26 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to President of the United States, Michael R. Pence, The Honorable Addison Mitchell McConnell, Jr., The Honorable Charles E. Schumer, The Honorable Paul Davis Ryan, Jr., The Supreme Court Of The United States

Got 15 Minutes to Save Our Country?

Dear Respondents and Members: As most of us innately sense, our country, the United States of America, is at a critical juncture in its history. We were created by our Founding Fathers as a model form of government based on all the best ideas and ideals known to mankind. Under our carefully balanced tripartite system, we have been a stable beacon of hope for millions of people all over the world for well over 200 years. If you, as I do, love this amazing country of ours and desire to preserve our carefully structured form of government for future generations, I have a simple request. It is time for all our citizens and residents, “We the People,” to re-focus our attention on the founding principles and other related and necessary complementary ideals. By spending just 15 minutes a day focusing your thoughts on the following ideals, you can be part of a powerful movement to change our country’s trajectory. You can do it anywhere you are – in your car, in the shower, while at lunch, sitting in a boring meeting or while standing in line at a store.  It's that easy.  If people ask you what you are doing, simply smile and tell them and ask them to join you. This simple act of collective focus (whether you prefer to call it the “quiet strength of meditation,” the “power of prayer,” or just the “goodwill of well-intended people”) will shift the dynamics of our country’s path forward. Here are 15 crucial ideals that are either core founding principles of our country or are necessary to preserve our timeless (and truly brilliant) form of government as handed down by our Founding Fathers to each of us, its current stewards: Truth Liberty EqualityJusticeRule of LawEnlightenmentWisdomCourageIntegrityHumilityUnityThe Common GoodEmpathyForgivenessLove If you agree that these are basic ideals that should continue to govern our country’s future, simply sign this petition. In doing so, you commit to spend one minute per ideal (only 15 minutes each day) simply focusing your thoughts, hopes and dreams on each ideal at noon in your respective time zone. That’s all I am asking you to do if you love this country. If you can’t spare 15 minutes, then pick the 5 ideals that resonate the most with you, and give 5 minutes a day. It will matter. You can engage in this simple civic duty of support, ether acting alone or in concert with a group, which I encourage you to seek for support and to strengthen our communities (calling all teachers, ministers and civic leaders!)  Again, it matters not whether you call it meditation, prayer or just wishing for the best – our collective focus on these ideals will start the shift that is needed to bring our country back to its rightful moral foundation built upon the highest ideals mankind can offer. If you believe in this country and the power of a people united in thought and intention to make positive changes, then join me in focusing our collective thoughts on these ideals and in expecting (yea, demanding, via your signature on this petition) our leaders (ALL of our elected or appointed representatives – federal, state and local - and our elected or appointed judges, all respective of Party affiliation) to think, speak and act in accordance with them. We are all in this together. Thank you for joining me (and you can follow us: ).    

Paula Atkinson
204 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas Massie, Rand Paul, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

Pass a Real 2nd Amendment Restoration Act

Proposed ~ A Bill: IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 2nd AMENDMENT, AND IN UTILIZING THE SUPREMACY CLAUSE AND RECOGNIZING THAT CERTAIN LAWS ARE AN OBSTACLE TO THE ACCOMPLISHMENT AND EXECUTION OF THE FULL PURPOSES AND OBJECTIVES OF CONGRESS, (1) All federal, state, regional, and local laws which in any way infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms, including, but not limited to, any laws which would require any (individually or in combination) marking, recordkeeping, serialization or registration of firearms or ammunition, are hereby deemed null and void by Congress, as they are an obstacle to the people's ability to exercise the 2nd Amendment right, and are an obstacle to the full purposes and objectives of Congress. (2) Any federal, state, regional, and local laws which would require any (individually or in combination) marking, recordkeeping, serialization or registration of any firearm parts, or of any objects which would later be made part of a firearm (whether or not the object would ultimately become a regulated part of a firearm), are also deemed to be null and void, as they are an obstacle to the people's ability to exercise the 2nd Amendment right, and are an obstacle to the full purposes and objectives of Congress. No further laws of the type in (1) and (2) shall be able to have any effect. CAVEATS, EXCEPTIONS: a) UNITED STATES MUNITIONS LIST (USML):  Federal government may control by permit, and limit the use of, USML CATEGORY II, IV, V, VI, VIII, XIV, XV, and XVI items that are weapons, except for technical data or weapons and items routinely or commonly available in the civilian market. b) PROHIBITED PERSONS:  It is unlawful for the following categories of persons to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition, to include any person: - convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, unless that crime was due to enforcement of a gun law of a State or a political subdivision of a state;- who is a fugitive from justice;- who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, codified at 21 U.S.C. § 802);- who has been adjudicated as a mental defective, due to the decision of a court, or has been committed to any mental institution, and due to the decision of a court, has been deemed unable to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition;- who is an illegal alien;- who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions, except that all such persons must have be given the right of appeal in a district court to address the issue of firearms and ammunition possession and use;- who has renounced his or her United States citizenship;- who is subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner Laws of a State or laws of a political subdivisions of a state that establish or attempt to expand upon these prohibited persons categories, shall have no force or effect. c) CAVEAT REGARDING EVIDENTIARY NEEDS OF POLICE, CUSTODY, AND IMPRISONMENT: Any persons who are taken into custody or who are about to be incarcerated can be relieved of arms by police, provided however that the affected individuals may petition the courts for relief and restoration of rights. This is not intended to limit the rights of persons bearing arms, concealed or otherwise, in circumstances where involvement in an incident would require that a person involved in a self-defense scenario (who had, following the incident, retreated to a safe location and notified a lawyer) notify police of the circumstances of what had transpired, but it would allow the police to request temporary custody of a weapon that was used in such an incident for evidence and documentation. IMPOSTS, DUTIES.Notwithstanding the preceding, any laws of a State or laws of political subdivisions of a State that impose a tax on conduct or possession of firearms or ammunition shall have no force or effect.  Consistent with Article I, Section 10, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, no state shall "without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress."

