Petition to University of British Columbia, Progressive Librarians Guild
Protect Feminist Books at Vancouver Women's Library
A book-banning campaign by Gays Against Gentrification (GAG) is demanding the Vancouver Woman's Library (VWL) remove and ban over twenty feminist books from their collection. These works -- written by renowned women authors who have a long history of engaging in critical analysis against the oppression of women as a class -- focus on female exploitation, male supremacy, violence against women, reproductive freedom, lesbian identity, women's health and buddhist mindfulness. As a matter of principle and in defense of freedom of speech and thought, no library should ever ban any books under any circumstance - especially ones written by and for women at the VWL. As fascism takes deeper root throughout the world, it is more important than ever that any attempt to silence women in their struggle for liberation is resisted by all, at every moment. We urge the Progressive Librarians Association to publicly support the VML as they reject these draconian demands and choose to keep these books on their shelves.
Petition to Department of Defense, Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, US Southern Command, Rear Admiral Edward Cashman
Stop the Destruction of Art at Guantánamo
Detainees at the United States military prison camp known as Guantánamo Bay began to make art as soon as they arrived. A current exhibit in New York City is displaying some of these evocative works, made by men held without trial, some for nearly 15 years, who paint the sea again and again although they cannot reach it. (Information taken from www.artfromguantanamo.com). Now, the Pentagon has declared that all Guantánamo-made art is “property of the U.S. government” and says that no more art can leave Guantánamo. If a detainee is released, his art will be burned. Current detainees will only be able to keep a limited number of artworks; whatever the guards deem to be “excess” will also be destroyed. (Information taken from http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article185088673.html). The exhibit includes artwork from both former and current detainees. The current detainees, most of whom have never had charges filed against them, much less fair trials, would be drastically affected by this policy. Taking away their ability to find and create beauty and communicate with the outside world through their paintings, drawings, and sculpture is both incredibly petty and incredibly cruel. Help us send a message to the Pentagon by signing this petition. Let them know that burning art is something done by fascist and terrorist regimes – but not by the American people.
Petition to Donald Trump, US Congress
Save Net Neutrality!
The internet has always been a place for everyone to have the ability to connect to each other and share ideas. A place where every site is treated equally with equal bandwidth for people to connect to it. However, the US Government wants to actually limit net neutrality, claiming that not all sites are equal on the internet, and therefore not all needing to have equal bandwidth from Internet Service Providers. This would allow ISPs to only supply certain websites on their service and essentially partition the web. Imagine needing to pay one company to be able to connect to social media, and another company to watch YouTube. On top of that small websites would almost never get supported and therefore get no attention, making it harder for people to share their ideas or views on the world. If this were allowed to happen this would kill free speech on the web since only big companies would get most of the internet traffic and any websites supporting views that maybe ISPs don’t agree with wouldn’t get any support to be connected to anymore.
Petition to Dan Bishop (North Carolina State Senator), North Carolina State Senate
Stop NC Senator Dan Bishop from legislating away free political speech in NC
We protest Republican State Senator Dan Bishop's call to introduce a bill in the NC State Legislature that would "make it a crime to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against a present or former North Carolina official in the course of, or on account of, the performance of his or her duties." He proposed this after protestors followed former NC Governor McCrory at the Women's March in Washington D.C. chanting "Shame, shame, shame" for his support of the notorious anti-LGBTQ law known as House Bill 2. Are we really at the point in the crumbling of our Democracy in which the right to free speech exercised by protestors is criminalized, while the right to bear any sort of automatic gun is legal? Is the word "shame" more feared by a Republican ex-Governor than a bullet? The citizens in Washington D.C. last week protesting former Governor Pat McCrory were exercising their constitutionally-protected right to freedom of expression. To criminalize such expression by characterizing it as "retaliation" or "intimidation" is not only unconstitutional, it also has the ugly appearance of a bold effort of the NC GOP to subvert our democratic political process and strip the people of their ability to hold elected officials to account. Dan Bishop's duties as NC Senator are to "support the Constitution and laws of the United States and the Constitution of the State of North Carolina". In accordance with the oath he has taken, and the Constitutions he has sworn to uphold, we petition Senator Dan Bishop to desist from introducing any legislation that would criminalize free speech in the State of North Carolina.
