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 coca-cola, AB Inbev, Kia, Hyundai, McDonald's, Adidas, Gianni İnfantino, Visa
Boycott Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup of Slavery
Boycott Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup of Slavery. Slavery is building the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and the Western world is profiting from this slavery. Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup is killing thousands of fathers, husbands, and families. @WorldCupSlavery What You Can Do 1) Electronically sign this petition to boycott the 2022 World Cup. One click to stop slavery. 2) Make this petition viral. Share, Tweet, Snap, Insta or e-mail this petition to anyone and everyone. Also, ask influential bloggers/newspapers, personal connections, and organizations to support this petition. No matter the method, raising awareness helps end this injustice. 3) Please follow this issue @WorldCupSlavery. Your follow and support makes a difference. 4) Socially pressure FIFA’s sponsors: VISA, Hyundai/KIA, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, ADIDAS and Anheuser-Busch InBev. 5) Promote this petition so more people see and share the message (see the tab on the right of the screen). Quick Facts PLEASE WATCH! ESPN E60’s documentary illustrates the human rights violations. In preparation to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is using slavery to build over 200 billion dollars of infrastructure. Many Western sponsors, construction companies, and businesses will profit from this slavery. Qatar’s World Cup construction is expected to kill over 7,000 workers. FIFA, the Western world, and Qatar are killing 7,000 fathers, sons, and brothers in order to profit off soccer. Qatar is not only killing 7,000 workers, but destroying 7,000 families. The forced laborer’s families cannot withstand the loss of their primary income earner. Often, the families lose their home, starve, or are forced to make inhumane decisions for survival. The international community has condemned Qatar’s system of slavery. The United Nation’s described Qatar’s kafala system as “slavery-like conditions.” The United States Department of State concluded, “Approximately 94 percent of the country’s workforce is comprised of men and women from South and Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East who voluntarily come to work as low- and semiskilled workers, primarily in construction, oil and gas, service, transportation, and domestic work, but some subsequently face forced labor.” Solution Our social pressure could end Qatar’s slavery. This petition seeks to 1) Force FIFA to change the 2022 World Cup hosting country, and 2) Force Qatar to abolish its migrant work sponsorship program (kafala system). Collectively, this petition will apply social pressure to the sponsors of the 2022 World Cup. Driven by that social pressure, sponsors will threaten to end sponsorship to avoid negative publicity and financial losses. Under the threat of losing sponsors and public support, FIFA will demand changes from the Qatari government. Summary of Qatar’s Slavery Qatar regulates their migrant workforce through a work sponsorship program called a kafala system. Qatar’s kafala system entraps the immigrants with false promises of adequate wages, only to significantly reduce their pay upon their arrival to Qatar. If the forced laborer protests, Qatar unlawfully detains insubordinate employees, allows employers to withhold pay, and enables employers to confiscate passports to prevent the forced laborers to return home. With this disproportional leverage over the laborers, employers force laborers into dangerous working conditions. Employers force immigrant workers to labor for 16 hours in 120° heat. The forced laborers sleep 10 to 14 people in a very small room with no running water or sewage system. Under these dangerous working and living conditions, experts estimate that Qatar’s system of slavery will kill upwards of 7,000 workers before the start of the 2022 World Cup. Qatar’s kafala system not only harms the forced laborers, but destroys the forced laborers’ families as well. If the forced laborers die, their families lose their primary income earner. If the laborers survive, employers reduce pay, delay pay, or withhold pay completely. The forced laborers’ families depend on this income. Without this income, wives, grandparents, and children living in the forced laborers’ origin country lose homes, starve, and struggle to survive. Qatar’s kafala system violates several human rights laws. The United Nation’s Human Rights Officer described Qatar’s kafala system as leading to “slavery-like conditions.” The United Nations Convention Against Torture found that “Qatar continues to be a destination country for men and women subjected to forced labour and forced prostitution.” The Convention Against Torture also found “… reports of widespread torture or ill-treatment and abuse of migrant workers, in particular those under the sponsorship system (kafeel).” Qatar’s exploitation of migrant workers will only increase with the 2022 World Cup preparations. To prepare for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar plans to spend over 200 billion dollars in infrastructure through 2030. Because of Qatar’s construction needs, Qatar has recruited a significant number of migrant workers typically from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, the Philippines, or Sri Lanka. In fact, estimates suggest that the 1.39 million migrant workers in Qatar make up 94% of Qatar’s workforce. Why is this petition urgent? If FIFA’s contractual liabilities in Qatar increase too much, FIFA likely will not terminate their 2022 World Cup contract. Because of contractual obligations, FIFA may be liable for Qatar’s World Cup