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Petition to U.S. Senate

Don’t take away our monthly checks!

Millions of families with children have been getting a monthly check from the government since July, checks that are being used for rent, food, utilities and all the things that meet a family’s needs. These checks are also the clearest sign that we finally have a safety net in the United States to catch us when times get tough so we don’t keep falling. But as quickly as those monthly checks — child tax credits — have come, they might now go away. As soon as Dec. 15th. Why? Because Congress hasn’t heard from enough families such as yours, who feel the enormous impact of that monthly help. Because Congress approved the checks as part of their  COVID relief when in reality too many of us are struggling to get by — pandemic or no pandemic. We are both moms (named Stephanie!) and we both know how critical cash is to making a household work. I (Stephanie Land) wrote about my experience living in poverty in MAID, which is now a Netflix series. And I (Stephanie Bonin) am a restaurant owner who has been calling for more support for a year and a half. We know our experiences are not unique… unfortunately. Together, we must demand that Congress and President Biden continue the monthly checks we receive from the Child Tax Credit, instead of those checks ending on Dec. 15. The data tells us that 3.6 million children have been lifted out of poverty because of these checks. The proposed extension is in the Build Back Better Act. But, if it doesn't pass the families of about 61 million children could see their monthly Child Tax Credit payments end after next week. Imagine if the legacy of the last two years of uncertainty and loss was the permanence of these checks? We would be changing the awfulness of COVID for the opportunity of good.  Look, you need to have a job in order to support your family. But how do you work if you have kids that need to be cared for? How do you buy clothes that are acceptable for job interviews if you are not working? How do you put food on the table or sign up for after school programs that give opportunity to your kids? Monthly cash can change that. It is support that we receive automatically without jumping through hoops and red tape. These child checks are not the answer to all our monthly bills and all our problems, but they make a difference in making our families’ finances work. They empower us to make change happen. These checks represent the difference between begging and dignity.  Our country and its systems leave so many people behind. We make it too hard for too many families. It has been said that poverty is a policy choice. Let’s make sure we make the right choice, the one that is helpful and healthy for our nation. Let’s change these systems from the bottom up – forever – and support our families with direct cash assistance. Let’s extend the monthly child tax credit checks by passing the Build Back Better Act immediately, and then we can go on to make these checks permanent. We thank you, Stephanie Land, author of bestselling book: MAID, Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive which is now a NETFLIX series.& Stephanie Bonin, author of petition for monthly stimulus checks and owner of duo Restaurant in Denver.  

Stephanie Bonin, Stephanie Land & ESP
101,799 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Xi Jinping, António Guterres, Vladimir Putin

Stop the arms race to the bottom!

