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Kirsten E. Gillibrand

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Kirsten Gillibrand is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New York, in office since 2009.


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Petitioning United Nations, United Nations Environment Program, European Parliament, yulin, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jerry Brown

Petition To Stop Yulin 2018

Please take action now and voice your support for a ban on this year’s dog meat festival in Yulin, China. Signing and sharing this petition is crucial, we must make one final push to save thousands of innocent dogs – they don’t deserve to die!  Spread the word and Say No To Yulin 2018

Talile Ali
274,015 supporters
Victory
Petitioning U.S. Senate

Pass the ABLE Act

My name is Sara Wolff. I am a 31 year-old from Moscow, Pennsylvania, who happens to have Down syndrome but that doesn’t stop me from achieving “my” better life. I work as a law clerk and also at Keystone Community Resources in the Office of Advocacy. I am a board member of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). I'm calling on Congress to pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (S. 313/H.R. 647), a bill that will help individuals with disabilities to save for their futures. When the ABLE Act passes into law this year, it will change my life forever. I lost my mother this past year, Connie, to a sudden, rapid illness. With my whole life ahead of me, I need an ABLE account to plan for my future. And, I am not alone, like most individuals with disabilities, people with Down syndrome and other conditions are out living their parents. Families, like mine, need to rest assure that they can equally care for their children and adults with disabilities, just like they can for their other children and family members. Just because I have Down syndrome, that shouldn’t hold me back from achieving my full potential in life. I can work a full-time job, be a productive member of society, and pay taxes – but because of these outdated laws placed on individuals with disabilities, we hold people like me back in life. This is the year, we call on leaders in Congress to put an end to the inequities that exist for people with disabilities by passing the ABLE Act and allowing individuals and families to save for the future and break down the barriers to employment for these individuals. I spoke last week during the NDSS gala in New York City about my personal lobbying efforts on the ABLE Act – before a large audience, I declared that I will be standing right next to President Obama when he signs the ABLE Act into law this year! The ABLE Act would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill aims to ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, and transportation. The bill would supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources. An ABLE account could fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals, including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation. The ABLE Act provides individuals with disabilities the same types of flexible savings tools that all other Americans have through college savings accounts, health savings accounts, and individual retirement accounts. The legislation also contains Medicaid fraud protection against abuse and a Medicaid pay-back provision when the beneficiary passes away. It will eliminate barriers to work and saving by preventing dollars saved through ABLE accounts from counting against an individual’s eligibility for any federal benefits program.  The ABLE Act was introduced into Congress on Feb. 13, 2013 by a bipartisan, bicameral set of Congressional Champions including Sens. Robert Casey, Jr., (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), and Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Pete Sessions (R-TX). It currently has 325 cosponsors in the US House and 62 in the US Senate.

Sara Wolff
268,905 supporters
Closed
Petitioning President of the United States, Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Bill Nelson,...

Allow Transgender People Into the U.S. Military

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be accepted or allowed into the U.S. Military because their cost is a "burden." This is extremely disgraceful and an insult to all those who have already given their lives for this country. This is not equality, and this is not "supporting the LGBT community," as he said he does. This is utterly transphobic. Many people who served are going to be left jobless, and many others will no longer be able to fulfill their dreams. This is not okay, and this should not be legal. Trans people are still people. 

Kaitlin Jozokos
239,603 supporters
Petitioning Johnny Isakson, Karen Handel, David Perdue, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Nelson, John Cornyn, Ajit Pai, Lindsey Graham, Chris Van Hollen, Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman,...

Save Net Neutrality

     Net neutrality preserves the right to communicate freely on the internet. Net neutrality requires internet service providers (ISPs) to give everyone equal access to everything you use on the internet-- email, watching videos, reading news articles, and listening to music. It prohibits ISPs from slowing down, speeding up, or blocking content on the internet. It is how the internet has always worked. Unfortunately, this is being threatened by the FCC- the Federal Communications Commission.     If the FCC ends net neutrality, then how we’ve used the internet changes completely. ISPs will be able to block content, slow down internet access, and favor websites over others. It will also end the Title II of the Communications Act, which charges ISPs for blocking content or slowing down internet and creating “fast lanes.” “Fast lanes” would allow certain internet service providers to give internet access faster than any other service providers. Ending net neutrality could have global impacts and change the way the world shares information and changes how information is processed.     As high school seniors about to enter into the real world, we cannot imagine what life would be like if we did not have net neutrality. Net neutrality allows us to use our freedom of speech on a platform that is like no other. I can go on the internet and research something without the fear that an ISP has favored a certain website that is completely biased one way or blocked certain websites.     If you believe we should have free access to the internet, sign this petition to show your support. This issue is time sensitive and must be addressed. Support free and open internet! Thank you for your support, Katie Lemon     

