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UPDATE, APRIL 4, 2011:

Thanks for being a powerful force against nuclear power and for green energy!

Last Thursday, we asked you to email Southern Co. and Dominion Power to tell them to drop their plans for building new nuclear reactors in Georgia and Virginia. Because so many of you took action, by late Thursday morning, Southern Company BLOCKED all e-mail transmissions.

With the nuclear crisis in Japan, and people all over the Middle East demanding to be heard, it is outrageous that Southern Company is blocking protest email. They don't want to hear our message, which makes our message all the more necessary. So let's call them instead.

Tomorrow, Monday, April 5, please call Southern Co. CEO Thomas Fanning's office, at 404/506-5000, and politely share that your vision for clean, safe energy in the US does NOT include nuclear power.

Please also take the online action below, if you haven't already. Your e-mails are still reaching Dominion Power, and we have rerouted the e-mails for Southern into our own system. We'll deliver them to Southern Company in person at their annual shareholders' meeting.

For more background on what to say when you call, please read the text of our sample letter for the e-action, or our more comprehensive article, "Ten Strikes Against Nuclear Power."

Keep the pressure on! This is the time to change the direction of our energy future. 
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Alisa Gravitz
Executive Director 
Green America

Nuclear Power is not GREEN.

Despite the ongoing nuclear catastrophe in Japan, two of the largest US electric utilities plan to move forward with theconstruction of new nuclear reactors. Southern Company is planning two new reactors to be built in Georgia, and Dominion Power is planning a new reactor for Virginia.

As brave workers continue their life-threatening efforts to stabilize the damaged Fukushima plant, and as the warnings about unsafe water, vegetables, and dairy products multiply, the time is now for Green Americans to take a stand: Nuclear power may be low-carbon, but it is NOT a form of clean energy.

Beyond the terrible consequences of a disaster like Fukushima, nuclear plants around the world continue to produce hazardous nuclear waste that remains a threat to human and environmental health for hundreds of thousands of years -- and this is when the plants are working properly!

We're asking all of you join us in telling Southern Company and Dominion Power to invest their truly clean, renewable, and SAFE sources of energy: solar and wind power and energy-efficiency.

After Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and now the Fukushima tragedies, it should be clear to all of us that nuclear power is not the solution to our climate crisis. We need to stop the construction of new nuclear power plants in the US, and phase out the more than 100 plants in operation today, as we transition to cleaner sources of power.

Thanks for sharing this urgent action on Facebook, and with all your networks.
Alisa (signature)
Alisa Gravitz
Executive Director 
Green America

P.S. For more detailed background on why nuclear energy won't solve the climate crisis, check out -- and share -- our article, "Ten Strikes Against Nuclear Power." 

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Posted: Apr 3, 2011 10:44am
Oct 29, 2010
"Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised. All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance – now Joe gets it..."       to read the rest of the story, go to 
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Posted: Oct 29, 2010 11:04am
Sep 17, 2010

 

 

Don't Hope For Change, Create It!

"There is a flurry of activity to mobilize for the October 2, 2010 One Nation Working Together rally in Washington DC. One of the largest coalitions of progressive organizations in our lifetime has come together to demand a people's agenda from Washington DC. This gathering on 10.2.10 provides an important opportunity for peace and anti-war activists to work closely with and support other activists across the progressive political spectrum and to spread our message and voice our demands:

Crowd At Mall• Jobs, Peace, Justice!
• Bring Our Troops and War Dollars Home!
• Funds Jobs, Not War!
• End War, Rebuild America!
• End the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Now! -
Bring Our War Money Home!

Momentum is building as hundreds of thousands are preparing to bus, drive and fly to DC to be part of this historic event. You can help in these next two weeks.


Things to do:

  • Download our leaflet and use it to encourage people in your community to come to Washington, DC on 10.2.10.
  • Register your bus. If you are organizing a bus or know of one, please make sure it is registered. It must be registered to get a parking permit. Registered buses are posted on the One Nation website where people can find them so they can Get On The Bus for 10.2.10. Please do so by Friday, September 17.
  • Request a Table - The deadline for a free literature table is Friday September 17
  • Visit www.onenationforpeace.org to learn more.

Not One More DollarHelp UFPJ build the peace presence in Washington:

United for Peace and Justice is playing a leading role in convening the Peace Table - a coalition of more than 70 national and local peace groups that has been organizing within the peace and anti-war community for this mobilization. The coalition will gather in two places in Washington, DC on 10.2.10.

9:00 am - Volunteers to help distribute thousands of peace posters are needed to gather at the rally site near the Lincoln Memorial. Our volunteers will be in spots that will ensure our peace message is seen by our allies and the media. People who sign up to help out will be sent the details.

