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Petitioning President of the United States, Mitch McConnell, Daniel Donovan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Trey Gowdy, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Eleanor Norton, Paul Cook, Elijah Cummings, Darrell Issa, Don Y...

Ban Child Sex Dolls

Right now, teachers, coaches, babysitters, and neighbors, in every town in America, can purchase lifelike, anatomically correct dolls designed to simulate sex with a child. And it’s perfectly legal. These sick dolls are being imported into the United States and other countries. British police have seized more than 100 already in the UK, and authorities have found that the people buying them usually have child pornography too. Sign this petition to ban the sale and distribution of child sex dolls! These child sex dolls can normalize a pedophile’s behaviors, emboldening them to harm children, as is often the case with those who view child pornography. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. One child is too many. Our elected officials need to protect children. That’s why Congressman Dan Donovan from New York is introducing legislation that will ban the distribution and sale of dolls that encourage child abuse. Show your support for this legislation by signing this petition, and help protect America’s children!

Stop Abuse Campaign
149,002 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, Tim Scott, U.S. House of Representatives, Sheila Jackson Lee, Bernie Sanders, Greg Abbott, Barbara Lee, James Clyburn, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nikki Haley, Jerry Bro...

Together we can help fight a disease impacting sickle cell trait carriers

My name is Cora Connor and I am writing you on behalf of the estimated 3.1 million Americans affected by Sickle Cell Trait, a common blood disorder, affecting more than three hundred million people worldwide. Individuals with this disorder only carry one defective gene and generally live normal lives. These individuals are at risk for kidney injury, as recently recognized by the NCAA, and other illness. Many people (Sickle Cell Trait carriers, family members, and even physicians) are unaware that there is a rare form of kidney cancer associated with sickle cell trait, called renal medullary carcinoma (RMC). Renal medullary carcinoma is a very aggressive form of kidney cancer and is almost exclusively seen in young African Americans, under the age of 30. The prognosis of these young patients is dismal. Typical survival is under 12 months. Renal medullary carcinoma was first discovered in 1995, but between 1995 and 2012, only 240 cases were reported to The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). There are a number of areas of concern with regard to this cancer: We need to determine the true prevalence of RMC. Because we lack national health policy that reinforces education about sickle cell trait, many patients do not know their status, or their risk. Without standard screening tests, early detection is almost impossible. There has never been research funding for RMC, so treatment options are limited. Furthermore, most physicians are not familiar with the disease and lack knowledge to deal with this cancer effectively. When patients are able to reach doctors that have RMC expertise, they are usually out of state and many insurance plans will not allow their patients to leave the state of residence, even if there are no local options. This is particularly true for Medicaid covered children and young adults. As a result, many people are denied the option to receive expert care. We have assembled a multidisciplinary focus group, initially through support from The William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation, with physicians, scientists, and lay participant advocates from across the United States, Europe and the Middle East. The goal of this focus group is to begin to raise awareness and to elevate the research for RMC. We are appealing to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to promote renal medullary carcinoma research, awareness and disease intervention initiatives across the United States. We need to educate the public, as well as health care providers, about sickle cell trait and renal medullary carcinoma. We also need to launch a screening program and create a registry for this disease in order for health care providers to work collaboratively, nationally and internationally, to treat this disease and bridge the gap that currently exists in meeting the health care needs of the individuals suffering from this disease. Thank you for your time and consideration. Respectfully, Cora Connor

R.M.C. Renal Medullary Carcinoma Inc.
6,734 supporters
Petitioning Department of Veterans Affairs, President of the United States, Joni Ernst, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth Warren, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Marco Rubio, Dian...

Expand the post-9/11 caregiver program to all U.S. veterans

 Many of our military veterans have health issues stemming from their service to our country in foreign wars. These issues often require ongoing caregiver assistance. Veterans who served after 9/11 have received the most generous benefits, which has left our other veterans scrounging to cover needed care. Senator Patty Murray’s latest attempt to bridge this disparity, the Military and Veteran Caregiver Improvement Act, has been stuck in Senate committee since 2015. This act is important because so many of the caregiver programs are geared toward post- 9/11 military veterans. Meanwhile, the veterans of our wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and others have been forced to rely on their family and friends for needed care. Many spouses are faced with the tough choice to put their loved ones into a nursing home so they can get a job to help support their family. Others, like my own mother, stay at home to care for their veteran and are forced to scrape and scrounge every single penny to make ends meet. Veterans from all eras have sacrificed to serve and protect our nation. They have seen and experienced things that few of us could even imagine. And many of them have been exposed to weapon materials that are extremely toxic and dangerous -- leaving them with ailments that plague them for the rest of their lives. We have to do more to care for these heroes. If you believe that our veterans are valuable and deserve the resources necessary to ensure a decent quality of life. If you agree, please sign and share this petition to tell Congress to pass the Military and Veteran Caregiver Improvement Act, or a bill similar in wording.

alex wehrspann
3,237 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Bradley Byrne, Richard Shelby, Lisa Murkowski, Don Young, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Martha McSally, John Boozman, Dick Durbin, Tammy Duckworth, Bobby Rush, Robin Kelly, Mic...

