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Petition to Anderson Cooper, Jeff Zucker, Jake Tapper, Andrew Morse, Geraldine Moriba, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon

Call on CNN to keep its word and drop “illegal immigrant”

Less than 48 hours after promising to reissue its editorial guidelines prohibiting the use of the terms “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien,” CNN debate moderator Jake Tapper used the term in reference to undocumented immigrants in the September 16th Republican debate. In addition, the network has refused to confirm its promise to drop the inaccurate language. According to the Huffington Post, CNN has used the term “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien” a total of 1,634 times, out of 1,995 times in the past year. CNN pledged to finally drop this language if our original petition was taken down - with the network’s refusal to publicly affirm this promise and its use on the network’s high-profile debate tonight, we are re-opening our campaign. We call on CNN to publicly confirm that it will no longer use the terms “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien” in reference to undocumented immigrants. The content of our speech leads to actions - the rising racist and xenophobic debate around immigrants has been followed by attacks on immigrants in recent weeks, and the term “illegal” is also factually flawed. Being in the U.S. without proper documents is a civil offense, not a criminal one. Many other leading media outlets, including the Associated Press and ABC, have already adjusted their editorial guidelines to prohibit the use of “illegal” when referring to undocumented immigrants. As an influential media outlet, we call on CNN to do the same.  Tell CNN: Keeping your word matters as much as #WordsMatter.

Define American
5,864 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (United Nations), UNSG Antonio Guterres and Deputy Amina Mohammed & USG Alison Smale, Alison Smale

We demand the UN restore Inner City Press' access to the UN as a Resident Correspondent

Matthew Russell Lee and the Inner City Press that he founded were accredited to cover the United Nations in 2005-6. (The NYT headline said, First Blogger.) Since then Inner City Press broken stories ranging from peacekeeper rapes in Africa, through UN cholera in Haiti, war crimes in Sri Lanka, Burundi, the Sudans, SEMG and Yemen (leaked letter here), to corruption in UN Headquarters, including for example cocaine shipments through its mail room and the current bribery scandals surrounding John Ashe, Ng Lap Seng and Frank Lorenzo. On February 19, 2016, Matthew was given only two hours notice to leave the UN, closing down his shared office space and lugging eight years of investigative files with him. He asked for time, went to cover a UN Security Council meeting on Syria - and was pushed out of the building with his UN Resident Correspondents pass torn off, without even his coat or passport, by eight UN Security guards. Audio here. On February 22 when another UN correspondent tried to sign Matthew in as a guest, to cover that day's UN Security Council meeting, UN Security announced Matthew was banned throughout all UN premises and to get out of even the UN pass office. Matthew took to covering the UN and Security Council from the Isaiah plowshares park in front of the UN on 43rd Street. The letter which demanded Matthew leave on two hours notice was signed by UN Under Secretary General Cristina Gallach, based on an incident three weeks before on January 29. In that time, Gallach not once spoke to or tried to get Matthew's side of the story. There was no due process, no credible investigation. On January 29, Matthew went to cover an event in the UN Press Briefing Room for Inner City Press. The group the UN Press Briefing Room was apparently "lent" to asked him to leave, and Matthew said he would if UN Security confirmed that it was a closed meeting. The group, left unnamed in this petition, has acknowledged funding from Ng Lap Seng's and Frank Lorenzo's South South News. UNlike UN official Gallach's February 19 letter, if only for BuzzFeed the group has spelled out its version, using "blogger" as a bad word and for example mistaking Periscope live-streaming with "video on a blog" while its members turned over their video to the UN authorities: who are they working for?   This is who today's UN of Ban Ki-moon, Herve Ladsous (who refuses Press questions about rapes, linking them to "R&R"), Cristina Gallach and others wants to work with: no more hard questions, a symbiosis of "news." So when even Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta wrote to Gallach in Inner City Press' favor, she dodged. Now, this petition. Matthew did in fact leave when a UN Security officer told him that UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric was ordering it. (There was no "Closed Meeting" sign on the door, and no Closed Meeting listed in the UN Journal.) Three weeks later, Gallach by a letter had Matthew expelled, his Resident Correspondents pass deactivated then torn off. This petition demands in light of the above that Matthew Russell Lee and Inner City Press be restored to the shared UN office and Resident Correspondent accreditation they have had for eight years prior to this pretextual incident. It also requests, as does the Free UN Coalition for Access that Matthew co-founded, that an investigation be launched into how all of this occurred. Please sign, for aggressive investigative journalism at the UN and to tell the leaders of the UN that the UN, too, must live up to the principles of due process and freedom of the press.

UNfree Press
5,868 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to FCC

END Sinclair Broadcasting Propaganda

Sinclair owns nearly 200 local stations around the country. It forced dozens of anchors to recite the same political message – word for word. Now, Sinclair is trying to control local news stations in 72% of American homes with its eyes on even more. Sinclair Broadcast Media is posing a Threat to Democracy by forcing “Must-Run”, Pro-Trump, Pro-Conservative Propaganda "news segments" on unsuspecting & unaware Americans through the many local TV Stations the company owns as explained in this video... As stated in an article posted at, Sinclair Broadcast Group Chairman David D Smith stated to Trump during the 2016 election “We are here to deliver your message”. In the next video, former Trump campaign and White House official Boris Epshteyn is seen giving a one-sided praise of embattled EPA director Scott Pruitt who is under many investigations for wasting taxpayer money and other issues. As you can see in the video, it appear that Mr. Epshteyn is on a mission to bolster support for Pruitt rather than be truthful with viewers about his long list of controversies. TV news is supposed to be unbiased. Forcing people to view one-sided propaganda is similar to State run TV seen in Russia and other dictatorships. We DEMAND Sinclair Broadcast Media end their “Must-Run” Pro-Trump, Pro-Conservative commentaries at local TV stations throughout the United States.

US Citizens Alert
10 supporters