Petition to Greg Abbott
Pardon Black Woman Imprisoned for Voting
Crystal hadn’t originally planned to vote in the 2016 presidential elections, but after her mother reminded her how important it was, she decided to do so to set a good example for her children. For that, she is now facing 5 years or more in prison. Sign the petition to call on Texas Governor Abbott to pardon Crystal for the “crime” of voting. Because Crystal previously spent time in prison for tax fraud, she had been unknowingly stripped by the state of Texas of her voting rights, and her innocent attempt to submit a ballot as an ineligible voter was actually a felony. Meanwhile, a white judge in a nearby city who recently plead guilty to forging multiple signatures to help himself get re-elected was only sentenced to probation. But a black mother of three is being sent to prison for years because she tried once to vote while ineligible. Crystal was simply trying to do her civic duty in a state where African-Americans and people of color face serious barriers to voting. It’s no coincidence that only 6% of the population of her city voted in the last midterm elections. Perhaps the saddest part of this story is that Crystal’s children now say they will never vote. What kind of message are we sending to our children that they should be afraid to vote in the country they contribute to? Please join me in calling on Governor Abbott to pardon Crystal and release her back to her family.
Petition to Betsy DeVos, Department of Education, Donald J. Trump, United States Department of Health and Human Services
Free feminine hygiene products for all low-income US public school students #BLOODYFREE
You're sitting at your desk in Geometry class, taking notes for the upcoming test, when you feel a sharp tug in your gut. Oh no. It's your period. Ugh not now. No problem! You'll just slide a tampon up your sleeve and ask to use the restroom, right? Wrong. You have no tampons. You have no pads. You have to timidly raise your hand to ask to go to the nurse for a "female emergency" and look down as you leave behind a snickering classroom full of pre-pubescent teens and a male teacher with a displeased look on his face. When you reach the nurse you ask for a pad, but she shakes her head. All out! The nurse has to buy the sanitary products herself because the school doesn't provide them, and now she's all out of her monthly supply. Reluctantly, you trudge over to the bathroom, lock yourself in a stall, and start to remove as much toilet paper as possible for a makeshift pad that you'll probably bleed through anyways. As you furiously rip up pieces you wonder, why is this white paper considered a necessity by all, but period products aren't? This one-time incident happened to me when I had the privelage of forgetting to pack an extra pad. Others are not so lucky. This story is a recursive reality for thousands of US students from low-income households who cannot afford costly feminine hygiene products, and do not have them readily available when their period arrives. These children end up missing valuable instruction time, sometimes even skipping school, and are put at an educational disadvantage in comparison to their peers, who are able to afford these biological necessities. The shame and stigma surrounding menstruation also negatively affects the mental health of these adolescents, further detrimenting them. Ideally, all US students should have access to free menstrual products at their public schools. Providing free products to those who need them the most is the first step. We call on the governement of the United States of America, The Department of Education, The Department of Health, Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, and President Donald J. Trump to require federal public secondary schools to provide free feminine hygiene necessities to students who already qualify for free meals or are acknowledged by the school as a low-income students. Progress has been made, but nothing has been done about this on a national scale in the US. The United Kingdom has made pads and tampons available for free for public school children on free meal plans. Their change started with a petition just like this. Now it's time for the US to follow in suit. The State of California has recently required public secondary schools with a significant student population living in poverty to provide free pads and tampons in bathrooms. Yet this is only one state out of 50. Always, a major American feminine hygiene product company, has started the campaign #EndPeriodPoverty, on a mission to donate millions of pads to schoolgirls in need. But why should we rely on corporations and NGO's to address this issue when the government is fully capapble of doing so and providing it universally? The US Governement should make it compulsory for federal public schools to provide free menstrual hygiene products to menstruators considered at or below the poverty line, in a fashion similar to federally reduced/free school meals. Please sign & share the petition! We must propose this to the government as soon as possible. All American children have a right to their education, and we can't let the fact that they bleed hold them back.
Petition to U.S. Senate
Vote no on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court
“I am here today not because I want to be: I am terrified.” With those words, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford opened her historic testimony in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, bravely speaking as millions of Americans watched her tell her story of sexual assault. Of how Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge locked her into a bedroom where Kavanaugh pinned her down on the bed and sexually assaulted her. How they laughed at her while it happened. “Indelible in [my mind] is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and they’re having fun at my expense,” Dr. Blasey Ford testified. With Dr. Ford’s testimony, coupled with additional allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior, there are deep and concerning questions about Brett Kavanaugh’s character, and whether he deserves a lifetime appointment to the the highest court in the country. Join in calling on the U.S. Senate to vote down Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. In her testimony, Dr. Ford discussed the enormous personal risk she took on by coming forward. She has been called vile names, received death threats, been forced to leave her home and to hire security guards. She described the emotional toll of this process: “I’ve had to relive this trauma in front of the world.” Absent an FBI investigation, and in light of several very credible allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Senate has no choice but to vote no on this nomination. We owe it to our children to take the allegations against Mr. Kavanaugh very, very seriously. We owe it to them to listen, to have the real conversations, and to never ever brush aside allegations of attempted rape, sexual assault and harassment as “rough play” or “boys will be boys.” Join in asking the U.S. Senate to stand up at this powerful moment in history, to listen to women who have been ignored or brushed aside for too long, and to make sure that those who seek lifetime appointments on the highest court in the country have the kind of character that our sons and daughters can aspire to.
