Sunday, December 15, 2013

Why my Nickname is Lefty

I hope you’ll take a moment to
watch an inspiring two-minute video
 -- narrated by Kyra Sedgwick -- about all the breakthrough victories you helped
NRDC win over the last year. It’s our shout-out to the amazing role you played in
our work. And please consider
making a special year-end gift
 right now so we can keep on fighting for our natural heritage in 2014.
You Made a World of Difference in 2013
 2013 victories
 -- narrated by Emmy Award-winning actress Kyra Sedgwick. Then donate to help us
defend wildlife and wild places in 2014!

Wow. It's been an incredible year in our fight to save wildlife and wildlands --
and we have
 to thank.
I hope you'll
watch our short video
narrated by actress, activist and NRDC Member Kyra Sedgwick
 -- so you can see all the exciting victories you helped us win in 2013.
It's a fantastic reminder that we can make a world of difference with your steadfast
Over the past 12 months, we
helped persuade British mining giant Anglo American to quit the destructive Pebble
 ... made sure that polar bears will keep their all-important federal protection
.. saved
11 million acres of vital wildlife habitat
 in the Western Arctic Reserve from oil development ... came to the legal defense
of local citizens in New York who opposed the spread of fracking in their community
... and prevailed on many other fronts.
All of these victories were made possible thanks to your strong support.
And right now, you can put us on the path to next year's victories
by making a special year-end gift to NRDC
You see, even as this year draws to a close, our fight for nature never ends.
 Our staff of more than 400 environmental litigators, scientists and other experts
will be working right through the holidays -- and into the new year -- to turn back
new attacks on wildlife and wild places.
With your support, we'll be going all out to
prevent Shell from endangering the Polar Bear Seas
 ... turn up the pressure on mining giant Rio Tinto to abandon the Pebble Mine ...
block the climate-wrecking Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
 ... protect whales from the U.S. Navy's use of deafening sonar and explosives ...
and that's just a small part of what's in store.
That's why, after you watch this powerful video of the past year's biggest triumphs,
I hope you'll feel inspired to
make a tax-deductible gift
 so that NRDC can go right on defending our natural heritage over the year ahead
in the most effective way possible.
Make no mistake: You're the reason that NRDC is so highly regarded as America's most
effective advocate for the environment.
I look forward to having you alongside us again as we come to the rescue of wildlife
and wildlands in 2014.
Frances Beinecke
Natural Resources Defense Council
The mission of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is to safeguard the Earth:
its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
Donations to this campaign will be used to protect imperiled wildlife and wild places
and defend our environment in the most effective way possible.

Personal:  I was Supposed to receive a letter from Missouri Division of Favily Support saying benefits were restored.  What I got were:  1.  A letter from my funeral home to make the cash value of my cremation policy ($605.00) irrevocable,  The Division of Family Support want this so I can't cash it out and get rich.  And 2.  A letter from the Mo. Division of Family Support? Saying my income has increased, (I've only submitted paper work showing it hasn't Three times! And that benefits will be cut as of Jan. 1, 2014.

I'm writing all organizations to which I made small occasional donations to say there Ain't no more.

Given my own situation and that of So many others, this next post is complex for me.  Once I told an anti-abortion politician you can't have it both ways.  Either allow couples or mothers to abort those of us who have disabilities or help us live lives which Contribute to society!  I asked why we are Only sacred in utero?  He had no answer.  When I ask middle class or wealthy "right to life" people if they have adopted any American children, you know, mixed race children, African American boys, children with disabilities, the answer is nearly universally NO.  

I know of a veteran whose check was lost during the Government shut down.  This person lost a spouse and is raising kids.  Still hasn't received it and is being told that an appeal process must be followed in order to receive it.  WHAT!

Yesterday I met a totally blind deaf person who is quite intelligent.  The Mo. Division of Family Support is asking this individual to prove that they are blind.  Daaah!  Too bad that isn't what they want Me to prove, I could just throw a pair of plastic eyes at them.  Think that would do it?

So, will we ever form a People's movement to demand decent treatment for the living or shall we just resign ourselves to increasing the population of those our society has already deemed Expendable?

Now, consider this petition.

State Rep. John Sabatina, D-Phila.,is collecting co-sponsors for House Bill 1474,
known as Paul’s Law, aimed at prohibiting the discrimination of any potential organ
transplant recipient on the basis of physical or mental disability.
Your voices were heard and we ask that you now sign Rep. Sabatina's PA House petition
on behalf of Paul's Law : and sign
Thank you for your continued support.
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Personal and Political

Personal and Political

I am still waiting for official documentation from the Division of Family Support in Mo. Saying that half of my income and all medical coverage won't disappear next month.  Am Cautiously optimistic.

