Racial Justice

240 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to President Moon Jae-In

South Korea to enact laws prohibiting racial discrimination

There are no anti-discrimination laws on the basis of race or nationality in South Korea. There is no legal recourse for victims of racial discrimination in South Korea, nor, for example, is there any bill that protects the LGBT community.  Ethnic Koreans make up about 96% of the population, making it one of the least diverse countries in the world.  However, as the need to employ foreign workers arises, and as foreign interest in South Korean fashion, cosmetics and cinema grows, it is inevitable that more and more people would want to explore opportunities in Korea. On a personal level, I have lived, studied and worked in South Korea for over two years and I have experienced racism myself, but my experiences are nothing when compared to that of many others, such as people from South East Asian countries, people of color, people who have some weight on their bodies and so on.  Despite the racist attitudes toward foreigners as well as the degrading and inhumane treatment of foreign migrant workers, racism is the norm here — not the exception. Many people have walked away from Korea telling their stories of shock and horror, and you can find their stories on Youtube, on personal blogs, and elsewhere online.  However, those stories would most likely come from English teachers, spouses of Koreans, or fans of k-drama or k-pop, but what we don’t hear are the stories of those migrant workers, undocumented migrants, refugees, and the victims of abuse, because for one reason or another they are neglected in the process. While no one can deny what the South Koreans have endured as a people, and what blood, sweat and tears they have shed to build this wonderful country, racial discrimination should not serve as an excuse for self-preservation in the 21st century. A quick search on the internet, and it reveals that nearly all non-Koreans living in Seoul have experienced discrimination based on their nationality, appearance, or level of education, according to a 2015 survey. We therefore demand that South Korea enact anti-discrimination laws to end rampant abuse of migrant agricultural workers, abuse and exploitation such as unfair dismissal, sexual assault of women migrant workers, racial profiling of Muslim persons, different treatment toward mixed or ‘half-caste’ persons, discrimination based on nationality, color, religion, including ‘no-foreigners allowed’ policy etc. The bottom line is: due to lack of anti-discrimination laws, and a way to teach against racism, some Koreans, in particular businesses can abuse, exploit and discriminate against the foreign workers in South Korea. It is racist, unfair, out of date, and MUST STOP.

Donna Sparrow
354 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Women's March

Tamika Mallory Must Step Down From Women's March

The Jewish, LGBTQ+ communities and our allies are calling for National Co-Chair of the Women's March, Tamika Mallory, to step down from her position. Ms. Mallory has shown that she is unqualified to stand for the Women's movement or its intersectional values through her lack of allyship to our communities.  Mallory's complicity towards jew and LGBTQ+ hatred is well documented and goes against the organizations Unity Principles that "We must create a society in which women - including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women - are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments." Although it is disappointing that Jewish and several other religious minorities are not included in the Women's March charter, Mallory's unwavering support for Louis Farrakhan, a well-known homophobe, transphobe, and an anti-semite, has violated its principles. Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam, which has been declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Farrakhan has blamed Jews for 9/11, called Hitler "a great man," said  Hollywood Jews “are the chosen of Satan” for promoting gay marriage, and condemned interracial marriage. He also declared that “the Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out turning men into women and women into men,” degrading the transgender community. Yes, he may have done some positive things for the Black community, which we will forever stand in solidarity with, but Farrakhan's open hatred has already been condemned by the March itself, yet not Mallory.  “In regards to Minister Farrakhan, I think that is a distraction. People need to understand the significant contributions that these individuals have made to Black and Brown people,” Carmen Perez, another Co-Chair told Refinery29. “There are no perfect leaders. We follow the legacy of Dr. King, which is Kingian non-violence. We say we have to attack the forces of evil, not the people doing evil.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a remarkable advocate for the Jewish community. The attitude that Louis Farrakhan is a necessary ally is an insult to the numerous Black trailblazers like MLK who fight for racial justice without attacking other communities or praising Hitler. When addressed about her presence during a vile anti-semitic speech by Farrakhan and the times she has publically praised him, she did not and still has not condemned him. Instead, she tweeted dog whistles that targeted LGBTQ people and Jewish people as enemies of Jesus. She has not apologized for either act. Although Mallory later tweeted she is against homophobia and anti-semitism, she has not put her money where her mouth is. This is not the only offense Mallory has towards our communities. She has publically supported Fidel Castro, who has an abominable record on LGBTQ rights. Mallory is unfit for her position in the women's movement. Although we appreciate the activism she's done for some groups, her presence alienates women and allies from two communities that transcend race, class, and immigration status.  Any woman can be Jewish. Any woman can LGBTQ. But not any woman can lead them.  Tamika Mallory is not that woman. She has not demonstrated the willingness to educate herself to become the intersectional feminist leader we need. So she must go.

