Stop Car Dealers from Selling Dangerous Recalled used Cars

     —   Alexander’s daughter should be alive. A small fender-bender turned deadly when a defect in her car caused the airbag to explode like a hand grenade,
propelling metal shards into her face and neck. Now Alexander is fighting to make sure defective cars like the one that killed his daughter are kept off
the roads. He’s asking for your support on the petition below.      
  Stop Car Dealers from Being Allowed to Sell Dangerous Recalled Used
Cars     Petition by Alexander Brangman
San Diego, CA
  Sign now with a click     I know the deadly results that can occur when
profits are put over lives.  An unrepaired recalled car killed my beautiful,
talented, treasured daughter Jewel. She was just 26 years old, with a
Master’s Degree and preparing a plan for her Ph.D. at Stanford.  A gifted
gymnast, gymnastics teacher, and model, Jewel was full of life, and devoted to making the world a better place. After receiving her doctorate degree,
she intended to write children’s books and open her own family therapy
But almost exactly four years ago, she was in a fender-bender with
several other cars. Everyone else walked away, and her rental car was not badly damaged, but a defective recalled Takata airbag exploded, like a
hand grenade going off in the car, propelling metal fragments that sliced
an artery in her neck, and she bled to death.

My whole world changed. Now I am on a mission to honor Jewel and her
life, by saving the lives of others endangered by the more than 57 million
unrepaired recalled cars on America’s roads.  No one else should have to
suffer such a horrendous loss, which is why I need your help to tell
lawmakers that dangerous recalled cars don’t belong on the road. 

It’s truly shocking, but car dealers in New Jersey are attempting to eliminate consumer protections in their state, so they can get away with selling cars with deadly safety defects like the ticking timebomb airbag that claimed my daughter’s life. The owners of a mega-dealership conglomerate contributed over $500,000 to a PAC before the election last November, and now the powerful Assembly Speaker, Craig Coughlin and Assemblymember Louis Greenwald are authoring the car dealers’ bill, AB 4292.

I am fighting back, because I believe that everyone who buys a car from a
licensed car dealership deserves to get a vehicle that is at least safe to
drive, even if they can’t afford to buy a car that is brand new, or they simply prefer to buy one that is used.  You shouldn’t have to worry about dealers
charging you top dollar for a car that is hazardous, with life-threatening
defects like catching on fire, steering loss, sticking accelerator pedals, brake failure, or exploding Takata airbags.

Leading national and statewide consumer, safety, civil rights, and
environmental groups are also fighting back.  Plus, the citizens of New
Jersey are on our side in this fight. Polling shows that likely voters in New
Jersey overwhelmingly oppose changing the laws in their state to allow car dealers to get away with selling dangerous recalled used cars, with or
without “disclosure” that merely shifts legal liability onto victims.

It would be a federal crime to sell cars with the same defects, as new cars. They certainly aren’t any safer when they are used. Precious lives are at
stake. Not only the lives of car buyers, but also their families and other
passengers, and others who share the roads.

Please, join me in calling on New Jersey Assemblymen Coughlin and
Greenwald to withdraw the car dealers’ “license to kill” legislation, before
someone else’s daughter or other loved one is seriously injured or killed.     Sign now with a click     Visit petition page      
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Victory on Bump Stocks

Rob Wilcox, Everytown for Gun Safety

Friends —  

Our hard work paid off. Reports from Washington D.C. are that the federalgovernment will prohibit bump stocks.

More than a year after a shooter in Las Vegas used guns equipped with bump stocks to kill 58 people and wound hundreds more, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will take regulatory action to prohibit these gun accessories. Because you took action and put pressure on Washington, our government issued this common-sense regulation — a first step towards stronger action to prevent gun violence.

Our supporters submitted tens of thousands of comments urging the ATF to prohibit bump stocks. You helped make sure that 72% of comments — an overwhelming majority — asked the ATF to make the common-sense decision to prohibit bump stocks.

On the heels of critical elections victories for the gun violence prevention movement just a few weeks ago, this rule on bump stocks is a step in the right direction. We have momentum going into 2019 to take giant steps forward — starting with passing a strong background checks bill to help break the pattern of gun violence in America.

Thank you for being a part of this movement,

Rob Wilcox
Deputy Director, Federal Legislative Campaigns
Everytown for Gun Safety

Speak Out Against Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Rule Change Proposal

  • Identical comments are filtered out and don’t count! Write your own brief, customized comment in order to ensure your comment is read.

  • Make it clear you oppose the rule change because it would hurt someone you love or your community. State your opposition and give a reason why in a couple of sentences.

  • Name at least one part of the proposal specifically. Read more about the rule change below, and CLICK HERE FOR IDEAS AND INSPIRATION from our friends at Healthcare for America Now. There are so many aspects to how this would hurt immigrant families, from healthcare justice to women’s rights to labor to protecting children.
  • Ask 3 friends to join you in making a comment by December 10th, 2018.

About the Rule Change Proposal

The Trump Administration is using every trick in the book to attack immigrant families. In September, Trump’s appointees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed change to the “public charge” rule, which states that government can reject a green card application if they think the applicant is likely to be wholly dependent on government assistance.

There are currently only two benefits considered in “public charge” evaluations: cash assistance (such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for low-income seniors and people with disabilities or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)) and government-funded long-term care in institutions. Plus, even if someone is enrolled in one or more of these programs, immigration caseworkers also consider factors like age, health, education, family support, and income-earning potential when deciding whether someone is likely to become a “public charge.”

The Trump Administration wants to make the bar for “public charge” significantly lower, which would make it harder for people to get green cards and legal permanent resident status:

  • Programs considered expand to almost any type of assistance like Medicaidfood stampsMedicare prescription drug assistance, support for pregnant women and infantsSection 8 housing vouchers, and more;

  • Applicants who use $1,821 or more per year in monetizable benefits during the 3 years before applying would be disqualified from getting residency;

  • New income requirements would mean that a family of four would need to earn about $63,000 annually to safely clear the “public charge” litmus test;

  • The list goes on…  How to Write Your Comment