investments. If FIFA breaks their World Cup contract with Qatar, Qatar could sue to recover their World Cup investments. The longer we wait, the more money Qatar spends on World Cup preparations. Currently, Qatar is estimated to spend over 200 billion on infrastructure and World Cup preparations. That means the longer we wait, the less likely FIFA is to demand reform to Qatar’s kafala system or change the 2022 World Cup location. Sources and more details: DLA Piper Report, Migrant Labour in the Construction Sector in the State of Qatar United States Department of State, Trafficking Persons Report 2016: Qatar United Nations Human Rights Council, Qatar Amnesty International, The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s Construction Sector of the World Cup The Guardian, Revealed: Qatar’s World Cup ‘slaves’ The Washington Post, The toll of human casualties in Qatar The Guardian, Fifa faces legal challenge over Qatar migrant workers Amnesty International, Tell FIFA and Sponsors to stop World Cup exploitation TIME, Major FIFA Sponsors Don’t Want to Talk About Qatar, Either USA Today, Deloitte: Qatar to spend $200 billion for World Cup About the author: RJ Shea graduated with honors from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. During law school, RJ submitted a report to the United Nations detailing Qatar’s human rights violations. RJ also worked on human rights issues in Mali, Ireland, and Turkey.
Petition to Wendy's
Wendy's: We’re boycotting you until you support human rights for farmworkers!
For decades, farmworkers in the U.S. have faced physical and verbal abuse, daily threats to their health and safety, racial discrimination, wage theft and grinding poverty. Farmworkers also experience unconscionably high rates of sexual violence and harassment in the fields. In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center found that 80% of farmworker women report that they have experienced sexual harassment on the job. And in the most extreme cases, farmworkers have faced modern-day slavery, with nearly a dozen forced labor operations uncovered over the past two decades in Florida’s fields alone. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: Today, there is a solution. As farmworkers, we have created the Fair Food Program, a groundbreaking partnership among workers, growers, and major retail brands like McDonald’s, Whole Foods and Burger King that is ending decades of farmworker poverty and powerlessness. The Fair Food Program has been called “the best workplace-monitoring program” in the U.S. in the New York Times, and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day” in the Washington Post, and has won widespread recognition for its unique effectiveness from a broad spectrum of human rights observers, from the White House to the United Nations. Just last year the Fair Food Program received a Presidential Medal for its unique success in fighting modern-day slavery and other human rights abuses in corporate supply chains. But despite the Program’s historic achievements in advancing farmworkers' human rights, one buyer is still standing in the way of progress: Wendy’s. We are calling on you to stand with farmworkers in boycotting Wendy’s until they join the Fair Food Program and agree to protect the basic human rights of workers in their supply chain. Not only has Wendy’s turned its back on the farmworkers who harvest its produce, but it has taken steps that directly undermine the transformation that has been brought about by the Fair Food Program. Here’s how: Wendy's has not only refused to join the Fair Food Program (FFP), but has stopped buying tomatoes from Florida since the implementation of the FFP there. Rather than support an industry setting new standards for human rights, Wendy's took its tomato purchases to Mexico, where workers continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections. Instead of joining the FFP and its widely-acclaimed, uniquely successful worker-driven model of social responsibility, Wendy's released a new supplier code of conduct that contains no effective mechanisms for worker participation or enforcement. Wendy's new code represents the very worst of the traditional corporate approach to social responsibility driven by public relations rather than human rights. Wendy's stands alone as the last of the five major fast food corporations in the country not part of the FFP: McDonald's, Burger King, Yum! Brands and Subway are all doing the right thing and participating in the Program. By refusing to join, Wendy's is deriving a very real cost advantage over its competitors, while continuing to provide an alternative market for less reputable growers. It is unconscionable that Wendy’s refuses to support one of today’s most promising models to end poverty and human rights abuses in low-wage industries across the world. In five short years since its implementation, the Fair Food Program has prevented modern-day slavery and sexual violence, improved farmworker wages, and guaranteed basic safety protections for workers. Since the Program’s inception, participating buyers have paid well over $20 million into the FFP, helping to alleviate the poverty that our families have faced for decades. And we aren’t stopping with Florida tomatoes. In the past year, we expanded into Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, and to two new Florida crops, strawberries and bell peppers. Thanks to the support of participating buyers, the Fair Food Program has expanded its protections to tens of thousands of new workers, and is poised to grow exponentially in the years ahead. Today, we need you to tell Wendy’s that if they want your business, they must join the Fair Food Program. To learn how you can join thousands of other consumers in the national Wendy’s Boycott, visit boycott-wendys.org.
