Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump
Not One Penny in Tax Cuts for Millionaires, Billionaires, and Wealthy Corporations
My name is Nick Hanauer and I’m filthy rich. I’m not a 1%’er. I’m a 0.001%’er. If you read the business section of the paper, you’ve probably seen my name: I was one of the first investors in Amazon.com. I’ve sold other companies for billions of dollars, and now my friends and I own a bank. I’m a proud and unapologetic capitalist. So you might be surprised to learn that I’m starting a petition to say that it would be criminally stupid for Congress to give rich guys like me another tax cut. In fact, I believe that not one penny in tax cuts should go to millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations. Everyone knows that the biggest lie in economics is that tax cuts for the rich create growth and jobs. When Republicans talk about tax reform, they’re really talking about trickle down nonsense. The truth is, taxes on the rich don’t need to be “reformed”—they need to be raised, because it’s investments in the middle class that make our economy grow. Our democracy and our economy are being ripped apart by growing inequality. Tax cuts for the rich masquerading as reform will only make it worse. I need you to help me fight for a tax code that puts working families back at the center of the economy. Another round of tax breaks for people like me will undermine our commitment to what really makes our country stronger—Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education, investments in infrastructure and R&D, and more—and make it impossible for the middle class to fulfill their function as the true job creators. Join me and pledge to oppose any effort to cut taxes for the wealthy and well-connected. Not one penny in tax cuts should go to millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations. Add your name if you agree.
Petition to Mike Rawlings
Dallas says NO to Trump
We, the citizens of Dallas, Texas, are calling on Mayor Mike Rawlings to take a page from the book of Greg Stanton, mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, and release a statement urging Trump to reconsider coming to Dallas. In wake of the events of Charlottesville, we do not need anymore of his divisive and explosive rhetoric, which only serves to further embolden and empower the racist movement within this country. We fear that by allowing Trump to hold any sort of fundraiser or rally within our city, that it will bring trouble to our streets in the form of gun-toting, confederate-flag waving men and women who wish nothing more than to see African-Americans and other people of color removed from this country. The community of Dallas is committed to diversity, inclusiveness, and respect, not white-supremacy, violence, and bigotry. We refuse to see our city succumb to the atrocities that took place last weekend in Charlottesville, and we refuse to see anyone else lose their lives in such a meaningless display of evil and racism.
Petition to Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Ask Congress to Outlaw Dog and Cat Meat in the U.S.
Did you know that dog and cat meat is completely legal in 44 states of the U.S.? That’s right — as shocked and outraged as so many of us are about the brutality to companion animals in other parts of the world, the truth is that the slaughter is happening right here in our homeland, too. A mere 6 states have outlawed dog and cat meat; that leaves nearly 90% of the country with no law protecting these animals from being killed, butchered and eaten. But now, there is an opportunity to finally end this atrocity. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) has introduced H.R. 1406, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017, which will prohibit the transport, sale, and possession of dogs or cats to be slaughtered for human consumption. "This bill allows the United States to stand in unity with other countries that have made the dog and cat meat trade illegal, while also giving the United States greater standing to urge other countries to end this brutal and inhumane practice once and for all,” said Hastings. This legislation was cosponsored by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Dave Trott (R-MI), and Brenden F. Boyle (D-PA). And with the support of both parties, there is no excuse for Congress not to pass this lifesaving bill. Please sign the petition urging Congress to enact the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 at once. It’s time for America to finally protect its companion animals from slaughter.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan
Congress must censure President Trump over Charlottesville remarks.
