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61. Protect Our Youth & Stop Unconstitutional Truancy in the Schools and Courts

The York City District Schools has been practicing a form of extortion by using the State to exhort money in the form of fines, from the African and Latino poor population in the community by using the threat of incarceration (which further exhorts resources from the community). The rules regarding truancy are so narrow that it almost guarantees a parent a fine or imprisonment and a child to be labeled ‘truant.’

York City District Schools are using this unconstitutional truancy policy as a means to criminalize the parents and using extortion against parents and children, rather than educating, our children. This criminalization of our parents and children encompasses the growing use of arrests, disciplinary alternative schools, and secured detention to marginalize our most at-risk youth and deny them access to education which is very punitive in nature. Truancy court hearings are in violation of the 5th and 14 Amendment of due process.

The York City District Schools, Children and Youth Services and the Magisterial District Courts are implementing an unfair, unjust, policy that is not being implemented correctly and that has been very vague from the very beginning. In addition to this unconstitutional truancy policy inflicted on the Africans and the Latino community, the communities are forced with parents issued summons and warrants incongruously and disciplinary alternative schools for students. Parents are required to dissipate hours proving that their children were in school or that doctors excuses were provided to the school and prove that the absences were inappropriately recorded. These are not isolated incidents; numerous parents have reported analogous experiences. These "mistakes" are unwarrantable.

This unconstitutional truancy policy is similar to zero-tolerance and it has been imposed on the poor African and Latino communities and it is punitive to parents and students without regard to individual circumstances. Even the American Bar Association has condemned zero-tolerance policies as inherently unjust: “zero tolerance has become a one-size-fits-all solution to all the problems that schools confront. It has redefined parents as negligent and irresponsible and students as criminals; with unfortunate consequences.

Unfortunately, most current [zero-tolerance] policies eliminate the common sense that comes with discretion and, at great cost to communities and to children and families, do little to improve school attendance.”

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62. Release the Full Sanders Shooting Independent Investigation

CITY OF AUSTIN -- WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HIDE?

"Tell us whether or not this officer used excessive force; thus far we have not gotten a direct answer on that issue." -- Nelson Linder, NAACP-Austin

"Though the KeyPoint report itself urges transparency and accountability when the police use deadly force, the City ironically wants to keep KeyPoint's conclusions secret." -- Fox 7 Austin

Photo of shooting victim.

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63. Protect Our Youth & Stop Unconstitutional Truancy Courts

Truancy Courts Violate the Law, Threaten Parents and Children

Last fall, a 14-year-old student receiving special educational services at the local High School took the courageous step of integrating into mainstream classes. The student struggled with the assigned work, and his mother, spent countless hours in meetings with school officials working to revise the student's education plan to provide him with the support and services he needed.

According to the latest findings of the National American Civil Liberties Union in Washington DC, it is a fact that all across America there are hundreds of thousands of unconstitutional and extremely troubling practices taking place in our country's truancy courts.

Ostensibly created to support struggling students and help them stay in school, the truancy courts have instead been used to punish students who may have difficulty paying attention in class or doing their schoolwork because of special educational needs, are unable to attend school because of medical or emotional difficulties, or who have family caretaking obligations that cause them to arrive at school late.

Also troubling is the fact that the truancy courts operate under a shroud of secrecy. Truancy court hearings are conducted without any stenographic or audio recording of the proceedings, and frequently there are no formal written court orders or directives, creating the untenable situation of a parent or child's word against that of a judge. The files of the students who appear in truancy court are kept under lock and key, inaccessible even to attorneys retained to represent these youths.

This petition seeks to have it become mandatory to provide YOUTH and FAMILIES the right to appointed counsel and proper court recording.

Look at the disturbing and horrendous facts that are taking place every day in our justice system.

*Youth involved in truancy court are generally ill equipped to understand the nature of the proceedings and the charges against them. A child’s interest in receiving an appropriate education, including special education, or in being protected from discrimination at school, coupled with a child’s inability to present complex legal or factual matters to the court, may
mean that a fair result cannot be reached without appointment of counsel.
*Under federal due process, the right to counsel generally attaches only where physical liberty is at stake. In truancy cases, where youth are called on to represent themselves against the power of the state, and in some cases against their parents as well, there are factors that must require a different result. The U.S.
Supreme Court has acknowledged that whenever a person is required to resolve questions of right and obligation in a court of law – as are youth in truancy court – the court must ensure the person’s right to due process in those proceedings.

An increase to the problem arises when school districts who initiate truancy filings are not following proper policies and procedures and are employing Attendance Officers who are not abiding by the law.
In this petition we are seeking an Order to Disqualify School Representatives for Unauthorized Practice of Law.

