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1. Skateboarding is not a crime: skateboards should be a viable option for transport

The streets are filled with children who are resorting to begging and petty theft as a means of survival. Skateboarding has been proven to be an alternative source of counselling for growing children, children who are prone to anti-social behavior due to social circumstances.

There needs to be more effort done by the municipality to provide a place where these kids can develop their motor skills and their social skills by participating in an activity like skateboarding. More public places, like skate parks, should be provided to the less fortunate people of our society.

The rest of the skateboarding community has been ridiculed for being outcasts, thrill seeking and rebellious, but this has changed over the years, with skateboarding becoming a very popular means of transport this has many advantages for the area of the Western Cape.

The Carbon-dioxide emissions are less, road congestion decreased and a vast array of positive outcomes. However, this is still illegal to use public roads on skateboards. There has been many attempts to accommodate pedal vehicles (bicycles) with a bike lane. The same must happen for skateboarders who want to use the public roads as a means of transport.

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2. Bring back 'Intervention Canada'!

Recently, it was announced that Slice TV would no longer pursue another season with Intervention Canada.

Through social media, it has become obvious that this has upset many and left others, if not all, asking the same question: "why?".

This show is not only interesting, but it has saved many lives and have shown so many the reality of addiction amongst society!

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3. Place Intervention Prevention Awareness Programs Back In NYC Public Schools Now!

The consequences of school violence that subvert the academic purposes of schooling include school avoidance, diminished ability to focus on academic pursuits, internalizing psychological problems such as depression and social anxiety, fearfulness among teachers and other school personnel, increased aggression and weapon carrying in the guise of self-defense, and the acceptance of violence as a reasonable form of conflict resolution (Elliott, Hamburg, &Williams, 1998; Hawker & Boulton, 2000).

Nevertheless, administrators and teachers devote the bulk of their time overseeing efforts designed to raise test scores, meeting an increasing array of mandates and regulations, and balancing their budgets (Ableser, 2003; G. D. Gottfredson et al., 2000).

Consequently, a vast number of school administrators are adopting inadequate “quick-fix” solutions to stem violence in their schools: suspension or expelling of large numbers of disruptive students, electronic security measures, and/or a single circumscribed psychosocial program (U.S. Department of Education [USDE], 2000).

THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE

Interpersonal violence or direct violence is defined as “behavior by persons against persons that intentionally threatens, attempts, or actually inflicts physical harm” (Reiss & Roth, 1993, p. 35).

Less serious forms of violence are generally classified as aggressive behavior, which include targeted verbal, physical, or gestural behavior that is intended to cause minor physical harm, psychological distress, intimidation, or to induce fear (Loeber & Stouthamer-Loeber, 1998).

Aggression can also be manifested through indirect forms of hostility such as spreading nasty rumors and social ostracizing (Crick & Bigbee, 1998). Generally, less serious forms of violence invariably precede more serious forms of violence. This dynamic is manifested in event sequences (e.g., inadvertent bumps or verbal slights can escalate into more serious forms of violence) as well as ontogenetically from childhood to adolescence (the pushes and shoves of elementary school children turn into vicious fights during adolescence).

A central goal of U.S. social welfare policy is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential as productive adults. Yet it is increasingly clear that where children live plays a central role in determining their life chances. Children growing up in high-poverty neighborhoods, with extreme levels of racial and economic segregation and inadequate public services—police, schools, sanitation, grocery stores—are at risk for a range of negative outcomes, including poor physical and mental health, cognitive delays, risky sexual behavior, and delinquency (Leventhal and Brooks-Gunn 2000; Leventhal, Dupéré and Brooks-Gunn 2009; Sampson, Morenoff, and Gannon-Rowley 2002; Sampson et al. 2007).

The consequences for these children’s life chances—and for society—are severe: they are more likely than those who grow up in less distressed communities to drop out of high school, get involved in gangs, become teen parents, and less likely to be employed when they reach adulthood (Johnson 2009).

Despite the importance of place, there has been comparatively little research on the ways that the neighborhoods where children live affect their transitions to adulthood or on the characteristics other than poverty that might influence their development. Even fewer programs or policies have tried to address the community mechanisms that might be causing such bad outcomes. Rather, the majority of research and policy attention concentrates on the individual child, the child’s family, and school settings, touching on many points along the path to adulthood, beginning with pregnancy planning, and continuing through pre- and postnatal care, early childhood development, schooling, and the myriad challenges confronting adolescents as they transition into adulthood.

