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 Backpage has been protected by an outdated internet law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from being sued for content posted by a third party.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), International Trade Union Confederation (representing 181 million workers in 163 countries), and the Trabajadores-Confederación Nacional de Trabajadores (PIT-CNT) of Uruguay. 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): Labor for PalestineLabor for Standing RockGSOC-UAW Local 2110Al-Awda New York, The Palestine Right to Return CoalitionAl-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return CoalitionAROC: Arab Resource & Organizing CenterBlack4PalestineBlack Youth Project 100 (BYP100)CUNY4PalestineDecolonize This PlaceExistence is ResistanceJews for Palestinian Right of ReturnJewish Voice for Peace-New York CityLA4PalestineNYC Solidarity with PalestineNYC Students for Justice in PalestinePalestinian Youth Movement - USASamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity NetworkTOLEF: Tree of Life Educational FundUS 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: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: http://laborforpalestine.net/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaborForPalestine/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Labor4PalestineDonate: http://laborforpalestine.net/donate-to-lfp
Petition to Mr. Freddy Roosemont
Aide-nous à sauver la vie du petit Tristan
Version Française/English Version/Nederlandse Versie --------------------------------- Aide-nous à sauver la vie de Tristan(Version Française) Objet de la petition: Obtenir la régularisation du petit Tristan en Belgique car sa maladie génétique rare lui a presque coûté la vie - Tristan a besoin de soins médicaux et d’un suivi complet appropriés à sa pathologie. Cela n’est pas possible dans son pays d’origine. Synthèse de la pétition: Tristan souffre du syndrome de Silver-Russell depuis sa naissance; ce syndrome menace son enfance et sa vie. Il est très petit pour son âge et a de multiples problèmes liés à sa maladie: hospitalisation fréquentes liées à des problèmes respiratoires sévères, hypoglycémie totale, faiblesse générale en dépit d’un optimisme contagieux, petite taille et poids, difficulté extrême à se nourrir, asthme chronique, problème lie à l’urologie, asymétrie corporelle; mauvaise implantation dentaire,la liste est très longue… Disons simplement que ça vie n’est pas du tout facile, et bien différente des autres petits garçons de son âge. Depuis son arrivée en Belgique en 2014, Tristan a été hospitalisé à de nombreuses reprises (intervention d’urgence par ambulance à domicile hypoglycémie majeure, problème respiratoire, alimentation par IV, crises d’asthme, faiblesse générale et opération chirurgicale). En décembre 2015, à 4 ans, quand il s’apprête à aller à l’école Tristan a fait une crise de convulsion très sévère qui aurait pu lui coûter la vie si elle s’était produite durant son sommeil (selon son endocrinologue de l’hôpital des enfants de Bruxelles (HUDERF). Malheureusement, c’est cela le quotidien du petit Tristan et de son papa. Le dossier qu’a monté le papa de Tristan, est appuyé par les plus grands spécialistes mondiaux de la maladie (Dr. Harbison de l’hôpital Sinaï de New York et le Pr. Netchine de l’hôpital Trousseau à Paris, par des médecins belges de renom de l’hôpital des enfants Reine Fabiola de Bruxelles, par le docteur médecin conseil de l’ambassade belge au Rwanda) – les comptes rendus sont disponibles sur demande. Il a en outre suivi le processus juridique et légal en Belgique pour pouvoir suivre les traitements en Belgique et ce de manière continue ; mais l’administration belge se mue dans un silence absolu (aucune suite n’est donnée au recours actuel). Malgré tous ces rapports de docteurs réputés et d’experts qui ont clairement soutenu que «sans traitement adapté et amélioration de son état nutritionnel, toute infection banale peut mettre en cause son pronostic vital.», l’administration belge (l’Office des Etrangers: OE) et son médecin conseil ne reconnaissent pas la nécessité de séjour sur le territoire belge et la régularisation de Tristan en dépit de l’absence prouvée de traitements spécialise (utilisation d’hormone de croissance), et de suivi (équipes multidisciplinaires sachant traiter la maladie) dans son pays d’origine, le Rwanda. Le Papa de Tristan est sûr que bientôt le Rwanda disposera d’infrastructure adapte a traité le syndrome rare de Tristan, mais sa vie est très fragile maintenant et il faut agir !!! Conclusion Partageons la vie avec le petit