Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Act to put patients before politics!
In March, Republican Congressional leaders introduced their blueprint for health system reform known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). After a failed attempt at passage, Congress returned from recess with changes that take an already flawed bill and make it even worse. As currently drafted, this legislation would result in millions of Americans losing health care coverage and benefits. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office last month estimated 14 million could lose coverage in 2018 in addition to a projected $880 billion cut to Medicare over the next decade. Not only will millions lose coverage under the proposed AHCA, but replacing income-based premium subsidies with age-based tax credits makes coverage more expensive for poor and sick Americans. This change puts meaningful health care coverage out of reach for many Americans. And now, GOP leaders want to allow states the ability to opt-out of the pre-existing conditions protections, which could lead to millions more at risk of losing coverage or being priced out by skyrocketing premiums. This is simply unacceptable and cannot happen. Make your voice heard – contact your lawmakers today and urge them to keep millions of Americans insured by saying no to AHCA!
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Tell Congress: Protect Conservation Funding
Clean air and water. Astonishing vistas and precious, unique natural places. Wildlife, wide open spaces, and cultural resources. These are all part of an irreplaceable heritage handed down by generations of Americans, and a legacy we must safeguard. The Administration's budget proposal strips much of the critical funding required to preserve this legacy and protect the natural resources that sustain us all. It's simple: we can't protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and our nation's natural places unless we protect essential conservation and science funding. Together, we must call on Congress to ensure that funding levels stay strong and vital conservation programs and services do not end up on the chopping block. Because undermining conservation doesn't just hurt wildlife and natural treasures—it harms local communities and our national economy. Stand with us now and tell Congress to protect funding for conservation.
Petition to Donald Evans, Beatriz Leyva-Cutler
Berkeley Unified School District: Fire Yvette Felarca
On June 26, 2016, Yvette Felarca was caught on video assaulting a man at a white nationalist rally in Sacramento. She punched the man in the stomach repeatedly, before throwing him to the ground. Felarca is a 7th and 8th grade Humanities teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley. Among her responsibilities is teaching the students under her tutelage about the Bill of Rights. Someone who does not believe in free speech should not teach kids about their constitutional rights. Felarca's activity would get a student expelled at best, or jailed at worst. And yet she's meant to be a role model for students. She has repeatedly advocated the use of militant, violent tactics to shut down opponents of her personal political pack, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). They claim that they're "fighting the good fight," trying to stop "fascism" from taking hold in Berkeley. He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. I don't care if they're fascists. As Americans, they have a right to free speech. Assaulting people for their political views is undemocratic, un-American, and unacceptable. In the United States of America, people who disagree argue with each other, or agree to disagree. They do not try to intimidate others into agreeing with them. They do not attack people for disagreeing with them. That's the realm of third-world countries, not the oldest democracy on Earth. By continuing to employ Yvette Felarca, and enable BAMN, the Berkeley Unified School District is subverting democracy. Now, they shelter her, refusing to publicly punish her for actions completely unbecoming of a teacher. I am a Berkeley resident. I went to King. And I am horrified that the BUSD tolerates this behavior. It's common sense. Someone who does not believe in the right to free speech should not teach children about the Bill of Rights. As a supporter of free speech for all, I am petitioning Donald Evans, Superintendent of the Berkeley Unified School District, and Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, President of the Berkeley School Board, to fire Yvette Felarca. To mis-quote Voltaire: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
Petition to Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen
Stop dog meat trade in Cambodia
