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Petitioning Andy Beshear, Daniel Cameron, Rand Paul, Tom Wine, Donald J. Trump, U​.​S. Senate, U​.​S. House of Representatives

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen. She loved her family and community, working at two hospitals as an essential worker during the pandemic. Over six months ago, a division of the Louisville Police Department performed an illegal, unannounced drug raid on her home, executing a discriminatory, botched no-knock warrant. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 6 times, killing her, according to her lawyer, boyfriend, neighbors, and relatives.  Also named on the warrant was Jamarcus Glover, who had already been arrested earlier that day. Officer Joshua Jaynes lied to obtain a no-knock warrant on Breonna’s residence, citing that the US Postmaster had claimed that Breonna was receiving illegal packages at her home — the US Postmaster later testified that he had never verified these claims.  Police were dressed in plainclothes when they knocked Breonna’s door down in the middle of the night; Kenneth Walker, her boyfriend, fired a single shot, believing that someone had broken in. In response, the officers fired multiple rounds, killing Breonna.  No one has been held accountable for the systemic failure that caused Breonna’s death. 1. Charges must be filed immediately. The officers involved, specifically John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, Joshua Jaynes, and any other law enforcement officer involved in the death and coverup of the death of Breonna Taylor must be fired, charged, and arrested immediately. There have been no charges thus far (it has been over 7 months). Their pensions must be revoked.  2. Her family must be paid in damages for wrongful death and the negligence of the LMPD.  3. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear must speak up on behalf of Breonna, and Governor Beshear or Attorney General Daniel Cameron must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Louisville Police Department immediately. An in-house investigation is unacceptable.  4. The "no-knock" warrant that police had used in Breonna's murder completely violates the constitutional rights to reasonable search and seizure. By law, police must be legally obligated to announce themselves before breaking and entering into a home privately owned by American civilians. Legislation to federally ban no-knock warrants must be passed in Congress and signed by the President; what happened to Breonna was a complete violation of her constitutional rights, and threatens the rights of all American citizens. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has voiced similar concerns. A special session must be intervened by Congress to discuss the constitutionality of no-knock warrants immediately.  5. WE DEMAND A NEW PROSECUTOR AND A NEW GRAND JURY HEARING. Recent testimonies released by the brave jurors involved in the grand jury hearing have revealed, quite clearly, the conflict of interest involved in allowing Daniel Cameron to serve as the prosecutor on this case. His partisan interests and position within the GOP have clearly influenced his ability to fulfill his responsibilities as an Attorney General and officer of the law. His conduct in the case, and his complete disregard for the injustice and tragedy that occurred to Breonna Taylor, is completely unacceptable.  This has carried on for over seven months. For weeks, the city treated Breonna like she was a criminal, calling her a “suspect” before finally admitting that she was an innocent, crimeless victim. She had no drugs. She committed no crime.  Yet, she is dead, and the perpetrators are facing no charges.  She was not only an exemplary citizen, but an essential one. She was a daughter, a friend, an American hero, and most importantly, a person. She deserved to be treated as such.  In what world is it fair, just, or legal, to kill a crimeless victim in their own home, and call it an accident? You cannot kill an innocent woman and chalk it up to a clerical error. At the very least, we must hold the system that killed Breonna Taylor accountable.  Let’s get justice for Breonna. Say her name.  PLEASE help me get the word out, and share this campaign on your social media platforms. Thank you to everyone who is helping in our fight to get justice for Breonna.

Loralei HoJay
11,391,507 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S. House of Representatives, United Nations, U​.​S. Senate, Democratic National Committee, Nancy Pelosi

