silence on Climate Change

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    Call Members of the Sham Voting Commission and Urge Them to Resign

    Please take a moment to urge the following commission members to resign before any more anti-voter ploys are plotted.

    Bill Gardner, secretary of state of New Hampshire (D): (603) 271-3242

    Matthew Dunlap, secretary of state of Maine (D): (207) 626-8400

    David Dunn, firner Arkansas state representative (D): (870) 270-1970

    Mark Rhodes, clerk of Wood County, West Virginia (D): (304) 424-1850

    Alan King, probate judge, Jefferson County, Alabama (D): (205) 325-5203

    Connie Lawson, secretary of state of Indiana (R): (317) 232-6531

    Ken Blackwell, former secretary of state of Ohio (R): 1 (800) 225-4008

    Christy McCormick, commissioner, U.S. Election Assistance Commission (R): (301) 563-3919

    Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow, The Heritage Foundation (R): (202) 546-4400

    J. Christian Adams, president and general counsel, Public Interest Legal Foundation (R): (317) 203-5599

    Use the Script Below, but Feel Free to Put the Message in Your Own Words!

    • Hi, this is [your name], and I’d like to speak to or leave a message for [member’s name] about Trump’s election commission.
    • Trump convened the commission as a response to his made-up claim that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election.
    • We need to break down obstacles to voting and build a democracy truly of, by and for the people.
    • Please quit the commission and stop lending legitimacy to Trump’s attempt to assault voting rights and undermine our democracy.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Tell Eli Lilly: Make insulin affordable!

    Pharma company Eli Lilly made $100 million more on Humalog insulin sales to Medicaid in 2016 than in 2015, despite the fact that the product is more than 20 years old.

    We’re calling on Eli Lilly to be transparent about its costs and profits, and to lower the price of insulin so that everyday people can afford this life-saving treatment.

    Sign below if you’d like to see Eli Lilly clean up its business practices and protect the health of those who depend on the company’s products to live.

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    Will You Join Us and Rally for Insulin for All?

    Help us tell Eli Lilly to make insulin — a nearly 100-year-old treatment — affordable. We will be on Eli Lilly’s doorstep from 1-3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 9, to make our voices heard.

    We will call on Eli Lilly to make this lifesaving treatment more accessible and stop price gouging people with diabetes.

    RSVP below if you’ll join our rally at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday, September 9, at Eli Lilly Headquarters

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    Support the Clean Missouri Initiative Campaign

    The Clean Missouri campaign is working to get an initiative on the November 2018 ballot that would drastically improve the democratic process across the state.

    If passed, the Clean Missouri ballot initiative would reduce lobbying, limit big money in state politics, increase transparency, slow the revolving door and ensure district maps are drawn fairly.

    Add Your Name to Say You’re On Board for Getting the Clean Missouri Initiative on the Ballot

    Signing here does not constitute a legal signature in support of the ballot initiative, which requires a physical signature.

    We’ll notify everyone who signs here of opportunities to sign the official petition and take action.

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    Speak Out to Protect Our Air and Wallets

    Attend the EPA Public Hearing on Clean Car Standards

    When: 9 a.m., Wednesday, September 6

    Where: Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, D.C.

    The hearing will end when all parties present who wish to speak have had an opportunity to do so.

    For more information: See the EPA Notice

    If you choose to speak, may we suggest any variation of the following:

    I oppose the EPA’s move to reopen the previously finalized review of fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks. Americans depend on the EPA to protect us from the harmful pollution that worsens climate change — and the corporate polluters who put their profits before the health of all Americans.

    These standards reduce oil consumption and carbon pollution, and have already saved Americans more than $44 billion at the pump since they went into effect.

    We need to keep moving forward and ensure that all cars and trucks are getting more efficient over time — it’s good for the environment, consumers’ pocketbooks and American energy security. Don’t weaken the vehicle efficiency standards.

    RSVP to Attend Below So We Know How Many People to Expect

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    Thank You For Taking Action! Now Take the Next Step

    Attend Our Election Cybersecurity Call

    We need your help to befriend and persuade YOUR local elections officials to opt for voting systems with voter verified paper ballots and "double check" audits to keep our elections secure.

    What:      Election Cybersecurity Call with campaign leads and election cybersecurity expert(s)
    When:     8 p.m. Eastern, Thursday, September 7
    Call-in Number:    (641) 715-3865; Code:    137016

    RSVP Below So We Know How Many People to Expect

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    Help Protect Federal Whistleblowers

    Add Your Name to Our Open Letter to Trump and Members of Congress on Whistleblower Protections

    Strong whistleblower protections are a critical part of government accountability, from draining bureaucratic swamps to exposing and stopping various forms of corruption.

    That’s why Congress has unanimously voted four times in the past to reform our whistleblower system.

    We’re calling on you once again to come together to strengthen federal whistleblower protections.

    The absence of some badly needed protections is almost certainly discouraging federal whistleblowers from coming forward. For example, whistleblowers do not have a guarantee for due process to protect their free speech rights. They are limited to administrative hearings at the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), which, among other issues, lacks a sufficient quorum to even issue a ruling.

    We can make our system more effective by:

    • Granting employees the right to a jury trial in federal court;
    • Giving whistleblowers the right to challenge retaliatory investigations;
    • Extending employment anti-retaliation rights to shield against all criminal and civil liability;
    • Extending temporary relief to whistleblowers whenever they prove a prima facie case of retaliation;
    • Ensuring whistleblowers have access to appeals courts to challenge MSPB decisions;
    • Ensuring that each Office of Inspector General has a whistleblower ombudsman;
    • Requiring accountability through discipline to prevent unjust retaliation on whistleblowers; and
    • Shielding employees by allowing them to refuse to violate illegal regulations.

    Each month that these protections aren’t in place has real consequences for uncovering threats to public safety, taxpayer rip-offs and more. Please pass an updated version of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act without delay.

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    Demand Secure Elections Free from Computer Error or Outside Interference

    Our elections don’t work unless our votes are being counted as cast.

    Our legislators must provide funding to states so that:

    • Every vote has a paper record.
    • Every machine-counted result can be double checked.
    • Every precinct’s machines are up to date.

    Add Your Name Now to Tell Elected Officials in All 50 States:

    We need paper ballots that can’t be hacked (machines can do the counting but they shouldn’t do the voting), a system to double check the vote count and up to date machines at every precinct.

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    Help Stop Trump’s Tax Cuts for the Super-Rich

    Public Citizen members are taking action to stop Donald Trump’s plan to cut taxes for the superrich and big corporations at the expense of working families.

    Whether it’s calling Congress, attending rallies or staying active online, your advocacy is critical.

    Let Us Know How You Can Help Stop Trump’s Dangerous Tax Giveaway

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    Thank You For Pledging to Restore the Vote: Now Take the Next Step

    We need all hands on deck to get the Florida second chances initiative on the ballot.

    If you are willing to get more involved in this effort, sign up below and we will add you to our Florida for Democracy email list where you will receive campaign updates about opportunities to plug in.

    Fill Out the Below Form to Join Our Florida For Democracy List and Help Restore The Vote to Nearly 1.5 Million Floridians

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    Call Governor Bruce Rauner

    Urge Him to Bring Automatic Voter Registration to Illinois

    Automatic voter registration would make it easier for up to 1 million Illinois voters to participate in our democracy, reducing one barrier to participation by providing more efficient ways for eligible voters to become registered.

    The bill to implement this crucial program passed unanimously in the state House and Senate, and it’s been in Governor Bruce Rauner’s hands for months now. He needs to hear from constituents like you about the need to sign this bill into law without any further delay.

    Here’s how easy it is to call Governor Rauner:

    1. Dial 855-980-1989. You will then be redirected to Governor Rauner’s office.

    2. Then say this to the staffer who picks up the phone: “My name is _______. I’m calling because I believe that the right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy and that every Illinoisan has the fundamental right to have their voice heard. I was excited to hear that our Automatic Voter Registration bill (SB1933) passed unanimously out of both Houses of the General Assembly and I strongly urge the Governor to sign this crucial bill into law without any further delay.”

    3. Fill out the form below to let us know you called and tell us how your call went.

    That’s it. Call now!

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    No Official Trump Enemies List in America

    Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department is seeking the IP addresses of every person who visited a website devoted to Trump inauguration protests.

    If enforced, this shockingly overbroad request would deter many Americans from exercising their First Amendment rights.

    They will fear that the price of dissent is surveillance and harassment.

    Add Your Name Now

    Attorney General Sessions,

    We are writing to demand you rescind the Department of Justice request for the IP addresses of every person who visited DisruptJ20.org, a website associated with Inauguration Day protests.

    The department’s request is shockingly overbroad.

    Americans have a right to know they can look at dissenting material without fear of a visit from the FBI or a call from federal prosecutors.

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    Join Us and Rally For Insulin For All

    Help us tell Eli Lilly to make insulin — a nearly 100-year-old treatment — affordable. We will be on Eli Lilly’s doorstep from 1-3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 9, to make our voices heard.

    We will call on Eli Lilly to make this lifesaving treatment more accessible and stop price gouging people with diabetes.

    RSVP below if you’ll join our rally at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday, September 9, at Eli Lilly Headquarters

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    It’s Time for a Strong San Antonio Climate Action Plan

    Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Local Air Pollution While Improving Quality of Life

    Cities have an important role to play in combating the global climate crisis. Developing a strong climate action plan is crucial.

    Determining the current level of greenhouse gases coming from your city, setting goals for reducing — or even eliminating — those emissions and developing specific action items that will lead to greenhouse gas reductions can make a significant impact.

    Once such a climate action plan is developed, the focus will turn to implementing those action items.

    Throughout every step of this process, public involvement is critical. Your ideas, your life experiences and your vision for what a sustainable community should look like can help San Antonio craft the strong climate action plan we need.

    Help us push San Antonio city officials to get serious about developing a climate action plan alongside San Antonio residents like you.

    Email the Mayor and City Council Now

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    Renewed Attack on Texas Trees

    Texas Senate Swings Its Ax Again

    The Texas Senate is relentless in its attack on trees.

    The House didn’t go for the last anti-tree bill the Senate passed (SB 14), so the Senate added a dose of crazy to House Bill 7.

    This bill started as a compromise, but it’s been transformed into a clear-cutter’s dream. Cities trying to protect their urban forests would be left with no tools to do so. Developers would be allowed to cut down almost any tree and replace it with a little sapling.

    They make a profit and move on. We’re left to live with the consequences for decades.

    More than 100 Texas cities have rules to protect mature trees from destruction. These laws make our communities more attractive and livable.

    The Texas Senate doesn’t seem to understand that, so the House is our last line of defense. Encourage your state representative to stand strong against the anti-tree bullies in the Senate.

    Email Your State Representative Now

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    Renewed Attack on Texas Trees

    Texas Senate Swings Its Ax Again,

    The Texas Senate is relentless in its attack on trees.

    The House didn’t go for the last anti-tree bill the Senate passed (SB 14), so the Senate added a dose of crazy to House Bill 7.

    This bill started as a compromise, but it’s been transformed into a clear-cutter’s dream. Cities trying to protect their urban forests would be left with no tools to do so. Developers would be allowed to cut down almost any tree and replace it with a little sapling.

    They make a profit and move on. We’re left to live with the consequences for decades.

    More than 100 Texas cities have rules to protect mature trees from destruction. These laws make our communities more attractive and livable.

    The Texas Senate doesn’t seem to understand that, so the House is our last line of defense. Encourage your state representative to stand strong against the anti-tree bullies in the Senate.

    Email the Your State Representative Now

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    Petition Opposing the ISDS ‘Corporate Power Grab’ in NAFTA

    Dear Representative,

    Deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) give multinational corporations the power to sue the U.S. government in front of a tribunal of three corporate lawyers. These lawyers can order U.S. taxpayers to pay the corporations unlimited sums of money, including for the loss of expected future profits.

    The multinational corporations need only to convince the lawyers that a law protecting public health or the environment violates their special NAFTA rights. The corporate lawyers' decisions are not subject to appeal.

    This corporate power grab is formally called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

    There is one clear litmus test to judge whether NAFTA or any agreement is designed to benefit people or if it has been hijacked by special interests to expand corporate power: Does the deal include ISDS?

    Please commit to oppose any NAFTA renegotiation or any other agreement that includes ISDS.

    Add Your Name Below

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    Watch Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach at Netroots Nation

    RSVP or Sign Up for a Video of the Panel Discussion Below

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    Help Encourage Solar in Texas by Outlawing Discriminatory Fees for Solar Customers

    Support Representative Pickett’s Pro-Energy Democracy Bill

    Texas utilities have joined a growing trend of attacking onsite solar by trying to make customers with solar at their homes and businesses pay extra fees or higher rates.

    These attacks are bad for the environment, bad for those trying to use solar to reduce bills and bad for the Texas economy.

    We need a state law that makes it clear that utilities can’t discriminate against customers for using solar to reduce their demand on the electric grid.

    Texas Rep. Joe Pickett filed a bill to do just that, but the bill has not yet received a public hearing.

    Take action to help advance this bill to encourage the use of solar in Texas, not stifle it.

    Email the Texas House of Representatives State Affairs Committee Now

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    Scott Pruitt is Attempting to Dismantle Vital Climate Protections

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced that methane pollution standards will be delayed for at least two more years.

    Stalling standards to reduce oil and gas industry pollution is dangerous — and the EPA even admitted it.

    It’s time to raise our voice against Pruitt’s actions which blatantly prioritize the profits of the worst actors in the oil and gas industry over the health and safety of the public and our planet.

    Send Comments to the EPA NOW to Demand Protection from Unchecked Methane Pollution

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    Scott Pruitt is Putting Our Kids and Climate at Risk

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced that methane pollution standards will be delayed for at least two more years.

    Stalling standards to reduce oil and gas industry pollution is dangerous — and the EPA even admitted it.

    Exposure to harmful pollution robs our children of their right to a healthy future. Methane is also an incredibly powerful greenhouse gas, so unchecked emissions put our climate at risk.

    It’s time to raise our voice against Pruitt’s actions which blatantly prioritize the profits of the worst actors in the oil and gas industry over the health and safety of the public and our planet.

    We cannot allow corporate polluters to drive the conversation around our health. It’s time to stand up for every American’s right to clean, healthy air.

    Email Scott Pruitt Now to Demand Protection from Unchecked Methane Pollution

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    Florida: Say Yes to Second Chances

    Florida is one of only three states with a lifetime ban on voting.

    In the next election, we have an opportunity to fix that.

    We can amend the state's constitution with a ballot initiative that would modernize Florida’s criminal justice rules by bringing the state in line with others nationwide — restoring the vote to Floridians who have done their time and paid their debt to society.

    Add Your Name to Say You’re On Board for Restoring the Ability to Vote to Nearly 1.5 Million Floridians

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    Reject a Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich

    Donald Trump’s tax plan would slash taxes on billionaire megadonors like the Koch Brothers and corporate fat cats like Goldman Sachs alumnus Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

    It will leave America poorer, more unequal and less able to invest in public priorities.

    Add Your Name Now

    We the People call on Congress to reject Donald Trump’s corporate giveaway tax plan.

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    Pledge to Take to the Streets if Trump Fires Mueller

    Any day now, Donald Trump could fire special counsel Robert Mueller — the man investigating Trump and his inner circle’s potential ties to Russia.

    If that happens, we need to be ready.

    Add Your Name to Pledge to Join a Rapid Response Action if Trump Fires Mueller

    By taking the pledge, you will be redirected to a webpage where you can find a rapid response event near you or create your own to be added to the distributed events map.

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    Stop the Attack on Texas Trees

    Over 100 Texas cities have rules to protect mature trees from destruction. Trees make our cities more livable by helping residents save money on air conditioning and helping weather the storms by reducing flooding.

    But just this week, the Texas Senate passed SB 14, which would prohibit cities and property owner associations from enforcing tree protection ordinances.

    Developers shouldn’t have the right to cut down trees that are providing valuable services to communities. That just shifts their cost of doing business onto the rest of us.

    The bill is now up for a vote in the House Urban Affair Committee. We must stop it in its tracks to ensure powerful developers and the lawmakers they have bought don’t get their way.

    Email the House Urban Affairs Committee Now

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    Speak Out Against Citizens United 2.0.

    Various Congressional Republicans voted to pass a financial services funding bill with a rider that weakens the Johnson Amendment — a longstanding rule that prohibits billionaires and corporate fat cats from turning their secret political spending into charitable tax write-offs.

    Johnson Amendment repeal would effectively unleash Citizens United 2.0 on our democracy.

    Tell These Congress Members How You Feel About Their Move to Subject Elections to a New Tsunami of Secret and Unaccountable Money

    By taking action below, you will send an email to the members of the appropriations committee who voted to undermine the Johnson Amendment. Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Our Seniors Shouldn’t Sacrifice their Rights to Protect Corporate Profits

    Less than a year ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began requiring nursing homes that receive taxpayer funds to stop forcing residents to waive their legal rights when they sign admissions contracts. 

    But the new leadership at CMS under Donald Trump is preparing to strip residents of this right. 

    Sign the Petition to Congress: Tell CMS to Protect the Rights of Our Elderly Loved Ones

    We, the undersigned, call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to uphold its prohibition on binding pre-dispute (“forced”) arbitration agreements in nursing homes and long-term care facility contracts as enacted by the “Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities” (81 FR 68688; 42 CFR 483.70(n)) in 2016.

    Admitting a loved one to a nursing home is an emotional, stressful, and confusing time for residents and their families, and they are unlikely to be able to fully appreciate the critical rights they are giving up by entering into binding pre-dispute arbitration. CMS must safeguard our most vulnerable population from having to sacrifice their consumer protections and patient rights in order to receive necessary medical care and treatment provided by nursing homes.

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    Tell Your State’s Election Official: “Protect My Voting Information From Trump's Voter Suppression Commission”

    While 22 states have already spoken out against the Trump-Kobach voter suppression commission's initial request for your voting information, many have agreed to partially comply.

    And as of tonight, Kris Kobach sent states a second request.

    We need each and every state to deny this unprecedented and potentially illegal request for your voting data entirely.

    Click here to see where your state’s election official stands and use the information below to contact them immediately. Once they pick up the phone, tell them this:

    “I’m calling to demand that [election official name] completely decline Kris Kobach’s request for personal voting information — both information shielded from disclosure and publicly available information. We should be opting out of this effort entirely.”

    Secretary of State -- Alabama   John Merrill 334-242-7200
    Lieutenant Governor -- Alaska Byron Mallott 907-269-7460
    Secretary of State -- Arizona Michele Reagan 602-542-4285
    Secretary of State -- Arkansas Mark Martin 501-682-1010
    Secretary of State -- California Alex Padilla 916-653-7244
    Secretary of State -- Colorado Wayne Williams 303-894-2200
    Secretary of State -- Connecticut Denise Merrill 860-509-6200
    State Commissioner of Elections -- Delaware Elaine Manlove 302-739-4277
    Secretary of the District of Columbia Lauren Vaughn 202-727-6306
    Secretary of State -- Florida Ken Detzner 850-245-6524
    Secretary of State -- Georgia Brian Kemp 404-656-2881
    Chief Election Officer -- Hawaii Scott Nago 808-453-8683
    Secretary of State -- Idaho Lawerence Denney 208-334-2300
    Executive Director, Board of Elections -- Illinois Steve Sandvoss 217-782-4141
    Secretary of State -- Indiana Connie Lawson 317-232-6536
    Secretary of State -- Iowa Paul Pate 515-281-6230
    Secretary of State -- Kansas Kris Kobach 785-296-4564
    Secretary of State -- Kentucky Alison Lundergan-Grimes 502-564-3490
    Secretary of State -- Louisiana Tom Schedler 225-922-2880
    Secretary of State -- Maine Matt Dunlap 207-626-8400
    Administrator of Elections -- Maryland Linda Lamone 410-269-2840
    Secretary of State -- Massachusetts William Glavin 617-727-9180
    Secretary of State -- Michigan Ruth Johnson 517-373-2510
    Secretary of State -- Minnesota Steve Simon 651-201-1324
    Secretary of State -- Mississippi Delbert Hosemann 601-359-1350
    Secretary of State -- Missouri Jay Ashcroft 573-751-4936
    Secretary of State -- Montana Corey Stapleton 406-444-2034
    Secretary of State -- Nebraska John Gale 402-471-2554
    Secretary of State -- Nevada Barbara Cegavske 775-684-5708
    Secretary of State -- New Hampshire Bill Gardner 603-271-3242
    Lieutenant Governor -- New Jersey Kim Guadagno 609-292-6000
    Secretary of State -- New Mexico Maggie Toulouse 505-827-3600
    Co-Directors, Board of Elections -- New York Todd, Robert Valentine, Brehm 518-474-8100
    Director, Board of Elections -- North Carolina Kim Westbrook-Strach 919-733-7173
    Secretary of State -- North Dakota Alvin Jaeger 701-328-2900
    Secretary of State -- Ohio Jon Husted 614-466-2655
    Secretary of Board of Elections -- Oklahoma Paul Ziriax 405-521-2391
    Secretary of State -- Oregon Dennis Richardson 503-986-1523
    Secretary of State -- Pennsylvania Pedro Cortés 717-787-6458
    Secretary of State -- Rhode Island Nellie Gorbea 401-222-2357
    Executive Director, Elections Commission -- South Carolina Marci Andino 803-734-9060
    Secretary of State -- South Dakota Shantel Krebs 605-773-3537
    Secretary of State -- Tennessee Tre Hargett 615-741-2819
    Secretary of State -- Texas Rolando Pablos 512-463-5770
    Lieutenant Governor -- Utah Spencer Cox 801-538-1041
    Secretary of State -- Vermont Jim Condos 802-828-2148
    Commissioner, Department of Elections -- Virginia Edgardo Cortes 804-864-8901
    Secretary of State -- Washington Kim Wyman 360-902-4151
    Secretary of State -- West Virginia Andrew Warner 304-558-6000
    Elections Commission Administrator -- Wisconsin Michael Haas 608-266-0136
    Secretary of State -- Wyoming Ed Murray 307-777-7378

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    Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All

    We can’t be satisfied with defending the status quo health care system.

    We need health care to be a right, not a privilege.

    Everybody in, nobody out.

    With Medicare-for-All, we would save upwards of $500 billion a year in administrative costs, waste and profits. Those savings would be used to cover everyone.

    Add Your Name

    I support Single Payer, Medicare-for-All so that everyone can obtain the health care they need, without regard to ability to pay.

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    Tell Congress Not to Repeal the New Rule to Hold Big Banks Accountable

    Thanks to a new rule from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Big Banks can no longer skirt accountability for cheating, conning, defrauding and plundering consumers.

    But less than two weeks after the rule was issued, conservatives in Congress are already working to repeal this crucial consumer protection.

    You can help protect this rule by calling your representative in Congress before tomorrow’s vote.

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 to be connected with your U.S. House of Representatives member.

    2. Tell the staffer that answers the phone: “I am calling to ask my representative to save the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule. Consumers need more protection from Big Banks, not less.”

    Please use the space below to let us know how your call went.

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    Sign Up: Facebook Live Discussion About Trump’s Sham Voting Commission

    Join us for a Facebook live discussion where voting rights experts will break down last week’s sham voting commission meeting and what we can do to fight back.

    When:   4 p.m. ET, Wednesday, September 20

    Where:  Democracy Is For People Facebook Page

    Who:    Robert Hoffman, ACLU; Denzel Cummings, the Center for American Progress; Izzy Bronstein, Common Cause; Getachew Kassa, Democracy Initiative; Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Public Citizen

    RSVP Below to Get an Email With the Live Link to the Discussion

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    Stop the Attack on Texas Trees

    Legislation Could Overturn Local Tree Protection, Putting Even Our Largest Trees at Risk

    How can it be that anyone can’t see the value in trees? We’re fighting local air pollution, water pollution, and climate change (including increasingly sweltering summers, increased flooding and increased drought). Trees help with all these things at a fraction of the cost of other solutions.

    That’s not enough to win the love of Texas lawmakers though. Governor Abbott is on one end of the saw and the Texas Senate is on the other end. Abbott listed “preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land” on his list of subjects to address in this special session. In eager response, the Senate passed SB 14, which would prohibit cities and property owner associations from enforcing tree protection ordinances.

    Over 100 Texas cities have rules to protect mature trees from destruction. Governor Abbott and the Texas Senate want developers and property owners to have the right to cut down trees regardless of their age or the impact on the surrounding community.

    Don’t let the powerful developers and the lawmakers they have bought get their way.

    The next step for anti-tree SB14 is the House Urban Affairs Committee.

    Email the House Urban Affairs Committee Now

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    Tell Rick Perry Not to Let Trump Do the Bidding of Big Polluters

    The Trump administration is hell-bent on throwing a life preserver to the failing coal, nuclear and even natural gas industries.

    But a new U.S. Department of Energy study produced findings that don’t support a dirty energy bailout.

    We must act now to ensure Energy Secretary Rick Perry doesn’t let Trump censor the study and produce a new one favorable to Big Polluters.

    Add Your Name to Urge Rick Perry to Keep Dirty Energy Bailouts Out of the Department of Energy Plan

    We, the undersigned, call on Rick Perry to ensure Trump doesn’t censor the study produced by the Department of Energy, whose findings are unfavorable to Big Polluters. He must stick to the original study’s findings and wholeheartedly reject any more ratepayer-funded bailouts for uncompetitive and uneconomical dirty energy plants.

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    Tell Your City Council Member to Resuscitate People-Powered Democracy in NYC

    New York City’s public financing system for elections is underfunded, hindering its ability to combat corruption in the statehouse.

    The City Council has the power to fully fund the small-donor matching program and help free New York City’s elections from special interest influence.

    Find your City Council member here and send them an email saying the following:

    I want the New York City Council to get big money out of city politics by acting to fully fund the landmark campaign finance system that ensures every voice is heard in our elections. As your constituent, I urge you to support the full funding of our innovative small-donor matching program without delay. Thank you for your time.

    Please fill out the form below so we know how many people took action.

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    Take Action to Make Wall Street Work for Us

    At this pivotal time in our nation’s history, we are stepping up the fight to stop Wall Street and its allies in Congress from attacking Main Street.

    But we need to do more than resist the rollbacks.

    That’s why we’re moving forward with a proactive agenda that makes sure our financial system works for ordinary people, not just the wealthy and the well-connected.

    Tell Congress to Support the Take on Wall Street Legislative Plan

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    Attend the NAFTA Field Hearing with U.S. Rep. Velazquez

    Witnesses at Monday’s Brooklyn hearing will include: Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch; Leo Hindery, managing partner at InterMedia Partners; Erika Andiola, political director at Our Revolution.

    What:      NAFTA Field Hearing with U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez
    When:     10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday, July 24
    Where:    Brooklyn Borough Hall, Courtroom, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn

    RSVP Below

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    Tell Congress Your NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

    The Trump administration has finally released its list of negotiating objectives for NAFTA.

    It is nothing like the promised revolutionary changes to trade policy or even a major redo of NAFTA to favor working people — both promised by Trump during the election.

    Instead, the language on NAFTA’s offshoring incentives, corporate tribunals, Buy American ban, and labor and environmental standards is very vague. It’s unclear whether any gains will be possible for working people, or if these provisions will get worse because Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) terms will be added.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Attend the Public Hearing to Support a 100% Carbon-Free Energy Plan for Austin

    The Austin City Council is holding a public hearing to hear feedback on the update to the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan (Austin’s long-range energy plan). Recommendations from a working group heavily influenced by the utility fall well short of what is needed to lead on climate change.

    Public Citizen and our partners are calling for a plan that sets a goal of 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2030 and an interim goal of 75 percent renewable energy by 2027. We’re also asking for bigger commitments to local solar, energy efficiency and energy storage.

    These are the technologies of the 21st century. It’s time to phase out the utility’s fossil fuels and replace them with clean renewable energy.

    We can avoid rate increases from natural gas price spikes, reduce our impact on the environment and improve equity in our community.

    What: Public Hearing on Austin’s Energy Plan
    When: 6 p.m. Thursday, August 10 (meet in lobby at 6 p.m.; the hearing starts at 6:30 p.m.)
    Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St.

    *Please wear green to show your support.*

    Free parking is available in the garage under City Hall when your ticket is validated at the hearing.

    RSVP to Attend the Public Hearing

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    Tell Your Senators: Protect Medicaid and Co-sponsor Medicare-For-All Legislation

    Because of the massive public mobilization against Trumpcare, the Senate Republican effort to strip health care coverage from more than 20 million Americans has collapsed.

    Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will move to a straight vote on repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

    We need one last burst of mobilizing energy to finally and permanently defeat the proposal to roll back Medicaid coverage and the protections of the Affordable Care Act.

    And, most importantly, we need to leverage our victory in this fight to build support for, and win, single-payer, Medicare-for-All.

    Email Your Senators Now

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    Tell Congress Your NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

    The Trump administration has finally released its list of negotiating objectives for NAFTA.

    It is nothing like the promised revolutionary changes to trade policy or even a major redo of NAFTA to favor working people — both promised by Trump during the election.

    Instead, the language on NAFTA’s offshoring incentives, corporate tribunals, Buy American ban, and labor and environmental standards is very vague. It’s unclear whether any gains will be possible for working people, or if these provisions will get worse because Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) terms will be added.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Tell Congress to Protect Consumers: Keep the CFPB’s New Rip-off Clause Rule

    Thanks to a new rule from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Big Banks soon will no longer be able to use rip-off clauses to skirt accountability for cheating, conning, fleecing, defrauding and plundering consumers.

    Under the rule, consumers ripped off by corporations like Wells Fargo can hold banks accountable with class-action lawsuits.

    But conservatives in Congress are already trying to kill it.

    Sign the Petition to Congress: Don’t Touch the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s New Arbitration Rule

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has acted on its congressional directive by finalizing a new rule to protect consumers from forced arbitration.

    We call on our members of Congress to block any and all efforts to repeal this crucial protection to ensure consumers can enforce their rights and Wall Street can’t just enforce its will.

    The data is abundantly clear that these rip-off clauses, buried in the fine print, cause serious harm to consumers, as well as the public interest. That’s why I believe you should support this critical new rule.

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    Tell Rick Perry to Stop Doing the Bidding of Big Polluters

    Instead of embracing the affordable and clean energy revolution, Rick Perry is attempting to fuel the dirty energy regression by claiming we must offer more handouts to Big Polluters.

    One expert put it this way: “It’s as if President Eisenhower, instead of launching the interstate highway system, had called for restudy of the virtues of horse-drawn carriages.”

    Add Your Name to Reject Rick Perry’s Dirty Energy Bailout Scheme

    We, the undersigned, call on Rick Perry to stop his attack on clean and affordable energy and reject any more ratepayer-funded bailouts for uncompetitive and uneconomical dirty energy plants.

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    Join Us at the Rally for NAFTA Replacement

    The future of NAFTA is on the agenda at the Trinational Governor’s Meeting this Friday in Providence, Rhode Island.

    We the People are holding a rally outside the Governors Meeting to demand a NAFTA replacement that benefits working people in all three NAFTA countries — not just multinational corporations.

    What:      Rally for NAFTA Replacement at the Trinational Governors Meeting
    When:     2:30 p.m., Friday, July 14
    Where:    Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence

    RSVP Below

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    Tell Your Members of Congress: Protect the Johnson Amendment; Stop Secret Money Riders

    Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are trying to do away with the Johnson Amendment — a longstanding rule that prohibits billionaires and corporate fat cats from turning their secret political spending into charitable tax write-offs. And they’re getting closer than ever to doing just that.

    The financial services funding bill — up for a vote this Thursday — includes language weakening the Johnson Amendment, effectively unleashing Citizens United 2.0 on our democracy, as well as other anti-democracy provisions like blocking transparency of corporate political spending.

    We need your help to push members of Congress to pressure leadership into removing all anti-campaign finance riders before it’s too late.

    Email Your Members of Congress Now

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    Take the Next Step: Call to Help Stop All Secret Money Riders

    Thank you for emailing your representatives.

    The next step to stop the various anti-campaign finance riders is to call the committee voting on the financial services funding bill immediately.

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call any of these phone numbers. They are all members of the appropriations committee and will ultimately decide whether these anti-disclosure riders make it through:

    Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen - 202 225-5034
    Congressman Hal Rogers - 202 225-4601
    Congressman Robert Aderholt - 202 225-4876
    Congresswoman Kay Granger - 202 225-5071
    Congressman Mike Simpson - 202 225-5531
    Congressman John Culberson - 202 225-2571

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to ask [representative name] to oppose the rider weakening the Johnson Amendment, as well as all other secret money riders in the financial services funding bill.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know how your calls went.

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    Tell the Senate Finance Committee Chairman: No Tax Giveaways for the Wealthy and Giant Corporations

    U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch — the chief architect of the Senate tax giveaway to billionaires at our expense — is requesting input “from experts and stakeholders” on how best to reform the tax system.

    He wants to hear from corporate lobbyists and billionaires who stand to profit from his rigged proposal, but he needs to hear from you.

    Sign the Petition on Tax Reform: The Wealthy and Corporations Must Pay Their Fair Share

    We are strongly opposed to the recent tax and budget proposals from President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress. They seek to cut funding for Social Security, Medicaid, education, medical research, Meals on Wheels and road repairs to pay for tax breaks for wealthy corporations and the rich.

    We believe that real tax reform means that not one penny should be spent on tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires or wealthy corporations.

    To prevent the tax code from becoming further tilted in favor of the most fortunate, tax reform legislation must include these elements:

    • Corporations should pay their fair share. For example, we should close loopholes that allow tax deductions for multimillion-dollar CEO bonuses.
    • Long-term investment and savings should be incentivized; for instance, a tiny sales tax on Wall Street trades should be enacted to reduce market speculation.
    • Tax breaks that encourage multinational corporations to shift jobs and profits offshore must be eliminated. Corporations should also pay the $750 billion in taxes they owe on $2.6 trillion in offshore profits.
    • No new tax breaks should be given to billionaires. This could be accomplished by preserving the estate tax and not creating an incentive for wealthy individuals to further game the system by classifying their income as “pass-through.”

