Articles written by: Ayla Burnett

Portland native, peace and environmental advocate, writer and music lover

Trump: Condemn the Reported Murder of Black Lives Matter Protesters

President Trump has refused to condemn the 17-year old who reportedly shot and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters. He even “liked” a tweet that referenced the alleged shooter as “a good example of why I decided to vote for Trump.” Demand the president stop supporting an apparent murderer and instead choose to denounce all violence.

Trump: Don’t Sell Fragile Public Lands to Big Oil

A plan to open 1.7 million acres of public lands across Southwestern Colorado to oil and gas expansion was recently finalized by the Trump administration. Fracking and drilling throughout these crucial ecosystems will threaten endangered species and exacerbate climate change. Demand Trump immediately halt plans for fossil fuel extraction.

Stop the Violent Suppression of Peaceful Protests

Peaceful protests in Belarus are being violently suppressed with weapons of war, such as rubber bullets, water cannons, Molotov cocktails and reported torture. Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested and dozens of journalists attempting to cover the movement have been detained. Demand that President Lukashenko put an end to these inhumane and oppressive acts of terror against protesters.

Justice for Black Man Brutally Shot by Police While Entering Car

A Black man was shot several times by police officers while opening the door of a car. Reports stated that he was in “serious condition,” and it remains unclear why police turned to lethal force. Demand justice for Jacob Blake.

Maduro: Stop Criminalizing Covid-19 Victims

Venezuelans thought to have the coronavirus are being detained in cramped rooms with limited access to food, water, and masks. Demand President Nicolás Maduro stop treating coronavirus like a crime and immediately implement more humane tactics of dealing with Covid-19.

Stop Trump From Selling Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Oil and Gas Drillers

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will be opened for oil and gas development due to the Trump administration. This Alaskan refuge is home to countless caribou, polar bears and other vital species. Sign this petition to protect these crucial ecosystems from the Trump administration.

Trump: Apologize for Racist Remarks Used to Demean Black Women

President Trump used racist slurs against Joe Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, just days after she was picked for the vice-presidency. He called her “a mad women”, “extraordinarily nasty” and “so angry,” among other derogatory terms. Demand the Trump campaign apologize for perpetuating racism.

Don’t Ban Face Masks in Police Department During Deadly Pandemic

A Florida sheriff recently banned deputies and visitors to the police department from wearing face masks. This comes despite the fact that coronavirus cases are surging throughout the state. Demand Sheriff Billy Woods reverse his reckless decision and protect his community during a global pandemic.

Protect the Environment From Harmful Methane Emissions

The release of toxic methane gas emissions will go unregulated thanks to Trump’s EPA. Methane gas leaks exacerbate climate change and threaten public health. Demand the Trump administration reverse this environmentally catastrophic decision.

Justice for Pro-Democracy Advocate Arrested By Chinese Police

A prominent pro-democracy advocate in Hong Kong was recently jailed for dissent against the Chinese Communist Party. More than 200 officers raided his office and also arrested two of his sons. Demand the release of one of Hong Kong’s leading defenders of democracy from jail and loosen oppressive restrictions on freedom of speech and the press.

Stop Funding Militarized Police Forces That Exacerbate Racism

The fossil fuel industry, which drives rampant environmental racism and climate violence, is also funding militarized police foundations, according to a recent investigation. In particular, Chevron, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, funds police departments in several U.S. cities. Demand Chevron stop supporting violent police foundations.

Don’t Slash Vital Unemployment Benefits During the Pandemic

Crucial benefits for millions of jobless Americans are set to expire, despite the fact that the coronavirus still surges, and unemployment rates remain high. Along with abandoning vital weekly aid, a new Republican relief package would also slash eviction protections and food assistance. Demand an extension on the $600 weekly aid in order to protect Americans.