русский | Français | हिन्दी | 中文 | Türkçe | Italiano | Español | Bahasa Indonesia | עִברִית | Deutsch | Português | 日本語 | عربى | Ελληνικά | Polski “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” Dwight D. Eisenhower Our ask Countries must negotiate a joint reduction of their military spending and use the immense resources liberated to address humanity's most urgent threats: climate change, pandemics, and extreme poverty. It's time Eisenhower led one of the largest military operations in human history, but he understood that humanity cannot be safe in a world that keeps filling up with arms. Today, with the war raging in Ukraine, governments are once again rushing to hike military budgets. More weapons for war isn't the solution—it's the problem. Global military spending has doubled since 2000. We produce 14 billion ammunition rounds each year, two bullets for every human. About 4,000 nuclear warheads could launch with the press of a button, each capable of causing destruction far beyond the Hiroshima and Nagasaki massacres. It seems logical to invest in defence to deter foreign aggression. But it isn’t working, because it can’t: the more one country spends on its defence, the more its adversaries spend in response. The result is not peace and stability, but a global arms race that drains the world's resources and threatens our common security.  Meanwhile, half of humanity lives under the direct threat of climate change, the frequency of natural disasters is increasing, and dozens of species go extinct each day. COVID-19 has killed over ten million people, and the future will bring even more severe pandemics. Extreme poverty continues to blight the lives of children across the world.  It's possible There is a way to both assure peace and address these urgent issues: a negotiated reduction in military spending that redirects resources to urgent needs. We ask that countries jointly reduce their military budgets by just 2% per year for 5 years. This sounds modest, but it is game-changing: the money saved would exceed $1 trillion—more than total climate finance and total foreign aid combined during this period, at no additional cost to any nation, and without upsetting the balance of power. It isn’t utopian to think that countries would agree to such a treaty. By the end of the Cold War, the USA and Russia negotiated a 90% reduction of their nuclear arsenal. Whatever their differences, they succeeded because demilitarization was in their mutual interest. You don’t have to be friends to cooperate. Of course, the arms industry won’t be happy about a reduction in military spending, however small it might be. It will fight back. But if we, the people of the world, come together and demand an end to the global arms race, nothing can stop us. Where you come in We have rallied high-profile supporters and generated interest in the media. But our voice needs to get much louder. And that's where you come in: don't just sign—get at least two other people to sign as well. Talk about the petition to your colleagues at the coffee machine, to your family members over dinner, to your friends in group chats, and on social media. If each of us manages to convince just two more people to sign, we will quickly reach millions of signatures, and our voice will be heard. To join learn more about The Global Peace Dividend Initiative, visit or follow us on Twitter (@GlobalPeaceDivd) or Facebook (@GlobalPeaceDividend).  This appeal has been signed by 55 Nobel laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Peace); Hiroshi Amano (Physics); Peter Agre (Chemistry); David Baltimore (Physiology or Medicine); Barry C. Barish (Physics); Martin L. Chalfie (Chemistry); Steven Chu (Physics and Former US Secretary of Energy); Robert F. Curl Jr. (Chemistry); Johann Deisenhofer (Chemistry); Jacques Dubochet (Chemistry); Gerhard Ertl (Chemistry); Joachim Frank (Chemistry); Sir Andre K. Geim (Physics); Sheldon L. Glashow (Physics); Carol Greider (Physiology or Medicine); Harald zur Hausen (Physiology or Medicine); Dudley R. Herschbach (Chemistry); Avram Hershko (Chemistry); Roald Hoffmann (Chemistry); Robert Huber (Chemistry); Louis J. Ignarro (Physiology or Medicine); Brian Josephson (Physics); Takaaki Kajita (Physics); Tawakkol Karman (Peace); Brian K. Kobilka (Chemistry); Roger D. Kornberg (Chemistry); Yuan T. Lee (Chemistry); Jean-Marie Lehn (Chemistry); John C. Mather (Physics); Eric S. Maskin (Economics); May-Britt Moser (Physiology or Medicine); Edvard I. Moser (Physiology or Medicine); Erwin Neher (Physiology or Medicine); Sir Paul Nurse (Physiology or Medicine and Former President, Royal Society); Giorgio Parisi (Physics); James E. Peebles (Physics); Sir Roger Penrose (Physics); Edmund S. Phelps (Economics); John C. Polanyi (Chemistry); H. David Politzer (Physics); Sir Venki Ramakrishnan (Chemistry and Former President, Royal Society); Sir Peter Ratcliffe (Physiology or Medicine); Sir Richard J. Roberts (Physiology or Medicine); Michael Rosbash (Physiology or Medicine); Carlo Rubbia (Physics); Randy W. Schekman (Physiology or Medicine); Gregg Semenza (Physiology or Medicine); Robert J. Shiller (Economics); Sir Fraser Stoddart (Chemistry); Horst L. Störmer (Physics); Thomas C. Südhof (Physiology or Medicine); Jack W. Szostak (Physiology or Medicine); Olga Tokarczuk (Literature); Sir John E. Walker (Chemistry); Torsten Wiesel (Medicine) Presidents of Academies of Sciences Roberto Antonelli (Italian Lincean Academy); Patrick Flandrin (French Academy of Sciences); Mohamed H. A. Hassan (World Academy of Sciences); Annibale Mottana (Italian National Academy of the Sciences); Anton Zeilinger (Austrian Academy of Sciences) Artists, authors, creators Sir Anish Kapoor (Sculptor); Juliette Binoche (Actress); Yuval Noah Harari (Historian and author); Chris Haughton (Designer and author); Sir Paul McCartney (Singer and songwriter); Adam McKay (Filmmaker); Christoph Niemann (Artist, illustrator and author); Steven A. Pinker (Cognitive scientist and author); Malaika Vaz (National Geographic Explorer and filmmaker) Political and NGO leaders Colin Archer (Former Secretary-General of the International Peace Bureau); Alejandro Plans Beriso (National Spokesperson, Por un Mundo Mas Justo); May Boeve (Executive Director,; Natalie Bennett (Member of the House of Lords and ex-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales); Rachel Bronson (President, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists); Deborah Burton (Co-Founder, Tipping Point North South); Joseph Cirincione (Former President, Ploughshares Fund); Nicole Deitelhoff (Director, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt); Daniela Fatarella (CEO, Save the Children Italy); Beatrice Fihn (Executive Director, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons); Philip Jennings (Co-President, International Peace Bureau); Johanna Chao Kreilick (President, Union of Concerned Scientists); Zia Mian (Co-Director, Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security); Nancy Parrish (Executive Director, Women's Action for New Directions); Garett Reppenhagen (Executive Director, Veterans for Peace); David Swanson (Executive Director, World Beyond War); Yoshioka Tatsuya (Director, Peace Boat); John F. Tierney (Executive Director, Council for a Livable World and former U.S. Representative); Hirotsugu Terasaki (Director General of Peace and Global Issues, Soka Gakkai International); Francesco Vignarca (National Coordinator, Rete Italiana per il Disarmo); Angelika Wilmen (Head of Office, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Germany)

