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Gillian Bird

  • Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations

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Petitioning UNICOR, FPI, White House, Earl Blumenauer, Ron Wyden, Lew Frederick, Kate Brown, Lamar Alexander, Alabama State House, Andrew M. Cuomo, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Louie Gohmert, Joaquín Castro, Michael...


We have had many successes recently in progressing cannabis laws - which are to be celebrated. However, we can’t celebrate the progress without acknowledging the travesties that are still happening daily.  There are literally millions of Afro American men and women sitting in jails and prison cells because of the failed war on drugs. While our representatives in Congress focus on banking, interstate commerce, and states’ rights, human beings are being incarcerated and enslaved by corporate prisons for possession of a plant, the majority of which are Afro Americans.  For instance, Corvain Cooper is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana-related charges.   According to the ACLU, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply possessing marijuana.  Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Despite roughly equal usage rates, Black people are 3.73 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana. Over half of those arrests were of black males between 2001 and 2010. Let that number sink in for a minute.  We need to create a plan that releases these people from prisons and jails throughout the United States. It is imperative that every state that passes tax and regulation laws also includes the release of those serving time for non-violent cannabis convictions. We need to focus on getting those incarcerated for non-violent cannabis charges released so they can start their lives again with their loved ones.  Corporate prisons in the US profit an average of $39,000 per incarcerated person per year. In New York, they profit $60,000 per person. It’s unjust and needs to end.  It’s time to start righting the wrongs of cannabis prohibition and the prison industrial complex. Every time a state considers “legalizing” cannabis, the first consideration needs to be for the men and women who have been locked up and removed from society for the same plant they are planning on collecting billions of dollars in taxes on.  Please sign the petition to let your voice be heard - no legalization without every non-violent cannabis prisoner’s release. If you want to continue the support for this effort further please contact the National Cannabis Diversity Awareness Convention by email (NDACPDX@GMAIL.COM)  

Mss Oregon
19,456 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Dr. Ben Carson, Dr Michael Gannon, European Commission, Amnesty International Australia, Gillian Bird

Dr Tedros Adhanom is director of WHO. He is working vigorously to eradicate the COVID-19

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), has become the public face of the global fight against coronavirus. A former health minister and foreign minister of Ethiopia, he was elected in May 2017 as the WHO’s first African director-general, vowing to make universal health care his central priority. Dr. Tedros was born in Asmara, Eritrea. Dr Tedros became a member of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which was in the vanguard of the 1991 overthrow of Ethiopia's Marxist dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam. Now 55, he holds a doctorate of philosophy in community health and a master of science in immunology of infectious diseases, both from British universities.  As the health minister of Ethiopia, he has spearheaded the health sector reform in his country and providing exemplary leadership. He has galvanized bilateral and multi-sectoral partnerships that culminated in his country achieving the millennium development goal for child survival; He has forged regional partnerships and generating global momentum for accelerating sustainable development; Dr. Tedros’s leadership has brought outstanding achievement in the reduction of child mortality in Ethiopia, a successful malaria control program, through the Health Extension Program which countries in Africa are taking it as a model for reduction of morbidity and mortality in the general population and in women and children in particular. Since taking the helm of WHO, he has instituted reforms at the U.N. agency’s headquarters in Geneva and 150 country offices, with a total of 7,000 staff. Tedros prides himself on going into the field to support WHO operations, making 10 trips to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo during its 19-month-old Ebola epidemic, now close to being halted. Weeks after the new coronavirus emerged in China, he flew to Beijing, returning with a commitment for transparency from the chines government. He has also done a great job waking up the world about the impending pandemic and rung the alarm bell loud and clear. Dr. Tewodros’s experience and leadership quality have already been tested for at least a decade. He showed his strategies with remarkable results. We reject and denounce all politically motivated attacks on Dr. Tedros, and attempt to tarnish his exemplary leadership and reputation. He knows that the WHO's success in tackling global health crises depends on the co-operation of the organization's 194 member states.

