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  • Tell Congress: Stop refueling famine in Yemen

    Saudi Arabia's war and blockade have pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. Every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies of preventable causes. When UNICEF's director was asked how to end Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe, he said: "Stop the war." In addition to arming the war, the U.S. refuels Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen; Saudi-UAE warplanes can't conduct their bombing of Yemen without U.S. refueling.

    Email your Representative:

  • Tell the Harvard Kennedy School: Revoking Chelsea Manning's Fellowship Is Disgraceful

    Please click below to sign this petition to Douglas Elmendorf, Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School:

    By revoking Chelsea Manning's fellowship, you have disgraced the Harvard Kennedy School. By caving in to pressure from present and former top officials of the CIA, you have jettisoned academic freedom. By deciding that it is appropriate for Sean Spicer but not Chelsea Manning to retain a fellowship, you have failed to fulfill Harvard's responsibility to be independent of government power and coercion. During his stint at the Trump White House, Mr. Spicer earned a reputation for lying. As a whistleblower, Ms. Manning earned a reputation for truth-telling. It is a sad day when a record of facile mendacity is more revered at Harvard than a record of revealing difficult truths.
  • Trump threatens nuclear war. Impeach him now.

    Trump is threatening nuclear war on North Korea.

    Click below to send an urgent email to your member of the U.S. House of Representatives:

  • Tell your Congress member: IMPEACH TRUMP!

    The gap between the public interest to impeach Trump and the refusal to budge on Capitol Hill has become a chasm.

    We must change this.

    Click below to email your member of the House of Representatives (feel free to add your own comments):

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  • Hold Mike Pence Accountable

    While President Trump is being denounced for his vile efforts to whitewash bigotry, threaten nuclear war, remove environmental protections, pardon a racist sheriff, and suppress voting, Vice President Mike Pence is trying to skitter under the radar.

    Sign this petition to Pence:

    You have an obligation to speak on the actions of the administration you are part of, and to resign in protest if you do not approve.
  • De-Militarize the Police

    Donald Trump has just undone limitations on a program that unloads old war weaponry on domestic police departments.

    Please sign this petition to the U.S. Congress:

    It's time to stop allowing presidents to make and unmake the law on police weaponry. Congress must ban the provision of any weapons of war or war training to police.

  • Tell Congress to reconvene NOW for hurricane victims

    Click below to send this urgent message to your representative and two senators.

    Feel free to add in your own comments.

  • Demand Huge Federal Action on Hurricane Harvey Now

    Shoddy planning by the Trump administration has badly failed to mitigate the harm from this forecasted monster hurricane.

    Click below to sign this petition to the U.S. government:

    We demand that the U.S. government urgently put enormous resources into rescue and recovery operations to aid people who are in danger, injured and made homeless due to Hurricane Harvey.
  • Tell Virginia to Take Robert E. Lee Out of the U.S. Capitol

    100 statues represent 50 states in the U.S. Capitol, two provided by each state. One of Virginia's is Robert E. Lee.

    Please sign this petition to the Virginia legislature and governor:

    We implore you to immediately remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from the U.S. Capitol, and to permit local governments in Virginia to take down statues as they see fit.
  • Push back against Trump's threats of nuclear war

    The United States has pressured the new president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, into allowing more missile and radar weaponry into the country and more war games into the skies near the border of North Korea. But Moon has drawn the line at actual war.

    "The government, putting everything on the line, will block war by all means," he said.

    Click below to send him this message:

    We agree with you that war must be avoided, diplomacy pursued, and peace allowed to prevail.
  • Tell Your Representative in Congress: Impeach President Trump

    Ever since the start of the Trump presidency, his violations of the Constitution’s foreign and domestic emoluments clauses have been impeachable offenses.

    By mid-spring he had engaged in flagrant obstruction of justice.

    His incitement of racist violence must be included in the case against him.

    Click below to email your congressional representative:

  • Diplomacy, Not Threats, Toward North Korea

    U.S. threats toward North Korea are threats to all of us.

    Please help ease tensions.

    Click below to email your Representative and two Senators, with a "cc" to the White House.

    Feel free to edit and personalize the message.

  • Tell Congress and White House: Diplomacy Not Belligerency

    "All war represents a failure of diplomacy," said the British leader Tony Benn. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have lost sight of this truth.

    Even if you accept the labeling of nations as "enemies," Desmond Tutu had this right: "If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies."

    Please click below to sign this petition to Congress and the White House:

    Diplomacy is vastly preferable to threats, sanctions, cyber-attacks, drone strikes, bombings, proxy wars, occupations, or nuclear holocaust. We want productive, peaceful dialogue between the U.S. government and Russia, North Korea, Iran, and every other nation.
  • Abolish Slavery as Criminal Punishment

    Please click below to sign this petition to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate:

    We call upon you to propose a constitutional amendment to abrogate the "exception clause" which, since the 1865 passage of the 13th Amendment, has watered down the abolition of slavery, allowing that practice to continue being applied to individuals convicted of a crime. From the beginning, that clause was shamelessly used as a device to re-impose conditions of slavery on persons who had supposedly been released from bondage. In the present-day system of mass incarceration, it continues to legitimize the exploitation of prison labor under the most draconian conditions and, more generally, to perpetuate a culture in which incarcerated people are deprived of basic human rights and in which economic opportunities and political rights are withheld from them even after their release.
  • Email your senators to stop Trumpcare

    Trumpcare legislation keeps coming back from the dead.

    The people whose deaths it causes if passed will not have that ability.

    Click below to email your senators:

  • Trump Owes Chuck Jones an Apology

    Trump falsely claimed to have saved 1,100 jobs from elimination at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indiana. Chuck Jones, the head of the labor union at Carrier, called Trump a liar, because 370 of those jobs were in fact being eliminated. Jones had the difficult task of telling people who believed Trump's claim that in fact they were losing their jobs.

    Trump then insulted Jones on Twitter. But the jobs are now being eliminated. Jones was right. Trump was wrong.

    Please sign this petition to Donald Trump:

    We demand that you apologize to Chuck Jones and everyone you lied to about the Carrier jobs, as well as that you end NAFTA, negotiate a continent-wide living wage, and enforce the right to card-check organizing in every U.S. workplace.
  • Help Stop the Epidemic of Guard Violence in Prisons

    We're experiencing an epidemic of prison guard violence.

    Email your state legislators and governor below:

  • Urge Congresswoman Barbara Lee to Firmly Support Top-Level Diplomacy Between the World’s Two Nuclear-Weapons Superpowers

    Barbara Lee
    Just a few months ago, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists -- citing heightened tensions between the United States and Russia -- moved its symbolic “Doomsday Clock” even closer to catastrophic midnight.

    Those two countries possess 94 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons. Top-level diplomacy is essential to reduce rather than boost the risks of nuclear war.

    You can send the suggested email message below, or revise it, or simply delete it and write your own.

  • Urge Congresswoman Barbara Lee to Firmly Support Top-Level Diplomacy Between the World’s Two Nuclear-Weapons Superpowers

    Barbara Lee
    Just a few months ago, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists -- citing heightened tensions between the United States and Russia -- moved its symbolic “Doomsday Clock” even closer to catastrophic midnight.

    Those two countries possess 94 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons. Top-level diplomacy is essential to reduce rather than boost the risks of nuclear war.

    You can send the suggested email message below, or revise it, or simply delete it and write your own.

  • Tell Trump and Putin: Negotiate, Don’t Escalate

    What happens during the announced meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit could determine the fate of the Earth.

    Please sign this urgent petition:

    To: President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump
    We vehemently urge you to take a constructive approach to your planned meeting at the G-20 summit. Whatever our differences, we must reduce rather than increase the risks of nuclear war. The future of humanity is at stake.
  • Urge Your State to Follow the Lead of U.S. Mayors in Rejecting Trump Budget

    Please click below to send this email to your state representatives and governor:

  • No U.S. war planes over Syria

    There is no legal or moral basis for the United States to be waging war in Syria, risking conflict with Russia and nuclear apocalypse for us all.

    Sign this petition to the U.S. Congress and Secretary of Defense James Mattis:

    We urge you to immediately remove all U.S. military planes from Syrian skies and keep them out of that country's airspace.
  • Don't Let Trump Persecute Accused Leaker

    A vengeful federal government – cheered on by Fox News and other media – seems intent on making an example of 25-year-old NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner, now behind bars without bail.

    Whatever you think of the document she's been accused of leaking or the action taken by whoever leaked it, we ought to agree that Reality Leigh Winner should not be subjected to a witch hunt or persecution.

    We insist that the U.S. government afford Ms. Winner all her legal rights, including the right to bail.

    More background on Reality Leigh Winner here.

  • Trump vs. Grand Canyon. Which side are you on?

    Trump may do something far worse to the Grand Canyon than build a Trump Tower in it.

    According to The Guardian, powerful mining interests and allied officials in Arizona and Utah are urging a receptive Trump administration to lift the Obama-era ban on mining uranium in the area around the Grand Canyon -- a serious threat to the groundwater and anyone who drinks it.

    Please sign this petition to Trump and Congress:

    Leave the ban on uranium mining in place in the areas around the Grand Canyon, and protect them by designating them a national monument.
  • Tell Trump and Congress: End Cuba Embargo

    Tightening restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba is bad for peace, bad for business, bad for U.S. patients deprived of Cuban medicine, and unpopular even among Cuban Americans.

    Trump may be catering to two other concerns: an extreme rightwing ideology that worships militarism and romanticizes even the worst episodes of the past, and Trump's own business dealings. Trump dances with Saudi beheaders, not Cuban socialists. Trump has business dealings in Saudi Arabia, not Cuba.

    Sign this petition to Trump and Congress:

    We urge you to open up relations with Cuba, including travel and trade, end the embargo, and return all land at Guantanamo to Cuban control and ownership.
  • Defend Ranked Choice Voting in Maine

    Last fall, RootsAction.org was part of a remarkable coalition that worked together to pass Ranked Choice Voting in Maine.

    But we need you to click below to email your state representatives to keep RCV on track for elections for Congress and primaries.

  • Brad Pitt and Walter Jones: Right on Afghanistan

    Brad Pitt stars in a new movie called War Machine that presents the ongoing U.S. war in Afghanistan as something only a fool would ever imagine could be won. This new Hollywood film presents the U.S. military as hopelessly unconcerned with reality and destined never to choose to end a war that creates enemies in the name of "freedom."

    There is, however, another institution capable of ending the war: Congress. Congressman Walter Jones (Rep., N.C.) has just proposed a not-completely novel idea: Congress should cut off the funding for any more U.S. war-making in Afghanistan.

    Click below to add your name and comments to this petition to the U.S. Congress:

    We urge you to cut off the funding, not just for any escalation, but also for any continuation of U.S. war-making in Afghanistan. The time has come to say enough is enough. In fact, spending $800 billion largely on killing people in Afghanistan, generating enemies and causing environmental destruction while eroding our civil liberties and rationalizing government secrecy is more than enough. It is time to cut off the flow of cash.
  • Ask California Assembly to pass single-payer healthcare

    The California Senate has passed a single-payer healthcare bill that now goes to the Assembly.

    Click below to email your Assembly member:

  • Tell Barbara Lee to: Stop spreading Russophobia and supporting a new Cold War

    Barbara Lee represents Berkeley and Oakland and nearby areas in Congress (13th CD). She has built a reputation as an advocate for peace and civil liberties. She was the lone vote in Congress against the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that has been used to justify US wars/bombing/drone killing since 9/11. Most recently she opposed and spoke out against Trump's cruise missile attack on Syria in April.

    But lately Representative Lee may be taking a dangerous turn.

    At a recent town hall Barbara hosted Malcolm Nance, MSNBC analyst and “former” US intelligence agent who is one of the premier Neo-McCarthyists and Russia bashers in the country.
    Nance not only pushed the dubious narrative that Russia “stole the election”. He went into a rant about the Russian people saying “Russia is an intensely conservative nation. They have a serf-slave mentality. They are passionately and intensely insincere…” AND "There is nothing we should do that's friendly to the Russians. They've gone from Communists to Autocrats."

    This is nothing more than xenophobia and war-mongering, It is part of a campaign by establishment democrats and the mass media that seeks to:
    • Deflect blame for Clinton’s defeat from the discredited politics of the corporate Democrats to the Russians
    • Push an aggressive stance toward Russia that could lead to a direct military confrontation and possible nuclear war,
    We are constituents of Barbara Lee and many of us have voted for her in past elections.

    We urge her to:
    • Cease and desist from spreading/enabling this warmongering
    • Condemn xenophobia whether it is directed against Muslims or Russians
    • Reaffirm her support for peace and opposition to all wars of aggression.

  • Tell Media: Stop Ignoring Pence's Culpability

    Click below to sign:

    To major U.S. media:

    Vice President Mike Pence has established a pattern of false statements, misdirection, and blind obedience to Donald Trump. It is time to aggressively scrutinize his statements and actions.

    More background on Pence/media here.

  • Make Voter Registration Automatic in Your State Too

    Every election season, thousands of volunteers toil endless hours on a task that need not exist at all: registering voters. And voters are denied the right to vote when told they are not registered.

    Oregon, California, West Virginia,  Vermont, Connecticut, Alaska, D.C., Colorado, Rhode Island, Illinois, Georgia, and Nevada have made voter registration automatic. Your state is 100% capable of easily taking the same step.


    Background:
    Oregonian: Arrival of Automatic Voter Registration
    Sacramento Bee
    : Automatic Voter Registration Sought in California
    The Nation: Oregon's Radical Innovation: Make Democracy Easy
    Thirty-Nine States Do Automatic Registration . . . for a Draft
    Connecticut to Automatically Register 400,000 Voters


    Thirty-nine states have automatic registration for a military draft.

    With automatic registration for voting -- an opt-out option instead of "jump through hoops to register," as required in many states -- nobody is required to vote or even be registered. Rather, a government that already knows who we are through motor vehicle and other departments simply allows us to vote. (And the DMV in many states requires stricter proof of identity and citizenship than does traditional registration; and traditional registration remains available.)

    As a result, more people vote and candidates have to win the votes of more people. Quite possibly more candidates gain traction.

    It becomes easier to place initiatives on the ballot by gathering the signatures of registered voters.

    Volunteers could set aside the endless work of voter registration and instead promote the policy positions they care about.

    Click to send an email to your state legislators and governor letting them know you want voter registration to be automatic:

  • Email Your Senators: Trumpcare No, Single-Payer Yes

    The House has passed a deadly healthcare-denial bill.

    Now it's up to the Senate.

    Your Senators urgently need to hear from you.

    Click below to email both of them.

  • Messages of friendship from the people of the United States to the people of Russia

    Please sign the following petition, and add your own comment:

    To the people of Russia:

    We residents of the United States wish you, our brothers and sisters in Russia, nothing but well. We oppose the hostility and militarism of our government. We favor disarmament and peaceful cooperation. We desire greater friendship and cultural exchange between us. You should not believe everything you hear from the American corporate media. It is not a true representation of Americans. While we do not control any major media outlets, we are numerous. We oppose wars, sanctions, threats, and insults. We send you greetings of solidarity, trust, love, and hope for collaboration on building a better world safe from the dangers of nuclear, military, and environmental destruction.
  • Help make a $15/hour minimum wage happen

    A full-time worker in the U.S. today can live in poverty, and millions do.

    Let's change that.

    Please click below to email your Representative and two Senators.

    Feel free to add your own comments.

  • Tell Trump to Stop Threatening North Korea

    Donald Trump claims he has no choice but to threaten North Korea with war.

    Sign below to help educate him -- or at least the U.S. media and some of those around him.

    Threatening to attack a nuclear-armed country is extremely reckless, as well as illegal, quite regardless of any flaws the country possesses.

    North Korea has repeatedly offered to abandon its nuclear weapons program if the United States and South Korea would stop flying near North Korea practicing to bomb it.

    North Korea has shown interest in developing a peace treaty with the South to finally end the Korean War.

    North Korea adhered to an agreement to halt its nuclear weapons program right up until George W. Bush labeled it a member of an axis of evil and viciously attacked one of the other designated members, Iraq.

    Peace is possible. We demand that the U.S. government stop pushing for war and work toward a peaceful solution.
  • Thank Cian Westmoreland for Being a Whistleblower on Drones

    Please sign below and add your comments to thank Cian for his dedication to blowing the whistle on U.S. killer drones.

    Let's show our appreciation!

    Thank you for speaking out against weaponized drones!
  • Block War Funding

    Please sign this petition to the Congress of the United States:

    We call on you to help our country turn away from what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism.” As a vital step, we urge you to enact legislation to block the use of any U.S. taxpayer funds for continuing warfare, directly or by proxy, in Syria. We further implore you to strive for better relations with Russia instead of fueling the current conflicts that could lead to nuclear annihilation of us all. While defunding endless and disastrous wars as well as cutting wasteful military expenditures, you can provide funds for urgent human and environmental needs.
  • Tell Congress to End U.S. Warfare in Syria and Hostility Toward Russia

    Click below to send this urgent message to your representative and senators.

    Edit it to add your own words.

  • Mass Starvation in Yemen: Ending It Requires Admitting Who's Causing It

    Please click below to sign this petition, which we will deliver to the U.S. government, the Saudi government, and the United Nations.

    The mass starvation underway in Yemen must be immediately addressed by ending the bombings, missile strikes, and raids; holding those responsible to account; restoring the Central Bank of Yemen to Yemeni control; opening Yemeni ports; and providing food and medical aid on the scale required.
  • Tell Members of Congress: No More Tax Dollars for War in Syria

    President Trump’s actions on Syria could lead to an even deadlier war in that country -- and could result in a U.S.-Russia military clash, gravely risking escalation into a nuclear conflagration.

    When the people lead, the leaders can be compelled to follow. But that means we’ve got to assert ourselves.

    It’s urgent that your senators and representative in Congress hear directly from you about this extremely dangerous crisis. You can quickly send an email message to all three of them by clicking below. Just send the message that’s already in place, or add to it, or delete it and write your own note.

  • Congress, Instruct the Department of Justice Not to Let Police Departments Off the Hook

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is apparently working to undo federal oversight of systemically criminal, abusive, and racist local police departments.

    Sign this petition to Congress:

    The U.S. Attorney General is re-negotiating an agreement with Baltimore that in its current form includes a community oversight task force, an independent federal monitor, and the requirement that officers receive instruction about implicit bias.

    He has asked his subordinates to review agreements with other police departments to be sure that they accomplish such goals as boosting morale and the recruitment of police. A memo from Sessions states flatly, "It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies.”

    Yes it is. Congress must make clear to the Department of Justice its responsibility to enforce U.S. law, including by bringing under control lawless police departments.

  • Tell Your Senators and Representative: Escalating Rhetoric Against Russia Could Lead to Nuclear Catastrophe

    In 1963, the same year as his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. King pointedly said: “We have guided missiles and misguided men.” Later -- speaking of “a world torn between the tensions of East and West” -- he warned that “we live each day on the verge of nuclear co-annihilation.”

    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved its “Doomsday Clock” even closer to midnight, declaring: “The United States and Russia -- which together possess more than 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons -- remained at odds in a variety of theaters, from Syria to Ukraine to the borders of NATO; both countries continued wide-ranging modernizations of their nuclear forces, and serious arms control negotiations were nowhere to be seen.”

    In the next minute you can send a vital message to your senators and representative in Congress:

  • Tell Your Senators and Representative: Escalating Rhetoric Against Russia Could Lead to Nuclear Catastrophe

    In 1963, the same year as his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. King pointedly said: “We have guided missiles and misguided men.” Later -- speaking of “a world torn between the tensions of East and West” -- he warned that “we live each day on the verge of nuclear co-annihilation.”

    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has just moved its “Doomsday Clock” even closer to midnight, declaring: “The United States and Russia -- which together possess more than 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons -- remained at odds in a variety of theaters, from Syria to Ukraine to the borders of NATO; both countries continued wide-ranging modernizations of their nuclear forces, and serious arms control negotiations were nowhere to be seen.”

    In the next minute you can send a vital message to your senators and representative in Congress:

  • Implement an anonymity clause for civilians who report crimes

    A dramatic increase in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids has provoked a wave of fear through immigrant communities.

    Since Trump’s executive order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement—signed in late January—an increasing number of immigrant women are choosing not to prosecute violent crimes committed against them out of fear of being detained and deported

    Click below to send this email to your Representative and Senators:

  • Implement an anonymity clause for civilians who report crimes

    A dramatic increase in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids has provoked a wave of fear through immigrant communities.

    Since Trump’s executive order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement—signed in late January—an increasing number of immigrant women are choosing not to prosecute violent crimes committed against them out of fear of being detained and deported.

    Victims of crimes should have no fear of seeking justice in our court systems. The implementation of an anonymity clause
    that protects the identity of civilians who report crimes, regardless of criminal/immigrant/legal status, would increase the likelihood of immigrant victims or witnesses reporting crimes.

    Sign this petition to the U.S. Congress:

    Implement an anonymity clause for civilians who report crimes.
  • Share Masha Gessen's Article "Russia: The Conspiracy Trap" with Your Senators and Representative


    Journalist Masha Gessen is renowned as a courageous activist for LGBT rights in Russia and a longtime opponent of President Putin. Her recent article “Russia: The Conspiracy Trap”, published by the New York Review of Books, should be widely read.

    Please email this vital article to your senators and representative now. You can do that below.

  • End U.S. Warmaking in Syria


    Four years ago, public pressure was critical to preventing a massive U.S. bombing campaign in Syria. But the U.S. government continued arming fighters, bombing on a smaller scale, and resisting opportunities for peace. Now Popular-Vote Loser Trump has sent more troops into Syria and yet more into a position of readiness in Kuwait.

    Please sign and share this urgent petition, which we will use in pushing back, step by step, to finally end this madness.

    To the U.S. Congress:

    We urge you to immediately pass the Stop Arming Terrorists Act (HR 608 / S 532) to prohibit giving U.S. public funds to Al Qaeda, ISIS, other terrorist groups, or any governments engaged in funding those groups.

    We urge you to immediately pass the Prohibit Expansion of U.S. Combat Troops into Syria Act (HR 1473 / Senate bill needed) to prohibit the deployment of U.S. troops or U.S.-funded mercenaries to Syria.

    And, because bombs and missiles are the deadliest of U.S. weapons, the greatest creators of refugee crises, and a predictable prelude to escalated ground wars, we urge you to exercise your responsibility under the U.S. Constitution and forbid, under threat of impeachment, the spending of an additional dime on any participation in this undeclared war.

    Instead, we urge you to immediately pass legislation funding aid to refugees who have fled and who remain in Syria, banning the export of U.S.-made weapons to the Middle East, supporting a Middle Eastern WMD-free zone, and endorsing and committing to sharing the cost of an independent truth and reconciliation commission for Syria.
  • Abolish the CIA

    Former President Harry Truman said he'd wanted to create the Central Intelligence Agency for the same reason that George W. Bush said he'd wanted to create the director of national intelligence, in order to have a single agency reconcile conflicting information from various other agencies.

    "I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations," wrote Truman, who wanted the CIA restricted to "intelligence."
    Background:
    > Harry Truman: Limit CIA Role To Intelligence
    > McClatchy: WikiLeaks shows CIA cracked smart phones, hid flaws from Apple
    > David Talbot: The Devil's Chessboard
    > Douglas Valentine: The Phoenix Program
    > CNN: Karzai: CIA Promises to Continue Cash Payments
    > The Atlantic: Drone War Has More Victims Than Bush-Era CIA Scandals
    > Washington Post: An Alternative Explanation for Benghazi


    We've now had 70 years of government overthrows, election interference, arming of terrorists, kidnapping, murder, torture, lies to justify wars, bribery of foreign officials, cyber-attacks, and other sorts of "peacetime cloak and dagger," plus open warfare waged by this unaccountable agency including through the use of drones.

    With vast sums of unaccounted-for money, much of it generated by off-the-books proprietary companies and illegal activities like drug smuggling, the CIA spreads corruption around the world. This corruption undermines the U.S. government and the rule of law. CIA attacks on foreign governments and peoples backfire against the United States time and time again.

    We've just learned that the CIA has been illegally keeping secret and exploiting weaknesses in U.S. companies' technology, hiding flaws from Apple, Google, and all of their customers.

    Please add your name to this petition to Congress:

    We urge you to abolish the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Tell NPR to Call a Lie a Lie

    National Public Radio has announced that it will never refer to a lie by a U.S. president as a lie.

    Sign this petition to NPR News:

    Straightforward honesty is called for at this time. It's time to call a lie a lie. Change your policy.
  • Allow Parents the Option to Protect Kids from Military Recruiters in High Schools

    Parents in our state should be given the means to exercise their right to opt out of sending their kids' names and contact information to military recruiters.

    Please click below to send this email to your state legislators and governor:


  • He's draining the wetlands, not the swamp

    Popular-Vote Loser Trump is draining the actual wetlands, not the metaphorical "swamp."

    Sign this petition to Congress:

    Our natural environment is under assault by the White House. We urge you in the strongest terms not to defund the EPA, which has already been cut in recent years, is currently funded at about 1% of military spending, and needs to be increased dramatically.

    You, the legislature, must reject with actual legislation the president's executive order on waters of the United States.

    Around the country, waterways partially cleaned up by the EPA since its creation under President Richard Nixon are threatened. The top two polluters are big corporations. The third is the United States military. This pollution must be halted, not given a free pass to expand.

  • Say No to Trump Troops Against Immigrants

    On January 25th, five days after he became Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly had his name on a draft memo addressed to the acting heads of federal agencies handling immigration. Some unnamed DHS officials have claimed the draft was never seriously considered, while others have said it was still being considered as recently as February 10th.
     
    The memo sketched out plans for many more immigrants to be kept in prison; for 5,000 more border patrol agents to be hired; for any aid to the government of Mexico to be identified (presumably in order to end it); for construction to begin on a wall along the border; for immigrants to be deported without hearings or reviews; and for negotiations to be opened with the governors of 11 states to turn State Guard troops into immigration law enforcers -- investigating, apprehending and imprisoning immigrants.

    Sign this petition:

    We reject as absolutely intolerable the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border and the consideration of using major military force as immigration law enforcement against peaceful men, women, and children.
  • Yes to Carbon Tax, But Do It Right


    We're thrilled to see a group of prominent Republicans propose what many on the left have been demanding for many years: a serious tax on carbon emissions. Background:
    Climate Leadership Council: The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends

    This should be done, and is in everyone's interest to support. But it should be done right. Please sign the petition below:

    We support a strictly and fairly enforced carbon tax. Emissions must be honestly monitored by the government, and the tax imposed equally on all, without loopholes for cronies, and at a rate that is adjusted each year as needed to maximize the chances of the earth's climate remaining habitable, as determined by nonpartisan scientific consensus.
  • Tell NPR to Call a Lie a Lie

    National Public Radio has announced that it will never refer to a lie by a U.S. president as a lie.

    Sign this petition to NPR News:

    Straightforward honesty is called for at this time. It's time to call a lie a lie. Change your policy.
  • Make San Francisco a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. San Francisco should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the San Francisco City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in San Francisco, CA, call upon all San Francisco governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Fort Worth a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Fort Worth should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Fort Worth City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Fort Worth, TX, call upon all Fort Worth governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Austin a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Austin should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Austin City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Austin, TX, call upon all Austin governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Jacksonville a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Jacksonville should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Jacksonville City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Jacksonville, FL, call upon all Jacksonville governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Columbus a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Columbus should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Columbus City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Columbus, OH, call upon all Columbus governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Indianapolis a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Indianapolis should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Indianapolis City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Indianapolis, IN, call upon all Indianapolis governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Charlotte a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Charlotte should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Charlotte City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Charlotte, NC, call upon all Charlotte governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make El Paso a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. El Paso should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the El Paso City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in El Paso, TX, call upon all El Paso governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Detroit a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Detroit should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Detroit City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Detroit, MI, call upon all Detroit governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Memphis a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Memphis should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Memphis City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Memphis, TN, call upon all Memphis governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Albemarle a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Small cities have begun this trend. Albemarle should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Albemarle Board of Supervisors to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Albemarle County, VA, call upon all Albemarle governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS COUNTY.

  • Torture: Which Side Are You On?

    President Trump says he'll torture.

    Will your senators and representative stop him?

    Ask them now:


  • Make Charlottesville a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Small cities have begun this trend. Charlottesville should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Charlottesville City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Charlottesville, VA, call upon all Charlottesville governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Impeach Trump FAQ -- 2017-01-20
  • Make San Jose a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. San Jose should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the San Jose City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in San Jose, CA, call upon all San Jose governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make San Antonio a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. San Antonio should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the San Antonio City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in San Antonio, TX, call upon all San Antonio governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Los Angeles a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Los Angeles should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Los Angeles City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Los Angeles, CA, call upon all Los Angeles governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Phoenix a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Phoenix should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Phoenix City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Phoenix, AZ, call upon all Phoenix governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Dallas a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Dallas should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Dallas City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Dallas, TX, call upon all Dallas governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make San Diego a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. San Diego should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the San Diego City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in San Diego, CA, call upon all San Diego governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Philadelphia a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Philadelphia should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Philadelphia City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Philadelphia, PA, call upon all Philadelphia governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Houston a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Houston should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Houston City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Houston, TX, call upon all Houston governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make Chicago a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. Chicago should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the Chicago City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in Chicago, IL, call upon all Chicago governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Make New York City a Zone Safe from Official Bigotry

    Smaller cities have begun this trend. New York City should be helping to lead it.

    Please add your name to this petition to urge the New York City Council to act:

    WHEREAS, safeguarding the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of the relationship between a representative government and its people;

    AND whereas, we recognize that this relationship is under threat;

    THEREFORE we, the undersigned individuals residing in New York, NY, call upon all New York City governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of our city's community members;

    FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment, torture, assassination or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity, or sexual orientation;

    FURTHERMORE, we the undersigned individuals pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect, and dignity.

    IT WORKS BEST IF YOU ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN THIS CITY.

  • Local Resistance --2017-12-16
  • Exonerate Ethel Rosenberg

    From Robert and Michael Meeropol:

    Our parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were executed on June 19, 1953 during the anti-communist hysteria of the Cold War Era. They had been convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage, in what was called “the crime of the century.” We were six and 10 years old when they were killed.

    Our mother was not a spy, and her execution was wrongful. Her conviction was based on perjured testimony and prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. The charges against our mother and the threat of the death penalty were meant to intimidate her and our father into cooperating. The U.S. government wanted Julius to falsely confess to passing “the secret of the atomic bomb” to the Soviet Union, and name others involved.

    Their trial took place during a time of widespread panic about communism. The sentencing judge went so far as to blame our parents for the Korean War.[1] In denying clemency, President Eisenhower accused them of causing future nuclear wars.[2] These outrageous statements and our parents’ execution helped fuel a dangerous climate of fear and intolerance in our country which permitted political opportunists like Senator Joseph McCarthy to poison our society. Today, we face a similar climate of hatred which targets immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQI individuals and others.

    A formal acknowledgement of the wrong done to our mother and our family will help prevent similar injustices in the future. A healthy democracy requires that the government acknowledge and correct its transgressions. The government cannot return our mother to her loving family. But it can admit this miscarriage of justice.

    Please, join us in calling on Attorney General Lynch and President Obama:

    We call on you to formally exonerate Ethel Rosenberg before you leave office. More than 60 years after her unjust conviction and execution, now is the time to clear her good name.

  • SUCCESS: Tell President Obama to Free Chelsea Manning Now

    UPDATE: In January 2017, President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, as RootsAction, among many others, had requested.

    NBC News is reporting:

    "President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News. A decision could come as soon as Wednesday for Manning, who has tried to commit suicide twice this year."

    Click below to email President Obama to request a commutation now:

  • Tell Congress to Say No to Nuclear Madness

    Please click below to sign this petition to the U.S. Congress:

    We urge the following steps to reduce the risk of nuclear war:
    --Publicly denounce Donald Trump's support for more nuclear weapons.
    --De-fund the existing program developing new nuclear weapons.
    --Begin dismantling existing weapons as required by the Nonproliferation Treaty.
    --Take all nuclear weapons off high-alert and separate the warheads from their delivery systems.
    --Reinstate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
    --Remove U.S. missiles from Poland, Romania, and Turkey.
    --Remove U.S. nuclear weapons from Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy.
    --Shut down land-based inter-continental ballistic missiles immediately.
    --Cosponsor the Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act.
    --Support the treaty being proposed by 127 non-nuclear nations to ban all nuclear bombs.

  • Tell U.S. to Join Syrian Ceasefire

    Russia and Turkey have announced a ceasefire, with Russia guaranteeing the side of the Syrian government, and Turkey guaranteeing much of the opposition -- including several opposition groups that have signed on.

    Missing is a commitment by the United States to itself cease fighting and cease arming fighters.

    Click below to email President Obama, your Congress Member, and your two Senators with one quick email:

  • Email your governor and state legislators to oppose Muslim registry, mass deportations


    Popular-Vote Loser Donald Trump has repeatedly indicated interest in creating a registry of Muslims in the United States.

    Please click below to email your state legislators and governor urging them to make a public statement opposing any such registry and any mass deportations.

  • State Legislators and Governors Oppose Muslim Registry and Mass Deportations

    U.S. state legislators and governors please sign this statement and encourage your colleagues to do the same:

    I will oppose any registry of Muslims or mass deportations.

    [If you are not a state legislator or governor please click here.]

  • Impeach Donald Trump Now


    Add your name calling for the Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump for violating the U.S. Constitution.

    We are calling upon Congress to pass a resolution calling for the House Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether sufficient grounds exist for the impeachment of Donald John Trump, President of the United States.

    As of January 20, 2017, President Trump’s refusal to divest from his business interests has placed him in direct violation of the United States Constitution.

    The nation is now witnessing a massive corruption of the presidency, far worse than Watergate. Indeed, Nixon White House Counsel John Dean told reporters: “I don’t think Richard Nixon even comes close to the level of corruption we already know about Trump.”[1] Given the opportunity of ten full weeks between the election and the inauguration to divest his business interests, Mr. Trump chose instead to announce, just nine days before inauguration, a wholly inadequate plan to step away from operations, but not ownership or income streams, of the Trump Organization. Instead, he has chosen to profit from the presidency at public expense, in violation of the United States Constitution. The violations, the corruption, and the threat to our republic are here now.

    Background:
    [1] McKay Coppins, “He Is Going to Test Our Democracy as It Has Never Been Tested,” The Atlantic, Jan. 17, 2017, http://theatln.tc/2iMNxjO.

  • Tell Gov. McAuliffe not to kill Ricky Gray

    The Commonwealth of Virginia plans to kill Ricky Gray on January 18, 2017. Gray was convicted of the horendous crime of murdering four people. Ray Dandridge, who was also convicted, was given life in prison.

    Until Gray was 11 years old he was raped on a daily basis by his older brother and beaten by his father, who used metal weather stripping, a horsewhip, PVC pipe, and a belt. Gray was using PCP several times a week by the time he was 12. The jury that sentenced Gray was told there was absolutely no explanation for what he did.

    Click below to send this letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe:

  • Protect Texas' Eastham Unit Prisoners from Lead and Copper in Water

    The water at the Texas Eastham Unit has been confirmed to contain high levels of copper and lead.

    Activist Keith “Malik” Washington, a prisoner at the Eastham Unit, has reported that the water at Eastham has “a strong sulfur-like smell and a very bad offensive taste which leaves behind a gritty residue in your mouth.”

    Washington also says that prison guards have confirmed that the water is contaminated and that they themselves do not drink it. The prison administrators at the Eastham Unit have provided an alternative water source for their prison guards, yet continue to force their prisoners to drink water contaminated with lead and copper.

    Sign this petition to the U.S. Department of Justice:

    We request an immediate investigation into what appears to be gross negligence and deliberate indifference on the part of Eastham Unit prison administration. We also call for the Centers for Disease Control to test and investigate the water supply at the Eastham Unit.
  • Block Government Policy of Climate Denial

    Please add your name to this urgent petition to:

    (1) Halt steps aimed at possible purge of fact-based employees at Energy Department.
    (2) Block nomination of climate change denier Scott Pruitt to head EPA.
    (3) Block expected nomination of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.

  • Tell Norway to Arrest Henry Kissinger when he speaks at Nobel Peace Prize forum

    The Nobel Committee has arranged for well-known war mastermind Henry Kissinger to speak as an honored guest at a forum that is part of the Nobel Peace Prize events.

    Several of Kissinger's crimes come under treaties that make it mandatory for Norway to prosecute. Kissinger is complicit or a main actor in many violations of the Genocide Convention and of the Geneva Conventions.

