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John Kerry

  • United States Secretary of State

John Forbes Kerry is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. He has served in the United States Senate, and was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Release U.S.M.C. Sgt. Tahmooressi imprisoned in Mexico.

My son Andrew Tahmooressi is a Marine veteran fighting for his life and freedom in a Mexico jail after being wrongfully imprisoned for over a month after he accidentally crossed the border with three legal US purchased firearms in his truck. Andrew suffers from PTSD and had just traveled from Florida to San Diego to seek V.A. evaluation where he was diagnosed in March and started his treatment plan. He had all of his belongs in his car with him, including three firearms as he was searching housing and hoping to secure employment.   On March 31 he got lost while driving, made a wrong turn in the border town of San Ysidro, CA and within yards of that wrong turn, found himself approaching the Mexican Customs lane with no obvious way to turn around. Stopping, he states immediately,  “I got lost, made a wrong turn.  I do not want to be here. May I go back to the border (USA)? I have 3 weapons in my vehicle." Instead he was arrested and imprisoned on weapons charges even though the ATF traced the firearms back to him within days. Andrew's tours took place in (2010 & 2012) Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Marine, and he is currently a Reservist until 8/24/2016 in the Individual Ready Reserve. His experiences left him with PTSD and this situation is making things so much worse. Since in prison, his life has been threatened, he sustained a neck laceration and has been restrained by handcuffs to bed for 35 days. Our family is calling on Mexico's Attorney General to realize a mistake has been made and release Andrew immediately. So far more than 21 members of Congress have called for my son's release. Officials here in the U.S., including Secretary John Kerry and President Obama should join these calls so this veteran can be reunited with his family.

Jill Tahmooressi
183,688 supporters
Petitioning John Kerry

Free Matt and Grace: Innocent Americans Imprisoned in Qatar.

My sister and her husband, Grace and Matt Huang, are an American couple from Los Angeles who are being wrongfully imprisoned by the judicial system of Qatar in the Middle East. In 2012, Matt relocated to Qatar, with his wife and their three adopted children, to work on a 2022 World Cup infrastructure project for his American engineering firm. On January 15, 2013, my 8-year-old niece, Gloria, tragically and unexpectedly died. Matt and Grace were almost immediately imprisoned by Qatari officials under suspicion of human trafficking and intentionally starving Gloria to death. My two nephews were taken into custody and forced to live in a government orphanage. Due to a poorly done autopsy by the Qatari government, the actual cause of Gloria's death remains unknown. However, racial bias and the lack of understanding of the challenges associated with high-needs adopted children led officials to charge Matt and Grace with murdering Gloria. The prosecutor told the judge, “The adoption process consists of searching for children who are good-looking and well-behaved, and who have hereditary features that are similar to those of the parents.  But the children connected to this incident are all from Africa and most of the families there are indigent.”  They tried to convince the judge that the murder may have been done in order to harvest her organs or to conduct medical experiments on her. Needless to say, all of these claims are completely false.  Matt and Grace truly believe in the purpose and need of adoption. They had even specifically requested placement with high-needs children, who often have difficulty finding families. In the case of each adoption, Matt and Grace utilized a respected adoption agency and obtained all the proper visas and the kids were given U.S. Passports. They also received specialized training on adoption and how to care for high-needs children. They saw living in Qatar as an opportunity for their children to have an enriching cross-cultural experience. In court, defense witnesses testified how exceptionally Matt and Grace cared for all their children. Additionally, expert testimony explained that it was scientifically and medically impossible that Gloria died of starvation. Not one single piece of evidence was presented showing that my sister and her husband harmed Gloria in any way. After a 9 months of tireless effort, my nephews were finally released from the orphanage and allowed to return to the U.S., under the custody of my mom. One month later, Matt and Grace were released from prison on their own recognizance, but banned from traveling outside the country. On March 27, 2014, Matt and Grace were sentenced by the court to three years in prison despite overwhelming evidence that they are innocent of the accusations against them. Inexplicably, the court did not render a verdict of any kind; it did not declare Matt and Grace guilty or not guilty of murder or any other crimes. They remain banned from leaving the country. The imprisonment of Matt and Grace is only half of the injustice. There are also two children, their sons, who were ripped away from their parents. By placing them in an orphanage, Qatari officials demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding about international adoption and the needs of adopted children. Upon returning to the U.S., my nephews were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of being re-institutionalized and having their parents taken from them. Matt and Grace are innocent, and their continued detention in Qatar is a gross violation of their basic human rights.  There is growing international support for Matt and Grace. Innocents experts like The California Innocence Project and The David House Agency are working on their behalf. Even the United Nations has called for the travel ban to be lifted.   Enough is enough. Please sign this petition for Matt and Grace to IMMEDIATELY be allowed to be reunited with their sons in the U.S. so that they can finally mourn the loss of Gloria and begin rebuilding their lives. For more information and to donate for their freedom, please visit:

Joanne Chin
182,057 supporters
Petitioning John Kerry (Secretary of State)

End Child Marriage, Sign the Executive Order!

