Action Alert

2008/09/22: Please Call Today: Tell Your Senators Not to Pass the NRA's Reckless and Dangerous Bill.

Please Call Today: Tell Your Senators Not to Pass the NRA's Reckless and Dangerous Bill.

The House of Representatives bowing to intense pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA) passed H.R. 6842, the "National Capital Security and Safety Act."

Please help the people of D.C. by calling your Senator today -- tell him to vote NO on H.R. 6842!

Contact Wisconsin Senators: Herb Kohl  & Russ Feingold  at the Capitol Switchboard today at (202) 224-3121

2008/09/22: Alliant's Proposed Cassville Coal Plant: A Bad Deal for Wisconsin!

Alliant's Proposed Cassville Coal Plant:
A Bad Deal for Wisconsin!

Alliant Energy proposes to build an old-technology coal plant in Cassville that’s a bad deal for Wisconsinites. It’s bad for our economy, for our environment, and for our health.

2008/09/19: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, other Wisconsin papers distribute anti-islam DVD

Many readers of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel were shocked to find a DVD entitled "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" enclosed inside their Sunday newspapers. The film features the views of Walid Shoebat, an evangelical Christian who falsely claims to be a former Muslim terrorist. Last year, Shoebat told the Missouri Springfield News-Leader, "Islam is not the religion of God - Islam is the devil."

The film is being promoted by a right-wing group which is distributing the DVD's in so-called "swing states" where the Presidential race is expected to be close, including Wisconsin. Click "Read more" to see if your town is on the distribution list.

2008/09/19: How Can Our Country Approve a Trade Treaty with a Government Like This - in Colombia?

                Workers in the sugar industry in Colombia’s Cauca and Cauca Valley have gone on strike in response to the refusal by the Sugar Cane Growers’ Association, Asocana, to negotiate with them for better pay (they now make about $200 per month), shorter hours (they now frequently work 14 or more hours per day), a healthier work environment, better housing and educational facilities for themselves and their families, and a formal work contract with labor and union rights. President Alvaro Uribe response was to order the military into the mills to remove striking workers. The mill owners have called upon the national police to stop and inspect mill workers. Paramilitary groups have threatened several workers.

2008/09/18: Contact the "Hijack Hotline" of the WDC - for campaign irregularities in Wisconsin

In this update:
1. Legislative hopefuls lean on wealthy outsiders to fund campaigns
2. A road map to better judicial campaigns
3. Hearing set for today on attorney general's voter lawsuit
4. Help WDC track down who's doing the campaigning in state elections

2008/09/17: CSWAB Protests that the USDA Farm Lacks Nutrient Plan – Again

USDA Farm Lacks Nutrient Plan – Again

Despite a commitment to keep its Dairy Forage Research Center farm in compliance with state and federal laws that protect water quality, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has again failed to complete its annual Nutrient Management Plan.  This is the second year in a row that Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB) has had to pressure the USDA into completing the required conservation plan.

2008/09/17: CLOSE THE COOL LOOPHOLE! Comments due by September 30, 2008


Comments due by September 30, 2008

The 2002 and the 2008 Farm Bills require retailers to disclose the country of origin of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, wild and farm raised fish and shellfish,  perishable fruits and vegetables, peanuts and other commodities on their labels.   USDA has issued an interim final rule implementing Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), available here:   The rule will become effective on September 30, 2008 which is also the deadline for comments.

09/15/08 Half-Hour for Haiti: Hurricane Response- What Can We Do?

Update: Haiti has had an almost unfathomable string of bad news lately, with 4 tropical storms or hurricanes in the last three weeks: Fay, then Gustave, then Hannah then Ike. Estimates of the deaths caused by the storm have surpassed 1,000, and will continue to climb. More people will be killed in the coming months- from food shortages caused by the storms’ destruction of farms, from difficulty accessing healthcare because of destroyed roads, and from the general aggravation of poverty. At the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), we are not hurricane response experts, so we’ve included information below from organizations that are qualified to respond.


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