Petition to Municipalité d'Osnabrück (Stadt Osnabrück)
Sauvez la Wagenburg Osnabrück, notre chez-nous!
La WabOS (l'abréviation de Wagenburg Osnabrück, c'est à dire “fort de wagons” / “lieu de maisonnettes sur roues”), c'est un projet communautaire alternatif qui se trouve rue Am Hirtenhaus à Osnabrück (en Allemagne) il y a 19 ans. Nous sommes (+/-) 10 personnes de diverses tranches d'âge et nous vivons dans des maisonnettes sur roues remodelées par nous-mêmes dans une oasis verte urbaine. Ici, nous essayons une forme de vie communautaire différente, sans l'isolation et son résultat, la solitude, qui prédominent dans la société actuelle, aussi à cause des conditions de logement. Nous organisons des réunions et des fêtes ensemble, et on prend les décisions selon le principe du consensus. Chaque voix compte dans une assemblée où chacun-e est entendu-e. Le terrain est affermé de la Municipalité d'Osnabrück par notre association légale WabOS e. V. Comme le terrain n'est pas viabilisé, nous générons d'électricité avec nos propres panneaux solaires et nous recueillons l'eau de pluie. C'est seulement le peu d'eau potable que nous procurons de l'extérieur. Bien que nous vivions ici il y a déjà 19 ans, la Municipalité d'Osnabrück est en train de préparer la conversion de notre chez-nous en terrain à bâtir. Jusqu'à récemment nous devions craindre la (im-) possibilité d'un déplacement dans le cadre d'une route de rocade ci-devant planifiée. Maintenant, la menace apparaît avec des contours différents: Pendant que la rocade occidentale était un sujet politiquement très disputé, les partis semblent être d'accord en ce qui concerne les terrains à bâtir – car plus de logements étaient nécessaires. Ce qu'ils ne voient pas, c'est que nous représentons déjà des logements (abordables!) et que comme dans d'autres villes, aussi à Osnabrück, il y a des départements vacants. Cela rend évident qu'il n'y a pas d'intentions sociales derrière ces démarches, mais que ce sont plutôt les hauts prix des terrains dans ce quartier qui allèchent. Les contraintes auto-imposées par la politique municipale de générer un afflux constant pour remplir les caisses municipales d'euros n'ont pas pour but que tout-e-s les habitant-e-s aient une demeure. Cette forme de politique, qui vise uniquement à la valorisation du capital, nous dégrade sur le niveau de citoyen-ne-s de seconde classe. Elle montre qu'il reste de moins en moins d'espace pour les nommées subcultures. Le site qui est sur la sellette offre une diversité d'habitats pour des animaux, des plantes et des humain-e-s sous forme d'anciens jardins particuliers, d'un pré-verger (une culture traditionelle où des arbres fruitiers de haute-tige sont cultivés sur une prairie) et d'une précieuse prairie (mésophile). Notre projet de maisonnettes sur roues s'intègre formidablement dans ce paysage sans compromettre les espaces vitaux. Il faut de nouvelles idées qui s'opposent à l'anéantissement constant des niches écologiques et à la destruction continue de l'environnement, des idées qui devraient aussi réclamer de nouvelles formes de logement et de vie comme la notre. Nous, c'est à dire la WabOS, voulons rester chez-nous dans ce bel endroit et nous allons prendre fait et cause pour la pérennité du terrain. Ralliez-vous à notre cause avec vos signatures qu'on remettra à la Municipalité d'Osnabrück!
Petition to Internal Revenue Service, Mark Brnovich (R), Hector Balderas (D)
Revoke the NRA's 501c4 Tax Exemption as a Social Welfare Org for Lobbying & Gun Marketing
The U.S. is currently facing an epidemic of gun violence. We are living in a landscape where not even young children are safe from horrific acts of hate. While we recognize that gun violence is a complex issue with many variables, the NRA has created massive roadblocks to the Public and Government's attempts to balance our beliefs in the right to self-defense with common sense gun safety measures that promote responsible gun ownership and protect the most vulnerable in our society. The NRA wields unprecedented political and financial influence in order to ultimately promote the sale of guns, particularly military grade weapons that have the potential to end the lives of many people in a single violent incident. These excessive activities are not taxed and impede the Public from the benefit of fair democracy. The NRA should pay taxes on these excessive lobbying and for-profit activities in order to assist the Public in the burden of crime control they have played a large role in creating. We call on Attorney General of Virginia, Mark R. Herring, the Internal Revenue Service and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Charity Regulation Division to review and audit the NRA's 501(c)4 Tax Exempt status as a Social Welfare organization. Furthermore, we call upon these entities to clearly define the extent of tax free political and legislation activities - we believe only cases that are directly and explicitly related to the 2nd Amendment should qualify. They lost their 501(c)3 status all the way back in 1938 for misrepresenting their purpose and creating an undue burden of #crimecontrol on the government and public. No one has seriously challenged their 501(c)4 status since it was awarded in 1944. Currently the NRA participates in many lobbying activities, including massive donations and passive aggressive threats to lawmakers, that they claim are in defense of the 2nd amendment. They do not pay taxes on these expenditures. While the NRA should be able to participate in politics and legislation related to the 2nd amendment, those expenditures that should be tax exempt should be directly, explicitly related to the second amendment. If we challenge their tax exemption on their non social services activities, at the current corporate tax rate, the NRA would have to pay around $63M on activities that include lobbying and supporting advertising for the gun manufacturer and supplier industry. 