Petition to Department of Homeland Security
Stop tearing families apart
The Trump Administration recently began implementing a new “zero tolerance” prosecution policy that has separated hundreds of immigrant children, including infants and toddlers, from their parents upon arriving at the border. These families are often fleeing horrific violence, and parents are doing everything they can to protect their children by coming to the United States. Taking these children from their parents is inhumane, unnecessary, and unacceptable. Sign our petition and demand that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stop tearing immigrant children from their parents. Under Attorney General Sessions’ new policy, adults arriving at the border outside of designated ports of entry will be criminally prosecuted and sent to U.S. Marshal Service custody to await prosecution, and then transferred to immigration detention to await immigration proceedings. Children cannot be kept in adult detention facilities and will be rendered “unaccompanied,” transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and placed in different facilities and shelters for children, sometimes several states away from their parents. Pediatricians and child welfare professionals have spoken out forcefully about the significant and enduring trauma forced separations inflict on children and their families. Family separation also creates challenges for children seeking legal protection, who must now prepare their cases with only limited access to information and documentation from their parents that could help to prove their claims. As a result, children may be unable to support their cases for asylum and be returned to harm or death in their home countries. There is no law that compels the separation of children from their parents, and the Administration can and should immediately halt policies that embrace this cruel and unnecessary practice. This ruthless and brutish targeting and treatment of particularly vulnerable children and families is being done in the name of all Americans. Join us in calling on DHS to immediately stop separating immigrant families.
Petition to U.S. Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security
Do not extradite Mr. Miroslav Fejfar from the USA to the Czech Republic
We the citizens and legal residents of the United States of America respectfully urge the U.S. Department of State to revoke the decision to extradite Mr. Miroslav Fejfar to the Czech Republic where he has been unjustly prosecuted for the last 18 years, and allow him to continue seeking asylum in the United States. As a small business owner in his native Czech Republic, Mr. Fejfar was regularly targeted by corrupt police and law enforcement and frequently asked for bribes. Because he has always denied and decried this practice, now as well as then, the law officials in the area framed him for crimes that never happened. In 2001, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison. He fought this decision with all legal means and tools available to him by the Czech judicial system, and after he realized there was no chance to get justice in the Czech Republic, he fled to the United States. Mr. Fejfar applied for asylum in the USA in 2012. His asylum claim was admitted by an Immigration Judge, and his final hearing was set up for April 14, 2016. Three days before this hearing, Mr. Fejfar was arrested, and the Immigration Judge was ordered to close the asylum case. The Judge argued the important nature of the relief requested and the risk of violation of Mr. Fejfar’s due process rights, and refused to close the case. Nevertheless, his decision was overruled, and the asylum case was administratively closed. Mr. Fejfar is a 49-year-old resident of Beaverton, Oregon. With Barbara, his domestic partner of 20 years, he raises two sons, Christopher (8) and Charlie (3), who were born in the USA; and runs small business supporting the local economy. Both of his children were born extremely prematurely, the younger son weighing just little over 2 pounds. Despite his parents’ dedication and care, Charlie is legally disabled and suffers from on-going health problems which require continuous attention. In the attachment to this petition, excerpts from support letters written by local community representatives and leaders attest to Mr. Fejfar’s character and actions and sharply contradict Government's claim that extradition of Mr. Fejfar is in “public interest.” We the undersigned believe that extraditing Mr. Fejfar to the Czech Republic, particularly before granting his asylum case to be heard in the United States violates fundamental human rights and International Laws and Treaties which bar extradition of an asylum-seeker while their asylum proceedings are still pending. Therefore we kindly ask the Department of State to revoke its decision and refuse the Czech Republic’s extradition request. Attachment: The Mayor of the City of Beaverton states: "People in our community see Mr. Fejfar as a valuable, contributing member of our community, and a man with many qualities we greatly value in this country. A well-respected, hard-working, honest, responsible business owner. A generally good and decent person with firm moral values and integrity. Law obedient citizen. A good partner and loving father. I remain hopeful that he will be allowed to stay in our great country, to continue to live and work in our beautiful city, and to