Petition to U.S. Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, The People Of The United States Of America
Impeach Donald J. Trump: The Million American Petition
Your signature is the new vote; it's not too late. The Constitution of the United States, Art. 2, S. 4, provides that the president, vice-president, and civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of treason, bribery, and/or other high crimes and misdemeanors. We, the undersigned, lobby for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump suspected of treason, in violation of THE USA PATRIOT ACT for conspiring with Russia in tampering with the results of the 2016 election. He and his administration are an immediate threat to national security and his use of intimidation as president presents undeniable challenges in this investigation. Ergo, we petition his immediate removal from office as well as the removal of Vice President Mike Pence and all civil officers appointed under his rule, pending the results of his administration's investigation. Donald J. Trump has violated the Federal law under civil and criminal ordinances with his documented use of libelous and insulting hate speech referencing citizens of color, immigrants, and those of the Muslim faith. His promotion and acceptance of violence towards the above stated has incited violence, discrimination and increased tensions throughout this nation.Furthermore, Donald J. Trump is in violation of state law in the following 34 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois,Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. He is guilty of multiple counts of cyber bullying, before, during and following his election campaign; the most egregious being his statements regarding Mexicans, Muslims, the black community and his continuous taunting of China. Unlawful conduct of any kind, be it past, present or future is unacceptable of any person holding the office of President of the United States of America. He has caused international conflict with our allies and is dangerously close to destroying peaceful foreign relations. Donald J.Trump’s leadership poses a threat to the peace and safety of our nation on both national and international levels. His immoral reputation and misconduct are an embarrassment and threat to the freedoms this country stands for and will not be tolerated by United States citizens. ------------------ THIS IS THE PEOPLES PETITION. Accepting contributors! Send updates and letter edits to Support@DumpTrumpDumpTrump.comAlso if you are interested in joining our team, we are looking for leaders to help keep our users updated.------------------- T-Shirts - Visit DumpTrumpDumpTrump.com for our anti-Trump & "Not My President!" t-shirts - which will help us spread this idea and allow us to fund awareness campaigns.------------------- Thanks!The Million American Petition
Petition to California Senators Mike McGuire & Scott Wiener
**MAKE TRANSPARENCY GREAT AGAIN IN 2020** NO TAX RETURNS, NO PRESIDENCY!
CALIFORNIA VOTERS: CLICK THIS LINK HERE TO SIGN President Trump has refused to disclose his tax returns, despite four decades of tradition. Republican, Democratic and third-party opponents all disclosed their returns during the 2016 campaign, except Trump. Transparency is the light that exposes truth and makes it more difficult for politicians to put personal gain ahead of our country’s best interests. Pretty basic, right? We don't know what President Trump is hiding, but he is clearly hiding something. Probably many things! Being able to hide one’s entanglements and business interests is OUTRAGEOUS. Let’s change that! Demand candidates release their tax returns for public inspection, so entanglements and conflicts are out in the open. The Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act (SB149), introduced by California State Senators McGuire and Wiener, solves this. It mandates candidates for the presidency release the five most recent years of tax returns to be eligible for the general election ballot. Period! End of story! No exceptions! No Excuses! Our democracy is under siege. The disregard for transparency, ethics and common sense safeguards such as tax return disclosure has left many of us feeling powerless, unable to fight back. Here is something tangible and real we can and must do! California voters, Senators McGuire and Wiener need your help. Please sign their petition here. Please share this widely. This bill needs your support to become law and may be voted on as soon as tax day, April 15th! Thanks for helping make transparency great again!
