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An entirely flawed system

So I just found out that NJ is cutting off my food stamps because I’m considered able-bodied. Food stamps has literally been the only thing feeding my family right now and the only way for me to continue getting food stamps is if I go to a 20 hour a week work program. I tried to go to the program and had to make an appointment for orientation months ago and they were so mean and dismissive of me. They wanted me to miss my doctor appointment to go to their orientation and I told them I couldn’t miss it. I was sick, I needed to see a doctor. So they wouldn’t schedule me for another day and that was that.

I can get out of the requirement if I’m caring for someone in my family, which I am, my mother who has been unwell. But why is she unwell, because without warning her health insurance was terminated because she was deemed to make too much money. My mom makes $800 a month from alimony payments. That’s it! How is that too much money? Because she doesn’t have health insurance, she can’t afford her meds and hence has not been the greatest lately. The only way to prove that I’m caring for my mother is if she gets evaluated by a doctor and deemed disabled. Again, something we cannot afford. And if she never had her insurance terminated to begin with, she’d have her meds and she wouldn’t need someone to look after her.  It’s a flawed system and I’m so embarrassed and sad and scared. I don’t know how to feed my family.

I’ve been trying to get a job for a year and a half now with no luck. I have a BA and two MAs. I’m clearly educated and should be capable of getting a job but no one wants to give me a chance despite my 10 years of experience. I really don’t know what to do. I really hate to ask, but I need help. I haven’t paid my credit cards off, we’re charging everything on credit and I’ve reached my credit limit. We’re not using the heat even though it’s so cold, bc we can’t afford to make the payment. I don’t have a cell phone line because we can’t afford it. How is my family going to eat? What am I supposed to do? Like we can’t even afford to pay rent this month. Literally, I have no idea what to do or how to keep us from being hungry and homeless. And I could kick myself for ending up in this situation.

I keep trying to crawl us out of this hole, but I keep failing.

This is so embarrassing, but I need help and I don’t know where to turn. I’m so embarrassed to ask and hate myself for getting to this point. If you could spare anything, even just $1, I would appreciate it so much. https://www.paypal.me/hebavsreason I swear, I’ll never forget your generosity and 100% promise to pay it forward. I’m just so scared and so unsure of how to make ends meet. I’m so embarrassed and I’m so sorry for asking. Maybe you could pass this around, reblog it. Any help would be so important and I’d be so thankful.

Sign: These chimps don’t deserve to die

 

Tell Citibank to save 66 chimps from starvation

 

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meet the petition author

Donny Moss

New York, New York

 

For 30 years, the New York Blood Center (NYBC) conducted invasive experiments on almost 500 chimpanzees. For 10 years, the NYBC did the right thing and provided care for the chimps after the experiments were over. And then it stopped.

NYBC announced in March that it would no longer provide the 66 remaining laboratory chimps with the care they need to survive. Donny Moss and fellow animal rights activists have tried for months to convince NYBC to reinstate the funding. The organization hasn’t budged an inch.

Perhaps the NYBC will pay more attention to one of its major donors. Please sign Donny’s petition asking Citigroup to make its donations to NYBC contingent on the organization reinstating funding for the 66 chimps it has abandoned.

After NYBC finished experimenting on the chimps, it sent them to live on six islands in Liberia where there is no natural food or water. They are still there today, and depend on people to bring them the necessary nourishment for their survival.

Since NYBC stopped providing for the chimps, their care has been funded by the U.S. Humane Society and by donations from people like you. But this can’t go on forever.

NYBC currently has $450 million in assets and has reportedly earned about $500 million off of the research conducted on these chimps. It may not be contractually obligated to care for them, but as Jane Goodall put it in an open letter to the organization, it has a “moral obligation” to pay for their wellbeing.

NYBC may not take the calls of animal welfare groups and activists, but it would be difficult to dodge one of the companies that has given the organization over $1 million in donations. So please sign this petition urging Citigroup to stop its donations to NYBC until the organization does the right thing once again, and takes care of these chimps.

