Petition to Humane Society International, Last chance for animals, Gurdians of Animal Protection, Duo Duo Project, Animal Equality
DOGS ARE FRIENDS, NOT FOOD!!!
Every year at the summer solstice, thousands and thousands of dogs becomes food to Yulin, Guangxi locals. These locals claim that these dogs are killed humanely as they said "eating dog is no different from eating pork or beef" However, campaigners beg to differ, they strongly claimed that the dogs are killed brutally and abominably. Some are being boiled, skinned and burned alive without mercy. Not only they kill dogs and eat them as dinner or lunch, they also steal other people's pet dog even if it's inside their owner's compound so that they could satisfy their pleasure in killing and having the guts to eat these dogs without conscience. This fact is supported by various pictures on the internet of dogs with collars in their necks clearly showing ownership. Just imagine if your pet is taken away from you, a pet you treasure like your own and these horrid, torturous ways of butchery is done to them? Would you just sit still and watch it happen? Won't you step forward and stop this inhumane tradition? DOGS ARE PETS NOT FOOD!! These practices are not only harmful and painful to dogs, but also humans, dog meat is not meant to be eaten because of various diseases, viruses and worms. They might be immune to these, but how would you feel if not only you, but your kids or nephew or niece or maybe your siblings or simply your whole family caught such diseases? By signing this petition you won't only stop Yulin Festival but also save countless dogs that are in danger as well as families and children that are at risk. HELP US ERADICATE YULIN FESTIVAL AND SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOGS!
Petition to email@example.com
Make dash cams mandatory in all vehicles in the Philippines
I’ve seen it happen too many times. And I’m sure you have, too. Traffic is moving like molasses––or worse, as fast as your local mobile data connection. Sure you’re used to congestion, but this is still out of the ordinary. And worse, comes with no logical explanation. Then, after patiently crawling and defending every square inch in front of you from lane thieves, you see it: a fender bender. A simple, garden-variety, fender bender. It’s as common as dirt, but still, everyone must stop and stare like they saw a Kardashian. Now this is a phenomenon not unique to the Philippines; even the most developed countries succumb to this primal urge. But what is unique to the Philippines is the need to prolong the agony. Basically, what could and should be sorted out quickly by taking a couple of snaps and swapping numbers and license details, is aggravated by this antiquated need to back traffic up to the mid-eighties just so we can wait for a traffic officer to draw a sketch. Yes, a sketch. Which is basically a technique that cavemen would use to describe a scene. So much for 2016. Funny, we are the selfie capital of the world and––by capita at least––the largest embracers of social media; yet for some strange reason, when it comes time to actually put those phone cameras to good use, we still need to wait for kindergarten cop to come over and draw a pretty picture that can be submitted as evidence to the insurance companies and the traffic accident bureau. Why, you ask? Well a large part is our cultural resistance to adopt any logical or more efficient method due to a paralysing fear that it may affect someone’s source of income, but a larger part is trust. I don’t know if it is inherent in our culture, but given an opportunity, too many drivers out there will change their tune once they have left the scene. No matter how at fault they know they are. It seems that some people will rather use the same effort, money, and resources avoiding responsibility than they would to just pay the damages in the first place. Sometimes it has nothing to even do with the money and becomes a matter of pride or a nauseating abuse of power. And this is where it starts getting ugly. I could fill the rest of this column with horror stories of sketches being drawn in favor of the highest bidder, motorists promising to pay for damages then denying till they die, enforcers harassing, intimidating and extorting motorists, or I could sum up the solution for you in two short words: Dash Camera. Personally, I believe the time has come to make these mandatory in every car, just like they are in Russia, as well as in taxi cabs in Singapore, Taiwan and Korea, simply because it is the simplest, most cost-effective way to protect yourself from the evil that lurks out on our roads. No more he-said-she-said. Let the cameras tell the story. We have gone way past the point of taking one word against the other. It’s time we take back our right to remain silent. The amount of time and money it will save in investigations, sketches, traffic, insurance fraud and court cases alone is already good enough reason to make it mandatory. Then you have the added benefit of deterring or reporting habitual law-breakers like counter-flowers, red-light-beaters, left-lane-hoggers and abusive traffic enforcers. I’ll guarantee you that once you have one installed, you will find that you tend to drive around with a newfound confidence. Instead of feeling vulnerable when you’re involved in a traffic accident, or a cop tries shaking you down for a traffic violation, or infuriated when a VIP’s backup vehicle with rent-a-thugs try to run you off the road, you look at it as viral YouTube content. It’s all a matter of perspective. And the best part is that because it is a two-way street, it makes you a better driver in the process because there’s no point showing a video of some idiot doing something stupid when you happen to be doing something just as stupid yourself, right? It’s a jungle out there. And if there’s anything we’ve learned from it, it’s that humans behave better when they know they are being watched. So it’s time to put eyes everywhere. Because as much as I value privacy, you lose all rights to it if you want to behave bad publicly. So short of having CCTVs installed nationwide, the mandatory use of dash cameras is just common sense. So let’s make it more common.
