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Tell your Representative: Americans need a raise.

3 Jul
Subject: Tell your Representative: Americans need a raise
Dear Friend

The need to keep pressing Congress on behalf of working class Americans to raise the minimum wage remains urgent. At just $7.25 an hour, or roughly $15,000 per year, the current federal minimum wageis leaving millions of hard working Americans in poverty. 

While we continue to work with Senator Tom Harkin and key allies to push the issue in the U. S. Senate, a key member of the House Democratic Leadership – Representative George Miller from California– just introduced parallel legislation on the House side that increases the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 by 2014 then indexes it to inflation thereafter. He has asked his colleagues in the House to co-sponsor the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012. 

It is crucial for us to generate support for Representative Miller’s effort because it will provide broader momentum for increasing the minimum wage in both chambers of Congress. 

I just signed a petition urging my Repesentative to cosponsor Representative Miller’s legislation to raise the minimum wage. I hope you do too. You can sign the petition and find out more information at the link below.

If you are on Facebook, click here to post the petition to your Wall.  

If you have a Twitter account, click here to automatically tweet:
RT @CREDOMobile Help American workers and families by raising the minimum wage http://bit.ly/LzQG1F #p2 #1u

Jobs for the 99 percent

7 Dec
I Am USAction
Jobs for the 99%


Are You A Jobs Voter?
I will vote for candidates who stand up to the 1% and work to deliver jobs for the 99%.

Sign here

Thousands of 99% protesters are in Washington, D.C. this week to Take Back the Capitol. Yesterday we swarmed congressional offices all over Capitol Hill. Hundreds of jobless workers and their supporters told powerful stories of why the 99% need JOBS not cuts.1


Today we’re taking on the corporate lobbying firms of the 1% to hold them accountable for polluting our political system and rigging the economy against the 99%.


Will you stand in solidarity with the thousands protesting in D.C this week? Sign here to say: “I’ll be voting for candidates who stand up to the 1% and work to deliver jobs for the 99%”.


Tomorrow we’ll march to the Capitol to call for justice for the 99%, and demand Congress to act immediately to extend unemployment benefits.


The People’s Camp on the National Mall we built for Take Back the Capitol will come down on Friday, as the 99% activists head back home to their families and friends.


But they will take this fight home to their districts because it’s time to be louder.


It’s time to put members of Congress and the 1% on notice that the U.S. Capitol is the People’s House, and they must represent the 99% or they will be replaced. Stand in solidarity today and tell your friends to sign too.


Ross Wallen


1. Washington Post: ‘Take Back the Capitol’ protesters swarm congressional offices – http://j.mp/tUeuBa


US: Save the Internet

17 Nov
Dear friends in the US,

Right now, Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world’s Internet — creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even Avaaz! Now if we stand with key members of Congress, we can defeat this attempt at global Internet censorship. Click here and help build a national outcry callingfor a free and open Internet:

Right now, Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world’s Internet— creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz!

Under the new law, our government could force Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users’ activities. And, because so much of the Internet’s hosts and hardware are located here in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us in Americaand millions across the world.

We only have days before the vote but we can help stop this — champions in Congress want to preserve free speech and tell us that a global outcry would strengthen their hand. Let’s urgently raise our voices from every corner of America and join Avaaz members across the world to build a massive call urging our decision makersto reject the bill and stop Internet censorship. Click below to sign and then forward as widely as possible— our message will be delivered directly to key members of the US Congress ahead of the crucial vote:


For years, our government has condemned countries like China and Iran for their clampdown on Internet use.But now, the impact of these new censorship laws could be far worse — effectively blocking sites not only in the US but also to every Internet user across the globe.

Last year, a similar Internet censorship bill was killed before reaching the Senate floor, but it’s now back in a different form. Copyright laws already exist and are enforced by courts. But this new law goes much further — granting the government and big corporations enormous powers to force service providers and search engines to block websitesbased just on allegations of violations — without a trial or being found guilty of any crime!

Free speech advocates have already raised the alarm, and some key Senators are trying to gather enough support to stop this dangerous bill. We have no time to lose. Let’s stand with them to ensure our lawmakers preserve the right to a free and open Internet as an essential way for people in the US and around the world to exchange ideas, share communication and work collectively to build the world we want. Sign below to stop censorship, and save the Internet as we know it:


In the past months, from the Arab Spring to the global Occupy Movement, we’ve seen first hand how the Internet can galvanize, unify and change society. Now, if we stand together, we can stop this new attack on Internet freedom. We’ve done it before — in Brazil and Italy, Avaaz members have won major victories in the fight for a free Internet. Let’s mobilize here in the US to defeat the most powerful censorship threat that the Internet has ever seen.

