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Sep 16, 2007
Focus: Media
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: Minnesota, United States

Mark your calendar: You need to be in Minneapolis on June 6-8, 2008, for the next National Conference for Media Reform.

Activists, media makers, educators, journalists, policymakers and concerned citizens will converge once again to call for real and lasting changes to the media. Find out why so many call this event the most inspiring and informative conference they've ever attended.

Registration will open in a few months. For now, mark your calendar and join our conference mailing list.

Join the NCMR 2008 Mailing List

2008 provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to put media reform in the national spotlight. Join us in Minneapolis and help build this critical movement.

Last year's conference in Memphis was a remarkable event. More than 3,000 people connected, strategized and drew inspiration from rousing speeches, provocative panel discussions and hands-on workshops focused on all aspects of the media.

Check out highlights from Memphis

NCMR 2008 is for anyone who is concerned about the state of our media and committed to working for change. Come to connect, learn, share and build the growing movement.

See you in Minneapolis,

Josh Silver
Executive Director
Free Press
www.freepress.net

P.S. Don't take our word for it. Here's what other participants had to say about the National Conference for Media Reform:

"The entire Conference was an A++++++++++; it was the best conference I have ever attended in my very long life. Kudos!!!" -- Joya J., Scottsdale, Ariz.

"Finding out that I am not alone nor one of a few outsiders but a member of a large and growing community of progressive activists means I look to the future with less dread and more hope." -- Charles M., Searcy, Ark.

"The value for me was being lifted from a socio-political valley of lonely shadows to a sunlit plateau populated by smart, energetic people who have done and are doing things to take back our democracy." -- Kelly P., Astoria, N.Y.

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Posted: Sep 16, 2007 5:38am
Apr 7, 2007
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Various
Location: United States

Take Part in April 14 National Day of Action on Climate Change

  • 4/4/2007

The Organic Consumers Association's Planting Peace Campaign invites you to join the No War No Warming Coalition on April 14th when we go out with Step It Up to call on Congress to cut carbon 80% by 2050.

No War! No Warming! http://www.nowarnowarming.org
Step It Up! http://www.stepitup2007.org

The US military, the single largest consumer of petroleum, and the war on Iraq, a country with massive oil reserves, are obvious targets for actions against global warming. The first thing Congress needs to do to reduce carbon emissions is to set a timetable for the withdrawal of the US military--and US oil companies--from Iraq.

For t hose of us who’ve been working for years to bring our troops home from Iraq, these are crucial weeks … now that both the U.S. House and Senate have passed legislation for withdrawal of combat troops by varying dates in 2008. We in the antiwar movement brought this about—including our friends in the Congressional Progressive Caucus and coalitions like United for Peace & Justice.

But we can’t relax. Both the House and Senate versions of the Iraq Supplemental Funding bill are flawed. The “deadlines�? are to far off (a non-binding March 31, 2008 in the Senate; September 1, 2008, in the House) and far too soft—allowing thousands of U. S. troops to stay in Iraq for vaguely-defined “training�? and “anti-terrorism�? missions. And they allocate yet another $100 billion toward the occupation.

The good news is that President Bush and the Republicans stand exposed as having no strategy except “stay the course�? and “the situation in Iraq is imp roving.�? Bush gas repeatedly threatened to veto any bill with even weak time-lines. This puts him in conflict with the American public, which wants all troops home within a year, according to polls.

Let’s force Bush’s hand. Don’t let Democrats in the House and Senate weaken the Supplemental further behind closed doors.

The Senate and House will be appointing a conference committee to write a compromise Iraq supplemental bill—which could be voted on as early as April 16. The antiwar movement must insist that what comes out of the conference committee is a compromise between what the House and Senate Passed, not a compromise with what Bush wants.

Our overriding demand—in line with public sentiment expressed in November’s election and recent polling—remains that Congress should push for fully-funded, complete withdrawal within a year. Anything short of that is already a compromise. There’s no room for further compromise with Bush!

T hat’s our message to Congress, in public protests and in letters-to-the-editor. If Congress doesn’t retreat and the President vetoes the bill, people will see that “Bush’s Veto Pen Kills Troops.�? Most Iraqis want U.S. troops out of their country; U.S. military force is no solution in Iraq.

Join Us in Action – Organize a No War, No Warming Action at a Gas Station on April 14th!
 
On April 14th, tens of thousands of Americans will gather all across the country at meaningful, iconic places to call for action on climate change. The demand: Step it up Congress! Cut carbon 80% by 2050! We urge peace and justice groups to join this day of protest. Send the message “Fight Climate Change, Not Wars for Oil�? by organizing a protest at a local gas station. What better location to send a message about war, oil and the consequences of oil addiction than a gas station?

Here are a few action ideas:

•    Stage a die-in at the p umps
•    Put up crosses or cardboard tombstones with the names of the dead
•    Lock yourself to a pump
•    Call Congress and the President from the gas station
•    Leaflet motorists
•    Ride bicycles around the gas station chanting “Bikes not bombs!�?
•    Put up signs
•    Chalk the driveways
•    Stage a mock blood and oil spills (oil: molasses and water; blood: thinned tomato paste)
•    March from a gas station to a nearby recruiting station or vice-versa
•    March from a gas station to a Congressperson’s home or office

There are already over 1,200 protests planned for April 14th. Let’s get the peace and justice movement involved in this great day of action!

No War No Warming can provide you with posters you can download and use at your protests, e ducational flyers you can hand out to passersby, and a template press release you can use to get local media coverage. Just let us know you’re organizing an action by posting event details to http://www.NoWarNoWarming.org or emailing your protest information to andrea@globalexchange.org.
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Posted: Apr 7, 2007 4:50am
May 25, 2006
Focus: Consumer Rights
Action Request: Protest
Location: United States
PROTEST STARBUCKS: Frankenbucks National Week of Action June 19th-25th
Despite years of grassroots pressure, Starbucks continues to serve milk from cows that are injected with Monsanto’s controversial genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone, also known as rBGH or rBST. Virtually every industrial country, except for the United States, has banned the use of rBGH. Milk produced from cows injected with rBGH poses serious hazards to human health, including increased risks for cancer. The time has come to kick rBGH off the market, once and for all. If Starbucks, a major buyer of milk, were to ban rBGH dairy products in its coffee beverages other major corporations would likely do the same.  Join OCA and allies June 19-25, to protest or leaflet at Starbucks cafes in your neighborhood. Help us reach our goal of 300 actions!
Click here to leaflet Starbucks or for more information http://organicconsumers.org/Starbucks/
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