Petition to Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Tell Jeff Sessions: Domestic Violence Victims Need Asylum
Aracely’s story began in Honduras, where she lived with her family in a small community. At age 15, a man in her village known for his violent temper kidnapped her, raping and torturing her for days until she could escape. Although she found her way home, the man’s abuse continued for years, until one day he shot Aracely in the head, killed her two sons, and then killed himself. Aracely, who was pregnant with a daughter, miraculously survived, as did her daughter. After the attack, her abuser’s family blamed Aracely for his death and threatened to kill her and her family. She tried escaping to another part of Honduras, but his family found her there. Attorney General Jeff Sessions just directed immigration judges to stop granting asylum to victims of domestic violence like Aracely. Sign our petition to demand he reverse it immediately. Aracely's only chance to stay alive was to flee to the United States, where she was granted asylum. But under the new directive, victims like her won't be able to seek safety here. This could impact tens of thousands of people – most of them women. Join us in telling Sessions that victims of severe domestic violence deserve a chance at safety on our shores.
Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, CNN, Associated Press, CBS, NBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, ABC, MSNBC, Washington Post, LA Times
Stop Calling Immigrant Prisons "Detention Centers"
My name is Sylvester Owino, and I was in “immigrant detention” for 9 years. My name is Carlos Hidalgo, and for a year and half I was incarcerated in “immigrant detention centers.” That is what the media, government, and for-profit prison companies who run these facilities call them, but in reality, these are immigrant prisons. These prisons incarcerate children, families, and members of our community. People in immigrant prisons are not serving a sentence, but simply awaiting the outcome of our request to stay in the US. Those of us who have lived behind the locked gates and barbed wire know that the term “detention center” does not accurately describe the conditions and truth of what happens on the inside. We, who have survived these brutal places, are requesting that media organizations - The Associated Press, The New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post, and other influential media outlets, call these facilities what they are: immigrant prisons. Until we are honest about the fact that these are prisons, the inhumane conditions inside will continue to be covered up by the term “detention center,” and the corporations running the facilities will continue to make millions off of the suffering of the people inside. If these are harmless “detention centers” … Why do they look like prisons, why are they run like prisons, and why are they owned by prison companies? We were incarcerated in facilities run by the two largest for-profit prison companies in the country. Carlos was in GEO Group’s Adelanto immigrant prison, and Sylvester in CCA’s Otay immigrant prison in San Diego, among other facilities. We both experienced countless human rights abuses. We worked for the for-profit prisons for $1 a day, cleaning and cooking. Carlos was put in solitary confinement for 6 days for organizing a hunger strike to protest inhumane treatment. Sylvester filed complaints on behalf of friends who were beaten by guards. In Adelanto immigrant prison, 3 people have died in the last 7 months, and 6 people have attempted suicide since December 2016. Dozens of us have gone on hunger strikes to try and change things. In order to end the abuse, we must first call them prisons and then close them. Starting with Adelanto. Sylvester & Carlos Supported by: o Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, IEIYC o Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, ICIJ o Freedom for Immigrants
Petition to Drita Juncaj
Help to Stop the Deportation of Cile Precetaj
Cile Precetaj, 46, has been going to the Immigration Office every day. She normally brings her children with her, but she didn't Thursday April 27th, and was detained. As soon as they detained her, the poor mother felt like she was having a heart attack, and was rushed to the hospital. She was actually having an anxiety attack because of all the stress, and was taken straight to St. Clair county jail. She has been living in the United States for the past 18 years, and has three U.S born children. In 2013 she had a deportation scare as well, but she had an executive order which allowed her to stay longer. She has no criminal record, but they are treating her as a criminal. She has tried for years to become a U.S citizen, and has been abiding by the immigration office’s rules. Now this mother of 3 is in jail, and she needs as much help as she can get. According to USA Today, Precetaj‘s dream is to stay in the U.S. and "raise my kids in this beautiful country." Now, her dream is about to be crushed. She works hard every day to provide for her children, and for her blind mother-in-law. Without her, her family will be deported. Please help this loving mother be able to live her dream of raising her children in a democratic and free country. Her story has hit home with national news including USA Today, The Detroit Free Press, and even Good Morning America. Please help fight to keep this beautiful family together.
Petition to Sarahi Silva
Help a loving father and husband come home!
My husband Rodrigo Soriano Perez, was taken by ICE on Monday, May 7, 2018. I am talking about a man whose entire life revolves around his family, his religion, and his friends. He has been in the US since 1999, with 0 problems with the law, Nico is a respected member of our church and beloved father, husband, and friend. His crime was coming to the US leaving his family and life behind to find a better way to support his parents, brothers, and sisters. We now have two beautiful baby boys, one with Autism that really needs him, and one more on the way. I have cried everytime I see videos of other families been separated by deportation, but never thought we would go through this. I pray for his safe return and ask for your kind support to return a good man to his family. The signatures gathered through this petition will be weight more in front of a judge, in hopes that will bring him home sooner.
