Petition to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Department of Homeland Security
Stop Separating Immigrant Families_Buddhist Statement
As Buddhist leaders and practitioners, we unreservedly condemn the recently imposed policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexican border. Over the past few weeks, thousands of children have been inhumanely taken from their parents by US Customs and Border Protection, in a policy that has been condemned by the United Nations and many international human rights observers. Indeed, no other country has a policy of separating families who intend to seek asylum. Whatever the legal status of those attempting to enter the US, separating children from their parents is a contravention of basic human rights. Parents seeking asylum make long, dangerous and arduous journeys in an attempt to find safety and well-being for their precious children. Ripping these vulnerable children from their parents is cruel, inhumane, and against the principles of compassion and mercy espoused by all religious traditions. From a Buddhist perspective, it is the close bond between parents and children that nurtures not only the physical well-being of children, but their psychological health and their moral formation. Separating children from their parents and holding them in detention inflicts terrible and needless trauma and stress on young children that hampers and damages their development, causing long-term damage. This policy being employed on United States soil is morally unconscionable. That such egregious actions be employed as a deterrent for families seeking entry and/or asylum in the U.S. – using the sacred bond between innocent youth and their parents – is unjustifiable on any level. We suggest that our current defenders of this policy visit some of these border crossings and child detention centers so they can experience for themselves the present effects of their decisions. It is difficult to conceive that anyone having compassion for our world’s children and their families, and who witnesses such pain and anguish for themselves could continue to uphold such a practice. As people of faith and conscience, we feel that it is important that we speak out clearly in defense of basic human rights at this time, calling for an immediate end to this heartless practice. In doing so, we join the voices of many religious leaders and congregations that have unreservedly condemned this policy of separation. This policy is a serious violation of the rights of the child and must be stopped today. Signed: (Click here for a list of over 200 Buddhist leaders)
Petition to Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of Health and Human Services
#ReuniteThe2300 Immigrant Children Now
Between May 7 and June 20 the Trump Administration separated over 2,300 children from their parents at the US-Mexico border, when separating families became a standard practice. These kids, many of them toddlers and therefore are non-verbal, were concentrated in camps far from their parents, with no plan to reunite them. On June 23, the Dept. of Health and Human Services responded to the public outcry to #Reunitethe2300 and created an "unaccompanied children reunification task force" to reunify families. HHS officials have repeatedly declined to answer if there is a "master list" of separated children. These children are being traumatised and mentally harmed through this mistreatment, including a policy that does not allow staff to touch or hug the imprisoned children to comfort them. Meanwhile desperate parents trying to find their children taken by ICE are simply being directed to call a largely useless toll-free number provided by ICE. At Define American, we are asking everyone, especially journalists, to ask for a plan to immediately #ReuniteThe2300 with their parents. According to the The American Psychological Association, every day that kids are separated from their parents does irreparable biological and psychological harm to these kids. Will you sign on and demand that the Trump Administration immediately #ReuniteThe2300?
Petition to Veteran Service Corps Board
Terminate the detention of Asylum Seekers at the US Border
Veteran Service Corps is engaged in building toward an equitable world through maximizing the training, education, experience, and talents of the veteran community. VSC volunteers support human and civil rights, facilitate sustainable solutions that improve our communities, provide the infrastructure necessary to address complex systemic problems, and build capacity in others through camaraderie, teamwork and service. The detention of asylum applicants and their children on the southern border of the United States is equivalent to concentration camps, slavery and the internment of Japanese-Americans. The incarceration of these families is immoral and is reminiscent of black site operations undertaken in the past. The United States as a beacon of hope for those fleeing tyranny in the pursuit of peace and justice is what is at stake. Our American legacy for protection of the defenseless and assistance to the needy should be offered to these refugees as it was to our ancestors. The board of directors of Veteran Service Corps, and the individual signees affixed hereto, respectfully petition the government of the United States to immediately halt the current border crisis and replace it with a policy of respect for the human rights of these immigration aspirants and end detention of asylum applicants. The honor of the country and the American people demands nothing less. The Board of Directors of Veteran Service Corps Christopher Duesing, President Nancy A. Hoffman, Vice-President/ acting Treasurer David Andrews, Secretary J. Pate Hutson, Director Brandon Boucher, Director Maureen Walsh, Director
Petition to Statsminister Erna Solberg og Stortinget
STEM FOR ET FORBUD MOT PELSDYROPPDRETT!
