Tuesday, August 23, 2016

EpiPen

Many people who could die without an EpiPen now can't afford one! Tell Big Pharma to immediately reduce the cost of this life-or-death treatment.

Tell Mylan CEO Heather Bresch: Stop price-gouging the EpiPen now.

Stop price-gouging the millions of people who need an EpiPen to save their lives if they have a severe allergic reaction.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

My son will die without an EpiPen—he literally has less than 10 minutes to get to a hospital with the pen. But Mylan, the multinational company that makes this life-saving drug, just ruthlessly raised the price. I can't afford to buy new pens at $300 per year, and the ones he already has expire in a couple of months. Pharmaceutical companies must stop this greedy price gouging now. 

Will you join me in signing the petition to Mylan CEO Heather Bresch asking the company to stop price-gouging the EpiPen immediately?

Millions of children and adults in the U.S. are at risk of fatal allergic reactions from common occurrences, like getting stung by a bee or accidentally consuming peanuts.

A pocket-sized medical device called an EpiPen can be a literal life-saver for people with severe, life-threatening allergies.

But Mylan—the multinational pharmaceutical company that makes the EpiPen—has been steadily jacking up its price.

  • In 2007, the wholesale price of an EpiPen in the U.S. was $57.1
  • Today, just nine years later, it's over $300.2
  • Even though each EpiPen contains only $1 worth of medicine.3
  • Even though a two-pack is just $85 in France.4
  • And even though Mylan, which has a near monopoly in the U.S., has seen its profits from the EpiPen alone skyrocket to $1 billion a year.5

Now, many people, like my son, could actually die because they can't afford an EpiPen!

Tell Mylan CEO Heather Bresch to immediately reduce the cost of this life-or-death treatment that so many people depend on.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

—Debbie Pierce

Sources:

1. "Senators Scrutinize Mylan Over EpiPen’s U.S. Price Increases," Bloomberg, August 22, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/5276?t=6&akid=168459.10220574.HvVfRY

2. "EpiPen Price Rise Sparks Concern for Allergy Sufferers," The New York Times, August 22, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/5279?t=8&akid=168459.10220574.HvVfRY

3. "How Marketing Turned the EpiPen Into a Billion-Dollar Business," Bloomberg, September 23, 2015
http://act.moveon.org/go/5278?t=10&akid=168459.10220574.HvVfRY

4. Ibid.

5. Ibid.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Wednesday in NYC: Comedians take on Donald Trump

Ready to laugh? MoveOn is bringing together some of NYC's funniest comedians to take on Donald Trump and the politics of hate.

Dear New York MoveOn member,

A few days ago, we wrote to you about Laughter Trumps Hate—our campaign to use comedy to take on Donald Trump and his abusive, divisive, bullying politics. Our New York City showcase is Wednesday night and our early show is sold out!

You can still get tickets to the late show at 9:30 p.m. if you act fast. Click here to go to the venue's website and buy your tickets. (Be sure to use the discount code LTH2016 for 50% off your ticket! And please note that you must be 18 or older to attend and that there is a 2-beverage minimum for each attendee.) If you already purchased tickets, this is your last chance to invite friends. And if you don't have your tickets yet, wait no longer—and come join the fun tomorrow night!

You can see the original message about the show below.

—Nik


 
☆YOU'RE INVITED!☆
See some of NYC's best comedians
take on Trump and Trumpism—live!

Where: Gotham Comedy Club (208 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011) 

When: Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 9:30 p.m.

What: Ready to laugh? As part of Laughter Trumps Hate, our campaign to use comedy as a tool for progressive change, MoveOn is bringing together some of NYC's funniest comedians for one night only to showcase their best material taking on Donald Trump and the politics of bigotry and hate. With Trump on the ballot, we could all use some razor-sharp comic relief! Tickets are $15, and space is limited, so get yours now.

Will you join us? Use the discount code LTH2016 for 50% off your ticket! (Clicking here or on the button below will take you to the Gotham Comedy Club's website, where you can purchase your ticket.)

 
 

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

A wave election?

Here are three things we must do to make sure the revolution to continues in full force:

Dear MoveOn member,

The Bernie for President campaign is over, but the political revolution that he launched against corporate rule is just beginning.

We can’t let up. Here are three things we must do to make sure the revolution to continues in full force:

  • Defeat Donald Trump. If Donald Trump is elected, he'll destroy our progress—and this country—faster than a hog eats supper!
  • Take back the U.S. Senate (and maybe even the House!). With Trump dragging Republicans down in the polls, there's a huge opportunity to elect progressive champions—like Russ Feingold in Wisconsin and Tammy Duckworth in Illinois—to the Senate, and to make Bernie and Elizabeth Warren chairs of powerful committees.1 But key Senate races—in New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania—are neck and neck.2 Which means we need to organize.
  • Push from the left. During and after the election, we've got to push Democrats to be bold progressives.

