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Why does John Kerry say that whatever country can NOt use chemical weapons when we have used them since the 40s. Its so odd that they make some claim that we have not and do not continue to use some form of chemical weaponry. Is he for real? I need to finish my new book. I go over the many times we have not only used chemical weapons on random people but yeah…we also hit so many innocent people. Our country is a joke! I do NOt know why these people love wars. Its crazy because two years ago yesterday was the day Obama announced we are leaving Iraq…and look at us today although what am I saying here…because this was not anything new to learn because in my last book, which was written in 04 and finished in 07 after doing no work on it for years…..is that I said the following in that book (Three Weeks In June):
“…Yet somehow, that administration misconstrues everything about going into Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan and Iraq. What is next after invading these countries? Do we now go into Yemen, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Somalia? This way of dealing has been counterproductive for the U.S military forces during these wars. This is a very old way to look at a very new problem that we face today. We will never get out of Iraq. Our cold war’s last decades and we have military everywhere we had invaded over the last century. This is going to take decades to clear up with a lot of commitment, a lot of follow through by the American people, and it will take years of us being in Iraq. Also, the administration has been spending 1 Billion dollars annually in Afghanistan along with the Billion Dollars spent every week in Iraq. It is way more expensive for us to fully fund a 100,000 person army, compared to what it costs keeping us safe at home.”
Honestly…I think someone (meaning some private companies) is making money on this war…and/or going into these countries….unless its that New World order thing they practice at Club tarsis. Which is great because for decades now..conspiracy theorists are like…THERES A NEW WORLD ORDER…THERES A NEW WORLD ORDER…batten down the hatches…they are creating a NEW WORLD ORDER…..and then the founder at that Club tarsis makes no bones about wanting that to happen around the world…but anyway…if thats what we are headed towards with regard to policing the world as they say…just say the words…and, then we can deal accordingly because even that new world order stuff dates back to the 40s….
But I am sorry that I do NOT believe one word John Kerry says about syria..i am sorry but if it were NOt for being lied to get us into every war and lies when we invade every country and I mean every one….maybe we would believe the words of the people working at the State dept….Plus, I just don’t see how this affects us and our foreign relations if that even matters legally during them (Gov) getting us into war time. I dont see how this affects us americans…I dont see how it affects the US…..
Anyway…here’s that story which he unleashed today on MTP with david gregory…PS: remember when (John) Kerry was against that other war? Wow..what a difference 30 or 40 years makes…in my eyes though…same shit…different country/region….
Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that samples collected by first responders after the reported August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria have tested positive for the nerve agent sarin.
“In the last 24 hours, we have learned through samples that were provided to the United States that have now been tested from first responders in east Damascus and hair samples and blood samples have tested positive for signatures of sarin,” Kerry said on NBC’s Meet The Press. “So this case is building and this case will build.”
Sarin is a man-made chemical warfare agent considered the most toxic and fast-acting of its kind. The odorless, colorless nerve agent interferes with an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase, which controls nerve signals to the muscles.
Kerry said the use of chemical weapons puts Syrian President Bashar Assad in the same category as the world’s most bloody dictators.
“Bashar Assad now joins the list of Adolph Hitler and Saddam Hussein [who] have used these weapons in time of war,” he said.
Kerry’s statement comes the day after President Barack Obama announced that he will seek congressional authorization for a military strike in Syria. The U.S. has said it has “high confidence” in intelligence assessments that show the chemical weapons attack that killed over 1400 people – including hundreds of children – was launched by the Syrian regime.
The former Massachusetts senator said Sunday that he believes Congress will pass a measure to authorize the use of force in Syria.
“I don’t believe that my former colleagues in the United States Senate and the House will turn their backs on all of our interests, on the
credibility of our country, on the norm with respect to the enforcement of the prohibition against the use of chemical weapons, which has been in place since 1925,” he said.
But Kerry would not say whether the president would act even if Congress votes against intervention .
“I said that the president has the authority to act, but the Congress is going to do what’s right here,” he answered when pressed by NBC’s David Gregory.
In a forceful speech on Friday, Kerry called Syrian President Bashar Assad a “thug and a murderer” who turned chemical weapons on innocent people in east Damascus.
