Women's Rights

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Petition to Richard Burr, Thom Tillis

Maternal Mortality for Black Women in the US

Black women face discrimination in health care. More than women of other races, black women are dying due to complications from their pregnancies and deliveries. As women of color are: "More than three to four times as likely than any other race to die from complications of childbirth or pregnancy" (CNN).  Maternal mortality for black women has remained high, despite advancements in medicine and technology. Women should not worry about their safety. Even black women of a higher status have to worry about their health. Serena Williams almost died when she had her baby, Alexis, because of complications that were not heard by doctors, and now she is advocating for women's health. By advocating for these changes, we can stop more women from dying each day. The Black Women's Health Imperative, which is a non-profit organization that helps to decrease maternal mortality and advocate for women's rights, is already helping people to make these changes. Black Women's Health Imperative helps to:  "Change affordable health care for not just all women, but for the women and girls who are in poor communities and lower economic statuses. And give a fast response for public health emergencies" (BWHI).  By signing this petition, it will get these results. Please help us advocate and get this pushed to Richard Burr and Thom Tillis who are the US Senate for our home state of NC. There will also be a link sent to our GoFundMe page, that will be sending money to the Black Women's Health Imperative which will help fund their organization. (   Link to GoFundMe account: References:  Howard, J. (2017, November 15). Childbirth is killing black women, and here's why. Retrieved February 26, 2018, from 15/health/black-women- maternal-mortality/index.html    

Taylor Burton
23 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Kentucky Parole Board

Kentucky Parole Board: Deny Parole for Damien Lacambra (Inmate No. 296119)

On April 24th, 2016, Amelia Forsting (Lacambra) was shot and killed by her husband, Damien Lacambra. The gun was 4 to 6 inches away from her head. Her one month old son, Luke, was nearby and witnessed Amelia's killing. He only had his mother for 46 days. The murder trial took place from December 4th to 8th, 2017. During the trial, Amelia’s friends and family had to listen in horror while the details of the crime were presented. The prosecutors detailed how Damien was a trained weapons expert in the US Army who loves guns. He is shown as a patterned liar in matters large and small; proudly displaying stickers on his car stating “Afghanistan: I served” despite never being deployed overseas. Multiple people at the trial testified about his anger and jealousy issues. The Commonwealth of Kentucky's gun expert testified that the weapon could not have malfunctioned and that the trigger was intentionally pulled. The lead investigator of the case testified that he believed this was an intentional murder. Damien’s explanation for what happened that day changed multiple times. At first, in his 911 call, he said he had an accidental discharge while removing his gun from the holster. Later, he changed the story to say the gun went off when he was trying to unload the gun. Later that day, after being questioned by LMPD detectives, he said that it was only a joke; he pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger to get a reaction out of her, telling detectives that he thought it was unloaded. Amelia is not able to tell her side of the story. Her one month old son, Luke, will fortunately not remember that horrible day. However, the abundance of evidence presented told her story and was more than sufficient to convict Mr. Lacambra of murder. Amelia’s family and friends were confident that their loved one’s killer would remain behind bars for at least the next 25 years. However, the jury—in ignorance of the evidence presented—returned a verdict of not guilty for the charge of murder. Instead, they sentenced him guilty to the charge of manslaughter in the second degree. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, this is a Class C felony that carries a maximum 10-year sentence. In addition, offenders are considered “non-violent” and eligible for parole after serving only 20% of their sentence. This means that this man, who shot and killed his wife, is considered non-violent by the state and may be released from prison only two years after his crime. His parole date is set for April 3rd, 2018—almost two weeks from today. As friends, family, and concerned members of the public, we petition the Kentucky Parole Board to deny parole to Damien Lacambra, inmate 296119. We are horrified by what this man did and live in fear that he will hurt Amelia’s family, her friends, and her son Luke. He is a danger to not only those who knew Amelia, but all members of the public as well. We, as signers of this petition, represent concerned members of the public and ask the Kentucky Parole Board to deny parole to this man. We cannot retry the case, but we can demonstrate that we, as citizens, are horrified by the crime and concerned about what may happen when the killer is released. We thank the Kentucky Parole Board for considering our concerns and urge you to deny parole for this killer. Thank you. ----------- This petition is authored by The Mary Byron Project on behalf of Amelia's family and friends. Learn more at

The Mary Byron Project
5,757 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Rhonda Lenton