Here are some examples of why this petition is crucial in protecting our youth and their families who are often times, wrongfully subjected to truancy filings by their school districts.
* The school representative filed an insufficient petition without regard to its pre-filing obligations and refuses to dismiss, stay or amend the petition;
*The school representative’s failure to comply with notice requirements resulted in an improper default order or issuance of a bench warrant;
*The school representative pursues contempt sanctions in spite of evidence that violations of your client’s rights under state or federal laws, such as the right to special education, bilingual education, or protection from anti-discrimination, are causing your client’s absences; or
*Other complicated legal or factual issues arise.

This petition is designed to get the attention and action by National Leaders and the President to resolve this ongoing problem.

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64. Support a Second Bill of Rights

A petition to the Congress of the United States and to the State Legislatures, by the Will of the People, to call for proper conventions of the legislative bodies of the respective member states of our great union, for the purpose of amending the articles herein to the Constitution of the United States.

Preamble

When a People, compelled by their conscience, their patriotic duty, and their ethical, and moral obligation to each other and to succeeding generations, deem it necessary to make demands of their government to alter, adopt, or abolish laws, or to effect changes in policy, Decency and Courtesy as well as a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they give just and due address to the reasons and concerns which so compel them to make such petition. Therefore, do we give, as evidence of our concerns, the reasons for this demand.

It stands to reason that throughout the course of human history, the seeds of noble ideas and philosophies have taken root in the hearts and minds of men and women, who, in the times in which they lived, did not have the benefit of experiences possessed by succeeding generations to provide greater wisdom and understanding of the values of such ideas and philosophies. Furthermore, it becomes apparent in the due course of time and events that those ideas which are held as noble and all encompassing are sometimes disregarded or dismissed all together when they ought not to be. Such has been the case with certain rights which were intended or in some cases even guaranteed throughout our nation's history.

As evidence to this undeniable fact we need only look into our nation's history concerning slavery, segregation, and our treatment of Native Americans. These are but a few examples of how our Inalienable Rights are all too often denied us. Further evidence of vulgar immoralities still persist even in our times, such as the cases of waterboarding, and other such cruel acts of torture of prisoners of war in United States custody, our disregard for the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness, concerning same sex marriages, despite our professed principles on separation of state and religion, and the tendancies possessed by some of our elected officials to act in contradiction with the Constitution of the United States, and our laws and in so doing to completely undermine the principles of our nation, the principles of international law, and our standing in the eyes of the powers of the Earth.

For these and many other reasons, it is with love for the nation and solemn duty to those most noble principles of our inalienable human rights and our responsibilities toward each other and to ourselves, upon which the foundations of our great nation were laid, that ;

We the People of the United States of America do request and require Congress to propose this second Bill of Rights, in proper conventions of the legislative assemblies of the United States, for the purpose amending the articles herein to the Constitution of the United States of America. And furthermore, it is required and recommended that the Congress establish some type of department or institution which is held accountable to both the President of the United States and to Congress, which shall see to the protection of these inalienable rights, or to charge some already existing department or institution which is already so accountable, with the same responsibilities. And that proper powers and authorities necessary to the enforcement of those duties be vested in said department.

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65. Jason Kenney must resign

The "Honourable" Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration removed all references to Same-sex marriage, and gay equality, from the new guide for New Canadians. This was done against the repeated explicit advice of his officials.

The bigotry has been exposed by dozens of newspapers and news programs in Canada -- here are two of them:

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/774193--jason-kenney-excludes-gay-rights-from-guide

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/immigration-minister-pulled-gay-rights-from-citizenship-guide-documents-show/article1486935/

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66. Gender Identity Equality At UCF

In accordance with UCF’s Non-Discrimination Policy which vows to “promote equal opportunity policies and practices” for all its students and faculty, we ask that UCF fulfill its promise to protect ALL from discrimination by incorporating gender identity into the doctrine.

To ensure a safe educational environment for all employees and students, free from harassment, UCF must include gender identity in its listing with other targeted minorities such as “race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, parental status, veteran’s status, and sexual orientation”.

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67. Human Life Amendment

(This is a sample bill drafted for Indiana.)

A Bill Rough Draft regarding AN ACT concerning Indiana Human Life Amendment:

FOR the purpose of proposing an amendment to the Indiana Bill of Rights to establish that the right not to be deprived of life is vested in all human beings, irrespective of age, health, function, physical dependency, or method of reproduction, from their conception or the beginning of their biological development; making technical changes; and submitting this amendment to the members of each of the two houses for their adoption or rejection.

