1. According to the U.S. General Services Administration, one of the programs that allows the Pentagon to give billions of dollars worth of free weapons of war to local U.S. police “offers Americans peace of mind.” Have images of a war zone in Ferguson, Missouri, boosted your peace of mind?Click here to tell the Pentagon, Congress, and the President: No More Weapons of War for Local Police! Congressman Hank Johnson has drafted an excellent first step called the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, which would prohibit the transfer to police of high caliber automatic weapons, armored vehicles, armed drones, aircraft, stun grenades, and silencers. Congress Members can contact Johnson’s office and become original cosponsors.Click here to sign a petition urging Congress, the President, and the Pentagon to take this step. The federal government gives and sells military grade weapons to police departments in the United States and abroad, through programs with names like DOD 1033 and the Urban Shield Initiative. Weapons makers rake in more profits by constantly re-arming the feds.It’s time to halt the flow of war weaponry into our neighborhoods as well as into volatile areas abroad.Please lend your name to this cause! After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself. — The RootsAction.org Team P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others. P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background: >  U.S. General Services Administration: 1122 Program >  Missouri Department of Public Safety: DOD 1033 >  Urban Shield >  War Resisters League: Facing Tear Gas >  Defending Dissent: The Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act >  John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization      
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    According to the U.S. General Services Administration, one of the programs that allows the Pentagon to give billions of dollars worth of free weapons of war to local U.S. police “offers Americans peace of mind.”

    Have images of a war zone in Ferguson, Missouri, boosted your peace of mind?

    Click here to tell the Pentagon, Congress, and the President: No More Weapons of War for Local Police!

    Congressman Hank Johnson has drafted an excellent first step called the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, which would prohibit the transfer to police of high caliber automatic weapons, armored vehicles, armed drones, aircraft, stun grenades, and silencers. Congress Members can contact Johnson’s office and become original cosponsors.

    Click here to sign a petition urging Congress, the President, and the Pentagon to take this step.

    The federal government gives and sells military grade weapons to police departments in the United States and abroad, through programs with names like DOD 1033 and the Urban Shield Initiative. Weapons makers rake in more profits by constantly re-arming the feds.

    It’s time to halt the flow of war weaponry into our neighborhoods as well as into volatile areas abroad.

    Please lend your name to this cause!

    After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself.

    — The RootsAction.org Team

    P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

    P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate.

    Background:
    U.S. General Services Administration: 1122 Program
    Missouri Department of Public Safety: DOD 1033
    Urban Shield
    War Resisters League: Facing Tear Gas
    Defending Dissent: The Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act
    John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization  
     

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  2. Let’s stop corporate tax cheats!

    Let’s stop corporate tax cheats!

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  3. Now more than ever! Congress has voted repeatedly to cheer for Israel and to dump additional funding into its weaponry. Shame them: http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10159

    Now more than ever! Congress has voted repeatedly to cheer for Israel and to dump additional funding into its weaponry. Shame them: http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10159

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  4. Join over 100,000 in supporting James Risen to support a free press.  The U.S. government is insisting that New York Times reporter James Risen reveal a confidential source — or go to jail. Risen says he won’t capitulate. Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says: “The pursuit of Risen is a warning to potential sources that journalists cannot promise them confidentiality for disclosing Executive Branch criminality, recklessness, deception, unconstitutional policies or lying us into war.” Sign the petition to President Obama and Attorney General Holder http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9775

    Join over 100,000 in supporting James Risen to support a free press.

    The U.S. government is insisting that New York Times reporter James Risen reveal a confidential source — or go to jail. Risen says he won’t capitulate.

    Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says: “The pursuit of Risen is a warning to potential sources that journalists cannot promise them confidentiality for disclosing Executive Branch criminality, recklessness, deception, unconstitutional policies or lying us into war.”

