- Former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton is a former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States.
- Former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton is a former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States.
Commit to act for paid family leave for all in your first 100 days
Under ordinary circumstances, two mothers as different as we are would never have met. One of us is from Oklahoma and is a registered Republican. The other is an unmarried liberal who lives in Brooklyn. But tragedy has a way of bringing people together. Last year, we both lost our babies, infant sons who died at daycare, after we’d left them in childcare to return to work. Neither of us wanted to leave our babies when we did, at mere weeks old, not yet. But neither of us had the luxury of choice. Our respective employers would not grant us any more time for parental leave, and we couldn’t afford to quit our jobs. So, reluctantly, on an April morning in Oklahoma, baby Shepard was left at daycare. A childcare worker swaddled him for a nap, placed him in a car seat, and didn’t check on him. He slipped down and suffocated, still too little to lift up his own head. Just as reluctantly, in July, baby Karl was dropped off for his first day at daycare near his mother’s Manhattan office. When she came back to feed him at noon, Karl’s lips were blue and a childcare worker was performing CPR. A medical examiner could not determine why this healthy baby died. 1 in 4 American moms have no choice but to return to work just two weeks after the birth of a child. 87 percent of parents have no access to paid leave through their employers. No parent should have to choose between leaving their baby too soon and making ends meet. Given that 73% of Republicans, 87% of independents and 96% of Democrats agree it is important for Congress and the president to consider a family leave insurance system, we are jointly calling on the candidates for president, Republican and Democrat, to publicly commit that, if elected, they will take action for national paid family leave policy in their first 100 days in office. Most babies don’t die in day care, of course. But, as it turns out, our instinct that Karl and Shepard would be safer if we could have stayed with them a little longer was not wrong. An important study released last week found that for each additional month that a woman has paid parental leave, infant mortality goes down 13 percent. America has the highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized nation in the world. Paid leave, in countries that have implemented it, has dramatically lowered infant death rates. But beyond this, parental leave is good for our children. When Norway began offering paid parental leave, there were dramatic long-range effects: children had lower high school dropout rates, higher rates of college attendance, and higher incomes at age 30. American babies whose mothers don’t have maternity leave are less likely to be taken to the doctor, and less likely to be breastfed. Toddlers of parents without access to paid leave have more behavioral problems, and score lower on cognitive tests. Every American baby would be safer, healthier, and have a better start in life if given time with their mother or father during the first months of life. If our political leaders claim to be pro-family, they need to put families first by supporting paid family leave. In the richest country in the world, we should not have sobbing mothers leaving their premature babies in the NICU because they have to return to their jobs. We do not need to tear babies from their mothers’ arms before they can even hold up their own necks. Parental leave is a necessity, not a perk. Join us, a mom from Oklahoma and a mom from Brooklyn, in calling upon the presidential candidates of both parties to publicly commit that, if elected, they will take action for paid family leave policy in their first 100 days in office. Through our great loss, we are now united to fight for change. We charge our leaders, both Republican and Democrat, to enact laws that protect the right of every American baby to have the loving care of a parent during the fragile first months of their life.
Free Jason Puracal, an Innocent American in Nicaraguan Prison
Jason Puracal is an American citizen who is literally fighting for his life in a maximum security prison in Nicaragua. He has been wrongfully imprisoned there since November 2010 - sentenced to 22 years on sham charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime. Not one shred of evidence was found linking him to any of these illegal activities. After nine months of unlawful delays, on August 29, 2011, Jason was declared guilty in a closed door trial that barred the media and family members from attending. Today he struggles to survive in a deadly prison called La Modelo. Jason has repeatedly declared his innocence and the prosecution’s own witnesses at trial demonstrated that he did not commit the crimes with which he was charged. The police witnesses testified they never recovered any drugs in his possession or in his office, home, or truck. The independent California Innocence Project, which reviews some 2,000 cases from inmates claiming wrongful conviction annually, chose Jason’s case as one of 10 it agreed to work on this year. Right now Jason is languishing in a small, filthy cell with seven other men. The prison officials have denied him edible food and drinkable water on a daily basis. As a result, he has lost more than 30 pounds. A hole in the corner of the cell serves as toilet, sink, and shower drain. Exposed electrical wires frequently spark inside the cell. Also, an inmate was recently murdered by another inmate just feet from Jason’s cell. Wrongful convictions occur in every criminal justice system around the world, but if we, as a global neighborhood, shine a light on the cases, perpetrators (such as the Nicaraguan police and convicting judge, in this case) will think twice before wrongfully convicting another innocent American. We ask you to sign this petition to demand that the Nicaraguan Government will both ensure the case is thoroughly and independently reviewed by prosecutors, and immediately improve the conditions under which Jason is detained. Jason's family is struggling financially to keep their defense effort alive. After you sign this petition, you can donate at: www.FreeJasonP.com" __________________________________________________________
Rename Fire Ants to Spicy Boys!!!
