Petition to Wendy's
Time's Up Wendy's: I support the Freedom Fast to end sexual violence in the fields
“We decided to demand the right as women to work free of sexual harassment and violence, and the right to protect our dignity.” — LUPE GONZALO, CIW MEMBER For generations, the women who harvest the fruits and vegetables that we put on our families’ tables have faced a daily barrage of sexual abuse in the fields: vulgar comments, groping, demands of sexual favors from supervisors, and, in the most extreme cases, rape. If a woman spoke up, she would be fired, while her abuser would be right back at work the next day. Today, under the groundbreaking protections of the Fair Food Program, the story has changed, and that change is spreading. Farmworker women and men organizing as the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) launched the Fair Food Program in 2011. The program has radically transformed working conditions for tens of thousands of agricultural laborers, eliminating longstanding human rights abuses from sexual assault to forced labor. In the words of Alejandrina Carrera, a worker at Pacific Tomato Growers, under the Fair Food Program, "You’re not going to be harassed, you’re not going to be insulted, you’re not going to be forced to work. There’s more respect now.” Another worker said simply, “Our dignity has been restored by this program.” Today, the Presidential Medal-winning Fair Food Program extends beyond Florida tomatoes to seven states and three crops. All the major fast-food companies – McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Taco Bell, KFC, and Chipotle – are fully on board, having signed binding Fair Food agreements. All except Wendy’s. Instead, in response to pressure to join the Fair Food Program, Wendy’s abandoned its longtime Florida tomato suppliers and shifted its purchases to Mexico, where sexual harassment and assault in the fields are endemic and go unchecked. There, farmworker women are intimidated into silence by a culture of fear, violence, and corruption. Rather than join the leading program for ending sexual violence, Wendy’s has chosen to profit from women’s pain, its brand protected by the women’s involuntary silence. Today we are breaking that silence. Farmworkers from Immokalee are launching the five-day Freedom Fast outside the Manhattan hedge fund offices of Nelson Peltz, Wendy’s largest shareholder and Chair of its Board of Directors. The Freedom Fast will then culminate with a massive Time's Up Wendy's March on March 15 in the heart of Manhattan. http://www.boycott-wendys.org/register-fast We're asking you to sign this petition and support the fasters demanding that Wendy’s join the Fair Food Program. Demand justice for farmworker women from Mr. Peltz, who has the power to end sexual violence against women in Wendy's supply chain and yet, does nothing. For market giants like Wendy’s, refusing to take meaningful action to end sexual violence in the supply chain — when a proven solution is right at their fingertips — is no longer an option. #TimesUpWendys
Petition to Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Economic Community of West African States, African Union, Barack Obama, United Nations, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Chairman of ECOWAS)
End Slavery and Human Trafficking Now
Slavery ended long ago. We are recovering from the pain and harm done. So why rekindle the slavery fire? Africans who use the Libyan routes of migration to get to Europe are captured and sold into slavery and prostitution for $400 . They are subjected to abuse and pain leaving some of them disabled and unable to walk. And some females as young as 14 are raped and impregnated by these human traffickers risking their lives to pelvic complications or cancer. This act is inhumane and sending us back to the retardation.
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, Central Park, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Bill de Blasio
Racial Injustice: Honor African American Victims of Surgical Experimentation
J. Marion Sims was a physician that lived in the 1800's. Many medical scientists and doctors in healthcare today hail him as a modern hero, earning him the title, "Father of Modern Gynecology." He is credited with the creation of a groundbreaking surgery to fix vesicovaginal fistulas in women. What is not being talked about however, is the unethical and inhumane experimental surgeries he performed on African-American enslaved women and babies. Central Park is honoring a man for treating black slaves like animals. Sims first began studying what he called "trismus nascentium," which is now known as tetanus bacteria. A tetanus bacterium develops from horse manure, and enslaved infants had a higher rate of the disease, most likely from being in close contact with horses and horse barns. His comments in the article are very clear about the way he viewed African Americans. He says, "Wherever there are poverty, and filth, and laziness, or where intellectual capacity is cramped, the moral and social feelings blunted, there it [tetanus] will be found oftener...." Sims bought black slave babies, and using a shoemaker’s awl, pried into the infant's skulls to fix what he called a "misalignment" of the head. He bought these child slaves for the sole purpose of performing these surgeries. After their death he would autopsy their bodies. He then began trying to develop a new surgical technique for vesicovaginal fistulas. Once again, he purchased several black slaves. His method was to perfect his technique on the slaves, and once he mastered it, treat the upper-class white women. He set up a hospital in his backyard where he performed painful, dehumanizing, and inhumane surgeries on these women, none of whom were given anesthesia. The youngest slave was only 17 years of age. He would often round up other surgeons to watch this horrific procedure being performed, and after surgery he gave them very little food or water for several weeks. One woman alone, named Anarcha, had as many as 30 operations. After he had perfected his surgery, he began traveling extensively and treating elite class white women. They were all given anesthesia, and all of them had a choice about whether or not they wanted the surgery. He became a world famous doctor. The statue of him stands tall in the New York City Central Park. The true heroes of this story are the slaves, and they are the ones that deserve a statue placed in the park in their honor. We need to make sure that these brave and courageous women and precious infants are not forgotten. Slavery is now a thing of the past, and we as a nation have come a long way. We want Central Park to tell the entire story, and give credit where credit is due. To honor a man like this is and ignore the true heroes is to disrespect an entire nation of people whose ancestors have suffered at his hands. Please join me in petitioning the Governor and mayor of New York, Central park, and speaker of the New York City council Melissa Mark-Viverito in asking that a similar statue be erected in honor of the slaves. I am a student that is passionate about social equality and justice for a people nationwide. Placing this statue is the first step in paying respect to all of those slaves who had no voice. We are always appreciative to all the pioneers who developed modern medicine, but never at the expense of human test subjects.
