Join with Amnesty International to protect Lolita Chávez and other Indigenous women

 

What’s happening?

Lolita Chávez is the Indigenous leader of the K’iche People’s Council (CPK), who work tirelessly to protect their traditional lands from mining, logging and hydroelectric interests. Lolita has been attacked and threatened for defending her people’s ancestral lands from logging in Guatemala, and now she fears for her life. In June, at least 10 armed men attacked Lolita and a number of other women, after they handed a potentially illegal logging truck over to the authorities.

These women have a right to protect their lands, and they must be able to carry out their peaceful work in safety and without fear. Indigenous women in Guatemala who speak out against powerful companies face enormous risks in the course of their work and significant challenges in seeking justice when their rights are violated.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. They lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.

By telling the powerful stories of the people they work with, they mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline. They support people to claim their rights through education and training.

Last year, seven Guatemalan environmental defenders facing charges for non-violent protests against hydroelectric projects were released from jail after global pressure. We can work together to call on Guatemala to implement protection measures for Lolita and other CPK members now.

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Join with Amnesty International to protect Lolita Chávez:

https://www.amnesty.org.au/act-now/iar840-guatemala-lolita-chavez/

 

Join with Avaaz to help close the gay torture centres in Chechnya

 

What’s happening?

Chechnya is rounding up gay people and taking them to torture centres, and it’s as horrific as it sounds. Officials in Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia, have denied the reported “gay purge” and repeatedly claimed that there are no LGBT people in the predominantly Muslim republic, but Chechnya’s President said he would wipe out the area’s gay population in the next two weeks. Men are being electrocuted, tortured until they reveal names of other gay people, and beaten so badly that some have died. Police allegedly returned of the men to their families, exposing their sexual orientation and indirectly encouraging their relatives to carry out “honour killings”, causing many to flee to Russia still fearing retribution.

Activists fighting this brutal crackdown need more of our help, and fast. Targeting gay people and dragging them into prisons is like something the Nazis would do. It’s both terribly upsetting and infuriating, but there’s a plan to stop it. Avaaz will amplify the call of brave local activists in the media and use our massive global outcry to force an end to the crackdown.

Avaaz’s efforts

The underground rescue network that activists have thrown together is no match for the roving government thugs who round up “suspected homosexuals” and drag them to black sites to be tortured — and in some cases killed unless they reveal the names of their friends and lovers. Avaaz is helping save lives by funding safe houses, transportation, and legal representation, plus media coverage and campaigns against horrific laws.

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Every day, more people face being rounded up — let’s show them the world won’t stand by while they are wiped out, then back local activists wherever these attacks take place to win the basic right to love whoever they choose.

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

 

 

Join with Oxfam and switch to Oxfam Fair to buy ethically sourced products

 

What’s happening?

The Oxfam fair brand was launched in 2010 to bring Oxfam’s Fairtrade, ethical and life-changing products to more Australians through supermarkets, Oxfam Shops and Oxfam online store for enjoyment in the workplace and at home. Oxfam fair is one of the most unique food brands in the market and purchasing Oxfam fair is one of the easiest ways to help tackle poverty.

Oxfam’s tea, coffee and chocolate products provide great value and use premium Fairtrade raw materials to develop high-quality products that are easily accessible to the Australian market. The products also help to tackle poverty by ensuring that farmers are paid a fair and stable price and by paying an additional community premium, Oxfam helps to empower communities to build better lives for themselves. By supporting Oxfam fair you are part of a global community committed to working together to tackle poverty.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam are a global movement of people working hard to fight poverty and injustice. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilising the power of people against poverty. Oxfam’s ultimate vision is a just world without poverty. A world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights and assume their responsibilities. A world in which everyone is treated equally. They work with partners and communities to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. Oxfam sees a future in which no one lives in poverty. Join their movement for change and help people help themselves in the fight against poverty. Changing the world starts here; you can do your part by shopping ethically.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Join with Oxfam in shopping ethically today:

https://shop.oxfam.org.au/fair/what-is-fair

 

Join with Amnesty International to protect refugees’ rights

 

What’s happening?

You can help solve the global refugee crisis. Right now, record numbers of people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes and unfortunately, many countries are closing their doors to these refugees instead of showing true leadership and protecting them. The world’s wealthiest nations are leaving a handful of countries to cope alone with nearly all the world’s 21 million refugees. Powerful media and politicians are manipulating reality and dehumanizing refugees, portraying them as illegal or faceless invaders who are a security threat. The reality is that they’re ducking their responsibility to protect people fleeing violence, persecution and conflict. And every single day that goes by, their indecision and inaction continue to cause immense human suffering.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International conducted a survey in 2016 which showed people’s attitudes across the world, it showed that 80% of us stand ready to welcome refugees into our countries, communities – even our own homes. Amnesty International is a movement of people who believe that the things that unite us are far more powerful than those that divide us. This is why they are promoting people-powered initiatives like community sponsorship of refugees.

Right now, individual people all over the world are coming together in their own right to welcome refugees – simply because they empathise with people who have lost everything, and want to create open, friendly communities to live in.

