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1. Truth and Honesty

Hon. Ameen Salifu, a member of parliament has opened the Pandora box for for his own crucifixion!
He has listed schools on his CV which offers none of the courses he stated are run in those schools.

- University of Westminster has only two programs in the Urban and Housing Planning Dept;

- London School of Economics do not have any masters program in "International Housing";

- University of East London as well to not have any course in NGO Development and Management!

So the question is, where did he obtain his chains of degrees?

I urge the speaker of parliament to investigate this matter and if he is found culpable - as i believe he is - he must be sacked from parliament.

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2. Citizens Complaint Review Board

Whereas, citizens of Greensboro want, need, and will support a police department that provides for public safety, crime prevention, and acts within the rule of law; and

Whereas, citizens of Greensboro want and expect police department employees to be racially and ethnically diverse and to be well trained to ensure equal protection of the law for all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, immigration status, sexual orientation, or religious orientation; and

Whereas, allegations of Greensboro police unaccountability, unprofessionalism, discrimination, abuse of power, and excessive use of force have been raised for decades and such allegations are currently reflected in the existence of 45 pending lawsuits, several Title VI federal discrimination complaints, and the termination under questionable circumstances of five upstanding police officers; and

Whereas, our State Constitution reads: “All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole;” and

Whereas, citizen police oversight bodies exist in approximately 80% of the large cities in the U.S., including Charlotte, Durham, and Winston-Salem; and

Whereas, it is in the best interest of our city and all people for there to be public confidence in the independence and integrity of investigations and resolution of complaints against employees of the police department;

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3. Justice pour la mort de Ayoub Madni

Le 12 Août, Ayub Madni, un jeune homme de 19 ans est mort dans la piscine du Diamand Vert à Fès, Maroc parce qu'il n'a pas reçu l'aide nécessaire en temps voulu. Certain nageurs et témoins ont avertis les maitres-nageurs qu'ils ont perçu l’existence de membres d’un corps humain au fond de la piscine, mais ceux-ci n'ont pas pris leurs dires au sérieux. Il a fallu que l’un des amis d’Ayoub insiste v raiment pour que les gardes prennent la peine de vérifier. Mais c’était trop tard: Ayoub était déjà mort. Ce n'est pas le premier cas de mort dû à la négligence du personnel dans cette piscine. D’autres cas mortels se sont produits au cours des années récentes. Le Diamant Vert est l'une des piscines les plus coûteuses à Fès. Pourtant, elle est toujours surpeuplée la nuit à l'occasion du Ramadan et de la vague de chaleur inhabituelle de cet été. Or, les conditions élémentaires de sécurité, comme la lumière ou un nombre suffisant de maîtres-nageurs, ne sont ni respectées ni appliquées.

Les morts précédentes n’ont pas reçu beaucoup d’attention de la part du public. Faisons que celle d’Ayoub- catastrophique et injuste- ne soit pas une occasion tragique supplémentaire vite, tombée dans l’oubli.

Aussi, nous, les soussignés, demandons aux autorités marocaines et aux autorités locales de Fès de tenir l’établissement le Diamand Vert, responsables de cette négligence mortel et de veiller a ce que ses tenants répondent de leurs négligence.

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4. Justice for Ayub Madni

On August 12, Ayoub Madni, a 19 year-old young man died in Le Diamant Vert swimming pool, Fès, Morocco, because he did not receive the vital help on time.

Swimmers and witnesses reported they told lifeguards they could feel parts of a human being in the bottom of the pool, but the guards did not take it seriously.

One of Ayoub’s friends had to insist agonizingly on the guards to take action when it was too late: Ayoub had already died. This is not the first case that happened in this swimming pool. Other deadly negligence occurred in previous years. Le Diamant Vert is one of the most expensive swimming pools in Fès, overcrowded by night on Ramadan and during the uncommon heat wave of this summer. However, basic conditions of safety, such as providing enough light poles and a sufficient number of lifeguards, are not respected nor enforced. If previous youngsters’ deaths went unnoticed, let us make Ayoub’s an opportunity- however tragic and unjust- to prevent other catastrophic deaths out of the negligence of this organization.

