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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
2,517,484 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald J. Trump

Pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty (PACT) Act

Ask Congress to pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, the first-ever general federal Animal Cruelty law in history. This is a bill with broad bipartisan support. Even prior to swearing in the new members of Congress, this bill had 36 Co-Sponsors in the Senate and 283 Co-Sponsors in the House. It was previously blocked from a vote by a single congressman. Now that the House of Representatives has changed, this bill needs to be brought to the floor of Congress for a vote. We should not go another day without protecting the animals from cruelty, bestiality, and torture. Why is this law important? This law will allow the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to crack down on malicious cruelty and the sexual exploitation of innocent animals. The legislation will build on the federal “animal crush” video law that was enacted in 2010, which banned the creation, sale, and distribution of obscene videos that show animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or subjected to other forms of heinous cruelty. The PACT Act will prohibit those same extreme acts of animal cruelty when they occur in interstate or foreign commerce, regardless of whether a video is produced. The PACT Act will also enable the federal government to prosecute malicious acts of animal cruelty on federal property such as military bases, federal prisons, airports, and national parks. Additionally, it will enable federal authorities to crack down on the practice of bestiality which often involves a subculture where animals are moved across state lines and where information is exchanged on websites that enable the exploitation to happen. Who supports this bill? This legislation is endorsed by more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the country. This bill was previously passed in the Senate by a UNANIMOUS bipartisan vote. This bill had 283 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 36 Co-Sponsors in the Senate even prior to the swearing in of the current members of congress. History In December 2017 the Senate UNANIMOUSLY passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, S. 654.  This bipartisan legislation protecting animals against cruelty and torture was led in the U.S. Senate by Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pa, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and was joined by 34 cosponsors. Despite the overwhelming bipartisan support we still do not have this important federal law. The bill was blocked by a single member of Congress despite the valiant efforts of Reps. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Ted Deutch, D-Fla. to help pass this bill (H.R. 1494). Reps. Lamar Smith and Ted Deutch previously secured an unbelievable 283 cosponsors and broad bipartisan support by ⅔ of Congress. Now, with the change of leadership in Congress, there is a new and fresh opportunity for congress to pass this important law with vast bipartisan support. Why should we sign this now? There is a new and fresh opportunity for congress to pass the overwhelmingly bipartisan Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act that was previously blocked by a single member of congress. The shift of power in Congress has removed this one congressman as an obstacle. Now this bill has a real opportunity to pass if the public demands that Congress makes it a legislative priority, and brings it to a vote. Passage will bring the first federal animal cruelty bill that protects against bestiality, animal cruelty, and animal torture. Your signature will help demonstrate the public outcry to make this a legislative priority.   The animals cannot speak for themselves. Please consider being the voice for the voiceless and sign the petition. Your support will speak volumes to lawmakers! "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." ~Margaret Mead What you can you do to help RIGHT NOW in addition to signing the petition? (IMPORTANT) (Total Time: 5-7 minutes) 1.  Share this Petition on social media, and ask your friends, co-workers, and family to sign the petition and consider sharing it as well. 2.  Contact your congressional representative's office, and politely inform them that you are calling to ask your representative to support H.R.724 - The PACT Act which will make animal cruelty a federal crime. (The process is simple. Just call the Capitol Switchboard. (202) 224-3121. Give them your zip code, and they will provide you with the telephone number for your congressional representative. Call that number, and express your support.) This will make a big difference. 3. Follow the progress of this petition on our Facebook page, and find ways that you can have a positive impact on the lives of animals: Animal Welfard Center Facebook Page

Sydney Helfand
813,628 supporters
Petitioning Secretary Wilkie

Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.

UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- An investigation by White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. As a physician, researcher and dog-lover –and someone who once reluctantly experimented on dogs—I know there’s no way to defend the government’s use of dogs for invasive and unnecessary experiments.  It’s also a betrayal of a 10,000 year old bond between dogs and humans built upon mutual affection and loyalty. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs: Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers. Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly. Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected. American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks. Bipartisan Members of Congress also recognize the ethical, scientific and economic problems with these controversial experiments on dogs. They’re now working to help spare dogs from abuse and cut wasteful government spending. Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research.

White Coat Waste Project
739,305 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
612,205 supporters
Victory
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

Don't Deny Compensation to 9/11 First Responders

My name is John Feal and I’ve been to 181 funerals since September 11, 2001, for first-responders who joined me at Ground Zero after the attacks on the World Trade Center. They are now dying from cancer due to exposure to asbestos, burning jet fuel, burning computer parts, pulverized concrete and other toxic substances. By 2021, it’s expected that more people will have died from toxic exposure than were killed in the attacks. And Congress could break their promise to provide them with compensation. I went to Ground Zero hoping that my experience as a US Army veteran and demolition supervisor could save lives. Seventeen years later, many of my fellow responders have died or are dying from cancer, respiratory illness, and other health problems caused by their exposure to debris and toxic chemicals. In 2015, we successfully fought to reauthorize the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act, which ensures victims could receive health screenings and medical benefits for 70 years, and compensation through 2020. In less than two years, that Victim Compensation Fund will close — and it’s already running out of money. After 9/11, the EPA assured the responders and residents that "the air is safe," and hundreds of thousands of residents and workers returned. Today over 10,000 people have been diagnosed with WTC-linked cancers and more than 2,000 of those people have died, including 184 NYC firefighters. I live with the memory of the lives lost that day, but also the sadness of knowing survivors are still dying. It’s tragic that our elected officials won’t come together to guarantee support for these victims, who inhaled cancer causing chemicals as they searched for survivors and recovered bodies. Now, thousands of families face steep medical bills and struggle every day just to survive. This is no way to treat human beings who sacrificed so much that day. Please sign my petition to make sure 9/11 responders and victims are supported by the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund after they sacrificed everything.

FealGood Foundation
534,025 supporters
Closed
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
442,360 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
427,425 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 month 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 month 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

4 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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!

5 months 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.

5 months 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

5 months 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.

2 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

2 years ago