April 09, 2005

Activism: Save the Filibuster

Via MoveOn.org, help protect the filibuster.

Why?

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Activism: Patriot Act

From the MovingIdeas Policy Blog:

As part of the National Week of Student Action, Amnesty International USA is coordinating a virtual sit-in today, April 8. Some provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act are set to "sunset," or expire by the end of 2005, while other provisions will remain in place if not removed or amended by Congress. Here's your chance to tell Congress and the White House to change the PATRIOT Act. Ask your representative to:
Enforce the sunsets currently in the USA PATRIOT Act - when Congress voted for the Act they also voted for the sunsets;
Co-Sponsor and pass the SAFE Act increasing judicial scrutiny over government surveillance activity;
Amend the over broad definition of "domestic terrorism" so it does not infringe on the right of free speech and freedom of assembly.
Call Congress at 202-224-3121, and the White House at 202-456-1111.
More information on the SAFE act via Amnesty International USA

Also, check out Jeralyn's oped links at Talk Left.

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March 18, 2005

Boycott ANWR Oil Companies?

Barbara Boxer in Daily Kos.

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March 17, 2005

Don't Let Republican Leadership "Go Nuclear" on Supreme Court

See People for the American Way for "Three Things You Can Do Right Now to Help."

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March 02, 2005

Send Comments to Senators on Judges

Via MoveOn.org: "The Senate has the power to approve or reject judicial nominations because judges -- above all else -- must be trusted by Americans on all sides to rule fairly. So why does Bush refuse to send new nominees both parties can agree on? Because while his presidency will be over in 4 years, the judges he appoints will be on the bench for the rest of their lives. This is Bush's big push to lock in his hard right, corporate-friendly ideology for decades to come -- and that is exactly why we must not back down now."

http://www.moveonpac.org/judges/

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November 08, 2004

[American Progression Action Fund] "The

[American Progression Action Fund] "The Fight Goes On: Progress Report Readers Write Back."

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October 31, 2004

Call Voters for the Election

America Coming Together has a list started up here.

Also, see VoterCall, which "is a non-partisan campaign to mobilize over one million young, low income and minority voters for the November Elections."

Posted by Eric at 08:19 PM | Comments (27)

October 05, 2004

Tell Congress to Call for an Outside Counsel and Investigate DeLay

New sponsor, and something pretty important for the integrity of the Congress: Tell Congress to Call for an Outside Counsel and Investigate DeLay

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Michael Moore: 5 Things to Do Before D Day

If you feel the activism bug, see here for suggestions.

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September 22, 2004

Demand Iraq Discussion

From True Majority email:

President Bush tells us that “Our strategy is succeeding … Iraq is headed toward democracy ... Freedom is on the march.” This from the guy who told us that American troops would be greeted with parades as liberators and “Mission Accomplished.”

The facts say otherwise. Bush’s own CIA recently reported to him that the best case in Iraq is a protracted quagmire and the worst case is a full-blown civil war. Yet Bush continues the sunny spin.

In a democracy, the people are entitled to know what’s going on so that we can form our own opinions and take action. No wonder this government seeks to keep the facts from the people.

But U.S. senators, both Democrats and Republicans, are calling for the public release of the facts in that CIA analysis, known as the National Intelligence Estimate. Respected senators Bob Graham (D-FL) and John McCain (R-AZ) have read it and know that Americans deserve to know what’s in it too. Of course, it would have the secret stuff taken out; no one wants to make things worse. But the truth of how we got into this mess, what’s happening on the ground there now and how this is going to play out should all be available to the people.

Here’s what you can do. Together with our friends at MoveOn and Working Assets, TrueMajority is pushing for public disclosure of the facts about the quagmire in Iraq. We’re working to get this issue into the media, and a great way to get it widely read is through the Letters to the Editor section of your local paper. Letters to the editor are heavily read and really help to get people thinking and acting. And we’ve made it really easy for you to get your views published.

