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 Calling Immigrant Prisons "Detention Centers"
My name is Sylvester Owino, and I was in “immigrant detention” for 9 years. My name is Carlos Hidalgo, and for a year and half I was incarcerated in “immigrant detention centers.” That is what the media, government, and for-profit prison companies who run these facilities call them, but in reality, these are immigrant prisons. These prisons incarcerate children, families, and members of our community. People in immigrant prisons are not serving a sentence, but simply awaiting the outcome of our request to stay in the US. Those of us who have lived behind the locked gates and barbed wire know that the term “detention center” does not accurately describe the conditions and truth of what happens on the inside. We, who have survived these brutal places, are requesting that media organizations - The Associated Press, The New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post, and other influential media outlets, call these facilities what they are: immigrant prisons. Until we are honest about the fact that these are prisons, the inhumane conditions inside will continue to be covered up by the term “detention center,” and the corporations running the facilities will continue to make millions off of the suffering of the people inside. If these are harmless “detention centers” … Why do they look like prisons, why are they run like prisons, and why are they owned by prison companies? We were incarcerated in facilities run by the two largest for-profit prison companies in the country. Carlos was in GEO Group’s Adelanto immigrant prison, and Sylvester in CCA’s Otay immigrant prison in San Diego, among other facilities. We both experienced countless human rights abuses. We worked for the for-profit prisons for $1 a day, cleaning and cooking. Carlos was put in solitary confinement for 6 days for organizing a hunger strike to protest inhumane treatment. Sylvester filed complaints on behalf of friends who were beaten by guards. In Adelanto immigrant prison, 3 people have died in the last 7 months, and 6 people have attempted suicide since December 2016. Dozens of us have gone on hunger strikes to try and change things. In order to end the abuse, we must first call them prisons and then close them. Starting with Adelanto. Sylvester & Carlos Supported by: o Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, IEIYC o Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, ICIJ o Freedom for Immigrants
Safe Air in the Air, Quest for Airlines to Ban NUTS.
In August 2017 I almost lost my life. I have severe food allergies, many of which can lead to a life threatening anaphylactic reaction. On the flight home from our family vacation the airlines served roasted mixed nuts without any announcement. The stewardess stated she was not serving "peanuts" when I told her I was allergic to all nuts. Despite calling the airlines in advance to make them aware of my severe nut allergy. The representative had reassured us that our flights would not be serving any nuts as they no longer do this. She was sadly mistaken. My lips became pallor, my voice started to become raspy and I began to have a difficult time breathing. I took what Benadryl I had and two Epi-pens. The airlines has no protocol for anaphylactic reactions. My husband had to ask if they had oxygen. Another stewardess applied ice to the back of my neck while wearing latex gloves. I'm allergic to latex potentially making my reaction even worse. My husband was asked to make the decision to divert the plane. He did fearing a secondary reaction. I shook violently from the Epinephrine and unable to talk I could not correct the medics when they said I consumed peanuts. Not once did I touch or eat the nuts. In route to the hospital my Glasgow coma scale went down to a 3, the lowest score and completely unresponsive. My husband covered our kids eyes as they wheeled my lifeless body into the hospital as they continued to ventilate my lungs. I was admitted for observation with elevated vitals. My family was stranded with nothing or anywhere to stay. All the shaking aggravated my previous medical condition, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. To no avail physical and occupational therapy and botox injections did not help this time. On December 21st at Johns Hopkins I had a first rib resection, scalene and pectoral minor release. I struggle to this day to hold my son or daily normal activiies. My daughter and I struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and are going to therapy. So many people do not understand the severity of food allergies because they themselves do not know someone that is affected by a life-threatening allergy. The lack of knowledge can fester anger over a mere snack however I believe their feelings would be different if it were their loved one. It's something no one chooses to have or want. There is a huge misconception that a nut allergy is only to peanuts when it can be all nuts. Some reactions can be so deadly that they do not have to be consumed. I'm lucky to be alive today and I believe it's because its to have Safe Air in the Air, Quest for Airlines to ban NUTS. Protocols need to be in place and change needs to happen on what can be served on airplanes. Can we all be safe while flying in the air. Can airlines not serve other snacks besides nuts. Why does it have to be the snack of choice? We protect our children in schools can we not do the same for those who are flying 30,000 feet in the air. Please sign and share my petition and help make the vital changes to the airline industry and help educate those who do not know how detrimental it can be by sharing my story https://www.facebook.com/1411750451/posts/10217183835973944/ Please help me save another life.
