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John Kerry

  • United States Secretary of State

John Forbes Kerry is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. He has served in the United States Senate, and was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


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Petitioning John Kerry

Release U.S.M.C. Sgt. Tahmooressi imprisoned in Mexico.

My son Andrew Tahmooressi is a Marine veteran fighting for his life and freedom in a Mexico jail after being wrongfully imprisoned for over a month after he accidentally crossed the border with three legal US purchased firearms in his truck. Andrew suffers from PTSD and had just traveled from Florida to San Diego to seek V.A. evaluation where he was diagnosed in March and started his treatment plan. He had all of his belongs in his car with him, including three firearms as he was searching housing and hoping to secure employment.   On March 31 he got lost while driving, made a wrong turn in the border town of San Ysidro, CA and within yards of that wrong turn, found himself approaching the Mexican Customs lane with no obvious way to turn around. Stopping, he states immediately,  “I got lost, made a wrong turn.  I do not want to be here. May I go back to the border (USA)? I have 3 weapons in my vehicle." Instead he was arrested and imprisoned on weapons charges even though the ATF traced the firearms back to him within days. Andrew's tours took place in (2010 & 2012) Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Marine, and he is currently a Reservist until 8/24/2016 in the Individual Ready Reserve. His experiences left him with PTSD and this situation is making things so much worse. Since in prison, his life has been threatened, he sustained a neck laceration and has been restrained by handcuffs to bed for 35 days. Our family is calling on Mexico's Attorney General to realize a mistake has been made and release Andrew immediately. So far more than 21 members of Congress have called for my son's release. Officials here in the U.S., including Secretary John Kerry and President Obama should join these calls so this veteran can be reunited with his family.

Jill Tahmooressi
183,957 supporters
Victory
Petitioning John Kerry

Free Matt and Grace: Innocent Americans Imprisoned in Qatar.

My sister and her husband, Grace and Matt Huang, are an American couple from Los Angeles who are being wrongfully imprisoned by the judicial system of Qatar in the Middle East. In 2012, Matt relocated to Qatar, with his wife and their three adopted children, to work on a 2022 World Cup infrastructure project for his American engineering firm. On January 15, 2013, my 8-year-old niece, Gloria, tragically and unexpectedly died. Matt and Grace were almost immediately imprisoned by Qatari officials under suspicion of human trafficking and intentionally starving Gloria to death. My two nephews were taken into custody and forced to live in a government orphanage. Due to a poorly done autopsy by the Qatari government, the actual cause of Gloria's death remains unknown. However, racial bias and the lack of understanding of the challenges associated with high-needs adopted children led officials to charge Matt and Grace with murdering Gloria. The prosecutor told the judge, “The adoption process consists of searching for children who are good-looking and well-behaved, and who have hereditary features that are similar to those of the parents.  But the children connected to this incident are all from Africa and most of the families there are indigent.”  They tried to convince the judge that the murder may have been done in order to harvest her organs or to conduct medical experiments on her. Needless to say, all of these claims are completely false.  Matt and Grace truly believe in the purpose and need of adoption. They had even specifically requested placement with high-needs children, who often have difficulty finding families. In the case of each adoption, Matt and Grace utilized a respected adoption agency and obtained all the proper visas and the kids were given U.S. Passports. They also received specialized training on adoption and how to care for high-needs children. They saw living in Qatar as an opportunity for their children to have an enriching cross-cultural experience. In court, defense witnesses testified how exceptionally Matt and Grace cared for all their children. Additionally, expert testimony explained that it was scientifically and medically impossible that Gloria died of starvation. Not one single piece of evidence was presented showing that my sister and her husband harmed Gloria in any way. After a 9 months of tireless effort, my nephews were finally released from the orphanage and allowed to return to the U.S., under the custody of my mom. One month later, Matt and Grace were released from prison on their own recognizance, but banned from traveling outside the country. On March 27, 2014, Matt and Grace were sentenced by the court to three years in prison despite overwhelming evidence that they are innocent of the accusations against them. Inexplicably, the court did not render a verdict of any kind; it did not declare Matt and Grace guilty or not guilty of murder or any other crimes. They remain banned from leaving the country. The imprisonment of Matt and Grace is only half of the injustice. There are also two children, their sons, who were ripped away from their parents. By placing them in an orphanage, Qatari officials demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding about international adoption and the needs of adopted children. Upon returning to the U.S., my nephews were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of being re-institutionalized and having their parents taken from them. Matt and Grace are innocent, and their continued detention in Qatar is a gross violation of their basic human rights.  There is growing international support for Matt and Grace. Innocents experts like The California Innocence Project and The David House Agency are working on their behalf. Even the United Nations has called for the travel ban to be lifted.   Enough is enough. Please sign this petition for Matt and Grace to IMMEDIATELY be allowed to be reunited with their sons in the U.S. so that they can finally mourn the loss of Gloria and begin rebuilding their lives. For more information and to donate for their freedom, please visit: freemattandgrace.com

