Demand America’s district attorneys refuse to prosecute abortions!

Human Rights

Target: America's district attorneys

The day we’ve all feared has finally come. An illegitimate and extremist Supreme Court has revoked the right to an abortion, immediately making the life-saving healthcare procedure illegal in 13 states. Many more are expected to follow suit in the next few weeks.

However, for abortions to be actually prosecuted as crimes, district attorneys will have to bring cases against them — which they don’t have to do. It may put their careers in jeopardy, but people’s lives are on the line and it’s up to them to do the right thing.

Tell America’s district attorneys: don’t prosecute abortion patients!

There are countless reasons a woman might have an abortion, and every one of them is a valid expression of her personal agency over her own body. Since the religious zealots on the Supreme Court and red-state legislatures might not care about that, it now falls to the enforcers of the law to take matters into their own hands.

Thankfully, the ball is already rolling. 84 prosecutors across the country have already pledged to not prosecute abortions, representing 87 million people in 23 states. Let’s tell the rest to join them!

Demand America’s district attorneys refuse to prosecute abortions!

Demand the Senate keep millions of our kids from going hungry!

Human Rights

Target: United States Senate

It boggles the mind to know that in the richest country in the world, one in six children go to bed hungry every night. A fundamentally broken economy that funnels riches to the wealthy while squeezing every last cent out of working families has led millions of American kids to rely on school breakfasts and lunches for a significant amount of their caloric intake.

But that might come screeching to a halt unless Congress reauthorizes a series of pandemic-era waivers allowing schools to creatively deliver meals to their students and enabling 10 million more students to access free meals.

The waivers are set to expire June 30th — and there appears to be little urgency to make sure our kids stay fed.

Tell Congress to extend the waivers and keep our kids fed!

Opposition to extending the waivers comes from — you guessed it — Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans. Advocates suspect that McConnell is deliberately trying to create a child food crisis to hurt Democrats in the midterm elections.

There is a mountain of evidence pointing to how important school meals are to improving academic achievement, school attendance, and of course, keeping kids healthy and alive. It’s disgusting to see Republicans play political games with hungry children, and there’s no good reason to not make these waivers permanent.

Demand the Senate stop millions of our kids from going hungry!

Tell Biden to condemn Israel’s murder of a Palestinian-American journalist!

Human Rights

Target: United States President Joe Biden

On May 11th, al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot in the head while covering Israeli army raids in the occupied West Bank. Her colleague Ali al-Samoudi was also shot in the back but survived to tell the tale.

“We were going to film the Israeli army operation and suddenly they shot us without asking us to leave or stop filming,” recounted al-Samoudi. Another journalist on the scene said that “we were four journalists, we were all wearing vests, all wearing helmets…The [Israeli] occupation army did not stop firing even after she collapsed. I couldn’t even extend my arm to pull her because of the shots being fired. The army was adamant on shooting to kill.”

Shireen Abu Akleh was a household name across the Middle East, having covered Israeli politics and the Palestinian occupation since 1997.

This is an absolutely horrifying tragedy and as a close ally of Israel’s — and the provider of $4 billion in military aid every year —  America must condemn the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh.

President Biden did the right thing by standing up to Saudi Arabia over the gruesome murder of Jamal Kashoggi. Now it’s time for America to take a stand once more for the integrity of the free press and the protection of those who keep the powerful honest.

Tell Congress to condemn Israel’s murder of a veteran journalist!

Tell the Justice Department to stop Alabama's law that criminalizes gender-affirming medical care!

Human Rights

Target: United States Department of Justice

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law SB 189, a bill that threatens those who provide life-saving medical care to minors with 10 years in prison and a felony. Critical gender-affirming care such as hormone treatment, puberty blockers, and gender reassignment surgery will be denied to already marginalized children until they are well past puberty – psychological warfare on at-risk LGBTQ+ youth by the hands of the GOP.

Cathryn Oakley, state legislative director and senior counsel for the Human Rights campaign, called the recently passed legislation in Alabama “the single most anti-transgender legislative package in history.”

Add your name to tell the Justice Department to put a stop to the latest anti-trans bills in Alabama!

