While Myanmar has been opening up to the international community in an effort to democratize its country, enormous obstacles to its potentially flowering democracy abound, especially in the form of 1,800 political prisoners held merely for voicing their opinions. Sign this petition to urge the President of Myanmar to grant amnesty to these political prisoners.
The GOP in Maine has repealed same-day voter registration and embarked on campaigns of false accusations and intimidation against college students in the state. Election Day registration must be protected and those students accused of voter fraud must receive a public apology and have their good names cleared.
The state of South Dakota has been removing an excessive number of Native American children from their families and tribes and placing them in nonnative foster care with little justification. The state receives funding from private group homes for every child placed and kept in foster care. Sign this petition to stop South Dakota’s Child Care Services from breaking up families for financial gain.
The small crab-fishing and tourism destination, Tangier Island, is eroding at a rate of seven to nine acres per year. In fifty years, the island’s 500 inhabitants will have to evacuate unless effective barricades are established to prevent the island from washing away. As a place that holds 400 years of American history, it is crucial that the Army Corps of Engineers implement coastal management projects to preserve this valuable American landmark.
Alcoholic beverages serve no useful purpose, especially in the lives of young people. Rather than urging individuals to “drinking responsibly”, education about the dangers of alcohol consumption, along with available assistance for those addicted to alcohol, must be a priority. Such programs should be funded by the profiteers of alcohol sales.
With more than 450,000 Haitians suffering symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, skin inelasticity, low blood pressure, muscle cramps, and severe dehydration leading to death, the year-old cholera outbreak has already superseded the largest cholera epidemic in the world. The international health and development community must take immediate action to treat the infected patients and rectify the structural violence afflicting Haiti.
In what police referred to as a case of mistaken identity, Michael Nida was shot and killed by police officers in Downey, CA after suspicions arose that he may have been involved in a robbery. Nida, who was innocent of the crime, was not found to be carrying any weapons. Because of a lack of officer training, Nida was not searched when detained and he was shot in fear that he may have been armed.
A budget proposal being considered by Congress cuts aid to low income students attending college. The American dream of rising from humble origins is nearly impossible without access to federal aid. We cannot allow this aid to be cut, as continuing to invest in low income students is a vital investment in the future of our economy.
The shoe industry kills nearly four million adult kangaroos every year for leather. This is tragic and unnecessary given the number of synthetic leathers now available to companies. As the industry’s leading user of kangaroo leather, Adidas needs to stop using dead kangaroos in its products.
While remaining a persistent problem plaguing the U.S., cancer resulting from the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is on the rise despite there being a vaccine created and approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Sign this petition to demand that schools nationwide ensure that boys are vaccinated to protect both genders from the dangers of HPV and cancer.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions has decided that food stamps should be first on the cutting block in the debate over the federal budget. Tell Senator Sessions that in a time of economic hardship, people need food stamps now more than ever. Don’t let people go hungry for the sake of saving money.
Despite a $900,000 lawsuit against PETCO in 2004, little has changed in the way stores care for their live animals. Employees are known to leave dying animals in freezers, neglect sick pets, leave dead animals in the cages with live ones, and withhold food, water, and medicine. Stop PETCO animal cruelty now and save millions of animal lives!
Police aggression against Occupy Wall Street protestors has continued unchecked. Demand that those in charge of the New York Police Department insist on appropriate behavior among officers and institute consequences for those who step out of line.
Half of the fur in the United States comes from China, where no animal welfare laws exist and animal brutality comes second nature. Donna Karan’s designs use this rabbit fur that is obtained in a cruel and vicious manner. Ask Donna Karan to stop using rabbit fur in her designs.
McDonald’s purchases their pork from a supplier who keeps their pigs confined in gestation crates, which are small metal cages in which pigs can barely move. Tell McDonald’s to make a commitment to animal welfare and start purchasing pork from a supplier who does not use these unethical and torturous devices.
Shark finning is wrecking the environment and devastating shark populations for the sake of a luxury food item. As the largest consumer of shark fin products in the US it is time for New York to ban the use of all products with ties to shark finning.
Some members of the House of Representatives believe that, in order to secure the U.S. border, it is necessary to ignore dozens of environmental laws. Tell House members to vote against any legislation that will weaken environmental laws and threaten wildlife and natural resources on U.S. borders.
Teachers in schools that serve the top African American and Latino students are paid approximately $2,500 less per year than the average teacher in equivalent districts, and 59% of school districts showed these salary disparities. Change the rules to hold districts accountable for equitable spending among poverty-stricken and more affluent schools.
Even as Libya has escaped the tyrannical grip of Moammar Kadhafi, it is set to spiral down into the particularly constrictive Islamic Sharia law, which can be as socially oppressive and unmerciful towards diverse practices and lifestyles as the former dictator was. Sign this petition to urge the U.S. and the United Nations and Libyans to pressure the Libyan government to stop the institution of Sharia in an effort to safeguard all Libyan citizens from a stifling of freedom.
Abstinence-only education has proven time and time again to directly coincide with high teen pregnancy and high prevalence of STDs. Yet Texas insists on continuing with this failed program. When it comes to sex education and reproductive health, Texas must accept that the abstinence-only campaign is ruining the future of its teens.
Having concealed pedophiles from due justice, thereby allowing sexual deviants to violate children over many years, the Boy Scouts of America organization has shattered our faith in their ability to guide our youth towards brighter futures. Sign this petition to prosecute Boy Scouts of America for concealing information regarding sexual offenders and force them to release files kept on suspected sexual molesters.
Research in solar energy has proven that higher altitudes are the most suitable and efficient environments for producing solar power. With our world desperate for sources of alternative energy we need to start construction of solar panels on our nations highest peaks. It is up to the United States Secretary of Energy to initiate the action.
Unfair firings, promises that weren’t kept, the curtailing of breaks and paychecks: these are just some of the terrible working conditions that have been reported by Target employees. Despite Target’s reputation as a clean, comparably moral big-box store, a slew of recent articles on Gawker.com have brought to light the ugly side of the 137th most profitable company in the world.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is currently reviewing the Indian Point Energy Center to determine whether to renew its operating license by 20 years. Indian Point does not meet current design standards to which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds new nuclear power plants. It is the commission’s responsibility to ensure the safety of all operating plants. It is their duty to require Indian Point to comply with these standards before granting it a license extension.
Obesity and wasteful habits in the U.S. take an alarming toll on our economy and health. Over $75 billion is wasted on food from stores and homes, all while the poor go hungry. Demand restrictions on food retailers’ ability to donate leftovers to food banks be lifted.