Action Alerts

Just the facts, ma'am. Or at least just the action items. I just thought it would be a good thing to have a site dedicated solely to taking action and leave the pithy rhetoric to other blogs. Contacts: Senate, House and a way to FAX via the web!

Monday, February 12, 2007

GOP Wants to Track All Internet Communications

GOP Wants to Track All Internet Communications

GOoPer Bill Would Require ISPs to Log All Customers' Activity
we're talkin' emails, chats, !@#$%& terabytes of data:

http://www.theseminal.com/2007/02/1...emails-ims-etc/

it would require ISPs to record all users’ surfing activity, IM conversations and email traffic indefinitely.The bill, dubbed the Safety Act by sponsor Lamar Smith, a republican congressman from Texas, would impose fines and a prison term of one year on ISPs which failed to keep full records.


the bill is HR 837:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:h.r.00837:

to quote Beck - one, two, you know what to do...please call or write your congresscritters and especially the members of the judiciary committee, where this bill is being considered.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Sunday Action: Act and Give Progressively Edition

Sunday Action: Act and Give Progressively Edition

Here's your link for action!

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Sunday Action: Back to the grind edition

Sunday Action: Back to the grind edition

Here's your link for weekly action!

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sunday Action: Victory is Ours Edition

Sunday Action: Victory is Ours Edition

Here's your link for action!

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sunday Action: GOTV Edition

Sunday Action: GOTV Edition

Here's your link for action!

Let's GOTV!

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Sunday Afternoon Action: Phonebanking Edition

Sunday Afternoon Action: Phonebanking Edition

Here's your link to weekly action!!

Let's work hard to GOTV!!

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sunday Action Diary: Election Prep Edition Part 2

Sunday Action Diary: Election Prep Edition Part 2

Here's your link for action!!

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sunday Action Diary: Election Prep Edition!

Sunday Action Diary: Election Prep Edition!

Here's your link to weekly action!

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Sunday Action: Canvassing and Just Foreign Policy Edition!

Sunday Action: Canvassing and Just Foreign Policy Edition!

Here's your link for action!

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Sunday Action Diary: It's October Edition!!

Sunday Action Diary: It's October Edition!!

Here's your link for action!!

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sunday Action: Torture is Un-American Edition

Sunday Action: Torture is Un-American Edition

Here's your link for action!!

Let's put a stop to this torture bill!! Every phone and fax number for every Senator is in that link! Get to work calling...let's flood their offices!!

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sunday Afternoon Action!

Sunday Afternoon Action!

Here's your link for action!!

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sunday Action Diary: 9/11 Edition

Sunday Action Diary: 9/11 Edition

Here's your link to take action!!

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sunday Action Diary & YKos 07 Ideas

Sunday Action Diary & YKos 07 Ideas

Here's your link for Action!! There's quite a bit of action related to the environment this week, among other things...

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Sunday Action: Extremist Edition!!

Sunday Action: Extremist Edition!!

No, not that kind of extremists!!

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
I’d like to promote a type of extremism today… Extreme Activism.

An “Extreme Activist” is my favorite kind of person. There are a lot of extreme activists here on Daily Kos, but there can always be more! So, I’m challenging everyone today to not only take action here, but to pass along some of these action items to family and friends. The more activists we have calling our Senators and House Reps, the harder it is for them to ignore us! My dream…I’d like to see Extreme Activism as part of the X Games… :-)

I’d also like to celebrate a victory for Plan B this week!! The FDA finally approved over the counter sales of Plan B to those 18 and older. The problem now is that we have to get the word out about Plan B. So, I encourage each of you to spread the word… this website is pretty informative, feel free to pass it along to everyone in your email address book!

Now, onto the action items…

Protect the Environment:

-- From The Wilderness Society:

"Over the strong objections of Native people, wildlife biologists, sportsmen’s groups, and the general public, the Bureau of Land Management remains intent on leasing one of the most remarkable wetlands complexes on the planet. The place is the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), the largest single block of wild public land left in the United States.

