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Join The Digital World and many others in The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance on February 11.

Learn more at www.thedaywefightback.org

This is not about me, I’m just some old fellow. This is about the most important moment in human history. If we don’t start leaving this stuff in the ground, we don’t stop this pipeline, this pipeline gets built, it’s going to be game over for my children, your children, everybody’s children. That is intolerable, that is unacceptable. So all the parents out there, this is what you need to do to defend your children. It’s not going to be easy, it is going to require sacrifices, but it absolutely has to be done and that’s why I’m here.
—  Alec Johnson calling on others to also take a stand against the pipeline while he was locked to construction equipment to help stall work of the Keystone XL pipeline. Listen to his and other activists stories here
Pro-choice money funding anti-choice candidates?

From CREDO Action:

“The House of Representatives voted to let women die by passing a bill that would make it legal for hospitals to refuse to perform a life-saving abortion on a woman as an emergency procedure.

In response to that vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent out a fundraising email asking supporters to donate to help protect the health of women.

But three out of fifteen of the DCCC’s top candidates who would receive that money voted to let women die.1

Tell the DCCC: You can’t have it both ways. Either stop fundraising off attacks on women’s health or stop fundraising for anti-choice Democrats who vote to let women die.

It is shameful that the DCCC is using these horrible attacks on women’s lives as a chance to fill their own coffers with the money of supporters who are genuinely angry about the war extremists in Congress are waging against women.

Not only is it hypocritical for the DCCC not to mention that the money raised for their women’s health fund will be going directly to three anti-choice candidates, but it is simply wrong that they are funding candidates who are so anti-choice that they voted for a bill that would let women die in a hospital without any intervention.

The DCCC’s two-faced messaging must stop. If they care about protecting women’s health, then they need to stop funding extreme anti-choice candidates — and if they want to fund those anti-woman candidates, then they need to stop running fundraising campaigns that use attacks on women’s health to solicit contributions from pro-choice activists.

Tell the DCCC: You can’t have it both ways. Either stop fundraising off attacks on women’s health or stop fundraising for anti-choice Democrats who want to let women die. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Thank you for speaking out against hypocrisy at the DCCC and working to defend women’s rights.

Ali Rozell, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. The three DCCC frontline candidates who voted for the ‘let women die’ bill are: Reps. Mark S. Critz, Mike McIntyre, and Jim Matheson. You can see a list of all Democrats who voted for H.R. 358 here."

Recent news stories have revealed the breathtaking scope of President Obama’s indiscriminate spying on American citizens who aren’t suspected of any wrongdoing.‬

‪There is something fundamentally un-American and deeply undemocratic about this kind of government surveillance.‬ ‪

‪But since 9/11, we have seen first George W. Bush and now Barack Obama engage in shockingly broad executive power grabs that undermine our constitutionally protected civil liberties, all in the name of “national security.” ‬ ‪

‬President Obama is a constitutional scholar who ran on the platform of transparency in government. We don’t believe he has the constitutional right to collect and examine the telephone records of virtually all Americans. But if he thinks that he has the authority to spy on Americans, he should acknowledge these programs and provide his legal rationale for them.‬

‪Demand President Obama acknowledge his administration’s spying programs and provide a full legal justification for indiscriminately spying on Americans.

‪First it was revealed that the NSA, an arm of the U.S. military that is chartered to deal with foreign threats, was collecting information about the phone calls made or received by millions of Verizon customers in the U.S. And recent news reports now indicate that the program isn’t limited to Verizon. ‬ ‪

‪Next we learned that, according to new reports, tech giants like Microsoft, Google and Apple have given the NSA direct access to their computer servers so the NSA can access, for example, the contents of e-mail inboxes without any kind of court order. ‬ ‪

‪If the Fourth Amendment prohibition of unreasonable search and seizure is to mean anything, not to mention our First Amendment right to free speech, we must take action and demand answers in the face of these recent revelations about government spying.‬ ‪

‬ Demand President Obama acknowledge these spying programs and provide a full legal justification for indiscriminately spying on Americans.

