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Mike Honda proudly represents California’s 17th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district includes Silicon Valley, the birthplace of innovation and the national leader in high-tech development.


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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
31,222 supporters
Closed
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

Save the Perkins Loan Program

Please note that collection of your street address is strictly for the purpose of notifying your representative of your support for the Save Perkins Now petition. We do not harvest or collect address or other contact information for the purpose of sending unsolicited emails, unsolicited communication, or selling or trading contact lists. STUDENTS, PARENTS, HIGHER EDUCATION ADVOCATES, ADMINISTRATORS AND SUPPORTERS Did the Federal Perkins Loan Program help you afford a college education? Have you worked with or do you know students that have benefited from a Perkins loan?  If so, please help save the Perkins Loan Program by signing our petition today. This proven and longstanding loan program is in jeopardy.  In order for the program to continue beyond the 2015-16 award year, Congress must reauthorize the program or extend the September 30, 2015 sunset date. Perkins Loans provide critical support to students with economic need, offering low-cost loans with flexible repayment terms and generous forgiveness options that are public-service oriented.  In 2012-2013, close to 500,000 students with need were awarded nearly $1 billion in Perkins loans, with an average amount of $1,957 awarded per student.  This funding is critical to students who may not qualify for any other financing options, including more costly private loans, and therefore would be unable to complete their education.

Maria Livolsi President of COHEAO
22,507 supporters
Petitioning Casey Steinau, Ian Olson, Kim Metcalfe, Darryl Sinkfield, Janet May, Nancy Worley

All Superdelegates - Vote Bernie

We, the undersigned constituents, write to you today to discuss how crucial your vote is to the future of our great country. I write to you today not only as a proud lifelong Democrat, but as someone who is deeply concerned about the upcoming election this November. Along with your colleagues, you are in an extremely powerful and special position for shaping our country's path forward. You have the power to help solidify the strongest candidate for our party to stop Donald Trump from damaging our country beyond repair. The party failed to prevent the loses of the '72 McGovern and '80 Carter elections. We can't make that same mistake in 2016, this time against an even more harmful and destructive Trump. That's the whole reason why you have your super delegate vote: to help prevent the party from choosing a poor General Election candidate that cannot guarantee a Democratic election. We have to do everything we can to make sure our Democratic candidate has the best odds to beat Trump. Senator Sanders has brought many people into the process (more than Obama did in 2008)(1), but many of those same people won't support Secretary Clinton. In fact, a petition that supported the 'Bernie or Bust' notion,  with over 100,000 signatures, was delivered to the White House recently. If we are to acknowledge the scientifically proven exit-voice theory, research suggests that it’s very likely more than 2.4 million people share the same sentiments (2) .In addition, hundreds of thousands of constituents feel disenfranchised due to abundant and documented voter restriction and election fraud (mass voter roll call purging, massive decrease in polling location, unused provisional ballots, misguided voting instructions, altering of ballots, broken voting machines, and a consistent trend of exit polling not matching election outcomes) (3)(4)(5)(6). Never mind the notion that hundreds of super delegates pledged their support for Clinton even before this election season, or the fact that documents were leaked proving that the DNC had already chosen Clinton as the nominee back in May 2015, on the same day that Sen. Sanders announced his candidacy (7).  We also run the risk of Secretary Clinton's potential legal issues costing us precious votes at the worst time possible. That is made clear by her own testimony regarding her misuse of her private email server; her statements to the public completely contradicted the FBI's testimony. It is also important to note that there is another petition that was delivered to the White House that voices the "Never Hillary" pledge., which was signed by over 200,000 people. There is also resounding concern over the issue of 'big money' in politics, including the issue of super PACs and the Hillary Victory Fund (8). The general consensus of average citizens is that she cannot be trusted.  The National polls are clear. The swing state polls are clear (9). The favor-ability ratings are clear. The momentum, energy, youth and Independent enthusiasm are all clear. Our best hope in defeating Trump is clear: Senator Sanders (10)(11). You have a unique opportunity to go down in history as one of the special few individuals who made the right judgment call and helped us elect the stronger candidate for the Democrats to retain the White House. You also have the opportunity to disregard all logic, polls, and the anti-establishment pulse of the country and stay with a riskier candidate and further the notion of a #DemExit. For the sake of the Democratic Party, for the sake of your place in history, and for the sake of unifying the entire country and not having to say "President Trump"... please vote for Senator Sanders in the convention this July. Thank you for your time and consideration. References: (1) http://www.vox.com/2016/6/2/11818320/bernie-sanders-barack-obama-2008 (2) https://johnlaurits.com/2016/07/10/mathematical-proof-that-you-are-not-alone/ (3)http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/only-voter-suppression-can-stop-bernie-sanders_b_9780128 (4) https://electionfraud2016.wordpress.com/ (5) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649941911932852/permalink/1655874224672954/ (6) http://usuncut.com/news/arizona-polling-disaster/ (7) https://guccifer2.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/dnc/ (8) http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/01/how-hillary-clinton-bought-the-loyalty-of-33-state-democratic-parties/ - who resourced the FEC (9) http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-dead-heat-hillary-clinton-swing-state/story?id=40542377 (10) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/hillary-clinton-now-loses_b_10102664.html (11) http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/2016-general-election-trump-vs-sanders    

Jamie Ferrier
5,592 supporters
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
2,843 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Barack Obama, Samantha Power, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kelly Ayotte, Michael Bennet, Richard Burr, Richard Blumenthal, Cory Booker, John Boozman, ...

Save the Sumatran rhinoceros from its impending extinction

Representatives of the United States of America, In recent weeks, the White House and the federal government have engaged in efforts to raise public awareness about the dangers of climate change, while advocating for new federal policies. In a similar span of time, public outrage over the killing of Cecil the Lion garnered widespread attention, dominating headlines for weeks and spurring UK Ambassador Peter Wilson to speak to the UN General Assembly in late July regarding the illegal trafficking of wildlife. On August 19, 2015, an international team of scientists published a study concluding that the Sumatran rhinoceros is now extinct in Malaysia. Its survival as a species depends upon the fewer than 100 individuals remaining in Indonesia. With the President calling attention to the strategic, economic, and moral dimensions of environmental issues like climate change, the international community demonstrating ardent concern for wildlife, and scientists declaring that only quick action will save the Sumatran rhino and other critically endangered species, there has never been a more appropriate time to discuss this important conservation issue.   I. Purpose The purpose of this message is to call on you, a representative of the interests of United States citizens, to support policies that will affirm our national commitment to the protection of critically endangered wildlife. In particular, we urge you to support and produce policy that will increase America’s contribution to wildlife conservation efforts in Indonesia and the Southeast Pacific, particularly efforts that will protect the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros.   II. Recommendations Many Americans are frustrated by the perception that they cannot make a difference in conservation, especially at the international level. Opponents of conservation use these frustrations to discourage elected officials from meaningfully supporting conservation causes with clear and urgent status. But recent history contradicts cynicism. In 2014, the U.S. negotiated a deal to reduce debt payments owed by Indonesia in exchange for a $12.7 million commitment toward the conservation of critically endangered species in Indonesia. The deal, part of the Tropical Forest Conservation Act’s “debt for nature” strategy, clearly demonstrates that Congress and diplomatic officials have the power to directly support and advocate for the protection of treasured species, such as the Sumatran rhinoceros.   Here are seven clear ways that the U.S. could increase its support for the Sumatran rhino and other species, through legislation and diplomatic action: ·             Craft and pass a bill offering greater debt relief to Indonesia in exchange for protection of more tropical forest acreage. ·             Appropriate more money to the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, which seeks to protect rhinos along with a handful of other species. ·             Strengthen bureaucratic cooperation with groups aiming to protect the Sumatran rhino, such as the Cincinnati Zoo. ·             Pressure U.S. Fish & Wildlife to approve the export of the last rhino kept in captivity in the U.S. (at the Cincinnati Zoo) to Indonesia. ·             Partner with the Indonesian government to increase funding for anti-poaching efforts. ·             Negotiate further financial incentives (i.e. beyond debt relief) for Indonesia to preserve forests. ·             Strengthen U.S. diplomatic ties to Indonesia and partner with the Indonesian government on bilateral conservation efforts.   III. Conservation Issues The Sumatran rhinoceros is a topical example of a species whose future existence is dependent on the actions of governments. A recent article in Newsweek draws attention to what scientists and conservationists have known for years: our current efforts—including the 2014 deal—are not enough to save this species. Most experts agree that there are fewer than 100 individual Sumatran rhinos left in the wild. U.S. groups like the Cincinnati Zoo are attempting to save the relocate the last captive breeding individual to the Indonesian wild, but they face bureaucratic and financial hurdles in their efforts.  Habitat destruction also prevents the species from reproducing: ranges that are separated by infrastructure and development potentially leave breeding individuals isolated in perpetuity.  