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Petitioning Mike Pompeo, Ed Royce, Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher, Alan Lowenthal, Lou Correa, Judy Chu, Zoe Lofgren, Al Green, Sheila Jackson Lee, Pete Olson, Ro Khanna, Pete Sessions, Jimmy Gomez, Kamala Har...

Free Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen

FREE U.S. CITIZEN MICHAEL PHUONG NGUYEN, HELD BY VIETNAMESE GOVT WITHOUT CAUSE Xin xem ở phía dưới cho tiếng Việt We wish to bring your attention to the plight of Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen.  On June 27, 2018, Michael traveled to Vietnam to visit friends and family. However, he did not return on his scheduled flight.  Through various sources, he is presumed to be currently being detained and imprisoned by the Vietnamese government. As of July 27th, Michael has already been missing for 21 days.  The government there refuses to acknowledge his detainment, or share any information about his condition. As of today, we have not been able to confirm his whereabouts or what he was charged with. For any government to incarcerate anyone without any probable cause is a blatant violation of human rights and of international law, especially if the detained is a citizen of another country. Michael, 54, is a U.S. Citizen, father of 4 daughters, an independent business man and an active member of his community and church.  His family is very concern for his safety. We, as U.S. citizens, hereby demand an immediate and unconditional release of Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen. Failure to do so only serves to further discredit the Vietnamese government in the eyes of the international community, and equally important, in the eyes Vietnamese people. We respectfully asked for your assistance in this cause.   ĐÒI HỎI TRẢ TỰ DO CHO CÔNG DÂN HOA KỲ MICHAEL PHƯƠNG MINH NGUYỄN ĐANG BỊ CHÍNH PHỦ VIỆT NAM BẮT GIAM KHÔNG LÝ DO Gia đình chúng tôi khẩn thiết kêu gọi sự quan tâm của tất cả mọi người đến hoàn cảnh của chồng và cha chúng tôi, anh Michael Phương Minh Nguyễn. Từ ngày 27 tháng Sáu năm 2018, anh Michael Phương đã về Việt Nam thăm viếng bạn bè và gia đình. Anh đã không trở về trên chuyến bay đã ấn định. Qua nhiều nguồn tin khác nhau, chúng tôi được biết anh đang bị chính quyền Việt Nam bắt giữ và giam cầm. Tính cho đến ngày 27 tháng Bảy, anh Michael Phương đã biệt tăm 21 ngày. Chính quyền Việt Nam từ chối xác nhận việc giam giữ, hay chia sẻ bất cứ tin tức gì về tình trạng của anh. Và cho đến hôm nay, chúng tôi cũng không xác định được nơi nhà giam nào và anh bị cáo buộc về tội gì. Bất cứ chính quyền nào giam giữ người không duyên cớ đã là một vi phạm trầm trọng đến nhân quyền và luật lệ quốc tế, đặc biệt hơn nữa người bị giam là công dân của một quốc gia khác. Anh Michael Phương, 54 tuổi, là một công dân Hoa Kỳ có bốn người con gái, một doanh nhân độc lập, và còn là một thành viên tích cực phục vụ trong cộng đồng nơi gia đình anh cư ngụ. Gia đình chúng tôi hiện đang cực kỳ lo lắng cho sự an toàn của anh. Chúng tôi, những công dân Hoa Kỳ, đòi hỏi chính quyền Việt Nam trả tự do tức khắc và vô điều kiện cho anh Michael Phương Minh Nguyễn. Việc từ chối sự yêu cầu chính đáng này càng làm chính quyền Việt Nam suy giảm uy tín trong cộng đồng quốc tế; và cũng ngang tầm mức quan trọng là cái nhìn của những người Việt Nam. Chúng tôi khẩn khoản kêu gọi sự hỗ trợ của quý vị trong công tác nhân quyền này.      

Friends of Michael Nguyen
61,058 supporters
Petitioning President Donald J. Trump, Secretary State, US, Mike Pompeo - US Secretary of State, Nikki Haley-US Ambassador United Nations, Christopher Smith, Karen Bass, Ed Royce, Eliot Engel, Bob Corker, Robe...

