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Feb 12, 2014
Focus: Corporate Responsibility
Action Request: Petition
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Care2.com: Establish open dialogue between management and members


Why this is important

As a community comprised of members actively using the tools provided by this site to accomplish needed improvements to various aspects of all life (animal, human, environmental), we, the undersigned, are hereby petitioning Care2 itself to strongly consider the following grievances and suggestions for improvement and mutual understanding.

Excerpt from The Care2 Story, authored by Randy Paynter:

"Care2 provides powerful tools to make a difference in your life, your community, and the world. Our website is driven by passionate people (like you) who want to restore the world's balance. We pride ourselves on being a different kind of company. As a certified B Corporation (B Corp), we're committed to using the power of business to make a positive social and earth-friendly impact on the world. "


While these tools are available to us at no charge (as is customary for most social sites), we also are aware that, due to our efforts in The PetitionSite, Care2 News Network, Click To Donate, member groups, etc., we are the driving force behind encouraging new members (which, in turn, makes Care2 an attractive choice for advertisers) and promoting recognition of Care2 as a positive environment for ourselves and others to freely express their concerns and activate change.

Censorship

Increasingly, news stories, petitions, comments -- and even certain member-started groups (one with over 2,000 members) -- are being deleted. This is done with no explanation or prior notice nor proof of violation of Terms of Service [TOS] or Code of Conduct [COC], the provisions of which each member agrees to respect and follow in order to participate in the site. Unfortunately, it has become apparent that the language of those documents is so vague and one-sided that interpretation of those rules is at the complete and final discretion of management and their representatives, and appears to be applied to targetted members subjectively.

We are in NO way asking that any member's circumstances should be divulged to the general population, as that would be indiscreet. We are, however, requesting that those documents also contain specific examples and protocol for members to present grievances.

Suspensions


Much the same as censorship, members have been suspended, and the majority of them were given no concrete explanation. As actively contributing members, devoting hours of our days building relationships with other members, opening groups, signing petitions (and encouraging others to do the same, both inside and outside the site), it is necessary that we feel we have the right to expect that, so long as our behavior is within TOS and COC, we can be secure in our expectation of continued use of those tools.

In fact, there is not even in place a standardized notification to members giving them the length of a suspension. (In some cases, it is a matter of a few days. For others, it could be months.)

Members who are subjected to suspension are given no proof of wrongdoing, citing the specific clause of TOS or COC violated, nor are they given the length of duration. [Suspending a member and giving them, as the reason, that they violated COC or TOS, without citing the actual condition broken, is similar to being pulled over by a traffic cop, who issues you a ticket stating that the infraction was "broke the law."]

We write to you in the hopes that you will fairly consider our concerns and the need for these changes. While we are aware that termination of membership can be "at will," we implore you to understand that the overall trust and morale of the body of members can suffer seriously if their reasonable​ expectation of continued usage is not respected or appreciated and the use of disciplinary action is not applied​ judiciously.

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Posted: Feb 12, 2014 2:53pm
Jan 22, 2014
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"The only thing necessary for the triumph
of evil is for good men to do nothing."
~ Edmund Burke ~


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Posted: Jan 22, 2014 7:22am
Jan 14, 2014
Focus: Peace
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

CODEPINK

January 14, 2014

If there’s ever a bill that should never come up on the floor for a vote, it’s Senate Bill 1881. This bill calling for tightened sanctions on Iran would blow up the successful nuclear talks– and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could bring it up for a vote in the Senate any time. President Obama even called it a “march to war”! Tell Senator Reid to STOP THIS BILL!

President Obama has said he will veto this bill if it passes, but because of heavy pressure from the Israel lobby AIPAC, the Senate already has 59 cosponsors, and only needs 8 more votes before the bill can override a presidential veto.

We need YOU to take action: Sign this petition to Senator Reid now, and then take a minute to call his office at (202) 224-3542. Tell him not to undermine this golden chance for diplomacy, keep the Iran sanctions bill S.1881 off the floor!

For peace with Iran,
Alli, Cayman, Daria, Janet, Jodie, Kate, Lisa, Marina, Medea, Nancy K, Nancy M, Perrine, Sara, Sergei, and Tighe

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Posted: Jan 14, 2014 2:01pm
Jan 14, 2014
Focus: Internet
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!

A federal appeals court just sided with Verizon and against you, against us, against the Internet.

