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Abolish or Change the Delegate System for POTUS Voting.The popular vote as it is now does not matter! Especially in the primaries! Your vote is fractioned and rounded to a whole number when delegates are assigned to your state. Secondly superdelegate votes count more than any one else's vote. It doesn't matree what your state wants or what you want when it only comes down to the number of delegates +superdelegates backing the candidate. Superdelegates are unassigned. Clinton will vote for herself and Bernie will vote for himself but Bill Clinton and friends and family who Sanders and the Clintons have made close friends with over the years....well their votes count more than ours!THIS SEEMS VERY LIKE AN I'LL ALIGNED DEMOCRACY where nepotism and back room deals$$ and will get you the job. The chances of their being a 50/50 split are rare with our growing population and I'm sure we could make changes to this kinda sad excuse for For Democracy
Senator Schumer: Wrong on Iran. Wrong on Iraq. Wrong for Leader.Senator Schumer has consistently shown horrible judgment on policy and politics. He has shown horrible judgment in foreign policy: supporting the war in Iraq, and now, by betraying the president and opposing the Iran deal, he is effectively joining Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio in supporting a new endless war in the Middle East. Schumer's support of the repeal of Glass–Steagall and his continued ties to the financial industry will make him an ineffective leader in the fight for real financial sector regulations. We should support leaders - like Senator Murray - who have a long record of being right on both the substance of policy and who are well positioned to provide the best political advocacy they can.
Build the North/South Station Rail LinkBoston's North and South Stations represent a serious gap in rail service in the northeast corridor and also do a disservice to commuters in the communities of eastern Massachusetts. Although just over one mile apart, North and South Stations are not directly connected, making commuting between communities above and below Boston extremely cumbersome. Passengers taking commuter train into either station must then use additional public transportation to move between stations. The North/South Rail Link project has been talked about for decades but remains incomplete. Undertaking this project to its completion is long overdue.
Governor Brown: Ban Fracking in California Now!Governor Cuomo of New York just declared a ban on fracking. Howard Zucker, the acting New York State Health Commissioner, said a recently released scientific study found that there were "significant public health risks" associated with fracking, including water contamination and air pollution. In California we have the added problem of drought conditions. The millions of gallons of water used in fracking is an incredible waste of this precious resource. It is time for Governor Jerry Brown to take action and ban fracking in California now.
Protect women's health: Stop the Group Health-Swedish dealGroup Health Cooperative has recently announced a deal with Swedish Medical Center that, among other things, closes the Family Beginnings Center and sends women to Swedish for all women's health and reproductive services. Swedish is an institution that now follows the Catholic Church's directives on women's health care, which forbid providing abortion, contraceptive, and death with dignity health services. The deal will also close the Family Beginnings Birth Center on Capitol Hill. Family Beginnings is well renowned for it's family and baby-friendly practices, low rates of cesarean-section and high breast feeding success rates. These accomplishments support maternal and infant health and play a key role in giving new families a successful start. Group Health has built a reputation for women-friendly health care that respects our rights and choices. If we lose Group Health's excellent women's health care, we won't have anywhere else to turn in a state increasingly dominated by regressive, anti-woman hospital policies.
