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Petition to UN Women

Justice for Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz

On July 6, in El Salvador, 19-year old rape victim Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder after having a stillbirth. Hernandez, who at the time was 18, was in her third trimester, but hadn’t realized that she was pregnant. She had been repeatedly raped by a gang member over several months as part of a forced sexual relationship. It is unconscionable that a teenager who was raped should be imprisoned for the stillbirth of the fetus of her abuser. Women who experience complications during pregnancy should be supported and given proper medical care, not prison sentences. An interrupted pregnancy is not murder. Women deserve the right to complete autonomy and control over their bodies and reproductive ability. Cruz is not the first woman in El Salvador to be imprisoned for complications arising from pregnancy. Civil rights groups say 17 women in El Salvador have been wrongfully imprisoned for miscarriages. Countless more have been jailed for having abortions. In El Salvador, abortions are illegal under any circumstance, and miscarriages and stillbirths are treated as crimes. Women who are already lacking resources for reproductive health are treated like criminals when they seek medical assistance.The imprisonment of Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, and other women in El Salvador who have been charged with murder for pregnancy complications, sends a chilling message to all women about how our human rights and dignity are viewed as less valuable than our ability to give birth. Women do not exist to bear children for men. We are complete humans worthy of respect. The value of our lives is not dependent on our reproductive functions. We request the UN Council for Women take direct action to place pressure on the government of El Salvador to overturn this unjust verdict. We also demand that the government end the cruel practice of imprisoning women for miscarriage, stillbirths, or abortion. We ask that the UN Council for Women take steps into addressing the draconian abortion laws enforced by the government of El Salvador, which does not allow abortion even in cases which threaten a woman's life.  We demand freedom and justice for Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz. 

Mary Hickman
7,529 supporters
This petition won 10 months ago

Petition to Governor Jerry Brown

Sign AB 2125: Healthy Nail Salon Bill

Nail salon workers experience unnecessary occupational exposures to harmful chemicals linked to chronic health problems such as cancer and reproductive and respiratory harm and short term effects such as headaches, dizziness, rashes and breathing difficulties. Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Programs (HNSRP) result in healthier nail salons. Cities and counties have voluntary recognition programs that encourage salons to use less toxic and safer products and practices. In a survey, most healthy nail salons said that by participating in the program, they and their employees are healthier—work-related acute health symptoms disappeared. Plus, their business increased. Consumers appreciate the benefits of beauty services at Healthy Nail Salons. Chemicals in professional cosmetics can also be harmful to salon customers, who increasingly include still-developing younger girls.  In consumer surveys, approximately 90% said they would pay more for nail salon services that used less toxic products and received government recognition for healthier practices. AB 2125, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu, would help make California nail salons healthier through a statewide approach that would involve:  Conducting an awareness campaign for local governments on the benefits of implementing HNSRPs in their locale; Publishing program models and guidelines for implementing HNSRPs; Developing and implementing a consumer education program. The bill passed both houses of the California Legislate and we want to show the Governor this bill has a good amount of support. Join our email list: For more information, contact: Phuong An Doan (Vietnamese):,  510-986-6830 ext 773 Julia Liou (English), 510-986-6848, ext 267 Catherine Porter (English) Mike Lok (English), 510-986-6830, ext 8373 Co-sponsors Asian Health Services (Twitter: @asianhealth818) Facebook: "Asian Health Services" California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative (Twitter: @CA_HNSC) Facebook: "CA Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative" Use #passAB2125 AB 2125 Co-Authors Rob Bonta (Assembly) Kansen Chu (Assembly) Lorena Gonzalez (Assembly) Roger Hernández (Assembly) Evan Low (Assembly) Phil Ting (Assembly) Richard Pan (Senate) Supporters: ACT for Women and Girls Aerovex Systems Alameda County Department of Environmental Health Alameda Health Consortium Alaska Community Action in Toxins American Cancer Society- Cancer Action Network American Lung Association American Sustainable Business Council Asian Advocacy Project at Community Action Marin Asian Law Caucus Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum Asian Pacific American Legal Center Asian Pacific Environmental Network Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations Bao Nguyen, Mayor of Garden Grove Black Women for Wellness Breast Cancer Action Breast Cancer Fund California Environmental Justice Alliance California Health Advocates California Immigrant Policy Center California Labor Federation California Policy Action Network Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) Cancer Prevention Institute of California Center for Environmental Health Center on Policy Initiatives Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs City of Santa Monica Clean Water Action Coalition for Clean Air Community Health Partnerships Environmental Working Group Greenlining Institute Immigrant and Resettlement Cultural Center Khmer Girls in Action Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland May Fu, Associate Professor, University of San Diego Michael Fong, Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund National Council of Jewish Women - California National Employment Law Project National Resources Defense Council North County Health Services  OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: East Bay Chapter OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: Greater Los Angeles Chapter OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: Sacramento Chapter OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: San Francisco Chapter Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Action Pacific Arts Movement Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles Physicians for Social Responsibility – San Francisco  Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Pacific Southwest Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Proven Recruiting  San Francisco Department of Environment San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Southeast Asian Resource and Action Center Southern California Council on Occupational Safety and Health Students and Faculty of the San Jose State University, San Jose, School of Social Work The Children's Center UCLA Labor Center UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health program Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay Wilda Wong, San Diego State University  Women With a Vision Women's Foundation of California Women's Voices of the Earth Working Solutions Worksafe 25 nail salon owners and workers from Northern California.

Michael Lok
537 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Allianz Global Assistance, Terry Campbell, Christine Boyd, Petra Frey, Holger Schaefer, James Stack, Mark Sbaglia

Allianz Global Assistance Stop Acting in Bad Faith and Cover my Claim

I left Southern California for New Zealand in the hopes of finally fulfilling my dream of getting my PhD in Anthropology, but after an unexpected surgery and my health insurance company’s denial of my claim, the whole experience has become a nightmare. On March 30th,  I was hospitalized and required emergency surgery for an adhesion (scar tissue) that grew around a section of my small intestine, strangling it shut and depriving the tissue of oxygen. Without the surgery I could have died. Once I was healthy enough, I filed a claim with Allianz Global Assistance, the health insurance carrier for international students, and after seven months of dragging things out, they denied my claim, suggesting that the my adhesion was a preexisting condition. Now, my bills have gone into collections, and Allianz is denying the validity of my hospitalization against my doctor’s insistence. I am asking Allianz to stop acting in bad faith and cover my medical bills, so that I can move on with my education and my life. My doctor has confirmed that my condition was not preexisting, and even wrote to Allianz confirming that fact. The insurance company’s tactics have caused me immeasurable stress, and inhibited my recovery. Now, returning to New Zealand as an international student is much more difficult, as I effectively have no medical coverage, which is required by law. If Allianz doesn't pay my claims, it will seriously jeopardize my dreams of getting my PhD, as I can barely afford my tuition costs and have no funding or financial assistance. The cost of my medical bills is a drop in the bucket for this multibillion dollar company, but would financially destroy me. By denying my claim, Allianz Global Assistance is acting in bad faith. Their unfair business practices are not acceptable, and they should not be allowed to continue to get away with this! Please tell Allianz to stop jeopardizing my future and cover my bills, so I can get on with my academic career and my life. Thank you for your support.

Christine Sepulveda
3,085 supporters