Social justice devolving behind budget theater, defend every inch

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Social justice devolving behind budget theater, defend every inch   🙂

This petition on Budget theater devolving justice:


Tell Congress: Don’t Build a Budget on the Backs of America’s Families Take Action!:
Early next week, the House is expected to vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed budget for fiscal year 2012. This plan, which has already passed out of committee, slashes nearly every program which invests in everyday Americans’ education, employment opportunities, health care, and housing – while cutting corporate tax rates by ten percent. Ryan’s proposal hacks away at Medicaid and Medicare, Pell grants and federal student loans, and eliminates numerous other investments in our country’s long-term economic security and strength.
This budget is built on the backs of America’s families, robbing seniors, students, and workers in the name of helping America’s corporations get richer. AAUW unequivocally opposes Ryan’s plan, which relies on flawed math and assumptions, and will do real and lasting harm to families, workers, and retirees.

Take Action!

Send a message to your representative and tell him or her that Ryan’s proposed budget for 2012 is bad for ordinary Americans and bad for the economy. To send a message, simply click on the “Take Action” link in the upper right hand corner.

Equal Pay Day Roundup: In Case You Missed It:
Sending out a quick message with some of the activities and resources that AAUW and our coalition partners provided around fair pay, and what YOU can still do to take part!

AAUW worked with the Center for American Progress to bring you a fair pay “flash mob” video! AAUW members and our allies around D.C. came together for out-of-the-blue dance extravaganza at the Lincoln Memorial – check it out at! Our congressional champions have reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, the bill that would provide women and businesses the tools and resources to help close the wage gap. You can support the bill by telling your members of congress what YOU think about fair pay!  AAUW has just published a brand-spanking-new, clearer-and-simpler-than-ever-before fair pay guide: The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap! AAUW branch leaders: this is a GREAT recruitment tool for talking about fair pay with potential members.  Linda Hallman, AAUW’s Executive Director, has an excellent piece on Equal Pay Day published in the Huffington Post. Read it here!  AAUW has put together some snarky e-cards about unfair pay that you send to your friends and family. See them on the flash mob site!  We’ve worked with the National Partnership for Women and Families to put together some new, state-specific information about the pay gap where you live. Finally, the AAUW Voices Project has gotten off to a GREAT start, with over 16 op eds published in state and regional newspapers across the country and online. Here’s a quick sampling of what AAUW members have been saying in the media about fair pay!

Los Angeles Daily News
Richmond Times Dispatch
Bangor Daily News
Detroit Free Press
Rome News-Tribune
Portland Oregonian
Albany Times Union
St. Joseph News Press
Buffalo News
Cleveland Plain Dealer
San Francisco Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
Trenton Times
Peoria Star Journal
Battle Creek Inquirer
Summit Daily News

Thanks, and don’t forget to write your members of congress!

Follow AAUW on Twitter, and read our award-winning AAUW Dialog Blog for discussion, information, and advocacy for women and girls!

General AAUW questions? Please contact or call 800/326-2289 between 10 am and 5 pm Eastern, Monday through Friday.


Make your voice heard today! — Haga que su voz sea escuchada hoy!:
**Leelo en espanol abajo de la linea**

You’ve taken action, by signing a petition for reform, attending a forum, or voting in the 2010 elections, all to make sure that the voices of real people like you are heard loud and clear.

Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) is a community organization of families like yours, who work together to advance social and economic justice for all, on issues like education, health care and immigration reform.

Now you have another opportunity to make your voice heard!  Take our survey now to sound off on the issues that most affect you and your family.


only take a couple of minutes. Let us know what social or economic justice issue you want your organization, LUCHA, to focus on this year.

Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas with LUCHA!

Monica Sandschafer, LUCHA

Usted esta recibiendo este correo electronico porque le importa su comunidad.  Usted ya tomo accion, firmando una peticion para la reforma, asistiendo un foro, o votando en las elecciones del 2010, para asegurar que las voces del pueblo sean escuchadas.

Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) es una organizacion comunitaria compuesta de familias como la suya, quienes luchan unidas para promover la causa de la justicia social y economica para todos; tales como la educacion, la salud y la reforma migratoria.

Gracias de antemano por compartir sus ideas con LUCHA!

Monica Sandschafer, LUCHA

Living United for Change in Arizona — LUCHA

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Back to the future:
You may have seen in the news recently how GE¹—like many other multinational corporations—is getting away with paying zero taxes, even though it raked in $26 billion in record profits.

Unbelievable, right? Well it’s only going to get worse—if we don’t stop it.

