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The Home Depot® is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with more than 2,200 retail stores in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Canada, and Mexico.


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Home Depot: Stop selling deadly paint strippers

No family should lose a loved one because of deadly chemicals. But more than 60 families across the U.S. have lost loved ones to a dangerous chemical called methylene chloride. It’s found in paint strippers on the shelves of The Home Depot and other stores. Exposure can kill within minutes. Long-term exposure to methylene chloride has been linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer.  And another common paint stripper chemical called N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) can have dangerous effects if women of childbearing age or pregnant women use it. The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has warned that just one day of exposure to NMP can cause miscarriage or fetal death. NMP is also linked to decreased birth weight and other fetal developmental effects. Last January, the EPA proposed banning methylene chloride and NMP in paint strippers, but the agency has yet to act. Since then, at least four more people have died from using paint strippers with methylene chloride. They left behind mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends.   This May, after more than 200,000 people signed petitions like this one to Lowe’s, that company committed to stop selling paint strippers with these dangerous chemicals by the end of 2018.  But Lowe’s top competitor The Home Depot is still refusing to act.  There’s just no good reason for retailers like The Home Depot to continue selling products containing these chemicals — especially when safer alternatives are readily available. If you agree that home improvement stores shouldn’t sell dangerous chemicals, please join us in calling on The Home Depot to ban the sale of toxic paint strippers now.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
38,210 supporters
Petitioning Target, Walmart, Publix Super Markets, Winn-Dixie Stores, Old Navy, Gap Inc., Banana Republic, Forever 21, Zara, SEPHORA, Ulta, National Retail Federation, Macy's, Home Depot, Kohl's, Trader Joe's,...

Train point of sale employees to ask customers "Would you like a bag?"

I understand the problem of single use plastic bags.  I also understand that sometimes they are necessary.  This petition is advocating for the use of small, inexpensive steps to reduce their use in commerce by training point of sale employees to simply ask customers, "Would you like a bag?"  This would prompt the consumer to check other options.  I often have a reusable tote in my purse that I forget about until bagging has begun.  If the item is small, I may just want to throw it into my purse.  If I'm already carrying several shopping bags, I may just combine it into another bag.  And if none of these options are available, I can say "sure, I'd like a bag today."  If people were hearing this question at every retailer, it may create a shift in their thinking regarding bag use; it goes from "of course I'm getting a bag" to "do I really need one?" or "should I bring my own today?" It could make employees more aware of bag use and less on "autopilot" when bagging.  I sometimes find that employees are annoyed when I say I have my own because it throws off their bagging process.  If they've already bagged something, they will just take the item out of the bag and THROW THE BAG INTO THE TRASH rather than try to use it with the next customer.  I understand that once the bag is off the dispenser, it becomes more difficult to work with, so by simply asking a customer first if they need a bag, rather than assuming, they could save themselves this hassle. As leaders in the retail field, I hope you'll seriously consider this proposition.  It requires minor retraining of your employees on your part, but may ultimately lead to your company saving on plastic bags, while positioning you as a responsive leader in the area of environmental concerns.  Thank you for reading and sharing.

Angie Wegner
4,317 supporters
Petitioning Home Depot, Johnny Isakson, Stacey Abrams, John Lewis, David Scott, David Perdue, Hank Johnson

Movement to restore Historic Fountain Hall.~*

Erected in 1882 on the crest of Diamond Hill on the Morris Brown College campus, Historic Fountain Hall is one of the earlier structures for the original site of Atlanta University with financial support from the American Missionary Association and the Freedman's Bureau. Historic Fountain Hall is significant to Atlanta, Georgia and the United States of America for its role in educating American descendants of enslaved Africans. For this reason, Historic Fountain Hall was made a National Historic Landmark in 1975.  Historic Fountain Hall is in urgent need of restoration & renovation. The intent of this petition is to build massive visible awareness advocating for the restoration & renovation of an essential part of Atlanta's rich history. While Professor at Atlanta University, Dr. W.E.B DuBois a Founder of the NAACP, author of Souls of Black Folk, leading Socioligist & Pan-Africanist taught classes in this building and generations of students took college classes there while attending Morris Brown College. In its restored & renovated state Historic Fountain Hall will serve as a Center of Excllence for Learning & Performance uplifting it's original purpose and highlighting the Office & Works of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois. https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/city-planning/office-of-design/urban-design-commission/fountain-hall  

Julian The General
3,852 supporters
Petitioning Home Depot, Lowe's, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, International code council