We, the undersigned, call on the Moroccan authorities and local authorities in Fès to hold, Le Diamant Vert, accountable for their negligence.

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5. I Support Honesty in Government and the rights we were granted under the Constitution and Bill of Rights

Our forefathers established this country with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that are supposed to provide us with fundamental rights. Every candidate for political office, every elected official, and every government employee should be willing to commit in writing to always defend our fundamental rights. Sadly, many do not -- people in all parties and people in no parties.

GRIP, the Government Reform & Integrity Platform, is a non-partisan coalition of organizations and people who simply seek honesty and our fundamental rights from government. This all that we stand for, and getting signatures from our fellow Americans will be used to send a message to every candidate, elected official, and government employee.

GRIP is also asking every candidate to sign a contract, and we ask every American voter to vote only for candidates who sign the Contract agreeing to always be honest and protect our fundamental rights.

We ask you to vote only for people who say they will be honest and remain accountable - regardless of party. Dishonesty is the fundamental problem with government today. We must all do something about it, and signing this petiiton is quick, easy, and important.

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6. Political Candidate Contract with the Citizens of the United States

Every candidate for political office, every elected official, and every government employee should be willing to commit in writing to always be honest.

Our forefathers established this country with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that are supposed to provide us with fundamental rights. Every candidate for political office, every elected official, and every government employee should be willing to commit in writing to always defend our fundamental rights.

This is what this petition provides. GRIP, the Government Reform & Integrity Platform, is a non-partisan coalition of organizations and people who simply seek honesty and our fundamental rights from government. This all that we stand for, and getting signatures on this petition is our mission.

Everyone should be willing to sign this petition, but dishonest candidates and government officials will be unwilling to sign because the contract provides that they may be removed from office if they violate the petition contract.

GRIP will ask every American voter to vote only for candidates who sign this Contract. Platform First - Party Second. Let's vote only for people who say they will be honest and remain accountable - regardless of party. Dishonesty is the fundamental problem with government today. This Contract can make a difference.

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7. Hold Judges Accountable for Denied Restraining Orders

Temporary Injunctions must become Restraining Orders to protect the victim from a life threatening situation. This is usually for Domestic Violence but can also be seen in Stalking cases.

The order must be granted by a judge who decides if the victim/petitioner needs to be protected based on their story, which they've prepared for the judge.

Once in court, the judge has a workload of many other injunctions to read through on that same day and depending on each individual case, they can be lengthy. This assembly-like system will ultimately dehumanize each case presented, obstructing the careful consideration needed for delicate issues and complex situations. It is easy to miss vital information that can make the difference between life and death for these victims. But the workload is not the only problem.

Some judges make the wrong decisions.

These judges should be held accountable when their choices cause bodily injury or death to a victim who asked the courts for protection that failed them.

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8. Support Government Expense Transparency

Government Expense Accounts exist to fund MPs' and Senators' travel, hospitality, and other expenses directly related with their work. It's funded by Taxes and therefore should be spent responsibly, and the money spent should be transparent to the tax payers.

There was already National Public demand for this; on May 14th, 2010, the Auditor General Sheila Fraser was denied access to the expense account, MPs denied using the expense account beyond its intended purpose, but their defenses brought up more suspicion of irresponsible spending.

All four parties voted against allowing the auditor general access to the accounts. This happened in the wake of a scandal involving British MPs whose expense accounts had revealed irresponsible spending.

Testimonials from Liberal MP Michelle Simson, while she was a guest on the Roy Green Show, reveal that the expense accounts are not being used responsibly; most notable was an NDP MP who charged a parking ticket to their expense account. She has made her expense account spending transparent, and is alone in the crusade for all MPs to do the same, being silenced by her party for it.

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9. Prompt Media and Journalistic Reform

The photo that televised global media news networks used on the announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death yesterday has been confirmed fake, originally reported by the Guardian news paper Monday 2 May 2011 12.03 BST.

