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Jim Costa

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U.S. Representative for California's 16th congressional district


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Petitioning Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senate, Delaware State House, Delaware State Senate, John Carney, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Massachusetts State House, Michael Capuano, Jim McGovern, Niki Tsongas...

Adverse effect of GOP tax bill on Graduate students in the US

Graduate students in the US are already living at the survival line. They are working hard to push forward the frontiers of science in all directions and trying to make a better tomorrow than today. Their disposable income is barely reaches 20k per year ( stipend for being TA or RA) and this money goes all to their consumption needs with almost nothing left to save. The new GOP tax bill is going to make the tuition waiver taxable which is estimated to cost each graduate student about $2000 a year and this will push most of the graduate students even lower the survival level. As a result, they should cut down their daily expenses to get along with the new budget and this means they will buy and consume less necessary stuff. On the other side, local businesses will suffer as well because students will spend less money in local restaurants, bars, games and etc. In all, this bill is going to put more financial pressure on graduate students and also hurt local businesses across the US. Please sign and share this petition to support all graduate students in the US and also opposing this unfair tax bill.

Kaveh Dlv
17,942 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier...

Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898

We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams.   We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment.   We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon! 

Farmers, Fishers & Friends of Salmon
11,771 supporters
Petitioning Diane Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Jim Patterson, Jim Costa, Devin Nunes, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, T. Montgomery Mason, Rob Wittman, Scott Taylor, Terry McAuliffe, Jerry Brown...

Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Military Romance Scamming

THE CAUSE: Military Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired  or are deceased. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men and women. Working with a retired Colonel from the United States Army whose pictures, name and child have been used in the scammers story, I have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why I bring this petition to you. Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we need to be the voice.  Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility. THE BATTLE:  Because of the majority of military romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system. We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted. Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy. PERSONAL NOTE: I am a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served and the thought of our military being abused and disrespected is appalling! My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the pictures of the Colonel I am currently working with, thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidimic this has become and what little is being done. Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims. 

Kathy Waters
4,133 supporters
Petitioning Roy Beck, Jim Robb, Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennett, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Cory Booker, John Boozman, Sherrod Brown, Richard Burr, Maria Cantwell, SHELLEY MO...

#SAVEH2B: GET THE FACTS & STOP THE LIES!

