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United Airlines, please help military families ship their big dogs!
United Airlines has been the industry leader in shipping animals globally. They recently restructured their service in response to safety issues, and have announced their new policies to improve safety. It was courageous for them to still be willing to offer any pet shipping service, that frankly speaking, can generate massive negative PR when it goes wrong, and provides only a tiny fraction of the company's total revenue. Thanks United for coming back, sincerely. However, within this change, they have implemented a new pet travel policy that bans large dogs, due to the maximum height for kennels being set at 30 inches. Labrador, Golden Retriever, Husky, Sheepdog, etc. will no longer be accepted . Also affected are Pit Bulls, Mastiffs, Malinois, and other dogs deemed to be "Strong jawed". This affects Military and State Department families stationed outside the USA, as they now have no way that fits their budgets to bring their pets home when they receive orders for Permanent Change of Station. Historically, United has been the only affordable option for big dogs, as other airlines cost up to 3-4 times as much. For example, sending a Golden Retriever from Seoul, Korea to San Francisco in a "700" crate used to be about $850 on United. Other Airlines cost is about $2,200 (After all additional fees are added). We are asking United to make an EXCEPTION for United States Military families, Department of Defense Civilian families, and State Department families that are being stationed abroad or back Stateside. This petition serves to show solidarity with the families affected, as we ask United to see how deeply appreciated their previous service shipping large pets was, and how desperately they are needed. Without this change, Military and State Department families face some very difficult choices, that could have painful consequences.For years United PetSafe has been a trusted way to move animals around the world, and I personally hope that they continue to serve the public with their excellent standards. US Service members and their families deserve better! United announcement: https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/animals/petsafe.html#petsafetable My in-depth analysis: https://www.facebook.com/Shindogsair/posts/1001768046647319
KEEP AMERICA GREAT! Protect America's National Parks Now and Forever!
Imagine a country without National Parks. Imagine a land with oil fields instead of geysers, mountains littered with construction equipment, the greatest trees in the world laying, stricken from their roots. Imagine a country with no Grand Canyon. Or Yellowstone. Or Yosemite. Recently, the new Republican government has paved the way to opening up these sacred lands to be sold and/or used for drilling or development. This is one of the most solemn moments America has ever seen. Donald Trump has already signed executive orders which, if passed, will revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Along with censoring the EPA and the National Park Service, these movements could lead to many lands, and the Parks themselves, being sold off to companies and developers, letting them be turned into pipeline sites, real estate, or mining sites for gas, coal, and oil. This would turn our National Parks to nothing more but dumping grounds and building sites. Stand up. Speak up. Don't let this continue! Don't set a precedent letting the government butcher our lands and drain them of their beauty! Sign to ask the President and all other names mentioned to do this: Reverse this Ease to Open the National Parks to Businesses. In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt himself: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
Please Help Bring My Dad Back Home to His Family
My father Francisco Javier Adin was born in Jalisco, Mexico. In search of a better life, he immigrated to the U.S. about 20 years ago. Ever since he's been in the United States, as a matter of fact... for as long as he has lived, he as been an incredibly hard worker, a devoted man of Christ, and the most caring individual possible. On August 26th, he was provided with the opportunity to the path of legal immigration. He had been approved, with a waiver, to come to Mexico for his scheduled immigration interview. At the interview is when things took a turn for the worst... He was punished for his illegal entry with a permanent bar from entering the United States. This is a punishment that could not have been more harsh and undeserving. He has been indefinitely separated from his family and his business that he has owned for 10+ years. This has created the most extreme hardship for my family and the employees that he has led for years. My father has done nothing but good in his life for his family, friends, and the restaurant. He has never been in any trouble, not even a traffic ticket, he has paid his taxes in this country, and done everything that an American citizen should do although he's not. He has sacrificed so much in order to give our family, including my mother and 17 year old brother the best life possible. He has raised us to be grateful, humble, and a Christian family. For anyone that knows my father will always say the same thing which is that he is the most positive, humble, caring, and kind person. My brother now has to grow up without the loving support that my father provides, and my mother has to spend double the time at the restaurant to make up for my father not being able to be there which has put my mom's health in jeopardy. There is nothing bad that you could say about a man who has an extraordinarily strong faith in Christ, who puts his family before himself, and is selfless in an opportunity to help