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Jim Costa

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


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Petitioning Mike Conaway, Collin Peterson, Randy Neugebauer, Bob Goodlatte, Frank Lucas, Steve King, Mike Rogers, Glenn Thompson, Austin Scott, Bob Gibbs, Rick Crawford, Vicky Hartzler, Dan Benishek, Jeff Denh...

Demand that quality science determine the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines

For 30 years, the U.S. government, by way of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has given us nutrition guidance – first with the food pyramid and now with MyPlate, both showing us what we should eat to be healthy.  The next set of dietary guidelines are expected to be announced by the end of 2015, and, based on a preliminary report, it appears that the recommendations will continue in the same vein as the past guidelines. While these dietary guidelines are well-intended, clearly something isn’t working. Because, also in the past 30 years, adult obesity rates have doubled, and according to The Trust for American’s Health Report, they are projected to rise to 50 percent by 2030.  Additionally, it is estimated that at least 50 percent of Americans today have diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to a recent Journal of the American Medical Association article.  The numbers are staggering for our children as well, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents.  Obesity in America is a public health crisis. It is becoming evident that the guidelines are developed without the backing of current scientific data, proven through recent reversals of guidance; for instance, we were told to avoid eggs due to their cholesterol content, but now eggs are deemed safe to eat.  We were told to eat margarine instead of butter, only to learn that the ingredients in margarine aren’t healthy for us.  Milk is now said to be good again.  These are all whole foods that should have never been cautioned against in the first place. It is also now coming to the forefront that the recommendation to consume low-fat foods and restrict full-fat options was based on limited evidence, and has consequently led to the overconsumption of starches, sugars and carbohydrates to replace fat. There is extensive evidence-based research demonstrating that controlling carbohydrate intake has numerous health benefits for everyone, yet nowhere is this research acknowledged in the current report despite the direct link between the sharp rise in carbohydrate intake and the obesity crisis. It’s time for all Americans to look beyond MyPlate and begin asking for dietary guidelines based on quality science generated from a variety of different experimental approaches that encompasses a range of different diet approaches.  It is also time we have dietary guidelines that eliminate the one-size-fits-all eating plan and focuses on the needs of a very diverse group of people.  This can only be done by disrupting the status quo and recognizing the insights of newer, better and more credible science. By demanding scientific scrutiny in our dietary guidelines that calls for change, Americans can find a healthier way to eat and live, and in the process save millions of lives.  Join me in signing this Change.org petition. Speak up and tell the U.S. Government to start basing our Dietary Guidelines on the full array of science.

Jeff Volek
22,962 supporters
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
11,777 supporters
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Petitioning Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Bradley Byrne, Martha Roby, Mike Rogers, Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Gary Palmer, Terri Sewell, Doug LaMal...

Make Senators Boxer, Feinstein, REMOVE the non-native species mandate from SB 1894

Purposely hidden in section 202 of the 147 page bill SB 1894 is the planned eradication of non native species in the delta and its tributaries to include largemouth, smallmouth, striped bass, crappie and catfish. The inclusion of these species in this bill MUST be removed. They are being made the scapegoats for the demise of the salmon and Delta Smelt when in fact the pumps are the largest non discriminate predator in the Delta. This eradication mandate will decimate the natural balance that has existed for 140 years, while doing NOTHING for the drought which is what the bill is supposed to address. It will decimate sport fishing on the California Delta, as well as adversely affect many businesses that rely on income directly generated from Delta fishing, i.e., bait and tackle stores, hotels, restaurants, tackle manufacturers etc. There are over 2300 local jobs that will be directly affected if this bill is passed; Guiding services, tournament staffing, Marinas, Bait and Tackle stores as well as grocery stores that will no longer have anglers to sell too. Boat dealers will go out of business with no fish to catch they will not be selling bass boats or V-Hulls so a dealerships like C&C, Anglers Marine and others that customer bass is fisherman will go out of business. Fisherman purchase thousands of gallons of fuel each day to fish in both boats and tow vehicles that will no longer be happening because there are no fish to be caught, no tournaments to go to. Hotels will suffer because they will not have two hundred anglers to use their rooms or eat at their restaurants or use there Casinos.   This bill would hurt a thousand to one people in the ratios of employment and recreations then it would help.  