We believe Cambodia is the country of Civilized World. Khmer nationality is very kind and sympathetic naturally. Its not just words but an opinion of foreigners who used to live here. But its just the only one thing what makes us feel extremely bad and seriously disappointed. It is widely practiced across the country. It is definitely not the part of native customs. It's Dog meat trade. Terrific cruelty to the dogs, making them suffer so bad and even murder all these pets for only the turning them into food make everyone shudder with horror. This way to feed people levels Cambodia down to barbarous lands and brings shame on the nation dogs are our friends and don't deserve to be treated like that. It is disappointing that Cambodia has no animal protection laws to guard the well being of it's animals. Consequently, animal cruelty is rife across the country, with perpetrators answering to no one. It is time for Cambodia to end the brutally cruel dog meat trade and issue animal protection laws, which will also be enforced. Cambodia's dog meat trade is one of the country's most brutal areas of animal cruelty, where dogs are routinely tortured in full view of passers by, who seem immune to what they are witnessing. Fully conscious dogs are hung up and have their lower legs cut off with a knife, then their eyes gouged out and are skinned alive, still conscious and writhing in agony as they hang from the neck, unable to scream out in pain. Other methods of torture on dogs, such as setting fire to fully conscious dogs with a hand held blow torch, are equally as brutal. Many of the companion animals are stolen pets still wearing house collars and name tags. Torturing the animal is known as "tenderizing" the meat, to deliberately induce as much adrenaline as possible into the conscious animal's body, to ensure the meat is as tough as possible, under the false belief that tough meat passes greater medicinal value and boost to a man's libido. We respectfully ask Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen: - Activate animal cruelty laws, against maltreatment and neglect. - Provide funding for trap, neuter and release programs to prevent street dogs and cats from breeding. - Implement laws to make owners responsible for their dogs, to prohibit dogs loitering on streets. - All dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies. - Ban dog and cat meat in Cambodia and shut the trade down.
Petition to Aaron Bean, Dennis Baxley, Elizabeth Porter, Daniel Raulerson, Herschel Vinyard, Albert Gregory, Rick Scott, Lewis Scruggs
Stop the "Special" Monument at Olustee
In 1912 a Monument commemorating the Battle and Forces of BOTH sides was erected by a Monument Commission established by State of Florida. Current ‘balanced’ text on the current Federal/Confederate/Battle Monument erected in 1912 by the Commission established by Florida Law: “The Battle of Olustee was Fought on this Ground February 20th 1864 Between 5,000 Confederate Troops Commanded by General Joseph E. Finegan and 6,000 Federal Troops under General Truman Seymour. The Federals were defeated with a loss of 2,000 men. The Confederate loss was less than 1,000.” Now, on the 150th anniversary, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War feels a special monument is justified, claiming that there is no monument to Federal forces on the site. Visitors to the site know that a large monument only to Federal Forces was dedicated in 1962 - the Centennial of the Battle by the same group, making this a disingenuous claim. The land the monument sits on was procured by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and eventually donated to the State of Florida for this re-unification monument. Some modest additions have been made over the years, but the balanced text is the prominent feature. There are many reasons to object to this Special monument: 1. disruption of hallowed ground, 2. if one 'special' monument is allowed, how many more 'special' monuments must then in fairness be approved, possibly creating a checkerboard of monuments on the site, and many more. Appeals have been made to the Park Service but they seem to be dead set, so its is time for the citizens voice to be heard. Please sign this petition, and then share it with you likeminded friends and family.
Petition to FCC, United States Supreme Court, Federal Trade Commission, Ajit Pai
Protect Net Neutrality from the Trump Administration
The internet has helped to boost the economy, create an amazing tool for educators, and provides an outlet for communication with people all over the world. However, the simple policy that keeps the internet a strangely level-playing field (and the internet itself) is under fire from both the Trump administration and service providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. Sign this petition to call on the FCC to protect net neutrality under the Trump administration. Net neutrality regulations are set to stop ISPs like the big cable and phone companies from favoring/crippling certain websites and services for their own benefit and monetary gain. These rulings could be reversed as Republicans look to deregulate private industries. As a junior in high school, I can appreciate the need to be able to complete homework, communicate, and access streaming media like Netflix without an ISP slowing down my traffic. In the 21st century, internet is like running water, electricity, or transportation. Those without neutral access to it are at a major disadvantage. If net neutrality goes away, the internet will become distorted, and your access to certain content will be based upon your ISP's financial interests and what you're willing to pay, like cable television, hurting the consumer. Let's stop the telecom lobbyists who buy their influence, and the private companies who already control so much of our media before it is too late.
