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Get Joe Rogan to Moderate the 2020 Presidential Debate

We are petitioning for the Commission on Presidential Debates to elect Joe Rogan as the moderator for the 2020 Presidential Debate. Here are the reasons why we believe this would be a great decision: 1. Joe Rogan is a widely respected host who has hosted interviews with politicians, economists, scientists, and other popular figures, who come from various walks of life. He has revolutionized the way political interview and discussion works, as he has provided a long-form media format that has allowed the exchange of ideas to be fully explored. 2. Many voters have become disenfranchised with pundits and/or anchors connected to large mainstream corporations that are viewed as having ulterior motives or ties to a certain party or politician. Electing Joe Rogan would negate the chance of corporate influence in the presidential debates. 3. Joe Rogan has experience with interviewing both progressive and conservative thinkers. Figures such as Andrew Yang (D), Tulsi Gabbard (D), Bernie Sanders (D), Kyle Kulinski (D), Gary Johnson (L), Benjamin Shapiro (R), and Candace Owens (R), have all appeared on "The Joe Rogan Experience" program. 4. Joe Rogan has an audience containing viewers from all areas of the political spectrum. Joe Rogan is not registered under any political party and is well-known for having civil, productive, and interesting, conversations about political issues without partisan bias. While it may seem unconventional to choose someone without an established career in the political/journalist sphere, Joe Rogan can facilitate a discussion of policies and ideas rather than a dramatic spat. Please help us in our goal to elect Joe Rogan as one of the moderators for the 2020 Presidential Debate. Mr. Rogan would make a fantastic moderator and would draw interested and invested viewers for the debate.

Ashton Stowell
290,366 supporters
Petitioning Commission on Presidential Debates

It's Time for a Woman Moderator: Equality in the 2012 Presidential Debates!

(Note: To sign a second petition calling on the Romney and Obama campaigns to support the call for a woman presidential debate moderator, please go here: This is an exciting time to be a young woman interested in politics. Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin’s presidential and vice presidential campaigns put women in the spotlight in the political realm in 2008, finally providing a way for girls across our nation to envision themselves in these positions of power. We already know that no women will be on stage at this year's presidential debates, but what about in the moderator's chair? We were shocked to find out that it has been 20 years since a woman last moderated a presidential debate. Moderators are chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is made up of three women out of seventeen commissioners.  20 years is way too long: we're encouraging the Commission to name at least one woman to moderate one of the three upcoming presidential debates between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Presidential debate moderators have a lot power when it comes to helping the American public to better understand candidates. Being a moderator is a tough job; the moderator must keep debate flowing, make sure candidates stay focused on relevant topics, and maintain an unbiased stance.  Men are no more capable of performing these tasks than women -- but for the last two decades, only men have been given the job. Women and men will never be truly equal in our country until they’re one and the same in positions of power and both visible in politics.  We need to take immediate action in order to move towards this change. There is no reason why a woman shouldn’t have a chance to show what she’s capable of by moderating debates in the upcoming election. Tell the Commission on Presidential Debates to have a woman moderate one of the debates now.

Emma Axelrod, Elena Tsemberiis, and Sammi Siegel .
120,823 supporters
Petitioning Commission on Presidential Debates

To ensure polling for presidential debates include Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen

The requirement of 15% in polls to participate in presidential debates is an unfair advantage to Republican and Democrat politicians.  This is compounded when many of the polls used do not include third party candidates.  The guideline for participation should be any candidates that is on enough state ballots to have a chance to win the presidency.  You have demonstrated in the past that you are not willing to set the guidelines to this fair standard, but instead you have consistently made it even more difficult for a third party to get involved in the debates by using polls that do not include all candidates that have a mathematical chance at victory.  This had led to the American people being more divided than ever before and had led to more corruption in the American political system.  By not allowing legitimate candidates to debate issues with the politicians that are backed by the two major parties you are continuing their narrative that only Democrats and Republicans can be president.  Having two political parties that are so distinctly divided had led to more tribalism and a great divide than this country has ever known.  There is no place in the middle within these parties.  Conservatives have moved further to the right, and Democrats have moved further to the left.  In today's Republican party Ronald Regan isn't extreme enough to win the nomination, and in today's Democrat party John F Kennedy would be kicked off the stage.  The American people need to know that they have an option that is not throwing their vote away, they need someone that's in the middle and flexible. Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen is on the ballot in all fifty states.  If that is not qualification enough for you to include her, then we the people of the untied states demand that you not use any poll for eligibility that she is not included in.

