Remove sub-Asian boxes on Census Form 2020! Stop racist anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy!
Dear fellow Americans for justice, brothers and sisters against racism, The glaringly racist legacy of sub-Asian boxes on the Census form was started in 1870, after the Burlingame Treaty of 1868, which eventually led to the infamous, racist, and inhumane Chinese Exclusion Act spanning from 1882 to 1943, which among other terrible abominations, banned U.S. residents of Chinese descent from having children or getting married; their family members in Asia were forbidden from entry to U.S. and reuniting as families. The Census form has no "Asian/Asian American" category. In its place are a group of boxes signifying foreign nationalities in Asia as if Asian Americans were all “perpetual foreigners.” It intrusively identified and collected data on which U.S. residents were of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese...descent. While the Chinese Exclusion Act ended in 1943, did these racist, humiliating, dehumanizing sub-Asian boxes get removed from the Census form? No, they were kept on the Census form by the U.S. government even until today, and if we don't fight back and boycott the Census form with sub-Asian boxes, it will stay on the 2020 Census form and beyond, prolonging a racist American legacy, a shame to all Americans. This legacy treats Americans of Asian descent as perpetual foreigners, and collects intrusive personal ancestral origin data used in many kinds of racial discrimination and persecution. In one example, the U.S. government used information from the Census Bureau to identify native born Americans of Japanese descent and sent them to Internment Camps during the World War II. There were also discriminatory laws against Americans of various Asian descent, such as Filipino. Such horrendous trampling of humanity will happen again unless you and I act now to boycott a 2020 Census form with sub-Asian boxes. We demand these sub-Asian boxes be removed and replaced with one description--"Asian/Asian American." Injustice to one human being is injustice to all human kind. If we don't stop this racist and anti-immigrant legacy, its “logic” and mentality will be repeated in current and future policy-making. Let's keep fighting against racism and improve the human condition step by step. Please join the good fight to make this historically significant change happen for now and forever, by signing this petition and sharing it on social media and by email, word of mouth. Power to the people! Fighting on, Americans against racism and anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy
Motorcycles use of shoulders during traffic jams in MN
Dear Minnesota law makers, We the people of the great state of Minnesota are requesting the permit for motorcycles to use the shoulder during heavy traffic, back ups, and rush hours. Thousands of motorcyclists are being killed on the road by getting rear ended by distracted drivers during heavy traffic back ups. We need YOUR HELP to minimize the number of deaths on Minnesota roads by accepting this petition and consider adding a law that satisfies the body. Here are some but not all reasons to consider the new law: Motorcycles rely on air to cool down the engine; over heated engines will cause the machine to stall and increase traffic problems and decrease safety. Motorcycles DO NOT have bumper guards like automobiles. Any rear end collision will cause sever injury or death. Allowing motorcycles to use the shoulder ONLY during severe traffic jams with limited speed up to 20 miles per hour. Motorcycles are to reengage in traffic when flowing using safety and precautions. This will decrease the number of deaths on Minnesota roads. Some states such as California allows motorcycles to split lanes to escape the danger of rear end collision. We found that lane splitting is not the safest idea and found the shoulder is the safest route to avoid getting hit. Metro Transit and other public bus services are allowed to drive on the shoulder to "stay on time". We ask for it to "STAY ALIVE". We believe in our considerate MN law makers when it comes to safety, so please consider this as a LAW.We the people of Minnesota are thankful for your time to review our request to keep Motorcyclists safe. We believe that the safety of motorcyclists is NOT on the bottom of your list. We believe YOU can save lives! SAVE US! Citizens of Minnesota
Shut down Ryons "Rescue" Pen AKA Ryon's Kill Pen
Investigation on main owner of "Simon" kill pens Conditions of the kill pen Saving my old mare from kill pen Myself, along with many other horse lovers out there want Ryan's "rescue" pen shut down, because they are really not a rescue they are a kill pen. A kill pen is a place where horses go before they end up on a truck to go to slaughter to Mexico or Canada. Horse lovers and horses themselves are affected by this place and i want to put an end to it. Ryan's "rescue" pen goes to multiple auctions and they outbid everyone at auctions the best that they can and end up bringing the horses back to their location, pricing them higher than what they paid for them at the auction, give people a deadline of when the horse needs to be purchased or the horse goes to slaughter. They get away with this because they have rescue in their business title but are not a non profit, in which they agree they make a profit off of this. This place gets new horses every week and are pulling at people's heartstrings stating that they will be shipping the horses to slaughter if not purchased but in reality they do not ship to slaughter, because only healthy and fat horses ship because they get paid per pound per horse. The sick,injured and old horses are sold to the public. The conditions are disgusting. There is dirty hay, dirty water, no shelter and horses are stuffed in the small pens kicking and biting eachother. Some horses are