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Donald Trump

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Petition to CNN, Judge Timothy Kelly

Fair & Balanced— Mandatory Training for Free Press (Coexistence Basics for Journalists)

On November 7, 2018, the American public witnessed an altercation between President Donald Trump and CNN Reporter, Jim Acosta during its White House Press Conference following the Midterm Elections. As the public recalls, many of the questions were heavily loaded and accusatory in nature. While President Trump attempted to provide answers to Acosta’s first few questions, Acosta engaged in further berating and arguing with the President. While there is no doubt that CNN profited from this interaction through headlines that purported in large sums of money through online clicks, it is critical to acknowledge and address that Acosta’s approach was biased and the headlines produced cause more and more division in our country. Acosta also did not pass the mic when asked, minimizing opportunity for other journalists to ask questions. It is crucial that there be regulations at White House Press Meetings that enforce fairness. While we fully believe in our constitutional right of free speech and would not condone censorship, it is also very important to carry out duties of journalism with integrity and respect to the Presidency and the American People. Therefore, this petition is not to ‘punish’ Acosta, press, or news station, nor to petition the court to repeal its temporary decision, but instead to propose mandatory training to Acosta based on Brandeis University’s Master of Arts Coexistence and Conflict Resolution Program that would allow a much more fair opportunity for the general public to draw their own conclusions in politics and the issues at hand. Based on The Heller School for Social Policy and Management; Coexistence and Conflict Resolution Research Methods: #1- do no harm #2- ask open ended questions #3- avoid loaded questions and accusations #4- practice objectivity   #5- pass the mic when the interviewee first requests it   With the public’s demand for Acosta’s retraining, we strive that these basic principles will be required through policy for all press and applied in order to create a fair and balanced platform of news media that will in effect bring our country together through fact reporting rather than continued separation through the use of divisive tactics practiced by media today. We, the People, petition that our concerns for a free but also fair and balanced press initiate a Coexistence and Conflict Resolution Research Methods training crash course to be put into affect for all press, starting with CNN.

L. V. Ferrer
21 supporters
This petition won 6 days ago

Petition to OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Don't let democracy die in darkness. Shine a brighter light on the 2018 elections.

American democracy is under greater threat than ever before. This is our first national election under a president who has made no secret of his contempt for the institutions of our democracy, including the courts, the free press, and the election process itself. Worse, he is under investigation for colluding with a foreign dictatorship to swing the 2016 election in his favor. And having appointed Brett Kavanaugh to give him a majority on the Supreme Court, after Kavanaugh explicitly argued in 2009 that the president should be immune from criminal prosecution, Trump believes he is above the law. But the polls are giving a more than 75% chance of Democrats taking the House of Representatives in this election, which means they could impeach Trump for collusion with Russia and other crimes. There's no telling what Trump might do to prevent that from happening. But we do know who will be in the best position to hold him accountable: international election observers. Unfortunately, the international election watchdog ODIHR, which sent over 400 observers to thoroughly monitor the 2016 elections, has decided to send a team of less than 50 this time, and has no plans for any systematic observation of voting, vote counting, or tabulation of results. We must call on them to change their minds and deploy as many observers as possible to watch for all kinds of dirty tricks, including mass disenfranchisement, intimidation at the polls, and hacking of computerized election systems. We cannot allow Donald Trump to keep messing with our elections and undermining our democracy. Please sign to let ODIHR know we need them now more than ever. PETITION TEXT: ODIHR's election observation work has never mattered more. I am writing to ask you to be extremely wary on Election Day, and if at all possible, add many more election observers to ensure we get the best picture possible of any efforts to illegally alter the results. If your observers are forced to leave, please make sure the world knows immediately. President Trump is openly contemptuous of the democratic process, and under potential threat of impeachment should control of the House of Representatives fall to the the Democratic Party, as now seems probable in absence of tampering. I wish your needs assessment for the 2018 elections had taken greater account of this dangerously unstable leader's possible extreme reaction to such a threat. I also believe your assessment is out of date because Trump has just obtained a conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court through the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, who stated, in a 2009 Minnesota Law Review Article, his support of “exempting a President—while in office—from criminal prosecution and investigation.” We cannot accept the risk that the monitoring of this election will be insufficient to hold President Trump accountable for any illegal efforts to undermine our democratic process. Please make sure your election observation mission doesn't miss this crucial opportunity to help preserve democracy in the world's most powerful nation.

