• Restoration Of Indigenous Fijian Language Spoken in Fiji Parliament
    Article 5 of UNDRIP states clearly that indigenous people “have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions” which includes their languages and their names. 2019 been the International Year of Indigenous Languages is a United Nations observance in that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation.
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  • Tell Congress: Release the CIA Torture Report
    After 9/11, the CIA detained and tortured — including beating, chaining to the ceiling, locking in coffins, and waterboarding detainees to the brink of death — over 100 Muslim men in “black site” prisons around the world. That period is a stain on human history. While Congress authorized a full investigation, the resulting full, unredacted 7,000-page CIA Torture Report has yet to be released to the public. Until we know the truth, there is no way to achieve full justice for survivors and victims of CIA torture and detention. Worse, there is also no way to make sure it will never happen again. Will you urge your members of Congress to release the unredacted CIA Torture Report to the public now?
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  • Impeach and Remove President Trump
    Bribery. Abuse of power. Obstruction of justice. Corruption. Violation of our Constitution. Time and time again, President Trump has put himself above the law and broken his oath to preserve, protect, and defend our democracy. Now, Congress must take a stand against his repeated and shameless wrongdoing -- by impeaching President Trump and removing him from office. The Founding Fathers put impeachment in the Constitution for a situation like this one: an out-of-control president acting as if they are totally above the law. In the past three years, Trump has solicited a bribe from the Ukraine government… obstructed justice in the Russia investigation... failed to safeguard our elections… profited from his presidency… and broken campaign finance laws. But the decisions made in this moment extend beyond Trump and his presidency. Our members of Congress have a constitutional duty to hold the executive branch accountable -- and if they turn a blind eye to Trump’s lawlessness, it’ll give every president going forward the green light to exploit and abuse our democracy. That’s why we must call on Congress to once and for all prove that nobody -- not even the president -- is above the law by impeaching President Trump and removing him from office. To learn more about Common Cause’s call for the impeachment and removal of President Trump, please visit www.commoncause.org/remove.
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  • Donald Trump Jr. shouldn't get a pass for killing protected species
    Donald Trump Jr. recently went to Mongolia with taxpayer-funded support after purchasing a hunting trip at a charity auction to benefit the National Rifle Association (NRA). While in Mongolia, Trump Jr. shot and killed an argali sheep that is listed and protected as "Threatened" in Mongolia under the Endangered Species Act. Trump Jr. did not reportedly have a permit to kill the imperiled argali sheep at the time of his hunt, and was granted one retroactively after he had left the country. The argali sheep is threatened by agriculture and energy production and is listed as "Decreasing" globally by the IUCN Red List. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service considers whether local, national, and multi-national laws and regulations are followed and whether the killing of animals is beneficial to conservation as a part of the importation process. As Mr. Trump only received permit for his trophy hunting after he had killed the imperiled species and was likely only able to do so because of his father's position, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service should investigate to determine if it should reject any forthcoming import request from Mr. Trump and ascertain whether he has already imported the carcass in violation of U.S. law. SOURCE: https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-inc-podcast-donald-trump-jr-went-to-mongolia-got-special-treatment-from-the-government-and-killed-an-endangered-sheep
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  • Petition to have Lancaster Combine Jr High Football Teams - One 7th Grade & One 8th Grade Team
    a. The NFL enforces rule changes aimed at eliminating potentially risky behavior that could lead to injuries. The common behavior or climate of our Jr High Football teams has been two teams split by geographical boundaries. These two teams do not have a development model that take the foundation established at the youth level and build upon it. There are many instances where kids are playing out of position, defined by their current peer group of competition. The physical, psychological and mental growth of children is primarily based on their age. Quick strategy formulation, analyzing of the situation, coordination among senses and intelligent action are prerequisites of a good football players. Due to low participation over the last couple years, we have pitted smaller players against heavily built young men. Strength isn’t subject to size and these kids are just beginning to develop their muscle mass, but the competing ratio has not been in our favor for years. We have faced teams with over 40 kids or more on their teams. The ratio of total kids to players that are more physically mature greatly outnumber a team that consists of 17. This change needs to happen to ensure our kids are continuing to be developed in the safest environment and we can mitigate any potential risk of losing participants. Many schools in the OCC have multiple Jr High Schools but only 1 team per grade. Our current Jr High Football model does not reflect this town's current climate. We can do better for our kids.