Stop The Lies and Get The Facts!   The H-2B Program Creates American Jobs • The H-2B program is essential for small and seasonal businesses that are committed to hiring a legal workforce but areunable to fill seasonal jobs with American workers despite extensive recruitment efforts. Seasonal industries that use theH-2B program include seafood processing, horse training, hospitality and amusement parks, forestry, landscaping,circuses, carnivals, food concessionaires, swimming pool maintenance, construction and stone quarries. • The H-2B program is important to workers. For H-2B workers, the program provides well-paying seasonal jobs that allowthem to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries. This program is also importantfor American workers whose year round positions are reliant upon seasonal laborers during peak seasons.• Every H-2B worker is estimated to create and sustain 4.64 American jobs.   The H-2B Visa nonimmigrant program allows employers to hire foreign workers to come to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. H-2B workers are not considered immigrants. In order to qualify for an H-2B Visa, an employer must prove that there are not sufficient U.S. Workers who are capable of performing temporary services or labor.     MYTH: H-2B WORKERS TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS.FACT: American workers are guaranteed first chance at every job later filled by an H-2B temporary laborer. By law, every open position must be properly advertised in the community and requires employers to hire any able and willing American workers to fill open positions. The fact is that H-2B temporary workers actually support American jobs and the U.S. economy. The H-2B program provides an opportunity for seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity, thereby retaining their full-time American workers and contributing more to their local economies. Additionally, temporary foreign seasonal workers help support many upstream and downstream jobs. According to the American Enterprise Institute study on Immigration and American Jobs, every H-2B worker creates or sustains 4.64 American jobs on average. MYTH: EMPLOYERS DON’T EVEN TRY TO HIRE AMERICAN WORKERS TO FILL THESE TEMPORARY HARD LABOR JOBS.FACT: Employers work extremely hard to hire American workers because 1) it is dramatically cheaper to do so, and 2) the law requires that employers demonstrate that every effort has been made to hire Americans before they can start the process of trying to hire a temporary foreign laborer. Again, the fact is that the vast majority of American workers are not interested in temporary seasonal manual labor jobs. Geography is a big obstacle for many employers; for example, many resort communities don’t have a sufficient local labor pool. And, in many cases, these types of seasonal jobs may not be appropriate for high school students due to the hours or labor laws that prohibit the use of heavy machinery by minors. MYTH: PAYING HIGHER WAGES WILL ENTICE AMERICAN WORKERS AND SOLVE THE SEASONAL TEMPORARY LABOR SHORTAGE.FACT: Hourly pay for these types of jobs have gone up significantly over the last few years because employers who use the H-2B program are required to pay their H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premiumwage dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. These temporary manual labor jobs often pay considerably more than the minimum wage, but American workers still won’t take the positions. Sadly, in many cases, employers who obey the law and use the H-2B program are often competing against businesses that choose to illegally hire undocumented immigrants and pay those workers considerably less. If wages were raised even higher, seasonal employers who use the program would not be able to sustain their businesses or their American workers. MYTH: THE H-2B PROGRAM REPRESSES WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS BY PROVIDING A CHEAPER LABOR SOURCE.FACT: Hiring H-2B workers is a much move expensive and risky option. In addition to the fact employers are required to pay H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premium wage that is often well above the federal minimum wage, complying with the H-2B program is extremely costly, complicated and wrought with uncertainty due to an overly restrictive cap and a constantly changing regulatory environment. Employers turn to the H-2B program as a last resort, after extensive efforts to recruit American workers. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS OVERSTAY THEIR VISAS AND EXACERBATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA.FACT: According the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visa overstay in the H-2B program are rare. Workers who do overstay their visas are barred from using the program ever again. The fact is that the vast majority of H-2B workers and their employers are meticulous about compliance. Not following the strict program rules means the end of a well-paying seasonal jobs that allows these workers to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries – a risk these workers are not willing to take since they generally return to the same employer year after year. Additionally, when approving H-2B visas, the U.S. Consulate confirms workers’ ties to their home countries. Further, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires employers to promptly report any H-2B workers who do not report for work or who complete their work earlier in the season than anticipated. MYTH: THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION IS UNNECESSARY.FACT: The H-2B program’s annual 66,000 cap (33,000 for each half of the fiscal year) is not adequate to meet the demands of a growing economy. The cap for the first half of the fiscal 2016 was reached on March 15. The second-half cap was reached on May 12, leaving many seasonal employers shut out of the program with no access to legal seasonal laborers. Without the returning worker exemption passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by the President of December 18, 2015, many companies would have had to close their businesses, lay off American workers or turn away customers.This provision is essential to the survival of small and seasonal businesses across the country and should be made permanent. An H-2B returning worker exemption is a narrow solution to a seasonal workforce shortage that focuses on workers who are valuable to their seasonal employers and who have never violate the terms of their past visas or other U.S. laws. These workers do not pose a security risk and they are not taking away jobs from Americans. The H-2B returning worker exemption in the omnibus appropriations bills simply provides that if an H-2B worker has been counted against the cap in one of the three prior years, that worker can return to work in the H-2B program in the current year without being counted against this year's cap. For more information please visit: https://www.SaveH2b.orghttps://www.facebook.com/SaveH2B/https://twitter.com/SaveH_2B https://youtu.be/UTYVEirlu3o   To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.

