Petition to Philippine Government
We Support Solar Para Sa Bayan in Bringing Cheap, Clean, Reliable Power in the Philippines
Solar Para Sa Bayan is a social enterprise on a mission to bring cheap, clean, reliable 24/7 power across the Philippines, by constructing Solar-Battery Minigrids at zero cost to government. This year, over 500,000 Filipinos will benefit from projects in Mindoro, Palawan, Masbate, Batangas, Quezon, Aurora, Cagayan, Isabela, Negros, Misamis, Davao, and other areas that want better service. Electric utilities wrongly claim that current laws give them exclusivity in their franchise areas, so government must craft new laws and policies that clearly allow companies like Solar Para Sa Bayan to compete on a non-exclusive basis and give consumers an alternative choice. 10 Reasons to Support the Establishment of Minigrids Across the Philippines: 1) Overwhelming Public Support. A recent Pulse Asia survey indicates 82% of Filipinos favor new options for electric service providers; 60% are dissatisfied with electricity prices; and 89% favor increasing the use of renewable energy in the Philippines. 2) Lower Cost. Filipinos pay the highest rates in Asia, as much as Php 12-16/kWh in some areas. Competition will allow Filipinos to switch to Minigrids, while encouraging traditional utilities to lower their rates to remain competitive. 3) Reliable Service. Filipinos suffer blackouts from traditional utilities due to outdated technology and limits of centralized generation. Minigrids provide superior service using advanced technology and de-centralized solutions for each town. 4) Accessible 24/7. An estimated 20 million Filipinos lack 24/7 electric service, due to complacency by traditional utilities and limits of the existing grid. Minigrids can be deployed in areas previously ignored, and can accelerate our country’s total electrification by 2022. 5) Zero Cost to Government. Traditional utilities receive subsidies for diesel fuel and grid extension of over Php 30 billion a year, and other subsidies. Solar Para Sa Bayan now operates on a private basis with zero government subsidies, saving taxpayer money for other government priorities. 6) Clean Energy. Traditional utilities are sourcing 80% of their energy from coal, which threatens our environment and contributes to climate change. Minigrids can utilize solar panels and battery storage to maximize the percentage sourced from renewable energy. 7) Resiliency & Security. Traditional utilities depend on a grid that is vulnerable to disasters and shortages of imported fossil fuels. Localized Minigrids dedicated for each town and using indigenous resources mitigate the risk of power interruptions and ensure our energy security. 8) Economic Development. Minigrid investments accelerate economic development, especially in rural areas, by creating employment during construction and operations, and by improving electric service to attract new industries and more investments. 9) Encourage Other Minigrids. Previous laws did not contemplate Minigrids, which until recently had limited, subsidized, or donor-funded operations. The legal recognition of these pioneering and viable Minigrids will encourage others to also enter this non-exclusive market. 10) Competition & Innovation. Minigrids not only directly benefit consumers, but also inspire traditional utilities to improve their services. The entry of new providers and technologies also catalyzes innovation, to benefit Filipinos nationwide. For more information: Solar firm wants to end ‘complacency’ among electric co-ops ‘Solar Para Sa Bayan’ brings power to 12 remote towns in the country ‘No more blackouts’ in Mindoro town
Petition to Instagram, Kevin Systrom
Update Instagram's Terms of Service to Include the Cannabis Community
On Instagram’s release date October 6, 2010, only five states allowed medical cannabis consumption. As we approach Instagram’s eighth birthday, laws are changing. Currently nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis, and 30 states allow medicinal use. But it’s not just the US, legalization has gone global. On July 1, 2018, Canada became the first G7 country to pass nationwide recreational laws. Even Mexico, Belize, Jamaica, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Israel, Croatia, The Czech Republic and Australia have all passed medical, small possession or decriminalization legislation. It seems the only place legalization is not happening, is on Instagram. Today, legal cannabis producers, processors, retailers, ancillary businesses, advocates and influencers are all targeted by Instagram’s Terms of Service. Pages are deactivated without warning, while Instagram provides zero transparency as to why. Years of work gets deleted at the click of a button. Instagram claims to foster community, while ours is targeted. The legal cannabis industry employs an estimated 165,000 people in the United States and Washington alone has generated $686 million in excise tax revenue since i502’s implementation. We aren’t a community of criminals. We are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, entrepreneurs and even grandparents who make a legal living while contributing to the economy. We ask Instagram, please update your Terms of Service to reflect changing cannabis laws. Stop targeting legal businesses, advocates and influencers. End the censorship and suppression of cannabis content. Allow pages to promote posts and be verified. Most importantly, we ask Instagram to provide greater transparency surrounding their Terms of Service. Our community wants to play by Instagram’s rules. We don’t want our products in the hands of minors, nor do we want pages tricking people into online sales. What we do want is to educate consumers on products, events and legalization. If Instagram does not update their Terms of Service, the #cannabiscommunity will be forced to take our 10.2 million hashtags to another platform. Instagram, please do the right thing. Update your Terms of Service, stop targeting cannabis content and allow our community to exist peacefully on your platform. Legalization is here to stay and we hope you will support our industry as we continue to grow.
