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Change.org is a rapidly expanding, profitable social venture growing at more than 100,000 members a month and empowering people across the globe to win social action campaigns on a wide range of issues such as human rights, global poverty, and environmental protection. Our current partners include more than 100 of the world’s largest nonprofits, including Amnesty International, Sierra Club, Human Rights Campaign, and the United Nations Foundation.

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Petitioning Maureen Wheeler

Tell Beaverton School District: Student Teachers Shouldn't Be Fired Over Sexual Orientation

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who signed this petition! After more than 5,000 emails, the Beaverton School District announced that they made a mistake in removing Stambaugh from the classroom, and have worked with administrators at Lewis & Clark College to place him back inside the classroom. Thanks to all who took action! For more information, check out this piece. A gay student teacher in Oregon was removed from the classroom by the Beaverton School District because he told a student that it was illegal for same-sex couples to get married in the state. According to this article from The Portland Mercury, Seth Stambaugh was asked by one of his students whether he'd get married someday. Stambaugh responded that it was illlegal for him to get married, because same-sex marriage is illegal in the state of Oregon. When the student followed up by asking if that meant Stambaugh liked hanging out with men, Stambaugh responded yes. After this conversation, a parent caught wind of the story and reported it to school officials. Afterwards, school officials approached Stambaugh, as well as his college (Lewis and Clark), and told him that he'd have to seek a student teaching placement elsewhere. His conversation, according to the Beaverton School District, was "inappropriate." Is this the culture that Beaverton officials want to integrate into their schools? Where a teacher can be removed from the classroom solely for owning up to their identity, and being honest with a student? Send the Beaverton School District a message that they were way out of bounds here, and shouldn't be disciplining student teachers on the basis of their sexual orientation. It's unprofessional, wrong, and a detriment to the culture of integrity that school districts should be looking to foster for their students.

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4,966 supporters
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Petitioning Ontario Ministry of Culture

Demand Ontario Libraries Stop Filtering Gay Social Networking Web Sites

Gay social networking sites like www.gaycanada.com have been seemingly banned from some Ontario public libraries in Canada, filtered as part of a policy to keep "offensive" Web sites from being accessed on library computers. But many of these Web sites aren't offensive; rather, they're social networking spaces for LGBT people to connect with one another, similar to Facebook. The President of Chatham-Kent Pride in Ontario, Sarah Fraleigh, tried to access gaycanada.com at a local public library, before finding out that the word "gay" was filtered, labeled as offensive. "The GayCanada site is a way for gay people to contact people who are similar and for many it's their only way to communicate, as many of us live in smaller communities in this municipality and may not have many people we can talk to where this site offers us the chance," said Fraleigh. "These sites are no different in nature than Facebook, and I can certainly say it's much better in content than several other sites that can be accessed through the public library." Indeed, other terms, including curse words and many sexually-suggestive words, are permissible under the library's filtering system. But the word "gay" is not. Send a message ot the Chatham-Kent library system, as well as to Ontario's Minitry of Culture, letting them know that filtering the word "gay" at libraries is not only censorship, but it prevents people from accessing communities and friends.

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177 supporters
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Petitioning James E. Rohr

Major Lenders Make Greener Loans But Not PNC Bank

Victory! PNC Bank has just joined six other major banks — including Bank of America, Citi, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Credit Suisse — in issuing a new policy on MTR coal mining. This is a big victory for the massive coalition that has been working to stop the deliberate destruction of Appalachia that has been occurring one mountain at a time at the hands of some of the most rapacious companies on Earth. Thank you for adding your voice. Read more here.  Mountaintop removal coal mining is one of the dirtiest energy extraction techniques on earth, one that major financial institutions increasingly want to stop financing.  In fact, several major lenders, including Bank of America, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo, have already responded to pressure from activists and adopted greener lending standards to screen out, reduce or cut ties with Appalachian coal companies that engage in this practice, There is one major laggard in this greener lending trend: Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank has so far refused to disengage from financing mountaintop removal projects. That makes PNC currently the largest U.S.-based financier of mountaintop removal (MTR) projects, according to a Solve Climate article. PNC has provided $500 million to the coal industry, with $80 million going directly to MTR.  What's more, unlike several other banks, PNC has also refused to cut ties with Massey Energy, the mining company responsible for the deaths of 29 workers in a catastrophic underground mine explosion this April. The Steel City bank has earned an "F" grade from the Rainforest Action Network and the Sierra Club for their banking practices earlier this year.  A bank's decision whether or not to lend money is a powerful tool for change. Eventually, if enough banks will take a stand, there will be no one left to cut dirty coal companies a check. That's why it's important to tell PNC to join this growing green lending trend. Please sign the petition below. 

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564 supporters
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Petitioning You

Election Day Climate Showdown: Spread Word To Defeat Calif. Prop. 23

Victory! Prop 23 went down at the polls this Election Day, largely due to a powerful organizing effort that overwhelmed its Big Oil backers. A thanks to Change.org members who spread word on the "No on 23" campaign. Read more here. Since Congress isn't acting to curb climate change, it's now up to the states. So that's where big oil companies are now taking their cash to stall global warming legislation. A test-case battle is now taking place in California this November. Texas-based oil companies Valero and Tesoro have poured millions into financing Proposition 23, an Election Day ballot measure that would effectively repeal California's landmark 2006 global warming law, known as AB 32. They falsely claim this will help the state's flagging economy. In reality, abandoning the law will only help their profits; Overall, it would kill jobs by crippling the state's emerging clean energy sector. Worse, it would stymie the bill's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution; Already, the law has has saved thousands of lives. Don't think this doesn't matter if you don't live in California. If oil companies can buy their way out of new regulations in such a progressive state, that doesn’t bode well for Capitol Hill, where Big Oil employs a small army of lobbyists to maintain their stranglehold on our nation's energy policy. So how about this. Pledge now to take a stand in this battle. If you live in California, that means you promise to go to the ballot in November and vote "no." No matter where you live, take the pledge to spread the word. Forward this letter or this blog post. Call all of your friends in California and tell them to do the same. Let Californians hear a national chorus calling for a defeat of this measure.

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910 supporters
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Petitioning The Governor of LA

Tell Louisiana: Oral Sex Doesn’t Make You a Sex Offender

In Louisiana, sex workers convicted of performing oral or anal sex are subjected to felony charges, longer jail time, and forced to register as sex offenders after their prison sentence is over. Louisiana has an outdated “crimes against nature” law still on the books that add these harsher punishments. A first time conviction for prostitution is a misdemeanor, but a “crimes against nature” conviction is a felony, subject to up five years in prison a $2000 fine and sex offender registration. All of this ends up presenting additional dangers and struggles to an already vulnerable population. In New Orleans, the city police report that women commit only 4% of sexual assaults, yet they account for about 25% of registered sex offenders because of this law. These women who often turned to sex work to escape poverty are then turned away from many regular social services including safe housing and hurricane storm shelters because of their sex offender status, and end up forced to share shelter spaces with people who have committed sexual assault and rape. Further, because of the felony status of the charge, these sex workers aren’t able to access many benefits like food stamps that could otherwise help them survive. Send a letter to the Governor of Louisiana and the state legislature telling them that “crimes against nature” laws are unfair, outdated, and not helping to keep our communities safe. photo: clagnut

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