WELCOME TO THE CITIZENS' CORNER

 

This page is intended as a public service, for Illinois residents especially.

 

CIVIC


“Getting Action: How to Petition Government and Get Results”

           download from www.consumersunion.org/other/g-action.htm

 

 

FINANCIAL


posted 6/12/05

FREE CREDIT REPORT:

call toll-free 1-877-322-8228 or

download request form from www.annualcreditreport.com and mail to

           Annual Credit Report Request Service

            P.O. Box 105281

           Atlanta, GA 30348-5281


a government website to guide you to accumulate wealth:

           www.dallasfed.org/ca/pub



HEALTH


print your own copy of a health-screening checklist

www.ahrq.gov/consumer


Public Citizen Health Research Group Health Letter, August 2003:

“co-founded in 1971 by Ralph Nader and Sidney Wolfe in Washington, D.C. to fight for the public's health, and to give consumers more control over decisions that affect their health.” Published monthly, $18. www.citizen.org/hrg


test for lead in the water in your home - order a test kit from the nonprofit Clean Water Lead Testing Inc., a certified lab run by the Environmental Quality Institute at the University of North Carolina at Asheville

www.leadtesting.org/orderonline.htm


BOYCOTTS

 

Crazy Horse Malt Liquor   called by Crazy Horse Defense Project (Coop America's Real Living, Sept/Oct 2003)

    manufacturer: Hornell Brewing Co.

    (SBC Holdings (Stroh) has cut all ties with this alcohol and has issued a formal apology)


AriZona Iced Tea    called by Crazy Horse Defense Project (see above)

    manufacturer: Ferolito, Vultaggio & Sons (Hornell Brewing Co.'s parent)

 

CRaZY HORSE clothing   called by Crazy Horse Defense Project (see above)

    manufacturer: Liz Claiborne

    seller: JC Penney

 

posted 7/30/05

ExxonMobil    called by a group of environmental and social justice organizations

    "[A] coordinated campaign in protest of petroleum giant ExxonMobil's efforts to cast doubts on the science of global warming and attempts to lobby for opening the still-pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling."  http://www.emagazine.com/view/?2688




Resources for learning more to help yourself and others

 

Citizens Utility Board - http://www.citizensutilityboard.org/

"When the Illinois General Assembly created CUB in 1983, it gave the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization a clear mission: to represent the interests of residential utility customers across the state. The statute directs CUB to carry out that mission by intervening in ratemaking proceedings before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), in the courts and before other public bodies and by providing consumers with information and assistance regarding their utility companies."
 

Co-op America - http://www.coopamerica.org/

"Co-op America's mission is to harnbess economic power -- the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace -- to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society."


Global Exchange - http://www.globalexchange.org/

"Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political and social justice. Since our founding in 1988, we have increased the US public's global awareness while building international partnerships for peace and democracy."