    Sign the petition to President Obama and Attorney General Holder http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9775

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  5. The U.S. military and weapons makers are “targeting the world market as never before,” according to a new report from Defense News. This comes on the heels of news that ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq & Syria) has seized piles of U.S.-made weaponry in Iraq.Think ISIS is alone in using U.S. weapons? The United States already accounts for 79 percent of weapons sales to the Middle East according to the Congressional Research Service, and the majority of all foreign weapons sales around the world.Tell Congress and the President to end foreign weapons sales. The U.S. sells or gives weapons to every sort of government, some of which re-sell or lose their weapons to opponents, others of which put the weapons to use. Thus we end up with wars like Libya in 2011, in which interchangable U.S. weaponry is found on both sides. Arming the world is madness from any point of view but the short-term profits of the weapons makers. Ceasing to do so would reduce arguments for maintaining the United States’ own massive military — equal, in cost, to the rest of the world’s combined.Tell Congress and the President to end foreign weapons sales and transition U.S. industries to peaceful products. After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself. — The RootsAction.org Team P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others. P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background:DefenseNews.com: U.S. Doubles Down on Foreign Military Sales

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    The U.S. military and weapons makers are “targeting the world market as never before,” according to a new report from Defense News.

    This comes on the heels of news that ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq & Syria) has seized piles of U.S.-made weaponry in Iraq.

    Think ISIS is alone in using U.S. weapons?

    The United States already accounts for 79 percent of weapons sales to the Middle East according to the Congressional Research Service, and the majority of all foreign weapons sales around the world.

    Tell Congress and the President to end foreign weapons sales.

    The U.S. sells or gives weapons to every sort of government, some of which re-sell or lose their weapons to opponents, others of which put the weapons to use. Thus we end up with wars like Libya in 2011, in which interchangable U.S. weaponry is found on both sides.

    Arming the world is madness from any point of view but the short-term profits of the weapons makers. Ceasing to do so would reduce arguments for maintaining the United States’ own massive military — equal, in cost, to the rest of the world’s combined.

    Tell Congress and the President to end foreign weapons sales and transition U.S. industries to peaceful products.

    After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself.

    — The RootsAction.org Team

    P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

    P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate.

    Background:
    DefenseNews.com: U.S. Doubles Down on Foreign Military Sales

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  6. While many people voiced revulsion at the mass killing in Gaza, the U.S. Congress cheered it on — with unanimous votes.Click here to tell your senators and representative that Israel’s hugely disproportionate killing in Gaza deserves condemnation, not praise. On July 11, the House passed — by voice vote with no objections — H Res 657, expressing “United States support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks.” On July 17, also by voice vote without objection, the Senate passed the nearly identical S Res 498. The sad truth is that your senators and representative went along with those disgraceful votes. You can respond now by clicking here. By the time the Senate voted, the violence had killed one Israeli and more than 200 Palestinians. Congress condemned the inexcusable Hamas rocket attacks but refused to voice the slightest criticism of the Israeli government for dropping thousands of tons of bombs on people in Gaza.Tell members of Congress that you want a single standard of response when civilians are slaughtered. Israel — armed at U.S. expense and emboldened by U.S. support — has been attacking people trapped in Gaza, a densely populated strip of land between Israel and the sea. In Gaza, the Israeli military has killed hundreds, wounded thousands, and bombed hospitals, schools, media outlets, children, the injured and the elderly. Yesterday, the New York Times put the death count at 550 Palestinians (most of them civilians), 25 Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians. Each of those deaths is a senseless tragedy. They will continue to mount unless Israel’s enablers take a different course.Click here to tell Congress and the President to cease supplying weapons to Israel and to stop providing the Israeli government with immunity from legal consequences for its actions.Please share this urgent email message with your friends. —- The RootsAction.org Team P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others. P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background:AFP: Gaza’s Shejaiya: A Moonscape Strewn with BodiesHaaretz: Reaping What We Have Sown in GazaCommon Dreams: “Silence Is Consent”; Thousands Worldwide March for GazaInformed Comment: Gaza By the Numbers – Who the People AreTruthout: Israel’s Grinding Ground War in GazaThe Nation: Netanyahu’s Bankrupt Strategy  
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    While many people voiced revulsion at the mass killing in Gaza, the U.S. Congress cheered it on — with unanimous votes.

