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Petition to Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, Dan Newhouse


Human Trafficking is an issue all over the globe, reporting that 40 million people are enslaved around the world against their will (The Polaris Project, 2018). Though it is readily known that slavery is happening around the world, it is also present within our own backyard. Within the Tri-Cities it is reported that that on average 200 children are trafficked a night for sexual acts (Mirror Ministries, 2018). Human trafficking can affect anyone from any walk of life, though children with no one looking after them are the most at risk (Mirror Ministries, 2018). It is reported that 86% of children that are trafficked have connection with the Foster Care System and within 72 hours of any child running away, 1 in 6 will be recruited into the trafficking system (The Polaris Project, 2018). Human Trafficking is estimated to bring in 150 billion dollars a year, while a single trafficker in the United States is estimated to bring in between $5,000 to $32,000 a week from enslaving other humans (Dank et el, 2014). All these numbers listed above reflect an uphill battle, in addition to human trafficking being viewed as “low risk” for incarceration, along with being such a lucrative business (Dank et el, 2014). Pearson stated “demand is the issue” causing someone with power to further oppress someone that is at risk (Mirror Ministries, 2018). NOW is the time to fight for everyone to have the right to freedom. Sign this petition to tell Washington State representative that we want to pass HR2200 Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, to help provide freedom for everyone. 

Bethany Hale
8 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, U.S. Congresspersons in each district a constituent signs this petition

Juneteenth Must Be a National Holiday - Celebrate Freedom and Change!

June 19th, or Juneteenth, is a day to celebrate.  Freedom Day, as it is also known, commemorates the last of the chattel slaves receiving news of their freedom.  Union officers relayed news of the Confederacy conceding the Civil War into the last reaches of chattel slavery, the state of Texas; the last slave, outside of peonage, was freed on June 19th, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  For this reason, June 19th is a day of observance in 45 out of the 50 U.S. states and is a state holiday in Texas.  This is not enough recognition for one of the most important dates in United States history. Though equality was as hard to come by as freedom, the day African slaves were finally freed from the brutal treatment of our country is a milestone the United States of America needs to recognize.  The people who made the economy of this country dominant through forced free labor, immense emotional hardship, disgusting treatment, abuse, and murder at the hands of Americans, deserve to be recognized in a multitude of ways with Juneteenth becoming a National Holiday as one step of many. A Juneteenth national holiday to recognize the importance of our countrymen beginning the journey out of dehumanization is necessary for the United States.  Let us celebrate an integral part of the United States, our Black population, every year.  The holiday granting a day of pay without labor is a strong starting “thank you” and at odds with the cruel history necessitating it. Every American should believe that “all men are created equal” and we should celebrate that slaves began a trek towards equality; not because we freed them, they should have never been brutalized in this way, but because every person born in or brought to this country has the self-evident right to be free.  All people have a duty towards ensuring equality and opportunity.  Juneteenth, as a nationally recognized holiday, is an important step to healing the country through honesty and showing respect to all of our citizens. The United States of America owes a great debt to African-Americans.  African-Americans built the White House, the economy, and HVAC, a must for June!  See the large number of inventions by African-Americans here.  Black people made up battalions in necessary military victories in Europe and the recipe for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey.  Black people gave the world the Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll, among other things.  America without black people would have never been the economic powerhouse needed to maintain independence.  Labor is expensive, humanity shouldn’t have been - but it was and still is.  Commemorate the end of slavery in the United States!  Celebrate Juneteenth as a National Holiday! Thanks for reading and thanks to all of my editors and friends who helped me relay this message.

Robert Owens
13 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Global Citizens