BY proposing an amendment to the Indiana Constitution Bill of Rights, Article 1, Section 1

SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF Indiana, (A majority of the members elected to each of the two houses concurring), That it be proposed that the Indiana Constitution read as follows:

Bill of Rights

Article 1, Section 1

WE DECLARE, That all people [BORN AND PREBORN] are created equal; that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; [THAT THE RIGHT NOT TO BE DEPRIVED OF LIFE IS VESTED IN ALL HUMAN BEINGS, IRRESPECTIVE OF AGE, HEALTH, FUNCTION, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DEPENDENCY, OR METHOD OF REPRODUCTION, FROM THE BEGINNING OF THEIR BIOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT;]

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68. Add Disability History to Curriculum

In the United States, there are 49.7 million Americans with disabilities. As of 2000, this represents 19.3 percent of the 257.2 million civilians age 5 and older, who are not living in prisons or other institutions. 6.5 million children and youths receive special education and related services to meet their individual needs.

More and more children with disabilities are receiving education at the home school in their neighborhoods. Many of these children receive services in a segregated environment and they are often the targets of bullying.

We believe, teaching the history of the disability rights movement and about the positive impact people with disabilities have had on technology and society, in schools as part of our history curriculum and standards of learning, is necessary. Teaching the history of other diverse groups, in our school systems, has been proven to have a positive impact on the group and society, as a whole. It has taught inclusion, communication, respect and compassion.

We know, teaching our children's generation about disability history will have the same impact. Our children will learn to have respect, inclusion, communication and, compassion toward their peers with disabilities. The impact this will have on society will be far reaching.

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69. Please Promote and Support Advocacy for Cynthia Johnson!

I, Cynthia Johnson, am pleading with you all to support me in my continuous quest for advocacy and support. I have been refused constantly after explaining what happened to me. Once anyone hears that the police are involved, I get refused. Please support me!

I am still presently fighting what seems like the battle of my life. It is a battle with the criminal justice system over my being abused by a police officer, who has been lying under oath and is being supported by the local government due to his status as a police officer. I have spent thousands of dollars in legal fees and etc., have lost jobs and been refused jobs, have lost everything except my life and at one point I thought I was going to lose that also. The tangible items mean nothing to me even though I worked most of my life to obtain and maintain them. It's the intangible things that are most valuable to me. It's the things that most people take for granted such as breathing, sleeping peacefully, living without fear, and being happy. I've tried rebuilding and have been continuously struggling to clear my name and to remain out of jail. A jail sentence that could happen because I refuse to plead to probable cause. The police officer is demanding this so that I will not sue him and the city of Newark is attempting to make the same thing happen as well.

GoPetition Friends and Family, I now have seizures from a head injury that occurred while in custody. Evidence has surfaced supporting my claim that the officer arrested me to keep me from contacting Internal Affairs. They then refused to contact EMS to get medical assistance for me after I passed out in their precinct. I LAID ON THAT FLOOR FOR OVER AN HOUR! I was not having seizures before the head injury.

I am trying to make sure that all evidence is allowed to be admitted as evidence into court. My innocence will be proven with the admittance of police phone records from 9/8/08, and police videotape recordings from 9/1/08, 9/2/08, and 9/8/08 from the 4th precinct in Newark, NJ.

I am pleading with you for your assistance to help support and promote advocacy for me. In addition, to help with any donations that you can to help me continue my fight for justice!

Please visit my website: http://recoveringandrebuilding.blogspot.com/

You may contact me at nikole7@verizon.net

Professor Cynthia Johnson, MS/MFT

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70. United against the EU Directive on Equal Treatment

EU Directive on Equal Treatment
The Harassment Provision

For more information please watch this video http://www.ccfon.org/mediacentre.php?avid=266&avap=1
or go to
www.ccfon.org

Please contact your MP, MEP & the UK Equality Minister
The latter is The Rt. Hon Harriet Harman, QC,
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
email : harmanh@parliament.uk

Details to locate your MP & MEP are on www.ccfon.org

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71. Clear Criminal Record of all "Non-pros" Sentencing

Under the current guidelines a person charged with a crime and the court decides not to prosecute, the person will receive a "NONPROS" verdict. Although not a conviction, the charge will remain on their criminal record forever. This should not be the case.

If the court chooses not to prosecute or trial the case, the charges should be dismissed and have the ability to be expunged. As of now, the "NONPROS" verdict can not be expunged. I would like this law be revised and updated.

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72. STOP False and Contrived Information Against Abu-Jamal

I saw a petition on this Web Site that was against naming a New York Street after presumed cop killer Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal. He's been in jail wrongly convicted for too many years. He should have a street named after him for being slandered with Lies for So Long.

