Genozid an den #Uiguren: Boykott von Winter-Olympia 2022 in Peking!
DE / EN Seit 2017 ist laut UNO bekannt, dass mindestens eine Million Uigur:innen willkürlich in Westchina in der Provinz Xinjiang gegen ihren Willen und ohne richterlichen Beschluss gefangen gehalten werden. In den sogenannten Internierungslagern werden die Uigur:innen zu guten und sozialisierten Chines:innen erzogen. Kurz und knapp: Sie werden politisch und kulturell indoktriniert, weil man ihre Identität und Ethnie vernichten möchte. Es findet somit ein kultureller Genozid statt! Hierbei handelt es sich bei den Betroffenen nicht nur um Uigur:innen, sondern auch um Menschen die dem muslimischen oder christlichen Glauben angehören oder Minderheiten, wie den Kasachen, Kirgisen und Hui-Chinesen. Maßnahmen wie Sanktionen sind von der EU und anderen Nationen zwar erteilt worden, fallen jedoch zu milde aus. Deshalb fordern wir vom Deutschen Olympia Sportbund den Boykott der Winter-Olympia 2022 in Peking! Wir möchten verhindern, dass unsere Sportler:innen für wirtschaftliche Zwecke instrumentalisiert werden und somit indirekt die Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Ostturkestan (Xinjiang) unterstützen. Seit 2019 berichten Augenzeugen und Betroffene von ihrer Zwangssterilisation sowie Schwangerschaftsabbrüchen, Foltermethoden und von Suizidfälle in den Arbeitslagern. Kinder werden von ihren Eltern getrennt und in Internate und Pflegefamilien gesteckt. Viele Uigur:innen im Ausland haben seit längerer Zeit keinen Kontakt mehr zu ihren Verwandten und Bekannten in Ostturkestan (Xinjiang). Anfragen über den Vermisstenstand und der gesundheitlichen Situation von Familie und Freunde blockieren die chinesischen Behörden ab und weisen sie zurück. Uigurische Zwangsarbeiter:innen sind zudem bei der Produktion von großen internationalen Firmen eingesetzt. Durch hochmoderne Überwachungstechnologien werden Minderheiten in der Provinz identifiziert und ausfindig gemacht, um sie dann in Internierungslager zu stecken. Wir sind Sabrin und Torhan und stellen eine klare Forderung! Als Studierende der Sozialwissenschaften haben wir uns in einem Seminar für Politische Soziologie kennengelernt und schnell gemerkt, dass uns die Situation der Uigur:innen in Ostturkestan aus humanitären/pflichtbewussten Beweggründen sehr am Herzen liegt. Aufgrund unserer Geschichte tragen gerade wir als junge Generation die unverzichtbare Verantwortung die Menschenrechte zu verteidigen! Wir dürfen nicht zulassen, dass Berlin 1936 zu Beijing 2022 wird. Wir tragen die Verantwortung!
Credit card companies should reduce interest to reflect the times.
Given the current situation, I think all credit card companies should suspend the very high interest rates they charge. Reducing the interest rate to 5% or less would be a great help to those taking on debt to get through this. Federal governments in Canada and the US have both reduced the banks cost to borrow, this Must be passed on to the consumers who need the money.
We want to have paypal and credit cards in Sudan
In 2007, Us imposed a new economic and financial sanctions against Sudan because of Omer Elbashir ( the deposed president of Sudan ) and his government's continous voilence occurring in Darfur (State in Sudan) . According to the sanctions, Sudanese citizens were blocked from international electronic payment services such as Paypal , Visa and Master card . In December 2018, Sudanese citizens protested against Omer Elabashir and his government demanding " freedom , peace and equality " . In 11/4/2019 Omer Elbashir was deposed after 30 years of violence , corruption and economical destruction . Omer Elbashir was arrested, some of the citizens' money was returned, and economical state got a little bit better . We, as Sudanese citizens, would like to have these international payment services in Sudan , since we're blocked from using them . This would help the economical state and a lot of people at freelancing and marketing to work internationally . Making these services available in Sudan would help the electronic government project . And also give people the right to buy and sell from all international electronic markets such as Amazon and others.