This finding prompts the need for news media reform geared toward responsible journalistic principles.

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10. In the Public Interest: Demand Fair Play for Canada’s Foreign Trained Engineers!

This petition is open to the public. Please sign this petition if you support it.

BACKGROUND

Recognizing the conflict between self-interest and the public interest, the Professional Engineers Act (1922) gave self-regulating associations the power only to register engineers in Canada and not the right to control who could practice engineering.

However, in the interest of their members these associations lobbied governments for 14 years to control who could practice of engineering! Eventually, the Professional Engineers Act was amended in 1937 so these associations could introduce mandatory licensing processes.

PROBLEM 1: IT'S BAD FOR IMMIGRANTS

These provincial self-regulating associations designate who is qualified to use the title Professional Engineer (P.Eng). This legislated control over the title of Professional Engineer (P.Eng) means new immigrants possessing engineering qualifications, including those who have received a professional engineering accreditation overseas, lose this accreditation when they arrive in Canada.

In order to practice engineering in Canada, immigrants must navigate a foreign credential recognition process fraught with barriers to success. Applicants must undergo an individual-by-individual peer review of their credentials and must acquire twelve months of Canadian experience under a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng). However:

• Engineering associations do not publicly document what criteria constitute Canadian experience. An applicant doesn't know what s/he's going to be judged against. This is a fundamental problem.

• Applicants do not have access to an arm’s length appeals process to question how someone has interpreted their acquired Canadian experience. This is a fundamental right.

EVIDENCE

In a 2007 case Tchou-San-Da v. Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) BC SC 1403 and BC SC 1815, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that engineering association’s Bylaw 11(e)(2) was invalid and struck it down because the Bylaw failed to explain the nature and extent of the work experience required by APEGBC for licensing engineers in British Columbia.

Therefore, immigrants face a highly subjective process of Canadian experience evaluation that is not accountable, objective or transparent. For CAPE’s 3,300 immigrant members from 120 countries, all of whom seek to practice engineering in Canada, this requirement is a major barrier to licensing and employment. As a result, only 12% of our members work as engineers in Canada.

PROBLEM 2: IT'S BAD FOR CANADA

This situation negatively impacts Canada as well. In a 2006 report, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found Canada’s regulation of the engineering profession highly restrictive of competition.

Canada is also a signatory to the two major international regulatory agreements:

• As per the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (article 1210), Canada has agreed to liberalize engineering services by making licensing requirements fair, objective, transparent, and no more burdensome than necessary.

• As per the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATTS) (TN/S/23), Canada has agreed to reduce and/or eliminate discriminatory licensing or registration procedures in engineering services.

EVIDENCE

In the Conference Board of Canada's annual scorecard:

• Canada earns a “C” grade with a Labour Productivity Growth of negative (-) 0.9%.

• Canada earns a "D" and ranks last among the 17 peer countries in graduating PhDs. CAPE members are six-times more likely to hold a Masters in engineering, and twice as likely to hold a PhD, than an engineering graduate in Ontario!

• Canada earns a "D" grade and ranks 14th out of 17 countries in innovation. The Canadian economy remains a below-average performer on its capacity to innovate.

This lack of competition and opaque licensing processes are a severe problem for our economy.

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11. Rethink the Horizon School plans

A plan is proposed by BSF and Hackney Council to demolish Horizon School and replace it with a significantly enlarged school on the existing site. The proposals are at the Planning stage with Hackney Council.

It will mean:
•significant reduction of children's' outdoor play area
•destruction of thirty mature trees, currently covered by a tree preservation order
•a new access road running through the playground, which will exit onto Prince George Road
•a new drop-off point for children and deliveries on Prince George Road
•a significant increase in traffic, resulting in congestion and noise
•loss of parking spaces.

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12. Save Local Democracy in Oxford

The Executive Board of Oxford City Council proposes to abolish or downgrade Area Committees and/or remove their local planning powers.