When I was 14 years old, I was kidnapped for a marriage to a much older man, as depicted in the film Difret. On the day I was abducted, I was raped by my would be "husband." I knew I had to fight back and escape the first chance I got. I was taken to a hut and locked up. When I received another visit from my abductor I saw my chance. When he was suddenly called away, he left his gun leaning against the wall and the door unlocked. My father had taught me how to fire a gun, so I took it and ran. When he and his friends chased me, I shot him. It was the most terrifying, horrible ordeal of my entire life -- and I'm one of the lucky ones. I was accused of murder and after 2 years in the courts, the judge ruled that it was, in fact, self-defense.  My trial led to a re-examination of this tradition and the Ethiopian government is now working to end child marriage and female genital cutting by 2025.  In addition, the African Union recently launched a campaign to end child marriage across the continent. I am now dedicating my life to working on this issue and to give voice to the screams of unheard rural women and girls. I don’t want to see the same story happen to any more girls. And yet, it still is. You can help. Please join me in ending child marriage around the world by signing this petition, asking President Obama to sign the executive order that would help prevent an estimated 39,000 child marriages every day. This petition is supported by Global Fund for Women, Ms Magazine, Equality Now and Truth Aid. The Call to Action We need the Obama Administration and the State Department to deliver what was promised: a comprehensive strategy for ending child marriage. In March 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) that included a commitment to ending child marriage worldwide. The law requires the State Department to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to end child marriage and to direct U.S. foreign assistance to programs in countries where child marriage is prevalent. We are asking that this strategy be created and announced in 2015, and that it include the following whole-of government strategy: +      Our foreign assistance agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, would be directed to craft evidence-based, stand-alone programs to delay the age of marriage, foster girls’ agency and choice and promote equitable and rights-based societies that give girls the tools they need to thrive, while also leveraging our considerable investments in such areas as health, education and food security to ensure these programs are being fully utilized to address related elements of the practice. +      State Department diplomats on the world stage and in bilateral talks with countries that have high rates of child marriage would be directed to raise the issue of child marriage as a U.S. foreign policy priority, and would work to ensure that carrots—and, where necessary, sticks—are deployed to encourage meaningful action by all countries to end this global scourge. Such a strategy would recognize and institutionalize the fact that child, early and forced marriage impacts the whole life of the girl and that holistic, rights-based approaches are therefore necessary to end it. +      A draft Strategy is sitting at the Department of State. While the President and the First Lady have recently launched an important effort to provide education for at-risk girls globally, until the President signs an Executive Order giving these efforts the full force of law, we cannot be certain that these efforts will be fully implemented and funded. And thus they will not make any real difference in the lives of girls all over the world. Every day that we wait for the implementation of the new law to become reality, another 39,000 girls are married. This is unacceptable. When girls are forced into marriage early, entire communities miss out on their potential as change makers, economic drivers, and leaders. We must end child marriage to allow girls to realize their full potential in order to achieve the world we want. We need a coordinated, whole-of government strategy immediately. You can help. Tell President Obama to issue an Executive Order directing the U.S. government to use its full force to protect and empower the world’s girls and end child marriage once and for all. In U.S. Theaters October 23rd, 2015. Get tickets here: 

Aberash Bekele with Truth Aid
155,674 supporters
Petitioning John Kerry

Free Dr. Stacey Addison!

