This week, the U.S. Senate listened to YOU — and not the NRA — by confirming Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General. With a vote of 51 to 43, it’s a resounding victory for public health and for our families and communities!
In the wake of the large sums of out-of-state anonymous donations that flooded into California during the 2012 election, the Legislature took up SB27, which would require political nonprofits to identify their donors in California elections. So Trent Lange of the California Clean Money Campaign, along with allies including California Common Cause, Credo Action, Courage Campaign, MoveOn.org, and others, launched a campaign to get the bill passed.
When the Hawaii Legislature took up an important bill to raise the minimum wage, Drew Astolfi of the organization Faith Action for Community Equity, along with allies and the Hawaii MoveOn Council, launched a campaign to raise wages for workers in the state.
After 250 UPS drivers in Maspeth, New York, were fired for protesting the termination of a fellow driver, that driver, Jairo Reyes, along with Working Families, created a MoveOn Petition to pressure UPS to reinstate them.
The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) banned state speech champion Michael Barth from performing a poetry piece on gender identity at a recent competition. So MoveOn member Mike Nellis started a petition calling on the NSAA to allow Michael to perform his poetry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.