Porterville, California officially recognized the LGBTQ community as an important part of the city with the first official Pride Month. The City Council, however, wants to rescind this recognition. Help the LGBTQ community keep Pride in Porterville.
After publishing a series of articles criticizing Maine’s top environmental regulator, three publications were blacklisted by the state governor’s administration. The administration will no longer comment or respond to requests from these publications, including requests for public records. Tell Maine’s governor to restore media access to the government and let these journalists do their jobs.
It was recently revealed that the agency in charge of energy development on U.S. public lands has been selling coal leases for cheap prices and losing taxpayers millions of dollars in potential revenue. To make matters worse, coal producers have been able to increase their profits by expanding their leases or exporting federal coal to Asia. Demand an overhaul of the agency’s leasing rules so that coal producers no longer reap benefits at the expense of taxpayers and the environment.
Policymakers universally rely upon ‘gross domestic product’ as a measure of economic progress. Maryland may soon replace this widely used measure with a new ‘Progress Indicator,’ which emphasizes data on health, wellness, quality of life, and environmental impacts. Commend this new holistic approach to measuring policy successes.
Many influential medical groups oppose gun reform because they refuse to share the mental health records of mentally ill patients. While background checks are proven to reduce gun violence, medical groups do not wish to prevent gun deaths by releasing medical information to the FBI. Urge these groups to reconsider their opposition to gun reform and instead support legislation that could save lives.
Rampant, unchecked looting of Egypt’s most historically important archeological sites has been increasing steadily in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution. Archeologist Dr. Monica Hanna has led the way in exposing the damage at great personal risk. Thank her for her efforts to protect these incredibly valuable historical sites.
An English proficiency requirement for permanent residency has been introduced into a major immigration reform bill. This would exclude millions of undocumented immigrants from achieving a path to citizenship. Reject this amendment, as it is an unfair obstacle that should be removed from the bill.
The home of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was recently the location of a political rally against his stance on illegal immigration. After the fact, Kobach said that he could use his Second Amendment rights to ‘defend’ himself from the peaceful and unarmed group of citizens exercising their right to assembly. Condemn Kobach’s statements and demand that he apologize for threatening violence.
Commend members of Congress who have agreed to live off of food stamps in order to better understand the need for this benefit. Those members of Congress who have taken this challenge did so as a stand against cuts to government food assistance funding.
Fluctuating budgets for the NYC Parks Department create disparities in maintenance and quality of parks. Demand the Department have its own discretionary budget to provide equitable and high quality maintenance of all city parks.
A popular Tunisian rapper was recently jailed for criticizing the police of Tunisia for their various human rights abuses. This is only the latest in a long line of imprisonments of artists and journalists by the Tunisian government. He should be freed, and protections for other artists and journalists enacted.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is in the process of leasing out land to foreign investors to build a shipping canal through the country. Doing so would exploit the country’s citizens and natural environment. Let’s tell Daniel Ortega that he has the responsibility to protect his country and his people, not sell them out.
North Carolina wants to make it possible to purchase guns without a permit and allow concealed firearms into schools and bars. Petition the North Carolina legislature to stop this bill from passing.
Recently, Trent Mays, one of the convicted Steubenville rapists, was classified as a sex offender. He will be required to register as an offender for the next 20 years. Commend the judge for this appropriate punishment.
A TSA agent couldn’t control his anger, mumbling and glaring before telling a fifteen-year-old girl to ‘cover [her]self’ while she was waiting in line to have her identification checked. This cultural attitude is unacceptable and dangerous, especially in employees with any kind of authority over citizens. Demand that the TSA fire this agent immediately.
A voter suppression bill is awaiting Arizona’s governor’s signature. This bill violates many democratic principles that this country was founded on, including “one person, one vote”. Please urge the governor to veto this egregious violation of voting rights.
A recent spike in car accidents has inspired activists in Tacoma, Washington to start painting their own crosswalks on streets where they are badly needed. The city refuses to install official crosswalks and has threatened these activists with arrest for vandalism. Call on Tacoma to fund crosswalks for the safety of pedestrians.
Congress’ immigration reform plan has the potential to tear apart countless families by not including special protections for same-sex couples. Demand that new immigration laws recognize all families as equal.
The Supreme Court is set to vote on whether to uphold legislation fostering a participatory democracy. If the court does not uphold this legislation in its entirety, it will be a drastic step backward in civil rights. It is our obligation to persuade the court to maintain the efforts that have ensured voter protection.
Several states are passing bills allowing the issuance of driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrant drivers because everyone should know the rules of the road and have proper insurance. Let’s thank states that are simultaneously addressing road safety and basic human rights.
A new law recently passed in Ecuador will allow the government to press charges against any journalist or news outlet found criticizing government officials. In order for a free an open society to be promoted in Ecuador, this law must be repealed.
Senate Republicans are abusing the filibuster to block the appointment of well qualified judges. The Senate rules must be reformed in order to end the continuous gridlock in Washington and the federal court system.
President Obama recently dismissed an experienced and honorable administrator from his position as head of a crucial U.S. financial commission. Considered Wall Street’s “leading foe”, he was fired primarily due to his attempts to regulate risky financial transactions between U.S. banks and overseas institutions. Condemn the removal of a key regulator that was willing to challenge complex and potentially harmful financial operations.
As the United States is pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, it is not the time to get involved in another war. The United States cannot help everyone, no matter how much we may want to. Please sign if you understand that we cannot send our soldiers to Syria.
Immigrants who are not targets for deportation are still being persecuted in Nebraska. In an effort to make life harder for these immigrants, the governor has ordered the state to stop issuing them driver’s licenses. Sign this petition to signal your opposition to this anti-immigrant decision and to stand with the 285 immigrants who are being unfairly targeted.