November 03, 2012


I have 44 years of experience working in the poultry industry including as a chicken inspector. I saw meat covered in feces and worse come through my plant every day. Because of trained government inspectors like myself, this meat was kept from ever reaching anyone's plate.

Now, the USDA is about to make a decision that could stop government inspectors like me, leaving regulation of the chicken industry to the private companies themselves. This could allow for unsanitary chickens to be accidentally approved by rushed workers without important safety oversight. 

As a mother, grandmother, and retired chicken inspector, I can't sit back and watch. I started a petition on asking the USDA to keep contaminants off of chicken by rejecting the poultry industry's demands for fewer regulations. Click here now to sign. 

USDA inspectors are crucial to ensuring safe chicken meat, and the poultry industry wants to reduce the amount of time they're given to inspect chicken to a fraction of a second. I know from experience that not being able to inspect the full carcass means dangerously contaminated birds are often approved by rushed inspectors. 

Earlier this year, a concerned mom started a petition on asking the USDA to stop using low-grade meat product in school lunches, and she won. I know that if enough people sign my petition, the USDA won't bow to the chicken industry's dangerous requests -- it's important to act now, because they could make a decision soon.

With your help, the USDA will stand up for consumers and reject the poultry industry's new inspection proposal. Join me in urging them to keep meat free of deadly contamination -- sign my petition now. 


Tell Obama and Panetta: No Death Penalty for Whistleblowers!

This one is really egregious. It looks like the our government is classifying whistleblowing as "Communicating With the Enemy" -- since (just like the rest of us) "the enemy" can access releases by whistleblowers once they've been made public. It's an offense that carries the death penalty.
Add your name at right to tell Obama and Defense Secretary Panetta to reverse this outrageous legal interpretation -- No death penalty for whistleblowers!
Here's Glenn Greenwald with more details (emphasis added):
A US air force systems analyst who expressed support for WikiLeaks and accused leaker Bradley Manning triggered a formal military investigation last year to determine whether she herself had leaked any documents to the group....
The investigation was ultimately closed when they could find no evidence of unauthorized leaking, but what makes these documents noteworthy is the possible crime cited by military officials as the one they were investigating: namely, "Communicating With the Enemy", under Article 104 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
He continues:
It seems clear that the US military now deems any leaks of classified information to constitute the capital offense of "aiding the enemy" or "communicating with the enemy" even if no information is passed directly to the "enemy" and there is no intent to aid or communicate with them.
Merely informing the public about classified government activities now constitutes this capital crime because it "indirectly" informs the enemy.
Please join us in telling the government that whistleblowers deserve protection -- not death sentences.

Just add your name at right to email Obama, Panetta, and your lawmakers.