Petition to Principal Dodd
Provide menstrual products in bathrooms at GLHS
The plan is simple- relocate the menstrual products already present in the school in the nurse’s office to the girl’s bathrooms. By providing pads and tampons in the bathrooms, we are helping erase the stigma against periods. Periods are normal and common and happen to every girl. If you send them to the nurse’s office to get a pad or tampon, you are disrupting her learning. Instead of taking a few minutes to go the bathroom, she has to go all the way to the nurse’s office to get what she needs. At GLHS, that can be a long trek from anywhere not in H Building, and takes away her potential learning time. Periods happen every day and menstrual products are just as necessary as toilet paper and soap- so provide them in bathrooms, which is where they are needed. By keeping the menstrual products in the nurse’s office, you are also treating periods as a medical problem. Periods are normal. They are not a reason to go all the way to the nurse. Please support your students by simply relocating the menstrual products that are already in the nurse’s office to the bathrooms.
Petition to Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Vanessa Wruble, Planned Parenthood, New York Times, Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, Washington Post, BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, Hillary Clinton
A Call for New Leadership in the Women's March Movement
My name is Natalie Birnbaum. I am an attorney practicing in New York City, a proud feminist and a Jewish woman. I ask all of you to sign the letter below in the order to restore integrity to a unified and inclusive Women's March and continue to advance the voices of women everywhere. To: Vanessa Wruble, Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland Re: An Open Letter Calling for New Leadership in the Women’s March We have so much to be proud of. We have made enormous strides. It is no secret that the organizing power of the Women’s March has emboldened, united, and provided us American women with the platform to be heard throughout the world. For this, women of all backgrounds are grateful. It is in this spirit of inclusivity, that we write to you today. We cannot afford to be divided. We cannot allow personal opinions and political affiliations to tear us apart, to silence voices that so desperately need to be heard. Currently, we are at risk of such division, as a movement that was founded on principles of equality and inclusivity, is paradoxically, silencing swaths of women it claims to represent. The LBGTQ community, Jewish women, and all people who oppose bigotry, are losing their seats at the table. The internal divides and anti-Semitic rhetoric spoken by, supported by, and tolerated by you, the leaders of the Women’s March, is far more divisive than an isolated controversy that can be mended through apology alone. You, Linda Sarsour and Tamika D. Mallory, refuse to denounce Louis Farrakhan, thereby isolating Jewish women, the LBGTQ community, and our allies from the movement. You, Tamika D. Mallory, refuse to rescind your social media comment that Farrakhan, who is known for his hate speech against the Jewish and LGBTQ communities, is “definitely the GOAT” [greatest of all time]. We disagree. You, Linda Sarsour, claim to “reject antisemitism in all its forms,” and yet you identify as a proponent of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions of Israel. In a 2017 interview you were asked if there is room for people who support the state of Israel in the movement. You responded, “There can’t be in feminism. You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. There’s just no way around it.” We disagree. We believe standing up for the rights of all women includes both Palestinian and Israeli women and our allies. We believe the Women’s March should be a movement of integrity—a movement of, for and on behalf of all women and their allies. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to be specific, clear, and personal in denouncing and condemning hateful rhetoric in today’s cultural climate. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to have confidence in our leadership. We echo Teresa Shook, founder of the Women’s March movement, and stand in solidarity with all Sister March Organizations, to bring the movement back to its authentic purpose. We agree with Teresa Shook and ask that, you, Linda Sarsour, Tamika D. Mallory, Bob Bland and Carmen Perez gracefully step down from your leadership roles in the Women’s March. We ask that the Women’s March honor its mission “to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change” and its commitment to “dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.” We ask that religious inclusion be added to the Unity Principles, which “represent a new understanding of the connected nature of our struggles and a vision of our collective liberation.” We ask that Jewish and LGBTQ women are provided the space to feel safe in our fight for equality. Women, including Jewish and LGBTQ women, will not be silenced, and we will not be siloed. Women will be included. Indeed, all women must be included, else this movement can hardly claim to be – truly – a Women’s March.