“This is the indiscriminate, inconceivable horror of chemical weapons,” he said. “This is what Assad did to his own people.”
On Sunday, Kerry declined to describe the new evidence of Sarin use as a ‘slam dunk’ in the case against Assad, but he reiterated that the United States continues to have “high confidence” in its case against the regime.
“The word “slam-dunk” should be retired from American national security issues,” he said. “We are saying that the high confidence that the intelligence community has expressed and the case that I laid out the other day is growing stronger by the day.”
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In today’s era of globalization, it is more important than ever for global leaders to form trusting and long lasting relationships with their peers around the world. The Tarsus Club aims to facilitate this process in hopes of fostering greater understanding between nations, business, and individuals. Growing interdependence necessitates that we transcend and influence traditionally nationalistic systems of governance.
More effective methods of international cooperation must be fostered across the world to achieve the stability and order we all desire in the new world.
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The Chance family has been involved with the Tarsus Club for several generations, dating back to the 1600s when the family was intrinsic to the formation of the British East India Company. After receiving a Doctorate of Law from Harvard, Murray Chance served as the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, a position in which he won two Distinguished Service medals. In 1969 he took over for his father as the Chairman of Chance Investments where he continues to serve on the board of directors. He has worked as an advisor to three sitting US presidents, and sits on the board of The Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg Group and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the current co-chairman of the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table and chairman of the European Academy of Business in Society. He is also a member of the board of numerous North American and European companies. In 2009, the newspaper EUobserver credited Chance as “one of the leading forces that helped create the euro in the 1990s”.
What is it with Sears and its lack of compassion toward animals?
After Sears was pressured into canceling their sponsorship of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the notorious exploiters of animals for entertainment, the company still used captive wild animals in their promotions. In one, a captive shark died. Later, a capuchin monkey was used, and recently the retailer promoted the slaughter of wild animals by advertising t-shirts stating, “I love wolf hunting,” and “Wolf Hunting Rocks.”
Shame on Sears!
Needless to say, it is inappropriate, inhumane and simply appalling to exploit animals this way, whether it entails the use of captive and trained animals for commercial purposes, or as now, to promote anti-wolf and anti-wildlife propaganda on their clothing.
Ask Sears to promise to never again promote anti-wildlife rhetoric. Instead, Sears should encourage pro-wildlife and co-existence messages.
Thanks in part to our California supporters who spoke up when we recently sent an alert, California has banned the cruelest of deaths of wildlife by trappers!
On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 789, which will put an end to many of the cruel practices used by private “nuisance” wildlife control operators.
The bill outlaws the most heinous methods of animal killing, such as drowning, chest crushing, and injection with toxic chemicals such as nail polish remover; it also includes provisions to protect domestic animals from getting killed in Conibears (spine-crushing trapping devices).
“We share this planet with wildlife,” Assemblyman Das Williams, the bill’s sponsor said. “Animals cannot speak for themselves so we must speak for them and stop their torturous, slow and painful deaths.”
“Trapping is barbaric, and has no place in our society.” says Anja Heister, IDA’s Director of the Wild and Free-Habitats Campaign, “This bill eliminates the most egregious and brutal methods trappers have been be able to employ under the guise of wildlife damage control. It is a great improvement, and we thank our supporters, who came out in huge numbers to support this crucial bill.”
Did you know that almost every type of animal companion is available at your local shelter or through a specialized rescue group?
Often, finding your new animal companions is as easy as finding a rescue group online, or visiting your local shelter. Many people who would never buy dogs or cats from a store unknowingly purchase small animals from pet stores while individuals of those same species die in shelters because no one knows that they are there.
Please commit to never buying any animals, and to always searching for rabbits, rats, horses, and birds as well as dogs and cats through rescue groups and shelters. Their lives are depending on you.
We’ve made these stickers featuring many of the most-often-killed animals in shelters (and also, in the case of horses, at auctions leading to slaughter), to let people know there is always the option to Adopt & Save A Life. For more information, or to purchase these stickers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-448-0073 to make arrangements, as we’re temporarily having technical issues with our store. They’re $1.00 a sheet and all purchases support our lifesaving work. Thank you for caring.
On Saturday, August 24, over 7,000 activists in 41 cities and 17 countries participated in marches for animal liberation.