Petition to THE US SENATE, The US Congress, Department of Justice, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director of National Intelligence, United States Office of Special Counsel, Director of Central Intelligence, Director of NSA, The Supreme Court of the United States
IMPEACH: Legal Removal of President & Vice President, et al., for Misprision of Treason
A Petition for: The legal impeachment and or legal removal of The President & Vice President, et al., for Treason and Misprision of Treason. Regarding the known and recorded activities of: D.J. Trump Sr., M. Pence, S. Bannon, P. Manafort, C. Page, LTG. M. Flynn, R. Stone, R. Tillerson, S. Miller, S. Mnuchin, J.C. Kushner, J. Kushner, R. Giuliani, M. McConnell, P. Ryan, J. Chaffetz, B. Epshteyn, J. Sessions, K. Conway, S. Spicer, R.L. Mercer, R. Mercer, D. Mercer, C. Koch, D. Koch, K. Rove, W. Deng Murdoch, A. Scaramucci, C. Lewandowski, D.J. Trump Jr., E. Trump, I.M. Trump, I.M. Trump, M.K. Trump, John & Jane Doe; et. al. (1-100) That the above parties having had certain knowledge of relationships of one Donald John Trump with numerous Russian oligarchs and one Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, a former high ranking KGB officer, who is the current President of the Russian Federation, (a nation that has clearly positioned itself as the foremost geopolitical and military enemy of the United States, NATO and EU); did not find patriotic merit in informing any US authorities of the 'clear and present US national security threat danger' posed when said individual Donald John Trump ran for President of the United States, are thus guilty of : 18 U.S. Code § 2382 "Misprision of Treason" "Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than seven years, or both."(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.) Its is therefore our desire that the above individuals as named above, be charged, brought to swift trial, impeached, if guilty, punished according to all applicable US statutes, and prevented from holding any further US public office, forever. So that the nightmare of having traitors to our nation, in charge of our nation's affairs and our nuclear deterrent forces, might be swiftly rectified, we additionally request that Clinton / Kaine be simply declared the overall victors of the 2016 popular count election and installed immediately. The Clinton / Kaine overwhelming popular vote majority of 65,844,954 (48.2%) to 62,979,879 (46.1%) was such an overwhelming 2.9 million American citizen majority that it must finally be respected as such, anything else is denying mathematical reality and the Federalist founders ultimate intent of "one person, one vote" as the foundational bedrock of our republic's constitutional democracy. The voice of the majority population of the People of the United States must now finally be heard, so that a rational, sane, secure, continuity of government might prevail even as the current emergency is simultaneously resolved. VERIFIABLE FACTS: Director of The National Security Agency (NSA), Admiral Michael Rogers, said that there shouldn’t be “any doubt in anybody’s mind” that another country tampered with the U.S. election. During the 2016 election time period, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) publicly revealed that elements of Russian intelligence agencies, namely GRU, (Main Intelligence Agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation / Гла́вное разве́дывательное управле́ние), had covert interest in the US Presidential campaign of Donald John Trump. The most sensitive activity of the GRU is gathering intelligence on American leaders. Furthermore it was known by the above individuals that Donald John Trump's main advisor, one Paul Manafort, had previously worked extensively on behalf of Putin's ally, pro-Russian Ukrainian dictator Yanukovych between 2007 and 2012. For those services, Manafort received $12.7 million in cash payments from Yanukovych’s political party. It was also known by the above individuals that on December 10, 2015, one LTG Michael Thomas Flynn (USA ret.), the fired former Director of The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); was the personal dinner guest in Moscow of Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (former Director of the FSB, successor Russian intelligence agency to the Soviet KGB). Even after that news of that improper trip became public, LTG Michael Thomas Flynn was still drafted by the Trump campaign in February of 2016 to serve as one of its key advisors. Furthermore, in July of 2016, LTG Michael Thomas Flynn was officially being considered as Donald John Trump's Vice-Presidential running mate. LTG Michael Thomas Flynn confirmed that he had submitted his vetting documents to the campaign and that he was fully willing to accept the Republican Vice-Presidential nomination if chosen. During that period, the Democratic National Committee was cyber-attacked by parties connected to the Russian military security service GRU, who stole US emails (in violation of US laws) who then forwarded doctored versions to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks in Europe; as part of a GRU intelligence campaign of 'Active Measures' (активные мероприятия) to spread disinformation among the US voting electorate, to help Donald John Trump during the 2016 US presidential election. During that exact same time period, computer experts determined that there were continuous, covert, computer communications via KGB founded Russian Alfa Bank and Donald John Trump's campaign. On November 10, 2016, president-elect Donald John Trump met with then President Obama at the White House. In their meeting, President Obama pointedly warned Donald John Trump NOT to hire LTG Michael Thomas Flynn under any circumstances, due to his Putin connections. Despite that face to face warning from President Obama, On November 18, 2016, president-elect Donald John Trump's offered the key position of US National Security Advisor to LTG Michael Thomas Flynn. This appointment was offered even though, he had already drawn repeated harsh public and private criticism for what sources then described as his unusually close and improper (form a counter-intelligence standpoint) personal relations with officials of the hostile Russian government. In complete disregard of that glaringly inconsistent anomaly, LTG Michael Thomas Flynn was still personally selected by Donald John Trump (and his transition team headed by Vice-President elect Michael Richard Pence) to be the next US National Security Advisor, a key position of strategic and paramount import that is the nexus