Petition to Mike Pence, President of the United States
Release of Rev. John (San-Qiang) Cao from Detainment in China
This petition is to seek assistance in procuring the immediate release of Rev. Cao San-Qiang from his current detainment by police in Yunnan Province, China. Rev. Cao is the husband of Jamie Powell, a native of North Carolina. They married in 1988 and have two sons, Benjamin and Amos, who are also US citizens. Rev. Cao, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Hunan Teachers College and a Masters of Divinity from the Alliance Seminary in Nyack, NY, has for the last three years been tirelessly involved in educational projects for impoverished minority groups in the Wa State of Myanmar. He has helped to build and staff 16 schools which serve around 2,000 needy students. He is both welcomed and well-respected for his work among these groups in Myanmar. The work he does is for humanitarian reasons and is in no way regarded as illegal activity. Rev. Cao and his workers have been crossing the border between China and Myanmar for three years without incident. These informal crossings are commonplace for persons on both sides of this autonomous region. However, on March 5th, Rev. Cao was arrested by the Yunnan Public Security in Menglian County, China, and has been criminally charged by the Chinese for illegal border crossing. The local police have not made good on promises to his family assuring them of his release but have instead charged him and moved his case to the next procuratorate level. It is feared by Rev. Cao’s family and friends that the Chinese government will impose a harsh prison sentence for this relatively minor incident in order to punish him for his humanitarian activity. It is therefore my earnest request that the U.S. Department of State and other agencies relevant to this type of emergency take action on behalf of Rev. Cao San Qiang to seek his immediate release from Chinese custody and his safe return to the United States. Re: Cao, San Qiang (John) DOB: May 3, 19XX Permanent Resident Card Number: 629 XXX 262 since 0X/0X/1990 Chinese Passport Number: G36312XXX Issued: XX Jul 2009 Expires: XX July 2019 Respectfully,
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 Nancy Barto, Regina Cobb, Heather Carter
Rehab Help for Pregnant Women
Over 23 million Americans over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Many drugs, both illegal and prescription, are harmful to a developing fetus and a vast majority of these are highly addictive. In a 2010 report by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 19 states had drug treatment programs for pregnant women and only nine of those gave priority access to pregnant women. When a mother uses harmful substances during a pregnancy they are putting their child at risk for many physical and psychological complications in the future. The most common is called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, which does not have an official definition; essentially it is an physical addiction in the baby as a result of the repeated exposure to the drug in the womb. Many pregnant women cannot afford rehab as their special needs result in a higher bill than the average person. A pregnant women should be able to access the necessary treatment, in order to ensure the physical and psychological safety of our future generations. As a result, I am petitioning for the establishment of a government program to provide monetary help to pregnant women for the sole purpose of ridding themselves of their addiction and leading us to a future full of physically and psychologically healthier society.
Petition to Development partners
Prioritise mental health in global development
We, as representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), recognise the importance of mental health for the sustained health, wealth and success of individuals, communities and nations. Based on our experience and important emerging evidence, we wish to highlight three overarching areas which threaten the successful realization of the World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Integration Expertise Financial Resources With the right response and coordination, such barriers can be overcome. We call on our development partners, including multilateral agencies, governments, funders, civil society, people living with mental health problems and carers, to join us in addressing the following: 1. Integration Barrier: Lack of Integration into Development Agendas We call on development partners to include mental health in existing strategies for health system and social service strengthening. Mental health activities are not frequently integrated into strategies for strengthening health systems or social services. As a result, people living with mental health problems are left behind. We can be more effective and efficient with our current resources if mental health is included in planning, funding, implementation and evaluation of efforts to improve health and social outcomes. Barrier: Lack of Prioritization within Development Agendas We call on development partners to challenge stigma and recognize mental health as a priority. Around the world, stigma leads to discrimination, abuse and neglect. Stigma further contributes to inadequate resource allocation and limited political attention. When governments do not see mental health as a priority, NGOs struggle to establish effective partnerships, threatening the sustainability of mental health programmes. Development partners and especially governments must visibly prioritize mental health within development agendas and use public health campaigns and education as avenues to raise awareness and promote social inclusion. Barrier: Lack of Visibility within Information Systems We call on development partners to monitor and report on mental health indicators. Mental health indicators are not typically integrated into the information systems used to track population health, service provision, resource allocation or the impact of interventions. Improved data collection, monitoring and surveillance will hold development partners accountable for ensuring that needs are identified, progress is tracked and people living with mental health problems benefit from activities carried out as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. 