Am trying to figure out how to access Facebook via Braille display computer.  As with many sites, this one is Not too user friendly to people with visual disabilities. Person who entered some facebook data For me misspelled a lot, Not due to disability, I didn't do it.  More jewelry available on site.

Weather here is treacherous, sleet, freezing rain, (not sure what the difference is) snow and rain all mixed, sidewalks and streets Slick!

My hope is that Each of you has a Safe, Warm, and enjoyable Christmas.  Get a doll!

Politically Important!  Multi-national corporations are gaining the power, with President Obama's approval, to sue Governments and force Nations to change their laws.  Who runs the Government?

The E.U. is being sued to Force that body to allow bee killing pesticides into its member countries.  Now, check this out.

Do you Really think it Can't happen in Our country?

Infinito Gold is threatening a $1 billion lawsuit against Costa Rica for rejecting
a toxic, open-pit gold mine after massive protests from local citizens.
Tell Infinito Gold to drop its lawsuit against Costa Rica.
Sign the Petition

Infinito Gold, a Canadian mining company, just
slapped Costa Rica with a $1 billion lawsuit because the nation decided to protect
its rainforests rather than host an open-pit gold mine.
Costa Rica’s
rainforest is lauded as one of the most beautiful in the world
, and is home to many endangered species, including the green macaw. Officials considered
approving the gold mine, but the use of toxic chemicals such as cyanide -- which
often leaks into and pollutes nearby lakes and rivers -- was
far too great a risk to allow the project to move forward.
A subsidiary of
Infinito Gold has announced that a massive lawsuit against Costa Rica is “imminent”,
so we need to act now.
 If thousands of us stand together against this toxic mine, we can show Infinito
that Costa Rica and other countries that are defending their natural resources will
not be silently bullied by corporate power.
Tell Infinito Gold to drop its $1 billion lawsuit against Costa Rica.
Open-pit gold mining in Costa Rica would destroy 190 hectares of pristine forest.
 The rainforest houses 5% of the world’s species and has seen tremendous growth in
the ecotourism industry. Over 75% of Costa Ricans oppose mining and have decided
that they cannot take the risk to move forward with gold mining in the country.
And Costa Rica is not the first to be sued by Infinito Gold. In 2001, Infinito Gold
locked Venezuela into a ten-year legal battle over a rejected mine. Fortunately,
Infinito lost.
We can make sure Infinito Gold loses again by standing up to its greedy tactics and
shameful behavior.
 Corporate profits cannot take precedence over the health of the people and the environment.
Stand up for Costa Rica’s rainforests -- tell Infinito Gold to drop the $1 billion lawsuit now.
Thanks for taking a stand,
Kaytee, Hanna, Katherine, Terryn, Kimberly, Jessica, Ledys, Fatah, Marie, Zermina
and the rest of us
P.S. Please help us up the pressure on Infinito by
sharing this petition on Facebook
 or forwarding this email to your friends.
More information:
All That Glitters
. Corporate Knights, 3 Oct 2013.
Calgary-based mining company suing Costa Rica for more that $1 Billion
. Global News, 4 Oct 2013.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Personal News, Important National, International News

Just because it's nearly Christmas doesn't mean we all get presents.  Food stamps have been cut.  Since last month I've been struggling with the state entity responsible for Medicaid and about half of my income.  They want to take both away it seems and keep Losing my re-re-re-submitted paperwork.  So, how do I pay the heat bill, (today's high temp. may be in the 20's.  There was blowing snow when I went out earlier this morning, and it's going to get colder.  I don't dare take advan advantage of that grocery cupon because I Can live without that food.  Here's to the garden!  And to the Deer and my friends who don't like dark meat turkey, so gave it to me.  I mixed it up with frozen garden veggies and have been eating turkey stew since Thanksgiving, almost gone now.  I'm fine today, bt scared, which brings about angry feelings, concerning the future.

But then Missouri is firing about 700 case workers, to save money.  Merry Christmas for them, too.

Every time this state bids out a contract for caring for elderly, poor, and disabled citizens, it bombs!  I can think of two past instances where low bidders fom other states were brouht in and had their contracts canceled due to a death and public outcry.  But they're doing it again.  Sometimes I Deeply want to leave this place with its rabidly conservative politics and religious intolerance!!!!  But where would a deaf-blind person who knows no one go?  Where would it be any better?  I'd rather live in the country where I could grow ood, but where?  At least here I Do have a network of top notch friends who give a sh--.  Anyway, like I said, I'm fine for now.  Just uncertain how many days Now will last.