In Defense of Animals was asked by Direct Action Everywhere to join forces to speak up for our fellow Earthlings. The marches coincided with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
In San Francisco, approximately 150 activists marched down Market Street, through the city, stopping to rally at several locations with ties to animal injustice. The international marches for animal liberation were originally conceived in Tel Aviv, where animal rights activism has surged and the vegan population has increased to 5% over the past nine months. Every march in every city had the same message:
|We are all Earthlings
No longer blind to injustice
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IDA’s Eric Phelps shares a recent experience:
I want to pass along this story of a TNR (trap-neuter-return) project I did recently.
I received a call for help with a family of cats a few weeks ago. The week before last, on the day I was leaving for vacation, I went to check it out. A mom cat and her 3 kittens had found their way into the shed of a 93-year-old woman in North Portland. Arlene, the caregiver, said she didn’t like cats, but was feeding them 3 times a day and was clearly VERY concerned about the mom and kittens. We made a plan that I would come back on the Tuesday after I got back from vacation and trap.
On the Monday before the promised trapping, I called Arlene several times to let her know I hadn’t forgotten about her cats and that I would be over the next day. She didn’t return my call. So I went by Monday night and knocked on the door. No answer. Tuesday morning I continued with our previously outlined plan and went over to trap the cats. I was very fortunate to catch the entire family in less than an hour. As I was about to leave, I called her phone and knocked on the door, but again no response from Arlene. I was getting concerned.
When I was out the previous week Arlene had told me her stomach had been bothering her, and that she had previously survived a bout with cancer. I called the police after I left to check on her and was told she was in the hospital. I just received a call from a friend of Arlene’s who told me that Arlene won’t be coming back home because she’s in the hospital sick with terminal cancer. I told the woman to tell Arlene that the cats are OK, because I felt like she would worry about them from her hospital bed. I feel really fortunate to have been in a position to help both Arlene and her cats.
Thanks to IDA’s supporters for allowing us to help all animals in need. To contact Eric Phelps, email email@example.com.
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Four years ago at this time, the US Supreme Court was preparing to hear re-argument in Citizens United v. FEC. Five Justices of the Court had posed new questions in the case, signaling their intention to sweep away a century of precedent barring corporate money in elections. As we now know, in January 2010, just a few months after that re-argument, a divided 5-4 Court issued its ruling in Citizens United, one that Justice John Paul Stevens called, in his dissent, “a radical departure from what has been settled First Amendment law.” We launched Free Speech For People on the day of that ruling, and we have been proud ever since then to have catalyzed and helped lead a growing national movement to overturn Citizens United and reclaim our democracy. With your key help and with the help of our allies across the country, we have achieved significant victories and we are continuing to build on this momentum every day.
As you will see from this newsletter, there is much to celebrate – and much more, of course, that we must do. Thank you for all of your critical support. Together, we will defend that fundamental American promise: government of, by, and for the people.
Free Speech For People Co-Founder and President, Jeff Clements, delivered the special address, ”Protest That Endures, Action That Wins”, at the recent Slow Money 4th national gathering in Boulder, Colorado on April 29, 2013. The annual event brings together leading food entrepreneurs working to rebuild food systems across the country and renowned leaders in sustainable agriculture, social investing and philanthropy. Click here to watch the special address.
We recently compiled an analysis of the 14 constitutional amendment bills introduced so far in the 113th Congress. Among other analyses, the report examines amendments for bipartisan co-sponsorship, the extent to which Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo are addressed, and if the amendment makes clear that corporations do not have constitutional rights. Read about which amendments we support in overturning Citizens United and the full analysis here.
The American Advertising Federation recently awarded our “Your Logo Here” video a silver Addy award for advertising creative excellence in a ceremony held on June 8, 2013. The “Your Logo Here” video was created for Free Speech For People by Wong, Doody, Crandall, Weiner (WDCW), the most awarded independent advertising agency on the West Coast. The video was selected for recognition from the more than 41,000 entries received. Click here to watch the award-winning “Your Logo Here” video.
