CEO Andrew Puzder has withdrawn from consideration for the position of labor secretary. He opposed minimum wage increases and ran restaurants accused of wage theft and systemic sexual abuse. Applaud the end to his nomination.
Articles written by: Nathaniel McKenzie
President Trump plans to reverse a rule that forces companies to declare whether they are using conflict minerals — minerals obtained in conflict zones. This may contribute to more conflict and will reduce consumers’ ability to make ethical purchases. Demand that the president abandon his plans.
The UK government has closed a child refugee resettlement program, blocking asylum claims for thousands of child refugees, many of whom are unaccompanied. Demand the government reopens the scheme and live up to its commitments to the rights of refugees.
An oil company is asking permission to leave dozens of containers filled with oil and sediment in the North Sea. This could result in an ecological disaster. Demand that the company is required to clean up this waste.
In the first five days of the year, London exceeded annual air pollution limits; air pollution is estimated to cause 50,000 deaths each year in the United Kingdom. Despite this, air quality regulations may be repealed when Britain exits the European Union. Demand action to improve air quality and maintain pollution regulations.
Dozens of women have alleged that they were sexually assaulted by soldiers. Myanmar’s government has launched no serious investigation. Demand an independent investigation and access to health care for survivors.
Three refugees at the Moria refugee camp reportedly died of carbon monoxide poisoning after using an improvised heater to heat their tent. The camp has been facing high winds, rain, snow, and freezing temperatures. Demand that authorities provide adequate heating to the camp.
President Trump is threatening to renege on a deal with Australia to resettle as many as 1250 refugees currently detained in camps on Pacific islands. There have been numerous allegations of abuse at the camps, and several suicide attempts attributed to poor conditions and lack of medical services. Demand that the president honor the agreement and allow the refugees to enter.
Over 40 percent of a national park has been included in an oil and gas concession that will allow oil companies to begin exploratory drilling. This will threaten uncontacted indigenous communities in the park as well as the park’s ecosystem, and ecosystems downriver. Demand an end to oil and gas exploration in the park.
Oil companies plan to drill for oil near a newly discovered coral reef, in the habitat of river otters, dolphins, and turtles. The drilling and inevitable oil spills will harm local ecosystems and undermine the livelihoods of nearby fishing villages. Demand a moratorium on drilling in the region.
The Canadian government has imposed a cap on the number of Syrian and Iraqi refugee applications, citing a backlog of applications. Urge the government repeal the cap and do everything possible to live up to its obligations under international law.
A bill would make protesters responsible for the costs of policing protests. This would put protesters on the hook for millions of dollars and undermine the rights of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. Demand that this bill be blocked.
An oil spill that released 50,000 gallons of oil from a single pipeline or, potentially, multiple pipelines may have been ongoing for ten days before the government called for a response. The spill detection systems failed, and the government can only identify the pipelines responsible by excavating them, which risks causing another spill. Demand a better system for identifying and cleaning up spills.
Legal observers and journalists face felony riot charges and 10 years in prison because they were arrested with over 230 people rioting on inauguration day. Demand that these charges against innocent journalists and legal observers are dropped immediately.
President Trump has revived the previously rejected Keystone XL pipeline project. If this project goes ahead, it will be a catastrophe for the global fight against climate change. Demand that the project is halted.
President Trump has reinstated a law that bans international NGOs that receive federal funding from discussing or providing abortions. Unsafe abortions already claim tens of thousands of lives every year, and this law will undoubtedly increase both maternal and infant mortality rates. Demand that President Trump repeal this law.
Isidro Baldenegro, an award-winning environmental activist and indigenous leader, has been murdered by unidentified gunmen. Demand that the authorities identify those responsible and bring them to justice and, in the meantime, that his family and associates receive protection from further violence.
In one of his final acts in office, President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Manning, who released classified documents exposing Army misconduct in Iraq and Afghanistan, will now be released in 2017, rather than 2048. Applaud this commutation.
Wind and solar energy could be illegal if an anti-clean energy bill is passed. The law would fine any utility company found to be using renewable energy. Sign this petition to block this anti-environmental legislation designed to protect dirty coal, oil and natural gas.
A women’s rights activist has been held in an undisclosed location for over 100 days and allegedly tortured. Demand that he is released and an independent and transparent investigation into all allegations of torture is conducted.
Seven activists have been arrested for feeding people who are homeless in Tampa. Tampa law requires a permit and $1 million of liability insurance to feed people in public. Demand the law be repealed for nonprofits and charitable organizations.
The drug war in the Philippines has claimed 6,000 lives, many of these extrajudicial killings with little due process and no investigations. President Duterte has encouraged these killings, himself claiming to have murdered several people while serving as Mayor of Davao. Demand that the International Criminal Court open an investigation into these killings.
Kurdish and Yazidi militias fighting ISIS have allegedly deployed child soldiers in the fight against ISIS. After discharge, these children often do not return to school and do not receive psychological counseling. Demand an end to the use of child soldiers to fight ISIS.
The ex-leader of a bank accused of widespread mortgage fraud and violations of foreclosure rules, has been nominated for secretary of the treasury. Demand that the Senate reject this nomination.
The only independent, non-partisan agency that investigates corruption in Congress is under attack from Republicans. Tell the House of Representatives to stop undermining transparency and accountability.