While Syria slides closer and closer to civil war, President Assad continues to violate the Arab peace plan by ordering continued violence toward Syrian civilians. In the past 10 months, over 5,000 people have been killed in the midst of political turmoil. Demand that President Assad honor the Arab peace plan and stop the bloodshed.
Articles written by: Emmeline Sun
Marijuana is currently incorrectly classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which means that it is considered to have no legitimate medical benefits. This is not only untrue, but also legally confusing. The current classification leads to disordered law enforcement, legal turmoil, and heavy taxpayer burden. If marijuana was reclassified as a Schedule 2 drug, many problems would be alleviated, and doctors would be able to prescribe it to patients. Call upon the United States Drug Enforcement Agency to reclassify marijuana today.
A federal judge has blocked the state of California from enforcing a statewide mandate for low-carbon fuels. The mandate would not only lower carbon emissions, but would also set the standard for other states to follow suit and enact their own environmental laws. Call upon the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the ruling and start allowing California to rehabilitate the environment.
Coltan, a mineral used in the production of electronic products, is largely sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it causes mass environmental destruction, and devastation to native species. Furthermore, much of its profit goes to funding civil and military conflict. We must stop the destruction by asking electronics manufacturers to purchase their coltan from conflict-free areas.
Cell phone use while driving is statistically known to cause distracted and dangerous driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimates that over 3000 fatalities are caused by distracted driving every year. We must protect our fellow citizens on the road by calling for a ban on cell phone use while driving.
The use of handguns accounts for 86% of firearm crimes in the United States. Such weapons are extremely dangerous to national welfare, and virtually obsolete in comparison to alternate firearms. We must protect our citizens today by calling for a ban on handguns.
While large-scale meat production is known to deplete fossil fuels, destroy land, cause soil erosion and leave a heavy carbon footprint, there is no meat as inefficient and environmentally detrimental as beef. It takes five pounds of feed to produce one single pound of beef. If we want a sustainable future, we must take it upon ourselves to be proactive and limit our beef intake.
In June 2011, Chinese citizens rioted and broke into the Zhejiang Haijiu Battery Factory after finding out that lax environmental regulations had led to the mass lead poisoning of thousands of nearby workers and villagers. Since then, many have been refused medical treatment and compensation by the factory, and denied appropriate attention from the government. Call upon the Chinese government to stop putting profit over workers’ rights.
Mexico’s violent drug war has claimed the lives of thousands upon thousands of people. It is sad to realize that such violence is fueled, in large part, by the trafficking of marijuana into the U.S. We can curb the drug war by boycotting the sale and purchase of illegal marijuana and instead only buy marijuana from legal dispensaries.
rBGH is an artificial growth hormone with possible health consequences in both humans and animals. Though it has been banned in all other developed countries, it is still heavily used in American milk production. Call on the FDA to ban its use in dairy cows today.
San Francisco is a major international hub for sex trafficking. Women are lured into the U.S. with promises of high-paying jobs and then sold into slavery for labor and sex. Call upon Mayor Ed Lee to combat sex trafficking by changing and then enforcing local laws against sex trafficking and prostitution.
An alarming number of American adolescents are overweight, and the dismal quality of school lunches continues to fuel our national decline into poor health. Our students deserve better than frozen pizza and powdered potato mix. Call on Congress to ban the presence of processed foods in school lunches.
With President Obama’s political support, Health and Human Services recently vetoed the FDA’s decision to make contraceptive Plan B an over-the-counter drug. This is harmful to womens’ health everywhere, since it makes Plan B unavailable to teenagers who want to responsibly prevent unplanned pregnancy. Demand that the veto be overturned.
With the rising price of heroin in Russia, the flesh decaying street drug Krokodil has become the cheap and readily available alternative for poorer drug users. Krokodil, a deadly combination of codeine, red phosphorous and iodine, is only too easy to mix together at home, and has led to the gruesome deaths of many Russian citizens. Demand that President Dmitry Medvedev put a stop to this practice by either banning or making codeine (the key ingredient) a prescription drug.
Blood diamonds, the profits of which are used to fund and fuel civil wars and conflicts, are still in trade today. This is despite political sanctions and regulations. Since political measures seem futile, we must call upon American consumers to boycott diamonds of ambiguous origin today and curb the resulting violence and destruction these diamonds fuel.
Affirmative action in the college setting is a very contentious issue. More often than not, the policy boils down to a heated, race-based issue. We must ask our U.S. college institutions to intervene by employing a policy of transparency with affirmative-action based admission decisions.
The Darfur genocide, which started in 2003, has taken 400,000 lives, and displaced millions of Sudanese civilians. While these numbers continue to rise in what is termed ‘the word’s greatest humanitarian crisis’ there is little political action being taken to stop the violence. We must call on the U.S Congress to pressure the international community into immediate action.
Concurrent with the rise of fast food in America has been an equally great rise in obesity. With over 60% of Americans overweight or obese and 25% of Americans consuming fast food daily, fast food chains should assume greater social responsibility. Ask McDonald’s CEO James Skinner to pave the way by publishing calorie counts on all McDonald’s ordering menus.
The 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India, is largely considered one of the worst industrial disasters in history. The toxic gas leak killed thousands upon thousands of people, and left the environmental in shambles. Yet there has been no real corporate responsibility for the tragedy. As Union Carbide is a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, we must call upon The Dow Chemical Company CEO Andrew Liveris to take responsibility of the situation and rehabilitate the Bhopal environment.
Demand UC Berkeley Chancellor Hold Campus Police Accountable for Brutality Against ‘Occupy’ Protestors
Peaceful ‘Occupy’ protestors on the UC Berkeley campus were met with extreme police violence and brutality. Demand that the university Chancellor take responsibility and hold the police guilty of these abuses accountable.