Several years ago I unexpectedly came across my 1st read of Mumia Abu-Jamal, on a Web Site. I didn't judge whether this was True or False. The second time I read about him was on my cell phone on a Blog and it mentioned a Mr. M. Shiffman. Now I have found a Blog about Mr. Michael Schiffman, who is an author in Germany and he wrote a book about Mr. Abu-Jamal and the contrived "evidence" that was made up about him. I just found Mr. Bennett's Blog talking to the author:
http://www.abu-jamal-news.com/article?name=German+Book+Reveals+New+Evidence

If you Really are concerned about Justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal you'll see that the cops harassed and threatened witnesses, so that they would lie under oath! It was a staged trial and Not a Real Deserved trial:
http://orgs.sa.ucsb.edu/asian/mumia.html

Mr. Abu-Jamal did get a street named after him after all. At the very least Why is he still in jail after a Witness as late as last Oct./08, came forward and admitted that she was harassed, so that she would be forced to lie at his trial! So he didn't kill that cop. Someone at the crime scene, over heard a cop saying the name of the person who really killed the cop. The cops also re-arranged the crime scene too!

I find it unconscionable that Mr. Abu-Jamal is still locked up! A Lot of people internationally know he's innocent because of the facts. I hope he is released.

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73. Petition to Pass HB444 Relating to Civil Unions

HB 444 HD1 is a bill to enact civil unions in Hawaii extending rights and benefits to same sex couples.

HB 444, Hawaii's Civil Union Bill, does not "take away" the rights of the majority, but extends them to a minority whose relationships and children deserve the same assurances, rights, protections, and opportunities our state is committed to giving all of its citizens.

Time is running out and your support is critical now. There's still time for you to make a difference for the families we value in our hearts, our homes, and our communities.

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74. Preserve Religious Liberty - Amend the Lanham Act

I am requesting your intervention in a legal matter that has far-reaching implications for the future of our nation’s liberty. The Creation Seventh Day Adventist movement was recently ruled against in Federal Court for "Trademark Infringement" in the name of their Church.

Currently, Federal intellectual property law under the Lanham act allows for religious organizations to apply for and receive a trademark for their church name in various classes. Class 42 may be registered in the field of “Conducting religious observances and missionary services” as evidenced by Trademark No. 1177185 of the name “Seventh-day Adventist.”

The First Amendment implications of this are enormous. The result is that the Federal Government is presently regulating religious observances and missionary services and even handing down civil judgments against those who hold them in a registered name. This is, in the truest sense, religious persecution - the Federal Government can and will rule against you for the name of your religion if you are decided by the Court to not be within it's graces. The alternative is to "give up the name" - which is identical to the demands of past ages of persecution, i.e. "Confess that you are not a [Christian/Muslim/Pagan/etc]."

In order to do this the United States Patent and Trademark Office must decide what organization is entitled to Federal protection; in this case they must decide who is the true “Seventh-day Adventist” church. In other words, they must establish one organization above all others as the one and true Church of a given type. This is in direct violation of the "Establishment" clause of the First Amendment.

Traditionally there have been two sides to the argument of what constitutes the Church – one side argues that it is organizational succession, while the other argues that it is doctrinal succession. In the situation that has arisen, the government has been placed in the undesirable and unconstitutional position of having to decide for one side of this debate and decidedly against the other. Therefore, though one may hold to the original doctrines of Seventh-day Adventism, and though the organization may no longer holds to those doctrines, it has nonetheless been established by the State as the true and only Seventh-day Adventist church.

Because the faith of some remains unchanged that they are Seventh-day Adventists in belief and practice, they cannot in good conscience deny that name and what it stands for. This has placed before them a choice that our Forefathers never envisioned for an American on his own soil; the choice between obeying our nation’s laws and obeying the dictates of our consciences.

Nor is this the first time that this matter has arisen. In Hawaii a pastor named John Marik was held in contempt of court for maintaining that he and his congregation were Seventh-day Adventists outside of the organizational umbrella. He was sentenced to fines and jail time before finally signing a settlement agreement. Similar cases have been brought around the country, such as against Raphael Perez and the Eternal Gospel Church in Florida. While few take notice of this violation of liberty today, what will happen tomorrow?

In short, if religious observances can be enforced under civil power in the name of “Seventh-day Adventist” today, what is to stop them from being regulated under the name of “Christianity,” “Islam,” or “Judaism” tomorrow? The door is opened through this "backdoor" of calling religion a business - and thus subject to State regulation - for just such a future. For some, it is already here.

