Petition to Ernie Chambers, Adam Morfeld, Patty Pansing Brooks
Support the Morfeld, Chambers, and Pansing Brooks Amendments to LB46, Nebraska
Recognizing that 1,825 children are abused and neglected each day, that there are at least four child maltreatment fatalities each day, and that there are at least 9.2 victims per 1,000 children (American SPCC, 2017), we believe that child abuse awareness and prevention is a serious issue which deserves attention and support in Nebraska. Recognizing that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men are victims of rape and sexual assault in their lives, that 60% of reported rapes involve victims under the age of 18, that youths aged 12-17 are two to three times more likely to be victims than adults, that 82% of victims are assaulted or raped by someone they know, and that a rape is reported in the US about once every 5 minutes (Rape Treatment Center, 2017), we further believe that rape culture awareness and prevention is a serious issue which deserves attention and support in Nebraska. Thus, we, the undersigned, support the proposed amendments to LB46 by Senators Chambers, Pansing Brooks, and Morfeld. We, the undersigned, urge the Nebraska Legislature to stand up for victims of rape, sexual assault, child abuse, and neglect by supporting honest and accurate license plate options in Nebraska that contribute to the Nebraska Child Abuse Prevention Fund. References: American SPCC. (2017). Child abuse statistics: Statistics and facts about child abuse in the US (webpage). Retrieved from http://americanspcc.org/child-abuse-statistics/ Rape Treatment Center. (2017). Facts and quotes: Statistics (webpage). Retrieved from http://www.911rape.org/facts-quotes/statistics Referenced Bill and Amendments: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=31032 Petition Written by Board of Suit Up Nebraska http://www.suitupnebraska.org/
Petition to Governor Christopher T. Sununu, Councilor Theodore L. Gatsas, Councilor Debora B. Pignatelli, Michael Cryans, Andru Volinski, RE Prescott
FREE WRONGLY CONVICTED PAMELA SMART
Pamela Smart's trial and conviction are one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American Jurisprudence. The actual killers, teenagers, who had criminal records and well known to the police, admitted their guilt. All received reduced sentences by blaming everything on Pamela Smart who wasn't even there. She was 50 miles away at the time of the cold-blooded beating and murder of her husband, Gregg Smart. The trial was presided over by a judge who hoped that Clint Eastwood would play him in the movie. Wanting to hold onto this highly publicized case which was the highlight of his career, the judge permitted live cameras in the courtroom to televise the proceedings gavel-to-gavel. He denied Pamela her most basic rights--refusing to change the venue to a less hostile community, delay the trial until passions cooled, restrain the media who were out of control, or sequester the jury. He permitted the murderers to be housed together, giving them ample time and opportunity to coordinate their stories and even watch each other testify in live time on televisions in the jail. It was not the blind eye of justice that governed Pamela Smart's trial. Rather, it was the blind eye of INJUSTICE that prevailed--overlooking the many flaws, inconsistencies and irregularities that went on routinely, day after day. For 28 years, Pamela Smart has staunchly and consistently denied any role, directly or indirectly, in Gregg's murder. She was convicted by the perjured testimony of self-confessed killers who are now walking around free while she serves a draconian sentence of Life Without the Possibility of Parole. This is the sentence that should have been theirs, not hers. Pamela's release date is 99/99/9999. While in prison she has suffered greatly--sexually assaulted by a guard and brutally beaten by fellow inmates. Yet she continues to contribute daily in work that enhances the quality of life and education for women who are incarcerated with her at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York. We, the supporters of Pamela Smart, implore you to look at the evidence and join us in helping to secure her freedom. Regardless of what you feel about her guilt or innocence, Pamela Smart has served more than half her life in prison. It is time for her sentence to be commuted to time served and allow her to go home to her family. For accurate information please go to http://pamelasmart.com Please sign and share this petition.
