Morrie's Causes

Updated 05/17/2014

Statistics

Canadians have higher median income than Americans.
Canadians receive essentially free health care.
The average American worker tols 4.6% more than hours than a Canadian, 21 percent more than a French, and 28 percent more than a German.
Canadians and Europeans live longer than Americans.
American women are twice as likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth than Canadians.
The top 1% in America now own assets worth more than those held by the entire bottom 90%.
The six Walmert heirs are worth as much as the bottom 41% of American households.
The top six hedge fund managers and traders averaged more than $2 billion each in earnings in 2013, and pay only 15% due to the "carried interest" tax scandal.
Nicholas Kristof, "It's Now the Canadian Dream", New York Times, May 15, 2014

Upcoming events -- that shouldn't be missed -- your presence will make the difference:

 

Causes that are really worth supporting.  Just do it -- log on, join them, send them a contribution.  Do it today !!!!!!
** ==> Tax-deductible (501-c-3) organization

Americans United for Separation of Church and State -- at www.au.org
The nation's pre-eminent group fighting to keep our government from becoming a theocracy -- to preserve our heritage of secular government where religious beliefs are a matter of individual conscience.  Extremely important cause and group.
At 518 C Street NE, Washington DC 20002 -- 202-466-3234
 
Beyond Nuclear - at www.beyondnuclear.org
The single most important US organization fighting nuclear power and for a safe-energy future.  Tremendously effective and hard-working. 
At 6930 Carroll Ave #400, Takoma Park MD 20912 -- 301-270-2209
 
Center for Biological Diversity -- ** -- at www.biologicaldiversity.org
Campaigner for endangered species and habitat protection, opposition to oil drilling on public lands and offshore.  Both scientific and legal strategies to save polar bears, ssea turtles and hundreds of other species on the brink of extinction.  The most effective endangered species protection group in the country.
At PO Box 710, Tucson AZ 85702-0710 -- 866-357-3349
 
Center for Reproductive Rights ** -- at www.reproductiverights.org
Major campaigner for pro-choice on the national and international stage.  Litigation, research, lobbying.
At 120 Wall St., New York NY 10005 -- 917-637-3600
 
Citizens Utility Board -- at www.citizensutilityboard.org
Highly effective group fighting to protect the citizens of Illinois against unjustified electric and gas utility rate hikes.
At 309 W. Washington St. #800, Chicago IL 60606 -- 800-669-5556
 
Compassion and Choices -- at www.compassionandchoices.org
National organization for the "death with dignity movement" -- working for the right to exit if and when suffering becomes intolerable.  Effective, formed from the merger of several separate organizations.
At PO Box 101810, Denver CO 80250 -- 800-247-7421
 
Death With Dignity National Center -- at www.deathwithdignity.org
One of the three major national organizations in the death-with-dignity movement -- focuses especially on state-by-state legislative initiatives.
At 520 SW 6th Ave # 1220, Portland OR 97204 -- 503-228-4415
 
Drug Policy Alliance - at www.drugpolicy.org
Works to mitigate the horrendous harm caused by the "War on Drugs", which is really a war on all of us, especially poor people.  Legalize it, that's what I say.
At 70 W. 36th St, 16th fl, New York NY 10018 -- 212-613-8020
 
Emily's List -- at www.emilyslist.org
Tremendously effective funder of pro-choice legislators.  Vitally important.
At 1120 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 1100, Washington DC 20036 -- 202-326-1400
 
Environment Illinois - at www.environmentillinois.org 
The major Illinois environmental group -- a spinoff from the Illinois Public Interest Research Group (IL PIRG) -- fights for clean energy, stopping Great Lakes dumping, cleaning up pollution, our state parks, etc.
At 407 S. Dearborn Suite 701, Chicago IL 60605 - 312-291-0696
 
Environmental Law and Policy Center -- at www.elpc.org
Protecting the Midwest's environmental and natural heritage.  Tremendously effective group promoting the development of clean energy, growing eco-business, advancing smart transportation, and protecting natural places.
At 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1300, Chicago IL 60601-2110 -- 312-673-6500
 
Equality Now - at www.equalitynow.org
Tremendously effective, truly international group that fights for women's rights, especially to stop genital mutilation.  Builds consensus country by country, working with local women, changing the law, changing the culture.  Publishes wonderful quarterly magazine in English, French and Arabic.
At
 