A PETITION TO DONALD J. TRUMP (POTUS) TO INTERVENE TO STOP GENOCIDE IN SOUTHERN CAMEROONS

As a Citizen/lawful Resident of the United States I am signing this petition to lend my support to the request by the sovereign people of Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia, represented by leaders of its main pro-independence movements before the Administration of President Donald J. Trump and the Congress of the United States, urging Your Excellency Donald J. Trump to: URGENTLY INTERVENE to reaffirm the YES vote cast by USA in passing UN Resolution 1608 (XV) on April 21, 1961 towards the independence of Southern Cameroons by supporting their right to self-determination;URGENTLY INTERVENE in Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia outside the framework of the United Nation Human Rights Council to stop all the ongoing gross human rights abuses and the mounting humanitarian disaster;URGENTLY INTERVENE by deploying through the UN or unilaterally, a US-Led Peacekeeping Mission as an intervention force charged with imposing a ceasefire and ending the ongoing GENOCIDE, ethnic cleansing and targeted elimination of Southern Cameroonians by the brutal regime of French Cameroun led by the 86 year-old dictator, Paul Biya who has held onto power for 36 years and counting. In less than 2 years now, over 200,000 refugees and internally displaced Southern Cameroonians/Ambazonians have been registered with several thousand shot dead or abducted and imprisoned incommunicado by the French Cameroun regime. The world needs to stop another RWANDA style GENOCIDE now.Thank you, President TRUMP, for your TIMELY INTERVENTION to promote PEACE and freedom and arrest the reckless killing of our innocent women and children especially.

Southern Cameroons Interim Government (Federal Republic of Ambazonia)
23,053 supporters
Petitioning DIane Feinstein, Peter Aguilar, Nanette Barragan, Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Ami Bera, Julia Brownley, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Anna Eshoo, John Garamendi, Jimmy Gomez, Kamala Harris, Jared H...

