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Child Labor: Victoria’s Dirty Little Secret

Child Labor: Victoria’s Dirty Little Secret

It looks like Victoria’s Secret may be using forced child labor to produce their garments. Thirteen-year-old Clarisse has spent recent harvest seasons toiling under debilitating conditions and for no pay: all for the sake of organically grown fair-trade cotton used in Victoria’s Secret lingerie lines. This misuse and abuse of children must be stopped.

Demand an Alternative to Hydraulic Fracturing

Demand an Alternative to Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing, better known as ‘fracking,’ is a process used to extract natural gas. Research suggests fracking contaminates drinking water and pollutes air. Demand that fracking be prohibited and support a safer method of producing natural gas.

Protect Immigrants from Rape In Immigration Detention Centers

Protect Immigrants from Rape In Immigration Detention Centers

The Prison Rape Elimination Act protects American prisoners from sexual assault, but it does not currently protect immigrants being held behind bars. Immigrants being detained in immigration detention centers experience rape and assault far too often. It is up to Homeland Security to recognize that immigrants must be protected from rape under federal law, just like any other prisoner in the U.S.

Tell the Defense Department to Ground the Wasteful F-35 Fighter Program

Tell the Defense Department to Ground the Wasteful F-35 Fighter Program

In this tough economy, billions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on a military jet that is at least four years from completion and is riddled with problems. Urge Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to cut this overly-costly and wasteful program.

Stop the Torture of Veal Calves

Stop the Torture of Veal Calves

Calves used for veal production on many factory farms spend their short, solitary lives confined to small wooden crates where they are fed diets lacking key nutrients. These young animals suffer severe physical and psychological trauma as a result of this confinement but the U.S. Government has yet to take a stand to improve their living conditions.

Chopping Off Cow Tails (‘Tail Docking’) Should be Banned

Chopping Off Cow Tails (‘Tail Docking’) Should be Banned

Tail docking is a procedure by which up to two thirds of a cow’s tail is removed either with a sharp instrument or by using a tight rubber ring to cut off the blood supply. This procedure, intended to improve sanitary conditions for the cattle and farm workers, causes pain and psychological trauma for the cattle and has proven to provide little or no actual sanitary benefits.

Keep Congress Open: Don’t Ban Photography And Videotaping In Senate And House Galleries

Keep Congress Open: Don’t Ban Photography And Videotaping In Senate And House Galleries

Congress has closed their galleries to photography and videotaping. Demand that Congress respects first amendment rights by allowing cameras on the house and senate floor.

Photo by Rick Smith

Tell PA Governor Tom Corbett to Repeal Education Cuts

Budget cuts have harmed PA students’ pursuit of education at every level, from grad school to elementary school. Tell Governor Corbett to find other ways to balance the budget.

Frankincense—Moving Closer to Extinction

Frankincense—Moving Closer to Extinction

The stories of frankincense may live longer in legend than in actuality at the current rate of which the plant species is declining. A strong human presence is taking a negative toll on populations of boswellia papyrifera , pushing it clear to the brink of extinction. Unless governmental bodies intervene to protect this plant species, frankincense will be nothing more than a memory.

Enforce Zero Tolerance Policy for Police Brutality in Chicago

Enforce Zero Tolerance Policy for Police Brutality in Chicago

Police misconduct must be stopped. For the sake of Chicago citizens and those officers who employ an ethical approach to their jobs, police who abuse their power need to be penalized for their acts. A zero tolerance policy for brutality and negligence must be enforced at once.

Save Land and Lives By Boycotting the Purchase of ‘Blood Mineral’ Coltan From Conflict Regions

Save Land and Lives By Boycotting the Purchase of ‘Blood Mineral’ Coltan From Conflict Regions

Coltan, a mineral used in the production of electronic products, is largely sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it causes mass environmental destruction, and devastation to native species. Furthermore, much of its profit goes to funding civil and military conflict. We must stop the destruction by asking electronics manufacturers to purchase their coltan from conflict-free areas.

Prevent Traffic Accidents By Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving

Prevent Traffic Accidents By Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving

Cell phone use while driving is statistically known to cause distracted and dangerous driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimates that over 3000 fatalities are caused by distracted driving every year. We must protect our fellow citizens on the road by calling for a ban on cell phone use while driving.

Blast Handguns and Save Lives

Blast Handguns and Save Lives

The use of handguns accounts for 86% of firearm crimes in the United States. Such weapons are extremely dangerous to national welfare, and virtually obsolete in comparison to alternate firearms. We must protect our citizens today by calling for a ban on handguns.

