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Petitioning President of the United States, Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Bill Nelson,...

Allow Transgender People Into the U.S. Military

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be accepted or allowed into the U.S. Military because their cost is a "burden." This is extremely disgraceful and an insult to all those who have already given their lives for this country. This is not equality, and this is not "supporting the LGBT community," as he said he does. This is utterly transphobic. Many people who served are going to be left jobless, and many others will no longer be able to fulfill their dreams. This is not okay, and this should not be legal. Trans people are still people. 

Kaitlin Jozokos
236,101 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Justice, Jason Chaffetz, James Comey, Loretta Lynch

Prosecute Trump for illegal offenses before the Dec. 19 Electoral College Vote.

We respectfully call upon the appropriate Federal Authorities to thoroughly investigate the many possible illegal offenses of Donald Trump, the Trump Corporations, and the Trump Foundation before the members of the Electoral College meet to cast their final vote on Dec. 19.  The Electoral College was created by the framers of the constitution to protect against corrupt demagogues; the Electors should be given the full opportunity to vote their conscience if it is formally determined that Trump has broken the law. Throughout the campaign, allegations of Trump's illegal activities have surfaced:  tax evasion, business scams, tenant intimidation, hiring of undocumented workers, illegal trade, bribery, sexual assault,  incitement of violence, and collusion with a foreign government to influence an American election.  If Trump is guilty of crimes, he does not deserve to be our President.

D. Kunfro
174,614 supporters
Petitioning THE US SENATE, The US Congress, Department of Justice, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director of National Intelligence, United States Office of Special Counsel, Director of Central Intelligence, Direc...

IMPEACH: Legal Removal of President & Vice President, et al., for Misprision of Treason

