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2016 Election

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Petition to Hillary Clinton, Clinton Campaign

Clinton Campaign: Demand Recount of Election

This may not be over. As much as we respect and admire the graciousness of Hillary Clinton’s concession, she may have made it in error. Prominent election lawyers and computer scientists have reached out to the Clinton campaign in the weeks since November 8th to urge them to demand an audit, or recount of the election results. According to these experts, there are serious discrepancies with the results in the swing states that Trump won: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Electronic voting machines are suspected, and may be responsible for the electoral victory of Donald Trump when America spoke and voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton. As it stands, her popular vote lead is over 1.5 million votes. The futures and lives of so many hang in the balance: women, minorities, the LGBT community, and so many more. Not only these lives, but the path of our very democracy, the America we know and love and must fight to preserve hangs in the balance. As we have seen in these last few weeks since the election, white nationalism and neo-nazi groups are gaining momentum, their sociopathic, fascist rhetoric is reaching the mainstream media as never before, and members of Congress are describing how they will leave millions without healthcare and allow fossil fuel superpowers to destroy the progress we've made at lowering carbon emissions in order to combat climate change. President - Elect Trump himself is currently laying the foundations for the destruction of the freedom of the press even before inauguration. We implore you Hillary, and the Clinton campaign: please demand an audit, ensure the millions of Americans and citizens of the world abroad, may not have to face a future of fear, oppression, fascism, and environmental catastrophe. We must fight against this dark future for our country.

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190 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Washington Post

Require Mandatory Independent Presidential “Fitness for Duty” Assessments

We need mandatory independent assessments of presidential candidates’ and periodic reassessments of presidents’ physical and mental health and ability to safeguard sensitive classified information to proactively address risks of harm to United States interests.  Presidential candidates and presidents are not required by law to have any sort of examination to determine fitness to hold the highest, most sensitive position in the United States.  Annual presidential physical examinations are typically performed by the president’s physician of choice, and the results that are made public, if any, are determined by the President.  Serious, debilitating health problems have historically been withheld from the public. For example, Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke during his second term, but did not leave office. Details of his illness were hidden from the public while his wife carried out many of his duties. President Warren Harding died in office of a stroke.  Mental health is not routinely assessed, if assessed at all, and should there be a history of or current debilitating mental health problem, it would likely be withheld from the public.  A Duke study of presidential biographies suggested that 8% of the presidents exhibited evidence of alcohol abuse or dependence. President Pierce died of cirrhosis of the liver; Grant was once allegedly so drunk he fell off his horse during a military parade in New Orleans; and Nixon was once unable to take a phone call from the British Prime Minister because he was “loaded."  Other presidents had physical conditions that can have a severe impact on psychological functioning. Taft, for example, had sleep apnea, which is associated with declines in cognitive functioning across the board, and some scholars now believe that Ronald Reagan showed early signs of Alzheimer’s while still in office.  At least 10 presidents were affected by mental health episodes while in office according to the Duke study, and the study found evidence that symptoms interfered with their performance in almost all cases. Contrast these facts with the facts that many who work to provide safety and security for our nation, including members of the armed forces, police, fire departments, and all border patrol agents, must undergo rigorous physical and mental health assessments, some including polygraphs, to ensure fitness for duty in their official roles. The intent of these assessments is both to ensure that these individuals have the physical and mental prowess necessary to perform their duties and also to try to ensure that persons in a position of power do not abuse their power. Additionally, background investigations necessary to obtain a formal security clearance for individuals with access to classified information are not required for the President of the United States or candidates for that position.  The US State Department states of background investigations, “It must be determined that the individual’s personal and professional history indicates loyalty to the United States, strength of character, trustworthiness, honesty, reliability, discretion, and sound judgment, as well as freedom from conflicting allegiances and potential for coercion, and a willingness and ability to abide by regulations governing the use, handling, and protection of classified information.” Unauthorized disclosure of classified information may be subject to criminal penalties.  Yet Presidents, who have access to the most sensitive information of national importance and who do not have security clearances, have disclosed classified information without proper vetting, a case in point being President Bush and/or Vice President Cheney authorizing Lewis “Scooter” Libby to release classified information to the New York Times to help buttress their case for the Iraq War.  We have also been informed that President Trump disclosed classified information from another nation, which had not given consent for disclosure, to Russia.  Physical examinations reveal current and future problems for a person’s health through a review of bodily systems and diagnostic tests.  Similarly, mental health examinations, often known as psychological and/or psychiatric evaluations, use interviews and psychological tests to determine areas of concern.  A number of reliable and valid psychometric instruments can be used to measure emotional and personality functioning and identify areas of concern, e.g., cognitive (thinking) problems, mood instability, substance abuse, impulsivity, and low tolerance for stress.  Background investigations reveal potential conflicts of interest, opportunities for blackmail or extortion, and other risk factors for national security. While the American electorate can be informed about the platform and the persona of presidential candidates as we hear them speak, we lack essential health and security risk information, which can help us to understand the candidates’ motivations and character, illuminate the potential for a debilitating physical or mental health crisis, whether they might have financial ties or be subject to blackmail or extortion by foreign powers, if they can be trusted with national secrets, if they might impulsively release a nuclear weapon in a fit of rage.  I suggest that this information is at least as important as the person’s stated agenda should s/he be elected to the highest position in the land. Periodic independent physical, psychological/psychiatric, and security risk assessments would help to identify emerging or acute issues that could impair a sitting president's judgment and compromise our nation.  Given the amount of stress involved in the President’s job and the prevalence of stress-related health problems in this nation, including thinking/concentration problems, heart disease, stroke, and insomnia, a proactive rather than a reactive stance to the possibility of debilitating presidential psychological or physical health problems seems warranted.    In summary, we need mandatory independent assessments of presidential candidates’ and periodic reassessments of presidents’ physical and mental health and ability to safeguard sensitive classified information.  Background investigations for security clearance would reveal among other things, financial ties to other nations or other compromising situations which might impair a President’s judgment  

HELENE STOLLER
26 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
2,154 supporters