The misuse of trademark law as a means for the regulation of religious observances and missionary services is a gross abuse of the fair and well-intentioned laws of our nation, and a violation of Constitutional rights. We seek for Congress to propose an amendment to the Lanham act, preventing it from being used in such a manner as to violate the “establishment” clause of the First Amendment. This is imperative not only for the freedom of the Creation Seventh Day Adventist movement, but the liberty of future generations as well.

"If the principle is once established that religion or religious observances shall be interwoven with our legislative acts, we must pursue it to its ultimatum." - U.S. Senate Report on Sunday Mails, 1829

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75. Ask President Obama to Help Musicians and Artists

The Johnny Adams Blues Organization is committed to:

* Assisting Rhythm & Blues artists in need;

* Honoring pioneering Rhythm & Blues artists;

* Educating the next generation of Rhythm & Blues fans;

* Building appreciation of Rhythm & Blues music through performances and concerts.

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76. Stop The Ammunition Accountability Act

The Ammunition Accountability Act (Alabama senate bill 541, Arizona house bill 2833, California senate bill 997, Connecticut Senate bill 603, Hawaii house bill 2392, senate bill 2020, 2076, house resolution 82-07, concurrent resolution 104-06, Illinois house bill 4258, 4259, 4269, 4349, senate bill 1095, Indiana house bill 1260, Kentucky house bill 715, Maryland house bill 517, Mississippi senate bill 2286, Missouri senate bill 1200, New Jersey assembly bill 2490, New York assembly bill 10259, 6920, 7300, senate bill 1177, 3731, Pennsylvania house bill, Rhode Island senate bill 2742, South Carolina senate bill 1259, Tennessee house bill 3245, senate bill 3395, Washington house bill 3359) is an act concerning ammunition coding. The purpose is to code and track all ammunition sold in the U.S. If passed into law, the act states that any person who manufactures handgun or assault weapon ammunition shall register with the commissioner of public safety and maintain records for a period of seven years concerning all sales, deliveries, and all other transfers of coded ammunition. In addition, any person selling coded ammunition at retail shall register with the commissioner of public safety, record the date of each sale, the name of the purchaser, the purchaser's motor vehicle operator's license number or other government issued ID card, the date of birth of the purchaser, and the unique identification code of the ammunition sold. The retailer must then maintain these records in a database for a minimum period of three years.

This system is flawed, an invasion of our privacy and unconstitutional.

1. It is an invasion of privacy to keep track of what type of rounds and how many rounds of ammunition a permitted, law abiding citizen purchases. This information should not be public knowledge unless the individual making the purchase is a criminal. This can be verified by the purchaser showing a valid state pistol permit.

2. The probability of a person obtaining someone else’s ammunition without the owner’s knowledge is far greater than obtaining control over another person’s firearm.

3. Serial numbers on ammunition can be bootlegged by criminals who know they can send an investigation in the wrong direction just by etching a fake serial number in the projectile. This can in turn incarcerate an innocent individual for a crime they did not commit.

4. This Act is an infringement on our right to bear arms. The Second Amendment clearly states “a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. This amendment was put into place to keep power with the people of the state, not the government. The government taking control over our ammunition is an indirect infringement of this right.

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77. Allow taxpayers to vote directly to reduce useless and outdated laws

We have many useless laws in effect at Federal and State levels. Every time our governments meet they pass new laws taking our rights away. The people should have to vote to put laws into effect, and how to spend our tax money, not the corrupt politicians.

Spend some of our wasted tax money setting up Polls over the internet for the people to vote on the bills and laws and let our government serve us again.

We the people want to vote before our money gets spent and our rights get taken away! This would reduce political corruptness.

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78. Support Early Voting in Pennsylvania!

There are currently 31 other states that have an early voting option for its citizens, and it has worked well to provide more equitable access to the election process. It is time for Pennsylvania to empower its citizens, too.

Early voting makes it easier to vote, and this means more people exercise their right. Research by Curtis Gans, Director of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, shows that in the 11 states that had early voting in both 2002 and 2004, turnout increased by an aggregate average of 7.2 percentage points.

This measure will also simplify election administration for all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties by allowing more time to process ballots, lifting strain on voting systems that occurs on Election Day, eliminating serpentine election day lines, and reducing the number of poll workers needed while allowing more time for the poll workers who remain to become familiar with new or updated voting systems.

While the law currently provides protections for citizens to be excused from their work to vote on election day, for too many hard-working Pennsylvanians that is not realistic. Limited transportation, some occupations, family obligations, emergencies, or physical conditions can prevent voters from standing for an hour or more in line at their polling place on election days.

All citizens must have the opportunity to cast their ballot protected by our government.

