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Petition to University of Nevada, Reno

Fire & Expel Peter Cvjetanovic

Update: August 17, 2017 By Keeping Him at the School, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO IS AS RACIST AS WHITE SUPREMACIST PETER CVJETANOVIC  TL;DR: The university has been unequivocal about their stance to keep Peter Cvjetanovic, white supremacist, on campus as an employee (he's a student also - but his status as a student is difficult to terminate).  Peter Cvjetanovic is the (now world-famous) white supremacist and poster boy for the violent marches that took place in Charlottesville. The staff at University at Nevada, Reno support racism, welcome hate-speech, encourage white supremacy, thus making them just as racist as Peter Cvjetanovic. Scroll to the very bottom of my message to see what you can do other than sign this petition. ---- The University of Nevada, Reno has refused to take any action against Peter Cvjetanovic’s participation in the alt-right violent Charlottesville march. And they don’t plan on it. UNR has condemned the actions that took place in Charlottesville. Yet, UNR has also refused to give Peter Cvjetanovic any consequences for his actions.  Marc Johnson, UNR’s President, said that firing Peter would go against Cvjetanovic’s constitutional right of “free speech”. I argue that inaction, when you are in a position of power, is as good as not caring.  Kevin Page, the chairman of the state Board of Regents, also said Cvjetanovic’s status at UNR would not be affected no matter how many people sign this petition. He claims “UNR police looked at it — he wasn’t arrested, he didn’t break any laws. We don’t have any right to terminate him. Expression of free speech is protected in the country. We don’t like what he said, but that’s what makes this country so great — people can have the right to say what they want.” Let me reiterate that Kevin Page “didn’t like” what he said. I don’t like traffic jams. I don’t like long line-ups. I don’t like finding spiders in my bathtub. But when it comes to one of my peers marching in a very violent and hateful rally with extremists, it’s not that I “didn’t like” it. It’s that it shakes me, and many others, to our very core. These are groups that promote the killing of people who are not like them and violence against those who disagree with them. In fact, these groups killed Heather Heyer. This is not about “not liking” what Peter did. Peter participated and contributed his physical presence to this march. He booked a ticket from Nevada to Virginia. He planned his attendance well in advance. When you befriend a Nazi, you are sympathizing with a Nazi, you enable a Nazi, you become the Nazi. Peter recently said in an interview that he ‘condemns’ Nazis and stresses he isn't an 'angry racist'. Peter, that's where you and I are the same. I, too, hate Nazis, and I too am not an angry racist. But the difference between you and me is that I mean it when I say that. You cannot ‘condemn’ them and also participate in a rally with them. It can't be both. Your actions have spoken louder than your words. When you contribute to the problem, you become the problem. This is the flaw in your logic, and why no one believes you, despite you trying to clear your name.   Joe Cohn, legislative and policy director for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, said terminating Cvjetanovic would be applicable only if his actions would undermine his job duties. As a white male student at an institution of higher learning myself, I asked my school’s Office of Student Affairs if they would terminate someone’s employment if they participated in the march. They said yes without hesitation. It goes against what institutions of higher education stand for. Employment attorney Andrew Rempfer agrees with this. He states that an employee checks his constitutional rights at the door of his job and that employees can be terminated for off-duty conduct. Rempfer states “I’m frankly surprised they haven’t fired him. If it were my paralegal who went off site and was at an active rally like that, I’d fire her in a heartbeat. It’s off-duty conduct that besmirches what I do. I wouldn’t find a client who would be willing to hire me, and I don’t condone it in the first place.” I am all for freedom of speech, but there’s a huge difference between expressing your views civilly versus participating and marching in a violent rally joined by the KKK and Neo-Nazis. Free speech is not freedom from consequence at an institution of higher learning. So, it comes down to this: the university can take action, it does not want to fire Peter. It has found a politically correct way to say ‘yea this sucks, and we can do something about it, but we don’t care enough to’. Nevada is an at-will state – in U.S. labor law, it means an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any reason (that is, without having to establish “just cause” for termination), and without warning. The university’s decision is beyond embarrassing, and scary for the current students who are not white. The University of Nevada, Reno does not care about you. Sorry. To those who signed this petition, or to those reading who oppose their decision– here’s what you can do: 1) If you donate to the school, pull out your support. 2) If you are a current student, let the university hear you, be unequivocally vocal. Suggest how they can better support you. Hold them accountable to it. Go to your local press. Be proactive and vigilant about what you will and will not stand for. I trust you do this already, but right now, it is especially important. Or better yet - switch to another school. Do not waste your money here.  3) Get in touch with people I've mentioned in this article. Continue showing your support for this petition by contacting the university through your social media channel of choice and making your voice heard.  4) Contact funding agencies, the government, sponsors of UNR etc. See what can be done.  5) Update their Wikipedia page, maybe make one for Peter. Because if this is the decision they are sticking with, don't let them or the world forget it.  6) All prospective students - Keep away from UNR! I promise you, you can do better. Keep spreading the word about this decision.  And lastly, let this situation serve as a case study of a broader issue in America: privilege based on race and gender. Basically, you can be an outward Nazi-sympathizing white supremacist participating in world-condemned terrorism, and your all-white male superiors will still support you. 

