granolapaladin:

Corporations are literally stealing our governments, negotiating an international pact this week that would erase corporate regulation and create a new powerful international court system with big business as the plaintiffs. Worse, they’re doing it all in secret — unless we shine a light.

It’s called the Trans Pacific Partnership, and although it’s being disguised as a ‘trade agreement’, it’s anything but. The TPP has been shrouded in secrecy for the 5 years, even US members of Congress were denied access. But now a partial draft copy has been leaked! — giving us a chance to kill this attack on our democracy.

Here’s what we know: Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Walmart and almost 600 other corporate lobbyists are all invited guests to the secret negotiations, trying to secure their piece of the pie — from powers to sue governments over anti-smoking laws, to challenging pollution protections and policing our use of the Internet. If successful, the TPP would roll back worker’s rights, environmental regulation and human rights laws, all while fattening the pockets of some of the richest companies on the planet.

But we can stop it dead in its tracks. Already a handful of key countries, like Austalia and New Zealand, are coming out to question the secretive process, and to disagree with fundamental pieces of the agreement. National outcries will threaten a government’s ability to pass the TPP at home and could destroy the confidence of negotiators, ending this destructive deal. Sign the petition on the right to stop the corporate takeover now and tell everyone — if enough of us join, partners will project our petition counter on the walls of the meeting space in real time, so negotiators can see the opposition in their countries explode.

Reblogging this petition from my political Tumblr to my main Tumblr.

elegentblacksmith:

everythingbutharleyquinn:

liz-the-wiz:

thatfeministdyke:

transawareness:

The above article is an update.  Her mother went to appeal to keep her out of the psychiatric ward and lost.  She will be institutionalized because of her expression of her gender.  She will be held until she conforms to male gender and then released to foster care, not her mother who was supporting her.

Please, if you haven’t signed the petition, sign it, reblog it, ask your friends to sign it. We’ve managed to get 40K signatures for a pageant model, we’ve only gotten 11K for a little girl about to have her life ruined.  Lets get on the ball and spread the word.

Sign It.

I want to throw up. I’m so fucking angry. Sign this shit.


signal boost because this is one of the most disgusting occurances invloving a child i have ever heard of. please sign it.

Sign this. It will take you 5 seconds. A CHILD is about to be institutionalised because her gender does not match the one society has assigned to her.  INSTITUTIONALISED.

Please.  We need more people to sign!  We are at 27,341 at the moment!  We need 7,659 more to reach the goal!  Please guys!  We can make a HUGE difference in this girl’s life!

The appeal court judge rejected the mother’s request for a proper psychiatric evaluation, instead trusting the opinion of a biased and unqualified Youth Welfare Office nurse. And reparative therapy is harmful quackery which was debunked long ago. This is just disgusting.

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stfusexists:

thedaddycomplex:

Remember that report about how the U.S. Census doesn’t consider dads to be a “designated parent?” Well, the outrage hasn’t died and somebody much more motivated than me started a petition at change.org to wave in front of the big mucky-mucks at the U.S. Census Bureau. Go eSign it and show your support for dads.

And on behalf of dads everywhere, thanks.

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Really? The United States Census Bureau is seriously using overtly sexist double standards, and trying to justify them by citing traditional gender roles? They’re just assuming the mother is always the primary caregiver, without even bothering to ask? >_<

foreverliberal:

Virginia, Don’t Ban “Cross-Gender” Dress
A school district in Suffolk, Virginia is trying to ban “cross-gender” dress in order to protect students from bullying, and murders and suicides that are connected to it. This policy would ban students from wearing clothing that does not match their gender, or that causes a “disruption” or “health or safety concern”. 
Despite the fact that the policy is vague — what exactly is outside of a student’s gender? — it is also very problematic. Students who don’t identify as their biological sex would be forced to dress a certain way, making so many kids feel uncomfortable and prohibiting them from expressing themselves. This would violate the freedom of expression. 
Forcing people to conform to make other students feel comfortable does not get to the root of the problem — prejudice —  it will simply shove it under the rug. The way someone expresses their gender is never a disruption or a health or safety concern unless it is allowed to be. 
Instead of violating these students’ freedom of expression, tell the Suffolk School District to enforce bullying policies that strongly protect gender expression and teach their students to accept people as they are! 
Petition is here — http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Virginia-Dont-Ban-Cross-Gender-Dress/

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foreverliberal:

Virginia, Don’t Ban “Cross-Gender” Dress

A school district in Suffolk, Virginia is trying to ban “cross-gender” dress in order to protect students from bullying, and murders and suicides that are connected to it. This policy would ban students from wearing clothing that does not match their gender, or that causes a “disruption” or “health or safety concern”. 

