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Petition to The unicode consortium, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter

Make the Assyrian flag an Emoji!

As an Assyrian, I believe that we are often misrepresented. Proposing the emoji flag is not so much for the sake of having our flag join the vastness of other countries in the pixelated world, but for the sake of recognition. Much like the LGBT flag, our flag is not representative of a nation or country, but of a people and a community that to this day, despite continuous persecution, still strives and cherishes what it loves and believes. The Assyrian people were once a powerful empire located in Mesopotamia, and to what many would consider the “cradle of civilization”. Their empire reigned from 2500BC to 605BC. Being one of the oldest recorded civilizations, Assyrians and Mesopotamians were responsible for many great scientific achievements both in a cultural and militaristic sense. Some of the profound achievements involved: Aramaic (One of the oldest languages) Writing (Cuneiform) Beer Ironworking The Wheel Royal Library of Ashurbanipal Math systems (Hours/minutes) Code of Hammurabi (Written law) Siege Towers (Military vehicle) Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Ancient World Wonder) As fate would have it, Assyria and the region of Mesopotamia experienced its rise and fall which in more recent times involved the Assyrian Genocide and the systematic death of Christian Assyrians within Iraq by ISIS/ISIL. So, now I come to you and ask for your support to help make this a reality and aid us in creating a form of recognition that could spark something great for the generations of Assyrians to come.

Adonis Tuman
6,399 supporters
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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 Bellingham is hurting. Like many other cities nationwide we have high unemployment, low wages, and a host of economic, social and environmental problems. This inexpensive solution would help us address all of them, and maintain net-neutrality by creating a public, net-neutral option. In fact over 450 other cities have already implemented solutions like this, but our leaders are reluctant to even give our citizens access to the resources they've already paid for, much less prepare our city for the future.  As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several net-neutral 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. This petition asks for the city to give the public access to the broadband resources we've already paid for, expand our critical publicly owned broadband infrastructure, establish a Dig Once Policy for Bellingham and Whatcom County, allow multiple providers into multi-unit dwellings, and provide high quality internet access to all residents that truly address our Digital Divide issues. 

Jon Humphrey
1,620 supporters
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Petition to President of the United States

Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website

My son, Ross Ulbricht, is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges and no criminal history. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where individual users chose what to list for sale. Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for dealing drugs himself but for a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. Ross’s investigation, trial and sentencing were rife with abuse.  This includes corrupt federal investigators (now in prison) who were hidden from the jury, as well as prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations and reliance on unproven allegations at sentencing. Ross did not get a fair trial and his sentence was draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that Silk Road was a terrible mistake that he deeply regrets, that he never intended harm, and that he has learned the heavy price of breaking the law. Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man with much to contribute. The judge received 100 letters attesting to his excellent character and how much he has helped others. These include those in prison, where he has tutored, led classes, and generally helped fellow inmates.  Keeping Ross caged for life helps no one; will cost taxpayers about $2 million; and deprives society of an exceptionally kind, generous and creative person. Even in the face of his walking death sentence, Ross clings to the hope of a second chance and dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to give to his community and society as a whole. Please sign this petition and help us bring Ross home. Learn more about Ross Ulbricht here.
83,302 supporters
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Petition to Pam Bondi, Claire Metz

Stop Matt Suttons flagrant harassment of women

Matt Sutton is a well known Facebook User, primarily in the state of Florida, though he has been known to harass women all over the country. The first time Matt messaged me was back in April of this year, he started off by hitting on me but it quickly turned ugly once I told him I was not interested. He started saying terrible, misogynistic things to me, even though I was nothing but pleasant to him and have even tried to help him to realize that his actions are unacceptable on many occasions. I quickly found out that this was not a one time thing for him. Since my first interaction with him, he has not only contacted me two separate other times to harass me, but he has harassed hundreds and hundreds of other girls.  I believe that Matt Sutton should not be allowed to access as he uses it solely as a tool to harass (both sexually and non sexually) women he does not know. He spends his life threatening and badmouthing women. He curses at them, belittles them, taunts them, make threats, and even calls them repeatedly using the feature that Facebook provides. I also believe he should receive legal repercussions from his actions. He also is a known stalker and a racist. His account has been deleted several times (whether by himself or Facebook I am not sure) but he always shows back up. At first I found it humorous, but I have grown tired of his presence on the site, especially since a video went viral of him talking about engaging in sexual acts with underage children. I am surprised there were no consequences for him when that video surfaced, as it has over 132,000 views. In my opinion, Facebook is no place for a person like Matt Sutton, whether he is joking around or not. Please sign this petition to show your support so no other girls have to deal with his harassment. Please show the Volusia County Sherriffs Office that Matt Sutton is worth investigating. He has an arrest record so his contact information should be easily accessible to them. His Facebook: Video of him talking about molesting children: My Facebook post about the petition which has dozens of screenshots in the comments: Tumblr posts regarding Matt Sutton: Also, the comments section on here has DOZENS of testimonies from women all over the country who have been a victim of his incessant harassment both online and off.   MOST RECENT UPDATE: I am well aware of Matt Sutton being in jail during the entirety of this petition, no need for any more messages about it though I do thank you all for bringing it to my attention. I learned about it earlier today. I got caught up with things because it's finals week for me, but here's a link for those who havent seen it. He was arrested for false imprisonment. I don't know further details but I can only imagine what went on. I do know he's since been released apparently because a friend had him harassing her a couple of hours ago. My next steps since the police have been largely unhelpful is to contact the FBI. Since matt has made death threats and discussed child molestation, I am going to be calling them to see if they can offer us any options. I will keep you posted. Until then I encourage ALL of you to spam the Volusia County, Ormond City Beach, and Daytona Beach PD as well as the South Daytona Beach FB page (oddly enough the same one where that woman was put on blast for duct taping her dogs mouth shut) The only way we are going to get the police to care is if we make it so public they can't ignore it. So comment the petition on their page and ask what THEY are doing about it, not what I'm doing about it. I'm doing everything in my power to get this dude off the streets, but I'm only one woman. We need more man power and for the people saying more needs to be done than the petition, here's your chance.    His mugshot:   Update: I was alerted to Matt making new threats to a woman and her friends on instagram using his account @majigirepanda he was commenting telling her what a useless whore she was and threatening to shoot her and her friends.

Jenny Esposito
6,847 supporters