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Ukraine Refugees

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Petition to

Earth and Space Science Community Anti-War Statement

Statement From Members of the Earth and Space Science International Community  We are Earth and space scientists, science communicators, and educators dedicated to the discovery of and solutions to societal challenges. We issue this joint statement to call on world governments and global leaders to do everything possible to expedite the end to the brutal Russian assault on Ukraine. We welcome other professional scientific communities to join our appeal. 1. The Earth and Space Community is an ecosystem of researchers working together and supporting each other. At this moment, our colleagues in Ukraine are being shelled with missiles and many have been forced to escape with their families from the war zone. We salute "Science for Ukraine" grassroots efforts and urge world governments to support Ukrainian students and science professionals.  2. We recognize that many of our Russian colleagues do not condone the actions of the Russian government and military, yet their ability to do research will soon be significantly curtailed. Many of them are also risking their freedom and life to protest the war. We call on world governments to support those who want to escape Russia and bring their talents to the democratic world. 3. We are well aware of the existential risks posed by anthropogenic climate change due to our reliance on fossil fuels. As we have just witnessed, it also threatens world security by complicating a decisive joint response by world governments to deprive Russia of its primary source of war funding. We urge world governments to intensify their efforts of transitioning to renewable energy for building a more democratic and resilient world. 4. As Russia is now indiscriminately targeting Ukrainian civilians in its war of attrition – a brutal strategy it did not hesitate to follow in the past – we cannot afford to wait for another red line to be crossed. We believe that implementing and sustaining sanctions on Russia's oil and gas revenues is a necessary action requiring immediate implementation. We believe that the heroic sacrifice of the Ukrainian people in defending their democratic values will inspire most of the democratic world to endure temporary increases in the cost of oil and gas domestically. 5. We recognize the unique threat that accompanies conflict among nuclear states, and we emphasize that the consequences of even a regional-scale nuclear war could cause a global “nuclear winter” that would kill all plant life and thus eliminate our food supply and destroy human civilization as we know it. We call on world governments to reduce the possibility of destructive nuclear war and its consequential catastrophic nuclear winter.  We call forward as a science community, together and resolute, the accountability of our governments to submit and execute these considerations. The time to act is now!

Julia Brodsky
289 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Honorable Antony Blinken, Rob Portman, Senator Dick Durbin, Honorable Kathy Hochul, Phil Murphy, Jared Polis, Governor Eric Holcomb, Jay Inslee, Ron DeSantis, Bob Menendez

U​.​S. Needs to Accept Ukrainian Refugees IMMEDIATELY

*UPDATE: April 21st, 2022* A HUGE THANK YOU and congratulations to everyone who has signed, shared, and promoted this petition! Your efforts have helped to build pressure toward changing policies to help Ukrainian Refugees in need. On April 21st, President Biden announced Uniting for Ukraine, a New Streamlined Process to Welcome Ukrainians Fleeing Russia's Invasion of Ukraine. Uniting for Ukraine is a streamlined process for Ukrainian citizens who have been displaced by Russia’s aggression to apply for humanitarian parole in the United States for a period of up to two years. Click here for the full announcement and information on how to apply starting on April 25th. We will continue to watch as refugees begin to apply and seek shelter in the United States to ensure that they are able to make it here to safety soon. Additionally, given that 5 million people have left Ukraine, 100,000 will only make a small dent in the overall resettlement support needed. We hope that the Administration will monitor for future needs as the crisis in Ukraine continues. _________________________________________________________________ My name is Ashley Testa and my family is in crisis. On the morning of February 23rd, my family woke up to the sound of explosions followed by artillery fire. They quickly fled and piled into the car. Despite the fact that my husband, Misha, has U.S. citizenship, our family was not allowed to seek refuge in the U.S. At present, there is NO official Ukrainian Refugee Program in the U.S. for Ukrainian families to come to the United States—even for those who have immediate family members as U.S. citizens or residents or official sponsors. Misha’s mother, sister, sister-in-law, and our four nieces and nephews, ages 5-12, left everything behind. Most tragically, they had to leave their fathers, husbands, sons behind. We do not know if or when they will be reunited. Our family drove towards Poland while bombs went off in the background. They had to share blankets to stay warm in the frigid weather and ration their limited food and gas. After 5 days of driving, they reached the border.  They planned to board a plane to the U.S., but realized that since only one family member had a U.S. green card, they could not go to the U.S. as a family. We were shocked. Luckily, since then, 7 of our family members have received visa approval. However, this is incredibly rare. Only 7 Ukrainian refugees resettled in the U.S. from March 1 - 16. Appointments for Ukrainians to interview for a U.S. visa are booked out through September. Most will also not be approved. Other options such as the Family Reunification immigration process currently have a wait time of about 15 years! President Biden has made several statements over the past week stating that he would “welcome Ukrainian refugees with open arms,” but has yet to do something about it. Lawmakers have proposed solutions, such as offering Humanitarian Parole, and are waiting for action. We beg you to allow Ukrainian families to come here. We’re on our hands and knees. They’ve been through enough. They’ve lost everything. My hope is to reach 500,000 signatures in order to demonstrate the passion of the American people to help refugees to resettle here to President Biden.

Ashley Testa
156,433 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to International Committee of the Red Cross

Stop the Red Cross from aiding the deportation of Ukrainians to Russia

On March 24, 2022, it was announced that the Red Cross and Russia established an agreement to “help” Ukrainians through an office in Russia. Ukrainians are outraged, but nothing has been done to stop it.  Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, asked Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for permission to open an office in Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia, to aid Ukrainian victims of the Russian invasion. In other words, the donations the world has made to the Red Cross to help Ukrainians will be used to abet the forced deportation of Ukrainians into the aggressor country destroying their cities, homes, and lives.  We cannot enable Russia in its crimes!  Please sign this petition to support my appeal to Mr. Maurer and the International Committee of the Red Cross to end this agreement now. __ To Mr. Maurer and the ICRC: Please do not undermine the humanitarian efforts of your organization in Ukraine since its invasion by Russia. Your request to open an office in Rostov-on-the-Don, a city in Russia, to help Ukrainians being slaughtered by the military of that very country is an affront to the ICRC’s mission: “to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance”.  It is completely incomprehensible how delivering Ukrainian civilians to the hands of the state invading their country fits your mission of protecting their lives and dignity. On the contrary, the ICRC’s plans to open an office in Rostov-on-Don not only legitimizes the Russian occupation of Ukrainian territories and the illegal deportation of Ukrainians to Russia, it enables the crime while completely stripping the victims of their dignity.  Every civilian in Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia must be given the option to evacuate in the direction of his or her choosing; forced deportation to Russia cannot be considered an acceptable action. If a humanitarian corridor can be opened to Russia, then one must be opened to the West as well – and one which is not mined, nor where the civilians are shelled as they try to pass through it. The ICRC is the only organization capable of achieving this. And please remember that Russia is the aggressor state which has violated Article 2 (4) of the U.N. Charter by “us[ing] force against the territorial integrity or political independence” of Ukraine. You are well aware of the fact that Russia is not merely waging war against Ukraine’s military – its military is destroying cities and slaughtering civilians. Please do not side with the aggressor by enabling the Russian state to go even further by forcibly and illegally deporting Ukrainian citizens to Russia. 

Lydia Rezie
1,710 supporters