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Historic “Yes on 13” Campaign Launched to End Dog Racing
Constitutional Amendment to Phase Out Greyhound Racing by 2020 Will Appear on November Ballot
TAMPA—Humane advocates will launch an historic campaign to phase out greyhound racing in Florida this morning, with a press conference at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. State Senator Dana Young, a steadfast advocate of greyhound protection issues in the legislature, will announce the campaign along with Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, campaign volunteers, and rescued greyhounds.
“Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane,” said Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 Co-Chair Kate MacFall. “Thousands of dogs endure lives of confinement and substandard treatment at Florida dog tracks, and every three days a greyhound dies.”
Following the kick off, the campaign will hold thirteen grassroots meetings across the state. Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 recently launched a digital campaign to inform voters about the cruelty of greyhound racing. The campaign will communicate to voters directly via a dedicated website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram account.
“This will be a true grassroots campaign,” said Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 Co-Chair Joyce Carta. “We are confident that when Floridians see the way greyhounds suffer in this industry, they will vote Yes for the dogs.”
The campaign has chosen to make this historic announcement at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, one of the leading animal welfare organizations in the state.
“We are proud to host this historic announcement,” said Sherry Silk, Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “Dogs play such an important role in our lives, we consider them family, and they deserve to be protected.”
Serious animal welfare concerns have been documented at Florida dog tracks. Thousands of greyhounds endure lives of confinement at these facilities, kept in warehouse-style kennels in rows of stacked cages for 20 to 23 hours per day. Also, according to state records, 458 greyhound deaths have been reported at Florida dog tracks since 2013.
Commercial greyhound racing is illegal in 40 states, and two-thirds of all remaining dog tracks nationwide are in Florida.
About the Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 campaign
Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 is a grassroots campaign working to end the cruelty of greyhound racing in Florida. Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 is being sponsored by greyhound protection group GREY2K USA and the Humane Society of the United States. To learn more, go to ProtectDogs.org, or visit the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
For more than 100 years, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. Named a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator since 2008, designated a Platinum Participator with GuideStar, recognized as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, and accredited by AAHA, the standard in veterinary excellence, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the highest standards in animal sheltering and veterinary care. Our adoption programs, affordable veterinary services, community outreach efforts and volunteer opportunities are essential to the health and wellbeing of animals across Tampa Bay. HumaneSocietyTampa.org.
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More than 100 fur coats and hats previously collected went to comfort injured young wildlife around the country  

Washington, D.C.  September 8, 2015, – Today, Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, announced the return of its successful 2014 “Fur for the Animals” campaign, a donation drive to collect hats, coats, and other items made from animal fur. Donations will once again be sent to wildlife rehabilitation centers around the country and used to comfort orphaned and injured wildlife. This year’s drive will run September 8 to December 31.

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “Animal trapping and fur farming are not only barbaric to animals, but also serious public safety and environmental issues. One of our goals is to reduce the supply, demand, and social acceptance of fur and end the cruelest forms of trapping in America.  With this campaign, people are actually able to repurpose and recycle old furs and give them back to the animals – we can’t undo the damage done to the many animals who suffered for those garments, but at least we can achieve some good in the end.”

The donated fur not only provides comfort and warmth to orphaned and injured wildlife, but also serves as a symbol to show that fur belongs to the animals, not to fashion.  Born Free USA collected over 100 furs since the first campaign in 2014.

To donate, fur can be dropped off or shipped to Born Free USA, 2300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 100B, Washington, DC 20007; or Born Free USA, 1220 H Street, Suite 103, Sacramento, CA 95814 before December 31, 2015.

Once collected, Born Free USA will send the fur to wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country, including the following campaign partners:

1. Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Kendalia, Texas

2. The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, Ramona, California

3. The Fund for Animals Cape Wildlife Center, Barnstable, Massachusetts

4. Gila Wildlife Rescue, Silver City, New Mexico

5. Urban Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation, New York, New York

6. Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, McCall, Idaho

Born Free USA welcomes new wildlife rehabilitation partners, who can contact the organization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information. 