SAVE H-2B
982 supporters
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Petitioning Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)

Save Voice of America Radio to Tibet

National Public Radio (NPR) reported that “The [Buddhist] monks [in Tibet] listen secretly to Voice of America’s Tibetan service news every night, despite feeling almost physical pain at the bleak news.” Ignoring the suffering of the Tibetan people under the Chinese communist rule and desperate self-immolations of Tibetan monks to shock the conscience of the world, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a U.S. Federal agency which operates the Voice of America (VOA), wants to end VOA radio broadcasts to Tibet. Don't let the Broadcasting Board of Governors deny uncensored Voice of America news and hope to the Tibetan people while BBG executives divert U.S. taxpayers' money to create new high-level bureaucratic positions, pay themselves bonuses and sign a $50 million multi-year contract with the Gallup Organization. As U.S. taxpayers, you fund and support the Voice of America. Demand that your money be used to bring uncensored American news to the suffering people of Tibet, China and other countries without free media rather than being spent on the salaries of government officials at the Broadcasting Board of Governors.   The folowing letter will be sent to Members of Congress:   Open Letter to Members of House Appropriations Committee Dear Members of Congress: This letter is to request your strong support to restore the funding in the FY2013 Budget for Voice of America (VOA) radio and television broadcasting to China and Tibet. We adamantly object to the proposal by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which manages the Voice of America, and their plans to eliminate the VOA Tibetan Radio Service, the entire VOA Cantonese Service, as well as eliminating more than 200 positions and reducing information coverage in Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Cuba, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Russian Federation, Turkey and Vietnam. The Voice of America English and Spanish services are also threatened with severe cuts in broadcast operations and staff. The Caucasus region, including Chechnya, and Central Asia are likewise targeted by the BBG’s plan for unprecedented program cuts and reductions. This egregious effort to disappropriate funding from VOA will effectively undermine the purpose of several Congressional mandates, including Public Law 94-340. The Voice of America has a mandate to inform the people in China who speak Cantonese by providing them with news broadcasts that promote freedom and democracy.  There are more than 70 million people in China who speak Cantonese, including in the critical economic hubs of Hong Kong as well as Quangdong province and this effort to deny VOA broadcasts to them in Cantonese will isolate them from uncensored information. This campaign against the Voice of America – during PRC Vice President Xi Jinping’s week-long visit to the United States – is nothing less than another attempt to concede that, little by little, the Broadcasting Board of Governors will dismantle America’s commitment to broadcast news on behalf of the United States not only to China but to other strategic areas of the world. The VOA Tibetan Service was created by an Act of Congress, Public Law 101-246, sponsored by Rep. Dante B. Fascell and signed into law on February 16, 1990, “to provide Voice of America Tibetan language programming to the people of Tibet.” Less than one year ago, the Voice of America was celebrating the importance of Tibetan radio broadcasts, marking the 20th anniversary of the first VOA Tibetan radio program. This campaign against Voice of America also comes during the detention of hundreds of Tibetans into Laogai (re-education through labor camps) upon their return from India after attending teaching sessions overseen by the Dalai Lama.  It comes while Tibetan Buddhist Monks are sacrificing themselves as human torches to shock the conscience of the world as the only way to dispel darkness and ignorance. It comes during the PRC’s ongoing crackdown on Roman Catholics, Evangelical Christians, Uyghur Muslims, Falun Gong practitioners, and all prisoners of conscience in China.  It comes one week after the PRC sentenced Zhu Yufu to seven years in prison for writing a poem. This effort to reduce Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Marti and broadcasting to the Middle East also comes during a time when the Broadcasting Board of Governors has entered into a $50 million dollar multi-year contract with the Gallup Organization. It is doubtful that Gallup or any company can successfully conduct a reliable audience research about Voice of America and other US Government-funded broadcasts into countries like China, Russia, Iran and Cuba.  People are too afraid to even admit that they know what these broadcasts are, much less tell a stranger that they are consumers of these news and information programs, which their governments tell them are dangerous and designed to destroy their nations. What these broadcasts in fact provide is uncensored news and hope. And yet the Broadcasting Board of Governors, known for its lack of transparency and the poorest record of management among all federal agencies, again plans to divert valuable resources away from programs serving information needs of the most oppressed into unproductive operations and bureaucratic positions, while also eliminating jobs of journalists who specialize in human rights reporting. We urge you to require that the FY 2013 Budget funding for the Voice of America’s Cantonese Service and the Tibetan Radio Service be restored, and to undo the proposed cuts in other news and information services so that Voice of America can continue to fulfill its mandate to provide an accurate, balanced and comprehensive view of significant American thought and institutions and to clearly present the policies of the United States to the people of China, Tibet and other news-restricted nations. Respectfully, Harry Wu, Laogai Research FoundationAnn Noonan, Committee for U.S. International BroadcastingTed Lipien, Committee for U.S. International BroadcastingJing Zhang, Women’s Rights in ChinaRobert Reilly, Senior Fellow for Strategic Communication at the American Foreign Policy CouncilTimothy Shamble, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1812Marie Ciliberti, retired Voice of America writer, producer and broadcaster for programs directed to the former Soviet UnionManny Papir, International Human Rights CampaignerRobert A. Senser, Human Rights for WorkersJustin Yu, The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New YorkAnn Lau, Visual Artists GuildGanden Thurman, Tibet House U.S.Gary Marco, Alexandria, VAJeremy Taylor, Free Burma AllianceReggie Littlejohn, Women’s Rights Without FrontiersNew York State Senator Reverend Ruben DiazKarl Altau, Managing Director, Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC)John Lenczowski, The Institute of World Politics

