Petition to Barack Obama
Let's Bring Aya To America
Dear President Obama, Please join us in our effort to bring a very special refugee to America. First—thank you. Thank you for maintaining your restraint and calm during a time of increasing fear and hatred. Thank you for taking a stance against the dangerous and divisive rhetoric of the past few weeks. Thank you for continuing to advocate tolerance and insisting that the United States will honor its commitment toward refugees. We stand with you in refusing to demonize millions of people due to the actions of a few violent individuals. We also agree that the United States must play an important part in sheltering innocent civilians displaced by war. Especially those wars involving our military. Second—we’d like to bring your attention to a young woman who was turned away by America. Her name is Aya. We believe America’s rejection of Aya is a mistake. She is in the process of filing an appeal, and we’d like to invite you to personally learn her story and lend your voice to our advocacy on her behalf. We know she is only one of millions, but she is important to us. We believe that Aya is an innocent victim of the wars in both Iraq and Syria. We believe her when she says she loves America. We do not believe that Aya poses a threat to the security of the United States. Mr. President, Aya is in a very vulnerable situation right now. So if you believe along with us that she deserves to be an American, please lend your voice to our advocacy on her behalf. Thank you again for welcoming refugees and promoting tolerance. Sincerely,Friends of Aya. -------------------------------------------------------- Aya's story can be found here: www.facebook.com/humansofnewyorkSee her interview with Fareed Zakaria here: http://cnn.it/1QmVOX4
Petition to To the Syrian regime/النظام السوري
Release my wrongfully accused friend, open-Internet advocate Bassel Khartabil (Safadi), from Syrian prison.
In 2012, the Syrian government arrested my friend Bassel Safadi and brought him to a military court, and accused him of "harming state security”. Bassel is a distinguished computer engineer credited with opening up the Internet in Syria — a country with a notorious record of online censorship — and vastly extending online access and knowledge to the Syrian people. The Syrian government has falsely accused my friend Bassel Safadi, put him in prison, and tortured him. Tell them to set Bassel free. The Syrian government has arbitrarily detained my friend Bassel in prison, and tortured him. He has spent so far 3 years and 7 months in prison. We know putting public pressure on can help. When he was first arrested, Bassel was tortured for months in a secret military prison system which Human Rights Watch has called a “torture archipelago.” But after pressure from organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla, Creative Commons, and others, they stopped torturing Bassel, and moved him to a civilian prison where his wife could visit, and we could track his welfare. But now the Syrian government moved Bassel again, and won’t tell us where he is or what is happening. His friends and family now fear that he has been forced back into the horrible secret prison system, or sent to the military court in Qaboon. My friend Bassel is an advocate for free and open communication.. Bassel never held a weapon or threatened the security of Syria. Bassel has also contributed to numerous major Internet projects including Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Wikipedia, and was ranked by the American magazine Foreign Policy as the 19th most influential thinker in 2012. His voluntary work, always non-violent in nature, was greatly valued by Syrians of all backgrounds. His arrest has been a huge setback to the growth of online communities and free expression in Syria. Help me set my friend free. Help Syria’s future, help the Internet’s future in the Arab world. My friend Bassel is an advocate for free and open communication. Please join me in urging the Syrian government to release Bassel Khartabil (Safadi).
Petition to Barack Obama
Support Syrian Children’s Right to Education
Why this is important? A message from Muzoon, a Syrian refugee, education advocate and Malala Fund ambassador. I am Muzoon. When Malala came to visit the Syrian refugee camp in Jordan where my family was relocated after fleeing the war, she encouraged me to continue raising my voice on behalf of Syrian children like me who are trying to get an education despite the conflict that has forced us to leave our homes or shut our schools. On February 4th, leaders from some of the most powerful countries in the world will meet at a conference in the UK to make commitments to do more to help the millions of Syrians who have been affected by the conflict, including the 3.5 million children whose education has been interrupted or is yet to start. Malala and I will be there to demand that leaders give each of these children the chance to learn, but we need your support. Join us to demand the Syrian Conference finds the $1.4 billion a year needed to make sure all Syrian children affected by the conflict get an education, starting in 2016. If this commitment is not made and more money provided this year, we will only be able to educate one in five Syrian children whose education has been affected by the conflict. This is not good enough. Every child has a right to education, in war and in peace. People fear that we will become a “lost generation” but today we are #notlost. We are the greatest hope for Syria's future and we must make sure the world invests in that hope through education. Please stand with Malala and I and challenge the world’s leaders to commit at least $1.4 billion to education on February 4th. We are #notlost. We are here and we are ready to build our futures and that of Syria. We need the world’s leaders to give us the opportunity to do so.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Help Refugees Survive a Brutal Winter
The world currently finds itself facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. You could play an important role in helping the more than four million Syrian refugees who have been fleeing violence, persecution, and the terrorist threat of ISIS. The United Nations and its humanitarian agencies are working around the clock to provide safety, security, shelter, food, vaccines and education to Syrian refugees in need. However, they cannot continue to ease the suffering of civilians without adequate support for the UN and its agencies from Congress. Helping refugees is a core value of the United States and the United Nations. Let’s make sure the U.S. fully supports the UN’s life-saving efforts. Here are a just a few examples of the UN’s work in support of Syrian refugees: The World Food Program (WFP) is delivering lifesaving food assistance to more than four million people in Syria every month, as well as 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. In preparation for this frigid winter, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has insulated shelters and provided thermal blankets, as well as warm clothing, heaters, and fuel to hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians. The UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), for its part, has been helping to ensure access to safe drinking water for 15.6 million Syrians, providing educational support and recreational activities for displaced children, and vaccinating millions of children throughout the region in the wake of a polio outbreak in Syria. By speaking up on behalf of the UN’s work, you can ensure the U.S. does its part to protect these moms, dads, and kids in the worst moment of their lives. Help the UN help refugees. Sign this petition today.