To send a letter to the editor of your paper (either one we’ve helped write or, better yet, one of your own, perhaps using the talking points we provide), just click here:

http://action.truemajority.org/l2e/index.asp?cp=25

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September 09, 2004

Become an ACTivist

From an America Coming Together Email:

Starting today, you will earn "ACTion Points" for fundraising, recruiting, and volunteering for ACT. In just a few short weeks, hundreds of the top performing ACTivists around the country will be awarded with Vote for Change concert tickets, tour memorabilia and many other valuable prizes. Grand prize winners will hit the road in October with their favorite Vote for Change artist.

Don't delay. There are hundreds of prize packages available. The competition starts right now.

Sign up here.

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Create A New Candlelight Vigil

From MoveOn.org; help remember the soldiers:

In the past four days, clashes with Iraqi insurgents have claimed the lives of 17 American soldiers. With these deaths, we mark a grim milestone: over 1,000 military men and women have now died in this misconceived war.

Their caskets have been hidden from view, and the President won't visit their graves. And this morning, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld diminished their deaths by calling the toll "relatively small." But it is now time for us to publicly recognize the sacrifice these soldiers have made, and to demand that our leaders serve those in harm's way better in the future.

Tomorrow night at 8pm, we're joining with the Win Without War coalition to hold hundreds of candlelight vigils. Gathered together silently in towns across the country, we'll reflect on this terrible moment and honor the fallen. And by focusing attention on the dead, we'll help pressure our national leaders to get us out of this mess.

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July 20, 2004

Take Back Your Country re: Tax Cuts

From True Majority:

First, candidate Bush said we needed to give millionaires a huge tax cut because the surplus was too big. Then President Bush said it was because the economy was in recession. Now America has a record deficit and the economy is still dragging. At the same time, millions of our kids need health care, Head Start, and decent schoolsand theres no money to pay for them.

Whats Bushs solution? You guessed it. Stay the course! Continue cutting taxes for rich folks and leave basic needs unmet at home and abroad. Oh, and let our kids deal with the fiscal and social mess sometime in the future after hes out of office anyway.

This time, Bush wants to extend $75 billion in tax cuts for years into the future. These cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. Bushs backers want to push the giant tax cut extension through the House this week, before lawmakers head out of town for vacation, and then celebrate the victory at the Republican convention this August.

If you want to send your Representative a message (text below) calling on Congress not to extend any of Bushs irresponsible tax cuts, and youre a TrueMajority member, just click Reply and Send in your email program. If this message was forwarded to you or youd like to customize the message to your Representative, click here:

http://action.truemajority.com/index.asp?action=10182&ms=txct1

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Take Back Your Country re: Tax Cuts

From True Majority:

First, candidate Bush said we needed to give millionaires a huge tax cut because the surplus was too big. Then President Bush said it was because the economy was in recession. Now America has a record deficit and the economy is still dragging. At the same time, millions of our kids need health care, Head Start, and decent schoolsand theres no money to pay for them.

Whats Bushs solution? You guessed it. Stay the course! Continue cutting taxes for rich folks and leave basic needs unmet at home and abroad. Oh, and let our kids deal with the fiscal and social mess sometime in the future after hes out of office anyway.

This time, Bush wants to extend $75 billion in tax cuts for years into the future. These cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. Bushs backers want to push the giant tax cut extension through the House this week, before lawmakers head out of town for vacation, and then celebrate the victory at the Republican convention this August.

If you want to send your Representative a message (text below) calling on Congress not to extend any of Bushs irresponsible tax cuts, and youre a TrueMajority member, just click Reply and Send in your email program. If this message was forwarded to you or youd like to customize the message to your Representative, click here:

http://action.truemajority.com/index.asp?action=10182&ms=txct1

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May 26, 2004

Over 63,000 in 24 Hours Sign Diebold Petition

In 24 hours, over 63,000 people have signed Gov. Howard Dean's petition for fair elections by having a paper trail for every electronic vote in the Diebold system.

