Petition to Barack Obama
Keep Trump's Finger Off The Button: Take Nuclear Missiles Off Hair-Trigger Alert
On January 20, the military officer carrying the codes for America's nuclear arsenal will follow President Barack Obama to the inaugural platform. When he leaves, the officer will follow President Donald Trump. We will then have a president who reportedly said, "If we have nuclear weapons, why can't we use them." Will he really order a nuclear attack in the next four years? No one knows. But if he does, no one can stop him. President Trump will be able to launch, within minutes, one or one thousand nuclear warheads without any vote, any check, or even any serious deliberation. Just one missile could kill millions. Once launched, the missiles could not be recalled. But President Obama has one last chance to reduce this danger. With the stroke of a pen, he can take US nuclear missiles off hair-trigger alert, so that any attempt to use these weapons would take hours or days. Taking nuclear weapons off high alert would not impede our country's ability to defend itself. We could still respond to an attack. But it would buy time for the president to consult with Congress and other leaders and for cooler heads to prevail. We should not rush into a decision to start nuclear war. As Obama said in 2008: "Keeping nuclear weapons ready to launch on a moment's notice is a dangerous relic of the Cold War. Such policies increase the risk of catastrophic accidents or miscalculation. I believe that we must address this dangerous situation." Now, President Trump could launch 140 warheads in the time it takes to write 140 characters. The grave difference is: a tweet can be deleted, but the devastation of a nuclear warhead can never be undone. Sign this petition to call on President Obama to use his authority to take nuclear missiles off hair-trigger alert status. Then, share this petition with your friends, family, and co-workers. Together, we can make sure these weapons are never used again. www.ploughshares.org
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Leader, Liberal Party of Canada/Chef, Parti libéral du Canada Justin Trudeau, andrew benette
Have the two muslim holidays(Eid) as a national Holiday in Canada
Canada is populated with millions of Muslims as well as a large background of people whom follow many different faiths. Going forward to embrace the unique diversity of each Canadian is what cuts Canada apart from the rest of the globe. Every year the two Muslim holidays known as Eid Ul-Adha and Eid Al-Fitr remain as a huge celebration and near and dear to the hearts of many Muslims within Canada, as well as worldwide. Why should this matter? In order for a healthy understanding to occur amongst ourselves we need to interact with one another about our beliefs and the things that bring us joy, therefore in turn allowing a mutual respect for one another in understanding the others beliefs. Just as Christians celebrate Christmas, Diwali is enjoyed by the Sikhs, Hanukkah celebrated by the Jews, and these are just a few to name. Passing the two muslim holidays(Eid) as a national holiday, is the ultimate form of education and liberation as Canadians, and takes us one step closer to achieving unity. To grow stronger and for us to understand one another better as Sisters and Brothers in humanity. What is Eid? There are two Eid holidays:Eid al Fitr - Occurs after Ramadan(the muslim holy month of fasting) it is a celebration with friends and family after the long holy month of fasting, we dress our best, and give gifts to one another. It is a holiday filled with joy and contentment. The poor is greatly considered here, we give charity to the poor and needy in our communities or abroad.Eid ul Adha - Takes place after Hajj(the islamic pilgrimage). This is a time when muslims give charity in a form of food to those who are poor and to share with neighbours and friends. Typically Eid is taken as a time to increase in good deeds and remember God as we are taught to everyday. As well as being around friends and family it increases the occasion in love and happiness as well as a lot of fun! Don't just think its for muslims to enjoy alone, people of other faiths are welcome to the celebration! :) FUN FACT: Currently, an estimated 3.5 million Muslims are living in North America, and celebrate Eid! Now you see one of the reasons this is a big deal, there are a lot of us. It is really important that we grow to understand one another in our beliefs and faiths as Canadians, this petition is us taking one step forward to making that happen. Who's with me?
Petition to Statsminister Erna Solberg og Stortinget
STEM FOR ET FORBUD MOT PELSDYROPPDRETT!
