Brisbane has lost one of its great people, Graham Pampling. Who after a lifetime of playing his saxophone for all of Brisbane in the Queen Street Mall, passed away in 2019 leaving only memories behind.
If you grew up in Brisbane, you knew Graham. Chances are you also petted his Labradors, and gave him a gold coin for his music as you passed by. Graham was a beloved constant in a rapidly evolving city. He was an example that adversity could always be overcome, passions could always be pursued and that it was still possible to rely on the kindness of the people of Brisbane. Graham was also more than just a musician and a busker. He donated his time to charitable efforts such as helping young blind children learn how to use computers and set them on a path of greater success in life.
We’re writing this letter and asking for signatures to demonstrate the desire of Brisbane to keep Graham Pampling’s memory alive. We would love to see a statue of him in the Queen Street Mall, busking with his Labradors for every resident and visitor of Brisbane for all time to come.
His story is a powerful and positive reminder that no matter what happens to you in life, there is always room for joy and happiness, all you have to do is share your passion with the world to find it.
Graham touched all our lives, the least we can do is never forget him, his music and his best friends.
Thank you Graham.
Xavier HutchinsonBrisbane, Australia
Created Feb 16, 2021
Petition to Walnut Creek Police Chief Thomas Chaplin, Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton, Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva, Walnut Creek City Manager Dan Buckshi
On June 2, 2019, Miles Hall, a 23 year-old citizen of Walnut Creek, CA, was shot and killed in his own neighborhood by officers of the Walnut Creek Police Department. Miles was a graduate of Las Lomas High School and a great friend to many. He struggled with his mental health and his family wanted to get him help, not put his life in danger. Family members told police dispatch that he suffered from bipolar disorder, so officers should have been prepared to enter the situation with additional vigilance for the safety of all involved. Instead of attempting to de-escalate the situation, Walnut Creek Police officers shot at him with non-lethal rounds, ultimately heightening intensity and increasing fear for both Miles and the officers involved. After negative results, Walnut Creek Police officers chose to take deadly action and fire their weapons with malice aforethought, striking and killing Miles Hall.
While we acknowledge that the Walnut Creek Police Department and the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office are actively conducting independent investigations, we strongly believe that this situation could have been prevented had each of the officers been through advanced Crisis Intervention Training. As of 2018, there was one, two-person Mental Health Evaluation team for the entirety of central Contra Costa County. This is in no way sufficient enough to assist even a fraction of mental health patients in our city, let alone the county. We request that the Walnut Creek Police Department joins forces with local healthcare officials and mental health clinicians to create a more efficient process for assisting those in need. We also request that the Walnut Creek Police Department retrain it’s officers in use-of-force scenarios. We hold good faith that additional training and mental health resources will benefit both the citizens and police officers of Walnut Creek.
We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the Walnut Creek Police Department to thoroughly amend their protocol regarding critical incident calls involving mentally-ill subjects. We are calling on the Walnut Creek Police Department and the City of Walnut Creek to provide every officer with Crisis Intervention Training and re-evaluate the department’s current use-of-force training. We also request the development of additional Mental Health Evaluation teams to prevent any further similarly tragic situations while also providing Mental Health Resources in the City of Walnut Creek for its citizens and officers equally. We plead for the transparency from the City of Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek Police Department, and Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office. With this petition, we feel it is imperative that the City of Walnut Creek and the Walnut Creek Police Department work together to establish and administer new policies that will assist officers in understanding, supporting, and thus helping to prevent another killing of a Walnut Creek citizen such as Miles Hall.Read more
remembering the past is promising the future. We do remember the link of solidarity created by the veterans. We remember the young men and women who were willing to grab the hands of others without letting go each of the participant countries in order to remember the peace that the veterans have keptRead more
mustardseed VANKSeoul, Korea, Republic of
Created Jan 26, 2021
Petition to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Boris Johnson MP
Right now, there is no major memorial in England to commemorate the victims of the Transatlantic Slave trade. These are millions of people who were brought over from Africa in ships and kept as slaves. Many of them built Britain, but were subjected to cruelty and forced into inhumane conditions.
I’m part of Memorial 2007, a charity that is campaigning for an Enslaved Africans Memorial in London’s Hyde Park. We’ve secured planning permission for a space in the Rose Gardens and commissioned designs.
But we need the Government to fund this. Time is running out as planning permission will expire on the 7th November. That’s why we’re calling on the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to fund the first dedicated major memorial to Enslaved Africans before the deadline.
When asked, the Government say it “does not have any dedicated funds available at present for this memorial.” The Government have supported important memorials to World War One, Commonwealth War Graves, the Holocaust, and the Srebrenica Genocide. They need to do this for slave trade victims too.
To lose this opportunity to build a landmark would be a grave shame and a social injustice. The Government would be ignoring the contribution made and ignoring the abuse they faced.
This month is Black History Month, the perfect time to take a stand and make this happen.
Please help us by signing and making a difference.Read more
Desmond 'Etika' Amofah was a legendary YouTube streamer / entertainer, he pioneered YouTube Gaming and put the platform on the map with his insanely entertaining streams and loyal fan base. He was loyal to YouTube Gaming from the beginning. We the YouTube community and the Joycon Boyz, demand that his YouTube channel be reinstated so his legacy can be archived. Years of memories are gone due to his misconduct of a few uploads, and we think someone who has done so much for the YouTube platform should be allowed to have his greatest moments archived on YouTube forever.