‬ ‪For far too long, “national security” has been both a way for the government to override civil liberties objections and a way to squelch debate. We had hoped that the worst abuses of the Patriot Act would be over at the end of the Bush era, but President Obama has continued and perhaps even doubled-down on President Bush’s policies. ‪

‬ ‪We recently saw the debate about the president’s targeted assassination program become much more robust once the president stopped hiding behind the veil of national security, acknowledged the existence of the program and provided his rationale for it.‬

‪ ‪While we vehemently reject the legality of these extrajudicial assassinations, and struggle to imagine how the indiscriminate surveillance of countless Americans could possibly be legal or constitutional, the fact of the matter is that these issues hit at the heart of what rights we have as American citizens. ‬ ‪

‪We cannot have a real debate about the ostensible merits of these programs and the trade-offs the president’s administration may be making between our civil liberties and the legitimate national security needs — or, for that matter, hold our elected officials accountable for their complicity in trampling the Constitution — if all we know about government spying comes from leaked documents and anonymous sources. ‬

‪If President Obama believes that he has the authority to indiscriminately spy on Americans, he owes it to us to explain his legal justification for doing so.‬

We don’t know what else might be revealed in the coming days. But we do know that the American people deserve an explanation for this massive Obama administration surveillance program to spy on our citizens — the extent of which we don’t even know yet.

‪Tell the president we want answers.

Further reading:
1. “Government Is Tracking Verizon Customers’ Records" Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2013.
2. “Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge,” Washington Post, June 6, 2013.
3. “NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily,” Guardian [UK], June 6, 2013.

(via Tell President Obama: Justify your indiscriminate spying on Americans‬ | CREDO Action)

So-called pink slime is a beef-like product created by grinding together connective tissue and beef scraps normally used in dog food, and treated with ammonia hydroxide to kill salmonella and E. coli.

It is “not meat” according to a 35-year veteran U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) microbiologist,1 and was recently rejected by the likes of McDonalds, Taco Bell and Burger King.2 So it’s pretty disturbing that the USDA continues feeding this stuff to kids, and plans to buy seven million pounds of it for school lunches.

In an all too familiar story, despite concerns raised by USDA inspectors and minimal safety inspections, the USDA approval of Beef Products Incorporated’s “Lean Beef Trimmings” was pushed through by USDA undersecretary JoAnne Smith, a George H.W. Bush appointee and former president of the National Cattleman’s Association.

The USDA allows beef products like hamburgers to contain up to 15 percent of the Ammonia-treated, meat-ish stuff, but inadequate labeling requirements prevent parents from knowing if it’s included in the meat being served at their kids’ school.

Over the past few months, numerous fast-food chains have rejected the product and say they no longer use it. School lunch officials should clearly follow suit.

For more information and to sign a petition telling the USDA to stop buying ‘Pink Slime’ for school lunches, click here

Tell Pres. Obama: Stop giving tax dollars to companies that discriminate against gays and lesbians

From CREDO Action:

“Dear Friend,

In 29 states across the country, you can still legally be denied a job, fired or discriminated against in the workplace because you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Additionally, 35 states lack protections against discrimination based on your gender identity or expression.

And while Speaker Boehner wields the gavel in the U.S. House, it is incredibly unlikely that we’ll see Congress legislate workplace protections for LGBT Americans.

But President Obama has the authority to take an alternative route to expanding workplace protections. By issuing an executive order barring federal contractors from engaging in job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, the Obama Administration could extend workplace protections not only to federal employees, but to employees of all companies that work with the federal government.

Tell President Obama: Stop doing business with businesses that discriminate against gays and lesbians.

On Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi added her voice to a growing chorus of lawmakers — including Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) — who want the President to issue an executive order expanding workplace protections for gays and lesbians.1

But while President Obama has publicly stated his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the White House has been relatively silent on using administrative powers to stop employment discrimination.

Recently, when asked about the possibility of an executive order, White House spokesperson Shin Inoyye reiterated the President’s commitment to LGBT equality and left the door open to consider an administrative route:

"The administration continues to examine steps the federal government can take to help secure equal rights for LGBT Americans. While I can’t speak to this specific proposal, we’ve already taken steps such as extending benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of federal employees and ensuring equal access to HUD programs, and we hope to continue making progress."

If the President is truly committed to securing equal rights and protections for LGBT Americans, then this executive order should be a simple and obvious next step.

Tell President Obama: Stop doing business with businesses that discriminate against gays and lesbians.

All Americans deserve an equal opportunity to learn, grow and succeed in the workplace, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. It’s time for the Obama Administration to take a substantive step forward on this issue, and actually extend the protections they claim to support.

Thank you for standing up to inequality in the workplace.

Mark Anthony Dingbaum, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. “Pelosi Endorses Executive Order Protecting LGBT Americans From Employment Discrimination,” Think Progress, 07-21-2011.”

In August, the Obama Administration listened to women’s rights advocates and made an historic advancement for women’s health with new regulations that require insurance coverage for birth control with no co-pays.

But President Obama may be poised to cave on this tremendous step forward for women’s health.

Extreme anti-woman forces who literally oppose contraceptives are lobbying President Obama to overturn these new regulations and block access to birth control for millions of women.