If this ruling stands, the Internet as we know it will die.

Background:
Wall Street Journal:
Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

TechCrunch: Circuit Court Of Appeals Strikes Down FCC’s Open Internet Order

Forget free and open access. Picture a system like cable TV with corporations charging for different levels of access, and blocking access to information they don't favor!

The Internet is our tool for circumventing the corporate media, for reaching each other with a bit of truth and accuracy, for organizing each other into collective action. We cannot let this one go.

Sign this petition to the FCC, Congress, and the White House now!

Keep the Internet open. Keep net neutrality. Don't allow censorship and discrimination when it comes to Internet access.

PLEASE SIGN HERE!

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Posted: Jan 14, 2014 10:59am
Oct 25, 2013
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
The world's worst punishment for rape?

16 year old Liz was walking home from her grandfather’s funeral when she was ambushed by six men who took turns raping her and then threw her unconscious body down a 6-meter toilet pit. Their punishment? Police had them mow their station lawn, then let them go free!

Liz’s horror story has sent shockwaves through Kenya and now politicians and the police are under pressure to respond. But women's groups in Kenya say nothing will truly change unless the government is put under the global spotlight. They are calling on us urgently to help ensure justice is done and that Liz’s nightmare marks a turning-point in Kenya’s rape epidemic.

Nobody has been brought to justice -- not the rapists, and not the police. Today, we change that. Let's stand with Liz right now, before her attackers and the police escape. Click below to get justice for Liz and help make sure no girl anywhere suffers this violence.

PS: Liz is a pseudonym given by the news outlet that broke her story and has since been widely used. She is not pictured here.

PLEASE SIGN HERE!



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Posted: Oct 25, 2013 9:27am
Sep 12, 2013
Focus: Children
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States


8-Year-Old Girl Has Died - Stop Child Marriage in Yemen!

An eight-year-old girl in Yemen died from internal injuries on her wedding night. The injuries were a result of deep vaginal tearing after being raped by her 40-year-old husband.

This is an absolute tragedy and a horrific example of the damage that results from child marriage. The practice is widespread in Yemen, and has cultural and religious roots. But it is time to stop allowing children to be abused and exploited!

In February 2009, a law was passed to set the minimum marrying age at 17, but it was repealed after some lawmakers voiced opposition on religious grounds.

We cannot allow any more young girls to suffer and lose their lives. Call on the Yemeni government to re-institute the marriage age requirement of 17 years immediately!

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Posted: Sep 12, 2013 10:34am
Aug 30, 2013
Focus: Women
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States


Inline image 1Unseat Judge Who Let Rapist Off With 30-Day Sentence!

Today, Montana Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced a teacher, Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, who repeatedly raped a 14-year-old female student, to 30 days in jail. The student committed suicide days before her 17th birthday.

Judge Baugh said the young girl "was older than her chronological age" and was "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher. He sentenced Rambold to 15 years, and then suspended all but 31 days of the sentence, also giving him credit for the one day he had already spent in jail.

Rambold's failure to attend a sex offender treatment program to which he was referred still "did not warrant a lengthy sentence" according to Judge Baugh.

This whole situation is an absolute outrage. We demand the removal from the bench of Judge G. Todd Baugh.



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Posted: Aug 30, 2013 7:54am
Jul 25, 2013
Focus: Corporate Responsibility
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Join Daily Kos and CREDO in pushing Congress to support Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s major legislation to rein in Wall Street.

When Congress repealed the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999, it shattered the firewall between commercial and investment banks — paving the way for the irresponsibly risky behavior that caused the financial crisis.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and a bipartisan group of senators are seeking to restore some sanity to our banking system by re-establishing a modern version of Glass-Steagall. Sign our petition with Daily Kos and CREDO to pressure her colleagues to support it.

Big banks, with predictable help from traditional media, are defaming Warren’s credibility because of this bill. The news anchors at CNBC tried to claim she was uninformed, while Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam called her a “feckless demagogue.”

Don't let the big banks get away with this. Show your support for Elizabeth Warren by signing the petition from Daily Kos and CREDO urging Congress to pass the 21st Century Glass Steagall Act.