Gabriel's Law

Bill Summary This bill will require the creation and installment of a new student reporting system that will be accessed by all agencies that deal with children, create an educational seminar on child abuse incorporated into their early education curriculum and up through high school, add additional changes to the way Child Protective Services operates, and restrict records for deceased children from being redacted Background We have heard many stories of child abuse and neglect as a nationwide, systemic problem, citing case overloads as part of a bigger issue. According to the 26th Child Maltreatment Report created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1575 child fatalities reported in 2011; 1619 child fatalities reported in 2012; 1551 child fatalities reported in 2013; 1583 child fatalities reported in 2014; and 1585 child fatalities reported in 2015, nationwide.  In 2015, nationwide, 78.61% of those children were all school age or otherwise, < 2 years old. On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez, DOB February 20, 2005, received emergency response services due to full arrest as a result of approximately 8 months of child abuse and neglect at the hands of Pearl Sinthia Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre.  Over the course of 8 months, over 50 reports were phoned into social workers to report abuse that went undocumented and unfounded, along with phone calls made to sheriff’s deputies, in regards to Gabriel.  In particular, Gabriel’s teacher, Jennifer Garcia, made numerous phone calls to the social worker on his case, citing his injuries.  Gabriel succumbed to his injuries on May 24, 2013, in what we know now as one of the worst cases of child abuse known to the United States of America.  On November 15, 2017, Isauro Aguirre was found guilty of 1st-degree murder with special circumstances of torture.  A trial for Gabriel’s mother, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, and the four social workers involved with Gabriel’s case are still pending.  When looking into other child abuse fatalities, it was found that the Department of Child and Family Services began redacting all of their records to prevent the community from researching cases. Transparency is vital to instill confidence in the agencies entrusted to protect children. According to “The economic burden of child maltreatment in the Unites States and implications for prevention” (Child Abuse and Neglect. The International Journal. Fang, Brown, Florence, Mercy 2012), cited by the Center of Disease Control, “The estimated average lifetime cost per victim of nonfatal child maltreatment is $210,012 in 2010 dollars, including $32,648 in childhood health care costs; $10,530 in adult medical costs; $144,360 in productivity losses; $7,728 in child welfare costs; $6,747 in criminal justice costs; and $7,999 in special education costs. The estimated average lifetime cost per death is $1,272,900, including $14,100 in medical costs and $1,258,800 in productivity losses. The total lifetime economic burden resulting from new cases of fatal and nonfatal child maltreatment in the United States in 2008 is approximately $124 billion. In sensitivity analysis, the total burden is estimated to be as large as $585 billion. Findings concluded that the cost of living children who suffered maltreatment, in 2008, estimated a lifetime amount of approximately $210,012, while those whose maltreatment resulted in fatality cost an estimated lifetime amount of approximately $1.3 million.  Problem There is a systematic failure in communication with regards to the safety and welfare of at-risk children who depend on adults to protect them.  Had there been a system in place to allow for all agencies to effectively communicate with one another, and track all reports and documents, in regards to any reported child abuse, that may have helped save Gabriel’s life.  Children depend on adults for protection and safeguarding.  We are in an era of technology where we have need to improve, exponentially, our ability and duties to safeguard children.  Records for child abuse fatalities should be unsealed and social workers who have repeat fatalities need to be investigated and retrained. Solution         I.            A nationwide system needs to be installed, in all schools, child welfare agencies, law enforcement agencies, doctor’s offices, and district attorney’s office, that help mandated reporters create electronic SCAR (Suspected Child Abuse Report), allow the agencies to track reports and status of child abuse. a.      The system shall have an alert for law enforcement and social worker of any extended absence that doesn’t have any parent contact/medical documentation over a 2-day period/as reported by the attending school.  b.      The system shall have an alert for law enforcement and assigned social workers and their supervisors of any non-enrollment of children within a 2-day period.  c.       The system shall have an alert for CPS supervisors for a daily review of any child that has repeated reports. d.      In conjunction with each agency, especially if a school alert comes in, an immediate action plan is put in place to ensure the safety of the child. e.      Doctor’s may flag any injury as possible child abuse which will create an electronic SCAR. f.        District Attorney’s office will have the ability to create customizable reports and alerts based on criteria needed to help with cases and decisions made in regards to court cases and as needed.       II.            A child abuse curriculum needs to be created and implemented starting at early education and moving up through high school.  This curriculum needs to be implemented into the foster system and the juvenile hall system as well.  The curriculum should include a discussion on all forms of abuse, from sexual harassment/sexual assault to all types of child abuse that can occur within the home.     III.            Specific changes need to be made within the Child Protective Services to ensure adequate and complete recording. a.      Assign nurses to social workers for house visits and documentation of any abuse to any child. b.      Social workers assigned to Child Protective Services need to be able to handle the caseloads and demonstrate effective investigative and communicative skills. The requirement is 40 hours of in-service training to advance from CSW II to CSW III. c.       If a worker cannot perform their tasks effectively, there needs to be immediate consequences or corrective discipline to ensure the safety of children in their care. d.      Supervisor technique training needs to be provided to all current and future supervisors, to help ensure supervisory skills.  Additionally, they need to also have all the knowledge of working as a Child Protective Services social worker prior to being a supervisor for that department.  e.      Computer systems must be well maintained and updated on a 5-year basis, to the most current technology, to keep up with efficiency. f.        Any fatalities under a social worker must be thoroughly investigated and the worker must be removed from the Child Protective Services department until uptraining is completed and they can prove themselves capable of the position. g.      Mandatory recorded interviews with social worker, nurse, and interviewee.     IV.            Law Enforcement needs to be accountable and understand that child abuse claims are not only important but need to be documented. a.      Any type of child abuse needs to be reported, via the new system, which will generate a SCAR b.      Any call to a scene should include an address lookup to see if there are children residing at the residence and if there are any child abuse reports made, to make sure they have a well-rounded understanding of what they are walking into. c.       The alert for suspected child abuse reports should be reviewed by Special Victims Unit, or a specific unit, to ensure that follow up.       V.            Educational institutes should have the ability to have access to the system and file reports based on extended absences, tardiness or signs of abuse. a.      Teachers should be able to file a SCAR from their desk in their classroom b.      An alert from school should immediately trigger with Law Enforcement and Child Protective Services.     VI.            Doctor’s office will be able to flag and note a child’s record in ways that will flag agencies depending on the situation. a.      Extended absences will be flagged to go directly to school’s attendance office and immediately alert school of extended absence. b.      The doctor can flag any abnormalities that appear to be child abuse that will create a SCAR to alert Child Protective Services of injuries and suspicions.   VII.            All documents pertaining to a deceased child shall be made available, via an amendment to privacy laws, with all redaction markings removed. VIII.            Increase Statute of Limitations for felony child abuse should be increased from 3 years to 6 years. In Many cases, children are not aware that they are victims to begin with. Often, it is not a single event, but consecutive instances over a span of time which requires that the statute be extended to the point where the victim first files a report of abuse.     IX.            Failure to Report Child Abuse should be changed from a straight misdemeanor to a “wobbler” with a 3 or 6-year statute of limitations. Negligence to report abuse is not an acceptable excuse to prevent a child from obtaining criminal action. Purposefully declining or avoiding to file a report of abuse should be met with the more severe penalty.       X.            Children who are in a coma or dying in manners consistent with murder or suspected foul play must undergo autopsy once deceased.     XI.            Mandatory Child Abuse Education classes for all new welfare applicants.   XII.            Adults living in a household, and witnesses to abuse of any minors within that household, who fail to report or try to prevent abuse to minors shall be charged as follows: a.      Non-fatal injury to child - Accomplice to Child Abuse – min. 1-year b.      Child Abuse resulting in fatal injury – Accomplice to Child Abuse resulting in Fatality – min 10 year. 

