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Hi everyone,

Please read the email below from Senator barbara Lee of the US Congress.

Please Support HR 198 - Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force - legislation that will reexamine and ultimately repeal the flawed blank check authorization to the president to wage war, anywhere at any time.

Now is the time for the U.S. Congress to repeal the overly broad 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.
On September 14, 2001, I was the sole member of either house of Congress to vote against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. That misguided resolution is a blank check for war. It has been used to justify activities, such as warrantless surveillance, indefinite detention and the lethal use of drones, that fly in the face of our constitutional values. I am convinced that military engagement with no end in sight actually undermines our long-term national security.Read more... )

Click here to learn more and add your name to my petition to Congress, to ask them to repeal the blank-check authorization of war by supporting HR 198.

Thank you for your support.

Rep. Barbara Lee

http://org.credoaction.com/petitions/tell-congress-repeal-the-blank-check-for-perpetual-war?akid=8062.3000764.tmXa2J&rd=1&t=5
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From the Credo Action wesbite:

As a result, the post office has closed branches in some of the most rural areas, where it was the only government-affiliated location for miles around.

Rural post offices in particular are important institutions. Closing them, especially in areas with little or no access to broadband internet service, could have a major impact on the communities they serve. And closing them won't save much money.

This is reminding me of Terry Pratchett's marvellous Discworld novel Going Postal (which is all about saving the Post Office and the virtues of snail mail). I never thought I'd see life imitating art. On a more serious note, please help save the US Post Office. It's achieved vital work delivering mail at very cheap prices especially for people in rural areas with limited or no access to the internet. This petition can only be signed by Americans. If you're not American, then please feel more than free to spread the word. Thank you for your support! :) http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/usps_sat_delivery/

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From DemandProgress.com :

The NDAA amendment legalizes the use of mass propaganda campaigns on American audiences. It has been inserted into the latest defense authorization bill — and that bill just passed the House.

Please click here to demand that the Senate oppose ending the propaganda ban:

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/ndaa_propaganda/?referring_akid=a6365320.2032911.TY-Zqw&source=auto-taf

The NDAA amendment lifts bans on propaganda that have been around since the 1940s, neutralizing laws put in place to protect the American people from its government’s own “misinformation” campaigns.

“It removes the protection for Americans,” a Pentagon official told Buzzfeed, who broke the story. "There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.”

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From the Petition Site:

The fin whale is the second largest animal in the world; only the blue whale is bigger. It is also one of the most endangered whales. Numbers never recovered from the commercial hunting of the 19th and 20th centuries and today there are only about 50,000 left.

One country still kills large numbers of these great whales: Iceland. Last year, the fin whale hunt was called off. This year, the Icelandic government is determined that the brutal slaughter of fin whales will resume.

Sign the petition here: http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AGpWs/zm2w/A63Wu

Thank you so much for your support!

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Italy, Portugal, Austria and Japan refuse to openly say where their foreign aid donations go. 

Sign this petition and tell aid donors to be open about how their money is spent:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/566/350/793/?z00m=19945637 

Many families and other vulnerable people need foreign aid to vaccinate kids, build roads to connect remote villages and help children attend school. Education and having safe roads enable people to leave poverty, gain independence and live in dignity. Medical treatment saves lives, and take away or minimise severe physical pain. Foreign aid ensures that starving people receive food, shelter and clean drinking water - bare essentials that we take for granted each day.

We need to hold all countries accountable and make sure that they're open about where the money goes. This is the best way to avoid corruption and see that foreign aid goes where it's needed the most.
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In Libya, Colonel Qaddafi's armed forces are using machine guns and fighter jets against peaceful pro-democracy protesters -- hundreds have already been killed. 

According to Avaaz:

The United Nations Security Council and the European Union are in emergency sessions on Libya this week. If we can pressure them to agree to a no-fly zone over Libya, a freeze of Qaddafi's, his family's and his high command's assets, targeted sanctions against the regime, and international prosecution of any military officials involved in the crackdown -- this could stop airforce bombings and split Qaddafi's command structure.

We need to act now. The people of Libya are being slaughtered by government forces. Tell everyone you know and get them on board!

Sign the petition to the UN and EU here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/libya_stop_the_crackdown/?cl=953333789&v=8458

Thank you to all of of you who choose to help. Every bit of support counts. Let the Libyan people know that you're behind them.
 

