Obesity is a life threatening problem facing one third of the children in Louisiana and 63% of Louisiana adults, yet the state allows public schools to provide meals high in fat and sodium to their children each day. Please ask the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to take a stand against childhood obesity and demand healthy school meals.
The snubfin dolphin is a shy marine mammal only recently recognized as an individual species. This dolphin is found exclusively off the Northern coast of Australia and its existence is being threatened by fishing nets, boats and habitat pollution. Please ask the Australian Minister of the Environment to help the snubfin dolphin before it’s too late.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is targeting a program that provides free health screenings for women without health insurance. At the end of the year, Gov. Walker plans to terminate the state’s contract with Planned Parenthood, leaving thousands of Wisconsin women without a means to receive screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer and multiple sclerosis. Gov. Walker needs to be reminded that the health and safety of his constituents come before his personal ideologies.
After nearly nine years, the war in Iraq is finally over, which now leads us to call for an end to another unpopular war: the War in Afghanistan. It is time we rapidly remove troops from Afghanistan and fix the crises within our own country. Make national debt, unemployment rates, and our health care crisis the core areas of concern.
Recent reports of four unnamed members of Congress accused of accepting VIP loans from disgraced subprime lender Countrywide Financial have led to House Ethics Committee investigations and SEC fines. Representative Darrell Issa, R-Calif., leads the fight to uncover yet more corruption and abuses of power in Washington but refuses to name the four, adding that more members are suspected of similar wrongdoing. We should support his valiant efforts to flush out corruption in Congress.
Under proposed legislation, the U.S. government would have the authority to arrest people that post online videos of copyrighted material. The bill fails to provide detailed information on what qualifies as copyright infringement, thereby allowing the government to interpret this term as loosely as possible. Oppose this bill now and demand that online freedom is preserved.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has proposed a policy which infringes on individuals’ First Amendment rights to free speech. The Walker administration intends to charge demonstrators for law enforcement and expenses associated with protests as well as possibly requiring liability insurance. Petition Gov. Walker to stop this unconstitutional action and let him know it is not okay to limit speech.
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.