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Free Saudi Video Bloggers Detained for Speaking Out

Free Saudi Video Bloggers Detained for Speaking Out

Three video blog journalists dared to speak out about the reality of poverty in Saudi Arabia and because of this, they have been arrested. They are guilty of nothing but speaking the truth and they deserve their freedom.

Fully Investigate & Prosecute Disabled Dungeon Ring

Fully Investigate & Prosecute Disabled Dungeon Ring

So far Philadelphia police have rescued 10 children and 4 mentally disabled adults imprisoned and tortured in abhorrent conditions. The “pure evil” Disabled Dungeon case has highlighted the dire need for a coordinated state and federal investigation, prosecutory effort and caregiver regulations.

Stop Memphis City from Contracting Christian “Family Planning” Organization

Stop Memphis City from Contracting Christian “Family Planning” Organization

In the past, the people of Memphis in need of family planning services would simply go to their local Planned Parenthood clinic. But due to a recent vote by the Shelby County Commission, the funding that was previously contracted to Planned Parenthood is now funneled into Christ Community Health Services. This new system denies low-income citizens necessary contraceptive services and violates the separation of church and state. The decision must be repealed.

Protect Arctic Wildlife Refuge

Protect Arctic Wildlife Refuge

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is holding hearings and listening to public debate before deciding whether or not to designate the Alaskan coastal plain a wilderness area. It is crucial that they give it that title and all the protection that it affords.

Recycled Packaging is Better, But Reduced Packaging is Best

Recycled Packaging is Better, But Reduced Packaging is Best

It’s true that much of the packaging used for popular consumer products is made from recycled materials, either in part or full. However, packaging can be made more efficient and designed better to reduce waste. Help get the world’s largest companies to evaluate their packaging designs. It’s good for the environment and the bottom line!

Ban the Ownership of Wild Animals in Ohio

Ban the Ownership of Wild Animals in Ohio

After the recent incident in which dozens of wild animals were let loose on the streets of Zanesville, Ohio, the need for proper governmental intervention restricting the sale and ownership of exotic animals comes to attention. By banning the ownership of these animals, it protects both humans and animals alike from an accident like this ever happening again.

UN Peacekeepers Should Protect, Not Harm Haitian People

UN Peacekeepers Should Protect, Not Harm Haitian People

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti began back in 2004 as a response to a lack of political stability and widespread human rights abuses. Since the earthquake in 2010, however, the situation in Haiti has been beyond desperate. The UN presence in Haiti allowed a quick response to the natural disaster, but has since been riddled with controversy. As the memory of the earthquake slips away, Haitians are wondering if the UN commitment is fading with it.

Quit Cramming Kids into Unproductive “Study Halls”

Quit Cramming Kids into Unproductive “Study Halls”

For 90-minute study halls every afternoon, one campus security guard supervises as many as 50-200 Portland students crammed into the school cafeteria or a random classroom. These mandated study halls amount to “holding tanks,” where students idle unengaged or disrupt other children’s attempts at self-education.

End the Tax Breaks to Big Oil

End the Tax Breaks to Big Oil

Recently, the “Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act” was rejected by a majority vote (60-52) in the Senate. With a large backing, the issue is being raised once again with hopes of ending the $21 billion tax breaks to the five largest oil companies in the next 10 years. Ending the tax breaks will help to get the American economy back on its feet.

Stop the Wolf Hunt and Reinstate Federal Protection for Wolves

Stop the Wolf Hunt and Reinstate Federal Protection for Wolves

Due to a political game played by Congress, wolves are no longer protected by the Endangered Species Act in Montana and Idaho, leaving them open to hunting. Environmental groups believe this will do severe damage to the wolf population. Hunters in the two states have already killed over 70 wolves, and many more will be shot in the coming weeks.

Transform America’s Polluting Garbage Trucks to Cleaner Natural Gas

Transform America’s Polluting Garbage Trucks to Cleaner Natural Gas

America’s anachronistic fleet of diesel-powered garbage trucks is chopping the legs out from under our march to a greener future. Despite other countries’ progression away from a fossil fuel dependent systems of refuse collection, the U.S. remains trapped in foul tar that is largely imported from foreign countries.

Free Dolphins from Captivity in Hotel’s Marine Mammal Park

Free Dolphins from Captivity in Hotel’s Marine Mammal Park

A resort in Singapore has acquired 25 dolphins for its marine mammal park. Dolphins are not meant to live in captivity and rarely flourish, as is indicated by the death of two of the dolphins that were captured with this group. The resort must return these magnificent creatures to their natural habitat, the waters of the Soloman Islands, from which they were so inhumanely stolen… before it is too late.

