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    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Urge Mainstream Media to Cover Climate Protests, Stop Wildlife Trafficking on Facebook, and Demand Lucy the Elephant be Moved to an Animal Sanctuary. We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Get Justice for Patrick...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revoked the Emergencies Act on Wednesday evening, a week after it was enacted – a first for Canada. Trudeau had argued the act, which is reserved for national emergencies, was necessary to quell his country’s so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests. The protests snarled traffic in Ottawa and blocked key bridges into the U.S. for weeks. “The federal government has invoked the Emergencies Act to supplement provisional and territorial capacity to address the blockades and occupations,” Trudeau said last week. He told reporters during a press conference that the blockades were “disrupting the lives of too many Canadians.” “Here in our capital city [Ottawa], families of small businesses have been enduring illegal disruption of neighborhoods, occupying streets, harassing people, breaking the law,” Trudeau added. “This is not a peaceful protest.” Trudeau was strong in his defense of using the act to quell potential future protests. On Thursday, he suddenly announced the act had been revoked. “The situation is no longer an emergency, therefore the federal government will be ending the use of the emergencies act,”...
    Manchester United fans have been protesting the club's ownership. AP Manchester United is keeping the movements of its players a secret amid protests against its owners. United's game against Liverpool on May 2 was postponed when around 200 fans broke into Old Trafford. A 10-foot high wall and steel barriers have also been installed around the ground to halt protesters. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Manchester United is keeping the movements of its players a secret to stop them being ambushed by fans amid protests against the club's owners. Both ESPN and the Daily Mail report that the club has launched a top-secret operation to stop protesters from disrupting its plans for Thursday's re-arranged match against Liverpool at Old Trafford. The game against Liverpool was originally set to be held on May 2, but was postponed after around 200 fans protesting against the Glazer family's ownership of the club broke into the stadium and demonstrated on the pitch. During the protest, six police officers were injured, one of whom suffered a slash wound to the face. A...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” host Nicolle Wallace said that Republicans are trying to “criminalize protests, when all the violence really was on the right, right-wing extremists.” And Democrats have to “stop the policymaking in response to the lies.” Wallace said, “I mean, we’ve covered, for weeks now, the voter suppression laws in 47 states, 108 of them in total. We’ve been talking today about laws to criminalize protests, when all the violence really was on the right, right-wing extremists. 97.7% of the Black Lives Matter protests were peaceful.” She added that Democrats “now have to slow and stop the policymaking in response to the lies.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    If the annual defense bill triumphs over President Trump’s veto threat, one of its measures will enshrine a direct rejection of his response to this summer’s mass protests for Black liberation. No longer will federal police forces be able to conceal their identities when summoned to respond to civil disturbances. It’s the work of an Air Force veteran and freshman congresswoman from Pennsylvania, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Houlahan is a Democrat, but she gives credit to a Michigan Republican, Paul Mitchell, for helping craft and improve a provision that will stop federal law enforcement from being used like the so-called “little green men” of Ukraine–Russian-backed forces that concealed their identity for deniability. “Many people, myself included, were alarmed by seeing, whether it was in Portland or on the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial” a phalanx of security forces and “being unable to know who those people were and what organizations they were with,” Houlahan told The Daily Beast on Tuesday, shortly before the House vote on what’s known as the National Defense Authorization...
    Christopher Guenzler, 27, right, aims his handgun at antifascist protesters Saturday in Olympia, Washington, shortly before he fired a round that reportedly only grazed his intended victim. Right-wing demonstrations protesting the November election results on Donald Trump’s behalf began winding down in numbers this weekend—but decidedly picked up intensity in the violence and threatening rhetoric that have accompanied them all this month, thanks mainly to the presence of armed paramilitary groups such as the Proud Boys and various militia groups. The pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” protests seemed to lose some momentum this week, with just over a dozen such rallies recorded. However, what they lacked in numbers they made up for in ugliness: A demonstration in Olympia, Washington, on Saturday turned into a running series of brawls, culminating in gunfire, though no one was seriously injured. And in Michigan, a couple dozen armed protesters showed up at the home of the secretary of state during the evening as she was finishing up Christmas decorations and shouted threats at her and her family. According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project (ACLED),...
