Petition to President of the United States
Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website
My son, Ross Ulbricht, is a first-time offender serving a double life sentence without parole, plus 40 years, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges at trial. He was never prosecuted for causing harm or bodily injury and no victim was named at trial. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. There is a growing consensus that Ross’s case is a miscarriage of justice and close to 100 eminent organizations and individuals have voiced their support. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where consenting users chose what to buy and sell as long as no third party was harmed (some listings were prohibited). Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for selling drugs himself but for creating a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. All the other defendants related to the case―including the actual drug sellers and the creator of Silk Road 2―received sentences ranging from 17 months to 10 years. Ross’s investigation, trial and sentencing were rife with abuse. This includes corrupt federal investigators (now in prison) who were hidden from the jury, as well as prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations and reliance on uncharged, false allegations at sentencing. Ross was smeared in the media through false and inaccurate reporting. Ross was not treated fairly and his sentence is draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that starting Silk Road was a terrible mistake that he deeply regrets, that he never intended harm, and that he has learned the heavy price of breaking the law. Ross is not a danger to anyone. If released tomorrow, he would never come near breaking the law again. Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man who is very much loved and has much to give. The judge received 100 letters attesting to his excellent character and how much he has helped others. These include those in prison, where he has demonstrated exemplary behavior and tutored, led classes, and helped fellow inmates. Keeping Ross caged for life helps no one; will cost taxpayers about $2 million; and deprives society of an exceptionally kind, generous and creative person. Even in the face of his walking death sentence, Ross clings to the hope of a second chance and dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to contribute to society. Please sign this petition and help bring Ross home. Learn more about Ross's case at FreeRoss.org.
Petition to Verizon, Federal Communications Commission, Donald J. Trump, Darrell Steinberg, Doris O. Matsui, Ajit Pai, Rick Jennings, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom
Stop Verizon From Abusing Our Family and Our Neighborhood
* All supporting research and documentation is provided below. I have a science degree and we are well aware the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Short Version Sacramento is one of the first cities in the world to receive 5G technology. Verizon is currently installing antennas on top of light poles all throughout my neighborhood. One of these antennas was installed just 45 feet from our family’s home. Shortly after the antenna was installed, several members of my family, including my two young nieces, began experiencing health problems. These problems persisted until we installed shielding inside our home and moved the children into a back room away from the antenna. The shielding significantly reduces our exposure but it is still very high. I have been in contact with several members of my community that have also experienced health problems they attribute to the antennas. Additionally concerning we have found a number of permitting issues for the some of the antennas. Since March, my family has been trying to get the now two antennas outside our home removed. Both antennas still stand. We have banded together with other members of our community to resist the unchecked expansion of the 5G network in our neighborhood and beyond. There are hundreds of studies suggesting we will be harmed by these antennas. The World Health Organization has classified RF radiation as a possible carcinogen. We do not want to be subjected to this threat all day, every day, inside our own homes. It is abuse and it is not OK. Roughly a million of these antennas are set to be installed throughout the US over the next few years. Please sign our petition to stop this abuse and establish a precedent for resisting these antennas outside our homes. Specifically, this petition seeks to: 1. Demand Verizon immediately turn off and uninstall the two antennas outside our home. 2. Demand local and federal governments work with telecom companies to create and adopt an “opt out” program for individuals that do not want an antenna within 1000 feet of their home. According to Verizon, 5G technology works very well at ranges of 2000-3000 feet. There is no reason to install these antennas so close to people who do not want them. Thank you. Long Version In late December, Verizon installed a cell antenna on a light pole 45 feet from my family’s home at roughly the same height as our second story. The antenna was installed without our permission, without any notice at all. This antenna was installed as part of the 5G (fifth generation wireless technology) testing here in Sacramento. About a month after the antenna was installed, several members of my family started experiencing health problems. These problems persisted for over a month before we began to seriously consider that the recently installed antenna could be the cause. I started researching the safety of cell antennas and the radiation they emit. There