Petition to Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Psychiatrists
Donald Trump is dangerous for our country. His impulsiveness and lack of control over his own emotions are of concern. It is our patriotic duty to raise the question of his mental stability to be the commander in chief and leader of the free world. Mr. Trump appears to exhibit all the symptoms of the mental disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Mental health professionals need to come forward and urge the Republican party to insist that their nominee has an evaluation to determine his mental fitness for the job. It is entirely possible that some individuals with NPD can successfully function in many careers, but not the Presidency of the United States. We deserve to have the greatest understanding of Mr. Trump's mental health status before we head to the polls on November 8th, 2016. #DiagnoseTrump So far in his campaign for President of the United States, Donald Trump has unabashedly exploited fears for political gain. His trolling-tweets alone have helped damage our country's relationship with foreign allies - threatening our national security. His divisiveness has only served to make us less safe. 6,000 lawsuit and one failed Trump University later, we have seen his ruthless business practices on full display, ripping off thousands of hard working Americans - without remorse - to put an extra dollar in his pocket. #DiagnoseTrump The American Psychiatrist Association has declared it unethical for psychiatrists and psychologists to “comment on an individual’s mental state without examining him personally and having the patient’s consent to make such comments.” I call on mental health professionals to publicly urge the Republican party to conduct an evaluation of Mr. Trump and officially determine if he is mentally fit to lead the free world. #DiagnoseTrump Mr. Trump appears unable to control his compulsion and displays characteristics of all nine criteria to officially diagnose an individual with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. #DiagnoseTrump If you believe Trump has publicly displayed characteristics of the nine criterion below, please sign this petition as a call to action to #DiagnoseTrump. Narcissistic Personality Disorder DSM IV Criteria: Definition: A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following: (1) Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements); (2) Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love; (3) Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions); (4) Requires excessive admiration; (5) Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations; (6) Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends; (7) Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others; (8) Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her; (9) Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes. For more information, click here: www.emedicine.medscape.com/
Petition to Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Canada: Don't Abandon Refugees at Risk in the U.S.
One week into his administration, President Trump signed executive orders that violate the human rights and safety of refugees. Hundreds of people were arrested and detained by immigration authorities, for no other reason than their nationality. Untold numbers of others were refused permission to travel to the United States. Despite a federal court’s temporary blockage of the Muslim ban, the situation remains volatile, unpredictable and dangerous for refugees. Canada must act now to protect refugees at risk in the United States. Join our call on the Canadian government to immediately rescind the ‘Safe Third Country Agreement’ with the U.S. so that refugees who turn to Canada for protection are able to do so. The Canada-U.S. ‘Safe Third Country Agreement’ means that most asylum seekers in the U.S. must make their refugee claim there, instead of in Canada. The agreement is based on the assumption that the U.S. is a “safe” country. The United States is no longer a safe country for refugees. President Trump’s executive orders blatantly violate international refugee and human rights legal obligations, including under the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture. Some of the decisions such as the indefinite suspension of Syrian refugee resettlement, and the decision to deny admission to the United State for nationals of seven predominately Muslim countries for 90 days, have had an immediate impact. While these executive orders have been challenged in court, the orders and court challenges have led to confusion in the administration of the order. It is unclear as to when the impact of other changes, such as the call for large scale immigration detention, an expansion of expedited removal without due process, the ability of state and local officials to detain people suspected of immigration violations, and criminal prosecutions for unauthorized entry, will be felt. Some issues, such as President Trump’s frequent indications that he believes that torture is effective, linger as ominous indications of what might be to come. Amid a global emergency in which 21 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution, the move by one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful countries to block off the avenue of resettlement and potentially criminalize people for seeking asylum is nothing short of appalling. Canada cannot wait to see how things continue to develop in the days and weeks to come. Canada must immediately rescind designation of the United States as a “safe third country” and give refugees an opportunity to seek asylum in Canada.
