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. https://twitter.com/CriminalTrump
Do your job. Investigate President Trump’s ethical conflicts of interest.
Our Members of Congress are elected to represent their constituents and uphold our American values of good governance and the rule of law. As Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz is in an excellent position to bring ethical violations and corruption to the attention of the American people. Never has this been more important than now. By refusing to release his tax returns and divest his financial holdings into a blind trust, Donald Trump has chosen to jettison the legal and ethical standards followed by our Presidents for the past 40 years. When Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) publicly stated that Trump’s business arrangements were still out of compliance with the OGE’s guidelines and would not eliminate his conflicts of interest, Chaffetz threatened the OGE’s funding and demanded the director submit to a private hearing with the Oversight Committee. Chaffetz’s decision to turn a blind eye toward Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest while attacking the Office of Government Ethics director, who holds no power other than to assist and advise our political leaders in avoiding financial conflicts of interest, is a purely partisan act. It is also a dereliction of his duty as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. If you care about ethics and the rule of law, sign this petition to tell Rep. Jason Chaffetz to do his job -- or resign from his committee.
Pass legislation to designate a National First Responders Day
First Responders (Police, Firefighters, EMTs, and Paramedics) put their lives on the line everyday for people they don’t even know. They are more than good neighbors - they are our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and friends. While everyone else is running away, they’re running towards the danger. It is time to honor them with a special day of their own: National First Responders Day. It’s long overdue and something all Americans can agree upon. So join the movement, sign the petition, spread the word on your social media and help as we petition Congress to make this day a reality. To ensure this worthy cause gets the attention it deserves, we are committed to do what we can to get the issue in front of as many people as possible so that members of Congress hear our collective voice. While we are proud to be creating awareness, this movement is so much bigger than any person or brand. So whether you are a Hooters customer or never even considered coming to Hooters…please support our local heroes and sign the petition.
Support H. Res 752 and End the Extreme Torture and Consumption of Dogs Throughout Asia.
Please join Representative Alcee Hastings as a co-sponsor of H. Res 752 and be the voice of the voiceless and the people that fight against this crime against humanity. Every day in broad daylight, often in front of other live dogs, in countries such as China, South Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, and Polynesia, butchers take fully conscious dogs and nail gun them to a wall and cut out their eyes, systematically cut off their feet one at a time, skin it alive by the slow and methodic use of a blowtorch and beat it with metal pipes for up to 40 minutes.This is the fate of over 30 million dogs annually throughout Asia. This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes violence and disrespect of life and the myth that eating a dog that has been tortured enhances male virility and stamina. Consumption peaks during the hottest days of summer during Boknal in South Korea and Yulin in China. These are the two largest offenders and this industry is a violation of their own animal protection laws. Most countries shamefully do nothing while other countries threaten, and even injure and kill, their own citizens for speaking up against the cruel dog meat industry. Many of these butchers are thieves and steal pets as well as take part in drug and human trafficking and domestic abuse. They train their own children to become masters of torture. The United States of America can no longer turn their heads at this issue. It is becoming a humanitarian issue and it is spilling across borders. Working with Representative Hastings to urge China to cancel Yulin and end the dog meat trade is a first step in promoting peace, respect and a better world for all living beings. Thank you.
Pass H.R. 2737: Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015
On June 11, 2015, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Mazie Hirono introduced HR 2737 & S 1555 respectively as the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015. The pending legislation, “directs the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to make appropriate arrangements for the award of a single Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino Veterans in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.” Other groups have been formally recognized by the United States with the Congressional Gold Medal for World War II service; they include the Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines, Navajo Code Talkers, Women Air Service Pilots, Japanese American Nisei Soldiers and Puerto Rican Soldiers. Filipino World War II Veterans are equally deserving of this honor. In order to pass HR 2737, the bill requires sponsorship from 290 congressional representatives, S 1555 needs 67 senators. Today, HR 2737 has 312 cosponsors, S 1555 has 71. I would like to ask your assistance in reaching out to your congressional representative to get their support as a sponsor for the pending legislation. Time is not on our side; the number of remaining Filipino Veterans is fast decreasing. We need to pass these bills before the 114th Congress come to a close at the end of the year.
