Petition to Lebanese Government, Court of Law
Justice for the Syrian boy that was raped by three Lebanese men
Along the villages of Western Bekaa, Lebanon, a young 13-year-old syrian boy was raped by three Lebanese men while sexually assaulting him and video-taping it. Not to mention the verbal, and physical abuse he went through trying to escape these monsters’ grasp, that will make the young boy go through a psychological trauma that will change his life forever. Until now, the government has not been in light of this video and no repercussions have been taken against those rapists. The names are Hadi Qamar, Mustafa Shaashouh, and Hassan Shaashouh. Now, those men are so walking in the streets of Lebanon freely, with no actions taken against them. We demand justice for the young boy because no one deserves to go through something as bad as rape. We demand their arrest and prosecution to put them behind bars for a very long time. Help us make a change.
Petition to President of the United States, Mitch McConnell, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Trey Gowdy, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Paul Cook, Darrell E. Issa, Don Young, Louie Gohmert, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Ted Yoho, Tulsi Gabbard, Adam Schiff, John Garamendi, Joe Courtney, Steny H. Hoyer, Luis V. Gutierrez, Eric Swalwell, Jackie Speier
Ban Child Sex Dolls
Right now, teachers, coaches, babysitters, and neighbors, in every town in America, can purchase lifelike, anatomically correct dolls designed to simulate sex with a child. And it’s perfectly legal. These sick dolls are being imported into the United States and other countries. British police have seized more than 100 already in the UK, and authorities have found that the people buying them usually have child pornography too. Sign this petition to ban the sale and distribution of child sex dolls! These child sex dolls can normalize a pedophile’s behaviors, emboldening them to harm children, as is often the case with those who view child pornography. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. One child is too many. Our elected officials need to protect children. That’s why Congressman Dan Donovan from New York is introducing legislation that will ban the distribution and sale of dolls that encourage child abuse. Show your support for this legislation by signing this petition, and help protect America’s children!
Petition to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Students, Allies
The termination of UW-Milwaukee Professor Betsy Schoeller
In recent events, there was a young Mexican-American soldier by the name of Vanessa Guillen who went missing from Fort Hood base on April 22, 2020. The Army refused to do an investigation but did in fact clear out her bunker after she went missing. We watched on social media as her mother and family members begged and pleaded for help to find their daughter. Prior to Vanessa's "disappearance" she told her family that she was being sexually harassed by one of her sergeants at Fort Hood. Vanessa planned to file a sexual harassment complaint against SPC. Aaron David Robinson, then she suddenly went missing. After two months of search groups going out to look for Vanessa, a civilian found her body in a shallow grave about 30 miles east from Fort Hood. She was chopped up and sealed in what was still wet concrete after her own fellow soldiers violated and murdered her. It has now come to light that she was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in the armory room where she worked. We the people are outraged by the events that have transpired, and the negligence of the army base Fort Hood. People have continuously been speaking up on the issue of women being raped, and sexually abused and harassed while serving in the military. As people are sharing articles and speaking up, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee had something to say about this incident. Professor Betsy Schoeller commented on a link to an article that shared the events of what happened to Vanessa saying, "You guys are kidding, right? Sexual harassment is the price of admission for women into the good ole boy club. If you're gonna cry like a snowflake about it, you're gonna pay the price." Professor Schoeller is retired COL of the U.S Air Force. I speak on behalf of my fellow UWM students, staff, and community partners when I say that we want to see Professor Schoeller terminated from UW-Milwaukee staff. As a woman, and a student at UWM I feel unsafe knowing that we have professors who think the sexual assault of women serving in the military is justified. UW-Milwaukee claims to care about the safety of their students, therefore we demand and are holding UWM accountable to take action against Professor Betsy Schoeller. Edit: Copied & Pasted