- Former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton is a former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States.
- Former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton is a former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States.
Commit to act for paid family leave for all in your first 100 days
Under ordinary circumstances, two mothers as different as we are would never have met. One of us is from Oklahoma and is a registered Republican. The other is an unmarried liberal who lives in Brooklyn. But tragedy has a way of bringing people together. Last year, we both lost our babies, infant sons who died at daycare, after we’d left them in childcare to return to work. Neither of us wanted to leave our babies when we did, at mere weeks old, not yet. But neither of us had the luxury of choice. Our respective employers would not grant us any more time for parental leave, and we couldn’t afford to quit our jobs. So, reluctantly, on an April morning in Oklahoma, baby Shepard was left at daycare. A childcare worker swaddled him for a nap, placed him in a car seat, and didn’t check on him. He slipped down and suffocated, still too little to lift up his own head. Just as reluctantly, in July, baby Karl was dropped off for his first day at daycare near his mother’s Manhattan office. When she came back to feed him at noon, Karl’s lips were blue and a childcare worker was performing CPR. A medical examiner could not determine why this healthy baby died. 1 in 4 American moms have no choice but to return to work just two weeks after the birth of a child. 87 percent of parents have no access to paid leave through their employers. No parent should have to choose between leaving their baby too soon and making ends meet. Given that 73% of Republicans, 87% of independents and 96% of Democrats agree it is important for Congress and the president to consider a family leave insurance system, we are jointly calling on the candidates for president, Republican and Democrat, to publicly commit that, if elected, they will take action for national paid family leave policy in their first 100 days in office. Most babies don’t die in day care, of course. But, as it turns out, our instinct that Karl and Shepard would be safer if we could have stayed with them a little longer was not wrong. An important study released last week found that for each additional month that a woman has paid parental leave, infant mortality goes down 13 percent. America has the highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized nation in the world. Paid leave, in countries that have implemented it, has dramatically lowered infant death rates. But beyond this, parental leave is good for our children. When Norway began offering paid parental leave, there were dramatic long-range effects: children had lower high school dropout rates, higher rates of college attendance, and higher incomes at age 30. American babies whose mothers don’t have maternity leave are less likely to be taken to the doctor, and less likely to be breastfed. Toddlers of parents without access to paid leave have more behavioral problems, and score lower on cognitive tests. Every American baby would be safer, healthier, and have a better start in life if given time with their mother or father during the first months of life. If our political leaders claim to be pro-family, they need to put families first by supporting paid family leave. In the richest country in the world, we should not have sobbing mothers leaving their premature babies in the NICU because they have to return to their jobs. We do not need to tear babies from their mothers’ arms before they can even hold up their own necks. Parental leave is a necessity, not a perk. Join us, a mom from Oklahoma and a mom from Brooklyn, in calling upon the presidential candidates of both parties to publicly commit that, if elected, they will take action for paid family leave policy in their first 100 days in office. Through our great loss, we are now united to fight for change. We charge our leaders, both Republican and Democrat, to enact laws that protect the right of every American baby to have the loving care of a parent during the fragile first months of their life.
DNC Debate on The Young Turks
This petition is to request the DNC to allow The Young Turks to host a debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Having a media outlet NOT INFLUENCED by Corporate Money would be a refreshing change. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Jimmy Dore, Jordan Chariton and John Iadarola can go toe to toe with ANY MSM Journalist. With its political and social news coverage, The Young Turks channel racks up roughly 37 million monthly views, according to OpenSlate data. But The Young Turks has expanded into an entire digital network, with 35 channels spanning sports, technology, film, college life and dozens of other areas. Together, the network attracts over 75 million monthly views from more than 3 million subscribers. -Eric Blattberg (http://digiday.com/publishers/the-young-turks-interview/) A debate with the Young Turks would allow Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to contrast their Policy Positions in front of TYT's massive online audience, composed mostly of people under the age of 35. We want to see a debate where Sanders and Clinton can be properly questioned about policy with appropriate followups. It would be a great opportunity to discuss issues that are important for the DNC and the whole nation with the Most Popular YouTube News Outlet. This debate would transcend American politics to the realm of new internet media and would be a model that future online debates can follow. There is not much time left in the election process so let's try to make this happen! Thank You! Update: Thank you to Cenk Uygur who has OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED the request for a debate on behalf of The Young Turks (Watch the Confirmation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkoBk5K-FH0) If anyone representing the DNC, Representative Debbie Schultz, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, Youtube, The Young Turks, or Facebook would like to contact me, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Change.org should also provide you with my phone number. Thank you.