Dr. Stacey Addison, a Portland, Oregon veterinarian is unjustly imprisoned in the South East Asian country of East Timor. While living her dream of an around the world trip Dr. Addison had the extremely bad luck to share a hired vehicle with a stranger who committed a crime. She has been imprisoned, denied due process and can be held with no charge against her for one year. What should have been a trip of a lifetime has turned into a nightmare. I've known Stacey for 15 years and I'm helping her mother bring her home with this petition. Our government and the government of East Timor must take action immediately to release Dr. Stacey Addison from her illegal imprisonment.   On September 5th Stacey entered East Timor and shared a hired taxi from the border to the capital city of Dili with a stranger. This practice is very commonplace and usually safe. It’s like Lyft or Uber, but other people can share the car if it’s on the same route. Unknown to Stacey, the other passenger in the car was a criminal. En route he asked the driver to stop so he could pick up a package. The police were waiting, tipped off that the package contained illegal drugs. The car was surrounded by the police and everyone arrested. After her belongings were searched, her drug test came up negative, and statements by everyone declaring they didn’t know her beyond sharing the cab were acquired, Stacey was still held for 5 days before being brought before a judge. She was given a conditional release, but told that her passport could be held for up to one year pending an investigation. Stacey found herself trapped and unable to travel back home to Portland, Oregon. For nearly 2 months, waiting in agony and willing to cooperate, Stacey and her lawyer heard nothing from the authorities. Suddenly, on October 28th she was rearrested without a charge and taken to a women's prison.  She was told that the prosecutor had filed an appeal to have her conditional release rescinded without notifying Stacey or her lawyer. This is a violation of her Human Rights and illegal under Timorese and International law. Stacey is not a criminal. She is a dedicated and caring veterinarian, often volunteering for causes close to her heart. Even on this trip, before these horrifying turn of events, Stacey volunteered as a vet in Peru and Ecuador. This is who Stacey is and the last place she deserves to be is in prison. We are sharing her story in hopes you will join our friends and family in calling for her to be released and for her passport to be returned. We already have the support of both US Senators from Oregon and the media is starting to pay attention. Your support could create the momentum needed to ensure Stacey gets home. Please take a moment to sign and share our petition calling on the East Timor government to free Stacey now and return her passport. You can also go to the Facebook page Help Stacey for more info and "like" it to show your support: 

Angelina Brouillette
132,066 supporters
Petitioning FIFA

Support for Josip Šimunić

We want to support the dignity of Josip Simunic, of the Croatian National Football Team and Croatian People against untruthful attacks by newspapers and small groups of pro-Communists’ in Croatia that Josip Simunic used alleged 'pro-Nazi' and "Fascist" chants, language and gestures after the Croatia v. Iceland football game.    The chants in question ('Za Dom Spremni'- eng. 'For Homeland ready' and 'U boj'-eng. 'To fight') has been used since the 16th century by the Croatian people; by Count Nikola Subic Zrinjski in 1566. when leading the Croatian army to defend against Ottoman Empire invasion. It has since been used in literature, history and the performing arts.  These chants are deeply patriotic and symbolize Croatian unity and love for country, nation and Homeland.    Josip Simunic just gave a patriotic greeting to the fans on the stadium and led the fans into traditional Croatian chants. He wanted to show his respect and love for Croatia and her people. Josip Simunic has been attacked in the past few days from various newspapers and pro-communist political groups, taking certain elements of the event out of context. He now faces a possible punishment from FIFA.   We strongly condemn any connections to associations of these historical Croatian chants and any ideologies and totalitarian Nazi regimes in the past!   Show your support by signing this petition that will go to FIFA and her President Joseph Blatter!   Podrzimo Josipa Simunica pred FIFOM!­ Podrzimo dignitet Joe Simunica, Hrvatske Nogometne Reprezentacije i Hrvatskog Naroda pred neutemeljenim napadima novina i pro-komunistickih stranaka i grupa u Hrvatskoj i svijetu!   Potpisite peticiju koja se salje FIFI i koja objasnjava da je navijanje koje je vodio Simunic izraz njegovog domoljublja i nema politickih konotacija niti ikakve veze sa ideologijama i rezimima u proslosti! Peticija je na engleskom jeziku i objasnjava povijest navijackih izraza. Molimo da link peticije stavite na Facebook, Twitter i javite prijateljima!

Jelena Soldo
34,374 supporters
Petitioning John Kerry (United States Secretary of State)

