Arkansas has passed an abortion ban that is unconstitutional and unrealistic. A ban on abortions that occur past 12 weeks gestation is in direct violation of a Supreme Court ruling and preys upon disadvantaged demographics such as the poor and the young. Stand up for women’s rights—demand that Arkansas repeal this law immediately.
Even though the African manatee is the most endangered of all manatee species, it continues to fall prey to poaching along the Atlantic Coast of Africa. We should praise the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) for recommending the African Manatee for the highest level of protection.
Rhode Island leaders will soon vote on a bill to end dog breed discrimination. Evidence shows that restricting certain dog breeds has been unsuccessful at curbing animal violence. Urge legislators to end dog breed discrimination today.
New legislation has been proposed to regulate Minnesota’s puppy and kitten mills in efforts to prevent animal cruelty. There are currently no laws in the state that require puppy and kitten mills to meet certain standards, and animals are suffering as a result. Sign the petition to urge Minnesota legislators to support this bill.
Canada recently ruled that hate speech—any public speech act that defames a vulnerable group—is illegal. This ruling arrives after a resident attempted to distribute pamphlets decrying the presence of gay and lesbian students in public schools. Show your support for Canada’s latest success in human rights.
The United States has the opportunity to further protections for children living in conflict by amending current legislation. Call upon President Obama to stand against the use of child soldiers, and take steps to better protect children living in conflict zones.
Corporations and Wall Street are currently experiencing all-time profit highs, but wages for lower and middle- class Americans continue to stagnate. It is fundamentally unjust and contrary to our principles that working families in the wealthiest nation on earth are enduring staggering levels of poverty and debt. Call on Congress to raise the minimum wage and help alleviate some of the struggle of Working America.
Every year, thousands of elephants are butchered for the extraction of their tusks. Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has pledged her devotion to dismantling the ivory trade. Praise her for her efforts and let her know that you stand behind her.
Thailand has expressed its intention to oppose new proposals that aim to protect threatened species of sharks and manta rays. While these species are not yet severely endangered, they are at potential risk of becoming endangered if they continue to be traded at current rates. Urge Thailand to reconsider its opposition to these crucial proposals and instead work to protect marine species.
Leaders in the Philippines have agreed to the construction of a coal power plant that will harm the native cockatoo population. Ask them to halt construction of this environmentally unsound power project.
An influential Republican leader recently commented that women who are raped rarely get pregnant. This statement is both false and extremely disrespectful. Sign this petition to demand her resignation.
Right now, primates are being brutally tortured in a University of Minnesota research lab. These poor mammals are kept in inhumane living conditions and forced to self-administer addictive drugs or starve to death. End this animal abuse now.
Six-year old Coy Mathis was assigned male at birth but has identified and lived her life as a female since she was 3 years old. A recent school district policy change prevents her from using the girls’ bathroom, as she has done for the past year. Please sign this petition urging the school district to allow Coy to use the girls’ bathroom rather than targeting her, stigmatizing her and setting her up for confusion and harassment.
Recently, the Facebook account of a 12-year-old girl became the subject of scrutiny by school officials. The girl was illegally coerced into giving officials the passwords to her Facebook and e-mail. Demand the school apologize to this young girl for bullying her and invading her privacy.
Large uranium deposits were recently discovered near ancient aboriginal rock paintings in Australia. Ask Australia’s leaders to prevent a foreign mining company from destroying the art by excavating uranium in the region.
As Illinois legislators will soon vote on marriage equality, a group of conservative Catholics and Christian church leaders have recently formed a coalition warning Illinois lawmakers that they will be banned from the churches if they vote in favor of same-sex marriage. They plan to launch a media campaign in an attempt to pressure lawmakers to prohibit marriage equality. Urge Illinois legislators to resist this anti-gay bigotry and vote in favor of same-sex marriage.
Currently there are no New Jersey laws requiring that veterinarians be licensed or supervised while treating animals. Please sign this petition in support of proposed legislation prohibiting inexperienced and unlicensed veterinarians from providing services without direct supervision from an experienced and licensed veterinarian.
Grizzly bears and wolverines in British Columbia are changing their migratory patterns due to global warming. Ask Canadian leaders to create more wildlife preserves to protect these species.
The Marine Corps has been one of the best ways for young people to get an education, but the Department of Defense recently froze its tuition assistance. Marines risk their lives for America, and college helps ensure their futures after they leave the service. Urge the Secretary of Defense to reinstate Marine Corps tuition assistance.
Actress Ashley Judd has been outspoken on such controversial topics as sexual violence, reproductive healthcare, sexism and mountain removal coal mining. Judd has also hinted that she might run for a Senate position in Kentucky in 2014. Sign this petition to thank Judd for the work she has done so far, as well as to support her candidacy if she does choose to run for Senate.
Colorado is rapidly advancing gun control legislation that will increase public safety in the state. The legislation, which increases the standards for background checks for firearm purchases, should be encouraged as much as possible in order to gain the public support necessary for it to pass. Encourage the members of Colorado’s state government to keep supporting the legislation.
NASA’s latest satellite has been launched into space. The imagery and data captured will enable scientists to observe tropical forests and monitor rates of degradation. Commend the launching of this satellite—an important tool in forest conservation.
Democratic strategist Zerlina Maxwell recently spoke out against the notion that women should be armed in order to prevent rape. At the suggestion that men should be held responsible for their actions and work to prevent rape, Maxwell received a slew of threats and vile responses. Thank Ms. Maxwell for bravely raising awareness about sexual violence in an unfriendly environment, and encourage her to continue to speak out in the face of bullying.
A frog that was thought to be extinct for 160 years was recently rediscovered in Sri Lanka. Very few members of this species remain, and its habitat faces constant threats from mining and deforestation. Call for the frog to be listed as critically endangered to ensure its survival.
Politicians in Texas have a long record of attacking Planned Parenthood by attempting to defund it. Now, they’re taking it a step farther by introducing legislation which would ban Planned Parenthood from introducing sex education material to school systems. Sign this petition to tell these so-called small government conservatives that the government has no place intrusively dictating what material school districts should be able to use for their curricula.