Ted Lipien
894 supporters
Petitioning California State Senate, California State House, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Cook, Melissa Melendez, Maxine Waters, Darrell Issa, Lucille Roybal...

Stop Chemtrails Above SoCal Orange County

Chemical trails have taken over SoCal Orange County's skies. We no longer see clear blue skies or real clouds... When you look up you can see a haze of smog and other pollutants. This needs to stop! Heavy metal ingestion and aerosol pollution has been linked to Alzheimer's, cancer, respiratory problems, adrenal disorders, fetal deformities in pregnant women, allergies and many more illnesses and diseases. This HAS GOT TO STOP!!!! As law abiding tax paying citizens and as humans, it is our natural born right to have access to clean air and water. This is not only polluting our air but it's heavily contaminating our waterways! Please sign this petition to stop the daily poisoning of men, women, and children of Orange County!

Darya Einollahi
772 supporters
Petitioning Paul Ryan, David Rouzer, Jim Costa, US House of Representatives

Please make cockfighting illegal in Puerto Rico. Que las peleas de gallo sean ilegales.

We are in favor of the US HR 4202 “Parity in Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act”, which would include all US Territories in a law that makes animal fights illegal. This will finally make cockfighting illegal in Puerto Rico. A Puerto Rico House Representative, Mr. Urayoán Hernández Alvarado, is asking Mr. Speaker Paul Ryan, of the Unites States House of Representatives, to exclude Puerto Rico from this resolution. By facilitating and sponsoring cockfights with his pretext of it being “an island tradition”, or worse yet, through sustaining its legality by classifying it as a “gentlemen’s sport”, Mr. Hernández Alvarado seeks to distract others with the real issue, which is the common abuse and cruelty done to the animal. With this petition, we are asking Mr. Speaker Paul Ryan, the House of Representatives and the Subcommittee of Livestock and Foreign Agriculture to include Puerto Rico and make cockfights illegal in the island.  We are asking them to watch over the welfare of all animals. Cockfights should be prohibited because they expose these animals to a cruelty that should not be a part of this modern society that is empathic to the pain of all living beings.  Usually, in these fights, the participants let the animals fight until their wounds are incurable, this happens because their owners add to their feet and chest knife like objects that aggravate their wounds, after they are done they are usually thrown away in agony, which constitutes absolute cruelty. Please help me reach the United States House of Representatives and all the involved parties in asking them to include Puerto Rico in HR 4202, making cockfights illegal. Versión Español Apoyamos la resolución HR 4202 PACE Act que busca prohibir las peleas de animales, esto incluye las de gallos, en todas las jurisdicciones de Estados Unidos. El portavoz de la cámara de representantes, Urayoán Hernández Alvarado, le está solicitando al ‘speaker’ de la Cámara Federal, Paul Ryan, que exima a Puerto Rico de la Resolución HR 4202. Sin embargo, al facilitar las peleas de gallo y auspiciar las mismas con su pretexto de “tradición en nuestro pueblo”, peor aún, al intentar sostener la legalidad de las mismas al catalogarlas como un “deporte de caballeros”, el representante Hernández Alvarado busca desviar el tema de abuso y crueldad que usualmente se lleva a cabo hacia los gallos. Con esta petición, le estamos solicitando al Hon. Paul Ryan, a la Cámara de Representantes del Estados Unidos y al Comité de Asuntos de Animales y Agricultura Foránea que no exima a Puerto Rico de dicha ley y que vele por el bienestar de todos los animales, incluyendo la de los gallos. Dichas peleas deben de ser prohibidas ya que exponen a estos animales a una crueldad que ya no debe de ser parte de una sociedad civilizada y empática con el dolor de todos los seres vivientes. Es una actividad primitiva, sangrienta y extremadamente cruel. Usualmente en las peleas de gallo, los participantes dejan que los gallos peleen hasta que sufran heridas incurables, esto sucede cuando sus dueños le añaden navajas y otros artefactos en sus patas y pecho para agravar las heridas y así mismo echarlos a la basura en agonía hasta su muerte, lo cual constituye trato cruel. Vamos a hacerle llegar este mensaje a la Cámara de Representantes del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos para que incluyan a Puerto Rico en la resolución HR 4202 y hagan ilegal este tipo de práctica.

