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Petitioning United Airlines , U.S. Department of State, Department of Defense

United Airlines, please help military families ship their big dogs!

United Airlines has been the industry leader in shipping animals globally. They recently restructured their service in response to safety issues, and have announced their new policies to improve safety. It was courageous for them to still be willing to offer any pet shipping service, that frankly speaking, can generate massive negative PR when it goes wrong, and provides only a tiny fraction of the company's total revenue. Thanks United for coming back, sincerely. However, within this change, they have implemented a new pet travel policy that bans large dogs, due to the maximum height for kennels being set at 30 inches. Labrador, Golden Retriever, Husky, Sheepdog, etc. will no longer be accepted . Also affected are Pit Bulls, Mastiffs, Malinois, and other dogs deemed to be "Strong jawed". This affects Military and State Department families deployed outside the USA, as they now have no way that fits their budgets to bring their pets home when they receive orders for Permanent Change of Station. Historically, United has been the only affordable option for big dogs, as other airlines cost up to 3-4 times as much. For example, sending a Golden Retriever from Seoul, Korea to San Francisco in a "700" crate used to be about $850 on United. Other Airlines cost is about $2,200 (After all additional fees are added). We are asking United to make an EXCEPTION for United States Military families, Department of Defense Civilian families, and State Department families that are being deployed abroad or back Stateside. This petition serves to show solidarity with the families affected, as we ask United to see how deeply appreciated their previous service shipping large pets was, and how desperately they are needed. Without this change, Military and State Department families face some very difficult choices, that could have painful consequences.For years United PetSafe has been a trusted way to move animals around the world, and I personally hope that they continue to serve the public with their excellent standards. US Service members and their families deserve better!  United announcement: https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/animals/petsafe.html#petsafetable  My in-depth analysis: https://www.facebook.com/Shindogsair/posts/1001768046647319  

Leo Mendoza
94,424 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, United States Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of State, Dona...

KEEP AMERICA GREAT! Protect America's National Parks Now and Forever!

Imagine a country without National Parks. Imagine a land with oil fields instead of geysers, mountains littered with construction equipment, the greatest trees in the world laying, stricken from their roots. Imagine a country with no Grand Canyon. Or Yellowstone. Or Yosemite. Recently, the new Republican government has paved the way to opening up these sacred lands to be sold and/or used for drilling or development. This is one of the most solemn moments America has ever seen. Donald Trump has already signed executive orders which, if passed, will revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Along with censoring the EPA and the National Park Service, these movements could lead to many lands, and the Parks themselves, being sold off to companies and developers, letting them be turned into pipeline sites, real estate, or mining sites for gas, coal, and oil. This would turn our National Parks to nothing more but dumping grounds and building sites. Stand up. Speak up. Don't let this continue! Don't set a precedent letting the government butcher our lands and drain them of their beauty! Sign to ask the President and all other names mentioned to do this: Reverse this Ease to Open the National Parks to Businesses.  In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt himself: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

Sproutogether Inc
54,493 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Charles Schumer, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Animal Planet, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ellen Jaffee, Andrew C...

Create more marine protected areas to reduce effect of overfishing on oceanic ecosystems

Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction and it is a serious issue that is often ignored. It is a problem within the United States but even worse outside of it. Some stocks of large fish have decreased by about 90% in the past 60 years. Overfishing leads to so many deaths of fish (especially large fish) that the oceanic ecosystems are being negatively impacted. By protecting more areas in the ocean and creating more "no fishing" areas across oceans, the effect of overfishing would be reduced and fish populations may begin replenishing themselves. More than 85 percent of the world's fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them. The creation of more "no fishing" zones would only be a step towards stopping overfishing and its harms. Overfishing is an issue that affects everyone, not only fish; it is in everybody's best interest to keep the fish populations healthy. 