    The revenue generated by tax reform should be reinvested in our communities and fund our nation’s education and transportation systems, while also strengthening Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    Thank you for considering our support of a tax plan that doesn’t put the priorities of working families like mine below those of billionaires and major corporations.

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    Tell Your State’s Election Official: “Protect My Voting Information From Trump's Voter Suppression Commission”

    While 22 states have already spoken out against the Trump-Kobach voter suppression commission's request for your voting information, many have agreed to partially comply.

    We need each and every state to deny this unprecedented request entirely.

    Click here to see where your state’s election official stands and use the information below to contact them immediately. Once they pick up the phone, tell them this:

    “I’m calling to demand that [election official name] completely decline Kris Kobach’s request for personal voting information — both information shielded from disclosure and publicly available information. We should be opting out of this effort entirely.”

    Secretary of State -- Alabama   John Merrill 334-242-7200
    Lieutenant Governor -- Alaska Byron Mallott 907-269-7460
    Secretary of State -- Arizona Michele Reagan 602-542-4285
    Secretary of State -- Arkansas Mark Martin 501-682-1010
    Secretary of State -- California Alex Padilla 916-653-7244
    Secretary of State -- Colorado Wayne Williams 303-894-2200
    Secretary of State -- Connecticut Denise Merrill 860-509-6200
    State Commissioner of Elections -- Delaware Elaine Manlove 302-739-4277
    Secretary of the District of Columbia Lauren Vaughn 202-727-6306
    Secretary of State -- Florida Ken Detzner 850-245-6524
    Secretary of State -- Georgia Brian Kemp 404-656-2881
    Chief Election Officer -- Hawaii Scott Nago 808-453-8683
    Secretary of State -- Idaho Lawerence Denney 208-334-2300
    Executive Director, Board of Elections -- Illinois Steve Sandvoss 217-782-4141
    Secretary of State -- Indiana Connie Lawson 317-232-6536
    Secretary of State -- Iowa Paul Pate 515-281-6230
    Secretary of State -- Kansas Kris Kobach 785-296-4564
    Secretary of State -- Kentucky Alison Lundergan-Grimes 502-564-3490
    Secretary of State -- Louisiana Tom Schedler 225-922-2880
    Secretary of State -- Maine Matt Dunlap 207-626-8400
    Administrator of Elections -- Maryland Linda Lamone 410-269-2840
    Secretary of State -- Massachusetts William Glavin 617-727-9180
    Secretary of State -- Michigan Ruth Johnson 517-373-2510
    Secretary of State -- Minnesota Steve Simon 651-201-1324
    Secretary of State -- Mississippi Delbert Hosemann 601-359-1350
    Secretary of State -- Missouri Jay Ashcroft 573-751-4936
    Secretary of State -- Montana Corey Stapleton 406-444-2034
    Secretary of State -- Nebraska John Gale 402-471-2554
    Secretary of State -- Nevada Barbara Cegavske 775-684-5708
    Secretary of State -- New Hampshire Bill Gardner 603-271-3242
    Lieutenant Governor -- New Jersey Kim Guadagno 609-292-6000
    Secretary of State -- New Mexico Maggie Toulouse 505-827-3600
    Co-Directors, Board of Elections -- New York Todd, Robert Valentine, Brehm 518-474-8100
    Director, Board of Elections -- North Carolina Kim Westbrook-Strach 919-733-7173
    Secretary of State -- North Dakota Alvin Jaeger 701-328-2900
    Secretary of State -- Ohio Jon Husted 614-466-2655
    Secretary of Board of Elections -- Oklahoma Paul Ziriax 405-521-2391
    Secretary of State -- Oregon Dennis Richardson 503-986-1523
    Secretary of State -- Pennsylvania Pedro Cortés 717-787-6458
    Secretary of State -- Rhode Island Nellie Gorbea 401-222-2357
    Executive Director, Elections Commission -- South Carolina Marci Andino 803-734-9060
    Secretary of State -- South Dakota Shantel Krebs 605-773-3537
    Secretary of State -- Tennessee Tre Hargett 615-741-2819
    Secretary of State -- Texas Rolando Pablos 512-463-5770
    Lieutenant Governor -- Utah Spencer Cox 801-538-1041
    Secretary of State -- Vermont Jim Condos 802-828-2148
    Commissioner, Department of Elections -- Virginia Edgardo Cortes 804-864-8901
    Secretary of State -- Washington Kim Wyman 360-902-4151
    Secretary of State -- West Virginia Andrew Warner 304-558-6000
    Elections Commission Administrator -- Wisconsin Michael Haas 608-266-0136
    Secretary of State -- Wyoming Ed Murray 307-777-7378

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    Contact Your Secretary of State

    Email Them Now

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    Call Vanguard Today to Keep Retirement Savings Out of Secret Money Politics

    Vanguard Customers: Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard

    1. Dial Vanguard’s customer service line: 877 662-7447.

    2. Say “representative” instead of entering your account number when prompted.

    3. Once the customer service representative confirms your identity, tell them this:

    “I’d like you to pass along a message to senior management: Vanguard should support shareholder resolutions that call for MORE political spending disclosure.”

    That's it!

    Please leave a comment in the form below to let us know how your call went.

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    Call Your Senators to Defeat Trumpcare

    It’s time to put a nail in the coffin of the horrific Trump-McConnell proposal to slash Medicaid spending.

    Otherwise, we’ll be putting nails in tens of thousands more real coffins every year.

    The Trumpcare vote may be delayed, but the fight is far from over. CALL YOUR SENATORS IMMEDIATELY.

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 to be connected with the office of one your senators.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge my senator to reject the Trump-McConnell bill to slash Medicaid. It is unacceptable to deny health care to millions to pay for tax cuts for the rich.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know which Senate office(s) you called.

    That’s it! If you can, call again to reach your other senator.

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    Urge Councilmember Vincent Gray to Support D.C. Fair Elections at Thursday’s Hearing On the Bill

    Help Rein In Wealthy Donor Domination of District Elections

    D.C. Fair Elections makes it possible for candidates to run for political office in the District without relying on big-money donors from outside D.C.

    The hearing on D.C. Fair Elections is this Thursday, and Councilmember Vince Gray is the only member of the Judiciary Committee who has not yet publicly supported the bill. That needs to change.

    Send an email to Councilmember Vincent Gray and urge him to publicly support D.C. Fair Elections at the bill hearing this week.

    Type your information into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Tell Your Senators: Reject Trumpcare

    In order to shower corporations and the superrich with hundreds of billions in tax breaks, Donald Trump and Senate Republicans would end Medicaid as we know it and deny health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans.

    They hope that the most secretive process in American history for a major piece of legislation will enable them to escape a public outcry.

    But there’s no covering up the cruelty of this proposal and the damage it will do to America’s families and seniors.

    Americans deserve access to high-quality healthcare and so, in addition to fighting off these devastating cuts, we need to strengthen our healthcare system through passing single-payer Medicare for All.

    Email Your Senators Now

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    Don’t Give Big Business a License to Kill

    Our nation faces a virtual epidemic of corporate crime and wrongdoing.

    But instead of toughening our laws and regulations, Senator Rob Portman and other Big Business allies in Congress are working with the Trump administration to unleash corporate predators on workers, consumers and families.

    Starting today, we’re airing a hard-hitting TV ad in Senator Portman’s hometown of Cincinnati that makes clear that this gift to giant corporations would cost lives.

    Sign the Petition and We’ll Deliver Your Message to the U.S. Senate

    We need stronger controls on corporate wrongdoing. The last thing we need is to confer on giant corporations a license to kill. Senator Portman’s Regulatory Accountability Act must be defeated.

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    Petition to Restore the Voting Rights Act

    Four years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court stuck a dagger into the heart of the Voting Rights Act, unleashing a new wave of voter suppression across the South.

    This is a fixable problem, with the Voting Rights Advancement Act — reintroduced in Congress just last week.

    Four years after the landmark Voting Rights Act was gutted, we must demand action from our lawmakers to protect and restore the most fundamental right in a democracy — the right to vote.

    Add Your Name Now

    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore the full protections of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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    Organizing Call to Stop Citizens United 2.0

    Join us for an organizing call on Tuesday, June 27, to discuss the Trump administration’s repeal effort and our plans to fight back against this concerted effort to turn churches into the new dark money super PACs.

    The call will take place at 4 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, June 27.

          Dial-In Number: 1-877-275-6071

          Passcode: 9019771

    RSVP Below: Let Us Know How Many People to Expect

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    Tell Your Senators: Reject Trumpcare

    In order to shower corporations and the superrich with hundreds of billions in tax breaks, Donald Trump and Senate Republicans would deny health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans.

    They hope that the most secretive process in American history for a major piece of legislation will enable them to escape a public outcry.

    But there’s no covering up the cruelty of this proposal.

    Email Your Senators Now

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    Reject Big Pharma’s Capture of the White House

    Big Pharma is literally writing the Trump administration’s policy on drug pricing. Not surprisingly, it would fail to curb outrageous prices, instead proposing to cut safety standards and increase prices.

    Americans of all political stripes are furious about out-of-reach drug prices, for good reason.

    New drugs to treat cancer and other serious illnesses routinely cost more than $100,000 a year. One in six Americans report skipping a drug treatment because of price. And drug prices are driving up insurance costs for everyone.

    Sign the Petition and We’ll Deliver Your Message to Congress

    Listen to your constituents, not Big Pharma. We demand action to drive down drug prices. That means:

    • Ending abuse of monopolies and speeding up generic competition;
    • Empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices; and
    • Prohibiting price spikes.

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    New York: Help Ensure Early Voting Passes This Week

    Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan have a major say in whether New York will pass early voting before the legislative session ends this Wednesday.

    In 2016, New York was 41st in the nation in voter turnout. Early voting would proactively address our defunct democracy by making it easier for New Yorkers to vote.

    Here’s how easy it is to call Governor Cuomo and State Senate Majority Leader Flanagan:

    1. Dial 518-474-8390 for Cuomo and 518-455-2071 for Flanagan.

    2. Then say this: “Hello, my name is [ ] and I am a New Yorker who is angry about New York’s abysmal voter turnout in recent elections. I am calling to ensure that early voting is passed this week and that our democracy is reformed so that our elections reflect the will of the people. Thank you for your time.”

    3. Let us know below how your call went.

    That’s it. Call now!

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    Urge Your Senators to Reject The Financial CHOICE Act

    The Financial CHOICE Act would weaken or remove hundreds of financial rules designed to protect consumers, increasing the odds of another Wall Street crash.

    This is a direct gift to Wall Street that ordinary Americans will pay for — for years to come.

    Tell Your Senators: Vote “No” on the Financial CHOICE Act

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    Keep Corporate Money Out of Connecticut Elections

    Don’t Let the Governor Balance the Budget by Cutting Public Financing for Campaigns

    Connecticut lawmakers are threatening to defund the Citizens’ Election Program. The state’s previous system of campaign financing led to multiple felonies that reached the highest levels of state government.

    While there is a substantial budget gap, cuts to the Citizens’ Election Program is not the way to go about solving it. Experts believe that the system pays for itself by reducing the ability of lobbyists to insert self-serving loopholes into the law.

    It’s critical that we not throw the doors back open to corporate money in our elections.

    Ask Gov. Dannel Malloy to Save Funding for the Citizens’ Election Program

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    Support a 100% Carbon-Free Energy Plan for Austin Energy

    The Austin City Council will receive recommendations on an update to the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan (Austin’s long-range energy plan) on Monday. The recommendations — from a working group heavily influenced by the utility — fall well short of what is needed to lead on climate change. The recommendations call for slight increases in renewable energy and efficiency goals, but not the bold action that is needed.

    Public Citizen and our partners are calling for a plan that sets a goal of 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2030 and an interim goal of 75 percent renewable energy by 2027. We’re also asking for bigger commitments to local solar, energy efficiency and energy storage.

    These are the technologies of the 21st century. It’s time to phase out the utility’s fossil fuels and replace them with clean renewable energy.

    Email the Austin City Council Now to Support a 100% Carbon-Free Plan for Austin Energy

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    If you live in Andrews, Big Spring, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Burkburrnett, Midland, Odessa, O'Donnell, Snyder, Stephenville, or Wichita Falls, use this form to email your mayor, city council, and city manager now.

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    If you live in Bridgeport, Corinth, Denison, Denton, Flower Mound, Gainesville, Lewisville, Little Elm, Sherman, or The Colony, use this form to email your mayor, city council, and city manager now.

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    If you live in Arlington, Azle, Benbrook, Crowley, Fort Worth, Saginaw, or White Settlement, use this form to email your mayor, city council, and city manager now.

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    If you live in Colleyville, Euless, Forest Hill, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, or Southlake, use this form to email your mayor, city council, and city manager now.

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    If you live in Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Grand Prairie, or Irving, use this form to email your mayor, city council, and city manager now.

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    If you live in Balch Springs, Cedar Hill, De Soto, Duncanville, Garland, Mesquite, Richardson, or Rowlett, use this form to email your mayor, city council, and city manager now.

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    If you live in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Murphy, Plano, Priceton, or Wylie, use this form to email your mayor, city council, and city manager now.

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    If you live in Alvarado, Burleson, Cleburne, Ennis, Kaufman, Midlothian, Rockwall, Rockwall, or Waxahachie, use this form to email your mayor, city council, and city manager now.

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    If you live in Corsicana, Jacksonville, Lindale, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Palestine, Paris, or Tyler, use this form to email your mayor, city council, and city manager now.

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    If you live in Belton, Copperas Cove, Haker Heights, Hewitt, Hutto, Killeen, Pflugerville, Robinson, Round Rock, Temple, or Waco, use this form to email your mayor, city council, and city manager now.

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    If you live in Dallas County, use this form to email you mayor and city council now.

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    Urge Your Representative to Reject The Financial CHOICE Act

    The Financial CHOICE Act would weaken or remove hundreds of financial rules designed to protect consumers, increasing the odds of another Wall Street crash.

    This is a direct gift to Wall Street that ordinary Americans will pay for — for years to come.

    Tell Your Representative: Vote “No” on the Financial CHOICE Act

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    Help Bring Automatic Voter Registration to Illinois

    Automatic voter registration would make it easier for up to 1 million Illinois voters to participate in our democracy.

    The bill to implement this crucial program passed unanimously in the state House and Senate, and it’s now in Governor Bruce Rauner’s hands.

    Tell Governor Rauner: Sign Illinois’ Automatic Voter Registration Bill into Law

    By taking action below, you will send an email to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    New York: Pass Early Voting Before the Legislative Session Ends

    New York is one of only 15 states that prohibits early voting.

    In the 2014 midterms, only 29 percent of New York’s voting-age citizens voted — the state’s lowest turnout in 40 years, ahead of only Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

    Adopting early voting would proactively address our defunct democracy by bringing more people into the political process.

    Urge the Four Key Leaders of the New York Senate to Pass Early Voting

    By taking action below, you will send an email to the four key state Senate leaders urging them to pass early voting before the legislative session ends in just 15 days. Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Fight Big Money in Connecticut

    Time is running out for Connecticut to pass H.B. 5589, a cutting-edge approach to banning dark money in state elections.

    The bill would greatly reduce the power of super PACs, especially those from other states with poor disclosure laws. It also would provide critical oversight of the money corporations spend on elections in the state.

    The bill already has passed one house of the Connecticut General Assembly.

    Now we need your help to make sure it passes in the state Senate before the session ends tomorrow.

    Tell Your State Senator: Vote Yes on H.B. 5589

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    Urge Your Representative to Reject The Financial CHOICE Act

    The Financial CHOICE Act would weaken or remove hundreds of financial rules designed to protect consumers, increasing the odds of another Wall Street crash.

    This is a direct gift to Wall Street that ordinary Americans will pay for — for years to come.

    Tell Your Representative: Vote “No” on the Financial CHOICE Act

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    Urge Your State Legislators to Put We the People Back In Charge of Oregon’s Elections

    A new statewide bill proposed in Salem — HB 2578 — would let everyday people in Oregon run for office without selling out to corporations and the superwealthy.

    The small-donor matching reform is a proven alternative to pay-to-play politics and would help address the big money takeover facilitated by the Supreme Court‘s disastrous Citizens United decision.

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    Don’t Let Trump and Congressional Republicans Turn Churches Into the New Dark Money Super PACs

    Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are trying to create another Citizens United moment by repealing a longstanding rule that prohibits churches from engaging in electoral politics.

    If they succeed, churches will be able to take unlimited contributions from anonymous donors and turn them into political attack ads.

    Add Your Name Now

    We the People call on Congress to reject any and all attempts to repeal the Johnson Amendment and subject elections to a new tsunami of secret and unaccountable money.

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    Don’t Let Trump Turn Churches Into the New Dark Money Super PACs

    Donald Trump is trying to create another Citizens United moment by repealing a longstanding rule that prohibits churches from engaging in electoral politics.

    If he succeeds, churches will be able to take unlimited contributions from anonymous donors and turn them into political attack ads.

    Add Your Name Now

    We the People call on Congress to reject President Trump’s attempt to repeal the Johnson Amendment and subject elections to a new tsunami of secret and unaccountable money.

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    Cleveland: Attend the Transforming Trade Forum with Sen. Sherrod Brown

    As we prepare for NAFTA’s renegotiation, join U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and a diverse group of labor, environmental justice and civic activists at a forum on how we can transform trade policy to lift up workers and communities, while protecting the environment.

    What:      Transforming Trade with Sen. Sherrod Brown
    When:     11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, June 5
    Where:    USW Local 979 Hall, 3421 Independence Road, Cleveland

    Please Sign Up Below So We Know How Many People to Expect

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    Email the Mayor and City Council Now

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    Stop Oncor’s Attack on Solar Energy

    Ask Your City Council to Oppose Regressive Anti-Solar Fees

    Oncor has proposed a discriminatory new fee that would be imposed only on residential customers using solar in their homes.

    The company offers no detailed justification for levying their proposed fee, instead relying on theories that have been disproved time and time again.

    Oncor is the company that owns the electric wires and other physical infrastructure for north Texas, much of east Texas, the I-35 corridor down to Round Rock and Pflugerville, and the Midland/Odessa area. This includes 402 cities in 91 Texas counties, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s area.

    One hundred seventy-six of the cities in the Oncor service area are part of two coalitions that have intervened in the rate case. We’re working to get those coalitions to oppose the proposed anti-solar fees. And we need your help.

    Email the Mayor and City Council Now

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    Fight back against Big Pharma’s greed in Louisiana

    About 120 people die every year from hepatitis C in Louisiana, and the struggling state health department’s budget is inadequate to pay for pricey treatments.

    Right now, Louisiana is rationing access to treatment because paying for it would mean threatening Medicaid enrollees’ access to care in other areas.

    Gilead Sciences priced its medicine unfairly, and now Louisianans like you are footing the bill, all while the disease continues to spread.

    But you can help us end that by submitting a comment below to the Louisiana Health Department.

    Submit a comment to share your concern for this issue and we’ll send it in for you.

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    Tell Congress: Pass a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Nevada just became the 19th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United — the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate money to pour into our elections like never before.

    Yesterday’s victory in the Silver State brought us halfway to the number of states needed to ratify a constitutional amendment.

    Now, it’s time for Congress to act.

    Add Your Name Now

    We, the undersigned, strongly urge you to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision of 2010. Americans know that Big Money is rotting away the foundation of our democracy and blocking an economic populist agenda that people of all political stripes desperately want. Across the country, local and state elected officials are responding to our rallying cry for a constitutional amendment. Yesterday, Nevada became the 19th state to call for such an amendment. It’s past time for you to act to free our elections from corporate rule.

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    Last Chance to Stop Texas Anti-Wind Legislation

    The Texas House of Representatives is set to vote on an anti-wind bill that serves absolutely no purpose. The bill sponsors are saying that military bases need protection from wind farms, but the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) already has a mandatory process to ensure bases operations won’t be impacted.

    "Due to the wide variety of missions and the variability of impacts on different types of obstructions, it is not possible to apply a 'one-size-fits-all' standoff distance between DoD military readiness activities and development projects." - The DoD Clearinghouse in a March 2015 report to Congress

    The Texas wind industry is creating thousands of jobs and bringing much-needed revenue to rural landowners and school districts. Senate Bill 277 would put those benefits out of reach of about 10 percent of Texas land — for no purpose. 28 percent of existing Texas wind farms are within the proposed buffer zone of 25 nautical miles and aren’t causing problems for military operations.

    Email Your Texas State Representative Now to Oppose This Unnecessary Anti-Wind Legislation

    Where it says “Street Number and Name,” please just enter your street address.

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    Last Chance to Stop Texas Anti-Wind Legislation

    The Texas House of Representatives is set to vote on an anti-wind bill that serves absolutely no purpose. The bill sponsors are saying that military bases need protection from wind farms, but the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) already has a mandatory process to ensure bases operations won’t be impacted.

    "Due to the wide variety of missions and the variability of impacts on different types of obstructions, it is not possible to apply a 'one-size-fits-all' standoff distance between DOD military readiness activities and development projects."
    ~The DOD Clearinghouse in a March 2015 report to Congress

    The Texas wind industry is creating thousands of jobs and bringing much-needed revenue to rural landowners and school districts. Senate Bill 277 would put those benefits out of reach of about 10 percent of Texas land — for no purpose. Twenty-eight percent of existing Texas wind farms are within the proposed buffer zone of 25 nautical miles and aren’t causing problems for military operations.

    Email Your Texas State Representative Now to Oppose This Anti-Wind Legislation

    Where it says “Street Number and Name,” please just enter your street address.

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    Emergency Briefing Call on NAFTA Renegotiation

    Join us for an emergency call to discuss what Trump's NAFTA renegotiation means for the trade justice movement — and how we can organize to win a deal that works for working families in all three NAFTA countries.

    The call will take place on Tuesday, May 23, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

    Sign Up Below to Get an Email with Dial-in Info

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    Boston: Attend the Immigration & NAFTA Forum This Wednesday

    We the People must hold President Donald Trump accountable to his promise to truly make NAFTA “a lot better” for working people.

    The forum will feature a diverse group of labor, immigration and civic activists discussing the roots of political and economic migration, with a particular focus on NAFTA’s effects on immigrant communities in Boston.

    What:      Boston Voices for Trade Justice: Immigration & NAFTA Forum
    When:     7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 24
    Where:    St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 14 Cushing Ave., Dorchester, Mass.

    Please Sign Up Below So We Know How Many People to Expect

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    Tell Trump How to Get NAFTA Right

    The Trump administration recently announced renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

    Now is our chance to demand a NAFTA replacement that works for working people and won't be just another giveaway for corporate interests.

    Petition to Trump’s Top Trade Negotiator

    Dear USTR Robert Lighthizer:

    Your renegotiation of NAFTA is an opportunity to stop its ongoing damage and to replace NAFTA with a deal that benefits working people, not just big corporations.

    That is why we are calling on you to meet these criteria in any new agreement with Canada and Mexico:

    • A democratic, accountable and transparent negotiating process without privileged backroom access for corporate lobbyists and industry associations.
    • Elimination of the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system, which promotes job offshoring and gives multinational corporations rights to sue the U.S. government before a tribunal of three corporate lawyers. These lawyers can order U.S. taxpayers to pay corporations unlimited sums of money, including for the loss of expected future profits.
    • Strong and enforceable labor and environmental standards, not the ineffective rules found in deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
    • A requirement that all imported food, goods and services meet strong domestic safety and environmental rules. Eliminate trade rules that waive important Buy American and Buy Local policies along with other human rights and environmental procurement preferences, which help grow jobs here and live up to our values.
    • Elimination of trade rules that drive up the cost of lifesaving medicines by giving pharmaceutical companies extended monopolies on drug patents.

    Add Your Name Below

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    Demand an Independent Investigation into Trump-Russia Ties

    The American people deserve to know the full story about Russia’s role in the 2016 election and ties to President Donald Trump’s team.

    A bill in Congress — the Protecting Our Democracy Act — would help us get the answers we need, establishing an independent investigation into Russia’s role in American governance.

    We need bipartisan support in Congress for a discharge petition to bring this crucial bill to a vote.

    Ask Your Representative to Push for a Vote on the Protecting Our Democracy Act

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    Connect With Activists to Fight Big Pharma

    Thank you for signing up to fight Big Pharma’s power and influence. Our next step is a conference call on Thursday June 1, at 12 p.m. EDT. We hope you can make it.

    On this call, we’ll meet each other and discuss how we can get mobilized now to fight for access to medicines for all.

    RSVP below if you’ll join our conference call on Thursday, June 1 at 12 p.m. EDT

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    Urge the Nevada Assembly to Vote to Make the Silver State the 19th to Call to Overturn Citizens United

    Call the Assembly Chief Clerk at (775) 684-8555, provide your address and ask to be connected to your Assembly member’s office. Once connected, you can use the script below, but feel free to put the message in your own words!

    • I am calling to urge my Assembly member to vote to make Nevada the 19th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
    • Campaign finance laws are supposed to protect our democracy from corruption while preserving the integrity of our elections. Citizens United has done the opposite.
    • I want my Assembly member to vote in favor of overturning Citizens United — which would make the Silver State the 19th to do so and would bring us halfway to the number of states needed to win a constitutional amendment.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Urge the New Hampshire House Committee to Vote “NO” on Senate Bill 3

    New Hampshire Republicans in the state Senate are using Trump’s bogus claims about voter fraud to advance a voter suppression bill — Senate Bill 3 — that not only would disenfranchise Granite State residents who fail to meet the law’s strict eligibility criteria, but also subject them to a fine of up to $5000.

    The atrocious bill passed though the state Senate, but We the People must speak out to keep it from passing through the state House Committee.

    Urge the New Hampshire House Committee to Reject Senate Bill 3

    By taking action below, you will send an email to members of the New Hampshire House Committee urging them to vote “NO” on Senate Bill 3. Take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Take the Next Step: Join the Virtual Phonebank to Stop Senate Bill 3 in New Hampshire

    Public Citizen and others are hosting a virtual phonebank where participants can call voters in key New Hampshire districts and patch them through to their representatives who we need to vote “NO” on the SB3 voter suppression bill.

    When: Wednesday, May 31, 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Please note: this phonebank has been moved from Wednesday, May 24 to Wednesday, May 31.

    You don't need any experience to phonebank... we will conduct an online training at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, and will provide you with information about the training and the effort when you sign up below.

    Please fill out the form below so we can follow up with you about participating in the virtual phonebank to stop Senate Bill 3.

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    Sign a Petition Supporting the SCRAP Act

    “[It] makes it easy for big corporations to rig the rules in their favor – and that’s exactly why we need to get rid of it.”

    - Amit Narang, Public Citizen

    The Congressional Review Act (CRA) lets Congress and the White House strike down regulatory protections issued in the final months of the last administration using expedited procedures. President Donald Trump used the CRA to repeal 14 health, safety, pocketbook and environmental protections as payback to corporate donors.

    A new bill is being introduced that would repeal stop the CRA and reinstate these protections.

    Show your support by signing our petition supporting the SCRAP Act.

    I support the SCRAP Act.

    This important bill would reinstate 14 recently repealed protections that Congress rapidly struck down with limited debate.

    As a result of the Congressional Review Act, corporate predators, polluters and profiteers that would have been reined in by these rules and are now free to abuse, exploit and discriminate against regular Americans, knowing they won’t be held accountable.

    Most importantly, it would insure that Congress no longer has the ability to interfere with rulemaking in this way again.

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    Oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act

    Don’t Let Congress Aid and Abet Reckless Corporations

    A vote in the Senate is coming soon on the Regulatory Accountability Act, a bill designed to obstruct commonsense regulations — such as those that stop corporate polluters from poisoning our air and water and Wall Street from causing yet another financial crisis.

    Our nation faces a virtual epidemic of corporate crime and wrongdoing.

    But instead of toughening our laws and regulations, Trump and extremists in Congress are taking unprecedented steps to unleash corporate predators and polluters on workers, consumers and families as payback for funding their campaigns.

    We need tougher enforcement of our laws to ensure corporate greed doesn’t compromise our health and safety.

    Urge Your Senators to VOTE NO on the Regulatory Accountability Act

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    Stop Oncor from Killing Solar with Unfair Fees

    Oncor - the electric wires company that serves much of north Texas is trying to put the brakes on customers using solar at their homes.

    Onncor's proposal is to subject residential customers with solar to a demand charge, based on past usage.

    Ask your city council members to oppose the anti-solar Oncor proposal.

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    Jeff Sessions Must Go

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions must be removed from office immediately. He violated his pledge to recuse himself from matters related to the Russia investigation.

    Sessions has failed to meet the requisite standard for honesty, independence and respect for democratic values.

    The Attorney General must protect and preserve — not subvert — our democracy.

    Add Your Name Now

    We, the undersigned, demand that Jeff Sessions be removed from office immediately.

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    Petition for Special Prosecutor After Comey Firing

    President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing a criminal investigation into allegations of improper ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    Democrat, Republican or Independent — every American should be alarmed at the Trump Regime’s rush to authoritarianism.

    Add Your Name Now

    We, the undersigned, demand a special prosecutor to find out what’s really going on with Trump and Russia, and whether the Comey firing should be considered obstruction of justice.

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    Connect With Activists Like You

    Thank you for signing up to fight Big Pharma’s power and influence. Our next step is a conference call on Thursday, May 11, at 5 p.m. EDT—We hope you can make it.

    On this call, we’ll meet each other and discuss how we can get mobilized now to fight for access to medicines for all.

    RSVP below if you’ll join our conference call on Thursday, May 11, at 5 p.m. EDT.

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    Ethics Reform Needed at the Texas Railroad Commission

    Special interests are so entwined with the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) that ordinary citizens are shut out of the process: more than 90 percent of campaign contributions come in checks greater than $1,000. The Texas Sunset Review board states the problem clearly: "The current structure … creates the appearance of favoritism because commissioners accept substantial campaign contributions from many of the industries they regulate."

    House Bill 464 would address this problem by limiting when commissioners can accept campaign contributions. But the bill will die because of procedure deadlines if it isn’t set for a vote in the House right away.

    Tell the Calendars Committee (which sets the calendar for bills going to the House floor) to schedule HB 464 for a vote right away.

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    Replace NAFTA with a New Deal

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) has just ruled that Mexico can impose $163 million annually against the United States as long we keep the popular, effective “dolphin-safe” labels on cans of tuna fish.

    This case is yet more proof that our corporate-rigged trade model needs drastic changes.

    The upcoming NAFTA renegotiation is an opportunity to settle longstanding disputes over dolphin-safe tuna and country-of-origin meat labels — in addition to other critical NAFTA reforms. But we need to get it done right.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Tell the Senate: Do Not Repeal Obamacare

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare).

    The Senate has the power to prevent this malicious, immoral repeal from ever making it to the Oval Office for Donald Trump’s signature.

    Add Your Name Now

    We, the undersigned, urge you NOT to repeal Obamacare.

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    Urge Your State Senator to Sign a Letter in Support of Overturning Citizens United

    Make New York the 17th State to Call for a Constitutional Amendment

    We need only ONE more senator to sign in support of an amendment and we win.

    Please take a minute to ask your state senator to sign the formal letter in support of a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics and rein in corporate power in our democracy.

    Type your zip code into the box below. Then, take a moment to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Replace NAFTA with a New Deal

    Donald Trump has broken many promises on trade during his first 100 days in office. There is a real danger that he will also break his promises about making NAFTA “a lot better” as well.

    NAFTA renegotiation could be an opportunity to fix the damaging pact, but it could also be used to make the pro-corporate deal even worse.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Keep the Continuing Resolution Free of Ideological Riders

    Donald Trump’s border wall isn’t the only terrible idea conservatives are trying to slip into this week’s emergency budget bill.

    One terrible idea would get rid of a requirement that financial advisers act in the best interests of their clients. Another would slash protections for endangered species and protected public lands. Yet another would allow corporations to hide their political spending.

    Lobbyists are trying to get riders like these into the continuing resolution that is necessary to keep the government from shutting down.

    We need you to make sure this doesn’t happen.

    Email Your Legislators Asking Them to Support a Clean Spending Bill

    Where it says “Street Number and Name,” please just enter your street address.

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    Reject Trump’s Rigged Tax Plan

    Donald Trump’s tax plan would slash taxes on billionaires and Big Business.

    It will leave America poorer, more unequal, and less able to invest in public priorities.

    Add Your Name Now

    We the People call on Congress to reject Donald Trump’s corporate giveaway tax plan.

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    Transforming Trade Forum with Sen. Casey

    This Friday in Pittsburgh

    As NAFTA negotiations are set to begin imminently, we need to fight to make sure Donald Trump’s billionaire buddies can’t make the deal even worse for working people and the environment in all three countries.

    Wondering where to start? Join us for an important forum with Senator Bob Casey!

    The forum will feature a diverse group of labor, environmental and civic activists discussing how we can transform trade policy to lift up workers and communities, while protecting the environment.

    What:      Transforming Trade Forum with Sen. Casey
    When:     10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 28
    Where:    IBEW Local 5 Apprenticeship Center, 5 Hot Metal Street, Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Registration Is Required. Please Sign Up Below.

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    Take Action Against Big Pharma’s Stranglehold on Congress

    Big Pharma spends millions lobbying to keep drug prices high. We’re fighting back by building people power to demand affordable medicines. If you’re one of the three out of four Americans who want lower drug prices, sign up to be part of our campaign today.

    You will be a part of a growing movement to fight Big Pharma’s power. You can participate in many ways:

    • Call, write and meet with members of Congress.
    • Share your story.
    • Attend town halls with elected officials.

    Add your name below if you’re interested in being a part of our nationwide team of activists!

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    Support D.C. Fair Elections

    10 out of 13 D.C. councilmembers just introduced or co-sponsored the D.C. Fair Elections bill to amplify the voices of everyday residents in District elections.

    If passed, D.C. Fair Elections will allow candidates to run for office free of big money, by relying on small donations matched with limited public funds at a five-to-one rate.

    To preserve the integrity of our elections and ensure that our elected officials truly represent We the People, every councilmember must get behind this crucial small-donor empowerment bill.

