Petition to Patrick Leahy, Peter Welch
Defeat budget cut proposed for US Institute of Peace
The US Institute of Peace was created during the Reagan administration, in part, to resolve conflicts throughout the world and to train others to do so. Referred to as a "do tank" rather than a "think tank," it has enjoyed bipartisan support. Until now. At $35 million, its annual budget is a tiny fraction of what we spend on defense. Indeed, many high-ranking defense officials see this as money well-spent because successful diplomacy costs much less than war. Now, with no explanation, the Trump administration has proposed to eliminate all funding for the Institute.
Petition to Eric Schneiderman, Rod Rosenstein
Appoint Preet Bharara as Special Prosecutor to investigate election influence by Russia
Update, May 9: We created this petition two months ago, when Preet Bharara was fired. But with the firing of James Comey this afternoon, it's once again clear that we need an investigation run from outside the administration and DC. We strongly encourage New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Preet Bharara to take the lead. ***** Preet Bharara is one of the most accomplished jurists in America, with a history of honest, non-partisan investigations and an ability to take on even the largest of cases. He’s led the charge against corruption in the New York State government, financial fraud on Wall Street, and international gang activity. He is respected by Democrats and Republicans alike and has extensive experience with international investigations, including in Russia. Now that he is no longer the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Bharara is the perfect candidate to take on the task of investigating the role Russia played in the 2016 elections. Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from all future cases that involve Russia, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is responsible for leading any investigation into Russia’s actions. We ask Mr. Rosenstein to name Mr. Bharara as Special Prosecutor in charge of the investigation. Update: Although Mr. Bharara has demonstrated his fierce independence and commitment to nonpartisan investigation time and time again, it’s increasingly clear that the Trump administration doesn’t share that same commitment. So we’re adding an additional option to the petition: We ask New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to hire Mr. Bharara, so they can continue to work together to protect our electoral process by investigating any possible interference. Election integrity is central to our survival as a democracy. This isn’t a Republican or a Democratic issue — this is an American issue. We as a nation demand an honest, non-partisan investigation, and Preet Bharara stands alone in his qualification to lead that inquiry.
Petition to President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, Donald Trump, Richard Blumenthal
Acknowledge the Reality of Climate Change
Our newly elected President, Donald J. Trump, has said throughout his campaign that climate change is a hoax and that he will defund environmental research departments in the government such as the EPA, as well as pull out of the Paris Accord, which sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Mr. Trump also plans on doing away with Obama's "Clean Power Plan," which has aimed toward making renewable energy the standard for cities and industries, and the federal rule limiting methane emission near waterways and wetlands. Regardless of your political views, I believe climate change is something we as a people (not just liberals or conservatives) should unite behind as being a very real threat to the well-being of our planet. By signing this petition, you are adding your voice to the movement of preserving our planet and its resources. This is not an issue of left wing versus right wing, if we don't act now the effects of climate change will be entirely irreversible and there will be no habitable planet for our future liberals and conservatives (and third parties) to live on. In short, the goal of this petition is to: 1. Have President Trump acknowledge the reality of Climate Change. ...even the lowest consensus reached in a survey taken in 2014 by active climate scientists had 91% agreeing it was occurring, with other surveys nearing 100% 2. Have President Trump and his committee continue the Funding of the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as other government-based environmental study groups which help look into and institute new forms of "clean energy." and 3. Not have President Trump re-negotiate the U.S.'s role in the Paris Accord. Thank you in advance for your signature, you are now a part of the solution.