from a fellow UWM student.Sexual Assault is not a joke. Rape is not a consequence. There is not a “price of admission” for a woman to join the military. Vanessa Guillen was raped and murdered by a junior soldier on base. UWM instructor and retired Air Force Colonel Betsy Schoeller has publicly stated she deserved to be assaulted. She still has her job. I am asking the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to address her and this behavior from an EDUCATOR. Below is a list of faculty at UWM that can be contacted about this matter. My fellow students, SPEAK UP. This is NOT ok. Contact your Deans and other instructors. Taxpayers, remember she works for the state and is paid by your tax dollars. And while you’re at it, look more into Vanessa’s case and ask yourself WHY it took so long for the Army to look for and find her. Betsy Schoeller: UWM lecturer for Information Technology and Library Sciences who claims that sexual assault and murder are the “price of admission” into the military. She herself is a Retired ColonelEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 414-229-2944Joseph Dunlap: IT Program director; Office of Information Technology and AnalysisEmail: email@example.comPhone: 414-229-3160Mark Mone: UWM Chancellor; relations to Campus Leadership.Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 414-229-4331Johannes Britz: Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs; relations to campus leadership.; POC for Academic AffairsEmail: email@example.comPhone: 414-229-4501Christine Adams Matt: Sr Admin Specialist; relations to Office of the ChancellorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 414-229-4331Kelly Haag: Senior Student Affairs Officer; relations to Office of the Chancellor; POC for Student AffairsEmail: email@example.comPhone: 414-229-4038Tom Luljak: Vice-Chancellor, POC for University Relations and CommunicationsEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 414-229-5024 Vanessa just wanted to fight for a country that is now refusing to fight for her. We must use our voices to demand that justice be served in honor of SPC Vanessa Guillen.
Petition to Donna Wolfrom, Jeff Shedd, Nate Carpenter, Cape Elizabeth School Board, Cathy Stankard
STOP PUNISHING SURVIVORS & THEIR ALLIES!!
My daughter Aela, who is 15 years old, has been suspended from school for warning her classmates about a rapist. During the past several school years, multiple sexual assaults were reported at Cape Elizabeth High School in Maine. Aela came into the high school last year as a freshman, but very ahead of her years in her knowledge of sexual assault prevention, through her work with an advocacy organization I founded with a group of high school aged sexual assault survivors - SafeBAE. In May of 2019, Aela spearheaded our first Sexual Assault Prevention Summit in Maine and some of her classmates learned about their rights at one of the break out sessions. Armed with this knowledge, a group of survivors and allies, including Aela, went to the June school board meeting to raise the issue. They were granted permission and each student shared a story about their assault or spoke on behalf of a survivor. They talked about the dangers they faced at the school, the lack of support from administrators and teachers, and they asked the school board to work with them to create a robust sexual assault response policy for the district. The board responded by silencing them, including removing the live video of the meeting and replacing it with a dubbed over version. The board did not reach out to the students to offer to better support them or engage them on the issues. They did nothing. So on September 16, my daughter and other students took matters into their own hands to protect their classmates and advocate for their rights. They posted multiple sticky notes in the girls' bathrooms saying "There's a rapist in our school and you know who it is." The school responded by investigating the students who had spoken out, interrogating them, pressuring them to share the names of their accomplices and involved the local police...not for the crime of sexual assault, but for their simple act of speaking out. Ultimately, they were suspended for bullying, even though the post-it notes didn’t mention any names. I’ve never been so proud of my daughter and her classmates and I’m shocked that the school isn’t celebrating the leadership of these remarkable young women and men, but is instead doing everything in their power to discourage their free speech. It is an outrage that the district is punishing survivors and whistleblowers. What kind of lesson is the school teaching these kids? To be silent? To not stand up for themselves or others? My daughter and her classmates deserve to have their voices heard. We are asking the district to remove the suspensions and invite a sit-down with students and stakeholders to address their concerns. The school ultimately needs a comprehensive policy to make school safe for my daughter and her classmates, including anonymous reporting, Title IX training, and trauma-informed counseling.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Honor Restored after Suffering Sexual Abuse at the Hands of Prison Guards; Clemency