Free Scott McMahon: Innocent American Imprisoned in the Philippines

My son, Scott McMahon, is a United States citizen from Seattle who has been wrongfully imprisoned in the Philippines without being convicted of any crime for almost 4 years. Scott is a victim of retaliation and attempted blackmail and the U.S. government must bring him home. Scott was falsely accused of sexual assault by a woman who, shortly after Scott’s arrest, offered to drop the charges in exchange for $125,000 and for Scott withdrawing an unrelated case against her that he filed first. Scott repeatedly rejected her attempt at blackmail but his accuser continued to make offers.  Scott is being accused of a horrible crime but the accusations are nothing more than an attempt to blackmail and retaliate against him. Scott has several witnesses that place him on a family vacation with his children and their mother in a different city, 10 hours away from the scene of the alleged crime. And there is no evidence that his accuser was ever raped or had any sexual contact with Scott whatsoever. It’s time for the US government to step in and help Scott. Please sign my petition asking Secretary John Kerry to bring Scott home. It hurts to know that my son is separated from his two children, and their mother, Marnelli, a Filipino woman whom Scott had hoped to one day marry. Scott is supported by Human Rights Watch and represented by The David House Agency and their affiliates at The California Innocence Project and Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP. Yet despite the weight of evidence supporting he did not commit this crime, Scott has been held without bail since his arrest on April 7, 2011. The deplorable conditions within the prison have deteriorated Scott’s mental and physical health. Without being convicted of any crime, Scott is housed in a maximum security section of a prison that is only 880 square feet, yet it houses up to 250 prisoners. Scott’s cell has only 1 toilet for approximately 50 inmates. The prison system does not provide even basic hygiene necessities like soap or any medical treatment without a court order (which is rare), and as a result the prison population as a whole suffers from highly preventable illnesses, such as tuberculosis. During the time Scott has been detained, he has witnessed numerous inmates die from these and other conditions. This has gone long enough. Please sign this petition for Secretary Kerry and officials in the Philippines to bring Scott home to his family. Please join our fight to Bring Scott Home.  For more information and to donate, please visit

Shelley Campanella
32,444 supporters
Petitioning John Kerry

Secretary of State... John Kerry: Assassination investigation for Malcolm Hajj Shabazz

   To: Secretary of State, John Kerry This petition is being submitted as an official request that your office and any other U.S. government agencies complete a thorough investigation into the brutal and vicious torture and assassination of Malcolm Lateef Shabazz, the first grandson of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz aka Malcolm X, that allegedly took place on Thursday, May 9th 2013 at the Palace Club in Mexico City, Mexico. This is a very grave matter and those of us who have signed this petition are scrutinizing the U.S. and Mexican government very closely for their lack of interest in and/or coverage of this young man's savage torture and assassination in a foreign country. We would like the steps of Malcolm Lateef Shabazz retraced from the time that he entered Mexico. The last Month of his life are of the utmost importance in getting to the bottom of how he was murdered and who actually murdered him. Considering how closely he was being watched by your government's FBI and CIA agencies, there is no reason why they should not be able to provide this information in great detail. Unless, of course, they were complicit in young Malcolm Shabazz's "assassination". If your government and their affiliates have nothing to hide, then this investigation should begin immediately. We are not satisfied with the accounts of Malcolm Shabazz's death as recorded by the annals of Wikipedia: "Shabazz died in Mexico City on May 9, 2013 at the age of 28.[24] He was said to be on a tour to demand more rights for Mexican construction workers relocated to the USA. His body, which according to prosecutors had been badly beaten with a rod of some kind, was found in the street in Plaza Garibaldi, a busy tourist spot.[25] According to New York magazine, Miguel Suarez, who was with Shabazz the night of his death, said the beating was related to a dispute over a $1,200 bar tab for drinks and female companionship.[26] On May 13, two waiters from a nightclub called The Palace were arrested in connection with Shabazz's death and remanded in custody.[27] On May 18, a judge issued an order for the imprisonment of the two waiters, David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus, who worked at the Palace bar. They are accused of theft and homicide.[28]".. The Palce Club Owner has yet to identify himself... Video footage of Malcolm's Torture is mysteriously missing. This explanation is totally unacceptable to us.  Several National and International Charges will be filed: National and International Human Rights: International Human Right Law ~ Crime Against Humanity Torture Law International Foreign Relations Act:  Thank you for your time and attention to this urgent matter. Sincerely,   - THE CIVIL COMMITTEE OF DEFENSE OF THE NATURALIZED ONES AND AFROMEXICANS -   African Orthodox Church

Rozlyn Cross-Ratliff
4,480 supporters
Petitioning Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Tennessee State House, Donald Trump, John Kerry, Twitter, Inc, Facebook, Michelle Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, FOX Broadcasting Company, Larry Hogan, Elijah ...

Aretha Franklin, Day of Celebration

I am a musician born in 1959, the music that Aretha Franklin made during my life and time has added to my self esteem, quality of inspiration, and dance moves. She set the stage for many happy relationships with her God given talent. Gave freely of her of support in things she had passion for. In spite of the personal fights she continue to be example of grace and honor to the Africa American community and the World. For this and all of the music she leaves with so we can be reminded of how to spell (RESPECT) if for no other reason how to show Respect.  Thank you, Kevin E. Robinson / KERQ  

Kevin Robinson
3,622 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Development Program

Save American Pastor Abedini's life by getting him released Iran's prison!

September 2012 Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American, was imprisoned after visiting family in Iran for simply exercising freedom of religion: Christianity.  At prison he has already been beaten, threatened at knife point by other prisoners, malnourished, denied medical care and the risk to his life increases the longer he is there!  