"We must act now to ensure that our voting systems produce accurate and verifiable results. Some states are planning to use machines that will not allow voters to verify their choices. This means that any flaws in the machine or software will never be caught -- and no recount will be possible."

Join the call at Democracy for America.

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Over 63,000 in 24 Hours Sign Diebold Petition

In 24 hours, over 63,000 people have signed Gov. Howard Dean's petition for fair elections by having a paper trail for every electronic vote in the Diebold system.

"We must act now to ensure that our voting systems produce accurate and verifiable results. Some states are planning to use machines that will not allow voters to verify their choices. This means that any flaws in the machine or software will never be caught -- and no recount will be possible."

Join the call at Democracy for America.

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May 25, 2004

Get a Free MoveOn.org Sticker

Courtesy of MoveOn.org, get a free sticker and show your anti-Bush pride. Link via Skippy.

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Get a Free MoveOn.org Sticker

Courtesy of MoveOn.org, get a free sticker and show your anti-Bush pride. Link via Skippy.

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May 21, 2004

Canvass for Stephanie Herseth

Link from Daily Kos, check the Pelosi site for more details on how to help in South Dakota.

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Canvass for Stephanie Herseth

Link from Daily Kos, check the Pelosi site for more details on how to help in South Dakota.

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May 20, 2004

MoveOn.org Wants Help in Airing Fire Rummy Ad

Moveon.org is launching a campaign to fire Rummy, and is asking activists to help "put this new TV ad on the air, calling on President Bush to fire Donald Rumsfeld from his post as Secretary of Defense." The ad text:

THE CAMERA IS MOVING AROUND THE BASE AND UP THE SIDE OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. WE SEE THAT THE STATUE HAS A HOOD OVER ITS HEAD. WE THEN SEE A PICTURE OF DONALD RUMSFELD AND PRESIDENT BUSH.

[Audio: Announcer Voice-Over]

They said we were going to Iraq to bring American values: democracy, liberty, justice. But something has gone terribly wrong.

It's been reported that Donald Rumsfeld initiated a plan that encouraged the physical coercion and sexual humiliation of prisoners, violations of international law. Rumsfeld has placed the men and women under his command in even more danger.

Why hasn't George Bush fired this man?

Posted by Eric at 02:11 PM | Comments (2)

MoveOn.org Wants Help in Airing Fire Rummy Ad

Moveon.org is launching a campaign to fire Rummy, and is asking activists to help "put this new TV ad on the air, calling on President Bush to fire Donald Rumsfeld from his post as Secretary of Defense." The ad text:

THE CAMERA IS MOVING AROUND THE BASE AND UP THE SIDE OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. WE SEE THAT THE STATUE HAS A HOOD OVER ITS HEAD. WE THEN SEE A PICTURE OF DONALD RUMSFELD AND PRESIDENT BUSH.

[Audio: Announcer Voice-Over]

They said we were going to Iraq to bring American values: democracy, liberty, justice. But something has gone terribly wrong.

It's been reported that Donald Rumsfeld initiated a plan that encouraged the physical coercion and sexual humiliation of prisoners, violations of international law. Rumsfeld has placed the men and women under his command in even more danger.

Why hasn't George Bush fired this man?

Posted by Eric at 02:11 PM | Comments (19)

May 13, 2004

Petition: Voting Machines

From America Coming Together and Steve Bouchard, of ACT Ohio:

The facts are clear, electronic voting machines are not ready:

1. Electronic voting machines are untested: The machines are poorly made and have been proven to malfunction in tests. This is true of Diebold machines and other manufacturers.

2. The machines are insecure: Diebold's e-voting system was compromised last year when an unidentified hacker managed to obtain the company's software blueprints. This gave computer scientists a chance to evaluate the code and question its' integrity.