    Nobel Peace Prize Watch has asked the Norwegian Director of Public Prosecutions to arrest Kissinger. Add your name to the request:

    Arrest and prosecute Henry Kissinger.
  • Block Creation of Neo-McCarthyite Committee

    The Intelligence Authorization Act includes a provision that creates a Committee to counter supposed Russian “media manipulation,” “disinformation,” "assassinations," and other covert measures in the United States. The Committee’s mandate is so broad -- in short, anything the President tells them to do -- that any current or future president could easily (and, if desired, secretly) use the Committee to target political enemies, journalists, and activists.

    Tell your Senators to vote no:

  • Tell Obama to Release the Senate Torture Report

    Four years ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee produced a 7,000-page report that the committee chair at the time, Dianne Feinstein, calls "a total exposé of the ineffectiveness of torture."

    Only a 500-page censored summary was released two years ago.

    Click below to sign this petition to President Obama and Senator Feinstein:

    We urge you to declassify and make public the full Senate torture report.
  • Tell the Washington Post: “Smearing is not reporting.”

    Please sign this petition:

    To: Martin Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post

    Smearing is not reporting. The Washington Post’s recent descent into McCarthyism -- promoting anonymous and shoddy claims that a vast range of some 200 websites are all accomplices or tools of the Russian government -- violates basic journalistic standards and does real harm to democratic discourse in our country. We urge The Washington Post to prominently retract the article and apologize for publishing it.

    Background:
    >>  The Washington Post: Russian Propaganda Effort Helped Spread “Fake News” During Election, Experts Say
    >>  The New Yorker: The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda
    >>  The Intercept: Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group
    >>  AlterNet: Washington Post Promotes Shadowy Website That Accuses 200 Publications of Being Russian Propaganda Plants
    >>  Common Dreams: Journalists Denounce WaPo Fake News as Red Scare Redux
    >>  Rolling Stone: The Washington Post “Blacklist” Story Is Shameful and Disgusting
    >>  Consortium News: The Orwellian War on Skepticism
    >>  The Nation: The Washington Post Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist
    >>  FAIR.org: Why Are Media Outlets Still Citing Discredited “Fake News” Blacklist?

  • Tell Obama: Block Forced Removal of Water Protectors

    The Governor of North Dakota has just ordered the forced removal of thousands of Native Americans and their allies who are nonviolently protecting their water and our climate from the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    Background:
    Reuters: North Dakota Governor Orders Pipeline Protesters Expelled

    Please sign this petition to President Barack Obama:

    We urge you to take all necessary action to prevent further state violence and to block the removal of the water protectors.
  • Urgent Petition to the U.S. Attorney General -- calling for an emergency investigation into the vote counts in the 2016 presidential election in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania

    White House

    Many experts in computer science have raised serious concerns about the integrity of the announced vote counts in the 2016 presidential election.

    Please sign this urgent petition to the nation’s chief law enforcement officer at the U.S. Department of Justice:


    To: Attorney General Loretta Lynch


    Accurate counting of votes in a presidential election is not just a state concern -- it is a federal matter that goes to the heart of election integrity and democracy in the United States. We urge you to immediately launch an emergency investigation into the vote counts in the 2016 presidential election in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania -- and to take appropriate action based on the findings. The citizens of our country have a right to know that the election results are accurate.

    Background:
    > New York Magazine: Experts Urge Clinton Campaign to Challenge Election Results in 3 Swing States
    > Medium: Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots
    > iMediaEthics: Why the Exit Polls Sow Doubt About the Vote Count

  • Tell your senators directly -- NO racists, misogynists or religious bigots in the Cabinet

    Jeff Sessions' clear record of racism makes him unfit to be Attorney General.

    Background:
    > Salon: Jeff Sessions’ Alarming History of Opposing Civil Rights
    > Huffington Post: Too Racist To Be a Judge. He’ll Now Be Attorney General.

    It's up to the Senate whether to confirm each of the president's Cabinet nominees. Tell both your senators to reject Sessions and all other nominees with records of racism, misogyny or religious bigotry.

    Petitions are good, but even better --
    by clicking below you can send a clear message to your senators as a constituent:

  • A solution: What to call Trump

    Trump and his allies are eager for the public to forget that he lost the popular vote -- at last count, by more than 1.4 million votes.

    News media and Republican boosters are routinely saying that Trump won the most support from voters. He did not.
    Please sign below to make this resolution:

    Instead of “President-elect Trump” or “President Trump,” we will call him “Popular-Vote Loser Trump.”

  • STOP The War Supplemental Bill

    President Obama waited until after the election to ask Congress for $11.6 billion extra -- outside the huge existing military budget -- for wars.

    Background:
    1. President's Request to Congress
    2. David Swanson: Public vs. Media on War

    These funds would go to war efforts that the next U.S. president has sometimes said he wants to end (the arming of fighters in Syria) or not commented on at all. It would also give the Afghan military U.S.-made helicopters so that it no longer uses Russian ones.
     
    Also requested:

    • miniature killer drones that can be launched by U.S. troops in Iraq -- troops whose boots are, despite White House rhetoric, on the ground.
    • secret operations that Congress is expected to fund with our money despite not knowing what they are.
    • secret research and testing.
    • a war on drugs in Libya and West Africa.
    • USAID operations of the sort that have facilitated violent coups in places like Ukraine.
    We say no to more war funding.
  • Call for DNC chair Donna Brazile to resign -- now!

    Join with the Bernie Sanders delegates from around the country who voted 337 to 13 in favor of calling for the immediate resignation of Donna Brazile as chair of the Democratic National Committee. Background:
    The Washington Post: Donna Brazile is totally not sorry for leaking CNN debate questions to Hillary Clinton

    The lopsided response to a Bernie Delegates Network straw poll was sparked by the revelation that -- as a political analyst for CNN -- Brazile gave the Hillary Clinton campaign advance notice of questions that would be asked during a CNN debate between Sanders and Clinton.

    “Donna Brazile is not apologizing for leaking CNN debate questions and topics to the Hillary Clinton campaign during the Democratic primary,” the Washington Post reported. “Her only regret, it seems, is that she got caught.”

    If you’re sick of the Democratic Party establishment putting its thumbs on the scales of primary elections, please sign this petition:

    "We call for the immediate resignation of Donna Brazile as chair of the Democratic National Committee."

  • Un-Trump The World

    The United States has just sent a message to the world, and it is not simply that our people are fed up with our government. (That has long been true and well deserved.) The message is that many of us are OK with racism, sexism, religious bigotry, xenophobia, mockery of the disabled, and viciously blaming the unfortunate for their misfortunes and ours.

    Sign below to help un-Trump this with a different message to the world:

    We will not stand by as hatred and violence are promoted by our president-elect. Racism and bigotry at home have been fueled by U.S. wars abroad, but also make more such wars easier. We commit to nonviolently resisting hateful attacks on our fellow human beings wherever they live.
  • President Obama, Pardon Exiled Civil Rights Leader Pete O'Neal

    Former Black Panther Party leader Pete O’Neal was unjustly convicted in 1969 and has been in exile in Tanzania for almost 50 years. He is now requesting a presidential pardon to re-enter the United States. Background:
    New York Times: A Black Panther's Mellow Exile: Farming in Africa
    KCTV: Former Leader of KC Black Panther Party Hoping for Pardon

    O'Neal was arrested in 1969 for allegedly transporting a shotgun from Kansas City, Kansas, to Kansas City, Missouri. Although no physical evidence connected him to the firearm, O'Neal was convicted based on a photo.

    Pete O'Neal feared that he might be killed in custody, after fellow Panther Fred Hampton was murdered by Chicago Police. Instead of requesting an appeal, O'Neal and his wife Charlotte fled the country. They have been living in northern Tanzania since 1972.

    O'Neal wants to return home to his family. Particularly to be with his mother, who is now 96 years old.  

    Sign this petition to President Barack Obama:

    We request the immediate pardon of exiled civil rights leader Pete O'Neal.
  • Tell prison administrations: lift ban on SF Bay View newspaper

    Prison administrations in several states have banned prisoners from receiving the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, a grassroots paper that has published articles by and about prisoners for decades. Background:
    Un-Ban the Bay View!
    13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
    Voice of Detroit: Prisoners Teargassed, Zip-Tied, Left Out in Rain

    The bans began in July 2016 in an attempt to silence those preparing for the nationwide prison strike that began on September 9.
     
    Since the strike began, dozens of prisoners have reportedly been placed in solitary confinement, transferred to distant facilities, or attacked with weapons and tear gas. In Texas prisons, there has been a spate of suicides.
     
    Articles sent from prisons to the SF Bay View reporting these conditions have been continuously intercepted.
     
    Denying access to the SF Bay View violates prisoners' rights to freedom of speech and press.

    Please sign this petition to prison administrators:

    Lift the ban on the San Francisco Bay View newspaper.

  • Standing Rock attacked, needs our voices right now

    Native Americans and their allies have been attacked and injured by police using rubber bullets, tear gas, mace canisters and water cannons in freezing temperature.

    Background:
    > TYT Politics: Barbaric Dakota Access Oil Police Cause Mass Hypothermia
    > Democracy Now: 100+ Injured by Police Attack with Water Cannons, Rubber Bullets
    > Associated Press: Police, Protesters Face off at Dakota Access Pipeline

    The courageous water protectors at Standing Rock are protecting the climate of the earth we all need to live on.

    This is an emergency.
    Please sign the petition below that is helping us bring attention to these outrages.

    Then call the phone numbers
    on the next page to demand a halt to this injustice.

    Please sign this petition
    to President Barack Obama, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, the Morton County Sheriff's Department, and the Army Corps of Engineers:

    Regarding Standing Rock, we urge you to remove the National Guard. Halt the provision of war weapons and war training to police departments. Demilitarize police actions at Standing Rock. Send Department of Justice observers. Deny the Army Corps of Engineers' permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • Call for the Federal Government to Protect Voting Rights

    A variety of factors unique to this election cycle contribute to a voting environment where voters have reason to believe they will be met with intimidation at the polls, accompanied by a very real fear of violence due to the color of their skin or their age.

    Click below to sign this petition to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Voting Section
    :

    We urge you to investigate possible violations of federal voting rights laws and intervene where necessary to protect voter rights. A major party candidate is calling for voter intimidation at the polls based on race and age. The threat of voters being met with possible violence from white supremacists and law enforcement at the polls could lead to substantial voter suppression on Election Day. Due to the far-reaching nature of the call for voter intimidation of people of color and young voters, it is necessary for the federal government to take action in order to protect voters. 
  • Cancel the F-35 -- ORGANIZATION SIGN ON PAGE

    PLEASE USE THIS PAGE ONLY TO ENDORSE AS AN ORGANIZATION (AN ORGANIZATION YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO ENDORSE FOR). TO SIGN AS AN INDIVIDUAL CLICK HERE INSTEAD.

    A petition to the United States Congress and the governments of Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, and Canada from the world and from the people of Burlington, Vermont, and Fairbanks, Alaska, where the F-35 is to be based. Initiated by Vermont Stop the F35 Coalition, Save Our Skies Vermont, Western Maine Matters, Alaska Peace Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks Peace Club, North Star Chapter 146 Veterans For Peace, World Beyond War, RootsAction.org, Code Pink, Ben Cohen. Supported by: Centro Documentazione Manifesto Pacifista Internazionale, International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Nej tak til nye kampfly (in Denmark), Peaceful Skies Coalition (in Santa Fe, NM), Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment (in Michigan).

    Please add your name below:

    The F-35 is a weapon of offensive war, serving no defensive purpose. It is planned to cost the U.S. $1.4 trillion over 50 years. Because starvation on earth could be ended for $30 billion and the lack of clean drinking water for $11 billion per year, it is first and foremost through the wasting of resources that this airplane will kill. Military spending, contrary to popular misconception, also hurts the U.S. economy (see below) and other economies. The F-35 causes negative health impacts and cognitive impairment in children living near its bases. It renders housing near airports unsuitable for residential use. It has a high crash rate and horrible consequences to those living in the area of its crashes. Its emissions are a major environmental polluter.

    Wars are endangering the United States and other participating nations rather than protecting them. Nonviolent tools of law, diplomacy, aid, crisis prevention, and verifiable nuclear disarmament should be substituted for continuing counterproductive wars. Therefore, we, the undersigned, call for the immediate cancellation of the F-35 program as a whole, and the immediate cancellation of plans to base any such dangerous and noisy jets near populated areas. We oppose replacing the F-35 with any other weapon or basing the F-35 in any other locations. We further demand redirection of the money for the F-35 back into taxpayers' pockets, and into environmental and human needs in the U.S., other F-35 customer nations, and around the world, including to fight climate change, pay off student debt, rebuild crumbling infrastructure, and improve education, healthcare, and housing.

    PLEASE USE THIS PAGE ONLY TO ENDORSE AS AN ORGANIZATION (AN ORGANIZATION YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO ENDORSE FOR). TO SIGN AS AN INDIVIDUAL CLICK HERE INSTEAD.

  • Cancel the F-35

    A petition to the United States Congress and the governments of Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, and Canada from the world and from the people of Burlington, Vermont, and Fairbanks, Alaska, where the F-35 is to be based. Initiated by Vermont Stop the F35 Coalition, Save Our Skies Vermont, Western Maine Matters, Alaska Peace Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks Peace Club, North Star Chapter 146 Veterans For Peace, World Beyond War, RootsAction.org, Code Pink, Ben Cohen. Supported by: Centro Documentazione Manifesto Pacifista Internazionale, International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Nej tak til nye kampfly (in Denmark), Peaceful Skies Coalition (in Santa Fe, NM), Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment (in Michigan).

    Please add your name below:

    The F-35 is a weapon of offensive war, serving no defensive purpose. It is planned to cost the U.S. $1.4 trillion over 50 years. Because starvation on earth could be ended for $30 billion and the lack of clean drinking water for $11 billion per year, it is first and foremost through the wasting of resources that this airplane will kill. Military spending, contrary to popular misconception, also hurts the U.S. economy (see below) and other economies. The F-35 causes negative health impacts and cognitive impairment in children living near its bases. It renders housing near airports unsuitable for residential use. It has a high crash rate and horrible consequences to those living in the area of its crashes. Its emissions are a major environmental polluter.

    Wars are endangering the United States and other participating nations rather than protecting them. Nonviolent tools of law, diplomacy, aid, crisis prevention, and verifiable nuclear disarmament should be substituted for continuing counterproductive wars. Therefore, we, the undersigned, call for the immediate cancellation of the F-35 program as a whole, and the immediate cancellation of plans to base any such dangerous and noisy jets near populated areas. We oppose replacing the F-35 with any other weapon or basing the F-35 in any other locations. We further demand redirection of the money for the F-35 back into taxpayers' pockets, and into environmental and human needs in the U.S., other F-35 customer nations, and around the world, including to fight climate change, pay off student debt, rebuild crumbling infrastructure, and improve education, healthcare, and housing.
  • ORGANIZATION ENDORSEMENT PAGE: Tell the next president: No more war!

    USE THIS PAGE ONLY TO ENDORSE AS AN ORGANIZATION. To sign as an individual please click here instead.

    Please sign this petition to the 45th President of the United States:

    We call on you to end perpetual war by the United States Government. As signers of this petition, we commit ourselves to building nonviolent pressure to end continual U.S. warfare. We also reject our country's bloated military spending and massive arms sales that make the USA the world’s leading arms trafficker by a huge margin.
  • Tell the next president: No more war!

    Please sign this petition to the 45th President of the United States:

    We call on you to end perpetual war by the United States Government. As signers of this petition, we commit ourselves to building nonviolent pressure to end continual U.S. warfare. We also reject our country's bloated military spending and massive arms sales that make the USA the world’s leading arms trafficker by a huge margin.
  • Congress: Don't keep Wells Fargo's dirty money

    Members of both political parties in both houses of Congress have had harsh words for Wells Fargo following exposure of its latest scam -- bank employees had created 2 million phony checking and credit card accounts that cost customers headaches and higher fees.

    No member of Congress, however, has returned Wells Fargo's campaign money
    . Under the U.S. system of legalized bribery, Wells Fargo's "contributions" have made it a top-20 "donor" to 154 members of Congress in 2016. Its top two recipients are the Republican National Committee and Hillary Clinton (who was nominated for president in Philadelphia's  Wells Fargo Center).

    Wells Fargo, in recent years, has funded all but two members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and all but two members of the House Committee on Financial Services.

    No wonder actions never seem to measure up to rhetoric!
    Click below to demand that recipients of Wells Fargo funding return it or, better yet, donate it to worthy charities.

    Presidential Candidates: Wells Fargo fundees
    Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson
    No Wells Fargo funds
    Jill Stein

    Senate Banking Committee: Wells Fargo fundees
    Richard Shelby, Mike Crapo, Bob Corker, Patrick J. Toomey, Mark Kirk, Dean Heller, Tim Scott, Ben Sasse, Tom Cotton, Mike Rounds, Jerry Moran, Sherrod Brown, Jack Reed, Charles E. Schumer, Robert Menendez, Jon Tester, Mark R. Warner, Jeff Merkley, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly.
    No Wells Fargo funds
    Elizabeth Warren, David Vitter.

    House Financial Services Committee: Wells Fargo fundees
    Jeb Hensarling, Peter T. King, Edward R. Royce, Frank D. Lucas, Scott Garrett, Randy Neugebauer, Patrick T. McHenry, Stevan Pearce, Bill Posey, Michael G. Fitzpatrick, Lynn A. Westmoreland, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Bill Huizenga, Sean P. Duffy, Robert Hurt, Steve Stivers, Stephen Lee Fincher, Marlin A. Stutzman, Mick Mulvaney, Randy Hultgren, Dennis A. Ross, Robert Pittenger, Ann Wagner, Andy Barr, Keith J. Rothfus, Luke Messer, David Schweikert, Frank Guinta, Scott Tipton, Roger Williams, Bruce Poliquin, Mia Love, French Hill, Tom Emmer, Maxine Waters, Carolyn B. Maloney, Nydia M. Velázquez, Brad Sherman, Gregory W. Meeks, Rubén Hinojosa, Wm. Lacy Clay, Stephen F. Lynch, David Scott, Al Green, Emanuel Cleaver, Gwen Moore, Keith Ellison, Ed Perlmutter, James A. Himes, John C. Carney, Jr., Terri A. Sewell, Bill Foster, Patrick Murphy, John K. Delaney, Kyrsten Sinema, Joyce Beatty, Denny Heck, Juan Vargas.
    No Wells Fargo funds
    Michael E. Capuano, Daniel T. Kildee.

    Don't keep Wells Fargo's dirty money.

  • Suspend the Weapons Transfer Program that authorizes local U.S. police departments to get military equipment

    The use of war weapons and tactics in local police departments fuels the widespread mentality that police in black and brown communities are at war against the people they are meant to serve.

    > In These Times: If You Thought Obama Was Giving Less Military Gear, You Were Wrong
    >
    Knoxville News Sentinel: Tenn. Police Armed With $126 Million in Military Gear
    >
    RT: “Military-Style” Armed Police Arrest 20+ Dakota Access Protesters

    Click below to sign and add a comment to this petition to U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter:

    The reactions of law enforcement officers to the Black Lives Matter protests have proven that local police departments are both irresponsible and discriminatory when utilizing military weapons. I sign this petition urging that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter suspend the 1033 Weapons Transfer Program that authorizes the transfer of military equipment to local U.S. police departments.
  • Prosecute Banksters Now

    Congress members keep telling the CEO of Wells Fargo over and over again that he should be "held accountable."

    If only the U.S. government had an actual Justice Department!
    Background:
    LA Times: 'Y'all were rotten,' lawmaker tells CEO John Stumpf
    The Nation: Wells Fargo Crooks Stole From Customers, Reaped Rewards
    IBT: Senator Elizabeth Warren Requests Formal Investigation

    Click below to sign the petition we will deliver to the U.S. Justice Department.

    End the policy of immunity for big bankers now.

  • Override the Veto: Let 9/11 Victims' Families Sue Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. Senate is about to vote on whether to override a veto of a bill to allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

    Background:
    Reuters: Senate sets Wednesday vote on Obama veto of Saudi September 11 bill
    David Swanson: Suing Saudi: Congress Is Right, Stephen Kinzer Is Wrong

    President Obama said the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act would put United States assets at risk of seizure by private litigants overseas and “create complications” in diplomatic relations with other countries.

    In fact, blocking nonviolent redress of grievances through courts puts us at risk of more terrorism. Imagine if Saudis could have sued for the removal of U.S. bases. Courts are better than wars.

    Click below to email both of your U.S. senators:

  • Stand with Chelsea Manning on hunger strike

    Imprisoned Iraq war whistleblower Chelsea Manning has announced that she is going on hunger strike to protest years of bullying and harassment by the U.S. military, and to demand basic respect, humane treatment, and access to needed healthcare related to her gender transition.

    Chelsea needs our support now more than ever. If you care about peace, the rule of law, free speech, human rights, and future whistleblowing, sign the petition to show you stand with Chelsea during her nonviolent protest for basic rights and dignified treatment.

    To: Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning

    I stand with Chelsea Manning during her hunger strike and call for the U.S. government to immediately stop harassing her and provide her with basic humane treatment and access to healthcare.

  • No More Cluster Bombs Ever

    The last U.S. maker of cluster bombs has stopped producing them . . . for the moment. While 100 nations have ratified a treaty banning cluster bombs, the United States still treats this horrible weapon as legal. Background:
    > Foreign Policy: Last Remaining U.S. Maker of Cluster Bombs Stops Production
    > Handicap International: Alarming Escalation of Cluster Munition Use in Yemen and Syria
    > The Convention on Cluster Munitions


    The halt in U.S. production follows protests of the bombing of civilians in Yemen, a White House pause in shipments to Saudi Arabia, and peace activist demonstrations outside the manufacturer.

    A report by Handicap International finds that "97% of victims of cluster munitions were civilians in 2015, and 36% were children. The conflicts in Yemen and Syria are among the most hazardous."

    Let's seize this moment when production has ceased to put a legal ban in place. Click below to email your Congress member and senators.

  • Stand in Solidarity with Prisoners Striking for Human Rights

    A multi-state prison strike has been organized to address a number of prison injustices, such as toxic work conditions, extreme heat, insufficient access to healthcare and contaminated drinking/bathing water. The strike begins on the 45th anniversary of the 1971 Attica uprising. Related Petitions:
    > Summer Heat Serves Texas Prisoners an Early Death Sentence
    > Contaminated Water Causes Cancer in Prison
    > Prisoners Forced to Work in Toxic, Hazardous Conditions
    > End Legal Slavery in U.S. Prisons

    RootsAction.org stands in solidarity with Prison Radio, the Prison Ecology Project, and thousands of incarcerated men and women.

    Click below to sign this petition now:

    I stand in solidarity with the thousands of incarcerated men and women who, beginning on September 9, 2016, will take a stand against civil and environmental injustices in their respective prisons by going on strike.
  • Tell Colin Kaepernick you support his brave stance for racial justice

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand for a playing of the national anthem. He explained: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way."

    Jon Schwarz, The Intercept: Colin Kaepernick Is Righter Than You Know: The National Anthem Is a Celebration of Slavery


    As a result, Kaepernick has received an avalanche of criticism and racist abuse.

    To express your support for this brave athlete, please add your name to this short statement which is backed by RootsAction and Color Of Change:

    Colin Kaepernick: We support your right to protest in support of racial justice. Thank you.
  • Make the FBI Stop Spying on Activists

    In a blatant attempt to intimidate peaceful protesters and discourage First Amendment-protected activities, FBI and DHS agents visited peaceful activists asking about their plans for the Republican National Convention. "FBI and Police Knocking on Activists' Doors Ahead of Republican  Convention," The Intercept.
        "Invoking Orlando, Senate Republicans set up vote to expand FBI spying," Reuters.
        "Recap: What We’ve Learned About Surveillance of Black Lives Matter," Bill of Rights Defense Committee / Defending Dissent Foundation.


    The FBI and DHS have conducted ongoing surveillance of nonviolent social justice activists for years. They have engaged confidential informants, infiltrated groups, and interrogated organizers. 

    Please sign this petition to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees:

    Fulfill Congress’s oversight role by investigating the FBI and DHS surveillance of activists and political organizations. The U.S. government should never subject Americans to surveillance for exercising basic Constitutional rights.
  • Petition to Open Up the Presidential Debates


    Background: RootsAction cofounder Jeff Cohen's in-depth column

    We deserve 4-way debates. We will deliver this petition and your names and comments to ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Broadcasting, PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Univision, and Telemundo.

    To Network TV Executives:
    Tell the Commission on Presidential Debates and major-party campaigns that they no longer control the debate process and that you intend to present debates – controlled by journalists – that include four candidates: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green Party). If Trump or Clinton balk, let them know you’re happy to leave their podium empty.

    We urge you to follow a recommendation made by a citizens' task force connected to American University's law school: Include presidential candidates who are on enough state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning, if they either register at 5 percent in national public opinion polls OR register a majority in national polls asking eligible voters which candidates they would like to see included in the debates.

  • Urgent: Chelsea Manning is being charged for her own suicide attempt, faces indefinite solitary confinement

    After years of inhumane treatment, and having been held in conditions that the UN considers to be torture, Chelsea Manning, the Guardian columnist and whistleblower who has been in prison for years serving a 35-year sentence for exposing some of the U.S. government's worst abuses, attempted to take her own life on July 5th, 2016. Now, Army officials have informed her that she is facing serious new charges directly related to her suicide attempt. These new charges include:

    1) Resisting a group of prison guards called "the force cell move team." (Chelsea was unconscious when this team arrived, which makes this charge particularly absurd.)
    2) Prohibited property. (For the items she used to attempt to take her own life.)
    3) Conduct which threatens. (For somehow putting the prison at risk while attempting to take her own life, quietly, in her own cell.)

    Well, I rapped upon a house
    With the U.S. flag upon display
    I said, "Could you help me out
    I got some friends down the way"
    The man says, "Get out of here
    I'll tear you limb from limb"
    I said, "You know they refused Jesus, too"
    He said, "You’re not Him."
    -- Bob Dylan

    ACLU Press Release

    Fight for the Future Press Release

    If convicted of these bizarre "administrative offenses," she is facing indefinite solitary confinement for the rest of her prison term (another 30 years).

    Chelsea is being denied medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, which experts have stated is the only course of treatment through which she would no longer be suicidal.

    Tell the Secretary of the Army:

    Punishing Chelsea Manning for attempting to take her own life after systemic mistreatment is inhumane. Drop these new charges, and immediately give Chelsea access to adequate health care.
  • Impeach and Prosecute Tony Blair Now


    While we welcome the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry's report, there was never any question that Tony Blair was a key accomplice in the launching of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    Background:
    The Chilcot Report
    David Swanson: Iraq War Among World's Worst Events
    Guardian: Tony Blair Faces Calls for Impeachment

    Holding Blair accountable will advance the principle of accountability as well for the U.S. architects of the Iraq War.

    We need these steps toward truth and reconciliation if the United States and NATO nations are ever to shake the war habit.

    Please sign this:

    Tony Blair should be impeached and prosecuted right now for his role in launching war on Iraq.
  • No to Missile "Defense" Sites in Ohio, Mich., NY

    The U.S. military has now built missile "defense" sites in Alaska and California (as well as Romania, and under construction in Poland). Next will be New York, Michigan, or Ohio, unless we can stop them. Background:
    Organizing Notes: Public Comments Needed on New 'Missile Defense' Deployments
    Politico: The U.S. Army’s War Over Russia

    Please modify and personalize the following draft comments, and then hit "Submit" to email them and make them part of the public record to be addressed in the final Environmental Impact Statement.

    Then ask everyone you can to also come here and submit their comments before the July 18th deadline.

  • Tell the Norwegian Government to Let Edward Snowden Come to Norway

    On November 18, Edward Snowden will be awarded Norwegian PEN's Ossietzky Prize for outstanding achievements as a whistleblower. We do not want Snowden's chair to be empty in the University Hall in Oslo due to lack of approval to travel to Oslo, as Ossietzky himself was prevented by Hitler from coming to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1936.

    Co-inviters behind this petition include:
    Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Daniel Ellsberg, Marit Arnstad, Jesselyn Radack, Arne Ruth, Ola Larsmo, Coleen Rowley, Thomas Drake, Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Marjorie Cohn, William Binney, William Nygaard, John Kiriakou, Moddi, and Mari Boine.

    Please sign this petition to the Government of Norway:

    We urge the government of Norway to ensure that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden can safely enter Norway to receive The Ossietzky Prize, which will be formally bestowed upon Mr. Snowden by the freedom of expression group Norwegian PEN 18 November 2016. This will require that Norway commit to providing Mr. Snowden guaranteed protection from extradition to the United States.

  • Let It Bern. Continue to the Convention.

    An urgent petition to Senator Bernie Sanders:

    While you are under huge pressure to abandon your presidential campaign, we urge you to complete the process of fully representing the millions of people who've worked, donated and voted for you. We hope that you will resist the latest calls from the Democratic Party establishment and corporate media to end our campaign before the national convention.

    This petition offers the names and personal statements of people from around the United States who echo a broad public outcry for this nomination process to reach its full conclusion.

    Your campaign has clearly stood for democratizing the United States, while insisting that democratic principles must apply to the Democratic Party. We believe that every vote should count -- including on the convention floor. That should mean a roll call vote on the nominee for president as part of an official process, including the nominating and seconding speeches.

    It remains significant that neither candidate will win the 2,383 pledged delegates necessary to secure the nomination, and -- contrary to the misleading media reports -- neither candidate can do so until the superdelegates vote at the convention in Philadelphia.

    You have said, and we have cheered as you've said it, that you will carry this campaign to the convention. We urge you to maintain that position, despite the massive top-down pressures from the corporate media and Democratic Party establishment to prematurely end the campaign.

    We reject the idea that democracy weakens a political party named for democracy. We have worked for constructive debate at the Democratic National Convention, and we look forward to hearing it.
  • Don't let TV networks suppress the vote on Tuesday

    MSNBC's Chris Matthews recently declared that on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Eastern time, MSNBC and other TV networks plan "to announce that Hillary Clinton has now gotten over the top, that she will have won the nomination in numbers. It's done."*

    In reality, Clinton can't reach a delegate majority unless "superdelegates" vote, and they can't vote until July.

    To TV News Executives (at MSNBC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS):

    We urge you NOT to suppress the vote on Tuesday evening by making the false and anti-democratic declaration that the Democratic nominee has been determined — unless a candidate has actually won 2,383 pledged delegates.

  • Move Away from Nonstop War. Close the Ramstein Air Base.

    Located in southwestern Germany, the U.S. government's Ramstein Air Base is serving key functions for nonstop war that has been hugely destructive in many countries. The Ramstein base is essential to drone warfare and many other forms of military intervention, from Pakistan and Afghanistan to the Middle East and Africa.

    Please become a signer of the petition below and share it with your friends. This is a global campaign to close the Ramstein Air Base and challenge agendas for perpetual war.

    Deutsch

    Background:
    Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept: "Germany Is the Tell-Tale Heart of America's Drone War"
    Norman Solomon, The Nation: “The Most Important U.S. Air Force Base You've Never Heard Of”
    Der Spiegel: "Der Krieg via Ramstein"

    Partners:
    Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, Code Pink, Coop Anti-War Cafe Berlin, Danish Peace Academy, Gandhi Earth Keepers, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Peace Action New York State, RootsAction.org, Syracuse Peace Council, United National Antiwar Coalition, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, Voices for Creative Nonviolence,
    War Criminals Watch, Western New York Peace Center, WILPF-US, Women Against Military Madness, Women Against War, World Beyond War, World Can't Wait, Clearing Barrel Coffee House

    To: President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel, the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag

    War efforts by the U.S. government, NATO and allies are causing vast human misery in many countries, where most of the inhabitants are Muslims and people of color. The results include fueling of hatreds, worsening of refugee crises, and inflaming of xenophobia. We condemn racism and bigotry in any form, and we urge you to set aside what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism."

    The Ramstein Air Base's crucial role in relaying signals for drone strikes is binding the United States and Germany in an unconscionable program for extrajudicial killings. That program receives major help from German intelligence agencies, which assist with drone targeting as they share surveillance data with the U.S. government. Ramstein is also central to many other military aspects of the "war on terror" that continues to have such profoundly negative consequences in many nations.

    While urgently calling for the de-escalation of conflicts and for serious negotiations, we support nonviolent movements in opposition to the Ramstein Air Base and other U.S. military bases around the globe.

    We urge you to take immediate steps to close the Ramstein Air Base and not replace its functions at any other location.

  • Appeal from U.S. to World: Help Us Resist U.S. Crimes

    Click below to add your name and comments:

    Since the end of the Cold War, the United States of America has systematically violated the prohibition against the threat or use of force contained in the UN Charter and the Kellogg Briand Pact. It has carved out a regime of impunity for its crimes based on its UN Security Council veto, non-recognition of international courts and sophisticated "information warfare" that undermines the rule of law with political justifications for otherwise illegal threats and uses of force.

    Former Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin B. Ferencz has compared current U.S. policy to the illegal German "preemptive first strike" policy for which senior German officials were convicted of aggression at Nuremberg and sentenced to death by hanging.

    In 2002, the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy described post-September 11th U.S. doctrine as "a call for 21st century American imperialism that no other nation can or should accept." And yet the U.S. government has succeeded in assembling alliances and ad hoc "coalitions" to support threats and attacks on a series of targeted countries, while other countries have stood by silently or vacillated in their efforts to uphold international law. In effect, the U.S. has pursued a successful diplomatic policy of "divide and conquer" to neutralize global opposition to wars that have killed about 2 million people and plunged country after country into intractable chaos.

    As representatives of civil society in the United States, the undersigned U.S. citizens and advocacy groups are sending this emergency appeal to our neighbors in our increasingly interconnected but threatened world. We ask you to stop providing military, diplomatic or political support for U.S. threats or uses of force; and to support new initiatives for multilateral cooperation and leadership, not dominated by the United States, to respond to aggression and settle international disputes peacefully as required by the UN Charter.

    We pledge to support and cooperate with international efforts to stand up to and stop our country's systematic aggression and other war crimes. We believe that a world united to uphold the UN Charter, the rule of international law and our common humanity can and must enforce U.S. compliance with the rule of law to bring lasting peace to the world we all share.

    This will be sent to all the world's national governments. 

    You can sign as an organization on this page. Sign only for organizations you are authorized to sign for. This is NOT a place to suggest organizations that you'd like to see sign.

    Do NOT sign as an individual on this page. To sign as an individual CLICK HERE.

  • Appeal from U.S. to World: Help Us Resist U.S. Crimes

    Click below to add your name and comments:

    Since the end of the Cold War, the United States of America has systematically violated the prohibition against the threat or use of force contained in the UN Charter and the Kellogg Briand Pact. It has carved out a regime of impunity for its crimes based on its UN Security Council veto, non-recognition of international courts and sophisticated "information warfare" that undermines the rule of law with political justifications for otherwise illegal threats and uses of force.

    Former Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin B. Ferencz has compared current U.S. policy to the illegal German "preemptive first strike" policy for which senior German officials were convicted of aggression at Nuremberg and sentenced to death by hanging.

    In 2002, the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy described post-September 11th U.S. doctrine as "a call for 21st century American imperialism that no other nation can or should accept." And yet the U.S. government has succeeded in assembling alliances and ad hoc "coalitions" to support threats and attacks on a series of targeted countries, while other countries have stood by silently or vacillated in their efforts to uphold international law. In effect, the U.S. has pursued a successful diplomatic policy of "divide and conquer" to neutralize global opposition to wars that have killed about 2 million people and plunged country after country into intractable chaos.

    As representatives of civil society in the United States, the undersigned U.S. citizens and advocacy groups are sending this emergency appeal to our neighbors in our increasingly interconnected but threatened world. We ask you to stop providing military, diplomatic or political support for U.S. threats or uses of force; and to support new initiatives for multilateral cooperation and leadership, not dominated by the United States, to respond to aggression and settle international disputes peacefully as required by the UN Charter.

    We pledge to support and cooperate with international efforts to stand up to and stop our country's systematic aggression and other war crimes. We believe that a world united to uphold the UN Charter, the rule of international law and our common humanity can and must enforce U.S. compliance with the rule of law to bring lasting peace to the world we all share.

    This will be sent to all the world's national governments. You can sign as an individual on this page. To sign as an organization click here.

  • Be Like Maine: Dump Superdelegates

    Maine's Democratic Party has asked its superdelegates to vote for a presidential nominee in proportion to the actual results of the state's caucuses.

    This amounts to eliminating superdelegates by turning them into ordinary delegates pledged to follow the will of the voters.

    Click below to add your name to the following petition going to every state Democratic Party:

    Democratize your Democratic Party by asking superdelegates to vote in proportion to actual primary results in their state.
  • President Obama: Appoint Envoy for Palestinian Children

    The situation on the ground for Palestinian children is rapidly deteriorating.

    At the end of February, there were 440 Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.

    Some children are imprisoned indefinitely without charge or trial.

    Action is urgently needed.