As a result, policies aimed at helping disadvantaged children and youth tend to focus on individual families and children and on school-based reforms. Even the highly regarded Harlem Children’s Zone, which does aim to address multiple dimensions of the broader community, has as its core a state-of-the-art charter school program (Tough 2008). The Urban Institute’s Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development is dedicated to filling this gap in research and policy knowledge, focusing on understanding the relationships between neighborhood-level factors and the well-being and development of children and youth and identifying and evaluating place-based, community-wide strategies to help children grow up to reach their full potential as adults (Page 2; The Urban Institute’s Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development: Understanding How Place Matters for Kids; Susan J. Popkin, Director; Gregory Acs; Robin Smith).

What Can Be Done On A Greater Scale:

During the past 10 years, a large and growing body of evaluation research has documented and described a wide range of effective violence and school violence prevention programs, and a growing number of federal agencies, including the Department of Education, have restricted funding to promising or evidence-based programs.

In some elementary/middle schools not many within the NYC Board of Education there are Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Specialist (SAPIS) and in some Secondary/High Schools there is the SPARK program. Both programs provide age appropriate, services for student and families with prevention and interventsion services to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors. The services are not limited to: Individual, groups, family and crisis counseling; classroom presentation on various topics, social skills groups and/or when necessary, referrals for professional services.

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4. Funding for Sharing Culture in Australian Schools

School are in need of an Educational Resource to teach Indigenous Cultures in the classroom in a respectful yet easy to use approach.

The new Australian Curricular places a heavy focus on Indigenous Cultural studies. Sharing Culture is an Indigenous Owned business that provides a voice to Indigenous Elders and ensures IP is held by the communities to which the knowledge belongs. The program provides a Two Way Learning opportunity but requires funding to extend the delivery of the service into ALL schools.

This petition is to showcase to the Government and funding partners the level of interest and need for Sharing Culture in schools.

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5. STOP EARLY CORD CLAMPING AND CUTTING!

Early cord clamping (ECC) is defined as any method by which the cord is manipulated to stop the flow of blood to the baby while it is still pulsating. This includes clamping, cutting, hand squeezing, tying or holding the baby too high or too low. An umbilical cord pulsates for between 7 mins for an unmedicated birth and up to 20 mins for a medicated birth.

In this time the full volume of blood the newborn infant requires is still passed from the placenta until it stops pulsating or until it turns white. Currently mainstream procedure is to immediately (within 30 seconds) clamp and cut the babys functioning cord. Whenever a pulsating umbilical cord is clamped, 20-60% of the baby's total blood volume is trapped inside the placenta. It will take over 6 months for the baby to replenish the volume of blood lost by early cord clamping.

Short cord, maternal haemorrhage, c-section, respiratory distress are just a few of the worthless reasons to clamp a cord. Even a baby in distress can be revived with the cord intact. All of the restricted umbilical cord problems are usually the result of drugs given during labour, including oxytocin, Pitocin, iv fluids, and pain medications, not a result of leaving the cord intact. The only situations in which a cord should be early clamped is when the cord has torn or with a placenta previa. Babies born via c-section can be delivered with their cord and placenta intact.

Multiples can also be delivered without risk of restricted umbilical cord problems. ECC is also routinely being done in some countries to get stem cell blood for banking (effectively taking those cells away from your baby when it needs it and possibly using for them at a later stage but mostly for other people). Restricted umbilical cord problems associated with anaemia are Autism, heart perforations, thyroid disorders, brain tumours, leukaemia, SIDS, hormonal imbalances and liver/kidney disease. When a baby requires to be resuscitated which is not that uncommon (1 in 16), the full volume of blood is required to ensure they are receiving the maximum dose of oxygenated blood.

As the blood travels into the baby's expanding lungs, once they become filled, the baby will feel its own signal to breathe and will do so with fully expanded lungs but it is usually procedure during "resuscitation" also to cut the cord, take the baby to a warming tray to make access easier for the attending midwifes, OBs etc which is not a necessity and is counterproductive. Please sign this petition in the hope that we can educate all birth attendants that early cord clamping is doing more harm than good and the practice should be abolished completely.

