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Weekly Justice Highlights

  • Nuclear Weapons: Urge President Obama (whose statements advocate a nuclear weapons-free world) to send an official US delegation to the February 2014 Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Conference in Mexico.
  • 10 Days of Action to Stop Fast Track began January 22 and ends January 31: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade (TPP) Agreement is headed for Fast Track with 2014 legislation introduced as the “Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014” (HR.3830/S.1900) — a bill otherwise known as Fast Track. The legislation would allow the TPP and other pacts to be signed by the Executive Branch before the public ever gets an opportunity to review what’s been proposed, and then rush them through Congress circumventing ordinary review, amendment and debate procedures. Urge U.S. Representatives to oppose the Camp-Baucus bill by calling 1.855.686.6927 (NO charges) or 1.202.224.3121 (Charges apply) or by visiting here.
  • Urge Congress to maintain payment limitations in the Farm Bill on farm program payments to mega-farmers instead of listening to corporate agriculture.
  • Challenging Unjust Structures: This week marked the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. An unprecedented amount of dollars inundate our political process and are often blind to the public. Urge the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to support a rule whereby all corporations would disclose all their political donations.
  • Urge U.S. legislators to support the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, legislation to ensure that multinational corporations can’t continue avoiding their responsibility to pay taxes when investing abroad.
  • Human Trafficking Resource: The Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States (2013-2017) is located here.
  • Kentucky: Did you know that only 34% of Kentuckians live in a community with a smoke-free law? Call the message line and urge State Representatives to support passage of HB 173 to help protect children and pregnant moms from the dangers of secondhand smoke and ensure indoor workplaces and public places are smoke-free. The message line for leaving messages with legislators is free to call at 1.800.372.7181.
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