President Trump's remarks about the white nationalist march in Charlottesville, VA that resulted in the death of three people are chilling and anti-American. His remarks have been celebrated by white nationalists such as former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke and Richard Spencer. His remarks have created an unsafe climate for African-Americans, Jewish Americans, LGBTQ Americans, immigrant Americans, and all Americans of color. Congress must act to censure the president for his remarks that gave aid and comfort to white nationalists, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. The nation cannot allow his statements to pass without official and immediate censure. It is not enough for Senators and Congressmen to issue press releases or tweet their concern, there must be clear and powerful censure of the president. It can be the Senate or the House, or it can be a first ever joint censure, but the country must see moral leadership from Congress where we have seen none from the White House. We urge all Congresspeople to immediately work in a bi-partisan fashion to introduce and pass a censure of the president over his incendiary and anti-American remarks.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
For our Children: Campaign Finance Reform
There are many voices advocating for changing the way our government operates, some are even calling for violent revolution and that call for violence scares me, not just for myself, but for our children. I agree that our current system needs to be changed, but that change can happen from within and without violence. However, the only way to peacefully change the way our current system of government operates is to eliminate the influence of corporations, PACs, and wealthy individuals. We need a way for everyone's voice to be heard, not just those of the 2 major parties and their allies. Therefore, I propose a bill, or possibly a constitutional amendment that would restructure the way our campaigns are financed. If we do so it would ensure that the halls of power are not strictly influenced by those who hold the purse strings, but rather by WE THE PEOPLE! 1- Businesses will not be allowed to contribute to any federal election campaign, 2- Limit individual contributions to a one time only amount of 200 dollars. 3- NO Politcal Action Commitee contributions. 4- Require all FCC licensed outlets to broadcast debates which include ALL candidates, not just those from the 2 major parties, free of charge. 5- NO MORE LOBBIES We must hold our congress people responsible for serving the country, the entire country, not just those who can financially support them. My fear is that if we cannot enact this reform soon our country will be hopelessly divided and descend into violence and injustice for all.
Petition to Larry Hogan, Maryland State Senate, Maryland State House
Add Thurgood Marshall to the National Statuary Hall in Washington, DC
The National Statuary Hall honors American heroes and patriots in the Capitol building in Washington, DC. Each state is given the opportunity to be represented by two statues of figures they wish to honor or recognize, for a total of 100 statues. Today, not one of the 100 people recognized in the Statuary Hall is African American. In 2003, a change in law allowed states to replace one or both of their statues at their choosing. Since then, several states have updated their contributions and yet still no African Americans are present. This petition calls on the state of Maryland to update its statues on a regular basis in order to recognize more Marylanders who made significant contributions to the state and nation. Every 25 years, the state should replace one of the two statues (currently honoring Charles Carroll and John Hanson), allowing each individual statue to stand for 50 years but also allowing modern heroes to receive a national honor from the state of Maryland. As a first step, we humbly recommend that replace one of their to statues in the National Statuary with a monument to Thurgood Marshall. Marshall was born in Baltimore, represented the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, successfully argued for desegregation in Brown v. Board, and became the first African American Supreme Court Justice. His legacy in Maryland and the United States is unparalleled. The state legislature should undertake the necessary steps to begin a replacement campaign. To be clear, the purpose of this replacement is not to diminish or demean to contributions of either current honoree. Rather, the state should undertake a goal of updating its honorees on a regular basis in order to recognize the continuing contributions of its citizens. Both current statues for Maryland were donated in 1903. Their legacy should continue at the Maryland State House or other commemorative sites in Maryland.
Petition to Robert Califf MD, Peter Lurie, Lamar Alexander, Patty Murray, Larry C. Gilstrap III, M.D., Bob Casey Jr., Jeff Shuren MD, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD, Donald J. Trump
Health Alert: Many Women Have Died Unnecessarily Because Dangerous Cancers of the Uterus and Ovaries Are Being Spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.
