Petition to António Guterres, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
Venezuelan Children Need Your Help | Los Niños en Venezuela Necesitan tu Ayuda
The Venezuelan government has been and continues to be negligent in guaranteeing a life of dignity to minors. Today 26 articles of The International Convention on the Rights of the Child are being flagrantly infringed. The situation is appalling, particularly for the most vulnerable. Among the most pressing issues are: Hunger and malnutrition - 56% of children younger than 5 are malnourished, and 11.4% are at high risk of death because of it; Collapsed medical system and a deadly medicine shortage - Children with critical conditions go without treatments for weeks, even months. There has been a dramatic increase in child mortality, most victims of preventable or easily treatable diseases; Dramatic increase of abandoned children living in the streets - without a governmental entity looking after them; Systematic violations to the freedom of speech, and the right to protest including murder - approx. 20 adolescents were killed in demonstrations earlier this year; State prohibition for international humanitarian assistance and aid - supplies are blocked or confiscated. Help us urge the United Nations to: Demand the opening of a Humanitarian Aid Channel to help mitigate the severe crisis. Send International Observers to record and verify first hand that the state is implementing actionable measures in accordance to treaties and signed conventions; Enact sanctions against government officials responsible for weak, ineffective and/or unjust policies. Sign and share this petition. #SaveVenezuelanChildren Thank you, Red Activista x Venezuela, DC-VA-MD (Pro Human Rights Advocacy Group) ------------------- El Gobierno Venezolano es negligente en garantizar una vida digna a los menores de nuestro país. Actualmente se violan por lo menos 26 artículos de La Convención Internacional sobre los Derechos del Niño. La situación es alarmante, especialmente para los más vulnerables. Entre los problemas más graves se encuentran: Hambre y desnutrición - 56% de niños menores de 5 años presentan signos de desnutrición, 11.4% corren riesgo de muerte. Sistema médico colapsado y grave déficit de medicinas - menores con enfermedades críticas esperan semanas y hasta meses por tratamientos. En los últimos años, la taza de mortalidad infantil ha aumentado dramáticamente por enfermedades prevenibles o fáciles de tratar. Proliferación de niños abandonados en las calles - sin una entidad gubernamental que se haga responsable y los cuide; Agresión física y psicológica hacia los que se han presentado en las protestas de los últimos 4 meses - incluso el asesinato de aproximadamente 20 menores de edad; Prohibición de la entrada de ayuda humanitaria internacional por parte del gobierno. Ayúdanos a instar a las Naciones Unidas a: Que exijan la apertura de un Canal Humanitario que responda a las necesidades básicas o de urgencia. Que se permita la visita de Comisiones Internacionales para observar y verificar el cumplimiento de los tratados, pactos y convenciones a las que está adscrita Venezuela, y que se exija el cumplimiento de los mismos. Que se apliquen sanciones a los funcionarios del gobierno que no desarrollen acciones efectivas en la esfera de sus atribuciones, para los cargos que ocupan en relación a esta materia. Porfavor firma y comparte esta petición. Gracias, Red Activista x Venezuela, DC-VA-MD (Agrupación abogada a la defensa de los Derechos Humanos)
Petition to Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump
Congress: Pass Life-saving Aid Bill for U.S Citizens in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
What is this petition for? Please SIGN and SHARE if you believe Congress must pass a relief package immediately to prevent the critical situation in the islands from becoming a prolonged humanitarian crisis. What is the situation? The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria has exacerbated an already fragile state of affairs in Puerto Rico due to the decade-long recession and debt crisis. The catastrophic winds knocked out the entire telecommunications system and electrical grid - leaving many desperate, but unable to communicate with their loved ones and know if they are safe. The majority of homes do not have access to drinking water and 1,200 people now have the stars as their roof. The public transportation and postal service systems are down and the airport is only working at 20% capacity. And all this is just a brief summary of the current situation. The sad reality is the island is destroyed and not the same it was a month ago. Nevertheless, we will stand up, but we need your help! The federal government is not doing enough! After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, President Trump acted decisively and swiftly and asked Congress for $8 billion in extra relief within six days. The President is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday, October 2nd, two weeks after the disaster and he has yet to mention any sort of aid package. There are people suffering without food, water, or medicine. And many could die if they are not rescued and given medicine or basic necessities immediately. These people in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens and they deserve the same swift and decisive action taken to help Texas and Florida.