Multi-Nationals Could Get Rights to Sue All Governments, Who's Running the World?

Corporations could get increased rights to sue the US government
, thanks to a secret global trade treaty called the TPP.
President Obama wants to ram the deal through Congress with "fast track", stifling
any debate.
We need House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to speak out to stop this -- can you
call her office now?
Make a call

Tobacco giant Philip Morris is suing Australia for billions of dollars in lost profits
 -- just because the government took action to reduce teenage smoking.
Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is suing Canada for $500 million
 -- just because Canada has laws to keep essential drugs affordable. Worst of all,
these cases are happening in secret, in international tribunals to which only corporations
have access.
more of these corporate lawsuits against governments could be coming to the US
, thanks to the Obama Administration.
For months, world leaders have been negotiating a trade deal -- called the TPP --
that would massively expand these secret tribunals.
It’s NAFTA on steroids
, and international. The text of the deal is still completely secret and the public
can't look -- but over 600 corporate lobbyists who are helping write the treaty can.
Now President Obama is trying to ram this deal through by seeking “fast-track” authority,
which would
prevent Congress from making any changes to the deal and stifle any debate
. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have spoken out against fast track
authority, and if we can get more Democrats to join them, we’ll have a real chance
to stop this corporate power grab.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is key.
 She’s on our side, but needs our support to speak out. Can you call her office today
and tell her to stop fast-track?
Our government is negotiating right now to lock a deal. Call Rep. Pelosi and tell her not to sign off on a deal the American people can’t read!
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is called a trade deal, but it's really
 a corporate wish-list aimed at attacking everything from environmental protections
to affordable medicines to internet freedoms
There's lots wrong with the TPP, but the unaccountable system it would set up to
allow corporations to sue governments is one of the worst. If the deal is signed,
future laws designed to protect consumers, our health or our environment could be
challenged by corporations who claim that the law reduces their profit -- and
there is nothing we or our governments could do to stop them.
Corporate lobbyists and government insiders are keeping the text of the deal secret
they know that if the full details got out into public view, we wouldn't like what
we saw
. Even Congress can’t see the bill, but the Obama administration wants authority
to negotiate without any oversight. But we already know enough through leaks to know
it's really bad.
We can't let this sail through without public scrutiny, and the only way we can give
the public time to review the bill is by stopping fast track now!
Can we count on you to call Rep. Pelosi and tell her not to let the TPP sail through
without real oversight?.
Our government is negotiating right to lock a deal. Call Rep. Pelosi and tell her not to sign off on a deal the American people can’t read!
Thanks for all you do,
Paul, Martin, and the rest of us.
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Better News on Another Issue.

Thanks to you, we just came one BIG step closer to getting justice for the memory
of Cherice Moralez, the 14-year-old girl in Montana who was raped by her teacher.
Moralez committed suicide before her case could be brought to trial, and Billings,
Montana, Judge Baugh blamed her for the rape after sentencing her rapist to
a mere 30 days in prison.
 Baugh said Cherice was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control
of the situation" as her 49-year-old rapist.
After months of pressure from UltraViolet members, Montana NOW, and our allies,
Montana prosecutors filed an appeal on Saturday to put Stacey Dean Rambold, Moralez's
rapist, behind bars--this time for 10 years.
 This might not have happened without the 86,500 UltraViolet members, including YOU,
who signed a petition demanding justice for Cherice.
Here's what we've accomplished so far:
86,500 petition signatures demanding justice for Cherice Moralez and Judge Baugh's
Hundreds of people rallied in Billings against Judge Baugh
495 sexual assault survivors who signed an open letter calling for Baugh's removal
News stories in Fox News and Montana KRTV recognizing UltraViolet members' demand
for justice2
This fight isn't completely over. We'll closely follow the appeal to see if Rambold
serves more prison time, and we're staying updated with our friends at Montana NOW
who have filed an official complaint to have Baugh removed from the bench.
But this appeal--with a request for 10 years of prison time--is
a critical step in the right direction.
 Without the spotlight you helped shine on Montana, Cherice Moralez's memory might
have been swept under the rug and her rapist given a free pass.
Thanks for speaking out and demanding justice for Cherice.
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team
Montana rape case: Was 31-day sentence for teacher illegal?
, The Christian Science Monitor, December 1, 2013
Critics seek ouster of Montana judge, allege bias in teacher-student rape case
, Fox News, September 24, 2013
Petitioners demand that Montana judge resign over rape sentencing
, KRTV, September 24, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Finally, Justice for Some