Hands Up Act

My name is Travis Washington. I received my M. A, degree in Higher Education and Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in May 2019. I have been politically involved, from registering people to vote, to work in the Springfield Capitol (as an Alexander Lane Fellow, January to May 2017). We know how so many people of cultural minorities are in constant fear of leaving their household. This fear in our lives far too often comes from individuals working in public safety who harm people. Every single week we hear about another unarmed innocent vulnerable human being shot by the police. This has increased the trauma and fear that has made people of color scared to leave their homes. We need legislation now that prohibits police officers from shooting unarmed citizens. If there isn’t a weapon found after someone has been shot (therefore, unarmed) by a police officer, then I propose that the officer should receive a mandatory 15-year prison sentence. We have seen over and over police officers get off, even with videotape footage of citizens having been shot by police officers. This is a new form of lynching. I am pleading with you to propose a bill that protects people who have every right to feel threatened by law enforcement. We always say we need more training for those involved in public safety, and there are increasing policies and laws that mandate that police officers have “body cameras” on them. Those measures do not address the whole problem, not when the individual officers who shoot unarmed victims aren’t punished. Senator, we are in a crisis where relationships between people of color and police officers are deteriorating, beyond the critical level. In order to build any sort of positive relationships again, we need laws to keep a balance in the lives of all the public. I might even suggest this as a title for this proposed legislation: the Hands UP ACT. I will be emailing this to the all of your colleagues in the U. S. Senate, members of Congress, State Governors; Democracy Now, the Huffington Post, ThinkProgress; and to other appropriate organizations across the country. Once this petition receives enough attention. My goal to speak before the House of Representatives or United Nations during a committee hearing to bring attention to this policy.  Thank You !!  

Travis Washington
2,735,863 supporters
Petitioning Federal Communications Commission

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
2,520,388 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S. House of Representatives, U​.​S. Senate, Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence

US Physicians/Healthcare Workers For Personal Protective Equipment in COVID-19 Pandemic

www.frontlineppenow.org As cases of COVID-19 escalate around the country, physicians and other healthcare workers (HCWs) are facing severe shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). This shortage is already a major crisis and will place an insurmountable strain on the health system of this country as cases continue to rise and more people require hospitalization for complications of COVID-19. As a result of this shortage, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for appropriate PPE for HCWs on the frontlines have shifted. This shift does not come in response to overwhelming evidence, rather to a supply chain issue. As quoted directly from the CDC website: “PPE recommendations for the care of patients with known or suspected COVID-19: Based on local and regional situational analysis of PPE supplies, facemasks are an acceptable alternative when the supply chain of respirators cannot meet the demand."..."When the supply chain is restored, facilities with a respiratory protection program should return to use of respirators for patients with known or suspected COVID-19."(1) These statements in no way suggest that droplet precautions are adequate, supported by the statement that as soon as the supply chain has been restored, we should go back to using N95 respirators. As a result of these recommendations, many hospitals have taken the CDC recommendations to mean that facemasks are the preferred PPE, rather than a less desired (and potentially less safe) alternative. They have thus rationed respirators to be made available only for procedures, such as intubation and bronchoscopy, during which the virus is more likely to become aerosolized. This is putting our HCWs in tremendous danger of contracting and spreading COVID-19, which is unacceptable in the country with the most expensive health care system in the world. The evidence that droplet precautions are acceptable is lacking. CNN recently published an article titled “Health care workers getting sicker from Coronavirus than other patients”.(2) This statement is corroborated by data from a Harvard Study in China that suggested HCWs were at a 20% increased risk of severe infection compared to the general public. This risk decreased once the Chinese implemented full gear: protective suit, medical goggle, face shield, N95 mask and gloves – following this change there were no further reports of infected HCWs.(3) The debate is still ongoing as to whether or not COVID-19 can be transmitted via droplets vs. aerosols, yet as we speak, HCWs around the world continue to get infected, end up in critical condition, and die while using “appropriate PPE”. According to an ahead of print New England Journal Article on aerosol and surface stability of COVID-19, the virus can be detected up to 3 hours after aerosolization.(4) According to Dr. Milton, professor of environmental health at University of Maryland, “you cannot tell epidemiologically between something aerosol transmitted by weak sources and large droplet spray”, and he suspects the capability of long distance transmission will be dependent on the degree of symptoms.(5) Considering the mortality risk and lack of data to support a step-down to surgical masks, N-95 masks should continue to be the standard PPE for care of COVID-19 patients. As a physician, I do not know how long it takes to make an N95 mask, but I do know how long it takes to train a physician, a nurse practitioner, a physician’s assistant, a respiratory therapist or nurse. We are the supply chain that needs to be protected. Our friends from Italy have described the loss of infected HCWs as a critical hit to an already strained system. Infected HCWs are of no benefit to patients – in fact, they pose a serious risk.(6) They not only endanger the health of their colleagues, families, and communities, they also serve as a vector to infect the most vulnerable among us – the patients they care for. China, Italy, and S. Korea have more experience with this virus than we do and are taking the protection of their HCWs seriously. In France, Dr. Benjamin Davido, Infectious Diseases and Clinical lead for COVID-19, explains the importance of protecting HCWs against the severity of the illness, by using FFP2, the European equivalent of N95 masks.(7) “If we don’t do all we can to protect them (HCWs), they will quickly transition from providers to patients… Governments must support private-sector manufacturers in providing N95s and other equipment to HCWs.”(6) This letter serves to urge our government, industry, media and general population, to assist HCWs in obtaining immediate access to critical PPE, including N-95 masks. Our HCWs are already on the front lines, taking care of patients without appropriate protection, and our COVID cases and we are nowhere near the peak. Many hospitals are already running out of protective supplies. (NY Times, 3/9/2020) Recommendations to protect HCWs should not be based on what’s available; availability should be based on what is necessary. We urge the government to access the Strategic National Stockpile, and to utilize both the public and private sector to immediately increase production of PPE supplies. In addition, we urge our hospital systems to maintain the highest level of PPE standard for our HCWs, and demand the supply of N-95 masks. Sincerely,  Dr. Milla J. Kviatkovsky Dr. Constance Chace Dr. Supraja Thota https://www.frontlineppenow.org/ #frontlineppenow #getmeppe References: 1)    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/infection-control/control-recommendations.html 2)    Howard and McLaughlin, ‘Health care workers getting sicker from coronavirus than other patients,’ expert says, CNN Health, March 12,2020 3)    Xihong Lin, ‘Analysis of 25,000 Lab-Confirmed Cases in Wuhan: Epidemiological Characteristics and Non-Pharmeceutical Intervention Effects, Department of Biostatistics and Department of Statistics, Harvard University and Broad Institute 4)     N Doremalen et Al, 2014, Aerosol and Surface Stability of HCoV-19 (SARSC-CoV-2) compared to SARS-CoV-1, New England Journal of Medicine 5)    Souchery, ‘Unmasked: Experts Explain Necessary Respiratory Protectin for COVID-19’, Center for Infectious Disease and Research Policy, Feb 13, 2020 6)    Osterholm and Olshaker, ‘Health-Care workers are the front-line warriors against coronavirus. We must protect them’, The Washington Post, Feb 14, 2020 7)    Duqueroy, COVID-19: Advice From a French Doctor on the Frontline, Medscape, 3/16/2020    

