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Secure Brittney Griner's Swift and Safe Return to the U​.​S.

On February 17, 2022, WNBA superstar Brittney Griner was detained upon her arrival in Moscow. As of April 29, 2022, Griner was officially classified as a Wrongful Detention by the U.S. State Department, which signals that the U.S. government will seek to negotiate her release.  Griner is a beloved global citizen who has used her platform since her entry into the WNBA to help others. She was detained while working in Russia, where she has starred for Russian EuroLeague Club UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2016 – helping the team win four EuroLeague Women’s championships and seven Russian League championships.  Like many athletes competing in the WNBA, Griner – a two-time Olympic gold medalist – plays abroad during the WNBA offseason for the love of the sport, but also in exchange for substantially bigger contracts, which are not available to women’s basketball players in the U.S. Professional athletes never know when their careers will come to an end. They must compete today with tomorrow's financial security in mind. For more than half of the athletes in the WNBA, that means moving abroad for several months of the year.  [PAY INEQUALITY LED BRITTNEY GRINER TO RUSSIA. WE MUST FIX IT] [WHY BRITTNEY GRINER AND OTHER WNBA PLAYERS COMPETE OVERSEAS] [BRITTNEY GRINER’S DETENTION IN RUSSIA AND THE ENDURING LEGACY OF SPORTS ACTIVISM]  [AS THE WNBA SEASON BEGINS, BRITTNEY GRINER’S ABSENCE SHOULD RATTLE THE COUNTRY] Pay inequity has led to Brittney Griner’s wrongful detention in Russia. Furthermore, as a decorated Olympian and member of an elite global sport community, Brittney’s detention must be resolved out of respect for the safety of all athletes traveling to compete internationally and the sanctity of sport. It is imperative that the U.S. government immediately address this human rights issue and do whatever is necessary to return Brittney home quickly and safely. The WNBPA and its members proudly join Tamryn Spruill, who launched this petition on March 5, in demanding that lawmakers prioritize Griner’s return.  White House and Biden Administration, we ask that you take action today – doing whatever is necessary – to bring Brittney Griner home swiftly and safely. Sign the petition below and call or email the White House today! White House Email: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ White House Phone: (202) 456-1111 

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405,385 signed of 500,000 goal

Save the Maine Lobster Industry

Note: Donations to the Maine Lobster industry are not being collected through this petition. Donations to Change.org are not encouraged or required to participate in this initiative. For more than 150 years the Maine Lobster industry has worked tirelessly to preserve the Maine Lobster species and protect the marine environment including the North Atlantic right whale. The recent decision by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program to move Maine Lobster to its “Red list” of seafoods to avoid is not supported by the facts. It is counterproductive to decades of proactive efforts made by the fishery to ensure the protection of right whales, including new regulations that are still in the process of being implemented. The facts speak for themselves: Not a single right whale death has been attributed to Maine Lobster gear and there have been no known entanglements in Maine Lobster gear since 2004. The MBA’s decision ignores a long history of efforts from the fishery designed to protect right whales, including: removal of more than 27,000 miles of floating rope, the use of “weak links,” designed to allow whales to break free in the rare event they are entangled, and distinctive gear marking, as well as compliance and collaboration with state and federal rule makers on all regulations. Further, the decision to Red List Maine Lobster contradicts the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s own past assessment of Maine Lobster as a “good alternative” as recently as 2014. Protection measures have only increased since then. Maine Lobster has always been sustainable, and the baseless decision by the Seafood Watch program greatly impacts an industry that is the backbone of the economy in Maine, supporting entire communities, composed of generations of fishermen who have always prioritized the health of the fishery and the Gulf of Maine. Sign our petition to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to push them to reconsider this decision. The livelihoods of Mainers, lobstermen and their families, all of whom support sustainable lobstering, depends on your support. Learn more about Maine Lobster’s sustainability practices by visiting LobsterFromMaine.com and continue to support the fishery by enjoying Maine Lobster.

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25,075 signed of 35,000 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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177,153 signed of 200,000 goal

Fire the Police Officers that Stood by in the Uvalde Shooting

The police are sworn to an oath to serve and protect their community. What happened in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022, was a gross dereliction of duty by the presiding officers. Their failure to not only stop the shooter from entering Robb Elementary School, but refusal to enter the building to engage the shooter cost the lives of 19 children and 2 adults. These officers should be held accountable for their ineptitude and released from their positions, as they have no intentions on serving and protecting the children of Uvalde.

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99,494 signed of 150,000 goal

