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Susan Rice

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Susan Rice is the United States National Security Advisor. Rice is a former U.S. diplomat, former Brookings Institution fellow, and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

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Petitioning Michelle Obama

From the grassroots women leaders of Congo to the women leaders of the White House

“We have had enough. We call upon our global sisterhood to take action. We will not be quiet until REAL Peace is upon us.” On November 20, 2012, M23 rebels seized Goma, a major city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, reigniting a war that has ravaged the region for 16 years. Neema Namadamu and a group of grassroots women leaders who call themselves the Maman Shujaa ('Hero Women' in Swahili) are calling on you and US woman leaders Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, and Michelle Obama to take immediate action in solidarity with the women of the Congo. I was born in a very remote village in South Kivu Province, eastern Congo. I belong to a marginalized tribe and I am crippled from Polio. But none of those things characterize me. I have a vision for my country—a new and peaceful Congo—that compels me, and its destiny is driving me. War has ravaged my homeland for 16 years. Today, eastern Congo is labeled the worst place on earth to be a woman. We have been brutalized by our brothers who perpetrate violence on the bodies of their sisters, daughters, and mothers in the worst imaginable ways.  A woman is 134 times more likely to be raped in my region than a woman in the United States. Several months ago, soldiers indiscriminately beat my own daughter. Congo is home to the second largest rain forest in the world, behind Brazil, and 60% of all Africa’s forests. It has enough hydropower potential to power all of Africa. It has an estimated 24 trillion dollars of mineral wealth, far greater un-monetized wealth than any other nation in the world. But the mothers of its children live in poverty, in fear of being raped, daily losing their sons and husbands to endless wars. We are brutalized in unconscionable ways by monsters wearing military uniforms. We are tired of this. We have had enough. We know that we can create peaceful, sustainable communities in Congo through a holistic new model that ends violence, poverty, and the destruction of nature altogether. This July I set up a women’s internet café and media center and gathered grassroots women leaders across my region to discuss the future of our country. Within two months we had nearly 200 women activists reporting about life in war-torn DRC through the action media network World Pulse. We began speaking out—demanding the Congo we hold in our hearts to manifest all around us. As women, our solutions are inclusive, as they are rooted in family and community. But last week rebels took hold of Goma, inflicting more horrors upon its women and children—even pregnant women—and threatened to advance to our area. The region has been destabilized by this deadly power play and 140,000 people have been displaced.  We as women must join together now because WE CAN. Even in remote Congo we have become connected to our global sisterhood. We who are One with the 35 million+ women of the DRC, who are One with the 3.5 billion+ women of the world, are standing for an end to all violence and aggression in Eastern DRC. We will not be quiet until real peace is upon us.   We, the grassroots women leaders of eastern DRC, call upon our female counterparts in the White House—our sisters Secretary Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Susan Rice, Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and First Lady Michelle Obama—to speak with your President on our behalf and ensure a true peace process begins in our homeland. We ask for the immediate appointment of a special presidential envoy to work with the African Union and United Nations to forge a peace process that addresses both the immediate crisis and the underlying longer-term economic and political interests of the parties involved. Only through a mediation of this level can we hope to establish resolution among the numerous states, rebel armies, and special interests who have long fueled this conflict and humanitarian crisis. And, it is essential that any action ensures Congolese women—who are uniquely positioned to act on behalf of family and community—have a voice in the peace process and a seat at the table. STAND WITH US! Sincerely, Neema Namadamu and the Maman Shujaa (‘Hero Women’) of the Democratic Republic of Congo  

Neema Namadamu
108,197 supporters
Petitioning Center for Presidential Transition, Bernie Sanders, Susan Rice, Michelle Obama, Joe Boden, barack obama, jkaufman-waldron@jbrpt​.​org , Jacob Waldron

President-elect Biden: Help Stop UAE Drones & Eritrean Forces Killing Tigreans in Ethiopia