Petition to President Gianni Infantino
Support Iranian Women to Watch Sports in Stadiums (#NoBan4Women)
UPDATE: Iranian women were allowed into Azadi stadium on October 10 - but we expect stadiums to open completely and permanently. We continue to advocate for Iranian women to be allowed into league matches where most incidents of physical and verbal abuse, detention and arrests occur. We look to FIFA for the full stop to gender discrimination in sport. UPDATE: FIFA President Infantino answered our petition and gave the Iran Football Federation an ultimatum to stop the ban in time for the October 10 qualifier match. We urgently need your help to sign and share this petition to let FIFA and Iran know that the world is watching and expecting an end to this gender discrimination! === I grew up loving the game of football. As often as possible, I’d watch the matches on television with family and friends, cheering on our favorite teams and players. But as a woman in Iran, I’ve never seen a single game played in my home country. Iran's largest stadium is named Azadi - which means "freedom" - and it seats 100,000 sports fans. However, not one of those seats is currently designated for Iranian women to freely enjoy sports. Please sign my petition demanding FIFA use its power to call for an end to Iran’s stadium ban for women. Help me raise 100,000 signatures to represent the 100,000 seats of Azadi Stadium. UPDATE: We have surpassed 300,000! Help us reach 500,000!! Women are passionate sports fans just like men, and deserve to cheer on their teams in the stadiums. The fact that this discriminatory ban has existed for 39 years is appalling, and an assault on our right to free assembly. But the good news is that it’s not actually written into our law, and can easily be overturned – if we apply enough pressure on the right people. Iran is the only country playing in the 2018 World Cup which bans women from stadiums, a direct violation of FIFA’s gender discrimination statute and their new human rights policy. Yet FIFA president Gianni Infantino has shown no sign of doing anything about it – in fact, he was recently photographed posing with Iranian president Rouhani the day after 35 women were arrested for attempting to attend a football game. Sign my petition to demand that Mr. Infantino use his power to get Iran to end the stadium ban for women. Support #NoBan4Women. Thank you! من از طرفداران فوتبال هستم، اما همیشه مسابقات رو فقط از توی تلویزیون دیدم و بخاطر دختر بودنم هیچوقت این شانسرو نداشتم که بازی تیم مورد علاقهام رو در کشورم از نزدیک تماشا کنملطفا این طومار رو که برای پایان دادن به منع حضور زنان ایرانی به ورزشگاهها به فیفا نوشته شده امضا کنید بسیاری از خانمها هم مثل اکثر آقایان طرفدار فوتبال هستند و این حق رو دارند که مسابقات مورد علاقه شون رو از نزدیکتماشا کنند. این مانعی که سالها وجود داره توهینی به همه ما زنان ایرانی است. خوشبختانه منع قانونی در این مورد وجودندارد، بنابراین، تغییر این شرط ممکن استایران تنها کشوری است که این اجازه را به زنان نمیدهد که این بر خلاف قوانین فدراسیون جهانی فوتبال است چرا کهتبعیض جنسیتی محسوب میشود. با این حال تا کنون هیچ انتقادی از طرف فیفا مطرح نشده است. اگر همه ما خواسته خودمان را مطرح کنیم، فیفا قادر به نادیده گرفتن این وضعیت نخواهد بود فیفا یک مجمع بین المللی است و عده زیادی از زنان در این مجمع حضور دارند که به افکار عمومی اهمیت میدهند لطفا برای درخواست از فیفا جهت پایان دادن به منع حضور زنان به ورزشگاهها این طومار رو امضا کنید Petitioner: My Fundamental Right | Supported by: Equality League
Petition to Nicky Morgan
Create a law to protect models from being pressured to lose weight!
I’m a 27 year old model, a clothes size 8. The girl in the picture is me. When I walked into one of the UK’s biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one -- I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, 2 inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me "down to the bone".When I look in the mirror I see someone that is healthy and comfortable in their skin. That’s because I had the guts to carve out my own path and refuse to let people pressure me into losing more and more weight. But with London Fashion Week the reminders are everywhere that we need a law to protect young girls, and boys, who are put under pressure to be dangerously thin.Modelling can be a very lonely place, especially for girls working internationally who are away from the usual support network of friends and family. When models travel overseas they are often put into shared accommodation with other models, and being surrounded by girls who are all striving to stay thin can perpetuate bad eating habits and encourage eating disorders. I’ve been on shoots for up to 10 hours where no food is provided -- the underlying message is always that you shouldn’t eat. The agencies managing and recruiting models have a responsibility to the wellbeing of girls on the catwalk at fashion week, and in the industry as a whole.France became the latest country to vote to criminalise the use of models who are dangerously thin. Those breaking the law face fines and up to six months in jail. And there is growing momentum for change in the UK - but we are still far from achieving a healthy standard for all models. The time is now for us all to come together. Please sign my petition to create a law to protect vulnerable young girls and boys in the industry.*Note: the fur in the image is fake fur!
