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Take action: Oppose prayer at school board meetings

7 Jun

Yesterday, Representative Tim Walberg (MI) introduced H. Res. 250, which if passed would declare Congress’s support for opening local school board meetings with prayer.

This bill states that “the United States was founded on the principle of freedom of religion and not freedom from religion… prayer by a deliberative public body should be protected under law and encouraged in society because voluntary prayer has become a part of the fabric of this society.”

This bill if passed will encourage more school districts to pray at school board meetings and alienate nonreligious students, teachers, parents, and school administrators from their own communities. Join the AHA in defending church-state separation by using the form below to contact your Representative.

 

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Tell your senators to support immigration reform.

28 Jan

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The following is from an email:

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Have you heard the news?

Today, a bipartisan group of Senators just released their principles for an immigration reform plan to create a roadmap to citizenship for Americans without papers. [1] And tomorrow, President Obama will outline his vision for immigration reform.

For the first time in years, politicians from BOTH parties are working together on serious immigration reform plans.

Anti-immigrant extremists are in a panic and have begun flooding Congress with messages to try to kill this momentum. We can’t let this loud, anti-immigrant fringe shape the debate.

Please tell your Members of Congress: the time is NOW to create a roadmap to citizenship for all 11 million Americans without papers. Our community demands that they don’t stop until immigration reform is signed into law.

It is critical that we keep the momentum going and remind leaders that our community demands action now.

The Senate principles include a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. without papers – this core element would protect this community from deportation and lead to full equality.

The fight is far from over. It’s up to us to keep fighting for every family, pushing for an end to the excessive and senseless enforcement practices and making sure that this roadmap to citizenship is clear, direct, and straightforward. Any proposal that makes citizenship nearly impossible or requires waiting in a generations-long line will be a non-starter.

Please tell Congress: the time for a straightforward roadmap to citizenship is now — and we demand that you deliver.

Thanks for all you do,

Adam Luna
America’s Voice Education Fund

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[1]: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/us/politics/senators-agree-on-blueprint-for-immigration.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Defend Your Right to Resell Your Stuff Before Big Business Takes It Away

28 Oct

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Friends —

I just got this email from Demand Progress, and I thought you should know about it:  It highlights an upcoming Supreme Court case that will affect all of us, especially people who sell things online.

 

We’ve told you about the crazy Supreme Court case that could make it illegal for you to sell the things that you own.
Well, the court hearing is set for this Monday, October 29th — and we need you to join us in a day of online activism.
If we lose this fight, practically anybody who wants to resell products they bought — from Macbooks and iPhones to our clothing and textbooks — will have to ask copyright holders for permission first. And they’ll have the right to deny it!
The forces that lined up in support of SOPA — Hollywood, the recording industry, and other huge corporations — are urging the Court to rule against consumers.
So we’re going to fight back — just like during the SOPA fight — by using our websites to sound the alarm. Please click here to sign up to take part!
Here’s a screenshot of what we’re talking about:

Remarkably few people have even heard about this case, and it’s time for us to change that. 
Win or lose at the Supreme Court, we expect to have a legislative fight about this issue on our hands by January, and we need to push people to contact their members of Congress before Big Business gets them to side against us.
So we’ve built a variety of ribbons and ball-and-chain icons that you can put on your site on Monday to help make sure the whole world knows about this horrendous case.
You can view them all here, and sign up to use your site for activism on Monday — we really need your help. 
Participation from a few hundred sites — or even a few dozen — is almost certain to get the media’s attention as they cover the Supreme Court hearing.
Everybody is welcome to join in the day of action, but your friends who sell things online will probably be especially interested. 
Whether they use Craigslist, Ebay, Etsy, or just a personal site or a blog, they’ll want to know that their right to keep selling could be in grave jeopardy.
Will you forward them this email and/or use these links to make sure they know about this lawsuit?

[fb] If you’re already on Facebook, click here to share with your friends

[fb] If you’re already on Twitter, click here to tweet about the campaign.

Thanks for your continuing help!
-Demand Progress

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One last thing — Demand Progress’s small, dedicated, under-paid staff relies on the generosity of members like you to support our work. Will you click here to chip in $5 or $10? Or you can become a Demand Progress monthly sustainer by clicking here. Thank you!

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Stand With Big Bird

5 Oct
free press action fund

Dear Ismael,
The nation is standing with Big Bird. Now it’s your turn.
Here at Free Press we don’t take positions on elections, but we do fight for public media — and we have for almost a decade.
The attack on Big Bird and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting at this week’s presidential debate has sparked intense reactions from public media fans. Here’s how you can add your voice to the conversation:

Stand with Big Bird. Click here to get your FREE Defend Public Media sticker.

This isn’t just about Big Bird. It’s about quality journalism, arts programming, educational shows — all that we’ve come to expect from PBS. And it isn’t about one party or the other. The majority of Americans, across the political spectrum, support federal funding for PBS.
The stickers are a great way to raise awareness about the need to protect public media funding. And we have big plans to make sure the public is heard in debates about public broadcasting — no matter who our next president is.
We’re in this for the long haul. Get your FREE Defend Public Media sticker and stay tuned — we’ll be in touch soon with more ways to show your support for public media. 
Thanks,
Josh Stearns and the rest of the Free Press Action Fund team

P.S. We’ve been inspired by the creative responses on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere as people show their love for NPR and PBS. Have a favorite image that you’ve seen? Created a great infographic you want to share with the world? Email me at jstearns@freepress.net


The Free Press Action Fund does not endorse or oppose any candidates for public office.

