Victories

VICTORY: Gun-Free Zones Upheld in Michigan
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The Michigan Legislature was considering a bill that would change the current law that prohibits people with concealed-weapons permits from carrying guns in churches, bars, schools, sports arenas, and other public places. So Reverend Eric A. Stone started a MoveOn Petition calling on the Michigan Legislature to keep gun-free zones in Michigan.

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VICTORY: Mount Tom Casino Development Denied
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Holyoke’s Mount Tom is an irreplaceable natural and economic resource for all the Connecticut River Valley. When Paper City Development proposed building a casino at Wyckoff Country Club on the Mount Tom Range, the announcement outraged those in the community who saw a treasured natural resource being squandered by commercial development. Gerrit Stover created a MoveOn Petition urging the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to reject the proposal.

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VICTORY: San Diego Worker Comp Fraud Billboards in Spanish Removed
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When San Diego County District Attorney Bonny Dumais put up Spanish-language billboards in North Park containing an intimidating message about workers’ compensation fraud, many in the neighborhood felt it denigrated Latinos. North Park resident Steven Shultz filed a complaint with the DA’s office only to be dismissed. That’s when Steven decided to start a MoveOn Petition in response to the fear-mongering billboards targeting Latinos.

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VICTORY: Papa John's CEO Says He Will Honor Obamacare
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After President Barack Obama’s re-election, Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter warned that the company’s franchisees were likely to reduce employees’ hours to avoid offering health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Schnatter’s plan to punish his employees—and use Obamacare as an excuse—was met with loud public outcry from many communities. Richard Quandt started a MoveOn Petition urging Schnatter to stop threatening his workers.

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VICTORY: Washington State Voters Approve Gay Marriage
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After Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the voter-approved marriage equality legislation into law, opponents immediately worked to block the law. They submitted 200,000 signatures seeking a public vote on the issue. To show that the majority of Washingtonians support marriage equality, Washington United for Marriage’s campaign manager Zach Silk started a MoveOn Petition urging voters to approve Referendum 74.

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VICTORY: Minnesota Rejects Voter ID Amendment
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When the GOP-controlled Minnesota Legislature agreed to put a pro-voter ID constitutional amendment on the November 6 ballot, they thought it would be a sure win. Voting rights groups immediately denounced the ballot measure as a way to suppress turnout by elderly people, young people, and minorities, who are least likely to have identification showing their current address. Liz Loeb started a MoveOn Petition asking the state legislature to stop voter suppression.

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VICTORY: Voter Intimidation Billboards Taken Down in Ohio
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When Clear Channel-owned billboards stating “Voter Fraud is a Felony” appeared in African-American and Latino neighborhoods in Cleveland, it was clear they were designed to intimidate minority voters from casting legal votes. In response, voting rights groups demanded that Clear Channel take them down immediately. Rashad Robinson of the organization Color of Change started a MoveOn Petition.

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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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