Articles written by: Leah Holleran

Leah is a freelance writer, actor, and performer based out of Philadelphia, PA.

Protect Transgender Students’ Rights

Protect Transgender Students’ Rights

The rights of America’s transgender students may again be put at risk, as President Trump may issue orders to rescind the protections that allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Demand that the human rights of our transgender students be protected.

Stop Political Censoring of Universities

Stop Political Censoring of Universities

Applicants for faculty positions at Iowa’s public universities may be forced to state their party affiliation before they are hired, and could be denied the job on partisan grounds. This new legislation requiring “partisan balance” would effectively prevent Democrats from being hired in teaching positions. Demand that this unconstitutional bill be rejected.

No More Guns in Schools

No More Guns in Schools

School security officers in Virginia may be allowed to carry guns inside schools, if a new law passes. Demand that these guns are kept out of our schools and away from our children.

Success: Unfit Nominee for Labor Secretary Withdraws Nomination

Success: Unfit Nominee for Labor Secretary Withdraws Nomination

Trump’s Secretary of Labor nominee, who has a track record for being sexist, anti-choice and anti-labor, has withdrawn his nomination after much concern from citizens and from both Democrats and Republicans. Support this decision that is in line with the wants and needs of the country.

Success: Motorists Brought to Justice for Hitting Pedestrian Protesters

Success: Motorists Brought to Justice for Hitting Pedestrian Protesters

Drivers will not legally be allowed to strike, injure, or kill protesters in the streets, since the North Dakota House voted down a bill that would have allowed this. Commend this decision to defend human rights and the basic principles of the democracy, upon which our country was founded.

Tell Anti-Abortion Lawmaker that Women Are Not Just ‘Hosts’

Tell Anti-Abortion Lawmaker that Women Are Not Just ‘Hosts’

An anti-abortion lawmaker said that women’s bodies are not their own, but are “hosts,” and has authored a bill that could require a woman to show the signature of a male sexual partner to have an abortion. Demand that this demeaning injustice be rectified.

Include Solar in America’s Energy Plan

Include Solar in America’s Energy Plan

Solar energy is not even mentioned in Trump’s new energy plan, even though it is a source of clean energy that protects our environment and is the second largest energy industry in the country when it comes to the jobs it provides. Demand that Trump include solar energy in America’s energy plan.

Do Not Allow Drivers to Legally Hit and Kill Pedestrian Protesters

Do Not Allow Drivers to Legally Hit and Kill Pedestrian Protesters

Drivers who run over and kill pedestrians protesting in the streets my face no legal liability or consequences, if a new bill passes in North Dakota. This is a gross violation of the right to free speech and peacefully protest. Demand that drivers who hit pedestrians be held accountable for their actions.

Do Not Allow Husbands to Stop Wives From Having Abortions

Do Not Allow Husbands to Stop Wives From Having Abortions

A husband can now legally sue a doctor in order to stop his wife having an abortion after a new law was passed in Arkansas. This law is an gross violation of women’s rights, and is made worse for the fact that it makes no exceptions for rape. Demand that this unjust law be revoked.

Respect and Preserve Net Neutrality

Respect and Preserve Net Neutrality

Net neutrality rules, which help ensure that all Americans have equal access to internet content and the means of communication that is their right, are at risk of being dismantled under Trump’s administration. Demand that net neutrality be respected and protected.

Success: Republicans Withdraw Order to Sell 3.3 Million Acres of Public Lands

Success: Republicans Withdraw Order to Sell 3.3 Million Acres of Public Lands

3.3 million acres of U.S. federal land were at risk of being devalued and sold off, damaging both the environment and the economy. However, in the face of massive opposition, this measure has been withdrawn and the lands will not be sold. Sign below to support the preservation and protection of our federal lands.

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Success: Trump’s Immigration Order Temporarily Blocked Nationwide

Trump’s ban on entry to the U.S. for residents of seven predominantly Muslim countries has been temporarily blocked nationally by a federal judge, until a legal challenge filed by the attorney general is considered. Sign below to support this block on the “Muslim ban.”

Do Not Allow LGBTQ Discrimination on Religious Grounds

Do Not Allow LGBTQ Discrimination on Religious Grounds

LGBTQ rights are at risk of being egregiously violated, if President Trump allows discrimination on the basis of “religious freedom.” Demand that Donald Trump’s administration respect and protect human rights and the separation of church and state.

