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Free Internet for Iran

The Iranian people have launched their uprising in order to topple the Islamic regime and improve their living standards. The clerical regime, by imposing severe filtering, aims to restrict the free flow of information as a way to crack down on them and stifle their dissent.  This 2 million petition calls on President Trump to provide Iranians with a free and fast internet through satellite so they can take their destiny in their own hands.

Ali Javanmardi
112,040 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Republican National Committee, Democratic National Committee

Unrig It 2020

One thing united American voters this election year: the growing frustration with a political system that is broken, rigged, unfair – choose your favorite adjective. The leadership of both parties is in shambles, and for the first time in recent history, the chair positions of the RNC and DNC are simultaneously vacant.  We are calling on the incoming chairs of the DNC & RNC to heed the concerns of American voters -- who continue to leave both parties in droves -- and open the primaries in all 50 states so that we never have a repeat of the 2016 election. It’s time that our politics stop being controlled by hyper-partisan party loyalists, special interests, and establishment talking heads. Opening the primaries would allow for a much more diverse range of candidates, discussions, and policies; it would give voters back control over our politics. As a country, we need a new way forward, one that unites Americans with different beliefs and backgrounds. We need an electoral system that makes that possible. It's time for change. #UnRigIt2020

Open Primaries
31,949 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Hillary Clinton, Doug LaMalfa, Connie M. Leyv...

Unhomeless the Homeless in California

Declare Homelessness State of Emergency in California L.A. County Homeless On any given night, there are over 148,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population.  Los Angeles County has the second largest population of homeless people of any region in the United States, according to a government report released Wednesday. In Los Angeles, 600,000 people are considered "severely rent burdened," which means they spend half their income on rent. More than 8,000 people became homeless here for the first time last year, according to the 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report. "We are reaching levels of inequality that we have not seen since the Gilded Age," said Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union. The union helps organize tenant boycotts against things like rent increases and gentrification. Los Angeles County's total — 55,188 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 95 percent of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 25 percent of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2017. The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 57,794 — an increase of 23 percent over the previous count. The HUD report found that on one night in January, nearly one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles. According to the report, overall homelessness increased nationwide this year for the first time in seven years, by slightly under 1 percent compared to 2016. On a given night across the country, 553,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report L.A.'s big increase in homelessness had a significant impact on the national numbers. Between 2016 and 2017, individual homelessness increased by 9 percent (15,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent of this increase. According to the report, Los Angeles County ranked: - second nationally in the percent of unsheltered homeless, at 84.3 percent; - first in the number of individuals who are homeless, at 47,082; - first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,163; and first in the number of homeless veterans (4,476) and percentage of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent). California had 134,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. The report said half the nation's homeless live in California, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors.  Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least  134,278 men, women and children -- 10,000 to 12,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes.More than 53,000 homeless people, or 40 percent of the state’s total, live in Los Angeles County. That number is up from about 36,000 just six years ago. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities.  In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is.  The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way.  Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice. No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home.  Then Share this petition with your friends on social media to spread the word even further. Thank you for your support.

Lori Jean Siebers
4,376 supporters
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Petitioning Department of Veterans Affairs, President of the United States, Joni Ernst, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth Warren, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Marco Rubio, Dian...

Expand the post-9/11 caregiver program to all U.S. veterans

 Many of our military veterans have health issues stemming from their service to our country in foreign wars. These issues often require ongoing caregiver assistance. Veterans who served after 9/11 have received the most generous benefits, which has left our other veterans scrounging to cover needed care. Senator Patty Murray’s latest attempt to bridge this disparity, the Military and Veteran Caregiver Improvement Act, has been stuck in Senate committee since 2015. This act is important because so many of the caregiver programs are geared toward post- 9/11 military veterans. Meanwhile, the veterans of our wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and others have been forced to rely on their family and friends for needed care. Many spouses are faced with the tough choice to put their loved ones into a nursing home so they can get a job to help support their family. Others, like my own mother, stay at home to care for their veteran and are forced to scrape and scrounge every single penny to make ends meet. Veterans from all eras have sacrificed to serve and protect our nation. They have seen and experienced things that few of us could even imagine. And many of them have been exposed to weapon materials that are extremely toxic and dangerous -- leaving them with ailments that plague them for the rest of their lives. We have to do more to care for these heroes. If you believe that our veterans are valuable and deserve the resources necessary to ensure a decent quality of life. If you agree, please sign and share this petition to tell Congress to pass the Military and Veteran Caregiver Improvement Act, or a bill similar in wording.