Ensure Occupiers’ Rights to Freedom of Speech and to Assemble be Respected

Ensure Occupiers’ Rights to Freedom of Speech and to Assemble be Respected

Occupy camps throughout the United States have been forcibly dispersed, but Occupiers are continuing their cause through a slew of lawsuits asserting their constitutional rights to free speech and to assemble. The suits also aim to expose police brutality at times when no threat to public safety was imposed. In the land of democracy, occupiers must be able to exercise their rights without punishment or restraint.

Tell Twitter Not to Let Somali Militants to Use Site as a Weapon

Tell Twitter Not to Let Somali Militants to Use Site as a Weapon

Somalia’s terrorist militant group has opened an account with the social networking site Twitter and has since posted terrorist threats and propaganda. They have also used the site to gain support from Western adherents. It is time Twitter draws a line between free speech and the open support of terrorism, by taking action to stop it the use of Twitter to spread hate and violence.

Protect Native Peoples, Landowners and Animals From the U.S.-Mexico Boarder Wall

Protect Native Peoples, Landowners and Animals From the U.S.-Mexico Boarder Wall

Many of the 2012 presidential candidates want to build a fence that spans the entire U.S. border in order to prevent trespassing by illegal immigrants. Fragments of the separation barrier already exist, and an overwhelming amount of citizens fear that connecting the barriers would wreak havoc on their property and the environment. Stop the singular barrier wall in order to protect landowners, native peoples, and animals.

Korean Victims of Sex-Slavery Continue Their 1000-Week Protest Outside Japanese Embassy

Korean Victims of Sex-Slavery Continue Their 1000-Week Protest Outside Japanese Embassy

Many South Korean women, young and old, have taken to the streets outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, to demand an end to a 7 decade old injustice. ‘Comfort women,’ as they were called—were women who were seized and forced to serve as sex slaves in brothels used by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War. All these brutalized women want is closure by way of recognition and compensation from the Japanese government.

Photo by Mark Ordonez

Tell PNC Bank to Stop Funding Destructive Mountaintop-Removal Mining

Mountaintop-removal mining destroys the Appalachian environment and increases cancer risks in surrounding communities, yet is funded greatly by the PNC bank. Tell PNC to stop financing this practice that is destroying our environment and our health.

Tell California Not to Close 70 State Parks

Tell California Not to Close 70 State Parks

Due to budget cuts, 70 of California’s state parks are slated to close by next summer. Tell California Governor Jerry Brown that depriving future generations of access to these beautiful wild spaces is not the answer to his budget woes.

Stop Wild Horse Castration in Nevada

Stop Wild Horse Castration in Nevada

The U.S. government is planning to castrate hundreds of wild horses in Nevada in a misguided attempt at population control. The government claims that wild horses are destroying public lands, but it is clear they are instead acting on behalf of the livestock industry, which wants the land for cattle and sheep. Castration of wild stallions is untested as a population control mechanism and a cruel act against these animals. The government cannot be allowed to continue with these plans.

Taking Photos & Video of Animal Abuse Should Not be a Crime

Taking Photos & Video of Animal Abuse Should Not be a Crime

The so-called ‘Ag Gag’ bill is back. Florida legislators want to make it a crime to take photos or videos at farms, silencing the activists and whistleblowers who make it their mission to expose animal cruelty. Tell the Florida Senate to take a stand against Big Agriculture and vote down this bill.

Hold Hawaiian Bed & Breakfast Owner Accountable for Denying Accommodations to Gay Couple

Hold Hawaiian Bed & Breakfast Owner Accountable for Denying Accommodations to Gay Couple

A young American couple set out to visit their friend on one of the most beautiful places in the world, the big island of Hawaii, but a bed and breakfast owner spoiled their vacation with one hateful decision. In direct violation of the law, the owner denied the couple a room reservation because they happened to be lesbians. Tell the authorities that you support penalizing homophobic discrimination, which in this case was also clearly illegal.

America’s ‘Toughest’ Sheriff Leads Racially Biased Department

America’s ‘Toughest’ Sheriff Leads Racially Biased Department

Joe Arpaio calls himself the toughest sheriff in America and with new allegations of racial bias from the U.S. Justice Department, he just may be right. However, what Sheriff Arpaio may see as policing, the federal government is deeming unfair bias and the worst case of racial profiling in the country.

Republicans Reject Fiscal Stimulus, Score Tea Party Points

Republicans Reject Fiscal Stimulus, Score Tea Party Points

With barely two weeks to go before the end of the year, House Republicans are attempting to scuttle another deal to save the anemic economy, this time by rejecting a nearly unanimously agreed Senate bill to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits. Speaker of the House John Boehner is leading yet another assault on common sense and American prosperity in the interest of scoring petty political points with his tea party acolytes. Sign the petition to condemn the stupidity.

Tell Louisiana to Support School Lunch Reform

Tell Louisiana to Support School Lunch Reform

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.

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