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.
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.