The US government, as a responsible superpower that espouses democratic value and freedom across the globe, has a moral and ethical responsibility to live up to its commitment to these ideals. On the other hand, if it fails to live up to its promises, in this case to stand with the people of Tigray, at the very least, it is by omission or commission supporting the regional war and genocide on Tigrai, Ethiopia. It has increasingly become apparent that the current Trump administration seems to support the coalition of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed; the dictator of Eritrea, Esayas Afwerki in the relentless bombardment, mass killings and looting coupled with UAE’s drones. The tacit support of the current US government amid the  genocidal in/actions against the innocent people of Tigray shall be recorded as one of yet another dark-spot in the US history. How can the US tolerate such a complete destruction of a minority tribe as the world knows it? How can the US remain silent when about 7 million people in Tigrai, Ethiopia are completely cutoff from the rest of the world by a dictator, depriving them from any form of communication, water, food, electricity and free movement? If this is not an act of active genocide, what is it for the US government? No national interest or geopolitical importance should be calculated at the expense of people that are forced to endure unjustified killings, displacements, and hunger for no fault of theirs. Although it is too little too late, the US should stop supporting Abiy Ahmed, the dictator of Eritrea, Esayas Afwerki and the Drones’ bombardment of the UAE on Tigrai, and start playing a decisive role by making meaningful intervention to influence the Ethiopian government to commit for immediate cessation of hostilities and solve the conflict through all-inclusive dialogue according to the constitution of Ethiopia and the will of the people of Tigrai. As the traditionally defacto global watchdog for democracy and justice, we expect the US government to play a leading role in the adoption of the following measures to help minimize the effects of the ongoing war crime and genocide on the ground in Tigrai, Ethiopia: a. The immediate cessation of hostilities. b. Immediate opening of corridors for the safe and unfettered passage of humanitarian aid. c. The immediate restoration of communications, electricity and other services to the people of Tigray. d. Dispatch an international team of experts for an independent investigation on the war crimes on the ground. e. All parties to commit to a peaceful resolution of the conflict. f. Immediate deployment of peace keepers along the Tigray-Eritrea border. g. Immediate withdrawal of foreign troops (Eritrea and Somalia) and government allied militias from the Amhara region and other hostile ethnic groups as well as the redeployment of federal government troops outside Tigray and the immediate restoration of the status quo ante. Security and Justice for Tigreans in Ethiopia, SJTE

Security and Justice for Tigreans in Ethiopia
11,487 supporters
Petitioning Ted Cruz, Texas Governor, Bill Flores, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, City of Austin, Texas, Louie Gohmert, Alma A. Allen, Al Green, Joaquín Castro, Greg Abbott, Tony Tinderholt, Jeb Hensar...

Removal of the Confederate statue at Sherman Texas Court house

This petition is for the removal of the Confederate statue located at the court house in downtown Sherman, TX. Black lives matter and so does George Hughes' life. The African American man who was burned alive inside of a safe at the old court house in Sherman Texas in 1930. His dead body was then hooked to a chain and dragged throughout the black community by Confederate supporters, then hung from a tree in front of a black owned Drug store that was then burned down. This riot in Sherman, TX in the 1930s affected every thriving African American business owners and families in Sherman as well other towns in and around Grayson County at that time and still does to this day. Most if not all black businesses were burned to the ground and a marshal law was later enforced to protect members of the black community from Confederate supporters in Sherman Texas threatening to harm them. George Hughes' body was given to the black funeral home, however that funeral home had been burned down. Because of this his body was then given to a white funeral home and they ended up burying his body on one of the city of Sherman lots. He never received a proper burial or historical monument nor historical marker. Instead of a memorial being built in respect of this great tragedy. A Confederate statue remains as a symbol of slavery, Treason against the United States of America and ultimate racism on the land he was killed. The Swanson Confederate statue was removed in Dallas Texas at DFW love field inco junction with George hughes," Swanson also noted the title “One Riot, One Ranger” came from a Ranger's report of a scene at the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman in 1930, when a black man stood trial for assaulting a white woman. The mob eventually set fire to the courthouse and roasted the black man alive after he sought refuge in a courthouse safe. George Hughes and the hate crimes that were committed in the Sherman area in 1930 symbolizes what the Confederate staues in Sherman Texas stands for a contentious reminder of evil, slavery, racism, ignorance and hate for the African American to be free ,and equal. It must be removed, and our society needs to be educated on the historical ills of racism in American society.

