Posts By Ben O'Keefe

VICTORY: California Gov. Brown Signs Fair Sentencing for Youth Act
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Juveniles in California can be sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Human Rights Watch found nationally that 59% of juveniles sentenced to life without parole were first-time offenders. California’s use of this sentence for youth is among the most unjust in the nation. Kevan Insko from Friends Committee on Legislation of California gathered nearly 3,000 signatures in support of Senate Bill 9. If enacted, the bill gives hundreds of juveniles a chance to earn parole after serving a minimum of 25 years.

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VICTORY: Federal District Court Orders Ohio to Restore Early Voting
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In an attempt to limit voter access to the polls, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted ordered all early voting to stop on Friday afternoon before Election Day. Following unprecedented African-American voter turnout in Ohio during the 2008 presidential election, Republicans there have been looking for ways to diminish the community’s electoral power. Color of Change, one of many organizations working to stop voter suppression, started a MoveOn Petition calling for the restoration of early voting rights in Ohio.

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VICTORY: Citibank Forgives Student Loans for Grieving Families
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When Keith and Michelle Norris’ daughter Brittani was killed in a tragic car accident three days before her twenty-third birthday—just a week before her college graduation—she had student loans she still had to pay off. While her parents grieved, Citibank continued to demand payment. After more than three years of pleading with Citibank, they started a MoveOn Petition.

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VICTORY: Industry Executive Blocked From Utah Nuclear Regulatory Board
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When Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Senate appointed EnergySolutions executive David Shrum to the Radiation Control Board, an advisory panel that helps set policy for the state’s radioactive materials regulation program, it jeopardized the board’s effectiveness and created a conflict of interest. But Ty Markham started a MoveOn Petition urging opposing Shrum’s appointment to the board.

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VICTORY: VOTER IDS FOR UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN STUDENTS
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After Governor Scott Walker passed legislation to make it harder to vote for college students, poor people, seniors, and African Americans, Madison residents Gene and Sandy Lundergan started a MoveOn petition urging the university chancellor to issue ID cards to students that would comply with the new law and help students vote. Teaming up with campus groups […]

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VICTORY: Attorney General Holder Blocks TX and SC Voter Suppression Laws
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In state after state, Republicans have passed laws to make voting more difficult for poor people, African-Americans, Latinos, and other groups who tend to vote Democratic. Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, launched a MoveOn Petition as part of a major nationwide campaign calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to halt implementation of these laws in states with a history of racist voter suppression.

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