It's 2018, there are 36 genders, bayblade might be a new olympic sport, and Big NiBBa could destroy the world, so why arent we calling fire ants 'spicy boys'
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?
Stop the modern day slavery of Migrants. Bring back our Youths from Libya.
This ongoing Slavery and Human Trafficking of youths (men and women) going on for a while now in Libya has to stop. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. It is dis heartening seeing black people being sold by Africans in Africa all in a bid to get to Europe dangerously by dessert and sea. Europe is full and have their own problems at the boarders too. We need boots on ground sounding the alarm that it is dangerous. Those trying to escape are poor and have no TV or access to what is out there. Also we need to remand the people in Africa deceiving the migrants and collecting their money with promises of Europe in the first place. Intensive work needs to be done by the Nigerian government and the governments in West/ east / north Africa to get the migrants out of Libya and more importantly tighter security at the african boarders to prevent the migrants trying to escape to Europe illegally.
Create more marine protected areas to reduce effect of overfishing on oceanic ecosystems
Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction and it is a serious issue that is often ignored. It is a problem within the United States but even worse outside of it. Some stocks of large fish have decreased by about 90% in the past 60 years. Overfishing leads to so many deaths of fish (especially large fish) that the oceanic ecosystems are being negatively impacted. By protecting more areas in the ocean and creating more "no fishing" areas across oceans, the effect of overfishing would be reduced and fish populations may begin replenishing themselves. More than 85 percent of the world's fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them. The creation of more "no fishing" zones would only be a step towards stopping overfishing and its harms. Overfishing is an issue that affects everyone, not only fish; it is in everybody's best interest to keep the fish populations healthy.
U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments: Stop Silencing Syrian Voices! #FreeSyriasNet
Every day, Syrians are risking their lives to broadcast pictures and videos of the uprising -- but because of U.S. sanctions on Syria, they don't have access to essential technologies that would protect them from being spied on and tracked down by the Syrian government - often with the use of computer viruses. By easing current sanctions, the U.S. can help Syrian activists share information more safely. Because of U.S. sanctions, Syrian people are denied access to tools important to their online safety and security, such as anti-virus software and automated security updates. Syrians can't make purchases in Apple's App Store for their Apple products and it isn’t even possible to target Syrians with online advertising and PSAs on platforms like Facebook. Widely used products like Java, Yahoo Messenger, and mobile app stores like Google Play, which host important tools such as the Guardian Project's popular anti-censorship tools, do not have essential automatic security updates. Western governments and private corporations have publicly committed to helping Syrian activists, but the reality described by activists on the ground—and documented recently by the Washington Post —does not always match the rhetoric. Recent statements from the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) have made it clear that it is U.S. Government Policy that these tools should be available. Yet many vital platforms and tools remain inaccessible, because the sanctions are too complex and most companies fear harsh penalties of up to $1m per infractions. As Syria undergoes unprecedented political upheaval, there is an opportunity for the Departments of Commerce and Treasury to review existing export controls, examining current language and licensure mechanisms, to address the concerns of private companies and reduce the barriers to licensing. We ask that Commerce and Treasury consider: • Granting a new general license to provide broader, clearer, and more explicit exemptions on personal communications and security technologies, balancing legitimate concerns over cryptography and financial transactions with the need to protect the safety of at risk populations. • Streamlining the licensing process for both companies and non-governmental organizations, and offer clearer formal and informal guidance to companies on licensing procedures. Please join me and other human rights advocates from Syria and across the world in calling on the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Commerce to rise to the challenge.
Protection for abuse victims of Narcissistic Personality Disordered individuals.
