Petition Tag - petitions

1. Petition to Stop People Liking, Sharing and Signing Petitions

NO TO PETITIONS!

This is a Petition to Stop People Liking, Sharing and Signing Petitions

Why? . . . . .Because, they are very annoying!

Use your democratic right and vote, complain to the council, the major, your commune leader, your prime minister or your Mum and/or Dad. But please don't feel the need to tell the world your high and mighty opinion and then tell everyone to sign a petition to agree with you.

Have you too had enough of TheCopyandPasteLikeandShareifyouAgreeBrigade? Most people copy and paste the message out of guilt. Enough of the guilt, stand up and say 'No', I'm not going to share your stupid petition anymore. There are way too many petitions now. Lets face it, what are you after? Likes? Real Change? Woo Hoo! Now you have a list of a 1000 names to take to 10 Downing Street , but guess what? They ain't gonna read it out in the house of commons, in parliament or in an important committee because that is still a tiny number.

Please sign this petition, to make a pledge that this will be the last one.

2. Protect the American Flag

This petition is for the sole purpose of protecting the American flag from being burned, deficated on, and destroyed by those individuals who seek such actions in protest.
The burning of United States currency is protected under Title 18, Section 333 of the U.S. code of law, punishable by a fine of not more than $100.00, or prison for up to 6 months, or both.
The killing of our national symbol, the American Bald Eagle, is protected under federal law with a 1st time violation of 1 yr. in prison and/or fine up to $100,000. for individuals/$200,000. for an organization. Subsequent violations are treated as felonies, a maximum fine of $250,000. or 2 yrs. in prison.
A federal law which protects the American flag, taking the burning of, deficating on, and destruction of same out from under the umbrella of free speech is long overdue.

3. Tell Donald Trump we don't want to shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency, “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement or stop funding clean energy research

We need to tell Donald Trump we don't want him to shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency, “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement and stop funding clean energy research.

If these things happen, it will be a disaster for the environment world wide.

The solution? Continue funding clean energy research. Don't shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency. Don't “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement.

4. White Rock Mayor Urged to Approve Medical Marijuana Pilot Project

It is no secret that medical marijuana facilities have been growing in number in BC's Lower Mainland. Many of these facilities have opened and operated without the guidance of their government or local city officials, resulting in certain relaxed operating protocols, miscommunication and facilities being shut down on a frequent basis.

Rather than risking the confusion and inconsistency, communities can initiate a Pilot Project which would allow a Mayor and City Council the opportunity to openly work with a pilot facility, such as Releaf Compassion Centers, to create operating protocols and bylaws.

The pilot facility's operating protocols would be up for public scrutiny and adjustment until the point is reached where the community and the pilot facility no longer have concerns that need addressing. Then all facilities that wish to open within the community will have to abide by those agreed upon standards.

Releaf has requested a Pilot Project with the City of White Rock, believing that it will be an effective solution to creating safe community-based access to medical marijuana that supports the needs and concerns of the everyone.

5. Please Create a Petitions Commission

[11-28-16 Update From Petition's Author: I closed this petition on January 7th, with a commitment to revise and reactivate it "soon." I apologize for not having done so yet, but most of my time since then has been devoted to caring for a terminally ill family member. The task of revising and reactivating this petition is now in the process of being turned over to students at the University of Florida, with a target date of activation in early 2017. A link to their new version will be provided on this page as soon as it's available.]

[This background section is extremely long, so take a look at just the 6 embedded videos (as well as the paragraph immediately above each one) if you're pressed for time. None of them lasts longer than 5 minutes, and they contain enough information to give you a good idea of what public petitions committees are, how they operate, and why it's in our best interests to have one established in our United States Congress.]

So that you can see right away what you are being asked to sign, a copy of the petition is provided immediately below. Anyone wishing to add their signature should scroll down to the original at the bottom of the page.
Please Create a Petitions Commission

We urge you to pass legislation this year creating a joint Senate and House of Representatives Petitions Commission. Its objective will be to make recommendations to Congress concerning the establishment and operation of a congressional petitions committee and e-petitions system.

Elected representatives in many other national legislatures have already provided their fellow citizens with these participatory democracy reforms, and we believe the time is long overdue for you to do the same for us.


(End of Petition)

If you have ever signed a paper or e-petition to Congress and never heard another thing about it, you have an inkling of just how disorganized and discouraging the entire congressional petitioning process has always been. And you would undoubtedly find it welcome news if someone told you that just a few years from now:

  • A bipartisan petitions committee and e-petitions system will be established in Congress.
  • Every e-petition submitted in their new system will be expeditiously reviewed.
  • If it meets the committee's criteria for acceptance, it will immediately become one of their website's active petitions. And the petition's author will be given its URL (complete web address), so that it can be more easily publicized and its progress tracked. On the other hand, the petition's author will be notified if the petition is rejected; and the reasons for its disqualification will be clearly explained.
  • If a petition acquires an established minimum number of signatures, those who submitted it will be contacted and (in many cases) given an opportunity to appear before the committee to discuss the issue(s) involved. And whether or not the petitioners appear before the committee, their petition will be given an official response that will be permanently posted online in a manner similar to what is being done in the United Kingdom and President Obama's White House.
  • This bipartisan committee will probably have a lot more women on it than their meager 19.4% share of seats in Congress would indicate. That is, assuming that membership on such a committee proves to be as attractive to them as it has been with women in Germany's Bundestag, as well as some other national legislatures around the world. There has also been a distinct shortage of women appearing before congressional committees. According to this 2014 analysis, less than 1/4 of those testifying before the House of Representatives have been women. That low participation rate admittedly can't be attributed solely to the under-representation of women in congressional committees. However, it stands to reason that the higher the percentage of women on these committees, the more women that will be invited to testify before them. The net result ought to be that the atmosphere in most congressional committees will gradually become a lot less partisan and confrontational than has traditionally been the case.
  • This committee will also probably have a powerful attraction for those members of Congress who are outspoken advocates for making our political system more responsive to the needs of the American people. To get an idea of how much more impact such individuals could potentially have as members of a bipartisan petitions committee, take a look at the following videos of Senator Elizabeth Warren (Democrat) and Representative Paul Ryan (Republican).





