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Petitioning NEW YORK TIMES, CNN, Associated Press, CBS, NBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, ABC, MSNBC, Washington Post, LA Times

Stop Calling Immigrant Prisons "Detention Centers"

My name is Sylvester Owino, and I was in “immigrant detention” for 9 years. My name is Carlos Hidalgo, and for a year and half I was incarcerated in “immigrant detention centers.” That is what the media, government, and for-profit prison companies who run these facilities call them, but in reality, these are immigrant prisons. These prisons incarcerate children, families, and members of our community.  People in immigrant prisons are not serving a sentence, but simply awaiting the outcome of our request to stay in the US. Those of us who have lived behind the locked gates and barbed wire know that the term “detention center” does not accurately describe the conditions and truth of what happens on the inside. We, who have survived these brutal places, are requesting that media organizations - The Associated Press, The New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post, and other influential media outlets, call these facilities what they are: immigrant prisons. Until we are honest about the fact that these are prisons, the inhumane conditions inside will continue to be covered up by the term “detention center,” and the corporations running the facilities will continue to make millions off of the suffering of the people inside.  If these are harmless “detention centers” … Why do they look like prisons, why are they run like prisons, and why are they owned by prison companies? We were incarcerated in facilities run by the two largest for-profit prison companies in the country. Carlos was in GEO Group’s Adelanto immigrant prison, and Sylvester in CCA’s Otay immigrant prison in San Diego, among other facilities. We both experienced countless human rights abuses. We worked for the for-profit prisons for $1 a day, cleaning and cooking. Carlos was put in solitary confinement for 6 days for organizing a hunger strike to protest inhumane treatment. Sylvester filed complaints on behalf of friends who were beaten by guards.   In Adelanto immigrant prison, 3 people have died in the last 7 months, and 6 people have attempted suicide since December 2016.  Dozens of us have gone on hunger strikes to try and change things. In order to end the abuse, we must first call them prisons and then close them. Starting with Adelanto. Sylvester & Carlos Supported by: o Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, IEIYC o Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, ICIJ o Freedom for Immigrants

Sylvester Owino, Carlos Hidalgo, and #SchoolsNotPrisons
46,729 supporters
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Petitioning CNN

Include Gary Johnson in national Presidential polls

The Commission on Presidential Debates determines whether or not a candidate can be included in the debates based on their performance in five selected national polls. In order to be included in the debates, a candidate must be polling at 15% nationwide. We, the undersigned, believe that Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for President has a chance to reach that threshold. A recent Fox News poll found Gov. Johnson to have 12% support nationwide and his mainstream media exposure in recent weeks has been unprecedented for a Libertarian Presidential candidate, which means that his support has likely grown. Paired with the fact that polls have consistently shown Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to be among the most polarizing candidates in history, we believe that there is a real opportunity this year for a third-party candidate to make a difference. With the Libertarian Party being the only third party likely to appear on the ballot in all fifty states and the political experience of both Gov. Johnson and his running mate, Governor William Weld, we believe that they are the most likely to capitalize on this opportunity. We urge you to include Governor Johnson in your national polling and help give the American voter another option this November.

Adam Sheets
41,486 supporters
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Petitioning Andrew Sugerman, Susan Wojcicki, Google, Inc, Wall Street Journal

Reinstate PewDiePie's Network & Scare PewDiePie Season 2!

PewDiePie is well known for his comedic approach to many topics.. Yet due to the push of many media companies—one main culprit being Wall Street Journal (@WSJ)—PewDiePie has been cut off from his network Maker Studios & YouTube has canceled his YouTube Red series Scare PewDiePie Season 2 to the outrage of many fans. All of this because PewDiePie was being PewDiePie?? This whole idea of PewDiePie being an Anti Semite & Racist has been blown out of proportion! It's time the people have a voice on this! Let's work together to let Disney & YouTube know they have made a mistake!

Mister Omega
41,459 supporters
Petitioning Christopher Kempczinski, Douglas Goare, Bernie Sanders, Joe hogsett, Joe Donnelly, David Fairhurst, Steve Easterbrook, Lucy Brady, Francesca DeBiase, Robert Gibbs, Jerry Krulewitch, Silvia Lagnado,...

Hey, McDonald's, please buy only biodegradable straws and save turtles from going extinct!