Katie Lemon
160,669 supporters
Petitioning Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, U.S. Senate, President of the United States, Donald Trump

Stop Hunters from Killing Innocent Bear and Wolf Families

Ever since the initiation of the new Administration in the U.S., environmental and wildlife issues have been given less and less attention and concern. Attempts have been started since day 1 to dismantle protections guarding the safety and preservation of America's lands and animal species.  The attacks on the United States' wildlife have just reached a whole new level. I'd like to take this time to bring your attention to an alarming article regarding restrictions on hunting: https://www.thedodo.com/us-house-alaska-bear-wolf-2268102226.html The House of Representatives has voted to overturn bans protecting  bear species from being hunted during hibernation, when they're most vulnerable and defenseless. The legislation would also allow innocent wolf families, including pups and their mothers, to be slaughtered in their dens. Further, as stated within the article:  "'What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America,' Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), said on Thursday. 'If the Senate and President concur, we'll see wolf families killed in their dens, bears chased down by planes or suffering for hours in barbaric steel-jawed traps or snares.' The overturning of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) ban would also allow hunters to lure animals with food and shoot them at point-blank range." I understand hunting can't be banned altogether, and I'm not saying it necessarily should be, but the restrictions set in place are there for a reason, and there are definitely those who would love to have those restrictions lifted. Are hunters in general evil people? No. But that doesn't mean there aren't people who would gladly operate in ways discussed herein. The ban and restrictions need to stay in place to make sure individuals don't practice inhumane hunting tactics. Please contact your senators and urge them to vote against overturning this ban, and stop hunters from slaughtering defenseless animal families.

Samantha Mistretta
156,441 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Wells Fargo, Tim Sloan, Carrie. L. Tolstedt, Wells Fargo Board of Directors, Lee Zeldin, Kenneth LaValle, Avid Modjtabai, Franklin Codel, Andrew Cecere, Richard Davis, New York Governor, New York S...

Help save mom's home!

Three generations of our family have lived in our mother’s home. She has been living there for over 50 years and her favorite part is her yard, which she has lovingly tended to ever since we can remember.  Mom is an 85-year-old, a breast cancer survivor, with Alzheimer's Disease. Her home has always been one of the most meaningful parts of her life. It is all about to be taken away. Our mother is one of many Wells Fargo predatory lending victims. Mom was living alone when Wells Fargo approached her and interviewed her for a number of loan applications. Despite being elderly and living on a fixed Social Security income, they gave her two mortgage loans. When she was about to default on one, they issued a third. How could Wells Fargo give her loans that they knew she couldn’t possibly afford? Our mother had no idea she was trapped in a predatory lending scheme, the type that Wells Fargo has been found guilty of doing time and time again. By the time we realized how much trouble mom was in, it was too late to intervene. The statute of limitations for predatory lending had run out and Wells Fargo was on her doorstep coming to collect the house. An attorney for Wells Fargo recently told our family that they, “are not in the business of running a nursing home.”  We have little time to prevent this foreclosure sale from occurring or she will be torn away from her home. This will surely leave her devastated and confused -- a fate she does not deserve. Please sign our petition and tell Wells Fargo to let our mom stay in her beloved home where she belongs.  Thank you!