Well, guess what? Having Congress provide us with such a petitions committee and e-petitions system isn't some sort of pipe dream. Legislatures in a number of other countries have been operating similar ones for years. Take the Federal Republic of Germany, for example. For the past 11 years, if an e-petition on the official government petition site accumulates at least 50,000 signatures during its first 4 weeks, "the parliamentary commission for petitions usually holds a public debate on the issue, whereby the petitioner is invited and has the possibility to present his or her arguments before the delegates." And for a much more recent example, here's the policy that Luxembourg established two years ago: "If a petition garners 4,500 signatures or more in this time (6 weeks), parliamentary committees are bound by law to hold a public debate with the ministers concerned and a maximum of six petitioners."

Here is a look at the membership of some of the public petitions committees in other parts of the world. It is limited to those for which photos of the members were readily available online, so it's much shorter than a complete list of such committees would be: Australia; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Germany; Israel; Scotland; Singapore; the United Kingdom; and the huge one in the European Parliament. It should be noted that some petitions committees provide and oversee the operation of e-petitions systems, while others do not.

You may have noticed that many of these committees have attracted a far higher percentage of women than one might expect in national legislatures, which have traditionally been dominated by men. Indeed, when compared to this list of the proportion of women in national parliaments, the higher percentage is quite surprising in some cases. For example, of the 8 petitions committees shown above, the highest percentage of female membership is Germany's 61.5%—which dwarfs the 37% figure for their national parliament.

Of course, there is no guarantee that a new petitions committee in our Congress would follow the same trend. However, if one takes a look at the impressive backgrounds of just about every one of the 104 women currently serving in Congress, it becomes difficult to imagine very many of them not trying to make the most of their congressional careers by seeking membership in such a potentially powerful new committee. Judge for yourself regarding the 14 newest female members of Congress. Here are links to the official government web pages for the 2 new female members of the Senate: Shelley Moore Capito and Joni Ernst. And here are the links for the 12 new female members of the House of Representatives: Alma Adams, Barbara Comstock, Debbie Dingell, Gwen Graham, Brenda Lawrence, Mia Love, Martha McSally, Kathleen Rice, Elise Stefanik, Norma Torres, Mimi Walters, and Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Now for an examination of what has been taking place in the UK, where ongoing efforts to improve their Parliament's petitions system might very well end up producing what will arguably be the best in the world.

In 2011, the UK's Parliament launched an e-petitions system in which those acquiring at least 100,000 signatures would be "eligible for debate in the House of Commons." And it quickly became so popular that, as this summary of its first 100 days states: "Of the six e-petitions which have passed the 100,000 threshold, two have been debated (the London riots and Hillsborough petitions), two are scheduled to be debated (Fuel Duty and Babar Ahmad – as part of a wider extradition debate) and one has been accepted for debate but will not be scheduled until the new year (Immigration)." And it has remained popular enough for the last 5 years that in March, 2015 it was stated that, "Since the launch of the Government’s e-petitions site, more than 3.7 million individuals have given their support to the 37 petitions that reached the qualifying 100,000 signature threshold for debate. The topics of 32 have been the subject of debate in the House of Commons, most as a direct result of the e-petition."

That e-petitions system was recently changed to one overseen by a newly created petitions committee. Although the threshold of 100,000 might wind up being adjusted, the most important part of the old system will be retained: petitions acquiring a significant number of signatures will still be "considered for debate in the House (of Commons)." However, it is no longer left up to individual members of Parliament to sponsor a petition and recommend that it be scheduled for a debate. That responsibility now belongs to the Petitions Committee, which is also empowered to support the petitioning process in a number of other ways: ask for more information in writing—from petitioners, the Government, or other relevant people or organisations; ask for more information in person—from petitioners, the Government, or other relevant people or organisations; write to the Government or another public body to press for action on a petition; and ask another parliamentary committee to look into the topic raised by a petition.

Meanwhile, what sort of system for submitting petitions does our own Congress have?

Search as you will, you'll find that there is virtually no official system at all. Even the Parliament of our neighbor to the north, Canada (which also still doesn't have a petitions committee), at least has been providing petitioners with extensive guidelines on the "Form and Content" of "Written, Typewritten or Printed" petitions. Not only that, but Canadians will also have access to an e-petitions system run by Parliament "When the House of Commons opens for business after the next election," which is currently scheduled to take place on October 19, 2015.

To put in perspective just how unfriendly and discouraging the process for submitting petitions to government officials has been in our country, it's useful to note that in 1984 the Supreme Court held that "Nothing in the First Amendment or in this Court's case law interpreting it suggests that the rights to speak, associate, and petition require government policymakers to listen or respond to communications of members of the public on public issues." Although this started out as a local case (Minnesota Board for Community Colleges v. Knight), it pretty well encapsulates what citizens have been faced with when petitioning Congress.

So here we are, without official standards to go by in preparing petitions; and not only must we determine which member(s) of Congress to present them to, but also when, where, and how they should be presented. And now that we're in the age of television, home videos, cell phones, the Internet, and social media, this has naturally led to a wide variety of both cooperative and confrontational scenes of citizens presenting petitions to members of Congress; but either way, they normally amount to little more than isolated publicity stunts. The type of ongoing, respectful, and potentially productive interaction with a group of nonpartisan (or at least bipartisan) members of Congress that a petitions committee would offer—especially one with a large and diverse membership—has been noticeably absent.

As the author of this petition, and as someone who has written a few petitions and signed thousands more during his lifetime, I'm tempted to declare "CASE CLOSED" at this point. However, I know that I've always been very reluctant to sign a petition before I have a firm grasp of the information and issues related to it—no matter how worthy the goal of the petition, or how simple and unambiguous its wording might be. And because I assume that most of you feel the same way, the remainder of this background section will be devoted to explaining some aspects of the petition in more detail.


ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

1. Here is proof that neither our Senate nor House of Representatives already has a petitions committee.

2. The reason for requesting a "joint" commission is that one of the key issues its members will have to contend with is determining whether a Senate, House of Representatives, or joint Senate & House Petitions Committee would best serve the interests of their fellow citizens. And there is even a fourth option of separate petitions committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives for them to consider, although it seems very unlikely judging by how few other countries have gone that route. India provides one of the few examples, with a petitions committee in its Council of States (Rajya Sabha) and another in its House of the People (Lok Sabha).

