Belief and Values
Petition to UNESCO , UN
UNESCO: Stop Denying The Jewish Connection To Israel And The Holy Sites
Join the International Legal Forum (ILF) and StandWithUs in calling upon the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to recognize the deep historic, cultural and religious connection between the Jewish people and holy sites in the land of Israel. The recent UNESCO draft resolution passed on 12.10.16, followed the resolution of 15.4.16, and a long line of insulting resolutions which completely ignore and disregard the Temple Mount as also being an ancestral holy site for the Jewish people/religion for over 3,000 years. UNESCO was created with the clear mandate to build networks among nations and intercultural understanding by protecting heritage and supporting cultural diversity. In accordance with these values, we call upon UNESCO to recognize immediately the deep historic and religious connection between the Temple Mount and Judaism. According to the Jewish religion, the Temple Mount is the holiest site in the world to the Jewish people. Throughout history, Jews all over the world have prayed facing the Temple Mount. According to Jewish tradition, the world was created from the Foundation Stone located on the Temple Mount, and the two Jewish Temples stood on the Temple Mount at two different times in history (an internationally and historical known and accepted axiom, backed by numerous archaeological findings). By UNESCO deliberately ignoring the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, UNESCO violates the basic human rights of Jews everywhere, as well as those of other religions whose beliefs and heritage include the spiritual and historical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem. Moreover, UNESCO is obligated to promote and educate about religious tolerance. UNESCO’s denying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and its holy sites violates UNESCO’s own mandate by erasing the heritage of millions of people and violating their religious and cultural rights. It also hurts any prospect of peace and vicariously supports a radical ideology that denies the Jewish connection to the land of Israel and its holy sites. This type of religious intolerance effectively leads to violence around the world. It should be emphasized that this petition does not wish to question or deny any other culture or religion's connection to this site. We recognize UNESCO's responsibility to promote culture and religious diversity by respecting the heritage of all nations. Therefore, we call upon UNESCO immediately to recognize the deep historic and religious Jewish connection as well. It is our belief that the Temple Mount, being a significant holy site for multiple religions, can exemplify UNESCO's principle of inclusiveness, uniting nations, and respecting diversity, instead of omitting and dividing people of different faiths and narratives.
Petition to Mayor and Councillors of Borough of Fort Lee, NJ
Seeking a cancellation of plan to install "Comfort Women"
Say "NO" to the "Comfort Women" memorial in Fort Lee, NJ. Definition: A "comfort woman” was generally a prostitute or a "professional camp follower" attached to the Japanese Army for the benefit of soldiers. Source : UNITED STATES OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION Japanese Prisoner of War Interrogation Report No. 49. (Burma, 1944) http://www.exordio.com/1939-1945/codex/Documentos/report-49-USA-orig.html According to the report, Women who worked as prostitutes often came from poor families.They worked as prostitutes to paid off family debts.In some cases, they made so much money that they were able to purchase homes after the war back in the Republic of South Korea. Last few years, local governments in the US and Korean-American groups championing “Comfort Women” collaborated to establish 11 memorials honoring “Comfort Women” prostitutes. Three such memorials are in California, there is one in Southfeild, MI, one in Fairfax County, VA. one in Brookhaven, GA, and anther one in Nassau County, NY. There are four “Comfort Women” memorials in New Jersey. In addition, according to the Korea Times ( April 3, 2015), a plan of installation for "Comfort Women" memorial in Fort Lee, NJ is reviving after an interval of two years. This time, their plan is to involve local students in selecting a design for the memorial . http://www.koreatimes.com/article/910687 Borough of Fort Lee is one of the town with largest population of Japanese people in the US. Japanese culture is loved by locals, and the interests to Japan and Japanese culture are dramatically increasing . "Comfort Women" prostitutes memorial would create division and controversy among community which is already happening to these eleven communities as I mentioned above. Using public land, public money, and public time to educate young generations about "Comfort Women" prostitutes, and install such a memorial would be not only inappropriate, but embarrassing to local residents and non-residents of Fort Lee as well. We must correct the historical record and explain that “Comfort Women” were nothing more than “prostitutes" or "professional camp followers" attached to the Japanese Army for the benefit of soldiers. The campaign to honor “Comfort Women” originates with the communist Chinese government. It is intended to stoke antagonisms between Japan and the Republic of Korea, seeking to keep these countries divided and angry at one another. The "Comfort Women" campaign also seeks to confuse and divide the United States and Japan, as derivative historians repeat the falsehood that the Japanese Imperial Army enslaved hundreds of thousands of women during WWII and forced them into sexual servitude, an allegation which is disproven by the U.S. government document, "Interrogation Report No. 49," cited above. The "Comfort Women" narrative interferes with South Korean and Japanese governmental cooperation, and sows discord between Japan and the United States, as historians argue over whether the "Comfort Women" existed at all. As communist Chinese propaganda, the "Comfort Women" narrative is masterful. It divides and fractures Asian countries from one another and from America, undermining any Asian coalition opposing China and Chinese goals, and it is commonly cited as historical fact. As historical fact, however, the "Comfort Women" narrative falls short, and it propagates false history. There were no "Comfort Women." Only camp followers and prostitutes, who were paid, and who could leave at anytime after paying off debts. As a citizen who seek for peace, harmony, and justice, I oppose this memorial to prostitutes in Fort Lee, NJ. Yasuko Mori ************************************************************************************ 米国ニュージャージー州フォートリーの慰安婦設置計画を阻止しま しょう。 慰安婦の定義：娼婦以外の何者でもなく将兵を慰安するために軍隊 に随伴した、プロのキャンプフォロワーである。 米軍戦時情報局心理作戦班 日本人捕虜 尋問報告書 第49号( ビルマ方面 1944年)より抜粋 http://www.exordio.com/1939-1945/codex/Documentos/report-49-USA-orig.html 報告書によれば、女性たちの多くは貧しい家庭出身であり、 借金を返済するために娼婦として働き、戦後、母国に帰国後に家を４， ５件購入するほど稼いだ女性もいました。 ここ数年の間に、 米国地方自治体と韓国系アメリカ人団体が協力し、この”慰安婦” 娼婦を称える記念碑を11基も設置しました。３基はカルフォルニア州に、ミシガン州サウスフィールド、 バージニア州フェアファックス郡、ニューヨーク州ナッソー郡、そしてジョージア州ブルークヘイブン市に各 １基ずつ、 そしてニュージャージー州には４基の慰安婦碑がすでに設置されています。 それだけでなく、２０１５年4月３日付けのコリアタイムズは、 ニュージャージー州フォートリーに２年越しに慰安婦碑設置計画が 蘇りつつあり、今回はフォートリーの学生を対象にデザインの公募展をする方針だ 、と報道しましした。 http://www.koreatimes.com/article/910687 米国内で日本人が最も多く住む町の一つであるフォートリーでは、日本文化が地元住民から愛され、最近では日本と日本文化への関心が劇的に高まっています。 公共の土地、公共資金、そして公共の時間を使って若い世代に” 慰安婦”娼婦について教育し記念碑を設置することは不適当ですし、 地元住民だけなくそれ以外の人々にとっても恥となるでしょう。 そればかりか先に上げた１１つの地方自治体でもすでに起こっている ように、コミュニティー内に亀裂を起こし論争を招きます。 我々は歴史的記録文書を正しく判読し、慰安婦とは” 娼婦以外の何者でもなく将兵を慰安するために軍隊に随伴した、 プロのキャンプフォロワーだという事実を説明しなければ成りませ ん。 ”慰安婦”に栄誉を与えるような活動の根源には、 日本と韓国の関係に亀裂を入れて関係を悪化させ、 お互いを憎み合うように仕向ける中国共産党の思惑があります。 第二次世界大戦中に日本帝国軍が何十万人もの女性を性奴隷にした 、という捏造話を、 中共の御用歴史学者が繰り返し発表することにより、 日本とアメリカを混乱させ、分断させるのが”慰安婦” キャンペーンの狙いです。 ”慰安婦”説は、日本政府と韓国政府との関係を悪化させ、 歴史学者たちが”慰安婦” が存在するかどうかの議論を議論することで日本とアメリカの間も ギクシャクしています。 共産党中国のプロパガンダの、「慰安婦問題」は目玉商品です。こ の捏造話を 中共は歴史的事実だと嘘を突き通し、アジア各国を分断することに よって覇権主義を目指す中共に反対するアジア各国の連帯を崩し、 アメリカからも離反させるのが目的です。 しかし”慰安婦”に関する数々の歴史的事実によって、 中共のプロパガンダだということが明るみになって来ました。高級な給与が 支払われ、 借金を返済した後はいつでもやめて帰国することが可能だった追軍 売春婦は存在しましたが、中共や韓国が主張するような”慰安婦” は存在しませんでした。 平和,調和,そして正義を求める一市民として、 私はニュージャージー州フォートリーの娼婦に奉げる記念碑設置に反対します。 森 靖子 （Japanese Translation/日本語）
Petition to Adnan Akram Bajwa (Vice Chairman, Central Board of Film Censors in Pakistan)
Stop the Ban on "Among the Believers," a Documentary on Pakistan's Radical Red Mosque.
