Politics and Governance
Petition to President of the United States
Seize assets of Rajapakse family in the USA
Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis in history due to corrupt leadership of the Rajapakse family. People are dying on streets waiting in lines for hours for basic necessities like food and gas. Rajapakse family including the president, prime minister and the finance minister of Sri Lanka have been stealing public money in Sri Lanka for years. They have many assets all over the world including the USA. Freeze these assets and help Sri Lanka pay the national debt.
Petition to The Cuban government
Stop state violence against peaceful demonstrators in Cuba
Since last Sunday, July 11th, thousands of Cubans have taken to the streets to peacefully protest against their government's abuse of power, corruption and inefficieny. Cubans are facing a humanitarian and health crisis with skyrocketing hunger, Covid-19 infections and deaths, daily power outages, lack of public transportation, rampant inflation, and ongoing violent political repression against peaceful protestors.Just hours after protests broke out throughout the island, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel ordered to respond with violence. The police has arrested hundreds of protestors. There are reports of many wounded. Special force units in plain clothes, armed with clubs and sticks, attack protestors, and military units patrol the streets, showcasing expensive and sophisticated anti-riot gear all the while the government claims that there is an economic crisis caused by the US embargo. The military and the police have used firearms against civilians. Furthermore, young people drafted into military, are being forced to participate in the repression of protestors. The government has suppressed Internet services throughout the island, arrested independent journalists, and denied through the state media the existence of any revolts, dismissing demonstrators as violent outcasts or mercenaries. Díaz-Canel has called on the "revolutionaries" to fight "counterrevolutionaries", escalating the conflict, rather than initiating a national dialogue. We, the undersigned, demand that the Cuban government immediately stop state violence against protesters, release all prisoners of conscience, and take the necessary steps to initiate a process of national reconciliation and democratization. (Spanish) Desde el pasado domingo 11 de julio, miles de cubanos han tomado las calles para protestar contra la mala gestión gubernamental que, entre otras cosas, se ha manifestado en el aumento exponencial de las infecciones y muertes por Covid-19, en apagones diarios, en falta de transporte y alimentos básicos, en la devaluación de la moneda y en el aumento también exponencial de la represión.Desde que se iniciaron las protestas, el gobierno cubano ha suprimido los servicios de internet en toda la isla; secuestrado jóvenes para obligarlos a reprimir a los manifestantes, bajo amenaza de cárcel; empleado armas de fuego contra quienes protestan, o personas vestidas de civil, armados con manoplas y palos; utilizado los medios de prensa para desinformar, diciendo que apenas hay revueltas, que quienes han tomado las calles son marginales violentos, que muchos de los videos que circulan son de otros países y que la culpa es del embargo de EEUU. El presidente Miguel Dïaz-Canel ha llamado a los “revolucionarios" a luchar contra los “contrarrevolucionarios", declarando el país en pie de guerra en lugar de escuchar e intentar solucionar las demandas de la ciudadanía. Los firmantes exigimos al gobierno cubano que CESE de inmediato la violencia estatal contra manifestantes, que libere a todos los presos de conciencia y que dé los pasos necesarios para dar inicio a un proceso de reconciliación nacional y democratización.
Petition to Rensselaer County, Steve McLaughlin
Tell Steve McLaughlin: Resign Now.
Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin has been formally charged with two counts of criminal acts; grand larceny and money laundering. County Executive McLaughlin has violated the public's trust and has committed an alleged felony. Like all elected officials, he is not above the law. Allowing County Executive McLaughlin to remain in office sets a dangerous precedent moving forward. The allegations he faces are serious. Join Democratic Minority Leader Peter Grimm, County Legislator Cindy Doran, and concerned county residents by signing our petition and telling Steve McLaughlin: resign now.
Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Dina Titus
Black American Sanctuary City Petition: Federal Land & $ To Build A Black Sanctuary City
When is enough really enough? The unfortunate reality is that Black Americans have been victims of racial injustice and inequality for far too long on American soil. The very soil that is richly soaked with the sweat of our labor, the blood of those killed, and the tears from our agony, pain, and hope for a better day. We have been abused, misused, discriminated against, disrespected and betrayed by the very nation that our stolen and enslaved ancestors built and the nation that we continued to build long after slavery. In today's society a white police officer can kneel on a non resistant Black man's neck cutting his air supply until that Black man is dead and the victim becomes villain. The idea that Blacks are subhuman still imprisons the minds of many whites in this nation and reflects in the systemic racism that is woven in the fabric of our society. On behalf of all Black American people, I am requesting that the President of the United States and the United States Congress grant development funding and at least 22.5 thousand acres of federal land in the state of Nevada to be developed into a Black American Sanctuary City. The Black American Sanctuary City will have housing, farming areas, schools, medical facilities, shopping areas, parks and recreation, and much more. Please support this effort. Share this petition with family and friends. We all deserve to have a place of peace, sanctuary, and asylum. Sincerely, Shannon Churchwell Vice Chair, United Black Democratic Caucus Of Southern Nevada
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 Change.org petition for monthly stimulus checks and owner of duo Restaurant in Denver.
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 www.peace-dividend.org 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, 350.org); 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)
REJECT CALIFORNIA PC 3041.2
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  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.  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.  Including the committment offense, criminal history, and evidence of rehabilitation, among other factors. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 15, 2281, subd. (b)  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
Petition to Tennessee Republican Party
Reinstate Robby Starbuck, Morgan Ortagus & Baxter Lee on the TN-05 GOP Primary Ballot
In a shocking and unprecedented decision, the “old boys club” of the Tennessee Republican Primary voted behind closed doors on 4/19 to kick the two leading candidates for Tennessee’s Fifth House District, conservative filmmaker Robby Starbuck and Trump State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus off the primary ballot for…wait for it…not voting in the three primary elections. Seriously?! Think about it, have YOU voted in three primary elections? I didn’t think so. This coup (the only word for it) was clearly done for two reasons. 1) To deny the two anti-establishment pro-Trump America First candidates a seat at the table and 2) to coronate the establishment’s choice, do nothing RINO Beth Harwell (who literally did nothing in 30 years in politics and 8 years as State House Speaker) as TN-05’s next Congresswoman. Yes, the elites who control the Tennessee GOP want to pick Tennessee’s 5th District’s member of Congress, NOT the voters. I thought the Constitution clearly says “we the PEOPLE” not “we the government.” Let’s turn the power back to the PEOPLE and tell Tennessee’s Republican Party to put both Robby and Morgan (as well as Baxter Lee, the third candidate who was kicked off), back on the ballot!