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Posted: Jul 25, 2013 2:24pm
Apr 18, 2013
Focus: Children
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States


AG of the United States should prosecute those who covered up child rapes in the Roman Catholic Church

Why this is important

There is absolute, irrefutable proof, that Cardinals like Timothy Dolan, Roger Mahony, Justin Rigali, Bernard Law, and many, many other Cardinals and Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church knew about the children being raped in their parishes by priests and did nothing but moved these priests around, without warning the communities they moved them into, and then they raped even more children. They feel they are above the law. This is a crime punishable by Federal Laws.

18 U.S.C. § 2241– Aggravated sexual abuse
18 U.S.C. § 2242– Sexual abuse
18 U.S.C. § 2243– Sexual abuse of a minor or ward
18 U.S.C. § 2244– Abusive sexual contact

It is time to show the Cardinals and Bishops they are not above the laws of the United States and they should never escape prosecution for their crimes simply because they are from a religious organization.





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Posted: Apr 18, 2013 8:26pm
Mar 31, 2013


This is a repost from one of my all-time favorite blogs . . . The Conflicted Doomer.  (Do yourself a favor and subscribe to it.  This lady is awesome!)

*C*

The Madness at the Center of the World

by theozarker

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The snow and cold at the beginning of the week turned to rain and, with only partial sunshine, gradual warmth over the rest of the week. Perhaps that explains why, over the last two warm and sunny days, the inertia of the previous few days overcame me and I did not, could not, haul those forty-pound bags of manure out to the backyard and work on my garden.

Instead, I stayed inside and, between intermittent bouts of boring housework, tried to keep up with world news while pondering that growing madness at the center of the world, that news describes.

I’m not thinking here of the natural world, the closed system that meets the momentary madness of a species which grows beyond its food supply with die-off and, in doing so, tends back toward equilibrium within the system.

What I’ve been thinking about is the world of seemingly open, non-linear systems created by the madness of a species which believes it exists outside that closed system of the natural world – receiving (taking, really) energy and mass from the external environment, moving them through the various systems and exporting the spent energy and waste back into the environment without consequences.

Where did that madness come from? At the beginning of our evolution as a separate species, distinguished from our ape ancestors by the ability to walk upright and our opposable thumbs, we lived within the natural world. When did that change?

Perhaps the seeds of that madness were planted with the realization that, with our opposable thumbs we could create tools superior to those primitive twigs and stones and branches used by other big-brained species. Or, that animals we found and ate when they’d died could be hunted and killed for food. That they provided other useful items such as furs for warmth, bone for needles, or could be harnessed for load hauling or travel.

Perhaps it came later, as we learned we could gather seeds and plant them for a more permanent supply of food, or domesticate other animals. I wonder if the need to stay in one place and tend to our food supplies led us to settle in groups, build sturdier homes and enclosures, better weapons for protection – not only from other small groups of humans, but from nature, itself – infected us with the madness.

However the infection came about, since the dawn of the fossil fuel era we have exponentially expanded the systems and spread the infection worldwide. Because these systems are non-linear, they are sensitive to small changes occurring along the “edges” of the system. These changes can amplify and reverberate through the various systems because they are co-dependant. Over the last forty years, one such change has been the “usefulness” of the energy entering the system. Production of cheap, high EROEI crude oil has declined and is increasingly replaced with less “useful” oil and fossil fuels. Another change might be in the usefulness of the information transmitted through and among the various systems. In 2008, the unreliability of information transmitted through these various systems from the financial system sent reverberations throughout the various systems, “crashing” the aggregate (pushing it into a 'phase change'). What happened in Cyprus may very quickly push it into yet another phase change which will reverberate through the aggregate systems. Because the decreased amount of useful energy entering these systems is pushing them toward a drop to a much lower energy state, at some point these systems will not recover.

And we cannot make up for that drop in EROEI needed to maintain them in their current state with renewables. (Which, the longer we wait, require increasing amounts of that less useful energy to make the equipment to use renewables - which are themselves sources of less useful energy.) So, the madness continues.

I wish I could believe, we’d stop the madness before these various systems collapse, but I do not. Tomorrow when my son comes over to help me carry the manure to the backyard, I will spend the day getting my early garden in. I’ll continue to repeat this process of relearning my place in nature as long as I am able. That is my stand against the madness.

We have trashed our natural environment with the waste we’ve exported from these systems, but only in the sense of its usefulness to us.  Nature continues to fight back.  Whether, in our madness, we will trash our usefulness to nature remains to be seen. I am not hopeful.

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