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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 Tsemberis, and Sammi Siegel .
121,486 supporters
Petitioning Commission on Presidential Debates

Tell presidential candidates: women’s REAL issues deserve a debate

It's time for presidential candidates to go on record about issues that affect all women and their families.  Women represent more than half the population and turn out to vote more than men, yet women’s issues have received little attention during this presidential election cycle. In 21 primary debates, over 700 questions were asked of 16 candidates; only 6 were about issues that disproportionately affect women. is a nonpartisan collective of concerned citizens who are calling upon all political candidates to commit to a live presidential debate or town hall focused exclusively on issues affecting American women and girls, namely:  Elimination of barriers that prevent equal participation in the economy Access to quality affordable health care opportunities for all Safe and just recourse when confronted with violence and sexual exploitation Whether for yourself, your daughter, your spouse/significant other, your colleague or because it is the right thing to do, we urge you to sign this petition to have gender equality and women’s rights be addressed during this important election year. We are all working towards a common goal – an equitable and safe environment for all. Contact us at

Women's Debate
2,746 supporters
Petitioning Federal Election Commission, Commission on Presidential Debates

Allow candidates appearing on the ballot in all 50 states into presidential debates.

Currently, presidential debates only allow participants who have been polling at or above 15%. We believe this is exclusionary and rigs the system in favor of the Republican and Democratic parties. Given margins of error, the luck of the draw that can be involved in polling, and to allow Americans to see all their options, we support a change to the rules imposed by the Federal Election Commission and Commission on Presidential Debates that would allow any candidate appearing on the ballot in all 50 states to participate in the Presidentiual Debates. 

Eric Hobbs
2,623 supporters
Petitioning North Carolina State House, North Carolina Governor, Richard Burr, Commission on Presidential Debates

Life without parole is unfair for first time offenders. Some times Justice is not JUST

On April 21 2017 Alquan Hill was sentenced to life in prison with No Parole.  More importantly his trial was unfair and the jurors had their mind made up before they even went to deliberate. In less then 15 minutes they decided on life without parole. In 15 minutes they gave a mans life away. In 15 minutes they took a father from his 3 kids and his loved ones. I understand a young Mother loss her life but Alquan is not her killer and his life was also taken. Alquan was one of the 6 men in custody for murder.  Alquan has no record and DID NOT shoot or kill the victim. Once in the courtroom the district attorney slammed bullets around the jury and gave the impression that Alquan shot 6 guns and drove 2 cars with his car being a stick shift. His remark being "He who hunts with the wolves is responsible for the kill". With that being said the district attorney ONLY charged Alquan Hill with first degree murder. The actual shooter only was charged with second degree murder. Should Alquan be punished ?. The answer is yes. Life without Parole is NOT the answer . Justice first begins with JUST.  Please support this petition first time offenders do not deserve LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE. Especially when they aren't the killer.    If we cut back on the sentencing on LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE we as a country will also save a lot of money that's spent each year on housing inmates. This petition isn't to take away justice from the victim but to ensure the defendant also gets a FAIR trial and fair sentencing based off the background of the defendant. Please understand this isnt to make light of the loss of the victim nor act like her life doesn't matter she was valued we just want fair sentencing. Sometimes the convicted need support as well. 

Jasmine Foye
925 supporters
Petitioning Commission on Presidential Debates

The Polls Misrepresent the American Public - Open the Debates

The Commission on Presidential Debates is a private organization controlled by former and current leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties. It has established a 15% polling threshold for the inclusion of third-party candidates in the 2016 debates. The Commission claims these polls are “selected based on the quality of the methodology employed.” Americans are told that the polls reflect the “national electorate.” But in reality, any American who looks closely at the methods of these polls will realize that these polls do not represent the American public. Indeed, a recent article in the prestigious Wired magazine claimed that “the polls are all wrong.” As such, contrary to popular belief and contrary to the information printed in the mainstream outlets that conduct polls, the polls do not represent the national electorate.  In the future, pollsters should improve their methods. But in this cycle, the damage has been done. The polls are deeply flawed and they have systematically misrepresented the American public. As a result, third-party candidates have not received as much free media coverage as Clinton and Trump. The only moral way forward is for the Commission to toss out the polling threshold. Open the debates. 

Rodolfo Cortes Barragan
272 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Maryland Governor, Maryland State House, Maryland State Senate, Elijah Cummings, Ben Cardin, Barbara Mikulski, Steny Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, Larry Hogan, Mike Miller, John Delaney, J...