12.5% of its $334M 2014 budget is spent on actual educational services, just $54.5 million on firearms education, safety, and marksmanship training that would actually qualify for exemption. The NRA spent over $50M in donations to political candidates in 2016. $12M to #Trump $7M lifetime to #JohnMcCain. They spent another $85M on other legislation, lobbying and marketing activities. The latter is actually a portfolio of magazines that profit $25M from advertising sold by gun manufacturers. None of these activities qualify for a tax exemption. 5(+) of the NRAs sitting executive board are executives or board members of firearms and ammunition manufacturers or suppliers. This is a violation of the 501(c)4's description: "an organization must not be organized for profit and must be operated exclusively to promote social welfare" and the smoking gun to their true, obvious purpose - to extract profit from the death and destruction of human lives. The NRA's tax exemption status should apply only to their educational services. Their involvement in excessive political activities prevents the public from the benefit of a fair democracy on legislation related to solving an epidemic of violent crime in the US that has become particularly prevalent in our schools. The NRA's lobbying and marketing activities should be taxed as any other entity in order to fund the undue burden of crime that has been placed on the public, specifically how the NRA's influence impacts the availability and distribution of military grade, semi automatic weapons. DECISION MAKERS TO CONTACT: Internal Revenue Service: Exempt Organization Division - fill out and send the PDF Complaint form:Form 13909, Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint IRS EO Classification, Mail Code 4910DAL, 1100 Commerce Street Dallas, TX 75242-1198, faxed to 214-413-5415 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia (where the NRA is registered): 202 North Ninth Street, Richmond, VA 23219 - email@example.com - (804) 786-2071 - http://www.oag.state.va.us/ Michael Menefee, Program Manager, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Charity Regulation Division 804.786.3983 - Michael.Menefee@vdacs.virginia.gov Sources: O’Neill, Alexandra F., and Daniel P. O’Neill. “The NRA, a Tax-Exempt Loaded with Private Interest.” The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, 12 Apr. 2016, http://www.csgv.org/nra-tax-exempt-loaded-private-interest/
Petition to Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Amazon.com
Remove NRA TV from Amazon's Streaming Service & Website
My oldest friend (for nearly 20 years) has a son who attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas and was there last week, huddling and hiding for his life. For 30 anxious minutes, we knew there was a school shooting but has no word on his safety. We learned he was okay fairly quickly, but too many others weren't so lucky. After seeing 17 young people lose their lives, I was angered to see the defensive reaction from the National Rifle Association - and upset when I saw that Amazon hosts NRAtv, a channel with the slogan “America’s Most Patriotic Team on a Mission to Take Back The Truth." It’s a 24-hour streaming service with 22 original series that promote the NRA's propaganda, and there’s even an entire segment devoted to how it should be easier to purchase an AR15. Amazon needs to remove NRAtv.com from their services, sites and offerings immediately. The NRA has long ignored its role in promoting gun violence and betrayed the names of good and responsible gun owners. It’s time to hold it, and its partners, accountable. The NRA represents millions of gun owners BUT nowhere near all or a majority of U.S. gun owners. In fact, less than 10 percent of gun owners belong to the NRA. We need to include gun owners in this fight - responsible people who don't feel that the NRA speaks for them - so let's keep this fight focused. The NRA is a group that's rotten to the core and a company like Amazon should not be spreading its message. Not anymore. We must remember to respect the First Amendment above all else. If NRA members want to watch NRA TV, they can find it without Amazon's promotion. There is no place in your home for brands that earn money through the NRA. Sign this petition, then flood Amazon's Legal Department with calls at 206-266-4064. We already shook up their PR Department and got their long-running media hotline to temporarily shut down (206-266-7180), although it’s still worth a try during business hours, since they’ll likely put it back up again at some point.
Petition to Adam Putnam, CNN, Rick Scott
Parkland Student Calls for Adam Putnam's Withdrawal from FL Office and Governor's Race
My name is Spencer, a rising senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Just months after surviving the worst day of my life, I was stunned to learn that the Florida agency responsible for granting concealed weapon permits didn’t do background checks for over a year. The reason: the staff couldn’t figure out how to log into the background check system. The man running the agency, Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam, claims that *only* a few hundred concealed carry permits fell into the wrong hands. I’m calling BS. I’ve started this petition, and I need your support. Florida is the only state in the U.S. that allows an agency completely unrelated to law enforcement to issue weapons permits. In 2002, the NRA lobby was successful in getting the weapons permit process transferred to an agency with an official elected statewide. That official, Adam Putnam, actually called himself a “Proud NRA Sellout”. During his almost eight years in office, he’s made it a priority to speed up concealed weapon permits. We just learned that his agency failed to do its job. And now he’s running for governor to lead the entire state of Florida. I think his failures on an issue as critical as this should lead to his resignation and a quick exit from the Florida governor’s race. If you agree with me, please sign and share my petition. Tell Adam Putnam his inability to prioritize citizens’ safety over the NRA is an indication that he’s not suited to be the next Florida governor.