    By taking action below, you will send an email urging the 3 councilmembers not yet supporting D.C. Fair Elections to publicly support the bill and a separate email thanking those who did for championing democracy in the District.

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    Sign the Petition to Resuscitate People-Powered Democracy in NYC

    New York City’s public financing system for elections is underfunded, hindering its ability to combat corruption in the statehouse.

    A new bill — Introduction 1130-A — would fully fund the small-donor matching program and help free New York City’s elections from special interest influence.

    Add Your Name to Support the Full Funding of New York City’s Small-Donor Matching System for Elections

    I want the New York City Council to get big money out of city politics by passing Introduction 1130-A and fully funding the landmark campaign finance system that ensures every voice is heard in our elections.

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    Sign the Petition to Oppose Voter Suppression in New Hampshire

    New Hampshire Republicans in the state Senate are using Trump’s bogus claims about voter fraud to advance a voter suppression bill — Senate Bill 3 — that would disenfranchise New Hampshirites who have voted their entire lives.

    The atrocious bill passed though the state Senate, but We the People must speak out to keep it from passing through the state House.

    Add Your Name to Tell the New Hampshire House to Reject Senate Bill 3 and Stand Up Against Voter Suppression

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    Take the Next Step: Join the Virtual Phonebank to Stop Voter Suppression in New Hampshire

    Public Citizen and others are hosting a virtual phonebank where participants can call voters in key New Hampshire districts and patch them through to their representatives who we need to vote NO on the SB3 voter suppression bill.

    When: Tuesday, April 25, 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    You don't need any experience to phonebank... we will conduct an online training at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and will provide you with information about the training and the effort when you sign up below.

    Please fill out the form below so we can follow up with you about participating in the virtual phonebank to stop Senate Bill 3.

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    Attend the Public Hearing to Demand NYC’s Landmark Public Financing System Be Fully Funded

    Join Public Citizen and others for the public hearing on Introduction 1130-A, which would fully fund the city’s small donor empowerment system and help free New York City’s elections from special interest influence.

    When: Thursday, April 27, 1:00 p.m.

    Where: 250 Broadway in the 14th Floor Committee Room

    If you can make it, please fill out the form below to let us know how many people to expect.

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    Tell Trump: Do Not Pull America Out of the Paris Agreement

    Donald Trump is expected to pull America out of the Paris Agreement — a historic global accord to prevent catastrophic climate change.

    Trump’s decision not only would be disastrous for the climate — putting billions of lives at risk — it would further jeopardize our role as a global leader, all to line the pockets of billionaire polluters.

    Sign the Petition to Trump and We’ll Deliver Your Message to the White House

    America should not be thwarting the long-overdue international effort to avert a planetary disaster. Do not pull America out of the Paris Agreement.

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    RSVP for Democracy Day in Oregon

    Join Public Citizen and others for an all-day action event to help pass small-donor matching reform in Oregon.

    When: Thursday, April 20, 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Where: Oregon State Library Room 102 & 103 (250 Winter St, NE, Salem, OR 97301)

    What: A democracy day where activists across the state will gather to call for campaign finance reform. Attendees will meet in the morning to eat breakfast and get briefed on the Legislature, the political dynamics, the small-donor matching bill — HB 2578, and how they can best persuade their lawmakers to support reform. Attendees will then break out into teams and hold small, intimate meetings with their legislators to tell them about why they should pass HB 2578.

    If you can make it, please fill out the form below to help us prepare for your visit and schedule a meeting for you and other constituents in your district to meet with your lawmakers.

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    Support Continuation of Successful Texas Clean Air Program

    The Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) is the state’s flagship program for lowering ozone emissions and helping metropolitan areas come into compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. TERP provides eligible individuals, businesses and local governments financial incentives to help repair or replace polluting vehicles and equipment. New or upgraded cars, trucks and fleet equipment pollute less, and in turn improve air quality.

    Senate Bill 1046, which deals with the funding for TERP, is up for a Senate floor vote on Tuesday, April 18.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tightened its national ozone standards, meaning the state will need every available tool, including TERP, to reach these updated clean air goals.

    SB 1046 continues TERP funding and eliminates complicated and unnecessary money transfers between different accounts.

    Tell your Texas State Senator to support SB 1046 as written and to oppose amendments that would divert funding from this important program.

    Email Your State Senator Now

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    Sign the Petition to Put We the People Back In Charge of Howard County’s Elections

    Across Maryland, corporate and mega-donor money has way too much influence in our elections — affecting who can run for office, the issues that are debated, who wins and, ultimately, the public policy made.

    Howard County voters passed “Question A” last fall to establish an innovative alternative to pay-to-play politics — called small-donor matching — to address this problem head-on.

    A new bill — CB30 — would finalize the small-donor matching program and make this commensense reform a reality, enabling candidates to run for office and win without taking mega-contributions from special interests.

    Add Your Name to Support CB30 and Help Bring Small-Donor Matching to Howard County

    I’m in for small-donor matching in Howard County! I support empowering We The People in Howard County’s elections, and having Maryland serve as a model for the rest of the country in reclaiming a government truly of, by and for the people.

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    Pass a Clean Budget Bill with No Poison Pill Riders Before the Government Shuts Down

    Funding our government isn’t optional.

    If lawmakers fail to pass a budget before April 28, 2017, our government will once again shut down until funding is restored.

    We know conservatives in Congress are delaying because they are trying to slip controversial riders into the budget that would roll back Wall Street reforms, block clean air and water protections, and attack worker health and safety.

    Special favors for big business and ideological extremists have no place in the budget.

    Tell Your Members of Congress to Pass a Clean Budget Bill on Time

    Where it says “Street Number and Name,” please just enter your street address.

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    Join Us at the NAFTA Workshop

    This Saturday in Washington, D.C.

    As NAFTA negotiations are set to begin imminently, we need to fight to make sure Trump’s billionaire buddies can’t make the deal even worse for working people and the environment in all three countries.

    Wondering where to start? Join us for an interactive workshop! We’ll discuss the impacts of NAFTA and what a good replacement — one that puts people and the planet first — would look like.

    What:      NAFTA Replacement Workshop: Exposing Trump’s Broken Promises on Trade!
    When:     4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 15
    Where:    St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington, D.C.

    Sign Up Below So We Know How Many People to Expect

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    Stop the El Paso Electric Attack on Solar

    Tell the El Paso City Council to Keep Solar Growing in the Sun City

    El Paso Electric – the for-profit monopoly utility – is determined to prevent customers from using solar power at their homes. Less than a year after giving up on its last attempt to raise rates for customers with solar installations on their homes, the utility has filed another proposal to do the same thing.

    The company is trying to improve its image by running TV ads about its community solar program, but that is just a distraction. The utility wants people to pay more to buy into the community solar program instead of reducing their bills by putting solar on their own homes.

    At the same time El Paso Electric is attacking solar customers, it also is trying to again raise rates for all customers because it spent hundreds of millions on investments in fossil fuel power plants. Clearly, dirty energy isn’t keeping bills low.

    Solar energy is now being used in homes and businesses across the country to keep bills low. Use of this technology is finally picking up in El Paso – which has more solar resources than almost anywhere else in the United States.

    The city of El Paso will be a key player in the El Paso Electric rate case. We need to make sure protecting solar customers is one of its priorities, along with keeping rates affordable for everyone.

    Email the El Paso City Council Now

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    Sign the Petition to Put We the People Back In Charge of Oregon’s Elections

    Across Oregon, corporate and mega-donor money has way too much influence in our elections — affecting who can run for office, the issues that are debated, who wins and, ultimately, the public policy made.

    But a new statewide bill proposed in Salem would address this problem head-on with an innovative small-donor matching program.

    Small-donor matching is a proven alternative to pay-to-play politics, enabling candidates to run for office and win without taking mega-contributions from special interests.

    Add Your Name to Support Small-Donor Matching in Oregon

    I’m in for small-donor matching in Oregon! I support empowering We The People in Oregon’s elections, and having Oregon serve as a model for the rest of the country in reclaiming a government truly of, by and for the people.

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    Replace NAFTA with a New Deal

    To Benefit Working People and the Environment in the U.S., Mexico and Canada

    As a candidate, Donald Trump said he would withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if he could not make it “a lot better.”

    But now, Trump’s draft NAFTA plan has leaked. And it falls far short of what he promised to working Americans, while delivering just what big corporations were hoping for.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Tell the EPA to Ban Two Dangerous Chemicals

    Under the new chemical safety law, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed bans on two toxic chemicals found in paint removers. We need your voice to make sure the proposed ban take effect.

    The two chemicals are called methylene chloride (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP).

    Paint strippers containing DCM have been linked to more than 50 deaths nationwide since the 1980’s — many from uses like refinishing bathtubs in confined spaces. Long-term exposure has been linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer and lung cancer.

    NMP exposure puts women of childbearing age and pregnant women — whether exposed at home or on the job — at risk of harm to their fetuses. And workers chronically exposed to NMP are at risk of liver damage and cancer.

    Send Your Comment to the EPA

    I urge the EPA to ban commercial and consumer uses of the toxic chemicals methylene chloride (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint and coating removal. Chemicals linked to cancer, developmental toxicity and other health impacts don’t belong on store shelves or in employers’ supply rooms.

    Safer alternatives are readily available — but we need the EPA to ban both of these chemicals from the products available on store shelves and in the workplace. While the EPA has proposed two options for regulating NMP, the best option for public health is a ban on NMP and DCM.

    Action on these toxic chemicals is long overdue. Please move quickly to ban these toxic chemicals now!

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    Consumer Rights Lobby Day Application

    The first annual Consumer Lobby Day starts with a training on Tuesday, May 9, in advance of the lobby day on Wednesday, May 10.

    The lobby day is being organized by Consumer Federation of America, Public Citizen, U.S. PIRG, Consumer Reports, National Association of Consumer Advocates, National Consumer Law Center, National Consumers League and Americans for Financial Reform.

    We will convene in Washington, D.C., the afternoon of Tuesday, May 9, for training, discussion and an informal reception. On Wednesday, May 10, we will meet with congressional staff, hear from one of our congressional champions and oppose the mounting assault on consumer protections. These protections include those safeguarding lower-income consumers of financial services, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s payday lending rule.

    An effective lobby day will include our allies from all over the country doing a broad array of work to protect consumers. Because we want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, some travel and hotel funds are available for those who need them.

    I am interesting in attending the Consumer Lobby Day

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    Take the Next Step: RSVP for Democracy Day in Nevada

    Join Public Citizen and others for an all-day action event to help pass the Nevada resolution calling to overturn Citizens United.

    When: Monday, April 3, 9am-5pm

    Where: The Carson Nugget, 507 North Carson Street Ballroom C, Carson City, NV 89701 (9am-12pm)

    The Capitol Building, 101 N Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701 (12pm-5pm)

    What: A lobby day and hearing on three key democracy reforms, including a resolution to make Nevada the 19th state to call for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.

    The day will include a free lunch, lobby training and visits, petition delivery, a hearing on the constitutional amendment resolution and keynote remarks from movement leaders in the fight to overturn Citizens United, including Jeff Clements, President of American Promise and author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations and Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Director of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign.

    If you can make it, please fill out the form below to help us gauge how many people to expect.

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    Sign the Petition to Make Nevada the 19th State to Call to Overturn Citizens United

    We’ll Deliver Your Signature to the Nevada Legislature on Monday

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates for unlimited secret money to pour into our elections like never before.

    Nevadans can help save democracy from billionaire and Big Business takeover with a resolution that would make the Silver State the 19th to call for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.

    Add Your Name

    We, the undersigned, call on the Nevada Legislature to pass SJR4 for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and return power to the people.

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    Pass the Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act

    Americans pay more for essential, life-saving medications than anyone else on earth.

    Senator Al Franken has introduced landmark legislation that would at last address Big Pharma’s immoral price gouging and monopoly power.

    Tell Congress to pass the Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act.

    Add Your Name

    Put the American people before Pharma’s profits! Pass Senator Al Franken’s Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act without delay.

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    Tell Donald Trump: Stop Taking Us Backwards on Climate Change

    Donald Trump has signed an “executive order” that wipes out much of the progress our country was making to avert catastrophic climate change.

    Trump’s action today is an outright giveaway to Dirty Energy industries. And it is a devastating setback in the fight to combat climate change.

    Tell Trump

    Stop putting corporate profits before the health of people and the planet.

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    Support a Strong Renewable Energy Plan for Austin

    The Austin City Council will soon vote on an update to the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan (Austin’s long-range energy plan).

    If you’re concerned about climate change, air pollution, affordability, or equitable access to Austin Energy programs, we need your support. With wind and solar energy now at record low prices and energy storage solutions coming on the market, a clean and affordable energy system is possible. Low bills don’t need to come at the price of polluting our most vulnerable communities or contributing to climate change.

    Petition to the Mayor and City Council of Austin

    Climate change impacts (like people being displaced from their homes due to flooding), air pollution and people struggling to pay their bills are serious problems in our community. The update to the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan (Austin’s long-range energy plan) is an opportunity to address all of these issues. We support a clean, just and affordable energy future. To ensure Austin is a leader on climate justice, we urge you to adopt a plan that prioritizes the retirement of the Fayette coal plant in 2022 and Decker gas plant in 2020, and expands renewable energy, local solar, energy efficiency and energy storage goals to put the utility on a path to be 100% carbon-free by 2030. The plan should also make local solar more accessible to low-income residents and renters to improve equity and provide much needed bill relief.

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    Replace NAFTA with a New Deal

    To Benefit Working People and the Environment in the U.S., Mexico and Canada

    As a candidate, Donald Trump said he would withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if he could not make it “a lot better.”

    The corporate lobby will be trying to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through NAFTA renegotiations. Trump rode his opposition to the TPP and promise to “fix” NAFTA right into the White House. We need to shine a bright spotlight on the NAFTA renegotiation process. We need NAFTA replaced by a deal that puts people and the planet first. And, we cannot let Trump get away with reviving the TPP through NAFTA renegotiations.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Support D.C. Fair Elections

    10 out of 13 D.C. councilmembers just introduced or co-sponsored the D.C. Fair Elections bill to amplify the voices of everyday residents in District elections.

    If passed, D.C. Fair Elections will allow candidates to run for office free of big money, by relying on small donations matched with limited public funds at a five-to-one rate.

    To preserve the integrity of our elections and ensure that our elected officials truly represent We the People, every councilmember must get behind this crucial small-donor empowerment bill.

    By taking action below, you will send an email urging the 3 councilmembers not yet supporting D.C. Fair Elections to publicly support the bill and a separate email thanking those who did for championing democracy in the District.

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    Take the Next Step: Attend the D.C. Fair Elections Campaign Kick-Off

    The D.C. Fair Elections bill was just introduced in the D.C. Council with overwhelming support. But we still have work to do to ensure it passes this year.

    Join community leaders and councilmembers on April 1 to hear about why the District needs forward thinking campaign finance reform and to plot next steps for the campaign to pass D.C. Fair Elections in 2017.

    Details:

    When: Saturday, April 1, 10:30am - 12:30pm

    Where: Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street NW

    RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends to join you!

    If you can make it, fill out the form below to help us gauge how many people to expect.

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    Support D.C. Fair Elections

    10 out of 13 D.C. councilmembers just introduced or co-sponsored the D.C. Fair Elections bill to amplify the voices of everyday residents in District elections.

    If passed, D.C. Fair Elections will allow candidates to run for office free of big money, by relying on small donations matched with limited public funds at a five-to-one rate.

    To preserve the integrity of our elections and ensure that our elected officials truly represent We the People, every councilmember must get behind this crucial small-donor empowerment bill.

    By taking action below, you will send an email urging the 3 councilmembers not yet supporting D.C. Fair Elections to publicly support the bill and a separate email thanking those who did for championing democracy in the District.

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    Help Protect Marylanders from Big Pharma’s Greed

    Three out of every four Maryland voters are personally concerned about the cost of prescription drugs. And 25 cents out of every $1 spent on private health plans in Maryland is on prescription drugs. Yet we know very little about how these drugs are priced.

    Fair drug pricing requires transparency and notification, and right now we have a chance to create a more transparent process in the Old Line State.

    Send a letter to your elected members of the Maryland General Assembly urging them to support this all-important legislation.

    Where it says “Street Number and Name,” please just enter your street address.

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    Call Governor Andrew Cuomo

    Urge Him to Support Crucial Democracy Reforms in the Empire State

    Governor Andrew Cuomo has the power to ensure that the New York state budget includes key funding for the New York Votes Act, which would proactively address our defunct democracy by making it easier for Empire State residents to register and to vote.

    Here’s how easy it is to call Governor Cuomo:

    1. Dial 518-474-8390, listen to the automated options and press 1 to speak to staff or 2 to leave a voicemail.

    2. Then say this: “I am calling to ensure that the governor includes funding for key democracy reforms in the New York state budget, including early voting, automatic voter registration and closing the LLC loophole.”

    3. Let us know below how your call went.

    That’s it. Call now!

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    Protect Frontline Communities Near Chemical Plants and Refineries from Toxic Exposure

    Support HB 1927 to Create a Toxic Chemical Emergency Alert System

    Living or working near a refinery or chemical plant means constant risk from exposure to toxic chemicals. These communities rely on sirens to let them know when a facility has released dangerous chemicals, but a siren doesn’t convey the detailed information people need to protect themselves and their families.

    House Bill 1927 by Texas Representative Eddie Rodriguez would create the Toxic Chemical Emergency Alert System to send alerts to people’s phones when a toxic release occurs. Instead of guessing what the level of danger is, people will get clear information about the chemicals released, what direction they are moving and what people should do.

    Email the House Environmental Regulation Committee Now

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    Thank You For Emailing Members of the D.C. Council

    Now Take the Next Step

    Call Council Chair Phil Mendelson and At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds and urge them to champion local democracy by co-introducing the D.C. Fair Elections Bill immediately.

    Chairman Mendelson: (202)724-8032

    At-Large Councilmember Bonds: (202)724-8064

    Sample Call Script:

    I am calling as a constituent to urge you to co-introduce the D.C. Fair Elections bill, which would make matching funds available to candidates who seek small donations and reject campaign contributions from Big Business.

    Small donor public financing of elections has seen great success in New York City — and a City Paper poll found that 80% of D.C. residents support public financing of District elections.

    I am calling on you to champion local democracy by amplifying the voices of small donors. Will you co-introduce the DC Fair Elections bill?

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went!

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    Urge Members of the D.C. Council to Co-Introduce the D.C. Fair Elections Bill

    Help Rein In Wealthy Donor Domination of District Elections

    When candidates for the D.C. Council rely on large contributions from corporate interests, the needs of everyday District residents — like affordable housing, good schools and dependable public transportation — too often take a back seat once they are elected.

    The D.C. Fair Elections bill would go a long way toward ensuring our needs are prioritized and addressed.

    Send an email to members of the D.C. Council urging them to co-introduce D.C. Fair Elections immediately.

    Type your information into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Demand Real Reform for the Texas Railroad Commission

    To Protect Texans, We Need Responsible Regulation of Oil and Gas Companies

    Like every Texas state agency, the Railroad Commission goes through a process called “Sunset,” in which lawmakers evaluate whether the agency is meeting its mission and if any improvements are needed before reauthorizing the agency to continue operating.

    For the past four years, the Texas legislature has kicked the can down the road by passing reauthorization bills without making improvements, even when they are desperately needed.

    The legislature is about to reauthorize the Railroad Commission for another 12 years. The bill being considered (HB 1818) would do almost nothing to reform the agency that needs a number of substantial changes to protect Texans.

    House Bill 1818 needs a lot of work, but the most important changes that the committee needs to include are:

    • Proper bonding requirements to cover the cost of sealing wells if they are abandoned by the company;
    • The creation of a searchable database to the Railroad Commission website with information relating to spills, inspections, complaints and enforcement actions, including fines and penalties;
    • Increased fines for violating regulations to deter repeated violations;
    • A name change, so the Railroad Commission would be called the “Texas Energy Resources Commission.” This way, people would know what the agency does (it doesn’t even regulate railroads!)

    Email Your Texas State Representative to Support Amendments to HB 1818

    Where it says “Street Number and Name,” please just enter your street address.

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    Oppose Donald Trump’s Immoral Budget Proposal and Poisonous Policy Riders

    Donald Trump’s proposed budget for 2018 will mean deep cuts to the agencies that protect our health and safety, our workplaces and wallets, and our environment and economy.

    We shouldn’t accept a budget that decimates critical public services and protections.

    Tell Congress you oppose Trump’s un-American budget proposal and any ideological policy riders attached to the funding package for 2017.

    Add Your Name Now

    We, the undersigned, strongly urge you to reject President Trump’s immoral budget proposal and to ensure that all funding packages that are signed into law are free from ideological policy riders.

    Trump’s budget would mean deep cuts to the agencies that protect our health and safety, our workplaces and wallets, and our environment and economy — and no budget should have policy giveaways to wealthy special interests attached to it.

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    Oppose Jay Clayton for SEC

    Donald Trump is putting Wall Street ahead of Main Street.

    Just look at his nominee to run the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): Jay Clayton — a former Goldman Sachs adviser known as Wall Street’s “bailout attorney.”

    Add Your Signature

    We are deeply concerned about Jay Clayton’s nomination to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Clayton represents Wall Street, not Main Street. Don’t allow him to run the agency that is supposed to protect the American people and everyday investors from Wall Street’s reckless impulses.

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    Great! Now Call Your Senators to Block Jay Clayton

    Thanks for signing the petition.

    The next step is to CALL YOUR SENATORS IMMEDIATELY.

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 to be connected with the office of one your senators.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge my senator to reject Jay Clayton to head the SEC. He’s too deeply tied to Wall Street.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know which Senate office(s) you called.

    That’s it! If you can, call again to reach your other senator.

  • Keep Wind Energy Growing in Texas

    Tell the Texas Senate to Vote "No" on SB 277

    The Texas Senate will vote on an anti-wind energy bill (SB 277) in the next few days. SB 277 would bar wind projects within about 35 miles of a military base from applying for economic development tax credits available to many businesses across the state.

    The result would be that more than 64,000 square miles of Texas land wouldn't see additional wind development. Texans in these rural areas would be denied the opportunity of significant earnings from leasing land for wind farms, and all Texans would be denied the lower electric bills and cleaner air that come with adding wind energy to our electric grid.

    This bill is entirely unnecessary because the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) already has a process to vet all proposed wind farms for possible problems with siting in relation to aviation activities at military bases. The DoD knows how to protect its bases and has clearly stated that case-by-case vetting is the best procedure, not arbitrary buffer zones.

    Email Your Texas State Senator to Stop This Anti-Wind Bill

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    Protect Maryland Construction Workers

    We need your help to pass commonsense worker safety legislation for government contractors.

    Companies entrusted with government contracts should show the highest standard for safety, beginning with their employees.

    H.B. 1510 would require construction companies bidding on taxpayer-funded projects to implement safety measures shown to save lives.

    Urge your Assembly Member to Support H.B. 1510 for Better Worker Safety

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    Demand Real Reform for the Texas Railroad Commission

    Responsible Regulation of Oil and Gas Companies Needed to Protect Texans

    The Energy Resources Committee of the Texas House of Representatives is poised to recommend a bill to reauthorize the Texas Railroad Commission without most of the needed reforms to the agency.

    House Bill 1818 needs a lot of work, but the most important changes that the committee needs to include are:

    • Proper bonding requirements to cover the cost of sealing wells if they are abandoned by the company
    • Add a searchable database to the Railroad Commission website with information relating to spills, inspections, complaints, and enforcement actions, including fines and penalties

    These basic reforms would be just the start to ensuring that oil and gas companies cover their own costs of doing business and that the public has fair access to information about which companies are repeatedly breaking the law.

    Email the House Energy Resources Committee Members Now

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    Call Governor Cuomo

    Governor Andrew Cuomo has the power to ensure that the New York state budget being debated this month includes key funding to restore our democracy.

    Here’s how easy it is to call Governor Cuomo:

    1. Dial 518-474-8390, then press 2.

    2. Say this to the assistant who answers (or leave a voice mail): “Please make sure that the governor includes funding for key democracy reforms — early voting, automatic voter registration and closing the LLC loophole in the budget.”

    3. Let us know below how your call went.

    That’s it. Call now!

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    Make Donald Trump Release His Tax Returns

    The American people deserve to know whether Donald Trump has financial ties to Russia and how his businesses will benefit from his actions as president.

    Since Trump is refusing to release his tax returns and show the American people what conflicts of interest he may have, we need your help passing the Presidential Tax Transparency Act.

    Tell your members of Congress to Support the Presidential Tax Transparency Act

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    Support These Bills That Protect Your Legal Rights

    Six bills in Congress would go a long way to curbing the rip-off clauses in the fine print of many contracts.

    These bills deal with forced arbitration, which limits your rights if you are ripped off or harmed by a corporation. Instead of being randomly assigned a judge in a public court, the corporation gets to pick the firm that will decide your dispute.

    The person deciding the case isn’t even required to have a legal background or consider the rule of law.

    Here’s a rundown of the bills:

    • The Arbitration Fairness Act ends pre-dispute forced arbitration in consumer, employment, civil rights and antitrust cases.
    • The Court Legal Access and Student Support (CLASS) Act stops for-profit colleges that get federal student aid funding from using forced arbitration.
    • The Justice for Servicemembers Act protects veterans who have issues with their civilian employers from being forced into arbitration.
    • The Justice for Victims of Fraud Act closes the “Wells Fargo loophole” by ending forced arbitration for checking and credit card accounts opened without a customer’s consent.
    • The Mandatory Arbitration Transparency Act stops corporations from using hush clauses and forced arbitration to sweep issues under the rug.
    • The Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests of the States Act stops forced arbitration from trumping civil rights claims.

    Corporations already have a lot of advantages when it comes to the law. If passed, these bills would help shift the balance of power back a bit toward consumers.

    Add Your Name Now

    We, the undersigned, urge Congress to pass these bills that will help restore and preserve consumers’ legal rights.

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    Jeff Sessions Must Resign

    Donald Trump is dreaming if he thinks we’re just going to sit by while his Attorney General — whose racist past should have disqualified him from being our country’s top law enforcement official in the first place — tries to weasel out of deceiving Congress about his conversations with the Russian government.

    Add Your Name Now

    We, the undersigned, call on Jeff Sessions to immediately resign.

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    Wall Street’s Worst Excuse Ever

    After the Great Recession of 2008, Congress passed a bill cracking down on some of Corporate America’s worst practices. Sadly, some of these rules still haven’t taken effect.

    One rule required by the law would make publicly traded companies show the difference in compensation between their CEO and the median employee. After five years of delays, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was set to make the rule take effect.

    A recent announcement has us concerned that the SEC is trying to undo or further delay the rule. That’s not right. We need you to add your voice and tell the SEC that we must not let Wall Street and other big corporations get away with hiding this information any longer.

    Send Your Comment on CEO Pay Today

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    Stop These Bills That Would Weaken Public Protections

    Three bills currently in Congress would undermine the work our country has done to improve worker safety, the environment and more:

    • The OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act (H. R. 1009) would increase Donald Trump’s control over independent agencies. In many cases, the agencies would be forced to value corporate profits over public health and the environment.
    • The SCRUB Act (H.R. 998) would create a new bureaucracy tasked only with removing regulations while doing nothing to identify the gaps, shortfalls and outdated standards that leave us vulnerable to the next public health tragedy and financial crisis.
    • The Regulatory Integrity Act (H.R. 1004) would greatly discourage public agencies from communicating with the people they serve. This ambiguous rule could lead to far less government transparency and the shuttering of social media accounts that inform millions of people on the important work being done by our government.

    Tell your members of Congress about the importance of voting “No” on these three bills that would weaken our public protections.

    Email Your Members of Congress Today

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    Investigate Trump’s Global Conflicts of Interest

    Rep. Jerry Nadler has filed a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to launch an investigation of Donald Trump’s global conflicts of interest.

    Join us in supporting congressional action to investigate Trump.

    Add Your Name Now

    We, the undersigned, support congressional action to investigate Donald Trump’s global conflicts of interest.

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    Reject Nuclear Waste Storage Scheme

    Send a Comment to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Add your name and any additional comment to the letter below.

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    Sign Up to Get Signatures on NAFTA Postcards to Trump

    You can print the postcards at home using this PDF — or sign up below to have one of our staffers call you, walk you through the process and mail postcards to you.

    We’ll organize a special delivery of the signed postcards to Trump at a strategic moment. To make sure your signed cards are included, please mail them to:

    Field Department
    Public Citizen’ Global Trade Watch
    215 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
    Washington, DC 20003

    Sign Up to Learn More and Get Postcards Mailed to You:

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    Stop Radioactive Waste From Coming Through Bexar County

    A private company, Waste Control Specialists (WCS), wants to store high-level radioactive waste in Andrews County in west Texas. If allowed, radioactive waste (spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants) would be shipped from around the country to the storage site. Trucks and trains with this deadly cargo would be passing through our communities — most likely including Bexar County — for 20 years.

    Texans will be stuck with dangerous radioactive waste from around the country, with nothing to show for it. WCS would profit while Texas communities, including those in Bexar County, would face the risk of a train derailment or a terrorist attack.

    There’s also a concern about potential contamination of the Ogallala Aquifer at the proposed storage site.

    Email Bexar County Judge Wolff and the County Commissioners to Oppose Radioactive Waste Shipments

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    Urge Members of the D.C. Council to Co-Introduce the D.C. Fair Elections Bill

    Help Rein In Wealthy Donor Domination of District Elections

    When candidates for the D.C. Council rely on large contributions from corporate interests, the needs of everyday District residents — like affordable housing, good schools and dependable public transportation — too often take a back seat once they are elected.

    The D.C. Fair Elections bill would go a long way toward ensuring our needs are prioritized and addressed.

    Send an email to members of the D.C. Council urging them to co-introduce D.C. Fair Elections immediately.

    Type your information into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Urge Your Senators to Co-Sponsor Elizabeth Warren’s Bill Requiring Trump to Divest

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call 1-866-985-2543 to be connected with the office of one your senators.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge my senator to co-sponsor Senator Warren’s bill (SB 65) requiring Donald Trump to divest.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know which office(s) you called.

    That’s it! If you can, call again to reach your other senator.

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    Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All Now

    Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress want to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and even privatize Medicare!

    But Americans by the millions are demanding the only REAL solution to our country’s health care crisis.

    Add Your Name Now

    Health care is a right. We must end the “pay or die” for-profit insurance nightmare once and for all. Single-payer, Medicare-for-All now!

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    Sign the Petition Opposing the U.S.-China BIT

    The U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) is a potential pact that has been under negotiation for years.

    At its core is the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system — the same corporate power grab we’ve been fighting in NAFTA for decades.

    The U.S.-China BIT would outsource jobs, reduce wages and empower Chinese multinational companies to sue the U.S. government before panels of three corporate lawyers for uncapped amounts of taxpayer money.

    Sign the Petition to the Trump Administration:

    We demand that the Trump administration withdraw the United States from negotiations on the U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).

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    Delay Pruitt Vote

    The Senate is about to vote on Donald Trump’s nominee to run the EPA — notorious climate science “skeptic” Scott Pruitt — even though he refuses to release his emails with dirty energy executives.

    Add Your Name Now

    Delay the vote on Scott Pruitt until the Senate can review his connections to Big Polluters.

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    Urge Governor Cuomo to Support the New York Votes Act

    New legislation in Albany — the New York Votes Act — would implement same day registration, early voting and automatic voter registration in the Empire State, helping to remove senseless roadblocks that keep New Yorkers from casting their ballots.

    We need Governor Cuomo to publicly support this bill so that the House will allocate funding for this essential piece of legislation.

    Add Your Name Below

    Governor Cuomo must advocate for the New York Votes Act to help strengthen democracy in the Empire State.

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    Oppose Mulvaney

    Mick Mulvaney has routinely sabotaged our nation’s ability to govern and trumpeted views that are wildly at odds with the preferences of voters in both parties.

    But if confirmed, Mulvaney would oversee the entire federal budget AND the consumer, environmental, health and safety, and workplace protections We the People rely on.

    Add Your Name Now

    The Senate must reject Mick Mulvaney’s nomination to run the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

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    Call Your Senators to Block Mulvaney

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 to be connected with the office of one your senators.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge my senator to reject Mick Mulvaney for OMB.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know which office(s) you called.

    That’s it! If you can, call again to reach your other senator.

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    Sign Up to Join Public Citizen’s Democracy Leaders Network

    Over the years, Public Citizen has built up a broad-base of “Democracy Leaders” to take our demands to the streets and grow our burgeoning democracy movement.

    As Trump treats the White House as a wholly-owned subsidiary of his corporate empire and publicly threatens our constitutional rights, the role of our Democracy Leaders has never been more vital.

    Join Democracy Leaders and you’ll get frequent updates on actions that you can take, as well as optional bi-weekly calls to connect you with professional organizers leading the resistance against Trump’s full-fledged attacks on our democracy and well-being.

    Sign Up Now to Join the Democracy Leaders and Do Your Part to Hold Donald Trump Accountable

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    Help Make New Hampshire the 19th State to Call to Overturn Citizens United

    Urge the House Election Law Committee to Vote “Yes” on HB 116

    As soon as tomorrow, New Hampshire lawmakers will vote on HB 116, a bill that would make the Granite State the 19th to call for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United — the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates for corporate money to pour into our elections like never before.

    The vote will be close. We have the support of Democrats, and need your help garnering the support of Republicans to drive this victory home.

    Send an email to members of the House Election Law Committee demanding they vote “Yes” on HB 116.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears. Please keep in mind that this action is intended to garner Republican support.

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    Oppose DeVos

    If the U.S. Senate confirms Donald Trump’s disastrous pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos — whose family has contributed over $200 million to right-wing politicians, including many of the senators about to vote on her confirmation — we could end up with a voucher system that prioritizes conservative religious schools.

    Add Your Name Now

    The Senate must reject Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

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    Call Your Senators to Block Tillerson

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 to be connected with the office of one your senators.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge the senator to reject Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know which office(s) you called.

    That’s it! If you can, call again to reach your other senator.