Our names are Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi, and we spent five years filming our documentary, “Among the Believers,” which explores the, often violent, ideological battle shaping Pakistan and the Muslim world. Unfortunately, the censor board of Pakistan just banned our film, claiming it “projects the negative image of Pakistan in the context of the ongoing fight against extremism and terrorism.” We now fear that "Among the Believers," and the critical issues it explores, may never reach the very audience it most needs to impact: the Pakistani people. That possibility is devastating. We spent five years building relationships with the film’s participants, gaining what Variety called “unprecedented access” to Maulana Abdul Aziz, the chief of the radical Red Mosque and its madrassa network. Our film shadows Aziz as he wages a war against the Pakistani government with the aim of imposing Shariah law throughout the country. It also chronicles the lives of two teenage students who are pawns in his ideological war, and showcases the brave Pakistani activists fighting to stop the spread of extremism. Among the Believers has been shown in 50 film festivals in 25 countries and five continents, won 12 awards, and received near-universal acclaim from critics like the BBC, Washington Post and the Guardian. But this film is an indigenous Pakistani story, and above all, we want it to play in Pakistan. Unfortunately, all the major outlets in Pakistan have been too scared to screen it. That's why we were thrilled when Islamabad's Face Film Festival agreed to host its Pakistani premiere in April of 2016. But the recent ban prevented Face Film Festival from screening our film. We now want to host theatrical screenings of this film in Pakistan. We also want to show the film on Pakistani television. Without your help, this film will never reach Pakistan. We ask you to appeal to the government of Pakistan to allow us to show the film in Pakistan. We are confident that if this film is allowed to screen, it will catalyze conversations about grassroots solutions to terrorism in Pakistan. Thank you for your support, and we ask you to share this message widely. Please visit the film's website for more information: http://www.amongthebelieversfilm.com/
Petition to United Nations Human Rights Council, United Nations, World Fellowship of Buddhists, United Nations freedom of religion, United Nations Urgent Actions, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion, Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, Special Rapporteur on Right to Education, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing
STAND WITH LARUNG GAR NOW!
Stand With Larung Gar NOW! The Larung Gar Institute, the largest Tibetan Buddhist center in the world, is currently facing wide-scale demolition by the Chinese government. On July 20, 2016, China initiated its plan to decimate Larung Gar and evict and displace at least half of its 10,000+ residents by September 2017. This dramatic demolition of Larung Gar is a severe and serious abuse of religious freedom, as the monks and nuns, who have renounced the world and made Larung Gar their home are unable to practice their religion in peace. As a result, three nuns have reportedly committed suicide in protest. Larung Gar, founded by Khenpo Jigme Phuntstok, is a highly respected and iconic center of Tibetan Buddhism, renowned worldwide for its teachings. It is of immeasurable importance in terms of Tibetan language, culture and religion and must be treasured and protected. China cannot be allowed to dictate how Tibetans in Tibet pursue their religious education, and must accept and allow Tibetans the right to practice religious freedom. Here is the news link: http://tchrd.org/china-issues-demolition-order-on-worlds-largest-religious-town-in-tibet/ SIGN this petition now. Urge the United Nations Human Rights Council to press China to cease with the demolitions at Larung Gar and allow local Tibetan leaders and religious teachers to be fully engaged in decision-making on its long-term future. STAND WITH LARUNG GAR NOW!
