Human Rights

Demand Justice for Woman Pepper-Sprayed and Beaten by Public Transit Police

Demand Justice for Woman Pepper-Sprayed and Beaten by Public Transit Police

A transportation officer with a history of misconduct allegedly beat and pepper-sprayed a commuter and was then spared punishment by her superiors. Urge authorities to hold her superiors accountable for mishandling of officer misconduct.

Applaud Protection of Marriage Equality in Colombia

Applaud Protection of Marriage Equality in Colombia

Same-sex marriage has been ruled constitutional in Colombia in an important step forward for human rights. Help us applaud the Colombian Constitutional Court for upholding equal rights for same-sex couples.

Support Anti-Government Protesters Against Autocratic Opression

Support Anti-Government Protesters Against Autocratic Opression

Anti-government protesters are being intimidated and arrested under the autocratic rule of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Urge President Nazarbayev to respect the right of citizens in Kazakhstan to speak out against their government.

Let Lesbian Teens Become Prom “Royal Couple”

Let Lesbian Teens Become Prom “Royal Couple”

Two girls in a same-sex relationship are being refused their rightful title as the prom royal couple because the principal thinks this would be discriminatory against boys. Leaving LGBT+ students out of a classic prom tradition is what’s discriminatory. Demand that these girls are allowed to be the school’s prom queens.

Let Domestic Violence Survivors Divorce Their Abusers

Let Domestic Violence Survivors Divorce Their Abusers

Domestic violence is not currently an acceptable grounds for divorce in Mississippi, although there are efforts to change this. Sign the petition and support a bill that would grant divorces to victims of domestic violence.

Repeal Latest Transphobic “Bathroom Bill”

Repeal Latest Transphobic “Bathroom Bill”

Transgender rights are under attack from another bigoted “bathroom bill,” this time in Alabama. Stop punishing trans people for using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

Demand Justice for Family of Man Who Died in Police Custody

Demand Justice for Family of Man Who Died in Police Custody

Allegations of police negligence have been made following the release of a police department’s internal investigation into a fatal aneurysm suffered by 57-year old Jerry Bradley while in custody. Urge the district attorney to investigate not only the medical facts of Bradley’s death, but also the allegations of negligence.

Support Doctor’s Effort to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation

Support Doctor’s Effort to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation

A doctor in Cairo wants to stamp out female genital mutilation. This procedure is illegal in Egypt but still commonly practiced. Sign the petition and encourage the government to support her in her efforts.

Success: LGBT Rights Protest Location Recognized as Historic Site

Success: LGBT Rights Protest Location Recognized as Historic Site

The site of an important gay rights protest has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Its addition affirms the significance of our nation’s LGBT history. Thank the National Register of Historic Places and its chief, Paul Loether, for their decision to recognize the site.

Denounce Ruling That Claims Anti-Gay Slur is “Not Homophobic”

Denounce Ruling That Claims Anti-Gay Slur is “Not Homophobic”

A French tribunal recently ruled that an employer calling his fired employee an anti-gay slur did not constitute an act of homophobia. Sign the petition and urge that the ruling be overturned in the appeals process.

Heartless Person Who Robbed Animal Shelter Must be Caught

Heartless Person Who Robbed Animal Shelter Must be Caught

Someone broke into and robbed an animal shelter. The money and property stolen from the shelter were used to save the lives of innocent animals. The sick individual who committed this crime must be caught and prosecuted.

Protect University’s Right To Promote Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Protect University’s Right To Promote Gender-Neutral Pronouns

A university could be banned from teaching gender-neutral pronouns if Tennessee state lawmakers get their way. Sign this petition to protect diversity and free speech in higher education.

Reform Sexist Cheerleading Department

Reform Sexist Cheerleading Department

A cheerleading department was criticized for posting tryout posters with sexist guidelines for applicants’ appearances. The posters were taken down, but this isn’t enough. Urge officials to reform the department and prevent the perpetuation of sexism in this sport.

Applaud End of Undermining Indigenous Rights

Applaud End of Undermining Indigenous Rights

The undermining of the treaty rights of Alberta First Nations people will come to an end after the province announced the repeal of an unjust law. Help us applaud this step forward in relations between the province and First Nations peoples.

Stop Intimidating Relatives of Missing People

Stop Intimidating Relatives of Missing People

Relatives of the victims of forced disappearances have reportedly faced intimidation by officials in Chihuahua. Help us ask the governor to stop this practice and investigate forced disappearances in the state.

Success: Turkish Academics Freed

Success: Turkish Academics Freed

Four Turkish academics imprisoned for signing a call for peace have been freed. Help us applaud their release and push for greater protections for the human rights of residents and citizens of Turkey.

Demand Apology From Police Union That Blamed Boy For His Own Death

Demand Apology From Police Union That Blamed Boy For His Own Death

A Cleveland police union recently recommended that the family of Tamir Rice, a boy who was shot by police, use the money from their settlement to educate youth about the dangers of playing with fake guns. This is an outrageous case of victim-blaming. Sign this petition to demand an apology.

Protect Teen Boy From Hair Length Discrimination at School

Protect Teen Boy From Hair Length Discrimination at School

A senior boy was forced to cut his hair or risk missing out on graduation. Demand the school apologizes for infringing on his self-expression and updates its dress code.

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Criminalize Forced Oral Sex On an Unconscious Intoxicated Person

An Oklahoma rape case was dismissed because the victim was intoxicated. The legal statute indicates that forced oral sex is not punishable by law if the victim is drunk. Demand an immediate revision to this dangerous statute.

Fire University Cop for Alleged Campus Shooting

Fire University Cop for Alleged Campus Shooting

A university officer reportedly fired his gun on campus with hundreds of students nearby after the area was deemed safe. This officer’s reckless behavior unnecessarily endangered lives. Demand that he be stripped of his badge if found guilty of negligence.

Fire Racist, Misogynistic Sheriff’s Chief of Staff

Fire Racist, Misogynistic Sheriff’s Chief of Staff

A top Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official sent emails with racist comments about black people, Latinos and Muslims as well as sexist comments about women. Rather than firing this bigot, the sheriff has said he won’t be taking any action. Demand he fire this racist, sexist official immediately.

End Rampant Wage Theft and Compensate Victimized Workers

End Rampant Wage Theft and Compensate Victimized Workers

Wage theft is a serious and widespread crime in the United States. More must be done to adequately compensate victimized workers and to effectively prosecute offending employers. Urge the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to stand up for workers by passing the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act.

Success: Discriminatory Religious Freedom Resolution Will Not Become Law

Success: Discriminatory Religious Freedom Resolution Will Not Become Law

Missouri was recently a battleground state as politicians advanced an anti-LGBT “religious freedom” amendment. We won a bipartisan victory for equality when Republicans and Democrats in the state house joined forces to defeat the amendment.

by: Pauline Eccles

Demand Volvo and Kia Motors End Reliance on Slave Labor

Treatment of workers that amounts to modern slavery has been exposed at a car wash in England used by Volvo and Kia Motors dealerships. Demand that the automotive benefactors end all business with this car wash and ensure they never fund slave labor again.

Success: San Francisco Guarantees Fully Paid Leave For All New Parents

Success: San Francisco Guarantees Fully Paid Leave For All New Parents

All new parents will now be guaranteed fully paid leave in San Francisco. This progressive law is the first of its kind in the country. Thank the city’s Board of Supervisors for passing it.

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