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Petitioning Naheed Nenshi, John Tory, Jim Watson, Barack Obama, Amnesty International Australia, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, ...

Free Ahed Tamimi

My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her.  When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested.  We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now.  The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough.  Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing.  I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws.   She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent.  To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human.  what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?

Nasri Akil
68,583 supporters
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Petitioning The Walt Disney Company

Hosts of "The View" - Apologize for your insulting comments about the nursing profession.

On September 14, during a discussion regarding Sunday's Miss America pageant, Michelle Collins and Joy Behar thoughtlessly made some incredibly rude comments about the original monologue Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson performed during the talent portion of the contest that not only insulted her, but the hundreds of thousands of other men and women around the world who don their nurse "costume" and "doctor stethoscope" every day to compassionately and vigilantly provide care for patients from all walks of life, suffering from countless different medical issues. Ms. Johnson's heartfelt story of her experience with a patient suffering from Alzheimer's touched the hearts of many viewers, and many of the nurses and healthcare professionals watching were able to relate to her on a very personal and meaningful level - much more so than with the ladies showcasing their talents in music and other various forms of art and entertainment. It was very inspiring to see a woman willing to abandon tradition and speak about a situation so dear to her heart, bringing honor to her chosen profession and proving that she is so much more than just a pretty face. Ms. Collins referred to the monologue as Ms. Johnson "basically reading her emails", and Ms. Behar questioned why she was wearing "a doctor's stethoscope" around her neck. Both of these ladies are quite obviously entirely ignorant as to what exactly the profession of nursing entails, and what exactly those "doctor's stethoscopes" we wear around our necks are used for. As nurses, we are highly trained to use our stethoscopes to assess the various sounds made by the human anatomy, and to know when those sounds are abnormal and may indicate something is failing within our patients' bodies. With our stethoscopes, we are able to ensure that a brand-new infant's lungs are fully developed and functioning properly, and to know when an elderly loved one's heart has ceased to beat and they have departed this world. We are able to determine from the sounds made by a patient's intestines whether they may be suffering from a life-threatening bowel obstruction and require immediate intervention. In fact, many doctors often have to borrow our stethoscopes during the ten minutes a day they are with the patients that we care for around the clock. For these privileged women who have never done a meaningful day's work in their lives to sit upon their pedestals and act as though we merely exist to babysit patients while the doctors are busy is insulting to those of us who have dedicated our lives to this time-honored and trusted profession. Many have been hurt and offended by the flippant attitudes of these women, and we as nurses and supporters of the nursing profession believe an on-air apology from Ms. Behar and Ms. Collins is in order. I am certain when they inevitably find themselves or a family member in poor health and in need of the tender loving care that only a dedicated nurse can provide, they will see our profession as one worthy of their respect and admiration, and will see the art of nursing for the talent it truly is. And despite their hateful comments, we will be there to care for them just as we would our own family members, because our profession, our passion - and indeed, our talent - is caring for those in need. Addendum - 9/16/15: After seeing the response from the ladies on The View today, we are still waiting for the apology we have petitioned for; one that actually contains the word "sorry", perhaps? All the ladies managed to do today is further insult our intelligence with their claim that we "misunderstood" their intent, "weren't listening" properly, or "took it out of context". We are nurses, ladies and gentlemen. A huge part of our job is listening: to our patients and their bodies, to their families, to doctors, to our fellow nurses! Listening, critical thinking, and communication are some of the most fundamental skills all nurses possess. It seems far more likely that these ladies did not properly communicate their true meaning, than that thirty-five thousand (and counting!) healthcare professionals and supporters all managed to "misunderstand" or "weren't listening". However, rather than admit their mistake and accept responsibility, they preferred to backpedal and lay the blame at our feet - and wait until halfway through the show to do so! It is also clearly no coincidence that they segued from discussing how comedy has no limits and many people take things too seriously, into addressing this issue. We do not accept their non-apology, and will continue to boycott the show and bring attention to the hosts' ignorance until we receive a proper, sincere apology. 

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Petitioning NEW YORK TIMES, CNN, Associated Press, CBS, NBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, ABC, MSNBC, Washington Post, LA Times

Stop Calling Immigrant Prisons "Detention Centers"

