1. Click here to sign the following petition to the Laborers’ International Union of North America:We, the undersigned, call upon the Laborers’ International Union of North America to pull back from supporting the Keystone Pipeline. We support the right to organize and hope to bring back the now-forsaken Employee Free Choice Act. We applaud your stand for immigrants’ rights. We support your promotion of infrastructure spending, and we supported the efforts of unions in Connecticut who successfully created a state commission last year to advance conversion from military to peaceful industries. While we are in strong agreement with your union in the need to challenge the Democratic Party, we must take issue with your support of a project that will contribute dramatically to global warming. Your willingness to oppose elected officials who fail you demonstrates the independence that all organizations need. But there’s a problem. You’re demanding that Congress members support a tar sands pipeline that will exacerbate the climate crisis. While workers need the economic justice for which your union organizes, they also need a healthy environment for themselves and their children and grandchildren. We run the risk of pushing the climate of planet Earth over the edge and we need the support of your union in moving us away from the precipice. We are in unity with you on the need for jobs.  In fact, we wish to join hands with LIUNA and other unions in a movement for green jobs. There is much that has to be done in this country that can contribute to a better and safer environment.  The infrastructure needs to be rebuilt and new industries need to be introduced. We wish to be there with you in that struggle. But we need you to join with the millions who see the danger, if not potential catastrophe, inherent in tar sands pipelines.Click here to sign. 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:The Hill: Union Threatens Retribution for House Dems Opposing KeystoneMichael Mann: Approving Keystone XL Could Be the Biggest MistakeThe Nation: Could Working on Keystone XL Give You Cancer, Asthma?Bill Shortell: Labor Unions Must Take on Conversion from War to Peace Economy  
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    Click here to sign the following petition to the Laborers’ International Union of North America:

    We, the undersigned, call upon the Laborers’ International Union of North America to pull back from supporting the Keystone Pipeline.

    We support the right to organize and hope to bring back the now-forsaken Employee Free Choice Act.

    We applaud your stand for immigrants’ rights.

    We support your promotion of infrastructure spending, and we supported the efforts of unions in Connecticut who successfully created a state commission last year to advance conversion from military to peaceful industries.

    While we are in strong agreement with your union in the need to challenge the Democratic Party, we must take issue with your support of a project that will contribute dramatically to global warming.

    Your willingness to oppose elected officials who fail you demonstrates the independence that all organizations need. But there’s a problem. You’re demanding that Congress members support a tar sands pipeline that will exacerbate the climate crisis.

    While workers need the economic justice for which your union organizes, they also need a healthy environment for themselves and their children and grandchildren. We run the risk of pushing the climate of planet Earth over the edge and we need the support of your union in moving us away from the precipice.

    We are in unity with you on the need for jobs.  In fact, we wish to join hands with LIUNA and other unions in a movement for green jobs. There is much that has to be done in this country that can contribute to a better and safer environment.  The infrastructure needs to be rebuilt and new industries need to be introduced. We wish to be there with you in that struggle. But we need you to join with the millions who see the danger, if not potential catastrophe, inherent in tar sands pipelines.


    Click here to sign.

    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:
    The Hill: Union Threatens Retribution for House Dems Opposing Keystone
    Michael Mann: Approving Keystone XL Could Be the Biggest Mistake
    The Nation: Could Working on Keystone XL Give You Cancer, Asthma?
    Bill Shortell: Labor Unions Must Take on Conversion from War to Peace Economy

     

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  2. The evidence is mounting. A grave threat to lives and well-being is completely self-inflicted. We’re poisoning ourselves with plastics.Click here to demand that the federal government serve its primary function of keeping us safe. A new report in Mother Jones finds that even if plastic bottles and food containers were rid of a notoriously dangerous additive called BPA, they would in many cases remain unsafe — putting people at risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and numerous other serious ailments. Estrogenic chemicals — as dangerous as BPA and worse — are used in plastics found in water bottles, baby bottles, and all kinds of food containers. The Environmental Protection Agency does not test or regulate these chemicals. Consumers have no way of knowing what’s in a product by looking at it or by checking what type of plastic it is. In effect, a massive human experiment is underway, testing thousands of new — and often hazardous — substances. We feed ourselves and our children unknown chemicals, and then we wait to see what happens to us or our descendants. “A poison kills you,” says biology professor Frederick vom Saal. “A chemical like BPA reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him” or her.Click here if you find this absolutely unacceptable. 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:Mother Jones: The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free PlasticsDemocracy Now: Are Any Plastics Safe?Living on Earth: BPA-Free Does Not Always Mean Safe  
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    The evidence is mounting. A grave threat to lives and well-being is completely self-inflicted. We’re poisoning ourselves with plastics.