Petition to Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison
To the DNC: Make Keith Ellison Chairman or We Start a New Party of, for, & by the People.
The Democratic Party, as it stands now, is a party run by corporations to push corporate candidates that pursue corporate interests. Following an unfair primary that heavily favored the establishment pick, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party has made no changes to ensure party members that it would not again subvert the will of the people. We the people and voters of the Democratic Party hereby demand the party enact actual change and ensure us it will never go against the will of the voters again. As a start, we demand Keith Ellison for DNC chairman. If the DNC cannot start with this simple step of changing party leadership and reassuring its betrayed base of working class voters that their voices matter, we will create a new party--a party of, by, and for the people.
Petition to Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Charles Schumer
Real people NEED The ACA-Obamacare. Don't play politics with people's health and lives.
My wife has pre existing conditions. Before the blessing that is Obamacare came along, because of those life altering pre existing conditions, we were only able to afford a health insurance policy that had a $10,000 deductible at a very high monthly premium. She couldn't afford to see doctors regularly and her health deteriorated. I remember counting the days to Obamacare and spending most of the night, and many frustrating days following, struggling to sign up, and once we did, the smile on my wife's face, the sigh of relief that she too can see a doctor, and there was hope. I remember tears of relief and hope. We celebrated the peace of mind this brought us with a hug, a smile and a good nights sleep. Today, there are tears again, fear instead of hope, anxiety instead of peace of mind, worries and sleepless nights (it is 3:42 am as I write this). I hear politicians exclaiming, speaking indignantly, waving their fists and wagging their tounges all preaching about what will happen when 25,000,000 get cut and have no insurance, the outcry there will be.....well, we are those 25,000,000, we are each a human being , not a number. You know us, we are your family member, your neighbor, your Uber driver, your friend, your classmate from years ago, your acquaintance of today.... STOP using our plights for political fodder and for so much fist waving and speechifying! STOP being resigned to the fact that there are not enough Democrats in the Senate to stop this lunacy and reach out to Republican Senators who are thinking individuals and STOP the insanity! Senators McConnel and Schumer, do the hard work that is your job and that you know how to do so well and make it known that this end of Obamacare tragedy and travesty will NOT happen. Don't let us suffer with anxiety and sleepless nights and worse ! For my wife, who is asleep as I write this while I am up worrying about her health and healthcare, for all of us , each one of us, real people - not numbers, DON'T wait to see and hear the outcry when 25,000,000 are left without insurance! Do the hard work of bringing sanity back now. Our health, and our healthcare is not, and should not be a partisan issue! DON'T LEAVE 25,000,000 PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. SAVE OBAMACARE/ The Affordable Care Act! PS: If you say there will be insurance available for those with pre existing conditions, you know that premiums for those with any pre existing condition will go back to being astronomically expensive and unaffordable and high risk pools are either unavailable, most don't meet criteria eligibility, and those that do see high costs and even higher deductibles.
