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VICTORY: Mel Watt Confirmed as FHFA Head
MelWatt

When Yanko Matias and Eluvia Lopez were threatened with foreclosure, they knew they needed to take action in a big way. That’s why, along with the organization New Bottom Line, they started a MoveOn Petition asking the U.S. Senate to end the months-long battle to confirm Representative Mel Watt as the new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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VICTORY: JPMorgan Loophole Defeated
SenJeffMerkley

In 2010, progressive champions in the Senate, including Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, fought to pass the Volcker Rule firewall, which restricts high-risk trading by big banks. The firewall, which is meant to protect taxpayers if Wall Street’s bad bets blow up, was met with opposition from big bank lobbyists. That’s why Sen. Merkley started a MoveOn Petition telling Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to keep the so-called “JPMorgan Loophole,” which would blow holes in the firewall, out of the law.

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VICTORY: Target Adopts Safe Cosmetics Policy
Target

The ingredients that go into cosmetics and personal care products aren’t regulated by the federal government—so it’s up to stores to protect their consumers from toxic chemicals in these products. That’s why Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising.org started a MoveOn Petition telling retail giant Target to ban poisonous chemicals from the store’s beauty and personal care aisles, expand their selection of safer products, and increase transparency about their progress in addressing safe cosmetics.

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VICTORY: Justice for Jasmine Thar
Jasmine Thar

Jasmine Thar was a 16-year-old African-American girl who was shot and killed while preparing for a routine shopping trip with her family. The 23-year-old Caucasian male who fired the fatal shot was not charged with a crime of any kind because he claimed it was an accident—despite the fact that police found a Confederate flag and Nazi literature in his home. Jasmine’s family started a MoveOn Petition demanding justice.

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We Can't Survive on $7.25
Workers need a McLivingWage

Yesterday, thousands of fast-food workers went on strike and organized rallies in more than 100 cities demanding a living wage, because, as New York strikers said, “We can’t survive on $7.25.” These efforts drew so much attention, even President Obama took notice, calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage in solidarity with “airport workers, […]

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What happens when people come to MoveOn to use our open petition platform to advocate conservative views?

Over the past year, MoveOn has increasingly focused on building progressive power by investing in and developing our open campaigning platform, MoveOn Petitions, which anyone can use to start and run an online petition campaign. Literally thousands of MoveOn members are now starting progressive petitions each month. More than 4,000 petitions were created in November alone. […]

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