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 Donald Trump
Keep America's door open to refugees of all faiths and origins
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Trump turned America's back on refugees from around the world, singling out Muslims in particular. For most of the duration of Holocaust, the United States shut its doors to Jews, gays, political dissidents, and others who were exterminated on masse by the Nazis. Out of that monumental moral failing was born the 1951 Refugee Convention, with America leading the way among nations in opening its arms to persecuted people from around world. It is on this day that Trump chose to announce that America would once again shun the world's most desperate people; our human brothers and sisters who have undergone unthinkable suffering, loss, terror and pain. Even those already landed at our airports have been detained and will possibly be sent back. Sign this petition to send a message that we believe in America's leading role as a haven for the nationless; that the United States must reclaim its moral conscience.
Petition to Donald Trump
SEND A LETTER to Donald Trump demanding he resign as President.
To: President Donald J. Trump I am writing as a citizen of the United States to ask that you resign as President. Mr. Trump, it is very clear that you are not prepared, equipped, or qualified to handle the duties of President and lead this nation effectively. You have called the media "enemies," repeatedly lied to the public, alienated important allies, sided with our foreign adversaries, failed to disclose your tax returns, appointed unqualified Cabinet members, and thrown the entire nation into chaos with your reckless mismanagement of the White House, and your ill-advised policies, including your illegal attempt to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Instead of working to bring the nation together, you have wielded your newfound authority to fuel an unprecedented climate of distrust, division, and outright hate -- one that is pitting close friends, neighbors, and even relatives against one another. Our nation cannot begin to heal from these wounds until you are gone. For the good of the country, you must step down as President of the United States effective immediately. Sincerely, [Your name will be added here]
Petition to Senator John Hoeven, Govenor Doug Burgum
A Call to have North Dakota's Elected Officials Denounce President Trump's Muslim Ban
Dear Senator Hoeven and Governor Burgum: On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany to Cuba. Most of the passengers were Jews fleeing the Third Reich. Their intent was not to stay in Cuba: many passengers had applied for US visas. When the ship docked in Havana, the passengers were not admitted. Shaken, some cabled President Roosevelt asking for refuge. The request fell on deaf ears; many were sent back to Europe and killed during the war. We’re at risk of not just reliving, but doubling-down on, this stain on America’s past. “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” That’s an official Trump campaign release from December 7, 2015. It’s still on his campaign website. And as you probably know, President Trump recently issued an executive order that takes a significant step in that direction. Although styled as targeting only those from seven specific countries, one would have to ignore the President’s statements from before and after the election to conclude his intent was not to preclude Muslims from entering the country. We are writing to request that you, as one of North Dakota’s elected leaders, speak out against this executive order and any measure to ban Muslims from entering our republic. It goes against our collective values; we are a shining city upon a hill, a nation of immigrants, happily inviting those who seek a life of freedom and prosperity. The statue of liberty reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This is especially true for those fleeing religious persecution. Many of the British North American colonies that eventually comprised the United States were settled by those avoiding religious persecution. In Syria alone, 470,000 people have died. One in ten have been wounded or killed since the war began. Others across the Middle East, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, are at risk of death at the hands of ISIS for not adhering to ISIS’s specific Islamic denomination. Indeed, most of ISIS’s victims are Muslims. ISIS’s heinous religious persecution manifests itself in rape, forced marriages, beheadings and mass executions. It is a devastating humanitarian crisis on a grand scale. When those affected arrive at our door, it should not slam shut—it should open warmly and widely. To be sure, living in such a free country requires living with a degree of risk. That’s why we consider ourselves “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” And it only requires a little bravery to live with refugee-related risk: zero refugees from the countries affected by Trump’s ban have killed U.S. citizens in terrorist attacks. What’s more, U.S. citizens are more likely to die drowning in the bathtub than they are in a terrorist attack. Given such infinitesimal risk, we would flout our obligations as the shining city on the hill to close our doors to those fleeing persecution in the Middle East. The executive order not only violates U.S. and international law, it violates common decency and morality. It threatens to repeat the disgraceful story told by the transatlantic liner St. Louis. It threatens to destroy the very values that our founders and countless soldiers since the American Revolution have fought and died to uphold. It threatens to extinguish the light on the hill. Please stand with us and voice your opposition to this, and any, ban on immigration for those fleeing persecution.