GetUsPPE .org
2,051,017 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S. House of Representatives, U​.​S. Senate

$2000/month to every American #moneyforthepeople #covid19

**UPDATE: As we near the end of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. And so do the economic consequences. My small business is suffering and my family is afraid – and I know I’m not alone. With newly elected officials taking office at all levels of government, we have a new opportunity to push for more relief checks. The pandemic is at the top of the agenda. Sign to send a message that people need multiple checks to get through this crisis. My name is Stephanie, and I am one of millions of Americans who fear for my financial future because of this coronavirus crisis. With businesses and schools closing across the country to control the spread of this virus, many people have already lost their jobs. Others are being forced to stay home. This is catastrophic for working families like mine.  I’m calling on Congress to support families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for kids immediately, and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis. Otherwise, laid-off workers, furloughed workers, the self-employed, and workers dealing with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table. My husband and I own a restaurant in Denver and these past two weeks have been a blur. Our restaurant community is wrestling with seeing everything we all have worked so hard for irrevocably changed. Our hearts were breaking as we watched our staff divide the ingredients in our kitchen to bring to their homes: a dismal token for employees who worked tirelessly every day. Our talented and cherished team, some of whom have been with us since we opened our doors 15 years ago, are now without an income. Like our team, my family has lost all of the income from our restaurant, and business owners and the self-employed can't claim unemployment. This is the story of America right now. For our team and other Americans who can claim unemployment, even the maximum payments will not be enough for most people to continue paying their bills – and avoid slipping into poverty. The facts are, even successful small businesses can’t go months with their doors closed.  But supplying Americans with monthly support until they can get back on their feet can save our communities from financial ruin. We need immediate checks and recurring payments so that we can keep our heads above water.  Congress needs to make sure that we won’t be left financially ruined for doing our part to keep the country healthy.

