Archive | November 2015

Join with Amnesty International to help release student activist, Phyoe Phyoe Aung

What’s happening?

In March, Phyoe Phyoe Aung was locked up for helping to organize a student protest in Myanmar. After eight months in hiding, her husband Lin Htet Naing was also arrested in November. Before his arrest, he told his story to Amnesty International.

“{My wife is] the Secretary General of the All Burma Federation Student Union. It’s an important union in our country’s history because it led the call for independence and democracy. That’s why we helped to re-establish it in 2007. We had to work in secret, because it was illegal to be a member of the union at that time. We took part in the Saffron Revolution, to protest against the rise in commodity prices. But then we were both arrested, and were in jail for more than three years. Earlier this year, she helped to organize a march across the country to protest against the law. Nearly 1,000 people took to the streets, including more than 300 students. The protestors’ slogans were: “We need democratic education” and “We don’t want a centralized education system”. But when they got near Yangon, the police surrounded them and Phyoe Phyoe Aung was arrested.

The authorities have no tolerance for student activists. They put pressure on universities and professors to monitor them and exclude them from classes. And they put pressure on parents, too. Then, if students still protest in public, the police will arrest them under Article 18 of our law, which bans unauthorized protest. Now, my wife faces a lengthy trial. She’s very frustrated. They are questioning 47 different defendants in turn, but they still haven’t finished the first person. If it carries on like this, it will take more than three years to get through the whole trial. And if she is sentenced, she could go to jail for more than nine years.” – Lin Htet Naing

Amnesty International’s efforts

Phyoe Phyoe Aung and more than 100 other student activists – many of them injured – were arrested and charged with a range of questionable criminal offences. Many have been locked up ever since, with some held in solitary confinement and with limited access to lawyers. Amnesty International calls for the immediate release of Phyoe Phyoe Aung and all the students jailed for protesting peacefully.

Supporting Amnesty International

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join with Amnesty International and help release Phyoe Phyoe Aung and all the detained peaceful student protesters:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/w4r-myanmar-phyoe-phyoe-aung/

 

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You can help fund our climate future

What’s happening?

Every minute, governments around the world back fossil fuels with millions of dollars, but big polluter nations claim they don’t have funds to aid the most vulnerable countries dealing with floods, droughts and storms. Now poorer nations say if they can’t count on the money, they can’t sign up to a global climate deal due to be finalised in weeks. It is a deadly deadlock, but if enough of us demand our public funds shift from dirty energy right now, we could unlock the finance to help those most in need.

Right now 80 ministers from across the world are meeting to try and find a solution. We can join with Avaaz to help them along. Let’s get one million of us behind this push – Avaaz will deliver the call to the key ministers to expose the lie and shame them into action.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz have put together a petition to send to G20 leaders to get them to honour their pledge to stop funding fossil fuels. Along with millions of our signatures, this petition will hopefully be the driving force to get them into action for our climate future.

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join with Avaaz and send your message to the G20 leaders.

“As concerned citizens, we call on you to commit the long-term funding beyond 2020 needed for a strong global climate deal in Paris, and honour your pledges to stop funding fossil fuels. Richer countries must announce ongoing support to poorer nations so they will be able to invest in clean energy and cope with the impacts of climate change. The whole world must work together now to get a planetary agreement and stop the devastation that threatens us all.” – Avaaz

Sign now:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/finance_100_clean_loc2/?slideshow

 

Join with Animals Australia to help stop Sea World buying into dolphin cruelty overseas

What’s happening?

It’s been illegal to capture wild dolphins in Australian waters since 1994. That’s because caring Australians recognise that these intelligent, social animals shouldn’t be torn from their families, traumatised and kept in captivity for the sake of ‘entertainment’. Now one of Australia’s biggest family-owned companies could be looking to profit from dolphin cruelty overseas — hidden far from the eyes of the Australian community.

Village Roadshow — which owns Sea World Australia — has thrown in its lot with a Chinese company, agreeing to design and operate a marine theme park on Hainan Island in China. Not surprisingly, Sea World Australia has previously taken great pains to distance itself from the practice of capturing wild dolphins and using them to make money.