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  • Return of the Tuscarora Ancestors
    This is important for the reconciliation of the genocide, cultural loss, and devastation of the Tuscarora Nation in our anceint homeland by centuries of intrusion, conflict, and manipulation by the State of North Carolina. Although prior historical accounts assume that the Tuscarora migrated by large force to the Northeast in the early 18th century, modern academics and a long trail of records confirm that thousands of Tuscarora remained. Published archaeological research by Dr Larry Tise and Dr David Phelps about Fort Neherooka states that only 20 percent of the Tuscarora Nation was subdued during the campaign of the Tuscarora Wars 1711-15. Another study about the Contentnea Creek Drainage states that the more scholarly estimate on 18th century pre-war Tuscarora was about 8000 people. Earlier accounts by Surveyor General John Lawson noted about 1500 Tuskeruro fighting men. That estimate equated to about 5000 people and is roughly off by as much half of the modern arcaheologically derived estimate. The migration trail navigated by the Tuscarora families leaving the reservation in Bertie County and adjoinging counties were traveling and stopping in Sampson, Cumberland, Harnett, Robeson, and Duplin counties. Archaeological digs at burial mounds, village sites, and other cultural zones estimate that the Tuscarora have been in NC for at least 1200 years. Whenever these mounds were dug up, the Tuscarora Nation of NC was never consulted. Fort Bragg military base, Camp Lejune military base, the Department of Transportation, the CSX Railroad System, UNC Chapel Hill, ECU and many more institutions and agencies have been involved in the removal, housing and display of Tuscarora remains and artifacts for decades. The digs done in the earlier 20th century were sent all over the United States. This is essential to understanding the ongoing relationship between the Tuscarora Nation and the NC Community. Since before the creation of this country, the Tuscarora Nation have been generous to colonists, fought against their kin to save the NC colony, and even sent warriors to aid South Carolina against the Yamassees in 1715. My ancestors fought in the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Civil War. At every significant moment in American History, the NC Tuscarora have played a major role in the development, security, and freedom of this great nation. The time for reciprocity, balance and reconciliation is now! The Native American Graves and Repatriation Act 1990 is very recent and the State of NC has not upheld the longstanding rights of the Tuscarora. Dozens of burial sites have been desecrated, ancestors removed, and artifacts sold or auctioned without regards to families and communities. The Tuscarora Nation of NC have been treaty indians since 1717, gained Federal Recognition through the Indian Reorganization Act of the 1930s, and the East Carolina Indian Organization (Tuscarora group) had those rights reaffirmed regardless of the Lumbee Act in the Maynor Vs. Morton case of 1975. Repatriating Tuscarora remains and artifacts is the right course of action because NC began silencing my ancestors through active legislation in 1778, but also because thousands of Tuscarora ancestral spirits deserve rest and Tuscarora People need healing. This is an opportunity for the Roanoke River, Neuse River, Tar River, Cape Fear River, and Drowning Creek Tuscarora settlements to take part in this petition to reclaim our lost ancestors. Their return will awaken us. May the Great Spirit Bless you. Nyawe (thank you). Ooneh (One People)
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  • Food Justice for CSU
    We need to focus on providing more accessible food relief for Colorado State University students experiencing food insecurity. According to a CSU survey conducted in the Fall of 2013, approximately 10% of students at Colorado State University experience food insecurity. According to a 2019 petition by social work students, 3 out of 10 students face food insecurity at CSU. Rams take care of Rams. Our community is committed to solving food insecurity. This year's Giving Tuesday, Colorado State University raised more than $100,000 for Rams Against Hunger, providing 13,352 meals for students. Our ASCSU administration is also committed to solving this crisis. We have pocket pantries that provide free food across campus. We have the mobile food pantry that comes to campus once a month for two hours where students can get up to 20 pounds of food. But the average person consumes an estimated 4 pounds of food a day. This is not enough. At this rate, students who are relying solely on the mobile food pantry do not have enough food to last a week, let alone a month. It takes more than an hour for a student to travel from the CSU campus to the Larimer County Food Bank using the city bus system. Oftentimes, students do not have the during the weekday to take an over two-hour journey for free healthy food. RamRide only runs in the late evenings Thursday-Saturday when the food bank is closed. RamRide does not have enough funding or volunteers to extend its hours so that they may bring students to the food bank. Our students without a car also struggle with carrying the weight of groceries long distances. Imagine having to carry over 20 pounds of food while walking back to your home, riding your bike, or taking the city busses. Our students need better transportation for food. Our commitment to solving this problem can continue. We need to call on the University to extend their support of our food-insecure students by funding RamRide so that everyone has increased access to healthy food. We must further show that Rams do take care of Rams.