Meanwhile, current anti-poaching efforts have not satisfactorily combated trade in illegal rhino horns. The massive decline in the wild rhino population illustrates this. Alarmingly, the study reported in Newsweek confirms that the species is now extinct in Malaysia. This tragedy is an international failure, but it also sounds an alarm. There is no time to delay, and action in Indonesia needs to be backed up by commitment to protecting the Sumatran rhino internationally. Malaysia is a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which—according to the White House’s website—promises “establishment of a means for the public to raise concerns directly with TPP governments if they believe a TPP member is not meeting its environmental commitments, and requirements that governments consider and respond to those concerns.” This message is intended as just such a means of raising concerns, and it is the responsibility of public officials to follow through with the promise above, ensuring that it is read and considered. What affects Indonesia will affect neighboring nations. This new partnership, if it is realized in the coming months, carries with it a responsibility to coordinate internationally on issues like conservation. Other Pacific nations may be willing to contribute to efforts to protect the region’s important wildlife if the U.S. steps up to lead the initiative.   IV. Public Interest You may ask why citizens or public servants in the U.S. should care about protecting foreign endangered species. The answer is simple: Americans already do care. It has long been acknowledged that wildlife is a cultural treasure worthy of protection. The Endangered Species Act, the National Parks system, and the Tropical Forest Protection Act are all examples of American leadership in conservation. The reintroduction of the gray wolf in the Northern Rockies, though not without its critics, proved that some species are able to resurge. Theodore Roosevelt said, “While my interest in natural history has added very little to my sum of achievement, it has added immeasurably to my sum of enjoyment in life.” Roosevelt’s words are not simply about ecotourism, bird watching, or other forms of “enjoyment.” They are indicative of the American spirit. Being an American has always been about more than pursuing one’s own self-interest. Americans feel a responsibility to preserve and extend our values across the world. The American sense of shared responsibility is why we engage in international aid, use military force to promote democracy, and ally ourselves with other free nations. This principle also extends to wildlife. Roosevelt’s statement about natural history adding to “enjoyment in life” is symbolic of the belief that certain prized cultural items should be preserved for future generations. This is why outrage over the shooting of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe was widely felt in American public discourse, and led lawmakers to draft a bill banning trophy hunting shipments. American citizens care about iconic species, even ones outside the U.S. Protecting wildlife does not mean prizing animal lives over human ones. It represents the belief that nature—like a public space, war memorial, or work of art—belongs to everyone and all generations. Wildlife is a part of the world’s heritage, a heritage that should be safeguarded by all civilized nations. Protecting this species will not come up during the presidential debates. Critics of international conservation will say that this effort is uncalled for, a niche concern for a little-known species. But the truth is that these are actually reasons for government action. The amount of funding that would make a significant difference in conservation efforts—say, as a generous conjecture, 50 million dollars of debt relief targeted at Indonesian rainforests—is insignificant in comparison with the U.S. national debt, the defense budget, or health care costs.   There are also concrete benefits. A commitment to our partners’ natural resources is a commitment to our partners. Working to protect the Sumatran rhino would strengthen cultural, political, and commercial ties with Indonesia. Domestically, there is little political risk or potential for unintended consequences in taking action to protect endangered species. This is an uncomplicated, apolitical issue. We urge you to consider the contents of this message, and to act according to the suggestions it puts forth. A comeback by the Sumatran rhino would be a remarkable conservation success story, and the public officials responsible for assisting this comeback will be remembered for generations to come.   Sincerely, Concerned citizens:

Louise Stewart
1,960 supporters
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
1,592 supporters
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
1,193 supporters
Petitioning Los Angeles County

