Archive for Category: "Government"
Many corporations have long since idealized a penny pinching approach to asset management. Employees who survive a staff downsize will typically be pressured, by means of threats against their jobs, to do two or more jobs at once. We need employers to protect loyal workers from corporate penny pinching and establish a code of dignified treatment towards the hardworking people America depends on.
Recent salary cuts in Scranton, Pennsylvania have reduced all city employees to minimum wage. The drastic cuts, implemented against court order by Mayor Chris Doherty, were made in order to preserve city credit. Demand that the city of Scranton file for bankruptcy rather than sacrifice the finances of its employees.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced that he will not begin implementing large portions of the Affordable Care Act, even in the face of its survival in the Supreme Court. Texas has the worst healthcare coverage rate of any state, thus a refusal of Perry to implement the ACA will cause untold harm to Texas citizens. Sign this petition in order to demand that Rick Perry put aside politics and do what is best for the citizens of his state.
Ecuador’s National Assembly is considering a bill that would democratize ownership and access to media, but some provisions of the bill would actually restrict what the media says as well as who has access to it, threatening the right to free speech. Tell the President of the National Assembly to stop this oppressive bill.
The Patriot Act subjects innocent American citizens to an Orwellian system of surveillance and injustice. Urge Congress to reform the act’s unconstitutional and unjust aspects to ensure the rights of Americans are not trampled.
When a yoga instructor gave a student a look of disbelief for disrupting her class with her cell phone, she didn’t expect to get fired for it. Ask Facebook Fitness to issue a formal apology to the fired yoga instructor.
The United States is debating an agreement for ease of trade with a number of countries. However, part of this agreement will cause heavy restrictions on the United States’ intellectual property rights, and will continue to restrict domestic corporations while giving more freedom to foreign ones. Tell Congress to stop the United States’ participation in this agreement.
In order to reduce its budget problems, Scranton, Pennsylvania plans to reduce the pay of city workers, including police and firefighters, to the federal minimum wage. Such a decrease in wages is unfair and economically harmful to the middle class. Sign this petition in order to demand that the City of Scranton not attempt to settle its budget problems on the backs of middle class public workers.
House Republicans have prevented Representative Elanor Norton from testifying in hearings on an abortion bill that directly affects her district. Tell House members to revise their decision and protect the voice of Norton and her constituents in Washington, D.C.
Wisconsin senator Glenn Grothman has introduced a bill that would define single and nonmarital parenthood as child abuse. His proposed bill would unnecessarily amend the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board’s definition of child abuse with these ridiculous claims. Sign the petition now to urge Senator Grothman to drop this ridiculous and uncalled-for proposal, and defend the choices of parents everywhere.
After Loretta Robinson’s son was killed by a drunk driver, she was asked to pay for the removal of her son’s blood on the road where he lost his life after paying for the removal of his car. Sign the petition now to request that she receive a full refund for these heartless bills and an apology from the city of Greenville for their thoughtlessness.
A judge in South Carolina has sentenced people in his court to bible study in addition to the normal jail time which they deserve. As the government can establish no religion, nor mandate citizens to participate in any religious activity, these sentences are a complete violation of the First Amendment. Sign this petition in order to demand that Judge Nettles stop sentencing people to religious studies and protect the integrity of the First Amendment.
When a constituent approached him about increasing the minimum wage, Representative C. W. Bill Young repeatedly told him to ‘get a job’ in response to his question. Tell this representative that he must issue a public apology for his hurtful and thoughtless words.
Non-governmental organizations in Russia will be publicly demonized and financially burdened under a recent proposed law. The change, which will allow inappropriate government control over foreign-funded groups and fix them with damaging labels, is a huge step backward for independent civil rights organizations. Tell Russia’s Prime Minister not to hinder human rights activists.
While America debates whether or not to suspend sanctions against Burma, pro-democracy groups within the country’s government are losing ground. Lifting these sanctions will invite new investment to the struggling country and let the Burmese government know that the world supports them in their movement towards democracy. Tell the US government that you support suspending these sanctions and helping Burmese citizens.
John Kiriakou, an ex-CIA agent, is currently being prosecuted for revealing the Bush-era torture program. Kiriakou is obviously a whistleblower and should not be charged for his exposure of the torture being perpetrated by our government. Sign this petition in order to demand that the Department of Justice not prosecute Kiriakou for his exposure of war crimes.
Richmond, California is considering adding a ‘penny per ounce’ tax on soda and other sugary beverages. Many people oppose the tax as it will hurt local businesses, and there is no guarantee that the money will fund childhood obesity programs, its intended recipient. Urge Richmond officials to remove this unfair proposal from upcoming voting ballots.
Former Playboy Bunny Shera Bechard was recently granted a so-called ‘Genius Visa’ for her accomplishment of starting an online photo-sharing craze on Twitter. Meanwhile, students who had no control or consent over their immigration are unable to get jobs, go to school, or defend their adopted country. Ask the US Government to stop catering to celebrities and the wealthy when it comes to choosing who does and doesn’t get visas.
The City of Portland, Oregon is considering a ban that will bar the use of skateboards, roller blades, and scooters from certain areas of the city. The ban is an effort to stop reckless activity on steep streets, but will only punish the skaters who follow the rules. Demand that the skateboarding ban not be enacted.
Traffic surveillance cameras in Washington may contain vital information regarding recent murders. Because Washington is one of few states prohibiting the use of traffic footage for police investigations, these killers remain unidentified. Demand that authorities have access to these videos in order to investigate major crimes.
Small-scale food producers in California may soon have a greater shot at competing with larger manufacturing companies. Under newly proposed legislation, these local enterprises will be able to sell in the state without the current legal backlash. The bill, which currently awaits a Senate decision, may change the way consumers and producers in the state do business.
A federal bill that would increase funding for flood insurance is currently being held up in the Senate by Rand Paul (R-KY) in an effort to push an amendment to the bill restricting abortion rights. Sign this petition to demand that Rep. Paul stop his stalling of the flood insurance bill in an attempt to push an unrelated ideological point.
The 2012 party platform of the Texas Republican Party decries the teaching of critical thinking skills and higher order thinking to Texas students. This stance is unacceptable and would result in the intellectual crippling of Texas students. Sign this petition in order to send a message to the Texas GOP that their rejection of critical thinking skills in education is not a wise course of action.
After accidentally hitting a spectator while warming up his pitcher two years ago, a 13-year-old Little League player is being sued by the woman he hit, and Little League International has refused to help. Ask Little League to support this boy and his family in their fight against the lawsuit.
The debt ceiling crisis nearly shut down the government last summer and discussions about the debt ceiling are starting again. The existence of a debt ceiling allows a few politicians to have an undue amount of influence in the government, which violates democratic principles. Urge President Barack Obama to help restore democracy by declaring the debt ceiling unconstitutional.