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Defend Roe: Pass Legislation to Protect Abortion Access

The Supreme Court has made the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Roe was the only protection women had to control their own bodies in the USA- and now it's gone.  Losing Roe means 3 things will happen:  1. Women will not have access to healthcare and will die and be permanently harmed from "back street" abortions.  Restricting or making abortion illegal doesn't stop them - it just stops safe ones. 2. Miscarriages will be investigated. When abortion is illegal that means that every pregnancy loss must be investigated to ensure the "crime" of abortion didn't happen. 3. The rich will still have access to abortion. 

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253,035 signed of 300,000 goal

Protect Abortion Access in Texas

I have many friends who have needed an abortion at some time in their life. Nearly 1 in 4 US women have an abortion in their lifetime, so pretty much everyone has a friend who has had one too. People need abortions for a variety of reasons, from financial inability to care for another child after already having one, to the fetus’ death in the womb, and even threat to their life if they were to continue the pregnancy. I would never want to be in a situation where I could not get an abortion if I needed one. What would happen to you tomorrow if you needed to get an abortion in Texas? In Texas, there are mandatory waiting periods and requirements to listen to fetal heartbeat — not to mention that you have to be within 6 weeks of your Last Menstrual Period (LMP), which is a huge issue when some people have irregular, or nonexistent cycles due to health reasons or birth control. What’s happening in Texas right now? Because of Texas’ 6 week abortion ban, we know that: Women already do not have access to healthcare. Many will die and be permanently harmed from "back street" abortions.  Restricting or making abortion illegal doesn't stop them - it just stops safe ones. Miscarriages will be investigated. When abortion is illegal that means that every pregnancy loss must be investigated to ensure the "crime" of abortion didn't happen. In Texas, this threat can come from anyone at any time. The rich will still have access to abortion. However, Texas has trigger laws in place that will take effect 30 days after the ruling. This will SEVERELY limit any accessibility for abortion. We know Gov. Abbott is anti-choice. But not all lawmakers throughout the state are. ABORTION IS STILL LEGAL FOR NOW. In order to restore access to safe abortion services across Texas: State Senators and Representatives must repeal SB 8. We must elect a Governor and Attorney General who will commit to not prosecuting people who need abortions under the current Texas law. Finally, we call on medical professionals and centers to expand abortion and affordable reproductive access to more Texans.

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46,564 signed of 50,000 goal

Congress: Protect our Right to Choose!

UPDATE 6/24/2022: This morning, the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade, despite the fact that 61% of Americans support the right to safe abortion. A majority of our Senators and Representatives – even some moderate Republicans – say they believe in keeping abortion legal and safe. It’s time for them to live up to their word. Congress must act NOW and agree on legislation that offers federal protection for access to abortion – regardless of where a pregnant person lives. Click here to email your elected officials and demand they pass legislation that protects our right to choose. My name is Kate and I was once faced with one of the toughest decisions a woman could ever make. During my first trimester, I found out my pregnancy was no longer progressing. Overwhelmed with grief and anxiety, my doctor recommended D&C, a procedure that allowed me to choose the best route for my physical health. This procedure further permitted me to skip pain I would have otherwise had to endure, mentally and physically. D&C is a form of abortion and such a procedure allowed me to choose what was best for me and my family.  Back then, I had options. Those options will be wiped away for other women in my home state of Indiana and all across the country when Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court next month – as indicated by the leaked draft of Justice Samuel Alito. Other women deserve to have the same choice I had. My experience does not include those who are sexually abused and, as a result, become pregnant. The standard which the Supreme Court is setting would hinder a victim’s right to abortion after rape or incest as well. No girl or woman should be forced to give birth – especially after becoming pregnant under despicable circumstances. I refuse to allow our generation to be the first in U.S. history where daughters have fewer rights and less freedom than their mothers. As a mother myself, such a regression of protections and rights is frankly appalling.  Further, a right to necessary healthcare based on geographic location is abhorrent and against common decency. I refuse to live in an America where a woman's ability to live out her destiny is limited by her zip code. Forced births are un-American and the time to end this assault on the dignity of pregnant people is now. National legislation is vital in this moment. The majority of our Senators and Representatives – even some moderate Republicans – say they believe in access to safe abortion. Congress must draft and agree on legislation that offers federal protection for access to abortion – regardless of where a pregnant person lives.  Our elected officials represent the people of this country. The majority of us want access to safe and legal abortions. It is their duty to act in our best interest. Lives are on the line. Sign this petition, then call your Senator and representatives and demand they pass legislation that protects our right to choose.

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358,961 signed of 500,000 goal

POTUS: Cancel Federal Student Loans, and Return Bankruptcy Rights to All Student Loans.

