Petitions:

Properly Regulate Commercial Breeding and Puppy Mills

Properly Regulate Commercial Breeding and Puppy Mills

Puppy mills are inhumane breeding operations for producing puppies—many of which are born with health problems and diseases due to unsanitary and cruel conditions. Michigan has the opportunity to enact legislation that will limit the number of puppy mills and regulate conditions for breeders, ensuring dogs are treated in a humane manner.

Force US to Sign International Treaty on Women’s Rights

Force US to Sign International Treaty on Women’s Rights

An international treaty protecting women was ratified in 1979 by ninety five percent of the world’s countries. The United States is the only modern nation in the entire world that has not ratified the treaty. This must change.

Ensure Taxpayer Dollars Are Spent Only lOn Education At For-Profit Universities

Ensure Taxpayer Dollars Are Spent Only lOn Education At For-Profit Universities

New legislation will ensure that the ubiquitous for-profit university will be held accountable for spending taxpayer money. For-profit universities have a history of using a large portion of their tax dollar revenue on deceptive recruiting practices to lure students into a sub par, overpriced education. Support legislation to support education and hold for-profit universities accountable for their grand promises.

Demand Safer Working Conditions for Poultry Workers

Demand Safer Working Conditions for Poultry Workers

The government is proposing a new rule that would increase the number of work related injuries at poultry processing plants. Poultry processing plant employees already face higher rates of work related injuries than other industries. These workers must be protected from these dangerous work conditions.

Release Factory Workers Imprisoned for Striking in Egypt

Release Factory Workers Imprisoned for Striking in Egypt

Recently, five men in Egypt were arrested for participating in a strike with over 100 workers at a factory demanding job security. The men were supposed to be detained for 15 days but have been in prison for over a month. Call on Egyptian leaders to release these men and reverse legislation that criminalizes strikes.

Prevent Death Of The Dead Sea

Prevent Death Of The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea, which has serene beauty and renowned curative powers, is in danger. Its source, the Jordan River, is being siphoned for agricultural and public purposes by Israel, causing the sea’s water level to drop nearly 3 feet each year. Without proper drainage from the river, the Dead Sea cannot offset the effects of evaporation, resulting in its gradual disappearance which in turn triggers dangerous sinkholes to appear within the region. In order to save the Dead Sea and its surrounding area, Israel must stop its overuse of water from the Jordan River.

Enact Concrete Standards for Green-Branded Products

Enact Concrete Standards for Green-Branded Products

Products branded with the terms natural, organic or green are becoming all the more ubiquitous, but companies that sell green versions of their products aren’t actually held to any kind of environmental standards. Ask the FDA to require companies to stand behind their marketing by regulating ingredients in supposedly natural personal care products.

Prohibit Factory Farming of Fish in U.S. Oceans

Prohibit Factory Farming of Fish in U.S. Oceans

Fish are now being grown in underwater cages on a mass scale and at a cheaper cost. These ‘fish farms’ use powerful antibiotics and pesticides which then seep into our oceans. The fish who live their lives in underwater factory farms are affected by these chemicals as well and in turn so are consumers who eat these fish. Protect fish, consumers, and the environment by demanding that fish be raised and caught naturally in the United States, not in massive underwater factory fish farms.

Provide Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for School Lunches

Provide Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for School Lunches

The government has proposed a rule that would provide fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary school lunches. With childhood obesity in the U.S. on the rise, it is absolutely imperative to encourage healthy eating habits from an early age. Tell the government to continue prioritizing the health of America’s children and provide them healthy food options.

Don’t Leave Native American Tribal Lands Without Digital Connections

Don’t Leave Native American Tribal Lands Without Digital Connections

Native Americans have been left out of the digital world with less than 10% of homes having broadband Internet service. The lack of connectivity has had detrimental consequences for jobs, healthcare, and education. We must support closing the digital divide and bring Native Americans the same digital connections as the rest of the country.

Don’t Require Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Don’t Require Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Florida’s law requiring welfare recipients to undergo drug testing is both unconstitutional and unproductive. In its short duration, it has only shown that very few people on welfare are using drugs and it has cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. This problematic law makes assumptions about low-income families and should be abandoned.

Oppose Radical Hunting Bill that Threatens Polar Bears and Other Wildlife

Oppose Radical Hunting Bill that Threatens Polar Bears and Other Wildlife

An outrageous hunting bill supported by the NRA and wealthy trophy hunters has recently passed in the House of Representatives and will soon be up for a vote in the Senate. This bill would threaten polar bears and sustainable wildlife populations. Congress must stop pandering to the NRA and oppose this dangerous bill.

Protect Poultry Plant Workers From Faster Processing Lines

Protect Poultry Plant Workers From Faster Processing Lines

The government is proposing a rule that would increase the speed at which poultry processing workers would have to work. The increase in speed will no doubt result in an increase in injury (as injuries are already common) at processing plants. We must put worker safety before profits and not require an increase in speed on the processing line.

