Articles written by: Nathaniel McKenzie

Success: Chelsea Manning’s Sentence Commuted

Success: Chelsea Manning’s Sentence Commuted

In one of his final acts in office, President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Manning, who released classified documents exposing Army misconduct in Iraq and Afghanistan, will now be released in 2017, rather than 2048. Applaud this commutation.

Don’t Make Solar and Wind Energy Illegal

Don’t Make Solar and Wind Energy Illegal

Wind and solar energy could be illegal if an anti-clean energy bill is passed. The law would fine any utility company found to be using renewable energy. Sign this petition to block this anti-environmental legislation designed to protect dirty coal, oil and natural gas.

Release Women’s Rights Activist Allegedly Threatened With Deportation

Release Women’s Rights Activist Allegedly Threatened With Deportation

A women’s rights activist has been held in an undisclosed location for over 100 days and allegedly tortured. Demand that he is released and an independent and transparent investigation into all allegations of torture is conducted.

Legalize Feeding the Homeless

Legalize Feeding the Homeless

Seven activists have been arrested for feeding people who are homeless in Tampa. Tampa law requires a permit and $1 million of liability insurance to feed people in public. Demand the law be repealed for nonprofits and charitable organizations.

Investigate the Drug War in the Philippines

Investigate the Drug War in the Philippines

The drug war in the Philippines has claimed 6,000 lives, many of these extrajudicial killings with little due process and no investigations. President Duterte has encouraged these killings, himself claiming to have murdered several people while serving as Mayor of Davao. Demand that the International Criminal Court open an investigation into these killings.

Don’t Fight ISIS With Child Soldiers

Don’t Fight ISIS With Child Soldiers

Kurdish and Yazidi militias fighting ISIS have allegedly deployed child soldiers in the fight against ISIS. After discharge, these children often do not return to school and do not receive psychological counseling. Demand an end to the use of child soldiers to fight ISIS.

Reject Secretary of the Treasury Nominee Who Allegedly Engaged in Fraud

Reject Secretary of the Treasury Nominee Who Allegedly Engaged in Fraud

The ex-leader of a bank accused of widespread mortgage fraud and violations of foreclosure rules, has been nominated for secretary of the treasury. Demand that the Senate reject this nomination.

Don’t Undermine Investigations of Corruption in the House of Representatives

Don’t Undermine Investigations of Corruption in the House of Representatives

The only independent, non-partisan agency that investigates corruption in Congress is under attack from Republicans. Tell the House of Representatives to stop undermining transparency and accountability.

Investigate Allegations That Prison Guards Beat Inmates and Used Teargas in Cells

Investigate Allegations That Prison Guards Beat Inmates and Used Teargas in Cells

Guards and security forces have allegedly beaten prisoners in their cells and sprayed them with teargas and pepper spray in response to complaints of abuse and humiliating conditions. Demand an independent and transparent investigation and that those involved are brought to justice.

Don’t Make Women Pay to Escape Abusive Forced Marriages

Don’t Make Women Pay to Escape Abusive Forced Marriages

A woman fleeing from an abusive arranged marriage was forced by the UK government to agree to pay over $1000 to escape her abuser and return home. Sign our petition and demand the government stop charging victims of forced marriages to return home.

While hundreds of thousands of pro democracy protesters gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo Egypt demanding Hosni Mubarak step down from office immediately, a smaller number, about 500 people, gathered outside the State Library in Melbourne where protesters heard from a number of speakers including Kevin Bracken, President of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, Greens MP Colleen Hartland, and speakers from the muslim and egyptian communities.

Release Journalist Targeted by Security Forces

A journalist has been arrested and charged with attempting to overthrow the Egyptian government for videos he made that are critical of government institutions and the military. Demand that the government affirm its commitments to press freedoms and release him immediately.

Release Activists Facing Life Sentences for Peaceful Protests

Release Activists Facing Life Sentences for Peaceful Protests

Two independence activists face life in prison on charges of ‘rebellion,’ for participating in peaceful protests. Demand that they are released and the charges against them dropped.