Colin Gallagher
10 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Equal Vote America

Lawsuit Filed to Abolish the Electoral College and Demand Equal Vote for All Americans

Equal Vote for All Americans 2017/01/01Dear Fellow Americans, Our country, United States of America, was founded in the fundamental ideal enshrined in the Declaration of Independence: “Every Man Created Equal” with unalienable Rights for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. To achieve this ideal, unprecedented at the time, our founding father established the core principle of constitutional democracy, declared in the Preamble to the Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” President Lincoln later reaffirmed this core democratic principle in his Gettysburg address, “government of the people, by the people, for the people”. However, miscarriage of democracy, i.e. the will of a clear majority voters being overturn, has taken place twice in five presidential elections since 2000. In another word, in our country, the most powerful democracy in the world, there has been as high as 40% of chances in the 21st century that the loser of popular votes won the presidency, the most powerful office in the world. Such undemocratic and outrageous injustice has been the direct result of the Electoral College system. The Right to Vote is the quintessence of being a free person with unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. However, under the Electoral College system, each vote is NOT counted equally from one state to the next. According to the latest Census Data 2013, Wyoming has the least population of 582,658 with 3 electoral votes allocated, while New York, our home state, has a population of 19,651,127 with 29 electoral votes allocated. This means, it takes Wyoming only 194,219 persons to have one electoral vote, whilst it takes New York 677,625 persons to have one electoral vote. In another word, being a person in New York is worth only 28.7% of a person in Wyoming in terms of the electoral vote allocated. Such inequality gets worse for residents in the top two states, 27.9% for both California and Texas. The Electoral College originated from the infamous “three-fifths” compromise within the 1787 Constitution which counted the population of slaves as three-fifths when appointing representatives and electors while granting no right to vote. If we rank all fifty states and the District of Columbia by population, then a resident of the top 44 states (98% of national population) would be worth less than 60% of a resident in Wyoming. In another word, in today’s America, a huge majority 98% of population are counted even less than the slaves in 1787, 230 years ago! Therefore, the Electoral College is not only in gross contradiction of our country’s founding ideal of “all men created equal”, but also in stark violation of the Equal Protection clause in the 14th Amendment that essentially guarantees the basic democratic principle of “One Person One Vote, and Every Vote Counted Equally.” From Mayors to House Representatives, from Senators to Governors, all these offices are elected by direct popular votes which reflects the democratic principle and basic fairness of “one person one vote, every vote equal”. The presidency is responsible for and accountable to all people in this country, rather than the states or electors. Hence, the Electoral College not only distorts the will of people, but also violates the accountability to constituents. At the beginning of our country, only white male owners of property had the right to vote, slaves were counted only three-fifths of a person, women could not vote, young people were drafted to fight for the country but could not vote, and after the Civil War the Jim Crow laws deliberately discriminated against minority people and deprived their right to vote. It took courage and action to overcome all of these injustices. Therefore, on December 14th, 2016, we filed a lawsuit at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, against the Congress aiming to (1) convince the Court that the Electoral College is not only un-American but also unconstitutional, and (2) compel the Congress to enact new laws for presidential election under the principle of "one person one vote, every vote is equal" according to the 14th Amendment. Please help spread the word, and join this fight for our country’s founding ideal, core democratic principle, basic fairness and social justice to repeal the Electoral College, and achieve this fundamental right, “Equal Vote” for all Americans regardless of state of residency. Please visit us at

