Stop the NRA: God is a Bullet

Mitch McConnell will lose a lot of money if the NRA goes down…

Relevant Petitions:

https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/search?q=NRA

I’m not sure what else to do.

New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA!!!!!

 

New York Attorney General Letitia JamesImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionAttorney General James described a culture of corruption and greed at the NRA

New York’s attorney general has announced a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the powerful National Rifle Association over alleged financial mismanagement.

Letitia James said the NRA had diverted millions of dollars to leaders including its head, Wayne LaPierre, for their personal use.

“For these years of misconduct we are seeking an order to dissolve the NRA in its entirety,” she said.

The NRA described the lawsuit as a “baseless, premeditated attack”.

What did the Attorney General say?

Ms James said that the four named defendants – Mr LaPierre, Wilson Phillips, Joshua Powell and John Frazer “instituted a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement and negligent oversight at the NRA that was illegal, oppressive and fraudulent”.

The attorney general outlined a litany of charges against the defendants, but accused Mr LaPierre, long the face of the powerful gun lobby group, of being the “central figure” behind the organisation’s wrongdoings.

One example of misconduct alleged in the lawsuit states that Mr LaPierre visited the Bahamas more than eight times by private plane using funds intended for the NRA, for a total cost of $500,000 (£380,225).

The corruption “is so broad”, Ms James said, that total dissolution of the organisation is necessary.

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Image captionWayne LaPierre nearly three decades as executive vice-president of the NRA

Responding to questions, Ms James, a Democrat, rejected the notion that the charges against the NRA – closely tied to the Republican party – were at all influenced by her own politics.

“We followed the facts and the law,” she said. “We’ve come to the conclusion that the NRA unfortunately was serving as a personal piggy bank to four individual defendants.”

What is the NRA?

Founded in 1871 as a recreational group designed to “promote and encourage rifle shooting”, the National Rifle Association has grown into one of the most powerful political organisations in the US.

The NRA now lobbies heavily against all forms of gun control and argues aggressively that more guns make the country safer. It relies on, and staunchly defends, a disputed interpretation of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, which it argues gives US citizens the rights to bear arms.

The NRA spends about $250m per year, far more than all the country’s gun control advocacy groups put together.

The organisation has boasted some high-profile members over the years, including former President George HW Bush. Mr Bush resigned from the group in 1995 after Mr La Pierre referred to federal agents in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing as “jack-booted thugs”.

Current members include former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and actors Tom Selleck and Whoopi Goldberg. The organisation strongly backed Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but has faced scrutiny over its accounting practices in recent years and backlash from gun control advocates following high profile school shootings.

 

Petition: US Companies and Rainforest destruction

Please sign the petition: Demand U.S. companies stop contributing to rainforest destruction immediately!

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The fires that devastated the Amazon in the summer of 2019 were deliberately set to clear land in the rainforest for agricultural purposes. What’s more, there’s evidence that this development in the Amazon is fueled, in part, by our own consumer dollars.

Firms that fuel the destruction of the Brazilian Amazon openly trade with and receive financing from a range of companies and major investors in the U.S. This means U.S. companies are not only financing rainforest destruction, they also financed the disastrous Amazon fire.

We must demand U.S. based companies divest and/or stop bankrolling Brazilian companies that are the source of the destruction.

Sign the petition: Demand U.S. companies stop financing Amazon destruction.

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Thanks for all you do,
Erin Tulley, Daily Kos

Petition: stop false Trump advertising on Facebook

People for the American Way

Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is buying HUNDREDS of ads on Facebook that spread dangerous disinformation about voting.

But Facebook REFUSES to take these false ads down — and the company continues to profit from them.

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That’s why we’re demanding investigations into Facebook for profiteering from political ads that propagate lies about voting. Add your name now to join us! >>

Facebook has repeatedly refused to hold Trump to any sort of standard on its platform. And now, as states consider expanding their vote-by-mail options to help Americans vote safely in November – the Trump campaign is once again relying on the platform’s lax policies to incite fear and misinformation about efforts to expand voting options.

Trump’s re-election campaign has already purchased over 500 Facebook ads that spread disproven claims about voter fraud.1 And how can these false, irresponsible ads run unchecked?

Because Facebook exempts politicians’ ads — including Trump’s — from any fact-checking. And even though Facebook claims it bans political ads that discourage people from voting, the platform has done nothing to stop the Trump campaign from publishing its harmful ads.

Clearly, the team at Facebook has learned nothing from its 2016 debacle — when the presidential election was polluted by foreign lies and propaganda shared on the platform.

Add your name to demand immediate investigations into Facebook — and to stop the company from profiting from vote-suppressing ads! >>

In an election year where the stakes could not be higher, these posts could discourage everyday Americans from exercising their right to vote.

As the November elections approach, I hope you’ll join me in demanding real accountability for Facebook.

Thanks for all you do,

– Zach, PFAW


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[1] “Facebook is letting the Trump campaign publish at least 529 ads with false claims of voter fraud” MediaMatters, 5/19/20

Late post: Submedia: Mayday 2020

May Day 2020On the eve of May Day, we’re pleased to present our most recent collaboration with our friends at Crimethinc and It’s Going Down.

