A Michigan teenager by the name of Catrina Shears recently filmed her brother slowly decapitating a snapping turtle. The video was unashamedly posted online by Shears and quickly gained publicity due to its vile and graphic content. Shears mentioned that she and her friends regularly kill animals in this way and has shown no remorse since this video went viral. Understandably, numerous people are outraged by the tragic incident. No legal action has been taken by the state of Michigan; demand that justice be served for the deceased turtle.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has reviewed the video and publicly stated that what Shears and her siblings did to the snapping turtle was legal, though it would prefer such videos not be posted online. In an online Facebook discussion Shears mentioned that she did not have an ax to use in order to quickly end the turtle’s life. The graphic video shows her pulling the turtle’s head out of its shell with pliers to allow her brother to slowly and inhumanely saw the turtle’s head off, which lasted for 20 seconds. While the teenagers’ actions were legal, action should be taken in order to ensure no more animals will die like this at the hand of Shears.

By signing this petition you demand justice for the inhumanely murdered snapping turtle. You also demand that videos or photos glorifying the inhumane slaughter of wild animals be forbidden from social media. Shears is gaining publicity from this and shows no remorse; this cannot continue.

Petition of The Day:

PENNSYLVANIA LGBTQA+ COMMUNITY IS NOTPROTECTED UNDER STATE LAW BECAUSE THE DEFINITION OF HATE CRIME DOES NOT INCLUDE SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

Recently a male couple was harassed, assaulted, and robbed and cannot file a hate crime complaint because the legal definition of hate crime there does not include SO.

Please read their story and help change this

https://www.change.org/p/pennsylvania-governor-change-pa-hate-crime-law-to-include-sexual-orientation?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=150854&alert_id=BbeyTXrvqs_wUtxSNmAOc0Tpf3bRHFl0V2hT75e5X4UdqoN4oDQskg%3D

SIGNAL BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS SHIT

PEOPLE

I IMPLORE YOU

HELP HONG KONG

read these for a brief summary of what’s happening right now: 

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/28/6856621/hong-kong-protests-clashes-china-explainer

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/27/world/asia/hong-kong-five-things/index.html

Hey guys,

A racist exhibition is being shown in London on the 23rd to the 27th of September called “The Human Zoo”. Here’s a section written by the petition’s founder:

"This piece of work by Brett Bailey has been toured around Europe sparking protests and outrage by anti-racism campaigners. Now it is coming to London, and I’m calling on the Barbican not to display it.

I’m a Black African mother from Birmingham. I campaign and work with my community to try to breakdown the stereotypes that black people have to struggle against in society on a daily basis. I want my children to grow up in a world where the barbaric things that happened to their ancestors are a thing of the past. We have come a long way since the days of the grotesque human zoo - we should not be taking steps back now.

If Brett Bailey is trying to make a point about slavery this is not the way to do it. The irony gets lost and it’s not long before the people behind the cage begin to feel like animals trapped in a zoo. One of the actors in his piece said “How do you know we are not entertaining people the same way the human zoos did?”

Bailey himself sounds unsure as to the impact of this work. In an interview with the Guardian he says: “For all I know, I could look back at Exhibit B in 10 years and say, ‘Oh my God, I am doing exactly what they are accusing me of.”

Please join me in calling on the Barbican to withdraw the racist Exhibition “Exhibit B- The Human Zoo” from showing at the Barbican”

Here are some links and videos for more information:

Reparationist, Jurisconsult, dynamic community advocate and radio Broadcaster Esther Stanford-Xosei speaks about why this exhibition is inherently racist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PWjgsOU0JY

The petition’s founder Sara Myers talks about why she started the petition in the first place and is planning a protest in front of the Barbican: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuQxdZy33oQ

Here’s an informative article on the history of Human Zoos for a historical background: http://www.popularresistance.org/deep-racism-the-forgotten-history-of-human-zoos/

It would be amazing if you all can put this onto Twitter and bring awareness with the hashtag #stopthehumanzoo or #boycottthehumanzoo

Please even if you live in another country please can you sign this petition and get rid of another branch of 21st century racism. Here’s the link to the petition: http://www.change.org/p/withdraw-the-racist-exhibition-exhibition-b-the-human-zoo

As Martin Luther King Jr says “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

5 Ways You Can Help Ferguson, Its Protesters, and Mike Brown’s Family

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been more or less glued to your computer or tablet device over the last nine days, trying to keep on top of what’s going down in Ferguson, Missouri. Since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, the city has descended into a cycle of upheaval. So what can you do to support Ferguson?

