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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Army Corps of Engineers

Stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline

When the Standing Rock Youth first started their campaign to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, no one had even heard of it – yet they went on to inspire hundreds of thousands of people to take action to stop a project that threatened their community. Today, I want to tell you about another equally dangerous pipeline that is threatening our water and animal life in Florida and neighboring states. Please sign my petition to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline. I recently finished up a campaign to run for Congress in Florida, during which I spent many months talking to voters in the state. Since then we launched Progress For All, a community action group committed to protecting our environment. You know what has stuck with me most from these collective efforts? The hundreds of conversations I’ve had with Floridians about their commitment to protecting our beautiful state from projects that prioritize profits over our safety and planet. Projects like the Sabal Trail Pipeline. This pipeline will span more than 500 miles across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. It will run right by the Crystal River, a crucial sanctuary for endangered manatees, and the Suwannee River, also home to several endangered species. Not only that, but the pipeline’s construction could also damage the fragile limestone which surrounds the Floridan Aquifer, one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world. Help us stop this project before it hurts Florida’s natural resources. A few months ago, Governor Rick Scott’s administration changed our state’s water quality standards, opening the door for fracking and possibly more pipeline construction in Florida – all of which pose an even greater threat to our aquifer. But I know for a fact that Floridians are ready for a move away from these destructive industries. More and more cities and counties across Florida have passed resolutions to ban fracking. Voters recently passed a statewide referendum for solar energy and voted to protect state support for solar energy power. I’m worried that some of Florida’s most precious natural treasures won’t be around in twenty years – all because politicians are defying the will of the people and pushing for fracking and more pipelines. This is unacceptable. Please sign our petition and take action against this dangerous pipeline.

Tim Canova
100,958 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Cynthia Bartels, Suzanne Hilleman, Bruce Harreld

Ask the University of Iowa to move their money out of banks funding DAPL

I am concerned about the violations of human rights which are taking place in North Dakota. I am concerned with the police brutality, with treaty violations, and with North Dakota's and the president's blatant disrespect of the sovereignty of Native Peoples.  I am concerned for the future of our water quality when this pipeline will inevitably leak. We are concerned with the quality of our air. I am concerned with the misuse of eminent domain laws which have taken land and ruined topsoil of our farmers along easements for this pipeline. As a result of the concerns stated above, I joined Bold Iowa in temporarily blocking and delaying construction, offering my voice to state that I, along with many other Iowans, do not give my consent to this injustice, and will do my part in upholding justice. I was arrested in Boone Co. Iowa for civil disobedience while holding hands and chanting with fellow water protectors. Eighteen of us were taken to jail on a school bus, and one followed in a squad car. It was through these amazing water protectors that I became involved in a group in Iowa City currently known as Mississippi Stand Solidarity Network. We are dedicated to ensuring that although this project is nearly finished in Iowa, that other places, such as North Dakota, do not suffer the same fate. We are dedicated to ensuring that our water, and the water of our children, is not polluted by oil, for we have not been defeated so long as oil does not pass through this pipeline. The technology for clean energy exists. It is time to implement it and to phase out finite resources which are detrimental to our planet. The University of Iowa has a great deal of power in helping to choose which way history will be written. Will the university fall on the side of those who stood for justice, or will it fall on the side that stood by and did nothing? We are asking for the University of Iowa to sit down and have a conversation with Wells Fargo, US Bank, and Bank of America, whom they have done business with, and to ask them to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline and to invest in clean energy. If these banks continue to say no, we are asking the University to take a stance against injustice and to divest from these banks so that their money, which is essentially a loan to these banks, is not used to fund the pipeline.

Kristen Rankin
244 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Richard Trumka

Urgent Call on the AFL-CIO: Reverse Support for the Dakota Access Pipeline

As trade unionists and social justice activists, we urgently call on the AFL-CIO to reverse its disgraceful support for the Dakota Access Pipeline. DAPL continues more than 500 years of settler-colonialism, dispossession, and genocide against indigenous people in the Americas, who are defending the Earth's vital resources against the same corporate greed, state violence, and repression that violate workers' rights on a daily basis. Like the Black and Brown Lives, Immigrant Rights, Palestinian, and other freedom struggles, the courageous Sioux resistance at Standing Rock has become a worldwide beacon for all who fight injustice. In solidarity, numerous trade union bodies -- including the Amalgamated Transit Union; California Faculty Association; Communications Workers of America; Industrial Workers of the World; IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus; National Nurses United; New York State Nurses Association; National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981; United Electrical Workers; SEIU 503 OPEU; Border Agricultural Workers; and the Labor Coalition for Community Action, which includes the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Pride at Work -- #StandWithStandingRock. Workers' rights are inseparable from indigenous rights. We need decent union jobs that protect, rather than destroy, the Earth -- there are no jobs on a dead planet. An injury to one is an injury to all: #NoDAPL! Labor for Palestine, September 17, 2016 This petition will be delivered to:AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka [When signing, please list trade union and/or other affiliation in the comment box -- then amplify your voice by sharing on social media and promoting on] ===== Labor for Palestine Co-Conveners:Suzanne Adely, U.S.-MENA Global Labor Solidarity Network; Former Staff, Global Organizing Institute, UAW Michael Letwin, Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325 Clarence Thomas, Co-Chair, Million Worker March; Executive Board, ILWU Local 10 (retired) Jaime Veve, Transport Workers Union Local 100, NYC (retired) =====See also:  From Standing Rock to Occupied Jerusalem: We Resist Desecration of our Burial Sites and Colonizing our Indigenous Lands (Palestinian BDS National Committee, September 9, 2016) Open Letter from U.S. Trade Unionists to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Boycott Apartheid Israel (Labor for Palestine, December 4, 2009) ===== info@laborforpalestine.net =====  

Labor for Palestine
15,675 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management

Stop the Auctioning of Wayne National Forest for Oil

It started with the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We have proven that through peaceful protest, we can fight back against fracking, which can destroy wildlife, poison water sources, and even push forward climate change. Even so, companies silently continue to push fracking in other areas, Even a national forest.  Wayne National Forest is located in Southeastern Ohio. Among rare plants and abundant wildlife, a large portion of the Wayne runs along the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to over 5 million people. This forest is still in danger of fracking, however. The United States Bureau of Land Management is holding an auction to lease off 1,600 acres of the forest with special interest to oil companies. These companies will drill wells, extract oil, and leave once the lease is up. But that is still enough time to leak into the Ohio River, poisoning millions of people, just like the DAPL risked.  We cannot let this auction move forward. We, a group of Ohioans, are going to present the BLM with 33 files of protest, one for each parcel of land being auctioned, no later than November 14th, 2016. Our goal with this petition is to express the gravity of this situation in order to avoid a large-scale protest similar to the DAPL Protests. We cannot risk the rare plants, wildlife, or quality of water for even more fracking. 

Nathaniel McCarthy
100,947 supporters