• Condemn Trump's reckless schemes and enforce consequences for election deniers
    Donald Trump’s disinformation machine is already preparing to call to overturn midterm election results in swing states… before most voters have even cast their ballots! You read that right – over the past few months, Trump has mobilized extremist attorneys and dark money groups – all towards a desperate attempt to reverse any results he doesn’t like. Make no mistake – this effort will likely fail, just like it did in 2020. But that doesn’t mean it can’t cause lasting damage to our democracy. And the most worrying part? Trump reportedly views this as a “dress rehearsal for Trump 2024.” Sign the Petition: Condemn Trump’s reckless plans to undermine our democracy – and urge the DOJ to keep enforcing consequences for elections deniers to make sure these plans don’t succeed.
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  • The Time for Justice is Now! Ask President Biden to Grant Clemency to Leonard Peltier!
    Mr. Peltier is elderly and in failing health and we fear he will not ever make it back to his homelands at Turtle Mountain. We also fear you will miss the opportunity to free a man whose continued incarceration represents to Native America the worst of a federal law enforcement system who for decades carried out acts of racism and injustice throughout Indian Country. Leonard Peltier is serving a sentence for aiding and abetting in a case where his co-defendants were found not guilty on self-defense grounds. For this, he is serving a longer sentence than most principals in murder convictions. Mr. Peltier’s conviction has been widely recognized as the result of a flawed prosecution that included blatant constitutional violations, prosecutorial misconduct, and a juror’s early-trial admission of racism against Native Americans. Underscoring this, James Reynolds, the United States Attorney whose office handled the prosecution and appeal of the case, wrote to you on July 9, 2021, in support of clemency for Mr. Peltier, critically admitting his own office’s prosecutorial errors and conceding they were unable to prove that Mr. Peltier personally committed any offense on the Pine Ridge Reservation that day. Mr. Reynolds’ letter, referring to all of these factors, included the following statement: “Leonard Peltier’s conviction and continued incarceration is a testament to a time and a system of justice that no longer has a place in our society.” Our letter joins those from national and international human rights organizations, leading voices on criminal justice issues, religious leaders, dignitaries from around the world, and numerous current and former members of Congress. Notably, in 1993, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), then the Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, endorsed clemency for Mr. Peltier and stated, “As long as the FBI misconduct issues in this case are left unresolved, it will be difficult for Native Americans to trust that the U.S. judicial system will accord them with the same justice it accords to other citizens." Remarkably, twenty-nine years later, in January of 2022, the current Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) also wrote to you urging the commutation of Mr. Peltier’s sentence saying, “I strongly support your administration’s work to pursue a fair and constitutionally sound justice system. In keeping with those principles, I urge you to commute Mr. Peltier’s sentence.” This is now about justice. We urge you to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier by commuting the remainder of his sentence. Thank you for your consideration of our urgent request. Also: * Call the White House: (202) 456-1111 * Email the White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ Message: Request the President Biden grant clemency to Leonard Peltier and commute the remainder of his sentence.
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  • CALL CITY COUNCIL IF YOU WANT SAFE FOOD!
    Detroit Residents, Please participate in public comment during Detroit City Council Formal Session, on Tuesday, November 1 at 10:00 A.M. to voice your support for the Restaurant Grading Ordinance. We believe that Detroit Deserves Safe Food and want to protect our community and businesses. 1. In Person a. You can attend in person at the Committee of the Whole Room (13th floor) in the Coleman Young Municipal Center. 2. Call In/ Virtual Attendance To attend by phone only, call this number: i. +1-346-248-7799 and Enter Meeting ID: 858 4690 3626 ii. Raise your hand by pressing *9 b. To attend online, please use the following link: i. https://Detroitmi.gov/Online-CC-Meeting ii. Raise your hand by clicking raise hand in the application or pressing 1. Windows computer = [ALT] + [Y] 2. Apple computers = [OPTION] + [Y] 3. Email a. Send your public comment to the City Clerk’s email: [email protected] 1. Myth: Extra and Unnecessary Costs. 1. Fact: This ordinance imposes no new costs for operators There are penalty fees currently in our enforcement process. 2. Myth: Signs are misleading and confusing 2. Fact: Signs have colors and QR codes that take the reader to a page that explains inspections. 3. Myth: Health Department doesn't have capacity to provide timely inspection turnarounds. 3. Fact: The changes will not affect inspection times Health Department conducts follow-up inspections no later than 2-4 weeks after the routine inspection. 4. Myth: Unfair Disadvantage with Mobile Food Vendors 4. Fact: Restaurants do have a competitive advantage by receiving a green sign. The sign helps strengthen public confidence in the sanitary conditions of the food establishments and helps attract more customers.
