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2016 Election

351 petitions

Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo (Governor), New York State Senate, New York State Assembly

Vote Better NY

New York faces a voter participation crisis. Nearly 2 million voting age citizens in our state are not registered to vote and New York consistently falls to the bottom in voter turnout. In 2014, just 20 percent of voting age citizens voted -- good for 46th in the nation. It doesn't have to be this way. We live in a smartphone world, but our election laws are stuck in the past. We need fundamental change to make the way we vote reflect the way we live our lives today. To make sure voters can make their voices heard, we, the undersigned New Yorkers, call on Governor Cuomo and members of the New York state Senate and Assembly to support early voting, expanded voter registration and better ballot design.  We support passage of legislation, such as the following: Early voting (A8582A/S3813B). New Yorkers should have a two-week period including Saturdays and Sundays to ease long lines on Election Day and give voters flexibility as they juggle work and family obligations. Voter Empowerment Act (A5972/S2538A) to ensure every eligible citizen is registered to vote and make it easier to update their voting information.  Voter Friendly Ballot Act (A3389) to create a ballot that is easier to read and understand so that every voter can cast a ballot that counts. In the coming months the Vote Better NY effort will broaden to reach communities all across New York State. Sign up to join the movement, here. Track the team's progress by following us on Twitter and Facebook and add your voice to the movement using the #VoteBetterNY hashtag

Vote Better New York
3,772 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Commit to act for paid family leave for all in your first 100 days

Under ordinary circumstances, two mothers as different as we are would never have met. One of us is from Oklahoma and is a registered Republican. The other is an unmarried liberal who lives in Brooklyn. But tragedy has a way of bringing people together. Last year, we both lost our babies, infant sons who died at daycare, after we’d left them in childcare to return to work. Neither of us wanted to leave our babies when we did, at mere weeks old, not yet. But neither of us had the luxury of choice. Our respective employers would not grant us any more time for parental leave, and we couldn’t afford to quit our jobs. So, reluctantly, on an April morning in Oklahoma, baby Shepard was left at daycare. A childcare worker swaddled him for a nap, placed him in a car seat, and didn’t check on him. He slipped down and suffocated, still too little to lift up his own head. Just as reluctantly, in July, baby Karl was dropped off for his first day at daycare near his mother’s Manhattan office. When she came back to feed him at noon, Karl’s lips were blue and a childcare worker was performing CPR. A medical examiner could not determine why this healthy baby died. 1 in 4 American moms have no choice but to return to work just two weeks after the birth of a child.  87 percent of parents have no access to paid leave through their employers. No parent should have to choose between leaving their baby too soon and making ends meet. Given that 73% of Republicans, 87% of independents and 96% of Democrats agree it is important for Congress and the president to consider a family leave insurance system, we are jointly calling on the candidates for president, Republican and Democrat, to publicly commit that, if elected, they will take action for national paid family leave policy in their first 100 days in office. Most babies don’t die in day care, of course. But, as it turns out, our instinct that Karl and Shepard would be safer if we could have stayed with them a little longer was not wrong. An important study released last week found that for each additional month that a woman has paid parental leave, infant mortality goes down 13 percent. America has the highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized nation in the world. Paid leave, in countries that have implemented it, has dramatically lowered infant death rates. But beyond this, parental leave is good for our children. When Norway began offering paid parental leave, there were dramatic long-range effects: children had lower high school dropout rates, higher rates of college attendance, and higher incomes at age 30. American babies whose mothers don’t have maternity leave are less likely to be taken to the doctor, and less likely to be breastfed. Toddlers of parents without access to paid leave have more behavioral problems, and score lower on cognitive tests. Every American baby would be safer, healthier, and have a better start in life if given time with their mother or father during the first months of life. If our political leaders claim to be pro-family, they need to put families first by supporting paid family leave. In the richest country in the world, we should not have sobbing mothers leaving their premature babies in the NICU because they have to return to their jobs. We do not need to tear babies from their mothers’ arms before they can even hold up their own necks. Parental leave is a necessity, not a perk. Join us, a mom from Oklahoma and a mom from Brooklyn, in calling upon the presidential candidates of both parties to publicly commit that, if elected, they will take action for paid family leave policy in their first 100 days in office. Through our great loss, we are now united to fight for change. We charge our leaders, both Republican and Democrat, to enact laws that protect the right of every American baby to have the loving care of a parent during the fragile first months of their life.

Amber, Ali, and PL+US Action Fund
166,209 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

Protect the Special Prosecutor Robert S. Mueller from Removal

To Whom It May Concern: I am writing this petition to rally support for the protection of the special counsel to the U.S. Justice Department Robert S. Mueller. The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is one of the most important investigations in U.S. history and it should be allowed to run its course. This investigation is about more than party politics -- it hits at the absolute core of the American people's trust in the government we elect. The revelations listed below, which have come to light at various points since Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert S. Mueller as special prosecutor, present serious concern that Donald J. Trump and the GOP establishment may be trying to subvert due process: 1.) Donald J. Trump tried to fire Robert S. Mueller in June -- His own White House counsel, Donald McGahn, threatened to quit and refused to order the Justice Department to fire Mueller (per NYT). 2.) (Imminent) Trump White House Releases Devin Nunes' Memo on FISA warrants -- The Justice Department classified the release of such memo "extraordinarily reckless" and the FBI has "grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy" (per CNN). 3.) Devin Nunes' return to lead the U.S. House of Representative's Russia investigation -- He previously had temporarily recused himself for potentially disclosing classified information to the Trump White House (per The Atlantic). 4.) Peter Strzok and Lisa Page text messages reveal a "secret society" at FBI - GOP establishment attacks two FBI officials for anti-Trump bias based on text message exchanges. Page no longer worked for the Mueller investigation at the time of the revelation and Strzok was immediately reassigned off of the team (per CNN). Please sign this petition and show our elected officials how concerned you are that Donald J. Trump and the GOP establishment may be trying to undermine one of the most important investigations in U.S. history. Sincerely, Concerned Americans Everywhere

Matthew Weingarten
11 supporters