Poor children deserve a question in the presidential debates
No child living in America today should have to worry about whether they’ll have a place to sleep at night or enough food to eat. But these are daily realities for the 1 in 6 poor children in this country. Children like me. Growing up on the North Side of Minneapolis, I know what it means to struggle. I’ve been homeless, spending school nights sleeping on park benches. I’ve been hungry, not knowing where my next meal would come from. I know what it means to have to work to support your family when you need to be focusing on school. And I know that other kids shouldn’t have to face these struggles. Every child in America should be able to focus on learning, growing, and just being a kid. Did you know it’s been 20 years since there was a question about how to address child poverty in a presidential debate? But a child is born into poverty every minute in this country. Those children will face hunger, homelessness, illness, violence and toxic stress. And those children deserve answers about how the next president of the United States is going to make sure they get a fair shot at a better life. Ignoring this issue on the national debate stage sends a signal that children living in poverty are not a priority. To fix the problem, we need to put a spotlight on it. That’s why I’m calling for a question in the presidential debates about child poverty. I want to know what the next president is going to do to make sure the next generation won’t struggle like I did. Will you join me? Please sign the petition today.
MSNBC Please Renew the Lawrence O'Donnell Show. He has Many Devoted Viewers.
MSNBC Please Renew the Lawrence O'Donnell Show. He has Many Devoted Viewers. We Appreciate his Dedication to Bring us the Truth with Style and Intelligence. We learn something every day from Lawrence.
He is a model student-athlete at Christopher Columbus High with an unweighted (non-curved) 4.09 GPA and letters of interest from over 15 colleges including Yale. He is representative of what any parent wants for their kids, and now his whole life is being destroyed. Luther Johnson, V, (“LJV”) has been banned from ALL sports by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FSHAA) for his entire upcoming Senior Year over two approximately 20-second on-the-field non-malicious plays during two very active Lacrosse games where two seasoned Lacrosse coaches (including a college coach) reviewed the video and one stated “no more than a 1-2 minute penalty” should have been called not only on LJV, but “#99” in that game who committed a non-malicious hard hit prior to LJV, and the other stated that LJV’s hit was “no worse than the three before it;” that LJV was “just physically stronger than the other player and made an aggressive slide hitting the player with his shoulder.” LJV has never been disciplined academically or in any sport prior to this year. He was recently elected President of his school’s Christian fellowship. His Principal, Asst. Principal, and Athletic Director previously testified in his behalf before the FHSAA to overturn this sanction and his Athletic Director is a prior member of that FHSAA committee. But despite the statements of the well-seasoned Lacrosse coaches, LJV’s stellar academic and athletic history, the School’s testimony, his parent’s testimony, and even LJV himself showing remorse and humbly asking to be reinstated, the FHSAA upheld this one-year ban which equates to a lifetime ban from all sports because this is LJV’s last year! The FHSAA reasoned they gave him a second chance by reducing the prior sanction of 6 weeks to 5 weeks after he was penalized in an earlier Lacrosse game this year where he was the only African-American on the field (and his team) and was repeatedly called the “N” word by other players from the opposing team. That was his first ever offense and the FHSAA suspended him for 6 weeks. The Final hearing before the FHSAA's Board of Directors is this Monday, June 10, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. After that, it takes Court action to resolve this problem and time is running out. Let the FHSAA know that you will not tolerate the very institution designed to promote student-athlete excellence over-punishing this high-school kid for a mistake on the field during an active physical-contact game of a physical-contact sport where he had no malice and showed remorse to the committee. He can’t even practice with his high-school teammates. We’re not a nation who throws the good kids out with the bathwater. Their one-year ban for his remaining scholastic life will damage his whole life! Here are the 5 things YOU can do to make YOUR Voice heard in the Fight to Save LJV! 1. Share this story and compel Others to join the fight. 2. Sign this #HelpUsFightForLJV petition 3. COME to the Final Hearing on Monday 06/10/19 at 1 PM at Christopher Columbus High School. It starts exactly at 1 PM and is only 20 minutes long before the FHSAA renders its on-the-spot decision so arrive between 12 Noon - 12:15 to gain access to the school. Mr. Johnson (LJV's father will be standing out front.) 4. If you can't come to the meeting, CALL the FHSAA (352-372-9551 x 240, Craig Damon) on Monday before 10 AM and demand this sanction be overturned! 5. Donate to help cover LJV's legal fees on his parent's Go Fund Me page by clicking this link: https://www.gofundme.com/justice-luther-fhsaa-1-yr-suspension-atty-fee
Open Letter to the Press
