Israeli human rights activists and politicians have slammed Israel’s secret deportations of Sudanese immigrants as ‘immoral’ and a violation of international law. Israel has yet to officially respond to these allegations. Demand Israel explains the clandestine deportation of over one thousand Sudanese immigrants.
After a dispute between members of the media, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that anti-gay slurs are not protected by freedom of expression laws. This is an important step in realizing equality for the gay community and reflects growing international consensus that gay rights must be expanded. Thank the Mexican Supreme Court for their important ruling.
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress has investigated the roots of what caused the worst collapse since the Great Depression. However, only selective parts of the final report have been made available to the American public. Sign the petition to demand full access to the findings of the commission, so those perpetuating fraud can be held accountable.
Researchers have deduced that finless porpoise populations in China’s Yangtze River are significantly declining. Increased shipping traffic is interfering with the porpoise’s migration patterns and sonar communication. Urge China to seek alternative shipping routes to reduce the threat on the finless porpoise.
The discriminatory Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton 17 years ago, could potentially be overturned by the Supreme Court later this month. Clinton is now pledging his support for equal rights for same-sex couples. Help thank Clinton for opposing DOMA by signing this petition.
The use of toxic ingredients in sunscreen is a disturbingly common practice in the U.S. Despite studies showing the adverse effects of these ingredients, the Food and Drug Administratoin still does not regulate the manufacture of sunscreen. Demand that the FDA improve safety assessments and proper labeling of sunscreens in the U.S.
Century 21 retail stores were recently found to be selling clothing containing real raccoon dog fur. The raccoon dog fur industry is one of the cruelest and most inhumane industries in the world. Demand that Century 21 stop selling raccoon dog fur products.
Yemen is one of the few nations that still executes juvenile offenders despite Yemeni and international law banning the practice. Often these death row inmates are jailed without trial based on confessions given under duress and torture. Sign the petition to urge the Yemeni government to stop executing child offenders.
A sexual assault incident at Occidental College was not properly reported to the campus community, prompting outrage from students. Rather than apologizing, the school’s president invoked rhetoric that implies victims of sexual assault are not as trustworthy as other types of victims. Ask Occidental’s president to issue an apology for not using the correct channels to inform students about incidents of sexual violence, and promise that it will never happen again.
Leaders at British Petroleum say the company will no longer provide solar power, even though solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in the United States. Ask BP to reconsider this decision.
A proposed bill in Arizona would prevent convicted animal abusers from owning or fostering animals. This legislation would protect both animals and humans from needless cruelty, as animal abusers are more likely to assault people as well. Ask Arizona senators to take a stand against abuse.
Misogyny within the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has gotten out of control. Athletes and employees of the sports organization have made a slew of disturbing comments online promoting rape and violence against women. Demand UFC create a code of conduct to end the violent rhetoric about women it has propagated.
Although the U.S. has been fostering democratic development in Turkey for years, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is leading his country in the opposite direction. Demand President Obama use the U.S.’s relationship with Turkey to fight the disintegration of women’s rights, religious freedom, and freedom of information and expression ravaging the country.
Mississippi is working to create a ballot initiative that would define human life as beginning at conception, essentially banning all abortions. Personhood amendments are blatant violations of the reproductive rights guaranteed by the Supreme Court and a regressive step in the movement for women’s rights. Tell Mississippi to halt its attempts to pass this troubling amendment.
Dawson State Jail is a privately run prison that has become notorious for its terrible living conditions and denial of prisoners’ access to medical care, leading to the death of seven prisoners since 2004. The private prison industry has corrupted our criminal justice system to the detriment of our society. Tell Texas legislators Dawson must be shut down.
Loggers in Brazil burned an 8-year-old girl alive in an attempt to scare her tribe off of valuable land. These sorts of intimidation crimes are not uncommon and they are leading to the destruction of whole groups of people. Urge the Brazilian government to step up measures to protect these tribes and end the violence.
The television series Glee has captivated American teenagers while celebrating diversity and sending positive messages. Commend Director Ryan Murphy for creating this inspiring show.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has vetoed two bills this year with extreme anti-abortion proposals. Although both vetoes were overridden by the state legislature, Beebe has proven to be a strong defender of reproductive rights. Thank the Governor for his vetoes and ask that he continue to protect the rights granted by the Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade.
An American engineer working on high powered computer chips in Singapore was suspiciously found hanged in his apartment. Dr. Shane Todd believed his research was being used for military projects within the Chinese government and his life was in jeopardy. The Singapore police department has refused the FBI access to the case, so Obama must stress the Department of Justice to wield its power abroad and investigate.
A decision has been made to allow knives, baseball bats, golf clubs and similar sporting equipment to be carried on to American flights. This policy will jeopardize the safety of flight attendants and passengers and must be revoked.
Canadian geese have been residents of Mamaroneck, New York for more than 30 years. The mayor has now decided that they are a nuisance and should be killed off. Sign the petition to ask the mayor to seek alternate arrangements in dealing with these geese.
Confidential informants are used in roughly 80 percent of drug busts in the United States each year. Unfortunately, a lack of oversight and regulatory legislation defines this government institution. Many civilians lose their lives because of it. Let it be known that the lives of these citizens matter and demand that the government pass legislation to ensure the safety of these civilian informants immediately.
An important proposed piece of legislation that seeks to end unlawful gun trafficking is gaining momentum among members of Congress. The bill will help close a frequently exploited loophole that allows criminals to acquire weapons. Urge Republican policymakers to support this bill and be a part of the movement to end tragic gun violence.
The Grand Canyon has stood as one of the oldest and most beloved regions in American history. Sadly, harmful practices such as uranium mining and logging threaten both the park and the wildlife contained within. Help urge President Obama to protect the Grand Canyon by declaring it a national monument.
To date, more than 300,000 farmers across India have taken their lives. The prevalence of the genetically modified cash crop Bt cotton has forced farmers into exorbitant debt. Put an end to farmer suicides in India by demanding an end to Bt cotton farming.