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2016 Election

1,223 petitions

Update posted 22 hours ago

Petition to Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Santa Rosa City Council, Sebastopol City Council, Cotati City Council, Rohnert Park City Council, Windsor City Council, Healdsburg City Council, Sonoma City Council, Cloverdale City Council, Petaluma City Council, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas

It Won't Happen Here - Sonoma County Resistance to the Trump Agenda

This is a call for people living in Sonoma County, California (PLEASE DO NOT SIGN IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN SONOMA COUNTY, but create a similar statement for your elected representatives.) to endorse the following It Won't Happen Here Statement.  Email us at info@it-wont-happen-here.org for a hard copy of the petition. English followed by Spanish followed by explanation: WHEREAS, to safeguard the equal and inalienable rights and inherent dignity of all people that is the foundation of the relationship between a government and the people; AND whereas, we recognize that the rights and dignity of all people are under threat; WE, the undersigned individuals residing in Sonoma County, CA, call upon all Sonoma County governing authorities and law enforcement agencies to pledge in writing to protect all of the County's community members; FURTHERMORE, we call upon these authorities and agencies to proclaim publicly that they will refuse to cooperate with any demands from the federal government to institute detentions, deportations, registries, conversion therapies, imprisonment or any other acts that target or discriminate based on immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, ability, political affiliation, economic status, age, gender-identity or sexual orientation; FURTHERMORE, we, the undersigned individuals, in obedience to our consciences, pledge to protect, to the best of our ability, all community members and will support our local governments as they move to resist these undemocratic and un-American practices in order to reaffirm their commitment to inclusivity, respect and dignity. ESTO NO SUCEDERA AQUI - Resistencia del Condado de Sonoma a la Agenda de Trump CONSIDERANDO que, para proteger los derechos iguales e inalienables y la dignidad inherente de todas las personas, que es el fundamento de la relación entre un gobierno y el pueblo; Y CONSIDERANDO que reconocemos que los derechos y la dignidad de todas las personas están amenazados; NOSOTROS, los abajo firmantes que residen en el condado de Sonoma, CA, pedimos a todas las autoridades gubernamentales del condado de Sonoma y las agencias de aplicación de la ley que se comprometan por escrito a proteger a todos los miembros de la comunidad del condado; ADEMÁS, exhortamos a estas autoridades y agencias a proclamar públicamente que se negarán a cooperar con cualquier demanda del gobierno federal para instituir detenciones, deportaciones, registros, terapias de conversión, encarcelamiento o cualquier otro acto que apunte o discrimine basado en el estatus migratorio, Raza, origen étnico, religión, país de origen, capacidad, afiliación política, condición económica, edad, identidad de género u orientación sexual;ADEMÁS, los abajo firmantes, en obediencia a nuestras conciencias, nos comprometemos a proteger, en la medida de nuestras posibilidades, a todos los miembros de la comunidad y apoyaremos a nuestros gobiernos locales en su intento de resistir estas prácticas antidemocráticas y antiamericanas para reafirmar su compromiso con la inclusión, el respeto y la dignidad. *.     *.     *.     *.     *.     *.     *.     *.     *.     *.     *.     *.   *.    *.     *.      After the 2016 presidential election, so many people were talking about what might happen under a Trump presidency that a group of people came together to create a statement that would go to Sonoma County's city councils, the Board of Supervisors, the D.A., the Sheriff and the school boards letting them know that we expect them to protect all the people of Sonoma County (CA) from laws, executive orders and department regulations which would violate their civil rights. Through a Facebook announcement initiated by local activist, Susan Lamont, we ended up with more than 70 people from many communities working on the statement over the course of six meetings. We are currently involved in getting as many groups (95 groups have endorsed as of 1/9/17) and individuals as possible to endorse it before we take it to those elected bodies. This petition is the vehicle for support by individuals. We believe that these are not normal times and that people will make extraordinary efforts to be on the right side of history. We would like to make Sonoma County a county of resistance to all forms of discrimination. For those of us born in the years immediately following the end of WWII, we have heard people of all political persuasions say "Never again!" and "How did the German people allow that to happen?" We're essentially asking people to show that those reactions really meant something. We do not know exactly what the Trump administration will bring forth by law or executive order or department policies. But we should know what we will not allow or accept. The rhetoric of Trump and his appointees cannot be met with halfway measures or a wait-and-see attitude. We must be clear in our resistance and refusal from the start. Elected officials around the country are speaking up. The Mayor of New York City has been particularly strong in saying he will break the law to resist. Governor Jerry Brown has spoken out strongly, as well. We want the same from our elected representatives in Sonoma County. We can and should resist here. We can and should say “It won't happen here.” (This group is a loose affiliation of many people from many walks of life. We've been so busy promoting the statement that we haven't had time to create a formal organization - but we'll get to it! We do have a phone # -707-595-0153 - and an email address - info@it-wont-happen-here.org)    