Force NFL Players to respect the practices of the country that provides their lifestyles
The people of the United States provide NFL Players exorbitant lifestyles to play a game for our entertainment and enjoyment. However, they have decided to use their workplace to wage protest against the very symbols and practices that are at the backbone of the system that allows them such excess simply to play a game. Ordinary citizens that did the same in their workplace would suffer disciplinary actions up to, and including, termination of their employment. These are the people that buy the tickets and merchandise that allow for NFL players to live lives of excess that make the lives of their supporters seem like those of mere peasants. We are calling for a boycott of all companies and their subsidiaries that support the NFL Players Association until the organization institutes and enforces policies to force players to stand for our national anthem and national observances as well as enact disciplinary actions that are strictly enforced for those that continue to violate the trust of the country that provides their lifestyle. The people of this effort recognize and respect the value of our rights to protest for the changes we seek in our world but also recognize that the players of the NFL are no different, or better, than the rest of the society they entertain by playing a game. We simply ask that they do it on their time. We seek an immediate and unrelenting boycott of the following companies that support the NFL Players Association with further action to follow if our demands are not met. The NFLPA sponsors are: Anheuser-Busch Barclaycard US Bose Bridgestone Campbell's Soup Company Castrol Courtyard Marriott Dairy Management, Inc. (Fuel Up to Play 60) Dannon Extreme Networks FedEx Frito-Lay Gatorade Hyundai Motor America Mars Snackfood Microsoft Nationwide News America Papa John's Pepsi Procter & Gamble Quaker Verizon Visa USAA Join us as we refuse to spend our hard earned money on the products and services brought to market by these companies and their vast network of subsidiaries.For more information on our cause or to obtain a complete listing of the network of companies and subsidiaries responsible for supporting the NFL Players Association please visit our Facebook page at The Edge Radio.
Zero Percent Interest on Credit Cards during COVID19
During the time of need many can barely afford food without jobs and cuts with COVID 19, we need to halt interest on all Credit Cards during this time. People can not afford to carry a balance with no income and being that most provinces are going to a state of emergency....its the right thing to do.
Let's stop the Banks and all the Credit card companies from profiteering on Canadians
In 2008 Canadians through their government bailed out the bank's debt. Now under these difficult circumstances (COVID-19) instead of returning the favor, they try to take advantage of the situation. Bank of Canada reduced its prime rate to 0.25%. Credit card companies are still charging over 20%, AND if you skip a payment they will charge you interest ON interest at over 20%. Banks doing the same offering a 2-month postponement but they will charge interest ON the interest for this period. Banks are happy to take the money from the Federal Government but where are they helping their existing clients with their current loan obligations, by dramatically reducing their interest rates? Let's all call our banks, MPs, MLA's and media to force them to take action!