We need your help in urging the new Interior Secretary to postpone the oil and gas lease sale for this fragile area that is now set for late September."
-- From The Sierra Club:
"For the last six years, the Bush administration has tried to turn Giant Sequoia National Monument -- one of the world's great natural treasures -- into a tree farm. Yesterday, the trees -- with a little help from the Sierra Club -- had their day in court.

A federal judge ruled that the Bush administration's controversial plan to allow commercial logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument is illegal. "The Forest Service's interest in harvesting timber has trampled the applicable environmental laws," wrote Judge Charles R. Breyer, writing for the United States District Court for Northern California, who also ruled that the "Monument Plan is decidedly incomprehensible."

Selling off timber from Giant Sequoia National Monument is like selling the Statue of Liberty for scrap metal. The Bush administration's plan would have allowed 7.5 million board feet of timber to be removed annually from the Monument, enough to fill 1,500 logging trucks each year. This policy would have included logging of healthy trees of any species as big as 30 inches in diameter or more. Trees that size can be as much as 300 years old."

Of course, they aren't going to give up... there is even an effort in Congress to exempt some commercial logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument from environmental protections. Contact your Representatives today!
Protect Pets and Wildlife:

-- From IFAW:
Just a few weeks ago, the U.S. Senate passed the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, which requires local and state disaster plans to include provisions for household pets and service animals in the event of a major disaster or emergency. This bill will now go back to the House for consideration and you can e-mail your Congressperson and urge them to support it here!!
-- Take a stand against the fur industry: Say NO to cruel fashion! Once you've signed the pledge, be sure to spread the word about the fur-free pledge -- you could win a trip to join Jay McCarroll in NYC at his fur-free fashion show sponsored by The HSUS.

-- From Defenders of Wildlife:

Some decent news...I know Murkowski would have been easier to beat, but this is definitely a glimmer of a silver lining.
"Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund and Defenders of Wildlife -- along with local groups like Alaskans for Wildlife -- have worked hard to oppose Murkowski’s anti-wolf agenda, along with the folks he charged with implementing it.

Earlier today, our sister organization Defenders of Wildlife filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging Alaska’s aerial wolf killing program. The lawsuit calls for science-based conservation and rejects back room decision-making on wolf management.

And that’s not all. Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund’s support for Alaskans for Wildlife is bearing fruit. Local activists are incredibly close to collecting the signatures they need to put the issue of same day aerial gunning -- also known as "land and shoot" -- back on the ballot, where Alaska voters have twice before voted to ban this reprehensible practice."
Economic Issues:

-- Stop Social Security Privatization. AGAIN.

Women's Issues:

-- From NOW: Sign this petition to the prospective 2008 presidential candidates -- urge them to make women's equality a major component of their campaigns.

-- Thank the FDA for finally doing the right thing and approving Plan B over the counter!!

New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina Issues:

-- Tell President Bush to keep his promises to Katrina and Rita survivors!!

-- Tell National TV News Anchors to Focus on Stories that Matter...like Hurricane Katrina and Iraq instead of Jon Benet Ramsey's killer 24/7.

-- Sign this petition from John Edwards' One America Committee to make sure President Bush doesn't forget the survivors of Katrina!!

-- Check out Acorn.org and find out how you can help with their Katrina Relief efforts.

Government Accountability Issues:

-- Defend the Democratic Process: Don't Let Congress Block Your Email!!

-- From Progressive Democrats of America:

"Please contact House Members - especially those on the House Armed Services Committee - in support of bipartisan strong whistleblower protections that have ALREADY CLEARED THE SENATE!" Urge Your Member of Congress to Support Whistleblower Protections!
-- From the ACLU: Say "Enough" to Illegal Spying: Tell Congress to Stand Up for Checks and Balances!! Once you’re done with that one, do the others that come up too!

-- Help Amnesty International Investigate and prosecute military contractors who torture!

Energy Issues:

-- Demand Action on Global Warming!!

-- From Union of Concerned Scientists:

"Even as gas prices and global warming are starting to change American consumers’ attitudes on fuel economy, McDonald’s “Hummer of a Summer” campaign is peddling toy versions of the iconic gas-guzzling H1, H2, and H3 SUVs. Ironically, this promotion targets kids—a group especially at risk from the myriad respiratory and heat-related illnesses caused by smog-forming and global warming pollution from autos.