Save Mom's Home
138,390 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States

Justice for Military Sexual Trauma Victims: Pass the Military Justice Improvement Act

Of the 26,000 sexual assaults in 2012, only 3,374 were reported and only 302 were brought to trial. I am a retired U.S. Navy Veteran and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) survivor. And like many other victims in the military, I was harassed, and humiliated by my Chain of Command after reporting my abuse. But a bipartisan bill before the U.S. Senate right now can completely change how sexual assaults in the military are handled - the Military Justice Improvement Act.  As it stands now, any U.S. Military personnel, male or female, who are sexually assaulted or harassed are at the mercy of their own Commanding Officers who have full jurisdiction and discretion in prosecuting these cases. In many of the cases the perpetrator is not prosecuted while the victim is treated as the criminal, ostracized and harassed by their own command and often their military service stands in jeopardy. This is why so many assaults go unreported. Even though I was raped while in the Navy, my case it is a story of command harassment.  During a 5 year period I was harassed, by my command because the Maintenance Officer didn't want "women in his Navy".  Between being raped and continuously harassed I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2001.  I was raped and it was traumatizing, but the most devastating thing was the Command Harassment. The Military Justice Improvement Act (S. 967) changes this by taking the Commanding Officer out of the case and providing a specialized legal group in charge of investigating and prosecuting these cases. This is a common sense step that our closest allies, including the UK, Canada, Australia and Israel, have made to their militaries.  The Military Justice Improvement Act has bipartisan support but needs more votes to pass and it will be voted on this week. Your Senator needs to hear from you about this important bill now!  I spent 20 years trying to run away from the hell the Navy put me though. I was told that all of my problems were between my ears. They tried to Court Marshal me, they harassed me on a daily basis, and when I was transferred the harassment continued because my perpetrator picked up the phone and had me labeled a troublemaker before I even checked in. If the Military Justice Improvement Act had been passed then, that wouldn't have happened to me.  Help us get the word to Congress that the rape culture in the military is still prevalent.  Tell them we will no longer allow our men and women in the military to be raped, tell them that we WILL hold them accountable.  I am taking a stand against the unjust persecution of my brothers and sisters that are victims of MST and harassment. Please join me by asking your Senator to support the Military Justice Improvement Act. 

Teresa Youngs
132,936 supporters
Petitioning Nancy Pelosi, Kirsten Gillibrand

Demand Congress Hold Trump Accountable For His Sexual Harassment and Assaults!

Congressional Members are duty bound by the oath they took to uphold and defend our Constitution to hold President Trump accountable for his 20+ charges of Sexual Harassment or Assault. To date, President Trump has been accused by over 20 women for unwanted sexual assaults including forced kissing, groping, genital grabbing, forced touching, and rape. Congress owes these victims an investigation into their charges and to ensure President Trump is no longer a threat to innocent women.

Peter Monkewicz
129,734 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Chuck Hagel

Suspend the Weapons Transfer Program that is Militarizing Police

Our police officers are not our military. Yet military weapons meant for battlefields like the ones I served on as an Army Officer in the Gulf War are being transferred to local police departments around the country. Put simply, these weapons are not intended for local policing and often result in escalating - not solving - situations. We’re seeing this right now in Ferguson, Missouri. Many of the weapons being sent to small police departments are coming directly from the Pentagon through the 1033 Weapons Transfer Program. Since its creation, at least $4 billion worth of equipment has been distributed to local police departments through this program. Thankfully, the Senate Armed Services Committee is reviewing the Weapons Transfer Program to evaluate how these weapons are being used. However, there’s no reason to continue sending weapons through the program while it's under review. So I’m calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to temporarily suspend the 1033 Weapons Transfer Program - something he has the power to do.  When local police departments have access to armored personnel carriers, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, M-4 rifles, camouflage uniforms and assault rifles - we’re clearly seeing the militarization of local law enforcement. But police officers are not at war with American citizens - they are here to serve and protect us. But it only makes sense that if we arm them like soldiers going into battle, they will act like soldiers. As a veteran and executive director of Veterans For Peace, I don't want to see our police militarized here at home. And I know many other troops and veterans agree.  The program has been suspended before in 2012, when some states actually lost track of military equipment. You read that correctly, these battlefield weapons have actually gone missing before. Yet the program was quietly restarted in 2013. It’s clearly time for a moratorium on the 1033 program while it is under review.

Michael McPhearson
118,217 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Secretaries of the Armed Forces and Congress, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senate, Bernie Sanders, Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten E. G...