Senators Tester and Udall introduce amendment bills
Senator Elizabeth Warren:
“The Corporate Capture of the Federal Courts”
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered the speech, “The Corporate Capture of the Federal Courts,” before the American Constitution Society’s National Convention on June 13, 2013, calling out the pro-corporate trend of the federal courts. Senator Warren stated in her speech:
Thank you for helping make this victory possible!
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|The Last of the Passenger Pigeons: Only the Hills Will KnowThis Sunday — Sept. 1, 2013 — will mark 99 years since the death of Martha, the world’s last passenger pigeon. Martha died of old age in 1914 in the Cincinnati Zoo, four years after the deaths of her two remaining companions, the very last of the vast flocks of passenger pigeons that once darkened the sun.
It’s believed that in their heyday, before they were driven to extinction by the destruction of the forests they lived in and large-scale commercial hunting, 4 billion of these elegant birds soared over the United States. Passenger pigeons were fast and beautiful flyers whose twisting columns of hundreds of thousands once decorated American skies, and their extinction inspired a new interest in protecting wild creatures.
In a 1947 speech paying tribute to the vanished species, Aldo Leopold said: “Men still live who, in their youth, remember pigeons. Trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a decade hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know.”
Visit the Center for Biological Diversity’s homepage tomorrow for more on Martha and her lost kind.
|Oregon Spotted Frog Proposed for ProtectionAfter more than 20 years as a candidate for federal protection, the Oregon spotted frog has a chance at the big time. On Wednesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposed to protect this rare amphibian under the Endangered Species Act, along with 68,000 acres — and 24 stream miles — of federally protected “critical habitat” in Oregon and Washington.
The proposal is part of the Center’s landmark settlement, reached in 2011, to speed up protection decisions for 757 imperiled plants and animals around the country. So far 103 species have been protected under our agreement, and another 60 have been proposed for protection.
Help can’t come soon enough for Oregon spotted frogs. Once abundant from British Columbia to California, they’ve disappeared from 90 percent of their former range, mostly because their wetland habitats are being destroyed.
Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.
|2 Victories for Southwestern WolvesTwo new legal settlements won by the Center will reap important benefits for the Southwest’s struggling population of Mexican gray wolves.
One settlement requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize a rule by January 2015 allowing the release of wolves from their captive-breeding pool into New Mexico and allowing them millions more acres to roam. Under the second agreement, the agency will drop plans to capture and incarcerate wild wolves migrating to the borderlands of these two states from Mexico.
The settlements are part of the Center’s long fight to save and recover the Southwest’s unique subspecies of gray wolves. These wolves — genetically and geographically unique from all others — are among the most endangered mammals in the United States, with just some 75 surviving in the wild.
Get more from KRWG News.
|250 Groups to EPA: Ban Frog-castrating Pesticide AtrazineThis week 250 public-interest groups called on the Environmental Protection Agency to ban atrazine, a pesticide known to chemically castrate frogs even at concentrations lower than what’s now allowed in drinking water. The Center, one of the organizers of the effort, also sent comments from more than 38,000 supporters to bolster the letter to the EPA — thank you.
Atrazine has been forbidden in the European Union for years, but as much as 40,000 tons of it are used in the United States annually: The U.S. Geological Survey study found traces of it in 75 percent of stream water and about 40 percent of all groundwater samples from agricultural areas tested. In people, atrazine exposure may be linked to increased risks of thyroid cancer, reproductive harm and birth defects.
“We need to get this dangerous pesticide out of our water supply before it does any more damage,” said the Center’s Collette Adkins Giese. “It’s pretty obvious that a pesticide that chemically castrates male frogs is highly suspect for people too, as well as bad for other wildlife. It certainly shouldn’t be showing up in our drinking water.”
Read more in the Galloway Current.
|Oh Frack. They’re Doing It in California’s Waters Too?Fracking isn’t just happening in the grasslands and oak woodlands of California. Turns out it’s in coastal waters too. A recent analysis by the Center found at least a dozen offshore wells that have been fracked in state waters — apparently without the review that’s required by the California Environmental Quality Act.
That’s why the Center and allies recently sent a letter urging the California Coastal Commission to launch an investigation into the use of controversial fracking techniques in state waters, home to whales, seals, otters and countless other sea creatures. Records show offshore fracking in California employs nasty substances like methanol and other cancer-causing chemicals.
