Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ban Child Sex Dolls
Right now, teachers, coaches, babysitters, and neighbors, in every town in America, can purchase lifelike, anatomically correct dolls designed to simulate sex with a child. And it’s perfectly legal. These sick dolls are being imported into the United States and other countries. British police have seized more than 100 already in the UK, and authorities have found that the people buying them usually have child pornography too. Sign this petition to ban the sale and distribution of child sex dolls! These child sex dolls can normalize a pedophile’s behaviors, emboldening them to harm children, as is often the case with those who view child pornography. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. One child is too many. Our elected officials need to protect children. That’s why Congressman Dan Donovan from New York is introducing legislation that will ban the distribution and sale of dolls that encourage child abuse. Show your support for this legislation by signing this petition, and help protect America’s children!
Congress: Support the Disability Community Act of 2016
Dear Congress, We urge you to grant a temporary increase in federal Medicaid funding for providers of intellectual and developmental disability community services. By temporarily increasing Medicaid funding for providers, organizations like Laura Baker Services Association and others can continue to provide the highest level of service to clients while fairly compensating caregivers for their tremendous work and ensuring that we comply with federal overtime rules. Granting this temporary increase will provide a lifeline that will enable us to keep service quality stable while advocates seek to permanently increase Medicaid rates. Help disability services providers comply with the Department of Labor’s revision of the overtime exemption rule by supporting the Disability Community Act of 2016 (H.R. 5902), a bill that will provide a three-year, targeted and temporary funding bump to providers so that they can comply with new federal rules not funded under current fixed Medicaid rates.
Call for Blue States to Move On
What happened to make this country the focus of judgment, laughter, and fear from the rest of the world? The industrialized world outside of the United States enjoys a better quality of life and general happiness that most of us can only imagine. First class education, comprehensive health care, clean food/water/air and an overall better relationship with their fellow citizens. And as a country, we have higher mortality rates at younger ages, poorer health, and an impoverished population who can't learn new skills without going deeper into debt. As much as we like to blame Donald Trump for our national problems; these problems were here before him, and they will still be here if Trump is removed from office tomorrow. We have a political system that centralizes power to a consolidated political center in Washington, DC and an economic center in New York City. Our Electoral System will isolate the power to determine the direction of our political system to a very small, easily manipulated portion of the electorate in strategic location. Worst of all, we have a large portion of the population who will empower a mentally unstable man to the highest office in the world; just so they can say “We Won”. This group is constantly complaining about a simple world with plentiful jobs in their communities that are extinct or never really existed. And now, they have the nerve to complain about losing the federal government programs they benefitted from and voted against. It's time we said “ENOUGH” and have Progressive States and Communities band together and share resources and ideas to provide a better quality of life for its people, that the Trump Administration wants to take away. And furthermore, we need to ensure that we only support States and Communities who will change their policies for its people. We can no longer provide assistance to Red States, just so they can abuse and neglect their citizens for business interests. For the future of this nation, we need to explore every legal method possible to protect the people from an extremely dangerous President Trump. A Values Based Alliance of the States (VBAS) is one way of resisting this new reality of government, and the dangerous changes that we all know are inevitable. I understand that the constitution will not allow us to directly stop this monstrosity, but it will allows us to devalue it. A VBAS of certain states with similar values and policy preferences can and will use its population centers and economic influence to co-op, share resources, and implement policies with other co-opted states, while not having to depend on or engage the federal government. Examples: There are certain states with a majority of people that believe single payer healthcare system (CA, MA, VT, NY, WA, OR, IL, HI.). If those states passed laws to provide single payer health care for it’s people, a Single Payer Healthcare VBAS organization of those states can share resources to improve efficiencies, expand medical training/education amongst the co-opted states, negotiate pharmaceutical/treatment, amend needed tax policies and petition the US Government. This would also force neighboring states to decide if they want to change their internal policies to provide single payer, so they can join the Health Care VBAS. A resident of Indiana might ask his state to join the VBAS, because he could literally see his next door neigbor in Illinois fully covered, and using a Doctor that just came back from his training at a medical school in California. Although the VBAS states can not legally sign the Paris accords, they can change their internal policies to abide by its recommendations. There could be an environmental protection VBAS, where the states involved agree to abide by the Paris accords, improve safety protocols within its states, take climate change seriously, and provide economic preference to states and nations that do the same. CA, OR, NY, MA, VT, WA HI, and NV could agree to be a preferred customer of states or nations that voluntarily reduces its carbon emissions and address climate change, instead of LA or TX, which most likely will not. Other issues could include minimum wage, education, trade agreements, gun control and virtually every policy not adjudicated solely to the federal government. As more VBASes are organized and more states agree to join them, Donald Trump and the ignorance of future presidents become less and less relevant. Please sign this petition and pass it on to as many people as possible.
Tulsi Gabbard for House Minority Leader! #TulsiForLeader
After the stunning loss to Donald J. Trump and the Republicans, we must reevaluate the leadership in the Democratic Party. Not only should we support Keith Ellison to be DNC Chair but we should also support the Progressive, Sanders supporter, war veteran, and champion for all Americans Tulsi Gabbard to run to be the House Minority Leader. Currently the House minority leader is Nancy Pelosi and she has been in that position for quite some time. It is time to get more progressives to leadership positions. Tulsi Gabbard would be a fine choice for this position in the house.
Protect Shareholders. Strike the Financial Choice Act 2.0.
