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.
Defund to Stop the Wild Horse and Burro Roundups and Slaughter
Wild horses are a native species and must be saved! Legal loopholes allow the BLM to sell thousands of wild horses to slaughter middlemen known as kill buyers to dispose of alleged "excess and unadoptable" American wild horses and this must stop now! Slaughter is cruel and inhumane. This is what cruel roundups look like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF49csCB9qM They are the first step towards slaughter. Craig Downer published the peer reviewed paper titled The Horse and Burro as Positively Contributing Returned Natives in North America. According to a press release from National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released June 5, 2013, "The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) current practice of removing free-ranging horses from public lands promotes a high population growth rate, and maintaining them in long-term holding facilities is both economically unsustainable and incongruent with public expectations, says a new report by the National Research Council." The NAS report states there is "no evidence" of overpopulation. Only tobacco science and spin backs up BLM's population claim to justify roundups and fertility control/sterilizations. . . PZP is an EPA approved RESTRICTED-USE PESTICIDE that sterilizes wild horses after multiple use so it's risky for long-term herd survival. See information here: http://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/reg_actions/pending/fs_PC-176603_01-Jan-12.pdf Giving PZP to wild mares also results in foals being born late in the fall or winter and dying because they are too little to make it through a harsh winter. Fertility control research trials are big business. Left unchallenged, wild horses and burros will continue to be lab rats for human fertility control research. This exploitation must stop! We request an immediate halt to roundups for scientific population studies and studies on holistic management before it's too late. Wild horses are a returned-native species in America. Rounding up federally protected wild horses and burros has been documented as cruel. Warehousing them for decades is fiscally irresponsible. Sending wild horses to slaughter by selling them to middlemen is cruel and inhumane. Clearing wild horses and burros off public land--for industrialization, fracking, grazing and the water grab--goes against the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act put in place to protect the living legends of the American West. They must never go to slaughter. We request you defund and stop the roundups immediately as well as reverse the Burns Amendment to stop unlimited sales of wild horses to slaughter. There is no accurate census and the BLM figures do not add up. We request population studies for each herd management area (HMA) and each herd area (HA) because we are gravely concerned there are less than 18,000 wild horses and burros in the 10 western states combined. More roundups, fertility control/sterilizations and sales to slaughter will wipe them out because the majority are no longer genetically viable herds. Wild horses are underpopulated despite spin from the forces that want to perform heinous sterilizations in the field. Humane fertility control could be looked at as an option only after scientific population studies have been conducted for each herd management area. The EPA approved restricted-use pesticides known as PZP and Gonacon have risks as do other drugs . . . Right now fertility control is premature, will destroy natural selection and could cause harm because wild horses are underpopulated in the West. Field observers have noticed a worrisome decline in wild horse and burro populations since the BLM's rampant roundups from 2009 to this day. Kindly allow returned-native wild horses and burros to reverse desertification, reduce the fuel for wildfires and create biodiversity on public land, live with their families and inspire us with their spirit. Right now America's wild horses and burros are being managed to extinction. They need your help to stop the roundups and slaughter today.
Stop denying earned survivor benefits to military surviving spouses
My husband was serving his 30th year in the Navy when the F-18 he was riding in crashed. He was killed, and in a moment, my family's life changed forever. While my children and I were devastated, and then we were saddened to discover that the Dept. of Defense and Congress was far less supportive. My husband’s earned survivor benefit insurance, the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), a insurance annuity, was not paid to me in full. When he died, I was informed that I would only be getting a fraction of the benefit promised. When I asked why, it was explained to me that those spouses who also were eligible to receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Veterans Administration will have their SBP survivor annuity insurance benefits offset dollar for dollar by DIC. Full SBP payment is unfairly denied to those surviving spouses. This is known as the SBP-DIC offset, and we must fight to end it. When I lost my husband, I lost 75% of our household income. Today, most SBP-DIC offset surviving spouses receive compensation of only $15,095 a year. These surviving spouses deserve better from their country. I’m calling on Congress to provide surviving spouses with 100% of the Survivor Benefit Plan promised. Our government is reneging on a voluntarily purchased insurance plan whose entire purpose is to ensure that surviving spouses are taken care of financially should the sponsor pre-decease her/him. When a servicemember makes the ultimate sacrifice, their family shouldn’t have to worry about how they will survive. As a Navy spouse, I was there for countless others who experienced loss. When I lost my husband, I realized how negligent the government bureaucracy is towards families who have paid the ultimate price. I want to be there for those families again. Hopefully, if we can gather enough petition support, the government will not ignore us. Please sign the petition to end SBP-DIC offset for military surviving spouses and ask Congress to pass HR 846, (Rep Joe Wilson, SC) and S 339, (Senators Nelson, FL and Collins, ME), the two bills to change the law and end this unjust offset.
