Petition to US House Ethics Committee
Get EPA Head Scott Pruitt fired!
Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt has tearing apart our country’s environmental protections and has been involved in countless ethics scandals since he was appointed by President Trump. We shouldn’t be paying for his illegal and unethical actions with our tax money or our planet – it’s time to fire Pruitt. Sign my petition to demand that the House Ethics Committee remove Pruitt from office. I’ve worked in countries which struggle with corruption, and i know that accepting behavior like Pruitt’s is a slippery slope. As a former federal worker (at the US Agency for International Development), I had to take countless ethics trainings, fly coach even when traveling across the world, and heard regularly that the consequences of spending unauthorized funds or misrepresenting charges on an expense report were dismissal or even jail time. Yet Pruitt has been caught flying first class (not allowed for government workers), receiving reduced rent from an energy lobbyist, and purchasing expensive office equipment (a $43,000 soundproof telephone booth) – an expense not approved by Congress. Why does he need a sound-proof telephone booth? What is he hiding from his staff and the American people? Mr. Pruitt has a 24-hour security detail (which is highly unusual for a Cabinet member) which has already cost the taxpayers $3 million in salaries and overtime. Not to mention the fact that Pruitt is in the pocket of business and has been selling our planet off to the highest bidder. Under Pruitt, the EPA has been actively dismantling hard-won environmental protections, putting our health, the planet, and our children’s future in danger. If you care about preserving our democracy and our planet, please join me in sending the message: Pruitt needs to go.
Petition to David Shribman
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Re-instate editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers!
The job of a political cartoonist is to portray sensitive and timely political issues - not to comfort those who hold power. Rob Rogers is an expert in his field, and it debases the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to a biased propaganda rag to fire him for doing his job so well.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Demand a Special Commission Investigation Into Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Death Toll
More Americans died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria than on September 11th, and in Hurricane Katrina. It's been 9 months since Hurricane Maria, and we are just now finding out that over 4,600 people died from the storm. That death toll is dramatically higher than what lawmakers first told us -- including President Trump who, in the aftermath of the storm, said that only 17 people died. How did U.S. and Puerto Rican authorities get the death toll number so wrong? Join with concerned citizens and demand that Congress create a special commission to investigate how thousands of deaths happened and went unreported by our government. Hurricane Maria was the deadliest natural disaster in over a century. When thousands of Americans are killed, we deserve thorough answers from the government as to what happened. Just like after September 11th, when a special commission was established to find out what happened after the loss of so many lives, we need a Hurricane Maria Commission Investigation of similar magnitude. There should be accountability for what happened at all levels of government that kept hidden the fact that 4,600 Americans died during this storm, and helps ensure that no future natural disaster comes close to claiming this many lives.
Petition to Joy San Buenaventura, Harry Kim, Russell Ruderman, Eileen O'Hara, David Ige, Tulsi Gabbard, Brock Long, Brian Schatz, Mazie Hirono, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Lava Evacuees Need Help
The community of Lower Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii has made global news in recent weeks with the unprecedented and massive eruption of Kilauea volcano in both residential and agricultural areas. With little warning people fled their homes grabbing only the bare essentials, others had slightly more time to move animals and cherished possessions. Thousands of people in the community evacuated their homes as the entire area has become dangerous or uninhabitable at times due to toxic gasses, fires, smoke, earthquakes, ash, interrupted utilities and impassable roadways, all making safe or normal living impossible. There is no indication of the eruption slowing down and it's become less certain if homes or areas that endure will ever be inhabitable again. Unlike hurricanes or fires that predictably favor areas of Florida or California each season, the extremely rare event of a lava flow in ones neighborhood is often not covered by insurance. Many have lost everything - homes, businesses, possessions - and are exhausting whatever remaining resources they have to simply stay afloat. Currently over 200 homes or structures have been destroyed thus far, making Puna eligible for individual FEMA aid. While the community is grateful for the support for enhanced emergency services, and the island ohana is helping in countless ways, financial aid for families and individuals is needed now. The Puna community asks government agencies to support displaced and affected Puna residents from the lava flow by issuing FEMA funds to help people recover from this unique, on-going and devastating event. *photo credit Bruce Omori of Extreme Exposure used with permission
Petition to NET. TV, NSW Police, Polly Lawrence, תנו לחיות לחיות, Animal Planet, International Animal Rescue, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Oficina de Protección Animal de la Municipalidad de Providencia, Steve Israel, Pilar Távora, Boomerang TV, FOX News, Animal SOS, David Laws MP, Reut , Arizona State House, Willem Jewett, United Healthcare, Paul Gosar, Kurt Bahr, Richard Neal, Comunidad de Madrid, Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad, Bank Of America, National Australia Bank, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo Territorial - Procuraduría Estatal de Protección al Ambien, BANKIA, NH HOTELES, Hyatt Hotels, Aviram Ezra, Anonomus - Organization for Annimal Rights Israel, Rula Deeb, Social Security Israel Service for disabled
We want the municipality of Haifa to create feeding spots for cats in Arab neighborhoods
A Public center for feeding cats can create a warm place for street cats in Haifa, a thing that doesn't exist in Arab Neighborhoods in Haifa, help the cats and the ones voluntarily feeding them.
