The World Cup will cost Brazil $2 million more than expected. Meanwhile, many Brazilians suffer from poverty and poor educational systems. Sign this petition to protest this devastating use of funds.
Microsoft is shielding $66 billion in profits overseas. If that money were to be brought to the U.S., the budget deficit would go down by $20 billion and company’s shares would rise. Urge Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to do the right thing and pay taxes on foreign income.
Hundreds of Texans protested an anti-abortion bill that would put extreme restrictions on abortions and reduce sites that could perform abortions to just five for the entire state. Sign this petition to support those who successfully protested this bill and stand in solidarity with their dedication to women’s autonomy.
Senator Joe Manchin has been a National Rifle Association member for awhile, but released a new ad expressing his dislike of the NRA’s power in Washington. He is looking for independence from this powerful group. Commend Senator Manchin for standing up to the NRA.
Representative Phil Gingrey recently drew controversy for demanding that schools include gender role indoctrination. While praising the Defense of Marriage Act, Gingrey claimed that mothers and fathers cannot be parents in the same way, and that girls and boys should be taught how males and females are to act. Denounce Gingrey’s statements and don’t let him impose rigid gender roles on schoolchildren.
A law currently under discussion in the House of Representatives would allow police to arrest and detain anyone they suspect of having come to the United States illegally. Measures like this discourage immigrants from seeking police protection and assistance, endangering entire communities. Tell the House to guarantee police protection for undocumented immigrants.
The main governmental body that enforces America’s gun laws has not had a permanent director in almost seven years. Republicans, loyal to the gun lobby, have been using every trick in the book to stop confirmation process of several nominees to lead the agency. Urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to move forward with a vote on the nominee to lead this critically important bureau.
Right now, Americans can be placed on the government’s No Fly List without any warning, explanation or way to get off the list. Sign this petition to show that you won’t stand for this unjust and unconstitutional treatment of citizens.
Following flooding in northern India and surrounding nations, the Indian government has taken immediate and compassionate action to help those injured and trapped by the flood, including victims across their borders. Stand with India in this time of tragedy, and commend their effective handling of this natural disaster.
Last year, 32 million people lost their homes to environmental disasters. Many of those affected individuals were the victims of disasters caused by a changing climate. Sign this petition to ask the government to assist those displaced by climate change.
Protestors gathered in Northern Ireland to protest the immense amounts of poverty caused by the corrupted capitalist system. Stand with them and tell world leaders to respect human rights and support clean energy above profit.
President Obama recently proposed to reduce the nuclear arsenal of both Russia and the United States by as much as one third. Doing so will not reduce the country’s defense capability, but will reduce the threat to the human race posed by the number of these weapons. Commend Obama’s plan and state your support.
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.