A Petition for:  The legal impeachment and or legal removal of The President & Vice President, et al., for Treason and Misprision of Treason. Regarding the known and recorded activities of: D.J. Trump Sr., M. Pence, S. Bannon, P. Manafort, C. Page, LTG. M. Flynn, R. Stone, R. Tillerson, S. Miller, S. Mnuchin, J.C. Kushner, J. Kushner, R. Giuliani, M. McConnell, P. Ryan, J. Chaffetz, B. Epshteyn, J. Sessions, K. Conway, S. Spicer, R.L. Mercer, R. Mercer, D. Mercer, C. Koch, D. Koch, K. Rove, W. Deng Murdoch, A. Scaramucci, C. Lewandowski, D.J. Trump Jr., E. Trump, I.M. Trump, I.M. Trump, M.K. Trump, John & Jane Doe; et. al. (1-100) That the above parties having had certain knowledge of relationships of one Donald John Trump with numerous Russian oligarchs and one Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, a former high ranking KGB officer, who is the current President of the Russian Federation, (a nation that has clearly positioned itself as the foremost geopolitical and military enemy of the United States, NATO and EU); did not find patriotic merit in informing any US authorities of the 'clear and present US national security threat danger' posed when said individual Donald John Trump ran for President of the United States, are thus guilty of :  18 U.S. Code § 2382 "Misprision of Treason" "Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than seven years, or both."(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.) Its is therefore our desire that the above individuals as named above, be charged, brought to swift trial, impeached, if guilty, punished according to all applicable US statutes, and prevented from holding any further US public office, forever. So that the nightmare of having traitors to our nation, in charge of our nation's affairs and our nuclear deterrent forces, might be swiftly rectified,   we additionally request that Clinton / Kaine be simply declared the overall victors of the 2016 popular count election and installed immediately. The Clinton / Kaine overwhelming popular vote majority of 65,844,954 (48.2%) to 62,979,879 (46.1%) was such an overwhelming 2.9 million American citizen majority that it must finally be respected as such, anything else is denying mathematical reality and the Federalist founders ultimate intent of "one person, one vote" as the foundational bedrock of our republic's constitutional democracy.  The voice of the majority population of the People of the United States must now finally be heard, so that a rational, sane, secure, continuity of government might prevail even as the current emergency is simultaneously resolved. VERIFIABLE FACTS: Director of The National Security Agency (NSA), Admiral Michael Rogers, said that there shouldn’t be “any doubt in anybody’s mind” that another country tampered with the U.S. election. During the 2016 election time period, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) publicly revealed that elements of Russian intelligence agencies, namely GRU, (Main Intelligence Agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation / Гла́вное разве́дывательное управле́ние), had covert interest in the US Presidential campaign of Donald John Trump. The most sensitive activity of the GRU is gathering intelligence on American leaders. Furthermore it was known by the above individuals that Donald John Trump's main advisor, one Paul Manafort, had previously worked extensively on behalf of Putin's ally, pro-Russian Ukrainian dictator Yanukovych between 2007 and 2012. For those services, Manafort received $12.7 million in cash payments from Yanukovych’s political party. It was also known by the above individuals that on December 10, 2015, one LTG Michael Thomas Flynn  (USA ret.), the fired former Director of The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); was the personal dinner guest in Moscow of Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (former Director of the FSB, successor Russian intelligence agency to the Soviet KGB). Even after that news of that improper trip became public, LTG Michael Thomas Flynn was still drafted by the Trump campaign in February of 2016 to serve as one of its key advisors. Furthermore, in July of 2016, LTG Michael Thomas Flynn was officially being considered as Donald John Trump's Vice-Presidential running mate. LTG Michael Thomas Flynn confirmed that he had submitted his vetting documents to the campaign and that he was fully willing to accept the Republican Vice-Presidential nomination if chosen.  During that period, the Democratic National Committee was cyber-attacked by parties connected to the Russian military security service GRU, who stole US emails (in violation of US laws) who then forwarded doctored versions to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks in Europe; as part of a GRU intelligence campaign of 'Active Measures' (активные мероприятия) to spread disinformation among the US voting electorate, to help Donald John Trump during the 2016 US presidential election. During that exact same time period, computer experts determined that there were continuous, covert, computer communications via KGB founded Russian Alfa Bank and Donald John Trump's campaign. On November 10, 2016, president-elect Donald John Trump met with then President Obama at the White House. In their meeting, President Obama pointedly warned Donald John Trump NOT to hire LTG Michael Thomas Flynn under any circumstances, due to his Putin connections. Despite that face to face warning from President Obama, on November 18, 2016, president-elect Donald John Trump's offered the key position of US National Security Advisor to LTG Michael Thomas Flynn. This appointment was offered even though, he had already drawn repeated harsh public and private criticism for what sources then described as his unusually close and improper (form a counter-intelligence standpoint) personal relations with officials of the hostile Russian government.  