Petition to Swiss authorities, Alain Berset, Ignazio , IGNAZIO CASSIS, Nicolas Bideau, Donald Trump
Help Switzerland tell what it knows about UFOs
In the background of the Swiss Government’s official photo for 2018, a UFO is beaming light onto the Parliament Building. Was this a teaser? Do you want to know what happens next? Switzerland needs our help. It wants to talk about UFOs but doesn’t know the best way to go about it without alarming the world. Are you ready to hear what the Swiss government has to tell you about UFOs? Please consider signing this petition. Switzerland is a small, neutral country that has nothing to fear from being open with the world. It has been a pioneer in many spheres and, once again, has an opportunity to shine a light internationally. By signing this petition, you are letting Switzerland know that we, the people of the world, are ready to listen. The more of us there are, the louder our voice and the easier it will be to hear us! Please sign this petition and let others know about it. Let’s work together to build a “beaming” future. It might even be fun! Thank you.www.ofc.best P.S. The first ever world congress to prepare for Official First Contact with our "galactic neighbours" will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 10th & 11th November 2018. Join in and get a front row seat!
Petition to New York State Assembly, New York State Senate, Andrew Cuomo
Advance “CLEAN” New York Bill of Adoptee Rights
New York residents, natives and all friends to adoption reform: HELP NY ADOPTEES REGAIN UNRESTRICTED ACCESS TO THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE! Since the 1930s, New York State adoption records have been sealed. Sealing adoption records includes the denial of original birth certificates which hinder adoptees from knowing their origins and having equal opportunity to choose to seek other background information such as complete health history. We believe that adoptees should not be denied heritage or treated as though they have a pre-existing medical condition (simply for being adopted) that is not consistent with current national initiatives to extend healthcare to all. New York adoptees are being left behind. Adoptees who appeal to NY courts with medical, or other, concerns are routinely denied, and some have died without the benefit of proper healthcare. This is a blatant violation of basic human rights and the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For over 20 years, NY lawmakers have been considering legislation for adoption reform. The law must be changed in New York as soon as possible. As of 2016, and now in 2018, nine other U.S. states offer unrestricted access to original birth certificates for adult adoptees. Seven of the nine states enacted unrestricted birth certificate access / “clean” reform (Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Rhode Island). The other two states, Alaska and Kansas, never sealed adult adoptee birth certificates. In Oregon, judicial precedent was set by upholding unrestricted birth certificate access / “clean” reform: o Oregon citizens approved a ballot measure for unrestricted birth certificate access / “clean” reform (1998) o Oregon state courts upheld the ballot measure (1999) o U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor helped, refusing to delay Oregon reforms (2000) http://articles.latimes.com/2000/may/31/news/mn-35829 We are fighting to make New York the next unrestricted birth certificate access / “clean” reform state: From 2003 – 2015, the NY Bill of Adoptee Rights would have allowed adult adoptees (18+) the right to a copy of their original birth certificate to help them know their origins and have equal opportunity to seek other information (similar to the other nine unrestricted birth certificates access states). Birth parents would have been able to complete non-binding “contact preference” forms at any time to designate openness to contact from adoptees. Sadly, in June 2015, the NY Bill of Adoptee Rights was weakened by some of the 22 member Assembly Codes Committee. The amendments replaced unrestricted birth certificate access / "clean" reform with a process that would have begun with a court petition, followed by a bureaucratic and costly four month state-run intermediary birth parent search procedure. It then would have left tremendous power in the hands of judges who apparently would have retained the unfair option (“discretion”) to withhold birth certificate information (actually redact an adoptee's own original birth certificate); even in cases where a birth parent couldn’t have been found, or might have desired contact and/or to at least share their name with the adoptee! They are the same NY judges who have denied adoptees’ health history petitions for years and who remain PUBLICLY OPPOSED to any adoption reform upon grounds that have been repeatedly “debunked” here and in other states! That proposal's costly and slow bureaucracy ignored the task of honoring the human and civil rights of NY adoptees. Rights cannot be compromised. Happily, on December 29, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo heard our voices and vetoed that amended, regressive bill! He has indicated that he would “…support legislative proposals that allow adoptees greater access to birth records.” A Department of Health workgroup report was issued on April 30, 2018. https://nyadopteerights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ny-doh-adoptee-workgroup-report-final.pdf Happily, on May 10, 2018, Assemblymember David I. Weprin and Senator Andrew Lanza introduced important amendments to a “CLEAN” bill (currently A9959-B / S7631-B as of May 31, 2018) we currently support for 2018! A9959-B / S7631-B + FEATURES INCLUDE: · Support for the general health and well-being of adoptees! And, now, with the added amendments: · OBC access for direct line descendants, or legal representatives, if the adoptee is deceased · OBC access for legal representatives · Clarifying terms “commissioner” and “department” to ensure all adult adoptees will be able to complete an OBC request Adoptees in New York deserve to get adoption reform right the first time! We believe your voice can help encourage NY lawmakers to ADVANCE “clean” legislation now. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION: ADVANCE THE “CLEAN” NY BILL OF ADOPTEE RIGHTS! This petition will ask the New York Assembly and New York Senate to advance a “CLEAN” NY Bill of Adoptee Rights proposal, especially in light of the December 2017 veto for the prior amended proposal (begun in June 2015). PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION WITH OTHERS! THANK YOU!
Petition to Scott Gottlieb MD, Jeff Shuren, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD
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.