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Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Congress: Back Direct U.S. Talks with the Taliban to End the War in Afghanistan

On July 15, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration has told its top diplomats to pursue direct talks with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan. The Times said the shift stems from a realization by U.S. and Afghan officials that the administration’s Afghanistan strategy is not making a fundamental difference in rolling back Taliban gains and from recognition that people in the United States and in Afghanistan are tired of the war.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that there would be no precondition for talks and that everything would be on the table for discussion, including the removal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan. The Times reported that unlike previous diplomatic efforts to end the war, the U.S. military is now fully on board, noting that Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was instrumental in initiating a recent cease-fire. Past efforts to end the war in Afghanistan through diplomacy have been undermined by opportunistic political opposition in Washington. Those who wish to prolong the 17-year-war will now likely oppose direct U.S. talks with the Taliban to end the war. Those who want to end the war must speak up now for direct U.S. talks with the Taliban to end the war, because that is the only way the war will end. Urge Members of Congress to speak up now in support of direct U.S. talks with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan by signing our petition.

Robert Naiman
3,768 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to United States Congress

Congress, Censure the President for his Betrayal of our Values

Dear fellow American , I am writing to ask you to call for the censure of President Trump following his reprehensible betrayal of the spirit of American values when he sided with Russian President Putin on July 16, 2018. In public, before the world, this country's executive officer threw his loyalty towards the political patronage of a dictator who, while supported by his own people, has supported and enforced the violent occupation of neighboring countries, the slaughter of children and the violation of the inalienable rights of his own people. That may be good enough for Russia. It's not good enough for us. We demand more from our leaders.  President Trump turned his back on his own government and on the American people, if not the Truth itself. The republic must not remain quiet on this matter. There must be consequences so the American citizenry see that, even for the highest office is in the land, there are consequence when you undertake the lowliest of inclinations. Please take action on this matter promptly. Call for censure--from Congress as a whole body, from the Senate, From the House. Just do it. It needs to be done. You can locate your Congressional officers here: With respect,Matthew Liptak,Laurel MD

Matthew Liptak
46 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Congressman Michael Burgess, Congressman Brett Guthrie, Members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health


On January 5th 2017, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif) introduced to the House of Congress Bill H.R. 326 The Neuromyelitis Consortium Act, on behalf of patients with Neuromyelitis Optica. (also known as Devic's Disease) Congresswoman Lee has introduced this bill since 2013.  Again in 2015 and 2017.  Each time the bill has been introduced to the House Committee of Energy and Commerce, who have then sent it to the Sub Committee on Health.  Each of those years including 2017, it has stalled and never advanced from the House to the Senate.  We need your support and that of your respective state’s lawmakers to help sponsor this bill. Please support this Bill and urge your State’s Representatives to do the same.  We need 100,000 signatures to be heard by Congress!!! Currently, there is no known cause for NMO, nor cure.  We need to know why and how to cure this rare orphan autoimmune disease of the Central Nervous System, that can blind, paralyze or do both. 9 out of 10 are women with a median age of 40.  Toddlers up to nonagenarians are not immune from this disease.  NMO affects all races and socio economic classes.   We need improved response and treatment protocols across the U.S. in every state, in every hospital.  Only 1% of doctors will have ever treated a diagnosed case of NMO in their lifetime, meaning the other 99% have only text book experience in treating an NMO patient. Those with no diagnosis can sometimes receive the wrong diagnosis of MS, ADEM, Transverse Myelitis, Meningitis, etc.  And with a wrong diagnosis comes the wrong treatments that can make you worse! H.R. 326 would amend the Public Health Service act to create a National Neuromyelitis Optica Consortium . It would provide grants and organize research with reference to the causes of and risk factors for Neuromyelitis Optica.   Part B of title IV of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 284 et seq.) would be amended by adding after section 409J the following new section:  409K. NATIONAL NEUROMYELITIS OPTICA CONSORTIUM.   It would require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to  establish, administer and oversee this consortium to: award grants for research on the causes of, and the risk factors and biomarkers associated with, NMO; assemble a panel of experts to provide guidance and recommendations on research design and protocols; and designate a central laboratory to collect and analyze data from this research and to make the data and analysis available to researchers. (excerpt bulletpoints from – summary tab) To view H.R. 326: Neuromyelitis  Optica (NMO) is an uncommon disease syndrome of the central nervous system (CNS) that affects the optic nerves and spinal cord. Individuals with NMO develop optic neuritis, which causes pain in the eye and vision loss, and transverse myelitis, which causes weakness, numbness, and sometimes paralysis of the arms and legs, along with sensory disturbances and loss of bladder and bowel control. NMO leads to loss of myelin, which is a fatty substance that surrounds nerve fibers and helps nerve signals move from cell to cell. The syndrome can also damage nerve fibers and leave areas of broken-down tissue. In the disease process of NMO, for reasons that aren’t yet clear, immune system cells and antibodies attack and destroy myelin cells in the optic nerves and the spinal cord. (Definition courtesy of the Guthy Jackson NMO Foundation) This petition is dedicated to my daughter Ria Fincham (pictured above) who is one of the 15,000 patients bravely battling this disease since July 1, 2012 and to all the NMO patients and their families who need your help moving forward towards a cure. This petition is directed to: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Congressman Michael C. Bergman (chairman); Congressman Brett Guthrie (vice chairman), et al   Please Sign and Share!!! (All correspondence regarding this petition can be sent to the sole creator of this petition:  Cindy Fincham via email to: Thank You.

Cindy Fincham
9,916 supporters