    Click here to demand that the federal government serve its primary function of keeping us safe.

    A new report in Mother Jones finds that even if plastic bottles and food containers were rid of a notoriously dangerous additive called BPA, they would in many cases remain unsafe — putting people at risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and numerous other serious ailments.

    Estrogenic chemicals — as dangerous as BPA and worse — are used in plastics found in water bottles, baby bottles, and all kinds of food containers. The Environmental Protection Agency does not test or regulate these chemicals. Consumers have no way of knowing what’s in a product by looking at it or by checking what type of plastic it is.

    In effect, a massive human experiment is underway, testing thousands of new — and often hazardous — substances. We feed ourselves and our children unknown chemicals, and then we wait to see what happens to us or our descendants.

    “A poison kills you,” says biology professor Frederick vom Saal. “A chemical like BPA reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him” or her.


    Click here if you find this absolutely unacceptable.

    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:
    Mother Jones: The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics
    Democracy Now: Are Any Plastics Safe?
    Living on Earth: BPA-Free Does Not Always Mean Safe

     

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  3. We’d like to be able to applaud the U.S. State Department for condemning the Egyptian government’s decision to murder over 500 people, without having to choke on the fact that the U.S. government has been killing thousands of people with drones, many of them civilians — not to mention giving massive supplies of weapons to the abusive Egyptian government that it is condemning.We’d love it if we could cheer for the U.S. government’s denunciations of Russian belligerence in the Ukraine, without the oppressive weight of the string of illegal U.S. wars stretching from Afghanistan through Iraq to Libya and the drone wars in Yemen and Pakistan, not to mention the NATO expansion and State Department interference in the Ukraine that has escalated tensions.We would like it if the U.S. government’s condemnations of human rights abuses in nations whose governments it wants to overthrow carried the weight they would if matched by condemnations of such abuses in nations whose governments the U.S. arms and supports, such as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, etc.Imagine if the U.S. Secretary of State were able to condemn illegal wars without many people immediately pointing out that he had recently supported some. Imagine if the United States could oppose torture abroad without having established immunity for all U.S. torturers. Toward this end we are launching a campaign to stamp out hypocrisy.Sign here to join in. When U.S. government officials engage in flagrant hypocrisy, we will strive to call them on it. We will demand that the United States end its aggressive militarism, reform its criminal justice system, join the International Criminal Court, prosecute violators of treaties, and lead by example rather than hypocritical pronouncements.Join the anti-hypocrisy movement now. Submit your examples of supreme hypocrisy, and we’ll try to challenge many of them. 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.

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    We’d like to be able to applaud the U.S. State Department for condemning the Egyptian government’s decision to murder over 500 people, without having to choke on the fact that the U.S. government has been killing thousands of people with drones, many of them civilians — not to mention giving massive supplies of weapons to the abusive Egyptian government that it is condemning.

    We’d love it if we could cheer for the U.S. government’s denunciations of Russian belligerence in the Ukraine, without the oppressive weight of the string of illegal U.S. wars stretching from Afghanistan through Iraq to Libya and the drone wars in Yemen and Pakistan, not to mention the NATO expansion and State Department interference in the Ukraine that has escalated tensions.

    We would like it if the U.S. government’s condemnations of human rights abuses in nations whose governments it wants to overthrow carried the weight they would if matched by condemnations of such abuses in nations whose governments the U.S. arms and supports, such as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, etc.

    Imagine if the U.S. Secretary of State were able to condemn illegal wars without many people immediately pointing out that he had recently supported some. Imagine if the United States could oppose torture abroad without having established immunity for all U.S. torturers. Toward this end we are launching a campaign to stamp out hypocrisy.

    Sign here to join in.

    When U.S. government officials engage in flagrant hypocrisy, we will strive to call them on it.

    We will demand that the United States end its aggressive militarism, reform its criminal justice system, join the International Criminal Court, prosecute violators of treaties, and lead by example rather than hypocritical pronouncements.

