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American democracy, American values and America’s very social cohesion are under greater threat today than at any period in modern history.
The proximate cause of this triple threat is President Donald Trump — who evidences no regard for ethical norms, civil liberties, democratic principles, the separation of powers, the First Amendment, ecological sustainability, civility and even the idea of truth itself.
The Trump presidency is a 10-alarm fire for our country.
In response, Public Citizen has reoriented our activities to defend the values we hold dear, limit the damage Trump can inflict and prepare the groundwork for a future people-oriented government we will fight to win.
With strategic litigation, cutting-edge research, ardent lobbying, grassroots mobilization, call-it-like-we-see-it ethics complaints, creative open records requests, savvy online advocacy, incisive communication strategies, and even a dash of humor, we are making a difference.
Yes, we’re speaking truth to power.
But more: We’re bringing power to heel.
We are a frugal bunch, but this work takes resources.
For all we’re doing on Trump, we can’t allow the Trump peril to blind us from deeper and more profound challenges.
The past decades have witnessed the interconnected rise of severe economic and political inequality, which feed each other in a vicious cycle.
Corporate-dominated politics give us corporate globalization, union-busting, rollbacks of consumer rights, deregulation and growth in Wall Street power.
The result has been the rise of an economic oligarchy, which then spends a large fraction of its wealth on politics — ensuring more policies that will concentrate wealth even further.
And on and on.
We are working around the clock to break this cycle:
- To overturn Citizens United and rescue our democracy.
- To advocate for a remade NAFTA and an end to trade rules that empower multinational corporations to sue governments over public interest laws before panels of private arbitrators.
- To break up the big banks and impose a Wall Street speculation tax.
- To preserve and expand protections against corporations that cheat consumers, degrade the environment and treat workers unfairly.
- To win single-payer, Medicare for All and end prescription drug rip-offs.
Yes, we face epic challenges.
But we never get depressed or discouraged.
That’s because we know that — when we all pull together — we can make amazing things happen.
This shared project called Public Citizen — which takes no money from Big Business or Uncle Sam — works because we all contribute what we can to ensure we have the financial strength to take on the tough fights and win.
Together, we will stem this administration’s abuses and slingshot forward into a period of progressive renewal and rebirth, reflecting the values that truly make America great.
President, Public Citizen
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