As pictures of increasingly brutal conflicts and disturbing narratives of human rights abuses continuously flood living rooms around the world, one cannot help but think how in the world are we to lessen violence and conflict? Where does one begin? Preventing deadly arms from falling into lethal hands would certainly be a start.
The Sturdy Products factory in China’s Shenzhen factory employs many workers as young as 14-years-old, forces staff to sign “voluntary” documents agreeing to work beyond the maximum overtime legal limit, and crams workers into poorly ventilated prisons rife with hazardous chemicals. Condemn the abuse perpetrated on children and economically vulnerable workers in the manufacture of lucrative toy lines such as: Thomas the Tank Engine toys, Matchbox cars, Cars toys, Toy Story toys, Barbie and Fisher Price products, Scrabble, Hot Wheels sets, etc.
Numerous states continue to debate the merits of using the death penalty as the ultimate punishment. However, there are no facts that suggest that society is safer as a result of this form of punishment, nor is there substantive evidence indicating that it is a deterrent to crime. A uniform, federal policy abolishing this form of punishment is in the best interest of U.S. citizens.
In September of 2009, Laurie Massicotte of Ontario Canada was asleep on her couch when her neighbor, Col. Russell Williams, crawled into her home from an open window. He then proceeded to cover her with a blanket, hit her repeatedly with a flashlight, tore off her clothes, and took numerous pictures of her. Help Ms. Massicotte demand justice from the man that attacked her, as well as from the police officers who neglected her well-being after the incident.
Teen pregnancy is one of the latest hot topics showcased in reality show formats. While many of the struggles and challenges are highlighted, the reality is that U.S. teens lack of education regarding prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The billions of dollars spent in reaction pale in comparison to the toll taken on the future of these teens and their children.
More than a year and a half after Haiti’s earthquake, the country faces an epidemic of sexual violence and preventable deaths of women and children. These people deserve to be treated with decency rather than crime. The government of Haiti needs to step in to aid this suffering population by expanding health care and law enforcement.
Public education is freedom, the freedom for one to create opportunities and develop capabilities so as to chart a path of one’s choosing irrespective of the socio-economic position of one’s parents. With the approval of a $650 million cut to the University of California, a public education system prized and emulated by the international community, freedom through education is being severely crippled.
The bounds of what defines humane treatment should never involve vivisection (the live dissection of an animal). This marginalization of animals and abuse should be avoided at all costs.
The new Respect For Marriage bill would stop the government from choosing which marriages are allowed and which are not. Under current law, officials have been able to take rights away from same-sex couples, even though their marriage is legally recognized by their state. Supporting the new RMA will halt this discrimination against same-sex couples.
City of Greenville NC Finally Rescues Abandoned Husky, Yet No Efforts Have Been Made To Locate Owners
During Hurricane Irene, a female Husky was locked up outside and abandoned when her family evacuated their home in Greenville, NC. It took Animal Control five visits before they decided she should be rescued, despite the numerous emails and phone calls from animal lovers nationwide. Tell the city of Greenville to impose stricter abandonment laws and create a stronger support system, for those animals who are left behind for any reason. Ask that the owner(s) of this Husky be located and brought to justice for such an inhumane act.
Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority in China’s Xinjiang province, suffer torture, arbitrary detention, and disappearance on a daily basis. Their futile attempts to flee religious and ethnic persecution by the Chinese government usually results in their summary deportation from countries of refuge – right back into the hands of Chinese officials who abuse and dispose of the hapless refugees.
Enormous funding gaps between California’s school districts give unequal opportunity to high-quality education to some children, leaving the rest with second rate materials and drastically reduced life-chances. How are we to instill the importance of education in all students if, year after year, we only provide excellent education facilities to some?
Animal rights workers and investigative reporters visit farms throughout the country to ensure the animals are healthy and safe. This has lead to the exposing of inhumane farms and slaughterhouses, some of whom face legal issues or get shut down. Now businesses are trying to make such investigations illegal to hide the conditions of their farms from the public.
There will probably be cuts in primary health care, when 50 million Americans have no health insurance; nutrition programs, when hunger is rising among children and senior citizens; affordable child care and Head Start classes, when there are long waiting lists for these services; and federal student aid programs, when working families are finding it harder to pay their kids’ college tuition. But repealing Bush’s tax cuts for the rich AND closing tax loopholes for the wealthy could yield up to $1.6 trillion—enough money to save the domestic programs that poor and working Americans depend on.
Illinois’s pending gambling legislation will not bring additional revenues into the state, as predicted by proponents of the bill. In addition, the state’s residents will endure additional burdens as a result of predatory and corrupt gambling practices, and growth in the incidence of gambling addiction.
The Chinese fur trade has consistently used inhumane methods with regards to the treatment of animals harvested for fur, all in the name of efficiency.
No child should dread going to school for fear of bullying. While many states have enacted anti-bullying legislation, resulting programs and actions have been largely ineffective and inconsistent. Parents, educators and school administrators must adopt stronger responses to reduce bullying incidents.
Within the United States, education is often touted as the great equalizer; yet, ironically, access to education, particularly higher education, is anything but equal. The soaring costs of education leaves many students to rely on federal and state financial aid, but there are obstacles that put families headed by gay and lesbian couples, as well as gay transgender students themselves, at an unfair disadvantage.
In light of the recent audit of the California State Lands Commission–which found multiple cases of poor oversight of the state’s leases, demand better handling of the state’s property to avoid unnecessary losses of money.
Women and girls in Afghanistan are forced to submit to rape, beatings, and starvation. Private shelters are one of the only safe havens for these abused women. Now the Afghan government wants to seize control of these safe houses and place them under government rule and strict Islamic Law. However, these laws allow for all the inhumane actions these women and their children are fleeing.
We love our pets to death, never thinking some things they carry can kill us. Dangerous propoxur formulated pet flea collars gradually release insecticide residue onto the fur of cats and dogs, leading to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, sweating, tearing eyes, muscle twitching, seizures, and respiratory paralysis. In extreme cases, it is also known to cause cancer or death.
Over 17,000 people are bought and sold within the United States. It is time that we demand that the U.S. Congress address the issue of human trafficking within our borders.
Stop the useless slaughter and exploitation of Mountain Gorillas in the Congo Basin, The mountain gorilla species is on the verge of becoming extinct in the Congo Basin. There are fewer than 700 remaining mountain gorillas left in the wild and their numbers are rapidly shrinking. Support efforts to encourage local authorities to more effectively enforce laws which are already in place in order to protect these gentle giants.
Imagine having to choose between purchasing life saving, high cost prescription medication and buying groceries for you and your family. For many Americans, this is a daily reality. However, Congress now has the opportunity to fix this by establishing a regulated, national prescription drug pricing policy for U.S. consumers.
Despite reported best-efforts regarding advancements in concussion safety for football players, far more is required. Players reported concussions at a 21 percent higher rate in 2010 than two years prior, with the number of incidents predicted to rise as training techniques and player athleticism creates faster, more violent collisions.