Olga Renta
716 supporters
Petitioning Paul Ryan, David Rouzer, Jim Costa, US House of Representatives

Please make cockfighting illegal in Puerto Rico. Que las peleas de gallo sean ilegales.

We are in favor of the US HR 4202 “Parity in Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act”, which would include all US Territories in a law that makes animal fights illegal. This will finally make cockfighting illegal in Puerto Rico. A Puerto Rico House Representative, Mr. Urayoán Hernández Alvarado, is asking Mr. Speaker Paul Ryan, of the Unites States House of Representatives, to exclude Puerto Rico from this resolution. By facilitating and sponsoring cockfights with his pretext of it being “an island tradition”, or worse yet, through sustaining its legality by classifying it as a “gentlemen’s sport”, Mr. Hernández Alvarado seeks to distract others with the real issue, which is the common abuse and cruelty done to the animal. With this petition, we are asking Mr. Speaker Paul Ryan, the House of Representatives and the Subcommittee of Livestock and Foreign Agriculture to include Puerto Rico and make cockfights illegal in the island.  We are asking them to watch over the welfare of all animals. Cockfights should be prohibited because they expose these animals to a cruelty that should not be a part of this modern society that is empathic to the pain of all living beings.  Usually, in these fights, the participants let the animals fight until their wounds are incurable, this happens because their owners add to their feet and chest knife like objects that aggravate their wounds, after they are done they are usually thrown away in agony, which constitutes absolute cruelty. Please help me reach the United States House of Representatives and all the involved parties in asking them to include Puerto Rico in HR 4202, making cockfights illegal. Versión Español Apoyamos la resolución HR 4202 PACE Act que busca prohibir las peleas de animales, esto incluye las de gallos, en todas las jurisdicciones de Estados Unidos. El portavoz de la cámara de representantes, Urayoán Hernández Alvarado, le está solicitando al ‘speaker’ de la Cámara Federal, Paul Ryan, que exima a Puerto Rico de la Resolución HR 4202. Sin embargo, al facilitar las peleas de gallo y auspiciar las mismas con su pretexto de “tradición en nuestro pueblo”, peor aún, al intentar sostener la legalidad de las mismas al catalogarlas como un “deporte de caballeros”, el representante Hernández Alvarado busca desviar el tema de abuso y crueldad que usualmente se lleva a cabo hacia los gallos. Con esta petición, le estamos solicitando al Hon. Paul Ryan, a la Cámara de Representantes del Estados Unidos y al Comité de Asuntos de Animales y Agricultura Foránea que no exima a Puerto Rico de dicha ley y que vele por el bienestar de todos los animales, incluyendo la de los gallos. Dichas peleas deben de ser prohibidas ya que exponen a estos animales a una crueldad que ya no debe de ser parte de una sociedad civilizada y empática con el dolor de todos los seres vivientes. Es una actividad primitiva, sangrienta y extremadamente cruel. Usualmente en las peleas de gallo, los participantes dejan que los gallos peleen hasta que sufran heridas incurables, esto sucede cuando sus dueños le añaden navajas y otros artefactos en sus patas y pecho para agravar las heridas y así mismo echarlos a la basura en agonía hasta su muerte, lo cual constituye trato cruel. Vamos a hacerle llegar este mensaje a la Cámara de Representantes del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos para que incluyan a Puerto Rico en la resolución HR 4202 y hagan ilegal este tipo de práctica.