My name is Sylvester Owino, and I was in “immigrant detention” for 9 years. My name is Carlos Hidalgo, and for a year and half I was incarcerated in “immigrant detention centers.” That is what the media, government, and for-profit prison companies who run these facilities call them, but in reality, these are immigrant prisons. These prisons incarcerate children, families, and members of our community.  People in immigrant prisons are not serving a sentence, but simply awaiting the outcome of our request to stay in the US. Those of us who have lived behind the locked gates and barbed wire know that the term “detention center” does not accurately describe the conditions and truth of what happens on the inside. We, who have survived these brutal places, are requesting that media organizations - The Associated Press, The New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post, and other influential media outlets, call these facilities what they are: immigrant prisons. Until we are honest about the fact that these are prisons, the inhumane conditions inside will continue to be covered up by the term “detention center,” and the corporations running the facilities will continue to make millions off of the suffering of the people inside.  If these are harmless “detention centers” … Why do they look like prisons, why are they run like prisons, and why are they owned by prison companies? We were incarcerated in facilities run by the two largest for-profit prison companies in the country. Carlos was in GEO Group’s Adelanto immigrant prison, and Sylvester in CCA’s Otay immigrant prison in San Diego, among other facilities. We both experienced countless human rights abuses. We worked for the for-profit prisons for $1 a day, cleaning and cooking. Carlos was put in solitary confinement for 6 days for organizing a hunger strike to protest inhumane treatment. Sylvester filed complaints on behalf of friends who were beaten by guards.   In Adelanto immigrant prison, 3 people have died in the last 7 months, and 6 people have attempted suicide since December 2016.  Dozens of us have gone on hunger strikes to try and change things. In order to end the abuse, we must first call them prisons and then close them. Starting with Adelanto. Sylvester & Carlos Supported by: o Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, IEIYC o Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, ICIJ o Freedom for Immigrants

Sylvester Owino, Carlos Hidalgo, and #SchoolsNotPrisons
46,729 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, United Nations, Council of the European Union, Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, UNICEF, Department of Justice,...

China: Release the 1 Million Uyghurs Detained in Nazi-Style Concentration Camps

China: Release The 1 Million Uyghur Detainees Held Illegally In Nazi-Style Concentration Camps   By  Torchlight Uyghur Group  (Mesheluyghur@gmail.com) www.facebook.com/torchuyghur/  https://twitter.com/torch_uyghur http://blog.freedomsherald.org/ This Petition Is Also Available In The Following Languages: Turkish (Turkçe), German (Deutsch), Japanese (日本語),  Chinese (中文), Traditional Chinese (繁体字), French (Français), Arabic (عربى), Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە), Slawyan (Kiril), Russian(Pусский) January 20th, 2018        Many media organizations around the world have recently reported that a large portion of the Uyghur population is being detained either in jails or in so-called “re-education camps” (http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ while their children are being kept in countless orphanages in the East Turkestan.   Recently, we have learned from official sources inside East Turkestan that the number of the Uyghurs currently being held in these Nazi-style political “re-education” concentration camps is more than 800,000.  That is a number known officially inside East Turkestan, but all the unofficial numbers we obtained from various sources exceed one million. According to the 2010 Chinese census, the Uyghur population in East Turkestan was 10,000,370 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinjiang This means that about 10% of the current Uyghur population is locked up.  The conditions of the concentration camps are horrific because of the fact that such a large number of Uyghurs are locked up in relatively small and crowded spaces. We were told by several people who fled China recently that people even cannot lie down during the night with their backs on the floor; instead, they have to sleep sideways with all the adjacent bodies touching one another. We have also learned from some Uyghurs who recently lost their close relatives in the concentration camps that a significant number of Uyghurs are losing their lives in those camps every day. The families of the victims are just receiving their dead bodies from those overcrowded concentration camps. The local authorities are not giving back the bodies of the younger Uyghurs died, instead, just burying them in the nearby empty fields. These are just a few of the many examples of the horrible conditions in these concentration camps.   How did those more than one million people end up in jails, concentration camps and orphanages?  It is extremely difficult to obtain such information in China, but we have managed to get information on some individual cases from the relatives of those victims’ living outside China (The report titled “Political persecution of the Uyghurs – Brief description of some individual cases” at http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ The Uyghurs are one of the ancient peoples living in the heart of Asia. They have a long and proud history, and a rich culture. Throughout the history, the Uyghurs have been a great contributor to the world peace and prosperity.  Due  to their geographical location along the famous Silk Road, they have been a major force in the cultural exchange between the East and the West. We strongly believe that the Uyghurs are an indispensable part of the wider international community and will continue such contribution to the world’s ethnic and cultural diversities in the future. Similarly, the Uyghurs will contribute to the world's peace and prosperity, just as they have done in the past. Therefore, the Uyghurs have every right to live in peace with dignity, and to continuously prosper, as any other nations on the surface of our mother Earth. However, in the recent decades, the Chinese government has banned the Uyghur language from its use at all levels of education in East Turkestan, outlawed Uyghur literature (by banning and burning historical and literature books written in the Uyghur language), restricted, criminalized and attempted to eliminate Uyghurs’ religious belief and practice, and has systematically flooded East Turkestan with Han Chinese migrants in the name of “developing the West”, and thereby marginalized the Uyghurs in their own homeland.  And now the Chinese government is openly killing the Uyghur people, too, in those Nazi-style Chinese concentration camps by implementing a state-sponsored ethnic cleansing policy.  If we don’t get help immediately from the United Nations and from the international community to stop the Chinese government from what they are doing towards the Uyghurs in East Turkestan, the Uyghurs will keep dying and disappearing in large numbers in those Chinese concentration camps (http://www.freedomsherald.org/ET/images/image201801_13.jpg and will soon face an unprecedented threat to their very existence. Therefore, we appeal to all the international communities and human rights organizations not to ignore the Chinese government’s crimes against humanity – the crimes currently being committed against the innocent Uyghur people.  We appeal to the United Nations and other international human rights organizations to demand the Chinese government to release those  1 million Uyghurs, and send investigation teams to East Turkestan and find out: ●      Where are those jails, concentration camps and orphanages? ●      Why and where those one million Uyghurs are being detained? ●      What are they eating and where and how are they sleeping? ●      What are they doing during the day? ●      What are their current health conditions? ●      What are the current death rates among the detainees? ●      What is happening to the children/siblings/parents of the people held in jails and concentration camps?  We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment.  As such, we cannot defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone.  We need the support of the global community.  If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today.  Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you!  About the Uyghur People and East Turkestan:  East Turkestan is the homeland of the Uyghur people. It has been under the communist China' s occupation since 1949. East Turkestan is located in the Central Asia, and borders China and Mongolia to the east, Russia to the north, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to the west, and Tibet to the south. The landmass of East Turkestan is bigger than whole Western Europe. Its colonial name is “Xinjiang”, which means "the new territory" or "the new frontier" in Chinese. China officially designated the East Turkestan a Uyghur autonomous region in 1955, but in reality it has never become a genuine autonomous region. The Chinese government reported the number of the Uyghur population in East Turkestan as 10,000,370 (refer to the 2010 Chinese census), but some Uyghur sources estimate the real population of Uyghurs to be around 20 million.  

