Petition to The People of California
Recall Governor Jerry Brown
My goal is to get Governor Jerry Brown out of the lives of every single Californian and out of office. His gun grabbing laws are unconstitutional and takes rights away from good people. His economic decisions are bankrupting the state and causing businesses to flee the state. His love for a high speed bullet train is a fantasy and he should have focused on a real issue like the drought. Raising the smoking age to 21 is not going to stop young adults from smoking, but will cause them commit a crime and face fines and jail time because of a vice. We need to stop him before he gets worse.
Petition to Denis Coderre, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), IRCC Quebec-Montreal
Don't Let Them Send Mamadou Back, Help Him Stay!
Canada can always use hard workers, and I say any immigrant who wants to contribute is a valuable asset to our nation. Here is one of them. Mamadou arrived in Canada recently via foot, risking his life to live in Canada. He left behind a past wherein he witnessed his father murdered by rebels, and his family home burnt down. He does not know where any of his relatives are today, but he knows that he wants to call someplace home. Having been recently chased by immigration officers in his home in NYC (working as a taxi driver), he decided to walk through the forest to Canada where he was found by an RCMP officer who then helped him reach safety. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/mamadou-rcmp-quebec-border-refugee-safe-third-country-1.4058344 Unfortunately, Mamadou might need more help than that if he hopes to stay. It has been three weeks since Mamadou left the refugee detention centre, three weeks since he left the hospital, and little over a month since he was found collapsed in the snow, too frozen to move. Help him embark on a stable, prosperous journey in our community today. Someone who has had to wait nearly their entire life before being able to build one (without ever giving up hope), is surely someone who will fight the good fight and be a good role-model citizen/neighbour for us all. Let us urge Mr. Coderre to be in contact with the CIC, and offer his support on behalf of Mamadou today. Read more here: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1023497/immigration-asile-deportation-canada-frontiere-etats-unis (FR) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/mamadou-safe-third-country-agreement-immigration-border-court-1.4023928 (ENG)
Petition to David Orazietti
End inmate Adam Capay's 1500+ day solitary confinement. Humane treatment for all Canadians
THE PETITION: No Canadian should be confined for 1500+ days in solitary confinement in a Plexiglass cell that is brightly lit 24 hours a day. The treatment of this inmate is appalling, inhumane and entirely unacceptable. We appeal to the Honorable David Orazietti, Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, to improve the conditions for this inmate immediately. We also demand a review of the current system to ensure that no other inmate in Ontario is treated this way. CONTACT DAVID ORAZIETTI: Hon David Oraziettidorazietti.firstname.lastname@example.orgMinistry of Community Safety and Correctional Services18th Floor, George Drew Building25 Grosvenor StreetToronto, Ontario M7A 1Y6Tel. 416-325-0408Fax. 416-325-6067 Below is an excerpt of article from the Globe and Mail, describing the inhumane treatment of Canadian inmate Adam Capay. First Nations chief calls prisoner’s treatment in solitary ‘inhumane’ PATRICK WHITE October 21st, 2016. A First Nations chief has joined the effort to free a young aboriginal man from his four-year stretch in provincial solitary confinement, petitioning Queen’s Park to explain why one of his community members has languished in isolation for so long. The plight of Adam Capay came to light after Renu Mandhane, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, visited Thunder Bay Jail earlier this month. A correctional officer told her of a prisoner who had been held for more than 1,500 days in administrative segregation – the internal term for indefinite solitary confinement.When she requested a visit with the isolated inmate, jail officials led her down a stairway to a basement unit with 24-hour light. She said it appeared deserted except for Mr. Capay, who was in a cell surrounded by Plexiglas and illuminated by 24-hour light. Ms. Mandhane became so concerned about his circumstances – along with speech and memory problems he displayed during a short conversation – that she relayed the story to two reporters on Tuesday.A correctional employee has confirmed the chief commissioner’s account is accurate. When the chief of Lac Seul First Nation read the story in The Globe and Mail, he called his community’s lawyer to devise a means of improving Mr. Capay’s circumstances. “We are looking at all ways we might help this young man’s inhumane treatment,” Chief Clifford Bull told The Globe. On Friday, a Toronto-based lawyer for Lac Seul First Nation said she will work over the weekend to help Mr. Capay. “This kind of solitary confinement violates domestic law and international treaties,” said Robin Parker. “We consider ourselves a human rights leader globally, yet at home we mistreat aboriginal people who constitute an appalling percentage of our prison population.” In a letter to Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister David Orazietti, Chief Bull asks whether the jail is upholding legal obligations to treat Mr. Bull as humanely as possible. “The information we have received on his situation is deeply troubling; his family and our entire community is concerned about his mental health and safety,” Mr. Bull writes. Chief Bull has known Mr. Capay and his family for years, saying he had a troubled life and first landed in jail after small-time vehicle thefts in his home community. “It was misdemeanour stuff,” Chief Bull said. “And for that, he got sent away to Thunder Bay.” To read the full article click here.
Petition to Secretary General of the United Nations
United Nations: Stop the killing in Syria
Government forces and armed groups are bombing civilians, committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. And six years into the conflict, civilians remain at dire risk. Join our urgent call on the UN to ensure those responsible for war crimes in the Syrian conflict will be brought to justice. The demand for justice is increasingly urgent: the beginning of April saw the deadliest chemical attack in Syria since September 2013, killing dozens of men, women and children. And now the conflict has escalated with US airstrikes. The crisis in Syria has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands and led millions of people – more than half the population -- to flee their homes, either abroad or within Syria. The people responsible for these atrocities remain out of the reach of justice, and civilians continue to suffer every day. It is time to deliver reparation for victims and their families, and ensure that war crimes and crimes against humanity do not go unpunished. In December 2016, the UN General Assembly agreed to a new mechanism aimed at investigating crimes committed in the Syrian conflict. It’s time to put that opportunity for justice into action. Call on the UN to ensure that an impartial and independent investigation in Syria happens now, so that those who are suspected of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity are brought to justice in the future.