Joanne Chin
182,365 supporters
Victory
Petitioning John Kerry (Secretary of State)

End Child Marriage, Sign the Executive Order!

When I was 14 years old, I was kidnapped for a marriage to a much older man, as depicted in the film Difret. On the day I was abducted, I was raped by my would be "husband." I knew I had to fight back and escape the first chance I got. I was taken to a hut and locked up. When I received another visit from my abductor I saw my chance. When he was suddenly called away, he left his gun leaning against the wall and the door unlocked. My father had taught me how to fire a gun, so I took it and ran. When he and his friends chased me, I shot him. It was the most terrifying, horrible ordeal of my entire life -- and I'm one of the lucky ones. I was accused of murder and after 2 years in the courts, the judge ruled that it was, in fact, self-defense.  My trial led to a re-examination of this tradition and the Ethiopian government is now working to end child marriage and female genital cutting by 2025.  In addition, the African Union recently launched a campaign to end child marriage across the continent. I am now dedicating my life to working on this issue and to give voice to the screams of unheard rural women and girls. I don’t want to see the same story happen to any more girls. And yet, it still is. You can help. Please join me in ending child marriage around the world by signing this petition, asking President Obama to sign the executive order that would help prevent an estimated 39,000 child marriages every day. This petition is supported by Global Fund for Women, Ms Magazine, Equality Now and Truth Aid. The Call to Action We need the Obama Administration and the State Department to deliver what was promised: a comprehensive strategy for ending child marriage. In March 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) that included a commitment to ending child marriage worldwide. The law requires the State Department to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to end child marriage and to direct U.S. foreign assistance to programs in countries where child marriage is prevalent. We are asking that this strategy be created and announced in 2015, and that it include the following whole-of government strategy: +      Our foreign assistance agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, would be directed to craft evidence-based, stand-alone programs to delay the age of marriage, foster girls’ agency and choice and promote equitable and rights-based societies that give girls the tools they need to thrive, while also leveraging our considerable investments in such areas as health, education and food security to ensure these programs are being fully utilized to address related elements of the practice. +      State Department diplomats on the world stage and in bilateral talks with countries that have high rates of child marriage would be directed to raise the issue of child marriage as a U.S. foreign policy priority, and would work to ensure that carrots—and, where necessary, sticks—are deployed to encourage meaningful action by all countries to end this global scourge. Such a strategy would recognize and institutionalize the fact that child, early and forced marriage impacts the whole life of the girl and that holistic, rights-based approaches are therefore necessary to end it. +      A draft Strategy is sitting at the Department of State. While the President and the First Lady have recently launched an important effort to provide education for at-risk girls globally, until the President signs an Executive Order giving these efforts the full force of law, we cannot be certain that these efforts will be fully implemented and funded. And thus they will not make any real difference in the lives of girls all over the world. Every day that we wait for the implementation of the new law to become reality, another 39,000 girls are married. This is unacceptable. When girls are forced into marriage early, entire communities miss out on their potential as change makers, economic drivers, and leaders. We must end child marriage to allow girls to realize their full potential in order to achieve the world we want. We need a coordinated, whole-of government strategy immediately. You can help. Tell President Obama to issue an Executive Order directing the U.S. government to use its full force to protect and empower the world’s girls and end child marriage once and for all. In U.S. Theaters October 23rd, 2015. Get tickets here: bit.ly/DifretInTheaters 