  --  See our Fox News Interview (4/22)   --   Student Loans can be cancelled with nothing needed from the Treasury, and nothing added to the national debt.  We call on President Biden to cancel all federally owned loans by executive order.  We also call on both the President and Congress to return standard bankruptcy rights to ALL student loans, by executive order and through Congress by passing S.2598 and HR.4907. In the past two years, Trillions in stimulus (including PPP loans that don't need to be repaid) required money to be drawn from the Treasury, and added to the national debt. However, the President can cancel $1.3 Trillion in federally owned student loans with $0 needed from the Treasury, and $0 added to the national debt. He can also order the Department of Education to stop opposing student loan borrowers in bankruptcy court. Before the pandemic,  45.4 million people were holding federal student loans, and 80% were either not paying (58.9%), or were paying but their balances were going up.  Today, student debt in over one-third of U.S. states exceeds their total annual budgets. Older people outnumber younger people with student debt, and they owe 3 times more, despite having borrowed far less.  The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, but they borrowed less than a third of what is being borrowed today.   The default rate for current borrowers will likely exceed 75%.  This is roughly four times higher than the default rate for sub-prime home mortgages.  By all rational metrics, this is now a catastrophically failed, and nationally threatening lending system. We do not have to take this. For the national good, the federal student loan program must be ended and replaced with a more rational, less expensive & socially destructive model for educating the citizenry.  Cancelling these loans will greatly stimulate the economy.  Analysts estimate that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by over $100 billion for the next ten years, but they don't account for increased borrowing  that will enable people to buy homes, start businesses, etc.   This is not a partisan problem.  More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. "Red" states are being hurt significantly worse than "Blue" states.    Claims that cancelling loans will largely benefit people who don't need it are wrong.  80% of all borrowers were "underwater" on their loans before the pandemic. All borrowers were determined to be "financially needy" as a condition for the loans. More than 40% never graduated. Most borrowers are over the age of 35, and owe far more than younger people despite having borrowed far less.  The most successful student loan borrowers tend to refinance their loans out of the federal system, so they won't benefit. Cancelling the loans will not cause inflation. Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine. The federal government has been profiting greatly on these loans for many years, and the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans for decades.  While it is not known how much of the $1.6 Trillion federal portfolio is unpaid principal, it is a small fraction of the total. On balance, the taxpayers will have very little- if any- net loss when these loans are cancelled. THIS PETITION NEEDS MORE THAN JUST YOUR SIGNATURE TO SUCCEED: Follow us on Twitter. Do the daily action. Do this Special Project. Join your state chapter group, and our Facebook Group. Call both of your senators & tell them to support S.2598   Tell your local media to report on the petition. Give it a boost. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. Check out the recent media we've been featured in. Petition created by Alan Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).  Contact

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1,152,135 signed of 1,500,000 goal

Physicians Demand Stricter Gun Control

The US has seen more than 250 mass shootings so far in 2022. Elders in a Buffalo grocery store, children in Texas classrooms, physicians at a hospital in Tulsa – all gone because of US leaders who refuse to take real action to end the gun violence epidemic. As doctors, we are on the front lines of these horrific events. No amount of training can prepare you to see a child after they’ve been attacked with an assault rifle. Our nation’s best physicians are no match for the damage done by an AR-15. I originally authored this petition 5 years ago, soon after the American Medical Association identified gun violence in the US as a public health crisis. I wanted to stand with other doctors like myself to send a message that mass shootings are endangering the future of our children and our country. Since then, the number of mass shootings and their severity has only escalated. We cannot wait another 5 years – or even another week – for action from our leaders. We stand, as physicians, parents, and all citizens, to call for Congress to instate universal background checks and to immediately ban the sale of automatic and semiautomatic assault weapons.

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153,131 signed of 200,000 goal

Bianca’s Law - Stop the spread of violent and graphic images on the internet!