10:30 am - Constitution and 14th, the Peace Table feeder march gather to march to the rally site. Posters will be provided with the above demands.

We need 300 volunteers.  Nothing is more important than getting out our message in support of our allies. Our message and demands strengthens the efforts of our allies to push for jobs and investment in people.  We need help to pass out posters to rally attendees at the rally site, in the bus parking lot and metro stops.   Volunteer here!   (For more details, read the Peace Promotion Plan)

This is an extremely important moment in our struggle to end U.S. wars and put our nation on a track of peace and prosperity. But it is only the beginning. No matter how many people show up on 10.2.10 there will be much more work to do. But a large and dynamic turnout for Oct 2nd in DC will help make the path a little smoother and the energy a little higher to do this most crucial work. We look forward to seeing you there."



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Posted: Feb 3, 2010 6:27am
Oct 22, 2009
"Michael Moore's Action Plan: 15 Things Every American Can Do Right Now"
 

FIVE THINGS WE DEMAND THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS DO IMMEDIATELY:


1. Declare a moratorium on all home evictions. Not one more family should be thrown out of their home. The banks must adjust their monthly mortgage payments to be in line with what people's homes are now truly worth -- and what they can afford. Also, it must be stated by law: If you lose your job, you cannot be tossed out of your home.


2. Congress must join the civilized world and expand Medicare For All Americans. A single, nonprofit source must run a universal health care system that covers everyone. Medical bills are now the #1 cause of bankruptcies and evictions in this country. Medicare For All will end this misery. The bill to make this happen is called H.R. 3200. You must call AND write your members of Congress and demand its passage, no compromises allowed.


3. Demand publicly-funded elections and a prohibition on elected officials leaving office and becoming lobbyists. Yes, those very members of Congress who solicit and receive millions of dollars from wealthy interests must vote to remove ALL money from our electoral and legislative process. Tell your members of Congress they must support campaign finance bill H.R.1826.


4. Each of the 50 states must create a state-owned public bank like they have in North Dakota. Then congress MUST reinstate all the strict pre-Reagan regulations on all commercial banks, investment firms, insurance companies -- and all the other industries that have been savaged by deregulation: Airlines, the food industry, pharmaceutical companies -- you name it. If a company's primary motive to exist is to make a profit, then it needs a set of stringent rules to live by -- and the first rule is "Do no harm." The second rule: The question must always be asked -- "Is this for the common good?" (Click here for some info about the state-owned Bank of North Dakota.)


5. Save this fragile planet and declare that all the energy resources above and beneath the ground are owned collectively by all of us. Just like they do it in Sarah Palin's socialist Alaska. We only have a few decades of oil left. The public must be the owners and landlords of the natural resources and energy that exists within our borders or we will descend further into corporate anarchy. And when it comes to burning fossil fuels to transport ourselves, we must cease using the internal combustion engine and instruct our auto/transportation companies to rehire our skilled workforce and build mass transit (clean buses, light rail, subways, bullet trains, etc.) and new cars that don't contribute to climate change. (For more on this, here's a proposal I wrote in December.) Demand that General Motors' de facto chairman, Barack Obama, issue a JFK man-on-the-moon-style challenge to turn our country into a nation of trains and buses and subways. For Pete's sake, people, we were the ones who invented (or perfected) these damn things in the first place!!


FIVE THINGS WE CAN DO TO MAKE CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT LISTEN TO US:


1. Each of us must get into the daily habit of taking 5 minutes to make four brief calls: One to the President (202-456-1414), one to your Congressperson (202-224-3121) and one to each of your two Senators (202-224-3121). To find out who represents you, click here. Take just one minute on each of these calls to let them know how you expect them to vote on a particular issue. Let them know you will have no hesitation voting for a primary opponent -- or even a candidate from another party -- if they don't do our bidding. Trust me, they will listen. If you have another five minutes, click here to send them each an email. And if you really want to drop an anvil on them,send them a snail mail letter!


2. Take over your local Democratic Party. Remember how much fun you had with all those friends and neighbors working together to get Barack Obama elected? YOU DID THE IMPOSSIBLE. It's time to re-up! Get everyone back together and go to the monthly meeting of your town or county Democratic Party -- and become the majority that runs it! There will not be many in attendance and they will either be happy or in shock that you and the Obama Revolution have entered the room looking like you mean business. President Obama's agenda will never happen without mass grass roots action -- and he won't feel encouraged to do the right thing if no one has his back, whether it's to stand with him, or push him in the right direction. When you all become the local Democratic Party, send me a photo of the group and I'll post it on my website.