“Offshore fracking poses a deadly threat to California’s fragile marine environment,” said Miyoko Sakashita, the Center’s Oceans director. “The best way for the Coastal Commission to protect our water and wildlife is to call an immediate time-out on offshore fracking.”
Read more in the Santa Barbara Independent.
|Tell the Government: Protect Gunnison Sage Grouse Now — Take Action
Since 2000 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized that Gunnison sage grouse need protection to escape extinction. These showy, comical birds with famously elaborate mating displays are some of the most endangered birds in the United States — only about 4,000 breeding birds are left.
Under a settlement agreement with the Center, the Service finally proposed to protect the species in January — along with 1.7 million acres of critical habitat. But the Service has fallen short of granting Gunnison sage grouse actual Endangered Species Act protection. In July it bowed to political pressure, agreeing to delay the final rule for six months and reopening the public comment period. Now the fate of Gunnison sage grouse hangs in the balance. Without legal protection, we could lose these charismatic creatures.
The new comment period closes Sept. 3 — please, take action now to urge the Service to hold up its end of the bargain.
|Navy Rejects Recommendations for Protecting Whales From SonarThe U.S. Navy is rejecting recommendations by the California Coastal Commission intended to protect marine animals, including endangered blue whales, from military sonar. Earlier this year, the commission rejected the Navy’s plan for sonar and explosive training along the Southern California coast that, according to the military’s own estimates, would have killed 130 marine mammals and caused hearing loss in about 1,600.
The commission offered several recommendations for the Navy, including a halt to training in the late summer when blue whale numbers tend to increase off the California coast and larger buffer protection zones in waters where marine mammals are present. The Navy recently turned those recommendations down — but said it would continue to work with the commission on the issue.
The Center continues to fight to protect California waters (and others) from these war games, which can have real and deadly effects on wildlife.
Read more about our work to protect marine mammals from sonar, explosions and ocean noise.
|Oklahoma Senator Proudly Admits: Yep, I’m a Climate DenierWell, at least Sen. Tom Coburn (R.-Okla.) is honest about it. He’s loud and proud that he denies global warming.
“I’ve read the basic scientific studies,” Coburn says, “and a lot of it doesn’t add up for me.”
Hmm. What exactly doesn’t add up? The record hot temperatures? The rising seas, epic droughts and disappearing glaciers? The staggering stack of peer-reviewed scientific reports?
Whatever. In Oklahoma, though, he’s in good company with his political peers, especially Republican Sen. James Inhofe, who waxes indignant like no other when it comes to denying the stark reality of climate change.
Inhofe was the recipient of the Center’s sixth annual Rubber Dodo award last year — we called him a “stalwart human obstacle to federal action on this unprecedented global crisis.” We may have to keep ol’ Tom Coburn’s name handy when nominations come around for this year’s environmental booby prize.
Read more in The Daily Caller.
|Frostpaw, Keystone and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow — Watch VideoThe media is still talking about Frostpaw the Polar Bear’s visit to Martha’s Vineyard earlier this month — including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who recently ran a segment highlighting the Center mascot’s time on the Vineyard. Maddow noted that everywhere President Obama seemed to be on his vacation, Frostpaw was there too, speaking out against the Keystone XL pipeline.
The Frostpaw story was also mentioned in several other prominent stories on President Obama’s visit, including write-ups in The Boston Globe and The Washington Post.
Thanks to the Center’s staff for making sure that Frostpaw — and his message on rejecting Keystone — went far from ignored in Massachusetts.
Check out this clip from The Rachel Maddow Show.
|Wild & Weird: Abandoned Home Colonized by BeastsIn the misty woods near Salo, Finland, sit six decaying cottages. Some years ago, their owner died in a fire. Now, as prizewinning photographer Kai Fagerström discovered in his photo series The House in the Woods, they seem to be occupied by memories… as well as numerous fur- and feather-bearing tenants.
Kai took his camera into the cottages and sat for hours at a time to catch the secretive owls, mice, foxes, squirrels and other critters that have moved in.
“Deserted buildings are so full of contradictions,” he said in a National Geographic article. “I am fascinated by the way nature reclaims spaces that were, essentially, only ever on loan to humans.”
Check out Kai’s photos of wild animals making themselves at home in the abandoned cottages.