Kirubel Anteab
1,797 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, Gillian Bird

Pass the United Nations Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights Resolution

In 2016, with the help of the community, I successfully petitioned the United States Congress to pass the Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights. Together, we codified civil rights for 25 million rape survivors in America. Now I’m asking you to take this movement global.   Sexual violence is a universal issue that demands international recognition. In fact, 1.3 billion people are sexual assault survivors. The United Nations (UN) was founded to protect the equality of all people, regardless of who they are or where they live. Yet, the UN General Assembly has never passed a resolution focused solely on sexual violence. At Rise, we believe justice should not depend on geography. Basic protections against sexual violence and access to justice should be available to everyone, no matter their gender, age, nationality or citizenship. Around the world, protesters are marching to demand recognition and justice for survivors who are denied basic rights and access to justice. Countries are actively reforming sexual violence legislation to improve survivors’ access to justice. This represents a growing global consensus that survivors of sexual violence deserve certain basic rights. For the first time in history, an UNGA Sexual Violence Survivors’ Rights Resolution would enshrine that survivors’ rights are fundamental human rights: With the passage of this United Nations resolution, we will bear witness to all survivors in their pursuit of justice, guaranteeing basic civil rights protections and absolving them of any custom, tradition or religious consideration that may delay or diminish this pursuit. But we need your help. Please sign this petition and demand the leader of your member nation take appropriate steps to review the plight of sexual violence and the injustice survivors face.  Thank You. Amanda Nguyen

Amanda Nguyen
310,303 supporters
Petitioning Gillian Bird, Alun Cairns MP, Cairns city, Innisfail , Cairns Crime and justice Action Group, Dean morezone, Magistrates court qld, Cairns magistrates court

Judge Dean Morezone is a threat our community. Let off pedophiles with no repercussions.

District court Judge Dean P Morezone is a threat to our community as well as the child sex offenders he has let off with no repercussions for Child Sex Crimes in relation to Child Abuse material. Two particular cases he has excercised his support for these child sex crimes by no means of punishment for child sex predators like Dennis Gerad Brincat of Innisfail who was let out into the Innisfail community after he was found with numerous photographs of child exploitation material. 18 months suspended sentence and 18 months probation. Dean Morezone claimed that Brincat is "improving" as his material was not a "category 4" unlike his original offence. Prision is "unlikely to have an impact". Said Morezone as he let a repeate offender back into the Innisfail community with no regard for the children in the community.  Mark Adam Tate of Woree High School Cairns. Due for trial in district court on one count of possessing child exploitation material linked to a series of videos on his phone of underage girls. These two cases are alarmingly similar. Jason Dale Larkin was a teacher at the Woree High School who pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing child exploitation material and one count of using a mobile service to access child pornography material.  High profile people who are supposed to protect and serve our community are the biggest threats to our children. As a mother of girls i dont feel safe knowing District Judge Dean P Morezone is letting repeate offenders back into our community with no repercussions at all. Dean is a male himself. Why are male Judges in control of every child sex case in Cairns and Innisfail; when they have no compassion for these children.  Our judicial system is corrupt and is run my males like District court judge Dean P Morezone who act like up standing citizens of society but are in fact the real threats to our children. Why are our judges so corrupted? When will these offenders be held accountable? When will our children be safe? Why do judges support this behaviour?  Why is it ok to possess child exploitation material with no jail time? Why are predetors being let back into the community with no rehabilitation or mandatory psychological help? How many children have been exploited?  Children deserve better than what Dean Morezone is allowing. Children deserve to be hear and seen. Children are not materials. Children shouldn't be subjected to this abuse at the hands of our community leaders.  Why has nobody held community leaders accountable for the criminals they let back into society? High profile people who are in a position to help the community of Cairns and Innisfail are causing children to be exploited and are allowing this to continue because nobody stops them?!?  If you feel there is an issue surrounding this please share and sign. It takes 2 minutes but that 2 minutes can change a lifetime of abuse for some children. Lets get a formal complaint against District court judge Dean P Morezone.  We need collective community support to see the changes we need. Lets try and amend the way these corrupt judges punish child sex predators.  Thankyou kindly for your support.       

taileen finta
980 supporters