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Together, we can lead the way by doing something concrete right now – however small – to welcome refugees in our communities, from signing a petition to speaking your mind about refugees’ rights, or joining a community group that supports them.

Help Amnesty International protect refugees’ rights and join now:

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/i-welcome/

 

Join with Animals Australia to help end Bali’s dog meat trade

 

What’s happening?

Every day, dogs are captured off the streets of Bali to supply a booming dog meat trade. A shocking Animals Australia investigation has documented Bali’s elusive dog meat trade, fuelled in part by international tourists. The dogs are dumped in bamboo crates or plastic rice sacks, awaiting the nightly slaughter with legs tied and mouths taped shut. They may languish like this for hours or days without food or water. One by one they will be brutally slaughtered in full view of their companions. Tourists are duped into thinking they aren’t eating dog meat – Animals Australia’s investigations found that a dog meat vendor didn’t hesitate to lie to Aussie tourists to make money from them. If you choose to eat meat in Bali, you may end up eating dog meat.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Animals Australia’s investigations found that just a few blocks away from the bustling tourist strips, there was a dark side to this ‘Island Paradise’ — dogs were being poisoned, beaten and strangled for their meat. This violent trade in dog meat is allowed by Bali’s government despite horrific animal cruelty and the serious health risks posed to local people and unsuspecting tourists.

Animals Australia have taken their investigations to the highest levels of government in Bali and every possible influencer in between — from community leaders to religious leaders to health professionals and businesses. All agree that Bali’s dog meat trade is breaching both animal cruelty and food safety laws. They have offered their assistance to the Bali government to close the dog meat trade and to partner with them to protect all animals on the island from extreme cruelty.

Now, international pressure is urgently needed to support our efforts to bring about positive change for all animals in need in Bali.

Supporting Animals Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Join with Animals Australia and together we can urge the Governor of Bali to immediately ban the dog meat trade and pass laws to outlaw extreme cruelty to all animals.

https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/bali-dog-meat-trade/?ua_s=hjhp

 

Join with Greenpeace to stop oil drilling in a whale nursery

 

What’s happening?

The Great Australian Bight supports thriving marine ecoystems and is home to countless unique species – most are found nowhere else in the world. Sharing the Bight’s waters are endangered southern right whales. Almost hunted to extinction in the 19th century, their population is still recovering. On top of imminent threats to their hearing from Seismic blasting, an oil spill in the Bight could devastate their survival. Oil and whales simply don’t mix.

Greenpeace’s efforts

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Their goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity. Their core values are;

Independence: they do not accept money from governments, corporations or political parties.

Bearing witness: their peaceful protests work to raise awareness and bring public opinion to bear on decision-makers.

Non-violent direct action: they strongly believe that violence in any form is morally wrong and accomplishes nothing.

Desperate oil companies are looking to ever more extreme and dangerous locations to drill, in a reckless bid to exploit oil that we can’t afford to burn. From the pristine Arctic to the majestic Great Australian Bight, people have begun to break the stranglehold of Big Oil. But we still need your help to kick them out for good. Together, we can stand up to greedy oil companies like Statoil and Chevron.

Supporting Greenpeace

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Join with Greenpeace and support their fight for the whales.

$30 could provide support for coastal communities and local fishermen standing up to greedy oil companies.

$60 could help capture stunning footage of the Bight to make its beauty famous worldwide.

$150 could help expose oil companies that are threatening unique and endangered Australian wildlife.

https://www.greenpeace.org.au/donate/bight/?src=blog

 

 

Join with Amnesty International to stop human rights violations against Palestinians

 

What’s happening?

There have been systematic human rights violations against Palestinians for over half a century. These have been happening during Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, in East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Since the occupation first began in June 1967, Israel’s ruthless policies of land confiscation, illegal settlement and dispossession, coupled with rampant discrimination, have inflicted immense suffering on Palestinians, depriving them of their basic rights.

“The worst thing is the sense of being a stranger in your own land and feeling that not a single part of it is yours.” – Raja Shehadeh, Palestinian lawyer and writer

Israel’s military rule disrupts every aspect of daily life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It continues to affect whether, when and how Palestinians can travel to work or school, go abroad, visit their relatives, earn a living, attend a protest, access their farmland, or even access electricity or a clean water supply. It means daily humiliation, fear and oppression. People’s entire lives are effectively held hostage by Israel. Israel has also adopted a complex web of military laws to crush dissent against its policies, and senior government officials have branded Israelis advocating for Palestinian rights as “traitors”.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International are calling on governments to stop enabling the economy that keeps these illegal settlements growing and fuels the suffering of Palestinians. Governments around the world are letting goods produced in these settlements into their markets, and are allowing companies in their countries to operate in settlements. All of this helps the illegal settlements profit and thrive.

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

You can help by calling on your government now to ban Israeli settlement goods from entering your markets, and to stop companies based in your country operating in settlements or trading in their goods – and help put an end to the cycle of violations suffered by Palestinians living under Israel’s occupation.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2017/06/israel-occupation-50-years-of-dispossession/

 

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