others no matter the expense. My father exemplifies every trait of a person who belongs in this country. He owns and operates The Hut Restaurant in Somerville, TN which is a landmark restaurant in that area. He has been the backbone of the restaurant which employs more than 11 employees. This has left my mother with the responsibility to completely run the restaurant with all that it entails which has been the most physically and mentally demanding action possible. We have all, as a family, pulled together to try to keep the restaurant running as it was while my father was there which has proven to be difficult for everyone. The customers, employees, and citizens of Fayette county have known Javi (his nickname) for years and know that this is something that needs to be fixed. This is an opportunity to take a step towards proper immigration reform. Signing this petition can help fix this tragedy that we have been going through. This is an unjust situation that my father has to endure and we ask, as a family, that you help take action in bringing him back home to his family and his business that he owns. Please take a few minutes out of your day to sign now and pass this on wherever you can. - The Loving Family of Francisco Javier Adin
Create more marine protected areas to reduce effect of overfishing on oceanic ecosystems
Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction and it is a serious issue that is often ignored. It is a problem within the United States but even worse outside of it. Some stocks of large fish have decreased by about 90% in the past 60 years. Overfishing leads to so many deaths of fish (especially large fish) that the oceanic ecosystems are being negatively impacted. By protecting more areas in the ocean and creating more "no fishing" areas across oceans, the effect of overfishing would be reduced and fish populations may begin replenishing themselves. More than 85 percent of the world's fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them. The creation of more "no fishing" zones would only be a step towards stopping overfishing and its harms. Overfishing is an issue that affects everyone, not only fish; it is in everybody's best interest to keep the fish populations healthy.
Декларација #НиеСмеМакедонија Доста беше / Declaration #WeAreMacedonia Enough is Enough
Македонска Декларација Macedonian Declaration Ние, Македонците од Дијаспората и Македонци ширум светот и во татковината, како и пријатели на Македонија и Македонскиот народ, го известуваме Македонскиот народ во Република Македонија, дека во недела, 14ти Јануари, 2018 година, пред Амбасадата на Република Македонија во САД, протестиравме против Владата на Република Македонија и пратениците на Собранието на Република Македонија, и ги известуваме дека дијаспората започнува масовно движење на Македонците во светот, #НиеСмеМакедонија #НашетоИмеЕМакедонија, со единствена цел зачувување на засебноста на Македонецот како рамноправен и почитуван член во светското семејство, без нарушување на македонскиот иденитет, јазик и култура, и унитарноста на државата. We, the Macedonians from the Diaspora and Macedonians throughout the world within and outside of Macedonia and allies of Macedonia and the Macedonian diaspora, inform the Macedonian people in the Republic of Macedonia that on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in the United States, we protested against the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and the MPs of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, and we informing them that the Diaspora has started a massive global movement of the Macedonians in the world, #WeAreMacedonia #OurNameisMacedonia, with the sole purpose of preserving the individuality of the Macedonian people as an equal and respected member of the world family of nations, without hindrance upon our Macedonian name, identity, language, culture, and unitary territorial integrity of Macedonia. Ние Македонците во светот, We Macedonians in the world, најостро ги осудуваме тековните разговори со Грција околу името на Република Македонија. најостро го осудуваме неодговорниот и незаконски чин на пратениците во Собранието со изгласувањето на неуставниот закон за јазици. најостро го осудуваме разнебитувањето на унитарноста и суверенитетот на матичната држава. најостро го осудуваме редефинирањето на историјата на Република Македонија постигнато со потпишување на така наречениот договор за "добрососедски односи" со Бугарија. strongly condemn the ongoing talks with Greece over the name of the Republic of Macedonia. strongly condemn the irresponsible and unlawful act of the MPs in the Macedonian Assembly by passing the unconstitutional law on languages. strongly condemn the constant attacks upon the unitary territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Macedonia. strongly condemn the redefining of Macedonia's history by signing the so-called “good-neighborly relations” agreement with Bulgaria. Декларативно, користејќи ги сите алатки кои ни се на располагање, како и уставно загарантираното право на глас како Македонски граѓани и горди Македонци јавно изјавуваме дека дијаспората цврсто стои во одбрана на вековното македонско битие што ни е оставено во наследство од минатите генерации Македонци. Нашата цел e одбрана на идеалот за кој низ историјата го положија својот живот многу патриоти и бранители на Македонија.