With hope,

Luis, Dalia, Diego, Emma, Ricken, Aaron, Antonia, Benjamin and the rest of the Avaaz team

More information:

Op-Ed: Blacklist Bill allows Feds to remove websites from Internet (Digital Journal)

Disastrous IP Legislation Is Back – And It’s Worse than Ever (EFF)

Silicon Valley legislators oppose online piracy act (SFGate)

House Hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act Scheduled (PC World)

Growing Chorus of Opposition to “Stop Online Piracy Act”

The stop online piracy act: summary, problems, and implications

Why Is Justin Bieber So Pissed Off?

Stop Online Piracy Act


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We’re being censored

17 Nov

It’s been a show of force like no other: More than 700k anti-censorship contacts have been delivered to Congress so far this week, as the Blacklsit Bill gets heard in committee.
What an amazing day — let’s top it off with one more push.  Please send one more message to Congress — even if you already have — touting our numbers and telling them they need to back down.
Let’s make it clear that the Internet has risen up, and won’t back down until Congress listens.
Please just click here to send one more message to Congress.
The Stop Online Piracy Act would ruin so much of what’s best about the Internet: It will give the government an
d corporations new powers to block Americans’ access to sites that are accused of copyright infringement, force sites like YouTube to go to new lengths to police users’ contributions, and put people in prison for streaming certain content online.
Congress needs to get the message: Let’s finish the day strong, and let them know we’re here to stay.
-The Demand Progress team
P.S. Please use these links to get your friends involved in the fight, and if you have a website, please link back to our petition page.

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Tell Congress: Stop the radical assault on the environment

14 Sep

Dear Friend,

Congressional Republicans are making a sport of irresponsible attacks to undermine the environment and public health — attaching three dozen radical amendments that should have no place in the Department of Interior budget bill.

In July, when extremists crossed the line and tried to eradicate endangered species protections in this same bill, we helped build a public outcry that stopped the so-called “extinction rider.”

Now, we need another massive show of opposition. Our friends at the League of Conservation Voters are leading the fight against this outrageous bill. Please take action and send a message to your representative now.

Elijah Zarlin
Campaign Manager, CREDO Action

Tell Congress to reject the biggest assault ever on our air, water, lands and wildlife.

Dear Friend,


Tell Congress to reject the biggest assault ever on our air, water, lands & wildlife.

The House Republican leadership has just upped the ante on their already unprecedented assault on our nation’s bedrock environmental laws.

Earlier this summer, House Republican leaders and other pro-polluter lawmakers pushed a series of amendments to the Interior and Environment spending bill that represent the most egregious attack ever on our air, land, water and wildlife. Since the House of Representatives did not reach a final vote on this bill before departing for the August recess we must fight this horrendous legislation right away as members of Congress return to Washington this week.

And make no mistake: this is far and away the worst environmental bill ever. The spending bill contains more than three dozen anti-environment policy measures that have absolutely no place in a budget measure, won’t save the country a penny and are nothing more than giveaways to various special interest polluters.

Click here to e-mail your member of Congress. Tell them to reject this extreme assault on vital environmental safeguards that protect the air our children breathe and the water they drink.

The egregious policy provisions include measures that — if enacted into law — would threaten Americans‘ lives and well-being by blocking limits on harmful air pollution, increase pollution in sources of drinking water for 117 million Americans and threaten the iconic Grand Canyon with toxic pollution from uranium mining. And these are just a handful of the many dirty and dangerous provisions included in this legislation!

The cuts in this legislation would have a devastating impact on Americans’ health and environment. Those cuts include budget reductions of 18 percent for the EPA, 80 percent for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and 21 percent for the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Click here to e-mail your member of Congress. Tell them to reject this extreme legislation that is nothing more than a giveaway to Big Oil, Dirty Coal and other corporate polluters.

As if the underlying bill weren’t harmful enough, we expect members of Congress to offer anti-environmental amendments on the floor that would wreak even greater havoc on Americans’ health and environment and keep us dependent on expensive and dangerous energy sources.

Fortunately, President Obama has threatened to veto this harmful legislation, noting that a number of the measures in the bill are “ideological and political provisions that are beyond the scope of funding legislation.” However, we cannot afford to let House Republican leaders push this legislation without a fight. We must expose their extreme anti-environment efforts. Click here to e-mail your representative.

Thank you,
Gene Karpinski
League of Conservation Voters

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