Protect Safe and Accessible Abortion
The overturning of Roe V Wade was just the beginning of the battle to protect reproductive rights. Most abortions are done through Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications and new lawsuits threaten access to those approved medications to millions of women. Health and reproductive rights advocates fear many will turn to unsafe, self-induced abortions if access to these medications are banned. If you believe access to these medications should be protected, add your voice to the petition calling on Congress to act to enshrine access no matter where you live. As reported by the Guttmacher Institute, over 90% of abortion patients in the US obtain their procedure in the first trimester, with the majority of them opting for medication abortion. Medication abortion, using the FDA approved combination of mifepristone and misoprostol for up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. If you believe access to safe and legal abortion is fundamental to reproductive health and freedom by calling on Congress to act to make mifepristone accessible to all individuals seeking safe and effective medication abortion regardless of their location or financial status. My name is Star and in 2021, I had an abortion. I went to a clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee where they gave me the abortion pills (mifepristone and misopristol) to end my pregnancy, but due to me being almost 12 weeks pregnant, the pills didn't work. I then headed to Charlotte to get a surgical abortion. I was scared both times but I was more relieved than anything because I was able to get the help I needed. Even though I was able to get the healthcare I sought, others in my position will not be able to if Congress bans mifepristone. Mifepristone is safe and should be accessible to all who seek it. I stand with any and all people who seek abortions and you should too. If you believe that people deserve safe and legal abortion care, please sign this petition. Banning abortions only bans safe abortions.
Terminate Child Marriage in California
As a concerned citizen, I am deeply disturbed by the fact that in California, it is legal for an adult man to marry a child as young as 12. This reality is not only shocking but also unacceptable in our modern society. According to Unchained At Last, nearly 250,000 children were married in the United States between 2000 and 2010, most of whom were girls wed to adult men (Unchained At Last). This practice infringes on the rights of children and exposes them to numerous risks including health complications, increased poverty rates and higher likelihoods of experiencing violence. It's time for us to take a stand against this gross violation of human rights. We urge lawmakers in California to revise the current laws and set an appropriate minimum age for marriage that protects our children from exploitation. Please sign this petition if you believe no child should be forced into marriage before they are ready or willing.
Petition to مصر
اطلقوا سراح ستات التيك توك
AR/EN/FR/DE /ID دعوة من مجموعة ستات لوقف حملات القبض والتشهير بـ"ستات التيك توك" ونطالب المجلس القومي للمرأة بتوفير الدعم القانوني لهن، والإفراج عن حنين حسام ومودة الأدهم ومنة عبدالعزيز وشيري هانم ونورا هشام ومنار سامي وريناد عماد وهدير الهادي وبسنت محمد … والقوس مفتوح لأن الحملة مستمرة. ضد كراهية النساء، ضد التحريض، ضد تجريم الإختلاف عن حملة #بعد_اذن_الاسرة_المصرية، إستهداف "ستات التيك توك": بدأ يوم 23 ابريل، اتقبض على حنين حسام بتهمة "تهديد قيم الأسرة المصرية وقيم المجتمع المصري والتحريض على الفسق والفجور وممارسة الرذيلة". ويوم 26 مايو، اتقبض على آية/ منة عبد العزيز، بعد نشرها لفيديو تستنجد "بالناس وبالنيابة" عشان "يجيبولها حقها" من شخص اغتصبها وصور إعتدائه عليها لإبتزازها. لكن منة اتحولت لمتهمة واتلفق لها نفس التهم، والنيابة أصدرت قرار بحبسها على ذمة القضية. بعدها بدأت سلسلة قبضات على ستات بتقدم محتوى مشابه على التيك توك واتوجهت لهن نفس التهم، منهم مودة الأدهم اتقبض عليها في 14مايو، وفي 10 يونيو إتقبض على شريفة رفعت المعروفة بشيري هانم وبنتها نورا هشام المعروفة بـ زمردة . سلسلة الاستهداف مستمرة، الايام اللي فاتت اتقبض على منار سامي و ريناد عماد يوم 1 يوليو واتقبض على هدير الهادي واتوجهت لهن نفس التهم يوم 6 يوليو، وآخرهم بسنت محمد يوم 10 يوليو. سلسلة الاستهداف لفتت انتباهنا لأنها منظمة وممنهجة؛ النيابة العامة بتتحرك للقبض على ستات التيك توك بناءًا على مجهود مُنظم بالتنسيق بين رجالة (صانعي محتوى على يوتيوب) بيبدأوا برصد الستات لو سلوكهن والمحتوى اللي بينتجوه أونلاين مش على مزاجهم، وبيشهروا بهن ويحرضوا ضدهن، وبيهيأوا المناخ لتمرير وتطبيع وتبرير عقابهن، لو الستات رفضت تتجاوب لتوجيهات صانعي المحتوى الرجال، بيبدأ التصعيد بتقديم بلاغ للنيابة، وبيصدر أمر ضبط وإحضار بسرعة للست المستهدفة وفعلًا بيتقبض عليها. مؤخرًا فيه احتفاء بدور مباحث الانترنت المنحاز للستات المتضررات من تسريبات صور أو بسبب إبتزازهن وتهديدهن الكترونيًا، لكن نفس النيابة استخدمت صور مُسَربة من سنة لمودة الأدهم كدليل اتهام ضدها. النيابة المطمئنة للضحايا/الناجيات في قضية #المغتصب_أحمد_بسام_زكي لتيسير تقديم بلاغات ضده، في دعوتها لأول ست تقدم بلاغ بخصوص المغتصب احمد بسام زكي، نفس النيابة حبست منة عبد العزيز ناجية من/ ضحية اغتصاب إستنجدت بمجتمع خذلها وبنيابة حبستها بتهمة "تهديد قيم الأسرة المصرية". تواتر الأحداث بالمنهجية والتنظيم والاستهداف الواضح لمجموعة بعينها من الستات، ستات الطبقة أقل من المتوسطة، مسبب لنا خوف وقلق عام. لأننا شايفين الوصاية المضاعفة على "ستات التيك توك"؛ العقاب لكونهن ستات يتصرفن بحرية ولكونهن ستات غير مسموح لهن اجتماعيًا يلبسن أو يتصرفن أو يعبرن عن نفسهن بسبب طبقتهن. انت/ي ممكن تكون/ي بتعمل/ي "جريمة" وانت/ي مش دريان/ة. تخيل/ي إن ممكن بسبب ابليكشن هدفه الهزار والتسلية تلاقي نفسك في السجن عشان صورك او فيديوهاتك مش عاجبة حد من اللي بيتفرجوا عليها! هل المفروض نبلغ البوليس على أي شخص شكله أو تصرفاته مش عاجبانا؟! ستات التيك توك تعاقب على نشر محتوى غير متوافق مع "قيم الأسرة المصرية"، لو الدفاع دلوقتي عن "قيم الأسرة المصرية" ممكن نعرف ايه المقصود بالقيم دي، وأي أسرة؟ هتختلف القيم دي بين أسرة غنية وأسرة فقيرة؟ هتختلف بين أفراد مشهورة وأفراد عادية؟ هتختلف لو الشخص اللي "بيتعدى على" القيم دي راجل أو ست؟ نطالب بوقف حملات القبض والتشهير بـ"ستات التيك توك" ونطالب المجلس القومي للمرأة بتوفير الدعم القانوني لهن، لو انت/ي موافقين على المطالب دي وقعوا معانا العريضة وساعدونا نوصل صوتنا لأكبر قدر ممكن من الناس من خلال التدوين معانا على هاشتاج #بعد_اذن_الاسرة_المصرية لمزيد من المعلومات يمكن إرسال إيميل بعنوان Get More Info AR للإيميل التالي: email@example.com
Petition to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Zalmay Khalilzad, Joseph R. Biden
Pres. Biden and Congress: Ensure Afghan women’s rights alongside peace with the Taliban
My name is Nahid Fattahi and I know what’s it like to be marginalized and traumatized because of my gender. I am deeply worried that unless the global community comes together, the lives of so many women in Afghanistan will be at risk. And I’m here begging the world to join me in calling on the American government to #SafeguardAfghanWomenRights and #StandWithAfghanWomen In the past 19 years, Afghan women have made so much progress and have been both empowered and free. Afghan women want their freedom to be guaranteed and sustained alongside peace and a full ceasefire with the Taliban. That’s why I’m asking for your signature today, demanding that U.S. leaders don’t sacrifice the rights and lives of women in any peace deal with the Taliban. We also demand that women and their perspectives be meaningfully included in all aspects of the peace process, in accordance with the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017. The people of Afghanistan are yearning for peace, as the war in Afghanistan continues destroying lives due to the direct consequences of violence and the war-induced breakdown of public health, security, and infrastructure. But peace with the Taliban can only be concluded when the peace agreements are backed by measurable indicators ensuring women will have access to education, mobility, healthcare, and justice. The peace agreement must explicitly guarantee the following: All girls and women will be allowed education in schools and universities exactly as is currently in the big cities of Afghanistan. Including having the freedom to participate in student exchange programs, and other scholarship and fellowship opportunities Universities will not be segregated Women will have political participation freedom: Right to vote and hold office At least 30% of parliamentarian seats must go to women. Women will have the freedom to work anywhere they desire without having to have permission of a male guardian Women will have the freedom to travel anywhere they desire without having to have permission of a male guardian Women must continue to be a part of the mass media and entertainment industry. Freedom of the press and freedom of speech must be continued As a survivor of child marriage, I advocate for having legal frameworks to protect girls and women from violence. The Elimination of Violence Against Women Law (EVAW law) is very vulnerable and susceptible to compromise in the peace process. The Afghan women need a guarantee that their rights will not be negotiated with the Taliban. The EVAW law of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan enacting by a Presidential decree must be safeguarded. Stand with us, the women of Afghanistan, and ask President Biden, and the American government to work with us to make sure that Afghanistan’s peace that we desperately need can be achieved and sustained alongside our human rights. Please sign this petition to make sure Afghan women’s rights are guaranteed and sustained alongside the potential peace with the Taliban.