We want to keep our area committees because:

-they are held in our communities and are easy to get to;

-they allow us to raise local issues and get problems fixed;

-they give us the chance to tell our local councillors what's important to us, and debate big local issues;

-we can use the backing of area committees to help us with campaigns for better services;

-the councillors who make planning decisions about where we live and how developments will affect us must be people who know the area and understand our needs.

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13. Accountability Now!

In an effort to take advantage of the momentum towards accountability that the report of the Fact Finding Mission on Gaza 2009 [Goldstone Report] created in Palestine and the international community, Students at Al-Quds University launched the Accountability Now! Campaign.

The purpose of the campaign is to collect signatures from students around the world on a letter addressed to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, urging him to take action forwarding the recommendations of the Goldstone Report.

The campaign hopes to raise awareness about Gaza, the plight of the Palestinian people, and efforts towards accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Palestine. Additionally, the campaign aims to contribute to efforts around the world to establish an honest rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory [OPT].

A significant step towards accountability for the war on Gaza was taken when the Goldstone Report was adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2009. It is now the time that accountability begin, through compensation for the victims as recommended by the Goldstone Report. Human dignity lies in justice, and accountability is the people's means to establish a world regime of human rights.

[The following Letter can be found in English, Arabic, Turkish, French, and Spanish on our upcoming blog, the web address will be added in the next few days.]

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14. Record all votes in the Nova Scotia Legislature

In 2008 Nova Scotia celebrated 250 years of democracy, making it the oldest democracy in Canada. However this venerable democracy is threatened by a lack of transparency and accountability.

In the past 6 years, spanning the 59th and 60th General Assemblies, 853 bills have been introduced, debated and voted upon in the Nova Scotia Legislature. Only 12 of those votes were recorded in the official record so 98.5% of the bills were voted on anonymously, with no indication of which MLAs were present, who voted in support and against.

Without a voting record Nova Scotia citizens cannot hold their Representative and the House accountable for voting done in citizenry's name on crucial issues affecting their families and communities.

Visit us and take further action:
http://www.knowhowtheyvotens.com
http://www.atlanticaparty.ca

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15. Join the Revolution

Truth is not always the easiest road. Look at politics. Look at individual human choices. Many would rather ride the wind of emotion and popularity than Truth-filled conviction. It's time for accountability and honor in the hearts of man. It's time for a revolution.

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16. Petition on Nova Scotia FOIPOP Act Fees

The Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia

Advocating, Educating, and Mobilizing the Citizens of Nova Scotia to Exercise Their Rights to Information.

The Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia (RTKNS) is a non-profit organization. Through advocacy and education, RTKNS encourages the use and development of freedom-of-information legislation to foster a better informed and more politically active electorate in Nova Scotia and to improve the quality of public and private decision making in the province.

Reduction or elimination of the fees associated with accessing government held, public information is one of the foremost goals of the Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia.


**** Please note that those signatures labelled 'Anonymous' on the petition are by people who have chosen to not display their names on the web. Their names are available for the printed petition. ****

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17. Human Rights in the United Nations Administration of Justice

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[English]: Call on the European Union to ensure that the laws and practices of the United Nations internal justice system are fair and consistent with international human rights standards.

[Français]: Appel à l'Union Européenne pour assurer que les lois et les pratiques du système interne de la justice des Nations Unies soient équitables et conformes aux normes internationales des droits de l'homme.

[Български]: Покана за Европейския съюз да гарантира, че законите и практиките на Организацията на обединените нации вътрешната правна система, са честни и съобразени с международните норми за правата на човека.

[Čeština]: Přijet k Evropske unii, aby zajistila, že zákony a praxí ve Spojených národů pro interní systém soudnictví jsou spravedlivé a jsou v souladu s mezinárodními standardy lidských práv.

[Dansk]: Opfordrer Den Europæiske Union til at sikre, at lovgivning og praksis i De Forenede Nationers interne retssystem er retfærdige og i overensstemmelse med internationale menneskerettighedsstandarder.