    Click below to email your representative and senators:

  • Stop retaliation against whistleblowers in Bosnia

    For more than a year, a small family-owned mining company in Bosnia has suffered relentless retaliation for blowing the whistle on a government bribery scheme. Rather than being thanked for exposing corruption, Tuzla Kvarc has faced reprisals that have brought the firm to its knees.

    Authorities have shut down its quartz mining operations. Workers have not been paid since January. Their options running out, several employees began a hunger strike to draw attention to this flagrant case of whistleblower retaliation.

    The hunger strike has continued, with people refusing water and medical care.

    International pressure on Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic is urgently needed to stop the retaliation against the Tuzla Kvarc whistleblowers.

    Please send the email below:
    Background:
    Akta: Instead of Punishing Perpetrators System Wasting its Energy to Destroy Whistleblowers
    Documentary film: Cijena Pravde (The Price of Justice)


    Zlatan and Smail Velagi
    c survey the rubble of their office building that was burned and demolished by unknown perpetrators in October 2015. They claim their office was destroyed as retaliation for exposing a government bribery scheme in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Photo: Mark Worth).

  • Petition Pope Francis to Formally Reject "Just War" Doctrine

    We're asking everyone in the world, religious or not, to please add your name on this petition to Pope Francis:

     > Statement and photos from April 11-13, 2016 Vatican Meeting
    > Howard Zinn: A Just Cause, Not a Just War
    > New book: War Is Never Just by David Swanson

    We urge you to follow through on the meeting the Vatican hosted on April 11-13, 2016, which recommended in its final statement that you publish an encyclical rejecting the idea that there can be a just war, promoting the teaching and use of nonviolence, and working toward the abolition of war and weapons of war. We ask you to influence as much of humanity as you can to shun participation in war and in the manufacture and trade of weapons. We thank you for this leadership and are hopeful that it will make a world of difference. We are ready to make war a thing of the past.
  • Disarm, Don't Destroy the Middle East!

    The common cry of "destroy ISIS" is usually a demand for more of what led to ISIS in the first place: war. ISIS grew out of the U.S. war on Iraq, and is armed largely with U.S. weapons delivered to Iraq, Libya, and opposition groups in Syria.  

    Between 2008 and 2011, 78.9% of weapons sales agreements to the Middle East were from the United States. And we know (because of a successful RootsAction.org petition) that between 2011 and 2014 that figure dropped only slightly to 58.6% -- still a majority of the sales.

    Instead of trying to stamp out violence with more violence, let's cease providing the weaponry. Sign this petition to President Obama and the U.S. Congress:

    End U.S. arms shipments to the Middle East. Arms only intensify the violence.

    Background:
    CRS: Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2004-2011
     
    CRS: Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2007-2014

  • Tell Hillary Clinton to Give Saudi Arabia's $10 Million to Peace Organizations and the People of Yemen

    As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton waived restrictions on selling weapons to governments that "donated" heavily to her family foundation, making it her personal mission to ensure that $29 billion worth of fighter jets were sold to Saudi Arabia.

    In the years prior to her becoming Secretary of State, Saudi Arabia had given the Clinton Foundation at least $10 million.

    Those jets have been used by Saudi Arabia, with the assistance of the U.S. military, to kill many civilians in Yemen.

    Sign this petition to Hillary Clinton:

    We urge you to give the money your family foundation received from Saudi Arabia to antiwar organizations and to organizations providing humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen.
  • The DNC has finally gone too far

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz has finally driven the Democratic National Committee off a cliff.

    The DNC has removed restrictions on "donations" from federal lobbyists and political action committees.

    The move could bring big donor cash into the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint DNC/Clinton fundraising committee, but it is guaranteed to turn off many voters.

    To Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

    Resign as chair of the Democratic National Committee.
  • Put a Progressive on the Supreme Court NOW

    Republicans want to "run out the clock" on filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

    A woman's right to choose, civil liberties, environmental protection, civil rights, campaign finance, gay rights, corporate power and a wide range of other profound issues hang in the balance.

    Click below to email President Obama and your two senators:

  • Put a Progressive on the Supreme Court NOW

    Republicans want to "run out the clock" on filling the Supreme court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

    A woman's right to choose, civil liberties, environmental protection, civil rights, campaign finance, gay rights, corporate power and a wide range of other profound issues hang in the balance.

    Click below to email President Obama and your two senators:

  • Ask Hillary Clinton to donate the $675,000 from Goldman Sachs to help the homeless

    Supposedly Hillary Clinton would have given the same speeches to Goldman Sachs had they offered $1.50 or $9 million. The sum she took in was just "what they offered."

    So here's a proposal: Donate the $675,000 to good causes.

    Sign this petition to Hillary Clinton:

    We urge you to donate $675,000 to organizations legitimately working to help the homeless.
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  • Tell Hillary Clinton to stop lying about her Iraq vote

    On the February 3rd CNN town hall, Hillary Clinton falsely claimed that her vote for the 2003 Iraq invasion had actually been a vote for more inspections rather than war.

    In fact, Clinton voted against an amendment proposed by Senator Carl Levin that would have authorized war only if Iraq refused to fully cooperate with UN inspectors.

    Please sign this petition:

    To: Hillary Clinton

    Stop lying about your Iraq vote.
  • Tell Hillary Clinton to Stop Lying About Single-Payer

    A single-payer health plan covers everyone and lowers costs. It does not deprive anyone of health coverage or empower any governor to do so.

    Unless you're in the top 5% for income, you save more by tearing up your health insurance bills than you pay in higher taxes under single-payer.

    The claims that Hillary Clinton is making are false. Please sign the petition:

    To Hillary Clinton:

    Stop lying about single-payer.
  • Tell the Clintons to give their $25 million in speaking fees to good causes

    Wall Street, Big Pharma, and corporate technology interests have shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars supposedly just to hear Hillary or Bill Clinton give a speech.

    According to a new report by Consortium News, Hillary Clinton took in $11.8 million in 51 speaking fees from January 2014 to May 2015, when she officially launched her presidential campaign. Bill Clinton delivered 53 paid speeches to bring in $13.3 million during that same period. That's over $25 million total, largely if not entirely from wealthy parties with a strong interest in influencing U.S. government policy.

    We urge the Clintons to clear their corrupted image by donating their $25 million in recent lecture fees to organizations legitimately working for campaign finance reform, Wall Street reform, environmental protection, and peace.

  • Remove Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC Chair

    This campaign is making progress. Let's keep up the pressure.

    In addition to her attempt to deny the Bernie Sanders campaign access to its own voter files, Wasserman Schultz has tried in other ways to minimize competition for her candidate, Hillary Clinton. She has done this by scheduling very few primary debates, and scheduling them at times of low TV viewing.

    In Congress, she has served as a pro-militarist and corporatist tool of the high bidders. Among recent disgraceful acts was her vote to enable racial discrimination in car buying.

    Enough is enough.

    We demand that Debbie Wasserman Schultz step down as chair of the DNC.
  • We demand a federal investigation of the killing of Tamir Rice

    Add your name:

    We are in solidarity with the family of Tamir Rice and want to join with his mother Samaria Rice in stating: "We mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by the police without justice. In our view, this process demonstrates that race is still an extremely troubling and serious problem in our country and the criminal-justice system."

    We also wish to express our heartfelt support for her declaration: "I don't want my child to have died for nothing and I refuse to let his legacy or his name be ignored. We will continue to fight for justice for him, and for all families who must live with the pain that we live with."

  • Stop Rewarding Trump

    To: CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC

    Stop awarding extra coverage for moral outrages.

    If racism, religious bigotry, hatred and war mongering earned politicians and electoral candidates less coverage, many of them would engage in less of it.

    When you reward people like Donald Trump with dramatically more coverage the greater his immoral outrages, he continues to escalate them.

    Your single-minded drive to increase viewership is endangering the United States and the world.

    Fascism can happen here. Reverse your system of rewards and punishments before it is too late.
  • Urge Congress to pass the Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act

    Background:  Full text of 2015 bill   Dear Colleague Letter

    The Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act in the U.S. House of Representatives would "provide for nuclear weapons abolition and economic conversion ... while ensuring environmental restoration and clean-energy conversion." 

    Let your representative know you want them to support it:

  • Mark Zuckerberg, Stop Your "Charity" Scamming

    Facebook multi-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is being celebrated for supposedly giving away 99% of his money, something over $45 billion.

    That's an amount that could end hunger or unclean drinking water or homelessness on earth.

    It turns out Zuckerberg gave himself his money. He didn't even give it to a non-profit foundation. He gave it to a limited liability company (L.L.C.) belonging to himself.

    Click below to sign this petition, and add your comments:

    Mark Zuckerberg,
    You should live up to your recent headlines and actually donate your billions to benefit the rest of humanity.
  • Tell the President to Pardon C.I.A. Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

    My husband Jeffrey Sterling is a former C.I.A. operative and an innocent man who was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 -- for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He’s now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado.

    This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. My husband was wrongfully sentenced to prison simply because he was in touch with a journalist. During Jeffrey’s trial, the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen. They relied on circumstantial evidence -- emails and telephone conversations -- to try to make a case to a jury who would likely favor his conviction.

    Jeffrey utilized proper channels and informed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of his concern for the safety of the American people -- as such, Jeffrey is a whistleblower.

    Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters Without Borders, RootsAction and ExposeFacts in my request to the Obama Administration to immediately issue a pardon for my husband.

    President Obama publicly committed to a transparent government, yet it has been shrouded in mistruth and secrecy. Jeffrey’s conviction is only the latest chapter in the administration’s war on whistleblowers and sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of information. In fact, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined.

    An innocent man who dedicated his life to serving the United States has been wrongfully jailed under President Obama’s watch. This is his opportunity to show Jeffrey, our country, and the world what it means to be a true leader by acknowledging and making amends for a grave injustice that has been done. This can only be accomplished by granting Jeffrey Alexander Sterling an immediate pardon.

    Jeffrey and I will not give up hope that many will soon realize the wrong that has been done and will help to make sure that Jeffrey will be vindicated. I will not cease discussing this tragedy in hopes that it will garner enough support for his release. Please sign my petition and share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #pardonforjeffrey as a way to help. Thank you.

    — Holly Sterling

    Petition to
    President Barack Obama
    We request the immediate pardon of Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistleblower.
  • Stop the $1.29 Billion Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has led an airstrike campaign in Yemen that frequently targets residential neighborhoods and civil infrastructure, resulting in thousands of civilian deaths.

    By refusing to investigate the Saudi government’s violations of international humanitarian law and providing additional arms to Saudi Arabia, the United States would be complicit in these violations. But with your help, we can stop this weapons sale.

    We encourage you to click below to ask your senators and representatives to oppose the most recent U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and to call a public hearing to investigate Saudi war crimes in Yemen:

  • Protect Paris and World from Greatest Danger

    President Barack Obama's mission in Paris should be to join the world, not dominate it.

    We demand that he make real climate changes.

    The world is demanding that the United States dramatically reduce its emissions and pay climate debts to third-world victims of its obsessive production and consumption.

    Please join with the Labor/Community Strategy Center organizers who are in Paris calling on President Obama to take serious steps:

    We are calling on President Obama to announce in Paris (and return home to vigorously promote) these measures:

    >  The United States contribute $10 billion a year to the United Nations Green Climate Fund to help finance third-world transitions to cleaner fuel and to pay for "loss and damages" caused by U.S. and E.U. emissions since 1850.
    >  Reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to 50 percent of 1990 levels by 2025 -- starting now.

  • Rahm Emanuel Should Resign Now

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel oversaw the withholding from public view -- for more than a year -- of a video of a police murder of a teenager.

    The police officer who shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, continuing to shoot his motionless body on the ground, has now been indicted for first-degree murder.

    The video was kept secret for 13 months
    , during which time Emanuel never corrected the blatant lies by the Chicago Police Department that maintained the victim had lunged at the police with a knife just before he was shot. The video shows this to have been a complete fabrication.

    A mayor willing to cover for the murder of his constituent is no mayor at all.
    Add your name:

    Chicago residents and people across the country demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel's immediate resignation.
  • Stop Saudi Arabia before it kills again

    Somebody claims that Ashraf Fayadh cursed God.

    So a Saudi Arabian court has sentenced him to be beheaded.

    To help prevent this outrage, please add your name below and then ask others to do the same:

    To Saudi Arabia,

    Free Ashraf Fayadh.

  • Insist Paris tragedy not be exploited for more war

    At this time of grief, our hearts go out to the people of France, as well as to the people of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and other countries traumatized by deadly violence -- people of all races, religions and nationalities.

    This is a time of shock and fear, but also can be a time of reflection and action.

    As a first step, you can add your name to this petition:

    We want to express our condolences to all people who are suffering and mourning the results of organized deadly violence, from Paris and Beirut to Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Humanity is indivisible. We reject any attempt by political leaders to exploit tragic events to promote more war.

  • Tell world leaders: kick fossil fuel industry out of climate policy

    The earth's climate is at stake, and for the upcoming conference in Paris to succeed it will have to be free of the influence of big polluters. Sign the petition to the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:

    We call on you to take immediate action to protect the COP21 climate talks happening in Paris this December and all future negotiations from the influence of big polluters. Given the fossil fuel industry’s years of interference intended to block progress, push false solutions, and continue the disastrous status quo, the time has come to stop treating big polluters as legitimate 'stakeholders' and to remove them from climate policymaking.

    Corporate Accountability International will deliver this message and the list of signatures and comments to the COP21 climate talks in Paris.

  • Tell the Center for American Progress to disinvite Netanyahu

    The Center for American Progress has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak on Tuesday, November 10, following heavy pressure from the Israeli Embassy and AIPAC. Sign our petition below to CAP's president telling her that Netanyahu is #NotProgressive and has no business speaking at a self-defined progressive policy institute.

    Dear Neera Tanden,

    Please disinvite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking at the Center for American Progress. As a self-defined progressive policy institute, CAP would be dishonoring its mission by allowing its venue to be used by Netanyahu to promote his hateful, discriminatory and racist policies toward Palestinians.

    Netanyahu's attack last year on Gaza killed more than 500 Palestinian children. He has stated that Israel will retain control of Palestinian territory for the foreseeable future without giving Palestinians any rights. He opposes Palestinian statehood and blames Palestinians for the Holocaust.

    Netanyahu—and Israel's apartheid rule over Palestinians—is not progressive.
  • Stop Supporting – and Start Punishing – Saudi Arabia

    Four reasons to take action against Saudi Arabia:

    1. Saudi Arabia buys huge amounts of U.S. and European weaponry, which it uses to slaughter civilians in Yemen, including bombing a hospital, and to repress democracy at home and in neighboring Bahrain.
    2. Saudi Arabia sells huge amounts of fossil fuels to the United States and other nations, which they use to render the earth's climate uninhabitable.
    3. Saudi Arabia is the leading source of funding for violent groups terrorizing the Middle East, as well as the attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.
    4. Saudi Arabia brutally oppresses its own people, including beheading pro-democracy activists.

    Western powers have generally seen points 1 and 2 above as positive -- so positive in fact as to require ignoring points 3 and 4. It is time we changed this perspective. Please sign the petition below.

    We call on the governments of the world to stop providing Saudi Arabia with weaponry, and to boycott, divest from, and implement sanctions against that country until the Saudi government ends its military aggression and abuse of human rights.
  • Our State Can End Homelessness Too

    Utah is ending chronic homelessness by providing people with homes, no strings attached. This policy is cost-effective, compassionate, and successful.

    Click below to email your state legislators and governor:

  • Petition to Stop The TPP

    To the Speaker of the House, Democratic Party Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Democratic Party Leader Harry Reid:

    We are writing to urge the Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This agreement would destroy jobs, degrade the environment, undermine the Internet and weaken U.S. democracy and sovereignty.
  • CNN: Add a progressive journalist as a questioner for Tuesday's Democratic debate

    At the CNN-sponsored Republican Party debate last month, one of the three panelists CNN selected to question the candidates was conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. But at Tuesday's upcoming Democratic Party debate, CNN is planning to include not a single progressive advocate among its panel of four questioners.

    Add your name and comment below for us to deliver to CNN:

    To CNN,
    For the sake of basic fairness and balance, you should add to your panel an unapologetic progressive for Tuesday's debate.

    (more details in our email)

  • No Weapons For Bahrain

    Since the February 2011 popular uprising of the Arab Spring, the Bahraini monarchy has been teargassing, shooting, threatening, imprisoning, torturing, and killing pro-democracy activists. The chief ally in this effort has been the brutal dictatorship of neighboring Saudi Arabia. The top arms supplier to both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and owner of a naval fleet docked permanently in Bahrain and expanding its facilities, is the United States of America.

    Click below to ask your senators and representative to co-sponsor a bill to stop weapons shipments to Bahrain:

  • Act now: support Pope's call to end arms trade

    Pope Francis asked Congress to end the arms trade.

    He said it is driven by money drenched in blood.

    Click below to email your representative and senators to ask them if they agree and how they will follow through.

  • Tell Obama We Want Serious Action on Climate Before Paris

    The United States must make a radical redirection of priorities to protect the climate between now and the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris between November 30 and December 11, 2015.
    Background:
    Common Dreams: To Stave off Disaster, Arctic Oil Must Stay in Ground
    Common Dreams: NSA Spied on Climate Talks

    Please sign this before we deliver it:

    President Obama,
    We need:
    • A public U.S. commitment not to spy on the other delegations or their governments.
    • A public U.S. commitment to end all new drilling, mining, and exploration for fossil fuels.
    • An end to all U.S. government subsidies of fossil fuels.
    • A shift of $100 billion per year from the biggest U.S. polluter, the military, to investment in renewable energy.
    • A public commitment to make all U.S. energy renewable by 2030.
  • Tell the Democratic National Committee it's time for more debates, and they should start soon

    The Democratic National Committee is pledging to exclude from its presidential debates any candidate who is in a debate outside an absurdly limited schedule of six sanctioned debates.

    Click below to email the Democratic Party leadership to hold more and earlier debates.

  • No Weapons For Israel

    The Israeli government and many of its U.S. supporters tried everything they could to defeat President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. Fortunately, they failed and peace and diplomacy won!

    But now Congress and the Obama administration plan to reward Israel by authorizing the transfer of “massive ordnance penetrators” and other advanced weaponry that it can use to attack Iran. If Israel bombs Iran, then there’s a good chance that the U.S. will be dragged into another war.

    And the U.S. is prepared to sign a new 10-year deal to give Israel—one of the largest weapons exporters in the world—as much as $45 billion more in U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons. Israel routinely uses these weapons to injure and kill Palestinian civilians and destroy their homes, agriculture and infrastructure, in violation of U.S. law.  

    We just avoided a potential war with Iran. Why would we now give Israel weapons it needs to start a war with Iran and more weapons to continue oppressing the Palestinians?

    Sign the petition to President Obama and tell him #NoWeapons4Israel.

    Dear President Obama,
    The United States should not reward Israel with more weapons after Israel and its lobby, AIPAC, attempted to scuttle your administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. The transfer of “massive ordnance penetrators” and other advanced weaponry increases the likelihood of a unilateral Israeli attack against Iran. And a new 10-year deal to provide Israel with up to $45 billion in more US taxpayer-funded weapons will deepen US complicity in Israel’s human rights abuses of Palestinians, in violation of the Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts. We just avoided a potential war with Iran. Do not give Israel weapons that it can use to start a war with Iran and more weapons to continue oppressing the Palestinians.

  • Extreme heat in Texas prisons: Take action for decency

    Five months ago, a major study reported on one of the grim aspects of Texas prisons -- the "reckless indifference" to "extreme heat" that is sometimes deadly.

    Click below to email your members of the state legislature that you want the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to stop abusing the human rights of prisoners:

    Background:

    Human Rights Clinic:
    "
    Reckless Indifference: Extreme Heat in Texas Prisons" -- April 2015

  • Ask Senator Mark Warner to Meet His Constituents

    While Congress is on summer break, most senators and representatives attend publicly announced public meetings at which they speak about their work and hear comments from, and answer questions from, their constituents.

    Warner could play a decisive role in upholding or rejecting the Iran deal (on which he has taken no public position), the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and all sorts of other projects of critical interest to the people of Virginia.

    But where is he? His staff says he's holding only unannounced, closed-door meetings. Click below to ask him to appear in public.

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  • Urgent Petition in Support of Chelsea Manning's Human Rights

    Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is now facing the serious threat of “indefinite solitary confinement” in prison at Fort Leavenworth, where she is serving a 35-year sentence for providing WikiLeaks with documentation of a vast array of war crimes and deception by the U.S. government. Background:
    Newsweek: Chelsea Manning Faces Solitary Confinement
    Trevor Timm: Chelsea Manning Threatened with ‘Indefinite Solitary Confinement’
    BuzzFeed News: Chelsea Manning Faces Solitary Confinement

    RootsAction is promoting this petition in solidarity with Chelsea Manning and in cooperation with other groups supporting her. Together, we can and must gather a huge number of signers on this petition -- quickly.

    Please sign this petition now:

    Dear Boards Branch, Directorate of Inmate Administration:

    Putting any human being in indefinite solitary confinement is inexcusable, and for offenses as trivial as these (an expired tube of toothpaste, and possession of magazines?) it is a discredit to America's military and its system of justice. We demand that these charges against Chelsea Manning be dropped, and request that Chelsea's hearing on August 18th be made open to the public, to ensure she is treated fairly.
  • Put Congress on Notice to Support Diplomacy Not War With Iran

    A war can be avoided if Congress simply lets the agreement stand that has been reached between Iran and the United States and five other nations.

    Click below to send an email letting your two senators and your representative know how serious this is:

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  • Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other

    With a strong grassroots campaign for president, Senator Bernie Sanders is denouncing corporate power, economic inequality and “oligarchy.” Background:
    Bernie Sanders campaign website: “On the Issues”
    National Priorities Project: “Military Spending in the United States”
    Bernie Sanders: Speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

    But he’s saying very little about crucial issues of war, militarism and foreign policy.

    Martin Luther King Jr. explicitly and emphatically linked the issues of economic injustice at home with war abroad. Bernie Sanders should do the same.

    Adequate funds for programs of economic equity and social justice will require an end to what Dr. King called “the madness of militarism.”

    Overcoming militarism is just as vital as overcoming oligarchy. We won’t be able to do one without the other.

    Please sign this petition to Bernie Sanders:

    Senator Sanders, we are enthusiastic about your presidential campaign’s strong challenge to corporate power and oligarchy. We urge you to speak out about how they are intertwined with militarism and ongoing war. Martin Luther King Jr. denounced what he called “the madness of militarism,” and you should do the same. As you said in your speech to the SCLC, “Now is not the time for thinking small.” Unwillingness to challenge the madness of militarism is thinking small.
  • Arctic Drilling Is Insane

    Al Gore just said that President Obama's arctic drilling plan is "insane."

    With Shell about to start drilling, Gore called for a ban on all oil and gas activity in the polar region, saying:

    "I think the Deepwater Horizon spill was warning enough. The conditions are so hostile to human activity there. I think it’s a mistake to drill for oil in the Arctic. I think that ought to be banned."

    If you agree, sign this petition to Obama and the EPA:

    Arctic drilling is a terrible idea. Don't do it. Negotiate a global ban on drilling in the Arctic instead.
  • Bring down the killer flag... of poverty

    One way to address the legacy of slavery and racism that creates racial wealth disparity would be to acknowledge the worth of every human being by creating a basic income guarantee.

    Background: Remapping Debate: Guaranteed Income's Moment in the Sun

    A basic income guarantee -- advocated by individuals ranging from Thomas Paine and Martin Luther King Jr. to President Richard Nixon -- could eliminate poverty, reduce bureaucracy, reduce inequality, and reduce crime and desperation.

    Sign this petition to Congress and the President:

    Create a basic income guarantee for every American.

  • Tell Your Senators to Oppose TPP

    This is urgent! Improve the email below as you like and hit send to send it off to your two senators.

  • Tell Your Rep. What You Think of His/Her Vote on Fast Track

    On June 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed[1] fast track legislation that helps advance the possibility of the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership speeding through Congress.

    President Obama and Speaker Boehner used carrots and sticks to whip those votes. Three Republicans who'd voted against this corporate agenda the week before were thrown out of leadership positions.[2] Four Democrats who voted for corporate power had been given a ride in an airplane by Obama.[3]

    Still, 208 resisted, while 218 betrayed their responsibility to the public. Following is a note you can send to your representative. We've drafted it based on how they voted. You can improve on it as you like.

    After you hit "Submit," your Congress member may request that you choose a topic or provide other information. When you've completed that, you'll arrive at a page on which you can email your senators to oppose any measures facilitating the TPP.

  • Click below to email your representative and senators right now

  • Human Experimentation Requires Prosecution

    The Guardian has made public a CIA document allowing the agency's director to "approve, modify, or disapprove all proposals pertaining to human subject research."

    At Guantanamo, the CIA gave huge doses of the terror-inducing drug mefloquine to prisoners without their consent, as well as the supposed truth serum scopolamine.

    Background:
    Guardian: CIA torture appears to have broken spy agency rule
    Truthout: Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees
    Truthout: New Revelations Suggest DoD Cover-Up Over Detainee Drugging
    David Swanson: "We murdered some folks" in Guantanamo
    Talk Nation Radio: Joseph Hickman on Deadly Human Experimentation
    Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation
    War Is A Crime: Ongoing Torture

    Former Guantanamo guard Joseph Hickman has documented the CIA's torturing people, sometimes to death, and can find no explanation other than research.

    Click below to tell your representative and senators to demand prosecution of torture:




  • Make College Free

    The United States has the money to make college free, as some other nations do.

    Background:
    Bruce Levine: American Passivity, Anti-Authoritarianism
    Tomgram: Chris Hellman, $1.2 Trillion for National Security
    The Robin Hood Tax could emancipate American workers

    The U.S. is rolling in money.

    It's just not being used to provide the globally recognized human right of education.

    Click below to email Congress your view of the matter:

  • Tell U.S. and German Governments to End Mass Surveillance and End Killing by Drones

    Thanks to courageous whistleblowers, we have been learning about U.S. and German cooperation in mass surveillance and drone killings.



    As facts have come out, the chief governmental response has been retribution against the whistleblowers and media outlets, including the Associated Press.[1]

    But courts have finally begun to push back, striking down some of the illegal bulk data collection[2], and hearing a case challenging Germany's participation in drone wars.[3]

    A parliamentary inquiry[4] in Berlin is exposing a decade-long criminal collaboration by U.S. and German spy agencies, spying on other governments, even as the U.S. has spied on Germany as well. Germany is drastically reducing its cooperation with the NSA, pending investigation into the scandal.[5]

    Documents[6] have also emerged which show the satellite relay station at the U.S. military base in Ramstein, Germany serves as “the high-tech heart of America’s drone program,” facilitating Reaper and Predator strikes in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Africa. A lawsuit argues that it is illegal for the German government to allow the Ramstein base to be used for drone murders abroad, especially after the passage of a 2014 resolution in the European Parliament urging European nations to “oppose and ban the practice of extrajudicial targeted killings” and to “ensure that Member States, in conformity with their legal obligations, do not perpetrate unlawful targeted killings or facilitate such killings by other states.”

    Drone wars and mass surveillance have  been counterproductive for their announced goals as well as immoral and illegal.[7]

    Dank mutiger Hinweisgeber haben wir weitreichende Erkenntnisse erlangt über die Zusammenarbeit zwischen den USA und Deutschland bei der Massenüberwachung und bei der Praxis der Tötungen durch Drohnen.

    Im Zuge der bekanntgewordenen Fakten hat es sich gezeigt, dass die massgebliche staatliche Reaktion darauf in Vergeltungsaktionen gegen die Informanten und berichterstattenden Medien bestand, einschliesslich gegenüber der Presseagentur Associated Press.[1]

    Aber jetzt haben Gerichte endlich begonnen, gegenzusteuern[2], einschliesslich der Niederschlagung einiger Bereiche der illegalen Massendatenerfassung. Ausserdem ist ein Gerichtsverfahren gegen die Teilnahme Deutschlands an den Drohnenkriegen anhängig.[3]

    Eine parlamentarische Untersuchungkommission (NSAUA)[4] in Berlin bringt zur Zeit eine jahrzehntelange kriminelle Zusammenarbeit von us-amerikanischen und deutschen Geheimdienste zu Tage. Bekannt wurde das Ausspionieren von anderen Regierungen, sogar während die USA gleichzeitig Deutschland ausspähen. Deutschland will deshalb jetzt seine Zusammenarbeit mit der NSA drastisch reduzieren, bis zum Abschluss der Ermittlungen in dem Skandal.[5]

    Ausserdem sind Dokumente aufgetaucht[6], die aufzeigen, dass die Satelliten-Relaisstation auf der US-Militärbasis in Ramstein in Deutschland als "High-Tech-Zentrum für US-Drohnenprogramm" dient, und damit Drohnenschläge von „Reaper“ und „Predator“ Drohnen im Mittleren Osten, in Afghanistan und in Afrika erst ermöglicht. In einem anhängigen Gerichtsverfahren wird argumentiert es als gesetzwidrig zu erklären, dass die Bundesregierung damit die Luftwaffen-Basis in Ramstein für Drohnenmorde im Ausland nutzen lässt. Dies gilt insbesondere nach der Verabschiedung einer Resolution im Europäischen Parlament aus dem Jahr 2014, in der die europäischen Nationen aufgefordert werden, sich der Praxis der außergerichtlichen gezielten Tötungen zu "widersetzen und diese zu verbieten" und "sicherzustellen, dass die Mitgliedstaaten im Einklang mit ihren gesetzlichen Verpflichtungen handeln, keine rechtswidrigen gezielten Tötungen zu begehen oder solche Tötungen durch andere Staaten zu erleichtern."

    Drohnenkriege und Massenüberwachung haben sich als entgegen ihrer eigentlichen Zielsetzung als kontraproduktiv erwiesen und sind unmoralisch und illegal.[7]

    Click below to tell the U.S. and Germany: "End the mass surveillance of people in violation of our basic rights, and end the practice of blowing people up with missiles from drones."

    Klicken Sie hier, um gegenüber den USA und Deutschland folgender Forderung Ausdruck zu verleihen: "Beenden Sie die Massenüberwachung der Bevölkerung, weil dies in Verletzung unserer Grundrechte geschieht, und hören Sie auf damit, Menschen mit Drohnen zu ermorden."

  • Tell Senate to Discuss Military Spending Bill in Public

    The Senate Armed Services Committee is now considering whether to bring out from behind closed doors its discussion of a bill that puts over half a trillion dollars into war preparations. Please join RootsAction, POGO (Project on Government Oversight), and Rep. Hank Johnson in signing this petition which we will deliver to them:

    When Congress is deciding how to spend more than half a trillion dollars of the taxpayers' money, it needs to do so in public.

    It is deeply troubling that the Pentagon’s budget (the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA) that last year authorized $585 billion in spending—is drafted and voted on by the Senate Armed Services Committee almost entirely in secret.

    Last year, only one quarter of Senators had an opportunity to amend the NDAA—and they did so almost entirely behind closed doors. The bill—usually more than 1,000 pages long—is often then voted on with little or no chance for public debate and amendments by the full Senate.

    The public has a right to know how Congress is conducting the people’s business, particularly when so many taxpayer dollars and important wide-ranging policies are at stake. Unlike the Senate, the House Armed Services Committee conducts its work on the NDAA in the open and has done so for years. It’s time to bring the Senate NDAA into the light of day.

  • Tell SEC Chair Mary Jo White to stop the flood of dark money

    Corporations will keep buying attack ads that shape our elections, without voters or even shareholders knowing . . . unless Mary Jo White acts.

    Please click below to send a message to the SEC.

    Please edit the message at least slightly using your own words. (Perhaps add a thought on how you feel about elections being for sale to secret corporate buyers.)

  • Wonder why Big Brother likes "USA Freedom Act"


    The USA Freedom Act is not a way to legislate freedom from the U.S. surveillance state.

    The Surveillance State Repeal Act is.

    Background:
    The Intercept: Whistleblowers Back "Surveillance State Repeal Act"
    New York Times: Why the NSA Isn't Howling Over Restrictions
    Just Security: The Minimalist Surveillance Reforms of USA Freedom
    Emptywheel: Ten Goodies USA F-ReDux Gives the Intelligence Community

    The whistleblowers at right support passing the Surveillance State Repeal Act instead, to end the mass surveillance of U.S. citizens under the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act, restoring instead the use of the Fourth Amendment's requirement of a search warrant.

    The bill would also prevent the government from forcing companies to build flaws into their technology to allow government spying. And it would resist new abuses by making retaliation against whistleblowers a firing offense.

    Please click below to email your representative and senators:

  • Don't "develop" the Grand Canyon

    One of the most deservedly celebrated natural wonders in North America is also among the most endangered. Plans for uranium mining, a tourist tram line, and massive "development" threaten the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. Background:
    CommonDreams: Grand Canyon in the Crosshairs?
    National Geographic: Grand Canyon Development Plans

    A mining company, Energy Fuels Resources, is seeking to reopen a uranium mine; a proposed tramway would take tourists from new commercial sites to the canyon’s floor, and the nearby town of Tusayan, Ariz., is proposing 2,000 homes, 3 million square feet of commercial space, a spa, and a dude ranch.

    To the U.S. Forest Service:

    We urge you to reject Tusayan's application for a special use permit and to put a halt to any more "development" at the Grand Canyon.
  • Texans: take action for human rights in state prisons

    This month, a major study reported on one of the grim aspects of Texas prisons -- the "reckless indifference" of "extreme heat" that is sometimes deadly.

    Click below to email your members of the state legislature that you want the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to stop abusing the human rights of prisoners:

    Background:
    Human Rights Clinic:
    "
    Reckless Indifference: Extreme Heat in Texas Prisons" -- April 2015

  • Teaching Does NOT Go Better with Coke

    As strong supporters of teachers and teachers' unions, we are distressed that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is partnering with Coca-Cola.

    Four months ago, AFT members caused their union to begin a boycott of Coca-Cola over its reliance on child labor. But now the union leadership has caved.

    Background:
    Institute for Public Accuracy: AFT Teams with Coke
    AFT: Ending the Coca-Cola Boycott
    AFT: AFT and Coke Pledge to Work Together Against Child Labor
    CNN: Life Not Sweet for Philippines' Sugar Cane Child Workers
    Corporate Crime Reporter: AFT Ends Four Month Old Coca-Cola Boycott

    With terms of the agreement undisclosed, AFT ended the boycott -- and has begun a partnership to do things like "advocating for increased educational opportunities for children."

    "The most effective way for Coca-Cola to help end illegal child labor in places like the Philippines and El Salvador," said Ray Rogers,
    director of Corporate Campaign Inc., "is not through pointless additional studies, audits and meaningless rhetoric, but to pay sugar processors enough money to pay fair wages to sugar cane harvesters."

    The Coca-Cola company is also responsible in part for the epidemics of obesity and type-2 diabetes that afflict children in the United States and elsewhere

    To the American Federation of Teachers:

    Stop undermining teachers' moral authority and children's health. End your partnership with Coca-Cola
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  • Reinstate Teacher Whose Students Sent Get-Well Cards to Mumia

    A recent biased news frenzy led by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has targeted Marilyn Zuniga, a third-grade teacher in Forest Street Elementary School in Orange, NJ. As a result, she has been suspended for supporting her students' wishes to send get-well letters to the imprisoned and gravely ill Mumia Abu-Jamal, one of the most celebrated, black public intellectuals of our time. Background:
    Educators' Letter to Ronald Lee, Superintendent of Schools


    The press has failed to explain that Ms. Zuniga made student participation voluntary, that she in no way forced student compliance, and that the letter-writing was an extra project they were allowed to complete only after finishing regular assignments. Prior to this incident her mentor and principal had commended her for being a model teacher.

    In this time of growing public exposure of systemic police violence against African Americans and Latinos, we must challenge any attempt by the FOP to determine what is taught in classrooms across our nation.

    Stand with Marylin Zuniga, and in the long line of those who have stood up in solidarity with the unjustly imprisoned.
    Click below to send an email to Ronald Lee, Superintendent of Schools in Orange, NJ.

  • Stop the Medical Execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal by Neglect and Malpractice

    Mumia Abu-Jamal, 62, is serving life without parole despite having been subjected to extremely unfair legal processes and trial. He now faces the same vulnerability to premature death as do thousands of elderly in US prisons today:

    • Mumia reported in early 2015 a full-body outbreak of eczema, with blisters and bloody sores. Treatment by prison doctors produced a severe reaction. His skin ruptured.
    • Prison officials failed to properly diagnose Mumia’s growing health crisis.
    • On March 30, 2015, Mumia went into diabetic shock and fainted in the prison.
    • When hospitalized, he had a blood-sugar level just shy of the 800 figure that registers diabetic coma. His sodium was also a life-threatening 168. Throughout his stay he was shackled to his bed.
    • Two days after his hospitalization, he was transferred to the prison infirmary, despite his very bad condition. On April 1, Mumia’s family reported that he was shaking uncontrollably, had labored breathing, had lost an enormous amount of weight, and may now have kidney stones. Yet the prison has been feeding him dangerous foods like pasta, despite special prison diets available for those with medical needs.