The baby's umbilical cord should be left at the very minimum until the cord has stopped pulsating. Another 20mins in a birthing unit is not too much to ask. First DO NO HARM. Check out this link for further information http://www.givingbirthnaturally.com/restricted-umbilical-cord-problems.html

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6. Supporting the People of Bahrain

We write with a deep plea for justice, humanity and the enforcement of the conventional rights as enlisted under the European Convention of Human Rights and the Arab Charter of Human Rights. Much governance remains at the forefront of what has been done and continues to be done so. The right to protest is an enshrined right in all democratic societies and a fundamental right that should not be eroded.

The attacks against the ‘democratic movement’ come contrary to the understanding and beliefs of all nations, namely the right to expression, association and liberty and security. It comes in breach of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Convention against Torture).

The overwhelming force as used by the Bahrain government and supported by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are of utmost disgrace.

The number of Bahraini citizens killed continues to grow as they become the targets of force, dictatorship and immorality.

We urge all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from violence. Bahrain is a state party to the UN International covenant on Civil and Political Rights and must respect and maintain the human rights of its citizens. It must cease from violating its own laws and its international obligations. Bahrain should remind itself that it is a signatory to the Convention against torture.

The behaviour of those idol countries which have stood on the by-lines is equally deplorable, there are clear hypocrisy, and self rewarded strategies shining through.

Such behaviour, as endorsed and being carried out by the Bahrain government cannot be tolerated and allowed to continue, they should respect the right to demonstrate, to investigate the wide use of violence, allegations of torture and to prosecute those who violate the rights of demonstrators. Peaceful protestors should be released immediately.

In recent days, and one month after the start of the revolution, Bahrain has witnessed a series of developments related to the popular revolution which started on February 14, 2011. The people, in very large numbers and with great bravery, have responded and taken part in the events called to by the youth groups of February 14. Despite unprecedented intimidation, threats and obstacles hundreds of thousands of people joined the march to the Royal Court on Friday and to the Safriya palace on Saturday. Both marches shared a very clear and unified demand of bringing down the regime, and both proved to be peaceful despite vicious attacks carried out by the security forces in cooperation with government thugs after the end of the march to the royal court which caused injuries to hundreds of protesters.

There has been wide spread on the ground coverage of the atrocities committed against the protesters, examples of which can be seen by accessing the following URL:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pr6rbhv80c&feature=feedu.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbjA_3IzjEA&NR=1&feature=fvwp

Hospitals and medical personnel have also been targeted and there have been confirmed reports of missing doctors. Dr Bahia Alaradi, a female doctor working in the main hospital in Manama, the capital of Bahrain was killed by the authorities. There are reports that confirm infiltration by government officials and army personnel into the hospitals in order to present obstacles that prevent treating injured civilians. We are asking you to sign this petition to express our anger against these atrocities.

We ask the General Medical Council to mount pressure through official means in order to boost international efforts towards ending the use of brutal force. We also call on the Bahraini government to provide protection of medical personnel and to maintain much needed urgent medical supplies.

Thank you.

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7. VIU Student Petition to End Faculty Strike

On Thursday 10 March 2011, the Faculty Association of
Vancouver Island University (VIU) commenced a strike in
relation to their collective bargain agreement with the
university. As a result, students have been unable to
attend classes and finish their semester. The process of
mediation with the parties has not been successful to date.

The student body of constitutes over 19,000 members
with over 8000 enrolled in full-time studies. The cessation
of classes against their will affects them collaterally in
terms of damage.

The student body contribute significant funds to the
university through tuition, and are the purpose of the
institution's function. While not an immediate party
involved in the dispute, they are a party holding a primary
interest in the dispute and their position should be
considered paramount.

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8. Alyawarr Intervention Walkoff Support

I write on behalf of the Alyawarr people of Central Australia, as authorised by their kinsman and nominated spokesperson, Richard Downs.

The Alyawarr are leading a gathering of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Alice Springs during 6-9 July 2010 to protest against racism and the Intervention, and discuss ways of approaching these issues. They seek your support.

Three years after the Intervention was hurriedly implemented without consultation on the back of the Little Children Are Sacred report, and without incorporating the vast majority of the report’s recommendations, there is little evidence that the Intervention has achieved or will achieve its stated outcomes. The Alyawarr people are protesting against the Intervention as it has worsened their lives and community, and is clearly a racist policy.

The Alyawarr have walked off their prescribed community of Ampilatawatja and set up a protest camp on country. They are fighting for the Intervention to be rolled back, and for Aboriginal people to be allowed to direct their own lives with dignity and respect. They are resisting being pushed from pillar to post by government actions that, whatever their intention, result in further disadvantage, the indignity of compulsory income management and loss of control of their own community.

