#JusticeForRocky Demand that Rocky be released from Swedish Officials

On Sunday, June 30th, A$AP Rocky, his bodyguard and two performers from his show acted in self-defense after two men followed, harassed and physically assaulted them in Stockholm. Video footage shows the assailants following Rocky and his colleagues, even cutting off where they are trying to walk sometimes, while Rocky pleads to them that he does not want any issues.  The group of men continued to follow and harass Rocky and his colleagues, asking for money, and began grabbing Rocky and the others. This led Rocky and his colleagues to act in self-defense to avoid any further physical harm. On Tuesday, July 2nd, Rocky volunteered to go to police headquarters after his performance for questioning about this incident. Rocky and his colleagues were arrested on-site.  We are surprised that something like this could happen in Sweden to people who were minding their business and forced to defend themselves from a group of assailants. This should be about justice. Rocky has been in prison for six days for the use of self defense.  Upon being detained, Rocky was denied his request to counsel which is in violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to which Sweden is a signatory.  Everyone has the same rights to be treated fairly upon detainment and should be given fair and equal access to such rights. Since, he has been allowed to visit with a U.S. Embassy Consult and attorney, but only in the presence of Swedish officials. It is extremely troubling and worrisome that the laws are not being applied equally in these circumstances.  On Monday, July 8th, we filed an appeal with the Swedish Supreme Court to have Rocky released from the inhumane conditions and the clear violation of human rights. They rejected the filing, which means Rocky will remain in prison for two weeks. The conditions of the facility are horrific. Some of the inhumane conditions Rocky and his colleagues are facing at the Stockholm Detention Center include 24/7 solitary confinement, restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, access to palatable and life sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions.  The prosecutor on the case has further communicated that he is working to receive an additional two-week extension for a trial to begin in mid - to end of August. To keep Rocky and his colleagues in jail pending the lengthy trial proceedings is a punishment before the fact, with no due process.  Join us in the #JusticeForRocky movement and demand that Rocky be released from Swedish officials immediately. Share this petition, along with our image on social media: https://bit.ly/2NIQt2A

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Allow Lloyd Jones to put a picture of Spider-Man on his four year old son's gravestone

Lloyd Jones was denied by Disney to put a picture of Spider-man on Ollie Jones, his four year old son's headstone. Lloyd was denied because Walt Disney would like to keep the "innocence" and "magic" of their characters. “We can’t move on until we have his headstone done – Spider-Man was Ollie’s entire life. He loved it so much." Says Ollie's father.

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Save Jax Beach Baby Sea Turtles from certain deaths because of Artifical Light

The City of Jacksonville Beach and Beach Energy are refusing to protect endangered and threatened nesting mother sea turtles and baby sea turtle hatchlings by ignoring the effect of light pollution (artificial light) used along their beach shoreline.  Parking lots adjacent to beach accesses and right next to the sand dunes have 25-30 foot light poles with super bright light LED light bulbs, which is against Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Sea Turtle Protection Rules.  FWC rules state that only amber LED Sea Turtle Friendly lights are to be used that close to the beach. Light Pollution (artificial light) is so bright on Jacksonville Beach that it is detering nesting mother sea turtles from coming ashore to lay their eggs, this is called a "False Crawl."  When a mother sea turtle tries multiple times to nest and the beach is too bright, she will get stressed and deposit her eggs in the ocean, killing the baby sea turtles instantly.  It is a shame that the baby sea turtles do not have a fighting chance of survival.  If the mother sea turtle does by small chance nest, research has proven that illegal lights along beaches will cause hatchlings to become disoriented and travel away from the ocean, towards artificial lights and sadly they lose their chance of survival.  Jacksonville Beach Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance is not up to date with FWC guidelines and has been out of date for over a decade.  We are demanding that the city update their ordinance and make Beaches Energy change out the illegal lights in the parking lots and down First Street. To prevent sea turtle deaths caused by light confusion we encourage Jacksonville Beach to update their Lighting Ordinance to FWC compliance just like in neighboring Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach.  Ordinances like these prevent thousands of sea turtle deaths each year. The ordinance is needed to protect the endangered and threatened sea turtles who use Jacksonville Beach to nest and hatch a vital new generation.  Help me get the word out and give these mothers and little babies a fighting chance to nest and live - sign and share the petition today please.