    Join the anti-hypocrisy movement now.

    Submit your examples of supreme hypocrisy, and we’ll try to challenge many of them.

    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.

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  4. Earlier this month, the Senate rejected President Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the civil rights division of the Justice Department.  By linking Adegbile with the killing of a police officer, for which Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted three decades earlier, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) steamrolled over the constitutional right to counsel. The FOP demonized Abu-Jamal with inflammatory and racially-coded language like “thug” and “notorious cop-killer.” [1]  In the end, seven Democratic senators from predominantly white states voted against Adegbile to avoid being associated with Abu-Jamal’s case in the upcoming elections. [2] The profuse evidence of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and the worldwide activism on behalf of Abu-Jamal have all made his case a global symbol of U.S. justice gone wrong. In 2000, Amnesty International found that the case “was irredeemably tainted by politics and race and failed to meet international fair trial standards.” [3]Click here to join in calling for release of Mumia Abu-Jamal.   Ever since his arrest in 1981, Abu-Jamal has been targeted by the Fraternal Order of Police, “the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers.” With strong ties to allied politicians and news media, the FOP’s lobbying power — comparable to the NRA’s influence on Congress — reflects the enormous leverage that police power wields over our entire judicial system and society at large. The FOP fears that if the U.S. Department of Justice were given real teeth for change, it would investigate systematic police abuse and brutality in many communities across the country. One-third of the officers involved in collecting evidence in Abu-Jamal’s case were subsequently convicted of extortion, corruption and evidence-tampering. [4] For over 20 years, the Free Mumia movement has called for a civil rights investigation of this case. Such a review could ignite a firestorm of pressure for a thorough investigation of Philadelphia’s police force. A recent case of brutality involves a police assault during a stop-and-frisk that resulted in the ruptured testicle of 16-year-old Darrin Manning. [5]  Clearly, a basic change of direction is essential.Please take a minute now to send a clear message to top officials in Pennsylvania and Washington — letting them know that you want an end to the injustice in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Also, you will serve the interests of justice if you forward this message to friends. Thank you! —- 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. Footnotes: [1] The Fraternal Order of Police: Letter to President Obama; Wall Street Journal: The Justice Nominee and The Cop Killer [2] ThinkProgress: Meet the 7 Democrats Who Just Voted Down a Nominee [3] Amnesty International: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal [4] Johanna Fernandez: Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Dave Lindorff: "Killing Time: An Investigation into Death Row Case of Mumia" [5] Linn Washington Jr.: Sexual Assault, Other Philadelphia Police Scandals Background:Presidential Statement on Senate’s Failure to Confirm Debo AdegbileHuman Rights Watch: The Fraternal Order of PoliceNew York Times: Book Asserts Black Reporter Didn’t Kill White OfficerNew York Times: U.S. Files Its Rights Suit Charging Philadelphia PoliceJ. Patrick O’Connor: "The Mumia Exception"The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home    
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    Earlier this month, the Senate rejected President Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the civil rights division of the Justice Department.

    By linking Adegbile with the killing of a police officer, for which Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted three decades earlier, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) steamrolled over the constitutional right to counsel.

    The FOP demonized Abu-Jamal with inflammatory and racially-coded language like “thug” and “notorious cop-killer.” [1]  In the end, seven Democratic senators from predominantly white states voted against Adegbile to avoid being associated with Abu-Jamal’s case in the upcoming elections. [2]

    The profuse evidence of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and the worldwide activism on behalf of Abu-Jamal have all made his case a global symbol of U.S. justice gone wrong. In 2000, Amnesty International found that the case “was irredeemably tainted by politics and race and failed to meet international fair trial standards.” [3]

    Click here to join in calling for release of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
     
    Ever since his arrest in 1981, Abu-Jamal has been targeted by the Fraternal Order of Police, “the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers.” With strong ties to allied politicians and news media, the FOP’s lobbying power — comparable to the NRA’s influence on Congress — reflects the enormous leverage that police power wields over our entire judicial system and society at large.