- суверена и независна Македонска држава на Македонците и сите малцинства што живеат во државата, а не федерализација или бинационализација на единствената држава ширум светот што Македонците ја нарекуваат своја татковина. Declaratively, using all the tools available to us, as well as the constitutionally guaranteed voting right as Macedonian citizens and proud Macedonians, we declare publicly that the diaspora firmly stands in defense of the centuries-old Macedonian struggle that has been left to us by the legacy of the past generations of Macedonians. Our goal is to defend the ideas by which many patriots and defenders of Macedonia have laid their lives in history for a sovereign and independent Macedonian state of Macedonians and all minorities living in the country, not the forced federalization or binationalization of the only nation-state in the world that Macedonians call their homeland. Притоа бараме: We demand the following: Итен прекин на разговорите околу името на државата што Владата на Република Македонија ги води во тајност под покровитество на ОН, и неменување на уставното име – Република Македонија, и поднесување резолуцијата во Генералното Собрание на ОН за признавање на истото, Повлекување на противуставниот закон за јазици од понатамошнен процес во Собранието на РМ, Oрганизирање попис под мониторинг на реномирана меѓународна организација на територијата на Република Македонија во период не подолг од 6 месеци од приемот на оваа декларација, Неменување на историјата на Македонија, статусот на МПЦ – ОА и интензивирање на грижата за Македонците во соседните држави. Доколку Владата на Република Македонија не е способна да го стори горенаведеното, тогаш повикуваме на итно самораспуштање на Собранието на Република Македонија и организирање на непосредни избори каде што и на македонските граѓани од дијаспората ќе им бидат овозможени свои претставници во новиот парламентарен состав, според принципот на пропорционалност. Immediate withdrawing of the talks on the name of Macedonia that the Government of the Republic of Macedonia are conducting secretly under the auspices of the United Nations, and no change to the constitutional name - the Republic of Macedonia, and submitting a resolution to the UN General Assembly for its recognition under such name, Withdrawal of the unconstitutional law on languages from further process in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Organizing a Census, under strict monitoring of a reputable international organization, of the entire population in Macedonia within a period not longer than six months from the receipt of this declaration, No change to the history of Macedonia, the status of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, and intensifying the fight for equal human rights for the Macedonians in the neighboring countries. If the Government of the Republic of Macedonia is not capable of doing the above, then we call for immediate self-dissolution of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia and organizing elections where the Macedonian citizens from the Diaspora will be able to exercise their right to elect their own representatives in the new parliamentary composition, according to the principle of proportionality. Движењето #НиеСмеМакедонија #НашетоИмеЕМакедонија под кое се застанати Македонски организации и здруженија од светот, АКТИВНО и ЈАСНО ја изразува својата декларативна заложба дека активно ќе ги искористи сите средства со цел да го оневозможи најголемото разбитување на Македонскиот народ и понатомашното уништување на унитарноста на државата. The Global Movement #WeAreMacedonia #OurNameisMacedonia, under which the Macedonian organizations and associations, and all Macedonians throughout the world stand by, ACTIVELY and UNEQUIVOCALLY express their declarative commitment to actively use all means in order to prevent the biggest human rights attack upon the Macedonian people and the further destruction of Macedonia’s unitary territorial integrity.
Allow my husband to come home for the birth of our child
In 1999, I was an American attending college in Lagos, Nigeria. Little did I know I would meet the love of my life while studying in that wonderful country. We got married last year, and are expecting a baby at the end of this month. It’s a story for the study abroad catalog, certainly. But our love story has become a bureaucratic nightmare. When we got married, I filed an I-130 petition to bring my husband to the U.S. so we could start our life together here. Everything was quickly approved on the U.S. side. But when my husband went for his interview at the U.S. Embassy in Lagos, they claimed they didn’t see enough evidence of a real marriage between us and put our petition in “administrative processing.” We have been together for 15 years, and our relationship is well documented. We have provided them proof of all of this, yet they refuse to hear us. I have a c-section scheduled in a few weeks. My husband will not be present at the birth of his child, or to help me recuperate, if we cannot convince the embassy to end this unnecessary processing. The U.S. has approved his visa. We have furnished every shred of proof we have of our true and loving relationship, and all other documents requested. Please, demand that the adjudicator at the U.S. Embassy in Lagos take my husband off administrative processing and allow him to attend the birth of his baby. Due to high blood pressure, I have been unable to work during this pregnancy and am quickly running out of money. But in order to even see my own husband, I have had to scrounge the funds to fly to Nigeria three times in the last months. I can’t afford to keep doing this. And now, new developments with the Zika Virus and Lassa fever make further travel to Nigeria a non-option out of fear for the baby’s health. Our relationship is being strained because of this separation. And I truly don’t know what I will do without my husband here to help me after my surgery, with a newborn. This delay is cruel and unnecessary, and threatens to tear a family apart. Please help me call on the U.S. Embassy in Lagos to end my husband’s administrative processing and grant him his visa, so he may join me immediately for the birth of our child.
Shut down Fair Oaks Farms
Fair Oaks Farms is one of the largest dairies and producers of dairy goods in the United States. Fair Oaks Farm in Indiana as of recently has been investigated by Animal Recovery Mission, an animal rights activist group. The horrific, video evidence shows baby calves being burned, beaten, stabbed, and mother cows crying out loud for their young ones. The video also shows employees growing and using illegal drugs on the farm itself. By signing this petition you will help the fight in preventing this kind of cruelty from going on any longer to these poor animals.
We want to make September 11th, Patriots' Day, a federal holiday.
The purpose of this petition is to get the United States government to recognize September 11th, Patriots' Day, as a federal holiday. A moment of silence does not do justice to the 3,000 people that were slaughtered on September 11th and then the military service members and government workers who died in the wars since September 11th. It should be a day to spend with friends and family, celebrating our freedom and life here in this wonderful country. We hold a minute of silence and lose the significance of the day as we do our usual work. Friends and family, especially those who lost people on September 11th or in the wars, should be able to spend the time together, to remember and celebrate the lives of those that have died. It should be a federal holiday for everyone to take time off to recognize the significance of that day. I served 9 years in the army prior to September 11th, fighting in one war and 3 deployments. My oldest son fought as a Marine in 3/5 Marines for 4 years, serving as a machine gunner in Afghanistan. He came home alive but many of his friends didn't and we've lost people every year since September 11th. That day is the most significant day in the history of this country in the 21st century. Not since the attack on Pearl Harbor have we seen our country attacked on our own land. This should be a day to celebrate all of us, but particularly the 3,000 that died on September 11th, 2001. 3,000 innocent people that were working at their jobs or taking a flight, killed mercilessly. We celebrate life and heal the wounds that we, as a country, have suffered and it helps in reinforcing the fortitude needed by Americans to continue our battle to bring peace about.
Wake County Walkout to End Gun Violence
"We are the students, we are the victims, we are change, fight gun violence now! High School students across the U.S.A., the way to fight back is here. Ther has been too much complacency on the part of politicians when it comes to gun violence. The time to act is now!" - The National School Walkout Change.org petition. On February 14th, a high school shooting took place in Parkland, Florida and resulted in the premature deaths of 17 innocent teachers and students. Still, the government has failed to act and to adequately protect our generation. The National Student Walkout is meant to empower the voice of teenagers. Most of us cannot vote and so our voice is silenced and marked off. Yet, we are the victims of these awful and mindless crimes. Enough is enough. It is time for us to speak out and take matters into our own hands. We as Wake County students are protesting the violence in solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters across the nation. We are protesting the same violence that occurs at the places where we are supposed to learn and grow. We are protesting the same violence that results in the average of seven children and teens in America being killed with guns every day (https://eveyrtownresearch.org We are protesting the same violence that has not had any laws put in place to address it. We are protesting gun violence. The Plan: Wednesday, March 14th: On the one-month anniversary of the Parkland Shooting we the students of Wake County are going to join in the National High School Student Walk Out. We are going to walk out of school at 10:00 AM promptly and voice our opinions for 17 minutes. We will wear orange to symbolize our unity and protest online and in our communities. Sign this pledge if you are willing to support the cause to protect your life and the lives of those you love.