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79. Free Rose Kabuye

Rose Kabuye one of our heroes & warrior was arrested & detained at Frankfurt airport after a French judge had issued a European arrest warrant on the 9th-11-08.
We suspect that this arrest is connected to allegations of shooting down a presidential plane in 1994.

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80. Repeal Proposition 8

Proposition 8 has trampled on the rights of fellow human beings based solely on sexual preference. The US Constitution guarantees "...life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...", yet it has been denied to people simply because of their sexual orientation.

This is too much like African Americans being denied the rights guaranteed to whites in the 1950s. If people of the straight preference are allowed three, four, five and more marriages, then people who genuinely love each other should be able to spend the rest to their lives together. Actual people have been DENIED 1400 benefits that would come from being married.

Some of these benefits would ease the problems that the dragging economy has caused. Please reconsider this hateful proposition!

[petition will close 21 December 2008 Please get as many of your friends that support this to sign. Thank you!! NO TO H8!!]

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81. Stop Government Corruption

Alvin Ridley and his family have endured unnecessary persecution and prosecution by the Catoosa county Georgia and the Ringgold, Georgia law enforcement and elected government officials. Alvin Ridley has had his van, his business Ridley's Television, Appliance and Furniture Sales, and his building unconstitutionally seized by Catoosa county Georgia government officials and he has never been compensated for the wrongful seizure of his property and he has been denied his constitutionally protected right to due process of law.

Please take a moment and sign this petition in support of Alvin Ridley to help him get his van, his business Ridley's Television, Appliance and Furniture Sales, and his building restored back in Alvin Ridley's possession so he can reopen his business to help people in need in the United States of America and our American veterans.

Your support of this petition and of Alvin Ridley, who is an honorable injured American veteran, is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time and attention to this very important matter.

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82. Housing preferences and the Disability Rights Act

Have the right to live with my mother and still have the right to use Section 8 funding as my mother being the landlord.

Families should have the right to live where they want to live under the disability's rights act of 1977.

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83. American Slavery Petition

The petition demands--through the voices of as many names as are on the list--further action and examination into the effects of slavery and, finally, a statement not only by American representatives, but by all Americans who believe in freedom, that this country will never accept slavery within its borders, and will do all it can to discourage it elsewhere.

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84. Rural Mail Carriers and your public post office need your help

Canada Post is treating our workers like second class citizens

RSMC's (Rural and surburban mail carriers) do a larger size route than a letter carriers walk, and deliver all their parcels, all with our own vehicle and pay their own gas. Fuel prices has sky rocketed, without the corporation paying to RSMCʼs for delivery. But, Canada Post will gladly pay for another employee or contractors (No proper clearances ) to deliver the letter carriers parcels, with a Canada Post vehicle and a gas card. If that doesn't hurt enough, they also get monthly bonuses for their flyers that they deliver, but we are paid less per flyer, less time to deliver, and the RSMCʼs aren't even paid for all the flyers they do. But wait, it gets worse. Then, this spring in some facilities, each letter carrier was called over the loud speaker to come in and get their annual bonus cheque; while the RSMC's got to hear, and, watch one by one, go in to get their cheques.

Postal workers received the Canada Corporation magazine that says, how well the corporation did in cut backs last year, and announcing on the front cover how great the bonuses were for everyone,........everyone? Really? And again...they can't do a thing about this because CPC doesnʼt give a shit about the RSMC's especially, very little about their other workers either, just they have a better collective agreement from before the new CEO took over.

Prior to 2004 the RSMCʼs were not employees of Canada Post, they held individual contracts with the corporation. Since 2004 gas prices have risen dramatically, and the RSMCʼs who perform this work, are finding it increasingly difficult to perform their work, and cover the increased costs of fuel.

FACTS:

RSMCʼs receive no sick days

In most outlets RSMCʼs must provide their own replacement worker if they wish to take their holidays, and CPC holds up the

security clearances for replacements, sometimes taking 9 months to be completed. Effectively denying RSMCʼs their annual leave, as CPC threatens discipline if they take it without obtaining a replacement.

RSMCʼs are not entitled to overtime, CPC says they have to authorize the Overtime, but, they always refuse to.

Many RSMCʼs are making less than minimum wage, subsidizing CPC for soaring fuel costs. CPC charges a fuel surcharge to customers due to the increase in fuel costs, but keep it, and has announced they are requesting a 2 cent raise in stamps, and another 2 cent raise in 2 years. They claim the raise is required due to the price of fuel, and operating costs. Operating costs they donʼt pay RSMCʼs out of their raises CPC gets from the public.

Many RSMCʼs are evaluated below the 8 hours but in effect work 8 hours, and some are evaluated at 8 hours and do 12 or 14 hours, as they are on piece work.

60 % of RSMCʼs are women.

