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Petition: Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK.
There is a global refugee crisis. The UK is not offering proportional asylum in comparison with European counterparts. We can't allow refugees who have risked their lives to escape horrendous conflict and violence to be left living in dire, unsafe and inhumane conditions in Europe. We must help.

With an estimated 173,100 asylum applications, Germany was the largest recipient of new asylum claims in 2014. The USA was 2nd with 121,200 asylum applications, followed by Turkey (87,800), Sweden (75,100), and Italy (63,700). By comparison, the UK received 31,300 new applications for asylum by the end of 2014.
(Source: UNHCR 2014 Asylum Trends Report)

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/calais-migrants-dangerous-rhetoric
http://tracks.unhcr.org/2014/12/welcome-to-calais/

These people need help.

Please sign this petition!! The UK is accepting a ridiculously disproportionately low amount compared to other European countries. Look at this graph from the New York Times:

The UK’s graph is almost completely flat. Compare that with other countries like Sweden, Hungary, Germany, etc.

Anyway please sign the petition. Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate and the government responds to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures. It’s already gotten 132k signatures (as of 3rd Sept) but if it gets more than it’ll taken more seriously.

 It’s for UK residents only but even if you don’t live in the UK, please reblog.

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No One Held Accountable For Native Kids Harassed At South Dakota Hockey Game
A South Dakota man accused of shouting racial slurs and dumping beer on a group of Native American children at a hockey game was acquitted Tuesday on a sole disorderly conduct charge.

This is another example of racist tendencies in South Dakota that slow progress and justice. All children have the right to be rewarded for hard work. The people that dumped beer on them and yelled racial slurs should be ashamed of themselves.

These children need to know that there is hope of growing into a world without this racist ignorance. This is what LPLP will continue to strive for. Please sign our petition as the first step to giving power to the bands in South Dakota: lakotalaw.org/action.

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Petition: Close the Channel tunnel until Eurotunnel can enforce effective border control
Immediate closure of the Channel Tunnel until Eurotunnel and Border Control have full control over access to the tunnel and can effectively prevent the influx of illegal migrants. Security patrols also to be increased in and around Kent.

British people, sign here.

400,000 people have signed a petition to stop endangered animal hunting in Zimbabwe.

By Wednesday morning, a petition had collected nearly 400,000 signatures condemning Cecil the lion’s death and urging Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe “to stop issuing hunting permits to kill endangered animals.” The petition explains how Cecil’s death will devastate the local lion population.

Hey househunting! I know that many of you recognize the waterfall above as the waterfall from Twin Peaks. This is Snoqualmie Falls, in the town of Snoqualmie, Washington, about 45 minutes east of Seattle. It’s a tiny one-street town, with an ice cream parlor that hasn’t been changed at all since the 50s, a tiny three table coffee shop, and a great farmer’s market in the summer. My family lives in this town. The photos you see of the falls are always authentic – no cropping out of a town or city behind them, because they’re surrounded by woods. However, directly across from the small two lane highway the passes by the falls, about 1000 feet away, the forest is being clear cut to build a massive housing development. My friend Whitney Ballen (who actually wrote a beautiful album about The Falls, as everyone around here calls them, check it out here) posted the following on facebook:

The insanely beautiful and forested land adjacent to Snoqualmie Falls viewpoints is about to be bulldozed and turned into another 200+ housing complex. This land is considered sacred as it is the home of thousands of people who once settled in Snoqualmie. It is a native burial ground. There is always a light fog covering this area, you can see it from the view points at the falls. Please sign this petition to keep this as protected native land. Developing this area would mean total disrespect to the people who showed us this beautiful place and would also be an extremely disgusting distraction from the falls.

Western Washington is changing so much due to the massive influx of people flocking here due to Microsoft, Amazon, Nintendo, and Google. It’s bad enough when it happens in the city of Seattle, but the fact that they are building a development in the woods, in tribal burial grounds, is unfathomable. 

PLEASE spread this petition like wildfire (maybe an awful use of that word due to what’s going on in EASTERN Washington right now). Please sign it and share it and tell all your friends. Please don’t let them do this to tribal grounds. 

https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-bulldozing-of-sacred-burial-lands?recruiter=370657080&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_page&utm_term=mob-xs-share_petition-custom_msg&fb_ref=Default

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140,000 people have signed a petition for Jon Stewart to host a presidential debate 

“Jon Stewart is more than qualified to tackle the moderating job,” the petition reads. “Over the last 16 years, Jon Stewart has played an influential and iconic role in covering U.S. politics and media. We believe he should continue that tradition as a moderator at one of the 2016 Presidential Debates." While it may seem like a long shot, a grassroots petition to the Commission on Presidential Debates worked in 2012.

Save the Reef

Stretching over 2,300 kilometers along the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the world, and the only thing on Earth that can be seen from space. Despite being listed as World Heritage, the Australian Government is risking the well-being of the Reef for the sake of industrialization. Read on to find out more and how you can do your part to save the Great Barrier Reef!

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Petition: Ban shark finning in Australia

73 million sharks are killed every year as a result of the demand for shark fin.Because of the ever increasing desire for shark fin, the shark population has decreased by 95% since 1970. Sharks take several years to mature, which means they reproduce slowly and will only reproduce very few pups. As a result of this, the shark population is decreasing rapidly. The fins of a shark are sliced off and usually the shark is thrown back into the water, alive, left to either drown, starve or be eaten alive by other animals.

