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Support End-of-Life Options

Initially introduced nine years ago, the Minnesota End–of-Life Option Act (HF 1930/SF 1813) is again before our State Legislature. This action followed a House Hearing on January 24 providing opportunity for heartfelt emotional testimony, pro and con. Patterned after Oregon’s ground-breaking Death with Dignity of 25 years ago, the legislation applies only to competent adults, 18 years or older, who… Read More »Support End-of-Life Options

Deny PolyMet

Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have been told by an administrative law judge that PolyMet’s proposed permit to mine would violate Minnesota rules and should be denied. Now the Governor and DNR must make a decision. Tell Governor Walz to deny the permit and move on from PolyMet. The choice is in his hands. Message:  Recently,… Read More »Deny PolyMet

Protect Minnesota’s Water

News from last year exposed concerning issues with the common theme of polluting and corporate industries exercising too much control over the decisions our public agencies make. Examples include: A judge found that PolyMet’s proposed permit to mine, previously approved by the Department of Natural Resources, would violate Minnesota’s law. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture administers a program of farm… Read More »Protect Minnesota’s Water

Support the PUPP Act

The bipartisan Providing for Unhoused People with Pets (PUPP) Act of 2023 (H.R. 3957) aims to address the intersecting issues of homelessness and animal welfare by supporting the adoption of pet-friendly policies in homeless services. The act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to make grants to modify and upgrade structures… Read More »Support the PUPP Act

Ban Animal Testing

The Humane Cosmetic Act would outlaw cosmetic animal testing and also prohibit the sale of any cosmetic product that has been tested on animals. If passed, it would bring the U.S. in line with over 40 other countries which have already prohibited cosmetics animal testing. A bipartisan delegation reintroduced the legislation on September 12, and The Personal Care Products Council… Read More »Ban Animal Testing

Let’s Stop Poisoning Minnesotans’ Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has told the state of Minnesota to alert residents to the hazards of nitrates in drinking water and clean up farm pollution that has contaminated wells in southeastern Minnesota for years. Water supplies for more than 9,200 people in southeastern Minnesota are likely contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrates — according to a November letter… Read More »Let’s Stop Poisoning Minnesotans’ Water

Thank You for Your Leadership

The Minnesota Department of Health produces data about child poverty in Minnesota. Statewide, the rate of children living in poverty is 11.8%. However, in some counties the rate has been as high as 40%. These numbers are unacceptable from a moral standpoint and threaten our state’s future prosperity. Thanks to action taken by the Walz administration and by the Minnesota… Read More »Thank You for Your Leadership

Protect LGBTQ People from Discrimination

Transgender people are increasingly being marginalized and subjected to many forms of discrimination. Far-right politicians are now attacking the freedom and dignity of trans people and their families, with one-third of the country having passed laws that criminalize and ban access to gender-affirming care. Banning gender-affirming care for transgender youth leads to increased rates of depression, self-harm, and suicide. Gender-affirming… Read More »Protect LGBTQ People from Discrimination

Oppose The EATS Act

A group of Congressional lawmakers are pushing to include the Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression Act as part of the 2023 Farm Bill. The legislation, known as The EATS Act, could have serious implications for animal welfare and cascading effects on farmer well-being, worker safety, the spread of zoonoses, and pollution. The EATS Act will nullify any state laws impacting agriculture… Read More »Oppose The EATS Act

Protect The Boundary Waters

The DNR is considering an exploratory drilling plan for Franconia to facilitate a polluting mine that would be built under Birch Lake, the most popular recreation lake in the Superior National Forest outside the Boundary Waters. The extensive scientific and economic studies underlying the Forest Service’s earlier decision to refuse to consent to mining lease renewals show beyond dispute that… Read More »Protect The Boundary Waters