3. As to how this new congressional petitions system might operate, take a look at the following 2012 video about the petitions committee in the European Union (EU). It provides an excellent example because it has been functioning effectively for many years, and has managed to do so in spite of having to contend with the incredible linguistic and cultural barriers that exist among the EU's 28 member countries. Any problems that might be faced by a petitions committee in our Congress pale by comparison. Another great reason for using this video as an example is that it shows just how effective a petitions committee can sometimes be: The petition featured in it was instrumental in bringing about a "historic victory for people power."



As stated in the above video, "The Petitions Committee's goal is simple, to draw attention to a particular problem and open a debate." Although it's rarely stated so clearly, that just about sums up the main purpose of every other public petitions committee around the world as well. Bear in mind, however, that these committees vary widely in their scope, operating procedures, and powers. Also bear in mind that there probably isn't a single one of them so good that we should simply copy it. That's why this petition calls for a commission tasked with making recommendations as the first step, rather than simply asking Congress to pass legislation that would establish these two participatory democracy reform measures.

4. Because it will be such a critical factor in determining how beneficial a congressional petitions committee might be for our country, it's important to delve more deeply into what kind of senator or representative is likely to seek membership in it. From what I've seen while researching public petitions committees around the world, there's only one thing I know for sure: The idealism and enthusiasm displayed in the 2012 EU video, especially by the lady who was the Petitions Committee Chair, are by no means uncommon traits among petitions committee members. For example, take a look at this video of the current Committee Chair, as well as the following video of another member of that committee. There are most assuredly a number of other personal qualities we might hope for in members of a congressional petitions committee. However, the beneficial effects of these two qualities alone will probably be enough to make most of us wonder why we didn't urge Congress to create a petitions committee and e-petitions system 15 or 20 years ago!



It's entirely possible that if due consideration is given by the commission to the size and makeup of a congressional petitions committee, it will attract a significant number of such highly motivated public servants. And if that happens, our Congress could very well end up with such an outstanding petitions committee that it will inspire the creation of 50 more in our state legislatures.

5. "Long overdue" refers to the fact that neither of the congressional reforms we are requesting are new innovations. Indeed, public petitions committees have existed (in one form or another) for centuries. For example, a journal entry from New Zealand's House of Representatives mentions one in 1877. And turning the clock back three more centuries, a "Committee of Grievances, to which it was the practice to refer Petitions," was appointed by the English Parliament in 1571.

E-petitions systems naturally don't date back so far, with the Scottish Parliament claiming the title of "the first legislature in the world to accept e-petitions" just 16 years ago. Nonetheless, it's still hard to understand why the national legislature of the country that produced technology giants like Google, Facebook, Apple, Intel, IBM, and Microsoft has yet to seriously consider installing a similar system. And it's even harder to understand why Congress hasn't done so since 2011, when the White House led the way by creating its own e-petitions system.

6. Now that the existence of the White House e-petitions system has been mentioned, it's a good time to explain why we need to have a separate congressional one. And it's also a good time to explain why we still need to have a congressional petitions committee. That's because, as you can see in this video, members of the White House staff have already been performing many of the functions of other public petitions committees. So here are three of the most important reasons why it's in our best interests to have a public petitions committee and e-petitions system in Congress, whether or not there is one in the White House:

If they are worth having at all, it is best to have them situated where they are most likely to become permanent fixtures of our government. And whereas the White House system was established voluntarily and can be terminated by President Obama or any of his successors whenever they wish, a congressional system would almost surely be mandated and funded by legislation—and therefore much more difficult to eliminate once we the people grew accustomed to its availability. Once again, the Federal Republic of Germany provides a good example. Its Basic Law (which became effective in 1949, and is the equivalent of our country's Constitution) not only guaranteed the right of petition, but also required the establishment of a Petitions Committee:

(1) The Bundestag shall appoint a Petitions Committee to deal with requests and complaints addressed to the Bundestag pursuant to Article 17.

(2) The powers of the Committee to consider complaints shall be regulated by a federal law.

And in case anyone thinks it's highly unlikely that the White House system will ever be removed, consider what happened not too long ago in the United Kingdom. Their Prime Minister's office launched an impressive e-petitions system in 2006, only to have it discontinued following the election of another Prime Minister in 2010. And guess what? It hasn't been reinstated since then, but has been replaced by the one the UK Parliament established in 2011. And that system is obviously here to stay, as evidenced by the extensive improvements being made to it that were described earlier.

Presidents have always tended to be polarizing figures, and it's gotten decidedly worse in recent years. Another example is that the votes of 52% of those of us who took part in the 2014 midterm election were meant to "send a message" of opposition or support for Obama, despite the fact that his name wasn't even on the ballot! This polarization inevitably turns any White House petition site into a lightning rod for attracting political extremists, as well as just about anybody else with an axe to grind.

The resulting petitions are often very personal, such as this one submitted one year after the site was launched—right after President Obama won election for his second term. The same sort of thing happened during the UK's 4-year experiment with the petition site run by their Prime Minister's office, as can be seen by the over 72,000 signatures on a petition calling for Prime Minister Gordon Brown to resign. And the situation doesn't seem to get any better the longer a president serves in office, as evidenced by the one accusing him of treason that was submitted in March, 2015. The threshold for requiring a response had been raised to 100,000 since the first example, so this one's 31,356 signature total meant the White House could ignore it. However, it was still prominently featured for a month, discouraging political independents and moderates in both major parties from having anything to do with the petition site. And because those that accrue enough signatures to require a response are normally featured for a much longer period of time, their tendency to alienate and drive away political independents and moderates is much greater.

Add to this the fact that a disproportionate number of the most popular active petitions deal with legal and foreign affairs issues that are of little interest to the general public, which is a direct result of the President being the head of our federal government's executive branch. This gives most newcomers to the site little reason to ever make a return visit. The end result is that such petition sites tend to be very poor indicators of public opinion because they represent the views of very narrow segments of the population—much more so than nonpartisan sites run by legislative branches have proven themselves capable of doing.

That narrowness also detracts from the potential impact of executive branch petitions because of the relatively small number of signatures they acquire. After nearly 4 full years of operation, for example, the top two White House petitions (1, 2) have both fallen short of 400,000 signatures. Now compare that to the 2,8 million who signed the Anti-ACTA petition that was featured in the 2012 video shown earlier, or the over 16,000 in Wales (with a population that's only 1% of our own) who were acclaimed in this 2009 video for signing a petition to their Parliament.

