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Petitioning Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Save Net Neutrality

The ability to organize grassroots movements, whether locally or across the globe, is made possible by an open Internet. Since its creation, the Internet has become the world’s megaphone for free speech, protected by the principles of Net Neutrality, which require internet service providers (ISPs) to give everyone equal access to everything you use the internet for -- email, watching videos, listening to music, or signing petitions on Change.org.  Without Net Neutrality, ISPs can choose what you see online, favoring some sources or blocking others. For example, if someone launched a petition on Change.org against a company like Verizon, Net Neutrality prevents Verizon from blocking or slowing their customers’ access to our site.   In December of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality rules -- giving big cable companies room to charge extra fees, block and censor users. By removing ISPs from Title II of the Communications Act, a rule that means ISPs are subjected to tougher regulations that prevent them blocking sites, creating paid “fast” lanes, and throttling internet speeds. This decision will have global implications for the way the world shares and receives information from journalists, newsrooms, and NGO’s. However, following the FCC’s vote, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) announced a Congressional Review Act resolution that if passed, would stop net neutrality repeal. That resolution now has the support of 50 senate members, which means just one more vote is needed for it to pass the Senate. Net Neutrality also prevents ISPs from creating paid “fast lanes” that would give faster delivery of content to companies who can afford to pay more. An organization or platform like Change.org that couldn’t afford those fees, couldn’t communicate with their supporters.  In the United States, there is strong bipartisan support for Net Neutrality. A recent poll conducted by Mozilla found that Republicans, Democrats and Independents overwhelmingly support these rules.  At Change.org, we believe that people everywhere should have the tools they need to make their voices heard. We’re a social good company powered by technology that empowers anyone anywhere to take action on the issues they care about. A closed off Internet means fewer ways for millions of people to make the change they want to see. Without an internet equally accessible to everyone regardless of income or geography, we can’t continue that mission. Add your name to let Congress and the FCC know that you support an open internet.

Change.org
2,413,354 supporters
Closed
Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump

Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families

Several years ago, my dad got the news that he had cancer. Sadly, he passed away. My dad had a job at the time, but his employer did not cover him, and without coverage, he avoided going to the doctor until it was too late. As Congress and President Trump try to pass a new healthcare law, I'm reminded of my father and whether he would have made it if he had early access to cost-effective health care. Affordable health care is in decline as premiums and health costs increase at exponential rates. Some politicians cannot relate to the cost burden experienced by families across the nation because they’ve historically received health benefits that most Americans have not.  Like millions of people who are panicking about possible changes to their health insurance, I’m concerned the people elected to represent us won’t have to live with the consequences or expenses that the rest of us may have to face soon. I want lawmakers to commit to treating themselves just like those who will be impacted by ACA repeal or replacement.  A lot of Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason for them to have to continue to choose their own health coverage from the free marketplace. If private health care is good for the American citizen, it should also be good for the people that defend it. If Congress is willing to drastically cut healthcare subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?

Daniel Jimenez
1,078,450 supporters
Victory
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town. Her estranged husband ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911. We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance. We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?  WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 2 year 11 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporation, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand to update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from now on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT! Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature enough and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static. We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefiting from the collection of these funds. We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem. Please help make this "Kari's Law".  https://www.change.org/f/help-get-karis-law-through-the-senate?source_location=petition_show

Hank Hunt
612,206 supporters
Closed
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Chuck Grassley

Pass the CARERS Act and protect medical marijuana patients

My six-year-old daughter Morgan suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that causes frequent and dangerous seizures. We’ve tried everything to help her. She’s taken more than 10 different anti-epilepsy medications but at best, she's gone only four weeks without a seizure. Based on our own research, advice from our doctors, and what we’ve heard from families living in other states, we would like Morgan to try cannabidiol oil -- a form of medical marijuana.  For children with similar illnesses in other parts of the country, the results using medical marijuana have been life changing. Medical marijuana comes in many different preparations, and is prescribed accordingly to treat specific conditions.  The treatment Morgan needs would not make her "high", and she wouldn't smoke it.  It would come in a bottle just like her other medications, but with fewer side effects.  The medications that Morgan has tried have devastating side effects. They gave her kidney stones, ulcerative colitis, and compromise her respiratory system. She should be able to try this much safer option. But medical marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. It’s currently a Schedule 1 drug, which means the federal government considers it just as dangerous as heroin and says there is no medicinal value.  This means our family would have to move to a different state to get it, or obtain it illegally and risk arrest.  I have decided that neither of those choices are good enough for my family. That’s why I’m supporting the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act -- a bipartisan bill that will let states legalize medical marijuana without federal interference. It will also expand research into the health benefits of marijuana and allow Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend marijuana to ailing veterans. The CARERS Act would remove also CBD from scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act, affirming to the world that marijuana does have medical benefits. This bill will change the lives of so many sick and suffering people, like my daughter, around the country. Please sign my petition asking Congress to pass the CARERS Act.

