UPDATE: Last week the Greek government pledged to transfer 5,000 asylum seekers to mainland Greece by December 15. Currently, more than 1,500 people have already been transferred.
Winter is nearly here, and more than 15,500 asylum seekers are trapped on Greece’s islands in worsening weather conditions. European Union-sponsored processing centres housing them are filthy and overcrowded - many people, including women and children, are forced to sleep in summer tents or on the ground.
This is happening because Greece, with the support of other EU countries, has put in place a containment policy to prevent asylum seekers from leaving the islands to the mainland. But the Greek government can change this. They can ensure that by December 21, the start of winter, no one sleeps in these arduous conditions. It is high time they ended this inhumane containment and #opentheislands.
Birth control gives women and girls freedom – the freedom to go to school, advance their careers, and plan families when they’re ready. The Trump administration is threatening this freedom for the 62.4 million women whose birth control is covered under the Affordable Care Act. Officials want to give employers who don’t believe in contraception for religious or moral reasons the power to cut this essential benefit from their insurance. Now is your chance to speak up. Tell the Trump administration to keep their hands off our birth control! Email acting Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric Hargan now.
Immigrant rights are under threat by the Trump administration. Trump’s campaign promises are becoming reality. While the administration bellows about building a wall, families are being torn apart, people who have lived almost their entire lives in the US are facing deportation, and tens of thousands are in detention conditions. Many of us are already fighting back against anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies. And on November 8th – the 1 year anniversary of President Trump’s election – it is time to raise the volume.
Did you know children can legally marry in Florida? From 2001 to 2015, over 16,000 children under the age of 18 married in Florida, the second highest rate in the US for that period. Child marriage is linked to higher rates of dropping out of school, poverty, domestic violence and mental and physical health disorders. It is time something was done! A bill was just introduced in Florida’s state legislature which would end child marriage. Please email Florida lawmakers to tell them to support the bill and protect Florida’s girls.
(The form will send your message to the members of the next committees reviewing the laws, the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Rules Committee)
In Ghana people with mental health conditions are often considered as being possessed by evil spirits or demons. Due to these beliefs and the lack of local mental health services, some families and communities resort to shackling the person in their homes or in prayer camps. In some camps, people are chained to trees, where they would bathe, defecate, urinate, eat, and sleep, some for years. The government has made important steps to address these abuses, but much more needs to be done. It’s now been 5 years since the Mental Health Act was passed. It’s high time they invested in community-based mental health services.
ALL children should have the right to a safe education. However, around the world, schools are attacked or being occupied by military forces and armed groups in conflict zones. This endangers the lives of students and teachers and hundreds of thousands of children are denied their right to education.
By endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson can support a global effort to better protect schools during times of war. The UK armed forces already have some of the world’s strongest policies protecting schools from attack and military use and can lead by example. It's time Britain joined 71 other countries and endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration.
Trump announced he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields young immigrants like Angie who were raised in the US from being deported. He may push Congress to trade protection for “Dreamers” for enacting other parts of his agenda to ramp up the government's broken and abusive enforcement efforts. President Trump wants to build more detention centers, and hire thousands more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Tell Congress that immigrant youth matter and are not bargaining chips. Tell your representative to protect “Dreamers” AND block Trump’s request for additional immigration enforcement funds.