Petitions:

Rescind Approval for the Environmentally Devastating Oil Pipeline

Rescind Approval for the Environmentally Devastating Oil Pipeline

A massive new oil pipeline has US State Department approval to transport crude oil from Alberta to Texas, cleaving the natural landscapes of Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. This decision makes little security sense and exacts a massive environmental toll: Waterways, soil, and wildlife species are at risk throughout the entire country, and America would still rely on foreign fossil fuels.

China’s Proposition For Secret Detention Deters Basic Human Rights

China’s Proposition For Secret Detention Deters Basic Human Rights

This proposed legislation that allows officials to secretly detain criminal suspects for up to six months in an undisclosed location is an infringement on basic human rights and is contradictory to International law.

Bear Witness to Victims of Domestic Abuse by Organizing or Participating in a Clothesline Project Event

Bear Witness to Victims of Domestic Abuse by Organizing or Participating in a Clothesline Project Event

It is estimated that three out of four people within the United States know someone who currently is, or has been, a victim of domestic violence. Begun in 1990, The Clothesline Project has been duplicated around the world in the years since, and served as a visual monument and healing tool for victims of domestic abuse. Pledging to participate in, or organize a Clothesline Project within your community, demonstrates your commitment to break the silence that so often shrouds intimate partner violence against women.

Pay Tribute to the 9/11 First Responders and Ask That They Be Invited to Ground Zero for the 10th Anniversary of September 11th

Pay Tribute to the 9/11 First Responders and Ask That They Be Invited to Ground Zero for the 10th Anniversary of September 11th

On the morning of September 11, 2001, countless members of the New York Police and Fire Departments reported to duty like any other day. Thousands of firefighters, medical workers, and police officers worked non stop to help those in the wreckage of the fallen towers. This September 11th, however they have been excluded from the 9/11 ceremony held at ground zero. Honor the 9/11 first responders and allow them to be a part of the ceremony commemorating the event.

Tell President Obama and Congress to Create Jobs for American Youth

Tell President Obama and Congress to Create Jobs for American Youth

This year, youth unemployment has hit an unprecedented high at 48 percent. Concurrently, gun and gang violence among youth has been on the rise in cities across the country. We must pass the Emergency Jobs Bill to secure a prosperous future for a new generation and reduce violence among youth.

Ban Aerial Gunning of Wolves in Alaska

Ban Aerial Gunning of Wolves in Alaska

Aerial gunning is an inhumane and archaic practice stemming from a time when unregulated trophy hunting targeted animals worldwide in need of protection. Aerial killing runs counter to the ethical standards society has to protect these creatures, as well as the will of Alaska’s general populace. There can be only one true solution, end aerial gunning of wolves in Alaska for good.

Hold Big Banks Accountable for Fraudulent Mortgage Foreclosures

Hold Big Banks Accountable for Fraudulent Mortgage Foreclosures

Big banks have been using wrongful and fraudulent tactics to foreclose on American homes. They must be stopped and held accountable for their actions, not just given a slap on the wrist.

Grade Teachers On Actual Performance Not Just Test Scores

Grade Teachers On Actual Performance Not Just Test Scores

No Child Left Behind’s misguided teacher assessment relied far too heavily on end of year standardized tests to measure the effectiveness of teachers, thereby, effectively ignoring other more substantive measures. Instead, teacher effectiveness must be measured by the amount of student growth per year, rather than solely on meeting yearly standards.

Inmates at Guantanamo Bay

Keep The Promise – Close The Guantanamo Bay Torture Camp

Despite President Obama’s 2009 promise to shut down the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, no progress has been made toward trying or repatriating the inmates housed there. On the contrary, additional roadblocks have been put in place, preventing resolution of the fate of these detainees. We must take action to assure closure of this facility and proper handling of the remaining inmates.

Prohibit Greyhound Racing In The United States

The sport of Greyhound racing has led to various cases of severely inhumane treatment. Dogs are forced to endure a life of nearly endless confinement, sustain serious injuries, risk being killed or neglected when no longer profitable, and possibly be drugged with steroids and cocaine. It is time to tackle this issue on a national level and prohibit Greyhound racing.

Demand Wider Adoption Of The Elder Economic Security Initiative To Help The Elderly Poor

Demand Wider Adoption Of The Elder Economic Security Initiative To Help The Elderly Poor

Despite the apparent protection from economic hardship the Social Security and Medicare programs have provided since their inception, it is estimated that over 3 million seniors age 65 and older still live below the federal poverty line (FPL) in the United States. A new measure of economic security reveals that this number is vastly underestimated. We must take action now to protect the most vulnerable among us.