Allison King
33,562 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Department of State

Allow my husband to come home for the birth of our child

 In 1999, I was an American attending college in Lagos, Nigeria. Little did I know I would meet the love of my life while studying in that wonderful country. We got married last year, and are expecting a baby at the end of this month. It’s a story for the study abroad catalog, certainly. But our love story has become a bureaucratic nightmare. When we got married, I filed an I-130 petition to bring my husband to the U.S. so we could start our life together here. Everything was quickly approved on the U.S. side. But when my husband went for his interview at the U.S. Embassy in Lagos, they claimed they didn’t see enough evidence of a real marriage between us and put our petition in “administrative processing.” We have been together for 15 years, and our relationship is well documented. We have provided them proof of all of this, yet they refuse to hear us. I have a c-section scheduled in a few weeks. My husband will not be present at the birth of his child, or to help me recuperate, if we cannot convince the embassy to end this unnecessary processing. The U.S. has approved his visa. We have furnished every shred of proof we have of our true and loving relationship, and all other documents requested. Please, demand that the adjudicator at the U.S. Embassy in Lagos take my husband off administrative processing and allow him to attend the birth of his baby. Due to high blood pressure, I have been unable to work during this pregnancy and am quickly running out of money. But in order to even see my own husband, I have had to scrounge the funds to fly to Nigeria three times in the last months. I can’t afford to keep doing this. And now, new developments with the Zika Virus and Lassa fever make further travel to Nigeria a non-option out of fear for the baby’s health. Our relationship is being strained because of this separation. And I truly don’t know what I will do without my husband here to help me after my surgery, with a newborn.   This delay is cruel and unnecessary, and threatens to tear a family apart. Please help me call on the U.S. Embassy in Lagos to end my husband’s administrative processing and grant him his visa, so he may join me immediately for the birth of our child.

Ameedat Ajibade
24,604 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of State, North Carolina State House, North Carolina State Senate, Panther Creek High School, Dr. Hedrick

Wake County Walkout to End Gun Violence

"We are the students, we are the victims, we are change, fight gun violence now! High School students across the U.S.A., the way to fight back is here. Ther has been too much complacency on the part of politicians when it comes to gun violence. The time to act is now!" - The National School Walkout Change.org petition. On February 14th, a high school shooting took place in Parkland, Florida and resulted in the premature deaths of 17 innocent teachers and students. Still, the government has failed to act and to adequately protect our generation. The National Student Walkout is meant to empower the voice of teenagers. Most of us cannot vote and so our voice is silenced and marked off. Yet, we are the victims of these awful and mindless crimes. Enough is enough. It is time for us to speak out and take matters into our own hands. We as Wake County students are protesting the violence in solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters across the nation. We are protesting the same violence that occurs at the places where we are supposed to learn and grow. We are protesting the same violence that results in the average of seven children and teens in America being killed with guns every day (https://eveyrtownresearch.org We are protesting the same violence that has not had any laws put in place to address it. We are protesting gun violence. The Plan: Wednesday, March 14th: On the one-month anniversary of the Parkland Shooting we the students of Wake County are going to join in the National High School Student Walk Out. We are going to walk out of school at 10:00 AM promptly and voice our opinions for 17 minutes. We will wear orange to symbolize our unity and protest online and in our communities. Sign this pledge if you are willing to support the cause to protect your life and the lives of those you love.

Sheel Patel
19,892 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, U.S. Department of State, UK Parliament, Government of Pakistan

Please take action against the Rohingya genocide

This is barbaric and painful. Inhumane atrocities against innocent human beings must come to end. They need our help. We all have to play our role. Please take action against the Rohingya genocide. Please sign this petition.  Thankyou so much! Kanwal Malik

Kanwal Mälik
15,318 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth Warren, Charles Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Pat Toomey, President of the United States, U.S. Department of State, Robert Casey