Bobby Barrack
2,837 supporters
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Petitioning Steve Bullock

DNC Delegates & Super Delegates: Only Bernie can defeat Trump

(First, we MUST have a roll call vote, all the Democrats who cast their votes for a candidate and in turn voted in delegates to cast that vote at the DNC MUST be heard and recorded. This is democratic.) Bernie Sanders is simply the best candidate to beat Donald Trump; Delegates and Super Delegates please cast your votes accordingly. An average of the entire summary of all polling data compiled over the course of the election confirms this:  Sanders leads Trump nationally +10.4 Hillary is slightly above at +3.2 Do Democrats REALLY want to Win the White House? The Democratic Party claims that Winning the White House is their top priority, along with defeating Trump. It's time to look at the facts and look at who is the best candidate to achieve these goals; goals taken straight from the DNC. DEMOCRATS ARE FOCUSED ON WINNING ELECTIONS, PERIOD. Case in point #1: When Bernie addressed the House of Representatives to  explain that "it's not about winning, it's about transforming America," he was booed by Democratic members of Congress who believe they have no power to transform America unless they win elections. Bernie Booed by House Democrats DEMOCRATS SAY WE MUST DEFEAT TRUMP Case in point #2. Democrats also believe our main goal is to defeat Trump, i.e. win elections.  Their messaging is solely, WE MUST DEFEAT TRUMP.  Those two points have the Democratic Party freaking out after, to their surprise, Hillary's polling went DOWN after Bernie endorsed her. Democrats Freaked Out About Polls Emails sent from DCCC after Bernie's endorsement Three desperate emails were sent out in one day following Bernie's endorsement only to find Hillary's polling against Trump showed her LOSING ground, especially in three key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania showing them being completely terrified over the lack of "unity" as Sanders supporters fail to fall in line behind Hillary claiming: "After Bernie’s call for unity yesterday, we just figured Democrats would...well...unify. But instead, everything is falling apart. FIRST: We heard barely a peep from grassroots Democrats. THEN: A Quinnipiac poll showed Trump and Clinton tied in OH, FL, and PA.* NOW:  We’re questioning whether the Democratic Party can unify at all." __________________________________________________ Polling prior to Bernie's endorsement, June 21st vs. after, July 13th: *(note that the states are not all 'tied' as the DCCC claims): FL:  Clinton 47 - Trump 39 -----> Clinton 39 - Trump 42 OH: Clinton 40 - Trump 40 ------> Clinton 41 - Trump 41 PA: Clinton 42 - Trump 41 ------> Clinton 41 - Trump 43 June 21st vs. July 13th, as well as virtually EVERY POLL conducted between Sanders and Trump, Bernie wins nationally every time (as stated in beginning): FL: Sanders 45 - Trump 39 ------> Clinton 47 - Trump 39 OH:Sanders 48 - Trump 38 ------> Clinton 40 - Trump 40 PA: Sanders 47 - Trump 40 ------> Clinton 42 - Trump 41 __________________________________________________ 13 million votes for Bernie Sanders were cast from demographics who are largely composed of people who simply refuse to vote for Hillary OR Trump.  And some of them rather vote for Trump INSTEAD of Hillary! This is a stark reality that the Democratic Party must come to grips with if they not only want to put a Democrat in the White House in January, but elect Democrats in Primaries across our nation in November. Are you willing to lose the White House (as well as Congress) and suffer a loss that allows the potential for a President Trump? Dr. Cornel West is now endorsing Jill Stein over Hillary Clinton Most Bernie supporters are Dr. Cornel West supporters. He makes a compelling argument to his supporters on why Hillary, nor Trump, is a viable choice. How many of those 13 million will follow West? How many will vote Trump? How many will write in Bernie or simply stay home? Are Democrats willing to risk losing over this? So, do Democrats REALLY want to Win the White House? Then maybe it's time for DNC Delegates and  Super Delegates to rethink who their nominee will be in order to achieve that victory.  Bernie Sanders is simply the best candidate to beat Donald Trump; Delegates and Super Delegates please cast your votes accordingly.