Please consider, think about how much he has done for you YouTube, think about all the years of his life he poured into his channel, and restore those memories.
Thank you for your time.
Linklight, the Joycon Boyz, and the InternetRead more
Prior to and during World War II, Japan's Imperial Army established a system of brothels in its zones of combat specifically designed for military use, called "comfort stations." Women and girls as young as 13 years old were enticed, kidnapped or coerced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military and its designated agents. Historians estimate that as many as 200,000 women and girls throughout Asia and the Pacific, the majority from Korea, were trafficked into government-sponsored military brothels. These women and girls are euphemistically known as "comfort women."
While other instances of wartime sexual slavery have occurred throughout history and still do today, post-war Japan continues to have difficulty admitting to Imperial Japan's role in what is deemed the most extensive case of government involvement in human trafficking. In 1993 Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yohei Kono, issued a statement, (the Kono Statement) recognizing that "the Japanese military was, directly or indirectly, involved in the establishment and management of the 'comfort stations' and the transfer of 'comfort women'." However, the Kono statement is perceived only as a partial apology because (1) it was not issued by the Prime Minister in his official capacity, (2) it did not fully recognize the magnitude of the crime, and (3) it offered no government reparations to survivors and families of "comfort women."
Today, the Japanese government is in the process of erasing this chapter of its wartime history. Despite corroboration and verification from historians and the international community, including the United Nations, that Imperial Japan engaged in systematic, government-sanctioned human trafficking for the purposes of sexual servitude, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is intensifying efforts to whitewash the history of "comfort women." Abe and his political party are leading a campaign to revise textbooks in Japan and around the world to delete or dilute the sections on "comfort women." Abe's administration is also pressuring Japanese newspapers to retract their articles covering the subject and calling on foreign governments to remove references from official documents, as well as to destroy any memorials dedicated to the "comfort women."
Members of Prime Minister Abe's ruling party have reportedly stated that acknowledging atrocities committed during WWII, particularly sexual slavery, would diminish Japan's honor and national pride. The government of Japan must take the opposite position. Honor is bestowed upon governments that recognize their role in perpetuating human rights violations and in fulfilling their responsibilities as members of the international community to work toward truth, democracy and equality for all.
Today, there are fewer than fifty "comfort women" survivors, well into their eighties and nineties. They are still fighting for an official and unequivocal apology from the Japanese government. We must join them to ensure that the world will never forget the women and girls trafficked, raped, physically and emotionally abused, and maintained in an institutionalized system of sexual slavery by Imperial Japan. Justice must be served.
Please sign this petition urging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Japanese Government to:
Immediately end any efforts to revise, remove, or request the removal of references to the history of the "comfort women" in Japanese and foreign textbooks, newspapers, historical records, and official United Nations and other government documents.
Officially affirm that Japan's Imperial Army was engaged in systematic human trafficking for the sexual enslavement of women and girls in WWII military "comfort stations" and call for prosecution of the perpetrators.
Affirmatively and unequivocally apologize to the survivors and the bereaved families and accept historical responsibility for this institutionalized sexual slavery.
Please support 93-year-old Yong-soo Lee's final campaign to bring justice for all victims - to refer the "comfort women" issue to the UN's International Court of Justice. Click here to read and support Grandma Yong-soo Lee.
CATW InternationalNew York, NY, United States
Created Feb 2, 2015
Petition to Greg Abbott, Joe Straus, Lt Governor Dan Patrick, Diego Bernal, Texas State Senate, Texas State House, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, US House of Representatives - Texas
Because of the public's negative reaction over the design team's solution for Alamo Plaza, and the projected cost that far exceeds HB 2968, I am requesting that the Governor requests the state auditor to audit the GLO/Alamo financial records including all 501c3's, and that the budget conference committee require that monies appropriated to the GLO for the Alamo not be used for anything other than required maintenance and operations until the audit is complete and the legislature has vetted the recently released Alamo plan.Read more
Bea ConcernedAlamo Heights, TX, United States
Created Apr 22, 2017
Petition to Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Tim Nicholls, Hon Jackie Trad MP, Steve Dickson, Steven Miles, Deb Frecklington, Christian Rowan
The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea invite you to join us in petitioning the Premier, the Deputy Premier, the Minister for the Environment, the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Steve Dickson, State Leader of One Nation in the lead up to the forthcoming Qld election.
Out of nearly 800 Sisters of Mercy, 125 live in Queensland electorates. We are deeply disturbed by a growing lack of reverence for all creation and the continual degradation of the Earth.
We urge all politicians to develop policies and plans that address the concerns raised recently by the Bishops of Townsville. In particular we are concerned about:
the impending loss of the Great Barrier Reef with back-to-back yearly coral bleaching across two thirds of its length
the future of the Artesian Basin and its age-old water resources which are threatened by extraction by mega- mining developments across Queensland, and especially in the Galilee Basin
the impact of proposed mines in Queensland on the global climate
the significant increase in lung disease in local coal mine employees
the one-third increase in land-clearing across the state
a need for urgent dialogue critiquing cultural factors such as individualism, self-centredness, unlimited progress, the unregulated market, and consumerism.
We invite you to show your support for the Earth by signing this petition which calls on the major parties to provide strong indications that these concerns are also their concerns and that they have policies and plans in place to address them.
Created Nov 12, 2017
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