The Alyawarr elders are seeking your support for the Alyawarr people and the Intervention Walkoff. You can support them in two ways:

· attending or sending a representative/s to the Alice Springs gathering
· writing a letter of support, or agreeing to be a signatory to either of the ones enclosed

The Alyawarr people appreciate your consideration in this matter. Their action is a grass-roots movement, and your support will be significant. As anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “A small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Find out more:

· Alice Springs gathering, 6-9 July 2010 www.defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com

· Alyawarr Intervention Walkoff
www.interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com

· Contact Richard Downs on 0428 611 169

Take action:

· Attend the Alice Springs gathering 6-9 July 2010 www.defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com

· Express your support:
- Write a letter of support. Please email to tammiedavidson17 [at] gmail.com by Monday 5 July 2010 if possible.

- OR be a signatory to the below letter of support - please click on the blue 'Sign the Petition' button below.


Again, thank you for your consideration of this request for support from the Alyawarr people. You can make a difference in the fight against Indigenous inequality. I hope that you or your representative/s will attend the gathering in Alice Springs. I look forward to seeing you there and working together toward achieving equality and justice for Indigenous peoples.

Yours sincerely,

Tammie Davidson
on behalf of

Richard Downs
Alyawarr spokesperson for the Intervention Walkoff
Phone: 0428 611 169

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9. Support The United Nations' Intervention In Nigeria's Religious/Tribal Killings & Crisis

WHEREAS:

1. The estimates of the numbers of people killed in Nigeria since the civilian rule from 1999 till date in the name of religious/tribal crisis are more than the numbers of those killed in Isreali-Palestine crisis in the same period.

2. The gory killing has not been given adequate international attention & concern to ensure totall stoppage of the persistant killings.

RESOLUTION:

WE THE UNDERSIGNED, call on the UNITED NATIONS to immediately intervene in Nigeria Religious/Tribal killings/crisis with the sole aim of preventing loss of lives and properties in furtherance of the UN aims to ensure global peace.

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10. Vanier Children's Services Facing Core Funding Cuts

***1 in 5 children have a mental health problem.***

Tax cuts are causing underfunding for children's mental health services and especially early intervention programs critical to children's success in school.

Vanier Children's Services in London, Ontario is facing core funding shortages of over $200,000 this year. Without your petitions, the Early Intervention Program WILL CLOSE IN JUNE 2008.

"What a child will be depends on you and me" (Invest in Kids '07).

CHILD & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH IS EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS.

Read my story at http://www.vanier.com/parents.Stories.shtm

Make your voice count. Sign this petition now.

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11. End the war in Iraq

Following the 1991 Gulf War, the United Nations mandated that Iraqi chemical, biological, nuclear, and long range missile programs be verifiably halted and all such weapons verifiable destroy. U.N weapons inspector inside Iraq were able to verify the destruction of a large amount of WMD-material, but substantial issues remained unresolved after they left Iraq in 1998 due to the lack of cooperation by the Iraqi government.

After 9/11 attacks, the president of the United States George W. Bush claimed that Saddam Hussein supported for international terrorist groups of treat to the West. He demanded a complete end to alleged Iraqi production and use of weapons of mass destruction and that Iraq comply with UN Resolutions requiring UN inspectors unfettered access to areas those inspectors thought might have weapons production facilities. During this time, before 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bush repeatedly backed demands for unfettered inspection and disarmament with treats of invasion.

Even though the government of Iraq agreed to new inspections in late 2002 and inspectors did not find any WMD stockpiles, the United States, United Kingdom, and Spain proposed another resolution on Iraq, witch they called the “ eighteenth resolution” to give Iraq a deadline to comply with previous resolution before a possible military intervention. This proposed resolution was subsequently withdrawn because not enough countries would have supported it. In particular, NATO members France and Germany, together with Russia, were opposed to a military intervention in Iraq, on the ground that it would be very risky, in terms of security, for the international community, and defended a diplomatic process of disarmament.

However, the White House had never stopped its plan which invading Iraq to achieve their “purpose”. In March 2003 the U.S. government announced that “diplomacy has failed” and that it would proceed with a coalition of allied countries, named “coalition of the willing”, to rid Iraq of its alleged weapons of mass destruction witch meant the war in Iraq was on hand.

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