Born Free USA commends the growing number of fashion retailers vowing to go fur-free.  In July 2015 the luxury brand Hugo Boss announced it will be completely removing real animal fur from its collections beginning with their Fall/Winter 2016 line.  Hugo Boss is joining such brands as American Apparel, Esprit, H&M, Steve Madden, Marks & Spencer and Topshop. For a full list of fur-free fashion retailers click here.     

Born Free USA is a member of The Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of animal protection organizations working to bring an end to the exploitation and killing of animals for their fur. The Fur Free Alliance represents more than 40 animal protection organizations in 28 countries and millions of supporters worldwide. 

Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation” — the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free USA’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org  www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

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THOUSANDS DEMAND ST. PETERSBURG POLICE STOP SHOOTING DOGS

Explosive campaign on Change.org calls on St. Petersburg Police Department to immediately adopt non-lethal standard operating procedures for canine encounters in wake of tragic shooting of 12-year-old family pet.  


WASHINGTON, DC – More than 3,000 people have joined a popular campaign on Change.org calling on the police department in St. Petersburg, Florida, to stop using lethal force on dogs.

Nancy Smith, a member of the volunteer group Hand4Paws, launched the campaign on Change.org after hearing that a St. Petersburg police officer had shot and killed Boomer, a 12-year-old arthritic golden retriever owned by couple Roy and Lauren Glass. Smith had been taking action online for animals for more than two years, but because of her own senior golden retriever, Boomer’s story felt even more personal, inspiring her to start the petition on Change.org. Boomer was only the latest in a series of dog killings by the St. Petersburg police.

“Seven dogs have been shot by St. Petersburg officers this year,” said Smith. “In just a few weeks, more than 3,000 people have signed our online petition campaign on Change.org. The animal community is extremely passionate and thousands more worldwide are sure to join if the police don’t stop this deadly trend by immediately improving their officers’ training on dog handling techniques and adopting a clear policy that lethal force should only be used as a last resort.”

The campaign is in support of Boomer’s owners, Roy and Lauren Glass, who want to see their local police department change the way it deals with dogs.

“The grief is real, severe, and continuing, passing from sorrow to anger,” said Roy Glass. “With the help of others, we established the ”Boomer’s Voice” Facebook page and a campaign on Change.org to improve pet handling in police training and education and to sponsor and promote legislation to provide a means of statutory redress for the deliberate or reckless injury of killing of pets by others. Many fine and caring people from all walks of life have joined in our effort.”

“What these pet lovers have accomplished in just a few days is remarkable,” said Director of Organizing Stephanie Feldstein of Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change. “By using social media and Change.org, Nancy and Hand4Paws have managed to recruit thousands of people demanding action from the St. Petersburg Police Department. Change.org is about empowering anyone, anywhere to demand action on the issues that matter to them, and it has been incredible to watch Nancy’s campaign take off.”

The U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services Office recently issued a publication on dog-related police incidents, stating that “the use of a weapon is seldom required in dog-related incidents or encounters.”

Live signature totals from Nancy Smith’s campaign:
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-st-petersburg-police-from-shooting-dogs

St. Petersburg Times coverage of the campaign:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/owners-of-fatally-shot-dog-wants-st-petersburg-police-to-change-procedure/1196829
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/article1125700.ece

For more information on Hand4Paws, please visit:
http://www.hand4paws.com
Hand4Paws is a group of world wide animal activists that use social media to promote animal rights and fight for animal welfare. Hand4Paws informs the rest of the world and brings together people that take action and give a voice to the animals. All work is done on a volunteer basis, just people who truly care.

For more information on Change.org, please visit:
http://www.change.org/about
Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

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More than 1,000 people sign online petition asking Governor Perry to save struggling ranchers and dying horses by bringing hay to Texas during record drought.


SOUTH ARGYLE, TX – More than 1,000 people have joined a popular campaign on Change.org urging Texas Governor Rick Perry to use state funds to alleviate the drought’s negative impact on small ranchers and farm animals.

Bob Williams, founder of the Texas-based animal rescue organization Ranch Hand Rescue, launched the online campaign on Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change. Williams has received a record number of requests to care for horses, cattle, and other farm animals as a result of the Texas drought, which has caused a major hay scarcity in the state.

“We desperately need to raise awareness about this issue,” said Williams. “Hay prices continue to climb, and much of the hay that’s being brought into Texas is of poor quality. We know Governor Perry is a good man, and we want to work with his team to develop a plan to make sure we help our ranchers and farm animals.”

