A seven-year-old girl was hassled by school officials because of her dreadlocks. Her father was forced to pull her from the school after this embarrassing and discriminatory episode. Please sign this petition to condemn the school for its terrible treatment of a child over her choice of hairstyle.
Participants at an agricultural fair engage in a terrifying scramble to catch animals released into a pen and get to take home their catch. The well-being of the animals is disregarded as they are kicked, stepped on, and picked up by their necks, fur, and ears. Tell the fair to discontinue the cruel barnyard scramble.
Recently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that allows for non-citizen, legal immigrants to serve as poll workers in elections. They will fill the shortage of multilingual poll workers and act as interpreters for the citizens who speak limited English. Please sign this petition to applaud Governor Brown for protecting the democratic process in California.
A woman in New Jersey recently starved her pit bull to the brink of death and received an 18-month probation. Punishments for animal cruelty in New Jersey are seriously lax. Please sign this petition to urge New Jersey to strengthen its laws against animal cruelty and abuse.
An independent consulting company recently found that radiation-infused water is leaking all over the Fukushima power plant and that there are no accurate figures for the radiation levels. Nuclear experts fear that the situation is far worse than the power companies or government is willing to admit. Clean up radiation leaks at Fukushima before the hazard becomes impossible to manage.
Illegal Nigerian marijuana growers are destroying habitats and polluting the forests in their attempts to make profits off selling this highly-sought drug. Urge the Nigerian environmental agency to take action in preventing the destruction of forests and wildlife.
Over a thousand egg laying hens were rescued from a factory farm by a sanctuary and an anonymous donor. These hens would have been put to death, but will now be rehabilitated and placed into homes. Applaud these efforts which saved these hens from the gas chamber.
The Texas and Mississippi National Guard are turning down veteran benefit applicants for legally married, same sex couples. Demand they accept these applicants and stop treating LGBT veterans like second class citizens.
A town in Australia is reportedly applying poison to several Australian nature reserves in order to kill red foxes. Tell the council to reconsider using this indiscriminate slaughter.
Websites that sell pets on the Internet is a major source of animal abuse in the United Kingdom. Tell the UK that they must properly regulate these abusive websites in order to protect these innocent animals.
Two eyewitnesses claim that they saw a handler attack an elephant with a sharp stick multiple times until the animal screamed in pain and agony. Demand that law enforcement pursue justice for the helpless elephant.
The same standards for cell phone radiation, which has been linked to cancer, have been in place since 1996. Since then, changing demographics and the invention of the smartphone have put cell phones into the hands of nearly 80 percent of American teenagers. Urge the FCC to update its standards according to actual patterns of use, thus protecting our young cell phone users.
Police in Indiana threatened an African-American firefighter with a stun gun and handcuffed him for waving at them. Demand the abusive officers involved be punished.
Federal subsidies to corn farmers are responsible for destroying millions of miles of American grassland and draining the water supply. Government requirements to produce corn-based ethanol are causing more damage to the environment than aid. Urge the EPA to repeal these wasteful mandates.
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.