Human Rights

Success: FDA Reconsidering Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood

Success: FDA Reconsidering Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood

The FDA has stepped up to the plate and announced they are re-evaluating their archaic policies on blood donation that singles out gay men. Congratulate the FDA for finally listening to the voices of the American people.

Police Journal Must Apologize for Photo Mocking Black Lives Matter

Police Journal Must Apologize for Photo Mocking Black Lives Matter

A Police Officers Association Journal recently published an insensitive image that seems to trivialize the Black Lives Matter movement. As of yet, the association’s president has failed to comment on this image. Urge him to apologize for the POA’s lack of judgment immediately.

End Brutal Crackdown on Peaceful Ethiopian Protesters

End Brutal Crackdown on Peaceful Ethiopian Protesters

Demands for justice and equality in the Ethiopian state of Oromia have been violently squashed by police and military forces. Hundreds of peaceful protesters have lost their lives, and thousands more have been sitting in jail for months without trial. Urge the Ethiopian Ministry of Defense to end the unjust and deadly crackdown of these protests by signing this petition.

Demand Public Official Apologize for Transphobic Remarks

Demand Public Official Apologize for Transphobic Remarks

A county commissioner took to Twitter to voice harmful, derogatory remarks about the transgender community. Such statements are beneath the office of a public official. Sign the petition to demand that he apologize to not only his transgender constituents, but to the transgender community overall.

Justice for Elderly Woman Reportedly Beaten and Set on Fire

Justice for Elderly Woman Reportedly Beaten and Set on Fire

An elderly woman was reportedly beaten and set on fire during a home invasion. She suffered serious injuries and is in critical condition. Demand justice for this innocent woman.

Release Displaced Persons Held Incommunicado in Sudan

Release Displaced Persons Held Incommunicado in Sudan

Eight people have been detained and held incommunicado without charges in Sudan. Seven of these people are displaced from the ongoing violence in Darfur. Demand they either be charged and allowed access to lawyers, or released.

Eliminate Tax On Olympic Medals

Eliminate Tax On Olympic Medals

Cash prizes awarded to medal-winning Olympic athletes are being taxed by the government. Voice your support for new legislation that would repeal this tax and allow these athletes to enjoy their reward for representing their country.

Homeless Man Shot with BB Gun Deserves Justice

Homeless Man Shot with BB Gun Deserves Justice

A woman reportedly drove her sons around while they shot BBs at a homeless man. The victim says they cursed at him before shooting, then they drove back to repeat the disgusting crime. Demand the maximum penalty for this violent, heartless crime against an innocent person.

Release Detained Turkish Journalists

Release Detained Turkish Journalists

The Turkish government has detained over 60 journalists since the attempted military coup on July 15th. They have been labelled as terrorists by their government for criticizing it, with little to no evidence against them. This is a violation of the right to free speech and freedom of the press and we must call on President Erdogan to release these journalists.

Don’t Make 5,000 People Homeless

Don’t Make 5,000 People Homeless

After receiving demolition notices, 5,000 people face losing their homes without compensation. This is happening despite a court order banning the demolitions. Help save these innocent people from impending homelessness.

Denounce Government Suppression of Gay Pride Activities

Denounce Government Suppression of Gay Pride Activities

Ugandan officials have announced their intentions to continue to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Demand an end to these repressive policies and laws.

Punish Mother Who Allegedly Starved Her Son and Burned His Dead Body

Punish Mother Who Allegedly Starved Her Son and Burned His Dead Body

A 4-year-old boy reportedly suffered horrific abuse, leading to his death. His mother allegedly locked him in a storage room, beat, and starved him. Demand justice for this innocent child.

Support Wearable Tent for Refugees

Support Wearable Tent for Refugees

There are currently 65.3 million people who have been displaced from their countries and are now living in dire conditions. A pair of design students made a revolutionary shelter that can be worn on your back as a jacket, except they lack the funding to truly make an impact. Ask a sporting goods giant to partner with the students in order to get this lifesaving product out to as many people as possible.

