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Tell Salem: it’s time to raise Oregon’s minimum wage!

A higher minimum wage means more than a raise for Oregon’s lowest-paid workers. It means boosting the purchasing power of consumers in every corner of the state. It also means fewer families relying on public assistance programs -- and businesses, not taxpayers, paying the full cost of labor. Let’s make it happen by passing legislation to raise the minimum wage this year!

Calling on all candidates: Support Elizabeth Warren’s agenda for Wall Street Reform

We call on you to support the no-nonsense proposals laid out by Senator Elizabeth Warren in her speech on the “unfinished business of financial reform.” That means making a commitment to and working for action to: • Reduce the size and power of the Too Big to Fail banks and restore the Glass-Steagall division between investment and commercial banking; • Stop Wall Street from gambling with low-cost, government-backed debt; • Change the tax code to discourage excess leverage and recklessness on the part of bankers and traders; • Enact a financial transaction tax to restrain high-frequency trading and wasteful speculation;...

Audit the Pentagon: Hold them accountable!

Half the nation's discretionary budget goes to the Department of Defense, but it has never once passed a financial audit. That's madness, and we deserve to know how the Pentagon is spending our tax dollars. We ask that you pass legislation to require an audit of the Pentagon!

End "too big to jail"

If Big Banks can buy their way out of criminal prosecution, there’s little incentive for them to do what’s right. And it’s a double standard that says wealthy institutions are above the law. We believe no bank is “too big to jail” and ask that the Department of Justice ​hold lawbreakers accountable with serious penalties, including jail time, whether they're individuals or Big Banks.

Tell Congress: End the Millionaire Social Security Tax Break

Investment bankers on Wall Street should pay the same percentage of their income into Social Security as nurses, teachers, and the rest of us. Doing so would shore up Social Security’s finances while making our tax system fairer. Take action now to end the Social Security tax break for millionaires and pass the No Loopholes in Social Security Act without delay!

Protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau!

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the middle class's first line of defense against the big banks and unfair financial practices. But Wall Street lobbyists and their Republican allies in Congress have made clear from the start that they want to gut the CFPB. We're calling on Congress to protect the CFPB and redouble efforts to ensure middle class families are getting a fair deal on mortgages, student loans, credit cards and other critical financial instruments.

Congress: Protect America's Retirees

Help protect Americans' retirement security by supporting new rules that would require financial advisers to act in the interest of their customers rather than for their own financial gain. Join the president's call to the Department of Labor to issue these rules, and don't let congressional action undermine this commonsense effort.

Get Koch Money Out of Politics: Support S.J. Res. 19

The Koch brothers and other billionaires are spending huge sums of money to buy elections, and make the rich even richer. Please join me and MoveOn.org to defend American democracy by supporting S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court rulings of Citizens United and McCutcheon.

Time to move past Keystone XL!

The president vetoed legislation that would force construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and already you’re promising to bring the issue back. Please don’t. It’s time to move on. Let’s turn our attention to infrastructure projects that will move America forward!

Tell the Senate: Let people refinance their student loans!

Last year Congress lowered interest rates for new student loans, but didn't help people stuck with older student loans at 6, 8, even 10% interest rates or higher. Please pass the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. People should be able to refinance their student loans to today's lower rates.

Support Fair Tax- House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 19

As a member of the Appropriations-Human Services Committee and the Appropriations General Services Committee, I know firsthand that we have a real revenue problem. I've heard from thousands of constituents and their families about fighting for the best budget approach to meet the needs of the 8th district and the entire state. This is why I propose House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 19 . This resolution will increase the revenue of our state by utilizing a graduated tax system. This resolution would be used to provide additional relief to low-income citizens, or to encourage personal future growth such as small...

Support the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012

Total outstanding student loan debt in America is expected to exceed $1 TRILLION this year. Millions of hardworking, taxpaying, educated Americans are being crushed under the weight of their educational debts, while the economy continues to sputter. Support a REAL economic stimulus and jobs plan. Support the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 (H.R. 4170).

Save Our Post Office New Jersey

1. Stop closing US Postal Service mail processing plants in New Jersey. 2. Stop the closing of rural post offices in New Jersey. 3. Keep six day delivery of mail in New Jersey. 4. Return the postal service to the delivery standards prior to July 2012. 5. Return the pre-funding of retirement accounts to the postal service.

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VICTORY: Gov. Brown Signs Dark Money Disclosure Bill into Law

In the wake of the large sums of out-of-state anonymous donations that flooded into California during the 2012 election, the Legislature took up SB27, which would require political nonprofits to identify their donors in California elections. So Trent Lange of the California Clean Money Campaign, along with allies including California Common Cause, Credo Action, Courage Campaign, MoveOn.org, and others, launched a campaign to get the bill passed. (Read More)

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VICTORY: Hawaii Increases the Minimum Wage!

When the Hawaii Legislature took up an important bill to raise the minimum wage, Drew Astolfi of the organization Faith Action for Community Equity, along with allies and the Hawaii MoveOn Council, launched a campaign to raise wages for workers in the state. (Read More)

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VICTORY: New York Times Works to Inform Readers on Budget

The New York Times' tendency to report on budget numbers without contextualizing them was a problem - especially in light of the recent federal budget crisis. MoveOn member (and former staffer) Daniel Mintz and Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy started MoveOn Petitions to Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, asking her to institute a policy of always reporting budget numbers with percentages or comparisons. (Read More)

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VICTORY: Governor Corbett Releases Education Dollars To Philadelphia Schools

In October 2013, a student at one Philadelphia school suffered from an asthma attack that led to her death. If there had been a school nurse on campus that day, she might still be alive. This tragedy motivated Philadelphia parent Jesse Bacon to start a MoveOn Petition to Governor Tom Corbett, asking him to stop withholding $45 million of funding from Philadelphia schools. (Read More)

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VICTORY: Tribune Papers Spared From Koch Empire

When the Tribune Company went up for sale, it was widely reported that the Koch brothers were interested in acquiring its newspapers - including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. The billionaire Kochs and their tea party politics presented a clear threat to independent journalism, so several organizations, including Forecast the Facts, Courage Campaign, and Working Families started MoveOn Petitions asking Tribune Company CEO Peter Liguori not to sell to the Koch brothers. (Read More)