Petition to Google, Microsoft, Facebook
Tell Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to stop supporting child sex trafficking.
I was waiting to pick up my 15-year old daughter from track practice on an afternoon like any other. Minutes passed and then hours. I wondered where she was. Panic began to set in. My husband and I called the police, filed a missing person report, and started frantically searching for our baby girl. Only she was nowhere to be found. We were living every parent’s nightmare. When we recovered her 108 days later, we were so thankful to have found her alive. But then we found out the details. Our sweet girl had been bought and sold on the classified ads site, Backpage.com. She was repeatedly raped up to 15 times a day, all while hidden in plain sight on Backpage.com. A website making hundreds of millions of dollars a year off of human trafficking and exploitation of young girls. After her ordeal, my daughter and I sued Backpage to determine its role in her harm. The biggest surprise? Two special interest groups, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) — funded by tech industry giants Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others — actually intervened to file briefs supporting Backpage. These tech groups were actually defending Backpage’s right to host ads selling children. Amazingly, the CDT and EFF have also jumped into other Backpage cases around the country filed by children. Support of Backpage by the tech industry has not wavered, even though a 21-month Senate investigation revealed that Backpage facilitated the crimes by coaching pimps on how to post ads to evade law enforcement. And still today, Backpage hosts ads selling children on its dating site and on other sites it owns and operates here in the US and around the world. Raking in hundreds of millions of dollars -- and it does this shockingly, under the protection of the law. Backpage has been protected by an outdated internet law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from being sued for content posted by a third party. Thanks to the efforts of these special interest groups supported by Google and Facebook, federal judges have expanded this law to protect websites that facilitate child sex trafficking. Will you sign my petition telling Google, Facebook, and Microsoft that defending child sex trafficking is unacceptable? Sadly, my daughter’s experience is not unique. We are not alone. It’s estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of child sex trafficked victims annually in the United States. And we need your help. We need your voices to reach Google, Facebook, and Microsoft so that they, in turn, are persuaded to stop supporting Backpage. They can no longer allow the special interest groups to jump into these cases. My daughter and I have been fighting to change the law that protects Backpage since 2010 and because Backpage has won at every turn, we recently told our story to Dr. Oz and in the new movie, I Am Jane Doe, to try to bring our experience to a larger audience, all in an effort to prevent others from going through what my family has gone through. It's time for this to stop. No one else's daughter should be sold on Backpage. Please sign this petition to let Google, Facebook, and Microsoft know that financing the defense of Backpage is indefensible. Nicole S., mother of child who was trafficked through Backpage.com
Petition to International Committee of the Red Cross
An Injury to One is an Injury to All: Workers Support Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike
"We urge all labor organizations and workers’ movements to express their solidarity and support for the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike, for the Palestinian people’s struggle for liberation and for the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel."--Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS), April 28, 2017 Labor for Palestine joins workers around the world to stand with 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike since April 17 to protest conditions that Amnesty International calls "unlawful and cruel." After more than a month, their health is failing, but their steadfastness remains unshakable. From workers' rights and women's rights, to anti-racism and anti-colonialism, hunger strikes are a time-honored form of protest against injustice. But the Israeli government — which receives $3.8 billion per year in U.S. weapons and closely coordinates with the same police agencies that systematically terrorize Black and Brown communities in the United States — threatens to force-feed the strikers, and is gunning down their supporters in the streets of Palestine. Such relentless state violence reflects the continuing Nakba, Israel's 69-year-old ethnic cleansing campaign against the Palestinian people.Undeterred, the prisoners have vowed: "Our chains will be broken before we are, because it is human nature to heed the call for freedom regardless of the cost." They know that, like Jim Crow and apartheid South Africa, Zionist settler colonialism will one day fall to the unstoppable tide of popular mass resistance.Labor bodies around the world have risen to their defense, including the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Canadian Labour Congress, 26 European trade unions and labor organizations, World Federation of Trade Unions (representing 92 million workers in 162 countries), and International Trade Union Confederation (representing 181 million workers in 163 countries). Their outpouring is accompanied by rising international labor respect of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) picket line, which demands an end to occupation and apartheid, full equality for all, and Palestinian refugees’ right to return to the homes and lands from which they were expelled.In the U.S., BDS has been embraced by West Coast dockers refusing to handle Israeli Zim Line cargo, the United Electrical Workers, CT State AFL-CIO, UAW 2865, UAW 2322, GSOC-UAW 2110, AFT 3220, and thousands of other union members.This parallels growing intersectional solidarity with Palestine from the Movement for Black Lives, Standing Rock, #NoBanNoWall, and other U.S. grassroots social justice movements. Today, we affirm:*Victory to Palestinian Political Hunger Strikers!