Free Jason Puracal, an Innocent American in Nicaraguan Prison
Jason Puracal is an American citizen who is literally fighting for his life in a maximum security prison in Nicaragua. He has been wrongfully imprisoned there since November 2010 - sentenced to 22 years on sham charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime. Not one shred of evidence was found linking him to any of these illegal activities. After nine months of unlawful delays, on August 29, 2011, Jason was declared guilty in a closed door trial that barred the media and family members from attending. Today he struggles to survive in a deadly prison called La Modelo. Jason has repeatedly declared his innocence and the prosecution’s own witnesses at trial demonstrated that he did not commit the crimes with which he was charged. The police witnesses testified they never recovered any drugs in his possession or in his office, home, or truck. The independent California Innocence Project, which reviews some 2,000 cases from inmates claiming wrongful conviction annually, chose Jason’s case as one of 10 it agreed to work on this year. Right now Jason is languishing in a small, filthy cell with seven other men. The prison officials have denied him edible food and drinkable water on a daily basis. As a result, he has lost more than 30 pounds. A hole in the corner of the cell serves as toilet, sink, and shower drain. Exposed electrical wires frequently spark inside the cell. Also, an inmate was recently murdered by another inmate just feet from Jason’s cell. Wrongful convictions occur in every criminal justice system around the world, but if we, as a global neighborhood, shine a light on the cases, perpetrators (such as the Nicaraguan police and convicting judge, in this case) will think twice before wrongfully convicting another innocent American. We ask you to sign this petition to demand that the Nicaraguan Government will both ensure the case is thoroughly and independently reviewed by prosecutors, and immediately improve the conditions under which Jason is detained. Jason's family is struggling financially to keep their defense effort alive. After you sign this petition, you can donate at: www.FreeJasonP.com" __________________________________________________________
Hillary Clinton should step down in favor of Bernie Sanders to be the Democratic Candidate
We, the undersigned, respectfully request Hillary Clinton to step down as the Democratic Candidate for President, or request that the Democratic National Committee remove her, in favor of Bernie Sanders. PLEASE SHARE ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER! Use #DropOutHillary #SwitchToBernie The FBI has just re-opened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. Director Comey would not reopen the case now unless he believed new evidence was compelling and significant. Hillary must step down and let Bernie run. Can candidates be changed? Yes. When you vote for President, you're actually voting for electors to head to a convention to then vote for President. Those electors are pledged to a candidate, however if that candidate drops out they can vote for someone else. These electors are usually very faithful to the party they represent. So if the Democratic Party announces they are running Bernie Sanders, even though the ballots say Hillary Clinton, the electors can choose him for President. More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_(United_States) Hillary Clinton is dropping in polls vs Donald Trump. Some latest polls have the candidates tied, while the latest LA Times poll shows Donald Trump in the lead. If it weren’t for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton would be the least liked Presidential candidate in the last 10 election cycles, and her favorability rate continues to fall. On the other hand, Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the nation. "Most voters who would back Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton say their vote is meant less to support their candidate than to oppose the other one. There is no precedent for this in recent decades.". The people will not be voting for Hillary Clinton, they’ll be voting against Trump. Would it not be better to have a candidate that energize people to get out and vote? Polls show without exception that Sanders beats Trump more than Hillary."Bernie Sanders polls extraordinarily well among independent voters and new voters. In fact, he’s the only candidate this year who polls consistently stronger among independents than Donald Trump", which is particularly important as Independents are now the largest political affiliation group. Hillary Clinton and her campaign has shown a shocking lack of respect to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, and because of that nearly half of Sanders supporters won’t support Hillary Clinton. However, the democratic candidate will need these people to vote for them in order to win the election. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders inspires people, he raised over $200 million from people with an average contribution of $27 and brought out hundreds of thousands of people out to see him speak. He brings an energy and invigoration to the Democratic Party that Hillary Clinton simply cannot. This is the sign of a strong candidate. The recent DNC email leaks and Podesta Email leaks from Wikileaks have shown that the DNC actively tried to work against the Sanders campaign. It is clear the DNC Chair and DNC staff did not remain neutral throughout the primary process as they should according to Party Rules, which leads to the conclusion that Bernie Sanders more than likely would have earned more delegates to the convention. The process has been rigged against Bernie Sanders, in favor of Hillary Clinton. For the sake of the party, it is simply not acceptable to let this type of action be rewarded. While the case has been re-opened, the previous conclusion of the FBI investigation into Hillary's emails showed that Hillary Clinton was "extremely careless in [her] handling of very sensitive, highly classified information". These findings will be forever detrimental to any claim of national security experience by Hillary Clinton. It in fact shows that she has poor judgement, which would be a bad quality for the President of the United States. It has also been revealed that Hillary has a private and public position on many policies areas. She is publicly against the TPP and marriage equality, but recent email leaks has shown she is most likely going to support the TPP if she was President and personally doesn't believe in marriage equality. We therefore request: #DropOutHillary and #SwitchToBernie Can candidates be changed? Yes. When you vote for President, you're actually voting for electors to head to a convention to then vote for President. Those electors are pledged to a candidate, however if that candidate drops out they can vote for someone else. These electors are usually very faithful to the party they represent. So if the Democratic Party announces they are running Bernie Sanders, even though the ballots say Hillary Clinton, the electors can choose him for President. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_(United_States)
(Counter Petition) Hillary Clinton drop out of the 2016 Presidential Election
***This is a counter petition in response to one made by the Hillary camp asking Bernie to drop out. *** Dear Hillary Clinton Liberals, Progressives, and Democratic supporters appreciate your efforts to bring the right agenda to the Presidential election, but in light of the fact that most Bernie Sanders supporters would not vote for you in November, and the upcoming polling showing strong support for Bernie Sanders, we request that you drop out of the race gracefully at this juncture. We need to MAKE AMERICA UNITED now and we need to be focused to fight against the hateful ill conceived agenda of Donald Trump. By staying in the race at this point and continuing to attack Bernie and copy his message, you are doing the bidding of the talking points of the Republicans and you are also enabling the spin of the mainstream media who seek dramatics to boost their ratings. We believe you would be best suited to support MAKING AMERICA UNITED by working somewhere else from this point on to support President Obama for the rest of his term and then to help Bernie preserve all we have fought for and we believe he is the one who will take us where we need to go. With your support for progressive concerns, we would appreciate that you support Bernie now to help so WE can make the changes that we need. We know that you have been in line with a lot of the concerns of Democrats and you have pointed out MANY times that do feel strongly about the issues Bernie stands for. By dropping out now rather than later you would be doing the right thing for the country and the world. Hillary, you can be proud of the energy you created but the democratic voters need you to do the right thing by ending the 2016 Democratic Primary and to start immediately encouraging your supporters to UNITE with the focus on supporting Bernie in the general election to defeat Donald Trump. ***This is a counter petition in response to one made by the Hillary camp asking Bernie to drop out. ***
Fix America’s Presidential Debates!