Tell President Obama: Take a stand against extreme anti-woman activists and ensure all women have access to no-cost birth control.

CREDO Action against human rights abuses in Ecuador

"It’s shocking that this is happening in 2011: At 207 "clinics" across Ecuador, lesbians are held captive, raped, tortured, starved and beaten in an attempt to make them straight.

But far from being clandestine, this systematic brutalization of women happens in plain sight, with the tacit approval of the government of Ecuador.

We know that the Ecuadoran government is sensitive to international public pressure — they already shut down a small handful of clinics in response to public outrage when the international press first learned of the existence of these clinics.

But we have to keep the pressure on the Ecuadoran government until they close every single clinic that continues to facilitate the torture and rape of women.

I told the Ecuadoran Minister of Public Health Dr. David Chiriboga to investigate and shut down all remaining 207 ex-lesbian “clinics.” I hope you will too. You can sign the petition at the link below.”

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/ecuador_torture/?r_by=30107-3286859-dYWDRFx&rc=confemail

To make up for the fact that rapid tar sands oil mining is threatening caribou herds by destroying vast swaths of rainforest habitat in Alberta, the Canadian government has called for strychnine poisoning and aerial shooting of thousands of wolves in areas of tar sands mining… Tell Prime Minister Harper to stop Canada’s planned wolf killings: http://ecowatch.org/2012/action-help-stop-tar-sands-wolf-kills/

Why won't Michele Bachmann talk about the suicides in her district?

From CREDO Action:

“Dear Friend,

A string of nine teen suicides have devastated Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District — the largest district in the state, which is represented by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Many of the suicides have been linked to students being bullied for their perceived homosexuality, which has prompted a federal investigation of the district’s failure to address anti-gay harassment.

Unfortunately, Anoka-Hennepin enforces a dangerous “neutrality policy” — a gag rule that handcuffs teachers from adequately addressing anti-gay bullying.

As a congresswoman and a former Anoka-Hennepin student, Michele Bachmann is in an important position to speak out against this rule, and the tragic suicides that have lead public health officials to call the area a “suicide contagion.”1 Instead, Bachmann has remained totally silent on this issue.

Tell Michele Bachmann: Denounce anti-gay bullying in your district.

In the past, Bachmann has opposed anti-bullying measures in schools. In 2006, she spoke to the Minnesota legislature in opposition to a proposed anti-bullying law.2

"I think for all of us, our experience in public schools is there have always been bullies," Bachmann said. "Always have been, always will be. I just don’t know how we’re ever going to get to the point of zero tolerance… What does it mean?… Will we be expecting boys to be girls?"

And of course, Bachmann has a long history of anti-gay statements, and came under fire recently after an investigation revealed that a Minnesota counseling clinic owned by Bachmann and her husband was practicing controversial and medically un-sound gay conversion therapy — while accepting Medicaid and other state and public moneys.

But regardless of her history, it is absolutely unacceptable that a member of Congress would ignore such a serious, tragic issue affecting her district.

Tell Michele Bachmann: Denounce anti-gay bullying in your district.

Nine out of 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students experience harassment at school3. These students are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers, and studies show that more than 1/3 of all LGBT youth have attempted suicide.4

Just last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized Bachmann’s failure to address Anoka-Hennepin’s neutrality policy, saying “I would think that if she wanted to be the President of the United States, she would understand that this is a larger issue than whether someone is gay or not, but as to whether someone is harassed and bullied to the point of seeing no way out.”5

No student should feel threatened or unsafe at school, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Rep. Michele Bachmann has an obligation to the constituents she represents to speak out, and do everything she can to stop this dangerous trend of teen suicides in her district.

Tell Michele Bachmann: Denounce anti-gay bullying in your district,

Thank you for standing up to bullies, both in the classroom and in elected office.

Mark Anthony Dingbaum, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. “Michele Bachmann Silent On Teen Suicides In Her School District, Opposed Anti-Bullying Bill,” The Huffington Post, 07-26-11.
2. “The Teen Suicide Epidemic in Michele Bachmann’s District,” Mother Jones, 07-25-11.
3. “2009 National School Climate Survey: Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT Students Experience Harassment in School,” Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, 09-14-10.
4. “Suicidal Signs and Facts,” The Trevor Project, 2010.
5. “Pelosi Goes After Bachmann, Says Silence On Anti-Gay Bullying Raises Doubts About Presidential Qualifications,” Think Progress, 07-29-11.”

Protesters v. Wall Street

From CREDO Action:

“Despite clear evidence of fraud, not a single banker has gone to jail for crimes that led to the financial meltdown.1 But over 1,000 protesters have been arrested in the inspiring Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City.