    The FOP fears that if the U.S. Department of Justice were given real teeth for change, it would investigate systematic police abuse and brutality in many communities across the country. One-third of the officers involved in collecting evidence in Abu-Jamal’s case were subsequently convicted of extortion, corruption and evidence-tampering. [4]

    For over 20 years, the Free Mumia movement has called for a civil rights investigation of this case. Such a review could ignite a firestorm of pressure for a thorough investigation of Philadelphia’s police force. A recent case of brutality involves a police assault during a stop-and-frisk that resulted in the ruptured testicle of 16-year-old Darrin Manning. [5]  Clearly, a basic change of direction is essential.

    Please take a minute now to send a clear message to top officials in Pennsylvania and Washington — letting them know that you want an end to the injustice in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

    Also, you will serve the interests of justice if you forward this message to friends.

    Thank you!

    —- 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.

    Footnotes:
    [1] The Fraternal Order of Police: Letter to President Obama; Wall Street Journal: The Justice Nominee and The Cop Killer
    [2] ThinkProgress: Meet the 7 Democrats Who Just Voted Down a Nominee
    [3] Amnesty International: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal
    [4] Johanna Fernandez: Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Dave Lindorff: "Killing Time: An Investigation into Death Row Case of Mumia"
    [5] Linn Washington Jr.: Sexual Assault, Other Philadelphia Police Scandals

    Background:
    Presidential Statement on Senate’s Failure to Confirm Debo Adegbile
    Human Rights Watch: The Fraternal Order of Police
    New York Times: Book Asserts Black Reporter Didn’t Kill White Officer
    New York Times: U.S. Files Its Rights Suit Charging Philadelphia Police
    J. Patrick O’Connor: "The Mumia Exception"
    The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home 

      

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  5. Set aside for a moment whether the U.S. government has too much or too little money. It’s spending the money it has destructively. Fifty-seven percent of discretionary spending going into the military is too much. Click here to tell Congress and the president to move the money. Despite a lot of hype about cuts to the military budget, the Pentagon has used war budgets and slush funds to avoid practically any cuts at all, while every other government program has faced the axe. As a result, the percentage of discretionary spending going to militarism, across multiple departments, is on the rise. The sequester imposes minimal cuts on the military, but Congress members are maneuvering to undo those cuts and replace them with increases. The same is not under consideration for education, environmental protection, foreign aid, or any other non-destructive program.Join RootsAction and The Nation in telling Congress to reverse course. Click here to sign this petition: U.S. military spending — across several government departments — is wildly out of control, amounting to roughly half of federal discretionary spending and half of global military spending. The sequester agreement makes a small reduction in military spending. We urge you to keep military spending to the sequester level or lower without allowing extra funds to be hidden in war budgets or anywhere else, to plan for further reductions, to create a commission to oversee the retraining and retooling required for a smooth transition from war industries to peaceful industries, and to invest the additional savings in human and environmental needs at home and abroad.  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. Background:Mattea Kramer: Is the Pentagon Doomed — To Be Flush Forever Partners:The Nation Know DronesWESPAC FoundationPJC-Sonoma
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    Set aside for a moment whether the U.S. government has too much or too little money. It’s spending the money it has destructively.

    Fifty-seven percent of discretionary spending going into the military is too much.

    Click here to tell Congress and the president to move the money.

    Despite a lot of hype about cuts to the military budget, the Pentagon has used war budgets and slush funds to avoid practically any cuts at all, while every other government program has faced the axe. As a result, the percentage of discretionary spending going to militarism, across multiple departments, is on the rise.

    The sequester imposes minimal cuts on the military, but Congress members are maneuvering to undo those cuts and replace them with increases. The same is not under consideration for education, environmental protection, foreign aid, or any other non-destructive program.

    Join RootsAction and The Nation in telling Congress to reverse course.

    Click here to sign this petition:


    U.S. military spending — across several government departments — is wildly out of control, amounting to roughly half of federal discretionary spending and half of global military spending. The sequester agreement makes a small reduction in military spending.

    We urge you to keep military spending to the sequester level or lower without allowing extra funds to be hidden in war budgets or anywhere else, to plan for further reductions, to create a commission to oversee the retraining and retooling required for a smooth transition from war industries to peaceful industries, and to invest the additional savings in human and environmental needs at home and abroad.


    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.