Progressive Democrats
1,578 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
1,390 supporters
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Petitioning David Valadao, Ken Calvert, Devin Nunes, Jim Costa, Kevin McCarthy, Tom McClintock, Doug LaMalfa, Jeff Denham

Help Us Save CA Water Supply, Food Source & Environment

Government agencies have been purposefully flushing billions of gallons of our fresh water supply directly out into the ocean during our current water crisis. This year alone more than 1 million acre-feet of water has been flushed out to sea, with another 550,000 acre feet being proposed for similar actions by State and Federal agencies. That’s enough water to supply the domestic needs of 9.4 million people or grow over 26 billion salads. These government agencies claim they are taking these actions to try and save declining fish populations, even though after decades of this practice we know it is doing absolutely nothing to solve the problem, and in fact, it's now directly contributing to a further decline of our fish species in the Delta. But they continue to waste our dwindling water supply on a failed solution instead of focusing on real proven tactics that science tells us can help our endangered species. Now, one of these agencies is proposing using emergency drought fund dollars to purchase water PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE to urban and agricultural users, in order to flush even more California water out to the ocean. We say NO MORE! (For more info please watch the two very short and informative videos at the top & bottom of this petition) ------------- HOW THIS PRACTICE EFFECTS OUR FISH SPECIES IN THE DELTA These agencies have caused a 75% decline in our delta trout alone from last year to this year. Billions of gallons of fresh cold water were sent directly out to sea in the hope trout would go with them. None went and then no cold water was left for them to breed in. Despite the 75% decline last year THEY DID IT AGAIN THIS YEAR causing even further devastation to our delta trout population. By relying only on a failed solution, these agencies are openly refusing to protect our endangered fish from their #1 greatest threat, the non-native predator bass, who are eating all our tiny smelt and salmon causing a HUGE decline in their populations.  More important than flushing water out to sea, is the temperature of the water that is left. As water levels drastically drop, water temperature is rising to unlivable conditions for our fish species so they can't breed and it's also making them even more susceptible to predators as the water becomes more shallow and they are easier prey.  ------------- HOW THIS EFFECTS OUR FOOD SUPPLY & ECONOMY As a huge portion of our water supply is being flushed out to sea on a failed solution, there is not enough left for our cities and for our farmers to grow our food.  California’s agriculture industry is a 54 billion dollar a year economy that creates 2.5 million jobs throughout 56 of California’s 58 counties. It takes water for our farmers to grow our food and if we don’t act now, all consumers will pay the price. We are the #1 supplier of food to the United States. The less food we produce in California, the more food costs increase throughout the nation. In addition, we become more dependent on foreign countries like China, Brazil, and Mexico for a growing portion of our food supply and have ZERO control over the regulations of that food source. ------------- WHAT GOT US HERE? YEARS OF MISGUIDED WATER POLICIES More than 15 federal, state and regional bureaucracies have almost unchecked power to make decisions about how to use California’s precious water supply with no regard to the consequences of these failed experiments. Many of these decisions are not based on science and some even conflict with each other.  ------------- THE DEVASTATING REULTS: WE ALL LOSE! If the current policies continue, EVERYONE loses. Fish populations continue to decline while the lack of water hurts urban water users, farms, businesses, entire communities and more. More than 2.5 million California jobs rely on farm production in 56 of California’s 58 counties Already 5,433 people in Tulare county have no access to running water.  Entire communities are in decline, as tens of thousands of jobs associated with farming are leaving the Central Valley and there are no replacement jobs being created. Unemployment in the most fertile valley in the nation remains higher than the state and nation as a whole. This affects all businesses that depend on California farms and will have a ripple effect across the state. Latino farmworkers and their families, have been devastated by this situation, forcing many into food lines to survive. And now, their children are at further risk as schools and health departments are warning of environmental problems impacting their communities. Social services in agriculture communities are strained, and with more land taken out of production, the demand for social services will increase as unemployment and bankruptcies continue to increase. Californians will lose considerable production of fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, and organic products and will be forced to rely on products grown in other states and foreign countries. We ALL need a healthy environment in order to thrive. When water supplies are out of balance, it means limiting water not just to agriculture, but also to our cities, businesses, schools, recreation, water quality projects, and other environmental concerns. ------------- HOW CAN YOU HELP? PLEASE SIGN & SHARE THIS PETITION AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE! By signing this petition, you are asking Congress to pass legislation that will secure a more reliable water future for all California water users – urban, farm, and environmental. Your support will be helping us take REAL ACTION to resolve California’s current water crisis. Your signatures and messages will be presented along with this official letter to Congress and key agencies.  Please sign this petition and join the growing list of hundreds of concerned citizens who have personally signed this letter. We have no more time – or water – to waste and respectfully demand that our government ACT NOW. ------------- TELL OTHERS THEY CAN SIGN THIS PETITION AT:stopthewatercrisis.org LEARN MORE:WATCH: the disastrous effects of what is happening to the people of the Central Valley through the eyes of a 16 year old SEE: Why El Niño Water Isn't Helping Get Us Out of Our Current Drought READ: Man-Made Drought: A Guide To California's Water Wars SEE: What Losing 63 Trillion Gallons of Water Looks Like READ: Why More Water Does Not Equal More Fish: Cause and Effect on Other Fish Species California's Drought Is So Bad That Thousands Are Living Without Running Water 

