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Petitioning Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, Doug Jones, Richard Shelby, Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Martha McSally, Kyrsten Sinema, John Boozman, Tom Cotton, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Michael...

Put Intersex and Transgender Education into Sex Ed Curriculum

Transphobia is rampant in our current society. In the BLM movement, transgender black women are the most targeted for hate crimes. Black transgender women have an average lifespan of thirty. In 2019, AT LEAST 27 deaths of transgender people were recorded, with a majority of black transgender women. Consider this stat with the understanding that transgender people only make up 1% of the population. It is clear we need change on both fronts. As we fight for justice within our judicial system, we must also consider how all of this came to be. Understanding that lack of education can cause fear and hate towards a group of people is the first step to uprooting culturally ingrained hated. Violence and discrimination towards transgender people, or those who were born outside of the realm of the binary genders, is a learned behavior based on ignorance. By teaching to unlearn these behaviors, we can begin to make change. In health class, previously and presently, students learn about the anatomy and science of their genitalia and how to have protected sex. That being said, it is statistically proven that 1.7% of people are intersex. That means at least one person each school year is not getting an education. That is nearly one million high school students as of 2020 who are not getting a proper sex education. Add on those who are transgender, and it becomes 1.53 million in the United States. This does not account for those whose lives were detrimentally affected by a lack of education, and now spend their lives with an internalized hate towards these groups. Educating students on their transgender and intersex peers will be a significant and important step in erasing hatred from our schools. Proposed topics of learning include: The different ways someone can be biologically intersex, how to practice safe sex with varying sexes, the affects of hormones on the human body, the science of gender dysphoria including non-binary transgenders, the difference between social and physical dysphoria, the difference between sexualtiy and gender, and gender confirming clothing items, procedures, and/or hormones and hormone replacement therapy. It is not the education systems job to teach why someone might want to change their gender, but it is their job to give children a Sex Education, whatever their gender or sex may be. If we do not begin change in our schools, this problem will continue. Transgender and intersex hate crimes will continue. We need change to begin at the start of these learned behaviors and remove the ignorance on the subject, so that hate towards these groups will subside. It is imperative to add to the Sex Ed and Health curriculum some part that acknowledges both of these groups, because we want to have a progressive curriculum. If you are not apart of this change, then you are allowing this to continue. Please support intersex and transgender rights by giving your students the rights to an education.

Terran Mehan Mehan
96,292 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Mitch McConnell, James Lankford, Kevin McCarthy, Kevin Hern, Nancy Pelosi, Charles E. Schumer

STOP THE PRICE GOUGING BY MEAT PACKERS BEFORE THEY DRIVE THE FAMILY FARM OUT OF BUSINESS.