Petition to Elizabeth Warren, Dick Durbin, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, Joaquin Castro, Beto O'Rourke, Lindsey Graham, Joe Donnelly
Protect and Preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
As a result of the recent election, the time to preserve vital progress in our nation has come. President-elect Donald Trump’s anticipated immigration plans pose a significant threat to undocumented immigrants nationwide. Undocumented high school graduates wishing to go on to college to further their education, wanting nothing more than to contribute to their communities and to the United States, face a harsh reality after graduating high school. DACA presented hope for a future for many undocumented students across the country. Young children and young adults with aspirations of becoming future doctors, teachers, lawyers, and countless other career paths were given an opportunity to pursue their dreams when Obama announced the DACA program. Donald Trump plans to terminate this, effectively ending all young undocumented students' hopes of obtaining driver’s licenses, work permits, and a college education and putting them at an increased risk for deportation. What is DACA?“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal. PLEASE NOTE: DACA does not grant a path to permanent residency or citizenship. The DREAM Act, which would lead to permanent residency, has NOT passed.” http://undocu.berkeley.edu/legal-support-overview/what-is-daca/ “On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.” https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca DACA Eligibility RequirementsYou may request DACA if you: 1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; 2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; 3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; 4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS; 5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012; 6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and 7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. DACA is not amnesty, nor a direct path to citizenship. DACA allows eligible immigrants to obtain a driver’s license, obtain a work permit, and stay in the country to work toward a path to citizenship without great risk of deportation. Thanks to DACA, these immigrants can share their experiences and talent while developing their skills and education as they work to establish themselves as U.S. Citizens. Pew Research Center estimates there are 11.1 undocumented immigrants in the country while the Department of Homeland Security estimates there are 11.4 undocumented immigrants in the United States as January of 2012—the number only continues to increase. These immigrants are our friends, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, and students. President Obama’s announcement of DACA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RXSlMu5EDI Obstacles Faced by Immigrants · “Most immigration lawyers charge between $5,000 to $7,500 to accompany a client through the green card process.” (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87996&page=1 · “Some cases can cost closer to $15,000 before adding on application fees and any potential family members.” (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87996&page=1 · “Applicants can spend years marked by a feeling of lost opportunity and helplessness as they wait for the process to conclude.” (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87996&page=1 · Many colleges do not accept DACA students · Out of state tuition for many DACA college students if they can find a college that accepts them · FAFSA cannot be utilized by undocumented students and many scholarships cannot be awarded to undocumented students, putting them at a major disadvantage when it comes to the college application process. · Constant association and comparison to terrorists and criminals—including racial profiling. While terrorists and immigrants with malicious intent do get into the country, this is a very small proportion and must not be overgeneralized to the population as a whole. Immigrants, legal or undocumented, tragically face a growing hatred that has been inspired by negative framing of immigrants, use of misleading information, and the strategy of using them as scapegoats. · Immigration raids in their communities · Being forcibly taken or separated from their families. Children are often separated from their parents because of the deportation process. Without DACA:• According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are an estimated 1,932,000 DACA eligible immigrants in the U.S. If Donald Trump carries through with his plans to end DACA, these almost 2 million immigrants will be unable to obtain driver’s licenses and work permits, will not be able to work toward their educational dreams, and will be at great risk for deportation • We will be ending the work, progress, and achievements of young immigrants. All of their hard-work and progress will essentially be destroyed • According to the American Psychological Association, there are one million children under the age of 18 who are undocumented and 4.4 million under the age of 30. Those who currently are in the DACA program or are eligible for DACA, will be at major risk for deportation if DACA is ended. • We will be ending the educational paths of future doctors, businessmen and women, skilled trade workers, teachers, and more • We will be tearing apart and ruining families who only wish to work toward becoming U.S. citizens Please pledge your support to prevent the termination of this vital program and show Donald Trump we do not want to see these young, hardworking, patriotic immigrants separated from their families and forced out of our country. Let us show President-elect Donald Trump that these young students want nothing more to contribute to our country by protecting the program that allows them to work toward their ultimate goal of becoming U.S. citizens. Please remember that DACA is just one program that is in place to help immigrants assimilate into our nation. With Donald Trump’s election, this is only one facet of the immigration progress that is at risk. There is much more that needs to be done. This is just one