between the military and intelligence security elements of the United States government and the Presidency of the United States. The potential importance to the United States of the proper vetting of that key position in any administration, can be understood by the official duties of the US National Security Advisor (APNSA); which are to coordinate US defense, foreign affairs, international economic policy, and all global intelligence while yet properly controlling the flow of information to the President. On 29 December 2016, the Obama administration White House sanctioned the GRU (ГРУ Генера́льного шта́ба) and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation known as FSB, (Федеральная служба безопасности Российской Федерации - ФСБ) for alleged tampering and disinformation during the 2016 US presidential election. In addition, the Obama administration Department of State also declared 35 Russian diplomats persona non grata and denied Russian diplomatic staff access to two Russian government-owned compounds in Maryland and New York. The Obama administration White House also sanctioned several GRU officials including GRU Chief Igor Valentinovich Korobov, Deputy Chief Sergey Aleksandrovich Gizunov, and First Deputy Chiefs Igor Olegovich Kostyukov and Vladimir Stepanovich Alexseyev. On that same day, December 29, 2016, during the Obama administration, LTG Michael Thomas Flynn spoke personally with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the very same day the Obama administration announced retaliatory measures in response to Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign; if there was intent to interfere with or defeat said measures, this clearly constitutes a felony violation under the Logan act. Donald John Trump's incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer, said he doubted that LTG Michael Thomas Flynn and Sergey Kislyak discussed the retaliatory measures. The Wall Street Journal reported on January 22, 2017, that LTG Michael Thomas Flynn was under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence for his numerous communications with high ranking Russian officials and Russian intelligence agents. On February 9, 2017, U.S. intelligence officials shared an account of the transcripts of LTG Michael Thomas Flynn's interactions with Sergey Kislyak, which indicated that he did indeed discuss the sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration, and LTG Michael Thomas Flynn's spokesman released a statement that LTG Michael Thomas Flynn “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.” It is now further proven by US intel intercepts that Donald John Trump personally, and his representatives individually, and severally (such as LTG Michael Thomas Flynn and Manafort) have personally visited, communicated with, and taken monetary (and in kind) payments from officials of the Russian state, as well as oligarchs and organizations during the 2016 campaign. This was in direct violation of numerous US laws pertaining to election tampering, espionage, diplomacy, and treason. During the campaign we have heard Donald John Trump, on numerous occasions, oddly praise Russian President Putin, while condemning US allies as Germany, Japan, Ukraine, NATO and the EU, as well as excoriating the US Intelligence Community, insulting our Armed Forces' hard working and experienced battlefield troops and their general officers, and even bashing the Gold Star Mother of Capt. Khan, who died while preventing a suicide attack upon a mess hall near Baqubah, Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. As if all of that was not tragic enough, the Trump administration is also doing serious harm to America’s longstanding global intelligence partnerships. A mere three weeks after the inauguration, Donald John Trump has repeatedly gone out of his way to delegitimize our nation's brave intelligence officers (who have served this nation in secret, faithfully, and with honor, since Nathan Hale in 1776), mocking these thousands of quiet, brave, men and women publicly, and in demeaning their precious work, he has even incredibly blown off receiving the PDB (President's Daily Briefing), a brief of the most important daily classified information on national security collected by our 17 U.S. intelligence agencies and given to the President of the United States every morning precisely at 0745 hours, as it has been with every Commander in Chief since JFK. "Since January 20, we’ve assumed that the Kremlin has human ears inside the White House Situation Room... There’s not much the Russians don’t know at this point,” an unnamed US intelligence official added in deep frustration." On January 29, 2017, Donald John Trump restructured the National Security Council's core "Principals Committee" assigning a permanent invitation to Steve Bannon, White House Chief Strategist, while at the same time eliminating the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Director of National Intelligence, thus depriving both the Pentagon and US Intelligence Community of any direct way to advise, consent, or dissent to any actions planned by the President and remaining NSC members, 'in the room', face to face. In the modern history of our nation, this is the first time that the Pentagon and the Intelligence Community have been removed from the direct decision making process. In an era when the entire world can be wiped out in in a thermonuclear exchange and 9200 U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons (on high-alert) can be launched in 2 to 3 minutes, and a mass extinction event occur, removal of the Pentagon and the Intelligence Community from the NSC as brakes upon accidental war, or to prevent a "Pearl Harbor Style" sneak attack upon the US (or our NATO & EU allies), is just highly illogical, and profoundly disturbing. Finally, on May 9, 2017, Donald John Trump became only the second United States president to fire the Director of the FBI, who was heading up two separate investigations into the relationships between the Trump campaign, Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Russian intelligence and Russian oligarchs. Naturally, Americans wanted to know: Why? The exact answer remained elusive over the course of three days following the announcement. Trump and his White House gave numerous, contradictory explanations for James B. Comey’s firing. The ORIGINAL explanation by Donald John Trump and his administration was that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions initiated Comey’s firing. In a letter to US AG Sessions, Rosenstein criticized Comey’s handling