Petition to Bill Haslam, Tennessee Governor
Exonerate Lawrence McKinney who spent 32 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
I first met Lawrence McKinney nearly two years ago, when I wrote a story about his case. I already knew who he was -- I had watched him from afar every Sunday morning as he sat across the church we both attend. He may just be the most faithful person I know. And it’s that faith that got him through 31 years, nine months, 18 days and 12 hours of a wrongful 100-year sentence in Riverbend Maximum Security Prison. DNA evidence ultimately led a judge to overturn McKinney’s rape and burglary conviction, and he was released in July 2009. But his battle wasn’t over. The struggle to clear his record took another 5 years. And there’s still one arduous legal step in McKinney’s path to freedom: exoneration. With it will come the final clearing of his name and a chance for compensation for his time spent in prison. Only a governor can exonerate a person, and McKinney’s application for exoneration is currently in Governor Haslam’s hands. We, the many supporters of the upstanding and inspirational Lawrence McKinney, are calling on the Tennessee Board of Parole and Governor Haslam to exonerate him immediately so that he may start a much-deserved new chapter in his life. In Haslam’s six years as governor, he has yet to exonerate anyone. But Lawrence reminds us that we must have faith. He is currently working toward becoming a preacher, because, as he says, “With my situation, I feel like people could get the hope to make it through anything.” All of us in his community and his church are angry about what happened; we feel vengeful. But he does not. He says he doesn’t have time. It’s amazing. Please, let’s show our support for Lawrence McKinney so that his name can finally be cleared and he can move on fully with his life. I’m calling on Governor Haslam to do the right thing and make Lawrence McKinney the first exoneree on your watch.
Petition to Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Charles Schumer
Real people NEED The ACA-Obamacare. Don't play politics with people's health and lives.
My wife has pre existing conditions. Before the blessing that is Obamacare came along, because of those life altering pre existing conditions, we were only able to afford a health insurance policy that had a $10,000 deductible at a very high monthly premium. She couldn't afford to see doctors regularly and her health deteriorated. I remember counting the days to Obamacare and spending most of the night, and many frustrating days following, struggling to sign up, and once we did, the smile on my wife's face, the sigh of relief that she too can see a doctor, and there was hope. I remember tears of relief and hope. We celebrated the peace of mind this brought us with a hug, a smile and a good nights sleep. Today, there are tears again, fear instead of hope, anxiety instead of peace of mind, worries and sleepless nights (it is 3:42 am as I write this). I hear politicians exclaiming, speaking indignantly, waving their fists and wagging their tounges all preaching about what will happen when 25,000,000 get cut and have no insurance, the outcry there will be.....well, we are those 25,000,000, we are each a human being , not a number. You know us, we are your family member, your neighbor, your Uber driver, your friend, your classmate from years ago, your acquaintance of today.... STOP using our plights for political fodder and for so much fist waving and speechifying! STOP being resigned to the fact that there are not enough Democrats in the Senate to stop this lunacy and reach out to Republican Senators who are thinking individuals and STOP the insanity! Senators McConnel and Schumer, do the hard work that is your job and that you know how to do so well and make it known that this end of Obamacare tragedy and travesty will NOT happen. Don't let us suffer with anxiety and sleepless nights and worse ! For my wife, who is asleep as I write this while I am up worrying about her health and healthcare, for all of us , each one of us, real people - not numbers, DON'T wait to see and hear the outcry when 25,000,000 are left without insurance! Do the hard work of bringing sanity back now. Our health, and our healthcare is not, and should not be a partisan issue! DON'T LEAVE 25,000,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. SAVE OBAMACARE/ The Affordable Care Act! PS: If you say there will be insurance available for those with pre existing conditions, you know that premiums for those with any pre existing condition will go back to being astronomically expensive and unaffordable and high risk pools are either unavailable, most don't meet criteria eligibility, and those that do see high costs and even higher deductibles.