America is at war, a war of information. The Mainstream Media has decided to wage war on President Trump, and by association, the American people. Over 200 media personalities (journalist) have signed a letter that states, in part: Trump’s condoning of political violence is part of a sustained pattern of attack on a free press—which includes labeling any reportage he doesn’t like as “fake news” and barring reporters and news organizations whom he wishes to punish from press briefings and events. One of the pillars of a free and open democracy is a vibrant free press. At his inauguration the President of the United States swears to protect the U.S. Constitution, including the First Amendment. This President is utterly failing to do so and actively working not simply to undermine the press, but to incite violence against it as well. In a lawsuit filed by PEN, the writer’s organization, against Donald Trump, they charge him with violating the First Amendment. We, the undersigned, past and present members of the Fourth Estate, support this action. We denounce Donald Trump's behavior as unconstitutional, un-American and utterly unlawful and unseemly for the President of the United States and leader of the free world. We The People, undersigned, emphatically denounce these accusations by the press, and wish to instead hold the "news" accountable for the sustained negative attacks on our President. The never ending platform given to extremist who are inciting violence towards anyone with whom their ideas they do not align, is unacceptable. A free and open press has a responsibility to report the news, factually, not generate extremist rhetoric. We formally call on the Mockingbird Media to break free from globalist control, and start doing what is right for America. Signed, American Patriot #KAG
Give the US Virgin Islands equal media coverage during hurricanes as any state would have
On Sept 6, Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane headed towards the United States Virgin Islands as a direct hit and there was minimal media coverage. With winds upwards of 195mph, the small islands of St. Thomas, St. John & St. Croix were bracing themselves to what everyone knew was going to be a catastrophic event. The major broadcasting stations, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, MSNBC only spoke of the impact Hurricane Irma might have on “Florida”. Hurricane Irma was days away from impacting that state. Thankfully Residents of the USVI could rely on their own local radio station, WSTA 1340 and Governor Mapp’s press conferences which were immensely helpful to try to prepare themselves. Friends and family here in the states were left anxiously trying to scramble through the internet to get real time updates about the impending category 5 hurricane and the possible impacts it would have to their friends/family living/visiting on the islands. St. Thomas, St. John & St. Croix are territories of the United States however they are continuously left out of major media reporting when it matters the most. These 3 islands are usually lumped into the same sentence as their British Or Dutch neighboring islands. It seems like it has become a frequently forgotten fact that St. Thomas, St. John or St. Croix are territories of the United States. It is now Sept 19 and here we are again with a Hurricane, Maria, another category 5 hurricane about to further devastate our small islands, our "United States" Virgin Islands and the major broadcasting stations barely give mention to what is about to happen. The USVI should not be an afterthought, they deserve the same media exposure, attention, aid and assistance that any other state in the US would get in the coming and in the wake of an event this significant. The USVI residents are Americans as well. It’s about time, the media starts treating them as such. #VIStrong
Negligent Doctors In Nevada Butchering People, while the laws protect them
Hello my name is Panchitta Crespo. In March 2013 I had Fusion Thoracic surgery of the T7-T8 spine by apparently the top Spine & Neurosurgeon in Nevada. In order to do the surgery the doctor explained to me the only risk was death because the surgery is not performed often. The doctor also explained that their were only two entry point options to conduct the surgery. One was to open the entire chest wall and have to go through all the vital organs. The other was to enter from the side in my back. They had to remove part of my rib (which was not explained prior to surgery) and deflate my left lung (which was not explained prior to surgery). I was actually happy to finally be almost out of back pain if the surgery was a success. But it wasn't. I knew something wasn't right three months into recovery because I was immediately placed on oxygen. I went to the doctor and he said my surgery was a evasive one and I needed to allow more time to recover then the estimated (doctor prediction) three months. Then I went to see a lawyer, who refused the case and told me to allow more time to heal. What I didn't know was that lawyer had ties to the doctor. Here I was 36 years old, unable to breath, take a deep breath, laugh, sleep, or sleep on my left side. That following October 2013, I went to the restroom and lost feeling in my legs when I stood up. I fell and tore the ligaments in my right ankle and broke the calcaneous bone. The orthopedic surgeon said I had nerve damage in my legs from the back surgery. Then I was recommended by one of his doctors to see another great Neurosurgeon that happen to work at the same place with the previous doctor but was told he was different and would fix any mistakes the other doctor made. I still never had my ankle surgery because my back pain is more extensive pain then my ankle. So I went to see the new doctor and he viewed the surgery reports, xrays, MRI's, CT scans and my body itself. He saw that there was a pocket of fluid still there in my lung area which showed a lump, then he felt where my rib was bothering me, which was under my breast bone around to my back where my spine is at. He said I had intercostal nerve damage. He said this could be easily fixed by cutting part of the nerve so it will cause me to feel numbness in the area where my pain was. He assured me that all my pain would