As Americans, we often take for granted the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. Though our states and federal governments are operating at record deficits, we must not sacrifice benefits for our heroes returning from war. Whether disabled physically, mentally or dealing with issues such as unemployment, we must urge Congress to enact legislation to provide and protect those that have protected us so heroically.
The Roaring Forks School District in Colorado employs school police officers who are also choosing to work for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in their off time. In a district where so many students come from mixed status families, students cannot be expected to trust the officers who threaten their families. Demand the school district ban school police officers from working for ICE.
Although the amount of youth arrested has dropped 46 percent since 2003 and the number of youth living in Baltimore has decreased 17 percent since 2000, the wildly irresponsible plans to build a $100 million youth detention facility continue to progress. Demand that Baltimore reform its juvenile prison system and greatly reduce the size of the wasteful new detention facility.
Dr Pepper’s new ad campaign for Dr. Pepper TEN proclaims blatantly that its product is ‘not for women.’ It reinforces this message through sexist dialogue that stereotype women (i.e. saying that women don’t like action movies but only like romantic comedies) while simultaneously stereotyping men through the overly macho images that the ads present.
As companies attempt to suppress costs, the dramatic rise in the number of unpaid internships during recent years is cause for much concern, for most of these internship programs violate rightful federal regulations and displace regular, paid workers. Protect our nation’s current and future workforce from predatory company labor policies by signing this petition demanding that improved regulation and oversight be instituted.
Dismantling Halloween by cynically viewing it as Satan’s holiday during which vast numbers of children consume unacceptable amounts of sugar while donning Pagan masks, numerous school districts around the country have banned Halloween celebrations from their schools this year. Sign this petition to roar out your support for keeping Halloween in our schools by transforming it to be both educational and enjoyable.
Violence, pollution and oil all intersect the Niger Delta region in Sub-Saharan Africa as trans-national oil corporations, such as Royal Dutch Shell, ravage the environment and communities in search of crude and profits. Institute justice, prevent further corporate abuse, and implement international corporate transparency by demanding the U.S. and the international community hold oil corporations accountable for their pernicious behavior.
E-Waste is difficult and expensive to recycle, but it is essential that it be disposed of properly. Many “recycling” centers actually strip only the most valuable components before shipping the rest overseas, where it is processed using very primitive recycling techniques by impoverished workers who lack protective gear. It is time for us to take responsibility for our electronic waste.
Over 1/3 of all open water sharks are endangered because more than 6 million sharks are murdered annually for their fins out of fear, greed, and hatred. Yet live sharks have netted some countries over $4.4 million dollars annually and some over 39% of their nations’ total GDP. Encourage California and Florida to embrace shark tourism to immediately bring millions of dollars into the states to save the failing economies.
Fragmentation of undisturbed habitat is one of the largest reasons for the decline in all species populations. For example, in recent years the Audubon Society noted a 50% decline in many bird species that directly correlated with increasing high rises, cell phone towers, telephone wires, and airports. If understanding of animal migratory paths cannot be obtained soon, entire ecosystems could fail and cause world wide famine and devastation.
A new drug has emerged as the favorite among teens and young adults, and is currently legal in much of the U.S. Bath salts are a synthetic chemical stimulant that creates a high similar to that of LSD and PCP. Though labeled “not for human consumption”, their purpose is clear. We must vigilantly shut down the availability of this dangerous, often lethal, drug.
In the United States, we are letting our children die from abuse and neglect. For one reason or another, this is something rarely talked about in mainstream media. There needs to be change made to how we address child abuse in this country because it is becoming an epidemic.
If the Alaska Board of Game has their way in November, wolves on the state’s Kenai Peninsula will start being killed. Wolves are being blamed for moose population problems that are instead the result of overhunting or poor habitat. Tell Board members to abandon management plans that call for the killing of wolves.
Urban Outfitters has released a line of products dubbed the Navajo Line featuring clothing with traditional Navajo art. Shockingly, they even offer a Navajo Flask, as if to perpetuate one of the worst stereotypes of indigenous cultures. Urge Urban Outfitters to discontinue this line and stop profiting off the artwork of the Navajo Nation.
Walmart has announced their intention to cut benefits for part-time employees and increase costs for those working full-time. They say this decision is a result of rising health care costs and the struggling economy. It’s hard to imagine, however, that the top Fortune 500 company of 2010 is strapped for cash. While they have seen a decrease in profits in the last year, it is not their employees who should pay the price.
Researchers have found a contagious and lethal virus in two juvenile salmon in British Colombia. Infectious salmon anemia (ISA), which is a disease linked to fish farming, could potentially wipe out endangered salmon populations along the West Coast. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife must remove fish farms that harm wild salmon and expose their risk to ISA.
Compulsive gambling is a psychiatric disorder similar to alcoholism and drug addiction; yet, it is not as readily recognized as a serious addiction disorder since no poisonous substances are involved. Compulsive gamblers engage in risky behaviors that jeopardize the welfare of our children. Such gamblers also have a five-fold greater tendency to commit suicide. Stricter legislation and protections against the proliferation of gambling in America must be put in place.
2-year-old Xiao Yueyue died early Friday morning a week-long coma. Run over by two vehicles and ignored by at least 18 bystanders, Yueyue was finally rescued after seven minutes. Chinese laws must protect Good Samaritans from specious lawsuits, rather than punishing bystanders who lend a helping hand.
The Treasury 1603 grant program, due to expire at the end of the year, has been a huge success in fueling the growth of green jobs and green power alike. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association, extending this program could produce as many as 37,000 new jobs. In contrast, discontinuing the program could lead to the solar industry contracting, and to the United States falling behind countries like China in the race to manufacture affordable renewable sources of energy.
The EPA is planning an upcoming string of tests that will kill an estimated 80,000 animals. With a highly effective testing program already in widespread use named ToxCast, there is no reason these animals need to die.
Honeybees are a crucial piece of our ecosystem and are necessary in sustaining life. They are facing the threat of extinction due to colony collapse disorder, a disease who’s causes are unknown. The U.S. Department of Agriculture needs to concentrate efforts on research and prevention of this disease in order to save the bees and save ourselves.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, employs the use of pressurized fluid to extract substances deep in the Earth, usually gas or petroleum. Fracking has the potential to highly contaminate groundwater, yet research is still being done. However, the wastewater caused by the process is known to be heavy in chemical contaminants. The Niagara Falls Water Board has no right to allow gas companies to release fracking fluid into their water supply to be processed by incapable treatment plants.
Serving as a particularly odious sign of mankind’s harmful encroachment upon nature, six-pack plastic rings have caused immense damage to the environment since their introduction in 1960 and this environmental degradation has become impossible to ignore. Therefore, we must demand that legislators ban the use of plastic rings that cause the death of thousands of marine and bird wildlife each year.
Known as “Last in, First out”, this procedure for firing teachers during times of budget deficits fires the newest teachers regardless of their effectiveness. This counter-productive policy often targets the most effective teachers, despite claims by teacher unions stating that this seniority policy prevents the best, most experienced teachers from being fired. Repealing this illegitimate policy is critical to ensuring the academic success of our children.
Despite avid support from racist hate groups (the AFA), anti-abortionists, end of the world prophets, and vocally homophobic organizations, Rick Perry has a good chance of becoming the Republican party’s choice for presidential candidate. Perry wants to change the US Constitution by abolishing life tenure for Federal Judges, allowing Congress to override the Supreme Court by 2/3rds vote, scrapping federal income tax, ending direct senator elections, and banning abortions and gay marriage. Stop Rick Perry from becoming the Republican Party’s presidential candidate.