Tony Abbott MP
Tony Abbott MP
Marise Payne, act now to #BringJamesRicketsonHome or my innocent father will die in jail
VICTORY! James Ricketson is now free, thanks in no small part to everyone who signed this petition. Dad wants to thank you all for your ongoing support, we couldn't have done it without you. Now, we hope that we can channel that incredible energy: we want to get impoverished Cambodian families out of the rubbish dumps they live in, and into homes. Visit Family by Family to learn how you can help. My Australian adopted dad, James Ricketson has the kindest heart - yet he’s holed up in a Cambodian prison without even having committed a crime. Unless the Australian government responds quickly, my innocent dad could die in jail. I’m petrified - every day matters now as he gets sicker. I’m so worried for dad’s rapidly deteriorating health - He is almost 70 frail and squashed in a tiny cell with 140 others. It’s so cramped, they have to take it in turns to lie down. Body lice are eating him alive. Dad is an Australian documentary maker/journalist. His only crime is kindness and using his award winning documentaries to portray the truth. The Cambodian government is holding him indefinitely without charge for the ridiculous and untrue accusation of espionage / spying as an Australian citizen - which carries 15 years. All he did was fly a drone over an opposition party rally, which isn’t even illegal. There is a new Foreign Minister – Marise Payne – who hasn’t made up her mind on James’ case yet. Dad was making a documentary about Australia’s abused street kids when he adopted me and loved me as his own daughter. He saved my life. He was one of the first men in my life to show me kindness but now the Australian government has turned their back on him.
Stop the banks from profiting from your loved one's death
Did you know that when your husband/wife/partner dies, banks will continue to charge interest on their credit cards, loans or other accounts, even after you have advised the bank of their date of death? They will also charge your deceased partner late payment fees. Furthermore, after you obtain Probate to handle your partner's estate, did you know the bank will NOT return those accrued interest / charges to you, even after you have paid off any outstanding credit card or loan amounts? On average it takes 10 weeks to obtain probate in NSW, so that's minimum 10 weeks of interest accruing if you are organised enough to have a lawyer apply for probate immedately after a death, which, let's face it, no one is thinking about for a at least a month when you lose your life partner. (In Australia today the average time after death by which people obtain Probate is actually 6 to 9 months.) You have to ASK the bank for that money back. And they are not obliged to do so. When I asked for loan amounts to be corrected to the date of his death, they just said "no". After my husband died last year, a bank refused to repay fees and interest that they had added to my husband's loans. I had probate and was executing his estate appropriately and with the assistance of my lawyer. They even refused to speak to my lawyer, only me, after I lodged a complaint with the Financial Ombudsman, hence causing me months of further distress. They did NOTHING until I went public with my plight on social media last year. Finally in order to settle our affairs, I had to sign a confidentiality agreement that I would never disclose the bank's name. It was a nightmare and noone should have to endure this on top of the trauma of a significant loss. This is WRONG! Grieving families have enough to deal with without greedy banks exploiting them when they are at their most vulnerable. Please sign this petition to ask the Australian government to help us lobby for change to this unfair and greedy practice by financial institutions. This is in memory of darling late husband, Michael Vaughan.