3. Diebold's leadership is far too partisan to be entrusted with this awesome responsibility: Diebold executives have given over $1 million dollars to Republicans. Plus, the Diebold Chairman Walden O'Dell sent a fundraising letter for the Ohio Republican Party that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral vote" to Bush. Other makers of electronic machines are known Bush supporters too, but to less degree.

Join us nationwide in protecting the Ohio vote. Sign the "Paper Trail Petition" and pass it on.

http://actforvictory.org/act.php/home/petitions/diebold_ohio

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Petition: Voting Machines

From America Coming Together and Steve Bouchard, of ACT Ohio:

The facts are clear, electronic voting machines are not ready:

1. Electronic voting machines are untested: The machines are poorly made and have been proven to malfunction in tests. This is true of Diebold machines and other manufacturers.

2. The machines are insecure: Diebold's e-voting system was compromised last year when an unidentified hacker managed to obtain the company's software blueprints. This gave computer scientists a chance to evaluate the code and question its' integrity.

3. Diebold's leadership is far too partisan to be entrusted with this awesome responsibility: Diebold executives have given over $1 million dollars to Republicans. Plus, the Diebold Chairman Walden O'Dell sent a fundraising letter for the Ohio Republican Party that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral vote" to Bush. Other makers of electronic machines are known Bush supporters too, but to less degree.

Join us nationwide in protecting the Ohio vote. Sign the "Paper Trail Petition" and pass it on.

http://actforvictory.org/act.php/home/petitions/diebold_ohio

Posted by Eric at 03:39 PM | Comments (0)

May 12, 2004

Save Hawaiian Waters

From the Environmental Defense:

The Northwest Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) are home to over 7,000 species of coral, fish, millions of sea birds, and marine mammals, including endangered Hawaiian monk seals and threatened green sea turtles. They hold great cultural significance for Native Hawaiians. The NWHI Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve was created by Executive Order after strong support from the public and thousands of Environmental Defense activists. The federal government is presenting for public comment a Reserve Operations Plan to guide management of the Reserve and to become the foundation for a proposed NWHI Sanctuary. The plan, however, is weak, missing key elements required by the Executive Order, and does not appear to make adequate NWHI protection possible. Act now. Contact federal officials urging them to fulfill the Executive Order mandate, enforce strong protective measures for the NWHI, and ensure that any future Sanctuary must provide added protection for the region. * Urgent: Comments due Saturday, May 15th! *
Sign the petition here.

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Save Hawaiian Waters

From the Environmental Defense:

The Northwest Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) are home to over 7,000 species of coral, fish, millions of sea birds, and marine mammals, including endangered Hawaiian monk seals and threatened green sea turtles. They hold great cultural significance for Native Hawaiians. The NWHI Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve was created by Executive Order after strong support from the public and thousands of Environmental Defense activists. The federal government is presenting for public comment a Reserve Operations Plan to guide management of the Reserve and to become the foundation for a proposed NWHI Sanctuary. The plan, however, is weak, missing key elements required by the Executive Order, and does not appear to make adequate NWHI protection possible. Act now. Contact federal officials urging them to fulfill the Executive Order mandate, enforce strong protective measures for the NWHI, and ensure that any future Sanctuary must provide added protection for the region. * Urgent: Comments due Saturday, May 15th! *
Sign the petition here.

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April 29, 2004

Yell at Sinclair Broadcast Group

See O'Franken Factor blog for the details, and Atrios for the complain numbers.

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Yell at Sinclair Broadcast Group

See O'Franken Factor blog for the details, and Atrios for the complain numbers.

Posted by Eric at 07:37 PM | Comments (1)

April 27, 2004

Mike Moore Suggests: Throw Party for Shrub

From the Oscar winning filmmaker, be a party pooper.

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Mike Moore Suggests: Throw Party for Shrub

From the Oscar winning filmmaker, be a party pooper.