It Won't Happen Here - Sonoma County Resistance
2,046 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Texas A&M University- Commerce

Texas A&M University- Commerce Sanctuary Campus Petition for DACA/Undocumented Students

Texas A&M University- Commerce Sanctuary Campus Petition Dear President Keck, In the wake of the recent presidential elections, many students at Texas A&M University- Commerce are uncertain of what is to come in the near future. In particular, DACA students at Texas A&M university- Commerce worry about what a Trump presidency could bring for them and their families. In light of this, we - students, faculty, staff and community members - call on the University to implement measures that will work to ensure the safety and protection of undocumented students at Texas A&M University Commerce. With inauguration of the Trump administration, we anticipate that protections afforded under DACA program will end, as was often promised during the campaign season. The prospect of what will eventuate in January 2017 has spread terror among DACA students and their families. In the next semester, we face the possibility of mass arrests, imprisonment, and deportation for students who have spent most of their lives in the United States and have been educated in American school classrooms. First, we ask that you consider implementing public support for DACA students and their families as they are our friends with whom we learn together. We offer our heartfelt assistance.Second, we ask the administrators of Texas A&M University- Commerce to provide the assistance that is within their power. Specifically, we request that you:• Develop protocol for Texas A&M University- Commerce to become a sanctuary campus. According to a 2011 memorandum, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are subject to restrictions in sensitive areas, such as University College Campuses. (see https://www.ice.gov/doclib/ero-outreach/pdf/10029.2-policy.pdf• Ensure that student privacy remains guaranteed.• Assign an administrative office the responsibility for counseling DACA students on their educational situation. Advertise that DACA student counseling services are available on a strictly confidential basis.• Continue in-state resident tuition for DACA students who have qualified previously.• In the event of arrest, imprisonment, and deportation, or due to student reluctance to travel to or appear on campus, have in place arrangements for online continuation of their degree programs.• Take these measures during the current semester (in other words, immediately) so that DACA students can be assured of institutional support towards continuing in school next semester, retention, and completion of their degree programs.• Make TAMUC DREAMers a UCSO (Unsafe School Choice Option), allowing them to be an advocacy group for undocumented students, ensuring continued advocacy for undocumented students as student leader’s graduate. Texas A&M University- Commerce is a school that prides itself on its sense of community and diversity efforts. The university’s vision for the future is to “provide a sense of community through a nurturing environment for ALL individuals in order to maximize learning, career and personal development”. So we ask that you fulfill that vision by insuring your support to DACA students on campus. The best way to make this happen is to create a setting with these policies in place so that our DACA students can feel safe on their own campus, just as any other student. Please show us how Texas A&M University- Commerce protects its undocumented community during their times of need and how it continues to strive towards a more inclusive environment for ALL students. Awaiting Your Action,

Stephanie Rodriguez
157 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Congress of the United States of America

