Five Chinese prisoners, detained for months over the role they played in freeing illegally-imprisoned petitioners, have allegedly been tortured in attempts to force them to confess. Sign the petition and demand that China put an end to this flagrant violation of human rights.
By the age of 21, half of all foster youth will be a parent to at least one child. In efforts to reduce this number and to provide health care services to the children of foster youth, legislative reform has recently been passed in California. Please applaud these measures that provide prenatal and child care to the young parents in the foster care system.
German President Joachim Gauck recently visited a French village that has been left untouched to preserve the remnants of a Nazi massacre of its population. Thank the German president for realizing that history must constantly be retold to not be forgotten and for reminding the present generation of Europeans and the world as a whole of the horrific Nazi war crimes.
Millions of people rely on the government for money for food and still go to bed hungry. The CEO of Panera Bread lived off of food stamps for one week to raise awareness for the food crisis, hoping others will become empowered to help the situation. Applaud the CEO of Panera Bread for his conscious efforts.
In 2008, Congress set aside money for the Department of Energy to loan to companies committed to manufacturing green cars in the U.S. Unfortunately, a number of these companies had to change their plans due to a lack of action since 2011. Sign this petition to commend the Department of Energy for resuming the loan program after two years.
Many women from Africa are trying to escape having to undergo female genital mutilation, but are being refused asylum in large numbers. Rejected applicants face deportation and subsequent retaliation back home. Sign this petition to urge Prime Minister David Cameron to support asylum for these female victims.
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has adopted a program for students with autism and other learning disabilities that has proven to be effective for young people pursuing a college degree. Applaud EMU for its efforts and encourage other colleges and universities to implement similar programming.
A town in Australia is killing defenseless foxes with a deadly poison that will cause a slow, tormented death. The poison causes severe disorientation, vomiting, diarrhea, spasms, and seizures that will likely last for twenty-four hours until the fox dies of heart or respiratory failure. Demand this town stop using this cruel poison immediately.
The problem of California’s growing prison population cannot be solved by building more prison cells. Condemn Governor Jerry Brown’s costly and detrimental prison expansion program.
Thailand’s fishing industry is notorious for using slave labor. Laborers are subjected to egregious working conditions and violence. Demand Thailand’s prime minister to take action against these human rights violations.
Russian vigilantes in Moscow have decided to conduct raids of illegal immigrants in order to deport them. The involvement of private individuals unaccountable to any legal norms has turned many unsuspecting city residents into targets of excessive violence. No immigrant deserves to illegally harassed by self-appointed agents of law enforcement with unpredictable behavior and tactics. Demand that Russia stop cooperating with these vigilantes in their raids and punish them for illegally taking violence into their own hands.
A prison is feeding vegetarian prisoners fish as they consider it not to be meat. However, a Buddhist who refuses to eat the fish has been refused nutritional alternatives suitable for his religion. Tell this prison to comply with federal regulations and provide animal-free meals.
Bluefin tuna are under siege. Fishermen and environmental pollutants are putting this species at risk of extinction. We must impose stricter environmental regulations to ensure the survival of this important marine species.
Millions of unwanted pets are euthanized every year, but if more people adopted pets from local shelters rather than purchasing them from pet stores, that number would drop significantly. Pledge to save a life by adopting your next pet.
In response to large populations of stray dogs in urban areas, the Romanian President is pushing for a law that would allow for thousands of strays to be euthanized. Please sign this petition to make it clear that there are more humane ways to reduce stray dog populations.
Two Canadians have been detained in Egypt for a variety of charges stemming from their being in the vicinity of a major protest. Sign the petition and demand that the Public Prosecutor either present evidence of the men’s crimes or let them go.
Three women are currently working on developing an interactive narrative game that takes players through the unnecessarily difficult process of attaining access to abortion services for Texas women. Applaud their efforts to educate people on the issues affecting women’s access to abortion care and the dangers of the recent legislative attacks on reproductive rights.
The World Bank has recently outlined a plan for ‘aggressive action’ to combat air pollution in developing countries. These steps will help to improve the health of people and crops in these countries, and will also reduce the global impact of greenhouse gases. Please sign this petition to commend the World Bank for its anti-pollution stance.
Attempting to evade arrest, poachers of African elephants are masking the evidence. Lacing elephant carcasses with poison, they’re killing off the vultures that would alert wildlife authorities to the location of poaching activity. Expose the true cost of poaching and break the cycle once and for all.
North Korea is planning to construct a luxury ski resort – a vanity project requiring funds that should serve the needs of the state’s hungry and poverty-stricken people. In efforts to complete the project, North Korea requested and was quickly refused a purchase of expensive ski equipment from Switzerland. Praise the Swiss government for refusing to sell ski equipment to North Korea. By doing so, it denies the North Korean leader the opportunity to glorify his oppressive regime while neglecting the suffering of its people.
A law intended to provide Indians with food supplies at special, affordable prices is plagued by an inefficient distribution system. Some of the stock does not reach the intended beneficiaries because it is resold by distributors on the black market Urge the Indian government to ensure that every Indian obtains the low-cost food supplies that he or she is entitled to.
New Jersey recently banned giving gay children an abusive treatment telling them they have a mental illness. Congratulate the state for doing so.
A police officer who pepper sprayed Occupy protestors directly in the face as they sat together peaceably is receiving worker’s compensation for the incident. His behavior was violent, unwarranted and threatened the civil rights of those people. Please sign this petition to condemn the University of California, Davis for rewarding his violent actions.
Fair grounds are loud, smelly, full of people, and no place for a lion or tiger. Despite this, the Iowa Clay County Fair allows a traveling circus act involving lions and tigers to perform on the fair grounds every year. Big cat species are dangerous, intelligent and amazing animals that do not belong in a fair performing tricks for treats. Urge the Clay County Fair to discontinue funding for this grueling and unnatural treatment of big cats.
Ford is leading the way in sustainable development with two different car models featuring seats made with 100 percent recycled materials. Congratulate Ford on its unwavering commitment to provide consumers with quality cars while saving the environment.