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Jul 2, 2006
Focus: Church-State
Action Request: Phone Call
Location: Texas, United States
HERE'S ANOTHER SHARE TO ADD TO THE STEM CELL ISSUE.  NOW THAT A VOTE CAN BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE IN OCTOBER, WITH FRIST MAKING A "DEAL" WITH COBURN FROM OKLAHOMA, WHO WILL SURELY TRY TO PANDER TO THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT ON THIS VOTE, GOOD OLD DUBYA HAS THREATENED TO VETO THE BILL, JUST LIKE HE THREATENED TO VETO THE McCAIN ANTI-TORTURE BILL.  OF COURSE, A VETO CAN BE OVERRIDDEN BY A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, BUT WE NEED TO GET TO WORK NOW, KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON AND KEEPING THIS IMPORTANT VOTE IN THE FOREFRONT.  REALIZING THAT THE VOTE WILL BE HELD RIGHT BEFORE THE UPCOMING MID-TERM ELECTIONS, PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS, WRITE YOUR SENATORS, AND FIND OUT THEIR STANDING ON THIS MOST IMPORTANT FUNDING MATTER.  COBURN ALSO VOTED AGAINST THE McCAIN BILL, AND IT WOULDN'T SURPRISE ME IF SOMEONE DOESN'T TRY TO PUT A MONKEY-WRENCH IN THIS VOTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF CATERING TO THE "RELIGIOUS RIGHT'S VOTES"  STAY ALERT, PLEASE:

DefCon America is an online grassroots movement dedicated to combating the growing power of the religious right on all fronts, including their assault on stem cell research.

Dear Eva,

Congratulations! You have done something incredible.

Yesterday, we learned that Senator Frist was poised to bring embryonic stem cell legislation to the floor in a package deal, requiring all 100 Senators to approve the move. Unfortunately, we also learned that one senator -- religious right sweetheart Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma -- was committed to rejecting the package, dashing our hopes for the vote we've been fighting so hard to achieve.

DefCon, along with an array of stem cell advocacy groups, leapt into action. In a matter of hours you sent nearly 18,000 emails, calling on your senators to demand that the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act -- which provides federal support for embryonic stem cell research -- be given a real chance.

Your amazing work put immediate pressure on Senators Frist and Coburn, who, at the eleventh hour, brokered a deal to allow this historic legislation to come to the floor.

Thank you for your hard work. Nearly 50,000 DefCon members have taken action over the past month calling on Frist to deliver on his word, and now victory is in sight.

Last night on the Senate floor Sen. Frist promised to bring the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act to a vote before the Senate adjourns in October. This is a real victory and you played a critical role in this unprecedented legislation. But, our work is not over yet.

We must ensure that Sen. Frist keeps his word to hold a vote on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. President Bush is next: despite a bi-partisan coalition that will likely pass in the Senate, the President has pledged to veto the bill should it arrive on his desk -- his first veto in six and a half years in the White House. We cannot and will not let that happen.

Our campaign is roaring forward. Please stay tuned for ways that you can take action and demand the President put our health and hope above the agenda of the religious right.

On behalf of the millions of Americans who finally have a reason to believe, we thank you. Stay tuned to the
DefConBlog for updates.

Sincerely,
Jessica, Clark, and the rest of the DefCon team


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Posted: Jul 2, 2006 5:41pm
Jul 2, 2006
Focus: Health
Action Request: Phone Call
Location: Texas, United States
TELL OKLAHOMA SENATOR TO STOP DICTATING OUR HEALTH AND WELFARE TO US.  IT IS OUR CONSITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOICE OUR OPINIONS AND RAISE OUR VOICES IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESEARCH.  THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA HAD RATHER "PANDER" TO INTEREST GROUPS WHO WANT TO DICTATE OUR VERY LIFE DOWN TO OUR EVERY MOVEMENT, OUR HEATH, AND OUR WORKPLACE.

Friends,

We have to have all 100  senators vote for funding stem cell research.  This does not make any sense at all to me.  Usually, there is a two-thirds vote, but the far radical right has an advocate from Oklahoma, the lone ranger who will dissent on this vote and stiffle this most important legislation.  I suggest an overhaul of these undemocratic ideas in the Senate and to change the parliamentary procedures to PREVENT  one "dictator" from Oklahoma stiffling and blocking  such an important and "bipartisan," I might add, piece of legislation to fund this most important research for the 21st century:


URGENT: Stem cell vote happening now --
contact your senators!


Religious Right: Holding Our Health Hostage
DefCon America is an online grassroots movement dedicated to combating the growing power of the religious right on all fronts, including their assault on stem cell research.

Dear Eva,

Today, without notice, Sen. Frist is planning to bring a package of stem cell bills to the Senate floor for a unanimous consent vote – such a vote requires approval from all 100 senators. Make sure your senators hear from you -- click here.

The package includes the Stem Cell Enhancement Act, which would rescind President Bush's unconscionable ban on federal support for embryonic stem cell research. The religious right has been working furiously to keep this bill from the floor or at least amend it to support Bush's ban.

Contact your senators right now and demand they Vote Yes! on the Stem Cell Enhancement Act, with NO Amendments.

You can expect this won't be the end to this fight. We will continue to keep you updated, and please stay tuned to the DefCon Blog for more info.

Sincerely,
Clark, Jessica and the rest of the DefCon America team



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Posted: Jul 2, 2006 9:26am
Jun 11, 2006
Focus: Health
Action Request: Other
Location: Texas, United States
FOR THOSE GROUP LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF CARE 2 INTERESTED IN "FORCING" FRIST TO FACE THE ISSUE IN THE SENATE AND "FUND" STEM CELL RESEARCH, PLEASE SIGN THIS MOST IMPORTANT LETTER TO HIM, THEN "PLEASE PASS ALONG TO YOUR GROUPS AND ALL THOSE INTERESTED FRIENDS YOU CAN MUSTER UP."  THANKS FOR YOUR HELP ON THIS MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVISTS' ACTION!!!!

The Following is a Paid message:
DefCon is an online organization dedicated to confronting the growing influence of the religious right. DefCon aggressively fights the religious right's assault on personal freedom and scientific progress, including their efforts to cripple stem cell research. I hope you'll take a moment to take action on our latest campaign.
 

 
Religious Right: Holding Our Health Hostage
Stem cell research could benefit millions of Americans, but the Senate is putting the interests of the religious right above your health.
Health Held Hostage for
365 days and counting
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Dear Friend,

Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Cancer, Parkinson's, Heart disease......

These are just a few of the many medical conditions that scientists believe stem cell research could treat or even cure. The religious right is opposed to this life saving research. And they are holding our health hostage.

Here's what's happening:

On May 24, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives defied Tom DeLay, the White House and the religious right, passing legislation that increased public funding for stem cell research.

A year later, despite overwhelming public support and a bi-partisan coalition of senators, Majority Leader Bill Frist refuses to hold a vote in the Senate, caving instead to the religious right.

Take action and demand that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - Doctor Frist - stops pandering to the religious right and allows a vote on this crucial legislation today. Click here!

Thank you,

Jessica, Clark and the rest of the DefCon Team!

P.S. If you have a story of how stem cell treatment could impact you or someone you love, send it to us! Stories like yours can put the pressure on legislators to stop pandering to the religious right and give up on their opposition to this vital research.

© 2006 DefCon: Campaign to Defend the Constitution
info@defconamerica.org

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Posted: Jun 11, 2006 11:44am

 

 
 
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