The Free Press Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization building a nationwide movement for media that serve the public interest. The Free Press Action Fund does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Learn more at www.freepress.net.

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10 Things The Romney Campaign Doesn’t Want You To Know About Paul Ryan

15 Aug

10 Things The Romney Campaign Doesn’t Want You To Know About Paul Ryan

Most people don’t know just how bad Romney’s VP choice is. So we made this list of 10 things to know about Paul Ryan. Read it, then share it with everyone. The future of America is on the line—from a woman’s right to choose to our economy.

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10 Things to know about Paul Ryan

1. His economic plan would cost America 1 million jobs in the first year.Ryan’s proposed budget would cripple the economy. He’d slash spending deeply, which would not only slow job growth, but shock the economy and cost 1 million of us our jobs in 2013 alone and kill more than 4 million jobs by the end of 2014.[1]

2. He’d kill Medicare. He’d replace Medicare with vouchers for retirees to purchase insurance, eliminating the guarantee of health care for seniors and putting them at the mercy of the private insurance industry. That could amount to a cost increase of more than $5,900 by 2050, leaving many seniors broke or without the health care they need. He’d also raise the age of eligibility to 67.[2]

3. He’d pickpocket the middle class to line the pockets of the rich. His tax plan is Robin Hood in reverse. He wants to cut taxes by $4.6 trillion over the next decade, but only for corporations and the rich, like giving families earning more than $1 million a year a $300,000 tax cut. And to pay for them, he’d raise taxes on middle- and lower-income households and butcher social service programs that help middle- and working-class Americans.[3]

4. He’s an anti-choice extremist. Ryan co-sponsored an extremist anti-choice bill, nicknamed the ‘Let Women Die Act,’ that would have allowed hospitals to deny women emergency abortion care even if their lives were at risk. And he co-sponsored another bill that would criminalize some forms of birth control, all abortions, and in vitro fertilization.[4]

5. He’d dismantle Social Security. Ironically, Ryan used the Social Security Survivors benefit to help pay for college, but he wants to take that possibility away from future generations. He agrees with Rick Perry’s view that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” and he supported George W. Bush’s disastrous proposal to privatize Social Security.[5]

6. He’d eliminate Pell grants for more than 1 million low-income students.His budget plan cuts the Pell Grant program by $200 billion, which could mean a loss of educational funding for 1 million low-income students.[6]

7. He’d give $40 billion in subsidies to Big Oil. His budget includes oil tax breaks worth $40 billion, while cutting “billions of dollars from investments to develop alternative fuels and clean energy technologies that would serve as substitutes for oil.”[7]

8. He’s another Koch-head politician. Not surprisingly, the billionaire oil-baron Koch brothers are some of Ryan’s biggest political contributors. And their company, Koch industries, is Ryan’s biggest energy-related donor. The company’s PAC and affiliated individuals have given him $65,500 in donations.[8]

9. He opposes gay rights. Ryan has an abysmal voting record on gay rights. He’s voted to ban adoption by gay couples, against same-sex marriage, and against repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He also voted against the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009.[9]

10. He thinks an “I got mine, who cares if you’re okay” philosophy is admirable. For many years, Paul Ryan devoted himself to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of selfishness as a virtue. It has shaped his entire ethic about whom he serves in public office. He even went as far as making his interns read her work.[10]

If there was ever any doubt that Mitt Romney’s got a disastrous plan for America—he made himself 100% clear when he picked right-wing extremist Paul Ryan as his running mate. Paul Ryan is bad for America, but we can’t beat him if Americans don’t know everything he stands for. Share this page with all your friends.

Sources:
1. “Ryan’s Budget, Robin Hood in reverse,” Economic Policy Institute
2. “12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan,” Think Progress, August 11, 2012
3. “Ryan Budget Would Raise Some Taxes; Guess Who Gets Hit?,” Off the Charts, April 12, 2012
“Middle class could face higher taxes under Republican plan, analysis finds,” The Washington Post, June 19, 2012
4. “Statement on Mitt Romney’s Selection of Rep. Paul Ryan for His Vice-Presidential Running Mate,” NARAL, August 11, 2012
“Paul Ryan’s Extreme Abortion Views,” The Daily Beast, August 11, 2012
“Paul Ryan Sponsored Fetal Personhood Bill, Opposes Family Planning Funds,” Huffington Post, August 11, 2012
5. “12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan,” Think Progress, August 11, 2012
“Ayn Rand would have HATED Paul Ryan,” Daily Kos, August 12, 2012 
6. “Pell Grants For Poor Students Lose $170 Billion In Ryan Budget,” Huffington Post, March 27, 2012 
7. “Ryan Budget Pads Big Oil’s Pockets with Senseless Subsidies,” Center for American Progress, March 20, 2012
8. “Koch brothers have Paul Ryan’s back,” Politico, August 11, 2012 
9. “Paul Ryan as VP Matches Mitt Romney on Homophobia,” The Advocate, August 11, 2012
10. “Paul Ryan And Ayn Rand”, The New Republic, December 28, 2010

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