Temporary ease of sanctions on Iran to aid earthquake survivors

A terrible earthquake hit a large area on the Iran-Iraq border on November 12, 2017 around 21:48PM local time. More than a hundred aftershock tremors are still striking the area, preventing people from traveling back home, entering their homes, or moving inside the towns. In particular, the town of Sarpol e-Zahab, a locality of about 36,000 inhabitants, was one of the most affected areas. Here, the death toll rose to 236 people, and thousands of injured people continue to need medical attention 24 hours later. Rescue teams are still unearthing bodies. Among the casualties are innocent children, whose access to medical care is precarious and who cannot return to school in the near future, as schools have been severely damaged. Many inhabitants lost their home, and their children are forced to sleep in cars and in tents in a weather bordering on winter. While international NGOs are on the ground in Iraq offering relief to those affected, it is very difficult to get into Iran and help in the areas mostly damaged by the trembler. The US sanctions placed on Iran prevent much aid from being sent to where it is most needed right now. While the US Department of State issued a message of sympathy on November 13, 2017, (https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/11/275491.htm much more can be done. The US has the ability to help. Many people want and can help, but sending aid to Iran is nearly impossible without a temporary ease of sanctions on humanitarian aid. Former US President, Barack Obama and his administration temporarily eased the sanctions in 2012 for 45 days, when a deadly earthquake hit Iran on August 11. Under the lift, NGOs were able to transfer up to $300,000 in funds to Iran at that time to help those affected. We ask President Donald Trump and the US Senate to please allow a similar ease of sanctions to help the children of Iran who lost homes and family in the earthquake. Mr. President, Senators Casey and Toomey, please support humanitarianism. Please allow aid to be sent to Iran. Thank you.

Roxana Cazan
12,131 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Department of State

Revisión de expedientes migratorios de Venezolanos en EE.UU

En Estados Unidos decenas de Venezolanos son señalados frecuentemente, de estar vinculados a delitos relacionados con la delincuencia organizada, tales como: narcotráfico, terrorismo, estafa, fraude, lavado de dinero, empresas fantasmas, corrupción, sobornos, enriquecimiento ilícito, robo, asesinato, prostitución y trafico de personas entre otros. Algunos de estos ciudadanos son  funcionarios o ex funcionarios del gobierno de Venezuela, de todas las instituciones del Estado, desde la administración de Justicia hasta cargos en la Gerencia Publica. Así como otros, que sin ser funcionarios, están vinculados directa o indirectamente a hechos de corrupción. Por otro lado, hay algunos que son testaferros de quienes saquearon a Venezuela, teniendo a familiares de estos, viviendo o haciendo negocios en territorio de EEUU, contaminando el sistema financiero americano con el ingreso de dinero producto de actividades ilícitas. Y no se escapan quienes han violado los derechos humanos de los venezolanos y conviven entre nosotros como si que por sus acciones no tuvieran que responder. Muchos de estos venezolanos ya han sido detenidos, están solicitados, vinculados, pagan condenas o negocian con las autoridades norteamericanas. Otros permanecen prófugos y otros conviven alegremente entre nosotros, ciudadanos honestos que hemos venido a los Estados Unidos, muchas veces escapando de la corrupción e inseguridad personal y jurídica que estos mismos ciudadanos han causado en nuestro país de origen, Venezuela. En virtud de lo anterior y ante la presunción de vinculación con  delitos arriba mencionados de ciudadanos venezolanos que viven, visitan, invierten y hacen negocios en los Estados Unidos, los abajo firmantes SOLICITAMOS al Departamento de Estado y al Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos que REABRAN para su REVISION los expedientes migratorios de los ciudadanos que presuntamente habrían mentido, obviado, manipulado y tergiversado la información solicitada por los organismos competentes de Estados Unidos de América para el otorgamiento de ciudadanía, residencia, visados y asilos.  Los abogados y diputados, Venezolanos y Norteamericanos, que llevan adelante esta iniciativa entregaran los antecedentes de dichos ciudadanos al Departamento de Inmigracion y al Departamento de Estado en Washington DC, junto con esta peticion.