Shirleane Abbott
2,174 supporters

The Forgotten Genocide (Holocaust) in the Kongo

  CONGOLESE DIASPORA "USA" AND CONGOLESE COMMUNITY IN AMERICA   PETITION TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, TO   SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY, AND TO THE UNITED STATES MEMBERS OF CONGRESS   [U.S. SENATORS AND U.S. MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES]   August 11, 2014   Dear Mr. President, Mr. Secretary of State, and dear Members of the U.S. Congress:   We, the members of the Congolese Diaspora "USA" and of the entire Congolese Community in the U.S., are writing to you in order to petition you to take action on behalf of the atrocities that have been carried out more than a decade ago, and that are taking place today. We write also on behalf of the forgotten genocide (Holocaust) in the Kongo, which left more than 12 Million dead, 3 million women been raped and mutilated, 3 million displaced, and the plundering of the minerals resources from the Kongo, specifically by Corporations.   FACTS:   The DRC [Democratic Republic of the Congo] is not at war with anyone. It is invaded and occupied by Rwandans, Ugandans, Burundians, the terrorists of M23, and many other countries involved in crimes against humanity, and crimes against the Congolese people. Kanambe, a.k.a., Kabila, is an impostor in DRC, who is serving as a “Trojan Horse” of Kagame, and is an Agent facilitating the Balkanization of the Congo. He is responsible for the crimes against the people of Kongo. ” Joseph Kabila participated in the mass killings of Rwandan Hutus and Congolese during these invasions in the Camps of Tingi-Tingi (Kisangani) DRC. Then, he was known as a Rwandan Military Officer “Commandant Hyppo”, though his real name is Hyppolite Kanambe. See Roberto Garreton UN Expert Report from 1998-1999.   The investigators of the United Nations have documented atrocities akin to Genocide in the DRC perpetrated by Paul Kagame’s Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni’s Uganda. The evidence was published on October 1, 2010, as the “Report of the Mapping Exercise Documenting the Most Serious Violations of Human Rights and International Law Committed within the Territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between March 1993 and June 2003.” . . ”   President Barack Obama, in his last Executive Order (Message) to the US Congress on the DRC dated July 8, 2014, put together all the needed laws, executive orders, and other resolutions in order for him to bring to an end the unique and long-lasting situation in“… the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been marked by widespread violence and atrocities that continue to threaten regional stability…” and the continued suffering of Congolese people. His administration is urging President “Joseph Kabila” not to seek a third term but to obey the Congolese constitution and leave when his term runs out in 2016.   REQUEST:   1.      That the US Congress declare Paul Kagame, Yoweri Museveni, and “Joseph Kabila” as criminals responsible for the genocides both in Rwanda and in the DRC; therefore, declare these three as “personae non grata” on the territory of the United States of America       2.      That the US Congress demands that the US Executive does all in its power, including but not limited to working with Congolese dissidents and activists in the U.S. and the Diaspora to remove “Joseph Kabila” from power, as soon as possible.       3.      No despot or dictator ever gives up power through “elections” no matter the promises made, and, America must use one policy toward any and every despot, dictator, and killer, which is to punish them or to bring them to justice; not to fund them, to cover up their crimes, or to work with them because they blackmail the U.S. or offer the U.S. a couple of military bases.       4.      Mr. President, We are urging you to implement the Public Law 109-456 in which you promised and also the U.S. Government and the UN should Stop giving support to a Criminal and Terrorist such as A.K.A Joseph Kabila.       5.      Mr. President, since your Administration is talking about the Addis Ababa Agreement which was signed by Eleven African Countries on February 24, 2013, we would like you to provide us with the Congolese Law which would have approved that Agreement and that Law is as become today as legal base which U.S. Ambassador in DRC, is saying Rwanda is violating it.           6.      We would also like the $ 15 billion that Mr. Kabila had stolen from the DRC, which was published according to the Forbes Journal on this May 2014, to be ceased and returned to the people of DRC       We look forward to hearing from you and we are ready, anytime, to meet with all of you, individually or as a group, in order to work with you to end this shame of our world today where, not only 500 to 800 thousand people were killed in Rwanda, but, as of today, more than 12 million have been killed and over 2 million have been gang-raped in the DRC under the direct orders and actions of the trio Paul Kagame, Yoweri Museveni, and “Joseph Kabila”.   Sincerely and gratefully yours,   For the Congolese Diaspora “USA” and the entire Congolese Community in the U.S.,  

William Misezuel
1,058 supporters