Sharks are the apex predator. Remove them, and the whole ecosystem would be destroyed. A test has been done on this in the Caribbean Sea. When the sharks disappeared, groupers began to overpopulate. Because of this, the algae eating parrotfish began to die out. Groupers then followed due to a lack of prey. Algae began to take over the ocean, destroying the reefs as a result of the disappearance of all marine life-all due to the sharks being fished.

Only 6 countries have bans on shark finning 22 others, like Australia have few regulations. The other 117 are free to fin with no limits. Currently, the only restriction placed in Australia is that the whole shark must be taken ashore instead of being thrown back into the water.

We need to tell Tony Abbott, the Australian Prime Minister that this needs to change-and it can. We just need to put a total ban on shark finning in Australia. Every little step we take to ensuring the safety of future of sharks counts so let’s start now.

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Someday I hope to never have to see these petitons again, because finning will be a thing of the past!

Nasa Needs Help (Important!)

In 2002 the Bush administration, upset over an over-budget, slow-moving program, cancelled a NASA exploration mission.

That mission was called New Horizons and it was supposed to finally bring us to Pluto.

As you well know, NASA recently got to Pluto. New Horizons wasn’t cancelled. The only reason it survived was because a small group of science lovers banded together and flooded the halls of Congress with demands to float this mission into the unknown.

The Planetary Society is that group. I volunteer for the Planetary Society and am here on their behalf now with a plea:

NASA is in trouble. This year in particular things look bad.

It’s an election year. Many senators are running for president and quite a few are willing to shut down the government to make a point or to further their careers.

During Ted Cruz’s 2013 government shutdown NASA was left with only 550 people to keep the astronauts aboard the space station alive, to ensure the rovers on Mars are alright and essentially all other crucial NASA endeavors survived until Congress got its act together.

We mustn’t let this happen again.

The mission to Europa is barely getting the proper support to move forward. It’s still in tremendous danger of getting nixed.

The President’s requested the cancellation of the Opportunity rover (it’s already on Mars!) and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

If we’re lax with our representatives we might be putting the James Webb Space Telescope in a position to miss its 2018 launch window.

The only thing we need is your voice.

Right now Congress is on a five-week break until Labor Day. Why should we allow them to leave for vacation without writing a budget for NASA? Do you think it’s okay that they break and not return until NASA’s current funding has all but expired? Lets flood their inboxes and make our voices heard.

If a congressperson doesn’t have a strong opinion on something they typically revert to what their constituents want. Luckily there’s hardly any strong “anti-planetary science” opinion in Congress.

Click here to sign our petition. It find your representatives and senators for you. Just fill the form out.

Because we did this years ago we can now sift through images of the wonders of Pluto. In another fifteen years we might be reading headline news articles about the discovery of extra terrestrial life on Europa.

Sign the petition here and please please please, spread this message. We can’t do this without you.

(Image credit: Matthew Woodson)

Please sign the petition to demand justice for Cecil!

Tell Zimbabwe to stop issuing hunting permits to kill endangered animals!

The hunters reportedly lured Cecil out of Hwange National Park, where it is illegal to kill wildlife, at night. Cecil was shot with a bow and arrow. The wounded lion didn’t die until 40 hours later, when the hunters tracked him down and shot him with a rifle. They then skinned and beheaded him. The Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association confirmed that Cecil was killed outside the park on private land, and an investigation is ongoing into the legality of the hunt.

The legend of Cecil started about three and a half years ago, when the then-10-year-old lion was kicked out of his pride, beaten by younger, more powerful males. Hunters argue that as loners, prideless male lions aren’t as important to sustaining lion populations.

But Cecil wasn’t finished. He soon teamed up with another lone male named Jericho, and the lions regained control of the region’s two prides, one of which consists of three lionesses and seven cubs under seven months old.

The loss of Cecil most likely spells the end of Jericho’s reign, and the possible loss of the pride’s cubs. Jericho, as a single male, will be unable to defend the two prides and cubs from new males that invade the territory. This is what we most often see happening in these cases. Infanticide is the most likely outcome.

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Two sisters to be raped as punishment - demand justice
An unelected all-male village council in India has ordered that two sisters must be raped. The ‘sentence’ was handed down as punishment after their brother eloped with a married woman. Demand justice now.

I just stumbled upon this on Twitter and even though we are on a cinematic blog right here, I feel like we all should make sure to be there for other people. 

We live in a world in which people still are unable to respect each other, in which a lot of harm comes over people. No matter where they are from, no matter which religion they belong to, no matter which language they speak and no matter what color their skin is. All these things are irrelevant. We are all people and we all should treat each other with love and respect. 

Stand up for people and their rights and take care of each other. So please, take a bit of your time to speak up against this horrible incident. Don’t tolerate opression and never shy away asking for help. We’re all the same.

Take care.

STOP TAXING MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS

Having a period is not a luxury, and neither are pads, tampons, cups or any other menstrual hygiene products. For most, these are essential items which are necessary to maintain a normal life. 
Please sign this petition to bring attention to the fact that menstrual hygiene products are not a luxury, therefore should not be taxed.
Share this petition on any social media you have. Tell those you know. Spread awareness and raise the signatures. Periods are not a luxury. Period. petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106063