The lack of oversight for home healthcare services for elders has persisted for too long. A new bill will help to ensure that the elderly will be afforded the protections, rights and dignity they deserve. Tell Congress to support the Home Care Consumer Bill of Rights Act.
Indonesia has the world’s third largest area of tropical forest which acts as one of the world’s largest carbon traps. Despite its value, each year over 2.5 million acres are cleared for coal and palm oil development, thereby releasing large amounts of carbon into the air and expediting global warming by significant amounts. Help protect some of the world’s most valuable resources and stop turning Indonesian protected lands into industrial crops.
When the police decided to shoot and kill two escaped cows, they showed a reckless ignorance of animal welfare and the public’s safety. We ask the police who murdered these innocent animals to apologize and to be better trained on how to deal with escaped animals in the future.
In the U.S., over 2 million mentally ill individuals are newly incarcerated each year. Many have committed crimes as a direct result of these illnesses. However, without proper screening and subsequent treatment, the safety of the individual, the prison system and society is at risk. Shouldn’t we invest in treating mental illness early, rather than dealing with the serious consequences later?
The U.S. House of Representatives is getting ready for a hearing of a bill which allegedly protects intellectual property rights, but in fact is written so broadly as to unconstitutionally threaten free speech on the internet. The legislation creates a climate of fear which would put a damper on web development and innovation. Protect innovation and free speech: tell the House of Representatives to say no to the Stop Online Piracy Act!
The international black market organ industry has a $75 million dollar (and rising) annual income. The need for organs is insatiable in countries around the world, especially China or Iran, due to the fact that some national donor lists might be as small as 10,000 people for 1.2 million in need. It is time to make it easier for donors to legally donate and to increase security on imported goods and black market items.
A picture is worth a thousand words and often serves as the best documentation of an event or incident. People, places and events that are within public view from public places are fair subjects for photographers and videographers. We must insist that law enforcement recognize this right and do not overstep their authority by harassing, detaining or arresting those exercising this right.
New French nutritional guidelines for schools send the message that a proper, healthy diet cannot be accomplished without meat and dairy. Tell French health adviser Matthieu Grégory to review nutritional standards and provide parents and children with the option to be meat and dairy free if they choose.
Poaching in Zimbabwe is at an all time high despite the fact that wildlife is Zimbabwe’s main tourist attraction and provides much of the national revenue. In 2011, five of Zimbabwe’s most valued national parks were discovered with poisoned water holes by poachers killing 30 endangered animals and permanently contaminating the water. Stop poison poaching and prevent this unprecedented form of illegal hunting from becoming a regular trend.
Congress is considering a nearly 50% cut to heating assistance, which low income Americans rely on to help heat their homes in the winter. Utilities shut offs are, in many parts of the country, a life or death matter, and the reduced funding could force needy families to make some difficult decisions. Tell Congress that with high unemployment continuing to be a national issue, and energy costs estimated to rise by as much as 10 percent this winter, now is not the time to cut back on this important program.
There is strong evidence suggesting that bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic hardener found in common household items, impedes the mental and physical development of young girls. The Food and Drug Administration needs to approve a nationwide ban on the use of BPA in all consumer products in order to ensure the safety of children across America.
Despite increasing demand, and the distinction of being the sole resource of its kind, the Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program is at risk of being eliminated by Congress. As a source of adequate housing for the elderly poor, this program must be resistant to budgetary cuts. Tell Congress they must provide funding for the senior housing program.
Republican leaders are assailing foreign aid, UN funding, and US participation in the UN Human Rights Council and UN Relief and Works Agency. Tell policymakers not to cede US influence, security, and jobs in the international community.
Daniel, a 5 year-old beagle, is being dubbed the “miracle dog” after doing the seemingly impossible and walking out of a Florence, Alabama gas chamber alive. His survival is now calling attention to the method of euthanizing groups of animals by placing them in gas chambers to be filled with the poisonous gas carbon monoxide. This inhumane treatment of animals needs to be outlawed across the country.
The proposed pipeline stretching from the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada deep into Texas cannot be allowed. This oil is more harmful than traditional crude and the existing pipeline has proven more prone to spills. To allow the project would be an environmental disaster waiting to happen.
The Oakland Police Department used unnecessarily brutal tactics, including tear gas, rubber bullets and flash grenades on mostly peaceful Occupy Oakland protesters Tuesday night. Ask Mayor Jean Quan and the Oakland Police to apologize for their belligerent actions.
Invasive Asian Carp have already displaced native fish in some sections of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers: in a few areas they account for 90 percent of the fish. Evidence of Asian carp has been found in Mississippi watersheds connected to the Great Lakes, and action must be taken quickly to block their advance. Tell Congress: these invasive fish must not be allowed to reach the Great Lakes.
Colorado remains one of only four states that lacks a mandatory reporting law for suspected or evident elder abuse. Some lawmakers and advocates have tried independently to investigate and prosecute such cases, but state-level support and funding is needed. All legislators must make mandatory reporting of elder abuse a priority.
Military aid is being provided by the United States to four countries that use child soldiers. Although policies are supposed to prevent this, waivers signed by the President allow child soldiers to exist. President Obama needs to realize that this is wrong and must stop all funding to governments using child soldiers.
More and more teachers in Texas are teaching ‘to the test’ as a result of the Texas Education Agency’s focus on standardized testing. Rather than focusing on teaching concepts that will be tested, the agency should be promoting teaching to course learning objectives through the course curriculum design process known as ‘backward design.’
Drug cartels and gangs have complete control of Mexico because of massive amounts of money generated by the drug industry. American drug users pay $30 billion to drug cartels yearly. Sign this petition to nationally legalize drugs in order to stop funding corruption by Mexican drug cartels.
Constituting an extreme aberration of the law, the justice system and our values, the district attorney for Shelby County in Texas has been suspected of giving abnormally lenient punishments of suspected drug traffickers and money launderers in exchange of cash. Sign this petition to demand that Lynda K. Russell and accomplices be held accountable to send a rippling and unequivocal message stating we will not tolerate corruption.
The arts is a fundamental component of humanity. It drives people to experience the mundane in a new light, forces people to reflect upon themselves and their surroundings in addition to affording people an outlet to express themselves. Sign this petition to demand the Los Angeles Unified School District increase funding for the arts.
Ever since the installments of the naked full body scanners, flyers have had to make the choice between two uncomfortable options: being seen naked by a TSA agent or being handled physically in an aggressive manner by a TSA agent. At least half a million have been molested in TSA searches including breast cancer and rape survivors, yet TSA refuses to change its procedures. Join the ACLU to help put an end to TSA’s gross misuse of power.
The link between cell phone radiation and cancer is highly controversial, but it seems reasonable that consumers be made aware of the potential risk. Tests to measure cell phone radiation are outdated; they were designed before cell phones were in wide use by the whole population, including children, who have been shown to be more susceptible to cell phone radiation than adults. Ask that the FCC update its measuring techniques and mandate retailers to provide accurate, unbiased information on cell phone radiation.