A major problem in today’s world is our plastic usage. Plastic never biodegrades. This means that it will stay forever. It also makes 100-500 million pounds of carbon emissions. Plastic straws are one of the biggest ways that we use plastic. We use more than 500 million straws every single day in the U.S. alone! Fast food stores are the main source of straw. For example, McDonalds contributes to 12% of all the plastic straws. I had an idea that if McDonald’s would only use biodegradable, it would cut down on a lot of that plastic trash. Other chains will follow the lead and one by one we can convert all plastic straw to biodegradable straw.  Plastic straws hurt the environment and wildlife. Straws just pile up in landfills and in the oceans. There are places where you can actually walk on the ocean because of the enormous amount of plastic piled up. It also hurts wildlife. Birds can think that plastic straws look like worms. Turtles can think that straws look like stretched out shrimp. When they eat them, they die from the toxins in the oil that the straws were made from. It also hurts underprivileged kids who don't have proper housing. They can wander about on shores, but all the plastic can make them sick. Why do we do this? We are ruining the planet!!! Think about your own kids and grandchildren. Is this the type of planet that you want to leave for them! Do you want children to worry about eating seafood because of the amount of plastic trash in our fish? Do you want us to not be able to go to the beach because of the amount of trash? Why are you leaving us children a planet of plastic and trash??? There is a solution though. If McDonald's and other franchises stopped using plastic straws, a lot of plastic trash would be avoided. If people still need straws, they can get biodegradable straws. The biodegradable straws would biodegrade and wouldn't hurt the environment. So join me! Join in saving the world for your children! Please sign the petition, and support the idea that McDonald's should get only biodegradable straws!!    

Earth Hero
15,463 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States, Donald Trump, John Cornyn, Thad Cochran, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Richard Shelby, Lamar Alexander, Susan Collins, Lisa...

#SAVEH2B: Save Small & Seasonal Businesses!

PLEASE ASK CONGRESS TO #SAVEH2B AND SUPPORT IMMEDIATE CAP RELIEF!  American Small and Seasonal businesses are currently approaching their busiest season of the year and they will not be receiving their seasonal guest workers. Without these legal, temporary employees American businesses and workers are in jeaprody.  The H-2B Visa nonimmigrant program allows employers to hire foreign workers to come to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. H-2B workers are not considered immigrants. In order to qualify for an H-2B Visa, an employer must prove that there are not sufficient U.S. Workers who are capable of performing temporary services or labor. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS.FACT: American workers are guaranteed first chance at every job later filled by an H-2B temporary laborer. By law, every open position must be properly advertised in the community and requires employers to hire any able and willing American workers to fill open positions. The fact is that H-2B temporary workers actually support American jobs and the U.S. economy. The H-2B program provides an opportunity for seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity, thereby retaining their full-time American workers and contributing more to their local economies. Additionally, temporary foreign seasonal workers help support many upstream and downstream jobs. According to the American Enterprise Institute study on Immigration and American Jobs, every H-2B worker creates or sustains 4.64 American jobs on average. MYTH: EMPLOYERS DON’T EVEN TRY TO HIRE AMERICAN WORKERS TO FILL THESE TEMPORARY HARD LABOR JOBS.FACT: Employers work extremely hard to hire American workers because 1) it is dramatically cheaper to do so, and 2) the law requires that employers demonstrate that every effort has been made to hire Americans before they can start the process of trying to hire a temporary foreign laborer. Again, the fact is that the vast majority of American workers are not interested in temporary seasonal manual labor jobs. Geography is a big obstacle for many employers; for example, many resort communities don’t have a sufficient local labor pool. And, in many cases, these types of seasonal jobs may not be appropriate for high school students due to the hours or labor laws that prohibit the use of heavy machinery by minors. MYTH: PAYING HIGHER WAGES WILL ENTICE AMERICAN WORKERS AND SOLVE THE SEASONAL TEMPORARY LABOR SHORTAGE.FACT: Hourly pay for these types of jobs have gone up significantly over the last few years because employers who use the H-2B program are required to pay their H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premiumwage dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. These temporary manual labor jobs often pay considerably more than the minimum wage, but American workers still won’t take the positions. Sadly, in many cases, employers who obey the law and use the H-2B program are often competing against businesses that choose to illegally hire undocumented immigrants and pay those workers considerably less. If wages were raised even higher, seasonal employers who use the program would not be able to sustain their businesses or their American workers. MYTH: THE H-2B PROGRAM REPRESSES WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS BY PROVIDING A CHEAPER LABOR SOURCE.FACT: Hiring H-2B workers is a much move expensive and risky option. In addition to the fact employers are required to pay H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premium wage that is often well above the federal minimum wage, complying with the H-2B program is extremely costly, complicated and wrought with uncertainty due to an overly restrictive cap and a constantly changing regulatory environment. Employers turn to the H-2B program as a last resort, after extensive efforts to recruit American workers. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS OVERSTAY THEIR VISAS AND EXACERBATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA.FACT: According the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visa overstay in the H-2B program are rare. Workers who do overstay their visas are barred from using the program ever again. The fact is that the vast majority of H-2B workers and their employers are meticulous about compliance. Not following the strict program rules means the end of a well-paying seasonal jobs that allows these workers to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries – a risk these workers are not willing to take since they generally return to the same employer year after year. Additionally, when approving H-2B visas, the U.S. Consulate confirms workers’ ties to their home countries. Further, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires employers to promptly report any H-2B workers who do not report for work or who complete their work earlier in the season than anticipated. MYTH: THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION IS UNNECESSARY.FACT: The H-2B program’s annual 66,000 cap (33,000 for each half of the fiscal year) is not adequate to meet the demands of a growing economy. The cap for the first half of the fiscal 2017 was reached on January 10. The second-half cap was reached on March 13, leaving many seasonal employers shut out of the program with no access to legal seasonal laborers. Without the returning worker exemption passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by the President, many companies will have to close their businesses, lay off American workers or turn away customers.This provision is essential to the survival of small and seasonal businesses across the country and should be made permanent. An H-2B returning worker exemption is a narrow solution to a seasonal workforce shortage that focuses on workers who are valuable to their seasonal employers and who have never violated the terms of their past visas or other U.S. laws. These workers do not pose a security risk and they are not taking away jobs from Americans. For more information please visit: https://www.SaveH2b.orghttps://www.h2bworkforcecoalition.com https://youtu.be/UTYVEirlu3o   To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B