Despite the fact that the policy is vague — what exactly is outside of a student’s gender? — it is also very problematic. Students who don’t identify as their biological sex would be forced to dress a certain way, making so many kids feel uncomfortable and prohibiting them from expressing themselves. This would violate the freedom of expression. 

Forcing people to conform to make other students feel comfortable does not get to the root of the problem — prejudice — it will simply shove it under the rug. The way someone expresses their gender is never a disruption or a health or safety concern unless it is allowed to be. 

Instead of violating these students’ freedom of expression, tell the Suffolk School District to enforce bullying policies that strongly protect gender expression and teach their students to accept people as they are! 

Petition is here — http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Virginia-Dont-Ban-Cross-Gender-Dress/

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gabbi-ness:

captainimaginary:

gabbi-ness:

thejewishhippiewithabeard:

gabbi-ness:

“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.”


Please help out by signing this petition and then reblog, so we can get a stop to this stupid law!

Petition CLICK HERE!

Purely out of my own ignorance, can people who undergo sex changes have children anyway?

I’m quoting Humon on dA cause she wrote something about that;
“Mind you, when you have your sex changed surgically you can’t have children anyway. The point here is that it’s an unnecessary extra surgery you have to go through if you want to change your sex and be acknowledged as said gender on paper after your sex change.” - Humon

It’s not only about that!
What the law also says that if you get sterilized and change gender, you are also not allowed to save your egs/sperm in a bank. They have to be destroyed to.
So if you want children even after your surgery and transition, you can’t have ones that are some how genetically attached to you, which you could have had if this law didn’t excist and you where allowed to save sperm/egs even if it is not YOU birthing the child.

And also it is the principle of the simple thing that it is your human right to be able to choose for youself what you do with your body.

Really?! I didn’t know about that… I makes it ever worse! Dammit Sweden, I’m a bit ashamed of living here right now. >.<

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rinacat:

littledigits:

cheeeeeeen:

By far two of the most dangerous and harmful bills introduced today, not only to US citizens but to the entire world, are Protect-IP and SOPA, proposed censorship systems for the internet based on the interests of the entertainment industry. It sounds ridiculous, especially because you probably haven’t heard of it before, but they’re very real.

The MPAA, RIAA, Hollywood knows that they have been flying in CEOs of as many companies as possible, recruiting people to get petition signups at malls in California, and here’s the big point— they know they have gotten their message through to Congress — the worst bill in Internet history, the one where government and their corporations get unbelievable power to take down sites, threaten payment processors into stopping payment to sites on a blacklist, and throw people in jail for posting ordinary content is about to pass before the end of this year. The only thing that is going to stop Hollywood from owning the Internet and everything we do, is if there is a big surprise Internet backlash starting right now.

PROTECT IP (S. 968)/SOPA (HR. 3261) creates the first system for Internet censorship - this bill has sweeping provisions that give the government and corporations leeway and legal cover for taking down sites “by accident,” mistakenly, or for NOT doing “enough” to protect the interests of Hollywood. These bills that are moving very quickly through Congress and can pass before Christmas aim to give the US government and corporations the ability to block sites over infringing links posted by their users and give ISPs the release to take any means to block peoples’ sites, including slowing down your connection. That’s right, some say this bill is a workaround to net neutrality and is bigger than net neutrality.

boingboing.com

And this is how it will affect you:

Let’s make one thing clear from the get-go: despite all the talk about this bill being directed only toward “rogue” foreign sites, there is no question that it targets US companies as well. The bill sets up a system to punish sites allegedly “dedicated to the theft of US property.”  How do you get that label?  Doesn’t take much: Some portion of your site (even a single page) must

  • be directed toward the US, and either
  • allegedly “engage in, enable or facilitate” infringement or
  • allegedly be taking or have taken steps to “avoid confirming a high probability” of infringement.

If an IP rightsholder (vaguely defined – could be Justin Bieber worried about his publicity rights) thinks you meet the criteria and that it is in some way harmed, it can send a notice claiming as much to the payment processors (Visa, Mastercard, Paypal etc.) and ad services you rely on.