Don’t Broadcast Dangerous Conspiracy Theory About the Coronavirus

A dangerous conspiracy theory claiming that the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, manufactured the coronavirus, will air on television stations across the country. Spreading falsehoods about Covid-19 will only weaken the U.S.’s already fractured response to this deadly virus. Demand Sinclair Television choose not to broadcast misinformation about the coronavirus on T.V. stations across America.

Don’t Promote Dangerous and Unproven Coronavirus Treatments

Chlorine dioxide is being promoted and ingested as a possible treatment for the coronavirus in the Latin American country of Bolivia. Health experts have warned that drinking this bleach solution could be very hazardous to one’s health. Demand the president stop promoting this harmful chemical as a treatment for Covid-19.

Protect Peaceful Protesters From Heavily Armed Special Agents

The Trump administration announced plans to deploy around 150 heavily armed federal agents into Chicago as part of an oppressive tactic to dominate Black Lives Matter protests. These officers, currently present in Portland, are arresting peaceful protesters without reason and unleashing weapons of war. Demand Trump stop sending secret police into American cities.

Don’t Exploit the Labor of Persecuted Minority Groups

Chinese companies are reportedly exploiting the labor of Uighurs to produce personal protective equipment for the coronavirus. Demand the president of China stop using forced Uighur labor to produce PPE.

Trump: Stop Spreading Dangerous Lies About the Coronavirus

President Trump told multiple lies about the coronavirus pandemic in a recent interview with Fox News. Among them, he claimed that the United States had “one of the lowest mortality rates in the world,” then said that countries with lower death rates “don’t test.” Demand Trump stop spreading misinformation about Covid-19 in order to protect the public.

Protect Exploited Firefighting Prisoners From COVID-19

Prisoners who are exploited to fight California’s wildfires are facing an elevated risk of contracting Covid-19. In addition to performing dangerous work for very low pay, they live in cramped conditions and lack the ability to social distance. Demand these valuable workers receive sufficient resources to protect against the coronavirus.

Trump: Protect Environment From Toxic Infrastructure During Pandemic

Polluting infrastructure projects such as power plants and pipelines could go unregulated as the Trump administration plans to rollback vital environmental safeguards in the permit process. In addition to increasing the threat of climate change, this decision could exacerbate public health risk during the coronavirus crisis. Demand President Trump maintain vital precautions needed to protect people and the environment.

Demand Justice for Female Soldier Reportedly Murdered on Military Base

A female soldier in the U.S. military was reportedly murdered. Not long before her death, she apparently told friends and family that she was being sexually harassed by two of her superiors. Demand justice for Vanessa Guillén and make it safer for women to report abuse.

Protect Vulnerable Asylum Seekers from the Coronavirus

Three asylum seekers near the United States border have tested positive for the coronavirus. The encampment they are living at severely lacks the resources needed to fight Covid-19, and the virus will likely spread fast. Demand that asylum seekers are provided with ample resources in order to protect against the coronavirus.

Ban Toxic Burning and Burying of Animals During Covid-19 Pandemic

Farmers are burning their livestock on open air pyres or burying them in unlined pits due to the coronavirus-related lack of demand for meat. These two methods of disposal can emit carcinogenic pollutants and contaminate waterways. Demand the toxic burning and burying of animals be banned during Covid-19.

Success: Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law Struck Down

A restrictive anti-abortion law was recently overturned. This law would have made women’s access to a safe abortion very difficult. Thank activist organization Pro-Choice America for their tireless work fighting for women’s right to their bodies.

Success: Racist Confederate Flag Removed and Retired

The Mississippi state flag, which displays the Confederate symbol, will be removed and retired. This is a huge achievement for the thousands of protesters nationwide who have been fighting to dismantle systemic racism. Applaud Mississippi’s governor for supporting the removal of the state flag.

Protect Migrant Farmworkers From Massive Coronavirus Surge

Migrant farmworker communities have become hotspots for the coronavirus. Regardless of this threat, workers are still forced to work close to one another and live in cramped conditions. Demand more testing and better living conditions for migrant farm workers to protect against the coronavirus.

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