Unhomeless the Homeless Individuals and their Companion Animals in California
*♡♡♡PLEASE♡♡♡*REMEMBER♡♡♡*THAT THE NUMBERS LISTED IN THIS PETITION REPRESENT ACTUAL *♡♡♡HUMAN BEINGS♡♡♡* **Declare State of Emergency in California for All Homeless Individuals and their Companion Animals THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES IMMEDIATELY ENACT AND PUT INTO ACTION AN EMERGENCY PLAN IS THE ONLY RESPONSE TO SAVE LIVES OF OUR HOMELESS MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND THEIR COMPANION ANIMALS NOW ! The City has failed to shelter the most vulnerable. All seven Respite Centres are full, the two 24-hour women’s drop-ins and the Out of the Cold program are over capacity on many nights and there are insufficient beds in the system. Instead, fifty people sleep in chairs there each night. They are the lucky ones. Hundreds upon hundreds of people are forced to sleep outside due to failed shelter and housing policies. They are in grave danger. Their precarious situation has been exacerbated by the onslaught of an early winter leaving them completely exposed and vulnerable. A walk through the city confirms what front-line workers are telling us: there have never been this many people sleeping in our streets and parks before. The number of beds and the close proximity of sleeping accommodations for each individual that is not safe social distancing less than two to four feet apart with shared men and women's bathrooms for the entire group. Also the city shelters are not year round and where Aeons individual has to leave early in the morning and not come till late at night so there's no safety from extreme weather or rain or cold or extreme heat, not to mention no safety precautions whatsoever for the pandemic that is occurring now. The plans to bring more beds in crowded and shared living facilities in one large room or Auditorium in the followings months or years will not be sufficient to accommodate those in need. Furthermore, during an Extreme Cold Weather Alert there is NO Warming Centers at ALL for the entire City. In order to prevent more deaths and suffering, we request the City of Los Angeles enact an Emergency Plan. The aim Emergency Plan to provide the framework for extraordinary arrangements and measures that can be taken to protect the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the City of Los Angeles IMMEDIATELY ~ TODAY !!°°. It would allow the Mayor to MANDATE the following Emergency ACTIONS to implemented immediately today ! 1. Make a formal statement declaring that homelessness and the social housing situation are an emergency necessitating immediate action. 2. Request help from the Federal and State governments for funding and resources necessary to deal with this deadly crisis. 3. Establish an Emergency Task Force from relevant departments at the City, including Public Health; Shelter, Support and Housing Administration; Emergency Management; Real Estate; Parks, Forestry and Recreation; for the purpose of resolving issues related to the crisis. 4. Create a Building Team from all three levels of government that would identify vacant buildings owned by the City, Federal and Provincial governments that can be used to immediately shelter the hundreds who are homeless. 5. Redeploy staff from various City departments to implement the decisions of theEmergency Task Force and to provide support at respite sites, warming centres, and overnight drop-ins. 6. Invite the Red Cross to assist with emergency respite and warming centre operations, as they did in the winter of 2017-2018. 7. Start and have open a minimum of 20 permanently open Respite, Cooling, and Warming Centers through out Los Angeles County. 8. Create Intake/pick up sites to more accessible and spacious site throughout the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County. 9. Create four to six additional Warming Centres throughout Los Angeles County that would allow people to easily access them. 10. Improve the safety and health outcomes in all Respite Centres that have 100 or more people staying in them by reducing capacity by one third. 11. Fast track breaking ground and building a minimum of one new low income apartment building in every city of Los Angeles County. 12. Implement the recommendations of the Faulkner Inquest, including the distribution of survival equipment and supplies (sleeping bags, fire retardant blankets, safe heat sources) to people who are living outside. Tents must be added to this list. Fund additional outreach teams to distribute these items. 13. Impose a moratorium on evictions of people living in all public spaces, including parks, ravines, and encampments. 14. Impose a moratorium on the removal of all encampments. 15. Create an emergency rent supplement program to prioritize the housing of vulnerable people including seniors and those with disabilities. 16. Allow the Building Team to devise and implement a strategy for the creation of 2,000 permanent shelter beds. 17. Allow the Building Team to devise and implement a five-year strategy for the building of transitional, supportive and rent-geared-to-income (RGI) social housing. 18. Expropriate buildings, left unused and vacant by owners, for immediate conversion to RGI social housing such as single room dwellings or transitional housing. 19. Extend the timeframe of all emergency shelters and Respite Centres so they operate year-round. 20. Create one hundred beds to replace those lost when the Out of the Cold program shuts down in April. We believe that homelessness needs to be declared as a state of emergency in the City of Los Angeles NOW. . We have witnessed homelessness increase in recent years and the municipal response has proved to be totally inadequate, UNSAFE, and with NO real response implemented into action. Enough meetings and/or canceled meetings to "Plan" possible "solutions" , not real-life actions or even implemented to address or identify any of the that are out there Real Life Solutions on the streets to help the actual people that are out there, new committees without real life speeches , , focus groups, surveys, proposals, and endless political rhetoric and hot air. ALL OUR LIVES ARE PUT AT SEVERE RISK by our smear not implementing nursing immediately for every day he waits he puts more and more and more and more LIVES that will be lost to this pandemic Mayor not immediately implementing actually work Lives are at stake On any given night, there are over 158,000 homeless people in California - 24% of the entire nation’s homeless population. In L.A. County, for example, the number of homeless people climbed 14% in a year to just over 60,000, according to the latest point-in-time count. **The Los Angeles County count found a 24% increase in homeless youth, defined as people under 25, and