Gabriel's Justice
12,435 supporters
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Petitioning Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier...

Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898

We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams.   We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment.   We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon! 

Farmers, Fishers & Friends of Salmon
11,753 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Hillary Clinton, Doug LaMalfa, Connie M. Leyv...

Unhomeless the Homeless in California

Declare Homelessness State of Emergency in California L.A. County Homeless On any given night, there are over 148,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population.  Los Angeles County has the second largest population of homeless people of any region in the United States, according to a government report released Wednesday. In Los Angeles, 600,000 people are considered "severely rent burdened," which means they spend half their income on rent. More than 8,000 people became homeless here for the first time last year, according to the 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report. "We are reaching levels of inequality that we have not seen since the Gilded Age," said Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union. The union helps organize tenant boycotts against things like rent increases and gentrification. Los Angeles County's total — 55,188 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 95 percent of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 25 percent of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2017. The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 57,794 — an increase of 23 percent over the previous count. The HUD report found that on one night in January, nearly one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles. According to the report, overall homelessness increased nationwide this year for the first time in seven years, by slightly under 1 percent compared to 2016. On a given night across the country, 553,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report L.A.'s big increase in homelessness had a significant impact on the national numbers. Between 2016 and 2017, individual homelessness increased by 9 percent (15,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent of this increase. According to the report, Los Angeles County ranked: - second nationally in the percent of unsheltered homeless, at 84.3 percent; - first in the number of individuals who are homeless, at 47,082; - first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,163; and first in the number of homeless veterans (4,476) and percentage of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent). California had 134,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. The report said half the nation's homeless live in California, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors.  Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least  134,278 men, women and children -- 10,000 to 12,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes.More than 53,000 homeless people, or 40 percent of the state’s total, live in Los Angeles County. That number is up from about 36,000 just six years ago. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities.  In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is.  The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way.  Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice. No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home.  Then Share this petition with your friends on social media to spread the word even further. Thank you for your support.

Lori Jean Siebers
4,377 supporters
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Petitioning Donald Trump, Jeff sessions, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Clay Higgins, Joe Manchin, Marco Rubio, Trey Gowdy, Kevin McCarthy, Republi...

Please help prevent this silent attack on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.