Thousands marched in New York City and across the country yesterday in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. But we must ensure that now the October 5 marches are over, the police do not resume their campaign of violence and intimidation aimed at breaking up the Wall Street protests just as they begin to gain traction and build momentum.

Tell Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly: Respect the Occupy Wall Street protesters’ constitutional right to peaceful assembly.

The very existence of Occupy Wall Street could be endangered by strongarm NYPD tactics aimed at intimidating protesters and ending their three-week stand against the big Wall Street banks.

At 8pm last night, the nightsticks came out once again and a high-ranking police “white shirt” was caught on video using his baton to beat protesters. A local television news crew that was caught up in the violence was both beaten and pepper sprayed. And a police officer was caught on video saying he hoped his nightstick would get a “workout.”2

Tell Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly: Respect the Occupy Wall Street protesters’ constitutional right to peaceful assembly.

Many of the rank and file “blue shirts” of the NYPD have shown great poise, respect, and even moments of solidarity with the protesters. After all, they are members of the 99 percent of Americans who have been victimized by Wall Street.

However, NYPD leadership has used brutal techniques to break up the protests. In an incident last week, a police officer attacked nonviolent protesters with pepper spray. There are multiple videos of the attack on four women protesters who did nothing to provoke the officer’s action. The New York Times reported that the officer in question “looked as if he were spraying cockroaches.”3

The officer involved in that attack was not a rank and file cop. He was a deputy inspector with supervisory responsibilities for the police action. What’s more, he has a history of violating the civil rights of protesters and is currently facing legal action for accusations of wrongful arrest and civil rights violations at the 2004 Republican National Convention demonstrations.4

Tell Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly: Respect the Occupy Wall Street protesters’ constitutional right to peaceful assembly.

There have been other incidents of police abuse. But documented attacks on protesters by high-ranking NYPD officers demonstrate that these incidents aren’t simply the collateral damage of a tense and confusing situation. The police are roughing up protesters in an attempt to break up the Occupy Wall Street protest.

Tell Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly: Respect the Occupy Wall Street protesters’ constitutional right to peaceful assembly.

We have heard from our friends on the ground that the most important thing people can do who cannot come down and support the protests in person is to ensure that the Mayor and the Police Commissioner do not drive them out of the park which is serving as the base for Occupy Wall Street protests.

It’s important that the Mayor and Police Commissioner know that the eyes of people across the country are on them, and that we consider it an attack on democracy and not just an individual protester when the NYPD systematically uses intimidation and violence with the intent of suppressing the ongoing protests.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. “Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?,” Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, 2-16-2011.
2. “Video: NYPD White Shirt Uses Baton To Beat Occupy Wall Street Protesters,” Gothamist, 10-5-2011.
3. “A Spray Like a Punch in the Face,” Jim Dwyer, The New York Times, 09-27-2011.
4. “NYPD Pepper-Sprayer Hit Fellow Officer With Friendly Fire, Has Prior Protest Complaint,”Joe Coscarelli, New York Magazine, 05-12-2011”

"Amazing. Inspiring. This is what people power can do.

When Republican Governor Scott Walker attacked state workers and threatened to call out the National Guard if they protested, it sparked a popular uprising in Wisconsin. And now the extreme proposal to take collective bargaining rights away from public employees is temporarily blocked as a result of mass protests.

Tens of thousands of people — including members of CREDO Action — have been out in the streets and in the Rotunda in Madison, Wisconsin. Students and citizens are protesting in solidarity with nurses, teachers and workers.

And the people are not alone. Instead of caving to the opposition, their elected representatives are fighting with them. In fact, Democratic state senators boldly left the state in order to deny Republicans the quorum they need to pass Governor Walker’s radical anti-worker, anti-union bill. As long as every Democratic state senator refuses to go to the capitol, a vote cannot be held.


Wisconsin state Senator Chris Larson, who is one of the senators in hiding, laid out the stakes in an open letter and asked for our support:

The ability to organize and get fair treatment are qualities that built our country… If this bill moves forward in Wisconsin, rights in all America we have grown to take for granted will no longer be so reliable… If this passes here, it will pass in your state… It is an unprecedented attack on workers, their communities and our tradition of working with labor to move our state forward… I am seeking your support for the fight ahead of us.

Larson, and his fellow Democratic senators, are literally working to evade capture by state police in order to prevent this radical attack on public workers. He’s asked for our support.


Too often our elected representatives refuse to lead. But Wisconsin is proving that big things can happen when our elected officials work together with committed activists and fight back.