Americans deserve better than the current presidential debate format. Today’s debates have been reduced to a string of “gotcha” questions for candidates, which result in personal attacks, uninformative soundbites, rehearsed remarks and scripted rebuttals. They tell voters almost nothing that can’t be gathered from campaign ads. There is no time for depth, no payoff for nuance, no serious discussion of policy. That’s why it isn’t surprising that America is tuning out. The percentage of the voting-age population watching has dropped from 58% during the first Presidential debate in 1960 to 25% in 2012 -- with younger voters in particular choosing not to watch. Even so, more than 60 million Americans in 2012 watched the debates, giving them substantial influence. With so much at stake, it’s imperative that the Presidential Candidates and the Commission on Presidential Debates fix our upcoming presidential debates. For the 2016 general election, the candidates and the nonprofit that oversees the format, the Commission on Presidential Debates, ought to adopt Oxford-style debate, a proven format that would better demonstrate the candidates’ platforms, ideas, and interactions. Here’s how it would work: Sharply framed resolutions — for instance, “give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship” or “the United States intervenes abroad too often” — are devised for one side to support and the other to oppose. The Democrat and Republican each start with an opening statement that they deliver without interruption. Then the contenders address and rebut the best arguments their opponent has made. The moderator’s role is simple, but vital: to ensure that the candidates actually debate each other—that they respect the process, respond to points made, refute or concede as necessary, and honor time limits. The debate ends with two-minute closing arguments, a final opportunity to sway the audience. In 2016, a debate like this would be a gamechanger. Unable to rely solely on personal attacks and personality, an Oxford-style debate would force the candidates to respond to intense questions, marshal relevant facts, and expose weaknesses in their opponents’ arguments. Memorized talking points could not be disguised as answers. Anyone running for president should be able to answer tough questions with the confidence that comes from deep conviction and a lifetime spent developing his or her own political philosophy. Best of all: we know it works. Since 2006, Intelligence Squared U.S. has mounted some 120 debates, often to sold-out theaters in New York, Boston and Chicago. We have explored nearly every topic discussed on the presidential campaign trail, including income inequality, business regulation, immigration, guns, taxes and health care. We’ve tackled questions regarding Russia, China, the Middle East and America’s role in the world. On average, 46% of attendees change their minds during our debates. By showing voters who the candidates are, how they think, and what they can teach us about difficult policy choices, a series of these debates will foster the informed electorate essential for a thriving democracy. Sign our petition to send a message to the Presidential candidates and the Commission on Presidential Debates. America’s voters expect REAL debates this election season.
Don't deport my husband.
My husband, Rony, lost most of his male relatives to the drug cartels in Honduras. Rony’s father owned land that he would not hand over, so his family was brutally murdered. My husband came to the US looking for a safer life but is currently in deportation proceedings that would send him back to the extortion and violence he fled. Our daughter, Ava Lily, is about to turn one -- and as she starts taking her first steps, Rony is sitting in a detention center in Texas. He has been an amazing father and he is a hardworking man who supported us with his landscaping business. The consequence of sending him back to Honduras and the murderous drug cartels will likely be his demise -- leaving me a widow and his children without a father. Rony has other family here who sought asylum in the US after hurricane Mitch hit Honduras in 1998. They’ve remained a big part of our lives and we all want him safely with us. In cases where there are extenuating circumstances, immigration officers can pardon a detainee under prosecutorial discretion. Please join me in asking Immigration and Customs Enforcement to grant prosecutorial discretion to Rony Francisco Granados Hernandez based on the extortion and murder of his family. Please help Rony return to his loving family. Thank you for your support.
Create more marine protected areas to reduce effect of overfishing on oceanic ecosystems
Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction and it is a serious issue that is often ignored. It is a problem within the United States but even worse outside of it. Some stocks of large fish have decreased by about 90% in the past 60 years. Overfishing leads to so many deaths of fish (especially large fish) that the oceanic ecosystems are being negatively impacted. By protecting more areas in the ocean and creating more "no fishing" areas across oceans, the effect of overfishing would be reduced and fish populations may begin replenishing themselves. More than 85 percent of the world's fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them. The creation of more "no fishing" zones would only be a step towards stopping overfishing and its harms. Overfishing is an issue that affects everyone, not only fish; it is in everybody's best interest to keep the fish populations healthy.