Stop Non-Consensual Pelvic Exams on Anesthetized Patients in New Mexico

Most people are shocked to learn that it is common for medical students to learn how to do pelvic exams by "practicing" on anesthetized patients who have come in for surgical procedures, often without any prior consent. This practice has a long history and happens all over the U.S. and around the world in many medical institutions. The patients rarely know it has happened because they were unconscious. Pelvic exams can happen to anesthetized patients in other scenarios as well. This can happen to anyone with a vagina. Both students and patients are traumatized by this long-standing practice. It is very hard for medical students to say "no" when they are asked to do something, and the psychological impact on them is yet undocumented. It was found in a 2003 peer-reviewed research study that 90% of students were learning in this manner. No new research has shown this number to have changed. Institutions often defend and protect this practice, despite public outcry. We need to outlaw this practice in order to make it clear that this kind of betrayal of patient bodies is not okay. If medical institutions were going to change this themselves, they would have done it by now. It's time that we send a clear message that informed consent is critical for pelvic exams while under anesthesia.  There are currently only 20 states that outlaw this practice. Yes, that means it's legal everywhere else, including New Mexico. Our goal is to get laws passed in all 50 states. We are asking you to show our state legislators that we will not accept non-consensual exams on anesthetized patients in New Mexico. We, the undersigned, ask our New Mexico representatives to protect patient autonomy and informed consent by passing legislation banning this practice.  RESOURCES: >> Here are a few places where this practice has been documented and a recent article on best legislative practices as we take action:  The 90% statistic is in this article, and it was found that students felt informed consent was less important after their OB/GYN clerkships (very problematic): Ubel, P. A., Jepson, C., & Silver-Isenstadt, A. (2003). Don't ask, don't tell: A change in medical student attitudes after obstetrics/gynecology clerkships toward seeking consent for pelvic examinations on an anesthetized patient. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 188(2), 575–579. https://doi.org/10.1067/mob.2003.85  Many of the retorts when this practice is questioned are outlined here: Wilson, R. F. (2005). Autonomy suspended: Using female patients to teach intimate exams without their knowledge or consent. Journal of Health Care Law & Policy, 8(2), 240-263. http://digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu/jhclp/vol8/iss2/5 Shawn Barnes wrote this after performing over 100 exams as a medical student:Barnes, S. S. (2012). Practicing pelvic examinations by medical students on women under anesthesia. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 120(4), 941–943. https://doi.org/10.1097/aog.0b013e3182677a28  A Bioethics perspective and more recent research: Friesen, P. (2018). Educational pelvic exams on anesthetized women: Why consent matters. Bioethics, 32(5), 298–307. https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12441  Legislative Direction here: Friesen, P., Wilson, R. F., Kim, S., & Goedken, J. (2022). Consent for Intimate Exams on Unconscious Patients: Sharpening Legislative Efforts. Hastings Center Report, 52(1), 28–31. https://doi.org/10.1002/hast.1337

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139,267 signed of 150,000 goal

BAN AR-15 GUNS

When will we stop mass shooters? BAN THIS GUN NOW!! Hunters, gun lovers: we aren’t asking to take away your guns. We are asking to ban the AR-15 assault rifle. AR-15 is NOT NECESSARY to hunt for animals nor protect yourself!! AR-15s inflict much more damage to human tissue than the typical handgun. That's largely because of the speed at which projectiles leave the weapons; they are much faster out of the muzzle of an AR-15, and deliver a more devastating blow to bones and organs. Those projectiles are also more likely to break apart as they pass through the body, inflicting more damage. When the higher muzzle-velocity projectiles strike an organ, you’re more likely to have severe injury and bleeding. Dying is more likely with this style weapon, than with lower muzzle-velocity munitions. This is why so many mass shooters are using this weapon - they can murder more innocent victims at once.  BAN THESE WEAPONS NOW!! Sign and tell congress: we do not want these weapons available to the public for any reason.

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154,304 signed of 200,000 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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402,660 signed of 500,000 goal

Help End Shark Killing Tournaments in Florida!!!

This petition seeks to end shark-killing tournaments in the state of Florida. OneProtest has partnered with @Jim_Abernethy of Wildlife VOICE and we are starting a campaign to change state laws regarding shark-killing tournaments. More information will be available soon. Please continue sharing our petition. Our petitions are used to raise awareness. We now have access to over 100,000 shark defenders to which we can send important calls to action via a petition update. Thank you for taking action for sharks!!! __________________________________________________________ Previous Petition Content Urgent action is needed to stop a shark fishing tournament scheduled for July 9, 2022, in Jupiter, Florida. WarBird Tournaments LLC, owned and operated by Jason Barquin, is hosting a shark-killing tournament in Jupiter, Florida. He is charging a $100 entry fee per boat. Upon learning about this event, our organization reached out to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). We sent documentation of shark fishers in a private Facebook group stating they would shoot as many sharks in the head as possible and only take the most significant shark carcasses back to weigh-in stations to win a prize for the largest fish caught. State law allows the legal "harvest" of one shark per person and two sharks per boat. The FWC responded, stating they were aware of an advertised shark-fishing tournament and that fishing tournaments do not require approval by the FWC; however, they must comply with state and federal fishing regulations. It is appalling that the FWC and NOAA, two agencies charged with protecting sharks, allow fishing tournaments that promote an absolute disregard for life. This tournament is not about sustenance. It is about the thrill of the kill and fosters a lack of respect for sharks and their essential role in keeping our underwater ecosystems healthy and balanced. This lack of respect breeds poaching and other egregious acts. It also sends a message that it is okay to kill for "fun." Killing is not conservation. Over 100 million sharks are killed yearly; shark populations have declined by 70% over the past 50 years and continue to decline worldwide. They face numerous threats such as overfishing, being caught as bycatch, finning, habitat loss, and more. Sharks reproduce slowly, and tournaments such as this one often target the biggest sharks, which happen to be the females, and it is not uncommon for pregnant sharks to be killed.  As apex predators, sharks shift their prey’s spatial habitat, which alters the feeding behavior and diets of other species, impacting predatory fish and herbivorous fish, which in turn affects coral reefs and sea grass beds. In the absence of sharks, underwater ecosystems collapse. You can help stop this tournament and save sharks by contacting those listed below and telling them that you DO NOT support shark fishing tournaments or killing for amusement. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissionhttps://myfwc.com/contact/fwc-office/senior-staff/commissioners/ Janet Coit of NOAA FisheriesPhone: (301) 427-8000 x8000Email: janet.coit@noaa.gov We, the undersigned, request that you indefinitely cancel the shark fishing tournament conducted by WarBird Tournaments LLC that is scheduled for July 9, 2022, and any shark fishing tournament after that.   @oneprotest

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184,599 signed of 200,000 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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267,626 signed of 300,000 goal

To Raise Awareness to 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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54,851 signed of 75,000 goal