Impeach Judge Anna J. Brown
We the People of the United States petition the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Judge Anna J. Brown of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon for committing treason and for her participation in the insurrection against the Constitutional authority of the federal government pursuant to Article I Section 8 Clause 15, Article 3 Section 3 and Article 2 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, 18 U.S. § Code 2831 and 18 U.S. § Code 2383. Whereas Judge Brown, at the direction of the FBI and other federal agencies, is unlawfully detaining, and has been for over eight months, prominent activists within the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom political movement for exercising their First Amendment protected rights. Among the political prisoners are Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who both provide C4CF with necessary influence. These prisoners have also been subjected to mistreatment by the FBI, U.S. Marshal Service and employees of the correctional facilities. Whereas Judge Brown denied the Motion for mistrial after two of the government's witnesses introduced prejudicial information. Whereas Judge Brown is consciously proceeding with falsified charges filed by the FBI against C4CF and refusing to grant motions to dismiss after relevant laws (60 stat 1065 & Article I Section 8 Clause 17) were presented to her by the defense. Whereas Judge Brown is participating in a cover up of the suppression by the FBI (by way of COINTELPRO tactics) of the right to the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, peaceful assembly, and petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Whereas Judge Brown has been/is conspiring with the prosecution and FBI by prohibiting the defense to admit relevant evidence and to sufficiently question the witnesses, and by sustaining objections never raised by the prosecution but rather herself. Whereas Judge Brown has proven herself unfit to be a impartial Federal Judge; Consistent to the extreme bias expressed by her assistance given to the federal government and its usurpation of power and by covering up the inhumane treatment of political activists who are being unlawfully detained.
Subpoena Trump's Tax Returns to Clarify Conflicts of Interest
"We the undersigned citizens wish to express our displeasure with Jason Chaffetz as Chairman of the House Oversight and Budget Reform Committee. Representative Chaffetz holds a position of responsibility to all Americans, not just to those in his Utah Congressional District. We assert that he is failing in that duty.WHEREAS Representative Chaffetz, as Chair of the House Oversight and Budget Reform Committee is absolutely responsible to the American People to expose corruption in the Executive Branch and to defend against it andWHEREAS Prior to the election of President Trump Jason Chaffetz urged Candidate Trump to release his tax records with this statement:"If you're going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you're going to have to open up your kimono and show everything, your tax returns, your medical records," andWHEREAS it is hypocritical of Jason Chaffetz to now hold President Trump to a different standard than the one to which he held Candidate Trump andWHEREAS it is obvious that if no investigation is done, and no records examined, there can be no exposure of current or future corruption or violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution andWHEREAS Chairman Chaffetz has failed to defend the Constitution of the United States and has failed in his duty to initiate an investigation of potential conflicts of interestTHEREFORE: We the undersigned call on Representative Jason Chaffetz to immediately subpoena the tax records of President Donald J. Trump and with the power granted to the committee of which he is the Chair, accurately determine President Donald J. Trump’s current business holdings, and determine his existing debts to foreign institutions, corporations and states for the purpose of protecting against violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution of the United States. "
Sign Petition to Call for a Federal Criminal Investigation on Fracking
Open a Federal Criminal Investigation of US EPA & PA DEP on Drinking Water Contamination Related to Fracking On June 14th, 2016, the investigative news nonprofit Public Herald called for a federal criminal investigation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) during testimony before the US EPA Science Advisory Board regarding water contamination related to Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas, commonly called “fracking.” We, the undersigned, echo Public Herald’s call for a federal investigation of US EPA and PA DEP for failing to act on drinking water contamination related to shale hydrocarbon development, a.k.a. fracking, and thereby placing public health at risk to exposure to toxins. Due to the government’s failure to perform its duties under current laws and the industry-led weakening of public safety regulations, Americans have been and are still being exposed to toxins in their groundwater. The PA DEP and US EPA have failed to adequately or properly assess residential complaints, or ensure the full restoration of water supplies as required by Title 58, § 3218 of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act. A federal investigation should include a hearing before the United States Congressional House Oversight and Government Reform Committee comparable to that held for lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s water system. In Flint, residents’ complaints about drinking water problems in 2015 were grossly mishandled by state and federal officials. This failure to act in the public interest by state and federal agencies spurred hearings that led to criminal charges filed against members of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). A federal investigation