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Petitioning Department of Justice, US State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Donald J. Trump, Justin Trudeau, Sonia LeBel, Christopher H. Smith, Ann Wagner, Marco Rubio, Jeanne Shaheen, Josh Hawley...

Shut Down Pornhub and Hold Its Executives Accountable for Aiding Trafficking

(This petition has migrated to www.traffickinghubpetition.com where over two million people have signed from 192 countries.)  As featured in the NY Times' "Children of Pornhub" The #Traffickinghub movement is a non-religious, non-partisan global effort to hold the largest porn website in the world accountable for enabling and profiting off of the mass sex trafficking, rape and exploitation of women and minors. The petition has been signed by people from 192 countries and the movement is supported by over 300 child protection and anti-trafficking organizations as well as hundreds of survivors. To get up to the minute updates on the progress of this initiative follow Traffickinghub founder Laila Mickelwait on Twitter.  If you have been victimized on Pornhub or any Mindgeek owned website and want help click here.  Media inquiries can be directed to Lailamickelwait@traffickinghub.com ### In recent news there have been numerous shocking cases of sex trafficking and child rape films that were hosted on Pornhub. A 15-year-old girl who had been missing for a year was finally found after her mother was tipped off that her daughter was being featured in videos on the site — 58 such videos of her rape and sexual abuse were discovered on Pornhub.  Her trafficker, who was seen in the videos raping the child, was identified using surveillance footage of him at a 7-Eleven where he was spotted with his victim. He is now facing a felony charge. In February 2020, the BBC reported the harrowing story of 14-year-old Rose Kalemba from Ohio who was taken at knifepoint, raped for twelve hours, and the crime scene videos of her abuse were uploaded to Pornhub. Rose said that she pleaded with Pornhub to remove the videos of her rape and torture for months, and it wasn't until she posed as a lawyer and threatened legal action that Pornhub finally took them down. In 2019 the Internet Watch Foundation stated that it alone had confirmed 118 cases of child rape and sexual abuse on Pornhub—half of the videos were Category A level abuse, which includes penetration and sadism.  The Sunday Times investigation into Pornhub reported finding "dozens" of illegal child abuse videos within "minutes", including abuse images of children as young as three years old. Some of the videos identified by the newspaper's investigation "had 350,000 views and had been on the platform for more than three years." It went on to say "three of the worst clips still remained on the site 24 hours later." Also in recent news was the case of 22 women who were deceived and coerced by Michael Pratt, owner of GirlsDoPorn, into performing sex acts on film that were subsequently uploaded to Pornhub. These women sued GirlsDoPorn and won a $12.7 million lawsuit against the company. According to a federal indictment, Pratt and his co-conspirators produced filmed child rape and sexual abuse content and trafficked a minor. Pratt reportedly fled the United States for New Zealand and is currently wanted on a federal warrant. But there are other individuals who should also be wanted by law enforcement — CEO Feras Antoon and COO David Tassillo of Mindgeek, the company that owns Pornhub. You see, Pornhub is complicit in the trafficking of these women and minors and probably thousands more like them. Pornhub is generating millions in advertising and membership revenue with 42 billion visits and 6 million videos uploaded per year. Yet it has no system in place to verify reliably the age or consent of those featured in the pornographic content it hosts and profits from. In fact, all that is needed to upload pornography onto Pornhub is an email address. No government-issued ID is required, not even to become “verified” with its trusty blue checkmark that makes everything seem a-OK. I know this, because I tried it. It took me under 10 minutes to create a user account and upload blank test content to the site, which went live instantly. I could have then gone on to become Pornhub-verified, and all I would need to do is send a photo of myself holding a paper with my username. That’s it. It is no surprise that Pornhub admitted to verifying the trafficked 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused in 58 videos on its site. The official Twitter account for Pornhub wrote in response to the breaking story that the 15-year-old girl had been a verified member. After quickly realizing it had just admitted to assisting in her being trafficked, the account deleted the tweets, but the evidence of the admission was cached and still exists. One of the most-searched terms on Pornhub is “teen” pornography, in fact it has been a top search term on the site for years. The search will result in videos that are constantly being added faster than any individual could watch them. Many feature girls who look 13 years old at best — girls with braces, pigtails, flat chests, no makeup, extremely young faces, holding teddy bears and licking lollipops, all while being aggressively penetrated. A quick search for the word “teen” turns up titles such as “Young Girl Tricked,” “Innocent Brace Faced Tiny Teen F---ed,” “Tiny Petite Thai Teen,” “Teen Little Girl First Time,” on and on ad infinitum. Pornhub has no reliable system in place to verify that those in the videos it hosts are not trafficked children being raped on film in order to line the pockets of its executives. What all of this means is that at this very moment, there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of videos of underage sex trafficking victims on Pornhub. We already have evidence, and it is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s time to shut down super-predator site Pornhub and hold the executives behind it accountable. Victims of Pornhub/Mindgeek in the Media "The Children of Pornhub" by Nicholas Kristoff, NY Times Pornhub verified sex trafficker from Alabama who abused 16yr old victim on monetized account CBC Reports Cases of Underage Victims on Pornhub Naazir Jackson, 29, from Texas was arrested for sex trafficking his victims on Pornhub Rose Kalemba, 14yr old raped and videos uploaded to Pornhub for months. 15yr old rape and sex trafficking victim found in 58 Pornhub videos Pornhub verified 15yr old sex trafficking and rape victim 14yr old victim from Palo Alto, CA raped and videos uploaded to Pornhub Internet Watch Foundation confirmed 118 cases of child rape on Pornhub The Sunday Times investigation found "dozens" of illegal abuse videos in "minutes" Paypal cuts off service to Pornhub amid evidence of child rape and sexual abuse on site 22 sex trafficking victims on Pornhub partner channel GirlsDoPorn GirlsDoPorn sex trafficking ring a partner channel on Pornhub with 784,000 subscribers US federal indictment for sex trafficking and child pornography Nicole Addimando of NY sentenced to life in prison after killing attacker who sexually abused her and uploaded videos of her sexual assaults to Pornhub 14 rape victims of Taiwan's Justin Lee had their sexual assaults and rape videos on Pornhub