Finally! After UltraViolet members spoke out for justice, a grand jury in Ohio has
indicted school officials who tried to cover up the horrible Steubenville teen rape
 Can you sign our card to Ohio AG DeWine to thank him for standing up to rape culture
and pursueing justice?
click here
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HUGE news from Steubenville, Ohio.
This week,
a grand jury issued indictments against several people involved in the cover-up of
the terrible teen rape case
. A superintendent, principal, IT officer, and two coaches now face charges. The
two rapists were convicted and sentenced in juvenile court last spring.
For nearly a year now, UltraViolet members have been speaking out for justice for
the survivor in the rape case that shocked the entire country last winter.
Together, 200,000 of us demanded accountability for anyone involved in the rape or
in covering it up. Thank you.
Thanks in part to all the public pressure and media attention that the UltraViolet
community helped create,
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stood up to rape culture and pursued justice--he
even met with UltraViolet members about the case earlier this year
. DeWine faced an uphill battle as there was tremendous pressure to sweep this case
under the rug.
Will you sign the thank you card to AG DeWine
 and show authorities everywhere that when they stand up to rape culture, we'll support
Sign the card thanking AG DeWine for rigorously pursuing justice in Steubenville.
It was a long, slow path to this point, and sometimes it seemed the world had forgotten
that an unconscious 16-year-old girl was brutally raped while other teens stood by,
watched, and even took photos and tweeted about the attack. Or that coaches, school
officials, and other authorities tried to cover up the crime and destroy evidence
instead of helping the survivor.
But while we've been waiting for justice in Steubenville, the UltraViolet community
has come together to fight rape culture time and time again.
 Here's just a few of the ways that UltraViolet members--that's you!--have made an
impact this year:
200,000 of us signed petitions demanding justice in Steubenville, and Ohio UltraViolet
members and our allies met with AG DeWine twice to deliver the petitions and urge
him to pursue the case.
720 of us chipped in to send a mobile billboard to Steubenville and keep the pressure
on local authorities. And many others attended rallies seeking justice.
We educated more than 2 million friends about rape culture with shareable graphics
on Facebook.
UltraViolet members have also stood up to rape culture in the media and on college
campuses. And last spring, we even convinced Reebok to stop promoting rape and end
their endorsement deal with rapper Rick Ross after he bragged in a song about drugging
and raping a woman.
And when other rape cases made national news, UltraViolet members jumped into action
again. We urged the Montana courts to sanction the judge in Billings, Montana, who
blamed a 14-year-old girl for her own rape and gave the teacher who raped her just
30 days in jail.
  And we rallied in support of teen Daisy Coleman from Maryville, Missouri, who bravely
spoke out about her rape, the failure of authorities to investigate, and the way
her family was bullied when they sought justice.
Thanks to the public outrage, Daisy's case has been assigned to a new prosecutor
who has promised to pursue it rigorously.
Now, we have to show authorities everywhere: You must take rape seriously--and when
you do, we'll have your back.
We can start by thanking AG DeWine for seeking justice for the Steubenville survivor.
 Can you sign the thank you card?
Add your name.
Thanks for speaking out.
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team
4 more school employees charged in Steubenville rape case
, CNN, November 26, 2013
Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City
, New York Times, December 16, 2012
Social Media, Pushing Reebok To Drop a Rapper
, New York Times, April 12, 2013
Rambold released from 30-day prison term for rape of girl
, Billings Gazette, September 26, 2013
New prosecutor brings experience to Coleman case
, Northwest Missourian, November 17, 2013
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving, Hard News, Great News too.

First, before any political stuff, I wish each of you a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  May you each have what you need and at least a bit of what you want.
***Campaign update: We have just found out that Publix’ server is BLOCKING delivery
of 347,551 Walk Free activists’ emails asking them to sign the Fair Food Agreement
to help end modern slavery in the U.S. tomato industry.
To ensure all messages are received, we are planning an in-person delivery tomorrow
to the company's Florida headquarters.
Will you help us reach 400,000 signatures and get the message through to Publix?

