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VICTORY: University of Wisconsin-Madison Takes Steps to Protect Workers in Bangladesh
UW-M

For months, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison voiced their outrage over their university’s use of foreign manufacturers in Bangladesh—many with ties to worker safety issues—only to be ignored. When the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced that she was days away from a decision on what to do in the matter, United Students Against Sweatshops decided to step up the pressure and create a MoveOn petition demanding that she take real steps to protect garment workers in Bangladesh.

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VICTORY: Arizona Gov. Brewer Vetoes Discrimination Bill
Jan Brewer

Last week, Arizona’s House and Senate passed S.B. 1062, a bill that would allow businesses to deny services as long as they invoked religious beliefs. The bill would mean a free pass for discrimination against marginalized groups like the LGBT community. That’s why the organization GetEQUAL started a MoveOn Petition, demanding that Republican Gov. Jan Brewer veto the anti-business, anti-equality, anti-LGBT bill.

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VICTORY: "Intelligent Design" Kept Out of Missouri Classrooms
Classroom

In early 2014, Missouri state Rep. Rick Brattin proposed a law that would require all teachers in science classrooms—including the college level—to give equal class time to intelligent design and creationism as they would to the scientifically recognized theory of evolution. Outraged MoveOn member Michelle Burdick started a MoveOn Petition demanding that the state Legislature keep creationism out of the classroom.

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VICTORY: JPMorgan Chase Settlement Money Saved From Wall Street
chasemorgan

In 2013, JPMorgan Chase agreed to a $13 billion settlement as restitution for their role in creating the Great Recession—and $613 million of the settlement was allocated for New York state to relieve distressed homeowners. When Governor Cuomo announced his intentions to use that money to pay for a major corporate tax cut instead, the Campaign For A Fair Settlement and the Home Defenders League started MoveOn Petitions to demand that he give the money to New Yorkers, not Wall Street.

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VICTORY: Tennessee Kills “Turn Away Gays” Bill
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S.B. 2566, introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly, would have allowed bakeries, florists, and other wedding professionals to turn away LGBT customers on religious grounds. That’s why Shelbyville, Tennessee, MoveOn member Gerald Norman started a MoveOn Petition to state legislators, asking them to drop their sponsorship of the bill.

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VICTORY: University of Virginia Recommits to Funding Low-Income Students
UVA

Last year, the University of Virginia announced plans to slash $6 billion from its budget by decreasing funding for the AccessUVA program, which offers grants to low-income students. That’s why U.Va. alumnus Mary Nguyen Barry teamed up with the organization I Am Not A Loan to start a MoveOn Petition to the U.Va. Board of Visitors, demanding that the school reinstate its no-loan policy for talented, very low-income students.

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VICTORY: Judge Reprimanded for 31-Day Rape Sentencing
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In August 2013, Montana Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced a former high school teacher to just 31 days in prison for the repeated rape of a 14-year-old student. Disturbingly, Baugh argued that the victim was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as her 49-year-old rapist. That’s why Billings, Montana, resident Kate Olp started a MoveOn Petition urging Judge Baugh to resign.

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