    Background:
    Mattea Kramer: Is the Pentagon Doomed — To Be Flush Forever

    Partners:
    The Nation
    Know Drones
    WESPAC Foundation
    PJC-Sonoma

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  6. "We can be sure about one thing," investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler reported days ago. "The Obama White House has covered up the Bush presidency’s role in the torture program for years." The new uproar about CIA spying on the Senate intelligence committee could open a political door to challenging the surveillance state and perpetual war.Click here to tell Congress and the White House that immunity for torturers must end. The president should fire the CIA’s director, John Brennan, and insist on a fundamental change in direction. The CIA spying on Senate staffers is indeed unacceptable. But so is spying on peace activists. So is mass surveillance. So is torture. So is holding prisoners without trial. So is killing people with drones. So is waging horrific and illegal wars.Tell Congress and the president that superficial changes aren’t enough — it’s time to fix the underlying problems. The White House says it has been withholding thousands of documents from a Senate investigation of torture because of “executive confidentiality issues.” There’s no such thing in the Constitution. The White House should hand over the documents and declassify the report on CIA torture. But information isn’t enough. We need action. Click here to tell President Obama to bring the CIA under democratic control. The president should:
Hand over the CIA documents to Senate investigators.
Declassify the CIA’s report on its involvement in torture.
Fire CIA director John Brennan.
Order the Justice Department to stop violating the law and start enforcing the Anti-Torture statute and the War Crimes statute, and to open an investigation into drone killings.
Click here to also tell the Senate that its intelligence committee should declassify its own report — and tell Congress to create a special committee to investigate the past dozen years of illegal wars, official deception, lies to the public, torture, rendition, wrongful imprisonment, warrantless spying and subversion of democracy. If we the people don’t insist on such actions, who will? 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: * Marcy Wheeler: White House Covering Up the Presidency’s Role in Torture * McClatchy: White House Withholds Thousands of Documents  * Elizabeth Goitein: Obama Is Protecting Senior CIA Officials and Himself  * Norman Solomon: The Feinstein Syndrome * Charles P. Pierce: Obama, the CIA, and the Limits of Conciliation * WarIsACrime.org: Ongoing Torture
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    "We can be sure about one thing," investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler reported days ago. "The Obama White House has covered up the Bush presidency’s role in the torture program for years."

    The new uproar about CIA spying on the Senate intelligence committee could open a political door to challenging the surveillance state and perpetual war.

    Click here to tell Congress and the White House that immunity for torturers must end.

    The president should fire the CIA’s director, John Brennan, and insist on a fundamental change in direction.

    The CIA spying on Senate staffers is indeed unacceptable. But so is spying on peace activists. So is mass surveillance. So is torture. So is holding prisoners without trial. So is killing people with drones. So is waging horrific and illegal wars.

    Tell Congress and the president that superficial changes aren’t enough — it’s time to fix the underlying problems.

    The White House says it has been withholding thousands of documents from a Senate investigation of torture because of “executive confidentiality issues.” There’s no such thing in the Constitution. The White House should hand over the documents and declassify the report on CIA torture.

    But information isn’t enough. We need action.

    Click here to tell President Obama to bring the CIA under democratic control.

    The president should:

    • Hand over the CIA documents to Senate investigators.
    • Declassify the CIA’s report on its involvement in torture.
    • Fire CIA director John Brennan.
    • Order the Justice Department to stop violating the law and start enforcing the Anti-Torture statute and the War Crimes statute, and to open an investigation into drone killings.

    Click here to also tell the Senate that its intelligence committee should declassify its own report — and tell Congress to create a special committee to investigate the past dozen years of illegal wars, official deception, lies to the public, torture, rendition, wrongful imprisonment, warrantless spying and subversion of democracy.

    If we the people don’t insist on such actions, who will?

    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:
    * Marcy Wheeler: White House Covering Up the Presidency’s Role in Torture
    * McClatchy: White House Withholds Thousands of Documents
    * Elizabeth Goitein: Obama Is Protecting Senior CIA Officials and Himself
    * Norman Solomon: The Feinstein Syndrome
    * Charles P. Pierce: Obama, the CIA, and the Limits of Conciliation
    * WarIsACrime.org: Ongoing Torture