Petition to Jim Turley, Ellie Morrison, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scout President Jim Turley: Speak Out Against Discrimination and Harassment of Girls
I have been an unofficial member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for 13 years and try my best to live by the Scout Oath and Law. On February 1, 2019 - 478 days after the announcement that the BSA would soon allow girls to join - I was finally permitted to become an official member of the new Scouts BSA. I have done all the work to earn the highest rank - Eagle Scout. Sadly, the BSA leaders - Jim Turley and Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh - continue to promote policies of gender discrimination against girls by refusing to even consider girls for the rank of Eagle Scout until October 2020 - 3 years after announcing girls will soon be welcomed as full members. Male scouts do not have to wait until October of 2020 to earn the Eagle Rank. This policy targeting and excluding young women, while promoting young men, is an example of the ongoing gender discrimination in the Boy Scouts. Why is the BSA continuing to discriminate against young women? President Turley and Chief Scout Executive Surbaugh, please join me in speaking out against gender discrimination and harassment in Scouts BSA. Why did it take the BSA eight months to revoke the membership of an honor society, Order of the Arrow, adult leader, CYBERHARASSER? I am committed to building the new Scouts BSA but we need your vocal support to be free from discrimination and harassment. When I first met with the Boy Scout Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, he encouraged me to keep earning Rank and Merit Badges. Mr. Surbaugh even said that I could be the first female Eagle Scout.* I did the work. I earned Merit Badges and Rank Advancement. I completed my two Eagle Projects. I was even elected Senior Patrol Leader of my Troop. I should not have to wait until October 2020 to be awarded the Eagle Rank I have already earned. This past October, BSA President Jim Turley told me that my work, and the work of hundreds of other young women, will not count. Male Scouts are not required to repeat work on Rank and Merit Badges and wait until 2020 to earn the Eagle Rank. President Jim Turley: why is the BSA continuing to discriminate against young women? Young women demonstrated enormous leadership in pushing the BSA accept girls into the program. Because of this, girls will rise through the ranks and become Eagle Scouts alongside the best of the boys. All we need is the opportunity Mr. Turley. Please end the discrimination and retaliation against young women - NOW. If the new Scouts BSA intends to welcome girls, there can be no tolerance for Harassment and Bullying of young women. Mr. Turley, we must a safe Scouts BSA program, free from harassment. Young women have to know that if we file a complaint it will be investigated and taken seriously. As of now, we don't have confidence in the BSA to investigate claims of harassment. Please work with me and speak out against discrimination and harassment in the BSA. Send an email to President Turley and Chief Scout Executive Surbaugh, respectfully telling them that girls have worked just as hard for recognition and deserve to the same Rank Advancement and Merit Badges opportunities as boys and to speak out against harassment. Please send to all email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org #ScoutHerIn #LetSydneyInNOW #CatalystInc #MeToo *There already are female Eagle Scouts.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law
On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town. Her estranged husband ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911. We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance. We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why? WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 2 year 11 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporation, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand to update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from now on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT! Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature enough and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static. We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefiting from the collection of these funds. We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem. Please help make this "Kari's Law". https://www.change.org/f/help-get-karis-law-through-the-senate?source_location=petition_show
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Pass the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act.
I was sentenced 78 months to serve at a federal prison for a white-collar crime. I left home a healthy single mother of two sons, not ever experiencing any serious illnesses. I was a registered nurse who had achieved 3 secondary degrees. I was homeowner and a successful business entrepreneur. I was also six weeks pregnant. Anytime I was transported, I was chained at my ankles with another chain around my waist that bound my hands in front of my belly. While shackled, forced to step up into a van, I fell. A couple days later I begin spotting with streaks of blood, which I reported immediately to the medical staff. They instantly informed me they had “no” means of caring for me and would need approval from the US Marshals to take me to the ER. The turnaround time for approval ended up being 4 weeks. At that point, it was no longer an “emergency,” so I was turned away from the ER — I then required a second approval for an obstetrician, which took 4 more weeks. A total of four requests were made, each taking 4 weeks, while I was placed in solitary confinement for “medical observation." I ended up miscarrying at approximately 20 weeks without any formal or proper prenatal care. While I was miscarrying, I lay wet in a pool of blood, curled up from excruciating pain, in complete darkness, locked in a cell until an officer made rounds. I suffered the entire miscarriage shackled to the bed. When asked, the officers told the nurse and myself that the linen which contained my unborn child had been thrown in the trash. I had no privacy. Male officers were at my bedside 24hrs observing my nakedness and any treatment given to me. I received no counseling, nor had any opportunity to grieve my miscarriage. I was relocated to another facility where again, I was placed in solitary confinement for a month. Solitary is being locked in a 6’ by 9’ room with a bed, toilet, sink, and no window for 23 hours a day. For women in prison, stories like mine are a lot more common than you would think. Women are the largest growing prison population. Our federal, state, county, and private prisons are not equipped to give women the medical care they need, especially when pregnant. We need to ban the shackling and solitary confinement of pregnant women in prison throughout the United States. These prisons do not implement best practices of standardized care or data collection which allows no liability for the treatment of incarcerated women, promotes harm to children, and destroys families. I have testified before the US Commission on Civil Rights, providing statements of women who are being dehumanized and abused incarcerated in federal, state, county, and private prisons. We are fighting for safety and justice of incarcerated women. We request that Congress and all states throughout the US establish policies that prohibit shackling and solitary confinement, implement best practices of standardized care, provide data collection for accountability of safety, and promote strong relationships with their children. Please sign my petition asking Congress and US State Legislators to pass the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act throughout the United States. Thank you,Pamela Winn
Petition to Microsoft, UNICEF, United Nations, Human Rights Campaign, UK Parliament, UK Electoral commission, International Animal Rescue, Change.org, Boris Johnson
Help Lavan & Her Dog to get off the streets and into a home. Located in Central London.
Lavan and her dog are homeless living in Central London. She is out in the cold with her puppy. She is s victim of domestic violence and was forced to leave for her safety. She was seen on the documentary Invisible People. Being a woman puts her at risk to become a victim of assault. Having a past history about being abused I am sure is suffer from Post Traumatic Stress and he needs help. She wants to work and have a home. If we can support assisting her and someone being kind enough to give her and the dog a chance.