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.
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.
Immediate Independent Investigation of Trump Administration
Dear Members of Congress, We the people call for an immediate independent investigation of the Trump Administration. Constituents deserve your support and reassurance that declarations of opposition to the Trump administration will be followed up with concrete action. Repeated calls for an independent investigation into ties between the Trump administration and Russia are a start, but are not enough. We need bold and decisive action. We demand an independent commission expeditiously, thoroughly, and publicly investigates the Trump administration's political and financial entanglements with Russia. There is clear and mounting evidence via multiple intelligence agencies that the Russian government intentionally undermined the 2016 election by hacking into DNC emails with the express purpose of aiding Donald Trump’s campaign. That alone would merit an independent investigation. Republicans in the Senate claim an investigation is underway, but a Senate committee investigation led by the Republican majority will not give us the answers we need. An investigation - independent of the administration and the Senate - will ensure that all findings are released to the public and that no evidence is ignored or suppressed. We need an independent investigation now. Our democracy and our national security are on the line. This is no time for political calculations, for compromise, or for hesitation. This is a time for bold, no holds barred, persistent action. We urge all Members of Congress to postpone hearings, effectively shut down legislation, and take necessary action to minimize Donald Trump's involvement in decisions and access to classified information until the independent Russia investigation is closed. We cannot allow a corrupt administration to have a lasting effect on our democracy. Let us make sure that there are no conflicts of interest, let alone illegal or treasonous behavior, before Donald Trump is allowed to pursue further legislation and appointments. It would be irresponsible and a disservice to the American people to conduct "business as usual" during an investigation that could conclude with prosecution or impeachment. If ever there was a time for a temporary government shut-down, it is now. You must do everything within your power to ensure that the Trump administration is independently and publicly investigated. Thank you.
Save His Pension!
My husband did physically demanding work for over 30 years for Yellow Freight, and he did it happily, knowing that all of his hard work came with the promise of a pension to support us in our retirement. In 2014, Congress decided that those promises don’t matter -- it passed the Multi-Employer Pension Recovery Act (MPRA), which allows for disastrous cuts to the pensions of those who are already retired and on a fixed income. The pension Jeff earned will now be cut by 50%, putting our home and future in jeopardy. The MPRA was slipped into a must-pass Omnibus budget bill just hours before it had to be voted on to keep the government from shutting down. This dirty tactic was the only way such an unfair law could get passed. Now, lawmakers are trying to work to reverse the damage before it is too late, with the Keep Our Pension Promises Act (KOPPA). UPDATE 4/9/16: THE SAME PEOPLE WHO HAD MPRA SLIPPED INTO THE OMNIBUS IN 2014 ARE NOW WORKING ON A BILL TO MAKE IT LEGAL TO SLASH PENSIONS OF RETIREES IN FUNDS LIKE JEFF'S THAT ARE LESS THAN 120% FUNDED. THIS IS BLATANT PENSION THEFT! Tell Congress to protect seniors’ pensions. Pass the Keep Our Pension Promises Act. For lawmakers, many of whom are financially secure and don’t need to worry about their retirement, stories like ours don’t seem to matter when they pass harmful legislation. We don't live extravagantly. Now, because of MPRA, we are not sure if we can keep our home. Even worse, we have to stop helping two relatives with food and medical expenses. Jeff is 69 and I'm 66 and I’m scared we will be expected to go back into the workforce if we want to survive. Even if we wanted to, my husband has two bad shoulders and a bad hip from over 30 years of heavy lifting at Yellow Freight. I have a heart problem. It is a shame we are in a place where seniors even have to entertain this idea. The wealthiest country in the world can do better. Our lawmakers can do better. Jeff is a Vietnam vet. 60% of pensioners affected by this bill are Veterans. Jeff's pension fund still has $18 billion he and 400,000 others worked hard for. People like us cannot afford laws like the MPRA. It must be reversed or seniors like us could find ourselves on the streets and living in poverty. Please join us in asking Congress to pass the Keep Our Pension Promises Act.
Pass legislation to designate a National First Responders Day
First Responders (Police, Firefighters, EMTs, and Paramedics) put their lives on the line everyday for people they don’t even know. They are more than good neighbors - they are our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and friends. While everyone else is running away, they’re running towards the danger. It is time to honor them with a special day of their own: National First Responders Day. It’s long overdue and something all Americans can agree upon. So join the movement, sign the petition, spread the word on your social media and help as we petition Congress to make this day a reality. To ensure this worthy cause gets the attention it deserves, we are committed to do what we can to get the issue in front of as many people as possible so that members of Congress hear our collective voice. While we are proud to be creating awareness, this movement is so much bigger than any person or brand. So whether you are a Hooters customer or never even considered coming to Hooters…please support our local heroes and sign the petition.
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!
Congress & President: Stop Slaughter & Experiments on 100,000 Wild Horses & Burros
The President's 2017 budget opens the door for more cruel experiments, sterilizations plus 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 OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY 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.
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) LGBTQ Americans need equal representation, 5) that with more focused questions law makers would be better equipped to ensure appropriate legislation to improve the lives of LGBTQ citizens, and 6) that LGBTQ people matter.