Petition to Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, DD
Petition to Open the Diocesan Process on the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Aurora Aragon-Quezon
Mrs. Aurora Aragon-Quezon, former First Lady of the Philippines, lived an exemplary life worthy of being counted among the saints of the Roman Catholic Church. Her love for God took flesh in her love for her neighbor as evidenced by her fidelity and dedication as a wife, mother, and public figure. She epitomized the people Jesus was alluding to in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10): 1. She was "poor in spirit" (verse 3). She relied more on God's power than her own by fostering a prayerful life and willingly accepted the pain of poverty in the many chapters of her life. First when her father died leaving his survivors in extreme poverty and then later when she and her family lived in difficult conditions in Corregidor during the Japanese Occupation in 1941. 2. She was humble (verse 4). During her husband's political career, she stayed in the background engaging with charitable acts and women organizations. Instead of residing at the Presidential Palace, she preferred to stay in a "nipa house" within the vicinity of the palace or at their farm in Arayat, Pampanga. When offered to run for a seat in the Philippine Senate, she declined and simply supported those she deemed worthy to be elected. 3. She mourned over the suffering of her people (verse 5) and offered them consolation in many humanitarian endeavors such as the Philippine National Red Cross, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Associación de Damas Filipinas, White Cross, and Philippine Tuberculosis Society. 4. She hungered and thirsted after justice (verse 6) and was one of the leading women who campaigned for Filipino women to have the right to vote; a right that was achieved in 1937. Through her invitation, the American Carmelites established the Mt. Carmel High School of Baler (now Mt. Carmel College of Baler in 1948 to satisfy the need for an evangelical mission in that part of the country. 5. She was merciful (verse 7) and came to the aid of those in need, be it in the Philippines or in the United States of America where she and her daughters volunteered as nurses for the Red Cross while waiting for their return home in the late 1940s. While at exile in the States during World War II, she devoted her time looking after her ailing husband until his death in 1944. 6. She had a clean heart (verse 8). When Philippine Congress voted a pension of PhP 1,000 a month to be given to her, she rejected the offer with the explanation: "I feel that on account of ... countless war widows and orphans ... I should waive collection of a pension . . . I cannot, in good conscience, receive ... government assistance when so many of my less fortunate sisters and their children are not yet taken care of. . . I know [if I accepted] I would not be keeping faith with the memory of my beloved husband. . . ." 7. She was a peacemaker (verse 9). Through her many efforts in the fields of education, health, social justice, community service, etc. she promoted peace and friendship and restored the dignity of people. The Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Awards conferred by the Concerned Women of the Philippines attests to this attribute. 8. She suffered persecution for justice’s sake (verse 10). In spite of her love and service to others, Mrs Quezon and her companions were ambushed and killed by insurgents while on their way to inaugurate a hospital named after her late husband on April 28, 1949. Mrs. Quezon is not only an icon in Philippine history, but also in the life of God’s People, the Church. As a witness to the compassion of Jesus towards the least, the lost, and the last, she stands as a heavenly model and intercessor for wives, mothers, politicians and their spouses, community servants, and the like. Raising her to the altars in recognition of her holy life would give glory to God whom she served without any reservation. In view of the above, we implore that the Roman Catholic Church’s hierarchy, through the Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco, Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao (Quezon City, Philippines), open her cause for sainthood through a diocesan inquiry into her life. Subject to satisfying the requirements of the Church, we ask Pope Francis to proclaim her a saint. References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_Quezon http://www.quezon.ph/familyinfo/aurora-a-quezon/ http://www.quezon.ph/familyinfo/aurora-a-quezon/mrs-quezon-by-leon-ma-guerrero/ http://www.quezon.ph/2005/04/30/fr-reuter-on-mrs-quezon/
Petition to Time Warner, Richard Plepler, John Billock, Casey Bloys
HBO: Cancel the upcoming series "Confederate"
in response to Charlottesville
The creators of Game of Thrones ( David Benioff and D.B.Weiss have created a movie called "Confederate," which will premiere on HBO as a series. The movie is an alt-history drama of the Civil War and the southern states have successfully succeeded from the unions and slavery remains legal and evolves into modern times. In other words, it still exist today. According to the creator's, the production will begin after the final season of Game of Thrones. HBO states, the series is unique and ambitious with an unforgettable journey. HBO president Casey Bloys, Weiss and Benioff do not think the show is exploitative or salacious. They want the public to wait to see the show to determine if it's terrible. Well we, the public choose not to wait. In response to the violence, terror attacks and deaths in Charlottesville, Virginia we asked that the series be cancelled. This is HBO and the producers opportunity to condemn the violence and the acts of these radical groups. Charlottesville, is just the start and its important that "We the People" of these United States of America must speak out and to denounce this movement. You cannot alt the worst thing that has happen in United States history. It is a smack in the face to our ancestors and the