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human and civil rights

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Petition to Honorable Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister PO BOX 6022 House of Representatives 

#FreeBrendonOConnellsSpeech

AUSTRALIA Foreign Minister Honorable Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister PO BOX 6022 House of Representatives  Parliament House  Canberra ACT 2600 julie.bishop.mp@aph.gov.au Call: +61 02 6277 7500 Fax: +61 02 6273 4112 Tweet: @JulieBishopMP   RE: #NationalSecurity PREFACE: On August the 10th, 2010a major international incident occurred that was shocking in it's implications. A foreign nation directly interfered in a sovereign nations legal process. This has never happened before. One man - Brendon Lee O'Connell - was taking on the Israeli state and it's treatment of the indigenous Palestinian people. This had given rise to O'Connell being charged under the states draconian racial vilification legislation whereby he had called a hard core Zionist activist a "racist Jew" at a public political rally. He filmed the entire confrontation. O'Connell gladly went to trial and stated openly he would raise issues of national security and Jewish racial and religious supremacism as the foundation of the Israeli state, as issues, at trial. All of a sudden, the entire Israeli state came out against him including the Israeli Ambassador, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister and Australian foreign minister. WE FEEL: shocked that a foreign nation could so blatantly interfere in another nations legal process with the full co-operation of the state and federal business, religious and political establishment at the highest levels - against one man. BECAUSE: a countries legal process is sacrosanct. The Israeli state is a gross human rights violator. It has bragged it controls the foreign and domestic policies of the United States. It brags it dominates the worlds high technology communications sector including military and government level spying. The Australian government has failed to protect the Australian peoples national sovereignty and independence of its court in the biggest criminal contempt of court case in history. Also, an international incident.WE NEED: the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, to issue an immediate press release confirming she has publicly rebuked the Israeli state for interfering in Australia's legal process on August 8th, 2010. Further, assurances from the minister that the upcoming appeal to the High Court of Australia by Mr O'Connell will not be politically interfered with by the Israeli state. LINKS FOR MORE FACTS: CONSERVATIVE AUSTRALIAN POLITICIAN LIVES IN TERROR OF ISRAELhttp://boc.rocks/2017/03/conservative-australian-politician-lives-in-terror-of-israel/ WHY IS THE MEDIA IGNORING MY STORYhttp://boc.rocks/2014/06/why-is-the-media-ignoring-my-story/ CAN ANYONE STAND UP TO THE RACIST APARTHEID STATE OF ISRAELhttp://boc.rocks/2014/02/can-anyone-stand-up-to-the-racist-apartheid-state-of-israel/ THE CASE IN FULL - WHY I MUST GET TO THE HIGH COURThttp://boc.rocks/2017/02/3-the-case-in-full-why-my-case-must-get-to-the-high-court/ ISRAEL THE GREATEST SPY MACHINE OF ALL TIMEhttp://boc.rocks/2016/11/israel-the-greatest-spy-machine-of-all-time/ PayPal - boc@boc.rocks BitCoin - meeting@boc.rocks Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/boc_oz TWITTER - @boc_oz FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/brendon.oconnell.1610 YOU TUBE -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFRV23uUZAf7l3tyq1CAoMA VINNY EASTWOOD INTERVIEW - https://youtu.be/ocTpstYtFAQ https://youtu.be/ocTpstYtFAQJIM FETZER INTERVIEW -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SZSpWKPL74 HEREWARD FENTON INTERVIEW - http://www.truthnews.com.au/web/radio/story/brendon_oconnell_on_iran_israel_and_freedom_of_speech_in_australia VINNY EASTWOOD INTERVIEW - http://www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com/show-archives/australian-man-stalked-beaten-jailed-and-exiled-for-speaking-out-against-israel-brendon-oconnell  MAX IGAN INTERVIEW - The Australian Govt is Corrupt to its Core - A Conversation With Brendan O'Connell  https://youtu.be/AkyXFntenjQ

DrDi Chadwell
185 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Maryland General Assembly, Maryland Independent College & University Association, University System of Maryland