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March 25, 2004

Stop Tom 'The Exterminator' Delay From Poisoning the House

Receive dirt about the Right, Democratic House news, leadership quotes, quick links, and others. Sign up for the @Stake Activist

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Stop Tom 'The Exterminator' Delay From Poisoning the House

Receive dirt about the Right, Democratic House news, leadership quotes, quick links, and others. Sign up for the @Stake Activist

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February 24, 2004

Herseth for Congress

In the state south of North Dakota, the Democrats have a chance to pick up a seat:

In South Dakota, a special election to replace Janklow will be held on June 1. A recent Mason-Dixon poll gave 2002 Democratic nominee Stephanie Herseth a lead of 58 percent to 29 percent over GOP state Sen. Larry Diedrich. Yet Bush took 60 percent of the vote in the state in 2000. And Republicans have time to chip away at Herseth's lead.
As The Hill notes, the NRCC is bringing out the big bling against Herseth:
NRCC spokesman Carl Forti said fundraising efforts will likely parallel those in the Kentucky race. There, Republican state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr raised twice as much as Democrat Ben Chandler, although she ultimately lost the race.

Diedrich said he has raised nearly $300,000 in the three weeks since the state Republican Party chose him as the candidate. Some of this money has come from the NRCC and Hill lawmakers. He said he does not know who has given the money, or exactly how much. With the Kentucky race over, House members and the national committee would now focus more on his race, he said.

Last week, Diedrich traveled to Washington to meet Republican members and garner additional support. He was pleased with his reception, saying, The commitment has been, You tell us what you want.

He intends to return to Washington this month to continue campaigning and raising money.

More on Herseth:
An early poll shows Herseth with a decent lead over Diedrich. However, she downplays the advantage. Herseth said she knows more people are familiar with her name because she ran for House two years ago, losing to Janklow.

Herseth said she's optimistic about the race and told supporters she wants to make the most of the momentum she now apparently has.

To be elected, Herseth will need to garner support from Republicans who have a significant advantage in voter registration statewide. One thing that may help, she said, is that many people remember she ran a positive campaign against Janklow. Residents still appreciate that fact, she said.

Herseth doesn't think South Dakotans will have a problem with an all-Democratic congressional delegation, even though the state is heavily Republican. She said that she is the best candidate to go to Washington and immediately start working with Daschle and Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., to represent the state's interests.

You can visit her website and contribute here. If you do, remember the Hamster add-on.

Posted by Eric at 07:26 PM | Comments (10)

Herseth for Congress

In the state south of North Dakota, the Democrats have a chance to pick up a seat:

In South Dakota, a special election to replace Janklow will be held on June 1. A recent Mason-Dixon poll gave 2002 Democratic nominee Stephanie Herseth a lead of 58 percent to 29 percent over GOP state Sen. Larry Diedrich. Yet Bush took 60 percent of the vote in the state in 2000. And Republicans have time to chip away at Herseth's lead.
As The Hill notes, the NRCC is bringing out the big bling against Herseth:
NRCC spokesman Carl Forti said fundraising efforts will likely parallel those in the Kentucky race. There, Republican state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr raised twice as much as Democrat Ben Chandler, although she ultimately lost the race.

Diedrich said he has raised nearly $300,000 in the three weeks since the state Republican Party chose him as the candidate. Some of this money has come from the NRCC and Hill lawmakers. He said he does not know who has given the money, or exactly how much. With the Kentucky race over, House members and the national committee would now focus more on his race, he said.

Last week, Diedrich traveled to Washington to meet Republican members and garner additional support. He was pleased with his reception, saying, The commitment has been, You tell us what you want.

He intends to return to Washington this month to continue campaigning and raising money.

More on Herseth:
An early poll shows Herseth with a decent lead over Diedrich. However, she downplays the advantage. Herseth said she knows more people are familiar with her name because she ran for House two years ago, losing to Janklow.