Olga Renta
716 supporters
Petitioning Mike Doyle, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Jim Costa, Devin Nunes, Maxine Waters, U.S. House of Representatives, United Nations, President of the United States, Change.org Support Admin

Outlaw Electroshock Therapy on Autistic children

 Electroshock therapy also known as ETC  is still practiced In the United States of America on children with autism and cerebral palsy  as a form of  so called cures...  or behavior modification   As the father of  and autistic child is a appalling that the United States still permits institutions to use this barbaric form of treatment.   Please sign the petition and help us stop  The medical community from torturing our children.   Please YouTube the subject  and you will see some of the most disturbing things he will ever witness. 

Nick Lutton
709 supporters
Petitioning Devin Nunes, Jim Patterson, Andy Vidak, Jean Fuller, Bill Monning, Kevin de Leon, Tom Berryhill, Anthony Cannella, Cathleen Galgiani, Kevin McCarthy, Tom McClintock, Jeff Denham, Jim Costa, David V...

We Stand United - Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Would it surprise you to learn that illegal immigrants have the potential to ruin our country – if they leave? In fact, mass deportation would abruptly collapse our agriculture, construction and hospitality industries leading to a downward spiral of our economy. Our government’s failure to address the needs of our economy through legal immigration has led to this issue. The refusal to create legal pathways to citizenship is driven primarily by fear, emotional reaction and misinformation.  So how do we address our immigration problems?  More on that later. I’d like to share a few facts about illegal immigrants. Currently, America’s population includes 11.5 million illegal immigrants, or 3.5% of our population. The Migration Policy Institute has estimated that 2.5 million live in California, which, at 6.3% of the state’s population, is the highest percentage of illegal immigrants in the country. A large part of our state’s economy is generated through agriculture, construction and tourism –three industries that rely heavily on the labor of unauthorized workers. Those who point to the economic burden brought on by illegal immigrants tend to overlook the daily costs, such as higher prices for homes, groceries and basic services, that each of us would incur without their everyday contributions. As an example of the economic impact of cracking down on illegal immigration in California, we need look no further than the neighboring state of Arizona. The legislative drive to aggressively target illegal immigrants in Arizona in recent years, including E-Verify laws and the controversial SB 1070, which allows profiling of those who raise “reasonable suspicion,” resulted in a 40% decline in their population of undocumented workers within five years of implementation. Some of these programs are especially difficult and expensive to implement, placing unnecessary burdens on small business owners. Moody’s Analytics found that despite the new openings in the job market, less than 10% of jobs formerly held by illegal immigrants were taken over by American workers. Likewise, Moody’s reports that the legislation has not altered the unemployment issues in the state; the overall rate remains higher than those of its neighbors. Some commentators tend to paint illegal immigrants as “takers”: people who come to our country with their hands extended, looking for taxpayer-funded social benefits. I believe the opposite is true; the vast majority of unauthorized workers come here looking for work, not handouts. It is estimated by the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy (ITEP) that illegal immigrants pay approximately $11 billion in taxes. These taxes directly fund programs like Social Security. Since many of these workers must use fabricated or illegally-purchased social security numbers in order to qualify for work, they will never be able to collect on these benefits. Are most illegal immigrants in this country criminals? In reality, most illegal immigrants avoid criminal activity because of the fear of deportation. Nationwide, illegal immigrants make up less than 5% of the prison population, and of those 5%, many were incarcerated due to immigration violations rather than violent crimes. By creating a pathway to citizenship, we would actually be able to combat crime more effectively by focusing our law enforcement resources on targeting dangerous, violent criminals rather than undocumented families. We cannot afford for our country to follow the path of countries like Japan and Germany, who suffer from stagnation and population decline. Immigration drives the growth of our working-age population as our native-born population is aging and shrinking due to a decline in birth rates. As a result, we are reliant on immigration to support our entitlement programs; without immigrants, the already murky future of Social Security and Medicare would be far bleaker. It is important to note, that the net migration from Mexico to the U.S. has declined in recent years, meaning more people are returning to Mexico than coming to our country. Our solution must be three-fold; first we protect our borders.  