The drought has caused the price of hay to nearly quadruple in recent months, leading small ranchers and farmers, already struggling in a down economy, to sell off large portions of their herds or give them to farm rescue organizations like Williams’. Some horses and cattle have starved to death because of the lack of hay, and conditions are expected to worsen. Williams is asking Governor Rick Perry to use state funds to truck in hay from other states into Texas.

“Bob Williams is standing up and taking action for what he believes in,” said Change.org Senior Organizer Sarah Parsons. “Clearly, farmers, ranchers and concerned citizens across the state agree with him. Change.org is about empowering anyone, anywhere, to start campaigns on issues they care about, and Bob’s campaign is a perfect example of that.”

State Climatologist John Nielson-Gammon recently declared Texas’ ongoing drought to be the state’s worst one-year drought on record. Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates that the drought will likely persist through the winter.

Live signature totals on Bob Williams’s petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-perry-save-our-starving-farm-animals

For more information on Ranch Hand Rescue, please visit:
http://ranchhandrescue.org/
Ranch Hand Rescue fosters, houses, feeds, and medically cares for ranch animals in distressed conditions. The organization is located in South Argyle, Texas.

For more information on Change.org, please visit:
http://www.change.org/about
Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

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Explosive campaign on Change.org calls on Petland USA to end the sale of pets in its stores; more than fifty bloggers join campaign.


WASHINGTON, DC – Thousands of people and more than fifty pet bloggers have joined a popular campaign on Change.org calling on Petland to stop selling commercially bred pets and support pet adoption instead.

Mary Haight, who owns the Dancing Dog Blog, launched the campaign on Change.org following an announcement from Petland Canada that it planned to end pet sales across its Canadian stores. When she tried to contact Petland’s U.S. headquarters in Ohio to find out their response to the announcement, she never received a call back.

"This is an opportunity for Petland to be a corporate leader,” said petition creator Mary Haight. “They claim to care about animals, but their actions don't match that claim when the foundation of Petland's business is based on buying from commercial puppy mills.”

“Petland can break with past cruelties, be welcomed in communities, and build a strong base for the future by embracing the adoption model,” Haight continued. “Now that Petland Canada has announced their plan to fire puppy mills and employ the adoption model, Petland USA needs to stand up and be counted. Millions of animals are waiting for their help."

Earlier this month, more than fifty pet bloggers joined a blog action day hosted by Be the Change for Animals in support of Mary’s campaign on Change.org, the world’s fastest growing platform for social change. News of the online campaign is likely to increase pressure on Petland, which has long been under fire for its connections to commercial breeding facilities referred to as “puppy mills.”

“What the pet blogging community has accomplished in just a few days is remarkable,” said Change.org Director of Organizing, Stephanie Feldstein. “Mary has managed to recruit thousands of supporters across the U.S. in her call for Petland USA to follow Canada’s lead in ending pet sales. Change.org is about empowering anyone, anywhere to demand action on the issues that matter to them, and it has been incredible to watch Mary’s campaign take off.”

Live signature totals from Mary Haight’s campaign:
http://www.change.org/petitions/petland-usa-stop-selling-pets-fire-puppy-mills-petland-canada-has

Contact information for petition signers in your area can be arranged upon request:

Stephanie Feldstein

Director of Organizing, Change.org

(734) 395-0770, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Blogs supporting Mary Haight’s Change.org petition:



For more information on Be the Change for Animals, please visit:
http://www.btc4animals.com/
Be the Change for Animals is a volunteer run website that highlights one animal cause per week and hosts quarterly Blog the Change events. See below for select list of blogs that participated in the blog action day.

For more information on Change.org, please visit:
http://www.change.org/about
Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

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 Nearly 20,000 join growing campaign on Change.org demanding investigation into authorized killing of nine penned deer.


RALEIGH, NC – The popular campaign on Change.org demanding the North Carolina Wildlife Commission investigate the shooting of nine tame deer on a rehabilitation farm in Randolph County has nearly doubled, with 20,000 people from at least 45 countries signing the online petition campaign.