Lourdes Ubieta
7,162 supporters
Petitioning Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State

TO BAN ENTRANCE FOR CORRUPT MEMBERS OF ARMENIA’S PARLIAMENT TO THE UNITED STATES

PETITION TO BAN THE ENTRY OF MEMBERS OF ARMENIA’S OLIGARCHIC GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT MEMBERS INTO THE UNITED STATES  The Republic of Armenia has been ruled by an oligarchic authoritarian regime for 20 years.  A state in which the ruling elite has closely controlled political and economic opportunities, all democratic institutions, including elections and the mainstream media, and an army leadership which has been appointed by the ruling Republican Party since 1999. Serj Sargsyan has ruled the country since 2008.  He was facing constitutional limits on his term in 2018.  In 2013, Sargsyan launched constitutional reforms that transformed the country from a semi-presidential system to a parliamentary system, so as to extend his rule.  These “reforms” gave the Prime Minister most powers previously vested  with the president.  What’s more, a new electoral system was introduced that grants disproportionate advantages to the ruling Republican Party, easing its ability to form a stable parliamentary majority. Major protests started in March 31, 2018 as part of a wave of self-organized, nonviolent acts of civil disobedience across Armenia.  In a country marked by low trust in its institutions, record-high levels of poverty and corruption, the protesters unified around calls for Sargsyan’s resignation.  More profound was that Armenians demanded justice, dignity, the rule of law and the end of government corruption.  The protests were distinctly peaceful, drawing tens of thousands of people to the streets. Sargsyan’s resignation on Monday April 23, 2018 was met with celebrations—barbecues and music—around the country.  But the protesters are still continuing.  They demand that the opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan—who led the movement—be elected by parliament as prime minister and, that the ruling Republican Party be dismissed from parliament.  The ruling Republican Party did everything to disable and prevent Nikol Pashinyan from becoming the next prime minister of Armenia.  During parliament session held on May 1st, 2018 the Republican majority voted against the one and only candidate that the people of Armenia and who Armenians from all over the world had chosen and agreed to become the next prime minister of Armenia.   The totality of the Armenian government's ongoing and increasingly repetitive pattern of disruptive actions on an international scale — most notably, its efforts to subvert democracies have been limitless.  Every single candidate belonging to the current Republican Party has been brought to power due to corruption, electoral fraud and active participation in illegal/criminal activities, not only in Armenia but all over the world. The Armenian Oligarchs shielded by the Republic Party have been in power for more than twenty years by suppressing various levels of human rights and subverting the justice system, including suppression of freedom of speech, hijacking justice and dismissing the court system. Additionally, the Oligarchs and the members of the Republican Party, having the majority power in the government, has been in control of the national police, defense, justice and almost every other system in the country by using them against their own people numerous times.   We, the Armenian-American diaspora, the proud citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States have learned to live in a democratic country where every single person’s voice is heard, rights are respected, and justice is served.  We request that the United States Government, it’s State Department, the Department of Homeland Security (Immigration and Citizenship agencies) to ban the entrance and deny the opportunity to apply for residential status in the United States—for any and all purposes—the names listed in this petition and their family members.  We present to you the list of the Armenian oligarchs, past and present members of the Republican Party.  They may soon attempt to enter the United States, temporarily or permanently, to continue their corrupt and illegal activities in the United States by abusing the United States’ laws and  resources for their own fraud, corruption, money laundering and to flee from the consequences of many criminal and civil actions they are responsible for in Armenia.  The names are: 1.       Arpine Hovhannisyan 2.       Ara Babloyan 3.       Armen Ashotyan 4.       Eduard Sharmazanov 5.       Margarit Esayan 6.       Samvel Farmanyan 7.       Karen Avagyan 8.       Galust Sahakyan 9.       Hermine Nagdalyan 10.    Gagik Minasyan 11.    Samvel Nikoyan 12.    Tachar Vardapetyan 13.    Shushan Petrosyan 14.    Manvel Grigoryan 15.    Artashes Geghamyan 16.    Khosrov Harutyunyan 17.    Shushan Sardaryan 18.    Hayk Babughyan 19.    Vahan Harutyunyan 20.    Jemma Baghdasaryan 21.    Gevorg Kostanyan 22.    Mihran Hakobyan 23.    Arman Saghatelyan 24.    Ruzanna Muradyan 25.    Gagik Melikyan 26.    Karen Baqaryan 27.    Sirak Torosyan 28.    Karine Ajemyan 29.    Rostam Makhmudyan 30.    Arsem Mikhaylov 31.    Knyaz Hasanov 32.    Robert Sargsyan 33.    Mihran Poghosyan 34.    Artak Sargsyan 35.    Artur Gevorgyan 36.    Samvel Aleksanyan 37.    Araik Hovhannisyan 38.    Koryun Nahapetyan 39.    Hakob Beglarayn 40.    Harutyun Karapogosyan 41.    Araik Grigoryan 42.    Murad Muradyan 43.    Alik Sargsyan 44.    Nahapet Georgyan 45.    Sedrak Saroyan 46.    Nairi Sahakyan 47.    Rafik Grigoryan 48.    Hakob Hakobyan 49.    Karen Karapetyan 50.    Vahram Baghdasaryan 51.    Arkadi Hambarzumyan 52.    Andranik Harutyunyan 53.    Aram Harutyunyan 54.    Arman Sahakyan 55.    Ashot Arsenyan 56.    Avet Sargsyan 57.    Ishkan Zakaryan 58.    Aghvan Vardanyan

