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Petitioning President of the United States, Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Bill Nelson,...

Allow Transgender People Into the U.S. Military

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be accepted or allowed into the U.S. Military because their cost is a "burden." This is extremely disgraceful and an insult to all those who have already given their lives for this country. This is not equality, and this is not "supporting the LGBT community," as he said he does. This is utterly transphobic. Many people who served are going to be left jobless, and many others will no longer be able to fulfill their dreams. This is not okay, and this should not be legal. Trans people are still people. 

Kaitlin Jozokos
236,101 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Dianne Feinstein, Charles Schumer, Harry Reid, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Sherrod Brown, Cory Booker, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin, Al Franken, Bernie Sanders, Richard ...

Muscular Dystrophy to be added to the Agent Orange Registry

I a Vietnam Veteran who has served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 through 1969. I was stationed in the  Northern section of South Vietnam in the Quang Tri Province from 1968 to 1969. I was with The 3rd Marine Division. First Battalion. Fourth Regiment. Company D. Delta 1/4.  I started out in 60 mortars as an ammo humper ( carrier). Than assistant A-Gunner. Finally a Right Guide responsible for the ordering of supplies for my Unit or Section.  All during this I was exposed to Agent Orange and didn't even know it. Plus I and probably some of us weren't told about it either.  I drank the water from the streams when it wasn't flown in to us.  By being exposed to Agent Orange it caused my muscles to become weak especially my girdle muscles. These are the muscles that control your arms and legs.  On top of that I have Peripheral Neuropathy along edema and drop feet, and in a motorized powerchair . I have been trying to get the Veterans Affairs Department to Grant me Service Connections Compensation as being caused by aggravation due to be exposed to Agent Orange. I went in whole and came out in pieces and the VA Affairs and the Department of Defense does not want to give my just reward for exposure to Agent Orange. I cannot really enjoy my son or my family because I am constantly battling with the Veterans Affairs Department and they are always rehashing the same old message never looking at new evidence. So I am petitioning those that are in authority to add or include Muscular Dystrophy as being caused by aggravation due to exposure to Agent Orange to the Agent Orange Registry.  Also, it should include Presumptive or Direct Contact or Both plus add even it's heredity. The U.S House and Senate and the Veterans Committees  has the authority to make this petition win. I am encouraging them to approve this petition, and  pass it on to the President for their signature. The Secretary of Veteran's Affairs to would then include Muscular Dystrophy to the Agent Orange Registry. If I lose I will start another petition. I will not and I shall not until I have achieved victory for others who are going through the same ordeal as me. This is not only for alone but also for the countless others who are going through the same ordeal. This is for them as well. 

Barry W Jones Sr
58,311 supporters
Victory
Petitioning U.S. Senate, Bernie Sanders, Charles Schumer, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray, Richard Blumenthal, Maria Cantwell, Ben Cardin, Tom Carper, Robert Casey, Christopher Coons...

We demand that The United States Senate not confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, the Attorney General of the United States must be independent of politics and respect the dignity of all Americans. The Attorney General has a duty to enforce the rule of law fairly and pursue equal justice under the law. One of the core functions of the Department of Justice is to protect Americans’ civil rights, and to defend those who have been denied them. Another key function of the Department of Justice is to protect our security, but never sacrifice our civil liberties. Not only has Senator Sessions been a staunch opponent of reforming the tragic shortcomings in our criminal justice system, he holds a number of views that are inconsistent with how most Americans believe justice should be applied under our Constitution.

The Righteous Opposition
40,390 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Barbara Mikulski

We Demand that the U. S. Senate not confirm Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor

Andrew Puzder is among Trump's more controversial Cabinet picks because he has publicly opposed the overtime rule and various other Department of Labor regulations, and because the fast-food industry, from which Puzder hails, is a top wage-theft enforcement target at the department. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, which includes Carl’s Jr. and Hardee's. It’s actually very hard to imagine a worse choice for Labor Secretary than Andy Puzder. The Labor Secretary’s job is to look out for American workers. Trump's Labor nominee has opposed increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour and efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay.   It would be kind of funny if it wasn’t so serious. During the election, Trump made a lot of promises to create good jobs. But he’s filling his cabinet with CEOs and right-wing billionaires who have spent their lives undermining working people’s rights to come together in unions, while fighting minimum wage increases, paid sick leave and family leave policies. The evidence clearly demonstrates that protecting the rights of the people who work at Puzder’s company or its franchisees doesn't seem to be his priority. Puzder has run a business model that has produced widespread labor abuses at the companies. According to data compiled by Bloomberg BNA, over the previous seven years, about 60 percent of all Labor Department investigations of Carl's Jr. Restaurants found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. While working people at his fast food chains sometimes were making below minimum wage, Puzder was taking big compensation packages. In 2012, he made 291 times as much as workers at his restaurants. Now, he could be in charge of enforcing our nation’s labor laws—from ensuring workplace safety to investigating wage theft.  His companies had the fourth highest incidents of wage theft reported to the government.  ‘Wage theft is a rampant, everyday problem in the fast-food industry: Nearly nine out of 10 fast-food workers across the country report having money stolen from their paychecks by their boss,’ Kendall Fells, the Fight for $15 national organizing director, told Bloomberg BNA via e-mail. Bloomberg reported. “Fells referred to a 2014 poll commissioned by the campaign of more than 1,000 fast-food workers nationwide. The survey documented such common worker complaints as being forced to perform tasks before clocking in or after clocking out, having the cost of uniforms deducted from their paychecks, and not receiving breaks during long shifts.”  Puzder’s Carl’s Jr. restaurant chain also has a history of sexist television. He thinks it’s appropriate to peddle sex to kids if it sells the product. “We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don’t sell burgers,” said the CEO in a 2011 press release, according to Fortune. “We target hungry guys, and we get young kids that want to be young hungry guys.” Let’s target Puzder’s nomination instead. Just Say No Puzder at Labor. This petition will be delivered to the full Senate and to the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee of the U.S. Senate

TRO Political Action Network Truth. Resistance. Opposition.
37,625 supporters
Petitioning Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, John McCain, Rand Paul, Kirsten Gillibrand, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Nelson, Dick Durbin, Cory Booker, Patty...

No on HJ69/SJ18: killing wolf pups in dens, hibernating bears, stealjaw toe traps on bears

Tell your Senator and President Trump to vote NO on H.J. 69/S.J. Res. 18! 225 heartless House Members voted to overturn a federal rule – years in the works, and crafted by professional wildlife managers at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – to stop some of the most appalling practices ever imagined in the contemporary era of wildlife management. Denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares. The stuff of wildlife snuff films. And not just on any land. On our country’s national wildlife refuges. More specifically, on 16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska. In this case, Alaska has a bloodthirsty Board of Game, whose members enthusiastically implement a draconian policy called “Intensive Management.” That policy dictates that state managers drive down wolf, bear, and coyote numbers to boost caribou and moose numbers for hunters — turning Alaska’s wildlife refuges into what retired Arctic National Wildlife biologist Fran Mauer calls “game farms” — the very thing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted to stop through a rigorous, science-based, and legal federal rulemaking process that was overturned by today’s vote. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shouldn’t run refuges like game farms, as Alaskan officials want to do. Only the U.S. Senate and President Trump can now stop this unwinding of a decision by a professional wildlife management agency. Please contact your U.S. Senators and tell them to steer clear of a disgraceful resolution, and to honor limits in the conduct of wildlife policy in the United States of America. From the Humane Society (http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2017/02/u-s-house-sanctions-killing-hibernating-bears-wolf-pups-dens-federal-refuges-alaska.html  

Judith Silver
19,220 supporters
Petitioning Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken

Ban all uses of animal testing in biomedical research.

The Animal Welfare Act regulates the treatment of animals in experimentation, but most people think of it as the lowest standard for the treatment of animals. This law gives scientists permission to burn, shock, starve, poison, and cause animals to be addicted to drugs. Even though there are many new alternatives, the law does not require scientists to use any of these new methods so animals testing is still very common. Each year over 100 million animals die due to the effects of biomedical animal testing. This type of testing impacts animals severely because they are very similar to human beings. Animals demonstrate coordinated responses to pain and many emotional states that are like those exhibited by humans. Animals are vulnerable to developing the same disorders as humans, especially mental health problems.There are many long-term effects that animals experience long after their use, many develop anxiety, distress, sleep loss, or weight loss. This cruel and inhumane treatment needs to end, it can no longer be justified. New laws must be created to protect these animals. Society is changing, technology is changing, and its time for scientists to accept that.   

