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Petitioning Mark Siegel

CEO of AT&T: Urge the Boy Scouts to Drop Ban on Gay Leaders and Troops

My name is Jennifer Tyrrell, and in April 2012, I was removed as the den leader of my seven-year-old son’s Cub Scout pack, all because I’m gay. Despite the fact that I was a good den leader and parents in the community supported me and urged me to take on the role, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) now say that I do not “meet the high standards of membership” that the BSA seeks, and will no longer allow me to participate in scouting. This news was heartbreaking -- both for me, but also for my son, who wonders why the BSA won’t let his mother participate in scouting. But as heartbreaking as this news was, there’s a ray of hope -- hundreds of thousands of people took action and put pressure on the Boy Scouts of America to end their long-held policy that bars gay scout leaders and gay troops. And now, after delivering hundreds of thousands of signatures to the Boy Scouts of America’s National Annual Meeting, the Boy Scouts have publicly revealed -- for the first time in history -- that a resolution is before their national board that would allow local chartering organizations to welcome gay troops and gay scout leaders. This is historic. With thousands of current scouts, former scouts, and scout leaders around the country urging the Boy Scouts of America to end their policy prohibiting gay troops and leaders, the time for the Boy Scouts’ board to act is now. And who better to act than a business leader who is not only on the board of the Boy Scouts, but who also leads a company with a near perfect record on gay rights: Randall Stephenson of AT&T. AT&T has a 100% ranking on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, and has been honored as a top place to work for LGBT employees. In addition, AT&T has active LGBT employee groups. If Randall Stephenson has been so successful at leading a company committed to LGBT rights, he can use his power as a board member of the Boy Scouts of America to help change a discriminatory policy that prevents families like mine from being involved in scouts. The Boy Scouts offer so much to young people like my son. But by continuing to prevent gay Americans from participating as leaders or troops, the Boy Scouts are sending a damaging message to kids that discrimination is acceptable, and that families like mine aren’t welcome at their table. Randall Stephenson has the unique position of being able to challenge this policy from within, and join the hundreds of thousands of supporters who’ve urged the Boy Scouts to end their ban on gay troops and leaders. Please urge corporate leaders to take their leadership on diversity issues within the workplace, and extend it to their role as board members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Jennifer Tyrrell
80,390 supporters
Petitioning USA Gymnastics, Proctor & Gamble, United States Olympic Committee, AT&T, Under Armour, The Hershey Company, NBC

Change USA Gymnastics Leadership in Wake of Sex Abuse Scandal

Please sign our petition to protect children from sexual abuse. In March of 2017 we appeared on CBS 60 Minutes and told the nation our very personal stories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse inflicted upon us by USA Gymnastics and their former National Team Doctor Larry Nassar. Since then more than 140 girls and women have come forward to report alleged incidents of sexual abuse that are strikingly similar to ours. The current leadership of USA Gymnastics failed in its responsibility to protect child athletes from sexual predators and failed to alert authorities to reports of sexual abuse as required by law. Olympic level gymnastics has become a big business funded by some of America’s largest corporations and overseen by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Change is being made in the leadership in major companies when sex abuse survivors step forward and say, “Me too,” but this hasn’t happened yet in USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley have focused their attention on money and medals while USA Gymnastics is attempting to cover up the largest child sex abuse scandal in the history of sports. They must be replaced by people who will put the health and safety of athletes first. Please sign this petition now. Demand a leadership change at USA Gymnastics. Jamie Dantzscher - 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Artistic Gymnastic Jessica Howard - 3 Time National Champion, Rhythmic Gymnastics Jeanette Antolin - Former USA National Team Member, Artistic Gymnastics This petition will be delivered to: United States Olympic Committee USA Gymnastics Proctor & Gamble AT&T Under Armour Hershey’s NBC Sports United Airlines

Manly, Stewart & Finaldi
17,246 supporters
Petitioning Apple, Samsung, Google, Inc, Google, Amazon.com, AT&T, SONY

Add a breastfeeding emoji to keyboards

Take a second and look at your emoji keyboard. It provides you with an emoji for a baby and a bottle. This covers the idea of feeding a baby, but it also contributes to the denormalization of breastfeeding. I believe that it is time to start empowering and supporting women in the decisions they make as mothers instead of criticizing and shaming them. Part of that is normalizing breastfeeding and integrating it back into our everyday social lives. I know what your thinking, how can an emoji be an important step to breastfeeding becoming a cultural standard?! Well, it may seem insignificant but putting an image of breastfeeding in a place where most people will see it frequently will help make it a normal part of life. Having major companies recognize and support breastfeeding in this way is always great too! Let's allow our Mothers to feel good about the way they choose to nourish their children! The best news is, an Emoji for breastfeeding already exists! 

Carlyn Lawatsch
5,122 supporters
Victory
Petitioning AT&T

Please make calls to Nepal free for the next few days!

Any help counts!  Nepal is going through a rough time after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and numerous aftershocks.  Please make calls to Nepal free from US numbers so that we can be in constant touch with our loved ones.

Nepali Nagrik
2,591 supporters
Petitioning Wells Blue Bunny, AT&T, American Podiatric Association, College Loan Corp, American Bankers Association

Stop funding Steve King

Rep. Steve King's racist and white supremacist statements do not represent the people of Iowa.  His ineffective leadership and disturbing statements show it is time for someone else to represent Iowa in Washington, DC.  Please do not continue to give to his election campaigns.