Joe Laughlin
7,136 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Development Program, Dr Michael Gannon, United Nations, UNICEF, United States Supreme Court, President of the United States, Kathleen Wynne, Patty Murray, Kanye West, FOX Broadcastin...


Forced marriage is a never ending rape.  It usually occurs to young girls while they are still at school perusing their careers. We need policies acted upon or drafted to prevent families from abusing their own children selling them ato marry men without their own will. A marriage should be a decsion agreed upon by people who hav echosen to get married not forced for any reason ,cultural ,religious or financial. Forced Marriages must be ended.  The forced marriage has major psychosocial implication on these girls. Boys are never forced into marriages but girls: Parents makes all the negotiations even before approaching the girl involved.  Italy has ratified the Istanbul Convention, which considers forced marriage a serious form of violence to which women and girls are exposed, and under which state parties have a duty to criminalise the intentional conduct of forcing an adult or child into a marriage.Oct 1, 2015re raped by your family as well as the men you don't want in your life but imposed to you by your parents. There is always verbal, physical and sexual abuse involved. Yes we are raped by those we trust the most to care for us. There is always financial gain for the parents. Basically parents sell their own children for a living.  Numbers Don’t Lie Say “child marriage” and the average American thinks of a developing country, where economic hardship forces parents to marry off their young daughter to a much older man. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, 4 in 10 young women marry before age 18. In South Asia, 3 in 10 girls are wed before their 18th birthday.  But child marriage is happening right now in the U.S. And that’s not okay. More than 200,000 minors were married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2015   Every two seconds, a girl is married before she is physically or emotionally mature enough to become a wife or a mother. Globally, 720 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday. Every year, they are joined by another 15 million child brides – the equivalent of the entire population of Mali �� and Zimbabwe �� That is how common this cruelty is in the communities. Child marriage:A challenge across AfricaLarge numbers of African girls and women suffer the consequences of child marriage.In sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of women are married as children. Child marriage is widespread in West and Central Africa, where 42% of women are married as children, and in East and Southern Africa, where child marriage affects 37% of girls.Africa is home to 15 of the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage in the world.All African countries are faced with the challenge of child marriage, whether they experience high child marriage prevalence, such as Niger (76%) or lower rates like Algeria (2%)1.   Personal Testimony of Dr Thandeka Mazibuko Dr Thandeka Mazibuko is from the rural village of South Africa called KwaNyuswa, she is the eldest daughter out of 2 siblings. She is a medical doctor who graduated from Nelson Mandela School of Medicine who later specializes in Radiation Oncology. She is now a New York City Permanent Resident rotating in few hospitals like New York Presbyterian Hospital, Montefiore and Mount Sinai Hospital: she is a multi award winner for her philanthropic work , amongst Honor she recover is an Oprah Herione 2010 which featured her on Oprah Magazine. I was beaten up, spoken to harshly, manipulated,  forced, threatened , controlled,  demanded to marry a man of my family choice.  He was a friend of my uncle who was a Pastor. It was done under religious pretense using God as a person who sent them to abuse me to marry this men.  It is painful and very traumatic experience. This practice is commonly taking place in rural or poor communities. In poor villages and families young girls are a source of food, cars and betters lives.  Where a young girl cannot defend herself  I was forced to an arranged marriage  by my aunt and mom at age 17. My family was poor, very poor. He had promised to build my mom a house and by my aunt a car. I was sold basically. How does if feel to know that your family put you through so much just for things you were gon to buy for them anyway. They did not think I could become a doctor, they thought I can be a wife of a man I did not like, love and did not know.  I was abused and illtreated. I was treated like a slave. I use to cry every single day of my life. I ise to take pills to fall asleep.  The song that saved my life was Hero by Mariah Carey, I believe I can fly by R Kelly.  I escaped and went to school and medical school. I am a doctor now, I know better and see better. I believe your signature can save a life. I strongly believe this practice can be ended if we collect enough signatures and stand against the abuse of young rural , poor and illiterate young girls. The causes of child marriage are common across Africa:Where poverty is acute, parents may feel that giving a daughter in marriage will reduce family expenses, or even temporarily increase their income, in cases where a bride’s parents are paid a bride price.Tradition: in many places, child marriage persists because it has happened for generations – and straying from tradition could mean exclusion from the community.In many areas, marrying off a girl as a child is seen as a way to ensure her safety, especially in areas where girls are at high risk of physical or sexual assault.Crucially, gender inequalities across Africa also drive child marriage: in many communities where child marriage is practised, girls are not valued as much as boys – they are considered to be a burden or a I will be collecting signatures on line and in New York City in person .    

