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Conservatorship Conundrum: You Can Be Reduced to the Status of an Infant With as Few Rights as a Felon

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 07.28.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Two types of probate conservators can be appointed. A conservator of the person is responsible for handling the conservatee's health care and other basic needs, while a conservator of the estate is responsible for handling the conservatee's financial matters.

Petitions Call For Feds To Investigate Sandra Bland's Death

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices

This past Sunday, Lois Wilkins talked to her daughter Ebony Joy Wilkins about Sandra Bland’s death. Her 38-year-old daughter commented that she ...

Petition Calls For Target To Remove T-Shirt That 'Perpetuates Rape Culture'

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.20.2015 | Women

A Milwaukee, WI woman has launched a petition calling for the retail chain Target to stop selling what she believes to be a sexist t-shirt. The petiti...

'Hands Off My Church' Petition Plays On French Fears Over Islam

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion

PARIS (RNS) More than 40,000 French have signed a rousing “Hands off my church” petition in recent days denouncing a Muslim leader&r...

How You Can Help Stop Children From Being Placed In Adult Prisons

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics

It's no exaggeration to say that when teenagers are placed in adult prison, horror results. Huffington Post reporter Dana Liebelson investigated the o...

Why I Didn't Sign

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
SidneyAnne Stone

I don't expect to win any popularity contests with this one but, please, hear me out. We are all very upset about the racial violence taking place in this country but I think it is important not to misdirect that anger and lose focus on the bigger picture.

Why The Affordable Care Act Should Cover Infertility

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Melissa Miles McCarter

A current petition to Whitehouse.gov asks for infertility treatments to be covered by the Affordable Care Act. The fact that it isn't already covered is concerning for a number of reasons.

Watch The Beautiful Moment People With Disabilities Finally Get To Touch The Ocean

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact

Fredrika Menezes loves the beach. But she has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, which makes reaching the waves a challenging task. "It's diffi...

New York City Adoption Agencies Receive Hefty Budget Cuts From Mayor Bill de Blasio

Victor Legrá | Posted 06.28.2015 | New York
Victor Legrá

Last month, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and Gladys Carríon, commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children's Services (A.C.S.), ended their partnership with two of the major adoption agencies of New York City.

Are Diet Sodas Really a Diet Food?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

"I'll have a diet soda with my French fries and double bacon cheeseburger. Oh! And one of those apple things," he added, pointing to a pastry. The guy...

Dietitians, Food and Truth: Winds of Change?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In nutrition, though, we have long allowed foxes to guard the hen house. The easy access of Kraft to an apparent endorsement by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is only the latest example, and by no means the worst.

Talking Barbie Could Eavesdrop On Kids, Critics Warn

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business

Mattel has plans to release a tech-savvy, wifi-connected doll called "Hello Barbie." And, apparently, she can have whole conversations with you. ...

Where Do Gay Dads Fit Into 'Amazon Mom'?

Brent Almond | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

Being a two-dad family, it was a little annoying to see yet one more thing that made us feel invisible. However, we were still jumping through hoops to complete our adoption, and advocating in our home state to legalize same-sex marriage. We had more important battles to wage.

Bacon, Now With Toenails? USDA Inspectors Blow The Whistle On Pork Program

Food Integrity Campaign | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Food Integrity Campaign

Americans love pork. But they'd probably think twice about biting into that slice of bacon or Spam sandwich if they knew about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's high-speed slaughter program.

Why Every Drop in the Bucket Matters

Jennifer Dulski | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Dulski

When people ask me whether their signatures really matter on Change.org, whether a small action like a signature, can really drive change, my answer to them is always, "Absolutely."

IGNITE: Technology Is a Women's Rights Issue

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro

From the Internet to mobile phones, technology enables us to connect with each other and the world around us in new and innovative ways. Yet there is a serious gender gap when it comes to technological access, literacy, and influence.

The 'Stop Bill Maher' UC Berkeley Petition Is How Islamists, Not Liberals, Promote Free Speech

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.03.2015 | Media
H. A. Goodman

The day liberals confuse real talk and passionate debate with bigotry is the day Bill O'Reilly and Fox news shape the narrative of our nation.

Día de los Muertos Is Not Halloween

Daniel Cubias | Posted 12.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

We all are familiar with Día de los Muertos -- the white face paint, the illustrations of grinning skulls, the panoramas of skeleton musicians and dancers. However, there is still great confusion in America about what this holiday actually signifies. Although it takes place at the same time of year as Halloween and shares the theme of ghostly visitors, there are fundamental differences.

UGA Football Overshadows Yom Kippur

Madeline Hill | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Madeline Hill

On Sept. 30, myself, along with four other students at the University of Georgia came together to write a letter on behalf of the UGA Jewish community in response to the University scheduling Homecoming on Yom Kippur.

10 Internet Petitions That Helped The Little Guy Beat The System

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact

Shopping for presents, finding a great restaurant, binge-watching TV shows -- in many ways, the Internet has made life simpler with just a few clicks....

The Fight Against America's Terrible Vacation Policies Is Heating Up

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.07.2014 | Travel

The average American worker barely takes advantage of half of their allotted vacation time, according to a Glassdoor survey released earlier this year...

Feds Must Lead on Lead

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Each year, an estimated 10 to 20 million birds and other animals -- from more than 130 species -- die from lead poisoning, either by ingesting lead shot or fragments directly or by feeding on prey contaminated with fragments of lead ammunition.

President Obama Could Help Save Dying Children, But Apparently He Prefers Budweiser

Tracy Seckler | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Tracy Seckler

On March 27, the very day we reached 100,000 signatures, another petition on the White House's We the People website also hit the mark. Sponsored by Budweiser and promoted through a professional ad campaign, "Declare Major League Baseball Opening Day a National Holiday" has already been graced with an official White House reply.

Mr. Xi Jinping, Please Respect Tank Man's Memory!

Christophe Deloire | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Christophe Deloire

Do you remember the man who stopped a column of 17 tanks on Beijing's Avenue of Eternal Peace in June 1989, the day after the bloody crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests?

The Problem With Petitions: Muslim Edition

Wardah Khalid | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Wardah Khalid

Let's be real. We have a ways to go as a community before things like a national holiday can be requested -- and subsequently fulfilled. It isn't because we are a young community -- not at all. Rather, we as Muslim Americans are simply not involved enough.