    Facebook announced Thursday it has taken down a rapidly growing pro-Trump group called 'Stop the Steal' because members were calling for violence. The group racked up more than 365,000 members in a single day in response to Tuesday's election with Trump supporters attempting to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the presidential election and calling for protests. The group, created Wednesday, called for 'boots on the ground to protect the integrity of the vote' and members said 'Democrats are scheming to disenfranchise and nullify Republican votes'.  'In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the Group "Stop the Steal," which was creating real-world events,' a Facebook spokesperson said Thursday. 'The group was organized around the delegitimization of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group,' the spokesperson added. Facebook announced Thursday it has taken down a rapidly growing pro-Trump group called 'Stop the Steal' because members were calling for violence. The group, created Wednesday, racked up more than 365,000 members before it...
    TRUMP supporters stormed voting centers in Arizona and Michigan as tensions in the Election reached breaking point - forcing one count to close. The fired-up crowds screamed "step the steal" and "stop the count" as Democrat Joe Biden closed in on victory in the too-close-to-call race to the White House. ⚠️ Read our US election live blog for the latest news & updates 25Trump supporters bang on the glass and chant slogans outside the TCF Center in DetroitCredit: AFP or licensors 25They screamed 'stop the vote' after storming the election counting center in the cityCredit: AP:Associated Press MAGA supporters protesting the results banged on glass doors at the Maricopa County Elections Department office in Phoenix, Arizona. At the time the center was closed to both the public and the press Joe Biden was ahead in the state by roughly 70,000 votes. A tweet from Maricopa's elections department said: "Staff will continue our job, which is to administer elections in the second largest voting jurisdiction in the county. "We will release results again tonight as planned. We thank the...
    Roughly 700 activists were arrested in 2016 for protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, an underground oil pipeline connecting the Bakken shale oil fields in northwest North Dakota with a storage facility in Illinois. Hundreds of those arrested were freed from jail by one man – an obscure 26-year-old from a small town in Oregon – who admits to paying more than $100,000 in cash bond payments. The mysterious payments, obtained by the Daily Caller, appear to be linked to radical environmental groups funded, in part, by Warren Buffett, who had a personal financial stake in preventing the construction of the pipeline. During its construction, thousands of activists converged on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, claiming it would pollute drinking water and desecrate tribal land. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a number of state and local environmental agencies conducted studies regarding the environmental impacts of Dakota Access. After meeting the requirements set forth in those reviews, construction of the pipeline was allowed to move forward in the face of escalating...
