The Virginia state government is currently considering giving for-profit prison corporations control over its sex offender treatment centers. As private prisons benefit from keeping people in prison and those imprisoned in such centers are held until mental health professionals deem them no longer a danger to society, this privatization creates a terrible conflict of interest. Sign this petition in order to demand that Virginia not privatize its sex offender treatment centers.
Articles written by: Josh Sager
The Libor scandal, where bankers rigged interest rates for a personal profit, is arguably the largest case of financial fraud in the last decade. The manipulation of interest rates by bankers has potentially resulted in billions of dollars in damages and must be investigated. Demand that President Obama utilize his authority to begin a multi-agency investigation into the Libor manipulation scandal and punish those involved.
Presidential candidates customarily release multiple years of their tax returns in order to provide transparency to the public. Unfortunately, Romney has yet to release his tax returns from a significant number of years. Sign this petition in order to demand that candidate Romney be open about his finances with the American people.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced that he will not begin implementing large portions of the Affordable Care Act, even in the face of its survival in the Supreme Court. Texas has the worst healthcare coverage rate of any state, thus a refusal of Perry to implement the ACA will cause untold harm to Texas citizens. Sign this petition in order to demand that Rick Perry put aside politics and do what is best for the citizens of his state.
The evidence supporting global climate change’s existence is accepted and essentially conclusive in the minds of the scientific community; unfortunately, this acceptance is not shared by the politicians who have the most power to affect change. Sign this petition to demand that the members of the House of Representatives publicly acknowledge climate change and begin working on legislation to combat its effects.
In order to reduce its budget problems, Scranton, Pennsylvania plans to reduce the pay of city workers, including police and firefighters, to the federal minimum wage. Such a decrease in wages is unfair and economically harmful to the middle class. Sign this petition in order to demand that the City of Scranton not attempt to settle its budget problems on the backs of middle class public workers.
A judge in South Carolina has sentenced people in his court to bible study in addition to the normal jail time which they deserve. As the government can establish no religion, nor mandate citizens to participate in any religious activity, these sentences are a complete violation of the First Amendment. Sign this petition in order to demand that Judge Nettles stop sentencing people to religious studies and protect the integrity of the First Amendment.
John Kiriakou, an ex-CIA agent, is currently being prosecuted for revealing the Bush-era torture program. Kiriakou is obviously a whistleblower and should not be charged for his exposure of the torture being perpetrated by our government. Sign this petition in order to demand that the Department of Justice not prosecute Kiriakou for his exposure of war crimes.
The NYPD has posted posters containing the pictures, names and addresses of several anti-brutality activists. These activists are not suspected of a crime and are being targeted simply because they irritate the NYPD. Demand that our police departments not harass protestors who are not even suspected of committing a criminal act.
The North Carolina legislature has passed a bill which restricts the use of evidence of racial bias in death penalty appeals. This restriction serves to stifle evidence of racial bias in death penalty cases and could lead to the execution of minorities based upon bias. This harmful and willfully discriminatory law must be repealed.
The city of Baltimore attempted to require anti-choice, religiously-motivated pregnancy centers to display disclaimers stating that they have no medical professionals on staff, but was impeded by a lawsuit. Unfortunately, a federal appeals judge has sided with the clinics, thus allowing religious activists to continue to pretend to be doctors and trick women. Sign this petition to ask the city of Baltimore to protect the integrity of women’s health.
Mississippi state regulations directed at abortion doctors will soon essentially ban abortions in the state. These regulations are an intentional and dire attack upon the constitutionally protected right for women to control their bodies. Sign this petition in order to convince the Department of Justice to intercede and stop the enacting of the new Mississippi abortion doctor regulations.
A federal bill that would increase funding for flood insurance is currently being held up in the Senate by Rand Paul (R-KY) in an effort to push an amendment to the bill restricting abortion rights. Sign this petition to demand that Rep. Paul stop his stalling of the flood insurance bill in an attempt to push an unrelated ideological point.
The 2012 party platform of the Texas Republican Party decries the teaching of critical thinking skills and higher order thinking to Texas students. This stance is unacceptable and would result in the intellectual crippling of Texas students. Sign this petition in order to send a message to the Texas GOP that their rejection of critical thinking skills in education is not a wise course of action.
Alabama state sheriffs currently have control over the food budgets of their states’ prisons. Any state funding which is not used in order to feed prisoners can be claimed as personal income by these sheriffs, leading to a massive conflict of interests. Sign this petition to demand that Alabama Governor Bentley begin an effort to repeal this corrupting law.
Some federal legislators are getting away with legalized insider trading on the stock market. Legislators not only have access to inside information, but often end up making vital decisions which can directly affect the stock market. Legislation must be passed to stop insider trading, so legislators can focus entirely upon enacting good policy for Americans.
The Romney campaign has reportedly asked Republican governors to minimize discussion of the economic recoveries in their states. If the economy is perceived as stalling, it gives Romney a political advantage over Obama, thus these requests are highly relevant to the coming election. Sign this petition to demand that our elected governors don’t distort the facts surrounding our economic recovery for a partisan advantage.
It is common knowledge that the United States government uses drones and missile strikes to assassinate suspected terrorists. Despite the public awareness of the targeted killing program, the government has refused to release its legal justification for these strikes. Urge the Obama administration to release to the public the legal documents being used to justify extra-judicial killings.
A group of Iowa legislators are currently attempting to stop all state Medicaid funding for abortion services in cases of rape or incest. The removal of abortion funding is both inhumane and will likely result in the withholding of up to $1.8 billion dollars in federal Medicaid funding. Sign this petition in order to send a message to the Iowa State Legislature that a removal of abortion funding for poor rape victims is unacceptable.
Due to a recent amendment to Indiana self-defense law, citizens of Indiana may be able to legally shoot at police officers who they believe to be unlawfully intruding on their property. Sign this petition to demand that the Indiana state government not open its police officers to the danger of legalized shootings.
The New York Police department currently “stops and frisks” individuals who they believe to be carrying illegal goods. Of the thousands of people stopped and frisked, a disproportionate number are African American or Hispanic. Sign this petition to demand that the Department of Justice investigate the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy in order to determine if it is being applied fairly.
Currently, undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children can be deported, even if they have proven to be positive members of our society. This is not fair. Congress must ensure that honest, hardworking, yet undocumented immigrants are given the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.
Currently, the National Rifle Association offers insurance plans to people who believe that they will kill somebody in self defense. This insurance makes people more likely to kill others, under the aegis of “self-defense,” without thinking about the consequences. Sign this petition to demand that the NRA not insure vigilantism and careless murder.
The child sexual abuse scandal surrounding ex-Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky has brought into question whether the university attempted to cover up abuse. Recent emails appear to indicate that the school administrators knew about child abuse by their employee as early as 2001, yet did nothing to stop him from victimizing kids. This petition is directed at the PA attorney general and is intended to convince her to begin a full investigation of the potential covering up of child molestation by Penn State.
Several fatal shootings have thrust state “stand your ground” self-defense laws into the spotlight. Recent investigations have shown that these laws increase the number of murders where they are enacted and often result in guilty individuals escaping justice. Please sign this petition and help convince the Department of Justice to investigate “stand your ground” in order to determine whether federal intervention is warranted.