Texas Governor Rick Perry recently overstepped political and personal boundaries by personally attacking Texas Senator Wendy Davis. His words were inappropriate and he should be forced to apologize immediately.
Recently, a teenager in Texas was arrested and jailed after making a sarcastic comment on Facebook. If convicted, he will face eight years in prison for this one joke. Demand that he be released immediately.
Recently, the U.S. has suspended trade benefits for one of the world’s poorest nations after a series of devastating factory disasters. Unfortunately, this course of action does not truly hold American companies operating within the country accountable and may indirectly harm the nation’s economy. Demand that the U.S. consider other solutions which make improving worker’s rights in Bangladesh more economically feasible.
FlightCar, an innovative and cost-efficient car parking and rental company, is facing shutdown because of its failure to comply with government regulations. Urge the city of San Francisco to help innovative companies to meet regulations instead of shutting them down so that they can continue to provide outstanding services.
Louisiana has passed a new law that criminalizes journalism by severely punishing individuals who disseminate personal information about gun owners in the state. Tell Governor Bobby Jindal to restore the freedom of the press to journalists in Louisiana.
Senator John McCain wants to protect free speech by allowing verbal sexual harassment. Sign the petition to stop this support of inappropriate behavior that threatens the safety and welfare of countless Americans.
In North Carolina many handgun permit holders are convicted felons due to a fault in the licensing system. The long timeframe for handgun permits allows convicted felons to acquire weapons with no recourse for law enforcement officers to intervene. Tell North Carolina representatives to close the loophole.
California recently approved a bill that would protect domestic violence victims from employment discrimination. Only a handful of states bar employers from firing people because they are victims of domestic violence, and California is not yet one of them. Urge California’s governor to support the measure and sign it into law.
The U.S. Senate is passing a new immigration reform bill that would give undocumented immigrants a chance at citizenship. It is only fair that immigrants are given a path to citizenship. Push the House to pass the immigration bill when it goes up for a vote.
An openly gay representative was recently prevented from speaking about the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality by a fellow representative. Please add voice to this petition and demand that Representative Metcalfe be censured for his unconscionable suppression of his colleague’s freedom of speech.
Hawaii’s Governor recently signed seven new bills that will provide greater support to local farmers, as well as provide more funding to expand agriculture-related projects. Commend Governor Abercrombie for supporting local farmers.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy recently refused to aid opponents of marriage equality. Their desperate last attempts, if approved, could have resulted in a court rehearing that would undo progress. Applaud Kennedy for his refusal to support inequality and his endorsement of the court’s ruling to approve gay marriage.
Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey is currently being considered for a position as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation despite previously writing that he “concurred” with the use of torture. Let the Senate Judiciary Committee in charge of selecting the new director that this must not come to pass.
Government workers in the Philippines destroyed five tons of confiscated ivory in a public demonstration of their opposition to this harmful trade. Commend the country’s bold action in ending ivory trafficking.
In the UK, libraries are closing and millions of civil servants, doctors, and teachers will not be receiving their earned automatic pay raises due to newly proposed austerity measures. While local government and welfare will be hit hardest, spy agencies like MI5 and MI6 will receive massive bonuses. Demand that the Chancellor make UK citizens, and not the agencies that spy on them, a priority and cancel these unjustified budgets cuts.
In the wake of so much political turmoil and tragedy, Congress should dedicate a day for America’s everyday heroes to be acknowledged, appreciated and remembered. Lend your voice to the growing number of people who are clamoring for a National First Responders Holiday.
The gun lobby had a significant victory in 2005 when Congress passed a law that significantly restricts gun shooting victims and their families’ ability to sue gun manufacturers. Tell Congress to repeal this bill so gun companies can be held accountable for shooting deaths and injuries.
The United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters has recently been implicated in wide-scale surveillance of civilian internet and phone communications all over Europe and North America. The government of the United Kingdom must explain the scope and reason for this serious breach in both ethics and international etiquette.
Recent research has shown that large numbers of labor workers are victims of wage theft and receive very little pay for the work they are doing; the problem is especially prevalent in New York City. Urge the New York City Council to reinforce the Wage Theft Protection Act to stop more people from being stripped of their rightful rewards.
Recently, the U.S. police agency responsible for guarding the nation’s most iconic monuments has come under fire after a scathing report indicates that it lost track of thousands of handguns, rifles and machine guns. Demand that the agency change its attitude towards firearms management and publicly disclose why it has failed to keep track of its dangerous weapons.
A Florida water management district denied a land developer’s permit application after he refused to meet the district’s conservation obligations. The developer took his case to court; recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor. Condemn this decision that may potentially stifle negotiations towards sustainable development and restrict the powers of regulators nationwide.
A Texas representative asserted that women who have rape kits taken are also getting abortions during the procedure. This is a horrendous misunderstanding of what rape kits actually do, and her statements contribute to a culture in which the prosecution of rapists is not viewed as a serious priority. Stand up for rape victims and condemn this representative for her false statements.
The military chain of command has had decades to address the sexual assault crisis and has not done so. The current system allows the decision of whether or not to prosecute sexual assault charges to be given to the very officers who may be the most harmed by such allegations. Demand that the Senate protect victims of sexual assault in the military by doing away with this inherently unfair system.
With restrictive voter ID laws already in effect in Texas, it is imperative to protect what is left of voters’ rights. Automatic voter registration is the best answer to laws like those requiring photo ID, as it would guarantee eligible citizens the right to vote as soon as they come of age. Take action to empower democracy by urging Texas to make voter registration universal and automatic.
In the wake of the revelations of the National Security Agency whistle-blower, major news media outlets have ventured into the realm of entertainment by dramatizing Edward Snowden’s childhood and personal life. Tell journalists to stay focused on the actual facts of the case and their implication on our future, and protect the reputation of Snowden and future whistle-blowers.