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.
Articles written by: Leah Holleran
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.
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.
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.
Some Fiat Chrysler vehicles have been found to emit more pollution than the Clean Air Act allows. The company is being investigated and these vehicles are no longer being manufactured, but they are still being sold by dealers. Demand that our air be protected and the sale of these cars stopped.
President-elect Trump’s pick for a top national security position is being brought up with charges of plagiarism. We must be able to trust the people in charge of protecting our country. Demand that this person confess and apologize for plagiarism.
The confirmation hearings for many of Trump’s nominees are scheduled to take place on the same day, and before the Office of Government Ethics has had time to thoroughly vet them. The hearing for the nominee for Secretary of Education has been postponed due to these concerns, and it is vital that the same standard apply to all nominees. Demand that confirmation hearings be postponed until the nominees are thoroughly reviewed.
Donald Trump Jr, son of the president-elect, is backing a bill to lift restrictions for buying gun silencers. This will greatly benefit the gun industry while encouraging increased violence in this country. Demand that restrictions on the purchase of silencers be upheld.
Republicans’ “repeal and delay” strategy regarding the Affordable Care Act would allow the dismantling of Obamacare with absolutely no plan for a replacement. This would add billions to the deficit, cause tens of millions of people to lose their insurance, and ultimately result in thousands more deaths every year. Demand that plans for a replacement for Obamacare be worked out before it can be repealed.
Republicans in the House of Representatives have reversed their plans to strip the independent ethics office that oversees Congress of its power, in response to an avalanche of public outcry. Thank the House for keeping Congress accountable and listening to the voices of American citizens.
New scientific evidence shows that the rate of global warming has not slowed down in the past 20 years, as was previously believed. It is more important now than ever that we take steps to protect our planet. Demand that President-elect Trump stop denying global warming and begin planning to combat it.
More cases of cyber interference in U.S. affairs by the Russian government have come to light, which is evidence of a major threat to our country. Donald Trump refuses to speak out against this threat, since thus far Russian influence has been in his favor. Demand that Trump publicly denounce Russian hacking.
Sanctuary cities, or places that refuse to illegally detain immigrants when the federal government requests it, are at risk of being punished for obeying the law and honoring human rights. Stop this bill from being passed and protect sanctuary cities.
Six women and a child are confirmed to be among the 20 civilians killed during an airstrike in Syria conducted by a U.S.-led coalition. This is not the first instance of U.S. actions allegedly resulting in civilian casualties and it will likely not be the last. Demand that a full investigation be launched to determine responsibility for these tragic civilian deaths.
America is in turmoil following the results of Election Night which project Donald Trump to be our next president. However, there is still one way to prevent this outcome–the electoral college determines who will be the President, and they are not required to vote as projected. Urge the members of the Electoral College to protect the country and prevent a Trump presidency.
A mother is left looking for answers after what appears to be a posed photograph of a police officer holding the arm of her son’s deceased body and giving the thumbs up surfaced. This photo is hideously inappropriate and has caused this family even further pain. Demand that the officer responsible is held accountable.
Animals that have been abused, mistreated or otherwise recklessly endangered would have found justice thanks to an animal cruelty bill that was passed in the Senate, but let drop by the House of Representatives. Demand that the bill be reintroduced to ensure that the consequences fit the crime when innocent animals are harmed.
An innocent puppy was found malnourished and abandoned, suffering from mange and intestinal issues. The owners must be held accountable for their alleged neglect. Demand justice for this helpless puppy.
A man is charged with two counts of animal cruelty after being caught on video allegedly hitting his dogs. The dogs are being kept in a shelter pending the trial, at which point their fate will be decided, which may mean returning them to their alleged abuser. Protect the safety of these dogs and demand justice for them.
Punishments like detention are detrimental to children, making them feel isolated and doing nothing to encourage them to learn from their mistakes. One school introduced meditation as an alternative with huge success, seeing zero suspensions throughout the school year. Require that meditation become an alternative to suspension in American schools.
Native American women peacefully protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline have reported being arrested by police and brutally strip searched without cause. This alleged sexual humiliation is the latest in a string of increasingly extreme and drastic measures that local authorities are taking against protestors, abusing the law and violating human rights. Demand that a stop be put to this injustice.
A police raid on a voter registration drive may prevent 45,000 people, most of them minorities, from voting. Although police say the raid was not politically driven, it is unprecedented for state police to become so involved in the electoral system. Demand that a full investigation be launched.
Fifteen dogs have been returned to their owners, who are still facing 10 felony counts of animal cruelty for allegedly abusing and neglecting the dogs. The decision to return these dogs puts their safety at risk and does not comply with Oklahoma law. Demand that this decision be overturned and these innocent dogs protected.
The Supreme Court will decide whether public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity rather than the gender stated on their birth certificates. Many school districts are violating the civil rights of transgender students and discriminating against them, and there must be a ruling to prevent this. Demand that transgender students not be barred from using the appropriate bathrooms in public schools.
The loss of unstructured play time in the lives of children and adolescents in America corresponds with an increase in teenage anxiety and depression. In spite of this, administration is still pushing for less recess, more structure, and earlier exams. Protect the mental and emotional well-being of our youth by preserving their vital time for play.