URGENT! FAMILY CATTLE FARMS IN DANGER! Monday March 15, 2020 ALL OUR BEEF WILL SOON COME FROM THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES UNLESS CONGRESS INTERVENES QUICKLY. In light of the revelation during the COVID-19 crisis, that China may supply up to 95% of our antibiotics, congress is considering ways to protect our national security going forward.  Congress is also providing assistance to industries directly impacted by the situation. We want to point out that there is another industry being impacted, that may be of equal if not greater importance and it involves our food.  It needs to be addressed before it is too late. Live cattle prices have dropped 30.47% since the first of the year from levels that were marginally profitable to current levels that are less than cost and producers are guaranteed to lose money.  Each year, American farmers produce 39 million cattle that are processed netting thirty billion pounds of beef.  This domestic source of protein is in danger of going to foreign markets.  A lot of these countries are third world with little or no control over the use of chemicals and the way cattle are treated. But first let’s look at some comparisons:  The latest statistics show that there are 2.2 million farms in the United States today.  Since most of those are small family farms where family labor is “free”, if you will, thus not reported to Bureau of Labor and Statistics.  Therefore, exact statistics are not available.  But it is easy to conservatively estimate they employ at least 4 million people. This compares to 750,000 in the airline Industry, 296,000 in the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing and 234,000 in the cruise ship industry.  Even the hotel industry that employs approximately 1.5 million is dwarfed in comparison to the farmer. The number of farmers raising cattle nearly doubles the employees of hotels, airlines, cruise ships and pharmaceutical manufacturing combined.  Farmers are known to be independent, fiercely loyal and voracious voters. The production of cattle is a substantial and a vital industry that is in danger.  Currently, 13% of our beef is imported (3.9 billion pounds).  This figure is increasing rapidly while the number of farms decreases annually.  Let’s assume it’s because the packers can buy it cheaper.  As cattle producers quit the business we will just import more and more.  Pretty soon we are just as dependent on countries with sweatshop labor, cruel animal treatment and no health standards for our food. We are not looking for price supports or subsidies.  We have always been independent that way.  What we want is fair treatment and protection against semi-monopolies.  For example, while live cattle prices, the price the farmer is paid for his cattle, was dropping 30% to nearly $0.86 per lb., the Average Fresh Beef Index, the average price of all cuts of beef folks pay in the grocery store, is up slightly to $5.94 per lb. So, while the farmer’s selling price has fallen below his cost, someone in the food distribution chain is reaping a windfall of 30% or better.  That someone is the packers! Only FOUR meat packers control over 80% of the 30 billion pounds of beef processed.  At least three of these packers are multinational with a great deal of foreign ownership.  While it is difficult to prove collusion, they definitely control the prices they pay the farmer. More than appalling is the price gouging they are doing during America’s time of need.  Meat counters are cleaned out within minutes of the grocer filling them while they disguise their gouging by raising their prices just a little, but they increase their profits driving down the price they pay the farmer.  They don’t care if they destroy the family farm, however.  They know they can replace the beef from foreign markets, but look where that got us on surgical masks, ventilators and medicine.  Let’s not wake up in a year or two and find ourselves in another China situation.  The time to fix it is now, while it is relatively easy to handle. We are asking President Trump and congress to have the Justice Department investigate the big four packers under antitrust laws already on the books. No new laws have to be enacted which we all know takes forever and even longer now that congress is dealing with COVI - 19.   It is my opinion that this is the fastest way to get relief. In the United States, antitrust law is a collection of federal and state government laws that regulates the conduct and organization of business corporations, generally to promote competition for the benefit of consumers. The main statutes are the Sherman Act of 1890, the Clayton Act of 1914 and the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914. These Acts serve three major functions. First, Section 1 of the Sherman Act prohibits price-fixing and the operation of cartels, and prohibits other collusive practices that unreasonably restrain trade. Second, Section 7 of the Clayton Act restricts the mergers and acquisitions of organizations that would likely substantially lessen competition. Third, Section 2 of the Sherman Act prohibits the abuse of monopoly power. Note: We are NOT asking for any money. It has been brought to my attention (and I just checked it) that when you go to sign the petition, it asks for a donation. This money does not come to me. It is to help change.org promote the petition more people. For example, Facebook charges them to promote the post. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DONATE TO SIGN! The important thing is to sign. Your donations help but I have already paid Facebook $1000 to promote the post on GoBob Pipe and Steel's Facebook page, Gobob pipe and Steel   If you would like to verify that I am legit, my website is www.gobob.com and you can view my personal Facebook page. Thank you all for your support!   Bob    

GoBob Cattle Company, LLC (Bob Studebaker)
61,052 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth Warren, Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, USCIS , Jeanne Shaheen, US State Department, Tim Kaine, David Perdue, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Jack Reed, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie K. Hirono, Angu...