Because Presidents must oversee the operation of so many Government Departments and Agencies, there is a natural tendency for the maintenance and operation of a voluntarily created e-petition system to become a very low priority. And that tendency has revealed itself in a number of ways during the White House petition site's 4 years of operation. Some are simply annoying, such as seeing signature totals for some petitions get drastically reduced overnight and having no explanations posted. Several others have been so discouraging and downright insulting to hundreds of thousands of petitioners, however, that they have largely negated all the positive effects of providing the petition site. And the worst part is that they are still occurring now, almost 4 full years after the first e-petitions were received by the White House.

[10-30-15 UPDATE: It turns out that just two weeks after this petition was launched, major improvements were made to the White House's petition site. And although minor problems still persist, such as this petition's signature total being inexplicably reduced from well over 2,000 to just 4 sometime during 5 or 6 October, the two major problems addressed below appear to have been just about eliminated. Most importantly, the White House responded to "every petition in our We the People backlog  —  20 in all —  re-affirming its commitment to the petitions platform," and made the following commitment for the future: "if a petition meets the signature goal within a designated period of time, we will aim to respond to it  —  with an update or policy statement — within 60 days wherever possible."]

First off, numerous petitions have accrued signatures for days or weeks on end, only to be officially "removed from the site under our Moderation Policy because it is in violation of our Terms of Participation." And the latest one had already qualified for a response with over 105,000 signatures before it was removed on July 13, 2015! (For some strange reason, it subsequently was listed as "archived because it did not meet the signature requirements," and had its signature total reduced to 34,009.)

Secondly, there are the incredible waiting times for responses to many petitions, in spite of the fact that the site's main attraction since the day it was launched has been the pledge that, "if a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official response." And although the size of the backlog has been reduced since last year's analysis, there were still six petitions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) that had been waiting over two years for a response at the time of this writing. And the petition in that group with the longest waiting time had been submitted just one day after the White House petition site was launched on September 22, 2011!

It's unimaginable that members of a petitions committee in Congress would ever allow such things to happen. Even if common decency and respect for their fellow citizens weren't enough to preclude it, then their instinct for political survival would. After all, unlike Presidents who are limited to 2 terms in office, most of them would be running for reelection every 2 years (House of Representatives) or 6 years (Senate). The majority of them therefore have a strong incentive to avoid offending any large bloc of voters, especially with recurring problems that never should have occurred in the first place.

7. As to whether or not petitions ever actually accomplish anything, take a look at the successful examples in this 2012 article. Unfortunately, getting members of Congress to act is rarely so simple as using a petition to shame them, "with the online equivalent of a tarring and feathering." This White House petition to "Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal" provides a good example. It got the ball rolling when it was submitted in January, 2012, but it took 2 years of intense lobbying by a group of dedicated "citizen lobbyists" before legislation was passed and signed into law.

The point is that we shouldn't expect miracles from a petitions committee and congressional e-petitions system. Their main purpose is to give us a quick and relatively easy way to temporarily put issues on the agenda in our nation's capital, but that will probably only be enough (by itself) to have a lasting impact on rare occasions. In spite of that, it will still be a heck of a lot better system than what we've had in the past!

I don't know about you, but I'd consider this new petitioning system to be a resounding success if 10 or 15 years from now a congressional leaflet on petitioning could say, "Petitions have brought about changes in the law, in government policy, the production of revised guidelines on an issue, a change in a decision. Even just raising awareness of the issue in Congress can be a success." With the exception of my having substituted "Congress" for "the Parliament," that's a direct quote from this leaflet on petitioning Scotland's Parliament—whose members can proudly boast that 16 years ago they became "the first legislature in the world to accept e-petitions." Another very important gauge of success for such a petitioning system, especially one that has been around for so many years, is how effective it has been in bridging the seemingly intractable divide/disconnect (1, 2) that has developed between most citizens and those elected to represent them. And judging by how pleased the Scottish petitioners in the following 2013 video obviously have been, I'm confident that helping to bridge that divide is one area in which a congressional petitions committee will be virtually guaranteed of success. (Notes: 1. This video's volume is annoyingly low at certain points, so don't blame your speaker(s) if you have a hard time hearing something. 2. Because Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, its legislature is limited to dealing with issues that tend to be more similar to those addressed by our state and local governments than to those that fall under the authority of Congress.)



8. Before making a final decision on whether or not establishing a congressional petitions committee and e-petitions system will be worth the effort, it might be useful to consider how recent history could have been significantly changed if we had successfully petitioned Congress to establish both of them 16 years ago when Scotland led the way. For instance, might the votes on 10 & 11 October, 2002 (House, Senate) for and against H J RES 114 (Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002) have turned out differently if an e-petition similar to the following fictitious one had been submitted on a congressional e-petitions system 3 weeks earlier, on September 21, 2002?

Petition to the United States Congress

According to a September 20th NY Times editorial, "Congress seems all but ready to sign off on an omnibus resolution proposed yesterday by President Bush that would authorize the use of force against Iraq, even in the absence of United Nations support."

We firmly believe that votes for legislation that could have a major impact on the lives of your fellow citizens, especially regarding matters of war and peace, should never be rushed into unless it's absolutely necessary. And the evidence that has been made available to the public in this case certainly doesn't justify a hasty debate and vote.

We also believe that in order to prevent political considerations from overwhelming reason and common sense regarding such important matters, members of Congress should avoid scheduling votes on them this close to a federal election. And judging by the following excerpt from the same NY Times' editorial, this legislation has already become overly politicized:

"The newly bellicose mood on Capitol Hill materialized almost overnight. Last week, Democrats wanted the Security Council to act first and were calling for measured consideration of the political and military issues involved in going to war. The haste is unfortunate, all the more so because it is clearly motivated by campaign politics. Republicans are already running attack ads against Democrats on Iraq. Democrats favor fast approval of a resolution so they can change the subject to domestic economic problems."

We therefore urge you not to schedule a vote on authorizing the use of force against Iraq until after the upcoming November 5th, 2002 election.