Petition to Barack Obama
Immediately pardon Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistleblower
My husband Jeffrey Sterling is a former C.I.A. operative and an innocent man who was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 -- for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He’s now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado. This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. My husband was wrongfully sentenced to prison simply because he was in touch with a journalist. During Jeffrey’s trial, the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen. They relied on circumstantial evidence -- emails and telephone conversations -- to try to make a case to a jury who would likely favor his conviction. Jeffrey utilized proper channels and informed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of his concern for the safety of the American people -- as such Jeffrey is a whistleblower. Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters without Borders, RootsAction and ExposeFacts in my request to the Obama Administration to immediately issue a pardon for my husband. President Obama publicly committed to a transparent government, yet it has been shrouded in mistruth and secrecy. Jeffrey’s conviction is only the latest chapter in the administration’s war on whistleblowers and sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of information. In fact, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined. An innocent man who dedicated his life to serving the United States has been wrongfully jailed under President Obama’s watch. This is his opportunity to show Jeffrey, our country, and the world what it means to be a true leader by acknowledging and making amends for a grave injustice that has been done. This can only be accomplished by granting Jeffrey Alexander Sterling an immediate pardon. Jeffrey and I will not give up hope that many will soon realize the wrong that has been done and will help to make sure that Jeffrey will be vindicated. I will not cease discussing this tragedy in hopes that it will garner enough support for his release. Please sign my petition and share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #pardonforjeffrey as a way to help. Thank you. Supportive Organizations: Reporters without Borders RootsAction ExposeFacts Bill of Rights Defense Committee / Defending Dissent Foundation Center for Media and Democracy Freedom of the Press Foundation The Nation Restore the Fourth
Petition to Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, Army Inspector General
Investigate 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry and SFC William R. Edwards!
All my son, former Army Specialist Walter Benjamin Drumm ever wanted to do was be a soldier. He enlisted in the Army just eight days after graduating high school in 2010 and was assigned to infantry training at Ft. Benning, GA. From the beginning the grit and determination he displayed on the wrestling mat as a kid was in full display as he was forced to start his infantry training over after breaking his foot in week 9 of the 13 week training cycle. Upon graduation Ben was first assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division out of Ft. Hood TX where as a part of Operation New Dawn he served with distinction, pulling double duty as an MRAP Driver and Light Machine Gunner in the dangerous Dialya Province of Iraq in 2011. He was decorated for his excellent service and re-enlisted in 2012, accepting an assignment to Ft. Campbell KY and the 101st Airborne Division. There my son continued to distinguish himself, graduating from the Sablauski Air Assault School in May of 2013. In July 2015 my son and his wife were involved in a dispute with on-base housing at Ft. Campbell after being anonymously reported for child neglect. My son was briefly detained while an investigation was performed by both the Provost Marshall and Kentucky State Child Protection Services, both which concluded that their little girl was not in any danger. The base Case Review Committee did recommend parenting classes, which both Ben and his wife successfully completed. Despite this, Ben was put on notice in August 2015 that his unit leadership were seeking to have him involuntarily separated from active duty under UCMJ Article 134, Child Endangerment. At this time Ben had not been charged with any crime by either the base authorities or his command, and yet they proceeded with the separation. After meeting with an Army JAG lawyer Ben prepared a rebuttal to the Child Endangerment charge and provided documentation that he and his wife had been cleared of any wrongdoing, and submitted this to his company and battalion command in October 2015. However instead of having him separated for Child Endangerment his company leadership changed the charge to Serious Misconduct, using the same evidence for the offense for which he had been cleared! In order to involuntarily discharge a soldier for any wrongdoing he or she must first be formally read an intent by their company commander to charge them under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. At that time the evidence or allegation(s) of said misconduct are presented and the soldier has the right to either agree with them and accept whatever punishment the commander deems necessary (up to and including separation!), or they can refuse to and request their case be presented for Court Martial, where a panel of officers not part of that soldier's chain of command hears evidence and decides on their guilt or innocence, much like a civilian court trial. Ben was never charged with any crime, nor had he any record of misconduct. When