of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server use as secretary of state. He did not explicitly call for his dismissal. US AG Sessions forwarded the Rosenstein letter to Donald John Trump , recommending he remove Director Comey. US AG Sessions stated: “Based on my evaluation, and for the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in the attached memorandum, I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI.” Donald John Trump then wrote a letter to Director Comey, saying he was acting on their recommendation. The next day, May 10, 2017, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders fully contradicted that version of events and revealed that Donald John Trump actually asked for the recommendation of Rosenstein and Sessions. That very same day, May 10, 2017, Donald John Trump jovially met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Kisalyak (whom ODNI determined is THE Russian spy master in the United States). This meeting in the Oval Office was unusual in its timing and in the fact that only the Russian state media 'TASS" was allowed. ALL American news media were summarily banned. In that same meeting, according to current and former U.S. officials, Donald John Trump deliberately revealed, highly classified, 'above Top Secret', foreign ally obtained intelligence information to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Kisalyak. U.S. officials said Trump’s unprecedented disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State (ISIL), as well as jeopardizing US and Foreign Ally intel field assets. The information Donald John Trump leaked in the meeting, had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from US allies and tightly restricted even within our U.S. government, officials said. The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to deliberately do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After the Oval Office meeting, senior White House officials took steps to immediately contain the damage, placing calls to ODNI, CIA, and the National Security Agency. “This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.” Furthermore, Donald John Trump also told Lavrov and Kislyak that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. ... “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.” The conversation, during a May 10 meeting — the day after he fired Mr. Comey — reinforces the notion that Donald John Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives. The White House document that contained Donald John Trump's comments was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated as the official account of the meeting. The next day, Thursday, May 11, 2017, NBC aired an interview with Donald John Trump. In the interview, Donald John Trump offered yet another reason for firing Comey: The FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. During the interview with Lester Holt on 'NBC Nightly News', Donald John Trump said: “Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey” Donald John Trump thus violated Federal Obstruction of Justice statutes, by firing the individual who was leading the investigation of both his campaign and business dealings. Donald John Trump then went on to maintain that Comey's dismissal would not impede the FBI’s investigation, which he said: "(it) should be over with... “As far as I’m concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly” ... “But I said to myself, I might even lengthen out the investigation” There can be no question in any rational person's mind that by firing Director Comey, Donald John Trump was attempting to cover up the multiple investigations into his myriad political and business dealings with Russia. In these ways and others, Donald John Trump (and cohorts) have clearly adhered to the enemies of the United States while simultaneously weakening United States defense, intelligence, and geopolitical posture. There is no question that these individuals have seriously violated the Hatch and Logan Acts and committed acts of treason, and clear concealments of treason under: 18 U.S. Code § 2381 "Treason", 18 U.S. Code § 2382 "Misprision of Treason", "Obstruction of Justice" 18 U.S. Code § 1512 (tampering with federal witnesses), 18 U.S. Code § 1513 (retaliating against federal witnesses), 18 U.S. Code § 1503 (obstruction of pending federal court proceedings), 18 U.S. Code § 1505 (obstruction of pending congressional or federal administrative proceedings), 18 U.S. Code § 371 (conspiracy). IN CONCLUSION What we have here before us is Vladimir Putin's concerted attempt at a permanent political and military realignment and reversion of United States policies towards Russia via purported blackmail influence over the Trump Presidency. If left unchecked, the Destruction of America & NATO from WITHIN via Donald John Trump, shall be the end result of Putin's determined chess game. This destruction of the United States, NATO, and the EU shall finally facilitate Putin's decades long dreams of an expansionist 'Greater Russia' not only in predominate control of Eastern Europe but also of Western Europe and the United States, as well. After the significant revelations of the Putin / Trump / Manafort / Panama Papers.... the apparent quid pro quo between Trump & Putin for Ukraine / Baltics / NATO / EU, the failure of Trump to publicly reveal sources of income in his taxes, etc.; it must be clearly affirmed that no one, not even the President of the United States is above the "Laws of the Land", up to and including, "TREASON". 18 U.S. Code § 2381 "Treason" "Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them (or adheres to their enemies), giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States."(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)
Petition to Women's March