Feminist Majority - at www.feministmajority.org
"Working for women's equality from the streets to the Congress" -- fighting to preserve the right to abortion -- a critical organization in Washington.
At 1600 Wilson Blvd. Suite 801, Arlington VA 22209 -- 703-522-2214
 
Feminist Majority Foundation -- at www.feminist.org
Tremendously effective advocate for feminist causes.  Especially involved in defending clinics and abortion providers.  Really really important.
At 1600 Wilson Blvd. Suite 801, Arlington VA 22209 -- 703-522-2214
 
Final Exit Network - at www.finalexitnetwork.org
The most important of the three major national organizations that make up the Death With Dignity movement.
At PO Box 664, Pennington NJ 08534 -- 866-654-9156
See also Compassion and Choices, Death With Dignity National Center, and Euthanasia World Directory
 
Friends Committee on National Legislation - at www.fcnl.org
Quaker peaceniks -- with a long, proud, and incredibly valuable history.  One of the best sources on the absurdities and waste of the war budget.  Where would we be without the Quaker peaceniks?
At 245 Second St NE, Washington DC 20002-5795 -- 800-630-1330
 
Friends of the Earth ** - at www.foe.org
One of the earliest and most tireless campaigners against nuclear power, for safe energy and against environmental devastation.
Based in both California and DC.
At 1100 15th St NW, 11th fl, Washington DC 20005 -- 202-783-7400
 
Hands of Peace - at www.hands-of-peace.org
Unique Chicago-area organization that brings together Palestinian and Israeli kids, together with American kids of all backgrounds, for two weeks of dialog and friendship.  Creates those ongoing links that can bridge the terrible hatreds and misunderstandings that divide us and make it so hard to envision the conflict ever being resolved.
At 1000 Elm St, Glenview IL 60025 -- 224-406-5045
 
Green America - at www.greenamerica.org
The environmental arm of Co-Op America, and the publisher of the Green American, the Green Pages, and the Guide to Socially Responsible Investing.  Wonderful group.
At 1612 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20006 -- 800-584-7336
 
Greenpeace - at www.greenpeace.org/usa
The global environmental group, tremendously effective.  Focuses on safe energy, global warming, no nukes, no coal, the oceans, etc. etc. etc.
At 702 H St. NW Suite 300, Washington DC 20001 -- 800-722-6995
 
Illinois Choice Action Team - at www.ilchoiceactionteam.org
The Illinois arm of NARAL Pro-Choice America
 
Illinois PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) - at www.illinoispirg.org
The Illinois outpost of the Public Interest Research Group movement, originally founded by Ralph Nader.  An invaluable campaigner for the common good, ranging from safer food, public transit, product safety, etc.
At 407 S. Dearborn #701, Chicago IL 60605 -- 312-291-0441
 
International Planned Parenthood Federation -- at www.ippfwhr.org
The international arm of the worldwide movement.  In the western hemisphere, does a tremendous amount of work to assist poor and marginalized women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
At 120 Wall St. 9th fl, New York NY 10005-3902 -- 212-248-6400
 
Marijuana Policy Project -- at www.mpp.org
Major national group fighting against this most absurd of all drug prohibitions -- that incarcerates people and ruins lives for ingesting an herb that's safer than alcohol and has a world of medical uses besides.  The "war on drugs" is an absurd failure -- it's just an excuse to persecute minorities.
At 236 Massachusetts Ave NE Suite 400, Washington DC 20002-4980 -- 202-462-5747
 
The Nation -- at www.thenation.com
Wonderful and indispensable progressive publication, with a more than 125-year history.  Always a good read.  Subscribe !!!
At 33 Irving Place, New York NY 10003 -- 212-209-5400
 
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare -- at www.ncpssm.org
The single best of the groups working to preserve and extend these two critically important federal programs.
At 10 G Street NE, Suite 600, Washington DC 20002-4215 -- 202-216-0420
 
National Organization for Women (NOW) -- at www.now.org
The major national feminist organization, with a long and illustrious history dating to 1966.  If you're a feminist, you should be a member -- and everybody should be a feminist.
At 1100 H St. NW, 3rd fl., Washington DC 20005 -- 202-628-8669
And contribute to the NOW Foundation -- for hard-hitting educational work -- at www.nowfoundation.org
 