The #shaneslaw committee had originally included the identity of the victims on this petition. So, for no reasons other than to protect the identity of the surviving widow we removed personal identifying information except what the widow of the victim allows. Any and all communications by State and Local Representatives, Media, Mental Health Organizations, Legal Support and Supporters and contacting the victims widow can be made directly to this email: firstname.lastname@example.org ** If you need immediate help PLEASE go to your local domestic abuse shelter or go to family or if you have the means, just get as far from your abuser as possible. Blog: NPDAWARENESS ORG --------------------------------- On March 14, 2016, a Spring, Texas resident resident, and United States Air Force Veteran, took his life after suffering over a decade of abuse from a Narcissistic Personality disordered individual (determined by specific patterns of behavior exhibited by those with this disorder) that continued even after that relationship ended in fall of 2013. Both the victim and his new wife became targets, being harassed only to make their lives as difficult as possible. When the abuser could no longer get a response from the target, the harassement was then directed to another closest to the victim.... his wife. The victims fought hard within the legal system to end the harassment, but were repeatedly told nothing could be done unless there was a threat of death involved. They suffered through smear campaigning, stalking, online harassment, slander, defamation, invasion of privacy, displaying of personal, medical, and financial information on blogs online, cyberbullying, cyberstalking, intimidation, job loss, hacking, credit monitoring, accessing of credit/auto accounts, and so much more. The victims relocated twice within one year to "hide" their location, but the abuser would somehow find their whereabouts. The abuser hacked into a personal cloud acct while the victims were vacationing, accessed a folder labeled with the abusers name containing all incriminating evidence against them and deleted it, then wiped devices and password protected them. The abuser actually even made their actions known on a blog publicly. Fortunately the missing information was backed up through an Apple time capsule device and all was retrieved intact. The abuser constantly made threats of litigation of defamation and harassment against the victims, but the victims were never worried about the latter. The abuser could never provide one shred of evidence of reported harassment. The worst part is that the abuser claimed to be the victim of stalking and harassment in order to gain attention, support, and sympathy from their followers (which is a typical behavior of Narcissistic Personality disordered individuals). Despite the mounting evidence collected by the victims, neither the law nor the courts would or could help, including the civil suit filed by the victims against their abuser. Even with standing legal documentation in place, the harasser continued their behavior. The victims were told to "continue documenting, collecting, and make reports." Even during this time, the victim had been threatened by his abuser that his long time career in IT with a large government financial entity would be in jeopardy as well as his financial well being for his refusal to communicate in anyways with his abuser. The abuser followed through with their threat. A "complaint" was made to his employer just 5 days after his decision to go "No Contact" with his abuser. (The abuser was a former employee of the same company). He felt he was wrongly terminated based on information based on "half truths" and private medical information by his abuser. The victim became even more anxious and agitated from the loss of his longterm career. The victim, an Air Force Veteran, diagnosed with PTSD, became even more depressed and mentally stressed from the continued harassment and smear campaigning of his personal and professional reputation as well as his wife's. The abuser taking advantage of his already mentally fragile state knew what buttons to push to agitate the victim making the victim look unstable, a tactic commonly used by by these type of abusers. With the victims wife having never met the abuser, she also became a victim of smear campaigning of her personal and professional life by the abuser as well. All this, while the abuser wore the mask of innocence. The constant onslaught, psychological toll, with absolutely no relief from law enforcement or litigation for over three years was more than they could bear. The victim felt the only thing he could do to be at peace and to protect his wife from further harassment was to take his life. "People need to become aware that this type of evil lurks among us. It is very real! In fact 1 in 20 are Narcissistic Personality disordered. They are your neighbor, your parent, step parent, sibling, coworker, friend, and even your spouse. This type of abuse exists right under everyones noses. The abuse by NPD disordered individuals needs to stop! The law needs to recognize this horrid form of abuse and hold these individuals accountable for their actions, the law needs to do something to protect the victims now! Law enforcement, lawyers, judges need to be educated on identifying abusers, their