SOCIAL SOLUTIONS for our HEALTH
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Big money in politics adversely affects the health of our planet and the well being of its inhabitants. You can shift the paradigm with our political solutions and by taking action with these nonprofits, empowering them to affect change.
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Bring Change to Mind to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed Public Education Materials based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness. To act as a portal to a broad coalition of organizations that provide service, screening, information, support and treatment of mental illness.
Center for Environmental Health – Despite decades of progress, harmful chemicals still surround us all. That’s why they work every day to protect your children and family from toxic chemicals that cause learning disabilities, cancer, and many other health problems.
They envision a world where everyone lives, works, learns and plays in a healthy environment; they protect people from toxic chemicals by working with communities, businesses, and the government to demand and support business practices that are safe for human health and the environment.
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS also educates consumers concerning the definition of organic food and products. CFS uses legal actions, groundbreaking scientific and policy reports, books and other educational materials, market pressure and grass roots campaigns through our True Food Network. CFS's successful legal cases collectively represent a landmark body of case law on food and agricultural issues.
CREDO is a social change organization that supports activism and funds progressive nonprofits – efforts made possible by the revenues from their mobile phone company, CREDO Mobile. They have raised over $80 million for Democracy Now!, Brennan Center for Justice, Doctors Without Borders, ACLU, EFF, Planned Parenthood, 350.org and hundreds of other nonprofit groups.
CREDO Action, channels the power of its 3.5 million members to fight for progressive change. They've generated over 16 million letters and phone calls to decision-makers in Washington D.C., in state and local governments, and in corporate headquarters across the country. Their members have submitted their signatures over 127 million times on CREDO petitions and in public comments to government agencies.
The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share a national edible education curriculum for pre-kindergarten through high school. We envision gardens and kitchens as interactive classrooms for all academic subjects, and a free, nutritious, organic lunch for every student. Integrating this curriculum into schools can transform the health and values of every child in America.
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems and preschools. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.
Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.
They're working to create a healthy future for our families and for generations to come—a world where all people have the resources they need, including wholesome food, clean water and sustainable energy. Making this happen requires organizing people from all over the country to build a large movement with the political power to make our democratic process work. Large numbers of people are a countervailing force to corporations “buying” public policy.
The GMO Action Alliance is an alliance of grassroots organizations from states across the U.S., working together to educate people about the issues with genetically engineered crops and foods, connect people with their communities, and empower people take back control over their food. There have been NO long-term studies conducted on the safety of genetically engineered foods on humans.
The issue of GM food safety was first discussed at a meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and biotech representatives in 1990. The "substantial equivalence" concept was proposed in early 1996. The adoption of the concept of substantial equivalence allowed permission to market and sell new foods without any safety or toxicology tests as long as they were not too different in chemical composition to foods already on the market. To decide if a modified product is substantially equivalent, the product is tested by the manufacturer for unexpected changes in a limited set of variables such as toxins, nutrients or allergens that are known to be present in the unmodified food. If these tests show no significant difference between the modified and unmodified products, then no further food safety testing is required.
GMO Free USA’s mission is to harness independent science and agroecological concepts to advocate for sustainable food and ecological systems. They educate consumers and other stakeholders about the potential hazards of genetically engineered organisms and advance the application of the Precautionary Principle.
Their vision is Food transparency. Food and environmental justice. To see a world where we have full disclosure of what is in the food we eat and how it is produced. To see a world whose food and ecological systems are clean, accessible to all, and fully protected from GMO contamination. To see the private, governmental and public sectors follow the Precautionary Principle.
Just Label It – Studies show that more than 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods. Yet for twenty years we have been denied that right.
While our reasons for wanting to know what’s in our food may vary, what unifies us is the belief that it’s our right to know. Without labeling of GMO foods, we cannot make informed choices about our food. The Just Label It campaign was created to advocate for the labeling of GMO foods.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, they are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
National Nurses United is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in U.S. history. National Nurses United affiliate members are renown as leading advocates of guaranteed healthcare by expanding and updating Medicare to cover all Americans, for negotiating many of the best collective bargaining contracts for RNs in the nation, and for sponsorship of innovative legislation and regulatory protections for patients and nurses.