Re-do Election 2016 without Russia, Free and Fair

We the undersigned call for the 2016 Presidential Election to be declared null and void, and demand an immediate, new, Free & Fair, Presidential Election. This New Election (Election De Novo) is warranted because We The People, confronted by the ugly spectre of the Russian Hacking incident, cannot place faith or confidence in ANY PORTION of the 2016 Election. We understand that we are not fully informed. The U.S. Intelligence community has divulged so little that we can only speculate on the full extent of the intrusion. However, certain facts are now beyond dispute, and require no speculation: The Russians gained access to RNC and DNC computer systems before the Primaries, and they were able to intercept and leak internal emails. While all of the U.S. Intelligence agencies have presented a unified front with regard to the timing and severity of the hack, they have been unwilling or unable to quantify the full impact. Given this early-stage access, Russian intruders could have blocked, delayed, rerouted, or fabricated internal messages between high-ranking officials in both major parties. By way of a “butterfly effect”, the earliest manipulations are magnified as they cascade forward, ultimately having such a profound impact on the course of events that nothing about the Election process can be trusted. Today it's impossible to regard even the most basic facets of the 2016 Election as untainted. This is untenable. We The People, through our elected members of Congress, must render a vote of No Confidence in Election 2016, and move to Nullify the 2016 Election. To be clear, this means a Nullification of not only the RESULT of the Election, but the ENTIRE Election cycle from start to finish. It will remain impossible to certify that a Free & Fair Election has taken place until we hold an an entirely fresh election cycle. America deserves, and hereby demands an Election De Novo. This isn't personal. It isn't about Trump, or his suitability for office, his personal traits, his current or past performance, tweets, tax returns, or anything else that people are endlessly angry about. We just need to fix a broken thing, without distraction or delay. For the immediate purpose, it is unimportant to affix blame, or identify who acted in collusion with Russian agents. Those matters are a separate inquiry, potentially leading to charges of Treason. But even without any of that being settled, we have ample justification in hand to fix the most blighted election America has seen for generations. The simple fact is, Russia broke the election. We urgently need to acknowledge their small victory in this regard and move past it. Better to acknowledge the disease vector that Putin injected into our democracy, to take this inoculation and build our resistance against it, than to let the malaise linger unchecked, undiagnosed, with no cure in sight. We must be quick to restore faith in a broken democratic process, and begin healing. Today we meet an opportunity to strengthen Democracy instead of allowing a fatally flawed election to stand unchallenged. Today we must rise above villainy and treachery. We have today an opportunity to make the Election process better than ever. All Americans can and should rally behind the project of fixing security gaps and shoring up the process against Russian espionage and interference. By focusing our discourse on foreign meddling, rather than partisan politics, we have an opportunity to move beyond the hatred and recriminations that have characterized this election cycle. Meanwhile, the safeguards we devise to thwart interference by foreign nationals can also defend against internal corruption. We can fix this. We must fix this. Our situation today is unprecedented in United States history, but mirrors a fitting precedent in the “Snap Elections” conducted by the Philippines at the behest of Ronald Reagan (among other world leaders) when the 1985 election between Corizon Aquino and Ferdinand Marcos was marred by persistent allegations of fraud and the threat of ongoing violence. The United States gave sage advice then, setting their nation on a better course. Now we need the same. The government of the United States of America is Constitutionally bound and obligated to hold Free & Fair elections, yet we know for a certainty that this promise was thwarted by external factors throughout Election 2016. For appropriate relief to the current situation, the undersigned demand that: Congress must set aside the entirety of Election 2016. Congress must name an interim acting President. Congress must formulate, then initiate, some mechanism for conducting an Election De Novo. This Election De Novo must reset the election process to the very beginning, inviting new nominations and a completely fresh roster of Candidates. Whether the new roster includes any names from the prior list is for each party to decide in their own best interest. Congress must create an Election Reform subcommittee. The committee should solicit opinions from independent IT experts, host Town Hall meetings to incorporate suggestions from the General Public, and formulate an internet-savvy process for conducting elections SECURELY. [co-authored by Perry Hoberman & Greg Kendall]

Perry Hoberman
81 supporters