(End of Sample Petition)


You don't have to be a political scientist to know that the biggest mistake members of Congress want to avoid making shortly before an election is to antagonize any voters unnecessarily. And because postponing the vote for 4 weeks was by no means an unreasonable request, the odds are that an e-petition like this one would have been successful—especially if it had amassed millions of signatures during the 3 weeks before Congress actually voted on the legislation. There's no way to know for sure if delaying the vote until after the election would have changed any of the votes cast. However, it could very well have encouraged other concerned citizens to write and/or support petitions aimed at slowing down the rush to war in other ways, or even derailing it altogether.

Now take a look at the following October 10, 2002 video of the weary-looking leader of the opposition in the Senate (Robert Byrd), trying one last time to convince his fellow senators to vote against the Iraq War Resolution that a bipartisan majority of them ended up passing the following day. I can't help but think that if Congress had created an e-petitions system 2 years earlier when Scotland did, Senator Byrd would almost surely have had millions of petition signatures (as well as testimony from petitioners and expert witnesses) to back him up. That alone would probably have been enough to convince members of the Senate to at least postpone their rushed and highly politicized vote until after that year's congressional election, which would take place in less than a month. How might their vote on that legislation have turned out then—especially if like-minded members of a petitions committee had been available to speak out against it as well, both publicly and in Congress? And what if one of those committee members had been as skilled and persuasive as Elizabeth Warren, who has been described as having, "the unique ability, especially for a non-presidential candidate, to put an issue on the map!"

END OF BACKGROUND SECTION

6. Abolish Corporal Punishment in the Private Home

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS A LEGALIZED FORM OF CHILD ABUSE.

7. UK Government to rid British Land of non-British citizens!

I believe Britain is being over-run with people from different countries. I'm not preaching racist hate, and I'm not in any way saying non British are bad people but i believe we need to make britian, BRITIAN again.

Bring back UK peoples jobs! Bring back English rights and make britain british once again!

Please listen to our thoughts and act as appropriate or the british public will be forced to take action and stand to be counted to stop the influx of crime, and the government caring more for other countries and not ours! Act now!!

8. SAVE OUR SPORE

Recent data has implied that EA will be shutting Spore's servers down on 1/1/14. Comrades in arms, we must protest this at once! If we can get 15% of all Spore users, that's accounts, EA has to reconsider.

Share this with everyone in Spore, and help save our game!

9. Stop Excessive Tax rates and Delivery Fees for Electrical and Gas Usage

Electric and Gas companies are charging every consumer resident almost 80% more to use electricity and gas services. Your actual monthly usage is low but once your utility company adds on their taxes, recovery and delivery fees your bill is triple the amount and it is unfair.

MPSC (Michigan Public Service Commissions) has given your utility company permission to constantly increase their rates thereby charging you (the consumer), the same amount of charges they would bill restaurants, hospitals, your local shopping malls, government buildings,etc. This should be considered discrimination.

With the economic downturn and the recession the United States is facing, it should be unconstitutional to rob citizens in such a hard, economically destroyed country. Sign this petition to get the rates, taxes and fees lowered to a fair and just amount decreasing your bill by 60%. Say no to paying the same amount of charges as businesses vs. residential.

10. Stop the Execution of Saeed Malekpour, Iranian-Canadian Comp Programmer, Imminent Execution!

Iran is imprisoning and abusing an American pastor because of his faith. Iran, home of one of the world’s most radical Islamic regimes, is holding American Pastor Saeed Abedini because he is a Christian, refusing to release him, and subjecting him to unspeakable abuse.

At the ACLJ, we are launching an international campaign to free Pastor Saeed, and we need Americans to mobilize for religious liberty.

Urge the President, the State Department, and every Member of Congress to take a stand for an American Christian.

11. Force more gun control

In 1998 Canada implemented a new fire arms law in wich extensive background checks are conducted. Licences have been denied and revoked. To date, mass fatalities have dropped as firearms are less abundant. The U.S. has a slightly similar law called the Brady Handgun Control Act, however it seems that there is no real attempt to ensure firearms are not left in the wrong hands.

True there will always be home invasions and the possibility of one being taken however the fewer the gun population, the less potential for tragedy. It is not a human right to bare arms privately, it is a privilege. Had this privilege been taken seriously by the gun owner and the government perhaps the 27 people (20 of which were elementary age children) who were shot and killed would be spending this Saturday preparing for the holiday.

Please sign this petition for tougher gun control and penalties.

12. Allow more than one cooling unit w/o additional fees

The City of Alamogordo Public Housing Authority states in it's appliance policy that they will apply a $25.00 charge per month per additional cooling unit on your tenant account.

They only want us to have one cooling unit for our homes, which is not enough to cool off the entire housing unit. Many residents cannot afford to pay an extra $25.00 a month plus their rent. Many residents are on fixed incomes and have young children.

We believe this is also a health hazard because of the heat in Alamogordo. Most units are very hot without extra cooling units and this puts all the residents and children at risk of getting sick.

Also, the Public Housing Authority has used money to build a laundry facility, new porches, and new fences but they will not use money to provide a cooling unit to cool off our entire living unit.

We believe the residents should have say in what should be built or added to the units since we are the ones who live here.

13. Review White House Petitions Site

[Scroll down for the list of active petitions.]

The Obama Administration created a We the People online petition site in September, 2011, which promised an official response would be made to every petition that acquired at least 5,000 signatures within 30 days of its creation. This author submitted a petition similar to the one at the bottom of this page a few months later, but it expired without acquiring enough signatures. Since then, this page has been maintained at GoPetition for anyone else wishing to endorse it.

Whether or not this new petition is successful, this page's chronological list of open petitions will be maintained as a public service. Signature totals will be updated daily as a general rule.

Every signature total you see below is linked to its petition's WhiteHouse.Gov page. Bear in mind that petitions expire after 30 days if they fail to cross 2 separate thresholds:

1. 150 - to become visible to visitors at the WhiteHouse.Gov petition site, and therefore here as well. Authors must prove the viability of their petitions by somehow acquiring this initial support on their own. And thus far, the vast majority have failed to make it.

2. 100,000 - to generate an official response from the Obama Administration. This second threshold was initially set at 5,000 when the site was launched, but was raised to 25,000 a week later after "more than 375,000 people" had already created accounts. And it was raised to its present level of 100,000 in January, 2013, because: "In the last two months of 2012, use of We the People more than doubled. In just that time roughly 2.4 million new users joined the system, 73,000 petitions were created and 4.9 million signatures were registered."


