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Petitioning U.S. Governors, Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate, Robert Casey, Pat Toomey, Tom Wolf, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Fund the testing of backlogged rape kits

Eleven-year-old Madison Wertz of Williamsport, Pa., learned about the national backlog of rape kits from a YouTube crime show that she and her dad, Michael, watched in early 2016. Madison was appalled to learn so many victims’ kits have sat untested for years, and she leaped into action. She began collecting signatures on a petition to help pay for Pennsylvania's backlog of untested kits. After about 6 months and 750 signatures, she was nominated for the Williamsport Sun-Gazette's 2016 Person of the Year. Now, with the help and support of my office as Pennsylvania Auditor General, Madison is collecting signatures nationwide to encourage each state to pass legislation that fully funds the testing of its untested rape kits; to upload all usable DNA evidence into CODIS, the federal database that matches DNA to identify serial offenders; and to prevent such a backlog from ever forming again. As auditor general, I produced a special report in September 2016 that evaluated the state of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania and offered 10 recommendations for improvement and action. Please join Madison and me as we fight to help all victims of sexual assault find justice, regardless of what state they live in. Your signature can spur action that helps victims find peace and leads to serial offenders being put where they belong: behind bars, where they can't hurt anyone else.    

Eugene DePasquale
100,980 supporters
Petitioning Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, U.S National Park Services, Mike Pence, U.S. Governors

Stop the removal of historical Confederate Monuments.

These monuments are a reminder of what our country had to go through to become whole again. Many of these monuments are not only in dedication to the men who served in the Confederacy but they also served in the US army pre-civil war. It is important to save these monuments for future generations to see these monuments and learn about them and the men who gave everything for a several causes. These were brave men, good men and religious men. I beg the President, Vice President and the US Supreme Court to stop the purge of our American History in our cities and towns across the south.  I urge President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the U.S. Supreme Court to sign a bill into law protecting these monuments, all military monuments from removal. Please save our history. 

Matthew Evans
40,582 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Governors

State Governors: Join Alliance of many US states to work with Paris Climate Accord.

Trump broke the US' commitment to the 190+ nations in the Paris Climate Accord to work to prevent global warming ... so Washington, California, New York formed a Climate Alliance to meet the climate goals laid out in the agreement. Many other states have now joined them. Why don't you?  Ask all states' governors to join The Climate Alliance. Yours is not yet a Climate Alliance state? Persuade its lawmakers to make it one. Contact all state governors by signing this petition. Contact your state's  federal level lawmakers here  state level lawmakers  here  governor here Trump seems ill-informed and juvenile but posting comments about him achieves little. The actions above address the climate issue directly. Circumvent Trump's action. Please sign this and repost it on social networks. Thank you. Extra! The EU has decided to bypass the Trump Administration with regard to this... Click here for The Guardian's report.

Nigel Rees
5,456 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Governors

Prison isn't a drug rehab, heroin is in prisons

This petition is to make awareness to the fact that there are street drugs in our prisons.  Heroin is in our prisons.  Any street drug is in our prisons, so putting people to prison if they are drug addicts is no solution to their drug problem.  Please make better solutions for drug addicts than putting them to prison.  They can still use drugs in prisons and overdose in prison.  Drug treatment is also not a solution in prison when there is straight access to drugs in prison.  

Sam West
4,297 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. Governors, United States Supreme Court, International Animal Rescue

Justice for all crimes of animal cruelty no exceptions to anyone

I have always aspired to be better but throughout my life I would watch other people in the community abuse their animals or neglect the animals in many ways and I have done nothing about it till now. I have seen posts and pictures of dogs and cats who are looking for homes ready to be put down by shelters. I have seen dogs ears cut off or left in cars for days out in the heat with the windows up or emaciated/ starving on the streets and left homeless or chained up. It’s wrong and should not be tolerated. Many people have been let off easy when charged with neglect and I feel more needs to be done. There needs to be justice. These animals cannot speak for themselves so we need to speak for them. All of them. Not one breed not one animal should be left out. Not even animals in zoos. There’s too much neglect and little is being done about it. So the question is why haven’t we done anything to make this situation better and why hasn’t there been any actions taken to fix this problem. Let’s strive to make this country better because America deserves be great again.

Ryan Urban
4,238 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Paul Ryan, Dianne Feinstein, Duncan Hunter, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Governors, John Barrasso

HELP PROTECT THE WOLF AND OTHER BEINGS FROM EXTERMINATION! JOIN THE FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES!

A new threat to thousands of wolves in the Great Lakes and Wyoming is Congress' latest salvo against the Endangered Species Act. Since January congressional Republicans have introduced 34 legislative assaults against endangered species and their most powerful protection: the Endangered Species Act. Bad bills like the one targeting Great Lakes and Wyoming wolves undermine the Act, putting threatened and endangered wildlife back in the crosshairs. We expect more of these dangerous, senseless riders in the days and weeks ahead. This and every other attack from Trump and Congress allowing endangered wolves to be hunted and killed must be stopped. Please join us in pushing back against this bill and the torrent of wildlife decimation. The science-based approach of the Endangered Species Act has brought wolves in the Great Lakes region back from the brink of extinction. Stripping protection from wolves now is exactly the wrong thing to do. Nine out of 10 Americans support the Act and want it strengthened or unchanged. Yet Congress keeps pushing to destroy this bedrock American law. While Washington and the media are distracted, we aren't. Congress is getting ready to hurt wildlife not just by weakening the Endangered Species Act, but with other malicious tricks like taking funding away from species like monarch butterflies, wolverines, walruses and the golden-winged warbler. This means even though these vulnerable species may be designated for protection, they could be wiped out. Nothing less than extinction is what's at stake in the coming days. Two dozen lawsuits against Trump's anti-wildlife administration have been filed. Just last week a new wolf pack was identified in Northern California -- but we won't be hearing good news like that in the future if Congress rips away at the bedrock law that keeps wild wolves and so many other vulnerable creatures alive. PLEASE take action now.