Hold Military Moving Companies Accountable

An Open Letter To Our Elected Officials - UPDATE 1 to the petition: https://militaryspousechronicles.com/2018/10/02/pcs-petition-brings-change/ Every year thousands of military service members and their families pack up and move on military orders. All of their memories, heirlooms, worldly processions, keepsakes, pro-gear, kids toys, and some useless stuff, otherwise known as household goods (HHGs) gets packed up by contracted strangers, loaded onto a truck and driven across country. If you are on the lucky side of things, your HHGs will arrive with a few scratches and maybe a broken bowl.  However, most everyone ends up on the other side. Boxes will be unloaded smashed and torn, furniture will come off broken in multiple pieces, and other items will just go missing. It will be brushed off as “don’t worry, you can just file a claim”, and while that might be true, there are things that money just can’t fix.  Money can’t replace the broken hutch inherited from my grandmother. Money can’t fix the missing foot board from the custom made bed. Money can’t fix my discontinued, now smashed in to pieces wedding china. And money can’t fix the box of my children’s baby memories box that never arrived.  I know, we should just leave these things with family! While that is a good thought, it’s not always possible. Some service members just don’t have the family available to leave these things!  Every year, thousands of service members  file claims with moving companies. Within the last 2 years the average claim has been around $10,000, with an average of only 50-60% of that being paid out.  Over the last 5 years, the PCS season has become more and more horrendous to deal with. The major moving companies being awarded the contracts, often sub contract out to smaller, local companies. Many of these companies do not understand how military bases work- usually sending drivers or crews who have a felony background, can’t access post, or a truck that has expired registration.  These companies also do a poor job in packing and handling of the HHGs. Many times the crew will pack as quickly as possible to get to the next job to make more money. In doing so, things are usually packed improperly, allowing for damage to occur. When loaded into the truck or unloaded at the storage facility or destination, everything is usually just thrown around without a care. When Service members and families speak up about how things are being handled, we are usually scolded, degraded, and told to just let them do their job.  In one of our recent moves we had a mattress come off the truck soaking wet. When I questioned it and ask what my son was suppose to sleep on, the driver took a furniture pad off the dresser and said he could sleep on that.  When we moved to our current location, I questioned the driver about my high value list, and the markings on the inventory about the furniture. The response I received was “this is just how we do it.” Then when we arrived, our range bags complete with range equipment were missing.  Our military service members and their families already sacrifice so much for this country. The deployments, holidays missed, birthdays not celebrated, their children’s firsts moments, training time, and sometimes even their life. Is it so much to ask that moving companies take a little more care in handling our memories? Is it so much to ask our elected officials to step in and protect our service members from the headache and heartache during a PCS?  I challenge you to start holding these companies accountable. I challenge you to step up your game and ease the worry burden on our military families.   MilitarySpouseChronicles #PCSChronicles #MemoriesSmashed         

Military Spouse Chronicles
103,077 supporters
Don’t eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts

Thank you, Jonathan, for starting this petition. As a mom of two young sons, I share your belief that art and culture are essential to a well-rounded education that gives all our children the opportunity to succeed. Every Congressional district in America benefits from this crucial funding. Every town or city, whether large or small, has schoolchildren who need art and music education, including kids who have the potential to grow up and become the next generation of American cultural icons. But not every school has the funding needed to cover these important experiences. And every community has families who want to take their children to see what art masterpieces look like, but not every family can afford to travel far to see that art. The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities help create more equal access, for all students, to the benefits of arts and culture programs. They give veterans a new lens to understand their experiences and reintegrate into their communities. They give local museums in small towns more resources to teach students on field trips. They fund educational programming on PBS, which is loved by children and helps them keep learning outside of school. Without the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, it would be much more difficult for anyone outside of a big city to experience the arts and humanities. We should never eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and I will do everything in my power as a Senator to stop any effort to do so. But I can’t do it alone. I encourage all of you to keep speaking out about this important issue. If art, music, drama, and the humanities matter to you, then call your representative and tell them why. Make it clear to them how cutting the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would hurt your community, your school, or your family. Tell everyone you know to call them too. If enough of us raise our voices in defense of the arts and humanities, we can prevent these devastating cuts.