Hi, everyone! My name is Jeni Mizzell, wife of Martin Mizzell (formerly spelled Mizzles). For those of you who have been following our story on GoFundMe, I promised to follow up with more information regarding Martin’s diagnosis of severe PTSD and chronic MDD. Although the following is not the particular incident that provoked him to attempt suicide on June 9, 2020, Martin has privately been fighting a battle for 20 plus years (10 of those with me by his side) that he is now ready to share with the world. He is doing it with the intention of giving others (men and women alike) the courage to speak out against their abusers as well as to seek personal justice (to include a Presidential Pardon). Before getting into the details of his abuse, however, I would like to point out that we live in a flawed society that fails to recognize that men, too, are often on the receiving end of sexual abuse. Martin, like many young men and women, had something to prove to his father back in the day. So, with that, barely out of high school he joined the United States Army in 1996. While enlisted, he won Battalion soldier of the quarter twice (in two different units). He was a radio repairman and held secret clearance. He was on track for a good military career until facing personal problems with his now ex-wife while stationed in Germany. He self medicated with marijuana and eventually turned himself in, confessing to his counselor that he had a drug problem and needed help. Instead of receiving said help, however, his first sergeant drug tested him the very next day knowing he would fail. They didn’t offer needed counseling or help. Instead, they failed him in a major way and his nonviolent offense ended up resurfacing in a separate incident (as things often do when they aren’t dealt with). He was court martialed and faced 24 years in federal prison for possession/intent to distribute marijuana and a couple of other drug related crimes outlined in the official court documents. Abuse of power at its finest! Those in authority failed to give Martin the help he desperately needed and humbly requested. Rather, they sent him into the hands of his abusers: the prison guards… of whom there was no escaping. He was additionally stripped of his title, his pay/GI Bill, and given a bad conduct discharge (that conveniently enough, the United States Army can find no record). Is he still enlisted? Why can his DD-214 not be found? Details of Martin’s abuse is outlined in the official court documents that I would like to provide as proof. There are nine exhibits from nine different men who all tell the same or similar story of abuse. And, let’s be clear, these 9 men did not collaborate together to fabricate a story. The affidavits were penned from different places after the abuse had taken place. Some were penned by men still incarcerated after being transferred to a different military prison. The men all named the same abusers and today, I publicly call them out by name: SGT Davis and SPC Cundall. A quote from the official court documents concluded that “The physical and psychological pain appellant [Martin] endured as a result of SGT Davis’ and SPC Cundall’s ‘unnecessary and wanton’ pat downs cannot be denied. Furthermore, appellant [Martin] was forced to tolerate unwanted sexual assaults from SPC Cundall. Therefore, the appellant’s injuries were very real and substantial. The use of such unnecessary force by SGT Davis and SPC Cundall was clearly excessive and ‘repugnant to the conscience of mankind.’” What then, you may ask, happened to these men who inflicted such grievous crimes and abuse towards these prisoners? To my knowledge, absolutely NOTHING. My husband, Martin, requested a “meaningful reassessment of his sentence and return to the record of trial... for a new action and court-martial order” but to no avail. That said, will you join our cause in seeking justice? Martin has swept his pain under a rug for over 20 years… pain of which I did not know the extent until reading the entirety of the court documents. I wept for my husband. I wept for all the other men who were abused, while I raged with anger at the men who inflicted pain but never paid for it. Martin has paid for it. Our family has paid for it. We are still reeling from his recent suicide attempt (although it’s important to note that the events outlined in this petition are - while intertwined - not the sole reason for his