Once they get it, they have 5 days to choke off your financial support.  Of course, the payment processors and ad networks won’t be able to fine-tune their response so that only the allegedly infringing portion of your site is affected, which means your whole site will be under assault.  And, it makes no difference that no judge has found you guilty of anything or that the DMCA safe harbors would shelter your conduct if the matter ever went to court.  Indeed, services that have been specifically found legal, like Rapidshare, could be economically strangled via SOPA. You can file a counter-notice, but you’ve only got 5 days to do it (good luck getting solid legal advice in time) and the payment processors and ad networks have no obligation to respect it in any event.  That’s because there are vigilante provisions that grant them immunity for choking off a site if they have a “reasonable belief” that some portion of the site enables infringement.

eff.org

Prime targets, eff.org says, are sites like twitter and tumblr.

But for now, we still have the power we’ve always had to stimulate change and speak up against this censorship, using exactly what these bills will try to stifle. ANYONE who uses tumblr should sign this petition and get the word out. Part of the strength of Protect-IP and SOPA is that they’re so under the radar right now. It’s our job to change this. Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP PROTECT-IP AND SOPA:

PLEASE DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN AND REBLOG THIS POST TO GET THE WORD OUT!!!

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If it passes it will start effecting everyone regardless of what country you live in. No more tumblr, twitter, facebook, DA? I mean they say just twitter/tumblr but its going to be much bigger then that. NO REDDIT?! Fuck that.

Just reblogging this.

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dodostad:

I’m posting this for the global petition since I’ve only seen one for US citizens so far.

Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world’s Internet — creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz!  Under the new law, the US could force Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users’ activities. And,  because so much of the Internet’s hosts and hardware are located in the  US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us. The vote could happen any day now, but we can help stop this — champions in Congress want to preserve  free speech and tell us that an international outcry would strengthen  their hand. Let’s urgently raise our voices from every corner of the  world and build an unprecedented global petition calling on US decision  makers to reject the bill and stop Internet censorship. Sign now and then forward as widely as possible — our message will be delivered directly to key members of the US Congress ahead of the crucial vote:
To all Members of the US Congress:
As concerned  global citizens, we call on you to stand for a free and open Internet  and vote both against the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act.  The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange  ideas and work collectively to build the world we all want. We urge you  to show true global leadership and do all you can to protect this basic  pillar of our democracies worldwide.

Sign the petition here! 

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dodostad:

I’m posting this for the global petition since I’ve only seen one for US citizens so far.

Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world’s Internet — creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz!

Under the new law, the US could force Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users’ activities. And, because so much of the Internet’s hosts and hardware are located in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us.

The vote could happen any day now, but we can help stop this — champions in Congress want to preserve free speech and tell us that an international outcry would strengthen their hand. Let’s urgently raise our voices from every corner of the world and build an unprecedented global petition calling on US decision makers to reject the bill and stop Internet censorship. Sign now and then forward as widely as possible — our message will be delivered directly to key members of the US Congress ahead of the crucial vote:

To all Members of the US Congress:

As concerned global citizens, we call on you to stand for a free and open Internet and vote both against the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and work collectively to build the world we all want. We urge you to show true global leadership and do all you can to protect this basic pillar of our democracies worldwide.

Sign the petition here!

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thecuntmentality:

nuestrahermana:

TW: Rape, sexual assault/violence. Please sign this, this is extremely important.
tinypenny:

If you guys haven’t already heard (my followers already  have, and I’m tagging to spread awareness) - there are some 200 clinics  in Ecuador right now that are using torture and rape as a ways of  rehabilitating lesbian women. They may be possibly doing it to gay men  too. If you could just take literally twenty seconds out of your day to  sign the All Out campaign, it would be so, so helpful.
The goal right now is 50,000 online signatures and we are currently at 32,185. The people of Ecuador are going to deliver the letter with the signatures directly to the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa’s, office.
That being said, if you could just take another twenty seconds to sign this one too, that would be beyond fantastic.
Thanks so much, guys.


Please, reblog and sign.

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thecuntmentality:

nuestrahermana:

TW: Rape, sexual assault/violence. Please sign this, this is extremely important.

tinypenny:

If you guys haven’t already heard (my followers already have, and I’m tagging to spread awareness) - there are some 200 clinics in Ecuador right now that are using torture and rape as a ways of rehabilitating lesbian women. They may be possibly doing it to gay men too. If you could just take literally twenty seconds out of your day to sign the All Out campaign, it would be so, so helpful.

The goal right now is 50,000 online signatures and we are currently at 32,185. The people of Ecuador are going to deliver the letter with the signatures directly to the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa’s, office.

That being said, if you could just take another twenty seconds to sign this one too, that would be beyond fantastic.

Thanks so much, guys.

Please, reblog and sign.

Signed. Signal boost.

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