a 9% jump in people 62 or older. Officials estimate about 21% of people experiencing homelessness in the county are mentally ill or coping with substance abuse problems. About two-thirds of all people on the streets of metro Los Angeles are male, just under one-third are female, and about 3% identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. This year’s Count revealed that 24% of the unsheltered people experiencing homelessness—more than 9,200 people—were homeless for the first time last year. The majority (57%) cited economic hardship as the cause. Los Angeles County has the second largest population of homeless people of any region in the United States, according to a government report released Wednesday. In Los Angeles, 600,000 people are considered "severely rent burdened," which means they spend half their income on rent. More than 8,000 people became homeless here for the first time last year, according to the 2019 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report. "We are reaching levels of inequality that we have not seen since the Gilded Age," said Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union. The union helps organize tenant boycotts against things like rent increases and gentrification. **Updated 9/19** In L.A. County, for example, the number of homeless people climbed 13% in a year to just shy of 60,000, according to the latest point-in-time count. Within the city, the number soared to more than 36,000, a 17% increase. Los Angeles County's total — 59,988 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 96% of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 11% of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2019. The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 59,994 — an increase of 24% over the previous count. The HUD report found that on one night in January, nearly one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles. According to the report, overall homelessness increased nationwide this year for the first time in seven years, by slightly under 1% compared to 2018. On a given night across the country, 593,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report L.A.'s big increase in homelessness had a significant impact on the national numbers. Between 2016 and 2017, individual homelessness increased by 9% (19,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for over 60% of this increase. According to the report, Los Angeles County ranked:- *second nationally in the percent of unsheltered homeless, at 84.3 percent; - *first in the number of individuals who are homeless, at 57,082; - *first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,963; and *first in the number of homeless veterans (4až,476) and *first in the of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent). California had 194,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. The report said half the nation's homeless live in California and New York. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors. Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least 134,278 men, women and children -- 11,000 to 13,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes or safe shelters. More than 59,000 homeless people, or 43% of the state’s total, live in Los Angeles County. That number is up from about 36,000 just six years ago. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities. In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is. The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. ***********We need:*********** *Provide 50,000 more vouchers, through a combination of Housing Choice Vouchers and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers, two longstanding key programs that provide needed rental subsidies for extremely low-income Americans; *Increse the value of those vouchers to account for the high cost of rents in America’s cities and counties; and, *Create a program based on best-practices to incentivize landlords to work with voucher holders to find stable housing Specifically, we urge you to implement the following recommendations: (1) Create a system for secure storage of the personal property of people experiencing homelessness. Without reasonable provision for the storage and safety of homeless people’s possessions (for example, a site with a sixty gallon tub or shopping cart - sized public locker system), homeless encampments are inevitable. (2) Meet the basic medical and hygienic needs of the homeless people in our midst. Beyond simply assuring access to public restrooms throughout our cities / county during the day, we ask that you: a) Establish a system of easily accessible medical / hygienic facilities (perhaps through medical vans or hygienic equivalents) to be made available to homeless people during the day, so that they could be treated for simple ailments like colds or the flu, as well as have their persons and their belongings “deloused” (freed from bed bugs / lice) b) Establish a system of infirmaries and, if needed, one-night quarantine wards for those arriving ill or infested with bugs, so that homeless persons arriving at the shelters for the night can become confident that they will not simply contract the flu or pests while sleeping at the shelters. (3) Do not close shelters (that is, do not expel the people that the shelters are serving) before a reasonable hour (7-8 am). No one should be forced to leave a shelter at 5 or 6 am, literally into the cold and darkness, before most other businesses and services open. (4) Establish a system of “day centers,” often called “multipurpose centers,” so that people experiencing homelessness have safe places to go to during the day where they could have many of the above mentioned needs met, as well have places to receive counseling, access to phones and computers with internet access for jobs, possible family and/or friends to reconnect or simply to rest /recreate. (5) Respect the right of people experiencing homelessness to file complaints against homeless service providers and allow them to document the problems and complaints they have about the shelters through photography, video, or audio recordings MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTED NOW ! Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way. Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice. No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Every single man, woman, child, baby deserves a safe place to call home. Along with their cats, dogs, birds, fish, and all the other additional animals types that are "family pets/companionship and should be lovingly taken cherished in a home also. Please then Share this petition with your family, friends, neighbors, and on your social media to spread the word even further. Thank you for your support.
