The new Respect For Marriage bill would stop the government from choosing which marriages are allowed and which are not. Under current law, officials have been able to take rights away from same-sex couples, even though their marriage is legally recognized by their state. Supporting the new RMA will halt this discrimination against same-sex couples.
City of Greenville NC Finally Rescues Abandoned Husky, Yet No Efforts Have Been Made To Locate Owners
During Hurricane Irene, a female Husky was locked up outside and abandoned when her family evacuated their home in Greenville, NC. It took Animal Control five visits before they decided she should be rescued, despite the numerous emails and phone calls from animal lovers nationwide. Tell the city of Greenville to impose stricter abandonment laws and create a stronger support system, for those animals who are left behind for any reason. Ask that the owner(s) of this Husky be located and brought to justice for such an inhumane act.
Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority in China’s Xinjiang province, suffer torture, arbitrary detention, and disappearance on a daily basis. Their futile attempts to flee religious and ethnic persecution by the Chinese government usually results in their summary deportation from countries of refuge – right back into the hands of Chinese officials who abuse and dispose of the hapless refugees.
Enormous funding gaps between California’s school districts give unequal opportunity to high-quality education to some children, leaving the rest with second rate materials and drastically reduced life-chances. How are we to instill the importance of education in all students if, year after year, we only provide excellent education facilities to some?
Animal rights workers and investigative reporters visit farms throughout the country to ensure the animals are healthy and safe. This has lead to the exposing of inhumane farms and slaughterhouses, some of whom face legal issues or get shut down. Now businesses are trying to make such investigations illegal to hide the conditions of their farms from the public.
There will probably be cuts in primary health care, when 50 million Americans have no health insurance; nutrition programs, when hunger is rising among children and senior citizens; affordable child care and Head Start classes, when there are long waiting lists for these services; and federal student aid programs, when working families are finding it harder to pay their kids’ college tuition. But repealing Bush’s tax cuts for the rich AND closing tax loopholes for the wealthy could yield up to $1.6 trillion—enough money to save the domestic programs that poor and working Americans depend on.
Illinois’s pending gambling legislation will not bring additional revenues into the state, as predicted by proponents of the bill. In addition, the state’s residents will endure additional burdens as a result of predatory and corrupt gambling practices, and growth in the incidence of gambling addiction.
The Chinese fur trade has consistently used inhumane methods with regards to the treatment of animals harvested for fur, all in the name of efficiency.
No child should dread going to school for fear of bullying. While many states have enacted anti-bullying legislation, resulting programs and actions have been largely ineffective and inconsistent. Parents, educators and school administrators must adopt stronger responses to reduce bullying incidents.
Within the United States, education is often touted as the great equalizer; yet, ironically, access to education, particularly higher education, is anything but equal. The soaring costs of education leaves many students to rely on federal and state financial aid, but there are obstacles that put families headed by gay and lesbian couples, as well as gay transgender students themselves, at an unfair disadvantage.
In light of the recent audit of the California State Lands Commission–which found multiple cases of poor oversight of the state’s leases, demand better handling of the state’s property to avoid unnecessary losses of money.
Women and girls in Afghanistan are forced to submit to rape, beatings, and starvation. Private shelters are one of the only safe havens for these abused women. Now the Afghan government wants to seize control of these safe houses and place them under government rule and strict Islamic Law. However, these laws allow for all the inhumane actions these women and their children are fleeing.
We love our pets to death, never thinking some things they carry can kill us. Dangerous propoxur formulated pet flea collars gradually release insecticide residue onto the fur of cats and dogs, leading to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, sweating, tearing eyes, muscle twitching, seizures, and respiratory paralysis. In extreme cases, it is also known to cause cancer or death.
Over 17,000 people are bought and sold within the United States. It is time that we demand that the U.S. Congress address the issue of human trafficking within our borders.
Stop the useless slaughter and exploitation of Mountain Gorillas in the Congo Basin, The mountain gorilla species is on the verge of becoming extinct in the Congo Basin. There are fewer than 700 remaining mountain gorillas left in the wild and their numbers are rapidly shrinking. Support efforts to encourage local authorities to more effectively enforce laws which are already in place in order to protect these gentle giants.
Imagine having to choose between purchasing life saving, high cost prescription medication and buying groceries for you and your family. For many Americans, this is a daily reality. However, Congress now has the opportunity to fix this by establishing a regulated, national prescription drug pricing policy for U.S. consumers.
Despite reported best-efforts regarding advancements in concussion safety for football players, far more is required. Players reported concussions at a 21 percent higher rate in 2010 than two years prior, with the number of incidents predicted to rise as training techniques and player athleticism creates faster, more violent collisions.
The United Nations has recently warned that the world could be on the verge of another global food crisis similar to the one in 2008. Today, 925 million people worldwide suffer from hunger, and every nine seconds a child dies of hunger-related causes. Food prices have been increasing worldwide (the price of wheat and corn nearly doubling in some regions), making it ever more difficult for those without means to feed their families.
Hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) is an increasingly controversial method of obtaining stores of natural gas from below the surface. Help to ensure better oversight and regulation in California by supporting the Clean Water Act.
Shelter animals in New Jersey are facing immediate death penalties should state bill 2923 be signed by Governor Christie. If the governor does not veto this bill, the state’s required seven day holding period for shelter animals will be eliminated, and along with it, the lives of thousands of innocent animals.
A Chicago woman who was violated by a police officer used her phone to record conversations with the police as they ignored her request to file a report against the offending officer. She is now facing felony charges for eavesdropping, and has transformed from the victim to the criminal. Stand up against such abuses of authoritative personnel and allow average citizens to protect themselves with recording devices.
The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS) was introduced to Congress in March to ensure all breeders are properly licensed, as well as provide adequate living conditions and treatment. Urge your leaders to support this important bill that will protect puppies from abuse.
Your state decides to cut its Medicaid expenses and you are no longer eligible for the personal assistance you need in order to remain independent, so you have to move into a nursing home. However, Congress can prevent this nightmare scenario by passing The Community Choice Act which would empower countless Americans with severe disabilities to become self-sufficient, productive members of their communities.
Ringwood Park in New Jersey, in the heart of the Ramapo Mountains, is a lush 500-acre area comprised of forestland, meadows, historical structures, a recycling center, and home to members of the Ramapough Mountain Indian tribe. The park is also, unfortunately, home to something else – toxic waste deposited by Ford Motor Company in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Marange diamonds on your finger smear blood on your hands. Press international governing bodies and the U.S. Congress to stop sales of Zimbabwean blood diamonds until the closure of military- and police-run torture camps.