40 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Amy Goodman and Producers at Democracy Now

Please Broaden and Improve your Coverage of Syria!

In April, Veterans for Peace Chapter 162 sent a letter by postal service to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now (DN) asking for better and more diverse coverage on Syria.  The letter was published online at Dissident Voice. Two months have passed and there has been no response. Meanwhile, we have heard from many DN listeners who have also written about this issue and, like us, received no reply. Dear Amy Goodman and Producers at Democracy Now, Please take a closer and deeper look at Syria.  There is a huge amount of public confusion and misinformation about the Syrian conflict. Partly because of this, the conflict continues with the U.S. and allies pouring billions of dollars annually into trying to overthrow the Assad government. There is a real danger the conflict could escalate into a confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.  While the mainstream media has dutifully echoed the propaganda of neocon hawks, promoting the unsubstantiated "Assad-Did-It-Again" story of his using chemical weapons on his own people when he had nothing to gain by doing so, etc., we expect a much higher standard of journalism from you, Amy Goodman.  We are asking you for better and more diverse coverage on Syria: that you include more guests who are reporting from inside Syria and who are not relying on suspect sources like the White Helmets or other Jihadi-affiliated sources.  And when you do feature guests promoting the U.S. State Department line, please ask them penetrating questions, such as where their funding comes from and who their information sources are.  Please don't just give those war-promoters a platform.  There's a story behind the story of what's happening in Syria, and a deeper story behind that, which takes us back to the U.S. and the military-industrialists who benefit, the politicians -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- who do their bidding, and the mainstream media who willingly promote their policies.  These entities combine to manipulate us into accepting such policies and paying the costs, physically, financially, psychologically, and ultimately with our health and our lives.  It all ties together, and that's how we need to hear it. Following are examples of articles with information and perspectives which need to be heard on Democracy Now:   Syria: Was It Really “A Chemical Weapons Attack”? by the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS),  April 11, 2017 An Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report About the Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria, by Theodore A. Postol,  April 14, 2017 by How Media Bias Fuels Syrian Escalation by Rick Sterling, April 10, 2017 Who Are Syria’s White Helmets? By Vanessa Beeley,  June 21, 2016 What’s really happening in Syria: A consumer fraud lawyer’s mini-primer By Robert Roth,  January 2, 2017 Destroying Syria: a Joint Criminal Enterprise by Diana Johnstone, October 4, 2016 ‘The Resistance’ That Doesn’t Resist War by Dan Kovalik,  Apr12, 2017  

Veterans for Peace / East Bay Chapter 162
250 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Angela Merkel (CDU), United Nations, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel, Elizabeth Warren, Malcolm Turnbull, Theresa May MP

Support Peace in Syria: #noflyzone4rojava

To the Global Coalition against Daesh and the International Community, We, the undersigned, hereby demand the following: 1. An immediate No-Fly Zone to be enforced over the airspace of Rojava-Northern Syria; 2. An immediate cessation of Turkish military aggression in the territories of Rojava-Northern Syria and Shingal Mountain; 3. An immediate end to the economic embargo on the territories of Rojava-Northern Syria, and the allowance of humanitarian aid to civilian populations in these territories. The blatant military aggression by the Turkish regime against Rojava-Northern Syria and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), beginning with the thirteen airstrikes against a YPG and YPJ General Command Center in the Qarachox area of Cizire Canton as well as numerous strikes against the Yezidi community in Shingal during the night of 25 April 2017, has already resulted in high numbers of casualties, both civilian and combatant. The Turkish regime is attacking civilian populations indiscriminately, in an attempt to weaken Rojava-Northern Syria through fear tactics and a complete disregard for basic human rights and the sanctity of human life. These attacks have come as the YPG, YPJ, and SDF have begun to successfully liberate the city of Raqqa, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State, and its surrounding areas from IS control. The Turkish regime has stated that the YPG must be pushed back in Syria, claiming that combating the terrorist group IS should not be the international community’s top priority. This clear attempt to paint the YPG and YPJ as an extremist militia will only serve to support the Islamic State, demonstrating that the Turkish regime is willing to side with the most extreme terrorist group in modern history in order to strike at Rojava-Northern Syria. The forces of Rojava-Northern Syria cannot – and will not – continue to battle IS alone, while consistently being undermined and attacked by the Turkish regime. The international coalition must put an immediate end to these blatantly illegal aggressions by Turkey and support the YPG, YPJ, and SDF, which have unfailingly been the most effective forces in repelling the terror and extremism of the Islamic State in defense of freedom and democracy. In signing this statement, we call upon the international community and our  governments, and especially the governments of the international coalition, including but not limited to: the United States, the Russian Federation, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt, to take immediate action in order to enact the above demands. Yours faithfully, Signatories

Aviva stein
64 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to President Donald J. Trump, General & Secretary of Offense James "Chaos" Mattis, Raytheon

Change the name of the Tomahawk cruise missile to Atlatl.

It has recently developed from the heavy media coverage of Tomahawk cruise missile strikes that some Native American tribes may feel offended at the misuse of their traditional weapon, tool, and status symbol by an administration many may not find themselves in agreement with.  While the name was aptly selected as a respectful nod to the prowess of Native American warriors, and of the power projection that their tomahawks gave them, this thought seems to fall on deaf minds today, as such it is only appropriate to consider renaming the weapon. For this I have put forth the replacement name, "The Atlatl."  The Atlatl is a weapon found among many cultures and ancient peoples across many continents, and as such has no specific ties to any one people to draw offense from.  However, it is most well known as having been used to terrifying effect against Spanish Conquistadors by the Aztec people.  The Aztec have since been wiped out by their Spanish invaders, so offense from them is unlikely, barring the possibility of El Dorado having survived in hiding all this time.  It's safe to assume they'll opt to stay hidden somewhere in Mexico, rather than speak out, however.   It should also be noted that the Atlatl was a supremely effective weapon, especially when compared to a throwing hatchet, and even has the benefit of actually being a thrown spear, thus looking more like a missile.  It also serves as a final reminder to why we must build a wall, to never forget Spanish incursion. I feel I have put forth enough reason to warrant changing the name.  Please sign and share to your friends and family.  Thank you.

Richard Smash McFerrousrooster
9 supporters