Keep California Farming
1,273 supporters
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Petitioning Robert Casey, Barack Obama, Pat Toomey, Robert Brady, Chaka Fattah, Robert Tomlinson, Richard Alloway, David Argall, Ryan Aument, Lisa Baker, Camera Bartolotta, John Blake, Lisa Boscola, James Brew...

Urgent! Support the "Right To Try Act (H.R. 3012) of 2015" Hope for the Terminally ill

I am writing this letter in utter despair, because my family needs your help. My brother, my hero, the man I've always looked up to was diagnosed with ALS. You the Congress, the decision makers, have the chance to pass the "Right To Try Act". And everyone fighting a terminal illness right now needs this.   I remember being a little kid, I remember always trying to hang out with my brother, he is 10 years older than me, so I was never allowed. But I thought I was cool having an older brother that could take me places. I am the youngest of 4, there are 3 sisters and 1 brother. We have always been a close family. Always. I feel like I was just at the shore this summer carrying on with him at the beach, and today he can barely walk. ALS, has been around, over 80 years and still NO CURE. The ice bucket challenge in my opinion brought much needed awareness to the disease. I was told in Oct 2015, about my brother and that he has ALS. I don't think it really hit me, as I really didn't understand the magnitude of what he was about to go thru.  Maybe in a way I didn't want to believe it? I didn't want him nor his family to have to go thru this. But its real. Its not going away. I don't think I myself was prepared for him, to have to fight for his life. Its heart wrenching to watch, even more so, he has a family, a loving wife, 6 children. He is a family man, he would give you the shirt off his back because that is the man he is. Always has been. Life certainly hasn't been easy for our family, in December 2013 we lost my sisters 10 year old son, our nephew, it never gets easier, the heartache never goes away. Time does Not heal. There are 12 nieces and nephews between my sisters and brother. He and his wife have 6 children. His wife is amazing. Not only does she make sure my brother is taken care of, she also takes care of 6 kids, and her mother who currently has brain cancer. So if anyone, anyone wants to complain about life, they certainly deserve to. But guess what? they don't. They don't complain, they look for answers, they look for hope. They look for ways to change the lives of other people. That is the ultimate meaning of strength and courage, they are. So I write this letter to You, in hope that you listen clearly to my message. My brother, deserves the "Right To Try" He derves to possibly change his quality of life for the better. He deserves so much more from life besides ALS. He deserves to try a medicine, that may give him hope. His family deserves that right. He deserves to walk his daughters down the aisle. He deserves everything every other human on this earth does. So grant him that right to try what ever he wants to. He was given a terminal diagnosis. Terminal. There is no cure for ALS. And you the government, have the ability to change that. You have the opportunity to pass the "Right To Try Act", to make it possible for him to maybe change his life. Maybe not. But shouldn't that be a human right ?  Would you want his 6 children wondering why their dad wasn't given a chance at life? give him the "Right to Try" then just maybe, he can watch all his kids grow up. He can sit with his wife in a rocking chair on the porch when they are older.  Why would you not want to give him that right? I beg you to support  this Act, "Right To Try Act"  (H.R. 3012) of 2015. I beg you. No one ever , ever deserves a terminal illness, they don't, but you as our law makers have an opportunity right NOW to make their life a little bit brighter. A little bit more hopeful. Let's try to change the world to make it a better place instead of holding people back from having hope. That is all they have. HOPE. Please help my family, please allow my brother Frank Mongiello, the "Right To Try". #CureALS Warmest Regards, Frank's Lil' Sister, Lisa Mongiello Kupsey    

Lisa Kupsey
1,190 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
681 supporters
Petitioning Lois Capps, FOX News, California Governor, California State Senate, California State House, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Paul Cook, Nancy Pelosi, Melissa Melendez, Kevin McCarthy, ...