    CNN host Don Lemon declared Tuesday night that now-deadly riots in Kenosha, Wis., have to stop if 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden wants to defeat President Trump on election day. “The rioting has to stop,” Lemon said. “It’s showing up in the polling. It’s showing up in focus groups. It is the only thing right now that is sticking.” CNN REMOVES THE TERM 'VIOLENT' FROM ON-AIR GRAPHIC DESCRIBING PROTESTS IN WISCONSIN Don Lemon said now-deadly protests and riots in Kenosha have to stop if Joe Biden wants to defeat President Trump on Election Day. Earlier this week, Grabien Media founder Tom Elliot noticed that the word “violent” was quickly erased from CNN’s on-screen graphic when correspondent Omar Jiminez did a live hit from Kenosha. But after three nights of unrest, even liberal CNN has acknowledged the protests are far from peaceful. Lemon called the events in Kenosha a “Rorschach test” for the entire country. “I think this is a blind spot for Democrats,” Lemon said. “I think Democrats are ignoring this problem or hoping that it will go away. And it’s not going to go away.” Lemon said it’s unlikely anyone will...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The day after President Donald Trump's postmaster general spoke to members of Congress, protests called for an immediate halt to changes that have slowed mail service around the country.RELATED: USPS changes paused but not reversed, 6 mail processing machines in Chicago will not be replacedEMBED More News Videos Even as U.S. Senators questioned Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Friday, USPS workers in Chicago said mail processing machines takken out of service will not be replaced. Some in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood took to the streets to protest changes at the United States Post Office they say are an attempt to suppress the vote in the upcoming presidential election. Protesters also gathered outside post offices in River North and Logan Square."It's not just about the post office, this is just the one last straw that broke it all," neighborhood resident Tom Kapp said.Kapp and his wife were among dozens who lined Lawrence Avenue outside the North Side post office Saturday, calling for an immediate end to changes neighborhood residents say hurt the postal service.RELATED: Mail-in voting Illinois: How to request...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This video was created specifically for the KSAT-TV streaming app. Download the app on your Apple TV, Roku, Fire stick, or smart TV for more exclusive content, extended interviews and bonus footage. Tensions were high at the city council meeting on June 4. Council members struggled to make it through their regularly scheduled agenda as protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter” and interjected with passionate pleas for change. But a man with a plan stepped up to the microphone, calmed the crowd and got Mayor Ron Nirenberg to listen. Pharaoh Clark works with the nonprofit Uniting America Through Wisdom. He said he didn’t plan on speaking that day but came prepared with a ‘petition for peace and justice.’ “I noticed that the city to me wasn’t addressing the true issues at hand. We were talking about budgets for parks, potholes and sidewalks, which I feel are all important issues, none of which can trump the precedence of what we have going on right now. So something in me just said “stand up and speak”. So...
    A group of more than 1,000 employees at Alphabet, the parent company of Google, are petitioning the company to end its relationships with police departments. The move comes as protests across the country against police brutality and racism occur in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. Specifically, according to Reuters, the petition says the tech giant “should not be in the business of profiting from racist policing.” It highlights the sale of GSuite products like email and document editing to police departments. The petition has been signed by 1,600 employees. GSuite currently touts its relationship with the police department in Clarkstown, N.Y. on its website, writing that its use of the products has “transformed the way its officers share information and digital evidence.” It also quotes an officer who says the products have saved the department between $20,000 and $30,000 a year. The petition began circulating last week, Gizmodo reports, and also criticizes the company’s work with the military through its Gradient Ventures arm. “We want to be proud of...
    A U.S. judge on Friday ordered Seattle police to temporarily stop using tear gas, pepper spray and flash-bang devices to break up peaceful protests, a victory for groups who say authorities have overreacted to recent demonstrations over police brutality and racial injustice in the liberal city. U.S. District Judge Richard Jones issued the two-week order after a Black Lives Matter group sued the Seattle Police Department this week to halt the violent tactics it has used to break up largely peaceful protests in recent days. Officers last weekend used tear gas, pepper spray and other force against crowds that have demonstrated following George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police. Trending News Ex-cop charged in George Floyd death could get $1 million in pension Facebook flags post that was identical to Trump's Police release nearly-blank Breonna Taylor incident report Friends share a beer with neighbors to open a dialogue CDC posts tips for minimizing everyday coronavirus risk Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best have apologized to peaceful protesters who were subjected to chemical weapons. But Best...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge has ordered Seattle police to temporarily stop using tear gas, pepper spray and flash-bang devices to break up peaceful protests, a victory Friday for groups who say authorities overreacted to recent demonstrations over police brutality and racial injustice. U.S. District Judge Richard Jones issued the two-week order after a Black Lives Matter group sued the Seattle Police Department this week to halt the violent tactics it has used to break up largely peaceful protests in recent days. Officers used tear gas, pepper spray and other force against crowds that have demonstrated following the George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best have apologized to peaceful protesters who were subjected to chemical weapons. But Best has said some demonstrators violently targeted police, throwing projectiles and ignoring orders to disperse. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. SEATTLE (AP) — Hundreds are gathering and marching in the rain and some businesses have temporarily closed in response to Black Lives Matter Seattle-King...