PETITION LETTER ON CHINA To Mr. Donald J. Trump President of United States I. Under the pretense of a "developing country", the People's Republic of China has taken advantage of the World Trade Organization's trade policies to implement an economic program and protectionist agenda that damage the United States and the world community. Following are the facts on China's trade and economic policies: A. Restrict foreign companies from investing in many sectors in China; provide favorable and one-sided economic treatment to state-own enterprises (SOEs); place numerous unfair business practices on American-owned companies currently doing business in China; and cause large annual trade deficits with the United States (China imported $130 billion dollars of US -made products and goods during the last fiscal year while exporting over $475 billion dollars of Chinese-made goods to the US). B. Implement laws and regulations forcing foreign companies, including American corporations, to share and transfer their proprietary information and patented technology with the local authorities and Chinese companies, if these foreign companies want to obtain licenses to operate in China; and restrict stock share ownership and sales of the same for foreign companies, which would be deemed illegal in other countries. C. Prohibit the formation of independent labor unions; control, through the Chinese Communist party, the rights of laborers and workers in the most restrictive manner, contrary to applicable international standards for workers; and promote a cheap labor economy to attract foreign companies' investment, thus, causing unfair competition against workers from the developed countries. D. Prohibit the establishment of an independent judiciary to fairly handle trade and business disputes, especially with cases involving intellectual rights, which the Chinese government does not respect ; and create a judicial system that lacks transparency and fairness. E. Control and manipulate the monetary system; and purposefully undervalue the Chinese Renminbi, causing price and value destabilization in the stock market. II. China is increasing its espionage activities to steal information, secretly obtain intellectual property and business formulas that violate the national security of many nations, including the US, by many means and channels: A. Employ selected foreign exchange students and research scholars to infiltrate targeted universities, research institutions, high-tech companies, financial organizations and even health care organizations, to steal or entice American professionals and intellectuals at these related entities to provide sensitive information and technology to the Chinese government, which cause harm to the national security of the US. B. Engage Internet hackers to attack the US including government agencies, national defense entities, and high profile private companies, while interfering with the electoral system of the US and with many other countries. C. Implement laws requiring private domestic companies to fully cooperate with the Chinese Communist Party and its government, including the security apparatus, the military, through the People's Liberation Army (PLA), while forcing these companies to turn over their information and data to the government. III. China flagrantly violates the basic human rights of its own citizens despite being a signatory to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Following are violations by the Chinese government: A. Brutally oppress peaceful dissidents through arbitrary imprisonment, physical and psychological torture, and passing on unfair and excessive prison sentences against those who disagree with the Chinese Communist Party. B. Brutally oppress ethnic minorities by pressuring them to disavow their chosen religion and native culture, currently occurring in Xianjiang, Tibet, Yunnan, and throughout China where there are ethnic minorities desiring self-determination. C. Brutally oppress many ethnic minorities such as the Muslim Uyghurs and the Kazakhs, incarcerating those who do not submit to Chinese rule in concentration camps; burn Christian religious books and destroy buildings of worship; arrest, detain and beat up Falun Gong adherents, declaring that the practice of Falun Gong is illegal. IV. China is dramatically increasing its military capability and continues to manipulate the political systems of its neighboring countries in the region, especially in the South China Sea, wherein China had violated its own assurance not to militarize this region, which can threaten the peace and stability of the entire Asian – Indo - Pacific Region. Following are China's destabilizing action and conduct: A. Illegally declare ownership of the South China Sea while appropriating by military force many islets, reefs, and islands from other neighboring countries, including the Paracel Islands from Vietnam in 1974, various islands and islets in the Spratlys Archipelago, and the Scarboroughs from the Philippines. B. Illegally construct military infrastructure and installations on disputed islands and reefs in the South China Sea, threatening the peace and stability of the entire region. C. Employ militias and paramilitary personnel, under the guise of fishermen, to harass and bully fishermen from neighboring countries. D. Politically manipulate neighboring countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos; implement the Belt Road Initiative (formerly One Road, One Belt -- OBOR) as a policy mechanism to cause poor and smaller nations to be entrapped financially to China, thus more vulnerable to China's political machinations. With the four main issues referenced above, it is clear that China is a real and current threat not only to the US, but to the entire international community. If China does not cease and desist from the above-mentioned conduct, we must call on President Donald Trump to take a firmer position and more resolute action with china by levying the following punitive action and policies: 1. Apply maximum tariff against all Chinese-made products intended for the US. 2. Sign an Executive Order prohibiting US companies from transferring technology or providing service until China comply with the common policy and standards on these matters, as observed by the international community. 3. Enlist the Global Magnitsky Act to target Chinese government officials, companies, banks, and Chinese nationals who have aided and abetted the Chinese government with the policies and conduct listed in the four above-referenced issues. 4. Order other applicable punitive sanctions against Chinese government officials, companies, banks, and Chinese nationals who had acted against the common good and interest of the international community and pose a threat to the national security of the US. This petition letter is open to all individuals and organizations to sign on, requesting that the Trump Administration acknowledge the voices and wishes of numerous people around the world in dealing with the threat that China poses to the international community and US.