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Real Change Requires Action

Posted by libhom Thursday, April 02, 2009

If you want meaningful change, you will have to push the institutions that control this country and the people who run it to break the bad, conservative habits that are creating discrimination, stagnation, and misery.

1) Tell the Obama Administration to Make Lifting the Military Ban a Priority
Much of the debate on lifting the military ban is distorted by Bill Clinton's decision to call his version of the ban "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Under the policy, the military routinely does ask and runs witchhunts against lgbt servicemembers. Now the Republican Defense Secretary Robert Gates has announced that the Obama administration will postpone ending "DADT" indefinitely, it's time to let them know that we want them to start working on this critical issue immediately.

Contact the White House:

Web

Phone: 202-456-1111

Postal Mail:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

2. Tell Your Representatives to Support HR 676, Medicare for All
Democrats.com has a petition asking members of Congress to co-sponsor HR 676, the single payer healthcare legislation. Single payer is the only proposal in Congress that has cost savings. It also is the only one that provides real, universal healthcare to everyone because it gets HMOs and insurance companies out of insurance, and they routinely deny life saving medical care to people who have "coverage" now.

Please find out if your House Member is co-sponsoring HR 676.

If s/he hasn't, please sign the petition!

3. Tell Secretary of Agriculture to Fight Global Warming
From Care2's Petition:

But early in its tenure, the Bush administration excluded Alaska's Tongass rainforest from roadless protections. The Tongass is our nation's largest national forest and the largest remaining old-growth temperate rainforest in the world.

This spring, the selling of old growth timber in roadless areas in the Tongass is scheduled to begin. Clearcutting old growth permanently damages its habitat value for old growth dependent species and building new roads will further fragment this important ecosystem.

Tell USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to end the Bush administration's exemption of the Tongass from the roadless rule.

There is a lot of CO2 trapped in old growth forests. Logging them reduces that, and clear cutting reduces it dramatically. Fighting Global Warming involves actions on many fronts, and this is an important one.

Please sign the petition!

 

3 comments

  1. JayV Says:
  2. Very O/T, but just wanted you to know that the Vermont House passed the Marriage Equality Bill tonight, 95-52. I was in Montpelier most of the day for the debate, which started late this afternoon. Here's the Rutland Herald story:

    http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20090402/NEWS/904020283

     
  3. Lew Scannon Says:
  4. I'll take the news out of Vermont as a positive sign that sanity is reigning over fear and mythology, but no excuse to let up on the bastards.

     
  5. Rose Baron Says:
  6. Libhom,

    I liked your comments about logging and CO2. It's true that any real change is going to require action on many different fronts, and I think this is one many global warming activists do not consider.

    I wonder if you would consider sharing an article I recently published about global warming with your readers. The article covers many relevant, thought-provoking issues, and you may find on my site here: Random Facts about Global Warming.

    I appreciate your consideration.

     

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