 

Donald Trump action@38degrees.org.uk

Is Donald Trump a role model to be honoured? A university in Aberdeen seems to think so. Robert Gordon University are sticking by the honorary degree they gave him, despite his hate-filled speeches about Muslims, his outrageous sexism and his campaign to stop our green energy. [1]

So 38 Degrees member Suzanne Kelly has started a campaign to get Trump’s degree revoked immediately. Already over 15,000 of us have signed her petition, and the University are in crisis talks about it. If we keep the petition growing, it’s going to be impossible for the university to ignore – they’ll feel forced to do the right thing.

If you think that Trump isn’t someone we should honour, then please sign Suzanne’s petition now.  It takes less than 10 seconds:

SIGN THE PETITION

Here’s what Suzanne says:

“We feel that Donald Trump’s unrepentant, persistent verbal attacks on various groups of people based on nationality, religion, race and physical abilities are a huge detriment to the university. Hate speech must not have a place in academia, in politics or on the world stage. We are confident Robert Gordon University will agree with the petitioners, and act swiftly.”

Click here to sign her petition now:

SIGN THE PETITION

On its own website the university says that “The Honorary Degree is not only to acknowledge and celebrate the individual’s success but also to provide our current students with inspirational role models”.  Which bit of Donald Trump’s character does the university think is an inspiration?

Stripping Trump of this honorary degree will send him a clear message: Britain doesn’t stand by him or his hateful views. Please sign the petition now:

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/donald-trump-petition

Thanks for being involved,

Louie, Robin, Rachel and the 38 Degrees team

PS: Suzanne started her campaign on the 38 Degrees Campaigns by You website. If there’s another issue that you’d like to campaign on, you can start your own campaign here:

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/start-a-cby

NOTES:

[1] Telegraph: Donald Trump calls for a ban on all Muslims entering the US:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/donald-trump/12038280/Donald-Trump-calls-for-a-ban-on-all-Muslims-entering-the-US-live.html

The Guardian: Donald Trump Muslim Americans special identification tracking:

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/19/donald-trump-muslim-americans-special-identification-tracking-mosques

Huffington Post: 18 Real things Donald Trump has said about women:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/18-real-things-donald-trump-has-said-about-women_55d356a8e4b07addcb442023

The Guardian: Donald Trump takes campaign against windfarms to UK supreme court:

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/08/donald-trump-takes-campaign-against-wind-farms-to-uk-supreme-court

38 Degrees is funded by donations from thousands of members across the UK. Making a regular donation will mean 38 Degrees can stay independent and plan for future campaigns. Please will you chip in a few pounds a week?

This poor elephant has spent the last 30 years in chains.

 

Save Kaavan the Elephant

 

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Hebatullah,

Want to save an aging elephant from a truly miserable life?

Elephants are incredibly smart, emotional animals. They feel joy and camaraderie—and they can also feel extreme grief and depression.

Kaavan was still a baby elephant when he was taken from his mother and placed in the Islamabad, Pakistan Zoo. For the past 30 years, Kaavan has lived in a small concrete enclosure with all four legs chained. These chains have left deep gashes on his feet and legs. He bobs his head from side to side—a behavior known as “weaving”, displayed by elephants to express despair and depression.

Make no mistake: this is animal cruelty. Please sign this important petition and urge the Pakistani government to release Kaavan from the Islamabad Zoo.

This is no way for animals to live.

In the wild, elephants roam up to 30 miles each day. They are social animals, and isolation is incredibly harmful to them. Kaavan has lived his entire life as a prisoner – it’s time to give him the medical attention and love that he so desperately needs.

That’s why super-activist Sue L. started her petition on Care2. Will you stand with her against animal cruelty to help save Kaavan?

These living conditions are absolutely appalling. Sign Sue’s petition and urge the Pakistani government to free Kaavan!

Thank you for making a difference.

Respectfully,

 

Angie L.

The Care2 Petitions Team

 

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Sign the petition: Stop the pig torture! Pork free is the way to be

 

Stop the Pig Torture!

 

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meet the petition author

Nishant Bhajaria

Portland, Oregon

 

Employees beating pigs with paddles and electrical prods. Pigs unable to stand up on their own being dragged across the floor by hooks. A still-conscious pig hanging up-side-down from a hook on its way to slaughter. These are the horrors that a recent undercover video showed in an Austin slaughterhouse.