Tristan !!! Signez cette pétition et aidez-nous à convaincre l’administration belge de donner enfin à Tristan, après des années de combat, l’accès aux traitements qui lui sauveront la vie. Soutenez publiquement Tristan et partagez la petition afin d’obtenir une réponse positive de l’Office des Etrangers sur le dossier en cours, grâce à votre soutien Tristan pourra vivre jusqu’à l’âge adulte comme tous les autres. Tristan garde espoir, nous sommes de tout coeur avec toi! Pour plus d'informations, rejoignez-nous sur Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Help-Save-Tristan-673781576143041/ Twitter: @SaveTristan-https://twitter.com/SaveTristan #savetristan ASBL Alice www.alice.be ---------------------------------------------- Help save Tristan’s life (English Version) Purpose: Obtain from the Belgian authorities the right for the little Tristan to remain on treatment in Belgium, since his Syndrome almost cost him his life. Tristan suffers from a very rare genetic condition (Russell Silver Syndrome) that cannot be treated properly in Rwanda, his country of origin. Petition summary: From birth, Tristan suffers from Russell Silver Syndrome. This condition threatens his childhood. He is very small for his age, suffers from multiple complications linked to the disease: body asymmetry, severe asthma with multiple crises, extremely oral and feeding difficulties, failure to grow and thrive, teeth implantation issues, the list is very long... Let's just say life hasn't been easy for Tristan & it's different compared to boys his age. Since his arrival in Belgium in 2014, Tristan has been hospitalized numerous times (emergency care at home and at the hospital linked to major hypoglycemia, respiratory difficulties, asthma crises, IV feeding, general weakness, and surgeries). In December 2015, when Tristan was 4, and while he was about to head for school a major seizure happened, this would have been fatal, may it had happened during his sleep at night (comments from his endocrinologist of HUDERF Hospital Brussels after the ambulance crew saved his life). Tristan’s dad has put up a solid case supported by worldwide recognized experts and doctors: Dr. Harbison: Mount Sinaï Hospital, New York USA; Pr. Netchine from Trousseau hospital Paris, France, Belgian doctors from HUDERF and by Advisor MD of the Belgian embassy in Rwanda. They all have concluded that Tristan's life is at risk!– all records are available on demand In spite of all official comments and reports made by Doctors and specialist previously mentioned, the Belgian authorities and administration “The Belgium Immigration Office” and its medical appointed MD advisor do not understand and accept the necessity for Tristan to remain on treatment in Belgium. The administrative and legal processes in Belgium were made in due time and abiding by the local regulation and official processes. However, the Belgian administration is not following up anymore on the case, leaving Tristan in a real deadlock. Today, in Rwanda he does not have access to highly specialized medical expertise, hormonal treatment (Growth Hormone notably) and general multidisciplinary care. Tristan's father is optimistic that in the near future Rwanda will surely have the necessary infrastructure to treat Tristan's rare syndrome, but Tristan's life is in danger now & we need to act! Conclusion Let’s share life with Tristan! Sign this petition and help us convince the Belgian administration (“Immigration Office”) to give Tristan, after years of pain and suffering, the official papers to remain on the treatment that will save his life. Support Tristan publicly, share his story to get a positive answer from the Belgium administration & thank you in advance for your support. We are behind you, Tristan! For more info join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Help-Save-Tristan-673781576143041/ Twitter: @SaveTristan-https://twitter.com/SaveTristan #savetristan Asbl Alice www.alice.be ------------------------------ Help ons het leven van kleine Tristan te redden(Nederlandse Versie) Onderwerp van de petitie: De regularisatie voor kleine Tristan te bekomen want zijn zeldzame genetische afwijking heeft hem bijna het leven gekost – Tristan heeft een medische behandeling en volledige opvolging nodig aangepast aan zijn pathologie. Dit is niet mogelijk in zijn land van herkomst. Samenvatting van de petitie Sinds zijn geboorte lijdt Tristan aan het Silver-Russell syndroom; dit syndroom bedreigt zijn kinderjaren en zijn leven. Hij is zeer klein voor zijn leeftijd en kampt met vele andere complicaties veroorzaakt door zijn ziekte: veelvuldige hospitalisaties vanwege ernstige