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The release of this report is extremely important. It would provide lawmakers and citizens like you with a framework for battling horrific labor practices. But nothing can be done until the Labor Department follows through on a promise it made in 2005. Pressure from you can make all the difference.
V -- End Violence in Schools
Every year, 350 million children around the world attend school, only to encounter sexual abuse, corporal punishment and bullying. That's more kids than the entire population of the United States. Ensuring that children can learn in a safe environment is a cause warranting international attention.
With your help, the United Nations can urge its member states to pass legislation that would make school safer for kids. You can help make that possible here.
VI -- Protect America's Medical Records
Obama's stimulus bill contained provisions that would do two things: demand that health care providers convert medical records from paper to computers, and implement a slew of privacy protections that would outlaw the sale of such information to private insurance companies.
Now it's up to us to see that lawmakers prioritize our privacy. Tell the Department of Health and Human Services that computerized medical records with strong privacy protections are in the public's best interest. Do it here.
VII -- Eliminate Cluster Bombs
Despite its condemnations of (and attacks on) nations that hold "weapons of mass destruction," the United States is the largest producer and stockpiler of cluster bombs in the world. These horrific implements -- half aerial assault, half land mine -- wound and slaughter hundreds of civilians every year.
Recently, 111 nations signed a ban condemning the use of cluster munitions. Unsurprisingly, the United States was not among them. You can urge your leaders to be a part of this important initiative here.
VIII -- 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/her job. Yet the U.S. continues to maintain this bankrupt policy. Let your representative know that you've had enough. Tell him/her to ditch "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
IX -- Stop Wal-Mart's Assault on Free Speech
Wal-Mart is at it again. It's putting legal pressure on a Web site critical of its Canadian business practices. The mega-megastore has filed an injunction against WalmartWorkersCanada.ca, forbidding it from using the word "Wal-Mart" altogether. In a turn of cruel irony, Wal-Mart is also trying to ban the use of any circular, ovular and oblong smiley faces on the site.
You can join thousands of others who have signed a petition urging Wal-Mart to respect the free-speech rights of its workers. Tell it to stop outlawing smiles. You can do it here.
X -- Save California's Home Care Workers
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.