Adam Kerr
35,291 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Rafael Catalá Polo, Juan Ignacio Zoido Álvarez, Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo, Gabriel Busquets, Margot Wallström, Kristina Stenhammar Geli, Erik Wirkensjo

Stop the unjust extradition of Hamza Yalcin and Free him now!

   Please read and sign this petition and help pressure the Spanish and Swedish ministries in doing the right thing.    Hamza Yalcin is a 59-year-old Swedish/Turkish journalist, author, pedagogue and an activist for human rights and equality. He has been beaten and arrested by Spanish police officers on August 3rd, 2017 in Barcelona, due to a warrant issued by the Turkish government via Interpol. Hamza is currently detained in Martorell prison in Barcelona and faces a serious risk of being extradited to Turkey, where more than 200 journalists are awaiting trial.   Yalcin sought asylum to Sweden in 1984. He has not set foot in Turkey since 1994 when Yalcin was persecuted by the Turkish authorities and sentenced to life due to his political commitment to achieve democracy, equality and fundamental human rights in Turkey. In Sweden, he has worked as a writer, educator and is an active member of Amnesty International and Författarförbundet, a Swedish organization for authors. Yalcin is the former chief-editor and a regular writer for the Odak Magazine, a monthly Socialist Turkish magazine. Yalcin, in his columns, persistently criticizes Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s mission to become a dictator in Turkey and Erdogan’s terroristic policies to diminish democracy, minorities, workers, women and fundamental human rights.   The sole purpose of the Interpol system is to prevent and catch transnational and terrorism crimes. The Turkish state abuses the Interpol system by fabricating lies and warranting arrests without evidence against those who defend democracy by simply criticizing the Turkish state. Hamza Yalcin is a victim of such a lies and fabrications of the Turkish state.   I believe Hamza Yalcin’s arrest and possible extradition aids Erdogan’s tyrannize and war against democracy. The Swedish government needs to act in pressuring the Spanish government to free a Swedish citizen from being unjustly extradited to Turkey, where he will face an unjust judiciary system. I want the unjust extradition of Hamza Yalcin to stop and I want him to be freed now!

Ozgurluk Hamza Icin
1,276 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to @IntlCrimCourt , @CdnHumanRights, @rcmpgrcpolice, God , @UNHumanRights