2 years ago
Congress: Stop blocking gun violence research

Thank you, Sarah, for starting this petition and for turning the tragedy of Sandy Hook, which impacted your family so deeply, into activism to end the scourge of gun violence. The lack of action by Congress in the face of continued gun violence in this country truly is outrageous. This week I was extremely disappointed that the Senate once again defeated commonsense gun safety measures to expand background checks and to prevent suspected terrorists from accessing firearms. But we will not stop fighting. On Tuesday, I stood on the floor to announce the introduction of my bipartisan bill to end gun trafficking to finally make the trafficking of firearms a federal crime. I also introduced amendments to allow the ATF to ban the import of military style weapons and to require weapons dealers to keep accurate inventories. I also strongly agree that the CDC must be allowed to study gun deaths just as they study any other cause of death in this country. I've signed on to a letter to Senate leadership urging them to end the ban and to appropriate funds to allow the CDC to conduct this crucial research. Thanks to everyone who has signed this petition – keep up the pressure by sharing this petition with your friends and contacting your representatives and ask them to support commonsense gun safety reforms. Enough is enough!

2 years ago
Tell Congress we will never forget 9/11 first responders and survivors

Thank you, John, for starting this petition and for your unwavering commitment on behalf of your fellow first responders, volunteers and community survivors who have suffered so much as a result of exposure at Ground Zero. We truly do owe you all a debt of gratitude and it is our moral obligation to make sure these 9/11 health programs are funded long into the future. And thank you to everyone who has signed this petition, it really makes a difference. Only by raising all our voices will we succeed in passing the re-authorization of funding for these critical 9/11 health and compensation programs. On Wednesday, we're going to have a day of action on Capitol Hill and I hope you'll all join in. While John and his fellow first responders will be joined by Jon Stewart to walk the halls of Congress urging my colleagues to support this legislation, you can help too by contacting your members of Congress and letting them know you support the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Re-Authorization Act. You can reach them by calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Thank you for raising your voices on this important issue!

3 years ago
Pass the CARERS Act and protect medical marijuana patients

Thank you, Kate, for speaking out so strongly on this issue and for your incredible advocacy. It was an honor to stand alongside you and Morgan last month when we introduced the CARERS Act. By making your voice heard, you are speaking for so many other families around the country who simply want to ease their loved ones' suffering. I also want to thank everyone who signed this petition and added your voice to the growing chorus calling for common sense reform of our medical marijuana laws. It really makes a difference. Right now, our federal medical marijuana laws ignore the rule of law in 23 states, not to mention modern science. The CARERS Act would modernize the federal approach to cannabis, by classifying it as a Schedule 2 drug. This would allow doctors in states with legal medical marijuana programs to write prescriptions, and scientists to finally expand research into the medical uses of marijuana. It would also give patients and families around the country access to critical treatment without fear of federal prosecution or separation from their loved ones. Please continue to speak out in support of the CARERS Act by posting this on social media and contacting your members of Congress to urge them to stand with Kate and Morgan in favor of reform. Congress is lagging far behind the American people on this issue and it's going to take all of our voices to change the status quo.

4 years ago
Pass the FAMILY Act & Guarantee Working Americans Paid Family Leave

Thank you, Dana, for telling your story so eloquently and for making your voice heard in support of the FAMILY Act so we can finally implement a national paid leave program right here in the U.S. It's unacceptable that the United States is the only industrialized nation in the world not to offer paid leave to new parents. The FAMILY Act, which I've re-introduced in the U.S. Senate today, will finally ensure no new parent has to choose between caring for a newborn child and receiving a paycheck. Thanks also to everyone who has signed on to Dana's petition, I hope you'll continue to make your voice heard on this issue. You can help us pass the FAMILY Act by sharing this petition on social media and by contacting your Senators and Representatives to urge them to support the FAMILY Act. Momentum is building for paid leave in this country, but only with your help will we gain the support to pass this important legislation.