union soldiers, who fought for our freedoms. And it undermines the victories and contributions of all African/Americans. African Americans help build the economic foundations of this country. We played a prominent role in building this country with our sweat, tears, and blood. The "Confederate" series minimizes who we are as a people and it's disrespectful. It feeds into the racial undertones that are prevalent today. It permeates the views of the alt-right, Neo-Nazi groups and KKK, which clearly wants the Make America Great Again slogan to be a reality. America does not need another slave story. We don't need to see the brutal and degrading treatment that was inflicted on our ancestors. Everyone knows the story. Our children don't need to be brainwashed by a movie that is designed to continuously degrade and attempt to stifle the black race. You cannot dismiss our history, because our strength comes from our history. Our struggles and continuous fight for justice has prevailed and it will continue. The "Confederate" series will only be filled with assumptions that is not our story. If you want to focus on the "What If" theory then write a story that promotes a positive change. Consider the following, "what if" we weren't hunted and captured, placed on slave ships, shackled, sold as animals, lynched, burned, shot, branded, imprisoned, mutilated raped and lashed. Where would America be? We, the citizens of the United States of America request that the making of the series "Confederate" be discontinued due to its content and overall implications. We, the citizens of the United states of America request that HBO/Time Warner cancel the agreement with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Petition to Committee of Public Safety, Committee of Human Services, Mike Gipson, Committee of Human, Youth law center
Right to Internet access in Juvenile Facilities - The Bill AB 811
Earlier this year, Democrat Assemblymember Mike Gipson introduced legislation that would mandate "reasonable access to computer technology and the internet" for kids in juvenile detention programs and foster care. Access to the internet would be listed on the bills of rights for youth in these state programs. Existing rights include a safe environment, health care, freedom of religion and access to a lawyer. The bill, AB 811, would limit internet use and computer technology in detention facilities -- allowing it to be used only for educational purposes and to keep in touch with family and supportive adults. Probation officers could adopt further policies restricting the use. In 2016, the United Nations officially declared access to the internet a basic human right, noting its role "as a driving force in accelerating progress towards development in its various forms." Many teens are placed in locations far from their homes and families, making availability of electronic communication to maintain supportive relationships even more important, this Bill has recently been supported by Facebook saying that the bill would "appropriately modernize" the resources available for youth to successfully reintegrate with society. The bill goes before Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Human Services this week. A spokesperson for Gipson's office said no other tech company has sent support for this bill. I urge all to sign this petition, as it provides support towards the bill that could provide those who have been stripped from their freedom at such a young age (for understandable reasons) to a basic human right.
Petition to Liam McLaughlin, Christopher Johnson, Corazon Pineda Isaac, Michael Sabatino, Dennis Shepherd, Mike Breen, John Larkin
Reject the landmark status application for 2 Grandview Blvd, Yonkers, NY
April 2016 Dear Council President McLaughlin and Council Members Johnson, Isaac, Sabatino, Shepherd, Breen and Larkin: Like you, I am a proud Yonkers resident. Yonkers is my community, the place I have chosen to raise my family, and where I do my best daily to be a productive citizen and a good neighbor. I believe in being law abiding and civically engaged, and like all other residents, I expect to be treated fairly by those in elected office who represent all members of the community, majority and minority voices alike. On April 6th, 2016, there was a decision by the Landmark Preservation Board to recommend the approval of a landmark status application on 2 Grandview Blvd, the site for a proposed Mosque, a house of worship for Muslims. Like Christianity and Judaism, Islam is part of the Abrahamic faith and requires those that subscribe to its faith to perform acts of worship like prayer, fasting, and charity giving. However, the approved Landmark application sets an undue burden in cost and time delays on the construction of the Mosque. It is also a heavy imposition on the legal protections of the landowners of the property, who bought the completely deteriorated home after years on the market without any interest from the rest of the community. Additionally, the application is extremely weak; even the historian member of the Landmark Preservation Board openly admitted that the application fails on just about every criterion and the one criterion it deemed passing was not certain. To make matters worse, there is strong reason to believe that some of the opposition to the construction of the Mosque stems from baseless and biased personal opinions of Muslims. Disgracefully, some discriminatory remarks were made at the initial public hearing. Now the matter is to be decided by you, our elected Council Members. I respectfully request and very strongly urge you reject the landmark status application. By rejecting the application you will uphold the legal right of all citizens, including Muslims in our community, to have a place of worship without any further hindrance. By rejecting the landmark application, you will be firmly asserting your commitment to the principles of freedom of religion and equality that make Yonkers, and our nation, a place deserving of admiration by both you and I, and future generations to come. Sincerely,