Stop,hate, discrimination and let's support women "women empowerment"
Good day to all of you,it's seem like this world if full of hatred and discrimination of all individuals because of their imperfections and honestly the most affected one are women.I've hear a lot of things specially "women cannot rule" women are the real bravest,women is powerfull. We should support women to women in that way we're hand in hand together to lift and to raise,to show the world that we can do the things that they're expecting we cannot do. There's nothing more important than giving value to all individuals show them that they are more valuable that they worth it.
Take a stand against Naropa University's Silence about Anti-Semitism and Rape
I am calling for: (1) Naropa University to terminate a scholarship in honor of former Naropa Professor/instructor, Amiri Baraka, who during his career repeatedly called for genocide of Jews, propagated anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and libels, and advocated for rape as a legitimate means of political resistance; (2) for Naropa to remove praise of Mr. Baraka from their website; (3) for Naropa leadership to denounce a recent Naropa Student Union Letter which cited Mr. Baraka as their "sacred activist, pioneer, model, and inspiration" for their stand against Israel (See Student Union Letter below). The Student Union cited Mr. Baraka as their model and inspiration for opposing Israel, denying by omission that Oct 7 was genocide, repeating many anti-Semitic tropes and libels such as the blood libel, and calling Israel's military response to Oct. 7th a "genocide, slaughter, ethnic cleansing, a heinous act" and stating that the war on terror is an "illusion." Mr. Baraka was also extremely misogynistic and homophobic, frequently calling his opponents "faggots" and slandering the LGTBQ+ community. Beneath this petition are a list of sources of Mr. Baraka's bigoted writings, including his wikipedia page which contains citations and links to Mr. Baraka's writings and poetry. Also listed below are links to mainstream media organizations that discuss Mr. Baraka's history of anti-Semitism and misogyny. Mr. Baraka also advocated for raping of women as a means of retribution against historical oppression. Naropa University and its Student Union lionize Mr. Baraka as a hero and social justice icon with a webpage in his honor claiming Baraka is a social justice advocate of "cultural inclusivity." This despite many writings where he advocated for killing Jews, raping women, and denouncing the LGTBQ community. I and many others have contacted Naropa about the Student Union's letter, but Naropa refuses to take any action against the Student Union, nor will Naropa terminate the scholarship in Mr. Baraka's honor. Please take a stand against Naropa's continued lionization of Mr. Baraka and stand up to denounce rape and anti-Semitism as means of "political resistance." You may already know that Naropa in 2018-2020 was embroiled in a massie sex scandal, when Shambala's leader and Naropa Board of Trustee member, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, was accused of rape by several young women after a year long investigation by an activist group (see sources below). Naropa's founder, Trungpa Rinpoche, was also accused (see sources below) of physically and sexually manipulating/abusing women, along with accusations of many affairs with his students, to which the then Naropa Board was accused of being silent about (see sources below). Naropa needs to address its history of failing stand up to Naropa leaders who are accused of misconduct and who advocate for sexual violence! Here is just a sample of Mr. Baraka's writings: "In his book, Black Magic: Collected Poetry, 1961-1967, Baraka wrote: Smile jew. Dance, jew. Tell me you love me, jew. I got something for you ... I got the extermination blues, jewboys. I got the hitler syndrome figured ... So come for the rent, jewboys ... one day, jewboys, we