Posts Tagged ‘petition’



This may get pulled from Youtube.






This is gut-wrenching. This woman has an incredible muscle relaxation at the end of the video, and it helps her severe symptoms in the expected way. I’ve written about the muscle relaxing properties and benefits of cannabis previously. This is medical evidence and should lead to studies immediately. The laws stigmatizing and criminalizing medical patients are unethical and immoral.


Stop the DEA’s Assault on Medical Marijuana Patients



Just sign it.


Tell the FCC to protect the open internet

“Dear FCC, we need net neutrality. Protect internet users from monopolistic ISPs and don’t let companies censor, slow down, or block websites while requiring other sites to pay for faster service. Please stand up for all Internet users and our right to communicate.””

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It might surprise you that one of NPR’s biggest corporate sponsors is the American Natural Gas Alliance, a front group for some of the worst polluters in America.* (MORE)



Text of Bill





“Tell Congress: Investigate NSA abuses and protect our constitutional rights

Dear Joe,

In 1975, Senator Frank Church, who led a committee charged with investigating and making public the abuses of American intelligence agencies, spoke of the National Security Agency in these terms:
“I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”

The dangerous prospect of which he warned was that America’s intelligence-gathering capability – which is today beyond any comparison with what existed in his pre-digital era – “at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left.”

That has now happened. And so we need a new congressional committee like the one Senator Church led to investigate the revelations by Edward Snowden. The existing Intelligence Committees in House and Senate, gagged by secrecy and coopted by the intelligence community they supposedly oversee, have failed to check dangerously excessive surveillance of Americans’ communications.

Please join me in signing a petition to Congress that reads:
We need a new Church Committee that is fully empowered to investigate the abuses of the NSA and make public its findings, and that is charged with recommending new laws to ensure the U.S. government does not violate our constitutional rights.

Pressure by an informed public on Congress to form a select committee to investigate these revelations might lead us to bring the NSA and the rest of the intelligence community under real supervision and restraint and restore the protections of the Bill of Rights.

Please join me in signing this petition.

Daniel Ellsberg”





Wow.   Just–unbelivable.  “Yet believable.” -George Costanza

Some major penance is due.  Iron Jawed Angels


Petition: Revoke Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize


Roots Action is a good list to sign up for alerts.

“Sign our letter against Medicare and Social Security cuts”

Obama’s grand betrayal, grand theft is aimed at you and your family. If you don’t stand up for your own interests — really, what the hell good are you?


“END THE WARS.” -Congressman Alan Grayson

Grow a fucking pair, mother fuckers.  If you don’t demand they stop violating the Constitution with impunity it sets a precedent.




“NDAA Vote This Week: Tell Senate to end indefinite detention

The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act allows the United States military to detain civilians indefinitely and without charge or trial — even American citizens. Help us reverse this travesty of justice by adding your name at right.

Next, please use the new social media tools we’ve built to help us win this fight:
Please click here to use our fun “detain-a-friend” tool to spread word using Facebook.
And use our Twitter tool to tweet directly at your senators.

The Senate is taking up the 2013 NDAA this week. Several senators are poised to put forth amendments to revoke or narrow the indefinite detention powers that we’ve been fighting so hard over the last year.

Demand Progress members have sent hundreds of thousands of emails to Congress and have helped fund the courageous lawsuit by Chris Hedges et al — which recently spurred a federal judge to rule that indefinite detention is unconstitutional.

Because there are several amendments in play, our ask is broad and simple: Please urge your Senators to support any and all amendments to revoke or narrow indefinite detention powers.

Earlier this year we helped push an anti-indefinite detention amendment to the House’s version of the NDAA to the brink of passage. The Senate is friendly turf for us: We have a real chance of winning this fight.
Please email the Senate in front of its critical vote — it could happen this week.”


Represent.Us: Uniting To End Government Corruption

Sign your name, and learn more. www.Represent.Us
For details about the Act, visit:

I hesitated to post this because the actual text was not easily found on either of their two websites.  I emailed the campaign to inquire.  Josh Silver from “United Republic” sent me a link to the document (full text of act).

I noticed that it restricts various categories of corrupt behavior.  Good.

I also noticed that it actually raises the minimum amount of money required before lobbyists must register.  This I found very confusing.  Here is my email exchange with the campaign:


What’s the meaning of this? It looks like it’s making it less strict not more:

2. Registration Thresholds/Who Must Register and File Reports
• Lobbying firm
 Current law: $3,000 in lobbying income in calendar quarter.
AACA: $10,000 in lobbying income in calendar quarter.
• Client of Lobbying Firm
 Current law: $3,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.
 AACA: $10,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.
• Self-Lobbying Organization
 Current law: $10,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.
 AACA: $30,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.

Why would a law about ending corruption be less strict about registering lobbyists?


Dear Joe,

Thanks very much for writing in with your concern. I apologize for the delay, but you have a great question and I wanted to check in with the team who wrote the Act to make sure I gave you a thoughtful response back.

This is what they told me:

You are correct that we are increasing the monetary thresholds for lobbyist registration. We did this because we are significantly expanding the requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act (the Act that regulates lobbying on the federal level) in other areas, and we want to make sure that the AACA does not cause small charities and nonprofits to abandon their lobbying efforts. More specifically, under the AACA, more activities will count as lobbying, and it will be much harder for individuals to avoid registering as lobbyists because even supervising others’ lobbying efforts will require registration. The AACA will also significantly increase the disclosure requirements for people who have to register. For example, under the AACA they will have to disclose the specific Members of Congress lobbied. We met with the leaders of many nonprofits while we were crafting the AACA. They expressed concern that these expanded registration and disclosure requirements might cause some smaller nonprofits to completely abandon their lobbying efforts, because it would cost too much to comply with the expanded registration and disclosure requirements. We did not want that to happen. So, under the AACA, these groups will not have to register unless they spend $10,000 or more in a calendar quarter to hire a lobbying firm, or spend $30,000 in a quarter to pay their own employees to lobby on their behalf.

Please let me know if this has answered your question or if I can help you with anything else.

Allison and the campaign team


It’s the only game in town right now to directly address the corruption of the US government.  So I signed the petition and posted the video.


I’m going to create a new ACTION ALERTS page where I list all the organizations sending out those petitions and letters to congress, some daily.  One letter doesn’t mean a lot.  A million letters saying the same thing, though, that actually carries some weight.

Right now, Obama’s unconstitutional law detaining Americans without charge or due process (the NDAA) has been struck down by a federal judge.  Obama’s justice department (sic) will no doubt appeal this ruling and fight it, unless they are shamed into backing down, with citizen actions like this one:

Demand Progress: Tell Congress To Undo The NDAA, Ban Indefinite Military Detention Of Americans