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Petition to Tracie Davis, Audrey Gibson, Marco Rubio, Florida State Senate, Florida Governor, Florida State House, Susan Davis, Bernie Sanders, Paul D. Ryan, Mike Quigley

Help families of murdered children pass Curtis’s Law

I will never forget the day those policeman came to my door to tell my that my son Curtis was dead. Your world is immediately flipped upside down and the pain grips you like nothing else you can imagine. After the initial shock wears off, you want answers. As a parent, you need basic answers. Answers to questions like: Who is investigating my child’s case, and where are their belongings? As if the pain of losing my child wasn’t enough, I had to take on the additional stress and frustration of attempting to pry these very basic details out of the law enforcement agency investigating my son’s death. In Florida, law enforcement agencies are not required to release any information about on-going murder investigations to anyone. My son’s investigation has been on-going for almost 20 years now. I had to get a lawyer to simply find out who was working on my son’s case! I would later learn that my experience was not unique. Other parents were struggling through the same process. Those who can’t afford legal counsel often give up. This is why I am working with other parents of murdered children to create a law in Florida that would require law enforcement agencies to send a letter to the parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin within 30 days of notifying them of their child’s death. The letter would include information about: Onsite police and paramedics, assigned investigators, coroner’s name, where child’s property and belongings are stored, and any available photos This would NOT be required if the child’s parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin is a suspect or person-of-interest in the child’s murder investigation. When a family faces the unthinkable, all they want is some type of closure. They shouldn’t have to spend weeks or months, or even retain legal counsel to get the basic information about their child’s case that can help our families begin to heal. Please sign this petition today and help families like mine pass Curtis’s Law today.    

patricia ward
60,118 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Google, Inc, YouTube, Sundar Pichai

Fire Susan Wojcicki as YouTube CEO

Since February 2014, Susan Wojcicki became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YouTube, which is part of Google. Under her leadership things started to went downhill and caused the reputation of YouTube and Google from the copyright controversy to the 2016 controversial YouTube PR Nightmare known as The Ad-Friendly Monetization Policy which was severely criticized by various YouTubers that the new rules censors and silenced YouTubers' freedom of speech and their platforms by demonetizing YouTube videos that deals with controversial subjects (like tragedies, natural disasters, politics, health, and etc.) and YouTubers loved Freedom Of Speech, but the new Ad-Friendly Monetization rules are still a dire form of Censorship by TPTB at Google and YouTube. The current Ad-Friendly Monetization Policy is still unfair to YouTubers. We also want that policy abolished or changed for the better. The controversial Ad-Friendly Policy at YouTube is one of the few reasons YouTube went downhill and turn for the worse and into the wrong direction. The PR Nightmare has to be fixed, make YouTube and Google go into the right direction by having common sense rules like No Tolerance Policy on YouTube Trolls, False Flagging, and censoring music just like Internet Vigilantes like UMG_MK trying to do a witch hunt on removing YouTube videos of songs by The Beatles. We want YouTube and Google go into the right direction and fire YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Make YouTube Great Again!

Spencer Karter
31,834 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Amnesty International, Brad Adams, Ms. Laurence André, Ambassador Bruno Angelet, Ambassador Ted Osius

The government of Vietnam must release blogger "Me Nam" immediately and unconditionally!