Stricter fencing regulations to save children’s lives

On March 22, 2018 our middle son, Kade Damian died in a horrible, yet preventable accident.  His neck became caught between the bars protruding above the top rail of the neighbors wrought iron fence.  He tried to climb over the fence.  It is a low, decorative wrought iron fence (about 4 feet high).  The fence has a horizontal bar near the bottom and top making it easy for someone to climb.   I recently went to speak with the ER doctor and was told that our son was dead within moments.  His neck fit perfectly between the bars (the fence is built following the current fence code) and the instant pressure on the carotid artery stopped blood flow to his brain, stopped his heart, and then breathing.  He was out of sight for no more than 5 minutes.  He had gone into the back yard to play with his younger brother after a snack.  My husband and I were in the yard on the opposite side of the house.  The boys could be heard playing from where we were just outside the fence.  Our gate (the one Kade left the yard from) was supposed to be locked from the outside, preventing the boys from getting out.  The clip on the gate had been left off by neighborhood boys who came over to play the day before.  We found the clip laying on a tall fence post the next day.  We did not realize the clip was off when Kade went out to play.  For whatever reason, probably because he knew that was the direction the “big boy” friends came from pretty much daily. Kade opened the gate to our yard and walked across the next-door neighbor’s yard (they have no fencing) to the back of their yard to try to climb over the fence to his friend’s house.    I tell you this not for your sympathy, but for the safety of your own children and animals.  You may have seen the video of the fawn caught on a picket fence in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday last week?  If you Google “fawn caught in fence”, the pictures will tell you this is not an uncommon occurrence.  The fawn in this situation, caught its back side between the pickets at the top of the fence when attempting to jump over.  This is the exact same thing that happened to Kade!  The fawn was lucky that it was his backside and not his neck that was caught.  The fawn, with help from an officer, escaped the fence with a scrape. Our son was not so lucky.   See the video here: https://www.abc15.com/news/national/fawn-stuck-in-fence-rescued-by-oregon-officer-caught-on-body-cam-video  I share our hurt and story to make you, your family, neighbors, and community aware of the danger!  We did not ever think of the wrought iron fence as a danger.  We have all the safety items in our house to protect our children- outlet covers, baby gates, etc…  We had even moved to a new house to get off a super busy street prone to speeding to keep our boys safe.    I NEVER thought that the fence was a danger until my husband found our son hanging on the fence that afternoon.  His body lifeless.  Kade looked like he was sleeping, but his brain had died before we found him.    There are so many “ifs” from that afternoon.  My husband and I are attentive, loving, nurturing parents.  We are outside with our kids playing, at the ball park to support them during a game, helping with homework after school, reading bedtime stories.  You hear of children being left alone for hours, neglected.  This was not the case with Kade.  He was LOVE wrapped in a little boy and LOVED to the fullest extent possible.  Kade loved adventure and had a joyful and playful spirit that was infectious.  We will miss him with every breath and heartbeat until the day we meet again.    Until that day, it is my mission to educate people about the dangers of this type of fencing, to advocate for safe fence options, and work to change fence laws and regulations so that no other animal, child, or adult is injured or killed in the manner our son was.  Safe fencing option already exist.  A flat-topped fence would not have killed Kade.  I hope that sharing our story will prevent any other injuries and deaths and keep another mother or father from walking through life with a shattered heart.   I ask that you share our story, write to your insurance agency, home builders, fencing companies, Home Depot, Lowe’s, local, state, and national law makers and ask them to change fence laws to keep your children safe!  Share with other mothers and fathers.  If you have this type of fencing, please replace it or modify it!  Our son would still be alive and well today if the fence had been flat on top and the bars closer together!  The fawn in the video would not have gotten caught if the pickets were closer together.  Banisters have been changed because of injuries and deaths, so have cribs.  I need your voice and support to help our message be heard by people who can and will make fence law change happen.  I need your help to ensure that no other child dies like Kade did.  I know we should have had eyes on our son at all moments.  However, the time he was out of our sight was equivalent to a trip to the bathroom.  Our story could easily be yours.  Please, please take a moment and share.  Take two and write your local representatives or make a phone call to share and request that regulations on wrought iron fences and picket fences be modified to prevent deaths or injuries.   I have included a picture of the fence Kade died on as well as a video of the fawn from Oregon.    To learn more about Kade and follow our progress like @KadeDamian on Facebook.   We have established a non-profit in Kade’s honor called The Playful Child Foundation: healthier kids mentally and physically.  We are currently raising funds to build a playground and park in memory of Kade.  To learn more about the foundation and park project please visit www.theplayfulchild.org  

Lauren Chenoweth
1,814 supporters