Save Aysha and Her Family from Being Executed by the Taliban

Aysha and her family are in critical danger because Aysha's father, Muhammad, is a heroic Afghan interpreter who worked for the US mission in Afghanistan for more than 10 years and was threatened with death by the Taliban. As NBC News has reported, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is part of Department of Homeland Security, has been stonewalling several bipartisan members of Congress for over two years on why Muhammad and his family were denied visas. The family remains in critical danger as they wait. Tell USCIS that ignoring Congress is unacceptable. USCIS must approve Muhammad, Aysha, and the rest of the family's case to save them from the Taliban before it is too late. USCIS doesn't question that leaving this family behind is a death sentence. They just don't care enough about refugees to even save a toddler from the Taliban. As a US military interpreter, Muhammad directly saved American soldiers' lives, including one time he dashed into an ambushed vehicle under Taliban fire. His military supervisors praised his work ethic, dedication, and trustworthiness, and his incredible skill of fluently speaking six languages made him indispensable on Special Forces night raids on Taliban insurgents. But the Taliban considers him a criminal, accused him of converting to Christianity, and is working hard to find and kill Muhammad, his wife, and his young children. The whole family has been living in hiding for more than five years. They are living in daily fear of being discovered and killed by the Taliban. Even the children are unable to leave their apartment. Leaks in the roof have made the young girls sick on several occasions from getting infections from bacteria in the water or getting cold in the winter.  Meet Aysha, Muhammad, and the rest of their family in our 2-min YouTube video and help us by sharing the video (especially with your representatives in Congress). As I wrote about in USA Today, my family and I tried to sponsor Aysha and her family for emergency humanitarian parole visas to save their lives, but the USCIS denied the cases despite the strong support of a former Navy Lieutenant who personally worked with Muhammad in Afghanistan. USCIS later admitted that they didn't read the humanitarian cases before denying them. Aysha's aunt and uncle in the United States even offered to care for her and her sisters, but USCIS refused to even save the kids, making the ridiculous claim that Aysha and her sisters are “security concerns.” The Ongoing Fight to Save Aysha and Her Family After USCIS denied the humanitarian visas in 2017, we traveled to Washington, D.C. in April and June 2018 and met with dozens of Congressional offices. In July 2018, 38 bipartisan members of Congress sent a letter to former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asking to review the reason that the family's refugee case was denied. USCIS took several months to respond to the letter, and they are still refusing to answer Congress’s questions about why the case was denied. Rep. Raskin questioned then Secretary Nielsen at a Judiciary Committee hearing in December 2018, and she promised to immediately provide a briefing to members of Congress about the case. But instead DHS ignored all of Rep. Raskin's follow up requests. USCIS has also ignored Senate offices that have contacted them about the case. Four bipartisan members of Congress then sent a letter on February 14th, 2019 demanding to know why the family's case was denied. Again on May 22nd, Representatives Jamie Raskin, Tom Reed, Pramila Jayapal, and John Garamendi sent a letter to USCIS reiterating their request for a briefing on the family’s case. Despite all of Congress’s ongoing efforts, USCIS is still ignoring Congress’s request to review the reason for the denial. This is unacceptable for USCIS to ignore Congress’s requests for information on the case. We continue to ask Congress to demand answers on why the Kamran family’s case was denied. Just a few weeks ago, USCIS agreed to meet with several Congressional offices to discuss this case and the related policy issue of a 99% drop in admissions of US military interpreters as refugees. However, USCIS has already said that the reason they denied the case is classified, and they are still refusing to give a classified briefing with members of Congress. So they are still stonewalling Congress's main request, but we are encouraged that the pressure from Congress is yielding some results. We have recently found some refugee advocates in Canada who have stepped up to help get the family to Canada. Consequently, we are working on an application for a private sponsorship to Canada (under current Canadian policy, a private sponsorship to Canada rather than a more typical UN referral is the only option for refugees presently in Pakistan). You can contribute to the funds required for the sponsorship here on our Go Fund Me page. What You Can Do 1. Sign this petition to tell USCIS to approve Asha's and her family's cases quickly. Aysha's father Muhammad is a hero who faithfully served the US mission in Afghanistan for over 10 years and is now in grave danger because the Taliban is determined to get revenge. He has already lost everything except his and his family's lives because of his service to America, but he is still proud of his choice to work for the US military. All he wants in return is the chance to bring his daughters to safety and to give them a future. If USCIS does not re-open and approve his case, he will be left behind to be killed by the same terrorists that he risked his life to fight for so many years. 