Petition to Barack Obama
Let's Bring Aya To America
Dear President Obama, Please join us in our effort to bring a very special refugee to America. First—thank you. Thank you for maintaining your restraint and calm during a time of increasing fear and hatred. Thank you for taking a stance against the dangerous and divisive rhetoric of the past few weeks. Thank you for continuing to advocate tolerance and insisting that the United States will honor its commitment toward refugees. We stand with you in refusing to demonize millions of people due to the actions of a few violent individuals. We also agree that the United States must play an important part in sheltering innocent civilians displaced by war. Especially those wars involving our military. Second—we’d like to bring your attention to a young woman who was turned away by America. Her name is Aya. We believe America’s rejection of Aya is a mistake. She is in the process of filing an appeal, and we’d like to invite you to personally learn her story and lend your voice to our advocacy on her behalf. We know she is only one of millions, but she is important to us. We believe that Aya is an innocent victim of the wars in both Iraq and Syria. We believe her when she says she loves America. We do not believe that Aya poses a threat to the security of the United States. Mr. President, Aya is in a very vulnerable situation right now. So if you believe along with us that she deserves to be an American, please lend your voice to our advocacy on her behalf. Thank you again for welcoming refugees and promoting tolerance. Sincerely,Friends of Aya. -------------------------------------------------------- Aya's story can be found here: www.facebook.com/humansofnewyorkSee her interview with Fareed Zakaria here: http://cnn.it/1QmVOX4
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Demand an Apology from Congress for the Mistreatment of Italian Americans During WWII
During World War II, the United States government interned, relocated, and confiscated the property of thousands of Italian Americans. Hundreds of Italians were arrested, put on a train with darkened windows, and sent to internment camps across the United States. Thousands were arrested and taken into custody, many without a warrant. 10,000 Italians were relocated and forced from their homes, including the elderly and immobile. 600,000 Italians were classified as "enemy aliens" and faced movement restrictions, curfews, job loss, and property confiscation. The federal government has never apologized for these civil liberty violations. The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) wants to change that. On December 1, 2015, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California introduced H.R. 4146 and H.R. 4147. The first bill requests funds to provide grants for education programs on the history of Italian Americans during World War II. The latter asks for an official apology for the mistreatment of Italian Americans during that time. In 2000, Congress directed the Attorney General to conduct an extensive review of Italian American treatment during World War II. In 2001, the Justice Department released its report, outlining the injustices committed against Italians living in the United States in the 1940's. It's now 15 years later. There has been no follow up and no official apology. Acknowledging, apologizing for, and studying the treatment of Italian Americans during World War II will help repair the Italian American community and discourage the occurrence of similar injustices and violations of civil liberties in the future. The federal government must safeguard civil liberties and protect the freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. This is about more than Italian Americans. This is about all of us. Join us and ask Congress to apologize for the government's treatment of Italian Americans during World War II. Call on Congress to pass H.R. 4146 and 4147. Left photo credit Texas Historical Commission
Petition to The Nobel Peace Committee
Nobel Peace Prize for the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for Protecting the Jewish Minority
During World War II, the Bulgarian Independent Orthodox Church, The Holy Synod, voted unanimously condeming the anti-semitic racist laws. Sign the petition (below) urging the Nobel Peace Committee to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Bulgarian Church for their bravery. This is an initiative by the Israeli Committee on friendly relations with Bulgaria, headed by Advocate Moshe Aloni, born in Bulgaria and himself saved during the war. The Bulgarian government was an ally of Nazi Germany. On March 2, 1943, following a raft of anti-semitic laws, Bulgaria’s council of ministers approved a plan for the deportation of the country's Jews to the death camps. In the face of this plan, the Bulgarian Independent Orthodox Church showed bravery and leadership by fighting against and condemning the anti-Semitic laws. This effort was headed, among many others, by two heroic clergymen: Metropolitan (Bishop) Stephan, the head of the Sofian Church, and the highest ranking Bulgarian Church official during the Holocaust, and Metropolitan Kiril, the head of the Church in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv. These two bishops were prominent in responding when the heinous decision was brought to their attention. They have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad V'Shem in Jerusalem. Some of the brave actions they took include: In early March 1943, as preparations were being made by the Bulgarian Governement to hand over the first group of 800 Jews from Sofia to the Germans, Metropolitan Stephan immediately traveled to the King’s Palace, asking the postponement of the anti-Jewish decisions. Metropolitan (Bishop) Stephan continued to speak out publicly against the persecution of the Jews, putting his life at risk as the Bulgarian Fascist Party called for his death in 1943. As the deportation of 1,500 Jews of the city of Plovdiv began in March 1943, local Bishop Metropolitan Kiril succeeded in halting it. Kiril threatened to lie across the railway tracks in order to stop the deportation. Meanwhile he took the arrested Jews to the Church to protect. In April 1943 Metropolitan Stephan convened a special Holy Synod plenary session to discuss the persecution of the country’s converted Jews, as well as all other Jews. It was decided that the Bulgarian Church could not accept this racist law and that the Church could not deny help and protection to the persecuted and oppressed Jews. Due to the heroic acts of these two prominent leaders and their willingness to speak up and take action, the deportation of the Jews of Bulgaria was postponed again and again until it was finally cancelled with the end of the war. More about these two outstanding individuals at the Yad Vashem website: http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/pressroom/pressreleases/pr_details.asp?cid=334#!prettyPhoto
Petition to Barack Obama
Tell President Obama to Consent to Independent Investigation of Kunduz Hospital Bombing
(Photo by Andrew Quilty) In the early morning hours of October 3, a U.S. gunship repeatedly bombed a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, in northern Afghanistan. The attacks killed 30 people, including 13 MSF staff members, 10 patients, and 7 others who have not yet been identified.* More than three dozen patients and MSF staff were injured as well, and the hospital itself was destroyed, leaving several hundred thousand people without access to emergency trauma care. Survivors have recounted it as a horrifying experience. Beyond that, attacking a protected site such as a hospital is a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions. The precise GPS coordinates of the four-year-old MSF hospital in Kunduz were provided to U.S. and Afghan authorities in Washington and Kabul in the days prior to the bombing, and the hospital contained nearly 200 patients and staff at the time of the attack. Investigations have been launched by the U.S., NATO, and the Afghan government, but it is impossible to expect the parties involved in the conflict to carry out independent and impartial investigations of acts in which they themselves are implicated. It was for that reason, and in the name of our killed and wounded colleagues and patients—and for all of our staff and patients worldwide—that MSF called for an independent international investigation into the events of October 3 by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC), the only permanent body set up specifically to investigate violations of international humanitarian law. Now that the call to mobilize the IHFFC has been answered, we are calling for the United States and the Obama administration to consent to the IHFFC investigation into the Kunduz hospital bombing, as it must before a truly impartial truth-seeking investigation can be launched. PLEASE SIGN NOW! By signing this petition, you can add your voice to these calls and demand that parties to this conflict—and parties to conflicts the world over—respect the statutes of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions. The preservation of health facilities as neutral, protected spaces depends on this. If not for the recognition of these principles, MSF and other humanitarian organizations could not work in conflict zones and other places rife with violence. We could not deliver the medical care so many people so desperately need. That is why our call is not only about Kunduz and not only about the United States. It is directed at all nations, and all parties to conflicts, and it is an opportunity for all to reaffirm their commitment to International Humanitarian Law, to reaffirm the right of organizations like ours to provide medical care independently and impartiality in conflict zones, and to reaffirm the effort to bring some humanity to the worst of circumstances, now and into the future. Please add your voice, and call on people in your networks to add their voices, to our call on the United States and the Obama administration to consent to the IHFFC investigation into the Kunduz hospital attack. Because even wars have rules. #independentinvestigation #evenwarshaverules READ: FACT SHEET ON THE BOMBING OF MSF'S HOSPITAL IN KUNDUZ * Please note, the number of people killed in the attack was updated on October 24 to include additional people whose identities were confirmed and some whose bodies were found in the wreckage but have not been identified to date, due to their condition.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Marco Rubio, John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Bill Nelson, Cory Booker, Ted Lieu, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Timothy Theriault, Andy Anders, Melissa Melendez, Kevin McCarthy, Theodore Yoho, Eleanor Norton, Mike Moon, Fred Upton, Don Young, Joe Courtney, Maxine Waters, Eliot Engel, Darrell Issa, Elijah Cummings, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Nydia Velazquez, Mike Honda, Gerald Greene, Tulsi Gabbard, John Garamendi, Alma Allen, John Lively, Luis Gutierrez, Louie Gohmert