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Hi everyone,

Call for Pakistan's debt to other countries to be dropped, so that much more foreign aid reaches the people whose way of life was destroyed by the floods. Thank you. Sign the petition here:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/pakistan_cancel_the_debt/98.php?CLICKTF
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The 2010 Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Act passed the Illinois state legislature this spring; it would require that every rape kit booked into evidence be sent to a crime laboratory.  However, this bill still hasn't been signed by Governor Pat Quinn, so this is where you come in - especially if you're an Illinois resident (but even if you're not), email the governor and let him know that this horrible track record regarding women's rights needs to be stopped. Learn more and email Governor Quinn here:

http://www.care2.com/causes/womens-rights/blog/80-percent-of-rape-kits-go-untested-in-illinois/


County and state governments are surprisingly willing to let rape kits pile up untested. Sometimes  they were promising to take action and then letting the kits gather dust.  California has been the main focus for the huge numbers of untested rape kits. But now the Human Rights Watch has begun to investigate Illinois and discovered some truly appalling statistics.

In a
report titled "I Used To Think The Law Would Protect Me: Illinois' Failure To Test Rape Kits," the HRW describes the results of their comprehensive data analysis of 127 of 267 jurisdictions.  They found that only 1,474 of the 7,494 rape kits booked into evidence since 1995 had been tested - just around 20%.  


 Hold CNN accountable for racially charged and inaccurate stories
Hi everyone,

 

Please read the email below and sign the petition here: http://colorofchange.org/cnnfox/?id=2461-805582

 

Read more... )

 

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Hello everyone,

We need your help now. Zeynab Jalalian and Hossein Khezri are innocent women awaiting execution in Iran. Their crime? "Enmity against God." Sign this petition here to free these courageous women. Stop the Iranian government from executing them. Tell Ayatollah Sayed to give these women a fair trial according to international law: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/350/488/764

Zeynab and Hossein are both members of the minority Party for Free Life of Kurdistan. The Iranian government is using the phrase "Enmity against God" to persecute peaceful political dissenters. These women should not have to die for peacefully disagreeing with their government.

Thank you if you choose to help.


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Hi everyone,

Please sign  the petition to repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell law! Sign here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/385/186/095

Thanks so much for signing or spreading the word!

Read below for more info: (text in italics is from The Petition Site):

The U.S. has never had this much momentum to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- the discriminatory law that forces gays and lesbians to live a lie if they want to serve their country.

McCain's anti-gay vendetta is so desperate that he's announced he will help block the Senate from repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the right-wing Family Research Council is making outlandish and bogus claims that repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will increase sexual assault in the military and "undermine the religious liberties" of military chaplains.

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Hi everyone, sign this petition to prevent Ark Tribe from going to jail! Ark is a construction worker in SA, and has been speaking up for construction workers' rights. He has been charged with 6 months of jail for not attending an interview with the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). There is no right to silence under the ABBC's laws. Sign the petition to let Ark know we've got his back.
www.rightsonsite.org.au
 

Thank you so much if you choose to help!
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Hello everyone,

Please sign this petition to call for an international enquiry into the Israeli army's cowardly attack on the aid flotilla and end the Gaza blockade. It only takes a few seconds:

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&aid=14376&ICID=E1006A01&tr=y&auid=6437920The


The Israeli Navy actually used excessive force. Nobody was armed on the flotilla or behaved aggressively. Yet 9 people were brutally slaughtered, and more than 60 people were injured. One female aid worker reported that she had her face smashed against a wall and she was tied up, with a bag over her head. Aid workers are still brave enough to continue trying to deliver aid, despite the brutal treatment of innocents on the aid flotilla.

You can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_flotilla_raid

From Amnesty website:

Israel's military blockade of Gaza has left more than 1.4 million Palestinian men, women and children trapped in the Gaza Strip. Mass unemployment, extreme poverty and food price rises caused by shortages have left four in five Gazans dependent on humanitarian aid. As a form of collective punishment, Israel's continuing blockade of Gaza is a flagrant violation of international law.

Thank you so much if you do sign. We need to hold Israel accountable for its actions. The people of Palestine should not be left to suffer any longer.