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  7. New research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease claims six times the lives previously thought and ranks just below heart disease and cancer as a top cause of death in the United States. The U.S. invests only $550 million in Alzheimer’s research each year, as compared to $5.7 billion for cancer research, $8.3 billion and rising for nuclear weapons, and approximately $1 trillion total for militarism.Click here to tell Congress and the President to adjust these priorities now. While numerous experts believe U.S. counter-terrorism actually increases terrorism, it is in any case aimed at countering a cause of death that doesn’t make anyone’s list of the top 100.A rational national defense policy would invest less in shooting missiles into homes in Yemen and more into researching Alzheimer’s (as well as cancer and heart disease) — to find both possible cures and possible causes of the illness."If our government put the money it now puts into military adventures and bases around the world, snooping on American citizens, and trying to overthrow elected governments, instead into Alzheimer’s research, the world would benefit from our taxes instead of suffer from their misuse," said Rabbi Michael Lerner.Join us in mobilizing pressure for greater Alzheimer’s research funding now! Please forward this to your loved ones! — 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: CNN: Alzheimer’s toll may rank with cancer, heart diseaseUSAgainstAlzheimer’sIPA: Obama’s Nuclear Budget Unprecedented
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    New research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease claims six times the lives previously thought and ranks just below heart disease and cancer as a top cause of death in the United States.

    The U.S. invests only $550 million in Alzheimer’s research each year, as compared to $5.7 billion for cancer research, $8.3 billion and rising for nuclear weapons, and approximately $1 trillion total for militarism.

    Click here to tell Congress and the President to adjust these priorities now.

    While numerous experts believe U.S. counter-terrorism actually increases terrorism, it is in any case aimed at countering a cause of death that doesn’t make anyone’s list of the top 100.

    A rational national defense policy would invest less in shooting missiles into homes in Yemen and more into researching Alzheimer’s (as well as cancer and heart disease) — to find both possible cures and possible causes of the illness.

    "If our government put the money it now puts into military adventures and bases around the world, snooping on American citizens, and trying to overthrow elected governments, instead into Alzheimer’s research, the world would benefit from our taxes instead of suffer from their misuse," said Rabbi Michael Lerner.

    Join us in mobilizing pressure for greater Alzheimer’s research funding now!

    Please forward this to your loved ones!

    — 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.

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    Background:
    CNN: Alzheimer’s toll may rank with cancer, heart disease
    USAgainstAlzheimer’s
    IPA: Obama’s Nuclear Budget Unprecedented

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  8. The cause of universal healthcare is alive and well. Not only is the state of Vermont moving toward a single-payer system, but Vermont’s U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill and is holding a hearing this week on the benefits other countries enjoy from a single-payer system that would benefit everyone except the profiteering middlemen who’ve rigged the current system.Click here to ask your senators to cosponsor and support."The United States is the only major nation in the industrialized world that does not guarantee healthcare as a right to its people," Sanders said. “It is time that we bring about a fundamental transformation of the American healthcare system. It is time for us to end private, for-profit participation in delivering basic coverage.” The bill, S. 1782, the American Health Security Act, would be a much more significant change to health coverage than those recently implemented. It would create a much simpler, less wasteful system of paying for healthcare, one that’s in fact been tested in every other industrialized nation in the world, every one of which provides better access to healthcare for less money than we do in the United States. The current system remains so broken that change must come. The question is how slowly and how piecemeal, and with how much unnecessary suffering along the way. Join us in speaking up for universal coverage now! Please forward this email widely to like-minded 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.
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    The cause of universal healthcare is alive and well. Not only is the state of Vermont moving toward a single-payer system, but Vermont’s U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill and is holding a hearing this week on the benefits other countries enjoy from a single-payer system that would benefit everyone except the profiteering middlemen who’ve rigged the current system.

    Click here to ask your senators to cosponsor and support.

    "The United States is the only major nation in the industrialized world that does not guarantee healthcare as a right to its people," Sanders said. “It is time that we bring about a fundamental transformation of the American healthcare system. It is time for us to end private, for-profit participation in delivering basic coverage.”

    The bill, S. 1782, the American Health Security Act, would be a much more significant change to health coverage than those recently implemented. It would create a much simpler, less wasteful system of paying for healthcare, one that’s in fact been tested in every other industrialized nation in the world, every one of which provides better access to healthcare for less money than we do in the United States.

    The current system remains so broken that change must come.
    The question is how slowly and how piecemeal, and with how much unnecessary suffering along the way.

    Join us in speaking up for universal coverage now!