of PA DEP and EPA should encompass all citizen complaints of water contamination and acknowledge the evidence released in a report by Public Herald in September 2015 that revealed nine ways DEP systematically keeps water contamination cases “off the books.” Public Herald’s investigation defines and corroborates other findings by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Harvard School of Law, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Center for Public Integrity. These reports clearly show that after a decade of shale hydrocarbon development across Pennsylvania, DEP has allowed the full extent of water contamination related to fracking to remain dangerously obscure. As reported by Public Herald, in the Pennsylvania counties of Butler, Bradford, Susquehanna, Potter, Tioga, Washington, Beaver, Greene, Westmoreland, Fayette, Lycoming, McKean, and Warren, among others, government officials have tacitly and actively permitted a rapid expansion of drilling and fracking in affected areas while allowing disenfranchised Americans to live on donated bottled water for months or years. EPA nationwide and PA DEP have left thousands of families across shale plays to deal with water contamination on their own, some forced to abandon their homes as “shale gas refugees.” It is for these reasons that we, the undersigned, call for a federal criminal investigation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) for their mishandling of drinking water contamination complaints related to fracking development in a widespread and systemic cover up and conspiracy against the public. Sincerely, Melissa Troutman, Executive Director, Public Herald Joshua Pribanic, Editor-in-chief, Public Herald Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, Delaware Riverkeeper Network Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for President Jenny Lisak, Co-director, Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air Beverly Braverman, Executive Director of Mountain Watershed Association, home of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper **Read Press Release » ***Review complete list of original supporters »
RYAN BUNDY, NEVER CONVICTED, BEATEN UP BY STAFF IN PRISON WITHOUT JUSTIFICATION
On August 9, 2016, at 600 hours, Ryan Bundy, a non-convicted prisoner at the Multnomah County Jail, was beaten up without just cause by Sheriff Deputies Sgt Curtis E. Sanders, Sgt. Jacobs and Deputy Rose. Sgt Sanders pushed Ryan Bundy down the stairs, endangering his life. U.S. Marshalls are implicated as they had directed the deputies to seize Ryan Bundy against his will for an unspecified meeting at an unspecified location that had not been previously scheduled. Ryan rightfully suspected foul play as the government had repeatedly tried to take custody of important evidence, a bullet, lodged in Ryan's shoulder from unjustified shooting at passengers in the LaVoy Finicum truck. The government seeks to take such evidence without Ryan's consent in order to protect agents involved in the shooting from the consequences of their unlawful shooting of lethal projectiles. The Multnomah County sheriff deputies, in an attempt to cover up their unjustified beating of Ryan Bundy, have punished him by placing him in solitary confinement without due process or evidence that Ryan was the guilty party in the physical beating. No government employee sustained any injuries nor were they examined by medical personnel while Ryan sustained significant injuries and pain including a dislocated/broken wrist and thumb from the unilateral beating. The overarching injustice in this matter is that Ryan has never been convicted of any crime. 500 years of careful construction of innocence until proven guilty doctrine and bail law are nullified by placing Ryan in a prison without due process, only the hearsay accusations from zealous federal prosecutors who are supported by a judge who is paid by the same employer . Ryan has to suffer brutal prison staff treatment without the right to due process. This matter is not only about Ryan Bundy, but all American citizens who are at risk of being treated the same, denied a presumption of innocence and the right to bail under a system that is designed to support for profit prisons and plea bargaining, rather than the right to a speedy trial by a jury of peers and the right to be free to prepare for trial. This could happen to any citizen! We ask you to investigate this matter, not only for the sake of Ryan Bundy, but for all Americans who are at risk of being treated the same, without the protections of a presumption of innocence and without access to bail for any reason that a judge deems appropriate according to his/her whim or political idealogy.
STOP Trump's Insider Trading: Enforce the STOCK Act
As reported by NPR and Politco, President Donald Trump insists he can do any business deals he wishes while serving as President, but a 2012 law that forbids insider trading by government officials makes his actions as President illegal. The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act bars Congress, government officials, and their staffs from buying and selling securities based on insider information. The U.S. Office of Government Ethics recently said the law extends to the executive branch employees, including the president and vice president. "The STOCK Act says all executive branch employees are subject to the securities laws, Trump included," says New York University Law School professor Stephen Gillers. Presidents and their cabinets/staff are privy to an enormous amount of confidential information that could impact stock prices. Trump would risk passing along inside information anytime he talks to his children and business associates, even if he doesn't intend to. That could open Trump, his children, and businesses up to nearly constant allegations of insider trading. We challenge The US House Oversight Committee and the US Office of Government Ethics to uphold the STOCK Act.