Many RSMCʼs when they exercise their right to complain are disciplines and/or fired, noting bogus reasons for their dismissal.

Many RSMCʼs are quitting because ,they just canʼt afford to deliver the mail anymore, as they are subsidizing CPC for delivery.

Some of these routes are being filled by Contractors..

We Need to stir up more interest from everybody about the treatment of RSMCʼS, it might be

useful to remind them that, the CEO of Canada Post looks at the RSMCʼS, to where she wants to bring our postal system, profit for the large corporations and ignore the general publics needs

This is another reason why it is so vitally important to support the RSMC,s in their struggle, because it is also really, all Canadians struggle to stop the CEOʼs efforts.

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85. Remove Racist Discriminatory Laws and Statutes

The current statute of limitations on Civil Rights are discriminatory, they favor the employer and the corporations and deny the victim of racial discrimination the opportunity to seek justice and fairness.

IN most all cases of racial discrimination investigated by the EEOC the investigation is a long drawn out process where the wheel of justice and due process is delayed by the defendant/Employer and their legal council. The employer’s legal councils will deliberately delay the process to allow for statute of limitations to run out. This denies the victims their rights to file criminals complaints against witnesses who commit the crimes of perjury, fraud, obstruction of justice and so on.

In almost all cases the due process and wheel of justice is purposely slowed down by the employer’s legal council that allows the statute of limitations to run out that deny the victim the opportunity to file criminal complaint.

Corporations and employers benefit from short 3 and 5 years statute of limitations and it places the victim of racial discrimination at a great disadvantage. There is absolutely no benefit to the victim by having a 3 and 5 year statute of limitations. Congress and the Senate have willfully placed these short statute of limitations to favor the corporations and employers and place minorities at great disadvantage. This is a willful racial discrimination by the Congress and the Senate.

There is not a single benefit for the minorities. They claim these short statute of limitations will require the victims to bring their charges before the case gets too old but in reality it is a scam Congress and the Senate has pulled on minorities because it really places victims of discrimination at a disadvantage and allows corporations and employers to get away committing crimes of perjury, fraud, and obstruction of justice.

There should be no limit on racial discrimination victims and absolutely no statute of limitations on civil rights violations.

Please support this petition and urge your elected representatives to remove all statute of limitations on civil rights violations.

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86. Appeal to Australian Government to not reject Malhotra family's visa application because of their son's autism

Dear Australians

Mukesh Malhotra, his wife Falguni (Fal) Malhotra and son Jish Malhotra have been in Australia for the past 8 years.

It is sad to note that their application for Permanent Resident Visa has been rejected by Department of Immigration and Migration Review Tribunal, because their son Jish has Autism. With due respect to the constraints these departments operate under, they do not have any powers to consider the other contributions Mukesh, his wife Fal have made and will continue to make to Australia; plus the strengths that Jish has because of Autism or otherwise.

Mukesh is a post graduate from University of New South Wales and is a Project Manager in construction industry.

His wife Fal is a graduate in commerce with experience as executive assistant and high school teacher. However, Fal has decided (and it gives her great pleasure and satisfaction) to use her hands-on experinece with Jish, to help other children with Autism. Having helped the children with Autism voluntarily for couple of years, Fal is currently working as a teacher's aide at ASPECT's Terrigal School for Children with Autism and helping many more children.

Jish is 12 years old and has started high school at Narara Valley High School this year as a full fee paying student in one of their special needs class. Jish is independent in his daily activities and good at computers and singing. Jish also won a High Commendation prize in one of the categories at Central Coast Eisteddfod singing competion in August 2007. You can view Jish's singing performance by copying and pasting the following links in your browser.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieAYR-GR40M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDSvbBz5TmY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG4YtPoMZuA

A final appeal is being made to the Minister for Immigration who has the power to waive the health criteria and grant Permanent Resident status to the Malhotra family.

You are all requested to provide your valuable support for the above.

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87. Reclaim your DNA

The UK police now have more DNA samples than any other country. Over 7% of the UK's population is on the National DNA database.

Although the assumption is that by holding the DNA profiles of more individuals on the database, more crimes will be solved, there is no evidence to support this. However, evidence of abuse of the information held on the police database is increasing, including its use for controversial genetic research without consent.

In Scotland the law is different and DNA cannot be kept permanently from innocent people.

About a million people who have not been convicted of any offence, including at least a hundred thousand children, are now on the National DNA Database.

Keeping innocent people's DNA profiles on a Database permanently is an infringement of fundamental human rights.