Sirs, You may or may not be aware of the impending proposed ruling that is set to be deliberated on after January 25 by the BATFE that is being incorrectly disguised as a ruling on bump fire stocks.  The ruling aims to address any modification to a firearm that increases the rate of fire based on its recoil or operating system. Because the Las Vegas shooting is so fresh in our minds, people naturally assume that this is only to affect bump fire stocks. Whether one is for or against regulating bump fire stocks, this assumption that that is the only thing affected here is absolutely and provably incorrect.  In order to increase the “rate of fire”, there has to be an established “standard” rate of fire. There is currently no such thing as a standard rate of fire for any standard semi automatic firearm or any firearm that can hold more than one round. That is a very subjective thing and no one has yet to even remotely suggest what that definition for rate would be.  And who is to fairly decide what that rate is? I happen to be friends with a professional championship shooter by the name of Max Michel who can fire a semi automatic pistol at roughly 180 rounds per minute.  So does he set the standard rate of fire? Or do we let a 95-year-old elderly person set it where he is firing at a rate of 10 to 20 rounds per minute?   And does the person setting that rate of fire take into account magazine changes? In other words, if the person setting that standard rate of fire is doing so in the state of New York where they can only equip their semi automatic pistols with seven rounds in the magazine, their rate of fire per minute would be much less than mine in the free state of Louisiana because they have to perform magazine changes during that one minute drill and I don’t.  Therefore, due to those magazine changes their demonstrated standard rate of fire would be fewer rounds per minute.  As you can see, the ambiguity of any such ruling is quite frightening to law abiding citizens like me and every other gun owner that I know. All it takes is an overreaching administration in the White House to take ambiguous wording and use it to their anti-gun advantage. I think we have seen examples of this in the very recent past.  Essentially, this type of ruling is an attack on any semi automatic firearm that exists today that is perfectly legal to purchase and owned by millions of people across America. Are you prepared to stand behind a ruling that would make felonies out of millions of your constituents?  We can’t vote for you if we are in jail, but we would vote you out before we go in! The BATFE is currently asking the public’s opinion on these bump fire devices and the public is overwhelmingly obliging if you were not aware. (Click HERE to visit the site.) I would recommend you contact their main office and ask about this.  The disappointing thing to proud Americans and avid voters like myself is that our elected officials - meaning YOU -  are not taking it upon yourself to do your own job and provide legislation that affects Americans and the Constitution. Since when is it the BATFE’s job to institute legislation that affects the Constitution? Isn’t that your job? Are you avoiding your own job and passing that responsibility off to a federal agency that does not possess the power nor authority to make laws? What can millions of voting Americans take from that? As you have seen in the past, Americans take their 2nd Amendment rights much more seriously than petty items such as which bathroom men and women might choose to use.  As an American with the same rights as you, I ask that you please take up the fight to protect our Constitution and tell the BATFE that while they can collect all the public comments they like on bump stocks, they are to only provide those comments and recommendations to Congress and the President to legislate any action that is to take place going forward. That is why we Americans elected you. I do not give you permission to jettison that responsibility off to unelected, unaccountable federal employees.  As a proud American I am hopeful that you accept this responsibility and stand up for honest, law-abiding citizens who - in most cases - only wish to protect themselves and their families.  Respectfully, 2nd Amendment supporter / Voter / Proud American

Legally Armed America
3,818 supporters
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Petitioning Bob Corker, Ed Royce, Jason Chaffetz, Devin Nunes

Congress: Investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election

Recent media reports have stated that the Russian government may have been involved in computer hacks designed to influence the outcome of the 2016 campaign for President of the United States. Additionally, a Russian government official recently admitted that Russia was in contact with President-elect Donald Trump's campaign during the election. These two incidents suggest that potential crimes may have been committed against the American people and undermined the democratic process of electing our president. We urge Congress to immediately hold public hearings and begin investigations into theses incidents to determine what effects they had on the election.

Richard Kirby
3,227 supporters
Petitioning Mike Pompeo, U.S. Department of State, USAID, Marco Rubio, Robert Menendez, Bob Corker, Jeanne Shaheen, Jason Isaacson, Cory Booker, Rand Paul, Ben Cardin, Jeff Flake, Ron Johnson, Cory Gardner, To...

Help Restore Peace in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is in crisis. What initially began as peaceful protests has evolved into countrywide conflicts between unarmed civilians and government paramilitary forces. Sparked by constitutional changes to consolidate power and eliminate political competition along with some of the most rampant and widespread corruption in the region, the people finally had enough when Ortega let precious ecological sites burn down rather than accept help from neighboring countries and imposed controversial social security reforms. More than 100 people, including children, have died since anti-government protests began six weeks ago, several hundred have disappeared and over 1,000 have been injured. Private sector, civil society and activists have banned together to remain steadfast in their demands for justice and the restoration of democratic institutions. Violence has broken out throughout the country. The economy is now at a standstill. Local businesses are being forced to shut their doors and communities are being thrown into despair as tourism has ceased and violence reigns. As in times of civil unrest, women are bearing a disproportionate burden of violent threats. JOIN US in calling on international government leaders, members of the U.S. Congress and Senate, and multi-national corporate executives to raise their voices on behalf of the Nicaraguan people.

