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vulcanmarbles:

Uzbekistan’s President is forcing doctors to cut out women’s uteruses without their knowledge or consent to promote “birth control” across the country. It’s a vile and bloody crime against women being orchestrated by an odious dictator, and now is the time for it to end.    

Uzbekistan’s Karimov is one of the world’s worst dictators, he’s even boiled opposition activists alive. Yet he’s propped up by millions of dollars from the US government who pay him for military transport across the country. This latest round of brutality, this time against his country’s women, has turned the global spotlight on this monster. Let’s use this awful moment to persuade his biggest backer to ditch him.      

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can cut him off. She has already publicly condemned Karimov for human rights abuses and this most recent assault on women’s rights - a topic she champions - only ups the stakes.  Sign the petition below calling on Clinton to end Karimov’s reign and stop the brutal attack on women: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/uzbekistan_sterilisation_meme/?vl

Activists estimate tens or even hundreds of thousands of women were sterilised secretly when they went into the hospital for a routine procedure or to give birth — waking up with no idea that their uterus has just been removed. One Uzbek gynecologist admitted, ‘Every doctor is told…how many women are to be sterilised … my quota is four women a month’. The use of arbitrary arrest and torture is so widespread that women don’t speak out for fear of reprisals, and foreign journalists and human rights activists are routinely thrown out of the country. 

It doesn’t have to be like this — the US could play hardball with Karimov, who relies on the steady flow of money from transit to Afghanistan to fund his lavish lifestyle. The human rights horror show in Uzbekistan has gone under the radar for years — but we have a real chance to break the silence now, using the explosive BBC report that details forced sterilisations, and stand with the brave Uzbek women who have dared to tell their stories in the face of stunning oppression. 



We just heard the news: in less than a week Russian lawmakers are expected to pass a law that will silence millions by making it a crime to read, write or even discuss anything “gay.” Even worse, if this law passes in “liberal” St. Petersburg, the ruling party’s next step is to push this law nationwide.
The Governor of St. Petersburg is our last chance to stop this bill: he has the power to veto it. So with your help, we’re going to hit him where it counts : in the City’s wallet. 
Saint Petersburg is one of Russia’s number one tourist destinations. That’s why an international storm of bad publicity will force the Governor to think twice about the cost of signing this bill.
We have less than a week to act: add your name to this urgent call. Next week All Out members around the world are organizing flashmobs in front of Russian embassies and consulates - from New York to Buenos Aires, Paris to Delhi - where they will deliver your signature straight to the government’s doorstep:
www.allout.org/stpetersburg-dont-go
Conservatives in St. Petersburg intent on passing this “gay gag rule” believe they can casually dismiss calls from world leaders - and even the country’s own international treaty obligations respecting freedom of expression. But at the same time, Russian leaders recently announced that they want to invest $11 billion dollars to build their international reputation and attract tourists from around the world. St. Petersburg, Russia’s cosmopolitan “window to the west” is key to that strategy. But they can’t have it both ways - a thriving tourist economy can’t coexist with a new law that will muzzle artists, writers, musicians and regular citizens who live in - or visit - the city. 
Imagine for a moment the new St. Petersburg - where newly empowered “thought police” can fine you for any mention of the well known fact that famed Russian composer Tchaikovksy, a St. Petersburg native, was gay. This law will censor millions of Russians, gay and straight - and silence any and all human rights organizations in Russia fighting for equal rights.
Will you take one minute to urge Governor Georgy Poltavchenko to veto the bill that is going to stain St. Petersburg’s international reputation - an issue close to his heart?  
www.allout.org/stpetersburg-dont-go


I keep being amazed that this bill keeps bubbling to the surface and spreading, so I’m hoping a lot of you will join me in signing the petition and hopefully doing what we can to aid the Russian people in stopping the bill. 

We just heard the news: in less than a week Russian lawmakers are expected to pass a law that will silence millions by making it a crime to read, write or even discuss anything “gay.” Even worse, if this law passes in “liberal” St. Petersburg, the ruling party’s next step is to push this law nationwide.

The Governor of St. Petersburg is our last chance to stop this bill: he has the power to veto it. So with your help, we’re going to hit him where it counts : in the City’s wallet. 

Saint Petersburg is one of Russia’s number one tourist destinations. That’s why an international storm of bad publicity will force the Governor to think twice about the cost of signing this bill.