    All this constitutes medical neglect and malpractice. Only a strong public response can save Mumia's life. Join the many voices of those calling for action now. You can call the Governor's office at 717-787-2500 and the Department of Corrections at 717-728-2573 or 717-728-4109. Click below to send an email to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections and Governor:

  • Make Voter Registration Automatic in Your State Too

    Every election season, thousands of volunteers toil endless hours on a task that need not exist at all: registering voters. And voters are denied the right to vote when told they are not registered.

    Oregon, California, West Virginia,  Vermont, Connecticut, Alaska, and D.C. have made voter registration automatic. Your state is 100% capable of easily taking the same step.


    Background:
    Oregonian: Arrival of Automatic Voter Registration
    Sacramento Bee
    : Automatic Voter Registration Sought in California
    The Nation: Oregon's Radical Innovation: Make Democracy Easy
    Thirty-Nine States Do Automatic Registration . . . for a Draft
    Connecticut to Automatically Register 400,000 Voters


    Thirty-nine states have automatic registration for a military draft.

    With automatic registration for voting -- an opt-out option instead of "jump through hoops to register," as required in many states -- nobody is required to vote or even be registered. Rather, a government that already knows who we are through motor vehicle and other departments simply allows us to vote. (And the DMV in many states requires stricter proof of identity and citizenship than does traditional registration; and traditional registration remains available.)

    As a result, more people vote and candidates have to win the votes of more people. Quite possibly more candidates gain traction.

    It becomes easier to place initiatives on the ballot by gathering the signatures of registered voters.

    Volunteers could set aside the endless work of voter registration and instead promote the policy positions they care about.

    Click to send an email to your state legislators and governor letting them know you want voter registration to be automatic:

  • Repeal the PATRIOT Act

    Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) have introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act (H.R.1466). This bill would end the mass surveillance of U.S. citizens under the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act, restoring instead the use of the Fourth Amendment's requirement of a warrant for any search.

    The bill would also prevent the government from forcing companies to build flaws into their technology to allow government spying. And it would resist new abuses by making retaliation against whistleblowers a firing offense.

  • Dear Senators, We don't want a war on Iran

    Forty-seven Republican senators sent a letter to Iran this week in an effort to derail diplomacy and put the United States on a path toward yet another war.

    Instead of asserting their authority to end existing wars, they claimed the power to undo any agreement reached between the U.S. and Iran. They pointed out that, while U.S. presidents serve no more than 8 years, senators can hold an "unlimited number of 6-year terms."

    Let your two senators know your view on war with Iran:

  • Let U.S. Patients Have Life-Saving Medicines from Cuba

    With the easing of U.S.-Cuba relations, the U.S. government now allows visitors to Cuba to bring back $400 worth of goods, including $100 worth of rum and cigars. They are not allowed to bring back medicines that could save lives.

    As part of its new opening toward Cuba, the U.S. State Department has proposed a list of goods Cubans in the private sector can export to the U.S. The list does not include medicines because medicines are developed by a Cuban government research center.

    Background:
    1. Connecticut Post: Better Relations with Cuba Might Help American Diabetics
    2. Miami Herald: Rep. Garcia's Push for Cuban Drug Trial Tests Support for Embargo


    Every 7 minutes in the United States someone loses a limb to diabetes. A medical treatment exists in Cuba.[1]

    Numerous other life-improving and life-saving Cuban medicines are denied to U.S. patients.

    Congress members and government officials in both big political parties are beginning to oppose this policy.[2]

    The regulation that needs to be changed is made by the Treasury Department.

    Please sign this petition to the Treasury Department and White House:

    Please allow Cuban medicines to be tested in the United States and, if approved, imported into the United States. Patients should not have to lose limbs or lives over an antiquated ideological struggle.

  • No More War Weapons for Police

    Last year Ferguson, Missouri, made the news. As attention fades, the Pentagon continues to unload war weapons on local police all over the U.S.

    But support in Congress to halt this madness is growing. Congressman Hank Johnson has just reintroduced his bill.

    (Not from the U.S.? Sign the petition!)
    Resources:
    U.S. General Services Administration: 1122 Program
    Missouri Department of Public Safety: DOD 1033
    War Resisters League: Facing Tear Gas
    Defending Dissent: The Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act
    John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization
    > Text of Rep. Johnson's Bill

    Tell Congress and the President: No More Weapons of War for Local Police:

  • No War With Iran

    Send a message to your legislators: No war with Iran. Give diplomacy a chance.

    Diplomacy with Iran is working, and there is strong evidence that a final deal is within reach.

    But some in Congress are pushing dangerous legislation that would pass new sanctions on Iran, which would blow up negotiations. It's a reckless approach that must be stopped immediately.

    Join RootsAction and Daily Kos by sending a message to your senators and members of Congress:

  • No New Authorization for the Use of Military Force

    The U.S. Congress is considering another "Authorization for the Use of Military Force" -- a broad approval for more war.

    This is the last thing we need. These wars are not making us safer but generating enemies. They are not surgical operations, but mass killings, as well as assaults on the natural environment and the public budget -- not to mention excuses for curtailing civil liberties.

    Please sign this statement for delivery to the media and Congress:

    We oppose any new authorization for the use of military force and call for the immediate repeal of the authorizations passed by Congress in 2001 and 2002.

    By taking action you agree that you may be contacted by one or more of the participating organizations. This petition is a joint project of: Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Iraq Veterans Against the War, KnowDrones.com, Military Families Speak Out, Peace Action, Peace Action Montgomery, RootsAction.org, United National Antiwar Coalition, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones, U.S. Labor Against the War, World Beyond War.

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  • Why keep Saudi funding of 9/11 secret?


    The U.S. government is continuing to protect Saudi oil gazillionaires by hiding information about their role in financing 9/11.

    Background:
    TheRealNews.com: Interview with former Senator Bob Graham
    New York Times: Moussaoui Calls Saudi Princes Patrons of Al Qaeda
    New York Times: Claims Against Saudis Cast Light on Secret Pages of 9/11 Report
    The Intercept: Saudi Arabia's Tyrant King Misremembered

    Click below to tell Congress and the President it's time to release 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission report on the Saudi role.

  • Tell U.S. Congress not to attend Netanyahu’s speech

    Join us in raising our voices to protest Prime Minister Netanyahu’s planned speech to the U.S. Congress, not because it’s a partisan snub, nor because the date is close to the Israeli elections, but because Netanyahu is going to Washington to undermine the U.S. strategy of diplomacy with Iran.

    Instead of letting diplomacy work, Netanyahu wants the U.S. to impose harsher sanctions on Iran, all but ensuring that talks collapse and increasing the risk of war.

    Please sign the petition:

    (And if you're from the U.S. you can also email Congress here.)

    We are outraged that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to speak before Congress. He does not speak about peace in good faith—illegal settlements and human rights violations against Palestinians have only increased under his leadership. Further, he will advocate for additional harsh sanctions on Iran that will undermine the diplomatic process and possibly lead to war. We call on all members of Congress to refuse to attend Netanyahu’s speech before Congress and to send the message that anyone who promotes war over peace is not welcome.
  • Tell Congress not to attend Netanyahu’s speech

    Join us in raising our voices to protest Netanyahu’s speech, not because it’s a partisan snub, nor because the date is close to the Israeli elections, but because Netanyahu is going to Washington to undermine the U.S. strategy of diplomacy with Iran.

    Instead of letting diplomacy work, Netanyahu wants the U.S. to impose harsher sanctions on Iran, all but ensuring that talks collapse and increasing the risk of war.

    Raise your voice now and tell Congress to boycott Netanyahu’s speech:

    (Not from the U.S.? Click here to sign the petition.
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  • Ban Fracking in North Carolina

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in North Carolina:


  • Ban Fracking in Wyoming

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Wyoming:


  • Ban Fracking in Wisconsin

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Wisconsin:


  • Ban Fracking in West Virginia

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in West Virginia:


  • Ban Fracking in Virginia

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Virginia:


  • Ban Fracking in Utah

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Utah:


  • Ban Fracking in Texas

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Texas:


  • Ban Fracking in Tennessee

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Tennessee:


  • Ban Fracking in South Dakota

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in South Dakota:


  • Ban Fracking in Pennsylvania

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Pennsylvania:


  • Ban Fracking in Oklahoma

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Oklahoma:


  • Ban Fracking in Ohio

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Ohio:


  • Ban Fracking in North Dakota

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in North Dakota:


  • Ban Fracking in New Mexico

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in New Mexico:


  • Ban Fracking in New Jersey

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in New Jersey:


  • Ban Fracking in Nebraska

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Nebraska:


  • Ban Fracking in Montana

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Montana:


  • Ban Fracking in Missouri

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Missouri:


  • Ban Fracking in Mississippi

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Mississippi:


  • Ban Fracking in Michigan

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking. Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    and join in this Michigan campaign for a ballot initiative and vote Yes to ban fracking!

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Michigan:


  • Ban Fracking in Maryland

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Maryland:


  • Ban Fracking in Louisiana

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Louisiana:


  • Ban Fracking in Kentucky

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Kentucky:


  • Ban Fracking in Kansas

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Kansas:


  • Ban Fracking in Iowa

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Iowa:


  • Ban Fracking in Indiana

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Indiana:


  • Ban Fracking in Illinois

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Illinois:


  • Ban Fracking in Georgia

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Georgia:


  • Ban Fracking in Florida

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Florida:


  • Ban Fracking in Colorado

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Colorado:


  • Ban Fracking in Arkansas

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Arkansas:


  • Ban Fracking in Alabama

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking.

    Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and California have banned fracking.

    You can also:

    Sign the global petition.

    Create a local petition.

    Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    Tell the Governor and your state legislators to ban fracking in Alabama:


  • We Can Ban Fracking Where We Live

    Governor Cuomo of New York has declared a statewide ban on fracking. Local citizen-led initiatives in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico*, and California have banned fracking. Communities across the United States and world are saying NO to this environmentally disastrous method of extracting fossil fuels from the land.

    You can also:

    Email your governor and state legislators.

    Create a local petition.

    Sign below:

    I support banning fracking everywhere.

  • Are Progressive Caucus Leaders Pushing Toward War?

    The entire 11-member leadership of the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus1 has voted in favor of a House resolution2 that calls for isolation of Russia, urges the shipment of military weapons to the Ukrainian government, and encourages the United States and NATO to step up preparations for military confrontation with Russia.3
     
    Missing from the Congressional resolution is the background of NATO expansion eastward to Russia's border in violation of the promise the United States made to Russia in 1989,4 as well as the U.S. support for a coup government in Ukraine and the attacks of that government's militias on ethnic Russians.
     
    H. Res 758 denounces Russia for purchasing weapons, arming dictatorships, and allegedly invading sovereign nations -- all actions in which the United States routinely engages.
     
    The resolution calls on President Obama "to provide the Government of Ukraine with lethal and non-lethal defense articles, services, and training," and demands that NATO prepare for war in defense of Ukraine as a NATO member. Ukraine is not a NATO member, but NATO is pushing hard for its inclusion.

    We reject House Resolution 758's step toward war, and encourage Congress members to base their policy toward Russia on facts and diplomacy.
  • Prosecute Torturers

    Since long before George W. Bush became president, torture or complicity in torture has been a felony under U.S. law, and the United States has been party to treaties requiring that it prosecute whenever there is sufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction.

    There is more than a reasonable prospect of conviction. But is there the will to prosecute? Can a nation that will not indict a police officer videotaped choking a man to death indict numerous officials who ordered acts of torture from air-conditioned offices?

    That's up to us. There was not the will to release the Senate report until we generated it. Please start by signing below:

    We call on President Obama to allow the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce our laws, and to immediately appoint a special prosecutor.

    As torture is a crime of universal jurisdiction, we call on any willing court system in the world to enforce our laws if our own courts will not do so.
  • Blowing the Whistle on Government Recklessness Is a Public Service, Not a Crime

    A federal indictment accuses former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling of giving classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen -- about a CIA operation that provided flawed nuclear weapon blueprints to Iran in 2000.

    The charges in that indictment are unproven, and a trial is set for January 2015. But no one disputes that Sterling told Senate Intelligence Committee staffers about that CIA action, which was dubbed Operation Merlin.


    As Risen documented in his book State of War, Operation Merlin was ill-conceived and dangerous.

    DropTheCharges.org

    Follow daily coverage of the trial at ExposeFacts.org.

    Background:

    >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "The Leaky CIA's Case Against Alleged Leaker"
    >>  Norman Solomon, Marcy Wheeler, The Nation: "The Government War Against Reporter James Risen"
    >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "The Government’s Single-Source Theory of Journalism"
    >>  Matt Apuzzo, The New York Times, "CIA Leaked Classified Information to Support Program"
    >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "A Tale of Two Alleged Iran Nuke Leakers"
    >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "Grassley Questions Why DOD IG Cannot Report on Leaks"

    In the name of countering nuclear proliferation, the CIA risked promoting it.

    The prosecution of Sterling smacks of selective prosecution. General James Cartwright, who reportedly leaked information on far more recent and sensitive counter-proliferation efforts against Iran, has not faced prosecution. And the Defense Department’s top officials cannot even be identified as leakers by that agency’s Inspector General reports, which apparently protected the former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta from scrutiny for leaking classified information about the raid on Osama bin Laden.

    Please sign this petition urging the U.S. Department of Justice to drop all charges against Jeffrey Sterling.

    To the Attorney General of the United States and President Obama:

    As a whistleblower, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling went through channels to inform staffers of the Senate Intelligence Committee about the ill-conceived and dangerous CIA action known as Operation Merlin. The current effort to prosecute Mr. Sterling, for allegedly providing information about Operation Merlin to journalist James Risen, comes 15 years after that CIA operation took place. This prosecution serves no valid purpose.

    Moreover, this is a case that smacks of selective prosecution. Top officials, including General James Cartwright and the former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, reportedly leaked classified information on far more recent and sensitive matters.

    We urge you to drop all charges against Mr. Sterling.

  • No Bushes or Clintons in 2016


    U.S. tradition opposes hereditary family rule. Yet seven presidential elections in a row (1980-2004) featured a Bush and/or a Clinton on a major party presidential ticket. And it may happen again. The Bushes and Clintons have presided over national decline — including the corporatization and militarization of our society, environmental destruction, middle-class decline, persistent poverty, eroding civil liberties, a racially-biased "drug war," corporate trade pacts, and ever-rising college costs. It’s time to break free of corporatist policies.

    A DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

    In the course of decades of national political decline presided over largely by two ruling families, it becomes necessary to declare our independence and seek new leadership and new direction. I therefore join with others in adding my name to this document – pledging to reject future domination of government by the Bushes and Clintons and by Bush/Clinton-like policies.

  • Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    Called "America's Serengeti" for its tremendous biodiversity, the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most pristine, vibrant, and untouched ecosystems in America. Unfortunately, this unparalleled 1.5-million-acre habitat has never received Wilderness protection, leaving it vulnerable to harmful oil and gas development. Please join RootsAction and the National Audubon Society in asking President Obama to recommend a Wilderness designation for the coastal plain to help protect this extraordinary place once and for all by signing below:

    Dear President Obama:

    On this 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I urge your Administration to recommend that the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be designated as Wilderness, and to pass that recommendation on to Congress, in order to help safeguard this unparalleled landscape on behalf of birds, other wildlife, and all Americans.

    The Arctic Refuge is a unique, intact ecosystem that supports an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. In the spring and summer, birds from all fifty states and six continents converge here to nest and forage. On the coastal plain--the heart of the Refuge--birds such as the American Golden-Plover and Tundra Swan return year after year to raise their chicks. One of the world's largest caribou herds travels 1,500 miles to give birth on these grounds, which are considered sacred by the native Gwich'in people. Polar bears, musk oxen, and wolves roam the tundra, and over 40 species of fish swim in its pristine lakes and rivers.

    The continual prospect of oil and gas drilling threatens to cause irreversible damage to the Refuge. Drilling would create a spider web of infrastructure that will eliminate and degrade habitat, lead to harmful cumulative impacts on birds and other wildlife, expand predation on birds, create a significant risk of a devastating oil spill, and contribute to climate change, which will only further harm the fragile tundra.

    The Arctic Refuge is a truly special place. I urge you to recommend a Wilderness designation for the coastal plain in order to help end these perpetual threats and to allow the Refuge to continue to be an irreplaceable sanctuary for wildlife.

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  • No to Republibama Government

    In ballot initiatives across the country people just voted for raising the minimum wage, banning fracking, funding schools, taxing millionaires and billionaires, legalizing marijuana, reducing prison sentences, providing paid sick leave, and imposing background checks on gun purchases.

    The White House and Republicans are talking up the NAFTA-on-steroids Trans-Pacific Partnership, an escalated war in Iraq and Syria, and the elimination of internet neutrality. The new Congress will be pushing for the tar sands pipeline that Obama has for years refused to stop. Obama's surveillance state will have a willing partner, as will his agenda of burying information on the crimes of his predecessor.


    We reject this agenda of war, environmental destruction, and media monopolies.

    We favor a higher minimum wage, a smaller military, smaller prisons, more investment in schools, and the progressive initiatives that passed on November 4th.

    We will be pressuring all elected officials to move in this wiser and more popular direction.
  • No to Silencing Prisoners' Speech

    Pennsylvania is setting a dangerous precedent that we all need to speak out against and put a quick stop to.

    For more information:
    Bring Mumia Home
    Free Mumia
    Text of the bill

    Sign below:

    We stand against the passage, in Pennsylvania, of the so-called "Revictimization Relief Act," which affords virtually unlimited discretion to District Attorneys and the state Attorney General to silence prisoner speech, by claiming that such speech causes victims' families "mental anguish." Politicians are claiming a power that if granted to them will be difficult if not impossible for citizens to check.

    In seeking to silence the legally protected speech of prisoners, the state also damages citizens' right and freedom to know -- in this case, to better understand an area of U.S. life physically removed from public scrutiny.

    This legislation emerged following the failure of the Fraternal Order of Police and its allies to stop prisoner and radio journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal from delivering an October 5, 2014, commencement address. This bill sacrifices the rights of all prisoners in Pennsylvania in order to silence Abu-Jamal -- an unethical deployment of collective punishment by those in power.

    Victim relief is not served by denying fundamental rights to those convicted, especially because prisoner freedom of speech is crucial for redressing wrongful convictions and the current crisis of harsh sentencing that is often disproportionate to alleged crimes. Our society is currently engaged in a full-scale debate on the problems of mass incarceration that could not have developed without prisoners' voices.

  • Tell U.S. to stop opposing UN resolutions on depleted uranium

    Please sign this petition:

  • Shareholders United: Ask Your State Legislature to Rein in Corporate Election Dollars

    Every corporation based in your state could be seriously restricted or even stopped in its spending on elections, including federal elections.
    Background:
    Jamie Raskin: A Shareholder Solution to Citizens United
    Public Citizen: Americans Condemn High Levels of Corporate Political Spending

    Urge your state legislators and governor to enact a Shareholders United act:

  • Congress sends weapons to Syria, shucks responsibility on wider war

    This website knows which way your Representative and Senators voted, so that you can easily send the appropriate emails just by clicking below.


    Passed by House and Senate on September 17 and 18:

    "The Secretary of Defense is authorized, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to provide assistance, including training, equipment, supplies, and sustainment, to appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition."
    Background:
    House Vote Roll Call
    Senate Vote Roll Call
    Text of H.J.Res.124 (See Sec. 149)
    Marjorie Cohn: Obama Declares Perpetual War
    David Swanson: Warning to War Supporters
    Josh Rogin: Syrian Rebels: We'll Use U.S. Weapons to Fight Assad
    Ryan Grim and Sam Stein: CIA Privately Skeptical
    Weapons Transfer Agreements to the Near East


    Said Congressman Jim McDermott, who voted No:

    "This amendment, which is valid only through early December, serves as nothing more than a faux authorization designed to get Congress through the election season.  Moreover, it addresses only one aspect of the strategy the President outlined last week.  That is not a responsible way to conduct public policy."

  • Cut the Military, Save the Climate


    A petition to the world's governments gathering at the United Nations to discuss climate on the International Day of Peace.

    Please sign below and add comments.

    Background:
    People's Climate March: Peace
    NYC Climate Convergence
    World Beyond War: War Threatens Our Environment

    The United Nations was established "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war" and is now addressing the scourge of climate change. We urge the adoption of an approach that addresses both together.

    Since the Kyoto accords of 1998, the U.S. military has been exempted from calculations of greenhouse gas emissions, despite the fact that it burns more oil than do most nations. Wars that consume huge amounts of fossil fuels are often motivated in large part by a desire to control and profit from much greater amounts. In the process, large areas of the earth are rendered uninhabitable by mines, toxins, and other war waste.

    There is $2 trillion a year, globally, that could be invested in a major effort to protect the climate, were it not being invested in war and preparations for war. The United Nations must make disarmament an environmental cause. A world that turned away from war would have the vision and the ability to address the danger of climate change on the scale required.

  • Sex, Guns, Cocaine on Governor's Desk

    The passage of good legislation is such a rarity, we cannot miss this opportunity. Good bills are sitting on Governor Jerry Brown's desk waiting for his signature.

    Background:
    The Sacramento Bee: Gov. Brown’s Decisions

    Please click here to join with RootsAction and Courage Campaign in urging the Governor to sign these four bills:

  • Local Police with War Weapons: End This Now!

    According to the U.S. General Services Administration, one of the programs that allows the Pentagon to give billions of dollars worth of free weapons of war to local U.S. police "offers Americans peace of mind.”

    Have images of a war zone in Ferguson, Missouri, boosted your peace of mind?
    Resources:
    U.S. General Services Administration: 1122 Program
    Missouri Department of Public Safety: DOD 1033
    War Resisters League: Facing Tear Gas
    Defending Dissent: The Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act
    John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization
    > Text of Rep. Johnson's Bill
    > Rep. Johnson's Dear Colleague Letter

    Tell the Pentagon, Congress, and the President: No More Weapons of War for Local Police:

    It’s time to halt the flow of war weaponry into our neighborhoods as well as into volatile areas abroad. As a first step we urge support for Congressman Hank Johnson's Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, which would prohibit the transfer to police of high caliber automatic weapons, armored vehicles, armed drones, aircraft, stun grenades, and silencers.

  • Arming the World as Never Before

    The U.S. military and weapons makers are "targeting the world market as never before."

    Background:
    DefenseNews.com: U.S. Doubles Down on Foreign Military Sales

    This comes on the heels of news that ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq & Syria) has seized piles of U.S.-made weaponry in Iraq.

    The United States already accounts for 79 percent of weapons sales to the Middle East according to the Congressional Research Service, and the majority of all foreign weapons sales around the world.

    Tell Congress and the President to end foreign weapons sales:

  • Tell Congress: Shame on You

    The U.S. Congress has condemned the inexcusable Hamas rocket attacks but refused to voice the slightest criticism of the Israeli government for dropping thousands of tons of bombs on people in Gaza.

    On July 11, the House passed -- by voice vote with no objections -- H Res 657, expressing "United States support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks."

    On July 17, also by voice vote without objection, the Senate passed the nearly identical S Res 498.

    Tell your representative and senators that they should be ashamed of themselves:

  • Let's give Wisconsin a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in Wisconsin for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the Wisconsin legislature:

  • Let's give Washington a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in Washington for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the Washington legislature:

  • Let's give Vermont a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in Vermont for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the Vermont legislature:

  • Let's give Oregon a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in Oregon for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the Oregon legislature:

  • Let's give New York a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in New York for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the New York legislature:

  • Let's give New Mexico a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in New Mexico for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the New Mexico legislature:

  • Let's give New Jersey a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in New Jersey for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the New Jersey legislature:

  • Let's give Nevada a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in Nevada for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the Nevada legislature:

  • Let's give Minnesota a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in Minnesota for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the Minnesota legislature:

  • Let's give Massachusetts a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in Massachusetts for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the Massachusetts legislature:

  • Let's give Maryland a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in Maryland for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the Maryland legislature:

  • Let's give Illinois a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in Illinois for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the Illinois legislature:

  • Let's give Connecticut a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in Connecticut for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the Connecticut legislature:

  • Let's give Colorado a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in Colorado for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the Colorado legislature:

  • Let's give California a $15 minimum wage

    Paying people a wage they can live on for their work is a matter of fairness. It also boosts the economy, strengthens communities and radically improves people's lives.

    Why should Seattle be the only place with a $15 minimum wage?

    Let's set an inspiring example in California for a higher minimum wage nationwide.

    Email the California legislature:

  • A half billion more for WHAT?
    President Obama has requested another half a billion dollars to arm and train "appropriately vetted" fighters in Syria to help them kill better. Background:
    New York Times:
    Obama Requests Money to Train "Appropriately Vetted" Syrian Rebels

    The violent rebellion in Syria, supported by the U.S. government and others, has spilled over into Iraq -- itself still reeling from U.S. destruction and the illegitimacy of a government imposed by foreign occupation.

    Click below to say No:

  • Overturn Citizens United. Save Democracy.

    The massive influx of money into our political system, made possible by rulings like the one in Citizens United v. FEC, has created an unprecedented crisis. We have seen an explosion of outside spending, as well as a glut of spending by tax-exempt "dark money" organizations that don't have to disclose their donors.
    Background:
    Open Secrets: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
    Demos: Election Spending 2012
    Reuters Poll: Most Americans Think Too Much Money in Politics
    Senator Udall’s resolution, S.J.Res. 19 with cosponsors list.

    The conflation of money with free speech has created a political environment wherein money routinely drowns out other voices. In the 2012 election cycle, just 132 donors giving at least $1 million each were responsible for 60.4% of all the money Super PACs raised.

    Today, three-quarters of Americans agree that money has become a corrupting influence over our political process. A Constitutional Amendment to fix the problem is gaining support in the U.S. Senate.  Please sign this petition:

    Money is not speech, corporations are not people, and our political system will not work if we don’t overturn Citizens United. We demand that the U.S. Senate pass this Constitutional Amendment (S.J.Res. 19) on behalf of democracy.

  • Big Step Toward Solving the Housing Crisis

    Former Congressman Mel Watt is the new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which underwrite mortgages for houses and apartment buildings.
    Background:
    Bloomberg Business Week: New Boss Could Reshape Mortgage Finance
    Andrew Jakabovics and John Griffith: Mel Watt's First Day
    Politico: Mel Watt Faces Tough Affordable Housing Question


    Bankers and their flunkies in Congress are still trying to blame affordable housing for Wall Street's self-induced collapse of six years ago. We need to let Mel Watt know how many of us support expanding affordable housing.

    Click below to send him this email:

  • War, War, War, Peace, and War --Obama

    President Obama included some nice rhetoric in his speech at West Point, along with some very frightening ideas. He wants two more years of war in Afghanistan plus $5 billion for warmaking in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Mali, and especially Syria.


    Background:
    New York Times:
    U.S. Troops to Leave Afghanistan by End of 2016

    Text of Obama's Speech Today at West Point
    Tim Shorrock: New Document Details Secret Mass of Contractors in Afghanistan
    Huffington Post: Womp! This Country Was Named Greatest Threat To World Peace

    Click below to send this email to the President and Congress. Feel free to add your own comments.

  • Close Police-Spy "Fusion" Centers that Violate Our Rights

    In at least 78 locations around the United States, the military, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, local police departments, private contractors, and commercial business interests have set up joint operations centers that routinely violate our rights by spying on nonviolent activists.

    Background:
    New York Times: Officials Cast Wide Net in Monitoring Occupy Protests
    Partnership for Civil Justice Fund: Out from the Shadows
    Defending Dissent: U.S. Army Illegally Infiltrated Anti-War Movement
    Democracy Now: Why Did FBI Monitor Occupy Houston, Then Hide Sniper Plot?
    DHS: Fusion Center Locations

    RootsAction and Defending Dissent Foundation believe it's time to close the fusion centers.

    Click below to send this email to Congress and the President. Add your own comments if you like:

  • Stop revolving door between Human Rights Watch and U.S. Gov't

    Why did Human Rights Watch select a former CIA official (Miguel D
    íaz) to sit on its advisory committee for eight years?

    Human Rights Watch characterizes itself as an "independent, international organization" -- and yet its staff, board of directors and advisory committees boast deep ties to the highest levels of the U.S. government.

    Background:
    Nobel Peace Laureates to HRW: Close Your Revolving Door to U.S. Government
    Keane Bhatt: The Hypocrisy of Human Rights Watch
    Chase Madar: Hawks for Humanity
    More Than 100 Latin America Experts Question HRW's Venezuela Report


    Before becoming HRW's Washington advocacy director, for example, Tom Malinowski served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton. Now he's President Obama's Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

    In 2009 he argued that "under limited circumstances" there was "a legitimate place" for CIA renditions -- the illegal practice of kidnapping and transferring terrorism suspects around the planet. In 2011 he wrote approvingly about Obama's unconstitutional NATO bombing campaign on Libya.

    Sign this petition that we will deliver to HRW:

    The credibility of a global human-rights organization depends on its independence. Human Rights Watch has done important, critical work, but it can do better. It should implement at least a five-year "cooling-off" period before and after its associates move between HRW and the U.S. government's foreign-policy divisions. Human Rights Watch associates should concentrate on protecting human rights. They should not have conflicts of interest with past or future careers in branches of the U.S. government that may themselves be involved in human-rights violations.

  • We Support James Risen Because We Support a Free Press


    The Justice Department is now considering whether to attempt to force New York Times reporter James Risen to testify against one of his alleged sources. If Risen refuses, as he has vowed to, he would likely face harsh fines or imprisonment.

    Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says: "The pursuit of Risen is a warning to potential sources that journalists cannot promise them confidentiality for disclosing Executive Branch criminality, recklessness, deception, unconstitutional policies or lying us into war."



    Background:
    Freedom of the Press Foundation: Court Guts Reporter’s Privilege
    Truthout: Conversation With James Risen
    Politico: Justice Department Urges SCOTUS to Pass Up Reporter’s Privilege Case
    Norman Solomon: An Escalating War on Journalism
    Letter to Holder from 46 News Organizations Re: Subpoena to James Risen
    Committee to Protect Journalists: U.S. Government Should Withdraw Subpoena

    Please join Ellsberg and sign below:

    To: President Obama and Attorney General Holder

    Your effort to compel
    New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his sources is an assault on freedom of the press. Without confidentiality, journalism would be reduced to official stories -- a situation antithetical to the First Amendment.
    We urge you in the strongest terms to halt all legal action against Mr. Risen and to safeguard the freedom of journalists to maintain the confidentiality of their sources.
  • Undo Institutional Racism

    Rarely do news media acknowledge that institutional racism is vast and terribly destructive in the United States.


    Add your name to this public statement:
    Background:
    LA Times: NBA Players, City Leaders Cheer Sanctions Against Donald Sterling
    Jesse Jackson: Sterling Embarrassing, But Real Threat Supreme Court, Congress
    IASP: The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth Gap
    Woodstock Institute: Racial Disparities in FHA/VA Lending
    Harvard Political Review: Drug Sentencing -- Inefficient, Unfair, and Racially Discriminatory

    While we denounce bigoted words and individual racism, we must also challenge the powerful institutions that re-enforce racism on a huge scale.

    Institutional racism is inherent in realities like these:

    *  Blacks and Latinos, on average, have one-sixth the wealth of whites in the United States, with all the accompanying disadvantages that are increasingly concentrated in increasingly segregated neighborhoods.

    *  Racial minorities don't use illegal drugs at higher rates than whites, but face much higher rates of arrest, conviction, and incarceration.

    *  People of color gain admission to college at lower rates, have less access to affordable loans, are under greater assault by predatory lenders, have less access to healthcare, and face higher barriers to voting.

    We must be committed to rooting out institutional racism.

  • Outrage: FCC Set to Kill Net Neutrality
    The FCC is now moving to end net neutrality.  Three months ago, Demand Progress and RootsAction joined with allied groups to deliver a petition with a million signatures to the FCC in support of net neutrality -- to keep the whole Internet available to everyone. The news just broke that the FCC intends to blow us off and betray the principle of equal access to the Internet. Background:
    New York Times: In Policy Shift, FCC Will Allow a Web Fast Lane
    CommonDreams: Brazil's 'Internet Bill of Rights' Victory for Web Freedom
    Washington Post: Net Neutrality Puts FCC at Center of Storm


    Tell Chairman Tom Wheeler and the rest of the FCC that we will not stand for this.

  • Urge Laborers' Union to End Support for Tar Sands Pipeline


    Please sign the following petition to the Laborers' International Union of North America:
    Background:
    The Hill: Union Threatens Retribution for House Dems Opposing Keystone
    Michael Mann: Approving Keystone XL Could Be the Biggest Mistake
    The Nation: Could Working on Keystone XL Give You Cancer, Asthma?
    Bill Shortell: Labor Unions Must Take on Conversion from War to Peace Economy

    We, the undersigned, call upon the Laborers' International Union of North America to pull back from supporting the Keystone Pipeline. We support the right to organize and hope to bring back the now-forsaken Employee Free Choice Act. We applaud your stand for immigrants' rights. We support your promotion of infrastructure spending, and we supported the efforts of unions in Connecticut who successfully created a state commission last year to advance conversion from military to peaceful industries.

    While we are in strong agreement with your union in the need to challenge the Democratic Party, we must take issue with your support of a project that will contribute dramatically to global warming. Your willingness to oppose elected officials who fail you demonstrates the independence that all organizations need.

    But there's a problem. You're demanding that Congress members support a tar sands pipeline that will exacerbate the climate crisis. While workers need the economic justice for which your union organizes, they also need a healthy environment for themselves and their children and grandchildren. We run the risk of pushing the climate of planet Earth over the edge and we need the support of your union in moving us away from the precipice.

    We are in unity with you on the need for jobs. In fact, we wish to join hands with LIUNA and other unions in a movement for green jobs. There is much that has to be done in this country that can contribute to a better and safer environment. The infrastructure needs to be rebuilt and new industries need to be introduced. We wish to be there with you in that struggle. But we need you to join with the millions who see the danger, if not potential catastrophe, inherent in tar sands pipelines.

  • Say No to Plastics Poisoning Us

    A new report in Mother Jones finds that even if plastic bottles and food containers were rid of a notoriously dangerous additive called BPA, they would in many cases remain unsafe -- putting people at risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and numerous other serious ailments.

    Estrogenic chemicals -- as dangerous as BPA and worse -- are used in plastics found in water bottles, baby bottles, and all kinds of food containers. The Environmental Protection Agency does not test or regulate these chemicals. Consumers have no way of knowing what's in a product by looking at it or by checking what type of plastic it is.

    This petition will be submitted to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Sign the petition:



    Background:
    Mother Jones: The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics
    Democracy Now: Are Any Plastics Safe?
    Living on Earth: BPA-Free Does Not Always Mean Safe

    We demand that the federal government serve its primary function of keeping us safe by ending the use of untested chemicals in our food and drink containers.
  • Hold the Hypocrisy!

    We'd like to be able to applaud the U.S. State Department for condemning the Egyptian government's decision to murder over 500 people, without having to choke on the fact that the U.S. government has been killing thousands of people with drones, many of them civilians -- not to mention giving massive supplies of weapons to the abusive Egyptian government that it is condemning.

    We'd love it if we could cheer for the U.S. government's denunciations of Russian belligerence in Ukraine, without the oppressive weight of the string of illegal U.S. wars stretching from Afghanistan through Iraq to Libya and the drone wars in Yemen and Pakistan, not to mention the NATO expansion and State Department interference in Ukraine that has escalated tensions.

    Join the anti-hypocrisy movement now.

    And if you know of examples of extreme hypocrisy, enter them below.

  • Police Power Out of Control

    The Senate rejected President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the civil rights division of the Justice Department.

    By linking Adegbile with the killing of a police officer, for which Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted three decades earlier, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) steamrolled over the constitutional right to counsel.

    The FOP demonized Abu-Jamal with inflammatory and racially-coded language like "thug" and "notorious cop-killer." In the end, seven Democratic senators from predominantly white states voted against Adegbile to avoid being associated with Abu-Jamal's case in the upcoming elections.

    The profuse evidence of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and the worldwide activism on behalf of Abu-Jamal have all made his case a global symbol of U.S. justice gone wrong.

    In 2000, Amnesty International found that the case "was irredeemably tainted by politics and race and failed to meet international fair trial standards."

    Send this letter to the district attorney of Philadelphia, the governor of Pennsylvania, the U.S. attorney general and the U.S. president:

  • Covering up torture must end. Now.

    The new uproar about CIA spying on the Senate intelligence committee could open a political door to challenging the surveillance state and perpetual war.

    The CIA spying on Senate staffers is indeed unacceptable. But so is spying on peace activists. So is mass surveillance. So is torture. So is holding prisoners without trial. So is killing people with drones. So is waging horrific and illegal wars.