President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey is his Watergate moment. Why is the Women's March not harnessing the energy and passion of American women to hold Trump accountable? 78 percent of Americans want an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement in our 2016 presidential election. The majority of us want to see President Trump's tax returns. During one of the most divisive moments in our nation's history, our unity on these issues could radically transform the political landscape. DOJ's appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel is incredibly significant but his final report will be treated as a confidential document and not made publicly available. Americans deserve to know the whole truth. As members of the Women's March grassroots movement, we women and our male allies call upon Women's March leadership to set a date for #DayWomenDemandAnswers when we petition Congress to: - Pass Senator Ben Cardin and Representative Eric Swalwell's bills establishing a commission of independent experts to examine the facts regarding Russia and the 2016 election - Pass Senator Ron Wyden's bill mandating the release of President Donald Trump's tax returns from the past three years We also call upon the Women's March to officially partner with other national actions - like March for Truth, Tax March and Indivisible - demanding an independent investigation and the release of the returns. No matter who we are or where we come from, American women sense something rotten in the state of our union. Will the Women's March fight for our right to demand the truth? www.daywomendemandanswers.com photo credit: By Mobilus In Mobili - Women's March on Washington, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55796823
Petition to Donald Trump, Neil deGrasse Tyson, President of the United States, NASA, Reince Priebus
President Trump Should Spend an Hour with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a well-known science communicator whose ability to articulate the criticality of science is, to say the least, needed in today's political climate. A substantial meeting therefore between the president and Dr. Tyson would likely inspire increased appreciation for science and basic research, and could motivate the federal government generally to both invest in and to accept seriously the results brought forth by various scientific disciplines. Petitioning for such a meeting should be a bipartisan no-brainer.
Petition to firstname.lastname@example.org , The Walt Disney Company
Boycott Disney over not including speaking part for President Trump in Hall of Presidents.
I am starting this petition to inform Disney that there are many people that want to see President Donald Trump speak in The Hall of Presidents attraction at The Magic Kingdom. It appears there is a petition trying to discourage Disney from including a speaking part for President Trump in this patriotic attraction. I find this to be absurd. When I read this headline, I was in disbelief. This attraction has given every president a speaking part since 1993. Donald Trump is the President whether anyone likes it or not. Denial of history sets a terrible precedence. I take my family on this attraction because I have always enjoyed the sense of patriotism that the ride displays. If our current president is not given the same respect as previous presidents(whether their decisions are controversial or not); I do not want to support this organization. Whether it be Disney or any other corporation; it is an absolute disgrace if Disney does not include our current President in a speaking part. I am sure a lot of fellow Americans can agree with me in saying this. After all he was elected President. The very least Disney could do is quote him saying "Make America Great Again." If this becomes finalized and Disney cannot give him a speaking part as they did Presidents for the last 24 years, I can no longer patronize them. I will choose another amusement park for my 4 children to enjoy. I do not want to have to answer to my kids asking why President Trump did not speak on the ride. For this reason I will boycott Disney if he is not given the same respect that previous presidents were given. America needs to unite and show support for our president, not be divisive. Please sign this petition if you are a patriot and want to see President Trump receive the respect he deserves from Disney.
Petition to Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, City Council Member Cathy Murillo, Bendy White, City Council Member Bendy White, City Council Member Gregg Hart, City Council Member Randy Rowse, City Council Member Jason Dominguez
Santa Barbara Divest from DAPL #DivestSB
In November, 2016, City Council passed a resolution introduced by Santa Barbara Mayor Schneider declaring solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe because of the threats posed to them by the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and out of respect for local Chumash constituency calling for it. Now we the people call on Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider and City Council to stand by their words, stand by our local indigenous community, and by Santa Barbara's reputation as a national environmental leader, by divesting from Wells Fargo and Union Bank (owned by Tokyo-Mitsubishi). Wells Fargo and Union Bank's parent company Tokyo-Mitsubishi are both major financiers of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), an oil pipeline project that has destroyed sacred tribal lands, endangers the clean water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and millions of Americans, and has resulted in human rights violations of indigenous peoples and water protectors. In addition to funding DAPL, Wells Fargo has also illegally foreclosed on working-class families, discriminated against people of color and low-income consumers, committed mortgage fraud. Union Bank's parent company Tokyo Mitsubishi has also committed acts of fraud and money laundering. We do not want our city supporting financial institutions that use their money to do such harm to people and planet.We are petitioning SB City Council to pass an ordinance to end the city’s relationship with Wells Fargo and Union Bank, and to develop a Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) policy that integrates social and environmental criteria when considering banking contracts.The City of Seattle recently achieved a landmark victory by divesting $3 billion from Wells Fargo, specifically highlighting the bank’s recent settlement with the City of LA and financing Dakota Access Pipeline. The City of Davis, CA followed suit by voting to divest $125 million from Wells Fargo. Los Angeles is currently moving toward divestment, and other cities are considering at this time as well. Cities all across the United States are strengthening socially responsible banking ordinances and divesting from unethical banks. We can no longer sit idle as our banks profit from injustice. The people are ready to take on the big banks and fossil fuel industry, regardless of who resides in the White House. Seattle was the first major city to divest. Santa Barbara will be next. We are calling on our elected city officials and all Santa Barbara residents to take a stand for a socially conscious and ethical world and divest all funds from DAPL. Stand with the people and protect the planet. Divest for our future.