alex wehrspann
3,636 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Republican National Committee, Donald Trump

Stop the Grad Tax! #NoGradTax

Dear GOP Leadership and President Trump: We urge you to reject the House of Representatives-proposed tax on tuition waivers as part of any final tax bill. Elimination of the existing exemption on tuition waivers, like so many aspects of the proposed legislation, would undermine the affordability, accessibility and quality of education. The tuition waiver exemption has existed for many years and enables our universities to recruit the best and brightest scholars and innovators from across the globe regardless of background or economic means.  As such, it promotes excellence in our world-leading university system and enhances access to higher education for individuals from under-represented backgrounds. Ending this long standing, fair exemption would impose dramatic increases on the taxable income of graduate students who provide critical research and instructional services to our universities.  In some cases, the increase could exceed 400%.  We urge you to reject this and other regressive proposals and support legislation that prioritizes affordable and accessible education.

Concerned Graduate Student Workers
3,511 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Jeff sessions, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Clay Higgins, Joe Manchin, Marco Rubio, Trey Gowdy, Kevin McCarthy, Republi...

Please help prevent this silent attack on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.

Sirs, You may or may not be aware of the impending proposed ruling that is set to be deliberated on after January 25 by the BATFE that is being incorrectly disguised as a ruling on bump fire stocks.  The ruling aims to address any modification to a firearm that increases the rate of fire based on its recoil or operating system. Because the Las Vegas shooting is so fresh in our minds, people naturally assume that this is only to affect bump fire stocks. Whether one is for or against regulating bump fire stocks, this assumption that that is the only thing affected here is absolutely and provably incorrect.  In order to increase the “rate of fire”, there has to be an established “standard” rate of fire. There is currently no such thing as a standard rate of fire for any standard semi automatic firearm or any firearm that can hold more than one round. That is a very subjective thing and no one has yet to even remotely suggest what that definition for rate would be.  And who is to fairly decide what that rate is? I happen to be friends with a professional championship shooter by the name of Max Michel who can fire a semi automatic pistol at roughly 180 rounds per minute.  So does he set the standard rate of fire? Or do we let a 95-year-old elderly person set it where he is firing at a rate of 10 to 20 rounds per minute?   And does the person setting that rate of fire take into account magazine changes? In other words, if the person setting that standard rate of fire is doing so in the state of New York where they can only equip their semi automatic pistols with seven rounds in the magazine, their rate of fire per minute would be much less than mine in the free state of Louisiana because they have to perform magazine changes during that one minute drill and I don’t.  Therefore, due to those magazine changes their demonstrated standard rate of fire would be fewer rounds per minute.  As you can see, the ambiguity of any such ruling is quite frightening to law abiding citizens like me and every other gun owner that I know. All it takes is an overreaching administration in the White House to take ambiguous wording and use it to their anti-gun advantage. I think we have seen examples of this in the very recent past.  Essentially, this type of ruling is an attack on any semi automatic firearm that exists today that is perfectly legal to purchase and owned by millions of people across America. Are you prepared to stand behind a ruling that would make felonies out of millions of your constituents?  We can’t vote for you if we are in jail, but we would vote you out before we go in! The BATFE is currently asking the public’s opinion on these bump fire devices and the public is overwhelmingly obliging if you were not aware. (Click HERE to visit the site.) I would recommend you contact their main office and ask about this.  The disappointing thing to proud Americans and avid voters like myself is that our elected officials - meaning YOU -  are not taking it upon yourself to do your own job and provide legislation that affects Americans and the Constitution. Since when is it the BATFE’s job to institute legislation that affects the Constitution? Isn’t that your job? Are you avoiding your own job and passing that responsibility off to a federal agency that does not possess the power nor authority to make laws? What can millions of voting Americans take from that? As you have seen in the past, Americans take their 2nd Amendment rights much more seriously than petty items such as which bathroom men and women might choose to use.  As an American with the same rights as you, I ask that you please take up the fight to protect our Constitution and tell the BATFE that while they can collect all the public comments they like on bump stocks, they are to only provide those comments and recommendations to Congress and the President to legislate any action that is to take place going forward. That is why we Americans elected you. I do not give you permission to jettison that responsibility off to unelected, unaccountable federal employees.  As a proud American I am hopeful that you accept this responsibility and stand up for honest, law-abiding citizens who - in most cases - only wish to protect themselves and their families.  Respectfully, 2nd Amendment supporter / Voter / Proud American