Petition to Donald Trump, Stephen Miller, Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway
Rewrite the inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty
The inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty needs to be rewritten to better reflect our modern American ideals. The proposed amended text for the end of the poem is: “Give me your vibrant, your wealthy, your select gilded few, the best and brightest you have to offer. Send these, the beautiful, clean and pure of skin, I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
Petition to Santa Clara County Judge Patricia Lucas, District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Mike Wasserman, Cindy Chavez, Joe Simitian, Dave Cortese, Ken Yeager, Patricia Lucas
Free Parents Protesting the Separation of Families
On May 1, 2018, Scott Largent was protesting Santa Clara County's family court that had separated him from his own daughter for two years when Judge Patricia Lucas, ordered Largent arrested. Judge Patricia Lucas, pandering to controversial lawyer Heather Allan, who herself has separated hundreds of moms and dads from their children, is part of a legal culture that uses America's flawed legal system to harm kids and make money for lawyers and fancy courthouses. Courthouses that have become the modern day prison for children legally born in America. Pressure the San Jose Mercury New's Tracey Kaplan, as well as viral videos protesters posted on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, ultimately got the Sheriffs to admit they had falsely arrested Largent for excessive force and for violating a February 2017 order of presiding judge Patricia Lucas, an order many believe is unconstitutional. Largent has not seen his 3- year-old daughter for two years as the family courts, and DA Jeff Rosen refuse to enforce the orders and appear instead to be criminalizing Largent and other protesters for speaking out against family courts willing to separate parents and grandparents from their own children, for profit. Santa Clara County Judge Persky was recalled on June 5, 2018, the first time a California Judge has been recalled in over 80 years, despite millions of dollars and legal effort spearheaded by lawyer James Mc Manis, La Doris Cordell and DA Jeff Rosen. Persky had separated hundreds of families during his tenure on the bench. Largent came on the retaliation radar after he began speaking up in Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meetings where Mike Wasserman is reported to have used the DA and Sheriffs to silence Largent, and his supporters, in an effort to keep the county's family court issues out of the public eye. Controversial divorce lawyer Heather Allan, recently began representing Largent's child's mother, who is reportedly violating orders and actively engaging in parental alienation, with the help of Allan. Unethical lawyers, corrupt judges and politicians need to be investigated and disbarred, yet California's State Bar only investigates 1% of complaints lodged against lawyers each year, leaving Santa Clara, and other counties ripe for corruption. Please join us in putting a STOP to the harming of families and children in our local family courts. #familesbelongtogether #recall #disbar
Petition to Donald Trump, David Root, President of the United States, Jeff Sessions AG, US Department of Justice, Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, US Citizenship And Immigration Services
Making false reports to police, DCFS, orders of protection, a ploy to stay in the country!
I am writing this because this happened to me in my life, and I am trying to fight to be with my daughter, it started 17 years ago. This is my daughter and I summer of 2017 after not seeing her in 16 years. Once again, she refuses to allow (deprive) me to have a father-daughter relationship fundamental right with my daughter and her to me (back then and now). I am telling my story of how my parental and fundamental rights were deprived of having a emotional bonding father-daughter relationship, because the person I married was an illegal alien unbeknownst to me at the time, I had married this person who was an undocumented immigrant. it was marriage fraud. through a series of events, I found out she has a “Active Deportation Warrant, for illegal re- entry into the U.S., and was previously Deported in 1998,” and was in possession of false identity fraud/theft, and a 10 bar placed on her. The person I married falsely accused me of abuse. There should be a law to deport illegal aliens, who make outrageous false allegations reports to, police, DCFS, orders of protection, and Parental Alienation, which is a ploy to stay in the country! One can bypass the usual sponsorship requirements. This is a loophole in the immigration laws that permit(s) undocumented persons – who allege acts of domestic violence, often repeatedly, knowingly – to obtain asylum – that is to remain legally in the U.S. (it essentially encourages false allegations of domestic abuse). This technicality has led to many individuals being falsely accused of acts of domestic violence, across the country. As another example (I hope an obvious one), false allegations of child abuse are intended to get an order that keeps the alleged abusive parent from spending time with the child. Its a form of psychological manipulation, and extreme cruelty, to deprived a parent and fundamental right, and isolated from the kids. At the end its the U.S. Citizens who becomes affected and is the victim, like myself and my daughter. All I ever wanted was to be the father should be in his daughter’s life and her in mine! REAL PARENTS don't keep their children from the other parent!
Petition to Nathan Deal, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston
Change the policy of separating families at the border
President Trump's recent policies and opinions regarding the separation of families at the border is truly monstrous. Understandably, the topic of immigration in the US has always been controversial and has become even more so with Trump's vocal opinions on the topic, declaring that "The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility". His new policies separate immigrant families altogether— an act that anybody with a heart would say that it's a horrible thing to do. Just yesterday, an image of a small child, no older than 6, was forcibly separated from his mother by armed troops. In no country should a child be separated from their parents when attempting to live a better life, certainly not in the United States, which has always been a home for the “tired, [the] poor, the huddled masses…” The issue of illegal immigration is one that should be addressed and dealt with, but not like this. This petition calls to reform the policies that separate children from their parents in order to eliminate the heartbreak and pain that our current policy brings. In order for the process to become easier we have to look at what makes it so hard. Families go through far too many hardships in order to get into the US, to the extent that it almost makes more sense for them to immigrate in illegally. Is it wrong? Of course; however, these people cannot be blamed for their actions. The concept of “anchor babies” isn’t new and it isn’t an easy issue to tackle. Women from Russia and China come to America pregnant, and they deliver their children here in order to skip the immigration line. We hope to avoid immoral and possibly illegal actions being done to live in America. The legislators could attempt a reform to have more resources and allocations be sent to the immigration process. It’s understandable to be tough on immigration laws but there are ways to be tough on immigrants without being cruel.