In 2003, UCS activists successfully pressured McDonald’s to cut back its purchases of meat from suppliers who overuse antibiotics that are important to fighting human disease. Now tell Don Thompson, Chief Operations Officer of McDonald’s USA, to demonstrate support for children’s health and the environment by removing the Hummer toys from its Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals."

Tell McDonald's to Remove the Hummer Toys!
Human Rights Issues:

-- Tell George Bush to lead the effort to create a NATO force for Darfur NOW!!

-- From International Rescue Committee:

"For over 20 years the rebel group, Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), has waged a brutal war against the Government of Uganda. The ruthless fighters in this conflict have resorted to barbaric tactics of murder, mutilation, burning of villages, sexual enslavement, and abduction of civilians – especially children – to be forced to fight.

Over 90% of the rural population of Northern Uganda has been forced into 200 squalid, crowded, and unhealthy refugee camps.

-More than 1.5 million people are currently crammed into crowded camps

-30,000 children have been abducted as sexual slaves, porters, or fighters over the past 20 years

-Each week there is an estimated excess death toll of 900 civilians due to disease and 20 people die each day due to violence

-Rape and sexual abuse are a daily occurrence in camps
We are asking you to join us and sign this petition demanding that the U.S. government intensify their political action to stop the violence in Uganda and support the current peace talks in Juba, south Sudan."
Voting Issues:

-- Tell your legislators you want to make elections about voters, not political donors!

-- Click here to learn about and participate in the "Voters First Pledge"!!

Other Issues:

-- Tell Target to Help Clean Up Dirty Gold by endorsing responsibly sourced gold.

-- From Walmart Watch:
"As you may remember, late last year Wal-Mart formed its own right-wing front group to try and defend the company. Wal-Mart called the group, Working Families for Wal-Mart, even though it had no working families, was funded directly by Wal-Mart, and is being run out of the same office as their public relations war room.
Since then, this group has recruited a cadre of some of the dirtiest and most extreme right-wing operatives with ties to Karl Rove, the New Hampshire phone jamming scandal and the Swift Boat Veterans. And, following Karl Rove’s playbook, Wal-Mart’s operatives immediately launched attacks against leading Democrats and even launched a website personally attacking WakeUpWalMart.com staff.

But, yesterday, Herman Cain, one of the steering committee members of Wal-Mart’s front group and a well-known right-wing commentator, completely crossed the line in a column he wrote by describing Democrats who are standing up, on behalf of working families, and asking Wal-Mart to be a responsible corporation as “Hezbocrats.”" Tell WalMart to apologize for their shameful and disgusting tactics!
This is Crossposted at Street Prophets, MyDD, and at Daily Kos!

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Action Alerts: Attacked on all fronts edition!

Action Alerts: Attacked on all fronts edition!

Here's your link for action!

There's a LOT to do this week!

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

ACTION ALERT: Lamont Edition!

ACTION ALERT: Lamont Edition!

"[P]eople acting in a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could even hope to bring about." - FDR


Today's Action diary will be short because I will be getting on the phone soon to start my calls to GOTV in CT. Last time I signed up to make phone calls for a MoveOn campaign I was calling college students (mostly) in Pennsylvania to GOTV for John Kerry. Calling people was easy, and I was able to help GOTV in a swing state when I didn't live in one.


Well, I'm still living in Southern Illinois, and since school starts in a week I'm WAY to busy (and broke) with school preparations and other things to get to CT to volunteer in person. So, I'm volunteering from afar. You can do the same! Click here to sign yourself up to make calls to GOTV!!

Click here for more action items!

This is Crossposted at Street Prophets and at Daily Kos!


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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Stop DOPA in the Senate

Stop DOPA in the Senate

Cross-posted at ePluribus Media


Boy, this thing just flew right under the radar last week. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick's (R, PA-08) Deleting Online Predators Act passed the House on a ridiculously lopsided 410-15-7 vote.


