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Tell Prez Obama: Repeal Sanctions Against Venezuela!

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  • Petition: We urge President Barack Obama to repeal the March 9, 2015 Executive Order declaring Venezuela an extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States and to respect the sovereignty and self-determination of the people of Venezuela.
  • Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security

Emile Schepers, People's World  / School of the Americas Watch 

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Recently President Obama signed an executive declaration of an emergency in which the situation in Venezuela was characterized as an "unusual and extraordinary threat." Peoplesworld.org writes that the executive order was accompanied by economic sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials. 

While the president has backed away somewhat from the notion that Venezuela represents a threat to the U.S. the sanctions remain in place. 

We take strong issue with the executive order and support the growing movement to end the sanctions. 

sign-btn.png Please circulate this petition by School of the Americas Watch demanding the president repeal the executive order. 

If the voice of the U.S. people is heard loud and clear, the White House and Congress can be compelled to listen. 

Sincerely, 

Emile Schepers, International Department, CPUSA

Related:

Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security, Gloria La Riva, Liberation News 

Venezuela fights back against U.S.-supported counterrevolution.

Special Project | Sign the Petition: Week Ending May 3, 2015

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  • “A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.” --Mark Twain
  • 9 New Items including:
    • Petition: Mr. President: Stop Lying To Us About Fast Track And The TPP
    • Stop the Congressional Assault on the Internet
    • Stop cable companies from blocking fast and affordable Internet access
    • Overturn the conviction against Purvi Patel
    • Student Loan Debt Totals $1.3 Trillion
    • Time to Indict GOP for Treason & Sedition!
    • EPA just paved the way for rejection of Keystone XLPipeline
    • New Budget Chair to cut Social Security!
    • Breaking: House GOP Attacks Social Security on day one!

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Petition: Mr. President: Stop Lying To Us About Fast Track And The TPP, The Pen 

  • Mr. President, the more you try to defend the indefensible TPP the bigger your lies seem to get, and just this last Friday you told some serious whoppers.
  • TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation

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Stop the Congressional Assault on the Internet, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Congress is trying to destroy the Internet. Again!
  • Part 1: Congress Is still Trying to Destroy Net Neutrality
  • Part 2: Stop cable companies from blocking fast and affordable Internet access

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Stop cable companies from blocking fast and affordable Internet access, CREDO Action

Sign the petition to Congress: “19 states have laws blocking towns and cities from providing fast, publicly owned Internet access. Support the Municipal Broadband Act, which would preserve the right of cities and municipalities to build their own broadband networks.”

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Overturn the conviction against Purvi Patel, UltraViolet

Tell the Indiana Court of Appeals: "Stop policing women's bodies. Overturn the conviction of Purvi Patel."



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Student Loan Debt Totals $1.3 Trillion, Sarah Arnold, the Nation

  • Today, students leave school burdened by an average of $25,000 in debt. Their debt then makes it difficult for them to make big purchases like cars or homes, dragging down the entire economy.
  • Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League

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Time to Indict GOP for Treason & Sedition! Sue Cohen, MoveOn.org Petitions 

  • To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama.
  • Open Letter to the People and Leaders of Iran from the People of the United States

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EPA just paved the way for rejection of Keystone XLPipeline, Rhea Suh, NRDC Action

  • Big News: The EPA just released its assessment of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, linking the embattled project to tar sands expansion and saying "the development of oil sands crude represents a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions." There's now more evidence than ever to support President Obama's promise to veto the KXL bill just passed by Congress. 
  • Please urge President Obama to veto the Keystone XL now.

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New Budget Chair to cut Social Security!, Michael Phelan, Social Security Works

Tell the new House Budget Chair Tom Price: Expand, Don't Cut, Social Security

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Breaking: House GOP Attacks Social Security on day one! Social Security Works / Thom Hartmann

We need to tell Congress we stand united on the side of our WHOLE Social Security system! We reject the games and forced crises. Social Security works, period.

Petition: Mr. President: Stop Lying To Us About Fast Track And The TPP

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  • Mr. President, the more you try to defend the indefensible TPP the bigger your lies seem to get, and just this last Friday you told some serious whoppers.
  • TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation.

The Pen

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We have so many highly informed and articulate citizens on our list, it does us all proud. But even if you can't draft a personal comment every time, please submit every action page on this. It just takes a click, so we can keep maximum heat on.

sign-btn.pngSign the petition: Mr. President, Stop Lying.

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Related:

TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation, Public Citizen

  • Unveiling of Parallel Legal System for Foreign Corporations Will Fuel TPP Controversy, Further Complicate Obama’s Push for Fast Track
  • Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Deal

 

Nonviolence as Compliance

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  • Officials calling for calm can offer no rational justification for Gray's death, and so they appeal for order.
  • When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.
  • Police body cameras will not change the culture of racism in America.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Atlantic 

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Apr 27, 2015 | Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to the death of Freddie Gray, a death my native city seems powerless to explain. Gray did not die mysteriously in some back alley but in the custody of the city's publicly appointed guardians of order. And yet the mayor of that city and the commissioner of that city's police still have no idea what happened. I suspect this is not because the mayor and police commissioner are bad people, but because the state of Maryland prioritizes the protection of police officers charged with abuse over the citizens who fall under its purview.

The citizens who live in West Baltimore, where the rioting began, intuitively understand this. I grew up across the street from Mondawmin Mall, where today's riots began. My mother was raised in the same housing project, Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was killed. Everyone I knew who lived in that world regarded the police not with admiration and respect but with fear and caution. People write these feelings off as wholly irrational at their own peril, or their own leisure. The case against the Baltimore police, and the society that superintends them, is easily made."

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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man-and-cops1.jpg?w=1600Police body cameras will not change the culture of racism in America, Agatha Beins, Quartz

  • April 17, 2015 | Ultimately, we must push our thinking beyond the individual. If our goal is justice, then we need to imagine a legal system that encompasses more than individual accountability and individual punishment. Unfortunately, body cameras don’t result from the kind of critical and imaginative thinking we need to challenge racism at a systemic scale.
  • Angry Grandpa Cannot Contain His Fury After Watching a Cop in His Town Kill An Innocent Man

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