all, even my wig wearing mother gonna put it on you all at once. In the 1967 poem "The Black Man is Making New Gods", Baraka accused Jews of having stolen knowledge of Africa, transporting it to Europe, where they became white and claimed it as their own. He wrote of Jesus as a "fag" and as "the dead jew" who, Baraka argues, was a Jewish scam on Christians. Baraka embraces Nazi genocidal depictions of Jews, who embody a "dangerous germ culture". His 1972 essay collection "Raise, Race, Rays, Raze" refers to people as "jew-slick", "jeworiented revolutionaries", and also "cohen edited negro history". Baraka: "We also know that much of the vaunted Jewish support of Black civil rights organizations was in order to use them. Jews, finally, are white, and suffer from the same kind of white chauvinism that separates a great many whites from Black struggle. ... these Jewish intellectuals have been able to pass over into the Promised Land of American privilege." Baraka argued that Israel had advance warning of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks and told 4k Jews to stay home: "Who know why Five Israelis was filming the explosionAnd cracking they sides at the notion...Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombedWho told 4000 Israeli workers at the Twin TowersTo stay home that dayWhy did Sharon stay away?" Another poem: “Atheist Jews double crossers stole our [black people's] secrets. … They give us to worship a dead Jew and not ourselves. … Selling fried potatoes and people, the little arty bastards talking arithmetic they sucked from the arab's head. "In “Black Dada Nihilismus,” Baraka writes: “Rape the white girls. Rape / their fathers. Cut the mothers’ throats.” And, of course, in his long rant on September 11, “Somebody Blew Up America,” Baraka suggests that the attacks were justified because white people owned slaves and killed Native Americans." **** Wikipedia: "Baraka advocated for the rape of white women by Black men, believing that it was a politically legitimate act. Baraka objectified white women, believing that they served as a location of racial struggle rather than as human beings. He implied that white women would enjoy being raped by Black men, experiencing the rape as "sexually exhilarating—a God-like gift that no white man could give to her". If she didn't, and she instead perceived her rape by a Black man as a "beast-like violation", then she was racist. Author bell hooks commented on Baraka's misogyny in her book Ain't I a Woman?: Ironically, the “power” of black men that Baraka and others celebrated was the stereotypical, racist image of the black man as primitive, strong, and virile. Although these same images of black men had been evoked by racist whites to support the argument that all black men are rapists, they were now being romanticized as positive characteristics." **** In 1968, Jones became a Muslim and changed his name to Amiri Baraka. And the anti-Semitic images kept on coming: “We want poems like fists beating ni–ers out of Jocks, or dagger poems in the slimy bellies of the owner-Jews.” (“Black Art,” 1969) And then, in the autumn of 2001, there came his most controversial poem — “Somebody Blew Up America.” Baraka suggested that the Bush administration, as well as the governments of Germany, France, Britain and Israel, knew about the Sept. 11 terror attacks in advance. “Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombed?” reads the poem. “Who told 4,000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers to stay home that day? Why did Sharon stay away? Who know [sic] why Five Israelis was filming the explosion, and cracking they sides at the notion.” **** In 1965, as LeRoi Jones, Baraka wrote an essay, “American Sexual Reference: Black Male.” In it, he states: “Most American white men are trained to be fags. For this reason it is no wonder their faces are weak and blank. …” In his “Civil Rights Poem,” he declares: “Roywilkins [sic] is an eternal faggot. His spirit is a faggot … if i ever see roywilkins on the sidewalks imonna [sic] stick half my sandal up his ass.” **** https://boulderbeat.news/2020/06/12/opinion-naropa-needs-to-face-the-skeleton-in-the-closet/ https://www.denverpost.com/2019/07/07/shambhala-sexual-abuse/ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/11/nyregion/shambhala-sexual-misconduct.