Fans Who Support Johnny Depp

“When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamour.” -Piers Anthony As a supporter of Mr. Johnny Christopher Depp, I am writing in hopes of bringing to your attention a dire misjustice that has occurred against this man. In the case of Amber Heard, there is no actual evidence that any act of violence has occurred. "On May 21, 2016, officers responded to a domestic incident radio call..." LAPD Sgt. Marlon Marrache says. "The person reporting the crime [Heard] did not insist on a report and no report was warranted. There was no evidence of any crime. A crime did not occur so the officers left the scene and left a business card." Marrache mentioned that there were no signs of abuse, officers would have conducted an investigation, regardless of Heard claims. The laws inacted to protect the actual victims of the vile crime of domestic violence are being misused by Amber Heard. This woman is a liar and has set her goals on destroying an innocent man’s reputation. We all have a voice and we should use it. It is not right to sit back and watch humanity plummet. Something must be done to prevent those who lie about being a victim of domestic violence. Amber Heard is clearly abusing a restraining order for the unlawful gains of Johnny Depp. Anyone is able to file a restraining order, simply based on hearsay and nothing more. Restraining order cases are the only cases where a judge will rule without any evidence, and with or without the accused present to defend themselves, which is against a person's constitutional rights. Hence, Amber is maliciously abusing the law in a vindictive and revengeful manner and she has not provided liable evidence. We need to put a stop to the abuse of orders of protection, and start protecting the innocent. Let this situation be an example of the change we need in this world. The burden of proof should not be thrown out and the simple word of the accuser, Heard, should NOT be taken without question. A person’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. Johnny Depp is one of the most loved people in the world. This is not simply because he is a celebrity but because he has a heart of gold. Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity and moral courage. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. Johnny Depp goes above and beyond for others. There are countless charitable organizations that he has contributed to, both monetary and time spent. His actions speak louder than her lying words. Johnny Depp is 100% innocent. Amber Heard is a manipulative vile human.  She is falsely accusing a man of domestic violence without fear of consequence, she thinks fabricating rumors will help her attain fame and money.  She is misusing the laws in a vindictive and cunning way. I am asking that all Johnny Depp supporters ban together and support one of the few genuinely good people left in this world. Johnny is such an inspiration to many and he deserves to have his fans support him during these troubled times. I am asking for his supporters to sign and share this petition.  He needs your love and support more than ever. Let it be known that the words written here are not just for Johnny but for all those who are wrongfully accused. The legal system is very corrupt and it needs to be revised. I am voicing my stance because - if not me then who? You must be the change you wish to see in the world. #humanity Thanks for your time. Sincerely, Stephanie I    

Stephanie I
683 supporters
Petitioning Paul Gosar, Don Young, Mike Rogers, David Schweikert, Trent Franks, Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Mike Thompson, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jackie Speier, Jim Costa, Mike Honda, Sam ...

More parking spots for TRUCK DRIVERS!

Parking for our OTR Truck Drivers! It has come to a day and age when our truck drivers are being scrutinized for everything they do. Our truck drivers deliver everything that makes this world go around. If there was ever a 7 day strike of truck drivers this would shut our country down. Our law states that truck drivers must follow the "hours of service law" then we insist that you the government that makes these laws provide the areas where truck drivers can safely and legally stop to follow laws and rest without worrying about getting a ticket doing so. When our drivers try to obey the law THERE IS NOWHERE FOR THEM TO PARK! Many roadside parks/rest areas have been shut down because there is no money to fund it. Truck Drivers are parking on the side of the roads and being Ticketed for following the Law that you our government put in place.  Why are they parking on the side of the roads? That is because the truck stops are full and rest areas are closed. There was a bill signed back in 2012 called the MAP-21 highway bill which would allocate additional funding to developing more rest areas for truckers yet today May 1, 2016 our truck drivers are still facing the same challenges. NO PLACE TO PARK! https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/ We the people demand for our government to step in and immediately make more parking spots so that our truck drivers can be within the law and not have to pay hefty fines for following your laws!

Stacy Kment
510 supporters
Petitioning Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Doug LaMalfa, Ted Gaines, Beth Gaines, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham,...

Create the State of Northern California and/or Jefferson

We the People of Northern California have come to realize that we have no say, and that our representatives have no say in our futures. We hope to remedy this by forming the 51st State so that our voices are restored and we can address problems in the North State effectively through self governance.

