Thursday, March 7, 2013

Three Important Issues

Comcast is lobbying to stop a law to guarantee paid sick days to all workers.
We need to let big corporations know they can’t get away with secretly meddling in
local governments to obstruct workers’ rights and public health.
Sign the petition

We’re closer than we’ve ever been to
ensuring that all workers have paid sick days
 but big corporations like Comcast are standing in the way
. The Philadelphia city council is getting ready to vote on a bill guaranteeing sick
days to all the workers in the city, and Comcast is lobbying furiously against it.
This battle will resonate far beyond Philadelphia. There’s a nationwide movement
to win sick days for all,
 and cities and states around the country are considering bills requiring employers
to give their workers sick days. These bills are overwhelmingly popular -- more than
75 percent of Americans support sick days for all.
 The only thing standing in the way is the lobbying muscle of big business.
We need to show corporations that there are consequences to lobbying against workers’
rights and public health!
Tell Comcast: Stop lobbying against sick days in Philadelphia.
Four out of ten workers in the United States don’t have paid sick days. That’s more
than 44 million people, including
most employees in restaurants, hotels, and child care centers.
The lack of sick days isn’t just unfair to workers. Workers who can’t take paid time
off to recover are much more likely to come to work sick, and when they do, they
can easily spread infectious diseases. The situation is particularly bad in the food
industry -- a study of norovirus, a highly contagious stomach bug, by the Center
for Disease Control found that up to
 80 percent of outbreaks could be traced to a sick food worker
Meanwhile, many parents use sick days to stay home and care for sick children. But
without paid sick days,
 parents are much more likely to send a sick kid to school
, endangering other children’s health.
Employers like Comcast say that these laws will get in the way of job creation, but
there’s just no evidence to back that claim up. Cities like San Francisco and Washington,
already have sick days laws, and their economies are booming
. And experts say that offering paid sick days is good for business because it improves
worker productivity and reduces turnover.
Over 70,000 members of the community have already demanded that Darden,
the nation’s largest full-service restaurant company, give its workers paid sick
days. But if we can stop big companies like Comcast from burying these new laws with
corporate cash, then we can win sick days for all workers.
Speak out now to stop the corporate war on paid sick days legislation.
Comcast is opposing sick days because it has its headquarters in Philadelphia and
employs thousands of workers in the city. But Comcast is depending on killing this
bill quietly, without consumers noticing. Comcast is very sensitive to consumer opinion
-- it was one of the first companies to respond to individual tweets from its customers
-- and it definitely doesn’t want to deal with a flare up of negative publicity.
If we can get more than 50,000 signatures,
 local grassroots organizers from the Media Mobilizing Project will deliver the petition
 to Comcast's Philadelphia headquarters.  And you can bet that they'll do an awesome
job creating a PR nightmare for Comcast.
Workers rights and public health are under attack cross America. Big corporations
can easily outspend the community groups fighting for sick days, especially at the
local level, so they’ve had a huge political advantage. But
 if we can mobilize consumers all over the country to speak out, companies like Comcast
will have to think twice before meddling in local politics.
Click here to tell Comcast to stop lobbying against sick days.
Thanks for all you do,
Kaytee, Rob, and the team at
More information
Quick facts about paid sick days
, The National Partnership for Women and Families
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Comcast Lobbying Against Paid Sick Leave Bill
, Philadelphia Weekly,  November 26, 2012
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New Issue.