SAVE H-2B
5,548 supporters
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Petitioning CNN, NBC, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, CBS, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, BBC

Boycott the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Vanity Fair and The New Yorker magazine recently announced they were boycotting the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner. These outlets have decided to protest the Trump administration’s ongoing attack on truth and the freedom of the press. As President, Donald Trump has slandered unfavorable coverage of his policies and statements as “fake news” delivered by a “lying, dishonest press” -- a term disturbingly similar to the original German “Lügenpresse”, also used to discredit the press during a period of authoritarian rule in that country. Top White House strategist, Steve Bannon, declared the press to be “the opposition party” that should “shut its mouth”. And who can forget White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, who coined the infamous term “alternative facts” while pressing for networks to fire commentators who voice critical opinions of Trump. These antics are simply a continuation of the bullying and dangerous treatment Trump encouraged against members of the press at his political rallies -- placing our free press under threat. Every media outlet (and every citizen) should reject this un-American behavior by our government, on principle. Our media outlets should join Vanity Fair and the New Yorker by boycotting this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. If you support and respect a free press and it’s role in safeguarding our democracy, please sign and share this petition today.

Enzo Loren
2,555 supporters
Petitioning Anderson Cooper, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX Broadcasting Company, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal

No Notoriety for Mass Shooters

Mass shootings in the United States continue to capture a lot of attention by the media. The continued reporting of the shooters’ names and images are inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. Research has found a contagion effect whereby the excessive emphasis on the perpetrators can inspire copycat attacks and can cause them to be more lethal as shooters try to outdo one another.  We call upon the media to responsibly report on these stories by limiting the use of the names and photos of the perpetrators in their coverage in accordance with the No Notoriety (www.nonotoriety.com) campaign. Research (e.g., Schildkraut & McHale, 2018) shows that viewers still will follow these cases if this information is limited. Please support this call for responsible reporting in the coverage of mass shootings in the United States. 