State Of Jefferson Party
476 supporters
Save the Perkins Loan Program

Thank you for signing this petition in support of the Perkins Loan Program. I, too, support the Perkins Loan Program, which is why I have cosponsored H.Res.294, a bipartisan resolution in support of the program. Perkins Loans are need-based loans which foster access to higher education for low income students by providing low interest loans to students in need. Perkins Loan borrowers are predominantly from lower income families and are often the first in their family to attend college. The success of the program is a result of the central role of the colleges and universities that originate the loans, counsel their students through repayment, and select contractors for servicing and collection. The schools tailor the program to best fit borrowers' and institutions' situations, and they are invested in the success of the program because they share some of the lending risk since they contribute one-third of their students' awards. As Congress begins to consider a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, it is important to make it clear that the Perkins Loan Program must be included, because otherwise it will expire on September 30, 2015. That is why I have cosponsored H.Res.294. As a former high school teacher, principal, and school board member, education has always been one of my top priorities. I believe that educating its youth is the greatest investment a nation can make. Quality education ensures that the nation remains strong and economically competitive. As such, I will work to continue the Perkins Loan Program. Once again, thank you for signing this petition.

1 year ago
Respect our privacy and let Section 215 of the Patriot Act expire!

Thank you for signing this petition in support of sunsetting of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. The scope and scale of surveillance programs by the intelligence community to log large amounts of the electronic communications and telephone calls that originate and pass through the United States is astounding. The disregard for individual privacy is at the very least unethical, and at the very worst unconstitutional. While we live in a dangerous world, and there are many people who seek to harm American citizens, there must be an appropriate balance between security and privacy. I believe that Americans should have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their email and electronic communication, just like they do with their mail. Throughout my time in Congress, I have taken a strong stance for privacy by voting against SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and the PATRIOT Act, because I was not convinced that these pieces of legislation adequately protected privacy rights. My position has been validated by the use of the PATRIOT Act to justify pervasive and intrusive surveillance programs. In particular, I have a strong objection to the continuation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. This is the section that expanded the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to compel records by enlarging the scope of materials that could be requested and by lowering the standard demanded of the government to receive approval to conduct surveillance. This rubber stamp process must be overhauled in orderly to effectively protect Americans from the overreaching, invasive, and often unjustified surveillance of the US government. I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to examine the various national security collection programs and consider amendments to the law to ensure that Americans' privacy and civil liberties are preserved in our national security efforts. On May 13th, I voted against the USA FREEDOM Act. Despite supporting some of the provisions that help rein in the scope of the bulk collection and bring some transparency and accountability to the surveillance process, I believe that the bill did not do enough to effectively end the intelligence agencies' gross overreach into the personal privacy of American citizens. With the May 7, 2015 ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in ACLU v. Clapper, the legal standing of the government's mass collection of American phone records is being questioned. The court found that the government's program exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized in the PATRIOT Act. With this ruling, the good intentions of the USA FREEDOM Act to place limits and constraints on the bulk collection programs could now be interpreted by the Administration as authorizing and providing a legal basis for the very activities the Second Circuit has just found unlawful. This will undermine our progress towards ending mass surveillance. The USA FREEDOM Act settles on amending some of the flawed PATRIOT Act provisions. This is not good enough. I am focused on preventing the government's overreach and violation of Americans' privacy entirely, and I will continue to push for reform that brings transparency, rule of law, and respect for personal privacy to the intelligence arena and not settle for half measures. I remain committed to meaningful reform of our nation's surveillance policies to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are preserved while protecting our nation.

1 year ago
Help Stop Bullying: Pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act

Thank you for signing this petition in support of the Safe Schools Improvement Act. As a lifelong educator, I have seen firsthand the negative impact that bullying and harassment have on the education of our students. We must end bullying in our public schools and create safe environments in which each and every child can learn and thrive. That is why I have cosponsored the Safe Schools Improvement Act in the past, and I look forward to supporting it again in the 114th Congress. To more broadly address the scourge of bullying, I launched the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus in June, 2012. The mission of the caucus is to uncover all forms of bullying, from school bullying to elder abuse to LGBTQ discrimination; making it possible for victims of bullying to come forward; protecting all individuals that are victims of any and all forms of bullying; and preventing bullying behavior by recognizing its manifestation as symptomatic of other, larger issues. Through events such as the Be a STAR anti-bullying rally I held with World Wrestling Entertainment, the Creative Coalition, and the mayor of the City of Santa Clara we are working to end bullying across this nation. Once again, thank you for signing this petition in support of the Safe Schools Improvement Act.

