Hell in North Korea

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal Position Action Page - The Pen

Dear Karen, 

We got a huge response to our request that you tell us what position 
we should take on the Iran Nuclear Deal. And we are pleased to report 
that the vast majority of our participants respectfully stated their 
views to us, many with elaborate supporting references, and with many 
thanking us for asking you to do so. 

We can also report that based on that response the overwhelming 
majority of our participants think we should support the deal struck 
by President Obama and Secretary Of State Kerry, though a distinct 
and passionate minority think we should not. 

This is clearly a matter of conscience, where sincere well-meaning 
people of good faith may strongly disagree. So what we decided to do 
was set up an action page where YOU can select YOUR position on this, 
and THAT is the message your members of Congress will get: 

Iran Nuclear Deal Position Action Page:

http://www.peaceteam.net/iran_nuclear_deal_position.php Moreover, the action page above has been custom coded to keep a live running tally of the "support" and the "oppose" submissions, so you can check out how the vote is going. We say let the numbers fall where they will. Let this page be a public demonstration of how many support the Iran Nuclear Deal and how many do not. Based on the many thoughtful and extended comments we have already received, we are certain our participants will add plenty of their own personal comments on this. We will note that one of the most persuasive arguments we got in support of the deal came from multiple people with intimate personal experience of Iranian society, observing that "saving face" is a strong cultural imperative there, and that all bluster aside there could never have been a deal that appeared to humiliate Iran. We might also mention that both Bernie Sanders, who many of our participants have taken much interest in, and Hillary Clinton as well, have both come out in favor of the deal. For our part, in our last alert we asked the questions we felt needed to be asked. We did in fact ASK you what position we should take, with every intention of following your wishes. And though the numbers were lopsided among the sample of our participants, there were very strong feelings on both sides. Accordingly, we believe the best way to honor the responses we ourselves got is to put up the voting choice page we have, just like a real democracy. And let the whole country see in one place how many support and how many do not. You may forward this message to any friends who would find it important. Contributions to The People's Email Network or ActBlue are not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes. If you would like to be added to our distribution list, go to http://www.peaceteam.net/in.htm Or if don't want to receive our messages, just go to http://www.peaceteam.net/out.htm usalone788b:234862

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Child Sex Traffic Survivors Petition

Help, Not Jail, for Human Trafficking Survivors



  • Author: Chris Wolverton
  • target: United States Congress
  • signatures: 43,679
43,679
45,000
A recent Human Rights for Girls Project report finds up to 80 percent of girls in certain states' juvenile justice systems have been physically or sexually abused. Some of these are child sex trafficking victims. In some states, children as young as 13 can be arrested and charged for prostitution.

Arrest rates have grown over the past two decades, even though actual crime has not increased. African American, Latina and Native American girls are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system.

Many children in the juvenile justice system are victims, not criminals. They need professional help to talk through their problems, not to be viewed as bad kids. According to the report, "When law enforcement views girls as perpetrators, and when their cases are not dismissed or diverted but sent deeper into the justice system, the cost is twofold: Girls' abusers are shielded from accountability, and the trauma that is the underlying cause of the behavior is not addressed."

The Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2015 would help child sex trafficking victims by diverting them to social services and discouraging or prohibiting charging them with a crime. Please sign the petition to urge Congress to pass this important act!

you have the power to create change.


START SHARING AND WATCH YOUR IMPACT GROW

WE SIGNED: HELP, NOT JAIL, FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS

Karen P., WA
Jul 19, 21:01
# 43,679
Shawn Miller, IL
Jul 19, 21:00
# 43,678
Kimberly Spiegel, VA
Jul 19, 20:59
# 43,677
Dominique winchester, MN
Jul 19, 20:59
# 43,676
Teresa Hawkins, AR
Jul 19, 20:57
# 43,675
Suzanne Marienau, MO
Jul 19, 20:59
# 43,674
Vicki McNamee, OH
Jul 19, 20:59
# 43,673
claudette Johnson, IL
Jul 19, 20:54
# 43,672
Warren Michael Flake, CA
Jul 19, 20:53
# 43,671
Karen Ephyria, KY
Jul 19, 20:56
# 43,670

Friday, July 17, 2015

Concentration Camps Australia


Australia's concentration camps



18 November 2013 | Ben Hillier
Editor 
Facebook: Ben Hillier 
Email: ben@redflag.org.au 
More articles by Ben Hillier



Concentration camp – noun      1. a place in which large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities.
Immigration minister Scott Morrison has attempted to erect a wall of silence around the government’s treatment of refugees. But the awful truth is the government’s worst kept secret: the Manus Island and Nauru concentration camps are hellholes.
As of 15 November, 1,786 people are imprisoned on the two islands. Workers at the facilities have shed new light on the conditions these detainees endure.
One Nauru case worker, speaking anonymously in November to Fairfax journalist Julie-Anne Davies, described the camp:
“[T]here’s not enough space for the kids to run around in; we can’t take them to the park, the beach, nowhere … Families of five live in one little area of a large marquee divided only by clear tarpaulins so there is no privacy. Husbands and wives can’t have sex, can’t do anything without everyone knowing their business.”
In the men’s camp, she related, “There are three or four toilets for [350] men and they just couldn't manage. They were soiling themselves and then having to wait in line for hours to have a two minute shower. It was really, really shocking.”
Another worker from the male-only Manus Island camp said, “As time goes by the men are getting more desperate and more sick. They all complain about kidney pain, headache, insomnia, but it takes at least three weeks for a doctor to see a client.”
The abuses of human dignity are so bad in Australia’s offshore concentration camps that one senior executive of a charity contracted to provide services confided, “I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, worried that one day we may have to face a royal commission and have to answer for the conditions under which these people were treated and which we didn’t have the guts to challenge the government on.”
Amid repeated reports and warnings about the health of detainees, Morrison has shown nothing but disregard: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a child, it doesn’t matter whether you’re pregnant, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a woman, it doesn’t matter if you’re an unaccompanied minor, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a health condition”, he said on 15 November during his weekly “Sovereign Borders” media briefing.
“If you are fit enough to get on a boat, then you can expect you’re fit enough to end up in offshore processing.”
The testimony of those who know the truth, and the responses of the man charged with defending gross human rights violations, are the just the latest indictments of Australia’s detention regime.
In mid-November pregnant detainee Latifa, a 31-year-old Rohingya woman, was flown to Brisbane from Nauru to give birth. She was separated from her baby Farus and placed in a Brisbane detention centre four days later, with her visitation rights limited to six hours per day.
Reflecting from Colombo, Sri Lanka, on how and why a new mother could be treated in such a way, Abbott said: “[B]ecause people have come to Australia illegally by boat … I don't, as it were, apologise for what happens when people come to Australia illegally by boat.”
The prime minister’s comment came as the Global Mail reported that a “profoundly disabled” four-year-old Tamil girl is to be deported, along with her father, to Nauru. The report, if true, is beyond words. She may yet be considered lucky by some, however.
In an unprecedented and shocking development, the Liberals on 17 November signed an agreement with the Sri Lankan government to provide it with two patrol boats to intercept asylum seekers fleeing the country.
The Australian government is in effect providing aid to the Rajapaksa regime to continue its genocide against the Tamil population and to prevent people fleeing the terror.
The record of this government, scarcely two months old, is already beyond criminal.