Campaigning to get Lipoedema Treatments and Surgeries completely available on the NHS.
Lipoedema is an incurable disorder where there is enlargement of both legs due to deposits of fat under the skin. Typically it gets worse over time, pain is present, and sufferers bruise very easily. In severe cases the trunk and upper body may be involved. Lipedema is commonly misdiagnosed as many women experiences just being told they are fat and need to diet. When in fact this will not help reduce the Edema that’s present. The cause is unknown but is believed to involve genetics and hormonal factors, including Trauma. It often runs in families. But many women go undiagnosed due to the lack of knowledge in Gp’s and Doctors. Risk factors include being overweight or obese. Other conditions that may present similarly include obesity, lipohypertrophy, chronic venous insufficiency, and lymphedema. Even though this is a chronic and painful condition there is currently no treatment available on the NHS as it’s seen as cosmetic. There are treatments available that could greatly reduce the swelling and pain but as of yet they are only available through the private sector and they cost thousands. One of the main reasons I am partitioning is I am one of the many many people diagnosed with this condition I’m 46 years old and it effects my confidence as a woman every day. There are so many women like me who are desperate to lead a normal quality of life and it feels incredibly unfair that the treatment that could greatly help us is still not available. So I’m asking for everyone’s support to raise awareness and take this partition to the goverment to get this chsnged.
Muslim concentration camps in China
Problem(PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT TO READ EVERYTHING IT WILL TAKE A MAXIMUM OF 6 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME.) China is putting muslims into internment (concentration) camps and no one is doin anything about it. They have detained over a million Uyghurs and other turkic muslims they are forced to denounce islam and pledge allegiance to the chinese state. Methods of torture are being used against them in exchange for any attempt of resistance (teeth pulled out, nails pulled out, snakes being used for "interrogation", beaten till dead, sterilisation, clamped down on a chair hours on end in solitary confinement). Muslims are being sent there for random reasons, any signs that they practice any aspect of islam or have any foreign relations. People are watched so closely that there are Han government caterers that are living in the Uyghur homes. Children are sent to boarding schools where they are taught to hate their own identity, their own religion and are subject to abuse. Parents dont know where their kids are. So why is China doing this to Uyghur and Turkic muslims specifically? East Turkestan is really rich in minerals and resources; by putting people into camps and basically carrying out an ethnic cleansing, china is attempting to maintain tight control over the mineral-rich land. Why has the world been so quiet about this situation? China has tightly controlled it's media so a lot of whats happening can not really be seen by the rest of the world (One of the main reasons why muslims with foreign contact are being detained is so there is no one to contact foreigners). Even when people/government know about it they are forced to keep silent due to chinese pressure and their economic and strategic ties to the country.Solution1. Raise awareness that this is happening because right now most of the world has no idea about this. 2. Pressure your government leaders to acknowledge chinese occupation of east Turkestan and its systematic campaign to wipe out the Uyughurs and other people of East Turkestan.3. Support your local Uyghur communities, they're in dire need of international support.4. Come out to their protests, organise protests in front of Chinese embassies and bodies that can acctually take action to challenge China's ethnic cleansing of the Uyghurs. Personal storyIts the humane thing to do.
Stop Boris Johnson and his GMO UK plan!