care for his family." M. Raddish, MD, Development, and Behavioral Pediatrician at St. Vincent Hospital states: "The Providence Children’s Development Institut provides treatment for children with complex medical needs. Both children were born prematurely and medically fragile. Through the intense work provided by Mr. Fejfar and his wife, Christopher is developing normally and attends the mainstream classroom without support. Charles continues to require specialized services to support feeding, communication, and problem-solving. Charles is at high risk for long-term complications of prematurity including learning delays, speech and language delays, and ADHD. Mr. Fejfar has been an extremely active participant in the management and care of his young boys. His extradition would negatively impact their growth and development significantly." The President/CEO of the Beaverton, Oregon Chamber of Commerce states: "Mirek and Barbara have had two darling little boys, and we have watched them grown and admired their closeness and beautiful family. They are a part of our community. They are active in their local elementary school and participate in community events. Mirek is a responsible and respected business owner. His kindness is demonstrated in all of his work with clients and fellow business owners. He is an asset to our community and the farthest thing from a threat that we can imagine." The President of Czech School of Portland states: "I have known Miroslav to be a very honest and open man with strong moral values. He possesses a great deal of integrity and sense of doing things right. I see him as a person truly dedicated to his family, his partner Barbara, and his sons Christopher and Charlie. He is hard working, resourceful and generous individual, who never misses an opportunity to ask how he can be helpful. Judging by his observed respect for law, I believe that should he be given a chance to become a legal resident; he would make a great asset to the society as a whole." Mr. Fejfar also received written support from many other people and organizations, including Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, other doctors and therapists caring for his sons, teachers, neighbors, clients, and others.
Petition to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
Keep them together! Stop separating children from their families at the U.S. border.
The New York Times reported that since October 2017 more than 700 children have been separated along the southwest border from adults claiming to be their parents, including 100 children under the age of 4. Many of these children remain in custody indefinitely apart from their parents. “Needlessly ripping kids, toddlers, babies away from their parents is inhumane, barbaric and unconstitutional. An Administration that purports to uphold family values is callously inflicting devastating trauma on children and families in service of its punitive immigration policies,” said Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights. In an amicus brief filed in March on behalf of an asylum seeker separated from her seven-year old daughter, Children’s Rights explained that the traumatic stress that a child experiences when needlessly separated from a parent may have life-long consequences because it can disrupt the development of brain architecture and other organ systems and increase the risk of stress-related diseases and cognitive impairment well into the adult years. You can read more about the amicus brief here.Children’s Rights will work with its partners to continue to advocate for immigrant children separated from their families. As Christina Remlin, Lead Attorney and author of our amicus brief put it: “How can we tuck our children in at night, knowing that our government is doing this to other parents who love theirs as much as we do? How do we inflict such cruel trauma on children?” Please sign and share our petition to Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen M. Nielsen. About Children’s Rights Every day, children are harmed by America’s broken child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and healthcare systems. Through relentless strategic advocacy and legal action, we hold governments accountable for keeping kids safe and healthy. Children’s Rights has made a lasting impact, protecting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children and we are poised to help millions more. They are depending on us…and you. http://www.childrensrights.org/
Petition to Jeff Watton, Yandy
Stop Yandy From Using Our Culture As A Costume
For years, Indigenous peoples have been protesting the use of our culture as Halloween costumes. We have made efforts to discourage consumers from buying these costumes that grossly appropriate our culture and sacred regalia through education, but it is clear that we have to go straight to the source. Recently, Yandy has pulled their “Yandy Brave Red Maiden” based on the fictional show, The Handmaid’s Tale, due to backlash. However, when confronted about their Native costumes that mock a real culture, they refuse to pull them because they simply make them too much money ($150,000 a year), and they haven’t seen enough demonstration and outrage from the public. Jeff Watton, Yandy’s chief financial officer, told Cosmopolitan magazine that they won’t stop selling the costumes until it “gets to the point where there is, I guess, significant demonstrations or it gets to a point of