President Obama intends to raise the minimum wage to nine dollars per hour. However, activists argue that this is not a ‘living wage’ for most Americans. Ask the President to raise the minimum wage high enough for American workers to live on.
Three U.S. Representatives have introduced some much needed legislation addressing online privacy. The legislation forces government agencies to obtain a warrant for private online data and updates the archaic language of current laws. Help support both the representatives and the new online privacy legislation by signing this petition.
Homelessness has risen by 61% since New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office. Bloomberg issued a statement where he accused the Coalition of the Homeless and playboy millionaires for contributing to the city’s homeless problem. Sign the petition to condemn his absurd and callous statements.
If passed, an upcoming bill would grant banks the power to file and enforce both legitimate and fraudulent foreclosure claims against Florida residents with virtually no risk of dispute or punishment. Help fight this bill by urging Florida Legislators to vote against it.
Corporations and Wall Street are currently experiencing all-time profit highs, but wages for lower and middle- class Americans continue to stagnate. It is fundamentally unjust and contrary to our principles that working families in the wealthiest nation on earth are enduring staggering levels of poverty and debt. Call on Congress to raise the minimum wage and help alleviate some of the struggle of Working America.
An influential Republican leader recently commented that women who are raped rarely get pregnant. This statement is both false and extremely disrespectful. Sign this petition to demand her resignation.
As Illinois legislators will soon vote on marriage equality, a group of conservative Catholics and Christian church leaders have recently formed a coalition warning Illinois lawmakers that they will be banned from the churches if they vote in favor of same-sex marriage. They plan to launch a media campaign in an attempt to pressure lawmakers to prohibit marriage equality. Urge Illinois legislators to resist this anti-gay bigotry and vote in favor of same-sex marriage.
The Marine Corps has been one of the best ways for young people to get an education, but the Department of Defense recently froze its tuition assistance. Marines risk their lives for America, and college helps ensure their futures after they leave the service. Urge the Secretary of Defense to reinstate Marine Corps tuition assistance.
Actress Ashley Judd has been outspoken on such controversial topics as sexual violence, reproductive healthcare, sexism and mountain removal coal mining. Judd has also hinted that she might run for a Senate position in Kentucky in 2014. Sign this petition to thank Judd for the work she has done so far, as well as to support her candidacy if she does choose to run for Senate.
Colorado is rapidly advancing gun control legislation that will increase public safety in the state. The legislation, which increases the standards for background checks for firearm purchases, should be encouraged as much as possible in order to gain the public support necessary for it to pass. Encourage the members of Colorado’s state government to keep supporting the legislation.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a push to reform campaign finance laws that allow the wealthy to have a disproportionate impact on elections. This kind of reform will set an example for the rest of the country, and hopefully remind Americans of the true meaning of democracy: that all voices matter equally. Ask the New York State Senate to pass important campaign finance reform laws.
Recently, the Senate Judiciary Committee took first steps towards more stringent gun control by approving legislation that makes it a felony to buy guns on behalf of those who are prohibited from making purchases themselves. Encourage Congress to approve the bill and keep up the good work.
California Workers’ Compensation is being used by out-of-state professional athletes to win large claims even when they’ve played as little as one game in the state. Urge the state legislature to close this loophole and end benefits to out-of-state athletes.
The death penalty remains legal in 33 states. This cruel and unusual punishment wastes resources and achieves little effect, and Maryland is on track to now become the 18th state to abolish it. Applaud the Maryland Senate for repealing the death penalty.
With bipartisan support in Congress, comprehensive immigration reform is closer to passage than it has been in decades. Eleven million Americans currently live in the United States without documents, yet the system remains broken and wasteful. Call on the senators supporting reform to stay committed to their goal.
Swiss voters approved tough new laws which restrict exorbitant CEO pay and ban large rewards for departing executives. CEOs can no longer make a profit from running companies into the ground. Sign the petition to applaud Swiss voters and the politician who proposed the law.
Recently, the Transportation Security Administration announced that small knives would be allowed on airplanes. Many airline employees and federal air marshals are worried about allowing these weapons. Tell the TSA that knives should not be allowed on airplanes.
For its involvement in laundering drug money, HSBC bank was fined $1.92 billion. However, not a single member of HSBC has been prosecuted for their connection with trafficking drugs. Stand up against white collar crimes and demand HSBC bankers be prosecuted.
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress has investigated the roots of what caused the worst collapse since the Great Depression. However, only selective parts of the final report have been made available to the American public. Sign the petition to demand full access to the findings of the commission, so those perpetuating fraud can be held accountable.
The discriminatory Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton 17 years ago, could potentially be overturned by the Supreme Court later this month. Clinton is now pledging his support for equal rights for same-sex couples. Help thank Clinton for opposing DOMA by signing this petition.
Dawson State Jail is a privately run prison that has become notorious for its terrible living conditions and denial of prisoners’ access to medical care, leading to the death of seven prisoners since 2004. The private prison industry has corrupted our criminal justice system to the detriment of our society. Tell Texas legislators Dawson must be shut down.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has vetoed two bills this year with extreme anti-abortion proposals. Although both vetoes were overridden by the state legislature, Beebe has proven to be a strong defender of reproductive rights. Thank the Governor for his vetoes and ask that he continue to protect the rights granted by the Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade.
An American engineer working on high powered computer chips in Singapore was suspiciously found hanged in his apartment. Dr. Shane Todd believed his research was being used for military projects within the Chinese government and his life was in jeopardy. The Singapore police department has refused the FBI access to the case, so Obama must stress the Department of Justice to wield its power abroad and investigate.
A decision has been made to allow knives, baseball bats, golf clubs and similar sporting equipment to be carried on to American flights. This policy will jeopardize the safety of flight attendants and passengers and must be revoked.
An important proposed piece of legislation that seeks to end unlawful gun trafficking is gaining momentum among members of Congress. The bill will help close a frequently exploited loophole that allows criminals to acquire weapons. Urge Republican policymakers to support this bill and be a part of the movement to end tragic gun violence.