Tag Archives: Petition

You probably already saw this father’s defense of his son-the-rapist

840629969_122163c283But just in case, this plea for mercy is burning up the interwebs, from Dan Turner, the father of Brock Allen Turner, the former Stanford swimmer who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in 2015. For his crime, the younger Turner was sentenced to just six months in jail.

Perhaps, as a counterpoint, you should also read the statement from the rapist’s victim.

There’s a petition to remove Judge Aaron Persky from the bench, after this sentence. These things rarely come to anything, but it’s worth nothing there are more than a few signatures already.


Let the Republicans carry guns at their convention

download (1)The Republicans will not allow guns in the Quicken Loans Arena during their national convention in July in Cleveland. Ohio is an open carry state.

You can help change that. Sign the petition. If the party is such a supporter of guns, then why don’t they want them at their convention?

Say thank you to Gloria Steinem

gloria-steinem-lands-endLand’s End — of the canvas boat bags and boring-ass clothes — interviewed icon Gloria Steinem for its recent catalog and immediately heard from a certain type anxious to ignore history.

(I particularly like this Chicago Tribune headline.)

So I guess I’ll have to continue my lifelong boycott of all those bags and clothes. Oh-well. Oh, and here’s a petition, if you wanna.

Sign a petition. Stop fracking.

Jac sends this, a Credo petition to stop fracking through New England.

Think it can’t happen here? People in the Hartford area should get to know the company known as Spectra Energy, which is looking to expand across the state.


And then, as they say, there’s this. The National Transportation Safety Board released a report yesterday that calls for more oversight at natural gas pipelines.

Need v. greed

While the Super Committee discusses how to lower the federal budget by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years, a new report “Food Choices: Families or Corporations” from the Praxis Project and the Alliance for a Just Society, shows just what role the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s family nutrition programs (like SNAP, the former food stamp program) play in feeding 16 percent of America — or 48.8 million people.

That makes the Farm Bill — the main policy tool for the government when it comes to food — even more precious.

The report also covers the $95 billion in federal subsidies and contracts the federal government gives to Big Agriculture. Some highlights are:

Riceland Foods, Inc., a transnational corporation with revenues of $1.3 billion in 2009,
received $554 million in subsidies in 1995-2010.

In 2005, Tyson Foods, the largest meat producer in the U.S. with revenues of $26 billion,
received $46 million in USDA commodity contracts.

Smithfield Foods, the fourth-largest meat producer, with $11 billion in revenues, received
$18.2 million in contracts.

The report, along with a petition you can sign here, will be delivered to the Super Committee prior to its Nov. 23 deadline for making recommendations.