Republicans in North Carolina are looking to pass discriminatory new voting laws. They are aiming to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of minority and poor residents. Condemn this racist strategy to rig future elections.
A bill has passed the California State Senate that will protect domestic violence victims by streamlining police regulations and stepping up enforcement. Take a stand for victims of abuse and ask that Governor Jerry Brown sign the bill into law.
The recent election of moderate Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s president-elect presents an opportunity to ‘reset’ diplomatic relations. After decades of trade and financial sanctions against Iran, the effectiveness of this approach has been widely questioned while Iran continues developing nuclear technology. Thank two US congressmen for promoting a new, constructive dialogue with Iran’s new leader.
Recently, Pennsylvania State Legislature failed to pass an important transportation funding bill. This inaction will put the state’s deteriorating bridges, crumbling roads, and crippled transit systems in further jeopardy. Demand that transportation and related infrastructure are adequately funded.
Texas GOP senators blatantly threw out their own rules when they attempted to pass an anti-abortion bill after the session had ended. Tell these senators that their fraudulent actions are unacceptable.
A group of non-partisan citizens recently held peaceful protests all around the country to spread awareness for the privacy invasion by the United States government. This group deserves to be commended for their peaceful activism.
A U.S. State Department bureau spent $630,000 on a campaign to get more Facebook ‘likes,’ which was found in a recently released report to be ineffective at increasing engagement with its target audience. Tell the department that spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on an ineffective social media campaign is an inexcusable waste of tax dollars.
Prolonged solitary confinement is used as a punitive measure in prisons all over the United States. Prolonged isolation of U.S. prison inmates has been called “cruel and unusual punishment” for good reason – inmates subjected to prolonged solitary confinement develop many psychological disorders. Tell the U.S. Supreme Court to ban prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.
Across California, possession of condoms is routinely used as evidence in prosecution for prostitution. This practice has many sex workers refusing to carrying condoms, which promotes the spread of sexual diseases. Fortunately, a bill limiting the validity of condoms as court evidence currently being processed. Support this bill and urge the California Legislature to protect sex workers and the public health.
After two years of disastrous austerity measures, several Portuguese cabinet ministers recently resigned in protest. EU-imposed austerity has driven Portugal’s unemployment as high as 18% and gutted public services nationwide. Sign this petition commending several of Portugal’s leaders for abandoning this failed policy approach and urge the Prime Minister to follow suit.
In San Francisco, over 39,000 workers are being underpaid for their work. Urge the mayor to help enforce the minimum wage law and to give workers the resources they need to stand up for their labor rights.
Trillions of dollars have been allocated to places like the British Virgin Islands, or so-called tax havens, but now that the IRS has joined an international effort to investigate these cases of tax avoidance. The age of untaxed offshore accounts could be reaching its close. Commend the IRS for enforcing the law on wealthy tax evaders.
The United States Congress has doubled student loan interest rates through neglect and incompetence. These policies were purposely damaging to the American people and an entirely reckless response to a manufactured crisis. Please sign this petition to urge Congress to rescind its ruinous new student loan rate.
A tracking program through the postal service causes every piece of mail in the United States to be recorded, monitored and made available for government review. Ask President Obama to get rid of this intrusive profiling program.
The Searcy House is a historic landmark in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The city has scheduled to auction it off on July 17, 2013. Please urge Tuscaloosa’s mayor not to sell the building until a buyer is found who wants to restore rather than demolish it.
A city council has appointed its first female black mayor, while breaking the city’s traditional appointment process. Applaud the city council for challenging tradition by voting to select an African American woman to be mayor of the city.
An activist faces 13 years in prison for writing messages such as ‘Stop Big Banks’ in washable children’s chalk outside of three Bank of America branches. The court ruled that the activist is not protected by constitutional rights of free speech and political expression. Demand that the unfair and trumped up charges against this activist be reduced.
U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter is seeking to lengthen the sentences of non-violent marijuana offenders whom were acting in accordance with Montana state legislation at the time of their arrests. Cotter believes that marijuana has “no medical value” and is seeking to make this point by appealing to extend the prison sentences for non-violent marijuana offenses. Tell the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals not to consider Mike Cotter’s appeal.
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.