Stephanie Bonin
1,828,897 supporters
Petitioning Robert Menendez, Cory A. Booker, U​.​S. Senate, U​.​S. House of Representatives, Donald J. Trump, Michelle Obama, DA Mike Freeman, Mayor Jacob Frey, Nancy Pelosi, Charles E. Schumer, James Beach

Federally Required Psychological Screenings for Police Employment and Federal Reforms

Over this past decade, we have seen numerous police killings and brutality—much of which has been captured with the help of social media. The use of social media has exposed much of the violence which would have otherwise been hidden. Recently, George Floyd was a victim of this violence. A police officer in Minneapolis, Derick Chauvin, used his knee to pin Floyd down by his neck. A 10 minute video captured his murder. Floyd pleads that he can't breath, and about halfway through the video, Floyd appears unconscious and is likely dead at this point. Still, Chauvin keeps Floyd pinned to the ground with his knee until the paramedics arrive; ignoring his duty to render aid. Also captured, were the three other officers at the scene who also refused to assist Floyd and ignored the pleas of the bystanders to check his pulse. It was recently shown that Chauvin had multiple complaints against him, 2 of which he was punished for. The following proposed law would be able to prevent many of the incidents which have occurred with George Floyd, Freddie Gray, Atatiana Jefferson, and countless others. As of now, potential officers go through a psychological screening before employment that tests their fitness to be an officer. The test screens for judgement, integrity, dealing with stress, honesty, etc. This needs to go further in order to eliminate people who could pose a danger to citizens while on the job. Not all states require psychological screening which makes a federal requirement a necessity. The psychological screening, which is already done to screen an officer, should be more in depth and should also include evaluations that test for psychotic disorders, mood disorders & personality disorders. Around 88% of police departments have required drug screening. This should be included in all police departments since it would serve as a necessary precaution for screening. Since Chauvin was involved in incidents during his tenure as an officer, a re-screening should be required every 6 months to a year while the officer is employed. Much like how a doctor or lawyer is re-examined on their knowledge to ensure they are fit to practice, an officer should be required to take a re-examination too. These requirements should be federally mandated to ensure that across the country, officers are screened effectively. I appreciate you for taking the time to read this. Thank you! UPDATE (6/5/20): Since posting this petition, I have received numerous suggestions which I believe should be included and federally required as well. These include: regular & initial drug testing, social media screening, a federal hate crime for falsely reporting a racial crime, redirecting police funding in major cities to programs that support the communities, a national database for police officers involved in misconduct, QR codes on uniforms, an associates degree requirement for all departments, and banning police officers from being hired at another department if they are fired from one previously.

Bryce Showell
1,547,703 supporters
Petitioning Dr. Alex Azar, Dr. Sonny Perdue, Ryan Zinke, Dr. Robert Wilkie, General James Mattis, Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Dr. David Skorton, Dr. Robert Redfield, Rep. Ken Calvert, Jackie Walor...

Retire dogs, cats & monkeys from government labs!

In 2014, I adopted my best friend Violet from the basement of a taxpayer-funded animal experimentation lab. Now, I’m working with Congress to get dogs like her, as well as cats and monkeys, released from government labs at the end of experiments.  When I met Violet, she lived alone in a cage in a laboratory basement.  She had never been outside, never seen stairs and most of her experiences with humans involved fear and pain. She loved other dogs but was understandably terrified of humans. Now, we’re inseparable, and she’s best friends with our cats and even helps us foster kittens! But, Violet is one of the lucky ones. Thousands of cats, monkeys and dogs like her are experimented on each year in government labs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Smithsonian Institution. Because its quicker and easier than relocating them to rescue groups, private homes or sanctuaries, experimenters usually kill these animals and dispose of them like trash, even if they’re healthy.  Now, the taxpayers who bought these animals want them released. Recently, our organization White Coat Waste Project has secured the release of monkeys from the FDA, and is working to get dogs out of VA labs and kittens released by the USDA.  Please join me in urging all government agencies to #GiveThemBack: retire and release animals at the end of taxpayer-funded experiments! --Julie Germany, Board Member, White Coat Waste Project