Petition to Pope Francis
Remove Cardinal Wuerl Now
In recent days it has been revealed that as Bishop of Pittsburgh, Cardinal Wuerl was aware of the abuse of minors that occurred in the Diocese, yet he remained silent and offered monetary incentives to clergy to lie about what they knew. As Bishop of Pittsburgh, Cardinal Wuerl did not act with moral courage to remove predator priests from public ministry. Decades later, his failure to lead has scandalized the Church. Given the result of a two-year grand jury investigation into widespread sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, and the revelation of Cardinal Wuerl's systematic cover-up, we ask Pope Francis to remove him as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington. In this #MeToo era, it is unconscionable that a Cardinal who played a role in the conspiracy of silence and cover-up of clergy abuse of minors should remain in leadership. The Catholic Church in America is facing its own #MeToo moment. It is time to restore justice to the wounded and regain the trust of the faithful by removing all tainted clergy from positions of leadership in the Church.
Petition to Department of Justice, Donald J. Trump
Small Business Government Procurement Corruption
Have you ever used a Camelbak (R)?Well did you know it was invented in the 1980s by a man named Wes Schneider of Wesleyan Company who was bankrupted by the Army?His Patents: https://patents.google.com/?inventor=Wesley+SchneiderShort story (audio): https://clyp.it/ssut51jdLong story (audio): https://clyp.it/qku4bvyd The government often fails to prevent and punish wrongdoing at the Federal level.Well, I'm trying to prevent what happened to Wes from happening to me and from happening to others down the line.I'm involved with the same part of NSRDEC, the Chem/Bio Protection part of Natick Soldier Research Center in the Army, and they refuse to respond to my inquiries about funding and support.Instead, they are duplicately and fraudulently funding a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff called nanoGriptech.nanoGriptech has received about $5 Million of your taxpayer dollars plus other funding.Among nanoGriptech's misrepresentations and clues to their misuse of funds is that:1) They sent a cease and desist letter to me over one year ago naming an entire law firm (as a scare tactic) and would not speak with me or direct me to the entire law firm they claim as counsel.2) Their required non-proprietary summary report is not online yet they have been awarded even more money knowing that their technology wouldn't meet the solicitation's ask.3) They only make one product - a gecko grip adhesive - and so every SBIR they've gotten has been producing an iteration of that one product. I am just frustrated. Contractors, soldiers, and large corporations from all over the world are inquiring about my closure technology but I am unable to serve most of them due to lack of access to capital to perform all of the development and testing that the contractors desire.The thing about manufacturing tech is that it demands a lot of upfront capital in tooling and production costs.If contractors wanted nanoGriptech's product, they could have and should have had it as the company has been around since 2009 and has received MILLIONS in funding. America claims to want manufacturing in America. Diversity in STEM. And female entrepreneurs. Yet, I am all of the above with very little support. I NEED YOUR HELP. Please, tell DoD to support my small business to help their contractors protect the warfighter.I couldn't save up enough revenues from other areas to meet this contractor demand NOW (testing and tooling for the aerospace, space, & defense areas are especially expensive plus B2B sales are slow.)And, tell nanoGriptech to sue me if they so desire with the whole entire WSGR firm supposedly backing them since 2017.Even more, tell DoDIG to do its job and for DoD to STOP WASTING YOUR TAX DOLLARS!This duplicate funding/fraud case happened in the same exact state. I'm trying to be a young, productive citizen...like Wes.My own government is subverting my efforts, over-funding SBIR mills and ignoring the desires of the contractors who contact me by refusing me enough funding to help them.This will only continue if we don't stand up to them TODAY.
Petition to Rick Snyder, Michael Eagen
66-YEAR-OLD BATTERED WOMAN INCARCERATED FOR DEFENDING HER LIFE!
NANCY SEAMAN ACTED IN SELF-DEFENSE. SHE HAD NO OTHER CHOICE AT THE TIME. HER VERDICT WAS OVERTURNED BY THE STATE COURT IN 2005 AND BY THE FEDERAL COURT IN 2010. SHE HAS THE SUPPORT OF THREE JUDGES! WE URGE YOU TO SET HER FREE. We are petitioning Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to grant clemency for NANCY SEAMAN. She has been in prison since 2004 and is 66-years-old. Nancy killed her abusive husband in self-defense when he attacked her because she was leaving him. Her trial judge, Honorable Jack McDonald, overturned her conviction in 2005 because the jury had insufficient evidence. Federal Honorable Judge Bernard Friedman also overturned the verdict in 2010. You can read their letters to Governor Snyder on the Justice Thru Storytelling, Inc. website at www.jtsadvocates.com. These judges support her clemency. And we do, too! This three minute video of the Michigan Department of Corrections Psychologist and domestic violence expert Nels Thompson (retired) with Executive Director of Justice Thru Storytelling Kelle Lynn explains why she should be released from prison! Read the attached letter written by Nancy Seaman describing her own journey and advocating for change to Michigan's archaic law...People v Christel. The jury verdict was overturned by the judge in August 2005 based on the severe limitations of expert testimony in the courtroom because of this law. Had the expert been able to testify about Nancy Seaman in full to the jury, Judge Jack McDonald said that it's highly probable they would have never charged her with first degree murder and sentenced her to LIFE in prison.