are hundreds of studies and articles suggesting a variety of negative health effects associated with cellular (RF) radiation. There are thousands of doctors and scientists warning about the dangers of RF radiation and wireless technology, specifically the implementation of 5G technology. An extensive list of credible resources can be found on my website: https://5gawarenessnow.com/scientific-research-and-analysis/ I shared my findings with the neighbors. We wrote a letter to Verizon requesting they remove the antenna. https://imgur.com/a/NJCqZnc Verizon denied our request stating the antenna was compliant with FCC guidelines. The FCC told us that their guidelines are safe and that our health problems are not their problem. https://imgur.com/a/gFxCC3M Upon further investigation of the FCC guidelines and statements, as well as the permitting information for the antenna, I have found that exposure on our property can exceed the FCC limits for safe exposure. Additionally, safety limits were not evaluated at the height of surrounding two story buildings, even though people will be exposed at that height. https://imgur.com/a/11sXRyt This specific information was present in permits for other antennas, but was missing in our permit. We also recently noticed a small warning label on the antenna that says exposure near the antenna can exceed the FCC occupational exposure limits which are five times higher than the general population exposure limits. Finally, Verizon has recently installed a SECOND antenna near our family's home on the very next light pole over. We are currently living in between two Verizon antennas. Since March, our family has repeatedly reached out to Verizon https://imgur.com/a/NJCqZnc, XGcommunities (the engineering firm that performed the RF compliance report) https://imgur.com/a/C1RmgcG, the FCC https://imgur.com/a/T2nM5RP, the City of Sacramento https://imgur.com/a/ABLB427, Mayor Darrel Steinberg, my Councilmember Rick Jennings, my Congressperson Doris Matsui https://imgur.com/a/H3KIWmb, and my Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein. None of these parties have accepted responsibility for our health problems or been willing to move the antennas. They have consistently been unwilling or unable to answer basic safety questions, address the issue of exposure on our property exceeding the FCC safety limits, address the financial repercussions of the antennas, or address our other grievances. These parties have pointed the finger at one another, with no one wanting to accept responsibility for these issues. We need your help to hold these parties accountable. Please sign our petition and share this petition to stop Verizon from abusing our neighborhood and pressure our federal and local governments to intervene on our neighborhood’s behalf. Specifically, this petition seeks to: 1. Demand Verizon immediately turn off and uninstall the two antennas in our neighborhood. 2. Demand local and federal governments work with telecom companies to create and adopt an “opt out” program for individuals that do not want an antenna within 1000 feet of their home. We do not want to be exposed to the radiation from Verizon’s antennas. We do not want to be harmed inside our own homes. We do not want to live in constant fear for our children’s safety. These are basic rights and they are being violated. Roughly a million of these antennas are set to be installed in the U.S. over the next few years. If we do not make our voices heard governments and telecom companies will continue on with the 5G roll-out. One of these antennas could show up on your doorstep without any notice. If you oppose the antenna, you will likely experience the same treatment we are getting. Help us win this fight and establish a precedent for opposing these cell antennas in our front yards. It is abuse, and it is not ok. Please share this petition to warn others of the dangers and problems 5G will bring. Additional Information: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Local/Global Campaign Myself and members of my community are currently engaged in a campaign to raise awareness about the cell antennas being installed in the Sacramento area as part of the 5G roll-out. Most people we speak with have no idea what 5G is, what it means, or the problems it presents. Here is a video of our group speaking at city council. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgxd1X8as-U Our campaign has two primary objectives: 1) To raise awareness about the 5G network currently being installed in the Sacramento area and the plans to implement 5G globally. 2) To work with telecom companies and local and federal governments to establish an "opt out" program for individuals that do not want an antenna within 1000 feet of their home. According to Verizon's own executives, engineers, and product demonstrations, 5G antennas operate very well at 2000-3000 feet and have no problems penetrating walls or foliage. 