contentiousness that maybe is along the lines of the Black Lives Matter movement, where you have major figures in the sports world going to a war of words with the president, then it's become too hot of an issue.” Sarah Chamberlain, the company’s former PR Manager, said in an email to New Times in 2017 that "The costumes are influenced by powerful fashion elements derived from the culture and are intended to pay homage to the Native American community, not to mock or offend." Our traditional dress and regalia are sacred, and any commercialization of it is disrespectful in itself, not to mention the sexualization of it. These costumes contribute to harmful fetishes, and are completely irresponsible to sell when 96% of the perpetrators of sexual violence towards Indigenous women are non-Native. Show Yandy that our community is intolerant of these costumes, and it IS too “hot of an issue” by signing this petition! Sources: https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/yandy-responds-to-new-times-article-says-costumes-pay-homage-to-native-americans-9817526 https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/a13043654/this-is-how-your-sexy-halloween-costume-gets-made/ https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/249736.pdf
Petition to U.S. Department of State, US House of Representatives, Barack Obama, US Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of State, U.S. Senate
Reduce the waiting time on India Immigration EB2 and EB3 Categories!
Thousands of people from India are awaiting for their permanent residence based on employment categories 2 (EB 2) and (EB3). Unlike many other countries, India has the highest backlog in the entire waiting time. The reasons this time should be reduced are: 1. Most employees waiting on their Green Cards are under Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics contributing immensely to the economy; 2. It will prevent abuses on employees; 3. Will create more jobs because more entrepreneurs will be interested in investing in the United States; 4. It is unfair and against the United States principles of equality dictated by the US Constitution. We pray the State Department and the United States government to change the waiting time on Employment Based Categories for India and China. Shah Peerally, Esq. President of Shah Peerally Law Group PC www.PeerallyLaw.com Immoral Retrogression Like the page Facebook.com/VisaBulletinNews http://immigrationlegalblog.com/2016/05/keeping-the-visa-bulletin-retrogressed-is-not-only-unfair-but-immoral/
Petition to Kate Gallego (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Thelda Williams (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Sal DiCiccio (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Jim Waring (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Michael Nowakowski (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Debra Stark (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Laura Pastor (Vice MayorCouncilwoman), Daniel Valenzuela (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Doug Ducey, Kimberly Yee, Greg Stanton, 668 North LLC, Lela Alston, Ken Clark, Katie Hobbs
Save the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center
Please find the latest update at https://www.phoenixchineseculturalcenter.com/ In June 2017, a local Scottsdale based True North Companies’ subsidiary purchased 97 Units of this commercial condominium units, and started its plan to remove all features connected with Chinese culture and history from the exterior of the buildings to create standard "modern" office buildings despite disagreement from another condominium owner. This would destroy an important piece of Arizona's history. We urge you to preserve our Chinese cultural heritage, Phoenix's only Chinatown. The Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center, also known as the COFCO center, was built by COFCO with help from community volunteers and donations from local Chinese immigrants with support from the City of Phoenix government. The Center was created according to the public art requirement by the City 20 years ago. Special materials and supplies were brought from China, and skilled workers from China spent years making this one of the most beautiful Chinese Cultural Centers in North America. The names of donors are engraved in the Wall of Honor, and it has become a Phoenix landmark, and part of Arizona's history. For the last two decades, the Center has played an important role in the Valley of the Sun. Chinese New Year performances and celebrations have educated both tourists and locals about Chinese culture, and the garden and its artifacts are an important example of Chinese workmanship and cultural significance. While the new owner has recognized the historical importance of the Center, and has offered the garden artifacts, we want to save the entire Chinese Cultural Center. It would be impossible to fully disassemble and restore the center's heritage at another location. Conservation of culture and history encourages building strong relationships with the local community to address its needs; preserving the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center will benefit business and long-term development of the area, and maintain an important piece of Arizona's history. Please sign this petition to share your support for preventing the destruction of the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center.