abuse, and the life-long lasting and devastating effects on the victims. No one should have to feel that ending their life is the only way to escape their abuser! Ever! Lets not let the lives of the many victims that have also lost hope of getting help from the legal system, be in vain. We must speak for them and let their stories be heard! We must protect and save those that are suffering now and the future victims of these disordered, destructive individuals before its too late." ~Mrs. S, Widow of Victim/Survivor The Victims: Victims suffer through smear campaigns, stalking, having to relocate many times, online harassment, cyberbullying, intimidation, job loss, cloud/email hacking, credit monitoring, accessing of credit/auto/financial accounts, and much more. The worst part is that the abuser claims to be the victim (which is a typical behavior of Narcissistic Sociopaths). Victims suffer depression, anxiety, ptsd, and sadly some take their lives because they cannot escape their abuser. The Abusers: Stay just borderline of the law to not get caught. They harass, torment, gaslight, project blame on victims, character assassination/smear campaigning, alienate victim from close friends, family, any possible support system, accuse victims of doing to them what they are in fact doing to the victim, false police reports, sets up victim and then accuses them of physical abuse, points the victim as crazy, bipolar, abusive, alcoholic to make the victim look as the bad guy. Recruits "flying monkeys" which unknowingly take part and become enabler of the abusers behaviors, Utilizes the legal system to further harass their victims for no basis other than to continue harassing the victim, and keep the "drama" going. These individuals will do any and everything possible to keep their victims silenced so that they are not exposed for their horrid abuse. Narcissistic Sociopaths are master manipulators and pathological liars, they will lie just to lie. Law enforcement, Lawyers, Judges do not have the knowledge or understanding of Narcssistic Personality Disorder individuals and are unable to recognize they are dealing with cases that involve the NPD disordered. Therapists even find themself manipulated. Because the NPD disordered believe their own lies, they are even known to pass lie detector tests. There currently are no laws in place to protect victims of this type of abuse. Laws need to be in place to hold these criminals accountable for their abusive and criminal actions. Something needs to be done to prevent these predators from continuing their reign of terror on past, current, and future victims. The victims are helpless in this type of battle. These individuals are disordered, cannot be fixed, and their only motive is to "Win" no matter what. Things need to change! NPD individuals should have to stand before a judge to face criminal charges for their actions. Victims must be heard, given their day in the justice system, and awarded permanent protection so they can escape these abusive situations, and the right to live a life free from their tormentors, and recover from this type abuse. ------------------------------ According to experts, Narcissistic Sociopaths comprise 3% to 5% of the population, or up to 1 in 20 people, much higher than one might realize. This means that up to 15 million people in the United States display symptoms of these disorders, with millions more being affected negatively by Narcissistic Sociopaths. What is a Narcissistic Sociopath? A Narcissistic Sociopath is a person diagnosed with comorbidity (or simultaneous presence) of both Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASP) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Both disorders are described by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM V) as personality disorders with impairments in personality functioning with the presence of pathological personality traits.People displaying NPD are characterized by their excessive and persistent need for others’ admiration and positive reinforcement. They generally have grandiose opinions of themselves, and believe they are superior to other people. Narcissists are also frequently convinced that they are above the normal responsibilities and obligations of everyday life, so they usually have significant difficulties maintaining employment or relationships as a result.Narcissistic Sociopaths present a noticeable lack of regard for the rights of others, and a tendency to regularly violate those rights.The goal of the Narcissistic Sociopath is to see that their victims’ personal and professional lives are utterly destroyed and left psychologically damaged (most will suffer from PTSD). Once the damage has been accomplished, they redirect their efforts to the next unknowing victim. The Narcissistic Sociopath is cunning and conniving, and will work just inside of the law and even use the law to harass, hurt, and often destroy, their victim. Unfortunately, the victims are often unable to receive help or protection from any legal entity or law enforcement provider. THIS INJUSTICE HAS TO BE CHANGED! With your help, we would like to create new laws, giving protection for victims, and forcing abusers to face criminal charges. No one should ever have to feel that taking their own life is the only option to be free of their abuser.To prevent this type of abuse happening to others, the following are proposed as Shanes's Law: 1. Immediate and Permanent No Contact restraining/protective orders in place to protect victim for life. (Abusers continue contact to reenter victims lives after 1, 5, 10 years or longer, for Narcissistic Supply). Supervised child exchanges for those having to co-parent with an abuser. 