On July 14, 2019, our angel, Bianca was violently  taken from us at the age of 17. The murderer posted extremely graphic and disturbing photos of Bianca’s lifeless body on social media. The photos were uploaded and shared to several social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube and Discord.  The images remained highly visible on Instagram and Facebook for over a week. Almost a year later, the images are still being shared on social media. Bianca’s family has received numerous direct messages of the pictures on Instagram and Facebook. Further, when users reported the images for violating community guidelines/standards, many users received a response that the images did not violate community guidelines/standards or that the images would remain up with a sensitive content cover.  There are no words to adequately describe the pain, anger and feeling of loss our family is feeling after losing Bianca. To then have our daughter’s death exploited and mocked on social media is a trauma no family should have to endure.  Several of Bianca’s friends found out about her death from seeing the photos.  This exploitation and harassment on the internet cannot continue.  Social media and other internet companies must be held responsible for the content that is allowed on their platforms. We must demand that social media companies put in place software to detect violent and graphic images and block them before they are uploaded and shared.  As a last line of defense, companies must have an adequate number of trained content moderators to ensure community compliance.   Bianca’s Law seeks to preserve free and open speech online while addressing the proliferation of illicit content. The language of the Bill corrects the expansive interpretation and application of Section 230 which provides legal cover for companies that facilitate illicit content. This legislation is based on a recommendation made to Congress by the Department of Justice in 2020. Bianca’s law creates three narrow carve-outs under which internet companies would lose their 230 immunities: 1. A company purposefully acts to promote, solicit, or disseminate illegal content; 2. A company has specific knowledge of content on its site that violates the law; and 3. A company does not remove illegal content after it receives notice of a court ruling that the content violates the law. The legislation also requires internet companies to maintain a public reporting mechanism so that users can flag the company of illegal content on its service. Beyond the Section 230 carve-outs, Bianca’s Law also includes: 1. Social media must be required to immediately disable and suspend accounts of murderers live-posting their murder AND those accounts impersonating the murderer.2. Social media must have, use, and enforce a policy to stop the dissemination of banned (hashed) images in any and all forms.3. Social media must be required to provide a crisis response center to respond in real-time to parents whose children are the victims of crimes on and through their platforms, including but not limited to child sexual exploitation and livestreamed or live-posted murder, rape, and violence. This crisis response center is to serve the purpose of stopping the spread of harmful material and preserving evidence for law enforcement and/or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.              4. Social media companies must have, use, and  enforce a policy recognizing the intellectual property interest of estates of deceased users. Parents’ Bill of Rights All social media companies must have, use and enforce a policy recognizing a parent’s right to control their deceased minor child’s social media accounts. We also believe that parents must be given control of all their childrens’ social media accounts whether the child is alive or deceased PARENTS BILL OF RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO A CHILD’S SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS 1. Ownership and control of a minor child’s social media account should automatically transfer to the parents or legal guardians of that child upon the death or incapacitation of that child. 2. Any profits made by the social media through the posting of such graphic images should be placed in a “special fund” for victims. The social media companies must not be allowed to profit from the posting of such graphic images. 3. Social media must have a system for monitoring the profits made from postings of such graphic images retroactively to the time when they were ruled as inappropriate. 4. Social Media should not be allowed to “profit” on the viewing of images including but not limited to child sexual exploitation and livestreamed or live-posted murder, rape, and violence. 5. People who download, re-post or send/distribute these images should face criminal and civil penalties Please sign this petition to show lawmakers that we will not tolerate the spread of violent and graphic images on the internet!  We need laws enacted to force companies to protect citizens from the trauma and harassment that Bianca’s family and friends have endured for the past year

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154,608 signed of 200,000 goal

Pass Universal Background Checks for Gun Sales

This year, 3,044 students aren't going to graduate because they were killed by a gun. That's 3,044 kids who won't be walking across a stage to receive a diploma. 3,044 kids who won't go on to become doctors, teachers, lawyers, or artists. 3,044 kids who never got to pursue their dreams. They are The Lost Class.  Graduation season is meant to symbolize potential. But for so many families, graduation season is a reminder of all the lost potential. That's why we need to work together to make sure we don't continue to lose more graduates to guns. Join Change the Ref and the fight to pass universal background checks on all gun sales by signing this petition calling on the United States Congress to pass it into law. Let’s ensure that the futures of our students and our country remain bright and full of possibility.  

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118,647 signed of 150,000 goal

Defend Roe: Pass Legislation to Protect Abortion Access

The Supreme Court has made the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Roe was the only protection women had to control their own bodies in the USA- and now it's gone.  Losing Roe means 3 things will happen:  1. Women will not have access to healthcare and will die and be permanently harmed from "back street" abortions.  Restricting or making abortion illegal doesn't stop them - it just stops safe ones. 2. Miscarriages will be investigated. When abortion is illegal that means that every pregnancy loss must be investigated to ensure the "crime" of abortion didn't happen. 3. The rich will still have access to abortion. 

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253,035 signed of 300,000 goal

Support the Equality Act

Last year, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate.   While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created this petition to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. 

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842,469 signed of 1,000,000 goal

Tell Congress to Keep Gas Prices Low

My name is Carrie Anne and I am a single mom of two living in Florida. Since the loss of the child tax credit at the beginning of this year I have made budget cuts, used coupons more, and held off on fun activities for my girls in order to make ends meet. However, all of that frugality goes out the window when I get to the gas pump. Every penny I managed to save elsewhere ends up going in the tank to get us where we need to go, school, work, Girl Scout meetings. As we come out of this pandemic, we cannot sit at home and do nothing. We have places to go, and so does the rest of America.  Oil companies have been making record profits over the last decade. Please join me in signing this petition to tell Congress to protect and support people, not big oil.  Please join me in signing the petition to tell Congress they must support everyday Americans immediately, by either reducing the price of gas, or getting extra cash to folks to cover these new added costs.  Send the message: Enough is Enough, Congress must support and prioritize everyday people, not big oil.

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162,549 signed of 200,000 goal