Archive for Category: "Human Rights"
A Florida high school student is being charged with sexual battery for being in a consensual, same-sex relationship with another student. The criminal prosecution of this girl is outrageous and must be stopped.
Farm Workers in Florida are asking major fast-food chains to improve their lives by paying an extra penny per pound of their tomatoes. So far, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, and Subway have complied; Wendy’s has not. It is out responsibility to demand that the company sign on to the Fair Food Program and stop participating in the oppression of farmers.
A Texas judge is attempting to keep a family apart because the two moms are in a lesbian relationship. By enforcing a ‘morality clause’, the judge could forbid the non-biological mother from living with her partner. Condemn the judge for his efforts to destroy a family based on his bigotry.
Denver prisons have the highest rate of staff sexual abuse against inmates in the nation. Demand Colorado prisons provide a safe place for those victimized, and put a stop to the abuse.
The Pentagon recently created a process by which they recognize transgender veterans’ gender reassignments, making it easier for them and their spouses to receive benefits. Thank the Pentagon for taking an important step towards transgender equality in the military.
It’s time to end the Boy Scouts of America’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. Tell the National Council of Boy Scouts that it should vote to change its discriminatory policy and allow gay Scouts and leaders.
Two Saudi Arabian nationals face execution in Iraq after being found guilty of murder. However, their confessions were obtained while the men were being tortured. Sign this petition and demand that the Iraqi government overturn their sentences and grant them new trials.
Former college football star Kevin Grayson recently came out as gay. As more gay athletes reveal their true selves, the world of sports is being diversified, stereotypes are being broken and young people are becoming inspired to fight stigma and discrimination. Please sign this petition applauding Grayson’s courage.
Missouri is about to sign into law a bill that is inherently anti-Islamic. In a time when understanding and acceptance must be encouraged so as to quell tensions on both sides of the matter, such legislation is extremely counterproductive. Please lend your voice in demanding that this bill be vetoed before it can become law.
A transgender student has been told that he is not allowed to wear boys’ graduation robes to his ceremony. Demand that the high school allow him to wear robes that reflect his gender identity.
Lynne Stewart will die of cancer if she is not granted clemency for a frivolous crime, and allowed to receive proper medical care to treat her cancer. Stewart is a 73-year-old grandmother and former civil rights attorney that is now serving a ten-year prison sentence, and suffering abuses of her own civil liberties. Demand the Federal Bureau of Prisons permit Lynne Stewart compassionate release, and save her from the unjust fate of dying in jail.
Over 1,100 workers were killed due to a factory building collapse in Bangladesh. A safety plan for Bangladesh factories has been created in response to that tragedy, and endorsed by over a dozen international companies, but Walmart has refused to sign on. Tell Walmart to join the safety agreement to ensure tragedies like this do not happen again.
A man from Bangladesh set to testify against the government for war crimes was abducted and forced to cross the border into India. Since crossing the border, he has been detained in Indian jail past his sentence and been subject to ill treatment. Sign this petition and demand that the Indian government release him into the care of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The Rose Queen will participate in an LGBT pride event in Long Beach, California, but not in an official capacity. Tell the Tournament of Roses that the Rose Queen should officially participate in the future to promote tolerance and respect of the LGBT community.
Police in California violated citizens’ fourth amendment rights by forcefully entering their home without probable cause. They then proceeded to taser the individuals in the home, despite the presence of children. Sign this petition to demand that action be taken against the officers involved in this incident.
David Sal Silva, a father of four children, was recently beaten to death by California police in front of several witnesses. The officers involved claim that Silva became aggressive, and they had to use force to subdue him – including the use of a police dog. Several witnesses were able to film the incident, only to have police procure warrants to enter their homes and seize the recording devices containing the footage.
The Archbishop of Newark promised to protect youth groups from a priest who had been forbidden from interacting with children following sexual abuse charges. However, this priest still managed to go on weekend retreats with youth groups without any supervision. Sign this petition to reprimand the Archbishop for his failure to protect the community.
Christopher Beatty, a popular music artist, was arrested outside of a liquor store in Fayetteville, North Carolina on April 29th by a plain-clothes officer. The victim did not break any laws, but was accused of possessing an open container of alcohol and trespassing on private property. Beatty was innocent and nonviolent, but was apprehended anyway. Demand that the Cumberland County District Attorney drop all charges against Christopher Beatty.
Recently, the Bangladesh government made significant steps towards raising the minimum wage for factory textile workers. This move comes in response to recent factory disasters in the country. Applaud the government for working to ensure adequate compensation for these workers.
Despite right-wing efforts to undermine marriage equality, an increasing majority of Americans support same-sex marriage. Many battles over equality remain, and the opposition is well-organized, connected and financially powerful. Thank Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s ongoing efforts to extend marriage equality in the state of Illinois, and lend your support to the movement.
An ABC News editor recently announced that she was transgender. ABC News has supported Dawn Stacey Ennis’s transition with open arms. Please sign this petition applauding ABC’s inclusion and support.
Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Krusinski, head of the U.S. Air Force’s anti-sexual assault unit, was recently arrested and charged with sexual battery. Demand the Air Force take immediate and severe punitive action against Krusinski.
The Los Angeles Times recently announced plans to cover immigration stories without using the broad, offensive and dehumanizing terms ‘illegal immigrants’ or ‘undocumented immigrants.’ Instead, the newspaper will focus on describing individual circumstances. Applaud the L.A. Times for this promising step.
Bloggers from countries such as China and Iran are being persecuted by their governments for speaking out against human rights violations. One blogger from Iran was imprisoned and declared an enemy of the state for writing about women’s rights. Sign this petition and support female bloggers who have been persecuted for defending their freedom.
A Canadian citizen is at risk of execution in Iran for espionage charges. The confession used to convict him however, was taken while he was being tortured. Sign this petition and demand that the victim be given a new trial adhering to international law.