2. Abusers to face criminal charges, up to and including jail time and limited to no access to online services. (To prevent hacking of personal/financial/credit accounts, cyberstalking, online smear campaigning, harassment, and attempts to locate and monitor the victim). 3. In the event that a victim's death/suicide is a result of NPD abuse, i.e. verbal, mental, physical, stalking, harassment. Abuser is to be held accountable and charged for murder/manslaughter. The law below needs to apply for ALL states! (Example: ****An involuntary manslaughter charge can be brought in Massachusetts when someone causes the death of another person when engaging in reckless or wanton conduct that creates a high degree of likelihood of substantial harm.) 4. Inability for abuser to use the legal/court system for frivolous charges, false accusations, or using the legal system to further harass their victim/s. Thorough investigations required. (Narcs accuse their victims of doing to them, what they are, in-fact actually doing to the victim. Narcs also tend to manipulate their own attorneys.) In the event abusers do not abide by standing legal agreements, stiffer punishments for not doing so. (Narcs do not abide by rules or laws, because they truly believe laws do not apply to them. This is why they continue to harass, stalk, and abuse even with standing legal orders in place.) 5. When NPD abusers behavior contributed to loss of employment for victim; restitution to victim/surviving family for loss of income, potential income, and all that is included when employed. i.e. retirement, pension, etc. Please, help save lives by signing and sharing this petition. The petition is not for revenge against anyone. This very true, court documented case is used as an example to raise awareness of how evil and destructive the Narcissistic Personality disordered can be. There are thousands, if not millions out there suffering the same abuse. Victims are harassed, bullied, and stalked to such extremes that victims cannot live a normal life. This abuse continues on for years even long after the relationship has ended. Take a moment to read the comments. Almost ALL supporters have gone through or continue to go through this very same situation or have loved ones that have. Some survive, some don't. This has got to end! The UK and now Scotland have laws for this.... The USA should follow! #shaneslaw #abuse #npdawareness #mentalabuse #emotionalabuse #gaslighting #ptsd #cptsd #narcissistic #personalitydisorder #sociopath #manipulation #stalking #cyberbullying #bullying #nocontact #protectvictims #criminalbehavior #flyingmonkeys #laws #stalkinglaws #harassmentlaws #smearcampaign #psychologicalmurder #manslaughter #hacking #restrainingorders #protectionorders #jailtime #intimidation #jobloss #lossofchildren #creditmonitoring #financialaccounthacking #tellyourstory #beheard #beasurvivor #beafighter #standupagainstnpdabuse #bestrong #dontbesilent #exposenarcissists #irvingpd #conroepd #hcso #montgomerycountytx #montgomerycountypd
Help Save Our Home
We have been good customers for many years and didn't miss mortgage payments until Wells Fargo refused to accept payments after an unemployment deferment when my wife lost her job. Wells Fargo employees never disclosed the program for deferred balance repayment until after it was too late for us to qualify for it. The bank has refused to accept any payment from us unless we pay the entire overdue amount, which has continued to grow because Wells Fargo won't accept our payments. If we'd had thousands of dollars to pay the deferred amount, we wouldn't have needed the deferment. Mortgage attorneys have refused our case because we have equity in the home of over $100,000 and it is known that Wells Fargo refuses to modify loans for people with equity or that have completed more than half the term of the loan because the bank has no vested interest in the homeowner keeping their home. The bank will make more money by selling the home from under the homeowner so they refuse to modify the loan and simply wait out the appeals process until the homeowner has exhausted all their options. Then Wells Fargo makes a great profit and the homeowner is left with nothing. With all of our appeals to the bank and the State exhausted, we are left with wiping out our retirement savings to save our home and with the bank dragging their feet on giving us a catch-up amount for the loan we don't even know if we'll have enough doing that. Federal programs enacted after the bank bailouts were supposed to be designed to keep hard working families in their homes. We need help and our calls to Representative Barbara Lee, Senator Barbara Boxer, and Senator Dianne Feinstein have resulted in no substantive action. Now we need help from the customers of Wells Fargo and community at large to keep our home. My wife, son, and aging mother all need a place to live. Please help!
International recognition and mediation for Catalonia.