    A group of 35 members of the House of Representatives is calling on federal law enforcement agencies to stop their surveillance of protests across the country against racism and police brutality. The lawmakers made their demands in a letter to the heads of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the National Guard Bureau. In the letter, the members of Congress said they have “deep and profound concerns” about the surveillance tactics used by the agencies and “demand that you cease any and all surveilling of Americans engaged in peaceful protests.” The lawmakers cite several instances of surveillance at protests including: aircraft with infrared cameras flying over Washington D.C. and Las Vegas; aircraft with equipment that can collect cell phone data flying over Washington D.C.; Predator drones flying over Minneapolis, San Antonio, and Detroit; and the DEA being granted authority to conduct “covert surveillance” of protesters. The letter adds that the lawmakers know agencies have used Stingrays to collect cell phone information, facial recognition technology, and automated...
    A federal judge ordered police in Denver on Friday to temporarily stop using tear gas, rubber bullets and other "less-than-lethal" forces like flash grenades during protests. The order comes following a class-action lawsuit against the city of Denver and the Denver Police Department.  The plaintiffs in the suit alleged the Denver police used excessive force against activists protesting police brutality in the city. Protests have erupted nationwide for more than a week following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The ruling cited examples, captured on video, of police injuring mostly peaceful protesters and journalists without giving any warnings to disperse, violating their First and Fourth Amendment rights.  The judge's order temporarily prevents police officers from using chemical weapons or projectiles, unless approved by a superior on the scene in response to acts of violence or destruction of property.  The order specifically prohibits officers from aiming projectiles randomly into crowds or at an individual protester's head, pelvis or back. Pepper spray, tear gas and other chemical agents cannot be used under any circumstances until after protesters are given time to comply with...
    After ten days of protests in New York City and around the world, New York’s police commissioner Dermot Shea is asking for peace. READ MORE: People looking for cyclist who attacked kid with George Floyd posters  As reported by The New York Post, in particular, he’s asking for assaults on police officers in the city to stop, while apologizing for any aggression on their part in dealing with protests that sometimes became violent. Looters also vandalized, looted, and destroyed stores in midtown Manhattan, Soho, and on Fordham Road in the Bronx, the borough’s main shopping strip. (Photo: Adobe Photo Stock) At a virtual press conference this week, Shea told media that he doesn’t understand how the protests had gotten so far out of hand. WATCH LIVE as @NYPDShea provides an update to recent events. https://t.co/zwH2JDfsTk — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 4, 2020 “How the hell did we get here in the middle of a pandemic, in the middle of a week of meaningful, meaningful protest?” Shea said. “Violence has been used multiple times during what could have been and what should have been peaceful protests.” NYPD officers stand in line near a demonstration denouncing systemic racism in law enforcement in the...
    Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., weighed in Sunday on the riots that have erupted in Atlanta after the death of George Floyd in police custody, saying the “criminal” activity has “got to stop.” “These peaceful protests that turned violent, that’s not the nature of our country, that’s certainly not the nature of what happens here in Atlanta,” Loeffler told “America News HQ” on Sunday. “What we saw Friday night was violent protests erupting out of peaceful protests.” Loeffler added that on Saturday night, “we saw peaceful protesters outside the governor’s mansion... however, the later it got past curfew, you saw those elements, that Antifa-like activity, start to gear up.” She said as a result, more than 150 people were arrested. The protests were sparked by the May 25 death of Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis cop, Derek Chauvin, was seen kneeling on his neck in a viral video. Chauvin has been fired and charged with third-degree murder, and the federal Justice Department has been investigating the case. Crowds across the nation have seized on the racially charged incident to demand justice, but the protests...
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