Petition to Mark Zuckerberg
Remove Holocaust Denial Pages from Facebook
We call on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook to cease hosting Holocaust Denial pages on their site. When these pages spread lies and untruths, it is veiled hatred and anti-semitism designed to cast doubt on facts. The Holocaust happened. This can not be disputed. Period. There is a difference between providing a platform for free expression and knowingly spreading false information and lies. Denying the Holocaust causes harm. These sites foster hatred, division and racism. We call on Facebook to take action and help stop this dissemination of hate. Created by Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc ( HLEF), Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and the Association of Holocaust Organizations.
Petition to Facebook, Instagram
Encouraging the social media generation to behave more responsibly outdoors.
People all over the world enjoy sharing their outdoor adventures on social media, and while it is a source of inspiration for many, it can also have quite a few negative affects on the planet. When individuals use Instagram to publicly post photos and videos of themselves breaking the law and engaging in activities that are harmful to the environment, there is seldom any legal recourse. Worse yet, when shared by larger accounts, publishers or brands, this content has the potential to reach millions of people. Whether it is an honest mistake or a flagrant violation of federal laws, it ultimately does the same amount of damage. Without any sort of regulation, it is impossible to stop the spread of media that might encourage other Instagram users to engage in similar illegal and damaging behavior. Some examples include burning fires, camping and flying drones in areas where parks and law enforcement have banned these activities. Such violations have led to life-threatening situations and destruction of habitat, among other consequences. Other examples include trespassing on closed sections of parks/historical sites, disturbing/feeding wildlife and vandalism. Staging and Photoshopping images where an individual appears to be doing something illegal can be just as problematic, and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recently weighed in on this with their new social media guidelines, asking the digital generation to be "mindful of what [their] images portray." When photos of a location gain popularity on Instagram (via the geotag and hashtag features, plus shares or "features"), the result is often a surge in visitation. Unfortunately a number of outdoor destinations all over the world have been closed or destroyed due to the negative impacts from this influx of visitors. For example, Keyhole Hot Springs, near Pemberton, B.C., Canada, which became wildly popular thanks to thousands of photos posted on Instagram, was closed for the second time in 2017 due to a "dangerous" increase in both grizzly and black bear activity, a government official told CBC. Thanks to the hot springs' notoriety on Instagram and a dramatic rise in visitors, the amount of garbage left behind by careless hikers also spiked. Multiple bears in the area became habituated to food and displayed aggressive behavior towards humans, with one documented report of a bear charging a hiker. The area is now closed annually from April 1 through November 15 so authorities can manage the recovery of the local grizzly bear population, according to the B.C. Provincial Government. Anyone caught at the site can be fined up to $1,000. Yet hikers still sneak in to the springs -- and post current photos on Instagram, clearly in violation of the closure, which was established to protect the lives of both humans and bears. And of course, there no way of enforcing this in the digital space. But if social media is part of the problem, why not make it part of the solution? I would like to propose that Instagram/Facebook act immediately and implement a system allowing users to report violations that are both illegal and harmful to the environment. These reports could be submitted to an outdoor ethics department at Instagram/Facebook that would consult with and/or work in conjunction with nonprofits, scientists, parks and law enforcement to assist in the citation of users (both individuals and companies) -- and ensure that these photos do not continue to get shared on social media. In addition to that, Instagram/Facebook would provide flagged accounts with appropriate resources on responsible recreation, protecting the environment and volunteer opportunities, so they might be able to correct their actions and help everyone in the outdoor community work together. Furthermore, I believe this data should be made available to the public, so companies and organizations can better evaluate individuals (aka “influencers” or “content creators”) with large followings on social media before approaching them to work on campaigns. Companies, especially when running ad content on their Instagram channels, need to be just as accountable as the content creators. I believe every user should be given a chance to correct their behavior, but repeat offenders should have their accounts disabled if they cannot abide by the laws created to protect and preserve the outdoors. A number of national parks in the United States have sizable social media accounts (and the staff to manage them), and they have used Instagram and Facebook to help issue citations for illegal droning, illegal fires and disturbance of wildlife. Assisting the National Park Service with such citations would ensure that more people follow laws designed to keep the parks thriving, and the money collected from fines would enable the parks to better serve (and educate) the public. If you agree with what I've proposed, please share this petition with as many people as possible. Social media is a place to start discussions and initiate change, and if a company like Facebook took a stand and showed their support for protecting our parks and wilderness, that would truly be heard around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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 Facebook.com 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: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100024885881935&ref=content_filter Video of him talking about molesting children: https://www.facebook.com/taylor.whidden/videos/10207147029664398/?hc_location=ufi My Facebook post about the petition which has dozens of screenshots in the comments: https://www.facebook.com/parameters/posts/10208278563421974?comment_id=10208278601062915&notif_t=like Tumblr posts regarding Matt Sutton: http://misandry-mermaid.tumblr.com/post/111922536438/mama-macabre-ladies-and-gentlemen-i-present-to http://misandry-mermaid.tumblr.com/post/116428305820/guernicaluca-guernicaluca-this-guys 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: http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Florida/Volusia-County-FL/Mathew-Sutton.123698830.html 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. http://imgur.com/a/QNsG3