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    Help Make New Hampshire the 19th State to Call to Overturn Citizens United

    Urge the House Election Law Committee to Vote “Yes” on HB 116

    Tomorrow, New Hampshire lawmakers will vote on HB 116, a bill that would make the Granite State the 19th to call for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United — the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates for corporate money to pour into our elections like never before.

    The vote will be close. We have the support of Democrats, and need your help garnering the support of Republicans to drive this victory home.

    Send an email to members of the House Election Law Committee demanding they vote “Yes” on HB 116.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears. Please keep in mind that this action is intended to garner Republican support.

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    Save Public Protections from the CRA

    President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are unleashing big corporations to prey on American workers, consumers and families. How? By using the Congressional Review Act to wipe out public protections that keep us safe.

    The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to strike down recently issued protections by a simple majority vote in both chambers with limited debate, no possibility of a filibuster and the president’s signature. Americans have already lost 13 health, safety, pocketbook and environmental safeguards including broadband privacy and clean water protections. Even worse, the CRA blocks agencies from issuing rules that are “substantially the same” without authorization from Congress, meaning there’s no getting them back.

    In practical terms, Congress will have until May 10th to repeal rules finalized since last June – and more than 20 protections are still vulnerable to repeal. If we lose them, the robber barons allied with the Trump administration will be free to abuse, exploit and discriminate against regular Americans, knowing they won’t be held accountable.

    Tell Congress to stop using the Congressional Review Act.

    Write Your Members of Congress Today

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    Oppose Trump’s Immigration Ban

    Donald Trump has issued an edict banning citizens of seven Middle Eastern and African from coming to American essentially because of their religion.

    Add your name to oppose Trump’s xenophobic and anti-religious immigration ban.

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    Resist Trump’s Climate Censorship

    In just his first week, Donald Trump has scrubbed all mention of climate change from the White House website, imposed a gag order on scientists at the EPA and the Agriculture and Interior Departments, and blocked new safeguards to protect of our air, water and public land.

    Add Your Name to Oppose Trump’s Anti-Climate Censorship and Intimidation at the Interior Department

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    Restore the Voting Rights Act

    Instead of looking for the nonexistent “voter fraud” that Donald Trump claims lost him the popular vote, Congress should fully restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court gutted as part of an insidious voter suppression offensive designed to disenfranchise students, senior citizens, low-income Americans and people of color.

    Petition to Congress:

    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act and enforce our country’s election laws.

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    Replace NAFTA With a New Deal That Benefits Working People and the Environment in the U.S., Mexico and Canada

    Email Your Representative and Senators Now

    As a candidate, Donald Trump said he would withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if he could not make it “a lot better.”

    The corporate lobby will be trying to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through NAFTA renegotiations. We have to drown them out and demand that NAFTA be replaced by a deal that puts people and the planet first.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Great! Now Call the Instigator of the Undemocratic Repeal Ploy: Senate Majority Leader Blake Curd

    Thanks for signing the petition.

    The next step is to CALL SENATOR BLAKE CURD IMMEDIATELY.

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call Senator Blake Curd’s office at (605) 773-3821.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge Senator Curd to stop his attack on voters and cease his efforts to repeal the voter-approved Initiated Measure 22.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know you called.

    That’s it! If you can, call again to keep the pressure on.

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    Urge Extremist South Dakota Lawmakers to Stop Their Repeal Ploy

    Raise Your Voice Against the Brazen Effort to Undermine the Will of Voters

    Extremist politicians in South Dakota are invoking a fake “state of emergency” to repeal an anti-corruption law – Initiated Measure 22 – that voters just passed in November.

    Add your name below to demand that the South Dakota lawmakers behind this shameless political coup cease their repeal efforts immediately.

    We won't stay silent when our elected officials shamelessly overturn election results. Listen to the will of voters. Do not repeal the voter-approved Initiated Measure 22.

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    Do Not Let Trump Hang a “CLOSED” Sign on America’s Front Door

    Donald Trump is planning to ban vast numbers of immigrants — even refugees from horrific violence — from coming to America.

    But Trump’s own mother was born in Scotland, his father’s parents were born in Germany and his wife was born in Slovenia.

    Add your name below to oppose Trump’s hypocritical and un-American attempts to slam the door on those who want to make better lives for themselves here.

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    Call Senator Rubio to Block Tillerson

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call his office at (202) 224-3041.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge Senator Rubio to reject Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know you made the call..

    That’s it!

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    Call Senator Collins to Block Tillerson

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call his office at (202) 224-2523.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge Senator Collins to reject Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know you made the call..

    That’s it!

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    Call Senator Manchin to Block Tillerson

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call his office at (202) 224-3954.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge Senator Manchin to reject Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know you made the call..

    That’s it!

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    Call Senator Graham to Block Tillerson

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call his office at (202) 224-5972.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge Senator Graham to reject Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know you made the call..

    That’s it!

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    Commit to Take Action Every Two Weeks

    The Women’s March on Washington and events across the country were a resounding rejection of Donald Trump and a mass outcry with no precedent in American history.

    But the Trump White House and the Republican Congress are preparing to deliver on a corporate and ideologically extremist agenda that threatens our freedom and our democracy, our health care and our planet, our economic security and our most fundamental rights.

    Can you commit to take at least one action for justice and democracy, compassion and decency, every two weeks?

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    Call Senator McCain to Block Tillerson

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call his office at (202) 224-2235.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge Senator McCain to reject Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know you made the call..

    That’s it!

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    Save Public Protections from the CRA

    President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are unleashing big corporations to prey on American workers, consumers and families. How? By using the Congressional Review Act to wipe out public protections that keep us safe.

    The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to strike down recently issued protections by a simple majority vote in both chambers with limited debate, no possibility of a filibuster and the president’s signature. Americans have already lost 13 health, safety, pocketbook and environmental safeguards including broadband privacy and clean water protections. Even worse, the CRA blocks agencies from issuing rules that are “substantially the same” without authorization from Congress, meaning there’s no getting them back.

    In practical terms, Congress will have until May 10th to repeal rules finalized since last June – and more than 20 protections are still vulnerable to repeal. If we lose them, the robber barons allied with the Trump administration will be free to abuse, exploit and discriminate against regular Americans, knowing they won’t be held accountable.

    Tell Congress to stop using the Congressional Review Act.

    Write Your Members of Congress Today

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    Reject Tom Price for HHS Secretary

    Add your name below to tell the U.S. Senate to reject Donald Trump’s nomination of Tom Price to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

    Tom Price advocates privatizing Medicare. That makes him disqualified to run the very government agency that is in charge of Medicare. Do not confirm Tom Price.

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    Call Your Senators to Block Tom Price

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and follow the simple instructions to be connected with the office of one your senators. If the number is busy, keep trying.

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge my senator to reject Tom Price for secretary of Health & Human Services.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know which Senate office(s) you called.

    That’s it! If you can, call again to reach your other senator.

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    Sign the Petition Demanding a Real NAFTA Renegotiation

    As a candidate, Donald Trump said he would withdraw from NAFTA if he could not make it “a lot better.” The corporate lobby will be trying to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through NAFTA renegotiations. We have to drown them out. Add your name to demand that NAFTA is replaced by a deal that puts people and the planet first.

    Sign the Petition to the Trump Administration:

    We demand that the Trump administration renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to truly make the deal work for working people in all three countries, not just multinational corporations. This will require, at a minimum:

    • Ending the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system that empowers multinational companies to sue our government before a panel of three corporate lawyers to obtain uncapped sums of money, including for lost future profit, from American taxpayers and incentivizes job offshoring.

    • Eliminating rules against Buy American and pro-human rights and environmental procurement preferences so our tax dollars are reinvested to grow jobs and promote our values.

    • Adding strong and enforceable labor and environmental standards.

    • Requiring all food and other imported products and all services covered by NAFTA meet U.S. environmental, health and other standards.

    • Blocking proposed new terms that would make NAFTA even worse, such as monopoly protections for Big Pharma that keep medicine prices outrageously high.

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    An Open Letter from Physicians Regarding the Nomination of Tom Price

    We urge the Senate to reject the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as head of the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Price’s record indicates that his confirmation as Secretary would be disastrous for patients, doctors, and all who care about the health of the American people.

    • Together with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Price has pushed to replace Medicare with a “premium support” (i.e. voucher) program that would threaten traditional Medicare, increase out-of-pocket costs for seniors, and bolster the profits of the private insurance and financial services industries.
    • Price, along with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services nominee Seema Verma, has supported converting Medicaid into a block grant program. This would allow states free reign to implement cruel Medicaid cutbacks and policies that compromise the health of their poorest residents. (Verma’s health savings accounts in Indiana are a prime example.)
    • Price has been hostile to family planning, and has endorsed policies that would place millions of women at risk. His extreme views include opposition to abortion under almost all circumstances, a preference for “religious freedom” over access to contraception, and an obsession with eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
    • Price has a long history of opposition to LGBT rights. As HHS secretary, he may decline to enforce nondiscrimination provisions of existing laws. Furthermore, his preferred Medicaid policies would restrict access to HIV/AIDS treatment for the most vulnerable patients.

    Price’s health policy prescriptions would move our nation’s health care system in the wrong direction, endangering the health of tens of millions. These policies would further obstruct access to care and concentrate even more power in the hands of corporate interests. What America needs, now more than ever, is a single-payer national health program — an improved Medicare for all.

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    An Open Letter from Physicians Regarding the Nomination of Tom Price

    We urge the Senate to reject the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as head of the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Price’s record indicates that his confirmation as Secretary would be disastrous for patients, doctors, and all who care about the health of the American people.

    • Together with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Price has pushed to replace Medicare with a “premium support” (i.e. voucher) program that would threaten traditional Medicare, increase out-of-pocket costs for seniors, and bolster the profits of the private insurance and financial services industries.
    • Price, along with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services nominee Seema Verma, has supported converting Medicaid into a block grant program. This would allow states free reign to implement cruel Medicaid cutbacks and policies that compromise the health of their poorest residents. (Verma’s health savings accounts in Indiana are a prime example.)
    • Price has been hostile to family planning, and has endorsed policies that would place millions of women at risk. His extreme views include opposition to abortion under almost all circumstances, a preference for “religious freedom” over access to contraception, and an obsession with eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
    • Price has a long history of opposition to LGBT rights. As HHS secretary, he may decline to enforce nondiscrimination provisions of existing laws. Furthermore, his preferred Medicaid policies would restrict access to HIV/AIDS treatment for the most vulnerable patients.

    Price’s health policy prescriptions would move our nation’s health care system in the wrong direction, endangering the health of tens of millions. These policies would further obstruct access to care and concentrate even more power in the hands of corporate interests. What America needs, now more than ever, is a single-payer national health program — an improved Medicare for all.

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    An Open Letter from Physicians Regarding the Nomination of Tom Price

    We urge the Senate to reject the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as head of the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Price’s record indicates that his confirmation as Secretary would be disastrous for patients, doctors, and all who care about the health of the American people.

    • Together with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Price has pushed to replace Medicare with a “premium support” (i.e. voucher) program that would threaten traditional Medicare, increase out-of-pocket costs for seniors, and bolster the profits of the private insurance and financial services industries.
    • Price, along with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services nominee Seema Verma, has supported converting Medicaid into a block grant program. This would allow states free reign to implement cruel Medicaid cutbacks and policies that compromise the health of their poorest residents. (Verma’s health savings accounts in Indiana are a prime example.)
    • Price has been hostile to family planning, and has endorsed policies that would place millions of women at risk. His extreme views include opposition to abortion under almost all circumstances, a preference for “religious freedom” over access to contraception, and an obsession with eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
    • Price has a long history of opposition to LGBT rights. As HHS secretary, he may decline to enforce nondiscrimination provisions of existing laws. Furthermore, his preferred Medicaid policies would restrict access to HIV/AIDS treatment for the most vulnerable patients.

    Price’s health policy prescriptions would move our nation’s health care system in the wrong direction, endangering the health of tens of millions. These policies would further obstruct access to care and concentrate even more power in the hands of corporate interests. What America needs, now more than ever, is a single-payer national health program — an improved Medicare for all.

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    Be Ready to Fight Bad Texas Legislation

    The Texas Legislature is in session for only five months every two years. But that’s plenty of time to do significant damage to our communities and our state.

    Last session, lawmakers banned local governments from regulating oil and gas activities — not just a ban on fracking bans, but a ban on any regulations that would in any way restrict extraction activities. Want to put a fracking well next to a nursing home or in the middle of a residential neighborhood? No problem!

    Our local governments have been picking up the slack in many areas where the state doesn’t do what’s right for the people of Texas. State lawmakers see that as a threat and will continue to chip away at local control wherever they can.

    As the attacks on our environment and our communities come, we’ll need people power to fight back. We’ll need people to send emails, make calls and write letters to the editor. Sometimes we’ll ask for volunteers to visit local offices of state senators and representatives. And we’ll let you know when there are key public hearings at the Texas Capitol in Austin.

    You don’t have to do it all — just participate when and how you can.

    Be Ready to Fight Back — Commit to Take Action

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    Great! Now Call Your Senators to Block Tillerson

    Thanks for signing the petition.

    The next step is to CALL YOUR SENATORS IMMEDIATELY.

    It takes just a minute or two. And don’t worry, you won’t have to debate policy with anybody!

    Here’s how easy it is:

    1. Call 1-855-636-8150. After a short message about Tillerson, follow the simple instructions to be connected with the office of one your senators

    2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone (or leave a voicemail): “I am calling to urge the senator to reject Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.”

    3. Use the space below to let us know which Senate office(s) you called.

    That’s it! If you can, call again to reach your other senator.

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    Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson is Disqualified for Secretary of State

    Add your name below to tell the U.S. Senate to reject Donald Trump’s nomination of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State.

    Climate change is the gravest threat humanity has ever faced. Working with other countries to confront the crisis must be a top priority for our nation’s top diplomat. Running one of the world’s biggest dirty energy corporations — a company with a decades-long record of denying climate science and intimidating those trying to address the problem — makes Tillerson categorically unqualified for such a key role on the world stage.

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    Reduce Pollution from Texas Coal-Fired Power Plants

    Support the EPA Plan Before Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt Take Over

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a plan for Texas to reduce haze caused by pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Clean Air Act includes a provision to protect the air quality in our most treasured natural areas — including national parks, national monuments and wilderness areas — but Texas has failed to develop a plan that will make the needed progress.

    We need your help to show Trump and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (Trump’s pick to run the EPA) that Texans care about clean air. We care about protecting our national parks — Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains — and we care about protecting our health.

    WHEN: Tuesday, January 10 (Open House: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.; Public Hearing: 4 – 8 p.m.)
    WHERE: Joe C. Thompson Conference Center (at UT Austin campus), room 3.102 (2405 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin)

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing and Support Clean Air

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    Keep the Trump Administration accountable

    The countless and inherent conflicts of interest between Trump’s vast corporate empire and his responsibilities as president are all but guaranteed to result in scandal upon scandal upon scandal.

    On top of that he's making choice after choice to nominate advisors and cabinet members with worrying corporate ties.

    Add your name below to show your opposition to Trump's Corporate Cabinet.

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    Save our Regulatory System

    Three bills could upend decades of progress we’ve made in making our environment cleaner, food supply safer, financial system more reliable and much more.

    The REINS Act would require big-ticket public protections — those that provide the most health, safety, environmental and economic benefits — to be approved by both chambers of Congress before taking effect. REINS is nothing more than a back-door way to gut enforcement of existing legislation and future safeguards that big-money interests do not want. It would allow Congress to block vital public protections simply by doing nothing.

    The Midnight Rules Relief Act would expand a rarely used law called the Congressional Review Act, which allows a new Congress to strike down regulatory protections established in the last six months under the previous president. Instead of erasing them one at a time, as a current law requires, Midnight Rules would let Congress to wipe out dozens – perhaps even hundreds – of them at a time.

    Finally, there is the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA). Even though it already takes many years for a new public protection to navigate the regulatory process, the bill would add more than 80 burdensome and time-consuming hurdles to that process — paralyzing agencies that already are struggling to operate under tight budgets.

    In addition, the RAA would establish a default requirement that agencies adopt rules that are the least costly to industry, irrespective of the public benefits – overriding the Clean Air Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and dozens of other laws that make protecting the public and workers the highest priority./p>

    All three bills would leave tens of millions of Americans vulnerable to job losses, wage cuts, workplace and environmental disasters, and more. Eviscerating our system of public protections would allow giant corporations to devastate entire communities and get away with it.

    REINS and Midnight Rules have already passed in the House of Representatives. But we can still stop the RAA, and block all three bills in the Senate.

    Write Your Members of Congress Today

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    Block Big Polluter Puppet from Heading EPA

    Donald Trump is handing the United States government over to Big Business by naming CEOs and corporate shills to run key agencies and departments.

    Add your name below to demand the Senate block Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the EPA.

    We the undersigned urge you to reject Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s nominee to be administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt has little respect for the agency he has been nominated to run — he has even repeatedly sued the EPA for implementing clean air and water protections and then bragged about it. He has an unprecedented alliance with one of the industries the agency regulates, and he cannot be counted on to put the public interest before polluter profits.

    After you sign the petition, you will be directed to our coalition action page, where you can be connected with your senator’s office to further urge rejection of Pruitt.

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    Speak Up Against Citizens United – For a Democracy For All

    The Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates for unlimited money to pour into our politics at an unprecedented rate — putting democracy on the auction block.

    This election is case in point: 94% of Senate races and 96% of House races went to the candidate who received the most millionaire and Big Business money.

    America may be more divided than ever before, but it’s never been clearer:

    We need to raise our voices to save American democracy.

    Add Your Name to Say You’re Against Unlimited Money Corrupting the Democratic Process and You Want a Democracy For All

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    Protect Texas Communities from Toxic Pollution from Oil Refineries

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an improved rule to protect people from the toxic pollution that comes from oil refineries.

    Please join us in supporting the strengthening and adoption of the proposed rule.

    Email the EPA to Support Rules that Protect Communities from Refinery Pollution

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    Support Elizabeth Warren’s Bill Requiring Donald Trump To Divest Before Taking Office

    The countless and inherent conflicts of interest between Trump’s vast corporate empire and his responsibilities as president are all but guaranteed to result in scandal upon scandal upon scandal.

    When the U.S. Senate reconvenes in the New Year, Elizabeth Warren plans to introduce legislation requiring Donald Trump to fully divest his personal and corporate financial interests before taking office.

    Add your name below to support legislation requiring Donald Trump to fully divest before taking office.

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    Reject Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

    Add your name below to tell the U.S. Senate to reject Donald Trump’s nomination of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State.

    For numerous reasons — including his ties to the Putin regime in Russia, his company’s decades-long cover-up of the truth about global warming, and his utter lack of government experience — Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson should not be Secretary of State.

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    Sign the Pledge to Keep Fighting Against Corporate-Driven Trade Deals and FOR Alternatives that Put People and the Planet First

    Add your name in solidarity with the activists worldwide who stopped the TPP.

    Sign the Pledge:

    I pledge to keep fighting unfair, corporate-driven trade deals like the TPP that expand and lock in corporate power over our lives and governments. I will work in solidarity with international allies for fair trade that puts people and the planet first.

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    Take a Stand Against Trump’s Corruption

    Donald Trump is handing the United States government over to Big Business by naming CEOs and corporate shills to run key agencies and departments.

    Add your name below to oppose Trump’s corruption.

    Giving key government jobs to CEOs, corporate shills and campaign contributors is the very definition of corruption. Stop it.

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    Tell Your Senators: Vote “No!” on 21st Century Cures Act.

    The so-called “21st Century Cures Act” is a corporate giveaway to Big Pharma that threatens patient safety and does nothing to address medicine affordability for America’s patients and families.

    Add your name below to join Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in standing up to the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, not giving them more handouts.

    We urge you to vote “No!” on the misleadingly named 21st Century Cures Act — a brazen corporate giveaway to Big Pharma that will NOT make prescriptions more affordable and will NOT guarantee added funding for new research and treatments.

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    Ask the D.C. Council to Push for a Vote on the Citizens Fair Election Act

    Help Rein In Wealthy Donor Domination of District Elections

    The Citizens Fair Election Act would make matching funds available to candidates who seek small donations and reject campaign contributions from Big Business and the rich, changing who candidates are accountable to once elected.

    The D.C. Council recently held a hearing on the bill and while it’s still fresh in the minds of councilmembers, now is the time to urge them to pressure Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie — Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary — to schedule a vote on this crucial measure.

    Send an email to members of the D.C. Council demanding they pressure Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie to schedule a vote on the Citizens Fair Election Act immediately.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Petition: No 28-Hour Shifts for Novice Doctors

    Add your name below if you think hospitals should not be allowed to force medical school graduates in their very first year of training to work dangerously long 28-hour shifts.

    We oppose allowing medical interns to work shifts longer than the current limit of 16 hours. The research is clear: Tired interns are more likely to make mistakes that injure or even kill their patients and more likely to be injured themselves. The American people are counting on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to keep us safe.

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    Plan or Attend a Local Organizing Meeting to Beat Back the Trump Agenda

    In the aftermath of November 8th, it has never been more important for us to come together — to oppose oppression, expose corruption and demand democracy.

    The community meetings being organized are about gathering our forces at the local level — but at a national scale. We are calling on you to step up, host or join a meeting and speak out.

    The meetings will feature speakers from our national movement to save democracy, highlight ways we can all act to protect the communities being targeted by the Trump agenda and crucially will provide space for attendees to organize locally and hold the Trump administration accountable for corruption every step of the way.

    If you’ve never attended or planned a community meeting before, that’s OK. This new political terrain is giving rise to a new population of activists who know now is the time to step up.

    RSVP to Attend or Host an Organizing Meeting to Oppose Oppression, Expose Corruption and Demand Democracy in the Trump Era

    No Prior Experience Necessary

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    Say You’re In for the Open and Accountable Elections Act in Portland

    Across Oregon, corporate and megadonor money has way too much influence in our elections — affecting who can run for office, the issues that are debated, who wins, and ultimately, the public policy made.

    But Portland’s Open and Accountable Elections Act — an innovative resolution that would make matching funds available to candidates who seek small donations and reject campaign contributions from Big Business and the rich — would put We the People back in charge.

    New York City has already created a similar program — and it represents a real commitment to amplifying the voices of small donors in city politics and diluting the influence of wealthy special interests.

    Portland could be the next to lead the way!

    Add Your Name to the Petition In Support of the Open and Accountable Elections Act

    I’m in for Portland Fair Elections! I support empowering We The People in Portland elections, and having Oregon serve as a model for the rest of the country in reclaiming a government truly of, by and for the people.

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    Tell Trump: No Corporate Polluters in Administration

    Donald Trump intends to let dirty energy lobbyists and petrochemical tycoons run the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Add your name below to oppose putting corporate polluters in charge of our nation’s energy and environmental policies.

    You campaigned on getting corporate shills out of government. But now you want to give dirty energy lobbyists and petrochemical tycoons key positions in your administration. Put public health and our planet’s future before polluter profits!

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    Trump: Divest from All Business Interests Before Taking Office

    The scope of Trump’s empire means that his businesses are impacted by a wide range of government policies, including taxes, consumer protection, civil justice, financial regulation, employee rights, foreign policy, and much more.

    The American people need to know that Trump is not running the government to benefit his own corporate empire.

    Add your name below to demand that Trump completely divest from all business interests before taking office.

    Your duties to the American people must prevail over your personal financial interests. We call on you to completely divest from all Trump businesses, and to create a genuine firewall between those businesses and your administration, before you take office.

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    Trump: Divest from All Business Interests Before Taking Office

    The scope of Trump’s empire means that his businesses are impacted by a wide range of government policies, including taxes, consumer protection, civil justice, financial regulation, employee rights, foreign policy, and much more.

    The American people need to know that Trump is not running the government to benefit his own corporate empire.

    Add your name below to demand that Trump completely divest from all business interests before taking office.

    Your duties to the American people must prevail over your personal financial interests. We call on you to completely divest from all Trump businesses, and to create a genuine firewall between those businesses and your administration, before you take office.

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    No More Corporate-Rigged Trade Deals!

    Sign the Petition to Congress

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would have expanded corporate power over our government and our lives. It would have been an unprecedented disaster for our economy, consumer protections, jobs, health and safety, the environment, and much, much more.

    Thanks to YEARS of fighting — by Public Citizen, allies here and abroad, and millions of engaged citizens — the TPP is on its last legs.

    Add Your Name Below to Tell Congress:

    Oppose corporate-rigged trade deals like the TPP and fight for trade agreements that put people and the planet first.

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    No More Corporate-Rigged Trade Deals!

    Sign the Petition to Congress

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would have expanded corporate power over our government and our lives.. It would have been an unprecedented disaster for our economy, consumer protections, jobs, health and safety, the environment, and much, much more.

    Thanks to YEARS of fighting — by Public Citizen, allies here and abroad, and millions of engaged citizens — the TPP is on its last legs.

    Add Your Name Below to Tell Congress:

    Oppose corporate-rigged trade deals like the TPP and fight for trade agreements that put people and the planet first.

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    Join Us at the Rally for Social and Economic Justice and Equality

    Thursday, November 17, in Washington, D.C. — With Sen. Bernie Sanders

    Join U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and a broad array of labor, environmental, health care, consumer and other advocacy groups in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, November 17. We will celebrate how people’s power has brought the dangerous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to its knees and join together to promote a people’s agenda and a common commitment to stepping up grassroots mobilizations for economic and social justice and equality as the incoming Trump administration takes office.

    An international movement of people united against corporate power is why the TPP is on its last legs. Especially right now, let us recognize that people power can beat the united forces of a U.S. president, congressional leaders and the entire corporate lobby. Join the rally!

    What:      Rally for Social and Economic Justice and Equality
    When:     Thursday, November 17, 1 to 3 p.m.
    Where:    Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. View map.

    Sign Up Below So We Know How Many People to Expect

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    Call Your Representative Now to Reject Corporate Trade Deals Like the TPP

    Join Today’s National Call-in Against the TPP and Make Sure Congress Gets the Message: The Era of Corporate Trojan-Horse Trade Deals Must End

    Don’t worry — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Making this call is quick and easy.

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call the TPP Action Line at 1-888-659-7351. You will be prompted to enter you zip code and then you’ll be connected to your representative’s office.

    2. Ask to speak with the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    3. When you speak with a staffer or go to voicemail, you can use this script to help shape your thoughts, but leaving a message in your own words is best:

    • I am constituent calling to urge my representative to oppose corporate-driven trade deals.
    • I would like a letter sent to my home address confirming that my representatives opposes the TPP.
    • I know the TPP is on its last legs and that is why we may be spared from the TPP’s tribunals of corporate lawyers ordering us taxpayers to fork over millions when our laws get attacked — and from the TPP’s threats to Americans’ jobs, foods safety, and so much more.
    • But I want to know my representative will make sure the TPP is not revived and that our new trade policy rejects corporate influence to truly put people and the planet first.

    4. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Abolish the Electoral College

    The Electoral College puts our entire democracy in the hands of “swing” voters in just a few states.

    But most of us live in solidly “red” or “blue” states, which means we are all but ignored by the candidates from BOTH major parties.

    Add your name below to join the millions of Americans calling to abolish the outdated Electoral College.

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    Speak Up Against Citizens United – For a Democracy For All

    The Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates for unlimited money to pour into our politics at an unprecedented rate — putting democracy on the auction block.

    This election is case in point: 94% of Senate races and 96% of House races went to the candidate who received the most millionaire and Big Business money.

    America may be more divided than ever before, but it’s never been clearer:

    We need to raise our voices to save American democracy.

    Add Your Name to Say You’re Against Unlimited Money Corrupting the Democratic Process and You Want a Democracy For All

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    Keep Our Budget Free of Ideological Riders

    The American people support policies to safeguard our food, our water and our environment. We overwhelmingly want safe and fair workplaces, to prevent consumer rip-offs and to lessen the influence of big money in politics.

    Yet conservative politicians will try and include bills that will damage all of the above.

    We need you to make sure this doesn’t happen.

    Email Your Legislators Asking Them to Support a Clean Spending Bill

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    Amend the Constitution to Prevent Corporate Control of Elections and Save Democracy

    The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations can spend as much money as they want promoting or attacking candidates for elected office.

    Join the movement for a constitutional amendment to keep corporations from taking over our democracy and to clarify that the First Amendment is for people, not corporations.

    Add Your Name to Call Foul on Citizens United and Join the Movement to Save Our Democracy

    We 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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    Oppose AT&T - Time Warner Merger

    If AT&T is allowed to buy Time Warner, it would be one of the biggest corporate mergers ever.

    Add your name to oppose this anti-consumer merger.

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    Sign the Petition

    Stop Facebook from Giving Big Pharma the Power Delete Critical Comments

    Many patients use Facebook to connect with others who are suffering from the same illness as they are.

    But Facebook’s new plan could put Big Pharma in charge of its medical illness communities — giving drug companies the power to DELETE discussions and inundate users with UNWANTED ADS.

    If we don’t speak out, Facebook could take away one of the most powerful new means for raising awareness about Big Pharma rip-offs.

    Petition to Facebook:

    Don’t let drug companies take over online support communities and silence consumers who raise alarms about rip-offs and nasty side effects.

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    Tell Congress to Close the Wall Street CEO Tax Loophole

    In 1993, Congress passed a law meant to rein in excessive CEO pay. But the new law left an unfortunate loophole for so-called “performance pay,” which has been exploited by Wall Street ever since.

    Between 2012 and 2015, the top 20 U.S. banks paid more than $2 billion to their top five executives in fully tax-deductible performance pay, costing taxpayers $725 million.

    Wells Fargo alone paid its recently fired CEO John Stumpf $155 million in performance pay during the time of the national scandal — costing taxpayers $54 million.

    U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) have proposed a fix — the Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act (S. 1127/ H.R.2103) — to close this tax loophole and rein in abuses by financial firms.

    Tell Congress to Close the Tax Loophole by Passing the Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act Immediately

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    Reject Unlawful Lethal Waste Dump

    Tell the NRC to Throw Out Premature Radioactive Waste Proposal

    Add Your Name to Stop this Illegitimate and Wasteful Storage Scheme

    As a concerned citizen, I urge you to cease consideration of a private consolidated waste storage facility in Texas. Consideration of this illegitimate application is premature, unlawful and a waste of taxpayer money.

    Current federal law does not permit the government to take responsibility for lethal spent fuel until a permanent repository is established.

    Moreover, moving forward with this proposal would undercut current federal efforts to develop a new approach to toxic waste storage and disposal that seeks state and community consent.

    Lastly, the agency has determined that nuclear waste can be stored safely onsite for up to 30 years past a reactor’s operating license until its eventual transport to a permanent repository.

    Rather than waste any more time on this proposed consolidated storage facility, the agency should focus its efforts on safeguarding spent fuel onsite.

    Thank you for your consideration.

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    Support Fair Elections Howard Measure A

    Help Get Out the Vote For Measure A and Put We the People Back in Charge of Howard County Elections

    By voting “yes” on Measure A, Howard County voters like you can empower the Howard County Council to create a Citizens Election Fund — making local small donor public financing of elections possible and keeping outside, mega-donors from drowning out our voices.

    With so little time left before Election Day — and with early voting already underway — we need your help to reach your friends and neighbors about Measure A before it’s too late.

    Sign up to volunteer to flyer for Measure A at early voting locations here and on Election Day here.

    To join Our Revolution and Fair Elections Howard for a Yes On Measure A phone-banking event this Saturday, October 29, sign up here.

    Add Your Name If You Support Fair Elections Howard Measure A and the Creation of a Citizens Election Fund

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    Join Us at the Rock Against the TPP Concert

    Nationwide Concert/Rally Tour Comes to Pittsburgh

    Sign up for the free show to see great bands and high-profile speakers joining together to educate the public about the corporate-driven Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    What:      Rock Against the TPP Concert
    When:     Thursday, November 3, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Where:    Mr. Smalls Theater, 400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale, PA 15209

    Sign up for the Events Below

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    Attend the San Antonio Sustainability Summit

    Make Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Part of the Conversation

    The San Antonio Office of Sustainability is hosting the San Antonio Sustainability Summit to share information, inspire action in the community and get ideas from people like you.

    San Antonio’s SA Tomorrow initiative includes a Sustainability Plan — but that plan doesn’t include goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for climate change.

    Given that climate change is the greatest threat facing our planet, that’s a big missing piece.

    The San Antonio Sustainability Summit will offer opportunities to express your desire for a San Antonio Climate Action Plan to the city officials that would be in charge of developing such a plan. There’s truly nothing quite as impactful as showing up in person to voice your opinions.

    WHEN: Tuesday, November 1, 5-8 p.m.
    WHERE: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Grotto (900 E. Market St.)

    Kaiba White from Public Citizen’s Texas office will be at the summit and would be happy to share insight about her experience helping to develop a Community Climate Plan in Austin.

    Sign Up to Attend the San Antonio Sustainability Summit

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    It’s Time for a San Antonio Climate Action Plan

    San Antonio City Officials Should Start an Open Process to Set Local Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

    Cities have an important role to play in combating the global climate crisis. And reducing greenhouse gas emissions will have many other benefits — including improving the local air quality.

    Developing a climate action plan is crucial.

    Determining the current level of greenhouse gases coming from your city, setting goals for reducing — or even eliminating — those emissions and, ultimately, developing specific action items that will lead to greenhouse gas reductions can make a very real impact.

    Once such a climate action plan is developed, the focus will turn to implementing those action items.

    Throughout every step of this process, public involvement is critical. Your ideas, your life experiences and your vision for what a sustainable community should look like can help San Antonio craft the strong climate action plan we need.

    Help us push San Antonio city officials to get serious about developing a climate action plan alongside San Antonio residents like you.

    Sign the Petition in Support of Developing a San Antonio Climate Action Plan

    I call on the City of San Antonio to develop a Climate Action Plan that sets clear goals for reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions in every sector and establishes specific action items that will make meeting those goals possible. Public participation should drive the development of the plan, and goals should be set based on the scientific consensus on climate change. Co-benefits — such as reduced local air pollution — should be identified in the plan. Climate change is a global problem, but cities — especially large cities like San Antonio — can be a significant part of the solution. We are already feeling the effects of climate change, so the time to act is now.

