Topic

racial discrimination

67 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ambassador Bill Hagerty, president Trump, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

Criminalize racism in Japan

Japan is in violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in which Japan signed in 1995(https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=IND&mtdsg_no=IV-2&chapter=4&clang=_en). Japan is also in violation of the Japan constitution article 14 which states “All of the people are equal under the law and there shall be no discrimination in political, economic or social relations because of race, creed, sex, social status or family origin.Peers and peerage shall not be recognized. No privilege shall accompany any award of honor, decoration or any distinction, nor shall any such award be valid beyond the lifetime of the individual who now holds or hereafter may receive it”(https://japan.kantei.go.jp/constitution_and_government_of_japan/constitution_e.html). There have been and continue to be cases of blatant racism in Japan on a regular basis. Foreigners have been denied entry into businesses, denied apartment entry, and denied job interviews simply because of their race. Even when becoming a Japanese citizen, equal treatment is not given. If Japan wants a seat on the UN Security Council and host the Olympics, racism must be outlawed. Japan needs to be pressured to make this a reality because frankly, they seem to be even proud of this racism and will not change unless pressured into it. I ask President Trump, the Secretary of State, and the  ambassador to Japan to make it clear that they do not approve of the racism in Japan and the challenges it imposes on foreigners living in Japan.

出日道 里磨
15 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Geri Byrne

Stop the Proposed Fence at the Tulelake Municipal Airport, site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center, California

Modoc County, California, approved a 5-year $3.5 million airport development plan that includes a massive, 3-mile long, barbed-wire topped 8-foot high fence.  Having an airport, even a small and primitive airport, operating in the middle of the Tule Lake concentration camp site, is inappropriate and demeans the memory of more than 24,000 people who were incarcerated in Tule Lake. The proposed fence closes off remembrance of this civil and human rights tragedy, and it will destroy the integrity of this unique historic site. The fence will eliminate opportunities for Japanese Americans and others to visit, reflect and mourn. This exclusion will be a permanent legacy of Modoc County’s and the Federal Aviation Administration's failure to comprehend the traumatic injustice created by the racism, fed by wartime greed and hysteria and failed political leadership that led to the mass incarceration. The Tule Lake site has not yet been comprehensively surveyed to document surface and subsurface historic WWII resources. Consequently, it is a priority to identify structures and artifacts before more damage to the site takes place.  In July 2014, the Tule Lake Committee sought legally-mandated environmental review of the entire airport area, which occupies two-thirds of the former Tule Lake site.  However, instead of conducting careful examination of the entire area WITHIN the fence project, including subsurface review, the County and the FAA have argued their environmental responsibility is confined to surveying only a narrow strip of land where the 3-mile long fence would directly lie.    In the past year, the Tule Lake Committee participated in talks with Modoc County, the FAA, other state and federal agencies and local representatives, hoping to promote understanding of the historic site’s significance, urging it be protected, not destroyed.  Seeking a long-term solution to the problem of preserving an irreplaceable historic site, we raised the issue of moving the Tulelake airport to a less sensitive nearby location. It was clear to all interested parties that a small airport can be moved.  It is not possible to move a historic site. Thank you for signing our petition! We are grateful for your support. PS – Please like or follow our Facebook page (@SaveTuleLake) to receive updates on our campaign. 

Satsuki Ina with Stop the Fence at Tulelake Airport
37,969 supporters