Terrell Hughes
8,658 supporters
Petitioning Secretary of State, US Congress and President of the United States

Secretary of State John Kerry, Help End the Conflict in the Congo

Take Action! Let Secretary of State Kerry know you want US to change its policy in the Congo.The Democratic Republic of the Congo, located in the heart of Africa and vital to the future of the African continent, has experienced the deadliest conflict in the world since World War Two. An estimated six million lives have been lost since 1996 when U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda first invaded the Congo. Both countries invaded the Congo again in 1998 and continue to sponsor proxy rebel groups inside the Congo resulting in tremendous suffering on the part of the civilian population.Recognizing the destructive role that Rwanda and Uganda have played in the Congo, as Senator, Barack Obama sponsored a bill that was co-sponsored by Senator Hillary Clinton, called the Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security and Democracy Promotion Act, Public Law 109-456. Although the bill was signed into law by President Bush in 2006, very little has been done to implement the law. There is a key provision in Section 105 of that law that if implemented could play a constructive role in addressing the current instability and conflict in the east of Congo, which has displaced over 100,000 Congolese since March.Section 105 says "The Secretary of State is authorized to withhold assistance made available under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151 et seq.), other than humanitarian, peacekeeping, and counter terrorism assistance, for a foreign country if the Secretary determines that the government of the foreign country is taking actions to destabilize the Democratic Republic of the Congo."  Click here to take action.  