Arrest Harper for Inciting Genocide

This --->video<--- is sophisticated hate speech/war propaganda originally published by the Conservative Party of Canada on July 16th, 2014, the same day 4 children were targeted on a beach in Gaza in full public view to terrorize Palestinians and the World. This propaganda video was aimed at an Israeli audience to present a case of international support and religious justification for their war where none truly exists. The Conservative Party of Canada, through inciting the current genocide, should be viewed as a Criminal Organization under the Canadian Criminal Code, Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 27 of the Rome Statute. The video features Stephen Harper and John Baird speaking to Israel in January about eradicating the dark forces. They imply that Israel is a Jewish-only State and advocate the use of violence in settling political and religious issues, insisting that the Palestinians have no rights as citizens.  It is offensive, wrong and literally incitement towards war and genocide. Sections 318, 319, and 320 of the Criminal Code of Canada forbid hate propaganda. "Hate propaganda" means "any writing, sign or visible representation that advocates or promotes genocide or the communication of which by any person would constitute an offence under section 319." Section 318 prescribes imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years for anyone who advocates genocide. The Code defines genocide as the destruction of an "identifiable group." The Code defines an "identifiable group" as "any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation." By choosing to incite Israel and declaring the Palestinians to be non-citizen terrorists that need to be destroyed, Stephen Harper and John Baird advocated the destruction of an identifiable group and therefore should be charged with creating and disseminating hate propaganda under the Criminal Code and imprisoned alongside anyone else who played a role in these war crimes, including All Members of The Conservative Party of Canada. A perverse interpretation of the Criminal Code of Canada allows the Attorney General of Canada to CONSENT to crimes relating to incitement of genocide instead of prosecuting them. A Charter Challenge has been launch in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador to have the Charter of Canada upheld and this unlawful interpretation of the law struck down. In Canada, only God is Above the Law. If you're a Canadian you can call the RCMP Headquarters to ask why they're supporting a Criminal, Terrorist and Fascist Canada that advocates Genocide as a 'Governing Policy'. By supporting Harper and refusing to uphold the Law, elements of the RCMP have become criminals themselves.  Last Update (August 16, 2017) Timeline and Downloadable Documents July 21, 2014 - Initial Analysis of Video/Summary of Charges file with RNC (#2014-42168) August 6, 2014 - Complaint filed with Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (#2014-2339) December 19, 2014 - Originating Application Filed to have Charter of Canada upheld in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (#201404G0249) January 27, 2015 - Latest Update from RCMP regarding complaint investigation (#2014-1030376) January 28, 2015 - First Hearing in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, General Division. February 25, 2015 - Memorandum of Argument for Charter Challenge filed with the Courts and Respondents. (Final Draft) March 9, 2015 - Respondent's Memorandum of Argument filed. (Redacted Version) April 7, 2015 - Unlawfully detained for a tweet taken out of context. April 9, 2015 @ 10AM - Second Hearing of Charter Challenge postponed due to unlawful detainment. April 10, 2015 - Application of Habeas Corpus denied April 13, 2015 - Released from unlawful detainment April 14, 2015 - Arrested for Uttering Threats and Production of a Controlled Substance. Released with date for lower court appearance. June 16, 2015 @ 9:30AM - Lower Court Hearing of Charges - Uttering Threats Charge Terminated October 21, 2015 - Hearing for Marijuana-related charges for treating my disability December 17, 2015 - Status update for pending trial for unauthorized use of marijuana to treat a medical condition January 26, 2016 - Date setting for preliminary inquiry on unauthorized medical marijuana use. January 28, 2016 - Date agreed upon for preliminary inquiry April 12, 2016 - Hearing of Appeal for denied Habeas Corpus (ruling pending) May 9, 2016 - Preliminary Inquiry postponed until August to allow new lawyer to review file. August 3, 2016 - Preliminary Inquiry into marijuana cultivation for medical use waved by private lawyer due to legal costs. (Private lawyer subsequently removed from file.) November 7, 2016 - Arraignment in Supreme Court November 14, 2016 - Hearing postponed until January due to issues with legal aid. April 13, 2017 - Court of Appeal rules in my favor. Habeas Corpus remitted back to lower court. (Text of Ruling) July 7, 2017 - Habeas corpus hearing held, judgement reserved. August 16, 2017 - Pled guilty to possession of marijuana. Received absolute discharge due to medical history and external circumstances. Upcoming November 2017 - Day set aside for Charter Challenge The end number of signatures doesn't matter, just spread the word and never forget that Canada is directly responsible for iniciting a genocidal Holy War.
3,638 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to The University of Toronto

UTGSU Executive Committee's Statement and Petition Against White Supremacy

Dear UTGSU Members, On August 14, a Facebook event created by the Canadian Nationalist Party promoting a “Toronto Nationalist Rally” on September 14 at The University of Toronto King’s College Circle was discovered. As of August 17, the CNP has cancelled the September 14 rally, but have stated that there might be plans to host this rally in the future. The CNP has a clear platform that undermines the equity and advocacy efforts of the UTGSU and our Members, including the support for the creation of a national citizen militia, the elimination of a minimum and fair wage, the abolition of democratic institutions, and the cancellation of support for Indigenous people. While The University of Toronto has reported the event to Facebook, asking them to remove it and has publicly stated that no “official booking” for the space was made, the administration of The University of Toronto has not stated that they are working to put measures in place to prevent any collective organizing of this nature happening from this group on our campus in the future. The UTGSU Executive Committee does not condone or tolerate white supremacy. Considering the violence that took three lives and injured countless others in Charlottesville, Virginia over this past weekend, The University of Toronto should not be taking a passive stance that gives opportunity for white supremacy to live and grow on our campus. We are asking all graduate students to sign our petition, asking The University of Toronto to develop and implement proactive measures that protects its Members and prevents the campuses of The University of Toronto to act as sites of bigotry.  In solidarity, The UTGSU Executive Committee If you want to get involved: London Stands in Solidarity with Charlottesville Against Hate (August 16) Standing in Solidarity with Charlottesville/ St Catherines (August 16) Fight the Right Toronto: We Stand With Charlottesville (August 31) Unite Rally to Silence White Supremacy in Toronto (September 14)

838 supporters