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  • GISD Equity Audit
    The Future is US asks you to sign our petition so that GISD will release the information that was gathered in the equity audit so that GISD can acknowledge the inequities that minorities face in GISD schools. This does not just affect the students’ academic lives – their education is a pathway to their future, and with insufficient resources or education, that road is paved with uncertainties
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  • Disqualify Donald Trump from Holding Public Office, Under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment
    Donald Trump and his associates planned, promoted, and paid for a criminal conspiracy that became the January 6 insurrection. According to the U.S. Constitution, that disqualifies him from ever holding office again. Section three of the Fourteenth Amendment, the “insurrection clause,” makes clear that anyone who engaged in attempting to violently overthrow the US government after swearing an oath to protect it is barred from being given that responsibility again. In 2022, a New Mexico county commissioner who was at the January 6 insurrection was kicked out of office when a state court ruled that the insurrection clause barred him from office. And other courts upheld that the insurrection clause was relevant to members of congress, including MAGA Republican Madison Cawthorn, who spoke at Trump's rally on January 6. It applies just as well to people seeking the Oval Office. We need to fight back even harder to hold Trump accountable for his actions to damage our democracy—actions that continue today and are focused on laying the groundwork for his next coup to place him in the White House in 2024 no matter the will of the voters. State elections officials already have the authority and responsibility to bar him from the ballot. And Congress can back them up by passing legislation barring Trump from office under the Fourteenth amendment. Will you sign the petition today to join the fight to disqualify Trump from holding public office and help disrupt plans by Trump and his allies for his next coup in 2024? Sources: 1. “The Jan. 6 Hearings Are Over. These 3 Things Must Happen Now.”, The New York Times, October 14, 2022 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/14/opinion/january-6-committee-trump.html 2. “How the 14th Amendment Could Disqualify Trump and His Allies,“ Democracy Docket, June 6, 2022 https://www.democracydocket.com/analysis/how-the-14th-amendment-could-disqualify-trump-and-his-allies/ 3. "New Mexico removes, bars Couy Griffin from public office," KRQE News, September 6, 2022 https://www.krqe.com/news/politics-government/new-mexico-judge-removes-bars-couy-griffin-from-elected-office/
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  • Don’t Silence Doctors from Speaking Out on Patients’ Suffering as a Result of Abortion Bans
    The net effect of such practices is to make medical staff fear for their jobs and careers and intimidate them into silence, so as to hide the tremendous suffering, health damage, and heartbreak that abortion bans are inflicting on people. The CNN report describes the many ways hospitals and university medical centers use to silence doctors and medical staff and downplay the suffering caused by abortion bans. Some hospitals block or hinder media requests to interview their doctors and researchers on the topic. Others police social media posts about abortion—a university medical center’s lawyer insisted a group of residents in obstetrics and gynecology take down their Instagram post that said, “Abortion is healthcare,” even though many medical professional groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have used the exact same phrase. Even when hospitals have allowed their doctors to speak publicly, these employers insist that the physicians do not disclose where they work and make clear they would prefer that the doctors not speak at all. Will you support doctors speaking up for reproductive health and justice by signing the petition now?
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  • Vietnam Antiwar Activists Support Russian Peace Movement
    This statement was created by the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee. Our purpose is to honor the protests and the activists that helped end the US war in Indochina and to share lessons for the present. www.vietnampeace.org
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  • President Biden: Pakistanis Need Climate Disaster Relief - Grant TPS and SSR Before It’s Too Late
    Catastrophic flooding has left one-third of Pakistan underwater and devastated the country’s healthcare, education, and agricultural infrastructure. 1 in every 7 Pakistanis has been impacted by the flooding. This has displaced 7.9 million people, impacted more than 33 million people, and killed at least 1,600 people and counting. After record flooding, the UN health agency warned that the country is on the verge of a public health crisis as millions suffer from waterborne diseases. Relief agencies have warned that the wait for the water to recede could last at least six months. Pakistan emits less than 1% of the world’s planet-warming gases, but it is the eighth most vulnerable nation to the climate crisis. [https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/30/asia/pakistan-climate-crisis-floods-justice-intl/index.html] While the United States sent some relief in monetary aid, this is simply not enough to counteract the impact of the climate crisis that Pakistan is not even responsible for. Temporary Protective Status (TPS) and Special Student Status (SSR) are humanitarian protections that have benefited numerous foreign national groups in the U.S. over the past few decades. Pakistani nationals and students should not be excluded from this humanitarian relief. **Sign this petition to demand President Joe Biden and Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas designate Temporary Protective Status for impacted Pakistanis and protect Pakistani nationals already working and studying in the United States.** We also urge the Biden administration to enact policies that communicate a more serious commitment to support Black and Brown working communities, here and abroad, that are disproportionately impacted by climate disasters. The humanitarian crisis facing ordinary Pakistanis is unthinkable. Millions of people lack access to food, clean potable water, or safe shelter and have lost their ability to work the lands impacted by the floods in a country where agriculture is the predominant source of livelihood. The hit to the agricultural sector threatens a severe food crisis. There is not enough dry land to properly bury those killed due to the floods. To make matters worse, over 1.1 million houses have been washed away, an estimated 18,000 schools have been destroyed, and millions of Pakistani mothers and infants face increased risks to life and health. Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can designate a country for TPS if the country is experiencing ongoing armed conflict, natural disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. TPS allows its beneficiaries to stay in the U.S. during the designation period and receive work permits. It is lifesaving, blanket protection that allows people from a designated country to remain in the U.S. while conditions in their home country make a safe return impossible. In addition to these more immediate demands, we believe that longer-term action is urgently needed. Governments can no longer ignore their responsibilities to fortify communities vulnerable to global warming, center safe pathways for migration as essential climate adaptations, enact stronger legislation to eliminate carbon emissions, increase mitigation efforts, and implement equitable climate finance like the Loss & Damage Finance Facility being discussed under the UN Convention on Climate Change. **While longer-term commitments are needed to support Black and brown communities disproportionately impacted by climate disasters, the best thing President Joe Biden and DHS Secretary Mayorkas can do right now is to use programs like TPS and SSR to provide relief and respite for impacted Pakistanis.** A designation of TPS and SSR would allow Pakistani immigrants, including students, the ability to work in the U.S. and provide relief to their families back home while bolstering the larger economy. Sign this petition to request relief for impacted Pakistanis. – Coalition partners: Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, Communities United for Status and Protection (CUSP), Climate Justice Collaborative at the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), and Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM) – Banner image credit: Guardian/Husnain Ali/AFP/Getty Images – For more context, read these reflections from Pakistanis directly impacted by the floods. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/10/opinion/pakistan-floods-flood-crisis.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/11/world/asia/pakistan-floods-food-crisis.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/15/world/asia/pakistan-floods-dadu-sindh.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/03/opinion/environment/floods-in-pakistan-climate-change.html https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/scale-of-destruction-due-to-pakistan-floods-nearly-incomprehensible https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/30/climate/pakistan-floods.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/14/world/asia/pakistan-floods.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/15/climate/pakistan-floods-global-warming.html
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  • Anyone who tried to overturn the 2020 election must be held accountable.
    Federal prosecutors just recommended that Steve Bannon be sentenced to six months in prison and fined $200,000 for refusing to answer questions before the January 6th House Committee. Tens of thousands of Common Cause members like you spoke out last year and demanded that Bannon face consequences for trying to evade accountability and obstruct the Committee’s investigation. Now, we’re seeing results – and we need your voice once again. When the January 6th House Committee subpoenaed Bannon as part of its investigation in September 2021, he refused to testify, forcing Congress to hold him in contempt. Now, at his sentencing this Friday, he’ll have to face the consequences for trying to bury the truth. Bannon is just the latest in a long line of Trump cronies who must be held accountable for their blatant attack on our democracy. We must not let this sudden momentum go to waste. Add your name if you agree: anyone who put their loyalty to Trump above our democracy and the good of the country by trying to overturn the 2020 election must be held accountable.
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  • Get Solar Panels at Catlin Gabel
    Catlin Gabel fully relies on energy produced outside of school, which means a lot of money is being spent on electricity, and some of those energy sources may not be very sustainable. Solar panels are a great energy alternative as they can reduce electricity costs in the long term, emit less carbon, and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. Using solar panels can typically decrease the cost of electricity bills by 15-25%, and they pay for themselves after 6-10 years. After only 3 years, solar panels pay off their carbon debt, and become completely carbon neutral for the rest of their lifetime, which is at least 25-30 years. Even in cloudy Portland weather conditions, solar panels can generate electricity, as they can work using both direct and indirect light. All of these reasons make solar panels a great investment for our school, and will allow us to work towards a better future!
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  • Block the Kroger and Albertsons $25 billion merger
    Recently, Kroger and Albertsons announced plans to merge. Together, Kroger and Albertsons own dozens of chains, including Safeway, Vons, Harris Teeter and Fred Meyer and reach a combined 85 million households. The new mega-deal would have a huge impact on grocery shopping in America and almost certainly put more rural towns and Black and Latino neighborhoods in cities at risk of becoming ‘food deserts’ as more local grocers are driven out of business. The National Grocers Association, which represents small retailers and wholesalers, said the merger would put smaller competitors at an “unfair disadvantage” and increase “anticompetitive buyer power over grocery suppliers.” Please join us in demanding that the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division block the Kroger and Albertsons $25 billion merger.
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  • We need the full truth about Donald Trump's potentially illegal conduct.
    Earlier this year, the FBI searched Trump’s Florida resort and recovered over a hundred stashed White House documents, some of which were classified and contained national security information. Soon after, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into Trump’s multiple potential violations of federal law. But every step of the way, the ex-president has tried to interfere with, slow down, and discredit this crucial investigation. First, he demanded that a “special master” – or a third-party individual who’d be tasked with reviewing the seized documents – be brought on to stall the proceedings until after this fall’s midterms. Now, he wants the Supreme Court – and the three justices that he himself appointed – to help gum up the process even further. Trump should not get any special treatment. The DOJ’s investigation into his potentially illegal conduct must be thorough and unobstructed.
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