International Human Rights Day


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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 1918-2013

 

In honor of Nelson Mandela’s legacy and in recognition of International Human Rights Day, we ask you to take action for rainforests, rivers, and rights in the Amazon. Please take a moment to show solidarity with our allies in Ecuador and Brazil.

In response to the arbitrary closure of Fundación Pachamama in Ecuador by the Ecuadorian government last week, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition and over 100 international organizations have made statements of support, including individual statements from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Let’s continue to show our solidarity with our allies in Ecuador by calling for Fundación Pachamama to be reinstated so that they can continue to work in defense of human rights and the rights of nature. There’s too much at stake in the Ecuadorian Amazon to allow this crackdown to continue. Please take action today!

Today marks the first anniversary of the Justice Now Campaign, calling for justice in human rights cases related to the Belo Monte Dam project in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Since the launch of the campaign, the world has mobilized for multiple protests and online campaigns, but the Brazilian government has ignored our calls for justice and continues to move forward with its dam-building agenda. We must keep up the pressure on Human Rights Day! Our allies are mobilizing across Brazil and around the world today. Please show your solidarity and take action with them!

For Human Rights and Justice Now,

Leila Salazar-Lopez
Leila Salazar-Lopez
Program Director

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Find out why we have to make our economy work for every working American.

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VoteVets.org is supporting Seth Moulton


VoteVets.org

As a U.S. Marine, Seth Moulton served four tours in Iraq over five years — leading an infantry platoon that was one of the first to enter Baghdad.

Now he’s running in a toss-up race for a first term in Congress, and VoteVets is proud to stand with him.

Seth has an important campaign finance deadline this month and your contribution of $10 will give him the resources he needs to win.

http://action.votevets.org/seth-moulton

Seth is running as the progressive candidate in a Democratic Primary against corrupt Congressman John Tierney.

In 2012, plagued by ethical problems that involved unreported gifts from owners of an illegal offshore gambling business, Tierney barely hung on with 48% of the vote… in a district Obama carried by double digits.

This race is our best chance to elect a progressive veteran to Congress in 2014 while simultaneously restoring some integrity and trust in our nation’s capital.

Let’s do it.

Help VoteVets support Seth Moulton by making a $10 contribution to his campaign before the critical end of quarter deadline.

http://action.votevets.org/seth-moulton

We have a lot of important campaigns to support in 2014 — but Seth’s race is near the top of the list. It’s important.

All the best,

Jon Soltz
@JonSoltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
VoteVets.org