Friends of the Congo
3,637 supporters
Petitioning UN Security Council

Authorize AU & ECOWAS to protect UNESCO sites & people in Timbuktu & Gao

  We ask the United Nations Security Council to issue an emergency resolution authorizing the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)—and each member state  --to take all necessary steps to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Mali and to preserve the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Timbuktu and Gao.  In the guise of religious purification, foreign-backed Islamic extremists (Ansar Dine, MUJAO, Boko Haram), claiming alliance with Al-Qaeda of the Desert (AQMI), are savagely and single-mindedly attacking the people, sacred shrines and World Heritage Sites in Mali. This ominous destruction is not without precedent. History teaches that the real intent is not only to destroy Africa’s history and cultural legacy but to redesign the African continent according to foreign interests. Thus, the destiny of a race is also playing out in Mali. We cannot allow this history to repeat itself. Malian Culture Minister Diallo Fadima Touré’s “Cry from the heart,” has been felt around the world, as centuries-old monuments and shrines are being leveled and swept away like so much rubbish. With a profound appreciation of African history as the world’s history, UNESCO stands with those in Mali who seek to preserve Africa’s heritage. We join the international community in demanding an end to these crimes against the people of Mali and against human civilization. Why should everyone, especially African Americans, be outraged? In his 1987 book, The Journey of the Songhai People, the great historian and teacher, the recently deceased Dr. Edward Robinson, Jr., explained that the enslaved ancestors of many Africans in the Americas—whether from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, etc.--came from areas that were once part of the Songhoy Empire. Yet, how many of us know that African American history does not begin with slavery in the Americas? Timbuktu, where these religious extremist forces now celebrate their destruction of ancient Islamic manuscripts, mausoleums and tombs—the creations of Africans--was the site of Sankore University, Africa’s great 15th century world-class center of learning.   Who appreciates that Songhoy Emperor Askya Mohammed financed this highly advanced educational institution? Who is aware that Sunni Ali Ber, the founder of the Songhoy Empire, liberated Timbuktu in 1464 from Arab slave-trading domination? How many realize that it was the defeat and destruction of the Songhoy Empire in 1591, by similar invading mercenaries, that opened the way for the massive deportation and enslavement of our African ancestors? Destroying Africa’s proud and informing history denies our heritage and resilient cultural identity and also robs all future generations of this vital human history. But there have always been fearless defenders who resisted, survived such onslaughts, and who did not forget. For example, in 1820, free Africans in New Jersey established a thriving community, which they named “Timbuctoo,” that was an important stop on the Underground Railroad.  During this period when slavery was the law of the land, those African Americans were armed and valiantly defended themselves against “slave catchers.” This spirit of resistance exists in Mali today. Young people in Gao, facing-down heavily armed invaders with bare hands and brave hearts, have been shot dead. Undaunted, their present vigil protecting the ancient mosque of Askya Mohammed demands our support. We call upon people of conscience of all backgrounds, everywhere, to stand with those in Mali determined to return legitimate power, peace and good democratic governance guided by ancient African wisdom to Mali’s citizens.  We ask that you sign this petition urging the UN Security Council—and all UN member states-- ECOWAS and the African Union to bring an immediate end to the attacks on the people and sacred sites of Timbuktu and Gao for the sake of the world’s precious heritage in Mali.                                                                             Portuguese Translation: ABAIXO-ASSINADO Nós, abaixo-assinados, solicitamos, ao Conselho de Segurança de Organização das Nações Unidas que emita uma resolução de emergência autorizando a União africana (AU), a Comunidade Econômica do Oeste Africano (ECOWAS) e cada um de seus estados-membro a tomar todas  as medidas necessárias  para responder à crise humanitária  no Mali e, assim,   preservar os  sítios em Timbuktu e Gao,  avaliados pela UNESCO como   Patrimônios da Humanidade. A título de purificação religiosa, extremistas islâmicos(Ansar Janta, MUJAO, Boko Haram) estrangeiros ao Mali, alegando  apoio e aliança com Al-Qaeda do Deserto (AQMI), estão selvagem e tenazmente atacando as pessoas, relicários sagrados e sítios considerados Patrimônios da Humanidade.  Tal nefasta destruição é sem precedentes. A História ensina que a intenção real vai muito além de destruir a história e o legado cultural da África, intenta reformular o continente africano de acordo com interesses estrangeiros. Assim sendo, o destino de uma raça está em jogo no Mali. Não podemos permitir que esta história se repita.  O “grito saído do coração” do Ministro da Cultura do Mali, Diallo Fadima de Touré, foi ouvido mundo afora, clamando por monumentos seculares, relicários destruídos, varridos como se fossem lixo. Com profunda consideração pela história africana,  parte da história da humanidade, a UNESCO  está junto com aqueles que no Mali  buscam preservar a herança africana. Nós, abaixo-assinados, nos unimos à comunidade internacional, para exigir fim a estes crimes contra o povo do Mali e contra civilização humana.  Por que devem, seres humanos, em particular africanos e afordescendentes, serem ultrajados? Em 1987 no livro de sua autoria – A Jornada do Povo Songhoy -  o eminente historiador e professor, recentemente falecido, Dr. Edward Robinson Jr. explicou que os escravizados, antepassados de muitos descendentes de africanos nas Américas, originários de Gana, Nigéria, Serra Leone, entre outros, vinham de áreas que, naquela época, eram parte do Império Songhoy. Ainda mais, quantos de nós sabemos que história dos descendentes dos escravizados nas Américas não começa com escravidão? Em Timbuktu, onde forças extremistas religiosas, hoje, celebram a destruição de manuscritos islâmicos antigos, mausoléus e túmulos - criações de africanos – se encontrava a Universidade de Sankore, o mais importante centro superior de aprendizagens na África do século XV.  Poucos, hoje, sabem que Imperador do povo Songhoy, Askya Maomé, financiou essa instituição de educação superior altamente avançada. Quem tem conhecimento de que o sunita Ali Ber,  fundador do Império de Songhoy, libertou Timbuktu, em 1464, do tráfico de escravos explorado por árabes? Quantos sabem que a derrota e destruição do Império de Songhoy em 1591, invadido mercenários, a semelhança do que ocorre em nossos dias, abriram caminho para a  massiva deportação e escravização de africanos, antepassados nossos?  Tentando destruir a honra da África, informações sobre sua história, pretende-se negar nossa herança e forte identidade cultural de afrodescendentes, além de privar todas as gerações futuras dessa vigorosa história humana.  No entanto, sempre houve defensores  corajosos que resistiram e sobreviveram a  assaltos como esses,  que não esqueceram a herança africana. Por exemplo, em 1820, africanos livres em Nova Jersey, nos Estados Unidos, estabeleceram uma comunidade próspera, que nomearam "Timbuctoo," denominação que se estendeu a importante estação de trem. Durante o período em que a escravidão era lei, escravizados armados valentemente se defenderam  dos  capitães-de-mato. O mesmo espírito de resistência se encontra no Mali  de hoje. Jovens, na cidade de Gao, de mãos vazias e peito aberto, enfrentaram invasores fortemente armados e foram mortos a tiros.  Mesmo assim, sem medo, sobreviventes têm feito vigílias para proteger a mesquita antiga de Askya Maomé. Seu destemor está a exigir o apoio de todos nós.   Conclamamos, pois, as pessoas de consciência de todos os pertencimentos étnico-raciais e grupos sociais, onde quer estejam, que se juntem àqueles que, no Mali, estão determinados a ter de retorno o poder legítimo, a paz e o governo democrático, sempre guiados por secular sabedoria africana.  Diante do exposto, o/a convidamos a assinar o abaixo-assinado,  no qual se solicita, ao Conselho de Segurança da Organização das Ações Unidas e a todos os seus estados-membros,  que emitam resolução de emergência, autorizando a União Africana e a Comunidade Econômica do Oeste Africano a   buscar meios para imediata suspensão  dos ataques  a pessoas e a locais sagrados de Timbuktu e do Gao, heranças preciosas do Mali, patrimônios da Humanidade.   

Joyce King
1,794 supporters