RESTRICT THE PRESIDENT FROM THE FIRST-USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Right now the only thing standing between the President and the first use of nuclear weapons is the Secretary of Defense - someone who he appoints and does not have the power to veto the order. Donald Trump has been quoted saying that he will not rule out the use of nuclear weapons. Please join me in support of H.R. 669 - The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 sponsored by congressman Ted Lieu. For more info you can go to https://lieu.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-lieu-senator-markey-introduce-restricting-first-use-0 You can also go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ to find the name and phone number of your district's representative. Please call and e-mail them to let them know you are in support of this bill! Please sign and share this petition and help me give this issue the attention it deserves. e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Petition to US Embassy in Kabul, US Department of State
Save my Afghan interpreter
When I served as an Embedded Combat Adviser in Afghanistan, my interpreter, Janis Shinwari, saved my life. Now I need you to help me save Janis’ life. In 2008, Janis and I were caught in the middle of a firefight. He took swift action when a combatant shot at me. But beyond that specific incident, Janis served a critical role for me and all of the other troops serving in Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghan nationals have served as interpreters to assist US troops in communicating in real time and providing a cultural link between the troops and Afghan nationals. However, because they are so visible in their communities, many interpreters have become targets for violence. Janis knows for a fact that the Taliban has added his name to a kill list and he is in constant danger. For the moment, he is living safely on an army base, but he needs to leave the country immediately to ensure his safety and that of his family. The US operates a specific visa program for Afghan nationals who serve as interpreters who want to relocate to the US -- and there is a similar program for interpreters in Iraq. The program was created through legislation in 2009 (the Afghan Allies Protection Act), but thousands of interpreters like Janis are still waiting for their visas. The process is incredibly complicated for applicants and bureaucrat hold ups leave interpreters waiting in dangerous situations for months or even years. Now, both programs are weeks away from expiring unless Congress takes action to renew them. Janis began his application for a US Visa in 2011. Today, he is still waiting for the US Embassy in Kabul to issue him the visa he has earned. The Embassy and the State Department have the power to help Janis leave Afghanistan and start a life in a safe place. I know first hand how critical interpreters like Janis are to our troops serving overseas. It’s time that the US do the right thing and help Janis escape the dangerous situation he’s in because of the work that he did for our country. Please join me in calling on the US Embassy in Kabul and the State Department to help save Janis life by issuing his visa immediately.
Petition to US Embassy in Kabul, US Department of State
Help save Ehsan, the interpreter in Afghanistan who helped US troops
Thanks to a previous Change.org petition, I was able to help Janis Shinwari, my interpreter while I served as a base intelligence officer in Afghanistan, secure a visa to resettle in the US after he was stuck for years in bureaucratic red tape. Now I need your help again to save my other interpreter, Ehsan. While serving in Iraq in 2008, I learned that the help of local Afghan nationals like Janis and Ehsan was critical to our effort. Thousands of Afghan nationals have served as interpreters to assist US troops in communicating in real time and providing a cultural link between the troops and Afghan nationals. It wasn’t until after my service, when I learned that Janis’ life was in danger as he was placed on a Taliban kill list because of his work to help US troops, that I truly understand how much these brave individuals put on the line. Every day, many of these interpreters live in fear that they or their families will be harmed in retaliation for their efforts -- a very real and deadly threat. Like Janis, Ehsan is an amazing man. During our time together, Ehsan helped my unit and I interdict over 7 tons (millions of dollars worth) of drugs used by the Taliban to fund their attacks. The Taliban know this and as a result placed him on their kill list. Without our help, he could die. Luckily, the US operates a specific visa program for Afghan nationals who serve as interpreters who want to relocate to the US -- and there is a similar program for interpreters in Iraq. The program was created through legislation in 2009 (the Afghan Allies Protection Act), but thousands of interpreters are still waiting for their visas. The process is incredibly complicated for applicants and bureaucrat hold ups leave interpreters waiting in dangerous situations for months or even years. Now, both programs are set to expire in the coming months unless Congress takes action to renew them. When my previous campaign took off, Janis’ application started moving faster and now Janis has his visa to safety. I don't think I've ever heard him as happy as when he finally received his visa. Ehsan, my other interpreter, heard all about our efforts to help Janis and contacted me begging that I do for him what I did for Janis. Ehsan submitted his application to the US Embassy in Kabul in June 2012 but he’s still waiting for his visa. The Embassy and the State Department have the power to help Ehsan leave Afghanistan and start a life in a safe place. Together, we can help make that happen.
Petition to United States Supreme Court
Arrest Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for fraud. Obama birth certificate proven a fake.
It has been proven Barak Obama birth certificate is a fake. Hilary Clinton has taken donations from foreign governments while being secretary of state to campaign for POTUS. Both a crime.