Aberash Bekele with Truth Aid
155,949 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Department of State

Grant Gloria a Visa to Get an Education #LetGloriaLearn

In 2014, my family and I made the decision to leave our home in Indiana and move to Uganda for 7 months as volunteers at one of the country’s many orphanages. There are over 2.5 million orphans in Uganda, and we wanted to do what we could to help. That is where we met Gloria. Alone since the age of 7, she had been living in the orphanage for half her life. Her story is tragic, but not uncommon in her home country. Gloria’s mother was brutally murdered by the Lord’s Resistance Army when she was only 3, and her father passed four years later. When my family and I met her, we were immediately struck by her passion for education, and her deep desire to become a midwife and to help other young women in her home country. But as a young orphan girl in Uganda, her options for schooling were scarce and her chance to see that future was uncertain. That was when we made the decision to help ensure that Gloria could get the education she would need in order to achieve her dreams. The pieces all began to fall into place: Gloria was able to secure acceptance at the International School of Indiana, and I applied to sponsor her F1 student visa. My family and I also agreed to cover any additional costs for her stay and studies in the U.S. Gloria was so excited, and we spoke often of her future and how much she could help her community when she returned with a diploma. But then we learned the devastating news that the U.S. government had denied Gloria’s visa. Shockingly, we were told that her visa was denied because, as an orphan, the government claimed she did not have enough ties in Uganda to ensure her return. This young woman who wants so desperately to learn and use her education to make her country a better place is the best example of what humanity should strive for -- she should not be denied her future simply because she is an orphan. My family, the orphanage where Gloria lives in Uganda, and Gloria herself are all dedicated to following the letter of the law, and Gloria is committed to returning to Uganda when she completes her studies. All we want is to ensure that she has the same opportunity for a high quality education as our own children have, and that she can then use it to create a brighter future for herself and her community. Denying Gloria this opportunity, precisely because she is an orphan, is not what we should stand for as a country. Now more than ever, we need to empower and give girls like Gloria the chance at a better future. Unfortunately, the government has already denied our appeal, again citing Gloria’s lack of family ties. The only path forward would be for the State Department to consider a new visa application, and to accept it this time. The decision to help one girl can impact many more. Now more than ever, we need to make great educations accessible for everyone. Please join us in pushing for the State Department to Let Gloria Learn. #LetGloriaLearn  

Jared Hill
146,388 supporters
Victory
Petitioning John Kerry

Free Dr. Stacey Addison!