Tell Political Candidates Not to Campaign on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11
I lost my son Mark Bingham on 9/11. He died in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Mark and a group of fellow passengers stormed the cockpit, fought the hijackers, and prevented hate-filled terrorists from striking their intended target, the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Although Mark and the other passengers lost their lives that day, they likely saved many others. As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, there are two things we will never forget. How wonderful and fragile life is. How the healing spirit of unity and compassion brought our nation together in the days after the attacks. We can’t bring our loved ones back. But perhaps together, as a nation, we can bring back the 9/11 spirit of unity and togetherness in observance of the 15th anniversary of 9/11 this year. In remembrance of the thousands killed and injured on September 11, 2001, and on behalf of the many first responders, recovery workers, and military personnel who rose in service in response to the attacks, I am petitioning Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, and other candidates for political office, to voluntarily suspend their campaign activities for one day, on September 11, 2016. Instead of running campaign ads and posting "tweets," I ask each of them, and other candidates running for office, to observe a "political moment of silence" for the day, pledging instead to dedicate time on 9/11 to helping others, and engaging in private moments of reflection and prayer, in the spirit of national unity and remembrance, and in observance of the federally recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (911day.org). Please sign my petition in support of this moratorium on political campaigning for 9/11. By doing so, you'll help bring honor to the thousands of 9/11 victims, and help rekindle at least for a day the simple truth that our differences are trivial compared to our common humanity. Thank you, Alice Hoagland, mother of Mark Bingham
Abolish the SSDI work credit law for lifelong illness patients
Hi my name is Nikki and I currently live with Cystic Fibrosis. I decided to write this petition because I need your help to fight for our well being. I was born with CF. There has never been a day where I was not sick. I had few opportunities to work in high school because trying to balance high school and a terminal illness was hard enough. I was in and out of the hospital for 2 weeks at a time, 3-4 times a year. I was forced to get my GED. But that's not the problem here. Being that I never worked, I never earned credits towards Social Security Disability. I never had the opportunity to. And I still don't. So when I hit 18 and my mom's income no longer counted for me, I was stuck getting a minimal Supplemental Security Income check monthly (which is for people of "low income") of $650. If you haven't worked a certain amount of years, then you do not qualify for disability checks. And we all know that $650 barely enough to pay for 2 utility bills. Especially here in TN. I have tried to work. When I do, they cut my SSI. Then when I'm in the hospital and can't work I'm stuck living without income until the SSI office can catch up with it. Which takes 2-3 months. I can't keep a job long enough to earn SSDI credits. So I'm stuck. Like many, I will forever be stuck. A majority of Cystic Fibrosis patients were diagnosed at birth. So they are in the same sinking ship that I am. Unlike most typical disability cases, we didn't work 20 years then go out on disability for a hurt back. We were always sick and always will be. But the last time I checked, we are in fact DISABLED but apparently that's not enough to earn a disability income. And SSI is simply not enough to sustain ourselves. It's especially important to make sure we have enough money for when we undergo and recover from a lung transplant which a majority of us will get. During this time a CF patient will not even be able to leave the hospital for weeks even months. How can we fight to get out of this everlasting circle of poverty? We must find a way for Cystic Fibrosis patients and other terminal illnesses from birth to get a different consideration when it comes to social security. There must be a way we can get a bill passed that allows us to receive more than what we do, without work credits, since we're not given the chance to earn them ourselves. Please sign this petition so we can start a conversation with the law makers about the changes that need to be made. We need your help. We want a chance to live a normal life like everyone else, but are unable to because of this Social Security Disability law.