Boycott Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup of Slavery
Boycott Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup of Slavery. Slavery is building the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and the Western world is profiting from this slavery. Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup is killing thousands of fathers, husbands, and families. @WorldCupSlavery What You Can Do 1) Electronically sign this petition to boycott the 2022 World Cup. One click to stop slavery. 2) Make this petition viral. Share, Tweet, Snap, Insta or e-mail this petition to anyone and everyone. Also, ask influential bloggers/newspapers, personal connections, and organizations to support this petition. No matter the method, raising awareness helps end this injustice. 3) Please follow this issue @WorldCupSlavery. Your follow and support makes a difference. 4) Socially pressure FIFA’s sponsors: VISA, Hyundai/KIA, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, ADIDAS and Anheuser-Busch InBev. 5) Promote this petition so more people see and share the message (see the tab on the right of the screen). Quick Facts PLEASE WATCH! ESPN E60’s documentary illustrates the human rights violations. In preparation to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is using slavery to build over 200 billion dollars of infrastructure. Many Western sponsors, construction companies, and businesses will profit from this slavery. Qatar’s World Cup construction is expected to kill over 7,000 workers. FIFA, the Western world, and Qatar are killing 7,000 fathers, sons, and brothers in order to profit off soccer. Qatar is not only killing 7,000 workers, but destroying 7,000 families. The forced laborer’s families cannot withstand the loss of their primary income earner. Often, the families lose their home, starve, or are forced to make inhumane decisions for survival. The international community has condemned Qatar’s system of slavery. The United Nation’s described Qatar’s kafala system as “slavery-like conditions.” The United States Department of State concluded, “Approximately 94 percent of the country’s workforce is comprised of men and women from South and Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East who voluntarily come to work as low- and semiskilled workers, primarily in construction, oil and gas, service, transportation, and domestic work, but some subsequently face forced labor.” Solution Our social pressure could end Qatar’s slavery. This petition seeks to 1) Force FIFA to change the 2022 World Cup hosting country, and 2) Force Qatar to abolish its migrant work sponsorship program (kafala system). Collectively, this petition will apply social pressure to the sponsors of the 2022 World Cup. Driven by that social pressure, sponsors will threaten to end sponsorship to avoid negative publicity and financial losses. Under the threat of losing sponsors and public support, FIFA will demand changes from the Qatari government. Summary of Qatar’s Slavery Qatar regulates their migrant workforce through a work sponsorship program called a kafala system. Qatar’s kafala system entraps the immigrants with false promises of adequate wages, only to significantly reduce their pay upon their arrival to Qatar. If the forced laborer protests, Qatar unlawfully detains insubordinate employees, allows employers to withhold pay, and enables employers to confiscate passports to prevent the forced laborers to return home. With this disproportional leverage over the laborers, employers force laborers into dangerous working conditions. Employers force immigrant workers to labor for 16 hours in 120° heat. The forced laborers sleep 10 to 14 people in a very small room with no running water or sewage system. Under these dangerous working and living conditions, experts estimate that Qatar’s system of slavery will kill upwards of 7,000 workers before the start of the 2022 World Cup. Qatar’s kafala system not only harms the forced laborers, but destroys the forced laborers’ families as well. If the forced laborers die, their families lose their primary income earner. If the laborers survive, employers reduce pay, delay pay, or withhold pay completely. The forced laborers’ families depend on this income. Without this income, wives, grandparents, and children living in the forced laborers’ origin country lose homes, starve, and struggle to survive. Qatar’s kafala system violates several human rights laws. The United Nation’s Human Rights Officer described Qatar’s kafala system as leading to “slavery-like conditions.” The United Nations Convention Against Torture found that “Qatar continues to be a destination country for men and women subjected to forced labour and forced prostitution.” The Convention Against Torture also found “… reports of widespread torture or ill-treatment and abuse of migrant workers, in particular those under the sponsorship system (kafeel).” Qatar’s exploitation of migrant workers will only increase with the 2022 World Cup preparations. To prepare for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar plans to spend over 200 billion dollars in infrastructure through 2030. Because of Qatar’s construction needs, Qatar has recruited a significant number of migrant workers typically from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, the Philippines, or Sri Lanka. In fact, estimates suggest that the 1.39 million migrant workers in Qatar make up 94% of Qatar’s workforce. Why is this petition urgent? If FIFA’s contractual liabilities in Qatar increase too much, FIFA likely will not terminate their 2022 World Cup contract. Because of contractual obligations, FIFA may be liable for Qatar’s World Cup investments. If FIFA breaks their World Cup contract with Qatar, Qatar could sue to recover their World Cup investments. The longer we wait, the more money Qatar spends on World Cup preparations. Currently, Qatar is estimated to spend over 200 billion on infrastructure and World Cup preparations. That means the longer we wait, the less likely FIFA is to demand reform to Qatar’s kafala system or change the 2022 World Cup location. Sources and more details: DLA Piper Report, Migrant Labour in the Construction Sector in the State of Qatar United States Department of State, Trafficking Persons Report 2016: Qatar United Nations Human Rights Council, Qatar Amnesty International, The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s Construction Sector of the World Cup The Guardian, Revealed: Qatar’s World Cup ‘slaves’ The Washington Post, The toll of human casualties in Qatar The Guardian, Fifa faces legal challenge over Qatar migrant workers Amnesty International, Tell FIFA and Sponsors to stop World Cup exploitation TIME, Major FIFA Sponsors Don’t Want to Talk About Qatar, Either USA Today, Deloitte: Qatar to spend $200 billion for World Cup About the author: RJ Shea graduated with honors from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. During law school, RJ submitted a report to the United Nations detailing Qatar’s human rights violations. RJ also worked on human rights issues in Mali, Ireland, and Turkey.
Demand Visa, MasterCard, AMEX & Discover Reduce/Waive Certain Fees during COVID 19
COVID 19 is here and small businesses, who employ 47% of the nation’s workforce are doing everything they can to keep their businesses from failing in the face of lost income. This means they are doing what small businesses do best – pivoting - to make their businesses SAFE for their customers and their staff. For some this means Online Ordering, Curbside Pickup and/or Delivery, for others, deemed non-essential, this means closing down and laying off their employees. Given people’s fear of cash carrying and spreading COVID19, most consumers are relying heavily on their credit cards these days. This of course is causing the businesses still open to be offered significantly less cash, and more credit cards than ever. This in itself is hurting the small businesses because of credit card fees. Did you know that every time you use a credit card online or over the phone that the vendor is charged an ADDITIONAL FEE? This is called a CARD NOT PRESENT fee (CNP). And the card companies like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover do it to cover their increased risk. This why many small businesses avoid taking cards over the phone, or have transaction fees for online purchases – to cover those added fees. Most companies pay close to 3% in fees to take your credit card INSIDE their store or restaurant. The CNP fees for a phone or online order can add an additional 2-3% to each transaction depending on the card type. That means the fee on a $10 transaction goes from $0.30 to $0.60. While not a lot of money during regular times, during COVID19 times when every penny counts, these fees are real money being lost by small businesses. Other small businesses, who are not deemed essential, are being forced to close, and yet they are STILL being charged their monthly fees by the credit card companies regardless of whether they are making sales or not. Sadly these fees are literally sucked from the bank accounts of small businesses without them being able to stop them! Right now Small Businesses in America are in the fight of their life, literally and figuratively. And these added CNP fees and monthly flat fees on closed businesses are not helping. This means that a larger percentage of sales is going to credit card fees than ever. This means less money is going towards small business payroll at a time when literally every dollar counts. We are petitioning to have Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover to waive the added CNP fees for businesses who do not typically take CNP transactions. We are also asking for waiving of flat monthly fees on businesses not currently open. And if they can’t do that – what can they do?! We are asking people to sign our petition and spread it around social media to pressure the major card companies: VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover to take notice and do something – anything – to help the people who bring them money day in day out – when we really need it. Beth MarcusBusiness ManagerCape Cod Beer, IncHyannis MA Donna Kutil RossScenic RootsSandwich MA Linda Dantonio Seaporium Hyannis MA Kristen BoardleyCenterville Pie CompanyCenterville MA Graham SillimanSiena – MashpeeMashpee MA John MillerJ Miller Picture Framer & GalleryMashpee MA Steve SwainFrying Pan GalleryOrleans and Wellfleet MA Elisa Jennings SullivanSwirls JewelrySandwich MA LouAnne ColomboBee & Blossom FloristHyannis MA Aaron WebbThe Daily PaperHyannis MA Todd PavaoLuke’s LiquorsCape Cod MA Mike FerreiraThomas Michaels KitchensWareham MA Adam KatzHaul N’ AxesFairhaven MA Brian CareyDepaola Begg Hyannis MA Andrea PendergastCape Cod Package StoreCenterville MA Jamie LeeBagel Haven Mashpee MA Margaret ElizabethCape Cod Fitness CoOsterville Fitness CoBarnstable MA Ian Sullivan & Laurie DeCostUnderground BakeryDennis MA
Ban 'Rape Day' purchase support of Visa and Pay Pal
A new computer game called "Rape Day" lets you play as a sociopathic rapist for kicks - and it's set to be available for download worldwide, through the popular online gaming service Steam next month. 'Rape Day' lets you "control the choices of a menacing serial killer rapist during a zombie apocalypse. Verbally harass, kill, and rape women as you choose to progress the story." Rape is not a game and the makers of this should not be allowed to make money promoting the rape and killing of women. How is this allowed to happen? This is only going to vilify rape and violence towards women. We are trying to stop this happening worldwide and yet this 'game' is now being sold to anyone, any age, who has access to a credit card. Please sign and share this petition if you agree: we need to ban the 'Rape Day' game.