Rikers Island must end human rights abusesAs reported in the New York Times, New York City's Department of Investigation is reviewing 129 cases of assault on Rikers Island inmates by correction officers at the prison in 2013.  The 30 investigators working on the case have uncovered evidence leading to the arrests of a captain and eight correction officers for, among other things, assaulting inmates and falsifying evidence to cover up their crimes. Incarcerated persons with mental health issues have suffered the worst of the violence,  with a population in need of mental health care nearly as large as all 24 psychiatric hospitals in New York State. As the prison population has declined, violence has increased. Incarcerated persons with mental health issues are often treated with choke holds instead of therapy. Inmates have been brutally beaten after suicide attempts, with at least one suicide attempt faked by correction officers to cover their assault on a prisoner. Though the assaults, isolation, and extremes of temperature incarcerated persons may face at Rikers Island may be severe, the neglect of their health can do just as much damage. Incarcerated persons have been left unattended for hours while in need of emergency medical care, denied necessary medical tests, and isolated in filthy cells for hours or days. One inmate was left to miscarry alone and in pain, while another was mocked and denied medical care as she sobbed for help before her eventual death in her cell. Being sentenced to a crime does not include being subject to beatings and medical neglect. When a person is in state custody, beatings and medical neglect are torture. The grievance process is ineffectual. Staff are rarely held accountable for even the most serious offenses. These abuses have been going on for a long time, but they must end. Join us to tell Mayor DeBlasio and Commissioner Ponte that it's time for Rikers Island staff to follow their own rules and put an end to the torture and neglect of the people in their care. --  - "New York City Reviewing Rikers Assaults on 129 Inmates," by Michael Schwirtz and Michael Winerip, New York Times, July 21, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/nyregion/new-york-city-reviewing-injuries-dealt-by-rikers-correction-officers.html?_r=0  - "Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail," by Michael Winerip an Michael Schwirtz, July 14, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/nyregion/rikers-study-finds-prisoners-injured-by-employees.html
Harvard University MUST Divest from Fossil FuelsFor the past 378 years, Harvard University has been home to some of the most expansive research and innovation projects in the world, in fields ranging from education to engineering to health. Yet the university refuses to take action on what the World Economic Forum has determined to be one of the ten greatest threats facing the world: failure of climate change mitigation. Currently, Harvard directly invests more than $17 million of its $32 billion endowment in the fossil fuel industry, funding the very companies that are responsible for the continued devastation of our climate. Harvard undoubtedly has the power to influence the direction of endowment investment across the country, but it must first take the lead and divest from fossil fuels.
To raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for workers in the U.S.The minimum wage has not been increased for many years. Adjusting for inflation since 1968 it could be $10.50 an hour. But that never occurred. This minimum wage is intended to give a basic standard of living for full-time workers. Working families need a break!
Vote to Raise Iowa's Minimum WageIf we hope to have a successful society composed of educated people who can compete in the national and international market place, we must support wages which allow freedom to pursue success without the handicap of impossibly low wages. We cannot maintain our strength in world standing unless we provide our workers with hourly and salaried reparation worthy of who we say we are. Dragging our feet in willingness to pay our people a living wage is a disgrace and an implication that America will not have the staying power we must have to lead with strength in an ever evolving world economy. It is essential that move forward, now, in 2014.
Raise the Minimun Wage to 15.00 in Dallas, TxIt is important because people currently working minimum wage jobs are working two jobs, or relying on social services to fill in the gaps or to make ends meet and it has not been effective. Families suffer when they are put of the home trying to scrape out a LIVING. They can't be invovle with schools or the emotional care when food and shelter are the priorities. They deserve to live with dignity and to care for themselves/families like any other citizens. Dallas can afford to pay its workers a 15.00 minimum wage and is simply a drop in the bucket. It will have a positive impact on everyone with people being paid a decent wage and it can be done. Dallas has a responsibility to its citizens to raise the minimum wage and can lead the charge of getting the US economy back on track....it is imperative that we understand that it is not only the right thing to do, but Texas can begin to turn around the negative image of being one of the richest states and city in the US, but we have pride inmaking our citizens and their families a priority....that is the best advertisement for a city and state that has historically denied the fact that we have hungry citizens and their families working everyday, but can't provide the basics, and problems with economic disparity is a direct cause to many social ills that plaque people ie poor school performance for children, neglect of children, healthcare problems for citizens with the stress of not being able to provide, homelessness, poor living conditions, poor job performance because of working two jobs, or trying to find other means as a source of income, problematic relationships with partners or spouses. All these things and much much more has a significant cause by economic deprivation and it is time for us to acknowledge and fix it.
Phoenix, Arizona "Raise The Minimum Wage" SupportersBecause the average person can't live on less than 10 dollars an hour now and this would be good until about 2014 when it would need to be revised again. If the minimum wage grew commensurate with corporate profits, then the minimum wage would be over 23 dollars an hour by now.