York University Refuses to Provide Lactation Accommodations

Dear President Lenton, As members of the York University community, we are concerned about the near absence of lactation accommodations afforded to students, faculty, and staff. While the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) clearly states that employers and service providers have a legal duty to accommodate those who are breastfeeding, York University currently only provides access to one space that is neither necessarily private nor open during much of the academic day. This presents an inequitable situation for members of the York community who are pumping and/or breastfeeding. We request that York University sufficiently and expediently rectify this situation. Presently, York University community members who need access to pumping space are directed to speak with the Centre for Human Rights (CHR). Troublingly, there have been reports from community members that some of the staff at the CHR are unaware of their designated responsibility to accommodate based on family status. In the event that staff are aware of their role, the CHR directs community members in need of lactation accommodations to the two daycare centres at Keele campus. Of these two daycare centres, one does not have pumping or breastfeeding space. The other daycare centre is only open between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. This space is not guaranteed to be private. To be clear, many members of the York community need access to campus outside of these hours and on the weekends in order to take classes, to teach classes, or to do research. We believe that this is a clear violation of the OHRC. We also believe that it is inappropriate for an institution as large as York University, and one that is founded on principles of social justice, to offload the responsibility to accommodate onto a daycare centre where the staff are certainly already juggling a number of important tasks. Therefore, we request that York University remedy this situation by opening at least one lactation lounge at each of York University’s campuses. We request that each of these lactation lounges adhere to the following standards of accommodation: 1.     A clean, quiet, and private (to those in need of accommodations) space that locks in order to breastfeed and/or pump. 2.     A space that is accessible at any hour in which a class may be held as well as an hour before and after those times. This space should also be accessible on the weekends. 3.     Access to a clean refrigerator for storage of milk. 4.     A storage space for individual pumping equipment.    5.     Access to a designated sink in which to clean pumping equipment. We are concerned that so many of our community members have had to work and study without access to sufficient space to pump and/or breastfeed. This is not only a violation of the OHRC, but a genuine medical and safety issue. As York University community members, we ask that you take seriously the necessity to make our campus accessible to those who have additional constraints on their ability to work and study.

Sarah Naumes
122 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Kirsten Gillibrand, MaryEllen Elia, New York State Department Of Education, Board of Regents, New York State House, Liz Krueger, Brian Benjamin

Encourage K-12 schools in New York State and beyond to #teachaboutwomen and gender

Petition New York State to set an example and teach about women in high school! #teachaboutwomen “I worshipped dead men for their strength, forgetting I was strong.” -Vita Sackville-West Young women and girls need role models for leading lives of consequence, conviction and influence. High school curricula, especially in history, almost completely ignore women's experiences, priorities, and their individual and collective contributions to change. In a time when women are fighting for equal pay, mutual respect and to have their voices heard, we must correct this long-standing inequity. The Problem: New York State's High School history curricula, like most around the nation, includes little to no information about women. ™As of the 2017/2018 school year, there are a total of 10 references to women and gender in New York State’s High School Social Studies Curriculum: ™In eight out of these 10 cases “women” appears on a list with other groups following phrases like “diverse groups” and “such as” or “including.”™ Here are all the references to women for the entire four years: –Once in the 9th Grade Global History Sequence (“Shifting roles of men and women” in the Neolithic Revolution) Twice in 10th Grade Global History Sequence (part of lists during the study of the Enlightenment and, later, imperialism) Seven times in the 11th Grade US History sequence (Role in Revolutionary War, Early 19th C, Reconstruction, World War I, the 1920’s, World War II, and finally the Second Wave Feminist movement). But, as of 2017, only 1% of the questions on the US History Regents Examination address women at all. Zero times in the 12 Grade courses on Participation in Government and Civics and Economics, the Enterprise System, and Finance The Solution: Teach about women by putting women on the curriculum and making resources for teaching about women and gender readily available. Re-write the NYS Social Studies Standards, grades 9-12 to include rich material that addresses women’s experience, the accomplishments of individual women and questions of gender throughout the year. Add a criterion under Social Studies Practices, grades 9-12 – Civic Practices that includes “developing awareness of gender equity and its complex history.” Add “Read for underlying gender, racial or other biases” to the NYS Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, grades 6-12 under “Key Ideas and Details.” Build an online database that is free, easily-accessible, and dedicated to materials and resources that address women and gender, the accomplishments of individual women, sexuality, intersectionality, and the complex history of gendered relationships. In developing this database, topics and subjects should be sure to invite and support the inclusion of diverse aspects of the human experience including but not limited to questions of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, sexuality, age, and ability.    Our Mission: To change the stories we tell about women, gender, and power in classrooms and beyond.  Our Strategy: We  harness the passion of educators and supporters to fight for change in  Policy: Change educational policy and learning standards to include rich and intersectional material on women and gender Classrooms: Give teachers the tools and skills they need to teach about women and the complex history of gender roles. To do so, we maintain a free database of educator resources and conduct workshops to show teachers how to implement them.  The World: Build a mentorship network to connect young women and girls with mentors of all genders who can help them thrive and succeed beyond school in their personal and professional lives. To learn more, contact Georgina Emerson at  Twitter:  @teachaboutwomen  Hashtag: #teachaboutwomen  Website:

Georgina Emerson
417 supporters