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Modernize Voter Registration April 10, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — 33northforchange @ 12:55 am

Make your voice heard!

Take a few minutes to call on Congress to modernize our registration system! One sure-fire way to reach your legislators is to get your paper to print a letter to the editor.

Get started on your letter now.

With your help, Election Protection and its partners have worked valiantly to protect the rights of voters across the country, but there is still work to be done!  Help voters in 2009 by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper in support of modernizing our antiquated voter registration system.  It will take just a few minutes!

A few weeks ago, I asked you to send our 2008 Election Protection report to Congress. We are starting to build momentum, but we need your help!

Volunteer a few minutes for Election Protection 2009 by clicking here to send a letter to the editor urging Congress to modernize our antiquated voter registration system!

Senator Schumer called the voter registration system “the lifeblood of our republic.” You know what?  He’s right, but unfortunately our registration system is in dire need of a transfusion.  According to a study by leading election experts an estimated 9 million eligible Americans tried to register but failed due to barriers created by our 19th Century voter registration system in 2008!

Getting a letter published in your local paper is a great way to get your Congressional Representatives’ attention.  Taking just a few minutes out of your day to send in a letter can have a major impact.

Help out with Election Protection 2009!  Click here send a letter to the editor urging Congress to move forward with modernizing voter registration!

It’s important that we stand up for this needed change in 2009 so that more voters won’t be disenfranchised in 2010.

With your help, we’re going to ensure that all eligible American citizens are able to cast a meaningful ballot in future elections.

Sincerely,

Jonah Goldman
Director
National Campaign for Fair Elections
Legal Leader of the Election Protection Coalition

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Defense Budget

Filed under: Uncategorized — 33northforchange @ 12:53 am

From True Majority:

Some of us wondered if this day would ever come. Yesterday the Secretary of Defense explained to Congress exactly the points TrueMajority members have been making for years: wasting taxes on weapons which don’t work and have no conceivable use against real-world enemies makes us LESS strong as a nation1.

Show Congress we’re ready to invest in True Security — sign the petition.

http://act.truemajorityaction.org/p/7002/petition?petition_KEY=105

More than 35,000 TrueMajority members have signed on already, if we can get to 50,000 we will deliver your petition in person.

This is a big deal. For years we’ve called Congress, run opinion columns, put ads on the air and in the newspaper, released reports and held press conferences about wasteful programs like the F-22 fighter jet, designed to fight countries that don’t exist anymore. Admirals, generals and even a former Asst. Secretary of Defense have all said these things are unneeded — we only keep building them because they make a lot of money for defense contractors and lobbyists.

Now the Secretary of Defense is on board. Yesterday Robert Gates called for ending the F-22 program, scaling back star-wars missile programs, and more2. It’s an amazing, historic day to get the head of the Pentagon to support the idea of fixing our military spending. And we need to tell Congress WE AGREE, loud and clear.

 

Rally for Systemic Reform of Financial Industry

Filed under: Action,Economy,Finance — bambooforest @ 12:52 am

A new group called “A New Way Forward” (heard of them from The Nation columnist William Greider when he appeared on Bill Moyers’ show about 2 weeks ago) is organizing coordinated nationwide rallies tomorrow, Thursday, April 11, to call for systemic reform of the financial industry, including breaking up and reorganizing insolvent financial institutions that have received huge taxpayer bailouts.

The Los Angeles rally is slated for 11 am at the Federal Building (11000 Wilshire Blvd.) in Westwood.

The organizers are planning for the rallies to also be outdoor phonebanks (to call the White House and Congress), so if you attend, you should bring your cellphone. If you bring your video camera, you can also contribute footage to the montage that Bill Moyers Journal is apparently going to compile of all the protests.

More info here.

 

Detainee Abuse Investigation April 4, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — 33northforchange @ 9:22 pm


With mounting evidence of deliberate and widespread use of torture and abuse, we deserve to know the truth.

Ask Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate the interrogation of detainees in the war on terror.

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Dear ACLU Supporter,

For five long years, the ACLU has been fighting to unearth government documents that would show the origins and scope of the Bush administration’s torture program.

In two weeks, we may finally get some of the crucial documents we’ve been asking for.

As a result of a critical ACLU Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the Justice Department agreed on Thursday to consider an April 16th public release of key memos that authorized the CIA to torture detainees.

As we move closer and closer to the truth, it is essential that you and other ACLU supporters reinforce the demand that those responsible for illegally authorizing torture are held accountable.

Sign the ACLU’s petition demanding that Attorney General Holder appoint a special prosecutor for detainee abuse.

There are still crucial sets of memos that must be revealed, including the infamous Bybee and Bradbury memos.

The first, written in August 2002 by the head of the Bush administration’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), Jay S. Bybee, was the cornerstone of the CIA torture program.

The second set of memos, written by OLC lawyer Steven Bradbury in May of 2005, authorized the CIA to subject prisoners to torture methods including waterboarding. They were written in anticipation of Congress’s decision to make it clear that laws against cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment applied to the CIA.

Collectively, these memos supplied the framework for an interrogation program that permitted the most barbaric forms of abuse, violated domestic and international law, alienated America’s allies and yielded information that was both unreliable and unusable in court.

Using national security as a pretext, the Bush administration managed to suppress these memos for years. If these memos are released on April 16, it will be due to your consistent support of the ACLU. And the facts revealed in these memos will only heighten the demand for a thorough criminal investigation.

Call on the Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor.

A special prosecutor can follow the facts wherever they may lead — from Justice Department memos to White House torture meetings to secret government torture cells around the globe.

No one is above the law. And if we want to restore our country to an America we can be proud of again, we must know the truth about what our government did in our name.