[Deutsch]: Fordern Sie die Europäische Union auf, sicherzustellen, dass die Gesetze und Praktiken des internen Rechtssystems der Vereinten Nationen fair und im Einklang mit den internationalen Menschenrechtsstandards sind.

[Eesti]: Abipalve Euroopa Liidule, et teha kindlaks, kas ÜRO siseõiguse praktika ja süsteem on õiglased ning kooskõlas rahvusvahelise inimõiguse standardiga.

[Ελληνικά]: Πρόσκληση για την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση να διασφαλίσει ότι η νομοθεσία και τις πρακτικές των Ηνωμένων Εθνών και η εσωτερική δικαιοσύνη είναι δίκαιη και σύμφωνη με τα διεθνή πρότυπα ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων.

[Español]: Hacemos un llamado a la Unión Europea para garantizar que las leyes y las prácticasn en el sistema de justicia de las Naciones Unidas sean justas y coherentes con las normas internacionales de derechos humanos.

[Gaeilge]: Iarraidh ar an Aontas Eorpach deimhin a dhéanamh de go bhfuil dlíthe agus cleachtais chóras dlí inmheánach na Náisiún Aontaithe cothrom agus ag teacht le caighdeáin idirnáisiúnta chearta daonna.

[Italiano]: Appello all’Unione Europea per far sì che le leggi e la pratica del sistema di giustizia interno delle Nazioni Unite siano eque e conformi con le norme internazionali dei diritti umani.

[Latviesu valoda]: Aicina Eiropas Savienību nodrošināt, ka Apvienoto Nāciju Organizācijas iekšējo tiesu sistēmas likumi un prakse ir godīgi un saskaņā ar starptautiskajiem cilvēktiesību standartiem.

[Lietuviu kalba]: Skambink į Europos Sąjungos ,kad galėtum užtikrinti, jog įstatymų vykdymas, Jungtinių Tautų vidaus teisingumo sistemoje, yra teisingas ir atitinka tarptautinius žmogaus tesių standartus.

[Magyar]: Felkeresni az Európai Uniót megbizonyosodni hogy a törvényei és a gyakorlatai az Egyesült Nemzetek belső igazságügyi rendszerének korrektek és megegyeznek a nemzetközi emberi jogok szabvánnyal.

[Malti]: Sejha lil Unjoni Ewropeja biex tizgura li il ligijiet u l prattici interni gudizjarji tan Nazzjonijiet Unitichuma gusti u konsistenti ma l istandards internazzjonali tad drittijiet umani.

[Nederlands]: De Europese Unie oproepen ervoor te zorgen dat de wetten en gebruiken van het interne rechtssysteem van de Verenigde Naties eerlijk en consistent zijn en overeenkomen met de internationale mensenrechtenverdragen.

[Polski]: Wezwamy Unię Europejską do zagwarantowania, że prawa i praktyki wewnętrznego systemu wymiaru sprawiedliwości Narodów Zjednoczonych są sprawiedliwe i zgodne z międzynarodowymi standardami praw człowieka.

[Português]: Chamar a atenção da União Europeia para assegurar que as leis e as práticas das Nações Unidas para o sistema de justiça interno são justas e coerentes com as normas internacionais de direitos humanos.

[Română]: Apel la Uniunea Europeană pentru a se asigura că legislaţia şi practicile interne ale sistemului de justiţie ale Organizaţiei Naţiunilor Unite sunt corecte şi în concordanţă cu standardele internaţionale în domeniul drepturilor omului.

[Slovenčina]: Požadujte od Europskej únie, aby zabezpečila zákony a praktiky vnútorného súdnictva Spojených národov tak,aby boli spravodlivé a v súlade s medzinárodnými štandardmi ľudských práv.

[Slovenščina]: Pokliči na Evropsko unijo, naj zagotovi, da so zakoni in prakse Združenih narodov notranjega pravnega sistema pošteni in v skladu z mednarodnimi standardi človekovih pravic.