4 years ago
Give Title IX teeth to stop campus sexual violence

Thanks to Know Your IX and The Nation for starting this petition and making your voice heard on behalf of survivors of campus sexual assault. And thanks to all the signers, this is such an important issue and it's important that we let survivors know they're not alone in this fight. The simple fact is that the cost of college admission should not include a 1 in 5 chance of being sexually assaulted. Nor should going to college make women more likely to be victims of assault, but that's precisely what the data shows. To help combat this epidemic, I've been working with my colleagues to craft commonsense bipartisan legislation to support survivors and hold colleges accountable for how they handle these crimes. On Wednesday, I was proud to stand alongside survivors, advocates and 7 of my colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats, to introduce the Campus Accountability & Safety Act. This bill will inject transparency and accountability into the adjudication process and flip the incentives so colleges no longer sweep these crimes under the rug. Our bill would: - Increase support services for survivors on college campuses - Improve training for campus personnel - Increase transparency for colleges, including mandating online reporting of crime statistics - Increase accountability for colleges, including increased fines for noncompliance with federal law - Improve coordination with local law enforcement I agree with you that the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights must have real teeth to be able to hold colleges accountable for how they adjudicate these crimes.That's why we've given the Office for Civil Rights the ability to impose fines of up to 1% of an institution's operating budget for violations of Title IX related to sexual violence. We believe this measure will succeed in increasing transparency and accountability on the part of our colleges and universities while also protecting the students who did nothing wrong from being caught in the crossfire. These are crucial steps if we are going to end the scourge of campus sexual assault and I'm confident we'll continue to build bipartisan support over the coming months. You can help by making your voice heard during the month of August by asking your representatives to support the Campus Accountability & Safety Act. It's time for all of us, regardless of party, to stand with survivors, hold universities accountable, and make college campuses safe for all students.

4 years ago
Pass the ABLE Act

Thank you so much, Sara, for making your voice heard on this important issue, and to everyone who has signed this petition and supported Sara's campaign to urge passage of the ABLE Act. The ABLE Act is bipartisan legislation that would amend the tax code to allow disabled Americans to open tax free savings accounts to cover qualified expenses. I'm proud to co-sponsor the ABLE Act because only by helping Americans with disabilities plan for their futures will they, as Sara put it so beautifully, be able to "achieve their full potential in life." Which is an opportunity every American deserves. I urge the Senate to take up the ABLE Act this year so we can put millions of Americans with disabilities, like Sara, on a more secure path to their future.

4 years ago
Justice for Military Sexual Trauma Victims: Pass the Military Justice Improvement Act

I wanted to alert you to the need for urgent action to help pass the Military Justice Improvement Act. We are expecting a vote on the Senate floor perhaps as soon as tomorrow. We need you all to join with survivors of sexual assault and make your voices heard today to help build support for this important reform. We have a strong majority of the Senate -- 55 Senators and counting -- who are publicly supporting this bill, just a few shy of the 60 we'll need to overcome a filibuster. Can you add your voice to help us win those few extra votes and get us over the finish line? Please call, write or tweet your Senators right now, urge them not to filibuster justice for sexual assault survivors and to allow an up or down vote on the Military Justice Improvement Act. Thanks for all you're doing to help us pass this important legislation so we can create an impartial system of justice within our military that is worthy of the sacrifices our brave men and women make for us every day.

5 years ago
Justice for Military Sexual Trauma Victims: Pass the Military Justice Improvement Act

Teresa, thank you for telling your story and for making your voice heard on behalf of so many survivors of sexual assault in the military who haven't had a voice. Your story unfortunately is all too common, but together, by passing the Military Justice Improvement Act and bringing real reform the military justice system, it's my hope that we can ensure no one goes through what you went through ever again. And thanks to the over 100,000 signers of this petition. It really makes a difference that Americans all over the country of all political stripes are raising their voices to say, enough is enough. After decades of inaction in the face of a growing epidemic of sexual assaults in their ranks, it's time for our military commanders to relinquish their authority over whether or not to prosecute sexual assault cases, and transfer that authority to trained, independent military prosecutors where it belongs. Only in the U.S. military does a boss get to determine whether or not their employee was sexually assaulted. This policy must end. The brave men and women of our military sacrifice every day for our country and deserve a justice system worthy of that sacrifice. They deserve better than to fear an enemy within their own unit more than they fear an enemy abroad. And they deserve better than to be victimized all over again by the very military they serve even after being physically traumatized by their attacker. It's my hope that we will get a vote on the Military Justice Improvement Act in the coming weeks, and while a clear majority of the U.S. Senate is behind us, unfortunately, we'll likely need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster in order to be successful. That means I need you all to take the next step beyond signing a petition. I need you to contact your Senators and urge them to support the Military Justice Improvement Act. Get on Twitter and Facebook and join the voices of so many others speaking out about this injustice at #passMJIA. Because only by passing this important legislation will the survivors of sexual assault in the military get a fair shot at the justice they deserve.

5 years ago