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Tell Senators: Now's Not the Time for a Break on Health Care Reform

Making sure senators keep hammering out health care reform is AlterNet's top Take Action Campaign for the week.

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IV -- Don't Cut California's Home Care

In an effort to salvage California's sputtering economy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a plan that would rob home-care workers of one-third of their paychecks. Those now making $12.50 per hour would end up with only $8 -- far below the state's living wage.

Tell Schwarzenegger that making life unlivable for those already struggling is no way to resuscitate any economy. You can do it here.

V -- Stop Mining in Lake Clark and Katmai National Parks

Integral to a salmon-rich ecosystem, these areas in Alaska have been closed to mining since 1971. An initiative penned by the Bureau of Land Management under the Bush administration is proposing the opening of new drilling projects.

This would devastate the well-being of bear, wolf and fish populations, as well as wreak havoc on the area's ecosystem. It's up to us to shoot down this terrible idea. Voice your support here.

VI -- Act Now to End Anti-Abortion Violence

The killing of Dr. George Tiller is just one unfortunate example of the domestic terrorism that has inserted itself into our public consciousness as of late. Although no difference exists between the paranoid fundamentalisms of Islamic and Christian terrorism, our government and media stop short of treating the two with equal seriousness.

That's why it's up to us to voice support for courageous providers of women's health care. Please help. We must not let brutality and intimidation set the tone for an essential discourse.

VII -- Help Prevent a Devastating Oil Spill

"Atlantis," a gas-and-oil-drilling platform located in "hurricane alley" off the coast of Louisiana, has some serious problems. According to a BP database, the platform is missing 85 percent of its engineering diagrams. If a hurricane were to damage the platform, the ecological consequences could be catastrophic.

Even though this risk throbs blatantly within America's borders, our Department of the Interior's Mineral Management Services has done nothing to address it. It's time we told Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to launch a direct investigation into the Atlantis' administrative misdeeds.

We can't afford to keep taking this risk.

VIII -- Reform Broken Immigration Policies

The U.S.'s immigration policies are tangled, damaging and nonsensical. They shred family ties, cause a whirlpool of wage decreases, deplete the workforce and do nothing to improve national security. Each year, we spend billions of dollars to maintain the broken status quo. It's time for a change.

Obama supports such a change, but only Congress can draft meaningful legislation. It's up to us to make it understand the necessity of reforming immigration policies. Join others at Reform Immigration for America who have already made their voices heard.

IX -- Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Among the most thinly veiled examples of institutionalized homophobia in the United States is "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military's absurd requirement that gay men and lesbians remain silent about their sexual orientation.

It's outrageous and homophobic to think sexual orientation has some bearing on an individual's ability to perform his or her job. Yet the U.S. continues to maintain this bankrupt policy. Let your representative know that you've had enough. Tell him or her to ditch "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

X -- Stop Violence Against Guatemalan Trade Unionists

Since Congress passed the Central American Free Trade Agreement in 2005, Guatemala has erupted into one of the most dangerous countries in the world for trade unionists. Nine were slain in 2008, and two were killed in 2007.