Open Petitions by 30-Day Expiration Dates
(Signature totals for petitions that have qualified for responses by acquiring 100,000
or more signatures are highlighted in red. Petitions are normally removed from the list
a day or two after their expiration dates, but those with at least 100,000 signatures can
still be viewed and signed at WhiteHouse.Gov while waiting for their official responses.

March 13

(101,170) Demand Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson to withdraw indictment against Asian minority Officer Peter Liang!

(22,959) We the people, demand justice for former NYPD officer Peter Liang

(1,026) Have NHTSA require all vehicles sold in the U.S. to have the fuel filler neck on the drivers side by 2020

(831) White House delegate be sent to every Law Enforcement line of duty death funeral.

(669) Pardon Kwame M. Kilpatrick & Bobby Ferguson of their excessive 28 and 21 year prison sentences for public corruption.

(398) Demand the Democratic National Committee reinstate the ban on donations from federal lobbyists and PACs.

(250) Break the 25 year rule for the Importation of Vehicles

(241) Ask EPA and Obama to block construction of Chinese Methanol Refinery in Tacoma, Washington. Bad for Tacoma, bad for USA!

(177) Secure resources and funding, and begin development and construction of a gravitational wave based SETI detector

March 14

(3,394) Call on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to reinstate the ban on contributions from federal lobbyists and PACs

(476) Endorse Bernie Sanders for Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

(355) Forcefully Resign Debbie Wasserman Schultz

(219) Let school teacher and YouTuber Mr. Beat interview the President for the song he will write about him.

(209) Change the national anthem to check by young thug

March 15

(516) Nominate independent lawrence lessig as the next supreme court justice.

(430) Recess-appoint a Supreme Court justice immediately.

(181) Free Ramiro "Ramsey" R. Muñiz from federal prison. He's 72 years old serving a life sentence. Non-violent civic leader

March 16

(560) By Executive Order, Declare This Election Day a Holiday, or At Least Close the Government Half-Day

(231) Appeal for an American Advisory Board to supervise the Let Girls Learn-Pakistan initiative by Michelle Obama.

(175) require the federal government to ban open carry laws in all 50 states

March 17

(2,909) Regulate the way energy drink companies market and sell highly caffeinated beverages to minors.

(356) Call on the US Congress to block all President Obama’ appointees to the Supreme Court

(294) Lift Sudan Sanctions, They are Oppressing starving the Poor people

March 18

(22,903) Halt efforts that compel Apple and other device makers to create a "backdoor" for the Government to access citizens data

(287) Respect the People's right to privacy, by inhibiting the government's compulsion of tech companies to create backdoors.

(203) A general election debate moderated by Wu Tang Financial, Wu Tang, or both.

March 19


March 20

(9,195) Honor these American World War II soldiers on a US commemorative postage stamp, #StampOurStory #NiseiStamp

(1,009) ensure that people born with missing ear/ear canal do not get denied bone anchored implants by insurance to hear.

(331) Ensure the future of the 30-year fixed and housing market by releasing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from conservatorship.

(327) Grant federal prisoner Leonard Peltier a Presidential pardon.

(207) Compel the FDA to publicly acknowledge that Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring dietary supplement and not a drug.

March 21

(5,810) Remove Debbie Wasserman Schultz from her position as chairperson of the Democratic National Committee.

(5,563) Honor your Binational Agreement to protect the Big Bend. Help us stop the Trans-Pecos Pipeline.

(530) Allow Tax Deductions for Homeschool parents for acceptable costs, i.e. books, supplies, and group fees.

March 22

(1,789) The Biafran people are requesting the support of the government and people of USA for the creation of nation of Biafra

(1,285) Recount the Nevada Caucus with stricter third party surveillance to prevent corruption.

(714) cut foreign aid to Uganda until a vote recount or a free and fair presidential election is re-conducted

(203) Protest no human rights in China! Protest China's judicial's corruption and the collusion of government & enterprise!

March 23

(1,712) repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Provision Act!

(1,423) federally recognize the Chinook Indian Nation as a tribe within the United States.

(261) Demand Democrats, Republicans of the Senate, House & Congress to Arrest & or Impeachment Obama, Biden & Hillary Clinton

(243) Exclude from the US advocates of Sharia, Caliphate, sex slavery, killing apostates/adulteresses, "honor killing," or FGM

(186) Invite The World Renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers To The White House Before His Term Ends January 20, 2017

March 24


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March 26

(62,044) Stop Pfizer and other corporations from dodging billions in taxes

(671) Pardon Charly Wingate

(426) honor engineer Robert Ebeling and his colleagues for warning their employers and NASA about the Challenger crash.

(364) Authorize Department of Homeland Security to renew Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

(342) Appropriately Recognize The Ownership of Moby Gym by Josh Adams

(210) Make it illegal for employers to drug test for marijuana

March 27

(2,011) ENDORSE BERNIE SANDERS AS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE 2016.

(870) invite Hesston KS Police Chief Doug Schroeder to the WH for single-handedly stopping gunman Cedric Ford.

(562) End the bi-annual time change

(434) Remove the 200,000 car cap set per company on the EV tax credit IRC 30D

(369) direct the CPSC to ensure playgrounds + sports fields are safe and the in-fills do not exceed harmful chemical limits.

(242) Help stop the Smithsonian Channel from airing a new cable TV show focusing on Alaska plane crashes and their victims

March 28

(1,105) Veto H.R.2406- SHARE Act

March 29

(410) Simplify the H1B Amendment Process

(241) Determine whether Donald Trump violated any federal civil or criminal laws by establishing "Trump University"

March 30

(57,635) secure your climate legacy by halting all new drilling, fracking, and mining on public lands and waters.

(188) dance with Mrs. Kuhn's Calculus class at Crockett High School while visiting Austin, Texas in March.

(181) Urge Donald Trump to not put a "Merkel Door" in his "Stop White Genocide Wall"

March 31

(819) Step in and make the FDA take Essure off the market to save lives.

(489) End The War on Drugs and Adopt a Policy of Harm Reduction

(340) Direct Department of Justice to remove cannabis: hemp/marijuana/THC/CBD/viable seed from the Controlled Substances Act

(184) Name March 1st "Nation Witch Trials Remembrance Day"; for those who died and lost their lives to religious persecution

April 1

(17,441) Investigate the violations of Massachusetts voting laws conducted by Bill Clinton on March 1, 2016.