And if there's one organizing group who can do it all, it's MoveOn. That's why you should get on with it.

Chip in $3 now.

Bernie's revolution lifted us progressives from the political scrap heap up to the top of our national conversation—fighting to pass a $15 minimum wage, remove crushing education debt from the backs of students, address head-on the imminent crisis of climate change, defeat TPP, and repeal the Supreme Court’s democracy-destroying Citizens United edict.

But now the biggest obstacle standing in the way of our progress is an unreal reality show—starring The Donald.

Don't think Trump can win? Shoot, I'm from Texas, the state that brought you King George the W. and Rick Perry (a guy who put the "goober” in gubernatorial). They seemed improbable, too, and look at what a mess they made when they got elected. And even if Trump does lose, we still need to take back Congress.

MoveOn's plan is this: Let's organize! And that's why I'm writing you today.

MoveOn's running what's likely the largest independent, volunteer-powered voter outreach program in the country, focused on eight battleground states, organizing volunteer teams to knock on hundreds of thousands of doors in their own communities, neighbor by neighbor, to defeat Trump, take back the Senate (and maybe even the House), and build grassroots progressive leadership. It’s a massive undertaking, and they need our help to pull it all off.

Will you help out?

Click here to chip in $3 right now to help MoveOn defeat Trump, take back the Senate, and build a more progressive America.

As Bernie’s message spread through mass rallies and social media last fall and winter, I traveled the country and saw a revolution deeply motivated by hope—a belief in and a yearning for a more egalitarian America, a society dedicated to democracy’s fundamental principle: We’re all in this together.

That’s why I know that, if we put our collective shoulder to the wheel, we can defeat Trump in November and keep building the insurgency Bernie sparked to democratize our country’s wealth and power to benefit all and serve the common good.

Let’s do something, together. 

Chip in $3 now—or whatever you can afford.

In solidarity,

–Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, publisher of The Hightower Lowdown monthly newsletter, and The New York Times best-selling author who has spent four decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be.

Sources:

1. "The GOP’s Chances Of Holding The Senate Are Following Trump Downhill," FiveThirtyEight, August 16, 2016 
https://act.moveon.org/go/5229?t=17&akid=168334.10220574.ohMhis

2. "Senate Election Polls," RealClear Politics, accessed August 18, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/5223?t=19&akid=168334.10220574.ohMhis

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Tell the FDA: Get hormone-disrupting chemicals out of our food now

Toxic chemicals called phthalates are allowed to be used as food additives.

Tell the FDA: Get hormone-disrupting chemicals out of our food

I am deeply concerned that toxic chemicals called phthalates are allowed to be used as food additives.

We must do a better job of protecting our children from chemicals. I urge the FDA to stop allowing toxic phthalates to be used in our food. The brain development and reproductive capacity of a generation of children are on the line.

Dear MoveOn member,

No matter how careful you are about what you eat, your food could be loaded with toxic chemicals called phthalates.1

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a petition, filed by Earthjustice and several partner organizations, asking the agency to withdraw its approval of all 30 phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) currently allowed as food additives. And the deadline for the public to weigh in expires in just weeks.2

Please tell the FDA that phthalates don't belong in our food.

Phthalates are a class of hormone-disrupting chemicals that have been linked to severe genital birth defects in boys and to other reproductive health problems. They're also linked to deficits in child IQ, developmental delays, and other learning disabilities.3

It's hard to avoid phthalates because they're used in many of the materials that come into contact with our food—from the plastic gloves that food workers wear, to plastic equipment used in processing food, to the plastic packaging our food is sold in. Phthalates leach out of these materials and seep into our food, ending up in all of our bodies.4

Despite powerful scientific evidence of the harmful health effects of these chemicals, the FDA still allows the use of 30 different toxic phthalates as "food additives," meaning that they can be used in food-handling equipment and food packaging.5

Click here to sign the petition to the FDA, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

—Eve Gartner, Earthjustice

Sources:

1. "'Safer' chemicals in plastics may be hazardous to kids," CBS News, July 9, 2015
http://act.moveon.org/go/5224?t=6&akid=168246.10220574.rY_boT

2. "Filing of Food Additive Petition; Reopening of Comment Period," Federal Register, August 8, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/5225?t=8&akid=168246.10220574.rY_boT

3. "Prenatal exposure to common chemicals linked to lower IQ in children," CBS News, December 11, 2014
http://act.moveon.org/go/5228?t=10&akid=168246.10220574.rY_boT

4. "Concern over chemical ingredients is growing," Raconteur, August 9, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/5227?t=12&akid=168246.10220574.rY_boT

5. Ibid.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

You're invited: NYC comedians take on Donald Trump

Ready to laugh? MoveOn is bringing together some of NYC's funniest comedians to take on Donald Trump and the politics of hate.
 