3G and 4G antennas operate at even greater distances. This means there is no need to install an antenna within 1000 feet of someone who does not want an antenna near their home. We hope this will serve as a model for telecom companies and governments around the world to preserve the rights of individuals who do not want to be exposed to radiation from cell antennas inside their own homes. No one should have to experience what my family has gone through. https://youtu.be/31gpCcbklHw?t=306 https://youtu.be/jnyG2bliKCs?t=27 Sacramento is one of the first cities in the world to implement 5G but over the next few years, as the 5G network expands, this will become a national and global issue. Please support and share our campaign to help us win basic human rights for ourselves and for all people. https://www.gofundme.com/f/2hszts-fight-against-5g-in-sacramento #BoycottVerizon Prior to the antenna being installed I was a Verizon customer for 15 years. After the abuse we have suffered from Verizon and the rude and dismissive response we have received, I have switched my cell service. Right now Verizon is the main telecom company installing true 5G technology. If you feel strongly about this issue, I encourage you to call out Verizon on social media (particularly Facebook and Twitter). If you are a Verizon customer I encourage you to switch your service. Let's send a message to Verizon and other telecom companies that we will not tolerate their abuse. Contact Representatives In 2017, the city of Sacramento sold out it's residents in the first of it's kind "Public-Private Partnership" agreement with Verizon. Verizon agreed to invest 100 million dollars into the city as well as a handful of additional investments and perks. In exchange, the city of Sacramento agreed to house Verizon's antennas on city infrastructure at a discounted rate as well as streamline the permitting process and deployment of Verizon's antennas. This could explain the missing information in the permit for our antenna. You can watch the city council meeting where they discuss this agreement. They repeatedly reference taking risks to be on the cutting edge of technological advancement and to "put Sacramento on the map." This agreement was not voted on by the public and was announced only four days before city council approved it. The residents largely had no idea, and still have no idea what is happening in our city. We are being subjected to the risks, Verizon and the city reap the rewards. Unacceptable. http://assets.fiercemarkets.net/public/007-Telecom/verizon-sacramento.pdf http://sacramento.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=22&clip_id=3999 I encourage you to reach out to our neighborhood's representatives and tell them what they are doing is NOT OK. Tell them they are accountable to their constituents, not Verizon, and that our safety is among their primary responsibilities. I also encourage you to reach out to your representatives and tell them not to sell you out the way Sacramento sold out it's residents. Tell them you do not want an antenna near your home, that you do not want to be harmed or subjected to an unnecessary health risk inside your home. If we do not make our voices heard they will continue. Contact info: https://5gawarenessnow.com/contact-info/ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 1-888-225-5322 The FCC is the federal agency allowing the telecom companies to trample on our rights. Their safety standards were created in the 1990's are among the least restrictive in the world. They have ignored very significant recent studies and thousands of experts urging them top update their safety standards to reflect current exposure levels and more recent research. They have ignored warnings from NASA and NOAA that 5G will interfere with their weather satellites. They have multiple, obvious conflicts of interest including the FCC chairman Ajit Pai who is a former Verizon attorney. Contact the FCC and tell them they are doing a terrible job and we will not allow them to continue to abuse the people for the Here is some info on property values: https://ehtrust.org/cell-phone-towers-lower-property-values-documentation-research/ https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2014/07/25/cell-towers-antennas-problematic-for-buyers
Petition to Tim Cook
Apple publicly commit to work with Nvidia on drivers for Mac OS 10.14
The community of people who have chosen to use Nvidia products with their Apple hardware demands that Apple permit Nvidia to make web drivers that work with all Mac OS versions going forward. Being able to utilize the hardware acceleration provided by Nvidia is vital to many of us, as are the bug fixes and features introduced with the application and OS updates. These drivers have always been available, but Apple now blocks Nvidia from supporting OS 10.14 Mojave We demand that Apple publicly commit to a support plan to work with Nvidia to provide continuous support for their customers. By signing this petition, we are making our voices heard. If issues persist and we are feeling neglected, we will: Contact Apple Customer Support until it is fixed Email Apple Execs i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org Tweet @tim_cook using hashtag #UnblockNVIDIA: https://twitter.com/tim_cook Register bugs at https://developer.apple.com/ bug-reporting/
Petition to Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sheryl Sandberg, Marc Andreessen, Mike Schroepfer
Mark Zuckerberg, please tell fb to stop giving animal advocates such a hard time
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, I know you love dogs so I appeal to you to help the animal advocates who use facebook to save animals lives. There are hundreds of thousands of us that use facebook to network animals that need homes and are in need of funds and many other things to help animals in need. You may not be aware that in the last year or so, facebook administrators have started making it very difficult to do this in many ways it is as if they are on a campaign to stop us from using facebook to help animals. They keep shutting down accounts for silly reasons like misusing a middle name and blocking us from sharing and tagging or even commenting which is the major part of how we work for these animals. I personally have encountered this repeatedly. We would like to know why they are ONLY enforcing these rules and policies against us??? They also have used many tactics to try to make money off of us and as you probably know animal rescue is all non profit. It seems that if you are paying money to post animals and such they leave you alone but if you are using a free account they are well harassing us. I am very aware of other types of users having fake names and they do not get harassed or made to change their names or anything. I also see promotors of violence against people and animals on facebook and they are not shut down even if the things they are showing are in violation of facebook's policies. WE THE ANIMAL ADVOCATES ARE ASKING YOU TO PLEASE STEP IN AND ASK THE ADMINISTRATORS TO STOP MAKING IT SO DIFFICULT TO SAVE AND HELP ANIMALS FROM BEING KILLED AND TORTURED. RESPECTFULLY, THE ANIMAL LOVERS OF FACEBOOK