    Background:
    Marcy Wheeler: White House Covering Up the Presidency’s Role in Torture
    McClatchy: White House Withholds Thousands of Documents
    Elizabeth Goitein:
    Obama Is Protecting Senior CIA Officials and Himself
    Norman Solomon: The Feinstein Syndrome
    Charles P. Pierce: Obama, the CIA, and the Limits of Conciliation
    WarIsACrime.org: Ongoing Torture

  • Move the Money Out of the Military


    Set aside for a moment whether the U.S. government has too much or too little money. It's spending the money it has destructively.

    Fifty-seven percent of discretionary spending going into the military is too much. Tell Congress and the president to move the money:

    Background:
    Mattea Kramer: Is the Pentagon Doomed -- To Be Flush Forever

    Partners:
      The Nation  Know Drones  WESPAC Foundation PJC-Sonoma


    U.S. military spending -- across several government departments -- is wildly out of control, amounting to roughly half of federal discretionary spending and half of global military spending. The sequester agreement makes a small reduction in military spending.

    We urge you to keep military spending to the sequester level or lower without allowing extra funds to be hidden in war budgets or anywhere else, to plan for further reductions, to create a commission to oversee the retraining and retooling required for a smooth transition from war industries to peaceful industries, and to invest the additional savings in human and environmental needs at home and abroad.
  • We're Overlooking a Top Cause of Death

    Alzheimer's is a leading cause of death but we don't adequately fund research of its causes or cures.

    Terrorism is not a leading cause of death but we massively fund militarism that increases it.
    Background:
    CNN: Alzheimer's toll may rank with cancer, heart disease
    USAgainstAlzheimer's
    IPA: Obama’s Nuclear Budget Unprecedented

    It's time for a different national defense:

  • Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall of Hypocrisy on International Law

    President Obama has denounced Russia for a “breach of international law” with its military intervention in the Crimea.

    The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear.
    The message from the White House is: Do as we say, not as we do.
    Background:
    Tribune:  European Parliament Condemns Drone Strikes
    Reprieve:  Investigation of Drones
    Robert Parry:  America’s Staggering Hypocrisy
    Katrina vanden Heuvel:  Ukraine Crisis Calls for Less Bluster
    Norman Solomon:  Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach?

    The U.S. government routinely violates international law with drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other countries. Human-rights groups like Reprieve have documented many of those violations in recent reports, and the European Parliament has just condemned the practice as illegal -- but the USA’s missile attacks continue.

    To urge a single standard of adherence to international law, please sign this petition:

    President Obama, your condemnation of Russia for a “breach of international law” rings hollow while your administration continues to violate international law with drone strikes and other missile attacks across borders. I urge you to end those U.S. violations of international law and move toward a new era of genuine adherence to international law.

  • Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall of Hypocrisy on International Law

    President Obama has denounced Russia for a “breach of international law” with its military intervention in the Crimea.

    The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear.
    The message from the White House is: Do as we say, not as we do.
    Background:
    Tribune:  European Parliament Condemns Drone Strikes
    Reprieve:  Investigation of Drones
    Robert Parry:  America’s Staggering Hypocrisy
    Katrina vanden Heuvel:  Ukraine Crisis Calls for Less Bluster
    Norman Solomon:  Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach?

    The U.S. government routinely violates international law with drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other countries. Human-rights groups like Reprieve have documented many of those violations in recent reports, and the European Parliament has just condemned the practice as illegal -- but the USA’s missile attacks continue.

    To urge a single standard of adherence to international law, please sign this petition:

    President Obama, your condemnation of Russia for a “breach of international law” rings hollow while your administration continues to violate international law with drone strikes and other missile attacks across borders. I urge you to end those U.S. violations of international law and move toward a new era of genuine adherence to international law.

  • Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall of Hypocrisy on International Law

    President Obama has denounced Russia for a “breach of international law” with its military intervention in the Crimea.
    The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The message from the White House is: Do as we say, not as we do.
    The U.S. government routinely violates international law with drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other countries. Human Rights groups like Reprieve and Alkarama have documented many of those violations in recent reports -- but the USA’s missile attacks continue.
    To urge a single standard of adherence to international law, please sign this petition:
    President Obama, your condemnation of Russia for a “breach of international law” rings hollow while your administration continues to violate international law with drone strikes and other missile attacks across borders. I urge you to end those U.S. violations of international law and move toward a new era of genuine adherence to international law.

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  • Cut NSA and CIA, raise Social Security

    As the president prepares a budget proposal and Congress prepares to reprise familiar debates, we have a proposal of our own.
    Background:
    The Hill: Lawmakers Want to See the "Black Budget"
    Los Angeles Times: The Price of Hunger
    New York Times: Price of Safe Water for All

    Urge the president and Congress to increase Social Security and cut the Shadow Budget:

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  • Bring affordable college idea to Maryland


    Long-term declines in state higher education funding and more recent severe budget cuts are pushing college out of reach for middle class and low-income students. Students and their families are forced to choose to either take on massive debt or shelve plans to attend college. 

    Background:
    Economic Opportunity Institute
    One-Page PDF on How it Works
    Katrina vanden Heuvel: An Oregon Trail to End Student Debt
    Maryland bills: House, and Senate.

    A new plan called "Pay It Forward" recently passed in Oregon, and has now been introduced in Maryland. Under Pay It Forward, students would attend college with no upfront tuition. Instead, students would contribute a small, fixed-percentage of their income -- about 3 or 4 percent -- for a set number of years after college -- between 10 and 25 depending on where they attend school. Contributions would be placed back into the state's education fund and enable the next class of students to receive the same education free from massive, life-crippling student loans.

    Leaders from across the country are considering action on Pay It Forward – and Maryland can set an example that will really help this trend catch fire.
    Email your state  legislators and let them know you support Pay It Forward and expanded funding for public higher education:

  • Amazon: Don't give customer info to the CIA

    Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the world. And the company has signed a $600 million contract to provide “cloud computing” services to the Central Intelligence Agency.

    “We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA,” Amazon says.
    Background:
    Bloomberg News: Amazon Wins Ruling for $600 Million CIA Cloud Contract
    Washington Post: What Jeff Bezos Has to Say About Amazon’s CIA Contract
    InformationWeek: Amazon Again Beats IBM for CIA Cloud Contract
    Norman Solomon: If Obama Orders CIA to Kill, Amazon Will Be Partner

    Amazon now averages 162 million unique visitors to its sites every month. The firm’s business model depends on accumulating and analyzing huge quantities of personal data. Meanwhile, the CIA depends on gathering and analyzing data to serve U.S. military interventions overseas.

    During the last dozen years, the CIA has conducted ongoing drone strikes and covert lethal missions in many countries. Meanwhile, U.S. agencies like the CIA and NSA have flattened many previous obstacles to Big Brother behavior.

    The circumstances are ominous. Amazon is now providing a huge computing cloud for the CIA’s secrets -- a digital place where data for mass surveillance and perpetual war are converging.

    Please sign the petition below to challenge the Amazon-CIA partnership.

  • Is the President Allowed to Kill Anyone He Wants?

    Take a moment to tell the current president that he and any presidents who come after him are not allowed to kill anyone they want.

    Background:
    Associated Press: U.S. Suspect Possibly Targeted for Drone Attack
    LA Times: Obama Administration Mulls Lethal Strike on American in Pakistan
    Independent: Pakistani Court Declares U.S. Drone Strikes Illegal

  • Mr. President, Mr. Attorney General: Hands Off Edward Snowden!

    The U.S. government should make an ironclad commitment to fully respect Edward Snowden's legal rights to seek political asylum, and to not engage in abduction or other foul play.
    Background:
    Reuters: U.S. Revokes Snowden's Passport
    Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Washington Post: NSA Collects Millions of Address Books
    Ray McGovern: Snowden Accepts Whistleblower Award

    Your name can go on this petition right now:

  • New Push for Single Payer Healthcare for All

    The cause of universal healthcare is alive and well. Not only is the state of Vermont moving toward a single-payer system, but Vermont's U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill and is holding a hearing this week on the benefits other countries enjoy from a single-payer system that would benefit everyone except the profiteering middlemen who've rigged the current system.

    Ask your senators to cosponsor and support:

  • The Day We Fight Back

    This Tuesday, February 11th is The Day We Fight Back (against mass surveillance), and we need your help.

    We understand the United States to be a democracy, founded upon a Constitution that affords us critical rights, and governed by the rule of law.

    Yet for years, the NSA has exploited secret legal interpretations to undermine our privacy rights -- thus chilling speech and activism, and thereby threatening to subvert the very underpinnings of our democracy itself.

    This Tuesday, February 11th, dozens of major websites and organizations are joining together to demand an end to mass surveillance.  We're calling it, simply, The Day We Fight Back, and we need your help to make it as powerful as possible.

    On Tuesday, February 11th, we are mobilizing thousands to call on Congress to:

        Pass the USA FREEDOM Act which would end the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, and institute other key reforms.
        Defeat the so-called FISA Improvements Act, which would entrench -- and potentially expand -- the spying.
        Create additional privacy protections for non-Americans.
        End to the NSA's subversion of encryption and other data security measures.

    Click here to visit TheDayWeFightBack.org and learn more.  While you're there, please use the social media tools there to spread word, and if you have a website, please install the banner code to make it appear on your site on Feb. 11th.

  • Earth's Future in the Friday News Dump

    It's classic. Wait till late on a Friday to announce a reprehensible decision in hopes of minimizing the uproar in response. But the extreme climate crisis doesn't take weekends off. And neither do we.
    Background:
    U.S. State Department: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
    Michael Mann: Approving Keystone XL Could Be the Biggest Mistake
    New York Times: Report Opens Way to Approval for Keystone Pipeline

    A State Department report has just declared that the environmental impact of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would be acceptable. This clears a path for Secretary of State John Kerry to give his approval to the pipeline.

    Tell Kerry and President Obama we will not stand for this project moving forward:

  • Honor Pete Seeger, Stop Fracking
    "It was very ironic that the day we were honoring Pete Seeger — a hero of peace and the environment — President Obama would double down on fracking claims. Seeger has been one of our champions in the fight against fracking in New York State, coming to many of our recent Albany rallies."
    — Maura Stephens, Coalition to Protect New York

    Background:
    Emily Schwartz Greco: Fracking Is a Bridge to Nowhere.
    Barack Obama: The State of the Union
    FrackBusters NY

    Send this message to President Obama and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo:

  • Tell Your Representative in the Washington Legislature: Support the Fourth Amendment Protection Act

    A bill with bipartisan support in the Washington State legislature would block all state support for NSA activities that violate the Fourth Amendment. This could include cutting off electricity and water to the NSA's surveillance center at Yakima from which the NSA spies on our phones and emails without any warrant or probable cause.

    Background:
    RootsAction: Cut Off the NSA's Juice
    OffNow
    AP: NSA Listening Post in Yakima Is Secret No More

    Phone and email your representatives:

  • Tell Your Representative in the Washington Legislature: Support the Fourth Amendment Protection Act

    A bill with bipartisan support in the Washington State legislature would block all state support for NSA activities that violate the Fourth Amendment. This could include cutting off electricity and water to the NSA's surveillance center at Yakima from which the NSA spies on our phones and emails without any warrant or probable cause.

    Background:
    RootsAction: Cut Off the NSA's Juice
    OffNow
    AP: NSA Listening Post in Yakima Is Secret No More

    Phone and email your representatives:

  • [BILL TEST] No corporate welfare for weapons maker in Maine

    Bath Iron Works (BIW), which is owned by the $31 billion aerospace and military conglomerate General Dynamics Corporation, is requesting a $250,000 a year tax break for the next 25 years from the City of Bath, Maine.

    Everyone in Maine should email the Bath City Council to reject this request:
    Background:
    Organizing Notes: Door-to-Door in Bath
    Portland Press Herald: Group Fights Tax Break for BIW
    Times Record: So Far BIW Doing Better Than City
    Bangor Daily News: Rally Against Tax Break for BIW


  • [BILL TEST] Tell Karzai to Keep Saying No to 10 More Years

    Like the Iraqi government before him, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is refusing to agree to an ongoing occupation with U.S. forces immune from prosecution for crimes.  Before signing off on an ongoing military presence, Karzai says he would like the U.S. to stop killing civilians and stop kicking in people's doors at night.  He'd like the U.S. to engage in peace negotiations.  He'd like Afghan prisoners freed from Guantanamo.  (Of the 17 still there, 4 have long since been cleared for release but not released; none has been convicted of any crime.) And he says he'd like the U.S. not to sabotage the April 2014 Afghan elections. 

    While these seem like reasonable demands, under no condition should Karzai agree to an ongoing occupation. Let him know that we support that stand:

  • [BILL TEST] Open CIA Files on Mandela
    For decades, serious journalistic accounts have reported that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency played a key role in Nelson Mandela's capture in 1962, leading to his 27 years behind bars. Background:
    FAIR (12/10/2013): CIA and Mandela: Can the Story Be Told Now?
    Newsweek (12/5/2013): The Day Mandela Was Arrested, With Help From the CIA
    Cox News Service (6/10/1990): Ex-official: CIA Helped Jail Mandela

    If the United States played a role in jailing one of the most famous political prisoners in world history, shouldn't the public be told the truth?

  • [BILL TEST] Help shut off NSA's electricity

    A bill with bipartisan support in the Washington State legislature would block all state support for NSA activities that violate the Fourth Amendment. This could include cutting off electricity and water to the NSA's surveillance center at Yakima from which the NSA spies on our phones and emails without any warrant or probable cause.
    Background:
    Tenth Amendment Center:
    Bill Proposes Criminalizing Help to NSA


    Associated Press:
    NSA Listening Post in Yakima Is Secret No More

    Let the bill's sponsors know they have supporters all over the country and beyond:

  • Help shut off NSA's electricity

    A bill with bipartisan support in the Washington State legislature would block all state support for NSA activities that violate the Fourth Amendment. This could include cutting off electricity and water to the NSA's surveillance center at Yakima from which the NSA spies on our phones and emails without any warrant or probable cause.

    Background:
    RootsAction: Cut Off the NSA's Juice
    OffNow
    AP: NSA Listening Post in Yakima Is Secret No More

    Let the bill's sponsors know they have supporters all over the country and beyond:

  • People Who Brought Us Iraq War Want a New War
    If you liked the Iraq war you're going to love the Iran war! Claiming that yet more damaging sanctions are needed to bring Iran to the negotiating table, familiar faces from wars past are sabotaging an agreement already negotiated with Iran. Background:
    Stephen Kinzer: Invading Iraq Was Dumb Enough
    National Iranian American Council on S. 1881
    Berim -- Helping Iranians Change Iran

    Let's stop this madness right now:

  • Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!
    A federal appeals court has sided with Verizon and against you, against us, against the Internet.

    If this ruling stands, the Internet as we know it will die.

    Background:
    Wall Street Journal:
    Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

    TechCrunch: Circuit Court Of Appeals Strikes Down FCC’s Open Internet Order

    Forget free and open access. Picture a system like cable TV with corporations charging for different levels of access, and blocking access to information they don't favor!

    The Internet is our tool for circumventing the corporate media, for reaching each other with a bit of truth and accuracy, for organizing each other into collective action. We cannot let this one go.

    Sign this petition to the FCC, Congress, and the White House now!

  • Stop arming the Iraqi government’s assault on Fallujah!

    Over 100 civilians have been killed in recent fighting in Fallujah, as the Iraqi government shells the city with American-bought weapons. The Iraqi Ministry of the Interior claims that al Qaeda has taken over the city and that a heavy-handed military response is needed to take the city back from terrorists.
    But many residents of Fallujah insist that tribal militias control Fallujah and that al Qaeda forces play only a marginal role in the fighting.
    Background
    Le Monde Diplomatique: Violence and Power Struggles
    OrientXXI: Is al Qaeda in Control of Fallujah? (French)
    The Guardian: Victims of Fallujah's Health Crisis Stifled by Silence
    Democracy Now: As U.S. Rushes Weapons to Iraq, New Assault
    The Justice for Fallujah Project

    The violence began when the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al Maliki, forced a year-old, nonviolent protest camp in Fallujah to disperse. The Iraqi government has since bombed Fallujah with American-bought Hellfire Missiles, a weapon system that is believed to contain uranium and could cause indiscriminate public health effects.

    Tell President Obama and Congress to stop selling weapons to the Iraqi government:

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  • Please write to Judge Thapar to encourage leniency for the Oak Ridge 3, nonviolent protesters of nuclear weapons


    On February 18, 2014, three nonviolent protesters against nuclear weapons, Sr. Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Gregory Boertje-Obed, are scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Tennessee, for the supposed crime of sabotage.

    Background:
    Washington Post: The Prophets of Oak Ridge
    Daily News: Elderly Nun, 2 Other Protestors Found Guilty of Sabotage
    Transform Now Plowshares
    National Catholic Reporter: Trial Ends With Unusual Sentence

    In a separate case in Kansas City, nuclear protesters were recently sentenced to write explanations of their concerns to be included in the court records. That seems far more appropriate than prison for people upholding the law and morality.

    Please sign this petition that we'll be delivering to the judge:

  • New Year's Resolution for Obama: Stop Coddling Big Tobacco

    President Obama’s negotiator in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks has done Big Tobacco a very big and very deadly favor. The U.S. had previously advocated for barring tobacco corporations from challenging tough national laws on cigarettes.

    Background:
    U.S. Trade Representative: New Proposal on Tobacco Regulation in the TPP
    Julia Gillard: Tobacco's Ugly Truth Must Be Uncovered
    Wall Street Journal: Obama Administration Retreats on Tobacco Proposal
    Sacramento Bee: Obama Missed a Chance to Stem Tobacco's Spread

    Now the U.S. position is that Big Tobacco should be allowed to bring such challenges, appealing to a tribunal of corporate lawyers to overturn the laws of national legislatures.

    Tell President Obama and Congress to reverse course in the new year:

  • Google buys military robots
    The robot hounds in Farenheit 451 were fiction. Google's are real. The search-engine company has just picked up major U.S. military contracts by purchasing Boston Dynamics, a Pentagon-funded company that creates robots for war. Background:
    Guardian: What is Boston Dynamics and Why Does Google Want Robots?
    Motley Fool: Google Buys Boston Dynamics; Further Reveals Plans Beyond Search


    Let Google know you'll be doing your web searching somewhere else until it gets out of the business of profiteering from war:

  • Washington Post: Readers Deserve Full Disclosure in Coverage of CIA
    The Washington Post should be honest with readers about a big conflict of interest: The newspaper's new owner Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon -- which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA.

    The Post often does reporting on CIA activities. The coverage should include full disclosure that the owner of the Washington Post is also the main owner of Amazon -- and Amazon is now gaining huge profits directly from the CIA.
    Background:
     Bloomberg News: Amazon Wins Ruling for $600 Million CIA Cloud Contract
    Information Week: Amazon Wins Best Cloud in CIA Bake-Off
    Washington Post: What Jeff Bezos Has to Say About Amazon’s CIA Contracts
    InformationWeek: Amazon Again Beats IBM for CIA Cloud Contract
    FAIR: Amazon, WikiLeaks, the Washington Post and the CIA


    RootsAction co-founder Norman Solomon delivering the first batch of petitions -- signed by 30,000 people -- at the Washington Post headquarters in January 2014:

    Tell the Washington Post that readers of its articles on the CIA have a right to know that the Post’s owner is in business with the CIA.

    Please sign this petition to the Washington Post:

  • Open CIA Files on Mandela
    For decades, serious journalistic accounts have reported that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency played a key role in Nelson Mandela's capture in 1962, leading to his 27 years behind bars. Background:
    FAIR (12/10/2013): CIA and Mandela: Can the Story Be Told Now?
    Newsweek (12/5/2013): The Day Mandela Was Arrested, With Help From the CIA
    Cox News Service (6/10/1990): Ex-official: CIA Helped Jail Mandela

    If the United States played a role in jailing one of the most famous political prisoners in world history, shouldn't the public be told the truth?

  • Tell Karzai to Keep Saying No to 10 More Years

    Like the Iraqi government before him, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is refusing to agree to an ongoing occupation with U.S. forces immune from prosecution for crimes.  Before signing off on an ongoing military presence, Karzai says he would like the U.S. to stop killing civilians and stop kicking in people's doors at night.  He'd like the U.S. to engage in peace negotiations.  He'd like Afghan prisoners freed from Guantanamo.  (Of the 17 still there, 4 have long since been cleared for release but not released; none has been convicted of any crime.) And he says he'd like the U.S. not to sabotage the April 2014 Afghan elections. 

    While these seem like reasonable demands, under no condition should Karzai agree to an ongoing occupation. Let him know that we support that stand:

  • More to go hungry if Stabenow deal not stopped
    Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) is reportedly working out a deal to slash food stamps (SNAP) by another $8 billion.

    Contrary to popular myth, charity giving will not fill the void. Less than 5 percent of food assistance in the U.S. comes from charity. Federal nutrition programs provide 23 times more food assistance.
    Background:
    The Nation: Stabenow Agrees to $8 Billion More in SNAP Cuts
    St Louis Post-Dispatch: Hunger Cannot Be Solved by Charity Alone

    If the Stabenow deal is not stopped, many men, women, and children will go hungry.

    Tell Senator Stabenow to adjust her priorities:

  • Switzerland Shows U.S. How to Handle CEOs

    The Swiss are voting on limiting executive pay to no more than 12 times the lowest salary in the company, and on creating  a guaranteed basic income of $2,800 per month for every adult.  That's about $16 per hour for a full-time worker, but it's guaranteed even for those who can't find work.

    Background:
    New York Times: Swiss Voters Severely Limit Executive Compensation
    Reuters: Swiss to Vote on 2,500 Franc Basic Income for Every Adult
    Huffington Post: Minimum Wage Would Be $21.72 If It Kept Pace
    CounterPunch: Basic Income Guarantee Versus the Corporate Media

    You know what country can afford such a measure even more easily, given its vast supplies of wealth? The United States of America. Tell Congress and the President now!

  • Iran war promoters want your silence

    Some powerful forces are eager for talks with Iran to collapse -- so the U.S. military will attack Iran. If peace is not pursued, momentum will build toward war.

    The United States has been at similar crossroads before. With horrific results, U.S. leaders bypassed alternatives and pursued war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

    There’s got to be a better way.
    Background:
    Robert Parry:
    The Saudi-Israeli Tag Team
    Tom H. Hastings and Erin E. Niemela: Peace Options on Iran
     Associated Press: Bush Rejects Taliban Bin Laden Offer
    Washington Post: Report Says Hussein Was Open To Exile Before 2003 Invasion
    BBC: Gaddafi Government Accepts Truce Plan, Says Zuma
    Washington Post: Senior Senators Signal Concern With Current Iran Talks

    Click below to tell the State Department, Congress and the President: we've had enough wars, and we want peace with Iran.

  • Stop Feinstein's phony bill and NSA abuses
    Congress now faces a stark choice on the NSA and civil liberties.

    A bill sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein -- the FISA Improvements Act -- would make matters worse. As ACLU legislative counsel Michelle Richardson puts it, the Feinstein bill "would entrench the current spying programs" of the NSA. "For the first time in history, Congress would explicitly and intentionally authorize dragnet domestic spying programs targeting every day Americans."
    Background:
    Los Angeles Times editorial:  NSA's metadata program: End it, don't mend it
    Michelle Richardson, ACLU: Feinstein's NSA bill shows she doesn't have a clue about intelligence reform
    Trevor Timm, Electronic Frontier Foundation: Sen. Dianne Feinstein's New NSA Bill Will Codify and Extend Mass Surveillance of Americans
    Marcy Wheeler, EmptyWheel.net: Leahy-Sensenbrenner Would Shut the Section 702 Cybersecurity Loophole

    In sharp contrast, a bill sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner -- the USA FREEDOM Act – would take major strides toward ending NSA abuses.

    Please take action now to let your senators and representative in Congress know that you want them to oppose the Feinstein bill -- and support the Leahy-Sensenbrenner bill while pushing to make it stronger.

  • Climate Justice Now
    The Philippines emits 0.9 metric tons of carbon per capita. The United States emits 17.6. But the people of the Philippines are now enduring the terrible results of the strongest storm ever measured. Evidence shows that climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of tropical storms.

    The Philippines' climate chief Naderev "Yeb" Saño is engaged in a hunger strike at the climate talks now underway in Warsaw, Poland. He's protesting the refusal of the United States and other polluting nations to take serious action.
    Background:
    Scientific American: Did Climate Change Cause Typhoon Haiyan?
    Guardian: Is Climate Change to Blame for Typhoon Haiyan?
    Nation: Yes, Typhoon Haiyan Was Caused by Climate Change
    Democracy Now: Stop This Madness
    TheRealNews: Filipino Delegate Goes on Hunger Strike
    CommonDreams: This Polluter Won't Pay

    Tell the U.S. government to listen:

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  • [Bill TEST] No corporate welfare for weapons maker in Maine

    Bath Iron Works (BIW), which is owned by the $31 billion aerospace and military conglomerate General Dynamics Corporation, is requesting a $250,000 a year tax break for the next 25 years from the City of Bath, Maine.

    Everyone in Maine should email the Bath City Council to reject this request:
    Background:
    Organizing Notes: Door-to-Door in Bath
    Portland Press Herald: Group Fights Tax Break for BIW
    Times Record: So Far BIW Doing Better Than City
    Bangor Daily News: Rally Against Tax Break for BIW


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  • No corporate welfare for weapons maker in Maine

    Bath Iron Works (BIW), which is owned by the $31 billion aerospace and military conglomerate General Dynamics Corporation, is requesting a $250,000 a year tax break for the next 25 years from the City of Bath, Maine.

    Everyone in Maine should email the Bath City Council to reject this request:
    Background:
    Organizing Notes: Door-to-Door in Bath
    Portland Press Herald: Group Fights Tax Break for BIW
    Times Record: So Far BIW Doing Better Than City
    Bangor Daily News: Rally Against Tax Break for BIW


  • Texas Fracker Invades Canada

    A Texas fracking company called Southwestern Energy is searching for gas to extract from the land of indigenous communities in eastern Canada.

    The people are nonviolently resisting. In fact Native, Acadian, and Anglo communities are uniting in the common defense of their land and water.
    Background:
    CommonDreams: Protests Sweep Canada Following Paramilitary Assault
    Mi'Kmaq Blockade


    But Canada's militarized police are using teargas and dogs to defend the rights of a Texas corporation.

    Let's flood Southwestern Energy and the Canadian government with emails:

  • Student Privacy: Protect Our Children and Their Families

    Did you know that the No Child Left Behind Act requires every child's high school to divulge his or her personal information to military recruiters, without parents' consent?

    The Student Privacy and Protection Act will change this military recruitment from an “opt-out” to an “opt-in” program.

    Recruiting efforts should honor the privacy rights of our children and their families.

    Email your Representative, Senators, and President now:

  • Let's Prevent Poisoning of Kids in Baltimore

    Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley wants to stick a giant incinerator into a poor neighborhood in Baltimore.  This monstrosity, called the Energy Answers Incinerator, would be the largest trash-burning incinerator in the nation, consuming 4,000 tons of trash a day including plastic, rubber, vinyl, metal, and household waste. 

    In violation of state law this worse-than-a-major-coal-plant pollution machine would be situated less than a mile from Benjamin Franklin High School and Curtis Bay Elementary School. The incinerator would flood the air with mercury, nitric oxide, lead, dioxins, and particulate matter, producing cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and respiratory problems.

    The neighborhood to be victimized, Curtis Bay, already has the highest toxic air pollution in Maryland and among the worst in the nation.

    Please contact Governor O’Malley and your state legislators now:

  • CNN's Pro-Nuke Propaganda

    The Nation: Pandora's Myths vs. Facts
    FAIR: CNN Doubles Down on Pro-Nuclear Bias

           

    CNN is airing the pro-nuclear power documentary Pandora's Promise.

    The film tells one side of the nuclear debate, profiling a few people who were once critical of the nuclear industry and are now boosters.

    Tell CNN to do better:

  • What Do They Do to Whistleblowers Who Are Already in Prison?

    Kevin "Rashid" Johnson has been blowing the whistle on abuse and torture in U.S. prisons. These actions would take courage even if Rashid were a guard, but Rashid is a prisoner. Background:
    Truthout: Odyssey of a Prisoner-Advocate, From Virginia to Texas
    CommonDreams: On Soul-Killing Solitary
    Kevin "Rashid" Johnson: Audio essay "We Are All Doing Time"

    Rashid has been documenting widespread and routine food deprivation, sleep deprivation, physical torture, denial of medical care, extended solitary confinement, death threats, the instigation of racial divisions, unsanitary conditions, destruction of property, interference with letters, denial of legal rights, and retribution against those who expose, protest, or organize.

    It's up to us to hear the cries of one prisoner speaking for many others, and to raise our voices with theirs for basic human rights.

    Email the Virginia and Texas prison authorities:

  • Take action for Syria: humanitarian aid

    We stopped the missiles, but we haven't stopped the guns flowing into Syria from the U.S. government under the label of "military aid."

    And we haven't sent humanitarian aid at nearly the levels required. More people are at risk of death and suffering because of this aid failure than were likely to be killed by the missiles.
    Background:
    Doctors Without Borders: Where's the Urgency Over Humanitarian Aid to Syria?
    Truthout: Syria: From Refugees to Asylum Seekers
    Polling Results on Syria

    Email Congress, the President, and the United Nations now:

  • McPay Your McWorkers McNow

    McDonald's can afford to pay its employees a living wage. Instead it's gobbling up oversized profits -- $5.46 billion last year.

    Let's supersize McDonald's executives email in-boxes:

  • Texas Fracker Invades Canada

    A Texas fracking company called Southwestern Energy is searching for gas to extract from the land of indigenous communities in eastern Canada.

    The people are nonviolently resisting. In fact Native, Acadian, and Anglo communities are uniting in the common defense of their land and water.
    Background:
    CommonDreams: Protests Sweep Canada Following Paramilitary Assault
    Mi'Kmaq Blockade


    But Canada's militarized police are using teargas and dogs to defend the rights of a Texas corporation.

    Let's flood Southwestern Energy and the Canadian government with emails:

  • Arming the World for Peace?

    The Obama administration has just taken action to seriously loosen restrictions on the sale of weapons abroad.

    Already, the United States dominates world weapons sales, accounting for 78% of such sales in 2011. Russia is in second place with 5.6%.

    Tell the White House and Congress to end foreign weapons sales, not expand them:
    Background:
    Congressional Research Service: Conventional Arms Transfers, 2004-2011
    Stars and Stripes: In Big Win for War Industry, Obama Rolls Back Limits on Arms
    William Hartung: The Economic Illogic of the Obama Administration's Reforms
    Democracy Now: U.S. Eases Rules on Exporting Military Technology
    Democracy Now: U.S. Weapons and Arms Parts Continued to Flow to Egypt


  • Switzerland Shows U.S. How to Handle CEOs

    The Swiss are voting on limiting executive pay to no more than 12 times the lowest salary in the company, and on creating  a guaranteed basic income of $2,800 per month for every adult.  That's about $16 per hour for a full-time worker, but it's guaranteed even for those who can't find work.

    Background:
    New York Times: Swiss Voters Severely Limit Executive Compensation
    Reuters: Swiss to Vote on 2,500 Franc Basic Income for Every Adult
    Huffington Post: Minimum Wage Would Be $21.72 If It Kept Pace
    CounterPunch: Basic Income Guarantee Versus the Corporate Media

    You know what country can afford such a measure even more easily, given its vast supplies of wealth? The United States of America. Tell Congress and the President now!

  • Secretary of State Kerry: Reinstate Edward Snowden’s passport!

    The U.S. State Department revoked the passport of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, whose “crime” was to educate Americans and the world about the dangerous growth of the U.S. surveillance state.

    Freedom to travel requires a passport. It’s a basic principle.

    Ed Snowden didn’t get the due process he deserves.

    Background:
      Reuters: U.S. Revokes Snowden's Passport
      Universal Declaration of Human Rights
      Guardian: Brazilian President: U.S. “Breach of International Law”
      Washington Post: NSA Collects Millions of Address Books
      Ray McGovern: Snowden Accepts Whistleblower Award

    Sign a petition we'll deliver to Secretary of State John Kerry:

  • You Cut Social Security, You Should Leave Congress

    A Grand Bargain is in the air again, and it smells familiar after all these years of fighting it off. Here's our new message to House members and senators:

    If you agree to any cuts in Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits, we will begin looking for your replacement.
    This page is best reached at
    StopGrandBargain.org

    Background:

    NBC: Money for Nothing
    Richard Eskow: 8 Reasons to Refuse a Shutdown "Grand Bargain"


    The Grand Bargain, like the grand shutdown, is grand larceny. The "essential" military and NSA and CIA are up and running, while "inessential" programs of social uplift are closed, likely costing us $12 million per hour in pure waste.

  • Not Another Year in Afghanistan

    There are almost twice as many U.S. troops in Afghanistan now as when Barack Obama became president. We're still spending over $10 million every hour (even during a government shutdown) for a war in Afghanistan that has now completed its 12th year and entered its 13th. This spending drains rather than fuels the U.S. economy.

    Inflicting more war on Afghanistan has involved the killing of thousands of civilians. Experts in the U.S., British, and Afghan governments agree that this is making us less safe, not protecting us.
    Background:
    1. AFP: Hagel Hopes Deal By End October On U.S. Forces
    2. CostOfWar.com
    3. PERI: Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending
    4. The Nation: The Deaths of Afghans
    5. Fred Branfman: Even Warriors Say Wars Make Us Less Safe
    6. Washington Post: Security Agreement with the U.S. Still on Hold
    7. CBS: Afghanistan: U.S. Blocking Deal on Future Security Pact
    8. Ann Jones: The Forgotten War: 12 Years in Afghanistan
    9. Polling Report: Afghanistan

    President Obama is trying to negotiate an agreement with corrupt lame-duck President Hamid Karzai to keep some U.S. troops in Afghanistan indefinitely, with immunity from prosecution for crimes and the right to continue attacking Afghans including with raids on their homes at night. This could mean nine major U.S. military bases remaining in Afghanistan at a huge cost in dollars, lives, safety, and environmental destruction for decades to come.

    If you are in the U.S. please click here.

  • Not Another Year in Afghanistan

    There are almost twice as many U.S. troops in Afghanistan now as when Barack Obama became president. We're still spending over $10 million every hour (even during a government shutdown) for a war in Afghanistan that has now completed its 12th year and entered its 13th. This spending drains rather than fuels the U.S. economy.

    Inflicting more war on Afghanistan has involved the killing of thousands of civilians. Experts in the U.S., British, and Afghan governments agree that this is making us less safe, not protecting us.
    Background:
    1. AFP: Hagel Hopes Deal By End October On U.S. Forces
    2. CostOfWar.com
    3. PERI: Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending
    4. The Nation: The Deaths of Afghans
    5. Fred Branfman: Even Warriors Say Wars Make Us Less Safe
    6. Washington Post: Security Agreement with the U.S. Still on Hold
    7. CBS: Afghanistan: U.S. Blocking Deal on Future Security Pact
    8. Ann Jones: The Forgotten War: 12 Years in Afghanistan
    9. Polling Report: Afghanistan

    President Obama is trying to negotiate an agreement with corrupt lame-duck President Hamid Karzai to keep some U.S. troops in Afghanistan indefinitely, with immunity from prosecution for crimes and the right to continue attacking Afghans including with raids on their homes at night. This could mean nine major U.S. military bases remaining in Afghanistan at a huge cost in dollars, lives, safety, and environmental destruction for decades to come.

    If you are not in the U.S. please click here.

  • Tell Google: Don't Be Evil With ALEC

    Dozens of corporations have dropped their funding of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). But now Google, Facebook and Yelp are helping to pick up the tab. Background:
    AlecExposed.org
    SourceWatch: Google, Facebook, Yelp Members ALEC Task Force
    FreePress: Tech Titans Jump the Shark

    ALEC targets state legislatures around the country to roll back labor rights, environmental protection, civil rights, public health measures and more. Using big money, corporate clout and smooth lobbyists, ALEC teams up with like-minded state lawmakers to draft and enact regressive legislation.

    Tell Google and other huge firms to which we'll deliver this petition not to participate in ALEC's corruption of our government:

  • Don't Destroy Pagan Island

    The U.S. Marine Corps has found a rich and beautiful island, falsely called it "desolate and uninhabitable" (despite the fact that many species live there, including homo sapiens), and proposed to make it a live-fire bombing range. Background:
    SavePaganIsland.org
    Helen Jaccard and David Swanson: Vieques 10 Years After


    The island of Vieques was nearly destroyed this way. Let's not let that happen to Pagan Island.

    Stop the bombing range before it starts! Save Pagan Island! Click to email Congress and the President now.

    If you are in the United States, please click here.

  • Don't Destroy Pagan Island

    The U.S. Marine Corps has found a rich and beautiful island, falsely called it "desolate and uninhabitable" (despite the fact that many species live there, including homo sapiens), and proposed to make it a live-fire bombing range. Background:
    SavePaganIsland.org
    Helen Jaccard and David Swanson: Vieques 10 Years After


    The island of Vieques was nearly destroyed this way. Let's not let that happen to Pagan Island.