Ariel Sobel
316 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Florida State Senate, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Florida Governor, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Rick Scott, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Patrick Murphy, Ron DeSantis, Alcee Hastings, Lois Frankel, Gayle Harrell, Julio Gonzalez, Kionne McGhee, Barrington Russell, Williams, Barack Obama, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, United States Supreme Court, United Nations, United Nations Development Program

Defund Child Welfare, Dependency, and Family courts destruction of Families!

I want to inform you about the all too common violations occurring in Broward County and the South Florida area. The judicial system in conjunction with Broward County's System of Care choose to victimize its families through coercion, intentional civil and constitutional rights violations under “color of the law”, and by unnecessarily interfering in the right to parent.  Many parents are being harassed by Child Protective Services on a daily basis, even being arrested. There has been a rise in the number of warrantless removals of children from parents for not conforming to the falsification of non-evidentiary allegations. Why are so many families falling prey to Child Protective Services kid jacking and the Department of Children & Families as well as the Family Court System?  These entities financially benefit from incentivized adoptions, child support, and foster placements in the form of federal dollars via Title IV-D and Title IV-E funding.  The rate of misappropriation of funds due to these agencies maneuvering is mind blowing!  Facilities are facing overcrowding of living quarters due to excessive removals of children and agencies are unable to sufficiently provide services to children because caseloads are busting at the seams. Children in foster placements are more likely to face abuse for the first time. The agencies conspire to try to cover up reported abuse that occurs within the foster care system. Parents are being forced by the Department of Children and Families/ChildNet to abridge their freedom of Speech, freedom to exercise religious beliefs and practices, and infringe upon parental rights when fully intact. There has been repeated and documented falsification of documents and excessive abuse of discretion, abuse of power and authority, continuous violations of due process rights and civil rights, perjury, harboring and allowing abusers and government employees to break the laws and make up their own rules. There is no system of checks and balances to assure that these agencies are conforming and adhering to Chapter 39 of the Florida Statutes and lack adherence to Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.    Court appointed lawyers are in on the “racket” and do not even attempt to adequately defend these parent victims leaving them all but defenseless!  When the parents do attempt to clear their names, and seek help by reporting violations they are retaliated against and further impositions and restrictions are placed on them and their children (e.g. decreased visits, increased supervision, court ordered “evaluations”, classes, and mandatory therapy, negative case write ups, etc.).  These agencies egregious and tyrannical behavior needs to be persecuted under the RICO Act.   We need your assistance to bring justice for the residents of Broward County before any further damage is done. In the last two years alone there have been many documented and preventable deaths of children within the system's care. Please hear our plea for help to protect our children's best interest and well-being and to choose family preservation as the best option. The residents, citizens, and taxpayers of Broward County deserve equality and justice in this nation and demand change to fix this broken and unjust systems. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Your actions, decisions, and efforts will be deeply appreciated and will pay it forward in our shared community!  Sincerest Regards

Advocacy Activists
389 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Douglas A. Silliman, Joey Hood, Rex W. Tillerson, Donald J. Trump, Sylvia Evans

Help free a disabled U.S Veteran wrongfully imprisoned in Kuwait.

My daughter may never see her father again. Jermaine Rogers has served his country both in the military and as a contractor overseas. He now faces a lifetime in a foreign jail over fake drug charges. I need your help to get the Trump administration to bring him home. U.S. civilians serving to protect our country and in support of our military have been targeted by Kuwaiti police in the past. These charges have often turned out to be false, but only after the U.S. government intervened on their behalf. Jermaine needs that intervention today. Please sign my petition asking the Trump administration to demand the release of Jermaine Rogers so he can come back to the U.S. Death by hanging. That is almost what happened to Jermaine when he was falsely accused of dealing drugs. The death sentence was dropped, but a lifetime in jail isn’t much better, especially when you are innocent and thousands of miles away in a foreign land. I know Jermaine is innocent. He believes in serving America and that means representing our country with pride and the best behavior. Even if you do not believe my pleas, we should all agree a man who has served his country should not get life in prison for the non-violent crimes they claim he committed. So many people are standing up and speaking on behalf of Jermaine — people like U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut. As his family, we can’t thank them enough. We now need you. Please sign my petition today. Your signature will help bring our family together again and ensure actual justice is served for an American hero.

Karina Mateo
60,035 supporters