DE-Naugurate “Place de l’Europe” (European Square) on Gorée Slave Island

“For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.” ― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth *Version Francais dessous* From the 16th to 19th century, Gorée, a small island situated off the coast of Dakar, Senegal played a significant role in the Atlantic slave trade. As European empires sought to expand their imperial conquests, the island served as a strategic settlement for slave traders and colonizers. Throughout its history, Gorée has seen occupation by Portuguese, Dutch, English and French imperial powers in a ‘Scramble for Africa’ for both economic and political gain.  The refurbishing and naming of space on the island as ‘Place of Europe’, portrays Europe’s sense of entitlement to today of the African continent through manners and forms of neo-colonization and in this case, claim space on their former slave island - Gorée. In an act of blatant historical amnesia, Mayor of Gorée, Augustin Senghor and Ambassador to the European Union, Joaquin Gonzalez-Ducay stood on a podium on May 9th, 2018 to commemorate Europe's 'close relationship' with Gorée by re-inaugurating and refurbishing  “Place de l’Europe”. Images released online on May 11th, post-inauguration were shockingly reminiscent of the island's brutal past; starkly resembling the marketplace where slave traders stood on podiums to parade Black bodies as property to be bought, sold, tortured, murdered, displaced and oppressed. Government stakeholders in the democratic Republic of Senegal seem to be under the impression that they are the decision-makers in matters pertaining to the collective memory of Black peoples across the continent and Diaspora. A memory of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade for which Gorée Island served as a pinnacle in the Scramble for Africa – its resources and its people. This blatant display of historical amnesia, with all the pomp and circumstance, was defended by Mayor Senghor as being in the spirit of ‘recognizing the close ties Europe has to Gorée’. Without mention, context nor homage to what that entails – the systematic de-humanization of peoples for economic gain. By consecrating the European name on a physical place in Gorée, they are attempting to lay claim to a space still grappling with historical trauma induced by five centuries of European occupation and human torture. This petition calls on The Republic of Senegal to preserve the history of Goree Island as a World Heritage Site and not pander to the guilt of former colonizers. We call on Mayor Senghor to recognize that commemorating Europe is not your decision to make nor is there a price tag. We call on the European Union to recognize that this is not your space.  We request for the official DE-NAUGURATION of “La nouvelle place de l’Europe”.  --------------------- Pétition pour « désinagurer » "La nouvelle place de l'Europe" sur l'île de Gorée  Du 16e au 19e siècle, Gorée, cette petite île située sur la côte de Dakar, au Sénégal, a joué un rôle important dans le commerce transatlantique. Les Empires européens cherchant à étendre leurs conquêtes coloniales, l’île servit de point stratégique d’installation pour les marchands d’esclaves et colons. A travers son histoire, Gorée a été occupée par les forces impériales portugaises, néerlandaise, anglaises et françaises. Sa maison des esclaves est encore là pour nous rappeler comment des Africains ont été arrachés à leur sol, parqués dans de minuscules cellules dans une logique marchande déshumanisante, pour remplir les cales des bateaux qui les mèneraient vers une vie de servitude. Et pourtant, avec cette réinauguration de la “Place de l’Europe”, l’Union Européenne semble se sentir toujours légitime à revendiquer un espace sur l’île de Gorée. Le 9 mai 2018, le maire de l'île de Gorée, Augustin Senghor et l’ambassadeur auprès de l'Union européenne, Joaquin Gonzalez-Ducay, ont inauguré "La nouvelle place de l'Europe", financée par l'Union européenne pour un coût de 100 millions de CFA (200. 000 dollars américains). Les images publiées en ligne après l'inauguration le 11 mai ont choqué la communauté sénégalaise et internationale. L’ironie de cette commémoration d’une histoire empreinte de brutalités inouïes c’est de voir les descendants des marchands d'esclaves qui hier ont acheté, torturé, assassiné, déplacé des centaines de millions de noirs se pavaner sur un même podium avec les descendants des victims. Les élus de la République démocratique du Sénégal semblent penser qu'ils peuvent prendre des décisions touchant à la mémoire collective des peuples noirs à travers le continent et la diaspora africaine ; les voilà à pied d’œuvre pour profaner la mémoire des victimes du commerce transatlantique des esclaves associée à l’ile de Gorée où le pillage des ressources de l’Afrique et de son peuple a atteint son paroxysme. Faisant montre d’une amnésie outrageante qui fait l’impasse sur une si douloureuse histoire, le maire de Gorée a défendu la célébration de cet événement dont la pompe frise l’indécence, avec ces mots : «reconnaître les liens étroits que l'Europe a avec Gorée». Baptiser une place à Gorée au nom de l’Europe c’est permettre aux bourreaux d’hier de revendiquer un espace sur le lieu où ils ont commis les crimes les plus traumatisants contre l’humanité. Cette pétition appelle la République du Sénégal à préserver l'histoire de l'île de Gorée en tant que patrimoine mondial à la mémoire des victimes de l’esclavage et à ne pas s’associer à la culpabilité des anciens esclavagistes et colonisateurs. Nous appelons le maire Senghor à  reconsidérer cette grave insulte qu’il fait à la mémoire de l’Afrique, de la diaspora africaine et de tous les peuples épris de justice. Nous appelons l'Union Européenne à reconnaître que cet espace n’est pas le sien. Nous demandons la DÉSINAUGURATION officielle de "La nouvelle place de l'Europe"   _________   BBC: "A Gorée, la rénovation à de la Place de l'Europe construite en 2003 est au cœur d'une polémique." AFROPUNK: "The island of Gorée in Senegal...was the largest slave-trading center on the African coast... its ‘Door of No Return’ to remember the horrors of the trade organized by Europeans. So, when city of Gorée Mayor Augustin Senghor and European Union Ambassador in Senegal Joaquín González-Ducay inaugurated ‘Europe Square’ (Place de l’Europe) on Wednesday, many were left scratching their head." RFI: "Vive polémique au Sénégal suite à l'inauguration sur l'île de Gorée de la place de l'Europe réaménagée grâce à un financement de 150 millions de FCFA de l'Union européenne." La Tribune: "Le manque de communication de la Délégation de l’Union européenne à Dakar laisse un vide communicationnel qui est en train peu à peu d’être comblé par les sirènes de l’indignation."   UNESCO World Heritage Site "The island of Gorée lies off the coast of Senegal, opposite Dakar. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast. Ruled in succession by the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French, its architecture is characterized by the contrast between the grim slave-quarters and the elegant houses of the slave traders. Today it continues to serve as a reminder of human exploitation and as a sanctuary for reconciliation."   In the words of….  “We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” ― Maya Angelou  “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” ― Marcus Garvey Signed,                                                                                      Gnima Diop: MA Global Development & Africa Studies, University of Leeds – Dakar, Senegal Tabara Korka: Creative Woman, Writer, Researcher - Dakar, Senegal Gugulethu Duma: BA Brand Building and Management; Vega / Musician and Cultural Activist, Cape Town, South Africa Kris Russo: Artist, Writer and Educator – Dakar, Senegal by way of Michigan, USA  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------        