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Save GLBT activist from execution

Kiana Firouz is courageous Iranian LGBT activist, film maker and actress. She has spoken out about GLBT rights in Iran, risking her safety and life in doing so. Recently, Kiana has starred in a documentary about lesbians in Iran. She is now at risk of being deported from the UK to Iran to "answer for it". The punishment for homosexuality there is 100 lashes for the first three times. If someone ‘commits homosexual acts’ the 4th time, they are executed by the state.  Sign here to back Kiana and save her life:

http://www.petitiononline.com/kianaf/petition.html

Fight for African Americans' rights: say No to Lincoln

Senator Blanche Lincoln played a major role in erasing the public option from the health care bill.2  She also opposed President Obama's plans to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure3 and to increase funding for college scholarships.4

The election is likely to be very close. Lincoln's opponent in the primary, Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, is facing millions of dollars in racially charged attack ads from big business groups that want Lincoln staying in office. We're trying to help Halter fight those ads with small donations from our members.

Can you give $5 or more today to help?



 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/239?akid=1450.43392.7Hh7dL&t=2

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Petition: Save an innocent man from execution

The following text in italics is from emails by Amnesty and Get Up! organisation:

In April 1991 in St. Louis, Missouri, two young white women plunged from a bridge into the Mississippi River. Three African American youths, who may well be innocent, are paying for the crime - all sentenced to death. One man has been executed, one had his sentence reduced to life imprisonment and the third, Reggie Clemons, sits on death row right now, at risk of execution.

The case against Reggie is one with no physical evidence, two highly questionable witnesses - both of whom were initially charged with the crime - and a trail of alleged police coercion, misconduct from lawyers on both sides of the case, and racial inequities so sharp that a growing number of human and civil rights supporters, including actor, Danny Glover2, are taking notice and calling for immediate justice.

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&aid=14230&ICID=A1005A01&tr=y&auid=6357003

 

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Hello everyone,

The text in italics is from the websites below. Please read ahead, and tell everyone you know! Both are urgent issues.

Urge US to prevent maternal deaths:


Linda Coale, a healthy 35-year-old woman who died just days after giving birth to her son, Benjamin. Her age and delivery via c-section made her a high-risk case, yet no one – nurse, doctor, hospital welcome packet – told her to watch for signs of a blood clot.

She slipped through the cracks and died.

Benjamin, now 2, can’t celebrate Mother’s Day with his mom. But you can help save another son or daughter the heartbreak of growing up without a mother. I
n 40 countries women have a lower risk of maternal death than in the United States, and all of those countries spend less on health care.

Amnesty’s work on maternal health tackles the root causes of preventable maternal death such as discrimination, inadequate care and lack of secure access to care. Our goal is to make safe birth a top priority in the U.S. health system.

Our strategy has worked to make substantive changes and save women’s lives in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso. Now it’s time to rise up for American women and children.

Help families celebrate a thousand more Mother’s Days with a gift to Amnesty International today.

Donate
here:

http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?a=deIFJRMsG5IHL3J&s=hlKXJdNRKdKULfP1IwG&m=9sLJK0MFKfIYKhI



Arizona's new anti-immigration law

Players are demanding the 2011 All-Star Game be moved from Phoenix, AZ unless the new law - which allows police to stop anyone they "reasonably" suspect of being in the country illegally - is repealed.

It's time we get the players' backs. I just signed a petition urging MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to move the game--can you join me at the link below?

http://pol.moveon.org/move_the_game

Thank you so much!

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Sign petition to support creation of a law in US that will create jobs for vulnerable and disadvantaged people:

Across America, jobs are getting harder and harder to come by, and people are suffering. But now some in Congress are championing a sensible plan to help make things right.

The Local Jobs for America Act (H.R.4812) would create up to 1 million jobs in the country's hardest-hit communities, and every member of Congress should be behind it.

Will you take a moment to ask your representative to co-sponsor and fight for the bill? Sign the petition here:

http://colorofchange.org/jobs/?id=2461-805582

 

Read more... )


Thank you so much if you do choose to sign or spread the message about any of these valuable causes.


