Posts By Ben O'Keefe

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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VICTORY: Collective Bargaining Rights Protected in South Dakota
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South Dakota Republicans tried to strip firefighters, teachers, police officers, and other public workers of their collective bargaining rights, following the lead of right-wing governors in other states, like Scott Walker. But Mark Anderson of the South Dakota State Federation of Labor started a MoveOn Petition urging state legislators to vote no on the bill.

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VICTORY: St. Mark's Bookstore Saved
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St. Mark’s Bookstore, a legendary progressive bookstore and community institution in Lower Manhattan, was at risk of going out of business when their lease was up and they couldn’t afford their rent, which was set before the downturn. Their allies in the community started a MoveOn Petition that went viral, attracting the attention of local media and the New York Times.

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We Won!

We won! A federal judge just ruled that we can keep up our billboard criticizing tea party Governor Bobby Jindal for standing between 242,000 Louisianans and Medicaid. Can you help make sure we're able to keep up the billboard we fought so hard to …

We denounce the Koch Brothers

We, citizens of the United States, denounce you, Charles and David Koch, for using your vast wealth -- more than the combined wealth of the bottom 40 percent of Americans -- to corrupt our democracy. …

Mariano’s: Label GMOs

I support GMO labels. Mariano’s should take the lead in Illinois and start labeling store-brand products that contain GMOs. Consumers have a right to make healthy, responsible, and informed choices …