The unfolding situation has led to a deep sense of helplessness for many people — sympathetic observers of the plight of the Ferguson protesters, unsure what they can do to help. And indeed, it’s hard to know exactly how to lend your support — is there some place to donate? Some cause to get behind? A hashtag to Tweet? 

At the end of the day, if the St. Louis-area forces descending on Ferguson aren’t proactive in addressing the outcry for justice, tensions are likely to remain high. Luckily, there are some things you can lend your name to, or some ways to contribute a little cash that can make a difference. Here are a handful of examples.

The Change.org Petition on Police Misconduct

This has been swirling around since pretty early in the Ferguson fracas, launched by Los Angeles-based Shaun King, who’s been a tireless presence on social media throughout the protests. It currently has over 200,000 signatures, which is a healthy total, but far short of its goal of one million. 

While it’s ultimately up to you to decide whether the petition’s call is worth supporting, I’ll say this much: The ideas contained make a lot of sense to me, and I think it’s worth the consideration of anyone concerned with police violence and misconduct, especially against minority populations. Its provisions are stated as follows:

1. The shooting and killing of an unarmed citizen who does not have an outstanding warrant for a violent crime should be a federal offense.

2. Choke holds and chest compressions by police (what the coroner lists as the official cause of death for Eric Garner) should be federally banned.

3. All police officers must wear forward-facing body cameras while on duty. They cost just $99 and are having a significant, positive impact in several cities around the United States and the world.

4. Suspensions for violations of any of the above offenses should be UNPAID.

5. Convictions for the above offenses should have their own set of mandatory minimum penalties. The men who killed Diallo, Bell, Grant, Carter, Garner, and others all walk free while over 1,000,000 non violent offenders are currently incarcerated in American prisons.

Not too bad, huh?

 Feeding the Children of Ferguson

The children of Ferguson haven’t been shielded from the destabilizing impacts of the protests and police response. That was laid especially bare on Sunday, by images of a teargas-stricken child that lit up social media — in his post-curfew press conference, Capt. Ron Johnson wholly sidestepped a question on underage teargas victims.

While you may not be able to help as much as you’d like, there’s one easy way to make your dollars felt — donate to help keep the kids fed. As the effort’s creator Julianna Mendelsohn explains, the upheaval has resulted in public school cancellations, which leaves those kids who rely on their school lunches high and dry.

When I found out school had been canceled for several days as a result of the civil unrest, I immediately became worried for the students in households with food instability. Many children in the US eat their only meals of the day, breakfast and lunch, at school. With school out, kids are undoubtedly going hungry. ALL OF THIS MONEY WILL GO TO FEED KIDS IN FERGUSON. … Regardless of your opinion on the civil unrest in Ferguson, there is no need for innocent children to go hungry because of it.

The campaign has generated greater than $50,000 in donations to the Greater St. Louis Area Food Bank so far.

Donate Directly to the Brown Family

You can also decide to give some dollars directly to the grieving family that Michael Brown left behind. A GoFundMe page has been launched by the family’s legal representation, from the office of attorney Benjamin Crump, whose name you may recognize — he also represented the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin last year. What will the money go towards?

The funds collected here will be used by the Brown family to cover funeral and burial expenses, travel and living expenses of the parents as they seek justice for their son, Michael Brown, Jr. 

Becoming embroiled in a full-time, high-profile controversial incident like this isn’t easy on its own, much less when you’ve also had your son taken from you. The page has already netted greater than $67,000 for the Brown family in just four days, rapidly approaching its total goal of $80,000.

 Support On-The-Ground Legal Observers

The folks with the National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG) have been maintaining a presence on the ground, offering legal support and oversight, but such a job is neither safe nor free — they’re accepting donations to keep a presence in Ferguson. 

Having legal observers on the ground is pretty important in the interests of justice, as chaotic as the nights in Ferguson have routinely become. Any violations of protesters’ rights could easily go overlooked if there aren’t dedicated people following the action.

Support Independent Media Reporting

Some news junkies across the country have been dubious, to say the least, of some of the reporting coming out of the Ferguson area. This is understandable, given the tack the police have taken with journalists and protesters, and the manner in which they released troubling surveillance footage of Brown while withholding almost all information about his actual shooting.

Supporting independent media is a worthy cause in this regard, if you have any concerns about establishment bias in reporting from major outlets. You may not, to be fair, but many people (myself included, in the interests of full disclosure) do. 

Berkeley-based independent black media outlet This Week in Blackness is a prominent example — founder Elon James White and company reported from Ferguson late last week, and the situation has remained so severe that they’re headed back out there Monday. 

*This article was published last month. Please reblog with tips and updates.

