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Petition to Pacific Islands Forum

Decriminalize and Protect the Rights of LGBTI People in the Pacific Islands Now!

As Pacific LGBTI leaders and allies with a view to the protection and promotion of human rights of gender and sexual minorities in the Pacific Islands, we respectfully call on the Pacific Islands Forum, the region's premier inter-governmental policy organisation, to immediately introduce supportive policies to ensure that all of its members uphold the values of its mission “to support full inclusivity, equity and equality for all people of the Pacific.” Seven of the 18 Forum member states* maintain colonial-era laws that criminalize the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people**, threatening gender diverse citizens with harsh penalties, including but not limited to imprisonment, whipping and other corporal punishments. Regardless of enforcement, such laws reinforce negative attitudes that enable an environment of persecution and harm to all LGBTI citizens in the Pacific. On behalf of all LGBTI citizens, and their families, friends, and allies, we respectfully call on the Pacific Islands Forum Chair, Leaders, and Member States to: Establish a process that leads to full legal protections for all LGBTI citizens in all member states, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the commitment to “Leave No One Behind”; Enforce a policy of full decriminalisation of colonial-era and other laws that restrict the freedom of expression of Pacific LGBTI citizens; Denounce homophobic and transphobic prejudice and discrimination, and lead the way by ensuring that the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat develops employment policies that protect its LGBTI, gender & sexual minority employees; Include gender & sexual minorities in leadership positions and in decision-making processes Because of existing discriminatory legislative provisions, LGBTI people in the Pacific face severe challenges and suffer disproportionate discrimination and abuse. They are rejected by their families, kicked out of their homes, bullied, and pushed out of school. Too many LGBTI people are jobless, homeless, without healthcare, and struggling to survive, including LGBTI Pacific citizens that migrate to Australia and New Zealand. The situation of transgender men and women is even worse. They have higher rates of homelessness, poverty and hunger. For individuals and their families, this is a personal tragedy. For society, it is a shameful waste of human talent, ingenuity and economic potential. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION TO HELP MAKE THE PACIFIC FREE AND EQUAL FOR ALL.  THANK YOU! *The Pacific Islands Forum member states are: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. **Some Pacific Islands Gender Diversity Terms include: Leiti or fakaleiti (Tonga), Fa’afafine (Samoa, American Samoa, and Tokelau), Fakafifine (Niue), Akava’ine (Cook Islands), Māhū (Tahiti and Hawai'i), Aikane (Hawai'i) Vakasalewalewa (Fiji), Palopa (Papua New Guinea), Ira tāngata, Takatāpui,Tangata ira tāne, Whakawahine, hinehī, hinehua (Maori). Sponsored by Leitis in Waiting Pacific Equality Project - Pacific Human Rights Initiative - Tonga Leitis Association - Pacific Sexual & Gender Diversity Network

Leitis in Waiting Pacific Equality Project
2,993 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Frank Redente, Mayor Toni Harp, Makayla Dawkins, Dr. Edward Joyner, Darnell Goldson, Nico Rivera, Jamell Cotto, Dr. Tamiko Jackson-McArthur, Joseph Rodriguez, Dr. Carol Birks

Stop the Layoffs and Reassignments of NHPS Librarians

New Haven Public School's Superintendent, Dr. Carol Birks, announced that almost 40% of the district's school librarians will be laid off or reassigned as classroom teachers. Those school librarians who will remain will be split amongst the schools. This means that most schools will only have a part-time librarian. Some schools may not have a librarian at all.  These cuts are a "solution" to budget crisis New Haven is experiencing. New Haven boasts being "KIDS FIRST", however, cutting school librarians will negatively affect NHPS students. There are over 21 state studies that confirm that "school librarians and school libraries support students in academic achievement, lifelong learning, 21st-century skills, and reading" (Kachel, 2011). One such study indicates that the presence of a qualified school librarian can make a tremendous difference in reading achievement. This difference ranges from eight percent for high schools to 35 percent for elementary schools (Rodney, 2003).  New Haven's students should not be the victims of overspending. Their education, opportunities, and well-being should not be sacrificed for the sake of money. Please sign the petition and attend the Board meeting August 13 and let the Board of Education and Dr. Birks know that NHPS students come FIRST.   Kachel, Debra E. 2011. School Library Research Summarized: A GraduateClass Project. Mansfield University. Rodney, Marcia J., Keith Curry Lance, and Christine Hamilton-Pennell. 2003.The Impact of Michigan School Libraries on Academic Achievement:Kids Who Have Libraries Succeed. Lansing, MI: Library of Michigan.

Lauren O'Brien
562 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Superintendent Funk, Frank Biehl, J. Manuel Herrera, Pattie Cortese, Lan Nguyen, Van T. Le

We urge ESUHSD to reinstate a true choice for students living in the EVHS/MP option area.

Were you aware that on June 23, 2016 the East Side Union School District made changes to policy that took away our “option” to attend Evergreen Valley High School? As a default, our children are now automatically enrolled into Mt. Pleasant High School. We can then petition a change IF space is available. With EVHS nearing capacity, this option can be taken away and our children would be forced to attend Mt Pleasant High School. These changes were a shock to many of us and we have started a campaign to get these changes reverted. Even if you don’t have children attending school or your children are already safely in EVHS, your home prices will be affected by no longer having the EVHS as a future option. Some estimate a drop of at least 20% of current market value. We have started this online petition open to residents who attend the affected option area in the area that lies between Norwood, Tully, White, and Murillo. Please share this information with your neighbors and let’s get as many people to sign this petition to show the district we are serious and need to be heard. We also need the district and EVHS to act upon improving fraudulent attendance from students who do not live within its boundaries or option areas. Lastly, we would like the district to phase out the option area in the next few years as enrollment declines, making Tully the permanent border between EVHS and MP. Removing the option area will assure residents south of Tully that their children can attend their neighborhood school that is closest in proximity to their homes.

Annie Williams-Conrad
166 supporters