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  • Minnesauke's Third Grade Class Size
    My son is a third grade student currently attending Minnesuake Elementary School. I am writing not as just a concerned mother, but also as a third grade teacher. I am greatly concerned about the number of children in each of the four designated third grade classrooms.This is why I am petitioning for additional support to be placed in each of the classrooms for the remainder of this year and a fifth section to be added to the 2020-2021 school year. I have witnessed the impact of large class size and witnessed the affects that occurs in the classroom. Research strongly supports that smaller class size leads to greater academic achievement and students overall well being. Third Grade is a monumental year. It is the year that sets the foundation for our children's intermediate school years and beyond. It is a year of great growth and development. We owe it to our children to provide them with a classroom of adequate size, which ensures their maximum growth potential. Elementary classroom sections with these staggering numbers are an injustice to our children as well as the educators that are serving our community. This is why I am petitioning the Three Village Board of Education, Cheryl Pedisich, and Nancy Pickford to incorporate into their 2020-2021 school budget the implementation of an additional classroom section for this grade level.
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  • Do NOT remove Michael Vick as Pro Bowl Captain
    This is Important, because we need to understand once a person commits a crime wether big or small and they are punished, that should be it. instead our system and people whom have nothing to do with the system holds grudges and continues to spitefully attack African AMERICANS such as Michael Vick for crimes that they already paid for. This makes you wonder is it about the crime or is it about his race. There are many stories with other “non-black” athletes that are worse and no one is petitioning to tarnish there name or take away their accomplishments. I ask this simple question, what does his Past “paid for” crimes have to do with his ability to be put in the position as pro bowl captain! LEAVE THIS MAN ALONE ALREADY, you guys have tried to ruin his life in every way. ITS ENOUGH! I ask those that are tired of people holding your past against you and wish you could just move on with your life and not continuously be punished over and over wether it be non criminal or criminal to sign this. This petition is not only for Micheal Vick but for you as well. Let’s hope this petition will help M.V live in peace with all his accomplishments untouched. Thank you Kat St. John
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  • Tell USDA:Stop The Attacks on Food Assistance Programs for Hungry Americans
    The Trump Administration recently announced changes to SNAP that will cause hundreds of thousands of people to lose access to their “food stamp” benefits. SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program commonly referred to as "food stamps," is a federal nutrition program that’s critical for fighting hunger in the United States. According to Feeding America, "SNAP provides families with their basic nutritional needs to get them through temporary hard times. It helps people get back on their feet and on the road to a better life.” However, the Trump Administration has been working for the last three years to undermine SNAP as part of their agenda to limit access to public assistance programs. The newly-announced attack on SNAP is especially outrageous because Congress rejected these proposed changes to the program during the Farm Bill debate last year. The House rejected it in a bipartisan vote of 330-83, and the Senate voted down a similar amendment 68-30. But now, Sonny Perdue, Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture, is moving forward with these changes through an undemocratic “executive order” that targets very poor people struggling to work — many of whom are homeless, living in small towns and rural communities with little or no access to employment, or have health conditions that prevent them from working. Please join with us and demand that Sonny Perdue stop the Trump attacks on food assistance programs critical for fighting hunger in the United States.