Dr. Stacey Addison, a Portland, Oregon veterinarian is unjustly imprisoned in the South East Asian country of East Timor. While living her dream of an around the world trip Dr. Addison had the extremely bad luck to share a hired vehicle with a stranger who committed a crime. She has been imprisoned, denied due process and can be held with no charge against her for one year. What should have been a trip of a lifetime has turned into a nightmare. I've known Stacey for 15 years and I'm helping her mother bring her home with this petition. Our government and the government of East Timor must take action immediately to release Dr. Stacey Addison from her illegal imprisonment.   On September 5th Stacey entered East Timor and shared a hired taxi from the border to the capital city of Dili with a stranger. This practice is very commonplace and usually safe. It’s like Lyft or Uber, but other people can share the car if it’s on the same route. Unknown to Stacey, the other passenger in the car was a criminal. En route he asked the driver to stop so he could pick up a package. The police were waiting, tipped off that the package contained illegal drugs. The car was surrounded by the police and everyone arrested. After her belongings were searched, her drug test came up negative, and statements by everyone declaring they didn’t know her beyond sharing the cab were acquired, Stacey was still held for 5 days before being brought before a judge. She was given a conditional release, but told that her passport could be held for up to one year pending an investigation. Stacey found herself trapped and unable to travel back home to Portland, Oregon. For nearly 2 months, waiting in agony and willing to cooperate, Stacey and her lawyer heard nothing from the authorities. Suddenly, on October 28th she was rearrested without a charge and taken to a women's prison.  She was told that the prosecutor had filed an appeal to have her conditional release rescinded without notifying Stacey or her lawyer. This is a violation of her Human Rights and illegal under Timorese and International law. Stacey is not a criminal. She is a dedicated and caring veterinarian, often volunteering for causes close to her heart. Even on this trip, before these horrifying turn of events, Stacey volunteered as a vet in Peru and Ecuador. This is who Stacey is and the last place she deserves to be is in prison. We are sharing her story in hopes you will join our friends and family in calling for her to be released and for her passport to be returned. We already have the support of both US Senators from Oregon and the media is starting to pay attention. Your support could create the momentum needed to ensure Stacey gets home. Please take a moment to sign and share our petition calling on the East Timor government to free Stacey now and return her passport. You can also go to the Facebook page Help Stacey for more info and "like" it to show your support: https://www.facebook.com/PleaseHelpStacey 

Angelina Brouillette
132,308 supporters
Petitioning John Kerry

Help free a hero who helped fight terrorism

Mohammad Idris has been an invaluable ally in the war on terror. He repeatedly risked his life to collect  intelligence that was directly responsible for saving American lives. With his help, the US located Taliban commanders participating in attacks on US forces in Afghanistan, stopped suicide bombers in Pakistan and Afghanistan, located meeting places for leaders of terrorist networks, and assisted in infiltrating the highest levels of the Taliban shadow government in Afghanistan. My name is Danny Dalton, and I had the honor of working with Mohammad Idris. In 2009, the FBI asked Mohammad Idris, a Pakistani citizen, and myself to help infiltrate terrorist organizations in Southwest Asia. A year later, he was falsely accused by Pakistan of spying on their government. The US government and the organizations Idris assisted have refused to intercede and help free this hero. I’m calling on the United States to pressure the Pakistani government to release a man who has saved so many lives. I have worked for the United States Government for over 25 years, in the military, as a DEA Agent, advisor to the Department of Defense, and a contracted source for the FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency. I know from experience the risks Mohammad Idris took to help the US government stop terrorists. It’s time for them to return the favor. Mohammad Idris worked for the FBI, DEA, and the State Department. They trusted him to get the job done, and in return, he trusted that they had his back. What message does this send to those thinking about joining the fight against terrorism? We turned our back on him because he was targeted by a government known to work with some of the very same terrorist networks he fought. Mohammad Idris has been illegally incarcerated in Pakistan for nearly 5 years without legal representation, or the ability to even see his wife and children. We are asking the United States Government to do the right thing, and help free a hero that risked his life to protect this country. Please sign this petition and share with all your friends.  

