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.
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.
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.
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
Choose Bernie Sanders as the Presidential Nominee
In this moment of historic unrest, when our democracy has slipped into oligarchy and the threat of fascism has emerged, WE THE PEOPLE call on the Democratic National Convention, its pledged delegates and super delegates, to take historic action to save our democracy. We call on you to choose Senator Bernie Sanders as the Democratic Presidential nominee. Yes, we know that Sanders has endorsed Clinton. We, however, cannot vote for her - and neither will millions of other Americans. We call on you to choose Sanders. Our reasons include the following: 1. HISTORIC PRECEDENTS FOR NOMINATING A 2ND-PLACE CANDIDATE. Nominating Conventions exist in order to assess everything that has been learned during the primary season, and which candidate can best win the general election. Two of our greatest Presidents were chosen at conventions after a second-place finish in the primaries: Dwight D. Eisenhower (who had won only 26% of the primary vote) and Abraham Lincoln (who had won 22%). Both were chosen during times of great change and upheaval. Now is such a time. 2. SANDERS MORE LIKELY TO WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION. Senator Sanders is the candidate who can win. Democrats make up only 28% of registered voters. Elections are decided by the Independents, who now outnumber Democrats and Republicans combined. Sanders is wildly popular with Independents, enjoying 70% support plus 44% of Democrats. These 2 numbers add up to a landslide victory in a General Election. This is why, in polls showing 1-to-1 match-ups between Sanders-Trump, Sanders consistently wins by 9-12 points, while Clinton is basically tied with Trump. For example, this latest poll of swing states, Quinnipiac, June 21, 2016: https://www.qu.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/2016-presidential-swing-state-polls/release-detail?ReleaseID=2359 The latest overall national poll of registered voters shows Sanders' favorability rating is 59%, Clinton 42%, Trump 40%. Moreover, Sanders' favorability rating with non-whites is 77%, whereas Clinton's is only 64%, (CNN/ORC poll, June 21, 2016). http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2016/images/06/21/rel7b.-.2016.general.pdf Thus it is clear that Sanders' popularity has grown significantly, while Clinton's has declined. Moreover, these polls date from just BEFORE the FBI came out with their highly critical report of Secretary Clinton, showing that she had lied under oath to Congress. 3. CLINTON AS NOMINEE WILL LEAD TO LOW TURNOUT.Since Clinton is viewed unfavorably by the vast majority of eligible voters. Democratic turnout will be extremely low if she is the nominee. This will also damage down-ballot races. 4. SANDERS HAS THE MESSAGE FOR OUR TIME (BREXIT EXAMPLE). Senator Sanders is the candidate who can win because his message has the ring of authenticity and it resonates with our time. The recent BREXIT shows that working families are willing to go to severe measures to express both their frustration with the establishment and their desperate need for a less corporate-dominated society. If Secretary Clinton is the nominee, a similar revolt could take place: a right-wing extremist in the White House. 5. CLINTON CONSIDERED UNTRUSTWORTHY. There is widespread and growing concern among the American people, especially Independents, about Clinton’s questionable ethics and lack of trustworthiness. Since the revelation (via Comey's report and Chavez' questioning) that Clinton lied to Congress under oath about her emails, recent polls show that she is viewed as much less trustworthy than Trump - a notorious liar. 6. SIGNIFICANT NEW INFO HAS CAUSED VOTERS TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS SINCE THE SPRING ELECTIONS.The results of the primary elections are meaningless since voters did not know at the time that the State Department IG and the FBI would both be denouncing the Secretary as they recently have; and that Secretary Clinton lied under oath to Congress (113 classified emails at the time they were sent - not Zero as she said); and that the State Dept would re-open its investigation, as has now happened; and that the House Oversight Committee and Judicial Committee would request a perjury investigation, as has now happened.... To assume that Clinton still has the support of all, or even most, of the people who voted for her in the spring would be naive and dangerous. 7. PERCEPTIONS OF SIGNIFICANT ELECTION IRREGULARITIES FAVORING CLINTON. There is widespread concern and anger against the DNC for a lack of neutrality in its handling of the 2016 primaries. This includes an unprecedented number of superdelegates “pledging” to Clinton before the campaign began; widespread election irregularities, purges, etc.; and significant discrepancies between exit polls and official results, favoring Clinton in virtually every case. A class-action lawsuit against the DNC was filed in Federal court on June 28, alleging illegal manipulation and deceit in the DNC's handling of the primary. Several other lawsuits are pending in other states, including California. The superdelegates now have the opportunity to correct the impression of pre-campaign bias, by using their positions thoughtfully to evaluate all that has transpired and choose the candidate who can best win the confidence and affection of the American people. On July 18, Election Justice USA issued a thorough and scathing report of the fraud during the Democratic primaries. Written by 2 prominent statisticians and an award-winning investigative journalist, it is an extensive documentation of the election fraud in 22 states. With many links, charts and graphs, they conclude: Trump's victory was real, Hillary's was not. "It is hard to conceive of a legitimate transfer of power following an election that has been this flawed. We recommend... these elections be examined and, if found to be inaccurate, decertified. Where paper ballots are available, count them by hand. Where they are not available, it would be more equitable to hold a 2nd vote, one that does not utilize electronic voting equipment. We understand that this is unprecedented." https://drive.google.com/a/apollosfire.org/file/d/0B2gyJMIH8GERVHV3NjhOTVZmaTg/view Video evidence shows that senior Clinton campaign staff instructed interns and younger staff to systematically cheat and break the law. "Whatever you can get away with, just do it," said a Clinton campaign lawyer to her trainees - caught on camera. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhI6bMbhsDE 8. SANDERS HAS WISDOM AND AUTHENTICITY. Senators Sanders is the candidate who can win because he is an authentic, experienced, incorruptible, and fearless public servant. He has demonstrated, through speeches on the floor of Congress, that he foresaw in advance the complex worldwide problems we now face, including the dangers of the deregulated banks which led to our financial collapse; the growing income inequality which has now become a crisis; and the consequences of the Iraq war. 9. SANDERS REPRESENTS THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Senator Sanders has brought millions of new voters into the Party, but those people will leave if he is not the nominee. He is the overwhelming preference of voters under the age of 45. This means that by 2024, Sanders’ vision will most likely be the overwhelming philosophy of voters under age 53. The Democratic Party has a choice: to become the party of the new reality, or a relic of the past. We, the undersigned, will not and cannot vote for Secretary Clinton, nor any other candidate put forward by the DNC, other than Bernie Sanders. Millions of us are lifelong Democrats who will leave the Party if Bernie is not the nominee. We will ONLY vote for Bernie, who has our trust, our confidence, and frankly – our love. LOVE TRUMPS HATE.
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
Issue Allied Afghan Interpreter An Immigrant Visa
In 2011, I was deployed to Afghanistan in the U.S. Air Force Security Forces. My job was to help protect the perimeter of our base. We encountered many dangerous situations, and, at each turn, I was profoundly grateful to our dedicated Afghan interpreter, Jamie, for seeing us through. Now Jamie needs our help. For five years, he has been trying to get his immigrant visa so he can come to the U.S. and start a well-deserved new life. I trusted Jamie with my life. He has served our country with the utmost loyalty for eight years, and it is time to take him out of harm’s way and honor him with a visa. Jamie is not his real name. I have changed it to protect him from retaliation for having worked with us during the war. During my time over there, Jamie was one of us. He spent more time with us than he did his own family. He was one of the few locals who had a 24-hour base pass and could stay overnight. He was even given a cell phone, a huge act of trust on my superiors’ part since someone less reliable could use a phone to coordinate an attack. But Jamie was entirely trustworthy. He helped us understand the culture and the situation; he made us safer and better able to complete our mission in an effective and respectful manner. Jamie’s record with our military is flawless. He has many recommendations from the units he worked with, and even received a letter of recommendation from a base commander. I see no reason that we should not honor him with the visa he deserves for his faithful dedication to the USA. Please sign my petition calling on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant Jamie his immigrant visa. He is in danger in Afghanistan due to his diligent work with us. We cannot let this honorable man remain in harm’s way. https://www.gofundme.com/savejamie2016 Thank you, in advance, for your attention to this matter. For reference, his Visa application numbers: KBL2012527007 and KBL2011745005
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.
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.
Housing for Homeless Students
Leomon was a homeless youth who didn’t have a job and felt like a failure. He did have a dream, though: he wanted to get an education and become the man he imagined he could be. Once Leomon embraced his desire to change his life, the transformation was amazing. He got a haircut, some new clothes, and, with the help of organizations that provide Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)-funded housing to homeless youth, an immaculate apartment. He was a totally new person, and poised for great things. Unfortunately, an IRS rule forced him to choose between pursuing an education and having a roof over his head. He chose shelter, and has had to shelve his dream of going to school. Under current law, homeless youth -- or those who have experienced homelessness in the recent past -- attending college full-time cannot take advantage of housing built with funds from the LIHTC Program, due to the “student rule.” The student rule was put in place to prevent LIHTC dollars from being used to build campus dormitories, so that funds could be saved for more serious, long-term housing needs. However, it has created an unintended hardship for people like Leomon, who wish to attend college but do not have the means to secure housing on their own. We at Huckleberry House, a homeless youth shelter, believe that we should be doing everything in our power to encourage our homeless youth to get the skills they need to leave the streets behind them. Education is key to this. Show your support and help us get the attention of our representatives in Congress. Urge them to alter the IRS loophole so that LIHTC-funded housing can be made available to homeless students. As the Huckleberry House knows all too well, stable and affordable housing is the single most critical hurdle between a young homeless person and their ability to obtain an education. Eliminating the student rule for this fragile population will eliminate a significant barrier to their dreams. Please sign our petition asking our representatives in Congress to alter the IRS loophole so that LIHTC-funded housing can be made available to homeless students.