Deadline Extended: Action Alert! Stop Liberty LNG Port off the coast at Jones Beach!
The deadline has been extended. There is still time to add your voice.Action Alert!Stop Liberty LNG Port off the coast at Jones Beach!
Liberty LNG Port has applied to construct a deepwater LNG (liquefied natural gas) port just off Jones Beach. This will accelerate the pressure to frack and will crush efforts to move to renewable energy. This project is being super-fast-tracked. We must stop it now!
Brooklyn Reps vote NO to money for weapons and war!
A victory!Brooklyn Reps vote NO to money for weapons and war On, Wednesday, July 23, five out of six Brooklyn members of the House voted NO on theNational Defense Appropriations Act(NDAA, annual Pentagon budget, HR 2397). Realizing that the bloated war budget robs Brooklyn taxpayers of tax dollars for vital public programs, our representatives said “ENOUGH!!”
Especially notable is that Rep. Hakeem Jeffries changed his vote from endorsing the Pentagon budget bill to voting against it! (He had voted YES on the National Defense Authorization Act, which endorses the Pentagon budget bill. Responding to the anger and dismay in his district (expressed through petitions, call, and a visit to his office), he voted NO on the Appropriations Act (which actually appropriates the money.)
Jeffries did the right thing thanks to your signatures, emails and calls to his office!Please call your representative, especially if you live in Jeffries’ district, to thank them for standing up to pressure, and for voting NO to money for weapons and war!! This is a small step but it’s in the right direction!
This past weekend, a jury in Sanford, Florida, found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.
In addition to thousands of New Yorkers who gathered around the city to express outrage, Brooklynites gathered in Prospect Heights.
This appalling situation demands response on many levels.
As a start, please sign the NAACP’s petition to the Department of Justice, asking the Department to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
Get background information on the case and the issues involved by checking outCornell West and Amy Goodman on Democracy Now (July 22, 2013) as well as the archived programs.
Thank NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
Our country is in the midst of a struggle between the growing surveillance state and our precious civil liberties. Now a whistleblower has boldly stepped forward to expose the National Security Agency’s vast spying on our phone records and online communications.
Explaining his actions, the 29-year-old computer expert said “I can’tin good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.” Continue reading →
Tell Schumer and Gillibrand: Hands Off Social Security!
Join the Alliance for Retired Americans and other organizations in the No Bad Grand Bargain Coalition (NBGBC) to tell our New York Senators Gillibrand and Schumer: Be our champions for Social Security! Reject any “chained CPI” proposals that will cut Social Security and veterans’ benefits! Chained CPI is a reformulation of calculating the annual cost of living adjustments (COLA) and will result in cuts of thousands of dollars to seniors, retirees, the disabled, widows and widowers, and surviving children of deceased workers.
The proposal for a “chained-CPI” is only one of many examples of how military spending robs vital public services of needed funds, resulting in in cutbacks and layoffs that are having disastrous affects in our communities and on our families. Click here to e-mail Sen Schumer Click here to e-mail Sen Gillibrand Congressional switchboard: 212-224-3121 Local numbers:
Sen Gillibrand: 212-688-6262
Sen Schumer; 212-486-4430 Continue reading →
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