Petition to United Nations Security Council, United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Facebook, Google, Inc, Google, Twitter, Inc, Twitter, Council of the European Union, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, African Union
Stop Slave Trade in Libya
In Libya, African migrants are being sold as slaves. This has been infamously confirmed by a CNN undercover investigation in November 2017. The migrants undergo horrible conditions. Sanogo, a 22-year-old migrant from Ivory Coast, said, “we were captured and locked in a small room with 60 other people." He added that they were "not able to wash." He recounted, "they hit you all the time, especially if you're big like me, until the blood flows—with sticks, metal, the butt of a gun." Maxime Ndong, a Cameroonian migrant who spent eight months in Libya, reported, "if you resist, they shoot at you. There have been deaths." Slavery is contrary to human decency. This must cease immediately and we are calling out to all of humanity to sign this petition in hopes that those in positions of authority, power, or influence will do everything they can to put an end to this barbaric practice. Aside from signing, please share this petition with your family, friends and followers. And kindly include the following hashtags: #StopSlaveryinLibya #AbolishSlavery
Petition to Equal Vote America
Lawsuit Filed to Abolish the Electoral College and Demand Equal Vote for All Americans
Equal Vote for All Americans 2017/01/01Dear Fellow Americans, Our country, United States of America, was founded in the fundamental ideal enshrined in the Declaration of Independence: “Every Man Created Equal” with unalienable Rights for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. To achieve this ideal, unprecedented at the time, our founding father established the core principle of constitutional democracy, declared in the Preamble to the Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” President Lincoln later reaffirmed this core democratic principle in his Gettysburg address, “government of the people, by the people, for the people”. However, miscarriage of democracy, i.e. the will of a clear majority voters being overturn, has taken place twice in five presidential elections since 2000. In another word, in our country, the most powerful democracy in the world, there has been as high as 40% of chances in the 21st century that the loser of popular votes won the presidency, the most powerful office in the world. Such undemocratic and outrageous injustice has been the direct result of the Electoral College system. The Right to Vote is the quintessence of being a free person with unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. However, under the Electoral College system, each vote is NOT counted equally from one state to the next. According to the latest Census Data 2013, Wyoming has the least population of 582,658 with 3 electoral votes allocated, while New York, our home state, has a population of 19,651,127 with 29 electoral votes allocated. This means, it takes Wyoming only 194,219 persons to have one electoral vote, whilst it takes New York 677,625 persons to have one electoral vote. In another word, being a person in New York is worth only 28.7% of a person in Wyoming in terms of the electoral vote allocated. Such inequality gets worse for residents in the top two states, 27.9% for both California and Texas. The Electoral College originated from the infamous “three-fifths” compromise within the 1787 Constitution which counted the population of slaves as three-fifths when appointing representatives and electors while granting no right to vote. If we rank all fifty states and the District of Columbia by population, then a resident of the top 44 states (98% of national population) would be worth less than 60% of a resident in Wyoming. In another word, in today’s America, a huge majority 98% of population are counted even less than the slaves in 1787, 230 years ago! Therefore, the Electoral College is not only in gross contradiction of our country’s founding ideal of “all men created equal”, but also in stark violation of the Equal Protection clause in the 14th Amendment that essentially guarantees the basic democratic principle of “One Person One Vote, and Every Vote Counted Equally.” From Mayors to House Representatives, from Senators to Governors, all these offices are elected by direct popular votes which reflects the democratic principle and basic fairness of “one person one vote, every vote equal”. The presidency is responsible for and accountable to all people in this country, rather than the states or electors. Hence, the Electoral College not only distorts the will of people, but also violates the accountability to constituents. At the beginning of our country, only white male owners of property had the right to vote, slaves were counted only three-fifths of a person, women could not vote, young people were drafted to fight for the country but could not vote, and after the Civil War the Jim Crow laws deliberately discriminated against minority people and deprived their right to vote. It took courage and action to overcome all of these injustices. Therefore, on December 14th, 2016, we filed a lawsuit at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, against the Congress aiming to (1) convince the Court that the Electoral College is not only un-American but also unconstitutional, and (2) compel the Congress to enact new laws for presidential election under the principle of "one person one vote, every vote is equal" according to the 14th Amendment. Please help spread the word, and join this fight for our country’s founding ideal, core democratic principle, basic fairness and social justice to repeal the Electoral College, and achieve this fundamental right, “Equal Vote” for all Americans regardless of state of residency. Please visit us at http://equalvoteamerica.org/