suicide attempt). We want justice and we also want the attention of the U.S. Army and The White House/President of the United States. I’m not certain who handles their mail, but I feel that my letter to the President was intercepted and answered by a novice who clearly did not read my plea. I received a lame response from someone to say Mr. President only intervenes in federal matters. This is a federal matter! Martin served time in federal prison for his mistakes. That said, I desire the following: 1. That ALL Martin’s rights as a law abiding citizen be restored (i.e. a Presidential Pardon) 2. That the U.S. Army pay for what happened as a direct result of their negligence and inappropriate response to Martin’s cry for help and for also turning a blind eye to his abusers and lastly 3. That the men who abused my husband and (at the minimum 8 other men) be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and be stripped of any honorary titles which may (or may not) have been bestowed upon them during their military career. Thank you for your time. I have participated many times in signing petitions on this platform (Change.org) concerning the things of which I am passionate. Please spread this like wildfire and let justice prevail. If you want personal updates or to make a donation as we navigate through recovering from Martin’s suicide attempt, our GoFundMe campaign can be found here: Help Recovering After Attempted Suicide Updates to this petition/campaign will of course be posted through Change.org. Thank you doesn’t seem adequate, but thank you with all sincerity for your willingness to help. The following link contains the official court documents: United States vs. Martin R. Mizzles
Petition to Supreme Court of the United States, Ann Kuster, Pramila Jayapal, Ilhan Omar, Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, Jackie Speier, Karen Bass, Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff, Ayanna Pressley, Debra Haaland, Sharice Davids, Dianne Feinstein, Joaquín Castro, Julian Castro, Brenda Lawrence, Nanette Barragán, Barbara Lee, Debbie Dingell, Katie Porter, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Tulsi Gabbard, Mark Pocan, Raúl Grijalva, David Cicilline, Katherine Clark, Veronica Escobar, Jan Schakowsky, Mark Takano, Ted Lieu, Mark DeSaulnier, Lloyd Doggett, Adriano Espaillat, Alma Adams, Don Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Suzanne Bonamici, Brendan Boyle, André Carson, Matt Cartwright, Yvette D. Clarke, William "Lacy" Clay, Jr., Angie Craig, Madeleine Dean
JUSTICE FOR AAREFAH! SCOTUS: REVERSE THE LOWER COURTS' SEXIST AND ISLAMOPHOBIC RULINGS!
Stop the Cover-up of Rape and Sexual Assault by Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, CA and all School Administrations Defend Title IX Against Betsy DeVos and Trump’s Attacks EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Whereas, Justice for Aarefah Mosavi is justice for all who share her experience of having been raped or sexually assaulted, and who have suffered the failure of administrations and managements who cover-up for and turn a blind eye to those offenses. Ms. Mosavi, a Muslim American woman, made the valiant decision to publicize both Chester Brown’s offenses and those of the Mt. San Antonio College administration, inspiring women and women’s rights supporters across the world with her recorded testimonial, Whereas, Injustice against one is an injustice against all who have suffered rape and sexual assault. Whereas, The constituents of the United States of America must stand united against violence and discrimination against women and against institutionalized violence and discrimination against all victims of sexual violence, and any institution that perpetuates these vices. Whereas, In June 2015, Aarefah Mosavi brought dual lawsuits against Mount San Antonio College and Chester Brown, a student and co-worker at Mount San Antonio College, for rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and religious discrimination, Whereas, Aarefah Mosavi brought a lawsuit against Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) administration for violating Title IX in myriad ways, including demanding Ms. Mosavi re-enact the rape that Chester Brown committed against her on a note-taker in the “investigative” meeting despite admitting under oath that they knew Ms. Mosavi was traumatized, violating the Clery Act by failing to record incidents of crime accurately, including Aarefah’s complaint against Brown; interviewing Brown’s witnesses, but refusing to interview any of Aarefah’s witnesses; failing to view drastic changes in Brown’s accounts of how he sexually assaulted Ms. Mosavi; failing to question the credibility of Brown when he admitted he deleted text messages that implicated his guilty conduct surrounding the night he