All 14 Democratic state senators are holed up outside the reach of the State Troopers who are working on orders of the Governor to forcibly return them to the capitol. If even one Democratic state senator is returned to the capitol, Republicans will be able to pass Gov. Walker’s bill. Not only that, but Republicans are organizing recall efforts to throw them out of office. The Wisconsin 14 need to hear encouragement from progressives nationwide. Let’s show them resounding support for their actions.

Thank Wisconsin’s 14 Democratic state senators and tell them they have your support.”

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In a budget proposal made public on Wednesday, House Republicans announced plans to zero out all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the nonprofit responsible for funding public media including NPR, PBS, Pacifica and more. If the Republicans are successful, it would be a tremendous blow to the entire public interest media sector.

We cannot allow Republicans to destroy public media. 

I’ve signed a petition telling Congress to fully fund NPR & PBS and defend public service media. You should too. Click below to take action.

You sign the petition at MoveOn[dot]org or at CredoAction[dot]com.

Stop Big Telecom lobbyists from killing Net Neutrality.

With just a few weeks before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) votes on Net Neutrality rules, Republicans are pushing sham, loophole-ridden legislation to strip the FCC of much of its authority to regulate the Internet and prevent it from voting on strong Net Neutrality rules.1

At the center of this desperate, last-ditch effort to stop the FCC from protecting the open Internet are Big Telecom’s lobbyists: CTIA–The Wireless Association, the top lobbying group for wireless giants like AT&T and Verizon, and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), which represents huge cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable.2

Tell Big Telecom lobbyists: Stop trying to kill Net Neutrality and the open Internet.

These massive lobbying groups have enormous influence in Washington, D.C., and they have been fighting tooth and nail for Big Telecom to be able to extort consumers and other companies into paying to use Internet fast lanes. Now, both are throwing their full weight behind the Republicans’ dangerous legislation.

Some of the companies that CTIA and NCTA represent are among the most hated in America.3If we expose the telecom industry’s toxic role in pushing the Republicans’ sham legislation, we can create a political cost for members of Congress who are afraid to be seen as shilling for AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner.

Please speak out now and make it clear to members of Congress that if they stand with CTIA and NCTA, they stand against the American people.

Tell Big Telecom lobbyists: Stop trying to kill Net Neutrality and the open Internet.

To shut down Net Neutrality, CTIA and NCTA have resorted to repeating blatant untruths.

For example, when they’re in Washington, many industry lobbyists and executives parrot the lie that Title II would harm investment in broadband infrastructure. But the story changes when industry executives are talking to their investors and industry insiders. In recent weeks, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have all admitted to their investors that they can live with Title II and that reclassification won’t stop them from continuing to plow huge amounts of money into new and improved infrastructure.4

CTIA and NCTA’s disingenuous claims that they represent the best interests of the Internet and consumers is clearly rebuked by the fact that many of the technology companies that Internet-users interact with on a daily basis – Netflix, Reddit, Mozilla, Kickstarter, Wordpress, Tumblr, and many more – support strong Net Neutrality Rules.5 And recently, Sprint became the first telecom giant to endorse Title II.6

Tell Big Telecom lobbyists: Stop trying to kill Net Neutrality and the open Internet.

Here’s the bottom line: Some of the massive telecom companies that CTIA and NCTA represent are cynically determined to use their size and dominant market position to extract as much profit as possible from consumers and other companies.

If Big Telecom wins, the rest of us lose, and the Internet will be more expensive, harder to access and, above all, less open. It’s classic profiteering hidden behind a smokescreen of lies and industry propaganda.

If we can expose Big Telecom’s role in pushing sham legislation in Congress it will be dramatically harder for Republicans to gin up support for legislation to strip the FCC of its regulatory authority.

Tell Big Telecom lobbyists: Stop trying to kill Net Neutrality and the open Internet.

1. "The Trouble with the Fake Net Neutrality Bills," Free Press, January 21, 2015
2. Kate Cox, "Congress Lines Up FCC Commissioners-Turned-Lobbyists For Hearing To Say Why Congress’s Bad Net Neutrality Proposal Is Great," Consumerist, January 16, 2015
3. Zach Epstein, "Surprise: TWC and Comcast are the two most hated companies in America," BGR News, December 30, 2014
4. Brian Fung, "Comcast, Charter and Time Warner Cable all say Obama’s net neutrality plan shouldn’t worry investors," The Switch, December 16, 2014
5. "TITLE II SUPPORTERS," The Center for Internet and Society
6. Jeff John Roberts, "In surprise FCC filing, Sprint endorses net neutrality," Gigaom, January 16, 2015

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