The ‘Medicines Patent Pool’ helps make vital HIV/AIDS medications affordable for poor victims in sub-Saharan Africa. Johnson & Johnson holds patents on some of the most critical HIV drugs, and yet the company has refused to negotiate. Ask Johnson & Johnson to put saving lives ahead of their bottom line.
While large-scale meat production is known to deplete fossil fuels, destroy land, cause soil erosion and leave a heavy carbon footprint, there is no meat as inefficient and environmentally detrimental as beef. It takes five pounds of feed to produce one single pound of beef. If we want a sustainable future, we must take it upon ourselves to be proactive and limit our beef intake.
The residents of Jefferson County, Alabama have been forced to pay quadrupled water and sewage bills due to a corruption scandal amongst the county’s officials. The fee increase is mainly affecting the poorest town residents, with some trading in their toilets for ‘porta potties’ to help with their monthly expenses. The federal government needs to step in to protect the local citizens from corporate greed and public corruption.
In June 2011, Chinese citizens rioted and broke into the Zhejiang Haijiu Battery Factory after finding out that lax environmental regulations had led to the mass lead poisoning of thousands of nearby workers and villagers. Since then, many have been refused medical treatment and compensation by the factory, and denied appropriate attention from the government. Call upon the Chinese government to stop putting profit over workers’ rights.
PCBs, a carcinogen that can also lead to complications in the reproductive, immune, nervous and endocrine systems, has been identified in 754 public schools in New York City. Although the EPA calls this ‘immediate cause for alarm,’ city officials say it will take ten years to remove the toxin from schools. This is far too long to expose children and teachers to this highly potent, dangerous chemical and the mayor’s office must take immediate action.
Cincinnati landlord Jamie Hein hung a sign reading ‘Public Swimming Pool, White Only’ at her apartment complex after an African American tenant began using the apartment’s pool. Ensure that this racist landlord is held accountable for her illegal discrimination and hate.
A small fishing village in southern China has been resisting the intrusion of the central government in Beijing and has taken the reins of government into their own hands. Now, after their leader was killed in police custody, they are preparing to continue their resistance, by armed revolt if necessary. Support their daring resistance to corruption and state violence and sign the petition.
When animals are not stunned before slaughter, they are conscious of the knife cutting into their body until they pass out. This is a brutal method of killing that is permitted in Holland but is currently up for a vote. Tell Holland to amend their ‘slaughter without stun’ policy to ensure animals don’t have to suffer a torturous death.
Mexico’s violent drug war has claimed the lives of thousands upon thousands of people. It is sad to realize that such violence is fueled, in large part, by the trafficking of marijuana into the U.S. We can curb the drug war by boycotting the sale and purchase of illegal marijuana and instead only buy marijuana from legal dispensaries.
An emergency involving 100 beluga whales stuck in sea ice is taking place right now in northeastern Russia, in the Bering Sea. While the Russian government does what it can from its position, it is important that the United States join in the rescue efforts to save this ‘vulnerable’ species.
A bill to appease corporate greed has been introduced in Massachusetts that threatens countless archaeological sites across the state. This bill would make it far too easy for corporations to build on what may be sites of great historical value. Please lend your voice to help stop this bill from being passed.
The Justice Department is engaged in settlement negotiations that will protect crooked bankers from prosecution for their criminal actions. This Wall Street crime cannot continue to go on unpunished. The President and his administration must stop protecting these corrupt bankers, and allow state attorneys general to prosecute them for their crimes.
Food products that contain shellfish or wheat or a kind of ingredient known to cause allergic reactions usually have a warning label for the customer’s benefit. But not the makers of Quorn products, and their main ingredient isn’t even a natural food – it’s a factory-grown mold protein. Many people have already had severe reactions, and precautions need to be taken by the company.
In the Chinese village of Wukan, a conflict between villagers and national government authorities is the product of government corruption and greed. Stop the land seizure policies and respect the citizens of Wukan’s right to self representation and self government.
Despite its protection as a National Park, Bryce Canyon is being threatened by a strip coal mining project. The mine looks to skirt the outside of the park’s border where all pollutants would be able to flow straight into the National Park. Please help stop this mine before it can harm one of our nation’s natural wonders.
rBGH is an artificial growth hormone with possible health consequences in both humans and animals. Though it has been banned in all other developed countries, it is still heavily used in American milk production. Call on the FDA to ban its use in dairy cows today.
The partial remains of at least 274 American service members were cremated and then tossed in a Virginia landfill. This practice was kept secret from the families of the deceased and there are no plans even now to alert the friends and family members to what really happened to the remains of their loved ones. Tell Air Force officials that this matter needs to be investigated and those responsible punished.
Pennsylvania is the only U.S. state that allows private hunting clubs to engage in live pigeon shoots, an event where live pigeons are launched in the air to be gunned down by waiting hunters. Pennsylvania is finally considering a ban on this cruel activity, however pro-gun lobbyists are working hard against it. Pigeon shoots are unsportsmanlike, torturous to the birds and should be banned.
A harmful chemical that is found in fire retardant and is banned in Japan and Europe, is found in ten percent of sodas and sports drinks in North America. Soda companies defend the use of this chemical, citing safe limits set by the FDA in 1977. It is time for the FDA to reexamine its rules and ask soda and soft drink companies to switch to natural alternatives.
Despite the vulnerable status of the polar bear, commercial and sport hunting of these animals continues in Canada. Polar bear numbers have already been declining due to the effects of pollution and climate change, yet the Canadian government continues to issue hunting permits for polar bears. Canada must end this total disregard for the future of this majestic species and protect its remaining polar bears from destruction.
In the United Kingdom, Congolese refugees are being denied asylum and sent back to their war-torn home country. Upon returning, they are seen as traitors and imprisoned or killed. Tell Prime Minister David Cameron to respect the rights of refugees and stop denying asylum to Congolese refugees.
Long-time US defense contractor General Dynamics uses tax revenue handed over by the Department of Defense to run propaganda websites in central Asia. The ‘influence websites,’ which purport to give an objective account of terrorism and security matters in the nations surrounding Afghanistan, are run by a $23 billion defense contractor and give no mention whatsoever of the consistently terrifying human rights abuses committed by dictators such as Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan. Ask the Secretaries of Defense and State to put an immediate end to these abuses.
MS-13, a transnational gang with roots in Los Angeles, has long been known as one of the most dangerous gangs in the U.S. It is notorious for its culture of senseless violence, toward gang members and civilians alike. Petition Congress to bring an end to the violence by federally mandating heavier penalties against gang members.
In Saudi Arabia a woman in her sixties was beheaded after being convicted of practicing ‘witchcraft and sorcery.’ Her death is the 73rd execution in Saudi Arabia this year, many of which were done by beheading, stoning and firing squad. It is crucial for Saudi Arabia to adapt to the times and abandon inhumane methods of execution.
Last year the Department of Health and Human Services promised to require health insurance providers to cover contraceptives with no co-pays or deductibles. But now the the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is lobbying to expand a religious exemption so that millions of women would not have access to this coverage. Tell President Obama to take a stand for reproductive rights.