Outlaw hog vs. dog hunting/fighting in the wild
Goal: To outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boar in Florida, as well as in the 31 others states it's currently legal or have no laws on the books. Florida (as well as other states) has a wild boar problem. Hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators, making them one of the largest nuisance pests in the state. There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs, which do not need to involve brutally killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way. However, despite the existence of alternatives, Florida and other states have exempted the use of "bait-dogs" in boar hunting. This practice is incredibly dangerous and very inhumane for the dogs and boars involved. Each of the 32 states that allow this practice laws differ, but Florida animal cruelty statute states: FLORIDA ANIMALS: CRUELTY; SALES; ANIMAL ENTERPRISE PROTECTION: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0800-0899/0828/Sections/0828.122.html 828.122 Fighting or baiting animals; offenses; penalties.—(1) This act may be cited as “The Animal Fighting Act.”(2) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Animal fighting” means fighting between roosters or other birds or between dogs, bears, or other animals.(b) “Baiting” means to attack with violence, to provoke, or to harass an animal with one or more animals for the purpose of training an animal for, or to cause an animal to engage in, fights with or among other animals. In addition, “baiting” means the use of live animals in the training of racing greyhounds.(c) “Person” means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.(3) Any person who knowingly commits any of the following acts commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084:Baiting, breeding, training, transporting, selling, owning, possessing, or using any wild or domestic animal for the purpose of animal fighting or baiting; (9) This section shall not apply to:.....(e) Any person using dogs to hunt wild hogs or to retrieve domestic hogs pursuant to customary hunting or agricultural practices." The exception (e) makes NO logical sense, because dogs are trained to "hunt" by chasing, cornering, attacking and fighting. So, why is it illegal to cause a dog to fight another dog, or a pig in an enclosure, but it is legal to use dogs to chase and viciously attack pigs while being trained and in the wild? Boar hunting with dogs is exactly what it sounds like: dogs trained to track and attack. They are taken out into the country, or wherever wild hogs are plentiful, and set loose to sniff out hogs. Once a hog is found the dogs will chase it down, corner, bay and attack it, usually leaving it badly injured, but normally still alive. Hunters (when they catch up) will kill the pig, usually by "sticking," which is a prolonged death vs. the use of a proper gun. Wild hogs are incredibly difficult to kill and will put up a fight until the end. Many dogs involved are wounded by tusks, bitten, trampled and sometimes killed. This is basically animal fighting, in the wild. Putting dogs in such a dangerous situation is inhumane and should not be legal. PETITION LETTER: Wild boars are a major problem in Florida and in other states. The species has no natural predators, is omnivorous and repopulates very quickly: it is because of these traits that wild boars are a force hard to reckon with. There are many control methods used, some of them very inhumane. Currently it is legal for dogs to be used in wild hog hunting. This practice is extremely dangerous for the dogs involved and leads to inappropriate practices elsewhere. Dogs involved in hunting are likely to be seriously injured by the hogs. Dogs get trampled, bitten, pierced by tusks and may be infected with diseases that pigs carry. The hogs are frightened, outnumbered and suffer a painful death. I urge you to propose a ban on hunting wild pigs with dogs in order to put a stop to these inappropriate behaviors. Please consider other methods of wild pig population control, such as designating land for hogs to be displaced to, and controlling breeding of the species. Allowing dogs to hunt them is inhumane and unnecessary. Sincerely, [Your Name Here]
Muscular Dystrophy to be added to the Agent Orange Registry
I a Vietnam Veteran who has served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 through 1969. I was stationed in the Northern section of South Vietnam in the Quang Tri Province from 1968 to 1969. I was with The 3rd Marine Division. First Battalion. Fourth Regiment. Company D. Delta 1/4. I started out in 60 mortars as an ammo humper ( carrier). Than assistant A-Gunner. Finally a Right Guide responsible for the ordering of supplies for my Unit or Section. All during this I was exposed to Agent Orange and didn't even know it. Plus I and probably some of us weren't told about it either. I drank the water from the streams when it wasn't flown in to us. By being exposed to Agent Orange it caused my muscles to become weak especially my girdle muscles. These are the muscles that control your arms and legs. On top of that I have Peripheral Neuropathy along edema and drop feet, and in a motorized powerchair . I have been trying to get the Veterans Affairs Department to Grant me Service Connections Compensation as being caused by aggravation due to be exposed to Agent Orange. I went in whole and came out in pieces and the VA Affairs and the Department of Defense does not want to give my just reward for exposure to Agent Orange. I cannot really enjoy my son or my family because I am constantly battling with the Veterans Affairs Department and they are always rehashing the same old message never looking at new evidence. So I am petitioning those that are in authority to add or include Muscular Dystrophy as being caused by aggravation due to exposure to Agent Orange to the Agent Orange Registry. Also, it should include Presumptive or Direct Contact or Both plus add even it's heredity. The U.S House and Senate and the Veterans Committees has the authority to make this petition win. I am encouraging them to approve this petition, and pass it on to the President for their signature. The Secretary of Veteran's Affairs to would then include Muscular Dystrophy to the Agent Orange Registry. If I lose I will start another petition. I will not and I shall not until I have achieved victory for others who are going through the same ordeal as me. This is not only for alone but also for the countless others who are going through the same ordeal. This is for them as well.
