Recently, Utah’s governor and Attorney General defended its constitutional ban on gay marriage by positing that marriage inequality does not discriminate against gay and lesbian individuals. The officials also ignore the long history of state-sponsored discrimination against gays that has resulted in their second-class citizenship. Support efforts to promote gay rights in Utah and throughout the country – condemn these officials for ignoring the realities of gay and lesbian discrimination.
In speaking out against Judge Scheindlin’s recent ruling that the NYPD’s implementation of stop-and-frisk represents a violation of civil liberties due to racial profiling, Mayor Michael Bloomberg accused Scheindlin of bias and ignorance of the facts. Demand that Mayor Bloomberg retract and apologize for these unprofessional remarks.
Evidence has recently come to light that the New York Police Department is guilty of continuing the practice of arrest quotas. This practice has been illegal since 2010. Tell New York Commissioner of Police Raymond W. Kelly to end the practice of illegal arrest quotas and the bogus stops resulting from them.
Oklahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin recently spoke to his constituents about the food stamp program, pushing for its termination due to what he perceived as absolute fraud because he saw a physically fit couple purchasing groceries with food stamps. Demand that he apologize for spreading lies about social aid programs and for propagating stereotypes about food stamp recipients.
Gun rights advocates decided to hold a gun rally at the Starbucks in Newtown, Connecticut, where a school shooting took place not long ago. Condemn the gun rights advocates for being insensitive to the residents of Newtown.
Over the past twenty years, there has been a prevalent pattern of excessive force used by police in the Greater Toronto Area. Applaud Ombudsman Andre Marin for launching an investigation into the use of excessive force by police in Toronto.
40,000 children from low to moderate income families no longer have to worry about how they are going to get to school, since the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency launched a program allowing eligible youth to ride the city’s public transit for free. Please applaud this city’s public transportation system for putting the needs of the community’s youth first.
Anti-gay hate group representatives are scheduled to speak at an upcoming conservative convention attended by key policymakers. Prevent the spread of intolerance by petitioning to prohibit venue from allowing them to attend as speakers.
Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 90 years imprisonment for leaking over 700,000 military and government documents. The leaks constitute well-intentioned whistle blowing and exposed war crimes and atrocities. Condemn the court for branding Manning a traitor and sentencing him to a life in prison.
The Vietnamese prime minister signed into effect a new law whose provisions prohibiting the online citation of media sources would have the impact of limiting news and politics-related discussion on blogs and social networks. Sign this petition to protect the right of the Vietnamese people to share their political opinions online by demanding that the prime minister repeal the law.
The Department of Commerce is pressuring Congress to upgrade online streaming of copyrighted content from a misdemeanor to a felony. This would mean that online streaming would be considered on par with acts of criminal reproduction, such as counterfeiting prescription drugs. Tell President Obama not to endorse this senseless legislation.
U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, has recently revealed what he dubs as the ‘Smart on Crime’ initiative. These policy changes to the Department of Justice are taking a step backward from the ‘War on Drugs’ point of view, and will hopefully put an end to expensive and unnecessary overincarceration of low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. We should urge U.S. attorneys to use their new power to take the next step toward legalizing marijuana.
Chelsea (Bradley) Manning revealed evidence of abuse, torture, and murder committed by the American military during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was recently sentenced to 35 years in prison for exposing military and government misconduct. Ask President Obama to protect Manning and future whistleblowers by pardoning her crimes.
A Republican Congressman recently resorted to racist rhetoric when explaining his opposition to immigration reform, claiming that ‘you can tell by their physical characteristics’ that most undocumented immigrants are involved in the drug trade. Please sign this petition to make it clear that such bigoted remarks and profiling is unacceptable from a member of Congress.
Police departments across the United States are guilty of abusing civil forfeiture laws to line their own pockets at the expense of law-abiding citizens. Tell the United States Department of Justice to launch a federal investigation into their corrupt actions.
Mandatory minimum jail sentences have been crowding U.S. prisons and costing taxpayers billions of dollars for too many years. A conservative nonprofit organization has introduced a bill to Congress in hopes of eliminating this practice. Applaud the organization for its efforts in promoting sensible criminal justice laws.
Florida plans to renew a voter purge of purported non-citizens from its state voter rolls in preparation for the upcoming state election. Many of those targeted come from impoverished and minority groups. Please sign this petition to condemn Florida’s governor for his appalling actions to curtail American democracy by disenfranchising thousands of citizens in his state.
The police chief of a Pennsylvania town intimidates opponents with a private militia while advocating rebellion against the federal government. Demand the town take action and fire him.
U.S. corporate law allows tax deductions for ‘performance based compensation,’ letting corporations pay their executives over 300 times the income of the average household and write off the costs. Please urge the Senate to close this insane loophole.
Private gun sales, which do not require background checks, pose a threat to public safety. Online gun marketplaces could allow unqualified gun buyers to obtain firearms. Urge Congress to close this loophole and keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.
Recently, it was revealed that the United States Marine Corps requires all leaders to consider a lack of spiritual faith as a high risk factor for soldiers. This means that atheist and non-religious Marines are subject to scrutiny and discrimination. Demand this religious requirement be removed immediately.
While big banks make sky-high profits, the risk of another taxpayer bailout is still a reality, which is why the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has introduced new rules mandating that banks hold more capital to lower the risk of failure. While bank executives oppose these new regulations, they are necessary to prevent another taxpayer bailout. Voice your support of these rules that aim to protect taxpayer money.
The state of Florida has committed itself to executing mentally ill convicts – despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mentally handicapped individuals who do not understand their punishment shall not be executed. Urge the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the state of Florida and other states throughout the country from executing the mentally ill.
The U.S. State Department will now consider visa applications of same-sex couples in the same manner as heterosexual couples. It was previously permissible to deny applications on the sole basis of sexual preference; the new policy can affect as many as 36,000 same-sex couples. Applaud the State Department for treating visa applications equally regardless of sexual orientation.
The FBI has recently admitted to using unmanned drones for the purposes of domestic surveillance. This is done without first obtaining a warrant. Tell the bureau to stop ordering domestic surveillance via unmanned aircraft without first obtaining a federal warrant.