social justice

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Petition to Kelli Linville, April Barker, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council, Michael Lilliquist, Pinky Vargas, Terry Bornemann, Roxanne Murphy

Bellingham Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Network

Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Internet As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several local Internet Service Providers eager to deploy high speed broadband, like they have in Mount Vernon, yet this is held back by rules and regulations that have not kept pace with technology. Fiber would: Create an opportunity for a public access component to make ultra high speed internet broadly accessible in public spaces, provide higher quality low-income connections to those in need, and guarantee a level of internet access to all. Give Bellingham a strong standing among Washington cities, and create valuable infrastructure that we could continue to build on in the long-term. Create jobs: Fiber would draw companies to the city, provide jobs for construction and maintenance, create new internet service providers and other innovative businesses that are made possible by ultra-fast broadband. Reduce Our Impact on the Environment: Fiber would reduce the need for travel to take place for meetings. It is also very durable and usually requires less maintenance than old infrastructure wiring, like copper wiring.   Increase property values: Wiring for fiber-optics has been shown to increase property value approximately 1% Provide a network our government could leverage to deliver data from current and future ‘smart grid’ sensors including those used for parking management, resource monitoring, air quality, muni and other needs. Over the long term smarter management could save the city money and increase our tax base without increasing taxes by reducing unemployment and creating good jobs.

Jon Humphrey
372 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Mike Freeman

Justice for Elisa Gomez

My sister Elisa was found dead in her home on October 11, 2016. Even though her husband, roommate, and her roommate's children were in the home the morning of her death, her death was addressed as a suicide. My family has met with the homicide investigators about the case and even though they do not think there is sufficient evidence to refer the case to the county attorney's office, we believe that  her case deserves more attention. If additional investigation is needed, we are hoping that the county attorney and deputy attorney will request that the Minneapolis Police Department investigate further. We hope that further investigation will prompt the gathering of more evidence, as well as testimony, necessary to address this case as a homicide. We have learned that not only does the suspected individual have prior convictions for domestic abuse, of which he has served prison time for, but that this individual has also had several DWIs also. This individual is a danger to the public.  Other victims who did not initially report their altercations with this man to police initially are now willing to come forward. There was a 911 call placed to the Minneapolis Police Department shortly before my sister Elisa was found dead in her home. We were told Police went to the door and when no one answered, they left without any follow up. My sister's autopsy indicates that her death was due to a "ligature hanging" and the Manner of Death is "undetermined".  Her case deserves more attention. We would like to meet with a member of the County Attorney's office to discuss this matter further. Even though the case is still considered to be active, the police have no further evidence to pursue a homicide investigation and are no longer investigating the case. We know that she did not take her own life  and when the facts of the case are fully heard and understood, there will be no doubt that Elisa's case deserves a more thorough investigation. It is our hope that this petition will prompt further investigation that is sorely needed by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Maria Gomez
1,078 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer, Tony Hershman


Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by signing the petition and generously giving what you can.All Ron Finley wanted was healthy food for himself, his family and neighbors. After picking up a tomato that was labeled “coated with shellac” in his local South Central Los Angeles grocery store, it hit Finley: there was a complete lack of healthy food in his community. This is true for not only Finley’s community, but most underserved populations nationwide. More than 29 million Americans live in food deserts or what Finley has termed “food prisons”.“the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”In 2010, Finley decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land in front of his property into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into an edible landscape for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”, sparking a global food justice movement. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry reached out to Finley in solidarity of his work, followed by statewide dignitaries, namely Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson. Soon after, the Gangsta Garden began to be visited and studied by local K-12 classrooms and universities all over the world including renown institutions such as Harvard, the University of Southern California and MIT.“Kids who grow kale, eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction. HQ has grown into more than just a garden since 2010, including RFP offices, an educational center and a propagation station for more edible urban landscapes. The loss of this property is a continuation of the injustices perpetrated against the members of the South Central Los Angeles community and persons struggling with food insecurity around the world. Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden that has become a symbol of healthy change for Los Angeles and cities all over. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities, please sign the petition, donate on our crowdfunding site, share and comment on how the The Ron Finley Project has inspired you.

The Ron Finley Project
72,728 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Justice Now for the Shibayama Brothers

Dear IACHR Commissioners: We urge the IACHR to decide the case of Shibayama et al. vs USA (Case 12.545) and to rule in favor of the Shibayama brothers as soon as possible.  The three Shibayama brothers – Art, Ken, and Tak – seek to hold the US government accountable for its ongoing failure to provide redress for war crimes perpetrated against them as children during WWII. Our concerns are grave as it has been over 13 years since their petition was filed with the IACHR. During that time, the brothers have advanced in age and are facing health issues. The eldest is now 86 years old. With each passing year, the Shibayama brothers carry the burden of knowing that most of their fellow internees have died and soon there will be no one left who directly suffered these crimes against humanity to plead for justice. We join the Shibayama brothers in saying: No more! Women, children, and men must not be subjected to government-orchestrated kidnapping, indefinite detention/internment, forced deportation, and hostage exchange. The US government must be held accountable for these wartime violations and blatant infringements of the rule of law. Time is of the essence! Please rule in favor of the Shibayama brothers and hold the US government accountable so that similar practices do not devastate other communities now and in the future.  Thank you for your consideration. 

Campaign for Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans!
602 supporters