“I can’t believe how much support we’ve gotten,” said Millie Bowling, a local resident who started the campaign on Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change. “At the same time, North Carolina should be ashamed — and it sounds like tens of thousands all over the world agree.”

On September 20, armed wildlife commission agents stormed Wayne Kindley’s rehabilitation farm and shot and killed the nine tame deer on his property. Wildlife agents claimed to have a warrant to kill the deer in order to test for chronic wasting disease. Test results for all nine deer have since returned negative for the disease.

Last week, residents attended a public wildlife commission meeting and were told they could not speak. At that meeting, local resident Jo Henderson delivered more than 7,000 signatures. This issue has spurred outrage in the small town and Bowling’s campaign has been extensively covered by local media and the Associated Press.

“We want the governor to step in and find out what happened,” said Jo Henderson, who raised one of the fawns killed on Kindley’s farm. “Those deer should have never been killed, and we won’t stop until this is investigated.”

Wayne Kindley, who has been operating his farm for more than thirty years, will appear in court on Tuesday for operating without the proper license. Campaign leaders and supporters will attend the hearing.

“It has been incredible to watch Millie mobilize people in her community and beyond,” said Corinne Ball, Change.org’s director of organizing. “With tens of thousands joining the call for an investigation, it’s clear the anger over this incident is widespread.”

Live signature totals from Millie Bowling’s campaign:
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-north-carolina-wildlife-commission-from-killing-tame-deer-and-fawns

Associated Press coverage of the campaign:
http://www.wyff4.com/r/29440597/detail.html

WGHP coverage of the campaign:
http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-wildlife-officials-shoot-kill-more-deer-for-disease-testing-20110926,0,6663445.story


For more information on Change.org, please visit:
http://www.change.org/about
Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

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20,000 TO AIR CANADA: STOP SHIPPING MONKEYS ON PLANES

Popular campaign on Change.org urges Air Canada to adopt policy against shipping primates for research.

 

LONDON - More than 20,000 people have joined an international campaign on Change.org. launched by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), calling on Air Canada to adopt a “no cruel cargo” policy and stop transporting primates destined for research.

 

The news follows recent announcements by both Caribbean Airlines and Air Canada-partner Lufthansa to join the growing list of airlines committed to refusing to ship primates for the research industry.

 

Air Canada initially responded to the BUAV’s campaign on Change.org by claiming that the airline is required by federal law to accept primate cargo, citing a 13-year-old ruling by the Canadian Transportation Agency. However, the ruling only determined that Air Canada had to follow the policies it sets, and the CTA says that changing airline policies to refuse primate shipments is within Air Canada’s discretion. 

 

The Canadian organisation Lawyers for Animal Welfare has produced a legal opinion, which determines that Air Canada is free to change its policies and “legally entitled to refuse to ship animals bound for experimentation.”

 

“Air Canada is under no legal obligation to transport animals bound for experimentation,” said Sarah Kite, Director of Special Projects for the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection. “We have subsequently renewed our call to Air Canada to stop transporting primates destined for research."

 

More than 20,000 people from around the world have joined the campaign on Change.org, many commenting on the petition that they will not fly Air Canada and the other airlines that have not yet adopted “no cruel cargo” policies until the primate shipments end.

 

“The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection has shown, through the Change.org platform, that there is overwhelming public opinion against primate cargo,” said Stephanie Feldstein, Director of Organizing for Change.org, the world’s fastest growing social change platform. “It’s been inspiring to watch tens of thousands of travelers take action on this campaign.”

 

Live signature totals from the campaign on Change.org:

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-airlines-stop-transporting-nonhuman-primates-for-research

 

Additional background on the campaign:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Canada+targeted+animal+research+cargo+says+hands+tied/5213951/story.html

http://www.buav.org/article/807/buav-call-on-air-canada-to-stop-transporting-monkeys-for-research

www.buav.org/cargocruelty

 

For more information on Change.org, please visit:

http://www.change.org/about

Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

 

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More than 24,000 people join online campaign urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign AB 376 into law

 
SACRAMENTO, CA. - More than 24,000 people have joined an online campaign urging Governor Jerry Brown to pass AB 376, the bill that would ban the sale of shark fin in California.

AB 376 passed the Assembly in May and recently passed in the Senate last week. The only remaining step is for Governor Brown to sign the bill into law.

The Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance (APA Alliance), an organization formed to give voice to Asian Americans who support a shark fin ban, is urging Governor Brown to move quickly on the legislation. Nearly 25,000 people have signed the APA Alliance’s petition to Governor Brown on Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change.

“It is vital that the grassroots communicate the importance of passing AB 376 to Governor Jerry Brown,” said Bill Wong, member of the APA Alliance and creator of the petition on Change.org. “The Chinese press has reported that the opposition has enlisted former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown,San Francisco District Attorney Gascon, and former Judge Harry Low to
lobby Governor Brown to veto AB 376 because it is an attack on culture and its alleged impact on jobs. We greatly respect Governor Brown's visionary commitment to the environment and his independence, but we are concerned that he may veto the bill if our side does not make it
clear to him how important this bill is to saving sharks, the ocean, and long-term jobs that depend on sustainable fishing.”  

More than 73 million sharks are killed every year to meet the demand for shark fin soup, a Chinese traditional dish served at major events like weddings and banquets. “Finning” has pushed shark populations to the brink of extinction, with some species declining by as much as 90 percent in recent years.

“It has been incredible to watch the Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance take the lead in organizing people across the country to support a ban on the sale of shark fin in California,” said Sarah Parsons, Senior Organizer at Change.org. “These activists see AB 376 as an important ocean conservation tool - clearly a wide spectrum of society agrees.”

Governor Brown has 30 days to decide to sign or veto AB 376. The APA Alliance is encouraging people to sign its petition and call Governor Brown at 916-445-2841.

To view live petition signatures on Change.org:
http://www.change.org/petitions/join-the-apa-alliance-to-ban-shark-fin-in-california

For more information on Change.org, please visit:
http://www.change.org/about
Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

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Taylor, Mich. resident asks police to take action after friendly dog was shot and killed in front of children; more than 2,000 join campaign on Change.org


TAYLOR, MI – More than 2,000 people have joined a campaign on Change.org calling on Michigan police to file charges against a man who shot and killed a dog in a residential area earlier this month.

When Julie Sims, petition creator and lifelong resident of Taylor, Mich., heard that police declined to press charges against Mr. Joseph Rye, the man who shot and killed a dog on a residential street, she was outraged.

“My brother once called the Taylor PD, asking them about the coyotes behind his home. He asked if they tried to attack his dog, if he could shoot them. The police said no, because you cannot open fire in residential areas,” explained Sims. “So what happened here? A man opened fire in a residential neighborhood, where neighbors admit he could have very easily hit a child, and no one questioned this?”

Taylor police determined that Mr. Rye acted in self-defense. But Mr. Rye told local reporters that the dog was “very friendly” and admitted that when he felt threatened by the dog, he went inside his house to retrieve his gun instead of calling animal control.

“Why is he allowed to take the law into his own hands by shooting this dog?” said Sims. “If there is a loose dog, call animal control. There is an example being set here that you can take the law into your own hands.”

Sims, the owner of a rescued pit bull, was also worried that the dog’s breed played a role, especially since even the shooter described the dog as friendly.

“If the dog was a different breed, I am sure the Taylor PD would have maybe questioned this man a little more,” said Sims. “It is obvious that they as well have a bias against the breed, and that is illegal.”

Sims urged officials to “reconsider this case, and pursue this dangerous man who is on our streets with a loaded gun.”

The petition on Change.org, the world’s fastest growing platform for social change, calls on city officials to ensure that the police department enforces the laws for animal cruelty and for reckless endangerment of human life.

“It’s amazing to see local citizens use Change.org to stand up for the safety of their community and their pets,” said Change.org Interim Director of Organizing, Stephanie Feldstein. “The incredible response to this petition shows that the unnecessary shooting of a dog resonates with pet lovers around the world, and people want to know that all members of their family are protected by the law.”

Live signature totals from Julie Sim’s campaign:
http://www.change.org/petitions/taylor-police-should-enforce-the-law-prosecute-joseph-rye-for-dog-shooting

Additional background on the campaign:
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/the_edge/wheelchair-bound-elderly-man-shoots-dog-in-taylor

For more information on Change.org, please visit:
http://www.change.org/about
Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

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