    Click here to tell your senators and representative that Israel’s hugely disproportionate killing in Gaza deserves condemnation, not praise.


    On July 11, the House passed — by voice vote with no objections — H Res 657, expressing “United States support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks.”

    On July 17, also by voice vote without objection, the Senate passed the nearly identical S Res 498.

    The sad truth is that your senators and representative went along with those disgraceful votes. You can respond now by clicking here.

    By the time the Senate voted, the violence had killed one Israeli and more than 200 Palestinians.

    Congress condemned the inexcusable Hamas rocket attacks but refused to voice the slightest criticism of the Israeli government for dropping thousands of tons of bombs on people in Gaza.

    Tell members of Congress that you want a single standard of response when civilians are slaughtered.


    Israel — armed at U.S. expense and emboldened by U.S. support — has been attacking people trapped in Gaza, a densely populated strip of land between Israel and the sea.

    In Gaza, the Israeli military has killed hundreds, wounded thousands, and bombed hospitals, schools, media outlets, children, the injured and the elderly.

    Yesterday, the New York Times put the death count at 550 Palestinians (most of them civilians), 25 Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians. Each of those deaths is a senseless tragedy. They will continue to mount unless Israel’s enablers take a different course.

    Click here to tell Congress and the President to cease supplying weapons to Israel and to stop providing the Israeli government with immunity from legal consequences for its actions.

    Please share this urgent email message with your friends.

    —- The RootsAction.org Team

    P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

    P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate.

    Background:
    AFP: Gaza’s Shejaiya: A Moonscape Strewn with Bodies
    Haaretz: Reaping What We Have Sown in Gaza
    Common Dreams: “Silence Is Consent”; Thousands Worldwide March for Gaza
    Informed Comment: Gaza By the Numbers – Who the People Are
    Truthout: Israel’s Grinding Ground War in Gaza
    The Nation: Netanyahu’s Bankrupt Strategy

     

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  7. Thirteen of the billboards are now on display near Capitol Hill, the Justice Department, the White House, the Government Accountability Office, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the State Department, Dupont Circle and other prominent locations. The six-foot billboards at bus shelters are displaying a clear and urgent message from Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: “Don’t do what I did. Don’t wait until a new war has started, don’t wait until thousands more have died, before you tell the truth with documents that reveal lies or crimes or internal projections of costs and dangers. You might save a war’s worth of lives.” Now, if you’re in DC, you can help spread the message of these billboards by visiting one or more of them — and then taking photos, hopefully with you in the frame sometimes, to share online via Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. For the billboard locations, click here. http://exposefacts.org/124-2/

    Thirteen of the billboards are now on display near Capitol Hill, the Justice Department, the White House, the Government Accountability Office, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the State Department, Dupont Circle and other prominent locations.

    The six-foot billboards at bus shelters are displaying a clear and urgent message from Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: “Don’t do what I did. Don’t wait until a new war has started, don’t wait until thousands more have died, before you tell the truth with documents that reveal lies or crimes or internal projections of costs and dangers. You might save a war’s worth of lives.”

    Now, if you’re in DC, you can help spread the message of these billboards by visiting one or more of them — and then taking photos, hopefully with you in the frame sometimes, to share online via Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets.