BOYCOTT GOODS & SERVICES FROM ALL OLYMPIC PARTNERS & PARTNERS/SPONSORS OF PYEONGCHANG 2018
I am asking everyone to boycott all Worldwide Olympic Partners and Official Partners and Official Sponsors of Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, until they disassociate themselves and withdraw their sponsorship from these Olympics, because of the horror of the illegal Dog and Cat Meat Trade in South Korea. In illegal and crude slaughter-houses, markets, breeding farms and their "festivals", dogs and cats, some of whom are stolen pets, are routinely and horrifically tortured by severe beating, hanging, electrocution, grilling, torching, stabbing, limb amputation while still alive, and boiling and skinning alive and finally murdered! All this takes place in full view of other captured and terrified animals, knowing that it will also happen to them! All this is in the name of greed, financial gain and also "fun" when it takes place at the "festivals". It doesn't matter whether the animals are stolen pets, street animals or bred for the specific purpose, they all have the same feelings of fear and pain, something to which the South Koreans (and certain other Asian denominations) are quite oblivious, unfeeling and uncaring! The Worldwide Olympic Partners are as follows: COCA-COLA, OMEGA, MCDONALD'S, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS, PANASONIC, VISA INTERNATIONAL, TOYOTA, PROCTOR & GAMBLE, GENERAL ELECTRIC, DOW CHEMICALS, ATOS, BRIDGESTONE, ALIBABA GROUP. Official Partners of Pyeongchang 2018 are: LG ELECTRONICS, KOREAN AIR, THE NORTH FACE, POSCO, LOTTE, KOREA TELECOMMUNICATIONS, SK. Official Sponsors of Pyeongchang 2018 are: SAMSUNG LIFE INSURANCE, SAMSUNG FIRE AND MARINE INSURANCE, SSANGYONG, NAVER, HANWHA, AGGREKO, EF. Obviously some of these companies will be better recognisable than others. It is worth mentioning that COCA-COLA AND OMEGA HAVE ALREADY REFUSED TO WITHDRAW THEIR SPONSORSHIP "BECAUSE IT WOULDN'T BE FAIR TO THE ATHLETES AS THEY HAVE WORKED HARD TO GET TO THAT POINT"!! DO THEY THINK IT FAIR TO THE POOR VICTIMS OF THIS HORROR THAT THEY SUFFER AND DIE FOR THEIR SPORT?!!!! I THINK NOT - AND MY GUESS IS THAT THE ATHLETES WOULD BE OF THE SAME OPINION IF THEY KNEW ABOUT THIS! HOWEVER, THEY ARE PROBABLY NOT AWARE OF THIS HORROR AS IT IS BEING "SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET"!!!! We must do all we can to tell these companies and South Korea itself that we mean business and will continue with these actions and more, until they permanently end this horrific trade and festivals in South Korea and elsewhere! PLEASE, PLEASE SIGN, SHARE AND COMMENT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. LET US HIT THEM ALL IN THE POCKET AS THIS SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY LANGUAGE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND OR CARE ABOUT!!!! THANK YOU! Janice Aedy