Kate Hintz
460,079 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

We want to see Trump's tax returns.

President Trump calls reports of his alleged compromising ties to Russian businesses and government officials, “FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT.” He can prove it by releasing his tax returns. Who does our president owe money to? Can they use his debt to manipulate our Commander-in-Chief? Is he receiving income from foreign sources to his businesses from which he has yet to divest? The answers are easy to discover if he releases his tax returns. In a press conference, Trump told the assembled reporters, “The only people who seem to care about my tax returns are you people here.” Our country does care. In fact, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll, 74% of Americans (including 53% of Republicans) want him to RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS. Every major presidential candidate for the past 40 years has voluntarily released their tax returns. President Nixon even released his tax returns while under audit. Why does President Trump refuse to release his taxes if he has nothing to hide? Please sign and SHARE this petition calling on President Trump to RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS NOW.

Nancy Huehnergarth
450,647 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Let's make Net Neutrality a basic human right

The open internet is a revolutionary tool that offers countless benefits to everyone around the globe. Whether it be the freedom for anyone to speak one’s mind, start a business, collaborate with others or rally for a cause (like Ratify28), these things are only made possible by a free and open internet. Commonly known as Net Neutrality, all information on the internet must be treated equally. Internet service providers (ISPs) must allow any user to access any data on the internet that they wish. This protection ensures that everyone has a global voice and an equal opportunity. However, Net Neutrality is under attack… Again! Without it, the internet would be a much different place. ISPs would be permitted to control and regulate what their users see and do on the internet by either blocking or slowing websites that do not fit their business interests. Could you imagine if Netflix and Hulu were blocked by Comcast simply because Comcast wanted to force you to use their streaming internet services instead? How about no longer being able to read your favorite newspaper or blogger simply because your ISP didn’t agree with their political affiliation? ISPs have already begun planning for internet “fast lanes”, or toll booths, in order to extort additional fees from online companies. Creating a financial barrier would suppress startups all around the globe as they would not have the funds required to pay these fees. Net Neutrality resolves all of these issues and protects a free and open internet. Unfortunately, we are only days away from a vote that could drastically alter everyone’s online experiences. Therefore, we want to end this fight once and for all. By either directly petitioning Congress or by reaching out to state legislatures to call for a Convention of the States, we would like to propose the 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. We want to permanently protect the free and open internet for everyone by ensuring that all data on the internet be treated equally, regardless of its origin.“The right of the people to a fair, open and unbiased internet shall not be infringed.” Learn More:https://www.ratify28.org/

Ratify 28
442,544 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Congress

Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League

Despite the fact that it is a $10Billion/Year industry, the National Football League (NFL) continues to enjoy status as a non-profit organization -- meaning it doesn’t have to pay federal corporate taxes.  The Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, makes nearly $44 million a year -- earning more than the heads of companies like Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart. Through TV deals alone, the NFL has inked nearly $30 billion with various television networks. And so often, fans like you and me are asked to foot the bill for new stadiums through our own taxes. Yet despite being the most profitable sports league in the entire world, the NFL does not pay federal taxes.  The NFL should pay their fair share towards our economy! Just like Major League Baseball, which gave up its nonprofit status in recent years, as well as the National Basketball Association, the NFL should not be able to hide under a nonprofit status in order to avoid paying federal taxes.  The NFL has methodically worked to shift all the power to their side, leaving players, employees and PARTICULARLY THE FANS little say in what goes on with the league. We deserve a say, but do not wish to boycott our teams! Therefore, we are calling on our elected representatives to revoke the tax-exempt status we bestowed upon the league half a century ago. Please sign this petition, and let Congress know that you want them to reconsider the NFL’s tax exempt status. 