This week, House leadership released a budget that is an extreme version of old policies to hand more tax breaks to millionaires and corporations—while putting all the sacrifice on the backs of working people. This back to the future budget would radically undermine the economic security of America’s middle class.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, “House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s fiscal year 2012 budget resolution would undermine the modern social safety net, reversing the gains America has made in health and economic opportunity. This resolution would deny millions of middle-and low-income households access to the American Dream.”

Please click here to tell your representative NO to going back to the future. It’s time to move forward with a budget that works for everyone.


vital public services and programs are targeted for near destruction by Ryan:

The budget would end the guaranteed benefits of Medicare that seniors and the disabled depend on. Medicare would be replaced with a voucher that would be paid to insurance companies. The plan is designed to shift more costs onto seniors while giving insurance companies more control.

The budget would slash support for seniors and the disabled in nursing homes by cutting Medicaid by nearly $800 billion over ten years.

This budget even lays out a plan for making future cuts to Social Security.

These leaders in Congress are so committed to protecting tax breaks for their corporate donors, that they are about to shut down the federal government rather than compromise. Instead, they are demanding a budget that would destroy public services, jobs, K-12 schools, public safety and more.

Enough. Please take a moment to send a message to your member of Congress now. Click here.


for all you do,

Chuck Loveless
Legislative Director

¹ “G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether,” New York Times, March 24, 2011


Stop the last-ditch attack on Planned Parenthood:
Call Rep. Berg

Anti-choice extremists lost the fight over the budget bill, but they haven’t given up on their campaign to deny women access to basic health care. The House of Representatives is voting on a bill to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from caring for patients through any federal program. Here is the plain truth: Any elected official who votes for this extreme proposal is voting against access to lifesaving cancer screenings, HIV testing, and birth control.

It’s time to put a stop to this assault on women’s health once and for all. Click here to call your representative, or dial 202-730-9001 to be connected.

It is shocking just how far out of the mainstream the anti-choice House leadership is, and how willing they are to sacrifice the health and well-being of women to pursue their extreme political agenda. Don’t let them get away with it. Call Rep. Berg today.

Tell your representative’s office that you are a Planned Parenthood supporter and that:

You strongly support Planned Parenthood health centers and the essential health services, including family planning, they provide to thousands of women, men, and teens every day.

Barring Planned Parenthood health centers from providing care through federal programs would cut off millions of American women from birth control, cancer screenings, HIV tests, and other lifesaving care — and that’s outrageous.

You strongly urge your representative to vote NO on the Pence Bill and any attempt to cut off funding for family planning.  Visit

© 2011 Planned Parenthood Federation of America |
With Great Thanks!:
Dear Friends,

It is with great thanks that I send you this brief note.

After a campaign that rallied hundreds of thousands across the country on behalf of Planned Parenthood, congressional leaders reached a budget deal late Friday night that spared Title X, the nation’s family planning program.

You joined women and families across the country to let congress members know that Planned Parenthood provides needed services, prevents unintended pregnancies and saves money.

Over the past several weeks, hundreds of thousands of people came forward on our behalf during this very challenging time. We’re very thankful to the patients who were willing to share the stories of the care they received from Planned Parenthood and how it changed their lives. We’re thankful to donors, who redoubled their support. We’re thankful to the elected officials who stood up for what was right. And we’re thankful to each and every person who phoned, wrote and raised a hand for Planned Parenthood.

The groundswell of support was an inspiring reminder of our role as a needed and appreciated member of the community.

In Minnesota alone, more than fifty thousand women rely on Planned Parenthood’s 21 Title X supported clinics each year for access to preventive health care such a cancer screenings and birth control.

These clinics are part of the fabric of the communities they serve. Planned Parenthood’s Title X supported clinics provide an array of preventive health services, such as birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings; pelvic exams and pap smears, high blood pressure, diabetes, and anemia screening; testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV, basic infertility services, pregnancy testing and comprehensive health education.

We are very grateful for the part you played in preserving Title X funding for the 2011 federal budget fiscal year and thank you for continuing to with Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.

With tremendous gratitude,

Sarah Stoesz
President and CEO

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Still Agree:
As we said in January,  WE AGREE with  President Obama that Social Security should not be cut.

This Wednesday the President will make a speech outlining his goals for how to reduce the federal deficit. A major question is: What will President Obama say about Social Security?

With the current climate in Washington dominated by calls to cut, cut, cut the federal budget, there is a lot of pressure on the President to work with Republicans on a plan to cut Social Security benefits, even though it never has and never will contribute a penny to the deficit. We need President Obama to keep his promise on Social Security.

Watch the President defend Social Security and send him a letter today.

Let the President know that you agree with him – Social Security did not cause the federal deficit. Urge him to stand strong against any cuts to Social Security or including Social Security in any deficit reduction plan. Social Security belongs to you – not to politicians in Washington who want to use it to give huge tax breaks to the rich and bail out Wall Street.