he was notified in November 2015 that his separation had cleared Brigade Command and he would be granted no further chances to appeal he discovered that the Brigade Command Sergeant Major had been informed by both his company and battalion command that among other things he had failed his last Physical Fitness Test, given in September. This was not true as Ben was able to prove by providing a copy of his Enlisted Record. This was but one of several false reports of substandard performance provided by the acting First Sergeant of Bravo Company 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry, Sergeant First Class William R. Edwards. Ben first met SFC Edwards when he first reported to Bravo Company in February of 2013. Edwards was his platoon sergeant and up until an exercise at Ft. Bragg, NC in that year they got along fine. It was during that exercise that Ben was assigned to perform as the opposing force or OpFor and as Afghan National Army or ANA troops in preparation for an upcoming deployment in 2014. Ben used both his experience from his 2011 deployment working with Iraqi soldiers and insights from speaking with Special Forces soldiers who had served alongside the ANA to provide as accurate a portrayal as possible. The remaining members of his platoon under SFC Edwards didn't fare so well as Ben and his fellow OpFor/pretend ANA either refused to cooperate at times or used tactics outside of the Rules of Engagement as would the Taliban. At that point Ben was warned by his fellow soldiers upon returning to Ft. Campbell that Edwards had "taken it personally", and that he was "out to get him". The first thing Edwards did was to get Ben excluded from the unit's deployment to Afghanistan in 2014. He used Ben's brief involvement with Behavioral Health shortly after being assigned to Ft. Campbell for issues stemming from his 2011 deployment. Ben did this on his own and was neither involved with Behavioral Health or taking any medication for over 6 months when his company command decided due to Edwards' report that he was "too unstable" to be trusted. While assigned to rear detachment Ben was temporarily reassigned to the 551st Military Police Company for 7 months, earning more accolades and decoration. Prior to this and afterwards all of Ben's requests for any professional or skills development training were repeatedly denied due to a low General Technical or GT score in his record. Ben rectified this in 2014 while assigned to the 551st, raising his score from 92 to 110, which qualified him for whatever training he wished to pursue. In addition to this Ben was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal in July of 2014, which a soldier cannot receive if he/she has been charged with anything. Upon being notified of his unit's intent to pursue separation Ben enlisted the help of the Allentown, PA office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, who represents our home state of Pennsylvania. His Brigade command provided the senator with a transcript of the base case review committee's report which suggested that there was evidence of child neglect, yet omitted the part where it recommended parenting classes instead of formal charges, or removing the child from the home. A private investigator from Nashville, TN who took my son's case on a pro bono basis later discovered that the Ft. Campbell office of the Army Inspector General had no fewer than 8 open investigations on 1-502 Infantry, of which 7 were on Bravo Company alone! I have also been privy to several conversations between Ben and SFC Edwards without his knowledge via Skype, and as a veteran myself I can honestly say that my son is a better man than I. The way Edwards spoke to him on numerous occasions behind closed doors was indicative of a vindictive and abusive personality who deliberately tried to goad my son into a physical confrontation. The vitriol spewed by this man has no place in any facet of civilized society, even in the Armed Forces and was to say the least, unbecoming of a noncommissioned officer in the United States Army. Despite all the inconsistencies with what was reported and Ben's actual record he was released from active duty on December 15, 2015 with a General Discharge under Honorable Conditions. This means that he is ineligible to reenlist until June of 2016, and then only if he can receive a waiver or an upgrade to an Honorable Discharge. He has already begun pursuing that in addition to going back to school full-time in pursuit of a career in law enforcement. Honestly, the young man doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit". I am respectfully requesting that Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning open an official inquiry into the conduct of the leadership of 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry and specifically that of Bravo 1-502 and acting 1SGT Edwards. This should also involve both the office of the Inspector General and the Army Criminal Investigation Command. Prior to and after his discharge Ben has networked with many of his former comrades and sadly, his case is not unique. SFC Edwards epitomizes the type of toxic and unethical leadership that the Army values condemn, and his deliberate manipulation of both documentation and the narrative in regards to Ben's case clearly fit the criteria to be charged under Article 107 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which is deliberate falsification of records or statement. No soldier should have to be subjected to what my son went through, and if we can see that this disgrace to the uniform never has the chance to do it to another soldier again then justice will finally be served.