español más abajo The nation of Catalonia is claiming its place and statehood. The purpose of this letter is to condemn the violation of human rights, the denial of freedom of expression and of the right of assembly and self-governance by the Spanish state in Catalonia. Catalonia is one of the nations with the oldest parliament in the world (Generalitat 1359), with its own language (Catalan) derived from Latin which nowadays is spoken by 10 million people. Catalonia has seen the birth of celebrities as Dalí, Miró, Ramon Llull, Pau Casals, Albéniz, Granados, Joan Maragall, Miquel Martí i Pol, Manuel de Pedrolo, Vicent Ferrer, Neus Català, Ferran Adrià, Joan Roca and the admired Antoni Gaudí. Catalonia is a European and peaceful nation, its capital is Barcelona. This city is the European Union’s 4th largest metropolitan area. In Catalonia, more than 161 different nationalities coexist, with more than 264 languages spoken. The Catalan people hold this diversity very dear, to the point that it is in Barcelona that the largest demonstration in Europe... has taken place: the demonstration Casa nostra, casa vostra, which brought to the streets 500,000 people. Solidarity is another fundamental value in Catalonia: "La Marató de TV3", an annual social fundraising event, has raised 164,000,000 euros in total from 1992 to the present to increase public awareness and boost biomedical research on different diseases. During the 20th century, Catalonia was bombarded by the Spanish nationalist forces in collaboration with German and Italian fascism. Thousands of Catalans were killed or exiled for political and cultural reasons. The Catalan language was forbidden, Catalan institutions were abolished and the democratically elected president of Catalonia (Lluís Companys) was condemned by Spanish dictatorship and executed. Since the late 19th century most Catalan presidents have been executed, jailed or banned from office by Spanish legislators. When Franco died, Catalans decided to be forward looking. Forty years of massive crimes and repression were never judged. Catalans vouched for a plurinational Spanish state that cherished its own diversity, Catalans have since then contributed to making of Spain a modern and European state; Catalonia being one of the economic engines of Spain, In spite of this, the claim of Catalans as a nation has always been ignored. Furthermore, Spanish nationalists never wanted to recognise Catalonia as a nation. Catalonia's financial deficit is of 18,500,000 euros (2012) per year due to the tax distribution system in Spain (2,5 more times that the richest Länder in Germany), which is being used to centralise the Spanish economy into Madrid. The Spanish government continues to invest to convert Spain into a centralised country. Spanish government invests 8,2% of its budget to Catalonia, but only 71% is executed (2015). Because of this deficit Catalans had to cut back in social aid, education and health services. The important policies cannot be controlled from the Catalan government. A new statute of autonomy was agreed with the Spanish socialist government of 2006. It recognised Catalonia as a nation with more financial and policy-making powers. Despite being approved by a referendum, and observing all the legal procedures, the Spanish government filed objection to the constitutional court and edited most of the text. Acting against the democratic will of the Catalans as expressed in the Referendum de l'Estatut on the premise of very narrow and partial interpretations of the Constitution of 1978. Over the past decade, the Catalan Parliament has unanimously approved laws to protect the most vulnerable citizens, a law seeking gender equality, a nuclear energy tax, a law to prevent evictions, the decree on taxation on banks, the law on social security, the law against fracking, the law to fund cultural production, all of them repealed by Spanish constitutional court at the request of Rajoy's government. As alledged violations of the Constitution. As many as 25 essential laws for the welfare of citizens have been repealed. From 2011 the Partido Popular (Conservatives) is ruling Spain, being the most corrupted party in Europe. Between 2010 and 2016 a total of 11,500 people have been investigated or detained in the context of corruption-related cases. In global figures, corruption costs Spaniards 87,000 million euros per year, according to a joint report by several universities and the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC). Spanish Police and Spanish politicians created an operation against Catalonia, making up false evidence, with the goal to destroy pro-independence politicians. The political colour of the Spanish Government has proved irrelevant over the years to find a dialog. Millions of citizens demonstrate every year to claim the independence of Catalonia. One of the largest in the modern history of Europe mobilized 1.600.000 people holding hands and making a 400km human chain (2013). For years, Catalans have held some of the largest demonstrations in Europe, consecutively (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). The response from the Spanish government was to ignore them for 7 years in a row. Today the 2 leaders of social organizations that organised those peaceful organisations are in jail accused of sedition: Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart. Claims of the successive Catalan Governments for a finantial treatment similar to those enjoyed by the Basque Country and Navarra (sole regions that dispose of their own taxes) have always been ignored and declined