1 year ago
Pass the PAWS Act

Thank you for expressing your support for the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act of 2015, H.R. 1258. Introduced by Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), the PAWS Act will empower the approximately one-third of domestic violence victims who have delayed leaving their abusive relationships out of concern for the wellbeing of their pets. I am proud to say that I am an original cosponsor of this legislation. Studies have shown that it is common for domestic abusers to target pets for abuse to exert control over their partners. H.R. 1258 would make it illegal to threaten or harm a victim's pet and redefine "full amount of the victim's losses" to include costs for any harm done to the victim's pet. The bill would also establish a federal grant program to assist in acquiring a safer shelter for pets. As a senior member of the House Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, I have worked for years to bring an end to domestic violence. I have secured funding for the Child Abuse Training for Judicial Personnel Program, which helps ensure the court system is effectively serving and protecting the well being of children and victims of domestic violence. I authored the Domestic Violence Judicial Support Act to improve the capacity of courts to provide assistance in domestic violence case, which was included in the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Additionally, I have consistently fought to protect the welfare of animals as a dedicated member of the Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus. I have supported legislation such as the Animal Welfare Act, Horse Protection Act and the Humane Cosmetics Act. Because of my support for animal protection, I have received top scores on the Humane Society Legislative Fund Congressional Scorecard. You can count on me to continue my work to end domestic violence and to protect the welfare of animals.

1 year ago
Pass TEACH Act: Equal Access to Educational Materials for Students with Disabilities

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on H.R. 3505, The Technology, Education, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act. You raised some good points about the need to improve education for the blind and disabled, and I will take them into consideration. Many residents of the First Congressional District of Wisconsin have expressed their support for the TEACH Act. And I agree that all students should have access to quality higher education. In this global economy, students must learn the skills they need to succeed. As Congress considers proposals to make educational materials more accessible to blind and disabled students, I welcome the opportunity to hear from my constituents, and I look forward to working on real solutions to this issue. Please know that I appreciate your sharing your opinions, and I will continue to monitor this piece of legislation carefully. Should the TEACH Act reach the House floor for a vote, I will keep your thoughtful considerations in mind.

2 years ago
Take action: Tell California Representatives to stop playing politics with the drought!

The California League of Conservation Voters is right – the drought in California is no excuse to gut environmental protection laws. After three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall, California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades. House Republicans have sought to use this crisis as an opportunity to undermine landmark environmental protections and enact legislation that is full of false promises to deliver water that simply isn't there. As a founding member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, I voted against the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act because it would harm the quality of water for people and businesses across Northern California, and repeal important environmental protections already in place. The real issue is the lack of rain and snow worsened by our changing climate - reservoirs are about 20% below historical average. The real solutions are conserving water before it is gone, recycling wastewater, and increasing storage where it makes sense. The Governor has recommended, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District has mandated, 20 percent reductions in water use, which will help stretch current supplies further in the short term. In my role on the House Appropriations Committee, I have worked to provide federal support for regional efforts to expand water recycling, which enable greater water savings than the smaller water recycling projects that have been supported in the past. Meteorologists are predicting that 2014 will continue to be drier than normal, partly due to man-made climate change. It is essential that people know about this problem and that do something about it. That is why I have joined the Safe Climate Caucus - to ensure that climate change, and its very real consequences, is being discussed in Congress. Human output of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases has reached an unprecedented level, and we must address this issue now before California faces even worse drought conditions.

2 years ago
Pass TEACH Act: Equal Access to Educational Materials for Students with Disabilities

Jamie, thank you for bringing attention to this issue. My heart goes out to you, and to every college student who’s been held back because of a lack of support for their disability. In the 21st century, when higher education has become increasingly important and technology exists that can overcome many obstacles, we must address this problem. Your struggle moved me. Because of this petition, I am now a proud cosponsor of the TEACH Act. The TEACH Act (H.R. 3505) will ensure that technologies and instructional materials used at the college level meet the needs of students with disabilities. It will achieve this by having the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board to develop new guidelines for the use of technologies that are in compliance with provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. Compliance will be easy for schools, because they will know that materials that conform to the guidelines are accessible. These guidelines will ensure that each and every student has the opportunity to succeed. I am committed to providing disabled Americans the support they need to pursue their dreams and get the education they deserve.

3 years ago