Recreational use of marijuana in The DMV! (DC,Maryland and Virginia)

Why Should We Legalize?Reduce harmThe criminalization of marijuana use disproportionately harms young people and people of color, sponsors massive levels of violence and corruption, and fails to curb youth access. Create jobsLegalizing and regulating marijuana will bring one of the nation's largest cash crops under the rule of law. This will create jobs and economic opportunities in the formal economy instead of the illicit market. Save moneyScarce law enforcement resources will be better used to ensure public safety while reducing corrections and court costs. State and local governments would acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from regulating marijuana sales. Promote consumer safetyMarijuana product testing is becoming a standard requirement for legalized marijuana markets. This means consumers are better informed about the marijuana they use. No one has ever died of a marijuana overdose.   You may think having a large amount of THC in your system will kill you, but you are wrong. Ever since marijuana has been known to mankind, not one single account of death from overdose has been recorded. On the other hand, in 2010, 38,329 people died from drug overdoses. Sixty percent of those were related to prescription drugs. In that same year, 25,692 people died from alcohol-related causes. Around 40% of Americans have already admitted to using marijuana.   Most polls regarding Americans and their pot use hover around the 40% mark for having tried marijuana at least once. This is compared to the 16% of Americans who have tried cocaine, which is obviously a significantly lower percentage. Marijuana is becoming more and more ubiquitous every year despite being less addictive than coffee. There’s a reason people are feeling safer and safer trying the drug, which brings us to our next point... Marijuana is much safer than already legalized drugs.   Image = The Lancet via WikiCommons If you are completely fine with alcohol and cigarettes, then there shouldn’t be a reason you aren’t accepting of marijuana as well. As you can see from a 2010 study published in the Lancet and reported on by the Economist, a team of drug experts in the U.K. assessed the combined harms to others and to the user of marijuana as less than the harms posed by alcohol or tobacco use. The negative stigma of pot use has certainly made it seem like it’s worse, and since using the drug is still illegal, the fact that only people who are willing to break the law will smoke has inevitably made it associated with a “pothead” culture. These are just the preconceived notions we’ve been brought up in though. A world where instead of drinking cheap beer, a hopeful political candidate can roll a joint to seem like the “people’s choice” doesn’t have to seem crazy. This scenario would actually be the healthier choice. Marijuana has a very low risk of abuse.   Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is not as addicting as one may think. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, recently wrote in his essay, “Why I Changed My Mind About Weed,” that we have been “systematically misled” on marijuana. He reports that marijuana leads to dependence in around 9-10 percent of adult users. Cocaine hooks about 20 percent of its users, and heroin gets 25 percent of its users addicted. The worst culprit is tobacco, with 30 percent of its users becoming addicted. Cannabis can be a safe and useful sleep aid.   In a blog entry on SFGate, writer David Downs explores the best strains of marijuana to help with insomnia. Downs found a quote from researcher I Feinberg, from “Clinical Pharmacology Therapy” in 1976, that says, “The effect on sleep of THC administration closely resembles those induced by lithium.” Also, the National Cancer Institute announced in a study that patients who ingested a cannabis plant extract spray reported more restful sleep. Marijuana is used to alleviate a lot of medical ailments.   Medical marijuana is important to a lot of people. According to a Discovery Health article, marijuana has been extremely successful in relieving nausea, which is extremely good news for cancer patients suffering from nausea as a side effect of chemotherapy. The drug also helps with people who have loss of appetite due to diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, it helps relax muscle tension and spasms and chronic pain. So many extremely successful people smoke marijuana.   Maya Angelou, Martha Stewart, Morgan Freeman, Ted Turner, Michael Bloomberg, and even Rush Limbaugh are all high-functioning marijuana users. Stewart, who is 72 years old, gave an interview with Bravo’s Andy Cohen over the summer of 2013 where she talked about “sloppy joints” and flat out said, “Of course I know how to roll a joint.“ And this isn’t just an argument about how the “cool kids” do it and therefore so should you. There are big-time business people, such as Richard Branson, who couldn’t have accomplished as much as they have if they were being debilitated by a killer drug. Sure, there is a difference between the marijuana use of a “pothead” and Oprah Winfrey, but we shouldn’t continue punishing the moderate users. It’s simply not a gateway drug.   One of the biggest and most widespread arguments from marijuana detractors is that smoking marijuana will lead to using other drugs. As Scientific American points out, the studies that show people who use marijuana first before trying other drugs is correlation and not causation. People who go on to use harder drugs also tend to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol before trying the other substances plus with with our current stigma on pot only people who are predisposed to being a “outlaw drug user” are going to smoke pot. On top of all of this, as mentioned above, nearly half the country has already tried pot which is more than how many Americans know who Jennifer Lawrence is and much much more than the percentage of Americans who are left-handed. 