Petition to Timothy O. Horne, Norman Dong
GSA: End Trump lease on Old Post Office Hotel
Timothy O. Horne Acting Administrator General Services Administration Washington, DC Dear Administrator Horne: We call upon you to fulfill your administrative duty and cancel the lease between Trump Old Post Office LLC and the General Services Administration which concerns the Trump International Old Post Office Pavilion Hotel. As you are aware, the lease contains a clause which states: “No ... elected official of the Government of the United States ... shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom...” Now that Donald J. Trump has been inaugurated as President of the United States, he is in default of the lease between the GSA and Trump Old Post Office LLC, inasmuch as Donald J. Trump is chairman, president, and majority stakeholder. Two prominent legal experts on contract law, Professor Steven Schooner, Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law at the George Washington University Law School; and Daniel I. Gordon, senior advisor to G.W. University’s Government Procurement Law Program and former administrator for federal procurement policy, have recently written that if the current lease agreement remains in effect, President Trump will receive compensation from the federal government separate from his annual salary, which is prohibited by the Constitution. Further, they write that: “GSA employees handling the Trump lease will be caught between their duty to protect the interests of the building’s landlord—that is, the government, the public, and the taxpayers—and their duty of loyalty to the GSA administrator, who will be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of then-President Trump.” Professor Schooner and Mr. Gordon conclude that “to protect the integrity of the federal government’s procurement process, GSA must end its lease arrangement with President-elect Trump now.” In addition, Richard Painter, Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota, has stated on several major news broadcasts that President-elect Trump Organization must divest from all of the many businesses in which he is involved, including Trump hotels, that now receive, and will receive future income from foreign governments, foreign corporations owned in part or wholly by foreign governments, and representatives of any foreign governments. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tom Carper (Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs) write in a letter to the GSA dated December 1, 2016 that: “In a material term of the contract, GSA requires that no elected officials play a role in the agreement … However, once President-elect Trump assumes office, he will oversee GSA and have the authority to appoint a new GSA Administrator, which will effectively make President-elect Trump landlord and tenant at the same time.” The Senators cite two provisions in the Constitution prohibiting the President from receiving additional “emoluments”—salaries, fees, or profits—from either the U.S. or foreign governments, to wit, Article II, Section 1, Clause 7 of the Constitution, (which) states: “The President shall…receive for his Services, a Compensation…and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.” They also cite Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution—often referred to as the “Emoluments Clause”— which states: “And no Person holding any Office…shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument...of any kind whatever, from any...foreign State.” The senators urge that: “GSA should immediately take steps to identify and mitigate any potential conflicts of interest relating to its lease agreement with President-elect Trump, including removing itself from the agreement to avoid any violations of law.” It seems clear to us based on the legal positions expressed above that as leaseholder on the Old Post Office Pavilion Hotel, President Trump is now in violation of Article II, Section 1, Clause 7 and the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution. Since the Old Post Office Pavilion Hotel is an historic public property administered by the GSA, and thus the property of the American people, we believe you will best serve the interests of the people of the United States if you take whatever steps are necessary to cancel, breach, or otherwise end the contract between General Services Administration and Trump Old Post Office LLC as expeditiously as possible. References: http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2016/11/gsas-trump-hotel-lease-debacle/133424/?oref=GovExecTCO https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/media/minority-media/carper-warren-question-gsa-on-president-elect-trumps-conflicts-of-interest