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 Backpage has been protected by an outdated internet law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from being sued for content posted by a third party.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 United Nations, United Nations (UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C & UN Women)
End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting by 2030: Invest in Research, and Support in Asia
According to the United Nations, at least 200 million women in 30 countries have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). However, these statistics are largely restricted to sub-Saharan Africa and ignore the global scope of the issue. In 2016, a UNICEF report finally included Indonesia as a country where FGM/C is practiced. The release of national data from Indonesia raised the total of girls who have undergone FGM/C from 130 million in 29 countries – as estimated in 2014 – to 200 million in 30 countries. Only 10 million of that increase was due to population growth worldwide. In Indonesia alone, half of girls under the age of 11 have gone through FGM/C. FGM/C has also been reported in India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Brunei, Russia (Dagestan), Bangladesh, and Iran and amongst diaspora populations around the world migrating from these countries. Yet, Asian countries fall outside the scope of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to Accelerate the Abandonment of FGM/C. As a result, FGM/C survivors from this region are overlooked when it comes to resources, data collection efforts, and advocacy support. But how can we advance gender equality and stop all form of gender violence if we are not inclusive of every country where FGM/C is reported? For Sahiyo, FGM/C isn’t a theoretical issue, it’s personal. We are an advocacy collective of South Asian survivors of FGM/C. With next to no resources and despite the backlash many of us have faced within our own communities, our advocacy work is starting to pay off. In the last year, we have place stories in mainstream publications – like the Guardian and Hindustan Times. In 2015, Sahiyo pursued a small scale study to understand the extent of FGM/C amongst the Dawoodi Bohra Indian community and found that 80% of the women had been cut. As you can see from the video above, we are more than just overlooked data points, but survivors with agency who are reclaiming our own stories. In order to sustain the unprecedented momentum that we have built over the last year, we need the United Nations to take the issue of FGM/C in Asia more seriously. We need the international community to invest in rigorous data collection not only to better understand the scope of the problem but also to measure progress. Without reliable baselines, it is difficult to understand whether or not our interventions are working. We need to reframe FGM/C away from being a “faraway African problem” to recognizing that the problem is a reality for many communities. We know that FGM/C is rooted in controlling female sexuality and is a form of gender violence. It cuts across geography, socioeconomic class, religion, and education. We need the international community, in particular, the United Nations, to broaden the scope of its focus to be more inclusive. And we need foundations and donor countries to invest in survivor-centered approaches working on data collection, advocacy, and survivor support. Eliminating FGM/C by 2030 is a global target of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals - it requires FGM/C prevalence to be measured in every country. To truly end FGM/C by 2030, we need all affected communities, including those in Asia, to be supported. We, a coalition of civil society organizations, now call on all relevant bodies to actively include India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Brunei, Russia (Dagestan) and Bangladesh in all relevant FGM/C campaigns and reports and to commission research on the dynamics of the practice in Asia. More Videos of Women Sharing their Stories: A Pinch of Skin Female Genital Mutilation Survivor Tells Her Story Underground: American Who Underwent Female Genital Mutilation Comes Forward to Help Others Mariya: The Heart Petition Cosigners: Sahiyo Love Matters India Healthy Tomorrow Orchid Project Equality Now Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation RAHMA FORMA Tahirih Justice Center Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States Point of View Pastoralist Child Foundation Krantikali Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) The Hands of Hope Foundation Dahlia Project Akshara No FGM Australia Chehak Trust (Sahyog) The Council for Democracy and Tolerance Saheli Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan Blue Veins Men UNiTE (Men Against Violence And Abuse Alliance Beyond the Hijab Dawn Worldwide Speak out on FGM Keep the Drums, Lose the Knife Hawa Trust Sambhaavnaa Sanctuary for Families Jane Doe Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence National Federation GAMS Women Thrive Alliance
Petition to H&M, Adidas, Gap Inc., Gap, NIKE, firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , Marks & Spencer, firstname.lastname@example.org , Inditex, email@example.com , Ranjeeb.Sarma@marks-and-spencer.com , AWalker@levi.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , Daniel_Fibiger@gap.com , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , MBaigorri@LEVI.com
Garment Workers on Hunger Strike in India!