Lynda Woolard
427,806 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate

March for Our Lives: An Act to Protect & Save Your Children

In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now. Created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country, we will no longer risk our lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. We support the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms, as set forth in the United States Constitution. But with that right comes responsibility. We call on all the adults in Congress elected to represent us, to pass legislation that will protect and save children from gun violence. Our elected officials MUST ACT by: 1. Passing a law to ban the sale of assault weapons like the ones used in Las Vegas, Orlando, Sutherland Springs, Aurora, Sandy Hook and, most recently, to kill 17 innocent people and injure more than a dozen others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Of the 10 deadliest shootings over the last decade, seven involved the use of assault weapons. No civilian should be able to access these weapons of war, which should be restricted for use by our military and law enforcement only. These guns have no other purpose than to fire as many bullets as possible and indiscriminately kill anything they are pointed at with terrifying speed. 2. Prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines such as the ones the shooter at our school—and so many other recent mass shootings used. States that ban high-capacity magazines have half as many shootings involving three or more victims as states that allow them. Limiting the number of bullets a gun can discharge at one time will at least force any shooter to stop and reload, giving children a chance to escape. 3. Closing the loophole in our background check law that allows dangerous people who shouldn’t be allowed to purchase firearms to slip through the cracks and buy guns online or at gun shows. 97 percent of Americans support closing the current loopholes in our background check system. When Connecticut passed a law requiring background checks on all handgun sales, they saw a 40 percent reduction in gun homicides. 22 percent of gun sales in this country take place without a background check. That’s millions of guns that could be falling into dangerous hands. A background check should be required on every gun sale, no exceptions. The children of this country can no longer go to school in fear that each day could be their last. Please sign our petition and demand a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. 

March for Our Lives
422,448 supporters
Petitioning California State House, California State Senate, Oregon State House, Oregon State Senate, Washington State House, Washington State Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Stop Internet Service Providers from Selling Our Private Online Data

On April 3rd, 2017 President Donald Trump signed legislation allowing internet service providers (ISPs) to save and sell your private online search data. The legislation was authored by Senator Jeff Flake, R-AZ. This means ISPs like Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon will have access to anything you have searched for, even in private browsing mode, and can sell that information to the highest bidder. The ISP lobbyists and their cronies in Congress successfully argued that it was unfair to restrict service providers from spying on your browsing habits because online companies like Facebook can already legally use browsing data to advertise to you. But companies like Facebook are opt-in and can be blocked from accessing your data by using private browsing modes or connecting via a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. Your ISP can see what you've looked at online no matter what security measures you take. ISPs also typically have monopoly power over entire areas of the country, all while collecting federal subsidies to expand their broadband capacity. This means consumers have no choice but to be automatically "opted-in" to being actively monitored online by their monopoly-holding ISPs if they want to connect to the internet. It's time to stand up for basic consumer rights and stop the for-profit collusion of our elected officials and greedy, privacy-invading internet service providers. We're calling on our representatives to take the lead by introducing legislation to restore FCC privacy rules.

Unite the People
413,343 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

Congress: Stop blocking gun violence research

My mother taught second grade at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th, 2012. Six of her colleagues — all women — were killed, as were 20 first-graders, in a mass shooting at her school. My mother survived, though our lives will never be the same.After the shooting, I dedicated nearly all of my efforts to gun violence prevention advocacy. I learned a lot of disturbing things about our nation’s gun laws. Most Americans do not know the extent of our broken system; regulations are nearly non-existent. But one of the most frustrating obstacles to building a safer country free from gun violence is that Congress has banned federal gun violence research since the year I was born -- 1996.You read that right. An average of 32 people are killed by a gun in America every day, and yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can’t even conduct research into the root causes of all forms of gun violence.How are we expected to come up with the most impactful solutions if we can’t even study the problem?Through lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Congress has prevented the CDC from studying the causes of gun violence by claiming that research could be “used to advocate or promote gun control.” Congress even extended the ban right after the Charleston church shooting that left 9 people dead, by rejecting an amendment that would have repealed the ban.It’s time for this petty politicking to stop. Join me in calling on Congress and the CDC to resume studying the causes and impacts of gun violence.

Sarah Clements
408,605 supporters
Retire dogs, cats & monkeys from government labs!