    For the billboard locations, click here. http://exposefacts.org/124-2/

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  8. President Obama has requested another half a billion dollars to arm and train “appropriately vetted” fighters in Syria to help them kill better. Tell him — and your senators and representative in Congress — No! The violent rebellion in Syria, supported by the U.S. government and others, has spilled over into Iraq — itself still reeling from U.S. destruction and the illegitimacy of a government imposed by foreign occupation.When will we ever learn? From Vietnam to Afghanistan to Iraq and many other countries, U.S. intervention has led to enormous suffering and death on a huge scale. Click here to say No: No training for Syrian soldiers. And No U.S. soldier “advisers” in Iraq. What we need is a commitment to genuine diplomacy, dedicated to settling differences nonviolently. Instead of devoting still more vast quantities of dollars to do more damage, the United States should do what it can to repair the damage already done. Tell the President and Congress. And please share this email with people you know who are fed up with paying for war. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself. — The RootsAction.org Team P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others. P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background:New York Times: Obama Requests Money to Train “Appropriately Vetted” Syrian Rebels   
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    President Obama has requested another half a billion dollars to arm and train “appropriately vetted” fighters in Syria to help them kill better.

    Tell him — and your senators and representative in Congress — No!

    The violent rebellion in Syria, supported by the U.S. government and others, has spilled over into Iraq — itself still reeling from U.S. destruction and the illegitimacy of a government imposed by foreign occupation.

    When will we ever learn? From Vietnam to Afghanistan to Iraq and many other countries, U.S. intervention has led to enormous suffering and death on a huge scale.

    Click here to say No: No training for Syrian soldiers. And No U.S. soldier “advisers” in Iraq.

    What we need is a commitment to genuine diplomacy, dedicated to settling differences nonviolently.

    Instead of devoting still more vast quantities of dollars to do more damage, the United States should do what it can to repair the damage already done.

    Tell the President and Congress.

    And please share this email with people you know who are fed up with paying for war.

    You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself.

    — The RootsAction.org Team

    P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

    P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate.

    Background:
    New York Times: Obama Requests Money to Train “Appropriately Vetted” Syrian Rebels

     

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  9. The massive influx of money into our political system, made possible by rulings like the one in Citizens United v. FEC, has created an unprecedented crisis. We have seen an explosion of outside spending, as well as a glut of spending by tax-exempt “dark money” organizations that don’t have to disclose their donors.A Constitutional Amendment to fix the problem is gaining support in the U.S. Senate. Click here to join RootsAction and The Other 98% in urging passage. The conflation of money with free speech has created a political environment wherein money routinely drowns out other voices. In the 2012 election cycle, just 132 donors giving at least $1 million each were responsible for 60.4% of all the money Super PACs raised.  Today, three-quarters of Americans agree that money has become a corrupting influence over our political process.   Please sign this petition:Money is not speech, corporations are not people, and our political system will not work if we don’t overturn Citizens United. We demand that the U.S. Senate pass this Constitutional Amendment (S.J.Res. 19) on behalf of democracy. After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself. — The RootsAction.org Team P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others. P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background:Open Secrets: Citizens United v. Federal Election CommissionDemos: Election Spending 2012Reuters Poll: Most Americans Think Too Much Money in PoliticsSenator Udall’s resolution, S.J.Res. 19 with cosponsors list.

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    The massive influx of money into our political system, made possible by rulings like the one in Citizens United v. FEC, has created an unprecedented crisis. We have seen an explosion of outside spending, as well as a glut of spending by tax-exempt “dark money” organizations that don’t have to disclose their donors.

    A Constitutional Amendment to fix the problem is gaining support in the U.S. Senate. Click here to join RootsAction and The Other 98% in urging passage.

    The conflation of money with free speech has created a political environment wherein money routinely drowns out other voices. In the 2012 election cycle, just 132 donors giving at least $1 million each were responsible for 60.4% of all the money Super PACs raised.

    Today, three-quarters of Americans agree that money has become a corrupting influence over our political process.   Please sign this petition:


    Money is not speech, corporations are not people, and our political system will not work if we don’t overturn Citizens United. We demand that the U.S. Senate pass this Constitutional Amendment (S.J.Res. 19) on behalf of democracy.

    After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself.

    — The RootsAction.org Team

    P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

    P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate.


    Background:
    Open Secrets: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
    Demos: Election Spending 2012
    Reuters Poll: Most Americans Think Too Much Money in Politics
    Senator Udall’s resolution, S.J.Res. 19 with cosponsors list.

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