Grace Kolpin
15,875 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Charles Schumer, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Ajit Pai, Nancy Pelosi, Steve Scalise, Ted Cruz, Al Franken, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Lamar Alexander, Linda Sanchez, Mitch McConnell

Pass legislation to turn on the FM radio chip in cell phones.

Did you know that every cell phone In the US has an FM chip which can receive your local FM radio stations? The problem is that the cell phone companies have turned the chip off in an effort to force you to consume more data. The purpose of this petition is to tell lawmakers to create legislation to require the cell phone providers to turn on the FM chip in cell phones.  This will provide an equal playing field for terrestrial radio stations by unlocking the mobile interface while also giving consumers access to critical information during times of emergencies. When a hurricane strikes, radio is the only form of communication still able to reach the masses. It does not make sense that cell phone providers are blocking us from this free, potentially live saving content. Please sign this petition to tell your lawmakers to pass legislation that would require the FM chip to be turned on in mobile phones. 

Taylor Wood
8,980 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Mark Dayton, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar

Minnesota to secede from the United States of America and join the nation of Canada

With the recent election of Donald Trump for President of the United States, we, the people of the State of Minnesota, feel it is against our state's better interests to remain in the Union of the United States under such leadership. It is the people's opinion that this State now has more in common with the Nation of Canada than the United States when the President-Elect is sworn in.  President-Elect Trump has a history of comments and potential policies that will openly discriminate against a large portion of Minnesotans that are of minority decent. This could include thousands of unlawful deportations or severe bullying and harassment of Minnesota citizens, families, and children. Mr. Trump also has several potential policies and opinions that are against the State's own laws of water and conservation, and game and recreation that could have significant impact to the western prairies and northern forests of this State. Culturally, the State of Minnesota is one of the most open and accepting States in America; with huge diversity in race, religion, and gender, in which Minnesota is leading the nation in equality for all. With Donald Trump as President, the State would be forced to recognize a man who is against such diversity and could force the State to backtrack on much of the progress it has made. We, the people of Minnesota, urge our State's leaders to consider the possibility of leaving the United States and join Canada. This would allow us to better maintain a way of life for all Minnesotans in terms of society, environment, and equality.

Zachary Zaboj
8,835 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Rick Nolan, Tim Walz, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison, Collin Peterson, Erik Paulsen, Jason Lewis, Tom Emmer

Congress: Support the Disability Community Act of 2016

Dear Congress, We urge you to grant a temporary increase in federal Medicaid funding for providers of intellectual and developmental disability community services. By temporarily increasing Medicaid funding for providers, organizations like Laura Baker Services Association and others can continue to provide the highest level of service to clients while fairly compensating caregivers for their tremendous work and ensuring that we comply with federal overtime rules. Granting this temporary increase will provide a lifeline that will enable us to keep service quality stable while advocates seek to permanently increase Medicaid rates. Help disability services providers comply with the Department of Labor’s revision of the overtime exemption rule by supporting the Disability Community Act of 2016 (H.R. 5902), a bill that will provide a three-year, targeted and temporary funding bump to providers so that they can comply with new federal rules not funded under current fixed Medicaid rates.

Laura Baker Services Association
8,776 supporters
Petitioning Mark Dayton, Al Franken, Minnesota State House, Minnesota State Senate

Having the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament be a state holiday in Minnesota

We as Minnesotans like our events, for example the Minnesota State Fair.  Minnesota is the State of Hockey, and we all know as students, workers, as Minnesotans, that the State High School Hockey Tournament is probably the biggest.  Let's be honest, how many students, as well as workers, are watching it more than what they are supposed to be doing when it is on?  I don't see it as a bad thing, but I have heard from MANY people when asked about The Tourney, say something like "It should be a state holiday" or "We shouldn't even have school." So I am asking that The Tourney become a state holiday so that all of us Minnesotans can relax and enjoy themselves, their family, as well as their fellow classmates and friends, for those three days we all love SO much.  Students don't have to worry about school and workers get time off. It would be another "great Minnesota get together" we would all enjoy!

Daniel Daugherty
3,749 supporters