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New Budget Chair to cut Social Security!

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

Michael Phelan, Social Security Works

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Altman%20%26%20Kingson%20%7C%20Social%20Security%20Works.jpgJanuary 14, 2015 | Republicans have made dismantling our Social Security system their top priority now that they have control of Congress. Their first act was to change the rules of the House of Representatives to create a phony crisis in the next few years, in a clumsy attempt to divide the American people.

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who now sits in Paul Ryan’s old Budget Committee chair, is going even further about his plans for Social Security. When speaking at a conservative conference earlier this week, Price said:

"Whether it’s means testing, whether it’s increasing the age of eligibility …. whether it’s providing much greater choices for individuals to voluntarily select the kind of manner in which they believe they ought to be able to invest their working dollars as they go through their lifetime. All those things ought to be on the table and discussed."

Raising the retirement age? Cutting middle class benefits and gambling them on Wall Street? That’s unacceptable. We can’t let Chairman Price and his Republican colleagues turn retirement into a luxury for the super-rich.

sign-btn.pngJoin Social Security Works in sending Tom Price a message! We want to deliver a petition directly to his Washington DC office telling him: Expand, don’t cut Social Security!

Tom Price wants to be to Social Security what Paul Ryan was to Medicare: The phony savior who tries to sell it for scraps.

We knew 2015 was going to be a fight. Stand with us today as we fight to turn the tables on House Republicans.

sign-btn.pngTell New Budget Committee Chairman Price where we stand!

Thank you for standing united in fighting to protect and expand Social Security.

Michael Phelan
Social Security Works


p.s. Read more about why we need to increase Social Security in our new book!

PolyMet and Twin Metals: On February 3 Ask the right questions

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  • Help us ensure the Minnesota Legislature asks the right questions next Tuesday (Feb 3) during their informational hearing on copper-nickel sulfide mine proposals like PolyMet and Twin Metals.
  • Can you attend the hearing? 2:45 – 4:30 PM, Tuesday February 3rd, State Capitol 

Paul Austin, Conservation Minnesota

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contriuting Editor Jim Fuller.

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Stop%20the%20Machine.jpg31 January 2015 | Help us ensure the Minnesota Legislature asks the right questions next Tuesday during their informational hearing on copper-nickel sulfide mine proposals like PolyMet and Twin Metals.

Can you attend the hearing?

It's critical that we show our elected officials that Minnesotans are concerned about the impact of sulfide mine proposals on Minnesota's land, water, and way of life.  Minnesotans deserve an answer on the following before this new type of mine is allowed to go forward: 

1. How will state officials and the mining companies prevent a Mount Polley disaster from happening in Minnesota?

2. What has the DNR done to address over 58,000 comments on the PolyMet proposal?

3. What will the DNR and other agencies do to protect Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters from water pollution from this new type of mining?

4. How much money will Polymet be required to provide as a Damage Deposit?

5. Will the state ensure an entirely independent review with outside experts before the permit is granted to make sure that the specifications for the building of the tailings dam is adequate?

The Mining and Outdoor Recreation Committee has invited companies that want to mine sulfide ore in Northern Minnesota to testify and we must ensure the voices of Minnesotans are heard too.  Will you join?

Event Details:

Who: You and everybody you know who has questions or is concerned about sulfide mining

What: Informational hearing on sulfide mining at the Minnesota Capitol

When: 2:45 – 4:30 PM, Tuesday February 3rd. We expect that the room will fill, so please arrive 30-60 minutes early to ensure you get a seat.

Where: Room 10, Minnesota State Office Building (100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, Minnesota 55155.)

Why: To show the depth of concern Minnesotans have about the impact of sulfide mining on our state

Thanks for all you do to protect Minnesota from sulfide mining pollution.

Sincerely,

Paul Austin, Executive Director, Conservation Minnesota

Related:

Don't buy PolyMet's assurances on environmental outcomes of sulfide mining, David A. Lien, MinnPost

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The prospective sulfide miners have grown fond of telling us that new technology will cure all ills associated with the inevitable acid-mine drainage (AMD) that ends up poisoning regional watersheds and waterways. But the sportsmen and women of northern Minnesota aren’t buying it, and neither should you.

Eve And Nashua Stand Trial In Columbus, Georgia And Celebrate Victory For SOA Watch!

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Eve put the SOA on trial, as well as a US culture of militarism when she affirmed, "torture is not a political tool. My own President asks 'is this who we are?'. All of us would like to say no, but if the School of the Americas is kept open, then I am afraid the answer is yes. This is who we are."

María Luisa Rosal, SOA Watch

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eve%20%20nashua%20walk%20out.jpgSaturday, 31 January, 2015 | On Thursday morning, Eve Tetaz and Nashua Chantal stood trial before US District Judge Stephen Hyles in Columbus, Georgia. The prosecution called for Eve, an 83 year-old retired public school teacher and longtime peace activist, and Nashua, a 62 year-old longtime SOA Watch activist, to be incarcerated for the six-month maximum for illegal entry onto Ft. Benning on November 23, 2014. Ft. Benning is home of the School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in 2001 (SOA/WHINSEC). 

During their sentencing by judge Stephen Hyles, the courtroom, as well as the JAG attorneys were surprised when Nashua was sentenced to a 5 year probation, and Eve was sentenced to a $5,000 fine. Neither of them was sentenced to prison, something that judge Hyles has been notorious for imposing on nonviolent activists since beginning his tenure in 2010. Represented by Anna Lellelid and Bill Quigley, of the SOA Watch Legal Collective, Eve and Nashua were accompanied by Fr. Roy, Coleman Smith of the Pupetistas, SOA Watch Council Member Ken Hayes, Irene Rodriguez of the SOA Watch Communications Collective, Anton Flores of Georgia Detention Watch/AlternCommunity, members of Nashua's community in Americus, and SOA Watch Field Organizer Maria Luisa Rosal.

SOA Watch, founded by Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

Full story … 

Not So Fast, Net Neutrality...

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No matter the outcome, extensive litigation seems unavoidable. This will wind up in the courts. As Michael Powell said at last week's hearings, "It's not a complete exaggeration to say that in ten years we could still be sitting here."

  • Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgYou can continue to file your own comments on the net neutrality debate at the FCC website. And the website BattlefortheNet.com <http://BattlefortheNet.com> will show you how to call the FCC and members of Congress.
  • Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company / Huffington Post 

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Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpg01/27/2015 | Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the Internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle net neutrality.

Both President Obama and Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler have stopped tiptoeing around net neutrality and seem to finally embrace the idea of using Title II of the Telecommunications Act to reclassify Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and regulate them as common carriers, like the phone companies and other public utilities. No preferential treatment to those willing to shell out big corporate bucks for a fast lane.

Michael Winship: Senior writer, Moyers & Company on public TV; Senior writing fellow, Demos; President, Writers Guild of America, East.

Full story … 

Related:

Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, January 6, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • To ensure an Internet that's open, fast, secure, and affordable, contact the FCC, call your members of Congress, and support efforts to build a network that works for everyone, and not just the few. 
  • Part 1: Four Pivotal Internet Issues as the Year Turns 2015
  • Part 2: FCC Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

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