Danny Dalton
36,938 supporters
Victory
Petitioning FIFA

Support for Josip Šimunić

We want to support the dignity of Josip Simunic, of the Croatian National Football Team and Croatian People against untruthful attacks by newspapers and small groups of pro-Communists’ in Croatia that Josip Simunic used alleged 'pro-Nazi' and "Fascist" chants, language and gestures after the Croatia v. Iceland football game.    The chants in question ('Za Dom Spremni'- eng. 'For Homeland ready' and 'U boj'-eng. 'To fight') has been used since the 16th century by the Croatian people; by Count Nikola Subic Zrinjski in 1566. when leading the Croatian army to defend against Ottoman Empire invasion. It has since been used in literature, history and the performing arts.  These chants are deeply patriotic and symbolize Croatian unity and love for country, nation and Homeland.    Josip Simunic just gave a patriotic greeting to the fans on the stadium and led the fans into traditional Croatian chants. He wanted to show his respect and love for Croatia and her people. Josip Simunic has been attacked in the past few days from various newspapers and pro-communist political groups, taking certain elements of the event out of context. He now faces a possible punishment from FIFA.   We strongly condemn any connections to associations of these historical Croatian chants and any ideologies and totalitarian Nazi regimes in the past!   Show your support by signing this petition that will go to FIFA and her President Joseph Blatter!   Podrzimo Josipa Simunica pred FIFOM!­ Podrzimo dignitet Joe Simunica, Hrvatske Nogometne Reprezentacije i Hrvatskog Naroda pred neutemeljenim napadima novina i pro-komunistickih stranaka i grupa u Hrvatskoj i svijetu!   Potpisite peticiju koja se salje FIFI i koja objasnjava da je navijanje koje je vodio Simunic izraz njegovog domoljublja i nema politickih konotacija niti ikakve veze sa ideologijama i rezimima u proslosti! Peticija je na engleskom jeziku i objasnjava povijest navijackih izraza. Molimo da link peticije stavite na Facebook, Twitter i javite prijateljima!

Jelena Soldo
34,392 supporters
Victory
Petitioning John Kerry (United States Secretary of State)

Free Scott McMahon: Innocent American Imprisoned in the Philippines

My son, Scott McMahon, is a United States citizen from Seattle who has been wrongfully imprisoned in the Philippines without being convicted of any crime for almost 4 years. Scott is a victim of retaliation and attempted blackmail and the U.S. government must bring him home. Scott was falsely accused of sexual assault by a woman who, shortly after Scott’s arrest, offered to drop the charges in exchange for $125,000 and for Scott withdrawing an unrelated case against her that he filed first. Scott repeatedly rejected her attempt at blackmail but his accuser continued to make offers.  Scott is being accused of a horrible crime but the accusations are nothing more than an attempt to blackmail and retaliate against him. Scott has several witnesses that place him on a family vacation with his children and their mother in a different city, 10 hours away from the scene of the alleged crime. And there is no evidence that his accuser was ever raped or had any sexual contact with Scott whatsoever. It’s time for the US government to step in and help Scott. Please sign my petition asking Secretary John Kerry to bring Scott home. It hurts to know that my son is separated from his two children, and their mother, Marnelli, a Filipino woman whom Scott had hoped to one day marry. Scott is supported by Human Rights Watch and represented by The David House Agency and their affiliates at The California Innocence Project and Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP. Yet despite the weight of evidence supporting he did not commit this crime, Scott has been held without bail since his arrest on April 7, 2011. The deplorable conditions within the prison have deteriorated Scott’s mental and physical health. Without being convicted of any crime, Scott is housed in a maximum security section of a prison that is only 880 square feet, yet it houses up to 250 prisoners. Scott’s cell has only 1 toilet for approximately 50 inmates. The prison system does not provide even basic hygiene necessities like soap or any medical treatment without a court order (which is rare), and as a result the prison population as a whole suffers from highly preventable illnesses, such as tuberculosis. During the time Scott has been detained, he has witnessed numerous inmates die from these and other conditions. This has gone long enough. Please sign this petition for Secretary Kerry and officials in the Philippines to bring Scott home to his family. Please join our fight to Bring Scott Home.  For more information and to donate, please visit www.freescottmcmahon.com.