Thank you to everyone who signed this petition in support of my work with White Coat Waste Project to ensure that cats, dogs, and primates that survive taxpayer-funded research are retired to suitable homes or sanctuaries. As a dog owner—like many of you—I’m very proud that my home state of Minnesota was the first of nine states to enact a law ensuring that cats and dogs used in research can be adopted out from laboratories instead of being euthanized. Sadly, I’ve learned that thousands of animals used in painful federal research are not given the same opportunity to live out their lives after testing is completed. That’s why I’m leading a bipartisan effort to secure lab animal adoption policies at U.S. government agencies, like we already have enacted in Minnesota. I’m happy to report that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has recently implemented the first-ever federal lab animal adoption policy, stating that it has an “ethical obligation” to promote the adoption of dogs and other animals instead of euthanizing them. Now, we’re working to get other agencies to follow the VA’s lead. I’m also trying to stop unnecessary government research on cats and dogs. Among other bipartisan legislation, I’m cosponsoring the KITTEN Act (HR 5780) to end painful testing on cats at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the PUPPERS Act (HR 3197) which aims to stop the most painful testing on dogs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In both cases, we’re making significant progress towards saving animals and tax dollars wasted on outdated and cruel research. I’m grateful for your support, and I’ll keep you updated on our progress. Sincerely, Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanErikPaulsen/ https://twitter.com/RepErikPaulsen https://www.instagram.com/reperikpaulsen/

— Erik Paulsen, Representative
3 weeks ago
No more kids with cancer: clean up the Santa Susana Field Lab

Thank you for your participation in the Change.org advocacy campaign regarding clean-up at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) site. I appreciate knowing of our shared commitment to clean-up the SSFL site and protect public health. Clean-up of this site is a high public health and safety priority, and my involvement with the clean-up goes back to my time in the California Assembly as a principal co-author of SB990, state legislation to require the full clean-up. It is vitally important that we hold all three responsible parties, the Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Boeing, to the highest standards that will fully protect the public health from harmful chemical and radionuclide contamination. As the state and federal environmental documents are prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), it is also critical that DOE, NASA, and DTSC continue to engage with the local community to ensure that local resident and stakeholder views are heard. Since coming to Congress, I have been constantly engaged in this issue with local stakeholders, DTSC, and the two responsible federal agencies, DOE and NASA. I have also been working to push Congress to appropriate the necessary funding for the NASA and DOE federally responsible areas of SSFL. While Boeing was successful through the courts in overturning SB990, the law that was intended to force a complete clean-up for the areas controlled by Boeing, NASA and DOE, DTSC still has an important role in ensuring the highest clean-up standard possible and I believe it would be in Boeing's best interest to work with not only DTSC, but the community and local elected leaders to ensure the highest level of clean-up. Please be assured that I will continue to be engaged in this process and that the time you took to express your views is extremely helpful as the process moves forward. Please be assured that I will also continue to work at the federal level to ensure a full clean-up of the SSFL site.

— Julia Brownley, Representative
3 months ago
Save Net Neutrality

Thank you for joining this Change.org petition and standing with me and millions of Americans in strong support of Net Neutrality. A free, fair, and open internet is essential to our way of life and economy, and we must continue the fight to protect it. As a member of Congress representing the South Bronx, a community predominantly made up of Latinos and African Americans, overturning Net Neutrality will disproportionately hurt underserved people of color who continue to face systemic barriers in most aspects of life. An open internet allows these communities equal access to cultural programming, online services that meet their unique needs, education and training benefits, employment opportunities, and the ability to connect with loved ones near and far. These working families rely on equal access to the internet in order to be successful in business, school, and life. We must never allow corporations the power to determine what online services and content Bronxites and Americans all across the country are able to access of their own free will, or choose who can gain access because of their ability to pay. I’m proud to be working with an organization called Full Color Future — a group of innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and advocates of color who believe the Internet provides unprecedented opportunity to build businesses, share stories, and spark movements for justice. If you agree with their mission, add your name to their Change.org petition to save neutrality as well: http://bit.ly/2EtcJUK In Congress, I have been a staunch defender of the 2015 rules reclassifying broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act. I have joined many of my House Democratic colleagues on numerous letters and bills defending Net Neutrality. Over the summer, I introduced an amendment in the Appropriations Committee to prevent Chairman Pai and the FCC from using federal funds to undermine, weaken, or overturn these rules. After Republicans on the Committee rejected my amendment, I tried to bring the same amendment to the House floor, only to have House Republicans prevent my amendment from coming up for a vote. While these attempts were not successful, I believe this fight is too important to give up. The FCC’s vote to overturn the 2015 rules on Net Neutrality, and effectively hand over control of online content to Internet Service Providers and big corporations, was a huge step back for equality and fairness. However, the fight is not over. My colleagues in Congress and I will continue fighting to keep the internet open for you and all Americans. I hope you will remain in the fight with me. Rep. Jose Serrano