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Tell Aldi to Go 100% Gestation Crate Free

Many of us are loyal Aldi shoppers who appreciate the grocery chain’s quality, low-priced foods, commitment to sustainability, and desire to serve its customers in meaningful ways. That’s why it is especially disheartening to learn that unlike almost every other major grocer in the U.S., Aldi still has not committed to stopping its pork suppliers from locking up mother pigs in tiny “gestation crates” for virtually their entire life. Please sign our petition. Urge Aldi to take the responsible road like so many other retailers and commit to a 100% gestation crate free supply chain by 2022. Gestation crates are widely recognized as cruel and inhumane. They confine a mother pig throughout her 4-month pregnancy in a space so tiny it’s roughly the same size as her body, so narrow she can’t even turn around. The mother pig is subsequently transferred into another crate to give birth, re-impregnated, and then put back into a gestation crate. This inhumane cycle repeats, pregnancy after pregnancy, for virtually their entire lives, adding up to years of immobilization. Almost every leading company in the food industry has listened to public opinion by adopting a policy to phase-out purchasing from operators using gestation crates —from restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel, and Quiznos to other cost-conscious retailers such as Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Walmart. As one of the largest grocers in the U.S., it is time for Aldi to do the same and acknowledge that animals ought to be allowed to move. Aldi says it cares about what its customers want. Please sign and share this petition and let Aldi know that you care about the animal welfare practices of their pork suppliers. Ask them to commit to phasing out the use of gestation crates for a mother pig’s entire pregnancy from its supply chain within a specified timeframe.

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Help the Dogs & Cats of the Horrific and Devilish Yulin Meat Festival

The dogs and cats of the Yulin Festival are being made to suffer horrific means to an end, simply to justify an outlandish tradition while making a profit. The dogs are dragged from overstuffed cages and are stabbed in different parts of their bodies and left to bleed to death. They are also electrocuted, hung to death, skinned alive, and some possibly cooked before they are completely dead. To add Horror to Horror, some dogs and cats are burned alive (fully conscious) while being beaten with sticks. We need to unite and make a stand against The Yulin Meat Festival. We must urge every citizen to come to the aid and rescue of these helpless animals who are doomed. We must reach out to the people of the Province of Guangxi as well as the city of Yulin and implore them to come to an agreement in which dog/cat meat is banned and made illegal perpetually. They are concerned with the loss of profits and that seems to be the driving force. We need to figure out a solution, another more humane and civil Festival that will not affect the livelihood of the locals while freeing the dogs and cats once and for all...and if that’s not an option, Death to the Yulin Meat Festival nonetheless. I love all animals, yet none touch my heart as much as dogs. I love cats very much although. The unconditional love and loyalty these animals give naturally, show you they have a higher purpose and we have a duty as human beings to protect these Divine Creatures. Every dog I see, I am looking into the eyes of my own family.

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End Happy The Elephant's 10 Years of Solitary Confinement