step. Please share this with friends, family, and coworkers, and remember that we must all come together as Americans or watch our great nation continue to grow divided and crumble before our eyes. Resources and Further Information: https://www.dhs.gov/immigration-statistics http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states https://immigrationforum.org/ http://inthecountrywelove.com/ http://www.nationalimmigrationproject.org/ https://www.ilrc.org/ https://www.nilc.org/ http://saalt.org/policy-change/immigrant-rights/daca-stories/ http://unitedwedream.org/dreamer-narratives/daca-stories-arian/ https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/news/2015/07/09/117054/results-from-a-nationwide-survey-of-daca-recipients-illustrate-the-programs-impact/ http://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/data-hub/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca-profiles http://www.apa.org/topics/immigration/undocumented-video.aspx https://thinkprogress.org/heres-how-much-trump-s-mass-deportation-policy-would-cost-everyone-3e19f51ff8cf#.8ey83fmt6
Petition to FOX News, CNN, ESPN
Remove Laura Ingraham from the news for her racist and stereotypical comments
Recently Laura Ingraham made a statement on live t.v putting her input over what NBA star Lebron James tried to addres. He spoke about how he feels about todays current situation regarding the social injustices that still go on in this country and the questionable comments and decisions that are made all too frequently by our current President Donal Trump. While other people of all colors in this country; Both everyday citizens or celebrities have expressed their distaste for the way that social injustices highlight the news more often than not, and the leadership role that President Trump currently plays; not once has she made a comment on air the way she has recently. She targeted a black athlete at her soonest opportunity and said it with such passion that you could hear the hate in her voice as the bigotry surfaces She continues with claims that because he pursued his career right after high school that he is uneducated. So because someone pursues their career, they are not informed or aware of the current situation that surrounds them? Also she claims it was not a racist remark; but if this were another pro athlete who were not of color would she have come out and said any of this? Doubtful; as again there have been other athletes and other celebrities that have come out and spoken but now this is an issue that she felt she must address? She also said: "Must THEY run their mouths like that?" Again she was not addressing all athletes she was addressing the 2 Black Athletes who decide to use their platform as a voice for change. This type of commentary is what spreads hate across the country and makes things the way that they are today. This is what we have to endure? Is this what our kids must grow up seeing on their news station; that someone with a platform, if you're of color that you can not use your platform to try and better this country? This world?... It's a shame that people of color are still targeted even to this day. People of color are what helped shaped the world as we see today. We should be able to speak up on the social injustices without having someone like Laura Ingraham using her national spotlight, on the biggest news station on television to tell us to "shut up and dribble" and undermine the intelligence of people of color because she does not agree with our viewpoints. Please sign the petition and let's start making a difference in our communities. That includes the tv stations that should be informing us about real news rather than having to hear the bigoted comments of a racist woman over the air.
Petition to Donald Trump, YOUR Senators!!!
TEENS: Make School Safe Again... Strengthen Gun Control!!!!!
In light of the recent school shootings, teens nationwide are feeling increasingly unsafe. So many students want to see a change, but don't know where to begin. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE! Start here by signing this petition to show our government that Generation Z is putting effort into the change we so desperately need. We are America's future... it's time for US to begin influencing politics.
Petition to Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor
"STATE OF EMERGENCY" (DRUG EPIDEMIC / NORTHERN NEW MEXICO) HELP SAVE OUR CULTURE
With national statistics, data , and high numbers of deaths,illnesses attributed too drugs and as well our failing public schools, as direct links to the "Drug Epidemic", in Northern New Mexico, we have been placed at the top of national graphs and state counties as one of the worst places for drug overdose, suicide and illness in the country. Thus, we the undersigned concerned tax paying citizens are "Demanding a "State of Emergency" be declared in the county of Rio Arriba, in the state of New Mexico. For several decades we have been in a heavily oppressed, repressed and dire situation in regard too loosing large numbers of souls too include : Teens, young and old adults as well as elderly citizens too the drug infestation, both legal ( narcotic/opiate, ect... ) and illegal ( heroin/meth/pink/cocaine, ect..) drugs. As the Federal Government and DEA cracks down on prescription drug dispensing, the adverse effects have increased the use of heroin and thus, increasing higher incidences of Hepatitis-c, AIDS, Crime, and Criminal Activity in all facets our livelihood. The age groups of addiction has scattered in both directions, currently it has trickled down too adolescence and gone up in some cases too great-grandparent ages. Its is no longer a "FAD" or a "TREND" in many circles it is becoming a "RITE of PASSAGE" and a way of life in others. WE are demanding that; 1) Assessment, treatment, triage, substance abuse teams be dispatched throughout the county communities. ; 2) That a temporary centrally located "medical" detox-facility and housing area be established too address our addicted citizens needs, with hopes that a permanent facility be established in the near future.
Petition to Charlie Baker
Pass the Safe Communities Act in Massachusetts
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!