raped her; Lorraine Jones admitted under oath that she and co-defendant James Czaja closed the investigation into Mosavi’s complaint before they were supposed to, Whereas, Judge Michael W Fitzgerald negligently and wrongfully threw out Aarefah’s case against Mt. SAC administration despite admissions under oath that clearly show defendants discriminated against Mosavi and violated her Title IX rights, and despite that Mt San Antonio College failed to disclose documents relevant to their sham 'investigation' of Aarefah's complaint (Mosavi v Mt San Antonio College et al, p2, 2018). Whereas, When Ms. Mosavi took Chester Brown to trial in August 2018, presiding Judge Virginia A. Phillips conducted herself prejudicially against and with hostility towards Aarefah and her legal counsel by: threatening Aarefah Mosavi and her counsel with jail if they used the word “rape” to describe the rape Chester Brown committed against her; threatening Aarefah Mosavi and her legal counsel with a mistrial if the words “Metoo” were used in court; refusing to allow Aarefah’s counsel to question jurors during jury selection to eliminate the potential for bias; depriving Ms. Mosavi of her right to a jury of her peers by disqualifying prospective jurors simply on the basis that they had previously been victims of sexual assault or rape and by lacking young Muslim women who wear hijab on the jury; refusing to allow Ms. Mosavi to refer to her medical records, which document extensive injuries she sustained because of the rape Chester Brown committed against her; violating Ms Mosavi and her supporters' 1st Amendment Constitutional right to protest by prohibiting them from protesting within 2 blocks of the Federal Courthouse; defense attorney Martin Carpenter for Chester Brown was caught influencing Brown to lie about what he could remember; Chester Brown perjured himself on the witness stand with no admonition from Judge Virginia A Phillips, Whereas, The federal nature of this lawsuit may affect students across college and university campuses that receive federal funds, and it may set a precedent that will establish what more colleges and universities can get away with in their suppression of sexual violence on college campuses. Therefore Be It Resolved That: 1. We, the undersigned condemn the ways that Aarefah Mosavi was stripped of her right to due process and a fair jury trial by Michael W. Fitzgerald and Virginia A. Phillips. 2. We, the undersigned demand that the Supreme Court reverse the lower courts' sexist and Islamophobic findings favoring the college and rapist Chester Brown. 3. We, the undersigned demand the Mt. SAC and other school administrations be held accountable for their cover-up of rape and sexual assault 4. We the undersigned, demand that Chief United States District Judge Virginia A Phillips be removed granted the prejudicial, hostile, and unconstitutional means by which she conducted herself against Plaintiff and her counsel. 5. We the undersigned demand that Martin Carpenter of Carpenter, Rothans, & Dumont be sanctioned by the California Bar Association for suppression of evidence, attempting to admit altered documents into evidence, neglecting evidence tampering by his client, and for influencing defendant Chester Brown to lie about what he could remember in relation to statements Brown made to police officers. 6. We the undersigned demand that Chester Brown be sentenced for committing perjury, rape/sexual assault, and be held accountable for sexual harassment and religious discrimination. 7. Defend Title IX Protections for victims of sexual assault against attacks by Trump and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos BACKGROUND Via United for Equality and Affirmative Action (UEAA) "Years before the #Metoo movement, Aarefah Mosavi, a female Muslim student at Mt. San Antonio college began a public campaign that forced the man who raped her, Chester Brown off the campus and the resignation of several administrators who tried to cover up that she had been raped. Her case has taken on national importance as her video testimony went viral, providing leadership and inspiration to many other women who have come forward to publicly name their rapists. Aarefah’s continuing struggle has helped lay the ground work for the #Metoo movement. The brave actions of women like Aarefah Mosavi, Christine Blasey Ford, and the #metoo movement founded by Tarana Burke have created a major shift in popular consciousness in favor of believing women and survivors, further discrediting the misogynist victim-blaming and slander used to silence women. They have brought what has been for far too long the private struggle of millions of individual women, out into the public light. Our movement is now putting the rapists and those who protect them on trial to face the public shame of