This bill, which would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to block public school students' access to sites like MySpace - and, due to sloppy, vague language in the bill, most blogs.


And what surprises the heck out of me is that Representatives who blog at Daily Kos such as Louise Slaughter of NY and Brad Miller of NC (what're they doing with 3 UIDs apiece, anyhow?) voted to pass this PoS.


Unbelievable. What were they thinking?


Here's a focus on the vague language in the bill, from jrm78 at Daily Kos, one of few to blog H R 5319's passage:


"In determining the definition of a social networking Web site, the Commission shall take into consideration the extent to which a Web site--

(i) is offered by a commercial entity;


(ii) permits registered users to create an online profile that includes detailed personal information;


(iii) permits registered users to create an online journal and share such a journal with other users;


(iv) elicits highly personalized information from users; and


(v) enables communication among users."


Because in this dangerous world of ours, the last thing we'd want to encourage is communication among users. Dangerous, dangerous stuff, that communication - dynamite. Can't have the young 'uns messing around with high explosives, no sirree Bob.


So say 410 members of the House of Representatives, in their supreme, inside-the-beltway ignorance - even those who are "friends" of the blogs.  It's sad to see so many fail to recognize the danger of passing DOPA - such vague legislation.


It's in the Senate now, folks. And you know how those people just love to hear from their constituents.


Have at 'em.


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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Net Neutrality ACTION Needed Now!!

Net Neutrality ACTION Needed Now!!

Here's your link for action!!

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

URGENT ACTION: Democracy In Mortal Danger Today!

URGENT ACTION: Democracy In Mortal Danger Today!

A few months ago I first heard about something called a "Sunset Commission". I had an action item related to it in one of my action diaries, but I can't remember when it was and I can't seem to find it now through the search. Anyway, SusanHu's "Dead By Sunset: Kill it, and make it look like an accident" provides us with some background, as does jillian's, "Sunrise...SUNSET COMMISSION. Kiss Protections buhbye." With major props to SusanHu and because I simply cannot write a diary that is as good as hers, I'll excerpt a bit to remind you all of the basics.

Background:
"Buried deep in the reams of the new budget is a "sunset" provision that will permit a small commission -- it will be a commission comprised of lobbyists and corporate executives -- to kill the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, even the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The arch-assassin is Bush's longtime friend Clay Johnson, "the most influential member of Bush's inner circle whom you've never heard of," and the Director of the obscure Office of Management and Budget."

In addition to this initial diary, SusanHu also wrote another, "Rolling Stone writer answers your Q's on "Sunset Commission". The author of the Rolling Stone article, Osha Gray Davidson, actually answered some questions in that one. Very cool. You can also read the initial Rolling Stone article here.

The article lays it out for us quite nicely:

"The proposal, spelled out in three short sentences, would give the president the power to appoint an eight-member panel called the "Sunset Commission," which would systematically review federal programs every ten years and decide whether they should be eliminated. Any programs that are not "producing results," in the eyes of the commission, would "automatically terminate unless the Congress took action to continue them.""

Initially, the plan was that the President would choose the members of the Commission, but because that would violate the Separation of Powers, Republicans have decided to fix that problem by giving themselves (with their absolute devotion to dear leader) the power to appoint the Commission members.

More from the Rolling Stone article,

"As director of OMB, an obscure but powerful arm of the White House, he (Johnson) has implemented a "Program Assessment Rating Tool" to evaluate federal programs and cut funding to those that are "not getting results." In reality, though, Johnson uses PART to slash government efforts that don't fit the administration's political agenda. This year's budget eliminates twenty percent of the programs that were rated most effective, including efforts to improve the environment and education, and increases funding for programs that received the lowest possible rating -- including an attempt to reduce the number of poor people claiming a low-income tax credit. ...