we have to recognize that building a $25 billion-dollar wall will partially stop the illegal flow of goods and people. Increasing the use of drones, satellite and other surveillance methods, should be considered if we are to get serious about illegal crossings .we need to humanely address those who are currently here illegally, while modifying our immigration system to better benefit our economic needs. second, we must allow for a process that allows illegal immigrants the chance to move out of the shadows. If apprehended, current law requires deportation of those here illegally and denies them re-entry for 10 years. Deport those who have violent criminal histories, and allow those who remain to become citizens. Third, our immigration program must be updated to reflect the current needs of our country. The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population, yet is responsible for 25% of the global economy. To maintain this edge for decades to come, we must regularly evaluate our needs, determine if our workforce needs investors, manual laborers, or innovators, and adjust our immigration policy accordingly.  We must also team up with Canada and Mexico to maintain our economic force against the rising powers across the Pacific, noting that Mexico is currently California’s largest trading partner. What is clear to me, is that our current immigration system is broken.  This week, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told an audience at George Washington University the following, “If lawmakers do not like the laws that we enforce, that we are charged to enforce, that we are sworn to enforce, then they should have the courage and the skill to change those laws.  Otherwise, they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines.” It is necessary that our Countries leaders step over the division of party lines and work together to bring a solution that is in the best interest of our Country and the people who desire to contribute to the U.S.  As an immigrant from Iran, I have first-hand experience navigating the immigration system nearly 40 years ago with my family. The laborious process was one that I was happy to undertake in order to become a proud U.S. citizen. I cherish this country and community along with all that it has afforded my family and I.    For my family, and for much of the world, America represents opportunity, hope and equality. These are the values that continue to attract the world’s best minds. These are the values that have allowed our relatively young country to become one of the most powerful and desirable to live in. Ronald Reagan understood this when he said “In America our origins matter less than our destination, and that is what democracy is all about.” Unfortunately, in today’s climate I am frequently reminded that if we were attempting to immigrate to America today, it would be far more challenging for my family and I to pursue a path to citizenship especially considering our country of origin.  Ultimately, we will be judged as a society not on how we have treated the powerful and privileged, but the poor and the hopeless. Our visions of success and happiness should coexist with the values of human dignity, compassion and justice. God has blessed this country with so much abundance and security-- it would be a shame to disallow those with the means and brain power to stimulate our economy, create jobs, and add to our competitive edge within the global market.  In a world where the movement of goods, money and information is fluid, the movement and migration of people is ultimately inevitable. Many members of congress recognize that bringing the 12 million undocumented out of the shadows of unlawfulness is not only good for our economy, it’s also good for our souls. we should support their efforts in fixing this broken system.   Darius Assemi of Fresno is a builder, farmer and philanthropist.

Darius Assemi
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