    Stop the bombing range before it starts! Save Pagan Island! Click to email Congress and the President now.

    If you are not in the United States, please click here.

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  • Fukushima Crisis Demands Global Take-Over

    "We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis."
    —Harvey Wasserman, author and activist

    Fukushima’s owner, Tokyo Electric (Tepco), does not have the resources to handle 1,300 spent fuel rods now sitting in a badly damaged pool perched 100 feet in the air, with the potential to spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima.

    Background:

    Harvey Wasserman:

    Crisis at Fukushima 4 Demands a Global Take-Over

    AFP:
    Fukushima Dumps 1,000 Tons of Polluted Water into Sea


    This crisis comes just as the Obama Administration is trying to provide a $8.3 billion loan to build the first new nuclear plants in the U.S. in almost 30 years. Tell President Obama to loan that $8.3 billion to a Fukushima emergency clean-up instead. Tell the United Nations to lead that effort immediately.

    Click to Email President Obama and Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon:

  • Encourage Obama and Rouhani to Talk

    President Hassan Rouhani’s election was a hopeful moment for many Iranians, and the recent release of Nasrin Sotoudeh and at least a dozen other political prisoners is cause for celebration.

    So are indications of openness to dialogue by the Obama administration.

    Background:
    Guardian: Iranian Political Prisoners' Plea to Barack Obama
    Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions, Repression

    Don'tAttackIran.org

    RootsAction supports the proposals of our friends at Havaar for grassroots pressure pushing for an end to threats of war, an end to the ongoing sanctions that continue to harm average Iranians, and an end to Iranian state repression.

    Please click to email this message to Presidents Obama and Rouhani (feel free to add your own comments):

  • Now let’s stop “lethal aid” to Syria

    We helped prevent U.S. missile strikes on Syria. Public pressure made Congress turn against an attack, opening the door to diplomacy. Now let’s stop the flow of “lethal aid” to Syria.
    Background:
    Washington Post: U.S. Weapons Reaching Syrian Rebels
    NY Times: Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands with CIA Aid
    NY Times: U.N. Cites Evidence of Crimes By Both Sides

    “The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria,” the Washington Post reported. Those shipments have combined with “separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.”

    Tell Congress and President Obama that you want this “lethal aid” to stop:

    If you are in the United States click here.

  • Now let’s stop “lethal aid” to Syria — StopWeaponsToSyria.org

    We helped prevent U.S. missile strikes on Syria. Public pressure made Congress turn against an attack, opening the door to diplomacy. Now let’s stop the flow of “lethal aid” to Syria.

    “The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria,” the Washington Post reported. Those shipments have combined with “separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.”
    Background:
    Washington Post: U.S. Weapons Reaching Syrian Rebels
    NY Times: Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands with CIA Aid
    NY Times: U.N. Cites Evidence of Crimes By Both Sides

    Partners:
    RootsAction.org
    Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
    OpEdNews.com
    Carlisle Peace College
    Earth Rights Institute

    Coalition for Grassroots Progress


    Tell your senators, representative and President Obama that you want this “lethal aid” to stop:

    If you are not in the United States, click here.

  • Tammy Baldwin & Bombing Syria

    Senator Tammy Baldwin is undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Wisconsin.

    In fact, some constituents in Wisconsin confronted Senator Baldwin this weekend with a song. Watch the video. Learn the lyrics.

    Click below to tell Sen. Baldwin not to attack Syria:

  • Keith Ellison & Bombing Syria

    Congressman Keith Ellison says it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria (although that would mean fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda), for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Minnesota.

    Ellison co-chairs the Progressive Caucus, which has failed to take concerted action against this looming war -- a failure that has enabled war advocates to move the debate toward broader military engagement.

    Ellison has thrown his support behind bombing Syria.

    Click below to tell Rep. Ellison not to attack Syria:

  • Reed, Whitehouse, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Rhode Island are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Rhode Island.

    Click below to tell Senators Reed and Whitehouse, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Shelby, Sessions, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Alabama are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Alabama.

    Click below to tell Senators Shelby and Sessions, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Collins, King, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Maine are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Maine.

    Click below to tell Senators Collins and King, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Cochran, Wicker, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Mississippi are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Mississippi.

    Click below to tell Senators Cochran and Wicker, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Donnelly, Coats, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Indiana are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Indiana.

    Click below to tell Senators Donnelly and Coats, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Wyden, Merkley, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Oregon are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Oregon.

    Click below to tell Senators Wyden and Merkley, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Cantwell, Murray, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Washington are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Washington.

    Click below to tell Senators Cantwell and Murray, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Udall, Bennet, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Colorado are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Colorado.

    Click below to tell Senators Udall and Bennet, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Murkowski, Begich, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Alaska are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Alaska.

    Click below to tell Senators Murkowski and Begich, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Portman, Brown, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Ohio are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Ohio.

    Click below to tell Senators Portman and Brown, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • McCaskill, Blunt, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Missouri are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Missouri.

    Click below to tell Senators McCaskill and Blunt, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Sanders, Leahy & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Vermont are leaning toward voting against an attack on Syria, but have not committed.  Can they be in doubt on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms"?

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of Vermont.

    Click below to tell Senators Sanders and Leahy, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Thune, Johnson, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from South Dakota are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of South Dakota.

    Click below to tell Senators Thune and Johnson, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Heitkamp, Hoeven, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from North Dakota are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about elected officials representing the good will of the people of North Dakota.

    Click below to tell Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Markey, Warren, & Bombing Syria

    Both senators from Massachusetts are undecided on whether it would be a good idea for the U.S. military to attack Syria, fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda, and for the stated purpose of upholding "international norms."

    When did bombing other countries become an international norm?  Violating the U.N. Charter to seek vigilante justice by escalating an uncontrollable war, causing unknown death and suffering, is not what people have in mind when they think about good, enlightened, liberal Massachusetts and its Democratic senators.

    Click below to tell Senators Warren and Markey, and your representative, and President Obama, not to attack Syria:

  • Prevent an Attack on Syria Now


    You can sign this petition no matter where you live. If you live in the U.S. and want to email your Congress members and president, click here.

    The terrible and widespread killing in Syria will become even more terrible and more widespread if the U.S. military (or a coalition of allies) launches an attack.

    The choice is not between doing nothing and bombing the Syrian people.
    Background:
    Bob Dreyfuss, The Nation: No War With Syria
    IPA: An Illegal War Forced on Syria That Benefits Al-Qaeda?
    Mairead Maguire: Syria: No Armaments to Rebels

    Click below to let those who could bomb people in our names know that they have alternatives:

  • Prevent an Attack on Syria Now

    The terrible and widespread killing in Syria will become even more terrible and more widespread if the U.S. military (or a coalition of allies) launches an attack.

    The choice is not between doing nothing and bombing the Syrian people.
    Background:
    Bob Dreyfuss, The Nation: No War With Syria
    IPA: An Illegal War Forced on Syria That Benefits Al-Qaeda?
    Mairead Maguire: Syria: No Armaments to Rebels

    Click below to let those who could bomb people in our names know that they have alternatives:

    If you don't live in the United States, please click here.

  • Update from Oslo: Bradley Manning Nobel Peace Prize

    RootsAction's Norman Solomon delivered our petition with over 100,000 signers to the Nobel Committee in Oslo. Thousands of newspapers published stories from Reuters, AFP, the Associated Press, and other outlets. TV and radio coverage also reached many millions of people across the globe.

    Now is a great time to inform people in your community about why you signed our historic petition.

    Click below to contact local media outlets -- and to urge them to get the story right while reporting on a “local angle” including your own involvement in the petition:

  • One State Moves from War to Peace Economy -- So Can Yours

    RootsAction members in Connecticut asked their governor to sign a bill creating a commission to plan for conversion from military industries to civilian and environmentally sustainable manufacturing.

    The governor signed it.

    Click below to ask your own state legislature to follow this example.

    Background:
    PERI: U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending
    David Swanson: Connecticut Advances Conversion
    New Haven Peace Council
    No Nukes No War
    City of New Haven Peace Commission
    Connecticut AFL-CIO
    International Association of Machinists - Connecticut


  • We Stopped SOPA -- Let's Stop the TPP

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a hush-hush trade pact that threatens millions of Internet users’ rights to connect and communicate.

    The text of the agreement has been shrouded in secrecy. But we know from leaked documents that the TPP would let corporations monitor our online activities, cut off our Internet access, delete content and impose fines.

    The TPP is that bad. And it’s on a fast track to getting U.S. approval — without any public review or input.

    This is why the Free Press Action Fund has joined with RootsAction to stop the TPP.



    Background:

    David Swanson: TPP: Terrible Plutocratic Plan
    ExposeTheTPP.org
    FlushTheTPP.org
    CitizensTrade.org
    TPPxborder.org

    Sign our joint letter to Congress and the White House and tell them to reject the TPP.

  • Don't Let NSA's 4th Amendment Violation Center Open in Utah

    The NSA data center in Bluffdale, Utah will -- if it opens -- serve only one purpose: to violate the Fourth Amendment. 

    This center sucks up data on our use of the internet, telephones, skype, emails, texts, credit cards, and financial, legal, travel, and health records.
    Background:
    Defense One: 7 Times Bigger Than the Pentagon
    James Bamford: NSA Building Country's Biggest Spy Center

    Tell Congress and the President not to open the NSA Utah Data Center's doors.

  • You can help "affordable college" idea catch fire


    Long-term declines in state higher education funding and more recent severe budget cuts are pushing college out of reach for middle class and low-income students. Students and their families are forced to choose to either take on massive debt or shelve plans to attend college. 

    Background:
    Economic Opportunity Institute
    One-Page PDF on How it Works
    Katrina vanden Heuvel: An Oregon Trail to End Student Debt

    A new plan called "Pay It Forward" recently passed in Oregon. Under Pay It Forward students would attend college with no upfront tuition. Instead, students would contribute a small, fixed-percentage of their income -- about 3 or 4 percent -- for a set number of years after college -- between 10 and 25 depending on where they attend school. Contributions would be placed back into the state's education fund and enable the next class of students to receive the same education free from massive, life-crippling student loans.

    Leaders from across the country are considering action on Pay It Forward – but they need to know there's a movement of support behind it.
    Email your state  legislators and let them know you support Pay It Forward and expanded funding for public higher education:

  • Vote Could Curtail NSA Spying This Week

    A vote in the full House is expected later this week (probably Wednesday!) on Rep. Justin Amash's amendment to substantially curtail the NSA's domestic spying regime. The Amash amendment will be offered during the debate on the "defense" appropriations bill, the whole of which should be rejected if possible and this amendment enacted separately.

    According to the House Rules Committee, the Amash amendment "Ends authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215."

    Please join with RootsAction and our partner on this action Daily Kos in sending your Representative this note:

  • Prisoners' massive hunger strike needs your help now

    "We are certain that we will prevail . . . the only questions being: How many will die starvation-related deaths before state officials sign the agreement? The world is watching!"


    Those words are from prisoners in California's prison system, 12,000 of whom have chosen to stop eating.  These prisoners are routinely abused for their alleged participation in racially divided and violent gangs. Yet they have organized across racial lines and across prisons to nonviolently demand basic human rights, rights that the Geneva Conventions require for prisoners of war, rights that treaties to which the United States is party require for all human beings.


    Click below to tell California Governor Jerry Brown and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that we are paying attention to this hunger strike and that we oppose prolonged solitary confinement.
    Background:
    Truthout: Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers
    Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
    Physicians for Human Rights: U.N. Advisor Says Solitary is Torture


  • Snooping and Snitching

    This summer, no news about surveillance has been more disturbing than revelations about the U.S. government’s Insider Threat Program,
    which McClatchy news service described as "a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions."
    Background:
    McClatchy: Obama’s Crackdown Views Leaks as Aiding Enemies
    The Nation: Obama’s “Insider Threat Program”
    Democracy Now: Government Employees Urged to Tattle
    Digby: This Really Is Big Brother . . .

    McClatchy documented that the Insider Threat Program "emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of 'insider threat' give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct."

    Let your senators and representative in Congress know that you oppose any such program:

  • Stop Student-Loan Sharks
    We're failing to provide the quality education that we could easily afford to make free for everyone.  The $1.1 trillion in current student debt is less than the $1.2 trillion the U.S. government spends on war and war preparation in a single year.

    Congress' inaction is doubling the interest rate on student debt.  Send them this message now:

    Background:
    Zoe Carpenter, The Nation: It's Not Just the Interest Rate
    Chris Hellman, Tomgram: $1.2 Trillion for War Preparation

  • Create a Peace Pact Holiday on August 27th




    Our holidays include Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Flag Day, Patriots Day, Yellow Ribbon Day, Independence Day, Military Spouses Appreciation Day, Iraq-Afghanistan Wars Day (yes, Congress created this)

    Are you beginning to see a pattern? 

    If you think another holiday should be included, please add your name:

    Background:
    When the World Outlawed War, by David Swanson
    A New Holiday Is Being Created for Peace
    The Peace Pact is listed as in force on the
    U.S. State Department website

    (open the document, scroll to page 454)

    Partner:

  • Mr. President, Hands Off Edward Snowden!

    Now that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is seeking political asylum, there is a real danger the U.S. government will try to grab him under the guise of law enforcement.

    Tell President Obama: Hands off Edward Snowden!


    (If you are not a U.S. resident, please click here to sign.)


    Background:
    The Guardian: NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions
    The Guardian: NSA Prism Program Taps in to User Data
    The Guardian: Edward Snowden: the Whistleblower
    The New York Times: The Criminal NSA

         

    Edward Snowden photo

  • President Obama, Hands Off Edward Snowden!

    Now that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is seeking political asylum, there is a real danger the U.S. government will try to grab him under the guise of law enforcement.

    Tell President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder (to whom we will deliver this petition): Hands off Edward Snowden!

    Background:
    The Guardian: NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions
    The Guardian: NSA Prism Program Taps in to User Data
    The Guardian: Edward Snowden: the Whistleblower

    Edward Snowden photo

  • Media want war in Syria. We don't.

    Only 15% of the U.S. public wants the U.S. military involved in Syria, and only 11% wants the U.S. providing weapons to the Syrian opposition.

    The corporate media outlets are working to change this admirable outlook. Interviewers, including Candy Crowley on CNN, have hosted panels of all pro-war guests.  David Muir on ABC News and David Gregory on NBC's Meet the Press reported unsubstantiated White House claims about chemical weapons as "confirmed," when the only confirmation was the White House claims.

    Background:                  
    NBC/WSJ poll:                  
    Americans Oppose Intervention in Syria

    Peter Hart, FAIR:                 
    Syria and Chemical Weapons: What Do We Know?

      Syria and Sarin: Skepticism Still Warranted
    Rachel Maddow's Iran Misinformation

         

    A broader war in Syria risks dragging in a number of nations, with consequences unforeseeable and terrible. The best likely outcome of such a war would be an unpopular anti-democratic Syrian government, installed against the will of the U.S. public, in the name of democracy.

    Now is the time to raise our voices.

  • Thank NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

    Our country is in the midst of a struggle between the growing surveillance state and our precious civil liberties. Now a whistleblower has boldly stepped forward to expose the National Security Agency’s vast spying on our phone records and online communications.

    Explaining his actions, the 29-year-old computer expert said: “I can't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building."


    Background:

    The Guardian: NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions
    The Guardian: NSA Prism Program Taps in to User Data
    The Guardian: Edward Snowden: the Whistleblower

  • Austerity's Butcher Shop
    As Fermanagh, Ireland, prepares to host officials from the wealthy G8 nations, run-down and abandoned stores have been painted over with images of "free-market" prosperity.  The happy, thriving butcher's shop pictured here consists of stickers plastered to windows.  It wouldn't do for the architects of austerity to see its actual effects.

    Fraud and a butcher's shop, in fact, are perfect images for austerity "science," which turns out to be on a par with climate-change denial and creationism.  An influential study claiming to prove that government deficits halt economic growth has recently been debunked.  Claims in the United States that our Social Security system is in trouble have just been disproven for the umpteenth time.
    Background:
    Irish Times: Recession Out of the Picture
    BBC: Anti-G8 Protesters Fear 'Heavy-Handed' Police
    The Real News: PhD Student Debunks Austerity Study
    PERI: Does High Public Debt Stifle Economic Growth?
    Sanders Statement on Social Security Trust Fund Report


    The United States is rolling in wealth, but the wealth is piled up in the hands of a tiny oligarchy.  That is the real project of austerity.  Public funds are flowing like water, but they're flowing into the Pentagon and prisons and tax breaks for the wealthy, while we cut education, environmental protection, and infrastructure.

    Let your public officials know right now that you don't want more of the same to come out of the G8 summit in Ireland.

  • TPP: Terrible Plutocratic Plan

    The TPP is actually the Trans-Pacific Partnership, more commonly known as NAFTA on steroids. The U.S. government is secretly negotiating this treaty with Pacific nations.  Here are a few highlights of what whistleblowers have revealed is in this fundamentally anti-democratic treaty:
    • Corporate nationhood, empowering corporations to sue real nations and overturn their laws.
    • Job offshoring.
    • Damage to food safety and environmental protections.
    • Enrichment of drug companies at the expense of health, and banning some generic drugs.
    • Further deregulating banks, and forbidding the breaking up of too-big-to-fail financial firms.
    • Censoring the internet.

    Background:
    Talk Nation Radio: Here Comes Corporate Nationhood
    Public Citizen: How the TPP Impacts You
    Public Citizen: How the TPP Would Impact Financial Regulations

    Partner:

    Sign below to oppose the TPP:

  • TPP: Terrible Plutocratic Plan

    The TPP is actually the Trans-Pacific Partnership, more commonly known as NAFTA on steroids. The U.S. government is secretly negotiating this treaty with Pacific nations.  Here are a few highlights of what whistleblowers have revealed is in this fundamentally anti-democratic treaty:
    • Corporate nationhood, empowering corporations to sue real nations and overturn their laws.
    • Job offshoring.
    • Damage to food safety and environmental protections.
    • Enrichment of drug companies at the expense of health, and banning some generic drugs.
    • Further deregulating banks, and forbidding the breaking up of too-big-to-fail financial firms.
    • Censoring the internet.

    Background:
    Talk Nation Radio: Here Comes Corporate Nationhood
    Public Citizen: How the TPP Impacts You
    Public Citizen: How the TPP Would Impact Financial Regulations

    Partner:

    Tell your representative, senators and the president to oppose the TPP:

    If you are not from the U.S. go here.

  • Repeal the "War on Terror"


    After more than 11 years the Authorization for Use of Military Force -- the congressional resolution that launched the "war on terror" -- has not been repealed.

    Congresswoman Barbara Lee has introduced a bill to repeal it.

    Please sign the petition below.


    Background:
    H.R.198: Repeal of the AUMF

    Dirty Wars, the book

    Dirty Wars, the flim


    The next screen you get to will include video of Rep. Lee's prescient and powerful remarks in 2001.

  • Unacceptable: Obama Keeping Reporter in Prison in Yemen



    UPDATE
    July 23, 2013: Shaye has been freed!  Thank you to everyone who helped!

    On December 17, 2009, U.S. Tomahawk missiles and incendiary cluster bombs rained down on the tiny Yemeni village of al Majala, killing 21 children, 14 women, and 6 men, and burning all the homes and their contents. The government of Yemen falsely claimed responsibility.  Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye disproved that claim.

    While the U.S. government was searching for U.S. citizen Anwar Awlaki to kill him, Shaye repeatedly tracked him down and interviewed him.  These were tough and serious interviews, with Shaye asking Awlaki how he could possibly support acts of violence.  Awlaki's image was not helped.

    On February 2, 2011, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, under public pressure, had drawn up, printed out, and was prepared to sign a pardon of Shaye, imprisoned on trumped-up charges.  But Saleh received a phone call from President Barack Obama, who opposed release of the journalist.  Saleh ripped up the pardon.

    Americans will learn Shaye's story in the film version of Dirty Wars, which opens in U.S. theaters on June 7. 
    Let's seize this moment to tell President Obama and the Yemeni government that a journalist should not be locked up for doing his job.


    Flyer to hand out at Dirty Wars or anywhere: PDF.

    Background:

    Dirty Wars, the Book
    Dirty Wars, the Film (opens June 7!)
    Jeremy Scahill: Why Is Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison?
    Iona Craig: Will Obama keep Yemeni Journalist in Jail?
    Letter from Abdulelah Haider Shaye
    White House: President's Call With President Saleh

    Online Partner:

    Delivering Petition to White House and Yemen:



    By signing you agree that you may receive emails from DemandProgress.org.

  • Justice for Furkan Dogan

    Three years ago this week,
    in international waters, the Israeli navy intercepted a flotilla of ships attempting to deliver humanitarian goods to the Gaza Strip and to break Israel's illegal blockade.

    Israeli commandos stormed the ships and killed eight Turkish citizens and 18-year-old U.S. citizen Furkan Dogan aboard the Mavi Marmara.

    But instead of investigating Furkan's killing and holding Israel accountable, the Obama administration deferred to Israel’s investigation, which predictably exonerated all of the Israeli soldiers involved and failed to provide any explanation for Furkan's killing. Disturbingly, the Obama administration even engaged in diplomatic efforts to obstruct attempts to obtain international accountability for the attack, according to documents obtained by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

    Please take a minute to add your name to this petition calling on President Obama to investigate Furkan Dogan’s killing and hold Israel accountable.
    Background:
    U.N. Human Rights Council Report
    Center for Constitutional Rights: Gaza Freedom Flotilla
    Anatolia News Agency: Father of Victim Joins Delegation to U.S.

    Partners:



  • Justice for Furkan Dogan

    Three years ago this week, the Israeli navy intercepted in international waters a flotilla of ships attempting to deliver humanitarian goods to the Gaza Strip and to break Israel's illegal blockade.

    Israeli commandoes stormed the ships and killed eight Turkish citizens and 18-year-old U.S. citizen Furkan Dogan aboard the Mavi Marmara.

    But instead of investigating Furkan's killing and holding Israel accountable, the Obama administration engaged in diplomatic efforts to prevent fully independent, credible investigations into the attack and deferred to Israel’s investigation, which predictably exonerated all of the Israeli soldiers involved and failed to provide any details regarding Furkan's killing, according to documents obtained by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

    Please take a minute to add your name to this petition calling on President Obama to investigate Furkan Dogan’s killing and hold Israel accountable.
    Background:
    U.N. Human Right Council Report
    Center for Constitutional Rights: Gaza Freedom Flotilla
    Anatolia News Agency: Father of Victim Joins Delegation to U.S.

    Partners:



  • Ask Governor to Sign Economic Conversion Bill


    The Connecticut legislature has sent to Governor Dannel Malloy a bill that would create a commission to develop a plan for conversion from military industries to civilian and environmentally sustainable manufacturing.

    The bill, which passed on a bipartisan 121-15 vote, includes a provision for representatives from labor, environmental, and peace organizations to hold seats on the commission.

    Background:
    David Swanson: Connecticut Advances Conversion
    New Haven Peace Council
    No Nukes No War
    City of New Haven Peace Commission
    Connecticut AFL-CIO
    International Association of Machinists - Connecticut


    Thank the legislature and encourage the Governor to sign!

  • If Press Loses Freedom, Democracy Is Sunk

    Freedom of the press is essential to democracy. But the Obama administration has been virtually unrepentant ever since news broke that the Justice Department seized the phone records of Associated Press journalists for two months. Attorney General Eric Holder defended this chilling move against the press. A White House spokesperson tried to finesse the issue. And the president himself has not stepped forward to acknowledge that a serious intrusion on press freedom has occurred.


    Background:
    Alternet: Six Brave Whistleblowers Charged by Obama
    Alfredo Lopez:
    AP Seizures and the Frightening Web

    Tell President Obama -- as well as your representative and senators -- that such actions are unacceptable.

  • If Press Loses Freedom, Democracy Is Sunk

    Freedom of the press is essential to democracy. But the Obama administration has been virtually unrepentant ever since news broke that the Justice Department seized the phone records of Associated Press journalists for two months. Attorney General Eric Holder defended this chilling move against the press. A White House spokesperson tried to finesse the issue. And the president himself has not stepped forward to acknowledge that a serious intrusion on press freedom has occurred.
    Background:
    Alfredo Lopez: AP Seizures and the Frightening Web

    Tell President Obama -- as well as your representative and senators -- that such actions are unacceptable.

  • Nominees for Worst Government Official

    Here come three new Obama nominees, and they could all be nominees in a contest for Least Likely to Serve the Public Interest.1

    Please sign below to let your Senators know you want these picks rejected.  Enter your zipcode for more information about these nominees.  See background links at the bottom for even more information.

  • Tell Obama to Enforce the Civil Rights Act

    Join us in asking President Obama to enforce Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which gives
    him the power to cut off federal funds from any agency using them in a racially discriminatory manner.

    He has not done this in virtually any cases and is not sufficiently investigating government agencies to
    determine their compliance.

    Background:
    Eric Mann, The Nation: The Battle Over Buses in Los Angeles
    Also available without a subscription here.

    Partner:
    Fight for the Soul of the Cities

    The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority has violated the civil rights of a half-million bus riders, 75% of them black or Latino, by cutting 1 million hours of bus service and raising monthly bus passes to $72 while giving away public funds to rail developers and contractors.

    The Bus Riders Union and Public Advocates brought a civil rights suit under Title VI to the Federal Transit Administration, which whitewashed the MTA's violations.

  • De-Fund the CIA

    A message to RootsAction members from Douglas Valentine, author of
    The Phoenix Program:
    Lies about Iraq. Cash to corrupt Afghanistan.  Drone wars
    waged in secret.  Blowback endangering us all. The CIA does not exist to defend our
    freedoms. Wrapped in government secrecy, it exists to assure the political security of
    rich political elites. CIA operations -- engaging in secret, legally protected wars, sabotage,
    subversion, murders and tortures -- create enemies that Americans fear. And the agency
    is an instrument of psychological warfare aimed at you and me. It's time we stop
    funding this out-of-control agency.
    Please sign this petition:

    Background:
    Douglas Valentine: The Phoenix Program
    CNN: Karzai: CIA Promises to Continue Cash Payments
    The Atlantic: Drone War Has More Victims Than Bush-Era CIA Scandals
    Washington Post: An Alternative Explanation for Benghazi

  • Don't Koch the L.A. Times!

    After years of mismanagement, the Tribune Company newspapers -- including the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times -- are up for sale.


    And one of the potential buyers? The Koch brothers.
    Background:
    New York Times: Koch Brothers Turning Focus to Newspapers
    Chicago Tribune: Protesters Urge Tribune Co. Not to Sell
    Free Press: Tribune Joins Rush to Consolidate with TV Deal

    Yes, those Koch brothers: the billionaire businessmen who run Koch Industries, a sprawling multinational corporation involved in everything from oil to fertilizer to paper towels to bankrolling right-wing political causes.

    Join RootsAction in sending this message to the Tribune Company:

  • Investigate Monsanto's Takeover of USDA

    Monsanto, the world's largest biotech corporation, has monopolized our food system largely by taking over regulatory agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture.1

    Please sign this petition:

  • De-Fund the CIA

    A message to RootsAction members from Douglas Valentine, author of
    The Phoenix Program:
    Lies about Iraq. Cash to corrupt Afghanistan.  Drone wars
    waged in secret.  Blowback endangering us all. The CIA does not exist to defend our
    freedoms. Wrapped in government secrecy, it exists to assure the political security of
    rich political elites. CIA operations -- engaging in secret, legally protected wars, sabotage,
    subversion, murders and tortures -- create enemies that Americans fear. And the agency
    is an instrument of psychological warfare aimed at you and me. 

    Background:
    Douglas Valentine: The Phoenix Program
    CNN: Karzai: CIA Promises to Continue Cash Payments
    The Atlantic: Drone War Has More Victims Than Bush-Era CIA Scandals
    Washington Post: An Alternative Explanation for Benghazi


    It's time we stop funding this out-of-control agency.

    --Douglas Valentine for RootsAction.org

    If you're not from the United States, click here.

     

  • Nominees for Worst Government Official

    Here come three new Obama nominees, and they could all be nominees in a contest for Least Likely to Serve the Public Interest.1

    Please sign below to let your Senators know you want these picks rejected.  Enter your zipcode for more information about these nominees.  See background links at the bottom for even more information.

  • Tell Amnesty Int'l: Have a Single Standard on War


    Amnesty International poster supporting NATO's war:

    Some human rights groups, especially Amnesty International, seem to have forgotten to oppose all violations of human rights -- by all sides -- in war.1

    Please sign this petition to Amnesty:

  • There's tar sands all over your Facebook

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's new advocacy group FWD.us is running TV ads in
    support of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 
    And Facebook is censoring graphics that protest.

    Please sign below, and then click the link to share on Facebook!
    Background:
    LA Times: Two Tech Execs Quit Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us
    LA Times: Mark Zuckerberg's Fwd.us in Heated Controversy
    CommonDreams: Facebook's Zuckerberg Under Fire

  • Investigate Monsanto's Takeover of USDA

    Monsanto, the world's largest biotech corporation, has monopolized our food system largely by taking over regulatory agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture.1

    Join us in demanding a Congressional investigation:

    (If you are not from the United States, click here.)

  • The Bush Lie Bury

    A half-billion dollar George W. Bush Library is being dedicated in Dallas with help from four other current or former U.S. presidents.

    Protesters of this Bush Lie Bury -- this burying of a lying leader's record with a lying version of history -- believe Bush should be facing criminal prosecution instead.

    Join us in urging the U.S. Department of Justice to act:

  • Henry Kissinger, defender of "freedom and democracy"?

    The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City is planning to give Henry Kissinger an award on May 23rd for "defending freedom and democracy."  

    No living American has done more to subvert both freedom and democracy than Mr. Kissinger.1

    Register your complaint with the Intrepid below:

  • Pressure-Cooker and Cluster Bombs

    "Boston Bombs Were Loaded to Maim," a New York Times headline shouted.

    U.S. cluster bombs have done the same in places like Afghanistan and Yemen.  Shouldn't we end that hypocrisy?

    Tell the President and Congress to sign and ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions:

  • Provide adequate resources to address the health crisis in Vieques and fully clean up the island

    This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the closing of the U.S. Navy bombing range in Vieques, Puerto Rico.  For six decades prior to 2003, approximately one trillion pounds of explosives were dropped by the U.S. military, NATO and other military allies in practice exercises.

    After decades of protest and a campaign of non-violent civil resistance that began in 1999 and included the arrests of over 1,500 people, the Navy was forced to close the bombing range on May 1, 2003.  Peace-loving people had defeated the most powerful military force in history without firing a single shot.

    Presidential candidate Obama wrote to the Governor of Puerto Rico in 2008: "We will closely monitor the health of the people of Vieques and promote appropriate remedies to health conditions caused by military activities conducted by the U.S. Navy on Vieques."

    But that promise remains unfulfilled.  The Navy's presence and the environmental disaster it created continue to afflict Vieques.  Please join us in submitting these demands to the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House by signing below:

  • Tell Congress: Defend Social Security or Else

    President Obama wants to cut Social Security benefits.1 And Medicare benefits.2

    Signing a petition is not enough.

    Send an unambiguous message to your representative and senators:

    If you vote to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, I will oppose your re-election.

  • Revoke Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

    After receiving the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama has made perpetual war look more perpetual than ever.

    Today, there are more U.S. troops in Afghanistan than when Obama took office. His increasing intervention in Syria promises the loss of even more than the nearly 100,000 lives already needlessly sacrificed.  His intervention in Libya cost thousands of lives while destabilizing the entire region.  His presidency has widened the use of drones and other instruments of remote killing without limit to almost any place on the globe.

    Please sign this petition to the Norwegian Nobel Committee:

  • Can solitary confinement be torture? Even George Will says yes.

    Conservative columnist George Will recently wrote: “Tens of thousands of American prison inmates are kept in prolonged solitary confinement that arguably constitutes torture.”

    In “liberal” Oregon, where Democrats control the governor’s mansion and the state legislature, abuses of solitary confinement are being reported – including the case of politically active prisoner Kevin “Rashid” Johnson.

    It’s time for officials -- including Oregon’s governor -- to stop prolonged solitary confinement, and investigate whether prisoners are being punished for objecting to this abusive treatment.

  • Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor Congress . . .

    The U.S. Postal Service stops for nothing, and Congress won't halt Saturday mail beginning August 1st unless we allow it.

    The problem is that in 2006, Congress gave the Postal Service a mandate to pre-fund 75 years of future retiree health benefits over a 10-year period, a mandate endured by no other government agency or private company.

    Ask your members of Congress to cosponsor bills that end the mandate now.

  • Bradley Manning's Nobel Peace Prize

    Whistleblower Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he should receive it.


    No individual has done more to push back against what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism" than Bradley Manning.

    And right now, remaining in prison and facing relentless prosecution by the U.S. government, no one is more in need of the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Alfred Nobel's will left funding for a prize to be awarded to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

    The intent of the prize was to fund this work. As a result of enormous legal expenses, Bradley Manning is in need of that funding.

    Please sign this petition to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.


    This page is most easily shared as ManningNobel.org

    Petition delivery covered by: Reuters, AFP.



    Background:

    Manning Wins Sean MacBride Peace Award
    Mairead Maguire: Manning Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize

    Statement by Bradley Manning at Pre-Trial Hearing
    I Am Bradley Manning
    Manning Guilty of "Aiding the Enemy" -- If Enemy Is Democracy

  • Congress Wants to End Online Privacy

    CISPA is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act and it would destroy online privacy in the United States, by allowing private companies to share virtually any information about you with the government, and vice versa.

    Ask President Obama to commit to vetoing CISPA, as he committed last year, and CC your Congress members.

    While you still have a choice over what to send the government, send this!

  • We Want Full Protection for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare Benefits


    Twenty-eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter, initiated by Reps. Alan Grayson and Mark Takano, pledging to “vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.”

    Here are the names of those 28 members of Congress:  Brown, Cartwright, Castor, Clay, Conyers, D. Davis, DeFazio, Ellison, Faleomavaega, Grayson, G. Green, Grijalva, Gutierrez, A. Hastings, Honda, Kaptur, Lee, Lynch, C. Maloney, Markey, McGovern, Nadler, Napolitano, Nolan, Serrano, Takano, Velazquez and Waters.

    If your representative’s name is included in the above paragraph, use the email function below to send a note of thanks.

    If your representative’s name isn’t listed above, use the email function below to urge her or him to sign the Grayson-Takano letter, taking a stand to fully protect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits.

    As a constituent, you can have added impact by personalizing your email message.

  • Let Another Nation Declare War for U.S. -- Seriously?

    Three days after 9/11, Congress gave presidents the power to launch wars. Now a resolution in the Senate would effectively allow a foreign nation to launch the United States into a war.

    Following a long list of falsehoods and half-truths about Iran, S.R.65 "urges that, if the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support."

    This is "self-defense" in the sense that the U.S. attack on Iraq was "self-defense."

    Tell the Senate to obey the U.S. Constitution.

  • Tell Bayer to stop killing bees

    Bayer, the global chemical company, is manufacturing a chemical that new evidence shows is killing off bees.

    30% of our crops -- and 90% of wild plants -- rely on bees to thrive.

    Bayer has paid for biased research that “proves” its chemical isn’t a problem. But now independent scientists in Europe have discovered that Bayer’s chemical is a high risk to bees.

    Bayer makes everything from Alka-Seltzer to Berocca to flea treatments for pets. Bayer knows that it needs to keep its customers happy. If it realizes that its customers are outraged, it will have to pull its bee-poisoning pesticide off the market.

    Join RootsAction and SumOfUs in signing this petition to Bayer!

    By signing this petition, you will receive updates on this and other campaigns from SumOfUs.org.

  • Thank Bradley Manning

    Bradley Manning has pleaded guilty to actions that fulfilled his moral obligations, and for which he has our gratitude.

    We're going to thank him, and you can add your name to the card below.

  • Tell Your Member of Congress That Being in the Progressive Caucus Isn't Enough!

    Most members of the Progressive Caucus haven't signed an urgent new letter that pledges:

    "We will vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need."


    Please use the form below to send an email to your member of Congress about how important it is to make this pledge -- and follow through on it -- to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

  • I never tortured anyone


    A Note to RootsAction members from whistleblower John Kiriakou, who was the first CIA employee to publicly acknowledge an official U.S. policy of torture under George W. Bush's administration:

    I refused torture training.

    I never tortured anyone, ordered torture, or destroyed the videotapes of it, and I'm certainly not on a book tour glorifying it.

    Those are the people who should be going to jail, not me.

    Please click below to ask Congress to investigate both the real crimes and the treatment of whistleblowers by the Obama administration.

    Thank you!

    -- John Kiriakou

  • Repeal the "War on Terror"


    After more than 11 years the Authorization for Use of Military Force -- the congressional resolution that launched the "war on terror" -- has not been repealed.