— Jose E. Serrano, Representative
8 months ago
Ban Child Sex Dolls

It’s a uniquely vile person who preys on children to fulfill horrific pedophilic urges. During my 20 years as a prosecutor, I put away animals who played out their disgusting fantasies on innocent children. Now, as a legislator in Congress, I've introduced a bill to ban the newest outlet for pedophiles: child sex dolls. These lifelike, anatomically accurate recreations of young children include “accessories” such as false eyelashes, wigs, warming devices, and cleaning tools. Emerging psychology on the topic says these obscene dolls encourage abuse of real children. Peter Fagan from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine recently told The Atlantic that child sex dolls likely have a “reinforcing effect” on pedophiles, and “in many instances cause [the urge] to be acted upon with greater urgency.” It’s because of these ethical, moral, and legal concerns that organizations like the Stop Abuse Campaign and the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) support my legislation, called the CREEPER Act (short for the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act). In an extensive analysis of ethical issues surrounding robots, FRR concluded that “allowing people to live out their darkest fantasies with sex robots could have a pernicious effect on society and societal norms and create more danger for the vulnerable.” For the sake of our country’s children, we absolutely cannot allow child sex dolls in our communities. U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (NY-11)

— Daniel M. Donovan Jr., Representative
9 months ago
Urge congress to return ICE deported oncology nurse Maria Mendoza Sanchez to U.S. (S.1763)

Thank you for joining this important petition in support of the Sanchez family. For more than twenty years, Maria & Eusebio Sanchez were longstanding residents of the East Bay, who were respectful neighbors and friends. Maria worked as a nurse at Highland Hospital, giving back to our community, and the family recently bought their first home in Oakland. Their story is the epitome of the American Dream. The cruel and heartless deportation of the Sanchezes tore apart their family and emphasized how broken our immigration system truly is. Despite our calls for compassion, and the Administration's insistence that it would prioritize the deportation of those with serious criminal records, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement heartlessly deported the Sanchezes, forcing them to leave their daughters here to care for themselves. That is unacceptable. Instead of tearing families apart, we need comprehensive immigration reform that creates a path to citizenship for those like Maria and Eusbio who are well-respected members of our communities but lack immigration status. Until then, we need to support and protect our undocumented neighbors. That's why in Congress I have introduced H.R. 3818, to provide permanent resident status for the Sanchez family and I will not rest until we bring Maria and Eusebio back home to Oakland where they belong. Know that I will continue the fight to improve our immigration system and protect immigrant families. We must all work to resist this Administration's heartless immigration policies that reject the core values of our nation. Thank you again for your support of this petition. Sincerely, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA 13)

— Barbara Lee, Representative
10 months ago
Ban Child Sex Dolls

Children are some of the most vulnerable and innocent among us and deserve to know that they will be protected. It’s hard to believe that there are people that prey on the innocence and pure nature of children, but it happens every day. Statistics show that 1 out of every 5 children in the U.S. is a victim of child sexual abuse. Between new technology and an increasingly connected globe, pedophiles are finding new ways to target and groom children for abuse, connect to each other, and discover loopholes in laws to evade enforcement. That is why it’s so important for our laws to evolve to constantly meet these new threats to prevent crimes, while also ensuring that that predators are brought to justice. Today, we are seeing the scary new proliferation of child sex dolls. These dolls are lifelike silicone renderings of children and are used by pedophiles to live out their fantasies. They include “accessories” such as false eyelashes, wigs, warming devices, and lingerie. Not only are they disturbing, they are dangerous Psychologists believe that these dolls could reinforce pedophilic behavior and encourage urges, potentially putting more children at risk to harm. Recent seizures of these dolls in the UK, Canada, and other global market places have highlighted the need for legislation to address this disturbing activity. The dolls, which are imported from China and Hong Kong, are purposely labeled as mannequins or models to avoid detection in the mail. That is why I will be introducing legislation to ban the importation, sale, and distribution of child sex dolls in the United States. This proactive bill will help protect children and ensure that these types of dolls don’t reach the U.S. The introduction of child sex dolls into the global marketplace is an extremely disturbing new phenomenon and one that needs to be met with robust legislation and enforcement. As a legislator, but more importantly as a father, I will continue working to do everything possible to stop crimes against children. U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (NY-11)

— Daniel M. Donovan Jr., Representative
11 months ago
URGENT PLEA for Trinh Phan

Dear Friends, Thank you for joining this petition. Your participation is very helpful in drawing attention to Mrs. Phan and her need to be reunited with her mother given her dire medical condition. I have been trying to help Mrs. Phan’s mother get into the United States to see her daughter. In addition to contacting the US Embassy in Vietnam and contacting the State Department, I want you to know that I have also reached out to President Trump to request his assistance. I have urged the President to consider the Nguyen-Phan family’s request with the utmost urgency and compassion. You can read my letter to the President here: http://bit.ly/2vVn1ew Thank you again for adding your voice and demonstrating your support for Mrs. Phan. Sincerely, Zoe Lofgren Member of Congress

— Zoe Lofgren, Representative
1 year ago
Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.