Florida’s tomato farms supply 50% of all U.S. fresh tomatoes
 but have also been called America’s ‘ground zero for slavery’.
 Countless workers have been found held against their will, threatened with violence
and forced to haul hundreds of heavy tomato buckets a day for little to no pay.
A new solution called the Fair Food Program has proven successful in the fight against
modern slavery in Florida’s tomato fields. But major U.S. supermarket chain,
Publix Super Markets
, is refusing to support the Program
. Publix continues to buy tomatoes from growers that are not partners of the Fair
Food Program and where workers still toil beyond the reach of its proven protection
from modern slavery.
Tell Publix Super Markets' CEO William Crenshaw to join the fight against slavery in the U.S. tomato industry.
After decades of abuse, Florida’s farmworkers finally have a chance in the fight
against exploitation with the Fair Food Program,
demanding a policy of zero tolerance for human rights abuses, including slavery,
on tomato farms.
The White House recently called the exciting new initiative "one of the most successful
and innovative programs" in the world today in the fight to uncover – and prevent
-- modern slavery, and United Nations investigators have called it “impressive” and
praised its “independent and robust enforcement mechanism."
Leading brands including Subway, Whole Foods Market, McDonald’s and Trader Joe’s
have already joined the fight against forced labour
 and now only buy tomatoes from growers who comply with the following Fair Food Principles:
A code of conduct for tomato growers;
Complaint mechanisms for farmworkers;
Education sessions to help workers understand their rights; and
Regular auditing of farm operations.
It’s been four long years of public pressure but Publix, one of the largest purchasers
of local tomatoes, still refuses to take responsibility for its supply chain.
Tell Publix to make the right decision to join the Fair Food Program and ensure our tomatoes meet the highest human rights standards in the food industry today.
Will Publix Super Markets, which prides itself on making Fortune’s “Best Companies
to Work For” list, continue to give excuses, or will it leverage its vast market
influence and lead the way in cleaning up slavery in the tomato supply chain once
and for all?
We think Publix will make the right choice, but it won’t happen without broad public
Please forward this email on to your friends and family
, urging them to join the fight that is ending slavery in the U.S. tomato industry.
Thank you for your support,
Debra, Kate, Ryan, Mich, Olly, Jess, Kamini, Sarah and the Walk Free team.
Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world's
greatest evils: Modern slavery.
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Together, We Did Make a Difference, at least in One Life

Thank you for taking the time to support my daughter, Sarah Murnaghan. More than
373,000 people, including you, took action to help my daughter receive a lung transplant,
which she received a few months ago.
She is continuing to get stronger every day, with great progress since we have gotten
home. She no longer is on oxygen support and sprints off of the ventilator every
day with her lungs and muscles doing all of the work.
The big part of rehabilitation now is building back the muscles, which takes time.
She does physical therapy every day and is now walking with a walker to support as
needed. She loves to take walks in the neighborhood after dinner with the family
and is so proud of her progress.
She is also back in school at home, with teachers coming in house four days a week.
Her classmates and friends have been visiting and she is excited to going back to
school, which will be next year.
Thank you again for the support as Sarah would not be with us today without what
everyone did with us to make a change.
To read more on the difference we all made, please reference the recent New England
Journal of Medicine article about Sarah.
Many have also asked if they can donate, which can be done here:
Janet, Fran, Sarah, Ella, Sean and Finn Murnaghan
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Why I Support SumOfUs Instead of Politics

I vote and if there is a Specific candidate I want elected I might donate a few of my dollars to That Candidate.  But in general I think politics is a bust, bought and paid for.  Of course there are exceptions. But for me the point is they Are Exceptions.

Push Pepsi

Great news!
 After more than 100,000 SumOfUs members demanded that Coca-Cola stop its suppliers
from driving rural communities off their ancestral land to plant sugar,
 Coke is announcing a new zero-tolerance policy for land grabs.
But there’s one big problem -- Pepsi is refusing to do the same.
Coke and Pepsi are locked in a cut-throat, never-ending public relations battle,
so we know that each is extremely vulnerable to being compared unfavorably to its
Pepsi will be furious if it sees this story spreading across social media
, and our partners at Oxfam will have a better chance of getting them to come around.
Can you share this image so your friends know what Pepsi’s doing? Make sure to tag the company by adding @Pepsi in your comment so Pepsi sees too!
Pepsi: Rise to the challenge!
From now on, Coke will be policing its supply chain to ensure that sugar growers
and other suppliers are respecting small farmers’ land rights. This won’t solve the
problem of land grabs overnight --
 but it does mean that producers who might once have used fraud or armed gangs to
force rural and indigenous people from their land will have to think twice about
doing it again
. Now they know that if they do, they’ll risk losing their business with Coke, the
world’s largest buyer of sugar.
We know we can get under Pepsi’s skin
. After all, it was just last year that we managed to convince the company to speak
out against Uganda’s “kill the gays” laws by challenging it in a major beverage industry
trade publication. The SumOfUs community has already done amazing work to fight back
against land grabs -- and the stakes of this campaign couldn't be higher for rural
communites around the world.
Thanks for all you do,
Rob, Paul, and the team at
 SumOfUs is a world-wide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations
accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.
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Why I Believe in SumOfUs Instead of Politics