Anthony Turitto
3,407 supporters
Petitioning U.S National Park Services, U.S. Governors

Introduce more national and state parks in the US

There are many animal and plant species around the globe. Everywhere from the North Pole to the South Pole. Although it may look like there are many animals and plants, there are not. The millions of diverse species are not all doing well in their environment. Many species are endangered and threatened, their numbers decreasing year after year. Some species are receiving help in order to increase their numbers, but there are so many species that are getting no help, and their numbers are decreasing faster than ever. We depend on animals and plants for food, medicines, oxygen, warmth, and even items like paper and clothes. If living organisms go extinct at the rate that they are now, the human population could be in big trouble. State and National Parks are solutions to this problem. Instead of helping a specific organism, the parks protect the land and everything in it, protecting other species from illegal trading as well. This will help many endangered species increase in number and will help the environment balance. So please promote state and national parks, they help the species that need it. 

Ashrith Kollu
919 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. Governors, Donald Trump

Reform the Mining Law of 1872

This 200 year old act is unchanged ever since it was made. It allows people to buy rights to one acre of land for $5, and mine it for metals like copper, silver, and gold. There are no royalties or charges for environmental destruction and it's been that way since the gold rush. The mining process involves Mountain top removal, which is a method of mining. This process destroys many ecosystems and causes a decrease in biodiversity. Biodiversity is the range of different species in an ecosystem, and is essential to avoid extinction. Other than that, there is a lot of soil erosion in this process which ends up in topsoil depletion. Topsoil contains all the things a plant needs for growth, and it takes thousands of years to form again. Once the metal is mined, there is cyanide used for the separation of the metal from the rock. The cyanide then, leaches or runs down into the river or groundwater, which pollutes the water and causes potential health risks for all living things (shown in the picture above). I am hoping that with charges for environmental damage and increasing the price of land, it will remind companies that they are responsible for the damage they cause. I will work with my community and possibly senators to make a change. I need your support and help for this.  I will also be updating with more information as I make progress. ________________________________________________________ image url: https://www.earthmagazine.org/article/all-glitters-acid-mine-drainage-toxic-legacy-gold-mining-south-africa

A. I.
891 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Governors, United States Supreme Court, Luther Strange, President of the United States

Freedom For An Innocent Man

Jonathan S King was wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not do. He has been in Prison for 16 years and county jail 3 years before his hearing. The Judge in his trial told on a Radio interview 3 weeks before the that he would make an example out of Jon and sentence him to the max amount of time reguardless. There was no evidence against him and the DNA evidence in the case was not Jon's and did not in any way connect Jon. This was false allegations trumped up by people in his life that was jealous of him and wanted to hurt him. He was not given a fair trial and was denied proper counsil. The charge he was arrested for was not the charge he was sentenced for. He was held on a 500000.00 bond for menacing, a bond  never heard of before for a misdemeanor charge. The Judge refused a motion to stop false statements from being heard by the jury. A great injustice has been done to this man. The Judge sentenced Jon after his sentence the just vacated some of the charges but the sentence remained the same. This man put his faith and trust in God and stands strong on his faith that God will prevail. He is loved and missed greatly. His grandmother needs him home with her to help care for her. She is 93 years old and doesn't have much time left. It is her wish to see her Grandson be set free and the charges against him dismissed. He had everything stolen from him due to the corruption in Alabama judicial system. He was discarded like trash by people who claimed to love and care about him. False statements and an angry Judge condemned his man to a life of hell. Jon served in the Air Force and faught for our freedom just to have his stolen from him. Please HELP him be set free so he can continue to help others grow in their faith, and find a way when all hope has been stolen from them. He has touched the lives of many people and gave many people hope when they had no hope left.

Tonya Shriver
389 supporters
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Petitioning U.S. Governors, Florida State Senate, Texas State Senate, Pennsylvania State Senate, Ohio State Senate, Ohio State House, Florida State House, Texas State House, Pennsylvania State House, North Car...

Replace the Electoral College with a National Popular Vote

It is fundamental to democracy: the candidate with the most votes wins. Yet twice since 2000, the candidate with the most votes for President has lost. The good news is that we can make 2016 the last election in which the popular vote loser wins the presidency – and we can do it without amending the Constitution.   We can replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote through the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Under the Compact, states agree to cast their electoral votes for the national popular vote winner - instead of the winner of their state. Once states with a total of 270 electoral votes approve, the Compact becomes effective. Through the National Popular Vote Compact, the United States can elect a President by popular vote as early as 2020. This is not a pipe dream – states with a combined 165 electoral votes have already enacted it. But in order for the Compact to take effect, and a truly national election to take place, additional states with a combined 105 electoral votes must sign on.   If you live in one of the 40 states that have not yet joined, tell your state legislators and governor that you support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. 

One Nation One Vote
311 supporters