☆YOU'RE INVITED!☆
See some of NYC's best comedians
take on Trump and Trumpism—live!

Where: Gotham Comedy Club (208 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011) 

When: Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

What: Ready to laugh? As part of Laughter Trumps Hate, our campaign to use comedy as a tool for progressive change, MoveOn is bringing together some of NYC's funniest comedians for one night only to showcase their best material taking on Donald Trump and the politics of bigotry and hate. With Trump on the ballot, we could all use some razor-sharp comic relief! Tickets are $15, and space is limited, so get yours now.

Will you join us? Use the discount code LTH2016 for 50% off your ticket! (Clicking here or on the button below will take you to the Gotham Comedy Club's website, where you can purchase your ticket.)

 
 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I served as a Republican in Congress for 15 years

Defeating Trump is not enough.

Dear MoveOn member,

My family have been active Republicans in California since 1860 and the election of Abraham Lincoln. I was privileged to serve in Congress for 15 years, as a Republican, between 1967 and 1983, co-chairing the first Earth Day in 1970 with Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, co-authoring the Endangered Species Act and other landmark environmental legislation, and I was the first to suggest Richard Nixon should be impeached. In those years, Republicans favored balanced budgets, women's rights, limiting presidential war power, civil rights, tax reform, and protection of the environment.

No more.

The 2016 Republican platform calls for transferring federal lands, including several national parks and national forests, to the states, and for denying women the right to choose. It also ignores our obligation to address global warming. And it moves to limit the voting rights of minorities and opposes campaign finance reform.

And then there's Donald Trump.

But defeating Trump is not enough. If Republicans are allowed to continue to control the Senate, the next president will be hobbled, as President Obama has been. Only if the Senate has a Democratic majority will the next president be able to appoint reasonable Supreme Court justices, protect women's rights, and preserve the environmental progress that has been made over the past 45 years.

We have the opportunity to elect Democrats in several too-close-to-call races, including Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire, Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, Ted Strickland in Ohio, Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, and Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania. Each of these Democrats can win if we act to balance the enormous financial contributions of the Koch brothers and multinational companies, now unlimited under Citizens United, to candidates who support big business.

If you agree, can I persuade you to join me in sending $3—or $300, if you can afford it—to support MoveOn's campaign to win back the Senate?

Thanks for all you do.

–Former U.S. Representative Pete McCloskey

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Yes, I'll chip in.


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Sign my petition? (Donald Trump)

Immigrants make America great. Donald Trump makes America small, petty, and mean.

I challenge Donald Trump to take the U.S. naturalization test—will you join me?

Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump announced Monday that, if elected president, he would enact an extreme "vetting" test to determine if the values of those seeking to enter the U.S. are so-called American values.1 He claims his test would expose those who have "hostile attitudes" towards America. Yet we know that his proposal is fueled by racism and xenophobia. 

Will you join me in challenging Donald Trump to take the current naturalization test immigrants must pass to become U.S. citizens before he tries advocate for any more hateful laws?

I challenge you, Donald Trump, to take the naturalization test immigrants to this nation must take to gain American citizenship. This test is just one part of the process immigrants undergo to become citizens, and you would almost certainly fail that test given your general ignorance and weak grasp of basic facts about American history, principles, and functioning of our government.

Immigrants make America great. You make America small, petty, and mean.

Our country already has a test immigrants take when they apply for citizenship—one that tests their knowledge of American history and civics. So, before Trump gets to propose a new, xenophobic test, I challenge him to take the one that already exists.

I believe Trump would almost certainly fail this test, given his general ignorance and weak grasp of basic facts about American history, principles, and functioning of our government. His entire political career—beginning with his absurd and dangerous campaign to discredit President Obama—has been built around alienating other Americans.

The fact is, Donald Trump is nothing more than a spoiled, unpatriotic drain on society who has earned nothing and helped no one.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

—Senator Harry Reid

Source:

1. "Trump proposes ideological test for Muslim immigrants and visitors to the U.S.," The Washington Post, August 15, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/5182?t=6&akid=168075.10220574.s8ufqu

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