SumOfUs is now 2 million members strong.
 We couldn't have got this far without you.
We have a small team and operate on a shoestring but look at what we've achieved
together in 2013.
Can you help us to keep winning in 2014 by chipping in just $10 a month?
Donate now

Telecom corporations like AT&T or Vodafone can secretly tack on an administrative
 on its customers' monthly bill and reap hundreds of millions a month to lobby and
Global retailers like
Walmart can squeeze its workers’ pay so low that stores have to have donation buckets
 where customers can donate canned food to for employees’ meals.
Financial institutions like Bank of America can, with the stroke of a pen, illegally
foreclose on the houses of millions of Americans who it drove into debt with its
reckless greed.
That’s where the corporations that the SumOfUs community is taking on get their money.
So where do we get our support?
The only way this movement to fight corporate power works is if every single SumOfUs
member chips in every way that we can.
 We sign petitions. We go to rallies. We make phone calls. And together, since SumOfUs
doesn’t take any cash from corporations or governments, we chip in what we can to
help cover the costs of our campaigns.
Can you chip in just $10 a month – or whatever you can afford – and become a SumOfUs Sustainer? If just 2000 of us join as Sustainers, we’ll be able to tackle dozens more corporations around the world in 2014.
SumOfUs is turning two years old next week. Together,
we’ve built a community of consumers, shareholders, workers, and citizens around
the world, coming together to fight back against corporate power.
 And here’s the thing – together, we own these corporations. Together, we’ve already
recruited over 2 million people in just two years – and we’re growing exponentially.
But we’re up against corporations with literally hundreds of billions of dollars.
Together, the two million of us are taking on the big boys – Walmart, Monsanto, Exxon
– you name it.
We’re doing it on a shoestring budget – but we’re winning
. Last month, with just a few thousand dollars, we mobilized 300,000 people to demand
that Coca-cola to fight for gay rights in Russia. Our Canadian community pitched
in tens of thousands of dollars and helped kill a treaty with China that would have
given Chinese corporations control over the climate-destroying tar sands for decades.
With the support of only one full-time campaigner, our community has helped get more
than 90 companies around the world to sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord.
Unlike the corporations we’re fighting, we don’t raise money through trickery or
exploitation. Together,
SumOfUs members like you and me chip in and we fight strategically.
 And here’s the thing: We have to be in it for the long haul. Chevron isn’t going
away tomorrow. Bank of America knows it has the money to fight back against us for
SumOfUs will be vastly stronger if we come together and commit to building the backbone
of a movement for the years ahead.
Can you chip in now and become a SumOfUs Sustainer – and help us expand our work into new countries like Germany and Brazil – where key multinational corporations are headquartered?
And just remember:
SumOfUs can't pollute to get extra money.
SumOfUs can't outsource its way out of paying its bills.
SumOfUs relies on YOU, above all.
Thanks for everything that you do,
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Pick One, ANY One

Sometimes I get Very Sick of receiving messages like these, below.  I get tired of being told what to do, how I should think, (believe it or not, I DO erase some of this stuff Without passing it on, especially when some organization calls for the firing of an individual for saying something I violently Disagree with.) Everyone, including me, has to stand up to opinions which make us sick, it's part of living in a Republic.  When someone takes unfair Action against another or advocates violence, that's a different matter.  But where would those of us belonging to minority religions or no religion be if speech which revolted others were muzzled even more than it is?  Where would people with differing sexual orientations be, so we have to insist on our right to speak and let comments not advocating violence which make us sick pass by also. 

 I Really get tired of being told I should feel surprise and shock when I think it's just business as usual, sadly.  Did I know our "justice system is unequal and that None of the CEO's running big banks responsible for the country's financial melt-down went to prison?  Well, Yah.  I Did know that.  Republican And Democratic Presidents cut deals and so do Congressmen and Senators.  Do I think it's right?  Of course not.  But after a while these damned emails all begin to sound the same!

Rant over.  I still care about my country and Our Planet.  So try to pick One of the below you can care about, please.  It's been a crazy week and I know some of these are late reaching you.

