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Will the Supreme Court be challenged?

March 30, 2013

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I agree with those who ask why the Supreme Court finds it so easy to find constitutional protections for corporations and yet so hard to enforce equal protection for same sex couples.”
~ U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, cosponsor of the
We the People Amendment

Dear Daniel,

Over the past 24 hours, the U.S. Supreme Court has been called everything from “timid” to “cowardly.” While the court appears to be questioning the constitutionality of the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, it also has signalled that it is “inclined to leave in place” dozens of state laws that deny equal marriage rights to same sex couples.

Remember, this is the same institution that ruled that Americans don’t have a constitutional right to vote (Bush v. Gore), thereby stopping the vote count in Florida and making George W. Bush President.

It’s the same court that has given the presidency unlimited power to wage war and to spy on and kill American citizens, nevermind noncombatant civilians.

It’s the same court that inserted corporations into the Constitution by giving them the rights of natural born people, thereby opening the floodgates to the wholesale purchase of elections and politicians in the U.S..

What a contrast. Striking down laws that deny equal protection is considered “too sweeping” by this court. But striking down laws that protect we the (real) people against corporate power? No problem.

It’s great to see that so many people have made personal statements by changing their Facebook photos to an equality sign. But we need to do more than post images and sign online petitions.

One thing you can do right now is to write a letter to the editor or a blog post. Point out that the Supreme Court is at best cautious when it comes to protecting the rights of the oppressed, the poor, the less powerful, and eager when it comes to protecting the powerful.

We think it essential that the Supreme Court – one of the most anti-democratic institutions of our federal government – is questioned. Challenged. Pushed. And resisted. And while there will be many more future times of necessity in which we must do all these things, right now is one such time. It’s a teachable moment. Please write and send your letter.

We here at Liberty Tree have been working to build a democracy movement for the U.S.A. for the past seven years and will continue to do so no matter what the Supreme Court decides in June. We will continues to stand side by side for equality and democracy and to oppose corporate rule.
STAND WITH US:  Donate to Liberty Tree. 

   Sincerely,

      Sarah, Adam, Dave & Ben
      Liberty Tree team

P.S. We’re finalizing the Democracy Convention website, and will be announcing the beginning of registration soon – stay tuned! For now, mark your calendars – August 7-11, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Former Missouri Republican State Majority Floor Leader warns current leaders about SB207 & HB398

March 22, 2013

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Dear Daniel,

In case you missed this Op-Ed that was published by The Ozarks Sentinel, we wanted to make sure you read what Former Republican Majority Floor Leader Jason Crowell had to say about big utility-backed legislation being considered by the Missouri Legislature as early as Monday.

“As a former legislator who fought to ensure Missourians kept their hard earned money, I believe SB 207 and HB 398 are horrible public policy.  It is legislation that will hit Missourians the hardest; in their pocket books with a new surcharge on electric bills and faster unnecessary rate increases.  I feel so strongly about this new surcharge that will cost Missourians their hard earned money that I ask you to oppose it with me.

The only thing worse than more taxes on Missourians is to institute stealth taxes that take away the economic freedom and opportunity of Missouri families and businesses…

The proposed new “infrastructure” surcharge is little more than a vehicle for monopoly utility companies like Ameren, Empire Electric & KCP&L, which already operate on the very fringe of our capitalist free market economic system, to take more hard earned money out of Missourians’ pockets.  Even worse, this is for the same exact energy we receive today, they just want you and me to pay more for it…

Please join me in contacting your state legislators and let them know you are against this back door tax increase, no matter what the utilities and politicians call it.”

Contact your legislator today and tell them you oppose the surcharge that big utilities are trying to pass on to their consumers.

Sincerely,

The FERAF Team
Fair Energy Rate Action Fund

• PO Box 1153 • Jefferson City, MO 65102
Paid for by the Fair Energy Rate Action Fund.
www.fairenergyrates.org

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The Todd Akin bill of the session? Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri

March 20, 2013
   

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Dear Daniel,

Last week the Missouri House voted to pass the Denial of Care bill (HB457), which is designed to protect and encourage those who refuse to provide critical reproductive health services to women in Missouri – even workers who deny rape survivors access to or information about emergency contraception.

Here’s what Representative Stacey Newman, (D-87 St. Louis) had to say during House debate:

“This bill terrorizes rape victims. Is this what we’re gonna do?  This is the Todd Akin bill of the session? Come on!”

Denial of Care is now before the Missouri Senate, which is likely to debate the bill next week.

Take Action NOW! Tell your Senator that science, not politics, should determine medical decisions! 

Missouri law already grants protections to individuals who refuse to provide access to safe and legal abortions. The Denial of Care bill unnecessarily expands the law to protect and encourage the denial of birth control including emergency contraception to rape survivors, sterilization, assisted reproduction and stem cell research. Denial of Care also allows medical professionals and institutions to deny referrals for the necessary care if they refuse to provide it!

Tell your Senator to vote against denying women, including survivors of rape, access to accurate information and birth control! 

Sincerely,

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri

 

 

Dear Daniel,

Last year, Congressman Akin’s inaccurate and insulting statements about “legitimate rape” shocked the nation.  Missourians responded at the polls and sent a clear message that survivors of sexual assault and rape deserve accurate information, support and respect.

Denial of Care

Well, some Missouri legislators did not get that message.

Among several bills filed to restrict access to reproductive health care is Representative Jones’ Denial of Care bill (HB457).  HB457 singles out women’s reproductive health care, including information and access to emergency contraception for rape survivors, for refusal of care. 

We hear they are fast-tracking this bill for a vote on Monday (3.11)! Tell your Representative to vote against denying women, including survivors of rape, access to accurate information and birth control!

Under the guise of protecting religious liberty, which is already protected by the United States Constitution and Missouri law, HB457 would needlessly expand Missouri’s already extensive refusal clause.  This bill simply goes too far.

HB457 would protect and encourage the denial of birth control (including emergency contraception to rape survivors), sterilization, assisted reproduction and stem cell research. HB457 would even allow medical professionals and institutions to deny referrals for the necessary care if they refuse to provide it!

Tell your Representative that science, not politics, should determine medical decisions! 

Sincerely,

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri

 

 

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