1. It’s less dangerous than cigarettes Photo creditNot to mention, it smells better, too. But in all seriousness, cigarettes are bad for you. Not only can they damage your lungs, but they’re also addictive. So why are they legal again? 2. It’s great for your mental health Photo creditIn addition to easing stress, cannabis decreases anxiety and helps you relax. That’s why pot smokers, for the most part, are happy people. In this day and age, staying grounded is necessary. A little weed is all you need to help you find inner peace and tranquility. 3. Reduces diabetes and obesity Photo creditBelieve it or not, people who smoke weed are at less risk for diabetes and obesitythan those who don’t partake. In fact, several studies can prove that adults who toke have much smaller waist sizes, better-regulated insulin levels, and higher levels of HDL, aka that good cholesterol, than non-tokers. 4. It’s the ultimate cramp killer Photo creditA painful period may not seem like a serious issue. But it is, and it can make it pretty damn hard to roll out of bed in the morning. Not when you consume the ganja, though, which is a godsend for women dysmenorrhea. Not only does it alleviate cramps, but also headaches and breast tenderness. Why should it feel like a volcano when we could vape from the Volcano instead? So please, give us ladies a break already, would ya? 5. It beats shoving 11 prescriptions down your throat for chronic pain Photo creditSure, most doctors will tell you that a particular pill will take your pain away. But what they don’t tell you is that you’ll also need another pill to treat the symptoms of the other pill. Before you know it, you’re on more medications than you know what to do with, which is all the more reason to use cannabis instead. According to a recent study, cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain, and it doesn’t cause all sorts of harmful side effects. 6. Fights cancer cells Photo creditThere are over 100 peer-reviewed studies that can confirm that cannabis kills cancer cells in more ways than one, from halting metastasis to triggering cell suicide. 7. Could keep HIV from turning into AIDS Photo creditDid you know that over 1.1 million Americans have HIV and don’t even know it? A major cause for concern indeed. But as it turns out, THC, the psychoactive chemical found in cannabis, can stop HIV from progressing into AIDS. 8. Keeping it illegal isn’t stopping anyone Photo creditThe FDA might think that keeping the herb illegal will stop folks from sparking up. But in reality, it’s not. According to a new survey, more Americans are admitting to trying cannabis than ever before, 45% to be exact. That’s almost 112 million people, to put it another way. 9. Improves your sex life Photo creditJust ask the millions of potheads out there having great sex. If that’s not enough evidence, then there’s also a study that reveals that weed makes for an excellent aphrodisiac. 10. Money, money, money Photo creditDuring the first half of 2017, legal weed sales in Colorado reached over $750 million, earning the states $116 million in tax revenue and licensing fees. When it comes to the ganja, people are willing to pay up. Study: Legal marijuana could generate more than $132 billion in federal tax revenue and 1 million jobs New Frontier Data, a data analytics firm focused on the cannabis industry, forecasts that if legalized on the federal level, the marijuana industry could create an entirely new tax revenue stream for the government, generating millions of dollars in sales tax and payroll deductions. “When there are budget deficits and the like, everybody wants to know where is there an additional revenue stream, and one of the most logical places is to go after cannabis and cannabis taxes,” said Beau Whitney, a senior economist at New Frontier Data. The analysis shows that if marijuana were fully legal in all 50 states, it would create at least a combined $131.8 billion in in federal tax revenue between 2017 and 2025. That is based on an estimated 15 percent retail sales tax, payroll tax deductions and business tax revenue. The federal government would reap $51.7 billion in sales tax from a legal marijuana market between 2017 and 2025, entirely new revenue for a business that remains illegal -- and unable to be taxed -- federally. The business tax rate for the study was calculated at 35 percent. The corporate tax rate was lowered to 21 percent in a sweeping tax bill President Trump signed last month. “If cannabis businesses were legalized tomorrow and taxed as normal businesses with a standard 35 percent tax rate, cannabis businesses would infuse the U.S. economy with an additional $12.6 billion this year,” said Giadha Aguirre De Carcer, the CEO of New Frontier. The study also calculates that there would be 782,000 additional jobs nationwide if cannabis were legalized today, a number that would increase to 1.1 million by 2025. That includes workers at all ends of the marijuana supply chain, from farmers to transporters to sellers. The study estimates that about 25 percent of the marijuana market will continue to be illicit, and will shrink if the legal marketplace is not overly taxed or expensive. “Consumers want to do things legally in general, but they don’t want to do it at too much of a price,” Whitney said. “If they go to 7-11 to pick up cannabis, they’re willing to pay 10 to 15 percent on top of what they get on the street. Once they get above that, it slows the transition and makes the consumer think twice about making that legal purchase.” Marijuana is legal for adult recreational use in eight states. California, the world’s largest market, started its recreational sales on Jan. 1. Twenty-nine states allow the use of medical marijuana. In the three states where adult use has been legal for the longest period of time – Colorado, Washington and Oregon – there had been a combined total of $1.3 billion in tax receipts, according to the stud    