Laila Mickelwait and Traffickinghub.com
1,252,569 supporters
Petitioning United States Department of Labor, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Chuck Schumer, Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYS Department of Labor, Yvette D. Clarke, Eliot L. Engel, Nita M. Lowey, Carolyn B. Mal...

Fix unemployment system NOW.

There are now millions of people who cannot get through the phone lines to complete their unemployment applications. Or those who have completed and are still not receiving any money.  Many of us having been trying for over a month, calling hundreds or even thousands of times a day just to try to reach one person to finish our applications or those trying to figure out why they are "Pending" and still not getting any money, with no answers in sight.   At this point many of us already have or are about to run out of money for basic needs like food and rent. We're trying to borrow money from friends, or starting GoFundMes, or going to food banks, but how long can this last?  We propose the following changes: 1) Allow all incomplete applications to be filled out and completed over the internet.  #WaiveTheCall 2) Implement a numbered Callback System for all people to have the option of leaving their phone number for a return call.  3) Immediately disburse funds for Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) to those with pending applications, including the Self Employed and all those waiting for approval of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).  WE CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER - IT IS A MATTER OF SURVIVAL, NOT LUXURY.  Join our Facebook Group with tens of thousands of others going through the same thing:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/223743412368739/

Michael Desposito
142,285 supporters
Petitioning New York State, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Carolyn B. Maloney, Max Rose, U​.​S Marshal

Justice for Loki

On February 26th in Patterson, New York, a sweet husky mix named Loki was shot at 9 times and killed by a neighbor. This neighbor is a US Marshal, and claims self defense because he thought Loki was a coyote, and the incident was recorded on video by another neighbor. Loki was very familiar with the neighborhood as well and many people knew of him.  Loki got out and was in this neighbors yard and had his collar visibly showing, and showed no signs of aggression. Loki was never an aggressive dog and was sweet to everyone he met, strangers and those who owned him. The US Marshal shot at Loki 5 times, paused, then shot at him 4 times. His intent was to kill after the pause- Loki died of a fatal shot in the arm and stomach.  We have contacted police and spca and nothing was done. The case was closed. We are trying to get the word out to contact the state so they could open this investigation up againand bring justice for Loki and his family.  No person should abuse their position of power like this man is doing. No dog or family should have to go through what Loki did without Justice being served. #Coyotesdontwearcollars If anyone wants to help further, please call the district attorney’s office at the number +1 (845) 808-1050 and ask for michael benvie. Tell him your heard about Loki’s story and you want the ASPCA to reopen the case. I’m afraid thats all we can do at this point.

Laura Paron
133,806 supporters
Petitioning Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock, Joseph R. Biden, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Hakeem Jeffries, Kathleen Rice, Nicole Malliotakis, Carolyn Maloney, Ritchie Torres, Jamaa...

