Equal rights for everyone

Universal single payer health care - which all other industrialized nations provide for their citizens - will provide medical services for all Oregonians regardless of their income.

New Ranked Choice Voting Blog

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Lane County chapter member Alan Zundel has just established a new blog dedicated to educating the public about Ranked Choice Voting - clearly something we need.  You can view the blog by clicking here

 

Rep DeFazio votes to arm Ukraine

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On March 23rd 2015 Congress DeFazio voted with an overwhelming majority of war-mongering Republicans and Democrats to call on President to arm the Kiev junta.   First, sending such weapons is a clear violation of the Minsk 2 agreement negotiated between Russia, Kiev junta, Germany, and France.  Recall that the Kiev junta was installed by a violent coup - fomented by the US - in Feb 2014 against a democratically elected government.

More importantly, arming the Kiev junta and their neo-Nazi militias will enable them to attack ethnic Russians living in eastern Ukraine in the Donbas and Luhansk regions.  An attack of this sort is intended to draw Russia into full out war with the Ukraine and NATO, which Russia has so far resisted.  When will the Congressman sponsor a vote to use DIPLOMACY to settle this issue, instead of weapons?

Hillary Clinton's ties with Ukranian Oligarchs

330px-Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_crop.jpg   It has recently been reported that Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk, a vocal proponent of Ukraine's European integration, made huge contributions to the Clinton Foundation, while Hillary Clinton was the US Secretary of State. Among individual donors contributing to the Clinton Foundation in the period between 1999 and 2014, Ukrainian sponsors took first place in the list, providing the charity with almost $10 million.   The recent "game of thrones" in Ukraine has been apparently instigated by a few powerful clans - Nuland and Kagan come to mind - of the US and Ukraine, who are evidently benefitting from the ongoing turmoil. In this light the Clinton Foundation looks like something more than just a charity: in today's world of fraudulent oligopoly we are facing with global cronyism, experts point out, warning against its devastating consequences.

Wyden pushes water, logging bills

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Read the article in Eugene Register Guard about Senator Merkley's gift to the timber industry. In the 1980's it's agreed by most forest biologists not funded by the logging industry, that there was mass over-cutting of the forests in the Pacific Northwest. This O&C clear cutting bill is a gift to the timber industry at the cost of the people, clean water, air, biodiversity and long term economic health.

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Japan Begins Purposely Dumping 100s Of Tons Of Radioactive Water From Fukushima Into The Pacific

fukushima_radiation_nuclear_fallout_map.jpg These releases are in addition to the radioactive water seeping underground into the Pacific Ocean.  The radioactive material that is continually being released is entering our food chain and will stay with us for decades to come, affecting millions.  You won't find this news in the main stream propaganda outlets, but you can find the story online here.  
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President Obama reneges on GMO Labelling

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In 2007, President Obama vowed he would strive to "let folks know when their food is genetically modified, because Americans have a right to know what they're buying".

In 2013, after having placed former Monsanto VP Michael Taylor as head of the FDA, President Obama signs into law HR 933, which protects companies from having to label their genetically modified food.

The Hanford Cleanup After 25 Years

hanford.jpg   May 18th Associated Press article published online May 2014 on the status: basically the worst cleanup work still remains to be done with half of the money going to "operate" the facility instead of being used to actually clean anything up  This comes on top of the ongoing DENIAL of worker's compensation to seriously ill Hanford workers, which should be a huge scandal. 

President Obama reneges on Equal Pay

President_Obama.jpeg    From the Guardian/UK but reported in Common Dreams "Obama's Epic Fail on Equal Pay: LGBT Need Not Apply? Executive actions are great. But not when they exclude millions. And especially when they don't live up to promises ... this represents an embarrassing stain on the Obama record. He promised to sign the executive order over six years ago. Yet he's still dilly dallying while his representatives continue to make up reasons for why he refuses to sign it. Each one lamer than the last."

How Do You Close A Nuclear Power Plant?

San_Onofre.jpg   According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, decommissioning a nuclear plant is permitted to take up to 60 years. San Onofre Nuclear Generating plant in southern California - located near the San Andreas earthquake fault and major urban areas - is finally being decommissioned.  However, radioactive waste from San Onofre will be stored ON SITE for the foreseeable future!
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