    Congresswoman Barbara Lee has introduced a bill to repeal it.

    Please ask your Representative to co-sponsor and your Senators to do the same below. 

    If you're not from the United States, click here to sign our petition.


    Background:
    H.R.198: Repeal of the AUMF

    Dirty Wars, the book

    Dirty Wars, the flim


    The next screen you get to will include video of Rep. Lee's prescient and powerful remarks in 2001.

  • The Feb. 15 Call for Global Protests for Democracy, Solidarity and Justice


    Add your signature below.

    Ten years ago, millions of people around the world said "no" to war on February 15, 2003. Now, we say "yes" to peace; "yes" to demilitarizing, to having decent lives, including economic lives, determined by democratic principles.

    The invasion of Iraq still began after the 2003 protests, but the violence wreaked by Bush was more limited than the U.S. government inflicted on Vietnam a generation earlier. Our vigilance was part of the reason for that. Had we acted sooner, we might have been able to avert the disastrous invasion. The lesson is we need more global protest and solidarity, not less. Indeed, had we continued vigorously protesting, we might not have seen the years since 2003 show a lack of accountability for the war makers, even as conscientious whilstleblowers are prosecuted.

    This isn't a reunion party. The same impulses that drove us to the streets in 2003 are still with us; the same war mindset prevails in world affairs. Politicians who backed the Iraq war dominate the U.S., UK and other foreign policy establishments. The dominant media's demonization of Iran now is similar to what it did to Iraq. The U.S. escalated its war in Afghanistan and launched a series of smaller "dirty wars" in Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere with illegal drone killings and now, with AFRICOM and other mechanisms, threatens perpetual war in Africa as well as the Mideast. The Obama administration's "pivot East" threatens a Cold War or worse with China.

    The Arab uprisings displaced some dictators -- most successfully when done peacefully by the people in spite of violence by the regimes, as in Tunisia and Egypt. But the oppressive regimes of the Gulf have not only escaped real scrutiny, they are actually molding much of the rest of the region in conjunction with the U.S. and other outside powers -- even as the U.S. proclaims its support for "democracy." Much of the wealth from the Gulf states flows to Western banks, as well as the dictators and their cliques, rather than to benefit the people of that region. The Palestinian people continue to suffer not only neo-liberal dominance, as much of the world does, but also the settler colonialism of Israeli forces.

    These issues are not unique to the Mideast -- the U.S. has over 1000 bases around the world, some with explicitly colonial frameworks, as with "territories" like Puerto Rico. The U.S. and Russia have tens of thousands of nuclear warheads threatening life on earth. A fundamental transformation is needed. The United Nations has failed in its paramount duty to shield future generations from the scourge of war.

  • Unacceptable! Senator Profits from War and Post Office

    Shortly after San Francisco's then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein married private equity financier Richard C. Blum in 1980, those who knew them called theirs "a marriage of the public and private sectors." 

    Although Feinstein lost a gubernatorial bid to Republican Pete Wilson, she soon took his seat in the U.S. Senate. Working across the aisle, her power rapidly grew along with her husband's diversified investments and their mutual wealth.1

    As Chair and ranking member of the Military Construction and Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Feinstein appears to have steered contracts to companies controlled by her husband.2  Blum has profited handsomely from military contracts.3

    In 2009, Senator Feinstein introduced legislation to provide $25 billion in taxpayer money to the FDIC after it gave Blum's CBRE real estate company a contract to sell foreclosed properties at unusually high rates.4

    As a Regent of the University of California, Blum appears to have profited from contracts with the UC-run nuclear weapons laboratory at Los Alamos.5

    In the summer of 2012, the U.S. Postal Service awarded Blum's CBRE company the exclusive contract to sell its portfolio of public properties. Feinstein's office denies any influence in the awarding of the contract.6  

    Ask your Senators to request an Ethics Committee investigation of Senator Dianne Feinstein now.

  • Budget Debate Needs an Intervention

    One side of the current debate over public spending priorities favors cuts to all the wrong things.

    The other side opposes any cuts at all.

    This is a debate that leads nowhere useful.  The video at right is an attempted intervention.

    We can and should cut spending on
    war preparations, wars, foreign bases, spies and assassins, prisons, the drug war, highways, etc.  We should move the money into expanded useful programs funding human needs and green energy.

    Please share your thoughts with Congress and the President below and then share this video everywhere.

  • How to Tell if John Brennan Is Lying

    A message to RootsAction members from Medea Benjamin:

    John Brennan is being considered by the Senate to become head of the CIA.  There is suddenly a flurry of attention around a white paper that lays out the administration's legal justification for killing Americans with drones overseas, and some of the Senators are vowing to ask Brennan "tough questions" since Brennan has been the mastermind of the lethal drone attacks.

    Whether or not your Senators are on the Intelligence Committee, they can publicly raise concerns with Brennan.  Below are a few suggestions.  Feel free to add more before hitting SEND.

  • Yes to changing Medicare age

    Members of Congress who propose changing the eligibility age for Medicare are correct -- but they're headed in the wrong direction.

    We believe they should change it to zero!

    Our country ranks first in money spent on healthcare, but 45th in life expectancy.  One reason is the incredible waste of the private insurance industry, and the additional waste of subsidizing it.  

    Medicare could use many improvements, but it is an order of magnitude more efficient than the for-profit corporations.

    Raising the age for Medicare could leave hundreds of thousands of seniors uninsured, as states with budget deficits fail to expand Medicaid, and as the Department of Health and Human Services continues to issue waivers to businesses and insurance companies.

    Senator Jeff Merkley has called raising the age "a virtual death sentence."

    But lowering the age would increase Medicare's efficiency, improve our health, lengthen our lives, and reduce what we spend on healthcare.

    Tell Congress and the President to make the eligibility age for Medicare zero!

  • People’s Petition Against Austerity

    In solidarity with the Coalition of Resistance in Europe, we in the United States stand shoulder-to-shoulder prepared to nonviolently resist an agenda already more advanced on our own shores.

     

    The failed policies of the politicians and the bankers caused the financial crisis. Spending cuts on peaceful programs, in combination with outrageous military spending, are driving us into poverty. An economic alternative is essential to protect ordinary people, and to save and expand healthcare, retirement, and other human-needs programs.

     

    We call on the forces and individuals who share these ideas to merge as soon as possible into a broad coalition, to create a transitional program, and to coordinate our international actions in order to mobilize the forces of a powerful public movement.

  • Free John Kiriakou

    On June 18, 2009, President Obama declared that no one in the CIA would be prosecuted for torture.  But now a CIA officer is finally going to prison in connection with torture.  However, this CIA officer didn't torture anyone -- he blew the whistle on torture.

    In 2007, John Kiriakou was the first former CIA officer to publicly acknowledge that the CIA was waterboarding people.  The retribution for that act of whistleblowing began immediately.

    The CIA began filing crime reports with the Department of Justice against Kiriakou.  The IRS audited him in 2007 and has done so every year since.  His wife was forced out of her job at the CIA.  In 2010 an FBI agent pretending to be a foreign spy tried to entrap Kiriakou, who reported the incidents to the FBI.  The same FBI follows him everywhere, including into his children's school.

    The DOJ tried unsuccessfully to prosecute Kiriakou under the Espionage Act as a supposed enemy of the state.  He became unemployable and racked up a million dollars in lawyers' bills.

    Now Kiriakou is finally going to prison for 30 months for the act of telling an author the name of someone to interview, even though the name was already known and Kiriakou's prosecution has made it better known. 

    Ask President Obama to pardon or commute Kiriakou's sentence now!

  • No to Kerry

    President Obama's nomination of John Kerry for secretary of state sends the wrong signal to U.S. allies and adversaries alike.

    Kerry's record includes spurious attacks on the International Court of Justice, unqualified defense of Israeli occupation policies and human rights violations, and support for the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    In 2002, Kerry voted against an unsuccessful resolution authorizing the president to use force against Iraq only if the United Nations Security Council permitted such force under the UN Charter.  Kerry instead voted to authorize President Bush to invade unilaterally in violation of the UN Charter, and cosponsored a resolution praising him when he did.

    Most Congressional Democrats voted No, including Senator Robert Byrd, who introduced a resolution in the fall of 2002 upholding Congress' Constitutional war powers.  Kerry voted against it, saying “Every nation has the right to act preemptively if it faces an imminent and grave threat.”

    Please contact your senators below.

    -- Stephen Zunes

  • It doesn't take balls

    While veterans huddle over steam vents to keep warm on the streets of Washington, President Obama will attend the Commander in Chief Ball, a tradition begun by George W. Bush.  He'll also attend a ball being held in the five rooms that held five different balls last time around.  This allows the president to reduce the number of balls he's attending and integrates the dishonest math that dominates budgetary discussions into the inaugural festivities.

    Big shots will pay $250,000 for tickets, while corporate persons will pay $1 million each.  Numerous institutions will hold dozens of balls, cruises, and parties, wasting enough cash to have saved a great many lives.

    Please sign below:

  • If Exxon really wanted to help

    ExxonMobil, the most profitable corporation in the country, is spending some of its money on a series of television ads telling us to invest in education.

    Most of us don't have a lot of money to invest in education.  Exxon does.  In fact, if Exxon were to merely pay what it owes in taxes, the Department of Education could increase its budget 14 percent.

    Corporations are supposed to pay 35% income taxes.  Exxon pays about half that.  A report by Citizens for Tax Justice found that Exxon should have paid $4.1 billion more than it did between 2008 and 2010.  Using the same calculation, we find that Exxon underpaid in 2011 by another $2.1 billion.

    As the Exxon ads keep saying: "Let's solve this!"

  • The Nominee from CitiGroup

    Jack Lew, the President's nominee for Secretary of the Treasury, supported the creation of NAFTA and the deregulation of banks, and has supported similar strategies ever since, without apology or admission of error.

    In October 2008, candidate Barack Obama said: "We know that it's because of deregulation that Wall Street was able to engage in the kind of irresponsible actions that have caused this financial crisis."

    In September 2010, Lew said: "The problems in the financial industry preceded deregulation."

    Who is right, the nominee or the nominator?  They can't both be.

    Tell your senators to reject Jack Lew now.

  • Tell Obama to Tell Karzai It's Over

    Afghanistan's president should hear a clear message from the president of the United States:
    We don't want to do any more killing in your country.
     
    President Obama should also tell President Karzai:
    We won't do anything else to help continue the killing in your country.

    The president is reportedly considering leaving no troops in Afghanistan after the "withdrawal" planned for the end of 2014.  A real withdrawal, of course, would leave no troops or mercenaries behind; this scenario is significant progress. It is not enough.
     
    It's not enough to say, "We're bringing our troops and contractors home in two years." The U.S. president should tell the Afghan president:
    We're bringing them all home now.
    We won't drop any more bombs on your country.
    We won't send any more drones over your country.
    We won't send you any more weapons to kill people in your country.

     
    After more than a decade of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan, and after more than three decades of continuous war in that nation, the last thing Afghans need is more war machinery. But the U.S. shouldn't just walk away.

    An 18-month-old girl just froze to death in a refugee camp in Kabul and was buried beside her brother, who froze to death two weeks earlier.

    Obama should tell Karzai:
    We will send huge quantities of food and blankets to your country.
    We will supply vast amounts of needed medicines.
    We will stay out of Afghanistan while supporting genuine diplomatic efforts for peace by the countries in the region.

  • Jobs Not Wars

    The "fiscal cliff" deal was not all bad. Social Security and Medicare weren't cut. Unemployment benefits were extended. Taxes went up a tiny bit on some of the wealthiest.

    But Pentagon spending remained outrageously high, giveaways to corporations were enormous, the President went back on his commitment to end tax cuts for more of the wealthiest, the deal raised taxes on people making $20-200K per year more than on those making $200-500K, and the debt ceiling limit remained -- setting up a big push to cut Social Security and Medicare in the coming months.

    No deal at all would have been better than this one.
    Had the "Bush" tax cuts expired, the good parts of this deal could have been passed.

    We must now work to take the focus off the deficit and put it on jobs and smart public investment. That means moving the money away from war preparations. Please sign this petition. The greater the number of signers, the greater use we will be able to make of it in influencing the coming showdown.

  • Filibuster: End it, don't mend it


    The U.S. Senate has 100 senators, but 41 make almost every decision. 

    The filibuster, now employed routinely, allows this minority-rule.

    Want to see the super-wealthy taxed? Wars ended? Assault weapons banned? Fossil fuel subsidies eliminated?

    Any step for peace or justice will be an even steeper uphill climb with the filibuster in place.

    This Senate rule is not in the Constitution or any law.  It can be changed or eliminated on Day 1 of the new session by a simple majority of 51 senators.

    "Fixing" minority rule so that the 41 deciders of our public policies are "required" to talk about what they're doing at length on television will not solve the problem any more than throwing Brer Rabbit in the briar patch.

    Please write to your two senators right now below, with a CC to the President, urging them to end the filibuster.

  • Release Qatari Poet Mohammed Ibn Al Ajami

    We, the undersigned, including poets, men and women writing, performing and reciting poetry in all corners of the world, urge the Secretary of State or Foreign Minister of our respective countries to appeal to the Qatari Court for the immediate release of our colleague, Qatari poet Mohammed Ibn Al Ajami, who after spending a year in solitary confinement, on November 29, 2012 was sentenced to life in prison by the Qatari courts.

    Mohammed Ibn Al Ajami’s crime consisted of reciting on November 16, 2011 a poem extolling the courage and values of the popular uprisings in Tunisia, /Oh revolutionary, sing the praises of the struggle with the blood of the people/ in the soul of the free carve the values of revolt/ and to those holding the shroud of the dead tell/ that every victory also bears its ordeals/.

    According to the poet's lawyer, Najib al-Nuaimi, the judge made the whole trial secret [..]"Muhammad was not allowed to defend himself, and I was not allowed to plead or defend in court. I told the judge that I need to defend my client in front of an open court, and he stopped me."

    Rather than making itself an instrument for cracking down on dissent, we believe that the Court should uphold Mohammed Ibn Al Ajami’s right to free speech.  In the tradition of speaking truth to power, following the footsteps of such great poets as Pablo Neruda, Majakovski, Nazim Hikmet, Mahmoud Darwish, Faraj Bayraqdar and innumerable others throughout the world today, such as Colombia’s poet Angye Gaona, Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami placed his poetic talent to the service of a movement for change. The poem he recited called for an end to intolerable conditions, a demand that for the past two years has been aired by millions throughout North Africa and the Arab world.

    In this spirit, we poets and non-poets who perceive the need for worldwide change at the social, political and ecological level, call on the Court to review the appeal, stop siding with repression and lend its ear to the movements that have sprung up all over the world for dignity, social justice and freedom, virtues that poets all over the world are endeavoring to voice and deliver using the beauty and power of poetry.

    Update: The sentence has been reduced to 15 years, and that ruling has been upheld on appeal. We continue to demand immediate release.

  • Enough vagueness. We want gun control.

    All of us share in President Obama's statement about the tragedy in Connecticut: "Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children. We have been through this too many times."
     
    But eloquent words are not enough.
     
    "Mr. Obama has not pushed for expanded gun control during his time in office," the New York Times reported. "And he did not elaborate on any specific legislation he might seek in the wake of the shootings."
     
    In his solemn statement from the White House, the president stayed away from any mention of gun control. He just said, "We’re going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent tragedies like this.”
     
    Vague statements about "meaningful action" aren't good enough.

    Let's urge the president and members of Congress to enact serious national gun control now.

  • Ban Billionaires

    "We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." — Louis Brandeis

    It's time we outlaw billionaires by placing a 100% tax on wealth over $999,999,999.

    Since 1980, the top 1% has taken 80% of all new wealth created.

    The richest 400 Americans -- all of whom are billionaires -- own more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.

    We work harder. Productivity is up. But the profits are taken by the billionaires, who buy politicians and legislate rules to the ever greater advantage of billionaires -- and to the disadvantage of clean air, food, water, security, healthcare, education, retirement, and energy.

    A 94% top marginal income tax rate when this nation was prospering has been reduced to 35% today.  It's time we learned our lesson, reversed these trends, and banned billionaires.

    Please join RootsAction and OpEdNews in sending this message to Congress and the President:

  • Out of Afghanistan: Congress Hears Us

    The majority of us in the United States have favored withdrawing the U.S. military from Afghanistan for years now.  The media credit President Obama with "ending" the war over a period longer than the full duration of most wars, a period to be followed by the ongoing presence of possibly 10,000 troops after the war has "ended."

    That's not good enough.  The Senate has now said so, passing a resolution urging faster withdrawal.

    In the House, Congresswoman Barbara Lee is collecting her colleagues' signatures on a letter to the President urging withdrawal and reminding him that any long-term commitment of troops requires Congressional authorization.

    Please ask your Representative and Senators to sign the letter.

  • Peace on earth should include Afghanistan

    Let there be peace on earth, and let it include Afghanistan.

    We cannot be for peace without being against war.

    We cannot be satisfied with inner peace while wars are being waged with our money and in our names.

    The largest of those wars remains Afghanistan.  It is larger now than when Barack Obama first became president.

    There is no strategic, legal, or -- above all -- moral justification for continuing this war for another year, or for another day.

    Please take a moment to tell our government that we want peace on earth.

  • Six Months Trapped in Embassy

    RootsAction Board Member Jeff Cohen at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

    Six months ago RootsAction members flooded Ecuador's government with requests to grant asylum to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.

    Ecuador did so.

    But Assange has been unable to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, facing the threat of arrest and extradition to the United States, where he could face life in prison or even death.

    Sweden, in an apparently unprecedented move, is seeking to extradite and imprison someone without charging him with a crime -- after having refused opportunities to fully question him in England.

    We don't know the facts behind the sexual assault accusations against Assange in Sweden and can take no position on them.  We take sexual assault seriously.  But the WikiLeaks leader is seeking protection from the United States, not Sweden.

    Sweden has a record of bowing to U.S. pressure, including the handing over of two men to the CIA in 2006 -- leading the U.N. to find Sweden complicit in torture. 

    The United States reportedly has a sealed indictment prepared for Assange, charging him with crimes against "national security."

    The United States has a record of, and an open formal policy of, incarceration without proper trial, solitary confinement and other abusive treatment, and the death penalty.  Assange has the international human right to be protected from such a nation and to request asylum elsewhere.

    Assange, neither charged with nor convicted of any crime, is acting out of fear of our nation's abuses of the rule of law.

    Ask President Obama to publicly end his practice of prosecuting whistleblowers and journalists, and commit to permitting Assange to travel free of U.S. interference.

  • Half of a Grand Bargain

    Speaker of the House John Boehner is refusing to allow a vote to maintain tax cuts for those earning less than $250,000.  But if 218 Congress members sign a discharge petition, they will force the vote.  Then the "Bush tax cuts" can be allowed to expire with only the super-wealthy impacted.

    But this will only be half a solution. 

    Unless the outrageously bloated budget for war preparations is cut, a "grand bargain" between the two political parties will still cut needed spending, including on Medicare.

    Tell your Representative to sign the discharge petition, and to insist on major cuts to military spending.

  • Out of Afghanistan: Congress Hears Us

    UPDATE: Over 90 Congress Members have signed!

    The majority of us in the United States have favored withdrawing the U.S. military from Afghanistan for years now.  The media credit President Obama with "ending" the war over a period longer than the full duration of most wars, a period to be followed by the ongoing presence of possibly 10,000 troops after the war has "ended."

    That's not good enough.  The Senate has now said so, passing a resolution urging faster withdrawal.

    In the House, Congresswoman Barbara Lee is collecting her colleagues' signatures on a letter to the President urging withdrawal and reminding him that any long-term commitment of troops requires Congressional authorization.

    Please ask your Representative and Senators to sign the letter.

  • Outrageous: Keystone XL conflict of interest

    "Susan Rice, the candidate believed to be favored by President Obama to become the next Secretary of State, holds significant investments in more than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that would stand to benefit from expansion of the North American tar sands industry and construction of the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline," OnEarth Magazine reports. "If confirmed by the Senate, one of Rice’s first duties likely would be consideration, and potentially approval, of the controversial mega-project."

    Did they think we wouldn't find out?

    It's indefensible that Rice has millions of dollars invested in oil companies and banks that will make huge profits if the State Department gives approval to the XL pipeline.

    To demand that Rice immediately sell every dollar of stock in every one of those companies, email President Obama below.

  • Truth or Military Consequences

    Many laws require full disclosure of real risks -- before we take out a loan, or transfer a credit-card balance, or swallow a pharmaceutical drug.

    But every year, millions of young people get no such protection -- when they’re deciding whether to join the U.S. military.

    Let’s insist that potential recruits be told the whole story before they sign on the dotted line and put their lives at risk.

    Proper disclosure would let potential recruits know that military service often brings moral regret, trauma, post traumatic stress, sexual assault, injuries to the brain and body, ruined personal relationships, a heightened risk of suicide, or death in combat.

    Potential recruits would also be informed that a small section of the enlistment contract they sign gives the government the power to change their "status, pay, allowances, benefits, and responsibilities as a member of the Armed Forces regardless of the provisions of this enlistment/reenlistment document."  It's not a contract so much as a surrendering of rights.

    Take a minute to be one of thousands of RootsAction.org supporters now raising this issue with their senators and representative in Congress.

  • No tax dollars for bombing civilians

    Bombing civilians is morally unacceptable. When Israel does it. When Hamas does it. Unfortunately, a double standard of human rights is routine in the United States -- where skewed media coverage has reinforced the craven stances of top American officials.

    It is necessary -- but insufficient -- to call for a ceasefire. At the same time, let’s be clear about the U.S. government’s ongoing role.

    The current Israeli assault on Gaza, as Rabbi Alissa Wise noted, “is being paid for thanks to the blank check the Israeli military receives from the U.S. government.”

    In Rabbi Wise’s words, we should ask President Obama “to make sure aid to Israel doesn't continue to violate U.S. laws which specifically prohibit assistance to any country which engages in a consistent pattern of human rights violations.”

    Please tell the President -- and your Senators and Representative in the House -- that our tax dollars should not go to aid Israel or any other country if it consistently violates human rights.

  • What about the climate cliff?

    The "fiscal cliff" is a fictional abstraction. The looming climate catastrophe is anything but.

    Asked at his first post-election press conference what steps he would take about climate change, President Obama was vague if not dismissive.

    "I don’t know what either Democrats or Republicans are prepared to do at this point," he said.  "I think the American people right now have been so focused and will continue to be focused on our economy and jobs and growth that, you know, if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody’s going to go for that."

    We have a proposal: investment in green energy jobs that both provide income and protect our natural environment.

    And we know where to find the money. The same dollars invested in green energy produce 67% more jobs than when invested in the military.

    Our choice is between jobs and wars, not jobs and the earth.

    Tell the President and Congress to focus on the climate cliff before it's too late.

  • Stop an Obama "Grand Bargain"

    At President Obama's first post-election press conference he stressed his eagerness to work with Republicans.

    Without being asked about Medicare or Social Security, he urged "deficit reduction that includes entitlement changes."

    Reporters didn't ask about the option of cutting military spending, and the President never brought it up.

    Does this sound like ingredients of a Grand Bargain you'd like to see?

    Tell the President and Congress to expand Medicare and Social Security, to invest in green energy, to raise taxes on the rich and corporations, and to cut military spending back to the level of 12 years ago.

  • Apple Censors Drone War

    Apple Inc., which has received over $9 million in Pentagon contracts in recent years, has rejected from its App Store, and therefore from all iPhones, a simple informative application.

    Drones+ is an application that shows no depictions of the carnage of war and reveals no secret information.  It simply adds a location to a map every time a drone strike is reported in the media and added to a database maintained by the U.K.'s Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

    Apple has rejected the app as "objectionable and crude."  

    Drone wars continue because the U.S. public is unaware what is being done in our name with our money. We are interested in knowing where our government is using drones and has killed people, not in celebrating that killing.

    The people in Pakistan and Afghanistan and elsewhere living under the drones can't ignore what's being done to them.  Neither should we, as it's done with our money and in our names.

    A recent study by Stanford and NYU found that drones traumatize innocent populations, who have no way of knowing how to protect themselves from drone strikes. Further, only 2% of victims of these strikes are high-level targets. The drones kill civilian men, women, and children, are being used to target rescuers, schools and funerals, and create significant anti-U.S. hostility -- exactly as the Pakistani and Afghan governments have said they do.

    Ask Apple to stop hiding the simplest of facts.

  • Even the New York Times

    Even the New York Times has reversed its position of over 11 years and editorialized for withdrawal from Afghanistan now.

    The crowd at the Republican National Convention cheered for immediate withdrawal when Clint Eastwood and Senator Rand Paul proposed it.

    The U.K. and other allies are speeding up their withdrawal plans.

    A strong majority of Americans has favored withdrawal in polls for years now.

    And who's left favoring two more years of war, followed by 10 more years of lower-level war?

    These guys: Obama, Romney, Biden, and Ryan.

    Tell them to give up on endless war in Afghanistan.

  • Take Useless Missiles Off High Alert

    We have 450 land-based Minuteman III nuclear missiles on high alert.  Despite hundreds of near-disasters due to human and mechanical mistakes over the years, these nuclear-armed missiles could be sent by a U.S. president in 13 minutes or less.  Thirteen minutes, with the very real possibility that false information, an electronic glitch or bad signal, or an error in human judgment, would bring the world as we know it to an end.

    Minuteman III missiles would not, and nothing can, prevent retaliation.  Even without retaliation, their unilateral use would ruin the earth's atmosphere -- all over the earth.  The missiles' only function is to kill others in a process that kills us too.

    An easy immediate step toward sanity would be to de-alert the missiles so that 24 to 72 hours would be needed to launch.  This would increase our security by reducing the likelihood of an accidental or unauthorized launch.  Those intent on achieving nuclear doomsday could rest assured that U.S. submarines and bombers would remain able to complete that job many times over.

    A second obvious step that would also work wonders for our federal budget would be to decommission these missiles.

    De-Alert and decommission now!

  • Make Your Progressive Vote Count for President

    President Romney ?                                

    Initiating signers of the following proposal include Daniel Ellsberg, Cornel West, Frances Fox Piven, Barbara Ehrenreich, Marjorie Cohn, Jim Hightower, Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon.

    Defeat Romney, without illusions about Obama            

    Please tell friends -- no matter what state they live in -- about this proposal for strategic voting, so that progressives can have the most impact with their presidential vote.

    While RootsAction activists have consistently challenged Obama policies (on civil liberties, war and bloated military spending, environment, potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare, to name a few), we know that the policies of a Romney/Ryan administration would be worse on many issues and better on none. Consider Romney’s recent vow to “change course” toward even more war-mongering in the Middle East. Or their profound differences on abortion rights and Supreme Court picks.

    We also know that whether Obama or Romney wins on November 6th will be decided in a dozen states known as “swing” or “battleground” states because they’re so close they could go either way. Those states now include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

    But due to our 18th century system of presidential elections, your vote in nearly 40 non-swing states (e.g. West Coast, most of Northeast, deep South) will not be decisive because one side or the other will easily win those states. Progressives can take strategic advantage of this archaic voting system that’s winner-take-all in each state.

    So please sign this pledge to promote strategic voting: in swing states, we’ll urge progressives to vote against Romney/Ryan by voting for Obama/Biden (despite our vital policy critiques) -- and we’ll urge progressives in non-swing states to seriously consider voting for unabashed peace and justice candidates.

    Noam Chomsky and other respected progressive leaders have supported this voting strategy for years. Chomsky commented this fall: “Between the two choices that are presented, there is I think some significant differences. If I were a person in a swing state, I’d vote against Romney/Ryan, which means voting for Obama because there is no other choice. I happen to be in a non-swing state, so I can either not vote or -- as I probably will -- vote for [Green Party candidate] Jill Stein.”

    RootsAction founding endorser and peace activist Daniel Ellsberg emphatically supports strategic voting. He lives in an overwhelmingly Democratic state and plans to vote for a peace and justice candidate. Of such candidates, Ellsberg says: “I agree with everything they say -- except when they say ‘vote for me’ in a swing state.”

  • Not Another Geithner

    We demand that the President's nominee for Secretary of the Treasury not be another Timothy Geithner.  Appointing someone who had helped create a catastrophe to lead the clean-up has predictably failed.  Geithner has served banks rather than supervising them, while doing nothing to help families facing foreclosure.  Geithner's severe mishandling of the housing crisis has left our economy staggering.

    No more catering to the 1%, no more austerity politics; we need a Treasury Secretary who believes in people, believes in investment and will fight for the high-road, high-wage economy we need to dig us out of this hole.

    Tell President Obama to name a public servant rather than a Wall Street servant, and to do so now.

  • Worst Corporation in the World

    There's tough competition for the title of worst corporation, but at least lately the honor has to go to Shell and its "parent" Royal Dutch Petroleum.

    First, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the case of Nigerian activists murdered and tortured with Shell's complicity. 
    The Court is expected to rule that, although corporations have been given constitutional rights through Citizens United and related decisions, they do not bear responsibility for their crimes, or at least not for their crimes abroad.

    Second, half a dozen Democratic senators are pleading with the Obama administration not to give Shell new leases to drill for oil in the Arctic.  You read that right.  John McCain and Sarah Palin were not elected four years ago, but "Drill, Baby, Drill" survives.  An oil spill in the icy Arctic, with no deepwater port or roads nearby, could make BP's gusher in the Gulf look like child's play.

    Tell Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and President Barack Obama not to reward Shell with Arctic oil.

  • Senators Don't Have To Be Gutless

    After eleven years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan, the twisted ethos of perpetual war goes virtually unchallenged among the 100 members of the U.S. Senate.

    With undue presidential power for making war, the deference is deafening -- and deadly. But it doesn't have to be that way.

    No one in today's Senate comes close to the record of Senator Wayne Morse, who was willing to directly challenge the president of his own party as the war in Vietnam gathered momentum.

    Senator Morse, speaking in 1964, puts the Senators of 2012 to shame. Take a look below.

    Let your Senators know that you're fed up with perpetual war -- and you intend to hold them to a high standard.

  • Tell TSA to Keep Its Hands to Itself

    Our friends over at TSA News have been documenting numerous cases of these abuses by the Transportation Security Administration:

    ** Detaining people simply because they can. The TSA detains people at whim.  This is unlawful detention.
    ** Searching for or questioning passengers about anything other than WEI -- weapons, explosives, and incendiaries -- is expressly forbidden by law. The TSA is not allowed to search for or question you about money, drugs, immigration papers, or anything else. These are illegal searches.
    ** Groping people's genitals, including directly on the skin.

    All of these TSA actions and others are heightening fear, promoting acceptance of racial profiling, and functioning in sync with a foreign policy that generates hatred, under the mistaken belief that giving up our rights will make us safe. Tell the TSA you reject these actions!

  • Italy 1, CIA Torturers 0

    After years of appeals, Italy's high court has upheld the conviction of 23 Americans (22 CIA officers and one military official) for the offense of kidnapping a man off the street in Milan on February 17, 2003, and shipping him to Egypt to be brutally tortured.  

    This final ruling could result in the Italian government demanding the extradition of the 23 convicts. They were tried in absentia and are living freely in the United States.  

    We do not support the use of kidnapping by Italy to apprehend these convicts, although the U.S. government claims that the practice of "rendition" is legal.  Instead, as Americans who support the rule of law and regret that our own government does not enforce it, we strongly encourage the Italian government to request extradition.

    Click below to quickly email the Italian embassy in support of giving real consequences to what has been a long and laborious legal effort -- an effort for which we are profoundly grateful.

  • Explain Nukes to Congress

    Congressman Dennis Kucinich is hosting a Congressional briefing, Thursday, September 20, 2012, on the medical effects of radiation exposure, and the health threats presented by our nation's nuclear power plants, nuclear fleet, and the on-going tragedy in Fukushima, Japan. There will be expert testimony from Physicians for Social Responsibility and others.

    The briefing will give legislators information that they need about the ongoing situation in Japan and the problems with the continued use of nuclear power in the U.S. Radiation is a deadly legacy, and nuclear power is dirty, dangerous and expensive - and unnecessary when we can turn to clean, safe, cheap solar and wind power.

    There is an ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Prior to this disaster, the regulators in Japan said they had all safety measures possible in place. Our Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has said the same thing about our 104 aging nuclear power plants, 23 of which have the same flawed design as in Fukushima.

    Nuclear disasters are not unique to Japan. Chernobyl killed and sickened many, as did Three Mile Island on a smaller scale. A nuclear plant in Virginia was damaged by an earthquake last year.

    Please invite your representative and senators to attend the briefing.

  • Open the Presidential Debates

    In 1987 the Republican and Democratic Parties took over the presidential debates from the League of Women Voters, excluding all other candidates and many topics of discussion.  The two parties' debate commission is corporate-sponsored and the moderators' questions corporate-friendly.

    For each election, the two candidates make agreements to manage the so-called debates.  In 2004, the deal between Bush and Kerry barred them from asking each other questions, and barred members of the audience from asking anything that had not been pre-approved.  "The audience member's microphone shall be turned off after he or she completes asking the question," the agreement promised.  Obama and Romney's agreement will not be public, but there is no doubt that it excludes all other candidates from the debates.

    Here are a few popular, super-majority positions that won't be taken up by either Obama or Romney:

    --shifting hundreds of billions of dollars from war preparation to education, infrastructure, green energy
    --drastically raising taxes on the super wealthy and corporations
    --prosecuting U.S. war crimes
    --ending warrantless spying
    --ending drone wars and assassinations
    --breaking up media monopolies
    --undoing corporate trade agreements
    --expanding Medicare to everyone

    Jill Stein (Green Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) would greatly broaden the bounds of discussion.

    Tell the two big parties you're fed up with their narrow debates, and tell the television networks that you want your airwaves opened up to all candidates who are on enough state ballots to total a majority of the country's electoral votes.

  • Join Shirin Ebadi opposing attack on Iran


    Shirin Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her work on behalf of human rights, women's rights, and children's rights in Iran.  She is a critic of the current Iranian government, and lives in exile.  In a message written for RootsAction, Ebadi opposes any attack on Iran:

    "Not only military attack but even threat of military attack would slow down the progress of democracy in Iran because the government, under the pretext of safeguarding national security, would further intensify its crackdown on pro-democracy activists and critics. Moreover, such an eventuality would incite people's nationalist sentiment, which would cause them to forget their criticisms of the government.

    "I also oppose economic sanctions against Iran because they would increase poverty and deteriorate the economic situation of the people. I favor sanctions that do not harm the people. For instance, the E.U. and U.S. have imposed sanctions on a number of human rights violators in Iran. It has been declared that they cannot enter Europe and the U.S., and their assets would be frozen should they have any on the aforementioned territories.

    "That list should be expanded. Moreover, companies that have sold equipment and software intended for use by the Iranian authorities in the monitoring or interception of internet and telephone communications should be penalized.  These kinds of sanctions will weaken the Iranian government without being harmful to the people. We should try to adopt more targeted sanctions to punish the government for its violation of human rights."
    --Shirin Ebadi

    A decade ago, government lies and media spin brought the disaster of the Iraq war. Don't let the same thing happen again.

    RootsAction will deliver this petition to leaders of the U.S. and Israeli governments, insisting that all diplomatic avenues be pursued and opposing any military attack on Iran.

  • Bigger and better . . .

    OccupyNowForFuture.org

    One year was never going to be enough.  A unified movement for peace and justice must never end.  As Occupy enters year 2, without the corporate media's help, but with months of experience under our belts, we rededicate ourselves to building a society that is fair to everyone, including future generations, a society that doesn't just feed the insatiable greed of the 1%.

  • Join Daniel Ellsberg opposing attack on Iran


    "The danger of a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran -- either before the election or later -- is real and horrifying. It is crucial that we voice our opposition before it is too late.
    "I urge you to add your name to my own and to ask your friends to do the same.
    "We've been helping to prevent this attack for years, and we must not give up now."
    -- Daniel Ellsberg

    A decade ago, government lies and media spin brought the disaster of the Iraq war. Don't let the same thing happen again.

    RootsAction will deliver this petition to leaders of the U.S. and Israeli governments, insisting that all diplomatic avenues be pursued and opposing any military attack on Iran.

  • Summary Execution Is Not Due Process

    President Obama told CNN this fall that he can kill Americans or non-Americans, the difference being that with Americans their killing amounts to their Constitutionally guaranteed due process.

    CNN asked Obama how he chooses names for his kill list, but he declined to say.  Obama claimed that there are checks on his power, pointing only to checks by his own subordinates, not by courts, not by Congress, and not by the public -- which he reassures with vague statements that amount to "trust me."

    Obama claimed that his preference is to capture people rather than to kill them.  This does not fit with cases like that of Tariq Khan, a 16-year-old killed by drone strike following his participation in a conference at which he could have easily been captured.  It does not fit with the lack of criminal charges against virtually any of the people killed.

    Obama claimed that he avoids killing civilians, yet careful research has documented large numbers of civilians killed.

