Every cause needs support. Sometimes that can look like volunteering your time, sometimes it’s donating your money, other times, it’s as simple as signing a petition for change. Browse the list for causes you’re passionate to endorse and feel welcome to comment down below so we can add any that have been missed.
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“Our front line health care workers are already running out of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, and gowns. We also need access to hoods, face shields, goggles, and other protective equipment. There is a critical shortage of COVID-19 test kits, ventilators, hand sanitizer, and medications that might treat COVID-19 patients.”
“The suffering caused by the shortage of mental health support in Canada is well known and documented in every province, territory and municipality. Despite the nationwide desperation of families and individuals, there’s no national leadership for mental health care. Every candidate can do better by standing for national leadership in Canada’s mental and addictions crisis.”
“Pollinators, play critical roles in ecosystems and in the production of our food. If you’ve eaten an apple or worn a comfy cotton t-shirt, you can thank a pollinator for transporting pollen between those plants’ blossoms. Despite the important services they provide, the populations of many wild pollinators are declining, largely due to changes in their habitat, intensive agricultural practices and pesticide use, invasive species, disease and climate change.”
“Amber Alerts have been issued … and complaints have come through the emergency lines. This is ABSURD. This has to STOP. People have to understand that when they dial 9-1-1, they are taking time and personnel away from actual emergencies and that these actions could COST LIVES!”
“A shocking 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Scientists and conservationists agree that at this rate, both African and Asian elephants will be extinct in the wild within our lifetime. Even so, at the last IUCN World Conservation Congress, Canada was 1 of only 4 countries to oppose the closure of domestic ivory markets across the globe.”
“It’s been 16 months since my father, Yasser Albaz has been unlawfully detained in Tora Prison. We miss him terribly and we may never see or speak to him again. On June 11, 2020, my family found out that my father is experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms. Not only is he in horribly unhygienic conditions with limited ventilation and almost non-existing medical care, he is in his fifties, and has pre-existing medical conditions which increase his risk and need for immediate medical care.”
“Plastic is choking the planet Earth. As global citizens, the time has come for us to do something about it. 40% of plastic in Canada is generated for packaging – much of that for the food we eat. CBC’s “Marketplace” recently broadcast an episode devoted to plastic food packaging, and the fact that supermarkets are not offering consumers a choice when it comes to what their fruits, vegetables and other foods are packed in. THERE IS ANOTHER WAY.”
“The UCP has cancelled a working group tasked with banning gay conversion therapy in Alberta. This practice is still very prevalent in Alberta, and the work that was started must continue to protect our #LGBTQ2S+ community.”
“Due a lack of funding, the OSPCA will no longer be enforcing animal cruelty laws in the province of Ontario. The OSPCA would like to see a model similar to that in New York, where the NYPD has an animal cruelty squad that leads investigations and works with the American SPCA, which handles similar support services. It is past time for the Ontario Government to pass legislation regarding the enforcement of tougher animal cruelty laws, and to allocate funding towards the training and maintenance of an animal cruelty unit within the Ontario Provincial Police.”
“In 2015, the French government passed a law forbidding supermarkets from wasting and deliberately destroying food that can still be eaten. Instead, supermarkets have since been required to donate all unsold food products to charity such as food banks. A similar anti-food waste law can and should be implemented in Canada, nationwide.”
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“The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) formed in December of 2014, was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy. Under the fundamental idea that we can achieve more together than we can separately.”
“Farmworkers are at risk of being infected with the virus while working in the fields, the petition says, asserting that farmworkers are being infected at a higher rate than the rest of the community. A petition has been launched online to ask the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties’ boards of supervisors to take steps to increase COVID-19 protections for farmworkers through education, mobile testing units, inspections and conditions for social distancing. The petition posted on the Action Network website by Cameron Yee of Santa Maria also calls on the two counties’ supervisors to address problems with the H-2A farmworker housing program that contribute to the spread of the novel coronavirus.”
“Tony McDade was a transgender black man who got killed by police in Tallahassee. As of right now I haven’t seen many people talking about this, but I would really like to get his name out there. It would be very appreciated if you could sign this petition and encourage others to do so as well.”
“Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen. She loved her family and community, working at two hospitals as an essential worker during the pandemic. Nearly four months ago, a division of the Louisville Police Department performed an illegal, unannounced drug raid on her home. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her. Not only were the police at the WRONG HOUSE, but the man they were looking for had already been arrested earlier that day.”
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Question of the Week
Should the internet be selectively censored?
Studies have proven that exposure to certain forms of online content leads to an increased likelihood to dehumanize a specific group of people or even commit violent acts against them. Two significant examples to point to are violent porn and hate crimes. What are your thoughts on online censorship for some types of content? Should censorship exist? If so, who controls it, and to what extent? Can we trust them to remain ethical with this control? If not, how do we justify the harm that comes to people as a result of a lack of censorship? Who would be most negatively impacted and why?
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