Get Mainstream News Coverage Of National Elderly Asian American Assaults
DISCLAIMER: We'd like to clarify to those signing that when you are donating to this petition the money is going towards change.org's network to keep amplifying these petitions. The money will not be donated to us to filter to charities (sadly we just figured this out as this is our first time making a petition). Please be mindful of that before donating! Thank you. Over the course of the past year, the unfortunate inflation of racist rhetoric associated with the origin and spread of the Coronavirus has resulted in an uptick of deadly hate crimes against Asian Americans. In the past week we've seen murders and hateful assaults skyrocket across America but have noticeably felt ZERO pressure to cover from America's mainstream news sources. Why is it that in the eyes of American media, Asian lives do not matter? President Biden very recently signed an Executive Order to help combat hate crimes toward the Asian American community. He even outlined his agenda on the campaign trail for the AAPI Community. By the way, our VP is from an AAPI bloodline. So why is it that every mainstream outlet hasn't given these mounting assaults, the time of day? Because Asian Americans still have not been given a voice in mainstream America and it's time they covered OUR struggles, fights and needs. We are Americans and deserve to live without constant fear, or the fear of our elders being senselessly murdered. Recent elderly Asian American assaults + murders: Vicha Ratanapakdee Yik Oi Huang Mauricio Gesmundo Sr Noel Quintana 91 Year Old In Oakland (Jacob Azevedo began a GoFundMe in the community to help arm more Asian seniors to defend themselves, you can donate HERE.) 64-Year Old Grandmother ...and the list goes on. Never forget Vincent Chin. We're asking for the mainstream media (CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, WASHPOST, LA TIMES, NYT) to step up and give this national issue some visibility and coverage. We cannot keep this to the AAPI community only, we need this to be a movement and issue ALL Americans are aware of to help prevent these crimes. PLEASE SIGN TO HELP UP KEEP THE PRESSURE ON MEDIA.
Tell Gray Television to grant a co-copyright to help me fight YouTube.
My beautiful daughter Alison, a journalist for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, VA was murdered on live television in 2015. For years now, I have been fighting Google to remove the video of her murder from YouTube. Google, along with Facebook and Instagram are protected from any liability thanks to a law called Section 230 for which the only exception is for copyright violation. I appeared on 60 Minutes on January 3rd and described how my life has been affected by Google's ongoing injurious practice. As I said in my interview, Google's original motto was "Don't be evil". Now, they are the personification of just that. Equally as immoral is Gray Television, a media conglomerate with major network affiliates across the country. In late 2015 Gray purchased WDBJ and now owns the copyright to that infamous video. My legal team at Georgetown University Law has asked Gray repeatedly for co-copyright use that would enable us to sue Google for damages. A co-copyright agreement would in no way subject Gray to any legal liability. We cannot legally compelled them, only ask that they do the right thing. Until 230 is repealed, it's our only recourse to hold Google accountable. Sadly, Gray repeatedly either refuses or ignores our pleas to grant this request, cynically offering only a worthless usage license--useful only if we wanted to re-broadcast Alison's murder. As pernicious as Google is, Gray is worse. I seek your help and ask that you beseech Gray to do the decent thing and provide me the means to bring a modicum of justice to these sociopaths who endanger lives and democracy while monetizing murder videos. Thanks for your help! Andy Parker
Demand the United Nations Investigate the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
English German Just over two weeks ago, Saudi dissident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished after going into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His disappearance has now evolved into a full-blown international crisis. Throughout it all, the Saudi government’s official line keeps shifting as the world waits for answers. From the New York Times:"Mr. Khashoggi, 60, a Washington Post columnist whose disappearance has caused an international uproar and deeply tarnished the Saudi government’s image, entered the consulate at about 1:15 p.m. He was never seen leaving. The Turkish government has been leaking details in the domestic press that suggest that a 15-member hit team from Saudi Arabia, including Mr. Mutreb, assassinated Mr. Khashoggi inside the consulate, severing his fingers and decapitating and dismembering him."The New York Times has published a timeline trail of clues related to this horrible story:https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/09/world/middleeast/jamal-khashoggi-timeline.htmlThe president of the United States, Donald J. Trump has floated scenarios like 'rogue agents' to the Saudis. Mr. Trump and his organization have deep business ties with the Saudis going