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Right-wing groups are trying to block an amazing, pro-woman lawyer from becoming
a judge on an important court.
Tell the Senate: confirm Nina Pillard!
click here
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This week is our last chance to get a pro-woman, pro-choice judge confirmed to one
of the most important and influential courts in the country.
President Obama nominated a superhero--Nina Pillard--to be a judge on the DC Circuit
Court. No really,
she truly is a superhero, with a history of fighting injustices against women--and
 She argued before the Supreme Court nine times, including upholding the Family and
Medical Leave Act and ending the Virginia Military Institute’s exclusion of women.
She’s been a lawyer for the Justice Department, ACLU, and NAACP.
But right-wing groups like the Family Research Council are raising a ruckus, trying
to get the Senate to block Pillard's nomination because they don't like her positions
on abortion and abstinence-only sex ed.
If their voices are the only ones senators hear, Pillard might not become a judge.
Senator Harry Reid is expected to call for a vote on Pillard’s nomination as early
as Tuesday and some moderate Republican senators are on the fence about how they'll
 We have to show our support right away if we want her to be confirmed.
Will you sign the petition asking the Senate to confirm Nina Pillard and put a great
judge on an important court bench?
Sign the petition.
In the fight for women’s rights, judges have a HUGE influence. Most recently, 3 female
judges appointed by George W. Bush reinstated Texas’s sweeping abortion ban that’s
closing clinics across the state.
Judges who are more concerned with pushing an ideological agenda than good law are
hurting women.
But it’s not just Texans who have to worry. Another George W. Bush-appointed judge
on the DC Circuit Court--the very court Pillard is nominated for--authored an opinion
saying religious employers can ignore federal birth control coverage rules. The judge
has also called the New Deal a “socialist revolution” and likened Social Security
to intergenerational cannibalism.
Pillard’s nomination won’t just bring balance to the DC Circuit Court, it’s also
critical for the court to function. There are currently 3 vacancies on the court
which only has 11 seats.
 The DC Circuit hears cases on federal regulations--everything from environmental
rules to labor policy. That’s why
the DC Circuit Court is considered second in power only to the Supreme Court.
 Four of the current nine Supreme Court justices served on the DC Circuit Court.
We can’t let ultra-conservative voices like the Family Research Council be the only
ones senators hear from about Nina Pillard. It’s critical that we get such an amazing
pro-woman, pro-choice superhero appointed as a judge if we want women’s rights to
keep progressing.
Will you sign the petition asking the Senate to stop the filibuster and confirm Pillard?
Add your name.
Thanks for all you do.
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team
Nina Pillard Nomination for D.C. Circuit Advances
, Legal Times, September 19, 2013
Cry of the Republican Male Senator
, Slate, July 25, 2013
Scary Feminist Nominated for Federal Judgeship; Conservatives Flip Out
, Jezebel, July 24, 2013
Can You Be Openly Pro-Choice And A Federal Judge? We’ll Find Out Next Week
, Think Progress, November 7, 2013
BREAKING: Three Bush-Appointed Judges Reinstate Texas’ Anti-Abortion Law
, Think Progress, October 31, 2013
What You Need To Know About The Severely Conservative Judge Who Just Ruled Against Birth Control
, Think Progress, November 1, 2013
Republicans Push Back On Obama's D.C. Court Nominees
, NPR, September 19, 2013
7. Ibid.

Personal Note:  I just read an interesting book called:  "Oil and Honey: the Education of an Unlikely Activist" by Bill McKiban.  You will need to double check the spelling of his last name, as I cannot.  Check out his "Do The Math" section and find that the fosil fuel companies already have a Surplus of coal, oil, and natural gas for years.  That makes this next issue more pressing for me.  Also, Arkansas, generally an Extremely conservative state, has banned the extraction of natural gas via the technique known as "fracking" because it caused earthquakes.  Some of us in the Mo. Zarks felt them.

