No Muslim Ban
Petition to President of the United States
Do not ban Muslims from entering the United States
Dear Mr. President, Banning Muslims from legally entering the United States may have very important and dangerous consequences. There are many people from the countries included in your last order who are active members in our community and have worked very hard to make this country one of the best nations in the world. The order will make many of these people very distressed and unwelcomed. The homeland security department has a very detailed process in issuing visa to visitors from these countries. The visa processing takes weeks to years and every person guaranteed a visa to our country undergoes a very rigorous background check. Furthermore there are no terror attacks inside our land from citizens of any of the 7 countries included in the order. The order will also cause more resentment against our country and may encourage attacks on our facilities outside our borders. Due to that we highly encourage you to reconsider these orders. Respectfully yours,
Petition to Lee C. Bollinger, President
Columbia University - Establish a Barack Obama Policy Institute
Signers of this petition are interested in establishing a nonpartisan Policy Institute and Social Service Fellowship Program at Columbia University. The proposed institute would serve as an incubator for policy development & social service advocacy to continue & commemorate the legacy of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama - Columbia University Class '83. What's the Mission?The proposed goal of the Institute is to: 1) place itself at the forefront of research and the development of public policy as it corresponds with the President's directive. 2) oversee a professional development fellowship program to develop a cadre of social service professionals. Why Columbia?Columbia's reputation of creating innovative research institutions and diverse policy programs has attracted and engaged the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding and service to society. The University is a beacon in New York City and a national titan when it comes to producing some of our country's most devoted public servants and civil rights defenders. Many are aware of Alumni President Barack Obama and U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton; however, few are cognizant of fellow public service alumni such as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg ( Law'59), and former Attorney General Eric Holder (CC'73 Law'76). With access to many of the nation's industry leaders and policy wonks, what better location than Columbia University? .... and all while having New York City as its backdrop! Who can sponsor initiative?This petition requests University President, Lee C. Bollinger (Law '71), in conjunction with all vested parties, champion the effort on behalf of the petition signers. President Bollinger is one of the country’s foremost First Amendment scholars, in addition to having led the historic Supreme Court case of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, which defined the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. Within the last decade and a half, President Bollinger aggressively established a network of eight Columbia Global Centers on four continents; led a sustainable (LEEDs) designated university expansion; and forged a $30mm faculty diversity program. Under his tutelage, the University could provide futile ground for developing a world-class institution and distinguished pool of young leaders.
Petition to Paul Ryan
Tell Speaker Ryan: Urge President Trump to revoke ban on refugees
The United States has long been a leader in providing freedom, hope and safe refuge for vulnerable people and those fleeing violence and persecution around the world, no matter their race, religion or nationality. With more than 65 million people around the world forced to flee their homes, the need for U.S. leadership is greater now than ever before in our history. We must take action now to ensure that the United States remains a place of safe refuge for the world’s most vulnerable families. President Trump has signed an executive order ending the Syrian refugee program while suspending our broader refugee program for 120 days. And yet Speaker Paul Ryan said in June, “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party but as a country.” The U.S. accepted just 15,000 Syrian refugees in 2016. Among them are doctors and teachers, mothers and fathers, children and students — people just like us who are trying to start new lives after losing almost everything. They need our help now. Tell Speaker Ryan: Stand up for your principles and work with fellow members of Congress to urge President Trump to revoke this executive order and to uphold the United States’ legacy of welcoming refugees fleeing conflict and persecution.
Petition to Bill Schuette
AG Bill Schuette should file federal lawsuit challenging President Trump's immigration ban
President Donald J. Trump's executive order titled "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States," which bans immigrants and refugees from several Muslim-majority countries, clearly violates the U.S. Constitution and federal statutes. Michigan's beautifully diverse population strengthens our communities and our economy. This ban not only hurts our state, it violates our shared American values of religious freedom and equality. It violates basic human decency to turn our backs on people, especially children, who are fleeing terror, and it should be condemned. And already, there are Michigan residents whose constitutional rights have been violated by this ban. We call on Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to vigorously defend all people in Michigan from this unconstitutional attack by President Trump. Schuette should file a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Michigan residents who have been harmed, and join existing federal lawsuits.
Petition to Bill de Blasio, U.S National Park Services, Andrew Cuomo
Cover the Statue of Liberty until Muslim Ban Ended and Bannon out of the White House
Now that the Trump Administration has issued an executive order banning immigration from certain Muslim countries, the Statue of Liberty has become an embarrassing icon of America's past that the present does not live up to. The famous inscription at its base, "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," has become a cruel anachronism. Since the logistics of returning the statue to France, or perhaps lending it to Canada, are unrealistic, the most honest representation of our national attitude toward immigrants would best be reflected by a shroud, cover, or even a veil over Lady Liberty. As has been reported by the Washington Post, this and other misguided executive orders come from the fascist, racist minds of Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and possibly Trump himself. Bannon certainly has no business being inside the White House advising the most powerful person on the planet or on the National Security Council. The American conception of liberty is in grave peril so long as Bannon has a White House appointment. The 'Muslim Ban' is also unfortunately just one aspect of a larger change to immigration laws. The New York Times reports Feb. 22 that Trump is accerlating deportations drastically with a set of measures that should alarm any American. We the undersigned hope the mayor of New York City and Park Service will cover the statue, in hopes that such a powerful protest will speed the time that American policies once again live up to the promise the Statue represents. Thanks to Federal Judge Ann M. Donnelly of Brooklyn, part of Trump's executive order was blocked on Jan. 28, but the fight is not over, and the very fact of the order being issued is an insult to the idea of American liberty. The Statue should be covered not only until the ban is officially rescinded but until Trump and his xenophobic, fascist administration is removed from power.