Photo credits: image from The House in the Woods by Kai Fagerström; passenger pigeon courtesy Flickr/cotinis; Oregon spotted frog by Gary Nafis; Mexican gray wolf by Robin Silver, Center for Biological Diversity; sea otter by Tom Crouse; Gunnison sage grouse courtesy Bureau of Land Management; blue whale courtesy NOAA; Senator Tom Coburn official staff photo; Frostpaw at Martha’s Vineyard by Catherine Kilduff, Center for Biological Diversity; fox by Kai Fagerström.
Just now, President Obama laid out the case for a targeted military action against Syrian regime targets as a result of their use of chemical weapons that killed over one thousand people — including hundreds of children. The President also made clear that this would not be an open-ended intervention, and there will be with no American troops on the ground.
While the President was clear on the need for action, he announced he would seek Congressional authorization for the use of force.
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Your actions thus far have helped compel President Obama to seek Congressional authorization before attacking Syria. Together, we’ve delayed any possible attack, giving us an opening to prevent it.
We have the majority of the people with us. We can compel Congress to block this war.
What you can do to help right now is to forward this email to at least four people and suggest that they, too, click here to urge their members of Congress to oppose any attack on Syria.
The terrible and widespread killing in Syria will become even more terrible and more widespread if the U.S. military (or a coalition of allies) launches an attack.
Under the Constitution, Congress is responsible for declaring war — yet routinely it leaves the decision to the President.
The choice is not between doing nothing and bombing the Syrian people. Bob Dreyfuss, contributing editor at The Nation, urges “an all-out effort to achieve a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war. It’s late in the game but it can be done. The first step would be for Washington to put intense pressure on Saudi Arabia, the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, and Turkey, to halt the flow of weapons to the Syrian rebels, while simultaneously getting Russia and Iran to do the same. A concerted, worldwide diplomatic effort along those lines could work, but there’s zero evidence that President Obama has even thought of that.”
Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire said this week: “Contrary to some foreign governments’ current policies of arming the rebels and pushing for military intervention, the people of Syria are calling out for peace and reconciliation and a political solution to the crisis, which continues to be inflamed by outside forces with thousands of foreign fighters funded and supported by outside countries for their own political ends.”
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1. Institute for Public Accuracy: An Illegal War Forced on Syria That Benefits Al-Qaeda?
2. Bob Dreyfuss, The Nation: No War With Syria
3. Mairead Maguire: Syria: No Armaments to Rebels
And for SOUTH NJ’ians, You’re invited to a special event.
On Friday, September 6th Organizing for Action New Jersey and its various chapters, including Organizing for Action South Jersey, will take a bus tour across the state to visit with and send our Congressmen back to Washington with one thing on their mind: that they need to get back to working for their constituents. Some of our members of Congress have done their job; others, not so much. We’ll be pushing those who haven’t and saying thank you to those who have.
Please join us on Friday, September 6th from 4:15 – 5:15 PM as we meet the bus and rally at Rep. Jon Runyan‘s office in Mt. Laurel to tell him that he needs to vote for immigration reform; to vote on expanded background checks; to stop stalling and start acting on climate change; to pass a budget. There will be speakers and signs, press coverage, and of course, the bus. It will be an exciting way to end Action August and one that the Congressman will not quickly forget.
The information about the rally at Rep. Runyan’s office is just below:
Friday, September 6, 2013 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Rep. Runyan’s Mt. Laurel Office (Mount Laurel, NJ)
4167 Church Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
RSVP/Signup Link: http://bit.ly/14eT2Hh
Next to the Sage Diner http://runyan.house.gov/office/mount-laurel
Right after that join us as we go to Congressman Andrews’ office in Haddon Heights to again meet the bus there to give him a big thank you for his support of our issues. Just copy and paste this link into your browser to sign up for that event. Here’s the sign up link with details for that event: https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gsfws9
We realize that September 6th is the second day of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and that many of our Jewish group members will be unable to attend. September 6th is precisely the last day before our Members of Congress return to Washington. In order to have the impact needed to make our point about the very important social justice issues they will be debating, and because so many people are involved in planning and participating, we decided to go ahead with the event. And so, those of us who can attend will stand in for those who can’t.