Petition to US Embassy in Kabul, US Department of State
Help save Ehsan, the interpreter in Afghanistan who helped US troops
Thanks to a previous Change.org petition, I was able to help Janis Shinwari, my interpreter while I served as a base intelligence officer in Afghanistan, secure a visa to resettle in the US after he was stuck for years in bureaucratic red tape. Now I need your help again to save my other interpreter, Ehsan. While serving in Iraq in 2008, I learned that the help of local Afghan nationals like Janis and Ehsan was critical to our effort. Thousands of Afghan nationals have served as interpreters to assist US troops in communicating in real time and providing a cultural link between the troops and Afghan nationals. It wasn’t until after my service, when I learned that Janis’ life was in danger as he was placed on a Taliban kill list because of his work to help US troops, that I truly understand how much these brave individuals put on the line. Every day, many of these interpreters live in fear that they or their families will be harmed in retaliation for their efforts -- a very real and deadly threat. Like Janis, Ehsan is an amazing man. During our time together, Ehsan helped my unit and I interdict over 7 tons (millions of dollars worth) of drugs used by the Taliban to fund their attacks. The Taliban know this and as a result placed him on their kill list. Without our help, he could die. Luckily, the US operates a specific visa program for Afghan nationals who serve as interpreters who want to relocate to the US -- and there is a similar program for interpreters in Iraq. The program was created through legislation in 2009 (the Afghan Allies Protection Act), but thousands of interpreters are still waiting for their visas. The process is incredibly complicated for applicants and bureaucrat hold ups leave interpreters waiting in dangerous situations for months or even years. Now, both programs are set to expire in the coming months unless Congress takes action to renew them. When my previous campaign took off, Janis’ application started moving faster and now Janis has his visa to safety. I don't think I've ever heard him as happy as when he finally received his visa. Ehsan, my other interpreter, heard all about our efforts to help Janis and contacted me begging that I do for him what I did for Janis. Ehsan submitted his application to the US Embassy in Kabul in June 2012 but he’s still waiting for his visa. The Embassy and the State Department have the power to help Ehsan leave Afghanistan and start a life in a safe place. Together, we can help make that happen.
Petition to US Embassy in Kabul, US Department of State
Save my Afghan interpreter
When I served as an Embedded Combat Adviser in Afghanistan, my interpreter, Janis Shinwari, saved my life. Now I need you to help me save Janis’ life. In 2008, Janis and I were caught in the middle of a firefight. He took swift action when a combatant shot at me. But beyond that specific incident, Janis served a critical role for me and all of the other troops serving in Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghan nationals have served as interpreters to assist US troops in communicating in real time and providing a cultural link between the troops and Afghan nationals. However, because they are so visible in their communities, many interpreters have become targets for violence. Janis knows for a fact that the Taliban has added his name to a kill list and he is in constant danger. For the moment, he is living safely on an army base, but he needs to leave the country immediately to ensure his safety and that of his family. The US operates a specific visa program for Afghan nationals who serve as interpreters who want to relocate to the US -- and there is a similar program for interpreters in Iraq. The program was created through legislation in 2009 (the Afghan Allies Protection Act), but thousands of interpreters like Janis are still waiting for their visas. The process is incredibly complicated for applicants and bureaucrat hold ups leave interpreters waiting in dangerous situations for months or even years. Now, both programs are weeks away from expiring unless Congress takes action to renew them. Janis began his application for a US Visa in 2011. Today, he is still waiting for the US Embassy in Kabul to issue him the visa he has earned. The Embassy and the State Department have the power to help Janis leave Afghanistan and start a life in a safe place. I know first hand how critical interpreters like Janis are to our troops serving overseas. It’s time that the US do the right thing and help Janis escape the dangerous situation he’s in because of the work that he did for our country. Please join me in calling on the US Embassy in Kabul and the State Department to help save Janis life by issuing his visa immediately.