We are workers at Avery Dennison India Pvt. Ltd in, and also members of Garment and Textile workers Union (GATWU) Bangalore, India, and we are now on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane behavior of our management, and also violation of various Indian labour laws!! It's a multimillion dollar operation which produces products for brand giants such as H&M, Adidas, Zara, Levi's, Gap, Marks & Spencer, Nike, and many others. For many years, Avery Dennison has been paying us differing wages for the same amount of work, through subcontracting out some of us but not others. They have used this as an excuse to pay UNDER the already-low minimum wage for the work we do! Several of our colleagues have been forced to work back-to-back short-term contracts for the same amount of work, with no stoppage, just like permanent employees, but with none of the benefits, some for over 10 years. This is completely unacceptable; we have the right to provide for our families just like any other worker. When we see the CEOs and owners of some of these firms making the list of richest billionaires in the world, we know that it is our labor that creates their profits, yet our factory refuses to respect our basic rights or the rule of law. This is why we decided to form a union. With the support of Garment and Textile Workers' Union, we organized to tell our employer that we deserve our basic rights. The employer, instead of respectfully negotiating with us, decided to retaliate. They illegally dismissed 44 of our colleagues for daring to stand up for our rights and to scare us into submission. But we will not be intimidated! We are now on our 5th day of our hunger strike to demand that they: Reinstate ALL terminated workers Make contract workers permanent Provide equal pay for equal work Stop worker discrimination Stop union busting! Join us to demand that Avery Dennison, and the brands that work with them, do the right thing! Signed, Avery Dennison Pvt. Ltd. Workers Bangalore, India
Petition to President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Republican National Committee
Free Internet for Iran
The Iranian people have launched their uprising in order to topple the Islamic regime and improve their living standards. The clerical regime, by imposing severe filtering, aims to restrict the free flow of information as a way to crack down on them and stifle their dissent. This 2 million petition calls on President Trump to provide Iranians with a free and fast internet through satellite so they can take their destiny in their own hands.
Petition to Претседател на Република Македонија, Влада на Република Македонија, Собрание на Репулбика Македонија, President of the Republic of Macedonia, Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, North Atlantic Treaty Organization - NATO, European Union - EU, United Nations, European Commission, Council of the European Union, European Parliament, President of the United States, United Nations Security Council, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Theresa May MP, Angela Merkel (CDU), Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Gjorge Ivanov, Zoran Zaev, Nikola Dimitrov, Radmila Sekerinska, Hristijan Mickoski, Solza Grceva
Декларација #НиеСмеМакедонија Доста беше / Declaration #WeAreMacedonia Enough is Enough
Македонска Декларација Macedonian Declaration Ние, Македонците од Дијаспората, го известуваме Македонскиот народ во матичната татковина, Република Македонија, дека во недела, 14ти Јануари, 2018 година, пред Амбасадата на Република Македонија во САД, протестиравме против Владата на Република Македонија и пратениците на Собранието на Република Македонија, и ги известуваме дека дијаспората започнува масовно движење на Македонците во светот, #НиеСмеМакедонија, со единствена цел зачувување на засебноста на Македонецот како рамноправен и почитуван член во светското семејство, без нарушување на македонскиот иденитет, јазик и култура, и унитарноста на државата. We, the Macedonians from the Diaspora, inform the Macedonian people in our homeland, the Republic of Macedonia that on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in the United States, we protested against the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and the MPs of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, and we informing them that the Diaspora has started a massive global movement of the Macedonians in the world, #WeAreMacedonia, with the sole purpose of preserving the individuality of the Macedonian people as an equal and respected member of the world family of nations, without hindrence upon our Macedonian name, identity, language, culture, and unitary territorial integrity of Macedonia. Ние Македонците во светот, We Macedonians in the world, најостро ги осудуваме тековните разговори со Грција околу името на Република Македонија, најостро го осудуваме неодговорниот и незаконски чин на пратениците во Собранието со изгласувањето на неуставниот закон за јазици најостро го осудуваме разнебитувањето на унитарноста и суверенитетот на матичната држава. strongly condemn the ongoing talks with Greece over the name of the Republic of Macedonia, strongly condemn the irresponsible and unlawful act of the MPs in the Macedonian Assembly by passing the unconstitutional law on languages strongly condemn the constant attacks upon the unitary territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Macedonia. Декларативно, користејќи ги сите алатки кои ни се на располагање, како и уставно загарантираното право на глас како Македонски граѓани и горди Македонци јавно изјавуваме дека дијаспората цврсто стои во одбрана на вековното македонско битие што ни е оставено во наследство од минатите генерации Македонци. Нашата цел e одбрана на идеалот за кој низ историјата го положија својот живот многу патриоти и бранители на Македонија.