Pregnant homeless women are vulnerable and often overlooked. Often, they have no place to turn to for health and child care. A program in San Francisco has risen to help these women. Applaud the founder who developed this life changing program.
Street harassment is a real and serious threat to women and the LGBTQ community in New York City. Every person deserves to be able to live and walk in peace without the threat of danger. Encourage Mayor Michael Bloomberg to build a public awareness campaign to end this violence.
A male high school student recently wrote a letter condemning sexist practices and asking students to promote gender equality. His courageous act deserves recognition and support.
The Greek government recently shut down public television and radio stations. In the name of austerity, democracy and freedom of speech are in danger. Please urge the Prime Minister of Greece to allow broadcasting in Greece and protect the citizens’ rights to know what is happening in their country.
The San Antonio Spurs stood up for a young Mexican-American boy who was racially slandered across social media networks after singing the National Anthem at Game 3. Commend the Spurs for standing up against racism.
A transgender high school student has been forced to use a separate bathroom in school. Demand that she is able to use the bathroom that matches her gender identity.
In a routine divorce court proceeding, a woman was unjustifiably sexually assaulted during a baseless drug search. After complaining about her mistreatment, she was falsely arrested by the same officer that fondled her. Demand justice for this woman and hold those responsible accountable for their misdeeds.
Thousands of children in Ghana are stricken with mercury poisoning every year from working in dangerous gold mines. This child labor must be ended, and the families of these children must be given aid so that they can enjoy a decent quality of life without putting their children at risk.
Women in Mexico live in a world of constant fear and violence, and very little is being done to protect them. It’s time to stop the cycle of violence that pervades the Latin American culture.
International Justice Mission just released 263 men, women, and children from lives of slavery in brick factories in India. Join me in congratulating them for their continuing efforts to create a world of freedom.
Senator Martin Heinrich is the first U.S. Senator to join the NOH8 campaign that supports marriage equality. Applaud the senator for his committed public involvement to support the cause.
A bill that would require women seeking an abortion to obtain an invasive ultrasound has passed in the Wisconsin state Assembly, and now goes to Governor Scott Walker. Tell Governor Walker that government should not stand between a patient and her doctor.
Recently, an immigrant rights group endorsed marriage equality in Illinois. The Catholic Church, which provides grants to the group and its partners, threatened to rescind its funding unless the group renounces its position on gay marriage. Urge the Catholic Church to withdraw its unfair threat over these organizations.
Morocco will soon vote to amend a law that allows rapists to escape punishment by marrying their underage victims. A proposed change in family law would also end child marriage. Urge the Speaker of the House of Representatives to pass the proposed amendments and implement these changes immediately.
A student was expelled from a Nebraska University after an administrator discovered she was in a same-sex relationship. On top of this, the school revoked her scholarships and is demanding she pay the tuition she would have owed if she had the chance to enter her final semester. School officials must waive these charges immediately and issue an apology after this discriminatory harassment.
The College Board, a college entrance examination group, has questions in its demographic section that discriminate against those in the LGBTQ community. These questions must be modified so as to create a more inclusive and accepting testing environment for all students regardless of sex.
Recently, the lower house of Russia’s parliament passed a bill that will greatly discriminate against LGBT people in the country. This bill will be a major step backwards for LGBT rights. Tell Russian President Vladimir Putin not to sign this bill into law.
Homelessness is a vicious cycle that prevents access to healthcare, free movement in public, and social inclusion. Connecticut recently took an important step toward protecting these vulnerable, forgotten American citizens through the passage of a “Homeless Bill of Rights.” Applaud this significant effort to break the cycle of social, economic, and political exclusion of America’s homeless population.
Recently, an African American man was pulled over in Arizona for driving under the influence. Although a breathalyzer test showed he was sober, he was arrested anyway. Demand the charges and arrest be removed from his record.
Walmart continues to use factories in Bangladesh with unsafe working conditions, despite putting out a list of unsafe factories that it supposedly will no longer use. Tell CEO Mike Duke to join other retailers to create policies for safe working conditions in Bangledesh.
The Director of Public Prosecutions in Hong Kong asks women to be compassionate towards sexual attackers, saying that compassion will make men respect them more. Condemn the prosecutor for blaming victims and demand harsher punishment for sexual offenders.
Despite decades of pervasive homophobia, the hip hop community is increasingly supportive of LGBT equality concerns. Hugely successful rapper and musician Macklemore consistently uses his platform to advocate for the LGBT community, and recently used his concert stage to showcase a same-sex couple’s touching marriage proposal. Thank Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis for their personal and ongoing support of LGBT equality.
Six women engineers have worked to bring solar powered electricity to rural areas of Tanzania. By doing so, they have also provided increased independence, security and empowerment to Tanzanian women. Commend their efforts to bring electricity and a better quality of life to rural Tanzanian villages.
Doctors in South Carolina performed a sex-assignment operation on a 16-month-old intersex foster baby that removed all male genitalia, making the child’s body appear female. Now at 8 years old, he identifies as male, but due to the surgery that was forced upon him as an infant, he may never be able to live as one fully. Demand that state lawmakers make this practice illegal.
The Turkish Government is attacking its own citizens who have engaged in peaceful protests. These citizens are voicing their opposition to replacing a historic park with a shopping mall. Turkey must respect the rights of its citizens to peacefully protest for their environmental and human rights.