Gnima Diop
620 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Fair Trade, Fairtrade, FREE THE SLAVES

Support H.R. 2200 Against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. And while slavery is legal nowhere, it happens everywhere. In the United States alone, 14,500 to 17,500 foreign trafficking victims are trafficked across borders every year. Globally, there are over 40 million slaves today. 1 in every 200, a slave. Today, slavery takes the form of forced prostitution, labor, and organ removal. In the past couple of decades, human trafficking has become increasingly deadly. With society’s increasing focus on human rights and equality, traffickers have banded together to create more organized, undetectable methods of terror, the trafficking industry now ranked as the most lucrative business of all criminal affairs. H.R. 2200: Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017 reauthorizes and updates the previous measures taken against modern slavery. Among the initiatives provided by its reauthorization are strengthened laws against trafficking, programs that provide support and care for victims, and protection services from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Below is a detailed summary of TVPA’s initiatives: Before 2000--and the signing of the first Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)--the United States had no bill aimed at protecting trafficking victims and prosecuting traffickers. In beginning the fight against trafficking, the TVPA of 2000 enacted a three-step plan: 1) Prosecution--laws against trafficking with a detailed list of what constituted a trafficking crime. With such a definition, it promised that abusers were thrown behind bars; 2) Protection--helping victims rehabilitate to the United States by allowing them temporary citizenship (T-Visa), and by providing a process by which they could become permanent citizens, enter the Witness Protection Program, and receive care from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a first step towards victim rehabilitation, giving a path towards citizenship was especially critical since victims had previously been deported as aliens. 3) Prevention--raising awareness about trafficking. In 2003, the TVPA was reauthorized, and under it, trafficking was added as a crime that could be charged under the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, a law that provides more extensive penalties for organized criminal acts. Following the law, the Bush administration forwarded $200 million to strengthen the programs that continued to fight trafficking. In 2008’s reauthorization, TVPA expanded to establish more programs to track down trafficking scheme, to require the government to include workers’ rights information to all seeking employment, include more benefits to the T-Visa, and screen all unaccompanied alien children coming into the States to ensure they are victims. The TVPA of 2013 strengthened programs to prevent child marriage and to prevent the U.S. from buying products made by slave-labor. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act has now expired, but we must renew it to ensure the protection of victims today, as well as the prevention and prosecution of trafficking. With its renewal, we allow those programs, instrumental to anti-trafficking efforts, to persist. Today is the age for fighting trafficking--the time in which we should all push for even more legal action against traffickers. In the end, the more we ostracize trafficking, the more we refuse to purchase from companies that use slave labor, the more we push for laws aimed at cracking down on trafficking, the harder it will be for slavery to still exist. Sign today to support America’s legal efforts to end human trafficking!    

Hunter College High School
149 supporters