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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, American International Group - AIG, National Rifle Association...

Mandate Liability Insurance for Gun Ownership

As a mom I refuse to wait any longer for congress to take action. The school shootings must stop. There are now so many guns in circulation in this country that banning or restricting guns sales is almost futile, so let’s try a different path entirely. One that stops demonizing gun owners and allows everyone to get what they want. Make it illegal to own or possess a firearm without LIABILITY INSURANCE. We should let the actuarial tables determine how much of a risk an individual’s gun or arsenal poses to the community at large to determine fair premiums. Discounts for steps taken to secure weapons and keep them out of the hands of people (big and small) who could cause harm. Let the insurance company decide on appropriate qualifications (trust me, the necessary data exist) and monitor the mental health of their customers as well as their online personas, safety of their homes, and to impose guidelines for storage. Then allow them to deny coverage for people who do not adhere to adequate standards resulting in injury or death.  Bottom line, if you own a gun you should keep it safe and be financially responsible for it in the event it kills someone. This is not unreasonable. We insure cars because they can be dangerous and we can figure out exactly how much a person should pay for life insurance based on factors in their life and health choices. So let’s run the numbers and create a boatload of American jobs in the new gun insurance industry and put an end to mass shootings every week. If you can afford a gun and you can keep it safely, you can afford insurance. If you can’t do those things, isn’t it fair to say you shouldn’t have a gun?  But what about illegal weapons? Make it a separate crime with severe financial consequences to be in possession of any gun without insurance and start cracking down while offering amnesty.  Use this money to provide grants to lower income individuals who would qualify but can not afford the insurance or adequate safeguards as well as educating young people about gun safety in a meaningful way. Of course there will always be illegal gun violence and people will fall through the cracks but if we have an insurance industry to hold accountable, I believe we will see a decrease in preventable gun violence.  I am furious that no American student is safe in school anymore and that our so called leaders sit on their hands. I demand action. No more lock down drills. No more students stuck in school after a shooting for hours only to be paraded out arms up and searched. Enough. Enough. Enough. Tell your representatives you want gun insurance now.  #insuregunsnow #momsdemandguninsurance 

Jacqueline Braunstein
33,584 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senate, Delaware State House, Delaware State Senate, John Carney, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Massachusetts State House, Michael Capuano, Jim McGovern, Niki Tsongas...

Adverse effect of GOP tax bill on Graduate students in the US

Graduate students in the US are already living at the survival line. They are working hard to push forward the frontiers of science in all directions and trying to make a better tomorrow than today. Their disposable income is barely reaches 20k per year ( stipend for being TA or RA) and this money goes all to their consumption needs with almost nothing left to save. The new GOP tax bill is going to make the tuition waiver taxable which is estimated to cost each graduate student about $2000 a year and this will push most of the graduate students even lower the survival level. As a result, they should cut down their daily expenses to get along with the new budget and this means they will buy and consume less necessary stuff. On the other side, local businesses will suffer as well because students will spend less money in local restaurants, bars, games and etc. In all, this bill is going to put more financial pressure on graduate students and also hurt local businesses across the US. Please sign and share this petition to support all graduate students in the US and also opposing this unfair tax bill.

Kaveh Dlv
17,954 supporters
Petitioning City of New York

Reduced Unlimited Metrocards for College Students

New York State Students heading to community colleges, state universities, and Ivy leagues face challenging financial burdens when it comes to transportation. Living in New York City is not as affordable as many might believe and not being apart of the wealthy 1% is a daily struggle. With the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) fares reaching an all time high and increasing each year, students heading off to their higher education institutions cannot afford the rising prices. The MTA has many options when purchasing metro cards but the most beneficial metrocard option would be the 30-day unlimited. Unfortunately, the prices have raised year after year. In 2010, the unlimited metrocard was $104, in 2014 $112, and it is currently at $116.50. College institution start in the fall term throughout the spring term but many decide to continue their education during the summer term. Estimated on average, the New York State tuition ranges from $35,000-$75,000 a year not including books and other fees. A reduced 30-day unlimited metro card for college students should be implemented in the MTA system to help release the financial burden of college students trying to work towards their higher education.