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    Help Break the Special Interest Grip on Political Power in South Dakota

    Vote "Yes" On IM-22 — the South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act

    Initiated Measure 22 — on the ballot this November — seeks to upend the state's political establishment. But the Koch network is trying to keep it from passing.

    For the sake of democracy in South Dakota — the only state in America where lobbyists and would-be plutocrats like the Koch Brothers can give secret, unlimited gifts to politicians — we must ensure the Kochs lose their fight to take down IM-22.

    A victory on the Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act will send a resounding message that the people of South Dakota have had it with all the secrecy and corruption undermining integrity in our government. And it will foster a democracy accountable to the residents of South Dakota only.

    Add Your Name If You Support Initiated Measure 22 — the South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act

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    Thank You for Taking Action

    Now Join a Call to Fight TPP with San Diego Activists Tomorrow

    San Diego-area representative Susan Davis is one of just a handful of Congress members still undecided on the TPP, and her vote could make all the difference.

    Join activist and “cancer thriver” Zahara Heckscher and California lead organizer Will Wiltschko for an organizing call as they discuss what needs to be done in your district in the fight against the TPP.

    Details for the San Diego TPP Organizing Call:

    • Wednesday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m. PST
    • Call in number: (641) 715-0632
    • Access Code: 421937

    Sign Up for the Call Below to Receive a Reminder Email

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    A Vietnamese blogger — Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh — has been arrested on charges of “spreading propaganda against the state,” because she wrote about her government’s handling of a toxic spill.

    History shows that the TPP would not improve conditions. Past deals have included platitudes about human rights — and then once a trade deal is passed, children, workers and activists languish without conditions improving.

    Email your representative and urge him or her to stand up for human rights by calling for the release of Ms. Quynh and announcing opposition to TPP.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    A Vietnamese blogger — Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh — has been arrested on charges of “spreading propaganda against the state,” because she wrote about her government’s handling of a toxic spill.

    History shows that the TPP would not improve conditions. Past deals have included platitudes about human rights — and then once a trade deal is passed, children, workers and activists languish without conditions improving.

    Email your representative and urge him or her to stand up for human rights by calling for the release of Ms. Quynh and announcing opposition to TPP.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Stop Big Pharma from Cashing In on Poisoned Children

    Sign the Petition to Demand that Valeant Reverse its 2,700% Price Hikes on Lead Poisoning Medicine

    Between 2013 and 2014, Valeant Pharmaceuticals raised the price of an essential treatment for severe lead poisoning by more than 2,700%.

    This is one more appalling abuse of market power that sacrifices the lives of patients who can’t afford treatment to the manufacturer’s revolting greed.

    Sign the Petition to Demand that Valeant lower the cost of its lead poisoning medicine.

    We, the undersigned, demand that Valeant immediately reduce the price of Calcium EDTA, a lifesaving medicine that hospitals and poison control centers stock for victims of severe lead poisoning. Not one life should be sacrificed for corporate greed.

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    Join Our Training Call to Prepare for Election Day Petitioning at the Polls

    Please join us Wednesday evening for a training call to guide you through the process of petitioning at the polls for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    When: Wednesday, October 26, 8 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. Pacific)

    Dial-in number: 641-715-3645, Access code: 139527

    To watch our live play-by-play on how to be effective at petitioning, click this link, where you should login 30 minutes early by entering your contact information and downloading the plug-in that appears, enabling you to see the live video portion of the call.

    If you have trouble getting the video function set up through that link, give us a call at 202-588-7773 in advance and we will help guide you. You can also just join by phone and listen to the audio.

    We strongly encourage you to invite your friends to both join you for the call and gather signatures alongside you on Election Day.

    Resources to support your petitioning are available here.

    RSVP for Our Training Call so We Know How Many People to Prepare for

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    Help Get Out the Vote Against Missouri Amendment 6

    Missouri could join the attack on voting rights happening throughout the South with a ballot question this Fall — Amendment 6.

    If Amendment 6 passes, Missouri will impose strict requirements on the type of ID people must present at the polls — potentially disenfranchising up to 220,000 longtime Missouri voters.

    Election Day is fast approaching, and we could very well lose this critical fight for the right to vote.

    The only way we can stop Amendment 6 is by talking to thousands of Missouri citizens before Election Day and educating them about what's at stake.

    Are there 3 evenings you can join the campaign to make phone calls between now and November 8? Sign up for opportunities in Columbia HERE or opportunities in Jefferson City HERE.

    Sign Up For Other Opportunities to Get Out the Vote Against Amendment 6 and Protect Voting Rights in Missouri

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    Sign Up to Host a Phone-bank to Get Out the Vote for Wamend I-735

    By hosting a phone-bank for I-735 before the deadline to mail in ballots, YOU will play a major role in helping to ensure Washington becomes the 18th state to call for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.

    Add Your Name to Host a WAmend I-735 Phone-bank Today

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    Screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood

    A Documentary About Climate Change And How People Are Fighting to Preserve a Livable Planet

    Public Citizen is co-sponsoring a screening of the must-see climate film Before the Flood in San Antonio this Friday.

    Leonardo DiCaprio and director Fisher Stevens created the film to draw attention to some of the worst threats to climate change today and to inspire positive action to turn things around.

    I hope it will inspire you to help develop a climate action plan right here in San Antonio.

    WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, October 21 (arrive early – the Drafthouse won’t seat late arrivals)
    WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Park North (618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio)

    We only have a limited amount of free tickets so reserve your ticket before they run out!

    Sign Up to Reserve Your Free Ticket to Before the Flood Today

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    Sign Up to Gather Petition Signatures on Election Day to Overturn Citizens United and Stand Up For Our Democracy

    Election day is the best possible day to meet politically engaged people who need be part of this movement we are building together.

    By signing up to gather signatures for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United at your polling place, YOU will help bring more people into our movement who can stand up and join our fight to fix a democracy that’s badly broken.

    Resources to support your petitioning are available here.

    Add Your Name to Gather Petition Signatures for a Constitutional Amendment Overturning Citizens United on Election Day

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    Join the San Antonio Clean Energy and Climate Action Team

    Get Involved to Clean the Air, Reduce Electric Bills and Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    The city of San Antonio recently adopted the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan — but it doesn’t include goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Climate change is already impacting our communities and cannot be ignored. The next step is for the Office of Sustainability to develop a San Antonio Climate Action Plan.

    Will San Antonio’s city-owned electric utility — CPS — make investments in the continued burning of dirty coal? Or will it prioritize the use of solar and wind energy, and improving energy efficiency in homes and businesses? These decisions can have impacts on air quality, affordability and the local economy.

    Any climate action plan will benefit greatly from public participation in crafting it. And that’s where you come in.

    Sign Up to Join the Clean Energy and Climate Action Team and Help San Antonio Make Sustainable Decisions

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    Tell Rep. Lofgren to Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Your Representative Is Asking for Comments from Constituents Right Now

    U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren is one of the few House Democrats who has not yet publicly opposed the TPP. She is requesting comments from her constituents right now to help guide her decision.

    This is an opportunity to have your voice heard. And we need you to use it.

    • Step 1: Go to the survey on Rep. Lofgren’s website.
    • Step 2: Scroll down to the purple survey.
    • Step 3: Copy the suggested answers that are on this page and paste them into Rep. Lofgren’s survey. Or share your thoughts in your own words.
    • Step 4: Add your name at the bottom of this page to let us know you completed Rep. Lofgren’s survey.

    Questions and Sample Answers:

    QUESTION 1: “Are the human rights reforms Vietnam is required to make in this deal significant enough?”

    • SUGGESTED ANSWER: No.
    • The TPP’s labor chapter is largely modeled after the labor chapter found in George W. Bush-era trade agreements. The standards it sets are not the clear, unambiguous and easy-to-enforce standards that labor and human rights advocates have been asking for. Rather, they are left intentionally vague, and triggering enforcement action against a TPP labor violation is considerably more difficult than triggering a complaint against commercial violations.
    • The TPP’s much-touted new minimum wage and hours of work requirements simply require TPP countries to have such laws — they don’t specify what the laws must say. A country could decide, for instance, to establish a minimum wage of a dollar a day and maximum hours of work at 24 hours a day and still be in full legal compliance.
    • Outside of these insufficient labor rights provisions, there are no other human rights requirements whatsoever. We should not be entering intro privileged trade arrangements with governments that consistently violate their people's basic freedoms of speech, assembly and religion.

    QUESTION 2: “Do you think the enforcement measures in this agreement are enough to hold the communist government of Vietnam to its commitments to change labor laws and keep these changes in place? Or will it be possible for Vietnam go back to its old ways after getting the trade benefits?”

    • SUGGESTED ANSWER: No, Vietnam will go back to its old ways after getting trade benefits.
    • Human rights in Vietnam have not improved since Vietnam entered the TPP negotiations. According to Human Rights Watch, “Vietnam’s human rights record remains dire in all areas. The Communist Party maintains a monopoly on political power and allows no challenge to its leadership. Basic rights, including freedom of speech, opinion, press, association, and religion, are restricted. Rights activists and bloggers face harassment, intimidation, physical assault, and imprisonment. Farmers continue to lose land to development projects without adequate compensation, and workers are not allowed to form independent unions. The police use torture and beatings to extract confessions. The criminal justice system lacks independence.”
    • The United States should have required demonstrable improvements in human rights before allowing Vietnam to enter the TPP. Relying on vague, slow, difficult-to-enforce and wholly insufficient enforcement mechanisms on labor rights years after the commercial benefits of the agreement go into effect is a recipe for failure.

    QUESTION 3: “Given that it’s up to the United States to enforce the labor commitments in the side agreement with Vietnam, do you think future U.S. Administrations will enforce Vietnam’s worker rights obligations or forego enforcing them to protect U.S. businesses that benefit from the deal? Are the enforcement provisions sufficient and timely enough to protect human rights?”

    • SUGGESTED ANSWER: No, I don’t trust all future U.S. presidents to enforce provisions that hold Vietnam accountable.
    • The United States does not have a strong track record of even attempting to enforce the labor provisions of existing trade agreements. For instance, the United States allowed the Colombia Free Trade Agreement to go into effect even though Colombia was in clear violation of the Colombia Labor Action Plan from day one, and workers there continue to be subjected to threats and violence, including kidnapping and assassination, simply for attempting to exercise their basic rights.
    • If approved by Congress, future U.S. administrations would be under tremendous pressure from commercial interests to allow the TPP to take effect, even if Vietnam hasn’t lived up to its labor rights obligations. Given the Vietnamese government’s ongoing human rights abuses, it seems extremely unlikely it will find newfound respect for labor rights any time soon.

    QUESTION 4: “Please include below any other thoughts or suggestions you have:”

    • SUGGESTED ANSWER: There are no provisions in the TPP sufficient to protect human rights in Vietnam. For this, and many other reasons, I urge you to please publicly oppose the TPP today.

    Let Us Know You Have Completed the Survey, Which Is on Rep. Lofgren’s Website at https://lofgren.house.gov/legislation/vietnam-tpp.htm

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    Tell the Government to Disclose How Much EpiPen Maker Mylan Ripped Off US Taxpayers

    The U.S. Department of Justice took Mylan to task for overcharging the government for EpiPens — and now Mylan has agreed to pay $465 million to settle the dispute.

    That might sound like a hefty fine, there’s one MAJOR problem: The government has not disclosed how much it was overcharged!

    SIGN THE PETITION

    We, the undersigned, call on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to disclose how much taxpayer-funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid were overcharged for Mylan’s EpiPens.

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    Thank You for Taking Action

    Now Please Commit to Speaking to Your Representative in Person – Trust Us, It’s Easy

    Members of Congress will be out and about campaigning every day in their home districts from now until after the election. This is the perfect time for you to stop by your representative’s local office, where many have office hours, or to go to a local event and ask your representative to announce opposition to the TPP right now.

    Visiting your representative’s office is easy. You can ask some friends or colleagues to go with you or go alone. Here’s how to do it:

    1. Google your member of Congress to find a district office address.
    2. Go to the office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a weekday.
    3. Ask to speak with the district director or the member of Congress. Here’s a sample of what you can say [Download].
    4. Give them this fact sheet [PDF] and this letter [Download] with your information filled in.
    5. After your visit, email StopTheTPP@citizen.org to let us know how it went.

    Commit to Visit Your Representative’s Office

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Sadly, President Barack Obama has said he will do what the TPP’s corporate backers demand: push a vote on the pact in the lame-duck session in November. They know their best chance is to hold the vote after the election, when representatives’ political accountability to constituents is at its absolute lowest.

    That means the next four weeks are our window to get representatives on the record opposing the corporate-rigged TPP.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Sadly, President Barack Obama has said he will do what the TPP’s corporate backers demand: push a vote on the pact in the lame-duck session in November. They know their best chance is to hold the vote after the election, when representatives’ political accountability to constituents is at its absolute lowest.

    That means the next four weeks are our window to get representatives on the record opposing the corporate-rigged TPP.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Add Your Name If You Want Washington to Become the 18th State to Call to Overturn Citizens United

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates for big money to pour into our politics like never before.

    This November, Washingtonians can help save democracy from billionaire and Big Business takeover by voting “Yes” on WAmend I-735 — an initiative on the ballot that would make Washington the 18th state to call for a constitutional amendment overturning that decision.

    A victory on I-735 will send a resounding message that the people of Washington have had it with Citizens United. And it will raise the national profile of our ever-growing movement to take back our democracy.

    Sign Our Petition in Support of WAmend I-735 — A Crucial Measure to Make Washington the Next State to Call to Overturn Citizens United

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    Sign the Petition to Stop the Koch Empire From Distorting Our Elections

    The Koch Brothers have a devious, multipronged scheme to turn the country into a safe haven for their corporate interests.

    City by city, state by state and nationally, the would-be plutocrats are using their corporate money war chest to buy elections and capture control of our government at every level.

    Until Citizens United is reversed, the Kochs will be able to continue their efforts — halting progress on the most crucial issues of our time.

    Add Your Name to Call Foul on Citizens United and Stop the Koch Empire

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    Take the Next Step!

    Sign Up to Gather Petition Signatures on Election Day to Overturn Citizens United and Stop the Corporate Takeover

    Election day is the best possible day to meet politically engaged people who need be part of this movement we are building together.

    By signing up to gather signatures for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United at your polling place, YOU will help bring more people into our movement who can stand up and join our fight to fix a democracy that no longer functions as such.

    Resources to support your petitioning are available here.

    Add Your Name to Gather Petition Signatures for a Constitutional Amendment Overturning Citizens United on Election Day

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    Climate Change Panel Discussion: Effects in Texas and Beyond

    Help Fight Back Against Climate Deniers Like Texas Congressman Lamar Smith

    Public Citizen, Texas Drought Project, Climate Buddies, Environment Texas, Texas Campaign for the Environment and Progress Texas invite you to join the Honorable U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and a distinguished panel of climate scientists who are unanimous in stating that climate change is happening, humans are responsible and it matters to Texas — today.

    WHEN: Monday, October 10, 2 – 3 p.m.
    WHERE: Texas Capitol, Room E2.010 (1100 Congress Ave., Austin)

    Panelists:
    Dr. John Anderson (Rice University)
    Dr. Andrew Dessler (Texas A&M)
    Dr. Charles Jackson (University of Texas at Austin)
    Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (Texas Tech)
    Dr. Kerry Cook (University of Texas at Austin)

    U.S. Representative Lamar Smith refuses to accept that human-induced climate change is real, but these climate scientists from some of Texas’ most prestigious universities are going present the facts and debunk his myths.

    Sign up to attend the panel discussion:

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    Petition to Congress: Pass Legislation to Stop Big Pharma’s Price Gouging

    Big Pharma has wildly inflated the price of hundreds of medications that millions and millions of Americans rely on to relieve suffering, manage diseases and even stay alive.

    And they have absolutely no better excuse than boosting corporate profits and executive pay.

    Add your name now to join the nationwide demand for congressional action to limit drug company greed.

    Sign the Petition to Congress:

    End unjustifiable price hikes for life-saving medication. Pass legislation to stop the pharmaceutical industry’s price gouging!

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    RSVP: Event at Public Citizen's Washington, D.C., Headquarters About Fighting Citizens United and Corporate Money in Politics

    On Friday, October 7, Join Author Ciara Torres-Spelliscy to Discuss Her New Book, Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State

    WHAT: Public Citizen will host a discussion with Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, corporate law expert and author of the new book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State on Friday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m.

    In response to the expansion of corporate rights under Citizens United, among other Supreme Court rulings, and the simultaneous effort to limit corporations’ responsibilities for crime and wrongdoing, a resistance has emerged. The book explores this resistance and the reforms supported by the movement to rein in corporate power.

    WHEN: 11 a.m., Friday, October 7

    WHERE: Public Citizen, 1600 20th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. (at 20th and Q Sts., N.W.)

    WHO: Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, associate professor of law at Stetson University College of Law and author of Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State

    RSVP: Sign up below to let us know you plan to attend.

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    Join Us at the Rock Against the TPP Concert and Teach-In

    Two Inspiring Events in BostonThis Weekend

    This weekend has two amazing (free!) opportunities for folks in Boston to help show the widespread opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

    What:      Rock Against the TPP Concert
    When:     Friday, October 7, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Where:   Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain, Mass.

    What:      “How to Fight the TPP” Teach-In
    When:     Saturday, October 8, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Where:   [Location will be posted at www.rockagainstthetpp.org/boston-ma/]

    Sign up for the Events Below

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    Petition to Congress: Pass Legislation to Stop Big Pharma’s Price Gouging

    Big Pharma has wildly inflated the price of hundreds of medications that millions and millions of Americans rely on to relieve suffering, manage diseases and even stay alive.

    And they have absolutely no better excuse than boosting corporate profits and executive pay.

    Add your name now to join the nationwide demand for congressional action to limit drug company greed.

    Sign the Petition to Congress:

    End unjustifiable price hikes for life-saving medication. Pass legislation to stop the pharmaceutical industry’s price gouging!

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    Join Us at the “Stop the TPP” Rally

    Rally in the Free Speech Zone Outside the Presidential Debate

    The first presidential debate of the general election is this Monday at Hofstra University on Long Island. This major media moment is our chance to show the candidates that We the People oppose the corporate-rigged Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    What:      Stop the TPP Rally
    When:     8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, September 26
    Where:   The “free speech zone” outside Hagedorn Hall, Hofstra University, Hempstead, Long Island

    Sign up for the Events Below or on Facebook

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Zahara Heckscher, a 51-year-old mother and self-described “cancer thriver,” went to Capitol Hill yesterday — supported by health professionals and the friends and family of people with cancer — to remind Congress of the real, life-or-death consequences of the corporate-rigged TPP.

    Zahara was willing to be arrested because the TPP would give Big Pharma even more of a monopoly over life-saving medications — meaning people wouldn’t be able to afford the medicines like the ones now keeping her alive.

    Even as she was being marched away in handcuffs, she did not stop her speech about how the TPP would keep life-saving drugs out of the hands of people who would face unnecessary suffering and early death.

    Show solidarity with Zahara and urge your representative to oppose the TPP.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Support Climate Action Defenders

    Defenders of the Clean Power Plan are taking on Big Polluters in court.

    Add Your Name Below to Stand With Clean Power Plan Defenders

    We the undersigned support implementation of the Clean Power Plan and those that are defending it against Big Polluters.

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    Close the “Revolving Door” of Corruption Between Government and Big Business

    John Boehner, who retired from Congress last year, has been hired by one of the biggest corporate lobbying firms in Washington, D.C., to exploit his connections for the benefit of Corporate America.

    This is just one example of the “revolving door” between government and corporations — where politicians take high-paying jobs as shills (a.k.a. lobbyists) for Big Business.

    Sign the Petition

    We, the undersigned, call for closing the revolving door of corruption between government and Big Business.

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    Tell Fox News to Change Course on Climate

    Sign Petition to Demand Accurate Coverage of the Climate Crisis

    Roger Ailes’ recent ouster from Fox News is an opportunity for the media outlet to drop climate denial agenda.

    Add Your Name to Demand Fox Change Course

    We, the undersigned, call on Fox News leadership to ensure that news staff report accurately on climate change and provide an amount of coverage commensurate with its importance, and that commentators, while entitled to their views on matters of opinion, do not misrepresent the facts on scientific questions.

    With the change in leadership at Fox News, the problem of the network’s climate coverage has become an opportunity: require the network to change course and ensure both accurate reporting and adequate airtime on climate change. That single action could make a momentous difference in the ability of the United States and the world to avoid catastrophic outcomes.

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    Stop the Shutdown

    Every year, Congress must pass a series of appropriations bills that fund our government for the year ahead. Funding for the current fiscal year runs out at midnight on September 30. If lawmakers fail to act before then, our government will shut down until funding is restored.

    Conservative lawmakers are trying to attach hundreds of harmful ideological policy riders to appropriations bills. Most of these riders are little more than sweetheart deals for big corporations and special favors for ideological extremists. They have nothing to do with funding our government and could not become law on their own merits.

    Some would roll back Wall Street reforms. Some would block clean air and clean water protections. Others would attack women’s health care and fundamental civil rights. What these measures have in common is that they all harm American workers, consumers and families.

    Americans deserve an open and honest debate about government funding levels, but that’s not what we’re getting.

    Poison pill policy riders have no place in federal funding legislation. Members of Congress need to do their jobs and stop playing games with the appropriations process. That means passing a short-term continuing resolution in September to avoid a shutdown, finish the appropriations process before the end of the year, and reject the harmful riders.

    Email Your Senators Today Demanding a Clean Budget.

    Below is template language to build from, but we encourage you to add your own thoughts about why this change is needed.

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    End the Corporate Shell Game

    H.R. 4450 is our chance to end the corporate shell game by making sure the people behind criminal corporations are identifiable. (For more background information on this campaign to expose the owners of shell companies, check out this blog.)

    First, follow these easy steps to ask your representative to support this bill:

    1. Call 888-291-9824
    2. Press 2
    3. Enter your zip code
    4. Press 1
    5. Ask your representative’s office to co-sponsor H.R. 4450, the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act bill, which would make it easier for law enforcement to find out who is behind criminal shell corporations. It’s time for the U.S. to stop enabling crooks to hide behind anonymous companies.

    After You Make Your Call, Let Us Know How it Went

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    Say You Want California to Vote to Overturn Citizens United this November

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates for big money to pour into our politics like never before.

    This November, California can help save democracy from billionaire and Big Business takeover by voting “Yes” on Prop 59 — a ballot measure calling on Congress to pass, and the California Legislature to ratify, a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United.

    A victory on Prop 59 will send a resounding message that the people of California have had it with Citizens United. And it will raise the national profile of our ever-growing movement to take back our democracy.

    Add Your Name to the Petition in Support of California Prop 59 — “The Overturn Citizens United Act”

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    Say You’re In for Chicago Fair Elections

    Across Illinois, corporate and mega-donor money has way too much influence in our elections — affecting who can run for office, the issues that are debated, who wins, and ultimately, the public policy made.

    Chicago Fair Elections — an innovative program to empower everyday donors — would put We the People back in charge.

    New York City has already created a similar program — and it represents a real commitment to amplifying the voices of small donors in city politics and diluting the influence of wealthy special interests.

    Chicago could be the next to lead the way!

    Add Your Name to the Petition In Support of Chicago Fair Elections

    I’m in for Chicago Fair Elections! I support empowering We The People in Chicago elections, not big money.

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    Tell Congress: Ask Mylan CEO Heather Bresch Tough Questions About EpiPen

    As the price of EpiPens skyrocketed, so did the salary of Heather Bresch, the CEO of the company that makes the pocket-sized device — up to nearly $19 million.

    In fact, executive payouts at Mylan are the second-highest among Big Pharma companies. In the past five years, Mylan has paid its top five executives nearly $300 million.

    No wonder these executives are out of touch with the fact that many people who could die without an EpiPen can’t afford one!

    Sign the Petition to Congress

    When Mylan CEO Heather Bresch testifies, don’t back down from the tough questions. Ask Bresch about price gouging and bloated executive payouts.

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    Tell Congress: Ask Mylan CEO Heather Bresch Tough Questions

    As the price of EpiPens skyrocketed, so did the salary of Heather Bresch, the CEO of the company that makes the pocket-sized device – up to nearly $19 million.

    In fact, executive payouts at Mylan are the second-highest among Big Pharma companies. In the past five years, Mylan has paid its top five executives nearly $300 million.

    No wonder these executives are out of touch with the fact that many people who could die without an EpiPen can’t afford one.

    Now we must insist that Congress ask the tough questions.

    Sign the Petition to Congress

    When Mylan CEO Heather Bresch testifies, don’t back down from the tough questions. Ask Bresch about price gouging and bloated executive payouts!

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    Speak Out Against Discriminatory Voter ID Requirements in Missouri

    Ever since the Supreme Court gutted the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, Southern states with a history of discrimination have been pushing Jim Crow-era voter ID laws that are keeping hundreds of thousands of eligible voters from the polls — all in the name of stopping virtually nonexistent voter impersonation.

    Missouri is threatening to join this attack on voting rights with a ballot question this fall — officially known as Amendment 6 — that would require voters to present identification at the polls.

    Officials in Missouri should be working to increase turnout, not inventing deceptive ways to deny people the fundamental right to vote.

    Add Your Name to Oppose Voter Discrimination in Missouri and SAY NO to Amendment 6

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    Tell Mitch McConnell: Stop Attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Wells Fargo $185 million for opening millions of credit and debit card accounts in the names of actual people, who didn’t know about or authorize the accounts.

    Now, Senator Mitch McConnell — who reports more than $1,000,000 in Wells Fargo stock owned by his wife (who sits on the bank’s board of directors) — is trying to cripple the agency.

    Sign the Petition to Senator Mitch McConnell

    We, the undersigned, demand that Mitch McConnell immediately withdraw the legislation (S. 3318) that would weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and that he recuse himself from any further matters related to this critical agency.

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    Thank You For Taking Action

    Now Go the Extra Mile by Calling Your Representative

    Don’t worry — you won’t have to get into a debate to register your opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Making this call is quick and easy.

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call the Stop The TPP Action Line at 1-888-659-7351. You will be prompted to enter you zip code and then you’ll be connected to your representative’s office.

    2. Ask to speak with the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    3. When you speak with a staffer or go to voicemail, you can use this script to help shape your thoughts, but leaving a message in your own words is best:

    • I am constituent calling to urge my representative to oppose the corporate-driven TPP.
    • Please tell the representative to oppose the TPP now, in the lame-duck session, and forever!
    • The majority of House Democrats and a sizable bloc of Republicans oppose the deal. Both presidential nominees oppose the TPP. Opposition to the TPP is one of the few issues that unite Democrats, Republicans and Independents, polling shows. Leading against the TPP is good policy and good politics.”

    4. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Take part in the National Day of Action to stop the TPP.

    Urge your representative to oppose the TPP now, in the lame-duck session and forever!

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Close the Foreign Campaign Money Loophole

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC transformed our campaign finance system.

    This ruling has opened up new avenues for international money to influence our elections, since U.S. subsidiaries of overseas companies may now make unlimited donations to super PACs.

    The FEC will consider a proposal that would tighten up the law banning foreign money from filtering into our elections. It would stop domestic subsidiaries of foreign-owned corporations from making campaign contributions.

    Submit Your Comments Supporting This Ban Today.

    Below is template language to build from, but we encourage you to add your own thoughts about why this change is needed.

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    Tell Congress: Make Mylan’s CEO, Heather Bresch, Testify Over the Company’s EpiPen Price Gouging

    The EpiPen is a pocket-sized medical device that can be a literal lifesaver for millions of children and adults in the U.S. who are at risk of fatal allergic reactions from common occurrences like getting stung by a bee or accidentally consuming peanuts.

    And even though an EpiPen contains only a few dollars’ worth of medicine, Mylan has been increasing the price over the past decade — from about $100 in 2007 to over $600 today.

    Many people who could die without an EpiPen can’t afford one.

    Sign the Petition to Congress

    Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, must be made to answer to We the People and testify before Congress about Mylan's price-gouging.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is the baldfaced corporate power grab at the heart of the TPP.

    Our new interactive map allows you to see how many additional corporations in each state would be empowered by the TPP to launch ISDS cases against the U.S. government for taxpayer money.

    Send the map to your member of Congress and urge him or her to oppose the corporate-rigged TPP.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Last Chance to Defeat Exelon Takeover

    Email Mayor Bowser to Pull the Plug on the Merger

    This Tuesday, the Mayor rightly rejected the latest proposal that would have cleared the way for Exelon to acquire Pepco.

    But Exelon is still trying to cut, yet another deal to takeover Pepco.

    Email Mayor Bowser Now to Stop the Takeover Once and For All

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    Urge Mayor Bowser to support D.C. Fair Elections

    Mayor Muriel Bowser recently placed two government employees on leave after they awarded a contract to a competitor of a construction company that was a major contributor to her campaign — even though it saved millions for taxpayers.

    In light of this and many other scandals, Mayor Bowser would be wise to support D.C. Fair Elections — legislation that would empower everyday people from the District to run for office and win without taking large contributions from Big Business.

    Email Mayor Bowser and Tell Her to Turn the District’s Corrupt Pay-to-Play Dynamic on its Head by Supporting D.C. Fair Elections

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    Tell Congress: Make Mylan’s CEO, Heather Bresch, Testify Over the Company’s EpiPen Price Gouging

    The EpiPen is a pocket-sized medical device that can be a literal lifesaver for millions of children and adults in the U.S. who are at risk of fatal allergic reactions from common occurrences like getting stung by a bee or accidentally consuming peanuts.

    And even though an EpiPen contains only a few dollars’ worth of medicine, Mylan has been increasing the price over the past decade — from about $100 in 2007 to over $600 today.

    Many people who could die without an EpiPen can’t afford one.

    Sign the Petition to Congress

    Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, must be made to answer to We the People and testify before Congress about Mylan's price-gouging.

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    Tell Congress: Make Mylan’s CEO, Heather Bresch, Testify Over the Company’s EpiPen Price Gouging

    The EpiPen is a pocket-sized medical device that can be a literal lifesaver for millions of children and adults in the U.S. who are at risk of fatal allergic reactions from common occurrences like getting stung by a bee or accidentally consuming peanuts.

    And even though an EpiPen contains only a few dollars’ worth of medicine, Mylan has been increasing the price over the past decade — from about $100 in 2007 to over $600 today.

    Many people who could die without an EpiPen can’t afford one.

    Sign the Petition to Congress

    Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, must be made to answer to We the People and testify before Congress about Mylan's price-gouging.

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    Join Us at the Rock Against the TPP Concert and Teach-In

    Two Inspiring Events in San Francisco This Weekend

    This weekend has two amazing (free!) opportunities for folks in San Francisco to help show the widespread opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

    What:      Rock Against the TPP Concert
    When:     Friday, September 9, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Where:   Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

    What:      “How to Fight the TPP” Teach-In
    When:     Saturday, September 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Where:   NWBLK, 1999 Bryant Street, San Francisco

    Sign up for the Events Below

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    RSVP for the We the People Rhode Island Event with Senator Whitehouse

    This coming Tuesday, join Senator Sheldon Whitehouse — as well as Congressman Jim Langevin, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and Public Citizen’s Aquene Freechild — to hear more about the We the People Act and the growing movement to take down the rising oligarchy.

    Where: Save the Bay Center, 100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence

    When: Tuesday, September 6, 10:30 a.m.

    Now is the time to show up for our democracy when it seems to be escaping us.

    Add Your Name to RSVP for the We the People Event TODAY

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    End the Corporate Shell Game

    H.R. 4450 is our chance to end the corporate shell game by making sure the people behind criminal corporations are identifiable. (For more background information on this campaign to expose the owners of shell companies, check out this blog.)

    First, follow these easy steps to ask your representative to support this bill:

    1. Call 888-291-9824
    2. Press 2
    3. Enter your zip code
    4. Press 1
    5. Ask your representative’s office to co-sponsor H.R. 4450, the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act bill, which would make it easier for law enforcement to find out who is behind criminal shell corporations. It’s time for the U.S. to stop enabling crooks to hide behind anonymous companies.

    After You Make Your Call, Let Us Know How it Went

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    Support Workers Rights in Austin

    Tell the Austin City Council to Adopt the Better Builder Standards as a Requirement for Expedited Permitting

    The city of Austin will decide on September 1 whether it will allow developers to pay more money to obtain building permits faster. Developers will benefit and could save millions of dollars ― but what about the men and women who build our city?

    We believe the City of Austin should require Better Builder worker standards for developers that want faster permits provided by the City of Austin. Better Builder standards include:

    • Living wages for all construction workers
    • OSHA-10 safety training for all construction workers
    • Workers’ compensation insurance for all construction workers
    • A local hiring goal to help Austin residents gain access to good, safe jobs
    • Independent on-site monitoring to ensure these standards are upheld

    Sign the Petition

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    Sign up to Receive a “Stop the TPP” Action Pack

    Get Fliers, Petitions and Other Materials Delivered to You

    Volunteers across the country are taking to the streets to educate friends and neighbors about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). By educating people in your community, you’ll move them to action and help flood your representative’s office with more letters and calls demanding a “no” vote on the TPP.

    If you’re willing to pass out fliers and collect petition signatures against the TPP, sign up below to receive a free “Stop the TPP” action pack with handouts, petitions, buttons and message-tested scripts with the most effective arguments.

    Sign up Below

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    Say You’re In for Fair Elections Howard

    Across Maryland, corporate and mega-donor money has way too much influence in our elections — affecting who can run for office, the issues that are debated, who wins, and ultimately, the public policy made.

    Fair Elections Howard — an innovative program to empower everyday donors — would put We the People back in charge.

    Montgomery County has already created a similar program — and it represents a real commitment to amplifying the voices of small donors in county politics and diluting the influence of wealthy special interests.

    Howard County could be the next to lead the way!

    Add Your Name to the Petition In Support of Fair Elections Howard

    I’m in for Fair Elections Howard! I support empowering We The People in Howard County elections, not big money.