on the grounds of a supposed inequality that such deal would generate amongst the different Spanish regions, inequality which is already present in the same differential treatment enjoyed by the Basque Country and Navarra. Such mistreatment brought Catalans to move forward from the requirement of better finantial treatment to the celebration of a referendum (2017) of self-determination like in Scotland, and several times the answer was no. In the face of the indifference of the Spanish government, the Catalan Government moved forward in the organization of a referendum, despite the will of the Spanish government, 10,000 Spanish police forces were deployed in Catalonia, hundreds of websites were closed, media offices raided, high ranking officials arrested and millions of ballots were seized in a desperate attempt to stop Catalans from voting. Of a total of 700 Catalan mayors have been called by the public prosecutor's office for signing a decree of political support to the referendum. Yet at dawn of October 1st 2017, somehow Catalans had skipped Spanish intelligence agencies and distributed 10,000 ballot boxes in more than 2,315 polling stations across Catalonia for citizens to vote. At 9am Spanish police charged against voters all across Catalonia, causing 1065 injured, 106 of them older than 65 years old. Yet more than 2,266,498 citizens managed to vote, in fear of Spanish police, with 2,044,038 voting yes, 770,000 votes were confiscated by the Spanish police. Instead of allowing a peaceful population to practise the self-determination right, Catalans have been denied their say at every turn. So Catalonia chose the only path that remains, to declare independence, backed by the citizens and approved by the majority of the democratically elected parliament the 10th november 2017. Two days after the independence declaration, half of the Catalan government were locked jail judged by irregular procedure. After being called by judges, they only had 24h to prepare the defence. Specialists in criminal and constitutional law have reported the charges as a political persecution, showing the political and not juridical nor legally nature of this judgement. The other half of Catalan government with president Carles Puigdemont is in exile reporting that the Spanish democracy is over and that Catalonia needs international recognition and mediation. Catalonia needs to have its democratically elected government back. Democracy is being violated, and human rights are too. Europe was born as a union for peace, foundational value which this physical and judicial violence most certainly violate. Historically Catalonia has tried to become a state on several occasions but has always been repressed with the use of violence. Please sign in and share the request for recognition and mediation of the international community for Catalonia. Get involved for democracy and freedom. Marc Pérez and Collective ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reconocimiento y mediación internacional para Cataluña. La nación catalana está reivindicando su lugar, su condición de Estado y su autogobierno. El objetivo de esta carta es condenar la violación de los derechos humanos, la negación de la libertad de expresión y el derecho de reunión por parte del Estado español contra Cataluña. Cataluña es una de las naciones con el parlamento más antiguo del mundo (la Generalitat, 1359), con su propio idioma (el catalán) derivado del latín que hoy en día es hablado por 10 millones de personas. Cataluña ha visto nacer celebridades como Dalí, Miró, Ramón Llull, Pau Casals, Albéniz, Granados, Joan Maragall, Miquel Martí i Pol, Manuel de Pedrolo, Vicents Ferrer, Neus Català, Ferran Adrià, Joan Roca y el admirado Antoni Gaudí. Cataluña es una nación europea y pacífica cuya capital es Barcelona. La ciudad condal es la cuarta área metropolitana más grande de la Unión Europea. En Cataluña, coexisten más de 161 nacionalidades y 264 idiomas hablados. Esta diversidad es un valor para la cultura catalana. Barcelona celebró la manifestación más grande de Europa reivindicando el derecho a emigrar y al asilo con 500,000 personas (Casa nostra, casa vostra). La solidaridad es otro valor fundamental de Cataluña: "La Marató de TV3", un evento anual de recaudación de fondos sociales, ha recaudado desde su creación 164 millones de euros para aumentar la conciencia pública y fomentar la investigación biomédica de las enfermedades. Durante el siglo XX, Cataluña fue bombardeada por las fuerzas nacionalistas españolas en colaboración con el fascismo alemán e italiano. Miles de catalanes fueron asesinados o exiliados por razones políticas y culturales. La lengua catalana fue prohibida, las instituciones catalanas fueron abolidas y el presidente de Cataluña elegido democráticamente (Lluís Companys) fue condenado por la dictadura española y ejecutado. Desde finales del siglo XIX, la mayoría de los presidentes catalanes han sido ejecutados, encarcelados o prohibidos por los legisladores españoles. Cuando Franco murió, los catalanes decidieron mirar hacia adelante. Cuarenta años de crímenes masivos y represión nunca fueron juzgados. Los catalanes creyeron en un estado plurinacional español que apreciaba su diversidad, los catalanes contribuyeron a hacer de España un estado moderno y europeo; Cataluña ha sido uno de los motores económico de España, sin embargo, el reclamo de los catalanes como nación siempre ha sido ignorado. Además, ningún gobierno español quiso reconocer a Cataluña como una nación. Cataluña tiene un déficit fiscal de 18.500.000.000 euros (2012) por año debido al systema