ademstoornissen, totale hypoglycemie, algemene zwakte, een kleine gestalte en laag gewicht. Desondanks blijft hij toch aanstekelijk optimistisch. Het meest zorgwekkende is echter de moeilijkheid om zich te voeden, chronische astma, urologische problemen, lichamelijke assymmetrie, slechte gebitinplanting, de lijst is zeer lang… Samengevat stellen we vast dat zijn leven allesbehalve eenvoudig verloopt en helemaal anders dan andere kinderen van zijn leeftijd. Sinds zijn aankomst in België in 2014 is Tristan meermaals per ambulance naar spoedgevallen vervoerd met symptomen van totale hypoglycemie, ademstoornissen, astma-aanvallen en totale uitputting om dan behandeld te worden met intravenuese voeding en chirurgische ingrepen. In december 2015, op 4-jarige leeftijd, net voor hij naar school zou gaan, heeft Tristan een ernstige aanval van stuiptrekkingen gehad die hem het leven had kunnen kosten indien dit tijdens zijn slaap zou zijn voorgevallen (volgens zijn endocrinoloog van het Kinderhospitaal te Brussel (UKZKF). Dit is helaas het dagelijks leven van kleine Tristan en zijn vader. Het medisch dossier dat de papa van Tristan heeft opgesteld wordt ondersteund door de grootste wereldspecialisten inzake de ziekte (Dr.Harbison, Sinaï-Hospitaal van New York en Dr.Prof.Netchine van het Trousseau-Hospitaal van Parijs ; Belgische dokters met naam van het Koningin Fabiola Hospitaal te Brussel, en de adviserende dokter van de Belgische Ambassade te Rwanda) – de verslagen zijn verkrijgbaar op aanvraag. Hij heeft bovendien de juridische procedure gevolgd om permanente medische behandeling te kunnen krijgen in België ; helaas geeft de Belgische administratie geen gehoor aan de aanvraag en zelfs een bevel tot verlaten van het Belgisch grondgebied gestuurd, hetgeen momenteel wordt aangevochten sinds 2015, totnogtoe zonder enig antwoord. Ondanks de vele medische rapporten opgesteld door befaamde dokters die klaar en duidelijk hebben vermeld dat « zonder aangepaste medische behandeling en opvolging iedere banale infectie kan leiden tot een vitale prognose." De Belgische administratie (Dienst Vreemdelingenzaken : DVZ) en hun adviserende arts erkennen de noodzakelijkheid tot een verblijf in België niet, ondanks afdoende bewijs van een niet-voorhanden behandeling (behandeling met groeihormonen), onvoldoende opvolging (multidisciplinaire teams die de ziekte kunnen behandelen) en ontoereikende sanitaire toestand in zijn land van herkomst, Rwanda. Conclusie Geef een plaatstje aan kleine Tristan !!! Door deze petitie te tekenen help je de Belgische administratie te overtuigen om eindelijk aan Tristan, na jaren van afzien, toegang te geven tot de behandelingen die hem het leven zullen redden. Ondersteun Tristan openlijk om een positief antwoord te krijgen van de Dienst Vreemdelingenzaken ivm het aanhangige dossier. Dankzij uw steun zal Tristan kunnen leven tot op een volwassen leeftijd zoals alle andere kinderen. Help ons het leven van Tristan te redden! ASBL/VZW Alice www.alice.be
Petition to Congress
Tell Congress: Reject extreme cuts to humanitarian aid
Right now, lifesaving assistance to tens of millions of people is on the line. The President’s fiscal year 2018 budget request slashes humanitarian aid by almost 50% during a time of unprecedented global needs. In the coming months, it will be up to Congress to decide whether they will accept these indefensible cuts or stand up in support of U.S. assistance for the world’s vulnerable families. International aid makes up only about 1% of the federal budget — yet it provides lifesaving assistance to tens of millions of people in need. Now is not the time to make cuts to U.S. foreign aid. So much is at stake: This funding helps communities recover from devastating shocks like drought and flooding, and prevents the spread of disease and conflict. It can help some of the 65 million people who are displaced globally, and the millions more who are in need of emergency food assistance — including 20 million people at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, and Somalia. It is needed now more than ever. You can help. Please — demand that your Member of Congress makes a stand for foreign aid, and remind them that cuts to U.S. foreign aid will jeopardize years of smart, non-partisan commitments to building a safer and more stable world. Congress must continue to fund the overall aid budget at the previous year's funding levels, especially for humanitarian and development programs. Your signature can help protect funding that is a lifeline for so many families at the very end of all hope. Urge your member of Congress to make a stand for foreign aid today.