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    Tired Doctors Are Too Dangerous

    Take Action Against Potential 28-Hour Shifts for First-Year Residents

    Right now, in America, you could go to the hospital and be treated by a doctor-in-training who hasn’t slept in over 28 hours.

    And an organization called the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) — which sets rules for medical school graduates, a.k.a. “residents,” who are completing their training — could make this life-and-death problem even worse.

    Tell the head of the ACGME, Dr. Thomas J. Nasca, not to allow hospitals to force even the least experienced doctors-in-training — first-year residents who are fresh out of medical school — to work such perilously long shifts.

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    Tell Your State Legislators to Override Governor Rauner’s Veto of Automatic Voter Registration

    Automatic Voter Registration — which could bring up to two million voters into our democracy — has been vetoed by Governor Rauner.

    In Oregon — the only state where automatic voter registration is in effect — voter participation has surged, with turnout in this year’s primary exceeding all but one election in the state’s history.

    In order for Illinois to follow suit and finally have a democracy where everyone who is eligible can participate, the Legislature must vote to override Governor Rauner’s veto, and we need your help.

    Take Action Now by Telling Your State Legislators to Override Governor Rauner’s Veto of Automatic Voter Registration Immediately

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The White House has sent its “Statement of Administrative Action” to Congress, moving one step closer to a congressional vote on the TPP. This recent action shows that the administration really is serious about forcing a vote during the lame-duck session of Congress.

    But TPP backers will call for a vote only IF they think they have the “yes” votes to pass it. Make sure your member of Congress is a loud, proud “No!” on the TPP.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Demand Congressional Action on Climate Disruption

    Sign Petition to Hold Climate Deniers Accountable

    Climate disruption is devastating parts of our country, yet 182 members of Congress still deny human-made climate disruption.

    This is an outrage.

    Add Your Name to Demand Climate Deniers Stop Pandering to Big Polluters

    We, the undersigned, call on congressional climate deniers to act on climate. Climate disruption is already devastating the United States. Unprecedented climate events are killing and displacing our citizens and causing billions in damages. In the face of grave warnings from the international scientific community and the destruction before your own eyes, it is criminal to continue blocking efforts to address the climate crisis. Act now.

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    Stop Immoral Price Gouging for Lifesaving EpiPen

    Millions of children and adults in the U.S. are at risk of fatal allergic reactions from common occurrences like getting stung by a bee or accidentally consuming peanuts.

    A pocket-sized medical device called an EpiPen can be a literal lifesaver for these folks.

    But Mylan — the multinational pharmaceutical company that makes the EpiPen — has been steadily jacking up the price.

    • In 2007, the wholesale price on an EpiPen in the U.S. was $57.
    • Today, just nine years later, it’s over $300.
    • Even though each EpiPen contains only a few dollars’ worth of medicine.
    • Even though a two-pack is just $85 in France.
    • And even though Mylan, which has a near monopoly in the U.S., has seen its profits from the EpiPen alone skyrocket to $1.2 billion a year.

    Now, many people who could actually die without an EpiPen can’t afford one!

    Tell Mylan CEO Heather Bresch to Immediately Reduce the Price of This Life-and-Death Treatment that so Many People Depend On

    Stop price gouging the millions of people who need an EpiPen to save their lives if they have a severe allergic reaction.

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    Fight the EpiPen 400% Price Hike

    Sign the Petition to Demand that EpiPen Manufacturer Mylan Stop Abusing Its Monopoly and Lower the Price NOW

    The Big Pharma corporation that makes EpiPens — the lifesaving product severe allergy sufferers keep on hand to halt a life-threatening reaction — has hiked up the price by more than 400%.

    Meanwhile, profits from the device’s sales have skyrocketed to $1.2 billion.

    This appalling abuse of market power sacrifices the lives of patients who can’t afford the device to the manufacturer’s revolting greed.

    Sign the Petition to Mylan, Tell CEO Heather Bresch to Reverse Course and Lower Prices NOW

    We, the undersigned, demand that Mylan immediately reduce the price of EpiPens, the lifesaving product severe allergy sufferers keep on hand to halt life-threatening reactions. Not one life should be sacrificed for corporate greed.

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    Sign up to Attend the Public Hearing to Reform the Railroad Commission of Texas

    Demand that the Agency Put the People of Texas and the Environment First

    As part of the Sunset Advisory Commission review of the Railroad Commission of Texas, public input is being sought. One part of that is a public hearing to gather input from everyday Texans. We need your help to improve the Railroad Commission – which regulates oil, gas and coal companies, not railroads.

    The agency has a long record of allowing fossil fuel industries to pollute our air, land and water with little or no consequences. Public health has suffered and our natural resources have been destroyed.

    It’s time for change.

    What: Official Sunset Advisory Commission Public Hearing on the Railroad Commission of Texas
    When: Monday, August 22 at 9 a.m.
    Where: Texas Capitol, room E1.030 (1400 Congress Ave., Austin). We will provide breakfast tacos in the Members Lounge – room E2.1002 – and have that room reserved from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for people to wait in.

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing

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    Support Reforming the Railroad Commission to Put Public Health and the Environment before Fossil Fuel Interests

    The Agency is Up for Review by the Texas Legislature

    The Railroad Commission of Texas — which regulates the fossil fuel industries, not railroads — is failing the people of Texas. Serious reform is needed to focus the agency on protecting our communities instead of profits for oil, gas and coal companies.

    The Sunset Advisory Commission is working on its recommendations to the Texas Legislature on how to improve the Railroad Commission.

    Send Your Email to the Sunset Advisory Commission Now

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    Tell Miami-Dade Officials To Do Their Jobs And Demand 127 Thousand Petition Signatures Be Counted

    Mayor Carlos Gimenez and county commissioners have refused to order the supervisor of elections to begin counting the 127 thousand signatures collected for the Accountable Miami-Dade ballot initiative.

    Accountable Miami-Dade would increase accountability, limit the power of moneyed interests and give ordinary people a stronger voice in county policymaking.

    Not counting these signatures goes against the will of the people and violates county law.

    Take Action Now by Demanding 127 Thousand Petition Signatures Be Counted Immediately

    By taking action, you’ll send an email to Mayor Gimenez and the county commissioners who are refusing to move on this crucial signature count. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Join Us at the Rock Against the TPP Concert and Teach-In

    Two Inspiring Events in Portland This Weekend

    This weekend has two amazing (free!) opportunities for folks in Portland to help show the widespread opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

    What:      Rock Against the TPP Concert
    When:     Saturday, August 20, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Where:   Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., Portland

    What:      “How to Beat the TPP” Teach-In and Training
    When:     Sunday, August 21, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Where:   First Unitarian Church, Eliot Center, 1226 SW Salmon St., Portland

    Sign up for the Events Below

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    Join Us at the Rock Against the TPP Concert and Teach-In

    Nationwide Tour Comes to Seattle This Friday

    This weekend has two amazing (free!) opportunities for folks in Seattle to help show the widespread opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

    What:      “How to Beat the TPP” Teach-In and Training
    When:     Friday, August 19, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Where:   Outside Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave. S., Seattle

    What:      Rock Against the TPP Concert
    When:     Friday, August 19, 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Where:   Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave. S., Seattle

    Sign up for the Events Below

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    Help Us End Too Big to Fail

    The biggest banks on Wall Street are even bigger than they were before the Great Recession.

    We can end Too Big to Fail by passing a new version of the Glass-Steagall law, which stopped the same banks that hold mortgages and cash paychecks from also engaging in risky investment banking.

    Send a Letter to Your Representatives in Congress Today.

    Please take a moment to add your own words to the email below. This greatly increases the chance that your email will make a difference.

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    Stop Congressional Shills From Intimidating Those Exposing Exxon Climate Deception

    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has said “The House is broken. We’re not solving problems. We’re adding to them.”

    It’s time for him to turn his words into action and fix this problem that Lamar Smith and the House Science Committee has created.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Urging Paul Ryan to Stop Congressional Bullying Tactics

    We, the undersigned, call on you to tell the House Science Committee to retract their subpoenas. If you want the House to solve problems, here’s one place to start. It’s time for the House to stop shilling for Exxon.

    Lamar Smith and Exxon need to back off and let State AGs and nonprofits keep working for the answers we all deserve: When did Exxon know about climate change and what did the corporation do to hide it?

    The House Science Committee’s attempt to silence critics of Exxon is the clearest symbol yet of the committee's blatant corruption and dangerous ignorance. Paul Ryan, if you are seriously committed to fixing the “broken” House of Representatives, stop this sham defense of Exxon.

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    Attend the Public Hearing on Austin Energy Rates

    Demand Rates that are Fair and Environmentally Responsible

    Rate cases are all about financial planning, and financial planning is about setting priorities. Right now, it looks like meeting environmental goals isn’t a priority in Austin Energy’s proposal for new rates. There’s no financial plan for retiring Austin Energy’s portion of the coal-fired Fayette Power Project. Rates will increase for those who conserve energy. And those who use the most energy will get a rate decrease ― which reduces the incentive to reduce energy use.

    The Austin City Council needs to hear from the community that environmental goals ― like reducing energy use and shutting down the coal plant ― are important priorities that must be incorporated into the rate case.

    The public hearing on August 25 is a great time to do just that. We’ll be at City Hall at 3:00 p.m. to rally in support of fair rates that reflect Austin’s environmental priorities. Please join us for the rally and then the public hearing at 4:00 p.m.

    Read our blog post for more details.

    What: Austin City Council public hearing on Austin Energy rates
    When: Thursday, August 25 (rally at 3:00 p.m., public hearing at 4 p.m.) Please come even if you can’t be there at 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.
    Where: Austin City Hall (301 W 2nd St)

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing

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    Demand that the Treasury Department Stop Big Pharma’s Tax Dodging

    The pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences is weaseling out of paying its fair share of U.S. taxes by shifting billions in profits offshore to Ireland, a tax haven.

    But the U.S. Treasury Department can stop this by investigating Gilead’s questionable use of a tax loophole, and if it finds wrongdoing make the corporation pay the taxes owed to U.S. taxpayers.

    Sign the Petition to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew

    To: U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew

    We urge the U.S. Treasury Department to act immediately to investigate Gilead for shifting billions of dollars in U.S. profits offshore in order to dodge taxes. If Treasury finds wrongdoing it should force Gilead to pay the nearly $10 billion in taxes it owes to American taxpayers.

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    Fight the Scourge of Money in Politics in Washington State

    Help Pass WAmend I-735 and Integrity Washington I-1464 — On the Ballot This November

    I-735 and I-1464 could change the way elections are funded, in Washington State and across the country.

    We need all hands on deck to ensure Washingtonians know to vote “Yes” on these two crucial reform initiatives when they head to the polls on Election Day.

    Add Your Name to Join the Effort to Get Out the Vote for WAmend I-735 and Integrity Washington I-1464

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    The Big Pharma Propaganda Blitz Is Coming

    Fight Pharma’s Lies by Signing the Pledge to Spread the Truth Against Drug Industry’s Takeover of the Airwaves

    Big Pharma is planning to inundate our country with propaganda.

    Before the ad blitz begins, we need to spread the TRUTH about Big Pharma — and WE NEED YOUR HELP.

    Sign the Pledge to Combat the Big Pharma Ad Blitz:

    I pledge to spread the truth about Big Pharma by talking to my friends, family, neighbors and co-workers about these facts:

    • Americans pay the highest drug prices – up to six times more than the rest of the world for brand name drugs.
    • Millions of patients split pills and skip medicines they need because they can’t afford them.
    • Meanwhile, Big Pharma’s multibillion-dollar profits are sky high – and on the rise.
    • And strong majorities of Democratic (83%) and Republican (75%) voters agree that action must be taken to bring drug prices under control.

    Against a populace that is armed with the facts, Big Pharma’s ad blitz will fail!

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    End the Rip-off Clause

    Big Banks, cell phone companies and other giant corporations are putting a predator in your paperwork. Fine print found in many contracts you sign with these companies ensures your dispute isn’t heard by judges in a court.

    Instead, the policy spelled out in this fine print — known as forced arbitration — means your legal complaint is decided by private individuals or companies, in secret and with no right to appeal.

    Submit an Individualized Comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Today to Take a Stand Against this Consumer Rip-Off

    Below is template language to build from, but we encourage you to add how forced arbitration affects you — in your bank accounts, credit cards, private student loans, cell phone contracts, and more!

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    Tell the FDA:

    "THANK YOU for standing up to AstraZeneca! Keep up the fight, and don’t be fooled by Big Pharma’s schemes."

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    Learn How to Host a “No TPP” House Party

    Join the Call to Learn More

    There will be two separate informational calls to accommodate different schedules. Please join the call that works best for you.

    • Call Option #1: Monday, August 8, at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific)
    • Call Option #2: Tuesday, August 9, at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific)

    (If you can’t make either of the call times but are still interested in hosting a “No TPP” House Party, please email Rose at respinola@citizen.org.)

    Sign Up For a Call Below to Receive Dial-In Information and Reminders

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    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Leaflet

    Click the link below to get the Leaflet:

    TPP Leaflet (PDF)

    Image of TPP Leaflet

    Print in color and double-sided for best results. The leaflet fits on regular-sized paper and is designed to be folded into thirds.

    Optional: Use the form below to let us know how you'll use the Leaflet.

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    Don’t Let Texas Be the Storage Site for the Nation’s Radioactive Waste

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy is Seeking Public Comment

    Texas is being considered as one of two possible locations for storage of cancer causing high-level radioactive waste, posing a serious threat to public health and safety. Thousands of shipments caring this hazardous waste would pass through Texas communities, putting them at risk of radioactive contamination if an accident should occur. Then the hazardous waste would be stored at a site that could cause the contamination of the country’s largest aquifer.

    This plan is risky and unnecessary. Until a permanent disposal location has been established, nuclear waste should be kept secure at the facilities where it is produced, not shipped around the country, putting thousands of communities at risk.

    Send an Email to the Department of Energy

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    Getting Consent for Nuclear Waste Dumps

    Add Your Name to Urge the Department of Energy to Adopt the 10 Criteria for Community Consent

    The deadline for input is July 31.

    Your comment will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy and will become part of the public record.

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    Help Fight Karl Rove’s “Dark Money” in Court

    We’re in court THIS Tuesday, where we'll be fighting to help preserve our democracy.

    This could be a tipping point in our movement to ultimately overturn Citizens United!

    Sign the Petition to the Federal Election Comission

    We, the undersigned, call on the Federal Election Commission to crack down on shadowy political operations — like Karl Rove’s notorious Crossroads GPS — that are exploiting Citizens United to all but take over our democracy.

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    Attend the Town Hall on Improving the Railroad Commission

    Put Communities First — Regulate Fracking

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally proposed safety regulations for chemical facilities. Unfortunately, the proposed rules are weak and won’t do nearly enough to protect the 110 million Americans living in the danger zone surrounding chemical facilities.

    Serious reform is needed at the Railroad Commission of Texas (with regulates the fossil fuel industries, not railroads) to make protecting our communities the top priority for the agency. Polluted air and water shouldn’t be treated as acceptable byproducts of oil and gas extraction. Families shouldn’t have to move to escape health problems caused by fracking. The industry must be held to a higher standard.

    Texas lawmakers will be at our town hall meeting to hear from people just like you. Do you have a story about how fracking or other oil or gas activities harmed you or your family or someone you know? Have you seen the environmental harm from these activities? Even if you haven’t been directly impacted, but are concerned about the lack of regulation, this is the time to speak up. This review, called a sunset review, is held only once per decade.

    What: Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Improving the Railroad Commission (sponsored by Public Citizen, Sierra Club and Earthworks)
    Where:
    Grapevine Convention Center (1209 South Main St., Grapevine)
    When: August 2. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. and the town hall starts at 7 p.m.

    Sign Up to Attend the Town Hall

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    End the Rip-off Clause at For-Profit Schools

    For-profit colleges are using “rip-off clauses” in their contracts with students. Known as forced arbitration, this policy prevents students from filing suits against the schools in court. Instead, their complaints must heard by someone chosen by the corporation. And as you might imagine, those people are likely to be biased.

    The U.S. Department of Education is considering banning this predatory practice for schools that are in the Direct Loan program.

    Make a Difference by Signing on to the Comment We’re Sending to the Department of Education

    I am writing to urge the U.S. Department of Education to improve its proposed rule to restrict predatory colleges and trade schools that participate in the federal Direct Loan program from using forced arbitration clauses and other predatory contract terms, such as bans on class-action claims, to bar their students from pursuing claims for illegal conduct.

    In the field of education, forced arbitration clauses are used almost exclusively by for-profit colleges to require students to give up their legal right to sue to resolve a dispute with the schools. Instead, students are required to bring any claims in a private system of arbitration, a secretive forum without a judge, a jury, or meaningful court review. Forced arbitration clauses — and other school contract provisions that block the courthouse doors — harm students and taxpayers by allowing schools to hide fraud and other wrongdoing from the public.

    I urge the Department to adopt a stronger rule than it has proposed to rein in forced arbitration clauses and other harmful contract terms. The proposed rule still allows schools to use forced arbitration agreements, so long as the agreements are not technically required to enroll. Predatory schools will undoubtedly exploit this opening and coerce students into signing “voluntary” arbitration agreements when they enroll or condition other student benefits on the agreements, leaving some students no better off. Additionally, the proposed rule may not cover significant claims that students have against their schools, such as claims based on unfair trade practices and discrimination claims. The proposal also fails to cover all students who attend schools that participate in the Direct Loan program. The department can and should adopt a more forceful approach that addresses these shortcomings.

    The department has done the right thing by tackling the issue of forced arbitration and other practices that block access to justice, but to protect students and taxpayers, a rule with stronger teeth is needed.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Add Your Name

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    Join Us at the Rock Against the TPP Concert and Teach-In

    Two Inspiring Events in Denver This Weekend

    This weekend has two amazing (free!) opportunities for folks in Denver to help show the widespread opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

    What:      Rock Against the TPP Concert
    When:     Saturday, July 23, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Where:   Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, Colo.

    What:      Rock Against the TPP Teach-In
    When:     Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Where:   Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, Colo.

    Sign up for the Events Below

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    Sign our Happy Birthday card to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s flagship creation was founded five years ago.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its director, Richard Cordray, have been working overtime ever since to protect Main Street consumers.

    Here are just a few of its achievements, thanks to activists like you:

    • Returned $11.7 billion to 27 million Americans who were ripped off by corporations.
    • Responded to nearly one million consumer complaints about the financial services sector.
    • Rolled out new rules to restore consumers’ right to join together against abusive corporate tactics and rein in predatory payday lenders.

    Sign our Happy Birthday card below to share your thoughts!

    Happy Birthday! On behalf of Americans everywhere, I'm writing to congratulate you on five years of a job well done. Predatory lenders have been protected for too long and it’s time the government stood up to protect those on Main Street. Here’s to many more years of considering the well being of consumers.

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    Ask the Environmental Protection Agency to Strengthen Chemical Plant Safety Rules

    Our Communities Deserve to Be Safe

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally proposed safety regulations for chemical facilities. Unfortunately, the proposed rules are weak and won’t do nearly enough to protect the 110 million Americans living in the danger zone surrounding chemical facilities.

    Many dangerous industries would be excluded under the EPA’s proposed rules. Others would be required to study safer alternatives, but wouldn’t be required to actually implement them. And companies wouldn’t be required to share the results of their safety research with the EPA, so the public would still be left in the dark — hoping that they won’t be the next victims of a toxic chemical accident.

    Public Citizen and a coalition of our partner organizations have written detailed suggestions for how to make the regulations stronger. We will submit those comments to the EPA this Friday. Will you sign on to ask for regulations that make public safety a priority?

    Add Your Name to the Letter Below

    Subject: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act, EPA Docket No. EPA-HQ-OEM-2015-0725

    Dear Director McCarthy:

    The EPA must increase protections against catastrophic releases of hazardous chemicals by requiring facilities using those chemicals to study the use of safer technologies. The EPA should go further than its proposed rule by requiring all facilities that are possible sources of such disasters to study safer technologies, not just facilities in a handful of industries.

    And the EPA should actually require companies to use feasible safer technologies that they identify in the required studies. Studying safer technologies will only benefit the public if companies have to use those technologies when they can.

    The EPA should also make sure that the public knows about the hazards posed by facilities near them and about the efforts those facilities have made, or not made, to reduce the risk. And companies should be required to conduct disaster drills on a frequent basis, and should be required to implement any new rules the EPA issues as soon as possible, not years in the future.

    Your proposed rule needs to be tougher and better!

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    Support the Demand Democracy Reform Package

    Demand Democracy is a package of bold, comprehensive reforms to take Albany back from the special interests drowning out our voices.

    It is a necessary fix to a problem that needs fixing NOW.

    Add Your Name in Support of the Demand Democracy Package to Fight Big Money in Albany

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    Add Your Name to Support Accountable Miami-Dade

    Corruption plagues Miami-Dade politics, with special interests dominating election spending and drowning out the voices of the people.

    Increasing accountability, limiting the power of big-money interests and giving ordinary people a stronger voice in local government, Accountable Miami-Dade is a necessary solution to a problem that needs fixing now.

    Add Your Name to Support the Accountable Miami-Dade Initiative Today

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    Stop Nuclear Bailout in New York

    Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to spend $8 billion of your money bailing out the nuclear industry.

    Email a comment today to the New York Public Service Commission to reject the bailout.

    Your comment will be submitted to the New York Public Service Commission and will become part of the public record.

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    Join Us at the Rally Against the TPP

    Thursday, July 21, in San Francisco

    RSVP for the rally to urge Rep. Pelosi to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

    What:      Rally Against the TPP
    When:     Thursday, July 21, at 11 a.m.
    Where:   Outside Rep. Pelosi’s office, 90 7th Street, San Francisco

    Sign Up Below So We Know How Big the Rally Will Be

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    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Fact Sheet

    Click the link below to get the Fact Sheet:

    TPP Fact Sheet (PDF)

    Optional: Use the form below to let us know how you'll use the Fact Sheet.

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    Make Your Voice Heard

    Sign the Petition

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    Help Prevent the Next Wall Street Meltdown

    Urge Your Member of Congress to Support the “Putting Main Street FIRST” Bill

    Although much of the excessive risk on Wall Street is derived from high-volume, short-term speculative trading, which helped cause the 2008 Wall Street collapse and the trillion-dollar 2010 “flash crash,” these practices are still common on today’s trading floors. U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio’s bill will levy a .03 percent tax on most financial trades.

    This tax, which will cost 3 cents for every $100 spent, will discourage risky trading behaviors that put everyday Americans’ investments on the line. It also is expected to collect more than $417 billion in revenue in the next decade for our communities.

    Ask Your Representative to Co-sponsor this Critical Bill

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    Make Your Voice Heard

    Sign the Petition to Medicare

    Doctors aren’t drug salespeople. Fix the flaw in Medicare Part B reimbursement and take away doctors’ incentive to prescribe the priciest drugs. The number one consideration for which drug to prescribe should be what’s most effective for patients, PERIOD.

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    Tell Congress: Serve the People, NOT Big Pharma

    Big Pharma has dumped millions of dollars toward re-electing lawmakers who have sided against reforms that could cut into Big Pharma's profits.

    Our elected officials should be standing up for patients and the public, not protecting drug industry profits.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Collect Petition Signatures for a Constitutional Amendment

    Pledge to Champion Democracy This Summer

    The big money unleashed into our politics by Citizens United is an issue that transcends any one election. We need to ensure that all who care about overturning that flawed Supreme Court ruling remain plugged into the ever-growing movement after Election Day.

    You can help make that happen by gathering petition signatures at summer events and sending us the sheets so we can engage even more people in this campaign we are building together.

    Sign Up Below to Pledge to Gather Signatures in Your Community


    Just pledge, print the petition form in the link below and get to gathering.

    Petition form to gather signatures (PDF)

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    Take a Stand Against the Big Business Domination of District Elections

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for unlimited outside money to pour into our elections, D.C. politics have been distorted by Big Business and wealthy individuals seeking to buy influence.

    So far in this election cycle, 40 percent of campaign contributions came from special interests in the real estate and construction sectors alone.

    To level the playing field, we need a small donor matching system so that the crux of campaign contributions can come from residents throughout the District, not just a handful of Big Business mega-donors.

    Add Your Name to Support D.C. Fair Elections (B21-0509) — Legislation to Stop the Big Business Seizure of District Elections and Reclaim a Local Government that Works For All of Us

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    Tell the SEC: Disclosure is Critical

    Public Companies Should be Honest with Shareholders

    The SEC conducted a two-year study to determine if companies are being honest with their investors. Disclosure is the only way to ensure sneaky backroom deals aren’t setting the tone for pay-to-play politics, the economy and environment.

    It’s time for corporations to be honest with their shareholders and the American people.

    Send a Message to the Securities and Exchange Commission

    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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    Tell Congress: Serve the People, NOT Big Pharma

    Big Pharma has dumped millions of dollars toward re-electing lawmakers who have sided against reforms that could cut into Big Pharma's profits.

    Our elected officials should be standing up for patients and the public, not protecting drug industry profits.

    Sign the Petition to Congress

    Democracy is not for sale! Don't oppose reforms because of Big Pharma's campaign cash.

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    Keep Up the Fight Against Exelon

    Urge D.C. Government to Challenge PSC Decision in Court

    The District’s attorney general and consumer advocate have the authority to challenge the PSC’s flawed decision on the takeover of Pepco by Exelon.

    Email Attorney General Karl Racine and People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye to Challenge the Takeover

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    Sign the Petition: National Parks Should Not be Billboards for Corporate Advertising

    America’s National Parks are among our greatest national treasures, open for everyone to explore, enjoy, and learn from the natural world void of commercial intrusions.

    That could now change. A new policy proposed by the National Park Service directs parks to actively seek donations from corporate vendors, liberalizes rules on “donor recognition,” drops the current policy that parks must be free of commercialism, and lifts various restrictions on naming rights in parks.

    The National Park Service’s plan to sell naming rights and advertising space within America’s parks would dishonor and degrade these national treasures now and for future generations.

    How long before our beautiful mountain vistas are tarnished by the logos of Coca-Cola, General Electric, McDonald’s and Budweiser? This plan could also lead to corporate interests having undue influence on how our parks are managed and enjoyed.

    Why can’t we savor the breathtaking splendor of Acadia or Yosemite without being assaulted by advertising?

    This centennial year of the National Park Service is the time to celebrate the splendor of our national parks, not deface them with corporate logos.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Below

    We, the undersigned, call on the National Park Service to abandon plans to permit corporate sponsorships, naming rights, and branding in our parks. We ask you to respect our national parks and the legacy of the generations that built them.

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    What Do You Think About Trump?

    Donald Trump is a presidential nominee of a major American political party unlike anything our country has ever witnessed.

    As we carry out our work, we want to hear from YOU:

    What should be done about Trumpism?

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    Help Organize a Rally With Your Senator to Raise the Profile of the “We the People Act”

    Senate Democrats just unveiled a package of reforms to fight big money in politics. And they want to join forces with people like you to rally around the package while they are home for the congressional recess in August.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to meet and build a relationship with your U.S. Senator, while helping build up and out a robust democracy movement in your area.

    Sign Up Now to Help Plan a Local “We the People Act” Rally During the Upcoming Congressional Recess

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    Sign the Petition: The Democratic Platform Must Reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Add Your Name to Demand that the Democratic Party Platform Include Unequivocal Opposition to the TPP

    Across the country, people of all political persuasions are rejecting failed corporate trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I urge the Democratic Platform Committee to fight back against corporate interests and include a statement of unequivocal opposition to the TPP in the platform and urge Congress to not hold a lame-duck TPP vote.

    Add Your Name

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    Petition for Federal Investigation of Exxon’s Climate Science Cover-Up

    As far back as 1977, Exxon’s own research proved that the burning of fossil fuels was causing global warming.

    Exxon has raked in hundreds of billions while knowingly contributing to potentially cataclysmic climate disruption.

    The cost to people’s lives — and to our planet’s very capacity to sustain us — is simply incalculable.

    Add Your Name to Demand a U.S. Department of Justice Investigation into Exxon’s Climate Deception

    Recent reports have shown that Exxon knew about the threat of climate change decades ago. Yet over the course of nearly forty years, the company has contributed millions of dollars to think tanks and politicians that have done their best to spread doubt and misinformation — first on the existence of climate change, then the extent of the problem, and now its cause. If Exxon intentionally misled the public about climate change and fossil fuels, then they should be held accountable. We’re calling for an immediate investigation.

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    Tell the Securities and Exchange Commission to Hold Wall Street Accountable for Its Bad Deals

    Bankers Should Not Be Rewarded for Putting the American Economy at Risk

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act includes a rule to rein in reckless bankers.

    But after five years, the rule STILL hasn’t been finalized and isn’t strong enough.

    Sign the Petition

    We need a strong rule so that Wall Street bankers are not rewarded for putting the economy at risk.

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    The Climate Reality Check Call

    This Month: Title of Call
    Date/Time:
    Call in number/code:

    Add Your Name to RSVP for the Call

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    Make Your Voice Heard

    Sign the Petition to Medicare

    Doctors aren’t drug salespeople. Fix the flaw in Medicare Part B reimbursement and take away doctors’ incentive to prescribe the priciest drugs. The number one consideration for which drug to prescribe should be what’s most effective for patients, PERIOD.

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    Add Your Name to Support Making Arizona Elections Cleaner and More Democratic

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its secret money backers like Arizona Public Service (APS) currently dominate elections in the Grand Canyon State.

    But The Clean and Accountable Elections Act would put the people back in charge of Arizona elections — increasing disclosure of secret money and reducing the power of wealthy special interests, lobbyists, and government contractors.

    Add Your Name to Support The Clean and Accountable Elections Act Today

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    RSVP for the #NoSecretMoney Twitter Town Hall with Shailene Woodley

    As President Obama nears the end of his presidency, actress Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Secret Life of the American Teenager), activists, supporters and allies will discuss the one concrete action he can take to address the big money unleashed by Citizens United — a #NoSecretMoney executive order — in a Twitter town hall.

    On Wednesday, June 29 at 2pm EST, join us for a conversation about an executive order that would require 70% of Fortune 100 companies to disclose their political spending. Sign up below to RSVP and Public Citizen will send you a reminder the morning of the town hall.

    Join Actress and Activist Shailene Woodley for a Conversation about the #NoSecretMoney Executive Order

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    Tell Congress We Need Real Solutions to Corporate Influence Over Our Government

    Add Your Name in Support of the “We The People Act”

    The “We The People Act” will help improve our democracy by doing the following:

    • Making government more accountable through campaign disclosure and transparency.
    • Strengthening lobbying laws to limit special interest influence in Congress.
    • Closing the revolving door between Wall Street and agencies that regulate it.
    • Amending the constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling.

    I support the “We The People Act” to Reform Our Government and Ensure it Works for All Americans, not Just Special Interests

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    Tell Regulators to Hold Wall Street Accountable for Its Bad Deals

    Bankers Should Not Be Rewarded for Putting the American Economy at Risk

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act includes a rule to rein in reckless bankers.

    But after five years, the rule STILL hasn’t been finalized and isn’t strong enough.

    Send a Message to Regulators at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Research Board of Governors Request for Comments, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, National Credit Union Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission

    Wall Street should be attracting bankers that do the right thing for the American economy. But instead, the chance for a fat bonus on dangerous trading attracts gamblers looking for quick riches.

    While this rulemaking is a step in the right direction, two provisions were notably left out that would have ensured bankers are held personally accountable for their deals:

    1. Senior banker incentive pay should be deferred for four years, so that it is not paid pro-rata.

    2. A portion of delayed incentive pay should be in a no-fault pool for fines on the bank, so that shareholders aren’t forced to incur the fine for their bank’s risks. This portion should consist of bail-in bonds, or Total Loss Absorbing Capacity bonds.

    It’s time to stop the unchecked greed at the Big Banks that caused the Great Recession.

    Your message will be submitted for public comment to each regulatory agency. It may be posted publicly on the agencies' websites.

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    Denton Council Poised to Approve New Pollution Sources in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area

    Ask the City Council to Choose Clean Energy Instead of Natural Gas

    The Denton City Council is poised to approve the construction of 12 natural gas-fired power generators that would contribute more air pollution to the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area.

    Several of these generators would be placed near the Denton airport. The air monitor at the airport consistently shows this to be the site of the worst air quality in the region. Adding more air pollution to that area will make it even more difficult for the DFW area to comply with air quality standards — which are set to protect public health.

    Denton has other clean and affordable options to meet its energy needs. The City Council needs to know that not only Denton residents oppose its plan, but so do other DFW area residents. Air pollution doesn’t stop at city lines.

    Email the Denton City Council

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    Action to Reverse Exelon’s Takeover of Pepco

    When: As early as next week*

    Where: D.C. Public Service Commission, 1325 G Street, Suite 800

    *We will have two days’ notice before the PSC makes its decision on the merger. Once we find out, we will email you the date, time and location of our rapid response action.

    Add Your Name to Join Our Rapid Response Team

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    Join Us As We Announce the Constitutional Amendment Victory in New York

    Celebrate New York Becoming the 17th State to Call to Overturn Citizens United

    Due to your relentless work, the Empire State is now the 17th state — and the first state legislature with Republican control in either House — to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

    Tomorrow, we are joining together for a press event where a bipartisan group of legislators will announce the victory alongside advocates like you who have played an instrumental role in getting us here.

    When: Wednesday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Where: State Capitol Building War Room, Albany, New York

    A strategy meeting to discuss next steps for the local democracy movement in New York will be held immediately following the press event in the basement of SEIU 1190 (115 Washington Street). The meeting will last until 4 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

    Carpools are being organized from throughout the state. Get in touch with us at amendment@citizen.org to get details about carpools near you.

    Add Your Name to RSVP for the Press Event

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    Tell President Obama: Don’t Back Down. Fight Secret Corporate Money!

    “We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics,” said President Barack Obama during his final State of the Union address.

    The time for words is over. Now it’s time for action.

    Sign the Petition to Tell President Obama that You Expect Him to Stand Up to the Secret Corporate Cash Corrupting our Elections

    I support executive action against the corporate corruption of our democracy.