[Suomi]: Kehottaa Euroopan Unionia varmistamaan, että Yhdistyneiden Kansakuntien sisäisen oikeusjärjestelmän lait ja käytännöt ovat oikeudenmukaisia sekä yhdenmukaisia kansainvälisten ihmisoikeusnormien kanssa.

[Svenska]: Uppmanar Europeiska Unionen att se till att lagar och praxis för Förenta Nationernas inre rättsliga organ är rättvist och i linje med internationella normer för mänskliga rättigheter.

[Русский] : Обратитесь к Европейскому союзу с просьбой гарантировать, что законодательство и практика Организации Объединенных Наций во внутренней системе правосудия справедливы и совместимы с международными стандартами прав человека.

[中文]: 呼吁欧联盟,以确保在法律上和联合国内部审判系统的实施上公平,符合国际人权标准。


عربي:
دعوة الاتحاد الأوروبي من أجل ضمان أن تكون قوانين وممارسات نظام العدالة الداخلي للأمم المتحدة عادلة ومطابقة للمعايير الدولية لحقوق الإنسان

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18. "Unity In The Community Campaign"

U.I.T.C.C, a 2004 Houston, Texas grassroots 'Community Entity', was formed for one purpose….to visualize, create, design and implement ‘solutions’ to national and international problems.

On September 11, 2004, a call for the organization, mobilization and promoting for participation by municipalities throughout the area to adopt and implement, “Safety and Nuclear Preparedness" measures to nearly 17 million Texas citizens was made on the steps of City hall in Houston, Texas.

Efforts of UITCC were recognized and proclaimed by Houston’s Mayor, Bill White, as “9-1-1 Unity In The Community Day”, the first in the United States to proclaim such a day.

U.I.T.C.C continues to utilize “9-1-1 Unity In The Community Day” as a time to reflect and remember… as well as measure its yearly progression towards "Global Unification".

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UPDATE.... MARCH 07, 2009

The U.I.T.C.C petition is now positioned to "quantum leap" world-wide as ‘endorsers’ continue to add their name and send it forward to others.

This one act alone has strengthened and empowered its endorsers. It is well known that anything that has the ability to grow, in time becomes powerful and U.I.T.C.C is no exception. As many around the world become endorsers of U.I.T.C.C…positive changes are inevitable.

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UPDATE: DECEMBER 22, 2008

"UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN WELCOMES THE ENDORSEMENT OF.....BISHOP DAVID CHESOLI OF MOI'SBRIDGE, KENYA

Bishop Chesoli is Founder of "Waymarks Self-help Group, a organization dedicated to the betterment and enrichment of life for widows and orphans with HIV and AIDS.

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UPDATE: July 14, 2008

"UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN" PROUDLY WELCOME THE ENDORSEMENT OF OUR EFFORTS WITH: ...... DR. MAHESH YADAV – INDIA

Dr. Yadav is petitioning our “World Communities” on behalf of H.H. Panchen Lama, a 18 years old prisoner in China. To read more and become an endorser of Dr. Yadav's online petition go to:

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/savetibet-save-humanity.html

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July 1, 2008 - "PETITION UPDATE"

Unity In The Community Campaign Core Members are pleased to announce its transition from a "PEOPLE'S Movement" into a "COMMUNITY Movement".

Let each one.... continue to touch one..... as we UNITE our voices together...GLOBALLY...."being the change, we want to see".

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Unity In The Community Campaign is designed to serve as a platform for…. Educators, Politicians, Law Enforcers, Legal Professionals, Religious Leaders, Families, Community Groups/Organizations, Small and Large Businesses, Corporations and Individuals…. as well as other "like-minded forward thinkers", binding together, establishing a movement consisting of many, with one goal and purpose as its destiny…. “TRUTH and JUSTICE”… coupled with “WISDOM” as its chief foundation.

Using the power of “Solidarity” as one of its support mechanisms and “Information” as its second empowering tool, “Unity In The Community Campaign” is actively establishing, promoting and pursuing appropriate changes for "Global Community Solidification".