Legally Armed America
3,501 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Electoral College Electors, Republican National Committee, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Democratic National Committee, FOX News, Reince Priebus

Support our 45th President, Donald J. Trump

This is to let the Clinton supporters know that our vote counts too. Both candidates knew the process going into the election and Clinton, knowing the process, has conceded. To the Electorals: We ask that you vote according to your state’s consensus, with tradition, and within the law. The citizens of the United States have voted and now the electoral process should be completed as promised. We want our 45th President, Donald J. Trump, to know that we support him.

Stop The Hate
3,471 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Republican National Committee, Democratic National Committee, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hum...

America - Be the Voice of Freedom. Freedom from Sex Trafficking.

According to the U.S. State Department report, the United States has become the second most trafficked country in the world, as sex trafficking has become a $32 Billion dollar a year industry...  And the U.S. Department of Justice reported that the sex slaves were 83% American citizens and as young as five years old in the United States. (1.)(3.) What is the average age of those entering prostitution in America? Some say it is as young as 12 years old... (2.) These are our children.  America needs to make some hard decisions. Either let this continue. Or stop the effects of Sex Trafficking in America. How can we be a Country of Freedom, if we enslave America's citizens or other citizens for the sexual exploitation of selfish pleasures of those who live in our Country?   “Human sex trafficking is the most common form of modern-day slavery, amounting to the fastest growing business of organized crime and the third largest criminal enterprise in the world. Sex trafficking crimes include prostitution, pornography, stripping, live-sex shows, mail-order brides, military prostitution, and sex tourism.” (1.) We can not be a Free Country - if there are still modern slaves in our 21st Century society. You can not have equality and freedom, if we have Human Slaves among us.  The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution declared that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist within the United States." And yet we have modern day slavery among us? I thought America was known for her Freedom? Let America then become the forerunner for Freedom for all Nations. Let us make America the leading example of what countries should do, in order to extinguish Trafficking.   We must demand that our Nation become a safe place for our children and our children's children. We must demand stricter laws and punishments made against Pimps and Traffickers. We must demand stricter laws and punishments for Buyers, for those who purchase sex from Human Souls. We must fight to stop those who buy a human’s body, to rape the soul. We must demand that internet we have been freely given, is not used for the searching of Sex. We must demand to make Sex Trafficking Illegal for the health, safety, and freedom for all who live in our Beloved Country.  How can we scream the praises of our favored Land by shouting, "Liberty and Justice for all." When Liberty and Justice are not counted among those who suffer in Slavery? Will we let them suffer in silence? Or will we join our voices together and demand that this madness be stopped?  If our own children were stolen and forced into Prostitution, would we not gather together to take back our children? But aren't these are Children? Why then are we not joining together to demand that we save our Country before we lose the war on Trafficking? We need to start now and these are some things that need to be done. We need: Laws to stop the Internet from being the highway to Trafficking.  Laws such as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act must be rewritten, so that it can not protect the illegal activity of Trafficking. Laws must be passed so that Websites have to be held accountable if they so choose to disobey the Law and promote Human Trafficking. If Prostitution is indeed illegal, why is it that websites (Backpage.com) can promote Escorts and Sex Ads? Laws be passed to persecute the Trafficker to a greater degree. Laws must be passed to confiscate finances and property belonging to Pimps and Traffickers (who have made their money off of the sale of humans) when convicted and the funds given to Anti-Trafficking Organizations ( like - Rescue:Freedom). Laws to be passed to persecute the Buyer to a higher degree. If Stripping is included in the description acts of Sex Trafficking, then we must demand as a Country to close all Strip Clubs, as they house the illegal activity of Trafficking. We must make laws against Pornography and make it illegal, which directly educates, feeds, and propels Sex Trafficking. We need sexualized movies to be banned, which indoctrinate people into the sexualization of the Sex Trade. We need sexualized images, billboards, and magazines to be banned, since it fuels the Sexualization of humans and funds Trafficking.  We need sexualized music to be banned, which educates those into the Sex Trade. We need more funds dedicated to the Police Department and assign more resources to assist the Law Enforcement into creating more positions and officers assigned to fight against Human Trafficking. We must do everything we can, to eliminate Sex Trafficking and the things that surrounds the exploitation of the weak and vulnerable. This exploiting must be stopped. And with our shared voices - we will get the Country that we fight for. In fact, I dare say that if we scream loud enough, we will get the attention of even the President himself - to help fight this battle that rages war against the soul of the United States of America.   "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, "Letter To Henry L. Pierce and Others" (April 6, 1858), p. 376.  For we WILL once more make our Country, a Country of Liberty for all. For we WILL once more make our Country, a Country of Freedom.  Freedom and Justice for all.       Info: 1. http://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/scientia/article/view/652/595 2. Gayle Kerten, chairwoman of Skaget County Coalition against Trafficking. 3. https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/82902.pdf 

