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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.

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.

Apologize Jen Kramer

Please sign this petition to request Jen Kramer, aldermanic candidate in Chicago's 43rd ward, apologize to city residents for her racially offensive and homophobic tweets.

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.

Save Social Security And Medicare

Americans have paid into Social Security and Medicare since the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is not an entitlement! It is a system Americans have paid into and expect a good return on their investment. We have come to learn Social Security has in excess of 2.7 trillion dollars of reserve enough to last for 25 years. The people of the United States of America expect these hard earned benefits to continue without being cut in any way and to receive regular raises through cost of living allowances.

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.

Save Our Post Office

1. Stop closing US Postal Service mail processing plants. 2. Stop closing rural post offices. 3. Keep 6 day delivery of mail in America. 4. Return the postal service to the delivery standards prior to July 2012. 5. Return the overfunding of retirement accounts to the postal service.

Lawmakers: STOP Accepting Campaign Cash from Sallie Mae

The student debt crisis is a prime example of why it is so vitally important to get the money out of politics. Since 2011, Sallie Mae has spent over $5 million on lobbying against the best interest of of countless student borrowers and the U.S. taxpayers. With the removal of bankruptcy protections from both federal and private student loans, lenders such as Sallie Mae are able to offer loans with virtually no risk. To make matters worse, Sallie Mae also owns many of the collection companies that collect on defaulted student loans. Once a student defaults, as much as 25%...

Congress: Pass Comprehensive Student Debt Reform NOW!

With approximately 39 million Americans now drowning in more than $1.1 TRILLION of outstanding student loan debt, we, the undersigned, respectfully request that Congress immediately take up Comprehensive Student Debt Reform. Such reform must address two separate, but inextricably intertwined, issues: the existing $1.1 trillion in student debt and the skyrocketing costs of college tuition.

We can stop private prisons

For-profit companies are making a killing from our broken prison system — raking in billions from longer and harsher confinement that disproportionately locks up Black folks and immigrants. Private prison conditions are some of the most dangerous in the country. In order to maximize profits, companies like CCA, GEO Group, and MTC cut back on staff training, medical care, and rehabilitative services, while spending millions lobbying governments to keep their prisons filled at a high cost to taxpayers and public safety.

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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)