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Massachusetts: Label GMOs

We, the undersigned citizens of the commonwealth, call upon your leadership to enact legislation requiring the labeling of all foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients and of all seeds that have been produced through genetic engineering, otherwise referred to as "GMO foods" or "GMOs." We have a right to know what is in the food we eat, what we are feeding to our families, and what we are growing in our farms and gardens. We are asking for a GMO labeling bill to be signed into law this session that will be effective at preserving the transparency of our food...

Sign the petition: Urge the DOJ to investigate new Florida voting rule which closes all restrooms at polling places on Election Day

Miami-Dade County’s new rule to close restrooms at polling places will depress voter turnout, considering that we saw voting lines in the last presidential election of over six hours. It is also probably illegal, as people with disabilities must use the bathroom more frequently. Please open a federal investigation on the legality of this new Florida rule.

Gov. Perry: Stop opposing the Prison Rape Elimination Act!

Rick Perry's gearing up for an anti-Big Government presidential run in 2016 — by taking aim a law that makes states adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward prison rape. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 had unanimous bipartisan support and has been law for over a decade. All it asks is that institutions that take federal money actually battle against sexual violence behind bars. Perry's stand doesn't make him look anti-government, it makes him look pro-rape. Demand he drop this PR stunt and comply with the law now!

Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

Today, women in Maine earn just 79.5 cents earn per dollar compared to their male counterparts. Though the wage gap has shrunk a little over the years, we simply have not made enough progress. We need to broaden career choices for women, expand the minimum wage, enforce equal employment laws and eliminate discriminations in the work place. Join me in calling on Senators Collins and King to support the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Reform the Criminal Justice System

For too long, the priorities of our criminal justice system have been backward. We have valued punishment over rehabilitation for low-level, nonviolent crimes, and we have done so at the expense of public safety, human dignity, our budget, and the economic vitality of our communities and of our nation. We must fundamentally reevaluate our criminal justice system. I ask you to put justice back in our criminal justice system by fundamentally reevaluating why and how we convict and incarcerate—and the best ways we can empower people who have been incarcerated to succeed once they rejoin society.

Sign the petition: Tell Florida Republicans to stop endangering the health of 730,000 residents, start complying with federal laws and accept the Medicaid expansion

Beyond refusing the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, Florida is now in danger of losing its current Medicaid funds because it wants a cap on emergency room visits. Enough is enough. Time to stop putting politics above health care, accept the Medicaid expansion and comply with federal regulations.

Sign the petition: Demand that Georgia accept Medicaid expansion and stop hospital closures

It is unconscionable that Georgia would refuse Medicaid funds—paid for by the federal government—simply because state politicians don’t like the federal law that allowed it. As a direct result, four hospitals in Georgia that primarily serve the rural poor have shut down. Enough is enough. Please put the health care of your constituents above partisan politics, by accepting the expanded Medicaid funds offered by the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Senate should give diplomacy with Iran a chance

The interim agreement with Iran gives the United States and our allies a chance to resolve the nuclear standoff with Iran without resorting to military action. The Senate should give negotiations the opportunity to succeed before voting on any additional sanctions or other efforts that would undermine diplomacy.

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).

Tell Congress: Wake Up and Take Action on Climate Change

I joined 30 of my colleagues in pulling an all-nighter on the Senate floor to wake up Congress to the importance of taking action on climate change -- and the response has been phenomenal. We can win, but we need to fight. Add your voice to this wake-up call today.

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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: Larry Summers Won't Head The Fed

When news hit that Larry Summers, famed for helping to craft the policies that caused the recession, was the front-runner for chair of the Federal Reserve, Robert Naiman of the organization Just Foreign Policy, The Other 98%, and MoveOn member Aaron Camp created MoveOn Petitions telling President Obama to leave Summers out of the running. (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)

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VICTORY: Senate Saves Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - the agency championed by Senator Elizabeth Warren to be a voice for consumers in Washington - was endangered when Republicans in Congress refused to reconfirm Richard Cordray, the bureau's widely respected first director. That's why James Lardner of Americans for Financial Reform created a MoveOn Petition to the U.S. Senate, asking them to allow an up-or-down vote on Cordray's nomination. (Read More)