Friends of the Public, Many women have been harmed and have died prematurely or unnecessarily because of a routine but avoidable gynecological practice known as MORCELLATION. This world-wide practice has devastated many families for well over two decades now. More than 600,000 hysterectomies are done in the US every year. By the age of 70, one out of every three American women will have had a hysterectomy. About 90% of these surgeries are done for what is presumed to be a benign condition called fibroids. More and more of these surgeries are done with minimally invasive techniques. Usually, to get the uterus out of the body using the "minimally invasive" technique, it is cut into small pieces with a machine called a morcellator. However, a devastating problem happens if in fact the woman did NOT have fibroids – but if she actually had cancer. Unfortunately, the tests that are done before a hysterectomy do not identify these cancers well. Many gynecologists don't even bother getting any tests. In fact, morcellating cancer spreads the cancer inside the woman’s body. This is called ‘up staging’ the cancer. It is important to understand: 1) The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months. 2) Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years. 3) Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated. This is an avoidable disaster. This problem has been recognized for more than two decades. A review of the literature, by the Food and Drug Administration, revealed that 1 in 350 women who go for fibroid surgery actually have sarcoma. This means that everyday 2-5 women in the US – and more around the world are susceptible to having a deadly cancer spread because of morcellation. This catastrophic problem has happened in my family and we are fighting to stop this dangerous activity called morcellation. A chance of 1 in 350 for such a devastating outcome is much too high to accept. Women should be told the truth and the practice should stop. Please help us bring an end to spreading cancer with morcellation. This is a totally AVOIDABLE practice. People need to understand their options, which include hysterectomy through a mini-lapartomy incision or trans-vaginally – but – up until recently, most women never heard anything about morcellation or about the possibility of cancer upstaging. And, if they do, this risk is down-played by most minimally invasive gynecologists. We can tell you based on our experience, when cancers are spread by morcellation, the outcomes can be devastating - because the cancer is upstaged. We need your help. Please sign our petition so we can get the word out. We want the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to change this "standard of care" by ending the needless waste of life caused by spreading cancer with morcellation. For more information and original references see: http://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/blog/onlinefirst/pages/post.aspx?PostID=188 ) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23189178) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21565389). The attached video below shows an example of morcellation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPkKw0j-aXE The following companies manufacture and distribute uterine morcellator devices: 1) ETHICON: Gynecare morcellator 2) Storz: Rotocut Morcellator 3) Richard Wolf Medical Instrumentation Company 4) LiNA: LiNA Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator 5) Blue Endo MOREsolution Tissue Morcellator 6) Pneumoliner Power Morcellation System by Olympus Corporation. Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci Robot deserves special mention, as the frequency of robotic hysterectomies performed by minimally invasive gynecologists is currently on the rise across the United States. Note that Intuitive Surgical builds and markets the DaVinci robot, which is not itself a "morcellator". However, use of the DaVinci robot almost invariably appears to require that the uterus be minced up, or morcellated, into smaller pieces inside the woman's belly cavity in order to extract from the abdomen. A clear example is shown in the following YouTube video of DaVinci being used to perform a robotic hysterectomy and manually morcellating the uterus using the endo-wrist component of the robot (morcellation is being performed at minute 5:30 of the video). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6luiX6UQmg Without morcellation using equipment manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, robotic hysterectomies would, likely, not be possible using the DaVinci Robot. It is noteworthy that the DaVinci robot does not appear to have a readily available warning label advising against its use to morcellate tumors with malignant potential inside the body. The company's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Myriam Curet, a surgeon herself, has been informed and advised of this severe hazard in the use of DaVinci for robotic hysterectomy and the absence of a readily available warning label.
Petition to Terry McAuliffe, Virginia General Assembly, Commonwealth Transportation Board
Stop Memorializing a Slave Owner and White Supremacist: Rename Jefferson Davis Highway
Jefferson Davis was hailed as the “champion of a slave society” when he was selected in 1861 to become President of the Confederate States of America. Davis was an unrepentant white supremacist who fervently believed the Southern cause, slavery and segregation were right and just until his last dying breath in 1889. It is therefore outrageous that a major Virginia thoroughfare, Jefferson Davis Highway (aka Route 1) which abuts the Pentagon and other US Capital landmarks continues to bear the name of a morally depraved, non-Virginian who rejected the very idea of a United States. The back-story of the decision in 1920 to name southern sections of Route 1 after Davis adds to the disturbing legacy of racism in America. At that time, the Daughters of the Confederacy along with US Rep. Earl B. Mayfield of Texas, a close ally of the Ku Klux Klan, began a campaign to attach the name of the Confederate president to Southern roads in a futile attempt to create a transcontinental highway bearing his name. At the height of the Jim Crow era, when lynching of Southern blacks was conducted with regularity and impunity, these advocates of white domination routed a road symbolizing black oppression and enslavement across several predominately black neighborhoods, as if to reinforce the message of racial subjugation. The choice of name is, therefore, an affront to African-Americans and, indeed, all Americans who are repulsed by the evils of slavery, segregation and racism. It's time for the Commonwealth of Virginia, to remove the name of this Confederate leader from all sections of Route 1 in Virginia. Virginia is a state that prides itself on its diversity, technological innovation, leadership in education and progress. The name Jefferson Davis is far from what the state should honor. Let's stop indulging the race haters who named the road after their race hating hero. Let’s change the image of this important roadway from hatred and rename it to memorialize hope and progress. Please sign this petition calling on Governor Terry McAulliffe, the Virginia General Assembly and the Commonwealth Transportation Board to rename all sections of Jefferson Davis Highway.