Din viktigste signatur for dyrene! Vi gir oss ALDRI før burene er tomme! Norge kan snart gå inn i historien som ett av flere land som forbyr organisert mishandling av pelsdyr! I 2017 stemte et knapt flertall i Stortinget (Sp, KrF, FrP og H) for fortsatt pelsdyroppdrett. Men pelsdyrdebatten kom i år opp i både FrP, H og KrF, og en voksende andel internt i disse partiene ønsker også en avvikling. Det er nå viktigere enn noen gang at politikerne får føle det sterke engasjementet som finnes - at vi er svært mange som bryr oss og som aldri gir oss! NOAH, som landets største organisasjon for dyrs rettigheter, startet i 2014 en underskriftkampanje mot pelsdyroppdrett - og 143 000 signaturer ble levert til Landbruksministeren i 2016 før regjeringen publiserte sin stortingsmelding om pelsdyr. Når regjeringen likevel ikke klarte å høre på faglige råd og opinionen, vil NOAH selvsagt fortsette å kjempe for pelsdyrenes sak! Dette er din viktigste signatur for pelsdyrene, som viser at det er en stor og klar motstand mot norsk pelsdyroppdrett! Politikerne har gitt mange løfter for pelsdyrene som de ikke har holdt. Vi må vise at vi ikke aksepterer dette. Vi må vise at vi ALDRI gir oss før pelsdyroppdrett er forbudt. I løpet av de 28 årene NOAH har kjempet for pelsdyrene, har et stabilt flertall i befolkningen, et samlet mote-Norge, faglige instanser som blant annet Veterinærforeningen, og flere politiske partier stilt seg på pelsdyrenes side. NOAHs Fakkeltog mot pels samlet 8250 oppmøtte i 27 byer landet rundt i 2016, og er den største markeringen for pelsdyr i hele Europa. I 2017 holdes fakkeltoget 21. oktober, og snart 30 byer har meldt seg på! 800 000 minker og rever lever i trange nettingbur hvert år, uten å få utløp for sin naturlige adferd, og kun for å dø for å bli til et unødvendig pelsprodukt. La politikerne få klar beskjed med din signatur: Ikke flere tomme ord - vi krever tomme bur! Mer informasjon om hvordan pelsdyrene lever: www.pelsut.no Støtt NOAHs arbeid for pelsdyrene ved å bli medlem: www.dyrsrettigheter.no/medlem
Petition to Tracie Davis, Audrey Gibson, Marco Rubio, Florida State Senate, Florida Governor, Florida State House, Susan Davis, Bernie Sanders, Paul 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.
Petition to President Gianni Infantino
Support Iranian Women to Watch Sports in Stadiums (#NoBan4Women)
I grew up loving the game of football. As often as possible, I’d watch the matches on television with family and friends, cheering on our favorite teams and players. But as a woman in Iran, I’ve never seen a single game played in my home country. Iran's largest stadium is named Azadi - which means "freedom" - and it seats 100,000 sports fans. However, not one of those seats is currently designated for Iranian women to freely enjoy sports. Please sign my petition demanding FIFA use its power to call for an end to Iran’s stadium ban for women. Help me raise 100,000 signatures to represent the 100,000 seats of Azadi Stadium. Women are passionate sports fans just like men, and deserve to cheer on their teams in the stadiums. The fact that this discriminatory ban has existed for 38 years is appalling, and an assault on our right to free assembly. But the good news is that it’s not actually written into our law, and can easily be overturned – if we apply enough pressure on the right people. Iran is the only country playing in this year’s World Cup which bans women from stadiums, a direct violation of FIFA’s gender discrimination statute and their new human rights policy. Yet FIFA president Gianni Infantino has shown no sign of doing anything about it – in fact, he was recently photographed posing with Iranian president Rouhani the day after 35 women were arrested for attempting to attend a football game. Sign my petition to demand that Mr. Infantino use his power to get Iran to end the stadium ban for women. Support #NoBan4Women. Thank you! من از طرفداران فوتبال هستم، اما همیشه مسابقات رو فقط از توی تلویزیون دیدم و بخاطر دختر بودنم هیچوقت این شانسرو نداشتم که بازی تیم مورد علاقهام رو در کشورم از نزدیک تماشا کنملطفا این طومار رو که برای پایان دادن به منع حضور زنان ایرانی به ورزشگاهها به فیفا نوشته شده امضا کنید بسیاری از خانمها هم مثل اکثر آقایان طرفدار فوتبال هستند و این حق رو دارند که مسابقات مورد علاقه شون رو از نزدیکتماشا کنند. این مانعی که سالها وجود داره توهینی به همه ما زنان ایرانی است. خوشبختانه منع قانونی در این مورد وجودندارد، بنابراین، تغییر این شرط ممکن استایران تنها کشوری است که این اجازه را به زنان نمیدهد که این بر خلاف قوانین فدراسیون جهانی فوتبال است چرا کهتبعیض جنسیتی محسوب میشود. با این حال تا کنون هیچ انتقادی از طرف فیفا مطرح نشده است. اگر همه ما خواسته خودمان را مطرح کنیم، فیفا قادر به نادیده گرفتن این وضعیت نخواهد بود فیفا یک مجمع بین المللی است و عده زیادی از زنان در این مجمع حضور دارند که به افکار عمومی اهمیت میدهند لطفا برای درخواست از فیفا جهت پایان دادن به منع حضور زنان به ورزشگاهها این طومار رو امضا کنید Created by My Fundamental Right | Supported by Equality League