An estimated 1.8 million LGBTQ+ young people consider suicide each year, according to the Trevor Project, and over two-thirds of of LGBTQ+ youth said their mental health has been negatively impacted by recent debates over transgender rights. 

The Justice Department already sent a letter to every state attorneys general last month warning them that blocking gender-affirming care for LGBTQ+ youth could be unconstitutional. The DOJ has already threatened litigation in response to hateful bills like these, the Alabama GOP knew that they could be infringing on the constitutional rights of nonbinary and transgender minors. They just didn’t care.

Sign your name to call on the DOJ to stop Alabama’s attacks on transgender youth!

Tell New York City Mayor Eric Adams to stop his cruel homeless encampment sweeps!

Human Rights

Target: New York City Mayor Eric Adams

According to the most recent NYC CoC Homeless Populations and Subpopulations Report, 1 in every 106 New Yorkers are homeless. That’s about 80,000 men, women, and children without their basic needs met. While many spend their nights in the city’s shelters, over 2,000 still sleep on the streets every night. While these people suffer and fight to rebuild, NYC Mayor Eric Adams decided it was time to uproot 239 encampments in under two weeks.

The sweeps are cruel, often only functioning to push a vulnerable community from one outdoor place to the next and intimidating them with police clean-up crews– sometimes even throwing away personal belongings. The issue of homelessness can only be solved through sustainable housing, not enforcement. 

Add your name to tell NYC Mayor Eric Adams to stop his attacks on the homeless community!

After an unprecedented public health crisis that left many wondering how they’d survive financially, homelessness and eviction rates are sky high. Many homeless New Yorkers are still untrusting of the shelter system, and for good reason – sweeps like this do nothing to build trust that they will be cared for. Especially when their Mayor is claiming religious justification for the upheaval of their homes – saying ““I can’t help but to believe that if Matthew, Mark, Luke and John was here today, he would be on the streets with me, helping people get out of encampments.”

Adams’ actions are not reflective of “help”, it’s reflective of haphazard, uninformed policy-making. 

Sign your name to call for an end to Mayor Adams encampment sweeps!

Demand Tennessee's legislature stop Republicans' disgusting bill to legalize child marriage!

Human Rights

Target: Tennessee State Legislature

While Trump’s Republican cronies in Congress relentlessly work to push an outrageous, contrived QAnon narrative of LGBTQ “child grooming” and accusations of pedophilia defense against Democrats, their bluster is exposed as yet more projection by other members of their own party.

A new bill proposed by Tennessee state Rep. Tom Leatherwood would eliminate the current age requirement for marriage and enable “alternative forms of marriage” to those who “conscientiously object to the current pathway to marriage” — effectively legalizing the marriage of adults to children.

Sign your name to tell Tennessee lawmakers to vote NO on the bill to remove the age limits on marriage!

Tennessee has the 13th most child marriages in the United States. From 2000 to 2018 — when the state’s age restriction for marriage was first introduced — nearly ten thousand children were married to adults, the vast majority of whom were young girls married to older men.

Removing the age restriction on marriage provides predators with a convenient way to escape repercussions for statutory rape and makes teens even more vulnerable to coercion and abuse from older men.

This bill is yet another pernicious attempt to entrench the patriarchal control over young women by conservative white men and has no business even being discussed in the year 2022.

Call on the Tennessee legislature to vote down the bill to legalize child marriage!

Demand the world put Vladimir Putin on trial for war crimes!

Human Rights

Target: The International Criminal Court

The gruesome images of murdered civilians and disturbing reports of mass graves coming out Ukrainian towns abandoned by Russian invaders make one thing crystal clear — Vladimir Putin has committed heinous war crimes against humanity.

More than 1200 bodies have been discovered in mass graves near Kyiv so far, and the Ukrainian government fears many more will be found. In the city of Bucha, nine civilians appear to have been killed execution-style, some with bound hands and legs.

Call on the International Criminal Court to hold Putin accountable for war crimes!

To make matters worse, Russia is officially denying their heinous crimes and accusing the Ukrainians of staging the massacres — even though satellite photographs show bodies lying in streets and mass graves for weeks.