Torchlight Uyghur Group
44,186 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump

Safe Air in the Air, Quest for Airlines to Ban NUTS.

In August 2017 I almost lost my life. I have severe food allergies, many of which can lead to a life threatening anaphylactic reaction. On the flight home from our family vacation the airlines served roasted mixed nuts without any announcement.  The stewardess stated she was not serving "peanuts" when I told her I was allergic to all nuts.  Despite calling the airlines in advance to make them aware of my severe nut allergy.  The representative had reassured us that our flights would not be serving any nuts as they no longer do this.  She was sadly mistaken.     My lips became pallor, my voice started to become raspy and I began to have a difficult time breathing.  I took what Benadryl I had and two Epi-pens.  The airlines has no protocol for anaphylactic reactions.  My husband had to ask if they had oxygen.  Another stewardess applied ice to the back of my neck  while wearing latex gloves.  I'm allergic to latex potentially making my reaction even worse.  My husband was asked to make the decision to divert the plane.  He did fearing a secondary reaction.  I shook violently from the Epinephrine and unable to talk I could not correct the medics when they said I consumed peanuts.  Not once did I touch or eat the nuts.  In route to the hospital my Glasgow coma scale went down to a 3, the lowest score and completely unresponsive.  My husband covered our kids eyes as they wheeled my lifeless body into the hospital as they continued to ventilate my lungs.  I was admitted for observation with elevated vitals.  My family was stranded with nothing or anywhere to stay.   All the shaking aggravated my previous medical condition, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.  To no avail physical and occupational therapy and botox injections did not help this time.  On December 21st at Johns Hopkins I had a first rib resection, scalene and pectoral minor release.  I struggle to this day to hold my son or daily normal activiies.  My daughter and I struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and are going to therapy. So many people do not understand the severity of food allergies because they themselves do not know someone that is affected by a life-threatening allergy.  The lack of knowledge can fester anger over a mere snack however I believe their feelings would be different if it were their loved one.  It's something no one chooses to have or want.   There is a huge misconception that a nut allergy is only to peanuts when it can be all nuts.  Some reactions can be so deadly that they do not have to be consumed.  I'm lucky to be alive today and I believe it's because its to have Safe Air in the Air, Quest for Airlines to ban NUTS.  Protocols need to be in place and change needs to happen on what can be served on airplanes.  Can we all be safe while flying in the air.  Can airlines not serve other snacks besides nuts.  Why does it have to be the snack of choice?  We protect our children in schools can we not do the same for those who are flying 30,000 feet in the air.  Please sign and share my petition and help make the vital changes to the airline industry and help educate those who do not know how detrimental it can be by sharing my story https://www.facebook.com/1411750451/posts/10217183835973944/  Please help me save another life. 

Tricia Powell
41,456 supporters