Shelley Campanella
32,496 supporters
Petitioning Democratic National Convention (all delegates)

Choose Bernie Sanders as the Presidential Nominee

In this moment of historic unrest, when our democracy has slipped into oligarchy and the threat of fascism has emerged, WE THE PEOPLE call on the Democratic National Convention, its pledged delegates and super delegates, to take historic action to save our democracy.  We call on you to choose Senator Bernie Sanders as the Democratic Presidential nominee.  Yes, we know that Sanders has endorsed Clinton.  We, however, cannot vote for her - and neither will millions of other Americans.  We call on you to choose Sanders.  Our reasons include the following: 1.  HISTORIC PRECEDENTS FOR NOMINATING A 2ND-PLACE CANDIDATE. Nominating Conventions exist in order to assess everything that has been learned during the primary season, and which candidate can best win the general election. Two of our greatest Presidents were chosen at conventions after a second-place finish in the primaries:  Dwight D. Eisenhower (who had won only 26% of the primary vote) and Abraham Lincoln (who had won 22%).  Both were chosen during times of great change and upheaval.  Now is such a time. 2.  SANDERS MORE LIKELY TO WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION. Senator Sanders is the candidate who can win.  Democrats make up only 28% of registered voters.  Elections are decided by the Independents, who now outnumber Democrats and Republicans combined.  Sanders is wildly popular with Independents, enjoying 70% support plus 44% of Democrats.  These 2 numbers add up to a landslide victory in a General Election.  This is why, in polls showing 1-to-1 match-ups between Sanders-Trump, Sanders consistently wins by 9-12 points, while Clinton is basically tied with Trump.  For example, this latest poll of swing states, Quinnipiac, June 21, 2016: https://www.qu.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/2016-presidential-swing-state-polls/release-detail?ReleaseID=2359 The latest overall national poll of registered voters shows Sanders' favorability rating is 59%, Clinton 42%, Trump 40%.  Moreover, Sanders' favorability rating with non-whites is 77%, whereas Clinton's is only 64%,  (CNN/ORC poll, June 21, 2016). http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2016/images/06/21/rel7b.-.2016.general.pdf Thus it is clear that Sanders' popularity has grown significantly, while Clinton's has declined. Moreover, these polls date from just BEFORE the FBI came out with their highly critical report of Secretary Clinton, showing that she had lied under oath to Congress.   3.  CLINTON AS NOMINEE WILL LEAD TO LOW TURNOUT.Since Clinton is viewed unfavorably by the vast majority of eligible voters.  Democratic turnout will be extremely low if she is the nominee.  This will also damage down-ballot races. 4.  SANDERS HAS THE MESSAGE FOR OUR TIME (BREXIT EXAMPLE). Senator Sanders is the candidate who can win because his message has the ring of authenticity and it resonates with our time.  The recent BREXIT shows that working families are willing to go to severe measures to express both their frustration with the establishment and their desperate need for a less corporate-dominated society.  If Secretary Clinton is the nominee, a similar revolt could take place:  a right-wing extremist in the White House. 5.  CLINTON CONSIDERED UNTRUSTWORTHY. There is widespread and growing concern among the American people, especially Independents, about Clinton’s questionable ethics and lack of trustworthiness.  Since the revelation (via Comey's report and Chavez' questioning) that Clinton lied to Congress under oath about her emails, recent polls show that she is viewed as much less trustworthy than Trump - a notorious liar. 6.  SIGNIFICANT NEW INFO HAS CAUSED VOTERS TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS SINCE THE SPRING ELECTIONS.The results of the primary elections are meaningless since voters did not know at the time that the State Department IG and the FBI would both be denouncing the Secretary as they recently have; and that Secretary Clinton lied under oath to Congress (113 classified emails at the time they were sent - not Zero as she said); and that the State Dept would re-open its investigation, as has now happened; and that the House Oversight Committee and Judicial Committee would request a perjury investigation, as has now happened.... To assume that Clinton still has the support of all, or even most, of the people who voted for her in the spring would be naive and dangerous. 7.  