Stop Letting Animals Freeze to Death in Trucks

Stop Letting Animals Freeze to Death in Trucks

Twenty-seven pigs froze to death after being transported in below-freezing temperatures. Demand rules that will prevent cruel transportation conditions.

Don’t Allow Mining On Previously Protected Pristine Island

Don’t Allow Mining On Previously Protected Pristine Island

An important island ecosystem could soon be sacrificed to mining companies. This development is opposed by local First Nations leaders, and may well lead to the contamination of water resources and destruction of local fisheries. Demand that the government reinstate the island’s preserve status.

Justice for Man Who Died In Police Custody

Justice for Man Who Died In Police Custody

A man died in police custody after allegedly being tortured and sexually assaulted. Police claim he was hit by a train while fleeing custody, however, the officers involved are facing charges of fabricating evidence and are neither independent nor impartial witnesses. Demand an independent and transparent investigation.

Protect Community Leader Who Was Attacked By Gunmen

Protect Community Leader Who Was Attacked By Gunmen

A human rights leader was attacked by an unidentified gunman. He and his community have been the subject of numerous threats and a campaign of intimidation. Demand additional protection for the community and an independent impartial investigation of this assassination attempt.

Stop Releasing Raw Sewage Into Rivers and Oceans

Stop Releasing Raw Sewage Into Rivers and Oceans

Over 205 billion liters of raw sewage and untreated wastewater were released into Canadian waterways and oceans in the last year, an increase from the previous year. This pollution threatens coastal and freshwater ecosystems as well as public health. Demand action to reduce pollution.

Success: EPA Acknowledges Fracking Can Cause Water Contamination

Success: EPA Acknowledges Fracking Can Cause Water Contamination

The EPA has acknowledged that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can cause water contamination and has highlighted the fact that this contamination can occur at every stage of the process. Applaud the EPA for finally releasing this report about fracking and its impact on our water.

Don’t Trade Cotton Produced by Forced Labor

Don’t Trade Cotton Produced by Forced Labor

Millions of people are forced to work in Uzbekistan’s cotton harvest under slave-like conditions every year The European Union now wants to open European markets to this cotton. Demand they block all trade in products produced by forced labor.

Stop Funding Police Departments That Have Allegedly Killed Thousands

Stop Funding Police Departments That Have Allegedly Killed Thousands

Police departments in the Philippines have allegedly killed thousands of people in extra-judicial executions, but continue to receive millions of dollars in aid from the United States. Demand an end to all funding and training of police in the Philippines pending an end to these killings.

Don’t Jail Activists for a Decade on Allegedly Fabricated Charges

Don’t Jail Activists for a Decade on Allegedly Fabricated Charges

Two men have been sentenced to 10 years in jail each on allegedly fabricated charges. Both are pro-democracy activists who, the day before they were arrested, spraypainted a political message on a statue of a former president. Demand they be released.

Release Women’s Rights Advocate and Human Rights Lawyer

Release Women’s Rights Advocate and Human Rights Lawyer

A prominent human rights lawyer and women’s rights advocate has been arrested. Despite a career advocating for the rights of women, she is accused of using foreign funds to ‘sow chaos.’ Demand she be released.

Success: Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Permit Denied

Success: Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Permit Denied

In a victory for the rights of indigenous peoples, the right to clean water, and the global fight against climate change, the Army Corps of Engineers has denied drilling and construction permits to the Dakota Access Pipeline. While the Trump administration may try to reverse this decision, it may result in a permanent halt to construction. Sign our petition to applaud this decision.

Success: Prosecution Suspended for Filmmaker Arrested After Covering Protest

Success: Prosecution Suspended for Filmmaker Arrested After Covering Protest

Arrested for filing a protest against pipelines in North Dakota, filmmaker Deia Schlosberg faced 45 years in prison. However, after a public outcry, the prosecution against her has been suspended. Applaud this victory for freedom of the press.

President-Elect Trump Must Commit to Upholding Constitutional Rights

President-Elect Trump Must Commit to Upholding Constitutional Rights

President-elect Donald Trump has made statements in support of removing citizenship from Americans who burn the flag. Burning the flag is protected under the First Amendment and the Supreme Court has previously ruled removing citizenship as unconstitutional. Demand that the President-elect commit to upholding the constitution.

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