PASS THE COVID-19 HATE CRIMES ACT

We need your help reporting our hate so we can stop dying in silence.  Please urge Congress' immediate passing of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, created by AAPI politicians: Senator Hirono, Congresswoman Meng, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chairwoman Chu. The Act was created in May of 2020, and would expedite the federal government’s response to the rise of hate crimes exacerbated during the pandemic, support state and local governments to improve hate crimes reporting, and ensure that hate crimes information is more accessible to Asian American communities. It has now been almost a year since this bill has been introduced. There have been nearly 3,800 reports of hate incidents targeting Asian-Americans nationwide in the last year since March 2020, according to Stop AAPI Hate.  For over a year now, our mothers and our elders have been being publicly brutalized, attacked, slashed, targeted, murdered, shot, and dehumanized in silence. In the last five months, there have been 2,800 hate incidents reported nationwide alone. Hate crimes against Asian-Americans have also typically gone massively underreported out of fear and silence. On March 16, 2021, 8 people were shot and killed in an act of white terrorism in Asian-owned spas in Atlanta. 6 out of 8 of the victims were Asian women. The media does not call it for what it is: a racially-motivated hate crime and attack on Asian-American communities.  We need the immediate passing of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act by Congress. We need your help in protecting our communities with providing proper infrastructure for effective, widespread hate crimes reporting. We urge all members of the New York House of Representatives who have yet to co-sponsor this bill to push the passing of this bill within Congress, as well as GA Senators Ossoff and Warnock. We urge President Biden, VP Harris, and every politician to strongly condemn these anti-Asian hate crimes and to make tangible, legislative change. We urge every human to sign this petition and help us demand the visibility we need to stand strongly against anti-Asian xenophobia and hate.

Jeannie Park
78,791 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, Rand Paul, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Dianne Feinstein, Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio, Charles E. Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Nancy Pelosi, Brya...

Covid-19 Small Business Finance Relief

Banks had their bail out at the US tax payers expense so now it's the Banking Industries turn to take one for the team.  #TEAMAMERICA Sign this petition in support for your local small business who employ many within your community.  Employees working for companies with less than 50 employees are excluded from the Covid -19 Stimulus Package totalling 8 Billion dollars.  They will not receive  2 weeks sick pay should they need to take off from work.  Why?  Mom and Pop businesses make up over 50% of the nation's companies.  Their workers deserve the same opportunity as their neighbor working for a large corporation. Please show your support for small business.  Ex:  local restaurants, coffee shops,  boutique, beauty salons, all types of shops owners, printing, specialty stores, your dentist, and millions of other service oriented industries and vendors who service closed schools and closed  local governments.  The affect will hit for countless additional industries, like DHL, Federal Express and UPS employees when the demand for deliveries are no longer there.  There are countless more business types affected for unknown reasons that come from our need to social distance in order to help prevent the spread of the virus. Help their landlord say to their small business tenant, " you can push back the next month's rent due". As Americans following the President's and CDC guidelines to stay home, work from home which is impossible in many industries,  and not gather in groups to help prevent the spread of Covid -19. over the next few months, these small business, should have been equally considered with the travel industries bail out plans in the Stimulus package being reviewed before Congress to encourage them to cease transportation. For the next three months,  millions of small businesses expect to have severe revenue hardships that will detrimentally affect millions of families salaries if smal employers must  chose to pay a loan or make payroll.  Let us not force them to shut their doors sending employees hiking to the unemployment lines.  These small businesses are very fragile during this period and could greatly benefit.  It could keep them out from filing bankruptcy when income and revenue are severly limited due to obstacles in their operations.  They arent asking for a hand out.  They are asking to delay payments due without added interest assessed.  They deserve to receive a 3 month reprieve from making loan payments to all types of financial institutions and banks without penalty, without default for non payment or fear of receiving a negative report from credit agencies.  Why three months?  This is the period that the Global pandemic is expected to consume and move through our nation altering our everyday behavior.  While temporary, it is enough to throw every single small business into a dark tunnel never to see the light of day again.  These small businesses are owned by the average middle class person.  He could be your neighbor.   By signing this petition, you are letting our nation's leaders know you support the working man and small business over the billions of dollars in profits taken by the banking industry in interest payments made by small business owners and their employees.  The money these financial institutions charge us is often used to lobby congress against our immediate interests. We need to maintain our economic strength of the people by supporting these people.    So without your signature, we will be letting big banks win over the working man during the most critical period in our nation's economic history. Sign the Petition and say we are #teamamerica. God bless all of us!!!        