Check it out:

Website: https://sub.media/video/may-day-2020/
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/413471142/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDIwupwE_SM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/submedia/status/1255889920327065601

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MAY DAY 2020
This May Day finds us at an important historic crossroads. Amidst a global pandemic, this year the streets will be eerily silent as people forgo the marches, rallies and riots that are the annual rituals of International Workers Day. But while the streets may be calm, the class war rages on. Wildcat strikes are popping off among ‘essential workers’ who two months ago were seen as some of the lowest, most precarious participants of the gig economy. Prison uprisings are breaking out around the world at an unprecedented rate. And millions of tenants are withholding their rent in what could become the first global rent strike in history.

These are interesting times. Stay safe. Get organized. Fight hard. Happy May Day.

Petition: help stop Trump’s cut to rural schools

Dear Friends,

Rural kids deserve equal access to education, whether it’s K-12 or college. However, Donald Trump’s Education Department​ is cutting funds for some of the most rural schools in the country.

We’re fighting back against Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos’s cuts to the Rural and Low-Income School Program, but we need your help. Click here to sign our petition.

Rural school districts, which serve nearly one in seven public-school students, have long been considered the most underfunded and ignored in the country.

That’s why Congress created the Rural Education Achievement Program in 2002. It’s the only dedicated federal funding stream for rural school districts.​

Rural schools rely on the program to supplement the costs of services that are far less accessible to rural students, like technology, mental health and guidance counselors, and full-day kindergarten.

However, Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos​ abruptly changed how school districts count the number of their students who live in poverty. As a result, more than 800 cash-strapped schools in some of the most geographically isolated communities in the United States stand to lose thousands of dollars.

​This bureaucratic​ bookkeeping decision is either heartless or incompetent.

Please join us!

Sign our petition and demand that President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ​immediately reverse their decision to alter eligibility requirements for RLIS and refocus on helping small rural schools.​

Thanks so much for your support!

Matt Hildreth
RuralOrganizing.org


Matthew Hildreth started this petition on MoveOn. If there’s an issue close to your heart that you’d like to campaign on, you can start your campaign here.

Sign your support for the Green New Deal!

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress

Progressive policies are popular.

The corporate media and naysayers might try to convince us that we should compromise our values, but the facts just don’t lie.

In Iowa, 92% of caucus-goers said that they support the Green New Deal — our plan to transform our energy infrastructure, reach net-zero emissions, and create millions of union-wage jobs for communities that have been left behind.

But as we speak, many in the Democratic Party still refuse to believe it’s possible to rise to the occasion of the climate crisis. Will you sign your name to become a citizen co-sponsor of the Green New Deal?

Sponsor the GND »

The Green New Deal was introduced just over one year ago. In that time, with the help of organizations like the Sunrise Movement, we’ve built an incredible consensus in the Democratic Party.

But the Green New Deal isn’t just popular with Democrats. Huge margins of independents and even Republicans support it, because Americans from all walks of life understand the necessity of saving our planet.

We can’t let fear goad us into inaction. Sign your name to become a citizen co-sponsor of the Green New Deal and demand that our leaders rise to meet this crisis.

Sponsor the GND »

Passing a Green New Deal is not just a plan to save our planet — but a chance for us to come together, to improve the lives of millions, and to ensure a better quality of life for our children. Let’s get to work.

In solidarity,

Team AOC

Thank Alabama Senator Doug Jones for standing up! (silence is consent.)

 

Robert,

Alabama Senator Doug Jones once again showed that he is not afraid to do what is right.

By voting to convict President Trump, he stood up for the rule of law and our democracy. Doug made this choice knowing that it was not a politically-expedient move — and now polls show him DOWN to Republican Jeff Sessions.

Robert, let’s show Doug some appreciation. Sign our card thanking Doug for showing courage regardless of the political consequences →

Thank Doug

Thanks for signing on,

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End unlimited political spending on our Elections

 Congress must expose dark money donors and end unlimited political spending on our elections.

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Without disclosing the sources of their funding, powerful groups have used dark money to pour $1 billion into federal elections since 2010.

Without transparency, voters don’t know who is trying to influence them or to whom a candidate is beholden. Without bold changes to our current laws, the problem will only grow worse. Congress must put an end to this now!

Sign the petition: Demand Congress preserve our democracy by exposing dark money donors and ending unlimited political spending in our elections.

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Thanks for all you do,
Erin Tulley, Daily Kos

Free Sticker: “VOTE THEM OUT!” – Moveon.org

The last few weeks of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate have thrown into sharp relief just how corrupt Trump is—and how far Republicans will go to protect him from any consequences for his criminality.

But we won’t forget their complicity in Trump’s crimes. We won’t forget their sham proceeding with no witnesses and no documents. And in November, we’ll make sure that they pay for it at the ballot box.

To help spread this message far and wide, MoveOn has just printed a big batch of “Vote Them Out” stickers, and we’re giving them away for free, while supplies last.

Just click here or on the image below to order your sticker now.

We don’t yet know exactly what Trump will say tonight during the State of the Union, but if he follows his old patterns, he will certainly use this national air time to promote conspiracy theories, demonize immigrant and refugee communities, lie about his record, and work to demoralize Democrats and progressives while rallying his base. And he may brag about his impending “total exoneration.”

But if his goal is to stamp down our energy, he has already failed. We are outraged, and we are turning that outrage into action.

For the next nine months, MoveOn members and our allies will flex our muscles and build an unstoppable grassroots movement to defeat Republicans up and down the ballot, and elect Democrats to the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives.

Will you help us spread the message, Robert? Click here to order your free “Vote Them Out” sticker now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Kelly, Oscar, Tzyh, David, and the rest of the team