White Coat Waste Project
1,315,545 supporters
Poor children deserve a question in the presidential debates

I believe we need an America that’s as good as its promise for every single child and I am committed to cutting child poverty in half within a decade and ending it within a generation. To lift millions of children in our country out of poverty, I released a plan based on a National Academies of Sciences report to expand the earned income tax credit, the child care tax credit, and nutrition benefits and to increase affordable housing opportunities. October 2019 will mark 20 years since presidential candidates have been asked on a debate stage to outline their plans to combat child poverty. I strongly support the work of the Children’s Defense Fund and believe that a question on child poverty should be asked in the next debate.

1 year ago
Poor children deserve a question in the presidential debates

Thank you for your tireless work to give this issue the attention it demands. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate. Today in America, one in six children are in households with incomes below the federal poverty line — or about $25,000 per year for a family of four. For these kids, the odds are stacked against them from the very start; growing up without enough income to afford the basics is linked to problems with brain development, lower educational attainment, reduced long-term earnings, worse health outcomes, and greater likelihood of interacting with the criminal justice system. Eliminating poverty isn’t just a moral calling; we all lose when not everyone can participate in our economy. Every candidate running for president should make clear where they stand. That’s why I introduced an entire plan dedicated to combating child poverty in America. First, I would fight to ensure that every child lives in a household that can afford its basic needs. I propose a massive “child allowance” for families with kids, expansion and modernization of SNAP, an overhaul of the TANF program, and a host of policies to expand affordable housing and end child homelessness. Second, my plan outlines steps to make work a real pathway out of poverty, including through a $15 minimum wage, pay equity, reimagining of the Earned Income Tax Credit, and essential work supports like quality, affordable child care. Finally, my plan breaks down barriers to access by modernizing program delivery and ensuring that all kids can benefit from the services they need. All told, Columbia University researchers found my plan would cut child poverty by at least two-thirds — lifting 7.3 million kids out of poverty. I am proud to stand alongside all of you to ensure that every kid gets a fair shot.

1 year ago
Support the Equality Act

Over the last few decades, we have made remarkable progress in the fight for equality—we stood up for what is right and we worked hard to make this a country where everyone can safely, proudly, and legally love who they love. Because it wasn’t that long ago that a person could be prosecuted for being gay, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was the law of the land, and states were permitted to deny LGBTQ+ couples the right to get married under the Defense of Marriage Act. Even though we’ve come so far, we still have miles to go until LGBTQ+ Americans can live their lives with freedom, authenticity, and equality. Because in some states, you can get married on Sunday and fired from your job on Monday because of who you love. That’s not right. It’s not right when the Commander in Chief tells brave transgender Americans who want to serve and defend their country in our military that they are not welcome. It’s not right that if you drive across the United States on a cross-country trip, the laws and protections could be different at every rest stop you make. And it’s not right that this Administration is trying to take away the hard-won rights of our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters. That’s why I was proud to cosponsor the bipartisan Equality Act the day it was introduced and am fighting to get it passed in the Senate. This bill, which already passed the House of Representatives, will go a long way to protect LGBTQ+ Americans from discrimination. So once again, we need to come together—like we have before—to get this done. Thank you Taylor Swift for being a champion for this cause and standing with us on this journey towards true equality for all. Let’s keep marching, keep advocating, and keep fighting. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) U.S. Senator

1 year ago
Support the Equality Act

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we see how much progress the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community has made to advance equality. But we must also recognize how far we as a nation still must go. Across the country, we have seen LGBTQ employees fired from their jobs, same-sex couples attacked on public transportation, and transgender women of color murdered. We must send a clear message that the United States will not tolerate these — or any — attacks on the LGBTQ community. I am deeply troubled by the harmful actions the Trump administration has taken to undermine the important progress we have made for the LGBTQ community. I strongly believe that Congress must act to counter this administration’s anti-LGBTQ agenda. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, which would amend federal civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Federal prohibition of this type of discriminatory conduct is long overdue. No one should have to fear disparate treatment because of who they love or how they identity. The road to equality for LGBTQ Americans may be long, but I have witnessed time and time again that the resolve of the LGBTQ community will not be defeated. I am honored to stand for equality for all Americans. It is past time that the Senate follow the House of Representatives and pass the Equality Act now.