The government of Vietnam must release blogger "Me Nam" immediately and unconditionally! To Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc The government of Vietnam must release blogger "Me Nam" (Mother Mushroom, real name Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh) who was hastily arrested on 10/10/2016 on trumped up charges of "anti-state propaganda", using the vaguely worded Article 88 of the Criminal Code whose real purpose is to silence dissenters. For the past several years, blogger "Me Nam" has been a tireless advocate for human rights, civil rights, and Vietnam's territorial rights against the encroachment of China in the Southeast Asia Sea. In 2015 she was given the "Human Rights Defender Of The Year" award by the Swedish organization, but was prevented from traveling abroad to receive it. More recently, she has focused her energy and effort on protecting the environment, speaking out against the pollutions by Taiwan's Formosa Steel Group as well as other projects that have severely impacted the lives of millions of people. It was these recent activities that have led to her being wrongly detained and charged. In 1982 Vietnam signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); in 2013 it became a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. By arresting bloggers like "Me Nam" who simply exercise their rights to free speech, this government is once again showing its total disregard for rules and norms, even those to which it has agreed and promised to follow. We, the undersigned, wish to remind the government of Vietnam that it is always bound by international obligations and therefore must release Me Nam immediately and unconditionally. Sincerely, Vietnam Human Rights Foundation ---- Le gouvernement communiste vietnamien doit  libérer immédiatement et sans condition la blogueuse «Mẹ Nấm»  Au  Premier ministre Nguyễn Xuân Phúc Le 10.10.2016, la blogueuse  «Mẹ Nấm» Nguyễn Ngọc Như  Quỳnh a été arrêté par la police vietnamienne en vertu de l'article 88 du Code pénal, soi‑disant pour avoir fait la «propagande contre l'État». La blogueuse  «Mẹ Nấm» se bat depuis de nombreuses années pour défendre les droits de l'homme, améliorer la vie du peuple, et requérir la souveraineté des îles Trường sa et Hoàng sa. Elle  a reçu le prix de défense des droits l’homme de l’année 2015 par Civil Rights Defenders. Au cours de ces dernières années, la blogueuse  «Mẹ Nấm» a concentré ses efforts sur la lutte pour la protection de l'environnement, et a dénoncé les effets néfastes du  projet Formosa sur l'environnement. A cause de ces activités, la police vietnamienne vient d’arrêter la blogueuse  «Mẹ Nấm». En 1982, le gouvernement communiste vietnamien a signé et ratifié le Pacte international relatif aux droits civils et politiques (PIDCP). Depuis 2013, le Viet Nam est membre du Conseil international des droits de l'homme. Or, le fait d’arrêter la blogueuse  « Mẹ Nấm » prouve que les autorités vietnamiennes commettent de graves violations des droits de l’homme et  du citoyen au Viet Nam. Nous, les patriotes vietnamiens soussignés ci-dessous, nous demandons au gouvernement communiste vietnamien de libérer la blogueuse  « Mẹ Nấm » immédiatement et sans condition! Sincèrement Association des défenseurs des droits de l’homme au Viet Nam --- Nhà cầm quyền Cộng Sản Việt Nam phải thả blogger Mẹ Nấm ngay lập tức và vô điều kiện! Kính thưa Thủ Tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Vào ngày 10 tháng 10 năm 2016 blogger Mẹ Nấm, tức Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh đã bị công an bắt khẩn cấp trái phép với cáo buộc "tuyên truyền chống nhà nước" theo điều 88 bộ luật hình sự. Blogger Mẹ Nấm là người hoạt động tranh đấu cho nhân quyền, cải thiện dân sinh, chủ quyền biển đảo trong nhiều năm qua và là người được tổ chức Civil Rights Defenders trao giải thưởng Người Bảo Vệ Nhân Quyền 2015. Trong suốt thời gian gần đây, blogger Mẹ Nấm đã tập trung nỗ lực tranh đấu của mình vào việc bảo vệ môi sinh, tố cáo Formosa và những dự án có ảnh hưởng nguy hại đến môi trường. Đây là những hoạt động dẫn đến việc công an bắt giam khẩn cấp blogger Mẹ Nấm. Vào năm 1982 nhà nước Việt Nam đã ký và phê chuẩn Công ước Quốc tế về Quyền Dân sự và Chính trị (ICCPR). Và vào năm 2013 Việt Nam là thành viên của Hội Đồng Nhân Quyền Quốc Tế. Hành động bắt blogger Mẹ Nấm khẩn cấp trái phép, đã chứng tỏ nhà cầm quyền Việt Nam vẫn tiếp tục vi phạm trầm trọng quyền làm người của công dân Việt Nam. Chúng tôi, đồng ký tên dưới đây để yêu cầu nhà cầm quyền Cộng Sản Việt Nam thả mẹ Nấm ngay lập tức và vô điều kiện! Trân trọng, Hội Bảo Vệ Nhân Quyền Việt Nam

Hội Bảo Vệ Nhân Quyền Việt Nam
16,375 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Mike Pompeo, President of the United States

Please Help Me Fight for My Mother's Freedom

My name is Iris. I’m a CPA working at a university in Tampa, Florida. My mom was arrested by the Chinese regime and recently sentenced to six years because she refused to give up her belief.   My mom is a Falun Gong practitioner. Falun Gong is a spiritual practice involving meditative “qigong” exercises and is centered on the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. In July 1999, the former dictator of the Chinese Communist Party orchestrated a massive and brutal persecution against Falun Gong practitioners.   Facing autocratic state power, Falun Gong practitioners took peaceful approaches to speak out about the truth of the persecution to Chinese people and the world. According to Amnesty International, Freedom House and others, tens of thousands of practitioners in China have been arrested and imprisoned for voicing their thoughts and beliefs. My mom is one of them.   My mom Deng Cuiping began practicing Falun Gong in 1997 for health and wellness. After the persecution began, my mom was wrongfully dismissed from her work twice and sent to brainwashing classes several times.  She was forced to renounce her belief over the years. She was detained three times and jailed for three years from 2006 to 2009. My mom was both mentally and physically tortured there. To protest the illegal treatment, she went on a hunger strike and almost lost her life during the imprisonment. Her friend Shen Yueping, also a Falun Gong practitioner, was tortured to death in the same prison six months following my mom’s release.   On July 24, 2016, policemen from the National Security Bureau of China arrested my mom again. My father and grandma were threatened by hooligans when they made a peaceful petition to the local government for my mom after she was arrested. My father, an elementary school teacher, was called to a meeting and school managers warned him that he could be suspended from work if he continued the petition.   My mom was put on trial in February. A human rights lawyer questioned the flawed charges against her, but it was no use. On Feb. 24, she was illegally sentenced to six years in prison for refusing to give up her belief. My mom appealed to the higher court. However, on the second morning following Mother’s Day, my family was notified that the court did not reverse the judgment and on May 18th, my mom was sent back to the very prison where she had suffered tremendously and where her friend was killed.   I have been working hard here in hopes that one day I will rescue my parents out of the endless hell in China and bring them to America. I dreamed that we would build a new home in this land of freedom and my mom would have a quiet, secure life in her older age. This dream that once seemed within reach has now been shattered.   But if there’s anything I learned from my mom, it’s to never give up and to believe in people’s kindness. My congressman, Dennis Ross, and others have written letters to the Chinese government and U.S. President. The Tampa Bay Times and USA Today reported her story. And the Congressional-Executive Commission on China listed my mom among “China’s heroes,” urging President Trump to ask for her release when he met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the bilateral meeting. The student government of the university which I work for initiated and passed a resolution that calls for the immediately release of my mom and an end to the persecution.   Supporting freedom of conscience remains a fundamental principle of the United States. I ask for your support in signing this petition that asks U.S. Secretary of State to look into my mom’s case and urge the immediate release of my mom and other prisoners of conscience. Each small step makes a difference. Please sign and support me in stopping the persecution of all innocent Falun Gong practitioners as well as all prisoners of conscience in China.

Iris Lu
36,014 supporters