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  • Tell USDA: Stop The Attacks on Food Assistance Programs for Hungry Americans
    The Trump Administration recently announced changes to SNAP that will cause hundreds of thousands of people to lose access to their “food stamp” benefits. SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program commonly referred to as "food stamps," is a federal nutrition program that’s critical for fighting hunger in the United States. According to Feeding America, "SNAP provides families with their basic nutritional needs to get them through temporary hard times. It helps people get back on their feet and on the road to a better life.” However, the Trump Administration has been working for the last three years to undermine SNAP as part of their agenda to limit access to public assistance programs. The newly-announced attack on SNAP is especially outrageous because Congress rejected these proposed changes to the program during the Farm Bill debate last year. The House rejected it in a bipartisan vote of 330-83, and the Senate voted down a similar amendment 68-30. But now, Sonny Perdue, Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture, is moving forward with these changes through an undemocratic “executive order” that targets very poor people struggling to work — many of whom are homeless, living in small towns and rural communities with little or no access to employment, or have health conditions that prevent them from working. Please join with us and demand that Sonny Perdue stop the Trump attacks on food assistance programs critical for fighting hunger in the United States.
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  • Bring my father home & keep our family together
    Please grant my father’s application for a pardon to protect him from the reach of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and help him stay in the U.S. with us, his family. My father was brought to the U.S. lawfully as a child by my grandmother, who wanted a better life for her family. In 1997, when I was three, my father went to prison. He was just 19 when he shot and tragically took the life of another young man. In 2011, while my father was in prison, my brother (my father’s youngest son) was killed in an act of violence, deepening my father’s understanding of the traumatic impact he had on his victim’s family and gun violence has on our community, more generally. My father spent 25 years in prison atoning for the harm he caused (http://www.voicesfromwithin.org/tyrone-abraham.html). After much soul searching, he turned his life around and committed to bettering himself (he earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees) and helping others. He helped at-risk youth understand the impact of gun violence and develop strategies for non-violent conflict resolution. He educated his peers about HIV/AIDS and making healthy lifestyle decisions. He led his prison’s United Asian American Organization as President when no one else stepped up to ensure its representation. For all his work, my father earned the respect of peers, advocates, clergy members, academics, correctional officials, legislators, and, earlier this year, the state parole board, which granted him parole. However, my father was not freed on his release date, he was transferred to ICE custody and set for deportation to a country he has not seen since he was just 11 years old and where he has no family left. Time is running out; my father’s deportation is imminent as he sits in an ICE detention center. My father served his time, every day of his sentence; and so did our entire family. I need my father, my aging grandmother needs her son, my mother needs her husband, my uncle needs his brother, my cousins need their uncle, and my father needs us. Keeping my father away from our family and sending him to a land he does not know and where he has no support system is cruel and defies logic. Moreover, deporting my father would be a terrible loss for our community. New York taxpayers invested tremendous resources in my father’s transformation, and with the help of dedicated professionals, he succeeded remarkably. My father will continue his community work as a credible messenger after his incarceration. But without your pardon, we will all lose what we stand to benefit from my father’s return. The precious life of my father’s victim can never be replaced. As someone who lost her own brother in much the same way, I understand. But I am so proud of the man my father has become. He has taught me the importance of humility, hard work, and community service. Please help my father continue to live and work here in the U.S. If you give him this opportunity, I know he can help heal our broken world. Sincerely, Shayquana (daughter of Tyrone Abraham)
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