Make Endometriosis A Recognized Disability In the United States

1 in 10 women suffer with Endometriosis which has no cure. Most of these women are in the twenty to forty age group (can be younger or older) and of the women who have this condition up to 40% are infertile. Unfortunately it can take up to 10 years for a woman to be diagnosed with endometriosis. Many struggle to keep jobs or have lost their jobs due to this painful condition. As of right now social security does not recognized endometriosis on the disability list. It is because they consider the pain to be intermittent and can be manged with medication which endo suffers can agree that that is not always the case. Too often women are turned down because of this reason. This petition has been made so that we can get this condition recognized as a disability in the United States. Too often we must suffer because we have no other resort. I hope that we can reach the white house and make this happen.  Everyone please sign, this condition is so common that if you are not a sufferer yourself you know someone (mother, sister, aunt, daughter, wife, girlfriend, friend, etc.) that suffers from it. Thank you for your support!

Nicole Ficenec
3,039 supporters
Petitioning Muriel Bowser (D. C. - Mayor), Dannel Malloy, Asa Hutchinson, John Hickenlooper, Rick Scott, Nathan Deal, David Ige, Bruce Rauner, Eric Holcomb, Kim Reynolds, Sam Brownback, John Bel Edwards, Paul ...

Stop The Statute of Limitations (SOL) on Sex Crimes - Sexual Assault, Pedophilia, Rape

Lesley Barton’s WWII hero father once said to her, “You should never take advantage of someone that is weak or vulnerable just because you can." Little did he know how much his simple words would one day mean to his beloved daughter as the 1st survivor of 10 (4 in SOL 6 outside of it) known victims to report a 15 yr active and violent serial rapist who continuously got off with slaps on the wrist. The time is NOW to Stop The Statute of Limitations on Sex Crimes for children and adults. Please click the link below to learn more about her and her sisters’ fight against sadistic and emboldened rapist Marc Winner and to really understand the gravity of predators like him who are able to use the statute of limitations against their victims to their advantage. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2016/Marc-Winner/__________________________________________Lesley’s story... Over 16 years, she’d hoped and prayed this day would actually never come, because although she knew he couldn’t stop-it was her greatest wish that he would, so no one else would be violently raped by him again. Painfully, that was not the case with 4 in the Statute of Limitations and 10 known total in a 15 year period. The continuous promises made to her when they wanted her to be okay with the plea deal, were not kept. Woman after woman reported him only to be disbelieved and disregarded, because of archaic belief systems even within the justice system and Chicagoland Cook County City and Suburbs being on different computer systems. How senseless is that? This has not been an easy road for her and her sisters. It’s actually been harder than any victim survivor could ever be able to explain. Our msister and brother survivors understand why sexual assault is the most under reported crime, because coming forward in order to protect others from a monster has no upsides due to the revictimization of stigma, harassment, a pretty inept and broken system, and those who want to make rape of all things about politics or shaming and blaming the survivor rather than stopping the perp. It’s been a long 16+ years for Lesley Barton who was the first to report Marc Winner for criminal sexual assault. Even after she came to terms with the unthinkable by finding some joy again she was really thrown for a loop that invasion day almost two years ago now when she found out he was back or actually never left. For he remained active and her reporting him, going to all their trial dates, and his slap on the wrist plea deal didn’t keep him from continuing his proclivity to do irreparable and permanent harm. Lesley no lomger feels any of the unfounded shame or blame any longer. She could really careless what the ignorant callous bullies towards survivors of rape think or say either. She does however feel an immense responsibility to her sisters who survived him, all sister and brother survivors, and the community at large to see this through to the end-to finish this-and to help convict him anyway they lawfully can so he never hurts another living soul again. Many confusingly mock and attack survivor activists who put it all on the line to stop criminals by using the term social justice warrior as a negative connotation on the internet and elsewhere. However, what they don’t seem to understand is that this is NOT a political issue and a violent despicable crime such as rape can never be referred to as “social.” It’s a matter of stopping a violent criminal from seriously hurting others in a way that the survivors receive a life sentence. Rape is actually a CRIMINAL JUSTICE issue-always has been, always will be. As a Criminal Justice issue, one way to end the emboldening of predators like Marc Winner, Brock Turner, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis CK, USA Gymnasts Dr. Larry Nassar, Thad Alton, and Denny Hastert (to name only a small few) is to Stop the Statute of Limitations Clock. Predators know very well that they have a time clock they can easily run out during the often decades of time it takes a victim to come forward and be a survivor. The time is NOW to #StopTheStatute of Limitations on Sex Crimes in every state for children and adults, once and for all. There are no statutes in different states on Forgery, types of Fraud, Murder, Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Arson, types of DUI accidents, and even in a few on Rape, but a few isn’t good enough-Rape is a life sentence, so should be the time period it takes to report it (which remember does not mean the lack of burden of proof) in order to help deter. The system needs to give survivors the time they need to come to terms with the heinous violation to their body and spirit in order to get closure and justice-How can’t everyone have some common sense, reasonably understand, and get behind that? #metoo#Ibelieveyou#stopthestatute