Help Change the Silent Epidemic of Domestic Violence in the Military

Dear Readers, I ask anyone that can understand the severity that domestic violence victims and their children suffer to please sign this petition. In doing so, I am hoping that this will help me to get the superior court Judge to reconsider his decision of giving the children’s father full custody and move away order.  After years of me trying to leave, I was relieved to start proceedings in April of 2015 finally. When the divorce papers were initially filed, we agreed that I would retain full physical custody and we would share legal custody of our two younger children ages four and five. As a woman who has been diagnosed with battered women’s syndrome, I was satisfied with this agreement.  I concluded that this would dissolve our marriage and free my children and me with the least amount of anguish in a speedy manner. So, I chose to accept his offer versus exposing the domestic violence we endured. In October of 2015, he petitioned for full custody. In doing so, he began his cycle of violence again. My spouse used our dysfunctional family dynamics to achieve his personal agenda of alienating me and smearing my reputation. He proceeded to obtain decelerations from my family members whom I am estranged from and others to write slanderous false allegations against myself.  As a result, he was able to convince the judge that he should be granted temporary full and legal custody. Meanwhile, I retained full custody of my other children from previous relationships.  The simplicity of this divorce had now taken a turn for the worst. For fear of putting my children and me at further risk of abuse, I was forced to expose the domestic violence history now. Let me start with 30 allegations of spousal and child abuse with the younger children’s father as the perpetrator since 2009. Of the 30 allegations, of which 14 of them were appointed a Treatment Manager to be reviewed, which a majority of these were found to have met-criteria for abuse. There is additional history from his prior marriage where the same abuse was documented and found to have met-criteria and provided to the judge. As a victim of domestic violence, I sought guidance through VAFB Family Advocacy in 2012 and was assigned a Domestic Violent Advocate to assist me up until the present time. I provided documentation to the courts of the history of domestic violence, and the courts will not acknowledge the documentation. The documentation I have submitted supports the fear that I have for my children and me regarding our safety. In March 2015, death threats to my life spoken by my spouse to his coworkers resulted in his coworkers reporting these threats to his command. His command then placed a military protective order protecting myself against him which continues to be in place. I was denied, by his leadership after multiple attempts, to obtain a copy of the military protective order so that I can get a civilian restraining order. In my efforts to get this document, I then reached out to our local congressman.    My efforts to get assistants from the military to provide documentation to the courts have been ignored, except that of a Family Advocacy Treatment Manager at VAFB. The Treatment Manager has testified in the court of all the met-criteria documented abuse. As a result, my husband filed an Inspector General (IG) complaint and Command Directed Investigation against the Treatment Manager claiming that he purged himself while testifying in my divorce/custody hearing. This IG investigation activated by my spouse was a blatant attempt to keep me from services from Family Advocacy, reduce my support group by alienating me, trying to stop me from speaking out, and an attempt to silence the Treatment Manager with intimidation. My husband went as far as to testify in court under oath that the Family Advocacy Treatment Manager would be fired for his testimony. This investigation did not result in perjury. After this investigation was unfounded, he then