Denise Batista
8,619 supporters
Petitioning Paul Ryan, Kirsten Gillibrand, Carolyn Maloney, Nita Lowey, Gregory Meeks, Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries, Jerry Nadler, Pete King, John Flanagan, Joseph Crowley, Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Grace Meng...

Justice for Haley Anderson

Justice for Haley Anderson Orlando Tercero, 22, has been charged with second-degree murder in the strangulation death of Haley Anderson, also 22, who called Westbury (Long Island) her home but was studying nursing at Binghamton University.  Tercero, according to Binghamton police,“fled” to his native Nicaragua before Anderson’s body was found in his apartment March 9. The Broome County District Attorney’s Office is seeking to have Tercero brought back to Binghamton to stand trial. The Nicaragua government is not commenting and it could take years for this savage to be brought back to New York to face this heinous crime.  Signatures are needed to expedite the process, apply political pressure and get justice for Haley Anderson.   

Jamie Atkinson
2,999 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, Maxine Waters, Jeb Hensarling, Luke Messer, Ann Wagner, Dennis Ross, Randy Hultgren, Mick Mulvaney, Stephen Fincher, Steve Stivers, Bill Huizenga, Lynn Westmoreland, ...

Protect Shareholders. Strike the Financial Choice Act 2.0.

Shareholder democracy is being profoundly threatened by Section 844 of the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0. This new legislation, which was heard by the Congressional Financial Services Committee on April 26 and then passed by the House on June 8, contains a provision that would fundamentally impair investors' rights to file shareholder resolutions. It is now scheduled to be voted on in the Senate. The new rule would permit only a tiny fraction of the globe’s wealthiest investors (those who own more than 1% or more of a company’s stock) to file shareholder proposals. For example, raising the ownership requirement to 1% would leave only 11 investors with enough shares ($3 billion) necessary to file shareholder proposals at Wells Fargo. All other shareholders would be blocked from using their shareholder rights to address equity, justice, sustainability, climate, risk, and good governance issues. Sign our petition and make your voice heard. We will be sending signatures, as well as the letter linked below, to the Senate. Let’s work together to defeat this destabilizing legislation that will profoundly affect consumers, investors, and the economy at large.

As You Sow
2,632 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, President of the United States, STATE SENATOR OF NEW YORK, Charles Schumer, Andrew Cuomo, United States Supreme Court, Kirsten Gillibrand, Catharine Young, E...

"DONT DEPORT OUR FATHER SANEL ZILKIC WE ARE 3 LITTLE GIRLS AND WE NEED HIM IN OUR LIFE"

My name is Sanela Zilkic I am 7 years old, I am writing this letter in hopes that somebody can help me and my 2 little sisters and our Mommy who doesn't stop crying since they took our Daddy a week ago.   Our Daddy Sanel Zilkic was taken by ICE Immigration & Customs Agents, he is the greatest father in the world who worked very hard to provide for us and make sure we have the best life in the greatest country on earth. We are all devastated not knowing where our daddy is and will they Deport him back to Montenegro, we are constantly crying and looking through windows if Daddy would come home soon, will we get to Hug him and tell him again that he means everything to us. I am begging whoever can help us and allow our daddy to come home he is not a Criminal he is a Law Abiding citizen who works hard for his 3 little girls that need him now more than ever I would like to ask all of you if you could PLEASE sign this Petition and help us get our father home where he belongs. Our father is currently in Bergen County Jail 2015 Located: 160 South River st Hackensak NJ 07601 inmate # 071761229 Tel # 201.336.3500

Enver Metjahic
1,918 supporters
Petitioning Bill de Blasio, Keith Powers, Corey Johnson, Brad Hoylman, Liz Krueger, Richard Gottfried, Carolyn Maloney, Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Stephen T. Levin, Diana Ayala, Mark Gjonaj, Ritchie ...