2. Call your Congressional representatives and your Senators and ask them to support our effort asking USCIS for information on why they denied Muhammad's case. If you need contact information on your Congressional representatives, use this link to look them up: https://whoismyrepresentative.com/ 3. Donate to or share our Go Fund Me pages to (1) raise money for a Canadian refugee case for the family or (2) provide money for the family to survive while they wait for visas. Canada requires that one year's worth of living expenses be saved ahead of time before they will evaluate the case. Since the family is living in hiding, Muhammad is unable to work and would not be able to survive without financial support for current living expenses. For legal reasons, we have separate Go Fund Me pages for the Canadian refugee case and for current living expenses for the family. More Details on Aysha and her Family's Story Aysha's family's story is summarized below and has been reported on by NBC News, The Christian Post, USA Today, McClatchy DC, The Sacramento Bee, RedState, The Ithaca Voice (here, here, and here), No One Left Behind, and the Evangelical Immigration Table. You can also hear Muhammad's story in his own words in our 4-min YouTube video or in a recent interview on The Michael Calderin Show.  When the US military mostly pulled out of Afghanistan in 2014, the Taliban gained strength in Afghanistan and killed many interpreters or their family members in revenge. One of Muhammad's brothers and a nephew, Sahil, who was also an interpreter, were shot and left for dead in an assassination attempt on Muhammad and his family. After the Taliban ambush, Muhammad fled his home district, just in time to escape a second Taliban attack that destroyed their family home. Consequently, Muhammad lost all contact with US military personnel who could have helped him apply for an SIV visa. When I learned about Muhammad and his family's plight over three years ago, I was determined to do everything possible to save their lives. Muhammad had tried to apply to the US as a refugee on his own, but he was denied for “discretionary security reasons,” a very common problem for former military interpreters and their families. When Muhammad's refugee case was denied, he was devastated and lost all hope for saving his life and his family's lives. He said the only option left for him was to surrender to the Taliban, thinking that after the Taliban tortured and killed him, they would stop looking for his children. I told him not to give up and promised him to find a way to save their lives. Please help me keep my promise to Muhammad to save his life and his family's lives. They do not deserve to suffer and die because of Muhammad's service to the US military. My family hired a lawyer and filed a humanitarian parole case to sponsor Muhammad and his family to come live in the US while he works to get permanent, legal status in the US. Our humanitarian parole case for them may be our last chance to save their lives. In what our lawyer says is the most egregious case she has ever seen, USCIS denied Muhammad and his family's humanitarian parole cases because his refugee case had been denied and without even bothering to figure out why the refugee case had been denied. Thus, they denied Muhammad's humanitarian parole case for “discretionary reasons” without even knowing what those discretionary reasons were. This is effectively a death sentence for the entire family. When our lawyer pleaded with USCIS to at least let Muhammad's young daughters come live with their aunt and uncle in the US, the director of the Humanitarian Affairs Branch of USCIS, John Bird, refused to approve any of the family's cases and made the absurd claim that granting a one-year visa to anyone in the family, including Muhammad's 2- and 4-year-old daughters, was a security concern. Because of USCIS's policy and Muhammad's service to the US military, Muhammad's children were literally born with a death sentence. Mr. Bird acknowledges that Muhammad and his family meet all the criteria for humanitarian parole, and he does not question that they will be killed if left in their current situation. He just does not care enough about Muslim refugees to even save a toddler from the Taliban.  Worse yet, in October 2017 USCIS granted humanitarian parole to family members of Las Zetas drug cartel members who murdered US ICE agents in Mexico, so that the family members of the murderers could attend a trial in Washington, D.C. Thus, USCIS is literally treating Muhammad and his family worse than criminals. Please contact your representatives in Congress and Senators and ask them to help with this case. You can email me (save.aysha (at) gmail.com) for more information. If you want to contribute to supporting the Kamran family while we work to get them visas, please visit our Go Fund Me page. Email me (Kristy Perano) at save.aysha (at) gmail.com to find out how you can help or for more information on Muhammad's case. Please also email me if you know Muhammad personally or if you know any government officials or reporters who may be able to help raise public awareness of Muhammad's case.