really old, skin and bones, cant walk, blind and some are even sick. They run stallions in with mares in which the mares could carelessly become pregnant. They do not vet horses, such as if they have open wounds, cuts or diseases. They false advertise the horses as mares and when people get home they are geldings, they false advertise age and height and breed as well. The horses get sick from this pen and spread it to other horses and cross state lines with sick horses and no vet check/blood work/shots done. I experienced this place first hand when I realized my old horse was at this kill pain. When I went there I instantly saw the conditions and was disgusted. This to me was not a rescue this is a kill pen and they even state in their about section on their page that they ship to slaughter and a rescue does NOT ship to slaughter. I had to raise $550 to get my old horse out of that kill pen and I only had one day to do it because that's when I realized that she was there and I didnt want her to be shipped. Definition of a horse rescue: "Equine sanctuary and rescue facilities both house. and care for unwanted, abandoned, neglected, abused, or injured horses. Those that prepare and release sizable numbers of animals for adoption are defined as rescue or rehabilitation operations." Now tell me...does Ryons "Rescue" Pen seem like a rescue?, NO. A lot of people are blinded by the truth that this is a kill pen. I was also scrolling through Facebook and saw that a lot of people have witnessed firsthand and encountered firsthand the conditions along with being outbid by the owners of this kill pen at auctions. Testimonies (anonymous): 1) "To all my horse friends/rescue pen believers: We were at a horse sale this past Saturday and bid on 2 Jenny mini donkeys (to add to our herd)--we were outbid and today these same 2 mini donkeys are listed in the local "rescue pen" (Ryon's Rescue Pen). These donkeys and many other horses are not "rescues", they were not saved from slaughter, they were bought for resale purposes, these donkeys would have gone to a good home had one of the "rescue pen buyers" not bought them for the purpose of mark-up and resale. He paid $100-120 for each of them and has them listed in the "rescue" pen for $225 each! These "rescue pens" are a for-profit business--they exist to make money, not save the animals as they would have you believe!" 2) "Just made 3.5 hr drive to pick up a BLM mustang there yesterday. Some horses they have there literally look dead but somehow still standing. There was an old gelding there skin and bones with maggots crawling over him, he had a missing eye and a busted leg. Obviously needing medical attention or to be put down. One of the owners was rude and you could tell she had no remorse for any animal nevertheless the buyer. We showed up and she immediately told us to back up the trailer to get the gelding (I hadn't paid for yet) ready and loaded up. I said can't I look at him first atleast? She reluctantly agreed and brought me to the pen with half a foot of mud on ground. I asked her if me and fiancé talk a little (abt how to pay) before paperwork.. She said, 'talk about WHAT? I have another appt in an hour so make it fast' How is that any way to handle a business that you apparently care so much about? I took the horse home bc i felt so dang bad for the thing. Awful awful experience". 3) "my colt that I picked up 2 years ago would have died if I wouldn't have gotten him that day. He couldn't get at hay or water cause he had a body score of two and all the other horse were chasing him. When they chased him into the trailer they knocked two other horses down running him around in the shit filled pen and I mean they went down hard. He had no life left in his eyes and by the sounds of it he was in the pen got 30.some days just withering away :(" 4) "I've bought 8 from ryons and the last time was a horrible experience. The last 2, I had a wonderful hauler pick up and haul to me. The first of the last 2 ( November 2017) *** recommended this hauler to me. However come this spring when I called Jen was unprofessional. Acted like I was wasting her time completely. Told her I was having the same hauler... And she just got more irrate. Told me that this was to be her last haul from the pen and she would not be allowed back. Turns out they had a disagreement and she was making this personal. **** overall attitude towards me was disgusting. Shouldn't she be for selling the horses that make her paycheck? And banning people that can easily get to the pen to haul to those who can't, just because they had a *disagreement*. I watch the horses weekly for any of my old ones that may come through. Like the gelding I sold, a month after his sale he was back at the pen. He was sold for well over meat price at $1000. A month later he was at the pen for $750 (I think). I watched to see of he sold and thankfully he did go to a good home. But it was awful to watch and I waited for the "saves" people to blow up on me for selling him... thankfully they didnt. He just didn't fit our program, but we kept him all winter, got him up to weight, did his feet every 6 weeks, dentals, shots and got his coggins (neg) done while we cared for him. I've decided that I can no longer support ryon and the pen. The conditions each time I was there personally were sickening. Usually muddy/shitty, wet footing with crap quality of hay (which seems to get better then back to crap) stud Colts ran with mares and geldings. All beating each other up. They are also horrible at ageing horses! My beautiful old man was listed as 15. At his dental he was aged at 25. The saves page makes me sick. The same people are getting horses weekly. How do they afford all of them? It's set up so they become horders and they either die from mysterious illness or just "couldn't be saved" then there's the side businesses created from this. Professional "quarantines" that make alot of cash to keep an animal for 30 days". 