The Park Savoy Hotel Homeless Shelter - Bad for the Homeless, Bad for West 58th Street

We are compassionate New Yorkers with deep concerns regarding the plans to convert the Park Savoy Hotel at 158 West 58th Street into an all-men's transitional homeless shelter. The Threat: An enormous impact on our densely populated, narrow, high pedestrian-traffic street: We are a primarily residential neighborhood of both renters and homeowners. We are also a central destination for New York City tourism. The plan brings 140 single, homeless men including recently released parolees to the West 50’s area. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, homeless men have much higher rates of serious mental illness, addiction disorders, and other severe health problems. In addition, the city admits that some of these men will have criminal records. Public Safety: It has been well documented in published reports that areas that border on homeless shelters for men have many problems with loitering, drug use, and other criminal activities. WAIT! Don’t we want to help the homeless??  Yes! Of course, we do – BUT! - The fact that this plan was never shared with anyone in our neighborhood, and our input not solicited, before work started is a story we're hearing in many other New York City neighborhoods. While we understand the need to shelter the city's homeless, we believe that the Mayor’s Turning the Tide plan is deeply flawed.  We believe that the mayor’s shelter plan is an expensive band-aid, that doesn’t come close to addressing the shortage of affordable housing. The billions that this administration is planning to spend in the next 5 years should be focused on real housing for the homeless, not shelters, like the proposed Park Savoy, that are housing 2-3 to a room.  Putting large groups of men together in shelter situations creates opportunities for conflict and crime, as opposed to an opportunity for men to have a place of their own with privacy and dignity. What kind of scale are we talking about? How Many: It is proposed that 140 homeless men will become new residents of the Park Savoy’s 70 rooms. The Cost: $63 Million over 9 years, $50,000 per person, per year Is that more expensive than usual? Answer:  Yes. 38% more than usual (annual average per person is $36,300 according to the MMR) for a total spend of $18 Million over the city average for homeless shelters.  For the $50,000 per person, per year contract at the Park Savoy, a homeless man could have his own apartment, living in the neighborhood where he came from, supported by family and his community.  This shelter is being placed at the Park Savoy, at exorbitant cost, so that the mayor can make a political statement, while not doing what is best for the potential inhabitants.  What kind of notice of this project was given to you by the City of New York or Department of Homeless Services? Answer:  None. We found out because the information was leaked to a resident of the neighborhood.  Our elected officials and local police precinct were also kept in the dark.  Further, major construction work has been done on the Park Savoy without permits.  There were 33 reports to 311 of this work being done, and finally, when Marcia Kramer of CBS news covered the story, the NYCDOB issued a stop work order.  The order is still in place.  Has the city done their due diligence, through environmental studies, to understand the impact to the neighborhood? Answer: Every major housing and commercial project in New York City undergoes a series of environmental and other impact studies (ULURP). This city project, and other shelters like it, where the city does not directly own or lease the space, are exceptions.  As residents of this neighborhood, our West 58th Street Coalition is forced to conduct a study on our own.  Residents of NYC should demand that this ULURP policy change, and that the city conducts environmental studies prior to any shelter location being approved. In Conclusion:  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to shelter New York city's 65,000 homeless. But so far, he's done nothing more than create confusion, underserve the city's homeless population, explode the city budget and make hotel property owners rich. All this while leaving New York City residents and the city council with more questions than answers. While temporary hotel shelters continue to spring up around the city with little prior notice to the people who live in these neighborhoods, the Mayor and the Department of Homeless services is burning through money with little to show for it. The Mayor’s plan to open 90 homeless shelters in the next 5 years does not address the root cause of the problem, shortage of affordable housing.  The Mayor’s plan does not do nearly enough to address this issue and instead plans to drop shelters in neighborhoods all over the city, with zero partnership on the part of the communities impacted and worse prospects for the homeless ever breaking out of the cycle of homelessness. As citizens of New York City, we demand to know: 1. What exactly is the plan? What is the next step for New York's homeless after they have been placed in one of these transitional shelters?  2. What is the cost? Is the cost reasonable? is it practical? What is the cost-to-result ratio?  Why is funding not focused on permanent, affordable housing? 3. Where is the oversight? What is the role of city council members expected to represent their neighborhoods? What about the safety of the residents of the neighborhood? 4. Why isn't the Mayor being more open about how this plan is run? Where is the discussion with the neighborhoods expected to host these shelters? Where are the hearings? Why aren't more homeless advocates being consulted?   By signing this petition, you are helping us raise the above concerns with the Mayor and the New York City Council. You are also helping to further scrutinize, study and perfect New York City’s homeless policy. As compassionate New Yorkers, we strive to help create an innovative, effective approach to caring for our most vulnerable citizens. But first, we need to stop this potentially catastrophic error in judgment. Every city is better for its citizen involvement. Thank you for getting involved as we work to protect this great neighborhood and improve the lives of our city’s homeless.      VISIT OUR WEBSITE LIKE US ON FACEBOOK FOLLOW US ON TWITTER  

