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Petition to Nancy Pelosi, Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Stop War with Iran

A crisis in the Middle East is escalating extremely fast.  The Trump administration ordered a military attack that killed Iran's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani, and now tensions in the region and between the U.S. and Iran are more urgent than ever.  This action by the Trump administration has pushed the United States closer to an unnecessary and illegal war with Iran. And it's on top of Trump's incendiary and dangerous tweets about the U.S. military being “cocked and loaded” to retaliate against Iran even further. There is no greater urgency than right now, and we need you to get loud. Add your name and tell Congress to act immediately to stop a catastrophic war with Iran. If this sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve seen this build-up to war before. The Trump administration is, almost verbatim, using the same playbook used by Dick Cheney and now-National Security Advisor John Bolton in the Bush administration to stoke a devastating war with Iraq in 2002. We all remember how well that turned out, and we can’t let it happen again. Congress can and MUST stop the Trump administration from drumming up a war with Iran — and we need to dramatically increase the pressure on our representatives to act before it’s too late. Add your name to this petition to tell Congress to make STOPPING WAR WITH IRAN an all-out urgent priority NOW.

Win Without War
91,001 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to The Associated Press

Veterans have given so much, the least we could do is give them a capital V.

Capitalizing the Word "Veteran" is Not Just About the Correct Punctuation of a Proper Noun...It's About a Title Earned. Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen have given selflessly to this nation with honor and dignity around the globe. They’ve provided countless hours of training and fulfilled deployments while missing birthdays, holidays and family events. Some have experienced the horrors of war, the pain of injuries, and endured mental and physical hardships, many of which occur or continue long after their formal military service is done. Many have sealed their valor at the cost of their lives. In a similar vein, far too many, in the aftermath of military service, have lost hope of a better horizon and become discouraged enough to take their own lives. Each of these valiant individuals earns a title when they exit their service. They are given the title of Veteran. Marines earn the title of “Marine” when they cross the Parade Deck on graduation day. Forever after, the title of Marine is capitalized and acknowledged as a proper noun. The word “veteran,” however, is not currently acknowledged as a proper noun or title when we speak of a person or group who’s served in the military. A growing body of U.S. citizens are increasingly concerned about this omission. Of all we can and must do to honor and support these individuals who’ve honored and supported our country so well, one of the immediate and most elemental is to make the honor of their title inherent. In referring to every Veteran, both living and dead, we can magnify the honor we show for the valor and sacrifice by regarding their role with full respect and honor for the title they hold. We need to regard the title of “Veteran” as a proper noun that demonstrates our respect with a capital “V.” This one step, embodied in style guides, dictionaries and usage rules throughout the world will demonstrate, fundamentally and inherently, our acknowledgement for all who hold the title of Veterans, in every sense of the word. Please join me and all who are aligned by publishing this statement on social media, signing this petition and by adopting this usage in every communication you make. As a Veteran and former Marine who has lived these experiences deeply, as a business owner and as a U.S. citizen, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. Sincerely yours, Semper Fi!   Patch Baker   How it all started: I was recently interviewed for an article on Entrepreneur and was talking about my experiences in the military and how they relate to business. After my article was submitted, the Editorial team made "corrections" to change "Veterans" to "veterans" stating the AP Stylebook did not allow for the capitalization of the word. After further discussion, they released the article with the following disclaimer: "Editor’s Note: The word “Veteran” was capitalized throughout this article because Patch believes it should be. “Veteran” should be a proper title because the title is earned, and Patch is leading the charge to make it so." Article Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/342630 This put me on a mission to make a change. Thank you for your support.

Patch Baker
781 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Diane Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Devin Nunes, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Robert J. Wittman, Scott Taylor, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Cook, Jackie Speier, Maxine Waters, Rob Portman, Ann Wagner

Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Romance Scamming and Identity Theft

THE CAUSE:  Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers primarily use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired  or are deceased. Other prime targets for the scamming are Celebrities, and other high profile names. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men and women. Working with a retired Colonel from the United States Army whose pictures, name and child have been used in the scammers story, I have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why I bring this petition to you. Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we need to be the voice.  Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility. THE BATTLE:  Because of the majority of military romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system. We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted. Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy. OUR PROPOSAL: We are working hard to find a Champion to take on our proposal to amend the 230 Communications Decency Act of 1996 with the focus on identity theft. When this law was put into place 20 years ago there was little to no thought of the extreme type of crimes that could and or would be posted onto the social media platforms. This law gives social media a "get out of jail free" card, in other words, they are not held responsible for anything posted to their site by their own consumers. These sites are used as breeding grounds, and the social media companies are fully aware. We are not people who promote regulation, however it is very obvious, in previous news stories and with our own investigation, that self regulation is not the answer to consumer safety and security. We are proposing routine technology upgrades, additional staff to match growing population and ongoing up to date education. Items that are not successfully being done under self regulation. PERSONAL NOTE: I am a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served and the thought of our military being abused and disrespected is appalling! My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the pictures of the Colonel I am currently working with, thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidimic this has become and what little is being done. Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims. 

ADVOCATING AGAINST ROMANCE SCAMMERS
10,157 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, Donald J. Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Department of Defense, Bernie Sanders

Raise minimum age required to enlist to 21!

I am asking the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and President Donald J. Trump to consider raising the minimum age required to enlist in the military to age 21. With recent laws, the age of buying tobacco has been raised to age 21. With these laws, anyone who was already 18 years of age and already using tobacco products were not grandfathered in. So, they can no longer buy these products even if they have already used them. Furthermore, anyone 18 years old and also has an active military I.D. can no longer purchase these tobacco products either. My main question is, if 18 years of age is old/mature enough to decide to fight for our country, why can’t those of us who are between the ages of 18-20 not decide use tobacco products? If you believe 18 year olds can fight and die for our country, then why do you not believe we are mature enough to be able to make choices about what goes into our bodies? I believe it is fair to raise the minimum age required to enlist into the military to age 21 if we cannot make adult decisions about our everyday life. I have been a smoker since I was 17 years old, and I am now 20 and no longer able to purchase tobacco products because of these laws. I am doing this for everyone else in my age group who is no longer able to purchase tobacco products. After smoking for three short years I can say I am addicted to nicotine, and yes withdraws are real and nicotine addiction is not a fun process to go through. I did choose to pick of my first cigarette, but if you are a tobacco consumer (current or former) I’m sure you remember how hard it is without nicotine. Please help me, and my fellow 18-20 year olds raise the age to enlist to 21 years old. 

Jacob Davis
14 supporters