Autonomous militarized defensive systems that operate independently from human intervention pose a serious threat to human rights. Call for an immediate legislative ban on this technology.
The IRS has agreed not to read private e-mails newer than 180 days old, but this law needs to be updated to include all private internet messages from any time period. Uphold the Fourth Amendment and demand these changes be made to online privacy laws.
Proposed legislation in Missouri protects large biotechnology companies but does not offer adequate protection for small farmers. Farmers’ rights to choose how they farm are being violated and these dangerous laws must be sufficiently revised or stopped.
A Louisiana Parish recently banned people from wearing low-slung jeans that sit below the waistline. This law is an infringement upon people’s rights and should not be allowed. Sign this petition to demand that the parish repeal the law.
In the shadow of upcoming elections, Zimbabwe’s political leaders are using food as a means of manipulating voters. Demand that these leaders stop capitalizing on rampant starvation for political gain.
The United States government spends a tiny portion of the federal budget on food aid to needy countries, but special interest regulations are wasting hundreds of millions of aid money every year. Instead of feeding hungry people, these wasted dollars find their way into the pockets of special interest groups. Demand food aid reform to feed millions more hungry people every year.
The Senate recently failed to pass legislation that would have strengthened background checks for purchasing arms, despite strong public favor for these controls. The public must pressure the United States Congress to revisit this issue and pass meaningful gun control legislation.
Recently, a representative of Carnival Cruise Lines released a statement that his company would not be repaying the federal government for assistance given in any disasters involving Carnival ships. The company’s excuse for not paying is a policy of ‘maritime tradition’. Tell Carnival Cruise Lines they must repay the government for assistance given.
A new bill in Missouri could subject business owners who forbid guns on their property to hefty lawsuits while giving businesses that do allow guns immunity from any liability that occurs as a result of those guns. Demand that Missouri stop coercing businesses into allowing guns on their own property.
Two members of the North Carolina House proposed a blatantly unconstitutional bill that would have established a state religion in the United States. The House Speaker killed the bill before it could be voted on. Sign the petition to praise the House Speaker for protecting the First Amendment.
Congress recently introduced a bill that would extend legal protection from federal prosecution for marijuana businesses and users as long as they obey state laws. It is part of a sensible approach to legalization that ensures law-abiding citizens and medical marijuana patients won’t be subject to unfair prosecution. Demand that the federal government uphold the will of the people and respect state marijuana laws.
Recently, the United Nations General Assembly President organized a meeting in order to provide a forum for Bosnian genocide deniers. This man should be publicly condemned and demoted.
Recently, a number of applicants to the U.S. Border Control and Customs and Border Protection were identified as criminals due to the utilization of a polygraph machine. However, many current employees were hired without this screening. The Department of Homeland Security needs to address the possibility that criminals are working as border agents.
Sixteen Republican Senators voted in favor of opening debate on increased gun control. Not only should they be commended for depoliticizing the issue and voting against party lines, but they should also be urged to continue their bipartisan relationship throughout the gun control negotiations. Support these senators by signing this petition.
Billions of dollars are being allocated towards the creation of domestic task forces within the U.S. police. Policing strategies are increasingly including military-grade weapons, vehicles, and gear. This militant movement must be curtailed before the U.S. becomes a police state.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has instated a new policy of zero-tolerance that eliminates warnings and increases fines for those using their phones while behind the wheel. Thank the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for working towards making roads safer in California and across the nation.
An Air Force colonel was wrongfully freed by a top commanding officer after being convicted of sexual assault. Military commanders should not have the power to relieve convicted criminals of their punishment. Please sign this petition urging Congress to increase accountability for military commanders’ in order to prevent corruption and protect both service members and the public.
Thanks to loosely-worded legislation, minors could potentially face criminal charges for accidentally violating the terms and conditions set by many online news publications. Urge Congress to ensure that minors don’t risk jail time simply for browsing the Web.
The Russian Government has announced a new nation-wide campaign to combat online piracy and promote legal file-sharing. Help praise the officials responsible for the campaign and the rest of the Russian Government by signing this petition letter.
Republican legislators in Missouri are attempting to restrict families’ welfare benefits based on the public school attendance of their children. The bill in question ignores many possible reasons for school absences, places undue burden on children, and will punish welfare recipient families. Demand that this unfair bill be stopped.
In response to new gun control legislation introduced in Maryland, a state delegate is calling for the creation of a citizen militia. Regardless of the proposal’s claims, it constitutes a threatening action. Sign this petition to stop a conservative politician from advocating violent ideas when he doesn’t get his way on gun legislation.
New legislation has been introduced in California that would deny discriminatory nonprofit youth groups state tax exemptions. This measure targets the anti-gay Boy Scouts of America and aims to pressure this organization to lift its ban on gay members. Ask California State Legislators to support this bill and end discrimination.
Electronic Frontier Foundation Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury is working hard to have the Washington State Supreme Court grant the same digital privacy rights to text messages as they do to phone calls. Help thank and support Fakhoury by signing this petition letter.
President Obama is considering appointing a major proponent of hydraulic gas fracking to head the Department of Energy. This move would undermine efforts to save our environment and reverse climate change. Tell President Obama to make progress on climate change a priority, and oppose the appointment of fossil fuel moguls to the Department of Energy.
A new bill would bring much needed reform to Florida’s alimony laws. Current laws lend themselves to abuse, forcing payers to continue making alimony payments long after the agreed period. Urge Florida governor Rick Scott to sign the bill and show his support for new alimony legislation.