Petition to Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senate
Urge Congress to send aid to Puerto Rico to combat the devastation of Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Maria took place on September 16th, 2017 through October 3rd, 2017 in Puerto Rico. The devastating hurricane wreaked havoc across the island and caused major destruction and devastation. The hurricane damaged infrastructure, killed 66 people, and left millions without access to clean water and electricity. Considering that Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, one would expect the United States to immediately solve this problem. Although President Trump has signed a bill giving aid to Puerto Rico, the aid given to Puerto Rico has clearly not been enough. Half of the island still doesn't have electricity. Please take a minute out of your day to sign this petition to urge the Senate Appropriations Committee to send more aid to Puerto Rico.
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 Syngenta AG
Bring Golden Rice to the U.S.
Golden Rice, a bio-fortified crop which could protect millions of children around the world from vitamin A deficiency and blindness, has just been approved for consumption by several international agencies, including the Unites States' FDA. This is a massive milestone for scientific progress over fear-mongering and the spread of misinformation regarding GM technology. However, the global agribusiness company Syngenta retains exclusive commercial rights, and does not plan to market Golden Rice in the United States. We find that this decision misses the opportunity to introduce western consumers to the promising new technology of biofortification, which can help bridge the divide between health-conscious consumers and genetic technology by introducing people to a GM crop that has serious nutritional and antioxidant benefits. Not licensing golden rice in the U.S. also fails to reassure people in developing countries that GM technology is safe and eaten by all, creating the mistaken impression that we want them to eat something that we are not willing to eat. Additionally, since rice is a staple food in plant based diets even in the developed world, introducing Golden Rice into the western market could be an effective way to ameliorate vitamin A nutrient concerns and lessen dependence on animal agriculture. This would lower the already small risk of sub-optimal levels and increase convenience, thus easing transition to more plant-based diets for the sake of human health and the global environment. Please sign this petition asking Syngenta AG to market Golden Rice within the United States.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives
Help save the aid that saves lives
It’s simple. A tiny fraction of our nation’s budget – just 1% -- saves millions of lives and does a world of good. It pays for childhood vaccines, access to clean water, food and shelter for refugees, and skilled response to disasters in some of the world’s poorest countries. The Administration’s proposed cuts would mean devastation. At a time when 65 million people are displaced, famine is declared in South Sudan, and three other countries are on the brink, foreign aid is needed more than ever. Foreign aid is a small part of the federal budget that pays big dividends. It provides nearly 11.5 million people in impoverished countries with lifesaving HIV treatment. During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, this aid helped millions and prevented the deadly virus from spreading further. And it helps keep America safe by addressing the poverty and chaos that are the breeding grounds for terrorism. As Catholics, we are called to protect the life and dignity of those most in need. Helping people reflects our Catholic and American values. Morally, it’s the right thing to do. We must speak out and shape our government’s responses to foster the common good of all. Sign our petition now.
Petition to Anishur Rahman
Religious Freedom for Hindu's in Bangladesh
Hello! We are a group of kids passionate about the freedom to practice your religion (or to have the freedom to choose not to practice a religion). In 1971 the Hindi population of Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) was denied the liberty to do so. However, we believe that change can and should be pursued. By signing this petition, you coincide with our decision to petition influential leaders in the Bangladesh Economic Association to raise funding for the construction of Hindu temples and police to protect their right to practice their religion freely. To learn more about the Bangladesh Genocide, click the links below Backstory to the Bangladesh Genocide BBC News on the Bangladesh Genodide Smithsonian Article on how the U.S played a role in the aftermath of the Bangladesh genocide
Petition to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Dawn Hudson
Eliminate thirst in Africa instead of having a 91st Academy Awards ceremony
Instead of spending $44 million for the 2019 Oscars, I would like to propose that for the 91st year, the Academy would consider having a simple low-budget event similar to how Jimmy Kimmel described the first Academy Awards ceremony. The 44 million dollars could then be spent on helping to provide clean drinking water for Africa. There are numerous nonprofit organizations, such as charity:water and The Water Project, that are working to provide relief in this area. I am asking you to support this proposal by signing this petition. Before we advance with the traditions of our culture, I feel it is important that we acknowledge and assist those who do not even have the basic necessities of life. Thank you for your support in this endeavor.