Ban the Box On College Applications

“Remove the criminal convictions question(s) from the initial application process.” Demand that universities/colleges in Maryland provide an application that does not ask applicants any question(s) pertaining to past guilt or conviction of a misdemeanor, felony, or other prior offense in the initial application process. The question would still be asked later in the process.  Statistics Support College After Incarceration: The national recidivism rate (1) drops from 76% to 5.6% if an individual obtains a bachelor’s degree and below 1% with a Masters degree (2,3). Most crimes on campus are committed by people with no prior convictions (4).    Thus, as a public safety strategy, universities and colleges should be doing everything they can to promote access to higher education – not create more barriers. Support this Petition: Job Opportunities Task Force in partnership with From Prison Cells to Phd and other organizations insist that you support “Ban the Box on College Applications.” Sign the petition today. Please state your university in the comment box (if affiliated). People make mistakes, and people deserve second chances. Unfortunately, people who have made poor decisions in the past and are trying to better themselves by pursuing higher education face a major barrier: a box that they must check disclosing their criminal history on college applications. By requiring applicants to disclose their criminal history, universities impose a barrier to education. This process reduces the applicant to the mere moment when they incurred a criminal record rather than seeing the full person with all of their interests, skills, and experiences. Asking about criminal history on college applications is not a practice grounded in empirical evidence and does not promote public safety. Studies show that college education during or after prison helps individuals reintegrate into society and reduces the chance they will end up back in prison.   Maryland Fair Access to Education Act of 2017: Fast Facts. Senate Bill 543 & House Bill 694 seeks to remove the arrest/conviction question from the initial college applications. The question would still be asked later. By moving it, the applicant can be first assessed on merit alone. Here is an analysis of this bill.  1. https://csgjusticecenter.org/nrrc/facts-and-trends/2. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/scans/changing_minds.pdf3. http://www.communityalternatives.org/pdf/passport/Benefits-of-Higher-Ed.pdf4. http://www.communityalternatives.org/pdf/Reconsidered-criminal-hist-recs-in-college-admissions.pdf About the Organizer: My name is Dr. Stanley Andrisse. I am a formerly incarcerated person with 3 felony convictions and I am now an endocrinologist scientist at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Growing up in Ferguson-Florissant, Missouri, I got involved with making poor decisions at a very young age. By my early 20’s, those poor decisions had exacerbated and I found myself sitting in front of a judge facing 20 years to life for drug distribution and trafficking charges. The judge sentenced me to 10 years in a maximum-security prison.  My dad’s health plummeted while I was in prison. They amputated his lower limbs up to his torso. Before I could reconcile our relationship, he fell into a coma and passed due to complications associated with type 2 diabetes. He remains my inspiration. Upon release, after several rejections (likely because of the box), I was accepted into a Ph.D. program, completed my Ph.D./M.B.A. simultaneously, and started at Johns Hopkins Medicine doing diabetes research. Education has been the game changer for me. It helps change the life trajectory of men and women with criminal records. Education has given me the tools and the titles to balance out those strikes that I placed against me. More important than the letters behind my name, education has broadened my life perspective and has given me hope. Share your Story via video or text which will be sent with the signatures to policymakers! Attend the Rally to Ban the Box (BtB) on College Applications! Visit our website for details. Join the Facebook BtB Petition page for updates. Be sure to #BanTheBoxMD to your post when you share with friends.  

From Prison Cells to PhD, Inc.
793 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to United Nations Security Council

Demand for Transparency of MONUSCO's engagement in the DR Congo

Despite the deterioration of Congolese lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the manifestation of calling the current dictator, Joseph Kabila, to step down; MONUSCO, has become politically engaged by providing military support to a dictator's army, going against its mandate of neutrality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. MONUSCO also claims, their response is based on their mandate that,"MONUSCO is strongly committed to the protection of civilians, including vulnerable groups as refugees and displaced people,” but civilians and Congolese in diaspora are questioning what refugees they refer to, as half a million Congolese today are being hosted as refugees in different continents and countries. MONUSCO is currently supporting and working alongside the FARDC and engaging in confrontation with the local People's Army, CNPSC (Coalition Nationale du Peuple pour la Souverainete du Congo), while inhibiting civilians trying to escape the crossfires.  The people are asking the United Nations and MONUSCO, to provide transparency regarding MONUSCO'S failure to remain neutral during the recent internal conflict between the People's Army,CNPSC (Coalition Nationale du Peuple pour la Souverainete du Congo), and the dictator's Kabila FARDC troops. The people also require transparency on where MONUSCO stands, for the people or to be in defense of the corrupt politician and dictator, Kabila? The people require to know if MONUSCO is no longer engaging solely on a peace keeping mission, what is now their sole purpose in Congo? The people, those who are directly affected, deserve transparency, as many including, the CNPSC (Coalition Nationale du Peuple pour la Souverainete du Congo) are fighting insecurity under Kabila's regime, and want him gone, as his term has terminated. MONUSCO's current actions, have implied political support for Kabila and his army, and now transparency is demanded so further action can be determined by the people for the progress and security of their country. The United Nations, UN Security Council, and MONUSCO have yet to provide the transparency and action plan to resolve the conflict, that has been in existence for more than 20 years, to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is time to let them know that their silence and secrecy in our country is crippling.  

Yena Balekyani
384 supporters