Stop Paul Ryan From Allowing Oil Drilling in America’s National Parks

Stop Paul Ryan From Allowing Oil Drilling in America’s National Parks

Over 40 national parks in America could lose their protection from unnecessary and dangerous gas and oil drilling. Protect our environment and demand the preservation of rules requiring sufficient planning and safety for drilling in national parks.

Airport Security Forced Woman to Squeeze Milk From Breast to ‘Prove Lactation’ – Demand Justice

Airport Security Forced Woman to Squeeze Milk From Breast to ‘Prove Lactation’ – Demand Justice

A pregnant woman was taken into a room by airport security and forced to expose herself and squeeze her breast to prove she was a lactating mother. This was an unacceptable violation of her rights. Sign the petition to demand these officers are fired and this type of abuse of airline passengers is prohibited.

Support Starbucks in its Pledge to Hire Refugees

Support Starbucks in its Pledge to Hire Refugees

Starbucks stood up to President Trump’s Muslim ban by pledging to hire thousands of refugees, and may now face a boycott by Trump supporters for this commitment to honor justice and human rights. Support Starbucks in this promise and ensure that it is kept even in the face of backlash.

President Barack Obama places a phone call at his desk in the Oval Office. 1/23/09
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Reopen White House Public Comment Phone Line

American citizens are cut off from direct communication with their leadership, as the White House phone-in comment line is non-operational. Callers are directed to a nonexistent, alternate form of communication. Demand that President Trump fix this breach of our democracy and reopen the public comment line now.

Don’t Ignore Victims of Abuse by Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

Don’t Ignore Victims of Abuse by Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

Domestic violence may become decriminalized in Russia, where courts are already extremely lenient with abusers and where 36,000 people are victims of this violence every year. Demand that Russian lawmakers respect human rights and refuse to decriminalize domestic abuse.

Demand the U.S. Remain Part of the United Nations

Demand the U.S. Remain Part of the United Nations

The United States could soon pull out of the United Nations should a new bill be passed into law. This would be extremely dangerous for our country, which would be without allies and a target for foreign threats, and for the world, which needs a strong front against tyranny. Demand that the U.S. remain a part of the United Nations.

Save Our National Public Lands

Save Our National Public Lands

Republican lawmakers are solidifying plans to throw away America’s national lands. This move completely disregards American culture, the preservation of nature, and the billions of dollars that would be lost if this policy succeeds. Demand that our national lands be preserved.

Don’t Cut Funding for Essential Federal Programs

Don’t Cut Funding for Essential Federal Programs

Trump’s team is planning to cut funding and completely eliminating government programs that further the arts and sciences, protect the environment, and ensure human rights. Sign below to save these essential programs.

Success: Chelsea Manning’s Prison Sentence Commuted

Success: Chelsea Manning’s Prison Sentence Commuted

In one of his final acts as as president, Obama commuted Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence. Manning, who has spent the last seven years as a transgender woman in a men’s military prison, leaked military documents exposing human rights violations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank President Obama for commuting her sentence and ensuring justice.

Do Not Ban Abortions at Only Six Weeks

Do Not Ban Abortions at Only Six Weeks

Abortion could be banned after only six weeks of gestation, long before many women know they are pregnant, should a new bill be passed into law. The “Heartbeat Bill” is not only unconstitutional, but is a blatant violation of women’s rights. Demand that this bill be prevented from becoming national law.

Justly Punish Officers Who Fatally Shot 12-Year-Old Boy

Justly Punish Officers Who Fatally Shot 12-Year-Old Boy

Two police officers have been let off the hook for shooting and killing an innocent 12-year-old boy. They are now being faced with disciplinary charges, but those charges do not reflect their murderous actions. Demand that these men be held accountable for killing an innocent child.

Justice for Terrified Dog Transported in Open Trailer on Highway

Justice for Terrified Dog Transported in Open Trailer on Highway

Video shows a dog chained on top of a crate being pulled behind a vehicle on the highway. This treatment of animals is legal in Flagler County, FL, where the video was taken. Demand that the law be altered to protect defenseless animals from this cruel and dangerous treatment.

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