Petition to Representative Dan Donovan, NY State Senator Marty Golden, NY State Assemblyperson Nicole Malliotakis
Tell South Brooklyn Reps to Stop Blocking & Deleting on Social Media
Please join a growing list of community organizations that have called up local representatives in South Brooklyn to stop blocking people and deleting comments on social media. Sign on to our open letter! ** July 9, 2018 Dear Representative Donovan, Senator Golden, and Assemblyperson Malliotakis, Since last year, two federal courts have ruled that elected officials’ attempts to block critical comments on social media violate the First Amendment. On May 23, 2018, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled in Knight Institute v. Trump that the First Amendment bars the President from blocking critics on Twitter. Last year, in Davison v. Loudoun County Board of Supervisors et al., U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris found that public officials do not have the right to block people or delete comments from a Facebook account used for public purposes. “The Court cannot treat a First Amendment violation in this vital, developing forum differently than it would elsewhere,” Cacheris wrote, “simply because technology has made it easier to find alternative channels through which to disseminate one’s message.” It’s come to our attention that you, or members of your staff, have blocked people, including your own constituents, on social media platforms following political disagreements. We call on you to remove these blocks. Likewise, comments made on public officials’ social media platforms should be respected as any other form of protected speech. We’d prefer not to have to fight to get you to respect the Constitution. Please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook. Sincerely, South Brooklyn for An Accountable Albany South Brooklyn Progressive Resistance @SBPResist Bay Ridge for Social Justice Fight Back Bay Ridge @FightBackBR South Brooklyn Progressive Network
Petition to David C. Thompson, Scott Sutterfield, Brian Acuna, Gilbert Rodriguez
Petition to Free Manuel Duran
Manuel Duran is a Memphis Latino journalist from El Salvador. For over 10 years, Manuel has been reporting news (in Spanish) to the Latinx Community of Memphis on topics like crime, immigration, and city government. On April 3rd, Manuel was doing his job, broadcasting live from a demonstration held by several community organizations protesting the for-profit prison industry, when he was arrested by Memphis Police. Manuel was wearing his press identification clearly visible. He was with a group of journalists, all of whom were obeying police orders, but Manuel was the only one arrested. The charges against him were later dropped, and a judge dismissed the case, but instead of freeing Manuel, the police turned him over to the Department of Homeland Security and he is currently being detained in Jena, Louisiana. There has been a lot of media coverage and a huge outpouring of support because Manuel has been the voice of his community and his absence takes a huge toll on the safety and morale of his followers. Manuel was recently granted a stay of departure which means that his deportation is on hold until his hearing. In the meantime, the immigration authorities are considering Manuel's Release while he awaits the judge's decision about his case (which could be months away). Since Manuel has lead a stable life, and is not a threat to anyone, we are petitioning to ask immigration officials for his release to be expedited so that he can be with his family, and continue serving his community as a Journalist while he awaits the next milestone in his case. We would appreciate your support.
Petition to Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Darrell Issa, Maxine Waters, Kevin McCarthy
Don't censor students' free speech and encourage open discussion!
This will help students in school because they'll be able to have more information and learn more about subjects they'll need to know later in life such as politics and laws. When developing students and adolescents are given the opportunity to engage in topics of controversial issues, we will have generations of young adults who are aware of the world's situation and be better at changing it since they've been exposed to these notions for so long. Unnecessary censorship only leads to stigmatization and compliance. What kind of world would that be? One filled with mindless sheep? We should encourage open discussions and protect students who are only making use of their First Amendment rights. Support freedom of speech and better everyone's lives! It might not seem like much to sign this petition but every effort, no matter how big or small, aids the cause.
Petition to ISD-709 , Bill Gronseth
Duluth school district: Bring back Huck Finn, and TKAM now.
Recently, two books which have been a staple of education were pulled from the curriculum in our schools, left to languish, unread in a dark corner of our library. To say that this is a tragedy is somewhat of an understatement, and what makes this even worse is the outcry from staff and students alike being callously ignored. This brings me to my humble request: place these books which are oh so important back into our classrooms, where we all know they belong. We're not asking for any public apology, any dramatic rescinding of the rules you've set in place, but rather we ask you to simply give the future generations of students at our high schools the education they deserve. Because attempting to erase our history, no matter how uncomfortable, does nothing but condemn us to repeat it. These two books are not only of massive cultural importance, but the lessons they speak are lessons that need to be taught, but a teacher's voice sometimes cannot convey them; therefore stories from the time these issues were more prevalent are needed. These books not only speak of the horrors of racism, but also less prevalent issues, such as the prejudice in our courts, the public's willingness to seemingly ignore the importance of the presumption of innocence in all cases, including sexual assault, along with a slew of others. Always remember: It's a sin to kill a mockingbird, for while you may not care for it's song, so many more may need to hear it. Thank you for your time, Nathan Warner, Senior, EHS