Lesley Barton
1,525 supporters
Petitioning Eleanor Norton, District Of Columbia State House, District Of Columbia State Senate, United States Congress, Charles Allen, Vincent Gray, Mary Cheh, Anita Bonds, David Grosso

Require Psychological Counseling for Animal Abusers in DC

Animal abuse is prevalent throughout all levels of society. However, acts of prevention and correction of these aggressive actions from the legislative standpoint are limited. Currently, preventing and punishing animal abuse and cruelty are mainly the responsibilities of the individual US states. Although all states recognize the problem of animal cruelty and have respective laws, only twenty-eight of the fifty US states have psychological counseling provisions in their animal cruelty laws. Further, of these twenty-eight states, only four have required counseling for animal cruelty offenses and only six states mandate counseling for juvenile offenders. Like many states, the only required punishments for convicted animal abusers in the District of Columbia is the payment of a fine and/or possible jail time, depending on the severity of the offense. While therapy can be mandated by a judge at trial, it is not required and therefore not often used as a punishment for animal abuse. However, therapy is a method of treatment for this type of violent behavior and could help offer a new solution to this vast problem of animal abuse by going to the root of the problem: violent tendencies. So, our group is advocating for mandatory psychological counseling for those who have been convicted of intentionally abusing animals in DC (and hopefully, throughout the United States eventually). Not only is animal abuse an injustice itself, but studies demonstrate the close relations between animal abuse and domestic abuse of spouses and children. Often, the abuse of an animal is an early sign of violent tendencies that precedes the abuse of family members later. Therefore, required therapy for animal abuse could also potentially be beneficial in preventing other forms of abuse later by going to the source of the problem (violent tendencies) and working to find a lasting solution, rather than the temporary punishments of fines and jail time. Therefore, we would like to convince the American government to require mandated therapy as a punishment for the abuse of an animal. Supported by extensive studies, we believe this could be an effective way of going to the source of the problem and stopping abuse early. With this petition, we hope to draw the local DC government’s (and eventually the federal government's) attention to this injustice, as well as to more effective solutions. Please consider supporting this cause. We believe it offers a better approach to intentional abuse by addressing its cause and hope to see a decrease in suffering among all living beings.

Kelly Owczarski
1,487 supporters
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Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Terry McAuliffe, Kenneth Mapp, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Muriel Bowser, Lolo Moliga, Eddie Calvo, Ralph Torres, Steve Bullock, Mark Dayton, Andrew Cuomo,...

Make Partisan Gerrymandering Illegal.

"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." - Abraham Lincoln Whereas: We the PEOPLE are supposed to select our representatives in the government, not the other way around; Whereas: Gerrymandered districts encourage extremism & partisanship to win primaries, and discourage cooperation in the Government; Whereas: The majority of Americans want their voices to be heard accurately, and their parties NOT to be pulled to either wing leaving them with choices that feel like the LEAST BAD or no voting option at all; Whereas: When power is consolidated to a party, it discourages INTERNAL debate and stifles new ideas; Whereas: Gerrymandered districts allow incumbents to show more care for their party or personal position than the people they are supposed to be representing; Whereas: Non-partisan organizations have come up with a variety of ways to draw voting maps fairly and with accurate representations of the population; Whereas: Disenfranchised voters have no recourse when voting maps are skewed based on politics, since it is not illegal; Gerrymandering districts based on political partisanship, to protect incumbents, to consolidate power to ANY party should be illegal.  This should cover not just future redistricting, but also all current districts.  Any politician who is only keeping their seat because they have gerrymandered a safe voting population does NOT deserve to keep their seat.   "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy   

Juniper Harrison
1,441 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Catherine Nolan, Maggie Hassan, L. Tammy Duckworth, Chris Van Hollen, Jerry Brown, FOX News, CNN, United Nat...