Conservatives are trying—again—to block access to birth control.
 This time, they want the court to rule that a woman's boss should get to decide
what type of birth control she can use. So we're partnering with our friends at EMILY's
List to tell them to stop.
Can you sign the petition?
click here
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There's an urgent new threat to birth control coverage, and all of us have to speak
out right away before it gets any traction.
This time, 11 prominent right-wing members of Congress have filed a legal brief in
support of Hobby Lobby--the major craft retail chain that is suing the Obama Administration
over the requirement that health insurers cover birth control.
Hobby Lobby's conservative CEO and these members of Congress apparently don't think
women can make their own health care decisions--that somehow a woman's boss at work
should be the one telling her what to do.
In the past year, conservatives have tried to gut birth control coverage time and
time again.
 Even after getting walloped by the women's vote at the ballot box in November, they
kept trying.
 But they've failed every time, so now they're trying a new route—the courts. And
this strategy might just be the scariest they've tried yet because if they win, it
will set an incredibly bad precedent for women's health care and reproductive choice.
Imagine: a legal decision that says your boss gets to make decisions about your health
care, not you. That's scary.
That's why we've partnered with our friends at EMILY's List to send them a message:
just stop.
Birth control is a personal, medical decision, and it's not up to politicians or
employers to dictate how women use it.
 Republicans need to stop trying to block women's access. If UltraViolet members
and EMILY's List members speak out together, they'll hear us loud and clear.
Sign the petition telling right-wing politicians to stop messing with birth control.
Hobby Lobby is a major crafts retailer in the United States and employs thousands
of women across 14 states.
 US companies can't flout the law just because they don't like it. Big corporations
and small businesses are run by all sorts of people in our country, many religious,
many not. Allowing company management to impose their beliefs on employees is just
plain un-American.
If the court sides with them and finds that an employer can choose which type of
birth control is available to their employees, it would set a dangerous precedent
for other cases and give extremists another opening to attack women's rights and
access to health care.
And now, 11 prominent members of Congress have given this lawsuit greater credibility
and asked the courts to set a dangerous precedent for all women. But we know that
politicians care about their next election more than virtually anything else, and
if we can show them this is a loser with women voters, we can get them to drop their
attacks on birth control--and stop them from gaining traction.
The more of us that speak out, the louder our voices will be. UltraViolet and EMILY's
List members together will hold these politicians accountable make sure they know
that if they mess with women, we will fight back and we will win.
 Please join us in this important campaign.
Sign the petition.
Thanks for speaking out.
Nita, Shaunna, Kat, and Karin, the UltraViolet team
Hobby Lobby's Anti-Obamacare Birth Control Stance Backed By McConnell, High-Profile Republicans
, Huffington Post, February 25, 2013
Republicans vs. Women
, New York Times, July 29, 2012
Obama Got Aggressive on Reproductive Rights, and Won
, Slate, November 8, 2012
Faith in Values: Contraception-Coverage Requirement Strengthens Religious Liberty and Women’s Health
, Center for American Progress, February 6, 2013
Hobby Lobby finds way around $1.3-million-a-day Obamacare hit - for now
, CNN, January 11, 2013
Faith in Values: Contraception-Coverage Requirement Strengthens Religious Liberty and Women’s Health
, Center for American Progress, February 6, 2013
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 UltraViolet is funded by members like you, and our tiny staff ensures small contributions
go a long way.
Chip in here.

Third Issue could be Very dangerous, especially to the developing brains and bodies of fetuses and growing children.  I think this is a nasty piece of work.  Johns Hopkins already advises people to stay away from aspartame as Equal as part of their recommendations for a diet which will help in avoiding cancer.

A powerful industry lobby wants to redefine "milk" to include artificial sweeteners
like aspartame as ingredients.
Tell the FDA to say no to aspartame in milk.
Send a Message
Share on Facebook.
Big food companies have a new secret weapon aimed right at your kid’s sweet tooth:
Yes, milk.
The powerful dairy lobby is pushing the FDA to redefine "milk" to include artificial
sweeteners like aspartame.
 The goal is to turn the wholesome drink into another artificial flavor-laden sweet
Hyper-sweet additives like aspartame rewire children’s brains so that they constantly
crave sugary foods
, turning the kids into tiny consumption machines.
 This sweet-trained brain fattens up the food companies’ bottom lines as it fattens
up their customers, and has led to our current obesity epidemic.
Tell the FDA to say no to artificial sweeteners in natural food. Stop aspartame from entering our milk.
For decades, food companies have poured millions into research into creating foods
that trick our brain into over-consuming.
 As obesity has surged and the country has become more health-conscious, the industry
has moved into formerly healthy foods, pumping them up with sugar, salt, and fat
until they, too become part of the problem.
Aspartame has a particularly sketchy history as an artificial substance.
 It has long been linked to a host of health issues, and was banned by the FDA before
a Reagan appointee rigged a committee to approve it. The food industry claims that
aspartame helps fight obesity by offering up a low-calorie alternative, but by training
the brain to crave sweets, aspartame’s been having the opposite effect. Putting it
into milk and serving it up to kids is the last straw. Join us today in telling the
FDA no way on aspartame in milk.
Don't let the dairy lobby redefine milk. Sign our petition today.
Thank you for being one of us,
Claiborne, Melanie and the team at
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Share this campaign on Facebook
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More reading:
[1] The New York Times:
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
, 20 February, 2013
Federal Register:
Flavored Milk; Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity for Milk and 17 Additional Dairy Products
, 20 February, 2013
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