Thank you for supporting the ACLU as we continue to drive towards the truth and for joining us in the next step — demanding accountability.

Sincerely,

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Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director
ACLU

 

Senate Climate Change

Filed under: Environment — 33northforchange @ 9:21 pm
CREDO Action: Tools for Change from Working Assets

The Senate has refused to lead the fight against climate change. President Obama can help.

Ask President Obama to use his executive powers to reduce carbon emissions. If the Senate won’t do its job, President Obama can and should.

In a little noticed vote last week, Senators acting on behalf of the coal, utility, and auto industries have dealt a serious blow to serious progress on climate change. It’s time for President Obama to use his executive power through the Environmental Protection Agency and take action on global warming.Here’s what happened: Republicans were joined by 26 Democrats in the Senate in a vote on a rule to ensure that the filibuster will be used to block meaningful climate legislation. Any truly effective bill will surely suffer death by filibuster because there are more than 40 Senators committed to deferring any real action on climate change that would threaten the coal, oil, and auto industries.

This betrayal by Democrats on one of the most important issues of our time is deeply disappointing. However, President Obama doesn’t need Congress’ help to take a very important step: Regulating carbon.

During the Bush administration, EPA administrators rejected scientists’ findings on the dangers of carbon. But on March 20, the Obama Administration’s EPA finally submitted a long-awaited “endangerment finding” to the White House. Now with this finding, President Obama can order the EPA to reduce carbon emissions, including those from coal burning utilities.

With the Senate dragging its feet on progress, the time for President Obama to act is now.

Click here to ask President Obama to approve the EPA endangerment finding and regulate carbon emissions now.

Thank you for working to build a better world.

Kate Stayman-London, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

 

Call to action from Howard Dean

Filed under: Uncategorized — 33northforchange @ 9:17 pm

Today, we draw a line in the sand. A public option, like Medicare, is the only way to guarantee healthcare for all Americans and its inclusion is non-negotiable. Add your name now.

First, I want to say thank you. The outpouring of support and excitement over my return to Democracy for America has been incredible. I am honored to work with you and the rest of the DFA community again.

Last night, I announced our biggest and perhaps most important campaign yet on an issue very close to my heart: Healthcare Reform.

We can guarantee healthcare for all if we give every American the freedom to choose between keeping their private insurance – if they have any – and a universally available public healthcare option like Medicare.

CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR NAME

President Obama campaigned on a healthcare plan that included a public option, but for-profit insurance companies and HMO’s are already working hard to strip it from any upcoming healthcare bill. They don’t want Americans to have a choice and they will stop at nothing to kill real reform.

Today, we draw a line in the sand.

A public option is the only way to guarantee healthcare for all Americans and its inclusion is non-negotiable. Any legislation without the choice of a public option is only insurance reform and not the healthcare reform America needs.

This is just the start. We need your help to generate broad based support for a public option. We will need to canvass our neighborhoods, call our elected leaders, and arrange meetings with members of Congress in the coming months.

We need 250,000 signatures by the time this bill is introduced in Congress. As a start, can you help me get to 10,000 by the end of the day today?

ADD YOUR NAME RIGHT NOW

After you add your name, you can sign-up to volunteer or make a contribution. You can also spread the word to your friends, family, and co-workers. Send a personal email and include a link to the website, update your Facebook status to tell people about the campaign, write a blog post at a local or national blog about why you support this campaign – we need all hands on deck to win this fight.

This will be the largest, most ambitious campaign DFA has ever launched. But I need your help to make it happen. The more people in our movement for change, the more effective we will be.

Working together, we will get healthcare for all Americans. Thank you for everything you do to make it happen.

-Howard

Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
Founder, Democracy for America

 

Regional White House Forum on Health Reform

Filed under: Healthcare — 33northforchange @ 9:10 pm
*Regional White House Forum on Health Reform
Fifth in a Series

Monday, April 6, 10:30 AM in Los Angeles, see below
Simultaneous Forums Throughout California to Connect with Los Angeles
Forum Via Satellite
Moderated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Governor
Christine Gregoire of Washington
*
• Also livestreamed on www.HealthReform.gov

• Visit www.HealthReform.gov to submit questions to be raised

WASHINGTON, DC – The fifth in a series of Regional White House Forums on
Health Reform taking place across the country will be held on Monday in
Los Angeles, California. The forum will take place at 10:30am PDT at The
California Endowment in Los Angeles. In addition to the Los Angeles
forum, local forums will take place simultaneously in San Diego, Oakland
and Clovis, California and will connect with the Los Angeles forum via
satellite. In keeping with the Obama administration’s commitment to an
open, inclusive, and transparent process for health reform, the forum
will bring together a diverse group of people to voice their concerns
and ideas on reforming our health care system.

The Los Angeles forum will be moderated by Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger of California and Governor Christine Gregoire of
Washington. Melody Barnes, director of the White House Domestic Policy
Council, will represent the Obama administration. Forum participants
will include doctors, patients, providers, insurers, policy experts and
health care advocates of all kinds – both Democrats and Republicans –
who will discuss the urgent need to provide high-quality, affordable
health care for all Americans and to curb skyrocketing health care costs
that are draining our federal and state budgets, devastating families
and small businesses, and undermining our long-term economic prosperity.

The event will begin with a video message recorded by the President, a
summary of the findings from the Health Care Community Discussions that
took place in December, and an overview of the discussion that took
place at the White House Forum on Health Reform in March.

The forum will take place on Monday, April 6th at 10:30am PDT:

LOS ANGELES:

Yosemite Hall

The California Endowment

1000 North Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA