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.
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
Major Credit Cards: Stop doing business with assault weapons retailers
Tiny coffins in Newtown. Innocent young lives violently ended at Stoneman Douglas, Virginia Tech, Columbine and dozens of other American schools, churches, concerts and nightclubs over the last 19 years. When will we collectively decide that enough is enough? The Second Amendment is as obsolete in the age of nuclear weapons technology as the Three-Fifths Compromise after the Emancipation Proclamation, but it, combined with the Mafia-style tactics of the National Rifle Association, ensures that cowardly, self-interested Washington politicians will not make meaningful change to existing gun laws. The only hope for change lies with the corporations that enable firearms and ammunition manufacturers to sell weapons of war to unscreened, untrained and, all too often, unhinged people. We call on the finance industry, including credit card companies Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover, to take a stand and establish new rules for the sale of guns in America. We ask these companies to change their terms of service to state that they will no longer do business with retailers that sell assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, which make semiautomatic rifles fire faster. This would effectively ban the sale of weapons of war at sporting goods stores across the United States, as these retailers would be cut off from the credit card system. Please sign this petition today to encourage Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover to take corporate responsibility for their role in assault weapon sales and wield their collective power against the powerful gun lobby today.
Boycott the NFL for allowing players to kneel during the National Anthem
NFL Players are disrespecting the American Flag and all of those who died defending it by kneeling during the National Anthem. Many of us veterans have had friends return home in coffins draped with this flag the they gave their lives for. Many a Gold Star parent, widow, and child has had their hearts ripped out when a folded flag is handed to them. It is time to send a message to the NFL that we will no longer watch or buy any NFL products and we refuse to support their sponsors anymore. Enough is enough.
Make credit cards more secure - Make OTP as an option for all transactions even in abroad.
Recently I have been affected by fraudulent transactions from a country of not my residence or travel. Very often we read about people are being cheated about such transactions after phishing expiry date, CVV and other details from gullible customers. This makes customers anxious and nervous about safety of credit cards all the time. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) mandates PIN for all credit and debit transactions while swiping the card at a merchant. For online transactions, RBI mandates OTP (One Time Password sent by SMS and/or e-mail). This puts additional hurdle/check for any misuse. However, in many countries PIN or OTP is neither mandatory nor optional. This makes it easy for credit card fraudsters to abuse. I would request credit card agencies provide an option where customers can opt for entering PIN and OTP for all transactions wherever they are originating. While this is not foolproof, it will definitely make things little better. RBI should also mandate such option for all India issued credit cards to protect Indian credit card users.
Stop financing and enabling gun violence
Gun violence is epedimic in the US. The easy availibility of weapons of mass destruction is enabled by banks, credit cards, and finance companies who allow their systems to be used to purchase the weapons that are then trained on children in our schools. It is within the power of Visa, MasterCard, and other finance companies to stop enabling the easy purchase of these weapons. Join Apple Pay, PayPal, Stripe, and Square and disallow the purchase of weapons on your platforms.
Stop Nigerian Banks from charging N600 Naira(N50/Monthly) as debit card maintenance fees.
Are Nigerian banks in distress? Why should Nigerian banks charge ATM debit fees when you want to take out your money from an ATM, SMS alert fees and a N52 monthly debit card maintenance fee. N600 debit card maintenance fee is outrageous and despicable. The banks are hiding under the Central Bank to charge customers ridiculous fees. Bank fees are the new oppressive tool against the Nigerian masses. It is an exploitative tool to drive the Nigerian masses more into extreme poverty. Say no to bank Kidnap and Robbery fees. They add up!
STOP gambling addicts by requiring financial health checks in online casinos
Please help me request that it be mandatory for casinos to take preventative measures to stop gambling addicts. Credit checks and income verification with loss limitations should be required for each individual that gambles online. I moved to New Jersey two years ago from DC for a great job, paying $100,000+ per year. Shortly after moving, I was drawn by an advertisement for online casinos, offering a free $25 just for signing up. I didn't have many friends or hobbies in my new state, so I had a lot of time to myself. I had always enjoyed playing casino games and free money was enticing. I soon found that there were many casinos which offered these incentives to play games for money legally online. Early on, I won about $2,000, and pretty quickly! How thrilling...but then I continued to play and ended up losing that $2,000. I began depositing my own money, small deposits at first, $20, $40, $60...little by little depositing more and more but lost those too. My little losses started to add up. It only took a few months before I was on a huge downward spiral. Soon my total losses added up to thousands of dollars of my own money. I should have stopped then, but it was fun, it was something to do and surely I could win some portion of the losses back, right? In a year I had lost most of what I had available in my checking and savings so I took out loans, I sold my car, I sold clothes online, I literally put in every penny I could find towards trying to win back the money I had lost...or at least some of what I now owed to creditors. I would come home after work and play through the night. I would be winning, knowing I should quit, but always wanting to win just a little more and then my luck would change and I would lose it all. Even when I was winning, up $5,000 on a $200 deposit, somehow it wasn’t enough for me to cash out, and I would give it all back. I was sick. So I'd make another deposit to try again and the cycle would continue. In frustration and desperation of getting the money that I had lost back, I was out of control, betting bigger and bigger (completely sober from drugs or alcohol, also, which makes it even more scary). I knew logically in my head that I should stop, but the addiction was always more powerful and for whatever reason I could not muster up the willpower to stop myself from physically pressing that bet button. If I kept playing, I thought surely, eventually, I would hit that big payout to make it all go away. Countless nights, there I was, bet after bet after bet and after losing it all, I would try sleep for a few hours, wake up having to go to work, and wish so badly that it was just a dream... It was never a dream and no one was there to stop me because no one knew. It took two years of somehow finding ways and money to gamble with before I hit rock bottom. I had maxed out my personal credit cards, was unable to get a loan from any lender, and whenever I would receive a paycheck, I had found a way with the online casinos to deposit the balance in my checking account as an ACH payment, which would post the next day and then also deposit that same "available balance" from my checking account as a debit card transaction which withdrew the balance immediately, essentially giving myself 2x the amount in my checking account. I found ways to get more to play with, even if it meant I would have negative checking account balances once they all posted. If I lost the money, the ACH would overdraw my checking account the next day. In the last few months, out of last-resort desperation, the only access I had to money was on my company credit card. At first, I was only using it for necessities, but fell victim to my addiction and soon started making deposits. $10,000 later I was out of options. My boss was notified by the accounting department of my charges to the card and I sat down with my directors and told them everything. In two years I have given $250,000+ to the casinos, from my bedroom, from my phone, online just by playing games. I owe $120,000 to creditors and have reached out to my family for help. I am lucky to have a very supportive family to help me through this difficult situation. There are resources to help me mentally and my father will take over my finances but to fully recover from this will be a very, very long journey. There is no denying that I am ultimately responsible for my actions, but I believe my situation could have been prevented by if there were mandates in place to protect consumers who have gone beyond casual gaming norms. Not once was I contacted directly by a casino to ask if I had a problem and that is a huge problem in itself for all persons who choose to gamble. It's easy to spot a problem gambler in person, and if someone were to be monitoring my deposits from the online server or even the banks, it would be undeniably clear that I had a massive problem. There is nothing that requires them to stop me, or even reach out to ask me if I have problem or suggest I get help. In fact, it was the opposite. If I had an issue with a deposit because the bank withdrawal limit had been reached or a credit card was declined, some sites would pop up a customer service chat box to ask how they could assist you. They weren’t asking if you had a gambling problem, they were asking how they could help you to make the deposit, further promoting the issue by suggesting you contact the bank directly or try a different deposit method. I cannot take the casinos to court because this was my "own" doing. The online casinos have a self-exclusion policy, but addiction is such that I never wanted to give up the chance to win. Also, to assume that their required messaging prevents the majority of problem gamblers from continuing to place bets is absurd. “Bet with your head, not over it.” “Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER” Ha, that would mean I was admitting I had a problem and when you value your reputation to your friends and family, it’s not something an individual with this addiction will do until it’s far too late. I know my story is not unique. If I had been flagged, cut off from depositing when my credit score dropped below an acceptable level, or if my losses were greater than a certain percentage of my income, I would have tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands more than I do today. I couldn’t help myself and I was the only person that could have. These are the kinds of limitations I want to propose the casinos be required by law to make. There is a maximum amount of how much you can bet, but there is no maximum amount of how much you can lose. How can it be that I do not qualify for a loan, but I can continue to give away whatever money I do manage to find to the casinos so easily? I believe it is my civil duty to try to prevent this scenario for anyone else who is in a similar situation. I want to make a monumental change across the nation to benefit not only others with the horrible condition of gambling addiction, but also benefit the banks and loan issuers who will later be taken to court for a settlement because their client cannot repay, as their money was given to a casino. Gambling addiction is so real and is becoming more of an issue, especially in New Jersey, now that there is online access where you can hide behind a screen and play against computers, programmed to take your money (the "house edge"). Our economy cannot handle the ease and availability of gambling that these casinos provide online and I fear the problem is much, much greater than we are aware. Just as we need background checks for gun owners, we need to be sure people with excessive financial problems cannot gamble online. Self exclusion options are not enough, especially when they are not pushed by casinos to those who have gone beyond their limit. Our representatives have let us down when they legalized online gambling with no checks and balances in place or real understanding of the consequences. I would like to note that age limitations are not enough. I don’t have statistical data to support this, but how much money do the majority younger people have to lose anyway? I assume that total potential loss amounts tend to increase with age for the average person as income typically increases with age. Gambling is meant to be entertaining, but something needs to be done to prevent casual gamblers from becoming addicts and continuing to spiral like I did. I know by implementing change in casino practices, our society will be so much better off for banks, creditors and people suffering with gambling addiction. This will save lives. Please help me push this issue to those who can do something about it and have financial health checks be a requirement for the big casinos to operate online. Thank you for your support, I hope you will provide your signature to have this change made.
Allow Google Wallet Tap To Pay To Function On Their Networks
Isis mobile payment system is a joint venture involving the companies listed below which also includes Discover network and Barclaycard US. Nearly one year after Isis was founded AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile announced that they will invest more than $100 million dollars in Isis. Around the time when Isis was founded the only other app that had such tap to pay features was Google Wallet which went by Google Checkout. Google Wallet has been blocked by the majority of carriers since it was released. The carriers would claim that Google Wallet was not secure because of certain technological features which was not true. At the time Verizon announced Isis as a partner they trumped up the same technological features they once dismissed about Google Wallet. At that time many Android phones had the secure element built in and would work properly with Google Wallet tap to pay features but carriers continued their misrepresentation of these functions. They also blocked users from downloading the Google Wallet app from the Google Play Store. Google fought back and released an updated version that allowed users to download the app but tap to pay was not working yet.In Android 4.4.2 Google is doing the host card emulation where secure element is not part of the equation any longer. This means Google Wallet tap to pay will work on any NFC capable device that was running 4.4.2.But..The carriers stepped again and are blocking the service because of their investment in Isis.Visa, MasterCard and American Express have been in court with each other in the past because of Amex not being allowed to process transactions on the Visa/MasterCard network. In the end Amex received billions in compensation and were allowed on the Visa MasterCard network. Yet, they turn around and pull the same big business crap.LG, HTC and Samsung are releasing new Android 4.4.2 updates to their top tier devices and will be standard on their recently announced flagship devices. The number of devices that Isis and their partners are blocking must be over 100 million plus devices which equates to end users who are being blocked from the choice of what tap to pay app they choose to use. Instead of choice our only option if we want to use tap to pay is Isis.This is a blatant violation of anticompetitive behavior. A group of compqnies are blocking their one and only competitor and are creating an environment for a monopoly to take place.This is no longer about blocking a single feature of an app. We must not have are freedom of choice be taking away on a device we own.A wide spread of Android 4.4.2 updates is about to be distributed and all the Isis partners are ready to count the profits they will be making from their anticompetitive behavior.So I , along with everyone who signs this petition ask Isis and all their partners to give us our choice of what app we would like to use. #isis#americanexpress#visa#mastercard#chase#wellsfargo#discover #discovernetwork#barclyscardus#att#T-Mobile#Verizon
Democratizar el uso del Dinero, en Argentina.
El cambio que busco es que TODOS aquellos que tienen una caja de ahorro puedan usar sus tarjetas de DÉBITO para comprar a través de INTERNET, incrementar y facilitar el comercio electrónico en GENERAL dentro y fuera de Argentina. NO OBLIGAR a que el público tenga que usar una TARJETA DE CRÉDITO para este tipo de transacciones, además de promover la bancarización. CUALQUIER ciudadano tiene que tener acceso a pagar compras y servicios a través de páginas web con su tarjeta de DÉBITO. Pero además esto beneficiaria a las PYMES que pueden colocar sus productos en internet VENDER servicios y bienes en el mercado local y el exterior lo que incrementaria las ventas y generaría más TRABAJO LOCAL. Desde marzo del 2017 PayPal funciona a pleno en Argentina por primera vez desde su creación, sin embargo todavía persiste la traba para vender a usuarios dentro de Argentina. Tanto en USA como en la Unión Europea y otros países uno puede comprar con una tarjeta DEBITO desde Internet, una pizza, un chocolate, pagar sus impuestos, comprar un pasaje aéreo, etc ( ingresando los 16 números y el código de seguridad, desde el teclado de la PC o Tablet y se debita de la caja de ahorro en forma inmediata ) Pagar la Luz, el Gas, Cable con DÉBITO por teléfono o internet.(EN ARGENTINA ESTO NO SE PUEDE HACER) SOLO MERCADO LIBRE POR AHORA ACEPTA PAGOS CON TARJETA DE DÉBITO EMITIDAS EN ARGENTINA. INCORPORACIÓN DE TECNOLOGÍA, TODAS LAS TARJETAS DE DÉBITO VIENEN CON CHIP EN EL EXTERIOR. Y el colmo es que uno puede pedir en sitios como Payoneer una tarjeta Prepaga MasterCard Internacional que te la envían a tu domicilio en Argentina y se puede usar para comprar cualquier cosa en Internet, en cualquier parte del planeta. Muchas Gracias.