The Quality Pork Processors (QPP) Austin plant is a high-speed slaughterhouse that sends all of its pork to Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam and other popular processed meats. The recent video shot by a Compassion Over Killing investigator shows QPP employees treating pigs in the most horrific ways imaginable. Nishant was so disturbed by what he saw that he started a Care2 petition demanding that Hormel stop buying pork from QPP until they prove that they have changed their cruel ways. Will you sign his petition?

In addition to showing pigs shivering in fear and pain, the video shows the employees doing some things that could seriously threaten the safety of our food. There are shots of some pigs with pus-filled abscesses being sent down the line, while others were covered in feces. At one point in the video, an employee took a blood-soaked towel and threw it across the line at his coworker.

When the video first became public, QPP tried to dismiss critics and claim that all of the pigs were handled “appropriately.” Due to public pressure and Hormel’s demands, however, they have since changed their tune. QPP now has vowed to train their employees better and provide more oversight of their plant. But only time will tell if they follow through on their promises.

We need to make sure that QPP won’t go back to business as usual once they are out of the spotlight. Please sign this petition demanding that Hormel stop buying pork from the Austin slaughterhouse until QPP shows concrete progress on their promised changes.

Hormel has been moved by public opinion on this issue already, so let’s push them to take the next logical step in ensuring that QPP stops its cruel and unsafe behavior once and for all.

 

[Petition] Keep accepting Syrian refugees

Sign my petition supporting the continuation of our refugee program that promises to resettle 10,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, who are fleeing violence at home.

My father Eli immigrated to America from Poland in 1921 after World War I at the age of 17. He was not a refugee fleeing war, although much of his family later became victims of the Holocaust. He came to America looking to make a better life. He never made a lot of money, but it didn’t matter because he was able to start a family and send his two sons to college. That meant the world to him and he loved this country.

While my father came here as an immigrant, many have also come as refugees fleeing war, oppression and violence. That’s why I opposed the call of some to turn away unaccompanied children who showed up on our borders from Latin America. We must not allow the horrific violence we have seen in France and elsewhere to turn us from our historic role as a haven for the oppressed.

In terms of the Syrian refugee situation we are now facing, now is not the time for us to succumb to racism and bigotry. In this moment, it is particularly important that we not allow ourselves to be divided by the anti-immigrant hysteria that Republican presidential candidates are ginning up.

When hundreds of thousands of people have lost everything and have nothing left but the shirts on their backs, we should not turn our backs on these refugees escaping violence in the Middle East. Of course we have to investigate the backgrounds of people coming into the country — and we will — but to suggest that we would even turn away orphans is incredible.

Sign my petition to say you support continuing the refugee program that promises to resettle 10,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, who are escaping violence in their home country.

The rhetoric and fear mongering about these refugees from some Republicans running for President is abhorrent and has no place in our political discourse.

Donald Trump has not just called for keeping out Syrian refugees, he also said he thinks it’s a good idea to create a national database of all Muslims in America. Meanwhile, Ben Carson said some Syrian refugees are like “rabid dogs” and referred to the rest of Syrian refugees as just “dogs.” This disgusting rhetoric cannot be tolerated.

Other Republicans have suggested rounding up existing refugees and deporting them. And yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted on a plan that would make it near impossible for the United States to continue our Syrian refugee program.

This is not what America stands for.

Syrians and other refugees from the Middle East are escaping unspeakable horrors. To get to our country, refugees already go through a vigorous vetting program by the FBI, National Counterterrorism Center, Homeland Security and the State Department. The process takes almost two years and refugees from Syria face additional scrutiny.

We should continue our program to provide Syrians fleeing violence with the opportunity for a new life. I hope you’ll join me to stand together to admit Syrian refugees. Sign my petition here:

https://go.berniesanders.com/support-refugees

Thank you for standing with me and making your voice heard on this important issue.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

SIGN OUR PETITION

 

 

Paid for by Bernie 2016

PO Box 905 – Burlington VT 05402 United States – (855) 4-BERNIE

Stop Grinding Chicks Alive!

Stop Chick Grinding in the U.S.!

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I can still vividly remember the first time I saw a video about the U.S. egg industry’s inhumane practices. It made me sick to my stomach when I watched thousands of chicks — mere hour old babies — being ground up while still alive or being stuffed into garbage bags and tossed out with the trash.

