Petition to Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
We want to see Trump's tax returns.
President Trump calls reports of his alleged compromising ties to Russian businesses and government officials, “FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT.” He can prove it by releasing his tax returns. Who does our president owe money to? Can they use his debt to manipulate our Commander-in-Chief? Is he receiving income from foreign sources to his businesses from which he has yet to divest? The answers are easy to discover if he releases his tax returns. In a press conference, Trump told the assembled reporters, “The only people who seem to care about my tax returns are you people here.” Our country does care. In fact, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll, 74% of Americans (including 53% of Republicans) want him to RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS. Every major presidential candidate for the past 40 years has voluntarily released their tax returns. President Nixon even released his tax returns while under audit. Why does President Trump refuse to release his taxes if he has nothing to hide? Please sign and SHARE this petition calling on President Trump to RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS NOW.
Petition to Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Bob Goodlatte, John Conyers, Chuck Grassley, Dianne Feinstein
Congress: Impeach Jeff Sessions on Charges of Perjury
President Bill Clinton lied under oath about an adulterous affair. He was impeached for committing perjury. He lost his license to practice law in the State of New York. At the time, Republicans in Congress called for his resignation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about a meeting with the Russian Ambassador. Just like Clinton, Sessions should face a Congressional investigation and a Special Prosecutor. Just like Clinton, Sessions should lose his license to practice law. Just like in Clinton's case, Republicans in Congress should call for Sessions to resign. Jeff Sessions is supposed to be the nation's top law enforcement officer. There is video evidence that he committed perjury. Perjury is a violation of the law that Sessions is supposed to enforce. If no one is above the law, then Sessions must resign, be fired, or impeached.
Petition to The United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate
Stop President Trump's proposed budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health
President Donald Trump released a budget proposal on 3/16/17 which calls for a $6 billion dollar cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or 20% of the NIH's total budget. The NIH uses more than 80% of its budget to provide grant money to university, hospital, and research center scientists who study relevant public health issues. The NIH is the major funding source for research on cancer, asthma, diabetes, autism and developmental disabilities, Alzheimer's Disease, as well as many other debilitating diseases. NIH funding in its current configuration is inadequate to provide scientists with the tools and training that they need to combat these problems. Lack of funding has left many highly trained and qualified scientists with little or no resources to conduct their work which in many cases had strong potential to make significant advances in human health and medicine. The proposed budget cut would paralyze biomedical research; Both ongoing research progress as well as new and innovative research will be halted. These cuts will directly result in fewer advances in medicine. The proposed cuts will also alter the trajectory of science, as they stand to decimate the funding which is necessary for the training of new scientists. This will result in a reduction in the number of highly skilled biomedical experts in this country. Please do not allow this to happen. The NIH budget needs to be increased, not slashed, if we consider health a priority in this country.
Petition to Jane Chu, National Endowment for the Arts, Donald Trump, Kirsten Gillibrand, Chris Collins, Peter T. King, Elise Stefanik, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Don’t eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts
Multiple news outlets say the Trump administration may soon announce plans to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) entirely as part of a plan to curb spending. The administration plans to cut $10 trillion, nearly all of our budget’s non-discretionary spending, over the next 10 years. The NEA and NEH account for less than .002% of our federal spending -- about 46 cents each, for every American, every year. The NEA has been the life-blood and foundation of the arts community across our nation since 1965. They provide grants for dance, music, drama, literature, outreach education, and so much more. The NEH offers research funding to museums, libraries, and colleges. Did you enjoy films like Ken Burn’s Civil War documentary series? That was funded by the NEH, along with 16 other Pulitzer prize winning productions. Together, these two organizations enrich the arts in America -- giving creativity and freedom of speech a voice and continues to nurture humanity at large. These vital organizations must be spared. Don’t allow these organizations to slip away quietly into the night. Sign this petition right now and tell Congress to save the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and help us petition for policy that protects this valuable resources from future partisan shifts with a permanent funding mandate.
Petition to U.S. Senate
No confirmations for Trump nominees until Obama's nominee confirmed to Supreme Court.