The Non-GMO Project works in several different capacities to ensure the availability of non-GMO products and to help support informed choice. We offer North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products. We also work to educate consumers and the food industry to help build awareness about GMOs and their impact on our health and food systems. One of the inherent risks of genetically modified crops and food items is that they contaminate non-GMO crops and foods through cross-pollination and/or contamination; so we also work with food manufacturers, distributors, growers, and seed suppliers to develop a standard for detection of GMOs and for the reduction of contamination risk of the non-GMO food supply with GMOs.
Move On is a community of more than 8 million Americans from all walks of life who use the connective power of the Internet to lead, participate in, and win campaigns for progressive change.
For more than 17 years, the MoveOn family of organizations has used digital tools to lower the barriers to participation in our democracy, so real Americans have more of a voice in a political system where big money and corporate lobbyists wield too much influence. Increasingly, MoveOn members are stepping up as the leaders of their own campaigns for social change using the MoveOn Petitions DIY organizing platform to enlist other MoveOn members’ support.
Single Payer Now – Health care reform will be on the ballot eventually. When we pass legislation in Sacramento, the insurance industry will place an initiative on the ballot to overturn our legislative victory. If we do not win in Sacramento, there will be a single payer health care on the ballot. Winning a ballot initiative requires a systematic campaign, organizing precinct by precinct.
More Than Policy, Health Care is about Politics. The antidote to the insurance industry’s deceitful media campaigns is a truth telling campaign of thousands of citizens talking to neighbors in their precincts. Just as grassroots social movements won civil rights, social security, women’s right to vote and the right to organize unions, we too will win the fight for health care minus the insurance industry.
Physicians for a National Health Program is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has more than 19,000 members and chapters across the United States. They educate physicians and other health professionals about the benefits of a single-payer system - including fewer administrative costs and affording health insurance for the 50 million Americans who have none. PNHP performs ground breaking research on the health crisis and the need for fundamental reform, coordinates speakers and forums, participates in town hall meetings and debates, contributes scholarly articles to peer-reviewed medical journals, and appears regularly on national television and news programs advocating for a single-payer system.
Progressive Democrats of America was founded to transform the Democratic Party and our country. They seek to build a party and government controlled by citizens, not corporate elites-with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests. Their inside/outside strategy is guided by the belief that a lasting majority will require a revitalized Democratic Party built on firm progressive principles.
For over two decades, the party declined as its leadership listened more to the voices of corporations than those of Americans. PDA strives to rebuild the Democratic Party from the bottom up-from every congressional district to statewide party structures to the corridors of power in Washington, where they work arm in arm with the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In just a couple of years PDA and its allies have shaken up the political status-quo on issues from ending the Iraq war, voter rights, protecting Social Security, a full employment economy, national healthcare and economic justice.
Public Citizen is a nonprofit organization that does not participate in partisan political activities or endorse any candidates for elected office. They accept no government or corporate money – and rely solely on foundation grants, publication sales and assistance from their 400,000 members and supporters.
Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital to ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power. For four decades, they have proudly championed citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts. They have successfully challenged the abusive practices of the pharmaceutical, nuclear and automobile industries, and many others. They are leading the charge against undemocratic trade agreements that advance the interests of mega-corporations at the expense of citizens worldwide.
US Action builds power by uniting people locally and nationally, on-the-ground and online, to win a more just and progressive America. USAction organizes for power, for democracy and for change.
They organize for power because unequal distribution of power allows the privileged few to pursue their own ends at the expense of the dignity and well-being of the many. They organize for power to guarantee all Americans the self-evident rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
They organize for democracy because a just society only exists where all citizens have an equal voice. By promoting open debate, diversity and respect for individual rights, everyone can contribute to the common good.
They organize for change because, as Dr. Martin Luther King famously wrote, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We have a moral obligation to bring an end to an unjust status quo and allow all people to live their lives in peace – not just in America, but in all corners of the world. Therefore, our preferred means for resolving international conflicts are diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations.
U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitals across the country, they take on the special interests on issues such as product safety, public health, campaign finance reform, tax and budget reform and consumer protection, where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.