Petition to Manohar Parrikar
CHIEF MINISTER OF GOA: SUPPORT GOA TAXI REVOLUTION
Dear Manoharbhai, Tourism is the backbone of Goa's economy and tourists across the world & India are used to services like OLA/UBER, it's time to allow them to operate in Goa. Besides, Goan taxi drivers never use the taxi meters required by law and charge exorbitant fares for their services. Here are benefits: Boost to Tourism Cheaper commuting for all with no return fare Less cars in crowded cities - easier parking Shared OLA will reduce traffic congestion Easy to calculate fare based on GPS - no surprises Cashless payment with online receipt for every transaction Taxes paid directly to govt. increasing tax collection Its upto the driver to find the best route Gainful employment of sincere drivers and can instantly decide to work whenever they have time even if its 2AM - Basic need for airport/hotels Instant decision to Taxi hire saves time Don't have to keep driver waiting/circling in city Old/young/designated drivers forced to drive have alternative - less accidents School kids can be dropped/picked up for school/tuition through shared ride system Automatic GPS based tracking system provides better security Instant feedback to customer service regarding experience Immediate and automatic update on driver rating based on feedback Prompt refunds if applicable Eco-friendly - reduces pollution - less no. of cars owned People don't have to drop/pick others - both save time and obligation People don't drink and drive - particularly Tourists Taxis don't have to wait at Taxi stand and can be available anywhere 24 x 7 People from outside Goa don't have to come with their own cars, instead use local taxi - help businesses. We request that our elected representatives provide improved alternative which encourages innovation and competition instead of our broken taxi system and not to give in to the voice of Taxi drivers looting Tourists and Goans. At least allow online taxi due to LACK of proper public transport system. Please sign this petition so our honorable CM can look into the matter.- Armando Gonsalves- Avelino D'Sa- Mahesh Sardesai- Milind Barve- Mousinho Reis- Nilesh Borde- Rohan GovekarN.B.: Please refer our Facebook Page - linkWhat you told us - linkPetition Comments (5 days) - link
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Let’s ‘disconnect’ our digital devices and ‘reconnect’ with each other.
Technology has provided us powerful tools and platforms that have enabled people to connect and communicate as never before. But these same tools that have enriched our lives have also coarsened our lives. Cyber-bullying, the distribution of “fake news”, trolling, and general incivility have infected so many of our online interactions. We have seen our privacy and productivity eroded. Our technology has led to accidents and tragedy. We need to promote a healthier relationship to our tech devices and more civil social interaction with each other. We need a nationally-recognized day to BREAK the connection with our digital devices and MAKE the connection with the family and communities that surround us. Here’s why: Several recent studies have shown that excessive social media use can make it difficult to foster meaningful relationships offline. The average American spends almost 11 hours each day attached to some screen or device. We’re so focused on what’s happening online (and giving strangers access to our lives) that we’re distracted from the people right around us. We need to get serious about tackling this imbalance in our lives. An easy way to demonstrate our seriousness in bringing more awareness to this issue is to designate one Saturday each year as our national “Disconnect to Reconnect” day. It would be a day where people all over the country voluntarily put down their digital device(s) and turn towards their families, friends, and neighbors within their own communities. If you agree that we can all use a digital time-out, taking a break from social media to take an opportunity to be more present in our families and communities -- sign and share this petition. Together, we can build a more connected nation -- one person, one neighborhood, and one community at a time.
Petition to President of the United States, Barack Obama, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Dear Mr. President, During your election, you made it a point to say that you will "make America great again". With all due respect, I have trouble seeing how you will do that. While it's true that I'm too young to know just how amazing America was in the past, I can guess that you plan to restore our country's free, honest, and good reputation- if you aren't too busy restoring your own reputation to do it. I hope that you're serious about your slogan, because if you are then that is really something. And by that I mean no president has been able to do it in a long time, if ever. But if you're really going to get it done then, even though everybody hates you, you'll be the best president in USA history. President Trump, I wish you the best of luck. Not only that, but I want to help you. Now, I know my help isn't much. In fact, it's very little because I'm little. But I'll tell you what: as a part of the rising generation of this country, I am constantly told that I am the future. I am the future because a piece of my mind will help shape this country. Because it's the best thing I can give and it's all I really have to call my own, I'm going to give you a piece of my mind. I'm going to share a couple of pointers on where I wish our country will go forward from here. Where are we right now? Lately, Americans have been losing hope in their country. Schools are being shut down, people are going homeless, pollution is at an all-time high, unemployment is everywhere, and grownups are stressed beyond measure by their lifeless and stale jobs. These are all the things I see when I walk out my front door. The future looks hopeless. On TV, this hopelessness is exaggerated for our entertainment as if to say "see it can get worse". The News channels focus on all the tragedy in the world without giving us an answer on how to fix this mess. Articles spread trashy gossip that just distracts us from the big picture. Religion is