April 2

(701) Investigate William "Bill" Jefferson Clinton for violation of Massachusetts legislature Title VIII/ Chapter 54/ Sec 69

April 3

(711) Continue protecting grizzly bears of the Yellowstone Ecosystem under the Endangered Species Act.

(193) ENCOURAGE CONGRESS TO ALLOW PUERTO RICANS THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

April 4


April 5


April 6

(1,776) Veto and overturn SBX2-5, ABX2-6, and ABX2-7 in the state of California

(269) seize Bernie Sanders' wealth so he, as a socialist white male, can understand the plight of poor African Americans.

(192) Support the prevention of nuclear weapons by the North Corea

April 7

(28,827) Remove the Ambassador of USA in Dominican Republic for promoting an LGBT agenda inconsistent with country's values

(162) Establish mandatory universal GPS tracking for all commercial aircraft. in view of the second anniversary of MH370 loss.

April 8

(5,405) End the Book Embargo Against Cuba

(2,710) Keep the Ambassador of USA in Dominican Republic for promoting LGBT agenda consistent with open minded people’s values.

(350) Support the Ambassador of USA in Dominican Republic for promoting an LGTB agenda.

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April 13

14. Put the DIXIE CHICKS back on the RADIO!

Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak freely without censorship. "[e]veryone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference" and "everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice".

15. Petition against Bill S.978

The bill states that you will not be allowed to stream or post any music or video game play on the Internet. That includes Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and any other major websites. There are many people who's jobs involve posting videos on YouTube. These people who work for gaming companies like Machinima.

If this bill were to pass, many people can lose their jobs. Another example is how some people can become famous by posting themselves on YouTube and singing songs. Many people may dislike Justin Beiber, but he still became famous and signed to a record deal by posting himself on YouTube singing songs by other artists.

16. Ban Puppy Mills

What is a Puppy Mill?

A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Unlike responsible breeders, who place the utmost importance on producing the healthiest puppies possible, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of genetic quality. This results in generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects.

Puppy mill puppies are typically sold to pet shops—usually through a broker, or middleman—and marketed as young as eight weeks of age. The lineage records of puppy mill dogs are often falsified.

How Are Animals Treated in Puppy Mills?

Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization. Puppy mill dogs do not get to experience treats, toys, exercise or basic grooming. To minimize waste clean-up, dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—and it is not unusual for cages to be stacked up in columns. Breeder dogs at mills might spend their entire lives outdoors, exposed to the elements—or crammed inside filthy structures where they never get the chance to feel the sun or a gust of fresh air on their faces.

What Are Common Problems of Puppy Mill Dogs?
Epilepsy
Heart disease
Kidney disease
Musculoskeletal disorders (hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, etc.) Endocrine disorders (diabetes, hyperthyroidism)
Blood disorders (anemia, Von Willebrand disease)
Deafness
Eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, etc.) Respiratory disorders

On top of that, puppies often arrive in pet stores—and their new homes—with diseases or infirmities. These can include:
Giardia
Parvo Virus
Distemper
Upper respiratory infections
Kennel cough
Pneumonia
Mange
Fleas
Ticks
Intestinal parasites
Heart Worms
Chronic diarrhoea

17. EUROPE HAS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MILLIONS OF STREET ANIMALS!

Right in the middle of Europe, millions of street animals are dying year in year out: in killing camps who call themselves animal shelters, or in “freedom” – of hunger, cold, diseases, poison.

Granted, you’ll find local laws forbidding the above – but often enough neither local authorities nor elements of the executive authorities do comply with the laws. Even the most barbarian cruelties to animals go without prosecution because it is not avenged, as a rule.

On December 1st, 2009 the treaty of Lisbon (so-called EU reformation treaty) became effective. The major agreement states that the Union and its member states have to take account of the well-being of the animals as feeling beings.

But the ratification of this treaty does not automatically imply the end of the brute widespread deaths.

This is why we need to suit the action to the word.

18. Kamloops FASD Coalition / Action Group

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is "Brain damage" it is a continuum of birth defects, caused by prenatal consumption of alcohol. Effects range from/ physical/cognitive/behavioral and or learning disabilities with life long implications.

FASD has attained World wide Recognition. With many Countries implementing the Requirement of Labeling of alcohol and providing Strategies of Support for the Children,youth, adults Parents and Care providers impacted by this disorder.

We are Canadian Parents, Families and Support Workers banding together trying to ensure Canada follows suit with implementing the same set of Guidelines, Regulations and Strategies.

19. Allow the creation of e-petitions on council website

Do you think petitions are a powerful way of getting politicians and councillors to listen to the views of the general public?

Currently, local Redbridge residents can only create a paper petition on which they collect original penned signatures by going out to public events and asking people in person to sign if they agree.

An electronic petition (e-petition) is created on a secure website, like the Redbridge borough website ‘Redbridge i”, and ensures that each petition reaches a wider audience of potentially thousands of local residents via their home computers, public libraries and study centres etc. It could be available along with other services on our Local Authority website – ‘Redbridge i’.

Did you know that at least 75% of all 33 London boroughs have an e-petition facility on their local government website and that Redbridge is one of the few that has no e-petition facility on their website?

Having a properly functioning e-petition facility available for local residents on the local authority website; along with other common services, would open up a channel of communication and accountability between the council and the local residents on a level never before seen.

20. Support a People's Constitution

1. Make a new people's constitution where all are accountable to the people;

2. A fully transparent system run by the people for the people with the environment taking the lead.

21. Free Hadi Abedi Bakhoda, a very ill political prisoner!

Hadi Abedi Bakhoda is a political prisoner of the 1980s on charges of supporting the main Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). He was tortured and shot by the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), when arrested.

His spinal cord was damaged in such a way that he now cannot walk and is in a wheelchair since the incident. The shooting also damaged other organs including his kidneys and his bladder that had failed totally. Since then, he suffers from debilitating physical complications as a result of his injuries. Abedi Bakhoda's wife and Mehri Javan Mahjub (a former prisoner) were arrested and sent to Lakan Prison. His brother, Hormoz, was executed by the Iranian regime on similar charges.