Kids Deserve Healthy Food at School

Kids Deserve Healthy Food at School

School provided lunches are a necessary aspect in the lives of many children. While parents are given the choice to provide their kids with lunches or have their kids eat school provided meals, more and more parents do not have the luxury of choice and are forced to rely on the school system to provide nutrition for their children. Therefore, the food that in some instances is the only option for children should at least be nutritiously rich, which is not the case in most of our nations schools.

Stop Animal Cruelty Exploitation on Youtube

Stop Animal Cruelty Exploitation on Youtube

Youtube’s published policy prohibits videos depicting animal cruelty yet they hypocritically refuse to take down videos of that very cruelty. As large and successful as Youtube has become, it should be aware of its influence and remove offending videos depicting cruelty to animals.

Profits Before People? Tell Monsanto To Protect Farmers’ Livelihoods By Allowing Seed Replantation

Profits Before People? Tell Monsanto To Protect Farmers’ Livelihoods By Allowing Seed Replantation

Since Monsanto began patenting seeds, they have put unreasonable restrictions that forbid farmers to replant them from season to season, a tradition that has been around for generations. This keeps some small farmers around the world eternally indebted to Monsanto and their extravagant prices, often times putting them out of business and therefore forcing them into a life of extreme poverty.

Beyond Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Tell Congress to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act

Beyond Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Tell Congress to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act

While the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell means that servicemen can no longer be discharged from the military for being openly gay, there is still a disparity between the rights they have and the rights that their straight counterparts enjoy. The next step is to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents the Federal Government from recognizing same sex marriages, and thus prevents gay service men and women from sharing benefits like healthcare with their spouses.

Stop Cutting Funding for Rape Crisis Centers

Stop Cutting Funding for Rape Crisis Centers

The cutting of funds for rape crisis centers has become a national epidemic. Although in many cities, rapes have increased significantly during the recession by 9%, many of the centers’ funds were cut by over two-thirds. Now, more than ever, rape crisis centers need funding to protect and heal those affected by sexual assault and abuse.

Protect the Elderly in New York and Hold Abusers Accountable

Protect the Elderly in New York and Hold Abusers Accountable

New York state has reduced the amount of payments available to home healthcare agencies. As a result, some agencies have illegally refused to authorize, and in some cases even terminated, care for fear of nonpayment. Now, nursing homes are profiting while the elderly are suffering. This abuse and neglect must be stopped and violators punished.

Town Will Ban Bikers and Pedestrians

Town Will Ban Bikers and Pedestrians

With a modest population of about 5,500 residents, the town of Hull, Wisconsin may seem like your average small town. But recently, a safety committee proposed a new law: a ban on pedestrians and bicyclists on the town’s streets. Some media outlets are even saying that Hull could potentially be “the least green city in the entire world.”

Stop the Teen Pregnancy Epidemic in Memphis Through Education

Stop the Teen Pregnancy Epidemic in Memphis Through Education

Memphis has currently an epidemic on its hands: high rates of teen pregnancy. According to recent statistics, approximately one in seven teenage girls will become pregnant. The Memphis City school system can do a lot more to help the girls most at risk for teenage pregnancy through sex education courses that are given in middle school and include more information about contraceptive methods other than abstinence.

A child with barely enough to eat

Address The Real Problem Of Low Education Scores – Impoverished Children

More than one in five American children go to bed each night hungry, homeless and without sufficient medical care. Preoccupation with these basic, sustaining needs is a major factor in the educational gap that exists for these children. Comprehensive programs which include safe homes and sufficient food are a starting both for developing sound educational actions.

Protect Worker’s Rights – Recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Protect Worker’s Rights – Recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Scott Walker has proven to be inept in his office of governor of Wisconsin. Already in his term, he has threatened union workers and employees of the state. Additionally, he has not followed through with the promises he made during his campaign. It is because of this that the recall of Scott Walker is the next step in his career.

Demand Increased Access to Education for the Children of Zimbabwe

Demand Increased Access to Education for the Children of Zimbabwe

Children in Zimbabwe are being drastically affected by a government resettlement program begun in 2006. Living in poverty and without access to adequate schooling, many are resorting to jobs in construction and prostitution. Education and resources must be provided immediately to reverse these trends.

Targeting Women’s Health Care

Targeting Women’s Health Care

Montana Representative Denny Rehbert (R) releases draft legislation to completely eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, America’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate, if it continues to offer abortion services.

Tell Alaska’s Governor to Extend Health Care to More Children

Tell Alaska’s Governor to Extend Health Care to More Children

Alaska’s Governor, Sean Parnell, is threatening to veto legislation that will expand the state’s child health care program. This will deny hundreds of children from receiving vital medical and dental services. Governor Parnell’s reason for not supporting the legislation is unethical. Urge him to support Alaska Senate Bill 5 and give more children the chance for a healthy, happy life.

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