PERCEPTIONS OF SIGNIFICANT ELECTION IRREGULARITIES FAVORING CLINTON. There is widespread concern and anger against the DNC for a lack of neutrality in its handling of the 2016 primaries.  This includes an unprecedented number of superdelegates “pledging” to Clinton before the campaign began; widespread election irregularities, purges, etc.; and significant discrepancies between exit polls and official results, favoring Clinton in virtually every case. A class-action lawsuit against the DNC was filed in Federal court on June 28, alleging illegal manipulation and deceit in the DNC's handling of the primary.  Several other lawsuits are pending in other states, including California.  The superdelegates now have the opportunity to correct the impression of pre-campaign bias, by using their positions thoughtfully to evaluate all that has transpired and choose the candidate who can best win the confidence and affection of the American people. On July 18, Election Justice USA issued a thorough and scathing report of the fraud during the Democratic primaries.  Written by 2 prominent statisticians and an award-winning investigative journalist, it is an extensive documentation of the election fraud in 22 states.  With many links, charts and graphs, they conclude: Trump's victory was real, Hillary's was not. "It is hard to conceive of a legitimate transfer of power following an election that has been this flawed. We recommend... these elections be examined and, if found to be inaccurate, decertified. Where paper ballots are available, count them by hand. Where they are not available, it would be more equitable to hold a 2nd vote, one that does not utilize electronic voting equipment. We understand that this is unprecedented."  https://drive.google.com/a/apollosfire.org/file/d/0B2gyJMIH8GERVHV3NjhOTVZmaTg/view Video evidence shows that senior Clinton campaign staff instructed interns and younger staff to systematically cheat and break the law.  "Whatever you can get away with, just do it," said a Clinton campaign lawyer to her trainees - caught on camera. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhI6bMbhsDE 8.  SANDERS HAS WISDOM AND AUTHENTICITY. Senators Sanders is the candidate who can win because he is an authentic, experienced, incorruptible, and fearless public servant.  He has demonstrated, through speeches on the floor of Congress, that he foresaw in advance the complex worldwide problems we now face, including the dangers of the deregulated banks which led to our financial collapse; the growing income inequality which has now become a crisis; and the consequences of the Iraq war. 9.  SANDERS REPRESENTS THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Senator Sanders has brought millions of new voters into the Party, but those people will leave if he is not the nominee. He is the overwhelming preference of voters under the age of 45.  This means that by 2024, Sanders’ vision will most likely be the overwhelming philosophy of voters under age 53.  The Democratic Party has a choice:  to become the party of the new reality, or a relic of the past. We, the undersigned, will not and cannot vote for Secretary Clinton, nor any other candidate put forward by the DNC, other than Bernie Sanders.  Millions of us are lifelong Democrats who will leave the Party if Bernie is not the nominee.  We will ONLY vote for Bernie, who has our trust, our confidence, and frankly – our love. LOVE TRUMPS HATE.

Jeannette Sorrell
31,600 supporters
Petitioning John Kerry

Airplane pollution endangers wildlife habitats. Emissions must be capped.

In December, global leaders met in Paris and pledged to cut climate pollution. Even though the aircraft industry is a top-ten global carbon polluter, international aviation was not mentioned in the agreement, leaving endangered species and natural habitats vulnerable to emissions. The United Nations body charged with regulating aircraft pollution, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is deciding this October whether to cap global aircraft emissions. If global emissions from airplanes remain unchecked, the industry’s CO2 emissions are expected to triple by 2050. The consequences of such extreme pollution are dire. Hazardous effects of climate change will continue to destroy the habitats and food supplies that wildlife depends on. Already endangered species will be pushed even closer to the brink of extinction. We must do everything we can to make sure US representatives to ICAO know a global pollutions cap is absolutely something the American people believe in. Tell Secretary Kerry—the US government representative in charge—to protect wildlife by fighting for a global cap on international aircraft pollution.

World Wildlife Fund
20,894 supporters