    Tell President Obama to live up to his own rhetorical support for the rule of law and due process.

  • DNC, Say No to War

    Score another victory for RootsAction.org and our allies.  49,763 of us signed the petition at StarsEarnStripes.org protesting NBC's war-is-fun "reality" show co-hosted by former general Wesley Clark.  Activists in New York have held a weekly protest and delivered the petitions.  The bad press has been voluminous, while the viewership has plummeted.  It's safe to say there's no immediate future for this show.

    TV viewers may be spared Wesley Clark for a while as he's been dropped by both NBC and DNC.  Turned down in his offer to speak at the Democratic National Convention, Clark will speak at another event in Charlotte.

    But even with the former NATO commander out of sight, the warfare state drags on.

    Take this moment to ask the DNC to drop its support for war and war preparation.

  • Rising oceans, retreating president

    The earth's climate just took a one-two punch. First a jab from the right:

    Mitt Romney said, "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise...is to help you and your family." Romney got big laughs from convention delegates apparently planning to live on some other planet.

    Then the crushing hook from the "left":

    President Obama gave Shell Oil approval to drill beneath the Arctic Ocean off Alaska.

    President Obama seems to be moving ahead with the Tar Sands pipeline, blocked global action in Copenhagen and Durban, and created fairly weak auto fuel standards.  Romney's promise is to out-do Obama.

    Our job is to push back against both agendas, regardless of how we plan to vote. Self-censorship on climate is not an option.

    Join us in demanding a serious response to climate change.

  • You can help free Pussy Riot

    Pussy Riot photoFor the “crime” of performing a song against Russia’s president Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church, three women in the Pussy Riot band -- Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova -- have each been sentenced to two years in prison.

    But a court hearing in early September could reduce their sentences. There’s no time to lose.

    “We emphasize that we advocate for non-violence and hold a grudge against no one,” the three women wrote in a recent letter. They added that “our laughter is, in a sense, laughter through the tears, and our sarcasm is a reaction to the lawlessness.”

    After a trial that sometimes was no more logical than the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, these women should be free, not locked up in prison!

    RootsAction.org phoned Moscow and talked with Nadya Tolokonnikova’s husband, the artist and Pussy Riot activist Pyotr Verzilov. We were proud to tell him that RootsAction is launching this major online petition campaign in the United States.

    Please take action now -- so history will show that when Russian autocrats cracked down on these brave feminist activists because of their demonstrated commitment to human rights, free expression and democracy, huge numbers of Americans responded with love and solidarity!

  • Tell 12 Governors Not to Block Medicaid

    Texas Governor Rick Perry is one of 12 governors opting out or considering opting out of an expansion of Medicaid.

    Matthew Solis, 22, is a single father in San Juan, Texas, with joint custody of his 4-year-old daughter. He works 25 hours a week for minimum wage while attending college full-time. He can’t afford private insurance, and he makes about $8,700 a year – too much to qualify for Medicaid in his state.

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was supposed to expand Medicaid to cover everyone within 133% of the federal poverty level (like Matthew) by 2014; however, the Supreme Court took away the federal government’s ability to enforce this expansion, allowing states to opt-out. So far, 12 governors have opted-out or are considering doing so, leaving millions of working poor Americans without any access to healthcare.

    RootsAction and Healthcare-NOW!
    are teaming up to tell Rick Perry and all the governors refusing to participate in the Medicaid expansion: "Expand Medicaid to 133% of the federal poverty rate."

    Once we collect 25,000 signatures, single-payer activists in Texas will hand deliver them to Gov. Perry's office. Then we'll work to get the petition to the governors of Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and any other state threatening to opt out.

    Roots Action and Healthcare-NOW! share a commitment to securing healthcare as a human right under an improved and expanded Medicare-for-all model.  Protecting the current expansion of Medicaid is a small but necessary and life-saving step in that direction, as people like Matthew rise up to lead this campaign in every community in the United States.  Please add your name now!

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  • Thank Ecuador. Shame UK.

    Over 14,000 of you asked Ecuador to grant asylum to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.  That nation's embassy in Washington publicly and favorably acknowleged your support, and Ecuador's government has granted asylum.

    The UK has threatened to raid the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Assange is now.  This would violate an inviolable international standard. The BBC reported that Britain's foreign secretary, William Hague, "said the UK would not allow Mr. Assange safe passage out of the country."

    We don't know the facts behind the sexual assault accusations against Assange and can take no position on them.  We take sexual assault seriously.  But the WikiLeaks leader is seeking protection from the United States, not Sweden.

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offered to go to Sweden -- if Sweden would not extradite him to the United States on "espionage" charges -- and Sweden refused.  Assange has not been charged with any crime in any country. Persecution for acts of journalism must be prevented, and you are doing your part.  Ecuador deserves the world's thanks, and the UK our outrage.

  • Tell Obama and Congress: No Compromise on Social Security and Medicare

    The Romney-Ryan platform includes big cuts to Social Security and Medicare. But here's something the New York Times reported about President Obama:

    "He particularly believes that Democrats do not receive enough credit for their willingness to accept cuts in Medicare and Social Security."

    It's time we asked the President and every member of Congress to commit to not cutting a dime from Medicare or Social Security.

  • State Dept. Must Review Decision on Visas for Afghan Peace Volunteers

    Together with our allies, we flooded the State Department with emails asking them to grant a visa to Hakim, a leading peace activist in Afghanistan.  When Hakim re-applied, the U.S. Consulate reconsidered his case and granted the visa.

    But Hakim is a mentor to the Afghan Peace Volunteers.  When he visits the United States, at least two of those youths should come with him.  Abdulhai and Ali (in photo at right) care deeply about their country.  They are not a risk to stay in the United States (as the State Department fears).  The only risk is that they will tell us what our occupation of their country is doing, and what they are doing to promote nonviolent alternatives.

    We submitted a petition to the State Department with thousands of signatures, to no apparent effect.  Visas for Abdulhai and Ali have been denied. Now it's time to flood our government with emails again.  Let them know how much this means!

    If you are a U.S. citizen, please use this slightly different letter.

  • State Dept. Must Review Decision on Visas for Afghan Peace Volunteers

    Together with our allies, we flooded the State Department with emails asking them to grant a visa to Hakim, a leading peace activist in Afghanistan.  When Hakim re-applied, the U.S. Consulate reconsidered his case and granted the visa.

    But Hakim is a mentor to the Afghan Peace Volunteers.  When he visits the United States, at least two of those youths should come with him.  Abdulhai and Ali (in photo at right) care deeply about their country.  They are not a risk to stay in the United States (as the State Department fears).  The only risk is that they will tell us what our occupation of their country is doing, and what they are doing to promote nonviolent alternatives.

    We submitted a petition to the State Department with thousands of signatures, to no apparent effect.  Visas for Abdulhai and Ali have been denied. Now it's time to flood our government with emails again.  Let them know how much this means!

    If you're not a U.S. citizen please use this
    slightly different letter.

  • Resist Fracking and Mountaintop Removal

    We can't drink money.  We can't breathe money.  We can't grow healthy crops in money.  Yet we're behaving (or our government is) as if we believed such absurdities are possible.

    • The Appalachian Communities Health Emergency (ACHE) Act (H.R. 5959) would put a moratorium on mountaintop-removal coal mining and its destruction of ecosystems and human health.  This act would help people in some of our poorest regions who are suffering from birth defects, cancer, and chronic heart, lung, and kidney disease.

    • The Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act (H.R. 1084, and S. 587) would repeal the Halliburton Loophole of 2005 that exempts gas drillers from the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, and other safeguard laws.  Until we close this loophole, we aren't allowed to even know what chemicals the corporate drillers are injecting into our water supplies, poisoning people and croplands in many states.

    Tell Congress to stop the attack on the Earth now by passing these two common-sense, first-step measures.

  • From StarsEarnStripes.org:

    NBC Invents War-o-tainment


    Demand a more accurate picture of war by signing the petition to NBC below.

    NBC has created an entertainment show that breaks new ground. "Stars Earn Stripes" is co-hosted by retired U.S. general Wesley Clark.  NBC promoted the show during its Summer Olympics telecast as the next big sporting event.  But the sport it's exhibiting is war.

    On "Stars Earn Stripes," celebrities pair-up with members of the U.S. military to compete at war-like tasks, including "long-range weapons fire." Only there isn't any of the killing or dying.

    Our wars kill huge numbers of people, primarily civilians, and often children and the elderly.  NBC is not showing this reality on its war-o-tainment show any more than on its news programs.  Other nations' media show the face of war, giving people a very different view of war-making.

    In the United States, our tax dollars are spent by the billions each year marketing the idea that war is a sport and associating the military with sporting events.  Media companies like NBC are complicit in the propaganda.

    While 57% of federal discretionary spending goes to the military, weapons makers can't seem to get enough of our tax dollars.  In the spirit of transferring veterans' care to the realm of private charity, "Stars Earn Stripes" will give prize money each week to "military-based charities" in order to "send a message."  We have our own message that we will be delivering to NBC: Don't lie to us.

    One of NBC’s corporate parents, General Electric, takes war very seriously, but not as human tragedy -- rather, as financial profit.  (GE is a big weapons manufacturer.) A retired general hosting a war-o-tainment show is another step in the normalization of permanent war.

    Please sign this short petition to NBC:

  • Abolish Tuition, Forgive Student Debt

    Student loan debt is now deeper and broader than credit card debt. 

    It's over a trillion dollars.

    We must restore inexpensive or free higher education.

    We could make public colleges free for roughly what we continue to waste each year on the "Bush tax cuts" for the wealthy or for about 7% of what we spend each year on the military.

    We can provide immediate relief for students burdened with outrageous education debt, by passing the Student Loan Forgiveness Act (H.R. 4170). 

    This bill would give relief to borrowers with both federal and private student loans.

    Tell your representative to sign on.
     
    This is the first of many steps we need to take to ensure that education is a right, not a privilege.



    March of the Student Debt Slaves
    Credit: The Backbone Campaign

    Support Backbone Campaign Student Debt Jubilee Fellows
    Natalia Abrams and Kyle McCarthy
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  • Let's Save Jeju Island

    A coordinated international campaign is trying to save South Korea's beautiful Jeju Island from destruction.

    The World Conservation Congress 2012 is being held on Jeju Island -- while just four miles away, in the island's Gangjeong Village, construction is beginning on a massive new naval base to be used by the U.S.

    The extraordinary biological diversity, unique volcanic topography, and the culture of Jeju Island attract many tourists. The Sea of Gangjeong is a national cultural treasure adjacent to a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Only 114 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins remain in Korea, and they live here -- one of many species threatened by base construction. The damage will be devastating.

    But Samsung, the primary contractor for base construction, is sponsoring the World Conservation Congress (WCC), which is pretending all is well.

    94% of the residents of Gangjeong Village have voted against construction of the base.

    If the base is constructed, it will host nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, as well as Aegis missile-carrying warships. U.S. taxpayers will pay the cost of the Obama administration "pivot" into the Asia-Pacific, while Jeju Islanders pay with a damaged home.  Ultimately, the cost to the earth and the risk of war will belong to all of us.

    Demand that Samsung halt construction and the WCC oppose the base.

  • We Got Hakim a Visa. Ali and Abdulhai Need Them Too.

    Together with our allies (Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Global Exchange), we flooded the State Department with emails asking them to grant a visa to Hakim, a leading peace activist in Afghanistan.  When Hakim re-applied, the U.S. Consulate reconsidered his case and they granted the visa.

    But Hakim is a mentor to the Afghan Peace Volunteers.  When he visits the United States, at least two of those youth should come with him.  Abdulhai and Ali (in photo at right) care deeply about their country.  They are not a risk to stay in the United States (as the State Department fears).  The only risk is that they will tell us what our occupation of their country is doing, and what they are doing to promote nonviolent alternatives.

    Hakim expresses his gratitude and tells Abdulhai and Ali's moving stories here.

    Please sign this petition, which will be delivered to the U.S. State Department.  Please ask everyone you know to do the same.

  • Congress Set to Waste 57 Percent of Our Taxes

    Congress will debate and vote on a bill -- the so-called "Defense Appropriations Act" -- that will make us less safe by dumping over $600 billion into preparations for war.  Combined with military spending in other departments, this is 57% of all federal discretionary spending.

    Included in the bill is $88 billion for continued war right now in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Pretending those wars are over doesn't stop the flow of funds -- which are needed for such domestic human needs as education, healthcare, and clean energy.

    Moving our representatives toward decent spending priorities is a long-term project.  But should they pass this bill, we can at least force them to begin some military cuts.  We can insist that they keep the bipartisan ban on military sponsorships of NASCAR and other sporting events -- and vote for budget-cutting amendments being proposed by Rep. Barbara Lee.

    You’ll remember that Barbara Lee was the only member of Congress who voted against the Sept 14, 2001, blank check to George Bush for endless military adventure known as the “2001 Authorization to Use Military Force.”

    Please forward to everyone you know this recent comment from Rep. John Lewis, the legendary civil rights activist:

    "War is obsolete. It cannot be used as a tool of our foreign policy. It's barbaric. ... If I had to do it all over again, I would have voted with Barbara Lee. It was raw courage on her part. So, because of that, I don’t vote for funding for war. I vote against preparation for the military. I will never again go down that road."

    Tell your Representative to support good amendments but reject the full bill.

  • Why He Didn't Shake Hillary's Hand

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met a young man in Laos whose hand she couldn't shake. Three years ago, Phongsavath Souliyalat lost both his hands and his eyesight while walking home from school on his 16th birthday when a 40-year-old cluster bomb finally exploded.

    There are 80 million unexploded U.S. bombs in Laos stemming from the Vietnam War era. These bombs keep on killing and maiming; they've killed 20,000 Laotian farmers and their children since the bombing ended in 1973.

    Clinton's efforts in Laos are focused on encircling China with U.S. allies.  She's investing in a massive new embassy in Laos, but not in a massive cleanup of our bombs. Clinton is lobbying other nations against the treaty banning cluster bombs -- a treaty signed by 111 nations but not ours.

    Ask Secretary Clinton to support the Convention on Cluster Munitions and to clean up the U.S. bombs in Laos.

  • Military NASCAR Ads May Be Ending

    A bipartisan measure in Congress has passed through committee that would stop spending $80 million for military sports sponsorships, primarily auto racing.  House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) is fighting to restore that funding.

    While $80 million is small compared to billions the military spends annually on recruitment and advertising or the trillion each year in total military spending, this $80 million is important:  The Army claims that one-third of its recruits come from motorsports marketing, including through its recruiting stations at the racetracks.

    Congress members funded by weapons corporations are intent on avoiding the minor cuts imposed by last year's Budget Control Act, much less the serious cuts needed to benefit our economy, the environment, or the nations at risk of facing our bombs.

    Tell your Representative to vote against military-sponsored NASCAR drivers.

    Note: The Army has just announced it won't sponsor NASCAR next year -- but we need Congress to ban all military sports sponsorships by law.  The National Guard is a far bigger funder than the Army.

  • No to Humanitarian Imperialism in Iran & Syria

    Proponents of war lied about Iraq.  They claimed a humanitarian purpose long after the WMD claim fell apart.  In the end, they devastated Iraq and caused untold suffering.
     
    Proponents of war lied about Afghanistan and continue to kill and destabilize there to this day in the name of humanitarianism and women's rights.  They ignore the right not to be bombed.
     
    They lied about Libya, a nation now facing catastrophe following "humanitarian" bombing.
     
    They're lying about Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, fueling hatred with drone wars, endangering us all.
     
    The lies about Syria and Iran are flowing freely.  But neither the motivation nor the likely result of the warmongering is humanitarian. 
     
    Please add your name to this petition, which we will deliver to Congress and the President:

  • Let Afghan Peace Activist Visit U.S.

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    UPDATE: We won! Hakim has been granted a visa! Thank you to everyone who helped!

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    Dr. Wee Teck Young is a Singaporean physician and activist who has lived and worked in Afghanistan for years, organizing a group of young people called the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers.  They have worked to promote nonviolent alternatives, ethnic reconciliation, and an end to war.

    Dr. Wee shuns his official title, preferring "Hakim," the name bestowed on him by Afghans after he had served as a public health doctor among refugees on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  In the Dari language, "Hakim" means "learned one and local healer."

    This week, the Fellowship of Reconciliation awarded Hakim its International Peace Prize.  Also this week, the U.S. State Department refused to grant Hakim a visa to visit the United States, where he would speak about nonviolence.

    Urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to grant Hakim a visa.

  • Let Vermont Show the Way on Healthcare

    The Supreme Court's ruling upholding the healthcare mandate will help some people in the short term -- including those with pre-existing conditions and people under 26.  But it also means continuing with a malfunctioning profit-driven system in which we pay twice what other nations do for healthcare, receive inferior care, and enrich private health insurance corporations.

    Forcing people to buy insurance from these increasingly powerful for-profit firms is not a long-term solution to healthcare.  And the ruling allows states to opt out of Medicaid expansion, meaning that coverage will be uneven across the country.

    There's good news: Some states are working hard to develop cost-effective, inclusive healthcare systems for their states. Vermont's government has legislated a single-payer system of healthcare for all. But Congress has imposed obstacles on states that want real reform.

    Tell Congress and the President to take away the barriers, allowing Vermont to succeed. 

  • Obama Trade Deal Worse Than NAFTA

    As a candidate, Obama promised to renegotiate NAFTA, the trade deal that has undermined workers and the environment.  Now leaks of negotiations with eight Pacific countries reveal Obama's intention to out-NAFTA NAFTA.  

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal has been negotiated in secret (except for 600 corporate advisors). The TPP would:

    --reward outsourcing of jobs to lower-wage countries;
    --give foreign corporations immunity from U.S. laws;
    --allow foreign corporations to challenge U.S. laws in foreign (secret) tribunals; and
    --wipe out national protections for workers or the environment.

    Take a minute to tell President Obama (and Congress) that we won't stand for it.

  • Asylum for WikiLeaks Founder

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is asking Ecuador for asylum, while Sweden seeks to extradite him from England. 

    Sweden, in an apparently unprecedented move, is seeking to extradite and imprison someone without charging him with a crime -- after having refused opportunities to fully question him in England.

    We don't know the facts behind the sexual assault accusations against Assange and can take no position on them.  We take sexual assault seriously.  But the WikiLeaks leader is seeking protection from the United States, not Sweden.

    Sweden has a record of bowing to U.S. pressure, including the handing over of two men to the CIA in 2006 -- leading the U.N. to find Sweden complicit in torture. 

    The United States reportedly has a sealed indictment prepared for Assange
    , charging him with crimes against 'national security.'

    The United States has a record of, and an open formal policy of, incarceration without proper trial, solitary confinement and other abusive treatment, and the death penalty.  Assange has the international human right to be protected from such a nation and to request asylum elsewhere.

    Assange, neither charged with nor convicted of any crime, is acting out of fear of our nation's abuses of the rule of law.  It is the same fear that has led some of his WikiLeaks colleagues to quit doing the work that has so benefitted the people of our country and the world.

    Ask Ecuador to grant asylum to the WikiLeaks founder.

  • Let's Get Bradley Manning the Nobel Peace Prize

    Brad M Demo

    We have so flooded the Nobel Committee with emails that they've stopped accepting them.  So we've started this petition, which we will have delivered to them. 

    Please sign!

  • Send Jamie Dimon a Message From Robin Hood

    robin hood photoJamie Dimon received a pay package of $23 million last year as C.E.O. of J.P. Morgan Chase.  Dimon is about to receive a flood of emails from Robin Hood, announcing the launch of a new campaign with a huge coalition behind it.  Send him one more right now!

  • Ban Weaponized Drones from the World


    Meticulous researchers have documented that U.S. drones are killing many innocent civilians in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.  Drones are making the world less stable and creating new enemies. Their remoteness provides those responsible with a sense of immunity.

    Weaponized drones are no more acceptable than land mines, cluster bombs, or chemical weapons.  The world must renounce and forbid their manufacture, possession, or use. Violators must be held accountable.

    We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, urge

    • the United Nations Secretary General to investigate the concerns of Navi Pillay, the U.N.'s top human rights official, that drone attacks violate international law -- and to ultimately pursue sanctions against nations using, possessing, or manufacturing weaponized drones;
    • the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to investigate grounds for the criminal prosecution of those responsible for drone attacks;
    • the U.S. Secretary of State, and the ambassadors to the United States from the nations of the world, to support a treaty forbidding the possession or use of weaponized drones;
    • President Barack Obama Donald Trump, to abandon the use of weaponized drones, and to abandon his "kill list" program regardless of the technology employed;
    • the Majority and Minority Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, to ban the use or sale of weaponized drones.
    • the governments of each of our nations around the world, to ban the use or sale of weaponized drones.

  • Nancy Pelosi: Which Side Are You On?

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has openly expressed her support for a plan similar to that produced by the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission, a plan that would ultimately cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits while protecting the wealthy from taxes.

    It's gotten worse.

    Pelosi now says she also favors keeping the Bush-Obama tax cuts in place for those with incomes up to $1 million. (President Obama has said he supports keeping the tax cuts only for those below $250,000.)  The Pelosi proposal would lose billions in revenue and would likely mean additional massive cuts to human needs.

    Tell Congresswoman Pelosi that we will never allow the stripping of our safety net to protect the wealthy from taxes.

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  • Let States Create Single-Payer Healthcare

    Canadians got universal, nonprofit health insurance one province at a time.  Several U.S. states are trying.  But the 2010 healthcare bill protected insurance company profits by making it harder for states to act.

    Rep. Jim McDermott is drafting legislation that would allow states to provide their people with universal health coverage and save money -- by cutting private insurance companies and their profits and bureaucracy out of the picture.

    Ask your Representative to back the "State-Based Universal Healthcare Act."

  • Don't Legalize Propaganda, Prosecute It

    For as long as the United States government has sought to deceive foreign nations for its own ends, it has been legally forbidden from aiming propaganda at the U.S. public.

    A bipartisan group of Congress members slipped a repeal of that ban into the military authorization bill that passed the House last week.

    In 2006 we learned that the U.S. government was secretly producing "independent" video news stories talking up alleged successes in the Iraq war.

    In 2008 we learned that the Pentagon was secretly directing "independent" pundits, retired military officers, to propagandize the public on behalf of war.

    Every new war or "intervention" or "targeted killing" is packaged in lies.

    The answer is not to throw up our hands and legalize these abuses.  The answer is to prosecute them.

  • NATO not welcome here

    NATO plans to meet in Chicago on May 20th to discuss an ongoing war in Afghanistan and a number of possible new wars.

    NATO (The North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was set up 63 years ago to "contain communism" in Europe.  It's a cold war relic whose time has long past.

    NATO was always an undemocratic institution, but it once claimed a defensive purpose.  NATO has militarized the nations of Europe against the will of their people.  NATO maintains hundreds of nuclear weapons in non-nuclear European nations, in blatant violation of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.  NATO threatens Russia - no longer our communist "enemy" - with missile base construction on its borders.

    NATO has lost its reason to exist if it ever had one.  Say No to NATO now.

  • New Bill Ends All Fossil Fuel Subsidies

    Our government isn't failing to address global warming.  It's aggressively making it worse by giving at least $11 billion per year to some of the most profitable corporations on earth.

    Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Keith Ellison have just introduced legislation that would eliminate all oil, coal and gas production subsidies.

    If this bill passes, there will be no more tax breaks, financial assistance, royalty relief, or any of the numerous other giveaways currently going to the fossil fuel industry.

    Tell Congress to put that $11 billion to better use.

  • Demand Probe of Rupert Murdoch

    For decades, Rupert Murdoch has been the most powerful media mogul on earth – anointing, manipulating and intimidating political leaders across the globe, including U.S. presidents.  Headquartered in the U.S., Murdoch’s News Corp. owns dozens of American outlets including Fox News, Fox Broadcasting, Wall Street Journal and New York Post.

    A British Parliamentary committee has declared Rupert Murdoch “not a fit person” to run a major company. The committee found that Murdoch had “turned a blind eye and exhibited willful blindness” while his London newspapers massively hacked into private citizens’ phones and computers – and bribed police officials.

    When a U.S. company bribes foreign officials, it violates the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. And the British attorney whose lawsuits broke open the scandal alleges that Murdoch’s journalists committed the crime of phone-hacking against victims in the U.S.

  • Leaving Afghanistan by Staying

    President Obama has signed an agreement with President Karzai to keep a major U.S. military presence in Afghanistan through the end of 2014, and to allow a significant unspecified military presence beyond that date, with no end date stipulated. 

    But Obama forgot to provide any reason not to withdraw from Afghanistan now.  Rep. Barbara Lee has a bill for withdrawal now. Tell Congress to back HR 780.

    The agreement says it becomes effective when "the Parties notify one another, through diplomatic channels, of the completion of their respective internal legal requirements."  The U.S. Constitution requires ratification by the Senate of all treaties.

  • Punish Bush and Cheney First

    The United States Congress is outraged because Russia appears to have imprisoned, tortured, and murdered a whistleblower.  In a chorus of bipartisan unity, members of the U.S. House and Senate have introduced legislation aimed at punishing those members of the Russian government presumed responsible: imposing travel bans and freezing their assets.

    Meanwhile George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney are selling books in which they openly confess to the crime of war and all that comes with it, including lawless imprisonment and torture.  They have openly confessed in their books and on television, repeatedly, to a form of torture that the current Attorney General of the United States admits is torture. And, although it is little mentioned in U.S. media, the policies of Bush and Cheney led directly to the torture of over 100 people to death.

    Freeze their assets.  Ban their travel.  Impeach them, convict them, and remove their pensions while banning them from ever again holding federal office.  Censure them.  Expose the evidence. Refer criminal prosecutions to the Department of Justice.

  • Kids Sue to Force Government Action on Global Warming

    Following decades without useful action by our government to address global warming, a group of young people in the iMatter Movement are suing on behalf of their entire generation. And there's hope -- thanks to a judge in Texas.

    Their lawsuit in federal court (dismissed but back in the judge's hands with a motion to reconsider) argues that our atmosphere is a public trust held for both present and future generations.  James Hansen and other leading climate scientists are supporting the suit, which seeks to compel the government to address climate change. The National Association of Manufacturers and other top polluters joined the suit as voluntary co-defendants and argued for dismissal in May.

    But now, in the words of Alec Loorz, founder of Kids vs. Global Warming: "In the midst of the hottest summer on record, with 3,282 heat records broken during June alone, drought conditions to rival the dust bowl era, and ravaging wildfires, a glimmer of hope to reverse the trend of the climate crisis emerged from the most unlikely of places: Texas."

    Youths from the iMatter Movement, working with Our Children's Trust, have filed suits in states around the country, and Texas judge Gisela Triana has now ruled that the atmosphere is indeed a public trust which the state has a duty to protect. This is how hope and change begin.

    But President Obama has still not met with the youths and scientists who are seeking nothing less than to save the world. Ask him to.

  • States vs. Citizens United

    montanaMontana has taken a stand against the legalization of bribery more commonly known as unlimited corporate election spending. If Montana succeeds in defying the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, the other 49 states will be able to do the same.

    The U.S. Supreme Court may soon hear a case between the State of Montana and two corporations suing for their "human right" to the "free speech" of unlimited election spending. The Supreme Court could take this opportunity to undo its disastrous Citizens United decision.  Or it could decline to take up the case by agreeing with the Montana Supreme Court that Montana's law does not violate the First Amendment. Or the U.S. Supreme Court could strip Montana of its right not to see its elections sold to the highest bidder.

    As goes Montana, so go the other 49 states. All of our Governors and Attorneys General can take a public position now in support of Montana's right to limit corporate election spending.

  • Iran War Hawks Upset as Peace Threat Looms

    The United States and other major nations have finally spoken with Iran. In 10 hours of talks, Iran agreed to a framework for ensuring that its nuclear program is only used for civilian purposes.
     
    This prospect for peace was immediately denounced by right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman and other members of Congress – who may try to block further talks.
     
    A Senate effort to prevent the talks from even beginning had been blocked by Sen. Rand Paul. Now Congress is coming back with more deadly sanctions, ultimatums, and resolutions requiring war.
     
    But Congresswoman Barbara Lee has a bill with 21 cosponsors that would allow and require talks. Tell your Representative to sign onto Barbara Lee's HR 4173, and your Senators to enact the same.

  • Our Taxes Pay for What?

    There's a reason the United States has a hard time funding green energy, healthcare, education, infrastructure, or transportation.

    We have 5% of the world's people and over 50% of the world's military spending -- and through that spending we enrich the richest 1%.

    In Obama's proposed 2013 budget, military spending will become 57% of discretionary spending. This drains our economy, endangers our country, strips our civil liberties, demolishes our natural environment, and kills many people, including innocent civilians.

    Tell the war makers to move the money to more legal and moral activities.

  • Your Taxes Enrich the Rich, So Does Obama


    One hundred years ago, the unsinkable Titanic was sailing confidently toward the iceberg. Today our government is rearranging deck chairs, while billionaires build underground luxury condos in which to survive any disaster.

    Income inequality has grown more rapidly under Obama than under Bush, according to the latest IRS data. Raising taxes on billionaires to the same rate paid by working people ("the Buffett rule") would be a start, but keeping our country afloat is going to require taxing billionaires far more heavily than working people.

    We have hugely profitable corporations (including General Electric, Wells Fargo, and Verizon) paying no or negative taxes, and investors paying lower taxes on their "earnings" than people who actually earn their income. It's time we closed the loopholes and joined the nations that are instituting a financial transactions tax on the speculators.

    Tell the people who tax us to tax the overclass.

  • Mr President: Watch This Video



    It’s been decades since the Cold War ended, yet our country still has 450 U.S. inter-continental ballistic missiles deployed and ready to fire at Russia on a moment's notice.
     
    The Russian people are not our enemy.  Their dancing – and this video – inspires us.
     
    Let’s get rid of these missiles. Let’s take a giant dance step toward peace .
     

     
     

  • New Nuke Plants Can Be Stopped


    Nuclear plants don't have public support and they can't make it in the "free market" because nobody other than the government (meaning, we the taxpayers) will guarantee loans or subsidize their insurance.

    Georgia's double-reactor Vogtle project has been sold thanks to federal loan guarantees. Even though President Obama wants to lavish $8.33 billion in financing on Southern Company, the company is balking at the terms imposed by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

    So are Georgia ratepayers, already facing higher payments that Southern Company gets to keep whether or not it ever builds anything.

    This is corporate welfare at its worst.


    Tell the Office of Management and Budget not to lower its standards, and in fact to raise them. Let's make this the last time new, taxpayer-subsidized nuclear construction is considered in this country!

  • Every Empire Leaves Afghanistan


    The U.S. occupation of Afghanistan will not last forever. All empires end up leaving.

    The Obama Administration and NATO are seeking a treaty that would keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan indefinitely as "support."  But a recent CBS/N.Y. Times poll found that 80% of the U.S. public wants all troops home by the end of 2014 or sooner (47% want all troops home sooner).

    There's a bill in the House of Representatives that would speed it up to RIGHT NOW. The bill has 70 cosponsors.  Let's add 30 more.

    Afghanistan is the longest U.S. war ever.  Even President George W. Bush created a treaty that required all troops to leave Iraq, and the Iraqis compelled Obama to abide by it.  The question now, crazy as it may seem, is whether we can end a war without Bush.

    Let's show Obama that we're still for peace.

    Tell our government the time to end this war is now!

  • Tax Super PACs at 99%


    Across the political spectrum, Americans agree that the Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate spending on elections, has been a disaster – and that the Super PACs doing most of that spending should be banned. The Super PAC-funded attack ads dominating the Republican primaries have become national jokes.

    The Supreme Court maintains that corporations have the "human" right to "speak" by buying our elections.  Until the Supreme Court changes its mind or we amend the Constitution, we would seem to be at an impasse.

    But there is an immediate fix that RootsAction learned of from our friends at BradBlog. Congress or our states could tax Super PAC donations heavily. When this country was in deep depression in the 1930s, President Roosevelt proposed taxing income above a high level at 100%, and achieved 94%. We propose taxing donations to Super PACs by as much as 99% – in the name of the 99% of us lacking voices in pay-to-play politics.

    It can't violate corporations' “human rights” to tax them. We humans are taxed all the time.

    Tax Super PAC donations at 99% starting now.

  • Universal Healthcare Without Individual Mandate

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    If the U.S. Supreme Court rejects the individual mandate for healthcare this summer (and even if it doesn't), we should be aware that this was never a real solution and that something better is available.  We should make Congress and our state legislatures aware now.

    Most rich countries spend much less on healthcare and provide it for everyone without mandating the purchase of health insurance from private corporations.  They use non-profit systems like single-payer that cut out the middleman, the bureaucracy, the advertising, and the profit motive.

    Congress has the Constitutional right to pass laws "necessary and proper for carrying into execution" its powers, including providing for the "general welfare."  Medicare and veterans' healthcare are single-payer systems that could easily be expanded to include everyone.  It is arguably not "necessary and proper" to require people to buy an expensive, inadequate product from a private corporation.

    If the individual mandate ends, let's not lose heart.  Let's seize the opportunity. States are moving ahead with single-payer, but Obama's healthcare law included measures aimed at making it harder for states to act.  Vermont has passed single-payer and is struggling with these hurdles now. 

    An amendment to fix this was passed in House committee during the 2009 healthcare debate but then unceremoniously stripped out by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

    Tell Congress to allow states to create single-payer now.

  • Send RootsAction Cofounder to Congress


    A cofounder of RootsAction – lifelong activist and author NORMAN SOLOMON -- is running one of the most exciting campaigns for Congress anywhere in the country.

    Please help Norman get to Washington
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    When he’s in Congress, he’ll fight for the full RootsAction agenda: cut military spending; end corporate personhood; tax Wall Street; launch green jobs programs; restore civil liberties; out of Afghanistan; no attack on Iran; etc. etc.

    Norman has built a powerful grassroots campaign in California’s North Coast district -- with over 850 volunteers and nearly 4,200 individual donors. But he is up against big-money: two corporate-connected Democrats will outspend him roughly 2 to 1.  Norman accepts no corporate money.

    Please donate to help level the field for Norman.

    Remember: when the great Paul Wellstone -- another lifelong progressive activist -- got into the U.S. Senate, he won despite being outspent 7 to 1.

    Norman can win in this progressive district. He’s hugely respected for his three trips to Iraq to try to stop the U.S. invasion, for his 12 books, for the "War Made Easy" documentary, for leaving Glenn Beck speechless in a TV debate, for cofounding the media watch group FAIR, for co-chairing the national “Healthcare Not Warfare” campaign, for leading movements for peace, justice and sustainability.

    Besides donating to the Norman Solomon campaign, please urge any friends or relatives you know who live near California’s North Coast (from Marin County to the Oregon border) to vote and volunteer for him.

    The primary is June 5 (voting-by-mail begins early May).

    Check out Norman’s campaign website or his amazing bio.

  • Restore Habeas Corpus


    The presidential power to imprison anyone forever without a trial is now U.S. law, having been signed by the President on New Year's Eve.

    A bill sponsored by Senator Diane Feinstein would undo it, but only for U.S. citizens.

    Human rights must belong to all human beings.

    The presidential power to kill anyone without a trial was claimed by Attorney General Eric Holder in a speech at Northwestern University Law School this month.

    "The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process," said Holder, ignoring the specific process required by Article III, Section 3 in cases of treason. 

    Stephen Colbert explains that the new due process is "do process," amounting to whatever the president chooses to do.

    You have to laugh.  You also have to act.

    Tell Congress and the President we want habeas corpus and the right not to be killed restored.

  • Obama Offers to Cut Social Security, Medicare

    pie chartThe Washington Post revealed this weekend that the White House has a current offer "still on the table" to make billions of dollars of cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Democratic Leaders in Congress, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, grudgingly agreed to the deal, according to the Post.

    Obama should veto any budget that does not increase taxes on the wealthy. But missing from the entire budget discussion is the existence of absurdly bloated military spending.

    Military spending takes over half of discretionary spending and is protected by the silence of both parties and the media.  Military spending hurts the economy, rather than boosting it. Military spending makes us less safe, destroys the environment, erodes civil liberties, concentrates presidential power, blocks progressive initiatives, and kills large numbers of people.

    And polls show the majority of Americans want military spending cut.

    Tell Obama, Reid, and Pelosi to cut the military instead of human needs.

  • Afghanistan: Even Newt Gets It

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    Sixteen civilian men, women, and children were murdered in the latest atrocity that forms part of the larger atrocity that is the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. Enough. End it.

    Even a lifelong war hawk and interventionist like Newt Gingrich sees there's no victory in Afghanistan.  He recently commented that the Afghan people "have spent several thousand years hating foreigners -- and what we have done by staying is become the new foreigners."

    Although U.S. troops put him in power, Afghan President Karzai can no longer defend night raids, drones, helicopters shooting children, or U.S. troops waving Nazi flags, urinating on corpses, or burning Korans.

    Tell President Obama to get the U.S. military out of Afghanistan now.