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiri_Baraka https://tricycle.org/article/encounter-shadow-buddhist-america/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%B6gyam_Trungpa#:~:text=Tenzin%20Palmo%2C%20who%20met%20him,she%20would%20not%20have%20declined https://www.dailycamera.com/2018/07/06/boulders-naropa-university-removes-shambhala-international-leader-from-its-board/https://www.dailycamera.com/2018/07/06/boulders-naropa-university-removes-shambhala-international-leader-from-its-board/ https://thewalrus.ca/survivors-of-an-international-buddhist-cult-share-their-stories/ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/arts/amiri-baraka-polarizing-poet-and-playwright-dies-at-79.html https://www.naropa.edu/academics/swp/scholarships-financial-aid/ https://forward.com/culture/191239/setting-the-record-straight-on-amiri-baraka/ https://www.naropa.edu/then-and-now/amiri-baraka/ https://www.jpost.com/jewish-world/jewish-news/amiri-baraka-black-poet-condemned-as-anti-semitic-dies-337808 https://jewishjournal.com/culture/more_culture/126096/ https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.18574/nyu/9780814790427.003.0026/html https://www.bostonreview.net/articles/what-country-is-this-rereading-leroi-jones-adrienne-rich/ https://www.nydailynews.com/2002/10/03/poet-laureate-was-a-bad-hire/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiri_Baraka https://case.edu/affil/sce/Texts_2002/DeShongptr.html https://www.theamericanconservative.com/amiri-barakas-poetry/ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/amiri-baraka-two-americas_b_4587048 https://www.nj.com/essex/2014/01/hold_hold_hold_amiri_baraka_former_nj_poet_laureate_and_prolific_author_dead_at_79.html https://www.naropa.edu/statement-of-nondiscrimination/ https://boulderbuddhistscam.wordpress.com/chogyam-trungpa/ *** Amiri Baraka Scholarship The Amiri Baraka Scholarship is offered to noncredit participants in Naropa’s Summer Writing Program. Each scholarship will cover one week of noncredit Summer Writing Program tuition and, if needed, a room in a shared apartment at Snow Lion Apartments for seven nights. Three or more recipients, with one-week scholarships, will be awarded. Students do not need to complete a Financial Aid Application (FAFSA or International Aid Application) to be considered. Your personal essay should include your writing’s connection to the work and legacy of Amiri Baraka specifically, and the Black Arts movement in general. ***Naropa webpage lionizing Mr. Baraka: Start Amiri Baraka taught at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School during the late 1970s and early 1980s teaching summer writing programs and workshops. His presence brought a unique perspective to the school’s curriculum, emphasizing social justice, political activism, and African American cultural experiences in his teaching. He introduced students to the Black Arts Movement, radical political poetry, and the importance of cultural inclusivity in literature. Baraka’s unapologetic approach to addressing social and political issues through his written work challenged conventional notions of poetry and storytelling. His presence encouraged students to explore writing that was rooted in activism and cultural critique. Even after his visits to Naropa, Baraka’s ideas and works continued to influence discussions and creative endeavors within the university. His legacy contributed to ongoing dialogues about the intersections of literature, activism, and identity and helped shape the dynamic literary environment for which the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics is known for. **end of webpage about Mr Barak (emphasis added by petition author) *** Naropa Student Union Letter (emphasis added by petition author): Start of Student Union Letter: “The children are always ours, every single one of them, all over the globe; and I am beginning to suspect that whoever is incapable of recognizing this may be incapable of morality.” - James Baldwin To Our Beloved Community, Naropa University is a school which prides itself on being a leader in contemplative and mindfulness-based education. Our lineage is tied to sacred activism as modeled by such pioneers as Amiri Baraka, Anne Waldman, and Brad Will. The values of our university contain explicitly stated goals to challenge systems of oppression that undermine human dignity and to champion active responsibility and courageous, effective, and inspired engagement with the world. In alignment with these values, we, The Student Union of Naropa, feel it is our responsibility to make a decisive statement regarding the ongoing genocide and ethnic cleansing which is occurring