Benjamin Sibelman
133 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Jack Dorsey, Anthony Noto, Adam Messinger, Vijaya Gadde, Leslie Berland

Suspend or Cancel Trump's Twitter Account

“This is my megaphone. This is who I am. This is how I communicate. It’s the reason I got elected. It’s the reason that I’m successful.” Trump said this about Twitter to an advisor in 2017 (quoted in Bob Woodward's Fear).  To the Chief Officers at Twitter: We the undersigned believe that presidential candidate, president-elect, and now president* Donald J. Trump has abused his Twitter account in such a way as warrants cancellation or suspension. We are grateful that you have already banned neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, Trump advisor Roger Stone, and others for violating Twitter rules, and ask that D.J. Trump not be allowed to continue violating those same rules with impunity. We also understand that tweeting is not a First Amendment right, as discussed in Salon, as explained clearly by CNN, and even addressed in a Twitter forum. Tweeting is speech conducted on a privately-run online platform governed by community standards and terms-of-service agreements. Even the ACLU said in August 2017 that it will no longer defend hate speech, particularly that of neo-Nazi, white supremacists. All of us recognize that Trump has in effect weaponized Twitter in an unfair and dangerous manner. Twitter policy states: All users must adhere to the policies set forth in the Twitter Rules. Failure to do so may result in the temporary locking and/or permanent suspension of account(s). Trump has demonstrably violated the following rules: Unlawful use: You may not use our service for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities. His vindictive Dec. 6 Tweet aimed at Boeing led directly to significant drop in stock price. His Dec. 12 Tweet aimed at Lockheed Martin, precipitating a 4% drop in stock value. Abusive Behavior: Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism. The cyberbullying of steelworker union chief Chuck Jones, directly leading to death threats, was reported Dec. 8 in the NY Times. Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Trump's attack on a female college student is another example wherein the power of Twitter combined with Trump's status has directly resulted in personal destruction. Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. Trump's Nov. 30 Tweet threatening refugees is notable here as was his infamous rant against the American judge of Mexican descent. More recently we have the threatening of sports figures (whom he called "sons of bitches") exercising their freedom of speech, and the shameful attacks on the Mayor of San Juan while she deals with a catastrophe in Puerto Rico. These are just a few examples of violations that form a clear pattern, clear enough so that his Twitter abuse of nearly 300 people was graphically summarized in the New York Times. For these and other reasons the case has already been made by journalists for banning Trump from Twitter. Not surprisingly, and straight from the Nazi playbook, Trump has repeatedly referred to any critical news media as "the enemy of the people." Not included in the above is Trump's use of Twitter to avoid the press, whose duty it is to critically report to the public. Another category not found in Twitter rules is the reckless endangerment of entire populations. Trump's Dec. 22, 2016 tweet regarding nuclear weapons shows how the abuse of Twitter may accelerate global annihilation. His current tweets regarding North Korea undermine his own diplomats while moving us closer to nuclear conflict. And who's going to follow your rules if you change them to accommodate a single user who cannot follow them? Shameful.  Since Trump has taken office, his use of Twitter to spread misinformation has accelerated to such a degree that it cannot be chronicled here. He lies to sheriffs, to the military, to the press, to his supporters, and repeats it all on Twitter. He has interfered in the prosecution of a terrorist by Tweeting his advocacy of the death penalty. He routinely attacks the judiciary, senators, companies who don't like his brand, and anybody that criticizes him, often using misinformation.  Ultimately it is up to the officers of Twitter whether Trump is allowed to continue abusing people, institutions, corporations, and the planet with your powerful technology. To be blunt, Twitter is becoming with each day more complicit in everything Trump does and will do. People are increasingly demanding an explanation for Twitter's failure to enforce its rules, and the justification offered so far--that his tweets are newsworthy--is nothing more than greed. Ask yourselves, do you want to be remembered as the corporation that helped start a civil war, or World War III? Are you content to remain a fascist's megaphone, or does your company have an ounce of civic or global responsibility? We hope you make the right decision, and soon.  Thank you for your attention. To be delivered to: JACK DORSEY Chief Executive Officer @jack ANTHONY NOTO Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer @anthonynoto ADAM MESSINGER Chief Technology Officer @adam_messinger VIJAYA GADDE General Counsel @vijaya LESLIE BERLAND Chief Marketing Officer @leslieberland

Chris Monroe
15,406 supporters