Petition to Barack Obama
End Family Detention: Shut Down Berks!
A group of Central American mothers and their young children who came to this country seeking protection have been imprisoned for months on end now. Many of them have been in “family detention” for as long as a year, some of them longer. It has been more than a year since "family detention" was declared unlawful by a federal judge, and more than a year since the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued its scathing report calling for an end to family detention. Life in this prison is so terrible that a group of 22 mothers went on a hunger strike when DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stated publicly that mothers and children in their situation were being detained for no longer than 20 days on average. These mothers are still pleading for their freedom and that of their children. Please sign my petition in solidarity with these courageous mothers, demanding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) free them. The detention of these mothers and children is unlawful and cruel, and not how we should treat traumatized families who are seeking safety in our country. There are children as young as 2 years old who have been living in this “baby jail” for as long as a year. The mothers who went on the hunger strike came to the U.S. desperately seeking protection under the law. Support the Berks mothers and sign to demand that DHS free them and their families. Berks Family Prison is not a safe or healthy place for anyone to be living. Detainees are deprived of sleep, their access to legal counsel and medical attention is interfered with, and they are constantly threatened for speaking up about the mistreatment. When the Berks Mothers began their hunger strike back in August, Immigration and Customs Enforcement threatened that they would lose custody of their children if they didn’t stop. In response, the mothers fasted (one meal a day) for a week to give ICE the opportunity to make the humane, just and lawful choice to free them. While the hunger strike ended, many of the Madres Berks are still detained with their children to this day. This is unacceptable and has to stop. Please sign our petition in support of the Madres Berks, so that they may be released to their families while their asylum cases are processed. There is no reason for these women and children to be in detention. Photo credit: Mark Makela for The New York Times
Petition to Department of Homeland Security, United Nations
Accept 65,000 Syrian Refugees into the United States.
We are two eighth grade students hoping to make a difference for the millions of Syrian refugees. Please join us in our efforts to help those in need. The situation in Syria is unimaginable. There have already been more than 300,000 deaths due to this ongoing tragedy. Almost half of Syria's pre-war population of 23 million has been displaced by the war, 6.5 million of which having been internally displaced within Syria. With all of this going on in the world around us, the average person cannot even point out Syria on a map. Recourses for refugees in Syria are scarce: About 70% of the population is without access to adequate drinking water, one-in-three people are unable to meet their basic food needs, more than 2 million children are out of school, and 4 out of 5 people live in poverty. The worst part is that there is no one willing to help the countless people living in these conditions. (BBC News) Of 4.8 million refugees who have managed to fled from Syria, 95% are in just five countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The U.S. has taken in a total of 10,000. (Amnesty International :: September 4, 2015). Over half of the states in America oppose accepting Syrian refugees, despite having more than enough resources to accommodate the change. This is not, by any means, morally acceptable. “Syria has become the great tragedy of this century, a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history. The only solace is the humanity shown by the neighboring countries in welcoming and saving the lives of so many refugees.” — António Guterres, the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees
Petition to Dr. Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, t.c. Aile ve sosyal politikalar bakanlığı, Dr. Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya
Turkish government must help to these Syrian refugee children in Gaziantep.
This family run away from Syria to Turkey for the sake of their kids aged between eight to one year old. Despite of hoping a better life or at least not to get killed, the family is living in a woodshed house in Gaziantep, where the winter is harsh. Attainment is not bring all the Syrians to the country, real attainment is providing better environment for these people, specially for the kids. Please, move this family to a sufficient, better place for the sake of their children! With support and tiny step, anything good can change the children's life forever, providing better place to live is a start. Please help me to carry this issue to the responsible people in Turkey. Thank you for your support!
Petition to Elon Musk, SpaceX
Please Build A Floating Space Sanctuary for the Oppressed
The world has spoken and they want fascism. That's fine, world, you can have it. But for those of us who are women, queers, disabled, POC, or generally just done with fascism, we deserve an alternative. The technology exists to build self-sustaining space paradises so why not now? Elon Musk believes in the future of humanity and God knows this planet's only got a few decades left, so let's leave it to those Armageddon-wishing climate-change-denying right-wingin' bitter-clingin' proud clingers and build a beautiful gay space communist retreat for the future of humanity. I'm talking luxury biodomes, a lazy river, ADA-compliant EVERYTHING, neo-future fashion, free education, like a big damn farm where you can just walk up and grab some organic zucchini, an IMAX movie theater, a Korean day spa, badminton courts, a Jamba Juice, and more! Society is totally BONED and I'm not a chicken nugget factory so I don't know how to DEBONE it. Let's start fresh in the queer, accepting, forward-thinking, ever-expanding darkness of space. Join me brothers, sisters, and siblings as we travel to infinity and beyond!