what they have done. We stand with Aarefah Mosavi in demanding the Supreme Court of the United States reverse the lower courts' discriminatory rulings favoring the man who raped her and the college that protected him. Aarefah’s fight for justice is the fight for us all. Aarefah’s Fight for Justice: On December 12, 2013, Aarefah Mosavi was raped by another student and co-worker, Chester Brown. When she reported the incident to Mount San Antonio College, she faced what almost every college student comes up against in seeking justice against their assailant; an administration prepared to do everything they could to crush her into silence. First the Title IX coordinator told Aarefah to re-enact the rape by performing the rapist’s actions on another administrator. Aarefah had already described what Brown did to her in previous interviews, but when she expressed discomfort in reenacting the rape, the administration cited this as “failure to cooperate.” They accepted testimony from Chester Brown’s supervisor and his friends vouching for his ‘good character,’ but dismissed and refused even to interview Aarefah’s witnesses, including another woman who had also faced sexual harassment and religious discrimination by Chester Brown. They permitted Chester Brown to remain on campus during the so-called ‘investigation,’ where he continued to work in the same building Aarefah attended class. When Aarefah complained of the rapist loitering at the footsteps leading up to her class, the Title IX coordinator told Aarefah to not report unless he “touched” her or “said anything” to her. The Title IX coordinator refused to provide Aarefah with notes that were taken during interviews after she repeatedly asked for all records pertaining to her complaint. But Aarefah refused to be silenced, and she took matters into her own hands. She began a public campaign of rallies, marches, and public tribunals to expose Chester Brown and the administration’s cover-up. A video of Aarefah’s testimony inspired other women to come forward at Mt. SAC, UC Berkeley and other campuses. Aarefah filed federal lawsuits against Chester Brown and against the Mt. SAC administration for their gross violations of her Title IX rights through attorneys Shanta Driver, Ronald Cruz, and Monica Smith. The Courts, already entrenched in age-old misogynist tradition, and now emboldened by Trump’s promotion and defense of sexual assault and abuse of women, have so far failed to provide justice for Aarefah. After ruling twice in her favor, Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald wrongfully threw out Aarefah’s case against the Mt. SAC administration, despite the multiple abuses of her rights and attempt to cover-up the rape that were made clear during testimony the college defendants made under oath. 1) They admitted under oath that they did not interview Aarefah’s witnesses but interviewed Brown’s; 2) They admitted under oath that they did not review changes in Brown’s testimonies given to campus public safety (which describe a sexual assault) 3) The Title IX Coordinator admitted under oath that she and co-defendant James Czaja closed the investigation into Aarefah’s complaint before they were supposed to. 4) The Title IX coordinator admitted under oath that she saw that Aarefah was traumatized, but still demanded that she simulate the rape in her traumatized state. 5) They admitted under oath that they did not question Brown’s credibility when he destroyed all text messages pertaining to the night the rape took place. In August, 2018, Aarefah took Chester Brown to trial. From before the trial even started, Judge Virginia A. Phillips issued rulings limiting what the jury could see or hear, unquestionably influencing the scope of the trial and the final verdict. Judge Phillips 1) threatened Aarefah Mosavi and her counsel with jail if Aarefah or her counsel said she was raped by Chester Brown; 2) she threatened Aarefah and her legal counsel with a mistrial if the words “Metoo” were used in court; 3) she refused to allow Aarefah’s counsel to question jurors to eliminate the potential for bias; 4) she deprived Aarefah of her right to a jury of her peers by disqualifying prospective jurors simply on the basis that they had previously been victims of sexual assault or rape and by lacking young Muslim women who wear hijab on the jury; 5) she refused to allow Aarefah to refer to her medical records, which document extensive injuries she sustained because of the rape Chester Brown committed against her; 6) she demanded that any mention of the college’s transgressions be stricken from the record, but she allowed the college Title IX coordinator to serve as a witness for Brown. 7) Phillips allowed defendants to use altered documents against Aarefah during trial, but refused to allow Aarefah’s counsel to refer to her medical records. 