See for yourself and let your friends see too. And then let the President know how important Social Security is to all of us – because at some point in our lives we all depend on its promise.

Thanks for all you do.

Melissa Byrne
Online Campaigns Coordinator

Strengthen Social Security Homepage


Dear Mr. President:
Do you have a minute to help make sure the Obama administration hears our message?

Last week, our CEO, Jonathan Reckford, wrote to the Obama administration about an important issue—improving the lives of people living in slums throughout the world. I hope you can take a moment to reinforce his critical message.

By the year 2030, we expect that as many as 2 billion people worldwide will be living in slums, facing overcrowding, unsafe housing, unsanitary conditions and limited access to safe water. Without real housing solutions for people in the poorest countries, other efforts at development are destined to fail—efforts to improve public health, education and disaster recovery don’t succeed unless people live in safe and healthy homes.

President Obama recently highlighted the importance of leadership in changing the lives of people living in slums. Habitat for Humanity wants him to know that we are ready to work with him to improve the lives of slum-dwellers globally. From passing critical legislation to increasing cooperation between agencies and throughout the international community, Habitat will play a key role in enacting strategies that work in an ever-urbanizing world.

Please take a moment to add your voice. In just a few minutes, you can reach out to the White House to make sure they know you support Habitat’s work to find real housing solutions for people in need.

Thank you for all that you do.


Liz Blake
Senior Vice President
Habitat for Humanity International

To contact us:
Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat Street
Americus, GA 31709-3498
©2011 Habitat for Humanity® International. All rights reserved.


Because Women Are NOT Worth Less:
Take Action Now: Write your members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act – because women are not worth less!

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women who work full-time still earn only 77 cents for every dollar men earn. That means it takes fifteen months – until April 12 – for women to earn the same amount as their male counterparts make in only one work year. Also, women are more likely to live in poverty than men – and the statistics are even worse for women of color.

Yesterday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that will help ensure that women are not shortchanged. This bill would:

Put remedies for gender-based wage discrimination on an equal footing with remedies for discrimination based on race and ethnicity;
Prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who disclose
their salaries; and Improve wage collection data.  In this tough economy, more and more families are counting on their female family members and spouses. Unfair pay practices make things even harder, especially for those families who rely solely on the earnings of women heads of household. In 2009, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, but the bill fell short in the Senate. This year, we must urge members of Congress to give women workers the respect and the wages that they deserve.

Take a minute right now to email your senators and members of Congress – urge them to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act. Tell them: Women are not worth less!

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Are We Serious About the Budget?:
Here in Washington, everyone agrees that the current level of federal budget deficits is unsustainable. Our FCNL policy is that – with a few exceptions – government should take in sufficient revenue to cover the nation’s needs. But as our lawmakers debate how to cut the deficit, we need to insist on truth telling; a serious consideration of all federal spending, including the Pentagon’s budget; and open discussion about priorities. Contact your representative today:
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The plan that the House leadership offers for a vote on Friday fails that test.
The plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) reduces the $15 trillion federal budget
debt by about $155 billion over 10 years – that’s a drop in the ocean. This plan
“saves money” by transferring resources from programs that assist people with low
and moderate incomes to wealthy individuals and corporations.

Rep. Ryan’s plan, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities, would cut $4.3 billion in federal spending – two-thirds of that
directed at programs for people of low and moderate incomes. The plan would then
give $4.2 billion of that sum away in tax cuts that benefit primarily wealthy
individuals and corporations.

We at FCNL want Congress to be serious about federal government spending, which
means looking at ALL expenditures and balancing priorities. Cutting waste, fraud
and abuse makes good sense. The place to start is with Pentagon spending. Fair
and adequate taxes and other government programs should also be examined.
Take Action

Urge your representative to reject the Ryan budget and to support efforts to make at least $100 billion a year in cuts to the Pentagon budget, as recommended by the Sustainable Defense Task Force:
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Ask 5 friends to contact their representative too:
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Find Out More

Who says we can and should cut Pentagon spending? The answer may surprise you:
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The Sustainable Defense Task Force outlined how nearly $1 trillion could be cut from the Pentagon budget over the next 10 years. Read the summary and share it with others in your community:
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Read the analysis of Rep. Ryan’s budget that was done by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: [ ]

Find out more about the Our Nation’s Checkbook campaign to shift money from the military budget to advance other priorities:
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Tell President Obama: Hands off Medicare!:
What was won, what was lost, and what the President must do in the next hostage crisis.
We need to take Medicare off the chopping block.

Clicking here will add your name to this petition:

“President Obama: Stop caving to Republican hostage takers. Make a stand on the debt ceiling and take Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security off the table.”