- суверена и независна Македонска држава на Македонците и сите малцинства што живеат во државата, а не федерализација или бинационализација на единствената држава ширум светот што Македонците ја нарекуваат своја татковина. Declaratively, using all the tools available to us, as well as the constitutionally guaranteed voting right as Macedonian citizens and proud Macedonians, we declare publicly that the diaspora firmly stands in defense of the centuries-old Macedonian struggle that has been left to us by the legacy of the past generations of Macedonians. Our goal is to defend the ideas by which many patriots and defenders of Macedonia have laid their lives in history for a sovereign and independent Macedonian state of Macedonians and all minorities living in the country, not the forced federalization or binationalization of the only nation-state in the world that Macedonians call their homeland. Притоа бараме: We demand the following: Итен прекин на разговорите околу името на државата што Владата на Република Македонија ги води во тајност под покровитество на ОН, и неменување на уставното име – Република Македонија, и поднесување резолуцијата во Генералното Собрание на ОН за признавање на истото, Ставање вето од страна на Претседателот на државата на противуставниот закон за јазици, и повлекување на истиот од понатамошнен процес во Собранието на РМ, Oрганизирање попис под мониторинг на реномирана меѓународна организација на територијата на Република Македонија во период не подолг од 6 месеци од приемот на оваа декларација, Неменување на историјата на Македонија, статусот на МПЦ – ОА и интензивирање на грижата за Македонците во соседните држави. Доколку Владата на Република Македонија не е способна да го стори горенаведеното, тогаш повикуваме на итно самораспуштање на Собранието на Република Македонија и организирање на непосредни избори каде што и на македонските граѓани од дијаспората ќе им бидат овозможени свои претставници во новиот парламентарен состав, според принципот на пропорционалност. Immediate withdrawing of the talks on the name of Macedonia that the Government of the Republic of Macedonia are conducting secretly under the auspices of the United Nations, and no change to the constitutional name - the Republic of Macedonia, and submitting a resolution to the UN General Assembly for its recognition under such name, Placing a veto by the President of Macedonia to the unconstitutional law on languages, and withdrawal from further process in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Organizing a Census, under strict monitoring of a reputable international organization, of the entire population in Macedonia within a period not longer than six months from the receipt of this declaration, No change to the history of Macedonia, the status of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, and intensifying the fight for equal human rights for the Macedonians in the neighboring countries. If the Government of the Republic of Macedonia is not capable of doing the above, then we call for immediate self-dissolution of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia and organizing elections where the Macedonian citizens from the Diaspora will be able to exercise their right to elect their own representatives in the new parliamentary composition, according to the principle of proportionality. Движењето #НиеСмеМакедонија под кое се застанати Македонски организации и здруженија од светот, АКТИВНО и ЈАСНО ја изразува својата декларативна заложба дека активно ќе ги искористи сите средства со цел да го оневозможи најголемото разбитување на Македонскиот народ и понатомашното уништување на унитарноста на државата. The Global Movement #WeAreMacedonia, under which the Macedonian organizations and associations, and all Macedonians throughout the world stand by, ACTIVELY and UNEQUIVOCALLY express their declarative commitment to actively use all means in order to prevent the biggest human rights attack upon the Macedonian people and the further destruction of Macedonia’s unitary territorial integrity.
Petition to Sgt Darren Bedford, West Yorkshire Police, Leeds Council, Fabian Hamilton, The Principal Enforcement Officer, Tom Riordan, Rachel Reeves
Stop kids from throwing stones and eggs on Taxis
As a taxi licensed holder in Leeds and surrounding areas, I along with other taxi drivers in the region demand for safety of ourselves, the customers and our cars from these kids throwing stones and eggs. Driving has been a nightmare for us drivers as the kids are throwing stones and eggs constantly without thinking of the consequences. Theyare not bothered as they or their parents are not paying for the damages of our cars and our time off work due to injuries we may receive due to this. It is not like driving taxis is stress free or easy making money, we put our hours in and hard work to put bread and butter on the table for our families. We pay money towards renewing our badges and vehicles licensing as well as other numerous costs such as daily filling up at stations and sky-high insurances and to add to this we now have these horrible kids who do not think of what the driver has done to buy the car they want to damage for whatever reason. They are not bothered they know us drivers can't say anything to them or even the police, hence why they keep doing this. This whole situation is going out of hand and causing us drivers severe stress. When it's after school time, we keep looking to see if there are kids on the road and not thinking of what's on the road ahead. This can cause a serious accidents and who will be responsible? Why should we be so stressed and keep looking at were the kids are. Last week we had received message on the PDA saying avoid Dewsbury road if possible as kids are throwing stones, and I had two passengers in the back who were going towards Dewsbury Road. I was not thinking of the