*From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free! ===== Issued May 21, 2017 by Labor for Palestine Co-Conveners: (Affiliations below for identification only)*Suzanne Adely, Global Workers Solidarity Network*Michael Letwin, Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325; Labor for Standing Rock*Clarence Thomas, Co-Chair, Million Worker March; Executive Board, ILWU Local 10 (retired) =====Endorsing Organizations (list in formation) Al-Awda New York, The Palestine Right to Return CoalitionAROC: Arab Resource & Organizing CenterDecolonize This PlaceExistence is ResistanceJews for Palestinian Right of ReturnLA4PalestineLabor for Standing RockNYC Students for Justice in PalestinePalestinian Youth Movement - USASamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity NetworkUS Campaign for Palestinian RightsUS Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of IsraelUS Palestinian Community Network =====[When signing, please list trade union and/or other affiliation, and location, in the comment box -- then amplify your voice by sharing on social media and promoting on Change.org]===== E-mail: email@example.comWeb: http://laborforpalestine.net/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaborForPalestine/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Labor4PalestineDonate: http://laborforpalestine.net/donate-to-lfp
Petition to Archdiocese of Baltimore, Larry Hogan, C.T. Wilson, Sean Caine
Transparency from Archdiocese of Baltimore
The Archdiocese of Baltimore holds documents regarding sexual abuse claims against A. Joseph Maskell. The release of these documents will restore public trust in the Archdiocese, and confirm the Archdiocese statements regarding their handling of the sexual abuse claims. This petition requests that the Archdiocese of Baltimore release their files regarding A. Joseph Maskell, who is now deceased, in an effort to throughly investigate all avenues that may have led to the murder of Cathy Cesnik in 1969.
Petition to Ali (Squarespace Legal), Squarespace -- Report Abuse, Squarespace Customer Support
@Squarespace: Stop Hosting White Supremacists
Squarespace, a popular web hosting service for businesses and creative professionals, is hosting white supremacist/neo-nazi groups: Identity Evropa, Radix Journal, and Richard Spencer's National Policy Institute. Squarespace has been informed of this issue repeatedly by email, but has refused to take the websites down. Hate websites violate Squarespace's Acceptable Use Policy (section 6.2), forbidding users to “advocate bigotry or hatred against any person or group based on their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual preference, age or disability.” Identity Evropa is a white supremacist/neo-nazi “fraternity” for people of “European, non-Semitic heritage.” The group’s website distributes propaganda on “white identity” and “race, evolution, and behavior.” The group’s physical activism includes spreading fascist-themed fliers on university campuses and holding anti-immigrant rallies that portray people of color as inherently criminal. Identity Evropa’s founder, Nathan Damigo, has committed violent hate crimes against people of color and was recently videotaped punching a woman in the face at a rally. The National Policy Institute is led by Richard Spencer, a documented neo-nazi. NPI's website distributes “research” on “understanding Jewish influence” and supposed “racial differences in intelligence, personality, and behavior.” Spencer describes immigration as a “proxy war” and argues that white America must “conquer or die.” Radix Journal is a collection of white supremacist essays. Some speculate about “Eugenic” policies “to flush disloyalty from our gene pool.” Others complain of a “Jewish assault on Europeans” and the failure “to expel the freed slaves from the United States.” Squarespace has been notified via firstname.lastname@example.org, that these websites violate their Acceptable Use terms. Squarespace’s continued hosting of these websites constitutes a tacit endorsement of their content. Squarespace also shares moral responsibility for the violent and threatening activity organized via these websites. Squarespace profits from neo-nazism and white supremacism as long as it retains Identity Evropa, Radix Journal, and the National Policy Institute as customers. WE MUST NOT STAND FOR THIS. Squarespace must end its business relationships with white supremacists. Tech companies must act in accordance with the principles they claim to support. Until Squarespace enforces its own Acceptable Use policy by REMOVING HATE SITES people of conscience should #BOYCOTTSQUARESPACE. Podcasts and other businesses with a social conscience should not accept Squarespace's ad buys. REJECT WHITE SUPREMACY. #BOYCOTTSQUARESPACE
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.
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. email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org (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. email@example.com (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.
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 HEARINGS
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.
Petition to We the People
We dont want to go to Evergreen Estates for Shavous!
We the people don't want to go to Evergreen Estates for Shavous! Why are we going??We need signatures for us to stay in Monsey. Please sign, you are doing gods work. Together we can make a difference. Moshiach Now! Sincerely, Those being forced to go to Evergreen.