Branch One of the Revolutionary Court condemned Hadi Abedi-Bakhoda for two years imprisonment in 2009 (he then was transferred to the Lakan prison in Rasht in Nov 2009) even if he was not capable of imprisonment due because of his severe physical infirmities. The coroner's office, prison clinic and other health institutes confirmed this fact at the time and also demanded his release but the Intelligence Ministry and the Revolutionary Court have never paid attention to his conditions, therefore, he was transferred to prison.

Hadi Abedi-Bakhoda is sent to hospital only when his conditions become very critical, but ultimately because of his fragile health, they are forced to give him sick-leave.

According to Human Rights Activists in Iran, on Monday May 23, 2011, the Revolutionary Court of Rasht (Branch One) summoned Hadi Abedi-Bakhoda to notify him that the lash ruling against him would have been carried out despite his health conditions (his bladder was not functioning properly and he was suffering from a severe kidney disorder) and did not even consider the fact that he was in a wheelchair: he then received 51 lashes for the alleged crime of not reporting to the Lakan prison in Rasht on time when he was hospitalized during a sick-leave.

22. Replace the BC RCMP with Provicial Police Force

The BC Government is in negotiations with the RCMP to renew their contract in 2012.

With all the problems with RCMP officers being charged with criminal offenses and being suspended with pay for years while it works it's way through the courts and then through internal RCMP discipline committees the BC Government and the people have no say in in the mandate of the RCMP only Ottawa has jurisdiction, it's time to replace them with a provincial and municipal force.

23. Stop BC RCMP renewal contract without public consultation

The BC Government is in negotiations with the RCMP to renew their contract for policing in 2012.

With past performance of RCMP officers being charged with criminal offenses and rising they are reassigned to desk duty or to sit at home with full pay until all court cases have been dealt with, most cases take years and if convicted they then go through a RCMP internal review (1 year at least)before discipline If any!

There is another petition to oust the RCMP altogether from BC,
http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41557.html

24. Rights of Tenure for Boat and Houseboat Dwellers

Legislation for, the protection of boat and houseboat or floating home dwellers and their rights of tenure are urgently needed in the UK.

Over 150.000 people in Great Britain alone, live and reside full time on board their boats, houseboats or floating homes.

And yet there are no legislation in the UK to protect the rights of tenure for floating communities and their dwellers.

Travellers and Gypsies have their rights, so should boat dwellers too!

This Campaign is for the Legislation of the;

* Rights of Tenure / Housing Rights for boat or houseboat dwellers.

* Protection, security and safety for boat, houseboat and floating home dwellers and their communities.

Vogue La Galere! / Push The Boat!

Campaign Movement for the rights of tenure for boat and houseboat dwellers. Please Help and sign and spread the word. Follow twitter @domportucallis

*Thank you!*

25. Theresa May to stay in Post of Equalities Minister

In the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat cabinet Theresa May has been appointed as Minister for Women and Equality.

Prior to this appointment her voting record on gay rights has included:

She voted against lowering the age of consent in homosexual relationships to 16.

She voted against gay adoption rights.

We would like to make it clear that this campaign is not politically motivated, and is in no way a campaign against any political party.

Furthermore it is campaigning only for Theresa May's continuation in this specific post, as she is entitled to her opinions as much as anyone else, and also has a right to vote on what she believes rather than pressurised to vote a certain way.

If anyone thinks she is prejudiced though I suggest you visit this link: http://bit.ly/d3JztG

This petition is designed to counteract a petition already launched demanding her removal from this position, and to support her views. Not everyone agrees or accepts the current stance on Gays.

26. Verizon DSL Internet Service to John Wolford Road Waterford, VA 20197

Residents living on John Wolford Road Waterford, Virginia, currently have no access to high speed internet services other that "dial-up" or sattellite internet.

Our modern lives now require us to access and use the internet for school, work, or leisure.

Without high speed internet at low prices, we are unable to use the many benefits that the internet has to offer.

27. The fifht Season Of PRISON BREAK

I want to know if the producers will do a new season of Prison Break if we do a lot of petitions

28. Help The Homeless of Nevada

In Nevada over 15 percent of people are unemployed. This makes it hard for people to pay for homes, food and other necessities.

Some of these homeless and less fortunate people are our youth. These people of our future need support and help to make it through these hard times.

29. Request to close down AnzKillaBoy's account

We the undersigned wish and hope to voice our objection to the continued slander of a certain member of the YouTube community by the usernames of AnzKillaBoy and AnzKillerBoy9. He has not only defamed the late Michael Jackson's name, memory and legacy but has also sexually harassed female members of the community in support of Michael, threatened male members in support of Michael, and constantly seeks to spread hate, racism, and lies not only pertaining to Michael, but also pertaining to his loyal fans and supporters. He does this by constantly spamming Mr. Jackson's videos, videos in support of him and channels in support of him, including Mr. Jackson's own channel.

Michael Jackson was and still is one of the greatest entertainers, if not the greatest, of the world. He has moved barriers of race, gender, language, nationality ,social ranking, and religion to give the world a sense of escapism and to show them that united we achieve more. United we live in peace. United we can heal the world. He did this not only with his music but with his actions and his undying love for the world, its creatures and its people. This is why we, the fans of Michael Jackson, have begun this petition and signed it. To unite and do something for Michael. Mr. Jackson deserved nothing but respect and since it wasn't given to him in life, we must fight to give it to him in death. And as such we ask the adminstrators of YouTube to analyze AnzKillaBoy's (same person as AnzKillerBoy9) actions within the community and to take action, for once, against these haters. It starts with him. They must shut down his channel because not only do haters like him destroy Michael's legacy, they destroy the human understanding and peace that should be given within the virtual world and most importantly in the real world.

30. Any police officer with a criminal record should leave the force

Convicted Police Officers - How can he or she give evidence?

A person who upholds the law cannot be seen to break the law.

Our police image must be improved they must be a pillar of society; the police should be open and transparent.

Should you know in your area how many police officers have criminal records? If you want to find out, you are entitled under the "freedom of information act".

If you are not happy with the answer, get your local MP involved.

Most Police officers do a very difficult job. The one,s with criminal convictions have no place in the Force. They make it difficult for the decent officers to gain the respect they need to assist them in there role as law enforcers.

The paper petition is going well we have over 2000 signatures. In the last month some police officers families have signed because they want the good name of the police improved.