United States Supreme Court
United States Supreme Court
Protect Net Neutrality from the Trump Administration
The internet has helped to boost the economy, create an amazing tool for educators, and provides an outlet for communication with people all over the world. However, the simple policy that has protected this magical land of opportunity is under fire from both the Trump-appointed FCC chairman (Ajit Pai) and service providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. Sign this petition to call on the FCC to protect net neutrality under the Trump administration. Net neutrality regulations are designed to stop ISPs like the big cable and phone companies from favoring/crippling certain websites and services for their own benefit and financial gain. These rulings could be reversed as Republicans continue to deregulate private industries. As a senior in high school, I can appreciate the need to be able to complete homework, communicate, and access streaming media like Netflix without an ISP slowing down my traffic. In the 21st century, internet is like drinking water, electricity, or transportation. Those without neutral access to it are at an unfair disadvantage. If net neutrality goes away, the internet will become distorted, and your access to certain content will be based upon your ISP's financial interests and what you're willing to pay, like cable television, hurting the consumer. Let's stop the telecom lobbyists who buy their influence, and the private companies who already control so much of our media before it is too late.
Approve Felix Walls's compassionate release from prison
My father, Felix Walls, is a federal prison inmate serving life on drug conspiracy charges. I’m not proud of some of his life choices. I make no excuses for his actions and neither does he. But he has now served 24 years with good behavior and his health is failing. My family is seeking compassionate release on his behalf. His prosecutor, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Probation Office have all approved his release plans but a judge must sign off for him to spend his last days at home. He is now 75 years old. He suffers from Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and arthritis. His Parkinson’s condition has advanced to the point where his ability to function in a correctional facility is greatly diminished. My father has met all the criteria for compassionate release. Compassionate release is a program in which inmates may be eligible for early release due to “particularly extraordinary or compelling circumstances which could not reasonably have been foreseen by the court at the time of sentencing”. Our dad is not a danger to his community or himself. He was involved in drug trafficking in the 1970’s and 1980’s and convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine in and one count of conspiracy to launder money. We’re simply waiting for Judge Robert Cleland of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to approve our Dad’s compassionate release petition. The petition has languished in the court for almost half a year – with no explanation for the delay. Time is running out for our father. Please sign and share this petition calling on the Eastern District Court of Michigan to grant final approval for our father’s compassionate release –before it’s too late.
Free Ahed Tamimi
My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her. When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested. We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now. The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough. Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing. I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws. She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent. To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human. what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?
Elephants are NOT Trophies!
Take a stand for elephants and tell our President and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife that you do not support the trophy hunting industry and want the United States to protect elephants and not be responsible for the slaughter of this great animal. We do not agree with the changed policy on allowing elephants to be killed for sport and allowed entry into the United States. The African elephants are listed as vulnerable/threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) while the Asian elephant is classed as endangered. One of the biggest threats to elephant populations is the ivory trade, as the animals are poached/murdered/slaughtered for their ivory tusks. The U.S. Government has decided that it is open season on elephants and ss Americans, we believe in the sanctity of life for this regal animal and request that you reverse the decision to allow criminal poachers to continue their trade and also allow cowardly big game hunters to continue their sport. By reversing the ban you are putting a target on elephants and in turn, the poacher trade will increase too. We do not agree with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services determination that hunting African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia “will enhance the survival of the species in the wild,” which is the standard by which officials judge whether to allow imports of parts — known as trophies — of the animals. We do not believe the wordsmithing by a local FWS spokesperson said in a statement that, “Legal, well-regulated, sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” This statement is spin and an abomination on the entire idea of conservation and the benefit of the elephant species. 83% of Americans support banning elephant trophies. These are inhumane policies please stop them and this careless decision and place back the ban on elephant trophies of any kind allowed in the United States of America. We are better than this as a country and need to make a stand for decency, honor, and conservation of one of the largest mammals on this earth.
Save Net Neutrality!
The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences. This will greatly affect start-ups, live streamers, and regular people like you. WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?Net neutrality prevents ISP's(Internet service providers) from giving preferential treatment to some people. For Example, 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. Without Net Neutrality, ISPs can choose what you see online, favoring some sources or blocking others. This means that big cable companies will have 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. Basically, Net Neutrality prevents ISPs from creating paid “fast lanes” that would give faster delivery of content to companies who can afford to pay more. This would have a big effect on normal people and small business owners. 80% on Americans- Including 75% of Republicans- do NOT support the repeal of Net Neutrality. Join these numbers, and make your voice heard.