But our friends at Australia for Dolphins report that Sea World Australia’s marine sciences director, Trevor Long, has confirmed he and the Gold Coast park are deeply involved with the ‘Ocean Paradise’ project. And that he “couldn’t rule out” wild-caught dolphins and even beluga whales being confined and displayed at the Village Roadshow-operated theme park.

While a growing number of people in China are speaking out for animals, the country has no animal welfare laws.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Animals Australia is creating an action to send to John Menzies, Chair of Village Roadshow Theme Parks, as well as Robert Kirby & Graham Burke, Co-Chairmen of Village Roadshow Limited, to show them that Australians will not stand for this deception. We will urge Village Roadshow & Sea World Australia bosses to commit to NO wild-caught marine mammals at any theme parks they own or operate.

Supporting Animals Australia

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

You can join with Animals Australia and send your message to the Chair of Village Roadshow Theme Parks and the Co-Chairmen of Village Roadshow Limited. Take action now to protect dolphins from lives of misery.

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/stop-seaworld-exporting-dolphin-cruelty/

 

Join with Oxfam to work towards a brighter, cleaner, fairer world

What’s happening?

Climate change is one of the biggest threats to ending global hunger. Weather patterns are getting more extreme and unreliable, and it’s playing havoc with food production. As our planet heats up, the forecast is more hunger. Around the world communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change, from rising sea levels and coastal erosion in the Pacific Islands, to longer and more intense droughts across many parts of Africa.

Santos Silvacios is a farmer living in Bolivia. From its Andean mountains, to its deserts and rain forests, Bolivia is witnessing many changes in its climate. And with these changes, people are bracing for worsening climate impacts: from more severe droughts, to increased flooding. Being one of the poorest countries in South America, farmers like Santos are particularly vulnerable to changing weather patterns as they don’t have the resources to adapt.

“I work on a plot of land, and since this is all I can do, there is very little money. When the waters rise we lose our rice, cassava plants and our banana crops. It’s very sad to see them growing and then they fall down and go rotten. Some years my house stays here but other times it falls down and then we have to build a new one. I move everything out of my home and make an elevated platform: … that is how we live during the floods.” – Santos.

Oxfam’s efforts

Climate change is hurting people: people like Santos.

When we work together, our voices are more powerful than the big polluters. And now is the time to act! 2015 is a critical year for international action on climate change. World leaders are meeting in Paris to hammer out a new global climate agreement. We’ve also got a federal election coming up in 2016. It’s down to us. We must be clear that serious climate action is needed now.

Don’t let farmers and families take the heat. Choose a cleaner, fairer world where everyone has enough to eat.

Supporting Oxfam

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join with Oxfam and Stand with Santos ahead of the Paris climate change negotiations. Show him Australians care, and that we want stronger climate action to build a cleaner, fairer world:
https://act.oxfam.org/australia/climate-change-hurts-santos

 

Join with Avaaz and help stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership

What’s happening?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries concerning a variety of matters of economic policy, about which agreement was reached on 5 October 2015 after 5 years of negotiations.

In December 2014, Senator Bernie Sanders denounced the TPP:

“Let’s be clear: the TPP is much more than a “free trade” agreement. It is part of a global race to the bottom to boost the profits of large corporations and Wall Street by outsourcing jobs; undercutting worker rights; dismantling labor, environmental, health, food safety and financial laws; and allowing corporations to challenge our laws in international tribunals rather than our own court system. If TPP was such a good deal for America, the administration should have the courage to show the American people exactly what is in this deal, instead of keeping the content of the TPP a secret.”

– Bernie Sanders

Avaaz’s efforts

This secret deal gives corporations vast powers over 40% of the world’s economy. This global trade deal could massively expand internet censorship, and is Big Pharma and Monsanto’s dream come true. However, to become law, each country has to ratify it. The good news is that a growing chorus of Democrats and Republicans in the US are coming out against it, and if the US Congress says no, this terrible agreement dies.

Avaaz can uniquely bring voices from all twelve countries and the whole world to the debate. Let’s join together and give our allies in Congress the massive public backing they need to protect our freedoms.

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join with Avaaz and send your message to Congress that you don’t support the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“The TPP is a threat to democracy, undermining national sovereignty, workers’ rights, environmental protections and Internet freedom. We urge you to reject this corporate takeover.” – Avaaz

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/tpp_2015_loc/?slideshow