Congress: Impeach Jeff Sessions on Charges of Perjury
President Bill Clinton lied under oath about an adulterous affair. He was impeached for committing perjury. He lost his license to practice law in the State of New York. At the time, Republicans in Congress called for his resignation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about a meeting with the Russian Ambassador. Just like Clinton, Sessions should face a Congressional investigation and a Special Prosecutor. Just like Clinton, Sessions should lose his license to practice law. Just like in Clinton's case, Republicans in Congress should call for Sessions to resign. Jeff Sessions is supposed to be the nation's top law enforcement officer. There is video evidence that he committed perjury. Perjury is a violation of the law that Sessions is supposed to enforce. If no one is above the law, then Sessions must resign, be fired, or impeached.
Ditch the trips to Mar-A-Lago and save the U.S. Chemical Board
From the West Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion, to the blow-out at the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig -- the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has been there to investigate and make the recommendations that help keep industrial operations safe for workers and the communities that surround these industrial plants. But the Trump administration has targeted the agency for elimination. This is why both research scientists AND private industry, even those who have been investigated by the CSB, are uniting in opposition to this dangerous, short-sighted attempt to gut a critical agency whose very mission is to uncover the causes of industrial accidents and make recommendations to prevent them from happening again. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is an agency with a significant impact, despite its relatively small budget -- roughly the cost of three Presidential trips to Mar-A-Lago. Eliminating CSB will only put workers and the general public at unnecessary risk. Their work must be preserved -- no matter what. If you care about clean, safe air and water, and believe that we should keep plant and refinery workers safe, sign and share this petition. The next chemical disaster could be right around the corner -- don’t let Congress take away our ability to help prevent it.
U.S. Census Bureau, LGBTQ Americans Are Americans, Too
In the wake of the LGBTQ rights movement, the U.S. Census Bureau was in talks of adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to a long-awaited report outlining new categories to the 2020 survey. Tuesday, March 28, 2016, the Bureau had admitted that it had "inadvertently" included "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." This is even though other federal agencies had urged the Bureau last year to add the categories. The president's administration has sent a discouraging sign to LGBTQ Americans and its allies - that LGBTQ concerns are frivolous and unimportant. With the victory of marriage equality coming from the Supreme Court Case - Obergefell v. Hodges, the census has the chance to change the way it tracks same-sex households. In the midst of the numerous murders of American transgender women, the Bureau has the chance to change the way transgender people are represented by the government. With all due respect, those who sign in agreement, agree that 1) LGBTQ Americans should have their identities acknowledged by the U.S. Census Bureau, 2) want the Bureau to add the categories of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the 2020 survey, 3) that LGBTQ Americans are Americans, 4) that LGBTQ Americans need equal representation, 5) that with more focused questions answered with the help of the Bureau, law makers would be better equipped to ensure appropriate legislation to improve the lives of LGBTQ citizens, and 6) that LGBTQ people matter.
