Roughly 40,000 citizens of Virginia have been taken off the voter roll just weeks before local elections. Ten percent of these people will go to the polls on election day to find that their votes may not be counted. Reprimand the people who allowed this to happen.
Several members of former President Bush’s administration have been found guilty of war crimes. President Obama has protected them, keeping them safe so long as they remain in the U.S. This is a perversion of justice. Demand that Obama rescind his promise of immunity.
Nearly half of Richmond’s population is living in poverty or is in danger of becoming impoverished. Mayor Dwight C. Jones is working vigorously to fix that with a bold new antipoverty plan. Commend him for his efforts to confront his city’s poverty level.
The recent civil war in Syria has resulted in a humanitarian crisis – one which nearly prompted the United States to step in. This decision would likely have stirred up controversy, likely causing more harm than good in the long-term. Luckily, the Obama administration was able to come to a diplomatic agreement with the Syrian government, and thereby kept American forces out of another Middle East war.
Thousands of African migrants crossing the Mediterranean sea to reach Europe have ended up drowning. Thankfully, the E.U. is promoting a faster emergency response system that would end up saving lives on sinking boats. Thank the E.U. for its timely and humane response to what this humanitarian crisis.
Thanks to three women in the US Senate encouraging bipartisanship cooperation, progress was made in ending the government shutdown. Because they were brave enough to confront their colleagues, an agreement has been reached to reopen the government. Commend these women for urging the Senate to end the shutdown.
Some state governments have prohibited the collection of rainwater, not due to health concerns, but because that rain supposedly belongs to the government. Overturn bans on rainwater collection on private property and let residents take control of their own conservation.
Turkish state has cultivated a tradition of secularism that has forbidden women from wearing traditional religious attire in public settings. Recently, the prime minister and his party moved to lift a ban on women wearing headscarves in workplaces. Commend the Turkish prime minister Erdogan for granting women the right to express their faith while preserving the largely secular character of the state.
The Chinese government has recently arrested Liu Hu on charges of spreading false online rumors following the journalist’s blog post accusing an official of corruption. Arresting bloggers for reporting the misbehavior of Communist party members has become a standard practice for a state concerned with protecting the reputation of its ruling elite. Sign this petition to demand that the Chinese government release Liu Hu and drop charges against him.
Corporations are currently allowed to donate unlimited funds to politicians. This allows big businesses to effectively ‘buy’ politicians, corrupting the entire system. Tell Congress we must take the money out of politics.
An extreme right-wing group gathered in front of a Kyoto elementary school, to chant hateful rhetoric at ethnic Korean children. Kyoto District Court has ordered the group to pay a hefty fine. Praise the court for sending a message that intimidation tactics against ethnic minorities in Japan won’t be tolerated.
A former U.S. soldier was recently sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking information that exposed rampant criminal activity during military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. We ask that Major General Jeffrey Buchanan grant clemency to this soldier by reducing her sentence to the absolute minimum.
Major companies are taking away from our economy without putting anything back in, by moving American jobs to other countries. With our government in serious debt and high unemployment rates everywhere, it makes sense to tax these businesses for outsourcing. Urge Congress to raise taxes on businesses that outsource jobs.
The 2008 financial crisis was not an accident or the result of incompetence, but rather the result of rampant fraud at the top levels of the banking industry. Urge Congress to bring charges against the banking industry executives who caused the crisis, and do justice for our country.
The wording of the National Defense Authorization Act makes it possible for the military to detain citizens indefinitely, without trial, on the basis of suspicion alone. Urge the Supreme Court to hear a case which would put this controversial law on trial for its clear violations of the Constitution.
Edward Snowden exposed the crimes of the NSA, the vast agency that monitors every citizen in America. He did a great service to the American people by protecting us from corrupt government officials, and he deserves medals of honor, not treason charges. We ask that President Obama make the right decision by stopping the persecution of Edward Snowden.
A historical site in Germany that hosts a synagogue has been sold to a prosperous businessman instead of the Jewish community that wants to restore it. Sign this petition to urging the local German mayor to allow Jewish residents to repossess the synagogue.
In 2009, Guinea’s former military junta opened fire on tens of thousands of unarmed protesters. Four years later, trials meant to bring the perpetrators to justice are still being stalled. Demand the current administration expedite the judicial process, and bring those responsible for the massacre to justice.
The French Ministry of Justice has upheld abusive and invasive stop and frisk tactics by police. Condemn the courts for upholding laws that blatantly violate civil rights.
Laos immigration authorities deported a group of North Korean defectors back to their country, where they will most likely be imprisoned, tortured, or executed. Sign this petition to condemn the Laos government for their actions.
Wikileaks has done an incalculable service to the public by providing us with inside knowledge about our government’s operations. But according to the U.S. government, Wikileaks is considered an ‘Enemy of the State,’ a list that includes the terrorist organization Al Qaeda. Demand that President Obama remove Wikileaks from this list.
A recent incident of severe road rage led to a confrontation between members of a motorcycle gang, and the driver of an SUV. The standoff ended in an accident, and while both parties deserve some blame, the SUV driver is being portrayed as the only wrongdoer. Ask officials to hold all parties involved accountable for their actions.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently approved a so-called solution to distracted driving. The solution, ‘Texting Zones,’ involves roadside areas drivers can use to pull over and send text messages. This idea only serves to acknowledge and even legitimize the presence of texting on the road, and the general public will likely ignore the Texting Zones, making them a waste of taxpayer dollars. Reject this half-baked plan to make our roads safer.
The Cuban Communist Party has recently granted legal status to self-employed professionals of various fields. Praise the Cuban state for adapting to its society’s changing work practices by promoting a safe, trustworthy business climate in which the independently employed can operate under the jurisdiction of the law rather than in a potentially dangerous shadow economy.
Whether for recruits still in basic training, or veterans returning from combat for the last time, our soldiers are badly in need of psychiatric care, but very few receive a proper course of treatment. These problems are only getting worse, as evidenced by high rates of shootings and suicides related to psychological conditions. We must demand that Congress provide the financial resources to treat our soldiers with the care they deserve.