We must send a strong and united message to the world that murdering civilians in cold blood is beyond the pale. Vladimir Putin and his generals must be held accountable for their butchery.

Demand the world put Vladimir Putin on trial for war crimes!

Tell Congress to pass the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act!

Human Rights

Target: United States Congress

Trump-era legislation that was supposedly intended to stop sex trafficking — but instead actually got sex workers killed — is still endangering people today. The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) were designed to make website owners and online platforms liable in events of online sex trafficking, in part by amending Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). In fact, the legislation forced sex workers off of the platforms that fund their very survival. Following the passage of FOSTA-SESTA, an already vulnerable community (particularly trans and queer people of color) experienced heightened rates of suicide, self harm, and assault. This is what happens when our elected officials write legislation without the input of the communities actually affected — people suffer, and some die.

The SAFE SEX Workers Study Act would compel Congress to finally address the issues made by SESTA/FOSTA through studying its effects. While it’s a small start that doesn’t solve the immediate problems sex workers face, it’s a first step in ensuring that sex workers have input on legislation that effects them — hopefully kick starting an end to all of the invasive and discriminatory policies that have become more popular amongst online platforms in recent years. Sex work is work, full stop. Every independent worker deserves access to financial services, personal safety, and healthcare. 

Add your name to demand Congress pass the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act!

Lexi, a professional Florida escort, told HuffPost in 2018 that because of FOSTA-SESTA, sex workers can’t screen clients like they used to, adding, “this bill is killing us.” 

The fight to decriminalize and protect sex workers is not a standalone issue. It runs parallel alongside other longstanding battles, including those for LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality, and racial justice. To make the most informed decisions for these groups, we MUST demand our legislators work with marginalized communities to enact policies that actually reduce harm. The ongoing harm caused by SESTA/FOSTA must be officially investigated as soon as possible. Informed legislation — with meaningful input from those directly affected — is the only way forward. 

Sign your name to call for Congress to pass the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act and protect our most marginalized communities!

Stop South Carolina from bringing back firing squad executions!

Human Rights

Target: President Biden and Governor McMaster

As Republicans turn back the clock on civil rights, reproductive rights, and gay rights across the country, South Carolina has asked, “Why not do the same for the way we kill people?”

The southern state passed legislation last May reinstating the firing squad as a legal method of execution after the state has found itself unable to obtain lethal injection drugs. 

A $53,000 renovation to the state’s “death chamber” has just been completed, allowing the killings to resume. A rectangular opening has been added to the room, through which three volunteer shooters will fire their weapons — all of which will hold live ammunition. 

Add your name to ask President Biden and Governor McMaster to take action to stop the use of firing squads in executions!

While proponents argue that it’s the most “humane” method of execution, not everybody agrees. Two of the 35 men on death row in South Carolina have asked the Supreme Court to decide if the firing squad is constitutional, arguing that their right to choose the manner of their death — they chose lethal injection — is being infringed upon. 

The death penalty itself is a barbaric anachronism from less civilized times. There is no “humane” way to kill someone, and it’s horrific to see legislators spending this much time and money trying to expand the ways we can legally kill people.

Demand President Biden and South Carolina Governor McMaster take action to stop the use of firing squads in executions!

Demand Biden end US sanctions to stop starving Afghan babies!

Human Rights

Target: The Biden Administration

Since January, 13,000 Afghan babies have starved to death as draconian US sanctions cripple the Afghan economy and leave the country without a functioning central bank. 95% of the country does not have sufficient access to food because of the currency crisis, and Human Rights Watch warns that “time is running out.”

Humanitarian groups cannot even do their jobs properly, because the US sanctions are scaring off international banks from allowing aid groups to transfer funds into the country, while currency shortages are forcing Afghan banks to limit withdrawal — largely because the country’s foreign currency reserves are being held by the US government, to whom the money does not belong.

While the world’s eyes are understandably focused on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United States is quietly starving an entire country. While nobody is thrilled at the idea of legitimizing the Taliban, we have to come to terms with reality and take decisive action to keep thousands more children from dying.

Add your name to tell the Biden team to drop the sanctions and allow aid groups to keep thousands of Afghans from starving to death!