We call upon the Senate to filibuster any attempt to confirm a Presidential nominee over the objections of this petition. No new business until we complete old business. There can be no discussion of political reconciliation or compromise on Presidential appointments without confirming President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, to the US Supreme Court. We, the petitioners, believe we cannot begin to heal the divisions in our country and that we will be further divided without President Trump and the US Senate first endorsing President Obama's appointment. We believe refusal to endorse the principle of this matter is a tacit endorsement of continued mindless and purely partisan obstruction which will increase the number of US citizens considering OUR electoral system and representative government irrelevant aspects of our society.
Petition to Lee Zeldin
Tell Lee Zeldin: Oppose All Cuts to Science!
Dear Representative Zeldin- The scientific community has been stunned by Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ budget, which proposes drastic cuts to research funding at the EPA, NSF, NASA, NIH and DOE and NOAA. If such cuts occur, the cost to scientific progress will be immeasurable. Here, we focus on the economic costs to NY-01. As you are aware, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Medical Center and Brookhaven National Labs are three of the largest employers in your district. These research institutions depend upon income from federal grants to maintain facilities, pay administrative and support staff. Federal grants also support the livelihoods of scientific staff and pay for salary supplements that enable researchers to afford to live on Long Island – and who in turn fuel much of the local economy. Furthermore, economists agree that federal research dollars result in numerous start-ups, small businesses, and development of innovative products and technologies. Among the “trickle-down” effects will be the loss of opportunities for local high-school students to engage in research – long a strength of our local school districts. The collective loss of federal dollars would quickly spread to other sectors of the local economy and devastate our area. We, the undersigned, strongly urge you to oppose ANY cuts to federal research money. The economic welfare of NY-01 is inextricably linked to federal support of scientific research at SBU, SB Med and BNL.
Petition to Michael Stinziano
Make Columbus a Sanctuary City
Jorge Elorza, the Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, has promised that the city of Providence will “stand with” its undocumented workers; it is time for Mayor Ginther and the members of Columbus City Council to do the same. With Republicans poised to take control of the federal government, the governments of large, democratically-voting cities like Columbus may be one of the last legitimate checks on Donald Trump’s power to fulfill his campaign promise to deport millions of people—family members, coworkers, friends, and students of Americans just like you and me—from the United States. According to the ACLU, Columbus is home to about 95,000 undocumented people. Unfortunately for those people and for their family members, coworkers, friends, and teachers, the ACLU has also called Ohio “the worst state among the 50 and the District of Columbia”, due to its lack of laws in effect that might otherwise support their health and well-being. Columbus Ohio has the opportunity to channel the thousands of voices who stood in protest at the state capital last Thursday night into a movement that makes a real difference in the lives of the populations who stand to lose the most under a Donald Trump presidency. It is true that Columbus could lose access to federal funds if we become a “sanctuary city.” However, if the people of Columbus stand firmly in support of our friends and neighbors—including the undocumented ones— then we will show that the courage of our convictions is not something to be ignored, that love truly does trump hate, and we may be an example for those elsewhere whose city government may, like ours, be one of the last things standing between Trump and a policy of mass deportation in the USA.
Petition to Charlie Baker
Make Massachusetts a Sanctuary State
This petition is in support of The Safe Communities Act to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants. President-elect Donald Trump has promised throughout his campaign to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants from all over the United States. As of November 13th, 2016, he underlined his resolve to begin carrying out this plan immediately, tearing apart families and communities. As a state that voted against Trump in every single county, we are obligated to disavow the anti-immigrant sentiment and xenophobia that have been core tenets of Trump's presidential campaign. We must act now. The effects of Trump's inhumane proposal have already become clear. Children are terrified that their parents will be deported and the Boston Public School system has called in counselors to help students process their fears. Immigrants, undocumented or otherwise, are the lifeblood of this country. They are our friends, our neighbors, our classmates, our colleagues. They deserve to know that they will not be removed from their homes, separated from their loved ones, or detained indefinitely with no recourse. They deserve to know that we, the residents of Massachusetts, will not tolerate their persecution.Contact info to call your governor and state legislators! Governor Charlie BakerLook up your State Legislator!