    We the People have a right to know whether corporations that contract with the government — which are being paid by our tax dollars — are secretly spending untold sums to help elect and re-elect the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process.

    Please Mr. President, sign an executive order to bring government contractor political spending into the light.

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    Next Step: Join the Final National Call In Day to the White House and Urge President Obama to Issue a #NoSecretMoney Executive Order

    Don't Back Down. Fight Secret Corporate Money!

    Together, we’ve gathered over a million signatures, held dozens of rallies across the country and drawn widespread media attention to what the executive order would mean for our democracy and for Obama’s legacy.

    And today, a national democracy coalition is holding a press event outside of the White House as citizens across the country — that’s you — flood President Obama’s staff with calls demanding action.

    Today is about pushing this fight to the finish. And we need you to give it all you’ve got.

    1. Dial 1-888-848-4824 to reach the White House switchboard. (You may briefly be put on hold or directed to another line. Please be patient!)

    2. When you are connected with a volunteer operator, introduce yourself and then use this short script:

    “I am calling to urge President Obama to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. Citizens United happened under the president’s watch, and time is running out for him to address the flood of secret spending the disastrous decision unleashed.”

    3. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Petition: No Lame-Duck Vote on TPP

    Add Your Name to Urge Leader Pelosi Not to Hold a TPP Vote in the Lame-Duck Session of Congress

    Proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are now saying that the pact should be voted on during the post-election, “lame-duck” session of Congress — that unique moment in the political calendar when representatives who have retired or been voted out of office still hold their seats for a short period of time and political accountability to constituents is at its absolute lowest.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has enormous influence on whether Democrats in the House of Representatives band together to ensure there are not enough votes to attempt a lame-duck TPP vote — but she has been surprisingly quiet on this issue so far.

    Petition to Leader Pelosi

    Dear Leader Pelosi,

    The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement should not be voted on during the “lame-duck” session of Congress after the election — that unique moment in the political calendar when representatives who have retired or been voted out of office still hold their seats for a short time, and political accountability to constituents is at its lowest.

    The TPP presents an unprecedented threat to many of the goals we share and for which we appreciate your leadership: good jobs, higher wages, strong climate policies, a livable environment, affordable medicines, safe food and human rights.

    We cannot allow the TPP’s incentives for job offshoring, lack of disciplines against currency cheating and weak rules of origin destroy more American jobs. It is heartbreaking that the administration has signed a TPP that rolls back the reforms to trade-pact environmental and medicine patent rules that you forced into George W. Bush’s last trade deals. It is alarming that the TPP would expand the scope of the notorious investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) regime by adding new rights for foreign firms to challenge our domestic laws and empowering an additional 9,200 foreign firms to attack our laws in extra-judicial arbitration tribunals. That this pact includes Brunei, which recently implemented sharia-based laws for the stoning-to-death of gays and unwed mothers, and Malaysia, which is among the worst nations for human trafficking, is intolerable.

    Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have both announced opposition to a lame-duck vote on the TPP, which they have denounced as dangerous to our economy, public health and the environment. Please join them in voicing your opposition to a lame-duck TPP vote as well.

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    Call the Key Councilmembers Blocking Progress on Fair Elections in D.C.

    Please take a moment to urge Councilmembers Anita Bonds, Jack Evans, LaRuby May and Vincent Orange to support the Citizens Fair Election Act — legislation to rein in the outside money that’s corrupting local elections.

    Councilmember Anita Bonds: (202) 724-8064

    Councilmember Jack Evans: (202) 724-8058

    Councilmember LaRuby May: (202) 724-8045

    Councilmember Vincent Orange: (202) 724-8174

    Use the Script Below, but Feel Free to Put the Message in Your Own Words!

    • I am calling because I am disappointed that [Councilmember ___] opposes the very popular Citizens Fair Election Act, and encourage [him/her] to get on board with people-centered elections today.
    • Small donor empowerment programs have seen great success from New York City to Santa Fe in making everyday people the focus of elections, not just big check writers and outside special interests.
    • A City Paper poll showed that 80% of District residents support public financing of elections, and over 60 local organizations are advocating for the D.C. Fair Elections system, from D.C. Working Families and D.C. Sierra Club to D.C. Fair Budget Coalition and beyond.
    • I urge [Councilmember ___] to change [his/her] position on the Citizens Fair Election Act and help advance a system that will build power for D.C. residents.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Tell Congress: Pass a CLEAN Budget!

    We Need a Clean Budget — Without Ideological Policy Riders for Corporations and Special Interests

    Every time must-pass bills like the budget to fund our government come around, lawmakers and their corporate lobbyists try to sneak in unrelated poison pill policy riders to help out Big Business.

    Conservative lawmakers are working to suffocate entire agencies that regulate Wall Street and prohibit rules that would get money out of politics, protect consumers and hold corporations accountable.

    Send Your Message to the Appropriations Committee Today

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    Stop Massive Handouts to Big Coal, Protect Our Public Land

    Our outdated federal coal program costs taxpayers more than $1 billion every year AND is utterly out of line with our nation’s climate action commitments.

    Submit Public Comments to Overhaul Federal Coal Program

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    Add Your Name to Support Bringing Integrity Back to Washington State Politics

    Help Get Integrity Washington (I-1464) on the November Ballot Alongside WAmend (I-735)

    Washington state has a D+ rating in government accountability, transparency and systems in place to combat political corruption.

    But two ballot measures — WAmend I-735 and Integrity Washington I-1464 — would clean up our politics and put the Evergreen State at the forefront of the movement for free and fair elections.

    Add Your Name to Support Getting Integrity Washington on the Ballot Alongside WAmend and Making Washington State a Leader in Democratic Reform

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    Email Your Senators: Demand a Hearing on the Revolving Door

    This week, Public Citizen activists from across the country are meeting with their lawmakers to demand the end of the revolving door that incentivizes bankers to take rulemaking roles in government.

    When Big Bank executives leave their positions to take high-level jobs in government agencies that regulate the banks, their Wall Street bosses can hand them a hefty bonus on their way out. And when they’re done stacking the deck in favor of their former employers, they can head back to Wall Street to cash in again.

    We must remind our lawmakers that bankers who caused the last financial crisis should not be charged with protecting us from the next.

    The Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act would give Americans peace of mind that our banking regulators represent the public, not their former bosses on Wall Street.

    Email Your Senators to Demand a Hearing on the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act

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    Help Make Fair Elections a Reality in the District

    Tell Councilmembers Bonds, Evans, May and Orange to Stand Behind — Not Oppose — Legislation to Rein In Wealthy Donor Domination of District Elections

    The Citizens Fair Election Act would encourage candidates to rely on smaller contributions from everyday residents, instead of big checks from corporations and wealthy donors. Such systems empower and increase participation amongst lower and middle class people, and people of color, ultimately changing who our elected officials are accountable to.

    These four key councilmembers are standing in the way of the bill’s passage. And they need to hear from you.

    Please take a minute to send an email to Councilmembers Anita Bonds, Jack Evans, LaRuby May and Vincent Orange demanding their support of fair elections legislation in the District of Columbia.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Thank You for Emailing the Key Councilmembers Blocking Progress on Fair Elections in D.C.

    Now Amplify Your Voice

    Please take a moment to call Councilmembers Anita Bonds, Jack Evans, LaRuby May and Vincent Orange and urge them to change their positions on the Citizens Fair Election Act today.

    Councilmember Anita Bonds: (202) 724-8064

    Councilmember Jack Evans: (202) 724-8058

    Councilmember LaRuby May: (202) 724-8045

    Councilmember Vincent Orange: (202) 724-8174

    Use the Script Below, but Feel Free to Put the Message in Your Own Words!

    • I am calling because I am disappointed that [Councilmember ___] opposes the very popular Citizens Fair Election Act, and encourage [him/her] to get on board with people-centered elections today.
    • Small donor empowerment programs have seen great success from New York City to Santa Fe in making everyday people the focus of elections, not just big check writers and outside special interests.
    • A City Paper poll showed that 80% of District residents support public financing of elections, and over 60 local organizations are advocating for the D.C. Fair Elections system, from D.C. Working Families and D.C. Sierra Club to D.C. Fair Budget Coalition and beyond.
    • I urge [Councilmember ___] to change [his/her] position on the Citizens Fair Election Act and help advance a system that will build power for D.C. residents.

    Let Us Know How Your Call Went

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    Help Make Fair Elections a Reality in the District

    Tell Councilmembers Bonds, Evans, May and Orange to Stand Behind — Not Oppose — Legislation to Rein In Wealthy Donor Domination of District Elections

    The Citizens Fair Election Act would encourage candidates to rely on smaller contributions from everyday residents, instead of big checks from corporations and wealthy donors. Such systems empower and increase participation amongst lower and middle class people, and people of color, ultimately changing who our elected officials are accountable to.

    These four key councilmembers are standing in the way of the bill’s passage. And they need to hear from you.

    Please take a minute to send an email to Councilmembers Anita Bonds, Jack Evans, LaRuby May and Vincent Orange demanding their support of fair elections legislation in the District of Columbia.

    Type your zip code into the box below. We encourage you to add your own words to the email message that appears.

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    Meet With New York Senators on the Democracy Awakening Agenda

    Local activists in New York have set up meetings with U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to push for action on the Democracy Awakening demands while they are back in the state for the upcoming congressional recess.

    Meeting with your members of Congress during the Memorial Day recess from May 30 to June 3 is a perfect way to maintain public pressure and keep the Democracy Awakening ball rolling. And local activists have already done the work in setting them up.

    All you have to do is show up. Strength in numbers!

    Sign Up If You’re Interested In Attending the Upcoming Meetings and We’ll Connect You With the Meeting Organizers

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    Tell President Obama: Don’t Back Down. Fight Secret Corporate Money!

    “We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics,” said President Barack Obama during his final State of the Union address.

    The time for words is over. Now it’s time for action.

    Sign the Petition to Tell President Obama that You Expect Him to Stand Up to the Secret Corporate Cash Corrupting our Elections

    I support executive action against the corporate corruption of our democracy.

    We the People have a right to know whether corporations that contract with the government — which are being paid by our tax dollars — are secretly spending untold sums to help elect and re-elect the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process.

    Please Mr. President, sign an executive order to bring government contractor political spending into the light.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    President Barack Obama continued his push for the controversial TPP this week with a high-profile trip to TPP-country Vietnam.

    The TPP would grant Vietnam privileged access to the U.S. market, despite the country’s jailing of political dissidents, systematic anti-union repression and widespread use of child labor.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The official government report projecting the economic impacts of the TPP has been released. The report uses widely criticized methodology and unrealistic assumptions — and it STILL predicts worsening trade balances in many sectors and an overall trade deficit increase!

    The fact that this report doesn’t promise the usual pie-in-the-sky outcomes suggests that, if ever implemented, the TPP could really be disastrous.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Call Your Lawmakers to Request a Meeting on the Revolving Door

    Let Us Know When You Have Requested a Meeting, and We Will Provide You With Information to Help Make Sure Your Meeting is a Success

    1. Call 1-888-291-9824 to be connected to the Capitol switchboard.

    2. His/her office may attempt to transfer you to the proper scheduler or give you the phone number of the office in your hometown.

    3. Feel free to use this script when talking to the staff member:

    “I’m a constituent. I would like to request an in-district meeting with the congressman/woman on the egregious conflict of interest presented by the Wall Street revolving door and government service golden parachutes. Would the congressman/woman be able to meet with me in the district between May 31 and June 3?”

    4. If your lawmaker is unavailable:

    “Would I be able to speak with a staff member that works on financial policy or Wall Street reform?

    5. Let us know how your call went!

    Please Let Us Know You Called, and We Will Provide Additional Materials and an Invitation to Our Training Call

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    Tell the CFPB: Don’t Cave to Pressure from Big Banks that Ripoff Consumers

    Big Banks and corporations have been sneaking fine print into their terms of service (all that legal jargon you’re forced to accept) that prevents ordinary customers from joining together to take these giant corporations to court if they rip us off.

    And these rip off clauses pervade the contracts we all sign regularly — from banks and credit cards, to cell phone companies and nursing homes.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a rule to stop this blatantly unfair and un-American racket, but Wall Street is fighting against the rule that would make it harder for them to evade liability and walk away with literally billions.

    Tell the CFPB that We Need This Critical Rule to Protect Consumers from Being Ripped Off by Wall Street

    Your message will be submitted for public comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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    Sign the Petition: We Demand Single-Payer, Medicare for All

    Our country must — like every other wealthy nation on Earth — guarantee health care to ALL of its citizens.

    This is a moral imperative. And the time is NOW.

    Add Your Name

    We the People demand and deserve single-payer, Medicare-for-All, universal health coverage.

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    Add Your Name to Support D.C. Fair Elections

    Help Make It Possible for Everyday People to Run for Office in the District

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for unlimited money to pour into our elections, it’s become increasingly expensive for candidates who represent everyday people to run for office and win.

    D.C. Fair Elections — co-sponsored by six city council members — would empower grassroots-oriented candidates and amplify the voices of District residents in D.C. elections.

    Add Your Name to Support D.C. Fair Elections and Put Everyday People Back in Charge of District Politics

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    Austin Needs to Get Serious About Quitting Coal

    Ask the Austin City Council to Make the Retirement of the Fayette Coal Plant a Reality

    The plan that the Austin City Council adopted for Austin Energy in 2014 includes a commitment to retire Austin Energy's portion of the coal-fired Fayette Power Project by 2023. However, nothing has been done to ensure that commitment will be met.

    Austin Energy still has debt that is tied to the Fayette coal plant, and Austin Energy staff says that debt must be paid off for the plant to be retired. Otherwise, Austin Energy will be paying off the Fayette debt until 2046 and the coal plant will keep running. So, we’re asking the Austin City Council to begin setting money aside in a special fund for just that purpose.

    Austin has set ambitious climate goals that can be met only by ending our use of coal. Fayette is Austin’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions – not to mention other air and water pollution. It’s time to make retiring the Fayette coal plant a priority by including it in our city's budget.

    Email the Austin City Council to End Austin Energy’s Use of Coal

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    Hold a Meeting with your Member of Congress on the Revolving Door

    Meet with a Member of Congress Face-to-Face to Demand the End of Former Wall Street Executives Regulating Companies They Used to Work For

    Are you ready to REALLY step up?

    We’re bringing the fight for REAL Wall Street reform directly to members of Congress in their home districts — and we need dedicated constituents like you to meet with them in the first week of June.

    When Big Bank executives leave their positions to take high-level jobs in government agencies that regulate the banks, their Wall Street bosses may hand them a hefty bonus on their way out.

    You can be sure that the Big Banks, billionaires and their lobbyists will be protecting their former colleagues by meeting with lawmakers — so we need to remind our legislators who they represent.

    Holding a meeting with your lawmakers in their home districts is the most personal and meaningful way to bring your convictions on the way our government is run — and we know it shouldn’t be run by Wall Street.

    It’s time we stand up against this unethical conflict of interest.

    We will help you every step of the way. We’ll get you up to date on the legislation, help you set up a meeting, provide you with materials and invite other Public Citizen activists to join you so you have strength in numbers.

    Sign Up Now to Hold a Meeting with your Lawmakers in Your Hometown

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    Hold a Meeting with your Member of Congress on the Revolving Door

    Meet with a Member of Congress Face-to-Face to Demand the End of Former Wall Street Executives Regulating Companies They Used to Work For

    Are you ready to REALLY step up?

    We’re bringing the fight for REAL Wall Street reform directly to members of Congress in their home districts — and we need dedicated constituents like you to meet with them in the first week of June.

    When Big Bank executives leave their positions to take high-level jobs in government agencies that regulate the banks, their Wall Street bosses may hand them a hefty bonus on their way out.

    You can be sure that the Big Banks, billionaires and their lobbyists will be protecting their former colleagues by meeting with lawmakers — so we need to remind our legislators who they represent.

    Holding a meeting with your lawmakers in their home districts is the most personal and meaningful way to bring your convictions on the way our government is run — and we know it shouldn’t be run by Wall Street.

    It’s time we stand up against this unethical conflict of interest.

    We will help you every step of the way. We’ll get you up to date on the legislation, help you set up a meeting, provide you with materials and invite other Public Citizen activists to join you so you have strength in numbers.

    Sign Up Now to Hold a Meeting with your Lawmakers in Your Hometown

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    Sign the Petition: Tell Infant Formula Makers to Stop Using Hospitals as Marketing Tools

    Healthcare facilities shouldn’t market commercial products. Yet infant formula companies have coopted many hospitals and healthcare providers to market their products.

    In the United States, the vast majority of birthing hospitals give away industry-provided samples of infant formula to new mothers after they give birth.

    All major healthcare provider organizations recommend breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life. However, mothers who receive formula samples in the hospital are less likely to breastfeed exclusively and more likely to breastfeed for shorter durations. That’s why this kind of marketing is in violation of the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

    Infant formula companies are directly harming babies’ health and undermining the healthcare mission of hospitals by engaging in this destructive marketing practice.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Below

    We, the undersigned, call on Abbott (maker of Similac), Mead Johnson (maker of Enfamil) and Nestle (maker of Gerber), to stop distributing samples of infant formula in healthcare facilities, including hospitals and other medical clinics. The immediate end of this practice would be a crucial initial step to become fully compliant with the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

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    Petition to President Obama

    Save lives! Use your authority to lower drug prices.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The U.S. government is required by law to release a report — within 105 days after a major trade agreement is signed — projecting the economic effects of that deal.

    If the report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), due Wednesday, is anything like the ones for past trade deals, it will be full of rosy predictions and short on reality.

    Unfortunately, the administration and the TPP’s corporate backers will ignore that past government trade pact studies have systematic failed to accurately assess agreement’s implications for our jobs, economic growth and trade balance. They will use the (almost definitely inaccurate) report to try to persuade Congress to support the dangerous TPP.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Tell Congress: No “Get Out of Jail Free” Card for Corporate Criminals

    At long last, Congress — in a bipartisan push — is doing something about the crisis of over-criminalization and over-incarceration that has mindlessly thrown vast numbers of people in prison for low-level, nonviolent and victimless crimes.

    But Big Business is trying to hijack legislation aimed at ineffective and discriminatory law enforcement policies to instead make prosecuting corporate criminals even more difficult than it already is.

    Sign the Petition

    Congress should strengthen laws to ensure corporate criminals can be held accountable, not create new ways for these woefully under-prosecuted wrongdoers to get out of jail free.

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    Tell President Obama: Don’t Back Down. Fight Secret Corporate Money!

    “We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics,” said President Barack Obama during his final State of the Union address.

    The time for words is over. Now it’s time for action.

    Sign the Petition to Tell President Obama that You Expect Him to Stand Up to the Secret Corporate Cash Corrupting our Elections

    I support executive action against the corporate corruption of our democracy.

    We the People have a right to know whether corporations that contract with the government — which are being paid by our tax dollars — are secretly spending untold sums to help elect and re-elect the lawmakers who set budgets and oversee the contracting process.

    Please Mr. President, sign an executive order to bring government contractor political spending into the light.

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    Ask the Environmental Protection Agency to Strengthen Chemical Plant Safety Rules

    Our Communities Deserve to Be Safe

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally proposed safety regulations for chemical facilities. Unfortunately, the proposed rules are weak and won’t do nearly enough to protect the 110 million Americans living in the danger zone surrounding chemical facilities.

    Many dangerous industries would be excluded under the EPA’s proposed rules. Others would be required to study safer alternatives, but wouldn’t be required to actually implement them. And companies wouldn’t be required to share the results of their safety research with the EPA, so the public would still be left in the dark — hoping that they won’t be the next victims of a toxic chemical accident.

    Public Citizen and a coalition of our partner organizations have written detailed suggestions for how to make the regulations stronger. We will submit those comments to the EPA this Friday. Will you sign on to ask for regulations that make public safety a priority?

    Add Your Name to the Letter Below

    Subject: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act, EPA Docket No. EPA-HQ-OEM-2015-0725

    Dear Director McCarthy:

    The EPA must increase protections against catastrophic releases of hazardous chemicals by requiring facilities using those chemicals to study the use of safer technologies. The EPA should go further than its proposed rule by requiring all facilities that are possible sources of such disasters to study safer technologies, not just facilities in a handful of industries.

    And the EPA should actually require companies to use feasible safer technologies that they identify in the required studies. Studying safer technologies will only benefit the public if companies have to use those technologies when they can.

    The EPA should also make sure that the public knows about the hazards posed by facilities near them and about the efforts those facilities have made, or not made, to reduce the risk. And companies should be required to conduct disaster drills on a frequent basis, and should be required to implement any new rules the EPA issues as soon as possible, not years in the future.

    Your proposed rule needs to be tougher and better!

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    Meet With Your Members of Congress About the Democracy Awakening Agenda

    As we continue on from the momentous mobilization, we are looking for local champions to elevate the Democracy Awakening agenda at home.

    Holding in-district meetings with your members of Congress during the Memorial Day recess from May 30 to June 3 is a perfect way to maintain public pressure and keep the Democracy Awakening ball rolling.

    We will provide you with everything you need, from a sample letter to request a meeting to a snazzy lobby packet.

    Let Us Know If You Are Willing to Step Up and Organize a Meeting In Your Area

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    Support the Democracy Awakening Principles for a Stronger Democracy

    Last month, diverse movements took to the streets as one, rallying for Congress to adhere to a shared set of principles to save a runaway democracy.

    • Overturn Citizens United and other rulings that allow billionaires and Big Business to spend literally as much as they want undermining our elections.
    • Stop Congress’ unprecedented partisan stonewalling on its constitutional obligations in filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
    • Modernize voter registration and restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act that was upended a few years ago, enabling states to reinstitute discriminatory Jim Crow-era laws.
    • Amplify the voices of everyday Americans by empowering small donors and imposing contribution limits on the wealthy.

    Add Your Name in Support of Democracy Awakening’s Core Principles

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    Take a Stand Against Mega-Donor Domination of District Politics

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for unlimited outside money to pour into our elections, D.C. politics have been distorted by Big Business and wealthy individuals seeking to buy influence.

    To amplify the voices of everyday residents, we need to build a local people-powered movement for reform.

    Add Your Name If You Support Putting an End to Outside, Mega-donor Influence in District Elections and Reclaiming a Local Government That Works for Us

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    Ask the Austin City Council to Expand Local Solar Goals

    Keep Local Green Jobs Growing and Make Electric Bills Affordable

    More people than ever are going solar in Austin. Prices have come down and solar is an affordable option to help homeowners and businesses save on their electric bills.

    That's great, but we can do even more. Solar should be available to renters and low-income residents too. Austin Energy should offer customers an option to pay for solar installations over time on your bill (on-bill financing) - something the electric utility to the west of Austin recently started doing. And we need solar solutions for apartment buildings and condos.

    One of the big reasons that Austin has a vibrant local solar economy is because of the successful programs that Austin Energy has created. The utility creates programs to meet goals that the Austin City Council sets. That's why we're asking the City Council to increase the local solar goal to 200 megawatts by 2020, with 140 megawatts being customer-sited solar installations. This will allow thousands of residential customers and hundreds of businesses to go solar. The current goal of 110 megawatts of local solar by 2020, with 70 megawatts of customer-sited solar, likely will be met in the next couple of years, which would mean an end to Austin Energy's programs to support solar.

    Making it possible for more Austinites to go solar will benefit affordability both by reducing bills for customers and by growing more good-paying jobs in the local industry. And it will help us meet our climate goals and reduce water use for producing electricity.

    Email the City Council to Support Local Solar

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Our job-killing trade deficit with Korea has more than doubled since that deal went into effect — a $16 billion increase equating to the loss of 106,000 American jobs. Despite this stunning evidence, the administration is dusting off the “more exports, more jobs” promise (again) in its attempt to sell the dangerous TPP.

    But we’re not buying it — because the Korea deal was actually the template for the TPP, and the TPP only got worse from there.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert about tainted shrimp imported from TPP-country Malaysia — one of the top ten suppliers of shrimp to the United States.

    The TPP would make matters even worse, opening the floodgates for risky food and creating more obstacles to dealing with unsafe imports.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Keep Fighting Exelon’s Attempt to Take Over Pepco

    Tell the D.C. Public Service Commission to reverse its bizarre approval of the takeover.

    Email the Public Service Commission to Reverse the Takeover

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    Tell the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Drop Its Lawsuit Against President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

    Right now, a lawsuit by Corporate America’s most vicious attack dog — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — threatens to destroy a critical tool for addressing our climate crisis.

    There is overwhelming public support for action that slows down runaway climate change. And smart state leaders, along with forward-looking utilities and businesses, are already moving ahead with clean-energy solutions that will cut carbon pollution and create new jobs.

    But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is dismissing both We the People and the businesses it supposedly represents in favor of its Dirty Energy puppet masters.

    Sign the Petition

    We want the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to drop its dangerous lawsuit against President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

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    Demand the End of Anonymous Shell Companies

    Criminals Should Not Be Able to Hide Their Dirty Deals

    Most states require more information from someone getting a library card or a driver’s license than from someone starting a business.

    Someone can register a business without even verifying his or her name, making it nearly impossible for law enforcement to prosecute crimes committed by the company.

    The Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act (H.R. 4450/S. 2489) would require the real identity of the real owner be listed in order to start a business — not the name of their pet (or even the name of another secretive shell company).

    Urge Your Members of Congress to End Anonymous Shell Companies

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    Tell McDonald’s CEO: Stop McTeacher’s Nights

    McDonald’s is exploiting teachers and students to boost its already supersized profits.

    The fast food behemoth hosts manipulative marketing events — with the cutesy name of “McTeacher’s Nights” and under the guise of helping schools raise funds — where teachers work for free behind the counter of a McDonald’s restaurant serving unhealthy food to vulnerable students and their families.

    While McDonald’s gets a night of free labor and a new batch of loyal customers.

    Add Your Name Now to Tell McDonald’s: End McTeacher’s Nights

    I urge you to end the exploitative practice of McTeacher’s Nights.

    As you know, on McTeacher’s Nights, teachers “work” at a local McDonald’s in hopes of raising much-needed funds for their schools. Parents and children are encouraged to eat at McDonald’s so they can see “their very own educators serve up hamburgers, fries and shakes.”

    It is wrong to exploit teachers’ authority and popularity to lure kids to McDonald’s, where the core products are burgers, fries, and soda. McTeacher’s Nights negate the good work of educators to create healthy food habits and environments in schools. Parents and students trust teachers to make decisions based on what’s best for children. Using teachers to market anything to a captive audience of schoolchildren undermines that trust. But given the dire health consequences, promoting a fast food brand is especially unconscionable. Educators should not have to choose between school resources today and the health of their students tomorrow.

    This is the moment for action. In your first year as CEO, it is finally time to end the abusive practice of using teachers and educational institutions to promote McDonald’s to schoolchildren.

    The health of current and future generations of children will benefit from your leadership on this issue.

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    Don’t Let Wall Street Regulate Itself

    After what the Big Banks did to the economy in 2008, why would we ever trust them to regulate themselves?

    But that’s exactly what happens when Wall Street executives get bonuses to take jobs as government banking regulators.

    Add Your Name if you Agree that Wall Street Can’t be Trusted to Regulate Itself

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    An “audit” of the questionable but oft-repeated claim that the TPP would deliver 18,000 tax cuts for “Made in America” products had some shocking results.

    No, the TPP would not generate 18,000 tax cuts. And any legitimate cuts would not necessarily translate into cheaper prices for consumers. This tax cut charade is a desperate misdirect to try to get our minds off the fact that the TPP would offshore U.S. jobs, allow in unsafe food, threaten the environment and jack up medicine prices.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Tell Wall Street to Stop Payouts to Executives Who Leave for the Government

    End the Conflict of Interest and “Government Service Golden Parachutes”

    Wall Street executives often receive huge bonuses when they chose to leave their positions specifically for high-level government jobs — called a “government service golden parachute.” In these government positions, they are able to work as regulators for their former bosses.

    Proposals will be presented at the annual shareholder meetings of five major banks to discontinue this conflict of interest.

    Sign the Petition to Demand that Big Banks Stop Providing Incentives for Wall Street Insiders to Flow into the Government Agencies that Regulate Them

    To: Boards of Citigroup, Lazard, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase,

    Americans should feel confident that government regulators are working on behalf of the public interest and our common good. The American people cannot trust that the system is not being rigged against them as long as Wall Street provides financial incentives for its top executives to go into government posts. End the practice of giving government service golden parachutes to outgoing executives.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    This week marks the tenth anniversary of the U.S.-Peru trade deal being signed. That agreement provides a stark warning about the TPP's environmental threats.

    Despite inclusion of environmental provisions, since the trade deal Peru has been home to flagrant and widespread illegal logging as well as frequent abuse and assassinations of those who seek to protect the forests and their indigenous communities.

    The TPP — which includes the U.S., Peru and 10 other countries — is even worse than the Peru deal. First, we need our members of Congress to prevent further harm by stopping the TPP. Then, we need a new model of trade that puts people and the planet first.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    No Bonuses for Volkswagen Executives

    Executives certainly shouldn’t be given bonuses when their company commits one of the most outrageous environmental crimes in memory. But that’s exactly what executives at auto giant Volkswagen (VW) are demanding.

    The latest news reports say executives at VW — which is reeling from a massive emissions-cheating scandal — may lose only 30% of their scheduled bonuses.

    But why should they get any bonuses at all?

    Tell VW: No Bonuses for Executives

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    Keep Up the Fight Against Exelon

    Urge D.C. Government to Challenge PSC Decision

    In a shocking move, the D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the takeover of Pepco by Exelon.

    The District’s attorney general and consumer advocate have the authority — and, we think, the obligation — to challenge the PSC’s split decision on the takeover of Pepco by Exelon.

    But they must do so before April 22.

    Email Attorney General Karl Racine and People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye to Challenge the Takeover.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The bottom line: Our failed trade policies imperil both Americans' livelihoods and the health of our planet - two reasons why the more people more, the less they like them - Mark Ruffalo

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Urge Your Representative and Senators to Support the Political Intelligence Transparency Act

    Political intelligence consultants roam the halls of Congress collecting insider information to line their pockets with profits.

    Using financial information they’ve picked up on Capitol Hill has created a political intelligence industry worth up to $400 million a year. We need to close the loopholes that make that possible.

    Urge Your Members of Congress to Co-sponsor the Bipartisan Political Intelligence Transparency Act

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    Pfizer: Stop raising drug prices

    The press release about Pfizer freezing drug prices may have been fake, but it sure was a great idea.

    SIGN THE PETITION TO PFIZER

    You already make multibillion-dollar profits. Enough is enough! Stop raising prices!

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    Support the Democracy Awakening Core Demands

    Democracy Awakening is a powerful, first-of-its-kind mobilization — organized by Public Citizen and 200 allies — to put We the People back in charge of OUR democracy.

    Add Your Name in Support of Democracy Awakening’s Core Demands

    • Overturn Citizens United and other rulings that allow billionaires and Big Business to spend literally as much as they want undermining our elections.
    • Stop Congress’ unprecedented partisan stonewalling on its constitutional obligations in filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
    • Restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act that was gutted a few years ago, enabling states to reinstitute discriminatory Jim Crow-era laws.

    After You Add Your Name, You’ll be Taken to the Democracy Awakening Website, Where You Can Sign up to Attend!

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Watch the Video, Pass It On and Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    If you answered DRUG COMPANIES, you’re right

    In the past five years, Big Pharma has DOUBLED the price of brand name drugs. Meanwhile, drug company profits have soared upward 17 percent — up BILLIONS AND BILLIONS.

    Struggling Americans, meanwhile, are skipping life-saving medications they can’t afford.

    Tell Congress to crack down on out-of-control drug prices.

    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to take IMMEDIATE action against the crisis of out-of-control drug prices.

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    Exelon’s Takeover of Pepco: A Quick Poll

    Last week, the D.C. Public Service Commission voted 2-1 to approve Exelon’s latest bid to acquire Pepco.

    Do you support the decision to allow Exelon to take over Pepco?

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    Democracy Awakening Dallas Rally

    In Support of Government Of, By and For the People

    On Sunday, April 17, we will rally in Dallas to demand that government work for the people.

    What are we asking for?

    • Overturn U.S. Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United that have allowed billionaires and big business to spend literally without limit in their attempt to take over our elections.
    • Demand that Congress do its constitutional duty and commit to a fair and timely confirmation process for the next Supreme Court justice.
    • Fully restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that was gutted by the Supreme Court’s recent Shelby County decision, enabling states to reinstitute discriminatory Jim Crow-era laws.

    The Austin rally will be part of a national effort that will include an even larger event in Washington, D.C., and several other events across the country. Taking action locally will put our state politicians on notice and will bring attention to the much-needed changes that will impact us all.

    WHAT: Democracy Awakening Dallas Rally
    WHEN: Sunday, April 17, at 1 p.m.
    WHERE: Reverchon Park Recreation Center (3505 Maple Ave, Dallas)
    WHY: Because your government should represent you

    The rally will include speakers, activities and a march to Lee Park.

    Sign Up to Attend the Democracy Awakening Dallas Rally

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Email Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    We need our leaders to create a new path forward that reverses the race-to-the-bottom that the current trade model reinforces.

    The first step is to stop the TPP. Then, we need a trade model that finally prioritizes decent jobs, living wages, human rights, labor rights, affordable medicines and the environment.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Tell the SEC: Work on the Corporate Disclosure Rule

    Join Us in Demanding that the SEC Require Companies to Disclose Their Political Spending

    The SEC has a key role to play for democracy and investors by shining a light on the post-Citizens United reign of undemocratic corporate influence in American politics.

    That means using its authority to require that companies disclose the secret money they spend trying to influence elections.

    And the SEC is currently reviewing how effective its disclosure rules really are.

    To Send a Comment to the SEC, Please Complete the Form Below

    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.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Watch the Video and Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    One Last Time: Reject Exelon Takeover

    Email D.C. Regulators to Stop Exelon Once and For All

    Exelon’s relentless bid to take over Pepco has been blocked THREE times.

    But instead of accepting the will of the District, Exelon is asking our regulators ONE LAST TIME to consider its takeover proposal.