proceeded to harass and stalk the Treatment Manager and his family. This harassment has influenced the Treatment Manager to pursue a restraining order. Also, my former domestic violent advocate from 2009 was issued by his command a military protective order against my husband for similar behavior. To further provoke this situation, my husband has worn his military uniform throughout the divorce proceedings which he uses as a statement to claim military male privilege. This is a false representation of the military uniform and against UCMJ (The Uniform Code of Military Justice) and AFI (Air Force Instruction) codes. This wearing of the military uniform is used as an attempt to persuade the judge by gaining favor versus a basic civilian domestic court proceeding. Domestic Violence in the military is handled vastly different to that of the civilian world. I have personally experienced all of the different types of abuse including that which is illustrated in the military power and control wheel. The various types of abuse include; using coercion and threats, intimidation, isolation, using children, using economic abuse, claiming military/male privilege, minimizing, denying, blaming, and the use of emotional abuse (National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2016). Domestic violence is a massive epidemic when it comes to the military and the lack of follow through to protect the victims and punish the perpetrator. While there are resources in place such as Family Advocacy and Domestic Violence Advocates, the accountability with my experience by leadership is nonexistence. Lack of support is especially hard when the victim's crossover into the civilian world to get help when military silences the victim by not responding or helping the victim and protecting the service member. We need to fight for victims to have more rights by directing military commanding officers to respond back to victims when they report such crimes and take action. There needs to be better assistance from the military when a wife leaves a domestic violence service member to get civilian help by acknowledging the abuse that has happened within the military. Members need to be held accountable for their actions that are detrimental to others regarding domestic violence to spouse and children. Domestic violence in the military is a silent epidemic that needs attention. Please sign this petition to help stop this from repeating not only for my children and I but others. In my personal experience, the domestic violence has continued for years, and the military is very aware, yet, I see no changes, thus, putting my children and me at further risk. Pretending or acting as though there is not a problem with domestic violence in the military is not helping the victims. This is a brief summary of the horrendous almost twenty-two months of me attempting to regain custody of my younger children while being terrorized by my spouse. He has shown nothing to date that has proven to be true. In fact, all allegations and declarations he has submitted against me I have provided the court proof to discount his claims. The judge needs to reexamine the evidence that has been presented to the court to make a just ruling. If my spouse is granted a move away order and full custody I will then be forced to move near my children, therefore, isolating me from my support system. An out of state relocation would place me in a vulnerable position to start over in courts for custody and deal with ongoing abuse.  I ask for sympathy and empathy towards my children and myself, as our safety continues to be a risk. Thank you for taking the time to read my story as I plead for your assistance to stop this cycle by signing this petition.   Sincerely,   Lindsay       Reference: National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. (2016). "Wheels" Adapted from the Power and Control Wheel Model. Retrieved from http://ncdsv.org/publications_wheel.html  

Lindsay Lindskog
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