The climate crisis isn’t a game

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Americans born between 1981 and 2010—the Millennial Generation (MY generation)—will see a massive increase in the number of days over 95° in the course of our lifetimes.

As we grow older, blistering, life-threatening heat waves will become the norm—just as we age into the demographic group most vulnerable to heat-wave-related deaths. Risky Business projects an additional 11,000-36,000 people will die of heat-related conditions per year in the Southeast alone, where residents will experience an additional 4 months of 95° and hotter days each year.

This is what the climate crisis will mean. But, it’s only part of the story. We’re already seeing more severe heat-waves and wildfires, drought and floods, storm surges and coastal flooding. There is literally not one corner of this country or the planet not already feeling the effects of global warming.

It’s a monumental task. But, there is good news. Right now, thanks to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, we have the best chance we’ve ever had to slash carbon pollution from America’s fossil-fuel-burning power plants, the largest source of carbon pollution in the country. That’s important. And with your help, we’re going to win the fight to implement these common-sense, life-saving standards.

So please, take this opportunity for your generation, my generation, and all future generations. Make a donation today to our $3-for-$1 Summer Match Campaign to quadruple the value of your support.

Let’s solve this crisis together, now, while there’s still time.

Emily StevensonThank you for all your support,
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Emily Stevenson
Manager, Online Membership

Hooray for Hollywood? ~~

Donate NowDirector D. W. Griffith’s 1915 silent drama, Birth of a Nation, was one of the first major depictions of African Americans on film (actually, white actors in blackface).

Yet the movie portrayed slavery as “civilizing” blacks and made it seem as though African Americans were happier in servitude. Not until the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s-60s was Hollywood making an effort to include more African Americans in its movies and television shows.

But it was last year that director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave brought the full horror of Southern plantation life to the American people.

It is stories like these that we will tell at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture — stories that reflect the full range of the African American experience from great pain to soaring triumph.

Please join as a Charter Member today so that we can finish building the Museum that will tell these stories and countless others.

Hollywood’s portrayal of the African American experience in the movies is only one of the major cultural themes that the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will confront, openly and intelligently, to shatter myths and to educate all Americans about the history we all share.

We are not building the Museum to celebrate black history solely for African Americans. Rather, the Museum will be a place for all Americans. A place where everyone can see how the African American experience has affected and shaped the lives of anyone who calls themselves an American.

You have been among the very first Americans to step forward and offer your support to help us construct this new museum. I cannot thank you enough for your generous contribution.

None of this is possible without support from friends like you. Your tax-deductible donation will ensure that our construction continues to progress and ensure that other elements of this grand project stay on track, too.

Together, you and I are creating a center of learning and inspiration that will attract millions of visitors from across the country and around the world. It is here they will come to understand the African American story in full — the moments of great pain and the moments of soaring triumph.

We’re moving closer to reality with each passing day!

Thank you for your support.

I can’t afford to feed my daughter …

United Healthcare: Cover baby formula for special needs children

Emi Clayberg
Tulsa, Oklahoma

My beautiful daughter Vivian was born 3 months premature and spent 4 months in the NICU. She survived, but never learned to eat and requires a special formula that costs $290 a case. Our insurance company, United Healthcare, refuses to pay for this.

Vivian was diagnosed with dysphagia and reflux and had to undergo multiple surgeries – including having a g-tube inserted.  She gets 100% of her nutrition through the g-tube and due to absorption and food tolerance issues, the formula that works best for her is “Pediasure Peptide 1.5.”

We thought our insurance would cover it – but after months of purchasing the formula, we received news that United Healthcare was not paying for it – in the form of an $8,000 bill. My family is now in a panic worrying about how we are going to feed our daughter. She needs 6-7 cases a month – about $2,000. That is my entire paycheck.

Just a few years ago, United Healthcare posted a net earnings of $5.142 billion – they can afford to cover this for families that need it. Health insurance companies are susceptible to public pressure — and we believe that with enough signatures, United Healthcare will change its policy — not just for our family but for others, too. Thats why I need you to sign my petition.

Vivian is the most grateful little girl you could ever meet. She is so sweet to everyone and it breaks my heart to see her so physically delayed because she is not getting the medical care she needs and deserves.

Please sign our petition to United Healthcare demanding they cover special formulas like the one that Vivian and other children like her need to survive.

“You’re the Reason I Ran for Office”

Watch this week's edition of West Wing Week

Last week’s edition of West Wing Week took us to Guatemala with the Vice President, to our nation’s capital for the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families, and along for the ride as a woman who wrote the President gets a reply… in person.

See what else happened last week at the White House in the latest West Wing Week.

Weekly Address: Focusing on the Economic Priorities for the Middle Class Nationwide

In this week’s address, the President discussed his recent trip to Minneapolis where he met a working mother named Rebekah, who wrote the President to share the challenges her family and many middle-class Americans are facing where they work hard and sacrifice yet still can’t seem to get ahead. But instead of focusing on growing the middle class and expanding opportunity for all, Republicans in Congress continue to block commonsense economic proposals such as raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance and making college more affordable.


A Day in the Life: Rebekah from Minneapolis

This past March, a mom from Minneapolis named Rebekah wrote the President a letter about the increasing costs of taking care of her family. She told him about her day-to-day struggles, and let him know what she thinks needs to change. Last week, the President traveled to Minnesota to spend some time with her. Check out the live-blog from President Obama’s trip.


President Obama on Climate Change: “You Can Ignore the Facts; You Can’t Deny the Facts”

Last Wednesday, President Obama addressed the League of Conservation Voters at their annual Capital Dinner. In his remarks, he commended them for their work to protect the planet, and emphasized that the work is “even more urgent and more important” now than when he last spoke to the League in 2006, due to the rapidly growing threat of climate change.


Mercy For Animals Canada

Diane J. Brisebois: Demandez au Conseil canadien du commerce de détail d’interdire les cages à veaux

by Mercy For Animals Canada | 61,253 supporters

Je suis enquêteur avec Mercy For Animals Canada, et pendant huit semaines, j’ai travaillé dans une ferme industrielle de production de veaux qui approvisionne beaucoup des plus gros détaillants d’épicerie canadiens. Rien n’aurait pu me préparer aux…

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