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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss

Restore Honesty and Fairness to the Texas Lottery!

The Texas Lottery is supposed to be fair and honest.  However, the Lottery and its private operator, GTECH, sold deceptive Fun 5’s scratch-off tickets to Texas lottery players promising they would win if their tickets revealed a Money Bag symbol. Over 1,000 players got Money Bags but GTECH refused to pay their prizes. The Lottery and GTECH continued to sell the deceptive tickets even though up to 100 players per day were complaining that they had been cheated. The Executive Director of the Lottery Commission, Gary Grief, testified in a deposition that the players’ complaints did not cause him any concern.  A Dallas judge has now ruled that both the TLC and GTECH are immune from suit even if they commit fraud on Texas lottery players.  We, the citizens of Texas, are shocked to hear that our lottery officials and GTECH can defraud us and cannot be held accountable.  We demand that our elected officials restore honesty and fairness to the Texas Lottery now.  The lottery operations contract says that GTECH can be terminated for cause if it “engages in any conduct that results in a negative public impression” with respect to Texas Lottery games.  GTECH sold a deceptive ticket to the Texas Lottery and refused to stand behind the promises it made on the ticket.  We call upon our elected leaders to exercise our contractual right to terminate GTECH for cause.  The Executive Director of the Lottery Commission showed a lack of respect for the lottery players by ignoring their concerns.  We call upon our elected leaders to hold him accountable and to shake up the top management at the Texas Lottery Commission.  If Texas is going to run a gambling operation, the least our state leaders can do is make sure it is fair and honest.

Denice Deckard
9,120 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Andrew J. Kandrevas (State Representative,Michigan) (State Representative,Michigan), George Darany (State Representative), Mike Callton (State Representative), Vicki Barnett (State Representative , Michigan, District 37, Democrat), Rashida Tlaib (State Senator, Michigan), Rick Snyder, Henry Vaupel, Adam Zemke, debby stabenow

Ban "Gay Conversion Therapy" In Michigan Now

We as a society are still coming up to terms with homosexuality. Though it makes very significant part of our society ( 5 to 11 % of population), we have not given it proper acceptance yet.Even though many evidences suggest its biological and probably innate nature, we still do not know for sure how sex identity and preferences differ in homosexual person compared to heterosexual one.There is consensus among scientific community that most people experience little or no choice about their sexual orientation and homosexuality is not a mental disorder. Often society's treatment of person (due to sexual orientation ) may lead to  severe stress and trauma that can lead to various mental issues including suicides.   What major religions of the world believe about homosexuality is a highly debated topic.Some part of the society (largely different religious groups) can not accept homosexuality and are apprehensive of it as being not pious or think of it as condemned by god. They live in complete denial that such thing can exist naturally and hence when faced with homosexuality they look for ways out of situation with desperation. Its exactly such desperation that lead them to sham practices of so called "Gay Conversion Therapy".  These kind of therapies are completely denied/opposed by scientific community. These therapies are offered by random group of people mostly out side of scientific community. These therapies are not defined or have no standard procedures with years of research and  results behind them. If there are why did not any one come forward to explain how it works, why it would work, patent it, get approved by scientific community and make millions selling it world wide?? The fact is these claims are nothing but chicanery. Many of these so called centers are closed after some or other way their  fraud came out. There therapies are not only ridiculous but potentially dangerous and harmful in nature. Person has to go through inhuman treatment and torture. Most often people subjected to these therapies are adolescences forced by their parents. There are incidents of suicide as a result of going through this unbearable torture. President Obama supported the ban on such therapies and called on all states to do the same. Currently already 6 states have banned such therapies and we need it banned in all states. Recently NJ Governor Chris Christie signed it into law.   Incoming Vice President Mike Spence have supported such therapies in past. No matter what is your view of homosexuality, there are some points to ponder: 1. Is it ethical to subject any one to go through such inhuman treatment with no scientific basis? Remember most people going though this would be adolescences forced by their desperate parents.    2. APA a large professional body opposes the treatment. They are professionals licensed to help people with mental illness and related problems unlike people who ONLY specialize in such therapy. Where do you think conflict of interest is and who is in for money? if there is any validity or morality in these treatmentsthen who stops these APA guys from offering same? answer is simple: they do not think its scientific and its ethically and morally wrong to offer such thing. Remember: There is not a single Scientific / Medical Association that considers homosexuality as issue and supports such therapies.   3. what proof supporters of the therapy offer that it works? If they have any why do not they convert it into patent,standardize it (so that it can be regulated for quality and ethical standards like other medical and psychological treatments) ? who was the inventor? why did not he patent it and make millions? Remember: They do not have any organization or any evidence based proof to support these claims.You could as well promise elixir and it would be equivalent in principle (promising something that does not exist). It is time now to ban such treatments so that no one has to go through that torture and no more lives are lost to chicanery.It is violation of basic human rights. Please sign this to let the decision makers know that you will not let any fraudsters preying on desperation of gullible parents and innocent LGBT youth. This efforts needs to be repeated in each state nation wide. Lets start with our state Michigan.  

Alpesh Mittal
33 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Congress, Tom MacArthur, Omnidian, Lease Dimensions, Sungevity, Horizon Solar Power, Solar Specturm, Catania Solar, Lowe's Home Improvement

Stop Predatory Solar Companies from Taking Advantage of American Families!

