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TODAY: Call Your Rep. Against the TPP!

The fate of the corporate-rigged Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being decided right now. Dozens of organizations are working together to make TODAY a nationwide TPP Call-In Day to press our Representatives to publicly announce their opposition to the TPP before the election.

Call your Representative now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to make a public statement in opposition to the TPP now, before the election."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

TPP backers are working now to generate enough congressional support to pass the deal in a lame-duck session of Congress, after the election. We can foil their plan if we force members of Congress to take a public position against the agreement now, before Election Day.

The TPP would grant corporations new rights to sue the U.S. and other governments before a panel of corporate lawyers that can award unlimited sums, including for loss of future expected profits, to be paid by taxpayers when corporations claim government policies violate the new entitlements the TPP would promise them. In practice, the U.S. is likely to change its policies rather than pay TPP claims, and for poorer countries, it's not even a realistic choice. Even the threat of a TPP lawsuit is likely to deter a poorer country from exercising its rights.

Call your Representative now at (202) 224-3121 to urge them to issue a public statement opposing the TPP.

When you've made your call, please report it below.

Sign a Petition Directed To Your Senator Against the Saudi Arms Deal

We've made petitions localized to each state where we have a plausible story that there's a Senator there who could be an early co-sponsor of the resolution against the Saudi arms deal - if they heard a groundswell from constituents.

If your state is on the following list, please click the state's link to sign and share the petition for your state, directed to your Senator(s).  

Call your Rep.: Sign Lieu-Yoho-Conyers-Mulvaney letter to stop Saudi arms deal

Secretary of State Kerry is going to Saudi Arabia this week, to talk about the war in Yemen. Before he goes, he needs to know there is significant Congressional concern about what Saudi Arabia is doing in Yemen with U.S. weapons. That's why we're trying to get as many signers as possible today on the Congressional letter to President Obama, urging him to delay the Saudi arms deal.

Your Rep voted on June 16 to ban the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. Call your Representative now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to sign the Lieu-Yoho-Conyers-Mulvaney letter to hold the Saudi arms deal until Congress can give it full consideration. Congress has never authorized U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's Yemen war."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

And if you haven't yet signed our joint petition with Daily Kos and the Yemen Peace Project to hold up the arms sale, you can do that here.

Lieu-Yoho-Conyers-Mulvaney letter: Let Congress Debate New Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia

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Urge your Senator to support Murphy-Paul res.to block Saudi arms deal

On Sept. 8, Senators Chris Murphy [D-CT], Rand Paul [R-KY], Al Franken [D-MN], and Mike Lee [R-UT] introduced a bipartisan resolution - SJ Res 39 - to stop the sale of $1.15 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia that would be used to fuel the war in Yemen.

Call your Senator now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"Please support SJ Res 39, the Murphy-Paul-Franken-Lee resolution to BLOCK the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

And if you haven't yet signed our petition urging Congress to block the deal, you can do that here.

Ask your Rep. to Stand up to Saudi Arabia, Oppose New Arms Deal

On June 16, 204 Members of the House voted to bar the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. Now we need them and others to stand up to Saudi Arabia on the new proposed arms deal.

Call your Rep. now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to oppose the new Saudi arms deal. Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen is a humanitarian catastrophe and the U.S. should get out of it."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

If you haven't yet signed our petition to Congress against the Saudi arms deal, you can do that here.

Put Pentagon Bloat on the Table to Pay for Domestic Infrastructure

The Washington Post claims today that Hillary Clinton won't be able to fulfill her promise to increase domestic infrastructure spending, because House Republicans will insist on cuts elsewhere to pay for it. But that would only be the end of the story if we assumed - as the Washington Post apparently does - that the bloated Pentagon budget is sacrosanct.

Not every House Republican votes in lock-step with the Pentagon. Forty House Republicans - many of them members of the House Liberty Caucus - voted with the overwhelming majority of House Democrats to stop the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Urge Democrats and Republicans in Washington to put cuts to the bloated Pentagon budget on the table to pay for domestic infrastructure spending by signing our petition at MoveOn.

Urge your State Senator to kill "anti-BDS" bill

The Los Angeles chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace reports that on Thursday, the California Senate Appropriations Committee will vote to either send the "anti-BDS" bill AB 2844 to the Senate floor for a full vote or leave it in the suspense file, where it would expire.

Regardless of how you feel about "BDS," this bill is a terrible idea. The Los Angeles Times said passage of the proposed law would be a "mistake," calling the bill "convoluted, redundant and most likely ineffectual."

Your State Senator is on the California Senate Appropriations Committee. Call your State Senator now at http://senate.ca.gov/senators. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to vote to kill AB 2844."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

Tell Congress: Break Up the Big Banks!

They may not agree on much. But both Democrats and Republicans included reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act - separating traditional commercial banking from Wall Street financial speculation - in their official party platforms.

"Too big to fail" banks are a threat to our economy. But they're also a threat to our democracy - and not only to our democracy, but to other people's democracies.

For twenty years I've supported efforts to reform U.S. foreign policy at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank - in particular, to stop IMF "bailouts" that transfer bad bets from big banks onto public balance sheets, planning to pay for these bailouts with democracy-smashing "austerity" policies.

It's painfully obvious - after the "Asian financial crisis" in the 1990s, after Argentina, after Greece, after Puerto Rico - that we're never going to have a decent chance to meaningfully reform IMF policies until we break the political power of the big banks. And one of the best ways to start doing that is to break them up.

A yuge coalition of groups, including the AFL-CIO and Daily Kos, is working to do just that. Join us by signing our joint petition.

Unions want one thing from Hillary tonight: a stake in TPP’s heart

"Unions want one thing from Hillary tonight: A stake in TPP’s heart," The Hill reports. If Hillary denounces the TPP tonight in her acceptance speech at the DNC in Philadelphia, "labor officials believe it would kill any chance of moving the pact in a lame-duck Congress after the election."

Call your Senator now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to press Secretary Clinton to clearly state her opposition to the TPP in her acceptance speech tonight."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

And if you haven't yet signed our petition to Senate Democrats, urging that they press Secretary Clinton to oppose the TPP in her speech tonight, you can do that here.