John Latham
267 supporters
Petitioning Commission on Presidential Debates

Third Parties + stopping world sex trade

Please, I Want to Hear What the Third Parties Have to Say about stopping the world's sex trade, now; don't you?  Despite all the media discussion about the differences between the candidates in the presidential and vice presidential debates, millions of voters are not seeing their own opinions represented on major issues like the bailout, the occupation of Iraq, and health care.  Like many other  Americans, I oppose the $700 billion taxpayer bailout for financial institutions, I want our troops returned home safe and sound now, and I support the single-payer national health plan.  Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney expresses my opinions on these and other issues.  Barack Obama and John McCain do not.  Any candidate who is on enough ballots to be elected president should have a place in the debates.  The only valid measurement of public support for candidates is the election. Opinion polls are subjective, vulnerable to bias, constantly fluctuating, and often exclude certain candidates from the questions asked. Polls are not democratic and should not be used to determine who gets to participate in debates.  The exclusion of all candidates except for Democrats and Republicans from the debates is an affront to democracy and to the right of voters to be informed about all the choices they'll see on the ballot.  We have the right to vote for whichever candidate best reflects our own interests and ideals.  The two major parties agree on so many issues that there is little to debate.  Debate selection criteria is exclusionary because it requires 15% support in national polls.  Third Party Candidates should be included in the debates.  Replace the anti-democratic Commission on Presidential Debates.  We will boycott any of your advertisers that currently sponsor the Commission on Presidential Debates.

james nordlund
259 supporters
Petitioning media, Commission on Presidential Debates, American media, Everyone in the world, including, but not limited to users, EVERYONE IN AMERICA

Include candidates in presidential polls with access to 75% ballots & 270 electoral votes

The Commission on Presidential Debates determines whether or not a candidate can be included in the debates based on their performance in five selected national polls. For one to be included in the debates, said candidate must achieve a polling average of 15% nationwide. To achieve this, potential candidates need to be included in national polls.  Therefor:We the people, respectfully request USA media and all polls relevant to the debates to include any and all presidential candidates who have achieved ballot access in at least 75% of states, giving them at least access to enough electoral votes to achieve the 270 votes required to become President of the United States of America.  This would require a candidate to achieve a minimum of ballot access in 38 states, with the potential to achieve the 270 electoral votes.  This sets a minimum standard and achieves equality and a basis for future candidates to meet to potentially become president.We the people, believe that Governor Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party Candidate and Doctor Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for President of the United States deserve to be included in any and all relevant national polls.  Recent polls have shown that both candidates are achieving the minimum 5% already in nearly, if not all national polls, to receive public funding of presidential candidates, should they actually receive the 5% of the votes, yet national polls fail to include potential presidential candidates outside of the duopoly that is the United States of America.In recent months, support for new party candidates, such as the Libertarian Party and the Green Party have reached unimaginable support.  The duopoly of bipartisan candidates being the only viable candidates is coming to an end.  We are no longer voting for the lesser of two evils.  This year, we're CHOOSING from the BEST of four candidates.  We deserve more. When limited to only two options, people are often simply choosing the lesser of two evils.  This needs to end.  With the most polarizing candidates in the Democratic and Republican parties, new party candidates are receiving unprecedented support.  They deserve to be included in all relevant national polls.We the people, as undersigned, demand more!  PLEASE include all potential candidates, meeting said standard requirements, in all national polls relevant to the debates!   Respectfully, we deserve more.  We demand more.  We need a standard of equality across the board.   Thank you, Sincerely, We The People

Ryan Martin
199 supporters
Petitioning Bill de Blasio, Andrew Cuomo, ABC, CNN, Dan Quart, Steve Israel, Commission on Presidential Debates

End Legal kidnapping and CPS corruption

Dear, Mayor I am writting to Inform you of unjust and unruly behavior.  ACS is getting away with illegal tendencies. I really wish I had my children back, but, ACS has done nothing but work against us . The Foster agency Cardinal McClosky refused to report neglect and abuse of a child by a Foster parent and we filed broad complaints. ACS takes any amount of info, i.e If a person calls in unknown, they will accept any amount of "he say she say"the person provides and builds a case from there on, more and more lies are being told to build a case against you and to possibly Terminate your rights. If you are having trouble with ACS/DHS/CPS please sign and share my petition NOW!

Ibrahim Mohammed
106 supporters
Petitioning Commission on Presidential Debates

Eliminate the live audience at final Presidential Debate

Despite being told that cheering and jeering aren't permitted in the debate hall, Trump supporters continually do so in their effort to support Trump and heckle Hillary.  If the commission is uncomfortable enforcing the rules they set for proper behavior, eliminating the live audience altogether is the only solution.   

Chris Andoe
103 supporters