5) "I was at a Horse Sale Spring Special sale in April. I was there for a specific horse because even though she was untouched, she was bred similar to my mare that I am in love with. The horse was a 2 year old filly. She was walked into the ring with her yearling brother at the halter, both seemed frightened and weren't behaving as they should. It was only myself and one other man bidding. He bid me up to $600 (which was more than I was planning on spending on a nearly untouched horse at an auction) but I kept bidding on. The auctioneer "didn't see" me wave my hand for $625, and she was sold to the other man. I was really upset. I had my husband go find out who it was and talk with them to see if they would sell her to me. He did, but wanted a $100 check. Normally I would not have done this, but like I said I was only there for this specific horse and I wanted her. So I did it. I asked for the name and sure enough, "Make it out to Ryon Simon." This personal experience proves to me that NO, they are NOT just taking the loose horses that would have otherwise gone right on a truck and giving them a week... They are outbidding people that are offering good homes." If they are a rescue why cant they wait until the end of the auction and pickup all the loose horses? Think about that for a minute... Please sign the petition below and share with your friends and family to help me shut down this kill pen along with their Facebook page in which they sell the horses on. These wonderful and beautiful horses deserve better and deserve to be at a loving home. ALL KILL PENS SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN. If its illegal for horseslaughter in the USA, why isn't it to ship horses to slaughter? Thankyou, Kyleen & other Equine lovers
Free Abdi-Advocate for Refugees
"Stepping up detentions and deportations will not only cost taxpayers billions of dollars but will also break apart families and place vulnerable individuals...in peril." The Center for American Progress "The impact of nearly two-and-a-half decades of conflict in Somalia, compounded by drought and other natural hazards, challenges the resilience and coping mechanisms of Somalia's most vulnerable citizens." United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Abdulkadir Sharif Abdi Mohamed, known to his family and friends as Abdi, is a native citizen of Somalia. He came to the United States in 1996. He faced adversities and struggled to adjust to his new life as a 17 year old refugee in a strange country. Regardless of his traumatic past and new challenges, he learned from his behaviors and experiences, and has evolved into a stand-up human being. At this time, Abdi is being detained and threatened with deportation. Sending him back to Somalia would endanger his life. It would also tear apart a loving marriage to a U.S. citizen, and so much more! Here is what Abdi has been contributing to his local community and this country for the past decade: Abdi lives by a strict code of service to others, love, and recovery. Abdi works diligently at a treatment center in Minneapolis, Minnesota assisting scores of Americans triumph over addiction. Abdi visits prisons and mental health institutions with a message of hope and change to people struggling with various addictions and health issues. Together Abdi and his wife welcome struggling individuals into their home. They help them find purpose and pursue a better way of life, which those individuals then do with still others. A stay of removal has been approved for Abdi, but it’s just the beginning of the fight. His case must be reopened and appear before a judge. Every step of Abdi’s path is a miniscule representation of the struggle of so many refugees in the United States today. These people have known unspeakable atrocities. They have not only survived but thrived. They work, pay taxes, and are a vital part of what makes America great! Here is what we, the signers of this petition, ask for Abdi, and people like him: We ask for a just assessment and process to bring Abdulkadir Sharif Abdi Mohamed home to his wife, and the people who love him in Minnesota. We ask that ICE officials, and the facilities where they house detainees, treat individuals with decency, and meet basic humanitarian standards of care. We ask that any person within the United States, regardless of country of origin, not be deemed "criminal" simply because they are here, or have adverse histories, without a thorough process and evaluation into their current lives. For more information and connection to Abdi’s fight, search @abdifreeathome on Facebook and Twitter
End Overprescription of Opioids
Opioids are way over prescribed and because of that many people are becoming addicted to this very dangerous drug. Doctors are getting payed off by big pharmaceutical companies to suggest this as a treatment for pain. Many of the patients don't know the likely potential of becoming addicted and overdosing. Opioids are often a gateway drug to terrible drugs like heroin. 65% of heroin users said that Opioids lead them to heroin, according to medicine.wustl.edu. There needs to be strict laws and more education about when Opioids are appropriate to be used. Laws are necessary to make it illegal to pay off doctors. In 2014 and 2015, opioid manufacturers paid hundreds of doctors across the country six-figure sums for speaking, consulting and other services, according to a cnn and Harvard analysis. More education is necessary because when these patients are agreeing to go on this medication they are unaware of the fact that it is very addictive and very easy to overdose on. Without these solutions people will continue to overdose. In 2014, approximately 20,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose, according to addictions.com. With these steps that number people will go down and there will be less heroin users.