Teach Homeless People Life Skills and Training: Provide Hope For a Better Tomorrow

Teach Homeless People Life Skills and Training: Provide Hope For a Better Tomorrow

While homeless shelters are extremely necessary, they not only are losing funding, but they fail to address the causes of homelessness. The majority of homeless shelters only address the symptoms of homelessness, providing only temporary accommodation and meals. Homeless people need to be taught life skills. They must be given hope and training in order to pull themselves out of homelessness.

Don’t Let Tax Payer Subsidies to For-Profit Colleges go Towards Marketing and Recruiting

Don’t Let Tax Payer Subsidies to For-Profit Colleges go Towards Marketing and Recruiting

For-profit colleges use federal financial aid dollars to fund recruitment programs that deceive potential students. Urge Congress to protect students and taxpayers by banning the use of federal financial aid dollars for marketing, advertising and recruitment purposes.

Prevent the Killing of Wild Donkeys in California

Prevent the Killing of Wild Donkeys in California

Wild burros are an important part of California’s cultural heritage. Although they are not native to the area, they should not be inhumanely rounded up, often dying in the process, as the government plans to do. Only humane management methods should be used to manage the Southern California wild burro.

Ban the Chemical Triclosan From Household Products

Ban the Chemical Triclosan From Household Products

Triclosan, an antibacterial agent used in household products such as hand soap, dish detergent, cosmetics, and even children’s toys has been shown to have detrimental effects on human beings, animals, and the environment. Not only does over-use of triclosan infused products produce antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but the chemical has also been linked to cancer, hormone imbalance and water pollution. We must ban the use of this dangerous chemical in everyday products and preserve the health of our Earth and people.

Offer Higher Education to All Iranians

Offer Higher Education to All Iranians

In Iran, people of minority religions, including Baha’i, are not allowed to study higher education. Since 1987, the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education teaches students but the government constantly raids the college for illegally teaching minority students. Ask the Iranian government to change its law and allow all religions to attend higher education schools, not just Muslims.

Protest School Speaker’s Comparison of Sex to Filthy Water

Protest School Speaker’s Comparison of Sex to Filthy Water

Brad Seng, whose employer is a Christian crisis pregnancy center, recently spoke to a group of middle school students about abstinence. He compared young people engaging in sex to a glass of contaminated water, encouraging students to spit up food into the glasses. This presentation was extremely offensive and the speaker should be barred from speaking at the school again.

End the Sale of Marsupials as Exotic Pets in Shopping Malls

End the Sale of Marsupials as Exotic Pets in Shopping Malls

Sugar gliders are small marsupials who are often sold as pets in shopping malls. Ironically, sugar gliders do not make great housebound companions: they require a considerable amount of affection and many sugar gliders who become pets end up dying from neglect because owners cannot keep up with the necessary means of care. Urge CBL & Associates Properties to stop promoting the sale of sugar gliders in the numerous malls that they manage.

Stop Over-Incarceration and Under-Education

Stop Over-Incarceration and Under-Education

The United States spends more money on the prison system than on education. Providing more incarceration and less education perpetuates the cycle of poverty and crime in this country. We need to lower spending on prisons and increase spending on higher education.

Protect Migratory Birds in the Klamath Basin

Protect Migratory Birds in the Klamath Basin

An outbreak of avian cholera resulted in ten thousand bird deaths in the Klamath Basin. Crowded conditions due to reduced water flow facilitated the spread of disease among the birds. Urge the government to distribute water responsibly to preserve migratory bird habitat and help prevent another deadly outbreak of disease.

Don’t Let Ohio Defund Planned Parenthood

Don’t Let Ohio Defund Planned Parenthood

Ohio lawmakers have proposed cutting $1.7 million in funding to Planned Parenthood health centers. This move would effectively defund an organization that thousands of women rely on every day for their health care needs. Tell Ohio Governor John R. Kasich to prioritize reproductive and sexual health care, not block access to it.

Stop Companies from Handing Internet Users’ Private Information to the Government

Stop Companies from Handing Internet Users’ Private Information to the Government

Congress is getting ready allow companies to provide the U.S. government with all Internet users’ online activity and content. This bill nullifies ALL internet users’ rights to privacy and legalizes cyber-spying. Tell companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Facebook to stop supporting this intrusive bill and urge Congress to vote against it.

Protest the Ousting of Boy Scouts Den Mother for Being a Lesbian

Protest the Ousting of Boy Scouts Den Mother for Being a Lesbian

Jennifer Tyrrell, whose son is a member of the Boy Scouts’ Tiger Scout chapter, served as den mother for over a year. Recently, she was asked to leave because she happens to be a lesbian. Tell Boy Scouts executives that this move was homophobic, hateful, and a bad example for America’s future leaders.

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