Currently, as hard as it is to believe, women and men in the military who have been sexually assaulted by their superior officers are not allowed to take their charges to anyone other than those superior officers. Two bills in the Senate Armed Services Committee would address this, but they are not being released to be voted upon. Demand that the Armed Services Committee give justice to military personnel.
The Republican governor of Wisconsin has signed a bill that requires a woman to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. This bill is emotionally harmful and unecessary. Condemn Governor Walker for restricting a woman’s right to have an abortion.
A GOP-dominated House vote threatened food stamps for the millions of Americans who depend on them. Let the House Republican leadership know that basic food needs should not be held hostage to politics.
The police force of Morocco has kept the homes of two anti-monarchist political figures sealed for the past seven years as punishment for hosting non-violent meetings. Tell the government of Morocco that this type of heavy-handed action is unethical, and demand the homes be returned to their rightful owners.
In North Carolina, a bill has passed through the Senate that restricts a woman’s right to an abortion. The Governor of North Carolina is not sure whether or not he will sign the bill. Urge him to veto the bill and allow a woman to make her own health decisions.
South Africa is considering selling 18 tons of rhino horns to eliminate black market sales. The decision will ultimately put rhinos in more danger and must be stopped now.
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) prevents discrimination against people with disabilities by requiring specific accessibility in public buildings and facilities. A United Nations treaty would extend those requirements worldwide, but it needs to be scheduled for a hearing in order for a vote to go forward. Please sign this petition and show your support for extending the protections and accessibility of the ADA overseas.
The state of Montana recently passed a landmark bill that will allow the Fourth Amendment to catch up with technology. Under the new law, police will be required to obtain probable-cause warrants before tracking suspects with cell phones, GPS devices, and the like. Commend the state’s legislature for signing this important bill into law and leading the way for the rest of the country.
A Nevada police department recently broke into a house to gain a ‘tactical advantage’ for a domestic violence call elsewhere in the neighborhood. The officers assaulted the inhabitant and charged him with ‘obstructing an officer.’ Condemn this police department for its brutal actions.
A Texas House Committee recently advanced a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks and shut down over half the state’s abortion clinics. This bill advanced during a meeting that operated undemocratically. Condemn the advancement of this bill, and tell both Governor Rick Perry and the House of Representatives to refuse to let this bill advance any further.
North Carolina is considering a move to greatly restrict women’s access to reproductive healthcare and will shut down all but one abortion clinics in the state. Please urge the governor to veto this attack on female reproductive health and stop the GOP’s war on women.
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.
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.
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.
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.