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Watch the Sunshine Week 2009 Webcast
We need Sunshine laws to protect our right to access government information. Sunshine Week 2009 is focused on generating a set of actionable goals to increase accountability and transparency in the Obama administration. Join us for one of Sunshine Week's key events: an interactive webcast between citizens, activists, journalists, technology experts, and members of the government transition team about how we can achieve a more open government. The speakers will take live questions and comments from you and others watching the webcast around the world.
Support Accountability in the Stimulus Spending
The stimulus bill signed by President Obama will spend billions of tax dollars in an effort to dig us out of the financial crisis. Initially, the stimulus bill contained critical protections for federal employees and civilians who bravely blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse in government spending. These measures were created to ensure that every tax dollar spent is accounted for and used for what matters most: lifting our nation out of economic turmoil. However, many of these protections were stripped out of the bill before it was approved by the President. We must act quickly to ensure that Congress passes measures to expand whistleblower protections before stimulus spending begins.
No More Taxation Without Representation
More than half a million people live in Washington, D.C. without voting representation in Congress. D.C.citizens pay U.S. taxes, fight and die for the U.S. during wartime and yet, shockingly, they have no vote in the Congress that governs them. Please join concerned citizens from around the country in flooding the Capitol with calls and emails to push through this critical and historic civil rights legislation!
Nursing Home Arbitration
We trust nursing homes to make sure our loved ones are in a safe environment, but many elderly residents are neglected. Instead of focusing on providing the best care to their residents, nursing homes are busy immunizing themselves from accountability by inserting binding mandatory arbitration clauses into the fine print of their admission papers.
Tell the Senate to Go Digital
The current system for senators to submit campaign finance reports to the Federal Election Commission is a maze of back-and-forth between agencies that requires printing and re-typing the same information repeatedly. The result is an annual $250,000.00 bill to taxpayers and the delayed release of information to the public.
Call on Congress to Support Fair Elections
The problem of money and its influence in elections is fundamental and must be addressed with a fundamental solution: the public funding of congressional elections - also called Fair Elections. Demand Congress pass the "Fair Elections Now Act" and put voters back at the center of elections.
Shed Some Light On Government
From unfounded claims of "national security" and "executive privilege," the public has been given phony excuses for why we are denied information about our government. It is time to end this deception and restore transparency to our government. Ask your members of Congress to return sunlight to our nation.
Halliburton's Arbitration Trap
Jamie Leigh Jones told ABC's 20/20 that while she was working in Iraq for a Halliburton subsidiary called KBR she was gang raped. Now, Halliburton is denying her constitutional right to have her traumatic experience heard by a jury because of a clause in her employment contract.
With Liberty and Justice for All?
More than half a million people live in the capital of the United States without voting representation in Congress. Luckily, the Senate is considering a vote on the DC Voting Rights Act, which the House passed in April. Citizens in the District of Columbia don't have senators of their own to call, so they need us to stand up for them.
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