  We need your help to stop fraudulent companies from taking advantage of hard-working American families.  This petition is on behalf of an American (and Military) family that has been victimized by a fraudulent solar company that knowingly entered into unconsionable contracts with them, promising savings that never materialized and threatening financial harm in response to reasonable requests to terminate their contract.  These companies need to understand that treating American families unfairly, especially those in the military, is not something that will be tolerated.  They need to be held accountable for their predatory practices and those that have invested in these companies need to be investigated to see how many of them knew about these predatory business dealings prior to investing in these companies. The companies that need to be investigated are:  Omnidian, Lease Dimensions, Sungevity, Horizon Solar Power, Solar Spectrum, Catania Solar The investors in these companies are: Northern Pacific Group, Genpact  It was also presented to this family at the time that they signed-up that they were also affiliated with Lowe's Home Improvement corporation so we are also asking the leadership at Lowe's to end all ties, if there are any, with these companies. HERE IS WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE: -Our government, either at the state or federal level, needs to investigate these companies, and their investors, as soon as possible to determine the extent of their unlawful activity.  PLEASE WRITE YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES.  YOU CAN CUT AND PASTE THIS INTO A LETTER! -The companies mentioned above need to respond immediately to the family mentioned below and assist, in a reasonable manner, in the termination of their contract. -The investors and partners of these companies need to be made aware of the unconscionable behavior of the companies in which they are affiliated with. -We ask that every person that signs this position NOT enter into a contract with any of the companies mentioned above until proper remedial action is taken. Here is the story from the family directly, written to their Congressional Representative, Mr. Tom MacArthur: "My family has fallen victim to predatory lending practices that violate not only federal statutes but also New Jersey statutes. Every day I see more solar panels on homes in my neighborhood and I’m worried my neighbors will also be victimized. I’m asking you to take immediate action to initiate investigation into the lending practices of solar panel leasing organizations. Though I am not a lawyer, I have begun to investigate these practices on behalf of myself and other citizens. Based upon my initial investigation, our solar leasing company, Sungevity, violated US Code Title 15, Chapter 41, Statute 1667a - Consumer Lease Disclosure; The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act; and the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 USC 45. To make it personal - my husband, a United States Marine, is being transferred by his employer in December. As part of that transfer, we are required to sell our home. The relocation company will not move forward with our relocation purchase until the solar panels on our home are either removed or we are given a contract that will allow us to own them outright (continuation of the existing lease is not an option). We leased these solar panels in 2011. We were told we were protecting ourselves against 6% rising energy rates, that we would save about $10,000 over the life of the lease, and that if we ever had to move it would be no problem. We were told the lease would be easily assumable by a buyer or we could pay off the contract and have them removed. We were told the company was trustworthy because it was a partner of Lowe’s. With these things in mind, we decided to do what we thought was best for the environment and go solar. Six years into the lease, the savings promised have not materialized. Our solar company, Sungevity, went bankrupt and its successor companies, Omnidian and Lease Dimensions, have failed to live up to their end of the bargain with clients, failing to monitor our systems and being unreachable for weeks at a time. Finding out the payoff amount for our system involved a great deal of research, as all the contact information on my bill is inaccurate. When I was informed of the amount needed to get out of our lease, it was $18,000. When I asked them to explain their numbers because that seemed off (Max over 15 years was $22,000), they DOUBLED the amount in retaliation! Now they say we have to give them $36,000 whether we remove the panels from our house or keep them there. Thats $14,000 more than the maximum amount I was supposed to pay over the life of the entire lease!   This company knows we must resolve this before we move and they are being intentionally inflexible, though they themselves urged me to “make an offer” and made it clear they didn’t have the wherewithal to remove the panels from my roof at this time. I’ve consulted with an attorney who believes it is in my best interests to negotiate with the company since I don’t have time to waste. However, he does believe their violation of 15 USC 41 to be very clear. I’m hoping that our State and Federal Legislators will look further into this situation and put legislation in force to protect all future victims of these practices as well as to look for a way to help past victims, like ourselves, who are already in leases whose terms violate the laws created to protect consumers. Please don’t let these corporations with their promises of environmental impact and monetary savings be the ones who benefit from Americans going solar at the expense of American consumers.      

Jennifer McCart
529 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Ajit Pai

Save Net Neutrality

Do phone companies charge more for calling certain family members? Does Netflix charge extra to watch certain shows? Should you be paying more money to gain access to certain websites? No. Net Neutrality is the principle that all Internet Service Providers (ISP) should treat all data on the internet fairly and equally. There are certain ISP's who wish to treat the internet as a premium service, where they will block, throttle, or even charge for access to certain domains. They want to force their customers to pay more in order to escape the "slow lane." This is not how the internet should be treated. When paying for access to the internet, you should receive universal and equal access to all websites at the speed you choose to pay for. The FCC has already begun taking steps to scale back the protection net neutrality offers. Companies such as Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter have all expressed support for the current regulations to remain in place. Signing this petition will help build the momentum behind this movement and pressure the FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, to save net neutrality! Success will lead to an open and free internet for everyone. Failure will lead to an internet full of restrictions, inefficiency, and fees for everyone. We rely on the internet more and more each day. This is especially true for me. Personally, I use the internet to connect with others, get the daily news, research, and much more. Also, as a college student, a majority of my work is organized and done online, so I'm constantly accessing the internet. If I suddenly wasn't able to connect to the websites I rely on daily, life and school would immediately become much more difficult. So please, take the time to sign this petition and support a free and open internet for everyone!

Nick O'Brien
478,715 supporters