Petition to Patrick McIntyre, Claudette Stager, Linda Wynn, Tim Hyder, Bill Haslam, Jim Strickland
Remove Confederate Statues in Public Parks Memphis, TN
On June 20, 2017, we will hold a public meeting for the people of Memphis to discuss our collective action to have the statues of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and Jefferson Davis removed from our public parks. There is no justification for these statues to continue to stand. Removing statues does not erase history. Their names will still live in history books, museums, and the memory of their modern-day followers. Built decades after the Civil War ended, these statues were not raised to remember history but to reestablish the prominence of the Confederate South. If we want a Memphis that is inclusive and equitable for all, one major step we must take is to bring down these statues. The City of Memphis has requested permission from the Tennessee Historical Commission to remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue. This request/waiver was originally denied but is scheduled to receive a second review. Signing this petition will show the TN Historical Commission that the people of Memphis want these statues removed. Read more about the fight for Confederate Statue Removal in Memphis here.
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
Petition to US Congress
END FIAT CURRENCY
the federal reserve has created a financial system that has turned the population of the United States into Chattel property and have promoted the use of currency with nothing to support its worth. This has opened the door for them to make the populatin slaves through debt. it is the goal of this petition to beging the dismantling of this system and the return to a gold standard.
Petition to Mayor Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh City Council, Pittsburgh Arts Comission, Everyone
Remove the Stephen Foster Statue From Schenley Plaza
Over the years, many individuals have voiced their concern of the image projected by "Uncle Ned", a slave sitting at the feet of Stephen Foster. We the people of Pittsburgh, the region, the state of Pennsylvania, and the nation feel in this day and age that this statue is inappropriate and should be removed from public display.
Petition to Lexington-Fayette County Urban Government
Remove Confederate Statues from Cheapside
What we're after: 1. Remove the Statues2. Bring Back the Plaque3. Open up dialogue to make the space more inclusive for everyone Currently, there are two confederate statues located at Cheapside, one of John Hunt Morgan and another of John C. Breckenridge, both slaveholders and defenders of the institution of slavery. That our city was filled with confederate soldiers, statesmen and sympathizers during the Civil War is not something we wish to forget, but neither do we wish to celebrate it. In 2015, the John Hunt Morgan statue was vandalized, as was a marker recounting the history of slavery in Fayette County and the role Cheapside played in that history. Around the same time, a white supremacist murdered nine African Americans in Charleston, SC. Concerned, city officials asked the Urban County Arts Review Board's guidance regarding the statues, the marker and Cheapside Park. Citizens also voiced their opinions. The Arts Review Board recommended the statues be moved and the space re-imagined with new art more representative of our city's full and complicated history. City officials declined the board's recommendations. The confederate statues still stand at Cheapside Park. The marker that speaks of slavery does not. While city officials say they will revisit the issue once construction on the courthouse is complete, we feel this delay is both negligent and unnecessary. It is imperative to remember and reckon with our city's whole history now. For far too long, the experiences, memories and traumas of enslaved people have been kept hidden. We seek their revelation. For more information, go to takebackcheapside.com