Harriet Tubman will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill in a significant victory for gender equality. Applaud the Treasury Department for removing a violent racist from America’s currency in favor of a courageous woman who freed thousands of slaves.
A man who stole $31 worth of candy bars faces the possibility of 20 years to life in prison due to Louisiana’s habitual offender law, which imposes ridiculous mandatory sentences for repeat offenders. Demand that this corrupt law is changed.
One gosling was killed and another was injured when a man allegedly shot at them with an air rifle. Demand he is punished to the fullest extent of the law.
A dog recently died of serious injuries sustained after being dragged behind a truck for over a mile. Demand that the driver of the truck is punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Plans to construct a new, invasive highway threaten to drive a critical koala population to extinction. These iconic animals need our protection. Urge Australian authorities to block the highway plans from going forward.
The United Kingdom is about to place severe restrictions on the free speech rights of scientists whose work is sponsored by the government. The voices of these scientists are vital to ensuring that policy debates are both open and informed. Urge Prime Minister David Cameron to drop the anti-lobbying clause.
A pair of thieves have been charged with credit card theft after running scams where they allegedly stole from and defrauded senior citizens. One suspect has a history of similar crimes. Demand that the increasing problem of elderly abuse be stopped and this couple punished to the fullest extent.
An architecture school proposed a ban on Styrofoam models, citing its harmful effects on both people and the planet at large. This is one of many recent movements to ban this pollutant. Take a stand this Earth Day and support a national ban on Styrofoam.
A Virginia high school’s policy preventing transgender students from accessing restrooms corresponding to their gender identities must be reexamined, according to a recent ruling. Praise teenager Gavin Grimm for staking this important victory for transgender rights.
A nonprofit recently released a commercial featuring a donkey and an elephant. The elephant comes from a company with a history of animal abuse accusations, including allegations that employees used electric prods and bullhooks on elephants. Sign this petition to demand that the organization no longer uses animal actors in its advertisements.
Fracking could be made easier for drilling companies, threatening environmental safety, by new regulations in the U.K. A vague definition used in the regulations covers only a small percentage of actual fracking cases. Stand up for the protection of the environment and speak out against Prime Minister Cameron’s encouragement of a harmful practice.
Police claim a disabled pet dog charged them during a home sweep, forcing them to shoot. However, the dog’s autopsy reportedly shows that the elderly dog was incapable of this attack and instead was running away when he was killed. Demand the police stop killing innocent pets.
Multinational corporations have been using forced laborers for work abroad in Eritrea. While aware of the forced labor, companies have shown no intention of leaving Eritrea or questioning the system. We must take action now to end forced labor.
Another transgender woman was violently murdered recently. Her death is a singular loss, but also part of a disturbing national trend of violence against transgender people. Tell police to adopt recommendations from the Human Rights Campaign and protect the transgender community more effectively.
A company is currently building a dolphin park in the middle of the desert. This “swim with dolphins” tourist attraction will hurt the animals and potentially injure humans. Sign the petition to stop the construction of this park.
A Muslim-American student was kicked off a Southwest Airlines airplane and interrogated by the FBI just because he spoke in Arabic. Speaking Arabic does not make someone a terrorist, and the airline’s behavior was Islamophobic. Sign this petition to demand that Southwest Airlines apologizes for its discrimination.
Students protesting toxic fossil fuel investments may be punished with suspension at Columbia University. Tell the university not to punish students who are nonviolently fighting for their future.
A presidential candidate has stated that women should avoid parties with alcohol in order to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of sexual violence. His comments are the latest in a detailed history of trying to restrict and shame women. Demand that he apologize for his insulting diatribe.
Clear-cutting disturbs forest floors and encourages them to release trapped carbon. This discovery comes as we approach the deadline for averting serious threats from climate change. Tell the U.S. Forest Service to promote sustainable forestry to protect carbon stored in the earth and, in turn, our planet.
Julius’ Bar played host to a critical moment in the struggle for equality when gay men gathered there to protest the discrimination they experienced. Call on the National Register of Historic Places to increase the diversity of our landmarks by adding the bar to their list.
A guard shot a prison inmate with birdshot as an approved means of control. The prisoner subsequently died. Demand that firing birdshot is no longer permitted to control prisoners.
A popular circus continues to use animal in its acts despite how unnatural and cruel it is. Animals in circuses are typically imprisoned, neglected, and beaten. Sign this petition and demand the circus retire all of its animal acts.
American veterans are being denied benefits due to improper document shredding at Veterans’ Affairs offices. Urge the department head to investigate this troubling trend and put a stop to it.
A police sergeant reportedly chased a woman and then grabbed her by the throat and forced her up against a car. Chokeholds are illegal, and this sergeant should have been punished. Yet this officer was reportedly promoted to lieutenant. Demand that a full investigation be conducted and that this lieutenant be fired if guilty of excessive force.
The founder of an animal shelter has admitted to selling dogs to be slaughtered and served as food in restaurants. Urge authorities to harshly prosecute this man and to end the dog meat trade altogether.