2. Expertise Barrier: Lack of Human Resources and Capacity We call for development partners to explore sustainable solutions to strengthen human resources and capacity. There is a shortage of adequately equipped human resources for mental health. Development partners can work together to identify sustainable solutions to recruit, train and maintain a skilled and motivated workforce, drawing from examples of cost-effective task-sharing approaches which have proliferated in the health sector in recent years. Coordinated knowledge management within the field of global mental health can build capacity by harnessing and mobilising existing knowledge even as new learning is generated through research and practice. Barrier: Lack of Engagement of People Living with Mental Health Problems and Carers. We call for people living with mental health problems and carers to be included as valued partners in development. Development partners must collaborate with and foster leadership among people living with mental health problems and carers, making their needs central to the design, implementation and evaluation of services. Whilst there is a place for professional expertise, there is also a need to recognise the significance of people’s lived experience and the value of peer-to-peer and peer-led interventions, advocacy, research and evaluation. 3. Financial Resources Barrier: Lack of Transparent Funding Streams We call on funders to establish transparent funding streams for mental health. Most mechanisms for international development funding do not currently make any explicit provisions for mental health. As a result, it is unclear where to apply for financial support, and funders cannot track mental health spending or its impact. Funding that is clearly accessible to civil society to support mental health systems, either through mental health-specific activities or as an integral part of broader health and social programming, is essential to achieve the objectives of the Mental Health Action Plan and SDGs. Barrier: Inadequate Funding We call for increased funding with longer funding cycles in order to achieve substantial, long-term impact on mental health systems. The international development funding currently provided for policy development, capacity building, service delivery and research is grossly inadequate when compared to the global burden of disease associated with mental health problems. Further, the funding provided is often administered in one- or two-year cycles which are too short to make substantial, long-term change. Funding cycles of five years or longer would help to build more sustainable mental health systems and enable rigorous evaluation to demonstrate impact. Organisations in support of #NGOs4MentalHealth: Action Contre la Faim Action on Disability and Development International Africa Alliance for Health, Research and Economic Development (AAHRED) Alive and Kicking BasicNeeds International Carers Worldwide CBM International Find Your Feet Gede Foundation HealthCom Global Network Foundation Health Poverty Action International Medical Corps International Rescue Committee John Snow Inc Lepra MedicalAidFilms Mental Health Awareness Foundation Maldives Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network Mental Health Innovation Network Network for Africa REPSSI Royal College of Psychiatrists UK Volunteering and International Psychiatry Special Interest Group Scotland-Malawi Mental Health Education Project SignHealth The Leprosy Mission United for Global Mental Health Unity in Health War Child World Vision Photo: The photograph is used for illustrative purposes only; it does not imply any particular health status, attitudes, behaviors, or actions on the part of any person who appears in the photograps. © 2014 Jignesh Patel/Valsad, Courtesy of Photoshare
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, United Nations, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel (CDU), Theresa May MP
Help third world countries become self sufficient instead of relying on foreign aid
INTRO Many third world countries today report high numbers of death due to malnutrition, dehydration, and hypothermia (or other weather-related illnesses). Even though large companies like Nestle are giving free water and baby food to third world countries, there are more deaths than ever due to the causes mentioned above. This is why the UN needs to start to devote more time to aiding third world countries in a way such that they don't become dependent on first world countries, like the situations in many regions of Africa. SOLUTION Rather than simply distributing food, water, etc. to third world countries, we must provide a way for third world countries to become self-sufficient and safe. There are a few ways we can attempt to do this: Teaching basic agricultural concepts to and starting small farms in third world countries with clean water sources to provide a supply of food. Making sure that there is a fast and easy way to get clean water (the best solution would be underground pipes with filters, but this would be an expensive undertaking and would require more funding than the UN has for foreign aid). Ensuring that there are enough natural materials in third world countries to use for housing, and teaching those countries how to build weather-resistant housing. If there aren't enough materials, use farms (as mentioned earlier) to grow materials (like trees) for use in housing. Establishing a military to protect from attacks from foreign nations (this mostly applies to truly dangerous countries like Somalia). Establishing trade with other countries to get more materials. Establishing a small democratic republic with a leader from the nation that knows what problems are present in their country, in order to try to prevent those problems. (If the government collapses, or if it becomes something other than a constitutional democracy, then immediate intervention is necessary.) Although these solutions aren't perfect, they can be a stepping stone to helping third world countries get on their feet instead of relying on first world countries. Why should we care? One primary mission of the UN is to "to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character." However, currently, most third world countries in Africa and South America rely on first world countries like the United States, Great Britain, and Germany to give them food, which discourages them from trying to develop an actual country. Thus, by helping them establish fundamental parts of a successful country, we can ensure that more of the world's population has access to food, water, and shelter, which 75% of the world does not have. "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime."
Petition to Narendra Modi, Prakash Javadekar, Thawar chand gehlot
Welfare of hijada community by abolishing begging and giving work for them everywhere.
Hello, I'm from hyderabad and I'm a common man as I was travelling, a hijra stopped me and threatened me to give money if I dint that person will remove dress, dance and curse my family and no matter what happened that hijra was not letting me go, had to give that hijra money. This is considered a very common problem in India. Please do something about this everyday these people are troubling us. They have no work and source of income which is why they resort to such things. Please solve this problem all over the country. I know the government has taken steps but it is not enough. Please help us.
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.