California State Park Ranger ÒJeffÓ Jeffrey Sears and his 21-year old quarter horse named Peter in Montana de Oro State Park, Los Osos, CA 03 Nov. 2010.  Photo taken as a candidate for Òbaseball cardÓ handouts to park visitors, and included in a set of 13 photos.  Note that IÕve left most photos in this set largely uncropped so that the end-user can decide between portrait or landscape orientation.  Photo assistant was Dawn Beattie.  JeffÕs wife Gina assisted with PeterÕs setup and behavior.  Ref. Jeff Sears 805-975-5894 jsears@hearstcastle.com.
Photo by "Mike" Michael L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; Shooting a Canon EOS 1D Mark III 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (RAW), Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, with no circular polarizer, handheld.
Tech note:  Shot around 4-5 PM, still a bit early to take advantage of late light.  I wish IÕd paid more attention to trees coming out of the heads of the subjects or at least blurred the backgrounds more.  We had trouble finding homogeneous backgrounds at this location while also positioning the subjects in shade or diffused light to avoid the harsh light encountered when using the mountains as a cleaner backdrop.
To use this photo, see access, attribution, and commenting recommendations at http://www.flickr.com/people/mikebaird/#credit - Please add comments/notes/tags to add to or correct information, identification, etc.  Please, no comments or invites with badges, images, multiple invites, award levels, flashing icons, or award/post rules.   Critique invited.

Demand Protections and Benefits for Park Rangers

A shocking 107 rangers have died in the line of duty within the last year, and yet many are without even basic health and life insurance. Demand the world’s rangers have ensured health coverage, long-term disability, and life insurance benefits.

End Extrajudicial Executions by Police and Vigilantes

End Extrajudicial Executions by Police and Vigilantes

Hundreds have been murdered by police and vigilantes in the Philippines in an attempt to crack down on the drug war. Over 120 of those killed remain unidentified. Demand an end to the killings.

Stop Child Labor in Illegal Mica Mines

Stop Child Labor in Illegal Mica Mines

Seven children were recently killed in India’s illegal mica mines. It is estimated that 20,000 children risk their lives to mine the mineral, which is used in cosmetics. Sign the petition to urge India’s Ministry of Mines to put an end to child labor.

Punish Husband Who Reportedly Hacked Wife’s Hands Off Because She was Infertile

Punish Husband Who Reportedly Hacked Wife’s Hands Off Because She was Infertile

A husband allegedly hacked his wife’s hands off with a machete because she could not have children. The woman also suffered massive wounds to her face and head. Demand justice for this innocent woman.

Justice for Teenage Girl Denied Abortion After Alleged Rape Ruled Consensual

Justice for Teenage Girl Denied Abortion After Alleged Rape Ruled Consensual

A 13-year-old girl was denied an abortion after her reported rape was ruled consensual by a judge. However, medical evidence shows that the girl was violently sexually assaulted. Demand that justice is served for this innocent girl.

Applaud Massachusetts for Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Applaud Massachusetts for Closing the Gender Pay Gap

The strongest equal pay law in the United States was recently passed in Massachusetts, helping to close the gender pay gap and protect employees from pay discrimination. Applaud this revolutionary law with the hope that other states will follow this positive example.

The Detention Center on the west side of Christmas Island, Australia, accommodates asylum seekers to Australia. The facility opened in 2006 after a wave of boat arrivals from Asia.

End Mistreatment of Refugees and Migrants on Pacific Island

Refugees and migrants are being detained for years in inhumane conditions without adequate access to healthcare or mental health support. Demand the government act to ensure the humane treatment of migrants.

Stop Calling Black Lives Matter a “Terrorist Organization”

Stop Calling Black Lives Matter a “Terrorist Organization”

A sheriff recently made a public statement calling Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization despite the fact that it’s mostly made up of peaceful and unarmed black women. Demand an apology from Sheriff Ashley and ask that he stop spreading misinformation.

End Severe Overcrowding in Philippine Jails

End Severe Overcrowding in Philippine Jails

The Philippines is in crisis as its jails overflow far beyond capacity due in part to President Duterte’s misguided “war on crime.” Demand that he end this war and that the nation’s most crowded prisons’ conditions be improved, starting by releasing their non-violent offenders.

Protect Human Rights Activist from Governmental Harassment

Protect Human Rights Activist from Governmental Harassment

A human rights defender has reportedly been harassed by government officials, including a possible incidence of kidnapping and multiple death threats. Sign the petition and demand that the campaign against him stop immediately.

A Colorado Springs police officer poses with a Digital Ally First Vu HD body worn camera outside the police department in Colorado Springs April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Expedite Plan For Police Body Cameras

When Obama’s plan for police reform got blocked by Congress, he just rolled over and accepted it. This is unacceptable. Demand that Obama begin expediting his plan for police reform in this country.

Do Not Return Syrian Asylum Seekers to Turkey

Do Not Return Syrian Asylum Seekers to Turkey

After an incomplete evaluation of their asylum applications, two Syrian refugees in Greece are at risk of being sent back to Turkey, which could be dangerous for them both. Sign the petition and demand that they be allowed to stay in Greece while they complete the appeals process.

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