8) Phillips violated 1st amendment constitutional rights of Aarefah’s supporters when she prohibited them from protesting within 2 blocks of the Federal courthouse. 9) Attorney Martin Carpenter for Chester Brown was caught influencing Brown to lie about what Brown could remember. 10) Chester Brown perjured himself on the witness stand with no admonition from Judge Virginia A Phillips. Virginia A Phillips’ unjust actions are reprehensible and were largely responsible for depriving Aarefah of her right to justice and a fair jury trial. At the core of Aarefah’s relentless fight for justice are her unshakable conviction of her own dignity and equality, and determination that the truth must prevail, and an understanding that taking on both the rapist, and the institutions that defend him, requires organization and a movement. Aarefah is speaking out publicly across the state of California and beyond to gain public support for her case. The Federal nature of this lawsuit may affect students across college and university campuses that receive federal funds, and it will set a precedent that will establish what more colleges and universities can get away with in their suppression of sexual violence on college campuses. As Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is attempting to gut Title IX protections for rape and sexual assault survivors at schools and college campuses, championing Aarefah’s case and her fight for justice, and inspiring survivors to publicly name rapists and hold them accountable through collective action, we can defeat these attacks. Most importantly we can change the entire climate for women so we can be free to develop our talents and fulfill our dreams without the constant threat of sexual assault and harassment. “Survivors are resilient, we are triumphant: we are soldiers, we are Olympians, we are lawyers, we are doctors, we are academics, artists and musicians: we are champions in every profession, and neither our resiliency nor our success shall be used against us to deny us the virtue of justice that is owed to us, and our liberty that is inalienable to us!” –Aarefah Mosavi Aarefah’s legal fight is not over, and the movement is only just getting started. The justice survivors can win is in the palm of our hands, our voice, and our defense of each other and our common humanity.
Petition to UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
End human trafficking
Hundreds of thousands of kids go missing a year. Where are they going? Human trafficking has and continues to be a growing issue. According to Forbes the International Labor Organization estimates 25 million victims of human trafficking world wide. It is also estimated that globally it generates 150 billion dollars a year. And I used global statistics because so much of this is all intertwined with not only America but many other countries. While our government can’t police other countries it could set a standard. It’s also known that human trafficking involves slave labor, slave sex, and organ harvesting these atrocities are happening right under our noses. Why in 2020 is this still going on when we have the technology to stop this. This issue needs to be taken more seriously and the government needs to start doing something about it in a grander scale. There needs to be serious punishments implicated on human traffickers and the abusers. Kids should be safe. Humans should be safe. This has to end now. We have to stand up and have a voice for so many that are voiceless. If we don’t demand change then nothing is ever going to be seriously done. We want our children growing up in a safe environment, and now we are demanding it.
Petition to Pope Francis
Remove Cardinal Wuerl Now
In recent days it has been revealed that as Bishop of Pittsburgh, Cardinal Wuerl was aware of the abuse of minors that occurred in the Diocese, yet he remained silent and offered monetary incentives to clergy to lie about what they knew. As Bishop of Pittsburgh, Cardinal Wuerl did not act with moral courage to remove predator priests from public ministry. Decades later, his failure to lead has scandalized the Church. Given the result of a two-year grand jury investigation into widespread sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, and the revelation of Cardinal Wuerl's systematic cover-up, we ask Pope Francis to remove him as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington. In this #MeToo era, it is unconscionable that a Cardinal who played a role in the conspiracy of silence and cover-up of clergy abuse of minors should remain in leadership. The Catholic Church in America is facing its own #MeToo moment. It is time to restore justice to the wounded and regain the trust of the faithful by removing all tainted clergy from positions of leadership in the Church.