Petition to Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Nikki Haley
Exempt Wartime Interpreters from President Trump's Executive Order Banning Immigration
As an U.S. Army Captain serving in Afghanistan, I was almost killed by Taliban fighters. My Afghan translator, Janis, saved my life. We made a promise to translators like Janis, who served alongside our troops, to help them immigrate to the United States.President Trump’s ban on all immigration of refugees breaks that promise to the thousands of Afghan and Iraqi wartime allies. The president's Executive Order shuts the door on thousands of foreign interpreters, our wartime allies, who served alongside our military since 2001. Enacting a four-month ban on ALL immigration of refugees and an outright ban on the immigration of Iraqis condemns thousands of our Iraqi wartime allies to languish and fend for themselves against the very enemies we asked them to help us fight.The blanket ban on immigration from Iraq and the four month moratorium on immigration from Afghanistan prevents our allies from reaching safety here in America and leaves countless thousands to be hunted for their service to the United States. If we commit to this, we will permanently harm our national security. Our credibility will be forever neutered if not eroded. Why would any potential ally ever trust America to keep its word again? It pains me to think how many US soldiers will now die in future wars because we couldn't recruit the local support that is often the difference between life and death. Moreover, this ban imposes a lifetime moral injury on our Iraq war veterans. Vietnam Veterans speak often of their half-century injury at having abandoned so many of our Vietnamese allies. Please ask President Trump to keep our promise to America’s veterans and allow for the Special Immigration Visa program to continue uninterrupted. Sincerely, Matt Zeller, Co-FounderNo One Left Behind
Petition to Katy Dickson, Margo Georgiadis
Ms. Dickson: Make a Muslim American Girl Doll
Dear Ms. Dickson, My name is Salwa and I am a middle school Muslim American girl. My little sister Zahra is in elementary school and we grew up reading all the American Girl stories. As American girls today, we are fortunate to be successors to a long line of real American girls who were strong, smart, courageous, and even defiant. But lately, it hasn’t always been easy to be strong. We’re lucky to go to a school where we are accepted, but we also know that many Muslim American kids are not as lucky. A recent study found that 42 percent of Muslims with children in grades K through 12 reported that their children had been bullied because of their religion. Even worse, the same study found that in 1 out of 4 incidents of bullying against Muslim students, teachers and school officials participated in the bullying. It’s wrong that any American girl or boy should have to grow up fearful to be themselves. Now, more than ever, it is critical that all Americans come together to protect and support each other. My sister and I can’t think of a more powerful way to show that our country is welcoming than by having a Muslim American girl join Addy, Felicity, Josefina, Julie, Kaya, Kit, Rebecca, and Samantha as an official American Girl doll. Sign our petition to ask American Girl to make a Muslim American doll. We love how each story in the American Girl book series is about a different girl from a different time in our nation’s history. Each girl introduced us to a part of our country’s history that we didn’t know about, and what it was like to be a girl at that time and place. Addy showed us what it was like for African Americans escaping slavery and Kaya showed us what it was like to live on this continent before America even existed. We admire their courage and rebellious spirit, and that they would do anything to fight for what they knew was right. Each girl in the American Girl series has a distinct personality and story, but no matter what her circumstances, each of them is strong, smart, and curious. By creating a Muslim doll in the American Girl series, our hope is that those people who are scared of or unsure about Muslims can get to know us through the story of the Muslim American Girl doll. With this doll, American Girl can help create a world where people like Zahra and I are accepted, and treated like any other American girl. Sincerely, Salwa and Zahra
Petition to International Olympic Committee
No Olympics In U.S. Until Trump's Travel Ban Is Lifted For Good!
We implore you to not allow any American city to host the Olympic games until Donald Trump's travel ban is gone once and for all. Athletes work a lifetime to achieve their dream and to have their hopes and dreams dashed because of this ban is against everything that the IOC strives for! "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well." Donald Trump's travel ban defeats athletes from several countries without them ever being able to compete. We believe that those who strive a lifetime to achieve, deserve their chance. The travel ban will not allow for this.
Petition to Donald Trump, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, United States Supreme Court, United Nations, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Get an all-girls Afghan robotics team visas to come to the USA by July 13
You might have recently heard about the Muslim Ban that puts heavy locks on those from 7 primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States, this ban has ripped apart families and prevented even grandparents of citizens from gaining entry to the US. Because of this ban an All-Girls Afghan robotics team was denied visa's to come to the USA to participate in a FIRST robotics competition, yet their robot will be participating in the competition without them. FIRST Robotics is a worldwide robotics competition where people are able to enter their robot into a competition and then are judged based on that robot and their presentation of it. This very special group of girls built a good enough robot that they were accepted into the FIRST Global Challenge held in Washington DC, and while teams from Syria and Sudan were granted Visa's to enter the US, this group of extraordinary girls were not. I would like to get these girls Visa's to enter the US so that they can attend their robotics competition and properly compete with their robot. Competitive High School Robotics is a large program, and to properly compete you often need to be on the scene with the robot to make sure that it functions properly. However, this group of girls will be forced to stay in Afghanistan and watch their robot compete from thousands of miles away. This group of extraordinary young women not only built a robot and entered it in FIRST, but then trekked 500 miles to the American Embassy in Kabul twice, in hopes of obtaining 7-day-visas only to be denied twice. In a country where the These girls are a rarity in themselves. In America, attending a robotics competition, it is highly uncommon to see all-girls teams, often you see a smattering of girls at these competitions. However, in Afghanistan robotics doesn't play as big of a part of their culture as it does here. In fact, as quoted by Roya Mahboob who found Citadel Software Company 'Robotics is very, very new in Afghanistan.' This is not to mention the difficulty of gaining a good education in Afghanistan as a girl and the possibility of even risking one's life simply to go to school (as shown by 2016 acid attacks). I hope you'll join me in this fight to get these girls visa's into the US so that they can attend their competition and help correct a glaring point of injustice against Muslims, women, and those from Afghanistan.