Dear Teresa,
In case you missed my last message, we urgently need you to
tell President Obama
 to impose a fracking moratorium on our public lands, which are under assault by
Big Oil & Gas. Please
make your voice heard
 at the White House right away -- and help save our last wild places from destruction.
Frances Beinecke
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Dear Teresa,
President Obama promised to protect us from the ravages of fracking.
fracking flame
But his Administration is stepping aside as the oil and gas industry targets our
public lands and clean drinking water supplies.
Tell President Obama
 to impose a fracking moratorium on
 federal lands!
Take action
The fracking boom has already taken a devastating toll on communities across America,
leaving toxic pollution and plummeting property values in its wake.
Now, the oil and gas industry has set its sights on our national forests, wildlife
refuges -- even lands within view of national parks.
Instead of protecting our natural heritage and its clean water supplies, the Obama
Administration is preparing to step aside and let fracking run roughshod over them.
Tell President Obama
 to rein in Big Oil & Gas by imposing a fracking moratorium on
all federal lands
 -- one that will last until he keeps his promise to protect us from the excesses
of the oil and gas industry.
Here’s what’s at stake:
 wild places from Virginia to California ... clean drinking water for millions of
Americans ... and backyards across the country where the government controls the
oil and gas rights beneath
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- charged with safeguarding our public lands
from the worst abuses of fracking -- has just proposed a shocking set of rules that
reads like an industry wish list.
Those rules would not stop energy companies from fracking next to national parks,
 inside national forests, and across millions more acres of treasured lands. Nor
would they stop the frackers from drilling alongside drinking water supplies on public
Here are just a few of the places where the BLM is essentially preparing to hang
out a sign that says “Open for Drilling:” Virginia’s George Washington National Forest
... Ohio’s Wayne National Forest ... Colorado’s White River National Forest ... California’s
Los Padres National Forest.
Not to mention lands outside Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks!
Plus: the BLM controls the drilling rights to some 57 million acres of
private property -- a vast area as big as Georgia.
So for many Americans,
BLM has the power to green light fracking operations literally in their own backyards.
 Do you think an agency that has cozied up to the oil and gas lobby should decide
the fate of vulnerable citizens from coast to coast?
Please help us hold President Obama to his word and protect the American people from
an oil and gas industry that is running amok.
Urge the President
 to impose a fracking moratorium on our public lands right now.
 With one stroke of his pen he can safeguard our natural heritage, protect our drinking
water and shield communities from California to Virginia that sit near public oil
and gas reserves.
And call on him to move America beyond all
 fossil fuels as rapidly as possible
, toward a future powered by 100% clean energy. We must do no less if we want to
stave off catastrophic climate change.
Thank you for standing with us against the onslaught of fracking.
Frances Beinecke
Natural Resources Defense Council
We appreciate the opportunity to communicate with you and other NRDC BioGems Defenders.
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Dear MoveOn member,
The historic typhoon that hit the Philippines over the weekend has left nearly 2,000
people dead—and officials fear that the death toll could rise to 10,000.
It's unlikely that this is just some crazy fluke of the weather.
Scientists overwhelmingly say that climate change is fueling more and more extreme
weather events like Super Typhoon Haiyan.
 But world governments, including the United States, seem paralyzed to do anything
about it. Maybe that's why an incredible speech is being shared widely on Facebook
and other social media sites right now, featuring the Philippines' chief climate
negotiator, Naderev "Yeb" Saño.
Saño addressed the United Nations climate change conference in Warsaw two days ago,
and holding back tears, declared:
We cannot solve climate change when we seek to spew more emissions.
 I express this with all due sincerity. In solidarity with my countrymen who are
struggling to find food back home and with my brother who has not had food for the
last 3 days...
I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate... until a meaningful outcome
is in sight.
Stand with Philippines climate chief Naderev
Here are two actions you can take now—to both support people in the Philippines who
face a long and difficult recovery, and to push for real action to prevent more devastating
Sign the petition to support the Philippines' climate chief Yeb as he calls for real action to curb climate change
 at the UN climate negotiations happening right now in Warsaw. This petition was
written by Christina M. Samala, a Filipina American woman and director of the organization
18MillionRising—and we'll make sure the signatures get to Yeb while he's in Warsaw
in a way that makes an impact on his mission to win meaningful climate action.
Consider making a donation to Oxfam's relief efforts.
 Oxfam teams are aiming to reach 500,000 people with drinking water, sanitation and
shelter, focused on the hardest-hit islands of Samar, Leyte, and Cebu. Oxfam has
set up a donation page for MoveOn members, and your donation is tax deductible.
Two weeks ago, MoveOn members marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
Now the people of the Philippines are reeling. We're all in this together, and the
best news is that we have each other's backs.
Thanks for all you do.
Anna, Victoria, Maria, Alejandro, and the rest of the team
1. "Anger Takes Hold in City Ravaged by Typhoon,"
The New York Times
, November 12, 2013
2. "Climate Change Exacerbates Some Extreme Weather,"
Scientific American, September 6, 2013
3. "Stop this climate crisis madness," Rappler, November 11, 2013
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If you want to donate to a faith-based organization, there is Convoy of Hope, where 90% of cash donated goes into direct services and supplies, (the standard for excellence is 80
%) there is World Vision, and as many Fillipino people are Catholic, I'm sure the Church is also on the ground trying to help.