Justice for Sammy Yatim: Charge the Police Officer Responsible
In the early hours of Saturday, July 27, 2013, Sammy Yatim was shot dead by a Toronto Police officer as the 18-year old man stood alone in a stationary TTC street car with a 3-inch knife in his hands. His death has caused an uproar in the community and oridnary people are asking, "Why did Sammy Yatim have to be shot dead by the Police?" In the last 25 years, a number of people have been shot dead by the Toronto Police who claim to be acting within the law. After every such tragedy, inquiries and inquests are held that make recommendations, but it seems none of these policies and procedures have succeeded in preventing the death of men and women who need help, not harm. In 1996, a medical student Edmund Yu was shot dead as he sat alone in the back seat of a TTC street car, armed only with a tiny hammer. Now, Sammy Yatim has been killed by a police officer firing not one or two, but nine bullets and all within a few minutes of his first encounter with the young man who was alone inside a stationary TTC street car. An inquiry is taking place. However, we fear this inquiry too will end up like earlier such exercises and no will be found responsible for the death of this young troubled man who had all his life ahead of him. If the police constable who shot Sammy Yatim dead is not charged, once more we will send a message to ordinary citizens that Police forces are above the law.For the good of communities and for better civilian-police relations, let a court decide whether any laws were broken in the death of Sammy Yatim. This petition is not to bring disrepute to the fine men and women who serve in the Toronto Police and who we consider the world's finest police force. Having said that we feel the SIU and the AG of Ontario should intervene in the interest of justice and also to assure the citizenery who feel they have no voice in this matter. We acknowledge that despite the many videos, we do not know the entire story. However, based on the video and the reaction by Police Chef Bill Blair and Police Chair Alok Mukherjee, where they immediately suspended the officer in question, we feel there is enough evidence for us to conclude that something awfully wrong happenned that resulted in the death of Sammy Yatim. In view of the above, we feel if an apporpriate charge is not filed against the police constable who caused the death, the citizenry will lose confidence in the legal system and the men and women who have been entrusted to deliver justice.
Nobel Peace Prize for Malala
UPDATE: We did it! On November 21, Prime Minister Stephen Harper came out in support of the petition joining every single Canadian federal party leader who have all nominated Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize.It is very important you continue to sign and share the petition with your friends: 1. More signatures will push more world leaders to also nominate Malala. 2. Ultimately, we need to push the Nobel Foundation to award Malala the prize. On October 9, 2012, 15-year old Malala Yusufzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in response to her campaign against the destruction of girls schools in Pakistan. In the face of terror, Malala risked her life to speak out for the rights of girls everywhere. Malala's bravery has sparked a global movement and we believe the Nobel Foundation should give her the Nobel Peace Prize. (To see the petition in different languages/countries see the links below)The first step in this process is to get Malala nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Only certain people, like a Member of Parliament, are allowed put forward nominations. For example, in Canada, to make a major statement and to show that Canadians believe in Malala's work, we needed all Canadian federal party leaders to unanimously nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize. A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message that the world is watching and will support those who stand up for gender equality and universal human rights that includes the right of education for girls. Worldwide support I live in Canada and I started the first 'Nobel Prize for Malala' petition. Now people around the world are setting up this same petition in their own country asking for their political leaders to come together to nominate Malala for the Nobel Prize. The counter on this petition reflects the cumulative efforts of these petitions from around the world. If you don’t have a petition in your country yet and you would like to start one, send me a note at Nobel4Malala@gmail.com with your country in the subject line. Nominators and endorsers so far:Canada: Prime Minister Stephen Harper - Leader of the Conservative PartyHon. Thomas Mulcair - Leader of the Offiical Opposition / NDPHon. Bob Rae - Leader of the Liberal PartyHon. Elizabeth May - Leader of the Green PartyHon. Daniel Paille - Leader of the Bloc QuébécoisJian Ghomeshi, Host of Q on CBC Rob Ford, Mayor of TorontoJason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Conservative MP from CalgaryPaul Dewar, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic & MP from OttawaSalma Ataullahjan, Conservative Senator, TorontoJohn Carmichael, Conservative Member of Parliament, DonValleyWest, TorontoRathika Sitsabaiesan, NDP Member of Parliament, ScarboroughPeter Shurman, Conservative MPP in OntarioCheri DiNova, NDP MPP in OntarioJohn Parker, Councillor, City of TorontoPaula Fletcher, Councillor, City of TorontoDoug Ford, Councillor, City of TorontoJeremy D Williams, Councillor, Town of Orangville International:Prof. Richard DawkinsShashi Tharoor, IndiaKhaled Almaeena, Saudi ArabiaDario Fo, ItalyTaslima Nasreen, Bangladesh Singapore Petition: http://tinyurl.com/cq6wkmdRussian Petition: www.change.org/malalarusU.K. Petition: http://www.change.org/nobelformalalaFrench Petition: http://www.change.org/nobelpourmalalaGerman Petition: https://www.change.org/malalaspreisItalian Petition: http://www.change.org/nobel-per-malalaPakistani Petition: http://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/leaders-of-the-ppp-mqm-anp-pml-q-pml-n-awp-nominate-malala-for-the-nobel-peace-prizeIndian Petition: http://tinyurl.com/bakcgogUSA Petition: http://www.change.org/MalalaUSIrish Petition: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/d%C3%A1il-eireann-nominate-malala-yusufzai-for-the-nobel-peace-prize-4Spanish Petition: https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/el-nobel-de-la-paz-para-malala Twitter Hashtag: #Nobel4Malala