Vital Voices Global Partnership
2,788 supporters
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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, Maxine Waters, Jeb Hensarling, Luke Messer, Ann Wagner, Dennis Ross, Randy Hultgren, Mick Mulvaney, Stephen Fincher, Steve Stivers, Bill Huizenga, Lynn Westmoreland, ...

Protect Shareholders. Strike the Financial Choice Act 2.0.

Shareholder democracy is being profoundly threatened by Section 844 of the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0. This new legislation, which was heard by the Congressional Financial Services Committee on April 26 and then passed by the House on June 8, contains a provision that would fundamentally impair investors' rights to file shareholder resolutions. It is now scheduled to be voted on in the Senate. The new rule would permit only a tiny fraction of the globe’s wealthiest investors (those who own more than 1% or more of a company’s stock) to file shareholder proposals. For example, raising the ownership requirement to 1% would leave only 11 investors with enough shares ($3 billion) necessary to file shareholder proposals at Wells Fargo. All other shareholders would be blocked from using their shareholder rights to address equity, justice, sustainability, climate, risk, and good governance issues. Sign our petition and make your voice heard. We will be sending signatures, as well as the letter linked below, to the Senate. Let’s work together to defeat this destabilizing legislation that will profoundly affect consumers, investors, and the economy at large.

As You Sow
2,633 supporters
Petitioning Mark Zuckerberg, Monica Bickert, Ash Kalra, Janet Nguyen, Tamara Le, Phat Bui, Tri Ta, Dean Tran, Human Rights Campaign, Human Rights Watch, Ed Royce, John McCain, U.S. House of Representatives, U....

Facebook: Stop being complicit with Dictators to suppress people (FB đồng lõa với CSVN)