Kristy Perano
52,274 supporters
Petitioning Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Richard Shelby, Doug Jones, Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally, John Boozman, Tom Cotton, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris - D CA, Michael Bennet,...

Release Refugees from Inhumane Detention Centers

The citizens of the United States of America collectively demand that the immigrants detained by Border Patrol and ICE be released from the dangerously primitive shelters in which they have been placed. These humans have committed no crime, save for seeking asylum in the United States in their attempt to flee a corrupt government and a nation that threatens their lives. Yet in their attempt to find a safer life, these people have been met with hate, fear, and inhumane treatment. These flagrant abuses of human rights come from the same country that inherently proclaims "liberty and justice for ALL." Families have been ripped apart. Children represent themselves in a court they cannot understand. Individuals have been placed in dangerously inhumane "care" facilities where they are expected to live without access to necessities as basic as soap, medicine, or any sort of hygienic supplies. As though the unspoken horrors of their treatment weren't enough, since the Coronavirus outbreak detainees have been subjected to chemical warfare in the name of protection. Disinfectants created to curb COVID-19 have proven immensely dangerous to detainees -- I remind you, human individuals -- in the forms of blisters, chemical burns, and continuous bleeding.  We are one step away from America becoming the backdrop for the next ethnocultural genocide. THIS MUST PREVENTED AT ALL COSTS. We, the American people, demand the release of these asylum-seekers to hospitals and their families. Release them. Otherwise, we are no better than the wrong side of history.

Hannah Gallop
28,126 supporters
Petitioning Oklahoma State Senate, Oklahoma State House, Oklahoma Governor, James Lankford

BAN HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES IN OKC!

Making horses pull oversized loads like carriages is cruel. Horses are forced to toil in all weather extremes, dodge traffic, and pound the pavement all day long. They may develop respiratory ailments because they breathe in exhaust fumes, and they can suffer debilitating leg problems from walking on hard surfaces. Accidents Waiting to Happen Horses are sensitive and skittish animals. Animals and people have been seriously hurt—and even killed—when horses have become spooked and run amok. There have also been countless incidents in which carriages have been hit by impatient or careless drivers. Accidents have occurred in nearly every city where carriage rides are allowed. “There is no way that cities, with their exhaust fumes, hard road surfaces, and busy traffic patterns can provide a humane … environment for a carriage horse.”—Veterinarian Holly CheeverAbused ‘Til Their Dying Day Horses are afforded no protection under the federal Animal Welfare Act, so the responsibility of looking out for their welfare falls to local animal-control officials. But anti-cruelty laws provide few safeguards to horses, and many humane agencies just don’t have the resources or the time to monitor horse-drawn carriages on a regular basis. Animals can easily be overworked when profit-driven operators fail to follow regulations. In Charleston, South Carolina, for example, drivers are supposed to take the rectal temperature of horses after a tour when the temperature reaches 85 degrees or above, to determine if they can keep working. In St. Augustine, Florida, horses don’t have to be pulled from service until either the ambient temperature reaches a sweltering 95 degrees or the heat index reaches 105. Philadelphia has no regulations pertaining to heat for animal-drawn carriages. And there are no laws preventing old, injured, or spent horses from being sent to slaughter. Horses are considered property under the law, so owners can dispose of them in any way that they want. Since many may consider it cost-prohibitive to care for an animal who isn’t bringing in any revenue, the fate of discarded horses is grim. What You Can Do If you live in a city where carriage rides are still allowed, contact your local legislators to ask if they will sponsor a ban. Many cities—including Biloxi, Mississippi; Camden, New Jersey; Key West, Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, and Treasure Island, Florida; and Salt Lake City—have already banned horse-drawn carriages.   credit to peta. 

Paige Briggs
9,427 supporters