Din viktigste signatur for dyrene! Nå er muligheten her: Norge kan snart gå inn i historien som ett av flere land som forbyr organisert mishandling av pelsdyr! Stortinget må i nær fremtid stemme over endelig avvikling av pelsdyrnæringen, og regjeringen skal samtidig vurdere det samme. 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 følger med! NOAH, som landets største organisasjon for dyrs rettigheter, starter nå en underskriftkampanje mot pelsdyroppdrett - og signaturene skal leveres til Stortinget og til statsminister Erna Solberg. Signer oppfordringen til Statsministeren og Stortinget om et endelig forbud mot pelsdyroppdrett i Norge! Dette er din viktigste signatur for pelsdyrene! Et representantforslag om forbud mot pelsdyroppdrett og import av pels fra slik produksjon, ble levert til Stortinget fra Miljøpartiet De Grønne i november 2014. Samtidig ba samarbeids- og regjeringspartiene i budsjettforliket, regjeringen om å "vurdere forbud mot norsk pelsdyroppdrett". Høsten 2016 har regjeringen lovet å levere sin "vurdering" til Stortinget - det er første gang en norsk regjering vurderer forbud mot 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 27 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 8000 oppmøtte i 24 byer landet rundt i 2015, og er den største markeringen for pelsdyr i hele Europa. I 2016 holdes markeringen 12. november, 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 Mr. Asqar Jahangir, Head of Iran’s State Prison Organization,
Apply Domestic Law: Provide Prisoners with Adequate Medical Care
My name is Atena Daemi. By the time you read this petition I will probably be in prison. I have been sentenced to 7 years for my peaceful human rights activism –a fact that has been widely criticized by human rights organizations, including Amnesty International. Imprisonment is difficult for anyone but, it is especially challenging when you are suffering from an illness and denied medical care. Denying prisoners medical care is a form of torture. Today, some of Iran’s bravest and most dedicated activists are imprisoned and suffering because the authorities refuse to provide them with medical care. This is a clear violation of domestic and international law. Additionally, the conditions of prisoners who are detained on non-political and criminal charges are even worst. Please join me in asking the head of Iran’s State Prison Organization to provide prisoners with proper medical care. Many of Iran’s prisoners are deprived of adequate nutrition and proper medical care in an express violation of domestic and International law. State Prison Organization Regulations requires Iran’s prison officials to offer prisoners with nutritious meals and speedy and proper medical care; including transferring detainees to a hospital outside the prison, or releasing them on medical leave. However, Iranian prison authorities routinely and systematically deny prisoners proper medical care. Many prisoners are unnecessarily suffering from manageable and curable conditions. We must pressure Iranian authorities and demand they fulfill their legal obligation. Narges Mohammadi, Mahvash Shahriari and Zeinab Jalalian are 3 Iranian citizens suffering from grave health issues in prison. Their condition is worsening day by day. Narges, a prominent human rights advocate, has been sentenced to 16 years in connection to her activism. She suffers from a neurological disorder that causes seizures and temporary partial paralysis. According to reports, her condition has deteriorated due to her imprisonment. Mahvash Shahriari, a Baha’i citizen, has been behind bars for 9 years for practicing her faith and defending the rights of other Baha’is. Doctors have recommended that Mrs. Shahirari be release on medical grounds. Authorities, however, continue to disregard Mrs. Shahiari’ medical condition and jeopardize her life by keeping her behind bars. Zeinab Jalalian, an Iranian Kurdish activist, is at risk of losing her eyesight because Iranian authorities deny her specialized care. According to her attorney, some of Jalalian’s medical requests have been rejected outright while others have been accepted on condition that she makes videotaped “confessions.” One thing i’m sure of: as our numbers grow and our voice gets louder, Iranian authorities are much more likely to listen to our demand, as they care greatly about how they are perceived internationally. Please join me in demanding that Iranian authorities provide prisoners with proper medical care. Atena Daemi
Petition to Suzanne Case, Govenor Ige, State Of Hawaii, John Mederios DOFAW, Scott Fretz
Please stop DOFAW Proposed Kanaio, Maui Game Management Area!! Give the people a voice!
Our historical and cultural community of Kanaio Maui, is a quiet, family oriented community, based on ranching, farming and preservation of Hawaii's history. It has faced many oppositions. Clearing of forest down to nothing, Federal lockouts, trespassing of cultural and historical sites. Now the State of Hawaii wants to create a hunting area within our community on ceded lands. This week the state posted No Camping, No off road Vehicles (no access to the beach), No firearms (no hunting) No Camping ( what?) No Fires basically no access signs posted at the beginning of the road to Kanaio beach. This is just the beginning of their attempt to take over the lands beginning with locking us out of our beach access, where historical and family sites are located. The State of Hawaii's Forestry Division, are proposing to create a game management area in our community. It will include Large Game hunting with Archery from June through October on Saturdays and Sundays and Shot Gun hunting of Birds, November through January on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. This means they will enter through and around our community and homes. Now a peaceful and serene environment cared for by generations of families who were raised on the aina. The State Department of Forestry were opposed by the community on August 25, 2016 at a community meeting held at St. John’s Church in Kula. Now they are locking the beach access road with NO ACCESS SIGNS. We do not want the state or any other agency taking our rights to live and provide for ourselves as our ancestors have for generations. Our right to live without fear of being shot by a stray bullet or arrow is being compromised by the States Plans. The Iwa birds, owls, wildlife, and livestock could be killed in error or worse, one of our community residents. See the plan here "possible taking action on 11 parcels of private land" in now 8000 ac. Coast line and putting in parking lots!!! Link for DLNR Proposal: http://files.hawaii.gov/dlnr/meeting/submittals/150508/C-4.PDF Please join us and show your support by signing this petition in letting the State of Hawaii know we oppose the Kanaio GMA. (Game Management Area)
Petition to Marissa Mandir, Sia Badri, Carissa Zheng
I was bullied. It was hard for me to get through it. There are people around the world who have to go through the same thing I did. We need to stand up because it happens way too much than it should. 10% of young people have attempted to commit suicide as a result of bullying. That is too many. Young people need to know why bullies actually bully and how they can stick for themselves. This is a real problem that needs to get fixed.
