Recently, a high school girl in Alabama was beaten and arrested after falling asleep during a study session due to medical conditions. Demand that the school apologize to her for this abhorrent treatment.
Politicians and corporate supporters in Pennsylvania are trying to suppress information about how factory farmed chickens are squeezed into tiny cages, cows are inhumanely slaughtered, and horses are picked apart for products. Demand transparency at agricultural factory farms and bring this inhumane treatment to light.
Bloggers from countries such as China and Iran are being persecuted by their governments for speaking out against human rights violations. One blogger from Iran was imprisoned and declared an enemy of the state for writing about women’s rights. Sign this petition and support female bloggers who have been persecuted for defending their freedom.
A Canadian citizen is at risk of execution in Iran for espionage charges. The confession used to convict him however, was taken while he was being tortured. Sign this petition and demand that the victim be given a new trial adhering to international law.
Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) provide critical resources to marginalized and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) students in roughly half of America’s high schools. One Chicago area educator recently raised the bar, establishing an innovative mentoring program for its LGBT students. Commend her for her sponsorship of this groundbreaking program.
Exporting natural gas overseas threatens US energy security, while encouraging environmentally destructive practices here at home. Urge President Obama to instruct federal agencies to reject new gas export projects, and encourage a speedy transition to renewable energy.
The Puerto Rican government has finally passed legislation permanently protecting one of the region’s most treasured natural resources, the Northeast Ecological Corridor. The corridor is made up of diverse forests, wetlands, beaches, coral habits, and a bioluminescent lagoon. Praise Puerto Rico for saving the hundreds of endangered species that have made this diverse region their home.
The United States might soon weaken eagle protection by loosening restrictions on private companies that accidentally kill eagles. This increased leniency could have unknowable effects on eagle populations and lead to their decline. Urge the Secretary of the Interior to reject new guidelines that would allow more unintentional eagle deaths.
The popular clothing store Urban Outfitters recently released a line of drinking products that resemble prescription pill bottles. These products promote both drug abuse and alcohol abuse. Sign this petition to condemn Urban Outfitters for these thoughtless products.
Protect the right of Medicare and Medicaid patients to choose alternative methods of health care. These therapies provide long-lasting relief from many ailments and usually do not have side effects. Alternative medicine must be covered by government healthcare programs.
The current system for labeling eggs can mislead consumers into thinking that eggs are produced humanely when they’re not. Labels such as ‘free-range’ still allow for the beak-clipping and starvation of hens. Let’s demand a more accurate system that gives consumers the true information about the eggs they are buying.
The FDA recently proposed a requirement for tanning beds to include warning labels, which will help to increase awareness about the potential risks of prolonged use. Over time, exposure to ultraviolet rays in tanning beds can pose serious health risks, including cancer and eye damage. Thank the FDA for helping to increase awareness about the dangers of tanning beds.
Despite regulations that prevent elephants from being housed alone, the San Antonio Zoo is applying for an exception that will allow it to house Lucky, a 53-year-old elephant, by herself. Sign the petition and urge the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to deny the application and protect Lucky’s well-being.
Illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, also known as ‘pirate fishing,’ has seriously damaged the global economy and our marine ecosystem. Urge Congress to prevent this harmful, illegal activity.
Blue whales migrate to Australia every year to feed. However, each whale’s visit to Australia could be their last, given the extensive oil and gas exploration in the region. The deafening noise from oil and gas operations can drive whales away from their feeding ground and leaves them vulnerable to starvation, disorientation and death. Tell Australia they must protect blue whales, not destroy them.
A home safety seminar recommends that parents store guns in their children’s rooms, positing that a self-defense weapon should be stored in the first place a parent would run to. Ask the company who released this video to recall this dangerous and potentially deadly advice.
A proposal requires that tanning beds come with warning labels, but does not require them to be posted on the actual beds. This means that those providing tanning services could take the labels off, leaving consumers unaware of the cancer risks of tanning. Urge those who made the proposal to require that the labels stay on the beds.
For years, the U.S. Air Force has been using live animals for combat trauma training. Ask the Air Force to stop this cruel training technique.
An elementary school in Georgia deemed a kindergartner’s outfit inappropriate despite the fact that she had worn the outfit the week prior with no incident. The young girl was forced to change her clothing and told that her outfit was a distraction to others. Condemn the elementary school for labeling this girl’s outfit inappropriate.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg claims to support renewable energy, but has been funding ads supporting environmental destruction. His new political group has spent millions of dollars supporting anti-environmental causes, including drilling in the Arctic and constructing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Demand that Facebook remove these ads and let Zuckerberg know we oppose his anti-environmental efforts.
Gray wolves are facing destruction under a government proposal to lift the remaining protections for the species. The gray wolves have made a remarkable recovery since the species was hunted to near extinction over 40 years ago. However, this recovery is about to be wiped out by the government. Without federal protection, wolf populations will succumb to the same wolf management policies that pushed this species to the brink of extinction in the first place. We cannot allow this to happen.
Hyper-conservative Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has spent his career telling women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. He has supported “personhood” bills that would eliminate the right to choose, he has sued to overturn healthcare reform, and he wants to defund Planned Parenthood. Now he wants to deny women access to birth control. Let Cuccinelli know we will not allow his war on women to continue.
A Pennsylvania school district is refusing to use a transgender student’s chosen name during the upcoming high school graduation ceremony. Despite being known by the name that aligns with his gender identity for almost two years, the school board has insisted on using the student’s female birth name. Demand that the school district respect the student’s identity and call him by his chosen name.
A South African, same-sex married couple were told that if they did not divorce, their son would be expelled from the Christian school he attends. The couple insists that they were honest about the details of their marriage prior to enrolling their son. Condemn the school for its unlawful discrimination against this couple.
Many Minnesota skiers are endeavoring to overturn no-wake zone policies for Minnesota lakes, an action that would disrupt these peaceful bodies of water with morning noise. Urge the city mayor and council members of Lake Elmo, Minnesota to retain no-wake zones.