Ban Cluster Bombs
"Cluster bombs are banned by an international treaty
signed by 119 countries, not
including the United States. The United States opposed the treaty, and
instead of signing it, adopted a policy that cluster bombs should never
be used in concentrated, civilian areas." The
Finds Ban Hasn’t Halted Use of Cluster Bombs in Syria or Yemen
Grotesque Hypocrrisy over Cluster Munitions (9/20/2013)
111 nations gathered recently to ban horrific weapons known as
cluster bombs, the United States was
conspicuously absent. Once again, President Bush came down on the wrong
side of international peace.
These bombs are one of the most disgusting practices that the
U.S. military engages in, and it kills children.
The next President could change that. I've asked Obama,
McCain and the rest to do the right thing and sign the ban. Will you join me
by asking them, too? It only takes a minute...
Cluster bombs are designed to open in mid-air, dispersing
of smaller ?bomblets.? The resulting blasts kill
spraying over an area roughly the size of three football fields.
Approximately 30% of ordnance from each bomb will fail to explode
on impact, creating virtual minefields that will kill and maim
innocent civilians for decades to come--many of them children.
One US commander reportedly refused to use cluster munitions
in Iraq, citing mortal danger to his troops. If knowledgeable
soldiers are at risk, what will be the fate of an 8-year-old child who,
indulging her natural inclination to explore, stumbles upon a small,
colorful metal ball in the sand?
111 nations, representing 2/3 of the world's population have
acted. Thousands of Americans are encouraging the next President to do
what's right and sign the ban. Join us...
Safety Codes of the World: Stand Up For Safety!
Hold Big Banks
WikiLeaks: uses the
internet to publish secret documents that someone thought should be
made public. Why do we not know what our government is really doing ?
Things Every American Can Do Right Now
The Life You Can Save
A call to action and a book by Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at
action now to stop more corporate media consolidation.
Doubleday just released Bill Moyer’s new book
entitled “Moyers On Democracy.” An excerpt from it is printed
here; it ends with this paragraph:
I wish I could say that journalists in
general are showing the same interest in uncovering the dangerous
linkages thwarting this democracy. It is not for lack of honest and
courageous individuals who would risk their careers to speak truth to
power--a modest risk compared to those of some journalists in
authoritarian countries who have been jailed or murdered for the
identical "crime." But our journalists are not in control of the
instruments they play. As conglomerates swallow up newspapers,
magazines, publishing houses, and networks, and profit rather than
product becomes the focus of corporate effort, news
organizations--particularly in television--are folded into
entertainment divisions. The "news hole" in the print media shrinks to
make room for advertisements, and stories needed by informed citizens
working together are pulled in favor of the latest celebrity scandals
because the media moguls have decided that uncovering th! e inner
workings of public and private power is boring and will drive viewers
and readers away to greener pastures of pabulum. Good reporters and
editors confront walls of resistance in trying to place serious and
informative reports over which they have long labored. Media owners who
should be sounding the trumpets of alarm on the battlements of
democracy instead blow popular ditties through tin horns, undercutting
the basis for their existence and their First Amendment rights.
Tell PBS: Don't Abandon Hard Hitting Journalism.
Jimmy Carter writes in his book "Our
Endangered Values" (starting around page 120).
"The International Committee of the Red Cross reported
registering 107 detainees under eighteen, some as young as eight years
old. The journalist Seymour Hersh, reported in May 2005 that Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had received a report that there were
"800-900 Pakistani boys 13-15 years of age in custody." The
International Red Cross, Amnesty International, and the Pentagon have
gathered substantial testimony of torture of children, confirmed by
soldiers who witnessed or participated in the abuse." ...
"Physicians for Human Rights reported in April 2005 that "at
least since 2002, the United States
has been engaged in systematic psychological torture of Guantanamo
detainees that has "led to devastating health consequences for the
individuals subjected to" it. The prisoners' outlook on life was not
improved when the Secretary of Defense declared that most of them would
not be released even if they were someday tried and found to be
In spite of this activity, Congress passed the Military
Commissions Act Military Commissions Act last month that:
- Let the President or even the Secretary of Defense declare
anyone- even US citizens - an "unlawful enemy combatant".
- Deny court review for prisoners who are not US citizens -
an 800 year old right (habeas corpus) that is enshrined in the US
- Strip the US
courts of jurisdiction to hear or consider habeas corpus appeals
- Prohibit any person from invoking the Geneva Conventions as
a source of rights in any US
- Gut the War Crimes Act, giving immunity to civilians who
ordered or tolerated the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere
since 9/11. Violations of the Geneva
Conventions are no longer criminal offenses under US
Other Campaigns you can participate in:
How to Start a
Let them know what you think.
Find and contact your
Fair's Media Contact List
Associated Press: http://www.ap.org/pages/contact/contact.html
The New York Times: http://nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/help/infoservdirectory.html#b
The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/mediacenter/html/about_contact.html
National Public Radio: http://www.npr.org/contact/
CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1998/08/01/eveningnews/main15218.shtml
ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Reference/story?id=54216
Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/services/site/la-contactus,0,1439615.htmlstory
Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/placead/chi-contactus,1,3223097.htmlstory?coll=chi-navrailhome2-nav&ctrack=1&cset=true
Miami Herald: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/contact_us/
Not My Chamber
Members of the US Chamber of Commerce are hard right-wing Republicans. Don't do business with them.
INSURERS FUNDED CHAMBER
ATTACK ADS , reports National Journal’s Peter Stone: “Just as
dealings with the Obama administration and congressional Democrats
soured last summer, six of the nation's biggest health insurers began
quietly pumping big money into third-party television ads aimed at
killing or significantly modifying the major health reform bills moving
through Congress. That money, between $10 million and $20 million, came
from Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans, UnitedHealth
Group and Wellpoint, according to two health care lobbyists familiar
with the transactions. The companies are all members of the powerful
trade group America's Health Insurance Plans. The funds were solicited
by AHIP and funneled to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help underwrite
tens of millions of dollars of television ads by two business
coalitions set up and subsidized by the chamber. Each insurer kicked in
at least $1 million and some gave multimillion-dollar donations.
‘There's no question that AHIP has quietly solicited monies from their
members which were funneled over to the chamber for their ads,’ said a
source. The total donated by the health insurers, according to one
estimate, was as much as one-quarter of the chamber's total health care
advertising budget. A spokesman for Kaiser said it contributed funds to
AHIP last year for positive ads on health care reform, and that AHIP
has told the insurer that none of its monies were sent to the chamber.”
Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate
Capture of American Life, Alyssa Katz (2015)
The Nation Events
24 Hours for Darfur
Index of Activist groups
Call for Action
Now Make Tax-Free Gifts from Their IRAs
Breaking through power : it's easier than we think: Ralph Nader.
of Rebellion, the Moral Imperative of Revolt: Chris Hedges
Great American Political Repair Manual: Sam Smith
Revolutionaries, Becky Bond and Zack Exley
Calling All Radicals: How Grassroots Organizers Can Help Save Our Democracy: Gabriel Thompson