Aug 22

Sign petition to stop USDA from approving “Agent Orange” crops

Over a hundred million additional pounds of toxic pesticides associated with cancers and birth defects are coming to a field near you.  Unless we can stop it.  Will you help us?

“Agent Orange” crops are genetically engineered by Dow Chemical to promote the use of 2, 4-D, one of the herbicides in the toxic mixture Vietnam veterans know as Agent Orange.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is on the cusp of approval, even though they acknowledge the use of this toxic pesticide will skyrocket.  

We are now in the 30-day public comment period and this MIGHT BE OUR LAST CHANCE to stop this chemical assault.  

Sign the petition by clicking here

 

Aug 04

Governor Signs Bill to Strengthen “Unsafe Handgun” Law

Governor Jerry Brown today signed AB 1964, legislation that will close a loophole that has allowed gun dealers to skirt California law and sell handguns without safety features. This legislation was a top priority of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2015.

The new law will ensure that handguns purchased through a dealer in California meet all safety and firing tests as mandated by the state’s “Unsafe Handgun” law. The existing law requires handguns sold and manufactured in California be determined to be “safe” by the California Department of Justice. This includes having child safety features like loaded chamber indicators and magazine disconnects, meeting specified firing and drop safety tests, and containing microstamping technology that puts intentional marks on bullet casings to help solve gun crimes.

“Gun dealers in California have been skirting the law and selling handguns without child safety features, putting profits over the safety of Californians,” said Nick and Amanda Wilcox, legislation and policy chairs of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “We applaud Governor Brown and the California legislature for taking action to make new handguns sold in the state safer.”

Since 2010, there has been an explosion of semi-automatic handguns being modified into single-shot handguns to get around California’s “Unsafe Handgun” law, thereby eroding the law’s intent. For example, in 2013, more than 18,000 of these altered weapons were purchased in the state, up from just 1,100 in 2009, according to the bill’s author, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento).

“Safety should not be an option or an upgrade when it comes to firearms. The Unsafe Handgun Act was passed in 1999 to make sure all handguns were safety compliant. Today the governor restored the intent of the original law by making new handguns safer,” added Nick and Amanda Wilcox.

 AB 1964 was a Top Priority of California Brady Campaign

Aug 04

Overturn Citizens United

The far-right propaganda factory is spewing a cloud of toxic rhetoric into the airwaves.

That’s because we are winning the fight for a constitutional amendment to overturn Supreme Court foul-ups like Citizens United and McCutcheon.

For example, Senator Mitch McConnell, in a fit of silliness, deems the amendment “an all-out assault on the right to free speech.”

And Senator Ted Cruz, perhaps aspiring to play Big Brother in a staging of 1984, ridiculously asserts that the amendment will “repeal the First Amendment.”

We have literally no time to waste.

Of course, these senators — along with countless other mouthpieces of plutocracy — have it exactly backwards.

This amendment will reinforce free speech for living, breathing people like you and me.

It will restore a First Amendment that has been grievously wounded by the Supreme Court’s confounding inability to distinguish between speech and money, between people and corporations.

So let me briefly highlight some of what this amendment WILL do, grandstanding by billionaires and Big Business (and their bought-and-paid-for friends in high places) aside.

  • It will give Congress and the states authority to keep corporate election spending from drowning out the voices of everyday citizens.
  • It will allow We the People to end the outside spending — by super PACs and “dark money” outfits run by the likes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers — that corrodes our democracy.
  • It will restore limits on the total amount the super-rich can donate to candidates, parties and PACs or spend on their own self-financed campaigns.
  • It will permit us to set limits on the total amounts candidates and their supporters can spend.
  • It will give us the freedom to replace our current system of legalized political bribery with a robust public financing system.
  • And it will bring back the kind of elections our founders intended, our citizenry deserves and our democracy absolutely requires.

Isn’t that the kind of democracy you want to pass on to your children and grandchildren?

Progress on every issue we care about, every issue critical to our nation’s future — repairing and strengthening Medicare and Social Security, taking real action on climate change, enforcing tough consumer protection laws, preventing Wall Street from taking our economy over the brink ever again, making billionaires and Big Business pay their fair share — is completely dependent on a government that responds to the will of the people, not the whims of the wealthiest few, a government that acts for the good of all citizens, not the greed of powerful corporations.

What we do over the next few weeks — before the amendment comes up for a first vote in the full Senate — could be the difference between its ultimate passage or failure.

If you haven’t chipped in yet — or if you have, and can give a little more — this is the time.  Click here to donate: Move to Amend Donation

 

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