If you can’t attend the event, for whatever reason, and in the interest of the cause would still like to participate in some way, you can help defray some of the costs by pledging to help fund the bus. Just click here to do that.
We also need some help calling supporters to invite them to our bus tour events. We’ll be making calls on Tuesday, September 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Camden County Library – Haddon Township Branch. Here’s the sign up link for that phone bank: http://bit.ly/18bRU9D
Thanks for everything you do.
Last Friday, we blew our own expectations out of the water.
Organizations from across the country submitted over 1 million comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the agency that controls US federal lands, to say no to a new proposal to expand fracking on our public land.
This amazing response from activists from all over the country sends a loud and clear message to the BLM and the Obama administration that we will not stand for any more fracking on our lands — we want renewable energy, and we want it right away.
Last Thursday, with our friends at Americans Against Fracking, a coalition of organizations focused on banning fracking, we delivered over 650,000 of those comments to the BLM. 350’s Policy Director Jason Kowalski stood with organizations big and small who want to ban fracking, from the frontlines in Pennsylvania, to many of the national organizations tackling the issue.
Fracking threatens our climate, water and health. Time and time again we’ve seen fracking wells crack and water contaminated. Methane gas is one of the most potent greenhouse gases and fracking leaks a ton of it into our atmosphere. What’s not leaked is burned and turned into CO2, which we already have far too much of anyways.
But together, we’re showing that our movement is ready to step up to do big things to stop fracking. And that’s huge.
Thank you for standing 1 million strong against fracking,
P.S. Plans are also coming together nicely for this Draw the Line on Keystone XL day of action. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, the actions that are planned are really impressive: act.350.org/event/draw_the_line/search/
We’ve made a short film about why wolves are so important to the landscape, and to all of us. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to remove the grey wolf from the list of endangered species has us howlin’ mad. Please take a few moments to watch the film, share with your friends and family and take action to help save wolves from extinction.
Without the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) wolves will be back in the crosshairs, subject to hunter’s traps, guns, and bows and to Wildlife Services’ poisons. Just last Saturday a two-year old female Yellowstone wolf wandered out of the safety of the Park and was shot and killed. This tragedy will happen over and over again across the West if Secretary Jewell removes critical protections for wolves.
As our film explains, wolves are critical ecological forces on the landscape, but they have only returned to 5% of their historic range. The job of wolf recovery is simply not done. Take action today to ensure these beautiful iconic animals are returned to ecosystems across our country where they are needed and where they belong.
The Government’s plan to abandon wolf recovery makes us howlin’ mad – stand with the wolves.
Wolves have only returned to 5% of their historic habitat. The wild needs wolves to return.
|Wildlife Services Should Know Better|
|Wildlife Services should be concerned with the welfare of all creatures. Instead, it uses outdated and inhumane practices to “resolve conflicts” using violence, which results in the unnecessary deaths of thousands of wild animals each year.
Worse still, the techniques used by their Predator Control Program can also result in the accidental deaths of already endangered species, or even someone’s household pet! It makes no sense for Wildlife Services to continue these practices when other more humane methods are available, some of which were discovered by their own researchers.
Let’s bring this unnecessary slaughter to an end!
|Caring Instead Of Killing|
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Today, Idaho’s wolves are running for their lives.
Just a few hours ago, wolf hunting season officially began.
Nearly 1,200 wolves have been killed in the Northern Rockies since 2011. This is what happens when wolves are prematurely stripped of Endangered Species Act protection in states with rabid anti-wolf politicians.
You’ve never been one to sit on the sidelines, which is why I’ve come to you for help.
Wolves desperately need your help – the stakes are so high and the clock is ticking!
Last year alone, an estimated 630 wolves died during the combined hunting and trapping seasons in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
Some of the deaths were especially heartbreaking, like the shooting of a magnificent Yellowstone matriarch known as “06.” She and her pack spent 95 percent of their time within Yellowstone’s borders, but she was tragically shot when she briefly ventured outside of the park’s invisible boundaries.
If you have already donated to help save wolves in recent months, our deepest thanks. We are being massively outspent by special interest groups and anti-federal government extremists. They will spare no expense to see the end of wolves in America. That’s why your donation could make a life or death difference!
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