back for decades. Secretary of State Pompeo traveled to Riyadh Tuesday, October 16 for what amounted to a quick photo op with Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince who is suspected of ordering Khashoggi's torture, dismemberment and murder. The two were photographed and videotaped laughing and joking. The kingdom transferred $100 million to the United States shortly after Pompeo's visit. Serious and suspicious items have come to light regarding the 'alleged' torture and murder of Jamal Khashoggi. A most disturbing interview with Mr. Khashoggi on Egyptian TV has surfaced. The interview contains statements "revealing classified deal between Trump and the Royal king of Saudi Arabia to take money from Royal Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal to bail him self out after being arrested for corruption the money end up to Trump / Kushner weapon deal." A NY Times piece regarding a close aide to Mohammed bin Salman photographed entering and leaving the consulate where Mr. Khashoggi was last seen references multiple human rights organizations seeking a proper investigation by the United Nations: "In another sign of growing pressure on the Saudis, a coalition of human-rights and press-freedom advocacy groups said Thursday that Turkey should seek an independent United Nations investigation into Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance and possible killing. The coalition included the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders. “U.N. involvement is the best guarantee against a Saudi whitewash or attempts by other governments to sweep the issue under the carpet to preserve lucrative business ties with Riyadh,” Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said in a statement. It was unclear at best, however, when or if a United Nations inquiry would be undertaken. Asked about that possibility at a daily briefing, Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for Secretary General António Guterres, suggested it was premature. Mr. Guterres believes in “taking things one step at a time,” Mr. Dujarric said. The secretary general also had made clear to both Saudi Arabia and Turkey that the facts surrounding the Khashoggi case need to come out, Mr. Dujarric said."We believe Jamal Khashoggi died in that consulate. He was in there alone, we believe, at the mercy of 15 agents dispatched by the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman who brought a bone saw with them. This petition is demanding justice for a human being who dedicated his life to a better world. This is Jamal Khashoggi's last column."What the Arab World Needs Most is Free Expression"
Poor children deserve a question in the presidential debates
No child living in America today should have to worry about whether they’ll have a place to sleep at night or enough food to eat. But these are daily realities for the 1 in 6 poor children in this country. Children like me. Growing up on the North Side of Minneapolis, I know what it means to struggle. I’ve been homeless, spending school nights sleeping on park benches. I’ve been hungry, not knowing where my next meal would come from. I know what it means to have to work to support your family when you need to be focusing on school. And I know that other kids shouldn’t have to face these struggles. Every child in America should be able to focus on learning, growing, and just being a kid. Did you know it’s been 20 years since there was a question about how to address child poverty in a presidential debate? But a child is born into poverty every minute in this country. Those children will face hunger, homelessness, illness, violence and toxic stress. And those children deserve answers about how the next president of the United States is going to make sure they get a fair shot at a better life. Ignoring this issue on the national debate stage sends a signal that children living in poverty are not a priority. To fix the problem, we need to put a spotlight on it. That’s why I’m calling for a question in the presidential debates about child poverty. I want to know what the next president is going to do to make sure the next generation won’t struggle like I did. Will you join me? Please sign the petition today.
ESPN : Honor Kendrick Castillo, Joshua Jones and Brendan Bialy at the 2021 ESPY Awards.
On May 7th 2019, the Highlands Ranch, Colorado community was forever changed when a shooting occurred at the Highlands Ranch STEM School. 8 students were hurt and 1 was killed. During the shooting, Kendrick Castillo, Brendan Bialy and Joshua Jones ran at the shooter and tackled him, giving their classmates time to take cover and escape. Kendrick Castillo gave the ultimate sacrifice of his own life in the process. We, as a Highlands Ranch community, believe that these three brave heroes are deserving of the 2019 Arthur Ashe Courage Award. This award is given out yearly at the ESPYs through ESPN and is given to individuals or a group that "stand up for their beliefs in the face of adversity," and that is exactly what Kendrick, Joshua and Brendan did. We have a chance right now to make a change, stop these mass shootings and make these three true heroes so well known that nobody will be able to recall the name of the gunman. Please sign this petition.