Jaclyn Schildkraut
1,221 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The world, Gulf News, Khaleej Times

HELP STOP THE CONFLICT IN SYRIA

Since March 2011, Syria Has Been In The Throes Of A Conflict That Has Forced More Than Half Of All Syrians To Leave Their Homes. An Estimated 4.9 Million Syrians Have Fled The Country And More Than 6 Million Are Internally Displaced. The Crisis, Described As The Worst Humanitarian Disaster Of Our Time, Has Caused Untold Suffering For Syrian Men, Women And Children. Special Envoys Has Convened The Parties To The United Nations Office At Geneva For Intra-Syrian Talks. Rounds Were Held In The Month Of FebruaryEven After All This A Horrific Air Strike Occurred A Few Days Before Using Chemical Weapons. This Has Gone Way Too Far. Don’t These Attackers Have Any Pity In Them Are They That Heartless. Could The Attackers Not Think What Would Happen If They Were In The Place Of The Victims.These Conflicts Must Stop As Soon As Possible. All The Countries Must Come Together And Help They Fellow Brothers And Sisters. No Matter What Caste. Race Religion You Belong To We All Are The Part Of One Humanity. These Help Can Be In Form Of Security Which Every Country Can Lend Their Arms And Men To The Country To Prevent From Further Destruction And Loss Of Lives . Or It Can Be In Form Of Food Or Clothing Etc. Many Charity Organizations Are Already Helping Setup These Now Its Only Up To The People To Help Them. The Media Can Play An Important Role In Making The Viewers Aware About The Various Charity Organizations That Are Set Up So That The People Can Donate Something Which They Have In Surplus But Will Be Useful For The Victims Of The War Who Are In Desperate Need Of These. I Sincerely Request Leaders And Citizens Of Ever Country To Take Immediate Action . EVERY LIFE MATTERS

Ikhlas Iqbal
797 supporters
Petitioning CNN, FOX News, ABC, NBC, BBC, MSNBC, Washington Post, New York Times, Facebook, Google, Inc, Wall Street Journal, USA Today

Protest against Media blackout of Ashura and Arbaeen

It's noticed in last few years that the mainstream media’s constant sensationalized reporting on terror and Muslims in the Western world, but a "media blackout" prevented people from hearing about most spiritual and anti tyranny march of Ashura and Arbaeen. Millions of Muslims took part in a mass pilgrimage for Ashura and Arbaeen, in spite of Islamic State presence in nearby areas. If a few hundred anti-immigration or anti-Trump protesters take to the streets, they will make headlines.. The same level of airtime is awarded to a pro-democracy march in Hong Kong or an anti-Putin rally in Russia.. But a gathering of twenty million in obstreperous defiance of terror and injustice somehow fails even to make it into the TV news ticker! An unofficial media embargo is imposed on the gargantuan event despite the story having all the critical elements of an eye-catching feature; the staggering numbers, the political significance, the revolutionary message, the tense backdrop, as well as originality. We strongly protest against this behavior of mainstream media and demand the complete coverage of the Ashura and Arbaeen events this year, which will be fall on 20th September and 29th October 2018. Husayn, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is revered by Muslims as the “Prince of Martyrs”. He was killed in Karbala on a day which became known as Ashura, the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram, having refused to pledge allegiance to the corrupt and tyrannical caliph, Yazid. He and his family and companions were surrounded in the desert by an army of 30,000, starved of food and water, then beheaded in the most macabre manner, a graphic tale recounted from pulpits every year since the day he was slain. Their bodies were mutilated. Shia Muslims have since mourned the death of Husayn, in particular on the days of Ashura, then, forty days later, on Arbaeen. While it is a distinctively Shia spiritual exercise, Sunnis, even Christians, Yazidis, Zoroastrians, and Sabians partake in both the pilgrimage as well as serving of devotees. This is remarkable given the exclusive nature of religious rituals, and it could only mean one thing: people regardless of color or creed see Hussein as a universal, borderless, and meta-religious symbol of freedom and compassion. Ashura and Arbaeen are unique gatherings because it takes place against the backdrop of chaotic and dangerous geopolitical scenes. ISIS and other terrorists organizations sees the Shia as their mortal enemy, so nothing infuriates the terror groups more than the sight of Shia pilgrims gathering for their greatest show of faith.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4GVKxXzb2Y

Ali Rizvi
790 supporters
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Petitioning Wall Street Journal

FIRE THE 3 GUYS WRITING A FAKE ARTICLE ABOUT FELIX KJELLBERGS ANTI-SEMITISM

There was a biased article published only to make a very famous Youtuber look bad and for clicks so that they could make more money. It's ridiculous and very unproffessional. 

that weird channel
737 supporters