de dsitribución economico español (2,5 veces más que los Länder más ricos de Alemania), que se está utilizando para centralizar la economía española en Madrid. El gobierno español continúa invirtiendo para convertir a España en un país centralizado. El gobierno español invierte el 8,2% de su presupuesto en Cataluña, pero solo el 71% se ejecuta (2015). Debido a este déficit, los catalanes tuvieron que recortar los servicios de asistencia social, educación y salud. Las deciciones políticas mas importantes no pueden ser controladas por el gobierno catalán. Se acordó un nuevo estatuto de autonomía con el gobierno socialista español de 2006. Reconociendo a Cataluña como una nación con más poderes financieros y políticos. A pesar de ser aprobado por un referéndum y observar todos los procedimientos legales, el gobierno español presentó una objeción al tribunal constitucional y recortó la mayor parte del texto. El Parlamento catalán aprobó por unanimidad leyes para proteger a los ciudadanos más vulnerables como la ley que busca la igualdad de género, un impuesto sobre la energía nuclear, una ley para evitar desalojos, el decreto sobre los impuestos a los bancos, la ley de seguridad social, la ley contra el fracking... todas ellas derogadas por el Tribunal Constitucional español a petición del gobierno de Rajoy. Se derogaron hasta 25 leyes esenciales para el bienestar de los ciudadanos. Independientemente del color político del gobierno español, el diálogo ha resultado ser casi imposible. Desde 2011, el Partido Popular (conservadores) está gobernando España, siendo el partido más corrupto de Europa. Entre 2010 y 2016, un total de 11.500 personas han sido investigadas o detenidas en el contexto de casos relacionados con la corrupción. En cifras globales, la corrupción cuesta a los españoles 87.000 millones de euros anuales, según un informe conjunto de varias universidades y la Comisión Nacional de Mercados y Competencia (CNMC). La policía española y los políticos españoles crearon una operación contra Cataluña, inventando pruebas falsas, con el objetivo de destruir a los políticos independentistas. Millones de ciudadanos se manifiestan cada año para reclamar la independencia de Cataluña. Una de las más grandes en la historia moderna de Europa movilizó a 1,600,000 personas formando una cadena humana de 400km (2013). Durante años, los catalanes han celebrado las mayores manifestaciones en Europa, de forma consecutiva (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). La respuesta del gobierno español ha sido siempre la ignorancia. Hoy los 2 líderes de las organizaciones sociales que organizaron esas manifestaciones pacíficas están en la cárcel acusados de sedición: Jordi Sànchez y Jordi Cuixart. Los catalanes han intentado negociar un acuerdo fiscal como el del País Vasco y Navarra. El gobierno español siempre se negó a hablar de eso. Los catalanes pidieron en 2017 la celebración de un referéndum acordado sobre la autodeterminación como en Escocia o el Quebec, en todas las ocasiones la respuesta fue siempre que no. Entonces, cuando el gobierno catalán decidió seguir adelante y organizar el voto a pesar de la voluntad del gobierno español, se desplegaron 10.000 policías españoles en Cataluña, se cerraron cientos de sitios web, se registraron oficinas de medios de comunicación, se arrestaron a altos funcionarios y se incautaron millones de votos, en un intento desesperado por evitar que los catalanes votaran. 700 alcaldes catalanes fueron citados por la fiscalía para firmar un decreto de apoyo político al referéndum. Sin embargo, en la madrugada del 1 de octubre de 2017, los catalanes lograron esquivar la inteligencia española y distribuyeron 10.000 urnas en más de 2.315 colegios electorales en toda Cataluña para que los ciudadanos pudieran votar. A las 9 de la mañana, la policía española cargó contra los votantes de toda Cataluña causando 1065 heridos, 106 de ellos mayores de 65 años. Sin embargo, más de 2.266.498 ciudadanos lograron votar con 2.044.038 de votos a favor del sí. 770.000 votos fueros requisados. En lugar de permitir que una población pacífica usara el derecho de autodeterminación, el gobierno español y el Tribunal constitucional bloquearon y negaron en todo momento las opciones catalanas. Entonces, Cataluña eligió el único camino que quedaba para declarar la independencia, respaldado por los ciudadanos y aprobado por la mayoría del parlamento democráticamente elegido. Dos días después de la declaración de independencia, la mitad del gobierno catalán fue encerrado en la cárcel con un procedimiento irregular. Después de ser llamados por la fiscalía, solo tuvieron 24 horas para preparar la defensa. Especialistas en derecho penal y constitucional han denunciado los cargos como una persecución política, mostrando la naturaleza política y no jurídica y legal de este juicio. La otra mitad del gobierno catalán con el presidente Carles Puigdemont están en el exilio denunciando el fin de la democracia española y que Cataluña necesita reconocimiento internacional y mediación. Cataluña necesita recuperar su gobierno elegido democráticamente. Se está violando la democracia y los derechos humanos. Europa nació con la voluntad de pacificar y esta violencia física y judicial viola sus valores fundamentales. Históricamente, Cataluña ha tratado de erigirse en estado en varias ocasiones, pero siempre ha sido reprimida con el uso de la violencia. Por favor firmen y compartan la petición de reconocimiento y mediación de la comunidad internacional para Cataluña. Involúcrense por la democracia y la libertad. Marc Pérez y Colectivo