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Petition to Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Jerry Brown, Department of Justice

End Solitary Confinement in California

Thousands of prisoners in California are forced to endure the torture of solitary confinement. No one's life should be so brutally restricted. You may think that everyone in solitary confinement is a dangerous criminal who deserves to be there. This is untrue. According to Solitary Watch, "Far from being a last-resort measure reserved for the 'worst of the worst,' solitary confinement has become a control strategy of first resort in many prisons and jails. Today, incarcerated men and women can be placed in complete isolation for months or years not only for violent acts but for possessing contraband, testing positive for drug use, ignoring orders, or using profanity. Others have ended up in solitary because they have untreated mental illnesses, are children in need of 'protection,' are gay or transgender, are Muslim, have unsavory political beliefs, or report rape or abuse by prison officials." If someone really is so dangerous that they can't come into contact with other people, they should be kept in high security prisons with reform programs to help them. They should not be kept in mentally destructive rooms from which there is no escape. We are collaborating with California Prison Focus and the Prison Activist Resource Center in order to reform California's prison system. Join us in our struggle to end this cruel and unusual punishment.

SEA-DISC Incarceration Freedom Project
98 supporters
Update posted 9 hours ago

Petition to Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva, Hon. Lord Ma'afu, Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva

Preserve Tonga's Cultural Heritage Site at Popua (Va'epopua Sia heu lupe)

The Popua mounds are an extremely significant cultural heritage site in Tonga that are under threat of housing development. We, the undersigned, respectfully call for the Parliament and Ministers of Tonga to adhere to the Tonga National Cultural Policy and World Heritage Convention of 1972 and preserve this heritage site from housing development.  (Read more here: "New Subdivision a Death Sentence for Heritage Site"). The Popua mounds and causeways were first documented in 1777 by Captain Cook but first mapped in 1920 by the archaeologist William McKern during the B.P. Bishop Museum’s Bayard Dominik Expedition. Sixty years later in the 1980s, Australian National University researcher Dr. Dirk Spennemann also mapped the mounds writing a brief report on this work.  The Tongan Research Association has acknowledged the precariousness of the mounds relative to the reclamation project at a number of its meetings and these concerns were passed to government.  Similarly in 2011 Dr. Wendy Pond wrote to the Minister of Lands about the Popua reclamation project and the almost certain destruction of the archaeological complex as a consequence.  Her recommendation to alter the reclamation plan to avoid these sites was not acted upon.  Legend tells us this heritage site was the birthplace of 'Aho'eitu, the first Tu'i Tonga (King of Tonga) [Source: see Note1].  The mound, or sia is a rare archaeological site that is significant not only to Tonga, but to the unwritten history of Polynesian empire, and to world heritage in general. Aside from this site being historically significant, the Popua mounds are further an inappropriate site for houses, as it is low lying and the people building houses there (mostly the poor landless families from the outer islands) will be severely affected by extreme weather events thus causing them to suffer even more. Building more houses in this area is a recipe for social, environmental and heritage disaster. The first modern King of Tonga, George Tupou I, foresaw that there would come a day when his people would be “destroyed for lack of knowledge”. We, the undersigned, ask the Honorable Members of Parliament, do NOT let this prophetic statement come true. Safeguard and preserve the Popua Sia for future generations and find another site for housing developments.   *************************************************** EMAIL YOUR DECISION-MAKERS IN TONGA: Send email/letters for Hon Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister of Tonga, to his p.a. and (Saia Misinale) This is the minister who made the land allocations. Letters can be sent to: Parliament House, Nuku'alofa, Tonga Send email/letter of support for Hon Lord Ma'afu, Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Lands, Survey and Natural Resources to his p.a. (Rosamond Bing). This is the minister who needs public support to reserve the sia.     Note1: Thank you to Professor David V. Burley for allowing us to cite his letter dated Aug. 3, 2015 sent to Hon. Lord Vaea, Nobles Representative in Parliament and former Secretary of the Tonga Traditions Committee.    

Lea Kauvaka
1,276 supporters
Update posted 9 hours ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States


DISABLED PEOPLE DENIED SERVICE DOGS SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO FAIR HEARINGSUnfortunately, when a disabled person applies to a Service Dog School they are not guaranteed a service dog. Service Dog Schools upon rejecting a disabled individual they do not provide you with a third party impartial fair hearing, because it is not required by law! Also, the money fund raised on behalf of the disabled person is kept by the school, which is approximately $50,000 to $75,000. By the way, they have even gone as far as to deny service dogs' medical treatment, which is supposed to be free through a grant at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. Even a criminal is given a trail by a jury of peers, but not a disabled person denied their eyes, ears, limbs and mental well-being in the form of a service dog!A service dog can mean the difference between life and death for many disabled individuals. The money is available to help with service dogs; however the disabled do not have control over the funding. Therefore if we are denied the service animal, we are left without the funding raised to obtain the service dog. The organization that provides the service dog should be obligated to fund the total cost of the service dog.  As to our knowledge, there are no states that have a law to protect a disabled person who is denied a service dog.  Hence, if a person wants to train the dog by themselves there is no money for training and veterinarian costs. This petition helps the public, because it is significantly less to train a service dog by yourself or even hire a private trainer. It also appeals to all animal lovers since physically challenged persons will have the opportunity to rescue a dog from certain death. These animals will be evaluated, trained, and loved.INNERSIGHT, Inc. would like this petition to be amended to included justice for all minorities along with the disabled.

72,708 supporters