Armenian American Civil Support Center
6,254 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Department of State

Revisión de expedientes migratorios de Venezolanos en EE.UU

En Estados Unidos decenas de Venezolanos son señalados frecuentemente, de estar vinculados a delitos relacionados con la delincuencia organizada, tales como: narcotráfico, terrorismo, estafa, fraude, lavado de dinero, empresas fantasmas, corrupción, sobornos, enriquecimiento ilícito, robo, asesinato, prostitución y trafico de personas entre otros. Algunos de estos ciudadanos son  funcionarios o ex funcionarios del gobierno de Venezuela, de todas las instituciones del Estado, desde la administración de Justicia hasta cargos en la Gerencia Publica. Así como otros, que sin ser funcionarios, están vinculados directa o indirectamente a hechos de corrupción. Por otro lado, hay algunos que son testaferros de quienes saquearon a Venezuela, teniendo a familiares de estos, viviendo o haciendo negocios en territorio de EEUU, contaminando el sistema financiero americano con el ingreso de dinero producto de actividades ilícitas. Y no se escapan quienes han violado los derechos humanos de los venezolanos y conviven entre nosotros como si que por sus acciones no tuvieran que responder. Muchos de estos venezolanos ya han sido detenidos, están solicitados, vinculados, pagan condenas o negocian con las autoridades norteamericanas. Otros permanecen prófugos y otros conviven alegremente entre nosotros, ciudadanos honestos que hemos venido a los Estados Unidos, muchas veces escapando de la corrupción e inseguridad personal y jurídica que estos mismos ciudadanos han causado en nuestro país de origen, Venezuela. En virtud de lo anterior y ante la presunción de vinculación con  delitos arriba mencionados de ciudadanos venezolanos que viven, visitan, invierten y hacen negocios en los Estados Unidos, los abajo firmantes SOLICITAMOS al Departamento de Estado y al Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos que REABRAN para su REVISION los expedientes migratorios de los ciudadanos que presuntamente habrían mentido, obviado, manipulado y tergiversado la información solicitada por los organismos competentes de Estados Unidos de América para el otorgamiento de ciudadanía, residencia, visados y asilos.  Los abogados y diputados, Venezolanos y Norteamericanos, que llevan adelante esta iniciativa entregaran los antecedentes de dichos ciudadanos al Departamento de Inmigracion y al Departamento de Estado en Washington DC, junto con esta peticion.

Lourdes Ubieta
7,162 supporters