In complete disregard of that glaringly inconsistent anomaly, LTG Michael Thomas Flynn was still personally selected by Donald John Trump (and his transition team headed by Vice-President elect Michael Richard Pence) to be the next US National Security Advisor, a key position of strategic and paramount import that is the nexus between the military and intelligence security elements of the United States government and the Presidency of the United States. The potential importance to the United States of the proper vetting of that key position in any administration, can be understood by the official duties of the US National Security Advisor (APNSA); which are to coordinate US defense, foreign affairs, international economic policy, and all global intelligence while yet properly controlling the flow of information to the President. On 29 December 2016, the Obama administration White House sanctioned the GRU (ГРУ Генера́льного шта́ба) and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation known as FSB, (Федеральная служба безопасности Российской Федерации - ФСБ) for alleged tampering and disinformation during the 2016 US presidential election. In addition, the Obama administration Department of State also declared 35 Russian diplomats persona non grata and denied Russian diplomatic staff access to two Russian government-owned compounds in Maryland and New York.  The Obama administration White House also sanctioned several GRU officials including GRU Chief Igor Valentinovich Korobov, Deputy Chief Sergey Aleksandrovich Gizunov, and First Deputy Chiefs Igor Olegovich Kostyukov and Vladimir Stepanovich Alexseyev. On that very same day, December 29, 2016, (during the Obama administration), LTG Michael Thomas Flynn spoke personally with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the very same day the Obama administration announced retaliatory measures in response to Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign; if there was intent to interfere with or defeat said measures, this clearly constitutes a felony violation under the Logan act.  Donald John Trump's incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer, said he doubted that LTG Michael Thomas Flynn and Sergey Kislyak discussed the retaliatory measures. The Wall Street Journal reported on January 22, 2017, that LTG Michael Thomas Flynn was under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence for his numerous communications with high ranking Russian officials and Russian intelligence agents.  On February 9, 2017, U.S. intelligence officials shared an account of the transcripts of LTG Michael Thomas Flynn's interactions with Sergey Kislyak, which indicated that he did indeed discuss the sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration, and LTG Michael Thomas Flynn's spokesman released a statement that LTG Michael Thomas Flynn “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.” It is now further proven by US intel intercepts that Donald John Trump personally, and his representatives individually, and severally (such as LTG Michael Thomas Flynn and Manafort) have personally visited, communicated with, and taken monetary (and in kind) payments from officials of the Russian state, as well as oligarchs and organizations during the 2016 campaign. This was in direct violation of numerous US laws pertaining to election tampering, espionage, diplomacy, and treason.  During the campaign we have heard Donald John Trump, on numerous occasions, oddly praise Russian President Putin, while condemning US allies as Germany, Japan, Ukraine, NATO and the EU, as well as excoriating the US Intelligence Community, insulting our Armed Forces' hard working and experienced battlefield troops and their general officers, and even bashing the Gold Star Mother of Capt. Khan, who died while preventing a suicide attack upon a mess hall near Baqubah, Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. As if all of that was not tragic enough, the Trump administration is also doing serious harm to America’s longstanding global intelligence partnerships. A mere three weeks after the inauguration, Donald John Trump has repeatedly gone out of his way to delegitimize our nation's brave intelligence officers (who have served this nation in secret, faithfully, and with honor, since Nathan Hale in 1776), mocking these thousands of quiet, brave, men and women publicly, and in demeaning their precious work, he has even incredibly blown off receiving the PDB (President's Daily Briefing), a brief of the most important daily classified information on national security collected by our 17 U.S. intelligence agencies and given to the President of the United States every morning precisely at 0745 hours, as it has been with every Commander in Chief since JFK. An unnamed US intelligence official said in deep frustration: "Since January 20, we’ve assumed that the Kremlin has human ears inside the White House Situation Room... There’s not much the Russians don’t know at this point..." On January 29, 2017,  Donald John Trump suddenly restructured the National Security Council's core "Principals Committee" Donald John Trump gave a permanent invitation to Steve Bannon, White House Chief Strategist, while at the same time eliminating the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Director of National Intelligence, thus depriving both the Pentagon and US Intelligence Community of any direct way to advise, consent, or dissent to any actions planned by the President and remaining NSC members, 'in the room', face to face. In the modern history of our nation, this is the first time that the Pentagon and the Intelligence Community have been removed from the direct decision making process.  In an era when the entire world can be wiped out in in a thermonuclear exchange and 9200 U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons (on high-alert) can be launched in 2 to 3 minutes, and a mass extinction event occur, removal of the Pentagon and the Intelligence Community from the NSC as brakes upon accidental war, or to prevent a "Pearl Harbor Style" sneak attack upon the US (or our NATO & EU allies), is just highly illogical, and profoundly disturbing. Finally, on May 9, 2017, Donald John Trump became only the second United States president to fire the Director of the FBI, who was heading up two separate investigations into the relationships between the Trump campaign, Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Russian intelligence and Russian oligarchs. Naturally, Americans wanted to know: Why? The exact answer remained elusive over the course of three days following the announcement. Trump and his White House gave numerous, contradictory explanations for James B. Comey’s firing. The ORIGINAL