I just signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama: Please push the Federal Aviation Association to require airlines to provide designated wheelchair accessible spaces on every commercial aircraft, which will allow passengers to remain safely seated in their personal wheelchairs.

Please sign this petition! As it stands now, people who can’t transfer out of their chairs just can’t travel by plane. Not to mention all of us whose chairs get smashed and broken when they’re thrown into the cargo hold, leaving us completely stranded when we get to our destinations.

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Hello fellow people of Tumblr. Yesterday, in downtown Vancouver, Canada a statue of Satan with an erect penis was found downtown. The city had it removed later that day. However, many people in our city would like to have it put back in its rightful place. This statue is simply a piece of art that should be admired. Although it is controversial, I think it should remain. Children need to stop being so sheltered. Allowing youngsters to be exposed to controversial content at a young age allows them to form opinions. It stops these same topics from later becoming taboo. Yes, the statue has an erection. But penises are just a natural part of the human body. Half of us have them.

If you would like to read more about the statue and see more pictures, you can do that here: http://www.straight.com/blogra/724646/satan-statue-porn-star-penis-taken-down-city-vancouver

And if you would like to sign this petition, it would be greatly appreciated:https://www.change.org/p/the-city-of-vancouver-bring-the-giant-satan-with-an-erection-statue-back-to-east-vancouver?recruiter=115318175&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive

PLEASE REBLOG THIS!

Stop scrolling please! This is very important.

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My name is Shirley and I’m from Hong Kong. As you may already learnt from the news, there is currently a series of civil disobedience movements happening in the city. The reason behind is our upcoming 2017 political reform, which is still in the proposing stage now.

At present, the Chief Executive (CE) of Hong Kong is not elected by Hong Kong citizens, but instead, through an unfair election system which is biased towards the rich and the powerful. The CE and the government often carry out policies that bring benefits to the rich and mainland Chinese etc., but not local Hong Kongers. Great discontent towards this government is rapidly arising among the society. We, the Hong Kongers, therefore demand universal suffrage in the 2017 political reform so that we can vote for our desired person to lead Hong Kong instead of being controlled by the upper class.

Since 22 September 2014, thousands of university students had boycotted the class and gathered outside the government headquarters to fight for this aim. Some professors and experts voluntarily held talks and forums about democracy, freedom, universal suffrage and other political issues. This movement was supposed to be a peaceful one until 26 September.

At the midnight of 26 September, police used pepper spray to clear the space. The students, who have no weapon, are treated violently. This reminds us of the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989, in which tens of thousands of students were killed by the soldiers because they gathered and protested about inflation, corruption and other socio-political issues. We are afraid that the current protest in Hong Kong will turn into a second Tiananmen Massacre. Therefore, we hope to raise international attention towards this movement and warn the Chinese government not to bloodily treat the protesters, as well as set up a real democratic election system in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help is sign this petition and urge the US government to support the Hong Kongers. If the number of signatures reach 100,000 by 4 October, the White House will have to make its response. (Remember to verify your signature by clicking the link in the email you will receive.)

This only spends you one minute. Please help Hong Kong to fight for real democracy!

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In Bay Village, Ohio, a group of high school students tricked their 14-year-old autistic classmate into doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Instead of filling the bucket with ice water they filled it with feces, urine, spit and cigarette butts and dumped the bucket from a roof onto the special needs teen.

Okay so I don’t usually post stuff like this but I feel like this is an exception.
This sickens me to no end. The fact that these kids are getting away with this is even worse. They have taken a wonderful challenge and turned it into something horrible, a cruel trick to play on an innocent classmate just because he was different than what they’re used to.
This hits very close to home for me because i have had many friends who were (and still are) bullied because of autism, and while I don’t keep in touch with many of them any more, I know countless other people who are being bullied by their classmates just because they’re a bit different. I was bullied myself because people thought I was depressed (people would offer me knives during school, discuss how many times i cut myself in a day, talk about how my family probably doesn’t love me enough, etc.) And I know that we don’t deserve to be treated this way. Nobody deserves this (unless you’re the assholes that dumped the bucket on this kid).
Please, please if you have the time, sign this petition.

This petition was started by my religion teacher not very long ago. It concerns an endangered species of sloths, called Pygmy sloths. In 2001, the breed was counted to have about 500 members. In 2012, the official count was down to the 70s. It turns out that local fishermen visit the island seasonally, and instead of eating the profitable fish, choose to kill and eat the pygmy sloths.

If she reaches 100,000 signatures, the next step is to contact ANAM (similar to the US’s EPA) and work to preserve the remaining members of the species. This is so important and I implore you all to sign!

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