We have less than a week to act: add your name to this urgent call. Next week All Out members around the world are organizing flashmobs in front of Russian embassies and consulates - from New York to Buenos Aires, Paris to Delhi - where they will deliver your signature straight to the government’s doorstep:

www.allout.org/stpetersburg-dont-go

Conservatives in St. Petersburg intent on passing this “gay gag rule” believe they can casually dismiss calls from world leaders - and even the country’s own international treaty obligations respecting freedom of expression. But at the same time, Russian leaders recently announced that they want to invest $11 billion dollars to build their international reputation and attract tourists from around the world. St. Petersburg, Russia’s cosmopolitan “window to the west” is key to that strategy. But they can’t have it both ways - a thriving tourist economy can’t coexist with a new law that will muzzle artists, writers, musicians and regular citizens who live in - or visit - the city. 

Imagine for a moment the new St. Petersburg - where newly empowered “thought police” can fine you for any mention of the well known fact that famed Russian composer Tchaikovksy, a St. Petersburg native, was gay. This law will censor millions of Russians, gay and straight - and silence any and all human rights organizations in Russia fighting for equal rights.

Will you take one minute to urge Governor Georgy Poltavchenko to veto the bill that is going to stain St. Petersburg’s international reputation - an issue close to his heart?  

www.allout.org/stpetersburg-dont-go

I keep being amazed that this bill keeps bubbling to the surface and spreading, so I’m hoping a lot of you will join me in signing the petition and hopefully doing what we can to aid the Russian people in stopping the bill. 


Description from All Out: 

If you are a transgender person in Sweden today looking to legally change your gender, in the 21st century you are still forced to undergo surgery that will render you permanently infertile and forever unable to have children. This barbaric practice of forced sterilizations has to stop! 

The majority of the Swedish parliament is in favor of modifying this law - but up until now Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has let a small conservative party block this long awaited reform. 

Let’s make sure the Prime Minister knows that the majority of Sweden, and Europe - wants to see Sweden on the right side of history - by eliminating this archaic practice. 

My followers must be getting plenty sick of me pushing my causes on them, by now, but I really can’t help it in these cases. I’m pretty slow in getting this up - the petition has been going since yesterday, I think - but better late than never, right? Sign it if you have a moment to spare! 

Reblog / posted 2 years ago with 4 notes

END RAPE CULTURE NOW - SHUT DOWN SIGMA PHI EPSILON VERMONT GAMMA

A member of UVM’s Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity recently sent a survey to his brothers, in which the final question listed was:

"If you could rape anyone who would it be?"

This egregious expression of rape culture is only the most recent example
of systemic sexism at UVM. The past year alone has witnessed rape, multiple sexual assaults, and anti-abortion chalking in public spaces. While the university administration has laid off long-time Women’s and Gender Studies faculty and supported sexist institutions like Sigma Phi Epsilon, it has refused to take concerted action to combat sexism and rape culture. We
demand that instead of diverting resources into vast salaries for its
administrators, UVM should launch an aggressive campaign against sexism and rape culture, and it should expand institutions such as Women’s and Gender Studies and the Women’s Center at UVM. Furthermore, UVM must immediately disband Sigma Phi Epsilon. An institution that discusses who it wants to rape has no place at UVM or in the Burlington community. 

Sign here.

I thought this was just…disgusting, so I signed and immediately thought that I should share it with all the lovely feminists I know on tumblr. So here you go!

Reblog / posted 2 years ago with 9 notes

celeryaneffigy:

December 2, 2011 Nigeria is pushing forward a law that would make it a punishable offense - of up to 14-years in prison - for anybody to go to a gay bar, to work for or be involved with LGBT organizations, or to be in an openly gay relationship. This Monday, our friend Ifeanyi and other Nigerian activists are speaking out at the UN against this draconian bill with a simple message: We Are Not Illegal. Add your voice to Ifeanyi’s urgent appeal to the Nigerian President and he will deliver your signature this Monday. 
www.allout.org/nigeria

Shamelessly reblogging myself, because it’s a violation of human rights (or what should be a human fucking right, to be open about who you are without shame, or to at the very least openly work to get this right) that really infuriates me. The voting on the similar law in Russia was prevented due to public outcry, so in the hopes that the same can happen here, take a moment and sign, and spread the word to everyone you know! (The site that hosts the petition also has the option of sharing on facebook and twitter.) Sign-sign-sign!

celeryaneffigy:

December 2, 2011 

Nigeria is pushing forward a law that would make it a punishable offense - of up to 14-years in prison - for anybody to go to a gay bar, to work for or be involved with LGBT organizations, or to be in an openly gay relationship. 