1 year ago
Support the Equality Act

As Senator, I have committed to doing everything I can to ensure that LGBTQ individuals have equal rights at every level of society. I was proud to sign on as an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, and I’m grateful to Taylor for using her voice on this issue and encouraging others to use theirs in this march for equality. Here’s why the Senate has to pass this legislation now: Despite all the hard-fought progress America’s LGBTQ community has made in recent years to overcome bigotry, hatred, and even violence, there is still no federal law in the books that explicitly protects civil rights for LGBTQ Americans. Without that law – and with more and more of President Trump’s hand-picked, anti-LGBTQ judges being appointed to our federal courts – our LGBTQ community will continue to be at risk of discrimination, without a guarantee that they’ll have any legal recourse to fight back in federal court. In other words, our country is failing to stand up for LGBTQ Americans, and that is shameful. So let’s pass the Equality Act once and for all. I believe we can get it done because I know how much we’ve already accomplished. We are about to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, which sparked a half-century of progress for LGBTQ rights. Those heroes continue to inspire us today as we stand on their shoulders. I was proud to lead the fight in the Senate to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, and end President Trump's hateful ban on transgender troops in our military. We have a lot more work to do. Fighting for civil rights is never convenient, and it’s never easy. But it is always worth the fight.

1 year ago
Support the Equality Act

Right now — this very minute — millions of LGBTQ people across this country can still be legally discriminated against. They can be denied housing and even be fired simply for being themselves. That's completely unacceptable. It's why I’ve introduced legislation like the Fair and Equal Housing Act and the Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act, and it's why I'm a proud co-sponsor of the Equality Act. What I learned as a Civil Rights attorney in Virginia — before I ever ran for public office — is that being discriminated against does something to a person's soul. A client of mine who had been denied housing on the basis of race once explained to a jury what it felt like. She said that it was as if she were a paper resume, and when the landlord learned she was Black, he had crumpled her up and tossed her in the trash. Even though she pulled the resume out and tried to un-crumple it, no matter how she tried, she couldn't get it back to where it was. The lines and creases remained. I think of her story to this day. A pivotal part of forward progress for marginalized communities who face discrimination is enabling people to seek legal recourse. That's what the Civil Rights Act is all about, and it's what the Equality Act will establish. I’m grateful to Taylor Swift for helping shine a light on this critical legislation with this petition, and to people like you who are stepping up to add your name in the fight against bigotry, hate, and discrimination. I’m going to keep fighting to pass the Equality Act in the Senate, and I’m glad to have you fighting by my side. I know when we all stand together, we can continue to make meaningful progress for LGBTQ Americans!

1 year ago
Support the Equality Act

It’s 2019 and our LGBTQ+ friends continue to face discrimination at work, school, and in their communities. Trans people in America are getting murdered – most of them women of color. In the name of protecting religious liberty, civil rights are being trampled on. It’s hard to find an affordable place to live that doesn’t discriminate based on your gender identity or expression, race, or who you love. Enough is enough. I’m proud to represent Massachusetts in the Senate, a state that has led the nation in protecting and promoting equality. But there’s so much more work to be done. We can start by passing the Equality Act – a bill that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. I’m glad to see the United States House of Representatives has taken the first steps in the fight for equality by passing this crucial legislation to ban discrimination, protect transgender rights, and resist the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back our progress. Now it’s on my colleagues in the Senate to be on the right side of history, prove they represent all of their constituents, and provide equal rights and protection to every American. LGBTQ rights are civil rights. LGBTQ activists have never given up, they've organized, and brought about transformational change. But the work is far from over. Thank you Taylor Swift for being in this fight to pass the Equality Act. Thanks to all of you who have signed this petition and are fighting for change in your communities – we know that we have the power of your voices on our side. We will keep fighting until everyone can live proudly, without fear.