Natural Resources Defense Council -- at www.nrdc.org
Probably the single most effective of the major national environmental organizations.  Protects our Artic waters against oil drilling in fragile coastal areas, fights filthy open-pit mining in the heart of Alaska's natural areas, campaigns tirelessly for clean eenrgy and against dirty fossil fuels.  Publishes "On Earth", a truly wonderful magazine. 
At 40 W. 20th St., New York 10011 -- 212-727-4500
 
People for the American Way -- at www.pfaw.org
Tremendously effective progressive group, founded by Norman Lear.  It's 2011 agenda calls for fighting the right-wing agenda to repeal health care reform, roll back civil rights protections, continue legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians, undermine women's reproductive rights, diminish the role of the federal government, and attack Social Security.  Fight now and prepare for the 2012 election.
At 2000 M Street NW Suite 400, Washington DC 20036 -- 202-467-4999
 
Personal PAC -- at www.personalpac.org
Extremely effective Illinois pro-choice political and advocacy organization -- we can thank Personal PAC for saving us from an anti-choice governor -- stages major and high profile fund-raisers.
At 134 N. LaSalle St. Suite 2040, Chicago IL 60602 -- 312-422-0005
 
Pesticide Action Network -- ** -- at www.panna.org
Campaigner to keep toxic pesticides out of our food -- protecting children's health by winning global bans on toxic pesticides linked to birth defects and reproductive dysfunction, investigating "Big Ag" corporations.  Points out link between pesticides and collapse of honeybee populations.  Great group.
At 49 Powell St. #500, San Francisco CA 94102 -- 415-981-1771
 
Planned Parenthood Federation of America - at www.plannedparenthood.org
The single most important provider of reproductive health services and advocate for pro-choice.  Tremendously effective.
At 434 W. 33rd St., New York NY 10001 -- 212-541-7800 or 800-430-4907
 
Planned Parenthood Action Fund - at www.plannedparenthoodaction.org
The advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
At 434 W. 33rd St., New York NY 10001 -- 800-430-4907
 
Planned Parenthood of Illinois - at www.plannedparenthood.org/illinois
The Illinois arm of Planned Parenthood -- critically important component of the movement right here.  Runs a network of clinics across Illinois
At 18 S. Michigan Ave 6th fl., Chicago IL 60603 -- 312-592-6800
 
Planned Parenthood Illinois Action - at www.plannedparenthoodillinoisaction.org
Focuses on beating back anti-abortion bills in the Illinois legislature.  Couldn't be more important in this day and age.
At 18 S. Michigan Ave 6th fl., Chicago IL 60603 -- 312-592-6800
 
Population Connection -- ** -- at www.popconnect.org
Formerly Zero Population Growth.  The most effective of the groups working for international family planning, and arguing that unchecked global population growth is a direct threat to all of us, and has inflicted enormous suffering on the world's most vulnerable women.
At 2120 L St. NW Suite 500, Washington DC 20037 -- 800-767-1956
 
Public Citizen -- at www.citizen.org
Founded by Ralph Nader. Determined and effective crusader on issues including business liability, campaign finance reform, corporate crime, corporate welfare, drug safety, energy policy, health care, Medicare, nuclear waste, globalization, food safety, etc. etc. etc.  Indispensable and incredibly valuable.
At 1600 20th St NW, Washington DC 20009 -- 202-588-1000
 
Waterkeeper Alliance -- ** -- at www.waterkeeper.org
Strong fighter against pollution especially water pollution -- sues corporate polluters especially mining companies, fights against coal ash pits, works to reduce mercury emissions, opposes pollution from factory farms.  Very effective.
At 17 Battery Place #1329, New York NY 10004 -- 212-747-0622
 
Wilderness Society -- ** -- at www.wilderness.org
Founded in 1935 -- the leading American conservation organization fighting to protect public lands from mining, logging and other depredations.
At 1615 M Street NW, Washington DC 20036 -- 202-833-2300
 
World Wildlife Fund -- ** at www.worldwildlife.org
Fifty years old, the world's leading wildlife conservation organization -- works in 100 countries worldwide.
At 1250 Twenty Fourth St NW, Washington DC 96555 -- 800-960-0993