The Bronx Zoo has been given the shameful title of the 5th worst zoo for elephants in the country. The New York Times calls Happy the Bronx Zoo’s loneliest elephant. That’s because this highly intelligent and social being is one of the only zoo elephants in the entire United States who is being held alone. And it looks like her living conditions won’t change anytime soon unless we do something about it. I am asking you, my fellow animal lovers, to encourage the Bronx Zoo Director James J. Breheny to release Happy to a sanctuary where she can be in a more natural setting and live the rest of her life in peace. New standards regarding the keeping of elephants were recently passed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the accrediting organization for American wildlife institutions. Among their recommendations was that elephants be held in groups of three or more, as they are highly social creatures. Now, zoos around the country  are scrambling to comply with the regulations by AZA’s 2016 deadline. Yet, the Bronx Zoo seems steadfast in its opinion that Happy is “happy” with her solitary life. This goes against all scientific data about elephant behavior. Happy and 6 other elephant calves were captured in the wild from Thailand and brought to the States in 1977. For 25 years, she and her companion, Grumpy, were kept as a pair in the Bronx Zoo. When Grumpy passed away, she was paired with Sammy, who sadly died in 2006. It was then that the zoo decided to end its elephant program, but it didn’t relocate the elephants it currently had. For 10 years, Happy has been in a sort of solitary confinement, unable to truly interact with the other elephants held at the zoo. This is a social being like a monkey or a dolphin. Elephants thrive in the company of their own kind, where they form multi-generational family groups that remain loyal to one another for life, and the elders pass wisdom down to the younger ones to help them navigate their world. Happy is likely not at all happy. She has endured a decade of loneliness and deserves the chance to be with others of her kind in a sanctuary. Please join me in telling the Bronx Zoo to release Happy to a sanctuary and let her really have a chance at happiness.

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Call for Emergency Medical Care for Children Seeking Asylum in the US

Dear Secretary Azar, Acting Secretary McAleenan, and Governor Abbott: No child, and especially no child on American soil, should ever be put in a position in which they are scared, hungry, sick, cold, feel unsafe, or experience life-altering trauma. Yet many of us across the political spectrum have watched with increasing horror as conditions continue to deteriorate at our border for children of all ages seeking refuge and asylum in the United States.  In the words of former First Lady Laura Bush: “Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war.” There is a public health emergency unfolding at our own border, impacting hundreds of children, and our nation’s leaders must respond swiftly and effectively. Congress has passed a humanitarian aid bill, but it will take time to organize and implement the funds to make a difference in the lives of these children. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security must work together in the short-term to resolve the immediate crisis. We call on Secretary Azar to deploy the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and on Governor Abbott to deploy the Texas Medical Reserve Corps of volunteers to provide immediate medical care and services to the children in federal custody, in response to this public health and humanitarian crisis. While the legislation provides funding for health services, this will take months to process and procure. Reports indicate that the basic healthcare needs of these children are not being met, including adequate treatment for influenza, which can be life-threatening for vulnerable children, and lice infestations. The Commissioned Corps and volunteer Medical Reserve Corps can provide this care and facilitate appropriate transfers of extremely sick children to local hospitals to avoid future loss of life, pending further support from Congress.  We call on Secretary Azar and Acting Secretary McAleenan to coordinate agency efforts to ensure:  Humane and safe living conditions for those detained while seeking asylum in the United States. This must include: medical care and basic hygiene, licensed and trained caregivers who have completed appropriate background checks, access to legal and translation services, and resources to ensure that children can be timely reunited with a parent, legal guardian, or adult relative, or transferred to a licensed facility for unaccompanied minors within three to five days, consistent with the Flores Settlement.  Humane treatment must include, but not be limited to: access to clean water for drinking and washing; soap; toothbrushes and toothpaste; beds with mattresses, pillows, and blankets; toilets; menstrual pads and tampons; breastfeeding/nursing pads; clothing; diapers and wipes; and bottles with formula. Rapid development of an inter-agency system to expedite reunification of children and their parents or other potential sponsors. Family reunification is in the best interest of the child and will reduce the need for further federal spending to shelter and care for them.  As our political leaders work towards a sustainable immigration solution, we must not lose sight of who we are as Americans. No child in crisis should have to wait to have their basic health and safety needs met.

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Dismiss the charges on Marshae Jones and charge the one who shot her and her unborn baby

27-year-old Marshae Jones was pregnant when she was shot and lost her baby on December 4, 2018. Her shooter Ebony Jemison was arrested but had the charges against her dismissed. Instead Marshae was charged with manslaughter. Marshae did not shoot the bullet that killed her child nor was she armed but she was still charged for allegedly initiating the fight and not protecting her unborn child. The system where a pregnant mother is charged because she’s lost her baby after being shot is a broken one. The racist and sexist laws allowed something like this to happen. How can a killer walk away free while the victim is charged for the act of killing an unborn child? Marshae has had an injustice done to her in being charged for her unborn child’s death while the shooter has walked away free. Sign this petition to help drop the charges against her and to charge the shooter again for her crimes.

