Recently, a Virginia police chief updated his city’s official policy that forces police officers to assume that all rape claims are true. Prior to this change, police officers in Norfolk treated all rape claims as unfounded or invalid by default. Applaud the police chief’s efforts to protect rape victims and to encourage rape victims to report their assault.
An anti-bullying organization has recently created a website that serves as a positive resource for isolated and bullied middle school children. Commend this organization for supporting marginalized teens.
California governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill that guarantees access for transgender students to school facilities, activities, and athletic teams based on their gender identity, making California the first state with such legislation. Thank the governor for his dedication to protecting the rights of transgender students.
A Pakistani pop star created a new superhero cartoon promoting girls’ education in his country. Congratulate his efforts to encourage girls to see their education as something valuable.
A new website and mobile app offer diners an alternative to throwing away leftover food. The app allows people to post photographs of their leftovers online so that others may claim it, thus eliminating the need to throw it away. Applaud the app’s cofounders on their innovative idea to decrease food waste.
A leading science and engineering company sponsors an annual internship program for college students across the United States. In addition to having the opportunity to meet professional scientists and engineers, students create projects that have the potential to be turned into actual products. Applaud the company’s unique internship program.
The Bay Area of California is implementing a bike sharing program that allows its citizens to rent bikes from kiosks. These kiosks are situated throughout the city to aid traffic flow and lessen the impact that gas emissions have on our environment. Sign this petition to say thank you to the partners and organizations involved.
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.
An award-winning teen graffiti artist was recently slain by a police officer’s taser. This officer recklessly endangered and consequently ended this young man’s life by his wildly disproportionate response to a petty crime. Please sign this petition to have the officer responsible fired and the use of tasers by law enforcement agencies severely restricted.
Human rights defender Adilur Rhaman Khan has been arrested for misinforming the public about abuses committed by the Bangladesh government. His arrest comes without a warrant and it is highly likely that this man will be tortured while he is imprisoned. Sign this petition and demand for his immediate release.
Less than ten percent of Hawaii’s fuel comes from local sources, making the state especially vulnerable to energy emergencies, as well as forcing residents to pay some of the highest energy prices in the nation. Recently, with the help of federal funding, a Hawaii-based company is working to establish alternative fuel sources. Commend the company on its efforts.
An electric company recently released plans to build more high-speed charging stations for electric vehicles. Increasing the number of stations will make it more convenient for drivers to switch to these vehicles. Commend the company for prioritizing sustainable energy initiatives.
Air safety research at the University of North Carolina has revealed that the environment plays a factor in the level of harm airborne chemicals can cause. This research has led to the development of a machine that uses human lung cells to accurately detect biological hazards in the air. Commend the professors’ groundbreaking work.
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.
Florida is banning the import of live deer, elk and other cervids to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease. Commend these efforts to protect our wildlife from this deadly disease.
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.
Law enforcement teamed up with other organizations to rescue tortured and beaten pit bulls. The dogs were abused in what is likely the second largest dogfighting ring in U.S. history. Sign this petition to praise the authorities that used resources to end abuse against helpless animals.
A small, privately funded organization is providing new lives to beagles that have been bred for scientific testing purposes. After enduring years of torture and isolation, beagles are given medical care and placed in loving foster and adoptive homes. Be a part of bringing support to this organization by signing the petition here.
Despite an ongoing strike, firefighters in Spain took no time to respond to a derailed train accident recently. With the help of local residents, firefighters, and hospital staff, many people survived the wreckage. Please show your thanks to these truly heroic first responders.
The White House is taking steps to go green. Let’s tell the president that we support his environmentally sustainable efforts.
A Fox News anchor has made misleading remarks about California’s new transgender law. Condemn him for his prejudice against transgender people.
Senator Gillibrand proposes to take military sexual assault investigations out of the military chain of command. This would help victims tremendously and has gathered some serious support, but is being opposed by an alternative, less comprehensive bill supporting the same issue. Offer your support to Senator Gillibrand and the victims of military rape.
An investigative journalist and human rights defender in is being prosecuted with trumped up charges. The charges come after the release of his book, which chronicles the abuse committed by military and security forces in areas where blood diamonds are mined. Urge Angola to drop all charges against this courageous human rights crusader.
A Miss America contestant is advocating for the end of animal testing for cosmetics in the United States. Commend her for speaking out against animal cruelty in cosmetics.
The Indian pangolin is a mysterious and increasingly rare animal that is threatened by overhunting throughout its range. Fortunately a zoo in India is increasing public awareness to conserve pangolins and also maintains a successful captive breeding program. Congratulate the Nandankanan Zoological Park for saving pangolins through conservation research.