gender based violence
Petition to Carolyn Bennett, Patricia Hajdu, Jody Willson-Raybould, Niki Ashton
Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women like my cousin Loretta Saunders
My cousin Loretta Saunders was murdered at age 26. She was a student at St. Mary's University in Halifax and was writing her honours thesis on the hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Our family is Inuit, and Loretta has now become one of the over 1186 missing or murdered Aboriginal women she was fighting for. It is time for our government to address this epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women. Our family is gathering strength and we will not let her death be in vain. We will fight to complete Loretta's unfinished work. Please sign this petition and call on Federal Minister for the Status of Women Kellie Leitch to immediately call a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. The Native Women's Association of Canada and other groups have worked on this for years and I started this petition to support them and to demand justice for Loretta. We need to know why it is that Aboriginal girls and women like Loretta are five to seven times more likely to die as a result of violence than non-Aboriginal women. This is what a public inquiry must address immediately so that action can be taken to stop these tragedies and protect aboriginal girls and women in Canada. The Government has so far ignored calls for a public inquiry. If they don't act the tragedies will continue. The epidemic of racist and sexist violence against Aboriginal women in Canada is claiming lives and devastating families each month. It boils down to a simple question. Does the Canadian Government think it's a problem that Aboriginal women are 5-7 times more likely to die from a violent attack? Right now, we don't know. I'm praying that Loretta's death and tens of thousands calling for the inquiry will finally move them to do the right thing. I travelled from Labrador to St.Johns with Loretta when she left home. We talked about our Inuit roots, our family and our pasts and how we looked at our future as an opportunity to create change and different more healthy cycles and family patterns. We spoke about the topic of aboriginal women going missing and being killed. We joked about how she would change the world, but it wasn’t really a joke at all. Loretta HAS changed the world and. I'm determined that Loretta will continue to change the world. Please sign this petition and demand justice for Loretta and all Aboriginal women. As mentioned the Native Women's Association of Canada has worked on this issue for years and has already collected 23,000 signatures calling for a public inquiry. Here is a link to their site as well as their document explaining in more detail why a public inquiry is needed.
Petition to Drop Entertainment Group, Z 103.5, Wild Water Kingdom
Stop Chris Brown from performing in Toronto
I could not agree more with the Mayor of Halifax. Chris Brown makes me feel “kind of sick” too. I saw the big petitions people made to stop Chris Brown from performing in Halifax and Winnipeg and realized we did not have a petition for the Toronto Summer Rush show where Brown is scheduled to be the headliner. So I set up this petition. As a social worker, I have seen the devastating effects of domestic violence. I feel it is my duty to speak out on this issue in order to stop institutions, such as the entertainment industry, from perpetuating violence against women in our communities. By promoting Chris Brown, organizers are sending a strong message to the GTA that they support the use of violence and that it is ok to break the law as long as you produce good music. Chris Brown must be dropped from the Summer Rush show coming up in August. I used to be a regular listener of Z 103.5 in Toronto. It makes no sense to me that the station mocks Chris Brown during gossip segments and then promotes his music at a concert they are sponsoring. Chris Brown continues to make excuses for his behavior and has been involved in further altercations since he was convicted of assaulting Rhianna. Concerned citizens in Halifax and Winnipeg are taking action and all of the negative attention caused major sponsors like Rogers and Molson to drop out of the Halifax event. We in the GTA need to join them and stand up for those who have been victims of domestic violence. Demand that the organizers, station and venue drop Chris Brown immediately!
Petition to Mayor Mike Savage, Energy 103.5 Radio Station
Drop Entertainment Group, Energy 103.5, The City of Halifax: Stop Chris Brown from Headlining the Energy Rush Concert
**Trigger Warning** Chris Brown is as well known for his violent beating of his former girlfriend Rhianna and temper tantrums as for his musical career. As a resident of Halifax, I believe it reflects poorly on our city to not only host such an artist, but to make him the headliner of this show. It says that as a city, we do not care for domestic abuse as long as you can write a catchy dance song. It shows we don't care if you almost kill someone because we will still put you on a stage and give you money because your singing and dancing career trumps that. Please sign my petition and join with hundreds of us who find his headlining Energy Rush to be distasteful, callous and disrespectful to victims of domestic violence.
Petition to Mike Fabian, Hon. Steven Fletcher, Rod Bruinooge, James Bezan, Joyce Bateman, True North, Promotions, Sam Katz, Joseph Ky, Stephen Tobin
Cancel Chris Brown's performance at the Energy Rush concert on August 29th
**Trigger Warning** Chris Brown beat a woman--badly. People have said that he's paid his dues and that he should be forgiven. I say that's garbage. Over the past five years since he beat the living daylights out of someone he supposedly cared about, he has made excuses for his reprehensible behaviour, been involved in altercation after altercation all the while blaming others--the guy even threw a chair thru a window at a daytime talk show because the interviewer dared to ask questions about the beating. And as of July 15th, he had his probation revoked in L.A. over yet ANOTHER altercation, this time, a hit-and-run. Apparently many people in Halifax, where people are fighting to stop Brown from performing at an event organized by the same promoter of the Winnipeg event, feel the same way. The mayor of Halifax has spoken out against Brown performing at the Halifax concert. He said the idea of it makes him "kind of sick." Major sponsors like Rogers and Molson have already dropped out of the Halifax event after hearing Brown would be headlining. We cannot let Chris Brown perform in our hometown. Do we want to support this criminal who has demonstrated over and over that he thinks he is above the law? I don't--I hope you don't either.