West 58th Street Coalition
1,245 supporters
Petitioning Roy Beck, Jim Robb, Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennett, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Cory Booker, John Boozman, Sherrod Brown, Richard Burr, Maria Cantwell, SHELLEY MO...

#SAVEH2B: GET THE FACTS & STOP THE LIES!

Stop The Lies and Get The Facts!   The H-2B Program Creates American Jobs • The H-2B program is essential for small and seasonal businesses that are committed to hiring a legal workforce but areunable to fill seasonal jobs with American workers despite extensive recruitment efforts. Seasonal industries that use theH-2B program include seafood processing, horse training, hospitality and amusement parks, forestry, landscaping,circuses, carnivals, food concessionaires, swimming pool maintenance, construction and stone quarries. • The H-2B program is important to workers. For H-2B workers, the program provides well-paying seasonal jobs that allowthem to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries. This program is also importantfor American workers whose year round positions are reliant upon seasonal laborers during peak seasons.• Every H-2B worker is estimated to create and sustain 4.64 American jobs.   The H-2B Visa nonimmigrant program allows employers to hire foreign workers to come to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. H-2B workers are not considered immigrants. In order to qualify for an H-2B Visa, an employer must prove that there are not sufficient U.S. Workers who are capable of performing temporary services or labor.     MYTH: H-2B WORKERS TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS.FACT: American workers are guaranteed first chance at every job later filled by an H-2B temporary laborer. By law, every open position must be properly advertised in the community and requires employers to hire any able and willing American workers to fill open positions. The fact is that H-2B temporary workers actually support American jobs and the U.S. economy. The H-2B program provides an opportunity for seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity, thereby retaining their full-time American workers and contributing more to their local economies. Additionally, temporary foreign seasonal workers help support many upstream and downstream jobs. According to the American Enterprise Institute study on Immigration and American Jobs, every H-2B worker creates or sustains 4.64 American jobs on average. MYTH: EMPLOYERS DON’T EVEN TRY TO HIRE AMERICAN WORKERS TO FILL THESE TEMPORARY HARD LABOR JOBS.FACT: Employers work extremely hard to hire American workers because 1) it is dramatically cheaper to do so, and 2) the law requires that employers demonstrate that every effort has been made to hire Americans before they can start the process of trying to hire a temporary foreign laborer. Again, the fact is that the vast majority of American workers are not interested in temporary seasonal manual labor jobs. Geography is a big obstacle for many employers; for example, many resort communities don’t have a sufficient local labor pool. And, in many cases, these types of seasonal jobs may not be appropriate for high school students due to the hours or labor laws that prohibit the use of heavy machinery by minors. MYTH: PAYING HIGHER WAGES WILL ENTICE AMERICAN WORKERS AND SOLVE THE SEASONAL TEMPORARY LABOR SHORTAGE.FACT: Hourly pay for these types of jobs have gone up significantly over the last few years because employers who use the H-2B program are required to pay their H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premiumwage dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. These temporary manual labor jobs often pay considerably more than the minimum wage, but American workers still won’t take the positions. Sadly, in many cases, employers who obey the law and use the H-2B program are often competing against businesses that choose to illegally hire undocumented immigrants and pay those workers considerably less. If wages were raised even higher, seasonal employers who use the program would not be able to sustain their businesses or their American workers. MYTH: THE H-2B PROGRAM REPRESSES WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS BY PROVIDING A CHEAPER LABOR SOURCE.FACT: Hiring H-2B workers is a much move expensive and risky option. In addition to the fact employers are required to pay H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premium wage that is often well above the federal minimum wage, complying with the H-2B program is extremely costly, complicated and wrought with uncertainty due to an overly restrictive cap and a constantly changing regulatory environment. Employers turn to the H-2B program as a last resort, after extensive efforts to recruit American workers. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS OVERSTAY THEIR VISAS AND EXACERBATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA.FACT: According the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visa overstay in the H-2B program are rare. Workers who do overstay their visas are barred from using the program ever again. The fact is that the vast majority of H-2B workers and their employers are meticulous about compliance. Not following the strict program rules means the end of a well-paying seasonal jobs that allows these workers to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries – a risk these workers are not willing to take since they generally return to the same employer year after year. Additionally, when approving H-2B visas, the U.S. Consulate confirms workers’ ties to their home countries. Further, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires employers to promptly report any H-2B workers who do not report for work or who complete their work earlier in the season than anticipated. MYTH: THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION IS UNNECESSARY.FACT: The H-2B program’s annual 66,000 cap (33,000 for each half of the fiscal year) is not adequate to meet the demands of a growing economy. The cap for the first half of the fiscal 2016 was reached on March 15. The second-half cap was reached on May 12, leaving many seasonal employers shut out of the program with no access to legal seasonal laborers. Without the returning worker exemption passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by the President of December 18, 2015, many companies would have had to close their businesses, lay off American workers or turn away customers.This provision is essential to the survival of small and seasonal businesses across the country and should be made permanent. An H-2B returning worker exemption is a narrow solution to a seasonal workforce shortage that focuses on workers who are valuable to their seasonal employers and who have never violate the terms of their past visas or other U.S. laws. These workers do not pose a security risk and they are not taking away jobs from Americans. The H-2B returning worker exemption in the omnibus appropriations bills simply provides that if an H-2B worker has been counted against the cap in one of the three prior years, that worker can return to work in the H-2B program in the current year without being counted against this year's cap. For more information please visit: https://www.SaveH2b.orghttps://www.facebook.com/SaveH2B/https://twitter.com/SaveH_2B https://youtu.be/UTYVEirlu3o   To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.