Petition to Fred Upton, Debbie Stabenow, Chris Murphy, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Gary Peters, Richard Blumenthal, Margaret O'Brien
Students Fighting Guns Since Adults Won't
Adults have failed us. Everyday, we students walk into school with the promise of an education without threat of violence. However, it has become increasingly clear that hallways of schools across America are no longer a guaranteed safe haven. Whether it's an elementary school in small-town Connecticut or a high school in Florida, it's become apparent that school shootings are becoming an expected part of American life. Since 2013, there have been 291 school shootings, with 18 of them happening in 2018 alone. We simply ask how many shootings will it take, how many innocent children have to die, until adults decide we, as our nation's children, are more important than our nation's guns. Therefore, we ask our fellow students to take it upon ourselves to stand up as our adults remain sitting. We demand change. While most students cannot vote, we are not voiceless to our society. There are about 56 million K through 12 students in the United States. If we mobilize this population -- by signing petitions, contacting lawmakers, and utilizing social media -- we can make our presence felt. Ultimately, our goal is to pressure lawmakers to make comprehensive and responsible gun control policy to keep our schools and society safe. It's not a matter of if anymore, it's a matter of when we will be affected. Students For Gun Legislation
Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, News Corp., Thomas MacArthur, Albio Sires, Donald Payne, Nia Gill, New Jersey State House, New Jersey State Senate, New Jersey Governor, Jerry Green, FOX News, Nicholas Scutari, Bernie Sanders, Chris Christie, Loretta Sanchez, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Scott Garrett, Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo, Bob Smith
Justice for Gaffney:
With GAFFNEY'S LAW
Stop LEO's from being allowed to DRINK & CARRY
On May 13th, 2016, Michael Gaffney 37, beloved, father, son, partner, and friend senselessly died at the hands of an off duty officer that had been drinking and engaged in a bar fight, that ended when the officer chose while under the influence, to shoot an unarmed man. We want a law, Gaffney's Law, to make it illegal, punishable by law, for off duty law enforcement to carry service weapons into any bar or establishment where they intend to consume alcohol. Alcohol and guns don't mix. If you cannot drive under the influence, it only makes sense you shouldn't carry under the influence. Michael Gaffney was not armed, he had no weapons. The officer involved knew Michael, they had been to parties and BBQ's together. Yes, they were both drinking, yes, a fight ensued, but never should an intoxicated officer with a gun solve drunken anger with his service weapon. Police officers are to protect and serve, not get served and shoot. Please, I urge you to consider Gaffney's Law. Make it illegal to mix guns and alcohol, so this might not leave another daughter, girlfriend, mother, and friends without someone they love. We have decided to try to get justice for Michael by helping create Gaffney's Law. Please help us with our petition to change current Attorney General guidelines to make them enforceable laws that prohibit law enforcement from engaging in alcoholic consumption while carrying. Thank you for considering, Gaffney's Law.
Petition to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
Tell Trump administration: don't make it easier to export assault rifles.
For no reason other than to increase gun industry profits, the Trump administration has revived proposed rules that were shelved after the Sandy Hook school shooting to make it easier for American manufacturers to export firearms, especially assault weapons that are banned in six states, including Connecticut. There’s a reason that firearm exports are tightly controlled: around the world more than 1,000 people are killed every day in acts of organized crime, political violence, terrorism and human rights violations. According to a study by the Violence Policy Center, “military-style semiautomatic firearms easily available on the U.S. civilian gun market comprise a significant portion of the weapons illegally trafficked to Mexico and other Latin American and Caribbean countries.” As Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wrote last fall to then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, firearm exports “should be subject to more—not less—rigorous export controls and oversight.” Commenting on the impact of the proposed rules change, a senior administration official said, “You could really turn the spigot on if you do it the right way.” According to Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization tasked with increasing gun sales, the rule change could generate a 20 percent increase in exports, sending another 70,000 arms annually into the global marketplace. Among other aspects that weaken oversight, the proposed rules changes would: classify semi-automatic assault rifles as “non-military” despite the fact that many of these weapons of war are used in armed conflict. eliminate Congressional oversight of gun export deals, prohibiting sales to despotic regimes such as it did with Turkey and the Philippines. Reduce end-use controls making it more difficult to take action against arms traffickers. We should not be exporting America’s gun violence problem just so U.S. arms manufacturers can increase their profits. Tell the Secretaries of Commerce and State to oppose the relaxing of rules that would make it easier for U.S. firearm manufacturers to export assault rifles and other guns, with less oversight and accountability. Photo credit: CNN