3. Recruit someone to run for office who can win in your local elections next year -- or, better yet, consider running for office yourself! You don't have to settle for the incumbent who always expects to win. You can be our next representative! Don't believe it can happen? Check out these examples of regular citizens who got elected: State Senator Deb SimpsonCalifornia State Assemblyman Isadore HallTempe, Arizona City Councilman Corey WoodsWisconsin State Assemblyman Chris Danou, and Washington State Representative Larry Seaquist. The list goes on and on -- and you should be on it!


4. Show up. Picket the local branch of a big bank that took the bailout money. Hold vigils and marches. Consider civil disobedience. Those town hall meetings are open to you, too (and there's more of us than there are of them!). Make some noise, have some fun, get on the local news. Place "Capitalism Did This" signs on empty foreclosed homes, closed down businesses, crumbling schools and infrastructure. (You can download them from my website.)


5. Start your own media. You. Just you (or you and a couple friends). The mainstream media is owned by corporate America and, with few exceptions, it will never tell the whole truth -- so you have to do it! Start a blog! Start a website of real local news (here's an example: The Michigan Messenger). Tweet your friends and use Facebook to let them know what they need to do politically. The daily papers are dying. If you don't fill that void, who will?


FIVE THINGS WE SHOULD DO TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND OUR LOVED ONES UNTIL WE GET THROUGH THIS MESS:


1. Take your money out of your bank if it took bailout money and place it in a locally-owned bank or, preferably, a credit union.


2. Get rid of all your credit cards but one -- the kind where you have to pay up at the end of the month or you lose your card.


3. Do not invest in the stock market. If you have any extra cash, put it away in a savings account or, if you can, pay down on your mortgage so you can own your home as soon as possible. You can also buy very safe government savings bonds or T-bills. Or just buy your mother some flowers.


4. Unionize your workplace so that you and your coworkers have a say in how your business is run. Here's how to do it (more info here). Nothing is more American than democracy, and democracy shouldn't be checked at the door when you enter your workplace. Another way to Americanize your workplace is to turn your business into a worker-owned cooperative. You are not a wage slave. You are a free person, and you giving up eight hours of your life every day to someone else is to be properly compensated and respected.


5. Take care of yourself and your family. Sorry to go all Oprah on you, but she's right: Find a place of peace in your life and make the choice to be around people who are not full of negativity and cynicism. Look for those who nurture and love. Turn off the TV and the Blackberry and go for a 30-minute walk every day. Eat fruits and vegetables and cut down on anything that has sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white flour or too much sodium (salt) in it (and, as Michael Pollan says, "Eat (real) food, not too much, mostly plants"). Get seven hours of sleep each night and take the time to read a book a month. I know this sounds like I've turned into your grandma, but, dammit, take a good hard look at Granny -- she's fit, she's rested and she knows the names of both of her U.S. Senators without having to Google them. We might do well to listen to her. If we don't put our own "oxygen mask" on first (as they say on the airplane), we will be of no use to the rest of the nation in enacting any of this action plan!


I'm sure there are many other ideas you can come up with on how we can build this movement. Get creative. Think outside the politics-as-usual box. BE SUBVERSIVE! Think of that local action no one else has tried. Behave as if your life depended on it. Be bold! Try doing something with reckless abandon. It may just liberate you and your community and your nation.


And when you act, send me your stories, your photos and your video -- and be sure to post your ideas in the comments beneath this letter on my site so they can be shared with millions.


C'mon people -- we can do this! I expect nothing less of all of you, my true and trusted fellow travelers!


Yours,
Michael Moore

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Posted: Oct 22, 2009 11:18am
Aug 1, 2009
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This is our last chance to stop a dangerous fish farming plan from being implemented in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Please act now and urge the Secretary of Commerce and NOAA to reject the Gulf Fishery Council’s plan before August 3rd. 

If the Fishery Council’s plan passes, it will pave the way for unchecked industrial fish farming — or aquaculture — in the Gulf (and across the nation) despite a lack of national standards to make sure that such development doesn't harm marine ecosystems, fisheries, or local economies and communities. 

We can’t let that happen. 

 please join us now in saying NO to the Fishery Council’s dangerous fish-farming plan. 

With your help, the Gulf can become a success story that demonstrates how smart, science-based ocean management — including fish farming standards — can meet the growing demand for seafood while keeping our oceans healthy and safe. 

Take action before August 3rd, and help make sustainable fish farming a reality in the Gulf, and throughout the entire nation. 

Thank you so much for taking action. 
Vikki Spruill, Nantucket

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