Jennifer Netta
75,716 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice, US State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Donald J. Trump, Justin Trudeau, Sonia LeBel, Christopher H. Smith, Ann Wagner, Marco Rubio, Jeanne Shaheen, Josh Hawley...

Cierren Pornhub e investiguen a los ejecutivos por ser cómplices de tráfico sexual

US / AR / IT  / GER En los últimos meses, ha habido varios casos impactantes de tráfico sexual y violación tanto a mujeres como niños y niñas alojados en el sitio Pornhub. Una chica de 15 años, que había estado desaparecida por un año, fue finalmente encontrada cuando le informaron a su madre que aparecía en videos del sitio. Se encontraron 58 videos donde abusaban sexualmente de ella. También fue noticia reciente el caso de 22 mujeres que fueron engañadas y coaccionadas por Michael Pratt, dueño de GirlsDoPorn, para realizar actos sexuales en una película que después sería subida a Pornhub. Estas mujeres denunciaron a GirlsDoPorn y ganaron una demanda por $12.7 millones de dólares contra la compañía. De acuerdo con una demanda federal, Pratt y sus co-conspiradores filmaron contenidos de violación y abuso sexual de niñas y traficaron con una menor. Pornhub es cómplice de tráfico y abuso sexual, tanto de estas mujeres y menores de edad como probablemente de muchas más.  Pornhub tiene ingresos millonarios por publicidad y membresías con 42 mil millones de visitas y 6 millones de videos subidos por año. Sin embargo, no tiene ningún tipo de sistema para verificar la edad o el consentimiento de las personas que aparecen en los videos pornográficos que alberga y de los cuales obtiene ganancias. De hecho, lo único que se necesita para subir pornografía al sitio es un e-mail. No piden un documento de identidad, ni siquiera para tener cuenta "verificada" con su marca azul, que genera la confianza de que todo está bien. Sólo toma 10 minutos crear una cuenta y subir un video, que está disponible para reproducirse al instante. Cualquiera puede tener una cuenta verificada por Pornhub, sólo se necesita enviar una foto de uno mismo sosteniendo un papel con tu nombre de usuario. Sí, eso es todo. De hecho, Pornhub admitió públicamente que verificó la cuenta de la chica de 15 años que fue abusada sexualmente en 58 videos que aparecían en el sitio. Su cuenta oficial de twitter escribió en respuesta a la noticia de la chica, admitiendo que había sido un miembro verificado. Al darse cuenta que estaban admitiendo ser cómplices de tráfico sexual, la cuenta borró los tweets inmediatamente. Pero la evidencia todavía existe. Uno de los términos más buscados en Pornhub es pornografía “teen” o “adolescente”, de hecho ha sido uno de los diez términos más buscados en el sitio durante seis años consecutivos. De este tipo cada vez hay más videos, que se agregan más rápido de lo que podría ver una persona. Muchos de estos muestran chicas que parecen tener 13 años como mucho, con brackets, colitas, sin estar desarrolladas, sosteniendo osos de peluche y comiendo una paleta mientras son agresivamente penetradas.  Pornhub no tiene un sistema fiable para verificar que las chicas que aparecen en los videos no son víctimas de trata que están siendo violadas,  esto por la falta de una real verificación y control de los videos.  Lo que todo esto significa es que en este momento, podría haber cientos, o tal vez miles de videos de menores víctimas de tráfico sexual en Pornhub. Ya tenemos pruebas que son sólo la punta del iceberg. Es hora de cerrar Pornhub y que sus ejecutivos rindan cuentas sobre su complicidad en el tráfico sexual de mujeres y niñas.  Para contactar a Laila Mickelwait: lailamickelwait@exoduscry.com

Laila Mickelwait and Traffickinghub.com
1,252,569 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice

Cierren Pornhub e investiguen a sus ejecutivos por ser cómplices de tráfico sexual