According to Human Rights Watch, Facebook has removed at least 159 Vietnamese activists accounts in 2017. Vietnam now has more than 64 million Facebook users, ranking 7th in the world.According to VOA Vietnamese, at Facebook meeting on January 11,2018 in Hanoi, the Minister of Information and Communications of the Communist Party of Vietnam thanked Facebook for removing more than 670 accounts "reactionary, defaming Party leaders, House ", but added that this is a small number compared with the request that Vietnam has sent to Facebook asking removal of 5,000 accounts.A California State Congressman has sent a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg of the company, alleging that the Vietnamese government is using a cyberattack called Force 47 to silence the dissident. In the letter to Zuckerberg, Congressman Ash Kalra, Democrat from San Jose, accused the social media giant of following the demands of the Force 47th, and was either complicit in the actions of the force, or was actively supporting the removal of content on Facebook favorable to the communist authorities. The Asia Times also posted articles "Facebook puts business before dissent in Vietnam" and "Is Facebook putting profit before freedom in Southeast Asia?" recently. Given Vietnam’s history of squelching free speech and, particularly in recent years, the imprisoning of bloggers and activists who are raising human rights issues.The Vietnamese Communist Party maintains a monopoly on political power and allows no challenge to its leadership. Basic rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion, are restricted or eliminated. Human Rights activists and bloggers in Vietnam face harassment, physical assault , and imprisonment it is critical that Facebook understands the nature of the effort using Force 47th unit to shut down accounts or otherwise shut down free expression on such a vital platform is a dangerous direction and Facebook should be cautious about efforts to shut down accounts or otherwise limit the ability of users to freely use the platform. Countless numbers of activist in America, Europe, Asia who use Facebook and Vietnamese Language to communicate, advocate with people inside Viet Nam also are facing the vicious attacks from Force 47 and 80,000 communist propaganda workers and Facebook's shutting down accounts temporarily or permanently. Few exemple are popular/well liked beautiful ladies Facebookers Lisa Pham (facebook.com/lisapham1993?ref=br_rs) from US anh Anh Chi (facebook.com/nu.pontaultcombault2010) from France. We are asking Facebook supports the Freedom of Speech and Expression and give us the right to voice our good cause and stop being complicit with Vietnamese Communist suppressing people.The ones who are attacking human rights activist should be blocked and shut down not the activists themself.   We are asking Facebookers worldwide support our cause and sign our petition. P.S. You can even help a little more by copy and send this petition to your country local government, your elected representatives. We need help translating to other languages German, French, and many more... We thank you all. ------------------------------------------------------------------ https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=ash%20kalra%20letter%20to%20facebook(Letter from California Congressman Ash Kalra)https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/vietnam(Human Rights Watch Reports)https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=rmdksOFxeL(HWR video)http://www.atimes.com/article/facebook-puts-business-dissent-vietnam/(Asia Times: Facebook puts business before dissent in Vietnam)http://www.atimes.com/article/facebook-putting-profit-freedom-seasia/(Is Facebook putting profit before freedom in Southeast Asia?) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Theo Human Rights Watch, Facebook đã gỡ bỏ ít nhất 159 nhà hoạt động người Việt Nam vào năm 2017. Việt Nam hiện có hơn 64 triệu người sử dụng Facebook, đứng thứ 7 trên thế giới.Theo VOA Việt Nam, tại cuộc họp Facebook ngày 11 tháng 1 năm 2018 tại Hà Nội, Bộ trưởng Thông tin và Truyền thông Đảng Cộng sản Việt Nam đã cảm ơn Facebook đã xóa bỏ hơn 670 tài khoản "phản động, phỉ báng lãnh đạo Đảng, Nhà Nước", nhưng nói thêm rằng đây là con số nhỏ so với yêu cầu mà Việt Nam đã gửi cho Facebook yêu cầu xóa bỏ 5.000 tài khoản. Một Dân Biểu Tiểu Bang California đã gửi một lá thư tới Giám đốc điều hành Mark Zuckerberg của công ty, cáo buộc rằng chính phủ Việt Nam đang sử dụng một cuộc tấn công không gian mạng gọi là Lực lượng 47 để trù dập sự bất đồng chính kiến. Trong bức thư gửi Zuckerberg, Dân Biểu Ash Kalra, Dân Chủ của San Jose, đã cáo buộc cơ quan truyền thông xã hội Facebook tuân thủ các yêu cầu của Lực lượng 47, và cũng là người đồng lõa trong hành động của lực lượng, hoặc đã tích cực ủng hộ việc xóa bỏ nội dung,tài khoản trên Facebook theo lời nhà cầm quyền cộng sản. Theo tờ Asia Times, "Facebook đặt vấn đề kinh doanh trên quyền lợi các nhà bất đồng ý kiến ở Việt Nam" và "Liệu Facebook có xem lợi nhuận trên quyền tự do ngôn luận ở Đông Nam Á?". Với lịch sử Việt Nam ngăn chận tự do quyền ngôn luận, đặc biệt là trong những năm gần đây, việc giam giữ các blogger và cac nhà hoạt động