Defend Free Speech Online. Take Action Now.

letter to EDITOR— Senate hardliners are pushing this Internet-blocking resolution just as protesters worldwide — and here at home — are relying on the Internet to make their voices heard.

Do you want Congress

to surrender your right to speak online to a company like Comcast whose sole motive is to generate as much profit as possible?

I didn’t think so. Take action now to urge your senators to stand up for Internet freedom and reject the "resolution of disapproval."

Thanks — Josh

Defend Free Speech Online.
Take Action Now.

A handful of corporate hardliners in the Senate plans to rush through a measure that would give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet.

Called a "resolution of disapproval," this measure would destroy existing Net Neutrality protections and strip the FCC of its authority to protect Internet users — letting companies block our right to speak freely, connect with one another and share information on the Internet.1

We need just 51 votes in the Senate to stop this free speech-killing measure in its tracks. It’s time for your senators, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, to stand up for online freedom:

Tell Sens. Nelson and Rubio: Defend Our Internet Rights. Stop the Resolution of Disapproval.

This resolution, S.J. Resolution 6, opens the door to corporate abuse of free speech. If it passes, phone and cable giants like Comcast and Verizon will be able to restrict access to competitive video services, mobile applications and other innovative services, and no one will be able to stop them.

By rejecting this resolution we can send these corporations and their hard-line allies in Congress a strong, unambiguous message: "The Internet belongs to the people who use it. Don’t mess with our right to choose what we do online."

If we can get 51 senators on our side, we will win.

Several corporate-funded front groups and Tea Party extremists have joined forces to push this measure quickly through the Senate, before the public has a chance to respond. We must defeat this effort today before it’s too late:

Tell Your Senators: Don’t Let Corporations Take Over Our Internet.

American Internet users need an open Internet that lets us view any content, anywhere. The kind of Internet freedom we’ve enjoyed to date won’t exist if we let big phone and cable companies take a wrecking ball to Net Neutrality.

Sign this letter

and we will deliver it to your senators’ offices in Washington. Then use Facebook

and Twitter

to spread the word across your social networks.

We can defeat this resolution with a massive public response.


Josh Levy
Associate Campaign Director
Free Press Action Fund

1. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas introduced the "resolution of disapproval" earlier this year and is now promising to "push for a Senate vote this fall." See "Hutchison Slams Net Neutrality Rules," the Hill, Sept. 23, 2011:

Tenth Anniversary Bush Tax Cuts!-Dear Editor

Friends of the Earth

Tell Congress: Make polluters pay!

Today — the 10th anniversary of the Bush Tax Cuts — we’re  joining with True Majority, United for a Fair Economy, MoveOn, AFSCME and others for a national day of action.
Click here to call your representative toll free and find other ways you can get involved!

Ten years seems like a lifetime ago in politics. After an election fraught with controversy, George W. Bush was several months into his presidency. As far as the budget was concerned, we were doing alright. Things could have been better — but we were on the right path to invest a surplus in our future, to rebuild our infrastructure, and to pay off our debt.
But then exactly 10 years ago today — on June 7, 2001 –President Bush signed massive tax cuts into law, cuts that continue to starve our government of revenue while overwhelmingly rewarding those who least need it: millionaires and billionaires. On this unfortunate anniversary, Americans are coming together and asking Congress to choose a new path.
Call toll free today and tell your representatives to stop cutting vital services and to start making millionaires and polluting corporations pay their fair share! Click here for the phone number and a sample script.

After President Bush signed the Orwellian-named Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, the gap between the wealthy and the rest in America widened to breadths not seen since our country was teetering toward the Great Depression.1To make things worse, the Bush administration put two wars on the credit card and gave even larger handouts to polluting industries like Big Oil.
Now, Republicans are saying that we can’t afford to fund critical environmental and social programs, and are playing games of brinksmanship with the debt ceiling — threatening to push the country into a deeper economic hole.
But we’re not fooled. Despite railing about a budget crisis, senators recently blocked a vote to end handouts to the five biggest oil companies, putting polluter profits ahead of the public welfare.
Call your member of Congress and tell him or her that it’s time to end handouts to Big Oil and other polluters and to make millionaires and multinational corporations pay their fair share. Click here for the phone number and a sample script.

It’s been debunked: lower tax rates for the wealthy do not result in economic growth or so-called "trickle down" benefits. From 2001 to 2007, income levels for the wealthiest 400 taxpayers more than doubled while median incomes in America actually fell 4 percent. In other words, as corporate CEOs built larger ocean-front mansions, more and more families struggled to put enough food on the table.
There is a better way. According to Think Progress, a week’s worth of the Bush tax cuts could fund the program that feeds poor women and children for an entire year.2 If everyone pays a fair share of taxes, imagine all the ways we could make our country stronger.
We have seen what tax loopholes, corporate handouts and less regulation do to the economy — and to our environment. Call your representatives in Congress and tell them to defend government funding for vital programs — and to make millionaires and polluting industries pay their fair share.

Your action will help us make this national call-in day a success. Thanks for all that you do.
Becca Connors
Friends of the Earth

1. Emily Kaiser, "
How American Income Inequality Hit Levels Not Seen Since The Depression

." Reuters.

2. Pat Garofalo, "House GOP Cuts To Nutrition Assistance Equal To One Week

." Think Progress.


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Are you going to be a idle witness to the death of these programs that have helped so many, maybe even you? It’s time to take back this country from those who falsely claim they represent the people, when, in fact, they are the paid representatives of Corporate America. Privatization is a false god, it is evil, and it is trying to steal the country right out from under you.


Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-01) announced the Republican’s budget proposal.  It is unbelievably bad – literally.  The GOP budget not only repeals the new health care law it eliminates Medicare and Medicaid as we know it.1
Fight for these life saving programs today.  Call you Member of Congress and tell them to vote NO on the Republican’s extremist budget.

The Republican’s proposal gives millionaires huge tax breaks while seniors and hard-working families pay more for health care and get less coverage.  Ryan’s plan would radically undermine the economic security of America’s middle class.  It helps Wall Street-run health insurance companies make record-breaking profits and pay their CEOs outrageous sums to deny people the care they paid for and need.2
Nowhere in the Republican plan is there any shared sacrifice. There’s no fairness.


The big corporations and super-rich aren’t asked to pitch in. Instead they get even richer. This budget changes the rules and reshapes this country in a breathtakingly dangerous way.

This budget would eviscerated programs that everyone in this country depend on.  Republicans are attacking every single one of us.3
The GOP’s budget breaks America’s most basic promise: That if you work hard and play by the rules, you can take care of your family and retire with peace of mind.4 Call Congress today.


by Melinda Gibson