Petition to US State Department
Ban Downloadable/Plastic Guns and Bullets
On July 31st, a United States Federal Judge blocked Cody Wilson and his organization, Defense Distributed from releasing their 3D printed gun blueprints. However, the judge did provide Wilson with other options, such as mailing USB drives with the information on them. In addition, Defense Distributed illegally released the blueprints to the public, days before they were scheduled to be granted permission. In addition to Defense Distributed, Deterrence Dispense has become active. Unlike Defense Distributed, Deterrence Dispense has no leader, no address, and no known members. They also use peer to peer (P2P) sharing to share CAD files. Because there is no central server location, Deterrence Dispense is extremely hard to shut down. They are 100% anonymous. This makes is exceptionally difficult to take legal action against the group or shut them down. Now, we not only have loosely regulated CAD files for 3D printed guns but there are unregulated files from this new group circulating. 3D printed guns are dangerous because they can be made on demand and can bypass security checkpoints undetected. Also, they have no serial number making the guns untraceable. Kids, felons, terrorists, abusers and mentally ill people could all get their hands on an unlimited amount of guns, without a single background check. A new startup has also appeared on multiple news stations because of their frightening and absurd goal. They want to give blueprints for 3D printable bullet proof vest penetrating bullets to the public at no cost. Not only is this dangerous for citizens of the United States but this organization going under the name, Atlas Arms is also anti government and encourages the bullets to be used to murder police officers. Safe Nation demands that a bill is passed, stating that all gun and bullet blueprints are illegal to be sold or given for free in the United States. If you agree, take a minute to sign the petition because every signature counts! Safe Nation is a student led organization fighting to end gun violence. It was founded in July, 2018 and has been fighting for gun violence ever since. Text @GUNFREE to 810-10 to subscribe to text message updates! REGISTER TO VOTE! Text @FUTURE to 644-33! Follow our social media channels to support us and to help campaign!@oursafenation on Instagram and Twitter Visit our website! www.oursafenation.org Some users have issues signing this petition. Please email email@example.com for technical support, or go to www.oursafenation.org/contact *PLEASE READ UPDATES BELOW FOR CURRENT NEWS AND GOALS*
Petition to Debian Community, DebConf Committee
Support Palestinian human rights and cancel DebConf Israel! #BoycottDebian
To the Debian community and the DebConf Committee: We are workers in tech and many other industries, and we call on you to take a stand for Palestinian rights. Respect the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement to end apartheid in Israel and withdraw the 2020 Debian Developer Conference from the University of Haifa in Israel. We call on all developers and attendees: Boycott DebConf 2020 to pressure Debian to relocate the event, and spread the word with #BoycottDebian. The DebConf Code of Conduct states that there is no tolerance for "unwarranted exclusion from conference or related events based on age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, [or] religion", yet the entire State of Israel is based on racist apartheid. In fact, the 2018 Nation-State Law of Israel codifies apartheid. This law states that the country is the nation-state of the Jewish people alone, and it denies the rights of millions of Palestinians. Instead, Palestinians live under a brutal military occupation and blockade which is recognized as illegal by the United Nations and the vast majority of the world. With tragic irony, the DebConf 2020 announcement coincides with the start of Israeli Apartheid Week and comes one year after the start of the Great March of Return. These marches are a series of ongoing protests in Gaza which demand Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes from which Zionist forces expelled them in 1948. In the past year Israeli snipers have injured thousands and killed hundreds of Palestinians. Israeli snipers murder children like 13 year-old Hasan Shalabi, medics like 21 year-old Razan Al-Najjar, and even disabled Palestinians like 29 year-old Abu Thurayya. We call upon Debian developers and DebConf to lead the Free/Libre/Open Source community and fight for human liberation as well as software liberation. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has, for 15 years, called for the boycott of cooperation with Israel and its academic and cultural institutions until the following three demands are met: 1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194 Honor the struggle of the Palestinians and boldly join the fight against apartheid! Long live Palestine!