nhân quyền đang gây ra vấn đề xâm phạm nhân quyền trầm trọng. Các quyền cơ bản như tự do ngôn luận, tự do báo chí, tự do hội họp và tự do tôn giáo bị hạn chế hoặc loại bỏ. Các nhà hoạt động nhân quyền và các blogger ở Việt Nam phải đối mặt với hành vi quấy rối, hành hung và tù đày, điều quan trọng là Facebook hiểu được bản chất của nỗ lực sử dụng đơn vị Force 47 để ngăn chận, khóa bỏ tài khoản là một khuynh hướng nguy hiểm và Facebook nên thận trọng về những nỗ lực để đóng tài khoản hoặc giới hạn khả năng xử dụng của các tài khoản. Vô số các nhà hoạt động nhân quyền tại Mỹ, Châu Âu, Châu Á sử dụng Facebook và tiếng Việt để giao tiếp, vận động dân chủ, tư do cho Việt Nam cũng đang phải đối mặt với những cuộc tấn công tồi tệ của lực lượng 47 và 80.000 dư luận viên cộng sản và Facebook đã góp tay treo chức năng, đóng tài khoản tạm thời hoặc vĩnh viễn. Vài ví dụ là  tài khoản Lisa Pham (facebook.com/lisapham1993?ref=br_rs) từ Mỹ, Anh Chi (facebook.com/nu.pontaultcombault2010) từ Pháp. Chúng tôi yêu cầu Facebook tôn trọng, hỗ trợ quyềnTự do Ngôn luận và cho phép chúng tôi có quyền nói lên tiếng nói bảo vệ nhân quyền của chúng tôi và ngừng tham gia, hợp tác vào việc đàn áp  nhân quyền của Cộng sản Việt Nam. Những người đang tấn công các nhà hoạt động nhân quyền như AK47 và Dư Luận Viên nên bị chặn và khóa tài khoản. Chúng tôi yêu cầu Facebookers trên toàn thế giới hỗ trợ ký tên thỉnh nguyện thư này. P.S Các bạn có thể giúp chia sẽ, sao bản Thỉnh Nguyện Thư nảy đến các cơ quan chính quyền, và các dân biểu , nghị sĩ nơi quốc gia bạn cư trú. Chúng tôi cần giúp các bản dịch tiếng Pháp, Đức, Hòa Lan và nhiều ngôn ngữ khác... Chúng tôi cảm ơn tất cả các bạn. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Selon Human Rights Watch, Facebook a supprimé au moins 159 comptes d'activistes vietnamiens en 2017. Le Vietnam compte aujourd'hui plus de 64 millions d'utilisateurs de Facebook, se classant ainsi au 7ème rang mondial. Selon VOA Vietnamese, lors de la réunion Facebook du 11 janvier 2018 à Hanoi, le ministre de l'Information et des Communications du Parti communiste du Vietnam a remercié Facebook pour avoir supprimé plus de 670 comptes "réactionnaires, diffamant les dirigeants du Parti Communiste Vietnamien", mais a prétendu que ce n’ est qu’ un petit nombre par rapport à la demande que le Vietnam a envoyé à Facebook demandant la suppression de 5 000 comptes.Un membre du Congrès de l'État de Californie a envoyé une lettre au PDG Mark Zuckerberg de la direction de Facebook, alléguant que le gouvernement vietnamien utilise une cyberattaque appelée Force 47 pour faire taire les dissidents. Dans la lettre à Zuckerberg, le député Ash Kalra, démocrate de San José, a accusé le géant des médias sociaux de suivre les demandes de la Force 47, d’être complice dans les actions de la force, et contribuait activement à la suppression des contenus sur Facebook à la demande du Gouvernement communiste. Selon le journal The Asia Times, « Facebook met-il les bénéfices qui lui rapportent avant la liberté des dissidents en Asie du Sud-Est? » récemment. Compte tenu de l'histoire de l’oppression de la liberté d'expression au Vietnam et, en particulier ces dernières années, de l'emprisonnement de blogueurs et de militants qui soulèvent des questions de droits de l'homme. Le Parti communiste vietnamien maintient le monopole du pouvoir politique. Les droits fondamentaux tels que la liberté de parole, la liberté de la presse, la liberté de réunion et la liberté de religion sont restreints ou supprimés. Les militants des droits de l'homme et les blogueurs au Vietnam sont harcelés, agressés physiquement et emprisonnés. Il est essentiel que Facebook comprenne la nature de l'effort de la Force 47 qui agit pour fermer des comptes ou fermer la liberté d'expression sur une plate-forme si vitale. Facebook doit être prudent sur les actions visant à fermer les comptes ou limiter la capacité des utilisateurs à utiliser librement la plate-forme.Un nombre incalculable de militants en Amérique, en Europe et en Asie qui utilisent Facebook et la langue vietnamienne pour communiquer avec des personnes à l'intérieur du Vietnam font face aux attaques vicieuses de la Force 47 dont 80 000 propagandistes communistes en font partie et Facebook exécute la fermeture temporairement ou définitivement les comptes des dissidents militants. Quelques exemples sont connus : les Facebookers Lisa Pham (facebook.com/lisapham1993) et Anh Chi (facebook.com/nu.pontaultcombault2010) de France.Nous demandons à Facebook de soutenir la liberté de parole et d'expression et de nous donner le droit d'exprimer notre bonne cause et d'arrêter d'être complice des communistes vietnamiens répressifs. Ceux qui attaquent des militants des droits de l'homme devraient être bloqués et non les activistes eux-mêmes. Nous demandons aux Facebookers dans le monde entier de soutenir notre cause et de signer notre pétition. P.S. Vous pouvez même aider un peu plus en copiant et envoyer cette pétition au gouvernement local de votre pays, vos représentants élus. Nous avons besoin d'aide pour traduire vers d'autres langues allemandes, françaises et bien d'autres ... Nous vous remercions tous.  

Henry Nguyen
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