SAVE H-2B
1,244 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Juan Vargas 2

A Call for Congress to Reconsider the Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act

Fast fashion is a term used to describe cheap and affordable clothes which are the result of catwalk designs moving into stores in the fastest possible way in order to respond to the latest trends. Fast fashion negatively effects the consumers, the environment, and the garment workers. CONSUMERS:Fast fashion has negative effects on us, the consumers. Shopping has become engrained in our society. We as the consumers have begun to grow addicted to shopping. It's enjoyable, and can be used as a recreational activity. Part of the enjoyment we get from shopping is transactional utility, the pleasure (or displeasure) associated with the financial terms of the transaction (i.e. getting a good deal or not). This is what the fast fashion industry feeds on. Shopping is not just about purchasing goods; qz.com summed it up perfectly, saying, "It’s no longer just a transaction, a way to procure necessities or luxuries, but rather has become an end in itself. It’s a leisure activity, much like watching TV. It’s consumerism as entertainment".  ENVIRONMENT:                                                                                                         The fashion industry is the second greatest polluter behind the oil industry. For example, 25% of all the chemicals China manufactures go towards dyeing and manufacturing clothing. These chemicals are toxic, and the ways in which they are disposed have tremendous impacts on the environment. In China, the chemicals contaminate the rivers and strip them of oxygen, leading to massive fish kills. Cotton is another major contributor to the pollution caused by manufacturing. Though it is a natural fabric, the fiber uses one third of all pesticides in some developing countries. A big problem with the fast fashion industry is that clothing is being manufactured in countries that do not enforce regulation aimed at lessening the environmental detriments. Linda Greer, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, describes the fast fashion industry as, "the perfect storm, of having a very heavy footprint fast growing industry in places that don't know how to manage it." Another major environmental issue with fast fashion is what is done with the excess clothing. Since collectively the U.S. is buying more than 80 billion new items of clothing each year, we also must get rid of our old items. The average American throws away 82 pounds of textile waste each year. The marketing done by fast fashion companies tricks the consumer into believing clothing should be seen as a disposable non durable product. It's the idea of consumptionism - to get customers to use durable goods as non-durable goods. This leads to truly durable goods being discarded.The 82 pounds of textile waste per U.S. citizen, adds up to more than 11 million tons of textile waste from the U.S. alone. The waste ends up in land fills, and since most of it is non-biodegradable will remain there for 200+ years and release harmful gasses into the air. There are preventative measures that can be taken. Practices exist that factories could use to lessen the environmental impacts; however, they continue to use harmful toxins to make the greatest amount of clothing for the least amount of money. The same goes for the exploitation of garment workers and the establishment of poor working conditions. HUMAN RIGHTS:                                                                                                     The fast fashion industry has extremely negative effects on the garment workers. In order to sell clothes for such low prices, companies give little revenue to the factory owners, which then forces the owners to cut corners (for example, in terms of safety regulations) and lessen the salary of their workers. Most of these factories are in Third World countries, where starting labor unions result in physical assault.  Sweatshops are factories that have long hours, extremely low pay, and poor working conditions. A "sweatshop" is defined by the US Department of Labor as a factory that violates 2 or more labor laws. Sweatshop work is excruciating, garment laborers sit hunched over, hour after hour, squinting at thread. They do this for 14-16 hours each day. In return they can get two U.S.dollars for a days work. This is nowhere close to what they should receive for this agonizing work, nor is it close to a living wage. Garment workers in Cambodia have begged for 160 dollars a month. That would add up to be slightly above 5 U.S. dollars a day. They aren’t asking for much. They just want a decent chance to feed their families and survive.  