U.I.T.C.C is independent of Governmental, Political or Corporate Funding.

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19. Representation for world-wide based voluntary pressure groups

World-wide based voluntary pressure groups like: Greenpeace; Friends of the Earth; Amnesty Intl; and others; have no current compulsory representation at all at any world conferences (eg G8 and other) that discuss green issues, human rights, targets for change, and so on.

20th century history (peace time) shows that UK Govts (lab/lib/con) and the rest of the world do not use these conferences properly to set 'proper' targets for change that are good for our planet, only to prefer fudged and watered down targets for change that are far too slow for our planet's good. Recent examples include wholey inadequate reduction in CO2 emission targets worldwide at the previous G8 conference.

This petition demands a new form of alternative world people's representation at these G8/other world conferences attended by deligates in whom we the people of this world have more trust and faith in their personal integrity and motivation than mere career politicans who are ultimately corrupted and compromised by all types of political system and its own internal civil service.

Much of what goes on at these G8 conferences takes place behind our backs in secrecy and we the people of this world only receive a watered down version of the back-stabbing, back-slapping, wheeling and dealing and other related shenanigans that occurs in private behind closed doors.

Deligates from world-wide-based voluntary pressure groups are not brainless muppets of any political system and are free to speak their minds without restraint and constraint for the good of everyone and report back accordingly.

Far too often in recent years targets for change are compromised at these conferences by trade issues. In actual fact it is trade (food, goods, vacations/holidays, emigration/immigration and services) that is at the very epicentre of why our planet is in the mess that it is in.

A glaring example includes: unrestrained and unnecessary transportation of lamb meat into UK supermarkets from half way around the globe in fridges from New Zealand while UK lamb farmers go bust or commit suicide out of economic dispair. This is just sheer madness.

Another source of concern is the unrestrained population growth (egged on by some religons) that is occuring in 3rd world countries who have achieved some of the benefits of a civilised 1st world economy [medicines, transport, etc] in the 21stC without the concurrent reduction in fertility rates that occured during the UK/Europe's industrial & agrarian revolutions starting in 18thC.

It is quite unacceptable that 3rd world country's factories are still belching out unacceptable levels of poisonous pollution but that 1st world economies already have the science and technology to hand to tackle these problems but do so within their own boundaries.

So why cannot 1st world economies share or export such life saving knowledge, equipment, know-how, man-power. To often payment for such facilities is demanded in hard currency instead of alternatives or for free.

All our existing economics-laws needs a huge rewrite to take into account green issues.

Meanwhile our planet's ice caps continue to melt while our G8 politican deligates enjoy their over pampered little 'jolly' at our expense.

Targets for change should be set at maximum values not at minimum values to prevent the possible extinction of all life on this planet. Look what happened to planets Mars and Venus - get the picture ?

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20. Fix Detroit Sewers

For almost as long as I have known her, my boyfriend's mother has been complaining about her plumbing problems. The toilet doesn't flush properly and consistently, raw sewage backs up into her basement and the sink doesn't work either. She also informed me that several of her neighbors have the same problems.

On my last visit to her, she informed me that if she could start a petition and present it to the city, she may be able to get some changes made. She has consulted with several plumbers and they all say the same thing, it is not a problem that is coming from her home, it is the sewer which the city is responsible for.

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21. Protection of the community from child sex offenders

May 26, 2006

This Petition will be mailed to All Australian Members of the Senate in Parliament.

Child abuse is way out of control and it is time to turn the light on these sex offenders who have been getting away with the most Unacceptable... Who have been interfering with the rights of others, who have denied and exploited their responsibility as role-model and guardian.

We must All make ourselves accountable… it is time to face this front on, together!

What's needed is Prevention and Zero tolerance!!!

What's needed is Greater public awareness through Education!

