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Marine activists are calling on Congress to put conservation back into the 1976 Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The act is up for reauthorization this year and conservationists support amendments offered by Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, R-Md., intended to stop depletion of fish populations, preserve habitats, minimize waste, and curb conflicts of interest on fishery councils. For more information, contact Bill Mott of the Marine Fish Conservation Network at 1725 DeSales St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036.

Environmentalists also want the U.S. to push for an international fisheries treaty with stringent conservation standards in upcoming United Nations negotiations. To express support for such a treaty, write State Department Counselor Tim Wirth at the State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Room 7250, Washington, DC 20520.

Further reading: Fish for the Future: A Citizen’s Guide to Federal Marine Fisheries Management ($7.95; Center for Marine Conservation, 202-429-5609); Abandoned Seas: Reversing the Decline of the Oceans ($5; Worldwatch Institute, 202-452-1999); Beyond Denial: The Northeastern Fisheries Crisis, by Charles H. Collins (free; National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, 202-857-0166).

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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