The Sunset Commission would go even further. The panel -- which will likely be composed of "experts in management issues," according to one senior OMB official -- will enable the administration to terminate entire government programs that protect citizens against injury and death. Consider what America might look like if Reagan had wielded such an anti-regulatory ax twenty years ago. Abolishing the EPA would have increased air pollution, causing tens of thousands of children to develop chronic respiratory diseases. Terminating the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would have eliminated many protections we now take for granted -- including air bags, child safety seats and automatic seat belts. And getting rid of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would have forestalled workplace regulations that have prevented illnesses among millions of farmworkers."


In other words, EVERY program that we rely on to protect consumers and citizens... from laws that regulate and limit air pollution to workplace safety regulations to which drugs are safe for consumption, could be not only at risk under these Sunset Commissions, but could face utter destruction.

On a whim the Sunset Commission could simply disband the EPA, OSHA, the FDA, etc.

Yes. You read that right.

On a whim the Sunset Commission could simply disband the EPA, OSHA, the FDA, etc.

Now. What can we do?! We've got to stop this, right?!

Absolutely. We've got to make some noise and we've got to make it fast. There are 4 things you can do!!

From OMB Watch:

"Both houses of Congress are planning to vote on controversial legislation that would create an unelected, unaccountable commission with the broad authority to make recommendations to terminate or "realign" federal programs. These recommendations would be forced through Congress on a fast track, take-it-or-leave-it basis with limited debate and no opportunity for amendment."

1. Take Action: Write your representatives to vote "no" on any sunset commission legislation!

2. Click here to learn LOTS more and get info so you can write a Letter to the Editor!!

3. Click here to send a message to ALL your friends and family!!

4. Call your Representative!! General phone number and call script here!

Please take action quickly!! Leave a message if you call, call first thing in the morning AGAIN, pass this info along quickly, and if you feel this is important, please Recommend so that others read and take action quickly as well. Democracy is literally on the line here...more than usual (so sad that I have to say that).

Oh...and one more link that might be helpful for those of you in search of even more info, from Source Watch. This is yet another Norquist approved project by the way.

This is Crossposted at Street Prophets and at Daily Kos!


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Sunday, July 23, 2006

ACTION: Stem Cell Redux and Global Warming Edition

ACTION: Stem Cell Redux and Global Warming Edition

Here's your link for action!!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The War Prayer

The War Prayer

Let's spread the word and this story...and hopefully we can help prevent World War 3 (or 4).

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Stem Cell Action: Don't Assume We've Won This Vote!!

Stem Cell Action: Don't Assume We've Won This Vote!!

Here's your link for Stem Cell Action Items!!

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Right now YOU are a Torture Enabler

Right now YOU are a Torture Enabler

...take action to stop!!

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

ACTION: World Cup Edition!

ACTION: World Cup Edition!

Go France!!!

Here's your link for LOTS of action:-)

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Sunday Afternoon Action Diary!

Sunday Afternoon Action Diary!

Here's your link for action!!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Net Neutrality Vote Thursday

Net Neutrality Vote Thursday

Okay, people. We need to heed Christy's words and light 'em up. It looks like the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006 (COPE Act)is due for a vote in the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday.

Who gets to decide what is or is not appropriate discourse — the free market or corporate gatekeepers? With what are you comfortable on this issue? These are the questions you ought to be asking yourself — and your elected representatives.

You can contact the members of the Senate Commerce Committee via the main switchboard toll free at: 1-888-355-3588. Or you can contact them individually at the following phone and fax numbers:


And while you're calling, also encourage them to sponsor the Dorgan-Snowe Net Neutrality.

We all know what's at stake here; I won't bore you with any details. Suffice it to say if you want to continue enjoying dailykos, you need to call. And get everybody else to call. If you need that extra incentive, Ted Stevens sits on this committee.

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What you may not realize (I didn't) is that America has been here before; this fight is nothing new.

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Sunday Afternoon Action Diary: World Cup Edition!!

Sunday Afternoon Action Diary: World Cup Edition!!

Here's your link to take action!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Action Diary: Yearly Kos Edition!

Action Diary: Yearly Kos Edition!

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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Sunday Afternoon Action Diary!

Sunday Afternoon Action Diary!

Here's your link!

Go take some action...biggest issue this week- slamming down the Federal Marriage Amendment! Please make your calls immediately and often!!

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