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
Que le devuelvan la Hacienda Santa Monica a los niños pobres de Panamá.
En Panamá hay medio millón de niños pobres, 200,000 niños viven en extrema pobreza. Muchos de estos niños solo tienen una madre que sirve como Madre y Padre a la vez. Estas guerreras Panameñas se levantan todos los días a las 4am con una sonrisa en cara para tomar un pésimo sistema de transporte y llegar a un trabajo donde les pagan mal. Ese es el Panamá que vivimos, el Panamá de dos países, el Panamá de los que tienen dinero y el Panamá de los que no tienen. Se acabo la clase media. Se acabo la justicia, y se acabo la solidaridad. Vivimos en un país donde las leyes se aplican para los pobres y no para los ricos. Pero de vez en cuando llega a Panamá un hombre rico, con un corazón grande. Esa es la historia del Sr. Charles Lucom, un hombre Norte Americano que hizo su plata con mucho esfuerzo y sudor en Panamá. Y cuando murió, decidió dejarle en su testamento a los Niños Pobres de Panamá un regalo. Les regaló la Hacienda Santa Mónica. La Hacienda Santa Mónica queda en Antón y colinda con Buenaventura y Juan Hombrón. La Hacienda tiene alrededor de 700 hectáreas de terreno (que valen más de $800 millones) y se le fue regalada a los niños pobres de Panamá por el Sr Lucom como dice su testamento. Como los niños pobres de Panamá no cuentan con un representante legal, el Sr Alberto Vallarino y su pandilla de abogados deciden asaltar a los 500,000 niños pobres de Panamá y robarles la Hacienda Santa Mónica. El Sr Vallarino con sus secuaces utilizaron el corrupto sistema Judicial Panameño y cambiaron el Testamento del Sr. Lucom y se quedaron con Hacienda Santa Mónica. Queremos que se haga justicia y le devuelvan la Hacienda Santa Mónica a los niños pobres de Panamá como lo quiso el Sr. Lucom en su testamento. Gracias, Los niños pobres de Panamá.
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.
Nancy Pelosi! Negotiate a REASONABLE stimulus package with Steve Mnuchin.
The American people have suffered for several months without adequate assistance from the United States Government. Partisan politics have prevented an agreement for a REASONABLE stimulus package. Now, we are on the brink of legislation that will offer help in the form of stimulus checks, unemployment assistance, rental assistance, eviction assistance, loan assistance and assistance to multiple areas of government that's struggling to survive. More than ever it seems that one person is slowing or stopping the progress of the stimulus package. That person is Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. She has recently been criticized by members of her own party for letting the motivation for the perfect, meaning to get everything she wants, preventing or being the enemy of progress. This was demonstrated perfectly when Nancy Pelosi appeared on CNN Wolf Blitzer's show. She began by saying that she was working toward an agreement for the people. Her examples all indicated that the progress that was actually being held up was for personal "pet" projects. When Wolf Blitzer reminded Pelosi that many other Democrats feel she is being obstinate and holding up progress, she attacked Blitzer as well. Her true colors showed. Nancy Pelosi basically acts like she knows more of what the American people need than the people themselves. This petition basically states that we, as the American people are not being adequately served by the government. Specifically we feel that people like Nancy Pelosi are allowing partisan politics and objectives to cloud the reality of what's needed. The American people need financial assistance NOW! We have stood idly by, waiting for the government to do their job and represent our needs. Now that our representatives have failed to do their job, we must do it for them. We, the undersigned, as American people who are suffering through an unprecedented pandemic are demanding action NOW, especially during the upcoming holiday season. We will not, for once in the lives of many, be able to visit family due to airline shut down and financial issues. We can't wait for elections, changing of power, etc. It must be NOW Failure to respond to the needs of the American people will no longer be ignored. Respectfully Submitted, We the People of the United States