EqualVote America
159 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, President of the United States, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Barbara Boxer, Rand Paul, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill Nelson, Dick Durbin, Cory Booker, Harry Reid, Patty Murray, Tim Kaine, Al Franken, Lindsey Graham, Robert Menendez, Sherrod Brown, Amy Klobuchar, Richard Blumenthal, Robert Casey, Eric Swalwell, Jackie Speier, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Eleanor Norton, Darrell Issa, Louie Gohmert, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Adam Schiff, Tulsi Gabbard, Barbara Lee, John Garamendi, Steny Hoyer, Donald Trump

Congress: The American People Call For Stricter Gun Laws Now

Growing up, the thought of a school shooting was unheard of. It never crossed my mind, nor the mind of my parents. Now, it’s sad to say that it has become the new norm for Americans. Everyday, we hear about a mass shooting, a school incident, a family being murdered or a child being accidentally killed by a firearm. When did it become okay to hear these sort of incidents reported and not even bat an eye? Now, as a parent of two small children, I often find myself thinking of when my kids will start school. And instead of thinking about how much I will probably cry on that first day I drop them off and watch them walk away like proud, independent little men, I find myself thinking about what to tell my kids to do in the case of a shooting. I find myself thinking, what if one of my boys become one of the 2400 children injured or killed by a gunman (credit: Gun Violence Archive)? It’s not something a parent should have to think about. It’s not something a child should have to think about. The NRA campaigns against all forms of gun control strictly for their own benefit. They spend over $3 million dollars per year to influence gun policy (credit: BBC News). They claim it makes the country safer, but I’m sure that’s because of the money stuffed in their overflowing pockets. According to the IRS, the NRA made $20.9 million from selling advertising to industry companies. The firearms industry makes $31.8 billion of the U.S. economy (credit: Business Insider). Most are calling for a ban on assault weapons. However, a study conducted by the FBI shows that most murders are caused by handguns (credit: NIJ). The ban on assault weapons is definitely a must. However, we need to look at the bigger picture and voice the need for stricter gun laws on all weapons. Yes, it will not stop people from getting weapons, but adding that extra step will deter those with bad intentions from simply walking into a shop and slapping down a few dollar bills. An even more radical, and possibly better idea, would be to change the second amendment. The United States Constitution was created on the foundation of our country in 1789. Now, more than 200 years later, I think it’s safe to say that time’s change and people change. It is necessary for us to make certain appropriations in order to regulate that. After all, “a well regulated Militia…” is the only necessary security to our free State. According to the Gun Violence Archive, Americans own an estimated 265 million guns. That is enough for every adult American to own more than one gun each. There is a historic and deep-rooted sense of identity in being able to own a firearm. Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they cannot imagine life without a gun. We are the only civilized country that owns as many guns as there is people and has as many gun related deaths by almost 50% (credit: CNN). The Department of Health and Human Services stated that only 3-5% of violent acts are attributed to individuals with a serious mental illness. We cannot use the excuse of someone being mentally ill for these incidents occurring. Yes, it may be a factor in some cases. But taking that fact into account, it’s not the real problem. The most recent and prominent explanation Americans are giving: bad parenting makes bad people. Is it true? Yes. The age range, however, of these mass shootings are ages 11 to 66. A majority of those incidents were committed by someone over the age of 30. As of 15 February 2018, there have already been 30 mass shootings. How many more are we going to let happen? As a mother, father, wife, husband, partner, son or daughter and a citizen of the United States, stand up. Let your voice be heard. Here are some basic facts to help shed light on gun violence as of late: In 2015 and 2016, there was a school shooting for every month of the year. In 2017, February was the only month that passed without an incident involving a gun (credit: BBC). 56,755 Americans were killed by guns from 2014-2017 (credit: The Week). In 2017, more than 70,000 injuries were attributed to gun violence (credit: The Guardian). A mass shooting is defined as an incident in which four or more people are shot, not including the shooter. This happens 9 out of every 10 days (credit: The Guardian). More people have died by gun violence than from the war. Since 1968, there have been 1,516,863 gun-related deaths. Since the United States was founded, there have been 1,396,733 reported deaths related to the war, as of October 2017 (credit: The Guardian).

Alyssa Gilliam
2,653 supporters