explanation by Donald John Trump and his administration was that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions initiated Comey’s firing. In a letter to US AG Sessions, Rosenstein criticized Comey’s handling of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server use as secretary of state. He did not explicitly call for his dismissal. US AG Sessions forwarded the Rosenstein letter to Donald John Trump , recommending he remove Director Comey. US AG Sessions stated: “Based on my evaluation, and for the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in the attached memorandum, I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI.” Donald John Trump then wrote a letter to Director Comey, saying he was acting on their recommendation. The next day, May 10, 2017, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders fully contradicted that version of events and revealed that Donald John Trump had himself actually asked for the recommendation of Rosenstein and Sessions. That very same day, May 10, 2017, Donald John Trump jovially met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Kisalyak (whom ODNI outed as THE Russian spy master in the United States). This meeting in the Oval Office was unusual in its timing and in the fact that only the Russian state media 'TASS" was allowed. ALL American news media were summarily banned. In that same meeting, according to current and former U.S. officials, Donald John Trump deliberately revealed, highly classified, 'above Top Secret', foreign ally obtained intelligence information to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Kisalyak. U.S. officials said Trump’s unprecedented disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State (ISIL), as well as jeopardizing US and Foreign Ally intel field assets. The information Donald John Trump leaked in the meeting, had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from US allies and tightly restricted even within our U.S. government, officials said.  The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to deliberately do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After the Oval Office meeting, senior White House officials took steps to immediately contain the damage, placing calls to ODNI, CIA, and the National Security Agency. “This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.” Furthermore, Donald John Trump also told Lavrov and Kislyak that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. ... “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Donald John Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.” The conversation, during a May 10 meeting — the day after he fired Mr. Comey — reinforces the notion that Donald John Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives.  The White House document that contained Donald John Trump's comments was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated as the official account of the meeting. The next day, Thursday, May 11, 2017, NBC aired an interview with Donald John Trump. In the interview, Donald John Trump offered yet another reason for firing Comey: The FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. In the interview with Lester Holt on 'NBC Nightly News', Donald John Trump said: "There is no collusion and everybody has said — and I think you will admit that — there's no collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians." “Regardless of any recommendation, I was going to fire Comey” Donald John Trump thus violated Federal Obstruction of Justice statutes, by firing the FBI Director who was the nexus of the criminal investigation into Donald John Trump's presidential campaign, his global business dealings, as well as additional US counter-intelligence, and FISA findings. Donald John Trump then went on to maintain that Comey's dismissal would not impede the FBI’s investigation, which he said:  "It should be over with...  “As far as I’m concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly” ... “But I said to myself, I might even lengthen out the investigation”  There can be no question in any rational person's mind that by firing Director Comey, Donald John Trump was attempting to cover up the multiple investigations into his myriad political and business dealings with Russia. In these ways and others, Donald John Trump (and cohorts) have clearly adhered to the enemies of the United States while simultaneously weakening United States defense, intelligence, and geopolitical posture. There is no question that these individuals have seriously violated the Hatch and Logan Acts and committed acts of treason, and clear concealments of treason under:  18 U.S. Code § 2381 "Treason",  18 U.S. Code § 2382 "Misprision of Treason",  "Obstruction of Justice" 18 U.S. Code § 1512 (tampering with federal witnesses), 18 U.S. Code § 1513 (retaliating against federal witnesses), 18 U.S. Code § 1503 (obstruction of pending federal court proceedings), 18 U.S. Code § 1505 (obstruction of pending congressional or federal administrative proceedings), 18 U.S. Code § 371 (conspiracy). IN CONCLUSION What we have here before us is Vladimir Putin's concerted attempt at a permanent political and military realignment and reversion of United States policies towards Russia via  purported blackmail influence over the Trump Presidency. If left unchecked, the Destruction of America & NATO from WITHIN via Donald John Trump, shall be the end result of Putin's determined chess game. This destruction of the United States, NATO, and the EU shall finally facilitate Putin's decades long dreams of an expansionist 'Greater Russia' not only in predominate control of Eastern Europe but also of Western Europe and the United States, as well.  After the significant revelations of the Putin / Trump / Manafort / Panama Papers.... the apparent quid pro quo between Trump & Putin for Ukraine / Baltics / NATO / EU, the failure of Trump to publicly reveal sources of income in his taxes, etc.; it must be clearly affirmed that no one, not even the President of the United States is above the "Laws of the Land", up to and including, "TREASON". 18 U.S. Code § 2381 "Treason" "Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them (or adheres to their enemies), giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States."(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)  