In terms of price, a study showed that doubling the salary of sweatshop workers would only increase the consumer cost of an item by 1.8%. This would be a dramatic change for sweat shop workers. The working conditions as well are chilling. There can be hundreds of workers in a single unkept room, squished together, surrounded by filth. A Canadian reporter worked undercover at a sweatshop in Bangladesh, and described her work room as small, windowless, having only one exit and washroom.The bathroom was dimly lit with puddles of dirty water. The toilet itself was nothing more than a hole in the ground that every business on the floor, about 400 people, used. Another problem workers face is discrimination. Since about 80% of garment workers are women, they receive constant sexual harassment. The inhumane lack of effective safety regulations has proven deadly to thousands of underpaid workers time and time again. The 2013 Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh killed over 1,100 innocent garment workers. Owners of factories within the building have since been charged with murder for knowing the building's structure was impaired, yet still forcing workers to use the space. There are countless other stories of the exploitation of garment workers - if you'd like to learn more, the film The True Cost  gives an inside look into the lives of garment workers. THE SOLUTION:                                                                                                               Change will only occur once these companies are exposed and experience great consumer draw backs. The Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act  prohibits the importation, exportation, and sale of goods made from sweatshops. When Congress first considered the bill they made some findings. These finding being -  (1)Violations of core labor standards, as defined under the laws of the United States and the International Labor Organization, are widespread in factories that produce goods for sale in the United States.                                                                (2)Factories that violate core labor standards are commonly referred to as sweatshops.(3)Subjecting factory workers to sweatshop conditions that violate core labor standards is morally offensive to the American people both in their roles as consumers and as investors, and is degrading to workers forced to labor under sweatshop conditions.(4)Workers have a right to be free of sweatshop working conditions.(5)Consumers have a right to know that the goods they purchase are not produced in sweatshops.(6)Businesses have a right to be free from competition with companies that use sweatshop labor.(7)Shareholders have a right to know that their investments are not supporting sweatshop labor.(8)It is a deceptive trade practice and a form of unfair competition for a business to sell sweatshop goods.(9)Prohibiting the sale, manufacture, offer for sale, transportation, and distribution of sweatshop goods, regardless of the source of the goods, is consistent with the international obligations of the United States because the prohibition applies equally to domestic and foreign products and avoids any discrimination among foreign sources of competing products.  This Act is so crucial because it would finally cause the significant economic backlash on companies that are involved in fast fashion, forcing them to change their manufacturing processes. It is imperative that congress reconsiders the Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act in light of the many casualties that have occurred and will continue to occur since the Act first failed.    If you would like to learn more, here are some links to websites that I collected my information from. https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-sweatshops http://www.thestar.com/news/world/clothesonyourback/2013/10/11/i_got_hired_at_a_bangladesh_sweatshop_meet_my_9yearold_boss.html http://www.waronwant.org/sweatshops-bangladesh http://www.waronwant.org/sweatshops-china http://www.laborrights.org/industries/apparel  http://www.takepart.com/video/2015/05/29/clothes-trash-landfill  http://qz.com/359040/the-internet-and-cheap-clothes-have-made-us-sport-shoppers/ http://www.sweatfree.org/docs/SFCfederallegislationposition0207.pdf https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/s367/text

