We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned to learn that Lee Williams, the author of the violent white supremacist blog and media channel “Across the Rubicon” is employed by Synlait
Lee has been responsible for disseminating extreme white supremacist material, and has consistently been reported for creating objectionable and racist media for his channel.
More recently he has taken to directly attacking Maori MPs, Rawiri Waititi and Hon. Willie Jackson, using blatantly racist rhetoric and is actively and deliberately stoking public fear in response to the He Puapua report.
Synlait espouses values such as diversity, inclusion and thriving communities. This is entirely at odds with the violent rhetoric of their employee Lee Williams.We call upon Synlait to review his contract, in reflection of their espoused values, and make it clear that they give nothing to racism, most especially a paycheque.
Here is a link to his channel which is clearly geared to supporting white supremacy:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZIWfCAbw2yPornxn_KTWZwHere are some links to his most recent racist rants:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfi2AWle_vM
https://youtu.be/Ajh1684M1PY Read more
There are 2 types of businesses in Australia. Those that employ staff and those that don’t. The number of businesses as at 30 June 2019 that don’t employ staff makes up 61% or 1.4 million of the total 2.4 million businesses in Australia, as well as 33% of the GDP created in Australia based on a recent Australian Bureau of Statistics report. These are enormous numbers and involve a huge number of people.
The legal structure of these businesses is made up of sole traders, partnerships, trusts and companies. All of which do not employ staff, so they rely solely on the business owner to succeed.
The average turnover of these businesses is around $200 000 per annum but the average net profit or take home “salary” would be anything from $60 000 and above.
Most, if not all of these 1.4 million individuals running these businesses, now have no income.
The government has done a great job at providing some type of compensation for those businesses that employ staff, but very little for those that don’t.
However, the allowances such as the jobseeker allowance, will not replace the “salary” of the majority of these business owners, as it is much greater than the allowance received.
These owners have structured their expenses according to their incomes prior to the Coronavirus crisis which we currently find ourselves in.
I hope that very soon the Government will introduce a package for non- employee businesses.
My suggestion is as follows:
Pay the business owner a tax-free income of 60% to 70% of their monthly average taxable income over the previous 2 years during the duration of this crisis. This will enable them to pay their mortgages and any other expenses as normal.I would not get Centrelink involved as they already have enough to deal with, but rather set up a special fast acting emergency on-line application form managed by a newly created division within the Australian Tax Office. It’s important to make this process as painless as possible, with very little communication required from the business owner.
By providing business owners with an income at the same level that they had before the crisis, they will be able to feel like human beings again and get the economy functioning again.Read more
Neil KaganPerth, Australia
Created Mar 28, 2020
Petition to Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Chuck Schumer
A note from a member of The Leguminadi:
As a first-year student, I wanted to be a part of the school and participate in events and clubs. After enjoying the 2017 Fall Fest, I was looking forward to the Winter Fest. However, after reviewing the ads I became furious to see that there would be sleigh rides.
I know there may be students who disagree while others may not want to get involved. I simply cannot look the other way. Horses are extremely sensitive to loud sounds and rides around the block create an immense amount of noise. The blinders that the owners put on them do nothing to help with the fact that they fear all the cars around them. They cannot pull as much weight as many people think, especially not in snowy, slushy, or slippery conditions.
I urge you to reconsider having sleigh rides at future Winter Fests. I believe students would much rather care for horses than to take a smelly ride around a busy downtown block.
The change would also be a wonderful opportunity to promote animal sanctuaries within and near Edmonton.
Whether it is cruel or not, this is animal exploitation for human amusement and entertainment, and therefore should be brought to an end.
Created Jan 21, 2018
Petition to Indian companies, Businesses, factories
While child labour is illegal, many factories still employ children in India. Our petition hopes to yield affirmative action and reach a wider audience. Businesses that sign our pledge are vowing not to employ children and are working towards a Child Labour Free India!
Our Pledge: https://www.childlabourfreeindia.com/our-pledge
CLF India (Child Labor Free) is a direction action campaign that aims to create a network of organisations all working towards developing a child labor free India. CLF India has partnered with textile mills across Chandigarh to pledge their solidarity, committing to child-free labor.
Check out our website: https://www.childlabourfreeindia.com/
Check out resources: https://www.childlabourfreeindia.com/resources
SIGN OUR PETITION TODAY! LETS MAKE A CLFI- CHILD LABOUR FREE INDIA!Read more
Aryan MahajanLudhiana, India
Created Apr 17, 2020
Petition to Australian federal government, Scott Morrison, Josh Frydenberg, Michaelia Cash
more likely to cease trading over time than larger firms. Only 55.9% of non-employing businesses and. This compares with a survival rate of 76.9% for small businesses employing between 5 and 19 employing businesses in Australia.
*Non-employing businesses accounted for 62.3% of all small businesses, micro-businesses employing accounted for 27.9% and businesses with 5 to 19 employees accountedRead more
There have been 13 school shootings this year that have resulted in injury or death.
Last year, in 2022, there were 51.
There have been over 375 school shootings in the United States since Columbine in 1999. Since then, more than 348,000 students have experienced gun violence while at school.
Thousands have died, have been injured, and countless more have been affected emotionally by these traumatic events.
My name is Janée Farris, and I have created this petition to spark change in our community, our state of California, and in our country. My husband and I have 4 daughters. Every time I get the heartbreaking news of yet another school shooting- what always goes through my mind is.. WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. But what what can we do?
There are 10,588 schools in California. This includes all private & public schools, across all grade levels, including college.
The education budget for the state of California is $128.5 billion.
If we hired 4 armed veterans per school and paid them $60,000 a year ($15,000 above the national average for armed security guards in the country) it would cost $2,541,120,000 per year for the state of California. This amount is less than 1% of the total education budget for California.
We have armed security protecting the president of our country and other politicians. We have armed security protecting celebrities, banks, and jewelry stores at the mall. Why do we not better protect the future of our country?! Our veterans have been evaluated & trained. They have shown the desire to protect our country- and many can use jobs!
While citizens and law makers are always debating gun laws in this country, we as parents cannot afford to lose lives of innocent kids to senseless and avoidable crimes.
I’m calling on everyone to do their part to spread awareness and really make a change for our kids. Let’s work together to make our communities and our schools safer.
If we can get enough attention to this petition, I’d like to get this in the hands of state or national politicians to make some real change.
Sign this petition to make our voices heard!!Read more