Petition to John P. Bilbrey
Stop Hershey's From Using Child Slaves to Harvest Cocoa
Hershey's uses child slaves (as young as 5 years old) to collect cocoa beans for their chocolate products. Over 70% of the cocoa comes from farms in countries such as The Ivory Coast and other countries in Africa where children (mostly kidnapped from their families) are forced to work long days, with no breaks, little food, while being beaten and whipped. Many children are made to climb tall trees to cut off cocoa pods with machetes and chainsaws; some children fall to the ground and die, and others lose their limbs due to chainsaw accidents. In the article titled 'Child Labor and Slavery in The Chocolate Industry' by Food Empowerment project, one child, Drissa, who managed to escape the clutches of slavery, said, "When you eat chocolate, you are eating my flesh." Any form of slavery or domestic servitude needs to be stopped, even more so perhaps when the victims are children. If people continue to buy Hershey's, the money only goes to support this company so their practices may continue. If people choose 'Fair Trade' chocolate, the money will not go to Hershey's, but to farming families so their children may go to school. Please consider signing this petition. With enough signatures, we can put pressure on Hershey's to collect cocoa beans in an ethical manner and to stop their cruelty and inhumanity towards innocent children.
Petition to Congress
Support H.R. 53 The CATCH Traffickers Act of 2017
Human Trafficking is the use of threats, violence, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability to force and women, children, into forced labor, or sexual exploitation. Human Trafficking is one of the biggest offences one can commit against another human , and It happens in every country around the world, with no show of slowing down. The Coordinated Assistance To Catch Human Traffickers Act of 2017 or the CATCH Traffickers Act of 2017 aims to end just this by direct the Department of Homeland Security to establish and maintain a national database for ongoing human trafficking investigations. This database is to be updated by local, state and federal law enforcement and is to be used as a resource for ongoing human trafficking investigations around the country. The issue of human trafficking moves so fast that a database such as this is needed to unite investigators across local, state, and even international lines. This bill will not end human trafficking, but it is a beginning to the much needed construction of stronger human trafficking legislation in America. The Bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/53/text The Problem: Human Trafficking has been an ongoing issue in every community across America, but unfortunately many Americans see it as a problem that doesn't affect the US. The result of this is a major lacking of policy to combat human trafficking on American soil. Why I Care? My name is Matthew Carrier I am 15 years old, and I care deeply about the issue of human trafficking simply because I am an older brother of two sisters. I can not imagine the terror and pain of those being trafficked around the world as well as their family. Human life is beautiful and should be treasured, not labeled with a price tag. Reading these horrifying facts I find it to be my duty, as a person, to do anything in my power to help end the epidemic of human trafficking. I do not feel organizations that rescue victims should spend their time advocating for policy, when they should more importantly be rescuing and rehabilitating victims of modern day slavery. That is why I have chosen the route of lobbying for policy to end modern day slavery. If you have any questions please reach out: Email- email@example.com Instagram @clahtrafficking Twitter- @clahtrafficking
Petition to United States Department of Labor
Juneteenth Reparations for descendants of Americans enslaved illegally in Texas
I started Reparations PAC to support Congressman John Conyers' (MI) HR 40 bill only asking for a STUDY on the ill-effects of slavery on today's African Americans. We're all poor...news flash. Just because media shows black millionaires does not mean they represent even a small fraction of the total black population. Descendants of American slaves in Texas have immediate justification for reparations due to the worldwide holiday Juneteenth where enslaved Americans were held in bondage an extra two years after Emancipation. Reparations PAC is introducing a new online petition supporting immediate two years (present value) of labor for each blood relative they can prove was in bondage during those two years in Texas. I initially thought that only African-Americans in Texas could benefit from this course of action but many of those enslaved in Texas illegally after Emancipation have progeny all over the Black Diaspora and beyond. So, in a time where we are in a grave economic position we can reach back to our families' legacies and begin to reclaim them and fully acknowledge our own humanity and theirs. Regina F. Brown Chief ActivistReparations PACfb~Reparations PACtwitter~@ReparationsPAC