Topic

politics

960 petitions

Update posted 3 hours ago

Petition to Syracuse Common Council

Open and Transparent Council Appointment Process: REWRITING DEMOCRACY IN SYRACUSE

to view the full infographic above visit https://franklen9807.wixsite.com/syracusedemocracy The 2017 Syracuse elections showed that the residents of Syracuse are insisting upon real change. We, the undersigned, assert that this expectation should also extend to the appointment of vacant Common Council seats. This city needs a fully apparent, open, and transparent process that is published and followed for these seats, which will occur to Helen Hudson's current At-Large seat when she ascends to the role of Council President. Consider what happened last time there was a vacancy, in 2015: "councilors whisked Joe Nicoletti into the job. Several councilors complained there was minimal discussion prior to a vote, which led to frustration among some councilors. During that vote, Hudson said the process lacked transparency. Former Councilor Bob Dougherty lamented there was no consideration for other applicants. Khalid Bey, at the time, said the decision was "underhanded" and an example of "cronyism." - Chris Baker,  http://www.syracuse.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/12/syracuse_council_accepting_applicants_to_fill_vacancy_left_by_helen_hudson.html Also according to Baker's story, Majority Leader Steve Thompson indicates they will "look for a credible candidate who can win" which would appear to indicate the Council is preparing to appoint from within their own party in order to maintain as close as possible to a one-party monopoly in our government. The following Councilor At-Large appointment process proposal is based upon actual process just implemented in the city of Seattle, Washington in October 2017. See http://www.seattle.gov/cityclerk/council-vacancy CITY CLERK TRANSMITS LIST OF APPLICANTS: The City Clerk will provide to each Council member a notebook that includes all the applications received by the December 29th deadline. The City Clerk will also post all applications on their website, giving the public opportunity to review the applications and submit comments via email. SPECIAL FULL COUNCIL MEETING: Applicants for the vacant Council seat may address the Council and the public followed by a public comment period for the community. COMMUNITY FORUM: This process may be facilitated by interested Council members and is intended to be led by community groups. The purpose is to allow community members to meet and ask questions of the applicants. Council expects applicants to attend the forum and Special Full Council Meeting CITY COUNCIL EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS QUALIFICATIONS: As permitted by law, the Council will meet in executive session to discuss the qualifications of candidates. Let's come together for citizen participation in Democracy and hold our elected representatives accountable for their management of our city.  After signing this petition, please email your sitting councilors:  cryan@syrgov.net, hhudson@syrgov.net, jkessner@syrgov.net, jnicoletti@syrgov.net, JCarni@syrgov.net, kbey@syrgov.net, nmaroun@syrgov.net, sboyle@syrgov.ne, SThompson@syrgov.net and Incoming Councilors:  JDriscoll@srygov.net, LAllen@srygov.net, TRudd@srygov.net

Frank Cetera
110 supporters
Update posted 3 hours ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump, Everyone

Merging America and Canada into one country

This change will impact everyone in America and Canada. We share more than just the world’s longest border. We share the same values, lifestyles and aspirations. Our societies and economies are becoming similar in significant ways.Put together, the United States and Canada would be a colossus, with an economy larger than the European Union’s larger, in fact, than those of China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea combined. We would control more oil, water, arable land and resources than any jurisdiction on Earth, all protected by the world’s most powerful military.By joining forces, the U.S. would improve national security, guarantee energy and resource independence, and create millions of jobs in helping develop Canada’s North; and Canada would be able to defend and develop its huge landmass, overcoming lack of capital, workers, technology, and military might.Size matters. A merged, or more economically and politically integrated, U.S.-Canada would counterbalance the fact that state-owned or controlled companies are on their way to dominating trade and access to resources. In 2000, seven of the world’s 10 largest oil companies were American or European multinationals. By 2010, 28 of the 50 biggest were government-owned or controlled, led by gigantic Saudi Arabia’s Aramco.Any merger, as the Germans and Europeans discovered, can be difficult. The U.S. and Canada have unique cultures, governments, healthcare, taxes, gun laws, and legal systems. But there are many ways to merge. One model would be a full-on merger as Germany accomplished in 1990, or a European Union-style merger involving the elimination of borders but not of governments.There are also other ways to integrate to realize synergies and keep the state capitalist “wolves” away from the door. Some nations create customs and monetary unions to allow the free flow of workers, capital, goods, and services. These two nations could create a bi-national energy strategy or sign a joint venture to develop Canada’s staggering, neglected, and untapped resources in the North, an area three times bigger than Alaska. They could also adopt strategies like the state capitalists use such as blocking foreign buyouts or getting tough on non-tariff barriers or trade cheating.

N A
12 supporters
Update posted 14 hours ago

Petition to US Congress

Impeach Judge Alex Kozinski

Judges are government employees with significant power. They can either provide justice and uphold rule of law, or cause significant harm to innocent lives through abuse and corruption of their position. While judges are supposed to be held accountable, too often oversight is weak or non-existent. The Washington Post recently reported, that six women have come forward accusing 9th Circuit Judge, Alex Kozinski, of sexual misconduct. The next day, Nancy Rapoport, a University of Nevada law professor, described "a predatory encounter" with Kozinski. Rapoport believes more people will come forward. Recently, Judge Kozinski was caught posting sexual degrading images of women on a public website. Ralph Mecham, a retired federal court executive said Judge Kozinski broke into a judicial computer security system to restore access to pornographic websites. Those are but a few of the allegations that are now public knowledge. Judge Kozinski is a government employee. A public servant. Being paid with our tax money. The US Constitution says that "good behavior" is expected of federal judges. The U.S. Congress has the power and, more importantly, the responsibility to impeach government employees who are not exhibiting good behavior. Congress has an opportunity to show America that they are taking the #MeToo #SilenceBreakers revolution seriously – by launching an immediate, bi-partisan effort to impeach Judge Kozinski. Judge Kozinski is the start of exposing judges behaving badly. There are thousands of court clerks across the country who may come forward and report on a well-known culture of corruption, racism and extreme misogyny by far too many white, male judges. Please sign and share this petition calling on Congress to impeach Kozinski and all the judges who are exposed.

Lori Handrahan
9,028 supporters