Petition to Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Vanita Gupta
THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER
For the years that Harold Hempstead worked in the Dade Correctional Institution Transitional Care Unit he witnessed the torturing and starving of dozens of mentally disabled inmates and the brutal murder of Darren Rainey. Dade C.I. staff were using a shower that reached temperatures in excess of 180 degrees to punish mentally disabled inmates. The fifth inmate they placed in the shower, Darren Rainey, was killed in the shower. The Dade County State Attorney’s Office has a long history of not holding law enforcement liable for murders and acts of violence committed in Dade County. To a lot of people Darren Rainey’s life didn’t matter. Why? Because he was a poor, black, mentally-disabled, Muslim prisoner. His Koran was thrown in the trash by an officer. Rainey got mad and defecated in the middle of his cell floor. When he refused to clean it up, he was placed in the shower with 180 degree water and killed. Please read the links to the Miami Herald newspaper and New Yorker magazine articles written on this murder and help us by signing this petition. We are asking for one million signatures so we can present this petition to the DOJ asking for justice for the murder of Darren Rainey, and so we can present this petition to the Dade County State Attorney’s Office and showing her: That the lives of poor people matter, that black lives matter, that the lives of the mentally disabled matter, that the lives of Muslims matter, that the lives of prisoners matter; and that the life of poor, black, mentally-disabled, Muslim prisoner Darren Rainey mattered. https://haroldhempsteadcagedcrusader.wordpress.com/ http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/02/the-torturing-of-mentally-ill-prisoners http://www.miamiherald.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-7642884967523832%3A9709061890&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=UTF-8&q=harold+hempstead&sa=Search#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=harold%20hempstead&gsc.page=1 Because Florida Department of Corrections are subjecting Harold Hempstead and other inmates to severe persecution when they speak to the press, we are also petitioning the USDOJ and FDLE to ask them to uphold and protect Freedom of Speech in Florida. Please spare a moment to help by signing this: https://www.change.org/p/florida-stop-endangering-the-witness-to-your-crimes
Petition to Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, U.S. Senate, Hillary Clinton, Mitch McConnell
Bring Muslims back home
Days ago, supreme courts ruled against Donald Trump's muslim ban. Now, he is drafting a whole new ban, one which could stop more people from coming home to their families. Imagine, you are a kid, whose father was away on buisness, a father which was a hard working American who migrated to the US to avoid persecution back home, imagine you are this kid who is being told by your mother that Dad won't come home. This isn't the dream America, where we all are free. Even some with green cards are being heavily screened or unable to come back home, just because of their nationality. The refugees from the banned nationalities are harmless. In fact, they haven't even commited a terrorist attack in 40 years. This ban is hurting our economy, Muslim workers can't do their jobs because they can't go back to their homes. This ban is extremely discriminatory towards Muslims and doesn't help trying to make friends with countries we feud with. In conclusion, this ban prevents people from coming back home to their jobs, friends, and family. This petition is bad for economy, it is discriminatory as it judges people by their ethnicity, banning them, even though these people have done nothing wrong, and, it is based of off the false idea that most people coming from these countries seek to do us harm, which is completly false. Please sign my petition, and together, we bring Muslims back home to their families.
Petition to Governor Jay Inslee and all United States Governors
Proclaim February 3 as Immigration Preservation Day across America
To preserve this nation's allegiance to immigration, and secure the ongoing prosperity of our nation through immigration, we call on our nation’s Governors to proclaim February 3–the historic day the U.S. District Court temporarily lifted the Trump administration’s ban on Muslims–as Immigration Preservation Day, and declare it a permanent state holiday. As a nation of immigrants, America rests her security on her time-honored reputation of being a beacon of liberty, hope and prosperity to all. In fact, our founding fathers were the first immigrants to find sanctuary in this land. Since then, America has been built from the ground up and prospered on the backs, strengths, talents, and ideals of new generations of courageous immigrants who struggled to reach our shores. It’s easy to forget that our nation's most enduring legacy is one of immigration. Yet our history would not be so formidable, nor we so blessed, without the heritage and contributions of our immigrant forefathers and mothers. Now, this legacy is under seige. Anti-immigration rhetoric is anti-American, plain and simple. Those who seek to dismantle immigration negate their own immigrant heritage by promoting unorthodox claims that new immigrants are a threat to our way of life. In truth, immigration has always been our way of life. It’s anchored in our Statue of Liberty that raises her torch to it, calling new generations of immigrants to this land of opportunity since the day of her inauguration in 1886. Preserving our innate and historic way of life is paramount. Immigration Preservation Day will positively reclaim and celebrate the plurality of our nation while recognizing the eventful day where our justice system boldly acted to stop the Muslim ban and uphold our democratic rule of law. And, as Americans of all descents join together in celebration, Immigration Preservation Day will also remind us all of the phrase inscribed on the Great Seal of the United States: E pluribus unum–Out of many, one. Please sign this petition to preserve our proud heritage and way of life, and end the tide of xenophobia that is gripping this nation.