1 year ago
Support the Equality Act

Throughout our history, movements powered by people have propelled our country forward, and today’s times are a true reflection of that legacy. I’m so grateful to Taylor Swift for starting this petition. Seeing it grow to 135K in a matter of days is a demonstration of how change happens, and it’s inspiring. In March of 2019, I co-introduced the historic, comprehensive federal legislation that you’re all fighting for- the Equality Act of 2019 - to explicitly ban discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. This legislation passed in the US House of Representatives in May, and now, the Senate must make the right choice and pass this bill. It’s time we come together to provide equal rights and protection to every. single. American. There should be no limitation to the pursuit of happiness and freedom to anyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every LGBTQ person who has ever been made to feel like they don't belong, who has ever been bullied, abused, or discriminated against because of who they are and who they love should know that, in the halls of Congress and in the highest levels of the federal government, we see you, we hear you, we love you. I signed Taylor Swift’s petition on the Equality Act and I’ll continue to fight in the Senate to pass this critical legislation. The voices of thousands of people like you behind this petition will help power that fight in the Senate, so please help this petition grow by sharing it. Thank you all for signing this petition, and for your support of the Equality Act. And thank you Taylor Swift for your leadership. Cory Booker U.S. Senator, New Jersey

1 year ago
Protect Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse!

I first met with survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse nearly a year ago. Their courage was extraordinary, as they told me about the years of abuse they had endured. They also told me about how their beloved sport of gymnastics was filled with adults and institutions who chose to protect abusers and silence victims. It enraged me. I knew then that Congress needed to act immediately to enact system wide reforms. And since then, I have not stopped pushing for legislation that would prevent institutions like USA Gymnastics from turning a blind eye to predatory behavior and criminal sexual abuse ever again. Congress must act now to pass S. 534. S. 534, Protecting Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, makes several concrete changes to current law. First, it broadens mandatory child abuse reporting laws to cover individuals affiliated with USA Olympic sports organizations and amateur sports organizations. Second, the bill improves current law that allows victims to sue their abusers by extending the statute of limitations to cover instances when a victim may not discover that she was abused until much later in life. Third, it mandates broad reforms for all 47 national governing bodies, to ensure uniformity when abuse allegations are raised, and also strict oversight for Olympic organizations to ensure that all national governing bodies are following the proper policies and procedures. I want to thank each and every survivor who continues to shine the light on these horrific crimes. It’s time we hold to account not just the abusers but also the institutions who continue to protect them. Their time is up.

3 years ago
Pass the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act.

Pamela’s tragic and harrowing story should disturb every American. Under no circumstances should we treat any of our fellow citizens with such savage disregard and lack of basic human dignity -- and yet, Pamela’s experience shows us what incarcerated women across our nation face every single day. Incarcerated women are often left out of the larger criminal justice reform conversation despite being the fastest growing population of incarcerated people in America. We have an overall prison population in America that’s grown about 500% since 1980, which is alarming, but the number of women in prison has gone up over 700%, and is increasing at an ever faster rate than the male prison population. It’s a disturbing reality that a whopping one third of all of the incarcerated women on Earth are here in the United States of America. Many of these women -- who are majority nonviolent offenders -- are also parents of children under the age of 18, and when they are incarcerated it’s the entire family that suffers. Perhaps even more sickening is that in America we have a sexual-abuse-to-prison pipeline that is unconscionable -- 86% of incarcerated women are survivors of sexual trauma and 77% are survivors of partner violence. It’s this group of women that I, along with Senators Warren, Kamala Harris, and Dick Durbin have specifically focused on in our bill, the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act. Our bill consists of commonsense reforms. For example, banning solitary confinement and shackling of pregnant women -- two barbaric practices that violate our values and principles. In addition, while the vast majority of women are mothers, exorbitant prison phone fees often prevent them from calling their children -- so our bill includes free calls and video conferencing in order to help them stay in contact. It’s basic reforms like these that will help these women maintain their basic dignity while doing their time in prison. If you agree that we need to do more to address the unique challenges that American women like Pamela face in prison, please join me: http://act.corybooker.com/page/s/support-the-dignity-for-incarcerated-women-act Thank you for signing this petition, and for your support of the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act. Cory Booker U.S. Senator, New Jersey

3 years ago