Recreational & Medicinal Marijuana Legalization In Texas
We are in a new day and age where marijuana has been proven to cure and prevent cancer, seizures, parkinson's disease, glaucoma and more. We need to come together and make the legalization of marijuana available to our great fellow Texans who are in need of this plant. So please join me and other great Texans make it happen. Cause remember we the people can make anything happen if we come together and make our voices heard.
Legalize medical marijuana nationwide
In the US, there are many diseases and disorders and disabilities such as cancer, ADHD, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy that people are living with. While there are many remedies and treatments out there for these conditions, there is one NATURAL remedy that has amazing, astonishing benefits. That remedy is Medical Marijuana, also known as Medical Cannabis. The oils in the cannabis have been found to improve the quality of life and even cure conditions such as the ones listed. Unfortunately, while weed use is decriminalized for non medical use in most states, it is not allowed for medical use in multiple states for both non psychoactive and psychoactive use. Medical marijuana is NOT like those medicines pharmaceuticals and doctors give you at the pharmacy. Medical cannabis is natural, safe, beneficial, and it doesn't harm animals in the process of producing it (when grown naturally of course). When taken safely and correctly (not smoked), medical cannabis can work wonders. Pediatric DIPG patient Katherine King (now deceased) was able to live happily and almost completely pain free for an additional 12 months thanks to medical marijuana. Cannabis oil helps epilepsy patients have reduced seizure episodes. Pharmaceuticals aren't in favor of medical cannabis because that means they don't get paid from distributing other medications. They want money. They don't want cures. What needs to happen to fix this legal problem is a Supreme Court ruling, similar to the one that happened almost 2 years ago for Same sex marriage, that legalizes psychoactive and non psychoactive medical cannabis in all 50 states, allowing those who could benefit from it (and need it) to be able to take it in any state without legal trouble, no matter what. The oils of this plant saves lives. It can be a cure or improvement of life for the individuals who take it. Please sign this petition and have your family members do the same, so we can improve the lives of many who are ill or disabled. It can even be a cure for them! This could be the cure for cancer. This could be the cure for ADHD, this could be the cure for epilepsy, and the many other conditions that this natural plant is able to treat. This could finally take out cancer, the beast that takes more than 1500 lives every day, almost 558,644 lives yearly! Please sign this petition. Sign for your loved ones battling a medical condition, sign for your friends, sign for everyone who has a medical condition such as cancer or epilepsy. This natural medicine could cure them! If you begin to suffer from one of these conditions one day, you will have a natural, safe option! Please sign! Remember to tell everyone else you know to sign too!
TRUMP WATCH: Demand Accountability and Action
The 2017 Trump TAPE: Take Action; Demand Accountability; Protect Democracy; and Ensure Elections Integrity Concerned Americans, both Clinton supporters and otherwise, have been left with legitimate concerns about the integrity of the 2016 presidential election. Free and fair elections are one of the cornerstones on which America was founded, and we should all protect the integrity of those elections regardless of party loyalty or candidate. If we do not hold accountable the various interventionist forces that meddled with the 2016 presidential election, we are contributing to a broader erosion of American principles, regardless of our party loyalties or affiliations. Americans seeing past party loyalty must wholly reject fake news, election tampering, foreign intervention via Wikileaks and Russian hacking, voter suppression, and obstructionist behavior by FBI Director James Comey. Moreover, we must stand together to ensure that an increasingly belligerent Donald Trump is held accountable through all legal avenues possible, to ensure the presidency does not become a place for profiteering, ethics and constitutional violations, conflicts of interest, and/or influence by hostile foreign nations. Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote with nearly 3 million votes, or 2.1%. She has earned more votes than any other presidential nominee in history, second only to President Obama (whose 2012 total she virtually tied). This is unprecedented and demonstrates need for electoral college reform. About Us: Alex Mohajer (@alexmohajer) is a political writer and commentator for The Huffington Post and Co-Founder of Bros4America, a volunteer advocacy organization that has been leading a charge for a national effort to protect free and fair elections. Media inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring Back 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. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving to end Net Neutrality -- which could mean 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 could have global implications for the way the world shares and receives information from journalists, newsrooms, and NGO’s.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.