Thandeka Mazibuko
4,645 supporters
Petitioning Commission on Presidential Debates, Democratic National Committee, CNN, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, New York Times, ABC

Public Health is Facing a Crisis. Let’s Request a Dedicated Town Hall Debate about Health!

Insurance premiums and medication prices are shaping the 2020 primary debates of the presidential race for a good reason: 60% of US voters have at least one chronic disease and 40% have two or more.  While providing affordable care for people with sickness is critical, focusing on preventative healthcare will substantially reduce costs, improve quality of life, and stop the fast-growing epidemic of chronic conditions in the US. To the blockbuster-question “How do you pay for it?” all candidates are arguing about which pocket to tap into to pay for the highest healthcare bill of the western world. Instead, they should be debating how to lower it. In fact, just like for climate change, the math and science are clear. Heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are responsible for 70% of healthcare expenditures and are largely preventable through lifestyle modifications.  The Center for Disease Control estimates that eliminating three risk factors – poor diet, inactivity, and smoking – would prevent: 80% of heart disease and stroke; 80% of type 2 diabetes; and, 40% of cancer. The problem with these numbers is that they thwart preventative healthcare from political debates by reinforcing a narrative that puts the burden on individual choices and consumer education. Nothing could be less true. Any serious healthcare strategy should place agricultural policies and food system reforms as a pressing priority: The heavy subsidies of monoculture in the Corn Belt is making grains, dairy, and animal products cheaper than fruits, vegetables, and nuts.  Food insecurity and food deserts are preventing millions of Americans from getting the nutrients they need from food.  The mismatch between what the latest scientific evidence proves and the Dietary Guidelines of America is making Americans sicker and fatter. This is true in school cafeterias. This is true in supermarkets aisles. This is true in prisons. The lack of food education in schools combined with unregulated direct-to-consumer ads for processed foods is making food stamps beneficiaries opt for ultra-processed foods because of their long shelf-life and popularity with kids.  Fifteen states are still allowing fast-food chains to serve food inside hospitals.  The list can go on to include hundreds of other facts proving the trivial opportunity to rethink healthcare outside and inside hospitals’ walls. Furthermore, beyond food and agriculture, the current healthcare system is antiquated. It has been built to fight infectious diseases and designed for acute care. As we have been living longer and successfully surviving infections, the burden of health costs is shifting to chronic disease. Any efforts to expand prevention to cater to the emerging pandemic of obesity and diabetes require systemic changes in how healthcare is taught, delivered, billed, and reimbursed. We need a 21st-century Flexner report. Back in 1910, the Flexner report’s vision was to make medicine a scientific discipline. It ended up glorifying the reliance on lab research and acute interventions rather than anticipating the genesis of disease before the occurrence of symptoms or life-threatening events. The legacy of this report is behind many absurd decisions within the healthcare sector that prevent all initiatives aiming to maintain good health if they’re not relying on medicalized and surgical procedures or drug treatment facilitation. As a consequence, healthcare providers and payers are not promoting cognitive interventions with delayed long-term results. They prefer magic bullets that live up to patients' expectations of immediate pain relief without tackling root causes. There is another way. People should be part of the healthcare system before being qualified as “diseased.”  It starts with agricultural policies, school meals, hospital amenities, supermarket aisles, and food labeling. It’s about doubling down on the SNAP program and gamifying its use to promote healthy habits. It’s about urban zoning for fresh food service amenities and the revamp of the food pyramid to move away from animal protein and promote a plant-based diet.  It’s also about the role of primary care reimbursement parity for cognitive versus procedural care and payers contribution to non-patentable therapies like clinical-grade meals and health coaching beyond the 3 hours currently covered by Medicare for “sick-care.”  We need visionary policies and a bold strategy to win the fight against chronic disease. Just like smoking and climate change, the fight to improve public health is a global one. Today, we have the opportunity to rewire the status-quo. There is a public health crisis - one that deserves a dedicated Town Hall debate to give the opportunity to candidates to articulate their measures to help reshape the definition of healthcare as we know it.  Let’s make this happen, please sign this petition to give a voice to dignity through health. In health and gratitude, Lamiaa Bounahmidi Founder and CEO WeTheTrillions PBC

WeTheTrillions PBC
2,616 supporters