The Global Peace Dividend Initiative
61,129 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to


California's Governor has the authority under Penal Code 3041.2 to reverse parole decisions made by the Board of Parole Hearings, (BPH) which creates a politically burdensome and time-intensive review process. By self-imposing a moratorium on his exercise of this law, Governor Newsom could fully delegate parole decisions to his Senate-confirmed parole commissioners, who are trained to consider all relevant, reliable information [1] and who meet with parole candidates personally and evaluate credibility first-hand. The Governor would retain the power to trigger review by the BPH in cases of particular concern under Penal Code 3041.1. With these protections, a moratorium would pose no harm to public safety. At the same time, a moratorium would offer many benefits: it would allow the Governor to conserve executive resources and focus on an affirmative agenda. It would make the parole review process more efficient, with fewer redundant hearings. It would conserve judicial resources statewide, insofar as parole reversals create a basis for litigation. It would spare the Governor from being caught between constituencies in opposition or support of parole in individual cases, allowing him to remain above the fray and place responsibility for such decisions with the BPH. And it would bolster public confidence in the rule of law, insofar as politics should not influence the public safety decisions meant to govern parole suitability. [2] In light of these considerations, we urge Governor Newsom to announce a case-neutral moratorium on his exercise of the parole reversal power in line with his moratorium on the death penalty. [1] Including the committment offense, criminal history, and evidence of rehabilitation, among other factors. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 15, 2281, subd. (b) [2] Only a handful of states currently allow this type of Governor's action, and in December 2021 the Democratic legislature of Maryland eliminated its governor's authority to reverse parole grants, citing the same concerns about politicization. Authored by: Laura Sheppard, Esq NOTABLE SUPPORTERS  Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, activist, author, founder: Ministry Against the Death Penalty Father Gregory Boyle, SJ, activist, author, founder: Homeboy Industries Robert Price, Chairman: Price Philanthropies Scott Budnick, film producer, activist, founder: Anti-Recidivism Coalition Justin Brooks, Director: California Innocence Project Don Specter, Executive Director: Prison Law Office Heidi Rummel, USC Clinical Professor, Director: Parole Justice Works Vanessa Nelson-Sloane, Director: Life Support Alliance Karen Fleming, former Deputy Commissioner, Board of Parole Hearings ORGANIZATIONS ACLU of Northern California, Executive Director: Abdi Soltani San Francisco Public Defender's Office, Public Defender: Manohar Raju San Diego Public Defender's Office, Public Defender: Randy Mize Initiate Justice, Executive Director: Taina Angeli Vargas UnCommon Law, Executive Director: Keith Wattley Redemption Row California, Executive Director: Jen Baptiste Abreu Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, Executive Director: George Galvis Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance, Executive Director: Genevieve Jones-Wright LAW ENFORCEMENT Brian Parry, Assistant Director of CDCR (ret), FBI Contractor (ret) Peter Bollinger, Santa Ana Police Dept Sergeant (ret) David Contreras, San Diego Police Dept. Detective Sergeant (ret) James W. Spertus, Assistant U.S. Attorney (ret) now of Spertus, Landes & Umhofer, LLP PAROLE ATTORNEYS Rachelle Addair, Michael Beckman, Liz Burner, Jeff Champlin, Elizabeth Comeau, Michael Dykstra, Ellen Eggers, Maya Emig, Karen Fleming, Marc Gardner, Joseph Haytas, Kony Kim, Diane Letarte, Tracy Lum, Joseph Magazenni, Rich Pfeiffer, Kathy Richards, Heidi Rummel, Marco Saldana, Benjamin Schiff, Laura Sheppard, Peraya Siriwong, Angela Berry    

Parole Activists
508 supporters