Ray S. Cline
171,993 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, United States Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of State, Dona...

KEEP AMERICA GREAT! Protect America's National Parks Now and Forever!

Imagine a country without National Parks. Imagine a land with oil fields instead of geysers, mountains littered with construction equipment, the greatest trees in the world laying, stricken from their roots. Imagine a country with no Grand Canyon. Or Yellowstone. Or Yosemite. Recently, the new Republican government has paved the way to opening up these sacred lands to be sold and/or used for drilling or development. This is one of the most solemn moments America has ever seen. Donald Trump has already signed executive orders which, if passed, will revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Along with censoring the EPA and the National Park Service, these movements could lead to many lands, and the Parks themselves, being sold off to companies and developers, letting them be turned into pipeline sites, real estate, or mining sites for gas, coal, and oil. This would turn our National Parks to nothing more but dumping grounds and building sites. Stand up. Speak up. Don't let this continue! Don't set a precedent letting the government butcher our lands and drain them of their beauty! Sign to ask the President and all other names mentioned to do this: Reverse this Ease to Open the National Parks to Businesses.  In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt himself: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

Sproutogether Inc
49,697 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice

Request the Department of Justice Obtain an Injunction Against Electoral College

On December 19, 2016, the Electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots to determine who will become president of the United States. Because there is significant cause (more fully described below*) to suspect this recent presidential election was illegally subverted, either singly or in collusion, by one or more individuals, federal agencies, political parties, candidates, foreign or domestic interests, the petitioners hereby respectfully request an injunction against the Electors of the Electoral College barring them from affirming any presidential candidate until after a full and impartial investigation, conducted in a transparent, non-partisan, professional way, assures the court and the American people that no illegal actions designed to subvert the national election conducted this past November 8th, 2016 succeeded in their intended illegal purpose. Petitioners believe this injunction and subsequent investigation are in the best interests of the nation. They believe such injunction is necessary to preserve the confidence of the American people in the integrity of the American election process, give legitimacy to the next president of the United States (and cast all aspersion or doubt as to that legitimacy), and strengthen the citizens’ faith in the due process of law. Further, petitioners believe this action will demonstrate to our allies and any hostile interests that this nation will not tolerate interference in its democratic processes and will do all in its power to ferret out criminal activity intended to manipulate, intimidate, suborn or in any way fraudulently impact the American electoral process. *Note: This petition is predicated solely on a reasonable examination and belief in the integrity of numerous statements that have been publicly made alleging that it is a very real possibility that the election could have been illegally manipulated by a foreign nation and foreign corporation (Wikileaks) known to be hostile to this nation’s interests. These statements have been publicly reported (after professional, credible internal vetting as to their accuracy) by a significant number of the nation's largest and most credible news sources (in print, online, and on television, cable and radio news), such as, but not limited to: The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, and employees of MSNBC, CNN, CBS, and NPR. Moreover, the candidates themselves and their closest surrogates, as well as currently elected and serving officials, have told the citizens of this country that there is a strong possibility the election was being tampered with by forces hostile to this country. However, all of the above sources notwithstanding, we offer as additional proof of possible foul play, Mr. Trump’s own statements. The Republican candidate repeatedly stated in unequivocal terms to the American people (and world at large) that this election was either going to “be rigged” or in fact was “was rigged” (evidence to this is in the public domain and easily verified). Therefore, the candidate who now appears to hold the most Electoral votes has repeatedly called into question the integrity of his own election and this certainly gives the American voters serious cause to doubt the legitimacy of the election and, therefore, the legitimacy of his presidency unless otherwise thoroughly proven otherwise. This petition has been drafted in her own words by the Rev. Maureen G. Ausbrook. It has been drafted free of outside influence or any coercion. It represents, within the limits of reasonable possibility, what she has personally witnessed throughout the course of the election campaign. Having drafted this document she will put it online and attempt to obtain a minimum of 10,000 signatures from duly registered voters. She respectfully requests the DOJ and any federal court judge to recognize she is not an attorney and she requests that any errors in the drafting of this document be treated fairly with full understanding that she is not an attorney and she begs the DOJ and court to not find any clerical error or lack of legal wording to be cause for dismissal. She submits this document online November 12, 2016, with herself as petitioner and on behalf of all other people who subsequently sign and make themselves additional petitioners. Respectfully submitted, /s/ Rev Maureen G. AusbrookKennebunk, ME  

Maureen Gill Ausbrook
29,126 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security

Arrest Madonna for Making Threats Against the White House

The inflammatory statement made by Madonna on January 21, 2017 at the Women's March in DC is a blatant disregard for the welfare of the President, his family and staff.  Her arrogance and sense of entitlement as a Hollywood elitist allow her to maintain the confidence that she could make any type of hostile statement and promotion of violence, and face no consequences.  We, the signers of this petition, request that Madonna be held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law, just as if any other average citizen had made these same statements. 

B Garrett
26,420 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

#FreeEmilio: Do Not Deport Award-Winning Journalist Emilio Gutierrez to Mexico

As supporters of press freedom and human rights, we are asking that Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez, who is currently being held in the Federal Detention Center in Sierra Blanca, Texas, not be deported to Mexico. Mr. Gutierrez, who is the recipient of the National Press Club’s 2017 John Aubuchon Award for Press Freedom, has been living in the United States for nine years since fleeing Mexico. His reports on abuses by the Mexican military in his hometown forced him to flee for his life. He sought asylum in the U.S., but his request was recently denied. Mr. Gutierrez and much of the journalism community believe that he will be killed upon return to Mexico if he is deported. We urge the U.S. government to find a place for him here in the States or allow him to transit to a third country where he will be safe. Mr. Gutierrez has no criminal record. He and his son Oscar have supported themselves in the food service industry while living in Las Cruces, New Mexico. They willingly surrendered in El Paso last week and were handcuffed and taken to the facility at Sierra Blanca 90 miles away from their attorney in El Paso.  Please sign this petition to prevent Emilio's deportation before it's too late. #freeemilio

National Press Club
15,672 supporters
Petitioning United States Department of Justice

Give back Lyndon McLellan's money.

