Articles written by: Ayla Burnett

Portland native, peace and environmental advocate, writer and music lover

Stop Reportedly Jailing Garment Workers for Peacefully Protesting

Garment workers in Myanmar are reportedly being jailed for peacefully protesting for better working conditions. Some employees were apparently imprisoned for up to three months and described being chained to other inmates in a crowded hall. Demand the Blue Diamond bag factory stop seemingly oppressing their workers.

Don’t Restrict Voter Access Two Weeks Before the Election

Curbside voting has been banned in Alabama thanks to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court and an order from the Secretary of State. This essential service is crucial, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, for older and disabled voters to take part in the election safely. Demand the secretary of state immediately reverse his decision to restrict voter access.

Trump: Stop Attacking Top Infectious Disease Expert and Downplaying COVID-19

President Trump called Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, “a disaster” and an “idiot.” This comes despite the fact that the U.S. has reached its highest peak in COVID-19 cases since July. In order to prioritize public health, demand Trump stop trying to turn the public against a trusted scientist.

Take Immediate Action to Prevent Disastrous Oil Spill

A tanker carrying approximately 1.3 million gallons of oil is at severe risk of sinking, which could lead to one of the worst oil spills in history. If immediate action is not taken, marine life and the Southern Caribbean region as a whole will face imminent ecological disaster. Demand President Nicolás Maduro urgently address the sinking vessel.

Trump: Denounce Harmful QAnon Conspiracy Theory

President Trump again refused to denounce QAnon, a conspiracy theory asserting that top Democrats are running a child sex-trafficking ring and attempting to overthrow the president. Trump has retweeted statements associated with QAnon and even praised the group for being “against pedophilia,” yet he claims to know nothing about them. In order to slow the spread of misinformation, demand Trump condemn the harmful conspiracy.

Amy Coney Barrett: Endorse a Peaceful Transfer of Power

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett refused to endorse a peaceful transfer of power should the president lose the election. Instead, she said the situation was a “controversy” and that she wanted to “stay out of it.” Demand Barrett support a peaceful transferal in order to maintain the integrity of our democracy.

Don’t Appoint a Conservative Supreme Court Justice Before the Election

The appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court ignores Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish, and threatens important legal decisions such as same-sex marriage and Roe v. Wade. Demand the Senate wait to nominate a Supreme Court Justice until after the election.

Trump: Denounce Far-Right Militia That Planned to Kidnap Governor

Authorities announced conspiracy, terrorism and weapons charges against 13 men who allegedly tried to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, storm the State Capitol and start a civil war. Reportedly, the men engaged in combat drills, firearms trainings, and even spied on Whitmer’s vacation home. Demand President Trump publicly denounce far-right militia groups who planned these dangerous acts of violence.

Protect Critically Imperiled Wolverines From Extinction Due to Climate Change

Wolverine populations could be nearing extinction due to climate change, habitat loss and trapping. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently denied protections to the imperiled species, despite the fact that there are only around 300 of them left in the contiguous U.S. Demand wolverine be listed under the Endangered Species Act in order to avoid possible extinction.

Trump: Apologize for Your Xenophobic Attack on a U.S. Congresswoman

President Trump unleashed a xenophobic attack on Representative Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress. He accused her of telling “us” – meaning his largely white audience – “how to run our country,” as if she is not also a member of the United States. Demand that Trump apologize for his blatant xenophobia.

Trump: Stop Your Incessant Attack on Refugees

The Trump administration reduced the number of refugees allowed into the country by nearly 100,000 since 2016 and he plans to cut that allowance even further. This announcement presents yet another xenophobic attack on immigration under his presidency. Demand Trump prioritize human rights by increasing the number of asylum seekers allowed in the United States.

Don’t Lift Mask Mandate While Coronavirus Cases Still Surge

The mask mandate was lifted in Mississippi thanks to a recent decision by Governor Tate Reeves. This comes despite the fact that coronavirus cases are still surging in several counties. Demand the governor prioritize public health during a pandemic and reverse his decision to no longer require face coverings.