California Health Care: A Basic Need for All

California Health Care: A Basic Need for All

At any given time, 12 million people in California are uninsured for health care. However, affordable health care for everyone is still a possibility. Shifting from an individual to collective perspective of basic human needs and rights is imperative in a democracy where equality and the pursuit of happiness for all has been of utmost importance since the beginning of our country.

Over 170 Cats Rescued From A Wyoming Home, Yet Animal Hoarder Couple Remains Free

A couple in Wyoming was hoarding over 170 cats in their small home and outdoor area. When animal welfare workers entered the home on August 26th, many cats were extremely ill and all were living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Ask that these abusive hoarders be brought to justice, so these cats can know peace finally.

Guns Don’t Kill People, But They Certainly Help: Regulate the International Arms Trade

Guns Don’t Kill People, But They Certainly Help: Regulate the International Arms Trade

As pictures of increasingly brutal conflicts and disturbing narratives of human rights abuses continuously flood living rooms around the world, one cannot help but think how in the world are we to lessen violence and conflict? Where does one begin? Preventing deadly arms from falling into lethal hands would certainly be a start.

Stop China’s Unsafe ‘Sturdy Products’ Child Labor Factory

Stop China’s Unsafe ‘Sturdy Products’ Child Labor Factory

The Sturdy Products factory in China’s Shenzhen factory employs many workers as young as 14-years-old, forces staff to sign “voluntary” documents agreeing to work beyond the maximum overtime legal limit, and crams workers into poorly ventilated prisons rife with hazardous chemicals. Condemn the abuse perpetrated on children and economically vulnerable workers in the manufacture of lucrative toy lines such as: Thomas the Tank Engine toys, Matchbox cars, Cars toys, Toy Story toys, Barbie and Fisher Price products, Scrabble, Hot Wheels sets, etc.

Feel safe now?

It’s Time To Put The Death Penalty To Death

Numerous states continue to debate the merits of using the death penalty as the ultimate punishment. However, there are no facts that suggest that society is safer as a result of this form of punishment, nor is there substantive evidence indicating that it is a deterrent to crime. A uniform, federal policy abolishing this form of punishment is in the best interest of U.S. citizens.

Demand Justice for Woman Attacked in Home Invasion and Ignored by Police

Demand Justice for Woman Attacked in Home Invasion and Ignored by Police

In September of 2009, Laurie Massicotte of Ontario Canada was asleep on her couch when her neighbor, Col. Russell Williams, crawled into her home from an open window. He then proceeded to cover her with a blanket, hit her repeatedly with a flashlight, tore off her clothes, and took numerous pictures of her. Help Ms. Massicotte demand justice from the man that attacked her, as well as from the police officers who neglected her well-being after the incident.

Teen moms need help

Let’s Get Real About Sexually Active Teens

Teen pregnancy is one of the latest hot topics showcased in reality show formats. While many of the struggles and challenges are highlighted, the reality is that U.S. teens lack of education regarding prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The billions of dollars spent in reaction pale in comparison to the toll taken on the future of these teens and their children.

Protect Women And Children In Post-Earthquake Haiti From Rape, Abuse and Poor Healthcare

Protect Women And Children In Post-Earthquake Haiti From Rape, Abuse and Poor Healthcare

More than a year and a half after Haiti’s earthquake, the country faces an epidemic of sexual violence and preventable deaths of women and children. These people deserve to be treated with decency rather than crime. The government of Haiti needs to step in to aid this suffering population by expanding health care and law enforcement.

California Budget Cuts: Grand Theft Education?

California Budget Cuts: Grand Theft Education?

Public education is freedom, the freedom for one to create opportunities and develop capabilities so as to chart a path of one’s choosing irrespective of the socio-economic position of one’s parents. With the approval of a $650 million cut to the University of California, a public education system prized and emulated by the international community, freedom through education is being severely crippled.

Eliminate Brutal Vivisection from Animal Testing

The bounds of what defines humane treatment should never involve vivisection (the live dissection of an animal). This marginalization of animals and abuse should be avoided at all costs.

Stop Marriage Discrimination and Support the Respect For Marriage Act

Stop Marriage Discrimination and Support the Respect For Marriage Act

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.

Stop Uighurs’ Forced Return to Chinese Detention and Torture

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.

Eliminate School District Funding Disparities in California

Eliminate School District Funding Disparities in California

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?

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