Petition to Georgia Governor, Jackie Johnson, Assistant District Attorney, Chris Carr
Help us demand prosecution for slain Army Veteran Taylor Justin Williams
As a mother, we plan out our child’s lives from the moment they’re born. Never did I imagine my son’s life would be so short-lived or ended so violently. Taylor was in the medical field saving lives, not taking them. He accomplished so much during his short time on this earth. In my heart, I feel strongly he had a lot more to accomplish. I miss him every minute of every day. This is a nightmare no mother would wish upon any other. To all involved in the murder of my son Taylor Justin Williams, I have this to say: You can’t imagine how devastating it is for any parent to receive a knock at the door to be told by police that their child is dead. To make this horrible situation even more overwhelming, I live 1800 miles away, therefore not allowing me to see for myself that Taylor really, truly was dead. My initial thought was maybe they made a mistake in the identification? When it partially sank in, I dropped to my knees crying hysterically for my baby. Please God no, not my boy. I begged and pleaded for God to give him back. Screaming throughout the house, “he’s mine and I want him back!” As family members start to fill the house and get the journey to Georgia in motion, I still wanted to keep the tiniest bit of hope that it wasn’t really my Taylor. My mind was in shock, I was vibrating unable to eat, drink or sleep. I just wanted to get to Georgia as fast as I could. When I finally was able to see my lifeless boy, who was always full of energy, I once again dropped to my knees. I heard a loud, guttural sound and was later told that it came from me. It’s true, my son is dead, gone forever never to hug me or tell me “love you” again. I beg God to take me too, please! We aren’t supposed to bury our children. I will NEVER FORGET, as no loving mother would. You took a part of my heart and soul the moment that knife plunged into my son’s body repeatedly causing fatal stab wounds. Nobody from your group tried to stop you nor did you try and control yourself from stabbing my unarmed son numerous times. Then when my son’s friend tried to pull his lifeless body away from you, you continued to stab his unarmed friend numerous times as the others looked on. As my son lay there lifeless and gurgling (as described by one of the four) I have to wonder did anyone feel remorse, sadness, empathy? I think about what was described to me, and it pains me every minute of every day. Was my son scared? What was he thinking? Did he say any last words? Was he sad to be torn from his life? I’m terribly sad because he died so brutally with no love around him, alone with nobody to care and hold him as he gurgled on his own blood. I’m dying inside as I write this. It’s shocking to realize how people are so desensitized to death and destruction. Their behavior and the legal system’s delay in taking action is very disturbing. Residents in the area should be fearful, this type of behavior demonstrates anger with no control and this could very easily happen again in my opinion. Taylor wasn’t the only one murdered that fateful night. I too was murdered, not physically but emotionally. I will admit I wanted you to murder me too so I could be with my son. You took an integral part of me. You changed my journey in life to one I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Let me remind you, very strongly, that I will never forget and I will fight for justice until it is served. This is now my full-time job. I love you my son, Taylor Justin Williams.#JusticeForTaylorWilliams - Nichole Williams, Grieving Mother
Petition to Vulcan Beverages
Birmingham Community Condemns Transphobic Vulcan Beverage Sign
Late Saturday night, the above picture was shared to a Birmingham community Facebook group. The sign, which belongs to the Vulcan Beverage liquor store and is clearly visible to passing traffic, reads “If Bruce Jenner goes missing will his picture be on a carton of half & half.” Vulcan Beverage’s willingness to throw trans people under the bus to generate advertising and business is disgusting, though unsurprising. Even less surprising was the immediate calls for people to “stop being so sensitive” and “grow a thicker skin.” At the end of the day, such responses are callous and serve no purpose but to silence those targeted by this sign. Many transgender people experience homelessness and poverty due to discrimination in housing and employment. “Jokes” like that on the Vulcan Beverage sign send a message that dismissing trans individuals’ identities is acceptable and encourages transphobia. What’s more, the sign makes light of Caitlyn Jenner going missing in a world where trans women face an all too real threat of actual violence. Trans women - especially trans women of color - are disproportionately more likely to be victims of murder and assault. There were over 26 reported murders of trans people in the U.S. last year, and there have already been two reported murders since New Year’s alone. The Vulcan Beverage sign contributes to a toxic atmosphere of transphobia and violence. We call on the business owners to remove this horrible sign immediately, and encourage them to meet with transgender Birmingham residents so they can hear exactly why transphobia is no laughing matter. The Change Project condemns this action and is calling for other members of the Birmingham community to also condemn this action by signing on to this post. Here is more information on why misgendering someone matters: http://www.salon.com/2016/02/10/gender_neutral_pronouns_partner/ Steven Romeo - Founder; Executive Director of The Change Project Matthew Pagnotti - President; Board of Directors of The Change Project For Press Inquiries email email@example.com