Articles written by: Lizzie Timbers

Lizzie Timbers

I studied International Affairs and Latin American Studies at Northern Arizona University. I am in the nonprofit field in the Bay Area, California. My goal is to change the world, through my writing and actions.

Call for Investigation Into Murder of Paraguayan Peasant Leader

Call for Investigation Into Murder of Paraguayan Peasant Leader

The leader of the landless peasant movement in Paraguay was recently murdered. His murder comes on the heels of a clash between the movement’s activists and police which left several dead. Sign the petition to stand against this violence and punish those responsible.

Defend the Rights of Homeless People in California

Defend the Rights of Homeless People in California

All across the country, more and more cities are banning homeless people from public spaces. Thankfully, California is considering legislation that would grant legal protections to America’s most vulnerable population. Sign the petition to stand up for the rights of the homeless.

Demand Justice for Venezuelan Judge Raped in Prison

Demand Justice for Venezuelan Judge Raped in Prison

A judge in Venezuela was wrongfully arrested in 2009 after what was a completely lawful ruling over a case. She has experienced violent abuse in her three years of imprisonment, and human rights groups are vocally condemning her arrest and detainment. Sign the petition and demand justice for these appalling actions.

Applaud Jamaica for Abolishing Corporal Punishment

Applaud Jamaica for Abolishing Corporal Punishment

Jamaica recently abolished flogging and whipping as a legal way to punish prisoners. Finally, the nation has changed its laws to abide by its stance against torture. Sign the petition and commend Jamaica for this victory for human rights.

Don’t Ease Domestic Violence Punishments in the Dominican Republic

Don’t Ease Domestic Violence Punishments in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has a high rate of domestic violence and murder rate of women. Now, lawmakers are deciding on a bill that would ease punishments for domestic violence and make it harder to prosecute offenders. Demand that the bill be stopped and that the government move to protect women’s rights.

Don’t Take Away Freedom of Press in Costa Rica

Don’t Take Away Freedom of Press in Costa Rica

Costa Rica recently passed a new law restricting freedom of press. The law would make it illegal to publish ‘secret government information,’ making exposing government corruption illegal. Demand that the government respect freedom of speech and repeal the law.

Prevent Logging on Federal Land in Oregon

Prevent Logging on Federal Land in Oregon

A proposal to log on federal land in Oregon has met resistance from conservation groups because the land is habitat to several threatened species. Stop the sale of federal forests in Oregon and save the wildlife that depends on it.

Don’t Strip Mexican Workers of Their Rights

Don’t Strip Mexican Workers of Their Rights

Mexico recently passed a new labor reform bill that harms workers’ rights and takes away job protections. The Mexican government should fight to protect worker benefits, not corporate interests. Sign the petition to stand up for workers’ rights in Mexico.

Demand that the Mapuche Tribe be Given Back Their Ancestral Land

Demand that the Mapuche Tribe be Given Back Their Ancestral Land

For decades the indigenous Mapuche community of Chile has been fighting to regain its sacred land. The Mapuche-Chilean conflict has resulted in widespread abuse and brutal injuries at the hands of police forces. Demand the Mapuche be given back their land and that their rights be protected.

Save the Hawaiian Coral Reefs from Overfishing

Save the Hawaiian Coral Reefs from Overfishing

Hawaii’s coral reefs are famous for their colors and the beautiful fish which populate them. Currently, the coral reefs are being destroyed by climate change and overfishing. Tell the Hawaiian government to take action to protect the coral reefs and the sea creatures that depend on them.

Protect Democracy in Argentina: Oppose Constitutional Reform to Extend Term Limits

Protect Democracy in Argentina: Oppose Constitutional Reform to Extend Term Limits

Argentinians have recently taken to the streets in protest, worried that a new constitutional reform will end presidential term limits. If term limits are lifted, the current president, who has already served two terms, will be able to run for re-election and democracy in the country will be threatened. Stand up for democracy and oppose the corrupt end of term limits in Argentina.

Stop the Privatization of Public Space in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Stop the Privatization of Public Space in Porto Alegre, Brazil

In preparation for the 2014 World Cup, the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil has privatized public space and shut it off to the public, hurting the local economy and culture. Stop the privatization of public space and give it back to the people.

Stop the Illegal Construction of El Zapotillo Dam in Mexico

Stop the Illegal Construction of El Zapotillo Dam in Mexico

The Mexican government has begun construction on the El Zapotillo dam in the state of Jalisco despite protests from the local community. The dam would displace thousands of community members, violate human rights and have a devastating environmental impact. Demand the Mexican government halt construction of the dam today.

Save Whales in the Atlantic – Oppose Destructive Seismic Testing

Save Whales in the Atlantic – Oppose Destructive Seismic Testing

The Obama Administration plans to allow seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean to search for offshore oil reserves. The testing would harm marine wildlife, including endangered species, which could force them out of their habitat and lead to death. Tell the government to protect marine life in the Atlantic by halting plans for seismic testing.

Demand Justice for Student Killed by Police in the Dominican Republic

Demand Justice for Student Killed by Police in the Dominican Republic

Amidst protests against a new fiscal reform in the Dominican Republic, police killed a 21-year-old medical student, shining light on the corruption in the police force. Demand justice for the killing and demand that comprehensive police reform be passed.

Don’t Exacerbate Poverty in the Dominican Republic with Unfair Fiscal Reform

Don’t Exacerbate Poverty in the Dominican Republic with Unfair Fiscal Reform

The Dominican Republic’s new president has proposed a fiscal reform which will fund corrupt government activity by raising taxes on the country’s most impoverished citizens. Dominicans have been voicing their objection to the reform by protesting in the streets. Support the protestors and demand the repeal of this unjust fiscal reform.

Applaud Bolivia for Healthy School Food Program

Applaud Bolivia for Healthy School Food Program

Bolivia has started a school food program which feeds healthy indigenous food to children in school. The program is battling obesity and malnutrition in the country by providing natural food. Applaud Bolivia for their effort in helping Bolivian children be healthy and not go hungry.

Save Brazil’s Guarani Tribe from Extinction

Save Brazil’s Guarani Tribe from Extinction

Indigenous peoples of Brazil are facing violence, human rights abuses and extinction as private landowners force them off their ancestral land. Now, the Guarani-Kaiowa tribe has been ordered to vacate the land it has occupied for centuries. Demand the government of Brazil appeal the eviction and protect the rights of this tribe.

Shut Down Mining Project in San Jose de Golfo, Guatemala

Shut Down Mining Project in San Jose de Golfo, Guatemala

Community members of San José del Golfo in Guatemala have been protesting a harmful and unlawful mining project in their community. Although the protesters have remained nonviolent, they have faced threats of violence and even one assassination attempt. Tell the government of Guatemala to close down the mining project and ensure the safety of the protesters.

Stop Violence Against Women in Honduras

Stop Violence Against Women in Honduras

Women and women rights defenders are facing violence, illegal arrests and abuse in Honduras. Femicide is on a steady increase in the country since the 2009 coup d’etat. Stand in solidarity with the women in Honduras and help put a stop to the violence.

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