Petition to Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov, Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov, Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov, Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov , Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , Media.email@example.com
Let's Stop the Robocall Insanity!
Let's stop the minute-to-minute annoyance of unsolicited calls constantly coming through to our mobile phones. Calls when we are in a meeting, calls when we are with our children, calls when we are having dinner, calls when we are going to bed – when does it end? Ten a day, then 15, then 20 – it just doesn’t stop. Join me and sign the petition to pressure the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require that all phone carriers implement into their networks, free of charge, robocall blocking technology to prevent these calls from ever getting to your mobile phone. We need the FCC to make the necessary regulatory changes on their end and then to start this mandate of the phone carriers. Many of the hundreds of millions of calls are originating overseas. Companies and scammers are using computer technology to dial literally millions of numbers a day. With the push of a button millions of calls go out through the network at one time. Furthermore, they are using “spoofing” technology to have those calls come through to our phones as a local call by showing a local area code to try and fool people into picking up. It is time for the FCC to require phone carriers to develop and implement technology that can detect when a flood of calls are coming through the networks and prevent those calls from ever making it to your mobile phone. Please sign the petition here, send this along to your friends and family and make our voices heard! The more that sign, the more the FCC will take notice. In addition to this petition, please reach out to your congressional representative and United States Senator and let them know you have had enough and that you want them to lend their voice by letting the FCC know the robocall insanity must stop! You can find your Congressional representative’s contact information here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ You can find your United States Senator’s contact information here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm To file complaints and contact the FCC you can do so here: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/stop-unwanted-calls-texts-and-faxes Lets do our part to stop the insane robocalls now! Please let me know your personal story with these insane Robocalls in the comment section. Thank You
Petition to Google, Inc, Apple
Add AED locations to Google Maps and Apple Maps as a searchable feature to save lives.
THE PROBLEM Within two seconds, with your cell phone, you can find the closest Starbucks, including directions, maps, pictures and more. But if someone collapses from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and when every second counts, why can't I use the same technology to find where the closest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is located? Google My Business listings will tell you if a location has WiFi, Free Parking, Handicap Access, and much more. Why can't an AED be on that list? If I am in a shopping area and someone collapses, I should be able to ask Google or Siri and instantly know the location of the closest AED. This feature has the potential to save thousands of lives, and over time, tens of thousands of lives, or more. (UPDATE: Here's a news story about our petition that aired last night.) THE SOLUTION How do we make this happen? Is it Bob on the 7th floor in the Maps Department? Is it legislative? Is it public pressure? As I start this, I have no idea and need help with guidance and ideas. HOW CAN YOU HELP If you have any insight or ideas on how to make this happen, please connect with us directly. If you agree with this initiative, please: Sign up to keep in the loop Post this campaign on your social media pages WHY IS THIS MY MISSION? This is my mission because my wife Julie, had a cardiac arrest. When she collapsed, she was not breathing and her heart was not beating. Within 45 seconds of her collapse, she was receiving CPR. Within 2 minutes, she got a shock from an AED, followed up by a second shock. Three minutes after her collapse, the ambulance arrived. By that time, she already started breathing and her heart started beating again. Today she has fully recovered because of the quick actions of those around her and because of the AED. Watch this video for Julie's story. This technology has the potential to save thousands of lives, if not tens of thousands of lives over time. SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST STATISTICS Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 300,000 every year. SCA can strike persons of any age, gender, race and health. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a device used to administer an electric shock and restore the heart's normal rhythm. The survival rate for SCA is less than 5%. This is due to limited AED accessibility. If an SCA victim receives defibrillation through an AED within the first minute, the survival rate is 90%. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, survival decreases by 7 - 10%. 30% - 50% of SCA victims would survive if AEDs were used within five minutes. If defibrillation is delayed by more than ten minutes, the survival rate is less than 5%.