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http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&aid=13740&ICID=S1004A02&tr=y&auid=6239772

Please sign the petition in the link above. The petition urges US congress people to co-sponsor the Conflict Minerals Trade Act (H.R. 4128). The bill seeks to improve transparency and reduce the trade in conflict minerals coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in order to promote the...goal of supporting peace and security in the DRC.

Many of the mines from which these minerals are extracted are under the control of armed groups (especially in the volatile eastern part of the country, where conflict has been ongoing for many years).

The Conflict Minerals Trade Act outlines a clear...strategy aimed at ending the disastrous trade in conflict minerals that perpetuates the conflict in the DRC and enables gross human rights abuses.

 

Thanks so much to anyone else who signs or speaks out about this.


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Hello everyone,

If you live in USA, please sign the petition here to close the Gun Show loophole (Unfortunately, people who live outside the US can't sign the petition.) : http://www.closetheloophole.org/main.cfm

Because of this loophole, criminals are allowed to buy guns without a background check. This has sadly led to many innocent people being brutally murdered every year.

The Gun Show Loophole is a serious gap in our nation’s gun laws, which allows individuals to buy guns without passing a background check. Over the years, this loophole has resulted in countless tragic shootings -- including the one at Columbine High School and the recent shooting of Pentagon police officers.

As concerned citizens, we stand with over 500 mayors from all across America in asking Congress to step up and close the Gun Show Loophole.

It is critical that criminal background checks are conducted on all purchasers at gun shows -- including people who buy from private sellers.

As we commemorate the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech, we are reminded that legislative action is long overdue.

More and more innocent victims of gun violence are hurt or killed every day. It’s time for Congress to take action and close the Gun Show Loophole.

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Hello everyone,

Please sing the petition below to end the monstrous practice of military hazing in Russia. Countless men have died because of this hazing. And more will continue to die unless we do something. The ones who don't are forced to become tormentors of new recruits. The hazing involves brutal humiliation, and lethal beatings. Soldiers have been forced to spend time in freezing temperatures without clothing. One man was killed as a result of this. All this hazing does is create abusers and slaughter people pointlessly. We can't let this go on. 


Sign here:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/440386263?z00m=19832998

Feel free to learn more by reading the email below:

End Military Hazing in Russia

Target: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Sponsored by:
Care2.com

In Russia, it is estimated that nearly 4,000 new army recruits commit suicide or die each year due to military hazing practices known as dedovshchina ("rule of the grandfathers"). These recruits are virtual slaves to their superiors and are subject to humiliation and severe beatings. The next year, those who survive continue the vicious cycle of dangerous hazing.

The Russian government deals with hazing incidents on a case-by-case basis and responds often when it's too late.

TAKE ACTION: Tell President Dmitry Medvedev that the government must implement a plan to eradicate military hazing.


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Hi everyone,

Please sign the petition below to protect people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. 5 years have passed, and these survivors are left vulnerable to human rights abuses. They're still homeless. 

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&aid=14093&ICID=P1003A04&tr=y&auid=6191243

Calling for a reform of the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act (a Federal disaster law) will help Hurricane Katrina survivors to return to their homes. Feel free to read the text from the Amnesty website below to learn more.

The poor response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita demonstrated that America needs to develop a robust, strategic plan for initial disaster response and long term disaster recovery. Almost 5 years later, the U.S. government still fails to adequately protect the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Senator Mary Landrieu has pledged her commitment to reform federal disaster laws such as the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act, but has yet to introduce legislation. Reform of the Stafford Act will ensure both that the Gulf Coast is rebuilt and that the human rights of people displaced by future disasters will be protected.

 

International human rights standards protect victims of disasters like Hurricane Katrina. Amnesty International USA calls upon authorities in the local, state and federal government to uphold the rights of all Katrina evacuees to return to their homes. We urge officials to provide long-term, healthy, and affordable housing so that survivors can exercise their right to return, by introducing legislation to reform the Stafford Act today.



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Hi everyone,

Please read the email below and consider signing! Thanks so much if you do!

I wanted to tell you about Global Zero, an international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Presidents Obama and Medvedev just signed a historic agreement to reduce their nuclear arsenals. With Russia and the US standing ready to lead, the following months could see the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons, but that will only happen if we seize this moment. To join me and the hundreds of thousands of people in every country in the world who believe in zero, click below:

 

http://www.globalzero.org/en/sign-declaration


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