This Monday, our friend Ifeanyi and other Nigerian activists are speaking out at the UN against this draconian bill with a simple message: We Are Not Illegal. 

Add your voice to Ifeanyi’s urgent appeal to the Nigerian President and he will deliver your signature this Monday. 

www.allout.org/nigeria

Shamelessly reblogging myself, because it’s a violation of human rights (or what should be a human fucking right, to be open about who you are without shame, or to at the very least openly work to get this right) that really infuriates me. The voting on the similar law in Russia was prevented due to public outcry, so in the hopes that the same can happen here, take a moment and sign, and spread the word to everyone you know! (The site that hosts the petition also has the option of sharing on facebook and twitter.) Sign-sign-sign!


December 2, 2011 Nigeria is pushing forward a law that would make it a punishable offense - of up to 14-years in prison - for anybody to go to a gay bar, to work for or be involved with LGBT organizations, or to be in an openly gay relationship. This Monday, our friend Ifeanyi and other Nigerian activists are speaking out at the UN against this draconian bill with a simple message: We Are Not Illegal. Add your voice to Ifeanyi’s urgent appeal to the Nigerian President and he will deliver your signature this Monday. 
www.allout.org/nigeria

December 2, 2011 

Nigeria is pushing forward a law that would make it a punishable offense - of up to 14-years in prison - for anybody to go to a gay bar, to work for or be involved with LGBT organizations, or to be in an openly gay relationship. 

This Monday, our friend Ifeanyi and other Nigerian activists are speaking out at the UN against this draconian bill with a simple message: We Are Not Illegal. 

Add your voice to Ifeanyi’s urgent appeal to the Nigerian President and he will deliver your signature this Monday. 

www.allout.org/nigeria


Russia: A Bill to Silence Millions

celeryaneffigy:

remnantsoflove:

Political leaders in St. Petersburg are about to vote on law that will make it illegal for any person to write a book, publish an article or speak in public about being gay, lesbian or transgender. The ruling party led by President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin could make millions of people invisible with the stroke of a pen.

Voting for this bill will be on Wednesday.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THIS!

http://www.allout.org/en/actions/russia_silenced/taf

I just signed this, and I think you all should take a look and see what it’s about, too! It’s making an already difficult situation for gay people, lesbians and transgendered people in Russia even more difficult, and Moscow are considering passing the same bill. This could pave the way to make this law national. It’s stifling free speech and it’s trampling the rights of these individuals, so take a moment to check it out!

So I just got the update that the voting on this bill has been postponed one week, until November 30th. But the bill might still be passed, so if you haven’t signed the petition, you can still do it, or spread the word to get other people to do so. YAY FOR PETITIONS! -gets pompoms and cheers signers on-


ryeisenberg:

urlesque:

slacktory:

Petition Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly to Eat Pepper Spray on TV
Sign the petition!

From Nick Douglas: Yesterday, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly told Bill O’Reilly that police pepper spray, like the spray used on the UC Davis student protestors, is “a food product, essentially”.
So I’m petitioning Ms. Kelly to eat or drink a full dose of pepper spray and broadcast it on Fox News.

I support this 100%.

ryeisenberg:

urlesque:

slacktory:

Petition Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly to Eat Pepper Spray on TV

Sign the petition!

From Nick Douglas: Yesterday, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly told Bill O’Reilly that police pepper spray, like the spray used on the UC Davis student protestors, is “a food product, essentially”.

So I’m petitioning Ms. Kelly to eat or drink a full dose of pepper spray and broadcast it on Fox News.

I support this 100%.


Russia: A Bill to Silence Millions

remnantsoflove:

Political leaders in St. Petersburg are about to vote on law that will make it illegal for any person to write a book, publish an article or speak in public about being gay, lesbian or transgender. The ruling party led by President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin could make millions of people invisible with the stroke of a pen.

Voting for this bill will be on Wednesday.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THIS!

http://www.allout.org/en/actions/russia_silenced/taf

I just signed this, and I think you all should take a look and see what it’s about, too! It’s making an already difficult situation for gay people, lesbians and transgendered people in Russia even more difficult, and Moscow are considering passing the same bill. This could pave the way to make this law national. It’s stifling free speech and it’s trampling the rights of these individuals, so take a moment to check it out!