Impeach Donald J Trump: The Million American Petition

Your signature is the new vote; it's not too late.  The Constitution of the United States, Art. 2, S. 4, provides, that the president, vice-president, and civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. We, the undersigned, lobby for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump suspected of treason, in violation of THE USA PATRIOT ACT, for conspiring with Russia in tampering with the results of the 2016 election results. He and his administration are an immediate threat to national security, and his use of intimidation as president presents undeniable challenges in this investigation. Ergo, we petition his immediate removal from office as well as the removal of Vice President Mike Pence and all civil officers appointed under his rule pending the results of his administration's investigation. Donald J. Trump has violated the Federal law under civil and criminal ordinances with his documented use of libelous and insulting hate speech referencing American citizens of color, immigrants and those practicing the Muslim faith. His promotion and acceptance of violence towards American citizens has incited violence, discrimination and increased tensions throughout this nation. Furthermore, Donald J. Trump is in violation of state law in the following 34 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,  Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming  He is guilty of multiple counts of cyber bullying, before, during and following his election campaign, the most egregious being his statements regarding Mexicans, Muslims, the black community and his continuous taunting of China. Unlawful conduct of any kind, be it past, present or future is unacceptable of any person holding the office of President of the United States of America. He has caused international conflict with our allies and is dangerously close to destroying peaceful foreign relations. Donald J. Trump’s leadership poses a threat to the peace and safety of our nation on both national and international levels. His immoral reputation and misconduct are an embarrassment and threat to the freedoms this country stands for and will not be tolerated by American citizens.

Daniella Beard
1,427 supporters
Petitioning NEW YORK TIMES, Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio, United Nations, OEA, Robert Menendez, Eleanor Norton, Washington Post, Mario Diaz-Balart, @RealAlexJones ...

Que el mundo conozca, como miente el Nobel de Paz 2016

 Los más de 48 millones de colombianos, queremos denunciar ante la opinión mundial las mentiras con que Juan Manuel Santos Calderón ha engañado, no sólo a nosotros, sino a todos los organismos internacionales, a mandatarios confiados y crédulos, Violando las leyes, irrespetando nuestra Sagrada Constitución, Irrespetando la Democracia, Complicidad con el gobierno Venezolano y faltando al compromiso con la CPI, ya que en los acuerdos que firmó con los TERRORISTAS de las FARC-EP. Quebrantó 7 de los 8 artículos principales del Estatuto de Roma. Además indultando los Crímenes de Lesa HumanidadFavor Leer la carta.

GUSTAVO ALFREDO CARVAJAL PARRA
1,300 supporters
Petitioning Eleanor Norton

Veteran Family Health Care Plan

In order to raise awareness and to help struggling and homeless veterans, we want to advocate for change within the United States government and in Congress. We have a responsibility to help veterans because they served for this country and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Although many veterans can already apply for certain health care benefits, we want to focus on trying to extend healthcare benefits to family members. In some rare cases, family members can receive care, like couples mental health counseling, but it is not normal for this to happen. Extending care to every family member may not be necessary in every case, but there are many justifiable ones. For example, we want to extend healthcare benefits to close family members of a female veteran who is a single mother and is disabled due to mental and/or physical injuries she sustained during her time in the military. If she is disabled and unable to work, then it would be justifiable if not only her health benefits be covered, but also her family's. While we may only be advocating for change on a local level, we hope this raises awareness for our issue in order to pass laws in other states and in other countries where veterans are suffering from homelessness or mental and physical health issues and their immediate family cannot receive health care. Please consider signing in order to help our cause!!! :)

N A
970 supporters
Extend D.C. TAG funding to undocumented students

Dear Petitioners, You probably know the changes that you suggested and that I have worked for to extend DCTAG to undocumented students may be challenging to get passed in the current Congress, where the Republican-led House is opposed to providing any new benefits or rights to undocumented immigrants. However, I would like you to know what I have done. I have always supported making DCTAG available to all D.C. students, regardless of their immigration status. I was a cosponsor of the Dream Act, which passed the House in December 2010. I also signed a letter to President Obama asking him to suspend deportations and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in December 2013. In addition, I am a cosponsor of the House companion to the Senate-passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. In addition to legislation, I created a Congressional Latino Council (CLC) in 2009 to assist me in addressing the needs of our Latino community. On July 8th, in response to the growing number of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border, I met with my CLC and other D.C. Latino leaders, and several recommendations to address the growing needs of the children and their families emerged from that meeting [http://norton.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/refugee-status-pro-bono-lawyers-regional-coordination-among]. Despite the opposition of the Republican-controlled House, I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to extend DCTAG to undocumented students and, ultimately, to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

3 years ago