51 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks 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
189,473 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to The Government of Ecuador

End Julian Assange's isolation

English / Español / Deutsch / Hindi below It is with great concern that we learned that Julian Assange has lost access to the internet and the right to receive visitors at the Ecuadorian London Embassy. Only extraordinary pressure from the US and the Spanish governments can explain why Ecuador’s authorities should have taken such appalling steps in isolating Julian. We demand that Julian Assange's isolation ends NOW! -- Background info: Full statement of support by Yanis Varoufakis and Brian Eno: -- हमें बड़े खेद से यह पता चला है की Julian Asange को London के EucadorianEmbassy में ना ही लोगों से मिलने दिया जा रहा है , ना ही उनकी internet कीसुविधा है| सिर्फ US व Spain की बड़ी दबाव ही हो सकती है जिस कारण उन्हे इसतरह बंधन में डाला गया है | हमारी मांग है की Julian Assange का एकांत वासअभी ख़त्म किया जाए, और लोगों से सम्पर्क फिर से जुडाया जाए !

84,995 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Asheville City Council

Petition for Police Accountability Through Data Transparency

View organizations that have endorsed our petition here! As members of the Asheville community, we are horrified by what happened last August when APD Officer Chris Hickman viciously assaulted Johnnie Jermaine Rush. We are convinced that this is not an isolated incident involving a single “bad apple,” but part of a pattern. We believe that changing that pattern requires changing the structures and culture that support it. The community must be empowered to hold the City of Asheville and the Asheville Police Department accountable and to work as partners with the City in identifying and implementing solutions. This means that the community must have access to reliable and up-to-date information about APD actions and policies. We support the request by Code for Asheville that the Asheville City Council require the regular release of critical data and policies related to public safety and the police department and that Asheville join with other cities that are already using data to bring about positive systemic change. Specifically, we support Code for Asheville’s request that the City Council: Require that regularly updated data on the following topics be added to the City of Asheville Open Data Portal, with proper consideration for privacy concerns: Use-of-force incidents by our police department, Emergency (911) call data, Crime report data, Arrest and citation data, Citizen complaints, Traffic stop reports, Demographic information on APD officers.   Mandate that up-to-date versions of these policies and reports be posted to the City website: APD Policy Manual, Blank copies of internal report forms, Internal audit reports on body-worn cameras, Recordings of public committee meetings related to public safety or otherwise of significant community interest. Take the following additional actions: Move quickly to accept the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Committee, Adopt the policy recommendations related to racial disparities in traffic stops presented by Ian Mance of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in April 2017, Adopt a comprehensive anti-retaliation policy to protect employees who report wrongdoing in our government, Direct staff to have the City join the Police Data Initiative, a group dedicated to improving public safety by working with communities to build trust and accountability in law enforcement   Code for Asheville’s full request may be found here  These actions are in line with best practices of city governments around the country and with Asheville’s Open Data Policy. We ask that the City Council accept Code for Asheville’s recommendations and direct staff to begin implementing them without delay. We have waited long enough. It is time to begin the hard work to create a more equitable and just community and to rebuild trust between the community and those tasked with protecting it.  If you'd like to gather signatures in person, here's a paper version of this petition!  Learn more about this effort by Code for Asheville, sign up for our newsletter, and view supporting organizations on our website

Code for Asheville
964 supporters