Petition to Council of the European Union, European Parliament, European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee, European Committee of the Regions
Increase the Erasmus+ budget by ten times
Why do we need a more ambitious Erasmus+ programme? This now 30 year old scheme has changed the lives of millions of people - educators, students, pupils, school heads, adults, researchers, VET providers, teachers, parents, volunteers, young people and youth workers. It provides excellent learning and cooperation opportunities, allowing people to broaden their horizons and develop new skills through a period of mobility abroad. Crucially, it also contributes to the modernisation of our education systems by facilitating the exchange of knowledge and best practices among Member States and their respective institutions. During the Summit marking the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty, political leaders mentioned Erasmus as the EU’s biggest achievement in changing the lives of 9 million Europeans. However, this achievement has touched only a very limited section of the EU’s population. Only 4 million people (around 0.8% of EU citizens) are expected to benefit from Erasmus+ in the 2014-2020 period. Indeed, the funding for the programme amounts to only 1,4% of the overall EU budget for this period. Is this really enough for the EU’s most successful programme? The Erasmusx10 Campaign has been launched by the Lifelong Learning Platform, European Youth Forum and EURODESK in order to call for a more ambitious programme by increasing Erasmus+ budget of ten times as negotiations begin for the next generation of EU programmes post-2020. This claim has been echoed by several political leaders including the President of the European Commission who, when speaking about the programme’s number of participants reaching 9 million people, called for us to be ‘at least nine times as ambitious’. This would send a strong political message to EU citizens by putting at the forefront the need to build stronger ties between them and to foster a common European identity. It would also allow more individuals to benefit from a mobility experience, therefore improving their life prospects with higher employability chances and stronger social and civic participation. The campaign is supported by thousands of civil society organisations representing the different beneficiaries and by policy makers across Europe, join us and ask for a genuine investment in Erasmus+: sign the petition, share it within your networks and help us make a difference! Check out all the details of the campaign.
Petition to US Government, US State Department
We ask that the US government send a Special Envoy to Nigeria (and Lake Chad region).
The rising violence in Nigeria deeps the divides that separate different religious communities because Nigerian identities are deeply tied with ethno-religious identities. Some groups have claimed that the violence can be explained away as a result of cattle rustling; we believe, however, that conflicts of any kind should be resolved via proper legal channels. We ask that the United States send a Special Envoy to Nigeria: Specifically for the purpose of coordinating an adequate response to the crises in Nigeria. To help counter the increasing violence in Nigeria, which jeopardize the stability of Nigeria, Europe, and the United States. Nigeria is of a strategic interest to the United States, as it stands at the intersection of North Africa and Sub Saharan African. Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation and is one of the top 25 most populous globally. As the largest economy in Africa, it holds considerable weight in African politics and business, but it has the highest social hostilities around religion. The situation in Nigeria threatens to undermine its stability and could result in decreased trade between Nigerian and global companies, as well as start a mass influx of refugees escaping the violence. It is of vital US economic, political, and national security interest to confront the issues that endanger Nigeria today. President Trump confronted Nigerian President Buhari regarding religious persecution and the ongoing situation with Boko Haram and Fulani militants. He also met with two escaped Chibok girls (kidnapped by Boko Haram), but the situation in Nigeria continues to deteriorate. Some Fulani militants, emboldened by the actions of Boko Haram, have begun using violent tactics against civilians. Although President Buhari has labelled some of these attacks as "terrorism", overall, the Nigerian government's response to the situation is weak. The growing trend of violence we see in these attacks will destabilize the nation if we do not act soon.