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Petition to U.S. State Legislators

No Tax On Tampons: Stop Taxing Our Periods! Period.

Aunt Flo is one helluva house guest. She can be painful, messy, and just keeps coming back each month. And, oh yeah, expensive! As anyone who menstruates knows, dealing with a period is a monthly necessity—and a costly one at that. Women spend upwards of $70 a year on sanitary products like tampons and pads. What’s worse, across the U.S., a whopping forty states increase the financial burden of menstruation by charging sales tax on these essential items. Not taxed: a bag of chips. Taxed: a box of tampons. WHAT?! Check out the above map to see if your state is one of the forty that taxes your purchase of tampons, pads, and menstrual cups. For anyone who has a period, these items are a necessity—not an option, not a luxury item—and should be treated as such. Eliminating the Tampon Tax is simply the FAIR and EQUAL thing to do. Change is possible! This summer, Canada made history when its Parliament voted unanimously to eliminate a national tax on menstrual products. Across the pond and down under, women in the U.K. and Australia are insisting their governments do the same. A global movement is underway! Sign this petition, share it with your friends—and let the forty state legislatures that profit from your period know that you won’t stand for it. Join Cosmopolitan in the national movement to Axe the Tampon Tax! #TamponsForAll

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf and Cosmopolitan Magazine
71,462 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary David Shulkin

Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.

UPDATE (March 2018): Following your efforts, U.S. Congress enacted a law to de-fund the VA's dog experiments for 2018 and placed dramatic restrictions on the practice. Read more here. We're still working to end this waste and abuse for good! --- An investigation by White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. As a physician, researcher and dog-lover –and someone who once reluctantly experimented on dogs—I know there’s no way to defend the government’s use of dogs for invasive and unnecessary experiments.  It’s also a betrayal of a 10,000 year old bond between dogs and humans built upon mutual affection and loyalty. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs: Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers. Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly. Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected. American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks. Bipartisan Members of Congress also recognize the ethical, scientific and economic problems with these controversial experiments on dogs. They’re now working to help spare dogs from abuse and cut wasteful government spending. Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research.

Dr. Larry Hansen and the White Coat Waste Project
191,271 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump

Criminals on the loose

Hello Honorable President Trump, We of the American people are very grateful for your hard on crime and aggressive defense of the law. There are many issues you are so graciously handling and I am confident you can handle this issue as well. About 10 years ago an undocumented alien appeared in our country under the name “Soberto” and has been tied to organized criminal activity as well as many crimes that are currently being served by the wrong person. He has changed his name to diesel to try and cover up his past and our last administration did nothing to stop this cold hearted bandit. He has not paid his taxes in his 10 years of his existence and lives off welfare from American citizens. He is believed to have been involved with terrorist attacks in New York, the church shooting in Texas, and a church shooting in North Carolina. These attack weren’t solo jobs and was committed by a American faction of isis. Another faction member is known simply as “Bruce” and has partaken in a large amount of attacks with the Death Over Great States (D.O.G.S.) section of Isis. Bruce is believed to have been a part of the 2001 attack of the pentagon and has also evaded taxes for close to a decade. They met while studying liberal arts at UCLA I am asking the one man this country has needed to repair Liberal America to help put these illegal, terroristic, tax evading, leeches into Guantanamo bay where these traitors belong

John Dudash
8 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to The Government of Uganda

Stop the tax on Social Media and Mobile Money. #CountMyVoiceUG

Background On May 30, 2018, The Government of Uganda passed into law the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which seeks to tax Social Media and Mobile Money usage in Uganda. The law was officially effected on July 1, 2018, and requires users of over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, Hangouts, Instagram and other social media platforms in Uganda to pay an obligatory daily charge of 200 Ugandan Shillings. President Yoweri Museveni and the Parliament implemented this unconventional bill, claiming that young people use social media platforms to promote "gossip" in the country. Contrary to the President's beliefs, the majority of youth in Uganda are using social media to create new jobs, connect to both local and international audiences, and find markets for their products using platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. The tax will have a substantial adverse impact on the social, economic and civic development of Uganda. It goes against the Internet’s fundamental principle as a universally open platform for freedom of speech, access to information and public participation. The tax also suffocates the digital economy, the predominant money making sector, and a key component for fostering innovation and creativity. In order for the digital economy to thrive, innovators and entrepreneurs need to depend on e-payments, e-learning, and social media as a means of growing their businesses, increasing their professional knowledge, communicating and adding overall value to the state of the economy and their communities. The tax also discourages Internet usage by undermining the freedom of expression by marginalized groups like women, the disabled, and the poor. In fact, it will likely only increase the digital divide, leaving groups already marginalized with a further gap in benefiting from the digital economy. Mobile Money has become instrumental in bringing the majority of unbanked Ugandans into the formal banking sector. For a population of over 44 million, there 22 million Mobile Money subscribers as of 2017. The tax implemented on Mobile Money requires subscribers to pay a 0.5% receiving and withdrawal tax on top of paying withdrawal fee mandated by mobile network operators. The result makes using Mobile Money expensive for the majority of users. For youth across the country, Mobile Money has been at the core of driving Innovative local solutions and new business models have resulted in the mobile payments space. The tax on Mobile Money will render the majority of the youth unemployed and thus widen the already high rate of unemployment in the Country. As young people, we cannot allow this to happen. Keeping quiet means that we are going to have to forfeit all the life-changing opportunities that social media and financial inclusion provide. The IssuesAs youth we see three fundamental issues wrong with these taxes: The taxes were implemented unilaterally and without public input The faulty rationale provided is contrary to the best interests of the citizenry The Social Media Tax is contrary to the fundamental principles of a healthy, open Internet Our DemandWe, the young people of Uganda demand that the Social Media and Mobile Money taxes be annulled because they suppress job creation, talent development, innovation, and freedom of expression. Moving Forward Youth represent 78% of the population and the majority of the users of the Internet and social media. Our voices must be counted and heard for policy changes that will have such a great impact. We believe in the multi-stakeholder approach of Internet governance that requires that all stakeholders, i.e. private and public sector be involved in drafting and adopting policies that affect Internet usage. Additionally, we hope that our campaign will raise much-needed awareness in the region and globally so that other governments hoping to take the same measures engage all voices and make informed decisions that put the people, including youth, at the heart of Internet policy. What will we do with our collected signatures?We will deliver them to Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi who will present them to Parliament to represent the voices of the people and urge parliament to review the bill. Please join us as we call upon the Ugandan Government to reconsider the taxes on Social Media and Mobile Money.

Evelyn Namara, Mary Helda Akongo, Mwotta Bidemmu, Sarah Kiden and Isabel Odida
1,933 supporters