Please sign!! All Insurance companies need to cover CGMS in full for children under 18
Diabetes is becoming one of the world's most serious illnesses. Here's a few facts about diabetes. As many as three million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). About 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed each year. Approximately 15 percent of Americans with type 1 diabetes are children. Diabetes kills 3.4 million people every year: WHO. Nearly 350 million people worldwide have diabetes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The United Nations health agency estimates that 3.4 million people die of diabetes every year, and almost 80 percent of the deaths occur in developing countries. My Daughter Dakota was diagnosed type one in march of 2017. Shortly thereafter we brought her home from the hospital she had a blood sugar of 24. She could have died. Thank God we were on watch for this. Shortly after this instance we learned of the dexcom g5. It is a continuous glucose monitor that monitors sugars every 5 min. 24/7. No matter where she is at in the world we get her numbers sent to us and alarmed if she goes too high or too low. This device is not covered by our insurance at all and we have to pay completely out of pocket for it. If insurance would cover this and not cause such a big uproar there could be millions of lives saved each year. Children living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes need this device!!! They need to know what their sugars are doing and which direction their sugars are going in to live a more normal life!!! If Dakota didn't have this device I wouldn't be able to allow her to do things other kids do. It's very expensive but saves lives every day!! If this was covered completely and fully by all insurances a lot more families would have peace of mind and their diabetic children would have room to grow and be as much of a normal kid as they can be. Please sign our petition. Let's make this happen!!!! It's only takes a few minutes of your time!!!! Here's abother story from a type one mom living with the same daily struggles as we are. I'm sure there's plenty of families out there that can relate and share their stories as well. Let's get CGMS covered!!!! Please read this post. Please help me spread the word and share. This may not mean anything to you, but it means the world to my friends living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Please just read it! AND PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE!! Braydon wears a continuous glucose monitor. Its a sensor I place in the back of his arm that monitors his glucose every 4 minutes and sends updates to my phone. It let's me know if he is dangerously high or low. We are so grateful to God that our insurance helps cover this for Braydon. Braydon is completely unaware of his high and low glucose numbers. Some kids with type 1 diabetes can't get that feeling of awareness when their glucose is changing. With that said, it can be very life threatening. Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not cover this very expensive medical device. The monthly fee to keep a dexcom is outrageous. Why wouldn't it be? We all know how this works. Medical and pharmaceutical companies see something that could make life better and they increase the value tremendously. What insurance companies fail to understand when they don't approve the CGM is as follows:·When a type 1 or 2 diabetic goes severely low they need a Glucogon shot $350.00·911 needs called and they need transported to the hospital by an ambulance. $1200.00·They need IV's and blood work done in the E.R. and need to be monitored by the E.R. staff. $1250.00..These figures are average cost around the United States which comes to $2,800.·1 month supply of CGM sensors come $750.00. I try to make Braydon's sensors last more than the FDA allows to save.Some "brittle" diabetics can have a severe low requiring a glucogon shot 1 to 2 times per month. Especially those that are hypo or hyper unaware. The CGM allows my 8 year old to ride his bike with his brothers and friends without the fear of going low and passing out, or going into a coma, or having a seizure. It allows him to sleep at night without fear of not waking up. The dexcom not only alerts him, but it alerts me as well. Can type 1 and 2 diabetics live without a CGM? YES, but the cost of savings on glucose strips, glucogon shots, and trips to the E.R. have been more than amazing. Can the CGM save money and lives? YES!! it can and for us, it has many times. Braydon currently doesn't have a pump. The initial start up cost will be $2000.00 for us after insurance. We have chosen to go with the CGM before the pump because of how unaware he is of his hypo's. Please share this post. Help me spread the word. Help me help other kids and adults get this CGM so that kids can live a somewhat more normal life without fear because their insurance won't approve the CGM. This may not be important to you because you dont have the fear of losing your child every night you lay them down to sleep. Us parents who care for a child with type 1 fear this every time they leave our presence. They don't do sleepovers at a friends anymore, they don't go to ball practice alone anymore. With the CGM they can have their life back. Please, help spread the word. Right now I got an alert that Braydon is rising and needs insulin. Without this device I would have been aware until his next reading at lunch. Everytime he rises above 200 his organs are damaged, in the long run, without the CGM, our insurance would be spending much more money on other medical cost. Sincerely, Paige Sanders and Cristy Wilson aka "mom's of diabetic children"