    March 17 is the final day to weigh in on Exelon’s last-ditch effort to resuscitate the failed deal.

    Email D.C. Regulators Now to Stop Exelon

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    Tell the Senate to Stop Stonewalling and Do Its Job!

    President Obama just announced his nominee for the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    But Senate extremists — under the “leadership” of Mitch McConnell — are refusing to even meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, much less hold confirmation hearings.

    Tell Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Senate: Honor your constitutional duty and commit to a fair and timely confirmation process for the next Supreme Court justice.

    Add Your Name

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    Call Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

    Urge Leader Pelosi to Announce Her Opposition Now and Lead the Fight to Save Us from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call (202) 225-0100 to be connected with her office.

    2. Ask to speak with the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    3. When you speak with a staffer or go to voicemail, you can use this script to help shape your thoughts, but leaving a message in your own words is best:

    • “I am calling to urge Leader Pelosi to lead her caucus in opposing the job-killing, corporate-driven TPP. She has been a champion for everything that the TPP threatens. But if she does not take a public position against the TPP until the last minute like on Fast Track, it sends a dangerous message to those few House Democrats that do not already oppose the TPP. By publicly opposing the TPP now, Leader Pelosi will make clear that opposition is the right position for all House Democrats."
    • “The majority of House Democrats and a sizeable bloc of Republicans oppose the deal. Opposition to the TPP is one of the few issues that unite Democrats, Republicans and Independents, polling shows. Rep. Pelosi leading against the TPP is good policy and good politics. It is critical she speak publicly NOW against the pact that undermines everything the House Democrats fight for.”

    4. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Help Elizabeth Warren Change Wall Street and Pass the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act

    Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced a bill that would make the biggest banks simpler and smaller and once again end the public subsidy to Wall Street speculation.

    By requiring banks to focus on lending to the real economy, the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act would point the way toward a financial system that better serves consumers, small businesses and the nation as a whole.

    Sign the Petition

    We support the 21st-Century Glass Steagall Act. Like its New Deal-era namesake, this bill would erect a wall between traditional banks and the risky world of investment banks and hedge funds. This legislation would make banks less massive and complex, and curtail their ability to use government guarantees to fuel Wall Street speculation. It would be a big step toward ending the era of banks that are Too Big to Fail — and jail, manage, or regulate.

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    Democracy Awakening Austin Rally

    In Support of Government Of, By and For the People

    On Sunday, April 17, we will rally in Austin to demand that government work for the people.

    What are we asking for?

    • Overturn U.S. Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United that have allowed billionaires and big business to spend literally without limit in their attempt to take over our elections.
    • Demand that Congress do its constitutional duty and commit to a fair and timely confirmation process for the next Supreme Court justice.
    • Fully restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that was gutted by the Supreme Court’s recent Shelby County decision, enabling states to reinstitute discriminatory Jim Crow-era laws.

    The Austin rally will be part of a national effort that will include an even larger event in Washington, D.C., and several other events across the country. Taking action locally will put our state politicians on notice and will bring attention to the much-needed changes that will impact us all.

    WHAT: Democracy Awakening Austin Rally
    WHEN: Sunday, April 17, at 1 p.m.
    WHERE: Southwest corner of the Capitol grounds (1100 Congress Ave.)
    WHY: Because your government should represent you

    The rally will include speakers, music, tables with information and a march.

    Sign Up to Attend the Democracy Awakening Austin Rally

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    End the Big Pharma Drug Waste Ripoff

    Drug prices are through the roof. One surprising reason: wasteful drug packaging.

    For example: One lymphoma drug is sold exclusively in $1,000 containers that hold enough medicine to treat a 250-pound football player. If you’re a 125-pound patient, you get half the medicine. The other half goes down the drain. And Pharma gets ALL the profits.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    Sign the petition to the Food and Drug Administration

    Stop drug companies from using one-size-fits-all medicine packaging to force patients and hospitals to buy more medicine than they really need. Save $3 billion, make smaller drug packages available for smaller patients, and in sizes that don’t result in waste!

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    Keep Oil Export Ban in Place

    Email Your Senators to Protect People, Not Oil Profits

    Right now, world leaders are in Paris figuring out how to save our planet.

    Meanwhile, back here in America, some senators are trying to sneak through a backroom deal that would actually increase carbon pollution by allowing even more oil production.

    Email your senators to stop the harmful impacts of lifting the crude oil export ban.

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    It’s Not an Emergency: Slow Down the Austin Energy Rate Case

    Speak Up for a Fair Process that Results in Fair Electric Rates

    The Austin City Council finally hired a consumer advocate last week to represent residential and small commercial customers in the Austin Energy rate case. That’s good, but the rate case process started in January, so the consumer advocate needs some time to catch up.

    Rate cases – which determine how much each type of customer will pay for electricity – are complicated. Large industrial and commercial customers hire lawyers and experts to make sure their bills don’t go up. That is difficult for individual residential customers to do – which is why the consumer advocate is so important.

    As it turns out, everyone involved in the rate case – except for Austin Energy – thinks it is moving too fast.

    The City Council will vote on a resolution this Thursday that would extend the time given to the rate case to make it a thoughtful process.

    Email the Austin City Council to Show Your Support

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    Call Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Get Off the Fence and Help Lead the Fight Against the TPP

    Urge Rep. Pelosi to Announce Her Opposition Now and Lead Her Party in Opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Here’s what to do:

    1. Call (202) 225-0100 to be connected with her office.

    2. Ask to speak with the chief of staff. You will probably be asked to leave a message on the chief’s voice mail. Those messages have dramatic impact!

    3. When you speak with a staffer or go to voicemail, you can use this script to help shape your thoughts, but leaving a message in your own words is best:

    • “I am calling to urge Leader Pelosi to lead her caucus in opposing the job-killing, corporate-driven TPP. If she does not take a public position against the TPP until the last minute like on Fast Track, it sends exactly the wrong message. I am asking her to publicly oppose the TPP now so it is clear to those few House Democrats that do not already oppose the TPP that opposition is the right position.
    • “I make this request in solidarity with two brave cancer patients who were arrested recently while protesting the TPP’s exorbitant monopoly drug pricing — a death sentence for many people with cancer and other diseases.
    • “The leading presidential candidates of both parties all oppose the deal. So does the majority of Democrats in the House and a sizeable bloc of Republicans. Opposition to the TPP is one of the few issues that unite Republicans, Democrats and Independents, polling shows. Rep. Pelosi leading against the TPP is good policy and good politics. It is critical she speak publicly NOW against the pact that undermines everything the House Democrats say they are for.”

    4. Let us know how your call went! Leave a comment below to tell us what happened.

    Leave a Comment to Let Us Know That You Called

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    Urge Mayor Bowser to support D.C. Fair Elections

    Mayor Muriel Bowser recently placed two government employees on leave after they awarded a contract to a competitor of a construction company that was a major contributor to her campaign — even though it saved millions for taxpayers.

    In light of this and many other scandals, Mayor Bowser would be wise to support D.C. Fair Elections — legislation that would empower everyday people from the District to run for office and win without taking large contributions from Big Business.

    Email Mayor Bowser and Tell Her to Turn the District’s Corrupt Pay-to-Play Dynamic on its Head by Supporting D.C. Fair Elections

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    Stick to the Clean Power Plan

    Sign Petition to Tell your Governor to Move Forward on Climate Action

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently postponed the Obama administration’s plan to cut carbon pollution from our power sector.

    Despite this, 20 states have vowed to move forward on plans to curb climate change and transition to renewable energy.

    And nine other states, including Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee, are still considering whether they will stick to the plan.

    Urge your Governor to Power Ahead with Plans to Act on Climate Change

    We, the undersigned, urge you to move forward on developing a state plan to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan. The impacts of climate disruption are already being felt across the county. On the other hand, the benefits of climate action are too good to delay. The Clean Power Plan will deliver billions of dollars in net benefits each year, estimated to reach $26 billion to $45 billion by 2030. We call on you to stick to the Clean Power Plan.

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    Demand Corporate America Support Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All Health Care

    Big Pharma’s price gouging is so bad that even Corporate America is worried!

    Twenty companies — including American Express, Coca-Cola, IBM and Verizon — just announced that they will be exploring ways to tackle runaway drug prices and make health care more affordable for their employees.

    Sign our Petition Urging Corporate America to Look Out for Their Employees — and for all Americans — by Supporting Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All Health Care.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    The period from now until this summer is when the GOP congressional leadership will decide whether or not the TPP is voted on this year. We have to maintain pressure on Congress to keep the TPP at bay. We have to make sure that the TPP’s corporate and congressional boosters can never count a majority of yes votes in the U.S. House of Representatives. Our jobs, wages, health and the environment depend on it.

    The form below customizes your email to your representative — thanking those who have already stated their opposition to the TPP, and explaining the urgency of the situation to those who have not.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Stand Up for Students’ Rights

    Tell the U.S. Department of Education to Stop Colleges That Take Federal Funds from Using Forced Arbitration to Deny Students’ Access to the Courts

    Fine print buried in college enrollment contracts is depriving students and their families of their ability to hold schools accountable for wrongdoing.

    Some colleges — particularly for-profit ones — push students and their families to sign take-it-or-leave-it contracts that deny students the right to sue in court if a dispute later arises, even if the schools later defraud the students.

    This is an outrage. No student should be forced to give up access to justice in exchange for an education.

    Sign the Petition Urging the Department of Education to Block Colleges that Accept Federal Funds from Imposing Forced Arbitration Clauses on Their Students

    We, the undersigned, call on the Department of Education to require, as a condition of receiving federal funding, that colleges agree not to use pre-dispute arbitration clauses in contracts with students and their families. Students should not have to sacrifice their day in court for a day in the classroom.

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    Tell Alcohol Companies: Stop Advertising to Kids

    The alcohol industry has long opposed government regulation of its advertising — by insisting that it can be trusted to regulate itself.

    But research proves that the industry is NOT sufficiently regulating itself.

    Alcohol companies are putting children across the country at risk just to increase corporate profits.

    Add Your Name to Urge Alcohol Companies Not to Air Advertisements on TV when Kids are Watching

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    Sign the Petition Urging Congress to Strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act

    Outdated laws and weak regulations are letting Corporate America turn our land, air, water and even Americans’ bodies into toxic chemical dumping grounds.

    Now, after 40 years, Congress is finally updating the Toxic Substances Control Act.

    Sign the petition: Demand that Congress pass a strong Toxic Substances Control Act that protects the public and does not give in to the demands of chemical corporations.

    We, the undersigned, urge Congress to combine the best of the House and Senate reform bills and leave chemical industry loopholes on the cutting room floor.

    A good final bill would combine the more streamlined approach of the House proposal with the resources and mandate of the Senate proposal. It should:

    • Remove the legal barriers that currently prevent the EPA from testing, reviewing, and — when necessary restricting a chemical to ensure safety.
    • Preserve the ability of states to protect their citizens.
    • End the abuse of provisions for confidential business information.
    • Require the EPA to make steady progress every year.
    • Ensure that the EPA has the resources it needs.
    • Not weaken any current EPA authority (such as regulation of imported products).
    • Expedite EPA action on persistent and bio-accumulative chemicals (“PBTs”).

    Reform will be a significant achievement for public health if it focuses on these fundamentals.

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    Sign the Petition Urging Congress to Strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act

    Outdated laws and weak regulations are letting Corporate America turn our land, air, water and even Americans’ bodies into toxic chemical dumping grounds.

    Now, after 40 years, Congress is finally updating the Toxic Substances Control Act.

    Sign the petition: Demand that Congress pass a strong Toxic Substances Control Act that protects the public and does not give in to the demands of chemical corporations.

    We, the undersigned, urge Congress to combine the best of the House and Senate reform bills and leave chemical industry loopholes on the cutting room floor.

    A good final bill would combine the more streamlined approach of the House proposal with the resources and mandate of the Senate proposal. It should:

    • Remove the legal barriers that currently prevent the EPA from testing, reviewing, and — when necessary restricting a chemical to ensure safety.
    • Preserve the ability of states to protect their citizens.
    • End the abuse of provisions for confidential business information.
    • Require the EPA to make steady progress every year.
    • Ensure that the EPA has the resources it needs.
    • Not weaken any current EPA authority (such as regulation of imported products).
    • Expedite EPA action on persistent and bio-accumulative chemicals (“PBTs”).

    Reform will be a significant achievement for public health if it focuses on these fundamentals.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Watch the Video and Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Watch the Video and Write Your Member of Congress to Oppose the TPP

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Protect Maryland Construction Workers

    Pass commonsense worker safety regulations for government contractors

    Companies entrusted with government contracts should show the highest standard for safety, beginning with their employees.

    H.B. 977 would require construction companies bidding on taxpayer-funded projects in Maryland to implement safety measures shown to save lives.

    Urge your Assembly Member to support H.B. 977 for Worker Safety

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    Request a Consumer Advocate be Hired to Participate in the Austin Energy Rate Case

    Residents and Small Businesses Need an Official Advocate to Ensure That Their Electric Rates Are Fair

    Austin Energy is off to the races with its latest rate case and doesn’t want to slow down for anything – not even to give time for a consumer advocate to be hired. The utility claims that the accelerated schedule is needed to get rates set before the next budget, but it had a surplus last year, so what’s the hurry? There isn’t any emergency and there is no good reason not to wait for a consumer advocate to look out for residential and small business customers.

    Even the state of Texas recognizes the need for a consumer advocate in rate cases and has one as part of every rate case for investor-owned utilities. Our publicly owned utility should at least meet that standard.

    The city of Austin did try to hire a consumer advocate but the hiring process had some problems Only two consultants applied and both ended up being disqualified. With all of the people who work on these issues, it’s unacceptable that the city hasn’t found a qualified advocate and hired him or her by this time. Austin Energy ratepayers shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences. The rate case can wait until a consumer advocate is hired and can participate.

    Email the Austin City Manager and City Council

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    Stop the Expansion of Big Pharma Monopolies

    Add Your Name

    We call for the immediate rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP’s death sentence clause would expand pharmaceutical industry monopolies, keeping life-saving drugs out of the hands of people who would face unnecessary suffering and early death. We the People say “No!” to the death sentence clause and “No!” to the TPP.

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    Stop the TPP Death Sentence

    Watch the Video and Sign the Petition to Fight the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Death Sentence

    Petition Text:

    We join Hannah Lyon and Zahara Heckscher in calling for the immediate rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP’s death sentence clause would expand pharmaceutical industry monopolies, keeping life-saving drugs out of the hands of people who would face unnecessary suffering and early death. We the People say “No!” to the death sentence clause and “No!” to the TPP.

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    Health Care Is a Right

    Declare Your Support for Truly Universal, Single-Payer Health Care

    The way some pundits talk, you might think universal health care is a fantasy that exists only in fictional places populated by wizards and unicorns.

    Here’s the truth: Many countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan, France and Canada, provide universal care for their citizens. The costs are lower. The outcomes are better.

    What is fictional is the idea that the United States — the richest country in the history of the entire world — is unable to provide health care for all.

    Add your name to declare your support for truly universal, single-payer health care.

    I believe health care is a right, and I call on lawmakers at every level of the U.S. and state governments to do everything in their power to establish a truly universal, single-payer health care system that covers every American. It’s not too expensive. It’s not too complicated. And it’s not too hard if we join together to overcome industry opposition.

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    Health Care Is a Right

    Declare Your Support for Truly Universal, Single-Payer Health Care

    The way some pundits talk, you might think universal health care is a fantasy that exists only in fictional places populated by wizards and unicorns.

    Here’s the truth: Many countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan, France and Canada, provide universal care for their citizens. The costs are lower. The outcomes are better.

    What is fictional is the idea that the United States — the richest country in the history of the entire world — is unable to provide health care for all.

    Add your name to declare your support for truly universal, single-payer health care.

    I believe health care is a right, and I call on lawmakers at every level of the U.S. and state governments to do everything in their power to establish a truly universal, single-payer health care system that covers every American. It’s not too expensive. It’s not too complicated. And it’s not too hard if we call come together to overcome industry opposition.

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    Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Write Your Member of Congress Now to Oppose the TPP

    Despite growing opposition and the protests of countless citizens, the United States and 11 other countries have signed the controversial TPP.

    But the disastrous TPP is still not a done deal by any means. It would still need to be approved in Congress before the deal could go into effect.

    Write Your Member of Congress

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    Protect Nurses from Preventable Injury

    Help Combat the Crisis of Professional Caregivers’ Workplace Injuries

    Nurses who care for us at our worst deserve better.

    It is a cruel irony that nurses suffer more on-the-job injuries requiring time off than workers in any other industry. Most of their injuries could be prevented with comprehensive programs to ensure that nurses handle patients safely.

    Caregivers deserve safety equipment that can ensure they serve their patients with compassion and dignity without threat of pain or injury.

    The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act (H.R. 4266/S. 2408) would require hospitals to provide commonsense safety equipment, such as mechanical lifts, and trainings to prevent the injuries nurses face when manually moving patients.

    Urge your member of Congress to support safe patient handling practices by co-sponsoring the Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act.

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    Hold Martin Shkreli Accountable for His Disrespectful Behavior and Immoral Price Gouging

    Here’s what Martin Shkreli — the notoriously petulant Wall Street millionaire who took over the life-saving medication Daraprim then jacked up its price 5,456% overnight — said after being escorted from the U.S. Capitol following his “testimony” this morning at a congressional hearing on Big Pharma’s price gouging:

    “Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.”

    Shkreli — who couldn’t even be bothered to wear a suit and tie to the hearing — took the fifth in response to almost every question asked of him.

    And all the while, he smirked, rolled his eyes and twirled pencils even as highly esteemed members of Congress like Rep. Elijah Cummings implored him to do the right thing.

    Tell Martin Shkreli that what’s hard to accept is his disrespectful behavior and immoral price gouging.

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    Let It Go: TPP

    Write Your Members of Congress to Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    Despite growing opposition and the protests of countless citizens, the United States and 11 other countries have signed the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    But the disastrous TPP is still not a done deal by any means. The TPP would still need to be approved in the U.S. House and Senate before the deal could go into effect.

    Write Your Members of Congress

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    Keep it in the Ground

    Sign Petition to Urge President Obama to Halt All Dirty Energy Extraction

    Last month, the Obama administration put a stop to the extraction of coal from our public land.

    Now we need to halt fracking on our land and drilling in our waters.

    Ending new federal fossil fuel leasing could keep up to 450 billion tons of carbon pollution from the global pool of potential future greenhouse gas emissions.

    Add Your Name to Stop New Extraction of ALL Dirty Energy on our Land

    We, the undersigned, call on President Barack Obama to issue a moratorium of all new dirty energy leases on our public land and waters. Stopping massive giveaways to Big Coal was an important step — but we must do more. We cannot make the necessary carbon pollution cuts while we are still fracking on our land and drilling in our waters. It’s time to stop new extraction of all dirty energy on federal lands.

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    Help Restore the Vote to 40,000 Disenfranchised Marylanders

    Call Your Senator and Urge Him/Her to Vote to Override Governor Hogan’s Veto of Bill to Restore Voting Rights to Ex-Offenders

    When you call, say the following: “I am calling to urge [state senator name] to vote to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the restoration of rights bill that would restore voting rights to 40,000 disenfranchised Marylanders when [he/she] votes on the matter this Friday.”

    Type your zip code into the box below.

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    Kick Congress’ Addiction to Corporate Cash from Big Polluters

    Tell Your Senators to Vote YES for the Whitehouse Amendment to the Energy Bill

    Dirty energy corporations whose top priority is profits from oil drilling, fracking and coal extraction spend untold millions toward installing climate deniers and corporate panderers in our government.

    Now Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has proposed legislation to drag the fossil fuel industry’s political spending out of the shadows.

    Tell your senators to vote YES for the Whitehouse Amendment to the Energy Bill.

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    Speak Out Against Dangerous Polluted Air in the DFW Region

    Attend a Public Hearing to Demand Action to Reduce Smog

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is holding a public hearing to get feedback on its air quality plan for the Dallas/Fort Worth region. After 15 years of plans that have failed to reduce pollution enough to meet the health-based standards that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set for ground-level ozone (also known as smog), the TCEQ has proposed one more terrible plan that will do nothing.

    The reason this hearing is important is that EPA officials will be there and are considering taking over the process of developing a plan to clean up the DFW region air pollution. Unlike the TCEQ, the EPA will be more likely to require the facilities that most pollute the region – like coal-fired power plants and cement kilns – to install pollution controls.

    WHAT: Public Hearing on Air Quality Plan for the Dallas/Fort Worth Region
    WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21
    WHERE: North Central Texas Council of Governments (616 Six Flags Rd., Arlington)

    It’s important that the EPA officials see that the people who suffer from the dirty DFW region air want change. Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly what to say. We will send you talking points. The important thing to say is that you want the EPA to develop a strong plan to clean up the DFW air.

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing

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    Stop Massive Handouts to Big Coal

    Sign Petition to Keep Coal Moratorium in Place

    Coal leases on our public lands cost American taxpayers more than $1 billion every year.

    In January, the Obama administration issued a moratorium on all new coal leases — but now coal shills in Congress are scheming to overturn the moratorium as part of a new major energy bill.

    Add Your Name to Keep the Ban on New Coal Leases

    We, the undersigned, call on Congress to reject efforts to overturn the moratorium on coal leases. Coal leases on public land cost taxpayers more than a $1 billion every year. And oil, coal and gas produced on public lands are responsible for more than 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Half of those emissions are from coal.

    The Obama administration was right to halt costly and toxic coal extraction on public land. Vote against any effort to reinstate coal leases and support the shutdown of all fossil fuel production on our public lands.

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    Tell Congress: No “Get Out of Jail Free” Card for Corporate Criminals

    At long last, Congress — in a bipartisan push — is doing something about the crisis of over-criminalization and over-incarceration that has mindlessly thrown vast numbers of people in prison for low-level, nonviolent and victimless crimes.

    But Big Business is trying to hijack legislation aimed at ineffective and discriminatory law enforcement policies to instead make prosecuting corporate criminals even more difficult than it already is.

    Take action right now: Tell your members of Congress to reject any attempt to give white-collar criminals a “get out of jail free” card.

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    Make Solar Energy a Priority for the Sun City

    The City of El Paso is Negotiating Rates with El Paso Electric

    El Paso Electric has proposed new rates that are now being negotiated with the city of El Paso. Many issues must be agreed upon, and no party is likely to get everything they want. But one thing the city shouldn’t let the utility win on is its proposed anti-solar rates. The rates proposed by El Paso Electric would essentially end the use of solar power at customers’ homes, just as the technology has become affordable.

    Solar energy is now being used in homes and businesses across the country to keep bills low. Use of this technology is finally picking up in El Paso — which has more solar resources than almost anywhere else in the United States. El Paso residents can benefit from reduced electric bills and from new jobs being created by the local solar industry.

    Don’t let El Paso Electric kill solar for the Sun City.

    Email the City Council and City Manager to Make Sure Solar is a Priority in Negotiations with the Utility

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    Investigate Drug Companies for Unfair Practices and Extortionate Pricing

    The Massachusetts Attorney General sent pharmaceutical giant Gilead a letter saying that its outlandish prices — $84,000 or more for a full course of treatment — for two essential hepatitis C medicines “may constitute an unfair trade practice in violation of Massachusetts law.”

    Make sure your state is doing what it can to fight Pharma ripoffs!

    Sign the petition calling on every state to investigate drug companies for unfair practices and extortionate pricing.

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    Don’t Let Martin Shkreli Weasel Out of Appearing Before Congress

    Martin Shkreli is the poster boy for Big Pharma’s out-of-control price gouging.

    And he’s been ordered to come to Washington, D.C., and answer to our elected representatives in Congress.

    But Shkreli is trying to weasel out of appearing before Congress by pleading the fifth.

    Tell congressional leaders not to let Shkreli weasel out of appearing before them and answering their questions.

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    Stop Largest Crude Oil Hub in the Nation

    Sign on to Comments Opposing the Port of Vancouver Project

    A proposed oil terminal in Washington state would bring a staggering number of dangerous oil trains and oil tankers carrying explosive crude oil through local communities and down the Columbia River.

    For communities along the Columbia River and the rail lines, the consequences of this project could be devastating.

    Governor Jay Inslee is accepting public input on the proposed mega-project until January 22.

    Add Your Name to the Comments Opposing the Port of Vancouver Project

    We, the undersigned, urge you to stand up for our communities by opposing new oil trains rolling through our communities.

    The findings of a state study of this massive proposed Tesoro-Savage oil-by-rail terminal show that the risks of oil spills, train accidents, increased rail traffic (including impacts on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic and Recreation Area), increased oil tanker traffic, air pollution, earthquakes, harmful impacts on tribal culture and resources, harm to endangered salmon, and vehicle delays at railroad crossings cannot be fully mitigated. Further, the environmental and human health harm could be significant. The best interests of the state of Washington are served by rejecting this proposal.

    Washington state is rapidly moving away from fossil fuels and toward clean, renewable sources to meet our energy needs and respond to global warming. Building the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America for yesterday’s energy is the wrong path to meet today’s energy needs. It’s also a big economic gamble for Vancouver and communities along the Columbia River. Washington should continue to lead on safe, renewable clean energy solutions and say “no” to more oil and coal. I urge you to do everything in your power to stop these dirty and dangerous projects and reject the proposed Tesoro Savage oil terminal.

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    Biased Austin Energy Gas Plant Study to Be Presented at City Council

    Attend the Council Meeting to Support Clean, Affordable Energy Instead of Polluting Natural Gas

    The study that Austin Energy commissioned Navigant to do claims that adding more wind and solar power to the utility’s energy mix would result in increased air pollution. This bad math is an obvious attempt to make the natural gas-fired power plant that Austin Energy wants to build look like a good idea.

    The Navigant study shows that wind is the best option in two of four scenarios and that wind and solar are competitive in all scenarios. There is no need to build a new natural gas plant, but the study still concludes exactly what Austin Energy wanted it to: Build a gas plant.

    The Austin City Council will be presented with the results of this study on January 25. That will be an opportunity for the community to show that we want the Council to reject these biased conclusions.

    WHAT: Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee Meeting of City Council
    WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday, January 25
    WHERE: Austin City Hall (301 W 2nd St.)
    WHY: To support renewable energy, not polluting natural gas

    Sign Up to Attend the Meeting

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    Petition to Congress: Let Medicare Negotiate Fair Drug Prices with Big Pharma

    Since 2003, Medicare has been prohibited by law from negotiating fair drug prices with Big Pharma.

    And it costs Americans $16 billion a year.

    But Congress can — and should — change the law.

    Add your name now to tell Congress: Let Medicare negotiate fair drug prices with Big Pharma.

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    Speak Out Against Dangerous Polluted Air in the DFW Region

    Attend a Public Hearing to Demand Action to Reduce Smog

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is holding a public hearing to get feedback on its air quality plan for the Dallas/Fort Worth region. After 15 years of plans that have failed to reduce pollution enough to meet the health-based standards that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set for ground-level ozone (also known as smog), the TCEQ has proposed one more terrible plan that will do nothing.

    The reason this hearing is important is that EPA officials will be there and are considering taking over the process of developing a plan to clean up the DFW region air pollution. Unlike the TCEQ, the EPA will be more likely to require the facilities that most pollute the region – like coal-fired power plants and cement kilns – to install pollution controls.

    WHAT: Public Hearing on Air Quality Plan for the Dallas/Fort Worth Region
    WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21
    WHERE: North Central Texas Council of Governments (616 Six Flags Rd., Arlington)

    It’s important that the EPA officials see that the people who suffer from the dirty DFW region air want change. Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly what to say. We will send you talking points. The important thing to say is that you want the EPA to develop a strong plan to clean up the DFW air.

    Sign Up to Attend the Public Hearing

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    The Texas Plan for Cleaning Up the Dallas/Fort Worth Region Air Isn’t Working

    Ask the U.S. EPA to Develop an Air Quality Plan that Will Clean the Air

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) air quality plan for the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) region requires no new pollution controls. How can the agency expect DFW air quality to improve if the polluting sources don’t have to clean up?

    Ground-level ozone (smog) causes and worsens respiratory diseases such as asthma. That connection is well documented and is the basis of the air quality standards that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets. A recent study by Dr. Robert Haley of the UT-Southwestern Medical School shows that even a small drop in air pollution in the DFW region would have huge health benefits and lead to savings on medical care.

    The head “scientist” at the TCEQ refuses to recognize this fact and has even suggested that people should just stay indoors if they are sensitive to air pollution.

    It’s time for the EPA to step in develop a plan that will reduce air pollution in the DFW region.

    Sign the Petition Asking the EPA to Reject the Texas Plan

    To: Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator, and Ron Curry, EPA Region 6 Administrator

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has failed to protect the people of the nine-county Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) region from unsafe air pollution. For 15 years, the agency has submitted State Implementation Plans (SIP) that have failed to bring the DFW region into compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards for ground-level ozone.

    Now, the TCEQ once again has submitted a state plan for the DFW region that would require no new pollution controls. The agency is not making a good-faith effort to bring the region into compliance.

    The residents of the DFW region have suffered long enough. Childhood asthma rates in the region are three times higher than the Texas state average. We urge you to reject the useless TCEQ SIP and develop a federal implementation plan that will reduce ground-level ozone levels and bring the DFW region into compliance with EPA standards.

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    Urge President Obama to Strengthen Climate Plan

    Sign Petition to Regulate Gas Facilities Like Aliso Canyon

    A massive natural gas blowout in California could rival the BP Deepwater Horizon oil crisis for worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

    However, recently announced plans to reduce methane – a greenhouse gas pollutant 87 times more potent than carbon – would not cover methane releases from existing gas wells, pipelines or storage facilities.

    Add Your Name to the Petition to Strengthen Limits on Methane Pollution

    We, the undersigned, call on the Obama administration to expand its proposal to reduce methane in the gas and oil sector to include existing gas wells, pipelines and storage facilities like the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility in California, which now accounts for 25 percent of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Methane emissions from existing wells, pipelines and facilities are the biggest contributors to methane pollution. Every year, this methane has the same impact on the climate as 160 coal plants. The only effective way to address this critical climate disruption contributor is to regulate all sources of methane leakage. We can’t afford to wait.

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    Reprimand New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper for His Shady Handling of Bill Calling to Overturn Citizens United

    Call the Office of Speaker Shawn Jasper at (603) 271-3661 Right Now

    Say the following: “I am calling to express my concern that Speaker Jasper worked so diligently to defeat SB 136 and defend the right of outside interests to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence the outcome of our elections. I am also upset that he defeated the bill in a manner that appears to have violated House protocol.”

    Please Let Us Know That You Called and How Your Call Went

    We need to know how many calls we’re generating so that we can adjust the pressure if necessary.

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    Reprimand NH Speaker Shawn Jasper For Killing Anti-Citizens United Bill After It Already Passed

    New Hampshire Almost Became First Majority Republican Legislature to Advocate For An Amendment

    The bill for a constitutional amendment — SB 136 — passed through the Republican-controlled state House, and then Republican leaders bent the rules to take our win away.

    Add Your Name to Reprimand Speaker Jasper Today for Forcing Through Such an Incredible Miscarriage of Democracy

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    Big Pharma’s Price Gouging Must Stop

    The cost of prescription drugs increased more than 10% in 2015.

    Just like the year before that. And the year before that.

    Add your name to tell Big Pharma: We are sick of your outrageous and immoral price gouging!

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    Refund Electricity Price Gouge in Illinois

    Sign FERC Petition Calling for Dynegy to Pay Back Customers

    Illinois residents saw a big jump in electric rates this past year resulting from an alleged rigged market auction.

    Regulators recently determined that market practices that allow inflated electricity prices, like what happened in Illinois, are NOT just and reasonable – which means Illinois resident should get their money back.

    Add Your Name to the Petition Urging FERC to Order Refund for Dynegy Customers

    We, the undersigned, urge FERC to immediately order Dynegy to refund its customers from an energy market auction, which resulted in an 800 percent increase in wholesale electricity rates in Illinois. This rate hike is unjust and unreasonable and must be corrected by a refund to affected Illinois electricity customers.

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    Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All — Now!

    The U.S. is the only wealthy country on Earth that doesn’t have universal health care.

    Unlike the citizens of other rich nations, Americans are at the mercy of a private insurance regime that puts corporate profits before people’s health.

    Add your name to support replacing the corrupt and wasteful private health insurance regime with single-payer, Medicare-for-All.

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    Stop the Corporate Takeover of Air Traffic Control

    Sign the Petition Urging Congress NOT to Privatize Air Traffic Control

    To Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Ranking Member Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:

    The United States has one of the safest air traffic control systems in the world. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently working to implement new technologies that will make air travel even safer and more efficient. While all programs can be improved, we urge you not to dismantle and privatize an air traffic control system that is not broken.

    Our nation can’t afford to privatize our air traffic control system. Were we to do so, the result could be more consolidation and power for airlines, less choice and more expensive travel for consumers, loss of good jobs among air traffic controllers and other aviation workers, and more cuts at rural airports. Privatizing air traffic control and turning control over to an unelected board of airline interests, would further consolidate airline power and be harmful to consumers and small towns.

    Advocates for privatization claim to be following the examples of the UK and Canada — but since the UK privatized its air traffic system, 12 percent of jobs were cut AND the new fees and existing taxes on every ticket increased by 140 percent. In Canada, 14 percent of jobs were cut and the total new fees and taxes increased by 53 percent. In fact, many privatization initiatives increase costs to consumers, while simultaneously laying off workers without cause. This is not a way to grow our economy or generate broadly shared prosperity.

    Losing democratic oversight over this part of our national transportation system means that a new monopoly corporation outside of the federal government will decide how much to charge for air traffic control services and how to allocate resources. This could seriously disadvantage rural communities and small towns by increasing costs and limiting access.

    Instead of privatizing air traffic control, we believe that Congress should create a pathway to allow the FAA to move forward with long-term capital planning without relinquishing congressional oversight or allowing a new corporate monopoly run by the airlines to slash air traffic control jobs.

    The cost of privatization is simply too high. It is bad for workers, bad for passengers and harmful to smaller and rural communities.