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Petition to Yoweri Museveni Kaguta

Urge Ugandan President Museveni to pass the acid attack bill now.

After having lived for seven years with an abusive husband, I decided it was time to leave. I didn’t think I would survive another year if I stayed, so in 2011, I walked out the door and broke the crippling silence and isolation the abuse had made me feel. I felt empowered and free and finally looked forward to my future. But because I left my marriage, my husband considered me “disobedient” and, therefore, worthy of punishment. One day, he called me to pick up my children at his house and suddenly acid was thrown at my face and body. The next thing I knew, my face felt as if it were on fire. My skin was  literally melting away. He thought he would break my spirit, but he only made me stronger. Since my attack, I have been fighting to put an end to this horrific practice in my country of Uganda, and I need your help to do it. Please support our petition by asking H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill into law. That is my story, but there are many more, each one as harrowing as the last. Acid violence occurs around the globe and isn’t specific to race or religion. My country, Uganda, has some of the highest rates of acid violence. In fact, since 1985, there have been nearly 400 reported cases of acid attacks here, and in just one hospital alone, they have reported 8 attacks and two deaths this year.  And those are just the ones that were reported. The real statistics are likely much higher. My name is Hanifa Nakiryowa, and my fellow acid attack survivor Gloria Kankunda and I have founded the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence (CERESAV). We founded CERESAV because of our personal experiences, and because of the stories we were told by fellow victims. CERESAV’s ultimate goal is to address the issue of acid attacks and gender violence on a global level, but today we have a chance to make a difference in Uganda by helping to pass legislation that would classify products like acid as controlled substances. Cutting off easy access to acid has proven to  drastically reduce the rate of attacks in other countries.   Research indicates that the most effective ways to reduce acid violence are through regulation of the sale of acid, tougher jail sentences for perpetrators, and raising awareness of the devastating impact that acid attacks have on individuals and their families. Step by step, CERESAV hopes to make all of these things a reality, but we can’t do it alone.   With collective efforts, we can end this devastating act and save the next potential victim. I know we can make a difference. When strong women and fellow victims of female-directed violence, like Jaha who fought to end female genital mutilation, or Malala who is a champion for girls’ education started petitions, great things happened. Please join me in asking H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill into law.

Hanifa Nakiryowa
280,575 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to North Carolina Medical Board

Return Patient Choice to Women Attempting VBAC in NC

Dear Members of the Board, Last week a decision made by the board eliminated the option for mothers who wanted to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) in the only birth center statewide that was still providing care to these patients. Compared to the nation as a whole, we were fortunate in our state to be able to exercise patient choice and were free to select our birth place for our children. There are hospitals in North Carolina that accept pregnant mothers who want a trial of labor after cesarean, but many of the physicians with birth privileges at these locations place restrictions on pregnant women that effectively prevent them from successfully delivering their subsequent children vaginally. In our state, there are options for women who want to VBAC, but now we have no patient choice as to where. We simply must subject ourselves to a hospital setting, even if we find this traumatic and unsettling, or we disagree with their standard procedures, such as continuous fetal monitoring. Natural Beginnings Birth and Wellness Center of Statesville is no longer able to provide a birth center experience for their current patients, or any future patients, as a result of the private action taken by the board against their supervising obstetrician. Policies banning VBAC or that are unsupportive of it are out of sync with medical research. There is abundant peer-reviewed research showing that VBAC is a safe option for most women and their babies. Yet, practices by hospitals and physicians have driven the VBAC rate across the country to just barely over 10%. Research shows that the VBAC rate could be as high as 60-80% in a supportive, evidence-based environment. The rate of successful VBAC under midwife care with Natural Beginnings Birth and Wellness Center is 94%! They have a remarkably low rate of transfer, and have had no emergent transfers, and as outlined by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers, the midwives work seamlessly with Davis Regional Hospital in the event a transfer becomes necessary. This collaboration ensures that mother and baby will have the best possible outcome, should a medical emergency were to arise. Above all, it is unacceptable to force women to undergo the labor and birth process in a place not of their choosing. Refusing to offer women the opportunity to VBAC at the birth center violates the well-established practice of informed consent and refusal. Misleading women as to the safety of VBAC in a birth center is both unethical and immoral. I am asking you to consider the healthcare rights that the women of North Carolina deserve and how the recent action of the board has taken away patient choice for nearly 30% of the women in our state. Please look into the safe practice of VBACs being performed under midwife care and see for yourself the phenomenal results Natural Beginnings Birth and Wellness Center is producing! I hope you will hear our request to overturn this ruling. Their statistics alone are proof that the midwifery model of care partnered with the use of places like birth centers provide what women want and need when they go for a trial of labor after caesarean. I implore you to please use your position to advocate for patient’s choice and uphold the value of evidence based cared for birth across North Carolina. I look forward to your response. Thank you for your time and consideration.          Sincerely,    *Photo credit to SVM Photography:

Earth's Essentials for Wellness
426 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Oregon State House, Oregon State Senate, President of the United States, Oregon Governor

Gov. Brown: Investigate the abuse of power & criminal forgery by David Frohnmayer, Bob Ackerman and the complicity of L.C. Government

I’m an Arab American Muslim woman who’s been targeted by all kinds of hate crimes! I’ve lost my fully paid Condo to the most corrupted Oregon's late A.G Dave Frohnmayer!  After the Condominium Associated of River Island Estates put a lien on it..  I hired Bob Ackerman to take care of the lien that was imposed on me by Wells Fargo.  Bob Ackerman, asked me about my family phone & sent a letter to my nephew vilifying me. Then, sent the power of attorney to my nephew, to have it sign & remove me from the deed! Karen Ogle who was working at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was the one who administrated the power of attorney. Karen & her son broker Bob Ogle stole our Condo! Ackerman, hired Scarlett Lee from Barnhart Associates to sell our fully paid condo, that was marketed it- ‘$150,000.00 in 1998′. Bob Ackerman only paid us back $40,000.00.   Dave Frohnmayer the one who was behind the whole deal! It was actually sold & listed on the web/public record $85,000.00                   HUD, ACLU, SPLC, OSB, NAACP, BOLI/Brad Avakian, are complicit in the crime!  The previous A.G. Hardy Myers. the two senators Wyden, Smith, and Congressman DeFazio are silent.  Oregon legislators, the unscrupulous officials of Lane County, with the two Mayors Jim Torrey and Kitty Piercy are also, complicit & refused to prosecute Bob Ackerman because of Frohnmayer crime!   I contacted the D.A. office they told me they have no jurisdiction on Frohmayer! My nephew & I contacted Richard Clark a real estate attorney.  After we left his office, Richard Clark called me to inform me he wouldn't take it!  Then I contacted the OSB to get a referral to an attorney. I went to see him, but again, he wouldn't take it!!  No attorney would take my case!   Stop this violent abuse & misogyny against us Muslim Arab Women!!!  Dave Frohnmayer had fired me from my teaching job at the UO and OSU!  Frohnmayer is preventing me from getting employed!   Noone can sue this criminal cabal! Frohnmayer had secured both the D.A. and the City Attorney by providing Harrag Long to be in charge of these two offices. Plus, Harrang Long was also represting the University of Oregon! 

Nadia Sindi
1,293 supporters