traffic lights, the pot holes on road or anything that can cause accident, all I was doing was looking at pavements while driving, is this legal? no it's not but what would you do when reading a message like this? And on bright day, the passengers are so happy and opening windows, and keeps mentioning summer is around the corner, yes it is and we can't wait for summer as West Yorkshire hardly gets a good summer, so when we do get a nice hot day we'd like to enjoy with windows been open and get breath of fresh air, but at what cost? Now that summer is around the corner, kids will have 6 weeks of fun time throwing stones and damaging multiple taxis, unless you the police and council tackle this issue seriously. it is not a joke, it is an issue that can cause a serious incident. Please sign this petition to cause awareness and awake the west Yorkshire police and the council to tackle this issue and help us driversfrom these nightmares and lets work together for a safer west Yorkshire region. #TaxiStopKids Ps! I would like you all to read what happened to one of our driver to help you see the issue here and hopefully it may help you to make your mind up on whether to sign or not... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-leeds-39068451?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=58b03cf3e4b07f8d679fe657%26Taxi driver attacked by stone-throwing gang in Halifax%26&ns_fee=0#post_58b03cf3e4b07f8d679fe657
Petition to Tony Martinez, Jessica Tetreau, Cesar de Leon, Joel Munguia, Ben Neece, Ricardo Longoria, Rose Gowen
MOVE Jefferson Davis Monument to Museum
Many cities across the United States of America are removing statues/memorials from public spaces and renaming roads and buildings that honor Confederate leaders. Brownsville has had numerous racist incidents in the past. Our biggest one happened in 1906. Please Google: Brownsville Black Raid. The Brownsville Herald was biased in its reporting. The soldiers involved were later exonerated by President Nixon. We also had a bridge known as "N" bridge and it appeared on local maps with the racist slur. We can only imagine what took place on that bridge. Yes, we are a city full of history and we're proud of it. We can't deny that we were part of the Confederacy. But, what is the purpose of keeping the Jefferson Davis Memorial at Washington Park? It was originally on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Palm Blvd. It marked the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway which never really took off. It was then moved to Washington Park in the 1970s. Hundreds of families enjoy this park, especially during big community events like Sombrero Festival and Cyclobia. What do you think the monument tells families when they are enjoying the park? We have a growing population of African-Americans in this community. This monument does not welcome the descendants of those who were enslaved and oppressed in the past. Our nation fought to unify our country during the Civil War. Sadly, many people did not obtain full rights until the 1960s. We don't need reminders of a bygone era in a space that should be welcoming. We need to stop kissing up to the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy! They claim that it is heritage. Their heritage believes that it was a God-given right to own people. Washington Park currently has three monuments dedicated to: Miguel Hidalgo, Jose Marti, and Jefferson Davis. The first two were liberators. Davis was the opposite. He fought to keep human beings enslaved. He was not a liberator! He also saw mestizos (mixed European and Native American) as inferiors. The majority of Brownsville is mestizo. We don't want it destroyed. We are asking the City of Brownsville and the Brownsville Historical Association to place it in a museum. For many people, this monument represents HATE and feel that it doesn't belong in a public park. Washington Park should be welcoming to ALL people! Please VOTE on relocating it to the Historic Brownsville Museum.
Petition to Congressional Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation and on Energy and Commerce, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Hold Websites Accountable for Aiding and Abetting Human Trafficking
Did you know that when websites profit from the illegal activity of human trafficking, they are not held accountable? In the event that a company profits from the sale of victims of trafficking (including minors), they can use Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as a defense. Section 230 provides websites with blanket immunity from “third party content”. This was designed to protect websites from being prosecuted when someone visiting their site posts inappropriate or even illegal content without the site’s knowledge or approval. It was NOT designed to grant immunity when a website actively PROFITS from third party content. Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now is one of several anti-trafficking organizations that are seeking a change to the CDA. In order to stop human trafficking, we must take action to make access to this crime more difficult. Section 230 had good intentions, but it has been used to protect various companies that profit from advertising sex trafficking of women and children. If websites profit from crimes such as human trafficking, they should be held accountable. We must urge lawmakers to amend the Communications Decency Act if we want to see a decrease in trafficking and exploitation in the US. Join us in asking Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act so that 1. State and local law enforcement agencies have the authority to arrest and prosecute websites that advertise human trafficking victims and 2. The protections that websites currently enjoy from being held liable for third party content when they profit from that content is eliminated.