Petition to John Tory
Open the armouries for shelter
Toronto's shelter system is full and people are routinely turned away. The overflow, volunteer-run Out of the Cold program is similarly full. Last winter, the two 24-hour warming centres were overcrowded, sleeping people inches away from each other on mats on the floor. A serious Strep A outbreak has resulted in a loss of over 100 shelter beds. Hundreds of people are abandoned, forced to sleep outside in parks, ravines, under bridges and on sidewalks. In the past, the Mayor of Toronto requested the Minister of National Defence for use of Fort York and Moss Park armouries for emergency shelter four separate times. Each time the Mayor asked, the federal government said yes and hundreds of people were able to access safe shelter. Opening the armouries will prevent deaths.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Canadian Government: Remove all of the sex discrimination in the Indian status registration provisions of the Indian Act - Enough is Enough
No More Failed Remedial Legislations to the Status Provisions of The Indian Act Section 15 of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states all Canadians have the right to live free from sexual and racial discrimination, yet Canada refuses to remove the sex discrimination in the Indian status registration provisions of The Indian Act. Despite the long-time efforts of Indigenous women such as Mary Two-Axe Early, Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell, Yvonne Bernard, and Sandra Lovelace sex discrimination continues. While The Indian Act was amended in 1985 to eliminate the sex discrimination against women who married non-Indian men, Canada took advantage of this remedial process creating the second-generation cut-off rule, and through applying this rule in a detrimental way to the descendants of Indian women as compared to the descendants of Indian men. In this way Canada manipulated the remedial process. Sharon McIvor furthered the effort, where in 2011 The Indian Act was once again amended. Despite her 25 year effort Canada again manipulated the remedial process where as such many issues remain. For example, the grandchildren of Indian women once enfranchised, and born prior to September 4, 1951 continue to be denied. Further, many are unaware of the matter or unknown and unstated paternity (also unreported, unnamed, unacknowledged, unestablished, and unrecognized paternity). Prior to the 1985 amendment to The Indian Act provisions protected mothers and their children whose father’s signature was not ascribed to the birth certificate − meaning the child was the same as their Indian mother, a status Indian. Through the 1985 remedial process Canada removed these provisions creating yet another new form of sex discrimination. Today Canada assumes all unknown fathers are non-Indian and this negatively affects the child’s treaty rights such as housing, health care, and education. This policy remains in situations of sexual violence such as rape, gang rape, incest, prostitution, and sexual slavery. Lynn Gehl v. Attorney General addresses this sex discrimination and it will be heard in court in May 2014. Please sign this petition in support of the call for Canada to end the manipulative practice of using the remedial process of eliminating the sex discrimination in the Indian status registration provisions of The Indian Act as an opportunity to create new forms of sex discrimination in law, policy, and practice. To learn more see: www.lynngehl.com
Petition to Canada
Harriet Tubman's Story of Courage and Bravery Needs to be Told
Harriet Tubman took extraordinary risks to bring enslaved blacks to freedom in Canada. She made almost a dozen trips and successfully delivered up to 70 people to freedom in the Niagara Region. Currently there is no plaque at the original Whirlpool Suspension Bridge in Niagara Falls, the only documented site where she crossed. Harriet Tubman is a hero and important role model. The students of Harriet Tubman Public School in St. Catharines feel it is of the utmost importance to have a plaque to share and preserve her story for future generations.
Petition to The Honourable Donald Neil Plett, The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, The Honourable Peter Harder, The Honourable Marilou McPhedran
Urge Senators to vote on Bill C-16: Gender Identity and Expression are Human Rights
Urge Senator Plett and his fellow Senators to vote on “transgender” Bill C-16 by signing this petition. Please help transgender people in their fight to be recognized under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For the 100 or so transgender women who are currently incarcerated in men’s prisons in Canada, and who are under the constant threat of being sexually abused, having Bill C-16 passed by the Senate and written into the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms would allow them to be moved to the relative safety of women’s prisons. There is reportedly a small group of transphobic senators who are stalling this bill in the senate, hoping that by stalling a vote they can kill the bill. The main culprit is reportedly Senator Don Plett, a conservative from Manitoba and the longest serving president of a conservative party in Canadian history. The argument from people such as Plett is that little girls should be kept safe in school washrooms. “All the data and all the evidence shows protecting transgender people only increases public safety,” Chase Strangio, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project and a transgender man. He said there is an implication in certain laws “that fundamentally people just don’t think of transgender people as humans, and they try to erase trans people from existence.” According to the 2015 US Transgender Survey (trans survey), the largest survey ever conducted on transgender issues, with 27, 715 respondents, more than three-quarters (77%) of those who were out or perceived as transgender at some point between Kindergarten and Grade 12 (K–12) experienced some form of mistreatment, such as being verbally harassed, prohibited from dressing according to their gender identity, disciplined more harshly, or physically or sexually assaulted because people thought they were transgender. Fifty-four percent (54%) of those who were out or perceived as transgender in K–12 were verbally harassed, nearly one-quarter (24%) were physically attacked, and 13% were sexually assaulted in K–12 because of being transgender. Seventeen percent (17%) faced such severe mistreatment as a transgender person that they left a K–12 school. Nearly one-quarter (24%) of people who were out or perceived as transgender in college or vocational school were verbally, physically, or sexually harassed. Contact Senator Plett here