Shareholder democracy is being profoundly threatened by Section 844 of the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0. This new legislation, which was heard by the Congressional Financial Services Committee on April 26 and then passed by the House on June 8, contains a provision that would fundamentally impair investors' rights to file shareholder resolutions. It is now scheduled to be voted on in the Senate. The new rule would permit only a tiny fraction of the globe’s wealthiest investors (those who own more than 1% or more of a company’s stock) to file shareholder proposals. For example, raising the ownership requirement to 1% would leave only 11 investors with enough shares ($3 billion) necessary to file shareholder proposals at Wells Fargo. All other shareholders would be blocked from using their shareholder rights to address equity, justice, sustainability, climate, risk, and good governance issues. Sign our petition and make your voice heard. We will be sending signatures, as well as the letter linked below, to the Senate. Let’s work together to defeat this destabilizing legislation that will profoundly affect consumers, investors, and the economy at large.
The American Public Wants to See Trump's Tax Returns
I believe many American citizens disagree with this recent statement from Donald Trump: "You know the only ones who care about my tax returns are reporters." Trump argued that the public doesn't care and that it's an issue only important to reporters. So let's prove him wrong. By providing his tax returns, Mr. Trump can prove once and for all that his conflicts of interest will not impede his presidency. We the people expect to be led by a person of integrity, honesty, and strong moral character. Mr. Trump, as citizens of this great nation we would like to see your tax returns so we can be certain managing our country is your only priority.
DNC must bid farewell to Bernie for the sake of the Democratic Party.
Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is not a Democrat. A political Independent and self described Democratic-Socialist, Bernie has spent thirty years in political office. One might even say, in the "establishment". Though he has indeed caucused with Democrats, he has also voted with Republicans (e.g., in favor of gun manufacturers over safe gun laws, and against an immigration reform bill that would have granted legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants), and then there's his affinity for socialism. Bernie tends to apply a litmus test of purity to his votes. If it doesn't suit his conscience, regardless of the larger picture or bipartisan effort to find common ground, Bernie votes as Bernie wants. This is the safety of being an Independent. There is no question that Bernie garnered the support and adoration of millions during the Election of 2016. He is credited with attracting young people into the Democratic process by creating an accessible, grassroots movement. Bernie's message of economic populism cut across demographics. However, now is not the time to re-hash the election. In fact, that is precisely the point of this petition. The wounds are still fresh. This petition is for the life-long Democrat, the loyal Democrat, the 2nd and 3rd generation Democrat, the Democrat who has showed up election after election to vote for the best Democrat in the race. This is especially for the Democrat who fought hard in support of the most qualified person ever to run for the office of President - who also happened to be a woman, Hillary Clinton. There is no denying that the 2016 Democratic Primary was one of the most divisive in modern times. Again, now is not the time to re-hash the specifics or to point fingers. We've done enough of that. What we need now is to honor Democrats and to invite anyone who truly shares the ideals of the Democratic Party to stand with us. No purity tests. Democrats understand all too well the compromises, the sacrifices, and the hard work that can take decades to bear fruit. This is what we do. This is who we are. Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. He has stated that fact time and time again. We respectfully request that the DNC Chair, Tom Perez and Deputy Chair, Keith Ellison bid a kind farewell to Bernie and hand the mic to a Democrat, preferably a woman and/or poc. Sincerely, Democrats
Independent Audit Of The California Democratic Party Chair Election
The Democratic Party needs to investigate the possibility thatindividuals who secured delegate badges were not, in fact, those actual delegates, determine why ineligible individuals were awarded delegate badges as proxies and were not screened out. Explain why financial eligibility is not clearly marked on credentialing materials and answer how multiple individuals were able to obtain multiple ballots and vote more than once. The information that this initial review uncovered is alarming and concerning. The campaign had requested that the material be presented to a neutral third party to investigate before this information was ever publicly released. Unfortunately, Eric Bauman through his legal counsel, a firm facing two conflicts of interest in this case, including involvement in an improperly cast ballot, has made it clear that there is to be no outside review.
To the DNC: Make Keith Ellison Chairman or We Start a New Party of, for, & by the People.
The Democratic Party, as it stands now, is a party run by corporations to push corporate candidates that pursue corporate interests. Following an unfair primary that heavily favored the establishment pick, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party has made no changes to ensure party members that it would not again subvert the will of the people. We the people and voters of the Democratic Party hereby demand the party enact actual change and ensure us it will never go against the will of the voters again. As a start, we demand Keith Ellison for DNC chairman. If the DNC cannot start with this simple step of changing party leadership and reassuring its betrayed base of working class voters that their voices matter, we will create a new party--a party of, by, and for the people.
Tom Perez should step down as DNC Chair. Deputy Chair Keith Ellison should assume the seat
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is in disarray during a hugely consequential political moment. The only hope to reign in the excesses of the majority Republican government and the Donald Trump administration is for the Democrats to take back many seats in Congress and in State legislatures. Under current and past leadership, the DNC has become a financially and politically impotent organization. Some issues include: Over 900 elected seats in state and federal government have been lost by Democrats since Obama took office. The DNC is $3.4 million in debt and its fundraising is currently abysmal. DNC Chair Tom Perez has taken a side-gig as a faculty member at Brown University. The organization recently purged longstanding progressive members who either supported Bernie Sanders or Keith Ellison. Emails published by WikiLeaks along with testimony from former interim Chair Donna Brazile indicate that the organization was used by the Hillary Clinton campaign to facilitate an unfair presidential primary, and to circumvent campaign finance laws in support of Clinton's candidacy. Tom Perez has had a distinguished career in the Obama Administration, but it is clear that he is not the right man to lead the DNC through this trying political moment. Tom Perez should step down from the position of DNC Chair and pass the title to Deputy Chair Keith Ellison to restore voters' trust in the Democratic Party and to lead a new generation into the next political era.