CONSIDER THIS: The word Victim should not be used. We do not want to encourage victimhood; 'Fear' This word implies one person is victorious over the other who is helpless, this word gives power away. The word predator should not be used...it promotes domninace to one side and instills fear and helplessness to the other side. Instead the abuser should be understood through description... as very sick, deeply immoral, deeply selfish, out of control, deficient in remorse therefore completely untrustworthy, sly, manipulative, unpredictable, harmful, violent... this would help avoid manipulation.

We can no longer function from fear...and we can no longer remain ignorant as ignorance is the greatest breeder of fear.

We are no longer victims when the so called predator sees we are the ones watching them...When what we say and what is done speaks the message that abusive behavior will not be tolerated the dominator will loose his power.

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22. Tenants Demand Accountability & Forum

April 17, 2006

We the tenants residing at Mohawk Hills Apartments in Carmel, IN, demand accountability and truthfulness in respect to the water bill charges that have been unfairly imposed on us.

In addition, we demand respect from the administration and the truth in writing as to what to expect about the immenities that we have been paying a premium rent for, but not receiving.

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23. Sri lankan Govt must show accountability of 'Tsunami relief Aid' spending

As most of you are no doubt aware, the recent Tsunami disaster has had a huge impact on Sri Lanka. Thousands have died and many more have lost their homes and livelihood and are now displaced, in need of urgent medical attention and basic food and commodities.

The news of the Tsunami has impacted the world and touched the hearts of many and thanks to the generosity of people far and wide 'Tsunami relief aid' has been flowing into Sri Lanka in the millions. With the money coming in the Government of Sri Lanka should be able to start rebuilding this nation and feeding the displaced.

The Sri Lankan Government is made up of politicians who represent the 'ruling Sinhala class' and have not always played fair. They are more favourable to the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, often denying the same treatment to the minority Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, Indian Tamils.
It is more important now than ever at such a crucial time that the 'relief aid' is distributed fairly and equally to the areas that are in desperate need of help following the Tsunami.
At the same time it is equally important that the money be used to help the people and not for the Governments own use. Purchasing military weapons for example would be a misuse or abuse of the trust and generosity of the contributing countries whom have so generously contributed their hard earned money.

Therefore we think it is imperative that an impartial outside committee be created to supervise the spending of the "relief aid" and that the Sri Lankan Government show full accountability for where the money has been spent and how much has been spent and whether 'the aid' has been equally distributed within the affect areas in Sri Lanka.

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24. Reforming Toledo City Government

The petition contains common sense reforms of our local government proposed by Toledo Citizens Organized to Bring Reform and Accountability.

These reforms will improve accountability, streamline government and empower the citizens of Toledo in their government.

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25. Accountability in private schools in Australia

October 13, 2004

Not all states in Australia have legislation to ensure private schools are fully accountable.

Thus if parents complain about issues, they may not necessarily have matters dealt with appropriately.

Students may be expelled without parents or students having a right of appeal or any natural justice system in place, and there is no public accountability as to how public funds are spent in these schools.

There is no external advocate for the students or parents in these schools if disputes are not resolved.

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26. Loan Funds but DO NOT Give Funds to IRAQ

Why are we giving away $$87 billion+?

Why exactly are we giving away 87 billion to Iraq this time and who knows how much in the future in the form of a gifts instead of a loans? Would such a kingly gift be better appreciated our elderly in the form of healthcare and prescription drugs? Perhaps OUR electrical grid could be repaired for a paltry 50 billion?

These large gifts add to the deficit so in effect we are taking out a loan to give away with little hope of repayment.

It has been said business will prosper when the Iraqi infrastructure is repaired and improved. Business in Iraq will not necessarily benefit the US. There is no longer a mandate that we use US corporations or company's to re contract the rebuilding of Iraq. How would we benefit from for example; Spending 2 billion restoring Iraq's oil production so an offshore Oil Corp. can sell oil to France?

The potential for abuse is far less with a loan. Loans would encourage individual accountability and curb a "spend it because we got it" mentality among "gift" recipients. Loans greater accountability factor would discourage influence buying and enhance efficient competition among contractors.

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