I’ve spent years of my life running L & M Convenience Mart, a small gas station, restaurant and convenience store in rural Fairmont, North Carolina. I managed to build up a little savings, but then, about a year ago, agents from the IRS came to the store and announced that they had seized everything in my bank account, totaling more than $107,000. It took me 13 years to earn that money, but it took less than 13 seconds for them to take it away. I hadn’t done anything wrong, and the IRS never said that I’d committed a crime—much less charged me with one. The reason they took my money was because my niece, who handles my banking, deposited cash receipts from the store in the bank in amounts under $10,000. They called that “structuring.” My niece explained that a bank teller told her years ago that making small deposits would avoid unnecessary paperwork, but they weren’t interested. When I explained that I had tens of thousands of dollars in bills due at the end of the month, they shrugged their shoulders and left the store. A few months ago, when a Congressman asked the IRS Commissioner about my case, the Commissioner said “If that cases exists, then it’s not following the policy.” That’s because the IRS claims that it no longer uses a little-known legal tactic called “civil forfeiture” to take innocent Americans’ legally-earned money. When my attorney forwarded the IRS Commissioner’s statement to the prosecutor in the case, here’s how the prosecutor responded: "Whoever made [the document] public may serve their own interest but will not help this particular case. Your client needs to resolve this or litigate it. But publicity about it doesn’t help. It just ratchets up feelings in the agency. My offer is to return 50% of the money. The offer is good until March 30th COB." I’m not going to give the government a single penny—let alone 50 percent—because I haven’t done anything wrong. I’ve teamed up with the Institute for Justice to fight the IRS and put an end to the illegal practice of using civil forfeiture to seize and keep millions of dollars from innocent Americans. I’m in this fight because I believe that Americans have a right to be free from arbitrary and unlawful seizure of their private property.

Lyndon McLellan with the Institute for Justice
12,810 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice

Department of Justice: Bring federal hate crime charges against our father’s assailant

Fellow Americans – On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, our father, Inderjit Singh Mukker, was viciously assaulted after the assailant pulled up to his car yelling racial slurs, including, "Terrorist, go back to your country, Bin Laden!" He was on the way to our local grocery store. At the hospital, while still in a severe amount of pain, he provided a statement and said, “No American should be afraid to practice their faith in our country.” However the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office is sending another message by NOT charging the assailant with a hate crime. Despite being punched repeatedly through a car window after being called racial slurs, we are now being told that this is not a hate crime, but a case of road rage. We need your help. Tell the U.S. Department of Justice to bring federal hate crime charges against our father’s assailant immediately. By adding your name to this petition you are telling the world that America stands together to #takeonhate. For more information about our father’s case or to get in touch with our counsel, the Sikh Coalition, please click here – In solidarity, Baljot Kaur & Kanwar Singh Mukker PS - If you are interested to learn more as to why hate crime law is so important, please read this important piece by Harpreet Singh Saini who lost his mother in Oak Creek.

Baljot Kaur, Kanwar Mukker and the Sikh Coalition
12,279 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, Pardon Attorney, Department of Justice

Justice for Cyntoia Brown Cyntoia Brown is a 16 year old girl and a victim of sex trafficking. She was trafficked by a pimp named “cut throat” and was repeatedly drugged and raped by different men. She was then sold like a piece of property to a 43 year old child predator, however this time she chose to fight back. Cyntoia shot the 43 year old to prevent him from raping her. As a result of this she was tried as an adult and convicted. She will be eligible for parole when she is 69 years old. Help get justice for Cyntoia please. We can not understand the pain she is going through right now, to be taken away from your family, stripped of your rights, personal freedoms, and liberties, just to be failed by your own justice system. Please do whatever you can to help Cyntoia. We can not let this go or pass by because this could very well be YOUR daughter, sister, niece, or friend. Sex trafficking is a huge problem in the United States and it does not only harm the person physically but emotionally. It leaves damage that can take years to get over, if the person can get over it at all. Cyntoia fought for her life she fought to escape that life ruining situation. She is already going to have to live with what happened to her for the rest of her life, she shouldn’t have to spend that already pain filled life in prison for years and years just because she chose to fight to be free again, to fight for her rights, her ability to say yes and no, for her peace of mind, and for her survival. Please I beg of every person that reads this please help Cyntoia Brown, please.

Eris Kennedy
11,940 supporters