in Palestine. With mournful hearts, we acknowledge that the kidnapping and massacre of innocent people in Israel on October 7th was a tragedy. In addition, the genocide of the Palestinian people, which is being sponsored by The United States and Israeli governments, is a morally bankrupt action and a crime against humanity. Well over 1 million innocent civilians have now been displaced due to the carpet bombing of Gaza by Israeli and US bombs. The estimated death toll has surpassed 10,000, many thousands of whom are children, while many remain missing amidst the fog of war. We reject the notion of the “justified” slaughter of any people, of any background, and of any faith. It becomes clearer every day, however, that the endorsement of this heinous act is not the will of the American people, and that the billions of dollars being funneled into this atrocity would be much better spent on efforts of peace such as diplomacy, relief work, healthcare, and education. In these times of non-representative government actions, widespread misinformation, and media bias, we feel it is of the utmost importance for organizations such as ourselves to harness whatever collective power they possess and stand in clear opposition to systemic oppression. Othering and dehumanization are the well-worn tools wielded by powerful media and governmental institutions in order to manufacture consent for such unjustifiable murder. The decades-long illusion of the “war on terror” continues to construct a false binary of good vs evil which insulates these institutions from criticism while furthering white supremacist and colonial aims. The foundational rights of human beings, however, must not be reduced to polarized political platforms in order to fuel violence and war that destroys not only the lives of the innocent today, but for generations to come. We represent a new generation, one which seeks an exit from this cycle of violence and suffering. In light of this, and our desire for peace for the people of Israel and liberation for the people of Palestine, we call upon the United States government to immediately end their funding of this genocide and join the international call for a ceasefire. For those impacted within our own beloved community, we share THESE resources for education, action, and healing provided by our colleagues at this wonderful university.
Women Empowerment: Girl Power
The lack of woman empowerment and Girl Power impacts individuals and communities, affecting their ability to reach their full potential, contribute to families and communities, and contribute to society. It can result in limited access to education and healthcare, gender-based violence, limited economic opportunities, political underrepresentation, and social and cultural marginalization. Women play a crucial role in families and communities, and their empowerment can positively impact their well-being and contribute to better health, education, economic growth, and overall development. The lack of empowerment and representation of women negatively impacts their lives and society, leading to limited access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. This in turn, increases the prevalence of gender-based violence and hinders their full potential.Conversely, empowering women can lead to better health, education, economic growth, and overall development, promoting a more equitable and prosperous society. Therefore, action is crucial to achieve this goal.If things stay the same, the lack of empowerment and representation of women will continue to have a negative impact on their lives and society as a whole. This means that women will continue to face limited access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities, as well as a higher prevalence of gender-based violence. This will result in a significant portion of the population being unable to reach their full potential and contribute fully to society. Empowering women is a moral imperative and essential for creating a more equitable society. The lack of empowerment limits access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities, leaving them vulnerable to gender-based violence. Immediate action is needed to protect them from such injustices and ensure sustainable development. Empowerment leads to better health, education, and economic outcomes, reducing poverty and promoting economic growth. Therefore, it is crucial to act now to create a more equitable society where women have equal opportunities and rights.