You might wonder what these poor chicks did to deserve this horrible treatment. It’s simply because they were born male and were deemed worthless by the profit-driven egg industry. Their chirps still haunt me and have motivated me to speak out against inhumane farming practices in the U.S.

Will you join me by signing Care2 activist Chris W.’s petition urging the USDA to abandon this inhumane method in favor of the more humane alternatives?

Germany has developed a method to determine the sex of fertilized eggs even before they develop into chicks. Since they have adopted this technology, they no longer have to destroy millions of innocent lives. Instead, they determine the sex before chicks develop and only allow the female eggs to develop into chicks and hatch.

Don’t you agree that we should use technology to benefit animals — especially when it will end suffering and pain? Let’s call on the USDA to adopt the more humane practices in the egg industry.

Sign Chris’ petition asking that the USDA follow in Germany’s footsteps and ban chick grinding.

Thank you,

Sharanya P.

The Care2 Petitions Team

Legs wrapped in chains dipped in acid

 

Shut Down the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration

 

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meet the petition author

Abbie Johnson

Nottingham, United Kingdom

 

Hebatullah,

Legs wrapped in chains dipped in acid. “Stacks” attached to hooves like sadistic platform shoes. Nails and screws put under hoof pads. This is what horses are forced to go through at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Every year, Tennessee walking horse trainers and owners gather for eleven days of competitions to see which horses have the fastest, highest-stepping “big lick” walk. In order to achieve this unnatural gait and win blue ribbons, the trainers make it so painful for the horses to put their hooves down on the ground that they immediately pull them back up again. When Abbie saw videos of the horses suffering through these barbaric competitions, she created a Care2 petition demanding that the USDA shut down the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration once and for all. Will you sign her petition?

For as long as Tennessee walking horse competitions have been around, trainers have looked for new ways to inflict enough pain on their horses to achieve the “perfect” gait. The most common “soring” method is to put caustic chemicals on the horses’ hooves and legs, leaving painful blisters and scars. In the most extreme cases, trainers have been known to beat horses and use cattle prods to get the gait they want. Apparently, the more pain the horses are in, the more likely they are to wow the judges.

Even though soring was made illegal in 1970, walking horse trainers continued their systematic abuse completely undeterred. Due to public outcry, the USDA decided to do a major crack down starting in 2006. Unfortunately, even surprise inspections and competition disqualifications didn’t stop the trainers. They just figured out new ways to mask their barbaric practices.

It is obvious that as long as there are walking horse competitions, there will always be soring. It is time to say enough is enough. Sign this petition demanding that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA shut down the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. APHIS has been giving negative reports on the competition for years, so this petition might just be the push they need to finally put an end to the biggest and most prestigious walking horse competition in the U.S.

Thank you,

 

Lacey K.

The Care2 Petitions Team

 

Sign: End orca captivity once and for all

 

Congress: Pass the ORCA Act and End Killer Whales in Captivity

 

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Nice try, SeaWorld.

The corporation grabbed headlines around the world this week with the news that it would end its killer whale performances. Beneath the headlines, however, very little has changed. Sign my Care2 petition to ask Congress to take action to end the barbaric practice of keeping killer whales in captivity.

The full story is that in an effort to turn around the 17% decline in attendance at their San Diego park, SeaWorld will end their theatrical performances by 2017, and instead work to present the animals in a more natural setting. This announcement does not affect their two other U.S. parks.

Unfortunately, it seems like that setting won’t be any larger than their current, cramped conditions. The entertainment corporation also announced they were halting their plans to significantly increase the size of their killer whale tanks.

This news certainly won’t change the reality that orcas shouldn’t be in captivity. These highly social animals spend their time in the wild traveling in family pods over 100 miles a day to hunt schools of salmon and other prey together. Orcas cannot thrive in lonely, captive conditions – even if the bathtub is designed to look more natural.

A Congressman from California is introducing the ORCA Act, a bill to phase out the practice of keeping killer whales in captivity, ending captive breeding and the import and export of these magnificent animals. Sign my petition and urge your member of Congress to support the legislation today!

Thanks for taking action!

 

Aaron V.

The Care2 Petitions Team