En los últimos meses, ha habido varios casos impactantes de videos de abuso sexual tanto a mujeres como niños alojados en el sitio Pornhub. Un chica de 15 años que había estado desaparecida por un año fue finalmente encontrada cuando a su madre le avisaron que aparecía en videos porno el sitio. Se descubrieron 58 videos de donde abusaban sexualmente de ella y la violaban. También fue noticia reciente el caso de 22 mujeres que fueron engañadas y coercionadas por Michael Pratt, dueño de GirlsDoPorn, para performar actos sexuales que serían grabados para ser subidos a Pornhub. Estas mujeres denunciaron GirlsDoPorn y ganaron una demanda por $12.7 millones contra la compañía. Pornhub es cómplice de trata y abuso sexual, tanto de estas mujeres y menores de edad como probablemente muchos más.  Pornhub genera millones en publicidad y membresía con 42 billones de visitas y 6 millones de videos subidos cada día. Sin embargo, no tiene ningún tipo de sistema para verificar la edad o el consentimiento de las personas que aparecen en los videos pornográficos de los que obtiene ganancias. De hecho, lo único que hace falta para subir pornografía al sitio es un e-mail. No piden un documento de identidad ni siquiera para tener una cuenta “verificada” con el tilde azul que genera la confianza de que todo está bien. Tardás menos de 10 minutos en crear una cuenta y subir un video, que está disponible para reproducirse al instante. Luego, uno puede pasar a tener una cuenta verificada por Pornhub, tan solo enviando una foto de sí mismo sosteniendo un papel con tu nombre de usuario.   De hecho, Pornhub admitió públicamente que verificó la cuenta de la chica de 15 años que fue abusada en 58 videos en el sitio mediante una serie de tweets que luego borraron, al darse cuenta que estaban admitiendo ser cómplices de tráfico sexual. De todas formas, la evidencia sigue estando. Uno de los términos más buscados en Pornhub es pornografía “teen” o “adolescente”. De este tipo hay cada vez más videos, que se agregan más rápido de lo que puede ver una persona. Muchos de estos muestran chicas que parecen de 13 años como mucho, con brackets, colitas, sin estar desarrolladas, comiendo un chupetín mientras son agresivamente penetradas.  Y es imposible saber si estas chicas son mayores y están consintiendo hacer estos videos de fantasía o si son menores de edad siendo explotadas, por la falta de una real verificación y control de los videos.  Ya tenemos evidencia de varios casos de tráfico sexual de menores de edad en Pornhub, y es tan sólo la punta del iceberg. Es hora de cerrar Pornhub y que sus ejecutivos rindan cuentas sobre su complicidad en el tráfico sexual de mujeres y niños.  Para contactar a Laila Mickelwait: lailamickelwait@exoduscry.com

Laila Mickelwait and Traffickinghub.com
1,252,569 supporters
Closed
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
33,683 supporters
Petitioning Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York State House, Carolyn Maloney, Adriano Espaillat, Jamaal Bowman, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Brendan Boyle, Bernie Sanders, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of th...

Hold drug dealers accountable for Fentanyl or drug related deaths that they have caused

I just lost my 15 yr old beautiful, bright, bubbly , compassionate daughter Olivia Green, Easter morning to a Fentanyl  overdose...She was influenced by an adult to do something bad and lost her life because of it..Drug dealers are lacing street drugs with Fentanyl to make their drug more powerful to increase their profit off of sales...One tiny amount of any laced drug can cause death...I will never in my life see Olivias beautiful face again...She will never have her Sweet 16 that she looked forward to, she will never go off to College and become the Marine Biologist that she always wanted to be...And she will never have the opportunity to grow up period...Her life is gone forever and Olivia is nothing but a memory  now which breaks my heart every day..Her siblings  lost their sister, my youngest son who is 8 yrs old and has Autism lost his one and only friend in the world and I lost my precious daughter... Please sign it....Trust me there WILLLLLL be more Olivia's!!!!..There will be more dealers PURPOSELY lacing these street drugs with Fentanyl to get you as high as they can so you can be their repeat customers even though they know it can kill you..Your little $5 is more important to them than your life..There will also be more evil people like the adult that influenced Olivia to do something bad and kept giving her more till she layed down and died in front of him ...NOBODY will be charged in my baby's death...NOBODY ...You want to know why?...Because there is NO LAW that will give her justice, not in my city and not in many other states and cities...There will be more dead children and noone will be held accountable...This was a murder from both the guy who sold it in these streets and the guy who kept giving it to her...One is free to live his life and other one will probably get nothing but a simple drug charge..We need change but it won't come if we don't demand it!! . All life is precious but when children are also dying from this drug epidemic it hurts and it hurts BAD...I want there to be a Law in NY called "Olivia's Law" to bring justice to young children like Olivia as well as adults who lose their life to these illegal street drugs...Olivia may never get her justice but her story will bring Awareness and hopefully a new law put into place so that justice is served for anyone after her who may tragically lose their life in the same way...Olivia's Law is needed..Justice is needed and accountability is needed..We cannot continue to lose people to this horrible drug and opioid epidemic and not have people held responsible for the death they caused Thank you Despina Prodromidis  Mother of Olivia Green  Forever 15

Despina Prodromidis
23,153 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!

6 years ago