be over soon. Well I went in for his surgery August 2014. He said he was only going to cut one nerve right before in went into the operating room. When I was in recovery he told me that they drilled a hole in my sixth rib, shaved my fifth rib, cut some muscle and then cut two nerves instead of one. Not even 8hrs after surgery I was in the hospital bed stuck in a slump (bed ditch), I tried to scoot over to the left and ALL my ribs cracked on my left side causing me to scream in extreme pain. The nurses ran in but wanted to see if I tore my stitches and staples but as they tried to turn me on my side, my ribs cracked even more. I continued to scream and pray in Arabic. Then the nurses would not get me medical attention until the morning after they called the doctors. The surgeon got a CT scan and then asked did I want to go home, not even caring about my new condition. The primary doctor care doctor in charge of me ordered a xray and they both found that my ribs were now fractured. The primary care doctor placed me in a rehabilitation center for a few weeks. I couldn't walk (sometimes still can't), bathe myself (need assistance now), use the restroom by myself, feed myself, twist, turn, bend, and my breathing was worse and worse of all I lost my memory. I underwent physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy for several weeks. I was released because of insurance reasons. I went back to the surgeon and got a new CT scan done and the surgeon said my ribs was worse then before and needed immediate attention of a new surgery to put a new plate on my 5th, 6th & 7th ribs. I had no choice but to go through with it in November 2014 because of the pain I was still in. Well as of June 2015 I had to get a Neurostimulator implanted inside me because pain medications was not working and based on the newest CT scan, my screws in my ribs are loose and that is one of the reasons why I'm still in pain and jot healing. I've gone to see several lawyers and all said I have a case but will not help me based on having a conflict of interest and how the laws are set up. The law states that the patient has a year to file a case against a doctor. The problem is finding a doctor that will go against another doctor without jeopardizing his chances of receiving a referral and his reputation not be ruined in the medical community. I was told this information by a lawyer. I have written the state reps, governor, congress and everyone states I have to go through other people first. There is a chain of command . Each person forwarded my letter and did nothing to help me. Can you all please sign this petition to change this law in Nevada to get people like me a chance to not have their lives ruined by doctors like this. In the beginning i only had back pain and asthma. Now i have serious blood pressure problems, peripheral never damage, intercostal nerve damage, memory loss, edema, hypoxemia, osteoporosis, seizures, depression, anxiety. I cannot work anymore and I was a senior in college for Criminal Justice which I now can't pursue because I can barely get out of bed or help my kids or afford to put them in activities such as sports or dance like they was in before I became disabled by these doctors. Now it is 2017 and I have just had my 9th surgery. Four of my surgeries I've been sliced wide open and 5 of them I've had nerve blocks and epidural pain injections that did not help me one bit. I am on extensive pain medication but due to FDA regulations I cannot get enough to take away my pain at all. I need more then what they give me. I am not a drug addict but I do need more help. I also would like for these doctors licenses revoked and for them to at least help with my living arrangements. I know no money can take away my pain but at lease Ill be comforted that my children are cared for. Due to their negligence I am unable to pay for my children's education as well as provide for them in my home. I do not receive any assistance from the government and because of them I am on 22 medications that I have to pay for because medicare does not pay part D. I have to pay the copay for the insurance as well as the copays in the pharmacy for each medication. Please help me change the law. The doctors responsible for my disability are Dr. Stuart Kaplan and Dr. William Smith. Please help me stop them from hurting others.
Boycott the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner
Vanity Fair and The New Yorker magazine recently announced they were boycotting the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner. These outlets have decided to protest the Trump administration’s ongoing attack on truth and the freedom of the press. As President, Donald Trump has slandered unfavorable coverage of his policies and statements as “fake news” delivered by a “lying, dishonest press” -- a term disturbingly similar to the original German “Lügenpresse”, also used to discredit the press during a period of authoritarian rule in that country. Top White House strategist, Steve Bannon, declared the press to be “the opposition party” that should “shut its mouth”. And who can forget White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, who coined the infamous term “alternative facts” while pressing for networks to fire commentators who voice critical opinions of Trump. These antics are simply a continuation of the bullying and dangerous treatment Trump encouraged against members of the press at his political rallies -- placing our free press under threat. Every media outlet (and every citizen) should reject this un-American behavior by our government, on principle. Our media outlets should join Vanity Fair and the New Yorker by boycotting this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. If you support and respect a free press and it’s role in safeguarding our democracy, please sign and share this petition today.