International Saints and Abolitionists
3,393 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, Ro Khanna, U.S. House of Representatives, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Darcy Paul, Dianne Feinstein, Donald Trump, United Nations, President of the United States, Nikki Haley, Barbara B...

Fight for Equal Pay. The 20% Wage Gap Still Exists.

 A 20% Gender Wage Gap. The time is now. Please take a few minutes to sign this petition for the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Thank you for making the difference. The world needs more people like you. What is the Paycheck Fairness Act? The Paycheck Fairness Act ensures that “wage discrimination is being enforced” (National Partnership Organization). It makes sure women can compare their salaries with men, and negotiate a better salary. Most of all, the Paycheck Fairness act gives attention to almost every aspect necessary to equal pay for women, including companies to share what they pay to their employees, to make sure their are no gender-based “disparities” on salaries, and employers recognizing that women and men deserve the same (National Partnership Organization).The Equal Pay Act was brought out in 1963, but made no substantial impact to the gender pay gap for 50 years. The Paycheck Fairness Act amends the Equal Pay Act and makes sure that “wage discrimination” policies are carried out adequately. http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/workplace-fairness/fair-pay/the-paycheck-fairness-act.pdf  

Avishi Agastwar
2,643 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Pastors, Churches, Religious leaders, Christian Democrats, Christian Progressives, Republican National Committee, Voters of Alabama, Mitch McConnell

Raise the Voice of Christians Against the Election of Roy Moore

As Christian leaders, we are supposed to stand in the gap for the most vulnerable, the hurting, and oppressed. This is the overwhelming theme of the Word of God and Jesus made it very clear that whatever we do unto the "least of these" we do, or do not do, to Him. Over the past weeks we have heard Christian people and pastors stand in defense of pride, sexual assault on minors,  judgement, hypocrisy and everything that is anti-Christ! Real Christ-followers MUST stand up and elevate the actual words of Christ in this abomination that is taking place and the hypocrisy and lack of basic morality that is being uncovered through the Moore Alabama Senate race. This is not a partisan issue, and basic morality and values have nothing to do with being Democrat or Republican, yet these "prolife" religious leaders (who blatantly do not care what abuses take place to a child after it is born...) are making a false god and idol out of far-right politics that have nothing to do with actual Christian values. Whether you are a pastor, religious leader, Christian Democrat or Christian conservative, this moment requires us to raise our voice - sign in defense of the true Gospel of Christ which is about loving God and your neighbor, and denounce the election of Roy Moore! If enough stand up, those on the fence in Alabama may feel empowered to break from the religious-bullying and evil that is feigning itself as Christianity. 

ChristianDemocratsof America
1,548 supporters