Click here to add your name


many progressives, we were both relieved and devastated when President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced their deal with Republicans on the budget. They averted a government shutdown while fending off some of the biggest attacks on women and the environment. But shockingly, Speaker Boehner emerged from the negotiations with billions more in cuts than he initially asked for.

How did we wind up in a situation where Democrats ultimately agreed to more spending cuts to avert the government shutdown than House Speaker John Boehner first demanded in February? There is no way to describe the Democrats’ disastrous negotiating strategy other than one of appeasement.

In effect the Republicans took hostages and, in response, Democratic leadership agreed to pay a very high ransom.

As a result, Republicans are newly emboldened. And they have already boasted about the price they will exact from Democrats in the coming fights over the 2012 budget and the debt ceiling.

President Obama will address the nation today. This will be his opening salvo in the looming fights over the 2012 budget fight and the lifting the national debt ceiling. As he makes his opening bid, he needs to know that he must take Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security off the table.1

Tell President Obama. Stop caving to hostage takers. Make a stand on the debt ceiling and take Medicare off the table. Click here to automatically sign the petition.
From the beginning of this budget battle, CREDO believed the fight would come down to two ideological battles: Planned Parenthood and the Clean Air Act.

At critical moments, our activists made over 25,000 calls to Democratic senators and the White House demanding that Democrats draw a line in the sand to protect women and the environment. Hundreds of thousands of our members signed petitions. And in key Senate districts, our members attended meetings we arranged with staffers to drive the message home.

In the end, your pressure was great enough that Democratic leadership blunted the Tea Party attacks on women and the environment. Unfortunately on almost every single other priority, Democrats caved to Republicans, giving Speaker Boehner billions of dollars more than the initial $32 billion in cuts he requested when he first came to the table.

And the cuts that have been agreed to are absolutely brutal. Over $1 billion cut from HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention, $600 million cut from funding for community health centers, and $500 million cut from the Women Infant and Children (WIC) nutrition program for low-income pregnant women.

While we stopped the destruction of the Clean Air Act, the EPA’s budget was itself cut by $1.6 billion, or 16% compared to last year.

And what’s more, Democrats gave conservatives a right-wing wish list when it comes to the inhabitants of Washington DC by agreeing to abolish needle exchange programs, shifting money from public education to vouchers for parochial schools, limiting access to abortion care and more.

This is what happens when Democrats abandon the principled position that corporations and the rich need to pay their fair share before we inflict suffering on the most vulnerable members of our society.

It is just another example of how the Democrats constantly offer to meet the Republicans halfway, only to see the goal posts moved even further to the right.

The fact of the matter is that the Democrats set themselves up for failure last fall when they extended the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans and agreed to take other tax increases off the table. The cuts the Democrats agreed to — a brutal $39 billion in the last 6 months of this year — pale in comparison to the $150 billion that would have been raised during the same six months if President Obama had not cut a deal with Republicans to continue the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.2

And now that the stakes are even higher, we simply cannot afford for President Obama to preemptively cede this ground and allow vital programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to be used as bargaining chips in some sort of grand compromise that will ultimately leave most Americans much worse off than before.

Without enormous pressure, Democrats will continue to pay ransom to Republicans rather than defending the most successful, popular and important social programs in our country.

Tell President Obama. Stop caving to hostage takers. Make a stand on the debt ceiling and take Medicare off the table. Click here to automatically sign the petition.
Republicans claim to be alarmed by the deficit. But between needless wars abroad, massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate welfare, they have done more than anyone to cause the deficit. Now Republicans are predictably claiming that in order to responsibly deal with the deficit, we need to destroy the social safety net.

Democrats must actually take a stand for a progressive vision of how to deal with the economic crisis we find ourselves in. Destroying Medicare and making more brutal cuts to vital social services is not the answer. In the near term, the best way we can address the deficit is by getting millions of Americans back to work. But if deficit concerns are driving the narrative, basic fairness demands that we make the rich and obscenely-profitable corporations pay their fair share, we revoke Bush era tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, and we stop throwing away over $100 billion a year on an unwinnable war in Afghanistan.

Tell President Obama. Stop caving to hostage takers. Make a stand on the debt ceiling and take Medicare off the table. Click here to automatically sign the petition.
Thank you for speaking out.


Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1″Obama’s new approach to deficit reduction to include spending on entitlements,” Zachary A. Goldfarb, Washington Post, April 10, 2011.
2 “Deal To Avert Government Shutdown Saves $38 Billion — Bush Tax Cut Deal Spent $150 Billion,” Alex Seitz-Wald, Think Progress, April 9, 2011.

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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: This petition on Haiti disaster anniversary:   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: This petition on Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts:,_native_american_acts,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: This petition on Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday:   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: This petition on Economically empower through advocacy:
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