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88. Unite to Save the Slave Theater & Cultural Center

CITY BY CITY: UNITY IS KEY
PUT AN END TO GENTRIFICATION AS ETHNIC CLEANSING

UNITE TO SAVE THE SLAVE I & SLAVE II
THEATER & CULTURAL CENTER IN BROOKLYN NY

HISTORIC AND LANDMARK THEATERS & CULTURAL CENTERS, WHICH NEED TO BE OFFICIALLY CLASSIFIED AS SUCH. THESE OUTREACH, ORGANIZING, NON-PROFIT AND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS HAVE SERVED AS CAPACITY BUILDING INCUBATORS FOR DECADES. THE OWNER OF THE AFORMENTIONED IS ATTORNEY AND RETIRED JUDGE JOHN PHILLIPS, A BLACK MAN, WHO IS SUFFERING INJUSTICE AT THE HANDS OF THE BLACK ROBES, HE ONCE WORE.

WE MUST STOP GENTRIFICATION AS A MEANS OF ETHNIC, SOCIO-ECONOMIC, AND SENIOR CLEANSING. THE PEOPLE SUFFERING THESE INJUSTICES SHOULD NOT BE LEFT TO FIGHT THESE INJUSTICE ALONE.

WE MUST ORGANIZE FOR TRUTH, FREEDOM, JUSTICE, AND EQUALITY. THE PLIGHT OF ATTORNEY JOHN PHILLIPS IS A PRECEDENT SETTING CASE. IF LEGAL INJUSTICE CAN BE SO RAMPANT AND UNCHECKED WITH ONE OF HIS ESTEEMED STATUS, HAVING SERVED AS A JUDGE FOR OVER 17 YEARS, THEN HE SHALL BE THE GLASS CEILING OF JUSTICE THAT ANY OTHER PERSON OF COLOR OR SENIOR CITIZEN CAN EXPECT.

ACCORDING TO MEDICAL TESTIMONY, ON THE RECORD IN COURT, ATTORNEY PHILLIPS DID NOT NEED A GUARDIAN, HE NEEDED ASSISTANCE, AS DO MOST PEOPLE WHO LEAD BUSY LIVES,AS THEY GET OLDER. HOME ATTENDANTS TO ASSIST WITH CLEANING AND COOKING WOULD BE A LESS INTRUSIVE SUPPORT FOR ATTORNEY JOHN PHILLIPS.

HE IS THE FIRST RETIRED JUDGE TO SUFFER BEING STRONG ARMED INTO A GUARDIANSHIP.

THOUGH THE INITIAL GUARDIANSHIP PROCEEDINGS ALLEGE THAT THEY WERE BEING COMMENCED TO PROTECT HIS PROPERTY AND ASSETS, 9 OF THE 12 PROPERTIES HAVE BEEN SOLD FOR UNDER VALUE. THE SALES OF HIS PROPERTIES SHOULD BE SET ASIDE. PRESENTLY THERE IS AN OVER-ESTIMATE BY THE GUARDIAN OF PROPERTY FOR IRS OBLIGATIONS, OF WHICH HE SHOULD NOT BE RESPONSIBLE, SINCE THE SALES SHOULD BE SET ASIDE.

WE ARE CALLING FOR A MASS MOBILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS. THIS MUST BE A NATIONAL EFFORT TO ADDRESS SENIOR INJUSTICE PREVENTION. WE MUST ORGANIZE AGAINST GENTRIFICATION AS ETHNIC AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC CLEANSING.

UNITY IS KEY. UNITY IS MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY HYDROGEN OR ATOMIC BOMB.

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89. Add Marriage Equality (Same Sex Marriage) to California Democratic Party Platform

California Democrats have a long tradition of supporting civil rights for all individuals.

As such, Marriage Equality (same sex marriage) is a civil rights issue of which explicit support belongs in the California Democratic Party platform.

Other state Democratic Parties, such as Iowa and Massachusetts, explicitly state in their party platforms that they support equal marital rights for all consenting adults, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identification.

It is time for the California Democratic Party to add its commitment to marriage equality to the CDP Party Platform.

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90. Make March 31 Cesar Chavez Day

I think that there should be a holiday to celebrate the great work of Cesar Chavez as a great civil rights leader for the Hispanic community.

Why is it that we get Martin Luther King Junior's birthday off and Cesar Chavez? Martin Luther King Junior was one of the best civil right leaders. He helped end segregation between African Americans and Americans. Cesar Chavez helped end segregation against Hispanics and Americans. He also helped the migrant workers get fair wages.

I have a great amount of respect for Martin Luther King Junior, but I also think that the Hispanic community of this country deserve a holiday in which they can say I helped change America.

In conclusion, I think March 31st should be a national holiday to honor the magnificent work of Cesar Chavez

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