Congress & President: Stop Slaughter & Experiments on 100,000 Wild Horses & Burros
The President's 2018 budget opens the door for more cruel experiments, sterilizations plus killing and slaughter of America's icons of freedom The budget would strip wild horses of their federally protected status to hand them over to states and counties that are notorious for campaigning for wild horse roundups and slaughter. This must be stopped! We Urge You to Protect Them Before It's Too Late Right now the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is giving grants totaling $11 million tax dollars for cruel experiments on wild horses and burros--especially PREGNANT mares--to develop methods of population control. These experiments are cruel and unjustified. The truth is, America's wild horses and burros are underpopulated on public land. The BLM has never done an accurate headcount and guesses at population to milk taxpayer dollars out of Congress for their fake overpopulation crisis. Even so cruelty towards wild horses and burros is any form must stop now. Federally protected wild horses and burros are to be protected from harassment according to the law. You can read about the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_and_Free-Roaming_Horses_and_Burros_Act_of_1971 In 1900 there were millions of wild horses roaming freely in the American West. Today they are teetering on the edge of extinction with more in captivity than in the wild. In 2013, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a report wherein they stated there is "no evidence of overpopulation" of America's free roaming wild horses and burros. Has the BLM counted how many wild horses are left on public land? No. Roundups and fertility control have been based on fraudulent data. Read more about that here: http://protectmustangs.org/?p=8551 The BLM’s horrible customer service, lack of problem solving, poor marketing, people no longer being able to adopt and then quickly sell wild horses to slaughter, are the real reasons why wild horse adoption has dropped. The public wants to adopt wild horses but the BLM is making it impossible for adopters to get the wild horses they want into good homes. It’s as if the BLM wants their adoption program to fail. Any and all experimentation, “research” or harassment of federally protected wild horses or burros–based on the overpopulation myth, decreased adoptions by BLM's design or any other excuse must stop now. Sterilization and “fertility control” experiments/programs are cruel and unjustified The BLM’s overpopulation claims are fraudulent and any action such as experimentation/programs for population control, fertility control, or other actions taken that are based on fraudulent information is wrongful. There exists no accurate headcounts of America’s wild horse populations and many herd management areas have no wild horses left on them. Please Keep in mind: There is no overpopulation of wild horses. They are underpopulated on the vast acreage of public land in the West. Even the National Academy of Sciences said in their 2013 report that there is “no evidence of overpopulation”. BLM’s harvesting model based management via roundups is disrupting herd structure and increasing the birthrate. Instinctively they fear extinction. BLM’s allegations of overpopulation are fraudulent based on false data. Besides no headcounts, they don’t even account for the correct mortality rates in the wild. Predators should not be killed off. If there are none left then they need to be reintroduced for the thriving natural ecological balance on the herd management areas. Wild horses are a return-native species who help reduce catastrophic wildfires, create biodiversity, etc. We need the herds to reverse desertification. Read more about native wild horses here: http://protectmustangs.org/?page_id=562 The BLM is creating a false overpopulation crisis to cash in on wild horses as laboratory animals for fertility control experiments while reducing the herds to nonviable levels. They also want wild horses off land so resources extracted through mining, tracking and drilling can easily be exploited. GonaCon™, PZP (a pesticide made from pig ovaries the pushers call "Humane Management", native PZP, PZP-22, etc.) and SpayVac® are all EPA "restricted use" pesticides that classify wild horses erroneously as pests–ultimately sterilize them--and are not needed because wild horses are underpopulated. There has never been an accurate headcount and there are no “excess” wild horses in America. Experimenting on wild horses to sterilize them is animal cruelty funded by tax dollars and must stop now. The BLM is trying to manage America’s wild horses to extinction. The experiments are being conducted by university scientists at UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY and elsewhere as well as by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey. The public does not want their tax dollars funding unnecessary and cruel population control experiments or programs on America's wild horses and burros nor slaughter. The basic rights of federally protected American wild horses and burros in captivity and in the wild are being violated. This is animal cruelty and government fraud at its worst. All wild horses–especially pregnant mares–must never be used in experiments nor slaughtered. For more information visit www.ProtectMustangs.org Thank you for protecting America's wild horses and burros--living symbols of freedom and the spirit of the American West. For this you will be remembered.
Help Working Moms Who Breast Pump! - Keep Provision 207 in Affordable Care Act
There has been lots of political discussion around ending of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) for some time. Now that Republicans have taken control of Congress and the Senate it may soon be a reality. The ACA carries many additional provisions like the Section 4207: Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers. Major changes to or the repeal of the ACA will take these necessary rights away from nursing mothers and employers will no longer be obligated to enforce this law. Babies will also not benefit from the essential breast milk needed in the first year of life if mother's are not allowed to take breaks to breast pump. "President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 30, 2010. (See the combined full text of Public Laws 111-148 and 111-152 here.) Among many provisions, Section 4207 of the law amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 (29 U.S. Code 207) to require an employer to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express milk. The employer is not required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time for any work time spent for such purpose. The employer must also provide a place, other than a bathroom, for the employee to express breast milk. If these requirements impose undue hardship, an employer that employs fewer than 50 employees is not subject to these requirements. The federal requirements shall not preempt a state law that provides greater protections to employees.Never before has Federal legislature cited the importance of breaks for moms to breast pump." (Also outlined on the main page of MomsPumpHere.com) This will pose a problem for nursing mother's who have to go back to work soon after the baby is born. On average, women breastfeed for 6 months in the United States. Experts recommend babies to be breastfed for up to a year because of the nutritional value found in breast milk. Provisions like the one outlined in the ACA allow women to continue to provide their babies with breast milk well past the 6 month mark when employers create private spaces for breast pumping. Sign this petition and tell our incoming administration NOT to end the ACA but to make changes where necessary! KEEP NURSING MOM RIGHTS!