Cathie Gebhart
1,962 supporters
Closed
Petitioning JCPenney, President of the United States, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott, United Nations, Louie Gohmert, U.S. House of Representatives, California State House,...

Ataxia Awareness for Research

Ataxia is a rare neuro-muscular degenerative condition that does not stop at a stage but continues to increase. Ataxia mainly affects limbs, movements and slowly it captures the whole body and becomes totally dependent. The other problems associated with the progress of ataxia are slurred speech, involuntary eye movements, vision problem, swallowing problems, cardiomyopathy, diabetes; etc Ataxia patients are mentally sound but will become physically dependent. The sufferer clearly knows and experiences the darkening future but cannot do anything because there is no cure of ataxia. This is extremely miserable situation which leads most to sufferer in deep frustration, anxiety and depression.  So it is very necessary to take steps to bring them out of this frustration and depression. Ataxia is not a common disease and the society is not well aware about ataxia. Therefore, ataxia patients are often misguided. Ataxia patients have formed self help groups and gathered many patients through Internet. These self help groups tried to spread awareness through different camps and put patient views in international conferences. But these efforts are not enough. We need support from society. There are different types of ataxia. Out of which Freidreich’s Ataxia (FA), Cerebellar Ataxia (CA), Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) are some most common . The type of ataxia can be known through DNA test or it can be acquired (after birth). The condition of ataxia can be diagnosed by clumsiness, loss of coordination in arms or legs, unsteady or swaying gait, slurred speech, jerky limb movements.  All these are clinical symptoms by which a doctor can say that person has ataxia. But these symptoms are not enough to know the type of ataxia. We are trying so hard so others will have better options that are diagnosed later.  So that you (it does wait to show signs sometimes), our children or grandchildren do not have to suffer as much or perhaps not at all!  All we are asking for here is your signature to allow the research to be funded by the right source(s).   Unfortunately, we are finding out that somehow via (accidents [head injury],  stroke, brain tumors and other head trauma affecting Cerebellum) also sometimes Ataxia appears.  Although obviously non-genetic the exact same symptoms occur and some are even progressive. If you need more information or wish to make a personal contribution please visit The National Ataxia Foundation here:(NAF) http://www.ataxia.org/   I ask on behalf of many of my Ataxian friends! Thank you in advance, we appreciate your concern and time!

Krystal Schulze
1,335 supporters
Petitioning Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable

Please add Shalom World, faith based entertainment network, to my local cable network.

Shalom World TV, the new HD Faith Based Family Entertainment Channel, is not available on my local cable network. The signal for this channel is available for FREE in North America on AMC 18 satellite. This channel has been broadcasting amazing programs for the past two years.  http://www.shalomworldtv.org/programs I request all the cable networks in North America to add this channel to their basic channel lineup.  Please sign this petition!   

Shalom World
1,259 supporters
Closed
Petitioning LG Corporate, Lg executive director Bon-Joon Koo, Android overseer Sundar Pichai, AT&T, AT&T ceo Randall Stephenson, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, U.S. cellular ceo Keeneth Meyers

Unlock LG G flex2 Bootloader (H950 H955 US995 LS996)

Unlock all bootloaders of all LG G flex 2 variants to keep active developing. Whe choose android cause is a free and open source. LG relases sources, but we cannot develop with it cause a locked bootloader dont allow to boot unsigned images. We all pay our phones, all phones that dont have any contract are from their owner, and they could do anything it wants. Void warranty if you must. But allow developers to work freely with theyr phones

Emmanuel Guarda
1,234 supporters
Closed
Petitioning LG Corporate, Lg executive director Bon-Joon Koo, Android overseer Sundar Pichai, AT&T, AT&T ceo Randall Stephenson, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, U.S. cellular ceo Keeneth Meyers

Unlock LG G flex2 Bootloader (H950 H955 US995 LS996)

Unlock all bootloaders of all LG G flex 2 variants to keep active developing. Whe choose android cause is a free and open source. LG relases sources, but we cannot develop with it cause a locked bootloader dont allow to boot unsigned images. We all pay our phones, all phones that dont have any contract are from their owner, and they could do anything it wants. Void warranty if you must. But allow developers to work freely with theyr phones

Emmanuel Guarda
1,234 supporters
Petitioning AT&T

AT&T Cell Phone Service in La Grange, Texas area

AT&T has ignored the cell reception problem in La Grange, Texas and surrounding area for the past 18 months. Customers, on a daily basis, can't use basic, promised functions like: place a call; receive a call; be heard on the phone; hear the other person on the phone; send texts; receive texts; use LTE/4g. Consumer have to go outside to place calls or even drive to the edge of town for reception.Though consumers have called AT&T repeatedly for the past 18 months, they've constantly been told "it will be fixed soon." Meanwhile, AT&T is reluctant to issue any refunds. AT&T is not providing stated service, not fixing the problem, and not providing adequate customer service.A personal story: as a pastor and counselor, I actually had to drive to the edge of town to TALK TO A FRIEND WHO WAS SUICIDAL. "Hang on. Let me jump in my car and drive for five minutes before I can talk to you." Indeed, this issue matters in many ways.

Jonathan Smith
1,141 supporters