So, Boris Johnson is already out to ruin the country. Have you read he wants the UK to ‘liberate’ the bioscience sector by allowing the use of GMOs in the UK? Take a read here: https://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/19059-boris-johnson-in-first-speech-as-uk-s-new-prime-minister-promotes-gmo-crops If you haven’t read up about GMOs read now. Google the experiment between the GMO corn vs normal core where wild animals wouldn’t touch the GMO corn. Here’s a few things to note: Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise. GMOs cross pollinate and their seeds can travel. It is impossible to fully clean up our contaminated gene pool. Self-propagating GMO pollution will outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste. The potential impact is huge, threatening the health of future generations. GMO contamination has also caused economic losses for organic and non-GMO farmers who often struggle to keep their crops pure. Biotech companies like Monsanto told us that Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT were safe. They are now using the same type of superficial, rigged research to try and convince us that GMOs are safe. Independent scientists, however, have caught the spin-masters red-handed, demonstrating without doubt how industry-funded research is designed to avoid finding problems, and how adverse findings are distorted or denied. GM crops and their associated herbicides can also harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable. That is just a brief introduction to GMOs. They are really really bad, and this Mr. Johnson is okay with that. Probably because there’s financial gain on the cards. We’re not happy with it. This will become as big a problem as global warming, except we’re led to believe that GMOs are safe. Please help us stop this atrocious idea from becoming a reality. Thank you
'Virtual Fences' in the UK to Lessen Roadkill and Road Traffic Accidents
ProblemIn 2016-2017 it was reported that more than 3900 animals were killed on the roads in the United Kingdom (Confused.com, 2018). This is 3900 too many. Even more so when you take into account that this only the animals which are reported as roadkill. Have you ever reported roadkill which you've seen? No. Therefore, this number is likely to be much, much larger. Road signs such as, "Animals Crossing" are not effective- drivers simply ignore them. Speed bumps don't work either as they disrupt traffic and result in NIMBYist feelings. However, there is a solution, and it comes from Tasmania...SolutionIn Tasmania, on one stretch of road, there are 'virtual fences', which detect car movement, and animal movement, and when they correspond to one-another, lets out a high frequency sound and flashing lights- which is completely inaudible, and invisible to the driver. This results in the animal being "spooked", and not crossing the road, or it does cross, just when it is safe to do so.Too many people have crashed, or died, in their cars by trying to avoiding wildlife. This simple tool will help to reduce this. In Tasmania this device reduced roadkill by 50%- so fewer animals died, fewer cars were crashed, and fewer people died- a mutually beneficial device to prevent unnecessary deaths.#DontBeOnTheFence Please Share this petition in whatever way you can: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, word of mouth, so that one day this will become commonplace in the UK. If you want to learn more about the 'virtual fences' information can be found at: https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/australia-virtual-fence-roadkill/ or... Fox, et al., (2018), Roadkill mitigation: trialing virtual fence devices on the west coast of Tasmania, Australian Mammalogy, https://doi.org/10.1071/AM18012 Personal storyMy name is Sam, I am 20 years old, and am currently studying Geography at university. I wanted to set up this petition because when I saw this idea I thought that it should be utilised everywhere- not just hidden away in Tasmania. If it can reduce road traffic accidents, or roadkill even slightly then surely it would be a success?
Just can't wait card to be a part of the disability act
The Bladder & Bowel Community are supporting this petition, you can find out more at www.bladderandbowel.org My father and many like him suffer with the urgent need for the toilet due to bowel/bladder issues which are known disabilities!! Many times the "just can't wait" cards are issued because they really can't wait and need to go ASAP, although it states many retailers accept them my father along with others have had very embarrassing and stressful situations where the cards have been refused, which sadly has resulted in them soiling themselves Can you imagine how embarassing this is for you if you soiled yourself in the middle of store, all because you weren't helped with a DISABILITY? Well to me personally I find that discriminating! My father personally has had comments like "well if he's that bad why does he bother coming out" from store members but NO ONE SHOULD BE A PRISONER IN THEIR OWN HOME, they have lives and they try to live them lives the best they can. I feel the just can't wait card should now be a part of the disability act meaning if a disabled person issues that card in an establishment they should be allowed to use the toilet, after all we have HUMAN RIGHTS, they didn't choose to have these disabilities that causes these issues but we sure can help them.the best we can. Our aim is to not only raise awareness and educate employers etc but to get people to share and sign the petition so we can get it apart of the act and protect those with disabilities. The Bladder & Bowel Community are supporting this petition, you can find out more at www.bladderandbowel.org