Trump: Apologize for Pressuring School Reopenings During the Pandemic

The White House downplayed the threat of the coronavirus to children in a dangerous and politicized attempt to reopen schools before election day. The Trump administration even pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce biased data showing that children are at a low risk of contracting Covid-19. Demand Trump admit to and apologize for downplaying the threat of sending children back to school and pressuring health officials to follow his reckless agenda.

Dear Trump: If You Lose, You Will Leave Peacefully

President Trump has refused to endorse a peaceful transfer of power after the upcoming election. This is an existential threat to American democracy. Tell the president that we will have a peaceful transition if he loses the election.

Walmart: Stop Reportedly Cutting Employees’ Hours and Pay During the Pandemic

Walmart is reportedly cutting employees’ hours and increasing workloads for little or no extra pay. This comes despite their recent announcement that sales have risen considerably during the pandemic. Demand that Walmart immediately give employees more hours and better pay.

Trump: Stop Spreading False Claims About the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

President Trump is spreading false claims about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, just days after her death. In response to Ginsburg’s “dying wish” to not be replaced until after the election, Trump claimed that her request could have been written by a top Democrat. Demand Trump stop toting conspiracy theories about Ginsburg and instead choose to honor and respect her.

Success: Settlement Reached for the Family of Breonna Taylor

The Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky agreed to pay the family of Breonna Taylor a $12 million settlement and institute changes within the police force. Sign below to thank Mayor Fisher for taking positive steps toward bringing justice to Breonna Taylor.

Trump: Stop Killing Thousands by Undermining Science

President Trump continues to lie to the American public about the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine and has even engaged in a public disagreement with the director of the CDC. Demand that Trump stop undermining crucial guidance from the CDC in order to protect the public from the pandemic.

Trump: Stop Holding Indoor “Super Spreader” Rallies

President Trump recently held an indoor campaign rally outside Las Vegas where thousands of people attended without wearing a mask. The event could result in a dangerous surge of coronavirus cases. Demand Trump apologize for his reckless decision and stop holding indoor rallies during the pandemic.

Trump: Stop Pushing Unauthorized Coronavirus Treatments for Political Gain

President Trump pressured health agencies to authorize a coronavirus treatment so that he could display progress in the battle against Covid-19, regardless of the fact that officials cited concern over the effectiveness and safety of the remedy. Scientists and regulators fear that the White House will try to push a vaccine before Election Day, which could be dangerous to public health. Demand Trump stop rushing a coronavirus treatment for political gain.

Don’t Force Prisoners Into Cramped COVID-19 Hot Zone Due to Wildfires

Prisoners in Oregon state are being forced into an already overcrowded penitentiary due to wildfires and rushed evacuations. Authorities have confirmed that the cramped conditions could increase the spread of the coronavirus. Demand the governor protect incarcerated individuals from Covid-19 by allowing the release of eligible prisoners.

Fire Officers Who Reportedly Shot an Unarmed 13-Year-Old Boy

An unarmed 13-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome was reportedly shot by police several times while having a mental health episode. He suffered injuries to his shoulder, intestines, bladder and both his ankles. Demand that any officers involved in the shooting be fired and prosecuted.

Trump: Don’t Ban Crucial Diversity Trainings in the Workplace

President Trump claims diversity trainings are “divisive, anti-American propaganda.” In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, demand that Trump immediately reverse his decision to ban these vital trainings in federal workplaces.

Trump: Stop Using Pandemic as an Excuse to Bail Out Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry has been given the right to pay far less than normal to the government for the ability to drill on public lands, thanks to the Trump administration’s new coronavirus relief policy. This massive economic handout is depriving American states of desperately needed oil revenues during the pandemic. Demand Trump stop using Covid-19 as an excuse to bail out the fossil fuel industry.

Justice for Daniel Prude, Apparently Suffocated to Death by Police

A Black man, Daniel Prude, recently died of suffocation after police officers put a hood over his head and pressed his face into the pavement for two minutes. Sign below to demand the officers involved in Mr. Prude’s death are fired and charged immediately.

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