Herseth said she's optimistic about the race and told supporters she wants to make the most of the momentum she now apparently has.

To be elected, Herseth will need to garner support from Republicans who have a significant advantage in voter registration statewide. One thing that may help, she said, is that many people remember she ran a positive campaign against Janklow. Residents still appreciate that fact, she said.

Herseth doesn't think South Dakotans will have a problem with an all-Democratic congressional delegation, even though the state is heavily Republican. She said that she is the best candidate to go to Washington and immediately start working with Daschle and Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., to represent the state's interests.

You can visit her website and contribute here. If you do, remember the Hamster add-on.

Posted by Eric at 07:26 PM | Comments (3)

February 05, 2004

Tell Saint Ralph No

Through the good folks at True Majority . From ice cream man Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry's, and founder of True Majority

Some of us love Nader. Some don't. Some of us voted for him in the last election. Some didn't. But for the 2004 elections, one thing is clear. It's time for all of us to join together and urge Nader not to run for president again this year. The reason is simple: we need to defeat George Bush in November, and every vote will count.

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Tell Saint Ralph No

Through the good folks at True Majority . From ice cream man Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry's, and founder of True Majority

Some of us love Nader. Some don't. Some of us voted for him in the last election. Some didn't. But for the 2004 elections, one thing is clear. It's time for all of us to join together and urge Nader not to run for president again this year. The reason is simple: we need to defeat George Bush in November, and every vote will count.

Posted by Eric at 08:06 PM | Comments (14)

January 19, 2004

I'm Bob Barker, Reminding You ...

I was watching Celebrity Poker the other night in my dorm room (also known as party central), and Nicole Sullivan defeated the hilarious David Cross and ended up with the big, ol' grand prize of $100,000 for a group called Alley Cat Allies. Personally having a cat, and having seen problems related to not spaying or neutering cats, perhaps it's best to remind y'all to spay or neuter your cat. You'll find resources here.

Remember:

David Cross's charity was The National Gulf War Resource Center, which advocates on behalf of Gulf War vets, especially on the issue of Gulf War illnesses.

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I'm Bob Barker, Reminding You ...

I was watching Celebrity Poker the other night in my dorm room (also known as party central), and Nicole Sullivan defeated the hilarious David Cross and ended up with the big, ol' grand prize of $100,000 for a group called Alley Cat Allies. Personally having a cat, and having seen problems related to not spaying or neutering cats, perhaps it's best to remind y'all to spay or neuter your cat. You'll find resources here.

Remember:

David Cross's charity was The National Gulf War Resource Center, which advocates on behalf of Gulf War vets, especially on the issue of Gulf War illnesses.

Posted by Eric at 11:18 AM | Comments (8)

January 14, 2004

MoveOn.org to Air During SuperBowl?

Why that'd be super, thanks for asking. Make a donation, eh?

Posted by Eric at 06:18 AM | Comments (42)

MoveOn.org to Air During SuperBowl?

Why that'd be super, thanks for asking. Make a donation, eh?

Posted by Eric at 06:18 AM | Comments (6)

January 03, 2004

Take Back Your Country: Urge the EPA to Reduce Mercury from Power Plants

"After years of delay, EPA is facing a deadline to reduce the dangers that mercury from power plants poses to women of childbearing age, pregnant women, infants and toddlers. Send a comment to the Bush administration to act without further delay to cut mercury emissions from power plants by 90 percent by 2008."

Visit CleanAirNow.org and take action.

Posted by Eric at 12:46 AM | Comments (52)

Take Back Your Country: Urge the EPA to Reduce Mercury from Power Plants

"After years of delay, EPA is facing a deadline to reduce the dangers that mercury from power plants poses to women of childbearing age, pregnant women, infants and toddlers. Send a comment to the Bush administration to act without further delay to cut mercury emissions from power plants by 90 percent by 2008."

Visit CleanAirNow.org and take action.

Posted by Eric at 12:46 AM | Comments (10)