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Ziggy Marley: Say No to Abused Horses and Cancel Your Performance at Del Mar Racetrack

Ziggy Marley is scheduled to perform during the kickoff weekend for Del Mar Racetrack’s summer meet. Earlier this year, Del Mar’s sister track, Santa Anita Park, garnered unwanted national attention with a string of 29 racehorse deaths. But what most people don’t know is that death at the track is, in fact, business as usual: Santa Anita has averaged 50 dead horses annually over the past decade. At Del Mar, 73 horses have been killed in just the past five seasons. At all California tracks, over 5,000 deaths since 1998. Nationally, through our unprecedented FOIA reporting, Horseracing Wrongs has documented over 5,000 kills on U.S. tracks just since 2014; we estimate that over 2,000 horses are killed racing or training across America every year. Over 2,000. Imagine that. But it’s even worse: hundreds more die back in their stalls from things like colic and laminitis. And perhaps worst of all, the vast majority of has-been (or never-were) equine "athletes" are brutally and violently slaughtered once their so-called careers have come to an end - 15,000 Thoroughbreds alone each year. Taken together, it is no exaggeration to say that the American horse racing industry is engaged in wholesale carnage. Again, not hyperbole, carnage. But the killing is only a part of the story. There is, too, the unremitting confinement and isolation - the typical racehorse is kept locked - alone - in a tiny 12x12 stall for over 23 hours a day; the absolute control and utter subjugation - lip tattoos, nose chains, mouth bits, and whips; the commodification - racehorses are literal chattel, things to be bought, sold, traded, and dumped whenever and however their people decide; the negation - all the horse’s natural instincts and desires are thwarted, creating an almost unfathomable suffering in these innately intelligent, sensitive creatures. Ziggy Marley, you are an iconic musician, and an activist who fights for love, peace, equality, and justice. We are humbly and respectfully asking that your compassion be extended to these beautiful animals. Be the first to do for racehorses what the SeaWorld boycotts did for orcas, and in the process, become a model for all others to follow. Please, Ziggy, cancel your performance at Del Mar Racetrack.

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Pay and Treat Women Soccer Players the Same As Male Players

We support the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team in their fight against gender discrimination in professional sports.  We call on the U.S. Soccer Federation Board of Directors to do the right thing and end gender discrimination in soccer for the sake of future generations of young women athletes and the integrity of the sport.   On International Women’s Day, the world champion team filed a gender discrimination suit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, citing salary disparities and unequal support, including inferior training, promotion, and playing conditions than their male counterparts. Despite consistently greater success on the field than the U.S. Men’s Soccer team, the three-time world champion, four-time Olympic gold medal U.S. Women’s Soccer team continues to be paid a fraction of the salary paid to members of the men’s team. In addition, unequal treatment by the federation often exposes female athletes to more hazardous conditions to practice, train, perform, and recover.  The team's lawsuit comes at a time when women are increasingly empowered to fight for equality throughout society. Young girls around the world look to the players on the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team as role models who exemplify unmatched strength, ability, talent, and fearlessness. The team stands as a testament to U.S. Title IX, the 1972 federal legislation that guarantees equal opportunity in education, which greatly advanced women’s athletics. Their lawsuit sends a message of solidary with women worldwide who are fighting for equality in the workplace and presents an important teachable moment for our children, both girls and boys, about gender discrimination and the ongoing fight for women’s equal rights. Sign this petition if you believe that attaining gender equality is critical to the wellbeing of all members of society, and find the inequality between the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams to be unacceptable. We have cheered these women on to championships on the field, and now it is time for us to cheer them on in court. We stand in solidarity with the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.  

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