Action Alert

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

CLOSE THE COOL LOOPHOLE!

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:  http://tinyurl.com/6nycdq.   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.

 

09/11/08 LETTERS OF SUPPORT ARE NEEDED - for Bolivia....from Colombia Support Network

URGENT: LETTERS OF SUPPORT ARE NEEDED.

09/11/08 Write Pelosi: Stop Subsidies for New Nuclear Power Reactors

Legislative Action!
Stop Subsidies for New Nuclear Power Reactors
In December 2007, Congress authorized $18.5 billion in loan guarantees specifically ear marked for building new nuclear reactors.  This windfall is being used to subsidize an industry that is an economic and environmental minefield. An additional $2 billion was authorized for a uranium enrichment facility.  More subsidies may be introduced and could be approved soon unless you act today.

09/10/08 After Gustav and Ike, Cuba Needs A Gentle Storm of Generosity

After Gustav and Ike, Cuba Needs A Gentle Storm of Generosity.....

The Cuban people need our help.
 
As you know, Hurricane Gustav inflicted grave damage on Cuba last week, including the destruction of homes, electrical grids and crops.   It was described as Cuba's worst hurricane in 50 years.
 

09/08/08 The People of D.C. Need Your Help Call Today: Tell Congress Not to Pass the NRA's Reckless and Dangerous Bill.


The People of D.C. Need Your Help
Call Today: Tell Congress Not to Pass the NRA's Reckless and Dangerous Bill.

09/08/08 Write or call about the proposed power line

Proposed power line has generated lots of heated opposition
http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2008/09/07/news/00lead.txt


The Future of our Regional Environment is In Your Hands!

09/04/08 Support the GIVE Act (S. 3429)

EAlert from the Wisconsin Council of Churches.

Please share with others, as Congress will only be in session a short time in September before adjourning for the election season.

Nonprofits and volunteers nationwide need your immediate help by showing your strong support for the Giving Incentives to Volunteers Everywhere Act of 2008 (S.3429) ("GIVE Act").

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