Hello, I applaud your advocacy for dogs and am excited to share some important news about my work with the White Coat Waste Project and colleagues in Congress to end abusive dog testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.). This week, after hearing from countless constituents about this issue, I helped introduce a bipartisan amendment to the V.A.’s spending bill that would prohibit taxpayer funds from being spent on dog experiments that cause the animals significant—and sometimes unrelieved—pain and distress. I proud to report that the House of Representatives unanimously passed our amendment to cut funding for these cruel and wasteful experiments. There is still more work to do, including winning support in the Senate, but this is an important first step. It signals to the V.A. and other federal agencies that Congress will not tolerate taxpayers’ money being wasted on dog abuse. As an Army veteran and wounded warrior, this is especially significant for me. Having sustained catastrophic injuries on the battlefield, which included the loss of both my legs, I am acutely aware of the vital role dogs play in helping troops recover from war’s physical and psychological tolls. Additionally, given the V.A.’s limited resources, it is unjustifiable for it to spend taxpayers’ money hurting dogs in questionable experiments when veterans are unable to get the treatment and care they need. We must do better for veterans, dogs and American taxpayers. I am grateful for your involvement and support and will continue to keep you informed about our progress on this issue. Sincerely, Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) http://www.facebook.com/RepBrianMast http://www.twitter.com/RepBrianMast http://www.instagram.com/RepBrianMast

— Brian J. Mast, Representative
1 year ago
Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments

Hello, I applaud your advocacy for dogs and am excited to share some important news about my work with the White Coat Waste Project and colleagues in Congress to end abusive dog testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.). This week, after hearing from countless constituents about this issue, I helped introduce a bipartisan amendment to the V.A.’s spending bill that would prohibit taxpayer funds from being spent on dog experiments that cause the animals significant—and sometimes unrelieved—pain and distress. I proud to report that the House of Representatives unanimously passed our amendment to cut funding for these cruel and wasteful experiments. There is still more work to do, including winning support in the Senate, but this is an important first step. It signals to the V.A. and other federal agencies that Congress will not tolerate taxpayers’ money being wasted on dog abuse. As an Army veteran and wounded warrior, this is especially significant for me. Having sustained catastrophic injuries on the battlefield, which included the loss of both my legs, I am acutely aware of the vital role dogs play in helping troops recover from war’s physical and psychological tolls. Additionally, given the V.A.’s limited resources, it is unjustifiable for it to spend taxpayers’ money hurting dogs in questionable experiments when veterans are unable to get the treatment and care they need. We must do better for veterans, dogs and American taxpayers. I am grateful for your involvement and support and will continue to keep you informed about our progress on this issue. Sincerely, Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) http://www.facebook.com/RepBrianMast http://www.twitter.com/RepBrianMast http://www.instagram.com/RepBrianMast

— Brian J. Mast, Representative
1 year ago
Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments

I am so grateful to see the widespread public support for efforts by Congress and White Coat Waste Project to stop cruel and unnecessary testing on dogs by the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) and other federal agencies. As you might imagine, I’ve been hearing from a lot of constituents who are upset about this. Personally, I was also disturbed to learn that the V.A.—which is supposed to be taking care of veterans and wounded warriors— is using our tax dollars to cause heart attacks in puppies. I’m proud to announce that last week I helped introduce the bipartisan PUPPERS Act (HR 3197), which stands for Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species. The bill would stop the V.A. from spending taxpayers’ money to perform painful and deadly experiments on dogs. I am working closely with my colleagues in both parties to end this abuse. In addition to the PUPPERS Act, I’m working on other bipartisan legislation that aims to replace outdated and expensive government animal tests with high-tech alternatives and ensure the effectiveness of government programs aimed at minimizing animal tests. Because this is an issue I care about deeply and have worked on my entire career in public service, I am thrilled that animal protection issues are able to unite Republicans and Democrats when little else can. Thank you so much for your advocacy. We’ve heard you loud and clear on Capitol Hill and are working hard to ensure your tax dollars aren’t paying for animal cruelty. Sincerely, Congressman Dan Donovan (R-NY)

— Daniel M. Donovan Jr., Representative
1 year ago