    Please forward this email widely to like-minded 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.

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  9. Mr. Obama: If international law is so damn crucial, then stop violating it.To send the president a clear message in support of international law, click here. Days ago, responding to Russian military intervention in the Crimea, President Obama denounced Russia for a “breach of international law.” The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The message from the White House is: Do as we say, not as we do. The U.S. government routinely violates international law with drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other countries, not to mention its own interference in Ukraine’s government. Human-rights groups like Reprieve have documented many of those violations in recent reports, and the European Parliament has just condemned the practice as illegal — but the USA’s missile attacks continue.Click here to tell President Obama that his tributes to international law are worthless as long as he keeps violating it. Some background articles below provide important context for the current Ukraine crisis.At this highly dangerous moment, please take action by signing the petition and then forwarding this message to your friends. Thank you! ——- The RootsAction.org Team P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background:
Tribune:  European Parliament Condemns Drone Strikes
 Reprieve:  Investigation of Drones
 Robert Parry:  America’s Staggering Hypocrisy
 Katrina vanden Heuvel:  Ukraine Crisis Calls for Less Bluster
 Norman Solomon:  Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach?
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    Mr. Obama: If international law is so damn crucial, then stop violating it.

    To send the president a clear message in support of international law, click here.

    Days ago, responding to Russian military intervention in the Crimea, President Obama denounced Russia for a “breach of international law.”

    The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The message from the White House is: Do as we say, not as we do.

    The U.S. government routinely violates international law with drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other countries, not to mention its own interference in Ukraine’s government. Human-rights groups like Reprieve have documented many of those violations in recent reports, and the European Parliament has just condemned the practice as illegal — but the USA’s missile attacks continue.

    Click here to tell President Obama that his tributes to international law are worthless as long as he keeps violating it.

    Some background articles below provide important context for the current Ukraine crisis.

    At this highly dangerous moment, please take action by signing the petition and then forwarding this message to your friends.

    Thank you!

    ——- The RootsAction.org Team

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

    Background:

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  10. As the president prepares a budget proposal and Congress prepares to reprise familiar debates, we have a proposal of our own.Part 1. Increase Social Security benefits. Pay for the increase by lifting the cap that limits Social Security taxes to the first $113,700 of income, so that everyone pays in at the same rate.Part 2. Cut the Shadow Budget. Here’s a way to save $52.6 billion a year that would make us safer and help restore our civil liberties. The CIA’s missiles, the NSA’s metadata, and 14 other spy agencies’ hostile and intrusive approaches to foreign governments and people’s lives must end, as must our tolerance for out-of-control government secrecy.Click here to send these recommendations to the White House and Congress. For much less than $52.6 billion a year, we could end world hunger and provide the globe with clean drinking water. We could put the additional savings into tax cuts for working people, knowing we would be much safer from international hatreds and hostilities than we were with the NSA mass surveillance and the CIA firing missiles at houses.Click here to insist on this shift in spending to projects that actually protect and benefit. After doing this action, 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:The Hill: Lawmakers Want to See the “Black Budget”Los Angeles Times: The Price of HungerNew York Times: Price of Safe Water for All
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    As the president prepares a budget proposal and Congress prepares to reprise familiar debates, we have a proposal of our own.

    Part 1. Increase Social Security benefits. Pay for the increase by lifting the cap that limits Social Security taxes to the first $113,700 of income, so that everyone pays in at the same rate.

    Part 2. Cut the Shadow Budget. Here’s a way to save $52.6 billion a year that would make us safer and help restore our civil liberties. The CIA’s missiles, the NSA’s metadata, and 14 other spy agencies’ hostile and intrusive approaches to foreign governments and people’s lives must end, as must our tolerance for out-of-control government secrecy.

    Click here to send these recommendations to the White House and Congress.

    For much less than $52.6 billion a year, we could end world hunger and provide the globe with clean drinking water. We could put the additional savings into tax cuts for working people, knowing we would be much safer from international hatreds and hostilities than we were with the NSA mass surveillance and the CIA firing missiles at houses.

    Click here to insist on this shift in spending to projects that actually protect and benefit.

    After doing this action, 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:
    The Hill: Lawmakers Want to See the “Black Budget”
    Los Angeles Times: The Price of Hunger
    New York Times: Price of Safe Water for All

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