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democracy

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Petition to George Mason University Foundation

George Mason University: Comply with VA Law, Make Donor Agreements Public!

Dear George Mason University and the GMU Foundation, We the undersigned support Transparent GMU's lawsuit requesting that you comply with Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act and make your agreements with private donors available to the public. The law does not allow a public university, like George Mason, to conceal its records by simply outsourcing its public business to a private company (in this case, the GMU Foundation). Because GMU’s largest donor, the Charles Koch Foundation, has entered into grant agreements with other universities in exchange for influence over hiring, research and curricular decisions, we believe transparency of George Mason's relations with private donors is of the utmost importance. University constituents deserve to know if their educational institution is being manipulated by private donors. As citizens concerned for the integrity and future of public education, we call on you to comply with the law and make your grant and gift agreements with private donors transparent! Update: Since filing the lawsuit and launching this petition, we have been receiving incredible media coverage! Here is a great article by the Student Press Law Center where students are quoted about their concerns. We were even been covered by the Washington Post and 20+ other outlets! Keep sharing this petition to support us!

Transparent GMU
582 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to United States Government, President of the United States, Virginia Governor, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jason Keller & other leaders of Virginia White Nationalist Rally need to be held liable.

The events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia this Saturday, is of the upmost importance to our country, democracy and civil rights. This is one that demands our attention. This can easily become the moment that the citizens in our country draw a line, further creating a us vs them mentality. History has thought us that what can happen in these type of political environments. These alt-right individuals who incite violence, who prepare their warriors for confrontations should be held liable for the lives lost. 3 dead and 20+ injured in an event that should not be allowed to happen in that violent way. Individuals that lead their groups into violence together, should be held responsible together. Jason Keller, Richard Spencer, Matthew Heimbach, Mike "Enoch" Peinovich, Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet and some like David Duke are openly saying they want to take their country back. The confederacy was a rebellion turned treason, even though the rebel's never went to trial due to the lack of infrastructure within our government, it was still treason and they were traitors. The United States of America and it bodies of government must shut this down now. Under 18 U.S. Code § 2101 - Riots the leaders of these hate groups have incited violence. Under Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act the group itself had involved into acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; and appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population. In return, (1) We the People of The United States of America demand that our government label this act as what it is, a domestic terrorist group that goes out with the intention to hurt, kill, and change The United States and the course of events that we went through to get here. (2) Send a message to the group of individuals that protect a portion of history that The United States fought and lost lives to come out victorious and become the country that we are, on that is united on all fronts. Please fix this for our countries sake, this is not supposed to be allowed with our current set of laws against hate crime and speech and our history. Their "Freedom of Speech" does not cover hate speech and acts of hate that induce violence. The response from our government will tell them how to act and move forward, please choose wisely and be on the right side.  

We the People
92 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Governors, John Hickenlooper, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan, Michael Bennet, Diana DeGette, Al Green

Defend Democracy-Demand our legislators place checks and balances on Presidential Pardons!

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do demand our legislators establish checks and balances on Presidential Pardoning Powers to defend our democracy and the Constitution of the United States of America. Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution grants the President the "Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment". Scholars debate whether or not a President has the power to pardon him/herself, but Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution states "Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law". So, it appears a President cannot serve as his own Judge by offering a self-pardon to escape liability from U.S. Laws. There is no such debate, however, over the validity of Presidential Pardons granted to any other party in any circumstance because this power is currently unchecked. In the course of recent human events, it has become necessary to disconnect Presidents from the unchecked Power to Pardon people who violate the Laws of our Nation. Not God, nor a relationship with the President entitles anyone to act without a decent respect for mankind. A fundamental concept of democracy is that no one is above the law, but unchecked Pardoning Power allows a President to decide that some people are. The mere possibility that a President and members of his or her campaign and/or administration could allegedly collude with foreign or domestic parties to undermine our democratic processes, or could conspire to, or could commit any other crimes, abuses, or usurpations, after which the President can simply utilize the Power to Pardon to not only reduce, but to completely eliminate any and all liability for his or her co-conspirators, allowing them to act with complete impunity under absolute Nepotism, compels us to take action. This potential to abuse power in such a way is exactly why several States have independent boards that must affirm the Pardons that the State's Governor has recommended. Preserving our democracy and preventing the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States requires the same checks and balances be placed on Presidential Pardons. We must hold this truth to be self-evident, that all men (and women) are treated equal and will be held accountable for their actions under the law, irrespective of their relationship to the President. The purpose of this petition is therefore to gather signatures from the American people in every state to demand that our legislators, whether that be Congress and the Senate, or by a convention of states called for by our state legislatures, add an amendment to the Constitution to place checks and balances on Presidential Pardoning Power, thereby defending American democracy and the Constitution of the United States of America   References: America's two most important documents: The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America.

Jason Brocas
7 supporters