too busy preaching about disease, death, and destruction to save us from it. The people who do have it in their power to change the world either don't care or try and fail, you tell me which. Meanwhile, the government doesn't change much of anything. As for me, I am lost in all of this. I'm expected to grow up, be an adult, and accept that this is how the real world works. Well guess what: it's not working. If America was ever great before, it certainly isn't now. Where were we before? Honestly, I can't tell. Grownups always talk about the good ol' days, and how my generation is the synonym-of-dumb. Their stories about how the past was better than now don't really excite me. And that's probably because while they're glorifying their childhood, they're also simultaneously calling me a child. I understand that back in the day prices weren't inflated, the cost of an education was cheaper, the community existed as a whole, values were valuable, and traditions were followed. It sounds great, but it's not that great. The American Dream is a house and a family and a steady income. But a house can break, a family isn't guaranteed to always love you, and a steady income comes at the cost of wasting your life doing a job you don't like. The American lifestyle is a prison, enslaving us to our house repairs, our boring job, and our loveless obligations. Mr. President, the American Dream is a nightmare. You might even agree with me. Because it doesn't matter if you're poor, middle-class, or rich. Unhappiness is everywhere. It's where we were before and it's where we are now. Where should we go from here? America can't stay the same and it can't go backwards; the only chance we have at an ideal future is to deal with the mounting consequences of our decisions. To do that, we have to change our mindset: Global warming isn't about pollution; it's about people. War isn't about terror; it's about people. America's Great Depression isn't about the economy; it's about the people. We the people are depressed because we were promised a freedom that was never delivered. For how can we be free if our lives are spent just trying to survive? No, we cannot be free because we aren't even free to live our life. Why is it that nowhere in the constitution does it say that we have the right to free food, shelter, and water when these three basic things are what we need in order to stay alive? So we are forced to earn the right to live by working? And if we don't work we have the right to die? The standards of living may be raised but the stakes of living are even higher! There was never any freedom in America, and there won't be until we can stop simply surviving and start thriving. That is why making America great again is about the people, too. A country cannot be great if its components- its people aren't. A people cannot be great if they are like animals, always worrying about how they will get their next scrap of meat. Give us the right to free food, shelter, and water. Let us be human, let us have a home. And a home that will last, at that. I present the New American Dream: free land! I propose, dear President of the United States, that America be free for everyone. I propose that you, the law, Congress, the Senate- whoever is in charge of changing things around here- allow each American family to have their own piece of free land, free of charge- one hectare (2.5 acres), to be exact. The free land will be located away from polluted cities, in remote areas. No artificial fertilizers, non-renewable energies, and genetically modified seeds should be used on site. These individual plots of land will be divided on all sides by walkways about 3-4 meters long. And on this land families will cultivate crops, raise animals, build a permanent home, and have access to their own water source. The land should be 50 percent woodland and 25 percent orchard. There will be no taxation whatsoever on the products sold from this land. Families will be free to plant their own personal paradise on their land. This land will be a family's private oasis that they will enclose with a living fence, a hedge or a line of trees. Fruit-bearing trees, berries, and vegetables will be in a garden planted by the family's very own hands. Finally, this parcel of land will be known as a family domain, to be kept in perpetuity, inherited generation after generation, without fear of it ever being lost, stolen, or sold. This is the New American Dream. This proposal isn't entirely mine, but that of the people. It is an idea that was first expressed in the pages of a book first released in Russia. In fact, the idea has already been implemented by your friend, President Putin, and is in its beginning stages in Russia. In other parts of the world as well, eco-communities are growing in popularity, although they don't all follow the important principles listed above. There are real, rational reasons why you should consider this decision. I could be wrong, but this may be the first step to world peace. No. I am convinced that this one action could change the world for the better. Our grandchildren's children might thank us. This proposal could balance the distribution between the poor and the rich, because it will give us something we all have in common. By this one act, true equality can be reached. Homeless people will be a thing of the past, because everyone will have a home. Unemployment will no longer be a problem, because a person's livelihood will no longer be determined by their boss. Degraded land will be made fertile again, because of the holistic approach to agriculture. If the entire world followed this piece of advice, world-hunger would be eradicated, global warming would threaten no one, no animal would risk extinction, and everyone would be happy because they are finally free. Not only that, but if every hectare on Earth was used, it would make the Earth beautiful again. I hope this message reaches you, I hope the message comes across well, and I hope you make the right choice. Mr. President, make America great again. Most Respectfully, a 16 y/o American citizen. This is my letter to the leader of our country. This is my dream. If you share it with me, please show support. Make it a law. Make it part of the Constitution. Thank you.