Skylar Carroll
988 supporters
Petitioning Carolyn Maloney, Ted Poe, Doug LaMalfa, U.S. House of Representatives

Help Support Pass The Shame Act

Thousands of children who are in the foster care system are involved in commercial sexual exploitation every day in different forms, such as sex trafficking or child pornography. Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is defined as “a global form of human trafficking that occurs when individuals buy, trade, or sell sexual acts with a child” (California & FKCE, 2016). Victims of sex trafficking are robbed of their lives both physically and mentally. Most victims will die within seven years of first being trafficked, which leaves them with an average life expectancy of twenty to twenty-one years old (Jordheim, 2014). Those who are fortunate to live most likely will experience short and long-term psychological effect. For example, they may suffer from insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fear, and/or hopelessness (Jordheim, 2014). They may also experience unpleasant physical effects. For instance, the victims may suffer from malnutrition, drug addiction, sexually transmitted diseases, miscarriages, menstrual problems, broken bones, vaginal and anal tearing, sterility, burns, and/or traumatic brain injuries (Jordheim, 2014). Victims who are exposed to commercial sexual exploitation are in high demand of services to help them through their undesirable psychological and physical injuries. Pimps tend to have one to three girls at a time, and they set a quota that is usually between $500 to $1,000 per night (Jordheim, 2014). If the victims do not meet this quota, then the pimps force them to return to the street, physically beat them up, deprive them of sleep, and/or deprive them of food.Human trafficking is a $32-billion-dollar global industry where traffickers are estimated to each earn about $650,000 annually with the exploitation of only four children (California Child Welfare Council, n.d.).   Sexual exploitation needs to be stopped in order to protect the human rights of children who are victims. A social policy intervention that will further address sexual exploitation is the H.R. 440 Shame Act of 2017; the Act is to amend Title 18, United States Code, to permit sentencing judges in child sex trafficking cases to order the Attorney General to publicize the name and photograph of convicted defendants, and for other purposes (Congress.gov). The publication of convicted defendants’ information will allow for social awareness of the scope of this social problem. Not only will this act further protect vulnerable children, but it will also bring awareness of the inhumane and unjust society that children who are sexually exploited endure. A violation of children’s rights is a violation of human rights, and by amending Title 18, these children would be closer to a safe and protected society.  

Elizabeth Martinez
707 supporters
Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

I am deeply grateful for the overwhelming response to the petition shows the broad agreement of so many Americans that equal rights for all should be enshrined in the Constitution. I have worked on this issue for a long time, and I want to thank Patricia Arquette and Kamala Lopez for their tremendous advocacy and for elevating this issue in the national discourse. Today is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day, three and half months into 2016, when a women’s wages “catch up” to those made by a man in 2015. Today, on average, a woman working full time is paid only 79 cents for every dollar a man, working full time, is paid. That adds up to $10,800 a year and more than $500,000 in less income over the average woman’s career. The disparity is even worse for women of color. This intolerable disparity must be addressed. Equal should mean equal. That’s why I’m fighting so hard to put women in the Constitution by passing the Equal Rights Amendment and ensuring equality under the law regardless of gender. The Equal Rights Amendment would prohibit sex discrimination in the workplace or schools, help defend against bias in wages, benefits, hiring practices, and other conditions of employment, and hold employers accountable for creating fair workplaces. Today is an important reminder of the injustice of unequal pay and the harm it inflicts on women and families. However, the fight for equality under the law will not be over at midnight tonight. We need to commit ourselves to achieving real change to our country. Equal rights and equal pay for women will lift up millions of families, end gender discrimination and ensure that at long last equal does mean equal. Let’s finally pass and ratify the ERA!

2 years ago